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Happy Flag Day Greetings

Carta Bella God Bless America Greeting Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Happy Flag Day Greetings with Carta Bella God Bless America

Hello, Friends!  Happy Flag Day to all my American followers.  This is the day when Americans celebrate the Stars & Stripes.  I was thinking about this yesterday morning, and decided to pop in the studio to make a quick card to share with all of you today.

Flag Day and My Childhood

Growing up in the 50’s and 60’s in rural Vermont, Flag Day was a true holiday. Everyone flew the flag in one way or another.

Since our elementary school didn’t start summer recess until the last week of June, we were still in class.  If Flag Day fell on a week day, we observed it with some lovely traditions.

Preparations were made well in advance of the day.  We made American Flags from red, white and blue construction paper. We learned about Betsy Ross, and knew that we celebrated Flag Day because the Stars and Stripes became our official national flag on June 14, 1777.  The meaning behind the colors was always reviewed (red for courage, blue for vigilance and justice, and white for purity.) 

We practiced “bringing in the colors” with small American flags on sticks.  Some lucky child was picked to lead the rest of the class in the Pledge of Allegiance.  And we always sang our favorite patriotic songs like the chorus to  You’re a Grand Old Flag, This is My Country, There Are Many Flags of Many Lands, God Bless America, and My Country ‘Tis of Thee,   The grand finale was always The Star Spangled Banner.  We knew all the verses, and we sang them all, too!

The portraits of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln smiled down on our enthusiastic renditions of these tunes, our little hearts swelled with pride in our nation, and we all felt like one big happy family.

I miss those days.  How about you?  Every nation should have a day that celebrates their country’s colors and history in such a meaningful way.

About the Card

This is a simple layered 5 1/2″ square top fold card.  Here’s how it came together:

  • Begin with a 5 1/2″ x 11″ panel of navy cardstock. Score it in half at 5 1/2″ to make a to fold card base.
  • Next, center a 5 1/4″ square panel of white cardstock over the navy blue and adhere.
  • Now mat a 4 7/8″ square of the blue floral paper on a slighlty larger square of navy blue.
  • Then mat this on a 5 1/8″ square of red cardstock.
  • Now mat a 2 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ panel of the plaid paper on navy blue cardstock and adhere on the left hand side of the card.
  • Next, mat the 3″ x 4″ image on slightly larger pieces of navy blue and red cardstock.  Center and adhere as seen in the photo.
  • Next, adhere banner flags from the ephemera pack under a pinwheel and attach to the image.
  • Finally add a bow and flowers in the corner.  Tuck glitter stars in between the flowers to finish.
A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek at the inside.  I almost printed out the words to the Pledge of Allegiance and added them on the top.  But then I thought a sentiment panel was a better idea.

Thanks for letting me share my childhood memories of Flag Day with you today.  I’d love to hear about yours in the comment section below.

Happy Flag Day, my friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Button Farm Club Patriotic Celebration Kit Reveal

Carta Bella God Bless America Patriotic Celebration Kit by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Button Farm Club Patriotic Celebration Kit Reveal with Carta Bella God Bless America

Hello, Friends!  Memorial Day seems like the perfect date to share this Button Farm Club Patriotic Celebration Kit Reveal.  Happy Memorial Day, my friends!  How thankful I am for all the selfless men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  We owe them a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid.  Today we pause to remember them all, and then we enjoy the liberty they fought for as we gather with our friends, neighbors and families to celebrate the Red, White and Blue!

God Bless America!

I’ve been planning this kit since the end of December 2020!  The minute I saw Carta Bella’s God Bless America collection, I  knew I wanted to use it to help usher in Memorial Day, Flag Day and the 4th of July.  If you love the Red, White and Blue…as I do…and you are a fan of Vintage Americana, then I think you are going to love this kit.  It’s one of the best I’ve created thus far for Button Farm Club.  It’s got a little bit of everything in it: Mini Album, Home Decor, Memory Keeping and even a couple of cards and tags.

The anchor of this kit is this vibrant 6″ x 9″ mini album.  It’s not just a great place to keep all those wonderful family photos from summer fun; it doubles as home décor!  The dimensional cover features this fabulous vintage fire engine, handmade rosettes and handmade mini pinwheels.  And of course, the tutorial shows you how easy it is to make those handmade embellishments.

But just like a great fireworks display, this album has some unexpected delights.

