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Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit

Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit with Authentique Twilight Collection

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready for the big reveal of my latest Button Farm Club Kit?  This Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit is frightfully fabulous!  I brewed up a magical potion that conjured up a Halloween home decor, photo album, treat tag project that is absolutely bewitching!

Every time I look at this project, I grin from ear to ear!  This 4 1/2″ drawer holds 6 dimensional treat tags that double as little photo folios.  The witch legs just slay me!

All four sides of this Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit are ready to party, making it the perfect centerpiece for your Halloween display.

The classic black, orange and cream color palette matches last year’s Button Farm Club Halloween project, too.  So if you have that one, this is a great companion piece.

The treat tags are decorated front and back as well.  I love a project that can be changed up!  And just look at those fabulous brass feet on the box!

Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit: The Treat Tags

There are 6 treat tags tucked inside our Boo-tiful Halloween box.  As you can see, each tag is rich in detail and filled with fun!  (This is just a sneaky peek at 3 of the tags.)

And you can’t have a Trick or treat tag without a little candy, right?  The dimensional pocket on each tag holds an individual packet of candy corn…my favorite Halloween treat!

Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit: The Techniques

Not only is this kit too cute to spook, it is filled with wonderful techniques that you can carry over into your other crafty adventures.  Here are just a few of the fun techniques that you’ll learn in this kit:

  • Cover a Graphic 45 Tag with or without a die.
  • How to create marvelous paper layers.
  • Make a dimensional box style pocket.
  • Create handmade rosettes without a die!
  • How to work with ribbons to create a fabulous ribbon cluster
  • Turn a tag into a mini photo album.

Yes, the back side of each tag is actually a miniature 3 1/2″ x 6″ photo album.

This is the perfect spot for preserving photos of your favorite little Ghouls and Goblins!  You’ll have room for 12 photos.

Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit Tour on YouTube

This short video tour will show you all the wonderful features of this kit.

Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit: What’s in the Kit?

By now you know I like to load up my projects with fun embellishments.  And you will get everything you need to recreate this great project in the kit.  One of the reasons I decided to release these kits through the Button Farm Club is the fact that they love to pack their kits full to the brim with creative goodies. I honestly don’t think you could purchase the individual elements for the price Laura charges…plus you get the printed tutorial written by me.  This is a venture I am really proud to be part of!

Each Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit contains:

  • A beautifully crafted  4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ wooden drawer with a metal drawer pull.
  • A full set of vintage style brass feet with the necessary hardware to attach them
  • (8) 12″ x 12″ sheets of Authentique Paper’s Spooktacular Twilight Collection
  • (1) 12″ x 12″ sticker sheet with heavy weight cardstock stickers
  • (2) 12″ x 12″ sheets of color matched Spectrum Cardstock for creating the folios
  • Graphic 45 Large Black Tag Album with 6 tags
  • Ribbon Assortment (6 different ribbon styles!)
  • One dozen witch legs in assorted colors
  • 3 silver tone Jack-o-Lantern charms
  • 3 silver tone haunted house charms
  • 1 large spiderweb/witch/cauldron charm
  • 1 package of Little Birdie Halloween chipboard
  • 6 individual packets of candy corn
  • 6 miniature wooden clothespins
  • Full color, printed step by step tutorial created exclusively for The Button Farm Club

*Note: We recommend that you purchase the Graphic 45 Large Tag die to make quick work of covering each tag.  This can be purchased at The Button Farm Club.  However, the tutorial has directions for covering the tag even if you don’t have the die.  

From your own stash, you will need to add: adhesive, scoring tool, ruler, paper trimmer, standard hole punch, corner rounder punch (if you are covering the tags by hand…if you have the die, you will not need this tool), and something to add color to your chipboard pieces.  It can be ink, paint, markers or even crayons…whatever you have on hand!

This is a limited edition kit, so place your order before they all vanish into thin air!  You can get your kit HERE.  The price is $62.99.

There are still a few of my other BFC kits in stock, as well as written tutorials for the retired projects.  To see what you might have missed, you can look HERE.

