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Vintage Spring Garden ATC Box Tutorial

Simple Stories Vintage Sprig Garden-ATC Tags-Tea Party in a Box-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

Simple Stories Vintage Spring Garden ATC Box Tutorial Day 2

Hello, Friends!  Just as I promised I’m back to Day Two for this Simple Stories Vintage Spring Garden ATC Box Tutorial. This sweet little box of tags makes a very pretty addition to  your spring home decor.  And it is so much fun to create! 

If you missed the first part of the tutorial where we made the tags, you can find it HERE

All That and a Tea Party in a Box!

Not only is this a a delightful box full of mixed media tags, it’s also a Tea Party in a Box!

Oh, did I forget to mention on Tuesday that there’s a sweet little pocket on the back of the box?  Well, now you know.  I tucked a tag and a tea wallet inside the pocket, but you could easily add spring photos, too.

Simple Stories Vintage Spring Garden-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

I fit the rest of the Tea Party in a Box between tags.  They fit nicely and it makes it more exciting to take the tags out of the box when you find cookies, chocolate, a vintage spoon and a honey stick hiding in there!

Simple Vintage Garden ATC Box Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to join me as I dress this box up in its spring finest, then please enjoy this tutorial on my YouTube channel.

Tips for Success

Here are a few last tips to help make your ATC Tag Box creation a success:

  • First, cut all the pieces before you start putting the box together.  You can find all the measurements in the description box below the YouTube video.
  • Second, use a liquid adhesive like Dries Clear Adhesive or Fabri-Tac to adhere the trims.  Hot glue will bleed through the fabric and leave marks.  Scor-Tape will have to be 1/8″ wide, and in my experience, it does not hold the trims in place when it is that heavy.
  • Thirdly, adhere the box feet with Dries Clear or some other very strong liquid adhesive.  Hot glue will not work well with metal!
  • Lastly, put the feet on your box as the very last step.  Then set the empty box aside for a few hours or overnight.  This gives the glue a chance to fully harden, and will keep your box feet nice and sturdy.

I hope you enjoyed this two-part tutorial.  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.  This item is also for sale in my Etsy Shop. 

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Simple Stories Vintage Spring Garden ATC Box of Tags

Simple Stories Vintage Sprig Garden-ATC Tags-Tea Party in a Box-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

Simple Stories Vintage Spring Garden ATC Box of Tags: March 2024 Tag of the Month Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  This Simple Stories Vintage Spring Garden ATC Box of Tags is our March 2024 Tag of the Month Tutorial.  It’s filled to the brim with pretty spring florals, cute garden images, and all kinds of shabby chic goodness.  If you love to decorate for spring, then I think you’re going to really enjoy making these mixed media tags.

This is a big project with 3 ATC tags, 2 Regular sized tags, a dressed up Graphic 45 ATC Box, and even a Tea Party in a Box tucked inside!  So it’s going to take us 2 days to complete this project.  Day One (today) will go over basic supplies and the process for making the tags.  On Day Two (Thursday) I will show you how to decorate the sweet little ATC box.

NOTE: If you don’t have an ATC box in your stash, you can use any sturdy lidded box that measures 4 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ x 2 3/8″.

Mixed Media ATC Tags
 

Graphic 45 ATC Boxes come with a set of 3 ATC tags.  These little tags make a BIG visual impact thanks to pretty floral ephemera pockets.  We’ll add some fun mixed media texture with ink, stencils, and crackle paste.  And, there are two side to these little tags, as you will see in the video tutorial below.

Vintage Garden Regular Tags

Dig in and create some sweet garden collages on the regular sized kraft tags.  Layer ephemera, flowers, stickers and enamel dots to create a springtime garden on paper.  These tags are double-sided as well, and I’ll show you how to do it all in the video tutorial below.

Simple Stories Vintage Spring Garden ATC Box of Tags Tutorial on YouTube

Please enjoy Day One of this two-day tutorial.

Even if  you don’t have all the supplies to make the ATC Box, this tag tutorial can be used to make lovely little gifts, place cards, or home decor for springtime gatherings.

I’ll be back on Thursday to share the tutorial for making the box.

This item is also for sale in my Etsy Shop. 

