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Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Slimline Gift Box Card

Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Slimline Gift Box Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  The colors of this Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Slimline Gift Box Card transport me straight into a country springtime!  The month of February has been brutally cold and downright nasty over most of the US.  So I thought we might all need some cheery colors and images to warm up our crafty mojo!

You’ve probably noticed that I’m a huge fan of this 8 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ slimline box style card design.  I shared a tutorial for the basic card design HEREAnd if you tune in to this week’s Throwback Thursday I’ll be sharing a really sweet recipe where I’ve altered the base just a little.  This one is dolled up with pretty pastel ribbons from the RRR February Ribbon Club Assortment. The ribbon makes a great border, too!  Just layer the 3/8″ pink gingham over the 5/8″  Pink Diamond Satin and attach to the card base with Scor-Tape.

I would love to have a set of these farmhouse style canisters in my kitchen, how about you?  Flanked by blooming roses, machine stitching and little keys, you can almost smell their delicate fragrance.  A bit of iridescent metallic string adds a touch of glam to the card design.

A Peek Inside

If you guessed that there would be a box pocket inside this Farmhouse Market Slimline Gift  Box Card, then you would be correct!    I also added a little pocket on the top.  My paper was not wide enough to span the width of the card.  Easy solution?  Adhere just 3 sides of the rose/woodgrain pattern on the left to form a pocket.  This solves the problem nicely, and looks like a deliberate design choice instead of a “fix.”

It’s a tea party for one, friends!  All dressed up in pretty paper scraps and tied with a bit of ribbon, this card is ready to party!

Is it still bitterly cold where you are?  We’ve had nothing but rain for days and days, but as I write this post on Saturday afternoon, the sun is blazing in a bright blue sky.  It’s pretty doggone chilly…but at least we have sunshine!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Carta Bella Christmas Ornament Card

Throwback Thursday Carta Bella Christmas Ornament Card Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Carta Bella Christmas Ornament Card for Throwback Thursday                                                                        PLUS Organizing Tips and Making a Card Background from Scraps

Hello, Friends!  For this installment of Throwback Thursday we’re going to make a Carta Bella Christmas Ornament Card.  This quick and easy holiday card is a Christmas “mash up” project made with 3 different Carta Bella Christmas collections.  You will learn how to make a darling Christmas ornament embellishment using dies and scraps.  The best part?  The ornament detaches from the card front and can be hung on the tree.  I’ll also be sharing tips for organizing your little bits of designer paper.  And, I’ll show you how to use skinny scraps to make a beautiful wintry card background.  So let’s get started!

How to Make a Christmas Ornament Card

  • Begin by creating a 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ top fold card base from a sheet of black cardstock.  Simply cut the paper on the short side at 5 1/2″.  Then score in half at 5 1/2″.
  • Next, cut a 5 1/4″ square panel of red cardstock to serve as a mat.
  • Now, measure out some paper scraps that are 5″ in width.  The height is not as important, because as you will see in the video tutorial, we are going to stitch panels of paper together.

Now that your base panel is prepared, you can start adding designer elements.

  • First, trim down a 3″ x 4″ image from the collection to measure 2 3/4″ x 3 3/4″.  Mat this on a scrap of red foil cardstock.  This helps the image to stand out on the card front.
  • Now prepare your ornament embellishment.

  • Die cut scraps of designer paper and thin chipboard with an ornament die.
  • Now figure out the placement of the ornament on the card base.
  • Once you know where the ornament is going to be placed, adhere a small magnet on the back side of the chipboard ornament.
  • Then cover the front and back of the ornament with the designer papers.
  • Place the magnet that will sit on the card base on the back of the ornament.  It will automatically attach to the die beneath the patterned paper.
  • Now remove the adhesive from the magnet and press the ornament in the spot where you want it to rest on the card base.
  • Cover the magnet on the card base with a decorative tag.  Now the ornament can be detached from the card, but the card will still look finished.
Finishing Touches

  • Now add a bow cluster on the left hand side of the sentiment.
  • See how I changed my mind?  I covered the border in the video with another tag.  Then add bows and buttons to the sides to finish it off.
  • Finally, sprinkle some sequins around to add just the right amount of sparkle and shine.
A Peek Inside

Finish the inside of the card with a pocket, sentiment card and a little gift card wallet.

Tuck a gift card or small treat inside and you are good to go!

Carta Bella Christmas Ornament Video Tutorial on YouTube

I hope this Throwback Thursday has inspired you to break out your paper scraps and make something beautiful.  I’ll show you how I used that paper pieced card background in a project later this month.  I think you’ll be surprised!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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NOTE:  Throwback Thursday projects use older collections and scraps to make new projects.  For this reason, I cannot always link to product that might be out of stock or retired.  Thanks for understanding.

