Amazing Paper Grace Garden Gate Mixed Media Card

Amazing Paper Grace Mixed Media Garden Gate My Mind's Eye Gingham Foundry by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Amazing paper Grace Garden Gate Mixed Media Card

Hello, Friends!  It’s time to share this Amazing Paper Grace  Garden Gate Mixed Media card!  The May 2021 APG Die of the Month is another dimensional vignette creation.  You can learn more about it and see lots of pretty samples HERE and on Becca’s Blog.   When you pair this charming set of dies up with the Spellbinders May 2021 Clear Stamp of the Month you’ve got a dynamic duo on your hands! 

Welcome to My Garden!

Vignette Garden Gate May 2021 APG DOM My Mind's Eye Gingham Foundry May 2021 Spellbinders Clear Stamp of the Month by Kathy Clement

Welcome to my garden, friends!  Step through the chipped paint on this vintage fence and enjoy a glass of cool lemonade under the shade of the arbor with me.  How does that sound?  The minute I took this die out of the packaging, I knew I was going to travel in a mixed media direction.  Here’s how I did it:

  • First, die cut  two each of the fence (With the insert panels) and the arbor. Use a sturdy (85# or more) cream cardstock for this step.
  • Next, rub the flat side of a Spellbinders Bricks and Bark embossing folder with Weathered Wood Distress Ink.  (Use the bark side.)
  • Now spritz the ink with water until little beads form.
  • Then place the die cut fence pieces face down over the inky panel and run through your  machine following your manufacturer’s directions. The ink will sink into the debossed areas of the fence giving it a lovely patina finish.
  • Dry the gate with a heat tool, or let set overnight. Then very lightly dry brush the surface with ivory chalk paint.
  • Now adhere the two gate and arbor layers together with 1/8″ foam tape strips.
  • Finally, sponge the raised areas of the gate and arbor with a little Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to create a vintage, chipped paint finish.
  • Die cut several scraps using the grass die.  Color with inks, then layer on the bottom of the card with foam tape.  Simulate flowers by attaching Prills to dots of Dries Clear Adhesive.
Creating the Arbor

To create the arbor that goes over the garden gate, follow these steps:

  • Die cut a whole bunch of leaves, flowers and berries from cream cardstock.
  • Spray the leaves with Kiwi Glimmer Mist or other spray. Set aside to dry.
  • Place 1 drop of Chipped Sapphire Distress Re-Inker in a disposable plastic container.  Spray some water to create about 1 Tablespoon of stain. Then drop the flower layers in to the puddle to stain them.  When you are happy with the depth of color, pour them out onto folded paper towels or an old grocery bag.
  • Repeat this process with the “berries” using Mustard Seed Distress Re-Inker.
  • Press the center of each flower with a small ball stylus to raise the petals.  Place a drop of Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive in the center of  half the flowers.  Add another layer on top.
  • Fill the “cup” of each flower with a drop of glue, then sprinkle with “Go Man Go” Prills.

The fun part is arranging the leaves, flowers and berries on the arbor.  Top the berries with a dot of Glossy Accents to give them a domed top.  While the GA is still wet, sprinkle with Lion’s Mane Flower Soft.  Now you just need to add bows, buttons and a vintage metal gate latch to the card front. (Paint a small metal drawer pull with chalk paint.  Let it dry a bit, then rub away a little bit with a paper towel to slightly expose the metal.)

Sentiment Tag

This little sentiment tag comes together in a jiffy!

  • Stamp the sentiment and posies from the May Clear Stamp of the Month onto a scrap of gold cardstock.
  • Trim around the sentiment to form a small rectangle.
  • Round the bottom corners with a punch.
  • Shape the top corners with a scalloped punch.
  • Repeat this process with a slightly larger scrap of navy cardstock.
  • Add a hole to the top and string with Journey Twine.
  • Tie on some glass leaf beads and adhere a few flat back pearls to finish the tag.
A Peek Inside

There’s a tea party beneath the arbor waiting inside this box pocket style card.

Turn the flap page on top to find a gift card pocket on the side.  You can add a note or a photo to the sentiment panel.

