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Beachy Birthday Card

Beachy Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  We enjoyed another birthday weekend, and I thought I would pop in quickly to share the Beachy Birthday Card I made for our dear daughter.  We still have 2 August birthdays to celebrate in our family and then we get a little break in the celebrations.  Friday found me cleaning house, baking cream puffs, and getting the guest room ready for our daughter’s visit.  Lots of work, but happy work.  Nothing is better than time spent with the people you love.

In between all the cleaning, baking and prepping, I managed to squeak in time to dig through my stash of beachy papers and put this card together. I liked it so much, I thought I’d share it with you here.

I Must Go Down to the Seas Again

Since I also love the beach, the Closet of Creativity and Delight (formerly known as The Closet of Shame) holds lots of lovely beach themed papers.  The color palette of this ancient K and Company Travel Specialty paper pad made me think of Liz.  This is one of the very first 12×12 paper pads I purchased way back in 2012 or so.  Sadly, the papers are no longer available.  But I had enough left to create this fun fold card design for Liz.  Here’s how to  make the card base.

  • First, cut kraft12x12 cardstock into  6″ x 12″ and a 5 1/2″ x 10″ panels.
  • Next score each panel in half.
  • Now, with the fold on the RIGHT hand side of the smaller card, center and adhere it inside the larger card base on the right hand side.  Make sure that the fold clears the edge of the card.
  • Then cover the panels with designer paper and add your decorations.  If desired, add magnets between the front layers of the card.

This simple base is really versatile, and makes a lovely presentation.

Now print out the words to “Sea Fever” on your computer  Tear sections of the poem to fit the card panels.  Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Then smoosh Abandoned Coral Distress Ink on your craft sheet, spritz with water and tap the torn panels to add another layer of distress/color.

Sand and Sea

Next, die cut the elements from Sizzix Sand and Sea from kraft paper.  Cut the sand dollar from a piece of the cream paper in the paper pad.  Now dry emboss the starfish and seahorse with to add texture.  Then heat emboss with layers of powder to create the mixed media finish.  A rusty bottle cap makes the perfect nest for tiny shells and sand.

A Peek Inside

Fussy cut shells are layered over the gorgeous sea weed paper along with more verses from the poem.

Add a little octopus (Liz loves them) twine and glitter glass on the final panel.  This card will match the banner I made for her office and give her something happy to look at when work gets stressful.

Although this paper collection is out of circulation, I hope the ideas I’ve shared will inspire you to dig into your own paper stash and make something beautiful today.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Spellbinders Lattice Petal Birthday Gift Basket

Spellbinders Lattice Petal Birthday Gift Basket with Prima With Love Collection

Hello, Friends!  It’s birthday season in the Clement household and this Spellbinders Lattice Petal Birthday Gift Basket is going to be a birthday gift for someone special.  The minute I took this die out of the packaging I thought, “gift box.”  Then as I was fiddling around with the various pieces, I thought…no…gift basket.  And the paper party was underway!

Amazing Paper Grace Club Die of the Month

How cute would this birthday basket be as a special treat for the birthday girl?  The petite size (3 1/4″ square x 2 “deep) makes it perfect for use as a place setting at a party.  Here’s how I put it together.

  • First, die cut just the outer frame using Prima’s With Love Paper Collection.
  • Next, fold the scored sides of the Lattice Petal Frame up from the center square.
  • Now cut a 7 1/4″ square of pink the pink polka dot patterned paper from the collection.
  • Then score 2″ on each side to form the sides of the box.
  • Next, use a punch to add a decorative edge on all 4 sides of the paper. Fold along the scored lines.  Cut up the vertical score line to the horizontal score line in each corner .  Trim a small triangle out of the top edge of each corner so that the top edge will be neat and clean.
  • Now adhere the corner flaps to the inside of the box.
  • Then adhere the box to the base of the Lattice Petal frame piece.  Fold up the sides and adhere.
  • Next, die cut the frame from gold foil cardstock.  But this time, place the filigree inserts in the frame.  Then adhere the gold foil half moons to the sides as seen.
Finishing Touches

Spellbinders Lattice Petal Foldover Die Birthday Basket by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Cut a 2″ x 12″ strip of designer paper to serve as the handle.  Adhere the ends inside the basket.  Cover the  sides of the basket interior with 1 1/2″ strips of designer paper to keep everything looking neat and clean.

