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Authentique October Desk Calendar Tutorial

Authentique October Desk Calendar Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique October Desk Calendar Tutorial: Bibbety Bobbity Boo!

Hello, Friends!  My calendar tells me it’s time to get our Authentique October Desk Calendar Tutorial published.  So “Bibbety, Bobbity, Boo!” here you go!  If you’re new to my blog, this has been a year long series using Authentique Paper’s Calendar Collection.  Each month we create a decorative desk calendar that also functions as a memory keeping system.  All the calendars measure 6″ x 6″ and feature an easel style design.  The interior houses mini folios and a hidden pull out folio.  Many of you have told me you are making these as Christmas gifts for family members.  Some of you are using the basic folio design with other paper collections and giving the finished product as a birthday present.  I think both ideas are fabulous!

The Spooktacular October Calendar Collection

Every month, I say, “This month is my favorite.”  That’s how you know this is a great collection, right?  But I really do love these “too cute to spook” October patterns, colors and images, don’t you?

I found some adorable owl buttons in my stash.  My sweet husband, who is always on the lookout for unique embellishments for me, picked these up for me some time ago.  They make the perfect embellishment for the pull out folio.

We change up the design of the pull out folio this month.  Add a pocket and some mini folios to create even more room for photos.  What do you think?

Then we have these adorable silhouette images.  And I found ribbon in my stash that makes me think of candy corn.  How fun is that?

So if you’re ready to get going on your October Desk Calendar, please join me in this YouTube video and we’ll create it together.

If you’d like to find the first 9 folio tutorials, please click HERE.  You’ll also find a linked supply list below this post.

Wow.  Ten months down and just 2 months left to go….and let me tell you…the best is yet to be!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Button Farm Club Masquerade Home Decor Kit Reveal

Button Farm Club Authentique Masquerade Printer's Tray Kit by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design PHoto 01

Button Farm Club Masquerade Home Decor Kit Reveal

Hello, Friends!  This Button Farm Club  Masquerade Home Decor Kit Reveal is going to spook you out in a very good way!  Halloween is right around the corner, so I thought to myself…why not create a project that doubles as home decor?  When Authentique paper released their frightfully fabulous Masquerade collection, I  knew just what to do!

Authentique Masquerade Altered Printer's Tray by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

So I created a 12×12 altered printer’s tray with a photo folio tucked inside.  Oh, yes, I did!  This kit is going to be so much fun to make it’s scary!

We’ve got mini pumpkins, people!  And spooky little poison bottles!  Can we just talk about the orange polka dot ribbon and ghostly grey flowers? Ghoulishly glorious!

But what about photos?  No worries!  This darling little photo folio tucks right inside one of the compartments in the tray.

It is loaded with room for photos and journaling to help you document all your Halloween capers.

I’m over the moon for these fabulous patterned papers from Authentique!  How about you?  And can you say “glitter brads?”

Of course, I’ve added my signature flips, flaps and fun inside the photo folio.

To see the project in action, please enjoy this YouTube Video tour.

 

Masquerade Home Decor Kit Details

Let me start off by telling you that this is a very limited edition kit.  We bought all the printer’s trays we could find.  Because of the epidemic, production has halted on this item.  So there are only 60 kits, and we expect them to sell out quickly.  You have been warned!  LOL

This kit is all treats and no tricks:

  • 12×12 Wooden Printer’s Tray with Brass Handle
  • 10 sheets of 12×12 Authentique Masquerade Collection
  • 12×12 Die Cut Cardstock Elements Sheet
  • 12×12 Spectrum Cardstock in Orange Blossom and Black Jack/2 of each color
  • 49 & Market Flowers
  • Polka Dot Halloween Ribbon
  • Black Burlap String
  • 2 Jack-o-Lantern silvertone Charms
  • 7 miniature apothecary bottles
  • 3 miniature pumpkins
  • Small bottle of black paint
  • PDF Written Guide
  • Link to Private Video Tutorials

Just add your favorite adhesives, foam tape and standard crafting tools.  Everything else comes in the kit.  The price for the kit is $63.99.

Order your kit from The Button Farm Club by clicking on THIS LINK.

Think Halloween is just for the kiddies?  Not so, my pretties! This devilishly delightful  home decor kit is just the ticket for the young at heart!

