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Carta Bella Halloween Market Shaker Photo Wallet

Carta Bella Halloween Market Shaker Photo Wallet by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Carta Bella Halloween Market Shaker Photo Wallet for the RRR Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a Carta Bella Halloween Market Shaker Photo Wallet as my inspiration piece for the RRR Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.   All the projects in today’s hop feature the Spooktacular September Ribbon Club Assortment.

This is one of my favorite Ribbon Clubs of the year.  I had a frightfully fun time working these ribbons into a Halloween themed photo wallet.

The wallet base is a 7″ x 5″ top fold card with a 1/2″ spine.  Here are some fun tips for using the Ribbon Club assortment in your photo wallet design.

  • First, create a layered border on the left.  Attach 5/8″ Black Satin Ribbon with a Grosgrain Edge with 1/2″ Scor-Tape.  I like to do this before I adhere my card front to the base.  That way I can wrap the ribbon around to the back .  This creates a nice neat edge on the top and bottom. You also don’t have to worry about the raw ribbon ends fraying.
  • Next, adhere the 3/8″ Halloween Words Confetti Dot Ribbon in the center of the Black Satin.
  • Tie a double loop bow with 5/8″ Black Taffeta Ribbon. Adhere on the left hand side of the shaker frame.
  • Now tie a double loop bow with the 3/8″ Tangerine Swiss Dot Grosgrain Ribbon.  Adhere this on top of the black taffeta bow.

A Peek Inside

Create a 5 page flip folio on the top half of the card.  Each page is 4 3/4″ square.  A magnetic buckle closure holds everything in place.

Add flips and flaps inside the folio to create journaling spots or room for photo booth sized pics.

The final page is a pocket filled with cute Halloween tags.

You can add journaling or small photos on the back of the tags.

The pocket on the bottom half of the photo wallet holds a 4″ x 6″ mini folio. Dress up the front with images and stickers from the paper collection.  Add texture and design with a border cut from 3/8″ Geometric Print Grosgrain Ribbon from the Club Assortment.  Leave the inside blank for photos.

This is such a fun way to document this year’s Halloween costumes!  And the nicest part is that you can set the photo wallet out as part of your Halloween decor.

On With the Hop

Now hop on over to see what paper pretties Cherry has in store for you this month.  Don’t forget to finish the hop on the RRR Blog. Answer Bonnie’s question of the month and you might be the lucky winner of your very own Halloween Ribbon Club Assortment!

But you don’t have to win the hop to get these lovely ribbons!  If you subscribe to the Ribbon Club, you’ll receive your very own Ribbon Club Assortment every month of the year!  It’s like getting a birthday present every single month.  You can find out how to subscribe HERE.

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

Enjoy the hop!




Farmhouse Christmas Album Kit Reveal

Carta Bella Farmhouse Christmas Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 01

Carta Bella Farmhouse Christmas Album Kit Reveal for The Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends!  September is the perfect month to share this Carta Bella Farmhouse Christmas Album Kit Reveal for The Button Farm Club. If you start now, you’ll have plenty of time to create your album before the holiday season kicks in.  Then you can set it out as part of your Christmas decor!  How fun is that?

Don’t you just love this red Mixed Media Album?  I don’t call it a mini album, because it’s massive!  There are 16 double-sided pages tucked inside this 8 1/4″ x 8 3/4″ x 2″ beauty!  So you know there is plenty of room for all your Christmas photos, memories, and more!

I love how cozy these Carta Bella Farmhouse images make me feel.

And can you say “rusty jingle bells”?  Oh yeah, we’ve got em!

This album is so huge, we actually combined 2 Christmas Collections to create it: Carta Bella Farmhouse Christmas and Echo Park Christmas Delivery.  They work together in perfect harmony.  Let’s take a peek inside.

December Weekly Format

I’ve never been able to keep up with a December Daily.  The holidays are just too busy. But a December weekly feels more manageable to me.  So I broke this album down into 4 sections to cover 4 weeks of Advent.  Each of the 4 sections follows the same layout and design for easy construction.

There’s room for a great big photo of your tree behind this vellum pull out folio.  And room inside the folio for journaling and smaller photos.

Each section also has a double layout page with room for 4″ x 6″ photos and a hidden pocket with pull out journaling cards.

Then add more large and small photos on the tip out page.

And even more large photos in this pull out folio!

You know I love a good waterfall feature.  So this album has 4 of them!  That’s room for 35 (count ’em!) 4″ x 5″ photos!

