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Spellbinders Autumn Flora by Susan Tierney-Cockburn

Spellbinders Autumn Flora by Susan Tierney-Cockburn Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn Tall & Skinny Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders Autumn Flora by Susan Tierney-Cockburn: Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn Folio

Hello, Friends!  Fall flowers are so very lovely, especially when you  make them by hand with Spellbinders Autumn Flora by Susan Tierney-Cockburn.  When Spellbinders asked me if I would be willing to play with a couple of the floral dies from this release, I did not hesitate for a second!  I was asked to choose 2 dies from the release to use in a project of my choice.  I opted for the Coreopsis and the Gaillardia dies because I thought the size and shapes would work well together in a floral cluster.

Next, I had to decide what papers to use.  After flipping through my stash of fall designs, I decided to use Ciao Bella’s glorious “Sound of Autumn” collection. I love the vibrant hues and artsy vibe this collection provides.

Autumn Flora Tips and Tricks

First gather up scraps of designer paper from the collection.  Then die cut loads of petals and foliage from those scraps.  Your flowers will match your paper collection perfectly.

  • Begin by lightly misting all your die cut flower layers.  This will make them easier to shape.  It also releases the starch in the paper.  When the flowers dry, they will hold their shape and be much sturdier.
  • Next,  shape each petal with a the Golf Groove Flower Shaping Tools.  Place the flower layer face down on a shaping mat (linked below).
  • Now, run the grooved tools from the tip of each petal toward the center.  The petals will curl in on themselves.  That is normal.
  • Then flip the flower over and cup the center with the round end of the largest Golf Groove Tool.  The curled petals will relax and take on a pretty shape.
  • Now add more detail with a straight tweezer.  Place the tweezer in the center of each petal and gently fold up or down.  Then gently grasp the tip of the petal and twist slightly.
  • Layer the petals together.  I used two of each large layer and 2 of each small plus the little bits that go in the center of each flower.  Stagger the flower layers to create fulness and dimension.
Finishing Touches
  • If desired, you can fill the center of each flower with Dries Clear Adhesive or hot glue and Go Mango Prills.
  • Brush the edges of the flowers with Gathered Twigs Distress ink to really amp up the fall vibe.
  • Then place the flowers in a box and mist lightly with Copper Perfect Pearls Mist and Jack-o-Lantern Glimmer Mist.
  • Follow the same steps for the foliage.  I always make extra foliage!
Tall and Skinny Box Pocket Folio

This tall and skinny folio base is made from one sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ kraft cardstock.  Score it at 4 1/4″, 5, 9 1/4″, and 9 3/4.  Fold along the scored lines to create a 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ folio with 3/4″ spines on both sides. Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Then brush a little Copper Metallic paint along the edges to add a soft autumnal glow.

Create the Frames by die cutting ivory cardstock with Spellbinders Picot Petite Ovals from Amazing Paper Grace. Back  the frames with designer paper and foam dimensionals.  Then layer them together as seen in the photo. Now you can cluster your flowers and foliage around the frames.

Our son cut me a pile of little oak branch slices.  I topped one with acorns, pollen stems, foliage, Prills and a burlap bow as an embellishment for the cover.  The acorns have been brushed with Copper Metallic paint.

Wrap the folio with ribbon to serve as a closure.

A Peek Inside

A pair of pockets fills the inside of the folio.  The standard pocket on the left holds a bookmark and a vintage silver plate demitasse spoon.

The box pocket on the right holds a tea party in a box.

It’s everything you need for a tea party for one: tea, cookies, chocolate, honey, and a little honey dipper.  There’s also a smaller 4″ x 6″  folio tucked in here.  Place photos or write a note inside.  When all the goodies have been consumed, this pocket is a great spot to tuck in some favorite fall photos.

Fall is absolutely my favorite season of the year.  And fall flowers are always extra special.  I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and flower shaping  techniques for these Spellbinders Autumn Flora that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

To see more projects made from Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Ciao Bella Sicilia Birthday Card

Ciao Bella Scilia Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Ciao Bella Sicilia Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  Summertime is winding down, but I just had to share this Ciao Bella Sicilia Birthday Card with you.  It’s so lemon fresh and pretty!  This is the card I  made for our daughter’s birthday this past week.  She came in on Wednesday and just left a few minutes ago.  I had this waiting for her on the dresser in “her” bedroom.  It was the perfect birthday card because she loves lemons .

Ciao bella Sicilia Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Liz is also grows the most beautiful flowers.  She only has a small terrace on her apartment, but she has transformed it into a Mediterranean escape with herbs, roses, hibiscus and flowers blooming in abundance.  Butterflies, hummingbirds and bumblebees visit her terrace daily, so I had to incorporate those elements into the design of this 6×6 easel card as well.

The bow cluster is topped with a Reneabouquets glitter glass butterfly,  I’ve also scattered Reneabouquets Tiny Treasure Butterflies around the page to pull out the blues in the paper collection.  Pair Yellow Gold Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon with Gold Metallic String to create a luxurious bow.

