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Merry Christmas Giveaway Winner Announcement

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Merry Christmas Giveaway Winner Announcement

Hello, Friends!  Well, the big day is finally here!  Time for my Merry Christmas Giveaway Winner Announcement!  I received an overwhelming response from all of you on all my social media platforms.  Reading your many kind comments touched my heart and made me get misty eyed more than once.  Y’all are the best, and I wish I could send each and every person who commented, subscribed, liked, and shared a prize.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Here’s how I picked the winner.  I began by putting a slip of paper for  my Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube in a bag.  Then I reached in and grabbed one of the folded paper strips.  It was for my YouTube Channel.

Next, I went to my YouTube Channel and counted the comments, eliminating any of my replies or duplicate comments.  Then I entered the number of comments in a random number selector and it selected:

SHERRY SOMERS

Congratulations, Sherry!  You are the winner of my Merry Christmas Giveaway!  Please contact me via e-mail with your mailing address and I’ll get your prize pack out to you!

Thanks to all who joined in on this giveaway!  I’ll do another one when my YouTube channel tops the 9,000 subscriber mark.  So stay tuned!

I’m going to take a few days off for the Christmas festivities with my family.  But I’ll be back on Friday for the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop.  You’ll have a chance to win a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations then.

May you all enjoy the beauty, the wonder, and the awe of this blessed season.  May your Christmas be truly joyful!

Many blessings!

kathy

 

Secret Santa Treat Box with Shaker Ornament

Secret Santa Treat Box with Shaker Ornament for Authentique Christmas Group Post

Hello, Friends!  This Secret Santa Treat Box is a quick and easy last minute Christmas gift.  I’ve made it for the Authentique Christmas Group  post over on the Authentique Blog.  You’ll definitely want to pop over there to see what paper pretties the rest of the team has cooked up for you to enjoy.

Secret Santa Treat Box: Putting it together

Secret Santa Treat Box with Shaker Ornament Authentique Calendar Collection December by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I’ve had this 3″ x 4″ little slider drawer box in the Closet of Shame for ages.  It’s such a cute size , and you can tuck all sorts of goodies inside the drawer: chocolates, candies, gift cards, jewelry…whatever tiny treasure your heart desires.  Here’s how it came together:

  • First, cut Spectrum Tricycle Red Cardstock to fit the height of the box.  Then wrap it around the outside and secure with your favorite adhesive.
  • Next, cut a slightly smaller layer of the cable knit sweater pattern from Snowfall and adhere to the top of the box.  Use scraps if you have them.
  • Now, create a teeny tiny easel card with a 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of heavy cream cardstock.  Again, use scraps.  Score the easel at 2 1/2″ and again at 5″, then cover with scraps from the December Calendar Collection.  Center and adhere to the top of the box.
  • Use stamp shaped scissors to cut out the Santa Stamps.  Place a magnet behind the Santa stamp on the right.  This will hold the shaker ornament in place.  Adhere to the front of the easel.
  • Now cover the sides of the drawer with a 1″ strip of the red cardstock from the December collection kit.
  • You will need to strengthen the drawer face before you add  the drawer pull. Cut a piece of cardstock that will fit behind the drawer front.  Then place the drawer pull where you want it and use a piercing tool to add holes.  Attach the handle with brads.
  • Cover the inside of the box with scraps from the December collection.
Secret Santa Treat Box:  A Peek Inside

I was able to fit 9 Nuggets neatly inside the drawer.

TIP: If the drawer “drags” when you are trying to open and close it, simply rub the sides with a little candle wax.  It will glide freely.

Decorate the top of the box with a bottle brush Christmas tree and some pretty Prima Christmas Flowers.  Add a green gingham bow.