Plenty of pockets means plenty of room to save precious letters to Santa, wish lists, or recipes.  You can even save your Christmas menu and cookie list here.

YouTube Video Tour

To help you get a feel for just how much goodness is packed into this album, I’ve prepared a little YouTube video tour.


What Comes in the Kit?

This kit is loaded down like Santa’s Sleigh on Christmas Eve!

  • Graphic 45 Red Mixed Media Album
  • Carta Bella Farmhouse Christmas Collection Pack (with 12×12 cardstock stickers)
  • Farmhouse Christmas Ephemera Pack
  • Chipboard Phrases Sheet/Farmhouse Christmas
  • Echo Park Christmas Delivery Collection Pack (with more 12×12 cardstock stickers!)
  • 6 color matched 12×12 solid color sheets
  • Little Birdie Flower Pack
  • 10 yards of twine
  • 2 yards of red ribbon
  • 5 rusty jingle  bells
  • Downloadable PDF written Tutorial
  • Links to private video tutorials

That’s 25 sheets of patterned 12×12 paper, two 12×12 cardstock sticker sheets and 6 more sheets of  12×12 solids plus all the trimmings!  The only thing you need to add to the kit is adhesives and basic crafting tools like scissors, rulers, scoring tools and such.

The price for this massive kit is just $64.00!  (I honestly don’t know how Laura manages to put her kits together so reasonably…but I’m so glad she does!)

This kit will sell out quickly if past kits are any indication.  So order your kit today from The Button Farm Club.

You can find my past kits and tutorials at The Button Farm Club.  Many of the tutorials can be adapted for use with any paper collection you might have on hand.

So now you know what I’ve been up to!  I hope you will enjoy creating this lovely kit as much as I enjoyed planning and designing it!

And now..back to work!

Thanks for stopping by!



Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Flower Box Card

Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Flower Box Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

RRR  June Ribbon Club Blog Hop: Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Flower Box Card

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sharing a Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Flower Box Card for the Really Reasonable Ribbon June Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  The June Ribbon Club Summer Stripes Assortment is filled with all the vibrant colors that the season has to offer.  Think Flip Flops, Watermelon, Beach Umbrellas and Pool Parties!

Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Flower Box Card: Sweet Summer Blooms

My mind went straight to colorful geraniums and petunias spilling over the edge of flower boxes.  And that’s how this flower box card came to life.  You all know how much I love pockets and tags.  So I decided to put both items front and center on this fun flower box styled card.

Create a faux flower box then fill it with adorable little tags.  Top the tags with Apple Green Swiss Dots Satin Ribbon  and Lime/Bright Pink Sherbet Swirl Grosgrain Ribbon from the Club Assortment.  Then tie on an itty bitty key with a little Natural Burlap String.

Mount the tag pocket on a larger box pocket.  Create cute borders on the box pocket and at the top of the card with the same Lime/Bright Pink Sherbet Ribbon.

Create a little snacky picnic in the box pocket by dressing up some treats with more ribbon and designer paper.

A Peek Inside

The inside of the card is simply decorated with more designer paper, blank sentiment panel and a tag and pocket combo.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cherry has in store for you. Finish the hop over on the RRR Blog .  Answer Bonnie’s question of the month to be entered into the drawing for a free June Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you haven’t joined the Ribbon Club yet, now is a great time to get your subscription started.  It’s just like getting a birthday present in the mail every single month of the year.

I hope I’ve inspired you to get out your June Club Ribbons and make something bright and cheerful this month!

Thanks for stopping by!



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Carta Bella Spring Market Card Tutorial

Carta Bella Spring Market Planter's Box Easel Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01
Throwback Thursday Carta Bella Spring Market Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for Throwback Thursday!  This week, I dug deep into the Closet of Shame to create this Carta Bella Spring Market Card Tutorial.  If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I used loads of this 2018 collection when it first came out.  You can take a peek at those fun projects HERE.   I do have a video tutorial for you today, as well as a project tour of the 3 cards I managed to make from the scraps of this happy paper collection.

Carta Bella Spring Market Cards: The Potting Bench

What do you do with the leftover bits and bobs of a favorite paper collection?  Do they end up gathering dust in the Closet of Shame?  Well, this 6″ x 6″  Potting Bench Easel card is a great way to make something beautiful with those scraps.  (If you don’t have the Spring Market Collection in your stash, I’m sure you have something that will work equally well.)

