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Victorian Christmas Bird House Card

Prima A Victorian Christmas Bird Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Prima A Victorian Christmas Bird House Card: Working With Scraps

Hello, Friends and Happy Sunday!  Today I have a charming little Victorian Christmas Bird House Card to share with you.  After making my Victorian Christmas Envelope Album, I had a few scraps of this lovely collection left on my work table.  Rather than tossing them or packing them away in the Land that Kathy forgot, I decided to turn them into a quick little card.  I thought you might enjoy knowing the tips and tricks I used along the way.

How to Create a Background From Scraps

What do you do with long, not too wide scraps of designer paper?  Well, one great way to use them up is to create what I call raised panels. I had several scraps that were all 1 1/2″ wide.  Here’s how I turned those scraps into a lovely background for my card.

  • First, determine the size of the card base you will  need.  Since my strips were 1 1/2″ wide, a 5 1/2″ square card base gave me the room I needed to layer them up side by side.
  • Next, trim your scraps so they are all the same height.  Mine are about 5″ tall.
  • Then mat the scraps on slightly larger scraps of solid cardstock.  I used a lovely antique gold metallic paper.  This was also a scrap that I had tucked into the Victorian Christmas collection the last time I had used it.
  • Now at this point, you can place dimensionals (foam tape, foam tabs or waste chipboard) on the backs of these panels to elevate them if you wish.  But since I knew I was adding a lot of dimension to my card with my embellishments, I did not do this.
  • Cut a mat for your panels from a complementary solid cardstock.  I found this scrap of deep green suede paper in my stash.  Then I just adhered this whole assembly to my card front.
Working with a Small Focal Image

What do you do when you don’t have a large focal image for a card front?  For this card, I only had the small bird chipboard to use.  It’s only about 2″ x 3″ in size.  it looked pretty lonely on the card front.  So I had to build up elements around it to make it “fit” the card.

TIP: Look for embellishments that “fit” with your card theme.  Birds and botanicals go together beautifully.  So I paired up a little wood slice, berries, and greenery to add texture, dimension and presence to the card design.  The metal birdhouse also fit the theme.  And stars at Christmas are a classic choice.  Problem solved!

A Peek Inside

Here’s a look at the inside of the card.  Once again, I was able to use small scraps to line the pocket.

TIP:  Mind the Gap!  If your paper panels are too short for the card base, add a contrasting border to cover the empty space.  It looks like a designer element,

Create a little gift card wallet to tuck inside the pocket.  Use the off cut from the card base, and you’ve used up another scrap.  Hooray!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas today that you will be able to use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Note: since this card is made with scraps and an older collection, there are a lot of products that I cannot link to.  Thanks for understanding!

  • Ribbon
  • Flower is from Prima Christmas in the Country (out of stock)
  • Paper is Prima A Victorian Christmas (retired)
  • Metal birdhouse and rusty jingle bells from Consumer Crafts (online store is closed)

 

Victorian Christmas Envelope Album Tutorial

Prima Victorian Christmas Envelope Mini Album Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Prima Victorian Christmas Envelope Album Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  If you are a fan of all things Victorian, then you are going to love this Christmas Envelope Album Tutorial.  Welcome to Throwback Thursday!  Normally I would tell you to grab a cuppa and a snack while we talk all things papercrafting.  But this Victorian Christmas Album seems to call for china cups, linen napkins, silver spoon and crumpets.

As many of you know, I have been in the process of re-organizing and purging my tiny studio.  As is always the case, I found some forgotten goodies that inspired this Throwback Thursday.  Prima’s Victorian Christmas Collection was released in 2015.  I fell in love with it immediately.  All those jolly Victorian Santa Claus images,  sweet birds and vintage toys captured my imagination.   When i also found a forgotten stash of 5″ x 7″ burgundy envelopes, the concept for this envelope album was born.

Now,  I did not invent the idea of using envelopes to make a mini album.  It’s been around forever.  But I did make a few innovations to make the concept my own.  I’ve created a little video tutorial to guide you through the steps of making the album base with something wonderful from your crafty stash.

Some Helpful Tips and Tricks

This album measures about 5 3/4″ x 7 1/2″.  That’s because I used envelopes for 5″ x 7″ cards.  But you can use whatever size envelopes you have in your stash as long as they are all the same width and height as one another.

Adding canvas and fabric to the cover design really strengthens and reinforces the album spine.  Ranger Industries makes a Sticky Back Canvas that is really easy to work with.   I highly recommend it.  Just measure it to size, peel off the backing and press it in place.  Easy peasy!

If you choose to use a fabric spine as I did for this album, there are a couple of things to bear in mind.

  • First, don’t use fabric that is too thick or stiff.  It will make it hard to open the cover.
  • Next, stitching around the edges will keep the fabric from fraying.  If you don’t sew, you can use a product called Fray Stop for this purpose.
  • Stitch your buttons in place before you adhere the fabric spine to the base.
  • Adhere your fabric spine with a strong adhesive like Red Line Tape or Scor-Tape.
The Picture Show

This little gold letter box is a charm that came as an add on to the collection.  Fill it with festive greenery for a fun detail.