 

 

Poinsettia Sleigh Shaker Card

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace 3-D Pop Up Vignette Sleigh Carta Bella Christmas Delivery Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Amazing Paper Grace Poinsettia Sleigh Shaker Card with the November 2020 Die of the Month

Hello, Friends!  Let’s ring in November with this adorable APG Poinsettia Sleigh Shaker Card.  It’s going to be a whole month of holiday inspiration here at Kathy by Design, and I can’t think of a better way to get the party started!  This  7″ x 5″ top fold card is my first play with the November 2020 APG Club Kit,. But I promise  you, it won’t be my last.  This die is fun, fun, fun to use!

As is the case with all of Becca’s dies, this one is very versatile.  I love the fact that the set comes with the sweetest etched poinsettia dies and a lovely greenery filler die.  Instead of building the 3-D pop up version this time, I decided to cut the sleigh pieces from metallic cardstock and use as the focal image on top of a shaker frame.

Dashing Thru the Snow!  Poinsettia Sleigh Shaker Card Details

For this first peek, I combined the sleigh with Carta Bella’s Christmas Delivery papers.  Classic red, black and white at Christmas always makes me happy.  The shaker frame is created with Becca’s Picot Petite Ovals Die.  Rather than fill the sleigh with the poinsettias, I clustered them together on the side of the card with greenery and ribbons.  Here’s how I put the sleigh together.

  • First, cut the sleigh outline from patterned metallic paper.  This has been in my stash for years, but I never used it until now.
  • Next, cut the swirl accents from red metallic foil paper and white glitter paper.
  • Then cut the filigree front of the sleigh from red metallic paper and white glitter paper.
  • Now use 1/8″ foam strips to layer all the sleigh pieces together.  Offset the layers to create a snowy border on your sleigh.
  • Die cut the flowers from red metallic paper.  Fill the centers with beaded berry clusters.
  • Finish the card front with ribbon, jingle bells and a resin star.
Poinsettia Sleigh Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

The inside of this classic card is sweet and simple.  Create a little note card from designer paper scraps.  Line the interior with a blank sentiment panel and a decorative edge on the bottom.  Tuck it into a pocket along with a mini candy cane and a Ghiradelli Snowman treat.

TIP:  Stuck with a “not quiet long enough” cardstock scrap?  Try scoring it so that the front edge is shorter than the back edge.  This creates a great designer look!  No one will ever guess your secret unless you tell them!

If you’d like to see more samples of this lovely APG Poinsettia Sleigh, click HERE.

Not a member of the APG Die of the Month Club?  You can sign up here.  The Poinsettia Sleigh will be your first die of the month.

Missing some past club kits that you’d like to add to your stash?  Then you will love this SALE.

I’m excited to start sharing loads of Christmas inspiration with you over the next 6 weeks!  It’s going to be a very Merry Christmas season here at Kathy by Design! What sorts of Christmas projects would you like to see?  Please let me know in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Witching Hour Halloween Pop Up Cards

Witching Hour Halloween Pop Up Cards: How to Create a Card Background from Scraps

Hello Friends!  It’s Day Four of Halloween Week and today it’s all about Halloween Pop Up Cards!  If you’ve never made one, you can find a great tutorial HERE.   Pop up cards are a perfect style for Halloween.  They have that “BOO” factor going on, after all.  So today I have a trio of Halloween Pop Up Cards to share with you and a tutorial for making your own cool card backgrounds from scraps.

We all have scraps….and some of us…ahem…have piles of them.  All three backgrounds on these Halloween Pop Up Cards are made with scraps of paper.  I’ve added stitching and vellum to a couple to create a ghostly effect.  The video tutorial below will show you how quick and easy it is to make these backgrounds.  But first, let’s enjoy the cards!

Darla the Witch Halloween Pop Up Card with Reneabouquets

Witching Hour Pop Up Card with Carta Bella Halloween Market Reneabouquet Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Here’s sweet little Darla the Witch, sitting on a pumpkin, waiting for the witching hour. Create this scene faster than you can say “Bibbety, Bobbity, Boo!”

  • First, heat emboss the laser cut Halloween Clock with Stampendous Aged Black Embossing Enamel.
  • Then heat emboss the clock hands with Aged Gold Embossing Enamel.
  • Adhere foam dimensionals to the back side of the clock.  Choose an area that will be covered up so the dimensionals don’t peek through.
  • Now back Darla the Witch with a double layer of dimensionals and adhere.
  • Wrap the panel with a ribbon border.

  • Next tie gold metallic string over the ribbon and add a word token.
  • Then tuck in some gorgeous flowers and a spooktacular Halloween butterfly.

A Peek Inside

And here’s the pop up feature inside.  So fun to make!

There’s even a fold down flap!  How fun is that?

