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Spellbinders Autumn Flora by Susan Tierney-Cockburn

Spellbinders Autumn Flora by Susan Tierney-Cockburn Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn Tall & Skinny Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders Autumn Flora by Susan Tierney-Cockburn: Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn Folio

Hello, Friends!  Fall flowers are so very lovely, especially when you  make them by hand with Spellbinders Autumn Flora by Susan Tierney-Cockburn.  When Spellbinders asked me if I would be willing to play with a couple of the floral dies from this release, I did not hesitate for a second!  I was asked to choose 2 dies from the release to use in a project of my choice.  I opted for the Coreopsis and the Gaillardia dies because I thought the size and shapes would work well together in a floral cluster.

Next, I had to decide what papers to use.  After flipping through my stash of fall designs, I decided to use Ciao Bella’s glorious “Sound of Autumn” collection. I love the vibrant hues and artsy vibe this collection provides.

Autumn Flora Tips and Tricks

First gather up scraps of designer paper from the collection.  Then die cut loads of petals and foliage from those scraps.  Your flowers will match your paper collection perfectly.

  • Begin by lightly misting all your die cut flower layers.  This will make them easier to shape.  It also releases the starch in the paper.  When the flowers dry, they will hold their shape and be much sturdier.
  • Next,  shape each petal with a the Golf Groove Flower Shaping Tools.  Place the flower layer face down on a shaping mat (linked below).
  • Now, run the grooved tools from the tip of each petal toward the center.  The petals will curl in on themselves.  That is normal.
  • Then flip the flower over and cup the center with the round end of the largest Golf Groove Tool.  The curled petals will relax and take on a pretty shape.
  • Now add more detail with a straight tweezer.  Place the tweezer in the center of each petal and gently fold up or down.  Then gently grasp the tip of the petal and twist slightly.
  • Layer the petals together.  I used two of each large layer and 2 of each small plus the little bits that go in the center of each flower.  Stagger the flower layers to create fulness and dimension.
Finishing Touches
  • If desired, you can fill the center of each flower with Dries Clear Adhesive or hot glue and Go Mango Prills.
  • Brush the edges of the flowers with Gathered Twigs Distress ink to really amp up the fall vibe.
  • Then place the flowers in a box and mist lightly with Copper Perfect Pearls Mist and Jack-o-Lantern Glimmer Mist.
  • Follow the same steps for the foliage.  I always make extra foliage!
Tall and Skinny Box Pocket Folio

This tall and skinny folio base is made from one sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ kraft cardstock.  Score it at 4 1/4″, 5, 9 1/4″, and 9 3/4.  Fold along the scored lines to create a 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ folio with 3/4″ spines on both sides. Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Then brush a little Copper Metallic paint along the edges to add a soft autumnal glow.

Create the Frames by die cutting ivory cardstock with Spellbinders Picot Petite Ovals from Amazing Paper Grace. Back  the frames with designer paper and foam dimensionals.  Then layer them together as seen in the photo. Now you can cluster your flowers and foliage around the frames.

Our son cut me a pile of little oak branch slices.  I topped one with acorns, pollen stems, foliage, Prills and a burlap bow as an embellishment for the cover.  The acorns have been brushed with Copper Metallic paint.

Wrap the folio with ribbon to serve as a closure.

A Peek Inside

A pair of pockets fills the inside of the folio.  The standard pocket on the left holds a bookmark and a vintage silver plate demitasse spoon.

The box pocket on the right holds a tea party in a box.

It’s everything you need for a tea party for one: tea, cookies, chocolate, honey, and a little honey dipper.  There’s also a smaller 4″ x 6″  folio tucked in here.  Place photos or write a note inside.  When all the goodies have been consumed, this pocket is a great spot to tuck in some favorite fall photos.

Fall is absolutely my favorite season of the year.  And fall flowers are always extra special.  I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and flower shaping  techniques for these Spellbinders Autumn Flora that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

To see more projects made from Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders October 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop

This hop is now closed.  The randomly chosen winner of the $25 gift card is Sandra Smith.  Thanks for hopping!