Red, White and Blue Banner

I thought to myself…”How fun would it be to build a box pocket mini album with a red, white and blue banner tucked inside?”  So I did it!  And I ‘m so glad I did!

The mini album also has loads of room for photos and journaling thanks to a flip page/pocket/waterfall feature.

The Exploding Box

Every great 4th of July celebration includes fireworks.  So I build an exploding box mini album into this kit.

Thanks to all the flips and flaps inside this clever little box, you’ll find even more room to add photos of your family celebrations.

Patriotic Cards

Even after creating all these wonderful kit elements, I found enough paper to create a couple of beautiful patriotic cards.  So I added a special bonus tutorial showing you how to make them along with a set of sweet little red, white and blue tags.

When you put this whole ensemble on display together , it makes a real visual impact.  I have it on display in my studio right now, and I just love it!

What Comes in the Kit

Everything you need to make the items seen here comes in your kit.  Just add basic crafting supplies like adhesives and tools like scissors, paper trimmers, and scoreboard.  (If you decide to make the bonus cards, you will need to add 2 sheets of 8 ½” x 11” cream cardstock to the kit supplies. )

Kit supplies:

  • Carta Bella God Bless America 12×12 Collection Kit (comes with stickers) 12 sheets of double-sided textured cardstock
  • 2 additional sheets of God Bless America cardstock
  • God Bless America Solids: 6 sheets of color-matched textured cardstock
  • Frames and Tags Ephemera Pack
  • God Bless America Ephemera Pack
  • Enameled Patriotic Charms (2 per kit)
  • 2 yards Red Lipstick Ribbon
  • 1 yard each red, white and blue burlap string
  • 12×12 chipboard sheet for making the album base
  • Little Birdie Flowers
  • Basic Written Guide
  • Private Links to Video Tutorials that you can watch over and over again
How to Order

The price for the kit is only $49.49!  I can’t even believe that!  You can order your kit today at The Button Farm Club.

If you’d like to see this kit in action, please enjoy this 10 minute video tour.

Ok, my friends!  That’s it for me!  I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day, and take a moment to give thanks for the fact that we live in the Home of the Free because of the Brave!

God Bless America!

Cheerio,

kathy

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Dahlia Dimensional Doily

Amazing Paper Grace Dahlia Dimensional Doily Die of the Month Spellbinders Carta Bella Flower Garden by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Dahlia Dimensional Doily Die of the Month April 2021

Hello, Friends!  Today’s post features a fun fold card made with  Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Dahlia Dimensional Doily.  This is the April 2021 Die of the Month, and it’s a beauty!  If you love gatefold cards and delicate filigree designs, then I think you will love this card design. Before we dig in, here’s a look at the dies in this months’ club:

In addition to the gorgeous filigree panel, you get the dimensional dahlia dies, rolled roses, leaves and a lacy insert.  I opted to work with just the filigree panel, rolled roses and leaves this time.

Presenting the Gatefold Easel Fancy Fold Card Design

Amazing Paper Grace Dahlia Dimensional Doily Gatefold Easel Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Easel cards are the “show-offs” of the cardmaking world, wouldn’t you agree?  Simple to make, but visually impacting, easel cards look great on display!  Gatefold cards have a high drama factor.  Open the doors of this fancy fold to see what delights await within.  I make a lot of both styles of cards for these reasons.  I don’t think I have ever combined the two fancy fold card style before.   But I immediately saw how this lovely die could marry the two styles together to make fabulous fancy fold card design.  So, I present to you the Dahlia Dimensional Doily Gatefold Easel Card.

Here’s how to put this unique fun fold card together.

  • First, create a 6×6 easel card base.
  • Now die cut the filigree panels from pink cardstock.
  • Then adhere the panels over brushed gold cardstock.
  • Next, trim the gold cardstock so that you have an extra 1/2″ of gold on the left and the right hand sides.
  • Now score a flap on each side.
  • Cut between the two filigree panels to create a gate fold.
  • Wrap the flaps behind a 5″ x 7″  card front.
  • Then wrap a ribbon closure around the entire assembly and adhere to the front of the easel card base.
Open the Gates!

When you open the gate fold, this is what is waiting inside.  Decorate the inside of the gates with vellum versions of the die.

Rolled Roses

This elegant set comes with 2 sizes of rolled rose dies.  I’ve used them on the pocket/brake area and on the gatefold door sentiment.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek inside the easel card base.  Add a pocket to the bottom half of the card to serve as a stopper/brake for the easel mechanism.  This gives you room to tuck in a little gift card wallet/note card.

