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Blooming Beautiful Fall Cards

Authentique Splendor Fall Cards by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Blooming Beautiful Fall Cards with Authentique Splendor and Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a duo of Blooming Beautiful Fall Cards to share with you.  I’ve paired up some of my favorite Authentique Papers with some beautiful fall ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Toss in a beautiful die cut doily and some handmade sunflowers and you’ve got a glorious sunny fall day on paper!  Since each of these 5 1/2″ square cards is made the same way, they come together in a jiffy!  I’ll be sharing the recipe with you so you can make your own.  Use whatever papers and theme you like!

TIP:  Ribbon doesn’t always have to be tied into a bow.  For these cards, I created an elegant border with 5/8″ Cappuccino Satin with a Grosgrain Edge Ribbon.  Attach the ribbon with 1/2″ Scor-Tape.  Leave the ends slightly longer than the card panel.  Then wrap the ends around to the back side of the card for a neat and tidy finish.

TIP:  No room for a bulky bow?  Fold a 4″ piece of ribbon in half.  Cut fishtails on the ends.  Then tuck beneath a floral arrangement to add a touch of color and texture.  This Sunflower Satin Ribbon is a match made in heaven for these Splendor papers. Add a touch of rustic charm with  loopy Burlap String Bows.

The Recipe

All the papers for this card come from the Splendor 6×6 Paper Bundle.

  • First, create a 5 1/2″ square top fold card base from one sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ kraft cardstock.
  • Next cut a 5 1/8″ square of the fall plaid pattern. Save the off cut of this panel.
  • Cut a 5 1/4″ square of yellow cardstock and a 5 3/8″ square of brown cardstock.
  • Then cut a 2 1/2″ x 5 1/8″ panel of the fall pumpkins.
  • Now layer the cut papers on the cardstock mats as follows:
    • First put down the fall plaid paper panel.
    • Next layer in the offcut from the fall plaid paper about 3/4″ from the left hand edge.
    • Then add the fall pumpkin layer.
    • Now stitch the panels to the cardstock mats on your sewing machine.

TIP: Steer clear of a sticky situation by placing your adhesive in the center of each panel and away from the sides.  This way, your sewing machine needle will not get gummed up and your thread will not break.

  • Now you are ready to wrap the card panel with your Scor-Tape and Ribbon.
  • Die cut two Doily Rounds from cream cardstock and adhere in the center of the card.
  • Then punch out the oval sentiment from the Cardstock Elements sheet.  Back with two layers of dimensionals and adhere in the center of the doily.
  • Add flowers, rhinestones, ribbons and vintage buttons to finish the card design.

TIP: You can use handmade flowers, or pre-made flowers.  Both are gorgeous. Find a tutorial for making these sunflowers HERE.

A Peek Inside

Now we will finish the inside of the card.  It’s easy, peasy!

  • First, cut (2) 5 3/8″ panels of designer paper and adhere to the top and bottom of the card.
  • Next, create a pocket with the rectangular die cut sentiment from the Elements sheet. Just place your adhesive on the sides and bottom.
  • Create a belly band with a 1 3/4″ x 5 3/8″ strip of the pumpkin pattern.  Adhere just the top and bottom edges to the fall check.
  • Mat a 3×4 journal card on a 3 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ panel of cardstock.  Score in half and fold to make a little notecard to tuck inside the belly band.
Blooming Beautiful Fall Cards: The Twin

This “Twin” card is made in exactly the same way as the first card.  Just change out your patterned papers and sentiment.  Here’s a look at the details.

The only thing nicer than one cheery fall card is two!  And you can save time by making these cards at the same time.

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Throwback Thursday Autumn Butterflies Easel Card

Throwback Thursday Autumn Butterflies Easel Card

Hello Friends!  Today’s Throwback Thursday project is a lush, layered Autumn Butterflies Easel Card made with Prima’s Autumn Sunset Collection.  The sad story is this:  I dutifully filmed a tutorial as I was making this card.  Making a card while filming a tutorial always takes me 2 or 3 times longer, but I know how much you enjoy them.  So I do it.  Imagine my dismay and frustration when the video was deleted from my new phone.  (Learning curves are tricky to navigate.  Ugh.)  But the end project is so pretty, I had to share it with you as planned.  I’ll try to share lots of tips and tricks to help you recreate it.

Autumn Butterflies

Have you ever noticed how many butterflies you see in the fall?  And they are huge!  The graceful beauties flitting about in our backyard inspired this card made primarily with scraps.