Now you can add pink satin bows, flowers and chipboard embellishments to the box.  Once all that is done, paint some little box feet and adhere them to the corners of the box.

Lattice Petal Gift Packages

While the feet are setting up on the gift basket, you can use the Lattice Petal Dies to make the sweetest little gift packets to tuck inside the basket. I filled my gift envelopes with a teeny tiny handmade card, tea bag, honey packet, and Ghiradelli Chocolate. Then I attached a mini honey dipper to a little tag, wrapped Biscoff cookies with designer paper, and tucked a demitasse spoon under a bow.

Don’t you love the cream filigree envelope topper?  Ooh la la!

Amazing Paper Grace Monthly Club Kit Info

If you’re new to the Amazing Paper Grace Club kit, you can find out all about it HERE. I look forward each month to seeing what creative ideas Becca has cooked up for us all to enjoy.  Dies are such a great investment, because they can be used over and over again.

If you’re looking to add some dies, embellishments and stamps to your stash at a great savings, you might want to check out the Spellbinders Clearance Sale. There are some sweet paper pretties marked down as much as 75% off!

If you’d like to see how Becca used this die, you can check out her blog post HERE.

I hope I shared some ideas you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Hooray Birthday Chorus Slimline Card

Authentique Hooray Birthday Chorus Slimline Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Hooray Birthday Chorus Slimline Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Can you hear the piping voices of the sweet children on this Authentique Hooray Birthday Chorus Slimline Card?  The retro red and aqua color palette of this card is certainly music to my ears.  How about you? Especially the pops of red from Really Reasonable Ribbon’s January Ribbon Club Assortment!

Authentique Hooray Slimline Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Because slimline cards measure 8 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ , I had plenty of room for the birthday chorus.  To fussy cut them from Hooray 1, leave a straight line along the bottom edge, but trim around the top and sides.  Then pop them up on foam tape or other dimensionals to really make them stand out.

One of my favorite ribbon tricks is to create a layered border from ribbon. This time, layer Random Hearts Red Grosgrain ribbon over Poppy Red Satin with a grosgrain edge behind the Birthday Chorus.  This draws the eye to the black and white focal image and helps it to pop off the page.  Tie everything together with Random Hearts Grosgrain Bows in the corners.

Carry out the red and aqua theme with Aqua Baker’s Twine bows, flowers and butterflies.  And what’s a birthday without a little cake?  This silver tone cake charm finishes everything off perfectly!

A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek at the inside of this festive card.  Lots of room to write happy birthday wishes!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Winter Birthday Wishes Card

Wintry Birthday Wishes Card Prima Christmas in the Country by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Prima Christmas in the Country Winter Birthday Wishes Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends! Do you ever use your Christmas papers for Winter Birthday Wishes?   Sometimes we forget that December is a birthday month for lots of folks.  We actually had 4 family birthdays this month!  This vintage style card made with Prima’s Christmas in the Country collection is a perfect choice for a winter birthday greeting.

The buffalo check, and frosted roses make me feel like I’m out for a brisk sleigh ride in the sparkling snow.  How about you?  Texture and pattern play an important role in this card design.

  • Houndstooth plaid lends a counterpoint to the large check in the background.
  • Antique Silver embossing on the frame amps up the vintage vibe.
  • Silver linen paper has a soft weave that adds a subtle sparkle that is echoed by the silver metallic grosgrain ribbon.
  • Silky printed satin ribbon adds a touch of whimsy to the card arrangement.
  • The glittering rhinestone button adds just the right touch of elegance.

If you’ve never dry brushed your flowers with chalk paint, I highly recommend it.  These red summer roses look as though they’ve been touched by frost.

Try tucking some metal charms into your flower cluster.  It’s a fun surprise!  And winter butterflies create a sense of movement as they flit around the framed image.

A Peek Inside

Finish the inside with a pair of pockets and some thoughtful tuck in’s.  Gift cards are always a welcome birthday treat!

I hope you all enjoyed the most wonderful, peaceful and joyful Christmas!  It’s hard to believe that we are almost at the end of this very tough year.  Let’s hope there are good things waiting in the wings!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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