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Holly Flourish Embossing Folder Slimline Christmas Card

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Holly Flourish Embossing Folder Winter Wonderland Kit Celebrate the Season Sled Slimline Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Spellbinders Holly Flourish Embossing Folder Slimline Christmas Card

Hello, Friends!  Elegant card backgrounds are quick and easy thanks to the Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Holly Flourish Embossing Folder.  It’s been a while since I’ve played with the dry embossing technique, and I had forgotten how magical it really is!  It’s truly as simple as 1, 2, 3.

  • First, cut a piece of paper to fit inside the 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ embossing folder.
  • Next, mist the paper lightly with water.  This helps to keep the paper from cracking as it runs through the embossing machine.
  • Now build the embossing folder sandwich for  your personal die cutting machine.
  • Then run the plates through the machine and clap your hands with delight as the embossed design appears on your paper.

There’s simply not a paper crafting technique that achieves such dramatic effects with such a small amount of effort.

Put Your Scraps to Work!

I had a few pretty scraps left from my adventures with the Winter Wonderland, but not really enough to make a slimline card. And that’s another nice thing about embossing folders: you can make a really terrific paper layer with just plain white cardstock.  Then you add a pop of color with a bit of patterned paper, as I did here.

TIP: Yes, you can use 6″ wide paper on a 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ slimline card!  Cut your scraps to a height of 2″, then overlap them as a belly band.  Then, cover the joint where the papers overlapped with focal image.  Easy, peasy!

Celebrate the Seasons Sled

I am such a fan of this Celebrate the Seasons Winter Sled die!  Not only does it create the cutest little sled, it also has greenery and floral dies.  This time, instead of using the ice skate dies, I dressed up the sled with a little jingle bell cluster.   Then I finished out the card with the puffy sticker sentiments from Winter Wonderland.

A Peek Inside

Use the off cut of the Holly Flourish embossed paper to line the pocket inside your card.  Once again, I had to paper piece patterns to cover the inside of the card.  Then I used die cut shapes from the kit to cover up the joints.

I had just enough paper left over to create a little gift card wallet to tuck inside the pocket.

If you’d like to see other samples made with the Celebrate the Season Sled, please click HERE.

To see more projects made with Winter Wonderland , please click here.

You can find a linked supply list for all the products used in this project below the post.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!  Thanks for letting me pop in and say hello!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Flourish Cards

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Flourish Shaker Easel Card Carta Bella Christmas by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Flourish Cards

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a couple of super cute Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Flourish Cards to share with you.  These dies are so much fun to work with!  Spellbinders sent me both the Let It Snowman and the All Hearts Come Home Flourish dies.  I spent a delightful day in the studio with them, and I’m excited to show you what I came up with. There are loads of pictures coming, so you might want to grab a snack and a cuppa before we proceed.  Go ahead!  I’ll wait for you!

Let It Snowman Shaker Easel Card with Carta Bella Christmas Collection

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Flourish Let It Snowman Easel Shaker Card with Carta Bella Christmas by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Snowmen are probably my favorite Christmas image to work with.  I could not resist making this sweet Let It Snowman die set up into a shaker frame.  Do you blame me?  The finished 6 1/4″ square card feels like a snow globe.   Here’s how I created that effect.

  • First, die cut the Let It Snowman frame from white and red metallic cardstock.  Layer the red metallic die cut over the white so that they are slightly staggered.  This creates a sort of drop shadow effect.
  • Next, trace around the outside of the die onto a piece of clear cardstock  (acetate sheet). Don’t worry about cutting around the leafy edges.  Just cut the circle shape at the top of the die. Adhere this panel behind the frame. You will need 2 of these clear panels.
  • Now add 3 layers of 1/8″ foam adhesive to the back side of the frame.
  • Then flip the frame on its face and fill the center with your shaker mix.
  • Next, line up the 2nd clear cardstock panel over the foam tape and press firmly into place.
  • Finally, trace around the snowflake/woodgrain patterned paper and adhere it behind the snow globe frame.
Let’s Make a Snowman!

Snowmen are probably my favorite holiday/winter theme.  They always look so friendly and welcoming on a card.  Die cut this snowman and snowflakes from heavy white cardstock.  The jaunty hat is cut from a scrap of dark green suede paper that I had in my stash.  Cut the hat band from a scrap of red metallic paper.  The nose is a scrap of old Authentique Spectrum orange cardstock lined patterned paper.  Snowman assembly is super quick and easy!  Back with foam tabs and attach to the snow globe as seen in the photo.

