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Christmas in July: Authentique Jingle

Christmas in July: Authentique Jingle Project Shares and Tutorials

Hello, Friends!  I’m sneaking just in under the wire to share a Christmas in July post using fabulous retro Christmas papers from Authentique Jingle!  We have a lot of ground to cover with project ideas, tutorials and even a video.  So grab a cuppa and a snack and we’ll get started!

Authentique Jingle by Kathy Clement Photo 01

It’s always a good idea to get a jump start on holiday projects. I’m hoping you’ll be inspired to get to work on your Christmas list as I share a new fancy fold card, a quick and easy flip folio and a trio of Christmas Gift Card Tag Ornaments with you today.

 You Better Not Pout Easel Step Card Tutorial with Authentique Jingle

Authentique Jingle Easel Step Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Cards that can double as gifts are awesome.  But cards that can be a card, a gift, and home decor…well those are fabulous, right?  This fun Easel Step Card design falls into that category.  I’ve seen these all over the internet lately.  This design is slightly modified so that I could make one of my standard 7″ x 5″ cards.  I have wonderful 12″ x 17″ kraft cardstock from in my stash so there was no need to join papers together.  (Please note: you can find all the product links in the supply list at the end of this post.)   If you don’t happen to have this oversized cardstock in your stash, you can just join two 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of kraft cardstock with 1/2″ Scor-Tape, then cut, score and fold.

Authentique Jingle “You Better Not Pout Easel Step Card Measurements and Tips

Authentique Jingle Easel Step Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 02

Here’s a side view of this fun to make card.  It comes together so quickly that you will want to make loads of them!

TIP:  Keep the embellishments on this card on the simple side.  You want it to be able to fold.

Measurements and Scoring Guide for Authentique Jingle “You Better Not Pout: Easel Step Card

Ink cut edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.  I also stitched around the perimeter of the two largest front panels

  • Start with a 11″ x 17″ piece of kraft cardstock from
  • Trim to measure 7″ x 17″.
  • Now, on the long side, score at 1 1/4″ , 2 1/2″, 4 5/8″ 7″ and 12″
  • Starting with the 1 1/4″ score line, accordion fold as seen in the photo. (Mountain, Valley, Mountain, Valley, Mountain)
  • Next, burnish all scored/folded lines thoroughly with a bone folder.
  • Now cut 3 panels of designer paper that measure 6 7/8″ x 4 7/8″.  If you wish to have a wider border around the card, use  6 3/4″ x 4 3/5″  panels.  One is for the card front, the other two for the card interior. (Jingle 1, Jingle 2, Jingle 5,  Jingle 7)
  • Then, cut two 6 7/8″ x 2″ panels of complementary designer paper.
  • Finally, cut two 6 7/8″ x 1 1/8 panels of complementary designer paper.

Authentique Jingle Easel Step Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 03

  • Now adhere the inner and outer layers to the card base.
  • Trim the card focal from Jingle Eight. back with thin foam tabs.  Center and adhere.
  • Now punch out the “You Better Not Pout” oval, the “Ho, Ho, Ho” border and the “Santa’s Almost Here” border from the 12″ x 12 Component Sheet.
  • Sand the edges to give them a snowy appearance.
  • Back with foam tabs and adhere.
  • Embellish as desired.

TIP: For easy mailing, leave off the bow, jingle bells and flowers.

Authentique Jingle “You Better Not Pout: Easel Step Card: A Peek Inside

Authentique Jingle Easel Step Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 04

Inside, I created a pocket from the “Dear Santa” component.  Then I die cut one of Eileen Hull’s Credit Card Sleeves and Tag Dies to serve as a gift card holder.  The cute little tag on the bottom is also cut with this die.

TIP:  Mat the credit card sleeve die cut on kraft paper for extra stability.  Be careful to add just a very thin bead of adhesive, or you won’t be able to fit the gift card in the sleeve.

Authentique Jingle Easel Step Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 05

Authentique Jingle Mini Waterfall Folio

Authentique Jingle Mini Waterfall Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Now, you all know how much I love to use up my scraps.  After cutting the base for the Easel Step card, I had a lovely piece of 3 3/4″ x 17″ kraft card left over.  Why not use it to make a mini waterfall folio?  So I did.  Here’s how to create this super simple base:

  • First, score a 3 3/4″ x 17″ of kraft cardstock at 2 1/4″ , 2 1/2″, 9″ and 9 1/4″
  • Then, fold and burnish to create a vertical wallet with two 1/4″ spines and a tab closure.
  • Next, trim the short panel to measure 3 3/4″ x 2 1/4″.
  • Now, cut 2 peppermint stripe panels to measure 3 3/4″ x 2 1/4″.  These will line the tab closure.
  • Next, cut 4 Jingle panels to measure 3 3/4″ x 6 1/2″.  These will line the front and back covers, and the interior.  I used Jingle One, Jingle Six, Jingle Two and Jingle Six.
Authentique Jingle Mini Waterfall Folio: Cover Details

Authentique Jingle Mini Waterfall Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 02

The focal image on the cover is made with one of the component sheet punch out images.

