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Blue Fern Studios Yuletide Sleigh Ride

Blue Fern Studios Yuletide Sleigh Ride with December Ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  I don’t know about you, but this Blue Fern Studios Yuletide Sleigh Ride Tea Party in a Box transports me to Downton Abbey!  Oh, the places you can go when you play with beautiful papers!

Blue Fern Studios Yuletide Sleigh Ride Tea Party in a Box by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Of course, beautiful papers call for beautiful ribbons.  And I cannot think of a more perfect ribbon pairing than these beauties from the Really Reasonable Ribbon December Ribbon Club Assortment.

TIP: Layered ribbons add texture, pattern and elegance to a card.  Top Silver Edged Bluebird Satin Ribbon with Fair Isle Satin ribbon for a bold and beautiful border.  Then tie a big loopy bow with more Bluebird Satin, top it with a velvety white poinsettia, and you’re half way to Downton!

Elegant Details

Blue Fern Studios Yuletide Tea Party in a Box by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

This vintage sleigh is adorned with a cluster of gardenias, roses and poinsettia.  Lady Mary lost one of the jewels on her winter coat as she sped through the pearly white snow.  The ever faithful Carson picked it up and tucked it into the floral bouquet.  What would we ever do without him?

No winter outing is complete without a few turns around the skating rink.  So be sure to take along your best skates so you can glide over the ice as the fairy lights twinkle around you.

TIP: Add texture and pattern to your designer paper by stamping and embossing snowflakes over the blank areas.  Then spatter the paper with diluted ivory paint to simulate a blizzard.

TIP: Paint silver tone metallic charms with a bit of chalk paint to add the perfect vintage vibe.  Tie the charms and a fairy globe to silver metallic string, then loop around the bow cluster to secure.

TIP:  Pearly flourishes add a sense of movement to the card.  I bet you have some of these in your stash!

Time to Warm Up!

All that outdoor activity leaves one needing a bit of refreshment, don’t you agree?

Add a pocket to the inside of your card.  Then create a textured border with more of the Fair Isle Satin Ribbon.  Tuck a tea bag, mini candy cane stirrer and bit of chocolate into the pocket for a lovely warm up treat!

I hope you enjoyed taking an old fashioned sleigh ride with me today!  You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Very Victorian Lavender Christmas Card

 

Very Victorian Lavender Christmas Card

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a Very Victorian Lavender Christmas Card to share with you.  The inspiration for this eye candy was the Shabby Christmas Tags from Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy Shop.  This darling reindeer rocking horse tag caught my eye, and I just had to create a Victorian style Christmas card to showcase it.

Blue Fern Studios Eclectic Charm Little Birdie Vintage Christmas Stickers Polly's Paper Studio Shabby Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Here’s how I put this card together:

  • First, create a 6 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ cream card base.
  • Next, stitch around the edges of a 6″ x 6″ panel from Blue Fern’s Eclectic Charm Collection.
  • Then Die cut the diamond shape from patterned paper using the Amazing Paper Grace Elegant Infinity Die.
  • Now die cut corner pieces from cream cardstock using the same die.
  • Back the diamond with dimensionals to create a little height, then adhere in the center of the card as seen in the photo above.
Shabby Christmas Tag Focal

Print off the Shabby Tags from Polly’s Paper.  Then cut out the cute polka dot reindeer rocking horse tag to use as the focal image on the tag.  I dressed it up with a snowflake charm and some itty bitty purple Christmas ornaments that I had in my stash.   Next,  change out the greeting on the card with a Little Birdie Crafts Christmas sticker (coming soon to their shop!).

Then, I clustered sparkly white flowers around the tag, accenting with itty bitty lavender posies.  Do you spy the sweet vintage Christmas bells in the corner of the flower cluster?  Those are from the same Little Birdie Sticker Sheet.

A Peek Inside

The Victorian vibe is strong inside the card!  Decorate your 6×6 papers with the lovely vintage Christmas bells stickers from Little Birdie Crafts.

Of course, I had to create a pocket!  And if there’s a pocket, there must be treats!  This one holds a pouch of lovely cocoa to warm up a chilly December morning.

The little treat wallet holds a matched set of Ghiradelli Peppermint Bark to go along with the cocoa.

