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Stamperia Orchids and Cats Party in a Box

Stamperia Orchids and Cats Party in a Box by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Stamperia Orchids and Cats Party in a Box

Hello, Friends!  This Stamperia Orchids and Cats Party in a Box is one of several special order gifts I made during the Christmas holidays.  It will come as no surprise to learn that this was made for a cat and plant lover.  Sometimes I am asked why I keep such a large stash of papers. (Of course you never ask such things.  You understand completely.  This is why we are such good friends.)

When a customer says, “I need a special gift for someone who has everything. She loves cats and plants.” I can answer, “oh, I have just the thing.”  I always feel somewhat vindicated when I can reach into the Closet of Inspiration and Delight and find the very thing that a customer is looking for.  It’s wonderful when it works that way!

This is a larger than usual party in a box with lots of layers and fussy cutting. By layering fussy cuts beside and behind the focal image, I was able to create the cozy little scene on the cover.

I am sure this sweet kitty is having the loveliest dream while its bolder companion is gazing out of the window to the wide world beyond.

TIP: Fussy cut the small cat image, then back it with foam tape.  Now you can tuck it into the flower cluster to add a bit of whimsy to the card design.

A Peek Inside

One of the biggest challenges I had in making this gift was the size of the images in the 12×12 paper pad.  But fussy cutting around the profile of this snoozing feline allowed me to use it as a flap element inside the card cover.

A beautiful garden of orchids is hidden behind the flap along with a few fussy cut images and sentiments.

Party in a Box

How do you put together a party in a box?   First, gift wrap a tall packet of Raspberry Cocoa.  Then top it with a pretty bow to make it extra special.  Next, use scraps of designer paper to gift wrap some cookies and chocolate. Now tuck in a vintage silver plate demitasse spoon for a dash of elegance.  Finally, stitch up a little magnet to add a gift that keeps on giving.

I know many of you have a fear of cutting into your Stamperia papers.  Perhaps this example of how I used them will give you the courage to bring them to life.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Classic Christmas Mini Album Tour

Stamperia Classic Christmas Mini Album Tour Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Stamperia Classic Christmas Mini Album Tour with Tips & Ideas

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday and I have a lovely Stamperia Classic Christmas Mini Album Tour to share with you today.  Once again, there’s no tutorial, as this is a massive project.  But we will take a leisurely stroll through the album and I’ll share lots of handy tips and ideas that you can use in your next mini album project.  You’ll be able to find a linked supply list below this post.  So grab a cuppa and join me for a Classic Christmas treat.

Creating a Vintage Vibe

Stamperia Classic Christmas Mini Album Shaker Reneabouquets Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Christmas is a time for home, family, friends, good food and celebration!  So I tried to incorporate all of these elements in this Graphic 45 Rectangle Tag and pocket Mini Album.  I could almost hear the carolers singing and feel the snowflakes gently falling as I designed the cover.  Here are some tips to help you create a classic, vintage Christmas vibe.

  • First, heat emboss the album edges with Stampendous Aged Gold Embossing Enamel.  Those faux gilt edges create a frame and instantly say “Old Fashioned Christmas.”
  • Next, add sparkle with Dries Clear Adhesive and glitter!  You can add snowy effects under on windows, doors, fields and trees.
  • Then, choose Vintage Christmas Ribbon for the bow.
  • Finally, offset the rectangular chipboard house with a round Snowflake Frame from Reneabouquets.  This is one of the most gorgeous Christmas frames I have ever seen, and it adds elegance and vintage charm to the album cover.

Reneabouquets Snowflake Frame Shaker by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Begin by heat embossing the frame with WOW Vintage Champagne.  Then die cut an acetate circle using Spellbinders largest circle frame die.  Adhere the acetate to the back of the frame with Dries Clear Adhesive.  Now adhere 3 rows of 1/8″ foam strips to the back of the frame to make the shaker box.  Die cut the circle element from the paper collection, dress it up with a little glitter, then fill with a mix of snowflakes, beads, buttons, and flat back pearls.

A Charming Spine Treatment

Now dig through your stash of Christmas embellishments and create a lovely dangle charm for the spine. When these move, they sound like Christmas bells softly ringing.

Stamperia Classic Christmas Mini Album Tour on YouTube

If you’d like to see the the rest of the album, hear how I altered it, and learn how I combined several different paper collections to cover the pages, then I hope you will enjoy this short video tour.

