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How to Make a Southern Magnolia Paper Flower

How to Make a Southern Magnolia Paper Flower with Spellbinders Victorian Garden

Hello, Friends! Today I’m going to show you how to make a Southern Magnolia Paper Flower.  If you’re lucky enough to live in a region where  magnolias trees grow, then you understand what a treasure they are. These showy, oversized, fragrant blossoms are true Southern Belles! When we had our magnolia tree, I used to pluck the blossoms and float them in shallow bowls of water.  The soft fragrance filled the house, and the beauty of that enormous blossom added a sense of grace to the home.  Picking the leaves up from the yard every day was not as wonderful, but the flowers were so beautiful, we forgave the tree for making all that mess!

Project #1: Eyelet Lace Frame Top Fold Card

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Spellbinders has just released a new set of Susan’s Garden etched dies called Victorian Garden.  I shared some Mason Jar & Lavender and Victorian Tea Cup projects made with these amazing dies over the weekend.  Today we’ll be working with the Southern Magnolia and Southern Foliage Dies.

Creating paper flowers is a very relaxing and rewarding pursuit.   I’ve put together a Make & Take Tuesday tutorial showing you how I colored, shaped and layered these elements so you can have fun, too!

Here’s a peek inside my first card.  Both cards are made with Simple Stories Weathered Garden papers, but you can use whatever papers you have in your stash.

Project #2: Southern Magnolia and Foliage Easel Card

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The second sample I have for you today is this botanical easel card. One of the things I love about this particular flower is that you only need to add one blossom to dress up a card.  I’ve layered this one with some of the Victorian foliage and dressed it up with a Reneabouquet’s butterfly.

TIP:  Add a pocket to the interior of your easel card.  This gives you a place to tuck in a gift card or a treat and it also doubles as a brake for the easel mechanism.

I created a little chocolate wallet to hold a tasty treat, and I added a blank sentiment card to finish things off.

How to Make a Southern Magnolia Paper Flower Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how I colored, shaped and layered my magnolias and foliage, then please enjoy this video tutorial on YouTube.

I hope you feel inspired to try your hand at making these lovely blooms.  If so, you’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Flower Market April Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 Flower Market April Folio Tutorial Guest Starring Kaisercraft Flower Shoppe

Hello, Friends!  Is it really time for our Graphic 45 Flower Market April Folio?  Well, the calendar says it is, so here we come with the next folio in this year-long Make & Take Tuesday series.  This April Folio features daisies, one of the most cheerful flowers of the field.  The cheerful/joyful theme of this month’s folio is perfect for springtime.

Graphic 45 Flower Market April Folio Tutorial Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

We will follow the same basic construction format that we’ve used in the JanuaryMarch folios. But  you know me…I don’t like to do the same thing over and over again, so there are a few subtle changes in this month’s folio.  I’m always looking for ways to improve the basic design.

A Peek Inside

This month’s “guest star” is a selection of papers and ephemera from Kaisercraft Flower Shoppe collection.  What a lovely surprise to see how well these two collections work together!  If you don’t have Flower Shoppe in your stash, just substitute another collection!  I do talk a bit in the video tutorial about my process for picking papers from other collections to go with the G45 papers.

See how well everything flows together?  I’ll share a full walk through in the video tutorial.

Graphic 45 Flower Market April Folio Tutorial on YouTube

Instead of breaking the tutorial into two parts, I decided to publish it as one BIG video.  So grab a cuppa and a snack, grab a notebook and a pencil and let’s get this week’s Make & Take Tuesday rolling!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Ship to Shore Easy Mini Album Project Share

Photoplay Ship to Shore Easy Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Photoplay Ship to Shore Easy Mini Album Project Share with Tips for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  It’s Make & Take Tuesday, and I have a really fun Photoplay Ship to Shore Mini Album Project  Share for you.  This is wedding week, and I have a bunch of little loose ends to tie up before the big day.  So I didn’t have time to create a details tutorial for you.  But I will share lots of tips in the video.  Honestly, this cute little mini album is so easy to make, I think you’ll be able to figure it out from the project share video and the tips.

Card Base Mini Album: How it Happened

In the process of re-organizing a few things in the studio, I ran across a huge stash of multi-colored 5 1/2″ square card bases.  I vaguely remember buying them in bulk at a super reduced clearance sale years ago.  But when they arrived, I discovered they were super flimsy…maybe 45# weight…and not suitable for supporting the heavily layered and embellished cards that I make.

Over the years, I’ve moved them here and there, contemplated tossing them, given them to the grandgirls to play with and thought to myself, “some day, I’ll know just what to do with you.”  Well, this is that day!  Lo and behold, they work perfectly for a quick and easy mini album base!

Shipshape Stacked Card Base Mini Album

Look how cute it turned out!  And when I say easy to make, I am not joking.  Here’s how I assembled the album base.

  • First, locate a stack of unloved card bases.  Mine all matched, but mix and match would work too.  They should all be the same size, however.
  • Cut one of the card bases into 1″ wide strips.
  • Next, score each 1″ x 5 1/2″ strip in half from top to bottom.  Now you will have a whole stack of 1/2″ wide hinges or gussets.
  • Now adhere each gusset to the back side of each card base.  My fold was on the LEFT, so I glued the folded edge of my hinge/gusset against the left hand edge of each card.
  • Then, glue the back side of each hinge/gusset to the front of the  next card base, also on the left.
  • Continue until you have as many “pages” as you desire for your album.
  • Now cut liners for each page.  Since my album is 5 1/2″ square, I cut 5 3/8″ liners.  The liners will cover up the hinges!
Hidden Pocket Pages

The hidden pocket pages are equally easy to make.

