Vintage Seas Creativity Kit Reveal

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Seas Creative Kit Reveal for The Button Farm Club Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Vintage Seas Creativity Kit Reveal for The Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends!  I know it’s Christmas in July season, but I just had to share this Vintage Seas Creativity Kit Reveal with you.  This is what I have been up to this week, and I hope this lovely kit will bring you as much pleasure as it has me.  There’s so much to love!

Flip and Stand Mini Album

First, there’s this nautical themed Flip and Stand Mini Album.  This is my own original design, and it is sooo much fun to make.  It’s the perfect project for a lazy summer day when it’s too hot to pull weeds or iron or clean house.  The staggered pages give it a playful feeling, and the gorgeous papers keep you coming back for more.  There are 10 heavy chipboard pages, each with loads of room for photos and journaling.  You can see the full reveal in the video tour below.

Masculine Cards Galore

Next, we have shaker cards galore.  And not just shaker cards…masculine shaker cards!  So many of you have told me that you’d love to see a more masculine card kit, so here it is.  Of course, I think these cards would be welcomed no matter who you gave them to!  There are 5 shaker cards in the kit….and you can see them all in the reveal video.

Infinity Card

Have you ever made an infinity card?  These kinetic beauties are part card, part toy!  They make me think of the old school Rubix cubes that used to keep us occupied for hours on end.  This one sports a stylish belly band closure.  If you’ve never seen one in action before, I think you’re going to love this 5×7 creation!


Fancy Fold Cards

You just have to create a Twisted Easel card for a nautical kit like this one!  The shape is exactly like a sail!  I took the design up a notch by adding a shaker frame to the cover.

Vintage Seas Creativity Kit on YouTube

There are so many wonderful projects in this kit, that I decided to make you a little video tour.  Wait til you see how LOADED this kit is!  Wow!


What Comes in the Kit and How Much Does it Cost?

We don’t know how we managed to fit all this bounty into one kit, but you’ll be glad we did!  Here’s what comes with your Vintage Seas Creativity Kit:

  • Simple Stories Vintage Seas 6×8 paper pad with 24 double sided designer papers.
  • 12×12 Vintage Seas 4×4 Element Sheet
  • 12×12 Vintage Seas Journal Element Sheet
  • 12×12 Vintage Seas 4×6 Element Sheet
  • Vintage Seas Solids packet with (6) 12×12 sheets
  • Vintage Seas Adhesive Brads
  • Vintage Seas Chipboard Frames
  • Vintage Seas Chipboard Clusters
  • Pre-cut Chipboard pages
  • 4 sheets of 12×12 white cardstock
  • 6 sheets of 12×6 cardstock
  • 3 yards of red and white twine
  • 3 yards of navy twine
  • Roll of foam tape
  • Custom mix of shaker elements
  • Package of wooden beach icons
  • Links to private video tutorials that you can watch over and over again
  • Full color Basic Written Guide with photos and measurements

The price for all the above is $59.99.

This is not my quarterly card kit.  It’s a limited edition creativity kit, so you have to order it if you decide you want it.  The supplies are all in house, and Laura will begin shipping on Monday. You can order your kit HERE.

Thanks for letting me share with you!



Heartfelt Creations July 2022 Alumni Blog Hop

Heartfelt Creations July 2022 Alumni Blog Hop: Christmas in July Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations July 2022 Alumni Blog Hop!  The hop starts here and continues until 11:55 PM EDT on Monday, July 31st.  I hope you are ready for a big dose of crafty inspiration, because the Alumni Team has sooo many beautiful projects lined up for you this month!

Be sure to visit each blog in the hop, and leave a sweet comment behind, because one comment from a mystery blog will be randomly chosen to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations gift card.  Oh, and did I mention that everyone who comments on the Heartfelt Creations blog will be eligible to win a second $25 gift card?  That’s right!  You have two opportunities to win a shopping spree!

Winners will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations BLOG and FACEBOOK page on Wednesday, August 3rd.  You will have 72 hours to claim your prize by emailing socialmedia[email protected] Please write “winner of the July Alumni Hop in the subject line of your message.  

Now, let’s get this hop started with a little Christmas in July, shall we?

