Authentique Solitude Winter Survival Kit Tutorial

Authentique Solitude Winter Survival Kit Tutorial and Video Tour

Hello, Friends!  Winter can be such a tough time of year.  So I thought I’d brighten up your day with this Authentique Solitude Winter Survival Kit Tutorial.  It’s the perfect way to chase away the winter blues, send a bit of love to a friend who’s down with the flu, or just to let a loved one know they are in your thoughts.

Authentique Solitude Winter Survival Kit Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01https://wp.me/p34lmI-4pd

This fancy fold card design is adapted from a tutorial I saw on Ginny’s YouTube channel.  I fell in love with the basic design, but thought of some fun ways to change it up and add my own KBD style to it.  (You can find another example of this card design HERE.)

Please don’t let this card design intimidate you, as it is really very simple to make.  This time, I created a 6″ x 6″ card base with a 1″ side fold spine.  Then I added a 5″ x 5″ card base with a 1″ spine on the right.  This forms the fun gatefold/flap feature on the front of the card.  So if you can make a basic side fold card base, you are already more than half way there!

Winter Survival Kit Tutorial: Some Details

  • Add extra volume and texture to your card design by hot gluing some cheesecloth behind a die cut panel.  The lacy appearance of this Spellbinder’s Floral Assortment Nestabilities Die added a snowy feel to the card design.
  • To strengthen the delicate edges of this die, emboss with clear embossing powder.  It’s amazing how much stronger the delicate points are after this treatment.
  • Add some fun dimension by curling the “winter greetings” sentiment against the edge of a ruler.  Then adhere just the ends with hot glue.

  • Add snowy accents to your card by spattering it with diluted white acrylic paint.
Winter Survival Kit Tutorial: A Peek Inside

I absolutely love the drama of unfolding this style of fancy fold card!

Decorate the side panels with elements from the paper collection.  I carried the winter bird theme inside the card by wrapping the cardstock elements image with burlap string and a rusty snowflake.

When the card is fully opened, the Winter Survival Kit is revealed.  This is a 4″ x 2″ box style pocket filled with goodies to make winter more bearable.

Tuck in a teabag, some pocket sized tissues, a chapstick, some hand cream and a honey stick.  That’s sure to brighten up someones day!

I wrapped the back side of the card and the spine with 1 1/2″ wide Ivory Silky Crush Ribbon to add texture, shine and elegance to the design.

Winter Survival Kit Tutorial and Video Tour on YouTube

To help you get a better feel for this fun project, I’ve prepared a short YouTube video tour.  This is followed by a picture and text tutorial where you will learn how to build the base and the box style pocket.  I hope you enjoy!

If I’ve managed to brighten your day, share a helpful tip or inspire you to get crafty, then I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Winter Survival Kit Tutorial Cutting Guide

For the 6″ x 6″ card base:

  • 13″ x 6″ panel of brown cardstock (you can join two panels of cardstock together with Scor-Tape.)
    • Score this panel at 3″ , 6″ and 7″
  • Cut mats from designer paper:
    • 5 7/8″ x 5 7/8″  (2)
    • 2 7/8″ x 5 7/8″ (4)
    • Spine 7/8″ x 5 7/8″ (2)

For the 5″ x 5″ card base:

  • 11″ x 5″ panel of brown cardstock
    • Score this at 5″ and 6″
  • Cut mats from designer paper
    • 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ (3)
    • 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ (2)

For the box pocket:

  • 8″ x 4″ panel of brown cardstock
    • Score on long side at 1″, 2″, 6″, 7″
    • Score on short side at 2″, 3″
  • To cover the finished pocket
    • 5 7/8″ x 1 7/8″ panel of designer paper scored on long side at 1″, 4 7/8″
    • 4 7/8″ x 7/8″ panel to line the bottom of the box
Winter Survival Kit Tutorial Supply List

Authentique Paper

Other Supplies:

 

Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards

Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sharing some Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards that I created over the holiday break.  I set out to  make just one card…then it was two…and oops!  By the time I was done playing, I had 4 Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards on my work desk!  These will be on display in the Buttons Galore and More booth at Creativation 2019.  Since these cards are designed to be displayed in a booth, I only covered the inside with basic paper panels. Therefore, I have no photos of the card interiors to share with you today.

Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards: Believe Wood Frame Shaker

Graphic 45 Princess Believe Shaker Card by kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Buttons Galore and More Photo 01

This 5″ x 7″ card features a frame style shaker element.  Here’s how I built it.

