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Spellbinders Home for Christmas Card

Spellbinders Home for Christmas Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Christmas in July: Spellbinders Home for Christmas Card and a SALE!

Hello, Friends!   It’s time for Christmas in July, and I have a sweet Spellbinders Home for Christmas Card to kick things off.  I had hoped to do a big Christmas in July week, but life doesn’t always cooperate with our desires, does it?  Everything here is fine, so no worries.  It’s just been an extra busy month with out of town company, family birthdays, doctor appointments and garden chores, so I fell a bit behind.

Home for Christmas Vignette House

We love this darling Amazing Paper Grace 3-D Pop Up Vignette House die.  So we paired it up with the perfect sentiment from Spellbinder’s Home for Christmas Sentiment Stamps.  I love it when products work together so well.  If you look behind the sleigh, you will see the stamped greenery that comes with the set.  Soon this Christmas house will be all decked out with Christmas evergreens, berries and holly.  How delightful!

It’s hard to detect in the photographs, but the trees, greenery, door, window and trims are treated to a little frosted crystal action.  This amps up the holiday vibe and adds just the right amount of sparkle to the project.

A Peek Inside

Do you give a lot of gift cards at Christmas?  Dress up the giving by adding a little pocket and gift card wallet inside a card.  Even a small gift card feels extra special when it is dressed up with pretty papers, don’t you think?

Save up to 50% at the Spellbinders Christmas in July Sale

You can get a head start on your Christmas crafting and save money, too!  Check out this great sale on Spellbinders Past Holiday Collections!

I’ll be back tomorrow with another little Christmas project share. Meet me here bright and early, and don’t forget to bring your cuppa!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders July 2021 Club Kits Blog Hop

Spellbinders July 2021 Club Kits Blog Hop Hanging Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Spellbinders July 2021 Club Kits Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Spellbinders July 2021 Club Kits Blog Hop!  You should be coming here filled with inspiration from my friend  Jennifer’s blog.  I’ll share all the information about the hop and how to win the $50 giveaway from Spellbinders below.  But for now, let’s take a look at how I used the Amazing Paper Grace Pop Up 3D Vignette Home Sweet Home Club Kit.

Home Sweet Home Hanging Pocket Folio

Amazing Paper Grace Pop Up 3D Vignette Home Sweet Home Hanging Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 01

If you haven’t had a chance to play with this die yet, let me just say,, you are going to love it!  I used it to create the main element on this hanging pocket folio.

First I created a 6 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ base by stitching together layers of My Mind’s Eye Gingham Foundry papers with colored cardstock.  Then I made a 3/4″ deep box pocket to hold a darling little accordion fold folio.

The sentiment from the kit made a perfect title for the 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ folio.

TIP: Cut the sentiment from white cardstock.  Then cut fishtail banners on each end.  Mat on navy blue cardstock to really make it POP off the page.

Use magnets to hold the cover closed.  The inside of the folio folds out, accordion style, with 14 panels to hold photos and journaling.  I made this one for my sweet daughter-in-love’s birthday next month.  Shhh!  Don’t tell!

Spellbinder’s $50 Giveaway

To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 3 lucky blog readers – selected from the comments on the Spellbinder’s blog. 

The giveaway closes on Sunday, July 18th, 11:59 pm MST. The winner will be announced in this blog hop post the following Tuesday. Winner is responsible for shipping costs, duties, and taxes.

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!

Are you ready to be inspired?  Then follow the links below to see all the participating blogs in this wonderful hop.

Spellbinders Blog

Becca Feeken

Tina Smith

Bibi Cameron

Annie Williams

Becky Roberts

Yasmin Diaz

Jennifer Snyder

Kathy Clement (YOU ARE HERE)

Hussena Calcuttawala

Jill Hilliard

Laurie Willison

Ilina Crouse

Virginia Lu

Emily Midgett

Jean Manis

Sheri Holt

Sandra Nagel

Joy Baldwin

Rosemary Dennis

Henriëtte van Mierlo

Betty Wright

Melody Rupple

Jenny Colacicco

Emily Leiphart

Vera Yates

Tracy Ware

Gemma Campbell

Alanna Moses

Michelle Starcher

Deborah Jenkins

Erin Thompson

Birgit Norton

Michelle Sheler

Sandhya Iyer

Jennifer Kotas

Jessica Vasher

Olga Direktorenko

Karen Brown

Tanya Boser

Martha Lucia Gomez

Amy Kolling

If you’d like to see the Americana Easel Card I made with this same die set, please click HERE.

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

To Leave a comment, click on the “Reply” link located right below the title at the top of the page.

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Home of the Brave Easel Card

Photoplay America the Beautiful Easel Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01 Home of the Brave Easel Card with Amazing Paper Grace July 2021 DOM

Hello, Friends!  Let’s kick of the month of July with a red, white and blue Home of the Brave Easel Card.  How much do we love the Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Club Kit this month?  This Mini House Vignette Die has endless possibilities!  I’ve paired it up with some great vintage patterns from Photo Play’s America the Beautiful Collection.  It’s Americana Home Décor for all seasons, but especially appropriate for Independence Day.

Instead of creating the pop up box, I simply die cut the pieces from patterned paper and cut the trims from copper metallic paper to create this dimensional scene.  Patriotic Star Sparkletz burst from the center of the fireworks display in the sky.   Create a welcome mat for the front door by layering the “welcome” die cut over a scrap of copper metallic paper.

Adorn the stopper of the card with faded blue flowers, berries and bright red ribbon.  Cut the sentiment from the center of a 4″ x 6″ journal card, pop it up on dimensionals and this little card is ready to be displayed.

