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Man in the Moon Masculine Milestone Birthday Card

Man in the Moon Masculine Milestone Birthday Card with RRR and Masquerade

Hello, Friends!  What do you say we make a Masculine Milestone Birthday Card today?  Our youngest son, my baby, turns 30 this week!  What?  How did that happen so fast!  No big milestone birthday bash this year, but I did want to make him a special card to commemorate the occasion.  As I was creating Halloween cards with the Masquerade collection, my eye fell on this whimsical image of these dapper gents partying on a crescent moon.  Perfect image for a son that you love to the moon and back!

The Process

This whimsical creation comes together in a jiffy, too.  The basic card recipe can be adapted  for use with any theme, any paper collection for any season.  Since this is fall, I chose to use fall colors.  Here’s the step by step:

  • Begin by creating a 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ top fold card from kraft cardstock.
  • Next, mat a 5 1/4″ square of the orange tartan on a 5 1/2″ square of black cardstock.
  • Now mat a 2 1/2″ x 5 1/8″ scrap of the reverse pattern on a 2 5/8″ x 5 3/8″ panel of black CS and adhere along the left hand side of the tartan.  Leave about a 1/2″ margin.
  • Then die cut the Tim Holtz Timekeeper clock from black cardstock.  Back it a circle of the argyle print from the Masquerade 6×6 pad. Adhere in the center of the card.
  • Die cut some stitched stars and the milestone numbers from copper foil paper and patterned paper.
  • Next fussy cut the men in the moon twice.  Layer together with dimensionals between them to create real depth.
  • Tuck the largest star behind the image.  Then adhere the image to the center of the clock.

  • Use an embossing folder to add texture to the numbers.  Then tap with Ground Espresso Distress Paint.  Let it dry for a few seconds, then wipe away the excess to create the look of hammered copper.
  • Add copper brads along the side.
  • Color the silver charm with a mix of Ginger Alcohol Ink.  Place it over the smallest star, securing with a foam dimensional.
  • The perfect finishing touch is a simple bow tied with Brown and Cream Gingham Ribbon from  Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Top the bow off with a haberdashery button for the win.
A Peek Inside

Finish the inside with papers and images from the Manly collection. Joel is a runner, so I had to fit that running shoe pattern into his card somewhere.   I tucked a little gift wallet inside the “Man Card” pocket.  (This image actually kinda looks like our handsome son!  Way to go, Authentique Paper!)  Add a panel of stamped birthday wishes to finish the interior of the card.

Simple.  Manly, Festive.  Not cute.  Whimsical.  I think this will work nicely for our son!  Joel has been a constant source of delight to our family.  As the youngest, he was doted on from the day he was born.  All of his siblings watched over him, protected him and spoiled him …just enough…not too much!  He’s industrious, intelligent and thoughtful.  And no, I’m not the least bit biased.  You’d feel that way about him, too, if you met him!

So there you go…an easy card “recipe” for a masculine milestone birthday.  Who knew that Halloween paper would work so well for a birthday card!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Ciao Bella Sicilia Birthday Card

Ciao Bella Scilia Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Ciao Bella Sicilia Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  Summertime is winding down, but I just had to share this Ciao Bella Sicilia Birthday Card with you.  It’s so lemon fresh and pretty!  This is the card I  made for our daughter’s birthday this past week.  She came in on Wednesday and just left a few minutes ago.  I had this waiting for her on the dresser in “her” bedroom.  It was the perfect birthday card because she loves lemons .

Ciao bella Sicilia Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Liz is also grows the most beautiful flowers.  She only has a small terrace on her apartment, but she has transformed it into a Mediterranean escape with herbs, roses, hibiscus and flowers blooming in abundance.  Butterflies, hummingbirds and bumblebees visit her terrace daily, so I had to incorporate those elements into the design of this 6×6 easel card as well.

