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About kathycNC

Married to the love of my life for 43+ years, mom of 5...Nan to 3 gorgeous grandgirls. I have a passion for paper and a heart to educate and inspire through one of a kind, handmade paper art for all occasions. If you'd like to add my artwork to your home, please visit my Kathy by Design Etsy shop.

Cosy Winter Christmas Card Kit for The Button Farm Club

Button Farm Club Cosy Winter Christmas Card Kit by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Button Farm Club Cosy Winter Christmas Card Kit Reveal

Hello, Friends!  It’s the perfect time to reveal this Button Farm Club Cosy Winter Christmas Card KitFragrant evergreen boughs, crackling fireplaces, and tantalizing brown paper packages tied up with string are some of my favorite things about Christmas!  This Quarterly Card Subscription Club, this captures all the charm, beauty and nostalgia of a family Christmas celebrated in a snug little cabin in the woods. Rusty jingle bells, wood buttons and rusted embellishments add to that cozy cabin  feel. 

Snowman Shaker Cards

Snowmen, anyone? Let’s create two darling snowman shaker cards to get the party started.

Fancy Fold Cards

Fancy fold cards are just plain fun to  make and exciting to receive.  Best of all, they fold flat for easy mailing!   This clever design offers a gift card pocket and a little sentiment panel for your personal greeting.

I could have called this kit “adventures in Fancy Fold Cards because we make so many different kinds.

Don’t you love this paper collection?  Adding in some rusty embellishments and wooden buttons really amps up the home in the woods vibe.

And you knew there had to be an easel card in this kit somewhere, didn’t you?

Brag Book or Stocking Stuffer?  You choose!

Itty bitty packages hold big time appeal for me.  This darling 3 1/2″ pocket and tag folio is small in size, but big on interactive elements.

You could easily turn this into a brag book for a distant grandparent, auntie or uncle.  But it would also make a fantastic stocking stuffer, mini December Daily or gift card holder!

I may have gone a little overboard with all the flips, flaps, pockets and pull outs in this tiny treasure.  And you will be thrilled with how easy it is to  make!

Slimline and Easy to Mail Cards

Because it is Christmas, and I know you will want to mail some of these cards to friends and family, I tried to include a few simple to make/easy to mail cards in this kit.

We opted for “flatter” embellishments, smaller bows and no dimensional flowers on these cards.  But that does not mean boring!  You can fold this easel card flat for mailing, but it has loads of dimension when you stand it upright!

And I love the sweet simplicity of this card design!

The Card Folio

Because y’all have told me how much you love making card folios, I was sure to include one in this kit.  As a bonus, it has a shaker pouch on the cover.

Trust me…there’s plenty of fun tucked inside this easy to make design!

We clean up our scraps with these two darling gift tags.  Imagine how cute these will be tied onto a cookie plate or loaf of homemade bread.

Cosy Winter Christmas Card Kit Reveal on YouTube

What Comes in the Kit?

You’ll make one dozen cards, 2 folios and 2 gift tags with the supplies this loaded up kit.

If you are already subscribed to my Quarterly Card Making Kit, you will automatically receive your kit in the mail.

  • Cosy Winter 6×6 Paper Pad with 24 double-sided sheets of designer paper, 4 each of 6 designs.
  • 3 additional  cut apart sheets of Cosy Winter 12×12 designer paper
  • 6 sheets of 12×12 Carta Bella Designer paper
  • 5 sheets of 12×12 Champagne Shimmer Cardstock
  • 5 sheets 12×12  of Avocado Linen Cardstock
  • 10 rusty jingle bells
  • 6 rusty embellishments: 2 each hearts, snowflakes, and stars
  • 10 wooden buttons in assorted sizes
  • 3 yards of gold and white twine
  • 2 yards of green gingham ribbon
  • 1 vellum envelope/1 kraft envelope
  • Snowman shaker mix
  • Basic Written Guide
  • Private Links to 4 step by step video tutorials

The price for the kit is $52.99.

Subscribe to The Button Farm Club Quarterly Card Kit or order your kit HERE

I can’t think of anything more fun than having a Christmas Card Making Party, can you?  Christmas PJ’s, hot chocolate, carols playing in the background as you make these festive cards.  You’ll have them all made, addressed and mailed right on time!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Heartfelt Creations September 2021 Alumni Blog Hop

Heartfelt Creations September 2021 Alumni Hop Rustic Sunflowers by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Heartfelt Creations September 2021 Alumni Blog Hop: Rustic Sunflowers

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations September 2021 Alumni Blog Hop!  The hop starts here and finishes up over on the Heartfelt Creations Blog.  and runs until 11:55 PM EDT on Monday, September 27th, 2021.

At that time a randomly chosen comment from a mystery blog will be chosen to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card.

