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North Pole Trading Company Exploding December Daily

Photoplay North Pole Trading Company Exploding December Daily by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Photoplay North Pole Trading Company Exploding December Daily

Hello, Friends!  For today’s installment of Christmas in July, I have a North Pole Trading Company Exploding December Daily to share with you.  This is such a fun project, made with a festive paper collection from Photoplay.

I’ve become just a little bit addicted to exploding boxes!  They are such a great way to house a lot of photos in not a lot of space.  It’s also nice that they can double as home décor.  And sometimes I just get tired of making albums and folios.  Somehow, a box seems like so much more fun.

This is especially true when you can add a box full of mini candy canes inside!  If you count them, you’ll find 25: one for each day from December 1st to December 25th.  How fun is that?

I designed the box with a magnetic wooden Christmas Tree topper so it would be easy to store. This also makes it easier to access the candy canes inside the box.  See?  I’m always thinking! You can leave the topper off and display it on it’s own, too.

North Pole Trading Company Exploding December Daily Tour on YouTube

it’s always easier to see how a project like this one works if you can watch a video tour.  So I put together a quick introduction to the paper collection and a tour of the exploding box.  I hope ou enjoy!


Bonus Christmas Card

Since I already had this paper collection out on my workspace, I went ahead and put together a super quick an easy Christmas card.

  • Create a 5 1/2″ square top fold card.
  • Then mat the following layers together;
    • 5 1/2″ square of North Pole Trading Co red solid
    • Green Plaid pattern cut into a 5 1/4″ square
    • 5 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ strip of snowflake paper as a belly band
  • Now stitch these layers together and adhere on the card front.
  • Next, die cut the Santa patterned paper with the largest Spellbinders Picot Petite Circle.  Back with foam tape and adhere in the center of the card.
  • Then die cut 2 of the Christmas trees using the matching dies.  Layer together with foam tape.  Decorate with die cut snowman ornaments.  Place foam tape on the back of the trees to add dimension.
  • If desired, add glitter to the trees.  Then back the gift packages from the sticker sheet with foam tape.
  • Fussy cut the Santa from the ephemera pack and back with foam tabs.
  • Now layer the Santa, presents and tree together in a nice cluster.
  • Finish with flowers and ribbon.

A Peek Inside

Dress up the inside with a pocket, tag, gift card wallet and stickers.

This is a great way to dress up a gift card!

I hope you enjoyed this installment of Christmas in July!  Maybe I can squeak in one more project before the month is over.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




Exploding December Daily

Spellbinders Home for Christmas Card

Spellbinders Home for Christmas Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Christmas in July: Spellbinders Home for Christmas Card and a SALE!

Hello, Friends!   It’s time for Christmas in July, and I have a sweet Spellbinders Home for Christmas Card to kick things off.  I had hoped to do a big Christmas in July week, but life doesn’t always cooperate with our desires, does it?  Everything here is fine, so no worries.  It’s just been an extra busy month with out of town company, family birthdays, doctor appointments and garden chores, so I fell a bit behind.

Home for Christmas Vignette House

We love this darling Amazing Paper Grace 3-D Pop Up Vignette House die.  So we paired it up with the perfect sentiment from Spellbinder’s Home for Christmas Sentiment Stamps.  I love it when products work together so well.  If you look behind the sleigh, you will see the stamped greenery that comes with the set.  Soon this Christmas house will be all decked out with Christmas evergreens, berries and holly.  How delightful!

It’s hard to detect in the photographs, but the trees, greenery, door, window and trims are treated to a little frosted crystal action.  This amps up the holiday vibe and adds just the right amount of sparkle to the project.

A Peek Inside

Do you give a lot of gift cards at Christmas?  Dress up the giving by adding a little pocket and gift card wallet inside a card.  Even a small gift card feels extra special when it is dressed up with pretty papers, don’t you think?

Save up to 50% at the Spellbinders Christmas in July Sale

You can get a head start on your Christmas crafting and save money, too!  Check out this great sale on Spellbinders Past Holiday Collections!

I’ll be back tomorrow with another little Christmas project share. Meet me here bright and early, and don’t forget to bring your cuppa!

Thanks for stopping by!




Meowy Christmas Shaker Card

Meowy Christmas Shaker Card Stamperia Make a Wish Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Meowy Christmas Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  This whimsical little Meowy Christmas Shaker Card features Stamperia’s Make a Wish Paper Collection and some lovely goodies from Reneabouquets. I made it for our sweet next door neighbors who are cat parents.  Their kitties are featured regularly on Instagram, so I thought they should be represented on their Christmas card this year.

This is a pretty basic 5″ x 7″ top fold card with a kraft cardstock base.  Machine stitch around the maid paper panel.  Add a decorative stitch on the border accent and you are half way home.  Back a Reneabouquets Holly Berry Wreath with clear cardstock and foam tape, fill it with a mix of buttons, beads and sequins and that job is done, too. Die cut the cant directly from the paper pad using a circle die.  Then center it and adhere on the back of the wreath.

Heat emboss the chipboard sentiment with Antique Gold Embossing Enamel.  Then adhere it in the center of a really big Prima blossom.  Tuck in a pretty organza bow, some Christmas Greenery and holly leaves.  The vintage wooden candy cane came from a booth at a local flea market.  I wish I had a hundred of these sweet embellishments but, alas, this was the very last one in my stash.

A Peek Inside

Finish the card with a designer paper panel and a pocket, of course!

Then tuck in a couple of chocolate snowmen and a little note card.  There’s something joyous about these vibrant, non-traditional papers that speaks to my love of color, pattern and design.  And above all, it was fun to make!

