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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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Spellbinders February 2021 Club Kits Blog Hop

Spellbinders Club Kits Blog Hop February 2021 Kaisercraft Flower Shoppe Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Spellbinders February 2021 Club Kits Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Spellbinders February 2021 Club Kits Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Jennifer Snyder’s blog.  This month I am working with the Amazing Paper Grace Bella Diamante Club Kit.  There is just so much to love about this beautiful set of intricate dies.  As a cardmaker, I appreciate that it fits my “go to” 5″ x 7″ cards as well as smaller cards.  I’ve used it as to make a shaker card, and I also love it as an elegant lacy background on this pretty spring card.

Peach Roses, Butterflies and Lacy Layers

Here’s how this I used this versatile die in this card creation.

  • First,  die cut the scalloped frame from both pink foil and white cardstock.
  • Then layer the two frames together, staggering them slightly so that the pink foil created a sort of drop shadow effect.
  • Now,  die cut the inner diamond from both pink foil and white cardstock.
  • Next, adhere the pink foil over the white cardstock to create the opposite effect.  Back this layer with foam adhesive to pop it up above the background lace.
  • Then add butterflies, sentiment, flowers, buttons and ribbon to complete the card.
A Peek Inside

Carry the butterfly and roses theme to the inside of the card with patterned papers and ephemera bits.  Add pockets to hold a little notecard, tea bag, and gift card pocket.  So simple, but so effective!

Spellbinder’s $50 Gift Card Giveaway

To celebrate this release, we are giving away a $50 gift certificate to 3 lucky blog readers – selected from the comments on our blog. Giveaway closes on Sunday, February 14th, 11:59 pm MST. The winner will be announced in this 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 let’s get hopping!  First, stop by Jean Manis’  blog and see what paper pretties she has in store for you.  Then hop on down the rest of the list for even more inspiration.  Be sure to finish up over on the Spellbinders Blog.  Leave a comment to enter the drawing for the $50 gift card.

Spellbinders Blog

Tina Smith

Becca Feeken

Becky Roberts

Carrie Rhoades

Bibi Cameron

Sandra Nagel

Jackie Pasko

Sandi MacIver

Laurie Willison

Jill Hilliard

Marie Heiderscheit

Jennifer Snyder

Kathy Clement

Jean Manis

Sheri Holt

Annie Williams

Yasmin Diaz

Betty Wright

Melody Rupple

Jenny Colacicco

Hussena Calcuttawala

Mindy Eggen

Emily Midgett

Virginia Lu

Emily Leiphart

Joy Baldwin

Ilina Crouse

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use with your own Spellbinders February 2021 Club Kits.

If you are not subscribed to Spellbinder Club Kits, you can find information about all of them HERE.

Subscribe to the Amazing Paper Grace Club Kit HERE.  The Bella Diamante Die will be in your first kit.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Amazing Paper Grace Bella Diamante Butterfly Garden

Amazing Paper Grace Bella Diamante Butterfly Garden Shaker Card Kaisercraft Flower Shoppe by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Amazing Paper Grace Bella Diamante Butterfly Garden Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  Have you seen the Amazing Paper Grace Bella Diamante Club Kit for February 2021?  Ooh la la!  This die speaks my creative language!  I could not wait to work it up into this Butterfly Garden Shaker Card!

This amazing die even comes with a Cinch and Go flower so that you can make matching flowers to go with your card or layout.  I love that!

How to make the Bella Diamante Shaker Frame

Since 5×7 cards are my “go to”, this large die makes me a very happy crafter!  Here’s how I used this die to make a fabulous shaker element.

  • First, die cut patterned paper with just the outer frame from the die set.
  • Next, use just the outer diamond frame to die cut the butterfly image from Kaisercraft’s Flower Shoppe paper collection. (Linked below).
  • Now layer the outer frame, inner scrollwork, and diamond frame over white cardstock and die cut.
  • Then repeat the above step with silver foil cardstock. Adhere the two die cuts together so that they are slightly offset.
  • Next, cut clear cardstock (acetate) with the diamond frame and adhere to the back of the frame.
  • Now add 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips to the back of the diamond frame.
  • And here’s the fun part: place your sequin mix in the center of the butterfly image.  Then remove the paper liners from the foam strips and press the shaker top in place.
  • Now adhere your handmade flowers with a few paper flowers, some ribbon and pearls to finish the card front.
A Peek Inside

I even found a way to put this die to use on the inside of my card.

Die cut silver foil paper with the triangle frame and insert dies to create a lovely sentiment panel inside the card.

Join the Club!

If you’d like to add this magnificent die to your stash, all you have to do is join the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club.  Spellbinders will ship the February die out to you in your first club package.  You can sign up HERE.

Amazing Paper Grace layering dies are my favorite…and I know I will get lots of use out of this month’s set!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas to help you make the most of this Bella Diamante Die set.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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