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Country Cottage Teacup Easel Card Tutorial

LemonCraft Delicious Prima Fruit Paradise Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

LemonCraft Delicious Country Cottage Teacup Easel Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  For today’s Throwback Thursday we’re going to dig into our scraps for this darling Country Cottage Teacup Easel Card Tutorial.  You know that tea themed projects are near and dear to my heart.   This tutorial will also show you how to successfully combine collections from two different companies (LemonCraft and Prima) !  So grab a cuppa and let’s get this party started!

Country Cottage Teacups

Country Cottage Teacups Easel Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Do you ever combine paper collections when making a project?  Have you ever combined paper collections from two or more different companies?  Sometimes, when you get to the bottom of a favorite paper collection, you need to get really creative.  That was the case with this 5 1/2″ square easel card.  I had 2 little 6×6 sheets of LemonCraft Delicious and a very small pile of scraps left after making several other projects.  (You can see those HERE and HERE. )

Sadly, this was not enough to make an interesting card.  So I put on my thinking cap and dug deep into the Closet of Goodness and Delight.  To my delight, I discovered that Prima Fruit Paradise scraps work beautifully with this particular collection!  How did I arrive at that conclusion?  Here’s what to look for when combining collections:

  • First, think about the color palette.  You want to look for similar hues.  The pinks in the cherry blossom pattern from Fruit Paradise flowed beautifully with the pinks in the teapot cluster on this Delicious paper.
  • Next, think themes.  I remembered that Fruit Paradise featured cherries and cherry blossoms.  Perfect!
  • Now, think patterns.  The gingham/cherry check paper paired up beautifully with the green gingham from Delicious.
  • Finally, think hues.  Both these paper collections use very soft pinks and greens.  That works!
Tying it All Together

The next thing you want to do is think about ways you can tie the two collections together.  Look for clues in the papers themselves to help you solve this riddle.

  • First, the teapot in the Delicious collection made it easy to choose the theme: tea!
  • Next, I remembered the cute teacup die.  If I die cut the cup with the Prima cherry blossom paper, it would flow nicely .  Perfect!
  • Now, look for embellishments that pull the colors together.  Roses in various shades of pink do the trick there.  And the little Prima spoon filled with pink sequins reinforces the color palette.

Repeat the theme on the easel card stopper.  These cherry buttons seal the deal.

A Peek Inside

That green gingham easel brake is actually a pocket.  We’ll take a peek at what’s inside there in a second.  But first, pay attention to the mini teacup and cherries that decorate the area above the fold.  I had just the right sized scrap of the red gingham paper from Delicious to die cut this teacup.  Adding the fussy cut cherries and the stamped sentiment finished things off nicely.

Look how beautifully all these patterns play together.  You’d never guess that they are from different collections, let alone from different manufacturers!

What’s in the Pocket?

Tuck a pretty tea bag and a sweet little tag inside the pocket and now you’ve got a gift.  This laser cut tag came to me a couple of years ago in a goodie box from Laserowe Love.   I’ve been saving it for just the right project.  You’ll see how it comes together in the video tutorial.

Throwback Thursday Video Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see this sweet card come together, and perhaps make one like it, I hope you’ll enjoy this 30 minute video tutorial on YouTube.

So that’s another Throwback Thursday done and dusted!  I hope I shared some tips, techniques 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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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**Note: Since Throwback Thursday Posts use products from my stash, I am not always able to find the items I used online.  If an item is not linked, it is because it is either retired, or out of stock.  Thanks for understanding!

 

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!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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!

 

Heartfelt Creations May 2021 Alumni Blog Hop

Heartfelt Creations Sweet Magnolia Shaker Card by Kathy Clement PHoto 01

Heartfelt Creations May 2021 Alumni Blog Hop:  Sweet Magnolia Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations May 2021 Alumni Blog Hop!  The hop starts here and continues through Monday, May 31 at 11:55 PM EDT.  Get ready for loads of crafty inspiration, tips, tricks and ideas as you hop along with the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team.

One comment from a mystery blog will be chosen to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card!  So be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop.  Get inspired, leave some crafty love behind, and maybe you will be the lucky winner.

The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations Blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, June 2nd.  If you are the winner, please claim your prize by emailing [email protected].  Please write “Winner of the May 2021 Alumni Blog Hop” in the subject line of your e-mail.  You will have 72 hours from the time the winner is announced to claim your prize.

Now let’s talk about how I made this Sweet Magnolia Shaker Card as my inspiration piece for the hop.