  • Begin by dry brushing the largest Tim Holtz Vignette Frame with a coat of white gesso. Dry thoroughly.
  • Next, brush a light layer of Tattered Rose Distress Ink over the frame.
  • Now place the frame in a box with high sides and spray liberally with Tarnished Brass Distress Mica Spray.  Let the spray puddle into the corners and recessed areas of the frame.
  • Cut a piece of clear acrylic cardstock (4″ x 6″ as I recall) and adhere it to the back of the frame using either Scor-Tape or Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive.  Press along the edges with a clean paper towel to secure the seal.  This is very important!  Let it dry completely while you build your card base.
  • When the frame is completely dry, add a double layer of foam tape around the perimeter, being careful not to let the tape show through the window.
  • Now place a fair sized mound of Buttons Galore Blush Premium Sequins in the center of your focal image.  Keep them away from the area where you will attach the frame.
  • Next, carefully align your prepared frame over the image, centering it as best as you can.
  • Finally, press in place to seal and adhere to the card base.

Graphic 45 Princess Believe Shaker Card by kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Buttons Galore and More Photo 02

Finish the card off with a Little Birdie Crafts Oriel Vintage Blossom and a seam binding bow.

Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards:  A Real Princess Chipboard Frame Shaker

Graphic 45 Princess Real Princess Shaker Card by Kathy Clement for Buttons Galore and More Photo 01a

This next shaker card uses an altered chipboard frame in lieu of a shaker box.  The frame measures 3 1/2″ x 5″, but the opening is only 2 1/2″ x 2 3/4″.  Here’s how I prepared this shaker box.

  • First, paint a chipboard frame with white gesso and dry thoroughly.
  • Next, dry brush the frame with Tattered Rose Distress Paint.
  • When the paint has dried, brush a thin layer of Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive over the entire surface.
  • While the adhesive is still wet, place the frame in a funnel tray and sprinkle liberally with Rajni Chalwa’s Frosting Powder.  Set it aside to dry completely.
  • Cut a piece of clear acrylic cardstock to fit the size of the frame opening and adhere to the back with Art Institute Dries Clear adhesive.  As before use a clean piece of paper towel to press it securely onto the back of the frame.  Let this dry.
  • Now adhere a double layer of foam adhesive to the back of the frame.  You will need to cut strips of foam adhesive in half unless you have 1/4″ wide foam.
  • Fill the cavity of the shaker box with  Buttons Galore Apricot Premium Sequins.
  • Fussy cut the image from the signature page of Princess.  Pop up on a piece of patterned paper and adhere to the foam tape.

I finished this card off with some fussy cuts, Little Birdie Flowers, Mini Pearl Prills,  Pale Gold Taffeta Ribbon, altered metal corners and an altered metal crown.  To alter the metal pieces I painted them with ivory chalk paint, then spritzed with Antique Brass Mica Spray.

Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards: If the Crown Fits Embossed Paper Shaker Box

This card is a companion to the previous card, and uses the other princess from the signature page of the collection.  After fussy cutting the princess and matting it on striped paper, I proceeded to make the frame.

  • First, carefully open the seams on a Tim Holtz Cabinet Card Frame.  Cut away the back portion to use in another project.
  • Next, lightly sand the surface of the frame, then paint it with white gesso.
  • When the gesso has dried, dry brush the frame with Tattered Rose Distress Paint and place it directly into the Tim Holtz 3D Botanical Embossing Texture Fade.  Run this through your machine following the manufacturer’s directions.
  • Be sure to wash the texture fade immediately to remove any traces of paint and/or gesso.
  • The pressure of embossing will lift some of the gesso, but I liked this distressed look.
  • Use a palette knife to add some thin layers of Opaque Crackle Texture Paste to the open areas of the frame.  Let this dry.
  • Next, sponge Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the raised portions of the design.  Spritz very lightly with Antique Brass Mica Spray.  This will sink down into the crackle paste and look very cool.

  • Back the frame with clear acrylic cardstock and build your shaker box.
  • Fill the cavity of the shaker box with Buttons Galore Rose Garden Shaker Mix.  (You will want to remove the large and medium sized buttons from the mix first.)

Finish the card off with Little Birdie Audria Blush Flowers, gold metallic string, ribbon and a crown embellishment.

Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards: Easel Shaker Pocket

For the final card, I created this easel shaker pocket.  This is probably the easiest way I’ve found to add a shaker element to a card.  Simply stitch clear acrylic cardstock to your focal image leaving about a 2″ opening.  Fill the pouch with Buttons Galore Blush Premium Sequins.  Finish stitching up the pouch and you are good to go!

