Maritime Canvas

Hello, Friends!

Well, I have waited and waited to share this project with you, and the time has finally arrived! Waaaaay back in October, I announced that I had been chosen as a Crew Member in the Vintage Marketplace for Canvas Corp Brands.  Our first team challenge was to create a 4×4 canvas to represent us, and our style.  This was supposed to go live on December 1st, but the holidays, shipping problems, and CHA caused the deadline to be pushed back over and over again.  But the long awaited day has come, and here at last, is my Maritime Canvas.

Kathy by Design/Maritime Canvas for Canvas Corp Brands

Kathy by Design/Maritime Canvas for Canvas Corp Brands

I began by spraying the canvas with various mists from the Tattered Angels Maritime Paint System.  I then covered my canvas with images from the beautiful Maritime 6×6 paper collection.  The colors and images in this collection are so my style!  I just love them.  I added some charms and loads of shells that I’ve collected from our many long walks on the North Carolina Shore.

Kathy by Design/Maritime Canvas for Canvas Corp Brands

Kathy by Design/Maritime Canvas for Canvas Corp Brands

The letter tiles were in my stash….many a Scrabble game has been purchased at many a yard sale!  I inked these up with more of the mists, and then added an apothecary’s bottle, filled with sand and itty bitty shells to complete the vignette.

Kathy by Design/Maritime Canvas for Canvas Corp Brands

Kathy by Design/Maritime Canvas for Canvas Corp Brands

I wrapped the canvas with my favorite Natural Jute String.  It always makes me think of the sea!  And,can yousee the cute mini kraft bag and tag peeking out from between the fish and the sailor?  The seashell tag disappears down into the tag.  I always enjoy adding a little interactive element to my projects! I stamped the bag with the compass and embossed it in gold.  My seam binding ribbon was customized with more of the Maritime Paint system.

Oh, this Maritime Canvas makes me long for a walk along the shore! I’d freeze my head off right now…but soon…very soon!  And until then, I’ll look at this little canvas and dream of the sea!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Birds and Blooms Banner and Bookmark

Hello, Friends!

Happy Heartfelt Creations Wednesday!  It’s mid-winter…and so dreary…I think we could all use a little cheer.  So I have a sweet little Birds and Blooms Banner and Bookmark to share with you today to remind you that spring will surely come!  Take a look:

Birds and Blooms Banner 01a

While shopping at Michael’s this summer, I found these little wooden pennants in the clearance section for just about 6 cents apiece.  So I had to buy a bunch of them.  I was cleaning out my studio last week, and found them and immediately went to work on this cute little Birds and Blooms Banner.

Birds and Blooms Banner 02The wooden pennants measure about 3″ across on the top, and the holes were all pre-drilled.  I sanded them, inked them and then added some of the pretty papers from Birds and Blooms .  Doesn’t it feel like springtime?

Birds and Blooms Banner 03aI loved stamping,  die cutting and water coloring my fluffy little birdies! I don’t know why, but these cheeky little creatures make my heart happy!

Birds and Blooms Banner 04The flowers are so easy to make, too!  I die cut these and then coated them with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.   This gives the flowers a great vintage shine and adds texture to them as well.

Birds and Blooms Banner 05You can see the shine a little better in this close up.  I also dry embossed my background paper to add more texture, then rubbed it lightly with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink and the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Birds and Blooms Banner 06This green burlap center stitch ribbon  adds great texture and is the perfect partner for my moss green micro gingham bows.  It gives the banner a sweet, country feel, and looks so festive when it’s hanging.

Birds and Blooms Banner 07aJust look at those fluffly little birdies gossiping away!  I love that they are all nestled in among the leaves and branches.

Birds and Blooms Banner 10aI actually saw a pair of bluebirds last week on one of our warmer days…so you see, spring cannot be too terribly far away!

Birds and Blooms Banner 08My letter tiles were scavenged from a yard sale, and then inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to help them stand out.

Birds and Blooms Banner 09Here’s one last look at the whole banner.  I’m going to hate to pack this one up and send it off to Heartfelt Creations…it’s been a cheery focal point here in my studio for the past week!

