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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Eileen Hull Mitten Box for the RRR Blog Hop

Eileen Hull Mitten Box for the RRR Blog Hop by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Eileen Hull Mitten Box for the RRR Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  This Eileen Hull Mitten Box is my inspiration project for the RRR Blog Hop.  Welcome to the hop!  You should be coming here from Ginny’s fabulous blog.  The Really Reasonable Ribbon Team is featuring projects made with the very chic November Ribbon Club Assortment.

Can you hear the champagne corks popping?  This Holiday Elegance Assortment is fairly bursting with class.  But it works well on rustic projects, too!

Silver Metallic Star Satin Ribbon plays so well with the buffalo plaid check pattern on my Eileen Hull Mitten Box. The  stars on the ribbon echo the star focal in the box design.

Add a little Natural Burlap String to take this chic ribbon to the Christmas Countryside!

TIP: Create “faux snow” on your Christmas star with Ranger Grit Paste and a little glitter.

Fill up that mitten box with lots of goodies!  Gift card wallets, chocolate treats, a mini candy cane fill mine.  Add a little Christmas bookmark topped with more ribbons from the November Club assortment, and you’ve got a really sweet gift package on your  hands.  You can also set the mitten box out on display during the winter months.  It would be so cute filled up with peppermint candies or chocolate kisses!

On With the Hop

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cheryl has prepared to inspire and delight.  And don’t forget to finish up the hop by answering Bonnie’s question of the month over on the RRR Blog. That will enter you in a drawing for a free Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you’re not a Ribbon Club Member, it’s super easy to subscribe.  You can find out all about it HERE.  It’s a great way to build up your ribbon stash…and it’s like getting a Christmas present in the mail every month of the year.

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post. To find other projects made with the Eileen Hull Mitten Box Die, please click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders November 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace DOM November 2020 Vintage Poinsettia Sleigh Stamperia Winter Tales by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders November 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop: APG Poinsettia Sleigh with Stamperia Winter Tales

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Spellbinders November 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from  Jennifer’s lovely blog.   The Amazing Paper Grace 3-D Pop Up Vignette Poinsettia Sleigh is the focal point on this frosty easel style card.  There is so much to love about this festive APG Club Kit!  The darling sleigh, gorgeous etched poinsettia dies, cute gift box and holiday greenery dies make this Club Kit a must have!

Growing up in Vermont, where the ground was covered in wintry white, the whole landscape would turn a particular shade of blue when dusk would fall.  We called it “blue dark”.  And that’s the scene I tried to re-create in this 6″ x 6″ easel style card made with Stamperia’s Winter Tales paper collection.

Details, Tips and Tricks

TIP:  Create depth and dimension in your background.  Cut a 6″ x 12″ piece of Winter Tales into 3 sections: the night sky, the tree line, and the foreground.  Then layer the three sections together with foam dimensionals between them.

TIP: Die cut the sleigh base from patterned paper.  Then die cut the insert and trims from silver metallic paper to create a frosty winter sleigh.  Brush the sleigh runners with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive, then sprinkle with Crystal Clear Glitter Flakes.  This adds an icy finish to the sleigh.

TIP: Create a pocket inside the card to serve as the stopper for the easel.  Score an extra 1/2″ on the easel card base to make a 1/2″ spine.  This way, you can add a fun surprise inside the card.

TIP:  Die cut some poinsettias from scraps of your designer paper.  Then die cut more from solid colored cardstock.  Add texture to the petals with a brush of ivory chalk paint.  Then fill the centers with Prills and Pearls. Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace DOM November 2020 Vintage Poinsettia Sleigh Stamperia Winter Tales by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Now die cut foliage from silver metallic cardstock.  Then brush some of it with Dries Clear Adhesive. Next, sprinkle with more glitter to give it the appearance of icy branches. Now you are ready to pile up all these beautiful posies and fill the sleigh to the brim with Christmas cheer!

A Peek Inside

Now you can see the pocket on the inside of the card.  This is a lovely place to tuck in a note card and a little surprise.

