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Ciao Bella Winter Journey Folio Kit Release

Ciao Bella Winter Journey Folio Kit-Button Farm Club-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

Ciao Bella Winter Journey  Folio Kit Release for The Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m excited to announce this Ciao Bella Winter Journey Folio Kit Release for The Button Farm Club!  Creating this lovely folio kit was a winter journey all its own!  First, the supplies got bogged down in Ohio, which set the project back a few weeks while we waited for them to clear customs.  Then, just as I had finished making and filming the tutorial, I got sick.  That set me back another week!  But we did not give up, and I have to say that this lovely kit was well worth the wait!  It’s one of my absolute favorite kits so far.

Winter Blues Make Me Happy!

If you’re a fan of winter blues, cozy winter scenes and charming winter critters, then you are going to be happy, too!  Everything about this 8×8 interactive folio makes my creative heart sing.

Ciao Bella did such a great job capturing the beauty and serenity of winter in this paper collection.  And wait ’til you see what’s inside!

A Peek Inside Winter Journey

My friends, this is one of those projects that really stands out.  Because we are making not just ONE folio…we are making a folio inside a folio!  How fun is that?

Ciao Bella Winter Journey Folio Kit Release Video on YouTube

Every single page of this project is filled with little surprises, interactive elements, pockets and pull outs and flips and flaps!  But don’t take my word for it! I hope you will join me as I share the kit supplies and a walk through on my YouTube channel.

How to Order

Now that you’ve seen the kit and the finished project, I hope you are as excited as I am!  One of the things I love about this folio kit is that it is very easy to build the base and the mini folio.  Although it’s loaded with techniques, none of them are difficult to achieve.  My goal in making these kits for Button Farm is that you will always walk a way with at least one new skill in your papercrafting tool box.

The kit is in stock and ready to order at The Button Farm Club. It’s one of the biggest kits I’ve done so far, and you will have quite a nice stash of paper and product left over after finishing the kit.  That makes it a great value, too.

As always, I’m so thankful for your encouragement and support.  It’s always exciting for me to  hear back from you when you’ve completed one of my kits or learned something new.  I am truly blessed to be able to share my love of papercrafting with all my online friends.  Thank you for being part of this crafty adventure with me!

I’ll be back tomorrow with our Flower of the Month tutorial!  Hope to see you then!



Ciao Bella Sparkling Christmas Explosion Box Tutorial

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Ciao Bella Sparkling Christmas Explosion Box Tutorial with Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  Today we’re thinking inside the box with an easy to make Ciao Bella Sparkling Christmas Explosion Box Tutorial.  This is one of those projects that you can dress up or dress down.  Either way, it’s gonna look great, and make a wonderful Christmas gift or home decor item.

Explosion boxes are usually 4″ x 4″ x 4″ cubes with either a surprise or little pockets on the inside.  The lid of each box holds the sides up, but when it is removed, they fall flat to reveal the interior of the box.  I wanted to make a taller box so that I could use the beautiful images from the Sparkling Christmas A4 Creative Pad.

After a bit of “mathing” and experimenting, I came up with the plans for the 4″ x 4″ x 6″ box.  Not gonna lie to you…I’m very happy with the way this one turned out! First of all, the papers are stunning!  Ciao Bella has such good quality papers.  They are just the right thickness for paper engineering projects, cut cleanly, and score without cracking.  I’m a fan.

Traditional Elegance

Green and gold is such a classic, elegant color palette for Christmas, and it works beautifully in this paper collection.  I’ll take you on a tour of the various paper pads before we embark on the tutorial.  If  you haven’t seen this collection yet, hold on to your piggy bank.  It’s a stunner!

Each of the 4 faces of my box features a different image from the collection.  This means you can turn the box each week so that you have a new  image to enjoy.  Just move the front of the lid as you rotate the box.  It’s almost like getting 4 projects in one!

Because the image are so lovely, I did very little embellishing.  This makes the  project come together quickly and with minimal mess.  So it’s a great “last minute” holiday project.

