Bewitching Ribbon and Graphic 45 Rare Oddities

Bewitching Ribbon and Graphic 45 Rare Oddities

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!

I finally got a chance to play with my Graphic 45 Rare Oddities collection the other day.  I so love the autumnal hues of these gorgeous papers, and wanted to really pull out the deep purples and golds that are in the printed background patterns.  I also wanted to make something quick and easy, but still special and exciting in its own way.  So I pulled together some bewitching ribbon and trims to make this sparkly, spook-tacular Halloween Shaker Card.

Kathy by Design/Rare Oddities Shaker Card01I love the way that the Plum Diamond Satin Ribbon enhances the colors in this card. Not only that, the diamond pattern echoes the plaid background paper, which is really really fun.

Kathy by Design/Rare Oddities Shaker Card02Is there anything more fun than a shaker card?  It’s like holding a party in your hand.  I used clear cardstock and foam tape to create a clear shaker window on the front of the card.  The window is filled with purple butterflies and spiders, cobwebs, golden autumn leaves, and tiny metal confetti in shades of orange, copper and gold.  This card has some serious sparkle going on!

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To add even more sparkle and shine, I added some Old Gold Shimmer Satin Ribbon and gold metallic string on top of my double layer bow.  Of course, I tied my bows with my trusty Bow-it-All Tool.   And friends, I have totally fallen in love with these Earth Tone Trellis Roses.  They are just so perfect for fall crafting, and come in lots of other colors, too.

Rare Oddities Shaker Card03I did a little fussy cutting, and added some purple paisley ribbon slides that I found in the Closet of Shame.  I slipped some Old Gold Shimmer Satin Ribbon through the ends, and tied a knot.  That little touch of shine adds so much to this card front.

Rare Oddities Shaker Card05The best thing about a shaker card (aside from the fact that you can shake it!) is the fact that the inside is as fun as the outside. Look at all that great confetti in the window!

All you have to do is add your own romantic message to the inside and this card with bewitching ribbon is ready to give to your favorite ghoul.  Who knew Halloween was for lovers?

If you’d like to purchase this card with its bewitching ribbon and spook-tacular papers, you can find it in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!



Crafty Secrets October Challenge and Blog Hop

My Favorite Pumpkin Recipes: Crafty Secrets October Challenge and Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Crafty Secrets October Challenge and Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from the Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Blog. If so, you are right on track!

This month we are focusing on our blessings with a “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart!” theme. The design team was challenged to share ideas for Thanksgiving table decor, place cards, wall hangings, thank you notes, hostess gifts, gratitude journals, layouts, mixed media canvases…anything that has to do with counting our blessings, showing gratitude and being thankful.

I come from a long line of phenomenal cooks.  My earliest childhood memories are centered around family gatherings at my grandmother’s house.  Everyone brought a dish, my grandmother roasted the turkey and made dozens of pies…and let me tell you, those ladies could cook!  I am so thankful for these warm memories of  being surrounded by a loving family and good food that I decided to create a Thanksgiving  album, filled with my favorite pumpkin recipes.

Kathy by Design/Crafty Secrets Pumpkin Recipe AlbumI love these Wood Clipboard Albums from Crafty Secrets.  They can be altered in dozens of different ways and are such a unique presentation for mini albums.  Measuring 6″ x 9″ the size is just right, and they even come with little silver binding rings, sample photos, a star template, basic instructions and cut out pieces you can add to your album if you desire.

I decided to do a little mixed media cover on this particular album, and used Tea Dye, Wild Honey, and Ground Espresso Distress Stains directly on the cover.  I just “painted” the outer 1/2 inch of the album, as I knew I would be covering most of it with paper.  I spritzed the stains with a little water to blend the colors, then sponged on Walnut Brown Viva Decor 3-D Stamp Paint to add some shimmer.

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 02Next, I printed out my papers on 8.5″ x 11″ primitive white cardstock from My Favorite Things.  I wanted a really heavy duty cardstock for the pages, and the Primitive Cardstock adds a nice vintage base.  Here’s a list with product links for the papers I used in this album:

I added stickers and embellies from my stash along with Petaloo Royal Blue Sugared Blossoms and gorgeous Blue/Gold/Ivory Plaid Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon. 

