Beach Shaker Card and Altered Bottle

Ciao Bella Sound of Summer Shaker Card Folio and Altered Bottle by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Ciao Bella Sound of Summer Beach Shaker Card and Altered Bottle

Hello, Friends!  If you’re longing for the sound of surf hitting sand, then today’s Summer Beach Shaker Card and Altered Bottle is just what the doctor ordered!  My clever son turned another little apothecary bottle on his lathe.  He’s experimenting with his carving tools, and added some neat details to the face and back of this cherry wood bottle.  The moment I saw it, I imagined an old bottle washed up on the shore.  Thus, I dubbed it, “The Castaway.”  Peter was kind enough to let me alter it into the vision I had in my head. Then I just had to make a card to go with it.  And here we are.

The Castaway

I’m always a little nervous about altering these apothecary bottles because they are so beautiful in their natural state.  Peter works with primarily reclaimed wood.  Lots of it is really old, salvaged from falling down barns, estate sales, fallen trees, etc.  The goal when altering these bottles is to let the beauty of the wood shine through while creating a vignette that tells a story.

Sometimes a tag is all it takes.  Fill a little glass vial with beach sand, a real shark’s tooth and itty bitty shell.  Tap a copper starfish charm with Speckled Egg Paint to age it.  Then cluster up some Spanish moss, sequins and beads to add texture and shimmer.  Add a feather, some burlap string and BAM!  You’ve got a miniature beach on your hands.

Highlight the bottle edges with more paint.  Then tap the carved areas with gold mica gel to add a little shimmer.  Burlap trim adds the perfect rustic touch.

The neat wood piece at the bottom of the bottle is something I picked up after a storm.  I love it clustered up with some little shells and beads.  Create a sandy beach with Distress Embossing Powder.  I’m not gonna lie…this was fun!

The Shaker Card

Since I already had my Ciao Bella Sound of Summer collection out on the desk, I decided to go ahead and make a card to keep The Castaway company.  This is a 5″ x 7″ top fold card with a 1/2″ spine.   The shaker box is a Reneabouquets Shell Frame that I altered with Shabby Ivory Embossing Enamel.  It’s hard to see in the photo, but there are little flecks of gold that shimmer like the sun on water.

To keep with the shell theme, I added a vintage ribbon slide.  This came in a big box of buttons that our son and his wife gave me for my birthday one year.  It looks to be carved from Mother of Pearl or Abalone.   The delicate carved edges are simply elegant.  Striped ribbon mimics the sails on the little boats.

A Peek Inside

I had as much fun designing the inside of this box pocket card as I did the outside.

This little flap feature opens to reveal a gorgeous seaside view.  It also has a little tea bag pocket.

The box pocket is a “two for one” creation.  Three small folios fit into the little pocket on top, while a bookmark, seashell spoon, cookie, chocolate, and magnet fit into the larger space.

These little folios are a great spot to write secret messages or quotes.  They are also great for tiny photos or gift cards.

Here’s a closer look at the magnet, bookmark and spoon.

If you’re interested in purchasing either The Castaway or the Shaker Card, you can find them in my ETSY shop.

To see more projects made with Ciao Bella Sound of Summer, Click HERE.

Thanks for sharing a cuppa with me this Saturday morning!  I hope you find time to make something beautiful today.  Creativity is good for the body and good for the soul!

Thanks for stoppign by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Throwback Thursday Christmas Shaker Hanger Tutorial

Authentique Classic Christmas Shaker Hanger with APG Snip It Grid/Calendar and Fanfare Dies by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 10

Throwback Thursday Christmas Shaker Hanger Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to Throwback Thursday Christmas in July!  Today I have a super sweet and easy to make Christmas Shaker Hanger Tutorial for you.  You can make this cute project in no time, and then hang it on a kitchen cabinet, a door knob or an office cubicle.  If you get started on making these now, you’ll have plenty to give as gifts when Christmas rolls around.

