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The Button Farm Club Abundant Boxed Mini Album Kit

The Button Farm Club Abundant Boxed Mini Album Kit for The Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends!  What a happy day it is!  Today I’m sharing the big reveal for my latest Button Farm Club Kit.  Hooray!  This Authentique Abundant Boxed Mini Album Kit has been approved by the Easter Bunny Guild.  Loaded with vintage charm, perfect for spring home decor and destined to become a treasured family keepsake, I am thrilled with the way this lovely project has come together.

The Button Farm Club Basket Full of Joy Boxed Mini Album Kit Authentique Abundant Graphic 45 Deep Rectangle Box by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Remember when we all got dressed in our Easter best for Easter Sunday? For me, the outfit was a complete ensemble with little gloves, a matching hat (with an annoying elastic string to keep it firmly on one’s head) white patent leather shoes and an itchy crinoline petticoat.  There is something about this project that takes me right back to those precious memories.

The Button Farm Club Basket Full of Joy Boxed Mini Album Kit Authentique Abundant Graphic 45 Deep Rectangle Box by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

This lovely bit of home decor is housed in  a Graphic 45 Ivory Deep Rectangle Box.  The easel top design makes it perfect for display.

The Button Farm Club Basket Full of Joy Boxed Mini Album Kit Authentique Abundant Graphic 45 Deep Rectangle Box by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Ooooh…look what the Easter Bunny tucked inside!

The Button Farm Club Basket Full of Joy Boxed Mini Album Kit Authentique Abundant Graphic 45 Deep Rectangle Box by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

This Prima Canvas Album tucks perfectly inside the G45 box.  The printed tutorial that comes with the kit gives you simple step by step directions and beautiful full color photos to help you recreate the album.

The Button Farm Club Basket Full of Joy Boxed Mini Album Kit Authentique Abundant Graphic 45 Deep Rectangle Box by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

Look at this adorable ribbon laced spine!  You get these darling charms in the kit as well.

The Button Farm Club Basket Full of Joy Boxed Mini Album Kit Authentique Abundant Graphic 45 Deep Rectangle Box by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

This kit has some really fun designer style elements built into it, like these shaped pockets.

The Button Farm Club Basket Full of Joy Boxed Mini Album Kit Authentique Abundant Graphic 45 Deep Rectangle Box by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

And these darling bunny tags with photo mount inserts.

The Button Farm Club Basket Full of Joy Boxed Mini Album Kit Authentique Abundant Graphic 45 Deep Rectangle Box by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

You’ll also learn how to maximize your scraps and turn them into sweet little tuck in elements.

What You Will Receive in Your Button Farm Club Abundant Boxed Mini Album Kit

Here’s what you’ll receive in this amazing kit:

  • Authentique Paper Abundant Collection Kit with (12) 12×12 double sided papers and the 12×12 Cardstock Components Sheet
  • (4) 12×12 sheets of Authentique Spectrum Mustard Seed Cardstock
  • A Graphic 45 Ivory Deep Rectangle Box
  • (5) Graphic 45 Ivory Square Tags
  • A Prima Canvas Album
  • (2) custom designed chipboard Easter Bunnies exclusive to the club kit
  • A package of Wild Orchid Crafts Daffodils and Tulips
  • Seam Binding Ribbon and Ivory Burlap String
  • 3 silver tone charms: a carrot, a bunny and a key
  • an antique brass miniature key
  • 4 Maya Road Crystal Stick Pins
  • Printed full color tutorial

Here’s a little video tour of the project for you to enjoy:

I’m so proud to be partnering with The Button Farm Club.  The kits they provide are such a good value.  This one sells for $62.99. I honestly don’t think you could purchase all the elements separately for less. You receive almost everything you need with the exception of adhesives and basic paper crafting tools.  Just sit down, follow the tutorial and create something beautiful.

Designing these kits and tutorials for you is a real joy for me.  So many of you have asked me to teach a class, or provide a tutorial.  This is a way for me to meet that need, and provide top quality products for you to work with.  It’s a win/win in my book.

