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Make a Stack Notecard Tutorial

Prima Pumpkin Spice Make a Stack Notecard Tutorial Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Prima Pumpkin Spice Make a Stack Notecard Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Autumn is in full swing, so I thought it would be fun to share this Prima Pumpkin Spice Make a Stack Notecard Tutorial with you for this week’s Throwback Thursday.  Pumpkin Spice is one of my all time favorite fall collections.  It’s whimsical and vintage with unexpected hues and delightful images.

How to Make a Stack of Cards in 90 minutes

About once a month, I make a stack of sweet little A2 notecards to tuck in as a thank you with my Etsy Shop orders.  I call them “extra helpings”.  The goal is to spend no more than an hour and a half from start to finish when making this stack of 12 cards.  The best approach I’ve found for doing this is what I call an assembly line. Once you get your card elements in place, the process is loads of fun!

  • First, get your 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card bases all cut, scored and folded.
  • Next, cut (12) 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ backgrounds for your card front.
  • Then select 12 focal images and set them aside in a stack.
  • Now cut a dozen 4 1/4″ wide strips  or 5 1/2″ tall strips of contrasting patterned paper to layer into your card design.
  • Next, place your fussy cut or ephemera images in a little bowl or container for easy access.
  • Then tie 12 bows and look for buttons or flowers that go well with the paper collection.
  • Finally, lay everything out in stacks on your work surface.  Heat up your glue gun and get  your craft on!

K.I.S.S.  Means “Keep it Simple, Sweetie!”

Here’s the real trick to making a stack of cards:  Keep it Simple, Sweetie!  Don’t overthink the process!  Once you have taken the time to prepare all the elements for your card bases, quickly put together little bundles with the background, focal images, fussy cuts and ephemera.  You should spend no more than 1 minute making each bundle.  Trust your eyes, trust your instincts and just GO!

This may feel intimidating at first, but once you stop worrying about everything being “perfect” you can relax and just enjoy putting the pieces together.  You’ll see me do this in the video tutorial below.

Bonus Tutorial: How to Custom Dye Seam Binding Ribbon

What do you do when you don’t  have the right ribbon in your stash?  Well, why not dye your own custom ribbon?  I’ll show you how easy it is to do this with simple seam binding ribbon and Distress Inks.  Yes, it’s a little bit messy.  But the end result is amazing!  And, everything cleans up easily with wet paper towels.  (Although, you might have to wash a sink full of dishes to really get your hands ink-free!)

Prima Pumpkin Spice Make a Stack Notecard Tutorial on YouTube

Would  you like to see how I made this stack of cute notecards so quickly?  Please enjoy this free video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

So what do you think?  Will you try making a stack of cute notecards?  Or do you dare to get inky and create your own custom ribbon?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

I’ve also added a linked supply list below this post to help you find the supplies I used in this project.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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**Note: Since Throwback Thursday projects typically use older products, I may not always be able to provide product links.  Thanks for understanding!

Autumn Splendor Scrappy Shaker Card

Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Shaker Card Tutorial Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Autumn Splendor Scrappy Shaker Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Today we’re going to take bits and pieces of a favorite collection and create this lovely Autumn Splendor Scrappy Shaker Card.  If you’re like me, you have certain collections in your stash that you are especially fond of.  And this means you have used them over and over.  Now you just have a little pile of bits and pieces left that you cannot bear to throw away.  Sound familiar?  Today I’m going to share some tips and techniques to help you use them up in a beautiful way.

Beautiful Bits and Pieces

It’s always a little bit sad to finish out a lovely collection like this one.  But when you can take all those beautiful bits and pieces and turn them into a finished project, it just feels so good.  I think you’ll enjoy seeing how I used scrappy strips of paper, small images and ephemera bits to build this layered beauty.

The Shaker Element

You all know how I feel about shaker cards.  Party embellishment, part card maker’s toy, they just make me happy.  This shaker element is a bit unconventional in its creation.  Here’s how it came together.

  • First, fussy cut around outside of the wreath image from a 4×4 element.
  • Next, use a craft knife to cut an “X” in the middle of the wreath.  This will allow you to gain access to the inside of the wreath.  Once you have done this, you can fussy cut around the inside perimeter of the image.  Now you have a shaker frame!
  • Then die cut a circle that is approximately the same diameter as the wreath.  Adhere this to the back side of the image.
  • Now place 3 rows of foam tape on the back side of the wreath to create the topper for the shaker element.
  • Then locate a piece of patterned paper to serve as the back of the shaker element.

