Tag Archives: Authentique

Snarky Masculine Birthday Wishes

Authentique Party Snarky Masculine Birthday Wishes

Hello, Friends!  Can I tell you a secret?  I love to make masculine cards.  And this Snarky Masculine Birthday Wishes card makes me fairly giddy with glee.  It was perfect for our youngest son’s birthday celebration last month.  He has always been the practical, organized, level headed guy who always has a plan and I(almost) always has his act together. This is probably the sort of thing he would wish for on his birthday!

Tips for Using Ribbon on a Masculine Card

I also love to demonstrate how easy it is to use ribbon on a masculine card in a way that is not to frilly or frou-frou.  Want to know my secret?  Choose patterns and textures that make you think of mens’ ties and suits!  It’s a “win” every single time!

For this card, combine Shell Grey Shimmer Satin Ribbon with Black and Grey Diamond Print Grosgrain Ribbon for the win!  The crisp finish of the satin ribbon speaks to men’s formal wear while the pattern on the grosgrain ribbon would look right at home on a tie.  Top the bow with a little birthday cake charm and a masculine button.  Layer the patterned ribbon over the satin ribbon.  Then top with buttons for a look that resembles a French Cuff on a man’s dressy shirt.

Use Scor-Tape to adhere the ribbons, and wrap the ends around the back of your card panel for a neat and tidy finish.

Here’s a peek at the inside:

Clean and simple, but still fun.  That’s how to make a great masculine card!

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use to help you make your next masculine card.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Snarky Masculine Birthday Wishes Supply List

Authentique Twilight Double Waterfall Album Tutorial

Authentique Twilight Double Waterfall Mini Album Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Halloween is such a frightfully fun holiday!  It deserves a frightfully fun mini album, dontcha think?  This Authentique Twilight Double Waterfall Mini Album Tutorial is the perfect spot to preserve all the photos of your favorite ghouls and goblins.  Check it out!

Talk about tall, dark and handsome!  This 5″ x 9 1/2″ tall and skinny album fits that description perfectly!  Learn how to build the album base with chipboard and black cardstock.  Then see how I layered up the elements on the front cover.  Next, I’ll show you how to quickly and easily add a double waterfall feature that will hold 34 photos!  Finally, you will learn how to add a shockingly stylish magnetic belly band to keep everything tucked into place.

I had a devilishly delightful time altering all the chipboard elements on the album cover, and I share that information with you in the project tour.

The album is spooky cute, not creepy, which is what I love about Authentique’s Halloween collections.

Double Waterfall Mini Album Tutorial: Icy Fingers Up & Down the Spine

Learn how to create this overlapping spine and ribbon closure in the tutorial.  And I share some of my special tips and tricks for adding strength and durability during the album construction.

Double Waterfall Mini Album Tutorial: A Peek Inside

I just love the way the double waterfall looks inside this album.  It’s sleek and chic and so easy to put together.  You are going to love it!

Double Waterfall Mini Album Tutorial on YouTube

If you are ready to get your Halloween craft on, just click play!

I hope you’ll find time to make this fun mini album!  If so, let me hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Button Farm Club Rejoice Christmas Card Kit

Button Farm Club Rejoice Christmas Card Kit Release Day

Hello, Friends!  Today is release day for my latest Button Farm Club Rejoice Christmas Card Kit.  I am soooo excited about this beautiful collection of shaker cards, pop-up gift card holders, pocket cards, easel cards and as a bonus…a sweet little 5″ x 5″ Christmas folio.  There’s something for everyone in this amazing kit: pet lovers, fellas, vintage home decor, pocket cards, pop-up cards, shaker cards and photo storage.  They all have a wonderful vintage vibe, thanks to the gorgeous Authentique Rejoice paper collection used to create the kit. Let’s take a sneaky peek at a few of the paper pretties you’ll be making in this kit.

Rejoice Christmas Card Kit: Pop Up Gift Card Holders

Gift cards have become one of the most popular ways to say Merry Christmas.  You’ll be able to step up your presentation with the 4 stylish pop up gift card holders included in this kit.  There’s one for dog lovers, one for cat lovers, one for guys and one for gals, and they are all lovely.

