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Let Them Eat Cake Birthday Cards

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Let Them Eat Cake Birthday Cards for Spellbinders 20th Birthday Celebration!

Hello, Friends!  Today we’re going to sample two Let Them Eat Cake Birthday Cards!  Why?  Because I’m celebrating Spellbinder’s 20th Birthday with TWO varieties of cake!  How fun is that?  Spellbinders has launched a great big Birthday Celebration Release to mark the occasion.  So if you love cake (who doesn’t?) and if you love pretty papers, and if you love clever dies…then this post is for you!  Let’s sample some cake, shall we?

Tutu Pink Fringed Cake Slimline Card

Spellbinders Fringed Cake Slimline Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Our first Let Them Eat Cake sample is this frilly little pink number made with the Fringed Cake die.  Let me just say, I had so much fun making this slimline card!  The papers are from the Cheerful  Celebrations 6×6 pad, so I had to do a little paper piecing to cover the front of this 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ slimline card. It’s a pretty basic recipe, so I’ll share it with you here.

  • First, score an 11″ x 8 1/2″ sheet of heavy cardstock at 4 1/2″, 5″, and 9 1/2″.  Trim away the small flap on the end of the panel, then fold to make a 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ slimline card with a 1/2″ spine.
  • Next, cut a 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ panel of soft pink cardstock.
  • Then cut (2) 4 1/4″ wide panels from the floral and gold foil geometric papers in the paper pad.
  • Now adhere the floral pattern at the top of the pink panel.  Trim the gold foil panel to fill in the gap.
  • Here comes the fun part: stitch pink tulle trim along the edge where the two papers meet.  Then wrap 3/8″ Coral Rose Small Check ribbon above the tulle.
  • Die cut the center panel from Becca’s Eyelet Lace Frame and adhere it.
  • Finally, die cut the cake and the cake plate and adhere to the base.

TIP: All the layers of the cake are cut with the same die.  Rather than stack them as they are, try trimming  the ends to create the tiered effect that you see in the photo.

Dress up the spine with a few girly birthday charms.

Create a pocket on the inside to hold a special Birthday Cake chocolate bar.

Let Them Eat Cake Birthday Card #2: Topsy-Turvy Layer Cake

Because this Topsy-Turvy Cake Die made me think of Dr. Seuss, I decided to take a walk on the wild side for this cake sample.

Once again, I created the same 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ slimline card base.  But this time I covered the card using Photoplay’s “Add Another Candle” paper collection.  The end result is this vibrant confection.

TIP: Place foam tabs between your cake layers to add extra dimension to the cake.

TIP: “Frost” the cake with some Dries Clear Glitter Glue and a little clear fine glitter.  It doesn’t show up as well in this photo, but in real life, it looks amazing!

Add a box pocket inside the card. Then fill it up with goodies for a Birthday Tea party.

Dress up the goodies with scraps of your designer papers, and don’t forget the spoon!

So are you craving cake?  If so, I’ve done my job!  You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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How to Make a Collage Style Card Tutorial

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How to Make a Collage Style Card Tutorial with Graphic 45 Let it Bee for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Today’s How to Make a Collage Style Card Tutorial was inspired by YOU!  Several of you mentioned that you struggle when it comes to making a collage style card.  So I thought it might be fun to take a Throwback Thursday and share some of my tips and processes with you.  Now, I know that Graphic 45’s Let it Bee has not been languishing in your Closet of Inspiration and Delight.  It was, however, still on my desk after our Tuesday Tutorial session.  And because my crafting ( and life) philosophy is “use what is in front of you” I decided to use it again.  I hope you won’t mind!   So, grab a cuppa and a snack and let’s get this Throwback Thursday rolling!

Collage Card Tips and Tricks

Let me start by saying that I really, really like creating collage style cards. Oh, you are not sure what a collage style card is, you say?  Well, take a moment and check out this excellent article.  It explains things clearly and gives a great breakdown of the 4 types of collage art.  My collage style cards would fall under the category of being an assemblage. In an assemblage, An assemblage combines 3-D items, found objects and paper in an artistic composition.  I think of it as combining images and elements to tell a story, evoke a feeling, or prompt a memory.  Almost everything I create would fall into this category.

