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,




Autumn Woodlands Gatefold Folio

Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn Gatefold Folio by Kathy Clement

Autumn Woodlands Gatefold Folio and a New Ribbon Crush from Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Let’s take a stroll together through this Ciao Bella Autumn Woodlands Gatefold Folio.  It features my new favorite addition to the  RRR shop: Variegated Sheer Ribbon.  Oooh la la!  This ribbon is everything I love: soft, elegant, easy to tie, just a touch of shimmer, and it comes in so many colors.  I’ve used the Moss/Taupe variety as a closure on this lovely little fall folio.   It’s the perfect color match for all the autumnal shades in this Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn Folio.

This 5″ x 6 3/4″ folio has a gatefold cover and 1/2″ spines on each side.    I’ve piled up lots of little woodland elements on the textured wood panels.  The way I’ve stacked and placed the elements reminds me of the forest floor after all the leaves have fallen from the trees.  Serene, quiet beauty with lots of little treasures to please the senses.  That’s what I was going for here.

TIP:  Here’s how to create the card base. Cut an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of kraft cardstock down to 6 3/4″ ” x 11.  Then score on the long side at 2 1/2, 3″, 8″, and 8 1/2″ to form the dimensional card base.  So easy, but so effective!

Autumn Woodlands Gatefold Folio: Adding Texture

TIP: Texture papers with a 3-D embossing folder. For these panels, I inked up the flat side of a Spellbinder’s folder with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  Then I spritzed the patterned paper lightly with water and ran it through my Spellbinder’s Platinum machine.  The embossing folder forms deep ridges in the patterned paper, and the dark ink seeps into these crevices.  Then end result is paper that looks like tree bark.  It’s a wonderful thing!

TIP: Fill a  giant wood button with wood shavings to add even more of a woodland feel.  Then top the wood shavings with an acorn novelty button, feathers, Prills and a small burlap flower.

Autumn Woodlands Gatefold Folio: A Peek Inside

Well hello, Mr. Fox!  How nice of you to invite us in!  Can you spot the sweet little squirrel charm tucked into the burlap flower?  I love him!

One of the things I  love about a gatefold style folio is all the little nooks and crannies where you can add visual treats.

See that adorable little hedgehog on the left?

It’s actually a little folio with a magnetic closure.  This is a great spot to tuck in a note, gift card or photo.

The box style center pocket holds another min folio, vintage silver plate spoon and some honey.

And where there is honey, one simply must have tea!

Here’s a peek at the back side of the album.  I wish it could be autumn for at least 6 months a year!

Did I share 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!





Authentique Gracious Thankful Thanksgiving Card

Authentique Gracious Thankful Thanksgiving Card

Hello, Friends!  Today I have the sweetest little Authentique Gracious Thankful Thanksgiving card to share with you.  Thanksgiving is my very favorite holiday of all: family, food, fellowship….pie?!?  How can you beat that?  Growing up, my whole family would gather at my Grammy’s house up on the hill to celebrate together.  All the aunts and uncles, all the cousins, great-grandparents crammed into that warm and gracious home, sharing great food, lots of laughs and lots of hugs is one of my favorite childhood memories!

Gracious Thankful Thanksgiving Card: Tips and Tricks

One of the reasons I love the Gracious Collection so much is that it reminds me of my Grammy’s home and those fabulous family gatherings.  This 5″ x 7″ top fold card practically made itself!

  • Top a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base with a 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ panel of the plaid pattern from the 8×8 paper pad.
  • Next, mat a 4″ x 6″ panel of the autumn gourds pattern on brown cardstock.  Top with a 4″ x 3″ panel of the teapot/teacup panel.  Mat just the top and bottom of the smaller panel on brown cardstock.
  • Trim the “Thankful” image to measure 2″ x 1 3/4″ and mat on brown card.  Adhere below the center panel.
  • Die cut 4 leafy wreaths from the acorn paper.  Stagger and adhere together with Darice Foam Strips.  Place foam strips on the bottom of the wreath and adhere as seen in the photo.
  • Tuck the sides of the cardstock image under the sides of the wreath and adhere in place.
  • Add ribbon, novelty buttons, foliage and flowers.

Gracious Thankful Thanksgiving Card: A Peek Inside

The inside is sweet and simple with a framed sentiment and a lovely treat pocket.

I created little folios with my scraps, then topped them with images and cardstock elements from the 12×12 collection kit.

One folio has room for a small photo and hand written note.  The other has a yummy chocolate pocket!

How does your clan celebrate Thanksgiving?  I’d love to hear about your special traditions in the comment section below.  To see more Gracious projects, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!



Hug in a Cup Tea Themed Card Folio

Hug in a Cup Tea Themed Card Folio with Authentique Gracious

Hello, Friends!  How about a hug in a cup this Monday morning?  I have the sweetest tea themed card folio made with Authentique Gracious to share with you this morning.

