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Little Birdie Crafts Birthday Clock Card

Little Birdie Crafts Aqua Medley Birthday Clock Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Little Birdie Crafts Birthday Clock Card with Aqua Medley Collection

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a summery Little Birdie Crafts Birthday Clock Card to share with you.  Summertime is birthday season in the Clement household.  We have 9 birthdays in a 2 month span, and that means a lot of card making goes on!  When you have that many special cards to make, a simple design comes in handy!

But a simply designed card can still look like a mini masterpiece if you play your cards right!  (Bad pun; I know, I know!)  If you have about 30 minutes to spare, you can make this very pretty card.

How to Make a Simply Fabulous Birthday Card in About 30 Minutes

  • First, cut a 6″ x 12″ panel of the burlap pattern from Aqua Medley. Score this in half at 6″ to form a 6 inch square top fold card.
  • Next, cut a 4 3/4″ square of the blue floral pattern.  Mat this on a slightly larger panel of aqua cardstock.
  • Now adhere 2 vertical rows of 1″ wide ribbon on the right hand side of the card.  I use Scor-Tape to hold the ribbon in place.  Leave the ends of the ribbon long so that you can fold it around to the back side of the card. Back this panel with foam tape or dimensionals and set aside.
  • Then brush the Little Birdie Chipboard Clock with mica powder. Back with foam tape or dimensionals and adhere to a scalloped circle doily from the paper collection.  Place dimensionals on the back of this element and adhere over the ribbon panel.
  • Next, cut a 5″ square of white cardstock and  mat on a slightly larger panel of aqua cardstock.  Back with dimensionals.
  • Now center and adhere all the card panels to the card front.
  • Finish with ribbon and Arctic Ice Flowers.
A Peek Inside

Line the inside of the card with 5 3/4″ squares of Aqua Medley papers.  Then create a gift card pocket from an Aqua Mist Journal Card.  Decorate a 3″ x 5″ envelope with papers and a punch out doily and tuck it inside the pocket.

Frame a stamped sentiment with bits of left over foliage and glittered butterflies from the Ephemera Pack.

See?  I told you it was easy! The best part is you can use this same recipe with any paper collection and any theme.

You can find a linked supply list below the post.

Now I’d better get busy making more birthday cards!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Woodland Stories Mixed Media Home Decor

Little Birdie Woodland Stories Mixed Media Home Decor Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Little Birdie Crafts Woodland Stories Mixed Media Home Decor Tutorial

Hello, Friends! This Woodland Stories Mixed Media Home Decor Tutorial is the perfect way to while away a sultry summer afternoon.  Beautiful flowers, cheery stacked teacups, and cheeky little birds beckon you to slow down the pace.  Stop and smell the flowers.

Mixed media is not my area of expertise.  But I do love to dabble.  There’s something liberating about slapping down paint and gel medium and a bunch of different textured layers.  This 8×8 wall  hanging was pure fun to make.  And, as you will see in the video tutorial below, it comes together very quickly!  That’s always a bonus.  I won’t belabor you with a lot of tips and such in this post.  You can hear me talk about them all in the video.  So we’ll just hit a few highlights and move things along quickly.

Decoupage Paper

The inspiration for this project is the stacked teacups and birdie image.  Little Birdie makes wonderful decoupage paper, and I finally had a chance to play with it.   It’s lovely stuff, and so easy to work with.  As you can see, the colors are rich and the images are wonderful. Each package comes with 2 sheets of 2 different designs.

After distressing layers of Woodland Stories Cardstock, I tore the focal image from the sheet of decoupage paper.  Be sure to ink the edges so that it will blend in nicely with the background.  Then, seal it to the base with gel medium.  Do both sides, front and back for a really good seal.

Although this was my first play with this paper, it won’t be my last.  It’s wonderful stuff!

Mixed Media Details

Here are some quick and easy ways to add mixed media details to a project.

  • Distressed edges add wonderful texture to the edges of cardstock.  Use a distressing tool, or simply run the blade of your scissors along the edge of the paper.  Little tears are even better!
  • Chalk paint is one of my favorite mediums.  You can paint edges, paint metals, spatter on the finished project, or brush on flower petals to add a wonderful shabby feel to your project.
  • Machine stitching adds texture, subtle pattern and helps to frame a piece.
  • Check your spice cabinet!  Mustard seeds and green peppercorns lend an organic feel to the composition.

Little Birdie Metallic Wax adds another layer of distressing to painted metals and resin.  I just rub it on lightly with my finger.  Primed chipboard can be used as is, rubbed with metallic wax, or painted and spritzed with mica sprays.  All these elements work together to make mixed media easy to do!

Woodland Stories Mixed Media Home Decor Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see the steps that went into creating this bit of home decor, you watch me play in the video tutorial below.