Authentique Classic Christmas and Spellbinder Dies

Use any favorite Christmas collection to make this sweet little shaker hanger.  My blog buddy, Sherry Somers, gifted me with a 6×6 pad of Authentique Paper’s Classic Christmas collection in some happy mail this spring.  Since this is one of my all time favorite Christmas collections, I decided to feature it this week.  I had a few bits and pieces of the 12×12 brick pattern along with some 3×4 cards left.  But nothing else, so that 6×6 pad came in real handy!  Thanks again, Sherry!

TIP: Stitch the brick patterned paper onto some burlap to add country charm to your shaker hanger.  Since sewing machine needles don’t like to stitch through adhesive, just place a bit of Scor-Tape in the center of the two panels, then stitch.  You’ll be able to keep your margins straight, but won’t hurt your sewing machine.

Frosty Windowpanes

The Spellbinders June Die of the Month makes a great windowpane!  Die cut the Snip it Grid Calendar piece from the kit 3 times: twice from cream cardstock and once from grey.  Then glue the three layers together so that they are slightly offset.  This will give your window pane a real feeling of depth.

TIP: Use a paintbrush to apply dries clear adhesive to the back of each die cut layer.  This is faster, and ultimately neater, than applying the glue straight from the bottle.  I do the same thing when I add my clear cardstock to the back of the windowpanes.  You have far less trouble with glue oozing out onto the acetate and making a sticky, hard to clean up mess.

Little Details

Fussy cut this cute house from a 3×4 card.  Then back it with dimensionals.  Apply Stickles or glitter to the snowy areas of the roof to add lots of shine.  This shows up better in real life than it does in the photos.

Paint jingle bells and Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Christmas Bells with white chalk paint to add country charm.

Die cut flower layers from scraps of patterned paper and winter foliage from cream cardstock.  Custom flowers in a jiffy!

Tie painted jingle bells to the handle of a vintage mini hanger. Tuck in some die cut leaves as a finishing touch.

Christmas Shaker Hanger Video Tutorial

If you’d like to learn how to make this darling little Christmas shaker hanger, please enjoy the video tutorial below.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  I’ll be back next week with another Christmas in July Throwback Thursday.  Until then, keep calm and craft on, my friends!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post. To see past Throwback Thursday projects, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Note: Throwback Thursday is designed to encourage us to use up our crafty stash.  Many of the older items I use are no longer readily available online.  Please feel free to substitute a similar product from your stash. 

Button Farm Club Timeless Wedding Album Kit Release

Button Farm Club Authentique Timeless Wedding Album Kit by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Button Farm Club Timeless Wedding Album Kit Release

Hello, Friends!  Because love is always in season, I’m thrilled to announce this Button Farm Club Timeless Wedding Kit Release!  This classic mini album kit is designed to help you document your wedding, celebrate a special anniversary, or create a heritage-themed wedding album that you will cherish for many years to come.

Timeless Beauty

You just can’t beat cream and black for a wedding album!  The colors never go out of style, work with any wedding color scheme, are perfect for heritage wedding albums and really make black and white portraits pop.

Designing this album was so much fun.  I started with a 49 & Market blank album.  Then I paired it up with gorgeous papers from  Authentique’s  Timeless Collection.  Creamy white flowers from Little Birdie Crafts, luxurious satin ribbon and a stylish chipboard title add extra charm to the design.

This elegant oversized antique bronze key dresses up the album spine.  A large album like this  6 1/4″ x 8 1/4″ beauty offers loads of room for photos, journaling and special memories.

A Peek Inside

Interactive elements in an album make me really happy.  So I came up with lots of ways to customize the album design to accommodate my passion for little pull-out features, folios and pockets.

The album is designed to tell your love story from the proposal to the wedding and on through the reception.  There’s even a spot to add a few honeymoon and 1st anniversary photos!  This large double waterfall feature will display 22 big photos.

Share photos of your wedding party and honored guests here.

And this gatefold design page features lots of wonderful nooks and crannies for photos and journaling.

Timeless Wedding Mini Album Kit Sneak Peek on YouTube

There are so many wonderful details in the album that I created a sneak peek video tour for you.