Kathy by Design/Crafty Secrets Pumpkin Recipe AlbumEach page was cut to measure 5 7/8″ x 8 1/8″.  Corners were rounded, edges were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and lightly distressed.  This gives the album the look and feel of a vintage treasure, and I like that a lot.  Stitching the Pie Kids paper to the Blue Paisley paper added a wonderful homespun touch.  Then I just layered on the other elements until I was happy.  This sounds so quick and easy, doesn’t it?  While it’s not hard, it does take me some time to make up my mind about what goes where.

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 04The inner pages are made from heavy weight teal cardstock, cut to be slightly smaller than the album covers.  When making an album like this, it’s important to remember two things:

  1. Leave a margin at the top of each page so you can punch your binding rings through without disturbing the images.
  2. Double check your pages to make sure you’re not gluing anything in upside down!  With a flip top album like this one, it’s easy to get top and bottom confused.  I always double check the page orientation before I glue anything down.  (And even then, I still sometimes glue upside down.  Sigh….)

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 06For the inside cover, I used the Thanksgiving hymn paper.  The illustration was colored with alcohol markers.  I’m not much of a colorist, but I felt the page looked too plain just cream and black.  The sticker was mounted on burlap to give it presence on the page.  You could also mount a Thanksgiving Day photo here, and it would fit right in.

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 07I cannot begin to tell you how much I love these vintage Recipe Note Cards from the Kitchen Memories Digital kit.  They look like they came right out of my Mom’s recipe file!  I downloaded a free vintage typewriter font from the internet.  After sizing my note card to measure 4.25″ wide, I used my text tool to type the recipes onto the cards, saved them, then printed them out.  The border was created with the Yellow Apples paper and mounted on the teal.  It just kind of defines the page,and also serves to strengthen the area where the binding rings are inserted.

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 08This pie lady paper is so beautiful.  I wrote the little poem on this page (really, I did!) and then just added some little leaves and a matted label from the Kitchen Memories Labels paper.  I have loads of ideas for these Kitchen memories papers running through my mind, and with any luck, I’ll get to make some of them soon.

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 12Are you familiar with Whoopie Pies?  They are small, moist, round cakes that are sandwiched together with frosting of some sort.  I make these every year for our daughter-in-law, as they are her favorites.  When the grand girls asked me why they are called whoopie pies, I told them, “Because they taste so good you’ll holler ‘Whoopie!’ when you taste them! ”  (And they did…in fact, we all did! )  For this page, I created a little pocket space where the cream cheese icing could be tucked in for safe keeping.

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 09Here I’ve cut out one of the cute vintage clips that comes with the album.  I just inked the edges and glued it down to the page.  I love the way it looks.

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 10This page is actually the inside back cover. and I’ve used the Thanksgiving “Wheat” paper here.  The cute vintage ruler is a sticker from our Little Boy Sticker Sheet.  I used one on the cover, too because I like the rustic feel of it, and it creates a great border.

I love the idea of preserving cherished family recipes in an album like this.  I really should make one for each of our kids so they can carry on the tradition.

I hope you’ll join the fun at this month’s challenge and hop.  You don’t have to follow our theme (but it’s always fun if you do!)  Just create any project of your choice that uses Crafty Secrets goodies.  You can find all the rules, details and free downloads on the Crafty Secrets BLOG.

From here, you will hop over and visit Ginny at Polly’s Paper Studio.

Thanks for stopping by!  I am so thankful for each and every one of you!






Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Winner

Hello, Friends!

Greetings on this very wet and gloomy Saturday.  I’m just popping in with a bit of cheery news.  We have chosen the winner for the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop.  The winner was selected from Vicki Dutcher’s blog:

SANDRA CAREY congratulations!   You have won a $25 gift certificate to Heartfelt Creations.  Please e-mail to claim your prize.  You will have 72 hours to claim your gift certificate and then another name will be drawn.

Thanks to all who hopped along with us this month!  We’ll be back on Tuesday, October 27th for another Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop.

Have a great weekend!



Halloween Witch’s Cauldron

Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble: Halloween Witch’s Cauldron

RRRChallengeBadgeHello, Ribbon Lovers!

