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The Squirrel’s Christmas Party Gift Box Folio

Stamperia Pink Christmas The Squirrel's Christmas Party Gift Box Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Stamperia Pink Christmas/Sweet Christmas The Squirrel’s Christmas Party Gift Box Folio

Hello, Friends!  Oh, the countdown for Christmas is truly on!  But I still have time to share this darling Stamperia Sweet Christmas/Pink Christmas Squirrel’s Christmas Party Gift Box Folio with you.  I made (and sold!) a lot of these this Christmas season, but I am still not tired of them.  The 4 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ size makes them perfect for gifting.  I shared a YouTube tutorial for building this base earlier this week.  If you missed it, this gives you another chance to find it.  The base for this one is scored at 5 1/2 instead of 5″, so the front flap is a little short.  It’s so easy to vary the dimensions for the base simply by scoring.  That is one of the things I love about this design: it’s very adaptable. The antique bronze bulldog clip helps hold the cover closed.   Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

The Squirrel’s Christmas Party Gift Box Folio: Making the Nest

Meet Edith Squirrel.  She’s the chairwoman of the village Christmas party.  She is frantically decorating her nest for the holiday Christmas House competition.  And she is wearing her favorite pearls as she decorates.  Her nest is a vintage drawer pull that she found abandoned in the meadow.  It’s a bit corroded from lying in the wet grasses, but still looks very festive surrounded by pine cones, flowers, Spanish Moss, and a wee sisal tree.  If she wins the competition, Father Christmas will have tea with her.  Here is how she decorated her nest.

The Squirrel’s Christmas Party Gift Box Folio: A Peek Inside

The inside of this folio is filled with interactive features.

I built a magnetic flap/flip page on both the top and the bottom.

The middle panel is a sweet little accordion style folio.

And of course it has pockets and tea and tags!

it looks like Edith won the Christmas House competition because here is Father Christmas to have tea with her!

TIP: Score and fold large images to fit inside the folio.  This is how you make a big piece of patterned paper fit in a small space.

The box pocket on the bottom holds a little wrapped parcel decorated with a vintage carved wooden candy cane.

Edith must have been a very good little squirrel this year, as Father Christmas has brought her lots of lovely treats!  This envelope is a cut apart image from  the paper collection.  I simply folded and tied with ribbon.  But if you have an envelope punch board, you can make your own envelope to tuck inside. I’ve done that as well on other projects.

So that is my Christmas offering for you today.  I hope I 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.  Now I’m back to the kitchen to finish baking my Christmas cookies!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Majestic Stag Masculine Christmas Card

Prima Christmas in the Country Majestic Stag Masculine Christmas Card

Hello, Friends!  Masculine Christmas cards….love ’em?  Hate ’em?  Struggle with ’em?  Well, this Majestic Stag Masculine Christmas Card post is filled with tips and ideas that will help you create a great card for all the fellas on your Christmas card list.  It’s made with Prima’s Christmas in the Country paper collection and accented with a wonderful Tibetan charm from my friend LouAnn over at ButterBee Scraps.

Majestic Stag Masculine Christmas Card: Making it Manly

This is a simple 5″ x 7″ kraft card base with a top fold.  Add lots of masculine elements like burlap, burlap string, buffalo plaid paper and a handsome stag image to the card design.

Copper is such a great metallic finish, and it works great for a vintage masculine vibe.  The lovely stag head and clock charms were originally silver tone.  Change that quick as a wink with embossing powder!  First,  tap the charms with Versamark Embossing Ink.  Then cover with Emerald Creek Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder and heat.  It’s amazing how the detail of the charm comes through as the embossing powder melts.

TIP: When using a textured embossing powder, I find it takes longer to fully melt.  The embossing powder will go from grainy, to chunky, to thick and finally, as you continue to heat, it will thin out and allow the details to show.  Embossed metal is HOT!  Use tweezers!