Kit Pricing and Details

This kit comes with the following supplies:

  • Authentique Timeless Collection Kit ( Sixteen 12×12 designer papers and Cardstock Elements)
  • 8 Sheets 12×12 Spectrum  Cardstock: 4 Black Jack/ 4 Antique Lace
  • 49 & Market Black Album
  • Waterfall pack of 23 Little Birdie Crafts Rooney Shabby Chic Flowers
  • Clear Scraps “Mr. & Mrs. Chipboard Title
  • 2 yards white double faced satin ribbon
  • Large Brass Key
  • Basic Cutting Guide/Tutorial
  • Links to Private Detailed Video Tutorial(s)

Laura at Button Farm Club has once again bundled together an amazing deal for you, as the kit is selling for just $64.99.

This is a limited kit release so order your copy today at The Button Farm Club.  The last few kits have sold out in under a day, so if you think you want to make this album as a wedding gift, a heritage wedding mini album or anniversary album, you’ll want to order quickly.

Once again, I thank you for your enthusiastic support for these Button Farm Club kits.  The addition of the video tutorials has made them even more popular.

Laura has re-supplied a few of my past kits.  You can find those HERE.  If you really wanted a past kit, but missed out, tutorials ONLY are available HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

A Little Christmas in July

Eileen Hull Sizzix Snowman Box Easel Card Authentique Snowfall by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

A Little Christmas in July with Eileen Hull and Authentique Paper

Hello, Friends!  I know it’s the 4th, but I just had to share a little Christmas in July with you today.  I have two of the cutest little Christmas projects, both made with Eileen Hull’s newly released Sizzix dies and Authentique papers.

These versatile steel rule dies can be used to create a dimensional box, or as mixed media elements.  Cute as a button, they are perfect for holiday gifting and card making.

Warm Hearts Easel Card

This 7″ x 8 1/4″ easel card features elements from the Snowman Box.  Here’s how I prepared the die cut pieces to build this wintry vignette.

  • First, die cut the pieces from mat board.  You will only need one box side to serve as the picket fence.
  • Mist the fence lightly with water and run it through your die cutting machine to add the wood grain texture.
  • Next, apply Gathered Twigs Distress ink to the front of the fence.  Cut an extra “v” on the box side to keep the pickets looking all the same.
  • Now apply Black Soot Distress Ink Directly to the surface of a wood grain embossing folder and run it through the machine a second time.
  • Apply Dries White Glitter Glue and Frosted Crystals to the pickets and base of the fence, then set aside to dry.
  • “Paint” the snowman bodies with Nuvo Toasted Almond Mousse. to add texture and shine.
  • Trace the snowman hats and scarves onto designer paper, cut out and apply to the snowman bodies.
  • Accessorize with burlap string, mini jingle bells and flowers.
A Peek Inside

Add a pocket inside the card to serve as the stopper for the easel mechanism.  Then prepare a little treat wallet to tuck inside.  I’ve decorated this card with Authentique Paper’s Snowfall Collection. Wouldn’t this be a great gift to send in the mail? And you can leave snowman décor up long after the holiday has passed.  They are just so cheery!

On the Nice List: Mitten Treat Box

I have a soft spot in my heart for mittens.  My mom used to knit ours every winter.  She always added extra long cuffs so the snow would not creep up our sleeves and freeze us.  So this mitten box speaks to my memories, and I just love it.   The box is very easy to assemble.  Just die cut mat board or chipboard , then die cut your designer papers and adhere.  The die comes with the mitten shape, the rickrack trim and some cute little hearts.

Make a bunch of these to use as place cards for your holiday celebrations.  They also make wonderful gifts for friends, neighbors and co-workers.  Authentique Paper’s new “A Magical Christmas” collection is absolutely stunning.  I’ve used the 6×6 pad to decorate my mittens and wrap the presents that are tucked inside. Once the treats are consumed, display candy canes, peppermints, or wrapped candy in the mitten box.  Or, use it as a pen holder on your desk.

Create a little tag insert with Eileen’s Gift Card Folder and Label Die.  It fits neatly inside the mitten box.  The dimensional envelope makes a great treat wallet, too.