Secret Santa Treat Box:  The Shaker Ornament

I found this shaker ornament frame while cleaning out my chipboard stash.  While I could not find it online, I did find a nice selection of shaker ornaments HERE. You could easily substitute another Christmas shape.  Here’s how the shaker came together:

  • First, paint the outer frame and the backing with off white chalk paint.
  • Tap the frame with Versamark Embossing Ink.  Then heat emboss with Shabby Ivory Embossing powder.
  • Trace around the base of the ornament, or use a circle die to cut out the Santa image. Adhere this to the front side of the ornament base.
  • Now cut a second piece from scraps and adhere on the back side of the base.
  • Adhere foam tape around the edges of the base.  I use Darice Foam Strips because they are only 1/8″ wide and will not show through the shaker window.    I generally add 3 layers of foam tape, but you can add as many or as few as you wish.
  • Now adhere the domed shaker inside the frame using Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Next, fill the center of the base with your shaker mix.  Be careful not to let sequins or beads gather around the outer edges, or the shaker will not seal properly.
  • Now, line up the domed frame over the foam tape on the base.  Gently press in place to seal.
  • Then, adhere eyelash trim around the outer edge of the shaker to cover up the foam.
  • Next, place the 2nd magnet over the Santa Stamp.  Press the ornament against it once you have it positioned where you want it to be.  Cover the back of the magnet with a bit of Scor-Tape and cover with a small scrap of  paper.
  • Finally, string ribbon through the hanger.  Add a bow, jingle bells, holly, etc.  Stitch a Christmas button at the top of the ribbon to form a hanger.
Secret Santa Treat Box: Adding the Feet

You will need to create a false bottom for the box if you wish to add the feet.  This is easy to do.  Simply cut a 1/8″ thick piece of chipboard to match the size of the box bottom.  Wrap it with the same red cardstock that was used to cover the drawer front.  Finally, adhere the feet to the false bottom, then adhere the false bottom to the base of the box.

These little boxes would be sweet made up for any occasion: birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Easter….the sky is the limit!  You can find another of these little gift boxes that I made a while back HERE I’ve added a linked supply list at the bottom of this post for your convenience.

Now I wish you all a truly joyous and happy Christmas!  I’ll be spending time with my sweet family , but will be back for the Heartfelt Creations blog hop on Friday.  I hope to see you there!

Merry Christmas dear friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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The Squirrel’s Christmas Party Gift Box Folio

Stamperia Pink Christmas The Squirrel's Christmas Party Gift Box Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Stamperia Pink Christmas/Sweet Christmas The Squirrel’s Christmas Party Gift Box Folio

Hello, Friends!  Oh, the countdown for Christmas is truly on!  But I still have time to share this darling Stamperia Sweet Christmas/Pink Christmas Squirrel’s Christmas Party Gift Box Folio with you.  I made (and sold!) a lot of these this Christmas season, but I am still not tired of them.  The 4 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ size makes them perfect for gifting.  I shared a YouTube tutorial for building this base earlier this week.  If you missed it, this gives you another chance to find it.  The base for this one is scored at 5 1/2 instead of 5″, so the front flap is a little short.  It’s so easy to vary the dimensions for the base simply by scoring.  That is one of the things I love about this design: it’s very adaptable. The antique bronze bulldog clip helps hold the cover closed.   Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

The Squirrel’s Christmas Party Gift Box Folio: Making the Nest

Meet Edith Squirrel.  She’s the chairwoman of the village Christmas party.  She is frantically decorating her nest for the holiday Christmas House competition.  And she is wearing her favorite pearls as she decorates.  Her nest is a vintage drawer pull that she found abandoned in the meadow.  It’s a bit corroded from lying in the wet grasses, but still looks very festive surrounded by pine cones, flowers, Spanish Moss, and a wee sisal tree.  If she wins the competition, Father Christmas will have tea with her.  Here is how she decorated her nest.

The Squirrel’s Christmas Party Gift Box Folio: A Peek Inside

The inside of this folio is filled with interactive features.

I built a magnetic flap/flip page on both the top and the bottom.

The middle panel is a sweet little accordion style folio.

And of course it has pockets and tea and tags!

it looks like Edith won the Christmas House competition because here is Father Christmas to have tea with her!

TIP: Score and fold large images to fit inside the folio.  This is how you make a big piece of patterned paper fit in a small space.

The box pocket on the bottom holds a little wrapped parcel decorated with a vintage carved wooden candy cane.

Edith must have been a very good little squirrel this year, as Father Christmas has brought her lots of lovely treats!  This envelope is a cut apart image from  the paper collection.  I simply folded and tied with ribbon.  But if you have an envelope punch board, you can make your own envelope to tuck inside. I’ve done that as well on other projects.

