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About kathycNC

Married to the love of my life for 43+ years, mom of 5...Nan to 3 gorgeous grandgirls. I have a passion for paper and a heart to educate and inspire through one of a kind, handmade paper art for all occasions. If you'd like to add my artwork to your home, please visit my Kathy by Design Etsy shop.

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit Reveal

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01
Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit Reveal for The Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends! Spend some time during the lazy, hazy days of summer creating vibrant all occasion greeting cards with the Button Farm Club Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit.  If you’re like me, you never seem to have enough cards on hand.

The Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit from The Button Farm Club will help you to create an amazing variety of beautiful handmade cards quickly and easily. Just follow the full color step by step tutorial that comes with the kit.

Vibrant summer patterns and images from Authentique Paper’s Endless Collection will be used to make 10 projects from this one kit:  an interactive 5” x 7” card folio with pockets, flip page and waterfall feature; a fanciful mason jar shaker card, 6” x 6” easel card that is suitable for home decor, a delightful fun fold card with a pocket, (3) 4” x 6” easy to mail cards, (2) dimensional gift tags, and a clever gift card wallet.

Project #1: Lazy Days Card Folio

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

If you’ve been wishing for a card folio tutorial…here it is!  And isn’t it adorable?  This is a 5″ x 7″ side fold card folio with all sorts of fun on the inside.

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

This is just a sneaky peek of all the fun I’ve tucked inside.  There’s a double pocket flip page with inserts, a waterfall feature…and more!  This is a great place to capture a special family birthday, vacation or summer fun day.

Project #2: Mason Jar Shaker Card

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

How cute is this 5″ x 6 1/2″ shaker card?  Can you see the little fireflies in the mason jars?  You’ll learn how to make it with the tutorial that comes in the kit.

Project #3: Sunbonnet Sue Easel Card

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

This 6″ x 6″ easel card can double as summer home decor.

Project #4: Dragonfly Days Fancy Fold Card

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

No card kit would be complete without a great fancy fold card design.  This  5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ fancy fold  looks so impressive when made, but is actually simple to make.  You’re going to love it!

Projects #5, #6 and #7: Easy to mail cards

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

These 4″ x 6″ cards have a little less dimension, making them easier to mail.  But they are still big on detail.

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

Some have a lovely little gift card pocket on the inside.

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 09

And they all make creative use of scraps.

Projects #8 and #9: Vintage Style Gift Tags

These dimensional gift tags have a lovely little hanging loop on the top, making them easy to add to a package, or to hang from a knob as home decor.

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 10

 

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 11

They are generously sized at 3″ x 6″.

Project #10: Gift Card WalletAuthentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 12

Last but not least, you’ll learn how to create this lovely gift card wallet.  It’s the perfect way to present a monetary gift with a personal touch.

Endless Summer Card Kit: What’s Inside:

Everything you need to make all of the above projects comes in the kit with the exception of inks, adhesives and tools.  Just look at all the wonderful paper pretties packed into this kit:

  • Authentique Endless Collection: (10) 12” x 12” double sided papers
  • Authentique Endless Cardstock Component Sheet
  • Spectrum Cardstock: (3) 12” x 12” sheets
  • 100 pound weight luxury cream cardstock: (4) 12” x 12 sheets
  • Little Birdie Andrea Vivid Palette Boxed Flowers
  • Seam binding ribbon (blue and salmon/1 yard each), satin ribbon (blue and peach/1yard each), Baker’s Twine/1 yard, burlap string/1 yard
  • 10 October Afternoon Buttons in a variety of colors and sizes (varies from kit to kit but all are color coordinated to work with the papers)
  • a vintage style metal key in either gold or silver tone
  • (3) silver tone charms: butterfly, dragonfly, bee
  • 2 cloth covered button brads (vary from kit to kit)
  • One sheet of Chipboard Stickers
  • 3 doilies
  • 2 Maya Road Pearl Stick Pins
  • 1 Packet of Sparkletz Shaker Mix
  • Shaped Shaker Card base

If you are an experienced card maker, you can just play with the kit as you please.  If you are a card maker who wants to learn some new techniques, gain confidence in layering patterned papers, and discover fun new styles of cards to make, the easy to follow tutorial is there to guide you.

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit: The First in a Series

What I’m really excited about is this: if this card kit is well received, I will be working with The Button Farm Club to release an all occasion card kit for each quarter of the year.  How exciting is that?

If you’re interested in placing an order for this kit, then pop on over to the Button Farm Club and sign up.  (I think Laura is also adding a subscription button for future card kits.)

So many of you have asked me to come to your hometowns to teach a class.  Well, this is the next best thing (and I don’t have to travel!  LOL).  I’m truly honored to be collaborating with The Button Farm Club to make these kits.  The quality of everything is top notch, and the value is amazing. The price of the kit is just $49.95.   I honestly don’t think you could purchase all the elements we’ve packed into this kit for less.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this kit.  I’ve tried to create a kit with a wide variety of card styles, suited to all levels of crafting ability.  How’d I do?  Please share your thoughts with me in the comment section below.  I’m listening!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01
Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial for the Authentique 4th of July Group Post

Hello, Friends!  If you live in the US, let me wish you a very Happy 4th of July!  To help everyone celebrate this patriotic holiday, the Authentique Paper Design team is hosting a group post loaded with red, white and blue project inspiration.  My contribution is this quick and easy to make Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial.  It’s the same style and size as the Authentique Confection Waterfall Mini I shared with you all in June.  So if you’ve been wanting to whip one of these cute albums up, today is your lucky day!

