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Pumpkin and Spice Pop Up Card

Prima Pumpkin and Spice Pop Up Card with APG October 2022 Die of the Month

Hello, Friends!  Let there be Pumpkin and Spice Pop Up cards and everything festive and fall!  Today I’m sharing my interpretation of Spellbinder’s Amazing Paper Grace October 2022 Club Kit.  The 3-D Poinsettia Surprise Envelope was designed to be used as a Christmas project.  (You can find a tutorial and samples from Amazing Paper Grace in her blog post.)  But I felt a need to create with some of my beautiful fall papers.  Plus, I had an idea in my head for something that I wanted to try with this wonderful die.  And you know how that story ended.  I was off on another exciting crafty adventure!  Would you like to come along for the ride?

Layers of Fall Beauty

Ok, this die is amazing!  The ideas are jumping in my brain like popcorn kernels in hot oil!  I’m pretty sure that I’ll be back to share more and more ways to create with this versatile die.  But today, I have this  glorious fall celebration to share with you.

First, I highly recommend that you watch Becca’s video before you attempt to make the 3D envelope.  Then, I highly recommend that you make your first envelope from inexpensive cardstock, just in case there’s a learning curve involved.  (There is; you need to place the pop up mechanisms in just the right position in order to achieve the pop up effect.  Better to practice on cheap paper, right?)

Spellbinders 3D Poinsettia Surprise Envelope Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month October 2022 Prima Pumpkin and Spice Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Once you’ve mastered the art of building the envelope base, the sky is the limit!  This 7 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ top fold card was so much fun to make!  You all know how much I love to add depth,  dimension and layers to my cards. The mechanisms inside the envelope give you all sorts of opportunities to it with ease.  I’ve tucked fussy cut images and ephemera bits inside the envelope, then dressed up the outside of the envelope with the “poinsettias.”


TIP: Die cut scraps of your patterned papers with the flower dies.  Then sponge with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink.  Shape the flower layers and stack together.  Now thread a wired stamen through the center hole and seal the deal with a bit of hot glue.

TIP: Die cut the swirls from copper metallic cardstock to amp up the autumn vibe.

A Peek Inside

Of course, there’s a pocket inside this lovely card.  Dress it up with a little ephemera card and another die cut copper swirl.

Next, wrap a bit of Ghirardelli chocolate in a scrap of designer paper.  The pocket is large, so we can tuck in la little tea wallet, too!

Make a quick and easy bookmark by adhering the top edge of a fussy cut image to a slightly larger panel of designer paper.


The bookmark slips over the page when you are done reading.

Prima Pumpkin and Spice Pop Up Card Project Share on YouTube

If you’d like to see more of the Amazing Paper Grace Club kit, and if you’d like a personal tour of the project, I hope you’ll enjoy this short  video over on my YouTube channel.


You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!




Stamperia Provence Pop Up Card

Stamperia Provence Pop Up Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Stamperia Provence Pop Up Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  This Stamperia Provence pop up card is a little promise of springtime!  The best way I know of to fight the winter blues is with lots and lots of pretty spring papers, ribbons and embellishments.  Really Reasonable Ribbon must feel that way, too, because the February Ribbon Club is like a breath of fresh spring air.

Really Reasonable Ribbon February 2022 Ribbon Club Assortment

Can you smell the lilacs and the lavender blooming?  These lovely ribbons inspired me to invite spring breezes into my studio with Stamperia’s Provence paper collection.

Lovely As Springtime

  • First, create a 5 1/2″ square card base.  Just for fun…locate the fold on the BOTTOM edge of the card.  (You’ll see why in a moment. )
  • Cut and mat a 5″ x 5″ panel of the weathered wood paper over white and lilac cardstock.
  • Next, create a ribbon border by layering Green and Purple Plaid ribbon over Light Orchid Diamond Satin Ribbon.  Wrap this around the bottom of the weathered wood panel.
  • Now cut 2 images from the paper pad. Layer these with a diagonal line.  Place foam dots between the front and the back layer.
  • Then tie two Key Lime Bows for the corners of the card. Top with pretty lavender flowers.
The Details

A quick search through my embellishment stash revealed this old Prima sundial frame and an old Melissa Frances resin bird.  Layer these together with foam squares between to add dimension.  Tie a snippet of  Swiss Dots Grape Satin ribbon around a little hinge clip to act as a closure for the card.

A Peek Inside

The front of this card drops down to reveal a pop-up scene made from fussy cut images.  Isn’t it fun?

The pocket on the bottom of the card holds a little accordion style folio tied with more Key Lime Ribbon.  I tucked in a purple teabag, too.

Spring colors are so welcome in the middle of winter.  I hope you find time to play with these beautiful ribbons soon.

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

Thanks for stopping by!





Masculine Patriotic Birthday Cake Card

Photoplay America the Beautiful Masculine Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Photoplay America the Beautiful Masculine Patriotic Birthday Cake Card

Hello, Friends!  Since my sweet husband’s birthday is just 2 days after the 4th, I thought it would be fun to make him a Masculine Patriotic Birthday Cake Card with my America the Beautiful papers from Photoplay.  This red. white, and blue card came together very quickly, but it still has some fun features and techniques that I think you will enjoy.

