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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!

Spellbinders October 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop

This hop is now closed.  The randomly chosen winner of the $25 gift card is Sandra Smith.  Thanks for hopping!

APG Pop Up Vignette Camera Spellbinders October 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop by Prima Pumpkin and Spice Kathy Clement Photo 01

Prima Pumpkin and Spice Photo Folio for the Spellbinders October 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Spellbinders October 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop! You should be coming here filled with inspiration after visiting Jill Hillard’s lovely blog.  Fall is such a beautiful season!  It’s the perfect time to get some great family photos in the beauty  of the great outdoors.  This though inspired me to create this Prima Pumpkin and Spice Photo Folio.  The cover is adorned with the Vignette Camera die from the Amazing Paper Grace October 2020 Club Kit.  This cute pop-up die also makes a fabulous shaker box.

Follow the directions on the product packaging.  Die cut the camera body from copper and pink metallic papers. Then die cut the top from patterned papers for a fun contrast.  The color combo is a perfect match for Prima’s luscious Pumpkin and Spice paper collection.  If you’d like to read how I turned the Vignette Camera Die into a Halloween shaker element, you can read all about it HERE.

My “made from scratch” trifold folio measures 7″ x 7″ with a 1″ spine. This allowed me to create a box pocket inside the folio.

Dress up the spine with a cute dangle charm.  Then wrap the folio with a long piece of ribbon to serve as a closure.

A Peek Inside

Since I’ve prepared a video tour of this folio, I’ll just share a few photos and tips here.

Add lots of pockets, large photo mounts, journaling cards.  Don’t you just love a good interactive folio?

TIP: Create a spectacular shaped edge pocket for the first inside page.  Simply fussy cut around the top of the fall pumpkins, score and fold the sides, then add a little dimension with some foiled chipboard.  This pocket has room for 6″ x 6″ tabbed photo mats.

TIP: Score the right hand panel of the folio and fold to form a pocket for these pretty journal cards.

Mat the journal cards on 4 1/4″ x 6 1/2″ panels of cardstock.  Then fold the cardstock in half to create decorative mini folios.

TIP: Score 3″ x 4″ journal cards along the top. Then use them to create a waterfall feature.

Prima Pumpkin and Spice Video Tour

If you’d like to see all the details and the Tea Party in a Pocket feature in the center of the folio, please enjoy this short video tour.

Spellbinders $50 Gift Card Giveaway

To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 3 lucky blog readers selected from the comments on the Spellbinders blog. Hop along for additional chances to win. Giveaway closes on Sunday, October 18th, 11:59 pm EDT. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post the following Tuesday. The winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

My $25 Gift Card Giveaway

Would you like a second chance to win a Spellbinder’s gift card?  Then leave a comment on MY blog post.  One randomly chosen winner will  receive a $25 Spellbinders gift certificate.

I will notify the winner via e-mail and also post the  name at the top of this blog post on  Sunday October 18th, 2020      . 

If you are the lucky winner, please contact Spellbinders at [email protected]  by    October 25th , 2020.    

Please write Spellbinders September 2020 Blog Hop Winner from Kathy Clement’s  Blog in the subject line.

Please note, store credit (gift certificate) cannot be applied to Club Subscriptions. Store credit can be applied to shop past Club products, Club extras and regular releases.

On With the Hop!

Many of the blogs in this hop are also offering the $25 giveaway, so be sure to visit them all and leave a lovely comment.  Then finish up at the Spellbinders blog and comment for a chance to win that $50 giveaway!

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Yana Smakula

Nichol Spohr

Sandi MacIver

Bibi Cameron

Jennifer Snyder

Jill Hilliard

Kathy Clement

Sandra Nagel

Virginia Lu

Marie Heiderscheit

Jean Manis

Laurie Willison

Joy Baldwin

Ilina Crouse

Jenny Colacicco

Now hop on over and see what treats Sandy has prepared for you!

I hope I shared some tips, ideas and inspiration for using Becca’s adorable Pop Up Vignette Camera Die.  Find more ideas on Becca’s Blog.  And find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Christmas Cookie Tree Shaker Card Folio

Authentique Christmas Greetings Shaker Card Magical Christmas by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Christmas Cookie Tree Shaker Card Folio for The Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  This Christmas Cookie Tree Shaker Card Folio is my inspiration project for the Really Reasonable Ribbon October 2020 Blog Hop.  Welcome to the hop!  You should be coming here from the amazing Ginny Nemchak’s blog.   This month, we are getting ready for Christmas.  Get ready to swoon.  This Christmas Ribbon assortment is gorgeous!

Really Reasonable Ribbon October 2020 Ribbon Club Assortment

See?  The metallic accents go perfectly with the Authentique Paper Christmas Greetings paper collection that I used on this 5″ x 7″ card folio.

TIP:  Create a festive holiday border with the Reindeer Red Satin Ribbon.  It really made this card front pop!

TIP: Mix and match!  This elegant 3/8″ Holly Satin Ribbon plays beautifully with the Reindeer Red Satin.  That’s the beauty of working with a color-coordinated Ribbon Club Assortment.  Everything works together in perfect harmony.

TIP: Turn a Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Lace Frame into a shaker box.  Simply adhere clear cardstock to the back side of the frame, lay down some foam tape fill with adorable holiday sequins and seal with a 3×4 image from the paper collection.

And how much do we love this cookie tree?

A Peek Inside

Turn this card into a gift by adding a box pocket and a recipe folio to the interior.

TIP:  “Tie” everything together with some Peppermint Stick Satin Ribbon.

I’ve added pockets and flaps to this accordion style recipe card holder.  This is the perfect place to keep your favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes.  It also make a great holiday gift!  Here’s a peek at some folio details.

More Ribbon!

I love that Reindeer Satin Ribbon so much that I had to add it to the top of my box pocket.  Then I filled the pocket with goodies from Santa’s Sleigh.  Look how pretty the Reindeer Satin is on the top of the photo mat.  I’ve added cream cardstock to the back side of the mat for journaling.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what fabulous treats Cheryl has in store for you.  She’ll have the link to the next blog in the hop.

Be sure to finish up over on the RRR BLOG where you can answer Bonnie’s question of the month and be entered into a drawing for your very own October Ribbon Club Assortment.

Not a member of the RRR Ribbon Club yet?  Now is the perfect time to subscribe.  Each month you’ll receive a themed assortment of beautiful ribbons to take your crafting to the next level.  It’s like getting a birthday or Christmas present every month of the year!  You can sign up HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some ribbon tips and tricks that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

You’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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