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Autumn Zinnias Shaker Card

This hop is now closed.  The randomly chosen winner is Debra Lovell from Kerry’s blog.

Heartfelt Creations Summer's Garden Autumn Zinnias Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Autumn Zinnias Shaker Card for the Heartfelt Creations October 2020 Alumni Blog Hop

Hello,, Friends!  Let’s get this Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop started with an Autumn Zinnias Shaker Card!

The hop starts right now and runs until 11:55 PM EDT on Monday, November 2nd.  During that time you can visit all the lovely Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team blogs, leave a comment and be entered to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations gift card!  The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, November 4th.  I will also post the name of the randomly chosen winner at the top of this blog post at that time.  The winner will then have 72 hours to contact [email protected] by email.  Please write “Winner of the October 2020 Alumni Blog Hop” in the subject line of your email.

Summer’s Garden to Autumn Zinnias

My mother grew a big tub filled to overflowing with vibrant zinnias every summer.  The bold colors always delighted me.  Summer gardens have now faded away, so I decided to create an Autumn Zinnia garden with the Summer’s Garden collection for the hop.  If you’ve never made a shaker card before, this is a very easy way to get started!

  • Begin by cutting a 4 5/8″ x 6 5/8″ panel of designer paper.  Mat this on a slightly larger panel of peach cardstock.  This panel will be the card front on a 5″ x 7″ top fold card cut from rust cardstock.
  • Next, use the largest oval die from Heartfelt Creations Eyelet Oval and Basics Large Die set to cut an oval from clear cardstock.
  • Now, die cut the largest Ornate Ovals from cream cardstock. Then center one of the Basic Ovals on the Ornate Oval and run through your die cutting machine again.  You want to have about a 1/4″ rim around the inside of the oval.
  • Next, adhere the clear cardstock oval to the back of the Ornate Oval  Die cut using Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Then back this with 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips to form a shaker box.
  • Now place a pile of sequins, buttons and beads on the 4 5/8″ x 6 5/8″ panel of  designer paper.   Carefully line up the shaker box and press to adhere.

Fall Zinnias from Summer’s Garden

Stamp the Small Garden Zinnias on Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper.  I used Distress Oxide Inks in Abandoned Coral and Wild Honey.  Then heat emboss with clear powder.  Color the flower layers by swiping them through puddles of Abandoned Coral, Wild Honey, Ripe Persimmon and Warm Mustard Distress Inks.  Then gently heat dry to make the embossing powder pop through to the surface.

Die cut the zinnias with the Summer Garden Die.  Then shape the petals with the Golf Flower Shaping Tools and the Heartfelt Creations Ball Stylus.

Heartfelt Creations Summer's Garden Autumn Zinnias Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Layer the flowers together, then spray with Gold Glimmer Mist to add some shine.  Fill the centers with Go Mango Prills.  Then adhere around the card.    Add ribbon and any embellishments you fancy, and the card front is done!

A Peek Inside

Finish the inside of the card with more designer papers.  Add a pocket to hold a little note card and bookmark.

Cut a small card front from the paper collection.  Leave an extra border on the left hand side.  Score a 1/2″ flap , then tuck behind the designer paper panel to form a little flap.  Glue the sides and bottom of another card front to form a pocket.  Then tuck a little fall tea bag treat inside.  You can add a die cut tag and brad assembly to hold the flap closed.

On With the Hop

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties the rest of the team have in store for you.  The winner of the $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift card will be randomly chosen from a mystery blog, so remember to leave a sweet comment on each blog in the hop.

♥ Kathy (You are HERE)    ♥ Vicki   ♥ Magda   ♥  Candy  ♥ Kerry   ♥  Amarilys ♥  Alissa  Lisa   ♥    SarahOksana Emily  ♥ Carole

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure!  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Other Products

Distress Oxide Inks, Distress Inks, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Gold Glimmer Mist

 

 

Autumn Splendor Shaker Card

Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to Throwback Thursday!  This week I’m featuring Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Collection in a shaker card format.   If you’re not familiar with this line, you are in for a treat.  I love the shades of teal, rust and gold in this lovely botanical collection.

Naturally, I decided to turn a chipboard frame from the collection into a shaker box.  This is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  • First, cut clear cardstock to fit the back of the frame. Adhere it with Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Next, add 1/4″ foam tape around the perimeter of the frame.  I like to use at least 2 layers to make room for larger elements like buttons and pearls.  Three layers is best.
  • Finally, cut a panel of designer paper to serve as a backer for the frame.  I chose a pretty fall botanical.  Then I tucked in a die cut butterfly, added my sequins and adhered the frame over the panel.
Autumn Splendor Shaker Card Details

 

Brush gorgeous fall roses with a bit of copper metallic paint to give them an aging, faded look.  Then pile on bits and bobs from the Autumn Splendor ephemera pack to create lots of lovely layers.  Add some pretty bows, burlap string, and of course, buttons to finish off the card.