The box pocket has everything you need to throw a tea party for one.  Even a vintage silver plate demitasse spoon!

TIP: Dress up a Ghiradelli chocolate and a Biscoff cookie pack with scraps of designer paper.

Create a little note card/tea wallet with ephemera bits and scraps of designer paper.

This is the perfect spot to tuck in a tea bag to complete the tea party ensemble.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use with the May 2021 Amazing Paper Grace Die.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section.  Simply click on the “Replies” button found under the title at the top of this page to do so.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Heartfelt Creations April 2021 Alumni Blog Hop

Heartfelt Creations Floral Shoppe Springtime Urn Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Heartfelt Creations April 2021 Alumni Blog Hop: Springtime Floral Shoppe Folio

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations April 2021 Alumni Blog Hop!  The hop starts here and runs through 11:55 PM on Monday, May 3rd 2021.  At that time, we will randomly choose a comment from a mystery blog to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card!  How exciting is that?  Be sure to check the Heartfelt Creations Blog and Facebook Page on Wednesday May 5th because that is where the winner will be announced.  The winner will then have 72 hours to claim the prize. If you are the lucky winner, simply email [email protected]  and write “Winner of the April 2021 Alumni Hop” in the subject line.

Floral Shoppe Springtime Folio

Have you had a chance to play with the fabulous Floral Shoppe Collection yet?  This is probably one of my all time favorite collections!  It’s just so easy to put together a beautiful project with these papers, stamps and dies.  I created a winter floral urn a few months ago, so I decided to make a Springtime urn for this hop.

Would you like to know my sneaky trick?  Instead of stamping each image and floral filler, simply die cut them from the paper pad!  So easy!  Then I just add a little Crystal Clear Glitter or Prills to the individual flowers using my Art Institute Dries Clear.  This creates wonderful dimension in a floral arrangement!

Delightful Daisies

Daisies are the perfect flower for springtime projects.  Here’s how I made these cheery yellow daisies.

  • First, stamp Delightful Daisies on Specialty Floral Paper using green ink.
  • Next, while the ink is still wet, heat emboss with clear powder.
  • Then swipe Distress Inks on a non-stick craft mat.  I chose to work with Scattered Straw, Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed.  Spritz the ink with a mister bottle until little beads of moisture form.  Then tap or swipe the stamped images through the ink.  Let them dry naturally, or gently dry with your heat gun if you are impatient like me.
  • Now die cut the Delightful Daisies with the matching die.
  • Shape the petals with the Golf Tool Shaping Kit.
  • Then fill the center of each flower with hot glue and glass beads.
Buttons and Bows

Wrap the spine of the folio with 1/4″ yellow gingham ribbon.  Tie a knot, then top it with a bow and a posy.  Leave the tails long, and adhere buttons along the length to add a playful feel to the project.

A Peek Inside

Add a blank card front and pocket to the inside of the card.  This gives you a great place to write a personal message, and tuck in a thoughtful gift.

TIP: Dress up a tea bag with a scrap of designer paper, then tuck in a little demitasse spoon to go with it.  You can do the same thing with a Ghiradelli Chocolate square.  Add a little honey stick, and your card is now a gift.

On With the Hop

Here’s the line up for the Heartfelt Creations April 2021 Alumni Hop.  I’ve had a sneak peek at some of these projects, and let me assure you…you are about to be amazed and inspired by the beautiful projects coming your way!

Kathy Clement – YOU ARE HERE

Carole Wright-  http://theprettypaperpatisserie.blogspot.com/2021/04/30th-april-heartfelt-creations-alumni.html

Alissa Wells –http://willrunforstamps.blogspot.com/2021/04/cherry-blossom-retreat-heartfelt.html 

Candy Slabaugh – http://candyscreationsblog.blogspot.com/

Vicki Dutcher – https://allidoisstamp.blogspot.com/search/label/Heartfelt%20Creations

Oksana Clegg – https://everydaycrafting.blogspot.com/

Monica Edwards –  http://scraps2treasure.blogspot.com/

Amarilys Doria – https://amadrian8.blogspot.com/search/label/Heartfelt%20Creations

Lisa Gregory – https://what-a-beautiful-mess.blogspot.com/

Emily Niehaus – https://emmielouwho.blogspot.com/

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.

