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Stamperia Classic Christmas Recipe Folio Kit Reveal

Stamperia Classic Christmas Recipe Folio Kit Reveal

Stamperia Classic Christmas Recipe Folio Kit Reveal for The Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends!  So many wonderful Christmas memories get cooked up in the kitchen, and this Stamperia Classic Recipe Folio Kit is the perfect way to capture them all.  Whether you are making a heritage recipe album, recording good times baking with your children or grandchildren, or simply want a bit of Christmas cheer in your kitchen, this folio fits the bill.

Stamperia Classic Christmas Recipe Folio Kit Reveal Button Farm Club Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

I designed this 8″ x 8″ hardcover tri-fold folio exclusively for The Button Farm Club. It’s a brand new folio design, and it’s loaded with room for recipes, memory keeping and photos.  From the adorable shaker cover to the amazing mechanisms tucked inside, I have to say this is one of my all time favorite creations. I hope you’ll feel that way about it, too!

Warm and Nostalgic

Stamperia Classic Christmas Recipe Folio Kit Reveal for the Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement/Kathy by Design

We’ve been through more chaos and stress these past few years than any of us ever signed up for.  So I wanted to create a warm and nostalgic recipe folio that would transport us all back to simpler, happier times.  Naturally, I looked to Stamperia’s gorgeous Classic Christmas collection to help me carry out this task.  It fairly oozes with Christmas joy and happiness.

A Peek Inside

The Button Farm Club, Kathy Clement, Kathy by Design, Stamperia, Classic Christmas, Recipe Folio

You’ll find loads and loads of room for photos, journaling, and recipes inside this interactive folio.  I  love its Old World charm and classic Christmas color palette.

Classic Christmas Recipe Folio Kit, Stamperia, Button Farm Club, Kathy Clement, Kathy by Design

When it came to designing a spot for your treasured family recipes, I wanted you to be able to take them out of the folio.  So I created this clever pocket waterfall in the center panel of the album.  It is so easy to just pull the card out while you bake, then slide it back into the pocket when you are done.  And, each pocket will hold multiple recipe cards.

Flips, Flaps and Festive Features

Do you remember shaking the presents under the tree to try to figure out what was inside?  Christmas secrets are the very best secrets!  So I built several secret pockets, flips and flaps into the album design.  This pull out feature is so much fun to explore!

And just look at how beautiful these papers are!  This album will never go out of style!

Stamperia Classic Christmas Recipe Folio Kit Reveal on YouTube

If you’d like to join me for a little tour of this sweet Christmas album, you can meet me over on my YouTube channel.

 

All the supplies for the kit are in and Laura is ready to ship this out from The Button Farm Club.  This would be a really fun Christmas break activity with the kids, a super Christmas scrapping party for you and your fellow scrappers and an incredible Christmas gift for someone you love.  You can place your order today over at The Button Farm Club.

If you are still working on your Christmas cards, Laura still has a few of my Cosy Christmas Card Kits, and my new Evergreen & Holly Card Kit still in stock.

Once again, thank you all for your encouraging words and your support.  So many of you have asked me to do a retreat or classes.  I’m not much of a traveler, so these kits are my way of sharing my creative ideas with all of you.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

3D Embossing Folder Tips and Tutorial

Blue Fern Yuletide, Spellbinders Floral Swag 3D Embossing Folder, Reneabouquets, Kathy Clement, Kathy by Design Photo 01

3D Embossing Folder Tips and Tutorial with Blue Fern Yuletide Collection

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Throwback Thursday is a special request for a 3D Embossing Folder Tips and Tutorial post.  A few weeks ago I shared several projects made with the new Spellbinders Floral Swag 3D Embossing Folder.  Several of you had great questions, and wanted to see the techniques I used to achieve the mixed media effect on my cardstock. You can find those projects HERE.

This time around, I paired the embossing folder up with Blue Fern’s gorgeously vintage Yuletide Paper Collection.  I had a nice little pile of scraps to work with, including this gorgeous watercolor background panel that I altered with the folder, paint, ink and metallic wax. Because the background was so lovely, I didn’t want to cover it up.  So I grouped together some ephemera pieces, flowers, and a Reneabouquets snowflake for the focal image.

