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A Magical Christmas Card Kit Release

Authentique A Magical Christmas Card Kit by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 01

A Magical Christmas Card Kit Release for The Button Farm Club and Exciting News!

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m excited to share A Magical Christmas Card Kit Release for The Button Farm Club with you.  I’ve been planning this huge kit for weeks now.  There’s more exciting news, too…so make sure you read all the way to the bottom of this post to discover what else is in the works!

Santa’s Nice List

This is the perfect time to get started on your Christmas cards.  It’s too hot to spend more than a few minutes outside, so you might as well “chill out” with this gorgeous Christmas collection from  Authentique.  I might have gotten a bit carried away when planning this kit.   You will be making 12 Christmas cards: one for each of the 12 Days of Christmas.  Then, because I don’t want you to ever get bored, there are 2 lovely little folios included in the kit.  And because Santa says you’ve been very, very good this year, I’ve stuffed 3 adorable Gift Card Pocket Tags into your Christmas stocking!  Finally, we will make 6 darling gift tags that are cute enough to hang on the tree as ornaments.

The Card Folios

This 6×6 gatefold style card folio has lots of room for your favorite family photos.  Add a family picture, photos of the tree, Christmas morning, or baking cookies to quickly and easily capture your special Christmas memories.

This lovely folio has lots of nooks and crannies for both large and small photos.  Y’all know how much I love an interactive card folio, and this one ticks all the boxes.

This sweet mini trifold folio can be used as a journal, or for wallet sized photos.

This would be such a thoughtful handmade gift for grandparents or family that is far away this year.

The second folio is a little brag book with a darling belly band closure.

Quick and easy to  make, this one is perfect for a stocking stuffer!

It’s also a great Secret Santa gift!

Pop Up Cards

Because I love a good pop up card, you’ll find 4 of them in this kit.  These are simple to make but impressive to give.

Tuck a gift card or small treat in the pocket (each card has one) and you’ve got a gift!

Easel Cards

Decorate your Christmas mantel with this darling pair of easel cards.  You’ll learn how to make the rosettes in the tutorial, too.

Shaker Cards

These shaker cards are sooo easy to make!   Santa’s elves shared some magical card making tricks with me, and I’m passing them on to you.

Easy to Mail

This sweet trio of easy to mail cards will only need one postage stamp to mail.

Box Pocket Card

Tall & Skinny Cards are trending this year, and you’ll be right in style with this precious box style card.  This is another card that you can turn into a gift.

Gift Card Pocket Tags

Last minute gift giving?  We’ve got you covered with a trio of handsome gift card pocket tags.  Quick and easy to make, these stylish gift card holders would also look great on the tree.

Good Things…Small Packages

Look at these cute gift tags!  Tie these on a cookie plate and you are good to go!

What Comes in A Magical Christmas Card Kit?

This is one loaded kit! Laura and I have been searching for special goodies to add to this kit for months!  You’ll receive everything you need to create all the projects seen here except for basic crafting supplies like adhesives, punches, and cutting tools.  Take a look:

  • Authentique “A Magical Christmas” 12×12 collection kit with 16 double-sided 12×12 designer papers and a die cut cardstock elements sheet.
  • Eight 12×12 sheets of color matched Spectrum Cardstock
  • Seven 12×12 sheets of white cardstock
  • Little Birdie Flowers
  • 2 yards of Christmas Plaid Ribbon
  • Burlap String: 2 yards each of red and green
  • Christmas Buttons
  • Wooden Christmas Stickers
  • 2 Red Window Envelopes
  • Christmas Sequin Mix
  • Rhinestones
  • Pearl Stick Pins
  • Links to private video tutorials that are like taking an online card making class with me
  • Full color basic instructions

The prices is only $53.99!  Seriously, you could not buy all the elements in this kit for less!

Exiting News!  Subscribe and save 10%

So here’s the really big news: The Button Farm Club is starting a quarterly Card Club!  Four times a year, I will design an exclusive kit for the Button Farm Club.  The kits will be themed to the season and filled to the brim with card making goodness, just like this one.

When you subscribe to the kit, you are guaranteed to be first on the list to receive it.  And, you will also save 10% on the “a la carte” price each quarter.  The subscription price of $48.59 saves you 10% each quarter.  Kits will be released in August (Christmas)  November (fall themed) February ( spring) and May (summer).

So many of you have expressed a desire to take a class with me, and since I don’t travel teach, this is a great way for us to connect.

Purchase the card kit at The Button Farm Club.  You will see an option to sign up for the Quarterly card club , too.

Card Kit Reveal on YouTube

As always,  I am so thankful for the enthusiasm over these Button Farm Club Kits!  If you’d like to see past kits, or purchase tutorials for past kits, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

What a Wonderful World Bee Themed Card

My Minds Eye Gingham Gardens Bee Themed Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

What a Wonderful World Bee Themed Card Folio for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  It’s been a tough year hasn’t it?  But there are still plenty of reasons to say to ourselves, “What a Wonderful World!”  Flowers are still blooming, bees are still buzzing, the sky is still above us and the green grass is beneath our feet.  We have our families and our friends to cheer us, and goodness all around us if we choose to see it.

