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Warm Wishes Christmas Time Clock

Graphic 45 Warm Wishes, Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace DOM November 2022, Reneabouquets Poinsettias, Kathy Clement, Kathy by Design, Photo 01

Graphic 45 Warm Wishes Christmas Time Clock Shaker Card with Amazing Paper Grace DOM

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a festive Graphic 45 Winter Wishes Christmas Time Clock Shaker Card to share with you.  Our cute little alarm clock is made with the Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month for November 2022.

This vintage style alarm clock is one of Becca Feeken’s signature Pop Up Vignette Dies. But I opted to turn it into a shaker card frame.  Red and Gold foil papers, sequins, beads, and pearls add holiday sparkle and shine to my Christmas Time Clock.

Dress up your Christmas Time Clock with some beautiful Reneabouquets Velvet Poinsettias and trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

A Peek Inside

Don’t  you just love it when a card doubles as a folio?  That’s why I added this 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ pull out folio to the top half of my card interior.  This is so easy to do, but adds that “extra special” element to your card.

  • First, cut one 8 1/2″ x 11″ panel of black cardstock in half at 4 1/4″.
  • Next, overlap the 4 1/4″ ends about 1/2″ and adhere to form one long paper panel.
  • Now, score every 5 1/2″ down the long side to this panel. You will have a slightly shorter panel on the end.  This will be the front of your pull out folio.
  • Then, accordion fold your scored panels so that the short panel lands on the top.
  • Next, adhere ribbon to the back side of the folio with Scor-Tape.
  • Now adhere the folio to the top half of your 6″ x 6″ card base.
  • Line the front card panel with  4″ x 5″ panels of patterned paper.  Then line the remaining panels with 4″ x 5 1/4″ rectangles of patterned paper.
  • Finally, fold and secure with a bow.

If you add a pocket to the bottom half of your card, you can tuck in a little tea sachet, honey stick, mini candy cane and a decorative sentiment panel.  The panel is covered with white cardstock on the back.  Now your card is a folio and a gift!

These card folios make great Christmas presents for friends and family.  Add photos of your tree, your decorated home, pets or family to create a unique and personal gift.

Warm Wishes Christmas Time Clock Tour on YouTube

If you’d like to take a closer look at the papers and dies I’ve used to create this project, please enjoy this short YouTube video.

You can sign up for the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club HERE.

To see other projects made with the Graphic 45 Warm Wishes paper collection, please click HERE.

If you’d like to see what Becca made with this month’s die, visit  her blog HERE.

I hope you have time for a crafty adventure today!  Thanks for stopping by!





Christmas Kitchen Tiered Tray Card

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Christmas Kitchen Tiered Tray Card with Spellbinders and Echo Park Cozy Christmas

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a really cute Christmas Kitchen Tiered Tray card to share with you.  Filled with festive home décor items, this clever new Becky Roberts die from Spellbinders is loads of fun!  I’ve paired it up with some Cozy Christmas papers from Echo Park.

Tiered Trays are all the rage right now.  And no wonder!  It’s such a quick and easy way to add seasonal decorations to your kitchen or craft room.  These Tiered Tray dies offer the same kind of decorating fun, only with paper!   There are actually 3 separate components in this release: the base tray dies, accessory dies and a coordinating stamp set.  I combined the accessory dies with some fussy cut items from the paper collection in this sweet project.

Tips and Tricks
  • If you are working with lighter weight paper, consider die cutting the tray base from heavy kraft cardstock first.  Then die cut it a second time using your patterned paper.  I used the wood grain pattern from Cozy Christmas.
  • Die cut the accessories from patterned paper if, like me,  you don’t like to color. This is a great way to use up small scraps of designer paper, too.
  • Create depth and dimension by adding layers of foam tape to the back of the assembled tray.  Each tray has a slit between the back and front.  Place two rows of foam tape on the front and only one on the back.  This bows out the trays and makes them look more dimensional.
  • Practice arranging the elements in your tray before you glue them down.  I also added foam tabs behind the various pieces to create even more depth and dimension.
  • Choose a simple pattern to sit behind the finished tray so that it can take center stage.
A Peek Inside

Finish off the inside of your card with a pocket and flap detail.  You can tuck a gift card wallet and a 4×6 image into the pocket.  Back the 4×6 image with some white cardstock to create a lovely note card. If you send out a family (or pet) Christmas photo, the area behind the flap is the perfect spot to display it.  Then you can write names and ages on the back of the flap element.