  • To begin, cut  (2) 5″ x 8 1/2″ panels from cream cardstock.
  • Next, adhere the 5″ edge of one panel to the 5″ edge of the second panel.  You want a 1/4″ overlap.
  • Now score this long panel at 7″  and fold to form a 5″ x 7″ Top fold card.
  • Trim the extra length off the bottom of the card.
  • Now score the card front at 3 1/2″ to form an easel card base.
  • Then cut a 5″ x 7″ panel of brown cardstock.  Do not adhere this to the card front yet.
  • Mat a 4 5/8″ x 6 5/8″ panel of designer paper on a 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ panel of kraft cardstock.
  • Then mat a 4″ x 6″ Autumn Sunset Journal card on kraft and brown mats as seen in the photo below.
Create a Focal Point

Create a focal point with die cuts, ephemera cards, Reneabouquets Beautiful Board and Butterflies.

  • First, cut the Spellbinders Lattice Quadrante Die from patterned paper and from Copper Foiled paper.
  • Next, adhere the two die cut layers together so that the edges are offset as seen in the photo.
  • Then, carefully cut the die on the diagonal lines to make 4 pieces.
  • Layer a foiled ephemera card (“Album”) with the Reneabouquets “Tree of Life” Beautiful Board, a scrap of canvas fabric, another ephemera card, and the “Love” ephemera piece.  Use dimensionals between the layers.
  • Then adhere the cut pieces of the Lattice Quadrante behind the focal image.  Place the scrolled edges on the side and the pointed lattice edges top and bottom.

The final touch is the gorgeous Champagne Butterfly in the center of the Tree of Life Frame.  I deliberately kept the card front simple and elegant so that the beauty of each element would have a chance to shine.

A Peek Inside

I created this primarily as a home décor item,   But I did add a small sentiment panel inside the card.

I hope this Throwback Thursday inspires you to dig through some of your retired fall papers and make something beautiful.

You’ll find a linked supply list below.  If you’d like to purchase this card you can find it in my ETSY Shop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Note: Throwback Thursday projects are designed to help you use up older papers and collections.  For that reason, I cannot always link to retired products.  Thanks for understanding!

 

 

Spellbinders Sparkling Holidays Cards

Spellbinders Sparkling Holidays Card Kit of the Month October 2019 by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders Sparkling Holidays Cards

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a sweet and simple trio of Spellbinders Sparkling Holidays Greeting Cards to share with you.  When my friend on the social media team asked me if I’d be willing to create a few samples with last year’s October Card Kit of the Month, I was more than happy to pitch in.    I’m more used to designing card kits than I am to creating with a kit that someone else has put together.  But I’m always up for a challenge!  The kit is lovely, and I’m glad Spellbinders decided to make it available to non-card club members.  You can see all the elements in the kit HERE.

The biggest challenge for me was using only the items that came in the kit.  No extra buttons, flowers or bows allowed!  But, I was allowed to use basic Spellbinder shaped dies in addition to the accent dies that came with the kit.  All the cards I’m going to show you today measure 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  The card bases and envelopes come with the kit.

Mitten Mouse Cutaway Card

What could be cuter than a mouse in a mitten?  Here’s how this card came together.

  • First, cut away 1″ from the right hand side of the card front.
  • Then line the interior of the card with a 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ panel of designer paper from the kit.
  • Next, cut a 3 1/8″ x 5 1/2″ panel of paper to cover the card front.

TIP:  Die cut a circle from patterned paper.  Then mat it on a slightly larger circle cut from colored cardstock.  This creates a great background for a small focal image.

  • Now adhere the die cut circle to the card front so that it overhangs the cutaway.
  • Next, adhere the calendar.  Place a glitter star over the “25” to make it stand out.
  • Then die cut the word “Merry” from the silver foil that comes in the kit.  Adhere as seen in the photo.
  • Finally, adhere the mitten mouse sticker.
Holiday Ornaments Card

  • Cover a card front with a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ panel of  the pink cardstock from the kit.
  • Next, cut a 3 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ panel of cardstock.  Center and adhere this over the pink.
  • Now cut a 2″ x 5 1/2″  panel of the blue night sky paper and adhere as seen.
  • Adhere the star border sticker on the left.
  • Then layer the die cut ornaments, flower and branches using the foam tabs that come in the kit to add lots of dimension.
  • Finally, die cut “Merry Christmas” from the foil paper using the die that comes with the kit. Adhere rhinestones to the berry branches to add extra sparkle.
Toy Soldier Mouse

This card is very similar to the Mitten Mouse card.  The only real difference is that I did not do a cutaway edge.  And, I die cut some small poinsettia embellishments to add a little holiday sparkle to the card layout.  Once again, that circle die came to the rescue. I love the way it helps to soften all the edges of the card.  It also draws the eye to the cluster of small embellishments.

