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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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Cosy Winter Christmas Window Shopping Card

Cosy Winter Window Shopping Card P13 by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Cosy Winter Christmas Window Shopping Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Let’s do a little Cosy Winter Window Shopping this morning, shall we?  When I was growing up in my small Vermont town, I loved to stroll the winter sidewalks with my mother.  All of Main Street (the whole block!) was decked out in Christmas lights. In spite of the icy air, every shop window beckoned us to linger just a few seconds longer to take in the tantalizing Christmas goodies on display.  Salvation Army bell ringers braved the cold as their cheery chimes rang out up and down the street. We rarely had any spare coins in our family, but somehow Mom always managed to save 10 dimes for me to drop into their black kettles.  Ah, such lovely memories of a simpler, gentler time!

P13 Cosy Winter Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

I sought to capture the simple warmth and nostalgia of that memory in this sweet little card.  Evergreen boughs, jingle bells,  Merry Christmas ribbon and red posies adorn my shop window.

No bustling sidewalks here, but I do love the border created from Tan Delicate Stitched Satin and Joy Sherry Satin Ribbons from  the November Ribbon Club Assortment.

You can’t see it here, but this evergreen bough sparkles with glittering snowflakes.

A Peek Inside

Ribbon warms up the inside of the card as well.  I love the texture and pattern the Merry Christmas Ribbon adds to the treat pocket.

If you were lucky enough to grow up in a small town, perhaps you enjoyed the excitement of Christmas window shopping, too.  At any rate, I’d love to hear some of your Christmas memories in the comment section below.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Heartfelt Creations November 2021 Alumni Blog Hop

Heartfelt Creations Snowy Pines Easel Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Heartfelt Creations November 2021 Alumni Blog Hop: Snowy Pines Shaker Easel Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations November 2021 Alumni Blog Hop!  Are you excited about the Black Friday Special Edition Release?  We sure are!  Several members of the Alumni Team will be featuring projects using the  new Classic Frame Dies in our posts this month.  Get ready to be inspired!  My inspiration piece features  the lovely Fancy Classic Oval Frame  paired up with the Snowy Pines and Festive Poinsettia collections.  We’ll take a closer look at that in a second.

First I need to let  you know that the hop runs from now until 11:55 PM EST on Monday, November 29th.  This gives you plenty of time to visit all the blogs in the hop.  A random selected comment from a mystery blog will chosen to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card!

But that’s not all!  Heartfelt Creations is also offering a $25 gift card that will be awarded to a randomly chosen comment on their blog!  That’s TWO chances to win a Heartfelt Creations shopping spree!

The winners will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations Facebook Page and Blog on Wednesday, December 1st.  Winners have 72 hours to claim their prizes by contacting [email protected]  Please write “Winner of the November 2021 Alumni Blog Hop” in the subject line of your e-mail.  So be sure to check the Heartfelt Blog and Facebook page on December 1st to see if you are one of the happy winners.  Now, let’s get on with the hop!

Snowy Pines Shaker Easel Card

Heartfelt Creations Snowy Pines Festive Poinsettia Fancy Oval Frame Shaker Easel Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Christmas is right around the corner, so it’s time to get busy making beautiful Christmas cards and gifts.  This 6×6 easel shaker card features papers from the Snowy Pines Collection.

Heartfelt Creations Fancy Classic Oval Frame Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

The Classic Fancy Oval Frame Die makes a great shaker element!  Here’s how I  made it:

  • First, die cut the Classic Fancy Oval Frame from gold mirror cardstock.
  • Then cut an oval  piece of clear cardstock to fit the back of the frame.  Adhere this with Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Next, while you are waiting for the adhesive to dry, add a little Crystal Clear Glitter to the snowy portions of the card front.
  • Now, adhere 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips to the back side of the oval frame.
  • Then place your shaker elements (sequins, buttons, beads and pearls) over the image. Remove the tape liner and press the frame into place.
Festive Poinsettias the E-Z Way!

Heartfelt Creations Small Festive Poinsettias by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Now we get to make some beautiful Festive Poinsettia Flowers!  I like to do this the E-Z way!