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble: It’s time for a brand new challenge over at the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog!  We’re getting ready for everyone’s favorite spooky holiday: Halloween!  I’ve brewed up some frightfully good fun with a Halloween Witch’s Cauldron that’s filled with friendly ghosts, ghouls and goblins, black cats, owls and jack-o-lanterns.

Kathy by Design/Witch's CauldronNow, I have a confession to make.  Taking a photo of this project nearly brought me to my knees.  It is so cute in real life, but a stinker to photograph.  I finally took it out onto the screen porch to try and get a really good photo.  And wouldn’t you know it? I locked myself out of the house.  Talk about Trick or Treat!

I found this round black bank while cleaning up the Closet of Shame, and this whole project just popped into my head.  I added some cutie pie Halloween Images from Crafty Secrets and tied it all up into a neat bundle with Orange Plaid Ribbon with Black stitching, White Iridescent Metallic String, Orange Burlap String and Black Burlap String.  Of course, I used my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool to tie all those spook-tacular ribbons!

Even the back side is decorated.

Kathy by Design/Witch's CauldronTo make the “goo” running down the side of the cauldron, I mixed liquid glue with black acrylic paint.  While it was still wet, I dusted it with clear glitter.  The collar is made from Tim’s weathered clock die, and that cute Itsy Bitsy Spider Ribbon was just the right width to trim out the top edge.

Witch Cauldron for RRR Halloween Challenge 03The ghosts were easy to make.  I rolled a small piece of cheesecloth into a ball, then placed the ball into a square of cheesecloth, tying it shut with a piece of Iridescent white metallic string.  I frayed the edges of the cheesecloth, and the string to make them look more spooky.

Now it’s your turn!  Link up your Halloween with Ribbon or Trim project on the RRR BLOG where you’ll find all the details.  I’ll be dropping in for a little visit, and I can’t wait to see what you make.

Thanks for stopping by!




Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

Canvas Corp Brands Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

Hello, Friends!

Today is the first day of October, a month that in the U.S. has been designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I have family members and dear friends who have faced this dreaded disease.  Some have won the battle, while others fought valiantly.  These women are courageous, hope filled and beautiful in spite of the challenges that treatment presents.  In their honor (I’m thinking of you, Becky!) I created this “Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful” card using a variety of Canvas Corp Brands products.

Kathy Clement/Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful I turned to the soft papers and feminine images found in the 7 Gypsies Gypsy Moments Collection for inspiration.  Since pink is the signature color for Breast Cancer Awareness, the color palette is perfect, and the images within the collection range from lighthearted and silly to thoughtful and meaningful.  I’ll share a complete supply list with product links below.

Kathy Clement/Be Your Own Kind of BeautifulI love to machine stitch on my cards, and I’ve done that on each of these layers.  It adds great texture and visual interest.  I also love to add textiles, and this light pink burlap is such a great addition to the card.

Kathy Clement/Be Your Own Kind of BeautifulI used 3 different shades of Tattered Angel Glimmer Mist to amp up the pink factor in this card.  Vintage Pink and Silk were sprayed directly onto the designer paper.  Poodle Pink was sprayed onto my craft mat, and then the distressed edges of the paper were dragged through it, creating a deep pink border on all my layers.  A little pink clothespin was used to clip two journal tickets in place behind the main panel of the card. I used one of the Charming tag envelopes as my focal, stitched it onto burlap and mounted it with foam adhesive to give it real presence on the card.

CCB Breast Cancer Awareness 02This sentiment panel from the paper collection expresses exactly what I wanted this card to convey.  It was cut out, the edges were inked with Black Soot Distress Ink and then it was double matted on both pink and grey cardstock.   The doilies, ribbon, string and flowers add to the feminine feel of this card.  Women going through treatment need to be surrounded by beauty!

CCB Breast Cancer Awareness 05The inside of the card is simple.  This elegant Gypsy Moments paper was topped with a Doodle Card (reverse side) . This formed the perfect base for the inside sentiment which is also from the paper collection.  I just matted it and glued it down.

Kathy Clement/Be Your Own Kind of BeautifulBreast Cancer Awareness month is a great reminder to share beautiful thoughts, words of encouragement and support with our loved ones.  It may seem like a small gesture, but it can make a big impact on someone who’s feeling a little down.  I hope I shared some ideas that you can use, and if you are currently facing, or are a survivor of this tough disease, consider this a hug from me to you!

