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Carta Bella Home Again Shaker Card

Carta Bella Home Again Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Carta Bella Home Again Shaker Card: Let Them Eat Cake!

Hello, Friends!  This Carta Bella Home Again Shaker card is sweet and simple, just like a good homemade cake!  The 5″ x 6 3/4″ top fold card base is made with an off cut from the Carta Bella Home Again Envelope Flip Book that I shared with you yesterday.

Die cut frames work really well as shaker elements.  Simply back the solid portion of the frame with clear cardstock, add a few layers of 1/8″ foam strips and you have a wonderful shaker frame.

The image inside the frame is a 3″ x 4″ journaling card that I topped with a chipboard piece from the Home Again collection.  Add a few small pearl buttons to the shaker mix and the card is basically done. Just add some soft white Petaloo flowers (retired) and some Bay Leaf Seam Binding and you are good to go.

Carta Bella Home Again Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

The inside is sweet and simple as well. Dress up the die cut sentiment panel with a sticker and scrap of designer paper.

Add gussets to a 3″ x 4″ journal card to turn it into a pocket.  Tuck in a tea bag, chocolate (color matched, of course!) and a little tag to complete the card.

I wish I had this jade cake plate in my stash!  It takes me right back to my grandmother’s kitchen.  She had a small collection of jade cups and bowls. I think they came as a bonus  in boxes of laundry detergent, if you can believe that!  They’d be worth a small fortune now.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Carta Bella Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial

Carta Bella Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Carta Bella Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial and Project Share

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Carta Bella Home Again Flip Book Tutorial was inspired by a cleaning session in the studio.  Does that ever happen to you?  There you are, cleaning the cubby holes in your desk when you find an old 5″ x 7″ envelope and the light bulb goes off in your brain.  That’s what  happened to me.  I could suddenly see a quick and easy way to create a pocket style flip book using the envelope as the base. Join me as I share some fun tips and tricks that I’m sure you will want to use the next time you find a stray envelope lurking on your desktop!

Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial: Farmhouse Freshness

I love the farmhouse vibe of this gorgeous collection.  To amp up that fresh farmhouse feel, I dry brushed all the edges of the cover with a little white chalk paint.  This softens the hard edges and adds a wonderful vintage distressed feel to the project.  Follow suit with the flowers, and embellishments.   The bow is Really Reasonable Ribbon Light Blue Chevron Twill and White Iridescent Metallic String.  (Find a linked supply list at the end of this post.)

Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial: A Peek Inside

The envelope pocket is located on the left hand side of this tri-fold folio.   This is such a quick and easy way to add a pocket page to a project that I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before!

TIP: Use your scraps to create cute little magnetic flap pages.  My scraps were 3″ x 12″.  Score at 2 3/4″ and again at 8 1/2″.  Shape the corners of the short panel with a corner punch.  Add magnets and voila!  Almost instant flap folio!  These make great hidden journaling spots.  They are also super cute with photo booth sized photos.  Or….

…turn one into a sweet little tea wallet!

TIP: Washi tape is a quick and easy way to attach items like this vintage silver plate demitasse spoon.

Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial: Flips and Flaps

The center panel houses a 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″waterfall feature.  To change things up a bit, I created a pocket for the top waterfall panel.  Then I filled it with photo mounts and little fussy cut tags from the paper collection. There’s a hidden journaling spot on the bottom.

TIP: Create a neat turn tab with the off cut from the pocket page.  Use an oval die to cut the shaped pocket and you’ll have the nifty turn tab you see on the right.

Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial: The Back Cover

Put the back cover of the folio to good use by creating a hidden flap page and pocket assembly.  Score an 8 1/2″ 6″ panel of  designer paper at 4 1/4″.  Fold in half.  Add a magnetic closure and you’re half way there.  Create a pocket for the front of the folio and fill with ephemera.  Since I had another scrap of cardstock lying around, I folded it in half to make a little 3″ x 5″ folio for the pocket.

The hidden page has room for  another photo and a lovely sentiment panel.

Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial Video

Because I thought you might be interested in making a folio like this one, I put together a very quick tutorial showing you how to build the base.  This is not a full tutorial!  But between the project tour, this blog post and the base tutorial, you’ll have lots of good tricks to help you build your own version of this fun project.

 

 

If you’d like to see other projects that I’ve made with Home Again, click HERE and HERE.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Button Farm Club January 2020 Kit Reveal

Carta Bella Home Again Altered Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag and Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 01

Button Farm Club January 2020 Kit Reveal: Carta Bella Home Again Altered Etcetera Tag & Folio

Hello, Friends!  I’m so excited to share my Button Farm Club January 2020 Kit Reveal with you today.  This idea has been rumbling around in my head for weeks, and I’m truly tickled with result.  It’s home decor, it’s an organizing tool and it’s a folio all in one.  I think you are going to love this Carta Bella Home Again Altered Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag & Folio!

If you’ve never worked with a Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag before, you are in for a treat!  The tags are made from thickboard: a thick sturdy surface that is perfect for collage, altering and embellishing.  The small tag we use in this project measures a generous 5 1/2″ x 10″; a perfect size for  home decor. And what collection could possibly be better for home decor than Home Again?  The fresh farmhouse vibe, the pretty patterns and the soothing color palette are delightful to work with.

You all know me so well…I like pretty…but I like practical, too.  So I designed this tag with a big ole slash pocket to hold an altered notebook.  It’s the perfect place to jot down a to do list, menu plans, emergency contact numbers, grocery lists….or a little daily gratitude journal.  There’s room to tuck a pen into the pocket, too so everything you need will be right at your fingertips.

Button Farm Club January 2020 Kit Reveal: The Folio

The flip side of the tag houses a delightful tri-fold folio.  You’ll learn how to paper piece this adorable little house on the cover…and just wait til you see what’s inside!

This sweet little folio is filled with flips, flaps, pockets, tags and room for loads of lovely family memories.

The waterfall feature will house (18) 4″ x 4″ photos.  And the other photo spots are designed for photos ranging in size from 4″ x 6″ to 3″ x 5″.  And, if you add a little bulldog clip to the sides, the folio will stand upright so you can display your beautiful family photos.

I think this would make a wonderful bridal shower gift, house warming present, birthday gift and…Mother’s Day will be here before we know it!  The color palette almost reads as a neutral, so it would go with almost any home color scheme.

YouTube Video Tour

To help you get a feel for the flow and function of this lovely kit, I’ve created a very short YouTube tour.

What Comes in the Kit?

As always, you will receive everything you need to complete this project with the exception of your adhesive of choice and Distress Ink, should you choose to sponge a little on the edges.

  • Tim Holtz Small Etcetera Tag
  • Carta Bella Home Again Collection
    • 1 sheet 12 x 12 Journaling Cards
    • 1 Coordinating Solids Pack
    • 1 6×6 Paper Pad
    • 1 Chipboard Phrases
  • Little Birdie Heleen Amor Mio Flowers
  • Bay Leaf Seam Binding/2 yards
  • October Afternoon Buttons (blue/3 per kit/small, med, large if possible)
  • Farmhouse Small Notebook
  • 2 pearl stickpins
  • Full color printed tutorial with easy to follow step by step instructions.

The price of the kit is just $39.99, which is a great value given the contents! The tutorial will give you some new techniques that you’ll be able to use in other crafty adventures as well.

The kit is available now at The Button Farm Club. This is a limited release, and I expect it to sell out rather quickly because it is so stinkin’ cute!

For those of you who have been asking for more card tutorials…stay tuned.  There’s a birthday card kit in the works even as I write this.  It’s going to be really, really cute!

I have spent a good bit of time imagining kits for 2020…and I am so excited to share them all with you as they are released.  2020 is going to be a year that just overflows with creativity.  Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement in this venture.  If you have kits that you’d like to see in 2020, please let me know, and I’ll take them into consideration.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Carta Bella Home Again Birthday Card

Carta Bella Home Again Birthday Card Kathy Clement Kathy by Design PHoto 01

Carta Bella Home Again Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  This sweet little birthday card is made with the Carta Bella Home Again Collection.  I fell in love with the color palette, the lovely patterns and the farmhouse vibe, and then it kind of …ooops…fell into my cart!  Our lovely daughter in law had a December birthday, and this is the card I made for her.  She loves simple elegance and fresh design.  How did I do?  Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Carta Bella Home Again Birthday Card: O Happy Day!