I also put together a quick bookmark with a few leftover bits and bobs from my crafting.

bookmark birds and blossoms 01aI apologize for the greyish cast of these photos.  We have had so much rain…if I waited for a sunny day to come around, I’d never take another picture!  LOL  This is great for a quick little gift…and super easy to make.  You’ll find complete supply lists and detailed tutorials for both the bookmark and the Birds and Blooms Banner below.

I hope I brought you some cheer today!  If you use your imagination…you can hear these fluffy little birdies singing, and smell the sweet cherry blossoms…I promise!

Thanks for stopping by,

Cheerio,

kathy

Tutorials

Birds and Blooms Banner

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC

HCDP1 250 Birds and Blooms Paper Collection
HCPC 3644 Birds and Blooms Cling Stamp Set
HCPC 3645 Leafy Branch Cling Stamp Set
HCPC 3646 Fluffy Birdies Cling Stamp Set
HCD756 Birds and Blooms Die
HCD 757 Leafy Branch Die
130524 Distress Crackle Paint
159223 Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
459222 Paper Blossoms Tool Kit

Other Products: Spellbinders Enchanted M-Bossabilities Folder; Ranger Archival Ink, Coffee; Adirondack Ink, Shell Pink; SU Old Olive Ink; Clear Embossing Powder; White Cardstock; Distress Markers (Rusty Hinge, Tea Dye, Wild Honey, Broken China, Picked Raspberry, Mowed Lawn); wooden pennants (Michael’s); Letter Tiles; Moss Green Micro Gingham, Green Burlap Center Stitch Ribbon; 6 buttons; hot glue gun; strong white glue; sandpaper; Adirondack Snow Cap White Paint; Detail Water Brush; Mustard Seed Distress Stickles;

Directions:
Sand the edges of the wooden pennants and then paint with Snow-Cap White Paint. After the paint has dried, sponge the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Trace around the pennants onto the paper from the collection. Cut the paper slightly smaller than the pennant, distress the edges, ink with Vintage Photo DI and then run through the embossing folder. Lightly sponge the embossed areas with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink. Glue onto the wooden pennants. Run the burlap ribbon through the holes in the top of each pennant. Tie the green gingham in a double bow on each end. Tie a square knot in 8″ lengths of the gingham between each pennant. Use a glue gun to top with a double bow and a button.

Use Shell Pink Ink to stamp several sets of the blossoms. Die cut and then color with Picked Raspberry Distress Markers and a detail water brush. Dry and shape using the molding mat and tools. Stamp the leafy branch, fluffy birdies and leaflets with Old Olive and die cut. Shape and color with Distress Markers. Snip the leafy branch into 3 pieces and glue to the tops of the pennants along with the leaflets. Use foam dots to secure the birds, doubling in some places to create dimension. Glue the blossoms into place with strong white glue. Ink the edges of the letter tiles with Vintage Photo and secure to the pennants with strong white glue, as shown. Paint the leaves, blossoms and birds with Distress Crackle Paint.

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Birds and Blooms Bookmark

Heartfelt Creations Products and product carried by HC
HCDP1 250 Birds and Blooms Paper Collection
HCPC 3644 Birds and Blooms Cling Stamp Set
HCPC 3645 Leafy Branch Cling Stamp Set
HCD 757 Leafy Branch Die
459222 Paper Blossoms Tool Kit
159223 Paper Blossoms Molding Mat

Other Products: SU Lost Lagoon, Blushing Bride, Whisper White Cardstock; Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint Distress Ink; Antique Linen Distress Paint; clear embossing powder, metal key, ribbon, string, sewing machine, Flower Soft Extra Fine Citrus, Pink Stickles, white glue, calligraphy marker.

