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Butterfly Kisses Shaker Easel Card Tutorial

Throwback Thursday Authentique Adore Butterfly Kisses with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Butterfly Kisses Shaker Easel Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  What could be more romantic than a Butterfly Kisses Shaker Easel Card Tutorial?  Welcome to Throwback Thursday!  This week, we’re pulling Authentique Paper’s 2015 Adore collection out of the Closet of Shame.  Although this is a Valentine collection, I think this card would work for just about any situation.  Are you ready to get your craft on?  Then let’s dig in!

Building the Base

Authentique Adore Shaker Easel Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

I think you are going to like this easel card base, as it’s a little different from what I usually do. That’s because I found a scrap of pink cardstock in the storage envelope when I rescued this pretty collection from the COS.  And since Throwback Thursday is all about using your stash, that’s exactly what I did!  Here’s how to make the base for this card.

  • First, score a 7″ x 12″ panel of pink cardstock at 2 1/2″, 5″ and 10″.
  • Now fold along the scored lines to create a 7″ x 5″ top fold easel card with a 2″ pocket on the inside. (Watch the video to see this done.)
  • Next, cut a 6 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ panel of designer paper to  line the inside panel of the card. Then cut 1″ x 1 7/8″ gussets for the sides of the pocket.  Fold the gussets in half and adhere to make the pocket.  Again, watch the video to see how this is done.
  • Line the pocket with a 7″ x 1 7/8″ panel of rose patterned paper.
  • Line the easel folds, inside and out, with 7″ x 2 3/8″ panels of designer paper.
  • Now create the focal image.  Mat a 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ panel of designer paper on two shades of pink cardstock.  Stitch around the perimeter, if desired.  This adheres on the front of the easel.
  • Then mat a 3″ x 4″ on 2 shades of pink cardstock and adhere alongside as seen in the video.
Creating the Shaker Frame

Die cut clear cardstock with a Spellbinder’s Large Standard Circle Die.  Adhere this on the back of the Reneabouquets printed beautiful board frame.  Add 3 layers of 1/8″ foam tape.  Add your shaker mix to the 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ focal.  Then adhere the frame.

TIP: Just for fun, add some Reneabouquets Tiny Treasures Butterflies to the shaker mix.  They “flutter” around when the card is shaken, which is really fun.

Add a cascade of Little Birdie Candy Roses and more Reneabouquets butterflies to the sides of the frame.

Creating the Stopper

The pocket serves as the stopper, or brake, for this easel card mechanism.  Dress it up with a heat embossed Beautiful Board Border.   I used Wow Vintage Romance Embossing Powder here and on the Reneabouquets Filigree Heart.

Heat emboss the Reneabouquets “Love” Beautiful Board Sentiment with Antique Gold Embossing Enamel.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a look at the inside of the card.

Plenty of room to tuck in a little tea wallet, vintage demitasse spoon, chocolate and honey stick.

Butterfly Kisses Shaker Easel Card Tutorial on YouTube

I hope you enjoy this Throwback Thursday video tutorial.

I’ll share a linked supply list below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Kathy by Design Studio Tour 2021

Kathy by Design Studio Tour 2021 Work Station by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Kathy by Design Studio Tour 2021

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to my Kathy by Design Studio Tour 2021!  It’s been a while since I last invited you into my crafty space.  Since I have so many new followers, I thought it might be fun to give you a little guided tour of my happy place.

My Work Station

The above photo is what I call the “heart” of my studio.  This large work station is about 4 1/2″ square.  The work surface is an old butcher block kitchen table top that I salvaged from our old house. (We downsized from our big family home to this cozy little ranch about 5 years ago.)

Since my room only measures about 11×11, I knew I wanted a peninsula style work station to maximize the space. I also knew I wanted a stand up desk so that I can move around with ease, and it’s healthier.  My clever husband and son anchored the butcher block into the wall, then added PVC style legs (using toilet flanges to secure them to the table top, no less!).  The height is customized to my preference, so I am very comfortable while working. The end result is a table that is super sturdy and secure.

Since the space under the table is open, I am able to store my Iris Carts (with the wheels removed) and other storage pieces all around the sides.  I store seasonal papers in Iris boxes under the table…and trust me, I use every square inch!

