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Authentique Cottontail Z-Fold Folio Tutorial

Authentique Cottontail Easter Z-Fold Folio Tutorial Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Authentique Cottontail Z-Fold Folio Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Last week, I shared a fun Z-Fold Folio Tutorial using Photoplay Great Outdoors papers.  It was such a great project that I decided I needed to make another one.  But this time, I used beautiful papers from Authentique’s retired Cottontail line.  I changed up the design a little bit, too!  So I like this version of that fun folio base even better than the last one!

Authentique Cottontail Z-Fold Easter Folio Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Photo 03

While the basic design and flow of the folio is the same, I did enlarge the individual panels just a little bit to make it easier to add photos.  And since this is an Easter themed folio, I was able to dress it up with all kinds of pretty flowers, ribbon, butterflies and Beautiful Board from Reneabouquets.  You’ll find all these goodies linked in the supply list below this post.

Authentique Cottontail Z-Fold Easter Folio Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Photo 02

Look at this darling bunny peeking at you from the shaker frame!  A quick shout out to my crafty follower, Lynn, who sent me a lovely package of die cut frames a while back.  This pretty pink frame worked perfectly for this project.  Thank you, Lynn!  You can learn how I  made the shaker element in the video tutorial.

So many cute bunnies!  How can one possibly pick a favorite?

More Room for Photos

Authentique Cottontail Z-Fold Easter Folio Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Photo 06

This folio is really loaded with room for photos and journaling!  The pocket page holds a mini accordion folio.  Sweet images on the front make room for wallet sized photos on the back.  The next page features a little flap element with room for 2 nice sized photos behind it.

And did I forget to mention that the front flap pulls out to reveal hidden photo mats behind it?  How fun is that?

Then there’s this neat tip in page and lateral waterfall page.  The little bunny icons work so well as turn tabs!

Authentique Cottontail Z-Fold Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to join me on YouTube, I’ll share the measurements and details for making this sweet little folio.  You can see how quickly this folio comes together.

I hope you enjoyed the dressed up version of this sweet folio.  Look for a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!





Vintage Style Easter Shaker Card


Authentique Cottontail Easter Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01
Vintage Style Easter Shaker Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Here’s a sweet vintage style Easter Shaker card to brighten up your day.

Remember Easter Petticoats?  Every little girl had a new Easter dress (mine were hand me downs from my cousin) and every Easter dress had a big poufy, scratchy petticoat attached to the skirt.  Sitting through the Easter church service with that petticoat pricking at the back of your legs was almost as torturous as the little hat with the elastic band that cut into your chin.  So when I found this pink trim while tidying up in the studio, I had to give this vintage style Easter card a petticoat.  Yes, yes, I did!

Vintage Style Easter Shaker Card:  The Details

Here’s how this sweet card came together.


  • First, create a 5 1/2″ square easel card base from kraft cardstock.
  • Next, stitch a 5″ panel of patterned paper from Authentique Cottontail onto soft pink and periwinkle cardstock mats.
  • Now, cut a double ended fishtail banner from a strip of Cottontail plaid.  This should be slightly wider than the card base.
  • Create a shaker element (directions below). Center and adhere to the card base.
  • Add a cluster of spring flowers and foliage to the left hand side of the frame.
  • Tie a double loop bow with Coral Rose Mini Check Plaid Ribbon.  This ribbon is featured in the April Ribbon Club Assortment.  Tuck this under the floral cluster and secure with hot glue.
  • Now tie a loopy string bow with Iridescent Metallic String.  Adhere the knot on top of the plaid bow.
  • Add a button and a metal filigree corner to the card front.
Vintage Style Easter Shaker Card: How to Make the Shaker Frame

Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board Medium Patina Lilac Heart Frame Shaker by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Life is all about perspective…and in many ways, so is papercrafting.  I wanted to use this sweet vintage image inside this Reneabouquet’s Medium Patina Lilac Heart Frame.  But the frame was wider than the image.  The “fix” was to place the frame on the diagonal so that the image would fit nicely inside.

Prepare the shaker frame with a little Crystal Clear Glitter.  Use a small piece of sponge to tap the flower with Dries Clear Adhesive.  Then sprinkle with the glitter and let the excess slide off into a tray or a sheet of printer paper. Then adhere blue rhinestones over gems that are printed on the Beautiful Board.  Let everything dry.  Then you are ready to make the shaker element.