Although I don’t consider myself an expert, I do seem to have a natural ability to compose these little vignettes. Here are some simple guidelines you can make note of:

  • First, try to create  within an invisible triangle on your card.  I’ll talk more about this in the video tutorial.  But the human eye will follow the lines of a triangle so that all the details will be taken in.
  • Next, echo shapes within your collage.  For instance, in my card, I used a lot of circles:  a bottle cap, a clock, the chipboard, and even the sunflowers in the patterned paper are all basically circles.  This creates a feeling of harmony.
  • Then I like to create in themes.  Bees, sewing, nature, butterflies…having a cohesive theme really helps to make a collage make sense.
  • Overlap elements within your invisible triangle, or at least have them touch.
A Peek Inside

Let it Bee is such a happy collection!  And making this slimline trifold card made me super happy!

Can you believe I put 5 pockets inside this card?  That might be a new record!

All those pockets gave me lots of room for cute tags, journal cards and even a bookmark!

Throwback Thursday How to  Make a Collage Style Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to join me as I create the cover of this Let it Bee Slimline Collage card, please enjoy this YouTube video.

Did you enjoy this little class on collage composition?  I hope you found some tips that will help you the next time you put together your next collage card.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Winter Tales Slimline Card

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Stamperia Winter Tales Slimline Card with APG Jingle Frame Die

Hello, Friends!  We interrupt out normally scheduled fall projects to bring you this Stamperia Winter Tales Slimline Card.  Yes, I  know I am going to be called out for rushing the season.  But the fact is, Spellbinders has just released some gorgeous new holiday products that I just had to share with you.  Besides, it takes a while to get  all those Christmas cards made.  So why not get a jump on things?  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Holiday Medley Jingle Frame Die

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Talk about a match made in heaven!  I love the way this Jingle Word Frame Die complements the Stamperia Winter Tales Collection!  The flourished background of the paper plays so well with the frame.  And yes, I turned it into a shaker element…did you ever have any doubts that I would?

Don’t you just love the way the sequin mix sparkles through the openings in the frame? It makes me think of looking at Christmas lights through a wintry window pane.

Next I die cut the sentiment from regular blue cardstock and silver foil cardstock.  If you adhere them together slightly offset, it creates a drop shadow effect and helps the words pop off the paper a bit better.

A Peek Inside

When a Christmas card doubles as a gift, it’s a real time saver.

Create a little tea wallet/note card to tuck inside the pocket.  Notice how I used the Jingle Frame die to create a nice backdrop for the Snow Queen image.

You have plenty of room in this wallet to tuck in a winter tea bag, mini chocolate and even a gift card, should you desire to do so.  The panel on the left is the perfect place to add a personal message.

Do you feel inspired to get started on your handmade Christmas gift list?  I’ll be back soon with more ideas for using these lovely Spellbinders holiday dies.

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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Independence Day Star Spangled Slimline Shaker Card

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Independence Day Star Spangled Slimline Shaker Card

Happy 4th of July, Friends!  I’m just popping in to share this Star Spangled Slimline Shaker card with you, and to wish you a day of great celebration.  It’s been 245 years since the Declaration of Independence was signed.  (If you haven’t read that brilliant document in a while, you might want to refresh your memory. ) I love this quote from John Adams regarding the importance of this day in history:

I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.

I sought to capture that spirit of celebration in this slimline shaker card made with Photoplay’s America the Beautiful Collection.  Let’s take a look at how this card came together.

Step by Step

  • Begin by folding a Photoplay Slimline Card Base in half to create an 8 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ top fold card.
  • Next, cut panel of red cardstock to fit the front of the card.
  • Now cut out the 4×6 journal card and the star pattern from the journal card that is beside it. Cut the stars so that they flank the Independence Day sentiment.
  • Stitch the Independence Day sentiment and the right hand panel to the red cardstock base.
  • Now back the left hand star panel with chipboard, wrap it with patriotic ribbon and adhere on the left hand side of the card.
  • Cut a rectangular frame from a piece of white matboard.  Heat emboss with red glitter embossing powder.  Then back with clear cardstock and foam tape to make a shaker box.
  • Next, adhere the ticket and circle ephemera to the Independence Day panel.
  • Now place patriotic sequins (linked below) on the panel and press the shaker frame in place.
  • Then tie the ribbon in a square knot, top with blue roses and patriotic charms and add glitter buttons on the left.
  • Finally, adhere the star ephemera to a blue glitter clothespin, top with flowers and adhere on the right.
A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek at the inside.  This one makes me think of a 4th of July Parade Float.

I hope everyone has a safe, and happy 4th of July celebration today.  Take a moment to pause and think about the brave men and women who made this day possible for us.  Then take another moment to thank God for this great nation.  As the words of the song say, “America, America…God shed His grace on thee.  And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea!”

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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