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Happy Thanksgiving Photo Folio

 

Happy Thanksgiving Photo Folio Authentique November Calendar by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01
Happy Thanksgiving Photo Folio with Authentique November Calendar Collection

Hello, Friends!  I just wanted to pop in with this little Happy Thanksgiving Photo Folio and wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving Day.  The Authentique design team is sharing a special Thanksgiving  group post over on the Authentique blog.  I know you’ll enjoy taking a look at all the wonderful projects and thankful thoughts that are there.

Authentique asked us to share what we are thankful for. I always have to think this one through, as I have so much to be thankful for: my darling husband, our precious children, sweet grandchildren, home, food, and all the rest.  But this year I find myself very thankful for the gift of memories.  There is a quote from James Barrie (author of Peter Pan)  that says,  “God gives us memories so we might have roses in December.” This has never been more true.

Why I Love Thanksgiving

If I had to choose just one holiday celebration per year, Thanksgiving would always be my choice.  I love everything about this holiday!  What is not to love about a day specifically set aside to reflect on all the blessings in our lives?  We spend time with our family and/or friends.  The kitchen glows with warmth and delicious aromas fill the house.  And then…there is pie!  Does it really get any better than that?

Growing up in Vermont, Thanksgiving was a big deal.  We all gathered at my grandmother’s home, perched on a hillside in a small town.  The whole clan was there: great grandparents, great aunts and uncles, aunts and uncles, and cousins.  It was a great big noisy crowd of people who all loved one another and gathered to give thanks.

And man, those ladies could cook! The table fairly groaned under the weight of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and all the fixin’s!  Then there were the breads…yes…breads, plural!  My mom’s homemade yeast rolls, sticky buns, cranberry bread, banana bread, date nut bread and more.  All of that followed by an amazing array of pies, all baked from scratch.

The ladies would wash up the dishes…all done by hand in my grandmother’s farmhouse sink and dried with flour sack towels.  The men would break down the enormous dining room table then take a nap.  Us kids?  You would either find us out rollicking in the snow or playing dress up and dancing in Grammy’s attic.

So many of these dear loved ones are no longer with me.  But they are fully alive in my memory.  And that is what I am thankful for this year.

Back to Live Action

This little 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ folio is made from one sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock.

  • First, cut the cardstock in half at 5 1/2″.  You will have (2) 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ panels.
  • Next, join the two panels together with 1/4″ Scor-Tape.
  • Now score this long panel at 5 1/2″,  and 11″.
  • Fold on the 11″ score line.
  • Score again at 5 1/4″.  This third panel needs to be a little bit shorter so it will fold inside the folio.
  • Decorate the cover with patterns and images from Authentique’s November Calendar pages.
  • Paint a chipboard frame with copper crackle texture and adhere over a 3″ x 4″ image.
  • Now die cut a bunch of fall foliage and wheat sheaves. Spritz the leaves with Bronze Perfect Pearls Mist.
  • Create loopy burlap string bows.
  • Add some Fall Chrysanthemums and rose buds.
A Peek Inside

Create a flap page on the right hand side of the folio.  Top this with a little 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ sentiment folio.  There is room inside for 2 more photos or journaling.  Fold the top of the right hand panel down.  You will adhere this to make a slash pocket.

There is room for a 4 3/4″ wide folio inside this pocket.  Fussy cut the turkey from a 4″ x 6″ image and layer it up on the cover.  Now you have room for 3 more photos here.

Look for a supply list below the post.

Now I’m hanging up my scissors and putting on my apron.  It’s time to bake some pies!  I wish you all a warm, memorable and very Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!

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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Stamperia Sweet Christmas Shaker Box Card

Stamperia Sweet Christmas Shaker Box Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Shabby Chic Stamperia Sweet Christmas Shaker Box Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Winter songbirds like the one featured on the cover of this Stamperia Sweet Christmas Shaker Box Card cheer my heart.  The non-traditional color palette of this paper collection unleashed my shabby chic side.  So I layered on loads of beautiful flowers, snowy Christmas greenery, rusty jingle bells and trims to make this card sing.  After auditioning several different types of ribbon, I decided a metallic string bow topped with an antique rhinestone button was the best option for the bow cluster.  It added sparkle and shine, but seemed to fit best with the delicate snowflake frame.  What do you think?