This kit is a limited edition, so hop on over to The Button Farm Club and place your order right away.  As always, thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Stamperia Alice ATC Boxed Mini Album

Stamperia Alice ATC Boxed Mini Album for Frilly and Funkie March Madness Challenge

Hello Friends!  Today I have a stinkin’ cute Stamperia Alice ATC Boxed Mini Album to share with you.  I created this adorable project for the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. Our clever Suzz is acting as hostess this go round.  We’ll take a look at the project in a second, but first, let’s see what Suzz has to say about this fabulous challenge.

Challenge Theme:  March Madness
Don’t be afraid, the challenge isn’t going to require you to use basketball inspired images.  Instead I want you to be inspired by Alice in Wonderland.  I started from this quote of a conversation between the Mad Hatter and Alice:  The Mad Hatter asks Alice: “Have I gone Mad?”  and Alice replies “I am afraid so.  You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret.   All the best people are.”  The challenge is to take any idea or concept from this wonderful tale to inspire your project.  There are so many wonderful bits or pieces to be inspired by like the Queen of Hearts, the mad hatter, the looking glass, tea party or Alice herself.    The possibilities are endless.  Anything can be your inspiration but make sure you reference what inspired your art from the story! 

Stamperia Alice ATC Boxed Mini Album : The Inspiration

I grew up reading an Illustrated Classics Hardcover Deluxe Edition of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.  My older brother David gave it to me one Christmas when I was about 8 years old.  I’ve lost count of how many times I read it and pored over the gorgeous full color illustrations and engravings.  My mother had memorized the entire “Jabberwocky” poem and used to recite it to me (along with The Walrus and the Carpenter) as we dried supper dishes together.  So to say that I love this  challenge theme is an understatement.

Stamperia’s “Alice” captures all the whimsy and beauty of my own beloved volume, so I chose to work with their 12×12 collection.  My original idea was to create a Mad Hatter’s Tea Box. Then my imagination began to run wild. I ended up making this ATC sized Mini Album housed in this Graphic 45 ATC Book Box.

This might be the cutest project I have ever made.  The Graphic 45 ATC Box measures just 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″.   I created a 2 7/8″ x 3 3/4″ ATC Mini Album to fit inside the box.

Because I’m sharing  a tutorial for making the Mini Album Base and page units on Saturday over on the Frilly and Funkie Saturday Showcase, I’m not going to share any details at this time.  I will tell you that this little album is loaded with interactive features and fun surprises, so I hope you’ll join me on Saturday for the big reveal.

Now It’s YOUR Turn!

You are cordially invited to join in on this fun challenge.  To do so, simply create your own vintage or shabby chic Alice-inspired project.   Then link  up on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before 11:55PM EST on Tuesday, April 9th.

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot  at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. In addition, the Design Team will select three further outstanding entries and those creators will receive a Top Pick badge to display on their blogs!

I’m looking forward to sharing all the details and the tutorial with you on Saturday!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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For the box:  Graphic 45 ATC Box
  • Inside box
    • (2) 3 7/8″ x 2 1/8″ for long sides
    • (2) 2 7/8″ x 2 1/8″ for short sides
    • (1) 2 3.4″ x 3 3/4″ for box bottom
    • (1) 2 1/4″ x 4 5/8″ for inside spine
    • (1) 3 1/4″ x 4 5/8″ for inside cover
    • Cut the playing cards to 2 1/4″ high and wrap around the outside box.
  • Outside box
    • (2) 3 1/2″ x 4 5/8″ for lid and bottom
    • (1) 2 3/8″ x 4 5/8″ for outer spine
For the Album
  •  (2) 2 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ Chipboard Covers
  • (1) 1 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ spine
  • 9 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ kraft paper to cover the chipboard covers
  • 7 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ kraft paper for the spine mechanism
    • score on the long side at 1 1/2, then (9) 1/2″ scores
Page Units
  • 5″ x 7 1/4″  Score on the short side at 2 1/2″ , long side fold in half and pinch, then score.  Each page unit will measure 2 1/2″ x 3 5/8″ when folded.
  • Page liners: 2 3/8″ x 3 1/2″
  • Fold out pages: 12″ x 2 1/4″.  Score every 2 3/8″ then trim