How to Bake a Masculine Birthday Cake Card

  • First, create a 5 1/2″ square card base with a side fold.  The side fold is important as you will see when we open the card.
  • Next, cut a 5 1/2″ square from the Barbecue pattern.
  • Then cut a 5 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ strip from the Celebrate pattern and adhere across the middle.
  • Now cut out the cake and confetti stars 3×4 card from the Liberty pattern.  Adhere these so that the stars peek out at an angle from behind the cake image.  Back with dimensionals and adhere.
  • Stamp the Smile sentiment with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide.  Then heat emboss with clear powder.  Brush the top with your Versamark pad, then heat emboss again to create a raised sentiment.
  • Next, cut out the sentiment with the matching die.
  • Now cut out an oval from the fireworks pattern using the die from the Make a Window  set.
  • Stamp the small “here’s a reason to ” sentiment with Barn Door Distress oxide ink and cut out with the small banner flag from Make a Window.
  • Top the cake image with a cherry button.  Then add dots of Dries Clear adhesive randomly on the plate, then sprinkle some Merry Mimosa Doo Dadz.
  • Dress up the corners with a pinwheel and a little red clothespin embellishment.
A Peek Inside

Pop ups are a perfect addition to a birthday card.  This one is so easy to make!

  • Cut out the long Celebrate panel from the Land of the Free patterned paper.
  • Fold it in half and burnish.
  • Now open it and fold the right hand side in half to meet the center crease.
  • Then fold the left hand side in half to meet the center crease.
  • Now accordion fold it in to a little packet.  The “C” will be on the bottom inside, and the “E” will be on the back side of the top panel.
  • Next figure out the placement for the pop up.  The center crease of the pop up needs to line up with the center crease of the card base.  Once you’ve found the sweet spot, adhere the bottom of the packet to the right hand side of the card base.
  • Fold the packet closed and place adhesive on the top.  Then close the card and press in place.
  • When you open the card, the sentiment will pop up!
  • Tuck a little ephemera bit behind the clothespin.  Then add the sticker banner in the right hand corner.

How fun is that?

Dale will have blackberry cobbler and vanilla ice cream in lieu of cake.  It’s something his mom used to make for him every year.  He changes up his birthday dessert every year, but this was what he wanted this year, so that’s what we are having.

We sure are thankful that we get to celebrate this birthday together.  After his big scare in April, we don’t take any special events for granted.  Actually, every day feels like a special event when you’ve survived a heart attack!  God is so good!

That’s it for me today, folks!  Gotta go make that blackberry cobbler.  You’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!




Prima Spring Farmhouse Pop Up Anniversary Card

Prima Spring Farmhouse Pop Up Anniversary Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Prima Spring Farmhouse Pop Up Anniversary Card

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sharing the Prima Spring Farmhouse Pop Up Anniversary Card that I made for my sweet husband.  Today marks 45 years as man and wife.  Wow!  It seems like it was just yesterday, but when I look back over the long, winding road we’ve traveled together, my heart overflows with gratitude for the beautiful life we have been given.

We met in Bible College in upstate New York.  An unlikely pairing: me a rock ribbed New England girl, Dale a soft spoken Southern boy.  I was 19…he was 20.  And between the 2 of us we had about a nickel’s worth of common sense.  But we fell in love and we got married.  And I think, although it is hard to imagine, that I love him now more than I did at the first.   Because we were both so young, it’s like we grew up together.  I hardly have an adult memory that does not include Dale.  Isn’t that amazing?  

So when I saw this “Such a Beautiful Life” sentiment in the Spring Farmhouse collection, I knew it said exactly what my heart is feeling today.

Such a Beautiful Life…from bits and bobs

Here’s how this simple card came together from bits and bobs of the Spring Farmhouse collection.

  • First, create a 5 1/2″ square card base from 1 sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ kraft cardstock.
  • Next, cut a 5 1/4″ square of chocolate brown cardstock as a matting layer.
  • Trim a 4×6 Spring Farmhouse Journal Card to a width of 5 1/8″.  Adhere this at the top of the chocolate brown panel.
  • Now trim out the brown check pattern to fill in the gap between the journal card and the base of the chocolate brown panel.  I had to overlap these two pieces, but it really didn’t matter because I knew the joint would be covered by the other card layers.
  • Then ink the edges of 3″ x 4″ wood grain journal card and adhere it over the background so that it is mostly on the right hand side of the card.
  • Now wrap the left hand side of the card with burlap string.  Tie a knot at the top.  Slip a little key and padlock over the ends of the string (my heart belongs to him alone!)  and tie a knot. Add a small burlap string bow at the top.
Layer and Layers of Memories

  • Next, layer other neutral scraps of paper over kraft and chocolate brown cardstock.
  • Then cut out the old house image and mat on both kraft and brown.  Place dimensionals on the back to really make it pop.
  • Use a tag die to cut out the sentiment from the paper collection.  Top with a bow and a button.  Place dimensionals on the back and adhere to the card base.
  • Then adhere the chipboard sentiment “Grow Old With Me…the Best is Yet to Come” to the right of the focal image.
  • Adhere the large button on the right.