First, emboss chipboard snowflakes with Seth Apter Blizzard Baked Texture.  Then emboss a second time with the Burnt Copper Leaves, just sprinkling it over the chips.  It’s a great look!

Majestic Stag Masculine Christmas Card: A Peek Inside

Don’t you just love this buffalo plaid pocket?  Tuck a little gift card/treat wallet inside.  And add a 3″ x 4″ journal card on the top to carry out the Christmas in the Country theme.

Guys like chocolate, too!  So tuck a tasty treat into the pocket along with a gift card for perfect gifting.

Now that wasn’t so hard, was it?

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Prima Christmas in the Country Mrs. Deer Box Card

Prima Christmas in the Country Shabby Chic Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Prima Christmas in the Country Mrs. Deer Box Card

Hello, Friends!  Let’s kick the week off with a shabbylicious Mrs. Deer Box Card that is just brimming with Christmas in the Country charm.  I finally had time to dig into this delicious Prima collection, and it’s as wonderful to work with as I had anticipated!

If you love woodland style, old barns, buffalo plaid posies and country charm, this 5″ x 7″ card is going to tickle you pink!  I created a 5″ x 7″ top fold card with a 1″ spine and a box style pocket interior to house all the elements seen here.  It was a totally delightful morning spent completely lost in my imaginary world.  I hope you enjoy it as well!

Mrs. Deer Box Card : The Woodland Wreath

Prima Christmas in the Country Shabby Chic Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

The wreath around Mrs. Deer is made using one of my favorite new techniques.  Here’s how to make it happen:

  • Begin by die cutting 2 Spellbinders Holly Berry Wreaths from Christmas in the Country.  Select a neutral pattern for the best results.
  • Ink the inner and outer edges of both wreaths with a little Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
  • Next, cover one wreath with Versamark Embossing ink.
  • Now place it in a funnel tray, or on a clean sheet of printer paper and cover it with Seth Apter’s Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture.  Heat emboss.
  • Let the wreath cool a bit, then tap randomly with Versamark.  Sprinkle lightly with Seth Apter Ancient Amber Baked Texture and heat emboss a second time.
  • Now, the fun part: Rub Peeled Paint Distress Oxide directly over the surface of the cooled wreath. Spritz with water until little beads of ink form.  Then heat emboss again.  The ink will sink below the embossing powder and add a lovely mottled effect.
  • Finally, place small spacers between the two wreath layers and adhere together.

Prima Christmas in the Country Shabby Chic Mrs. Deer Christmas Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Mrs. Deer Christmas Card: A Peek Inside

Create a box pocket inside the card, then tuck in this lovely shabby chic gift card folio.

This makes a great gift all on its own, or you can tuck in a small gift card when you write your personal message.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your next crafty adventure!  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list there.

Thanks for stopping by,

Cheerio,

kathy

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Prima Autumn Sunset Deer Autumn Card Folio

Prima Autumn Sunset Deer Autumn Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  Oh, how I love fall.  This Prima Autumn Sunset Deer Autumn Card Folio is so warm and inviting, I just had to share it with you!  It has everything I love: rich color, gorgeous textures, lush layers, machine stitching to add that homespun feel, and scrumptious patterned papers.  Yes, I had fun with this one!

Prima Autumn Sunset Deer Autumn Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design PHoto 01

Start with a 6″ x 6″ chocolate brown card base with a 1/2″ spine.  Them mat layers of Prima Autumn Sunset papers on cardstock and burlap.  Scurry over to the sewing machine and add some stitching.  Then heat emboss a Laserowe Love doily with Seth Apter Ancient Amber Baked Texture and pile on some fall leaves. (Prima) Place dimensionals on the back of the die cut deer and surround with gorgeous flowers.  Yummy!

TIP:  Build your card front before you adhere it to the base.  Then wrap the sides with twine and gold metallic string to create a wonderful contrast between rustic and elegant.  Top the twine with a Prima charm.  I always add my card fronts to the base as the very last step.  This way, I can finish the inside without crushing all those lovely dimensional elements.

