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Button Farm Club My Sweet Card Kit Reveal

Button Farm Club Prima My Sweet Card Kit Reveal by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Button Farm Club My Sweet Card Kit Reveal

Hello, Friends! Today I’m celebrating this Button Farm Club My Sweet Card Kit Reveal.  Believe it or not, the plans for this kit started back in January of this year!  Weeks and months go by as I search high and low to find just the right  papers, trims, and embellishments to make my Button Farm Club Kits special.  Then I go to work on the actual designs,  I have a sketchbook where card designs are roughed out, paper use is planned and ideas are formed.  Paper scraps were flying in the studio last week!   Each kit takes 40-60 hours to create, film and edit.  So when I finally get to create the elements and release the kit for you to enjoy, I feel like throwing a party!

Shabby Chic Sewing Themed Goodness

Y’all know how much I love vintage buttons.  So you can imagine how excited I was when I saw the preview for this shabby chic sewing themed paper collection.  Vintage button cards?  Yes, please!

And how fun is this pop up card?  You’ll want to make a stack of them once you learn how!

Look how sweet and soft this vellum shaker card is.  So perfect for a summer wedding or birthday!

I know how much you love a good fancy fold card design, so I had to add these sweet cards to the mix.

The colors and patterns in this paper collection are so beautiful!

We keep things “on trend” with a botanical slimline card design.

Buttons, buttons and more buttons!

This pair of easel cards double as craft room décor.  And look at that darling sewing machine charm!

One of my favorite things about these kits is sharing my best tips for using your scraps in creative and unexpected ways.

My Sweet Flip Folio

Because you have told me how much you enjoy making a little folio along with the cards, I designed a brand new flip folio with a belly band for this kit.

Once you learn how to make this folio, you can change up the papers and make it for any theme or occasion.

Here’s a sneaky peek at a couple of my favorite elements from this folio design.

You can see the entire folio in the video reveal below.

Button Farm Club My Sweet Card Kit Reveal on YouTube

 

Kit Details

Here’s what comes in your kit:

  • 14 sheets of Prima My Sweet 12×12 papers with gold foil accents
  • 2 packages of My Sweet Ephemera bits
  • 1 package of My Sweet Flowers
  • 6 sheets of 12×12 white cardstock
  • 12 shell buttons
  • 12 silver-tone sewing themed charms
  • 2 yards of ½” champagne wrinkled ribbon
  • 8 ½” yards of white string
  • ¼”  foam tape adhesive roll
  • 4 white doilies
  • Tin of sequins
  • Vellum window pane envelope
  • Written Basic Guide in PDF format
  • Links to private online video tutorials

Traveling this summer?  This is the perfect “take along” kit because everything you need to complete the projects is at your fingertips.  You just need to add a few basic crafting tools and supplies like scissors, paper trimmer, scoring tool and your adhesive of choice.

Once again, Laura at Button Farm Club has worked her magic.  The price for this kit is only $52.99.  It would be a challenge to buy just the materials at that price, so getting the written guide and video tutorial  links make this kit an amazing value.

If you are subscribed to my Quarterly Card Kit Club, your kit will automatically ship to you. Club members are always guaranteed their kit first.  If you are not a member of the club, you can still order the kit on a first come/first served basis.

You can find my previous Button Farm Club kits and tutorials HERE.

Why I Make these Kits

So many of you have asked me to travel and do classes.  These Button Farm Club Kits give you the opportunity to take an online class with step by step instructions.  The video format allows you to watch over and over again at times that are convenient for you.  You can even watch in your pajamas!  I’ll never tell!

As always, I thank you from the tips of my crafty little fingers for your enthusiastic support for these Quarterly Card Club Kits.  The next Club Kit comes out in September, and it will feature a gorgeous Christmas Card kit that I think you will really love.

