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January and February Gnome of the Month Card Tutorials

Photoplay Year With My Gnomes Gnome of the Month Card January by Kathy Clement Photo 01

January & February Gnome of the Month Card Tutorials

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m launching the first installment of my Gnome of the Month Card Tutorials.  Each month in 2022, we are going to make a cute card with Photoplay’s Year With My Gnomies paper collection.  I’ve decided that 2022 is a good year for fun and smile.  These gnomes definitely make me chuckle.   What  better way to send someone a smile in the mail each month? Sometimes these ideas just pop into my head, and so far I’ve not regretted bringing them to life.

Launching Make & Take Tuesdays on YouTube

February Gnome of the Month Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photoplay Year With My Gnomies Photo 01

Now gnomes may not be your cup of tea.  Not to worry! I’ve decided to launch a new YouTube tutorial series called Make and Take Tuesday.  This  series will be in addition to my Throwback Thursday posts.  We’ll be working with newer collections in these tutorials, and the focus will be on creating cards.  The gnomes will make a monthly appearance, but the series will cover everything from making stacks of cards in a hurry, fun fold card bases, easy to mail cards and fully loaded cards.

My goal is to share these posts with you every Tuesday as my schedule permits.  Sound like fun?

January Gnome of the Month

Since January is nearly half over, I am sharing both the January and February cards this month.  Since the idea didn’t pop into my head until after I had created the January card, there is no step by step tutorial for it.  But, the base for each of these cards is the same.  Only the patterns and the embellishments vary.  So you can easily create this wintry card, even without the step by step tutorial.

January Gnome of the Month Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement PHoto 01

The shaker box on the front of this card features a brand new, soon to be released die from Becca Feeken.  The Filigree Marquis die is part of her new “Classically Becca” release in January. Here’s how to make the shaker frame:

  • First, die cut the frame from 100# white cardstock.
  • Next, heat emboss the frame with VersaMark and Ranger Bridal Tinsel Embossing Powder.
  • Let the embossing cool, then back the frame with a piece of clear cardstock. (Acetate)
  • Now, place 3 rows of 1/8″ foam strips around the sides of the frame.
  • Then fill the inside of the frame with a shaker mix.
  • Next, cut a panel of the polka dot paper large enough to back the frame.  Decorate it with the sledding gnome from the sticker sheet.  Then press in place on the back of the frame.
  • Finish with the fussy cut Snow Day Gnome, ribbon , flowers and charms.

A Peek Inside

The tutorial for the February card will show you how to create the base, add the pockets, and make the mini folios.

What a fun way to send birthday greetings to January birthday boys and girls!  You have plenty of room in the pocket to tuck in a gift card, tea bag, or other small treat.

February Gnome of the Month

The shaker element on the February Gnome of the Month is a Reneabouquets Beautiful Board Frame.  I’ll show you how to assemble it in the video tutorial below.

You can see how the design of each card is the same.  We just change out the patterned papers and embellishments.

I dare you not to smile at these adorable critters!

Since each month’s papers in the collection is laid out almost the same, it’s very easy to repeat the designs.

So, if  you are ready to get started on making your own Gnome of the Month Card, join me for the tutorial below.

Gnome of the Month Card Tutorial on YouTube

Let Me Hear Your Thoughts

So now I need to hear from you!  Do you like the idea of a Gnome of the Month Card Tutorial?  Are you excited about Make and Take Tuesday?  Making these video tutorials is a huge time commitment on my end.  I’m happy to do it, but I need to know that you are on board and like the idea.  Otherwise, I’m just spinning my wheels.  Please share your thoughts with me in the comment section of my blog, or on my YouTube channel.  It is really helpful when I hear from you!

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

Happy Make and Take Tuesday!

Thanks for stopping  by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Loving Cup Valentine Easel Card

Amazing Paper Grace January 2022 dom Photoplay Tulia & Norbert Love Story Easel Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Loving Cup Valentine Easel Card with Photoplay Love Story and Amazing Paper Grace DOM

Hello, Friends!  Is there anything cuter than a Loving Cup Valentine made from Photoplay Paper’s Tulia & Norbert Love Story collection?   Well, maybe, if the loving cup is made with the Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace January 2022 Die of the Month.  I’ve never really thought of myself as much of a gnome person, but these little critters are so stinkin’ adorable.  And I love their hats, of all things! Crafting with them makes me smile!

  • First, make a 6×6 easel card base.  Line the inside and make a pocket to act as the stopper.
  • Next, fussy cut the gnomes from a 6″ x 4″ journal card and use them to line the pocket.  See what I mean about the hats?

