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Party Hat Slimline Birthday Card Tutorial

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Party Hat Slimline Birthday Card Tutorial: February 2024 Birthday Card of the Month

Hello, Friends!  How about an adorable Party Hat Slimline Birthday Card Tutorial?  What fun I had creating this vintage style card!  In fact, I like this card so much, I decided to make it our February 2024 Birthday Card of the Month.

This is another one of my “scrappy wonders” made with bits and bobs of Photoplay Hello, Lovely that were left after our “Make a Stack” video tutorial. I invited some paper pretties from Reneabouquets to the party along with a vintage ephemera photo that I’ve had in my stash for a long, long time.

Put on Your Party Dress….and Hat, too

Why make a slimline card, you may ask?  Well, the size and shape of my paper scraps had everything to do with that decision.  They were mostly all long and skinny.  So it made sense to create this 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ slimline card base.

You could call this card a one sheet wonder, as I only used 1 sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock to create the base.  Here’s how:

  • First, place the 11″ side of a sheet of cardstock on your scoring tool.
  • Now score at 4 1/4″ and 4 1/2″.
  • Then score at 8 3/4″ and 9″.

That’s all there is to it!  The 2″ flap on the far right will become a pocket once you add 1 3/4″ x 1 1/4″ gussets to the top and bottom edge.  (Score those gussets at 1/2″ and 3/4″.  You’ll see me do this in the video tutorial.

Party on the Inside

Create a party on the inside of this card by adding pockets, chocolate, gift card wallet and sweet little magnet on the inside.

With a little paper piecing, those bits and bobs of Hello, Lovely papers made an adorable birthday card, don’t you think?

Party Hat Slimline Birthday Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how I created this fun card with just scraps of a lovely paper collection, please enjoy the video tutorial on my YouTube Channel.

Did you enjoy seeing this sweet card come together?  What do you do with your pretty paper scraps?  I’d love to hear your ideas in the comment section below.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Birthday Card of the Month with Mintay Chocolate Kiss

January 2024 Birthday Card of the Month with Mintay Chocolate Kiss and Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  Today we’re going to create our January 2024 Birthday Card of the Month with Mintay Chocolate Kiss and some paper pretties from Reneabouquets.  Working with this scrumptious paper collection had me craving some sweet treats, let me tell you!

First, I had to decide what type of card to make.  After all, this is our very first Birthday Card of the Month tutorial.  It needs to set the tone.  Easel cards are probably my favorite fancy fold design. I never get tired of making them.  Then, I decided to tweak the basic easel card design to make it even more fun.

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How?  Well, how about a bookmark pocket built into the cover of the card?  You’ll learn how to do this in the video tutorial below.

A Peek Inside

Stamped birthday sentiments from my stash,  fussy cut images, and flirty butterflies  helped dress up the card design inside and out!  The interior pocket acts as a stopper for the easel mechanism, but it also provides a lovely spot to tuck in some birthday treats!

One simply must place chocolate in a chocolate themed birthday card.  And if one is going to enjoy a bit of chocolate, it should be accompanied by a cuppa. Don’t you agree?  I also dressed up that sweet little tag with an itty bitty notecard and a surprise flap element on the back side.  All will be revealed in the video tutorial below.

Birthday Card of the Month with Mintay Chocolate Kiss Tutorial on YouTube

Would you like to take a closer look at the Mintay Chocolate Kiss collection?  Learn how to create the layers on this sweet birthday card and more as you watch the video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

Of course, you could easily use this card for Valentine’s Day.  Simply change up the sentiments, and you’re good to go!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

I’ll be back on Thursday with a fun mixed media Valentine tutorial.  Sound like fun?

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Mintay White Christmas Shaker Folio Tutorial

Mintay White Christmas Shaker Folio Tutorial-Reneabouquets-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

Hello, Friends!  Well, I’m back from my break and ready to share this lovely Mintay White Christmas Shaker Folio Tutorial with you for Make & Take Tuesday.  I hope your Thanksgiving weekend was restful and restorative.  We enjoyed lots of good things to eat, lots of hugs, big laughs, great conversations and even time to rest.  What could possibly be better?

But now it’s time to get serious about Christmas crafting!  So many projects are dancing in my head, and only a few days to bring them to life.  I have quite a few new Christmas collections in my stash, and I’m excited to share them with you as we move through this festive season.

Mintay White Christmas is probably my favorite new Christmas collection this year.  It has just the right mix of traditional and fresh colors, patterns and images. Plan on seeing this collection pop up again in future projects, friends!

Reneabouquets Snowflake Shaker Frame

Reneabouquets snowflakes are so detailed and delicate, you can use them right out of the package.  But you know me…I’m going to gild the lily whenever I can!  So I heat embossed them with WOW! Powdered Snow embossing powder.  I wish you could see this 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ folio in real life because it positively glistens like fresh fallen snow.

TIP:  Add a little spice to your flower cascade by tucking fussy cut candy canes, cookies and snowflakes in between the flowers.

The Ribbon Closure and Spine

In keeping with the shabby chic design of this folio, I added torn linen ribbon as a closure.  I love the texture this adds, and the red centers of the snowflakes are a near perfect match for the paper collection.