Next month, I have a really fun kit planned that will find us cooking up a delightful farmhouse themed project.  I can’t wait to share it with you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Prima Lavender Party Dress Card Folio

Prima Lavender Party Dress Card Folio for Throwback Thursday Kathy Clement Photo 01

Prima Lavender Party Dress Card Folio for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Throwback Thursday is a Prima Lavender Party Dress Card Folio.  While cleaning out the Closet of Shame, I ran across a bunch of lovely chipboard pieces and a flash of inspiration!  Who doesn’t love having a new party dress for spring?  I know, right?  So after a bit more digging, I decided to use this lovely, retired 2017 Prima collection for our Throwback Thursday this week.

Put on Your Party Dress

Mixed Media Techniques for Chipboard Prima Lavender Laserowe Love by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Chipboard is such a wonderful addition to a card design.  You can paint it, cover it with paper, spritz it with mist or, as I did on today’s card, alter it with embossing powder.  This is probably my favorite way to alter chipboard.  Why, you may ask?  Because it is fast, easy and looks terrific!  It will probably take me longer to tell you the steps I followed than it did for me to actually do them.  Here’s how I took this brown paper bag dress to party dress with a little mixed media magic.

  • First, tap the entire surface of the chipboard with VersaMark ink.  Be generous!
  • Next, lightly shake a closed jar of Stampendous Shabby Ivory Embossing Enamel.  This helps mix the particles evenly throughout the mix.
  • Now place the chipboard in a funnel tray or on a piece of printer paper.  Gently shake the embossing powder out over the surface.  You are aiming for even coverage.
  • Then carefully pick up the chipboard and let any loose granules roll off onto the printer paper or into the tray.  Do not tap or flick the back of the chipboard!  Just let gravity do its thing!
  • Now you want to pre-heat your heat gun for a few seconds.  Use tweezers to hold the edge of the chipboard and use the heat gun to melt the granules.  Keep the gun moving at all times.  Chipboard will burn.
  • Heat the granules until the gold flecks start to melt and puddle into the ivory granules.  Now this chip is perfectly cooked!

Take it to the Next Level

The dress is very pretty at this point.  But I wanted to take it to the next level.  So once the chip had cooled, I spritzed it lightly with some Lavender Fields Glimmer Mist that I had in my stash.  Then I gently heated the embossing enamel a second time.  The embossing medium will “open” and allow the mist to sink into the mix, creating a lovely impressionistic pattern on the dress.

I also inked the edges of the dress with Dusty Concord Distress Oxides.  Then I spritzed and flicked water to make some pretty inky puddles.  You can play with this technique.  It’s fun!

TIP:  Adhere an acetate floral overlay from the Lavender Collection to the center of the dress to create soft pattern and design.  Use a dries clear adhesive for this step.  It’s pretty magical, if I do say so myself!

Learn how I altered the chipboard doily and the background tag in the video below.

Finishing Touches

Add some pretty ribbons, trims and posies and this dress is ready for the prom!

Learn how to add these sweet charms in the video, too!

A Peek Inside

Party Dress Card Folio Prima Lavender by Kathy Clement

I decided to create a little folio inside the card base.  The top half is an accordion pull-out with a ribbon closure.

Layer up bits and bobs on the cover to create a pretty collage.

Here’s a peek at the pages inside the 4 3/4″ x 7 3/4″ folio.  Lots of lovely room for photos and journaling the story of a wedding, anniversary, prom, birthday party or bridal shower.

Party Dress Video on YouTube

Here’s a little process video showing how this card folio came together.   I hope you enjoy!

And that’s it for Throwback Thursday this week!  I’ll be adding this little ditty to my Etsy shop if you’d like to see it in real life.

I’ll add a supply list below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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***Please note: Since Throwback Thursday posts are designed to encourage us to use up paper pretties from our stash, I use a lot of retired items in these projects.  This means I may not be able to provide a link to all the supplies used.  Thanks for understanding!

