Evergreen & Holly Christmas Card Kit Release

Evergreen & Holly Christmas Card Kit Release Vicki Boutin by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Evergreen & Holly Christmas Card Kit Release for The Button Farm Club

Ho, Ho, Ho, Friends!  Today’s the big day to announce the release of my Evergreen & Holly Christmas Card Kit for The Button Farm Club!  Oh, what fun I had designing and creating this delightful card kit!  If you are a fan of traditional Christmas colors with a hint of a retro vibe, then this kit should make you smile!

Vicki Boutin Evergreen and Holly Card Kit by Kathy Clement, Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 02

Not only is this kit beautiful, it is massive!  We create an array of 10 Christmas greeting cards in a wide assortment of styles.  We have shaker cards, easel cards, fancy fold cards and quick and easy cards.  And because I know how popular gift cards have become, every single card in this collection has a gift card pocket.   Although the cards are layered and embellished, most of them can be mailed easily, too.

The Cutest December Daily

December Daily Evergreen & Holly by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design PHoto 01

December is a busy month, so we will also create a darling December Daily folio with the supplies from this kit.  And honestly, friends, this might be my favorite little folio design ever.  It’s just so stinkin’ cute!

But don’t let its size fool you!  This little number is loaded with room for photos, journaling and memory keeping.  You’ll get to see the full reveal in the video tours below.

What Comes in My Kit?

If you’d like to see all the Christmas treats that are packed into this festive holiday kit, please enjoy this YouTube video.

What Will We Make?

If you’d like to take a tour of all the cards and the December Daily folio, please enjoy this video.

How Do I Order?

Evergreen & Holly is the 3rd quarter Card Club Subscription at Button Farm Club.  So if you are subscribed to my Quarterly Card Kit, your kit will ship to you the first week of October.

You can also pre-order the kit now even if you are not a member of my Quarterly Card Kit Club.  The price is $53.99 and comes with everything you saw in the video, plus the full-color Basic Written Guide and links to the step by step video tutorials.  You can watch these tutorials over and over again whenever it is convenient for you to do so.

A few  of my previously released kits and tutorials for The Button Farm Club are still available.  You can take a peek at those HERE.

So that’s what I’ve been up to this week…making Christmas magic happen!  I’m very excited to be able to share these wonderful kits with you.  I love hearing from you, so let me know your thoughts about this kit and your wishes for kits in 2023! Seeing you post your completed kits on Facebook and Instagram makes my heart smile.

Thanks so much for all your kind support.   I started this blog in January of 2013 because I had a heart to educate and inspire others with the joy of creating with paper.  What a wonderful journey we have had together!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 October Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 October Time to Flourish Desk Folio Reneabouquets Butterflies Darla the Witch by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Graphic 45 October Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial with Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!   Well, it’s time to make our Graphic 45 October Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial.  This month’s folio is too cute to spook with cute Halloween images and lovely fall florals.  If you’ve just discovered this year-long Throwback Thursday series, you can find out how to make the first 9 folios HERE.

The star of the show this month is Darla, the cutest little witch you’ve ever seen!  She’s sitting on a pumpkin in the middle of the flower patch,  trying to figure out who she’ll be for Halloween.  Silly girl!

You just have to add a dangle charm to an October desk folio!  So I grouped together a pumpkin and a word token with this fabulous steampunk key.

What’s Inside?

The brake for this easel card is actually a pocket.  And if you have a pocket, you have to put something in it, right?

So we stirred up some special Halloween goodies to go inside our pocket this month.  You’ll learn how to make them in the video tutorial below.

Hidden Pocket!

Just a like a good mystery novel, there’s a hidden compartment tucked beneath this easel card folio!  The hidden pocket holds another interactive folio.

You’ll find another treat-filled pocket inside!

And a fun little flip page, too!

Graphic 45 October Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see all the details of this desk folio and learn how to make your own, please enjoy this video tutorial.

 

It’s hard to believe that we are getting close to the end of this year-long series.  I’ll have to start thinking about what kind of series to share with you in 2023!  Any thoughts?

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Photoplay October Gnome of the Month Tutorial

Photoplay October Gnome of the Month Shaker Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s time to roll our the Photoplay October Gnome of the Month Shaker Folio Tutorial on this Make & Take Tuesday!  So grab a cuppa and a snack for sustenance as we go Trick or Treating with this super duper cute paper collection.

Photoplay Year With My Gnomies October Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Seriously…does it get any cuter than gnomes dressed up for Halloween?  I don’t think so!

This 6×6 shaker folio cover features novelty buttons from Buttons Galore & More and an altered Beautiful Board frame from Reneabouquets. I’ll be sure to link all the products in the supply list below this post.

Top the Baker’s Twine Trim with some spook-tacular Halloween charms for the perfect finishing touch.

Don’t you just love this Halloween stripe pattern on the back cover?  This finishes our tour of the outside of this little folio.   Do you dare take a peek inside?  Follow me!

A Peek Inside

Each folio in this year-long series follows the same basic layout and design.  If you’re new to the series, you can get caught up on the previous 9 folios HERE.

I did change up the design a little bit this month, because the images on the Cards page are laid out differently.  So you’ll learn how to make some new mini-folio inserts this go round.

The center pocket is as stuffed as a Trick or Treat bag at the end of the night!

Only these treats won’t cause any cavities!

Photoplay October Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to follow along and see how quick and easy it is to make this month’s folio, please enjoy the video tutorial on YouTube.

Only two folios left to go, my friends, then we’ll have the complete series all wrapped up.  I’ve really enjoyed sharing these with you, and I hope you’ve enjoyed them, too.