To find past Button Farm Club Kits, please click HERE.

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Authentique Cultivate Card Folio

Authentique Cultivate Farewell to the Summer Garden Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Cultivate Card Folio: Farewell to the Summer Garden

Hello, Friends! Today I have a sweet little Authentique Cultivate Card Folio to share with you.  I’m sitting here in complete disbelief that it is time to say farewell to the summer garden.  How did we get to the middle of September so fast?  We still have a few tomatoes coming in, but for the most part, out little summer garden is done.  I thought it would be nice to use this darling new Authentique Paper collection to create a tribute to all those tomatoes!

This 5″ x 7″ card folio is all about layers,  texture and dimension.  Here are a few tips to help you incorporate those elements in your card making.

  • Machine stitching adds wonderful texture to a card panel.  It also acts like a frame for the card.
  • Create dimension by backing the focal image with a double layer of chipboard.
  • Elevate the design even more by backing a small die cut element with chipboard.  Then top it with a resin flower basket.
  • Want some sparkle?  Wrap the top of the card with Iridescent Metallic String.  Tie on some sweet little garden charms to add visual interest.
  • Fill the trowel with mustard seeds from the kitchen for even more texture.

  • Ribbon is the quickest and easiest way to add texture to a card design.  Place it in the corners to frame the image.  But you can also use it as a border along the bottom of the card.
  • Want even more texture?  Try wrapping the card panel with some gorgeous crocheted lace.  That should do the trick!
A Peek Inside

Don’t you love these Pennsylvania Dutch patterns and colors?  I think this folio would make a wonderful gardener’s gift.  Place photos of your prize winning flowers or produce in the photo folio.  Then kick back, relax and enjoy a cuppa with the treats in the box pocket. Here’s a peek at a few of the pages in the accordion folio.  There are 4 pull out panels on each side of the design.

 

 

 

The little flip pages provide lots of room for journaling and smaller snapshots.

Dress up your treats with scraps left over from designing the card.  It’s a great way to clean up your work surface and use up odds and ends.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Nightfall Halloween Banner

Authentique Nightfall Halloween Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Authentique Nightfall Halloween Banner for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a spooktacular Authentique Nightfall Halloween Banner made with Really Reasonable Ribbon to share with you.  I’ve combined ribbons from the September Ribbon Club with other Boo-tiful Halloween Ribbons from RRR.  Banners are loads of fun to make, add a festive feel to any holiday and can be used from year to year.  This makes the time investment well worthwhile.  There is no tutorial for this project, but I will share lots of tips and tricks that will help you make your own version.

Halloween Banner Basics

  • Begin by cutting the individual pennants for your banner.  Sometimes I use a die for this process, but this time I hand cut the pennants..
  • First, create a template from a piece of  4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ medium weight chipboard.
  • Find the mid-point on the bottom edge of the chipboard.  For these pennants, that was 2 1/4″.  Make a small pencil mark here.
  • Now measure up 1 1/2″ from the midpoint and  make another small mark.
  • Use your ruler and a pencil to draw a line from each corner to this mark.  Then trim out to form the pennant shape.
  • Now you can trace this template onto your designer paper.
  • Add 2 ATC banner tags on each end of the banner as accents.  These hang upside down.  Use the ATC die to cut covers for each of these pennants.
Stitching the Halloween Banner

Stitch the pennants to a long piece of ribbon.  I used 1 1/2″ Black Silky Crush Ribbon.

  • First, space the pennants and ATC tags out on your work surface.
  • Cut the ribbon so that you have about a 4″ overhang on each side of the pennants.
  • Secure the banners to the ribbon with binder clips, paper clips or clothespins.
  • The pennants lie on TOP of the ribbon.
  • Add a row of orange ric rac across the top of the pennants.
  • When everything is situated the way you like it, stitch all the way across the top of the banner, removing the binder clips as you stitch..
  • Then stitch all the way across the bottom edge of the ribbon.
  • Tie ribbon between the pennants.  Leave the ribbon long and just tie a square knot.
  • Top each knot with a burlap string bow and a button.
Ribbon and Flower Clusters

Tie  Halloween Gingham bows for the corners on each end of the ribbon.

Create a bow cluster with die cut skeleton leaves and flowers.

Creating Layers

Each pennant in the banner follows the same “recipe.”

