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Spellbinders Serenade of Autumn

Introducing Spellbinders Serenade of Autumn

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s Make & Take Tuesday tutorial, I’m introducing Spellbinders Serenade of Autumn Release.  We’ll be making this lovely mixed media embossed watercolor card front together, and we’ll take a look at all the goodies in this beautiful Spellbinders collection.

Spellbinder’s graciously sent me the 3D Embossing folder, paper pad, chipboard stickers and 3 of the dies.  I liked them so much that I went back online and added the rest of the Serenade of Autumn goodies to my shopping cart.  What can I say?  I’m a sucker for fall!

I’ll be sharing a fun technique for making this embossed watercolor background in the video tutorial.  We’ll also arrange the pretty Serenade Stems on the card front.

Inking, Embossing, and Stamping Oh, My!

Here are a few tips for working with 3-D Embossing folders:

  • First, make sure you have the correct plates for your sandwich.  3-D Embossing folders are thicker than standard embossing folders, and will not work with your regular plates.  I invested in the Universal Plate System which comes with the grey adapter plate.  It is the exact right thickness for working with 3-D embossing folders.
  • Next, choose a sturdy sheet of smooth white cardstock for your background.  Watercolor paper is perfect (use the smooth side).  But I chose Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper.  It held up very well to the ink, water and pressure.
  • Select inks that work well with your designer papers.  I chose Speckled Egg, Spiced Marmalade, Shabby Shutters, Scattered Straw and Tea Dye Oxide Inks.
  • Be sure to emboss your background while it is still slightly damp.  This will give you the deepest impressions.
  • Finally, ink goes on the FLAT side of your embossing folder.  Place your background paper on the raised side of the embossing folder for an embossed design.  If you wish to use a debossed design, place your paper on the “flat” side of the embossing folder and the ink on the raised side.
A Peek Inside

Spellbinders Serenade of Autumn Embossed Watercolor Mixed Media Card Tutorial-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

I finished the inside of my card with papers from Simple Stories Country Harvest.

Use your scraps to create a little tea wallet for a Pumpkin Spice tea bag, tuck in a tasty chocolate treat, a honey stick and a lovely journal card for a picture perfect finish.

Spellbinders Serenade of Autumn Mixed Media Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to  learn how I created this lovely mixed media background, I hope you’ll enjoy this tutorial on my YouTube Channel.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another Serenade of Autumn project!  In the meantime, you can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!




Graphic 45 November Flower Market Folio Tutorial

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Graphic 45 November Flower Market Folio Tutorial with Simple Stories Country Harvest

Hello, Friends!  I’m a little late with this Graphic 45 November Flower Market Folio Tutorial, but it’s still Make & Take Tuesday, right?  It was a busy weekend with family, and I’m prepping for company, so I’m running a bit behind today.

This is our 11th Flower Market Folio of the month.  Can you believe it? This year has really gone by so fast that it hardly seems possible.  If you are new to my blog, and would like to get caught up on this monthly folio series, you can find the rest of the tutorials HERE.  The tutorials are also available on my Make & Take Tuesday Playlist on YouTube.

Chrysanthemums the Word!

When I think of fall flowers, I think of chrysanthemums.  I am so happy they are the featured flower on this month’s folio!  Yellow Gold, Green and Orange Red matting layers lend fall flavor to the design.

Our “guest star” collection this month is Simple Stories Country Harvest Collection. I was delighted to find how well the colors and images mixed with the beautiful G45 papers.  Annette Green’s Everythings Blooming Postage Frames, Lacy Borders and Small Doilies added some fun elements to the design, too.

You’ll want to pull out your Graphic 45 File Folder Die so you can make this sweet pocket inside the folio.

And the adornments die frame is a perfect fit for the large postage stamps.

Lots of Flips, Flaps and Pockets

Interactive elements make a folio so much more fun, don’t you think?  The G45 Pocket and Tag Die is a great place to tuck in journaling cards and a small tag.

I had enough of our guest star paper to add this sweet little waterfall feature behind the flap.

Here’s a look at the bottom half of the folio.  Flap pages are located on the sides and a lovely pocket fills the center panel.

That pocket is a perfect home for all these fun tuck ins.  You’ll learn all about them in the video tutorial below.

Graphic 45 November Flower Market Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how this month’s folio came together, grab a cuppa, a snack and settle down someplace cozy.

We only have one folio left to make, and then we are done with this series.  If you have requests for series in 2024, please share with me in the comment section below.  I always like to hear what you are interested in.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!




Quick and Easy Masculine Fun Fold Card Tutorial

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Quick and Easy Masculine Fun Fold Card Tutorial with Photoplay DIY Home Edition

Hello, Friends!  It’s Make & Take Tuesday, so I have a Quick and Easy Masculine Fun Fold Card Tutorial to share with you.  Our eldest son’s birthday is tomorrow, and since he loves to create with wood, I decided that Photoplay’s DIY Home Edition paper collection was a good choice.  As I was taking the papers out of the storage folder, this design idea popped into my head.  So if you like fancy fold cards, and you love getting new ideas for masculine cards, I think you’ll enjoy this post.

