Category Archives: Make & Take Tuesday

Mermaid Garden Shaker Card Tutorial

Reneabouquets By the Sea Collection Blue Fern Seaside Cottage Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Mermaid’s Garden Shaker Card Tutorial with Reneabouquets & Blue Fern

Hello, Friends!  I’m moving a bit slow after a very busy Memorial Day Weekend, but I wanted to pop in quickly to share this Mermaid Garden Shaker Card Tutorial with you.  We had company last week from Thursday through Monday morning.  Breakfast yesterday on the screen porch with our dear friends was beyond delightful.  Once they hit the road for home, I got the house set back in order, started the laundry and popped into the studio to put this Tuesday Tutorial together.

Reneabouquets By the Sea Collection

I probably should have just taken the rest of the day off, but I was so excited to dig into the new Reneabouquets By the Sea Collection that I forged ahead.  I’d received this lovely set in my last order from the shop, and had been itching to play with it.  This 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ top fold card is the final result.

Copper and aqua is one of my favorite color combinations, so all the elements in this collection made me super happy!  Here’s how the cover of this Mermaid’s Garden came together:

  • First, adhere a layer of Sea Shell Lace on the bottom 1/4″ of the prepared card base.
  • Then, heat emboss the square Seashell Beautiful Board Frame with WOW! Vintage Peacock Embossing Powder.
  • Next, adhere clear cardstock (acetate sheet) to the back side of the frame.
  • Now, adhere 3 rows of 1/8″ foam tape around the inside edges of the frame.
  • Fill the frame with By the Sea Beautiful Beads, Itty Bitty Starfish, and a sequin mix.
  • Then cut a 4 1/2″ square of designer paper from Blue Fern’s Seaside Cottage collection.  Add ephemera to the center of the panel and use it as the backer for the shaker frame.
  • Next, place foam tape on the back of the By the Sea Mermaid and adhere in the lower right hand corner.

Embellish the frame with the Sea Glass Glass Wing Butterfly, By the Sea Mulberry Flowers and Leaves and more Beautiful Beads.  Brush the flowers lightly with Stamperia’s Gold Dew Glamour Gel.

A Peek Inside

Do you spy these darling aqua seahorses?  They are part of the By the Sea Collection, too!

The trinkets on this bookmark are also part of the By the Sea Collection.  So perfect for summer/beach themed projects!

There’s even a sea horse hiding inside the flap page where you’ll find this gift card pocket.

Mermaid’s Garden Shaker Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see me work on this beachy creation, please enjoy this short video tutorial.

I think I was more tired than I realized, because at one point, I just stopped talking entirely!  So as a consolation prize, I added lots of Dale’s pretty music to entertain you.  You will probably also notice that I changed some things up after I finished the video.  I came in fresh and rested this morning, and added more Beautiful Beads to the bottom of the card, brushed the flowers with glimmer gel, and removed the trinkets from the floral cluster.  All good choices, I think!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post!  Thanks for stopping by, my friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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June Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial

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June Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  I’m back from a week at the beach, and ready to share this adorable June Gnome of the Month Shaker Folio with you.  I had a chance to run away for a little beach therapy last week, and it was glorious!  Our eldest daughter rented a house just one row back from the beach.  We were joined by our eldest son’s family (yes…the Littles were there…so I was a happy Nan!).

The weather could not have been more perfect: sunny skies, breezy, warm but not hot, glorious sunrises and sunsets…and we even saw a few dolphins.  Turns out being a beach bum for a week is good for the soul.  But now I’m back in the studio and ready to get my craft on.

Gnome Salute to Dad

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I really appreciate that Photoplay chose to honor Dads in their June papers.  Putting this 6×6 masculine gnome card folio together was a blast!  From Mr. Fix It on the cover, to the Cool Dad gnome mobile, these papers are cute, cute, cute!

Make Your Own Shaker Frame!

This month, we’re going to make our own shaker frame.  Don’t panic!  It’s not at all hard to do!

  • First, select a square die from your stash,  I used the Spellbinders Scalloped Circle Nestabilities #2 die for my frame.  You can use whatever square die you have in your stash.
  • Next, line the die up on a piece of heavy cardstock so that you have about a 3/8″ border on all sides.  Once the die is straight and even, use a little tape to hold it in place.
  • Now, run through your die cutting machine.  Remove the die cut from the center of the paper and save it for later use.
  • Then trim the sides of the piece that is left so that they are all even.  This is your frame.
  • Next, back it with a piece of clear cardstock (acetate sheet) and 3 layers of 1/8″ foam tape.
  • Finally, fill the shaker frame with itty bitty metal tool embellishments, small gears, sequins and stars.  Voila!  Super cute, super masculine shaker frame!
A Peek Inside

Here’s a look at the inside of this adorable folio.  It looks pretty much the same as the January-May folios….but upon closer examination, you will see that I did change the design up a bit.

I figured out how to turn the calendar page into a hidden flap page.  This makes more room for photos.  And now you can see how I used the die cut scalloped square, too!

Of course we have lots of pockets, tags and mini folios tucked inside.

This folio would be a great Father’s Day gift, filled with photos and messages for Dad.  If you’d like to learn how to make it, please enjoy the video tutorial below.

June Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial on YouTube

I’ll be back tomorrow with a super cute beach themed card project.  Thursday we’ll make our Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Folio, and Friday is the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop!  On Saturday, our dear friends from Atlanta are coming to spend a few days.  I guess it’s a good thing I took a vacation last week!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.  If you need to get caught up on the January-May Folios, you can find them HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Cottage Life Card Tutorial

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Graphic 45 Cottage Life Card Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  This Graphic 45 Cottage Life Card Tutorial is our Make & Take Tuesday project for this week.  I had used this lovely collection to fill a special order for a mini album back in April.  Since I had quite a few scraps left over, I decided we’d make a card using only the offcuts from that project.  I did allow myself to use ribbon, flowers, and some paper pretties from Reneabouquets to finish out the card design.  But all the  papers had already been cut.  Fun challenge?  I thought so!

