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My Sweet Slimline Accordion Folio Tutorial Part 2

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Prima My Sweet Slimline Accordion Folio Tutorial Part 2 for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  I shared the first part of this Prima My Sweet Slimline Accordion Folio Tutorial with you in last week’s Throwback Thursday.  Today I’m back to finish things up.  Are you ready to get  your craft on?

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If you missed the first installment of this tutorial, you can get caught up by watching it here. This tutorial shows you how to build the folio base, line the pages, and decorate most of the inside pages.

Pop-Up Pages!

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This week we have some really fun pop up pages to create!  The first style of pop up page is this W-Fold mechanism.  This one is so easy to make that even if you have never done a pop up element before, you’ll be successful on your first try.

The second style of pop up is this fun twist and pop mechanism.  This is a little more work that the W-Fold.  A few years back I figured out a way to greatly simplify the process, and that video is still one of my most viewed tutorials on my YouTube channel.  I think you’re really going to enjoy adding it to a mini album base.

Cover Me!

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Finally, we will build the collage style cover of the folio.

I had a very good time digging through my stash of charms, trims and embellishments.  Hopefully you have some goodies stashed away that you can use to dress up your folio cover.

If you don’t have this paper collection in your stash, you can still have fun with this tutorial.  Just substitute one of your favorite paper collections as you follow along with the step by step instructions.

Prima My Sweet Slimline Accordion Folio Tutorial Part 2 on YouTube

Are you ready to see part two of this tutorial?  Then please enjoy!

This has been such a fun project to share with you, and from your comments, I think you enjoyed it, too.  I hope you’ll be able to use the tips and ideas in this tutorial in lots of different crafty adventures!

10 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway Day 3

Kathy by Design 10 Year Blog Giveaway Day 3

We’ve been celebrating my 10 Year Blog Anniversary this week with some fun giveaways.  If you missed those, you can find them HERE and HERE.  Today’s giveaway is a Prima My Sweet sewing themed kit.  It contains (4) 8×8 sheets of My Sweet Paper (4) 8×8 sheets of pink and kraft cardstock, a glassine bag of pearl buttons, butterfly trim, 2 lengths of lace trim, 2 pearl stick pins, 2 yards of pink check ribbon, some lovely ephemera, metal scissors charm, sewing machine charm, tiny scissors charm, shabby chic flowers, and some novelty buttons.

To enter:

  • You must be subscribed to my Kathy by Design blog.
  • Continental US only
  • Leave a comment before NOON EST on Friday, January 13th.

That’s it!  I’ll announce the winners on my blog and YouTube and social media on Saturday.

This is the final giveaway for this week, but tomorrow is the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog hop, and you can enter to win Bonnie’s prize then.  Isn’t this fun?

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Frosted Windowpanes Winter Wall Hanging

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Frosted Windowpanes Winter Wall Hanging with Reneabouquets for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Do you remember the old Christmas tune, “Frosted Windowpanes“?  Every time I hear that song playing, it takes me right back to my childhood Christmas memories. Our little town had one short strip of shops on its itty bitty Main Street, but oh, how magical they were to the eyes of a child!  Sidewalks were scraped mostly clean of snow, but you still had to watch out for the odd icy patch as you briskly hurried from store to store. Heavy coat, hat, mittens, boots and a sturdy scarf helped to keep out the cold, but  you could still feel the icy breeze and see your breath swirl into the frigid air. But did you care?  No, because the street lights twinkled with Christmas decorations and the storefronts were all dressed up in their holiday finery.

Decorations never went up until the day after Thanksgiving. Then all us “country folks” drove into town, snow squeaking under our tires, anxious to see the town all dressed up in its winter finery.  It was the same year after year, but I never grew tired of seeing the transformation.  Mom and I would peer into the shop windows ooh-ing and aaah-ing over the display of trees, ornaments, toys and Christmas dresses.  That memory inspired this sweet little wall hanging made with Ciao Bella’s “Time for Home” paper collection and a whole host of goodies from Reneabouquets.

Frosted Windowpane Shaker Box

Can you feel the temperature drop when you look at this icy delight?  I’ve created a mixed media background (tutorial below) then stitched it onto natural canvas.  The windowpanes are made with an Amazing Paper Grace Grid Die.

Here’s a closeup of those frosty windowpanes, and the wintry scene outside. The metal hanger was a gift from one of my sweet blog buddies.  Do you recognize it painted with white chalk paint, Becky?

Don’t you want that cozy velvet coat that our little snow ball throwing girl is wearing?  This piece, all the flowers and the shabby snowflake accents are all from Reneabouquets.

White satin ribbon is one of the featured items in the RRR December Ribbon Club Assortment.  It was such a perfect match for this project that I had to use it.  Topped with Iridescent Metallic String bows and surrounded by sliver leaves, it adds the perfect icy touch to this sweet composition.

Frosted Windowpanes Winter Wall Hanging Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see this piece come together, I hope you’ll enjoy this little YouTube video.

Thanks for joining me on my trip down memory lane today!  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Cheerio,

kathy

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**NOTE: Since Throwback Thursday projects feature older or retired product, I may or may not be able to provide links for you.  Thanks for understanding.

Photoplay DIY Home Edition Masculine Card Tutorial

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Photoplay DIY Home Edition Masculine Card Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  Today we’re taking a little break from holiday creations to share this cute Photoplay DIY Home Edition Masculine Card Tutorial with you.  Welcome to Make & Take Tuesday!  Our “soon to be” son-in-law just had a birthday, and this collection could not be a more perfect match!  He’s a really clever, handy and handsome fella with no end of good ideas, talents and abilities.  I had so much fun creating this special card for his birthday that I thought you might like to see how it came together.

