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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?

Photoplay Add Another Candle Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable RibbonPhoto 02

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.

Photoplay Add Another Candle Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

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!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Horse Lovers Birthday Card Tutorial

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

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!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Carta Bella Botanical Garden Birthday Card Tutorial

Carta Bella Botanical Garden Birthday Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Carta Bella Botanical Garden Birthday Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s episode of Throwback Thursday, I have a quick and easy Carta Bella Botanical Garden Tutorial to share with you.  Dale’s sister is having a birthday in a few days.  Becky is one of my favorite people on the planet.  She’s funny, kind, loving and easy to be with.  I don’t get to see  her nearly often enough, but when we do get together, laughter is always on the menu.  She loves beautiful flowers, and she has a lot of green accents in her home, so I thought this collection was a good fit for this occasion. It’s wonderful when your sister-in-law is also a friend, isn’t it?

Creating the Layers

Here’s are the measurements for this card.  You can watch me make it in the video tutorial below.

  • First, cut a 7 1/4″ x 10 1/2″ panel of cream cardstock.  Score it in half at 5 1/2″ and fold to make a top fold card base.
  • Next, cut a 7 1/8″ x 5 1/8″ panel of green cardstock.
  • Then mat a 6 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ panel of the brown dot paper on a 6 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ panel of kraft cardstock.  Stitich around the perimeter if desired.
  • Now, cut a 6″ x 4″ mat from cream cardstock.
  • Then mat a 5 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ panel of the green leaf paper on a 5 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ panel of green.
  • Center and adhere all these layers on the card base.
Add a Focal Image

Now it’s time to add a beautiful focal image.

  • First, cut the floral border strip to 5 3/4″ and adhere as a belly band.
  • Now die cut the Spellbinders Double Halo Oval from cream cardstock.
  • Then use the small oval from the die set to cut out a floral oval. Back this oval with foam tabs, center and adhere.
  • Next, Fussy cut the Beautiful Day bouquet from a 3×4 card.  Back with foam and adhere.

You can’t see it in this photo, but I added some Crystal Clear glitter to the greenery in the bouquet.  In real life, this adds a subtle sparkle to the image.  Now it’s time to add a beautiful bow. This Raw Silk Delicate Stitched Satin bow is the perfect accent for this card.  Top it with a string bow and a Little Birdie Crafts Renea Moonlight flower.

A few cream pearls, a button and a little key finish things off nicely.

A Peek Inside

The inside is sweet and simple.  I wanted to make something pretty…but quick.  So this design and these measurements could be used with any collection, really.

The top half of the card is a 7″ x 5″ panel of green cardstock topped with a 6 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ panel of the creamy floral mix.  Then I added a 6″ x 4″ image as a decoration.

The pocket on the bottom is made with a 7 1/8″ x 7 1/4″ panel of the brown dot pattern.  Score 5 1/8″ and fold to make a pocket flap.  Secure the pocket flap with gussets.  Add a sentiment panel to the back of the 6×4 card so you can write a personal note.  I will tuck in a little chocolate treat, too.

Carta Bella Botanical Garden Birthday Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see this card come together, I hope you’ll enjoy this easy to follow video tutorial.

Well, that’s it for Throwback Thursday this week.   I hope you all find a few moments to make something beautiful today.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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**Please note: Throwback Thursday tutorials use older papers and supplies from our stash.  Some of these items are no longer available for purchase.  I will link when they are.  Thanks for understanding.

 

Little Birdie Crafts Birthday Clock Card

Little Birdie Crafts Aqua Medley Birthday Clock Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Little Birdie Crafts Birthday Clock Card with Aqua Medley Collection

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a summery Little Birdie Crafts Birthday Clock Card to share with you.  Summertime is birthday season in the Clement household.  We have 9 birthdays in a 2 month span, and that means a lot of card making goes on!  When you have that many special cards to make, a simple design comes in handy!

But a simply designed card can still look like a mini masterpiece if you play your cards right!  (Bad pun; I know, I know!)  If you have about 30 minutes to spare, you can make this very pretty card.

How to Make a Simply Fabulous Birthday Card in About 30 Minutes

  • First, cut a 6″ x 12″ panel of the burlap pattern from Aqua Medley. Score this in half at 6″ to form a 6 inch square top fold card.
  • Next, cut a 4 3/4″ square of the blue floral pattern.  Mat this on a slightly larger panel of aqua cardstock.
  • Now adhere 2 vertical rows of 1″ wide ribbon on the right hand side of the card.  I use Scor-Tape to hold the ribbon in place.  Leave the ends of the ribbon long so that you can fold it around to the back side of the card. Back this panel with foam tape or dimensionals and set aside.
  • Then brush the Little Birdie Chipboard Clock with mica powder. Back with foam tape or dimensionals and adhere to a scalloped circle doily from the paper collection.  Place dimensionals on the back of this element and adhere over the ribbon panel.
  • Next, cut a 5″ square of white cardstock and  mat on a slightly larger panel of aqua cardstock.  Back with dimensionals.
  • Now center and adhere all the card panels to the card front.
  • Finish with ribbon and Arctic Ice Flowers.
A Peek Inside

Line the inside of the card with 5 3/4″ squares of Aqua Medley papers.  Then create a gift card pocket from an Aqua Mist Journal Card.  Decorate a 3″ x 5″ envelope with papers and a punch out doily and tuck it inside the pocket.

Frame a stamped sentiment with bits of left over foliage and glittered butterflies from the Ephemera Pack.

See?  I told you it was easy! The best part is you can use this same recipe with any paper collection and any theme.

You can find a linked supply list below the post.

Now I’d better get busy making more birthday cards!

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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