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

The album measures 6 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ with a 1 1/2″ spine.  I’ve wrapped it with Authentique Spectrum Old Glory cardstock and decorated it with the Liberty 12×12 collection.  Since I share all the details in the video below, I’ll just share photos for you to enjoy here.

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial: The Spine

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

To create this festive spine, follow these steps:

  • Punch a hole in the center of the spine, about 1/2″ from the top edge.
  • Fold an 18″ length of 3/8″ wide ribbon in half.  Pull the fold through the hole, then pull the ribbon tails through that loop.  Adjust, then tie a bow.
  • Attach a vintage safety pin under the center of the bow.
  • String charms on jump rings, then slide onto the safety pin.  Close.
  • Place a Tim Holtz Remnant Rub onto the face of the white plaque before attaching to the pin.
Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Double waterfalls are secured with 3/8″ ribbon.

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

Each waterfall measures 43/4″ square.  Cut Spectrum Tricycle Red and Old Glory Cardstock to 5 1/4″ x 4 3/4″.  Score a 1/2″ flap on each panel. The liner sheets are 4 1/2″ square.  This way, you can add a 4″ x 4″ photo and still have a pretty paper border.

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

Create flaps with the 3″ x 4″ images from the collection.

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 10

The bottom layer of each waterfall is a double pocket with little ATC tag inserts.

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 10

Cover Graphic 45 ATC Laser Cut Banner Tags with designer paper quickly by die cutting the liners with the G45 ATC Die.

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial and Project Share on YouTube

If you’d like to see more of what’s inside the album and learn how to create it, please enjoy this YouTube video.

 

Our Family 4th of July

Independence Day is one of our family’s favorite holidays.  We all gather together for a cookout, a swim, potato salad, watermelon, games and lots of laughs.  When dusk falls, we go to a nearby park to enjoy a fireworks display.  We’ve followed this tradition for decades, and we all agree, it’s one we want to continue to observe.

We are so very thankful for those who served, suffered and sacrificed so that we can celebrate and live in freedom.  God Bless You, and God Bless the USA!

Wishing you all my fellow Americans a safe, happy and healthy 4th of July!  For all the rest of you who live outside the US…thanks for your friendship!  I appreciate you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial Supply List

 

Authentique Liberty Patriotic Banner

Authentique Liberty Patriotic Banner

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready for the 4th of July?  It’s one of my favorite holidays.  To help you celebrate, I’ve prepared this Authentique Liberty Patriotic Banner as my contribution to the Authentique Design Team 4th of July celebration week.  (You can check out the other inspirational projects HERE.)

The large pennants in this banner all measure 5″ x 7″ and have been hand cut.  It’s really not as hard as you might think to create your own banner pennants.

  • First, cut two  5″ x 7″ panels of Authentique Spectrum Old Glory Cardstock and an additional 2 from Tricycle Red.
  • Next, bring the bottom corners of the rectangle together, but don’t fold completely.
  • Now, measure up about 1″ on the fold.
  • Next,  place on your cutting tool make a diagonal cut from the 1″ mark along the fold to the outside corner of the rectangle.  When you open this, you will have a “v” shaped pennant.
  • Use this as a template for cutting the remaining 3 banners.
  • For the second layer, cut the papers to 4 3/4″ x 6 1/2″ and repeat the above process.
Authentique Liberty Patriotic Banner: Creating Layers

Once you have cut all your pennant pieces from the Spectrum Cardstock, you can stitch the layers together, as I did here, or simply use your favorite adhesive.

Now make the small pennants by covering Graphic 45 ATC tags with patterned paper.  (Use the ATC Die).  Then place these shaped edge down between the larger pennants.

Authentique Liberty Patriotic Banner: More Tips and Tricks

Now,  stitch the pennants to a long piece of ribbon.

TIP:  Hold pennants in place with binder clips.

TIP:  To ensure that the pennants lie flat when hanging, stitch all the way across the top of the ribbon. Then stitch a second time along the bottom edge of the ribbon.  This really works, friends!

Now tie square knot bows between all the pennants.

Die cut Glory Blue and Patterned papers using a shape that you like.  This will be the next layer on your pennants.

Next, cut 4 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ panels of patterned paper from your stash.  These will be belly bands on your banners.  Fold white doilies in half and layer underneath your focal image.  Use a die to create some festive rosettes and layer these on with some patriotic buttons and charms.  Now all you need to do is add flowers and some poufy bows in the corners and your banner is ready to hang!

I’ll be back on Wednesday with more Authentique 4th of July inspiration!