  • First, place the frame over the image so that there are no gaps on the sides.
  • Now lightly trace around the outside of the heart to mark the cutting lines on the image.
  • Next, cut out the image and set aside.
  • Repeat this procedure, only this time, trace onto clear cardstock (acetate sheets).
  • Adhere the clear cardstock to the back of the frame using Dries Clear Adhesive.  Wipe away any glue smudges immediately.
  • Now add 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips to the back of the frame.
  • Flip the frame face down on a clean sheet of printer paper.  Fill with a shaker mix.
  • Carefully line up the cut out image and adhere face down over the foam strips.  Check for gaps and seal with tape.
  • Now you can adhere the shaker frame to the card base and add your embellishments.
Vintage Style Easter Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

For easel cards, I actually make the inside of the card before I adhere the card cover.  This card has a little pocket and a little treat from the Easter Bunny inside.

Create a mini note card from your scraps and tuck inside the pocket.

I hope I shared so 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.

Thanks for stopping by!




Authentique Cottontail Easter Basket in a Box Card

Autehentique Cottontail Easter Basket in a Box by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Cottontail  Easter Basket in a Box Card

Hello, Friends! Let’s get ready for Easter with an Easter Basket in a Box Card! The holiday will no doubt be different this year, but we can share the joy of the season via the mail.  I’ve used Authentique’s Cottontail collection to create this sweet box style card and it’s so cute, even the Easter Bunny approves!

The entire Authentique Paper Design team is sharing wonderful Easter inspiration ideas on the Authentique blog this week.  You’ll want to be sure to pop on over and see what goodies they have prepared for you.

Cottontail Easter Basket in a Box Card: A Closer Look

Start with a 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ box card folio base.  You can find a tutorial for the base HERE.  Then dress it up with pretty pink flowers, ribbons, and Easter embellishments.  You’ll hear all the details in the video tour below, so I  won’t bore you with them here.  I’ll just share the pretty photos with a few comments.

Color a resin bunny with Distress ink, then heat emboss with Seth Apter Dirty Sand Embossing Powder.  Then rub some of the embossing off with your finger to create fake fur.  The wee nest is made with burlap, twine and Spanish Moss.

Dress up the spine with a bunny key and carrot buttons.

The inside is filled with all sorts of fun interactive elements.

And here’s the “Easter Basket” and a sweet little pull out folio.

“Gift wrap” your treats with paper from the collection.  Who wouldn’t love to receive an Easter Basket like this in the mail?

Cottontail Easter Basket in a Box Card Video Tour

If you’d like to see how all these elements work together, you can watch this short video tour.  I share lots of tips and tricks as we walk through all the moving parts.


I hope I’ve shared some Easter Joy with you today.  How are  you going to celebrate this year?  I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!






Authentique Cottontail Easter Bunny Easel Card

Authentique Cottontail Easter Bunny Easel Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Cottontail Easter Bunny Easel Card

Hello, Friends!  I’ve used one of my favorite images on this Authentique Cottontail Easter Bunny Easel Card. This handsome bunny rabbit just makes me smile every time  I look at him.  If you need a super quick Easter card, this is it!  Read on to find out how easily this card comes together.

Authentique Cottontail Easter Bunny Easel Card: Step by Step

  • Start with a 6″ x 12″ panel of kraft cardstock.  in half to make a 6″ x 6″ card base.
  • Now score the card front horizontally at 3″ to create an easel card base.
  • Line the inside of the card with Authentique Spectrum Limeade Cardstock.  Then cut a slightly smaller mat from Bubblegum Pink and adhere.
  • Line the exterior and interior panels with the same cardstock shades.  Cut the green panels to measure 5 7/8″ x 2 7/8″.  Then cut the pink ones slightly smaller.
True Confession: I rarely measure my paper mats.  Instead, I just  cut them slightly larger than my designer paper and stack ’em up.  I provide measurements for y’all because I know you like them.  But if you were with me in the studio, you would see me mark the dimensions on my designer paper very lightly with pencil.  Then you’d see me adhere that designer panel to my cardstock mat and trim around it.  All the measuring drives me nuts!  Now you know!

