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Stamperia Pink Christmas Mini Album

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Stamperia Pink Christmas Mini Album Project Share with Tips and Tricks

Hello, Friends!  This episode of Throwback Thursday features a Stamperia Pink Christmas Mini Album.  While this is not a full fledged tutorial, it is loaded with tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your next mini album making adventure.

Stamperia Pink Christmas Mini Album Project Share by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I think you will enjoy learning how I altered this Graphic 45 Rectangle Tag and Pocket Album base to make it a little less intimidating to finish.  Then I’ll show you how I created  the vintage silver edges on the album cover.

Here’s a close up of the beautiful Little Birdie Flowers and Reneabouquets Leaves .

Delicate swirls of snowflakes adorn the corners of the album cover.  And just look at these sweet winter songbirds!

This picture shows the glittery snow effect on the trees, roof and landscape.

Do you love a charm dangle as much as I do?  This cluster sounds almost like Christmas Bells when it moves.  And I’ll share my secret tip for creating “metal” numbers on the spine, too.

Interactive Pages

Here’s a peek inside the album.  I actually used 4 different Stamperia paper collections to fill up all these pages.

The album is loaded with neat interactive features like this waterfall page with a magnetic belly band closure.  I’ll show you how I put that together in the video.

Don’t you love these sweet Victorian images and color palette?

Add unexpected features to your album pages to keep it interesting.  This pop up feature is so easy to make, and I’ll tell you how I did it in the project share.

Large images can be difficult to fit in an album.  But they make great flap pages!  Simply score a 1/2″ hinge on the side and adhere behind the base page.

Stamperia Pink Christmas Mini Album Project Share on YouTube

If you’d like to learn more about how I created this lovely album, please enjoy this in depth project share on YouTube.

This lovely album is now on its way to one of my sweet Etsy shop customers.  She ordered it as a special Christmas gift for her sister.  I had to get it made quickly and shipped off to her so she can then ship it to her sister who lives far away.  That’s why I did not have time to do a tutorial.  But I think you’ll find lots of helpful ideas in the project share video.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this project in the comment section below.

You can find more Pink Christmas projects HERE and HERE.

And, 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 us to dig into our crafty stash and use up goodies that we bought a while ago.  For this reason, not all the products used in this post are still available for purchase.  I will link whenever possible, but if a product listed is not linked, it is because I could not find it in my usual sources.  Thanks for understanding!

Cosy Winter Snow Globe Christmas Card

Cosy Winter Snow Globe Christmas Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Grab your scarf and mittens and join me for a peek inside this Cosy Winter Snow Globe Christmas card. I happen to love snow globes.  My Great Aunt Norah had a wonderful snow globe collection when I was a little girl.  Tiny white churches, children skating on icy ponds, neat and tidy villages decked out in holiday greenery,  reindeer and fir trees filled the heavy glass globes of these beautiful worlds.  And I, like a benevolent giant from outside that magical universe, loved to shake them and bring to life a whirling blizzard inside the dome.  As the snowfall settled to a few drifting flakes, the scene within once again settled into a momentary calm.  Then I just couldn’t help myself, and had to shake it up all over again.  Can you relate?

So imagine my delight when I opened my November Ribbon Club this month and found this charming Winter Neighborhood Satin Ribbon waiting there for me!  I knew immediately that I wanted to pair it up with this snow globe image from P13’s Cosy Winter paper collection.

Building the Layers

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  • Begin by creating a 5 1/2″ square card base from burgundy cardstock.
  • Then cut a 5 1/4″ square of cream cardstock.
  • Next, mat a 4 7/8″ square of the tag collage paper on a slightly larger panel of green cardstock.  .
  • Now adhere the Winter Neighborhood satin ribbon along the bottom edge.  Leave the ends long and wrap around to  the back side to create neat and clean edges.
  • Then wrap the JOY Sherry Satin ribbon around the top edge .
  • Cut a 1″ wide belly band from evergreen paper.  Center and adhere.  Now wrap this with Tan Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon and Winter Neighborhood Satin Ribbon.
  • Next, mat the 4″ square snow globe image on a slightly larger square of green cardstock.  Locate the ephemera snow globe from the cut apart page.  Add glitter and small star sequins to the globe.  When it has dried, back it with foam tape and adhere over the snow globe image on the 4×4 square.

  • Now fussy cut the pine branch, add glitter, back with foam strips and adhere.  Tie a burlap string bow and top with a flower.
  • Glitter a Reneabouquets snowflake and adhere in the corner.  Add a flat back pearl to the center.

