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Carta Bella Halloween Market Shaker Card

Carta Bella Halloween Market Shaker Card Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Carta Bella Halloween Market Shaker Card with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board

Hello, Friends!  I don’t like spooky Halloween, but this Carta Bella Halloween Market Shaker Card is too cute to spook!  When a long-time customer from my Etsy shop placed an order for a special Halloween card, I had to dig through my stash to see what papers I had in house. These cute papers and some sweet Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board seemed like a perfect match.  And just like that,  I was off on another crafty adventure.

What to Do When You Have No Focal Image

Almost all the focal images in this collection had been used in previous projects.  (You can review them HERE. There are even some video tutorials that you might like to watch again!)

Since I depend on images to tell a story in my card designs, I had to do some thinking. Thankfully, I had some adorable Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board images in my stash along with a die cut clock.  The printed Beautiful Board was small, but what if I used these adorable images to adorn a shaker element?  This could work!

Creating the Shaker Element

Here’s how I made the shaker element:

  • First, die cut the Tim Holtz Timekeeper Clock from heavy black cardstock.
  • Next, ink the clock up with Versamark Embossing Ink.  Be generous!
  • Now cover the clock with Stampendous Aged Black Embossing Enamel.  Let the excess powder roll off the die cut, but do not tap the paper!
  • Then heat emboss from the underside of the die until the powder starts to melt.  Hold the die cut with tweezers to protect your fingers.
  • Once the embossing powder has started to melt, you can finish the job from the top side.  This prevents the embossing crystals from rolling all over your work space.
  • While you are heat embossing, go ahead and finish the spider web corners Beautiful Board with the same technique.
  • Now die cut an acetate (clear cardstock)  circle to fit the back side of the clock and adhere with Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Then add 3 rows of 1/8″ foam adhesive around the outer perimeter of the acetate circle.
  • Next, place your shaker mix in the area where you plan to place the clock.  Line the clock up over the shaker mix and press firmly in place to seal.
  • Place foam tape on the Reneabouquets Scarecrow and attach to the side of the clock.
  • Place 3 layers of foam tape to the little witch image and adhere at the base of the clock.
  • Add your bow cluster, flowers and a dangle charm at the top.
A Peek Inside

Piece patterned papers together to finish the inside of the card.  Of course, you need a pocket for treats!

Use scraps of patterned paper to dress up a tea bag and honey stick.  Turn to your scraps again and make a cute little chocolate wallet/notecard to add to the pocket.

You can find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Flourish Cards

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Flourish Shaker Easel Card Carta Bella Christmas by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Flourish Cards

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a couple of super cute Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Flourish Cards to share with you.  These dies are so much fun to work with!  Spellbinders sent me both the Let It Snowman and the All Hearts Come Home Flourish dies.  I spent a delightful day in the studio with them, and I’m excited to show you what I came up with. There are loads of pictures coming, so you might want to grab a snack and a cuppa before we proceed.  Go ahead!  I’ll wait for you!

Let It Snowman Shaker Easel Card with Carta Bella Christmas Collection

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Flourish Let It Snowman Easel Shaker Card with Carta Bella Christmas by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Snowmen are probably my favorite Christmas image to work with.  I could not resist making this sweet Let It Snowman die set up into a shaker frame.  Do you blame me?  The finished 6 1/4″ square card feels like a snow globe.   Here’s how I created that effect.

  • First, die cut the Let It Snowman frame from white and red metallic cardstock.  Layer the red metallic die cut over the white so that they are slightly staggered.  This creates a sort of drop shadow effect.
  • Next, trace around the outside of the die onto a piece of clear cardstock  (acetate sheet). Don’t worry about cutting around the leafy edges.  Just cut the circle shape at the top of the die. Adhere this panel behind the frame. You will need 2 of these clear panels.
  • Now add 3 layers of 1/8″ foam adhesive to the back side of the frame.
  • Then flip the frame on its face and fill the center with your shaker mix.
  • Next, line up the 2nd clear cardstock panel over the foam tape and press firmly into place.
  • Finally, trace around the snowflake/woodgrain patterned paper and adhere it behind the snow globe frame.
Let’s Make a Snowman!

Snowmen are probably my favorite holiday/winter theme.  They always look so friendly and welcoming on a card.  Die cut this snowman and snowflakes from heavy white cardstock.  The jaunty hat is cut from a scrap of dark green suede paper that I had in my stash.  Cut the hat band from a scrap of red metallic paper.  The nose is a scrap of old Authentique Spectrum orange cardstock lined patterned paper.  Snowman assembly is super quick and easy!  Back with foam tabs and attach to the snow globe as seen in the photo.

A Peek Inside

Create a pocket to go inside the card base.  This doubles as a stopper for the easel mechanism.  Dress it up with some pretty holiday flowers and leaves.  Then tuck some rusty jingle bells underneath to add that special Christmas sound.  Vintage buttons look great tucked into the flower cluster. A miniature Christmas ornament topped with Baker’s Twine and a tiny posy are the perfect finishing touch.