So that is my Christmas offering for you today.  I hope I 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.  Now I’m back to the kitchen to finish baking my Christmas cookies!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Kathy by Design Merry Christmas Giveaway

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This giveaway is now closed.  Learn who the winner is HERE.
Kathy by Design Merry Christmas Giveaway

Hello, Friends!  Today is a fun day at Kathy by Design because I have a little Merry Christmas Giveaway to share with you.  2019 has been a watershed year, and my heart is so full of joy and gratitude that I just had to spread the happy around!   And who better to share it with than all of you: my faithful companions on this crazy-wonderful creative journey?

Merry Christmas Giveaway Video

I created a lovely little crafty kit with some of my favorite Authentique papers, Spellbinder’s Dies, Mixed Media goodies, Really Reasonable Ribbon, Buttons, Flowers and even a “ready to go” box style folio for you to have fun making.  Watch this short YouTube Video to find out what is in the kit.

Merry Christmas Giveaway: How to Enter

If you’d like to be entered in the drawing for this video, here’s how:

  • Subscribe to my blog
  • Subscribe to my YouTube Channel

That’s it!  Let me know in the comment section of this post that you are/have subscribed to both my blog and my YouTube channel.  If you follow me on other social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, let me know and I’ll give you an extra entry for each one.

I’ll randomly select a winner at 8AM EST on Monday, December 23rd.  Be sure to check back for that announcement as I will need to get your address so I can mail out your crafty goodies.

From My Heart to Yours

When I started this blog in 2013, I had no idea the adventures that lay ahead.  It kind of takes my breath away when I look back at how amazing it’s all been.

I’ve had the honor to design for some of the best companies in the business: Authentique Paper, Graphic 45, Heartfelt Creations, The Button Farm Club and Really Reasonable Ribbon, Little Birdie Crafts, Petaloo Flowers…just to mention a few.  I am so grateful for the opportunities that have come my way…and all because I like to play with pretty paper!

Then, there’s each of you.  Wow, my heart is just so full.  I’ve had the chance to get to know many of you on a more personal level and some of you have become dear friends.  All because of paper.  It’s really amazing.

So, thank you.  From the bottom of my heart for taking the journey with me, for encouraging me with your sweet comments, for your patronage in my Etsy shop, for all of it.  My life is full to overflowing with joy and gratitude.

I wish each one of you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed and Happy New Year.  May the joy of creativity be your portion, and may you always find the courage to follow your dreams.  I’m so glad I did!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Stamperia Pink Christmas Star Home Decor

Stamperia Pink Christmas Star Home Decor by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Stamperia Pink Christmas Star Home Decor

Hello, Friends!  Happy Monday!  I spent the weekend decking the halls, and wanted to share this sweet little Stamperia Pink Christmas Star home decor piece with you today.

I started with a 10″ wooden star cutout.  Then I had to break out my Mixed Media Boots from the Closet of Shame.  I wish I had thought to take step out photos, but here’s what I remember about the process.

  • First, apply Tea Dye Distress Ink directly to the surface of the wood.  Spritz with water to allow the ink to activate and spread.  Blot up excess with paper towels.  Heat dry.
  • Next, use a palette knife to apply a layer of Distress Crackle Medium.  Add a not too thick layer…like mayonnaise on a tomato sandwich…which all my southern friends will understand immediately!
  • While the texture paste is wet, sprinkle it with a little Bridal Veil Embossing Glitter.  Then gently heat.  The nice thing about Distress Crackle is that you can heat it.
  • Finally, water down some white chalk paint and brush it randomly over the surface of the star.
Stamperia Pink Christmas Star Home Decor: Building Layers

Stamperia Pink Christmas Star Home Decor by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Next I just added on layer after layer of chipboard , die cut greenery, flowers, cheesecloth, miniature pine cones…anything that struck my fancy.  As a final touch, spread some Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive and then cover with Stampendous Shaved Ice.  This stuff really sparkles like snow!

This was a fun project to make, and I wore the glitter proudly the rest of the day!  What can I say…I really get into my work!

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday, filled with joy and creativity!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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