Put a Lid on It

The lid is maybe the most important part of the box because it holds everything together.  While the sides are simple, I added a few more bells (jingle bells) and whistles to the design. I also add an extra score line, so that when the sides are folded, there are no raw edges.  This also makes the box extra sturdy.

Reneabouquets White Poinsettias and First Snow Snowflakes add wonderful texture and dimension to the box cover.  Star anise, sugared beads, and glittering stars look right at home on top of it all.

Ciao Bella Sparkling Christmas Explosion Box Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to join me as I create this lovely project, please grab a cuppa and enjoy.  You’ll get to see the paper collection, the finished project and all the lovely papers…and a surprise inside the box, too.

Did you enjoy that?  Have you ever made an explosion box?  They make such a great gift item, and I love how they double as home decor.  I’m giving this one away to a family member this Christmas.  Shhh…don’t tell!

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

Thanks for stopping by, friends!




Ciao Bella Fall Bounty Easel Card

Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn, Really Reasonable Ribbon, Reneabouquets- Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

Ciao Bella Fall Bounty Easel Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon & Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m celebrating the season with a Ciao Bella Fall Bounty Easel Card.  It’s adorned with cozy Copper and Cream Ribbon, Pumpkin Baker’s Twine, and Mixed Earth Tone Mulberry Flowers from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  And since we’re celebrating, I invited some Reneabouquets paper pretties and Ciao Bella’s Sound of Autumn Collection to the party.

Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn Easel Card, Reneabouquets, Kathy Clement, Kathy by Design, ReallY Reasonable Ribbon

I don’t know about you, but fall colors and images make me feel all warm and cozy inside.  And there’s something about autumn that calls for lush colors and textures.

A Peek Inside

I’m not sure when I first had the idea to add a pocket inside my easel cards, but now I do it all the time.  The pocket doubles as a stopper for the easel mechanism, and creates a lovely spot to add little treats and gifts to the card.

Fall mums mix perfectly with autumn foliage, so I added this little tag and notecard/tea wallet combo to the pocket.

And of course, there’s a Pumpkin Spice tea bag and honey stick, too!  It’s a must on these cooler fall days.

This is probably my last fall project for 2023.  It’s time to pull out the holiday papers and make some beautiful Christmas cards, folios, and home decor items.  I’m always a little sad to put my favorite season “to bed”.  Fall never lasts long enough for me.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!




Ciao Bella Farmhouse Garden Card Kit Reveal

Ciao Bella Farmhouse Garden Card Kit Reveal-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

Ciao Bella Farmhouse Garden Card Kit Reveal for The Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends!  Just as I promised you on Tuesday, I am back today with my Ciao Bella Farmhouse Garden Card Kit Reveal.  Wait until you see all the crafty adventures I’ve packed in to this card kit!  If you’re a fan of interactive, fun fold cards, I think you are going to be inspired!

Envelope Shaker & Pocket Cards

Ciao Bella Farmhouse Garden Card Kit Reveal-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design-Shaker Cards

Hello, Sunshine and Sunflowers!  It’s always nice to have a sort of “warm up” card to kick off a card kit.  So I designed this pair of cheery envelope ad pocket shaker cards to get things started.  Where’s the pocket?  Well, you’ll just have to watch the video reveal to find out!

Gatefold Accordion Cards with Belly Bands

Gatefold Accordion Cards-Ciao Bella Farmhouse Garden-Button Farm Club-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

Cards that move make me happy.  And cards with belly bands always seem to have a certain flair, don’t you think?  But what happens when you combine the two?  You get a really stylish and fabulous Accordion Gatefold Card.  Here’s a sneak peek at the inside of these fun to make cards!

Ciao Bella Farmhouse Garden Card Kit-Button Farm Club-Kathy Clement-Accordion Gatefold Card

Now that’s what I call a fun fold!