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use the next time you want to make a banner.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Cherry Blossom Retreat Summer Shaker

Heartfelt Creations Cherry Blossom Retreat Summer Shaker for the June Alumni Blog Hop
This hop is now closed.  The winner is SandiB chosen from Gloria’s Blog.  Thanks for hopping!

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations June Alumni Blog Hop.   Today I have a Cherry Blossom Retreat Summer Shaker Card to share with you.  There will be lots of useful tips and tricks to help you create this card on your own, so let’s get started!

  • Begin by trimming an 8 1/2″ x 11 piece of Whip Cream Cardstock to measure 8 1/4″ x 11″.
  • Next, place the long side of the card on your scoring tool and score at 4 3/4″ and again at 9 1/2″.  This will leave you with a 1 1/2″ flap that we will turn into a pocket.
  • Now die cut (2) Elegant Pocket Accents from Whip Cream Cardstock.  Overlap them in the center of the card, wrapping the extra ends around to the back side.
  • Learn how to make the shaker element  HERE.
  • Then learn how to create the cherry blossoms HERE.

TIP:  Always make extra flowers!  This card came together very quickly because I had flowers left over from a previous project.  You might as well make a whole bunch of flowers while you have all your craft tools and materials out.  Store finished flowers in plastic bins.

Cherry Blossom Retreat Summer Shaker: A Peek Inside

Cut 8 1/8″ x 4 5/8″ liner papers for the inside of the card.  Then cover the pocket flap with an 8 1/8″ x 1 3/8″ panel of designer paper.  Now cut the border sentiment and adhere along the bottom.  Adhere only the sides of the pocket flap and adhere to the card base.

Cherry Blossom Retreat Summer Shaker: Bookmark and Gift Card Wallet

  • Fussy cut the tag from the paper collection leaving some of the floral details along the edge.
  • Then mat on a scrap of pink cardstock.
  • Adhere just 1/4 of the top edge of the matted tag to a piece of scrap blue cardstock and trim around the edges.
  • Now punch a hole in the tag, about 1/2″ from top edge.  Thread with ribbon and silver metallic string.
  • Slip the bird house charm onto silver string and thread through the ribbon loop.
  • Fussy cut or die cut the tag from the paper collection and adhere to the bookmark.

  • Create the gift card wallet with a 6 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ scrap of blue cardstock.
  • Score in half at 3 1/4″. Then fold to form a folio.
  • Line the interior as seen in the photo below.
  • Then create a little gift card pocket by scoring 1/2″ along the sides and bottom of a 4 1/4″ x 2″ scrap of pink cardstock.
  • Fold along the score lines.
  • Then cut away the corners and fold to form a pocket.

On With the Hop

The hop begins here at 8AM on Friday, June 28th EDT and lasts until 11:55PM EDT on July 1st.  One comment from a mystery blog will be randomly chosen to win a $25 shopping spree at Heartfelt Creations.  The winner will be notified on this blog on Tuesday, July 2nd, and on the Heartfelt Creations Blog/Facebook Page on Wednesday, July 3rd.  Claim the prize within 72 hours by contacting [email protected] via e-mail.  Please write “Winner of the June Alumni Hop” in the subject window.

Now let’s hop!

Kathy (You are HERE) ♥  Amarilys  ♥  Vicki Sarah   ♥ Glenda   ♥  Gloria Alissa Emily  ♥

You’ll find a linked supply list below.  Enjoy the hop!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Prima Fruit Paradise Shaker Card

Prima Fruit Paradise Shaker Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

Prima Fruit Paradise  Shaker Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Do you do this?  Say, “I’m not going to buy any more paper.”  Then you see a paper that speaks to something deep in your memory and brings you joy.  And then the paper falls into your shopping cart.  Yeah.  That.  But it’s all good, because now I have this Prima Fruit Paradise Shaker Card made with Really Reasonable Ribbon to share with you today.  See?  Things usually work out for the best when you listen to the little voice in your head!

Prima Fruit Paradise Shaker Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2

Doesn’t this just look like summer on paper?  This 6″ x 6″ easel shaker card is adorned with Bright Pink Plaid Ribbon and a teeny tiny snippet of Hot Pink Satin with a metallic edge.  Gorgeous Fruit Paradise Papers, Flowers, Laserowe Love Chipboard and sparkly sequins add to the delicious fruit salad going on here.

Prima Fruit Paradise Shaker Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3

Here’s a fun little embellishment you can make in a jiffy:

  • Find a paperclip.  This one is gold, but you could use pink or white and it would still look great.
  • Cut fishtail banner ends on a scrap of ribbon.  This one is about 2″ long.
  • Now loop the ribbon between the legs of the paper clip.  Add a dot of hot glue to hold it in place.
  • Then thread a wee vintage button and hot glue on top.

Cute, right?

Prima Fruit Paradise Shaker Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 4

The stopper on this card is the cascade of flowers.  I also tucked in the center from a crocheted doily to add more texture.  And Gold Metallic String adds just the right touch of shimmer to my bow cluster.

Prima Fruit Paradise Shaker Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 5

The inside is simple and sweet with just enough room to add a little note.  This is pretty enough to be used as table decor at a summer party.

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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