Cathe Holden Christmas Flea Market Finds Projects

Spellbinders Cathe Holden Christmas Flea Market Finds Projects Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Spellbinders Cathe Holden Christmas Flea Market Finds: A Bowl Full of Crafty Goodness!

Hello, Friends!  I made this vintage style stitched bowl with Spellbinders Cathe Holden Christmas Flea Market Finds goodies.  I remember making bowls like this from old Christmas cards when I was just a kid.  Did any of you make similar Christmas crafts?

Christmas Flea Market Finds  was released in July.  As soon as I saw this collection, I knew I wanted to add it to my stash. It was so popular that Spellbinders ran out of inventory, so I had to wait for my order to come in.  Can I just say, it was worth the wait? There is so much vintage crafty goodness in this mix of dies, papers, stamps and ephemera!  Once I got started creating, the ideas started flowing, and I couldn’t seem to stop!

I have many different projects to share with you today, plus a video tour.  You might want to go grab a cuppa and a snack to sustain you as we discover the possibilities in this charming collection.

Christmas Treat Containers

Once I finished making the large Christmas bowl, I decided to tackle the 3 square base boxes.  This time I paired the dies up with 110# kraft cardstock.  The dies cut through this extra heavy paper like butter!

Instead of covering these bowls with designer paper as I did with the large bowl, I decided to have a little mixed media fun.

First, I embossed the die cut panels with the Floral Swag 3-D Embossing folder.  If you mist both sides of your heavy cardstock lightly with water before you emboss, you get a very detailed dramatic finish!  This little basket is the perfect size to hold miniature candy canes and 6 packages of individually wrapped Biscoff cookies.

Next, dry brush each die cut and embossed panel with ivory chalk paint.  This frosty finish almost looks like stone in real life.  And how cute is this little box filled with tea bags and honey sticks?  Wouldn’t it make a darling Secret Santa gift?

Now you can stitch the base to the sides of your panels.  It took me a minute to remember how to do this, but my hands finally remembered the process.  This bowl is the perfect size to hold a short stack of homemade cookies or even a cupcake.  Lace the top holes with gold metallic thread, then tie with a bow to create this fun shape.

What would you put in these boxes?  Inquiring minds want to know!

Botanical  Songbird

Once I finished making the boxes, I was having so much fun that I decided to make a few Christmas cards.  Each card in this series is built on a Spellbinders 5×7 card base.   The Floral Swag 3D Embossing Folder worked beautifully with the patterned papers from the collection.

  • First, lightly mist the paper with water.
  • Next, place it patterned side up in the embossing folder.
  • Now run it through your machine following the manufacturer’s directions.
  • Then gently heat dry the paper.  This stiffens the embossing so it is less likely to get crushed as you work.
  • Finally, brush the raised area with a little Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  You can also lightly brush on some Gold Metallic Wax with your fingers, if desired.

Decorate the inside with scraps of designer paper.  Then create a pocket and dress it up with an ephemera card.  Stamp on a sentiment panel and tuck it in the pocket along with a wooden star ornament.  Now you have a gift!

Sweet Christmas Love Birds Card

I loved the look of this embossed panel so much that I tried it with a panel of the burgundy designer paper.  Instead of inking the raised portions, try using just the gold metallic wax.  The result is quite dramatic!

Here’s a peek at the inside of this card.

Vintage Christmas Tree Card

This vintage Christmas Tree , Merry Christmas title, and the vintage book cover come from the ephemera pack.  Layer these elements over another embossed panel of designer paper.  But this time, brush the raised areas with Pine Needles Distress Ink.

Try embossing a plain sheet of white cardstock and WOW!  Now you have a gorgeous sentiment panel to tuck into the card pocket.

The Old Christmas Homestead

This is probably my favorite image from the whole collection.  It takes me right back to the New England winters of my childhood.  I added a few special touches to the image, but mostly I wanted to let it take center stage.

  • Layer a small ephemera image with a cigar band ephemera bit to add a sense of dimension to the card front.
  • Make your own embellishment with a small wood slice, bird image, itty bitty post card, key and lock.  This also gives a sense of depth to the overall design.
  • Wrap the top of the panel with twine, then tie a bow.  Red flowers and rustic jingle bells make a very nice accent.

Create a tuck spot by adhering just the top and bottom of the bookmark ephemera to the inside of the card.  Then slip your own handmade bookmark behind it.

Cathe Holden Christmas Flea Market Finds Video Tour on YouTube

If you’d like to take a closer look at the dies, papers, stamps and ephemera I used to create these projects, then I hope you’ll enjoy this short project share video on my YouTube channel.


Thanks so much for hanging with me for this extra long post.  I hope you enjoyed seeing what I’ve been up to.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!






9 thoughts on “Cathe Holden Christmas Flea Market Finds Projects

  1. Susan Steele

    Oh my goodness Kathy…this whole collection is just awesome! Luv the big basket especially! And yes i do remember seeing some just like these at my grandmother’s house! Luv your beautiful card creations too! Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing! If i can get the Spellbinders website to work for me, I just might order some of those papers and luv the compliments stamp set! Thanks for sharing and bringing back some lost memories! Seems like we did make some baskets from old cards! Big hugs, Suzy Q

  2. Rebecca Nicklin

    Going to order the embossing folder toot suite! Looks so much like embossed leather! You present such cool ideas, Kathy!

  3. Helen

    I remember learning to sew then later crotchet the paper boxes together too. Your cards and boxes are full of texture, colour and the memories of years gone by in design with so many elements to touch and explore. The embossing folder with all the details, especially the wax works so well with the mixed media results. Lovely pieces Kathy!

  4. Dana Roepke

    Wow, these took me back as well! I remember making all kinds of things with old cards, including gift boxes. I certainly don’t remember how to do it but yours are wonderful! Love all the treatments with spatter, inks, layering, gold, wood pieces and the goodies to go in them. The embossing folder is stunning. What a great start on your Christmas cards!

  5. Isabel Gonzalez

    Your boxes and cards are absolutely stunning, Kathy!!! I’m really loving how you dry brushed the gorgeous embossing on them. It gives them sort of a rustic/elegant feel. I’ve never made any of these boxes, but I have seen them before. The cards are wonderfully layered, as usual, and the paper is just stunning!! Huge hugs, my dear friend!!

  6. Anne

    You did a beautiful job with this collection! I love the retro feel of all of the items you made! You are so talented!

  7. soozyb2013

    I remember the bowls but never made one that I can remember. Beautiful creations Kathy and the cards … simply stunning. You have been a busy gal!! Hugs from beautiful BC

  8. Gena Krannig

    Wow Kathy, the boxes and the cards you have created are just stunning! Every card is so beautiful and I do especially like that house in the woods card. These box dies are fantastic. I can see how versatile they are and could be used every year for holding little gifts. The paper collection is gorgeous and that 3D embossing folder is breathtaking. Embossing folders add so much depth to a card. I need to use them more. Thank you for sharing these wonderful creations! Hugs!

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