Category Archives: Authentique

Snarky Masculine Birthday Wishes

Authentique Party Snarky Masculine Birthday Wishes

Hello, Friends!  Can I tell you a secret?  I love to make masculine cards.  And this Snarky Masculine Birthday Wishes card makes me fairly giddy with glee.  It was perfect for our youngest son’s birthday celebration last month.  He has always been the practical, organized, level headed guy who always has a plan and I(almost) always has his act together. This is probably the sort of thing he would wish for on his birthday!

Tips for Using Ribbon on a Masculine Card

I also love to demonstrate how easy it is to use ribbon on a masculine card in a way that is not to frilly or frou-frou.  Want to know my secret?  Choose patterns and textures that make you think of mens’ ties and suits!  It’s a “win” every single time!

For this card, combine Shell Grey Shimmer Satin Ribbon with Black and Grey Diamond Print Grosgrain Ribbon for the win!  The crisp finish of the satin ribbon speaks to men’s formal wear while the pattern on the grosgrain ribbon would look right at home on a tie.  Top the bow with a little birthday cake charm and a masculine button.  Layer the patterned ribbon over the satin ribbon.  Then top with buttons for a look that resembles a French Cuff on a man’s dressy shirt.

Use Scor-Tape to adhere the ribbons, and wrap the ends around the back of your card panel for a neat and tidy finish.

Here’s a peek at the inside:

Clean and simple, but still fun.  That’s how to make a great masculine card!

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use to help you make your next masculine card.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Snarky Masculine Birthday Wishes Supply List

Authentique Twilight Double Waterfall Album Tutorial

Authentique Twilight Double Waterfall Mini Album Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Halloween is such a frightfully fun holiday!  It deserves a frightfully fun mini album, dontcha think?  This Authentique Twilight Double Waterfall Mini Album Tutorial is the perfect spot to preserve all the photos of your favorite ghouls and goblins.  Check it out!

Talk about tall, dark and handsome!  This 5″ x 9 1/2″ tall and skinny album fits that description perfectly!  Learn how to build the album base with chipboard and black cardstock.  Then see how I layered up the elements on the front cover.  Next, I’ll show you how to quickly and easily add a double waterfall feature that will hold 34 photos!  Finally, you will learn how to add a shockingly stylish magnetic belly band to keep everything tucked into place.

I had a devilishly delightful time altering all the chipboard elements on the album cover, and I share that information with you in the project tour.

The album is spooky cute, not creepy, which is what I love about Authentique’s Halloween collections.

Double Waterfall Mini Album Tutorial: Icy Fingers Up & Down the Spine

Learn how to create this overlapping spine and ribbon closure in the tutorial.  And I share some of my special tips and tricks for adding strength and durability during the album construction.

Double Waterfall Mini Album Tutorial: A Peek Inside

I just love the way the double waterfall looks inside this album.  It’s sleek and chic and so easy to put together.  You are going to love it!

Double Waterfall Mini Album Tutorial on YouTube

If you are ready to get your Halloween craft on, just click play!

I hope you’ll find time to make this fun mini album!  If so, let me hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List

 

Button Farm Club Rejoice Christmas Card Kit

Button Farm Club Rejoice Christmas Card Kit Release Day

Hello, Friends!  Today is release day for my latest Button Farm Club Rejoice Christmas Card Kit.  I am soooo excited about this beautiful collection of shaker cards, pop-up gift card holders, pocket cards, easel cards and as a bonus…a sweet little 5″ x 5″ Christmas folio.  There’s something for everyone in this amazing kit: pet lovers, fellas, vintage home decor, pocket cards, pop-up cards, shaker cards and photo storage.  They all have a wonderful vintage vibe, thanks to the gorgeous Authentique Rejoice paper collection used to create the kit. Let’s take a sneaky peek at a few of the paper pretties you’ll be making in this kit.

Rejoice Christmas Card Kit: Pop Up Gift Card Holders

Gift cards have become one of the most popular ways to say Merry Christmas.  You’ll be able to step up your presentation with the 4 stylish pop up gift card holders included in this kit.  There’s one for dog lovers, one for cat lovers, one for guys and one for gals, and they are all lovely.

Rejoice Christmas Card Kit: Merry Christmas Tree Shaker Card

You all know just how much I love a shaker card…but when it’s shaped like a Christmas tree and filled with sparkling snowflakes…well, that makes me merry, indeed!  There’s also a gift card pocket inside this card, which turns it into a gift.  Or add it to your holiday mantel.

Rejoice Christmas Card Kit: Home for Christmas Step Easel Card

Look how sweet this 7″ x 5″ step easel card is!  The clever design folds flat for mailing, and pops up for display.  It’s another great home decor piece!

Rejoice Christmas Card Kit: Trifold Pocket Card

Good things really DO come in small packages!  This petite 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ trifold card has 2 interior pockets, loads of dimension and would make a lovely gift.

