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Heartfelt Creations November 2021 Alumni Blog Hop

Heartfelt Creations Snowy Pines Easel Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Heartfelt Creations November 2021 Alumni Blog Hop: Snowy Pines Shaker Easel Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations November 2021 Alumni Blog Hop!  Are you excited about the Black Friday Special Edition Release?  We sure are!  Several members of the Alumni Team will be featuring projects using the  new Classic Frame Dies in our posts this month.  Get ready to be inspired!  My inspiration piece features  the lovely Fancy Classic Oval Frame  paired up with the Snowy Pines and Festive Poinsettia collections.  We’ll take a closer look at that in a second.

First I need to let  you know that the hop runs from now until 11:55 PM EST on Monday, November 29th.  This gives you plenty of time to visit all the blogs in the hop.  A random selected comment from a mystery blog will chosen to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card!

But that’s not all!  Heartfelt Creations is also offering a $25 gift card that will be awarded to a randomly chosen comment on their blog!  That’s TWO chances to win a Heartfelt Creations shopping spree!

The winners will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations Facebook Page and Blog on Wednesday, December 1st.  Winners have 72 hours to claim their prizes by contacting [email protected]  Please write “Winner of the November 2021 Alumni Blog Hop” in the subject line of your e-mail.  So be sure to check the Heartfelt Blog and Facebook page on December 1st to see if you are one of the happy winners.  Now, let’s get on with the hop!

Snowy Pines Shaker Easel Card

Heartfelt Creations Snowy Pines Festive Poinsettia Fancy Oval Frame Shaker Easel Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Christmas is right around the corner, so it’s time to get busy making beautiful Christmas cards and gifts.  This 6×6 easel shaker card features papers from the Snowy Pines Collection.

Heartfelt Creations Fancy Classic Oval Frame Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

The Classic Fancy Oval Frame Die makes a great shaker element!  Here’s how I  made it:

  • First, die cut the Classic Fancy Oval Frame from gold mirror cardstock.
  • Then cut an oval  piece of clear cardstock to fit the back of the frame.  Adhere this with Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Next, while you are waiting for the adhesive to dry, add a little Crystal Clear Glitter to the snowy portions of the card front.
  • Now, adhere 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips to the back side of the oval frame.
  • Then place your shaker elements (sequins, buttons, beads and pearls) over the image. Remove the tape liner and press the frame into place.
Festive Poinsettias the E-Z Way!

Heartfelt Creations Small Festive Poinsettias by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Now we get to make some beautiful Festive Poinsettia Flowers!  I like to do this the E-Z way!

  • First, stamp the smallest Small Festive Poinsettia on a panel of the red patterned paper from the Snowy Pines Collection.  I used Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Ink for this step. Using the patterned paper means that the flowers are already perfectly color-matched, which saves time!
  • Next, heat emboss the stamped flowers with clear embossing powder.  This makes the detailed veins in the petals stand out.
  • Now die cut the petals with the Small Festive Poinsettia Die.
  • Then add texture and shine to the petals by tapping them with diluted Carmine Red Nuvo 3D Stamp paint.
  • Next, dilute a little white chalk paint and spatter the flowers to give them a snowy appearance.
  • When the flowers have dried, shape them in the Festive Poinsettia Mold.
  • Finish the flowers with Red Bead/Berry Clusters in the center.

To add fulness and foliage to your floral display, stamp and die cut some Holly Berry Sprays.

Heartfelt Creations Snowy Pines Christmas Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Create a Brake for Your Easel Card

Create a brake, or stopper,  for your easel card by making a pocket from a 6×6 card front.  Then add ribbon, snowy jingle bells and a fancy button to finish the design.

A Peek Inside

Pockets turn cards into gifts!

Use scraps of your gold foil and patterned paper to make a little gift card/treat wallet.

Now tuck in a little Christmas tea and chocolate treat as the perfect finishing touch! There is also room to write a little note, or to sneak in a gift card.  What a perfect Secret Santa gift!

On With the Hop!