My Computer Desk

Kathy by Design Studio Tour 2021 Computer Station Photo 01

The wall opposite my work station houses my computer desk.  This is a simple office desktop that we snagged at Habitat for Humanity Restore.  It had a lovely desktop, but no drawers or storage.  This was perfect for me because again, I could fit my Iris carts beneath it.  Then my husband built some little shelves along the back side of it to house my planners, journals, devotional materials, and additional small storage units.  I really only sit here if I am blogging or editing videos.  I much prefer to work standing up.

This wall also houses my printer and floating decorative shelves.  My husband also built the little shelf unit that surrounds another Iris cart.  This is where I store all my cream, white, kraft, black and grey cardstock for card bases.  The Iris cart holds my monthly project kits for The Button Farm Club.

My Sewing Station

Now, y’all, I only sew on my cards and album covers.  I am so NOT a seamstress! But I do love to add machine stitching to my mixed media projects.  So I wanted a spot to keep my sewing machine set up and to use.  This inset window provided the perfect spot for another “floating” table top.  I have baskets of burlap, canvas and ticking stored here.  You’ll also find various laces and trims.  It makes sense to keep these things where I will be using them.  Little storage cubbies are easy to find at yard sales and thrift stores.  They make affordable storage for spools of thread, and I can store my few remaining wood stamps on the top.  I also have a nice view out the window and good lighting, which is crucial.

Mixed Media, Buttons, and Ink Storage

I store much of my mixed media in this tool turnaround and the white cabinet on the wall behind it.  The tool turnaround is a gift from my BFF, the amazing Ginny Nemchak of Polly’s Paper Studio.  (Check her out HERE….you will not be sorry!)  The revolving metal bins tool came from Harbor Freight.  I tried to find it online, but it seems they no longer carry it.  The white shelf was a yard sale purchase.

This is where i store all my shaker elements and lots of my buttons.  It’s actually a CD rack that I picked up new and in the box at a yard sale for $2.

This antique printer’s tray holds all my Distress re-inkers and alcohol inks.

Ribbon Storage

The two rolling carts on the front of my work station house my Really Reasonable Ribbon.  These are wound onto 1 1/2″ x 3 1/4″ pieces of mat board and secured with quilting pins.  Then I sort them by color families and put them in the tops of these rolling carts from Michaels.  The grid was already built into the top, so they were perfect for ribbon storage.

This ribbon rack is a little messy, but I actually like it this way.  To me, it looks like one of those shabby chic ribbon banners that people make.  This is where I hang a lot of my Reneabouquets trims and laces along with other vintage trims that I’ve collected over the years.

Hanging Storage

In a small studio, you have to use every bit of space.  My sister bought me three of these clear pocket shoe organizers to hang on the backs of my doors.  This one holds my Reneabouquets Beautiful Board and my Little Birdie Chipboard along with a few dies.  I have another of these hanging behind the door to my studio and my other closet.  They hold Spellbinders and Amazing Paper Grace dies.

The Infamous Closet of Shame

This room has 2 small closets, one on either side of my sewing station.  One closet holds my Heartfelt Creations stamps, dies and papers, Tim Holtz Idea-Ology stuff, and Prima papers.  The other holds all my Authentique papers.  I like to use these Totally Tiffany paper storage boxes to keep my papers organized and neat.

Studio Tour 2021 on YouTube

I hope you will enjoy this little studio tour on YouTube.

I’m always looking for ways to improve the use of this cozy space.  The space is never really “finished” as I change it to meet current needs.  But one thing is constant…I love being in this room!  (You can view an earlier studio tour HERE to see how I’ve changed things up.)

Thanks for visiting me today!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

 

Hooray for 2021!

Authentique Hooray Birthday Planner Album Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Hooray for 2021!  Birthday Planner Album Kit Reveal for The Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends! Hooray for 2021!  Let’s start this New Year off with a party…a birthday party, that is!  You’re going to be ready for every birthday celebration in 2021 thanks to this cute retro birthday planner album.  Designed by Kathy Clement exclusively for The Button Farm Club, this album is designed with organization and fun in mind.