The Snowflake Shaker Frame

 

One of the things I love about this card design is the fact that it can be left out all winter long.  It is not specifically a Christmas card.  Here’s how I put this one together:

  • First, create a 6×6 cardstock card base.  Score in a 3/4″ spine on the top to make room for a box pocket.
  • Next,  choose a large card front from the paper collection and mat it on blush cardstock.  Fussy cut the roses, bird and sentiment images from a 2nd pad of this paper.
  • Now heat emboss a Reneabouquets Snowflake Frame with WOW! Vintage Champagne Embossing Powder.  Let it cool.
  • Then die cut clear cardstock with the largest Small Standard Circle Nestabilities Die.  Adhere this to the back of the Snowflake frame.
  • Next, place 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips around the back side of the frame.
  • Then add sequins to the matted image in the area where you plan to adhere your frame.
  • Once you have adhered the frame to the matted card front, place dimensionals on the back of the fussy cut images and adhere.
  • Now you can layer in your flowers, greenery and embellishments.
The Bow Cluster

To create this simple, elegant bow cluster follow these steps:

  • First, cut two long pieces of metallic string: one from iridescent Metallic String and one from Gold Metallic string.  Make sure they are the same length. Mine were about 24″ long.
  • Next, set the posts on your Bow -it- All Tool to 3″ wide.
  • While  holding both strands of metallic string together, wrap them around the posts and tie a loopy bow.
  • Then adhere the bow to the side of the snowflake frame and top with a button.  This vintage rhinestone button is from my Grammy’s button box.
  • To balance the bow, die cut a dimensional star (link below) from silver metallic paper and tuck into the floral cascade on the right hand side of the card.
A Peek Inside

Create a box pocket and a little photo folio inside the card. Line the box pocket with ribbon from the November Ribbon Club Assortment.

Now this card doubles as a gift as well as a photo folio.  When the treats have been consumed, you still have a sweet little tag to enjoy.  And you can store photos in the box pocket, too.

How do you feel about these pastel, non-traditional colors for Christmas?  I enjoy them as a change of pace from the more traditional reds, greens, whites and blacks.

To see more cards made from Stamperia Pink Christmas and Sweet Christmas, please click HERE.  and HERE.

Have you started making your Christmas projects yet?  What are you working on?  I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Witching Hour Halloween Pop Up Cards

Witching Hour Halloween Pop Up Cards: How to Create a Card Background from Scraps

Hello Friends!  It’s Day Four of Halloween Week and today it’s all about Halloween Pop Up Cards!  If you’ve never made one, you can find a great tutorial HERE.   Pop up cards are a perfect style for Halloween.  They have that “BOO” factor going on, after all.  So today I have a trio of Halloween Pop Up Cards to share with you and a tutorial for making your own cool card backgrounds from scraps.

We all have scraps….and some of us…ahem…have piles of them.  All three backgrounds on these Halloween Pop Up Cards are made with scraps of paper.  I’ve added stitching and vellum to a couple to create a ghostly effect.  The video tutorial below will show you how quick and easy it is to make these backgrounds.  But first, let’s enjoy the cards!

Darla the Witch Halloween Pop Up Card with Reneabouquets

Witching Hour Pop Up Card with Carta Bella Halloween Market Reneabouquet Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Here’s sweet little Darla the Witch, sitting on a pumpkin, waiting for the witching hour. Create this scene faster than you can say “Bibbety, Bobbity, Boo!”

  • First, heat emboss the laser cut Halloween Clock with Stampendous Aged Black Embossing Enamel.
  • Then heat emboss the clock hands with Aged Gold Embossing Enamel.
  • Adhere foam dimensionals to the back side of the clock.  Choose an area that will be covered up so the dimensionals don’t peek through.
  • Now back Darla the Witch with a double layer of dimensionals and adhere.
  • Wrap the panel with a ribbon border.

  • Next tie gold metallic string over the ribbon and add a word token.
  • Then tuck in some gorgeous flowers and a spooktacular Halloween butterfly.

A Peek Inside

And here’s the pop up feature inside.  So fun to make!

There’s even a fold down flap!  How fun is that?

 

Halloween Pop Up Cards #2: The Witches Ball

The Witch's Ball Halloween Pop Up Card by Kathy Clement kathy By Design Carta Bella Halloween Market PHoto 01

Now we know what Darla the Witch was thinking about while perched on her pumpkin!  She was wondering what to wear to the annual Witches Ball!

This card background is made exactly like the first sample.  I just didn’t cover it with vellum or add machine stitching.

Darla’s ballgown will be the talk of the town, don’t you think?

  • First, heat emboss the dress mannequin with Allure Hammered Metal Embossing Powder.
  • Once the embossing cools, trace the outside edge onto patterned paper.  Cut this out and adhere behind the mannequin.  This will help the dress to pop off the background.
  • Now add a panel of dark paper to the center of your card.  Create ribbon borders above and below.  This will also help draw the eye to the dress form.

  • Heat emboss a little hanger and suspend the BOO ephemera bit.
  • Die cut the witch hat from scraps of paper and layer together with foam dimensionals.  Adhere in the corner of the BOO banner.
  • Darla’s pet owl is going tot he ball, too.  Someone has to chaperone!
The Pop Up Element

Add a flap to the bottom half of the card.  This doesn’t technically pop up, but it can be folded up for display.  Cute, right?

