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Bees, Bunnies and Blooms Slimline Tea Party in a Box

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Bees, Bunnies and Blooms Slimline Tea Party in a Box with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  This cheery Bees, Bunnies and Blooms Slimline Tea Party in a Box reminds me that the azaleas will soon be blooming in North Carolina!  I haven’t spotted my first bee yet, but the plum tree is in full bloom, and the crabapple tree promises to burst out any day now.  Spring is such a welcome season and I especially love the beautiful flowers that accompany it.

I’ve wrapped the front of this 8 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ slimline card with gorgeous White Organza  with a Satin Center Ribbon.  The airy edges of the ribbon add a lovely springtime feeling to the Photoplay Bunnies and Blossoms papers.   And sweet bees from Reneabouquets pick up on the little bees in the blue floral paper.

Spring Flowers

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I’m very fond of the peachy/coral tones of the pretty flowers on this card, too. I’ve added Cosmos Daisies and Cherry Blossoms in with a gorgeous lily that I found in my stash.  Iridescent Metallic String adds another layer of shimmer beneath the blossoms.

Bees, Bunnies and Blooms Tea Party in a Box: A Peek Inside

Slimline cards provide room for a nice, deep pocket that can hold all kinds of goodies!

I have dressed up a 4-pack of Mixed Berry Zinger tea bags with scraps of pretty paper from the collection.  Then I gift wrapped a package of Biscoff cookies, tossed in a little chocolate, a honey stick and a vintage demitasse spoon to complete the tea party.  Use stickers to add a pop of color to the blank sentiment card that also fits in the pocket.

I’m so enjoying my spring papers and spring flowers!  Have you started creating for spring yet?  It will be here before we know it!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Ship to Shore Easy Mini Album Project Share

Photoplay Ship to Shore Easy Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Photoplay Ship to Shore Easy Mini Album Project Share with Tips for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  It’s Make & Take Tuesday, and I have a really fun Photoplay Ship to Shore Mini Album Project  Share for you.  This is wedding week, and I have a bunch of little loose ends to tie up before the big day.  So I didn’t have time to create a details tutorial for you.  But I will share lots of tips in the video.  Honestly, this cute little mini album is so easy to make, I think you’ll be able to figure it out from the project share video and the tips.

Card Base Mini Album: How it Happened

In the process of re-organizing a few things in the studio, I ran across a huge stash of multi-colored 5 1/2″ square card bases.  I vaguely remember buying them in bulk at a super reduced clearance sale years ago.  But when they arrived, I discovered they were super flimsy…maybe 45# weight…and not suitable for supporting the heavily layered and embellished cards that I make.

Over the years, I’ve moved them here and there, contemplated tossing them, given them to the grandgirls to play with and thought to myself, “some day, I’ll know just what to do with you.”  Well, this is that day!  Lo and behold, they work perfectly for a quick and easy mini album base!

Shipshape Stacked Card Base Mini Album

Look how cute it turned out!  And when I say easy to make, I am not joking.  Here’s how I assembled the album base.

  • First, locate a stack of unloved card bases.  Mine all matched, but mix and match would work too.  They should all be the same size, however.
  • Cut one of the card bases into 1″ wide strips.
  • Next, score each 1″ x 5 1/2″ strip in half from top to bottom.  Now you will have a whole stack of 1/2″ wide hinges or gussets.
  • Now adhere each gusset to the back side of each card base.  My fold was on the LEFT, so I glued the folded edge of my hinge/gusset against the left hand edge of each card.
  • Then, glue the back side of each hinge/gusset to the front of the  next card base, also on the left.
  • Continue until you have as many “pages” as you desire for your album.
  • Now cut liners for each page.  Since my album is 5 1/2″ square, I cut 5 3/8″ liners.  The liners will cover up the hinges!
Hidden Pocket Pages

The hidden pocket pages are equally easy to make.

  • Before you glue down your designer paper liner, create gussets or hinges for the sides and bottom of the album base.  These are identical to the hinges you cut to join the card bases together, but just cut them a little shorter. I cut mine 1″ x 5 1/4″.
  • Once your gussets are in place, adhere your paper liner to the gussets, forming a lovely pocket.
  • Create the pull out page for the pocket by cutting the 5 1/2″ card base down to 5″ x 5″.