  • Before you glue down your designer paper liner, create gussets or hinges for the sides and bottom of the album base.  These are identical to the hinges you cut to join the card bases together, but just cut them a little shorter. I cut mine 1″ x 5 1/4″.
  • Once your gussets are in place, adhere your paper liner to the gussets, forming a lovely pocket.
  • Create the pull out page for the pocket by cutting the 5 1/2″ card base down to 5″ x 5″.

Quick and Easy Pocket Pages and Tip-In Pages

To make the pocket pages, simply fold the right hand side of a page back 2″ and crease.  Add gussets to the top and bottom of the page and voila!  Instant pocket!

Create a tip-in page by cutting your designer paper wider than the base page.  Because I wanted a 3 1/2″ flap , I cut my paper 3 1/2″ wider than the base page.  Then score at 5 3/8″ and fold.  Easy peasy!

Waterfall Pages

The back side of the “short” pocket pages are sized perfectly for waterfall features.  So as you can see, even though this album is on the small side, there’s lots of room for 4×4 photos, journaling and photo booth sized pics.

Photoplay Ship to Shore Easy Mini Album Project Share with Tips on YouTube

If you’d like to join me for a sight-seeing tour of this new Photoplay Paper collection and a walk through of the mini album with tips, please enjoy this Ship to Shore Easy Mini Album on my YouTube channel.

Even though I’m traveling this week, I’ll be back on Thursday with a quick and easy card-making tutorial for Throwback Thursday!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.  Thanks for stopping by!

Now go get your craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Flower Market March Folio Tutorial Part 1

Graphic 45 Flower Market March Folio Tutorial Part 1 for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  Don’t panic…but it’s already time to share my Graphic 45 Flower Market March Folio Tutorial Part 1.  March?  Yes, March!  Time and tide wait for no man, so I wanted to get this tutorial out to you so you can have it made before the calendar page turns.  This is the 2nd installment in our year-long 2023 calendar project.  If  you missed the January/February folios, you can find them HERE.

Just look at these gorgeous daffodils!  It may be hard to believe right now, but soon we will see those golden heads popping up from the soil and brightening the landscape.  They are Spring’s cheeriest bloom, in my opinion.

Our tutorial this week will focus on creating the folio base and designing the cover.  I made a few improvements to the design this month, and I feel the folio base is even better than before.  The second installment of this tutorial will be available in our Throwback Thursday post this week.  So you can get your base and cover made today and tomorrow, then be ready for the interior on Thursday.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a sneak peek to whet your appetite.  Flower Market is a gorgeous collection, but somewhat limited, in my opinion.  With just one patterned paper and just one cut apart page, it begs to be filled out with other patterns.  So once again, I searched through the Closet of Inspiration and Delight looking for papers that would flow well with the base collection.

If you look closely at the floral pattern, you will spy small touches of purple.  I decided to add purple and yellow/gold patterns from a few different paper collections to fill out the pages of this folio.  You can find out what I used in the supply list below.

Now, if you don’t have these papers, don’t panic!  Look through your stash and I bet you will find papers that will work just as well,  Pay attention to color palettes and patterns.  I tried to avoid strong seasonal patterns and stuck to more generic themes when choosing my papers. I really like the way this folio turned out.  It feels like springtime on paper!

Graphic 45 Flower Market March Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see a full preview of the folio, learn how to build the improved folio base, and design the cover with me, then I hope you’ll enjoy Part 1 of this tutorial.

Remember, I’ll be back on Thursday with the remainder of the tutorial.  I also have a cheery country fresh card to share with you tomorrow.  So lots of good things to look forward to!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Photoplay Showers & Flowers Slimline Waterfall

Photoplay Showers & Flowers Slimline Waterfall Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Photoplay Showers & Flowers Slimline Waterfall Card Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  It’s grey, cold and gloomy here in North Carolina, so I thought we’d make this cheery Photoplay Showers & Flowers Slimline Waterfall Card today.  Let’s face it: sometimes  you have to make your own sunshine!  This vibrant new collection is the perfect way to chase away the winter blues!

Photoplay Showers & Flowers Slimline Waterfall Card Tutorial for Make and Take Tuesday Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

This 3 5/8″ x 8 5/8″ slimline card base is made with Photoplay’s new Slimline Waterfall Card Kit.  What an easy way to  make a waterfall card! Although the card kit features the waterfall on the outside of the card, I decided to turn things “inside out.”  If you join me for the tutorial, you’ll see how simple Photoplay has made it to construct this kinetic card.

A Peek Inside

Photoplay Showers & Flowers Slimline Waterfall Card Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

How fun to find this darling waterfall element waiting inside the card!  And don’t you just love these bold colors and happy patterned papers? Grey skies?  What grey skies?  My studio is filled with springtime sunshine right now!

Photoplay Showers & Flowers Slimline Waterfall Card Tutorial on YouTube

What do you say we make this sweet springtime card together?  You can follow along in this YouTube video tutorial.

There are no daffodils in my part of the world yet, but I do see the buds on our plum tree growing fatter with each passing day.  And, there are Robins in the back yard, so spring cannot be too terribly far behind.  Until it arrives, I’ll think I’ll keep this paper collection handy!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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