Remember: even if you are not a “gnome person” you can use the basic folio tutorial with any paper or theme you like.  It’s such a versatile and easy folio to make that I know I’ll keep on using it as time goes on.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Holly Flourish Embossing Folder Slimline Christmas Card

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Holly Flourish Embossing Folder Winter Wonderland Kit Celebrate the Season Sled Slimline Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Spellbinders Holly Flourish Embossing Folder Slimline Christmas Card

Hello, Friends!  Elegant card backgrounds are quick and easy thanks to the Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Holly Flourish Embossing Folder.  It’s been a while since I’ve played with the dry embossing technique, and I had forgotten how magical it really is!  It’s truly as simple as 1, 2, 3.

  • First, cut a piece of paper to fit inside the 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ embossing folder.
  • Next, mist the paper lightly with water.  This helps to keep the paper from cracking as it runs through the embossing machine.
  • Now build the embossing folder sandwich for  your personal die cutting machine.
  • Then run the plates through the machine and clap your hands with delight as the embossed design appears on your paper.

There’s simply not a paper crafting technique that achieves such dramatic effects with such a small amount of effort.

Put Your Scraps to Work!

I had a few pretty scraps left from my adventures with the Winter Wonderland, but not really enough to make a slimline card. And that’s another nice thing about embossing folders: you can make a really terrific paper layer with just plain white cardstock.  Then you add a pop of color with a bit of patterned paper, as I did here.

TIP: Yes, you can use 6″ wide paper on a 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ slimline card!  Cut your scraps to a height of 2″, then overlap them as a belly band.  Then, cover the joint where the papers overlapped with focal image.  Easy, peasy!

Celebrate the Seasons Sled

I am such a fan of this Celebrate the Seasons Winter Sled die!  Not only does it create the cutest little sled, it also has greenery and floral dies.  This time, instead of using the ice skate dies, I dressed up the sled with a little jingle bell cluster.   Then I finished out the card with the puffy sticker sentiments from Winter Wonderland.

A Peek Inside

Use the off cut of the Holly Flourish embossed paper to line the pocket inside your card.  Once again, I had to paper piece patterns to cover the inside of the card.  Then I used die cut shapes from the kit to cover up the joints.

I had just enough paper left over to create a little gift card wallet to tuck inside the pocket.

If you’d like to see other samples made with the Celebrate the Season Sled, please click HERE.

To see more projects made with Winter Wonderland , please click here.

You can find a linked supply list for all the products used in this project below the post.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!  Thanks for letting me pop in and say hello!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Autumn Woods Slimline Card Folio Tutorial

Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn Slimline Card Folio Tutorial Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Autumn Woods Slimline Card Folio Tutorial with Reneabouquets and Ciao Bella

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday and I have this Autumn Woods Slimline Card Folio Tutorial to share with you.  If you were lucky enough to grow up in a place where you could go adventuring in the fall, then this card will bring back all sorts of wonderful memories for you.

There’s a scent in the autumn woods that is unlike anyplace else on earth.  Fragrant pine needles mingled with musky wet leaves and tree bark and maybe a hint of rotting apples on the forest floor.  We used to escape to the paths through the woods behind our house on a regular basis in the fall.

My mother said the bright blue skies and vibrant maple leaves brought out the gypsy in her soul.  She might be right in the middle of drying dishes when she would drop her towel and say, “let’s go for a walk!  I need some air!”  And off we would traipse, down the fern lined embankment behind our house, up the rocky hillside that was just steep enough to make you sweat just a little and then finally onto the leaf-covered carpet of the deer paths.

Crisp, clean Vermont air filled your lungs and the only sound that broke the silence was the rustle of leaves, a few skittering squirrels, and the sound of your own feet padding along on layers of pine needles, leaves and compost.

Then there were the mushrooms, or toadstools, as Mom called them.  They would spring up in little fairy circles.  Or great huge ones poked their heads up through the rotting leaves.  They had a scent, too, and we always wished we had known which ones were safe to eat. We’d trudge along until Mom remembered she had ironing to do, or bread that needed to be shaped into loaves.  Then home we would go, the memory of that glorious day locked in our  hearts forever.

Acorns and Oak Leaves

Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn Slimline Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I was feeling nostalgic for those old woods behind the house I grew up in the other day.  So I broke out some fall goodies and relived the memory as my fingers worked with paper.  This 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ Ciao Bella Slimline Card Folio is what came together on my work table.  The colors, the soft designs in the paper and that glorious mushroom image took me back in time.

TIP: Frame your focal image with Reneabouquets Fabulous Fall Pattern Printed Beautiful Board.  I altered mine with a bit of sepia paint so it would match the color palette of my card a bit more closely.  Copper metallic paper and cork specialty paper adds to the fall feel of this botanical card.

TIP: Add a real wood slice, some feathers and a gorgeous Reneabouquets butterfly to your composition to bring the autumn woods theme to life.

TIP: Keep everything closed up neat and tidy with a copper hinge clip.  You can turn it into a handsome embellishment by tying on some lovely autumn charms.

A Peek Inside

Oh, here’s Mrs. Tiggy Winkle, rooting through the leaves.  D you suppose she’s looking for more mushrooms?

TIP: Score a  1/2″ hinge on a piece of caramel cardstock and tuck it under the center card panel to create a flap page.  Most of the card interior is paper pieced together with scraps from earlier projects.  You can cover up the seam lines with fussy cut elements.

Fold one of the large images in half and trim to fit inside the card folio pocket.

This is not only a great place to add photos or journaling, but you can tuck in a fall tea bag and honey stick, too.

Autumn Woods Slimline Card Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how this card folio came together, I hope you’ll enjoy this tutorial on my YouTube channel.

I hope you enjoyed this walk down memory lane with me today.  If you’d like to see a selection of past Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn projects, you can find them in the Archives.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio, 

kathy

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