Tips for Working with Scraps

Graphic 45 Cottage Life Card Tutorial Reneabouquets Beautiful Board Reneabouquets Butterflies Kathy by Design

As you’ll see in the video tutorial below, the first thing I do when I am going to create a card from scraps is to organize them.  First, create little piles so that all the off cuts from one pattern are together.  Then go in and arrange them by size.  This way, you can really see what you have to work with.  It’s also easier to select patterns and images that work well together when you do this step first.

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What do you do when you only have a small image to work with and it seems to disappear on the page?  Here are a few good ideas:

  • Try placing a doily or chipboard piece behind the image.  This will draw the eye to it and make it more visible.
  • Or, frame the image, as I did here.  A frame is always a good idea, but especially helpful when you have a small image to work with.
  • This Reneabouquets Flower Lady really draws the eye to the small floral cottage in the background.  She becomes part of the “story” .  Did she just come from the garden?  Is she going to join a friend for tea in the cottage?

Small details like this gorgeous butterfly help to frame the image, too.

A Peek Inside

The inside of this card is also quite lovely.  I’ve added a tea bag and honey stick to the pocket on the right.  Then I layered up more scraps and created a little blank sentiment panel on the left.

Cottage Life Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how this card came together, please enjoy this video tutorial.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks, ideas and inspiration that you can use in your next crafty adventure! If you’d like to see previous Make & Take Tuesday Tutorials, please click HERE.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Let it Bee Square Tag Mini Album Tutorial

Graphic 45 Let it Bee Square Tag Mini Album Tutorial Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Graphic 45 Let it Bee Square Tag Mini Album Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s Make & Take Tuesday, I have a sweet Graphic 45 Let it Bee Square Tag Mini Album Tutorial to share with you.  If you like little books, bees and cheery patterned paper, you are going to have fun today!

Graphic 45 Let it Bee Tag Album by Kathy Clement Reneabouquets Bees Bee Hive Photo 01

When i was on the Graphic 45 Design Team, I found all sorts of fun ways to alter tags.  But this adorable square tag mini album really is the Bee’s Knees, as they say!  The 4 3/4″ square size makes it adorable.  The paper collection gives it a wonderful vintage feel, and the fact that I was able to add a spine and tabbed pages gives you lots of opportunities to play with these delightful patterns and images.

First, I amped up the bee vibe by adding some Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board and Backgrounds to my cover design.  Then I tucked in Graphic 45 chips, Little Birdie Flowers, bee charms and Burlap String just for fun.

Here you can see the decorated spine.  Adding the chipboard piece to the spine helps to strengthen and stabilize it. Plus, it’s cute!  That’s always a win in my book! The tutorial will show you how to make the album base, add the tag pages, create a pull out mechanism and see how I was able to stretch my designer paper to cover the tage.

A Peek Inside

The fun starts on the very first page with a clever little pull out folio mechanism.

You’ll find tip in pages, flaps, and pockets here.  While this is designed to serve primarily as a lap book, I did leave a few spots for photos and journaling.

If you’re a fan of bees and sunflowers, this collection is pretty much a must have item for your stash.

I also used the doily and clock dies to help dress up my pages.  And here’s another of those gorgeous bees from Reneabouquets.

I also dressed up the pages with some of Renea’s Beautiful Bits Wildflowers Chips.

I even managed to find room for a little waterfall feature on the last page.  You’ll have to watch the video to see what’s hiding beneath it!

Graphic 45 Let it Bee Square Tag Mini Album Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how to build this sweet little mini album, please enjoy this video tutorial.

I can’t wait to play more with this gorgeous paper collection.  I’ve left it out on my desk, and I might try to sneak in just one more play date before the day is over.

Did  you enjoy today’s Tuesday Tutorial?  I’d love to hear what  you might make with this mini album design. You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Great Outdoors Masculine Card Folio Tutorial

Photoplay Great Outdoors Masculine Card Folio Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  I have a really fun Photoplay Great Outdoors Masculine Card Folio Tutorial for this week’s Make & Take Tuesday!  This little number is so quick and easy to make, adaptable for any theme or occasion, and loaded with all kinds of interactive elements.  I think you’re going to like it!

Score and Fold!

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You only need 2 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ kraft cardstock to build the base for this folio.

  • First, cut 2 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ kraft cardstock vertically at 6″ .  You will have (2) 6″ x 11″ paper panels.
  • Next, overlap the 6″ ends about 1/4″ and secure with adhesive.
  • Then place on your scoring tool and score at 3″, 6″ and 10″.  Fold on the 10″ score line and score again at 4″.
  • Now fold from the left:  mountain, valley, mountain, valley.
  • That’s it!  You just made yourself a really neat card folio base!

The real fun starts when you add your designer papers!  Be sure to include some flaps and turn tabs.

Hidden photo and journaling spots can be found behind the folio front.

Score and fold a whole strip of 3×4 images to create a surprise pull out page.  Now that’s fun!

The back page of this folio is a very generous 7 3/4″ x 6″.  That gives you lots of room to add pockets!

And why not tuck a little tag in between the page and the back cover?  Dig through your embellishments and see what you can find to create a charm dangle.  It’s a very manly charm dangle, of course!

Great Outdoors Masculine Card Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to build this folio base and see how I put my folio together, I hope you’ll enjoy this YouTube tutorial.

 

I’ll share a linked supply list below this post in case you want to add this playful masculine collection to  your Closet of Inspiration and Delight.

Thanks for stopping by!

Now go get your craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

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