It’s always an honor to create these tutorial kits for you.  So many of you have asked me to travel to you to do classes…and this is the next best thing!  Thanks so much for your friendship and support!  I appreciate you more than words can say!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Twilight Trick or Treat Banner Tutorial

Authentique Twilight Trick or Treat Banner Tutorial with Eileen Hull Gift Card  & Tag #2 Die

Hello, Friends!  Today, I’m sharing a Frightfully Fabulous Authentique Twilight Trick or Treat Banner Tutorial.  We’ll be working with Eileen Hull’s new Gift Card Folder & Tag #2 Die as well as the House/Pocket Stitchlets Die.

Is there anything more festive than a holiday banner?  I don’t think so!  The Twilight Collection from Authentique is done all in shades of classic orange, black and cream.  The vintage images are a great mix of sweet and slightly spooky.  I just had to use it to make a little Halloween Home Decor.

Authentique Twilight Trick or Treat Banner Tutorial: Making the Large Pennants

The banner measures a little over 4 feet in length.  Here are the steps I followed to make this Boo-tiful banner.

  • First, die cut 3 large pennants with the Eileen Hull House/Pocket Stitchlets Die.  Use the large outer frame and cut the shapes from black cardstock.
  • Next, cut 3 pennants from designer paper.  To do this, place the insert die inside the frame.  Die cut from the 12″ x 12″ Collection Kit so that the patterns match the scale of the project.
  • Now, place the patterned paper pennants on your cutting tool.  Line the stitching holes up so that they are half way on the cutting edge.  Then cut around the perimeter.  This leaves you with a really cool shaped edge on each pennant.
  • Adhere each patterned pennant on orange cardstock.  Then trim out using your paper cutter.
  • Finally, stitch the 3 layers together on the sewing machine.  Or, if you don’t stitch, simply glue them together.

Authentique Twilight Trick or Treat Banner Tutorial: Making the Small Pennants

The banner has 4 small pennants.  These are made with Graphic 45 ATC Tags, turned upside down so that the grommet is on the bottom.  Cut the paper liner using the ATC die. For these pennants, work with the 8″ x 8″ Twilight Pad so that the scale of the pattern matches the size of the pennant. Then adhere the liner to the tag.  Easy peasy!

Authentique Twilight Trick or Treat Banner Tutoria: Putting it all together

I like to machine stitch my banners to ribbon.  First, stitch along the top edge.  Use bulldog clips or pins to hold everything in place.  If you are adding ric-rack, as I did, go ahead and stitch this on at the same time.  But if you don’t stitch, you can simply attach each pennant with a clothespin or a bulldog clip.  That is perfectly fine.

TIP: Once you have stitched along the top edge, turn the banner and stitch a second time along the bottom edge of the ribbon.  This only takes a second, but it ensures that the banner will lie flat when displayed.

Authentique Twilight Trick or Treat Banner Tutorial: Making the Rosettes

You can die cut rosettes, or make your own.  There are loads of tutorials on YouTube showing you how to make your own rosettes without using a die.   String some spooky metal embellishments through the grommet hole of each tag.  If you use jewelry wire, this is easily done.

TIP:  If you die cut your rosettes, be sure to run a strip of washi tape over the back side before you fold.  This keeps the perforated lines from separating.

Authentique Twilight Trick or Treat Banner Tutorial: Making the Treat Box

Each of the large pennants is decorated with a little treat box/book insert.

The box is a dimensional envelope, cut with Eileen Hull’s new Sizzix die.  Then I  used the gift card holder die to make a little book to tuck inside each envelope.

The book opens to reveal a little treat pocket and a mini sentiment card.

Paint wood clothespins black, then cover the front with a bit of ribbon, a burlap string bow and small posy.  Use the clothespins to hold the treat boxes in place on the banner.

Authentique Twilight Trick or Treat Banner Tutorial on YouTube

I’ve prepared an easy to follow video tutorial showing you how to make the treat box and the book insert.  I hope you enjoy!

You’ll find a linked supply list at the bottom of this post.  To see other ideas for using the Eileen Hull dies, click 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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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

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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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