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Old World Father Christmas Card

Old World Father Christmas Card Little Birdie Crafts by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Old World Father Christmas Card with Little Birdie Crafts

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Old World Father Christmas Card is loaded up with brand new paper pretties from Little Birdie Crafts.  Their much-anticipated line of Christmas goodies has been loaded up in Santa’s sleigh and delivered to their online store!  What fun I had playing with these lovely Christmas flowers, stickers, wreaths and ribbons!

Old World Father Christmas Card with Little Birdie Crafts by Kathy Clement Photo 01

The base for this 5″ x 7″ top fold card is made up of bits and bobs from Prima’s retired Vintage Christmas papers.   After machine stitching them together, I began to build this pretty Christmas vignette.

TIP:  Christmas Tartan Ribbon does double duty in this card.  First, it adds texture, color and pattern as a belly band.  But it also hides a gap between 2 scraps of designer paper.

TIP: Dry brush Christmas wreaths with ivory paint to give them a snowy appearance.  I also carefully removed the poinsettia branches and turned the foliage to face out. This allowed me to add my sisal tree and vintage Father Christmas image.

TIP: Spatter white paint liberally to add snowy effects to your creation.  This is probably the quickest and easiest way I know to add an artsy feel to a card.

A Peek Inside

This vintage Santa comes bearing gifts!  The image pops off a scrap of green suede paper that I found in my Christmas stash.

Here’s a little Christmas party in a pocket.  Tea with a candy cane stirrer, honey to sweeten the tea, a bit of chocolate to savor while enjoying a quiet moment…what could be more perfect?

I’ll link to all the  new Christmas goodies below.  I think I’ll also go back and list to the Little Birdie items I used in the Very Victorian Christmas Card and the Woodland Christmas card now that they are in the shop.  I know it’s late for Christmas shopping, but you’ll have all these supplies on hand for next year!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Woodland Christmas Tag Card

Polly's Paper Studio Woodland Shabby Tag Christmas Card with Little Birdie Crafts Poinsettias by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Woodland Christmas Tag Card

Hello, Friends! Let’s get this wonderful Wednesday started with a cheery Woodland Christmas Tag Card.  Grab a cuppa and let’s get started!

What do you do when you have bits and pieces from favorite paper collections?  If you are like me, you put them together to create a lovely hodgepodge style card.  This 6×6 creation uses leftover bits from my Button Farm Club Cosy Christmas Card Kit.  Pair them up with a Shabby Woodland Christmas Tag from Polly’s Paper Etsy and some gorgeous Poinsettias.  Next, tie a bow with Little Birdie Tartan Ribbon.  Then tuck in some  Gold Glitter Stars and this hodgepodge comes together as a visual treat!

TIP: Create a dimensional background with an old Christmas Snowflake Ornament!

TIP: Stack itty bitty fussy cut images together to create a big visual impact.  First, back the images with foam tape to create dimension.  Then top them with a petite poinsettia.

A Peek Inside

Now dress up the inside of the card with a box pocket, more bits and pieces of paper and some lovely treats.

TIP: Product packaging is often pretty enough to use on a card!  The Cosy Christmas Tags packet had this lovely botanical print that was just too nice to toss in the trash bin.

Dress up a gift packet of hot chocolate with the product packaging! Then tie a couple of tags on with rustic twine. Now top with a Little Birdie gold glitter star and you’ve got a very pretty presentation.  Then tuck in a mini candy cane stirrer and a Ghiradelli Chocolate Snowman to complete the gift.

I love the challenge of using up all the bits and pieces of a card kit, don’t you?

You will find a linked supply list below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Yuletide Old Fashioned Christmas Card

Blue Fern Yuletide Old Fashioned Christmas Card by Kathy Clement Reneabouquets Beautiful Board Photo 01

Blue Fern Yuletide Old Fashioned Christmas Card with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board

Hello, Friends!  I am loving the nostalgic vibe from this Blue Fern Yuletide Old Fashioned Christmas Card. Warm woolen plaids and old barn boards take me back in time, how about you?  Now that Thanksgiving has passed, we are in full on Christmas mode here at Kathy by Design.  The little love birds  on this card make me feel very merry , indeed!

Blue Fern Yuletide Christmas Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

If you are looking for a way to add visual interest to your Christmas cards, why not try adding some circular elements?  After I removed the white centers from this wreath die cut, I replaced them with small images from the 8×8 paper pad.  Then I heat embossed Reneabouquets Small Santa Clock and added it to the mix.  Now the card just needs to be embellished.

Evergreen Trees, Snowflakes and Christmas Roses

First I altered a small sisal tree with ivory paint and glitter.  Then I clustered up some beautiful Reneabouquets Christmas flowers, mini pine cones and greenery around the base of the tree to ground it.

This wonderful Beautiful Board Clock adds some brightness to these darker, vintage paper patterns.  Shell buttons add a bit of shine, and more flowers is always a good idea.  Spatter the card with white paint to simulate falling snow for the perfect wintry feel.

These snowflake corners shimmer with glittery embossing powder in real life.   I’ve dressed it up even more with some flat back pearls.

A Peek Inside

Nothing drives away winter’s chill like a cup of hot cocoa!  So I created a box pocket inside the card to hold a packet.  The pocket is actually embossed grey cardstock that I brushed with white paint and metallic glaze.  For some reason, it photographed blue.  The camera does strange things sometimes.