Sweet Magnolia Shaker Card: The Basics

Heartfelt Creations Sweet Magnolia Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

  • First, cut (2) 5″ x 8 1/2″ panels from cream cardstock.  Overlap the 5″ ends about 1/4″ and adhere with Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Now place this long panel on your scoring tool and score at 7″ and 7 3/4″.  Fold along the 3/4″ score line and score again at 7″ and 7 3/4″.  This flap will become a box pocket on the inside of the card.
  • Next, cut a 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8 panel of designer paper from the Sweet Magnolia paper pad.  This will be the card front.  But don’t glue it down until after the card is completed.
The Shaker Element

Now we will create the shaker element.

  • First, die cut the Heartfelt Creations Decorative Circle Frame from cream cardstock.  Use the largest circle insert to create the opening.
  • Now, use the largest Circle Basics Large Die to cut a piece of clear cardstock.  Adhere this to the back of the Decorative Circle Frame with Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Next, place 3 rows of 1/8″ foam strips around the opening.
  • Then place your shaker mix on the panel of designer paper that was cut in the previous step.  Carefully align the shaker frame over the shaker mix and gently press in place.
Making the Sweet Magnolia Blossoms

Now we get to do the fun part!  Make some Sweet Magnolia Blooms to adorn your shaker element.

  • First, stamp 4 sets of Magnolia Blooms and Leaves on Flower Specialty Paper.  I used Memento London Fog Ink for the flowers and Library Green Archival ink for the leaves.
  • Now sponge on a little Shell Pink Adirondack Ink in the center  and along the edges of each Magnolia Blossom Layer.  If you don’t have Shell Pink, substitute the palest shade of pink ink from your stash.
  • Sponge the leaves with Olive Archival Ink.
  • Then die cut the flower layers and leaves using the Sweet Magnolia Dies.
  • Place the flower layers and leaves in the 3-D embossing tray and run through your die cutting machine following your machine’s sandwich guidelines.
  • Pierce the center of each blossom with the piercing tool and thread with large stamens.
  • Stack the layers and secure with adhesive.

TIP: Add a touch of shine with Nuvo Toasted Almond Mousse.  Place a small amount on your non-stick surface, spritz with water and paint on with a brush.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a look at the inside of the card.  Notice how I used the frame from the Decorative circle on the top.  This creates a nice space to write a personal message.

The box pocket on the bottom of the card is a tea party for one.  Tea, cookies, chocolate, honey, a little note card and a lovely vintage demitasse spoon turn this card into a gift.  If you don’t know how to create a box pocket, you can find a tutorial HERE.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Carole has in store for you. You’ll find the complete blog hop list below:

Kathy – YOU ARE HERE

Carole

Monica

Candy

Vicki

Amarilys

Lisa

Magda

Oksana

Emily

Alissa

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

To leave a comment: Click on the blue REPLIES link just below the title at the top of this page.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your next crafty adventure!  Thanks so much for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Summertime Tea Party in a Box Tutorial

Lemon Craft Tea Party in a Box Tutorial Reneabouquets Kathy by Design Throwback Thursday Photo 01

Lemon Craft Delicious Summertime Tea Party in a Box Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Would you like to join me for a  Delicious Summertime Tea Party in a Box Tutorial?  Welcome to Throwback Thursday! Let’s celebrate the promise of summer with Lemon Craft’s Delicious Collection. I’ve invited some lovely Reneabouquets and other crafty friends to the party, too. Imagine us sitting together under a shady tree, sipping strawberry tea poured from a polka dot tea cup.  The breeze is warm and gentle.  Birds are singing happy tunes.  Dandelions carpet the ground.  And we have all afternoon to sip, chat and relax.  Sounds like heaven to me!

Strawberry Season Inspiration

It’s strawberry season here in North Carolina, and that inspired me to dig out the bits and bobs of Lemon Craft’s Delicious paper collection.  This is a favorite, and it starred on the blog several times this past winter.  You can find those posts in the archives.   You will see that all of those projects took on more of a winter vibe.  So I wanted to bring this lovely collection into early summer.  And that’s how this Strawberry Season Tea Party in a Box idea came into being.

Working with Scraps

If you are like me, you save scraps from your favorite paper collections because you love them too much to toss them.  Today I hope to show you how to put those scraps to good use.  HEre are a few ideas that I used while making this 6″ x 6″ party in a box card.

  • First, fussy cut!  Sometimes a panel of paper is too small or awkwardly shaped to serve as a focal image.  But, if you fussy cut the image, it works beautifully as a focal.
  • Next, layer in some textiles!  My paper supply was limited, so I could not create my normal layers of designer paper.  But this Wide Floral Lace Panel created a gorgeous backdrop for the fussy cut image.
  • Think embellishments.  Do you have buttons, bows, embellishments and flowers in your stash sitting around gathering dust?  Why not dig them out and put them to work?  This is a great time to use them to add interest to a basic card design.
  • Finally, break out your stamps and dies!  I used a lovely sentiment stamp and tag die (linked below) to create another layer of texture and pattern to the card design.