A Peek Inside

Create a pocket to go inside the card base.  This doubles as a stopper for the easel mechanism.  Dress it up with some pretty holiday flowers and leaves.  Then tuck some rusty jingle bells underneath to add that special Christmas sound.  Vintage buttons look great tucked into the flower cluster. A miniature Christmas ornament topped with Baker’s Twine and a tiny posy are the perfect finishing touch.

Seems like everyone gives gift cards at Christmas now, so I like to include a gift card wallet with my cards.

It’s a lovely way to present cash or a shopping card.

All Hearts Come Home Christmas Card

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Flourish All Hearts Come Home Die Simple Stories Simple Vintage Rustic Christmas by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

All Hearts Go Home at Christmas is a very popular holiday sentiment.  And this sweet little prim house is so cute tucked inside the die cut frame.  This card may look complicated, but it actually comes together very quickly.  The best part?  You can pull out that glitter paper from your stash and put it to good use here!

  • First, die cut the frame from white glitter paper.  Glue it onto a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ panel of green glitter paper.
  • Next, die cut the house 3 times: once from white glitter paper, then from black cardstock, and a third time from red metallic paper.  (You can use a scrap left over from making the snowman card!)
  • Now, cut the door, the chimney and the roof from the black die cut and adhere over the door and roof area of the white die cut.
  • Then adhere the remainder of the black die cut behind the white.
  • Next, adhere the red die cut behind the other two houses.  Pop out the red heart and adhere it in the “window” area.
  • Back the house with foam tape and adhere in the center of the frame.
  • Create faux snow with Dries Clear adhesive, Crystal Clear Glitter and Mini Pearls Prills.
A Peek Inside

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Rustic Christmas Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Simple Stories Simple Rustic Christmas papers are the perfect pairing for this cute card.

Vintage Santa images tie in with the Santa Sleigh on the die cut frame.  I love the sweet Santa expression on this gift card wallet.

Scraps of designer paper fill in all the gaps inside the gift card wallet.

Are you still with me?  That was a lot of photos and a lot of information.  These dies are all part of Spellbinders new September release.  I’ll link to them on the supply list below this post.

Have you gotten a head start on your Christmas cards yet?  We are just about 100 days out from Christmas Day, but you’ll want to get your cards in the mail much earlier than that date!  There’s no time like the present to start!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Santa Lane Envelope Album Tutorial

Spellbinders Santa Lane Envelope Mini Album Tutorial with Really reasonable Ribbon by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo

Santa Lane Envelope Mini Album Tutorial for Really Reasonable Ribbon September Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  This Santa Lane Envelope Mini Album Tutorial is my inspiration piece for the Really Reasonable Ribbon September 2022 Blog Hop.  Welcome to the hop!  You should be coming here from Gloria’s lovely blog.  This month’s Ribbon Club Assortment is Halloween themed.  But It’s good for Christmas, too! Read on to find how I changed up the seasons with this Spooktacular Ribbon Club Assortment.

Santa Lane Envelope Mini Album with Halloween Ribbons!

Spellbinders Santa Lane Kit Really Reasonable Ribbon September 2022 Ribbon Club Envelope Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

The Black Sheer Satin Gold Edged Ribbon is the perfect accent for this country inspired Santa Lane Envelope Mini Album.   I’ve added a tutorial below so you can see how I made this quick and easy 5×7 album.

The bow cluster features this same pretty ribbon tucked beneath some Christmas flowers.  Sometimes it’s fun to think “outside the box” and use a Ribbon Club Assortment in an unexpected way.

Spellbinders Santa Lane Envelope Mini Album Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how to make this festive holiday mini album, please enjoy this tutorial on YouTube.  The video shows you how to assemble the mini album base, line the pages, create the ribbon closure and add  interactive features to the pages. We will also open the Santa Lane Kit and see all the goodies that are tucked inside.  Such fun!

These quick and easy to make mini albums are a great stocking stuffer or Christmas gift.  I hope you have loads of fun making your version.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cheryl has prepared for you.  And be sure to finish up the hop over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG. While you are there, answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month for a chance to win your own Halloween Ribbon Club Assortment.

You don’t have to depend on luck, though!  If you love ribbon, why not join the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club?  Each month Ribbon Club members receive a special themed assortment of beautiful Really Reasonable Ribbon.  It’s like getting a Christmas present every single month of the year!

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

Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the hop!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Gumball Machine Masculine Shaker Card

Spellbinders APG DOM Gumball Machine Masculine Shaker Card by kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Gumball Machine Masculine Shaker Card with Amazing Paper Grace September Club Kit

Hello, Friends!  I’m bouncing back from a lovely Labor Day weekend with this Gumball Machine Masculine Shaker Card.  This is the Spellbinders September 2022 Amazing Paper Grace Club kit, and it’s super duper adorable!