The bow cluster is topped with a Reneabouquets glitter glass butterfly,  I’ve also scattered Reneabouquets Tiny Treasure Butterflies around the page to pull out the blues in the paper collection.  Pair Yellow Gold Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon with Gold Metallic String to create a luxurious bow.

The Planter Box

To create the “planter box” on the base of the easel card follow these steps:

  • First, adhere a metal drawer pull upside down on the card base.  Use Dries Clear Adhesive or a metal adhesive.  Hot glue does not work well with metal.
  • Next, fill the cavity of the drawer pull with Spanish Moss.  This forms a great base for the flower fillers.
  • Now, tuck in some bird feathers, Queenie Moonlight Flowers and Renea Moonlight flowers to fill the planter.

The Front Pocket

Create a shallow box pocket on the card front.  Now you can tuck in a decorative tag and a little sticky note pad as a gift.

My thought was that Liz could keep the card on her work desk as a reminder that she is loved.  The note pad tucks away into the pocket, but serves a practical purpose as well.

TIP: Adhere the sticky note pad to a 2 7/8″ square of chipboard to provide a solid writing surface.  When the initial pad is used up, it’s easy to adhere a new one on top.

A Peek Inside

Leave a little  room inside the card to write a personal message.  Family birthdays (we have a LOT of them this month!) have been keeping me super busy in the studio.  I’ve missed visiting with you all here, but it’s been so good to celebrate our loved ones in small gatherings.   This wasn’t the big “milestone birthday bash” we had planned prior to the pandemic…but it was still sweet and special.  And we did our best to celebrate our birthday girl in style.  I think she left today feeling loved, appreciated and cherished.  That’s always a good thing.

I know I’ve been a bit scarce here on the blog of late.  Life has just been extremely busy.  We have harvested (and by we I mean me) more than 600 tomatoes this summer.  Those luscious tomatoes have been processed into jars of salsa, marinara and soup base that I know we will enjoy in the cool winter months. There have been 9 family birthdays!  The studio is being de-stashed and reorganized for a more efficient/less cluttered work flow. And I’ve been planning my Button Farm Club Kits and projects for the final quarter of the year.

Dale and I are planning to run away to the beach at the end of this week for some much needed R&R.  I have a post or two scheduled to go live while I am away.  But don’t worry if you don’t hear much from me.  Everything should be back to normal by mid September.  I have some fun stuff in the works for us, and life always seems to settle back to a more normal pace once summer has passed.

I’d love to hear what you all have been up to during these busy weeks.  I’d also love to know what kinds of projects/tutorials you’d like to see me work on. Won’t you please let me know in the comment section below?

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Imagine Tall and Skinny Birthday Card

Authentique Imagine Tall and Skinny Birthday Card for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Authentique Imagine Tall and Skinny Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  For today’s installment of Throwback Thursday we are creating a tall and skinny birthday card with Authentique Imagine.  This collection was released in 2017, and I fell for it immediately.  A soft pink and minty green color palette grabbed me right away.  Then throw in charming carousel images and I’m completely hooked!  If you have this collection in your Closet of Shame, you might want to break it out and have a play.  But even if you don’t, you’ll be able to use the tips and tricks included in this post.

Tall and Skinny Card Basics

Tall and Skinny (or Slimline) cards are a great way to use up narrow strips of designer paper.  This slimline card base measures 3 3/4″ x 8 1/2″ with a side fold.

  • First, score a 7 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ panel of white cardstock at 3 3/4″ on the short side to form th card base.
  • Next, mat a 3 1/4″ x 7 3/4″ panel of the carousel horses pattern on a slightly larger panel of white cardstock.
  • Now stitch or adhere  this panel to a 3 3/4″ x 8 1/2″ panel of the dot patterned paper.
  • Then back the 3×4 image with dimensionals and set aside momentarily.
Stack Your Scraps

Authentique Imagine Tall and Skinny Birthday Card for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Fishtail banners are also a great way to use up scraps of designer paper.  I cut a big pile of them in various sizes with the off cuts I’d saved from previous projects.