If you would like to purchase this card, it is available in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!



Supply List for Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful Card















Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop September 2015 03

September Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop

September Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop

Hello, Friends!  It’s the last Tuesday in September and that means it’s time for another Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop.  You should be coming here from  Mary’s BLOG.  If so, you are right on track.  Just in case, here’s the blog hop order:

A random winner will be chosen from one of the blogs on this hop, so make sure you leave a comment on each and every blog!  Your chance to comment will expire on Friday, October 2nd at midnight. The winner will be announced here on Saturday, October 3rd. The winner will then have 72 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be drawn.

Classic Sunflower Birthday Card

Autumn birthdays are the perfect excuse to create with my favorite Classic Sunflower Collection.  You can find a complete tutorial below this post.

Kathy Clement/Classic Sunflower Birthday CardI wanted to pick up on the beautiful rust and green tones in the designer papers and did this by inking my papers with Colorbox Burnt Sienna Chalk ink.  I love the rustic feel of this card from the distressed edges to the crumpled sunflowers, it makes me happy!

Kathy Clement/Classic Sunflower Birthday CardI used a lot of metal accents, glass beads and beautiful ribbons and fibers to add texture and visual interest to the card.  The Everyday Heroes Die was colored with Burnt Sienna ink and embossed lightly with Antique Gold embossing powder.  I backed it with a sentiment from the designer paper, filled it with Glossy Accents and then sprinkled in some beads and mica flakes just for fun.

Kathy Clement/Classic Sunflower Birthday CardJust look at all that yummy texture and shine!

Kathy Clement/Classic Sunflower Birthday CardThe interior of the card is finished with more designer paper, and some stamps from my stash.  I really appreciate all the artwork that comes in the Heartfelt Creations paper packs.  They make it so easy to create a really special card.

I’m so glad you hopped by today.  From here, you will hop over and visit  Glenda’s BLOG.

Thanks for stopping by!



Classic Sunflower Birthday Card Tutorial

Kathy Clement/Classic Sunflower Birthday Card



Stamp two sets of Classic Sunflowers, one with Yellow Cadmium Ink, one with Burnt Sienna Ink.  Heat Emboss with Clear embossing powder and die cut with the Classic Sunflower Die.

Use a sponge dauber to color the flower petals with chalk paints.

Flip the flower layers over, spray lightly with water and shape with Deluxe Flower shaping kit. Stack and glue the layers together.  Fill Centers with Art Institute Glue and and assortment of Czech beads.  Set aside to dry.

Stamp, die cut and color the Bella Rose Leaves.

Cut a panel of the chicken wire designer paper slightly smaller than the 5″ x 7″ card base.  Ink the edges with Burnt Sienna chalk ink.  Spritz with gold mist.  Distress the edges, ink again if necessary.

Cut a 4.25″ square from the word collage paper.  Mat with Cajun Craze and gold foil paper. Glue onto the chicken wire panel.

Cut a 4″ square from the plaid paper.  Mat as above. Secure slightly to the right of the word collage square, using foam adhesive to create more dimension.

Run the burlap approx. 1.25″ inches from the card base.  Top with a double layer of the moss/cream plaid ribbon. Glue the chicken wire panel to the card base.

Die cut the Everyday Heroes die from white cardstock.  Use the circle die to cut out the center. Color with Dark Brown Ink.  Sprinkle with Antique Gold Embossing Powder and heat emboss.  Cut the sentiment from one of the card fronts and glue behind the die to create a window effect.

Fill the circle with Glossy Accents, and sprinkle in some Czech beads and mica flakes. Set aside to dry.

Add copper brads to the top and bottom of the die and secure in place with foam adhesive.  Cluster the sunflowers around the die as seen in the photo.  Cut the Bella Rose leaves into 3 sections and glue behind the flowers.

Tie a double layer bow with the Bow-it-all Tool.  Glue to the card, as shown.  Create a triple loop bow with natural burlap string and place on top of the plaid bow.  Top with the metal flower.

Cut out the ticket and tab from the paper collection and secure with foam tabs.

Sprinkle beads on leaves, securing with AI glue, if desired.