  • First, paint a Tim Holtz Baroque Frame with Iced Spruce and Picket Fence Distress Paints.
  • Next,  heat emboss the frame with Wow Neutral Ultra Shimmer Embossing Powder.
  • Now, place the cooled frame over the component image and very lightly trace around the inside oval.
  • Cut out the image about 1/8″ wider than your traced lines.  Erase the lines.
  • Next, mat this image inside the Tim Holtz Foundry Frame.
  • Then, die cut a doily with a Spellbinder Oval Majesty Die.   Adhere the frame to the doily.
  • Now, sprinkle some Mini Pearls Prills to resemble snowballs.
  • Adhere a double layer bow tied with RRR Shell Grey Shimmer Satin Ribbon and Snowflakes on Red Satin Ribbon.
  • Finally, add Little Birdie Renae Classic Flowers.  Tap the leaves with Picket Fence Paint to resemble snow.

Authentique Jingle Mini Waterfall Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 03

Here’s a peek at the top tab.

Authentique Jingle Mini Waterfall Folio: A Peek Inside

Authentique Jingle Mini Waterfall Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 04

The inside of this mini waterfall folio is very, very simple.  You can’t add a ton of embellishments or layers because the cover won’t close.  To stretch my designer paper, I used Authentique Spectrum Cardstock (Robin’s Egg Two, Red Licorice One) to create flaps, pockets and the waterfall.

Authentique Jingle Mini Waterfall Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 05

Create a little flap/pocket on the top.

Authentique Jingle Mini Waterfall Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 06

Use your scraps to create a little gift card wallet.

Authentique Jingle Mini Waterfall Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 07

Authentique Jingle Mini Waterfall Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 08

  • Cut the Spectrum Cardstock to measure 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″.   I used a Corner Chomper Stub Punch to shape the corners.
  • Then score a 1/2″ flap on the top of each panel and adhere them to the base.
  • Cut an 8 1/2″ x 1″ strip of Jingle Six to serve as a belly band.  To do this, I wrapped the belly band around the waterfall and folded.
  • Then I adhered the belly band to the base of the folio.
  • Add magnets as a closure.

Authentique Jingle Mini Waterfall Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 09

Here you can see how I attached the belly band.  I also used scraps to create a little pocket filled with teeny tiny tags and an itty bitty folio.

Authentique Jingle Gift Card Ornament Tags Video Tutorial

Authentique Jingle Gift Card Ornament Tags Video Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Authentique Jingle is such an inspiring collection to work with.  I just kept getting one idea right after another.  Since so many of us give gift cards at Christmas, I knew I wanted to create some sort of super cute gift card holder.  Then I thought about handmade ornaments for the tree.  And what about gift tags?  So I kind of threw all these ideas into the hat and came up with these festive Gift Card Ornament Tags.  So, so fun (and easy) to make!

Authentique Jingle Gift Card Ornament Tags Video Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 02

Since I created a video tutorial for these tags, I won’t go into a lot of detail here. I’ll just show you the cute pictures with a quick comment.  Each tag has a ribbon/button hanger on the top.  I could see these hung on a tree, or strung on a banner or stocking hangers.  That way , they are also home decor.

Authentique Jingle Gift Card Ornament Tags Video Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 03

The reverse side of each tag has a cute little gift card holder.  These are made with Eileen Hull’s Credit Card Sleeves and Tags Dies from Sizzix.

Authentique Jingle Gift Card Ornament Tags Video Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 04

I die cut numbers from a retired My Favorite Things die set.

Authentique Jingle Gift Card Ornament Tags Video Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 05

This tag has a cute magnetic folio attached to the back.

Authentique Jingle Gift Card Ornament Tags Video Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 06

There’s the gift card holder and room to write a note and/or add a photo.

Authentique Jingle Gift Card Ornament Tags Video Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 07

This is the tag we will make together in the video tutorial.  I’ve used the G45 Square Tag and Clock Dies on all these tags.

Authentique Jingle Gift Card Ornament Tags Video Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 09

The back side has another cute magnetic folio.

Authentique Jingle Gift Card Ornament Tags Video Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 10

With the gift card holder tucked inside.

Authentique Jingle Gift Card Ornament Tags Video Tutorial

So are you ready to get your craft on?  This video has a short overview of each project with tips and tricks to help you re-create them.  Then there’s a full tutorial for the final tag.  Enjoy!

