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Throwback Thursday Spring Farmhouse Card Tutorial

Prima Spring Farmhouse Collage Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday Spring Farmhouse Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m inviting you into my design process in a special Throwback Thursday Prima Spring Farmhouse Card Tutorial.  I thought it would be fun to let you peek over my shoulder as I “free create” this collage style card from scraps of this lovely paper collection.  There are no notes and no plan in this video.  It’s just me and my paper and a basic vision for where I want to go.  Does that sound interesting to you?  Then read on!

Spring Farmhouse Beautiful Life Card from Scraps

This 5 1/2″ square box style card is made entirely from scraps.  The video tutorial below will take you step by step through my thought process in designing the card.  First we build the base from kraft cardstock.  Then we use scraps of designer paper to build a background.  Next we add fussy cuts and layers to add dimension and depth to the card design.  I’m hoping you will find this process to be entertaining and instructive.  It will be interesting to hear your thoughts after you watch the video.

Out of Bounds

See this little tag cluster?  It’s one of my favorite elements in the card design.  It actually extends beyond the card borders.  This is something we don’t often think of doing, but the end result can be dynamic.  You will see how all these little bits and bobs came together in the video tutorial.

The Bow Cluster

Hello, Raw Silk Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon!  This is a new shade of DSS Ribbon for me, and I absolutely love it paired up with this paper collection and these retired Petaloo Magnolia blossoms.  These were left over from my time on the Petaloo Design Team.

As an aside, I keep a big old glass cookie jar in my studio where I store loose flowers left over from previous projects.  My granddaughters helped me to sort them into color families.  This makes it easy for me to find just the right flowers in just the right shade.  It also means that I use up all these precious left over bits.  How do you store your leftover flowers?

A Peek Inside:  Tea Party in a Box!

Love pockets?  This card has them in both a standard and an easy-to-make box style.  I think you will love seeing how simple it is to make a box pocket this way.

Decorate little treats with bits of paper scraps, ribbons and flowers to create a Tea Party in the Box for the inside of the card.  This tea party is serving Ghiradelli chocolate, White Tea, Honey, and Cookies.  There’s a bitty honey dipper and vintage demitasse spoon tied up with a bit of ribbon along with a lovely little note card tucked into the pockets.

Throwback Thursday Spring Farmhouse Card Tutorial on YouTube

So are you ready to play?  I hope you enjoy watching this video tutorial as much as I enjoyed making it!

By the way, if you haven’t subscribed to my YouTube Channel yet, I’d love to have you join me there.  I have over 200 FREE videos and tutorials in my various playlists.  The benefit to subscribing to the channel is that you will be notified any time I post a new project there.  That way, you won’t miss out on any of the fun.

I’ll post a linked supply list below this post.  And I’d love to hear your thoughts about this “free create” style video tutorial.  Your feedback is always carefully considered.

I hope you all have a joyful and creative day!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Winter Birthday Wishes Card

Wintry Birthday Wishes Card Prima Christmas in the Country by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Prima Christmas in the Country Winter Birthday Wishes Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends! Do you ever use your Christmas papers for Winter Birthday Wishes?   Sometimes we forget that December is a birthday month for lots of folks.  We actually had 4 family birthdays this month!  This vintage style card made with Prima’s Christmas in the Country collection is a perfect choice for a winter birthday greeting.

The buffalo check, and frosted roses make me feel like I’m out for a brisk sleigh ride in the sparkling snow.  How about you?  Texture and pattern play an important role in this card design.

  • Houndstooth plaid lends a counterpoint to the large check in the background.
  • Antique Silver embossing on the frame amps up the vintage vibe.
  • Silver linen paper has a soft weave that adds a subtle sparkle that is echoed by the silver metallic grosgrain ribbon.
  • Silky printed satin ribbon adds a touch of whimsy to the card arrangement.
  • The glittering rhinestone button adds just the right touch of elegance.

If you’ve never dry brushed your flowers with chalk paint, I highly recommend it.  These red summer roses look as though they’ve been touched by frost.

Try tucking some metal charms into your flower cluster.  It’s a fun surprise!  And winter butterflies create a sense of movement as they flit around the framed image.

A Peek Inside

Finish the inside with a pair of pockets and some thoughtful tuck in’s.  Gift cards are always a welcome birthday treat!

I hope you all enjoyed the most wonderful, peaceful and joyful Christmas!  It’s hard to believe that we are almost at the end of this very tough year.  Let’s hope there are good things waiting in the wings!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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!  

 

 

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