Are you ready to hop?  Our Alumni Team Designers have prepared all kinds of crafty inspiration for you!  Don’t forget to leave comments on each Alumni Team blog AND the Heartfelt Creations Blog to be entered into those drawings for $25 gift cards!

Kathy Clement: You are HERE Vicki Dutcher  Carole Wright   Monica Edwards                      Oksana Clegg  Emily Niehaus  Candy Slabaugh Lisa Gregory  Alissa Wells                        Amarilys Doria Heartfelt Creations

To leave a comment on this blog: Click on the REPLIES button that is located at the top of the page just below the blog post title.  

You will find a linked supply list below this post.

Enjoy the hop…and Black Friday shopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Country Christmas Itty Bitty Book Tutorial

Prima Christmas in the Country Itty Bitty Book Tutorial Reneabouquets Christmas by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Prima Country Christmas Itty Bitty Book Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s Throwback Thursday episode, I have a darling Country Christmas Itty Bitty Book Tutorial to share with you.  Many of you expressed an interest in learning how I used the Amazing Paper Grace Scalloped Symphony Die to make the cute Baby Girl Brag Book last month.  Well, because I like y’all so much, I went ahead and put together a basic tutorial showing  you how to cut the pages, make the spine, and bind the album.

Prima Christmas in the Country Itty Bitty Book Tutorial Throwback Thursday Kathy Clement Photo 01

This time I puled some of my favorite Christmas papers and dressed them up with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board.  These little books are so much fun to stuff into a Christmas stocking, give as a Secret Santa gift, or send to friends and family who live far away.  Each book measures about 4″ square with a 1/2″ spine.

TIP: wrap the spine with folded black twine.  Leave the ends long so you can tie a knot at the top of the spine.  Then trim the ends to make a fancy tassel for your book.  Add some sweet Christmas charms and flowers to finish the spine in style.

Basic Measurements and Materials

To make each album you will need 5 die cut Scalloped Symphony Note Card Bases.  Fold 3 in half to use as the pages.  Then cut one in half to use as the front and back covers.  Now find the center of the final panel.  Measure out 1/4″ from the center on each side and score a vertical line. Then cut 1/2″ from the scored lines on each side.  Fold along the score lines to form the spine.  Set the off cuts aside to be used as flap pages.

The binding mechanism for the album is a set of 3 cardstock hinges.  First, cut three 1″ x 3 5/8″  strips of black cardstock. Then score each strip in half to make 1/2″ x 3 5/8″ hinges.

Make a contrasting spine with a 2″ x 3 3/8″ piece of black cardstock.  Score 3/4″ flaps on each side.

You will need an 8 5/8″ x 3 5/8″ panel of buffalo check for the book cover.

Cut sixteen 3 5/8″ squares of patterned paper to line the pages of the album.

A Peek Inside

The tutorial will show you how to build a slash pocket inside the front cover.  The little flap page on the right is one of the cut off sides from the 5th Scalloped Symphony base pieces.  Simply score a 1/2″ flap on the right hand side of the flap.  Then adhere the flap behind the 3 5/8″ panel of patterned paper before you adhere it to the page.

Hidden pocket pages are easy to make!

  • First, cut 1″ x 3 5/8″ strips of black cardstock.  You will need 3 for each hidden pocket page.  Score in half as you did when we made the hinges for the pages.
  • Adhere these gussets on the sides and bottom of the patterned paper.  (On the back side, of course.)
  • Now you can cut 3 1/2″ x 7″ panels of buffalo check paper.  Score these in half, then crop the corners.
  • Tuck the pull out pages inside the hidden pockets.

Score 1/2″ hinges on the tops of 3×4 Journal cards.  Then adhere these hinges behind the patterned paper to make flap pages.

Now create a quick and easy pop up page.  First, cut an 8″ x 1″ strip of buffalo plaid paper.  Then score in half.  Next, fold the right hand side back toward the center score line.  Repeat on the left hand side.  Add just a bit of adhesive on the outside edges of this mechanism and adhere to sides of the page.  Then decorate with stickers and ephemera.

You’ll learn how all these pages and mechanisms work in the video tutorial below.

