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Peter Cottontail Tea Party Card

Peter Cottontail Tea Party Card Memory Place Peter's World by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Bunny Week: Peter Cottontail Tea Party Card

Hello, Friends!  I’m getting this Peter Cottontail Tea Party Card out a bit late this morning.  I decided at the last minute to make this Bunny Week on the blog.  On Sunday, I shared a Country Bunny card, and I have 2 other bunny cards in the queue.  It’s spring, after all, and   time to break out the bunnies!

This simple 5 1/2″ square card is all about the embellishments and trims.

  • First, stitch a 5×5 panel of Memory Place Peter’s World paper to a slightly larger grey mat.
  • Next, mat this on a slightly larger cream mat.
  • Now, wrap the base of the card with velvet trim and a layer of pink micro gingham ribbon.
  • Adhere button in the center of a mini doily and attach on the left.
  • Then add some Prima crystals on the right.
  • Create a flower cluster with Little Birdie Marina Amor Mio roses.
  • Tie a triple loop pink micro gingham bow and tuck under the flower cluster.
  • Attach a tag in the right hand corner of the card.  Then add a teapot charm and a bitty teaspoon charm to bring the tag to life.  Top with a flower.

TIP: Use a 1/2″ circle punch on the little buttons from the 6×6 paper pack.  Top the buttons with a layer of Glossy Accents.  Then sprinkle them very lightly with Crystal Clear Glitter.  Set aside to dry.  Then back with foam dimensionals and adhere above the flower cluster.

A Peek Inside

Here are a couple of easy tips that will add interest to the interior of your card.  Since I am working with scraps, I have to get creative in the way I cover a card.

  • First, make a “short” paper panel work for you by turning it into a pocket.  The height of these two scraps was fine…but the width was short!  So I adhered the narrow scrap to the card base first.
  • Next, use an oval die to cut a decorative opening in the top layer.  Position the die so that the pretty floral border is not eliminated.  Save the cut out piece for later use.  (You’ll see what I did with this tomorrow!)
  • Now adhere the top, bottom and side of the top layer to the card base, forming a pocket. Then tuck a tea bag and tag into the opening.
  • Create a little pocket decoration by adhere the sides and bottom of a ticket.  Then tuck an even smaller ticket inside the pocket.

These simple tricks help to stretch out a well-loved and much-used paper collection.  You can get quite a few more cards made, and liberate papers that are languishing away in the Closet of Shame.

Were these ideas and tips helpful?  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Now go get your craft on!




Country Bunny Tea Party in a Box Card

Country Craft Creations Country Bunny Tea Party in a Box Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Country Bunny Tea Party in a Box Card

Hello, Friends!  I made this adorable Country Bunny Tea Party in a Box Card when I had a little “free time” play in the studio yesterday.  This is the collection I used  Country Bunny Box and the Flower Basket Easel Card last month.  It’s been quite a gloomy, chilly week here in North Carolina so I  needed to make a little sunshine in the studio.  Nothing chases away the blues like a little time spent with pretty papers, posies and glue!

Tea Party in a Box Card Country Craft Creations Country Bunny by Kathy Clement Photo 01

How much do we love this cheeky little bunny with her spring straw hat?  Fussy cut from a scrap of designer paper, she’s the perfect focal image on this 7 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ box style card.  (If you don’t know how to make a box pocket, you can learn how in THIS video tutorial.)

Building Layers

Y’all know how much I love layers.  Here are some of the steps I followed in building the layers on this card.

