Category Archives: Home Decor

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

 

Country Chic Banner Spring Farmhouse

Country Chic Banner Spring Farmhouse

Hello, Friends!  Happy Friday!  I stole a few minutes of free play time yesterday to make this country chic banner with Prima Spring Farmhouse papers.  The idea has been rattling around in my brain ever since I purchased the collection but I just haven’t had the time to bring it to life.  Now, banners are one of my most favorite things to make….and one of my least favorite things to photograph.  I worked for hours editing these photos, and just could not get them to really represent how pretty this banner is in real life.  So even though Julia Child admonished us to “never apologize, never explain,”  I am apologizing in advance.  But I thought you would want to see them in case you are looking for a little springtime home decor.

To create the pennants for the banner, I die cut chocolate brown cardstock with a banner die from My Favorite Things.  The second layer is pink burlap that I free hand cut to fit between the brown gingham patterned paper, also cut with a die.  Since the largest die measures just 3 1/2″ across, I was able to use a lot of the scraps left over from earlier Spring Farmhouse Projects.  So that is a win!

Country Chic Banner Spring Farmhouse: The Details

Tulip Pink Taffeta bows are topped with brown micro gingham. A while back, I found a whole bag of hand crocheted doilies at an estate sale.  These are added to the banner to provide more texture and to add to the farmhouse vibe.

I think this banner would look so pretty hanging in the kitchen.

Someday, I’ll tell you all the story about my mom and the cow.  It’s a good one!  This image brought that story back to my mind, and I had a good laugh over it.

 

The pennants are machine stitched onto a very pretty beige netting.  In real life, the colors are soft and dreamy.  I think the fact that the photos were shot on a very overcast day affected the colors.  But at least you get the idea.  If you’d like to purchase it, you can find it in my ETSY shop…but there’s only one!

I hope I’ve shared some ideas to inspire you 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

Country Chic Banner Supply List

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

Product Links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique

 


Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial

Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial and Bonus Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  I know the whole world is excited about Halloween right now.  And don’t get me wrong, I like Halloween, too.  But today I’m excited because my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, is just around the corner.  To help us get ready to celebrate, I’ve prepared a simple Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial using the gorgeous Authentique Pleasant Collection.

Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

 

Oh, how I love Thanksgiving!  It goes way back to my childhood when all the aunts, uncles, cousins and even great grandparents would gather at my grandmother’s house to celebrate together.  Sometimes there were as many as 3 dozen of us tucked around the dining room table, in the kitchen, in the parlor on TV trays…and in every nook and cranny of the house!  And the food!  Ooh la la!  Those ladies could cook!  This rustic banner takes me right back to those happy, happy times. I thought you might want to make a banner for your Thanksgiving celebration, so I have a little tutorial to share with you today.

Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial: Creating the Pennants
Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 02

First, cut (3) 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ panels from Pleasant Four. Two panels will be the same, and one will have the wood grain going the opposite direction.  No worries!  By the time we’re done, no one will know!  From the paper you have left over, cut (4) 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ panels.

Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 03

Flip each panel face down.  Find the center point of the panel (2 1/8″) and measure up 1 1/2″ from that point.  You can see where I made a little pencil mark at that spot.  For the 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ panels, measure up 3/4″ from the center point which is 1 1/8″. Make a mark just as you did on the larger panels.

Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 04

Use a ruler to draw a line from each corner to the center of the mark you made.  Then cut along the line to create pennants for your banner.

Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial: Adding Texture with Fabric
Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 05

Stitch each pennant onto a slightly larger piece of burlap or linen fabric.  I used a decorative stitch and fancy thread on mine, but regular stitching and thread works great.  And, if you don’t want to sew, you can just use Scor-Tape to secure the pennants to the fabric, or eliminate the fabric altogether.  Then fringe the edges to give it a rustic look.  You don’t do this step with the small pennants.

Starting with a small pennant, position along the top edge of a 4 yard piece of ribbon.  I use binder clips to hold the pennants in place.  Then add a large pennant, then a small one and so on until you have the pennants evenly spaced out.  Stitch the fabric at the top of each pennant to the top edge of the ribbon.  Just start at one end and sew all the way to the other.

Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 06

 

Flip each pennant over, and add a small piece of Scor-tape to the bottom edge of the ribbon and adhere.  This keeps the banners positioned properly.  Now you are ready to decorate!  And that’s the fun part!

Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial: Making it Pretty!
Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 07

 

Tie a big loopy bow at each end of the banner.  Then add burlap string and flowers to dress it up.

Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 08
Tie smaller bows in the corners of each of the larger pennants.  I die cut a base layer from Pleasant with a Spellbinders Label 1 die. Then  I topped it with a doily that I cut with a Cheery Lynn Ornament 1 Die.   I also die cut leaves, wheat sheaves, pumpkins and acorns from an assortment of fall dies.  Fussy cut images from the 3″ x 4″ cut aparts and add Scrapbook Adhesives Crafty Foam Tape between the layers to create loads of dimension.
Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 09
The banners from the Components sheet are just the right size for decorating the smaller pennants.  I also cut a second pennant layer from scraps of Pleasant Four.  These measure 2″ x 3″.
Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 10

Little wooden buttons glued in the center of each smaller bow add to the rustic, homespun feel of the banner.

Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 12

Banners make every party special, and now that you know how, you can make one for every holiday of the year.

Pleasant Fall Color Card Folio

 

Authentique Pleasant Fall Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 01

This lovely little card would make a great hostess gift at your Thanksgiving gathering.  Or pair it up with the banner for a pretty mantel display.

Authentique Pleasant Fall Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 02
There are 2 pockets inside with lots of room to hold Thanksgiving photos.
Authentique Pleasant Fall Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 03

The top pocket holds a little tea bag wallet with a cute belly band.  I’ve used the 6″ x 6″ bundle to make the inserts for this card.

Authentique Pleasant Fall Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 04

There’s room to write a little note here.

Authentique Pleasant Fall Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 05

 

This folio measures 4 1/2″ x 6″ and has a magnetic tab top.

Authentique Pleasant Fall Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 06
It opens to reveal room for a photo, and another pocket with inserts.  You could put photos in the pocket.  The pocket folds down to reveal two more photo mount pages.  What a fun way to preserve your Thanksgiving memories!
You can pull this banner and card folio out year after year, so the time it takes to make them is really worthwhile.  I just love the way photos bring memories back to life.
I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  Oh, and there’s a linked supply list below, too.
Wishing you all a warm and cozy Thanksgiving!

Cheerio,

kathy

SUPPLY LIST

Authentique Paper:
Dies, Ribbons and Flowers from my stash

Shabby Chic Altered Button Box

Shabby Chic Altered Button Box with Little Birdie Crafts

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a little home decor project to share with you.  This shabby chic altered button box is a quick and easy project that you could adapt and use with any style of box.

Shabby Chic Altered Button Box by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 08

As you well know, I have a “thing” for vintage buttons.  There’s something magical about the worn edges, the soft patina and the inner light in a true vintage button.  So when my sweet grandgirl gave me a little wooden trinket box for my birthday, I knew I eventually wanted to alter it and create a sweet storage spot for my favorite buttons.

Don’t they look great here?

Shabby Chic Altered Button Box: The Process

I started with this cute little 5″ x 3″ x 3″ wooden box.

First, add a single layer of Little Birdie Black Gesso.  Paint inside and out!

 

Next, add random brush strokes of Sand Stone Chalk Paint. Make the brush strokes go in different directions.  Then repeat this process using White Gesso.  Now let everything dry for a minute or two.  Then use a damp paper towel and scrub away portions of the paint/gesso to create a chippy, shabby chic finish.  Use a sanding block to take some small areas all the way back to the natural wood base.  If you take off too much paint/gesso, add more.  Then repeat the wiping off process.

When you are happy with the shabby chic/chippy finish, sponge on some Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.  Then seal everything with Matte Gel Medium.  Let things dry.

Shabby Chic Altered Button Box: The finishing touches

Once the box is dry, cut panels of Vintage Reflections Paper to fit the recessed areas on the box.

Then wrap the box with 1 1/2″ wide Antique Gold Plaid Ribbon and tie a bow.  Tie a second bow with burlap string.  Top with a big fat vintage ivory button and a single Renae Swiss Mocha blossom.

Decorate the top panel with a Lucille flower and leaf cluster.  Add a small tag.  I just cut this from a scrap of paper and wrote the word “buttons” on it.  Then adhere some Adelina Swiss Coffee blossoms and a key to finish the tag.  Add more vintage buttons, sewing notions and a mini pair of scissors.

This is one of those easily adaptable home decor projects that would make great gifts.  Use different colors and make a beach themed box.  Use metallic paints for a steam punk themed box.  It’s a really fun addition to your craft room decor.

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

Shabby Chic Altered Button Box Supply List
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...