APG Pop Up Vignette Camera Spellbinders October 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop by Prima Pumpkin and Spice Kathy Clement Photo 01

Prima Pumpkin and Spice Photo Folio for the Spellbinders October 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Spellbinders October 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop! You should be coming here filled with inspiration after visiting Jill Hillard’s lovely blog.  Fall is such a beautiful season!  It’s the perfect time to get some great family photos in the beauty  of the great outdoors.  This though inspired me to create this Prima Pumpkin and Spice Photo Folio.  The cover is adorned with the Vignette Camera die from the Amazing Paper Grace October 2020 Club Kit.  This cute pop-up die also makes a fabulous shaker box.

Follow the directions on the product packaging.  Die cut the camera body from copper and pink metallic papers. Then die cut the top from patterned papers for a fun contrast.  The color combo is a perfect match for Prima’s luscious Pumpkin and Spice paper collection.  If you’d like to read how I turned the Vignette Camera Die into a Halloween shaker element, you can read all about it HERE.

My “made from scratch” trifold folio measures 7″ x 7″ with a 1″ spine. This allowed me to create a box pocket inside the folio.

Dress up the spine with a cute dangle charm.  Then wrap the folio with a long piece of ribbon to serve as a closure.

A Peek Inside

Since I’ve prepared a video tour of this folio, I’ll just share a few photos and tips here.

Add lots of pockets, large photo mounts, journaling cards.  Don’t you just love a good interactive folio?

TIP: Create a spectacular shaped edge pocket for the first inside page.  Simply fussy cut around the top of the fall pumpkins, score and fold the sides, then add a little dimension with some foiled chipboard.  This pocket has room for 6″ x 6″ tabbed photo mats.

TIP: Score the right hand panel of the folio and fold to form a pocket for these pretty journal cards.

Mat the journal cards on 4 1/4″ x 6 1/2″ panels of cardstock.  Then fold the cardstock in half to create decorative mini folios.

TIP: Score 3″ x 4″ journal cards along the top. Then use them to create a waterfall feature.

Prima Pumpkin and Spice Video Tour

If you’d like to see all the details and the Tea Party in a Pocket feature in the center of the folio, please enjoy this short video tour.

Spellbinders $50 Gift Card Giveaway

To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 3 lucky blog readers selected from the comments on the Spellbinders blog. Hop along for additional chances to win. Giveaway closes on Sunday, October 18th, 11:59 pm EDT. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post the following Tuesday. The winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

My $25 Gift Card Giveaway

Would you like a second chance to win a Spellbinder’s gift card?  Then leave a comment on MY blog post.  One randomly chosen winner will  receive a $25 Spellbinders gift certificate.

I will notify the winner via e-mail and also post the  name at the top of this blog post on  Sunday October 18th, 2020      . 

If you are the lucky winner, please contact Spellbinders at [email protected]  by    October 25th , 2020.    

Please write Spellbinders September 2020 Blog Hop Winner from Kathy Clement’s  Blog in the subject line.

Please note, store credit (gift certificate) cannot be applied to Club Subscriptions. Store credit can be applied to shop past Club products, Club extras and regular releases.

On With the Hop!

Many of the blogs in this hop are also offering the $25 giveaway, so be sure to visit them all and leave a lovely comment.  Then finish up at the Spellbinders blog and comment for a chance to win that $50 giveaway!

Spellbinders Blog

Yana Smakula

Nichol Spohr

Sandi MacIver

Bibi Cameron

Jennifer Snyder

Jill Hilliard

Kathy Clement

Sandra Nagel

Virginia Lu

Marie Heiderscheit

Jean Manis

Laurie Willison

Joy Baldwin

Ilina Crouse

Jenny Colacicco

Now hop on over and see what treats Sandy has prepared for you!

I hope I shared some tips, ideas and inspiration for using Becca’s adorable Pop Up Vignette Camera Die.  Find more ideas on Becca’s Blog.  And find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders Sparkling Holiday Swans

Spellbinders Sparkling Holiday Card Kit Christmas Swans by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Spellbinders Sparkling Holiday Swans: Quick and Easy Cardmaking

Hello Friends!  Let’s kick off our creative week with a trio of Spellbinders Sparkling Holidays Swan Cards.  Mondays can be tough.  Sometimes a quick and easy card is the perfect way to jump start your creativity and get the old mojo flowing.

