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Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Flourish Cards

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Flourish Shaker Easel Card Carta Bella Christmas by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Flourish Cards

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a couple of super cute Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Flourish Cards to share with you.  These dies are so much fun to work with!  Spellbinders sent me both the Let It Snowman and the All Hearts Come Home Flourish dies.  I spent a delightful day in the studio with them, and I’m excited to show you what I came up with. There are loads of pictures coming, so you might want to grab a snack and a cuppa before we proceed.  Go ahead!  I’ll wait for you!

Let It Snowman Shaker Easel Card with Carta Bella Christmas Collection

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Flourish Let It Snowman Easel Shaker Card with Carta Bella Christmas by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Snowmen are probably my favorite Christmas image to work with.  I could not resist making this sweet Let It Snowman die set up into a shaker frame.  Do you blame me?  The finished 6 1/4″ square card feels like a snow globe.   Here’s how I created that effect.

  • First, die cut the Let It Snowman frame from white and red metallic cardstock.  Layer the red metallic die cut over the white so that they are slightly staggered.  This creates a sort of drop shadow effect.
  • Next, trace around the outside of the die onto a piece of clear cardstock  (acetate sheet). Don’t worry about cutting around the leafy edges.  Just cut the circle shape at the top of the die. Adhere this panel behind the frame. You will need 2 of these clear panels.
  • Now add 3 layers of 1/8″ foam adhesive to the back side of the frame.
  • Then flip the frame on its face and fill the center with your shaker mix.
  • Next, line up the 2nd clear cardstock panel over the foam tape and press firmly into place.
  • Finally, trace around the snowflake/woodgrain patterned paper and adhere it behind the snow globe frame.
Let’s Make a Snowman!

Snowmen are probably my favorite holiday/winter theme.  They always look so friendly and welcoming on a card.  Die cut this snowman and snowflakes from heavy white cardstock.  The jaunty hat is cut from a scrap of dark green suede paper that I had in my stash.  Cut the hat band from a scrap of red metallic paper.  The nose is a scrap of old Authentique Spectrum orange cardstock lined patterned paper.  Snowman assembly is super quick and easy!  Back with foam tabs and attach to the snow globe as seen in the photo.

A Peek Inside

Create a pocket to go inside the card base.  This doubles as a stopper for the easel mechanism.  Dress it up with some pretty holiday flowers and leaves.  Then tuck some rusty jingle bells underneath to add that special Christmas sound.  Vintage buttons look great tucked into the flower cluster. A miniature Christmas ornament topped with Baker’s Twine and a tiny posy are the perfect finishing touch.

Seems like everyone gives gift cards at Christmas now, so I like to include a gift card wallet with my cards.

It’s a lovely way to present cash or a shopping card.

All Hearts Come Home Christmas Card

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Flourish All Hearts Come Home Die Simple Stories Simple Vintage Rustic Christmas by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

All Hearts Go Home at Christmas is a very popular holiday sentiment.  And this sweet little prim house is so cute tucked inside the die cut frame.  This card may look complicated, but it actually comes together very quickly.  The best part?  You can pull out that glitter paper from your stash and put it to good use here!

  • First, die cut the frame from white glitter paper.  Glue it onto a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ panel of green glitter paper.
  • Next, die cut the house 3 times: once from white glitter paper, then from black cardstock, and a third time from red metallic paper.  (You can use a scrap left over from making the snowman card!)
  • Now, cut the door, the chimney and the roof from the black die cut and adhere over the door and roof area of the white die cut.
  • Then adhere the remainder of the black die cut behind the white.
  • Next, adhere the red die cut behind the other two houses.  Pop out the red heart and adhere it in the “window” area.
  • Back the house with foam tape and adhere in the center of the frame.
  • Create faux snow with Dries Clear adhesive, Crystal Clear Glitter and Mini Pearls Prills.
A Peek Inside

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Rustic Christmas Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Simple Stories Simple Rustic Christmas papers are the perfect pairing for this cute card.