Thanks so much for hanging with me!  I know this was a long post!  But I really wanted to share measurements, tips and instructions with you.  You’ll find the linked supply list below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!



Authentique Jingle Supply List

All projects use the Authentique Jingle 12×12 Collection Kit and 12×12 Components (comes with collection kit)  If you make all 3 projects, you may need more than one collection kit.  I’ve organized the supply list by project for your convenience.

Please Note: I link to products whenever possible.  However, some items have been in my stash a long time and I no longer know where they came from.  Other items may be retired.  Find substitutes in your stash.

Easel Step Card:

Jingle Mini Christmas Waterfall Folio

Jingle Gift Card Ornament Tags

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Snapguide Tutorial

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Snapguide Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Happy Saturday!  I’m up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog today with a Saturday Step x Step.  For your convenience, I’m also posting the White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Snapguide Tutorial here on my blog.  This is the project I  made for the Most Memorable Gift Challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  You can find the original post HERE.

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Snapguide Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 1The tutorial focuses on the steps I used to create the shaker window element, prepare the tag base and add the basic layers.  I hope you enjoy!

Check out How to Create a Christmas Shaker Window Element by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Wishing you an oasis of calm and rest in the midst of this busy season!

Thanks for stopping by!



White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Products from The Funkie Junkie Boutique

More Merry Christmas Cards

More Merry Christmas Cards with Polly’s Paper Studio Goodies

Hello, Friends!  How are you coming along with your Christmas card/gift list?  Little by little I’m getting it all done…or as done as it is going to be!  LOL  I have a couple more Merry Christmas Cards to share with you here today.  This time, I’ve used gorgeous vintage and retro tags from Polly’s Paper Studio.  You are going to love these sweet images.

Christmas Joy Hanger Card Look at the precious faces on this darling wood grain tag.  If that doesn’t make you feel like smiling, then you need a dose of christmas punch!   I downloaded the tag from Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy Shop and printed it onto matte photo paper.  It took hardly any time at all to layer it up with cute papers from MME Joyous Christmas, Black Plaid Ribbon from RRR, and Petaloo Burlap Poinsettias.

I designed this with a hanger so that I could dress up a bottle of holiday cheer.  It looks fabulous on a wine bottle, or even a bottle of really good olive oil.  As a bonus, you can hang it on a door knob or even on a Christmas tree.

Christmas Angel Gift Card Holder

Next I created a gift card holder using the Black Plaid Vintage Christmas Tags digital download. I fell in love with this sweet angel face.

A mini file folder is a great spot to tuck in festive Christmas goodies!

I added another tag from the download along with a little chocolate treat and a candy cane.  This is such a fun way to present a gift card, don’t you think?

I know you’re as busy as I am, so I won’t take up any more of your time.  I just thought I’d share in case your Christmas mojo needed a boost!

Thanks for stopping by!







Snow Much Fun at the Petaloo Authentique Holiday Hop

Petaloo Authentique Holiday Hop with Prizes: Snow Much Fun!

Hello, Friends!  Did you know about the wonderful holiday blog hop with Petaloo and Authentique?  This is Day 4, and it’s my turn to share some great ideas for holiday gifts and cards.  This is going to be snow much fun!


Don’t you just love these patterned papers and images?  They are Authentique’s Classic Christmas collection and they are just my style!  In its former life, this little wooden sled was dark and dreary.  I gave it a vintage facelift with a coat of white gesso followed by DecoArt Crackle Texture Paste.  To add shimmer, I dusted on some Perfect Pearl Medium.I wanted the crackle texture to really show, so I also dusted on some Heirloom Gold.  I had snow much fun making this sled holiday ready!

dashing-through-the-snow-altered-sled-by-kathy-clement-for-petaloo-authentique-blog-hop-photo-1I love the Petaloo holiday flowers for the beautiful color and texture they add to this pretty little sled.  In case you’re wondering, the sled measures 17″ tall x 7″ wide. Perfect for a holiday mantel or under the tree!  Here are some detail photos for you:


Green and White Holiday Wreath


Because I was having snow much fun, and since my work space was already strewn with all kinds of Christmas goodness, I decided to go ahead and make this little holiday wreath.  The base is Styrofoam by Floracraft.  I wrapped the base with wired burlap ribbon and some fancy trim.  It was easy as pie!  These regal white velvet poinsettia are so elegant when paired up with Ivory Silky Crush Ribbon.  I backed the wreath with a sentiment from Classic Christmas, then added a wee Santa and tree.  You could make one of these in a jiffy, my friends!  Wouldn’t it be a great hostess gift for the holidays?

Christmas: It’s All About the Cards!