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Simple Stories Baking Spirits Bright Cookbook Cover

Simple Stories Baking Spirits Bright Cookbook Cover-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

Simple Stories Baking Spirits Bright Cookbook Cover and Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe

Hello, Friends!  I thought I’d pop in today and share how I put together this Simple Stories Baking Spirits Bright Cookbook Cover.  Last year I decided I really needed to update the “made from scratch” cookbook that I’ve been using for the past 30+ years.  Many of the pages were falling out, the spine was crumbling and it was just a general mess.

While I was editing the recipes, I decided I wanted to have 2 separate binders: one for my everyday recipes, and one dedicated strictly to my holiday recipes.  Christmas baking is a very big deal in our family.  When our first son was born, I started a tradition of baking each family member’s favorite cookie at Christmas time.  Not a big deal, as our family consisted of just Dale, Peter and myself.  But then along came Liz…followed quickly by Kimberly and Andrew and finally Joel.  Oh, and my mom moved in with us, too.  So that meant 8 different kinds of Christmas cookies each year.

Then, the kids got married, so their spouses had to have their favorites…and then…the grandchildren…so you get the picture.  I make about 12 different kinds of Christmas cookies every year.  And of course there are the special breads and main dishes and sides that we enjoy at various parties and holiday meals.  See why I  needed a separate cookbook?

Double Duty Kitchen Decor

The cookbook looks super cute displayed in the vintage hutch that sits in the eating area of our kitchen.  The Simple Stories Snap Binder even matches the color of the hutch!  When Sophie and I were decorating for Christmas yesterday, she said, “Nan, you really should decorate the cover of this recipe album and put it in the hutch.”  So I did.

Because this is a “working” binder, I kept the embellishments a little simpler.  No big bows or fancy floral displays on this creation.  Just a few stickers from the paper collection, some cute kitchen embellishments and a simple ribbon border dress the cover up nicely.

Here’s a look at the spine.

TIP: Cut chipboard to fit inside the  metal label frame.  Now you can adhere the cute sticker to the chipboard and dress up the spine.

The ribbon border runs all the way around the base of the album.  And I could not resist adding this sticker to the back cover.

Simple Stories Baking Spirits Bright Cookbook Cover Process Video on YouTube

This isn’t really a tutorial, because I don’t really teach you anything.  But I do invite you to watch me dress up the cookbook cover.  If you’d like to join me, please enjoy this video on my YouTube channel.

 

My Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe

Since we’re talking Christmas and cookies and all things yummy, I thought I’d share my favorite Christmas cookie recipe with you.

Gingersnaps:  Soft and chewy, old fashioned flavor.  I like to double the spices.

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses (I like Grandma’s Molasses)
  • 2 1/4 cup Unbleached All Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • Coarse sugar like turbinado for rolling
  • Mix shortening, brown sugar, molasses and egg thoroughly in large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients except granulated sugar. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  • Heat oven to 375°F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Dip tops in granulated sugar. Place balls, sugared sides up, 3 inches apart on cookie sheet.
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes or just until set but not hard. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

I hope you enjoy!  What’s your favorite Christmas cookie?

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Marvelous Medallion Garden Party Card

Amazing Paper Grace Marvelous Medallion Garden Party Card Simple Stories Vintage Cottage Garden by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Amazing Paper Grace Marvelous Medallion Garden Party Card

Hello, Friends!  What could be more fun in the middle of winter than a Marvelous Medallion Garden Party Card?  I can almost feel the sunshine on my shoulders, how about you?  Today I’m introducing you to the Amazing Paper Grace February 2022 Die of the Month from Spellbinders.  Ooh-la-la!  This die is so beautiful when paired up with Simple Stories Vintage Cottage Fields paper collection!

Amazing Paper Grace Marvelous Medallion Die by Kathy Clement PHoto 01

Here’s how this card came together:

  • First, create a 6×6 top fold card with 1/4″ spines on the top and bottom edges.
  • Next, cut mats from white and peach cardstock.
  • Now cut a 5 1/4″ square of patterned floral paper and adhere to the mats.
  • Next, die cut the background medallion piece from melon cardstock.
  • Then die cut the top piece from cream cardstock.  Adhere the two pieces together. Place 1/8″ foam strips on the outer edges of the die cuts and glue to the sides of the card.
  • Now tie melon seam binding through the openings between the die cuts and tie a bow.