This old house makes me think of us.  We’ve had lots of celebrations…and we’ve weathered some storms.  But the walls are still sound…and the roof doesn’t leak…and this man is my home.  Ain’t love grand?

A Peek Inside

I created a little pop-up scene inside the card.  Then I added a stamped sentiment that is so perfectly “us.”  We’ve consumed more than a few peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in lean times…but that’ s OK!  We both like peanut butter and jelly!

The sentiment panel on the top of the card is actually a pocket/tag combo where I wrote my personal note to Dale.  And no…you can’t read it!

Prima Spring Farmhouse Pop Up Anniversary Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Here’s the side view.  If you’ve never made a pop up card, you can find a video tutorial HERE.

We have no big celebrations this year….just a quiet dinner at home with lots of good memories to share with one another and dreams for the future, whatever it may hold.  Just the way we like it!  I’ll be back with a Spring Farmhouse card video tutorial for Throwback Thursday!

Thanks for stopping by!




Witching Hour Halloween Pop Up Cards

Witching Hour Halloween Pop Up Cards: How to Create a Card Background from Scraps

Hello Friends!  It’s Day Four of Halloween Week and today it’s all about Halloween Pop Up Cards!  If you’ve never made one, you can find a great tutorial HERE.   Pop up cards are a perfect style for Halloween.  They have that “BOO” factor going on, after all.  So today I have a trio of Halloween Pop Up Cards to share with you and a tutorial for making your own cool card backgrounds from scraps.

We all have scraps….and some of us…ahem…have piles of them.  All three backgrounds on these Halloween Pop Up Cards are made with scraps of paper.  I’ve added stitching and vellum to a couple to create a ghostly effect.  The video tutorial below will show you how quick and easy it is to make these backgrounds.  But first, let’s enjoy the cards!

Darla the Witch Halloween Pop Up Card with Reneabouquets

Witching Hour Pop Up Card with Carta Bella Halloween Market Reneabouquet Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Here’s sweet little Darla the Witch, sitting on a pumpkin, waiting for the witching hour. Create this scene faster than you can say “Bibbety, Bobbity, Boo!”

  • First, heat emboss the laser cut Halloween Clock with Stampendous Aged Black Embossing Enamel.
  • Then heat emboss the clock hands with Aged Gold Embossing Enamel.
  • Adhere foam dimensionals to the back side of the clock.  Choose an area that will be covered up so the dimensionals don’t peek through.
  • Now back Darla the Witch with a double layer of dimensionals and adhere.
  • Wrap the panel with a ribbon border.

  • Next tie gold metallic string over the ribbon and add a word token.
  • Then tuck in some gorgeous flowers and a spooktacular Halloween butterfly.

A Peek Inside

And here’s the pop up feature inside.  So fun to make!

There’s even a fold down flap!  How fun is that?


Halloween Pop Up Cards #2: The Witches Ball

The Witch's Ball Halloween Pop Up Card by Kathy Clement kathy By Design Carta Bella Halloween Market PHoto 01

Now we know what Darla the Witch was thinking about while perched on her pumpkin!  She was wondering what to wear to the annual Witches Ball!

This card background is made exactly like the first sample.  I just didn’t cover it with vellum or add machine stitching.

Darla’s ballgown will be the talk of the town, don’t you think?

  • First, heat emboss the dress mannequin with Allure Hammered Metal Embossing Powder.
  • Once the embossing cools, trace the outside edge onto patterned paper.  Cut this out and adhere behind the mannequin.  This will help the dress to pop off the background.
  • Now add a panel of dark paper to the center of your card.  Create ribbon borders above and below.  This will also help draw the eye to the dress form.

  • Heat emboss a little hanger and suspend the BOO ephemera bit.
  • Die cut the witch hat from scraps of paper and layer together with foam dimensionals.  Adhere in the corner of the BOO banner.
  • Darla’s pet owl is going tot he ball, too.  Someone has to chaperone!
The Pop Up Element

Add a flap to the bottom half of the card.  This doesn’t technically pop up, but it can be folded up for display.  Cute, right?

Create a little sentiment panel behind the flap.

Halloween Pop Up Cards #3:  A Mosaic Tile Background

The third card in this “story” features Darla’s fancy broomstick and a really cool mosaic background made from scraps.

Stitching on a vellum layer gives this card a cool ghostly feel.  Or maybe it’s foggy tonight.  Either way, Darla’s cat will safely navigate all the way to the Witches Ball and back.

This 6″ x 4″ journal card was too large to fit in my 5 1/2″ wide pocket.  So I scored and folded it.  Then I trimmed out an ephemera bit to go on the cover.

The back side has a blank sentiment panel where you can add a ghostly greeting.

How to Create a Spooktacular Background from Scraps

Are you ready to learn how to make frightfully fabulous backgrounds from your scraps?  This short video tutorial will show you how to  make the diagonal stripe background and the mosaic style background.  Of course, you can use this technique with any patterned paper you have in your stash.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

I’ve also listed these Halloween cards in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!