I had such fun creating this Christmas card with non-traditional colors and without using Christmas papers.  You might want to check your stash to see if you have any non-holiday paper that might work well for making Christmas cards, too!

Oh, and you might be interested to know that both Polly’s Paper and Little Birdie are having some pretty incredible sales right now!  Little Birdie has loaded about 150 new products into the shop including new paper collections and new flowers. Happy shopping!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Pumpkin Butterfly Bouquet Card Folio

Reneabouquets Pumpkin Blue Fern Studio Bird Waltz by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Pumpkin Butterfly Bouquet Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  I’m one of those folks that loves pumpkin everything, but I’m especially fond of this Pumpkin Butterfly Bouquet Card Folio.  Copper and autumn and pumpkins and acorns and butterflies and fall flowers just belong together.

You know how a really good autumn stew combines a bunch of different ingredients to create the perfect bite?  Well, I sort of used that same approach when putting this project together. The cover of this 7 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ folio features Copper and Cream plaid ribbon.  It’s one of my favorites for fall because of the warmth it brings to a composition.  It  picks up all the lovely tawny hues the Blue Fern Bird Waltz paper that I used on this card.  

The delicate swirled layer behind my floral pumpkin patch is created with Spellbinders Merry Filigree Card Making die.  Cut from copper foiled cardstock, it lends elegance and subtle shine to the background.

The Pumpkin Patch

Reneabouquets swept me off my feet with this Autumn Beauty Pumpkin.  Fall flowers around the base serve as an anchor.  Pumpkin Spice Butterflies flit lazily in this end of season flower garden.

TIP: Brush acorns with copper metallic paint, then cozy them up to the copper and cream ribbon and burlap string bow cluster.

A Surprise Inside

One of the things I love the most about this time of year is fall baking.  After a long, steamy summer, it’s really fun to take the chill off the house by baking some pumpkin goodies.

So I created a hidden recipe card pocket on the top of this card.  Copper and cream plaid ribbon makes a pretty closure.  Pumpkin bread is one of my favorite fall treats, so I tucked a recipe for it in the pocket, along with 2 blank recipe cards.  This way the recipient can add their favorite fall recipes, too.  And if you’re going to bake pumpkin bread, you really should have a cuppa!  So a little packet of honey, a demitasse spoon, and a tea and chocolate wallet fill the box pocket on the bottom.  Have you discovered yet how delicious chocolate is with pumpkin?  You really should give it a try!

What’s your favorite fall baked good?  I’d love to hear about it 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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Dragonfly Dance Mixed Media Folio

Blue Fern Birdie Darling Reneabouquets Dragonfly Dance Fall Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Fall Favorites: Dragonfly Dance Mixed Media Folio

Hello, Friends!  Let’s kick off a week of fall favorites with this Dragonfly Dance Mixed Media Folio.  I’ve been systematically re-organizing and purging my studio for the past several weeks.  My sweet husband asked me if I was looking for something specific as I rummaged through the Closet of Shame, various drawers and bins.  My answer was, “Yes, I’m looking for 10 more square feet of space in my studio.”  Ever felt that way?  (The truth is: if I had it, I would just fill it up with more paper pretties.) So a good purge and reorganization spree  is the best remedy. While there is still a long way to go, I’ve made great progress.  The studio is definitely feeling less cluttered.

The best part about going through all your “stuff” is that you stumble across older paper collections that you had forgotten about.  And some of these, like this Blue Fern Bird Waltz Collection,  are exquisitely beautiful.  I also unearthed some older chipboard pieces and some now-retired Little Birdie Flowers.  Why not take a break from organizing and have a play?  So I did!

Autumnal Hues

I wish you could see this piece in person.  There’s something really magical about the soft autumnal hues, the mixed media textures and the general design.  We get a lot of foggy fall mornings here in North Carolina.  The clamor of daily life feels as though it has been muted and softened somehow.  This folio makes me feel like that.  It’s absolutely one of my favorite creations.

First I created a 6×6 top fold base with a 1/2″ spine.  Then I added what I am calling a “second story” to the design by making a 4 3/4″ x 7″ panel on the left.  Why, you may ask?  Because I was working with pre-cut panels of the designer paper.  I can’t recall ever having done a folio front quite like this before, but the end result is wonderful, so I may do it again!