We’ve used cheerful images and patterns from Authentique Paper’s “Hooray” collection to design a simple, fun and practical album.  Each of the 6 album sections features a calendar page (two months per section) a gift tag/pocket combo (6 gift cards in all) room to add photos, journaling and lists and 2 birthday cards.  (That’s 12 birthday cards in all!)  Cute cards for boys and girls are mixed in with humorous, slightly snarky cards for men and women.  

There’s a postage stamp storage wallet and an envelope pocket built into the album design so that you’ll always have everything you need at your fingertips when it’s time to send off a birthday greeting.

The best part is that this sturdy G45 Tag and Pocket album can be used over and over again!  Just fill it up with new cards and tags and you’re ready for the next year and the next year and….you get the idea!  

Hooray Birthday Planner Album Kit Reveal on YouTube

Here’s a short video tour so you can see all the wonderful elements in this birthday planner.

What Comes in the Kit?

Here’s what comes in this fun, functional kit:

  • 16 double -sided sheets of Authentique Hooray 12×12 papers
  • 12×12 Sticker Elements Sheet
  • 6 sheets of color-matched 12×12 Spectrum Cardstock in Lady Bug Red, Caribbean Blue and Black Jack
  • 6 sheets of 8 ½” x 11” cardstock for making card bases
  • 12 envelopes
  • Little Birdie Flowers
  • Birthday ephemera pack 
  • 2 Crystal Stick Pins
  • 2 yards of wired Glitter Ribbon
  • 20 wooden buttons/mix and match
  • 2 tassels: one red, one aqua
  • Printed monthly 2021 calendars
  • Silver tone Birthday Cake charm
  • Basic written guide with measurements and photos
  • Detailed Step by Step video tutorials with Kathy Clement that you can watch over and over again

The price for this birthday planner kit is just $64.99.  I do not believe you could purchase all the supplies for that price.  Laura at The Button Farm Club is a magician when it comes to putting high quality, affordable kits together.  You can order your kit HERE.

Hooray for 2021!  A Final Note

Now that we are past the holidays, I’m looking forward to settling into my regular posting schedule.  I’ve really missed sharing a cuppa with you several mornings a week.

I have a wonderful sense of expectation and hope for 2021!  We have so much to look forward to, and I can’t wait to share this creative journey with you here. 2021 is going to be a year of Abundance and Overflow.  I believe this is going to be a year of abundant blessing after a very difficult and tumultuous year.  May the overflow of that abundance spill out of our lives and bring life, light, hope and love to others.  That sounds like a good plan to me…how about you?

I get so excited when I hear from one of you that you’ve stepped up your card making because of projects that I share here.  I’m delighted when you share your stories with me in the comment section, too.  Even though most of us have never met face to face, I feel like you are my friends.  There is a connection we have because of our mutual love for the creative process.

I want to thank you for all the joy you bring to my life in myriad ways.  It’s going to be a year to celebrate!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Happy Thanksgiving Photo Folio

 

Happy Thanksgiving Photo Folio Authentique November Calendar by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01
Happy Thanksgiving Photo Folio with Authentique November Calendar Collection

Hello, Friends!  I just wanted to pop in with this little Happy Thanksgiving Photo Folio and wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving Day.  The Authentique design team is sharing a special Thanksgiving  group post over on the Authentique blog.  I know you’ll enjoy taking a look at all the wonderful projects and thankful thoughts that are there.

Authentique asked us to share what we are thankful for. I always have to think this one through, as I have so much to be thankful for: my darling husband, our precious children, sweet grandchildren, home, food, and all the rest.  But this year I find myself very thankful for the gift of memories.  There is a quote from James Barrie (author of Peter Pan)  that says,  “God gives us memories so we might have roses in December.” This has never been more true.

Why I Love Thanksgiving

If I had to choose just one holiday celebration per year, Thanksgiving would always be my choice.  I love everything about this holiday!  What is not to love about a day specifically set aside to reflect on all the blessings in our lives?  We spend time with our family and/or friends.  The kitchen glows with warmth and delicious aromas fill the house.  And then…there is pie!  Does it really get any better than that?

