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Thanksgiving Treat Tags Tutorial

Thanksgiving Treat Tags Tutorial Simple Stories Autumn Splendor by Kathy Clement PHoto 01

Thanksgiving Treat Tags Tutorial with Simple Stories Autumn Splendor for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  For this episode of Throwback Thursday, I have a Thanksgiving Treat Tags Tutorial to share with you.  We’re playing with our Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Collection, Graphic 45 Large Kraft Tags, G45 Large Tag Die, Prima Autumn Sunset Flowers and bits and bobs from my stash.

Thanksgiving Treat Tag Tutorial Simple Stories Autumn Splendor by Kathy Clement Photo 02

These little treat pockets are quick and easy to make, which is always nice during a busy holiday season.

Graphic 45 Large Kraft Tag Treat Pocket by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Each tag is filled with a tea party for one.

Thanksgiving Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

These make adorable place cards on a Thanksgiving table.

Graphic 45 Large Tag Die Simple Stories Autumn Splendor by kathy Clement Photo 01

If you are hosting a Thanksgiving buffet, the pocket is a great place to put napkin and silverware.  You could tuck in a little Andes Mint treat along with the flatware to make it extra special.

The tutorial below will show you how to transform that large kraft tag into a nifty pocket.

Quick How-To Guide and Measurements

You are going to love how easy this project is to make.

  • First, place a G45 Large Kraft Tag on your scoring tool so that the rounded edge is on the left.
  • Now score the tag at 5 1/2″ and again at 6 1/2″.  Fold and burnish the scored lines. Fold the bottom end of the tag up to form a pocket without sides.
  • Then die cut patterned paper with the G45 Large Tag Die.  Try to use paper that has a non-directional pattern on the back side.
  • Now cut the tag liner at 5 1/4″.  Adhere the top half of the liner to the tag base.  Trim 1/8″ off the bottom piece that has the square corners.  Then place the rounded corners on the left hand side of your scoring tool and score at 2″.  Set this piece aside.
  • Next, cut (2) 2″ squares of heavy kraft cardstock.  Score 1/2″ flaps on both sides.  Fold and burnish the scored lines. These are the sides for your tag pocket.
  • Then adhere the 1/2″ flaps to the back side of the pocket flap and to the tag base.
  • Now line up the rounded corners of your tag liner with the rounded corners of the pocket and adhere.
  • Finally, decorate your tag with ribbon, flowers, ephemera and charms.

You could easily use this same design for  Christmas party, Baby Shower, Birthday or Bridal Shower, too. One of the other things I love about this project is that you can use up scraps of designer paper to dress up the tea party goodies.

So dig into your stash of fall papers, and let’s get started making these clever tags!

Thanksgiving Treat Tags Tutorial on YouTube

 

I hope you enjoy making these tag pockets.  I can think of so many fun ways to use them.  What will you do with yours?  I’d love to hear in the comment section below.

Happy Throwback Thursday!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Grateful Hearts Pumpkin Shaker Card Tutorial

Prima Hello Pink Autumn Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Grateful Hearts Pumpkin Shaker Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday, and I have a lovely Grateful Hearts Pumpkin Shaker Card Tutorial to share with you today.  But first, a confession: I might have bent the Throwback Thursday rules just a little!  You see, I have been wanting to play with my Prima Hello, Pink Autumn papers for weeks now.  I have been imagining this card for quite some time, but have not had the time to make it.  Until this week…but Throwback Thursday is supposed to use OLD collections.  And this is a new fall release.  Uh-oh!

I would say I am sorry I broke the rules, but I’m really not. Because this card was so rewarding to make, and I love the way it turned out.  This tutorial is my very first attempt at making a card with an acetate cover.  It was not nearly as difficult as I imagined, and I even managed to line up the acetate overlay with the patterned paper  inside the card. Yay, me!

