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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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Shabby Chic Deck the Halls Christmas Folio

Carta Bella Christmas Market Deck the Halls Christmas Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Shabby Chic Deck the Halls Christmas Folio with Carta Bella Christmas Market

Hello, Friends!  Happy Monday!  Let’s kick off our week with  a shabby chic Deck the Halls Christmas Folio made with Carta Bella Christmas Market!  I have had more fun with these fresh and fun papers this year.  Today’s folio is made with my quick and easy Double Z-Fold design.  This folio design lends itself well to using up scraps.  Since I’ve made so many Christmas Market projects, my supplies are dwindling. this seemed like the perfect way to use them up.  You can find the tutorial for this folio style HERE.

Deck the Halls Christmas Folio: The Details

I dug into my stash of vintage doilies and found the perfect match for this card design.  That little addition of fabric gives this card it’s wonderful shabby chic vibe.

Lots of scraps?  Die cut Christmas greenery to build a base for your focal image.  Even though this image is quite small, it still manages to take center stage because I’ve framed it with festive greenery, flowers and a lovely resin frame from ButterBee Scraps.  Here’s how the frame came together.

  • First, tap the resin frame with Versamark Clear Embossing Ink.
  • Next, cover it with Wow Super Fine Silver Embossing Powder.  Heat emboss.  The details in the frame will pop through as the embossing powder melts, no worries!
  • Now, fill the center of the frame with a scrap of patterned paper.
  • Tap the silver reindeer charm with Versamark.
  • Cover with Seth Apter Dirty Sand Baked Texture.  When heat embossed, this resembles a deer’s shaggy winter coat.
  • Use metal adhesive to secure the deer charm in the center of the frame.

To add extra shimmer, tie a double loop bow with White Glitz Ribbon.  The camera has a hard time picking up its glittery goodness, but it is gorgeous in real life.

Deck the Halls Christmas Folio: A Peek Inside

Look at all the room you have to play inside this card design!  It’s quickly becoming my favorite way to use up my leftover bits and pieces.

And of course, I had to add some sweet treats to the center pocket.

Deck the Halls Christmas Folio: The Flip Side

One of the things I love about this quick and easy folio design is that you can fully decorate the BACK side as well!  I’ve creating little tuck spots, journaling spots, pockets and even added a few photo mounts to the back pocket.  So this becomes a card, a gift, and a mini album all in one.  How fun is that?

You can find this one in my ETSY shop!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks 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

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Carta Bella Christmas Market Rustic Cardinal

Carta Bella Christmas Market Rustic Cardinal by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Carta Bella Christmas Market Rustic Cardinal Mixed Media Card

Hello, Friends!  This Christmas Market Rustic Cardinal Mixed Media Card celebrates my favorite winter bird.  I just love the way a cardinal’s bright red plumage brightens up a dreary winter day.  And they have such a cheery song.  So when I found this vintage rusted cardinal embellishment in a local flea market, I just had to add it to my stash!

This is a simple 7″ x 5″ top fold card base.  Stitch together layers of the patterned papers to create the background.  Then get your Mixed Media Boots out of the Closet of Shame and have fun!

Christmas Market Rustic Cardinal

I decided to take Carta Bella’s Christmas Market into the woods this time.  Our son kindly cut me some thin-ish slices from a Bradford pear that fell in their front yard.  This one is about 1/2″ thick and about 4″ in diameter.  Here’s how I created this rustic cardinals lofty perch:

  • Begin by thinning white gesso with a little water.  Then brush lightly over the surface of the wood slice.  Don’t forget the bark!  The white gesso will immediately winterize the wood.
  • Next, while the gesso dries, die cut a whole pile of festive greenery.  I like to use scraps of designer paper for this as the patterns add interest to the grouping.  This time, I used Tim Holtz Skeleton  Leaves and Mini Greenery.  (Links below)
  • Once the gesso is dry, tap the surface of the wood slice randomly with Versamark Embossing Ink.
  • Now, sprinkle the surface with Seth Apter Blizzard Baked Texture and heat emboss.
    • TIP: Keep heat embossing until the Baked Texture melts completely.  These chunky powders can take a while to fully blossom.  You can stop at any point, of course, but I really baked this one, and I loved the effect.  Experiment and find the perfect stopping point for your personal taste.
  • Next, tap the cooled surface with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive.  Then immediately sprinkle with Rajni Chawla’s Crystal Clear.  Looks just like freshly fallen snow!
    • TIP: cut a piece from a make-up sponge to dab on the adhesive.  Rinse and re-use!
  • Pile on the greener, then tuck in your cardinal and berries.

Christmas Market Rustic Cardinal: A Peek Inside

Here’s a fun way to use washi tape to hold a honey stick in place! And who wouldn’t love a buffalo plaid treat pocket?

Chocolate, tea and honey?  Sa-weet!  So you get eye candy and tummy candy all in one!

To see more projects made with Carta Bella Christmas Market, look HERE and HERE.

I think this card would be gorgeous on a Christmas mantel or side table, too.  In real life, it glistens and sparkles like fresh fallen snow.    You can find this one in my ETSY shop!

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and techniques that 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 Christmas Market Loaded Envelope

Carta Bella Christmas Market Loaded Envelope

Hello, Friends!  Well, we are at the end of October, so it’s time to get our Christmas on!  This Carta Bella Christmas Market Loaded Envelope is such a fun project, and perfect for all those “hard to gift” Christmas people!

