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Christmas Cookie Tree Shaker Card Folio

Authentique Christmas Greetings Shaker Card Magical Christmas by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Christmas Cookie Tree Shaker Card Folio for The Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  This Christmas Cookie Tree Shaker Card Folio is my inspiration project for the Really Reasonable Ribbon October 2020 Blog Hop.  Welcome to the hop!  You should be coming here from the amazing Ginny Nemchak’s blog.   This month, we are getting ready for Christmas.  Get ready to swoon.  This Christmas Ribbon assortment is gorgeous!

Really Reasonable Ribbon October 2020 Ribbon Club Assortment

See?  The metallic accents go perfectly with the Authentique Paper Christmas Greetings paper collection that I used on this 5″ x 7″ card folio.

TIP:  Create a festive holiday border with the Reindeer Red Satin Ribbon.  It really made this card front pop!

TIP: Mix and match!  This elegant 3/8″ Holly Satin Ribbon plays beautifully with the Reindeer Red Satin.  That’s the beauty of working with a color-coordinated Ribbon Club Assortment.  Everything works together in perfect harmony.

TIP: Turn a Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Lace Frame into a shaker box.  Simply adhere clear cardstock to the back side of the frame, lay down some foam tape fill with adorable holiday sequins and seal with a 3×4 image from the paper collection.

And how much do we love this cookie tree?

A Peek Inside

Turn this card into a gift by adding a box pocket and a recipe folio to the interior.

TIP:  “Tie” everything together with some Peppermint Stick Satin Ribbon.

I’ve added pockets and flaps to this accordion style recipe card holder.  This is the perfect place to keep your favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes.  It also make a great holiday gift!  Here’s a peek at some folio details.

More Ribbon!

I love that Reindeer Satin Ribbon so much that I had to add it to the top of my box pocket.  Then I filled the pocket with goodies from Santa’s Sleigh.  Look how pretty the Reindeer Satin is on the top of the photo mat.  I’ve added cream cardstock to the back side of the mat for journaling.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what fabulous treats Cheryl has in store for you.  She’ll have the link to the next blog in the hop.

Be sure to finish up over on the RRR BLOG where you can answer Bonnie’s question of the month and be entered into a drawing for your very own October Ribbon Club Assortment.

Not a member of the RRR Ribbon Club yet?  Now is the perfect time to subscribe.  Each month you’ll receive a themed assortment of beautiful ribbons to take your crafting to the next level.  It’s like getting a birthday or Christmas present every month of the year!  You can sign up HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some ribbon tips and tricks that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

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

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders Sparkling Holiday Swans

Spellbinders Sparkling Holiday Card Kit Christmas Swans by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Spellbinders Sparkling Holiday Swans: Quick and Easy Cardmaking

Hello Friends!  Let’s kick off our creative week with a trio of Spellbinders Sparkling Holidays Swan Cards.  Mondays can be tough.  Sometimes a quick and easy card is the perfect way to jump start your creativity and get the old mojo flowing.

These little 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ cards have been made with the Spellbinder’s Sparkling Holiday October 2019 Card Club Kit.  Everything you need to make them comes in the kit: card bases, envelopes, designer paper, stickers, adhesives, stamps, rhinestones and dies.  I added a couple of Nestabilities Standard Circle Dies from my Spellbinders stash. You can take a closer look at the kit HERE.  Because it is last year’s kit, it is on sale.

I thought I would share the “recipe” for each of these card designs with you.  These are basic card layouts that you can use with any paper collection in your stash.

Snowflake Swan

Spellbinders Sparkling Holidays Swans Cards Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

  • First, die cut the swan image from the paper collection with a circle die.
  • Next, mat the die cut image on a circle cut from pink cardstock.
  • Now cover the card base with a 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ panel of the snowflake print paper.
  • Then cut a 2 1/4″ x 5 3/8″ panel of the fir branches and adhere on the left hand side.
  • Place the matted swan image on the card as seen.
  • Now frame the image with a glittered snowflake sticker and the layered wreath sticker.
  • Die cut a poinsettia from scraps of silver foil and lavender cardstock.  Adhere a rhinestone in the center and adhere to the left of the wreath sticker.
Swimming Swan

  • First, die cut a panel of the green branches from your patterned paper.
  • Then die cut a lavender circle to serve as the mat.
  • Next, die cut a 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel of the fir tree patterned paper and adhere to the card base.
  • Cut 2 fishtail banners from scraps of the Christmas Star and Pink Snowflake patterned papers.  Overlap and adhere to the card base.
  • Now adhere the die cut circles.
  • Locate the layered swan sticker and adhere near the base of the circles.
  • Die cut some poinsettias and firs branches from silver foil and lavender cardstock.  Adhere the glittered “25” sticker over the “All is Calm” ephemera circle placing dimensionals between the layers.  Then adhere at the top of the large die cut circle.  Frame with die cut poinsettia.
  • Locate the sentiment sticker and adhere.
Christmas Wish Swan

  • First, cut a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ panel of lavender cardstock.
  • Next, cut a 5 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ panel of the Christmas Star patterned paper and adhere.
  • Mat a 4 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ panel of the swan designer paper on a 5″ x 4″ panel of pink cardstock and adhere.
  • Cut a glitter snowflake in half and wrap around the top edge of the panel.  Now you can adhere the card front to the card base.
  • Finally, adhere the “Christmas Wish” sticker and the layered poinsettia sticker in the right hand corner of the card front.

