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Dog Lovers Birthday Card

Authentique Purebred Birthday Easel Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Dog Lovers Birthday Card and a Little Update

Hello, Friends!  I made this Dog Lovers Birthday Card for my “l’il sister’s” birthday.  She (like me) celebrated a “significant birthday this summer.  We are 5 years apart (I was born in ’56) so I’ll let you try to guess how old we both are!  Anyway, I ran away from home last Thursday and did not get home until Saturday night.  Sue, my daughter Liz and I had a great birthday lunch in Wilmington, NC on Thursday.  I actually packed a bag and spent the weekend with Liz.  Shopping, eating, laughing, girls’ movie night, pedicures, and adventuring were on the agenda.  So. Much. Fun!

But you pay a price when you play hookey, right?  I am so far behind on laundry, house cleaning and answering your lovely comments on my blog.  Will I ever catch up?  Maybe not!  Because this weekend is Liz’s birthday and we are having a big family celebration in her honor on Saturday.  It’s been a very fun, very busy summer so far.  So please forgive me for being so lax in answering your comments.  I made a decision to enjoy this summer and not worry so much about work.  Work will always be there….but these family moments become more precious with each passing year.

Start Each Day with a Wagging Tail

My sister has always been a big dog lover.  She currently has 2 rescue dogs living with her.  This sentiment from Authentique Purebred just seemed to fit the occasion.  If you’re looking for a quick and easy card design, this 7″ x 5″ easel card fits the bill!

  • First, trim an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of cardstock to measure 7″ x 10″.
  • Next, score on the long side at 2 1/2″ and 5″.  Fold along the scored lines to make an easel card base.
  • Now cut a 7″ x 5″ panel of blue cardstock.  Top this with a 6 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ panel of the dog collage paper from Purebred.
  • Then trim the 4″ x 6″ Journal card down 1/4″ on the right and left hand sides.  Mat on white, then blue cardstock and adhere to the card base.
  • Next, fussy cut the cute pup from a second 4×6 card.  Back with foam tape and adhere.
  • Finish the front of the card with a copper/blue satin bow and some flowers.  Adhere the WOOF buttons on the bottom of the image.
Home is Where the Dog Is

Create the stopper (or brake) for the card like this:

  • First, line the inside of the card with the pawprint check.
  • Then adhere a piece of the ribbon with Scor-Tape.
  • Now adhere the sentiment sticker on white and brown cardstock, trimming around each layer.
  • Next, back the sentiment with foam tape and adhere to the card as seen.
  • Finish with more flowers and an itty bitty doggie charm.
A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek at the inside of the finished card.  I added a personal note to the blank sentiment card.

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Summer birthdays and road trips are so much fun!




Throwback Thursday Purebred Fun Fold Card Tutorial

Throwback Thursday Authentique Purebred Fun Fold Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Throwback Thursday Purebred Fun Fold Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  How do you feel about a Throwback Thursday Purebred Fun Fold Card Tutorial?  I hope you feel excited because that’s what this week’s episode is all about.

Our sweet Sophie Grace turns 12 today, and she loves dogs.  She loves all God’s creatures, truthfully.  But dogs hold a special place in her heart.  So I dug into the Closet of Goodness and Delight looking for a good pet themed paper collection.  (See, I changed the name from Closet of Shame. I’ve decided Closet of Goodness and Delight is a better name.  Authentique’s Purebred seemed like the perfect paper to help Sophie celebrate her big day.  How did she turn 12 already?  I’m in shock!

The Basics

The image on this 5 1/2″ square card is actually on a front flap.  I chose the image because the girl makes me think of Sophie.  Because the card is square, and the flaps are square-ish, I wanted to soften some of those edges.  So I used an oval die on the 3″ x 4″ card, and it worked like a charm. Here are a few helpful tips for making this card design sing.

