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Throwback Thursday Saint Patrick’s Day Banner

Authjentique Clover March Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday Saint Patrick’s Day Banner

Hello, Friends!  I’m a bit late sharing this Throwback Thursday Saint Patrick’s Day Banner with you all.  But maybe you’ll still find time to get one made before the day comes and goes!   This Throwback Thursday banner features Authentique Paper’s lovely Clover collection.  If you don’t have this discontinued collection, you could substitute the March Calendar Collection and be just fine. It comes together very quickly thanks to a handy dandy die and G45 Ivory Tags from my stash.

TIP:  Create an interesting banner by alternating the shape of the pennants.  This banner uses G45 Ivory Regular Tags and Eileen Hull’s Sizzix House/Banner Stitchlet Dies.

Let’s take a look at each individual pennant in this cheery banner.

The Wearin’ of the Green

Begin by die cutting patterned paper to fit the Graphic 45 tags.  Add machine stitching around the edges, if desired.

Next, die cut the the pointed pennant with the Sizzix die.  You will need to do this once using the frame only with plain cardstock (I used Authentique Spectrum). Then die cut it a second time with the perforated insert centered inside.  Use your patterned paper this time.  Now put the patterned paper in your cutter and trim away the edges.  Use the center of the perforated holes in the die as a guideline.

Tips and Tricks

  • Machine stitch a lace border to the top of the banner.  I actually stitch twice: once across the top edge, and a second time along the bottom.  This makes the banner lie nice and flat when it is hanging.
  • Add a lace doily layer to separate the background paper from the main image.
  • Adhere buttons and small bows between each pennant.

  • Stitch the center of shamrock buttons and adhere over the printed image for extra dimension.
  • Back an image with foam tape, bits of chipboard, or other dimensionals to help it stand out.

  • Fussy cut images from 3×4 cards to create lovely layers. Back each layer with dimensionals to help it stand out from the others.
  • Add bows and floral clusters to each end of the banner to finish.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas to help you create your own Saint Patrick’s Day banner.  If you are not big on St. Pat’s day, why not use a pretty spring paper collection instead?  Banners are such a cheery addition to our home décor.   And, if you are like me, they are a satisfying way to play with pretty papers!

Since all the flowers, papers and embellishments I’ve used in today’s post are retired items, there is no supply list.  Thanks for understanding.

To see other St. Patrick’s Day creations, Please click here

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Country Bunny Boxed Mini Album Set

Country Bunny Boxed Mini Album Set and Country Bunny Collection Reveal

Hello, Friends!  I’ve been counting down the days until I could share this Country Bunny Boxed Mini Album Set with you.  It represents a dream come true, and there’s nothing I love more than seeing a dream come true!  My sweet friend Tamra over at Country Craft Creations unveiled her new Country Bunny paper collection yesterday in a Facebook Live event.  Tamra asked me to create a sample project for yesterday’s release party on Facebook.  And today I get to share it with you all here.

Country Craft Creations Country Bunny Boxed Mini Album Set by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

 

You’ll get to see this delicious paper collection and all the details of this project in the video below.   I altered a Graphic 45 Ivory Book Box, then filled it up with 3 handmade bitty mini albums.

The back side of the book box houses a box style pocket with a little flip folio tucked inside.  Before we look at the video, I’ll just share some little peeks at each of the individual components.

Country Bunnies and Butterflies

Each hardcover mini album measures 3 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ x 1 1/2″.  The trims, designer papers, cardstock papers, flowers and crystals are all part of the kit Tamra is selling in her online tore, Country Craft Creations.   I added just a couple of pretties, like this resin bunny and some metal embellishments  from my stash .

Each mini album has a theme and a  unique design.  This one is Bunnies and Butterflies.

Wait til you see what is inside!  This collection is sooo charming!

Country Bunny

I call this second mini album Country Bunny.  Look how sweet the face is on this handsome bunny rabbit!

The soft colors of this collection are so warm and inviting!

You will find lots and lots of sweet bunnies inside these double pull out pages!

Bunnies and Bonnets

Do you see the gorgeous lace trim that comes in the kit?  It adds so much lovely texture to the design!

This album has a wrap around spine and one of my precious vintage buttons.

And I’ve added some surprise elements inside the pages, too!

Spring Fling Fold Out Folio

I am over the moon for the images in this paper collection!  Look at this adorable little outfit!  This flip folio measures 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ with a 1/2″ spine.