You honestly didn’t think I could finish up this play session without making a card, did you?  This image from Classic Christmas caught my eye right away.  I dressed this little Christmas Belle up with some UTEE and glitter, then surrounded her with twinkling star sequins, sugared berries, a golden deer, Antique Gold Ribbon and a gorgeous Petaloo posy.

woodland-christmas-card-by-kathy-clement-for-petaloo-authentique-blog-hop-photo-3I love the way the music paper on the back side of the image sort of bled through during the UTEE treatment.  My custom flower is made by stacking an Ivory Canvas Briar Rose atop one of those pretty white poinsettia.

woodland-christmas-card-by-kathy-clement-for-petaloo-authentique-blog-hop-photo-2Inside, I’ve added a gift card envelope that slips neatly behind the belly band on the left.

You’ll want to be sure to pop over to the Petaloo  and Authentique Blogs to leave comments because there’s a wonderful prize package connected to this hop!  I just know you’ll have snow much fun with these goodies if you win.

Thanks for stopping by!  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.



Product Links:

Products from Petaloo International by Floracraft

Holiday Mix Canvas Briar Rose

Regal Velvet Poinsettia, White

Peach Sugared Berry Clusters

Red Lace Fancy trims

Ivory Textured Poinsettia

Pine Picks with Cones & Berries

Vintage Velvet Holly Leaf Picks

Vintage Velvet Holly Leaves

Lollipop Tag Basket with Graphic 45 St Nicholas

all-i-want-for-christmas-lollipop-basket-saint-nicholas-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-1All I Want for Christmas is a Lollipop Tag Basket

Hello, G 45’ers!

What do you want for Christmas?  All I Want for Christmas is….a Lollipop Tag Basket made with Graphic 45 St. Nicholas paper.  What?  Settle in, and I’ll tell you a Christmas story…

Lollypops for Christmas

Children make everything about Christmas more fun and more memorable.  I think each family develops their own unique traditions that make the holiday uniquely their own. I always try to keep lollipops on hand at Christmas time.  Here’s why.

When our first grandchild Sophie was two, she took her first trip to visit Santa.  When I saw her the next day and asked her what she liked the best, she said without hesitation, “The wobbyhop.”  I gave her mama a questioning look and she said, “Santa gave Sophie a lollipop.”  Aaaah!  And we all thought it was so cute, that we didn’t try to change the pronunciation.

Hoping to get the inside line on what items she had on her wish list, my  next question to Sophie was, “So what did you tell Santa you wanted for Christmas?”

Without blinking an eye, she turned a sweet smile on me and said, “Wobbyhops!” I think every aunt, uncle, and grandparent bought her lollipops that year!

And that is the story behind  this sweet lollipop tag basket made with the wonderful Saint Nicholas collection.

From Farmer’s Market to Holiday Table

all-i-want-for-christmas-lollipop-basket-saint-nicholas-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-6This basket started its life as an ordinary green fiberboard berry basket that I purchased filled with luscious berries at our local Farmer’s Market.  Being the packrat….er…. resourceful person that I am, it was neatly set aside in the Closet of Shame for future consideration.  When the idea for this lollipop tag basket was born, it was transformed with some white acrylic paint.  Which really did make it look better.  But it needed a little “something something” to make it holiday worthy.  Glimmer mist to the rescue!  I sprayed it liberally with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer mist, heat drying it as I worked.  I didn’t want to let the Glimmer Mist penetrate the fibers for fear that they would crumble.  The cool thing is, it ended up looking almost like ceramic and feeling super sturdy.

A Tisket, A Tasket, Lollipop Tags in a Basket

all-i-want-for-christmas-lollipop-basket-saint-nicholas-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-5These tags are another quick and easy make.  They are all cut from the 12×12 pages of St. Nicholas.  I matted them on black cardstock to make a sturdy base that would stand up in the basket.   As a bonus, you can now write a note or mount a picture on the back of the tag!  How cool is that? Then I just added some ribbon, a lollipop, Petaloo posies and a little punch out tag.  Easy peasy!

all-i-want-for-christmas-lollipop-basket-saint-nicholas-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-3Love these Petaloo Regal Velvet Poinsettia and Pine cone picks!

all-i-want-for-christmas-lollipop-basket-saint-nicholas-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-4A big poufy bow was tied with 1.5″ wide red plaid ribbon.

all-i-want-for-christmas-lollipop-basket-saint-nicholas-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-11 all-i-want-for-christmas-lollipop-basket-saint-nicholas-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-10 all-i-want-for-christmas-lollipop-basket-saint-nicholas-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-8 all-i-want-for-christmas-lollipop-basket-saint-nicholas-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-7These would also be cute done with candy canes….but Sophie made the decision years ago….Christmas is for “wobbyhops!”

Thanks for stopping by!