Last Minute St. Patrick’s Day Treat Box Tutorial

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick’s Day Treat Box Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready for St. Patrick’s Day?  No worries!  I’m here to help with a last minute St. Patrick’s Day Treat Box Tutorial using Authentique Paper’s gloriously green Clover Collection Kit.

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick's Day Treat Box Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Perfect for party favors, hostess gifts, home decor or just a sweet treat, this 3″ x 5″ x 2″  treat box is actually an altered Graphic 45 Small Matchbook Box.

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick's Day Treat Box Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

I’ve covered the window opening with an easy to make shaker pouch.  This is probably the easiest way I know to create a shaker element.  Learn how to make one in the video tutorial below.

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick's Day Treat Box Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

I dug through my embellishments to create a little charm cluster made with broken jewelry, a metal key and padlock, vintage style safety pin and a darling miniature spoon.  This is topped with a double loop green gingham bow, gold string and fancy button.

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick's Day Treat Box Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

Learn how to add the vintage style drawer pull in the tutorial, too.

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick's Day Treat Box Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

We will also create a miniature card insert for the box.

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick's Day Treat Box Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

Add your favorite treats to create a memorable St. Patrick’s Day treat!

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick’s Day Treat Box Tutorial Video

Are you ready to get your craft on?  Just press play.

You’ll find a linked supply list at the bottom of this post. And you can find more projects made with the lovely Clover collection HERE and HERE.

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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Stamperia Lilac Friendship Card

Stamperia Lilac Friendship Card with Artist Trading Coins for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Hello, Friends!  Have you heard about Artist Trading Coins?  I’ve made a trio of them as embellishments on this Stamperia Lilac Friendship Card.  What prompted this action?  Well, that would be the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog where the always fabulous Suzz is our hostess.  Let’s see what she has to say about this trendy challenge.

Challenge Theme: Artist Trading Coins 
The challenge this time is to create an Artist Trading Coin. I am inspired by a new way of capturing a little bit of our art to share with others. You challenge is to create a trading coin which should be a circle shape 2 1/2 inches in diameter.

Having never made an Artist Trading Coin before, I thought this could be a fun adventure.  After poking around in my stash for a bit, I decided to have a play with the Stamperia Lilac paper pad, some Stamperia Rice paper, texture paste, stencils and oh, a whole cast of mixed media characters.  This is what I came up with:

Stamperia Lilac Artist Trading Coins From the Beginning

The adventure began with a little die cutting.  Three 2 1/2″ circles were die cut from lightweight white chipboard using a Spellbinder’s Circle Nestabilities Die.  Because I wanted to work with Stamperia Magna Carta handmade paper, I  needed a sturdy base for the coins.  After cutting the first set of 3 circles, I cut a second set, this time from Magna Carta paper.

I adhered the Magna Carta coins over the chipboard coins and proceeded to color them with Distress Oxide Inks.  After attempting to heat emboss the surface with Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture (epic fail) I realized I would have to come up with a fix for the mess I’d made. Then I had the idea to top each coin with a sort of doily, so I cut another set of 3 circles from Stamperia Lilac patterned paper using a Spellbinder Triple Tear circle die.  

Then I got involved in the creative process, and forgot to take photos.  But I ended up with the 3 Artist Trading Coins seen in the first photo.

Stamperia Lilac Friendship Card: Waste Not Want Not

Having been raised by a mother who’s credo in life was “waste not, want not,” I decided to put these coins to work as embellishments on this Stamperia Lilac Friendship Card.