  • First, cut a 7 1/4″ x 12″ panel of beige cardstock for the card base.
  • Now place the long side on the rail of your scoring tool.  Score at 5 1/4″, 5 3/4″, and 11″.  Fold the scored lines to create the card base.
  • Next, score a 9 1/4″ x 3″ panel of cardstock on the long side at 1/2″ 1″, 8 1/4″ .  Build a box pocket following the video steps in the tutorial linked above.
  • Cut a 7 1/8″ x 5 1/8″ panel of sage green cardstock, a 7″ x 5″ panel of cream cardstock and a 6 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ panel of kraft cardstock.  These will be the mat layers on the card front.
  • Now stitch a 6 5/8″ x 4 5/8″ panel of designer paper to the kraft cardstock panel. Center and adhere this panel over the cream and sage green cardstock and adhere to the card cover.
  • Fussy cut a large floral image from your scraps.  Then cut 2 banner flags from scraps.
  • Mat a 3″ x 3″ square of the leafy patterned paper over a slightly larger panel of sage cardstock.  Adhere the fussy cut flower and banner flags behind the left hand side and glue in place.
  • Now fussy cut a bunny and some butterflies.
  • Finally, adhere the bunny in the center of a large fabric flower and adhere to the 3″ x 3″ panel.

Finish up with ribbons, flowers and a button.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek at the inside of the finished card.

Fussy cut the cute dress from patterned paper.  Add just a smidge of dimension by backing it with scraps of kraft cardstock.  This makes it stand out from the patterned background paper but does not interfere with the card’s ability to close.

Do you see the little pocket I added to the dress?  Cut this from a scrap of paper, then glue a fussy cut bunny to the back side.  Add foam dots or dimensionals to the back of the pocket and adhere to the skirt.  This might be my favorite feature on this entire card.  What can I say?  I love pockets?

The Tea Party in a Box

Here’s a peek at all the little treats I’ve tucked inside the box pocket.  A darling vintage silver plate demitasse spoon steals the show, in my opinion.  I also created a little 3″ x 4″ note card from scraps of cardstock and designer paper.

TIP:  Make the tea party feel extra special!  Gift wrap your cookie, honey pouch, chocolate and tea bag with scraps of designer paper.  It only takes a few extra minutes.  Plus it uses up small scraps in a creative way.

You can still purchase this adorable collection from Country Craft Creations.  Click HERE to find the 12×12 Bristol  paper pad and coordinating cardstock.

I hope you feel inspired to break out some of your papers, ribbons and trims and make something beautiful this Sunday afternoon!

Thanks for stopping by!



Spellbinders Make a Scene Shaker Card

Spellbinders Make a Scene Collection Becca Feeken Reneabouquets Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Spellbinders Make a Scene Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  Need a little promise of spring? I’m hoping this Spellbinders  Make a Scene Shaker Card will feel like sunshine and blues skies on this chilly February day!  What a treat to work with this amazing new set of dies from the one and only Becca Feeken (Amazing Paper Grace)!   Nothing warms up a wintry afternoon like making a shaker card filled with peeps and wee chicks in an old shoe!

Make a Scene Collection

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Make a Scene Collection, you might just want to take a peep.  (See what I did there?  I apologize!)  This huge collection can be used in all kinds of ways.  The shaker frame is made with the Scallop Façade Frame Etched Die Set.  If you are a shaker card maker, you will love this die!  Here’s how I put this shaker frame together.

  • First, create a 7″ x 5″ top fold card base.
  • Next, arrange the outer scallop frame, inside filigree frame insert and the smallest rectangle frame together over patterned paper.  TIP: Use a bit of washi tape or Post-it Tape to hold the dies in place.  Then die cut.
  • Now cut a piece of clear cardstock (acetate) to fit the back of the frame.  Adhere this with Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Then layer 3 rows of 1/8″ foam strips around the wider frame border.
  • Next, place the Easter Chic sequin mix on the background panel. Be generous:  this is a big frame!
  • Now carefully line up the acetate frame over the background layer.  When you are sure it is straight, press in place.

See?  That was easy, right?

Grand Cinch and Go Flowers

Use the Make a Scene Grand Cinch and Go Flowers Dies to die cut flower layers from your paper scraps.  Using patterned paper to cut out flower layers is a huge time saver.  Plus, you end up with perfectly color matched flowers on your card.

And can we just talk about the ribbon for a minute?  This cheery mix of ribbons is from the Really Reasonable Ribbon February Ribbon Club Assortment.  They could not have been a more perfect match for this card!

Little Peeps

And I just have to mention these adorable little chicks in a shoe.  Once again, Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board is a perfect fit.

Sometimes, you really do get what you ask for!