I hope you enjoyed viewing this project as much as I enjoyed making it!  You can find a linked supply list below this post, just in case you feel the need to shop for some of these paper pretties!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Little Birdie Classic Gentleman Steampunk Folio Tutorial

Little Birdie Classic Gentleman Steampunk Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement PHoto 01

Little Birdie Classic Gentleman Steampunk Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends! Today is all about the guys with this Little Birdie Classic Gentleman Steampunk Folio Tutorial.  Back in January, I shared a Classic Gentleman Notebook Tutorial with you.  So I had lots of panels and pieces of this collection in my stash.  Rather than let them keep gathering dust, I decided to create a project that we could use for Father’s Day, Graduation, Retirement or birthdays.  Even though it  has some unique interactive elements, I think you’re  going to like how simple it is to put together.

Got Gears?

Little Birdie Classic Gentleman Steampunk Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement PHoto 01

When it comes to masculine projects, steampunk is always a great choice.  All those gears and trains and mechanical drawings lend themselves to a project most men will enjoy.  The Little Birdie Primed Chipboard Gears on the cover of this album took a trip to the grunge factory to make them stand out on this folio cover.

  • First, tap the chipboard with VersaMark Embossing Ink.
  • Next, place the gears in a funnel tray or on a sheet of printer paper.
  • Now shake a jar of Seth Apter Chunky Rust Embossing Powder and sprinkle it liberally over the inked up gears.
  • Let the excess embossing powder slide off the gears.  Don’t tap or flick!  Just pick the chipboard up and let the extra powder slide off into the tray or onto the sheet of paper.

TIP: A word to the wise:  Always take a moment to pour the powder back into the jar.  Then make sure you cover the jar and move it to a safe place (i.e. away from the area where you will be using your heat gun.) BEFORE you start heat embossing.  If  you, like me, have ever ended up with a spilled jar of powder, or a jar that has been ruined by being exposed to heat, you are nodding your head right now.

  • Now heat emboss the chipboard.  Keep the tip of your heat gun moving around the surface so that you don’t accidentally burn the powder.  Heat until all the powder is melted.  This can take a few minutes depending on how hot your embossing gun is.
  • Once the first layer has cooled, randomly tap the surface with more VersaMark.  Then sprinkle random areas with Patina Oxide Embossing Enamel.  Heat emboss, cool and repeat until you are happy with the finish on your gears.
  • Adhere small metal gears over the centers of the chipboard gears for extra dimension and texture.
A Peek Inside

The inside of the folio  is pretty simple.  There are two flap pages: one inside the front cover and another inside the back cover.

Learn how to create a spine in the center of the album.  Then attach these fun flip pockets.

What’s behind the flap pages?  A kinetic waterfall on one side and a large photo mat with a journal card on the other.

TIP: Adhere just the bottom edge of the car image to the page.  Then tuck the journal card in behind in.  Now you can place a really large 5″ x 7″ photo on the page and journal or add a smaller photo behind the card.

I think you are going to love how easy it is to create the pocket and pull out page.  It’s so easy, I can’t believe I didn’t do it this way earlier!

TIP: Trim 4″ x 6″ journal cards to fit the cover of the pull out page.

The inside back cover is a mirror image of the front.  This really makes it easy to design pages!

Classic Gentleman Steampunk Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to  learn how to make this folio base, please enjoy this 20 minute video tutorial.  In it, we will learn how to create the folio cover and spine.  Then I’ll show you how to make the flap pages, pocket flaps and hidden pocket.  A tour of the finished folio has tips and tricks that you might find helpful.

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

If you’d like to leave a comment, please click on the REPLIES button below the title at the top of this post.  I love hearing from you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Little Birdie Purple Passion Zig-Zag Card Tutorial

Little Birdie Purple Passion Zig-Zag Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Purple Passion Zig-Zag Card Tutorial for Little Birdie Crafts

Hello, Friends! I’ve created this Purple Passion Zig-Zag Card Tutorial for my Little Birdie Crafts Guest Designer post this month.  Purple is such a great color for spring!  Think Grape Hyacinths, Crocus, Pansies, and Iris…all great spring blossoms!

 

This 5″ x 7″ zig-zag card base is an original design.  It may look complicated, but it’s actually quite simple to make.  I have a few step out photos and measurements to help you make your very own.

Getting Started

First, score an 11″ x 7″ piece of lavender cardstock at 1″ and again at 6″.  Then accordion fold with a mountain fold at 1″ and a valley fold at 6″.

First,  we will cut the slope.  Start at the left hand edge of the card and measure up 4 3/4″ from the bottom edge.  Make a light pencil mark as seen in the photo.  Place the paper in your cutter.  Then cut on the diagonal from the pencil mark on the left to the top of the 6″ score line. Now accordion fold the card base so that the 1″ flap is on the front right hand edge.

Cut a 4 3/4″ square from grey cardstock.  Then mat a 4 5/8″ square of Purple Passion designer paper on the front flap.  Cut a second 4 5/8″ square from a complementary pattern and adhere it to the back side of the flap.

Lining the Card Panels

 

If you wish to line the card panels with grey paper, that is the next step. Cut (4) 4 5/8″ x 6 7/8″ panels of grey cardstock.  Adhere 2 of the rectangles to the front and back of the 5″ x 7″ rectangular panel on the card. To create the sloped liners, measure up 4 5/8″  on the left and make a pencil mark.  Then measure up 6 7/8″ on the right and make a second pencil mark.  Cut on a diagonal line between these 2 marks.