TIP:  To keep the ribbon from fraying, place a little Dries Clear Adhesive on your fingertips, then brush them lightly over the edges.  It really works!

A Peek Inside

Designing folio bases is probably my favorite crafty pursuit.  I love to look for ways to add interactive elements so that flipping through the pages is an interactive experience.   So we will add a flip page on the left and a pull out folio on the right hand side of this album.

For even more fun, I’ve added a kinetic waterfall feature on the right and a sweet little gatefold door in the center panel.

Want to see what’s behind the door?  Well, you’ll have to watch the video to find out!

Mintay White Christmas Shaker Folio Tutorial on YouTube

This is one of my longer tutorials, so you might want to grab a cuppa, a snack, and put your feet up before you hit play.  We’ll start with a walk through of the paper collection, then I’ll share the finished folio with you.  After that, we’ll get to work building the folio base and adding the various elements.

For your convenience, you can find the basic measurements in the description box below the video on my YouTube channel.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another Christmas card featuring Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I look forward to seeing you then!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 December Flower Market Folio Tutorial

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Graphic 45 December Flower Market Folio Tutorial with G45 Warm Wishes

Hello, Friends!  I’m excited to share this Graphic 45 December Flower Market Tutorial with you for several different reasons.  First, it turned out to be the prettiest month of all.  Then, it’s December so I added some extra “bells and whistles” to provide more room for photos.  And finally, this tutorial completes this year-long monthly folio series.  What a year!  For those of you have stuck with this series from beginning to end, I salute you!  Once you complete this folio, you’ll have a gorgeous stack of floral themed folios to enjoy for years to come.

Our “guest star” paper collection for this month is Graphic 45 Warm Wishes.  Wait until you see how beautifully these two paper collections compliment one another.

The deeper tones of Warm Wishes provide depth and contrast to the lighter colored Flower Market pages.  Many of you will have this beautiful collection in your stash.  But if you don’t just use whatever you have on hand and it will be beautiful.

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You’ll find even more room for photos and more interactive pages, like this gatefold feature, built into the folio this month.

A Peek Inside

 

There is so much room for journaling and memory keeping in this month’s folio.  We follow the same basic format as in the previous months but added more special tags, mini folios and flaps so you can capture those special  holiday moments.

We also do a lot of simple layering techniques to build in a sense of depth and dimension without adding bulk.

Christmas cardinals and poinsettias are wonderful playmates!

Room for Large Photos

This lateral waterfall page is probably my favorite.  I love the way you lift the top flap, then the magnetic belt to reveal the large photo mats tucked inside.

And the colors are gorgeous together!

Here’s the center pocket dressed up with a sweet doily from Annette Green’s dies, a word border and postage stamp.

You can find last month’s folio and a link to previous folios HERE. For a playlist of all my G45 Flower Market Folios on YouTube, click HERE.

Graphic 45 December Flower Market Folio Tutorial on YouTube

So are you ready to create this final Flower Market Folio together?  If so, grab a cuppa and a snack, because this is a BIG tutorial and you will need sustenance to get you through.

Well, we did it, friends!  Twelve monthly folios using this gorgeous paper collection all done and dusted.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this series as much as I have.

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends.

Cheerio, 

kathy

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Graphic 45 November Flower Market Folio Tutorial

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Graphic 45 November Flower Market Folio Tutorial with Simple Stories Country Harvest

Hello, Friends!  I’m a little late with this Graphic 45 November Flower Market Folio Tutorial, but it’s still Make & Take Tuesday, right?  It was a busy weekend with family, and I’m prepping for company, so I’m running a bit behind today.

This is our 11th Flower Market Folio of the month.  Can you believe it? This year has really gone by so fast that it hardly seems possible.  If you are new to my blog, and would like to get caught up on this monthly folio series, you can find the rest of the tutorials HERE.  The tutorials are also available on my Make & Take Tuesday Playlist on YouTube.

Chrysanthemums the Word!

When I think of fall flowers, I think of chrysanthemums.  I am so happy they are the featured flower on this month’s folio!  Yellow Gold, Green and Orange Red matting layers lend fall flavor to the design.

Our “guest star” collection this month is Simple Stories Country Harvest Collection. I was delighted to find how well the colors and images mixed with the beautiful G45 papers.  Annette Green’s Everythings Blooming Postage Frames, Lacy Borders and Small Doilies added some fun elements to the design, too.

You’ll want to pull out your Graphic 45 File Folder Die so you can make this sweet pocket inside the folio.

And the adornments die frame is a perfect fit for the large postage stamps.

Lots of Flips, Flaps and Pockets

Interactive elements make a folio so much more fun, don’t you think?  The G45 Pocket and Tag Die is a great place to tuck in journaling cards and a small tag.

I had enough of our guest star paper to add this sweet little waterfall feature behind the flap.

Here’s a look at the bottom half of the folio.  Flap pages are located on the sides and a lovely pocket fills the center panel.

That pocket is a perfect home for all these fun tuck ins.  You’ll learn all about them in the video tutorial below.

Graphic 45 November Flower Market Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how this month’s folio came together, grab a cuppa, a snack and settle down someplace cozy.

We only have one folio left to make, and then we are done with this series.  If you have requests for series in 2024, please share with me in the comment section below.  I always like to hear what you are interested in.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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