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Prima Autumn Sunset Forest Friends

Spellbinders Sparkling Mandala Prima Autumn Sunset Forest Friends Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Prima Autumn Sunset Forest Friends Card with Spellbinders Sparkling Mandala

Hello, Friends!  Today marks the first day of Fall, so it’s the perfect time to share this Prima Autumn Sunset Forest Friends card with you.  If you listen closely, you can hear the leaves fluttering softly onto the forest floor where Mr. Fox is keeping watch over a napping fawn.  Can you smell the crisp air?  Feel the breeze as it blows by your cheek?  It’s fall, my friends!  The most glorious season of the year!

Spellbinders Sparkling Mandala from the Merry Stitchmas Collection

Don’t you just love it when a die offers lots of options?  The Spellbinders Sparkling Mandala Die is technically part of their Christmas collection.  But it works beautifully on this fall themed card, too!  Just because the product packaging says “Christmas” it doesn’t mean you have to limit the usage to that season!

I also opted not to add stitching to my die.  (To see one that has been stitched, look HERE.)  Instead, I cut just the outer frame of the die from copper foiled paper.  Then I die cut patterned paper with the insert inside the frame.  When you layer the two pieces together, the copper foil shimmers through the little stitched openings.  It’s a very pretty effect!

A Little Mixed Media

Add a little mixed media action to your composition by sprinkling some mustard seeds around the base.  I like to use Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive for this, but you can use whatever adhesive you like.  Mulberry flowers, layered die cut ephemera, glittered leaves, machine stitching and lots of loose threads add texture and interest to the card design.

A Peek Inside

The inside is a simple pocket with a fall tea bag, chocolate and honey stick tucked inside.  You can see that I dressed up the pocket with another sparkling mandala die cut.  This time I topped it with a butterfly.

Now all I need to do is write a little note on the journal card, and this sweet card is ready for the mailbox.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use with this versatile die.  I have other ideas…I just need the time to bring them to life.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Let it Snow Christmas Shaker Card Folio

Prima Christmas in the Country Fold Out Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Let it Snow Christmas Shaker Card Folio with Spellbinders All Is Calm Word Frame

Hello, Friends!  I think you are going to love this Let it Snow Christmas Shaker Card Folio.  It’s perfect for gift giving, quick and easy to make, and pretty enough to use as part of your holiday décor.   Pretty papers from Prima’s Christmas in the Country provide the backdrop for a festive shaker element made with Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace All is Calm Word Frame.

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace All Is Calm Word Frame Shaker Element by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Adorn the 6 1/4″ square folio with some handmade poinsettia flowers, Christmas ribbon and holly leaves.

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace All is Calm Word Frame Shaker Box by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Here’s a close up of the shaker element.  I love the way the sparkly sequins shimmer behind the lattice work frame.  It’s just like looking at Christmas lights through a wintry window!  This die set comes with two different sentiments.  I die cut the Let it Snow sentiment from red metallic paper and regular cardstock.  If you offset the sentiments slightly when you adhere them together, it creates a bit of a drop shadow effect.

Suspend some cute Christmas Charms from the spine.

A Peek Inside

I love to make projects that are part card, part mini album, and part gift!  Create a little waterfall mechanism on the left to store photos of the season.

How about a Christmas Tea Party in a Box?  You can fill yours with little treats and treasures that will bring joy to the recipient.

Use your scraps to dress up individually wrapped Ghiradelli Chocolates, honey dipper, cookies and honey packets.  And you are never too grown up for a peppermint stick!  The vellum envelope holds a holiday tea bag and a post card to write your personal greeting.

Decorate the flap pages, or leave room to add photos.

Maybe I’ll try to work up a Throwback Thursday tutorial so you can learn how to build the base.  Then you can decorate it up with your own favorite papers.  Would you like that?

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Pumpkin and Spice Slimline Card

Prima Pumpkin and Spice Slimline Card

Hello, Friends!  I’m just popping in very quickly to share this quick and easy Prima Pumpkin and Spice Slimline Card.  I had a few spare minutes to play over the holiday weekend, so naturally I headed to the studio for a little free play time.

Prima Pumpkin and Spice Slimline Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Don’t you want this pretty arrangement of pumpkins, sunflowers and lanterns on your fall table?  It’s just so cozy and welcoming!  The mix of traditional images with shabby chic hues is so much fun!

Simple Layers

Create simple layers on this 8 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ slimline card for the win!

  • First, cut an 8 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ copper cardstock layer for the background.
  • Next, cut an 8 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ layer of the floral pattern from Prima Pumpkin and Spice. Then stitch this to the copper cardstock layer.
  • Now fussy cut the image of the pumpkins from another sheet of Pumpkin and Spice.  Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Then back with foam tape and adhere to the center of the card.  The foam tape will really make this layer pop.
Finishing Details

Adhere a Prima Sunflower vine along the base of the card.  Secure copper and cream plaid bows in the corners.  Top with burlap string and vintage metal buttons.  Spread a little Dries Clear Adhesive around the vine and sprinkle with Prills to add a little extra texture.

Now top the little chipboard charm with ribbon, acorn charm and metal wire.  Adhere this in the left corner of the card.  So cute!