 

Halloween Pop Up Cards #2: The Witches Ball

The Witch's Ball Halloween Pop Up Card by Kathy Clement kathy By Design Carta Bella Halloween Market PHoto 01

Now we know what Darla the Witch was thinking about while perched on her pumpkin!  She was wondering what to wear to the annual Witches Ball!

This card background is made exactly like the first sample.  I just didn’t cover it with vellum or add machine stitching.

Darla’s ballgown will be the talk of the town, don’t you think?

  • First, heat emboss the dress mannequin with Allure Hammered Metal Embossing Powder.
  • Once the embossing cools, trace the outside edge onto patterned paper.  Cut this out and adhere behind the mannequin.  This will help the dress to pop off the background.
  • Now add a panel of dark paper to the center of your card.  Create ribbon borders above and below.  This will also help draw the eye to the dress form.

  • Heat emboss a little hanger and suspend the BOO ephemera bit.
  • Die cut the witch hat from scraps of paper and layer together with foam dimensionals.  Adhere in the corner of the BOO banner.
  • Darla’s pet owl is going tot he ball, too.  Someone has to chaperone!
The Pop Up Element

Add a flap to the bottom half of the card.  This doesn’t technically pop up, but it can be folded up for display.  Cute, right?

Create a little sentiment panel behind the flap.

Halloween Pop Up Cards #3:  A Mosaic Tile Background

The third card in this “story” features Darla’s fancy broomstick and a really cool mosaic background made from scraps.

Stitching on a vellum layer gives this card a cool ghostly feel.  Or maybe it’s foggy tonight.  Either way, Darla’s cat will safely navigate all the way to the Witches Ball and back.

This 6″ x 4″ journal card was too large to fit in my 5 1/2″ wide pocket.  So I scored and folded it.  Then I trimmed out an ephemera bit to go on the cover.

The back side has a blank sentiment panel where you can add a ghostly greeting.

How to Create a Spooktacular Background from Scraps

Are you ready to learn how to make frightfully fabulous backgrounds from your scraps?  This short video tutorial will show you how to  make the diagonal stripe background and the mosaic style background.  Of course, you can use this technique with any patterned paper you have in your stash.

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’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

I’ve also listed these Halloween cards in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Haunted Mansion Halloween Easel Card

Haunted Mansion Pop Up Halloween Card Carta Bella Halloween Market by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Haunted Mansion Halloween Easel Card with Carta Bella Halloween Market Collection

Hello, Friends!  It’s Day 3 of Halloween Week: time to share this Haunted Mansion Halloween Easel Card!  While cleaning out my stash of chipboard in the Closet of Shame, I ran across this spook-tacular chipboard frame.  Not sure where I got it, or when, but I’m glad it surfaced just in time for Halloween Week!

A Little Halloween  Mixed Media Mayhem

The inspiration piece for this 5 1/2″ square card is this boo-tiful chipboard haunted house and frame.  I pulled out my magical heat embossing tools to create this creepy enameled finish on the frame.

  • First, place the frame on a piece of ordinary printer paper.
  • Next, apply Versamark Clear Embossing Ink generously over the surface of the chipboard.
  • Now, place the frame in a funnel tray and cover with Stampendous Aged Black Embossing Enamel.  Tap the excess off into the tray and immediately put it back into the jar and seal it!  This way, you don’t accidentally spill the embossing powder!
  • Place the chipboard back on the printer paper and heat emboss.  This takes a while when you are working with embossing enamel, so be patient.  The gold flecks will begin to melt and swirl around in the black enamel and create a spooky finish.
  • Once you have finished heat embossing, leave the frame to cool for a minute or two. Embossing enamel takes a while to set up.  If you touch it, you will leave a fingerprint!
Haunted Mansion Halloween Easel Card Details

While the embossing enamel is cooling and setting, you can work on the rest of the card details.

  • First, die cut a spooky “moon” from the pumpkin patterned paper.  This will sit behind the haunted mansion.
  • Then die cut the haunted mansion from scraps of solid cardstock.  Cut this from black, ivory and orange cardstock.  Place foam dimensionals between the layers and place them together so that the images are slightly offset.  This creates loads of dimension.
  • Cover the inside of the card with a 5 3/8″ square of the pumpkin patterned paper.
  • Mat the plaid candy corn border on black cardstock and adhere as seen in the photo.

  • Now place the die cut haunted mansion on the left hand side of the border to serve as a stopper.
  • Next, create a 5 3/8″ card front from orange cardstock.  This is where the Haunted Mansion Chipboard will be adhered.
  • Now add your finishing touches: jet black vintage buttons, ribbon, flowers, fussy cuts, stickers and charms.

It’s BOO-tiful!

A Peek Inside

Now, finish the inside of the card with more designer paper, some stickers, ephemera bits and a sentiment panel.  Hocus pocus!  You’re done!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration to help you get your Halloween Mojo flowing.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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