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Photoplay Serendipity Pop Up Birthday Card Tutorial

Photoplay Serendipity-Pop Up Card-Tutorial-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

Photoplay Serendipity Pop Up Birthday Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s Make & Take Tuesday, and I have an adorable Photoplay Serendipity Pop Up Birthday Card Tutorial to share with you.  This vibrant collection has a fresh, modern vibe that makes it perfect for an upbeat birthday greeting.

Our middle son’s birthday is in a few days, so I designed this card with him in mind. When Andrew was a toddler, we played a little game every night after dinner.  He would snuggle up in my lap and I would say to him, “You’re my little strawberry shortcake.”  Then he would say, “You’re my little apple pie.”

And the game would go on an on, each of us naming a favorite sweet treat in turn until one of us either repeated a dessert that had already been named or could not come up with a new idea for a treat.  Many times we changed the name of the dessert by adding the words, “with a cherry on top.”  That was the inspiration for this card design.

A Cherry on Top

This collection is what I call “happy paper.” We’ll take a little tour of the collection and all the ephemera bits that are available before we make the card together.  I know how much you enjoy getting a sneak peek of new collections.

TIP: Try adding a circle or circular shapes to a square card and see what happens.  The rounded edges soften the harder edges of the card base, and they help to make the focal image stand out.

A Peek Inside

And here’s the pop up!  I’ll share my quick and easy, fool-proof pop-up method with you in the tutorial.

How cool is it that this collection prompted such a happy memory for me?  I’m hoping Andrew will remember, too.

Photoplay Serendipity Pop Up Birthday Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to join me for a quick tour of this cute paper collection and a super easy pop up card tutorial, click play and join me over on my YouTube channel.


You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!




Slimline Butterfly Garden Birthday Cake

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Slimline Butterfly Garden Birthday Cake for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Slimline Butterfly Garden Birthday Cake card kicks off Birthday Season in the Clement household!  Between June-September, we celebrate 10 birthdays!  All of them call for cards, of course.  But they also call for cake!  So I’ve featured this pretty Butterfly Garden Cake.  The whole thing is tied together with a bodacious Island Blue Diamond Satin  Bow from the Really Reasonable Ribbon  June Ribbon Club Assortment.

Your card will always take the cake if you follow some simple designer tips & tricks:

  • First, anchor your card base with a ribbon border.  Before you add your card front to the card base, wrap it with 1/2″ Scor-Tape and a length of Island Blue Satin Ribbon.
  • Next, tie a bodacious double loop bow with a little help from the Bow-it-All Tool.
  • Now, top that bow with an Iridescent string bow to add a bit of birthday sparkle.
  • Then tuck a few birthday candles behind the bow, just for fun.
  • Finally, glue a white chrysanthemum to the top of the bow.
Sweet Details

You might think that growing a year older is the best reason to have a birthday.  But I happen to think that cake is the better excuse!  Here’s how I dressed up this sweet birthday cake.

  • First, heat emboss a Reneabouquets Small Butterflies and Roses Chip with Opaque White Embossing Powder.
  • Next, fussy cut the birthday cake from a 3×4 card.  Back it with foam tape and adhere between the bow and the chipboard.
  • Now, cluster up some roses and mulberry flowers around the base of the cake plate.
  • Then scatter some beautiful beads around the flower cluster.
  • Finally, adorn the cake and the card with lots of tiny butterflies! (linked below)
A Peek Inside

Add a sweet pocket and gift card wallet inside the card.  This paper is sooo pretty, I didn’t want to cover it up, so I kept the inside pretty simple.

The gift card wallet is decorated on the inside and has a stripey pocket for a gift card or other small treat.

Do you have a birthday season in your family?  Getting this card made leaves me with just 9 more to go!  Better get busy!

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

Thanks for stopping by!




Let Them Eat Cake Birthday Cards

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Let Them Eat Cake Birthday Cards for Spellbinders 20th Birthday Celebration!

Hello, Friends!  Today we’re going to sample two Let Them Eat Cake Birthday Cards!  Why?  Because I’m celebrating Spellbinder’s 20th Birthday with TWO varieties of cake!  How fun is that?  Spellbinders has launched a great big Birthday Celebration Release to mark the occasion.  So if you love cake (who doesn’t?) and if you love pretty papers, and if you love clever dies…then this post is for you!  Let’s sample some cake, shall we?

Tutu Pink Fringed Cake Slimline Card

Spellbinders Fringed Cake Slimline Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Our first Let Them Eat Cake sample is this frilly little pink number made with the Fringed Cake die.  Let me just say, I had so much fun making this slimline card!  The papers are from the Cheerful  Celebrations 6×6 pad, so I had to do a little paper piecing to cover the front of this 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ slimline card. It’s a pretty basic recipe, so I’ll share it with you here.

  • First, score an 11″ x 8 1/2″ sheet of heavy cardstock at 4 1/2″, 5″, and 9 1/2″.  Trim away the small flap on the end of the panel, then fold to make a 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ slimline card with a 1/2″ spine.
  • Next, cut a 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ panel of soft pink cardstock.
  • Then cut (2) 4 1/4″ wide panels from the floral and gold foil geometric papers in the paper pad.
  • Now adhere the floral pattern at the top of the pink panel.  Trim the gold foil panel to fill in the gap.
  • Here comes the fun part: stitch pink tulle trim along the edge where the two papers meet.  Then wrap 3/8″ Coral Rose Small Check ribbon above the tulle.
  • Die cut the center panel from Becca’s Eyelet Lace Frame and adhere it.
  • Finally, die cut the cake and the cake plate and adhere to the base.