Heartfelt Creations will be giving away a second $25 gift card chosen randomly from the comments left on their blog.

Winners will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. The winner has 72 hours to claim the prize by emailing [email protected] Please write “Winner of the September 2021 Alumni Hop” in the subject line.

Rustic Sunflowers

Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflowers by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Sunflowers and fall seem to go together, don’t they?  For my inspiration piece, I’ve created a 7″ x 5″ top fold card folio featuring the Rustic Sunflowers paper pad and dies. Here’s how to create the card base.

  • First, trim an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of chocolate brown cardstock to measure 7″ x 10 1/2″.
  • Then score the long side of the cardstock at 5″, 5 1/2″ .
  • Now fold along the score lines to create a top fold card with a 1/2″ spine.
  • Next, line the inside of the card with patterned papers.  (See photos below.)
  • Create a box style pocket from a 9″ x 3″ panel of brown cardstock.  Score two 1/2″ lines on sides and two 1/2″ lines on the bottom.  Trim out the corners and fold to form the pocket.  Then adhere it to the base of the card interior.
Making the Rustic Sunflowers

Whenever time is short, I like to die cut the flower layers from the paper pad instead of stamping and then die cutting.  Half the work is already done for you!  Here’s how I finished up the Rustic Sunflowers on this card.

  • First, die cut one whole sheet of the printed sunflower layers from the Rustic Sunflower paper pad.
  • Then shape the petal layers in the Rustic Sunflower Shaping Mold.
  • Now use a sponge dauber to brush Rusty Hinge Distress Oxide Ink lightly over the edges of the flower layers.
  • Next, adhere 2 sunflower layers together, staggering the petals. Place each flower on a foam mat and press around the center of the flower.
  • Now mist the finished flowers lightly with Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle.  (This mist is retired, but you can find new mica mists from Ranger Inks.  I will link below.)
  • Finally, fill the center of each sunflower with hot glue and immediately sprinkle with seed beads.  Use a funnel tray to catch the beads so you don’t have a big mess to clean up.
Putting it all together

Now die cut the Elaborate Oval Frame Die twice: once from white cardstock and once from patterned paper.  Adhere the two frames together to create strength.  Back the center of the frame with 1/8″ foam tape

Next, cut the center from a card front and lightly distress the edges.  Stamp a sentiment on the image and back it with foam tape.  Then center it over the frame.

Cut and distress a 6 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ panel of patterned paper and adhere it to the card front.  Then cut a 5″ x 4″ panel of the blue medallion pattern, back it with foam.  Center and adhere over the first panel.  Now adhere the frame in the center of the card front.  Arrange your sunflowers around the base. Add brown plaid bows and burlap string bows to the corners.  Embellish with Say it in Crystals swirls and little metal brads.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek at the inside of the card.  Don’t you just love this paper collection?

The box pocket gives you the perfect place to tuck in a tea bag, chocolate, honey packet and silver spoon.  Your pretty card just became a gift!  When the treats have all been consumed, the pocket is a great place to store photos, recipe cards or other memorabilia.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what crafty inspiration the rest of the alumni team has prepared for you!

Kathy (YOU ARE HERE) ♥ Alissa Vicki  ♥ Candy  ♥ Amarilys Carole  ♥ Emily  ♥ Lisa  ♥ MonicaOksana  ♥ Heartfelt Creations Blog

Don’t forget to pop over to the Heartfelt Creations blog for a chance to win that 2nd $25 gift card!  Enjoy the hop!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

SUPPLY LIST

Hello, Hedgehog Card Tutorial

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

Ciao Bella Hello Hedgehog Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Since Autumn is officially here, I thought I’d dig into the Closet of Inspiration and Delight to put together this Ciao Bella Hello Hedgehog Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday.  This is one of my all time favorite fall collections as it is filled with woodsy images, rustic textures and….wait for it…hedgehogs!  Oh my stars and crowns!  Does it get any better than hedgehogs and toadstools?  I think not!

Hello Hedgehog Card Tutorial Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn by Kathy Clement

It’s easy to see why I love this paper collection so much.  My imagination just runs wild every time I take it out for a play date.  Today, these handsome mushrooms caught my eye.   (My mom always called them Toadstools.  Anyone else familiar with that vernacular?)  Our handsome hedgehog is coming out to gather his dinner.  How convenient to have his garden so close to his front door.

Simple Tricks and Techniques

Simple tricks and techniques make all the difference in this 5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ top fold card.

  • First, ink all the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  This helps to frame each layer and keep them separate.
  • Next, lightly distress the bittersweet cardstock layer to add extra texture.
  • Then, use a craft knife to trim around the outline of the mushrooms.  I’ll share a nifty trick in the tutorial that makes that knife glide around the images.

