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Authentique December Desk Calendar Tutorial

December Desk Calendar Tutorial Authentique Calendar Collection by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique December Desk Calendar Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready for your Authentique December Desk Calendar Tutorial?  This is the 12th and final in this year-long series.  And as I say every month…this one is my favorite!  Just look at that handsome Santa on the cover!  It’s impossible to look at him without smiling!

Like the other 11 calendars in the series, this one measures 6″ x 6″.  I did make some small alterations to the mini folios tucked inside, but other than that, it’s business as usual.  Don’t you just love this color palette for Christmas?

And how about this adorable Rudolph button on the pull out folio tab?  He cracks me up! With Rudolf along for the ride, Santa will reach his destination safely– even if it’s a foggy night,  Phew!

Here’s a peek inside the pull out folio.  These images are just too darling for words!

And just look at all the goodies stuffed inside this little folio!  Plenty of room for holiday photos and journaling here!

Authentique December Desk Calendar Tutorial on YouTube

If you’re ready to get your craft on, I’ve prepared a quick and easy video tour and tutorial for you.

 

If you’re new to this series, you can find all the previous video tutorials in my YouTube Authentique Play List.  (There are ton of other great video tutorials there, too!)

I’m a bit sad to see this series come to an end.  It’s been so much fun to share these monthly calendar tutorials with you during 2020.  Many of you have contacted me to let me know that you are making the entire series as a holiday gift.  Others have adapted the design to use with other paper collections as birthday cards.  What a great idea!

I don’t know what Authentique has planned for 2021.  I’ve  heard a rumor that there’s a new calendar collection in the works.  If so, I’ll come up with a new series for the New Year.  Would you like that?  Please let me know in the comment section below.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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!  

 

 

Witching Hour Halloween Pop Up Cards

Witching Hour Halloween Pop Up Cards: How to Create a Card Background from Scraps

Hello Friends!  It’s Day Four of Halloween Week and today it’s all about Halloween Pop Up Cards!  If you’ve never made one, you can find a great tutorial HERE.   Pop up cards are a perfect style for Halloween.  They have that “BOO” factor going on, after all.  So today I have a trio of Halloween Pop Up Cards to share with you and a tutorial for making your own cool card backgrounds from scraps.

We all have scraps….and some of us…ahem…have piles of them.  All three backgrounds on these Halloween Pop Up Cards are made with scraps of paper.  I’ve added stitching and vellum to a couple to create a ghostly effect.  The video tutorial below will show you how quick and easy it is to make these backgrounds.  But first, let’s enjoy the cards!

Darla the Witch Halloween Pop Up Card with Reneabouquets

Witching Hour Pop Up Card with Carta Bella Halloween Market Reneabouquet Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Here’s sweet little Darla the Witch, sitting on a pumpkin, waiting for the witching hour. Create this scene faster than you can say “Bibbety, Bobbity, Boo!”

  • First, heat emboss the laser cut Halloween Clock with Stampendous Aged Black Embossing Enamel.
  • Then heat emboss the clock hands with Aged Gold Embossing Enamel.
  • Adhere foam dimensionals to the back side of the clock.  Choose an area that will be covered up so the dimensionals don’t peek through.
  • Now back Darla the Witch with a double layer of dimensionals and adhere.
  • Wrap the panel with a ribbon border.

  • Next tie gold metallic string over the ribbon and add a word token.
  • Then tuck in some gorgeous flowers and a spooktacular Halloween butterfly.

A Peek Inside

And here’s the pop up feature inside.  So fun to make!

There’s even a fold down flap!  How fun is that?

 

Halloween Pop Up Cards #2: The Witches Ball

The Witch's Ball Halloween Pop Up Card by Kathy Clement kathy By Design Carta Bella Halloween Market PHoto 01

Now we know what Darla the Witch was thinking about while perched on her pumpkin!  She was wondering what to wear to the annual Witches Ball!

