Category Archives: Spring

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

 

 

 

 

Fresh Picked Flowers Trifold Card Folio

Carta Bella Spring Market Fresh Picked Flowers Trifold Card Folio for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  How about a little dose of springtime this find Friday morning?  This Carta Bella Spring Market Fresh Picked Flowers Trifold Card Folio is dressed up like a flower cart and adorned with light and breezy 7/8″ White Organza Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

I love the light, airy feel this delicate ribbon adds to my 5 1/2″ square trifold folio.  It’s soft shimmer adds just the right touch to the bow cluster with gold metallic string and the vintage pink button, too.

 

Fresh Picked Flowers: The Market is Open!

I created the base of this folio with one sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ ivory cardstock.  There’s a tutorial for building the base coming soon…check back on the 18th of this month!)

Although this trifold folio is tiny, it has lots of room for fun interactive elements.

Don’t you just love these sweet spring images?

This little art tag is topped with Coral Rose Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon and adored with a bitty bouquet of flowers from Little Birdie.

As usual, I’ve used the scraps on my table to create a little gift wallet.  The sentiment is die cut with the Spring Market Happy Day Words die.

Spring Market 6×6 papers are sized perfectly for the interior of this little tea bag wallet.

I love working with organza ribbon.  Not only is it  soft and easy to tie, it also comes in a rainbow of colors and is super affordable.  You can check them all out at Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Sending you warm sunshiny thoughts!

Cheerio,

kathy

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