Did you find some tips and tricks that you can use in this project?  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Garden Party in a Box Tutorial

Stamperia Garden Party in a Box Tutorial Reneabouquets Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement for Throwback Thursday Photo 01

Stamperia Garden Party in a Box Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  This week’s Throwback Thursday project is a Stamperia Garden Party in a Box Tutorial.  After enjoying a short stroll last Sunday with my sweet husband (yes!  we are taking little walks!  Hooray!) I got this crazy idea in my head. Instead of taking a nap, I locked myself into the studio for a couple of hours so I could put the crazy idea to rest . Sometimes, you just have to give in to the voices in your head, right?

Now, y’all know I’ve made lots and lots of box pockets.  I’ve even made them on the outside of my cards before.  But this time, I wanted to create a box pocket from clear cardstock (acetate) so that it would look like a greenhouse window with a little potting bench inside.  See?  I told you it was a crazy idea.  But sometimes crazy works for me, so I go along with it.  Instead of figuring out what I was doing, I just turned on the camera and let it roll.  So this tutorial has a few fun twists and turns in it.  At the end of the day, I think you’ll find a lot of good inspiration and tips buried in it.

Paper Lollipop and Bookmark

Lollipops are sweet…and paper lollipops are sweet, too!  I’ll show you how to make one using a paper straw, scoring tool,  and a 12″ x 2″ strip of designer paper.  It’ s so easy, you’ll want to make stacks of these as embellishments for your cards.  We’ll also make a sweet stamped bookmark that I’ve embellished with beautiful lace from Reneabouquets.

Here’s a peek at all the treats tucked inside the clear pocket.  The chocolate is wrapped in the same bit of designer paper as the tea bag.

A Peek Inside

Learn how to use scraps, the paper cover from the collection, and magnets to make a neat flip page that’s actually a pocket.

Tuck this little note card inside the pocket as a sweet surprise.

There’s a little gift card wallet inside…or you can just tuck in a note.  Either way, it’s a fun addition to the card design.

Stamperia Garden Party in a Box Tutorial on YouTube

I hope you enjoy watching me create this “inside out” card in the video tutorial.  I promise you will laugh at my antics at least once!

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

If you’d like to leave a comment, just click on the “REPLIES” button found beneath the post title at the top of the page.

Now dig into your paper stash and make something beautiful!  Happy Throwback Thursday, y’all!

Cheerio,

kathy

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**NOTE: Throwback Thursday projects are often made with supplies that have been retired.  I will link to supplies whenever possible.  If there is no link, it means I was unable to locate the supply.  Thanks for understanding!

Stamperia Azulejos Flip Folio with Reneabouquets

Stamperia Azulejos Flip Folio with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board and Premium Butterflies by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Stamperia Azulejos Flip Folio Project Share with Reneabouquets Paper Pretties

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sharing  a simple, elegant Stamperia Azulejos Flip Folio with you.  Do you ever wake up and think, “I just have to make something pretty today?”  Well, that happened to me yesterday. The skies were grey, I was tired and felt like crawling back into bed instead of doing laundry, dishes and other Monday chores.  I motivated myself with the promise that once the chores were done, I could make whatever I wanted to make with whatever I wanted to use.  So I dug around in my paper stash and my Reneabouquets paper pretties until inspiration struck.  And this 6″ x 6″ flip folio began to take shape in my brain. Oh, happy day!

Building the Base

The base is 2 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ aqua cardstock trimmed to a width of 6″, overlapped and glued together into one long 6″ high paper panel.  It’s such a simple design, that I know you’ll want to give it a try, so here are some measurements.

  • First, score the 16 3/4″ x 6″ panel at 6″, 6 1/2″, 12 1/2″, and 13″.
  • Now fold along the scored lines to form a 6″ x 6″ square folio with 1/2″ spines on the left and the right hand sides.
  • Then fold the short panel on the right inside the folio cover to form a flap page.

That’s it!  Now you just need to line the folio base with light gray and cream cardstock panels to make it nice and sturdy.  My gray panels are 5 3/4″ square and the cream are 5 1/2″.  How easy is that?

Building Simple Layers

Next, layer a 5 3/8″ square of patterned paper over the cream cardstock and stitch around the edges.  Mat a 2 1/2″ x 5 3/8″ panel of a complementary pattern on scraps of the aqua, gray and cream cardstock and adhere about 1″ from the left hand edge.

Now comes the fun part!  Brush Reneabouquets Beautiful Board (linked below) with Stamperia Glamour Gel and adhere to the folio cover.  Then stitch one of the tile images (azulejos means “tiles”) to the same cardstock and adhere over the Beautiful Board.  Brush a large decorative corner chipboard with the Stamperia gel and adhere it as seen.  This create a perfect landing pad for a Mint Chocolate Chip Butterfly.