Classic Sunflower Slimline Card

Sunflower Slimline Card-Ciao Bella Farmhouse Garden Card Kit-Kathy Clement-Button Farm Club

Hello, gorgeous!  This slimline card is ridiculously easy to make.  A few simple designer touches make it a stand out.  It’s one of my favorite cards in the kit.

Slide and Lock Cards

Here’s another kinetic card that’s loads of fun to make and impressive to give.  These slide and lock cards take a basic gatefold card design to a whole new level.  The focal image slides up and down.

Actually, it slides right off the card!  When it is in place, though, it holds the gatefold element in place.  You’ve just gotta love a fun fold card that is part toy!

Shaped Easel Cards

Easel cards are probably my favorite fun fold style.  The fact that they can stand upright for display has a lot to do with that.  These easel cards do that, of course.  But a sweet shaped focal image makes them even more dynamic.

Bridge Cards

No…not like the bridge playing cards!  These bridge cards are a neat type of trifold card with a hidden image behind the focal image.  You’ll see how cool they are in the video below.

Let’s see….that’s 11 cards…which is pretty good for a card kit.  But wait, there’s more!

Shaker Front Tri-Fold Folio

Ciao Bella Farmhouse Garden Accordion Shaker Flip Folio-Kathy Clement-Button Farm Club

I had loads of little tags, journal cards and labels left over from making the card kit.  So I decided to create this darling 6×6 accordion style folio with a shaker frame cover.  It was the perfect way to finish out this wonderful card kit.

Ciao Bella Farmhouse Garden Card Kit Reveal on YouTube

If you’d like to take a closer look at the kit supplies and the finished paper pretties in this card kit, please enjoy this reveal video.  The first half is a repeat of what I shared with you on Tuesday, but the last part is a walk through of all the interactive cards and the folio.

This card kit is part of my Quarterly Card Kit Subscription Club, so if you are a member, you do not need to order.  It will ship out to you automatically.

If you are not a member and would like to order, you can get your kit at the Button Farm Club.

It’s been a very busy, happy and productive week in the studio.  I hope you are as excited about this  kit as I am.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!



Ciao Bella Farmhouse Garden Card Kit Sneak Peek

Ciao Bella Farmhouse Market Card Kit by Kathy Clement for The Button Farm Club

Ciao Bella Farmhouse Garden Card Kit Sneak Peek

Hello, Friends!  There’s no Make & Take Tuesday tutorial today, but I do have  this Ciao Bella Farmhouse Garden Card Kit Sneak Peek to share with you.  As I write this, I am in the middle of editing the video tutorials and photos for this Button Farm Club September card kit.

When I first laid eyes on the Farmhouse Garden papers, I knew they were the perfect collection to help us transition from summer to fall.  The papers are filled with beautiful floral images, sweet pups and kitties, gorgeous patterned papers and so many wonderful images that the hardest thing about designing this  kit was deciding which ones to use!

Fun Fold Card Extravaganza

If you are a cardmaker like me, then you love to learn a new fun fold card technique.  There are 11 cards in this kit, and 10 of them are fun folds! How’s that for a fun fold card extravaganza?

Several of  you have asked me to share tutorials for standard A2 cards (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″).  So I included several of those in this kit to honor that request.  And, most of these cards fold flat for easy mailing, too.

YouTube Sneak Peek

I’m still working on the editing and tutorial writing, so I don’t have samples to share with you today.  We’ll save that for Thursday when the card kit releases. But for today, I have this short sneak peek tour that will show you all the goodies that come with the kit.


Not Subscribed?

If you are subscribed to my Button Farm Club Quarterly Card Kit, it will ship to you automatically; no need to order.

If you are not subscribed, you can sign up here.  Subscribing means you will never miss out on getting a kit, and your orders will be filled first.  Here’s the link to subscribe:

Quarterly Card Kit by Kathy Clement

You can still order the kit, even if you are not subscribed.  Laura at Button Farm Club will happily ship you this kit as a one time order.  And yes…if you want to, you can order multiple kits to give to friends or make in a group.

I’ll be back on Thursday for a full kit reveal.  Until then, go get your craft on!