The gift card wallet is a great spot to tuck in a bit of holiday chocolate, too!

Spellbinders Becky Roberts Tiered Tray Video on YouTube

If you’d like to see all the various dies and stamps in this release, I created a short YouTube video tour for your enjoyment.  I also share a wonderful new crafty tool that has just come to roost in my studio!  I’m very excited about it, and I think some of you will be, too!

You can find out more information on Glassboard Studio on their website.  And, they were kind enough to send me a discount code for my followers.  Use the code KATHY20 to save 20% on your purchase.

You can find a linked supply list for this project below the post.

OK…that’s it for today!  I’ll be back tomorrow with our Graphic 45 Time to Flourish November folio tutorial.  See you then!




Cathe Holden Christmas Flea Market Finds Projects

Spellbinders Cathe Holden Christmas Flea Market Finds Projects Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Spellbinders Cathe Holden Christmas Flea Market Finds: A Bowl Full of Crafty Goodness!

Hello, Friends!  I made this vintage style stitched bowl with Spellbinders Cathe Holden Christmas Flea Market Finds goodies.  I remember making bowls like this from old Christmas cards when I was just a kid.  Did any of you make similar Christmas crafts?

Christmas Flea Market Finds  was released in July.  As soon as I saw this collection, I knew I wanted to add it to my stash. It was so popular that Spellbinders ran out of inventory, so I had to wait for my order to come in.  Can I just say, it was worth the wait? There is so much vintage crafty goodness in this mix of dies, papers, stamps and ephemera!  Once I got started creating, the ideas started flowing, and I couldn’t seem to stop!

I have many different projects to share with you today, plus a video tour.  You might want to go grab a cuppa and a snack to sustain you as we discover the possibilities in this charming collection.

Christmas Treat Containers

Once I finished making the large Christmas bowl, I decided to tackle the 3 square base boxes.  This time I paired the dies up with 110# kraft cardstock.  The dies cut through this extra heavy paper like butter!

Instead of covering these bowls with designer paper as I did with the large bowl, I decided to have a little mixed media fun.

First, I embossed the die cut panels with the Floral Swag 3-D Embossing folder.  If you mist both sides of your heavy cardstock lightly with water before you emboss, you get a very detailed dramatic finish!  This little basket is the perfect size to hold miniature candy canes and 6 packages of individually wrapped Biscoff cookies.

Next, dry brush each die cut and embossed panel with ivory chalk paint.  This frosty finish almost looks like stone in real life.  And how cute is this little box filled with tea bags and honey sticks?  Wouldn’t it make a darling Secret Santa gift?

Now you can stitch the base to the sides of your panels.  It took me a minute to remember how to do this, but my hands finally remembered the process.  This bowl is the perfect size to hold a short stack of homemade cookies or even a cupcake.  Lace the top holes with gold metallic thread, then tie with a bow to create this fun shape.

What would you put in these boxes?  Inquiring minds want to know!

Botanical  Songbird

Once I finished making the boxes, I was having so much fun that I decided to make a few Christmas cards.  Each card in this series is built on a Spellbinders 5×7 card base.   The Floral Swag 3D Embossing Folder worked beautifully with the patterned papers from the collection.

  • First, lightly mist the paper with water.
  • Next, place it patterned side up in the embossing folder.
  • Now run it through your machine following the manufacturer’s directions.
  • Then gently heat dry the paper.  This stiffens the embossing so it is less likely to get crushed as you work.
  • Finally, brush the raised area with a little Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  You can also lightly brush on some Gold Metallic Wax with your fingers, if desired.

Decorate the inside with scraps of designer paper.  Then create a pocket and dress it up with an ephemera card.  Stamp on a sentiment panel and tuck it in the pocket along with a wooden star ornament.  Now you have a gift!

