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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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Amazing Paper Grace Garden Gate Mixed Media Card

Amazing Paper Grace Mixed Media Garden Gate My Mind's Eye Gingham Foundry by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Amazing paper Grace Garden Gate Mixed Media Card

Hello, Friends!  It’s time to share this Amazing Paper Grace  Garden Gate Mixed Media card!  The May 2021 APG Die of the Month is another dimensional vignette creation.  You can learn more about it and see lots of pretty samples HERE and on Becca’s Blog.   When you pair this charming set of dies up with the Spellbinders May 2021 Clear Stamp of the Month you’ve got a dynamic duo on your hands! 

Welcome to My Garden!

Vignette Garden Gate May 2021 APG DOM My Mind's Eye Gingham Foundry May 2021 Spellbinders Clear Stamp of the Month by Kathy Clement

Welcome to my garden, friends!  Step through the chipped paint on this vintage fence and enjoy a glass of cool lemonade under the shade of the arbor with me.  How does that sound?  The minute I took this die out of the packaging, I knew I was going to travel in a mixed media direction.  Here’s how I did it:

  • First, die cut  two each of the fence (With the insert panels) and the arbor. Use a sturdy (85# or more) cream cardstock for this step.
  • Next, rub the flat side of a Spellbinders Bricks and Bark embossing folder with Weathered Wood Distress Ink.  (Use the bark side.)
  • Now spritz the ink with water until little beads form.
  • Then place the die cut fence pieces face down over the inky panel and run through your  machine following your manufacturer’s directions. The ink will sink into the debossed areas of the fence giving it a lovely patina finish.
  • Dry the gate with a heat tool, or let set overnight. Then very lightly dry brush the surface with ivory chalk paint.
  • Now adhere the two gate and arbor layers together with 1/8″ foam tape strips.
  • Finally, sponge the raised areas of the gate and arbor with a little Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to create a vintage, chipped paint finish.
  • Die cut several scraps using the grass die.  Color with inks, then layer on the bottom of the card with foam tape.  Simulate flowers by attaching Prills to dots of Dries Clear Adhesive.
Creating the Arbor

To create the arbor that goes over the garden gate, follow these steps:

  • Die cut a whole bunch of leaves, flowers and berries from cream cardstock.
  • Spray the leaves with Kiwi Glimmer Mist or other spray. Set aside to dry.
  • Place 1 drop of Chipped Sapphire Distress Re-Inker in a disposable plastic container.  Spray some water to create about 1 Tablespoon of stain. Then drop the flower layers in to the puddle to stain them.  When you are happy with the depth of color, pour them out onto folded paper towels or an old grocery bag.
  • Repeat this process with the “berries” using Mustard Seed Distress Re-Inker.
  • Press the center of each flower with a small ball stylus to raise the petals.  Place a drop of Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive in the center of  half the flowers.  Add another layer on top.
  • Fill the “cup” of each flower with a drop of glue, then sprinkle with “Go Man Go” Prills.

The fun part is arranging the leaves, flowers and berries on the arbor.  Top the berries with a dot of Glossy Accents to give them a domed top.  While the GA is still wet, sprinkle with Lion’s Mane Flower Soft.  Now you just need to add bows, buttons and a vintage metal gate latch to the card front. (Paint a small metal drawer pull with chalk paint.  Let it dry a bit, then rub away a little bit with a paper towel to slightly expose the metal.)

Sentiment Tag

This little sentiment tag comes together in a jiffy!

  • Stamp the sentiment and posies from the May Clear Stamp of the Month onto a scrap of gold cardstock.
  • Trim around the sentiment to form a small rectangle.
  • Round the bottom corners with a punch.
  • Shape the top corners with a scalloped punch.
  • Repeat this process with a slightly larger scrap of navy cardstock.
  • Add a hole to the top and string with Journey Twine.
  • Tie on some glass leaf beads and adhere a few flat back pearls to finish the tag.
A Peek Inside

There’s a tea party beneath the arbor waiting inside this box pocket style card.

Turn the flap page on top to find a gift card pocket on the side.  You can add a note or a photo to the sentiment panel.

The box pocket has everything you need to throw a tea party for one.  Even a vintage silver plate demitasse spoon!

TIP: Dress up a Ghiradelli chocolate and a Biscoff cookie pack with scraps of designer paper.

Create a little note card/tea wallet with ephemera bits and scraps of designer paper.