Adorn your card with Renae Classic Little Birdie Flowers, Light Coral Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon and chipboard elements from the paper collection.

I hope I’ve shared some fun ideas for making shaker cards in many different ways.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 Princess Shaker Cards: Linked Supply List

Note: Sequin mixes are linked in the post

All cards use elements from the following Graphic 45 Products:

 

 

Authentique Quest Rolling Photo Box

Authentique Quest Rolling Photo Box for The January Button Farm Club Kit

Hello, Friends!  You all know how much I love to create projects with interactive elements.  Well, today’s project kinda takes the cake in that department.  This Authentique Quest Rolling Photo Box is my January Kit for The Button Farm Club, and it is cute, cute, cute!

Authentique Quest Rolling Photo Box by Kathy Clement for The Button Farm Club Photo 01

I mean, who would not love a little suitcase style box on wheels that really roll?

The box measures 5″ x 5″ .  I love the retro vibe of the Authentique Quest collection!  And this patterned paper is so chic!

The kit comes with everything you need to create the project with the exception of adhesives and cutting tools so you can “get rolling” right away.  You’ll also get a full color, detailed step by step printed tutorial in the kit to make it a cinch to complete.

Authentique Quest Rolling Photo Box: A Peek Inside

While the outside of this rolling photo box is adorable, the real fun awaits you on the inside.  Instead of designing a standard book style mini album, I’ve turned 6 heavy weight coasters into 6 unique interactive mini albums.

My goal was to create a whimsical, interactive project that would also work as home or office decor.  Oh, and fun.  I wanted it to be fun!

Authentique Quest Rolling Photo Box: YouTube Video Tour

This short YouTube video tour will demonstrate all the great interactive elements built into this kit.  I hope you enjoy!

The kit is an incredible value, in my opinion.  For just $36.99 you get the following:

  • 8 double sided 12″ x 12″ Authentique Quest papers
  • 1 Authentique Quest Cardstock Components Sheet
  • 4 Tim Holtz Pulley Wheels
  • 2 Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Brads
  • 1 Graphic 45 Black Mixed Media Box
  • 6 heavy cardstock coasters
  • Printed, full color instructions

If you’d like to order the kit, you can find it at The Button Farm Club.

If you’d rather not create this project, but you’d still like to have it in your hot little hands, then you can purchase the sample I created from my ETSY Shop.  There is just ONE available, first come, first served.

I hope you love this kit as much as I loved designing and creating it.  This was such a fun way for me to “roll in” the New Year!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Prima Georgia Blues Fancy Fold Birthday Card

Prima Georgia Blues Fancy Fold Birthday Card for Frilly Funkie Inspired by Challenge

Hello Friends!  Welcome to the first Frilly and Funkie Challenge of 2019!  I’ve got an elegant Prima Georgia Blues Fancy Fold Birthday Card to share with you today.  But before we take a peek at it, let’s see what Cec, our lovely hostess for the challenge, has to say about the theme and guidelines.

Challenge Theme: Inspired By
I don’t have access to quality craft classes locally so I spend time online to learn new things. For this challenge I want you to create a vintage or shabby chic project inspired by or using a technique or tutorial that you have found online. You must provide a link to the site that is inspiring your creation and please do not make a direct copy of anything you found.
Georgia Blues Fancy Fold Birthday Card: The Inspiration

Prima Georgia Blues Fancy Fold Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

Nothing beats a really good fancy fold card.    I found this fancy fold card YouTube tutorial by the amazing Ginny Nemchak, who just happens to be my best online buddy.  It’s a really fun “card within a card” kind of design.   While I followed Ginny’s basic tutorial, I did change up the design, putting my own “KBD” spin on it.

Georgia Blues Fancy Fold Birthday Card: The Basics

This is a 6″ x 6″ side fold card base made from 100# cream cardstock.  The flap mechanism on the front of the card measures 4″ x 4″.  I changed up Ginny’s design by adding a 1/2″ spine to both the card base and the flap mechanism.  Designer paper is matted with both Blue Yonder and After Midnight cardstock layers. 

Georgia Blues Fancy Fold Birthday Card: The Details

Here’s how I put this card focal together:

  • First, select the image from the Georgia Blues 4″ x 6″ Journal Card pack.
  • Next, trim about 1/4″ off each side of the image so it will fit neatly on the card flap mechanism.
  • Now, use a corner punch to shape the corners.
  • Then ink the edges with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.
  • Mat the image on cardstock.  Punch the cardstock corners to match.
  • Wrap the bottom edge of the image with gold metallic string.  Tie a knot, then string some tiny metal keys onto the ends of the string.  Tie a bow.