  • Adhere the largest (2 3/4″ x 4″) fishtail banner in the center of the card. M
  • Next center a smaller striped banner and adhere over that.
  • Now use a long skinny strip of green candy stripe paper in the center of that layer.
  • Then adhere a shorter, wider carousel banner flag on the left side.
  • Top this with 3 small pieces.  Stagger the placement so that you can see the cut edge of each pattern.
  • Now adhere the prepared image over the top of the banner flag stack.
  • Finally, create a bow cluster with flowers and ribbon.  Add some vintage corsage pins to the cluster as a finishing touch.
Add Some Details

  • Heat Emboss a Reneabouquets Victorian Snowflake Doily with WOW Vintage Romance Embossing Powder.
  • Next, place dimensionals on the back of the doily and adhere below the image.
  • Top with a few Prima Hydrangea blossoms.
  • Next, adhere a Reneabouquets Lissie Pink Premium Paper Glitter Glass Dragonfly on top of the flowers.

Attach a Prima Rose Quartz Paper Clip embellishment in the upper right hand corner.  Top with a small Prima Fruit Paradise rosebud.

Now wrap the left hand side of the card with Iridescent Metallic String.  Leave the tails long so that you can attach a key and birthday charm and still have enough length to tie a bow.

A Peek Inside

Decorate the inside of the card with designer papers and stickers from the collection.  Add a blank panel for a photo or a note.

TIP:  Sometimes a panel of paper is wide enough…but not long enough!  Fix this problem by adding a pocket at the base of the panel.  Now you have room to tuck in a tea bag, honey stick and bookmark.

Now the card is also a gift!

Top the bookmark with ribbon and a charm.

It’s such a good feeling to liberate pretty papers and embellishments from the Closet of Shame!  Why not poke through your crafty stash today and see what older collections and supplies you can transform into lovely card or folio?

To see an older Authentique Imagine project, click HERE.

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.  You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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**Note: Throwback Thursday projects are created entirely with older papers and embellishments from my stash.  Sometimes these items are no longer available for purchase.  I will link whenever possible.  I’m sure you can find a reasonable substitute in your own crafty stash. Thanks for understanding!

 

Prima Darcelle Milestone Birthday Card Folio

Prima Darcelle Milestone Birthday Card Folio with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  How about a little Prima Darcelle pretty purple vintage typewriter to start your day off with a smile?  This milestone birthday card folio is a great way to celebrate a milestone birthday.

Purple is one of those colors that people usually have strong feelings about.  You either love it, or you don’t!  Personally, I have grown to appreciate the many hues that purple has to offer.  It lends a richness and a sense of royalty where ever it shows up.

TIP: Lighten up the darker hues of this Prima Darcelle  paper with a 3/8″ Grape Plaid Bow.  This ribbon 3/8″ Grape Plaid from the RRR April Ribbon Club Assortment made the prettiest triple loop bow!

TIP: Add lots of depth to your layers by separating them with foam dimensionals.

TIP:  To create the “sugar” in this spoon embellishment follow these simple steps:

  • First, fill the bowl of the spoon with hot glue.
  • Next, place the spoon in a funnel tray or over a clean sheet of printer paper.
  • Now, sprinkle Distress Glitter over the hot glue.  When the glue dries, you have a spoon full of “sugar.”
Prima Darcelle Milestone Birthday Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Create a box style pocket inside the card.  Now you can fill it with all kinds of birthday treats.  The card is now the gift!

Here’s a beautiful vintage silver plate spoon, and a little chocolate treat.

Milestone birthdays are often accompanied by birthday parties.  So I created a little accordion style photo album to tuck inside the pocket along with the tea bag and honey stick.

Now you can capture all the memories of that special day in style.