Directions:
Cut a 2 1/2″ x 6″ panel from a 6″ card front. Mat with a 2 1/2″ x 6 1/4″ piece of Lost Lagoon cardstock. Stitch around the edges. Stamp HCPC 3644 Birds and Blooms onto Blushing Bride Cardstock using Worn Lipstick DI. Heat emboss with clear powder. Die cut with HCD 757 Leafy Branches Die and shape. Place a dot of white glue in the center of each flower, and fill with Flower Soft. Brush each petal lightly with Pink Stickles. Set aside to dry. Stamp the leaves from HCPC 3645 onto Whisper White Cardstock using Peeled Paint DI. Die cut with HCD 757 Leafy Branch Die. Paint the key with Antique Linen Distress Paint. String with white string. Glue dried flowers and leaves in place. Punch a hole at the top of the bookmark. String with micro light blue gingham and Light Blue Delicate Stitched Satin ribbon. Tie a bow. Write the sentiment on the bookmark with a calligraphy marker.

Masculine Valentine Tutorial

Masculine Valentine Tutorial for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Can you believe that we are already at the end of January?  Before we turn around twice, Valentine’s Day will be here.  I’ve been seeing (and making!) loads and loads of pretty pink Valentines loaded with all sorts of frilly, feminine details, and while I love them….they don’t work so well for the men in our lives!  So I thought I would work up a masculine valentine tutorial to share with you here today.  I don’t know about your man, but my honey loves chocolate.  I mean, he LOOOOOOOOOVES chocolate!!!!  So I wanted to design a card that would allow me to tuck in a little dark chocolate sweetness for my sweetie pie. Here’s what I came up with.

Kathy by Design/Masculine Valentine Tutorial

Kathy by Design/Masculine Valentine Tutorial

I used papers from Authentique’s “Durable” collection, which are perfect for any masculine project.  Here’s how I made the card:

RRR Masculine Valentine 01Here’s what you will need to make this card

  • Navy blue cardstock: 5″ x 7″‘
  • Brick paper: 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″
  • Journal Tag (M is for my guy)
  • Car ad collage paper: 5 1/2″ x 3 3/4″….leave the border strip on (for the pocket)
  • 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ plaid paper to wrap the chocolate bar
  • Sticker from the collection, matted onto navy cardstock and trimmed
  • Prima Ignition keys embellies
  • 4 1/2″ x 2″ chocolate bar
  • Natural Jute String
  • Cappuccino Diamond Satin Ribbon
  • 5×7 Kraft Card base
  • Scor-tape
  • Scoring tool

Here are the steps for making the pocket:

RRR Masculine Valentine 02Place the short side of advertising paper (5 1/2 x 3 3/4) on your scoring tool and score along the border strip, as shown here.

RRR Masculine Valentine 03Turn the paper to the long side, and score 1/4″ in from each side, as shown.

RRR Masculine Valentine 04Trim the corners along the border strip as seen here. Burnish the scored lines with a bone folder.

RRR Masculine Valentine 05Turn the pocket over, and add Scor-tape to the top and both sides, as seen here. Burnish it to secure it to the paper.

RRR Masculine Valentine 06Remove the paper liner from the tape, and insert the brick paper panel so that the brick pattern is face down, as seen here.

RRR Masculine Valentine 07Fold the pocket edges over, as seen here.  Now when you turn this over, you have a pocket attached to your card front.

RRR Masculine Valentine 08Trim the “M is for My Guy” journal card so that it measures 2″ x 3″.  Cut a fish tail in one end and mat with navy blue paper.  From here, I began to play around with my elements, moving them around until I liked the arrangement.  I started out thinking this was what I wanted, but ended up doing this instead:

RRR Masculine Valentine 11I wanted to add a little more color to the front of the card, so I cut a panel of the newsprint paper to 4 5/8″ x 2″.  I scored it 5/8″ from the top, and folded it down to reveal the pattern on the reverse side.  I matted this with  more of the navy cardstock and secured it to my card base with Scor-tape.

RRR Masculine Valentine 12Next, I wrapped the top of the panel with a strip of Cappuccino Diamond Satin Ribbon and a triple row of Natural Jute String which I simply tied in a square knot.