Quick and Easy Pocket Pages and Tip-In Pages

To make the pocket pages, simply fold the right hand side of a page back 2″ and crease.  Add gussets to the top and bottom of the page and voila!  Instant pocket!

Create a tip-in page by cutting your designer paper wider than the base page.  Because I wanted a 3 1/2″ flap , I cut my paper 3 1/2″ wider than the base page.  Then score at 5 3/8″ and fold.  Easy peasy!

Waterfall Pages

The back side of the “short” pocket pages are sized perfectly for waterfall features.  So as you can see, even though this album is on the small side, there’s lots of room for 4×4 photos, journaling and photo booth sized pics.

Photoplay Ship to Shore Easy Mini Album Project Share with Tips on YouTube

If you’d like to join me for a sight-seeing tour of this new Photoplay Paper collection and a walk through of the mini album with tips, please enjoy this Ship to Shore Easy Mini Album on my YouTube channel.

Even though I’m traveling this week, I’ll be back on Thursday with a quick and easy card-making tutorial for Throwback Thursday!

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

Now go get your craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Photoplay Showers & Flowers Slimline Waterfall

Photoplay Showers & Flowers Slimline Waterfall Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Photoplay Showers & Flowers Slimline Waterfall Card Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  It’s grey, cold and gloomy here in North Carolina, so I thought we’d make this cheery Photoplay Showers & Flowers Slimline Waterfall Card today.  Let’s face it: sometimes  you have to make your own sunshine!  This vibrant new collection is the perfect way to chase away the winter blues!

Photoplay Showers & Flowers Slimline Waterfall Card Tutorial for Make and Take Tuesday Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

This 3 5/8″ x 8 5/8″ slimline card base is made with Photoplay’s new Slimline Waterfall Card Kit.  What an easy way to  make a waterfall card! Although the card kit features the waterfall on the outside of the card, I decided to turn things “inside out.”  If you join me for the tutorial, you’ll see how simple Photoplay has made it to construct this kinetic card.

A Peek Inside

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How fun to find this darling waterfall element waiting inside the card!  And don’t you just love these bold colors and happy patterned papers? Grey skies?  What grey skies?  My studio is filled with springtime sunshine right now!

Photoplay Showers & Flowers Slimline Waterfall Card Tutorial on YouTube

What do you say we make this sweet springtime card together?  You can follow along in this YouTube video tutorial.

There are no daffodils in my part of the world yet, but I do see the buds on our plum tree growing fatter with each passing day.  And, there are Robins in the back yard, so spring cannot be too terribly far behind.  Until it arrives, I’ll think I’ll keep this paper collection handy!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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10 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway

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Hello, Friends!  This week I’m celebrating a major milestone with a 10 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway!  On January 13, 2013, I took the plunge into blog land with my very first blog post. I knew absolutely nothing about blogging (except that I enjoyed reading blog posts from my favorite crafters).  My tech skills were pretty much non-existent.  But I had a strong desire to educate and inspire other crafters about the joys of working with paper. So I plunged in and have never looked back.

Ten years of blogging represents countless hours sitting in front of a screen tapping out posts, thousands of hours of behind the scenes editing photos, self-education, experimenting, picking up spilled buttons (and sequins and glitter, sadly!) and tens of thousands of hours of pure pleasure spent playing with paper.  A few of  you have been on this journey with me from the very beginning; some of  you have only recently discovered Kathy by Design. To all of you, a great big thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking this wild ride with me.  You are the best blog buddies out there, and I am thankful for the many meaningful online relationships forged because of this blog.

So, a giveaway seems to be in order.  Actually…more than one giveaway…but all will be revealed as the week goes on!  Let’s get down to business with today’s Make & Take Tuesday Tutorial, shall we?

Cupid’s Sweetheart Café Slimline Tea Party in a Box with Reneabouquets

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Valentine’s Day is coming up hard and fast, and PhotoPlay paper has released a gorgeous collection to help us celebrate.  The thing I love the most about Cupid’s Sweetheart Café (apart from the name) is the fact that this is so much more than just a Valentine’s Day collection.  So today I’m going to show you how to create a non-Valentine project with these pretty papers!

PhotoPlay Cupid's Sweetheart Cafe Tea party in a Box card tutorial by Kathy Clement

Of course, you could use this 4″ x 8 1/2″ Tea Party in a Box Shaker card as a Valentine if you wanted to.  But it also makes a lovely birthday, get well, or friendship card.  I’ve dressed up the paper collection with some beautiful roses, ribbons and Reneabouquets paper pretties.

