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Spellbinders Festive Bow Christmas Gift Wallet

Spellbinders Festive Bow Christmas Gift Wallet

Hello, Friends!  If you’re a giver of holiday cash or gift cards, this Spellbinders Festive Bow Christmas Gift Wallet is a quick and easy way to dress things up.  As our kids get older, they tend to want a gift card, cash or gift certificate for birthdays and Christmas.  So I’m always looking for a creative way to wrap them, and this Christmas Gift Wallet ticks all the boxes for me.

Poufy Bows and Mixed Media Backgrounds

Remember wearing fancy holiday dresses with satin sashes and poufy bows at the back?  That’s what this fun die makes me think of.

Spellbinders-Festive Bow-Merry and Bright Petite Blooms-Stamperia Winter Tale-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

This bow is generously sized at 5 1/2″ wide, so it made sense to create an 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ slimline card base to display it.  Since I already had a nice stack of Stamperia Winter Tales left on my desk after having created yesterday’s Mixed Media Folio, I decided to use up the leftover bits to make this fun project.

TIP: Mix some silver glitter paper in with scraps of designer paper to create a card that sparkles!

You can see that I used the same mixed media technique to create the quilted background for this card.  Friends, it was all on my desk, so I just put it back to work.  This time, I used Faded Jeans Distress Ink to really make the blues pop.

TIP: Dress up your bow with a cluster of Petite Blooms.  Cut them from the scraps of your designer papers, dry brush with chalk paint, then spritz with Faded Denim Mica Mist, or other sparkly stuff.  It’s so pretty in real life, even though the camera doesn’t capture all the shine.

A Peek Inside

I kept the inside simple and sweet with patterned papers, a large pocket and a simple little 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ note card.

Honestly, friends…the details in this paper collection are beyond gorgeous!

There’s room inside the note card to add a small photo, too.  This also helps to personalize the gift.

Spellbinders Festive Bow Christmas Gift Wallet Recipe

I thought you might want the basic instructions for this quick and easy make.

  • First, score an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of light blue cardstock at 4 1/2″ and 9″.  Fold on the scored lines to form an 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ slimline card base with a 2″ pocket.
  • Next, cut an 8″ x 4″ panel of designer paper and emboss it with the Geo-Quilt 3-D embossing folder.  Spatter with white chalk paint, paint the edges and brush with Glitter Glaze.
  • Mat this panel on an 8 1/8″ x 4 1/8″  panel of medium blue cardstock, then on an 8 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ panel of silver glitter cardstock.
  • Mat a 1″ strip of silver glitter paper on a 1 1/4″ strip of medium blue paper.  Wrap around the center of the designer paper panel, then adhere to the card front.
  • Die cut the bow pieces and flowers from scraps of designer paper and silver paper.  Then assemble on the card front.
  • Line the inside with 8 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ panels of white cardstock and 8″ x 4″ panels of designer paper.
  • Wrap the pocket with a 1 3/4″ strip of border pattern.  Take the ends around the back side of the card and adhere to secure the pocket.

That’s it!  Easy Peasy!

I hope you are all enjoying a peaceful, restful or creative Sunday!  Thanks for stopping by, friends!

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





Stamperia Winter Tales Upcycled Mini Album Tutorial

Stamperia Winter Tales Upcycled Mini Album Reneabouquets Snow Globe Shaker by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Stamperia Winter Tales Upcycled Mini Album for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends! This Throwback Thursday post is  a little behind schedule, but I think you will forgive me once you see this Stamperia Winter Tales Upcycled Mini Album Tutorial.  I’ve been burning the early dawn hours (because I can’t seem to stay awake past 9PM anymore) getting the videos and photos edited.  Better late than never, right?

Stamperia Winter Tales Upcycled Mini Album Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Last week, I shared a Stamperia Classic Christmas project with you all.  I mentioned how I had altered the Graphic 45 Rectangle and Tag pocket by cutting out two signatures to make the album more manageable.  Many of you asked me, “What will you do with the signatures you cut out?”  So I thought it would be fun to upcycle them into a whole new album.  And that is how this Throwback Thursday project came into being.