TIP: All the layers of the cake are cut with the same die.  Rather than stack them as they are, try trimming  the ends to create the tiered effect that you see in the photo.

Dress up the spine with a few girly birthday charms.

Create a pocket on the inside to hold a special Birthday Cake chocolate bar.

Let Them Eat Cake Birthday Card #2: Topsy-Turvy Layer Cake

Because this Topsy-Turvy Cake Die made me think of Dr. Seuss, I decided to take a walk on the wild side for this cake sample.

Once again, I created the same 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ slimline card base.  But this time I covered the card using Photoplay’s “Add Another Candle” paper collection.  The end result is this vibrant confection.

TIP: Place foam tabs between your cake layers to add extra dimension to the cake.

TIP: “Frost” the cake with some Dries Clear Glitter Glue and a little clear fine glitter.  It doesn’t show up as well in this photo, but in real life, it looks amazing!

Add a box pocket inside the card. Then fill it up with goodies for a Birthday Tea party.

Dress up the goodies with scraps of your designer papers, and don’t forget the spoon!

So are you craving cake?  If so, I’ve done my job!  You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!





Add Another Candle Birthday Card

Photoplay Add Another Candle Birthday Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It was a rainy, dark and blustery spring day when I put this Add Another Candle Birthday Card together.  The vibrant colors and playful patterns brought the sunshine right into my studio!  I love when that happens, don’t you?

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If you are looking for a quick and easy way to dress a card up in its party best, I highly recommend ribbon!  The right ribbon gives a card its own personality.  Take this ruffled pink gingham ribbon, for example.  I stitched it to the base of the focal image.  Then, I wrapped it with a few layers of Baker’s Twine and tied a bow.  It’s such a simple thing to do, but it really elevated the design of this card.

TIP: Always cut ribbons and trims a little wider than the card.  Then wrap the cut ends behind the panel for a clean and professional finish.

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TIP: Pull colors from the paper collection when you are choosing embellishments and ribbons.  Really Reasonable Ribbon has a pretty selection of 1/4″ wide gingham ribbons that I really like!  For this card, cut 1 piece of pink, yellow and orange gingham ribbon.  Then tie them together using your Bow-it-All Tool.  Top it off with a pretty button and you’ve got really pretty bow cluster.

A Peek Inside

Add a pocket inside your easel card.  The pocket serves two purposes: first, it acts as a stopper or brake for the easel mechanism on your card.  Then, it provides you with a handy spot to tuck in a little gift card wallet.  Everyone loves a birthday surprise!

It seems like no matter how many I make, I never have enough birthday cards on hand.  So I think I’ll go ahead and make a stack of these cheery cards to have on hand when the next birthday rolls around.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




Horse Lovers Birthday Card Tutorial

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Prima Farm Sweet Farm Horse Lovers Birthday Card Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  This Horse Lovers Birthday Card Tutorial is my feature for this week’s Make & Take Tuesday.  It took a series of small miracles and a truckload of determination to get this episode put together for  you!  Making the card was the easy part!  But getting the video edited was not!  My computer updated last Thursday, and I lost my sound card.  After spending 3 days trying to fix the problem, updating drivers, running Malware programs and reading countless “how to fix the sound on your computer” articles, I admitted defeat.

Yes, I had to purchase a new computer (laptop). Which should not be a big deal, right?  You just go to the store, pick out a computer, put it in your cart and come home.

Sadly, no.

Dale and I searched and searched to find a laptop that would do what I needed it to do and was also in stock.  Supply chain issues are no joke.  But I found one that will do the job…even if it is not perfect.  After getting it all set up, I had to find a new video editing program, because the one I know like the back of my hand, of course, does not work on the new model.

Go ahead and laugh.  I finally did, and it did me good.  So, if this video tutorial is not quite up to my normal standards, be kind.  I’m still learning the program.

Now, on with today’s project!  Hooray!

Horse Loving 10 Year Old Granddaughter

Prima Farm Sweet Farm Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Reneabouquets Beautiful Board Photo 01

Our sweet Julia turns 10 this month.  Do you remember being horse crazy when you were that age?  I was!  So I wanted to make her a horse themed birthday card that she could display on her dresser.  Easel cards are my “go to” fancy fold when I want to make a card that can easily be displayed.  In the tutorial, you’ll learn how to put the various layers together and add the embellishments.

TIP: Make a smaller focal image pop off the page by adding a frame.  This circular frame from Reneabouquets does the job beautifully.  Plus, I always appreciate the addition of a circular element on a square card.  It makes it more inviting and softens all the hard edges.

A Peek Inside

The inside is super simple.  Add a little side pocket for the bookmark/tag element and leave room to add a blank sentiment panel.  I  kind of hate to cover up the cute chipmunks, so I might add the sentiment on the back side of the card instead.

Horse Lovers Birthday Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how to make this equestrian lovers card, please enjoy this video tutorial.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to share this with you today, so I’m very thankful that I was able to pull everything together despite the odds.

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

Now go make something beautiful!