Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Hello, Friends!  Happy Monday!  I’m just popping in real quick today with a little bit of eye candy to start your week off on a sweet note.  This Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio has been sitting in my photo files, patiently waiting to be shared.  Today is the day!

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I love the soft peach and green tones of this fresh and fun card. Since I used the Collector’s Essential Kit, I had all the stickers,chippies, washi tape and the matching cardstock to work with.  I love it when everything matches! Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo  03

Die cut layers are made using Spellbinder’s Lacey Squares Dies (retired).  The bow is tied with RRR 1/2″ Champagne Wrinkled Ribbon.  This has been a real “go to” ribbon for me this spring.

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TIP: Dry brush Little Birdie Succulents (Check AC Moore) with Ivory Chalk paint.  This gives them a more organic look. Use this simple technique whenever you need to make different colored flowers “match.”  it works like a charm!

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio: A Peek Inside

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TIP: Make a quick and easy pocket by cutting your designer paper 3″ longer than your card base.  Then score at 3″, fold and adhere the sides.  Instant pocket!

TIP: Use your scraps!  The top half of this card is made by layering up bits and pieces of patterned papers that flowed well together.  Even the border pieces were made with scraps. And by leaving the top edge open on the bottom border, I created a handy shallow pocket to hold that cutie patootie magnet.

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

Now, fold a scrap of black cardstock from the Essential Collection kit to make this nifty gift wallet.  Then line it with more scraps of your designer paper.  You can get a LOT of mileage from a collection kit by using your scraps in this way.

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Next, fill it with a little tea bag and honey stick treat.  These cool honey sticks were atTuesday Morning.  I always seem to find the neatest stuff in that store.  It’s like my personal playground, and a very dangerous place for me to visit!

So there you have it my friends!  A few tips and tricks to get your crafty week started off on solid footing.  To see more Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Projects click HERE.

Did I shared some tips and tricks that you can use in today’s post.?  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner

Hello, Friends!  How about a little Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner on this fine Friday morning?

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Growing up in Vermont, I looked forward to lilac season every year.  Our little town was filled with ancient lilac bushes that had actually grown into trees.  Branches groaned under the weight of the fragrant blossoms.  Lilac Season was a favorite because it also meant that winter was well and truly over.  Lilacs always seemed to manage to bloom in time for Memorial Day (which was on May 30th when I was growing up.)  My mother and I would get up early and pick lilacs that were dripping with dew.  Then we would arrange them in large baskets to decorate the family graves at the local cemetery.  I know that sounds morbid, but it was actually a joyful day.  We shared memories and stories of our loved ones while we cleaned up the grave site.  Did anyone else have this experience growing up?

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

I love to make banners, and this one was created as a special order in my Etsy shop for a dear friend.  They sure are hard to photograph, though!  Let me share some detail photos, tips and tricks with you.

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner: Getting Started

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

I used the same basic techniques to make this banner as the ones used for my Prima Spring Farmhouse Country Chic Banner.   Here’s how it comes together:

  • First, die cut 4 pennants from Prima Lavender Paper Collection using the largest ( #1) die in the My Favorite Things  STAX Stitched Banner Die Set.
  • Next, die cut 4 of the #4 pennants.
  • Then machine stitch each pennant on to canvas or burlap.  Cut around the pennant shape and fringe the edges.
  • Now adhere onto MFT Wild Wisteria cardstock and trim around the shape, leaving about an eighth of an inch border on all sides.
  • Now, space the banners out evenly on a long piece ( about 4 feet) of  1 1/2″ wide Champagne Silky Crush Ribbon.  Hold the pennants in place with binder clips.
  • Stitch all the pennants onto the ribbon along the top edge.  Then turn the banner and stitch a second time along the bottom edge of the ribbon.  This will cause the banner to lay nice and flat.
  • Tie bows with Light Orchid Double Faced Satin Ribbon, and hot glue onto the pennants.

Now you are ready to decorate!

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner: Detail Shots

Flowers, buttons, burlap string, journal cards and mini doilies are great ways to add texture and interest to a banner.  But you can also just make the basic pennant shape and hang it, as this paper is soooo pretty.  Here’s a look at the details:

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 09

If you’d like to see more banner ideas, you can check the Banner Archives on my blog.   You’ll find lots of inspiration, tips and tricks there!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Button Farm Kit

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Button Farm Kit for Dad

Hello, Friends!  I’m super excited about my May Kit Club over on the Button Farm Club.  With Father’s Day right around the corner, we took our crafting off the page and created an amazing Authentique Mister Desk Organizer for Dad!

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Kit for Dad by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 01

These stacking drawers measure 16″ high (taller if you could the height of the easel topper).  Each chipboard drawer is neatly housed in the wooden frame.  Isn’t it handsome?

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Kit for Dad by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 03

This easy to assemble 4” x 16” x 4 ¼” unit boasts a sturdy wood frame designed to fit with any home decor.

