Category Archives: Seasonal Cards

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card

Hello, Friends!  Happy Monday!  We actually had a beautiful spring-like day yesterday.  Kids broke their bikes out of the shed, moms pushed babies around the block in their strollers as daffodils popped their golden heads up toward the sun.  it was glorious!  The joy of all that springtime activity prompted the creation of this Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card.

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I’ m loving these sage greens combined with peach tones.  How about you?  This 5″ x 7″ top fold card came together so quickly.

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

  • Double mat the bicycle image from the collection on both green and peach papers from the Simple Basics Kit.
  • Trim the sticker border and adhere above and below the bicycle image.
  • Hot glue flowers in the top and bottom corners along with a Peach Seam Binding Bow and Burlap string bow.

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo  03

  • Thread some vintage buttons and hot glue over the top border strip.
  • Add the tag from the Ephemera Pack. (comes in the kit)
Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card:  A Peek Inside

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Blooming Bicycle Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Carry the theme of your card front inside by adding a little bicycle from the ephemera pack along with a strip of the Spring Farmhouse washi tape.

I have had such fun with this collection.  The color palette is scrumptious and so much fun for spring cards!  There are  few more in the works…coming soon! If you missed the other cards I’ve created with Spring Farmhouse, you can get all caught up HERE.

At the time that this post was written, this card was available for purchase in my ETSY shop.  It’s a one of a kind creation, so if it tickles your fancy, better grab it quick before it’s gone!

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

 

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Floral Wreath Card

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Floral Wreath Card

Hello, Friends!  I have another sweet Springtime card using the Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse collection kit today.  This floral wreath card is easy to make, but oh, so pretty!

 

Like most of my cards, this is a 5″ x 7″ top fold.  I created lots of layers by matting the designer papers on the Spring Farmhouse Basics papers.  This plain, cardstock is perfectly matched to the collection color palette, so everything harmonizes beautifully.  It’s also lightweight, so you can mat your layers without making a 2 pound card…something I am famous for!

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Floral Wreath Card: Creating the Wreath Element

To create the wreath for this card, follow these simple steps:

  • First, die cut a Spellbinder’s Fall Harvest Wreath from the peach paper in the Simple Stories Basics Collection.
  • Next, die cut a second wreath from the green paper in the Simple Stories Basics collection.
  • Now, layer the two wreaths with the green wreath on top.  Adhere them slightly off center so that the peach wreath peeks through, adding a sort of shadow effect.
  • Then place small pop dots on the back side of the leaves.  Center and adhere over the 3″ x 4″  focal image.

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Floral Wreath Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I dug through my stash of Prima Flowers, and found these Georgia Blues flowers were a great color match.  To add a little more texture, I found some retired Petaloo Hydrangea blossoms in my stash that worked great.   A Champagne Wrinkled Ribbon bow adds the perfect shabby chic vibe.

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Floral Wreath Card: A Peek inside

The inside is finished with more designer papers, and a blank panel to add a little personal greeting.  If you’d like to purchase this sweet card, it was still available in my Etsy shop at the time I wrote this post.

If you’d like to see more cards made with this charming collection, click HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas 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

Last Minute St. Patrick’s Day Treat Box Tutorial

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick’s Day Treat Box Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready for St. Patrick’s Day?  No worries!  I’m here to help with a last minute St. Patrick’s Day Treat Box Tutorial using Authentique Paper’s gloriously green Clover Collection Kit.

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick's Day Treat Box Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Perfect for party favors, hostess gifts, home decor or just a sweet treat, this 3″ x 5″ x 2″  treat box is actually an altered Graphic 45 Small Matchbook Box.

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick's Day Treat Box Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

I’ve covered the window opening with an easy to make shaker pouch.  This is probably the easiest way I know to create a shaker element.  Learn how to make one in the video tutorial below.

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick's Day Treat Box Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

I dug through my embellishments to create a little charm cluster made with broken jewelry, a metal key and padlock, vintage style safety pin and a darling miniature spoon.  This is topped with a double loop green gingham bow, gold string and fancy button.

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick's Day Treat Box Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

Learn how to add the vintage style drawer pull in the tutorial, too.

