Starry Night Box Folio Stamperia Make a Wish

Stamperia Make a Wish Starry Night Box Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Starry Night Box Folio Video Tour with Stamperia Make a Wish

Hello, Friends!  This Starry Night Box Folio tells a story on every page. A sleepy snow covered village nestles sweetly beneath a star filled winter sky. Angels and a crescent moon keep watch as Father Christmas slips silently into town to make Christmas magic…

You’ll find all kinds of sweet surprises tucked inside to delight the senses. There are pull out pages, magical growing Christmas trees, a lace angel ornament, Christmas chocolates, Christmas tea, a honey stick, a mini candy cane, a real silver spoon imported from India…it’s like digging into your stocking on Christmas morning.

Starry Night Box Folio: The Details

Sometimes my best projects happen when I’m too lazy to put away scraps.  The base for this box style folio is an off cut from a larger (soon to be shared) project. The unique box folio is my own design. It measures 4 1/4″ x 5 3/4″ with 1″ spines. The clever design allows it to stand upright on its own for display on your holiday mantel or tabletop.

The silver foil stars and glitter on the rooftops catch the light and twinkle …it’s just so charming!

There’s room Inside to write personal messages, add photos and even tuck in a gift card..  I came up with some really fun interactive pages, too.  If you’d like to see them, enjoy this short video tour where I will show you all the secrets that Father Christmas has in store for this sleepy little village. (You’ll also get to hear my clever husband playing guitar in the background as an added bonus!)

Starry Night Box Folio Video Tour and Photo Gallery

What do you think of the bold red and blue color palette of this whimsical collection?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below. You’ll also find a linked supply list.

And, this one is in my Etsy shop, just in case you need to hold it in your hands and enjoy all those fun pull outs and lift tabs.  You can put it in your shopping cart HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Shabby Chic Deck the Halls Christmas Folio

Carta Bella Christmas Market Deck the Halls Christmas Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Shabby Chic Deck the Halls Christmas Folio with Carta Bella Christmas Market

Hello, Friends!  Happy Monday!  Let’s kick off our week with  a shabby chic Deck the Halls Christmas Folio made with Carta Bella Christmas Market!  I have had more fun with these fresh and fun papers this year.  Today’s folio is made with my quick and easy Double Z-Fold design.  This folio design lends itself well to using up scraps.  Since I’ve made so many Christmas Market projects, my supplies are dwindling. this seemed like the perfect way to use them up.  You can find the tutorial for this folio style HERE.

Deck the Halls Christmas Folio: The Details

I dug into my stash of vintage doilies and found the perfect match for this card design.  That little addition of fabric gives this card it’s wonderful shabby chic vibe.

Lots of scraps?  Die cut Christmas greenery to build a base for your focal image.  Even though this image is quite small, it still manages to take center stage because I’ve framed it with festive greenery, flowers and a lovely resin frame from ButterBee Scraps.  Here’s how the frame came together.

  • First, tap the resin frame with Versamark Clear Embossing Ink.
  • Next, cover it with Wow Super Fine Silver Embossing Powder.  Heat emboss.  The details in the frame will pop through as the embossing powder melts, no worries!
  • Now, fill the center of the frame with a scrap of patterned paper.
  • Tap the silver reindeer charm with Versamark.
  • Cover with Seth Apter Dirty Sand Baked Texture.  When heat embossed, this resembles a deer’s shaggy winter coat.
  • Use metal adhesive to secure the deer charm in the center of the frame.

To add extra shimmer, tie a double loop bow with White Glitz Ribbon.  The camera has a hard time picking up its glittery goodness, but it is gorgeous in real life.

Deck the Halls Christmas Folio: A Peek Inside

Look at all the room you have to play inside this card design!  It’s quickly becoming my favorite way to use up my leftover bits and pieces.

And of course, I had to add some sweet treats to the center pocket.

Deck the Halls Christmas Folio: The Flip Side

One of the things I love about this quick and easy folio design is that you can fully decorate the BACK side as well!  I’ve creating little tuck spots, journaling spots, pockets and even added a few photo mounts to the back pocket.  So this becomes a card, a gift, and a mini album all in one.  How fun is that?

You can find this one in my ETSY shop!