Although the APG die is a pop up vignette, I opted to just use it as the focal image on my card.  One of the dies in the kit is a little note card designed to fit inside the cup.  However, I turned it into a vellum “tea bag” then tied it to the cup handle.  Cute, right?

A Peek Inside

The patterns in the Love Story collection are so bright and happy!  I love these candy hearts.

I created a little folio to hold a chocolate treat, then tucked in a color matched tea bag and honey stick to complete the card.

You can find out more about the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club HERE.  There’s also a fabulous SALE going on that you might want to check out.  I may or may not have found a few items that were such a good deal that I had to let them fall into my cart.

If you’d like to see what Becca made with this Club Kit, check out her blog HERE. Everything she does is super elegant, so it will be fun for you to see the design contrast.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Photoplay Frostival Hot Chocolate Shaker Party

Photoplay Frostival Hot Chocolate Shaker Party by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Photoplay Frostival Hot Chocolate Shaker Party

Hello, Friends!  Winter is in full swing, so I thought I’d warm things up with a Photoplay Frostival Hot Chocolate Shaker Party. Oh, the weather outside is frightful…so a cup of hot chocolate is truly delightful!   Once again, I pulled out my trusty December Ribbon Club Assortment from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Then I proceeded to put together this festive winter card.

Wonderful things happen when you clean out a storage bin.  That’s where I found this super cute wooden hoop that came from who knows where, who knows when!  But doesn’t it work perfectly as a shaker frame?

Next I created borders with some of the inky blue satin ribbons I had left from the Club Assortment.  This is one of my favorite ways to use printed ribbon.  First, it looks great!  Then, there’s the ease factor.  Just lay down a strip of Scor-Tape, attach ribbon, and you’re done!   Next, there’s the fact that the ribbon creates the perfect spot to dangle a cluster of winter charms.  Now that’s fun!

A Peek Inside

My friends, I grew up in Vermont where winter is real and winter is brutal.  Somehow, we still managed to spend endless hours outside sledding, building snow forts, having snow ball fights, playing fox and geese in the snow.  Our favorite time to sled was after supper.  We lived at the top of a very long hill.  There was one streetlight at the very top and one almost at the bottom.  The light from the moon mixed with the light from the street lamps created a hazy blue hue on the fallen snow.  Yes, it was freezing.  But it was magical.  And when we were too cold to move, we could go inside and enjoy a hot cup of cocoa.

Naturally, I had to wrap up a pouch of yummy cocoa to tuck into the pocket of this card.  Were you wondering when the party was going to start?  How about now?  Cocoa, cookies, a peppermint stick stirrer and a yummy bit of chocolate.  Aaaah!  Now we can curl up with a good book and mark our place with this cute bookmark.

Isn’t ribbon amazing?  It can inspire such fun projects and be used in so many ways.  I hope I’ve shared a few ideas you can us in this cheery winter post.

Now excuse me…I need to go find a cuppa cocoa!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Photoplay Notting Hill Birthday Card

PHotoplay Notting Hill Birthday Card

Photoplay Notting Hill Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  If you have an avid reader in your circle, then I think you will appreciate this Photoplay Notting Hill Birthday Card design.  Our sweet daughter in law celebrated her birthday this month, so I had to take a step away from all the Christmas papers for a few moments.  She is a lover of books.  The book club she started years ago is still going strong to this day.

She and our son also have 2 lovely kitties.  So, books and cats seemed to be a good design direction to pursue.  Since I had just received this Notting Hill collection from Photoplay, making her card was a cinch.  I’m happy to share some of the tips and tricks I used to create this vibrant card.

Design Tips

  • Tip #1: Balancing Act: This color palette is much more bold than my “go to” choices.  So I balanced the the brilliant blues and neon greens with a softer plaid background that almost reads like a neutral.
  • Tip #2:  Pops of Color: Choose smaller panels of the really bright patterns from the paper collection and layer them in small doses.
  • Tip #3: Think about shapes.  It’s always a good idea to add round or oval elements on a square or rectangular card.  The oval die cut in the center of the card provides a welcome relief from all the sharp corners and edges.  The same is true of the plant pots.
  • Tip #4: Elevation: Fussy cut the napping kitty from the 3×4 card.  This is not a very big image, but by backing it with foam tape, you give it more of a presence on the page.  Then surround it with the potted plants to draw the eye right to it.  By fussy cutting around the image, you also give it more of a dimensional feel.  It’s a simple trick, but it makes a big difference in the card design.

A Peek Inside

Naturally, I added a gift card pocket to the card interior.  I also repeated themes (the sleeping kitty) and patterns (the plaid background) inside to reinforce the elements used on the card cover.

This little gift card wallet is the perfect place to add my sentiment and a shopping spree at a local bookstore.