Vintage Santa images tie in with the Santa Sleigh on the die cut frame.  I love the sweet Santa expression on this gift card wallet.

Scraps of designer paper fill in all the gaps inside the gift card wallet.

Are you still with me?  That was a lot of photos and a lot of information.  These dies are all part of Spellbinders new September release.  I’ll link to them on the supply list below this post.

Have you gotten a head start on your Christmas cards yet?  We are just about 100 days out from Christmas Day, but you’ll want to get your cards in the mail much earlier than that date!  There’s no time like the present to start!

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Peek A Boo Trellis Christmas Card Tutorial

Graphic 45 Warm Wishes Christmas Card Tutorial with Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Peek a Boo Trellis Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01
Amazing Paper Grace Peek A Boo Trellis Christmas Card Tutorial with G45 Warm Wishes

Hello, Friends!  For today’s Make & Take Tuesday I’m sharing a Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Peek A Boo Trellis Christmas Card Tutorial. This lovely botanical die set is a great match for Graphic 45’s Warm Wishes paper collection.  I’m going to show you 2 different ways to use this versatile die.   Don’t forget to visit Becca’s blog for even more Peek A Boo Trellis inspiration. She has some truly gorgeous samples and tutorials waiting for you there.

Merry Christmas Cardinal

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Peek a Boo Trellis Graphic 45 Warm Wishes by Kathy ClementI love it when I can snuggle a focal image in with some pretty foliage.  So for this first card, I made small cuts in the leafy panel, then inserted my focal image into the panel.  That’s pretty much all it took to complete the card front.  The rest was just adding foliage, ribbons and flowers.

I made this one a box pocket card, tucked in some sweet Christmas treats.

Peppermint sticks, Christmas tea, a Christmas Cookie, honey stick and note card turn this into a lovely little gift.

Inlaid Peek a Boo Trellis Vines

The second card is really quick and easy to make!  This time, I cut a 5×7 panel from Warm Wishes Patterns and Solids.  Then I centered the Peek A Boo Trellis vines in the center of the panel and die cut.  Next, I die cut the reverse side of this same patterned paper and adhered it slightly off center behind the inlaid design.  Finally, I stitched the entire panel onto green cardstock.

This time I used the layered rose dies that come with the die set along with a bunch of foliage.  Burlap string, rusty jingle bells and vintage buttons give it a great rustic botanical feel.

The inside is simple with a gift card wallet/pocket combo and more of the pretty designer paper.

Peek A Boo Trellis Christmas Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn more about how these cards came together, I hope you’ll enjoy this short video tutorial.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Make & Take Tuesday!  I know we are in the Dog Days of summer, but Christmas will be here before you know it!  Best to get a head start on all those handmade Christmas cards and presents, right?

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Friendship Slimline Gatefold Card Tutorial

Photoplay Friendship Through the Years Slimline Gatefold Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Throwback Thursday Slimline Gatefold Card Tutorial with Photoplay Friendship Collection

Hello, Friends!  This Slimline Gatefold Card Tutorial is such a fun design, and so easy to make that I just had to share it with you in this week’s Throwback Thursday post.  During a quick reconnaissance mission in the Closet of Inspiration and Delight, I found Photoplay’s Friendship Through the Years Collection and decided it’s fresh, somewhat modern vibe was the perfect match for this trendy card style.

Friendship Gatefold Card Tutorial Photoplqy Friendship Through the Years by Kathy Clement Photo 01

I don’t know about  you, but I’m loving the red, beige and teal color palette of this paper collection.

Having 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ inches of room to play with allowed me to create a 4″ x 6″ barn wood “gate” .  An expedition through my Spellbinders dies unearthed this lovely Tiara Rondelle Die. First I die cut it from light kraft cardstock.  Then I cut it a second time from a black floral print from the collection.  Save the inner circle area that’s left from each die cut.  Sandwich the floral print circle (which is the back side of the black floral) between the two Tiara Rondelle frames.  Then back this with the kraft circle to create a lovely focal point for the card.  Foam tape adds lots of depth and dimension.

