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Spellbinders Stitchmas Christmas Ornament

Spellbinders Stitchmas Christmas Ornament Trifold Folio Stamperia Blue Land Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders Stitchmas Christmas Ornament Trifold Card Folio with Stamperia Blue Land

Hello, Friends!  For today’s Christmas in July project, I’m sharing this Spellbinders Stitchmas Christmas Ornament Trifold Folio Card. I enjoy all the deep blues, soft greys and snowy whites in this  non-traditional Christmas color palette!  You can almost hear “Blue Christmas” playing in the background, right?

This big card measures 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.  As you will see in the video share below, the die itself measures a very generous 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″, so you need a larger card base to support it.  And yes, I could have made a card with just one ornament on the front, but I was having so much fun with this die that I just kept right on cranking them out on my die cutting machine!

These ornaments would make great tags on cookie plates or gift packages, too.  You can see what they look like with the stitching HERE.

A Peek Inside

There’s a lot of goodness packed inside this pretty little trifold card folio.  While I didn’t set out to make anything this grand, I was having so much fun that the project just kept expanding.  Does that ever happen to you?

Since I was working primarily with scraps of Stamperia’s Blue Land papers and lots of images, I had to get creative with paper piecing in this project.  You’ll learn more about that in the video tour.

I’ll also show you how I created this spacious “side car” pocket.  This is such a good trick, and one that I think you will enjoy using.  Since I had a big  pile of sweet ATC sized tags left in the paper collection, I decided to turn them into a waterfall feature.  This was a good choice, I think!

Of course, the heart of the project is the center pocket.  I filled it up with lots of “flat” treats including a book mark, post card folio, and ornament.

Stitchmas Christmas Ornament Trifold Card Folio on YouTube

While this is not a complete tutorial (I’ve been a battling a nasty summer cold, so just didn’t feel like it) you’ll get a lot of great tips in today’s short video.

I have a busy week this week, and I’m still trying to get over the last little bit of this cold.  So there will be no Throwback Thursday tutorial this week.  Instead, I’ll be working on getting my next Button Farm Club Kit ready for you all.  Thanks for understanding!

So how do you feel about non-traditional Christmas cards?  I think it’s fun to mix it up a little, and Blue Christmas has always been a favorite theme for me.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio, 

kathy

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Spellbinders Celebrate the Season Sled Tag

Spellbinders Celebrate the Season Sled Tag Decor Stamperia Romantic Christmas by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Christmas in July Day 2: Spellbinders Celebrate the Season Sled Tag with Stamperia Romantic Christmas

Hello, Friends!  It’s day 2 of Christmas in July and we’re going to make this wonderful vintage Spellbinders Celebrate the Season Sled Tag together.  If you were lucky enough to grow up with snow at Christmas, then you probably remember the thrill of belly flopping onto a wooden sled and shrieking your way all the way to the bottom of a big hill.   This adorable sled die brought all kinds of delightful memories back to my mind as I was working with it. 

Spellbinders Celebrate the Season Sled Tag Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

The base of our Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag measures 4 1/2″ x 8″. It’s the perfect size to set out on a little side table or in a mantel display.  Dress it up with Stamperia Romantic Christmas papers to create a delightful botanical/nostalgic vibe.

Celebrate the Season Sled

Spellbinders Celebrate the Season Sled by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Ok…true confessions.  I’m kinda smitten with this little sled. I die cut it from patterned woodgrain paper, and I love the way it turned out. The die set comes with the sled, skates, poinsettia and greenery.   You can use the sled with or without the ice skates, but why would you not want to use those cute skates?   

At first I thought the poinsettias were too small, but by the time I was finished, I decided that I really like the size.  They flow perfectly with the size of the sled, of course.  But I can also see myself using these as “filler” with other flower dies.  They are super easy to make, as you will see in the video tutorial.

Celebrate the Season Sled Tag Tutorial on YouTube.

I hope you’ll join me on my YouTube channel as I create this fun Christmas tag.  There’s a little surprise element that I have not shown you in these photos.  Enjoy!

 

I’ll be back on Throwback Thursday with another Christmas in July tutorial.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Garden of Promises Flip Folio for RRR

Stamperia Garden of Promises Flip Folio for Really Reasonable Ribbon July 2022 Blog Hop by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Stamperia Garden of Promises Flip Folio for Really Reasonable Ribbon July 2022 Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sharing a Stamperia Garden of Promises Flip Folio as my inspiration project for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club July 2022 Blog Hop. You should be coming here from Gloria’s lovely blog. This month’s Vintage Floral Assortment Ribbon Club  is the perfect pairing for this lovely paper collection.  Take a peek!