Snowy Pines Christmas in July Shaker Card

Heartfelt Creations Snowy Pines Shaker Card Christmas Poinsettia and Holly Poinsettia Clusters French Courtyard by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Can you say “Pretty Pink Poinsettias” three times real fast?  I had such fun making this card, my friends!   Snowy Pines is one of my all time favorite Christmas collections!  And making this 6×6 shaker card is much easier than you might think.  Here’s how:

  • First create a 6×6 top fold card base from white cardstock.
  • Next, cut a 6×6 panel of the green pattern paper from Snowy Pines.
  • Then cut a slightly smaller panel of the green plaid pattern.  Distress the edges lightly and adhere over the first panel.
  • Now, cut out both of the 6×6 snowman card fronts.  Trim away the outer frames until you have only the inner frame and image left.
  • Next, use the Large Basic Circles die to cut out the image in one of these panels. This will be your shaker frame.  Put the die cut center back  in your stash for later use.  Use the 2nd panel as the backing for your shaker frame.
  • Now adhere a square of clear cardstock to the back of your shaker frame with Dries Clear.
  • Then place 3 rows of 1/8″ foam strips on the back of the frame.
  • Next, fill the frame with your shaker elements.  Then line up the back of the frame and press it over the foam strips to seal.
  • Layer this shaker frame over the die cut French Courtyard die. Now you’re almost done!
Making the Poinsettias

Nothing says “Christmas” like a cluster of beautiful poinsettias!  Unless it’s a cluster of pink poinsettias with frosty jingle bells peeping out!

I’ve combined two different poinsettia dies in this cluster.  The larger poinsettias with the white veins are made with the Christmas Poinsettia and Holly Dies.  These were stamped on on white cardstock with Versamark Ink, then heat embossed with Shabby White embossing powder. This embossing power has gold flecks in it, which lends a subtle sparkle to the finished flowers. Next,  spray the petals with pink mist and shaped them with the matching mold.  After that, layer up the petals.  Finally, fill the centers with some pretty glass beads.

The smaller poinsettias are made with Poinsettia Clusters and Holly stamps and dies.  This time, stamp the poinsettias on white cardstock with Olive Archival Ink.  Then sponge Spun Sugar Distress Ink onto the petals. Now die cut the petals.  Next, mist with water, and run through the shaping mold.  After that, brush each flower with Dries clear and dip into Rajni Chawla’s Crystal Clear. Finally, fill the centers with Maize Prills.

Embellish your card with some pretty pink ribbon and rustic white twine as a finishing touch. Paint jingle bells with white paint, then dip in white embossing powder to achieve a frosty effect.  Tie these onto white twine and tuck into the flower cluster.

A Peek Inside

Create a pocket with one of the cute border strips.  Then tuck in a little note card/gift card wallet.

If you tuck in some Holiday Tea, a honey stick and a mini candy cane, you’ve just turned your card into a gift!

On With the Hop

Now amp up your crafty mojo as you hop along to all the other wonderful blogs.  Here is the blog hop order.

Kathy (You are HERE) Vicki  ♥ Amarilys ♥ Bozena Lynn  Alissa  LisaCandy  ♥  Gloria  ♥ Monica  ♥ Heartfelt Creations

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

To leave a comment on this blog, please click on the REPLY button that is located right below the blog title.  Or you can scroll all the way down to the bottom of this post and add your comment there.

Thanks for stopping by!  I know  you are going to enjoy the hop!




In Praise of Pink Lemonade

Really Reasonable Ribbon July Ribbon Club, Kathy Clement, Kathy by Design, Reneabouquets Mason Jar, Prima, Peach Tea, Greeting Card

Hello, friends!  It’s the Dog Days of Summer, and I thought I’d take a break from Christmas in July to make a project in praise of Pink Lemonade!  This sweet summery card features Rose Pink Delicate Stitched Satin from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  It’s the perfect shade of pink for summer.  Making this card brought back some sweet memories from my childhood.

Life Before Air Conditioning

Growing up in Vermont, we had no air conditioning, no box fans, no ceiling fans…nothing but handmade paper fans to help cool us down during the sultry summer days.  My mom used to keep cans of Pink Lemonade Concentrate in the freezer to help us cool down.  It was often my job to mix it up in a pretty glass pitcher. This was a process that modern children will probably never understand.

First you had to use the can opener to get the lid off.  There were no “easy open” plastic pull strips back in those days.  If Mom wasn’t looking, you could lick the sticky sweet pink lemonade concentrate off the inside of the lid.  Sweet, tart, cold and sticky all at the same time, it made your tongue tingle, and your eyes water just a tiny bit.

Next we had to mix the sticky concentrate up with 3 1/3 cans of cold water from the tap.  I always put in just the 3 cans so that ice could be added and the lemonade wouldn’t be too watered down.

Remember those old metal ice trays?  First you had to run the back side of the tray under water to sort of loosen things up a little.  Then you had to lift the cold metal lever to sort of release the ice from the metal blades. Don’t pinch your fingers during this phase of the process!  But I did, and more than once!

Next you had to figure out how to release your fingers from the metal lever!  Remember that?  Sometimes the ice popped free easily.  Sometimes not.  And woe on you if you forgot to refill the tray and put it back in the freezer!

Summer Nights

Of course, summer only lasts for 2 weeks in Vermont, but I can still remember how hot my upstairs bedroom was at the end of the day.  The sun set on that side of the house, so all afternoon, it soaked up the heat of the sun and then seemed to release it into my tiny bedroom right at bedtime.  Usually the sheets on my bed were cool and refreshing.  But during the heat of summer, there was no such relief.  You could lay in your bed and sweat, even with the window wide open and the shade pulled up.