Throwback Thursday Spring Farmhouse Card Tutorial

Prima Spring Farmhouse Collage Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday Spring Farmhouse Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m inviting you into my design process in a special Throwback Thursday Prima Spring Farmhouse Card Tutorial.  I thought it would be fun to let you peek over my shoulder as I “free create” this collage style card from scraps of this lovely paper collection.  There are no notes and no plan in this video.  It’s just me and my paper and a basic vision for where I want to go.  Does that sound interesting to you?  Then read on!

Spring Farmhouse Beautiful Life Card from Scraps

This 5 1/2″ square box style card is made entirely from scraps.  The video tutorial below will take you step by step through my thought process in designing the card.  First we build the base from kraft cardstock.  Then we use scraps of designer paper to build a background.  Next we add fussy cuts and layers to add dimension and depth to the card design.  I’m hoping you will find this process to be entertaining and instructive.  It will be interesting to hear your thoughts after you watch the video.

Out of Bounds

See this little tag cluster?  It’s one of my favorite elements in the card design.  It actually extends beyond the card borders.  This is something we don’t often think of doing, but the end result can be dynamic.  You will see how all these little bits and bobs came together in the video tutorial.

The Bow Cluster

Hello, Raw Silk Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon!  This is a new shade of DSS Ribbon for me, and I absolutely love it paired up with this paper collection and these retired Petaloo Magnolia blossoms.  These were left over from my time on the Petaloo Design Team.

As an aside, I keep a big old glass cookie jar in my studio where I store loose flowers left over from previous projects.  My granddaughters helped me to sort them into color families.  This makes it easy for me to find just the right flowers in just the right shade.  It also means that I use up all these precious left over bits.  How do you store your leftover flowers?

A Peek Inside:  Tea Party in a Box!

Love pockets?  This card has them in both a standard and an easy-to-make box style.  I think you will love seeing how simple it is to make a box pocket this way.

Decorate little treats with bits of paper scraps, ribbons and flowers to create a Tea Party in the Box for the inside of the card.  This tea party is serving Ghiradelli chocolate, White Tea, Honey, and Cookies.  There’s a bitty honey dipper and vintage demitasse spoon tied up with a bit of ribbon along with a lovely little note card tucked into the pockets.

Throwback Thursday Spring Farmhouse Card Tutorial on YouTube

So are you ready to play?  I hope you enjoy watching this video tutorial as much as I enjoyed making it!

By the way, if you haven’t subscribed to my YouTube Channel yet, I’d love to have you join me there.  I have over 200 FREE videos and tutorials in my various playlists.  The benefit to subscribing to the channel is that you will be notified any time I post a new project there.  That way, you won’t miss out on any of the fun.

I’ll post a linked supply list below this post.  And I’d love to hear your thoughts about this “free create” style video tutorial.  Your feedback is always carefully considered.

I hope you all have a joyful and creative day!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Prima Spring Farmhouse Pop Up Anniversary Card

Prima Spring Farmhouse Pop Up Anniversary Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Prima Spring Farmhouse Pop Up Anniversary Card

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sharing the Prima Spring Farmhouse Pop Up Anniversary Card that I made for my sweet husband.  Today marks 45 years as man and wife.  Wow!  It seems like it was just yesterday, but when I look back over the long, winding road we’ve traveled together, my heart overflows with gratitude for the beautiful life we have been given.

We met in Bible College in upstate New York.  An unlikely pairing: me a rock ribbed New England girl, Dale a soft spoken Southern boy.  I was 19…he was 20.  And between the 2 of us we had about a nickel’s worth of common sense.  But we fell in love and we got married.  And I think, although it is hard to imagine, that I love him now more than I did at the first.   Because we were both so young, it’s like we grew up together.  I hardly have an adult memory that does not include Dale.  Isn’t that amazing?  

So when I saw this “Such a Beautiful Life” sentiment in the Spring Farmhouse collection, I knew it said exactly what my heart is feeling today.

Such a Beautiful Life…from bits and bobs

Here’s how this simple card came together from bits and bobs of the Spring Farmhouse collection.