This card background is made exactly like the first sample.  I just didn’t cover it with vellum or add machine stitching.

Darla’s ballgown will be the talk of the town, don’t you think?

  • First, heat emboss the dress mannequin with Allure Hammered Metal Embossing Powder.
  • Once the embossing cools, trace the outside edge onto patterned paper.  Cut this out and adhere behind the mannequin.  This will help the dress to pop off the background.
  • Now add a panel of dark paper to the center of your card.  Create ribbon borders above and below.  This will also help draw the eye to the dress form.

  • Heat emboss a little hanger and suspend the BOO ephemera bit.
  • Die cut the witch hat from scraps of paper and layer together with foam dimensionals.  Adhere in the corner of the BOO banner.
  • Darla’s pet owl is going tot he ball, too.  Someone has to chaperone!
The Pop Up Element

Add a flap to the bottom half of the card.  This doesn’t technically pop up, but it can be folded up for display.  Cute, right?

Create a little sentiment panel behind the flap.

Halloween Pop Up Cards #3:  A Mosaic Tile Background

The third card in this “story” features Darla’s fancy broomstick and a really cool mosaic background made from scraps.

Stitching on a vellum layer gives this card a cool ghostly feel.  Or maybe it’s foggy tonight.  Either way, Darla’s cat will safely navigate all the way to the Witches Ball and back.

This 6″ x 4″ journal card was too large to fit in my 5 1/2″ wide pocket.  So I scored and folded it.  Then I trimmed out an ephemera bit to go on the cover.

The back side has a blank sentiment panel where you can add a ghostly greeting.

How to Create a Spooktacular Background from Scraps

Are you ready to learn how to make frightfully fabulous backgrounds from your scraps?  This short video tutorial will show you how to  make the diagonal stripe background and the mosaic style background.  Of course, you can use this technique with any patterned paper you have in your stash.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

I’ve also listed these Halloween cards in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Blooming Beautiful Fall Cards

Authentique Splendor Fall Cards by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Blooming Beautiful Fall Cards with Authentique Splendor and Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a duo of Blooming Beautiful Fall Cards to share with you.  I’ve paired up some of my favorite Authentique Papers with some beautiful fall ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Toss in a beautiful die cut doily and some handmade sunflowers and you’ve got a glorious sunny fall day on paper!  Since each of these 5 1/2″ square cards is made the same way, they come together in a jiffy!  I’ll be sharing the recipe with you so you can make your own.  Use whatever papers and theme you like!

TIP:  Ribbon doesn’t always have to be tied into a bow.  For these cards, I created an elegant border with 5/8″ Cappuccino Satin with a Grosgrain Edge Ribbon.  Attach the ribbon with 1/2″ Scor-Tape.  Leave the ends slightly longer than the card panel.  Then wrap the ends around to the back side of the card for a neat and tidy finish.

TIP:  No room for a bulky bow?  Fold a 4″ piece of ribbon in half.  Cut fishtails on the ends.  Then tuck beneath a floral arrangement to add a touch of color and texture.  This Sunflower Satin Ribbon is a match made in heaven for these Splendor papers. Add a touch of rustic charm with  loopy Burlap String Bows.

The Recipe

All the papers for this card come from the Splendor 6×6 Paper Bundle.

  • First, create a 5 1/2″ square top fold card base from one sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ kraft cardstock.
  • Next cut a 5 1/8″ square of the fall plaid pattern. Save the off cut of this panel.
  • Cut a 5 1/4″ square of yellow cardstock and a 5 3/8″ square of brown cardstock.
  • Then cut a 2 1/2″ x 5 1/8″ panel of the fall pumpkins.
  • Now layer the cut papers on the cardstock mats as follows:
    • First put down the fall plaid paper panel.
    • Next layer in the offcut from the fall plaid paper about 3/4″ from the left hand edge.
    • Then add the fall pumpkin layer.
    • Now stitch the panels to the cardstock mats on your sewing machine.