My passion for creating has never been stronger than during these dark days.  There’s something therapeutic and uplifting about creating beauty.  I’m more thankful than ever for this gift God dropped into my lap, the lovely friends I’ve made thanks to papercrafting and the joy these add to my life.  How about you?

Buzzing Bees,  Blooming Flowers, and Beautiful Ribbon

This 5″ x 7″ x 1″ card folio is one of my famous “Tea Party in a Box” cards.  Bees are a favorite theme, so I paired up some gorgeous bee images and designer papers from My Mind’s Eye Gingham Gardens with Silky Tan Satin  with a Grosgrain Edge Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Top that bodacious bow with a little natural burlap string to keep things looking organic.

Lots of texture and dimension make this card extra special!

Layer in some banner flags and a grid die cut with the Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace June Die of the Month.  So many luscious layers!

A Peek Inside

Open the card to get the party started!  Create a cuffed pocket to hold a trio of little tags.

Top the tags with pink burlap string and some pretty charms.  Add stamped sentiments, a bee stamp and fussy cut bees to keep with the card theme.

The large box pocket holds a handmade bookmark topped with more ribbon and a key charm.  Tuck in a vintage silver demitasse spoon, honey stick, and other treats to create a party in a box.

And of course there has to be tea!  Just for fun, I’ve tucked in a little wooden honey dipper.  Isn’t it cute?

Like all of you, I’ve had my ups and downs during the course of this year.  I have made a real effort to focus on gratitude and good thoughts.  That seems to keep things “humming” along!  My prayer for each of you is that you will experience joy today…and every day!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders June 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop

The winner of my $25 gift card is Isabel.  I’ve contacted her to let her know she has won.  Thanks for hopping! 

Ciao Bella Sound of Summer Beach Card with Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Snip it Grid Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders June 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop: Amazing Paper Grace DOM

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Spellbinders June 2020 Club Kits Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from  Jill’s  lovely blog.  This month I’m sharing a beach themed card made with the Amazing Paper Grace A2 Snip It Grid and Calendar Creator Die Set.  There is so much to love about this versatile Die of the Month!

I’ve paired it up with Ciao Bella’s Sound of Summer paper collection to create a 5″ x 7″ shabby chic beach themed card.  The grid and fishtail banner are such wonderful layering elements that I can see myself using them all the time.

Cut two layers of the grid die: one from patterned paper and one from cream cardstock.  Then glue the layers together so that they are slightly offset.  This creates wonderful depth and dimension in the background and almost gives the feeling of looking through a window pane. Cut 3 fishtail banners and mat them on kraft cardstock.  Then layer them in both horizontally and vertically on your card.   This set also comes with alphabet letters in a lovely font.  Die cut these to spell out “beach” on the tag cluster.  It’s these small details that  make a card really special.

The Flowers

Look at these beautiful flowers!  What a treat to be able to die cut perfectly matched flowers from designer paper scraps.  I’ve layered these up, added buttons to the centers and lightly distressed them by brushing Gathered Twigs DI on the petals.  Then spatter the entire card front with a bit of diluted white acrylic paint to resemble salt spray.  Scrumptious!

A Peek Inside

Create a gallery wall inside the card!  First, fussy cut small squares of patterned paper.  Next, mat them on folded cardstock. Place magnets between the paper layers to hold the flaps shut.

Add a photo, hidden journaling or a personal note inside each flap.

Tuck a bookmark and blank sentiment panel in the large pocket.  It’s also a great space for photos or a gift card.

Spellbinders $50 Gift Card Giveaway

To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 3 lucky blog readers – selected from the comments on their blog. Hop along for additional chances to win. Giveaway closes on Sunday, June 28th, 11:59 pm EDT. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post the following Tuesday. The winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

My $25 Gift Card Giveaway

I’ll also be drawing a winner from the comments made on my blog post.  The winner will  receive a $25 Spellbinders gift certificate. Please comment on my blog post to be eligible. The randomly chosen winner will contact Spellbinders at [email protected] by 7/5/2020 .  Please write Spellbinders June 2020 Blog Hop Winner from Kathy Clement’s  Blog in the subject line.  I’ll contact the winner via e-mail and post the name at the top of this post on .

Please note, store credit (gift certificate) cannot be applied to Club Subscriptions. Store credit can be applied to shop past Club products, Club extras and regular releases.

On with the Hop!

Click on these links to visit all the blog’s in the June Hop.

Spellbinders Blog

Tina Smith

Nichol Spohr

Carrie Rhoades

Jackie Pasko

Marie Heiderscheit

Jill Hilliard

Kathy Clement

Jennifer Snyder

Bibi Cameron

Virginia Lu

Laurie Willison

Joy Baldwin

Ilina Crouse

Now hop on over and see what Jennifer has prepared for you.  Then don’t forget to hop over to the Spellbinders blog and leave a comment there to be entered into the $50 prize drawing!

