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Celebrate Kinetic Birthday Card Kit Release

Button Farm Club Simple Stories Celebrate Kinetic Birthday Card Kit Kathy Clement

Introducing the Button Farm Club Celebrate Kinetic Birthday Card Kit Release

Hello, Friends!  Get ready to party, because today I’m introducing my Button Farm Club Celebrate Kinetic Birthday Card Kit Release!  Oh, yes, my friends!  Cue the confetti, frost the cupcakes and put on your crafting shoes, because this kit is one of the most exciting projects I’ve taken on to date!

It seems no matter how many cards I make, I always need more birthday cards!  Is the same true for you?  So I decided it would be a blast to create a kinetic card kit (think moving parts).  And how about a card kit with cards that would work for everybody on your birthday card list?  So I put together this fabulous kit with cards for guys, cards for the ladies, cards for teens and even cards for kids.

Cards for Guys

Let’s face it: guys are hard to make cards for most of the time.  But these clean and simple cards even got two thumbs up from my sweet hubby!  See, he loves cards that have moving parts. These bold cards are not as basic as they seem at first glance.  Take a look…

Oh, yeah!  a little pop up action will have the recipient opening and closing over and over again!  These cards would also be great for teen boys.

Make Mine a Triple Layer Cake, Please!

Remember the old TV bits where a girl would pop out of a cake?  Well, these Triple Layer Cake Cards have a cake that pops out of the card!  How’s that for fun?

In fact, these cards are so much fun to make, I had to put two of them into the kit!

I think these cards are fun for kids of all ages, but I can see young girls liking them a lot!

Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On!

Y’all know how much I enjoy a good shaker card!  There’s just something about all those sparkly bits dancing around inside a frame…and the sound of them moving that makes me feel happy all over.  So I have included SIX..count ’em…SIX shaker cards in this kit!  That’s a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on!

This double frame photo card is perfect for a graduate, teacher or coach.

And what feels more like a party than balloons, cake and rosettes?

Cake and cupcakes anyone?

Oh, yes…please do let there be cake!

Well, it sure looks like a party, doesn’t it?  Each of these cards has a gift card pocket inside, too.

Pop-Up Birthday Cake Wiper Card

Wait until you see this one in action in the video below.  I could NOT stop playing with this card.  It doubles nicely as a toy for the easily entertained!

Birthday Party Photo Folio

Birthday parties create lots and lots of memories.  And this One Sheet Wonder has room for lots and lots of photos so those memories don’t get lost!

With journaling cards and tags, interactive pages and hidden pockets, this little gem is worth its weight in birthday cake! You’ll get to see all the fun details in the video below.

Celebrate Kinetic Birthday Card Reveal on YouTube

Fun, right?

What Comes in Your Kit?

Here’s what comes in this amazing kit:

  • Simple Stories Celebrate 6×8 paper pad with 24 double-sided sheets of designer paper
  • 4 additional 12×12 cut apart sheets from the Celebrate Collection
  • Bits & Pieces Ephemera Pack (47 pieces!)
  • Celebrate Decorative Brads (27 pieces)
  • Chipboard Frames (6)
  • 7 sheets of color-matched 12×12 cardstock
  • 10 sheets of 6” x 12” natural 110# cardstock
  • 3 packages of color-matched floss (navy, pink and red)
  • Custom Birthday Party Sequin Mix
  • 3 silvertone Cupcake Charms
  • Private video tutorial links
  • Full-color Printed Basic Guide

The price is $52.99, which is an incredible bargain!  You will learn how to create 5 fun fold cards, 6 shaker cards, and a photo folio!

The kit is available for order today, and will start shipping mid-May.  This is NOT one of my subscription cards kits, and it is a limited edition. So you will need to place your order before all the kits disappear.  You can order HERE.

Suddenly I feel the urge to bake a birthday cake!

I hope you are as excited about this kit as I am.  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below. You can find previously released kits HERE There are a few that are still available, and the tutorials for ALL of the sold out  kits are available through Button Farm Club.

Thanks for stopping by, my friends!




Simple Stories Indigo Garden Card Kit Reveal

Simple Stories Indigo Garden Card Kit Reveal for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Simple Stories Indigo Garden Card Kit Reveal for Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends!  Well, if you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to this week, I’ve been busy putting together this Simple Stories Indigo Garden Card Kit for Button Farm Club! What a delightful way to spend my time!  This paper collection is pure gorgeous.  And I had so much fun thinking of special cards, folios, and even a little home décor piece to add to this kit.

Fabulous Card Folios

Simple Stories Indigo Garden Card Kit by Kathy Clement Photo 01

First up is this “One Sheet Wonder” . You are going to love how delightfully simple it is to make. I think you will find lots of ways to use the basic folio design in your everyday crafting.

But “simple” doesn’t mean “boring”!  This little 4 page folio is filled with pockets, hidden pockets, flap pages and even a waterfall feature.  With room for journaling and lots of photos, I think it’s a terrific design.

Indigo Garden Shaker Slimline Card by Kathy Clement

This shaker slimline card folio is a promise kept!  So many of you asked me to create a tutorial for this box pocket style folio that I decided to add it to a card kit.