I hope these quick and easy card layouts inspire you to break out your crafty stash and start your week on a creative note!

To see more cards made from the Sparkling Holiday Card kit, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Spellbinders Sparkling Holidays Cards

Spellbinders Sparkling Holidays Card Kit of the Month October 2019 by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders Sparkling Holidays Cards

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a sweet and simple trio of Spellbinders Sparkling Holidays Greeting Cards to share with you.  When my friend on the social media team asked me if I’d be willing to create a few samples with last year’s October Card Kit of the Month, I was more than happy to pitch in.    I’m more used to designing card kits than I am to creating with a kit that someone else has put together.  But I’m always up for a challenge!  The kit is lovely, and I’m glad Spellbinders decided to make it available to non-card club members.  You can see all the elements in the kit HERE.

The biggest challenge for me was using only the items that came in the kit.  No extra buttons, flowers or bows allowed!  But, I was allowed to use basic Spellbinder shaped dies in addition to the accent dies that came with the kit.  All the cards I’m going to show you today measure 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  The card bases and envelopes come with the kit.

Mitten Mouse Cutaway Card

What could be cuter than a mouse in a mitten?  Here’s how this card came together.

  • First, cut away 1″ from the right hand side of the card front.
  • Then line the interior of the card with a 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ panel of designer paper from the kit.
  • Next, cut a 3 1/8″ x 5 1/2″ panel of paper to cover the card front.

TIP:  Die cut a circle from patterned paper.  Then mat it on a slightly larger circle cut from colored cardstock.  This creates a great background for a small focal image.

  • Now adhere the die cut circle to the card front so that it overhangs the cutaway.
  • Next, adhere the calendar.  Place a glitter star over the “25” to make it stand out.
  • Then die cut the word “Merry” from the silver foil that comes in the kit.  Adhere as seen in the photo.
  • Finally, adhere the mitten mouse sticker.
Holiday Ornaments Card

  • Cover a card front with a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ panel of  the pink cardstock from the kit.
  • Next, cut a 3 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ panel of cardstock.  Center and adhere this over the pink.
  • Now cut a 2″ x 5 1/2″  panel of the blue night sky paper and adhere as seen.
  • Adhere the star border sticker on the left.
  • Then layer the die cut ornaments, flower and branches using the foam tabs that come in the kit to add lots of dimension.
  • Finally, die cut “Merry Christmas” from the foil paper using the die that comes with the kit. Adhere rhinestones to the berry branches to add extra sparkle.
Toy Soldier Mouse

This card is very similar to the Mitten Mouse card.  The only real difference is that I did not do a cutaway edge.  And, I die cut some small poinsettia embellishments to add a little holiday sparkle to the card layout.  Once again, that circle die came to the rescue. I love the way it helps to soften all the edges of the card.  It also draws the eye to the cluster of small embellishments.

I’ll be back soon with a few more card samples made from this kit.  These cute cards will be added as “extra helpings” to orders from my Etsy shop.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below. Even if you don’t have this kit, you can use these basic card recipes as a template in your own card making.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Farmhouse Christmas Album Kit Reveal

Carta Bella Farmhouse Christmas Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 01

Carta Bella Farmhouse Christmas Album Kit Reveal for The Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends!  September is the perfect month to share this Carta Bella Farmhouse Christmas Album Kit Reveal for The Button Farm Club. If you start now, you’ll have plenty of time to create your album before the holiday season kicks in.  Then you can set it out as part of your Christmas decor!  How fun is that?

Don’t you just love this red Mixed Media Album?  I don’t call it a mini album, because it’s massive!  There are 16 double-sided pages tucked inside this 8 1/4″ x 8 3/4″ x 2″ beauty!  So you know there is plenty of room for all your Christmas photos, memories, and more!

I love how cozy these Carta Bella Farmhouse images make me feel.

And can you say “rusty jingle bells”?  Oh yeah, we’ve got em!

This album is so huge, we actually combined 2 Christmas Collections to create it: Carta Bella Farmhouse Christmas and Echo Park Christmas Delivery.  They work together in perfect harmony.  Let’s take a peek inside.

December Weekly Format

I’ve never been able to keep up with a December Daily.  The holidays are just too busy. But a December weekly feels more manageable to me.  So I broke this album down into 4 sections to cover 4 weeks of Advent.  Each of the 4 sections follows the same layout and design for easy construction.

There’s room for a great big photo of your tree behind this vellum pull out folio.  And room inside the folio for journaling and smaller photos.

Each section also has a double layout page with room for 4″ x 6″ photos and a hidden pocket with pull out journaling cards.