  • Now cut your designer paper for the inside of the card.  You can measure it out to 5 3/8″ square, or you can use the Kathy Clement method and just mark with a pencil and cut as I described above.
  • Trim out the bunny image so that it fits the card front and adhere.  Be sure not to glue over the fold, or you no longer have an easel card.  To prevent this, I place my glue about 1/4″ inside the edges of the 6″ x 3″ kraft base.  Then I close the card and adhere the image.  No fear of messing up the card with this easy trick.
Authentique Cottontail Easter Bunny Easel Card: Building the Stopper

This is the fun part!

  • First, place dimensionals on the back side of a 6″ x 3″ panel of the floral print.  Adhere the panel about 2″ from the bottom edge of the card.
  • Now cut a 7″ x 2 1/2″ panel of the pink gingham paper.  Cut fishtail banners on both ends.  Back with dimensionals.  Center and adhere over the floral pattern.
  • Punch out the “Happy Easter” medallion from the components sheet.  Place hot glue on just the outer edges and adhere slightly right of center over the pink gingham.  Push the ends toward one another to create the bowed shape.
  • Now add a pretty floral cluster and bow on the right.
  • Next ink up a Prima Bunny and adhere on the left along with a little carrot button.
  • Add another bow and flower in the top left  hand corner of the card.
  • Finally, thread some shell buttons and adhere in the lower left hand corner.
Authentique Cottontail Easter Bunny Easel Card: A Peek Inside

Fussy cut the Cadbury Bunny from the collage sheet and adhere inside the card.  Create a simple pocket for the top and add a chocolate.

I love all the sweet images and pastel colors on this card.  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post in case you want to make one yourself.  If you’d like to see other projects made with Cottontail, Click HERE.

How are you all holding up during this difficult time?  I pray for you every day, asking God to keep you safe, well and sane.  I find I am happier when I don’t watch or listen to the news.  Instead, I’ve been organizing my stash, making cards, cleaning closets and baking a little bit.  Being productive each day helps me feel less stressed.

I hope these  frequent posts are not annoying you.  My motivation is to add a happy little something to your inbox each day.  But if you’d like to see less, please let me know.  The last thing I want to do is overwhelm you.

Thanks for stopping by!




Authentique Cottontail Easter Blessings

Authentique Cottontail Easter Blessings by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Cottontail Easter Blessings

Hello, Friends!  This Authentique Cottontail Easter Blessings card is filled with sweet spring colors and the cutest vintage Easter images.  Honestly, there are so many cute patterns and images in this collection that the hardest thing about working with it is deciding which ones to use.  But these pastel carrots pretty much win hands down!

Tips and Tricks
  • Mat all the layers on pink, blush and kraft cardstock to keep all those pretty patterned papers from becoming muddled.
  • Machine stitching helps to frame the layers.  It also lends a great vintage feel to the card.
  • Layer the banner with dimensionals and overlap the corners so it fits on the 5″ x 7″ card base.  Add bows and bitty buttons to really make it stand out.

  •  A vintage crochet doily adds wonderful texture and works perfectly with the vintage image.
  •  Fussy cut around the top of the image, then pop up on dimensionals.
  • Place hot glue on the ends of the “Easter Blessings” banner, then push toward the center to create a curve.  Top with ribbon, metallic string and flowers. Add a trio of aqua buttons in the lower right hand corner of the the card to balance things out.
Authentique Cottontail Easter Blessings: A Peek Inside

This box pocket is the perfect spot to tuck in a little Easter treat.

Just for fun, I created a pocket in a pocket!

Tuck a tea bag and some Peppermint Patties into the pocket.  Add a darling little vintage demitasse spoon and a honey stick to complete the Easter Basket treats.

I need to get one of these made for each of the grand girls this year, since we won’t be able to gather for our traditional Easter Dinner and egg hunt. But I can send them each one of these cute Easter Baskets in a card so that they know Nan is thinking of them and missing them.

By the way, I found a fun new app for my phone.  It’s called Marco Polo, and it is totally free.  The app is kind of like a video style walkie-talkie.  I’ve been chatting and singing back and forth with the Littles every day.  Today I’m going to try reading them a story and see how that works.  It’s easy enough for them to use on their own, and it helps us stay connected.  I thought y’all might enjoy it, too!

Are you working on Easter projects?  Tell me what’s on your craft table in the comment section below.

Stay safe and well, my friend!