Simple Stories Indigo Garden Slimline Shaker Folio by Kathy Clement

 It’s easier to make that you might think…and oh, so pretty!

Shakers and Fancy Fold Cards

Indigo Garden Envelope Shaker Card by Kathy Clement

My first thought in designing this card kit was about all the special occasions that take place during the spring months.  So I loaded this kit up with folios and cards that would be suitable for Easter, Mother’s Day, Graduation, and birthdays.

Simple Stories Indigo Garden Fanfare Cards by Kathy Clement

Nothing beats a good fancy fold card!  And this design turned out to be so good that I just had to make two of them!

Simple Stories Indigo Garden Tag & Pocket Card by Kathy Clement

Pockets make me happy!  So I had to include a fun fold pocket & tag card design in the kit.

Rosettes always make me think of pretty party dresses!  And you’ll learn how to make them without using a die in this tutorial.

Simple Stories Indigo Garden Z-Fold Pop Up Card

I love fancy fold cards, don’t you?  But when you can combine a fancy fold card with a pop-up card, then I’m extra happy!

A Little Home Décor Action

Simple Stories Indigo Garden Photo Display Easel Card by Kathy Clement

This is the time of year when school pictures come out.  How fun will it be to tuck a sweet photo into this easel style display frame?  It’s just the right size to keep on a desk or a side table.

Easy to Make and Easy to Mail

Simple Stories Indigo Garden Framed Pocket Card by Kathy Clement

Every card kit needs at least a couple of quick and easy to make and mail cards.

Simple Stories Indigo Garden Double Pocket Cutaway Card by Kathy Clement

I always try to share lots of helpful tips and tricks of the trade in my video tutorials.  Sometimes a simple tip can totally change up your crafting world!

Simple Stories Indigo Garden Card Kit Reveal on YouTube

If you’d like to see all the goodies that come in this kit, please enjoy this short video.


You can order your kit today at Button Farm Club.  The price is $53.99. If you are already subscribed to the kit, you do not need to order.  Your kit will ship to you automatically.

So now you know what I’ve been up to all week!  I feel so blessed to be able to do what I love!  Thanks to each of you for sharing the journey with me!




Marvelous Medallion Garden Party Card

Amazing Paper Grace Marvelous Medallion Garden Party Card Simple Stories Vintage Cottage Garden by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Amazing Paper Grace Marvelous Medallion Garden Party Card

Hello, Friends!  What could be more fun in the middle of winter than a Marvelous Medallion Garden Party Card?  I can almost feel the sunshine on my shoulders, how about you?  Today I’m introducing you to the Amazing Paper Grace February 2022 Die of the Month from Spellbinders.  Ooh-la-la!  This die is so beautiful when paired up with Simple Stories Vintage Cottage Fields paper collection!

Amazing Paper Grace Marvelous Medallion Die by Kathy Clement PHoto 01

Here’s how this card came together:

  • First, create a 6×6 top fold card with 1/4″ spines on the top and bottom edges.
  • Next, cut mats from white and peach cardstock.
  • Now cut a 5 1/4″ square of patterned floral paper and adhere to the mats.
  • Next, die cut the background medallion piece from melon cardstock.
  • Then die cut the top piece from cream cardstock.  Adhere the two pieces together. Place 1/8″ foam strips on the outer edges of the die cuts and glue to the sides of the card.
  • Now tie melon seam binding through the openings between the die cuts and tie a bow.

Making the Flowers

Every good garden party needs flowers!  The Marvelous Medallion set has 2 sizes of petal dies, foliage and stamen dies.  (I did not use the stamen dies on these flowers.)  You will want to die cut lots and lots of petal layers from your cardstock scraps.  Brush the edges with Abandoned Coral Distress ink to add some shading and detail to the flower edges.  My stamens are a blend of peach and mango small stamens.

A Peek Inside

You can see that I used the filigree banner die and another die cut medallion base to decorate the pocket and top half of my card.

Then I used my scraps to “gift wrap” some chocolate, a tea bag, and a honey stick.  It’s always nice to tuck a little note card into a pocket, so I made one of those from scraps as well.

How to Get the Die & More Samples

You can join the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club HERE. Members receive an expertly designed die set each month, complete with inspiration. Plus, members get store savings, extra deals, gifts, and more.

You might want to pop over to the Amazing Paper Grace Blog to see the gorgeous samples Becca has made with this new Die of the Month.  She’s got some great ideas to share with you.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!





Simple Stories Weathered Garden Party in a Box Tutorial

Simple Stories Weathered Garden Party in a Box Card Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday Kathy Clement Photo 01

Simple Stories Weathered Garden Party in a Box Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  For this episode of Make & Take Tuesday, I’m sharing a lovely Simple Stories Weathered Garden Party in a Box Tutorial.  If you love soft botanicals, butterflies, tea and chocolate, I predict you are going to be very happy today!

This 5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ top fold Party in a Box also features the lovely Eyelet Lace Frame Die from Spellbinders.  It’s stunning die cut from cream paper and spattered with chalk paint!

