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Old World Father Christmas Card

Old World Father Christmas Card Little Birdie Crafts by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Old World Father Christmas Card with Little Birdie Crafts

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Old World Father Christmas Card is loaded up with brand new paper pretties from Little Birdie Crafts.  Their much-anticipated line of Christmas goodies has been loaded up in Santa’s sleigh and delivered to their online store!  What fun I had playing with these lovely Christmas flowers, stickers, wreaths and ribbons!

Old World Father Christmas Card with Little Birdie Crafts by Kathy Clement Photo 01

The base for this 5″ x 7″ top fold card is made up of bits and bobs from Prima’s retired Vintage Christmas papers.   After machine stitching them together, I began to build this pretty Christmas vignette.

TIP:  Christmas Tartan Ribbon does double duty in this card.  First, it adds texture, color and pattern as a belly band.  But it also hides a gap between 2 scraps of designer paper.

TIP: Dry brush Christmas wreaths with ivory paint to give them a snowy appearance.  I also carefully removed the poinsettia branches and turned the foliage to face out. This allowed me to add my sisal tree and vintage Father Christmas image.

TIP: Spatter white paint liberally to add snowy effects to your creation.  This is probably the quickest and easiest way I know to add an artsy feel to a card.

A Peek Inside

This vintage Santa comes bearing gifts!  The image pops off a scrap of green suede paper that I found in my Christmas stash.

Here’s a little Christmas party in a pocket.  Tea with a candy cane stirrer, honey to sweeten the tea, a bit of chocolate to savor while enjoying a quiet moment…what could be more perfect?

I’ll link to all the  new Christmas goodies below.  I think I’ll also go back and list to the Little Birdie items I used in the Very Victorian Christmas Card and the Woodland Christmas card now that they are in the shop.  I know it’s late for Christmas shopping, but you’ll have all these supplies on hand for next year!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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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Stamperia Classic Christmas Mini Album Tour

Stamperia Classic Christmas Mini Album Tour Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Stamperia Classic Christmas Mini Album Tour with Tips & Ideas

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday and I have a lovely Stamperia Classic Christmas Mini Album Tour to share with you today.  Once again, there’s no tutorial, as this is a massive project.  But we will take a leisurely stroll through the album and I’ll share lots of handy tips and ideas that you can use in your next mini album project.  You’ll be able to find a linked supply list below this post.  So grab a cuppa and join me for a Classic Christmas treat.

Creating a Vintage Vibe

Stamperia Classic Christmas Mini Album Shaker Reneabouquets Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Christmas is a time for home, family, friends, good food and celebration!  So I tried to incorporate all of these elements in this Graphic 45 Rectangle Tag and pocket Mini Album.  I could almost hear the carolers singing and feel the snowflakes gently falling as I designed the cover.  Here are some tips to help you create a classic, vintage Christmas vibe.

  • First, heat emboss the album edges with Stampendous Aged Gold Embossing Enamel.  Those faux gilt edges create a frame and instantly say “Old Fashioned Christmas.”
  • Next, add sparkle with Dries Clear Adhesive and glitter!  You can add snowy effects under on windows, doors, fields and trees.
  • Then, choose Vintage Christmas Ribbon for the bow.
  • Finally, offset the rectangular chipboard house with a round Snowflake Frame from Reneabouquets.  This is one of the most gorgeous Christmas frames I have ever seen, and it adds elegance and vintage charm to the album cover.

Reneabouquets Snowflake Frame Shaker by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Begin by heat embossing the frame with WOW Vintage Champagne.  Then die cut an acetate circle using Spellbinders largest circle frame die.  Adhere the acetate to the back of the frame with Dries Clear Adhesive.  Now adhere 3 rows of 1/8″ foam strips to the back of the frame to make the shaker box.  Die cut the circle element from the paper collection, dress it up with a little glitter, then fill with a mix of snowflakes, beads, buttons, and flat back pearls.

A Charming Spine Treatment

Now dig through your stash of Christmas embellishments and create a lovely dangle charm for the spine. When these move, they sound like Christmas bells softly ringing.

Stamperia Classic Christmas Mini Album Tour on YouTube

If you’d like to see the the rest of the album, hear how I altered it, and learn how I combined several different paper collections to cover the pages, then I hope you will enjoy this short video tour.

Did you find some tips and tricks that you can use in this project?  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Amazing Paper Grace December 2021 Club Kit

Amazing Paper Grace December 2021 Die of the Month Simple Stories Vintage Rustic Christmas Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Amazing Paper Grace December 2021 Club Kit: Dear Santa Gift Envelope Card

Hello, Friends!  December is here and it’s time to share my Amazing Paper Grace December 2021 Club Kit project.  This Dear Santa Envelope card is a cinch to make, thanks to the clever dies in this month’s kit.

Y’all know how much I love pockets, so when I saw this die, I got really excited!  How fun to be able to make a pretty loaded pocket that fits on the front of the card for a change!  A Ghiradelli Peppermint Bark Square and a mini candy cane complement the Dear Santa theme perfectly.

This set also comes with some sweet little flower and foliage dies that I used to dress up the chipboard sentiment on the envelope flap.

Rusty jingle bells and forest critters add vintage flair to these Simple Stories Rustic Christmas papers.

Here’s a peek at the inside of the card.

To learn more about Spellbinders Club Kits, please click HERE. If you’d like to sign up for the Amazing Paper Grace Club kit, you can do that HERE.

It’s a busy time in the studio, so I will get back to work.  The Christmas Countdown Clock is     tick-tocking loud and clear!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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