Seems like everyone gives gift cards at Christmas now, so I like to include a gift card wallet with my cards.

It’s a lovely way to present cash or a shopping card.

All Hearts Come Home Christmas Card

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Flourish All Hearts Come Home Die Simple Stories Simple Vintage Rustic Christmas by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

All Hearts Go Home at Christmas is a very popular holiday sentiment.  And this sweet little prim house is so cute tucked inside the die cut frame.  This card may look complicated, but it actually comes together very quickly.  The best part?  You can pull out that glitter paper from your stash and put it to good use here!

  • First, die cut the frame from white glitter paper.  Glue it onto a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ panel of green glitter paper.
  • Next, die cut the house 3 times: once from white glitter paper, then from black cardstock, and a third time from red metallic paper.  (You can use a scrap left over from making the snowman card!)
  • Now, cut the door, the chimney and the roof from the black die cut and adhere over the door and roof area of the white die cut.
  • Then adhere the remainder of the black die cut behind the white.
  • Next, adhere the red die cut behind the other two houses.  Pop out the red heart and adhere it in the “window” area.
  • Back the house with foam tape and adhere in the center of the frame.
  • Create faux snow with Dries Clear adhesive, Crystal Clear Glitter and Mini Pearls Prills.
A Peek Inside

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Rustic Christmas Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Simple Stories Simple Rustic Christmas papers are the perfect pairing for this cute card.

Vintage Santa images tie in with the Santa Sleigh on the die cut frame.  I love the sweet Santa expression on this gift card wallet.

Scraps of designer paper fill in all the gaps inside the gift card wallet.

Are you still with me?  That was a lot of photos and a lot of information.  These dies are all part of Spellbinders new September release.  I’ll link to them on the supply list below this post.

Have you gotten a head start on your Christmas cards yet?  We are just about 100 days out from Christmas Day, but you’ll want to get your cards in the mail much earlier than that date!  There’s no time like the present to start!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Road Trip Simple Folio

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace June 2022 Die of the Month Carta Bella Summer Farmhouse Road Trip Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Road Trip Simple Folio with APG June 2022 DOM and Carta Bella Summer Farmhouse

Hello, Friends!  Let’s go on a road trip!  Remember those?  Before gas prices spiraled out of control?  Our family used to take at least one big road trip each summer when the kids were little.  We would plan it for months in advance, poring over maps, we would look for places of interest, historical markers, and beautiful destinations.

This was before the internet, mind you.  I would often write local Chambers of Commerce (do those still exist?) and request information about an area.  Huge manila envelopes filled with colorful brochures would come in the mail as a result.  These would be spread all over the kitchen table (or the living room floor) as we carefully plotted the stops along the way.  Our trusty highlighter pen marked the routes we would follow in the road atlas or on folded maps.

The anticipation of the trip was almost as good as the road trip itself.  My mom would often sew new summer outfits for our girls, and I would carefully pack suitcases with clothes that would suffice for climate changes along the way.  We always had to plan at least one “nice” outfit for eating out.  I can vividly recall having all the piles of neatly folded clothes laid out on my bed: one pile for each of our 5 children.

Then there was the preparation of road trip snacks and picnic lunches.  Rice Krispie Treats (with peanut butter mixed in) was not only a snack, but a great road trip breakfast.  GORP (good old raisins and peanuts) was a standby, too.  Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?  Always!

So this simple road trip folio is a tribute to those bygone days when we carried sleeping children out to the car in the early morning dark and set out on the open road.

Amazing Paper Grace Pop-Up 3-D Vignette Road Trip

Amazing Paper Grace Pop Up 3D Vignette Car June 2022 DOM by Kathy Clement Photo 01

The inspiration for this project is found on the cover.  How cute  is the Amazing Paper Grace Pop Up 3D Vignette Road Trip this month?  Yes, there are a lot of little pieces.  And yes, it takes a few minutes to put it all together.  But, oh…it is soooooo doggone cute that as soon as you get one made, you want to make another.  In all the colors!  LOL

I used heavy 110# powder blue cardstock for the body of the car.  The “chrome” trim is silver metallic cardstock.  Navy blue cardstock is perfect for the dashboard.  And a scrap of black cardstock is the right choice for the tires.

Helpful Tips
  •  Make the headlights POP by adding Citron Essentials Gems to the center.
  •  Foam tabs between the layers really make the car pop off the page.
  •  Create a neutral background for your Road Trip Die.  I die cut a very small print from the Carta Bella Summer Farmhouse collection using the largest APG Picot Petite Oval die.

You can find a tutorial for assembling the car as well as other samples for using this die on Becca’s blog.

Road Trip Simple Folio: A Peek Inside

The folio base is (2) 8 1/2″ x 6″ panels of heavy white cardstock.

  • First, score a 1/2″ flap on the 6″ end of each panel.
  • Next, overlap these 1/2″ pieces and adhere to form the spine.
  • Now, cover the inside with papers from Carta Bella Summer Farmhouse Collection.

The left hand side of the folio is a mini flip book with hidden pockets, photo mats and lots of room to save memories of your road trip.