My favorite element might be this gorgeous butterfly from Reneabouquets.  I tell ya, friends, I am addicted to these winged beauties!

A Peek Inside

I’ve tucked loads of goodies inside this card folio.  The papers are so gorgeous I could not stop myself. Instead of using a pocket on top of the card, try adding a belly band.  Then you can slip a little photo mat behind it.  The back side has a blank panel for a note or photo.

The pocket has ample room for a tea wallet, honey stick, chocolate and a darling vintage silver plate demitasse spoon. ( I am also addicted to these little beauties!)

There’s room to write a wee message inside the tea wallet.  But mostly I wanted you to see a close up of this precious little spoon.  The details in these lovely old pieces thrills me.  I love the care and craftsmanship that went into the design and manufacture.  They hearken back to a gentler era, and I just love them. I keep a sharp eye out for them at yard sales, flea markets and estate sales.

If you’d like to see other projects made with this paper collection, please click HERE.   This card folio is also available for purchase in my ETSY shop.

I hope you enjoyed this warm and cozy Autumn Splendor Shaker Card.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

PS….for some reason, WordPress has stopped delivering  your comments to my email account.  I’m working on figuring out how to fix this, but for the time being, please know that I am responding to your comments in the discussion thread below each post.  Technology…..it’s great when it works, but a real pain when it does not!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Note: Throwback Thursday posts feature older collections and goodies from my stash.  My intent is to encourage you to dig into your crafty stash and make something beautiful with product that you already have in house. Some of these items are no longer available for purchase, so I am not able to link to them.  Thanks for understanding!

Sweater Weather Box Card

Prima Pumpkin and Spice Sweater Weather Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Prima Pumpkin and Spice Sweater Weather Box Card

Hello, Friends!  It’s a crisp, cool morning here in North Carolina….the perfect day to share this Prima Pumpkin and Spice Sweater Weather Box Card with you.   This 6″ x 7″ folio is all about texture and layers and cozy fall images. I find I am really loving the soft fall color palette in Prima’s Pumpkin and Spice collection.  Using pink and aqua in a fall collection is totally unexpected…but delightful! Come for a little stroll for me this morning as we talk about the details in this pretty folio.

Can you hear the leaves crunching under those pink wellies?  And smell the spices in the air? Autumn wreaths hang on every front door.  Squirrels chatter from the treetops as they frantically stash away acorns to get them through the cold winter months ahead.  A few brave fall blooms cling to rosebushes while vibrant leaves flutter down to the ground.  Oh, it’s a grand morning to be out for a walk!

Sweater Weather Inspiration

Naturally, the pink wellies were the inspiration for this card.  Don’t you want a pair?  I know I do!  First trim out the image from a 4″ x 6″ journal card. Then back it with foam dimensionals to make it pop off the page.

Now fussy cut the wreath from a 12×12 image page.  Use a craft knife to cut out the white center.  Then back it with clear cardstock and foam dimensionals to make a shaker element.  Fill it with Pumpkin and Spice Glitter Leaves and adhere it to the folio front.

Now comes the fun part: adding all the flowers, foliage and extra goodies.  These flowers are from Reneabouquets.  To give them the look of a fading fall bloom, brush the edges with a bit of Antique Gold Metallic Wax.  Brush this on the acorn and the star anise as well.  Sprinkle in some Prills to add extra texture.

Tuck a chipboard element up in the corner.  Then tie a loopy bow with Peach Seam Binding Ribbon.

TIP:  Add a touch of grunge to the ribbon by tapping it with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink before you tie the bow.

A Peek Inside

Add some pockets and punched borders inside the card, just for fun. This sunflower pocket is the perfect spot to tuck in a dressed up teabag.

The box pocket on the bottom has loads of room for all kinds of goodies.

I felt inspired to create a little vintage style magnet for this card.  Stitch on some crochet lace and add metal corners to amp up the vintage vibe.

I always feel like fall is over too soon. Our summers here in NC are long.  Fall is greatly anticipated and welcomed with open arms.  The cool, crisp weather is such a relief after so many weeks of heat and humidity.  I try to savor fall as long as possible, and making fall cards and folios is one of my favorite ways to enjoy it.  This card makes me want to cozy up in a big ole sweater and enjoy a cup of chai.  How about you?

Here’s a link to another Prima Pumpkin and Spice Folio that you might enjoy.