  • The first layer is a dark pennant with a small, not too busy print.
  • Then cut a 4″ x 4″ square of patterned paper.
  • Top this layer with a die cut doily.
  • Next, mat a 3″ x 4″ image on black cardstock. Back with foam or waste chipboard to create more depth and dimension.
  • The center pennant is dressed up with clusters of die cut leaves, a die cut clock and a framed sticker image.  But you still have the basic layers mentioned above.

Do you like to decorate with banners?  I’d love to hear how you use them in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Throwback Thursday with Authentique Frontier

Authentique Frontier Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Friendship Garden Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday with Authentique Frontier

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a lovely Friendship Garden Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday with Authentique Frontier.  Seems like it’s been ages since I had the time to create a Throwback Thursday post, doesn’t it?  I’ve missed them, too!  But I was tidying up the studio after vacation and my eyes landed on this lovely collection.  Since I have a couple of friends with September birthdays, I thought this would be a good way to get back in my crafting groove.

I actually made two cards.  The first one was for practice. (You take a week of vacation, and you have to learn how to make a card all over again!)

Both cards are my “go to”  5″ x 7″ top fold style.  I had a lovely pile of Frontier scraps to choose from and a square doily that I also found while rummaging around in the Closet of Shame.  Since the doily was 8″ x 8″, I was able to trim off two of the lacy corners.  The remaining panel is the backdrop for this card, stitched to the denim blue card cover.

TIP: Create your card cover “off the card.”  This allows you to machine stitch, wrap ribbon around the card sides (or in this case a doily) and keep a neat edge.

Let’s take a closer look at the first card.

Farm Girl Card from Scraps

Each layer in this card is made with scraps.  The blue denim stripe pattern in the background was a bit short for my card height.  No problem!  Simply add a border strip to the bottom of the card.  Then wrap burlap string along the edge between the paper and the border strip to cover the gap.

Adhere foam or waste chipboard to the back of paper layers to create loads of dimension.

TIP: The gingham fishtail banner piece was too short to span the card.  No worries!  Cut it in half down the middle and adhere to the card base.  The layered images will cover the gap in the center and no one but you will know!

TIP: Cluster small elements around your focal  image to frame it.  This will automatically draw the eye to the center of the card.

A Peek Inside

Create a shallow pocket inside the card.  This is easy if you score and fold the extra panel you will have after creating the card base.  Here’s how:

  • First, cut (2) 5″ x 8 1/2″ panels of kraft cardstock from an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of paper.
  • Next, score the first panel at 7″ and 7 1/2″.  Fold on the score lines to create a 1/2″ top fold spine.
  • Now, adhere the 2nd panel over the 1″ overhang on the first panel.  The back panel of the card base will be too long, but don’t cut the overhang!
  • Score the overhang at 7″ and 7 1/2″.  Then fold to form a box pocket.
  • Secure the sides of the box pocket with 1 1/2″ x 1″ gussets.  Score the gussets at 1/2″ and 1″ and fold to form the sides of the box pocket.
  • Finally adhere the outer flaps of the gussets to the back side of the pocket flap and then to the card base.  Perfect box pocket!

Now wrap a tea bag and a treat with scraps of your designer paper.  Stamp a birthday sentiment on a journal card from the paper collection.  I’ll write a note on the cream panel of cardstock, then I will adhere it to the top half of the card.  It’s easier to write on this way.

Friendship Garden Card Tutorial

I call this card “Friendship Garden”.  I love the image of these two sweet girls.  There is a video tutorial for this one, so I won’t say much here.

You can see how I used one of the cut off doily corners as a layer in the card design.  I still have one left to use on another card some day.  Vintage blue buttons add a perfect finishing touch.

The die cut wreath (retired Spellbinders) is my favorite element on the card.  I rubbed the leaves with Nuvo Mousse to add a lovely patina to the leaves.

Here’s a peek at the inside.

Video Tutorial

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that will inspire you to dig into your Closet of Shame and use some of your lovely paper scraps.  There’s something so satisfying about creating with an older collection!

If you’d like to see past projects created with this lovely collection, click HERE.

You’ll find links to supplies that are still available below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Please note:  Throwback Thursday uses older collections so not all products will still be available.  Check your stash for substitutes.

 

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