Place a mix of sequins, beads, flat back pearls and buttons in the center of the image.  Then press the frame topper over the back to seal.  It’s easy and it’s economical, too.  Dress the shaker element up with flowers, trims and a butterfly to finish.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a look at the pocket and elements on the inside of the card.  You can see why I enjoyed working with this collection so much!

I filled the pocket with a little stitched magnet, a bookmark, a tea wallet and a honeystick.  Now it’s a gift!  Not to shabby for a card that started out as a pile of scraps!

Autumn Splendor Scrappy Shaker Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how I created the front cover of this card from scraps, I hope you’ll enjoy this Throwback Thursday tutorial on YouTube.

Because this is a Throwback Thursday project, I was unable to find the products I used online.  Because of this, there is no supply list with today’s post.  However, if you’d like to see other Autumn Splendor Projects, please click HERE

Did you enjoy this scrappy card adventure?  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Photoplay October Gnome of the Month Tutorial

Photoplay October Gnome of the Month Shaker Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s time to roll our the Photoplay October Gnome of the Month Shaker Folio Tutorial on this Make & Take Tuesday!  So grab a cuppa and a snack for sustenance as we go Trick or Treating with this super duper cute paper collection.

Photoplay Year With My Gnomies October Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Seriously…does it get any cuter than gnomes dressed up for Halloween?  I don’t think so!

This 6×6 shaker folio cover features novelty buttons from Buttons Galore & More and an altered Beautiful Board frame from Reneabouquets. I’ll be sure to link all the products in the supply list below this post.

Top the Baker’s Twine Trim with some spook-tacular Halloween charms for the perfect finishing touch.

Don’t you just love this Halloween stripe pattern on the back cover?  This finishes our tour of the outside of this little folio.   Do you dare take a peek inside?  Follow me!

A Peek Inside

Each folio in this year-long series follows the same basic layout and design.  If you’re new to the series, you can get caught up on the previous 9 folios HERE.

I did change up the design a little bit this month, because the images on the Cards page are laid out differently.  So you’ll learn how to make some new mini-folio inserts this go round.

The center pocket is as stuffed as a Trick or Treat bag at the end of the night!

Only these treats won’t cause any cavities!

Photoplay October Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to follow along and see how quick and easy it is to make this month’s folio, please enjoy the video tutorial on YouTube.

Only two folios left to go, my friends, then we’ll have the complete series all wrapped up.  I’ve really enjoyed sharing these with you, and I hope you’ve enjoyed them, too.

Remember: even if you are not a “gnome person” you can use the basic folio tutorial with any paper or theme you like.  It’s such a versatile and easy folio to make that I know I’ll keep on using it as time goes on.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Hello Pink Autumn Shaker Desk Folio Tutorial

Prima Hello Pink Autumn Shaker Desk Folio with Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Prima Hello Pink Autumn Shaker Desk Folio with Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday and I have a gorgeous Prima Hello Pink Autumn Shaker Desk Folio Tutorial to share with you.  Fall is my favorite season of the year, and while I love traditional autumn hues, I find I’m also very fond of the blush and sage shades in this lovely collection.  It makes me think of those dramatic sunrises and sunsets that we enjoy this time of year.

My garden is really showing off this year with huge clusters of vinca, impatiens, marigolds and flowering garlic chives.  It’s as though the garden knows its days are numbered, so it blooms its heart out as the days grow shorter and shorter.  Our trees are just barely beginning to show color at the tippety top of the branches.  I tried to capture that feeling of serenity and drama that autumn brings to the table in this oversized desk folio.  We’ll be making it together today, but first I’ll tell you about some of the details.

Lovely as a Tree

Remember that sweet Joyce Kilmer poem with the line, “I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree,”?  Well, this Reneabouquets Medium Tree Frame inspired this entire project.  I wish you could see it in person as the detailed laser cutting is simply amazing!  Here’s how I altered the frame into a shaker box.

  • First, heat emboss the frame with Stampendous Mixed Metals Embossing Enamel.
  • Distress the embossed finish with a very light spritzing of Lindy’s Moon Shadow Mist.  Lightly heat the embossing powder again, and the ink spatters will sink just under the surface.  This prevents them from wiping off.
  • Then tap various autumn shades of alcohol ink over the embossed frame.  I used shades of orange, yellow, and green to add a hint of color to the leaves.
  • Now knock back the metallic shine by tapping some Burnt Sienna paint randomly over the surface of the frame.  Let it dry, then wipe it back a bit with a barely damp paper towel.  You can see a close up of the effect in the photo below.