Deer Autumn Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Prima Autumn Sunset Deer Autumn Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Create a quick and easy pocket on the inside of your card.  Simply cut the liner panel 2 1/2″ longer than the card base.  Score and fold the overhang to form a pocket.  Add gussets to the sides so you have plenty of room to add treats and treasures.

Prima Autumn Sunset Deer Autumn Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Use an Envelope Tool to make a little tea wallet .  Top it with a ribbon belly band to hold everything in place.  I tucked in one of my precious vintage gold plated enamel demitasse spoons and a bit of chocolate for a sweet afternoon treat.

Deer Autumn Card Folio: The Pull Out Mechanism

Prima Autumn Sunset Deer Autumn Card folio Accordion Mechanism Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

This lovely little accordion mechanism is held in place with ribbon.  It’s a great way to showcase the patterns from this lovely collection.  And it’s the perfect place to add a few fall photos and journaling.  I love it when a card is also a gift and a mini album, don’ t you?

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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Autumn, Pumpkins and You Etcetera Tag

Autumn, Pumpkins, and You Etcetera Tag with Prima Autumn Sunset

Hello, Friends!  Let’s cozy up with a cuppa and take a look at this Autumn, Pumpkins, and You Etcetera Tag, shall we?  Autumn is all about rich textures, beautiful colors and layers.  I’ve incorporated all those elements into this lovely home decor piece.

Autumn, Pumpkins and You Mixed Media Etcetera Tag Prima Autumn Sunset by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Etcetera tags are huge.   This “small” tag measures 5 1/2″ x 10″ and it’s about 1/4″ thick. A perfect size and weight for home decor, and able to stand up to mixed media techniques, these tags are a favorite base.  I thought you might enjoy seeing how I prepared the tag base with mixed media supplies.  So I put together a little “mini tutorial” for you.

Autumn, Pumpkins, and You Etcetera Tag: Layer by Layer

Begin by painting the edges of your Etcetera Tag with DecoArt Copper Metallics Paint.  Dry with your heat gun.

Next, randomly apply Versamark Embossing Ink directly to the edges of the tag.  Then sprinkle randomly with Seth Apter Patina Oxide Baked Texture.

Now heat emboss, but don’t bake it all the way, as you will be adding another layer of embossing powder.

Let the first layer of embossing powder cool, the randomly apply Versamark to the edges again.  Then sprinkle lightly with Emerald Creek Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder.  Heat emboss until you like the finish. This is a matter of personal choice.

I like to emboss my powders until they are like dark toast…not quite burnt, but rich and toasty!

Next, I cut a liner sheet about 1/2″ smaller than the tag.  Collage paper scraps and fussy cut images in layers, stitch on the machine and you’ve got a great base to work with.  There’s no real wrong way to do this.

Autumn, Pumpkins, and You Etcetera Tag: The Details

Cluster images and elements together to create a focal point.  This is important.  The eye needs a place to rest.

This vintage curtain tie back is made of tin.  I altered it with paint and embossing powders to add rich autumn hues.  Then I clustered flowers and autumn leaves around it to blend it into the collage.

Top the tag with gorgeous plaid ribbon, curly ribbon, acorns and more flowers.  The green balls are green peppercorns from my kitchen.

Autumn, Pumpkins, and You Etcetera Tag: The Flip Side

Prima Autumn Sunset Mixed Media Etcetera Tag Waterfall by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

There’s a lot of great real estate on the back side of these tags.  Finish the back side with a lovely little waterfall cascade.  Just add photos!

I have a few of these tags scattered around my home as decor.  This one sold in my Etsy shop.  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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  • Prima Autumn Sunset
  • Small Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag
  • Seth Apter Baked Texture: Patina Oxide
  • Emerald Creek Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder
  • Versamark Embossing Ink Pad
  • Ribbon, embellishments and fibers from my stash
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