The Planter Box

To create the “planter box” on the base of the easel card follow these steps:

  • First, adhere a metal drawer pull upside down on the card base.  Use Dries Clear Adhesive or a metal adhesive.  Hot glue does not work well with metal.
  • Next, fill the cavity of the drawer pull with Spanish Moss.  This forms a great base for the flower fillers.
  • Now, tuck in some bird feathers, Queenie Moonlight Flowers and Renea Moonlight flowers to fill the planter.

The Front Pocket

Create a shallow box pocket on the card front.  Now you can tuck in a decorative tag and a little sticky note pad as a gift.

My thought was that Liz could keep the card on her work desk as a reminder that she is loved.  The note pad tucks away into the pocket, but serves a practical purpose as well.

TIP: Adhere the sticky note pad to a 2 7/8″ square of chipboard to provide a solid writing surface.  When the initial pad is used up, it’s easy to adhere a new one on top.

A Peek Inside

Leave a little  room inside the card to write a personal message.  Family birthdays (we have a LOT of them this month!) have been keeping me super busy in the studio.  I’ve missed visiting with you all here, but it’s been so good to celebrate our loved ones in small gatherings.   This wasn’t the big “milestone birthday bash” we had planned prior to the pandemic…but it was still sweet and special.  And we did our best to celebrate our birthday girl in style.  I think she left today feeling loved, appreciated and cherished.  That’s always a good thing.

I know I’ve been a bit scarce here on the blog of late.  Life has just been extremely busy.  We have harvested (and by we I mean me) more than 600 tomatoes this summer.  Those luscious tomatoes have been processed into jars of salsa, marinara and soup base that I know we will enjoy in the cool winter months. There have been 9 family birthdays!  The studio is being de-stashed and reorganized for a more efficient/less cluttered work flow. And I’ve been planning my Button Farm Club Kits and projects for the final quarter of the year.

Dale and I are planning to run away to the beach at the end of this week for some much needed R&R.  I have a post or two scheduled to go live while I am away.  But don’t worry if you don’t hear much from me.  Everything should be back to normal by mid September.  I have some fun stuff in the works for us, and life always seems to settle back to a more normal pace once summer has passed.

I’d love to hear what you all have been up to during these busy weeks.  I’d also love to know what kinds of projects/tutorials you’d like to see me work on. Won’t you please let me know in the comment section below?

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Summer Songbirds Shaker Card Folio

Summer Songbirds Shaker Card Folio for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  This Summer Songbirds Shaker Card Folio is my inspiration piece for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  This month we are featuring the Sunflower Assortment of Ribbons from the August Ribbon Club.

The Yellow Gold Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon in this assortment makes me think of daisies and buttercups.  It’s a perfect match for these Ciao Bella Microcosmos papers and  Reneabouquets chipboard.

Tall and Skinny Accordion Fold Folio

This tall and skinny accordion fold folio is a cinch to make:

  • First, cut a 12″ x 8″ panel of white cardstock.
  • Next, score at 4″ and 8″.
  • Now accordion fold

It really is just that easy!

The great thing about this style of card (besides how easy it is to make) is how great it looks when displayed.

Create the shaker box this way:

  • First, heat emboss a chipboard frame with Shabby Ivory Embossing Enamel.
  • Next, back the frame with a clear cardstock (acetate sheet) circle cut slightly larger than the opening in the frame.
  • Now apply 3 layers of 1/8″ foam tape to the back side of the frame.
  • Place sequins on the card base, then adhere the foam strips.  Press gently to seal all the edges.
  • Attach the printed beautiful board topper with foam tabs to add extra dimension.
  • Yellow Gold Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon ties all the colors together perfectly.
A Peek Inside

Create a pocket for each panel inside the card.  Then add little tags, folios and treats to turn the card into a gift.

Hook a trio of tags together with a small “O” ring.  Then tie a small piece of Yellow Gold Checkerboard Satin Ribbon to dress up the presentation.   Dress up a tea bag with designer papers and a belly band.  The tuck a vintage demitasse spoon and honey stick inside the belly band.  Use an envelope punch board to create a 3″ x 4″ mini envelope to hold a circular image.

The back side of the folio has two more pockets.

Fussy cut images from the paper collection to create bookmarks and a gift card wallet.

Write a personal greeting inside this 3″ x 4″ note card and your gift is ready to give!

On With the Hop

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cherry has in store for you.  Then be sure to finish up the hop over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  Answer Bonnie’s question of the month to be entered into a drawing for your very own Sunflower Assortment of ribbons.

If you’re not a member of the ribbon club yet, now is a great time to join.  You can find out all the details and subscribe HERE.