  • First, stamp the smallest Small Festive Poinsettia on a panel of the red patterned paper from the Snowy Pines Collection.  I used Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Ink for this step. Using the patterned paper means that the flowers are already perfectly color-matched, which saves time!
  • Next, heat emboss the stamped flowers with clear embossing powder.  This makes the detailed veins in the petals stand out.
  • Now die cut the petals with the Small Festive Poinsettia Die.
  • Then add texture and shine to the petals by tapping them with diluted Carmine Red Nuvo 3D Stamp paint.
  • Next, dilute a little white chalk paint and spatter the flowers to give them a snowy appearance.
  • When the flowers have dried, shape them in the Festive Poinsettia Mold.
  • Finish the flowers with Red Bead/Berry Clusters in the center.

To add fulness and foliage to your floral display, stamp and die cut some Holly Berry Sprays.

Heartfelt Creations Snowy Pines Christmas Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Create a Brake for Your Easel Card

Create a brake, or stopper,  for your easel card by making a pocket from a 6×6 card front.  Then add ribbon, snowy jingle bells and a fancy button to finish the design.

A Peek Inside

Pockets turn cards into gifts!

Use scraps of your gold foil and patterned paper to make a little gift card/treat wallet.

Now tuck in a little Christmas tea and chocolate treat as the perfect finishing touch! There is also room to write a little note, or to sneak in a gift card.  What a perfect Secret Santa gift!

On With the Hop!

Are you ready to hop?  Our Alumni Team Designers have prepared all kinds of crafty inspiration for you!  Don’t forget to leave comments on each Alumni Team blog AND the Heartfelt Creations Blog to be entered into those drawings for $25 gift cards!

Kathy Clement: You are HERE Vicki Dutcher  Carole Wright   Monica Edwards                      Oksana Clegg  Emily Niehaus  Candy Slabaugh Lisa Gregory  Alissa Wells                        Amarilys Doria Heartfelt Creations

To leave a comment on this blog: Click on the REPLIES button that is located at the top of the page just below the blog post title.  

You will find a linked supply list below this post.

Enjoy the hop…and Black Friday shopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Country Christmas Itty Bitty Book Tutorial

Prima Christmas in the Country Itty Bitty Book Tutorial Reneabouquets Christmas by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Prima Country Christmas Itty Bitty Book Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s Throwback Thursday episode, I have a darling Country Christmas Itty Bitty Book Tutorial to share with you.  Many of you expressed an interest in learning how I used the Amazing Paper Grace Scalloped Symphony Die to make the cute Baby Girl Brag Book last month.  Well, because I like y’all so much, I went ahead and put together a basic tutorial showing  you how to cut the pages, make the spine, and bind the album.

Prima Christmas in the Country Itty Bitty Book Tutorial Throwback Thursday Kathy Clement Photo 01

This time I puled some of my favorite Christmas papers and dressed them up with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board.  These little books are so much fun to stuff into a Christmas stocking, give as a Secret Santa gift, or send to friends and family who live far away.  Each book measures about 4″ square with a 1/2″ spine.

TIP: wrap the spine with folded black twine.  Leave the ends long so you can tie a knot at the top of the spine.  Then trim the ends to make a fancy tassel for your book.  Add some sweet Christmas charms and flowers to finish the spine in style.

Basic Measurements and Materials

To make each album you will need 5 die cut Scalloped Symphony Note Card Bases.  Fold 3 in half to use as the pages.  Then cut one in half to use as the front and back covers.  Now find the center of the final panel.  Measure out 1/4″ from the center on each side and score a vertical line. Then cut 1/2″ from the scored lines on each side.  Fold along the score lines to form the spine.  Set the off cuts aside to be used as flap pages.

The binding mechanism for the album is a set of 3 cardstock hinges.  First, cut three 1″ x 3 5/8″  strips of black cardstock. Then score each strip in half to make 1/2″ x 3 5/8″ hinges.

Make a contrasting spine with a 2″ x 3 3/8″ piece of black cardstock.  Score 3/4″ flaps on each side.

You will need an 8 5/8″ x 3 5/8″ panel of buffalo check for the book cover.

Cut sixteen 3 5/8″ squares of patterned paper to line the pages of the album.