You’ll find tags, mini folios and pockets tucked inside.

To see all of the elements, you’ll have to watch the video project share below.

Country Bunny Boxed Mini Album Set Project Share on YouTube

I’m extremely honored to be part of Tamra’s release party!  She’s such a good person, and so generous with the crafting community.  If you’re not familiar with you, you can find her on Facebook.  Her shop is loaded with lots and lots of paper pretties, too!  You can find out more about Country Bunny HERE.

I’ll be back tomorrow to share a card that I made with this lovely collection.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Spellbinders Make a Scene Shaker Card

Spellbinders Make a Scene Collection Becca Feeken Reneabouquets Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Spellbinders Make a Scene Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  Need a little promise of spring? I’m hoping this Spellbinders  Make a Scene Shaker Card will feel like sunshine and blues skies on this chilly February day!  What a treat to work with this amazing new set of dies from the one and only Becca Feeken (Amazing Paper Grace)!   Nothing warms up a wintry afternoon like making a shaker card filled with peeps and wee chicks in an old shoe!

Make a Scene Collection

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Make a Scene Collection, you might just want to take a peep.  (See what I did there?  I apologize!)  This huge collection can be used in all kinds of ways.  The shaker frame is made with the Scallop Façade Frame Etched Die Set.  If you are a shaker card maker, you will love this die!  Here’s how I put this shaker frame together.

  • First, create a 7″ x 5″ top fold card base.
  • Next, arrange the outer scallop frame, inside filigree frame insert and the smallest rectangle frame together over patterned paper.  TIP: Use a bit of washi tape or Post-it Tape to hold the dies in place.  Then die cut.
  • Now cut a piece of clear cardstock (acetate) to fit the back of the frame.  Adhere this with Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Then layer 3 rows of 1/8″ foam strips around the wider frame border.
  • Next, place the Easter Chic sequin mix on the background panel. Be generous:  this is a big frame!
  • Now carefully line up the acetate frame over the background layer.  When you are sure it is straight, press in place.

See?  That was easy, right?

Grand Cinch and Go Flowers

Use the Make a Scene Grand Cinch and Go Flowers Dies to die cut flower layers from your paper scraps.  Using patterned paper to cut out flower layers is a huge time saver.  Plus, you end up with perfectly color matched flowers on your card.

And can we just talk about the ribbon for a minute?  This cheery mix of ribbons is from the Really Reasonable Ribbon February Ribbon Club Assortment.  They could not have been a more perfect match for this card!

Little Peeps

And I just have to mention these adorable little chicks in a shoe.  Once again, Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board is a perfect fit.

Sometimes, you really do get what you ask for!

Ok…this is super exciting!  I’ve been asking the fine folks at Authentique paper to re-release some of their fabulous older collections in a “Best of” collection pad.  And guess what?  They did it!  This “Best of Springtime” paper collection kit is now available for purchase online.  Friends, I am over the moon at this new development.  (You can also find “Best of Beloved” for Valentine’s Day, too!)

A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek at the inside of this sweet little card.  Bunnies and posies and plaids and checks.  Oh, yes please!  There’s a Lemon Lift tea bag tucked into the tea wallet, too.

So that’s it for me friends!  I hope I’ve added a bit of sunshine to this wintry day.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

 

Love Sweet Love Valentine’s Day Banner

Authentique Romance Valentine's Day Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Love Sweet Love Valentine’s Day Banner with Authentique Romance

Hello, Friends!  This Love Sweet Love Valentine’s Day Banner is the perfect way to get ready for Love Month!

Banners make every day feel like a celebration, don’t they? Authentique Paper’s fabulous Romance Collection adds vintage charm and style to this frilly creation!  Since banners are one of my favorite things to make, I thought I’d share a few tips and tricks to help you make your own.

Love Sweet Love Valentine’s Day Banner Tips and Tricks

  • First, figure out how many pennants you want to add to your banner.  Working with odd numbers (3, 5, 7) always seems to work best for me.
  • Machine stitch banners to ribbon to create a banner that will last for years.  If you don’t like to sew, you can also use cute wooden clothespins to attach your pennants to the ribbon.
  • For an extra dose of vintage romance, stitch lace over the ribbon.

  • Next, mix and match the shape and size of your pennants.  I used a combination of hand cut pennants and vintage tag pennants.  The contrast in shape adds so much to the final creation.  But you can also make them all the same if that is your preference.
  • Add die cut hearts as layering elements.  This helps draw the eye to the focal image.