Flowers and ribbons join the party along with a little Idea-ology Word Chip. Edge the word chip with Dries Clear Adhesive and Sprinkle with glitter.

A Peek Inside

Build flips, flaps and pockets inside the folio to make room for photos and journaling.  I love this paper so much, I’m happy with or without the above mentioned additions!

As usual, I’ve made mini folios from scraps of designer paper.

These add so  much to the design of an album!

The accordion pull out has a pocket built into the back side of the flap page.  It’s just the perfect size to hold a small envelope and a journal card.

The short video tour will show you the other interactive features in the folio design.

This paper is exquisite in its beauty.  Stamperia really knows how to showcase botanical images like this butterfly.

Stamperia Azulejos Flip Book Tour on You Tube

I hope you’ll enjoy this short 5 minute video tour of the folio.

It’s good to start the week by making something beautiful.  I hope this little project share has inspired you to break out your paper pretties and get your craft on, too.

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.  Also, if you want to leave a comment, click on the “Replies” button found just beneath the title at the top of the page.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Spring Botanic Gift Box Card Tutorial

Stamperia Spring Botanic Gift Box Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design PHoto 01

Stamperia Spring Botanic Gift Box Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday & A Personal Update

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s Throwback Thursday Tutorial, I have a gorgeous Stamperia Spring Botanic Gift Box Card to share with you.  This paper collection captured my imagination when it arrived on the scene in 2019.  I’ve made several projects with it over the years, and felt it was time to pull it out into the light of day again.  It’s just as beautiful as I remember the last time I worked with it.  This project was completed last week, but the video had not been edited yet.  Thankfully, I got that done before Friday afternoon…because life took an unexpected turn.  Read on if you are curious!

Important Personal Update

First of all, everything here is going to be just fine.  So please know that!  But last Friday, my husband Dale had a heart attack.  We are so thankful that we got to the emergency room quickly.  The doctors saw him immediately and began therapeutic treatment almost instantly.  Long story short, they did a procedure on Monday morning to open up a blocked artery and restore blood flow to the heart.  There is another completely blocked artery from the open heart surgery he had in 2013.  But the “fix” is risky, and they decided that since he seems to be doing well after the first procedure, they will leave things alone.  Of course, if his condition changes, we will have to change with it.

So right now, instead of playing in the studio, I am playing nurse.  We are getting used to new medications, new routines and getting Dale on the road to recovery.  I have a few projects already written up and scheduled.  But the reality is, you probably won’t be hearing as much from me for the next few weeks.  And, I may not be able to keep up with comments like I usually do.

We feel really positive that the future is full of promise and fulfillment for us.  We are beyond thankful for the love and support of our family and friends.  I don’t usually share personal things here, but I feel a bond with each of you, and did not want to keep you in the dark.

Now, on with Throwback Thursday!

Beautiful Spring Botanicals

 

I think y’all are really going to have fun with this gift box design.  It’s perfect for gift-giving.  Mother’s Day. Graduation and Father’s Day are right around the corner.  So you can adapt this basic design for any occasion.

You’ll learn how to make this  cutaway front cover and magnetic closure in the video tutorial.  It’s pretty slick.

The Details

Transform a simple paper clip into a stylish embellishment with ribbon, flowers and twine.  This clip does double duty on the inside of the card folio as it holds the pages of a waterfall feature in place.

Pale pink roses echo the image on the folio cover.  And I love this mini check coral rose ribbon!

A Peek Inside

How much do we love this soft, neutral color palette?  It just makes me feel calm and at rest.

Here’s what the folio looks like when opened all the way up.  The center panel is a box pocket filled with a little sticky note pad.  The bottom panel is a waterfall feature.

Learn how to make the sticky note pad in the video tutorial.  Ad how much do we love this little snail?  I know they are destructive in real life…but on paper they are mighty cute!

Rest the sticky note inside another box pocket. This way you can keep adding new pads as you use them up.

The Waterfall Feature

To make the pages of the waterfall, score 1 1/2″ on the left hand side of each 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ cut apart image.  Then adhere the flap as you would with any waterfall.  You can also see that I added flowers to both sides of the paper clip so that it’s pretty no matter which way it is turned.

Add photos, quotes or journaling to the pages of the waterfall folio.

The final page is a little tag/pocket combo.

Throwback Thursday Video Tutorial on YouTube

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little Throwback Thursday tutorial.  Let me know if you make this project!  I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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