Kathy by Design/Masculine Valentine Tutorial

Kathy by Design/Masculine Valentine Tutorial

Next, I wrapped my chocolate bar with the pre-cut piece of plaid paper.  I cut one of the cars from the advertising sheet, matted it with navy cardstock and glued it to the top of my chocolate bar. I wrapped the chocolate bar with more of the Cappuccino Diamond Satin, tying the ends in a simple square knot.  I added one of the ignition keys to the jute string and topped it with a bow.   I attached my banner to the top left hand side of the card with my staple gun, added a few little embellies, and the front of the card was complete.  From here, I glued the card front to the prepared navy panel and then the whole assembly to the kraft card base.

RRR Masculine Valentine 15I decided to use the sticker on the inside of the card, as you can see here.

I hope you enjoyed this masculine Valentine tutorial!  I know it’s always a challenge to come up with a Valentine for the guys in our lives…but this one should work well.  It’s a “manly man” Valentine with brick walls, vintage cars, and chocolate!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Bedtime Kids Birthday Card

Bedtime Kids Birthday Card for Crafty Secrets

Hello, Friends!

I have another cute sample to share with you today using the Crafty Secrets Bedtime Kids Jumbo Digital Stamp Set.  This one is a Bedtime Kids Birthday Card.

Kathy by Design/Bedtime Kids Birthday Card

Kathy by Design/Bedtime Kids Birthday Card

This 6″ square top fold card uses CS_Bedtime Kids_01 and the digital paper that comes with the kit.  The image was colored with water color pencils and a detail water brush.  I used smooth blending cardstock, and then heat set the image for a minute before I started painting.  I work with a paper towel nearby, so I can pick up excess moisture that might cause the ink to run, but this is rarely a problem if you heat set the ink first.  When I use my water color pencils, I brush my paintbrush against the tip of the pencil to pick up color, and then I lay it down.  A little bit goes a long way, as you are blending out the color with water as you go along.  This allows you to create lots of shading.  I’m just learning how to do this, and have a long way to go, but I do enjoy it, and I like the results.

Kathy by Design/Bedtime Kids Birthday Card

Kathy by Design/Bedtime Kids Birthday Card

My bright, shining moon is one of the colorized images from the digital set.  I die cut it with one of my grand Nestabilities dies, and then tapped it with Viva Decor Gold 3-D Stamp paint.  You can’t see it in the photo as much, but in person, it has a lovely soft sheen, just like moonlight.

My wide organdy ribbon is topped with a sweetheart blossom in baby pink and a little string bow. I added a little extra texture with some eyelash yarn that was in my stash…because I couldn’t find my cheesecloth!  That’s what I get for tidying up!

Kathy by Design/Bedtime Kids Birthday Card

Kathy by Design/Bedtime Kids Birthday Card

The inside of the card uses more of the digital paper that comes in the download along with another of the cute ticket sentiments.  Sweet and simple!  Just like these adorable Bedtime Kids stamps!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Happy “Blogiversary” to Me Giveaway

Hello, Friends!

Well, it’s been a busy month…so busy, in fact, that I forgot all about the fact that the month of January is my “Blogiversary!”  I started this blog in January 2013, and to those of you who have traveled along with me, I want to say thanks….and what better way to say thanks than with a little Happy Blogiversary to Me Giveaway?  Right?

So, I have a gently used Zutter Bow-it-All Tool that needs a new home.  (I got the 2.0 version for Christmas.)  It is in great condition, still has the pretty pink zippered storage pouch, the sharp pink scissors in their own storage pouch,  and the gently thumbed instruction manual.  Are you interested?  If you are a regular on this blog, you know how much I love this nifty tool, and how it transformed me from a bow-challenged crafter to a bow-tying diva.

zutterSo, what do you have to do to win this fabulous piece of equipment?  It’s simple.  If you are a follower, simply leave me a comment below, and you are in.  If you are not a follower, then you can subscribe using either the subscription box or the Blog lovin’ box in the upper right hand corner of my side bar.  If you want to “like” Kathy by Design on Facebook, just click on this link and click the like button.  I also have a lot of fun creative ideas on Pinterest.

