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Authentique Harvest Autumn Banner

Authentique Harvest Autumn Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Harvest Autumn Banner

Hello, Friends!  Let’s welcome fall today with an Authentique Harvest Autumn Banner.  Harvest is a wonderful retired Authentique paper collection, and has always been a favorite of mine.  So when a friend asked me to make her a fall banner for her home, I knew immediately that this was the collection I wanted to work with.  The warm autumn color palette, the rich vintage images and the fabulous patterned papers offer everything I want for fall home decor.

Banner Tips and Tricks

I love to mix and match pennant shapes when I am making a banner.  Contrasting shapes add so much visual interest to the overall design.  For this banner, combine the Eileen Hull House/Pocket die with some shaped tags.  The rounded edge of the tags paired up with the pointed edge of the House/Pocket die provides wonderful shaped edge along the bottom of the banner.

Banner pennants are small spaces.  But you still want to add layers, right?  An easy solution is to combine die cut layers, like these die cut circles, with fussy cut layers.  Adding foam dimensionals between  these layers provides lots of depth and dimension.

Texture also plays an important role when designing a banner.  The netting ribbon , jute ribbon, plaid ribbon, crochet lace and flowers all have different textures that harmonize well.

Think about adding some text to your banner design.  It’s a welcome break from all the patterns and images.

Don’t be afraid to cut large images down to a size that fits your surface.  I wanted to use this sentiment from a 6″ x 4″ journal card.  Obviously it was too big for the area I had to work within.  But by centering the sentiment inside a circle die, I was able to create a perfectly sized focal image.

Tuck large elements, like these beautiful fall flowers, behind a focal image to really make it stand out.  You can also fussy cut small sentiments, mat them on scraps of cardstock and layer them into the composition to create a balanced vignette.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use to add warmth and beauty to your autumn home décor.

Thank so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Masquerade Halloween Photo Wallet Tutorial

Authentique Masquerade Halloween Photo Wallet Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Masquerade Halloween Photo Wallet Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Or maybe I should say “boo” because today I’m sharing an Authentique Paper Masquerade Halloween Photo Wallet Tutorial.  You’ve seen this design HERE and HERE, but because I had so many requests for a tutorial, I’ve made it again.  This photo wallet is a fairly quick and easy make.  It’s also incredibly versatile. Just change out your papers to match the theme and you’re on your way!

 

The video tutorial provides you with all the measurements and information you need, so I’ll just whet your appetite with some photos and a tip or two.  Then you can pop on over to my YouTube Channel to watch the video tutorial.

Tips, Tricks and Details

Create a spooky spiderweb layer with an Amazing Paper Grace Doily Round.  First, die cut the background from Authentique Spectrum Orange Blossom Cardstock.  Then cut the doily overlay from Black Jack Spectrum Cardstock.  This layer makes a great visual backdrop for the shaker frame.

Rows of messy stitching help to frame the card front.  First, layer Black Jack, Orange Blossom and Masquerade papers together.  Remember to only put a dab of adhesive in the center of each layer.  Otherwise your sewing machine will bog down in the adhesive as you stitch.

Paint a white resin frame with Black Chalk Ink.  Let it dry a second or two, then gently wipe the paint back to  create an aged, worn finish.  Then brush lightly with Little Birdie Metallic Wax (linked below) for a perfectly petrified finish.  Do you spot the wee spiders perching on the flowers?    Those are from Reneabouquets, as are the spooktacular spider webs in the corners of the frame.

I’ll show you how I finished the Happy Halloween Beautiful Board Sentiment in the video.  Adding the little silver bat charm  is a fun addition.  For the bow, top candy corn ribbon with a bit of black micro gingham and an old Prima flower from my stash.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a stylishly belted photo cascade built inside the folio.

Flaps and pockets…

…tip in pages…

and sneaky secret side pockets with mini folios await you within, if you dare!

And there is lots more room for photos in the trifold folio and wallet photo that are tucked inside the bottom pocket!

Let’s Get Our Halloween Craft On!

If this bewitching photo wallet has your fingers itching to create, then you are in luck!  Simply follow along in this video tutorial.  You’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

I hope you have as much fun making this project as I had designing it!

Thanks for stoppign by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique October Desk Calendar Tutorial

Authentique October Desk Calendar Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique October Desk Calendar Tutorial: Bibbety Bobbity Boo!

Hello, Friends!  My calendar tells me it’s time to get our Authentique October Desk Calendar Tutorial published.  So “Bibbety, Bobbity, Boo!” here you go!  If you’re new to my blog, this has been a year long series using Authentique Paper’s Calendar Collection.  Each month we create a decorative desk calendar that also functions as a memory keeping system.  All the calendars measure 6″ x 6″ and feature an easel style design.  The interior houses mini folios and a hidden pull out folio.  Many of you have told me you are making these as Christmas gifts for family members.  Some of you are using the basic folio design with other paper collections and giving the finished product as a birthday present.  I think both ideas are fabulous!

The Spooktacular October Calendar Collection

Every month, I say, “This month is my favorite.”  That’s how you know this is a great collection, right?  But I really do love these “too cute to spook” October patterns, colors and images, don’t you?