Authentique Gracious Double Z Fold Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

This little 5″ x 5 1/2″ tea themed card folio is made with scraps from other Gracious projects I’ve been making this fall.  I have to tell you…I am in love with this collection.  It is so warm and nostalgic that I can’t  seem to stop playing with it!  This resulted in a lovely little stack of off cuts, extra doilies, die cut teacups and bits and pieces that were begging to be put to good use.  So, I did!

You all know how much I love my tea, so I decided to make one more tea themed card folio with the lovely vintage teapots and teacups pattern from the collection.  Stamped sentiments come from a lovely Penny Black tea stamp set that I will link below in the supply list.

Hug in a Cup Tea Themed Card Folio: Double Z Fold Card

Double Z Fold Tea Themed Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Authentique Gracious

Would you like me to do a tutorial for the double z fold card base?  Wish granted!  You’ll find a project tour with tips and tricks as well as a video tutorial below.  It’s such a fun way to make a card.  It just opens and opens and opens again, giving you lots of room to add paper pretties.

Penny Black Cup of Tea Stamps Double Z Fold Card Tutorial Kathy Clement Authentique Gracious

This is what the inside of the card looks like when fully opened.  The center pocket holds a little tea bag and blank card where you can add your own personal greeting.

But the really fun thing about this folio design is that the back side is also fully decorated.  How fun would it be to set this card out on your fall mantel, or even your Thanksgiving table?

Hug in a Cup Tea Themed Card Folio Tutorial on YouTube

You can see why I love this collection so much.   The rich autumn hues and vintage images are just dreamy.  And this card design is a great way to turn scraps into a gorgeous project!

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.  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post. And to see more Gracious Projects, Click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!






Rejoice Christmas Recipe Mini Album Kit Release

Authentique Rejoice Christmas Recipe Mini Album Kit Release from The Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends!  It’s time to announce the release of my Rejoice Christmas Recipe Mini Album Kit with the Button Farm Club.  I think this is my favorite kit for 2019.  Warm and nostalgic, fun and festive, pretty and practical…this album kit has it all. Even jingle bells!

Holiday baking is part of what makes the season so special.  We all have special family recipes that we only pull out at Yuletide.  Many of these are family heritage recipes.  For years, I’ve had these recipes scattered in various file folders, cookbooks and boxes.  Every year it’s like a scavenger hunt gathering them all up for holiday baking with my kids and grandkids.  Now I can finally have them all at my fingertips in this gorgeous Christmas recipe album!

The base is a Frank Garcia Dossier Waterfall album measuring 6″ x 9″.  It does double duty as Christmas kitchen decor.

I’ve built in loads of pockets, interactive elements and places for recipes, photos and journaling.

This is the album fully opened.  Isn’t it gorgeous?  The center waterfall has room for 24 recipe cards.  The side pocket holds a bundle of printed holiday recipe cards bundled together with Christmas Plaid ribbon.

Rejoice Christmas Recipe Mini Album Kit:  YouTube Video

To help you get a feel for all the wonderful features of this album, I prepared a very short video tour.

Rejoice Christmas Recipe Mini Album Kit:  What Comes in the Kit

Basically, everything you need comes in the kit.  Just add your favorite adhesive and cutting/scoring tools.  Here’s what comes in this wonderful kit:

  • Prima Dossier Waterfall Album designed by Frank Garcia
  • (16) 12″ x 12″ sheets of Authentique Rejoice paper
  • (1) 12″ x 12″ Rejoice Cardstock Die Cut Elements Sheet
  • (5) 12″ x 12″ sheets of color matched Spectrum Cardstock
  •  Traditional Christmas Plaid Ribbon/2 yards
  •  burlap string/ 2 yards
  • 2 full packages of Little Birdie Christmas Flowers
  • 6 Red and Green Jingle Bells
  • 9 wooden Christmas embellishments
  • Full color, printed, step by step tutorial

This is the perfect holiday gift for yourself, or your favorite baker.  It’s a wonderful family activity for the holiday season, and is destined to become a treasured family keepsake.

The price of the kit is just $54.99.  I honestly do not think you could buy all the individual elements for less.  I have so much fun curating these kits with Laura at The Button Farm.  We search high and low for just the right ribbons and embellishments to make the kits extra special.

You can order your kit at The Button Farm Club.  It will ship out in time for you to get it made for your Christmas celebrations.

As always, I thank you for your kind support of these Button Farm Kit projects.  So  many of you have asked if I teach classes. This is how I do it.  I’m always honored to share these kits with you, and hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

To see past Button Farm Club Kit releases, click HERE.  There are a few past kits and kit tutorials still in stock at The Button Farm Club.  Many of these would make wonderful holiday gifts.  To see these kits, click HERE.

Wishing you a joyful and creative weekend!



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