Category Archives: APG Die of the Month

Amazing Paper Grace December 2020 Club Kit

Stamperia Sweet Christmas Stained Window Shaker Card Amazing Paper Grace December 2020 Club Kit by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Amazing Paper Grace December 2020 Club Kit: Stamperia Pink Christmas Stained Glass Shaker

Hello, Friends! Let’s start the month off with an Amazing Paper Grace December 2020 Club Kit sample. Something about this Rose Garden Promise Die made me think of stained glass windows in the New England church where I grew up.  I had some fun figuring out how to use my mixed media supplies to replicate the look of lead glass stained windows on this Stamperia Pink Christmas shaker card.  Since I thought you might like to know how to achieve this effect, too, I’ve outlined the steps below.

How to Make a Stained Glass Window Shaker Card

  • First, die cut the Rose Garden Promise from heavy kraft cardstock. Remove all the pieces from the frame.
  • Next, brush the frame with Stamperia Sparkling White Glamour Gel.  If you do not have this product, mix pearl mica powder with gel medium and stir to combine.  The effect will be similar.
  • Now, while the gel is still wet, sprinkle the entire frame with Tim Holtz Speckled Egg Embossing Glaze.  Tip off the excess and heat emboss.  The end result is a sort of metallic patina finish that I think resembles lead glass windows.
  • Next, back the frame with a 5″ x 7″ piece of clear cardstock.  Use Dries Clear Adhesive so that any spill-over will not show.  Wait for the glue to dry.
  • Then die cut the frame again from pearlized white cardstock.  This time, leave all the inside pieces in place.
  • Now, carefully remove the flower petals and leaves from the frame and adhere them inside the stained glass window.  I used Dries Clear Adhesive for this.  The process takes a bit of time, but I love the end result.
  • Once all the pieces are in place and the adhesive has dried, place 2 rows of 1/8″ foam tape on the back side of the frame.
  • Then cut a 5″ x 7″ panel of patterned paper from the Pink Christmas pack. Fill the frame with your shaker mix, then adhere the patterned paper over the foam tape.
The Details

Now layer up flowers, chipboard pieces, foliage and ribbon to finish the card design.

A Peek Inside

Adhere the frame that was cut from the pearlized white cardstock inside the card as seen above.

Create a little gift card wallet/note card from one of the post card cut aparts in the collection.

You can tuck this in a simple pocket along with a treat, if desired.

I really like this die, and have found a few different ways to use it.  I’ll be sharing at least one more project with you on the 10th.

Sign up for the Amazing Paper Grace Club Kit HERE.  The Rose Garden Promise Die will be the first Club Kit you receive.

I’ve also listed this pretty card in my ETSY SHOP.

As always, you’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders November 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace DOM November 2020 Vintage Poinsettia Sleigh Stamperia Winter Tales by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders November 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop: APG Poinsettia Sleigh with Stamperia Winter Tales

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Spellbinders November 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from  Jennifer’s lovely blog.   The Amazing Paper Grace 3-D Pop Up Vignette Poinsettia Sleigh is the focal point on this frosty easel style card.  There is so much to love about this festive APG Club Kit!  The darling sleigh, gorgeous etched poinsettia dies, cute gift box and holiday greenery dies make this Club Kit a must have!

Growing up in Vermont, where the ground was covered in wintry white, the whole landscape would turn a particular shade of blue when dusk would fall.  We called it “blue dark”.  And that’s the scene I tried to re-create in this 6″ x 6″ easel style card made with Stamperia’s Winter Tales paper collection.

Details, Tips and Tricks

TIP:  Create depth and dimension in your background.  Cut a 6″ x 12″ piece of Winter Tales into 3 sections: the night sky, the tree line, and the foreground.  Then layer the three sections together with foam dimensionals between them.

TIP: Die cut the sleigh base from patterned paper.  Then die cut the insert and trims from silver metallic paper to create a frosty winter sleigh.  Brush the sleigh runners with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive, then sprinkle with Crystal Clear Glitter Flakes.  This adds an icy finish to the sleigh.

TIP: Create a pocket inside the card to serve as the stopper for the easel.  Score an extra 1/2″ on the easel card base to make a 1/2″ spine.  This way, you can add a fun surprise inside the card.