Finally, create a bow cluster with Vintage Christmas Plaid Ribbon.  Top with burlap string bow, faux greenery and tuck in some glittery gold stars.

A Peek Inside

Create a pocket inside the card.  Line it with the Merry Christmas Satin and tuck in some wintry chocolate treats for the perfect finish!

This is a great little gift for friends, neighbors and co-workers.  It’s quick to make, and fun to receive.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks, and ideas for using this month’s Ribbon Club.  If so, I’d love to hear from you 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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Cosy Winter Christmas Mittens Card

Cosy Winter Christmas Mittens Card

Hello, Friends!  I thought I’d pop in on this chilly Sunday morning to share my Cosy Winter Christmas Mittens Card with you.  We can warm up our hands and hearts as we sip on a cuppa and enjoy the details of this rustic card creation.

My mom knit the world’s best mittens.  Every summer evening she sat with her yarn basket by her side as she watched TV.  Those knitting needles flew through the air as her clever hands crafted warm and cozy mittens for the coming winter.  If I sit quietly and think about it, I can still hear the soft clicking of the metal needles and the swishing sound the needle shafts made as she knit and purled the extra long cuffs.  We were the only kids on the hill with those extra long mitten cuffs.  She wanted to make sure the snow didn’t slip in between our coat sleeves and our mittens while we were playing.  Moms think of everything, don’t they?  When it came time to stitch in the thumb, we had to awkwardly “try on” the mitten to make sure everything was placed “just so.”

Because of these happy memories, I  love a good mitten card at Christmas!

The Details

TIP: Run 3/8″ ribbon through the ends of a Tim Holtz Christmas Word Plaque.  This is an older version, but the new ones are cute, too.  Adhere this to the top of a banner piece, then tie little bows in the corners. Tiny star sequins add just the right amount of sparkle.

TIP: Add dimension with a die cut oval layer.  Back this with foam tape and tuck behind the banner.

TIP: Anchor the banner with a small cluster of white flowers and burlap string bows.

I found this rusty star ornament at a local flea market.  It was in a bag full of old rusty jingle bells and Christmas tree shapes.  How could I resist.  Dress it up for winter with a little faux snow and glitter.  Then string some mini jingle bells and a Tim Holtz word tag at the top.  Now finish it off with a ribbon and flower topper.  Simple details like this make all the difference!

TIP: Layer Christmas ribbon along the bottom edge of the card to add extra texture and visual interest.

A Peek Inside

Now turn this card into a sweet small gift by adding a pocket on the inside.  Add ribbon to the top of the pocket to dress it up. Then use your scraps to make a little treat wallet.  

Everyone deserves a bit of chocolate during the holidays!

Have you started making your Christmas cards yet?  I always say I’m going to get an early start, but I usually find myself scrambling to get them done in time….for New Year’s Day!  What can I say?  The cobbler’s children never have shoes!

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

Hope you have a joyful and creative Sunday, my friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Winter Songbirds Tea Party in a Box Tutorial

Ciao Bella Time for Home Tea Party in a Box Reneabouquets Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement Pho

Throwback Thursday: Winter Songbirds Tea Party in a Box Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s Throwback Thursday episode, I have a Winter Songbirds Tea Party in a Box Tutorial for you.  Oh, how I love winter blues!  Ciao Bella captured them perfectly in their Time for Home collection.  I had such a wonderful time designing this week’s Throwback Thursday that I might have to bring this collection back for an encore performance!

Blue Jays were a common sight at our winter feeder when I was growing up in Vermont.  Most other birds fled our harsh northern winters, but the blue jays and chickadees bravely soldiered through all the icy blasts of winter with us.  To see a jay at the feeder on a day when it was so cold that your breath froze in the air lifted the heart.  Brilliant flashes of blue feathers against the sparkling snow broke up the monotony of our monochromatic world.  It was as though the sky came to perch on your doorstep.  What a treat!  The images in this botanical collection carry my memories right back to the hill country where I grew up.

Throwback Thursday Techniques and Details

Silver, blue and white are the perfect color palette for the wintry world we created in this Winter Songbirds Tea Party in a Box.  Carry the theme throughout your creation with ribbon, embellishments, die cuts and matting layers to make a strong color statement.

Learn how I heat emboss my Reneabouquets Beautiful Board to create this perfectly frosty finish.

Don’t be afraid to layer chipboard elements over die cut elements.  This layering creates a wonderful sense of depth and dimension.