Tips and Techniques

No matter how many times I use this embossing folder, I find myself thrilled with the results.  Each panel turns out just a little bit different from the one before, depending on which mixed media supplies I use to enhance the embossed image.

  • First, lightly mist  your paper panel with some water to soften it up and release the starch in the paper.  This helps to prevent cracking, and it also gives you a deeper impression.
  • Heat dry the embossed panel, then dry brush it with paint, if desired.  I demonstrate this in the video tutorial below.
  • Add color to the raised edges of your design by lightly brushing on some Distress Oxide Ink. Speckled Egg was a good option for this paper.
  • You can add another layer of color by rubbing portions of the design with metallic wax.  The brand I use is from Little Birdie crafts.  It appears to be discontinued, but Prima makes metallic wax as well.
A Peek Inside

The inside of the card folio is all about the papers!  I do so love the vintage vibe of this beautiful collection.

Open the flap mechanism to reveal a lovely spot for a blank note card.

The box pocket on the bottom of the card contains one of my signature Tea Party in a Box surprises.  Use bits of your paper scraps to “gift wrap” the goodies you put into your box.

3D Embossing Folder Tips and Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to watch the process I used when making the mixed media panel for this card, please enjoy this YouTube video.

 

You’ll find a linked supply list for the products I used in this project below the post.  If you’d like to see more Yuletide creations from the archives, please click HERE and HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Pumpkin and Spice Pop Up Card

Prima Pumpkin and Spice Pop Up Card with APG October 2022 Die of the Month

Hello, Friends!  Let there be Pumpkin and Spice Pop Up cards and everything festive and fall!  Today I’m sharing my interpretation of Spellbinder’s Amazing Paper Grace October 2022 Club Kit.  The 3-D Poinsettia Surprise Envelope was designed to be used as a Christmas project.  (You can find a tutorial and samples from Amazing Paper Grace in her blog post.)  But I felt a need to create with some of my beautiful fall papers.  Plus, I had an idea in my head for something that I wanted to try with this wonderful die.  And you know how that story ended.  I was off on another exciting crafty adventure!  Would you like to come along for the ride?

Layers of Fall Beauty

Ok, this die is amazing!  The ideas are jumping in my brain like popcorn kernels in hot oil!  I’m pretty sure that I’ll be back to share more and more ways to create with this versatile die.  But today, I have this  glorious fall celebration to share with you.

First, I highly recommend that you watch Becca’s video before you attempt to make the 3D envelope.  Then, I highly recommend that you make your first envelope from inexpensive cardstock, just in case there’s a learning curve involved.  (There is; you need to place the pop up mechanisms in just the right position in order to achieve the pop up effect.  Better to practice on cheap paper, right?)

Spellbinders 3D Poinsettia Surprise Envelope Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month October 2022 Prima Pumpkin and Spice Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Once you’ve mastered the art of building the envelope base, the sky is the limit!  This 7 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ top fold card was so much fun to make!  You all know how much I love to add depth,  dimension and layers to my cards. The mechanisms inside the envelope give you all sorts of opportunities to it with ease.  I’ve tucked fussy cut images and ephemera bits inside the envelope, then dressed up the outside of the envelope with the “poinsettias.”

 

TIP: Die cut scraps of your patterned papers with the flower dies.  Then sponge with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink.  Shape the flower layers and stack together.  Now thread a wired stamen through the center hole and seal the deal with a bit of hot glue.

TIP: Die cut the swirls from copper metallic cardstock to amp up the autumn vibe.

A Peek Inside

Of course, there’s a pocket inside this lovely card.  Dress it up with a little ephemera card and another die cut copper swirl.

Next, wrap a bit of Ghirardelli chocolate in a scrap of designer paper.  The pocket is large, so we can tuck in la little tea wallet, too!

Make a quick and easy bookmark by adhering the top edge of a fussy cut image to a slightly larger panel of designer paper.

The bookmark slips over the page when you are done reading.

Prima Pumpkin and Spice Pop Up Card Project Share on YouTube

If you’d like to see more of the Amazing Paper Grace Club kit, and if you’d like a personal tour of the project, I hope you’ll enjoy this short YouTube video.

 

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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!

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