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Carta Bella Christmas Box Card Tutorial

Carta Bella Christmas Delivery Farmhouse Christmas Christmas Market Chocolate Box Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Carta Bella Christmas Box Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Throwback Thursday is a Carta Bella Christmas Box Card Tutorial.  It’s a mash up made with 3 different Carta Bella Christmas collections: Farmhouse Christmas, Christmas Delivery and Christmas Market.  The color palette of these 3 collections blended together perfectly, so I was able to use up a bunch of little scraps on this long and lean box style card.

Home for the Holidays Inspiration

As I was organizing my scraps, I came across this cute border strip of Christmas houses.  Since it was long and skinny, I decided to make it the focal on this 8 1/2″ x 4″ box style card.   My paper scraps, however, were not that long.  So I had to innovate.

TIP: Join 2 complementary patterns of paper to create a designer look.  The black tartan panel is 6″ x 3″.  So I finished out the width of the card base with a 1 1/2″ x 3″ panel of a script pattern. The end result is pretty sharp looking.

TIP: Make your focal panel stand out from the crowd.  Mat the top and bottom edge on solid cardstock.  Then back it with dimensionals.  Height equals prominence.  Think about how a king’s throne always sits higher than its surroundings.  That’s so he stands out in a crowd. The same principle holds true in papercrafting.

The Shaker Element

I generally make the shaker element the focal point of my card.  But for this card, I turned the shaker element into the embellishment.  Here’s how.

  • First, punch the center out of a chipboard frame.
  • Next, back the frame with clear cardstock.  I use Dries Clear Adhesive for this task, but you can use scor-tape, red line tape or any other strong adhesive that dries clear and goes down neatly.
  • Now adhere 3 layers of 1/4″ foam tape to the back side of the shaker frame.  You will need to angle the corners  so that the foam does not show.
  • Next, place the filler mix in the center of the area where you plan to adhere the frame.  I used these adorable Sprinkletz to fill mine.  (Supply list is linked below the post.)
  • Then line up the frame and press it into place.  You only get one chance to do this, so make sure that you are centered and straight.
  • Finally, punch out the Christmas Wellies from the chipboard sheet.  Back with foam tape (height=prominence, remember?).  Adhere to the right side of the frame.  Dress up with a little bow, tiny jingle bells and a bit of greenery.
A Peek Inside

This is why I love this card style!  It makes the perfect base for a little Christmas gift!

 

You can tuck gift card wallets in the top pocket and treats in the bottom.

Carta Bella Box Card Tutorial #2: The Vertical Box Card

Reneabouquets Snowman Printed Beautiful Board Carta Bella Box Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

This card base can also be turned vertically for a totally different look.

Die cut an Eileen Hull Mitten from scraps of Christmas Delivery papers and from chipboard.  Then adhere the patterned paper mitten to the chipboard. Next,  adhere a Reneabouquets Mini Snowman to a chipboard element from Farmhouse Christmas.  Create a border on the bottom of the card by layering ribbon together and wrapping around the base.

Now you can fill the side pocket with a Tea Party in a Box.  It’s another perfect little Christmas gift!

Video Tutorial

If you’d like to learn how to create this versatile card base, please enjoy this short tutorial.  I also share some great tips for organizing your paper collections and scraps.

 

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You will find a linked supply list below the post.

These cards are also available for purchase in my Etsy shop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique December Desk Calendar Tutorial

December Desk Calendar Tutorial Authentique Calendar Collection by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique December Desk Calendar Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready for your Authentique December Desk Calendar Tutorial?  This is the 12th and final in this year-long series.  And as I say every month…this one is my favorite!  Just look at that handsome Santa on the cover!  It’s impossible to look at him without smiling!

Like the other 11 calendars in the series, this one measures 6″ x 6″.  I did make some small alterations to the mini folios tucked inside, but other than that, it’s business as usual.  Don’t you just love this color palette for Christmas?

And how about this adorable Rudolph button on the pull out folio tab?  He cracks me up! With Rudolf along for the ride, Santa will reach his destination safely– even if it’s a foggy night,  Phew!

Here’s a peek inside the pull out folio.  These images are just too darling for words!

And just look at all the goodies stuffed inside this little folio!  Plenty of room for holiday photos and journaling here!

Authentique December Desk Calendar Tutorial on YouTube

If you’re ready to get your craft on, I’ve prepared a quick and easy video tour and tutorial for you.

 

If you’re new to this series, you can find all the previous video tutorials in my YouTube Authentique Play List.  (There are ton of other great video tutorials there, too!)

I’m a bit sad to see this series come to an end.  It’s been so much fun to share these monthly calendar tutorials with you during 2020.  Many of you have contacted me to let me know that you are making the entire series as a holiday gift.  Others have adapted the design to use with other paper collections as birthday cards.  What a great idea!