This first ATCoin is covered with some Stamperia Rice Paper, a bit of Venise Lace, Ranger Opaque Crackle Paste applied through a Stamperia stencil and a Prima Lavender Butterfly.  I don’t know why this photographed with fuchsia edges, but it did.

I tore lots of paper layers from Stamperia Lilac and layered them up on my 5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ ivory card base without matting them.  The Prima Butterflies were dressed up with a Tim Holtz Pen Nib and a little metal clock charm that I purchased at TFJB.

 

I used Antique Linen Distress Paint to alter the TH Word Band.   The Little Birdie Flower (available in AC Moore stores now) was the perfect accent for the pink/purple gingham bow. Now some detail photos:

Stamperia Lilac Friendship Card: A Peek Inside

Since I still had 2 coins left, I decided to put them to good use inside the card. I’ve used a tiny Paper Fastener to attach one to the pocket I embossed with the Botanic 3-D Texture Fade.  The raised portions of the pocket were brushed with Antique Linen Distress Paint then lightly tapped with Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Ink.

This lovely journal card is tucked into the pocket on the front of this flap element.

A stitched bookmark and the 3rd ATCoin are hidden behind the flap.

The shallow pocket on the bottom half of the card also holds some sweet surprises.

This collection has a lovely cut apart page with a beautiful envelope element.  I cut this out, wrapped it with ribbon and tucked in a vintage silver spoon and honey stick.

How perfect is this teabag for this project?  I love when that happens!  I can see how these ATC Coins could be a wonderful way to use up little scraps and leftover bits.  They don’t take long to make, and the size means they work well for embellishments.  So, i can definitely see myself making more of these in the future.

Now It’s YOUR Turn

You are cordially invited to join in on this fun challenge.  To do so, simply create your own vintage or shabby chic ATC Coin.  You do not need to use it on a project as I did. .  Then link  up on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog  before 11:55PM EST on Tuesday, February 26th.

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot  at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. In addition, the Design Team will select three further outstanding entries and those creators will receive a Top Pick badge to display on their blogs!

Did you enjoy learning about these ATC Coins?  Or have you made some yourself? Either way, , I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box

Hello, Friends!  Today marks the beginning of a new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. I’ve created this Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box to go along with the  Christmas Gifts theme that our hostess, Maggi, has chosen for the challenge.  We’ll take a look at it in a minute, but first let’s see what she has to say about the challenge guidelines.

Challenge Theme: Tis the Season for Gift Giving!
It’s that time of the year where we’re all thinking about the perfect gift for our friends and families!  For this challenge, create a vintage or shabby chic gift for a special someone in your life.  Your gift could be a simple as a handmade card or tag, or an elaborate piece of home decor.  Maybe you like to place your gifts in handmade boxes?  Your imagination is the only limit on this challenge!
Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box: The Inspiration

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box: The Box

I happen to have a love for pretty boxes.  So much so that my family saves interesting boxes for me to alter.  I have a box full of them in the Closet of Shame.  Since so many of us give gift cards for Christmas, I thought it would be fun to create a really beautiful box that could house a gift card.  That was my original intent.  But when I began digging through the COS, I found a Tim Holtz 6″ x 9″ x 1″ Configurations Box that I’d forgotten all about.  All the little boxes inside were missing (what on earth did I do with those???)  but the box itself was perfect for my new and improved plan.

Paint the box with Candied Apple Distress Paint.  Then add a layer of Distress Crazing Medium.  When that has dried, rub on some Black Soot Distress Stain, wiping off with a paper towel after about 10 seconds.  Then tap/brush an Embossing Dabber along the edges and sides of the box.  Sprinkle on Seth Apter Ancient Amber Baked Texture to add that holiday touch of gold.

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

I adhered a vintage silver plate spoon to the side of the box in lieu of a handle.

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 03

And I added more stenciling/inking to the spine.

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box: The Paper

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

Stamperia Winter Botanic is the most gorgeous paper!  After distressing/inking the edges, I matted it on some kraft cardstock which I also distressed and inked.  Then I stitched around the edges of the paper on my machine.  To add some texture and layering to the paper, I added some Opaque Crackle Texture Paste through a Stamperia Stencil.  When the paste was dry, I lightly sponged on some Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink, spritzed lightly with water and heat dried.