I can see this die used for many different purposes.  It would make a gorgeous bookmark.  You could cut it from heavy cardstock and use it as a stencil.  Or add the dimensional dahlia to the center.  Becca has lots of great ideas on her blog.  You can also find samples on the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club Page.

So what’s the verdict on Gatefold Easel Cards?  Do we love them?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Eiffel Tower Slimline Birthday Card

Carta Bella En Vogue Eiffel Tower Slimline Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Carta Bella En Vogue Eiffel Tower Slimline Birthday Card for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Let’s make an Eiffel Tower Slimline Birthday Card. Welcome to Throwback Thursday!  Today we’re breaking out Carta Bella’s 2019 En Vogue.  If you have this lovely collection in your Closet of Shame, then it’s time to pull it out and make something beautiful.

Slimline Eiffel Tower Birthday Card Carta Bella En Vogue by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Meet me in Paris in front of the Eiffel Tower and we’ll share some Macarons as we take in the City of Lights.  Oooh la la!

Tips and Details

  • Begin by scoring an 11″ x 8 1/2″ piece of cream cardstock at 3 1/2″ and 3 3/4″.
  • Fold along the 3 3/4″ score line and repeat.
  • Trim the flap on the right to measure 1 3/4″.
  • Now fold and burnish the score lines to create a 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ side fold slimline card.
  • Add hinges to the  back side of the flap and fold to form a 1/4″ box pocket inside the card.
  • Watch the video tutorial to see all the card come together step by step.
A Peek Inside

The inside has a decorative gift card pocket on the left and a box pocket on the right.  You will learn how to make the two treat folios in the video tutorial below.

Eiffel Tower Slimline Birthday Card Video Tutorial

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Throwback Thursday episode.  If you don’t have the En Vogue Collection in your stash, I’m sure you can use this same design with another retired paper collection.

I’ve loaded this card into my Etsy shop.  And you’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Parrot Tulips from Susan’s Garden

Spellbinder's Susan's Spring Garden Parrot Tulips Carta Bella Spring Farmhouse by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Spellbinder’s Parrot Tulips from Susan’s Garden Spring Florals Release

Hello, Friends!  Does anything say “Spring is here” better than Parrot Tulips?  Today I’m sharing a lovely bunch of Parrot Tulips made with Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s latest Spring Flora Release from Spellbinders.  To fill out the tulip cluster, I created some greenery with her Ferns and Ivy Dies from this same release.

I’ve paired these flowers up with Carta Bella’s cheery Farmhouse Market Paper Collection. It just seemed to be the perfect partner for these blossoms.

Flower Making Details

Do you like to make your own flowers?  I love doing it when time permits.

  • First,  Die cut the tulip layers from scraps of the Spring Farmhouse Solids cardstock for a perfect color match.   This automatically gets you started off on the right foot!
  • Now, sponge each petal with a combination of Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber,  and Ripe Persimmon Distress Oxide Inks.
  • Next, shape the petals with the Groove Golf Flower Shaping Tools.  Use the medium tool to add “veins” to the tulip petals.
  • Now round the petals with the blunt end of the largest Groove Golf Tool.  If you place the rounded (blunt) end in the center of the tulip petal, the sides will cup up beautifully.
  • Then, layer the flower petals together, staggering the edges for a more natural look.
  • Next, Use the piercing awl to make a hole for some stamens.  Add the stamens through the center for a stunning finish!

 

Creating the Bouquet

Die cut the ferns, ivy and tulip leaves from scraps of green cardstock.  Then shape with the groove tool and spritz with Glimmer Mist.

Our son had cut me some slices from a fallen branch.  This seemed like the perfect way to display this bouquet.  First, lightly wash the wood surface with some diluted ivory chalk paint.  Use a paper towel to dab away the excess.  Then spatter the wood with flecks of white chalk paint and Abandoned Coral Distress Paint.  Now you just need to add a bow and some buttons to finish off the card.

A Peek Inside

Create a treat pocket and a little photo spot inside the card to turn it into a thoughtful gift.

There are so many lovely flowers and fillers in this Susan’s Spring Flora Release!  If you like to make your own flowers, you might like to check them out HERE.

I love flowers at any time of year, but spring flowers seem to be the most precious.  Perhaps it’s because we’ve just endured the bleak winter months that they bring us such joy.  What’s blooming in your life right now?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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