A Peek Inside

Opening a gatefold card is always lots of fun.  This design also gives you lots of room to add goodies on the inside, too.

Here’s a closer look at the gift card wallet that is tucked into the pocket.

There’s a little note area and a gift card pocket inside.  So now the card becomes a gift.

Gatefold Slimline Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to create this fun fold card base and learn some of the sneaky tricks I used to put it together, please enjoy this 20  minute video tutorial.

I think Throwback Thursdays are my favorite.  How about you?

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

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Road Trip Simple Folio

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace June 2022 Die of the Month Carta Bella Summer Farmhouse Road Trip Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Road Trip Simple Folio with APG June 2022 DOM and Carta Bella Summer Farmhouse

Hello, Friends!  Let’s go on a road trip!  Remember those?  Before gas prices spiraled out of control?  Our family used to take at least one big road trip each summer when the kids were little.  We would plan it for months in advance, poring over maps, we would look for places of interest, historical markers, and beautiful destinations.

This was before the internet, mind you.  I would often write local Chambers of Commerce (do those still exist?) and request information about an area.  Huge manila envelopes filled with colorful brochures would come in the mail as a result.  These would be spread all over the kitchen table (or the living room floor) as we carefully plotted the stops along the way.  Our trusty highlighter pen marked the routes we would follow in the road atlas or on folded maps.

The anticipation of the trip was almost as good as the road trip itself.  My mom would often sew new summer outfits for our girls, and I would carefully pack suitcases with clothes that would suffice for climate changes along the way.  We always had to plan at least one “nice” outfit for eating out.  I can vividly recall having all the piles of neatly folded clothes laid out on my bed: one pile for each of our 5 children.

Then there was the preparation of road trip snacks and picnic lunches.  Rice Krispie Treats (with peanut butter mixed in) was not only a snack, but a great road trip breakfast.  GORP (good old raisins and peanuts) was a standby, too.  Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?  Always!

So this simple road trip folio is a tribute to those bygone days when we carried sleeping children out to the car in the early morning dark and set out on the open road.

Amazing Paper Grace Pop-Up 3-D Vignette Road Trip

Amazing Paper Grace Pop Up 3D Vignette Car June 2022 DOM by Kathy Clement Photo 01

The inspiration for this project is found on the cover.  How cute  is the Amazing Paper Grace Pop Up 3D Vignette Road Trip this month?  Yes, there are a lot of little pieces.  And yes, it takes a few minutes to put it all together.  But, oh…it is soooooo doggone cute that as soon as you get one made, you want to make another.  In all the colors!  LOL

I used heavy 110# powder blue cardstock for the body of the car.  The “chrome” trim is silver metallic cardstock.  Navy blue cardstock is perfect for the dashboard.  And a scrap of black cardstock is the right choice for the tires.

Helpful Tips
  •  Make the headlights POP by adding Citron Essentials Gems to the center.
  •  Foam tabs between the layers really make the car pop off the page.
  •  Create a neutral background for your Road Trip Die.  I die cut a very small print from the Carta Bella Summer Farmhouse collection using the largest APG Picot Petite Oval die.

You can find a tutorial for assembling the car as well as other samples for using this die on Becca’s blog.

Road Trip Simple Folio: A Peek Inside

The folio base is (2) 8 1/2″ x 6″ panels of heavy white cardstock.

  • First, score a 1/2″ flap on the 6″ end of each panel.
  • Next, overlap these 1/2″ pieces and adhere to form the spine.
  • Now, cover the inside with papers from Carta Bella Summer Farmhouse Collection.

The left hand side of the folio is a mini flip book with hidden pockets, photo mats and lots of room to save memories of your road trip.

There’s a tiny pocket at the back of the folio with a journal card tucked inside.  Keep things simple so that the photos can take center stage.