Then add more large and small photos on the tip out page.

And even more large photos in this pull out folio!

You know I love a good waterfall feature.  So this album has 4 of them!  That’s room for 35 (count ’em!) 4″ x 5″ photos!

Plenty of pockets means plenty of room to save precious letters to Santa, wish lists, or recipes.  You can even save your Christmas menu and cookie list here.

YouTube Video Tour

To help you get a feel for just how much goodness is packed into this album, I’ve prepared a little YouTube video tour.

 

What Comes in the Kit?

This kit is loaded down like Santa’s Sleigh on Christmas Eve!

  • Graphic 45 Red Mixed Media Album
  • Carta Bella Farmhouse Christmas Collection Pack (with 12×12 cardstock stickers)
  • Farmhouse Christmas Ephemera Pack
  • Chipboard Phrases Sheet/Farmhouse Christmas
  • Echo Park Christmas Delivery Collection Pack (with more 12×12 cardstock stickers!)
  • 6 color matched 12×12 solid color sheets
  • Little Birdie Flower Pack
  • 10 yards of twine
  • 2 yards of red ribbon
  • 5 rusty jingle  bells
  • Downloadable PDF written Tutorial
  • Links to private video tutorials

That’s 25 sheets of patterned 12×12 paper, two 12×12 cardstock sticker sheets and 6 more sheets of  12×12 solids plus all the trimmings!  The only thing you need to add to the kit is adhesives and basic crafting tools like scissors, rulers, scoring tools and such.

The price for this massive kit is just $64.00!  (I honestly don’t know how Laura manages to put her kits together so reasonably…but I’m so glad she does!)

This kit will sell out quickly if past kits are any indication.  So order your kit today from The Button Farm Club.

You can find my past kits and tutorials at The Button Farm Club.  Many of the tutorials can be adapted for use with any paper collection you might have on hand.

So now you know what I’ve been up to!  I hope you will enjoy creating this lovely kit as much as I enjoyed planning and designing it!

And now..back to work!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Christmas Mittens Twisted Easel Card Tutorial

Eileen Hull Mitten Box Die Sizzix Chapter Christmas Mittens Twisted Easel Card Tutorial with Authentique Paper A Magical Christmas by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Eileen Hull Christmas Mittens Twisted Easel Card Tutorial with Authentique A Magical Christmas

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a Christmas Mittens Twisted Easel Card to share with you.  The Eileen Hull Educator Team is featuring Eileen’s darling new Mitten Box Die and Snowman Box Die this week.  (Be sure to check out the Eileen Hull Blog on Wednesday. You’ll find a group post filled with inspiration, tutorials and ideas for her new release.)

There’s something magical about mittens at Christmas!  Instead of using the die to make a box, I created a cute focal point for this holiday card.  Authentique’s A Magical Christmas Collection is such a great partner for this cute die!  Hanging the mittens upside down with a cluster of ribbons and flowers at the top gives them the appearance of an ornament.  In fact, you could even make tree ornaments this way!  I’ll show you how to do this in the tutorial below.

TIP: Add festive mini banners by cutting card scraps with Eileen’s Banner and Pennant Thinlets Die.  Stagger the die layers to create a sense of depth and dimension   Then add cute little bows and bitty buttons to the corners.

The Twisted Easel Card

Twisted easel cards may look complicated, but they are actually very easy to make.

  • First, create a 6″ x 6″ top fold card base.
  • Next, fold the point of the bottom right corner up until it lines up with the point of the top left hand corner.  (It will look like a triangle.)
  • Then just fold and crease!  Now you have a twisted easel card base.
  • Cut mittens, rickrack, and hearts from mat board or medium weight chipboard.
  • Flip the mittens so that you have a thumb on the right and a thumb on the left.
  • When die cutting the designer paper to cover the mittens, put one piece in face down and the other face up.  This way your papers will “match” and fit the die cut properly.

TIP:  Fold the bottom left hand corner up to the top right hand corner to make a twisted easel card that faces the other direction.  Isn’t that fun?

I love using twisted easel cards as home decor.   This Christmas version would be so pretty perched on a holiday mantel!

A Hidden Pocket

The video tutorial will show you how to build the card base, add layers and create this fun hidden tag pocket.  Eileen’s Pocket and Tag Die fits perfectly behind this pair of Christmas mittens.  You can easily add a gift card to the tag with a dab of hot glue or a glue dot.  So now, this card is also a gift!

A Peek Inside

The pocket part of Eileen’s Pocket and Tag die fits perfectly in the corner of the card interior.  I tucked a little Holiday Tea Bag inside, just for fun.

Christmas Mittens Twisted Easel Card Tutorial on YouTube

So are you ready to get your craft on?  Please enjoy this video tutorial showcasing Eileen’s dies and Authentique Paper’s A Magical Christmas Collection.

Once you learn how to make this fun card base, I know you’ll want to make a ton of them.  They would make great Christmas luncheon favors or girlfriend gifts.

To see more projects made with Eileen’s new dies, click HERE.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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