Turn the frame into a shaker by backing it with the Pink Autumn acetate sheet and 3 rows of 1/8″ foam adhesive.  Then cut a 4 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ panel of designer paper.  Place your shaker mix in the center, and position the frame over it.  Press to seal.

Hidden Pocket Folio

The inside of the folio is almost as pretty as the outside.  I’ve added flaps and rub-ons to the top half of the card.

We will build a hidden pocket on the back side of the easel card base.  Because this is a nice sized base, we can add a 5 3/4″ x 6 1/4″ trifold folio inside.

You can see all the details in the video below.

A Peek Inside

The inside of this desk folio is almost as beautiful as the outside.

There’s lots of room for more designer paper, and a generous pocket to hold another lovely folio.  You’ll see the surprise elements that I built into this beauty when you watch the video.

Hello  Pink Autumn Shaker Desk Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to join me as I create this gracious folio, I’d love to have you along for the ride.  Please enjoy this YouTube video.

If you’d like to see more Pink Autumn creations from my archives, please click HERE.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Year With My Gnomies 4th Quarter Kit Reveal

Photoplay Year With My Gnomies 4th Quarter Kit Reveal for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Year With My Gnomies 4th Quarter Kit Reveal for The Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends!  There’s “Gnome” place like home for the holidays, so I’m excited to share this Year With My Gnomies 4th Quarter Kit Reveal for the Button Farm Club with you!  We’ve been working on this whimsical “year in a box” project throughout 2022, and it has been such fun!  It’s a little bittersweet to be sharing this final Gnomies kit reveal with you all.

Button Farm Club Year With My Gnomies 4th Quarter Kit Reveal Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Here they are: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall Folios all neatly tucked into their storage box.

Year with My Gnomies Year in a Box for the Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

It always seems like the final quarter of the year has the cutest images and is the most fun to create.

We’ve got a cute little dangle element on the spine along with another trio of the same wooden buttons we’ve been using all year.  And how about that handsome plaid paper?

A Peek Inside

As is usually the case, I’ve added a ton of interactive mechanisms inside this cute folio.

And you have loads of room inside for photos and journaling all the special events that come with the months of October, November and December.

We will walk through all the wonderful features in the video reveal below.

What Comes in My Kit?

Like all Button Farm Club Kits, Year With My Gnomies comes with everything you need to complete the folio:

Here’s what comes with your kit:

  • 2 sheets of 12×12 October Cards designer paper
  • 12×12 October Icons designer paper 2 sheets
  • 2 sheets of 12×12 November Cards designer paper
  • 2 sheets of 12×12 November Icons designer paper
  • December 12x12r Cards designer paper 2 sheets
  • 12×12 December Icons designer paper 2 sheets
  •  Photo Play Gracias designer paper/2 sheets
  • 1 sheet of 12×12 Photo Play Thankful designer paper
  • 2 sheets orange/green Halloween Magic Paper
  • 3 sheets 12×12 Grocery Bag Cardstock
  • 6 sheets 12×12 white cardstock
  • 3 decorative wooden buttons
  • 2 yards yellow Baker’s Twine
  • 3 silver tone charms: pumpkin, acorn and Let it Snow
  • Full-color Basic Written Guide
  • Links to Private video tutorials that you can watch whenever and as often as you choose

You can order your kit today at The Button Farm Club.

And…Laura tells me they have all 4 quarters of this kit in stock, so if you want to get caught up and create the whole year, you can!

Year With My Gnomies 4th Quarter Folio Kit Reveal on YouTube

I hope you’ll enjoy this walk through of the kit contents and the finished folio.

Button Farm Club projects waiting in the wings!

This is my favorite time of year to create kits for The Button Farm Club!  Here’s a little sneaky peeky at what’s coming soon!

  • September Christmas Card Club Kit with Vicki Boutin Evergreen and Holly (just wait til you see the stinkin’ cute embellishments we found! )
  • October Christmas Recipe House Album with Stamperia Classic Christmas!
  • November Year in a Box project with Simple Stories Life Captured…this will be another subscription style club.
  • December Card Kit TBD…but I’m thinking something sweet for Valentine’s Day!

As always, I offer you my heartfelt appreciation for all your wonderful encouragement and support.  Doing these kits affords me the opportunity to teach classes all around the world without ever leaving my cozy little North Carolina studio.  I couldn’t do it without y’all!

Wishing you all a joyful and creative day!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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