  • Now add a little fussy cutting to add a pop of color to the card design.
  • Next, ground the corner of the hedgehog image with a twine bow.

Spatter fall flowers with diluted paint to give them that perfect touch of fall.  Yummy! Brown and Cream Tartan Ribbon is the perfect finishing touch.

A Peek Inside

Piece together compatible sections of paper from your scraps to decorate the inside of the card.  I’ll show you how to do this in the tutorial below.

If there’s a pocket…there must be something to tuck inside.  Fall teas, a little note card and a tag do the trick nicely, thank you very much!

Throwback Thursday Hello Hedgehog Tutorial on YouTube

Now if you’d like to see this card come together in real time, please enjoy this video tutorial.

This paper collection was  hard to find, even when it was newly released.  A quick Google search revealed that it can be found in bits and pieces in various online shops.  THIS LINK will take you to my page search if you wish to add it to your Closet of Inspiration and Delight.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Throwback Thursday.  I’m smack in the middle of creating my Button Farm Club Christmas card kit, so I hope I will be able to squeeze in one more Throwback in September.  Many of you wanted me to share the tutorial for the Let it Snow Folio Base.  I’m working on it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

PS:  If you’d like to see past projects made with Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn, please click HERE.

Prima Autumn Sunset Forest Friends

Spellbinders Sparkling Mandala Prima Autumn Sunset Forest Friends Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Prima Autumn Sunset Forest Friends Card with Spellbinders Sparkling Mandala

Hello, Friends!  Today marks the first day of Fall, so it’s the perfect time to share this Prima Autumn Sunset Forest Friends card with you.  If you listen closely, you can hear the leaves fluttering softly onto the forest floor where Mr. Fox is keeping watch over a napping fawn.  Can you smell the crisp air?  Feel the breeze as it blows by your cheek?  It’s fall, my friends!  The most glorious season of the year!

Spellbinders Sparkling Mandala from the Merry Stitchmas Collection

Don’t you just love it when a die offers lots of options?  The Spellbinders Sparkling Mandala Die is technically part of their Christmas collection.  But it works beautifully on this fall themed card, too!  Just because the product packaging says “Christmas” it doesn’t mean you have to limit the usage to that season!

I also opted not to add stitching to my die.  (To see one that has been stitched, look HERE.)  Instead, I cut just the outer frame of the die from copper foiled paper.  Then I die cut patterned paper with the insert inside the frame.  When you layer the two pieces together, the copper foil shimmers through the little stitched openings.  It’s a very pretty effect!

A Little Mixed Media

Add a little mixed media action to your composition by sprinkling some mustard seeds around the base.  I like to use Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive for this, but you can use whatever adhesive you like.  Mulberry flowers, layered die cut ephemera, glittered leaves, machine stitching and lots of loose threads add texture and interest to the card design.

A Peek Inside

The inside is a simple pocket with a fall tea bag, chocolate and honey stick tucked inside.  You can see that I dressed up the pocket with another sparkling mandala die cut.  This time I topped it with a butterfly.

Now all I need to do is write a little note on the journal card, and this sweet card is ready for the mailbox.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use with this versatile die.  I have other ideas…I just need the time to bring them to life.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Fireflies and Mason Jars

Fireflies and Mason Jars: A Farewell to Summer with the Grandgirls and Reneabouquets

Hello, Dear Friends!  Today is the last day of summer, so I’m saying goodbye with Fireflies and Mason Jars.  Before we continue, I should let you know that this post is brought to you by the Grandgirls.   They created the projects and took the photographs.  How about that?

We spent a lovely summer afternoon playing with these darling Personalized Mason Jars from Reneabouquets.   The sweet little kit comes with a nice sized beautiful board mason jar, firefly Printed Beautiful Board and a lovely array of flowers.  Even the twine and the metal wire hanger comes in the kit!

Renea will laser cut any name or word that you wish to add to the kit.  How special is that?  The girls loved arranging their names and the sweet fireflies on the jars.  They even made up a story to go along with their individual hangings.  What is better than an hour spent talking, creating, laughing and imaging with the little people who make your heart so happy?

The craft was completely stress free, and almost completely mess free.  If Nan (that’s ME!) had not opted to add some sequins and glitter glass to the festivities, we would have been completely mess free! But life is short, and girls of all ages love sparkly things.  The small mess was really worth it.

Summer to Fall Poem

Several years back, I was inspired to write this little verse about the transition from summer to fall.  I share it with my gentle readers as a tribute to the passing of the season.

Sweet Surrender

  by Kathy Clement

Gentle asters hug the wall

   where Autumn’s sunlight

softly falls.

A purple crown…

   a burst of splendor.

Summer bows

  in sweet surrender.

I hope you had the chance to make some special summer memories, my friends!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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