Sweet Christmas Love Birds Card

I loved the look of this embossed panel so much that I tried it with a panel of the burgundy designer paper.  Instead of inking the raised portions, try using just the gold metallic wax.  The result is quite dramatic!

Here’s a peek at the inside of this card.

Vintage Christmas Tree Card

This vintage Christmas Tree , Merry Christmas title, and the vintage book cover come from the ephemera pack.  Layer these elements over another embossed panel of designer paper.  But this time, brush the raised areas with Pine Needles Distress Ink.

Try embossing a plain sheet of white cardstock and WOW!  Now you have a gorgeous sentiment panel to tuck into the card pocket.

The Old Christmas Homestead

This is probably my favorite image from the whole collection.  It takes me right back to the New England winters of my childhood.  I added a few special touches to the image, but mostly I wanted to let it take center stage.

  • Layer a small ephemera image with a cigar band ephemera bit to add a sense of dimension to the card front.
  • Make your own embellishment with a small wood slice, bird image, itty bitty post card, key and lock.  This also gives a sense of depth to the overall design.
  • Wrap the top of the panel with twine, then tie a bow.  Red flowers and rustic jingle bells make a very nice accent.

Create a tuck spot by adhering just the top and bottom of the bookmark ephemera to the inside of the card.  Then slip your own handmade bookmark behind it.

Cathe Holden Christmas Flea Market Finds Video Tour on YouTube

If you’d like to take a closer look at the dies, papers, stamps and ephemera I used to create these projects, then I hope you’ll enjoy this short project share video on my YouTube channel.


Thanks so much for hanging with me for this extra long post.  I hope you enjoyed seeing what I’ve been up to.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!






Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Flourish Cards

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Flourish Shaker Easel Card Carta Bella Christmas by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Flourish Cards

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a couple of super cute Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Flourish Cards to share with you.  These dies are so much fun to work with!  Spellbinders sent me both the Let It Snowman and the All Hearts Come Home Flourish dies.  I spent a delightful day in the studio with them, and I’m excited to show you what I came up with. There are loads of pictures coming, so you might want to grab a snack and a cuppa before we proceed.  Go ahead!  I’ll wait for you!

Let It Snowman Shaker Easel Card with Carta Bella Christmas Collection

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Flourish Let It Snowman Easel Shaker Card with Carta Bella Christmas by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Snowmen are probably my favorite Christmas image to work with.  I could not resist making this sweet Let It Snowman die set up into a shaker frame.  Do you blame me?  The finished 6 1/4″ square card feels like a snow globe.   Here’s how I created that effect.

  • First, die cut the Let It Snowman frame from white and red metallic cardstock.  Layer the red metallic die cut over the white so that they are slightly staggered.  This creates a sort of drop shadow effect.
  • Next, trace around the outside of the die onto a piece of clear cardstock  (acetate sheet). Don’t worry about cutting around the leafy edges.  Just cut the circle shape at the top of the die. Adhere this panel behind the frame. You will need 2 of these clear panels.
  • Now add 3 layers of 1/8″ foam adhesive to the back side of the frame.
  • Then flip the frame on its face and fill the center with your shaker mix.
  • Next, line up the 2nd clear cardstock panel over the foam tape and press firmly into place.
  • Finally, trace around the snowflake/woodgrain patterned paper and adhere it behind the snow globe frame.
Let’s Make a Snowman!

Snowmen are probably my favorite holiday/winter theme.  They always look so friendly and welcoming on a card.  Die cut this snowman and snowflakes from heavy white cardstock.  The jaunty hat is cut from a scrap of dark green suede paper that I had in my stash.  Cut the hat band from a scrap of red metallic paper.  The nose is a scrap of old Authentique Spectrum orange cardstock lined patterned paper.  Snowman assembly is super quick and easy!  Back with foam tabs and attach to the snow globe as seen in the photo.

A Peek Inside

Create a pocket to go inside the card base.  This doubles as a stopper for the easel mechanism.  Dress it up with some pretty holiday flowers and leaves.  Then tuck some rusty jingle bells underneath to add that special Christmas sound.  Vintage buttons look great tucked into the flower cluster. A miniature Christmas ornament topped with Baker’s Twine and a tiny posy are the perfect finishing touch.