Now,  die cut a second sleigh just as you did the first one. Next, adhere a length of metallic string between the layers.  Now, top it with a bow and poinsettia cluster.  Voila! You have a little ornament to give as a small gift.

Write a personal greeting or tuck a gift card into this little note card.

Spellbinders $25 Giveaway:

To celebrate this release, we are giving away a $50 gift certificate to 5 lucky blog readers – selected from the comments on the Spellbinders blog. Giveaway closes on Sunday, November 15th, 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.

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!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Sandra has prepared for you.  The complete hop list is below.

Spellbinders Blog

Tina Smith

Carrie Rhoades

Bibi Cameron

Sandi MacIver

Jill Hilliard

Jennifer Snyder

Kathy Clement

Sandra Nagel

Virginia Lu

Jean Manis

Marie Heiderscheit

Joy Baldwin

Zsoka Marko

Ilina Crouse

Jenny Colacicco

Not a member of the APG Die of the Month Club?  You can sign up here.  The Poinsettia Sleigh will be your first die of the month.

You will find a linked supply list below this post.  If you’d like to see another sample made with the Poinsettia Sleigh Die, please click HERE.

Thanks for hopping 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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Victorian Christmas Bird House Card

Prima A Victorian Christmas Bird Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Prima A Victorian Christmas Bird House Card: Working With Scraps

Hello, Friends and Happy Sunday!  Today I have a charming little Victorian Christmas Bird House Card to share with you.  After making my Victorian Christmas Envelope Album, I had a few scraps of this lovely collection left on my work table.  Rather than tossing them or packing them away in the Land that Kathy forgot, I decided to turn them into a quick little card.  I thought you might enjoy knowing the tips and tricks I used along the way.

How to Create a Background From Scraps

What do you do with long, not too wide scraps of designer paper?  Well, one great way to use them up is to create what I call raised panels. I had several scraps that were all 1 1/2″ wide.  Here’s how I turned those scraps into a lovely background for my card.

  • First, determine the size of the card base you will  need.  Since my strips were 1 1/2″ wide, a 5 1/2″ square card base gave me the room I needed to layer them up side by side.
  • Next, trim your scraps so they are all the same height.  Mine are about 5″ tall.
  • Then mat the scraps on slightly larger scraps of solid cardstock.  I used a lovely antique gold metallic paper.  This was also a scrap that I had tucked into the Victorian Christmas collection the last time I had used it.
  • Now at this point, you can place dimensionals (foam tape, foam tabs or waste chipboard) on the backs of these panels to elevate them if you wish.  But since I knew I was adding a lot of dimension to my card with my embellishments, I did not do this.
  • Cut a mat for your panels from a complementary solid cardstock.  I found this scrap of deep green suede paper in my stash.  Then I just adhered this whole assembly to my card front.
Working with a Small Focal Image

What do you do when you don’t have a large focal image for a card front?  For this card, I only had the small bird chipboard to use.  It’s only about 2″ x 3″ in size.  it looked pretty lonely on the card front.  So I had to build up elements around it to make it “fit” the card.

TIP: Look for embellishments that “fit” with your card theme.  Birds and botanicals go together beautifully.  So I paired up a little wood slice, berries, and greenery to add texture, dimension and presence to the card design.  The metal birdhouse also fit the theme.  And stars at Christmas are a classic choice.  Problem solved!

A Peek Inside

Here’s a look at the inside of the card.  Once again, I was able to use small scraps to line the pocket.

TIP:  Mind the Gap!  If your paper panels are too short for the card base, add a contrasting border to cover the empty space.  It looks like a designer element,

Create a little gift card wallet to tuck inside the pocket.  Use the off cut from the card base, and you’ve used up another scrap.  Hooray!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas today that you will be able to use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Note: since this card is made with scraps and an older collection, there are a lot of products that I cannot link to.  Thanks for understanding!

  • Ribbon
  • Flower is from Prima Christmas in the Country (out of stock)
  • Paper is Prima A Victorian Christmas (retired)
  • Metal birdhouse and rusty jingle bells from Consumer Crafts (online store is closed)

 

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