These little 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ cards have been made with the Spellbinder’s Sparkling Holiday October 2019 Card Club Kit.  Everything you need to make them comes in the kit: card bases, envelopes, designer paper, stickers, adhesives, stamps, rhinestones and dies.  I added a couple of Nestabilities Standard Circle Dies from my Spellbinders stash. You can take a closer look at the kit HERE.  Because it is last year’s kit, it is on sale.

I thought I would share the “recipe” for each of these card designs with you.  These are basic card layouts that you can use with any paper collection in your stash.

Snowflake Swan

Spellbinders Sparkling Holidays Swans Cards Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

  • First, die cut the swan image from the paper collection with a circle die.
  • Next, mat the die cut image on a circle cut from pink cardstock.
  • Now cover the card base with a 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ panel of the snowflake print paper.
  • Then cut a 2 1/4″ x 5 3/8″ panel of the fir branches and adhere on the left hand side.
  • Place the matted swan image on the card as seen.
  • Now frame the image with a glittered snowflake sticker and the layered wreath sticker.
  • Die cut a poinsettia from scraps of silver foil and lavender cardstock.  Adhere a rhinestone in the center and adhere to the left of the wreath sticker.
Swimming Swan

  • First, die cut a panel of the green branches from your patterned paper.
  • Then die cut a lavender circle to serve as the mat.
  • Next, die cut a 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel of the fir tree patterned paper and adhere to the card base.
  • Cut 2 fishtail banners from scraps of the Christmas Star and Pink Snowflake patterned papers.  Overlap and adhere to the card base.
  • Now adhere the die cut circles.
  • Locate the layered swan sticker and adhere near the base of the circles.
  • Die cut some poinsettias and firs branches from silver foil and lavender cardstock.  Adhere the glittered “25” sticker over the “All is Calm” ephemera circle placing dimensionals between the layers.  Then adhere at the top of the large die cut circle.  Frame with die cut poinsettia.
  • Locate the sentiment sticker and adhere.
Christmas Wish Swan

  • First, cut a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ panel of lavender cardstock.
  • Next, cut a 5 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ panel of the Christmas Star patterned paper and adhere.
  • Mat a 4 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ panel of the swan designer paper on a 5″ x 4″ panel of pink cardstock and adhere.
  • Cut a glitter snowflake in half and wrap around the top edge of the panel.  Now you can adhere the card front to the card base.
  • Finally, adhere the “Christmas Wish” sticker and the layered poinsettia sticker in the right hand corner of the card front.

I hope these quick and easy card layouts inspire you to break out your crafty stash and start your week on a creative note!

To see more cards made from the Sparkling Holiday Card kit, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Throwback Thursday Autumn Butterflies Easel Card

Throwback Thursday Autumn Butterflies Easel Card

Hello Friends!  Today’s Throwback Thursday project is a lush, layered Autumn Butterflies Easel Card made with Prima’s Autumn Sunset Collection.  The sad story is this:  I dutifully filmed a tutorial as I was making this card.  Making a card while filming a tutorial always takes me 2 or 3 times longer, but I know how much you enjoy them.  So I do it.  Imagine my dismay and frustration when the video was deleted from my new phone.  (Learning curves are tricky to navigate.  Ugh.)  But the end project is so pretty, I had to share it with you as planned.  I’ll try to share lots of tips and tricks to help you recreate it.

Autumn Butterflies

Have you ever noticed how many butterflies you see in the fall?  And they are huge!  The graceful beauties flitting about in our backyard inspired this card made primarily with scraps.

  • To begin, cut  (2) 5″ x 8 1/2″ panels from cream cardstock.
  • Next, adhere the 5″ edge of one panel to the 5″ edge of the second panel.  You want a 1/4″ overlap.
  • Now score this long panel at 7″  and fold to form a 5″ x 7″ Top fold card.
  • Trim the extra length off the bottom of the card.
  • Now score the card front at 3 1/2″ to form an easel card base.
  • Then cut a 5″ x 7″ panel of brown cardstock.  Do not adhere this to the card front yet.
  • Mat a 4 5/8″ x 6 5/8″ panel of designer paper on a 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ panel of kraft cardstock.
  • Then mat a 4″ x 6″ Autumn Sunset Journal card on kraft and brown mats as seen in the photo below.
Create a Focal Point

Create a focal point with die cuts, ephemera cards, Reneabouquets Beautiful Board and Butterflies.

