Category Archives: APG Die of the Month

Gumball Machine Masculine Shaker Card

Spellbinders APG DOM Gumball Machine Masculine Shaker Card by kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Gumball Machine Masculine Shaker Card with Amazing Paper Grace September Club Kit

Hello, Friends!  I’m bouncing back from a lovely Labor Day weekend with this Gumball Machine Masculine Shaker Card.  This is the Spellbinders September 2022 Amazing Paper Grace Club kit, and it’s super duper adorable!

What is it about gumball machines that makes them so irresistible?   I have such fond memories of getting a penny to put in the coin slot when I was a little girl.  Out would pop 3 brightly colored gumballs.  If you were having a lucky day, you might even get a ring!  When my oldest granddaughter and I worked together on this cute card for her dad’s birthday party this weekend, we had so much fun sharing those memories. Her dad loved the card, too!

Making the Shaker Element

Spellbinders APG DOM September 2022 Gumball Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Although the die set comes with a “gumball” insert, Sophie and I decided that a buttons and sequins shaker card would be more fun.  Here’s how we did it.

  • First, cut 2 gumball machine bodies with the cut out die in the center.  One should be from metallic cardstock.  The other can be whatever scrap paper you have in your stash.
  • Adhere clear cardstock (acetate) over the back of gumball window on each die cut.  Trim away any overhang.
  • Now die cut the accents and detail pieces for the gumball machine from silver metallic cardstock. Adhere these as seen in the photo.
  • Next, adhere 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips to the back side of the red metallic gumball machine.  Fill this opening with your buttons and sequins mix.
  • Finally, line up and adhere the 2nd gumball machine base over the foam tape and press in place.

If  you’d like to see more examples made with this cute die, you can check out the tutorial on Becca’s blog.

You can find a linked supply  list below this post.

I’ll be back with a Throwback Thursday tutorial later this week.

Hope you all had a fun and relaxing Labor Day weekend!  Did you do any crafting?  I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Peek A Boo Trellis Christmas Card Tutorial

Graphic 45 Warm Wishes Christmas Card Tutorial with Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Peek a Boo Trellis Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01
Amazing Paper Grace Peek A Boo Trellis Christmas Card Tutorial with G45 Warm Wishes

Hello, Friends!  For today’s Make & Take Tuesday I’m sharing a Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Peek A Boo Trellis Christmas Card Tutorial. This lovely botanical die set is a great match for Graphic 45’s Warm Wishes paper collection.  I’m going to show you 2 different ways to use this versatile die.   Don’t forget to visit Becca’s blog for even more Peek A Boo Trellis inspiration. She has some truly gorgeous samples and tutorials waiting for you there.

Merry Christmas Cardinal

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Peek a Boo Trellis Graphic 45 Warm Wishes by Kathy ClementI love it when I can snuggle a focal image in with some pretty foliage.  So for this first card, I made small cuts in the leafy panel, then inserted my focal image into the panel.  That’s pretty much all it took to complete the card front.  The rest was just adding foliage, ribbons and flowers.

I made this one a box pocket card, tucked in some sweet Christmas treats.

Peppermint sticks, Christmas tea, a Christmas Cookie, honey stick and note card turn this into a lovely little gift.

Inlaid Peek a Boo Trellis Vines

The second card is really quick and easy to make!  This time, I cut a 5×7 panel from Warm Wishes Patterns and Solids.  Then I centered the Peek A Boo Trellis vines in the center of the panel and die cut.  Next, I die cut the reverse side of this same patterned paper and adhered it slightly off center behind the inlaid design.  Finally, I stitched the entire panel onto green cardstock.

This time I used the layered rose dies that come with the die set along with a bunch of foliage.  Burlap string, rusty jingle bells and vintage buttons give it a great rustic botanical feel.

The inside is simple with a gift card wallet/pocket combo and more of the pretty designer paper.

Peek A Boo Trellis Christmas Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn more about how these cards came together, I hope you’ll enjoy this short video tutorial.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Make & Take Tuesday!  I know we are in the Dog Days of summer, but Christmas will be here before you know it!  Best to get a head start on all those handmade Christmas cards and presents, right?