Subscribe to Spellbinders Club Kits HERE.  Subscribe to Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below. You will find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Gone Fishing Father’s Day Card

Authentique Manly Gone Fishing Tall and Skinny Father's Day Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

 Gone Fishing Father’s Day Card with Authentique Manly

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m over on the Authentique Blog sharing this Gone Fishing Father’s Day Card as part of Authentique’s Father’s Day Week Celebration.  All week long you will find wonderful masculine projects that honor the dads in our lives.

My father and 3 older brothers were avid fishermen.  The rose early in the summer mornings with tackle box, rods & reels, night crawlers, a thermos of coffee and a bag of sandwiches in tow.  They were gone fishing.  On a good day, they’d come home with fresh brook trout for dinner.  But even if their fishing creels were empty, they had the pleasure of that time together under the sky in God’s beautiful world.  And they bonded, even though hardly a word was spoken while fishing.  Dads seem to be able to speak into their children’s lives without saying a word.  I tried to capture that in this card.

Gone Fishing Father’s Day Card: Building the Layers

Here’s how to put this card together:

  • Begin by cutting an 11″ x 8 1/2″ sheet of paper to measure 10 1/2″ long.
  • Place the long side on your scoring tool and score at 4 1/4″  and 8 1/2″.
  • Fold to form a tall and skinny card base with a 2″ deep side pocket.
  • Mat a 3 5/8″ x 7 7/8″ panel of Manly 3 on a slightly larger panel of Spectrum Honey Comb and Spectrum Hot Chocolate. Don’t adhere to the card front yet.
  • Now cut the 3×4 “Outdoor Life” image from Manly 8.  Place the bass brad over the bass in the photo.  Mat on both colors of Spectrum cardstock.  Back with dimensionals and adhere in the top third of the card.
  • Next, cut a 3″ x 3″ square of Manly 3.  Mat on the Spectrum cardstock, back with dimensionals and adhere in the lower third of the card. Leave about 1/4″ between the two decorative panels.
Gone Fishing Details

  • Adhere 3 wood slices (my son made these for me) at the bottom of the bottom panel.  Top with the novelty buttons and the small fish sticker.
  • Then adhere novelty buttons on top of the wood slices.
  • Next back the “gone fishing” sticker and the fish sticker with dimensionals and adhere above the wood slices.  Adhere a bracket sticker in the top left hand corner and top with the other small fish sticker.
  • Now thread ribbon through the Tim Holtz buckle. Wrap around the card panel and secure with a dab of hot glue.  Tie a square knot with a separate piece of ribbon.
  • Finally, adhere the panel to the card base.
Gone Fishing Father’s Day Card: A Peek Inside

Now you can finish the inside of your card.  Add gussets to the side pocket and decorate with designer papers.  Tuck in a chocolate treat and a bookmark.  After all, Dad can’t fish 24/7!

I feel truly blessed to have been raised by my dad.  Although he left us far too early in life (I was only 13 years old when he passed into glory) the lessons he taught me are alive and well today.  He left his imprint on my life and character.

Wishing all the dads out there a truly blessed and restful Father’s Day!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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Blue Skies, Sunshine and Buzzing Bees

Summer Days: Blue Skies, Sunshine and Buzzing Bees

Hello, Friends!  Hello, Summer: time for blue skies, sunshine and buzzing bees!  Today I’ve pulled out my favorite Authentique June Calendar papers to make this summery greeting card.

Authentique June Calendar Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

This 5″ x 7″ top fold card is entirely made with the scraps I had left after making my June Desk Calendar Tutorial.  It’s amazing what a little clever paper piecing allows you to do!   Add a little shabby chic detail with a Spellbinders Heirloom Oval Die cut from cream cardstock.  Machine stitching and gingham ribbon add a sweet homespun feel to the card design.

TIP: Stitch panels of the plaid and floral patterns from the June calendar collection onto a white cardstock mat.  Then use ribbon to cover the seam!  It looks like a design element.  Is that sneaky or what?

TIP:  Die cut too short ? Try cutting it in half across the middle.  Then adhere the halves where you want them.  Now cover the seam with your focal image.  That’s another sneaky trick!

This handsome bee charm is headed straight for that bodacious yellow blossom in the corner.

Blue Skies, Sunshine and Buzzing Bees: A Peek Inside

Dress up the inside of your card with pockets.  Layer scraps of patterned paper to cover the card base.  Then turn an image into a pocket by gluing it down on the sides and bottom.

Mat leftover image and sentiment panels on plain cardstock to create mini folios. Measure the height of the image,double it, then add 1/4″ .  Then cut the paper about 1/4″ wider than the image.  Fold in half and adhere your image to the front.  Easy peasy!

Since I’m a tea drinker, I like to tuck in a tea bag, honey stick and a vintage demitasse spoon.  Chocolate is always a welcome treat.  But you can tailor your add ins for the recipient.  It’s such fun to find little treasures that turn a card into a gift.

I hope I’ve inspired you to break out those precious scraps and make something beautiful today.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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