To leave a comment on this post, please scroll back up to the top of this page and click on the blue “REPLIES” button. You will find it just under the title..  Thanks so much!

Enjoy the hop!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Itty Bitty Baby Shoes

Echo Park Welcome Baby Girl Card Folio by Kathy Clement PHoto 01

Itty Bitty Baby Shoes Card Folio for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Something about these Itty Bitty Baby Shoes makes me say “awwwww” every time I look at them.  Honestly, is there anything more “aww” inspiring than sweet little baby shoes?  Today we’re taking another look at Echo Park’s Welcome Baby Girl Collection paired up with gorgeous Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Itty Bitty Baby Shoes Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

We usually think pink when it comes to baby girl cards, don’t we?  But I find that  the coral shades in this paper collection are fresh and fun.  I’ve paired them up with Watermelon Taffeta Ribbon and Funky Flowers Printed Grosgrain Ribbon from the RRR shop.  The deeper shades keep this pastel paper collection from washing out and add a vibrant pop of color to the card design.

TIP:  Create a quick and easy belly band with layered ribbon.

  • First, adhere 1/2″ Scor-Tape across the middle of your card front BEFORE you attach it to the base.
  • Next, attach a length of Watermelon Taffeta Ribbon over the tape.  Leave the ends long enough to wrap around the card panel for neat and tidy edges.
  • Now apply 1/4″ Scor-Tape in the center of the Watermelon Taffeta.  Repeat the above process using the Funky Flowers Coral Rose Printed Grosgrain Ribbon.
The Bow Cluster

Taffeta ribbon ties crisp, gorgeous bows!  As a bonus, it’s also very easy to work with.  Tie a double-loop bow with Watermelon Taffeta Ribbon.  Add a bit of sparkle and shine with an Iridescent Metallic String bow.  I love this stuff so much that I buy it by the spool!  Then finish the bow cluster simply with a creamy white posy.  Done and done!

Itty Bitty Baby Shoes

Echo Park Welcome Baby Girl Itty Bitty Baby Shoes Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Die cut baby shoes add so much fun to this card design.  Cut the layers from scraps of the Echo Park Solids that match this paper collection.  Then layer the tops and the soles with 1/8″ foam strips between to create lots of dimension.  Bitty flowers are the perfect finishing touch.

NOTE: This die is now retired, but if search for Marianne Design Creatable LR0304 you can find a few on ebay.

A Peek Inside

Ribbon takes a starring role inside this sweet card as well.  It’s such an easy way to add a stylish closure to this little flap folio.  Simply attach 1/4″ Scor-Tape to the back of the folio panel.  Then adhere a length of ribbon over the tape, wrap it around the base and tie a bow.

Because the bow is not attached on the front of the folio, it’s easy to add a picture here.

You’ll find a little side car pocket on the left and lots of room for journaling and photos inside the flap folio.

The Pocket

Do I ever make a card without a pocket?   Hmmmmmm….not very often!  I blame this on my mother, of course.  She never allowed me to have pockets in my clothes because she felt they were not lady like.  If a garment had pockets, she would actually stitch them closed.  So I guess my love for card pockets comes from that childhood memory.

This little pocket holds a mini note card/gift card wallet and a Baby Milestones Journaling card.

My thought process behind this card design was to create a keepsake card with room for those precious early days with baby.  You could actually add this card to a baby book.  How fun would that be?

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next card making adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

There’s a linked supply list below the signature.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Little Birdie Celebrate Life Mixed Media Card

Little Birdie Crafts Celebrate Life Mixed Media Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Little Birdie Celebrate Life Mixed Media Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  Today we’re going to party with a Little Birdie Celebrate Life Mixed Media Birthday Card.  I’m of the opinion that one should be treated like royalty on one’s day of birth.  So I created a shabby chic birthday card that’s fit for a queen!

But that doesn’t mean this card is hard to make!   It’s all about simple layers, beautiful flowers and a few sneaky mixed media tricks.  These stress-free techniques make you look like a mixed media pro!

