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Gnome For Christmas Tree Easel Card

Spellbinders Gnome For Christmas Tree Pretty Pine Background Stamp Photoplay Christmas Party by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Gnome for Christmas Tree Easel Card with Spellbinders and Photoplay Paper

Hello, Friends!  I have to ask you, is this Gnome for Christmas Tree Easel card cute or what?  After putting this one together earlier this week, I just had to share it with you here, because the end result made me smile!

Spellbinders Gnome For Christmas Tree Pretty Pine Background Stamp Photoplay Christmas Party by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Sometimes, a product pairing is a match made in heaven.  That’s the case with the Spellbinders Gnome Tree and Photoplay Paper Tulia and Norbert Christmas Party papers.  Putting this card together required a bit of work, but it was so worth the effort!

There are a LOT of little pieces in this die set.  So right off the bat, I recommend you find a magnetic sheet and lay the pieces out so you don’t lose any.  (We won’t talk about how I accidentally dropped one of the small bits into the paper trash can beside my die cutting area and the ensuing search all the way to the bottom of the receptacle where the little bugger was snuggled up all comfy and cozy.)

Gnome for Christmas Tree Tips and Tricks

Spellbinders Gnome For Christmas Tree Pretty Pine Background Stamp Photoplay Christmas Party by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

  • First, die cut just the tree frame from sturdy white cardstock.
  • Next, insert the “gnomes” inside the frame and die cut a second time from sturdy white cardstock.  Keep this panel intact, and adhere it over the frame die cut.
  • Now, die cut the gnomes from white glitter cardstock. (Linked below).  Use tweezers or a Quik-Stick Tool to lift the beard pieces from the die cut and adhere over the bearded areas on the white base.
  • Then select 2 patterns from Photoplay Christmas Party and die cut the hats. Repeat the process for each pattern.  You can save the pieces you don’t use in this card for a second card.  So even though it’s a fair bit of die cutting, it’s like a BOGO deal.
  • Now die cut the trousers from the same patterned papers.
  • Die cut  wreath, stars and garland pieces from scraps of glitter cardstock.
Emboss/Resist Stamped background

Follow these steps to make the background oval for the card.

  • First, die cut the largest Picot Petite Oval from white cardstock.
  • Next, ink up the Pretty Pine Background stamp with clear embossing ink.  Stamp onto the die cut oval.
  • Now, heat emboss with opaque white or Shabby Ivory embossing powder.
  • Then swipe a non-stick craft sheet with Pine Needles, Shabby Shutters, Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint Distress ink.  Spritz with water until beads form.  Tap the stamped oval into the inky puddle to pick up the ink.  The embossed areas will resist the ink and create the patterned background.
A Peek Inside

Dress up the inside of this 7″ x 5″ easel card base with festive patterns from the Christmas Party paper collection.  Add a little gift card holder, and your job is done!

Gnomes for Christmas is a very good idea, dontcha think?  You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Throwback Thursday Autumn Greetings Tutorial

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Throwback Thursday Autumn Greetings Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s September 1st, so I thought I’d share this Throwback Thursday Autumn Greetings Tutorial with you.  Maybe if we share a lot of crisp and cozy fall cards, the weather will catch on and start to usher in some cooler fall days.  Think it will work?  Let’s hope so!

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My “search and rescue” mission in the Closet of Inspiration and Delight uncovered some delightful goodies!  First I discovered the remnants of Photoplay Paper’s Autumn Greetings Collection.  These warm and cozy colors, patterns and images were a great jumping off point for this card design.  Next, I located the Spellbinder’s Amazing Paper Grace Infinity Elegance Die and some copper foil paper.  Perfect, right?  Reneabouquets Fall Mix Mulberry Flowers and Acorn Bits provided drama and beauty.  I even found a sweet little fall apple sent to me from a dear friend named Becky.

Embellishing a card is always my favorite part of the job, so today’s tutorial focuses on adding all those wonderful little bits and bobs that help bring a card to life.

A Peek Inside

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I had just the right amount of paper and images to finish up this sweet card!

The pocket gave me room to add this sweet and simple bookmark and a little tea wallet.

Can you believe it?  I actually found a packet of Apple Spice Chai Tea in my stash!  Sometimes all the parts of a project just seem to come together.  And that makes for a happy day in the studio.

Throwback Thursday Autumn Greetings Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how all the lovely layers of this project came together, then I hope you’ll enjoy this tutorial.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

So that’s it for me on this hot and humid Throwback Thursday.  We are all so ready for you, Autumn!  Time for you to come into town!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Photoplay Brainiac Explosion Box

Photoplay Brainiac Exploding Box by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Photoplay Brainiac Explosion Box for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello Friends!  The yellow school busses are rolling here in North Carolina, so it seems like a good time to share this Photoplay Brainiac Explosion Box project with you.  It’s Make & Take Tuesday after a very full, happy and busy weekend with family supper, birthday celebration and baby shower.  So I don’t have a tutorial for  you today, but I do have a video with tips and ideas.  We have one more birthday weekend to get through this month, and then it should be easier to keep things on track here.

Photoplay Brainiac Exploding Box by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Photoplay surprised me a couple weeks ago with this lovely new collection.  I’m such a sucker for plaid, and the blue plaid in these papers is really special.  They also tucked in one of their new explosion box folios as a special treat.  I’ve made several different versions of explosion boxes in the past, and can attest to the fact that they are really fun to make.  Photoplay’s Explosion Box comes all pre-cut, pre-scored and ready to put together with directions that are very easy to follow.  What a time saver!