The Pumpkin Shaker Element

Look how cute this pumpkin shaker element turned out!  This is a layered pumpkin from Reneabouquets.  Here’s how to put yours together:

  • First, trace around the bottom layer of the pumpkin onto the patterned paper of your choice.  Then trim out the pumpkin shape, ink the edges and adhere to the chipboard pumpkin.
  • Now heat emboss the top layer of the pumpkin.  First I inked the surface with a little Gathered Twigs Distress Ink because I wanted to make sure that the embossing powder had a dark base, rather than a light one.  This does seem to make a difference with the final hues of the powder.
  • Next, tap the inked surface with VersaMark and heat emboss with Ranger Rose Gold Embossing Powder.  Let this cool.  Then randomly tap with VersaMark and sprinkle with Emerald Creek Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing powder.  This powder  has to be heated until the copper fragments begin to melt and move around.  Be patient!
  • Then trace the top onto clear acetate.  Trim out and adhere to the back of the shape.  Add 2 layers of 1/8″ foam strips.
  • Now place your sequin mix on the plaid paper and carefully line the top of the pumpkin up over the bottom.  Press in place to seal.
  • Next, wrap copper wire around a thin paintbrush handle and attach to the top of the pumpkin.  Tie a bow and add fall flowers from Reneabouquet’s shop.

To balance out the card design, I added flowers around the base of the pumpkin and the printed Beautiful Board swag at the bottom.  You will see all of this done in the tutorial.

A Peek Inside

There actually is not an inside design on this card because of the acetate cover.  So I created a little gift pocket on the back of the card.

A little tea, a little notecard…..

….and a little vintage silver plate demitasse spoon to stir in the honey stick.

Grateful Hearts Pumpkin Shaker Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see this large (6 1/4″ x 8 1/4″) card come together,  I hope you will enjoy watching this video tutorial on YouTube.

 

Did you enjoy these techniques?  I’d love to hear your thoughts 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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Rugged Masculine Card Stack Tutorial

Authentique Rugged Masculine Card Stack Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Rugged Masculine Card Stack Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday, and I have an Authentique Rugged Masculine Card Stack Tutorial to share with you.  Many of you have told me that masculine cards are your biggest challenge.  Since you all enjoyed the Prima Autumn Sunset Card Stack Throwback Thursday so much last month, I thought I would follow a similar format today.

Masculine Cards Tips and Tricks

Rugged Masculine Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Each top fold card in the stack measures 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ .  The card base is a light beige that goes well with the Rugged color palette.  Here are some of my favorite masculine card making tips:

  • First, think about the color palette.  It’s always a good idea to work with colors that you might find in a men’s suit department.

Keep ribbon and trims simple.  Some of these cards use a little ribbon while others do not.

Manly themes like sports and cars are easy choices for masculine cards. Timepieces, travel and vintage images work well, too.

Don’t forget to dig into any stickers that came with a collection.  This is a quick and easy way to add layers of interest to a card design.

Amp up the masculine vibe with wood or metal embellishments.  You can use chipboard, too, of course.  Just finish it with a metallic or faux wood paint or embossing powder.

Rugged Masculine Card Stack Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how this stack of cards came together, please enjoy this simple tutorial on YouTube.

There is not a supply list for today’s post, as all the products are retired.  But I encourage you to dig through your stash of masculine papers and embellishments to see what you already have on hand.

Do you have any themes or ideas that you’d like to see in upcoming Throwback Thursdays?  If so, please let me know in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Woodland Tales Tea Party in a Box

Little Birdie Crafts Woodland Tales Tea Party in a Box by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Little Birdie Crafts Woodland Tales Tea Party in a Box

Hello, Friends!  We’re celebrating the colors of autumn today with this Little Birdie Crafts Woodland Tales Tea Party in a Box project.  If you’re a bird lover, or a lover of the rich copper and turquoise hues of fall, then I think you will enjoy this post.