The end result is this 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2 album that celebrates winter blues, snow fairies, and the beauty of the last season of the year.  My mind always goes to snow globes when I think of winter, so I had to feature this Reneabouquets Snow Globe shaker element on the front cover.

TIP: Add sparkle to the fussy cut fairy’s wings with a bit of Dries Clear Adhesive and Glitter.  Brush flowers and paper edges with Stamperia Bright White Glamour Gel for a frosty finish.

Leave the spine uncovered, but paint it silver.  It gives the album a hand-sewn binding look, which I happen to like.  Add a ribbon closure to tie everything together neatly.

Interactive Pages

The tutorial and album tour show all the interactive features, so I won’t add a lot of commentary here.  You can just enjoy the photos and refer to them as you make your album.

Basic Cutting Guide

For your convenience, here are the basic measurements I used to make my album.

  • Blue Solid Liner Pages: 5 3/8″ x 7 3/8″
  • Grey Liner Pages: 5 1/8″ x 7 1/8″
  • Patterned Paper Page Liners: 5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″
  • 12×12 double page spreads: First, determine the portion of the image that you want to use. Then trim it to a height of 7 1/4″.  Cut one side to a width of 5 1/8″.  Then score the wider section of the page at 5 1/8″ and fold to form a flap.
  • Pocket Pages: Cut the pocket to 5 3/8″ x 2 7/8″.  Then score 1/2″ on sides and bottom.  Fold and trim to  make the pocket.  The blue solid liner is 5 1/8″ x 2 7/8″.  Cut the panel for the top of the page to measure 5 1/8″ x 4 3/8″.  (The measurement given in the video is incorrect.)
  • Hidden Pocket Page: First, create the pull out page with 4 1/4″ x 11″ grey solid paper.  Score this at 4″ and fold.  The liners are 4″ x 6 3/4″ and 4″ x 3 3/4″.
  • Slash Pocket: 5 3/4″ x 5 1/8″ grey solid.  Score 1/2″ on sides and bottom.  Then cut the liner to measure 5 1/8″ x 5 1/8″.
Stamperia Winter Tales Upcycled Mini Album Tutorial on YouTube

So that’s my Merry Christmas gift to all of you fabulous people!  I hope you have as much fun with it as I did.  You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!




Stamperia Winter Tales Slimline Card

Stamperia Winter Tales Spellbinders APG Jingle Word Frame Slimline Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Stamperia Winter Tales Slimline Card with APG Jingle Frame Die

Hello, Friends!  We interrupt out normally scheduled fall projects to bring you this Stamperia Winter Tales Slimline Card.  Yes, I  know I am going to be called out for rushing the season.  But the fact is, Spellbinders has just released some gorgeous new holiday products that I just had to share with you.  Besides, it takes a while to get  all those Christmas cards made.  So why not get a jump on things?  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Holiday Medley Jingle Frame Die

Holiday Medley Jingle Frame Die Slimline Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Talk about a match made in heaven!  I love the way this Jingle Word Frame Die complements the Stamperia Winter Tales Collection!  The flourished background of the paper plays so well with the frame.  And yes, I turned it into a shaker element…did you ever have any doubts that I would?

Don’t you just love the way the sequin mix sparkles through the openings in the frame? It makes me think of looking at Christmas lights through a wintry window pane.

Next I die cut the sentiment from regular blue cardstock and silver foil cardstock.  If you adhere them together slightly offset, it creates a drop shadow effect and helps the words pop off the paper a bit better.

A Peek Inside

When a Christmas card doubles as a gift, it’s a real time saver.

Create a little tea wallet/note card to tuck inside the pocket.  Notice how I used the Jingle Frame die to create a nice backdrop for the Snow Queen image.