This is a great collection for anyone who keeps a journal of the books they read each year.  And if you belong to a book club, you’ll find lots of great patterns and themes that will come in handy when you make cards for your fellow bookworms.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.  I hope I’ve shared some helpful design tips with you today.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Oh, and there will be no Throwback Thursday this week.  I have family coming in for Christmas, the Littles coming over to bake cookies…and presents that need to be wrapped!  So I’ll be taking a few days off to enjoy the holidays.  I have a full line up of posts for the following week, including a really fun Throwback Thursday!

Wishing you all a blessed, merry and happy Christmas!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Merry Christmas Recipe Card Folio Tutorial

Photoplay Mad 4 Plaid Christmas Recipe Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Throwback Thursday Merry Christmas Recipe Card Folio Tutorial with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  If you bake special holiday treats, this Merry Christmas Recipe Card Folio Tutorial is just for you.  Every year, I have a trove of  savory and sweet goodies that I only make at Christmas.  Since I got tired of looking for them in my larger recipe card holder, I decided to make this cute 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 1″  double waterfall folio to hold them all. I just love it when cute meets practical, don’t you?

Wrapped Up in Ribbon

Really Reasonable Ribbon October 2021 Ribbon Club by Kathy Clement PHoto 01

The base of this Merry Christmas Recipe Card Folio is made from heavy duty black cardstock.  Then I dressed it up for the holidays with ribbons from the Really Reasonable Ribbon October Ribbon Club Assortment.  They paired perfectly with Photoplay Paper’s Mad 4 Plaid Christmas collection.

TIP: Create a fun focal image by layering Christmas Pine Cones and Branches Satin over Forest Green Satin with a Grosgrain Edge Ribbon.  Anchor the corners of the image with a bow cluster of Gold Metallic String, Rusty Jingle Bells and an itty bitty posy.  Then cover a wooden clothespin with a scrap of designer paper and a little gold metallic string bow.  Attach this on the opposite side of the image to balance things out.

TIP:  Wrap the center of the folio with Bold Check Christmas Plaid Ribbon.  Leave the tails long so you can tie a bow to serve as the closure for the folio.

Christmas Ornaments

Photoplay Mad 4 Plaid Christmas Recipe Card Folio Reneabouquets Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement

 

Dress up the spine with this handsome Santa and Snowflake.  Oh, and I added some of my precious vintage buttons to the album cover, too.

A Peek Inside

Double waterfall features house the recipe card section of the folio.  The plaid clasps are magnetic to keep everything neat and tidy.

Use scraps of designer paper to create pockets for the recipe cards.  This makes it easy to pull the recipe cards out when you want to use them and protects the book from getting messy.

Leave some pages blank for photos.  You can also create little tip ins and flip down pages to make the folio more fun.

The front flap of the folio is a gatefold feature.  Once again, use ribbon as a closure.

Place photos on the side flaps and under the belly band.  The tiny envelope is a great place to tuck in a gift card or a special note.

The back side of the front flap is a little pocket/photo mat page with a decorative flap.

It’s important to include photos of you baking with your kids, friends, spouse or grandkids.  You may not think so now, but those photos will be as precious as the recipes in years to come.

Quick Video Flip Through

Here’s a quick flip through of the folio so you can see how all the moving parts work together.  I also put together a very basic video tutorial for the folio base.  It’s enough to get you started on this fun project!

Quick note:  You’ll notice that the cover of the folio is different in the video than it is in the photos.  That’s because a couple of days after I finished the video, I found the Reneabouquets Santa Sleigh Beautiful Board, and could not resist making the change to the album. 

Basic Cutting Guide

Here are the  basic measurements you need for the folio:

  • Base: (2) 4 1/2″ x 11″ panels of heavy black cardstock.  Join and score at 6 1/2″ and 7 1/2″.  Then fold and score again at 6 1/2″.  Fold and score a final time at 6 1/4″.  The little flap forms the inside pocket.
  • Liners for the covers and waterfall pages are red cardstock cut to 6 3/8″ x 4 3/8″.  You will need 4.
  • Red cardstock liners for the pocket page and front flap are 6 1/8″ x 4 3/8″.  You will need 2.
  • Red Cardstock liners for the spine: (2) 3/4″ x 4 3/8″.
  • Double waterfall pages are 6 3/4″ x 4 1/4″.  Score 1/2″ flap on the left hand side for the left  hand page.  Score 1/2″ flaps on the right hand side for the right hand page.  You will need 6 total.

You can find a linked supply list below the post.

Baking with my kids, and now my granddaughters, is one of my favorite Christmas traditions.  I should probably make one of these little folios for each of them so they can continue the tradition.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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