To cut the patterned paper for the sloped panels on the zig-zag card, place your patterned paper behind and trace as seen in the photo above.  You will add pockets to the bottom of the sloped pages to cover any gaps.

The Front Cover:  Hidden Pocket with Tags

Mat a 3″ x 3″ panel of designer paper on both white and grey cardstock.  Place foam tape on the top, bottom and left hand side to form a hidden pocket.  Decorate the front with a Little Birdie Chipboard Oval Frame, Fairy Rosa Purple Passion Flower Cluster and the glittered lavender basket from the Ephemera Die Cuts Package.

Now die cut some tags with your Little Birdie Square and Oval Tags Dies.  These cut like butter with the Dream Cut Die Cutting Machine!  Stamp a little sentiment on white cardstock and finish the tags with designer paper, glittered ephemera, ribbons and charms.

A Peek Inside

Dress up the inside of the card with a little die cut banner, a pocket and more tags.

I love the stitched edges on the Little Birdie Tags dies. It gives everything such a beautiful finished look!

Here’s a peek at the card fully opened.  These cards are great for display on a table or shelf.

Fussy cut the large lavender basket and the butterfly from a 4″ x 6″ Journal Card.  Mat the bottom of the butterfly journal card on folded paper to make a note card insert.

This is a great place to tuck in a gift card…

…or a little treat!

I hope you’ll have fun making this unique card design.  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Charms from my stash

Little Birdie Crafts True Love Desk Folio

Little Birdie True Love Desk Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Little Birdie Crafts True Love Desk Folio Tutorial: February Guest Designer Spot

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a romantic, feminine Little Birdie Crafts True Love Desk Folio Tutorial to share with you.  This is the feminine version of the Classic Gentleman Gift Folio I shared with you in January.  I thought it would be fun to show you the softer side of this practical little desk companion.

True Love Desk Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

Ooh la la!  Paris, anyone?  Pink roses, too?  Sign me up!

Desk Folio 2.0

The best thing about this little folio is how quickly it comes together.  Since there is always room for improvement, I did  tweak the basic design for this folio just a bit.  For one thing, it’s taller.  I find the Junior Legal Pad fit better when papers are cut to 8 1/2″ tall instead of the original 8″.   And, I added a ribbon closure to add even more girly-girl charm to the design.

Here are the basic measurements for the folio base and pockets.

  • First score a 12″ x 8 1/2″ panel of designer paper at 5 1/2″ and 6 1/2″ to form the cover.
  • Next, score a 6 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ panel at 1/2″ and 1″ to form the right hand flap page.
  • Now cut liner papers for the 3 inside panels to measure just under 5 1/2″ wide x 8 1/2″ tall.  The width of the liner paper has to clear the scored spine so that the folio will close  neatly.
  • Then score a 6 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ panel of designer paper so that you have (2) 1/2″ flaps on each side and on the bottom.  Follow the video tutorial to see how to turn this into a box pocket.
  • Now score a 6 1/2″ x 5″ panel of designer paper with 1/2″ flaps on the sides and bottom.  Then follow the video tutorial to see how to make this into a slash pocket.
  • The spines measure 7/8″ x 8 1/2″ for the larger spine and 3/8″ x 8 1/2″ for the thinner spine.
  • If desired, wrap the center of the folio with ribbon.  Leave the ends long enough to tie a bow.

Dress it Up!

Now comes the fun part: dressing up the cover!

  • Mat a 5″ x 8″ panel of the pink heart paper on medium weight chipboard. Brush the edges with ivory chalk paint.  Then adhere to the cover.
  • Next, cut a 3 1/2″ x 6″ panel of the Eiffel Tower design paper.  Brush the edges with chalk paint and adhere as seen in the photo.
  • Then adhere the Little Birdie Chipboard on the left hand side of the folio cover.
  • Now cut a 2″ x 1 1/4″ scrap of the pink text paper and adhere above the chipboard.  Top with black buttons.
  • Arrange Pearl Pink Rosalind Roses and foliage on the cover of the folio.
  • Fussy cut some elements to tuck in with the floral arrangement.
A Peek Inside

I don’t know about you, but I hate it when a paper pad gets rolled up corners and wrinkled edges.  The flap page on the right helps to protect the pad beneath.

Here’s the folio fully opened.  You can see the box pocket on the left and the slash pocket on the right.

Create a cover for a 3″ x 5″ sticky note pad and tuck it in the box pocket along with a pen.  The slash pocket is a great spot to stash receipts.  But I filled it with a tea bag, chocolate treat and a honey stick for the gift presentation.

Little Birdie Crafts True Love Desk Folio Tutorial on YouTube

Are you ready to make this little desk folio?  Then click play and follow along with this YouTube tutorial.

If you  missed the Classic Gentleman Gift Folio, you can find that video HERE.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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