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box: Framed

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 05

Can you spot something you rarely see in one of my projects?  The answer is that I used just ONE layer of designer paper.  To draw the eye to the image of that beautiful winter bird, I decided to top it with a Tim Holtz Vignette Topper Frame.  Here’s how I altered it:

  • First, place the frame in a shallow box.  I like to use the 12″ x 12″ shipping boxes that paper gets shipped in.  Placing the frame in a box is not a requirement, but it sure does make cleanup easy!
  • Next, spray the frame thoroughly with Ground Espresso Distress Stain Spray.
  • Then, while the stain is still wet, spray randomly with Tim Holtz Tarnished Brass Mica Spray.
  • After the frame is dry (I used my heat gun) scrape some Opaque Crackle Texture Paste randomly around the frame.
  • Then apply Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive on a piece of sponge.  Squeeze the sponge gently to evenly distribute the adhesive.  Then tap the sponge randomly all over the surface of the frame.
  • Next, place the frame over a funnel tray or a large piece of paper and sprinkle liberally with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter.  This gives the frame a frosty appearance and adds subtle sparkle to the “snow”.
Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box: The Finishing Touches

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 06

Wrap the left hand side of the paper panel with burlap string.  Tie a knot and add some rusty jingle bells in the upper left corner.  Arrange Little Birdie Flowers (Buttermilk Rosalind Roses and Danica Cherry) along the left hand side of the box.  Tear out the “Happy Holidays” sentiment from the paper collection, distress, back with dimensionals and add above the frame.

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 07

  • Alter a Graphic 45 Ornate Door Plate and Knob by painting with black gesso.  While the paint is damp, spritz it liberally with the Tim Holtz Mica Spray again.  Then heat dry.
  • Add mustard seeds and green peppercorns in the corners of the frame.
Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box: A Peek Inside

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 08

The interior of the box holds a little Christmas card and photo folio.

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 09

 

This 5″ x 7″ card has a base layer of Stamperia Rice Paper.  Apply this with Distress Vintage Collage Medium for a beautiful vintage finish.   Stitch on some scraps of designer paper and the beautiful deer image. Then add more stenciling and inking for texture.

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 10

Dry brush Picket Fence Distress Paint on a wood slice (my son cut these for me in his shop but you can use the Tim Holtz brand). Add some Opaque Crackle Texture Paste randomly around the edges, sprinkle with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter and set aside to dry.  Color a Tim Holtz Deer with Alcohol Inks.  I wanted to add a white bottle brush tree to the wood slice, but it prevented the box from closing.  So I colored this pretty silvertone Christmas tree charm with Pesto Alcohol Ink instead.  All these elements were joined by some Spanish Moss and some rusty jingle bells.

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 11

Here’s a peek at the inside.  That’s a handmade crocheted/starched snowflake ornament in the pocket.

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box: The Folio

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 12

I added more rice paper images to the cover of this 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ magnetic folio.

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 14

There are 6 panels in all, each decorated with papers from the Winter Botanic and Alchemy Collections.  I even managed to fit in another pocket.

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 15

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 16

And here’s a look at the box with all the goodies removed.  This paper is drool worthy!  As always, this Stamperia Winter Botanic Box Set is available for purchase in my ETSY shop.

Now It’s YOUR Turn!

You are cordially invited to join this festive challenge.  To do so, simply link up your vintage or shabby chic Christmas Gift themed project on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before 11:55PM EST on Tuesday, December 4th.

The Frilly and Funkie Design team will invite the creator of our favorite project to a special Guest Designer spot on the blog.  We will also give Top 3 Badges to 3 additional favorite projects.  And everyone who enters and follows the challenge rules will be entered into a drawing for a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

You can find all the challenge guidelines HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, techniques 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 so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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