Layers of Fun

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The inside of the box is a little tricky to photograph, but as you can see here, the box is made from 3 stacked layers, each one a little larger than the first.  Photoplay has cut all the slash pockets and such, so you really can just focus on the fun part, which is adding the designer papers.    You’re looking at the slash pocket layer, which is the largest, measuring 4×4 inches. I die cut cute tags to stuff in the pockets with room for photos and journaling.

The next layer of pockets easily holds the 3×4 journal cards from the paper collection.  I cut these out in twos, then scored between the images to create mini folios for the pockets.  By the way, the thumb hole on the explosion box base is already punched, but you will need to punch your designer papers if you want them to match up.

The final layer is the perfect size for more small tags and photo booth sized photos.  Although the kit comes with a scored accordion pull out, I wanted mine to be slightly larger, so I changed up the design a bit.

Photoplay Brainiac Explosion Box Video on YouTube

If you’d like to take a closer look at all the fun elements in this project, I hope you’ll enjoy this short video tour with tips and ideas.  We’ll also take a closer look at the Brainiac paper collection.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Warm Wishes Festive Food Truck

Photoplay Wonderful Christmas Spellbinders Warm Wishes Camper Life by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders Warm Wishes Festive Food Truck with Photoplay Wonderful Christmas Collection

Hello, Friends!  How would you like to take this Warm Wishes Festive Food Truck on the road this Christmas?  We can sell hot chocolate, gingerbread men, snowman sugar cookies and pinwheel cookies to pay for the fuel as we roll merrily along on our journey!  Sound like fun?  Well, I did have fun making this adorable card with Spellbinders Warm Wishes Camper Life dies and Photo Play Paper’s Wonderful Christmas collection.

Spellbinders Warm Wishes Camper Life Photoplay Paper Wonderful Christmas Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Dale and I are always imagining what we could sell if we had a food truck.  Pancakes?  Burgers? Tacos?  But I think this cute cookie-mobile is the best idea yet!  Who doesn’t love hot chocolate and tasty cookies?

Dressing this little camper die up with papers from A Wonderful Christmas was so much fun!  Since I had some leftover bits from the Winter Garden and Parcel and Post projects, I decided to add them into the mix.

A Peek Inside

To keep with the food truck theme, I created a little box pocket filled with tasty treats.

Salted Caramel Macchiato anyone?  That’s what wrapped up inside the largest “gift package.  Then I tucked in some tasty cookies and a peppermint stick, just for fun!  And how cute is this paper collection?   I can’t wait to play with again soon.

A Little Announcement

I have a busy week ahead, so I will not be able to do my usual Make & Take Tuesday or Throwback Thursday posts.

It’s birthday month in our family, and I have another family birthday party to plan and execute this weekend.  This one is for our sweet daughter in law who I love so very much!  We have mutually agreed that we would be friends even if she hadn’t married our eldest son!

On top of that, there’s a baby shower for our youngest son and his wife.  They are expecting their first baby this October, so I am very excited about this event!

If that’s not enough to keep me out of trouble, it’s also time for me to make another Button Farm Club kit.

How I’m going to get all of this done, I really don’t know.  But sleep is overrated, and family comes first.  I hope you’ll be patient with me as I tend to all these necessary (and fun) activities.

Oh, yes!  I’ll be back on Friday of this week with the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team Hop.  See?  I told you this was going to be a busy week!

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

Wishing you all a joyful and creative week!  See you on Friday!

Cheerio,

kathy

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September Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial

Photoplay Year With My Gnomies September Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement

Photoplay Year With My Gnomies September Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  The gnomes are headed back to school for this September Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial.  September?  Yes…September!  How can that even be possible?  Time for moms and dads to break out the back packs, new sneakers, pencils and pads.  Summer really, truly is winding down once the kids start back to school!

These gnomes seem to be ready for some reading, writing and arithmetic lessons.  I had loads of fun putting this 6×6 shaker folio together for you today.

A ribbon closure of blue gingham seemed to be a prudent plan for this slightly chunky folio.  I’ll share all the details and how-tos in the video tutorial below.

A Peek Inside

How do you feel about these bright, primary colors?  It’s just like opening that new box of Crayolas on the first day of school!

If you’ve been following along with this year-long series, then you know how quick and easy it is to make this monthly folio.  But, if you’re new, or you need to get caught up on past months, you can find them all HERE.

There’s lots of room for photos, special dates and journaling in all the little pockets and tuck spots.

Remember the first day of school?  I walked with my best friend Robin up the long, long hill to our neighborhood 2 room schoolhouse.  Filled with anticipation and ready to conquer the world, I was a bit disappointed when the first day centered around getting our desks properly adjusted to the length of our legs and coloring a big red apple.  Already reading, I went home and told my mother that I would not be going back the next day as I already knew how to color.

But I did…because you just didn’t argue with Mom.

September Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to follow along as I make this month’s folio, please enjoy this video tutorial.  I was racing a thunderstorm, so it moves along fast!  We almost always lose power in a thunderstorm, and I did not want to end up in the dark.

What’s your favorite memory from your very first day of school?  I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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