There’s a tiny pocket at the back of the folio with a journal card tucked inside.  Keep things simple so that the photos can take center stage.

The right hand side of the folio is a 5 panel waterfall folio with a magnetic closure. Each panel measures 5 1/2″ x 6″. You will cut your panels 6″ x 6″.  Then score a 1/2″ flap on the left to serve as the hinge for the waterfall.

Secure the magnetic closure behind a decorative panel at the back.

I know everyone keeps photos on their phones and computers these days.  But I have a sneaky suspicion that someday we will wish we had put more “real” photos into “real” books that we can hold in our hands and enjoy.  Making a simple folio like this one only takes an afternoon, but the memories last for many years to come.

What’s your favorite road trip memory?  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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Use Up Your Scraps!

Carta Bella Flower Garden Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday Use Up Your Scraps!  Carta Bella Flower Garden More than a Card

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready to use up your scraps?  Nothing makes me happier than clearing out a bunch of scraps from a favorite collection.  That is, unless I use those scraps to make something fresh and pretty!  So for this week’s episode of Throwback Thursday, we’re making this garden themed card using ONLY scraps from Carta Bella’s Flower Garden collection.

Sound like fun?  Well, it was fun!  I even challenged myself to use only scraps of white cardstock to make the card base and interior mechanisms, too.  That’s a double win my friends!

My card base is 5 1/2″ x 6″.  Why?  Because I had created a little quad folio with a 12×12 sheet of white cardstock some time back.  Sadly, when I made a cut along the scored edge, things went off the rails.  So I had set this base in the “we’ll talk about this later” pile.  I was able to make the boo-boo useable by trimming 1/2″ off the bottom edge.  And that’s how I ended up with a 5 1/2″ x 6″ card base.

A Peek Inside

This is one of my “more than a card” creations.  I had the other part of the quad folio laying on my desk when I realized it would fit inside the card base. (See the top half of the card.)

Then I found a little gift card wallet from an earlier project that I had cast aside because of the odd dimensions (3 3/8″ x 4 1/2″) .  Don’t even ask me how that happened.  Let’s just say I probably should have taken a lunch break.  However, it made a really cute gift card wallet inside this card.

I am happy to report that I had no useable scraps left over after completing this project!  What a great feeling!

Use Up Your Scraps Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how this fun “more than a card” came together, please enjoy this YouTube video tutorial.

And that brings us to the end of another Throwback Thursday!  Do you feel inspired to dig out some scrappy bits and  make something beautiful?  Well, that’s a triple win for me, my friends!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Sweet Summertime Celebration Recipe Folio

Carta Bella God Bless America Lemonade Recipe Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Sweet Summertime Celebration Recipe Folio for the Really Reasonable Ribbon May Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a Sweet Summertime Celebration Recipe Folio as my inspiration project for the Really Reasonable Ribbon May 2022 Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Gloria’s lovely blog.  Summer is peeking around the corner with all kinds of reasons to celebrate the Red, White and Blue!  And this month’s Patriotic Ribbon Club Assortment is here to help you get your craft on!  Take a peek:

Red, White and Blue always looks fabulous together.  You think maybe our Founding Fathers knew what they were doing when they selected these colors for our beautiful American flag?

Carta Bella God Bless America Summertime Celebration Recipe Folio

I would probably never have thought to use lemonade as a key “ingredient” for a patriotic paper collection, but I’m so glad that Carta Bella did!  When they added that pop of yellow to their God Bless America collection, it really juiced things up!  Look at all the ways I paired up the Ribbon Club Assortment with this festive paper collection:

You can dress up the cut out banner with ivory burlap string and bitty bows just for fun, too!

A Peek Inside

The lemon images made me decide to add a few of my favorite summertime lemon recipes to the folio.  First, I created a side pocket with a pull out folio situated on top.  I held this together with another piece of the Red, White and Blue Stripe Satin from the Club Assortment.

Our oldest granddaughter has developed a real passion for cooking and baking, so I thought she would have fun with these  tried and true recipes.  The little house folio holds my famous Strawberry Lemonade recipe.  And no summer is complete without a pan of Lemon Love Note bar cookies!  Yum!

This accordion style folio has room for summertime pictures, too!

We always have a big family 4th of July party, and now she’ll have a place to keep the photos!

The back side of the accordion mechanism has two more of my favorite summertime lemon recipes.

Sophie spotted the folio as soon as she stepped into my studio last week.  She was tickled pink when I told her that it was meant for her.  But I thought  you would enjoy seeing it, too.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cheryl has prepared for you.  Be sure to visit the RRR Blog and answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month so you can be entered into the drawing for a FREE Ribbon Club Assortment!

If you’re not a member of the Ribbon Club, I highly recommend it!  It’s like getting a birthday present every single month of the year.  The assortments give you a chance to try out and use a lot of different types and styles of ribbon.  I’ve discovered so many of my personal favorites from the Ribbon Club Assortments.  You can find out how to sign up HERE.

Okay, friends, enjoy the rest of the hop!  I’ve added a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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