Country Christmas Itty Bitty Book Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how to put this sweet little book together, please enjoy the video tutorial.

The wonderful thing about this project is that you can adapt the base for any theme or season.  Add more pockets if you want to tuck in a series of gift cards.  Or leave more room for journaling and use it as a sort of mini diary.

I hope you have as much fun making this itty bitty book as I did!  Please let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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**Please note:  Throwback Thursday projects are designed to inspire you to dig into your paper stash.  Many times the products used are no longer available for purchase.  Feel free to substitute another collection from your stash.  When products are available, I will provide links.  If a link is missing, it means I could not find the product in my usual online sources.  You can do a Google search to see if you can find it on your own.  Thanks for understanding!

 

 

Cosy Winter Rustic Christmas Banner

Cosy Winter Rustic Christmas Banner for the RRR Blog Hop by Kathy Clement

Cosy Winter Rustic Christmas Banner for the Really Reasonable Ribbon November 2021 Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  This Cosy Winter Rustic Christmas Banner is my inspiration piece for the Really Reasonable Ribbon November 2021 Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Ginny’s beautiful blog.   Today we’re celebrating the lovely Vintage Christmas Ribbon Club Assortment.

This might just be my favorite Christmas Ribbon Club Assortment ever!  Just look at those darling little snowy house, cheery cardinals, nostalgic plaid and elegant script ribbons!  The neutral, softer color palette made this ribbon a perfect playmate for my Cosy Winter paper collection.

Banner Day!

Cosy Winter Christmas Banner by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Banners and Christmas just seem to go together, don’t they?  And this one is so easy to make!

First, stitch P13 Garland Tags onto squares of designer paper. Then machine stitch   Sherry Taffeta Ribbon behind each pennant, and  Winter Neighborhood Satin on the top side.

Next, decorate between each pennant with vintage buttons and Tan Delicate Stitched Satin ribbon, Then add some rusty snowflakes and mini jingle bells to amp up the vintage vibe.

Now look through your stash of winter embellishments.  You’ll be sure to find some special goodies to dress up your banner.

Add just the right rustic touch with little burlap string bows.

Now finish the corners with festive bow clusters.  Vintage Christmas Plaid Ribbon pairs nicely with burlap string bows.  Bright poinsettias and white bead/berry clusters add extra cheer.

On With the Hop!

Now pop on over to Cheryl’s lovely blog to see what treats she has in store for you!  Be sure to finish the hop over on the RRR Blog.  If you answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month, your name will be entered into a drawing to win your very own Vintage Christmas Ribbon Club Assortment.

But you don’t have to be sad if you are not the lucky winner!  It’s easy and affordable to sign up for the Monthly Ribbon Club.  You can find out all about it HERE.  Getting your Ribbon Club Assortment in the mail each month is a great way to build up your ribbon stash.  It’s also like getting a Christmas present 12 times a year.  What joy!

You can find a linked supply list for this project below my post.

To leave a comment on this post, click on the REPLY button at the top of the post. (It’s right below the title.)

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Pink Christmas Mini Album

Stamperia Pink Christmas Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Stamperia Pink Christmas Mini Album Project Share with Tips and Tricks

Hello, Friends!  This episode of Throwback Thursday features a Stamperia Pink Christmas Mini Album.  While this is not a full fledged tutorial, it is loaded with tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your next mini album making adventure.

Stamperia Pink Christmas Mini Album Project Share by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I think you will enjoy learning how I altered this Graphic 45 Rectangle Tag and Pocket Album base to make it a little less intimidating to finish.  Then I’ll show you how I created  the vintage silver edges on the album cover.

Here’s a close up of the beautiful Little Birdie Flowers and Reneabouquets Leaves .

Delicate swirls of snowflakes adorn the corners of the album cover.  And just look at these sweet winter songbirds!

This picture shows the glittery snow effect on the trees, roof and landscape.

Do you love a charm dangle as much as I do?  This cluster sounds almost like Christmas Bells when it moves.  And I’ll share my secret tip for creating “metal” numbers on the spine, too.