Little Birdie Crafts Tea Party in a Box Woodland Tales by Kathy Clement Photo 01

I truly enjoy making these little flip folio designs.  The 6×6 base is made from one 12×12 sheet of Woodland Tales designer paper.  It’s so quick and easy to score and fold these folios!  I share a simple tutorial for creating just the base of the project below.

Of course, Little Birdie thoughtfully created a flower collection that is perfectly color matched to the paper collection.  Heat emboss and paint some of their lovely Primed Chipboard feathers and tuck them in with the floral cluster and string bow.

The flowers are beautiful straight out of the packaging, but I like to spatter them with paint, too.

Punch a hole in the spine, add a lobster clasp, string on some charms and you’ve got a really pretty bit of eye candy!

A Peek Inside

Create a slash pocket on the inside cover to hold photo mats and mini folios.  The panel on the right is the perfect place to add a photo.

TIP:  Score between a row of 3×4 images and fold to create a lovely little mini folio.  You can journal on the front, then add photos on the back.

Turn the flap page to find a cute little tag pocket and a fun flip/flap page.

The flaps open in opposite directions to reveal a nice sized area for photos.

The central panel holds a box pocket filled to the brim with everything you might need to make a lovely little tea party for one.  I’ve added a honey dipper, honey pouch, Chai tea, chocolate, cookies and a spoon.  This is a great spot to store more photos or recipes once the tea party has been enjoyed.

Woodland Tales Tea Party in a Box Video and Mini Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see this Tea Party in a Box “in action” then please enjoy the video below.

To look at other Little Birdie projects and tutorials, please click HERE.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Hello, Hedgehog Card Tutorial

Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Ciao Bella Hello Hedgehog Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Since Autumn is officially here, I thought I’d dig into the Closet of Inspiration and Delight to put together this Ciao Bella Hello Hedgehog Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday.  This is one of my all time favorite fall collections as it is filled with woodsy images, rustic textures and….wait for it…hedgehogs!  Oh my stars and crowns!  Does it get any better than hedgehogs and toadstools?  I think not!

Hello Hedgehog Card Tutorial Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn by Kathy Clement

It’s easy to see why I love this paper collection so much.  My imagination just runs wild every time I take it out for a play date.  Today, these handsome mushrooms caught my eye.   (My mom always called them Toadstools.  Anyone else familiar with that vernacular?)  Our handsome hedgehog is coming out to gather his dinner.  How convenient to have his garden so close to his front door.

Simple Tricks and Techniques

Simple tricks and techniques make all the difference in this 5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ top fold card.

  • First, ink all the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  This helps to frame each layer and keep them separate.
  • Next, lightly distress the bittersweet cardstock layer to add extra texture.
  • Then, use a craft knife to trim around the outline of the mushrooms.  I’ll share a nifty trick in the tutorial that makes that knife glide around the images.

  • Now add a little fussy cutting to add a pop of color to the card design.
  • Next, ground the corner of the hedgehog image with a twine bow.

Spatter fall flowers with diluted paint to give them that perfect touch of fall.  Yummy! Brown and Cream Tartan Ribbon is the perfect finishing touch.

A Peek Inside

Piece together compatible sections of paper from your scraps to decorate the inside of the card.  I’ll show you how to do this in the tutorial below.

If there’s a pocket…there must be something to tuck inside.  Fall teas, a little note card and a tag do the trick nicely, thank you very much!

Throwback Thursday Hello Hedgehog Tutorial on YouTube

Now if you’d like to see this card come together in real time, please enjoy this video tutorial.

This paper collection was  hard to find, even when it was newly released.  A quick Google search revealed that it can be found in bits and pieces in various online shops.  THIS LINK will take you to my page search if you wish to add it to your Closet of Inspiration and Delight.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Throwback Thursday.  I’m smack in the middle of creating my Button Farm Club Christmas card kit, so I hope I will be able to squeeze in one more Throwback in September.  Many of you wanted me to share the tutorial for the Let it Snow Folio Base.  I’m working on it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

PS:  If you’d like to see past projects made with Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn, please click HERE.

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