  • First, create a 5 1/2″ square card base from 1 sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ kraft cardstock.
  • Next, cut a 5 1/4″ square of chocolate brown cardstock as a matting layer.
  • Trim a 4×6 Spring Farmhouse Journal Card to a width of 5 1/8″.  Adhere this at the top of the chocolate brown panel.
  • Now trim out the brown check pattern to fill in the gap between the journal card and the base of the chocolate brown panel.  I had to overlap these two pieces, but it really didn’t matter because I knew the joint would be covered by the other card layers.
  • Then ink the edges of 3″ x 4″ wood grain journal card and adhere it over the background so that it is mostly on the right hand side of the card.
  • Now wrap the left hand side of the card with burlap string.  Tie a knot at the top.  Slip a little key and padlock over the ends of the string (my heart belongs to him alone!)  and tie a knot. Add a small burlap string bow at the top.
Layer and Layers of Memories

  • Next, layer other neutral scraps of paper over kraft and chocolate brown cardstock.
  • Then cut out the old house image and mat on both kraft and brown.  Place dimensionals on the back to really make it pop.
  • Use a tag die to cut out the sentiment from the paper collection.  Top with a bow and a button.  Place dimensionals on the back and adhere to the card base.
  • Then adhere the chipboard sentiment “Grow Old With Me…the Best is Yet to Come” to the right of the focal image.
  • Adhere the large button on the right.

This old house makes me think of us.  We’ve had lots of celebrations…and we’ve weathered some storms.  But the walls are still sound…and the roof doesn’t leak…and this man is my home.  Ain’t love grand?

A Peek Inside

I created a little pop-up scene inside the card.  Then I added a stamped sentiment that is so perfectly “us.”  We’ve consumed more than a few peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in lean times…but that’ s OK!  We both like peanut butter and jelly!

The sentiment panel on the top of the card is actually a pocket/tag combo where I wrote my personal note to Dale.  And no…you can’t read it!

Prima Spring Farmhouse Pop Up Anniversary Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Here’s the side view.  If you’ve never made a pop up card, you can find a video tutorial HERE.

We have no big celebrations this year….just a quiet dinner at home with lots of good memories to share with one another and dreams for the future, whatever it may hold.  Just the way we like it!  I’ll be back with a Spring Farmhouse card video tutorial for Throwback Thursday!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Winter Birthday Wishes Card

Wintry Birthday Wishes Card Prima Christmas in the Country by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Prima Christmas in the Country Winter Birthday Wishes Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends! Do you ever use your Christmas papers for Winter Birthday Wishes?   Sometimes we forget that December is a birthday month for lots of folks.  We actually had 4 family birthdays this month!  This vintage style card made with Prima’s Christmas in the Country collection is a perfect choice for a winter birthday greeting.

The buffalo check, and frosted roses make me feel like I’m out for a brisk sleigh ride in the sparkling snow.  How about you?  Texture and pattern play an important role in this card design.

  • Houndstooth plaid lends a counterpoint to the large check in the background.
  • Antique Silver embossing on the frame amps up the vintage vibe.
  • Silver linen paper has a soft weave that adds a subtle sparkle that is echoed by the silver metallic grosgrain ribbon.
  • Silky printed satin ribbon adds a touch of whimsy to the card arrangement.
  • The glittering rhinestone button adds just the right touch of elegance.

If you’ve never dry brushed your flowers with chalk paint, I highly recommend it.  These red summer roses look as though they’ve been touched by frost.

Try tucking some metal charms into your flower cluster.  It’s a fun surprise!  And winter butterflies create a sense of movement as they flit around the framed image.

A Peek Inside

Finish the inside with a pair of pockets and some thoughtful tuck in’s.  Gift cards are always a welcome birthday treat!

I hope you all enjoyed the most wonderful, peaceful and joyful Christmas!  It’s hard to believe that we are almost at the end of this very tough year.  Let’s hope there are good things waiting in the wings!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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