Interactive Pages

Here’s a peek inside the album.  I actually used 4 different Stamperia paper collections to fill up all these pages.

The album is loaded with neat interactive features like this waterfall page with a magnetic belly band closure.  I’ll show you how I put that together in the video.

Don’t you love these sweet Victorian images and color palette?

Add unexpected features to your album pages to keep it interesting.  This pop up feature is so easy to make, and I’ll tell you how I did it in the project share.

Large images can be difficult to fit in an album.  But they make great flap pages!  Simply score a 1/2″ hinge on the side and adhere behind the base page.

Stamperia Pink Christmas Mini Album Project Share on YouTube

If you’d like to learn more about how I created this lovely album, please enjoy this in depth project share on YouTube.

This lovely album is now on its way to one of my sweet Etsy shop customers.  She ordered it as a special Christmas gift for her sister.  I had to get it made quickly and shipped off to her so she can then ship it to her sister who lives far away.  That’s why I did not have time to do a tutorial.  But I think you’ll find lots of helpful ideas in the project share video.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this project in the comment section below.

You can find more Pink Christmas projects HERE and HERE.

And, you can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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** Please Note: Throwback Thursday projects are designed to inspire us to dig into our crafty stash and use up goodies that we bought a while ago.  For this reason, not all the products used in this post are still available for purchase.  I will link whenever possible, but if a product listed is not linked, it is because I could not find it in my usual sources.  Thanks for understanding!

Cosy Winter Snow Globe Christmas Card

Cosy Winter Snow Globe Christmas Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Grab your scarf and mittens and join me for a peek inside this Cosy Winter Snow Globe Christmas card. I happen to love snow globes.  My Great Aunt Norah had a wonderful snow globe collection when I was a little girl.  Tiny white churches, children skating on icy ponds, neat and tidy villages decked out in holiday greenery,  reindeer and fir trees filled the heavy glass globes of these beautiful worlds.  And I, like a benevolent giant from outside that magical universe, loved to shake them and bring to life a whirling blizzard inside the dome.  As the snowfall settled to a few drifting flakes, the scene within once again settled into a momentary calm.  Then I just couldn’t help myself, and had to shake it up all over again.  Can you relate?

So imagine my delight when I opened my November Ribbon Club this month and found this charming Winter Neighborhood Satin Ribbon waiting there for me!  I knew immediately that I wanted to pair it up with this snow globe image from P13’s Cosy Winter paper collection.

Building the Layers

Cosy Winter Snow Globe Christmas Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

  • Begin by creating a 5 1/2″ square card base from burgundy cardstock.
  • Then cut a 5 1/4″ square of cream cardstock.
  • Next, mat a 4 7/8″ square of the tag collage paper on a slightly larger panel of green cardstock.  .
  • Now adhere the Winter Neighborhood satin ribbon along the bottom edge.  Leave the ends long and wrap around to  the back side to create neat and clean edges.
  • Then wrap the JOY Sherry Satin ribbon around the top edge .
  • Cut a 1″ wide belly band from evergreen paper.  Center and adhere.  Now wrap this with Tan Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon and Winter Neighborhood Satin Ribbon.
  • Next, mat the 4″ square snow globe image on a slightly larger square of green cardstock.  Locate the ephemera snow globe from the cut apart page.  Add glitter and small star sequins to the globe.  When it has dried, back it with foam tape and adhere over the snow globe image on the 4×4 square.

  • Now fussy cut the pine branch, add glitter, back with foam strips and adhere.  Tie a burlap string bow and top with a flower.
  • Glitter a Reneabouquets snowflake and adhere in the corner.  Add a flat back pearl to the center.

Finally, create a bow cluster with Vintage Christmas Plaid Ribbon.  Top with burlap string bow, faux greenery and tuck in some glittery gold stars.

A Peek Inside

Create a pocket inside the card.  Line it with the Merry Christmas Satin and tuck in some wintry chocolate treats for the perfect finish!

This is a great little gift for friends, neighbors and co-workers.  It’s quick to make, and fun to receive.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks, and ideas for using this month’s Ribbon Club.  If so, I’d love to hear from you 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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