This is a long and skinny card, measuring 8 1/2″ x 3 3/4″.  The idea here was to create a base that would allow me to fussy cut the herb tags from the collection and then string them across the front like a banner.    Here’s how that worked:

  • First, cut an 8 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ panel of cardstock for the base.  Score at 3 3/4″ on the short side and fold to create a top fold card.
  • Next, cut a 3 1/2″ x 8″ panel of the green check pattern.
  • Top this with a 7 1/8″ x 2 3/4″ panel of the small navy floral print.
  • Now cut a 6 3/4″ x 2″ panel of the green leaf pattern and center it on the card.
  • Stitch the 3 panels together on the sewing machine.
  • Then fussy cut 5 of the herbal tags from the collection.  I stamped mine with small sentiment stamps that I found in my stash.  Punch a hole at the top and thread some jute string through.
  • Next, place dimensionals on the back and adhere to the card.  I think this looks best if you don’t use a straight line.
  • Locate the cake icon from the ephemera pack. Stamp with a greeting, pop up on dimensionals and center on the card.
  • Add some posies and a pretty bow from the December Ribbon Club and you are done!
A Peek Inside

Create a lacy pocket with an Amazing Paper Grace die.  Tuck in a chocolate and a little note card.  This is a great spot for a gift card, too.  Then stamp a sentiment panel and you are done!

Working with this collection is so relaxing.  The colors are soft and soothing, and the farmhouse imagery has a wonderful nostalgic feel to it.  In fact, I love it so much I decided to use it in my Button Farm Club Kit this month…but more about that in a few days!  How’s that for a teaser?  I will tell you, that it is one of my favorite projects I’ve done for BFC so far…and I think you will love it, too.

I know the blog has been quiet…but I’ve been working like crazy behind the scenes.  There’s some fun stuff coming up, my friends!  Can’t wait to share it all with you!

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.  And, you’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Carta Bella Christmas Market Shaker Card Folio

Carta Bella Christmas Market Shaker Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Carta Bella Christmas Market Shaker Card Folio

Hello, Friends! This Carta Bella Christmas Market Shaker Card Folio is a great way to start off the month of December.  Wait…is it really December already?  That’s what the calendar says, so it’s time to get our Christmas crafting on for reals!  So let’s roll out the buffalo plaid, glitter and glam!

Christmas Market is such a happy collection!  I’ve used it to make some of the merriest Christmas projects this year!  This 5″ x 7″ shaker top card has all the things I love about Christmas crafting: plaid on plaid (does it get any better than that?) sparkly shaker elements, a festive banner, and cheery red flowers.

The base for the shaker box is a Spellbinders Nestablilities Oval Majesty Die.  I’ve filled it with a chipboard Christmas Tree and some pretty new Desert Sky Shimmerz shaker elements from Buttons Galore and More.

TIP: To make the MERRY banner, follow these easy steps:

  • First, mat the stickers on scraps of green cardstock, then trim out.
  • Next, back the stickers with foam dimensionals.
  • Always start with the middle letter of a banner, then build out to each side.  This will keep things symmetrical and balanced.
  • Top the pennants with shimmery stars and pearls from the shaker collection.
  • Finally tie small bows and adhere in the corners.
Christmas Market Shaker Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Build a box pocket inside the card, then fill it with lots of fun goodies.  Attach a mini candy cane with a bit of buffalo plaid washi tape, just for fun.

Use a We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board to make a custom treat envelope.  I actually made 2 envelopes: One for the honey packet, and one for the other goodies.

These little card folios are such a fun gift at the holidays.  They are perfect for Secret Santa, hostess gifts,  or office exchange parties,  It’s a great way to give something handmade and personal.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment box below.  If you’d like to see more Christmas Market projects click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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