  • First, back the focal image with 2 layers of dimensionals to make it stand out on the page.
  • Next, die cut the ATC Tag from the June Amazing Paper Grace Club Kit from pink cardstock.  It make a very pretty base for the image.
  • Now, curve the flowery branch on the left hand side of the card to frame the image. 
The Details

Turn a sticker into a little banner sentiment.  First, mat it on a scrap of your pink cardstock.  Then back it with dimensionals.  Finish it up with bitty bows and buttons for the win.

Now mat another sticker tag on pink cardstock, punch a hole at the top and tie it into the flower spray.  A gingham bow and big ole’ pink button add to the vintage charm of the design.

A Peek Inside

The video tutorial will show you how to place magnets to hold the flap in place.  I’ve dressed up the fussy cut dog house with a cute puppy sticker.  The images in this collection are so gorgeous!

The side pocket is the perfect spot to tuck in a little gift card wallet.

Now you get to lift the flap and see the surprises hiding inside. I’ll show  you how to turn the image on top into a side pocket in the video tutorial below.

I can’t wait to give this darling card to Sophie.  She keeps every card I’ve ever made her, so she can add this one to her collection.

Throwback Thursday Purebred Fun Fold Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to make this fun fold card base, you can make it with me in the video tutorial below.

I hope I’ve inspired you to dig into your stash and make something beautiful today!

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

Thanks for stopping by!




Please note:  Throwback Thursday projects are made with older collections and materials from my stash.  For this reason, I cannot always find an item online.  I’ll link whenever possible, but if a material is missing a link, it’s because I could not find it.  Thanks for understanding!


Authentique Purebred Pet Sympathy Card

Authentique Purebred Pet Sympathy Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Purebred Pet Sympathy Card with the February Ribbon Club

Hello, Friends!  Sometimes we have to send a sad card. This soft, vintage style Authentique Purebred Pet Sympathy Card is the perfect way to send your condolences, I’ve paired it up with elegant Blue, Ivory and Gold Plaid Ribbon from the Really Reasonable Ribbon February Ribbon Club.  As a matter of fact, all the ribbons in this month’s club work beautifully with this vintage collection.

Authentique Purebred Pet Sympathy Card: Building the Layers

  • Begin by creating a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base from kraft cardstock.
  • Next,  mat a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ panel of the gingham check on navy cardstock.
  • Then mat a 4″ x 6″ journal card on navy cardstock .
  • Die cut a Spellbinder’s Tiara Rondelle from navy cardstock.  Cut in half from left to right.
  • Then die cut a Spellbinder’s Large Standard Oval from the paper pieced dog print. Adhere the Tiara Rondelle pieces top and bottom as seen in the photo.
  • Now, create a belly band with a 4 3/4″ x 3″ strip of the horizontal print.  Adhere thin strips of navy cardstock on the top and bottom to separate the patterned papers.
  • Back the 3″ x 4″ image with dimensionals and adhere.
Authentique Purebred Pet Sympathy Card: Finishing Touches

Use your Zutter-Bow-It-All Tool to create a triple loop bow from the plaid ribbon.  Arrange the flowers along the left hand side of the card.  Place a dot of hot glue under the center of the arrangement.  Fold the bow so that the knot is at the front and using the tip of your scissors, push the knot into the hot glue and hold for a second or two.  Carefully pull out your scissors and fuss the bow.

To add to the vintage, shabby chic feel of this card, dry brush the edges of the paper layers with a little ivory chalk paint.  Paint the wood icons with the same paint and when dry, brush very lightly with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Then adhere to the card.  Add some pearls, vintage buttons, and paint spatters to finish off the design.

Authentique Purebred Pet Sympathy Card: A Peek Inside

To me, nothing is as comforting as a cup of tea, so I tucked in a little tea bag in a simple pocket.  Then I die cut a note card using the Spellbinder’s Cannetille Rectangle Die and tucked it in a side pocket.  Then I stamped another cream card panel with a pet sympathy sentiment stamp, added a sticker from the Purebred Collection Kit , and adhered to the face of the pocket.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, techniques and inspiration that you can use in your  next crafty adventure.  If so, I ‘d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  And, you’ll find a linked supply list at the end of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!