I’ll be back soon with a few more card samples made from this kit.  These cute cards will be added as “extra helpings” to orders from my Etsy shop.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below. Even if you don’t have this kit, you can use these basic card recipes as a template in your own card making.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Happy World Card Making Day Giveaway!

Happy World Card Making Day Giveaway!  Brand New Button Farm Card Club Kit Reveal

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to my Happy World Card Making Day Giveaway and Button Farm Card Club Kit Reveal!  As an avid cardmaker, I love this day dedicated to the creative pursuit of the handmade card.  What could be a more perfect time to reveal my latest Button Farm  Card Club Kit?  This quarter we are celebrating the glorious colors and patterns of autumn with Authentique Paper’s vibrant Splendor Paper Collection.

 

Lots and Lots and Lots of Cards for World Card Making Day

I’ve put together a wonderful assortment of greeting card designs for this kit.  Here’s a peek at the different styles we’ll be making this quarter.

Sunflowers!  My favorite bloom!  So we’ll be making these cheery sunflower shaker cards.

Designing these Buckle and Flap cards was so much fun!  Wait ’til you see how they function in the reveal video below.

I can see about a dozen different ways to use these “Party in a Box” Pocket Cards.  You can customize these by adding your favorite treats and wee gifts to the box pocket.  How fun is that?

You’ll “Fall” in love with these Slimline Belly Band Cards.

Do you know what happens when you take a standard 4×6 card base and score it in a unique way?  You get a trio of totally adorable Tab Top Card Folios.  These would make wonderful place cards on your Thanksgiving table, too!

Good things come in small packages.  And these darling Tag Shaped Pocket cards are really good!  You get a fussy cutting tutorial when we make these sweet cards.

This Sunburst Thanksgiving Card might just be my favorite of all the designs in this kit.  For one thing, it’s just as cute as it can be.  For another, the design is a great way to use up all those pretty little scraps of your designer paper.

And you knew I would have to include a card folio, didn’t you?  This trifold design has a lovely hidden pocket panel inside as well as lots of room for fall photos.

That’s a total of 15 cards and 8 unique card designs!  And once you learn how to make these card bases, you’ll have that knowledge locked up in your crafty toolbox to use over and over again.

Splendor Card Kit Reveal Video

If you’d like to see these cards in action as well as take a closer look at the goodies in this kit, please enjoy this short reveal video.

Splendor Card Club Kit Details

Look at all the delicious paper pretties that come in this month’s kit!  There are 12 double-sided sheets of 12×12 Splendor papers, a 12×12 die cut elements sheet, 6 sheets of color-matched Spectrum Cardstock, 7 sheets of 12×12 kraft cardstock, fall flowers, ribbon, 10 yards of twine, apple buttons, acorns and kraft doilies to play with.  Everything about this kit makes me feel all warm and cozy inside.

If you would like to purchase this all-inclusive kit, the price is only $53.99.  The Club Subscription Kit price is even lower…only $48.59!  That’s about $3.25 per card, which is an amazing deal.

To order the kit, click HERE.  You can find out all about the Card Kit Club HERE.

Along with all the goodies you see in the photo, you’ll also receive a written PDF basic guide and private links to video tutorials.  We will make the cards together, so it’s just like taking a card class…only you can wear your pajamas!

World Card Making Day Giveaway

Laura and I are celebrating World Card Making Day by offering one of my readers a FREE Splendor Card Club Kit!

To enter the giveaway, you must be subscribed to my blog and my YouTube Channel.  Then just leave a comment below.  I’ll draw a winner on Monday, October 5th and announce it in my blog post for that day.

Wishing you all a joyful and creative World Card Making Day!

Cheerio,

kathy

A Magical Christmas Card Kit Release

Authentique A Magical Christmas Card Kit by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 01

A Magical Christmas Card Kit Release for The Button Farm Club and Exciting News!

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m excited to share A Magical Christmas Card Kit Release for The Button Farm Club with you.  I’ve been planning this huge kit for weeks now.  There’s more exciting news, too…so make sure you read all the way to the bottom of this post to discover what else is in the works!