I used to think Christmas in July was crazy, but now I realize that it takes time to create handmade gifts.  Starting in July makes me feel less rushed during the holiday season, too.  When do you start creating your Christmas crafts?

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

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders July 2020 Amazing Paper Grace Club Kit

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace July 2020 Club Kit Fanfare Card My Mind's Eye Gingham Gardens by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace July 2020 Club Kit Reveal: Good Day Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  It’s time to share my Spellbinder’s Amazing Paper Grace July 2020 Club Kit Reveal with you.  If you are a lover of Amazing Paper Grace intricate swirled dies, you are going to be thrilled with the kit this month!  I know I am!

The Fanfare Die Kit come with 8 die templates.  You’ll find the frame, insert, aperture, and detail dies along with 4 cinch and go petal layers.  These petite Cinch and Go dies make the sweetest little posies when cut from scraps of your designer paper!

Creating the Card Base

Pair the Fanfare Die Templates up with Gingham Gardens from My Mind’s Eye.  They play together beautifully!  Here’s how to build the layers of this 5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ top told card.

  • First, cut 2 5 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ panels for the cardstock base.  Score the long side of one panel at 7 1/4″  and 7 3/4″.
  • Now fold along the score lines to create a card front with a 1/2″ spine.
  • Adhere the 3/4″ flap on this panel on the back side of the other 5  1/4″ x 8 1/2″ panel to create a top fold card base.
  • Score the inside of the card at 7 1/4″.  Then fold the flap to create a shallow pocket.
Creating the Card Layers

  • First, cut a 5″ x 7″ panel of the diagonal check paper on a 5 1/8″ x 7 1/8″ panel of cream cardstock.
  • Next, cut a 7″ x 3″ belly band from the pink and cream plaid paper.
  • Now machine stitch around the perimeter , if desired.
  • Mat a 4″ x 6″ panel of the floral design paper on a slightly larger cream mat.
  • Cut a banner flag with the die from the June 2020 Club Kit.  Cut in half and adhere behind the left hand side of the panel.
  • Then adhere the ephemera piece behind the lower right hand edge of the panel.
  • Machine stitch the layers together.
  • Now back this panel with dimensionals and adhere in the center of the larger panel.
The Fanfare Dies

  • Die cut the the Fanfare Frame, Insert and Aperture die from cream cardstock.  Place 1/8″ foam strips on the back side of the die.  Adhere in the center of the floral panel.
  • Now use the aperture die to cut the sentiment from a 3″ x 4″ journal card.  Back with 3 layers of dimensionals and adhere in the aperture of the Fanfare die.
  • Place dimensionals on the backs of the birds and prim house ephemera bits and adhere.
  • Glue the pink chipboard heart in the center of the sentiment panel.
Cinch and Go Flowers and Finishing Touches

Die cut the Cinch and Go flower layers from scraps of your patterned papers. Shape them slightly with a ball stylus.  Layer together, making sure you stagger the petal edges.  Insert pearl stamens in the flower centers, then arrange in a semi circle around the sentiment panel.  Tuck in some foliage, add a bow and some buttons to complete the card front.

A Peek Inside

The inside of the card features a shallow pocket with a tea wallet, honey stick and a note card.  The top half of the card is a photo folio with a magnetic closure.

Die cut 2 of the detail templates to create the decoration for the front of the folio.

TIP: Make the details of these Fanfare dies pop by running them through your die cut machine a second time with the embossing mat.

The folio has room for several photos as well as a little tag/gift card pocket.

Create the tags from your scraps, then top with ribbon, mini keys and twine bows.

Amazing Paper Grace July 2020 Club Kit Reveal on YouTube

To help you see all the wonderful dies in this month’s kit, I’ve prepared a very short YouTube video tour.  I’ll also share some tips and tricks that I used while making the Gingham Gardens card folio.

 

If you’d like to start receiving the Amazing Paper Grace Club Kit each month, you can find out how to subscribe HERE.  You can purchase past club kits HERE.

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 this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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