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Masculine Twisted Easel Card Tutorial

Authentique Voyage Masculine Twisted Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Reneabouquets Starfish Photo 01

Masculine Twisted Easel Card Tutorial with Authentique Voyage & Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday, and this week I have a really fun Masculine Twisted Easel Card Tutorial to share with you.  If you can keep a secret, I’ll let you in on one:  this is Dale’s birthday card!  His birthday falls right after the 4th of July, so I thought it would be fun to create a red, white and blue card for him.  But, he also loves the beach.  So that would be a good option, too.  The perfect solution was found in this 2019 Authentique Voyage collection.

Once again, I limited myself to using only scraps to make this card.  That is always a fun challenge for me, and y’all seem to enjoy it, too.  Even the 6×6 card base is made with a 6×12 piece of kraft cardstock that I found mixed in with the papers.

Spicing Things Up with Mixed Media Techniques

Authentique Voyage Masculine Twisted Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement PHoto 02

Since my husband comes from the “less is more” school of design, I wanted to keep things more on the simple side.  But simple does not have to mean the same thing as boring.  I did two things to spice up this very basic card:

  • First, go for a fancier fold on your easel card.  Instead of scoring the front panel in half horizontally, I scored it in half diagonally.  I’ll show you how to do this in the tutorial below.
  • Next, add a little texture and visual interest with embossing powders.  I’m of the opinion that embossing powders are one of the cheapest, quickest and easiest ways to add a little spice to a card design.  I’ll share tips with you in the video tutorial.
  • Then, think about repeated shapes.  The sailboat images has triangular sails.  The twisted easel card design is triangular, too.
Line it Up!

Notice that the stopper or brake for this easel card follows the same line and angle as the easel front.  This lends a cohesive feel to the card design.  Then, see how I created a reverse triangle with the addition of the blue tag and button feature.

Add a few real shells and natural elements to your heat embossed Reneabouquets Starfish Beautiful Board to make the card come alive.  All these simple elements come together to create an interesting card that is not too busy.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a look at the card interior.   Hopefully, Dale will approve.

Masculine Twisted Easel Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to follow along as I create this card, I hope you’ll enjoy this little Throwback Thursday tutorial.

If you’d like to see more examples of masculine cards, you can find them in the archives HERE.

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

Now I need to get busy in the kitchen and make Dale’s birthday cake.  It’s to be a New York Cheesecake this year.  Wish me luck!

Thanks for stopping by!




Authentique Cottontail Z-Fold Folio Tutorial

Authentique Cottontail Easter Z-Fold Folio Tutorial Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Authentique Cottontail Z-Fold Folio Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Last week, I shared a fun Z-Fold Folio Tutorial using Photoplay Great Outdoors papers.  It was such a great project that I decided I needed to make another one.  But this time, I used beautiful papers from Authentique’s retired Cottontail line.  I changed up the design a little bit, too!  So I like this version of that fun folio base even better than the last one!

Authentique Cottontail Z-Fold Easter Folio Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Photo 03

While the basic design and flow of the folio is the same, I did enlarge the individual panels just a little bit to make it easier to add photos.  And since this is an Easter themed folio, I was able to dress it up with all kinds of pretty flowers, ribbon, butterflies and Beautiful Board from Reneabouquets.  You’ll find all these goodies linked in the supply list below this post.

Authentique Cottontail Z-Fold Easter Folio Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Photo 02

Look at this darling bunny peeking at you from the shaker frame!  A quick shout out to my crafty follower, Lynn, who sent me a lovely package of die cut frames a while back.  This pretty pink frame worked perfectly for this project.  Thank you, Lynn!  You can learn how I  made the shaker element in the video tutorial.

So many cute bunnies!  How can one possibly pick a favorite?

More Room for Photos

Authentique Cottontail Z-Fold Easter Folio Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Photo 06

This folio is really loaded with room for photos and journaling!  The pocket page holds a mini accordion folio.  Sweet images on the front make room for wallet sized photos on the back.  The next page features a little flap element with room for 2 nice sized photos behind it.

And did I forget to mention that the front flap pulls out to reveal hidden photo mats behind it?  How fun is that?

Then there’s this neat tip in page and lateral waterfall page.  The little bunny icons work so well as turn tabs!

Authentique Cottontail Z-Fold Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to join me on YouTube, I’ll share the measurements and details for making this sweet little folio.  You can see how quickly this folio comes together.

I hope you enjoyed the dressed up version of this sweet folio.  Look for a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!