TIP:  Die cut some poinsettias from scraps of your designer paper.  Then die cut more from solid colored cardstock.  Add texture to the petals with a brush of ivory chalk paint.  Then fill the centers with Prills and Pearls. Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace DOM November 2020 Vintage Poinsettia Sleigh Stamperia Winter Tales by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Now die cut foliage from silver metallic cardstock.  Then brush some of it with Dries Clear Adhesive. Next, sprinkle with more glitter to give it the appearance of icy branches. Now you are ready to pile up all these beautiful posies and fill the sleigh to the brim with Christmas cheer!

A Peek Inside

Now you can see the pocket on the inside of the card.  This is a lovely place to tuck in a note card and a little surprise.

Now,  die cut a second sleigh just as you did the first one. Next, adhere a length of metallic string between the layers.  Now, top it with a bow and poinsettia cluster.  Voila! You have a little ornament to give as a small gift.

Write a personal greeting or tuck a gift card into this little note card.

Spellbinders $25 Giveaway:

To celebrate this release, we are giving away a $50 gift certificate to 5 lucky blog readers – selected from the comments on the Spellbinders blog. Giveaway closes on Sunday, November 15th, 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.

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!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Sandra has prepared for you.  The complete hop list is below.

Spellbinders Blog

Tina Smith

Carrie Rhoades

Bibi Cameron

Sandi MacIver

Jill Hilliard

Jennifer Snyder

Kathy Clement

Sandra Nagel

Virginia Lu

Jean Manis

Marie Heiderscheit

Joy Baldwin

Zsoka Marko

Ilina Crouse

Jenny Colacicco

Not a member of the APG Die of the Month Club?  You can sign up here.  The Poinsettia Sleigh will be your first die of the month.

You will find a linked supply list below this post.  If you’d like to see another sample made with the Poinsettia Sleigh Die, please click HERE.

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Poinsettia Sleigh Shaker Card

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace 3-D Pop Up Vignette Sleigh Carta Bella Christmas Delivery Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Amazing Paper Grace Poinsettia Sleigh Shaker Card with the November 2020 Die of the Month

Hello, Friends!  Let’s ring in November with this adorable APG Poinsettia Sleigh Shaker Card.  It’s going to be a whole month of holiday inspiration here at Kathy by Design, and I can’t think of a better way to get the party started!  This  7″ x 5″ top fold card is my first play with the November 2020 APG Club Kit,. But I promise  you, it won’t be my last.  This die is fun, fun, fun to use!

As is the case with all of Becca’s dies, this one is very versatile.  I love the fact that the set comes with the sweetest etched poinsettia dies and a lovely greenery filler die.  Instead of building the 3-D pop up version this time, I decided to cut the sleigh pieces from metallic cardstock and use as the focal image on top of a shaker frame.

Dashing Thru the Snow!  Poinsettia Sleigh Shaker Card Details

For this first peek, I combined the sleigh with Carta Bella’s Christmas Delivery papers.  Classic red, black and white at Christmas always makes me happy.  The shaker frame is created with Becca’s Picot Petite Ovals Die.  Rather than fill the sleigh with the poinsettias, I clustered them together on the side of the card with greenery and ribbons.  Here’s how I put the sleigh together.

  • First, cut the sleigh outline from patterned metallic paper.  This has been in my stash for years, but I never used it until now.
  • Next, cut the swirl accents from red metallic foil paper and white glitter paper.
  • Then cut the filigree front of the sleigh from red metallic paper and white glitter paper.
  • Now use 1/8″ foam strips to layer all the sleigh pieces together.  Offset the layers to create a snowy border on your sleigh.
  • Die cut the flowers from red metallic paper.  Fill the centers with beaded berry clusters.
  • Finish the card front with ribbon, jingle bells and a resin star.
Poinsettia Sleigh Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

The inside of this classic card is sweet and simple.  Create a little note card from designer paper scraps.  Line the interior with a blank sentiment panel and a decorative edge on the bottom.  Tuck it into a pocket along with a mini candy cane and a Ghiradelli Snowman treat.

TIP:  Stuck with a “not quiet long enough” cardstock scrap?  Try scoring it so that the front edge is shorter than the back edge.  This creates a great designer look!  No one will ever guess your secret unless you tell them!

If you’d like to see more samples of this lovely APG Poinsettia Sleigh, click HERE.

Not a member of the APG Die of the Month Club?  You can sign up here.  The Poinsettia Sleigh will be your first die of the month.

Missing some past club kits that you’d like to add to your stash?  Then you will love this SALE.

I’m excited to start sharing loads of Christmas inspiration with you over the next 6 weeks!  It’s going to be a very Merry Christmas season here at Kathy by Design! What sorts of Christmas projects would you like to see?  Please let me know in the comment section below.

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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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!

 

 

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