Quick and Easy Layers

  • Begin with a 6×6 top fold card base.  That’s easy, right?
  • Now cover the front with a 6×6 panel from Little Birdie’s Celebrate Life 12×12 pad.
  • Look through your stash for a square doily: cloth or paper is fine.  My cloth doily came from a thrift shop bin.  You could also add a square lacy die cut for this layer.
  • Next, stitch a 5″ square panel of the pink woodgrain cardstock to the doily.  Then center and adhere.
  • Finally die cut the bird image with a circle die.  If you don’t have a circle die, trace around a saucer, small bowl or other round object.  If you have an old compass in your stash, that works, too!  Back this image with dimensionals and adhere in the center of the card.
Simple Mixed Media Tricks and Tips

I love working with primed chipboard because it saves me a step.  Simply tap the chipboard with VersaMark Embossing Ink and then sprinkle with Stampendous Shabby White Embossing Enamel.  Now heat emboss until all the layers melt and blend.   I found an old Spellbinders Gilded Life Pendant in my stash.  Dry brush this with white chalk paint.  Then fill the center with some moss and wee colored eggs.  Add flat back pearls to finish.

Add a soft, shabby chic vibe to your Little Birdie Flowers by dry brushing them with white chalk paint.  When you dry brush, dip the tip of your brush in the paint.  Then swipe off most of the paint on a piece of paper or your craft mat.  Lightly feather the brush over the edges of the flower petals to give them that soft, painterly feel we love so much.

Then, dilute the paint on your craft mat and spatter it over the card front to add even more of a soft finish.

A Peek Inside

Cover the card interior with more designer papers.  Then decorate a side pocket with a 3×4 journal card and tuck in a chocolate. No birthday is complete without a bit of chocolate!  Die cut a Little Birdie Oval Tag and stamp it with a sentiment.  Then decorate with ribbon, mini key and cut apart images to finish.

Now you see how easy it is to make a birthday card that’s fit for royalty, I hope you’ll give it a try.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

PS: We are still doing well….some days are better than others, but we are improving a bit every day!  Thanks from the bottom of my heart for your continued prayers!  I so appreciate you all!
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Spellbinders Slimline Classic Shabby Chic Card

Spellbinder's Slimline Classic Shabby Chic Card Ciao Bella The Muse by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Spellbinders Slimline Classic Card with Ciao Bella The Muse

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m excited to share the newly released Spellbinders Slimline Classic Card Making Die with you.  If you are a fan of slimline cards, as I am, then this is definitely a die you’ll want to add to your crafty stash!  Elegant, easy to make cards are a snap to make when you let this amazing die do all the heavy lifting for you!  It’s one of the April 2021 Releases over on the Spellbinders page.

Spellbinders Slimline Classic….Meet Ciao Bella The Muse

I  paired these lovely Classic Slimline Etched Dies up with soft blush papers from Ciao Bella’s The Muse paper collection.  Here’s how simple it is to put this elegant card creation together.

  • First, create an 8 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ top fold slimline card base from cream cardstock.
  • Now cut an 8 3/8″ x 3 3/8″ panel  from Ciao Bella’s The Muse collection to line the card front.
  • Next, create a center panel from an 8 3/8″ x 2 3/8″ from the same collection.
  • Then back this panel with foam tape or waste chipboard.  Center it and adhere it to the first panel.
  • Now, die cut the main filigree and sentiment twice using cream cardstock.  Layer together with thin foam tabs between them to create subtle dimension.
  • Then die cut four corner pieces from cream cardstock and tuck in each corner.
  • Finally, add ivory roses and bows on each side of the die cut panel.

Place ivory flat back pearls in the corners and ends of the die cuts.  So easy, so elegant!  Who could ask for anything more?

A Peek Inside

Add a pocket inside the card.  Then create a little gift wallet with more of the designer papers.

There’s room to write a small note and tuck in a little gift.

I hope you’ll take a peek at the other slimline card dies in The Slimline Collection.  There are some wonderful options available! Spellbinders is also offering a Free Spring Blooms Bonus with a $100 purchase right now.  I guess I’d better go shopping!

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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