TIP: Steer clear of a sticky situation by placing your adhesive in the center of each panel and away from the sides.  This way, your sewing machine needle will not get gummed up and your thread will not break.

  • Now you are ready to wrap the card panel with your Scor-Tape and Ribbon.
  • Die cut two Doily Rounds from cream cardstock and adhere in the center of the card.
  • Then punch out the oval sentiment from the Cardstock Elements sheet.  Back with two layers of dimensionals and adhere in the center of the doily.
  • Add flowers, rhinestones, ribbons and vintage buttons to finish the card design.

TIP: You can use handmade flowers, or pre-made flowers.  Both are gorgeous. Find a tutorial for making these sunflowers HERE.

A Peek Inside

Now we will finish the inside of the card.  It’s easy, peasy!

  • First, cut (2) 5 3/8″ panels of designer paper and adhere to the top and bottom of the card.
  • Next, create a pocket with the rectangular die cut sentiment from the Elements sheet. Just place your adhesive on the sides and bottom.
  • Create a belly band with a 1 3/4″ x 5 3/8″ strip of the pumpkin pattern.  Adhere just the top and bottom edges to the fall check.
  • Mat a 3×4 journal card on a 3 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ panel of cardstock.  Score in half and fold to make a little notecard to tuck inside the belly band.
Blooming Beautiful Fall Cards: The Twin

This “Twin” card is made in exactly the same way as the first card.  Just change out your patterned papers and sentiment.  Here’s a look at the details.

The only thing nicer than one cheery fall card is two!  And you can save time by making these cards at the same time.

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

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Masquerade Halloween Photo Wallet Tutorial

Authentique Masquerade Halloween Photo Wallet Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Masquerade Halloween Photo Wallet Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Or maybe I should say “boo” because today I’m sharing an Authentique Paper Masquerade Halloween Photo Wallet Tutorial.  You’ve seen this design HERE and HERE, but because I had so many requests for a tutorial, I’ve made it again.  This photo wallet is a fairly quick and easy make.  It’s also incredibly versatile. Just change out your papers to match the theme and you’re on your way!

 

The video tutorial provides you with all the measurements and information you need, so I’ll just whet your appetite with some photos and a tip or two.  Then you can pop on over to my YouTube Channel to watch the video tutorial.

Tips, Tricks and Details

Create a spooky spiderweb layer with an Amazing Paper Grace Doily Round.  First, die cut the background from Authentique Spectrum Orange Blossom Cardstock.  Then cut the doily overlay from Black Jack Spectrum Cardstock.  This layer makes a great visual backdrop for the shaker frame.

Rows of messy stitching help to frame the card front.  First, layer Black Jack, Orange Blossom and Masquerade papers together.  Remember to only put a dab of adhesive in the center of each layer.  Otherwise your sewing machine will bog down in the adhesive as you stitch.

Paint a white resin frame with Black Chalk Ink.  Let it dry a second or two, then gently wipe the paint back to  create an aged, worn finish.  Then brush lightly with Little Birdie Metallic Wax (linked below) for a perfectly petrified finish.  Do you spot the wee spiders perching on the flowers?    Those are from Reneabouquets, as are the spooktacular spider webs in the corners of the frame.

I’ll show you how I finished the Happy Halloween Beautiful Board Sentiment in the video.  Adding the little silver bat charm  is a fun addition.  For the bow, top candy corn ribbon with a bit of black micro gingham and an old Prima flower from my stash.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a stylishly belted photo cascade built inside the folio.

Flaps and pockets…

…tip in pages…

and sneaky secret side pockets with mini folios await you within, if you dare!

And there is lots more room for photos in the trifold folio and wallet photo that are tucked inside the bottom pocket!

Let’s Get Our Halloween Craft On!

If this bewitching photo wallet has your fingers itching to create, then you are in luck!  Simply follow along in this video tutorial.  You’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

I hope you have as much fun making this project as I had designing it!

Thanks for stoppign by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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