TIP: Cut a tiny slit in the side of the paper where you plan to wrap your string.  It will hold the the first layer of twine in place,  making it easier for you to keep everything neat and tidy.

  • Now die cut a Spellbinder Wreath from Gold Metallic Paper.  Cut foam tabs to fit the leaves and adhere around the sentiment area.
  • Add small flowers from Georgia Blues with hot glue.
  • Tie a bow, top with gold metallic string and add more flowers.

Georgia Blues Fancy Fold Birthday Card: A Peek Inside

Opening this card is lots of fun.  Each fold reveals something new to look at.

Here’s the card, fully opened. 

You all know how much I love pockets.   I created a little box style pocket in the very center.  And there’s room to write a note on the right hand flap.

I used a 3″ x 4″ Journal card as a mat for this mini chocolate treat.  Then I used my scraps to create a little notepad to tuck inside the pocket.

I’ve also got room to add a gift card here, which makes the card a gift.

Now it’s YOUR Turn

You can play along in this “Inspired By” challenge and earn the chance to be our Guest Designer on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  Simply create a vintage or shabby chic project following the theme and guidelines.  Then link your project on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.

The team will pick our our top favorite to share a Guest Designer spot on the F&F blog.  Three other favorites will receive badges to display proudly on their personal blog.  And everyone who enters and follows the guidelines will be eligible to win a $25 shopping spree at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  You have until 11:55PM on Tuesday, January 16th to link your project up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.

I hope I’ve shared some tips 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

Product Links to the Funkie Junkie Boutique

Graphic 45 Children’s Hour Stack of Cards for 2019

Graphic 45 Children’s Hour Stack of Cards for 2019

Hello, Friends!  Happy New Year!  I have a feeling that 2019 is going to be a fabulous year.  Over the holiday break, I decided to create a Graphic 45 Children’s Hour Stack of Cards.  Now I’m ready for whatever occasion presents itself in 2019.

Here are a few tips and simple supplies that you will need in case you decide to dip into your stash and create your own Children’s Hour Stack of Cards.

Children’s Hour Stack of Cards TIPS
  • Follow a basic recipe for each card to speed up production.
  • Create your stack of 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card bases before you begin making the cards.
  • Tie a dozen simple bows from ivory seam binding ribbon before you begin.  It goes with everything!
  • Doilies provide quick and easy layers!  Use packaged doilies or die cut them yourself from scraps of white paper.And remember, you can cut a doily in half when tucking it behind an image to make it go double the distance!
  • Cut 4″ x 5 1/4″ base layers from the Patterns and Solids or Calendar Pad
Children’s Hour Stack of Cards: SUPPLIES
  • Graphic 45 Children’s Hour Collection
    • 12×12 paper pad
    • 6×6 patterns and solids
    • 8×8 paper pad
    • Calendar Pad 8×8 or 12×12
    • chipboard, tags and pockets, stickers
    • seam binding ribbon
    • 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card bases
    • buttons and small bits and bobs from your stash
Children’s Hour Stack of Cards: January

Graphic 45 Children's Hour Stack of Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Graphic 45 Children's Hour Stack of Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

The interior of each card follows the same format.  I left a blank area for writing a greeting so the card can be used for birthdays or get well, or any occasion.

Children’s Hour Stack of Cards:  February

Graphic 45 Children's Hour Stack of Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Children’s Hour Stack of Cards : March

Graphic 45 Children's Hour Stack of Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Children’s Hour Stack of Cards:  April

Graphic 45 Children's Hour Stack of Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

Children’s Hour Stack of Cards: May

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Children’s Hour Stack of Cards: June

Graphic 45 Children's Hour Stack of Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

Fussy cut a focal image, then pop it up on a small white doily to make it pop.

Children’s Hour Stack of Cards: July

Graphic 45 Children's Hour Stack of Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

Children’s Hour Stack of Cards: August

Graphic 45 Children's Hour Stack of Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 09

Children’s Hour Stack of Cards: September

Graphic 45 Children's Hour Stack of Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 10

Children’s Hour Stack of Cards: October

Graphic 45 Children's Hour Stack of Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 11

Children’s Hour Stack of Cards: November

Graphic 45 Children's Hour Stack of Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 12

Children’s Hour Stack of Cards: December

Graphic 45 Children's Hour Stack of Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 13

These would be cute set out as a home decor for each month of the year, too.

So, if you’ve got a calendar collection sitting around gathering dust, why not pull it out and create a stack of cards to see you through the year?  It’s a great stash busting project and one that will pay dividends all year long.

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy



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