A Peek Inside

The stopper for this card is actually a pocket.  Create a mini gift card wallet from paper scraps.  My mom always used to send our kids some ice cream money for the 4th of July, and that’s a tradition I’m happy to carry on.  Stickers from the paper collection decorate the card interior.

Join the Club!

If you would like to join the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club, you find out all about it and sign up HERE.

Star Spangled Savings Event

It’s my patriotic duty to let you know about the Star Spangled Savings Event that is going on at Spellbinders.  You can save up to 40% on select dies, embossing folders, stamps, hot foil plates and mixed media supplies right now.

I hope you found some inspiration for your next crafty adventure in today’s post.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Shabby Chic Throwback Thursday Tutorial with Reneabouquets

Julie Nutting French Flea Market Spellbinders Picot Petite Circles Spellbinders Picot Petite Ovals Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board for Throwback Thursday Kathy Clement Photo 01

Shabby Chic Throwback Thursday Tutorial with Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to this Shabby Chic Throwback Thursday Tutorial!  Today we’re working with some gorgeous Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful board and Julie Nutting’s 2017 French Flea Market Collection from Photo Play.  We’re going to chat about some important design principles while we make a beautiful card together.

Julie Nutting French Flea Market Card with Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement

Does this ever happen to you?  See a gorgeous paper collection.  Fall in love with gorgeous paper collection.  Allow the gorgeous paper collection to fall into your cart.  Take the gorgeous paper collection home.  Put it neatly away.  Forget about it for 4 years.  Find it while you are cleaning out the Closet of Shame.  That’s pretty much how this card unfolded.   Please tell me I am not alone in this.  But better late than never!  Let’s dig in and get our craft on!

Card Making Design Principles to Remember

Many people tell me that they struggle when it comes to working with patterned papers.  So I thought that in today’s video tutorial I’d share a few simple principles that I follow when selecting patterned papers for a card.

  • Begin by finding a good background paper.  You want something that sets the tone for your card.  For instance, a bold geometric print would not work very well with these Shabby Chic images.  But this soft floral print is perfect.
  • Now, pick a couple of patterns that play well with the background.  I chose a neutral toile and a very soft script.  The toile is a large print, so you might think it shouldn’t work.  But because it is such a neutral color, it blends beautifully.  And the soft script pattern reads almost like a solid.  So these three patterns harmonize well together.
  • Then you need to add a pop of color.  So I chose the large rose print and die cut it with an oval shaped die.  The rounded corners provided visual relief from all the square corners. That is also a good tip to  keep in mind.
  • The final layer is the soft microdot print.  I chose this panel because it allows my focal images to pop.

Make sense?

More Design Tips

Another great tip for card design is to add dimension to your individual layers with foam tape or waste chipboard pieces.  This depth lends the illusion that you could walk right into the vignette on the page.  You also want to think about texture when making a card.  Machine stitching, mulberry flowers, shell buttons, metallic string, and ribbon all have different textures.  Mixing textures makes for a more interesting card design. I’ll share a few more design tips in the video tutorial below.

A Peek Inside

Don’t you just love this paper collection?  I can’t believe it took me so long to use it.  (She hangs her head in shame.)

A magnetic flap element gives me a spot to add a journal card .  You can tuck a photo or write a note here.

The pocket is the perfect spot to tuck in a little gift ensemble.

And this little tea wallet is not just a stylish addition to the card.  It’s a great way to clean up some paper scraps!

Shabby Chic Throwback Thursday Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’re ready to see this card come together, please enjoy this YouTube tutorial.

I hope you enjoyed making this pretty card with  me.

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

To see previous Throwback Thursday projects, please click HERE.

To leave a comment on this post, click on the blue REPLIES button located beneath the title at the top of the page.  I always enjoy hearing from you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Please note: Throwback Thursday projects use older, retired paper collections, dies, stamps, etc.  Many times these items are no longer available for purchase.  If an item used on this card is not listed below, it is because I could not find it for sale online.  Thanks for understanding!

 

Amazing Paper Grace Victorian Splendor

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Victorian Splendor Die Lemoncraft Delicious Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Victorian Splendor Die of the Month

Hello, Friends!  I’m thrilled to be sharing this Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Victorian Splendor Slimline Die set with you today.  Slimline, you say?  But this is not a slimline card!  Correct you are, my friend.  To show the versatility of this gorgeous APG Die of the Month, I created a 5×7 top fold shaker card using bits and bobs of Lemoncraft Delicious papers.

My inspiration for this card design is an ornate Victorian style door with a leaded glass sidelight. The “sidelight” is easy to transform into a shaker element!  How fun is that?

You will have loads of fun trying different configuration with these dies.  You can see a few more ideas on the Spellbinders website.  And Becca has a tutorial on her blog as well.

Can you see the shaker mix sparkling back behind the intricate border design?  I topped the center of each medallion with itty bitty blossoms.   The foliage that comes with the blossoms looks beautiful tucked in with my pre-made roses and leaves.

I don’t know about you, but I am loving this delicate frame!  Slightly larger than an ATC card, it makes such a pretty base for the fussy cut image and flowers that serve as the focal for this card.

A Peek Inside

Inside, I’ve stamped a sentiment from the Essential Sentiments Clear Stamps Set.   The tea theme is carried to the inside of the card with fussy cut images of fancy fruit jams and silverware.  The little gift card holder tucks into the pocket.  And there’s room to write a note here, too.

I’m hoping I will have more time to play with this fabulous die soon!  It’s so beautiful, and really inspirational to work with.

If you’re not a member of the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club, you can learn all about it HERE.

Look for a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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