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Kit for Dad by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 04

Four 3 ½” x 4” x 3 ½” drawers constructed from heavy weight chipboard are handsomely decorated with Authentique Paper’s Mister collection.

 

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Kit for Dad by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 05

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Kit for Dad by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 06

 

The The full color, step by step tutorial is loaded with clever techniques that you will be able to use in all your crafty adventures.  You will learn how to:

  • Build the drawer unit
  • Create a faux woodgrain finish
  • Use packaging to build an easel style photo display unit on the top of the drawer
  • Use product packaging to construct from scratch a 3.25” x 3.25” x 1 ½” hardcover mini album to tuck into one of the drawers

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Kit for Dad by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 07

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Kit for Dad by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 08

Each pocket style page holds two 3″ photo mats for family photos.  This album is the perfect size for Dad to keep on his desk, and it’s loaded with fun, interactive features.

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Button Farm Kit for Dad: What You Get

This kit includes everything you will need beyond basic crafting supplies:

  • 8×8” Authentique Mister collection with 24 double sided papers
  • (2) 12” x 12” sheets of Authentique Cobblestone Spectrum Cardstock
  • Kaisercraft Tall Drawer Unit
  • Grey chalk paint
  • 4 antique bronze drawer pulls
  • Metal padlock (may vary from the one used in the tutorial)
  • An assortment of 7 metal gears (may vary from those seen in the tutorial photos)
  • Bulldog clip
  • 2 yards of burlap string
  • Full color/printed step by step tutorial written by me

I’m super pleased with the way this kit turned out.  The pictures really don’t do it justice.  I’ll just tell you that before I had it finished, Mr. Clement had claimed it for his office desk.  He really liked it!  Hooray!

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Button Farm Kit for Dad: Quick Video Tour

This is a limited release kit, available through The Button Farm Club only.  You can order your kit HERE.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this dapper new kit in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio

Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio for The Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon May Blog Hop! You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  Today I have a Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio made with the red, white and blue ribbons in the May Ribbon Club Assortment and papers from Authentique’s Liberty Collection Kit.

 

I look forward to this lovely assortment every month, but the red, white and blue assortment is always a special treat.  Let’s take a look at the details of this festive card folio.

Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio: Stars and Stripes Forever

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 02

Every cowgirl needs a pair of star spangled boots, don’t you think?   I’ve dolled this card up with the Tiny Stars on Poppy Red Grosgrain Ribbon from the assortment.  Then top the double loop bows with Ivory Burlap String and a star shaped button to amp up the patriotic vibe.

Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio: A Party on the Inside

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 03

The festivities really get started on the inside of this interactive card folio, and there’s more ribbon at work here, too.

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 04

This shaped magnet is all dolled up with a 3/8″ Patriotic Plaid Bow, a posy and more star  buttons. The Tiny Stars on Poppy Red Grosgrain ribbon serves as a handy closure for the 4 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ accordion folio.

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 05

I’ve dressed this up with patterned papers, ribbons, pockets, stickers and inserts.

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 06

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 07Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 08Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 09

Top a tag with a snippet of the same Tiny Stars/Poppy Red Grosgrain Ribbon, some Ivory Burlap String and a cute Uncle Sam Hat charm, and you’ve got a party on your hands!

On With the Hop

From here, you will hop on over to see what treats Cherry has in store for you.  Be sure to visit the RRR Blog where you will find the complete hop list.  While you are there, answer Bonnie’s question of the month.  You’ll be entered into a drawing for your very own May Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you haven’t signed up for the ribbon club yet, this is a great month to join.  You can find all the details and information HERE.

Enjoy the hop!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Free to Fly Eileen Hull Notebook Video Tutorial

Free to Fly Eileen Hull Notebook Video Tutorial for Frilly & Funkie Saturday Showcase

Hello, Friends!  Happy Saturday!  I’m over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog today where I’m sharing this Free to Fly Eileen Hull Notebook Video Tutorial.

Stamperia Spring Botanic Eileen Hull Notebook Video Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

 

Stamperia Spring Botanic Eileen Hull Notebook Video Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

 

Stamperia Spring Botanic Eileen Hull Notebook Video Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 03

 

Stamperia Spring Botanic Eileen Hull Notebook Video Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

 

Stamperia Spring Botanic Eileen Hull Notebook Video Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 05

 

Stamperia Spring Botanic Eileen Hull Notebook Video Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 06

 

Stamperia Spring Botanic Eileen Hull Notebook Video Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 07

 

Stamperia Spring Botanic Eileen Hull Notebook Video Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 08

 

Stamperia Spring Botanic Eileen Hull Notebook Video Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 09

I hope you can pop on by and say hello, but if not, here is the video tutorial:

You can find the details for the “sister” album that I shared earlier this week HERE.  And for more ways to use this clever and versatile Eileen Hull Notebook Die, check HERE and HERE.

Hope you can join me over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog!

Wishing you all a joyful and creative weekend!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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