A Peek Inside

One of the great things about a box pocket card is that you can use a “short” panel of designer paper behind the pocket.  And that’s exactly what I did here.  The panel on the top of the card comes from the inside cover of the paper collection.  All the white space on it lets it perform double duty as a place to write a greeting.

One of the things I love about making these box pocket cards is the opportunity to wrap the treats with scraps of designer paper.  Because our weather is definitely warming up, I did not want to put any chocolate in this card, for fear of melting it.  So I created a sweet magnet to tuck inside the pocket as a substitute.

We will make the magnet together in the video tutorial below.

Summertime Tea Party in a Box Tutorial Video on YouTube

I hope you’ll enjoy making this Throwback Thursday project with me.  Even if you don’t have this collection in your stash, there are a lot of good tips and ideas that you can use with products that you do have.

One last tip:  After I’d finished the tutorial, I remembered that I had one of these sweet little spoon embellishments in my stash.  First, fill the bowl of the spoon with a bit of Dries Clear Adhesive.  Then sprinkle in some Reneabouquets Pearl Glitter Glass (linked below) to resemble sugar.  It’s the perfect finishing touch!

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

If you’d like to leave a comment, simply click on the blue “REPLIES” button below the title at the TOP of this page.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Little Birdie Classic Gentleman Steampunk Folio Tutorial

Little Birdie Classic Gentleman Steampunk Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement PHoto 01

Little Birdie Classic Gentleman Steampunk Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends! Today is all about the guys with this Little Birdie Classic Gentleman Steampunk Folio Tutorial.  Back in January, I shared a Classic Gentleman Notebook Tutorial with you.  So I had lots of panels and pieces of this collection in my stash.  Rather than let them keep gathering dust, I decided to create a project that we could use for Father’s Day, Graduation, Retirement or birthdays.  Even though it  has some unique interactive elements, I think you’re  going to like how simple it is to put together.

Got Gears?

Little Birdie Classic Gentleman Steampunk Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement PHoto 01

When it comes to masculine projects, steampunk is always a great choice.  All those gears and trains and mechanical drawings lend themselves to a project most men will enjoy.  The Little Birdie Primed Chipboard Gears on the cover of this album took a trip to the grunge factory to make them stand out on this folio cover.

  • First, tap the chipboard with VersaMark Embossing Ink.
  • Next, place the gears in a funnel tray or on a sheet of printer paper.
  • Now shake a jar of Seth Apter Chunky Rust Embossing Powder and sprinkle it liberally over the inked up gears.
  • Let the excess embossing powder slide off the gears.  Don’t tap or flick!  Just pick the chipboard up and let the extra powder slide off into the tray or onto the sheet of paper.

TIP: A word to the wise:  Always take a moment to pour the powder back into the jar.  Then make sure you cover the jar and move it to a safe place (i.e. away from the area where you will be using your heat gun.) BEFORE you start heat embossing.  If  you, like me, have ever ended up with a spilled jar of powder, or a jar that has been ruined by being exposed to heat, you are nodding your head right now.

  • Now heat emboss the chipboard.  Keep the tip of your heat gun moving around the surface so that you don’t accidentally burn the powder.  Heat until all the powder is melted.  This can take a few minutes depending on how hot your embossing gun is.
  • Once the first layer has cooled, randomly tap the surface with more VersaMark.  Then sprinkle random areas with Patina Oxide Embossing Enamel.  Heat emboss, cool and repeat until you are happy with the finish on your gears.
  • Adhere small metal gears over the centers of the chipboard gears for extra dimension and texture.
A Peek Inside

The inside of the folio  is pretty simple.  There are two flap pages: one inside the front cover and another inside the back cover.

Learn how to create a spine in the center of the album.  Then attach these fun flip pockets.

What’s behind the flap pages?  A kinetic waterfall on one side and a large photo mat with a journal card on the other.

TIP: Adhere just the bottom edge of the car image to the page.  Then tuck the journal card in behind in.  Now you can place a really large 5″ x 7″ photo on the page and journal or add a smaller photo behind the card.

I think you are going to love how easy it is to create the pocket and pull out page.  It’s so easy, I can’t believe I didn’t do it this way earlier!

TIP: Trim 4″ x 6″ journal cards to fit the cover of the pull out page.

The inside back cover is a mirror image of the front.  This really makes it easy to design pages!

Classic Gentleman Steampunk Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to  learn how to make this folio base, please enjoy this 20 minute video tutorial.  In it, we will learn how to create the folio cover and spine.  Then I’ll show you how to make the flap pages, pocket flaps and hidden pocket.  A tour of the finished folio has tips and tricks that you might find helpful.

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

If you’d like to leave a comment, please click on the REPLIES button below the title at the top of this post.  I love hearing from you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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