  • First, cut the Spellbinders Lattice Quadrante Die from patterned paper and from Copper Foiled paper.
  • Next, adhere the two die cut layers together so that the edges are offset as seen in the photo.
  • Then, carefully cut the die on the diagonal lines to make 4 pieces.
  • Layer a foiled ephemera card (“Album”) with the Reneabouquets “Tree of Life” Beautiful Board, a scrap of canvas fabric, another ephemera card, and the “Love” ephemera piece.  Use dimensionals between the layers.
  • Then adhere the cut pieces of the Lattice Quadrante behind the focal image.  Place the scrolled edges on the side and the pointed lattice edges top and bottom.

The final touch is the gorgeous Champagne Butterfly in the center of the Tree of Life Frame.  I deliberately kept the card front simple and elegant so that the beauty of each element would have a chance to shine.

A Peek Inside

I created this primarily as a home décor item,   But I did add a small sentiment panel inside the card.

I hope this Throwback Thursday inspires you to dig through some of your retired fall papers and make something beautiful.

You’ll find a linked supply list below.  If you’d like to purchase this card you can find it in my ETSY Shop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Note: Throwback Thursday projects are designed to help you use up older papers and collections.  For that reason, I cannot always link to retired products.  Thanks for understanding!

 

 

Spellbinders Sparkling Holidays Cards

Spellbinders Sparkling Holidays Card Kit of the Month October 2019 by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders Sparkling Holidays Cards

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a sweet and simple trio of Spellbinders Sparkling Holidays Greeting Cards to share with you.  When my friend on the social media team asked me if I’d be willing to create a few samples with last year’s October Card Kit of the Month, I was more than happy to pitch in.    I’m more used to designing card kits than I am to creating with a kit that someone else has put together.  But I’m always up for a challenge!  The kit is lovely, and I’m glad Spellbinders decided to make it available to non-card club members.  You can see all the elements in the kit HERE.

The biggest challenge for me was using only the items that came in the kit.  No extra buttons, flowers or bows allowed!  But, I was allowed to use basic Spellbinder shaped dies in addition to the accent dies that came with the kit.  All the cards I’m going to show you today measure 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  The card bases and envelopes come with the kit.

Mitten Mouse Cutaway Card

What could be cuter than a mouse in a mitten?  Here’s how this card came together.

  • First, cut away 1″ from the right hand side of the card front.
  • Then line the interior of the card with a 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ panel of designer paper from the kit.
  • Next, cut a 3 1/8″ x 5 1/2″ panel of paper to cover the card front.

TIP:  Die cut a circle from patterned paper.  Then mat it on a slightly larger circle cut from colored cardstock.  This creates a great background for a small focal image.

  • Now adhere the die cut circle to the card front so that it overhangs the cutaway.
  • Next, adhere the calendar.  Place a glitter star over the “25” to make it stand out.
  • Then die cut the word “Merry” from the silver foil that comes in the kit.  Adhere as seen in the photo.
  • Finally, adhere the mitten mouse sticker.
Holiday Ornaments Card

  • Cover a card front with a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ panel of  the pink cardstock from the kit.
  • Next, cut a 3 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ panel of cardstock.  Center and adhere this over the pink.
  • Now cut a 2″ x 5 1/2″  panel of the blue night sky paper and adhere as seen.
  • Adhere the star border sticker on the left.
  • Then layer the die cut ornaments, flower and branches using the foam tabs that come in the kit to add lots of dimension.
  • Finally, die cut “Merry Christmas” from the foil paper using the die that comes with the kit. Adhere rhinestones to the berry branches to add extra sparkle.
Toy Soldier Mouse

This card is very similar to the Mitten Mouse card.  The only real difference is that I did not do a cutaway edge.  And, I die cut some small poinsettia embellishments to add a little holiday sparkle to the card layout.  Once again, that circle die came to the rescue. I love the way it helps to soften all the edges of the card.  It also draws the eye to the cluster of small embellishments.

I’ll be back soon with a few more card samples made from this kit.  These cute cards will be added as “extra helpings” to orders from my Etsy shop.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below. Even if you don’t have this kit, you can use these basic card recipes as a template in your own card making.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

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