Create a little sentiment panel behind the flap.

Halloween Pop Up Cards #3:  A Mosaic Tile Background

The third card in this “story” features Darla’s fancy broomstick and a really cool mosaic background made from scraps.

Stitching on a vellum layer gives this card a cool ghostly feel.  Or maybe it’s foggy tonight.  Either way, Darla’s cat will safely navigate all the way to the Witches Ball and back.

This 6″ x 4″ journal card was too large to fit in my 5 1/2″ wide pocket.  So I scored and folded it.  Then I trimmed out an ephemera bit to go on the cover.

The back side has a blank sentiment panel where you can add a ghostly greeting.

How to Create a Spooktacular Background from Scraps

Are you ready to learn how to make frightfully fabulous backgrounds from your scraps?  This short video tutorial will show you how to  make the diagonal stripe background and the mosaic style background.  Of course, you can use this technique with any patterned paper you have in your stash.

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

I’ve also listed these Halloween cards in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders October 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop

This hop is now closed.  The randomly chosen winner of the $25 gift card is Sandra Smith.  Thanks for hopping!

APG Pop Up Vignette Camera Spellbinders October 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop by Prima Pumpkin and Spice Kathy Clement Photo 01

Prima Pumpkin and Spice Photo Folio for the Spellbinders October 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Spellbinders October 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop! You should be coming here filled with inspiration after visiting Jill Hillard’s lovely blog.  Fall is such a beautiful season!  It’s the perfect time to get some great family photos in the beauty  of the great outdoors.  This though inspired me to create this Prima Pumpkin and Spice Photo Folio.  The cover is adorned with the Vignette Camera die from the Amazing Paper Grace October 2020 Club Kit.  This cute pop-up die also makes a fabulous shaker box.

Follow the directions on the product packaging.  Die cut the camera body from copper and pink metallic papers. Then die cut the top from patterned papers for a fun contrast.  The color combo is a perfect match for Prima’s luscious Pumpkin and Spice paper collection.  If you’d like to read how I turned the Vignette Camera Die into a Halloween shaker element, you can read all about it HERE.

My “made from scratch” trifold folio measures 7″ x 7″ with a 1″ spine. This allowed me to create a box pocket inside the folio.

Dress up the spine with a cute dangle charm.  Then wrap the folio with a long piece of ribbon to serve as a closure.

A Peek Inside

Since I’ve prepared a video tour of this folio, I’ll just share a few photos and tips here.

Add lots of pockets, large photo mounts, journaling cards.  Don’t you just love a good interactive folio?

TIP: Create a spectacular shaped edge pocket for the first inside page.  Simply fussy cut around the top of the fall pumpkins, score and fold the sides, then add a little dimension with some foiled chipboard.  This pocket has room for 6″ x 6″ tabbed photo mats.

TIP: Score the right hand panel of the folio and fold to form a pocket for these pretty journal cards.

Mat the journal cards on 4 1/4″ x 6 1/2″ panels of cardstock.  Then fold the cardstock in half to create decorative mini folios.

TIP: Score 3″ x 4″ journal cards along the top. Then use them to create a waterfall feature.

Prima Pumpkin and Spice Video Tour

If you’d like to see all the details and the Tea Party in a Pocket feature in the center of the folio, please enjoy this short video tour.

Spellbinders $50 Gift Card Giveaway

To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 3 lucky blog readers selected from the comments on the Spellbinders blog. Hop along for additional chances to win. Giveaway closes on Sunday, October 18th, 11:59 pm EDT. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post the following Tuesday. The winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

My $25 Gift Card Giveaway

Would you like a second chance to win a Spellbinder’s gift card?  Then leave a comment on MY blog post.  One randomly chosen winner will  receive a $25 Spellbinders gift certificate.

I will notify the winner via e-mail and also post the  name at the top of this blog post on  Sunday October 18th, 2020      . 

If you are the lucky winner, please contact Spellbinders at [email protected]  by    October 25th , 2020.    

Please write Spellbinders September 2020 Blog Hop Winner from Kathy Clement’s  Blog in the subject line.

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!

Many of the blogs in this hop are also offering the $25 giveaway, so be sure to visit them all and leave a lovely comment.  Then finish up at the Spellbinders blog and comment for a chance to win that $50 giveaway!

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Yana Smakula

Nichol Spohr

Sandi MacIver

Bibi Cameron

Jennifer Snyder

Jill Hilliard

Kathy Clement

Sandra Nagel

Virginia Lu

Marie Heiderscheit

Jean Manis

Laurie Willison

Joy Baldwin

Ilina Crouse

Jenny Colacicco

Now hop on over and see what treats Sandy has prepared for you!

I hope I shared some tips, ideas and inspiration for using Becca’s adorable Pop Up Vignette Camera Die.  Find more ideas on Becca’s Blog.  And find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

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