The pocket also holds a little postcard, peppermint stick, gift wrapped Biscoff cookies and a Ghiradelli Chocolate.  Now it’s the perfect little Secret Santa or office exchange gift.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Cosy Winter Christmas Mittens Card

Cosy Winter Christmas Mittens Card

Hello, Friends!  I thought I’d pop in on this chilly Sunday morning to share my Cosy Winter Christmas Mittens Card with you.  We can warm up our hands and hearts as we sip on a cuppa and enjoy the details of this rustic card creation.

My mom knit the world’s best mittens.  Every summer evening she sat with her yarn basket by her side as she watched TV.  Those knitting needles flew through the air as her clever hands crafted warm and cozy mittens for the coming winter.  If I sit quietly and think about it, I can still hear the soft clicking of the metal needles and the swishing sound the needle shafts made as she knit and purled the extra long cuffs.  We were the only kids on the hill with those extra long mitten cuffs.  She wanted to make sure the snow didn’t slip in between our coat sleeves and our mittens while we were playing.  Moms think of everything, don’t they?  When it came time to stitch in the thumb, we had to awkwardly “try on” the mitten to make sure everything was placed “just so.”

Because of these happy memories, I  love a good mitten card at Christmas!

The Details

TIP: Run 3/8″ ribbon through the ends of a Tim Holtz Christmas Word Plaque.  This is an older version, but the new ones are cute, too.  Adhere this to the top of a banner piece, then tie little bows in the corners. Tiny star sequins add just the right amount of sparkle.

TIP: Add dimension with a die cut oval layer.  Back this with foam tape and tuck behind the banner.

TIP: Anchor the banner with a small cluster of white flowers and burlap string bows.

I found this rusty star ornament at a local flea market.  It was in a bag full of old rusty jingle bells and Christmas tree shapes.  How could I resist.  Dress it up for winter with a little faux snow and glitter.  Then string some mini jingle bells and a Tim Holtz word tag at the top.  Now finish it off with a ribbon and flower topper.  Simple details like this make all the difference!

TIP: Layer Christmas ribbon along the bottom edge of the card to add extra texture and visual interest.

A Peek Inside

Now turn this card into a sweet small gift by adding a pocket on the inside.  Add ribbon to the top of the pocket to dress it up. Then use your scraps to make a little treat wallet.  

Everyone deserves a bit of chocolate during the holidays!

Have you started making your Christmas cards yet?  I always say I’m going to get an early start, but I usually find myself scrambling to get them done in time….for New Year’s Day!  What can I say?  The cobbler’s children never have shoes!

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

Hope you have a joyful and creative Sunday, my friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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North Pole Exploding Mini Album Kit Release

Button Farm Club North Pole Exploding Mini Album Kit Release by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Button Farm Club North Pole Exploding Mini Album Kit Release

Hello, Friends!  This Button Farm Club North Pole Exploding Mini Album Kit Release might look a bit familiar to some of you.  That’s because I created this project for my Christmas In July week.  So many of you asked me for a tutorial that I decided to get Button Farm to put together a kit with all the supplies and instructions for you.  I think the version created for the kit came out even better than the original designYou’ll love displaying this 4” x 4” x 4 1/4” decorative box on your holiday table, work desk or mantel.

North Pole Trading Co. Exploding Mini Album Kit Release by Kathy Clement for The Button Farm Club Photo 01

The magnetic North Pole Tree Topper glistens with sparkling gold Christmas trees, a shiny ornament and a snow-topped wood slice.  The removable tree topper offers display options, too.  You can set it beside the album to create a festive holiday scene, and take it off when it comes time to store the album away.

Each of the 4 sides is fully decorated so that you can turn the box and display a different scene as you count down each week in December. 

Sweet Treats Inside

Everyone loves a little sweet treat at the holidays.  So the center panel of the album is a clear acetate box filled to the brim with 25 mini candy canes. We added one for each day to make the wait for Santa just a little bit sweeter.

The interactive album inside the box has room for more than 2 dozen photos, journaling cards, and pockets.

North Pole Gift Cards

And if gift cards are what’s in Santa’s sack this year, you will love making a set of 5 quick and easy to mail gift card holders. They are such a great way to personalize and dress up a monetary gift.  Best of all, even after you finish the exploding mini album and the card set, you’ll still have a nice stack of papers left over.  Make additional gift card holders, or turn them into a festive banner or folio.  

North Pole Exploding Mini Album Reveal on YouTube

Would you like to see all the goodies that Laura and I have stuffed into this kit?  Then please enjoy this short video tour on YouTube.

 

Kit Supplies and How to Order

This festive kit comes with links to private video tutorials, a basic written guide and all the supplies listed below:

  • North Pole Trading Company Collection Kit ( 12 sheets of double sided 12×12 designer paper plus the 12×12 cardstock sticker sheet)
  • North Pole Solids with 6 sheets of 12×12 coordinating Christmas Solids and Snowflake patterns. 
  • Ephemera Pack with 26 pieces
  • 3 sheets of 12×12 grocery bag cardstock
  • 1 acetate sheet (8 ½” x 11”)
  • 2 heavy duty disc magnets
  • Large and Small gold bottlebrush trees
  • 1 Christmas ornament
  • 3 mini rusty jingle bells
  •  wood slice
  • 1 container of faux snow
  • Christmas Ribbon/1 yard
  • 1 yard of burlap string
  • Roll of red line tape
  • 25 mini candy canes
  • Full-color Basic Written Guide
  • Private Video Tutorials Link

The price for the kit is $59.99.

You can order your kit today at The Button Farm Club.  All the supplies are in house, so the kit will ship in plenty of time for you to complete it before Christmas.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

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