Enjoy the rest of the hop!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Ciao Bella Micro Cosmos Joy Fold Shaker Card

Ciao Bella Micro Cosmos Joy Fold Shaker Card Folio with Really Reasonable Ribbon August 2020 Ribbon Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Ciao Bella Micro Cosmos Joy Fold Shaker Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon August 2020 Club

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Joy Fold Shaker Card was inspired by a line of poetry from William Blake. He wrote, “to see the World in a Grain of Sand and Heaven in a Wild Flower,”.  Those were the lines that kept running through my mind as I created with the RRR August Ribbon Club and Ciao Bella’s Micro Cosmos paper collection.  The earthy greens from the Sunflower Assortment seemed to be the perfect playmate for these beautiful botanical papers.    If you haven’t had a chance to play with these lovely ribbons, I hope this post will inspire you to do so!

The ribbons I used from the collection are 5/8″ Forest Green Plaid, Forest Green Diamond Satin Ribbon, and 3/8″ Yellow and Green Argyle Satin Ribbon.

Joy Fold Shaker Card: Creating the Shaker Box

If you’ve never made a Joy Fold Card before, you can find a tutorial HERE.   Once you’ve made the card base, you can create the shaker box.

  • First, heat emboss a chipboard frame with Versamark Ink and WOW! Vintage Champagne Embossing powder.
  • Next, die cut clear cardstock (acetate sheets) with an oval die.  The oval should be slightly larger than the opening in the frame.
  • Now, adhere the clear cardstock to the back of the frame with Dries Clear Adhesive.

TIP:  Use a thin bead of adhesive on the inner edge of the oval frame.  Then smooth it out with your finger or a paintbrush.  This will prevent the adhesive from “oozing” out all over the clear cardstock window.

  • Next, adhere 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips to the back side of the frame.
  • Now place your sequin mixture in the center of your focal image and adhere the shaker box so that it is centered .
  • Press lightly to completely seal the edges.

  • Then reate a ribbon closure with the Forest Green Plaid Ribbon.
  • Now tuck a loopy Forest Green Diamond Satin Ribbon into the flower cluster on the left.
  • Adhere a Reneabouquets dragonfly in the flower cluster on the right. (Product links below.)
A Peek Inside

Add lots of lovely little pockets, tags and goodies inside the folio to turn it into a gift.

Top ta bookmark with the Diamond Satin Ribbon and the Random Lines Satin Ribbon.  This pattern makes me think of bamboo, which is perfect for this project.

Create a little tag and gift card wallet to tuck inside another pocket.  It’s so much fun to pull all these pieces out!

Decorate both sides of the tag and line the interior of the gift card wallet with scraps of designer paper.

Here’s a peek at the card fully opened.  Create a hidden pocket by adhering just the sides and bottom of the smaller card to the larger card base.

Score a large ivory tag and fold to create a little photo folio with a pretty shaped edge.  I covered both sides of the tag with designer papers.  Then tuck it into the hidden pocket.  Add a blank sentiment panel to the front of the hidden pocket so you can write a personal note here.

So that’s my first play with the August Ribbon Club!  I hope I’ve inspired you to break your Sunflower Assortment out of the package and make something beautiful with all those pretty ribbons!   If you’re not currently a member of the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club, you can find out how to subscribe HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Beach Window Twisted Easel Shaker Card

Ciao Bella Sound of Summer Beach Window Twisted Easel Card Amazing Paper Grace Snip It Grid Calendar Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Beach Window Twisted Easel Shaker Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  What do you see out the beach window of this Twisted Easel Shaker Card?  Seagulls soaring high in the sky?  Pelicans diving into the waves?  Or maybe there’s a school of dolphins frolicking not too far from the shore.  Whatever you can imagine, you can see through the panes of my beach window card.  Even though I have not been able to “see” the sea in a long time, my imagination can take me there, and I can enjoy the beautiful coastline that I love so much.

I’ve paired up some luxurious ribbons from the July Ribbon Club Assortment with Ciao Bella’s delightful “Sound of Summer” and Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Calendar/Grid Die to create this magical beach scene.  Capri Blue Double Faced Satin Ribbon and Blue Variegated Shell Print Satin Ribbon match the blues in this paper collection perfectly.

TIP: Die cut burlap stars then string as a banner across the top of the window.  Silver shell charms add just a touch of sparkle.

TIP: Die cut flowers from your designer paper scraps for perfectly coordinated florals.

TIP: Alter Reneabouquets Starfish Beauty Board with Little Birdie Crafts Silver Metallic Wax. Then tuck them in with the floral cascade.  This adds a soft shimmer and texture.

A Peek Inside

This style of card is designed to serve primarily as a decorative piece.  But I did manage to add a simple pocket.

TIP: Cluster real shells, flowers, and banner flags together on the pocket flap.  Then dangle a silver seahorse charm from a mini clothespin to create a beachy vignette.

TIP: Don’t be afraid to fold a large image in half.  This 8″ x 5 1/2″ journal card converts into a lovely mini folio.  Add a fussy cut image and decorative key in the corner.  This is the image you see peeking out when the card is opened for display.

Line the inside of the folio with cream cardstock.  You can write a message here, or add photos.

I hope you enjoyed looking through my beach house window with me today.  There is something very calming and relaxing about working with these shades of blue.  If you’d like to see other projects made with the Sound of Summer collection, please click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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