You have plenty of room in this wallet to tuck in a winter tea bag, mini chocolate and even a gift card, should you desire to do so.  The panel on the left is the perfect place to add a personal message.

Do you feel inspired to get started on your handmade Christmas gift list?  I’ll be back soon with more ideas for using these lovely Spellbinders holiday dies.

You can find a linked supply list below this post

Thanks for stopping by!




Spellbinders November 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace DOM November 2020 Vintage Poinsettia Sleigh Stamperia Winter Tales by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders November 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop: APG Poinsettia Sleigh with Stamperia Winter Tales

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Spellbinders November 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from  Jennifer’s lovely blog.   The Amazing Paper Grace 3-D Pop Up Vignette Poinsettia Sleigh is the focal point on this frosty easel style card.  There is so much to love about this festive APG Club Kit!  The darling sleigh, gorgeous etched poinsettia dies, cute gift box and holiday greenery dies make this Club Kit a must have!

Growing up in Vermont, where the ground was covered in wintry white, the whole landscape would turn a particular shade of blue when dusk would fall.  We called it “blue dark”.  And that’s the scene I tried to re-create in this 6″ x 6″ easel style card made with Stamperia’s Winter Tales paper collection.

Details, Tips and Tricks

TIP:  Create depth and dimension in your background.  Cut a 6″ x 12″ piece of Winter Tales into 3 sections: the night sky, the tree line, and the foreground.  Then layer the three sections together with foam dimensionals between them.

TIP: Die cut the sleigh base from patterned paper.  Then die cut the insert and trims from silver metallic paper to create a frosty winter sleigh.  Brush the sleigh runners with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive, then sprinkle with Crystal Clear Glitter Flakes.  This adds an icy finish to the sleigh.

TIP: Create a pocket inside the card to serve as the stopper for the easel.  Score an extra 1/2″ on the easel card base to make a 1/2″ spine.  This way, you can add a fun surprise inside the card.

TIP:  Die cut some poinsettias from scraps of your designer paper.  Then die cut more from solid colored cardstock.  Add texture to the petals with a brush of ivory chalk paint.  Then fill the centers with Prills and Pearls. Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace DOM November 2020 Vintage Poinsettia Sleigh Stamperia Winter Tales by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Now die cut foliage from silver metallic cardstock.  Then brush some of it with Dries Clear Adhesive. Next, sprinkle with more glitter to give it the appearance of icy branches. Now you are ready to pile up all these beautiful posies and fill the sleigh to the brim with Christmas cheer!

A Peek Inside

Now you can see the pocket on the inside of the card.  This is a lovely place to tuck in a note card and a little surprise.

Now,  die cut a second sleigh just as you did the first one. Next, adhere a length of metallic string between the layers.  Now, top it with a bow and poinsettia cluster.  Voila! You have a little ornament to give as a small gift.

Write a personal greeting or tuck a gift card into this little note card.

Spellbinders $25 Giveaway:

To celebrate this release, we are giving away a $50 gift certificate to 5 lucky blog readers – selected from the comments on the Spellbinders blog. Giveaway closes on Sunday, November 15th, 11:59 pm EDT. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post the following Tuesday. The winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

Please note, store credit (gift certificate) cannot be applied to Club Subscriptions. Store credit can be applied to shop past Club products, Club extras and regular releases.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Sandra has prepared for you.  The complete hop list is below.

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Tina Smith

Carrie Rhoades

Bibi Cameron

Sandi MacIver

Jill Hilliard

Jennifer Snyder

Kathy Clement

Sandra Nagel

Virginia Lu

Jean Manis

Marie Heiderscheit

Joy Baldwin

Zsoka Marko

Ilina Crouse

Jenny Colacicco

Not a member of the APG Die of the Month Club?  You can sign up here.  The Poinsettia Sleigh will be your first die of the month.

You will find a linked supply list below this post.  If you’d like to see another sample made with the Poinsettia Sleigh Die, please click HERE.

Thanks for hopping by!