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick's Day Treat Box Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

We will also create a miniature card insert for the box.

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick's Day Treat Box Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

Add your favorite treats to create a memorable St. Patrick’s Day treat!

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick’s Day Treat Box Tutorial Video

Are you ready to get your craft on?  Just press play.

You’ll find a linked supply list at the bottom of this post. And you can find more projects made with the lovely Clover collection HERE and 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

Authentique Clover Last Minute St. Patrick’s Day Treat Box Tutorial Supply List

Bless Our Nest Shaker Card

Bless Our Nest Shaker Card with Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse

Hello, Friends! Happy Saturday!  I thought I’d pop in quickly to share this Bless Our Nest Shaker Card made with Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse.  If you’re in need of some springtime cheer, this collection is just what the doctor ordered.  It’s just so happy!

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Bless Our Nest Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

This is a 5″ x 7″ top fold card with a little shaker frame on the front.  Isn’t it darling?  The shaker is filled with Lilac Lane Apricot Premium Sequins.

I’ve added a button to the center of the HOME chipboard piece, to add a little country charm.  Bay Leaf Seam Binding Ribbon is the perfect color match for this collection.   The flower is from Little Birdie, and you can find it at AC Moore.

 

There’s plenty of room inside to add a little note.  You could even add a photo on the top half of the card to really personalize things. You can find another Spring Farmhouse Shaker card HERE.

This darling card is also available for purchase in my ETSY shop!

Hope you have a fabulous Saturday, with time to get crafty!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Rain Boots Shaker

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Rain Boots Shaker

Hello, Friends!  February is the cruelest month of winter.  Just when you have hope in your heart that things are going to warm up and start turning green, the weather stands on its head and you are back to grey skies, cold winds and the winter blues.  So I thought I would try to hurry spring along by playing with the new Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse collection.  The sweet green gingham pattern and floral prints warmed my heart and made me forget about winter for a few hours.  Before I knew it, I’d cranked out 5 really cute cards that I’ll be sharing here and there.  (I also loaded these up into my ETSY shop if you need some Springtime color STAT!)

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Rain Boots Shaker

Rain Boot Shaker Card Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

You can see why I had to let this cheery collection fall into my cart, right?  I can’t seem to “shake” my obsession with shaker cards, and keep finding new ways to make them.  This 5″ x 7″ layered card is made with one of the  new Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frames.  The shaker element is sewn into a pouch that sits behind the frame.  Then I just popped the chipboard elements from the collection on top.    Can I just say right now, I want a pair of these rain boots?

Altering the Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame

Rain Boot Shaker Card Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

The Tim Holtz chipboard frame comes in a sort of antique white finish with an inlaid pattern.  It’s pretty as it is, but I wanted to alter it to match the collection colors and give it more presence on the card.  Here’s how I did it:

  • First, sponge on Bundled Sage Distress Ink using a dauber or blending tool.
  • Next, lightly spritz with water and heat dry.
  • Then, randomly spray some areas of the frame with Tattered Angels “Silk” Glimmer Mist.
  • Now, heat dry, dabbing up any excess with paper towels. The mica in the Glimmer Mist will sink into the slightly recessed areas of the frame and creates a neat vintage effect.
  • Finally, using a light “grinding” motion, apply another layer of Bundled Sage over the top of the frame.  Spritz lightly with water and heat dry.  The glimmer mist will resist the Distress Ink, creating a really neat vintage effect.
Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Rain Boots Card Details

Rain Boot Shaker Card Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

I dug through my stash and found these Prima Love Notes and Georgia Blues flowers that worked very nicely with this paper collection.  Peach Velvet Ribbon from my stash complements the Peach Seam Binding Ribbon and adds another layer of texture.  A little Ivory Burlap String anchors the trio of tiny blossoms in the corner of the frame.

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Rain Boots Card: A Peek Inside

Rain Boot Shaker Card Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

I  kept the inside pretty simple, but I had to add the rain boots sticker to the sentiment panel.

So, if you’re suffering from the winter blues, the Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse papers might be just the medication you’re looking for.  I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list at the end of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Rain Boots Card Supply List

 

 

 

 

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