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This 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ double Z-Fold card base calls for a bit of paper engineering and “out of the box” thinking.  But no worries!  I’ve done all of that for you!  I started with Photoplay’s new Easel Card Kit.  Instead of making a standard easel card, which is one of my favorite designs, I saw how easy it would be to change up the fold just a little in order to make a fabulous fun fold card folio.  I’ll show  you how in the video tutorial below.

Hidden Pocket Card Folio

The cool thing about this card design is the addition of a hidden pocket/flap feature on the inside.  This makes for a fun surprise, and also adds room for more fun “stuff” inside the card.

Chris chuckled when he saw the “I’ve got the tool for that” ephemera on the hidden pocket insert.  “That’s true,” is what he said.  Did I feel like I was winning?  Oh, yes, I did!

Two Pockets Are Better Than One!

In addition to the hidden pocket/pull out page, I created a little gift card pocket in the center of this card folio.  You can never have too many pockets, right?

This is such a great masculine paper collection, especially when you have a handyman on your card making list!   And, you can use the engineered card base with any collection from your stash to change up the theme.  How great is that?

DIY Home Edition Masculine Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to follow along and learn how to create this fun fold card, please enjoy the tutorial on my YouTube channel.

I’ll be back on Thursday with another Throwback project for you.  Can’t believe it’s the last one for November 2022.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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December Year with My Gnomies Folio Tutorial

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Photoplay December Year with My Gnomies Folio Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  It’s Make & Take Tuesday, and it’s time to share this festive Photoplay December Year with My Gnomies Folio Tutorial with you.  Something about this folio makes me think “winter carnival” and ice skating and ribbon candy.  What a fun color palette and theme to play with!

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This is our very last Year with My Gnomies folio!  When we started this series back in January of this year,  it seemed like it would take forever to work our way through all the months.  But, lo and behold, we blinked…and here we are creating the December folio.  And you know what?  Maybe we saved the best folio for last!  Everything about this month’s folio says “Merry and Bright!”  Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

December Folio Details

First, we have to talk about this adorable shaker element on the folio cover.  I’ve used a Reneabouquets Shaker Box to create this little snow globe filled with all kinds of fun shaker elements.  Icy blue buttons and snowflakes circle the rim, and brightly colored jingle bells (they really jingle!) hang from the ribbon cluster.

And just look at our gift-bearing gnome in the bottom corner!  Don’t you just love him?  I’ve surrounded him with another homemade poinsettia, a frosted bottle brush tree, and some Christmas Baker’s Twine.

TIP: Alter a bottle brush tree with Art Institute Dries Clear Glitter Glue and Stampendous Shabby Green Embossing Enamel.  Simply brush the glue on the tree branches.  Then lay  the tree down in a funnel tray or over a piece of clean printer paper.  Sprinkle liberally with the embossing enamel, turning the tree by the base to get all the sides.  Then set it aside to dry.  DO NOT HEAT EMBOSS!

A Peek Inside

We’ve used the same basic format for each folio in this series.  So once again, our folio measures 6″ x 6″ with a 3″ flap page.

Here’s a look at the folio with the flap page open.

There’s no shortage of tags, journal cards and mini folios to tuck inside the pockets of this interactive folio.  It’ s so much fun to make and to give.  Best of all, you can use the basic folio design with any paper collection for any theme.

December Year with My Gnomies Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to follow along as I create this cute folio, please enjoy this YouTube video:

Did you enjoy this year long series?  Would you like me to do more in 2023?  Please let me know 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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Yuletide Slimline Tea Party in a Box Tutorial

Yuletide Slimline Tea Party in a Box Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday and I have a dreamy Yuletide Slimline Tea Party in a Box Tutorial for you today.  This is one of those special card creations that works as a gift, and as Christmas décor, too!  I’ve dressed it up with some vintage crocheted lace and altered Beautiful Board from Reneabouquets.

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How much do we love this romantic skating couple?  Only in my dreams could I ever be as graceful as the fur-clad beauty featured on this 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ slimline card.    This image was a scrap left after creating a vintage folio that I’ll be sharing with you soon.  (Yes, it’s been a very busy week in the studio!)  It’s hard for the camera to pick up the shimmer and sparkle of the embossing powder that I used to alter the chipboard, but hopefully you will see it more clearly in the video tutorial.

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TIP: Alter the appearance of silver tone charms with a bit of Ivory Chalk paint.  Dry brush the paint on the skates and snowflake charms.  Let them dry , then lightly sponge with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Mist lightly with water, then dry again.  A final brush of Ivory Chalk Paint lends a vintage, slightly grungy appearance that blends well with the card.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek at the inside of the card.  There’s lots of room behind the flap page to write a message, a recipe, or a Christmas poem.  You could also place a photo here.

The box pocket has room for a Christmas tea bag, honey stick, cookie packet, Ghirardelli Snowman, vintage gold and silver plated demitasse spoon, peppermint stick and a journal card.  The back of the journal card is lined so you can write a note with ease.

Yuletide Slimline Tea Party in a Box Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to create the slimline card base, build the box pocket and decorate the cover,  please enjoy this video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

If you’d like to see other Yuletide projects, please click HERE. 

You can find a linked supply list below this post.  But since this is Throwback Thursday, some items I’ve pulled from my stash may no longer be available for purchase.  You can search through your stash to see what you can use in their place.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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