I found some adorable owl buttons in my stash.  My sweet husband, who is always on the lookout for unique embellishments for me, picked these up for me some time ago.  They make the perfect embellishment for the pull out folio.

We change up the design of the pull out folio this month.  Add a pocket and some mini folios to create even more room for photos.  What do you think?

Then we have these adorable silhouette images.  And I found ribbon in my stash that makes me think of candy corn.  How fun is that?

So if you’re ready to get going on your October Desk Calendar, please join me in this YouTube video and we’ll create it together.

If you’d like to find the first 9 folio tutorials, please click HERE.  You’ll also find a linked supply list below this post.

Wow.  Ten months down and just 2 months left to go….and let me tell you…the best is yet to be!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Button Farm Club Masquerade Home Decor Kit Reveal

Button Farm Club Authentique Masquerade Printer's Tray Kit by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design PHoto 01

Button Farm Club Masquerade Home Decor Kit Reveal

Hello, Friends!  This Button Farm Club  Masquerade Home Decor Kit Reveal is going to spook you out in a very good way!  Halloween is right around the corner, so I thought to myself…why not create a project that doubles as home decor?  When Authentique paper released their frightfully fabulous Masquerade collection, I  knew just what to do!

Authentique Masquerade Altered Printer's Tray by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

So I created a 12×12 altered printer’s tray with a photo folio tucked inside.  Oh, yes, I did!  This kit is going to be so much fun to make it’s scary!

We’ve got mini pumpkins, people!  And spooky little poison bottles!  Can we just talk about the orange polka dot ribbon and ghostly grey flowers? Ghoulishly glorious!

But what about photos?  No worries!  This darling little photo folio tucks right inside one of the compartments in the tray.

It is loaded with room for photos and journaling to help you document all your Halloween capers.

I’m over the moon for these fabulous patterned papers from Authentique!  How about you?  And can you say “glitter brads?”

Of course, I’ve added my signature flips, flaps and fun inside the photo folio.

To see the project in action, please enjoy this YouTube Video tour.

 

Masquerade Home Decor Kit Details

Let me start off by telling you that this is a very limited edition kit.  We bought all the printer’s trays we could find.  Because of the epidemic, production has halted on this item.  So there are only 60 kits, and we expect them to sell out quickly.  You have been warned!  LOL

This kit is all treats and no tricks:

  • 12×12 Wooden Printer’s Tray with Brass Handle
  • 10 sheets of 12×12 Authentique Masquerade Collection
  • 12×12 Die Cut Cardstock Elements Sheet
  • 12×12 Spectrum Cardstock in Orange Blossom and Black Jack/2 of each color
  • 49 & Market Flowers
  • Polka Dot Halloween Ribbon
  • Black Burlap String
  • 2 Jack-o-Lantern silvertone Charms
  • 7 miniature apothecary bottles
  • 3 miniature pumpkins
  • Small bottle of black paint
  • PDF Written Guide
  • Link to Private Video Tutorials

Just add your favorite adhesives, foam tape and standard crafting tools.  Everything else comes in the kit.  The price for the kit is $63.99.

Order your kit from The Button Farm Club by clicking on THIS LINK.

Think Halloween is just for the kiddies?  Not so, my pretties! This devilishly delightful  home decor kit is just the ticket for the young at heart!

To find past Button Farm Club Kits, please click HERE.

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Authentique Cultivate Card Folio

Authentique Cultivate Farewell to the Summer Garden Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Cultivate Card Folio: Farewell to the Summer Garden

Hello, Friends! Today I have a sweet little Authentique Cultivate Card Folio to share with you.  I’m sitting here in complete disbelief that it is time to say farewell to the summer garden.  How did we get to the middle of September so fast?  We still have a few tomatoes coming in, but for the most part, out little summer garden is done.  I thought it would be nice to use this darling new Authentique Paper collection to create a tribute to all those tomatoes!

This 5″ x 7″ card folio is all about layers,  texture and dimension.  Here are a few tips to help you incorporate those elements in your card making.

  • Machine stitching adds wonderful texture to a card panel.  It also acts like a frame for the card.
  • Create dimension by backing the focal image with a double layer of chipboard.
  • Elevate the design even more by backing a small die cut element with chipboard.  Then top it with a resin flower basket.
  • Want some sparkle?  Wrap the top of the card with Iridescent Metallic String.  Tie on some sweet little garden charms to add visual interest.
  • Fill the trowel with mustard seeds from the kitchen for even more texture.

  • Ribbon is the quickest and easiest way to add texture to a card design.  Place it in the corners to frame the image.  But you can also use it as a border along the bottom of the card.
  • Want even more texture?  Try wrapping the card panel with some gorgeous crocheted lace.  That should do the trick!
A Peek Inside

Don’t you love these Pennsylvania Dutch patterns and colors?  I think this folio would make a wonderful gardener’s gift.  Place photos of your prize winning flowers or produce in the photo folio.  Then kick back, relax and enjoy a cuppa with the treats in the box pocket. Here’s a peek at a few of the pages in the accordion folio.  There are 4 pull out panels on each side of the design.

 

 

 

The little flip pages provide lots of room for journaling and smaller snapshots.

Dress up your treats with scraps left over from designing the card.  It’s a great way to clean up your work surface and use up odds and ends.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comments. You’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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