Seems like everyone gives gift cards at Christmas now, so I like to include a gift card wallet with my cards.

It’s a lovely way to present cash or a shopping card.

All Hearts Come Home Christmas Card

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Flourish All Hearts Come Home Die Simple Stories Simple Vintage Rustic Christmas by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

All Hearts Go Home at Christmas is a very popular holiday sentiment.  And this sweet little prim house is so cute tucked inside the die cut frame.  This card may look complicated, but it actually comes together very quickly.  The best part?  You can pull out that glitter paper from your stash and put it to good use here!

  • First, die cut the frame from white glitter paper.  Glue it onto a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ panel of green glitter paper.
  • Next, die cut the house 3 times: once from white glitter paper, then from black cardstock, and a third time from red metallic paper.  (You can use a scrap left over from making the snowman card!)
  • Now, cut the door, the chimney and the roof from the black die cut and adhere over the door and roof area of the white die cut.
  • Then adhere the remainder of the black die cut behind the white.
  • Next, adhere the red die cut behind the other two houses.  Pop out the red heart and adhere it in the “window” area.
  • Back the house with foam tape and adhere in the center of the frame.
  • Create faux snow with Dries Clear adhesive, Crystal Clear Glitter and Mini Pearls Prills.
A Peek Inside

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Rustic Christmas Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Simple Stories Simple Rustic Christmas papers are the perfect pairing for this cute card.

Vintage Santa images tie in with the Santa Sleigh on the die cut frame.  I love the sweet Santa expression on this gift card wallet.

Scraps of designer paper fill in all the gaps inside the gift card wallet.

Are you still with me?  That was a lot of photos and a lot of information.  These dies are all part of Spellbinders new September release.  I’ll link to them on the supply list below this post.

Have you gotten a head start on your Christmas cards yet?  We are just about 100 days out from Christmas Day, but you’ll want to get your cards in the mail much earlier than that date!  There’s no time like the present to start!

Thanks for stopping by!






Santa Lane Envelope Album Tutorial

Spellbinders Santa Lane Envelope Mini Album Tutorial with Really reasonable Ribbon by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo

Santa Lane Envelope Mini Album Tutorial for Really Reasonable Ribbon September Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  This Santa Lane Envelope Mini Album Tutorial is my inspiration piece for the Really Reasonable Ribbon September 2022 Blog Hop.  Welcome to the hop!  You should be coming here from Gloria’s lovely blog.  This month’s Ribbon Club Assortment is Halloween themed.  But It’s good for Christmas, too! Read on to find how I changed up the seasons with this Spooktacular Ribbon Club Assortment.

Santa Lane Envelope Mini Album with Halloween Ribbons!

Spellbinders Santa Lane Kit Really Reasonable Ribbon September 2022 Ribbon Club Envelope Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

The Black Sheer Satin Gold Edged Ribbon is the perfect accent for this country inspired Santa Lane Envelope Mini Album.   I’ve added a tutorial below so you can see how I made this quick and easy 5×7 album.

The bow cluster features this same pretty ribbon tucked beneath some Christmas flowers.  Sometimes it’s fun to think “outside the box” and use a Ribbon Club Assortment in an unexpected way.

Spellbinders Santa Lane Envelope Mini Album Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how to make this festive holiday mini album, please enjoy this tutorial on YouTube.  The video shows you how to assemble the mini album base, line the pages, create the ribbon closure and add  interactive features to the pages. We will also open the Santa Lane Kit and see all the goodies that are tucked inside.  Such fun!

These quick and easy to make mini albums are a great stocking stuffer or Christmas gift.  I hope you have loads of fun making your version.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cheryl has prepared for you.  And be sure to finish up the hop over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG. While you are there, answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month for a chance to win your own Halloween Ribbon Club Assortment.

You don’t have to depend on luck, though!  If you love ribbon, why not join the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club?  Each month Ribbon Club members receive a special themed assortment of beautiful Really Reasonable Ribbon.  It’s like getting a Christmas present every single month of the year!

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

Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the hop!






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