A Peek Inside

The tutorial will show you how to build a slash pocket inside the front cover.  The little flap page on the right is one of the cut off sides from the 5th Scalloped Symphony base pieces.  Simply score a 1/2″ flap on the right hand side of the flap.  Then adhere the flap behind the 3 5/8″ panel of patterned paper before you adhere it to the page.

Hidden pocket pages are easy to make!

  • First, cut 1″ x 3 5/8″ strips of black cardstock.  You will need 3 for each hidden pocket page.  Score in half as you did when we made the hinges for the pages.
  • Adhere these gussets on the sides and bottom of the patterned paper.  (On the back side, of course.)
  • Now you can cut 3 1/2″ x 7″ panels of buffalo check paper.  Score these in half, then crop the corners.
  • Tuck the pull out pages inside the hidden pockets.

Score 1/2″ hinges on the tops of 3×4 Journal cards.  Then adhere these hinges behind the patterned paper to make flap pages.

Now create a quick and easy pop up page.  First, cut an 8″ x 1″ strip of buffalo plaid paper.  Then score in half.  Next, fold the right hand side back toward the center score line.  Repeat on the left hand side.  Add just a bit of adhesive on the outside edges of this mechanism and adhere to sides of the page.  Then decorate with stickers and ephemera.

You’ll learn how all these pages and mechanisms work in the video tutorial below.

Country Christmas Itty Bitty Book Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how to put this sweet little book together, please enjoy the video tutorial.

The wonderful thing about this project is that you can adapt the base for any theme or season.  Add more pockets if you want to tuck in a series of gift cards.  Or leave more room for journaling and use it as a sort of mini diary.

I hope you have as much fun making this itty bitty book as I did!  Please let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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**Please note:  Throwback Thursday projects are designed to inspire you to dig into your paper stash.  Many times the products used are no longer available for purchase.  Feel free to substitute another collection from your stash.  When products are available, I will provide links.  If a link is missing, it means I could not find the product in my usual online sources.  You can do a Google search to see if you can find it on your own.  Thanks for understanding!

 

 

Cosy Winter Rustic Christmas Banner

Cosy Winter Rustic Christmas Banner for the RRR Blog Hop by Kathy Clement

Cosy Winter Rustic Christmas Banner for the Really Reasonable Ribbon November 2021 Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  This Cosy Winter Rustic Christmas Banner is my inspiration piece for the Really Reasonable Ribbon November 2021 Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Ginny’s beautiful blog.   Today we’re celebrating the lovely Vintage Christmas Ribbon Club Assortment.

This might just be my favorite Christmas Ribbon Club Assortment ever!  Just look at those darling little snowy house, cheery cardinals, nostalgic plaid and elegant script ribbons!  The neutral, softer color palette made this ribbon a perfect playmate for my Cosy Winter paper collection.

Banner Day!

Cosy Winter Christmas Banner by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Banners and Christmas just seem to go together, don’t they?  And this one is so easy to make!

First, stitch P13 Garland Tags onto squares of designer paper. Then machine stitch   Sherry Taffeta Ribbon behind each pennant, and  Winter Neighborhood Satin on the top side.

Next, decorate between each pennant with vintage buttons and Tan Delicate Stitched Satin ribbon, Then add some rusty snowflakes and mini jingle bells to amp up the vintage vibe.

Now look through your stash of winter embellishments.  You’ll be sure to find some special goodies to dress up your banner.

Add just the right rustic touch with little burlap string bows.

Now finish the corners with festive bow clusters.  Vintage Christmas Plaid Ribbon pairs nicely with burlap string bows.  Bright poinsettias and white bead/berry clusters add extra cheer.

On With the Hop!

Now pop on over to Cheryl’s lovely blog to see what treats she has in store for you!  Be sure to finish the hop over on the RRR Blog.  If you answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month, your name will be entered into a drawing to win your very own Vintage Christmas Ribbon Club Assortment.

But you don’t have to be sad if you are not the lucky winner!  It’s easy and affordable to sign up for the Monthly Ribbon Club.  You can find out all about it HERE.  Getting your Ribbon Club Assortment in the mail each month is a great way to build up your ribbon stash.  It’s also like getting a Christmas present 12 times a year.  What joy!

You can find a linked supply list for this project below my post.

To leave a comment on this post, click on the REPLY button at the top of the post. (It’s right below the title.)

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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