I hope I shared some tips, ideas and inspiration 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!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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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Dragonfly Dance Mixed Media Folio

Blue Fern Birdie Darling Reneabouquets Dragonfly Dance Fall Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Fall Favorites: Dragonfly Dance Mixed Media Folio

Hello, Friends!  Let’s kick off a week of fall favorites with this Dragonfly Dance Mixed Media Folio.  I’ve been systematically re-organizing and purging my studio for the past several weeks.  My sweet husband asked me if I was looking for something specific as I rummaged through the Closet of Shame, various drawers and bins.  My answer was, “Yes, I’m looking for 10 more square feet of space in my studio.”  Ever felt that way?  (The truth is: if I had it, I would just fill it up with more paper pretties.) So a good purge and reorganization spree  is the best remedy. While there is still a long way to go, I’ve made great progress.  The studio is definitely feeling less cluttered.

The best part about going through all your “stuff” is that you stumble across older paper collections that you had forgotten about.  And some of these, like this Blue Fern Bird Waltz Collection,  are exquisitely beautiful.  I also unearthed some older chipboard pieces and some now-retired Little Birdie Flowers.  Why not take a break from organizing and have a play?  So I did!

Autumnal Hues

I wish you could see this piece in person.  There’s something really magical about the soft autumnal hues, the mixed media textures and the general design.  We get a lot of foggy fall mornings here in North Carolina.  The clamor of daily life feels as though it has been muted and softened somehow.  This folio makes me feel like that.  It’s absolutely one of my favorite creations.

First I created a 6×6 top fold base with a 1/2″ spine.  Then I added what I am calling a “second story” to the design by making a 4 3/4″ x 7″ panel on the left.  Why, you may ask?  Because I was working with pre-cut panels of the designer paper.  I can’t recall ever having done a folio front quite like this before, but the end result is wonderful, so I may do it again!

Mixed Media Mayhem

Next,  I had to pull my mixed media boots out of the Closet of Shame to finish this lovely chipboard frame.  First, I painted it with a coat of ivory chalk paint.  Then, I heat embossed it with Shabby Ivory Embossing Enamel.  But the ivory didn’t blend well with the copper tones in the paper collection.  So I rifled through my mixed media shelf and found some Copper Viva Decor 3-D Stamp Paint.  This stuff is like a thick mousse with lots of texture and a vintage patina.  A little dab goes a long way.  I tapped some out onto my non-stick craft sheet, then tapped it over the heat embossed frame with my finger.  Magic!  The texture of the embossing enamel gave the finished frame a wonderful rusty/pebbly finish.

Once the frame was dry, I flipped it over, added foam strips filled it with sequins and turned it into a shaker element.  The resin crown from my stash and the little dragonfly charm are also tapped with the Copper Stamp Paint.  Then I rubbed them with a little turquoise metallic wax.

This Reneabouquets dragonfly adds the perfect pop of color.  I have actually seen the October sky this shade of blue.  Have you?

Dragonfly Dance Mixed Media Folio: A Peek Inside

I decided to make the inside of the folio into a tea party in a box.  First, I added side flaps to the top half of the card.  Once again, these were pre-cut scraps from an earlier project.  I also found some die cut corners and frames from an earlier project tucked in with the papers, so I put them to good use here.

The gatefold opening is so elegant.

I could not bring myself to cover up this glorious dragonfly image.

Next I created a little 5″ x 5″ photo wallet using up more scraps.  This fits neatly in the box pocket.

Then I added some special treats.  This is always a fun exercise for me.

I found this gorgeous Printed Beautiful Board ATC tag while organizing my Reneabouquets chips.  It only took a moment to top it with a key and a bit of metallic string.  And do you spy the darling little acorn shaped spoon?  Those were a great find…and now I have used them all up.  Maybe it’s time to hit some estate sales again, now that I’ve created a little extra space in the studio!

If you’d like to see other projects created from the Bird Waltz paper collection, please click HERE.  This folio is available for purchase in my ETSY SHOP.

It was so refreshing to create a project simply because I wanted to.  Don’t get me wrong: I love my job and am honored to represent the amazing companies that I work for.  But every once in a while I need to just “play” in the studio and not worry about tutorials or videos or deadlines or assignments.  It helps keep me fresh and reminds me why I love paper as much as I do.   So I hope you don’t mind my sharing this lovely little folio with you.  Perhaps I shared some tips or ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  Or maybe you feel inspired to dig into your own stash and uncover some buried treasure.  I certainly hope so!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Please note: since this is a “Closet of Shame” project, some of the items I used may be retired or sold out.  I will link whenever possible, but if you don’t see something listed below, it’s because it is no longer available.  Thanks for understanding!

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