Ok…this is super exciting!  I’ve been asking the fine folks at Authentique paper to re-release some of their fabulous older collections in a “Best of” collection pad.  And guess what?  They did it!  This “Best of Springtime” paper collection kit is now available for purchase online.  Friends, I am over the moon at this new development.  (You can also find “Best of Beloved” for Valentine’s Day, too!)

A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek at the inside of this sweet little card.  Bunnies and posies and plaids and checks.  Oh, yes please!  There’s a Lemon Lift tea bag tucked into the tea wallet, too.

So that’s it for me friends!  I hope I’ve added a bit of sunshine to this wintry day.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!






Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Tall and Skinny Card

Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Tall and Skinny Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Tall and Skinny Card for the RRR Hop

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Tall and Skinny Card for the Really Reasonable Ribbon March Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  We are showcasing the gorgeous Garden Delights Ribbon Club Assortment this month.  If you love spring flowers and gardening, these ribbons will make your heart happy!

Since I had just purchased these lovely Carta Bella Farmhouse Market papers, I decided to work with the coral toned ribbons from the collection.  They are a perfect match up for the saturated hues and floral patterns.

Ribbon can be used in so many different ways when you are designing a card.  Coral Rose Swiss Dot Satin Ribbon acts as a border along the base of this 4″ x 8 1/2″ cut away card.

The same ribbon  looks amazing tucked into the bow cluster with some cream flowers and iridescent metallic string.

Wrap the same iridescent metallic string around the top of the card to add a touch of shine.  Then top with some flat back pearls to add a bit of elegance.

Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Tall and Skinny Card: A Peek Inside

The inside of this card is pretty simple.  Add a sentiment from the ephemera pack.  Then make a quick and easy side pocket to hold a note card and a treat.

Mat the 4″ x 6″ journal card on cream cardstock so you can write a note on the back.  And you knew there had to be tea tucked in somewhere, didn’t you?

On With the Hop!

The next stop on your hop is Cherry’s lovely blog.   Hop on over to see what crafty goodness she has cooked up for you.  Then finish the hop over on the RRR Blog.  You will find a complete blog hop list there, as well as Bonnie’s Question of the Month.  Be sure to answer that, so your name will be entered into the drawing to win your very own Garden Delights Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you’re not already subscribed to the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club, now is a great time to join!  Getting that pack of ribbons in the mail each month is like celebrating your birthday all year long!   You can find out how to subscribe HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!




Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card Folio

Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  This cheery Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card folio is a gift and a card all in one.

Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Sweet and fresh as a spring day, this card is also quick and easy to put together.

  • Create a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base from Whip Cream Cardstock.
  • Mat a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ panel of the green check paper on a slightly larger layer of pink cardstock.  Then mat a second time on olive green cardstock.
  • Then stitch the layers together on your sewing machine.  Throw in a few zig-zag stitches just for the fun of it!
  • Next, cut a 4″ x 6″ panel of the green leaf pattern.  Stitch this onto a slightly larger layer of the green cardstock.
Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card Folio: Finishing Touches

Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

  • Fussy cut around the white line on the sentiment panel.  This little detail makes all the difference in the world.

Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

  • Place foam tape or waste chipboard behind the sentiment panel and adhere to the card.  This simple step adds loads of dimension.
  • Now, from the sticker sheet, find “Fresh Flowers”, the pink rain boots and the “Beautiful Day” circular sentiment. Add these to the card as seen in the photo.
  • Adhere a cluster of flowers along the left hand side of the sentiment.
  • Tuck in a bow tied with Pink Plaid Ribbon.
  • Place a mini binder clip on the right hand side of the sentiment panel.  Tie a bit of pink burlap string around the post.
Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Create a little sentiment panel from a scrap of the pink cardstock.  Punch two holes through the left hand side.  Then run a bit of ribbon through the holes and tie a vintage silver spoon in place.

Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo  05

For the pocket on the bottom, create a little treat wallet.  Tuck in a tea bag, chocolate and honey stick.  Now you’ve got a unique and lovely birthday gift.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so,, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  To see more projects made from this Carta Bella Spring Market Collection, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!



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