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Starry Night Box Folio Stamperia Make a Wish

Stamperia Make a Wish Starry Night Box Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Starry Night Box Folio Video Tour with Stamperia Make a Wish

Hello, Friends!  This Starry Night Box Folio tells a story on every page. A sleepy snow covered village nestles sweetly beneath a star filled winter sky. Angels and a crescent moon keep watch as Father Christmas slips silently into town to make Christmas magic…

You’ll find all kinds of sweet surprises tucked inside to delight the senses. There are pull out pages, magical growing Christmas trees, a lace angel ornament, Christmas chocolates, Christmas tea, a honey stick, a mini candy cane, a real silver spoon imported from India…it’s like digging into your stocking on Christmas morning.

Starry Night Box Folio: The Details

Sometimes my best projects happen when I’m too lazy to put away scraps.  The base for this box style folio is an off cut from a larger (soon to be shared) project. The unique box folio is my own design. It measures 4 1/4″ x 5 3/4″ with 1″ spines. The clever design allows it to stand upright on its own for display on your holiday mantel or tabletop.

The silver foil stars and glitter on the rooftops catch the light and twinkle …it’s just so charming!

There’s room Inside to write personal messages, add photos and even tuck in a gift card..  I came up with some really fun interactive pages, too.  If you’d like to see them, enjoy this short video tour where I will show you all the secrets that Father Christmas has in store for this sleepy little village. (You’ll also get to hear my clever husband playing guitar in the background as an added bonus!)

Starry Night Box Folio Video Tour and Photo Gallery

What do you think of the bold red and blue color palette of this whimsical collection?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below. You’ll also find a linked supply list.

And, this one is in my Etsy shop, just in case you need to hold it in your hands and enjoy all those fun pull outs and lift tabs.  You can put it in your shopping cart 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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Authentique Rejoice Christmas Recipe Folio

Authentique Rejoice Christmas Recipe Folio with Really Reasonable Ribbon by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop with Authentique Rejoice Christmas Recipe Folio

Hello, Friends!  I’m so glad you hopped on over from Karen’s lovely blog to see this Authentique Rejoice Christmas Recipe Folio.  It’s my project for the Really Reasonable Ribbon November Hop and my Authentique Paper Design Team post.

Baking plays a big role in the Clement clan holiday festivities!  What better way to showcase all those treasured special cookie, appetizer and treat recipes than in this lovely 8″ x 8″ folio.  Authentique Paper’s Rejoice collection looks like it was made specifically to go with the gorgeous ribbons in this month’s RRR Club!

Ribbon does more than just tie pretty bows!  It’s also a great way to add a border to a card, mini album or layout.  For the cover, I’ve layered Old Gold Shimmer Satin Ribbon with Snowflakes on Old Gold Satin.  This lends a wonderful richness and elegance to the traditional plaid papers .

The bow cluster features more ribbons from this month’s club: Old Gold Diamond Satin Ribbon and Holiday Dots Satin.   To pick up on these ribbons, I painted the resin frame with white chalk paint, then spattered with gold mica mist.  Shabbylicious!

Gold Reindeer and a festive gingerbread man charm fit right it with all the gold and white ribbons.

Authentique Rejoice Christmas Recipe Folio: A Peek Inside

The interior of the album is filled with interactive elements and lots of tuck spots for the printed recipe cards that come with the Rejoice collection.  I’ve used ribbon as an accent on many of the pages.

The heart of this Rejoice Christmas Recipe Folio is the pocket waterfall.  Recipe cards can be tucked inside the pockets for safe keeping.  Add a label to the front of the pocket so you know which recipe is inside.   The back side of each page has room for a photo or journaling.  I’ve used more of the Old Gold Snowflake satin ribbon to hold everything neatly in place.

As you can see, there’s loads of room for photos, journaling and recipes here.

Authentique Rejoice Christmas Recipe Folio Tour on YouTube

It’s easier to view a mini album in a video format, so I prepared a short tour with tips and tricks for you to enjoy.

On with the Hop

Now, hop on over and see what paper pretties Linsey has in store for you.  Then visit the RRR Blog and answer Bonnie’s question of the month to have your name entered in the drawing for your very own November Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you are not a member of the Ribbon Club yet, it’s really easy to join.  It’s like getting a Christmas gift in your mailbox every single month of the year!  Find out how to sign up HERE.

I hope I 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 comment section below.

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Prima Christmas in the Country Mrs. Deer Box Card

Prima Christmas in the Country Shabby Chic Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Prima Christmas in the Country Mrs. Deer Box Card

Hello, Friends!  Let’s kick the week off with a shabbylicious Mrs. Deer Box Card that is just brimming with Christmas in the Country charm.  I finally had time to dig into this delicious Prima collection, and it’s as wonderful to work with as I had anticipated!

If you love woodland style, old barns, buffalo plaid posies and country charm, this 5″ x 7″ card is going to tickle you pink!  I created a 5″ x 7″ top fold card with a 1″ spine and a box style pocket interior to house all the elements seen here.  It was a totally delightful morning spent completely lost in my imaginary world.  I hope you enjoy it as well!

Mrs. Deer Box Card : The Woodland Wreath

Prima Christmas in the Country Shabby Chic Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

The wreath around Mrs. Deer is made using one of my favorite new techniques.  Here’s how to make it happen:

  • Begin by die cutting 2 Spellbinders Holly Berry Wreaths from Christmas in the Country.  Select a neutral pattern for the best results.
  • Ink the inner and outer edges of both wreaths with a little Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
  • Next, cover one wreath with Versamark Embossing ink.
  • Now place it in a funnel tray, or on a clean sheet of printer paper and cover it with Seth Apter’s Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture.  Heat emboss.
  • Let the wreath cool a bit, then tap randomly with Versamark.  Sprinkle lightly with Seth Apter Ancient Amber Baked Texture and heat emboss a second time.
  • Now, the fun part: Rub Peeled Paint Distress Oxide directly over the surface of the cooled wreath. Spritz with water until little beads of ink form.  Then heat emboss again.  The ink will sink below the embossing powder and add a lovely mottled effect.
  • Finally, place small spacers between the two wreath layers and adhere together.

Prima Christmas in the Country Shabby Chic Mrs. Deer Christmas Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Mrs. Deer Christmas Card: A Peek Inside

Create a box pocket inside the card, then tuck in this lovely shabby chic gift card folio.

This makes a great gift all on its own, or you can tuck in a small gift card when you write your personal message.

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.  You’ll also find a linked supply list there.

Thanks for stopping by,

Cheerio,

kathy

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