Right now I’m working on the next Button Farm Club Card Kit, which will be released next week.  So if I’m a little bit absent, you will know it is because I am busy at my work desk, editing photos, making video tutorials and writing out directions for that project.  I can’t wait to show you what I’m up to!

Friday is the date for the very last Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop of 2020!  And after that I will be doing a year-end round up of my favorite projects from 2020.  This tough old year is waning, and a bright New Year is on the horizon.  That is something to celebrate!

Thanks for stopping by!




Holly Jolly Snowman Shaker Card

Reneabouquets Beautiful Board Snowman Wreath Shaker Card Carta Bella Christmas by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Holly Jolly Snowman Shaker Card with Carta Bella Christmas Collections

Hello, Friends!  Let’s kick the week off with this Holly Jolly  Snowman Shaker Card.  I dare you not to smile when you look at this cheery paper confection!  It’s made with scraps from various Carta Bella Christmas collections, including the scrap background I demoed in THIS Throwback Thursday video tutorial.

Christmas Magic with Reneabouquets

I dug deep into my stash of Reneabouquets paper pretties to make this festive card.  The flowers, snowman, snowflakes and wreath are all from Renea’s lovely shop.  Adding them to this card was pure Christmas Magic!

  • First, create a 5″ x 7″ card base with black cardstock.
  • Then create a mat from 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ white cardstock.
  • Next, paper piece 4 1/2″ wide panels of  Carta Bella Christmas papers to cover the mat.
  • Now, locate the scrap panel mentioned above.
  • Use a wood grain stencil and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink over the scrap panel.
  • Then apply crackle texture paste through the stencil. Set the panel aside to dry.

While the stenciled panel is drying, you can work on the other details of the card.  You can just barely see the stenciled panel in this photo.  But trust me, it adds a lot of lovely texture to the finished card.

Now you can turn the printed Beautiful Board (linked below) into a shaker frame.  Fill it with Buttons Galore Merry and Bright Sprinkletz and Merry Mimosa Doo Dadz.

Add sparkle and texture to the Beautiful Board Snowman with a little Dries Clear Adhesive and Stampendous Shaved Ice glitter.

Then brush Reneabouquets Poinsettias with a little chalk paint to add a frosty edge.  Heat emboss some Reneabouquets snowflakes with embossign powder and tuck them into floral cluster.

Finally, tie everything together with some beautiful Really Reasonable Ribbon.

A Peek Inside

You can see how I paper pieced the Tea Party in a Box together inside this card.  It’s amazing how much mileage you can get out of your scraps of designer paper.

Those little bits and bobs of paper are perfect for wrapping up the goodies tucked inside!

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 comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!






Would You Like to Build a Snowman Shaker Card

Stamperia Traditional Christmas Snowman Shaker Card Reneabouquets Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Really Reasonable Ribbon December Blog Hop: Snowman Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  Don’t you just love this Snowman Shaker Card?  It’s my inspiration piece for the Really Reasonable Ribbon December Blog Hop.  Welcome to the hop!  You should be coming here from Ginny’s gorgeous blog.  The Winter Woodland Ribbon Assortment is extra gorgeous this month.  I liked them all so much that I ended up using three selections on this sweet Snowman Shaker Card.  Take a peek:

Would You Like to Build a Snowman Shaker Card?

This 5″ x 7″ top fold shaker card is basically one layer of Stamperia’s Classic Christmas paper layered with ribbons and topped with a Reneabouquets Snowflake Frame and Beautiful Board.  Here’s how to build the card front:

  • First, create a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base from kraft cardstock.
  • Then machine stitch a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ panel of Stamperia paper to a slightly larger panel of deep red cardstock.
  • Place 1/2″ Scor-tape along the bottom edge of this panel, then adhere Sherry Diamond Satin Ribbon over it.
  • Next, place a 1/4″ strip of Scor-tape in the center of the Sherry Diamond Satin Ribbon and adhere a strip of the 3/8″ Bird Print Satin over it.
  • Now heat emboss the Reneabouquets Decorative Snowflake Frame with WOW! Dazzling Diamonds Embossing Powder.
  • Then die cut a circle from clear cardstock and adhere to the back of the frame.
  • Next, place 3 rows of 1/8″ foam strips on the back of the frame.
  • Place your sequin mix in the area where you plan to adhere the frame.  Then remove the tape liner and press the frame in place.
  • Place foam tape on the back of Jack’s Snowman Beautiful Board and adhere to the shaker frame.
The Bow Cluster

Use your Zutter Bow-it-All Tool to tie a 3″ double loop bow from Sherry Diamond Satin Ribbon.  Adhere in the left hand corner of the snowflake frame.  Tie jingle bells together with White Iridescent Metallic string and adhere to the knot of the bow.  Then tie a double loop bow with the string and adhere over it.  Top with a poinsettia and holly leaves.

Finish the card by adhering a chipboard sentiment over the ribbon border.  Then adhere flat back pearls around the snowflake frame.

A Peek Inside

I was on the tail end of this pretty paper collection, so I had to do some creative paper piecing inside this card.  This led to a new style of pocket on the top and a layered pocket flap on the bottom.

Here’s a look at the goodies inside this pretty card.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cheryl has in store for you.   Be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop, then pop on over to the RRR Blog to answer Bonnie’s question of the month. One lucky comment will be randomly chosen to receive a free Winter Woodland Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you’re not a member of the Ribbon Club yet, now is a great time to join.  You’ll receive your very own monthly Ribbon Club assortment each month.  It’s like getting a Christmas present in the mail every month of the year.  Find out how to sign up HERE.

I hope I 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 comment section below.

Thanks for hopping by!







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