Authentique Dublin Shaker Frame Folio

Authentique Dublin St. Patrick's Day Shaker Frame Folio by Kathy Clement Reneabouqets Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Authentique Dublin Shaker Frame Folio Tour with Tips, Tricks & Measurements

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday and I’m excited to share this Authentique Dublin Shaker Frame Folio with you.  While this is not a full tutorial, I do have lots of tips, techniques and measurements for you.  This is a Button Farm Club work week for me, as well as our 46th wedding anniversary.  I told my sweet husband I would take the day off, so I didn’t have the time to do a step by step video for you this time.

This sweet little folio measures 5 3/4″ x 7″ x 1/2″.  Here’s how to  make the folio base:

  • Cut (2) 11″ x 7″ panels of heavy white cardstock.  Line up the 7″ sides and overlap about 1/4″.  Secure with adhesive of your choice.
  • Now, score the long side at 5 3/4″, 6 1/4″, and fold.  Score again at 5 3/4″  and 8 3/4″.  Measure 1 3/4″  from the final score line and trim.
  • Next, fold the scored lines to form a folio with the spine on the left and a pocket/flap page.
  • Cut (4) 5 5/8″ x 6 7/8″ green cardstock liners for the cover, inside cover, and center panel.
  • Then cut (4) 5 1/2″ x 6 3/4″ patterned paper pieces to go over the green.
  • Now cut a 2 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ panel of green cardstock for the flap page.
  • Next, cut a 2 5/8″ x 6 3/4″ panel of patterned paper to go over the green mat.
  • Then cut a 2″ x 6 7/8″ panel of green cardstock and a 1 1/2″ x 6 7/8″ panel to line the pocket flap.
  • Finally, line the pocket and pocket flap with 1 3/4″ x 6 5/8″ and 1 3/8″ x 6 5/8″ panels of patterned cardstock.
Reneabouquets Shaker Box and Doily Details

Cut the Medium April in Paris beautiful board in half horizontally.  Heat emboss with shabby white embossing powder. Layer one half at the top and one half at the bottom of the 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ panel in the center of the cover.  Then back the Reneabouquets Tree of Life ATC Tag with clear cardstock and 3 rows of 1/8″ foam strips.  Cut a 2 5/8″ x 3 1/2″ panel of tartan plaid paper to cover the back of the tag.  Place Buttons Galore and More Leprechaun’s Luck sequins,  gold beads and buttons over the paper, then press the frame in place.

Decorate the Spine

Look through your stash for some pretty charms and dangle from jump rings.  This angle shot really shows off all the wonderful layers and dimension of the cover.

A Peek Inside

The inside of the folio has 3 sections: a pull out folio with a pocket page beneath it, a center pocket page, and a flap/pocket page with a small pull out folio.

Here are the measurements for the pull out folio:

  • First, cut (2) 12″ x 6 3/4″  panels of the shamrock print paper.  Join the ends together with adhesive, then score a 1″ flap.
  • Now continue scoring all the way down the length of the panel every 5 1/2″.  Trim away any excess length.
  • Then accordion fold and adhere to the base page.
  • Cut 4 5/8″ x 5 3/4″ mats from cream paper, 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ mats of green paper and 4 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ panels of patterned paper to dress up the pull out pages.  Decorate every other page or so with a 3″ x 4″ image that’s matted on slightly larger cream cardstock.

Cut a full strip of the 3″ x 4″ and score between them to make a little pull out folio for the flap page.

Cut a 6 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ panel of patterned paper.  Score 1/2″ on all 4 sides.  Trim out the bottom corners to form a pocket.  The fold the 1/2″ flap on the top down to make a cuffed pocket.

Fill the pocket with photo mats and a mini folio. After I took this photo, I also hand wrote my Irish Soda Bread recipe on a cute recipe card and tucked it in as a perfect finishing touch.

Authentique Dublin Shaker Frame Folio Tour on YouTube

If you’d like to see this folio in action, please enjoy this video tour with tips, techniques and measurements.

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

If you’d like to purchase this folio, you can find it in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!




***Please note: Throwback Thursdays are designed to inspire you to use older collections and supplies from your stash.  For this reason, some items that I’ve used in my project are no longer available to purchase.  I’ll link whenever they are, of course.  If an item is not linked, it is because I could not find it in any of my usual sources.  Thanks for your understanding!

Dog Lovers Birthday Card

Authentique Purebred Birthday Easel Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Dog Lovers Birthday Card and a Little Update

Hello, Friends!  I made this Dog Lovers Birthday Card for my “l’il sister’s” birthday.  She (like me) celebrated a “significant birthday this summer.  We are 5 years apart (I was born in ’56) so I’ll let you try to guess how old we both are!  Anyway, I ran away from home last Thursday and did not get home until Saturday night.  Sue, my daughter Liz and I had a great birthday lunch in Wilmington, NC on Thursday.  I actually packed a bag and spent the weekend with Liz.  Shopping, eating, laughing, girls’ movie night, pedicures, and adventuring were on the agenda.  So. Much. Fun!