Making this envelope took all my engineering skills!  It’s huge measuring 7 3/4″ wide by 12″ tall.  The box design has 3/4″ sides so that I can fill it to the brim with Christmas goodies.   I chose one of my favorite ribbons from RRR to adorn this project.  Ivory, Rust and Gold Plaid Ribbon is festive and has a touch of sparkle, which I love!

TIP: Die cut Christmas Greenery from patterned papers and tuck under your focal image for a festive touch.  Treat them with Diamond Stickles to add an extra bit of holiday sparkle and shine.

I need to refine the box envelope design a bit before I share it with all of you, but I’m working on it!  The box shape means that the envelope will stand up for display, so it doubles as home decor until you give it away, that is!  This larger sized envelope gives me lots of room to add embellishments.

Do you decorate both sides of your loaded envelopes?  I really like to do that.  If you get tired of looking at one side, you can flip it over for a change of scenery.  Besides, that envelope flap was the perfect spot to hang my Christmas banner on Silver Metallic String.

TIP:  Fold a long piece of metallic string in half.  Tie a looped knot on one end.  Then twist the string until it spirals and twists over onto itself.  Then tie a looped knot on the opposite end.  Use hot glue to adhere one end to your project, and twist the string into the shape you like, then glue the other end down.  Top with Chipboard Banners and Stockings from the Christmas Market Collection.

Christmas Market Loaded Envelope: Lollipop Shaker Element

This lollipop shaker element was a blast to make.  I’ve never done one before…but when inexperience ever stop me from plunging in head first to try something new?  I’m not sure if I did this right, but here’s how I did it:

  • First, die cut red foil cardstock with the largest Spellbinders Picot Circle Die.
  • Next, die cut clear cardstock with the 2nd largest Spellbinders Small Nesting Circles Die.
  • Then die cut patterned paper with the same circle die.
  • Now adhere the patterned paper to the foil cardstock.
  • Next, lay down three rows of Darice Foam Strips.
  • Fill the center of the circle with a sequin mix.  (I used Lilac Lane  Happy Harvest, but I pulled out the apple shaped sequins and the larger buttons.
  • Carefully adhere the clear cardstock circle over the foam strips and press to seal.
  • Adhere a chenille stem around the perimeter to cover the foam strips.
  • Wrap the sides of the shaker with tinsel trim.
  • Adhere a thin wood dowel on the back of the lollipop, then cover with a circle cut from designer paper.
  • Wrap the dowel with ribbons or fibers.

Super cute, and a fun addition to the goodies in this loaded envelope.

Christmas Market Loaded Envelope: The Pocket

Years ago, I found a whole bunch of cloth pockets on clearance.  While I was not sure what I would do with them, I thought they might come in handy, so I grabbed a big stack of them.  Turns out they are great for card making!  I decorated and adhered a pretty red one in the corner of this loaded envelope, then proceeded to fill it with treats.

Here’s a peek at the sweet treats inside the pocket and the envelope.  Maybe I’ll send this one to myself!

Christmas Market Loaded Envelope: The Photo Folio

Instead of adding just a card to the loaded envelope, I thought it might be fun to create a little photo folio.

This 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ accordion folio has 10 panels: 8 for photos, and two cute pockets.  Create a belly band with more of the beautiful ribbon, topped with a little floral cluster.  Here’s how to make the folio.

  • First, cut 8 1/2″ x 11″ black cardstock into 6 1/2″ x 11 strips.
  • Next, place 1/2″ scor-tape on the edge of one of the 6 1/2″ panels.  Overlap the other 6 1/2″ x 11 strip and adhere.
  • Score this long panel every 4 1/2″ and accordion fold.  Trim away any excess.
  • Line the panels with designer paper.  Make pockets on the panels where the strips of paper were joined.

Here’s a look at both sides of the folio and both pockets.  You can add a flap to a photo page by scoring a 1/2″ flap on  3″ x 4″ image.  Adhere the flap behind the designer paper before you adhere the liner sheet to the page.

I think these loaded envelopes would make great Secret Santa or hostess gifts during the holidays.  You can change up the goodies you tuck inside to personalize the gift.

Did I share some tips and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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From my stash: Flowers, buttons, other fibers and embellishments

Carta Bella Christmas Market Card

Carta Bella Christmas Market Card for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon October Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.   I’ve used the October Ribbon Club Assortment to make this fun and festive Carta Bella Christmas Market Card Folio.

 

I just love the fact that the Christmas Ornaments Ribbon matches the Christmas ornaments paper in this collection!  So I had to create a little double decker bow with White Diamond Satin.  Add a little sparkle with silver metallic string and mini jingle bells.   Brush festive die cut holiday greenery with a little Diamond Stickles to resemble snow.

Carta Bella Christmas Market Card: A Peek Inside

Ribbon on the inside of a card adds a special touch.  Dress up a mini candy cane and honey stick with a snippet of the Christmas Ornament Ribbon.

Tuck a sweet treat and a gift card/tea wallet into the pocket, and now the card becomes a gift!

This ribbon club assortment is a perfect match for these fun papers!

If you haven’t signed up for the Ribbon Club, now is a great time to join.  It’s like getting a Christmas present every single month of the year.  Learn how to sign up HERE.

Now hop on over and see what pretties the sweet and talented Linsey has in store for you this month.  Then finish up the hop on the RRR blog where you will answer Bonnie’s question of the month and be entered into the drawing for a free ribbon club assortment.

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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