Rejoice Christmas Card Kit:  Jolly Santa Photo Folio

Holiday photos are the best!  Capture all the memories from Christmas Day or Christmas parties in this Jolly Santa Photo Folio.

Step by step instructions and detail photos make it easy to create.  This would be a great holiday activity to pursue with the kids or visiting relatives.

Like all my folios, this one is loaded with interactive elements like the ones seen here.  Just wait til you see all the fun I packed into the design of this 5″ x 5″ folio!  It’s loaded with techniques that you’ll be able to translate into your crafting toolbox, too!

Rejoice Christmas Card Kit: Limited Edition…

This is a very limited release at The Button Farm Club. so if you are interested, you should order right away.  I expect it to sell out quickly.

The kit comes with everything you need to make 8 gorgeous Christmas projects. You just need to add your own ink, adhesives and basic crafting tools.

  • 12 sheets of 12×12 Authentique Rejoice designer paper
  • 12×12 sticker sheet
  • 4 sheets of color matched Spectrum Cardstock
  • 6 sheets of heavy 12×12 kraft cardstock
  • 3 yards of Christmas Plaid Ribbon
  • spool of gold metallic string
  • Little Birdie Christmas Flowers
  • Christmas tree shaker box
  • snowflake sequins
  • 4 mini gift card envelopes
  • wood embellishments
  • full color, printed step by step tutorial

It’s an amazing value at only $47.99!  I don’t know how Laura manages to pack all my crazy ideas into these kits at such a reasonable price, but she does it month after month. But aren’t we glad she does?

Order your kit HERE.

You can find past Button Farm Kits and tutorials HERE.

Thanks for all your kind support!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Eileen Hull Pocket Notebook Release Party

Eileen Hull Pocket Notebook Release Party: Gather Gratitude Journal

Hello, Friends!

Welcome to the Eileen Hull Pocket Notebook Release Party! This is Eileen Hull’s newest book die with Sizzix. On the die, you get all of the pieces you need to make an entire book- the cover, pages, latch and pen loop! The Pocket Notebook measures 6 3/4” x 4 1/2” with a spine that can adjust from of 3/8” to almost 2”! String it with elastic, hemp, ribbon or twine. So many option for this fun die!

Eileen’s Inspiration and Educator teams have combined to show us their amazing Pocket Notebook ideas. Please follow the Blog Hop to see all of the fabulous projects, techniques and videos!

There are also two GIVEAWAYS- the Pocket Notebook die and a gift certificate for Eileen’s Etsy store. To enter to win, leave a comment on each of the posts. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, October 8 on Eileen’s Facebook Live show

Eileen Hull

Susie Bentz

Pam Bray

Julia Aston

Annette Green

Kathy Clement ( You are HERE)

Cheryl Waters

Ginger Ropp

Mitsyana Wright

Debbie Bankston

Anita Houston

Maggi Harding

Anne Redfern

Jenny Marples

Betsy Skagan

Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Tonya Trantham

Madeline Arendt

Lisa Hoel

Karen Bearse

Sue Eldred

Nicole Wright

Elizabeth Robinson

This might just be the most versatile member of the Eileen Hull Book family.  It is a great addition to her Traveler’s Notebook, Passport Journal, Wrap Journal, and Notebook Dies.

Eileen put this blog hop together to show just how many different ways this die can be put to use.  You’ll find videos, tutorials and loads of ideas in this blog hop!

Gather Gratitude Journal with Authentique Gracious Collection

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday.  Our extended family used to gather at my Grammy Ma’s home every year.  All my aunts, uncles,cousins, and great-grandparents were there.  Everyone brought dishes to add to the feast that my grandmother lovingly prepared.  The table groaned under the weight of all those fixin’s!  Sometimes, there were 3 dozen of us in attendance.  I cannot even begin to describe the warmth and love present.  But it made a deep impression on my young soul.  Every fall, I create a gratitude journal as a tribute to those happy memories.  This year, I chose to work with Authentique Paper’s Gracious Collection, which takes me right back to my grandmother’s home.

Gather Gratitude Journal: Mixed Media Touches

Here’s how I prepared the covers for the gratitude journal

  • First, die cut 2 covers from mat board. Line up the holes in the spine so that it is at its widest point.  Adhere with Dries Clear Adhesive, or Red Liner Tape.
  • Next, cut the cover so that it is 1″ wider on all sides than the opened journal.
  • Now, place the paper face down on your work surface, and then place the journal face down on top of it. Wrap the cover with the designer paper.  I used Stamperia Mixed Media Glue to adhere the covers to the designer paper.  This adhesive seems to help the paper “flex” and also adheres well.
  • Miter the corners, fold and adhere the overlap inside the journal cover.
  • Next, gently bend the covers, going slowly so that the paper will not tear.
  • Now, cut papers for the inside of the journal.  I like to leave a 1/4″ border on all 4 sides.  Once again, adhere with the Stamperia Mixed Media Glue.
  • Stitch layers of designer paper onto burlap and arrange on the cover.