Rejoice Christmas Card Kit: Merry Christmas Tree Shaker Card

You all know just how much I love a shaker card…but when it’s shaped like a Christmas tree and filled with sparkling snowflakes…well, that makes me merry, indeed!  There’s also a gift card pocket inside this card, which turns it into a gift.  Or add it to your holiday mantel.

Rejoice Christmas Card Kit: Home for Christmas Step Easel Card

Look how sweet this 7″ x 5″ step easel card is!  The clever design folds flat for mailing, and pops up for display.  It’s another great home decor piece!

Rejoice Christmas Card Kit: Trifold Pocket Card

Good things really DO come in small packages!  This petite 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ trifold card has 2 interior pockets, loads of dimension and would make a lovely gift.

Rejoice Christmas Card Kit:  Jolly Santa Photo Folio

Holiday photos are the best!  Capture all the memories from Christmas Day or Christmas parties in this Jolly Santa Photo Folio.

Step by step instructions and detail photos make it easy to create.  This would be a great holiday activity to pursue with the kids or visiting relatives.

Like all my folios, this one is loaded with interactive elements like the ones seen here.  Just wait til you see all the fun I packed into the design of this 5″ x 5″ folio!  It’s loaded with techniques that you’ll be able to translate into your crafting toolbox, too!

Rejoice Christmas Card Kit: Limited Edition…

This is a very limited release at The Button Farm Club. so if you are interested, you should order right away.  I expect it to sell out quickly.

The kit comes with everything you need to make 8 gorgeous Christmas projects. You just need to add your own ink, adhesives and basic crafting tools.

  • 12 sheets of 12×12 Authentique Rejoice designer paper
  • 12×12 sticker sheet
  • 4 sheets of color matched Spectrum Cardstock
  • 6 sheets of heavy 12×12 kraft cardstock
  • 3 yards of Christmas Plaid Ribbon
  • spool of gold metallic string
  • Little Birdie Christmas Flowers
  • Christmas tree shaker box
  • snowflake sequins
  • 4 mini gift card envelopes
  • wood embellishments
  • full color, printed step by step tutorial

It’s an amazing value at only $47.99!  I don’t know how Laura manages to pack all my crazy ideas into these kits at such a reasonable price, but she does it month after month. But aren’t we glad she does?

Order your kit HERE.

You can find past Button Farm Kits and tutorials HERE.

Thanks for all your kind support!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

You’ve Been Booed! Halloween Treat Tags

 

You’ve Been Booed:  Halloween Treat Tags with Halloween Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  You’ve been BOOED!  Which is a very good thing in our part of the world.  This fun trend involves leaving a Halloween treat on a neighbor’s doorstep, ringing the doorbell and running away.  A note inside says, “You’ve Been Booed!” and encourages the recipient to pay it forward to someone else in the neighborhood.  The treat can be anything from a card, to a bottle of wine, to a sweet treat.  But I thought these frightfully fabulous Halloween Treat Tags would be perfect for the occasion.

You’ve Been Booed: Creating the Tag Base

For each tag base you will need to do the following:

  • First, cut a 4″ x 8 1/2″ panel of heavy, 110# black cardstock.
  • Then cut (2) 3 7/8″ x 8 3/8″ panels of patterned paper.
  • Now, pull out some corner shaping dies and crop the top corners.
  • Next, place the long side of the tag on your scoring tool.  Score at 6″ and again at 6 1/2″.
  • Then, line the tag front and back with the patterned paper.  Score each side at 6″ and 6 1/2″ again after you add each layer.
  • Now. old the bottom of the tag up to form a pocket.
  • Next, cut (2) 1″ x 1 1/2″ scraps of black cardstock.  Score at 1/2″ and again at 3/4″.  Fold to form little tabs that will fit inside the pocket and form sides.  Adhere.
  • Finally, wrap the bottom edge of the pocket with 1/4″ Scor-Tape and wrap with Halloween Ribbon.
You’ve Been Booed: Adding the Details

Decorate your pocket with handmade rosettes, Halloween Charms and stickers.  I’ve used Authentique’s Twilight Collection to make my tags.  Then, fill the pockets with treats that any grown up ghoul or goblin would enjoy.