I don’t know what Authentique has planned for 2021.  I’ve  heard a rumor that there’s a new calendar collection in the works.  If so, I’ll come up with a new series for the New Year.  Would you like that?  Please let me know in the comment section below.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Victorian Christmas Envelope Album Tutorial

Prima Victorian Christmas Envelope Mini Album Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Prima Victorian Christmas Envelope Album Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  If you are a fan of all things Victorian, then you are going to love this Christmas Envelope Album Tutorial.  Welcome to Throwback Thursday!  Normally I would tell you to grab a cuppa and a snack while we talk all things papercrafting.  But this Victorian Christmas Album seems to call for china cups, linen napkins, silver spoon and crumpets.

As many of you know, I have been in the process of re-organizing and purging my tiny studio.  As is always the case, I found some forgotten goodies that inspired this Throwback Thursday.  Prima’s Victorian Christmas Collection was released in 2015.  I fell in love with it immediately.  All those jolly Victorian Santa Claus images,  sweet birds and vintage toys captured my imagination.   When i also found a forgotten stash of 5″ x 7″ burgundy envelopes, the concept for this envelope album was born.

Now,  I did not invent the idea of using envelopes to make a mini album.  It’s been around forever.  But I did make a few innovations to make the concept my own.  I’ve created a little video tutorial to guide you through the steps of making the album base with something wonderful from your crafty stash.

Some Helpful Tips and Tricks

This album measures about 5 3/4″ x 7 1/2″.  That’s because I used envelopes for 5″ x 7″ cards.  But you can use whatever size envelopes you have in your stash as long as they are all the same width and height as one another.

Adding canvas and fabric to the cover design really strengthens and reinforces the album spine.  Ranger Industries makes a Sticky Back Canvas that is really easy to work with.   I highly recommend it.  Just measure it to size, peel off the backing and press it in place.  Easy peasy!

If you choose to use a fabric spine as I did for this album, there are a couple of things to bear in mind.

  • First, don’t use fabric that is too thick or stiff.  It will make it hard to open the cover.
  • Next, stitching around the edges will keep the fabric from fraying.  If you don’t sew, you can use a product called Fray Stop for this purpose.
  • Stitch your buttons in place before you adhere the fabric spine to the base.
  • Adhere your fabric spine with a strong adhesive like Red Line Tape or Scor-Tape.
The Picture Show

This little gold letter box is a charm that came as an add on to the collection.  Fill it with festive greenery for a fun detail.

Use foam dimensionals or waste chipboard to build up lots and lots of layers.  Look for Christmas greenery in the floral department of your craft store.  The Christmas pick this greenery came from was on clearance.  I love a good deal!

A Peek Inside

Because Victorian Christmas had a countdown cut apart page, I decided to turn my album into a December Daily.  You’ll see all the details in the video tutorial and tour below, but I thought you might like to see a few detail shots here as well.

Double waterfalls with magnetic closures offer a great way to use up scraps.

Use a circle die to create an interesting edge on your envelope pocket pages.  These also make it easier get photos and recipes in and out of the pockets.

There are so many wonderful Victorian Santa Claus images in this collection.  It just makes a fun lap book, even without photos or journaling.  But I included lots of room for both.

TIP:  Add even more of a Victorian Vibe to your envelopes by brushing the edges with gold paint.  I did not have any gold paint in the studio.  So I brushed the edges with Prima Gold Crackle paste.  It worked beautifully.

Envelope Album Tutorial

If you’d like to see how to create the envelope album base, please enjoy this tutorial and video tour with tips and tricks.

 

Do you have this collection in your stash?  Or have you ever made an envelope album?  I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Please note:  Throwback Thursday projects are designed to inspire you to get into your stash and make something new from something old.  Because many of the products I use for Throwback Thursday are older or retired, I may not be able to link to them.  But I bet you have a suitable substitute in your crafty stash!  

 

 

Autumn Zinnias Shaker Card

This hop is now closed.  The randomly chosen winner is Debra Lovell from Kerry’s blog.

Heartfelt Creations Summer's Garden Autumn Zinnias Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Autumn Zinnias Shaker Card for the Heartfelt Creations October 2020 Alumni Blog Hop

Hello,, Friends!  Let’s get this Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop started with an Autumn Zinnias Shaker Card!

The hop starts right now and runs until 11:55 PM EDT on Monday, November 2nd.  During that time you can visit all the lovely Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team blogs, leave a comment and be entered to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations gift card!  The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, November 4th.  I will also post the name of the randomly chosen winner at the top of this blog post at that time.  The winner will then have 72 hours to contact [email protected] by email.  Please write “Winner of the October 2020 Alumni Blog Hop” in the subject line of your email.