Use foam dimensionals or waste chipboard to build up lots and lots of layers.  Look for Christmas greenery in the floral department of your craft store.  The Christmas pick this greenery came from was on clearance.  I love a good deal!

A Peek Inside

Because Victorian Christmas had a countdown cut apart page, I decided to turn my album into a December Daily.  You’ll see all the details in the video tutorial and tour below, but I thought you might like to see a few detail shots here as well.

Double waterfalls with magnetic closures offer a great way to use up scraps.

Use a circle die to create an interesting edge on your envelope pocket pages.  These also make it easier get photos and recipes in and out of the pockets.

There are so many wonderful Victorian Santa Claus images in this collection.  It just makes a fun lap book, even without photos or journaling.  But I included lots of room for both.

TIP:  Add even more of a Victorian Vibe to your envelopes by brushing the edges with gold paint.  I did not have any gold paint in the studio.  So I brushed the edges with Prima Gold Crackle paste.  It worked beautifully.

Envelope Album Tutorial

If you’d like to see how to create the envelope album base, please enjoy this tutorial and video tour with tips and tricks.

 

Do you have this collection in your stash?  Or have you ever made an envelope album?  I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Please note:  Throwback Thursday projects are designed to inspire you to get into your stash and make something new from something old.  Because many of the products I use for Throwback Thursday are older or retired, I may not be able to link to them.  But I bet you have a suitable substitute in your crafty stash!  

 

 

Throwback Thursday Autumn Butterflies Easel Card

Throwback Thursday Autumn Butterflies Easel Card

Hello Friends!  Today’s Throwback Thursday project is a lush, layered Autumn Butterflies Easel Card made with Prima’s Autumn Sunset Collection.  The sad story is this:  I dutifully filmed a tutorial as I was making this card.  Making a card while filming a tutorial always takes me 2 or 3 times longer, but I know how much you enjoy them.  So I do it.  Imagine my dismay and frustration when the video was deleted from my new phone.  (Learning curves are tricky to navigate.  Ugh.)  But the end project is so pretty, I had to share it with you as planned.  I’ll try to share lots of tips and tricks to help you recreate it.

Autumn Butterflies

Have you ever noticed how many butterflies you see in the fall?  And they are huge!  The graceful beauties flitting about in our backyard inspired this card made primarily with scraps.

  • To begin, cut  (2) 5″ x 8 1/2″ panels from cream cardstock.
  • Next, adhere the 5″ edge of one panel to the 5″ edge of the second panel.  You want a 1/4″ overlap.
  • Now score this long panel at 7″  and fold to form a 5″ x 7″ Top fold card.
  • Trim the extra length off the bottom of the card.
  • Now score the card front at 3 1/2″ to form an easel card base.
  • Then cut a 5″ x 7″ panel of brown cardstock.  Do not adhere this to the card front yet.
  • Mat a 4 5/8″ x 6 5/8″ panel of designer paper on a 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ panel of kraft cardstock.
  • Then mat a 4″ x 6″ Autumn Sunset Journal card on kraft and brown mats as seen in the photo below.
Create a Focal Point

Create a focal point with die cuts, ephemera cards, Reneabouquets Beautiful Board and Butterflies.

  • First, cut the Spellbinders Lattice Quadrante Die from patterned paper and from Copper Foiled paper.
  • Next, adhere the two die cut layers together so that the edges are offset as seen in the photo.
  • Then, carefully cut the die on the diagonal lines to make 4 pieces.
  • Layer a foiled ephemera card (“Album”) with the Reneabouquets “Tree of Life” Beautiful Board, a scrap of canvas fabric, another ephemera card, and the “Love” ephemera piece.  Use dimensionals between the layers.
  • Then adhere the cut pieces of the Lattice Quadrante behind the focal image.  Place the scrolled edges on the side and the pointed lattice edges top and bottom.

The final touch is the gorgeous Champagne Butterfly in the center of the Tree of Life Frame.  I deliberately kept the card front simple and elegant so that the beauty of each element would have a chance to shine.

A Peek Inside

I created this primarily as a home décor item,   But I did add a small sentiment panel inside the card.

I hope this Throwback Thursday inspires you to dig through some of your retired fall papers and make something beautiful.

You’ll find a linked supply list below.  If you’d like to purchase this card you can find it in my ETSY Shop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Note: Throwback Thursday projects are designed to help you use up older papers and collections.  For that reason, I cannot always link to retired products.  Thanks for understanding!