Mixed Media Mayhem

Next,  I had to pull my mixed media boots out of the Closet of Shame to finish this lovely chipboard frame.  First, I painted it with a coat of ivory chalk paint.  Then, I heat embossed it with Shabby Ivory Embossing Enamel.  But the ivory didn’t blend well with the copper tones in the paper collection.  So I rifled through my mixed media shelf and found some Copper Viva Decor 3-D Stamp Paint.  This stuff is like a thick mousse with lots of texture and a vintage patina.  A little dab goes a long way.  I tapped some out onto my non-stick craft sheet, then tapped it over the heat embossed frame with my finger.  Magic!  The texture of the embossing enamel gave the finished frame a wonderful rusty/pebbly finish.

Once the frame was dry, I flipped it over, added foam strips filled it with sequins and turned it into a shaker element.  The resin crown from my stash and the little dragonfly charm are also tapped with the Copper Stamp Paint.  Then I rubbed them with a little turquoise metallic wax.

This Reneabouquets dragonfly adds the perfect pop of color.  I have actually seen the October sky this shade of blue.  Have you?

Dragonfly Dance Mixed Media Folio: A Peek Inside

I decided to make the inside of the folio into a tea party in a box.  First, I added side flaps to the top half of the card.  Once again, these were pre-cut scraps from an earlier project.  I also found some die cut corners and frames from an earlier project tucked in with the papers, so I put them to good use here.

The gatefold opening is so elegant.

I could not bring myself to cover up this glorious dragonfly image.

Next I created a little 5″ x 5″ photo wallet using up more scraps.  This fits neatly in the box pocket.

Then I added some special treats.  This is always a fun exercise for me.

I found this gorgeous Printed Beautiful Board ATC tag while organizing my Reneabouquets chips.  It only took a moment to top it with a key and a bit of metallic string.  And do you spy the darling little acorn shaped spoon?  Those were a great find…and now I have used them all up.  Maybe it’s time to hit some estate sales again, now that I’ve created a little extra space in the studio!

If you’d like to see other projects created from the Bird Waltz paper collection, please click HERE.  This folio is available for purchase in my ETSY SHOP.

It was so refreshing to create a project simply because I wanted to.  Don’t get me wrong: I love my job and am honored to represent the amazing companies that I work for.  But every once in a while I need to just “play” in the studio and not worry about tutorials or videos or deadlines or assignments.  It helps keep me fresh and reminds me why I love paper as much as I do.   So I hope you don’t mind my sharing this lovely little folio with you.  Perhaps I shared some tips or ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  Or maybe you feel inspired to dig into your own stash and uncover some buried treasure.  I certainly hope so!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Please note: since this is a “Closet of Shame” project, some of the items I used may be retired or sold out.  I will link whenever possible, but if you don’t see something listed below, it’s because it is no longer available.  Thanks for understanding!

Autumn Roses Gatefold Card Folio

Autumn Roses Gatefold Card Folio with Blue Fern Studios Bird Waltz Papers

Hello, Friends!  Happy Friday! Have you ever noticed that as summer winds down, roses seem to be at their most beautiful?  Today’s Blue Fern Studios Autumn Roses Gatefold Card pays tribute to the glorious flowers of fall.

There are a few mixed media touches on this card: custom dyed seam binding ribbon, handmade roses, and Seth Apter Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture lend even more richness to the elegant Bird Waltz papers.

TIP:  Stamp the Classic Roses onto patterned paper using Terra Cotta Ink. Then die cut.  The patterned paper creates instant depth and ensures that your handmade flowers will match your papers perfectly.

TIP:  Use a sponge dauber to brush additional ink on the edges of the petals for even more beauty.

Autumn Roses Gatefold Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Gatefold cards provide you with lots of nooks and crannies.  Use these areas for sentiment panels, mini pockets, and to display images.

You knew there had to be a pocket somewhere in the mix, didn’t you?  I do love a good pocket!

It’s the perfect spot to tuck in a little decorative tea wallet, vintage silver plate demitasse spoon and a journal card from The Bird Waltz Paper Collection.

I built this pocket on the front of a flap page.  Fold the flap down to reveal a waterfall cascade and a photo mount.  Isn’t that fun?

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  To see more cards with the lovely Blue Fern Studio Bird Waltz Collection, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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