This is the perfect spot to tuck in a tea bag to complete the tea party ensemble.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use with the May 2021 Amazing Paper Grace Die.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section.  Simply click on the “Replies” button found under the title at the top of this page to do so.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Dahlia Dimensional Doily

Amazing Paper Grace Dahlia Dimensional Doily Die of the Month Spellbinders Carta Bella Flower Garden by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Dahlia Dimensional Doily Die of the Month April 2021

Hello, Friends!  Today’s post features a fun fold card made with  Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Dahlia Dimensional Doily.  This is the April 2021 Die of the Month, and it’s a beauty!  If you love gatefold cards and delicate filigree designs, then I think you will love this card design. Before we dig in, here’s a look at the dies in this months’ club:

In addition to the gorgeous filigree panel, you get the dimensional dahlia dies, rolled roses, leaves and a lacy insert.  I opted to work with just the filigree panel, rolled roses and leaves this time.

Presenting the Gatefold Easel Fancy Fold Card Design

Amazing Paper Grace Dahlia Dimensional Doily Gatefold Easel Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Easel cards are the “show-offs” of the cardmaking world, wouldn’t you agree?  Simple to make, but visually impacting, easel cards look great on display!  Gatefold cards have a high drama factor.  Open the doors of this fancy fold to see what delights await within.  I make a lot of both styles of cards for these reasons.  I don’t think I have ever combined the two fancy fold card style before.   But I immediately saw how this lovely die could marry the two styles together to make fabulous fancy fold card design.  So, I present to you the Dahlia Dimensional Doily Gatefold Easel Card.

Here’s how to put this unique fun fold card together.

  • First, create a 6×6 easel card base.
  • Now die cut the filigree panels from pink cardstock.
  • Then adhere the panels over brushed gold cardstock.
  • Next, trim the gold cardstock so that you have an extra 1/2″ of gold on the left and the right hand sides.
  • Now score a flap on each side.
  • Cut between the two filigree panels to create a gate fold.
  • Wrap the flaps behind a 5″ x 7″  card front.
  • Then wrap a ribbon closure around the entire assembly and adhere to the front of the easel card base.
Open the Gates!

When you open the gate fold, this is what is waiting inside.  Decorate the inside of the gates with vellum versions of the die.

Rolled Roses

This elegant set comes with 2 sizes of rolled rose dies.  I’ve used them on the pocket/brake area and on the gatefold door sentiment.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek inside the easel card base.  Add a pocket to the bottom half of the card to serve as a stopper/brake for the easel mechanism.  This gives you room to tuck in a little gift card wallet/note card.

I can see this die used for many different purposes.  It would make a gorgeous bookmark.  You could cut it from heavy cardstock and use it as a stencil.  Or add the dimensional dahlia to the center.  Becca has lots of great ideas on her blog.  You can also find samples on the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club Page.

So what’s the verdict on Gatefold Easel Cards?  Do we love them?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders March 2021 Club Kits Blog Hop

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Vignette Floral Mason Jar Shaker Card by kathy Clement Photo 01

Spellbinders March 2021 Club Kits Blog Hop:  Bee Happy Mason Jar Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Spellbinders March 2021 Club Kits Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Jennifer’s lovely blog.  I have a serious crafty crush on this month’s Amazing Paper Grace Mini Vignette Floral Mason Jar Die Set.  First, I collect vintage Mason Jars.  Secondly, I adore shaker cards.  And then there are the lovely Cinch and Go flowers that come with this set.  Ooh la la! So the minute I took this lovely little die out of the packaging, I  knew I would be shaking things up in my studio.

Bee Happy Mason Jar Shaker Card

It’s hard not to be happy when you look at this fresh as a daisy card.  Here’s how it came together:

  • First, create a 5″ x 7″ kraft card base with a 1/2″ top fold spine.
  • Next, cut a 4 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ panel of the daisy patterned paper from Carta Bella’s Flower Garden paper collection.
  • Then, layer on a 4 3/4″ x 3 1/4″ panel of pink check paper.
  • Now die cut a doily background using the largest Amazing Paper Grace Picot Petite Circle Die, *Linked in Supply List below.
  • Next, die cut the lacy flourishes using the die from the APG DOM kit.  Adhere these where the two patterned papers meet.
  • Fussy cut some little seed packets and adhere in the top right corner.
  • Now adhere the doily and the mason jar.
  • Next die cut flower layers and leaves, shape, add stamens and adhere.
  • Finally, add a row of daisies, a bee hive button and ribbon to complete the card front.