I think you’ll enjoy the simple construction of the card cover.  I let the patterned papers, roses,  chippies and  shaker element do all the heavy lifting.  The tutorial shows you how to create the cut-away slimline card base.  I did not have time to do a tutorial for the inside of the card.  But, you can learn how to create all kinds of pockets, including box pockets,  in THIS Papercrafting 101 tutorial.

A Peek Inside

Tea Party in a Box Card Tutorial, Kathy Clement, Kathy by Design

The inside of the card is so much fun with all the beautiful patterned papers.  And how do you feel about pink with red?  It’s not a color combo I use all the time, but it works here, I think.

Cupid's Sweetheart Cafe Tea Party in a Box Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

This tea party in a box consists of a wrapped tea sachet, cookie treat, honey stick and a little sleeve of Dove chocolates.  It’s the perfect way to send a little love!

10 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway and Tutorial on my YouTube Channel

You can find out what I’m giving away today and learn how to make this sweet Tea Party in a Box card over on my YouTube channel.  To enter the giveaway you need to:

  • Subscribe to my YouTube channel.
  • Leave a comment on the YouTube channel, not here on the blog.
  • Live in the Continental US (sorry that International shipping is so expensive.
  • Watch and comment before 12 NOON EST on Friday, January 13th.
  • Winner will be announced on my YouTube channel on Saturday, January 14th.

I hope you enjoy the video tutorial:

I will have another giveaway on my BLOG tomorrow, and a final giveaway that I will announce on Saturday on my YouTube channel!  So lots of fun and celebration at Kathy by Design this week.  Thanks for helping me party!

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

Cheerio,

kathy

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Photoplay Winter Chalet Folio Project Share

Photoplay Winter Chalet Folio with Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Photoplay Winter Chalet Folio Project Share for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  This sweet Photoplay Winter Chalet Folio is my “Pre-Thanksgiving” Make & Take Tuesday project.  I had just enough time in my schedule (well, not really…but who can resist new paper?) to get this sweet folio put together.  After this, I plan to hang up my crafting apron and put on my pie baking apron.  You won’t hear from me again until Friday’s Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team Blog Hop.

This is a busy week for most of us with houses to dust and menus to plan and trips to the grocery store.  Thanksgiving, after all, is “The Cooking Olympics”.  But I thought you might enjoy grabbing a cuppa with me before the games begin!

Although there is no tutorial this week, I will share a lovely new paper collection and a fun “DIY” Photoplay folio to share with you.  All the online sites are offering Black Friday specials, so I might as well tempt you with some new paper pretties to place in your shopping cart right?

Warm & Cozy Winter Chalet

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Right off the bat, the color palette of this collection grabbed my attention.  You just can’t go wrong with blue, green, brown and cream in a winter collection!  Toss in the darling images and delightful patterns of this collection and you’ve got a real winner in my book!

Alter a Prima Resin Frame with Nuvo Toasted Almond Mousse and Metallic Wax to add to the winter vibe.  Surround the shaker frame with sparkling snowflakes, winter florals and  elegant ribbon.  Now you have a folio that  you’ll be happy to display all winter long!

Dangle Charm

Here’s a peek at the sweet little dangle charm on the album spine.  I chose charms that will transfer over from Christmas to winter with no problem.

A Peek Inside

This flap style folio offers lots and lots of room for large photos.  Each of these front flaps opens to reveal some really fun interactive pages beneath.

Look how huge this folio is when it is opened!  There are so many elements to look at that I created a short video tour so you can see them all.  I also share helpful tips as we walk through the project.

Photoplay Winter Chalet Folio Project Share on YouTube

I hope you’ll enjoy walking through this Winter Chalet Wonderland with me in this YouTube video.

If you have time on your hands, and would like to enjoy archived Thanksgiving posts from years gone by, please click HERE.  There are even some great tutorials that might come in handy before the holiday!

I’ve added a linked supply list below this post for your convenience.

I wish you all a blessed, happy, and gratitude-filled Thanksgiving.  Don’t forget to save a slice of pie for breakfast on Friday!  I’ll see you then with my Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop post.

I am truly thankful for each and every one of you.  Sharing my passion for paper with you brings me so much joy.  Group hug, everybody!

Cheerio,

kathy