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

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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2020 Year in a Box Button Farm Club Release

2020 Year in a Box Button Farm Club Kit Release by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

2020 Year in a Box Button Farm Club Kit Release

Hello, Friends!  I have been planning and designing this  Button Farm Club 2020 Year in a Box Kit for many months.  And today is release day!  Hooray!  Hooray!  I can’t wait to share all the details with you!

2020 Year in a Box: A Unique Memory Keeping System

Life is filled with all kinds of days: celebration days, happy days, ordinary days…days that you want to hold onto forever. Sometimes we want to make time stand still.  Well, I can’t do that for you, but I can supply you with the 2020 Year in a Box Calendar Kit.  This unique memory keeping system is designed to make it easy for you to hold on to all the happiest moments of 2020.

 

The 2020 Year in A Box Kit consists of a series of 12 folios: one for each month of the year, housed in a handsome and sturdy 8” x 8” storage box that you will be proud to display as part of your home décor.

Simple elegance was my goal for the storage box.  Neutral colors and timeless patterns were a must.  I finally decided on a classic grey, cream and tan colors and patterns that had a vintage farmhouse vibe.  This means the box will look great in any home.

2020 Year in a Box: The Monthly Folios

Each gatefold style folio measures 7” x 7” and has room for at least a dozen photographs of your favorite moments from each month of the year. You’ll find pockets with mini folios, a monthly calendar, tags and journaling spots, a blank panel where you can make lists of special events like birthdays, holidays or anniversaries, hidden pockets, pull out folios, meaningful sentiments and lovely vintage images tucked inside each month.  There’s even a monthly greeting card tucked inside that you can give, or use for journaling and small photos.


Because time is precious, I’ve designed the folios to be quick and easy to create.  When finished, store them inside the box for safekeeping.  Display a favorite photo or inspirational quote on the easel that tops the box lid.

Each quarter, I’ll change up the folio design so that you don’t get bored.  I’ll build in fun mechanisms to keep things interesting.  And those are skills that you can easily transfer into your other crafty adventures. It will be like taking a class with me each quarter!

2020 Year in A Box: What You Get

The first kit is massive.  You’ll get everything you need to create the home decor box and the first 3 folios for January, February and March.

You can buy the kits a la carte, or you can save money by subscribing for the whole year.

This is a quarterly subscription kit.  The first kit will come with all the supplies and instructions for the elegant box and the January, February and March folios.  We will release the folios for subsequent months once a quarter.  Here’s what comes in the first kit:

  • (1) 8” x 8” x 4” Papier-mâché Box with Lid
  • (24) 12″ x 12″ Sheets of Authentique  Calendar Collection Paper
  • (4) 12×12 Sheets of Authentique paper to cover the box
  • (2) 12×12 sheets of Ivory Cardstock for matting and mechanisms
  • Antique Bronze Feet (4)
  • Little Birdie Flowers, white
  • 1 yard gingham ribbon
  • Gold Metallic Number Packet
  • Antique Bronze Bulldog Clip
  • Full color, printed,  step by step tutorial

The price for the kit is only $54.00.  Laura has the subscription all set up in the Button Farm Club shop, so pop on over and get your name on the  list.  Although you can purchase each quarterly kit a la carte, you’ll enjoy significant savings when you subscribe.

If you’d like to see more of the kit, take a peek at this release video.

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to see this concept come to life!  This has been in my dreams and on my mind for the better part of 2019.  I hope you are as excited about it as I am.  2020 is looking good!

If you’d like to see my other Button Farm kits, you can find out about them HERE. Or shop for them at the Button Farm Club.

Thanks as always for your wonderful support and encouragement!

Cheerio,

kathy

Carta Bella Christmas Market Rustic Cardinal

Carta Bella Christmas Market Rustic Cardinal by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Carta Bella Christmas Market Rustic Cardinal Mixed Media Card

Hello, Friends!  This Christmas Market Rustic Cardinal Mixed Media Card celebrates my favorite winter bird.  I just love the way a cardinal’s bright red plumage brightens up a dreary winter day.  And they have such a cheery song.  So when I found this vintage rusted cardinal embellishment in a local flea market, I just had to add it to my stash!

This is a simple 7″ x 5″ top fold card base.  Stitch together layers of the patterned papers to create the background.  Then get your Mixed Media Boots out of the Closet of Shame and have fun!

