Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Rain Boots Shaker

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Rain Boots Shaker

Hello, Friends!  February is the cruelest month of winter.  Just when you have hope in your heart that things are going to warm up and start turning green, the weather stands on its head and you are back to grey skies, cold winds and the winter blues.  So I thought I would try to hurry spring along by playing with the new Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse collection.  The sweet green gingham pattern and floral prints warmed my heart and made me forget about winter for a few hours.  Before I knew it, I’d cranked out 5 really cute cards that I’ll be sharing here and there.  (I also loaded these up into my ETSY shop if you need some Springtime color STAT!)

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Rain Boots Shaker

Rain Boot Shaker Card Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

You can see why I had to let this cheery collection fall into my cart, right?  I can’t seem to “shake” my obsession with shaker cards, and keep finding new ways to make them.  This 5″ x 7″ layered card is made with one of the  new Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frames.  The shaker element is sewn into a pouch that sits behind the frame.  Then I just popped the chipboard elements from the collection on top.    Can I just say right now, I want a pair of these rain boots?

Altering the Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame

Rain Boot Shaker Card Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

The Tim Holtz chipboard frame comes in a sort of antique white finish with an inlaid pattern.  It’s pretty as it is, but I wanted to alter it to match the collection colors and give it more presence on the card.  Here’s how I did it:

  • First, sponge on Bundled Sage Distress Ink using a dauber or blending tool.
  • Next, lightly spritz with water and heat dry.
  • Then, randomly spray some areas of the frame with Tattered Angels “Silk” Glimmer Mist.
  • Now, heat dry, dabbing up any excess with paper towels. The mica in the Glimmer Mist will sink into the slightly recessed areas of the frame and creates a neat vintage effect.
  • Finally, using a light “grinding” motion, apply another layer of Bundled Sage over the top of the frame.  Spritz lightly with water and heat dry.  The glimmer mist will resist the Distress Ink, creating a really neat vintage effect.
Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Rain Boots Card Details

Rain Boot Shaker Card Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

I dug through my stash and found these Prima Love Notes and Georgia Blues flowers that worked very nicely with this paper collection.  Peach Velvet Ribbon from my stash complements the Peach Seam Binding Ribbon and adds another layer of texture.  A little Ivory Burlap String anchors the trio of tiny blossoms in the corner of the frame.

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Rain Boots Card: A Peek Inside

Rain Boot Shaker Card Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

I  kept the inside pretty simple, but I had to add the rain boots sticker to the sentiment panel.

So, if you’re suffering from the winter blues, the Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse papers might be just the medication you’re looking for.  I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list at the end of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!



Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Rain Boots Card Supply List





8 thoughts on “Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Rain Boots Shaker

  1. Helen

    Kathy, I love what you’re doing with these Spring Farmhouse papers…and your fun shakers. The images on these papers mix and match so well, don’t they? The floral images invite the addition of such different kinds of floral embellishments. Your cover design is delightfully Spring as we continue to get snow from time to time! tfs

  2. Jessica Eiss

    Ah, I love this card! Who wouldn’t adore those boots too? I do really like this with the flower you chose, and the small flowers on the twine bow. Thanks for sharing both of these spring cards. We’re still buried under about 18″ of snow up here….it is March though, so spring will come next month for us!

  3. Anita Houston

    I WANT those boots…I NEED those boots! I wish you could magically transfer the paper into real rubber and in a size 10! How stinking fun is this post and your make! Love how you pulled from other lines to create this shaker…I dub you the ‘shaker queen’ too!!!

  4. Gena L Krannig

    Kathy, if anything says Spring, that card surely does! I love those color combinations and that plaid paper really does make everything pop! What could be cuter than those little garden boots? The inside is just beautiful with that pretty doors background and again , those little garden boots.
    Your embellishments and shaker elements are perfect! That is a lovely paper collection. Thank you for sharing this beauty! Hugs!

  5. candycolwell

    Kathy…I’m not sure which is better; the actual beauty of your cards or your lyrical blog write ups. Both are always so inspiring. This card makes me long for spring! Beautifully done!

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