Gather Gratitude Journal: The Spine

This journal has a stitched fabric spine.  I pleated the fabric while adding a decorative stitch .  I love how rustic this looks.  After stitching, cover the back side completely with Scor-Tape or Red Line tape, then center and adhere to the spine.  Now you can add the binding elastic.  I do this very simply by wrapping the entire spine with double strands of elastic. Secure the strands with square knots.  Tie the strands together at the top of the spine, then add charms and a bow. Then I added the ribbon closure.

Gather Gratitude Journal: The Focal Point

The focal point of this gratitude journal is the cutlery image inside a Tim Holtz Vignette Frame.  Here’s how that came together:

  • Select the 2nd smallest vignette frame.  Paint with black chalk paint.  Let it dry.
  • Now, paint the frame with Prima Copper Crackle Texture Paste.
  • While the paste is still wet, sprinkle randomly with Seth Apter Patina Oxide Baked Texture Embossing Powder.  Heat set.
  • Next, trim the image from Gracious and adhere behind the frame.  Then adhere the frame to the journal cover.
  • Die cut a leafy wreath from designer paper and adhere to the frame.
  • Decorate the cover with G45 Roses, acorns and other fall themed elements.
Gather Gratitude Journal: A Peek Inside

Create pockets for the front and back covers using Eileen’s Gift Card Pocket and Tag Die.

Cut (10) 7 1/2″ x 6 1/4″ signature covers from designer paper.  Fold in half, crease with a bone folder and fill with the paper of your choice.  Cut the inner papers 7 1/4″ x 6″ so that they will fit neatly.  (Note: I did not have the die…so I could not use it to cut my inner pages and signatures.  I only had the die cut cover, latch and pen loop.)

Here’s a look at the signatures:

I like this style of journal, because you can just slip the signatures under the elastic binding strips.  Then, when you need to refill, you can just add more papers.

Gather Gratitude Journal: Project Share Video

I created a quick flip through with tips and tricks on Youtube

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 hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

You’ve Been Booed! Halloween Treat Tags

 

You’ve Been Booed:  Halloween Treat Tags with Halloween Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  You’ve been BOOED!  Which is a very good thing in our part of the world.  This fun trend involves leaving a Halloween treat on a neighbor’s doorstep, ringing the doorbell and running away.  A note inside says, “You’ve Been Booed!” and encourages the recipient to pay it forward to someone else in the neighborhood.  The treat can be anything from a card, to a bottle of wine, to a sweet treat.  But I thought these frightfully fabulous Halloween Treat Tags would be perfect for the occasion.

You’ve Been Booed: Creating the Tag Base

For each tag base you will need to do the following:

  • First, cut a 4″ x 8 1/2″ panel of heavy, 110# black cardstock.
  • Then cut (2) 3 7/8″ x 8 3/8″ panels of patterned paper.
  • Now, pull out some corner shaping dies and crop the top corners.
  • Next, place the long side of the tag on your scoring tool.  Score at 6″ and again at 6 1/2″.
  • Then, line the tag front and back with the patterned paper.  Score each side at 6″ and 6 1/2″ again after you add each layer.
  • Now. old the bottom of the tag up to form a pocket.
  • Next, cut (2) 1″ x 1 1/2″ scraps of black cardstock.  Score at 1/2″ and again at 3/4″.  Fold to form little tabs that will fit inside the pocket and form sides.  Adhere.
  • Finally, wrap the bottom edge of the pocket with 1/4″ Scor-Tape and wrap with Halloween Ribbon.
You’ve Been Booed: Adding the Details

Decorate your pocket with handmade rosettes, Halloween Charms and stickers.  I’ve used Authentique’s Twilight Collection to make my tags.  Then, fill the pockets with treats that any grown up ghoul or goblin would enjoy.

I’ve added some Biscoff cookies, candy corn, a tea wallet, honey stick, vintage spoon and chocolate to my tag pockets.

You’ve Been Booed: A Little Upcycled Card

This wee card is attached to a clothing tag that I salvaged from my husband’s cargo shorts.  The main tag measured about 3″ x 4″ and had a nice shape.  Two smaller tags were attached with jute cord.  Clearly, they were too nice to throw away.  So I painted them with black chalk paint and turned them into a vehicle for this wee card.

There’s room inside for a little ghoulish greeting.  The small tags are dressed up with paper scraps and stickers.

You’ve Been Booed:  The Ribbon Topper

The thing that really makes this tag spooktacular is the ribbon topper.  These all come from the Really Reasonable Ribbon September Ribbon Club Assortment.  Simply punch a hole at the top of each tag, thread the ribbons and the jute string on the upcycled tags through the hole.  Don’t fold the ribbons in half; just pull them through and tie them together with another bit of ribbon.  Tie a bow, add some fall leaves and a flower, and you’ve got a fabulous tag!

Here’s a look at the other tag I made.

Don’t take this the wrong way…but I hope YOU get BOOED this Halloween!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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