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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.

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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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Love Letters Shaker Card

Love Letters Shaker Card APG January 2021 DOM Echo Park Blowing Kisses by Kathy Clement kathy by design Photo 01

Love Letters Shaker Card: Amazing Paper Grace January 2021 Die of the Month

Hello, Friends!  This Love Letters shaker card is as sweet as a box of candy hearts!  Remember decorating shoe boxes for Valentine’s Day Parties in elementary school?  That’s what this card makes me think of.  My mom always insisted that I make my Valentines from scratch.  One year we baked big gingerbread cookies cut into heart shapes and piped with pink frosting.  That’s the memory I was channeling while making this card with the Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month.

How to Make a Love Letters Shaker Card

First, find some cute Valentine’s Day paper.  I used an older collection from Echo Park called “Blowing Kisses.”  The mini envelope patterned paper seemed to be made to go with Becca’s darling Vignette Mini Mailbox Die.  Here’s how this card came together:

  • Create a 5″ x 7″ kraft cardstock card base.
  • Next, mat a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ panel of the dot paper on both pink and red cardstock.  Machine stitch around the edges if desired.
  • Now mat a 4×6 panel of the mini envelope paper in the same way.  Again, stitch if desired.
  • Then cut the doily border to a width of 4″ and adhere on the bottom half of the card.
Making the Shaker Element

  • Begin by die cutting 2 Mini Mailboxes from kraft cardstock.  Cut one with the filigree insert, and one without. Die cut 3 mini envelopes from kraft cardstock and 3 hearts from red foil cardstock.
  • Now cut another solid mailbox panel from clear cardstock (acetate).
  • Next, cut the vignette tabs away from the sides of the mailbox.
  • Adhere the clear cardstock to the back of the filigree mailbox panel.
  • Then cut the solid mailbox front from the script patterned paper.  Adhere this to the back panel of the mailbox.
  • Now you just need to add foam tape to the sides of the filigree panel and fill with Valentine sequins.
  • After the mailbox shaker element is adhered to the card center, add flowers, ribbons and embellishments.
A Peek Inside

Here’s how I finished the inside of the card.  You just have to have a treat pocket on a Valentine, right?

Make a little treat wallet with a 3×4 card from the collection.

Then finish the inside with a little pocket for a tea bag.  Tea and chocolate is my idea of the perfect Valentine treat!

If you’d like to see more samples made with this Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month, you can find them HERE. You’ll also find out how to sign up for the APG DOM Club if you are interested!

It’s always lovely to have Valentine’s Day to look forward to once Christmas and New Year’s are past.  I hope this little Love Letters Shaker Card has inspired you to break out your Valentine papers and get your craft on!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders December 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop

Amazing Paper Grace December 2020 Blog Hop Rose Promise Die Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders December 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop: Roses in December Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Spellbinders December 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Hussena’s lovely blog.

Roses in December

There’s an old saying: “God gives us memories that we might have roses in December.”  That thought inspired this Roses in December Shaker card made with the Amazing Paper Grace Rose Garden Promise Dies from the 2020 APG Club Kit.

I chose a soft, neutral color palette to create a sense of serenity and nostalgia within the card design.  Here’s how this card front came together:

  • First, die cut the shaker frame from patterned paper.  Use the Tool-in-One to clear out all the little chads.
  • Now, lightly swipe the edges of the die cut frame with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
  • Then cut a 5″ x 7″ piece of clear cardstock (acetate or clear acrylic) and adhere to the back side of the frame with a strong liquid adhesive.

TIP:  Apply the adhesive in a thin bead. Then spread it either with your finger or a toothpick.  This step will help prevent the adhesive from oozing out onto the clear cardstock.

  • Next, back the edges of the frame with 1/8″ foam tape.  I like to use 3 layers so that I can place larger elements like buttons and pearls into my shaker mix.
  • Now choose a 5″ x 7″ panel of designer paper to serve as the card front.
  • Then choose an image to sit in the center of that panel.

TIP: Find the perfect placement for your focal image.  Place the metal die over your card background and lightly trace guide lines using a pencil.  Now you know exactly where to adhere your focal image.

Now you only need to fill the shaker frame with your mix of buttons, beads and sequins.  Press the prepared card front over the foam adhesive and press in place.   Embellish the card with ribbon, creamy roses and your embellishments of choice.

A Peek Inside

Turn this card into a gift and a folio by adding a pocket and an accordion style photo album.

Provide room for journaling spots and even a gift card pocket, if desired.

The box pocket on the bottom half of the card is the perfect spot to add a little Tea Party for One.  Create another mini folio from your scraps.  Then wrap it with a belly band.  Tuck a vintage demitasse spoon, tea bag, and mini candy cane into the belly band. Wrap cookies in a scrap of designer paper to dress them up.  Then tuck in a mini honey dipper and a honey stick to complete the ensemble.

Here’s a look at the folio with the belly band removed.

Santa thinks you were very, very good this year, as this chocolate assortment proves.  The folio flips open again with room for additional photos.  You can write little greetings on the tiny tag, too.

Spellbinders $50 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, December 13th, 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 hop on over and see what paper pretties Ilina has prepared for you.  I know you will be inspired.  Here’s the whole list of bloggers in this month’s hop:

Spellbinders Blog

Tina Smith

Bibi Cameron

Sandi MacIver

Jill Hilliard

Jennifer Snyder

Jean Manis

Sheri Holt

Joy Baldwin

Hussena Calcuttawala

Kathy Clement

Ilina Crouse

Jenny Colacicco

Michelle Short

Virginia Lu

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use with your own Spellbinders December 2020 Club Kits. If you’d like to see another project made with the Rose Garden Promise Die, please click HERE.

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

To subscribe to the Amazing Paper Grace Club Kit, click HERE.  The Rose Garden Promise Die will be in your first kit.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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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