Summer’s Garden to Autumn Zinnias

My mother grew a big tub filled to overflowing with vibrant zinnias every summer.  The bold colors always delighted me.  Summer gardens have now faded away, so I decided to create an Autumn Zinnia garden with the Summer’s Garden collection for the hop.  If you’ve never made a shaker card before, this is a very easy way to get started!

  • Begin by cutting a 4 5/8″ x 6 5/8″ panel of designer paper.  Mat this on a slightly larger panel of peach cardstock.  This panel will be the card front on a 5″ x 7″ top fold card cut from rust cardstock.
  • Next, use the largest oval die from Heartfelt Creations Eyelet Oval and Basics Large Die set to cut an oval from clear cardstock.
  • Now, die cut the largest Ornate Ovals from cream cardstock. Then center one of the Basic Ovals on the Ornate Oval and run through your die cutting machine again.  You want to have about a 1/4″ rim around the inside of the oval.
  • Next, adhere the clear cardstock oval to the back of the Ornate Oval  Die cut using Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Then back this with 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips to form a shaker box.
  • Now place a pile of sequins, buttons and beads on the 4 5/8″ x 6 5/8″ panel of  designer paper.   Carefully line up the shaker box and press to adhere.

Fall Zinnias from Summer’s Garden

Stamp the Small Garden Zinnias on Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper.  I used Distress Oxide Inks in Abandoned Coral and Wild Honey.  Then heat emboss with clear powder.  Color the flower layers by swiping them through puddles of Abandoned Coral, Wild Honey, Ripe Persimmon and Warm Mustard Distress Inks.  Then gently heat dry to make the embossing powder pop through to the surface.

Die cut the zinnias with the Summer Garden Die.  Then shape the petals with the Golf Flower Shaping Tools and the Heartfelt Creations Ball Stylus.

Heartfelt Creations Summer's Garden Autumn Zinnias Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Layer the flowers together, then spray with Gold Glimmer Mist to add some shine.  Fill the centers with Go Mango Prills.  Then adhere around the card.    Add ribbon and any embellishments you fancy, and the card front is done!

A Peek Inside

Finish the inside of the card with more designer papers.  Add a pocket to hold a little note card and bookmark.

Cut a small card front from the paper collection.  Leave an extra border on the left hand side.  Score a 1/2″ flap , then tuck behind the designer paper panel to form a little flap.  Glue the sides and bottom of another card front to form a pocket.  Then tuck a little fall tea bag treat inside.  You can add a die cut tag and brad assembly to hold the flap closed.

On With the Hop

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties the rest of the team have in store for you.  The winner of the $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift card will be randomly chosen from a mystery blog, so remember to leave a sweet comment on each blog in the hop.

♥ Kathy (You are HERE)    ♥ Vicki   ♥ Magda   ♥  Candy  ♥ Kerry   ♥  Amarilys ♥  Alissa  Lisa   ♥    SarahOksana Emily  ♥ Carole

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure!  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Other Products

Distress Oxide Inks, Distress Inks, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Gold Glimmer Mist

 

 

Authentique November Desk Calendar Tutorial

Authentique November Desk Calendar Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Be Thankful:  Authentique November Desk Calendar Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Hard to believe it, but we are due for our Authentique November Desk Calendar Tutorial!  I don’t know about you, but this year seems to have moved along faster than usual.  At the same time, it seems like it has gone on forever.  So I really love the reminder on the front of this month’s calendar to, “Be kind. Be thoughtful. Be genuine.  But most of all be thankful.” Yes, yes and yes again!  Thankfulness has chased away my blues more than once this year!  How about you?

Just like the preceding 10 desk calendars in this series, the November calendar measures 6″ x 6″.  The warm autumn hues, classic patterns and vintage style images really warm my heart this month.

And if acorns don’t say “autumn” then I don’t know what does!  I’ve added some adorable acorn buttons to dress up the front of this desk calendar.   Really Reasonable Ribbon Cappuccino Satin with a Grosgrain Edge is the perfect shade for this month.  And of course, I had to add some burlap string to add that rustic fall vibe. Brush Mixed Earth Tone Cottage Roses with a little Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to add depth and detail to the petals.

Just look at all the gorgeous images and photo folders tucked in to the pull out folio inside the hidden pocket this month!

And of course we love the little wallet sized trifold folios with the silhouette images on the cover!  I changed things up a bit this month…as you will see in the video tutorial.

So, are you ready to get the Authentique November Desk Calendar made?  You only have a few days, so you’d best get on it!  LOL  Here’s a step by step tutorial to guide you along the way.

Only one calendar left for 2020.  Makes me feel a little nostalgic, how about you?  If you need to get caught up on your desk calendars, you can find the other tutorials HERE

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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