  • Create lots of dimension with fussy cut images.  Separate layers with foam adhesive tabs or waste chipboard.

  • Mix and match textures for lots of visual interest.  This resin bird cage plays beautifully with paper flowers, delicate lace and paper elements.

  • Soften angles by adding a circular element to your design.  Die cut circles from patterned paper, then adhere to lacy paper doilies.
  • Fussy cut flowers play nicely with paper flowers, too.
  • Do you spy the heart shaped wood buttons?  This introduces another contrast in texture.
Banner of the Month?

Last year, I created a little Authentique Desk Calendar for each month of the year.  Many of you have contacted me to ask me if I would be willing to do something similar in 2021.  Well, I’ve been thinking about this for weeks, searching for a paper collection that would work.  But no luck!

So, what if we did a little banner of the month instead?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments about this below.  It seems like it would be fun to dress our homes up with a cheery little banner for each month of the year. Tell me what you think!

And that’s it for me today, friends!  Look for a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Little Birdie Crafts True Love Desk Folio

Little Birdie True Love Desk Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Little Birdie Crafts True Love Desk Folio Tutorial: February Guest Designer Spot

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a romantic, feminine Little Birdie Crafts True Love Desk Folio Tutorial to share with you.  This is the feminine version of the Classic Gentleman Gift Folio I shared with you in January.  I thought it would be fun to show you the softer side of this practical little desk companion.

True Love Desk Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

Ooh la la!  Paris, anyone?  Pink roses, too?  Sign me up!

Desk Folio 2.0

The best thing about this little folio is how quickly it comes together.  Since there is always room for improvement, I did  tweak the basic design for this folio just a bit.  For one thing, it’s taller.  I find the Junior Legal Pad fit better when papers are cut to 8 1/2″ tall instead of the original 8″.   And, I added a ribbon closure to add even more girly-girl charm to the design.

Here are the basic measurements for the folio base and pockets.

  • First score a 12″ x 8 1/2″ panel of designer paper at 5 1/2″ and 6 1/2″ to form the cover.
  • Next, score a 6 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ panel at 1/2″ and 1″ to form the right hand flap page.
  • Now cut liner papers for the 3 inside panels to measure just under 5 1/2″ wide x 8 1/2″ tall.  The width of the liner paper has to clear the scored spine so that the folio will close  neatly.
  • Then score a 6 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ panel of designer paper so that you have (2) 1/2″ flaps on each side and on the bottom.  Follow the video tutorial to see how to turn this into a box pocket.
  • Now score a 6 1/2″ x 5″ panel of designer paper with 1/2″ flaps on the sides and bottom.  Then follow the video tutorial to see how to make this into a slash pocket.
  • The spines measure 7/8″ x 8 1/2″ for the larger spine and 3/8″ x 8 1/2″ for the thinner spine.
  • If desired, wrap the center of the folio with ribbon.  Leave the ends long enough to tie a bow.

Dress it Up!

Now comes the fun part: dressing up the cover!

  • Mat a 5″ x 8″ panel of the pink heart paper on medium weight chipboard. Brush the edges with ivory chalk paint.  Then adhere to the cover.
  • Next, cut a 3 1/2″ x 6″ panel of the Eiffel Tower design paper.  Brush the edges with chalk paint and adhere as seen in the photo.
  • Then adhere the Little Birdie Chipboard on the left hand side of the folio cover.
  • Now cut a 2″ x 1 1/4″ scrap of the pink text paper and adhere above the chipboard.  Top with black buttons.
  • Arrange Pearl Pink Rosalind Roses and foliage on the cover of the folio.
  • Fussy cut some elements to tuck in with the floral arrangement.
A Peek Inside

I don’t know about you, but I hate it when a paper pad gets rolled up corners and wrinkled edges.  The flap page on the right helps to protect the pad beneath.

Here’s the folio fully opened.  You can see the box pocket on the left and the slash pocket on the right.

Create a cover for a 3″ x 5″ sticky note pad and tuck it in the box pocket along with a pen.  The slash pocket is a great spot to stash receipts.  But I filled it with a tea bag, chocolate treat and a honey stick for the gift presentation.

Little Birdie Crafts True Love Desk Folio Tutorial on YouTube

Are you ready to make this little desk folio?  Then click play and follow along with this YouTube tutorial.

If you  missed the Classic Gentleman Gift Folio, you can find that video HERE.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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