“Mommy, it’s too hot to sleep,” was the usual complaint.  Mom, who had little patience for whining, would answer in her practical, no nonsense way.

“Now, Kathy, you just lie still and wait for the breeze.  The breeze will come any minute if you just lie very still and be patient.  Then you’ll fall right off to sleep with no trouble at all.  Now good night.”

And you  know what?  The breeze would always come.  How did she know that?

These hot summer days make me very thankful for my air conditioned studio.  It’s a great time of year to stay inside and make pretty things with paper…and sip on Pink Lemonade.

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

Thanks for stopping by!





Spellbinders Stitchmas Christmas Ornament

Spellbinders Stitchmas Christmas Ornament Trifold Folio Stamperia Blue Land Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders Stitchmas Christmas Ornament Trifold Card Folio with Stamperia Blue Land

Hello, Friends!  For today’s Christmas in July project, I’m sharing this Spellbinders Stitchmas Christmas Ornament Trifold Folio Card. I enjoy all the deep blues, soft greys and snowy whites in this  non-traditional Christmas color palette!  You can almost hear “Blue Christmas” playing in the background, right?

This big card measures 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.  As you will see in the video share below, the die itself measures a very generous 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″, so you need a larger card base to support it.  And yes, I could have made a card with just one ornament on the front, but I was having so much fun with this die that I just kept right on cranking them out on my die cutting machine!

These ornaments would make great tags on cookie plates or gift packages, too.  You can see what they look like with the stitching HERE.

A Peek Inside

There’s a lot of goodness packed inside this pretty little trifold card folio.  While I didn’t set out to make anything this grand, I was having so much fun that the project just kept expanding.  Does that ever happen to you?

Since I was working primarily with scraps of Stamperia’s Blue Land papers and lots of images, I had to get creative with paper piecing in this project.  You’ll learn more about that in the video tour.

I’ll also show you how I created this spacious “side car” pocket.  This is such a good trick, and one that I think you will enjoy using.  Since I had a big  pile of sweet ATC sized tags left in the paper collection, I decided to turn them into a waterfall feature.  This was a good choice, I think!

Of course, the heart of the project is the center pocket.  I filled it up with lots of “flat” treats including a book mark, post card folio, and ornament.

Stitchmas Christmas Ornament Trifold Card Folio on YouTube

While this is not a complete tutorial (I’ve been a battling a nasty summer cold, so just didn’t feel like it) you’ll get a lot of great tips in today’s short video.

I have a busy week this week, and I’m still trying to get over the last little bit of this cold.  So there will be no Throwback Thursday tutorial this week.  Instead, I’ll be working on getting my next Button Farm Club Kit ready for you all.  Thanks for understanding!

So how do you feel about non-traditional Christmas cards?  I think it’s fun to mix it up a little, and Blue Christmas has always been a favorite theme for me.

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

Thanks for stopping by!




Christmas in the Country Stacked Spine Mini Album Tutorial

Christmas in July Day 3: Prima Christmas in the Country Stacked Spine Mini Album Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s Day 3 of Christmas in July, and today I have a wonderful Prima Christmas in the Country Stacked Spine Mini Album Tutorial to share with you!  I developed this mini album design when I was on the Graphic 45 Design team, and it is still one of my favorite ways to build a mini album base.  I hope you’ll enjoy the detailed tutorial for this mini album on YouTube!

Christmas in the Country and Reneabouquets
Prima Christmas in the Country Stacked Spine Mini Album Tutorial Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Since it is also Throwback Thursday, I’ve raided The Closet of Inspiration and Delight in search of some older Christmas goodies.  When my hand fell upon Prima’s Christmas in the Country, I  knew exactly what I wanted to make. (There is a chance that I bought an embarrasingly huge stash of this lovely paper collection…but I’m not telling!)

The mini album measures 5 1/2″ x 7″ with a 1 1/2″ spine.  Shaker frames always add a festive vibe to a project, especially when they are filled with such cute elements.  And, as is so often the case, Reneabouquets Beautiful Boar adds the perfect finishing touches.

A Peek Inside

 There are 4 sections to the mini album.  The cover is made with heavy kraft cardstock.  Inner pages are cut from 110# Natural Cardstock. Then I lined the inner pages with more of the heavy kraft cardstock to create really thick, sturdy pages.  Can you see how the interior pages start out big, get smaller, then get big again due to the stacked spine design. This is one of the reasons I enjoy this style of album so much.

Christmas in the Country Stacked Spine Mini Album Tutorial on YouTube

Friends, this is a massive tutorial.  Go grab yourself a cuppa and a snack to sustain you before you hit play!

This tutorial ought to keep you busy until next Tuesday.  That’s when our next Christmas in July post is planned.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!



Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...