Tell me: how do you feel about the color purple?  Love it?  Avoid it at all costs?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Little Birdie Crafts Magical Unicorn Birthday Card

Little Birdie Crafts Boho Dreams Magical Unicorn Easel Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Little Birdie Crafts Magical Unicorn Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a Little Birdie Crafts Magical Unicorn Birthday Card to share with you.  This is the card I made for our granddaughter’s birthday party last month.  Julia loves saturated colors, sparkly things and unicorns.  I used the Boho Creams paper collection to make this Magical Unicorn Shaker/Easel card and she loved it!

Magical Unicorn Birthday Card: Creating the Card Base

Easel cards are probably my favorite style of fancy fold.  They are quick and easy to make, but really have that “WOW” factor we all want in our creations.  When you add a shaker element to an easel card, as I did here, you really have something special.  Here are the simple steps for putting this card base together.

  • First, score a 6″ x 12″ panel of white cardstock in half on the long side.  Fold and burnish to make a 6″ x 6″ top fold card base.
  • Next, score a horizontal line on the card front at 3 inches.  Make a mountain fold.  This is the easel element on the card.
  • Now, line the card interior with a 6″ x 6″ panel of Boho Dreams paper.  It’s all beautiful, so you can’t go wrong here!
  • Next, cut (4) 6″ x 2 7/8″ panels of designer paper to line the (4) 3″ x 6″ rectangles on the card front and interior.  Be careful not to glue over the folds or your easel mechanism will not function.
  • When it is time to add the main image to the card front, you will only place adhesive on the bottom half of the fold.  Then the card will stand upright for display.
Magical Unicorn Birthday Card: Making the Stopper for the Easel Card

Every easel card needs a brake, or a stopper to make the card stand up for display.  The stopper is actually built on the bottom half card interior.  Here’s how to add that element to your card.

  • Punch out the eyelash unicorn doily from the 12×12 paper pad.
  • Fussy cut the eyelashes and unicorn horn from the fussy cut page of the paper collection.  Place dimensionals on the back and adhere over the doily.
  • Next, fussy cut some flowers and  feathers.  Pop these up on dimensionals and cluster around the image as seen in the photo.
  • Now select 3 Boho Dreams Micro Roses and adhere around the unicorn horn.
  • Cut a little fishtail banner from a scrap of your designer paper and adhere on the right hand side.
  • Then fussy cut the banner and adhere from the top left to the bottom right.
  • Now back the doily with dimensionals and adhere to the card base.
  • Decorate the stopper with Boho Dreams Flowers.  Tuck a bow under one of the large flowers.  Because this card was for my granddaughter, I added lots of pretty rhinestones, too.
Magical Unicorn Birthday Card:  Making the Shaker Element

Here’s how to make the shaker element.

  • First, cut a 3″ x 4″ journal card from the paper collection.
  • Next, add Gold Metallic Wax to a Little Birdie Rectangular Chipboard Frame.
  • Cut a piece of clear cardstock (acetate sheet) to fit the back of the frame and adhere in place with strong tape liner or Dries Clear Adhesive.  Use a damp paper towel to clean up any little smudges of adhesive.
  • Now back the frame with 1/8″ foam tape.  I used 3 layers.
  • Next, place the frame face down and fill with sequins.  Then carefully line the journal card up over the foam tape and press to seal. Be sure there are no gaps around the edges.  If needed, you can add another layer of paper.
  • Now you can adhere the frame to the card base.  Decorate with fussy cuts and flowers.
Magical Unicorn Birthday Card: The Bookmark

Little Birdie Boho Vibes

I also made a little bookmark to go with the card.  These are quick and easy gifts to create.

  • Cut a 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ panel of designer paper.
  • Place adhesive along the top of a journal card and adhere.  If you leave the bottom open, the book page can slip between the image and the base.
  • Punch a hole in the center of the bookmark and thread with ribbon. Tie a bow with metallic string.
  • Adhere a fussy cut unicorn and add micro roses.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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