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Tiara Trifold Shabby Chic Gift Box Set

Amazing Paper Grace DOM July 2022 Shabby Chic Gift Box by Kathy Clement Photo 01

 Tiara Trifold Shabby Chic Gift Box Set June 2022 APG DOM and Stamperia Garden of Promise

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sharing this Tiara Trifold  shabby chic gift box set made with the June 2022 Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Little boxes of all kinds delight me.  It has been far too long since I last made one.  But as soon as I opened this gorgeous Die of the Month, the idea began forming in my brain.  I’ve paired this delightful die up with Stamperia’s Romantic Garden of Promise paper collection.  Oh, what fun I had putting this project together!   

I’ve prepared a short video tour of the project for you with lots of tips and ideas for using this marvelous die. There’s also a complete photo array of the project  at the end.  So I won’t overwhelm you with a lot of information here.

This little box has so much room for goodies!  If you’re interested, I might try to work up a tutorial showing you how to build the walls, inner box, trifold card and inserts.  Just let me know in the comments below, and I’ll see what I can do!

Tiara Trifold Shabby Chic Gift Box Tour with Tips on YouTube

I also wanted to let you know that Spellbinders is having a wonderful 40% off sale this weekend.  Woo-hoo!

If you’d like to join the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club, you can do that HERE.

You can find a linked supply list below this blog post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Wishing all of you a safe, happy and festive 4th of July!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Road Trip Simple Folio

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace June 2022 Die of the Month Carta Bella Summer Farmhouse Road Trip Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Road Trip Simple Folio with APG June 2022 DOM and Carta Bella Summer Farmhouse

Hello, Friends!  Let’s go on a road trip!  Remember those?  Before gas prices spiraled out of control?  Our family used to take at least one big road trip each summer when the kids were little.  We would plan it for months in advance, poring over maps, we would look for places of interest, historical markers, and beautiful destinations.

This was before the internet, mind you.  I would often write local Chambers of Commerce (do those still exist?) and request information about an area.  Huge manila envelopes filled with colorful brochures would come in the mail as a result.  These would be spread all over the kitchen table (or the living room floor) as we carefully plotted the stops along the way.  Our trusty highlighter pen marked the routes we would follow in the road atlas or on folded maps.

The anticipation of the trip was almost as good as the road trip itself.  My mom would often sew new summer outfits for our girls, and I would carefully pack suitcases with clothes that would suffice for climate changes along the way.  We always had to plan at least one “nice” outfit for eating out.  I can vividly recall having all the piles of neatly folded clothes laid out on my bed: one pile for each of our 5 children.

Then there was the preparation of road trip snacks and picnic lunches.  Rice Krispie Treats (with peanut butter mixed in) was not only a snack, but a great road trip breakfast.  GORP (good old raisins and peanuts) was a standby, too.  Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?  Always!

So this simple road trip folio is a tribute to those bygone days when we carried sleeping children out to the car in the early morning dark and set out on the open road.

Amazing Paper Grace Pop-Up 3-D Vignette Road Trip

Amazing Paper Grace Pop Up 3D Vignette Car June 2022 DOM by Kathy Clement Photo 01

The inspiration for this project is found on the cover.  How cute  is the Amazing Paper Grace Pop Up 3D Vignette Road Trip this month?  Yes, there are a lot of little pieces.  And yes, it takes a few minutes to put it all together.  But, oh…it is soooooo doggone cute that as soon as you get one made, you want to make another.  In all the colors!  LOL

I used heavy 110# powder blue cardstock for the body of the car.  The “chrome” trim is silver metallic cardstock.  Navy blue cardstock is perfect for the dashboard.  And a scrap of black cardstock is the right choice for the tires.

Helpful Tips
  •  Make the headlights POP by adding Citron Essentials Gems to the center.
  •  Foam tabs between the layers really make the car pop off the page.
  •  Create a neutral background for your Road Trip Die.  I die cut a very small print from the Carta Bella Summer Farmhouse collection using the largest APG Picot Petite Oval die.

You can find a tutorial for assembling the car as well as other samples for using this die on Becca’s blog.

Road Trip Simple Folio: A Peek Inside

The folio base is (2) 8 1/2″ x 6″ panels of heavy white cardstock.

  • First, score a 1/2″ flap on the 6″ end of each panel.
  • Next, overlap these 1/2″ pieces and adhere to form the spine.
  • Now, cover the inside with papers from Carta Bella Summer Farmhouse Collection.