A Peek Inside

Naturally, we need to tuck a Pumpkin Chai teabag and honey stick into the inside pocket!  A little journal card is a great place to write a cheery little note.

I’m so happy that the weather has cooled down a bit here in North Carolina.  The mornings have that delicious hint of fall…and I spied my first yellow leaf on my walk today.  Hooray for pumpkins and fall leaves!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Cash Register Card

Amazing Paper Grace September 2021 DOM by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Cash Register Card: Change is Good!

Hello, Friends!  I’m popping in very quickly today to share this Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Cash Register Card with you.  It’s the beginning of a new month, so it’s time to share some Amazing Paper Grace Club inspiration with all of  you.

At long last, there is a promise of a change of seasons here in North Carolina.  I almost had to don a sweater for my morning walk!  The changing seasons inspired me to pair this die up with my new Prima Pink Autumn papers for this Change is Good card.

Tips and Tricks

Here are some of the tips and tricks I employed while putting this card together.

  • First, watch Becca’s amazing video tutorial to see how to put the die together!  It will make the process so much easier for you!
  • Then, die cut the pieces from copper foil paper.  You will only need 1 of everything if you are using the cash register as the focal point of your card.
  • Next, lightly sand the raised edges of the die cut pieces to lightly distress it  This will really make those details pop!
  • Remember to use foam tape between layers to create lots of depth and dimension.
A Peek Inside

I love the papers and hues in the Pink Autumn collection!

Stamp a greeting on a scrap of designer paper and tuck into the pocket as a bookmark.

And a change in the weather definitely calls for a lovely cup of tea!

You can find out more about the Amazing Paper Grace September Club die HERE. I’ve added a linked supply list below this post.

Enjoy the rest of your Labor Day Weekend, my friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Prima Autumn Sunset Stack of Cards Tutorial

Throwback Thursday Prima Autumn Sunset Stack of Cards Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Prima Autumn Sunset Stack of Cards Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  What would you say if I told you that you could make this Prima Autumn Sunset Stack of Cards in under an hour?  Would you believe that it’s totally do-able?  Because it is!  For today’s installment of Throwback Thursday, we’re going to learn how to make lovely little fall notecards using my “go to” assembly line method.  I make little greeting cards to tuck into my Etsy shop orders as a thank you gift for my customers.  These  have to be made about once a month. Since time is money, I had to learn how to put together a quick greeting card that I could be proud of.  After some trial and error, I came up with the process that I’m going to share with you today.

Prepare for Success

The French have a food preparation technique called “mise en place.”  This means they take the time at the front end of a cooking process to measure and prepare all the ingredients for a recipe.  Everything is laid out neatly and only then do they begin to cook.  So I guess you could call this “mise en place” for cardmakers.  It generally takes me 20-30 minutes to do this step.  But then I can fly through the process of putting the cards together, as you will see in the video tutorial below.

First Things First

Once you’ve chosen the collection you wish to work with, follow these simple steps for success:

  • First, cut 6 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock in half at 4 1/4″.  Score and fold each 4 1/4″ x 11″ panel in half to make a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ (A2) card base.  You can use each base as a top fold card, or turn it to make a side fold card.
  • Next, choose 3 patterns of 12×12 designer paper that go well together.  Cut (12) 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ background panels from these papers.  I usually make my first cut horizontally at 5 1/2, then again at 11″.  Then I cut each strip into (2) 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ panels.  Double sided paper allows you to mix and match with ease.
  • Now, from your scraps, cut 4 1/4″ wide belly bands.  These vary in height from 1 1/2″ to 2″, depending on the scrap.
  • Then pick a dozen 3×4 focal images to go on the front of the card.
  • Finally, Ink all the edges of all your paper layers for quick and easy assembly.
Sort it Out

The next step is to sort and organize any ephemera you might want to use.  I broke my ephemera down into piles of pumpkins, flowers, butterflies and bugs, animals, background ephemera and words.

Choose embellishments

Tie bows in advance, and use the same bow on each card.   Muscle memory is an amazing gift. When a task is repeated, your body does it a little faster each time.   I can tie over a dozen bows in about 8 minutes.  Pick out a packet of small flowers or buttons that will look good on each card.  For instance, if I had chosen to use buttons instead of flowers, I probably would have used wooden buttons to go with the rustic feel of this collection.

Bundle Up and Glue it Down

As you will see in the video tutorial, I quickly go through my “mise en place” stacks and build little card bundles.  I pick a background paper, a belly band, a focal image and ephemera for each card then set it aside.  This way, I do all my glue work at the same time, and it goes really fast.  Once all my papers are glued down, I come back and add bows and flowers.

This is a great way to make a big stack of Christmas cards or birthday cards, too.  Sometimes I make a big stack of these cards to give as a gift to a friend or family member.

Throwback Thursday Tutorial on YouTube

 

I hope you enjoyed this edition of Throwback Thursday.  To see past Throwback Thursday projects, please click HERE.  to see more Prima Autumn Sunset projects and tutorials, please click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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**Please note: Throwback Thursday projects use older, often retired, products.  Sometimes I can find these items online and sometimes I cannot.  I will link whenever possible.  You can always substitute something lovely from your own stash.  Thanks for understanding!

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