How to Make a Mini Mason Jar Embellishment

If you’d like to learn how I turned the vignette die into a shaker embellishment I have a little video tutorial you can watch.

Be warned!  Making these little Mason Jar shakers is addictive!  I’ve made several this month.  You can see them HERE and HERE.

A Peek Inside

This is one of my signature “Tea Party in a Box” cards. Gift wrap chocolate, cookies, and a tea bag with scraps of designer paper.  Then tuck in a vintage silver plate spoon and a honey stick to complete the tea party.  Everything fits neatly into the box pocket.  Now you have turned this card into a gift! You can find this card in my ETSY shop.

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. Giveaway closes on Sunday, March 14th, 11:59 pm MST. The winner will be announced in the Spellbinders 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.

Would you like to join the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club?  It’s a great way to add to your die cutting collection.  Find out all about how to join HERE.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over to see what paper pretties Jean has in store for you. Here’s the complete hop list for this month.

Spellbinders Blog
Tina Smith
Becca Feeken
Becky Roberts
Carrie Rhoades
Bibi Cameron
Sandra Nagel
Sandi MacIver
Jill Hilliard
Marie Heiderscheit
Jennifer Snyder
Kathy Clement   YOU ARE HERE
Jean Manis
Annie Williams
Yasmin Diaz
Betty Wright
Jenny Colacicco
Hussena Calcuttawala
Virginia Lu
Emily Leiphart
Joy Baldwin
Ilina Crouse
Desiree Kuemmerle
Ilda Dias
Henriëtte van Mierlo
Zsoka Marko

I hope I’ve shared some fun tips and tricks for using this Mini Vignette Mason Jar Die.  You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Floral Mason Jar Shaker Embellishment Tutorial

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Floral Mason Jar Die of the Month by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Floral Mason Jar Shaker Embellishment Tutorial for Spellbinders APG DOM March 2021

Hello, Friends!  I’m super excited about sharing this Floral Mason Jar Shaker Embellishment Tutorial with you!  Why?  Because it is stinking cute, that’s why!  And easy to make!  Did I mention cute?  Soooo cute!  This is the Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Club Kit Die of the Month for March 2021.  My friends…it’s my favorite die that Becca has ever made.  I’m seriously in love with this set because of the amazing potential.

If you’ve ever priced out cute little shaker embellishments like this, then you know they have a big price tag.  Imagine being able to make as many of them as you want , in any theme for any occasion.  I spent a delightful afternoon playing with these dies alongside Carta Bella’s new Flower Garden papers.  Such fun!  I have a couple of samples to share with you here today, so let’s get started!

Bee-utiful Embellishments!

The Floral Mason Jar is designed to function as one of Becca’s Vignette dies.  But the minute I took it out of the packaging, I  knew it was destined to become the cutest little shaker embellishment ever!

Since I had Carta Bella’s brand new Flower Garden paper collection in house, it only took me a nanosecond to decide to pair it up with this die set.  The video tutorial below will walk you through the process step by step.  First, I’ll show you which dies to use.  Then, I will put the embellishment together with you so you can see each step.  If you’ve been intimidated by shaker embellishments, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy this process is.

And here’s a quick peek at the inside of this cheery little number.

Floral Mason Jar Card #2

Making that first card was so much fun, I had to take this die out on another play date.  Using the same paper collection, this time I featured butterflies instead of bees. Cute, right?

I should probably mention that all the flowers and foliage are made with the etched dies that are part of this 14-piece set.

Since easel cards are my favorite, I had to make one, just because.

The pocket on the inside of the  card acts as the “brake” or stopper for the easel mechanism.

Which means you have room to tuck in a little chocolate wallet.  Sweet, indeed!

Floral Mason Jar Shaker Embellishment Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how this little mason jar embellishment comes together, then please enjoy this short video.

How to Get the Vignette Floral Mason Jar Die of the Month

If you’d like to add this delicious little die set to your collection, you need to subscribe to the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club at Spellbinders.  You’ll receive the Floral Mason Jar Die Set as your first club selection.

I can see this same die used with buttons for a sewing themed card.  How about jelly beans for Easter?  Or balloons for a birthday party?  Ooooh… how cute would a banner be made with these little jars as the focal images.  My mind is literally exploding with ideas!  So excuse my hasty exit…I must get back to my work desk!  Y’all talk amongst yourselves!

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

Seriously, thanks for stopping by!  I hope you are as excited about this month’s DOM as I am!

Cheerio,

kathy

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