The right hand side of the folio is a 5 panel waterfall folio with a magnetic closure. Each panel measures 5 1/2″ x 6″. You will cut your panels 6″ x 6″.  Then score a 1/2″ flap on the left to serve as the hinge for the waterfall.

Secure the magnetic closure behind a decorative panel at the back.

I know everyone keeps photos on their phones and computers these days.  But I have a sneaky suspicion that someday we will wish we had put more “real” photos into “real” books that we can hold in our hands and enjoy.  Making a simple folio like this one only takes an afternoon, but the memories last for many years to come.

What’s your favorite road trip memory?  I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

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

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Amazing Paper Grace May 2022 Die of the Month

Amazing Paper Grace May 2022 Die of the Month: Lovin’ from the Oven Recipe Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for me to share the Amazing Paper Grace May 2022 Die of the Month with you, and boy is it ever cute!  I’m calling this one “Lovin’ from the Oven” because the adorable factor is right up there with the Pillsbury Doughboy.  Remember him?

Spellbinders May 2022 Amazing Paper Grace Pop-Up-Vignette Oven Echo Park Farmhouse Kitchen Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

My mom was an amazing baker.  There was nothing fancy or magazine worthy about our country kitchen.  The linoleum was worn in spots.  My dad built the countertops, then covered them with the same linoleum that adorned the kitchen floor.  The pots and pans were ancient, battered and very Plain Jane. And the oven?  Let’s just say you would not find it in any respectable modern kitchen and leave it at that.

But when my mom cranked up the oven, it was transformed into a sneak preview of Heaven.  The woman could cook!  Hardly a day passed when our home was not filled with the yeasty, mouth-watering aroma of freshly baked bread.  When molasses cookies were on the menu, sweet spices filled the air.  Chocolate cake?  Be still my heart!  I think I learned how to cook by hanging out in the kitchen with my mom.  So this little project is dedicated to her memory.

3D Pop-Up Vignette Oven Shaker Element

I’m not gonna lie to you: when i took this die set out of the package, I felt a moment of anxiety.  There are a LOT of small pieces inside!  But, the packaging has a helpful step by step guide on the back that made it very simple to put this cutie pie oven together.  I opted to adapt the die into this sweet little shaker element.  (You can see Becca’s version HERE.) Here’s how this sweet little oven came together:

  • First, die cut the outline of the oven from plain cardstock and cut off the side tabs.
  • Next, die cut the oven with the door insert from plain cardstock, and cut off the tabs.
  • Now die cut the oven with the door insert from patterned cardstock and cut off the tabs.
  • Then adhere the patterned paper over the plain cardstock with the door.  Back this piece with clear cardstock (acetate) and add 3 rows of 1/8″ foam tape to the back.
  • Next, die cut the accent pieces from rose gold cardstock as seen in the photo.
  • Now die cut the oven drawer, knobs and clock from a graphite shimmer cardstock.
  • Finally, die cut the oven mitts and utensils from a scrap of contrasting patterned paper.
  • Place your shaker elements inside the prepared oven cavity.
  • Adhere the oven racks (cut from rose gold) to the plain cardstock backer piece.
  • Line up the backer piece over the shaker window and press in place.
  • Now you can build your folio base and decorate.   
A Peek Inside

This simple folio base measures 7″ x 5″ with a 1/2″ spine.  I’ve added a side pocket on the left and a standard pocket on the right.

This is a great way to share a recipe with someone you love.  Just tuck a couple of your tried and true recipes into the pocket on the left.  Then add a little tea wallet, honey stick and photo folio to the pocket on the right.

All my best memories have been made in the kitchen!  My sweet granddaughters join me every Friday for cooking lessons and we have the best time!  Photos of these moments are important!  So I made this little 4×4 folio to hold a few of them in place. This would also make a great gift!

Loving from the Oven Recipe Card Folio on YouTube

I prepared a short video tour of this folio with tips and ideas on YouTube. I hope you enjoy!

This weekend is Mother’s Day and I hope every single one of you knows how much you are loved and appreciated.

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

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