Christmas Market Rustic Cardinal

I decided to take Carta Bella’s Christmas Market into the woods this time.  Our son kindly cut me some thin-ish slices from a Bradford pear that fell in their front yard.  This one is about 1/2″ thick and about 4″ in diameter.  Here’s how I created this rustic cardinals lofty perch:

  • Begin by thinning white gesso with a little water.  Then brush lightly over the surface of the wood slice.  Don’t forget the bark!  The white gesso will immediately winterize the wood.
  • Next, while the gesso dries, die cut a whole pile of festive greenery.  I like to use scraps of designer paper for this as the patterns add interest to the grouping.  This time, I used Tim Holtz Skeleton  Leaves and Mini Greenery.  (Links below)
  • Once the gesso is dry, tap the surface of the wood slice randomly with Versamark Embossing Ink.
  • Now, sprinkle the surface with Seth Apter Blizzard Baked Texture and heat emboss.
    • TIP: Keep heat embossing until the Baked Texture melts completely.  These chunky powders can take a while to fully blossom.  You can stop at any point, of course, but I really baked this one, and I loved the effect.  Experiment and find the perfect stopping point for your personal taste.
  • Next, tap the cooled surface with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive.  Then immediately sprinkle with Rajni Chawla’s Crystal Clear.  Looks just like freshly fallen snow!
    • TIP: cut a piece from a make-up sponge to dab on the adhesive.  Rinse and re-use!
  • Pile on the greener, then tuck in your cardinal and berries.

Christmas Market Rustic Cardinal: A Peek Inside

Here’s a fun way to use washi tape to hold a honey stick in place! And who wouldn’t love a buffalo plaid treat pocket?

Chocolate, tea and honey?  Sa-weet!  So you get eye candy and tummy candy all in one!

To see more projects made with Carta Bella Christmas Market, look HERE and HERE.

I think this card would be gorgeous on a Christmas mantel or side table, too.  In real life, it glistens and sparkles like fresh fallen snow.    You can find this one in my ETSY shop!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Rejoice Christmas Recipe Folio

Authentique Rejoice Christmas Recipe Folio with Really Reasonable Ribbon by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop with Authentique Rejoice Christmas Recipe Folio

Hello, Friends!  I’m so glad you hopped on over from Karen’s lovely blog to see this Authentique Rejoice Christmas Recipe Folio.  It’s my project for the Really Reasonable Ribbon November Hop and my Authentique Paper Design Team post.

Baking plays a big role in the Clement clan holiday festivities!  What better way to showcase all those treasured special cookie, appetizer and treat recipes than in this lovely 8″ x 8″ folio.  Authentique Paper’s Rejoice collection looks like it was made specifically to go with the gorgeous ribbons in this month’s RRR Club!

Ribbon does more than just tie pretty bows!  It’s also a great way to add a border to a card, mini album or layout.  For the cover, I’ve layered Old Gold Shimmer Satin Ribbon with Snowflakes on Old Gold Satin.  This lends a wonderful richness and elegance to the traditional plaid papers .

The bow cluster features more ribbons from this month’s club: Old Gold Diamond Satin Ribbon and Holiday Dots Satin.   To pick up on these ribbons, I painted the resin frame with white chalk paint, then spattered with gold mica mist.  Shabbylicious!

Gold Reindeer and a festive gingerbread man charm fit right it with all the gold and white ribbons.

Authentique Rejoice Christmas Recipe Folio: A Peek Inside

The interior of the album is filled with interactive elements and lots of tuck spots for the printed recipe cards that come with the Rejoice collection.  I’ve used ribbon as an accent on many of the pages.

The heart of this Rejoice Christmas Recipe Folio is the pocket waterfall.  Recipe cards can be tucked inside the pockets for safe keeping.  Add a label to the front of the pocket so you know which recipe is inside.   The back side of each page has room for a photo or journaling.  I’ve used more of the Old Gold Snowflake satin ribbon to hold everything neatly in place.

As you can see, there’s loads of room for photos, journaling and recipes here.

Authentique Rejoice Christmas Recipe Folio Tour on YouTube

It’s easier to view a mini album in a video format, so I prepared a short tour with tips and tricks for you to enjoy.

On with the Hop

Now, hop on over and see what paper pretties Linsey has in store for you.  Then visit the RRR Blog and answer Bonnie’s question of the month to have your name entered in the drawing for your very own November Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you are not a member of the Ribbon Club yet, it’s really easy to join.  It’s like getting a Christmas gift in your mailbox every single month of the year!  Find out how to sign up HERE.

I hope I 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.

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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