I’ve added some Biscoff cookies, candy corn, a tea wallet, honey stick, vintage spoon and chocolate to my tag pockets.

You’ve Been Booed: A Little Upcycled Card

This wee card is attached to a clothing tag that I salvaged from my husband’s cargo shorts.  The main tag measured about 3″ x 4″ and had a nice shape.  Two smaller tags were attached with jute cord.  Clearly, they were too nice to throw away.  So I painted them with black chalk paint and turned them into a vehicle for this wee card.

There’s room inside for a little ghoulish greeting.  The small tags are dressed up with paper scraps and stickers.

You’ve Been Booed:  The Ribbon Topper

The thing that really makes this tag spooktacular is the ribbon topper.  These all come from the Really Reasonable Ribbon September Ribbon Club Assortment.  Simply punch a hole at the top of each tag, thread the ribbons and the jute string on the upcycled tags through the hole.  Don’t fold the ribbons in half; just pull them through and tie them together with another bit of ribbon.  Tie a bow, add some fall leaves and a flower, and you’ve got a fabulous tag!

Here’s a look at the other tag I made.

Don’t take this the wrong way…but I hope YOU get BOOED this Halloween!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Witches Brew Halloween Shaker Card

Witches Brew Halloween Shaker Card: Authentique Twilight

Hello, Friends!  Double, double, toil and trouble….this Witches Brew Halloween Shaker Card made with Authentique Twilight papers makes me grin every time I see it!

Looks like this witch had a few sips too many of that witches brew and fell off her broomstick, doesn’t it?  Good thing her black cat is the designated driver!  LOL  I confess, I spent way too much time making this whimsical card, but I was having too much fun to quit!  The shaker box is framed with Becca Feeken’s frightfully fabulous Cannetille Rectangle Die.  Simply back it with clear cardstock, then use Darice Foam Strips to build the elevation. (It sounds so easy on paper…but it does take a little time, patience and a few incantations to get it right!)

 

Fill the frame with tiny star and gold sequins along with a few small buttons for a really fun shaker mix.

TIP: Before adhering the shaker box to the card base, paint the sides  with black chalk paint to help it blend in with the card.

Witches Brew Halloween Shaker Card: The Embellishments

Embellishing this card was where I had the most fun.  The broomstick is actually a miniature mop that I dipped into glimmer mist.   Next, brush it with Black Soot Distress Stickles and sprinkle on some Platinum Distress Glitter.  Finally, wrap the handle with a scrap of designer paper.

Die cut a rosette an top with the clock cabochon.  Then mat the BOO sticker on some Black Jack and Orange Blossom cardstock and tuck behind the rosette.  Tie a double loop bow with 3/8″ black satin ribbon.  Use the tips of your scissors to push it into a little glue puddle behind the rosette.

TIP:  Run a straight pin through the back side of the BOO sign, then insert the pin into the rosette.  This holds it secure in just the right spot.

Die cut the witch hat and legs from designer paper.  Cut the legs from the Twilight stripe, then cut the boots a second time from the black bones paper and adhere on top.  I’ve brushed the witch hat, boots and bats with more Black Soot Stickles.  It doesn’t show up very well in the photo, but it looks awesome in real life.

Witches Brew Halloween Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

This card folio does double duty as a mini photo album.  The top half is actually a 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″  accordion fold pull out page.

The pocket on the bottom of the card holds a little treat wallet.

Write your ghostly greeting here, tuck in a tasty chocolate treat and then put it in the pocket!

I’m having the best time with this Spook-tacular paper collection.  I have more ideas to share with you later this month, so be on the lookout.  And remember…don’t drink witches brew and then fly, or you might fall off your broomstick!

Supply list is linked below…

Cheerio,

kathy

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