Vintage Floral Garden of Promises

Stamperia Garden of Promises Flip Folio Really Reasonable Ribbon July 2022 Ribbon Club Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

How did I use the Ribbon Club Assortment in this 6×6 flip folio?  Let me count the ways!

  • First, create a ribbon closure with the elegant Wild Rose Taffeta Ribbon. This shade of pink made these vintage papers come alive.
  • Next, add a ribbon watch fob to a metallic clock embellishment.  The 3/8″ Mini Floral Print and Wild Rose Satin Swiss Dot, are sized perfectly for this task.
  • Then don’t forget to add a little ribbon at the top of the dangle charm on the spine of the folio.  It’s the perfect finishing touch, and it covers the hole punch and hardware nicely.
A Peek Inside

Stamperia Garden of Promises Flip Folio Spellbinders Tiara Trifold APG Die Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Ribbon adds texture, color and style inside this little folio, too.  French Blue Delicate Stitched Satin holds this pull out page neatly in place.

TIP: Attach a chipboard charm to the ribbon closure with jump rings.

Stamperia Garden of Promises Flip Folio Tea Party in a Box by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Wild Rose Satin Swiss Dots Ribbon makes a great border on the top of this box pocket.  I use 1/4″ Scor-Tape to hold it securely in place.

Tea Party in a Box Stamperia Garden of Promises Flip Folio by Kathy Clement Spellbinders Tiara Trifold APG DOM Photo 01

Dress up this Spellbinders Tiara Trifold Tag with a bit of 5/8″ Vintage Floral Satin Ribbon.  It’s also fun to tie a snippet of Tiny Butterfly Print Satin around a wooden honey dipper.

Stamperia Garden of Promises Flip Folio Video Tour on YouTube

It’s impossible to share all the fun flips, flaps and folds in this little folio in photos.  So I’ve prepared a short video tour for you on my YouTube channel.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cheryl has in store for you. And don’t forget to finish up the hop over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. You will want to answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month so that you can be entered to win your own July Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you’re not a member of the Ribbon Club yet, now is a great time to join!  The holidays are coming, and Bonnie always has the BEST seasonal ribbon club assortments!  It’s easy to join! You can subscribe HERE.

I’ve posted a linked supply list below this post for your convenience.

Enjoy the hop!

Cheerio,

kathy

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August Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial

August Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial Photoplay Year with My Gnomies Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

August Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial with Photoplay Year with My Gnomies

Hello, Friends!  It’s hard to believe, I know, but it’s time to share our August Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial.  This year long series has been a ray of sunshine every month of 2022, hasn’t it?  Break out your flip flops, sunglasses and tanning lotion because we are having fun in the sun in August!

The Shaker Box

Photoplay Paper Year with My Gnomies August Folio Tutorial Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

This sun-drenched folio is filled with citrusy hues and summer fun.  How about the sea turtle “rainbow” at the top of this super fun shaker frame?  And what about all those juicy citrus fruits in the shaker?  See?  I told you this month’s folio was all about fun!  Here’s how I altered the Reneabouquets Beautiful Box Ornament Frame for this cover;

  • First, tap the frame with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink.
  • Now,  mist the frame lightly with water.  This will activate the Oxide Ink,
  • Next, tap the frame with clear embossing powder and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.
  • Now,  spatter Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed and Picket Fence Distress Paint over the surface of the frame.   Let the paint spatters dry.
  • Now,  back the frame with clear acetate and 3 rows of foam tape.
  • Next, die cut the circle of flip flops from the paper collection to serve as the back of the frame. Cut a slightly larger circle to make sure that the foam edges are completely covered.
  • Now, fill the shaker box with Fruit Cocktail Sprinkletz and Christmas Carnival Sparkletz. (First, remove the Christmas trees)
  • Finally, seal the back of the shaker box with the prepared die cut circle.
A Peek Inside and Video Tutorial

The 6×6 flip folio follows the same basic format as the previous 7 folios in this series.  

August Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial Photoplay Year with My Gnomies

New to this series? Click  HERE to find the first 7 tutorials.)  

August Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to follow along as I create this month’s folio, please enjoy this video tutorial.