First, lay out all your collection scraps in piles, sorted by pattern and size.  I did not have a single complete piece of paper left, but I had a few large scraps, loads of smaller pieces, lots of ephemera cards and a few stickers to work with.  Easel cards are a great option when you are trying to use up scraps because the scored panels only measure 6″ x 3″.  This allows you to use up those annoying off cuts left over from previous project.

TIP: When a panel is not quite tall enough, or wide enough to cover a card base, try splitting it in half.  That’s what I did on the cover of this easel card.  I loved the little potting bench and canopy image, but it was an inch too short for my card base. So I split it in half horizontally, spliced in a scrap of the dark floral pattern and created a planter box to cover up the seam.

This trio of tags fits nicely in the planter box pocket.  And there’s room on the back of each tag to add a photo or a small note.


The video tutorial will also show you how to add a pocket and tea wallet to the inside of the card.

Live Life in Full Bloom Hybrid Fancy Fold Shaker Card

Carta Bella Spring Market Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I’m not sure what to call this card.  It is part z-fold, part Joy Fold, part shaker card, part card folio.  This used up scraps from my plain cardstock file as well as Spring Market Scraps. I may have to revisit this fun design and share it in a future Throwback Thursday project.  What do you think about that?

This resin frame makes a great shaker element!  Simply adhere clear acetate to the back of the frame.  Then add a couple of layers of foam tape over that.  Next, pile up your shaker mix in the area where you plan to place the frame.  Finally, remove the liner tape from the foam adhesive and press in place.  I just adore a good shaker card!

Here you can see the combination of the Z-Fold Card with the Joy Fold card design.  It’s hard to understand here, but you’ll see it in the project share portion of the video.

Again, the smaller panels of the Z-Fold card design allow you to use up smaller pieces of designer paper.

You can even cover the back side of the Z-Fold card.  This is a great spot to tuck in a gift card!

Do you ever use the back side of your card?  I don’t usually do that.  But for this card, I used a bit of a border piece to make a shallow pocket for this tea wallet and demitasse spoon.

Now the card is a gift!  How cool is that?

I did make one more little folio with the scraps of this lovely collection.  But there were so many photos for this post already, I decided to just share it with you in the video tutorial below. It’s a new twist on the old Four Fold Folio, and it’s really fun.

Let’s Get Our Craft On!

I hope this post will inspire you to break some of your pretty papers out of your Closet of Shame and put them to good use.  I know we are all trying to stretch our dollars right now, so using up what we have just makes good sense.  If you plan to  make this project, please let me know in the comment section below. You’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!




*Please note: many of the products I use in these Throwback Thursday posts are no longer available for purchase, so I cannot link to them.  Please feel free to substitute collections and items that you have in your own crafty stash.  Thanks!

I Must Have Flowers Always and Always

Must Have Flowers Carta Bella Farmhouse Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

 I Must Have Flowers Always and Always: Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Card Folio

Hello Friends!  I Must Have Flowers always and always!  Do you feel that way?  I’m not much of a gardener, but I do love pretty floral papers and paper flowers on my projects.  This sweet little springtime card is made with the new Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Papers and some beautiful rolled roses from Little Birdie Crafts.

I Must Have Flowers…and Pretty Pretty Ribbons, too!

Light Coral Diamond Satin Ribbon is absolutely dreamy with this paper collection.  I’ve paired it up with some Iridescent Metallic String in the bow cluster. The way this string reflects the colors that surround it is absolutely magical!

And how about those flowers?  These lovely Layla Pastel Palette blooms are so pretty!  Did you know you can alter your Little Birdie Flowers?  First, I gently tapped the edges with a little Gathered Twigs Distress ink.  Then I brushed on some Stamperia Gold Dew Glamour Gel to add a touch of sparkle.  You can also brush them with Perfect Pearls or any mica based powder.  The subtle shading and shine adds to the vintage feel of this pretty card.

I Must Have Flowers: A Peek Inside

Turn this pretty card into a gift by adding a couple of pockets on the inside.  Fill the top pocket  with a color matched tea bag, note card, and decorated honey stick.

Decorate a pretty bookmark with Coral Rose Swiss Dots Satin and Petal Peach Quatrefoil Satin Ribbon.  Stitch the paper bookmark pieces onto some canvas to make a  soft bookmark that will last a long time.  This is a stamp that I’ve had in my stash for a very long time. Sadly, it has been discontinued.  But you could always print the sentiment out on your computer and add to the bookmark that way.

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!



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