What is it about gumball machines that makes them so irresistible?   I have such fond memories of getting a penny to put in the coin slot when I was a little girl.  Out would pop 3 brightly colored gumballs.  If you were having a lucky day, you might even get a ring!  When my oldest granddaughter and I worked together on this cute card for her dad’s birthday party this weekend, we had so much fun sharing those memories. Her dad loved the card, too!

Making the Shaker Element

Spellbinders APG DOM September 2022 Gumball Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Although the die set comes with a “gumball” insert, Sophie and I decided that a buttons and sequins shaker card would be more fun.  Here’s how we did it.

  • First, cut 2 gumball machine bodies with the cut out die in the center.  One should be from metallic cardstock.  The other can be whatever scrap paper you have in your stash.
  • Adhere clear cardstock (acetate) over the back of gumball window on each die cut.  Trim away any overhang.
  • Now die cut the accents and detail pieces for the gumball machine from silver metallic cardstock. Adhere these as seen in the photo.
  • Next, adhere 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips to the back side of the red metallic gumball machine.  Fill this opening with your buttons and sequins mix.
  • Finally, line up and adhere the 2nd gumball machine base over the foam tape and press in place.

If  you’d like to see more examples made with this cute die, you can check out the tutorial on Becca’s blog.

You can find a linked supply  list below this post.

I’ll be back with a Throwback Thursday tutorial later this week.

Hope you all had a fun and relaxing Labor Day weekend!  Did you do any crafting?  I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Gnome For Christmas Tree Easel Card

Spellbinders Gnome For Christmas Tree Pretty Pine Background Stamp Photoplay Christmas Party by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Gnome for Christmas Tree Easel Card with Spellbinders and Photoplay Paper

Hello, Friends!  I have to ask you, is this Gnome for Christmas Tree Easel card cute or what?  After putting this one together earlier this week, I just had to share it with you here, because the end result made me smile!

Spellbinders Gnome For Christmas Tree Pretty Pine Background Stamp Photoplay Christmas Party by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Sometimes, a product pairing is a match made in heaven.  That’s the case with the Spellbinders Gnome Tree and Photoplay Paper Tulia and Norbert Christmas Party papers.  Putting this card together required a bit of work, but it was so worth the effort!

There are a LOT of little pieces in this die set.  So right off the bat, I recommend you find a magnetic sheet and lay the pieces out so you don’t lose any.  (We won’t talk about how I accidentally dropped one of the small bits into the paper trash can beside my die cutting area and the ensuing search all the way to the bottom of the receptacle where the little bugger was snuggled up all comfy and cozy.)

Gnome for Christmas Tree Tips and Tricks

Spellbinders Gnome For Christmas Tree Pretty Pine Background Stamp Photoplay Christmas Party by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

  • First, die cut just the tree frame from sturdy white cardstock.
  • Next, insert the “gnomes” inside the frame and die cut a second time from sturdy white cardstock.  Keep this panel intact, and adhere it over the frame die cut.
  • Now, die cut the gnomes from white glitter cardstock. (Linked below).  Use tweezers or a Quik-Stick Tool to lift the beard pieces from the die cut and adhere over the bearded areas on the white base.
  • Then select 2 patterns from Photoplay Christmas Party and die cut the hats. Repeat the process for each pattern.  You can save the pieces you don’t use in this card for a second card.  So even though it’s a fair bit of die cutting, it’s like a BOGO deal.
  • Now die cut the trousers from the same patterned papers.
  • Die cut  wreath, stars and garland pieces from scraps of glitter cardstock.
Emboss/Resist Stamped background

Follow these steps to make the background oval for the card.

  • First, die cut the largest Picot Petite Oval from white cardstock.
  • Next, ink up the Pretty Pine Background stamp with clear embossing ink.  Stamp onto the die cut oval.
  • Now, heat emboss with opaque white or Shabby Ivory embossing powder.
  • Then swipe a non-stick craft sheet with Pine Needles, Shabby Shutters, Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint Distress ink.  Spritz with water until beads form.  Tap the stamped oval into the inky puddle to pick up the ink.  The embossed areas will resist the ink and create the patterned background.
A Peek Inside

Dress up the inside of this 7″ x 5″ easel card base with festive patterns from the Christmas Party paper collection.  Add a little gift card holder, and your job is done!

Gnomes for Christmas is a very good idea, dontcha think?  You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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