There’s a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Happy 4th of July

Photoplay America the Beautiful Easel Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Happy 4th of July Tribute Post

Hello, Friends!  Happy 4th of July to all my dear friends and family in the good old USA!  I’m just popping in to wish everyone a festive, fabulous, fun and safe 4th.  I’m busy today with family festivities, but I wanted to share a few of my favorite Independence Day memories and some of my favorite past projects that celebrate the Red, White and Blue!

I think it is right and fitting that any country should set aside a day to honor its history, culture and people.  Everyone should love his or her country and feel a sense of pride when they see their flag flying.  As a young girl, , my mom and dad instilled a deep love for our nation.  I can still see my dad remove his hat and put his hand over his heart as the flag passed by. It was a good way to grow up!

Mom and the Flagpole

We grew up with lots and lots of love…but not a lot of money.  Mom and Dad were beyond thrifty.  Recycling was not something we did out of love for the environment…it was done out of necessity!  We bought very little as my parents had an almost supernatural ability to create, design or build whatever we happened to need.

One year, Mom wanted to build a flag garden in our front yard.  Dad had already built a white fence around our property using poles cut from the trees in the woods behind our yard. The rails were made by taking apart wooden boxes that the large drill bits and tools were shipped in at the quarry where Dad worked.  But Mom wanted to display the flag in our front yard on a flag pole with flower garden around it.For Home and Country Memorial Day Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

So off to the woods we went.  Dad has his saw and  hatchet in hand.  My little sister, Sue, was only about 3 at the time.  We tramped through the woods until Dad found a sapling that was the right height and girth for Mom’s flagpole.  He skillfully chopped it down, then sawed off the branches and lopped off the top until it measured the height Mom had in mind.  This was hard work, and we all helped.  But Dad did the bulk of the work.

If you are wondering how we got it home, the answer is, Mom and Dad carried it!  I “helped” of course, but really not much.  Susie, who was little and got tired, rode astride the tree trunk as we made our way home.  I don’t remember a single word of complaint from anyone.

Mom’s Patriotic Garden

Authentique Liberty Patriotic Banner for Summer by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

We had to strip all the bark off that trunk.  Then we had to let it dry, propped up on bricks until the summer sun baked it dry. Then we painted it with several coats of white paint.  We could not afford a fancy gold finial ball at the top.  No worries.  Dad had saved an old float from a toilet.  Don’t ask me why.  He saved everything!  Painted gold and secured to the top of the pole, it made a very handsome finial ball.  No one knew but us!

Now Dad rigged up a rope and pulley system for raising and lowering the flag.  He had all the “stuff” for doing this in his magical basement workshop.

Next, Dad had to dig a good deep hole, fill it with concrete and set the pole in the wet cement.  I honestly don’t remember how this was done, but I’m sure Dad had a method.  He always did.

Mom had the honor of raising the flag on that pole for the very first time.  I remember us standing at the base of in absolute wonder, our hearts filled with patriotic pride.  It’s one of my favorite childhood memories.  As time went on, Mom placed a ring of stone around the pole, planted flowers and made it the prettiest spot on our hill.

We  had to learn flag etiquette: how to raise it quickly, lower it slowly, and never ever let it touch the ground.  We were schooled in how to fold it the right way, and never let the sun set on it.  Taking the flag down at sunset was a daily ritual during the non-winter months.  And if a surprise shower popped up, I can remember bringing the flag down and folding it so it would not get wet.  All these things instilled a deep love of Country in my heart.

Patriotism in the Schoolhouse

This was bolstered by the school I attended.  Every year we spent time learning and singing a multitude of patriotic songs.  We would sing them at the top of our lungs as we played on the swings during recess.  The first song I remember learning to play on my flutophone (remember those?) was “This Is My Country.”  It used to give me chills to hear “The Stars and Stripes Forever” or “You’re a Grand Old Flag.”  I still get choked up when I sing “God Bless America, ” or “America the Beautiful.”  It is as it should be.  And I dare you not to get chills when you hear “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

We started each day with The Pledge of Allegiance, and sang “My Country “tis of Thee, ” our sweet childish voices stretching to reach the high notes and reaching a crescendo with the words, “from every mountainside, let freedom ring!”.

We were a town of immigrants: Italians, Irish, Puerto Rican, Lebanese, Greek. But we didn’t think about ourselves that way.  We were just Americans.

My prayer is that we will rediscover the beauty and honor and glory of those days.  The world will be a better place when we do.

Thanks for letting me share these thoughts with you.

You can see past 4th of July projects and tutorials HERE.

God Bless America!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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