But you pay a price when you play hookey, right?  I am so far behind on laundry, house cleaning and answering your lovely comments on my blog.  Will I ever catch up?  Maybe not!  Because this weekend is Liz’s birthday and we are having a big family celebration in her honor on Saturday.  It’s been a very fun, very busy summer so far.  So please forgive me for being so lax in answering your comments.  I made a decision to enjoy this summer and not worry so much about work.  Work will always be there….but these family moments become more precious with each passing year.

Start Each Day with a Wagging Tail

My sister has always been a big dog lover.  She currently has 2 rescue dogs living with her.  This sentiment from Authentique Purebred just seemed to fit the occasion.  If you’re looking for a quick and easy card design, this 7″ x 5″ easel card fits the bill!

  • First, trim an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of cardstock to measure 7″ x 10″.
  • Next, score on the long side at 2 1/2″ and 5″.  Fold along the scored lines to make an easel card base.
  • Now cut a 7″ x 5″ panel of blue cardstock.  Top this with a 6 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ panel of the dog collage paper from Purebred.
  • Then trim the 4″ x 6″ Journal card down 1/4″ on the right and left hand sides.  Mat on white, then blue cardstock and adhere to the card base.
  • Next, fussy cut the cute pup from a second 4×6 card.  Back with foam tape and adhere.
  • Finish the front of the card with a copper/blue satin bow and some flowers.  Adhere the WOOF buttons on the bottom of the image.
Home is Where the Dog Is

Create the stopper (or brake) for the card like this:

  • First, line the inside of the card with the pawprint check.
  • Then adhere a piece of the ribbon with Scor-Tape.
  • Now adhere the sentiment sticker on white and brown cardstock, trimming around each layer.
  • Next, back the sentiment with foam tape and adhere to the card as seen.
  • Finish with more flowers and an itty bitty doggie charm.
A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek at the inside of the finished card.  I added a personal note to the blank sentiment card.

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

Summer birthdays and road trips are so much fun!




Throwback Thursday Purebred Fun Fold Card Tutorial

Throwback Thursday Authentique Purebred Fun Fold Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Throwback Thursday Purebred Fun Fold Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  How do you feel about a Throwback Thursday Purebred Fun Fold Card Tutorial?  I hope you feel excited because that’s what this week’s episode is all about.

Our sweet Sophie Grace turns 12 today, and she loves dogs.  She loves all God’s creatures, truthfully.  But dogs hold a special place in her heart.  So I dug into the Closet of Goodness and Delight looking for a good pet themed paper collection.  (See, I changed the name from Closet of Shame. I’ve decided Closet of Goodness and Delight is a better name.  Authentique’s Purebred seemed like the perfect paper to help Sophie celebrate her big day.  How did she turn 12 already?  I’m in shock!

The Basics

The image on this 5 1/2″ square card is actually on a front flap.  I chose the image because the girl makes me think of Sophie.  Because the card is square, and the flaps are square-ish, I wanted to soften some of those edges.  So I used an oval die on the 3″ x 4″ card, and it worked like a charm. Here are a few helpful tips for making this card design sing.

  • First, back the focal image with 2 layers of dimensionals to make it stand out on the page.
  • Next, die cut the ATC Tag from the June Amazing Paper Grace Club Kit from pink cardstock.  It make a very pretty base for the image.
  • Now, curve the flowery branch on the left hand side of the card to frame the image. 
The Details

Turn a sticker into a little banner sentiment.  First, mat it on a scrap of your pink cardstock.  Then back it with dimensionals.  Finish it up with bitty bows and buttons for the win.

Now mat another sticker tag on pink cardstock, punch a hole at the top and tie it into the flower spray.  A gingham bow and big ole’ pink button add to the vintage charm of the design.

A Peek Inside

The video tutorial will show you how to place magnets to hold the flap in place.  I’ve dressed up the fussy cut dog house with a cute puppy sticker.  The images in this collection are so gorgeous!

The side pocket is the perfect spot to tuck in a little gift card wallet.

Now you get to lift the flap and see the surprises hiding inside. I’ll show  you how to turn the image on top into a side pocket in the video tutorial below.

I can’t wait to give this darling card to Sophie.  She keeps every card I’ve ever made her, so she can add this one to her collection.

Throwback Thursday Purebred Fun Fold Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to make this fun fold card base, you can make it with me in the video tutorial below.

I hope I’ve inspired you to dig into your stash and make something beautiful today!

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

Thanks for stopping by!




Please note:  Throwback Thursday projects are made with older collections and materials from my stash.  For this reason, I cannot always find an item online.  I’ll link whenever possible, but if a material is missing a link, it’s because I could not find it.  Thanks for understanding!


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