Growing up in Vermont, Thanksgiving was a big deal.  We all gathered at my grandmother’s home, perched on a hillside in a small town.  The whole clan was there: great grandparents, great aunts and uncles, aunts and uncles, and cousins.  It was a great big noisy crowd of people who all loved one another and gathered to give thanks.

And man, those ladies could cook! The table fairly groaned under the weight of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and all the fixin’s!  Then there were the breads…yes…breads, plural!  My mom’s homemade yeast rolls, sticky buns, cranberry bread, banana bread, date nut bread and more.  All of that followed by an amazing array of pies, all baked from scratch.

The ladies would wash up the dishes…all done by hand in my grandmother’s farmhouse sink and dried with flour sack towels.  The men would break down the enormous dining room table then take a nap.  Us kids?  You would either find us out rollicking in the snow or playing dress up and dancing in Grammy’s attic.

So many of these dear loved ones are no longer with me.  But they are fully alive in my memory.  And that is what I am thankful for this year.

Back to Live Action

This little 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ folio is made from one sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock.

  • First, cut the cardstock in half at 5 1/2″.  You will have (2) 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ panels.
  • Next, join the two panels together with 1/4″ Scor-Tape.
  • Now score this long panel at 5 1/2″,  and 11″.
  • Fold on the 11″ score line.
  • Score again at 5 1/4″.  This third panel needs to be a little bit shorter so it will fold inside the folio.
  • Decorate the cover with patterns and images from Authentique’s November Calendar pages.
  • Paint a chipboard frame with copper crackle texture and adhere over a 3″ x 4″ image.
  • Now die cut a bunch of fall foliage and wheat sheaves. Spritz the leaves with Bronze Perfect Pearls Mist.
  • Create loopy burlap string bows.
  • Add some Fall Chrysanthemums and rose buds.
A Peek Inside

Create a flap page on the right hand side of the folio.  Top this with a little 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ sentiment folio.  There is room inside for 2 more photos or journaling.  Fold the top of the right hand panel down.  You will adhere this to make a slash pocket.

There is room for a 4 3/4″ wide folio inside this pocket.  Fussy cut the turkey from a 4″ x 6″ image and layer it up on the cover.  Now you have room for 3 more photos here.

Look for a supply list below the post.

Now I’m hanging up my scissors and putting on my apron.  It’s time to bake some pies!  I wish you all a warm, memorable and very Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!

Cheerio, 

kathy

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Authentique December Desk Calendar Tutorial

December Desk Calendar Tutorial Authentique Calendar Collection by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique December Desk Calendar Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready for your Authentique December Desk Calendar Tutorial?  This is the 12th and final in this year-long series.  And as I say every month…this one is my favorite!  Just look at that handsome Santa on the cover!  It’s impossible to look at him without smiling!

Like the other 11 calendars in the series, this one measures 6″ x 6″.  I did make some small alterations to the mini folios tucked inside, but other than that, it’s business as usual.  Don’t you just love this color palette for Christmas?

And how about this adorable Rudolph button on the pull out folio tab?  He cracks me up! With Rudolf along for the ride, Santa will reach his destination safely– even if it’s a foggy night,  Phew!

Here’s a peek inside the pull out folio.  These images are just too darling for words!

And just look at all the goodies stuffed inside this little folio!  Plenty of room for holiday photos and journaling here!

Authentique December Desk Calendar Tutorial on YouTube

If you’re ready to get your craft on, I’ve prepared a quick and easy video tour and tutorial for you.

 

If you’re new to this series, you can find all the previous video tutorials in my YouTube Authentique Play List.  (There are ton of other great video tutorials there, too!)

I’m a bit sad to see this series come to an end.  It’s been so much fun to share these monthly calendar tutorials with you during 2020.  Many of you have contacted me to let me know that you are making the entire series as a holiday gift.  Others have adapted the design to use with other paper collections as birthday cards.  What a great idea!

I don’t know what Authentique has planned for 2021.  I’ve  heard a rumor that there’s a new calendar collection in the works.  If so, I’ll come up with a new series for the New Year.  Would you like that?  Please let me know in the comment section below.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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