Making the Flowers

Every good garden party needs flowers!  The Marvelous Medallion set has 2 sizes of petal dies, foliage and stamen dies.  (I did not use the stamen dies on these flowers.)  You will want to die cut lots and lots of petal layers from your cardstock scraps.  Brush the edges with Abandoned Coral Distress ink to add some shading and detail to the flower edges.  My stamens are a blend of peach and mango small stamens.

A Peek Inside

You can see that I used the filigree banner die and another die cut medallion base to decorate the pocket and top half of my card.

Then I used my scraps to “gift wrap” some chocolate, a tea bag, and a honey stick.  It’s always nice to tuck a little note card into a pocket, so I made one of those from scraps as well.

How to Get the Die & More Samples

You can join the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club HERE. Members receive an expertly designed die set each month, complete with inspiration. Plus, members get store savings, extra deals, gifts, and more.

You might want to pop over to the Amazing Paper Grace Blog to see the gorgeous samples Becca has made with this new Die of the Month.  She’s got some great ideas to share with you.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Be Grateful Shaker Easel Card

Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Be Grateful Shaker Card by kathy Clement Photo 01

Be Grateful Shaker Easel Card with Simple Stories Autumn Splendor

Hello, Friends!  After I finished this week’s Throwback Thursday project, I decided to make this Be Grateful Shaker Easel Card.  After all, the papers, leaves, flowers, etc. were already out on my desk. The old mojo was flowing, and it was not quite time to fix dinner.  Plenty of good reasons to make “just one more” card with this lovely fall collection.  Do you ever do that?  I find it so tempting to ignore the load of laundry that needs to be folded in favor of working with a favorite paper collection.  Once the idea popped into my head to make a shaker card, well, let’s just say the laundry got folded later!

 

Putting It Together

Here’s how this cheery fall card came together:

  • First, cut a 5 1/2″ x 11 panel of kraft cardstock.  Score at  2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″ to form an easel card base.
  • Next, cut a 5 1/4″ square  of patterned paper to line the interior of the card base,
  • Then cut a 6 1/2″ x 3″ panel of kraft cardstock.  Score 1/2″ on the sides and bottom, trim out the corners, and fold the flaps to  create a pocket/brake for the easel.
  • Now cut a 5 1/2″ x 6 1/4″ panel of kraft cardstock. This will be the card front.
  • Next cut 5 1/4″ x 6″ and 5″ x 5 3/4″ mats with green and bittersweet cardstock.
  • Now top the layers with a 4 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ panel of the floral print.
Making the Shaker Element

Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Shaker Easel Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Oh, how I love a shaker frame on a card!  Especially when it is wrapped with knitted trim and wooden buttons! Here’s how I put this one together.

  • First, trace the outside edge of the frame onto a piece of clear acrylic cardstock.  Then trim along the traced lines.
  • Next, adhere the clear cardstock (acetate) to the back of the chipboard frame.
  • Now, place 3 rows of 1/8″ foam strips around the sides of the frame.  Be sure not to leave any gaps where beads or glitter might escape.
  • Then,  lightly sand the top, bottom and right hand side of the Simple Stories Autumn Glory Frame.  This will help the glue grab the surface of the frame.
  • Next, place 1/4″ Scor-Tape on the frame, and adhere strips of textured trim over it.
  • Now,  lightly fray the edges where the trim meets in the corners.
  • Then top the corners with inked and threaded wooden buttons.
  • Next, adhere the 2×2 image from the paper collection on the card front base.
  • Now place your mix of sequins, buttons, beads and rhinestone leaves on the card base.
  • Finally, remove the liner tape and press the frame in place.
A Peek Inside

Don’t you just love it when a card element can perform double duty?  The stopper for this easel card is also a pocket! Now this pretty card can function as a gift!

Turn a 3×4 image into a mini folio and tuck it inside the pocket.

Add a mini Lindt chocolate a fancy herbal tea bag inside the folio pocket.  And there’s plenty of room to tuck a honey stick inside the larger pocket.

This would make a great fall birthday card, or a thoughtful get well card.  As you can tell, I’m hanging on to my fall papers as long as I can.  They are just so lovely to work with! Keep an eye out for Christmas projects starting this week, though.  (But you never know when I will give in to the temptation to make just one more autumn creation!)

You can find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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