The left hand side of the folio is a mini flip book with hidden pockets, photo mats and lots of room to save memories of your road trip.

There’s a tiny pocket at the back of the folio with a journal card tucked inside.  Keep things simple so that the photos can take center stage.

The right hand side of the folio is a 5 panel waterfall folio with a magnetic closure. Each panel measures 5 1/2″ x 6″. You will cut your panels 6″ x 6″.  Then score a 1/2″ flap on the left to serve as the hinge for the waterfall.

Secure the magnetic closure behind a decorative panel at the back.

I know everyone keeps photos on their phones and computers these days.  But I have a sneaky suspicion that someday we will wish we had put more “real” photos into “real” books that we can hold in our hands and enjoy.  Making a simple folio like this one only takes an afternoon, but the memories last for many years to come.

What’s your favorite road trip memory?  I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Amazing Paper Grace May 2022 Die of the Month

Amazing Paper Grace May 2022 Die of the Month: Lovin’ from the Oven Recipe Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for me to share the Amazing Paper Grace May 2022 Die of the Month with you, and boy is it ever cute!  I’m calling this one “Lovin’ from the Oven” because the adorable factor is right up there with the Pillsbury Doughboy.  Remember him?

Spellbinders May 2022 Amazing Paper Grace Pop-Up-Vignette Oven Echo Park Farmhouse Kitchen Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

My mom was an amazing baker.  There was nothing fancy or magazine worthy about our country kitchen.  The linoleum was worn in spots.  My dad built the countertops, then covered them with the same linoleum that adorned the kitchen floor.  The pots and pans were ancient, battered and very Plain Jane. And the oven?  Let’s just say you would not find it in any respectable modern kitchen and leave it at that.

But when my mom cranked up the oven, it was transformed into a sneak preview of Heaven.  The woman could cook!  Hardly a day passed when our home was not filled with the yeasty, mouth-watering aroma of freshly baked bread.  When molasses cookies were on the menu, sweet spices filled the air.  Chocolate cake?  Be still my heart!  I think I learned how to cook by hanging out in the kitchen with my mom.  So this little project is dedicated to her memory.

3D Pop-Up Vignette Oven Shaker Element

I’m not gonna lie to you: when i took this die set out of the package, I felt a moment of anxiety.  There are a LOT of small pieces inside!  But, the packaging has a helpful step by step guide on the back that made it very simple to put this cutie pie oven together.  I opted to adapt the die into this sweet little shaker element.  (You can see Becca’s version HERE.) Here’s how this sweet little oven came together:

  • First, die cut the outline of the oven from plain cardstock and cut off the side tabs.
  • Next, die cut the oven with the door insert from plain cardstock, and cut off the tabs.
  • Now die cut the oven with the door insert from patterned cardstock and cut off the tabs.
  • Then adhere the patterned paper over the plain cardstock with the door.  Back this piece with clear cardstock (acetate) and add 3 rows of 1/8″ foam tape to the back.
  • Next, die cut the accent pieces from rose gold cardstock as seen in the photo.
  • Now die cut the oven drawer, knobs and clock from a graphite shimmer cardstock.
  • Finally, die cut the oven mitts and utensils from a scrap of contrasting patterned paper.
  • Place your shaker elements inside the prepared oven cavity.
  • Adhere the oven racks (cut from rose gold) to the plain cardstock backer piece.
  • Line up the backer piece over the shaker window and press in place.
  • Now you can build your folio base and decorate.   
A Peek Inside

This simple folio base measures 7″ x 5″ with a 1/2″ spine.  I’ve added a side pocket on the left and a standard pocket on the right.

This is a great way to share a recipe with someone you love.  Just tuck a couple of your tried and true recipes into the pocket on the left.  Then add a little tea wallet, honey stick and photo folio to the pocket on the right.

All my best memories have been made in the kitchen!  My sweet granddaughters join me every Friday for cooking lessons and we have the best time!  Photos of these moments are important!  So I made this little 4×4 folio to hold a few of them in place. This would also make a great gift!

Loving from the Oven Recipe Card Folio on YouTube

I prepared a short video tour of this folio with tips and ideas on YouTube. I hope you enjoy!

This weekend is Mother’s Day and I hope every single one of you knows how much you are loved and appreciated.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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