Bookcase Style Halloween Mini Album

BOO-tiful Bookcase Style Halloween Mini Album for Crafty Secrets

Hello, Friends!  I have a SPOOK-tacular project to share with you today.  My little sis knows how much I love to alter boxes, so gave me a fabulous perfume gift box with a magnetic flap. Since we have our house on the market, I’ve been cleaning, organizing and purging…and guess what I found in the Closet of Shame?  Yep!  The little black box to end all little black boxes!  It was one of those magic moments….my hand touched the box and “whoosh” the idea for this BOO-tiful Bookcase Style Halloween Mini Album took shape in my brain.

Kathy by Design BOO-tiful Bookcase Style Halloween Mini AlbumAbracadabra!  Poof!  You’re a mini album!  This was such a fun project, and I managed to make it in just one day thanks to some frightfully fabulous Halloween Goodies from Crafty Secrets.  I used Halloween papers, images and ephemera from the Jumbo Halloween Digital Kit , the newly released Digital Vintage Halloween Scraps, and lots of bits and pieces from the Halloween Images and Journal Notes Booklet to pull this Boo-tiful Bookcase Style Halloween Mini together.

Boo-tiful Bookcase Style Halloween Mini AlbumThe box measures a generous 5.25″ x 8.5″  with a 1.75″ spine.  I chose this gorgeous purple and black diamond paper from the CD as my base, then added some green bats for a pop of color.  I have to say, I’m loving all the purple/green Halloween papers this year.  What do you think?

Boo-tiful Bookcase Style Halloween Mini AlbumI love the little Halloween banner on the Halloween Vintage Scraps, and I cut them out here and added them to the magnetic flap of the album.  From this angle, you can also see that I added Diamond Stickles to the rather fashionable Halloween Ghoul on the cover.  This image also came on the Vintage Scraps.  I just die cut it with a Spellbinder’s die.  You can also see the shine on the medicine bottle.  That is one of the ephemera bits from the Jumbo Halloween Download.  It was tapped with Versamark and heat embossed with UTEE to give it a real glassy appearance.

Crafty Secrets Purple and Green Halloween Album04Here’s a close up so you can see all the details: Prima Lace, Petaloo Flowers, My Mind’s Eye brads, and  a Prima Mechanicals Pocket watch make this cover SPOOK-tacular!

Crafty Secrets Purple and Green Halloween Album05Of course, I had to add some pretty ribbon.  I’m loving this Plum Diamond Satin Ribbon paired up with Gold Metallic String.  How about you?

Crafty Secrets Purple and Green Halloween Album06And here’s a closer look at the pocket watch.  I used a circle die to cut the image from the Halloween Digital Scraps, then added this cute haunted house charm that I painted with Picket Fence Distress Paint. I held the charm in place with Glossy Accents and a pair of Prima watch hands.  All the edges of everything were inked with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.

Crafty Secrets Purple and Green Halloween Album07The box opens to reveal a flat surface on the left and a box on the right.  I decorated the left hand side with some fun die cuts, a postcard (Vintage Halloween Scraps) and some images I fussy cut from the Halloween Talk paper found in the download.

Crafty Secrets Purple and Green Halloween Album08The accordion album was made by trimming two sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ kraft paper to measure 11″ x 6.75″.  I overlapped the two sheets slightly on the short side, gluing them together.  Then I scored every 4″ on the long side to make the accordion album.

Crafty Secrets Purple and Green Halloween Album09The BINGO cards from the Halloween kit served as the base for many of my photo mounts.  I left either the top edge, or the side open so that I could tuck in tags.  I also fussy cut a lot of little images from the paper, Vintage Scraps or Journal Booklet to decorate the album.  It would be such a great way to capture memories from a Halloween party and then store on your bookshelf.  That’s one of the things I love about this bookcase design.  It really looks neat and crisp when all closed up.

Crafty Secrets Purple and Green Halloween Album02Building an album from a box base saves tons of time.  I love that I was able to upcycle an item that would normally have landed in the landfill.  Now this BOO-tiful Bookcase Style Mini Album has been given a whole new purpose in life.  I just love that!

If you’re interested in purchasing this album, you can find it in my ETSY shop.

Oh, and be sure to check out the Crafty Secrets BLOG today.  Sandy is giving away TWO fabulous Halloween prize packages, and all you have to do is leave a comment!  Sweet!







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