Santa’s Nice List

This is the perfect time to get started on your Christmas cards.  It’s too hot to spend more than a few minutes outside, so you might as well “chill out” with this gorgeous Christmas collection from  Authentique.  I might have gotten a bit carried away when planning this kit.   You will be making 12 Christmas cards: one for each of the 12 Days of Christmas.  Then, because I don’t want you to ever get bored, there are 2 lovely little folios included in the kit.  And because Santa says you’ve been very, very good this year, I’ve stuffed 3 adorable Gift Card Pocket Tags into your Christmas stocking!  Finally, we will make 6 darling gift tags that are cute enough to hang on the tree as ornaments.

The Card Folios

This 6×6 gatefold style card folio has lots of room for your favorite family photos.  Add a family picture, photos of the tree, Christmas morning, or baking cookies to quickly and easily capture your special Christmas memories.

This lovely folio has lots of nooks and crannies for both large and small photos.  Y’all know how much I love an interactive card folio, and this one ticks all the boxes.

This sweet mini trifold folio can be used as a journal, or for wallet sized photos.

This would be such a thoughtful handmade gift for grandparents or family that is far away this year.

The second folio is a little brag book with a darling belly band closure.

Quick and easy to  make, this one is perfect for a stocking stuffer!

It’s also a great Secret Santa gift!

Pop Up Cards

Because I love a good pop up card, you’ll find 4 of them in this kit.  These are simple to make but impressive to give.

Tuck a gift card or small treat in the pocket (each card has one) and you’ve got a gift!

Easel Cards

Decorate your Christmas mantel with this darling pair of easel cards.  You’ll learn how to make the rosettes in the tutorial, too.

Shaker Cards

These shaker cards are sooo easy to make!   Santa’s elves shared some magical card making tricks with me, and I’m passing them on to you.

Easy to Mail

This sweet trio of easy to mail cards will only need one postage stamp to mail.

Box Pocket Card

Tall & Skinny Cards are trending this year, and you’ll be right in style with this precious box style card.  This is another card that you can turn into a gift.

Gift Card Pocket Tags

Last minute gift giving?  We’ve got you covered with a trio of handsome gift card pocket tags.  Quick and easy to make, these stylish gift card holders would also look great on the tree.

Good Things…Small Packages

Look at these cute gift tags!  Tie these on a cookie plate and you are good to go!

What Comes in A Magical Christmas Card Kit?

This is one loaded kit! Laura and I have been searching for special goodies to add to this kit for months!  You’ll receive everything you need to create all the projects seen here except for basic crafting supplies like adhesives, punches, and cutting tools.  Take a look:

  • Authentique “A Magical Christmas” 12×12 collection kit with 16 double-sided 12×12 designer papers and a die cut cardstock elements sheet.
  • Eight 12×12 sheets of color matched Spectrum Cardstock
  • Seven 12×12 sheets of white cardstock
  • Little Birdie Flowers
  • 2 yards of Christmas Plaid Ribbon
  • Burlap String: 2 yards each of red and green
  • Christmas Buttons
  • Wooden Christmas Stickers
  • 2 Red Window Envelopes
  • Christmas Sequin Mix
  • Rhinestones
  • Pearl Stick Pins
  • Links to private video tutorials that are like taking an online card making class with me
  • Full color basic instructions

The prices is only $53.99!  Seriously, you could not buy all the elements in this kit for less!

Exiting News!  Subscribe and save 10%

So here’s the really big news: The Button Farm Club is starting a quarterly Card Club!  Four times a year, I will design an exclusive kit for the Button Farm Club.  The kits will be themed to the season and filled to the brim with card making goodness, just like this one.

When you subscribe to the kit, you are guaranteed to be first on the list to receive it.  And, you will also save 10% on the “a la carte” price each quarter.  The subscription price of $48.59 saves you 10% each quarter.  Kits will be released in August (Christmas)  November (fall themed) February ( spring) and May (summer).

So many of you have expressed a desire to take a class with me, and since I don’t travel teach, this is a great way for us to connect.

Purchase the card kit at The Button Farm Club.  You will see an option to sign up for the Quarterly card club , too.

Card Kit Reveal on YouTube

As always,  I am so thankful for the enthusiasm over these Button Farm Club Kits!  If you’d like to see past kits, or purchase tutorials for past kits, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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