 

 

French Pastry Shop Window Card

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month June 2020 by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

French Pastry Shop Window Card with Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month

Hello, friends!  Let’s gaze at the goodies inside this French Pastry Shop Window Card, shall we?  I’ve had the best time playing with the new Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month!  The minute I opened the package, I envisioned an old style European shop window filled with tantalizing treats.  Imagine my surprise when I realized that this is supposed to be a calendar grid!  This sort of imagination has landed me in hot water more than once in my life, but I’m a good swimmer, so I think everything will turn out just fine!

This A2 Snip It Grid and Calendar Creator die set has 41 pieces!  You receive the gorgeous grid die, the elegant fishtail banner, a “Save the Date” banner to layer over it, 2 gorgeous floral dies and loads of letters and digits.  I’ll share a calendar creation at another time.  Today we are just going to focus on this French Pastry Shop Window Card.

Prima Fruit Paradise Shop Window

  • Begin by creating a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base with a 3/4″ spine.
  • Next, mat a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ panel of Fruit Paradise Cherry Blossoms paper on a slightly larger pale pink mat.
  • Now adhere a 4 3/4″ x 3″ strip of pink gingham patterned paper across the middle.
  • Then cut 3″ x 6 3/4″ fishtail banners from the “B” sides of the paper and adhere in the center of the card front.
Creating the French Pastry Shop Window

  • Now die cut the grid from patterned paper and pale pink cardstock.  Adhere the layers so that they are slightly offset.
  • Cut clear cardstock (acetate) to fit the back side of the grid and adhere with Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Add 2 layers of 1/8″ foam tape to the back of the shaker frame.
  • Fill the shaker frame with a sequin mix.  Then adhere Fruit Paradise paper over the foam tape sides.  Back with a piece of medium weight chipboard and adhere in the center of the card.
  • Die cut the fishtail banner and mat on pink cardstock.  Place dimensionals on the back.  Trim out and adhere.
  • Cut flower layers from your scraps.  I love when Becca includes a flower in a die set, because it is such a good way to use up those scraps.  And it allows you to perfectly match your flowers to your paper collection.
  • Adhere some ephemera bits t and chipboard pieces to the sides of the card. This will help support the flowers on the side of the card.
  • Add ribbon and you’re done!
A Peek Inside

Create a box pocket and side pocket inside the card.

Tuck a tea bag here.

Fill the pocket with lovely treats.  Now you’ve just turned this card into a gift!  I added a wrapped Biscoff cookie, a vintage silver demitasse spoon, chocolate treat, honey stick, mini note card and a bookmark made with my scraps.

Here’s a closer look at the bookmark.

You can learn more about the Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club Kit HERE. Look for a linked supply list below this post.

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.

Suddenly I feel a craving for a French Macaron!  How about you?

Cheerio,

kathy

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Prima Fruit Paradise Hanger Card and Homemade Jam

Prima Fruit Paradise Hanger Card by Kathy Clement Kathy  by Design Photo 01

Prima Fruit Paradise Hanger Card and Homemade Jam

Happy Monday, Friends!  I thought I’d pop in quickly this morning to share a Prima Fruit Paradise Hanger Card.  The weekend here was (thankfully) uneventful and unexpectedly sweet.  Dale and I had been waiting for the rains to stop so we could go out and harvest our first real crop of plums from our little tree in the back yard.  We could see ripe fruit on the branches (and on the ground) but with Bertha moving through, it was too wet too pick.  So first thing Saturday morning, we went out to gather in those sweet and juicy stone fruits.  The hope was to get enough fruit to make a small plum crisp.

Well, that little tree is an over-achiever!  I literally filled one side of my kitchen sink with dozens and dozens of ripe plums.  What do you do with an abundance of sweet summer fruit?  Yep.  You make jam!   Dale helped me pit and cut up a huge pile of plums.  We both had sticky plum juice running up our forearms as we worked.  Next we combined 15 cups of cut up plums with 5 cups of organic sugar and got jammin’!

A little over an hour later, we had a lovely pot of the prettiest homemade jam!  Here’s a photo of the “fruits” of our labors!  And yesterday, I did pick enough to make that small plum crisp…and it was delicious!

So all this fruit got me thinking about my Prima Fruit Paradise paper, and I had to make a little paper pretty to share with you here.

Fruit Paradise Hanger Card

This little cutie is made with scraps from the collection.  It only measures about 4 3/4″ x 6 1/2″.  An odd size, I know…but I was using up scraps of the pink cardstock and designer paper that were left over from another special project that I’ll share with you tomorrow.   The card does not open.  Instead I stitched a pocket to the front and suspended it from this cute shabby chic hanger.  So I call it a hanger card.

I mixed handmade flowers with a Little Birdie rose, stitched pink gingham ribbon in the center of white ruffled satin, added vintage buttons, a novelty button and a key to the hanger.  It is so cute in real life!

Then I made a little note card with one of the 3×4 images in the collection to tuck in that pocket.

This was such a quick and easy project, I think I’ll make more for the Etsy shop.  I think it’s a great summer kitchen decor idea.

So that’s all for me this morning!  What did you all do this weekend? I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

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