The Recipe

All you need to create this card (besides the designer papers of your choice) is (2) 11″ x 4 1/4″ panels of black cardstock and (1) 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ panel of black cardstock, a little foam tape and an oval die.  The die is actually optional, but it makes for a fun opening inside the card.

Here’s the recipe for this card:

  • First score both 11″ x 4 1/4″ panels of black cardstock at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″.
  • Next, fold the cards on the 5″ scored line.
  • Then fold the 2 3/4″ scored line back toward the folded card edge.
  • When you overlap the 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ panel of each card, you can see that you have a double z-fold card base, which is fun, right?
  • But, if you place gussets on the sides and bottom of one of those panels, you’ve added the potential for a hidden pocket.
  • Now, if you place adhesive on just the top, bottom and left hand side of the left hand z-fold, you create a gatefold opening…and a sweet little pocket inside the card to boot!
  • Line the smaller folds with 2 1/2″ x 4″ panels of your designer paper.
  • Adhere a 3×4 card to the back of the gatefold cover before you adhere it to the front gatefold.
A Peek Inside

Now you can see that fun extra pocket on the left and the center pocket with it’s cool opening, too.

The pocket will hold a 5 1/4″ x 4″ folio, or a photo, or whatever flat goodie you choose to put inside.

Of course, you can make this same card design with feminine papers, too!

Quick and Easy Masculine Fun Fold Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see this fancy fold card come together, please enjoy this video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

That’s it for me today, friends.  It’s been such a busy month with all the family birthdays and two kits for Button Farm Club.  I’ll be back tomorrow to show you what I was up to in the studio all last week.  It’s pretty exciting!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!




Part 5: How to Make a Mini Album from Scratch

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Part 5 How to Make a Mini Album from Scratch with Stamperia Welcome Home

Hello, Friends!  Part 5 How to Make a Mini Album from Scratch is the final segment of the gigantic tutorial for this Stamperia Welcome home interactive mini album. We’ve been sharing in depth tutorials over the past several days.  And this is the final day, my friends!  Time to create the cover art and put all the pieces of this paper puzzle together.

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So now I want to live in this quaint little cottage with roses growing up the picket fence and a marmalade kitty sitting at the gate.  How about you?

Today we’ll create the cover art step by step, and you can listen to my sweet husband play pretty music while I add the flowers around the shutters.

Then I’ll give you the deets on how to create the fabric spine and dangle charm.  I came up with a new way to add the charms, and I think it’s pretty fabulous.

So, if you are ready, please join me for Part 5 How to Build a Mini Album from Scratch.


Do You Need to Catch Up?

If you missed the 4 previous installments of this tutorial you can find them as follows:

  • Building the album base, tabbed spine, and signature: Part 1
  • Covering the decorative tags and creating the interactive inside covers: Part 2.
  • Decorating the signatures: Part 3.
  • Finishing the Signatures: Part 4.

True story, my friends….I love the way this album turned out.  Many of you have told me that you will be making it along with me, and that’s so exciting!  I hope you have as much fun with it as I did.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




Graphic 45 Flower Market July Folio Tutorial

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Graphic 45 Flower Market July Folio Tutorial with Ciao Bella Microcosmos

Hello, Friends!  Can you even believe that it’s time for our Graphic 45 Flower Market July Folio Tutorial?  This year is moving so fast that it’s hard to keep up!  Flower gardens begin to burst with blooms once July moves in, and the Flower Market July papers reflect the riot of colors that accompany those beautiful blossoms.

While I’ve enjoyed making these folios this year, this month is a favorite for me.  Why?  Well, because while digging through the newly organized stash I came across Ciao Bella’s magnificent Microcosmos collection.  Talk about a match made in Heaven!  Wait until you see how beautifully this collection flows with the Flower Market colors and patterns!

If you are new to this year-long series, you can find tutorials for the previous 6 folios HERE.

A Peek Inside a Hidden World of Beauty

Here’s a peek inside this month’s folio.  It’s like entering a hidden world of beautiful flowers, sweet ladybugs, buzzing bees, adorable snails, and fabulous foliage.

See what I mean?

And while the folio base design remains the same as in previous months, I did change up the inner workings to provide more flaps and interactive elements.  All these things combine to make it my favorite Flower Market Folio Tutorial so far.

Graphic 45 Flower Market July Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to take a closer look at this month’s folio and learn how to make your own, I hope you will enjoy this video tutorial.  Grab a cuppa and a snack, because it takes more than a few minutes to create all this goodness.

As usual, you will find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friend!