Don’t let this photo of the finished card intimidate you!  This is such a simple card to make.  The dies (and the tutorial!) do most of the heavy lifting.  All you need to do is add flowers, ribbon and a few paint spatters for a stunning finish.

This is my first time playing with layered stickers from Simple Stories, and I like them!  Add dimension to the focal image with a layered butterfly sticker.  Then create a touch of whimsy in the floral cluster with that darling little clipboard sticker.  How could I resist?

A Peek Inside

How much do we love this paper collection?  Oh, so much!  I had fun creating this flap page on the top of the card…and you will, too!

What’s behind door #1?  This sweet little pull out folio and side car pocket, that’s what!  You’ll learn how to make it in the video tutorial below.

Learn some of my favorite sneaky tricks as we make the card together.  I mentioned last week that Make & Take Tuesdays are similar to a live cooking show.  Anything can happen!

This collection is just filled to the brim with lovely images.  I think you will like seeing how I added my own personal touches to them in the video.

Then, of course, you can’t have a Party in a Box without some lovely little treats!  Use your scraps to create a darling note card.  Then wrap the treats in other small scraps.  The end result is a gorgeous gift that will make everyone remark on how clever you are!

Make & Take Tuesday Weathered Garden Party in a Box Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how this project comes together, please grab a cuppa and enjoy this video tutorial.  I’m still struggling a bit with my voice, but I managed to get this one over the finish line in spite of it!

Did you enjoy this week’s Make and Take Tuesday?  If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts in teh comment section below.

You can find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!




Simple Stories Winter Cottage Flip Folio

Simple Stories Winter Cottage Flip Folio Tour for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Simple Stories Winter Cottage Flip Folio Tour for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a super cute Simple Stories Winter Cottage Flip Folio for our final Throwback Thursday post of 2021,  I think you’re going to love the sweet images and wintry hues of this lovely paper collection. Released in 2020, it’s a great choice for both Christmas and winter crafting.

Simple Stories Winter Cottage Flip Folio Tour for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Photo 02

Flip folios are so much fun to make.  They all begin in pretty much the same way: join two long sections of cardstock together, then score and fold to create the base folio and pages.  I’ve made dozens and dozens of these little folios over the years, each one a bit different than the last.  I never get tired of finding new ways to score and fold paper.  You can see several examples of one’s I’ve made in the past HERE.   This one measures 6″ x 6″ with 3/4″ spines.

Let it Snow

Don’t you love the way the snowy village in the foreground creates a resting place for this lovely tag from the collection?  You create a real sense of depth and dimension when you tuck the sweet snowman image from Reneabouquets behind it.  Then, use wintry flowers and Beautiful Board snowy branches to frame the cover.

What is it about kids in snowsuits, hats, scarves and mittens that makes for such great photos?  I love seeing pics of our grandgirls with their cheeks all rosy red from frolicking outside in the snow.  So I made sure to include lots of room for photos in the design of this folio.  A 6″ x 4″ waterfall feature inside the front cover works great for this!

TIP: Add a little extra fun to a waterfall feature with ephemera tabs.  Simply adhere the top part of an ephemera tab to the bottom of a waterfall page.  It looks great, and adds room for a little journaling, too.

Creating the Folio Base

To make the base for this folio, follow these easy steps:

  • First, cut (2) 12″ x 6″ panels of heavy white cardstock.  Overlap the 6″ sides about 1/4″ and secure with your favorite adhesive.  I like to use 1/4″ Scor-Tape, because it helps me keep everything in a straight line.
  • Next, place the length of the joined papers on your scoring tool.  Score at 6″ and again at 6 3/4″.  Fold on the 6 3/4″ scored line and repeat.
  • Now score the remainder of the panel at 5 3/4″. You’ll have one short panel on the far right hand side..  Accordion fold the  panels to fit inside the 6″ covers.

Now join 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ panels of pink cardstock to form the little accordion fold pull out page.  Score every 3 3/4″ all the way down the length.  The final “flap” piece is adhered behind the far right hand base page.

Decorate the pages with tags, stickers and chipboard from the collection.

This photo shows how the pink accordion folio slips behind the final panel.

Tea Party in a Box

The center panel is a box pocket with everything you need to warm up and refuel after a fun day in the snow.  There’s a tea bag, honey stick, chocolate, cookies and a little spoon to go with the tea tucked inside.

Once all the treats have been consumed, you can store photos inside the box pocket.

TIP: Make mini folios from 4″ x 6″ images and 8 1/2″ x 6 1/4″ panels f cardstock.  Simply score the panels in half, then line with scraps of designer paper.

Simple Stories Winter Cottage Folio Tour on YouTube

If you don’t have this sweet collection in your stash, I’ve linked to it on the supply list below this post.  Or, just use any winter collection that you have on hand.  The whole idea behind Throwback Thursday is to encourage you to use what you have on hand!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this year of Throwback Thursday posts.  Although they are a lot of extra work for me, I find myself enjoying the process of digging through supplies and collections that I already have on hand.  Do you?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Wishing you a blessed, happy, healthy and creative year in 2022!  Oh, the fun paper adventures we are going to have together!





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