A Peek Inside

You’ll learn how to build this box pocket and flap page in the video tutorial.  I promise you, it’s much easier to do than you think it is!

The flap page has a secret gift card pocket hidden behind it.  I decided to build the flap page when I could not bring myself to cut up this gorgeous image.

Load the box pocket up with special treats for a winter birthday, or for a Christmas gift.  I’ve tucked in a bookmark, note card, cookies, chocolate, tea bag, honey stick, mini honey dipper and one of my treasured vintage silver plate spoons.

Use the empty box pocket to store winter recipes or photos once the treats have been consumed.  The card is so pretty, you’ll want to keep it out to decorate your home long after the treats are gone!

Winter Songbirds Tea Party in a Box Tutorial on YouTube

If you’re ready to learn how to make this lovely gift, please enjoy the video tutorial below.  Have a pencil and paper handy so you can write down the measurements!

 

I’ve listed this lovely creation in my Etsy shop in case you don’t have time right now to make one yourself.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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**Please Note: Throwback Thursday tutorials are made with favorite retired collections and supplies.  For this reason, not all materials used will still be readily available online.  I’ll link whenever possible, but if an item is not listed, it’s because I could not find it.  Thanks for understanding!

Be Grateful Shaker Easel Card

Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Be Grateful Shaker Card by kathy Clement Photo 01

Be Grateful Shaker Easel Card with Simple Stories Autumn Splendor

Hello, Friends!  After I finished this week’s Throwback Thursday project, I decided to make this Be Grateful Shaker Easel Card.  After all, the papers, leaves, flowers, etc. were already out on my desk. The old mojo was flowing, and it was not quite time to fix dinner.  Plenty of good reasons to make “just one more” card with this lovely fall collection.  Do you ever do that?  I find it so tempting to ignore the load of laundry that needs to be folded in favor of working with a favorite paper collection.  Once the idea popped into my head to make a shaker card, well, let’s just say the laundry got folded later!

 

Putting It Together

Here’s how this cheery fall card came together:

  • First, cut a 5 1/2″ x 11 panel of kraft cardstock.  Score at  2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″ to form an easel card base.
  • Next, cut a 5 1/4″ square  of patterned paper to line the interior of the card base,
  • Then cut a 6 1/2″ x 3″ panel of kraft cardstock.  Score 1/2″ on the sides and bottom, trim out the corners, and fold the flaps to  create a pocket/brake for the easel.
  • Now cut a 5 1/2″ x 6 1/4″ panel of kraft cardstock. This will be the card front.
  • Next cut 5 1/4″ x 6″ and 5″ x 5 3/4″ mats with green and bittersweet cardstock.
  • Now top the layers with a 4 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ panel of the floral print.
Making the Shaker Element

Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Shaker Easel Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Oh, how I love a shaker frame on a card!  Especially when it is wrapped with knitted trim and wooden buttons! Here’s how I put this one together.

  • First, trace the outside edge of the frame onto a piece of clear acrylic cardstock.  Then trim along the traced lines.
  • Next, adhere the clear cardstock (acetate) to the back of the chipboard frame.
  • Now, place 3 rows of 1/8″ foam strips around the sides of the frame.  Be sure not to leave any gaps where beads or glitter might escape.
  • Then,  lightly sand the top, bottom and right hand side of the Simple Stories Autumn Glory Frame.  This will help the glue grab the surface of the frame.
  • Next, place 1/4″ Scor-Tape on the frame, and adhere strips of textured trim over it.
  • Now,  lightly fray the edges where the trim meets in the corners.
  • Then top the corners with inked and threaded wooden buttons.
  • Next, adhere the 2×2 image from the paper collection on the card front base.
  • Now place your mix of sequins, buttons, beads and rhinestone leaves on the card base.
  • Finally, remove the liner tape and press the frame in place.
A Peek Inside

Don’t you just love it when a card element can perform double duty?  The stopper for this easel card is also a pocket! Now this pretty card can function as a gift!

Turn a 3×4 image into a mini folio and tuck it inside the pocket.

Add a mini Lindt chocolate a fancy herbal tea bag inside the folio pocket.  And there’s plenty of room to tuck a honey stick inside the larger pocket.

This would make a great fall birthday card, or a thoughtful get well card.  As you can tell, I’m hanging on to my fall papers as long as I can.  They are just so lovely to work with! Keep an eye out for Christmas projects starting this week, though.  (But you never know when I will give in to the temptation to make just one more autumn creation!)

You can find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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