And what good is a ribbon tying tool without ribbon?  So I will tuck in a bunch of yummy ribbons and you can practice your bow tying skills until your fingers fall off!  LOL

Because of the cost of international shipping, this prize is only available for my US followers. BUT I have a separate giveaway just for my sweet international friends. When I told Bonnie Garby, owner of Really Reasonable Ribbon, that I was giving away a Bow-it-All Tool, she jumped right in and offered a $10 gift certificate to Really Reasonable Ribbon for my international friends.  Isn’t she the best?  I’m so happy that I’ll have a way to say thanks to my international followers now!  Hooray!

I’ll choose a winner on January 31st, and post the winner here on Feb 1st.  Just so you know, I am in the midst of a studio purge…so there will likely be more giveaways on the near horizon.  You’ll definitely want to keep in touch.

Again, thank you for 2 amazing years.  I have had so much stinkin’ fun with this blog, and met so many incredible friends, inspiring artists and kind people through this venture.  It’s very humbling to me to be able to share with you here, and you have no idea how much you have encouraged me along the way.  Crafty people are the best people in the world!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Fluffy Little Birdies

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday: Fluffy Little Birdies Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday!  I’m back this week with a sweet little card made with the new Birds and Blooms Collection from Heartfelt Creations.  This is such a happy collection!  The colors, the fluffy little birdies, the leafy branches and delicate flowers,  the prints in the papers…all filled with the joy and promise of springtime!  I think it’s great that Heartfelt timed this release for the dead of winter, just when we are all longing for a breath of spring.

Kathy by Design for Heartfelt Creations/Birds and Blooms

Kathy by Design for Heartfelt Creations/Birds and Blooms

I am just blown away at the artwork in this collection.  This fluffy birdies card is made with one of the pre-designed card fronts in the paper collection. I simply layered it with some papers and then added my stamped and die cut leaves and flowers.  A few little embellishments, and the card was done.  Even the sentiment was cut from the paper collection!  I added a layered bow made with Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon to finish this design. It doesn’t get any easier than that!

Kathy by Design for Heartfelt Creations/Birds and Blooms

Kathy by Design for Heartfelt Creations/Birds and Blooms

I love the delicate beauty of the flowers!  I did mine in pink, to look like cherry blossoms, but you could completely change the look by using different colored inks.  You’ll find a complete supply list and detailed tutorial for this card below, just in case you want to make your own.  Be sure to visit the Heartfelt Creations BLOG where you’ll find loads of inspiration and dozens of tutorials from the team.  Or, just go to the Design team tab at the top of this blog post where you’ll find a complete listing of all the team members.  Just click on their names and go pay them a visit.

Kathy by Design for Heartfelt Creations/Birds and Blooms

Kathy by Design for Heartfelt Creations/Birds and Blooms

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this card, and this lovely collection.  What would you make with these fluffy little birdies?

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

TUTORIAL

Birds and Blooms Fluffy Little Birdies

Heartfelt Creations Products and product carried by HC:
HCDP1 250 Birds and Blooms Paper Collection
HCPC 3644 Birds and Blooms Cling Stamp Set
HCPC 3645 Leafy Branch Cling Stamp Set
HCD 757 Leafy Branches
459222 Paper Blossoms Tool Kit
159223 Paper Blossoms Molding Mat

Other product: SU Strawberry Slush, Blushing Bride, Soft Suede, Whisper White Cardstock; DCWV Light Green Cardstock; Worn Lipstick, Gathered Twigs Distress Ink; Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter; clear embossing powder; Citrus Extra Fine Flower Soft, white glue, metal corner, butterfly, stick pins, feather, White Delicate Stitched Satin ribbon

Directions:

Create a 7″ x 5″ card base from white cardstock. Set aside. Cut a 7″ x 5″ rectangle from Strawberry Slush Cardstock. Set aside. Cut a 6 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ rectangle from the pink patterned paper in the collection. Mat with a slightly larger piece of Blushing Bride Cardstock. Stitch together. Glue onto the Strawberry Slush mat. Set aside. Mat the Fluffy Birdie card front with Strawberry Slush cardstock and stitch together. Glue onto the pink patterned card layer at an angle, as shown. Run a 6″ piece of Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon up the left hand side of these card layers and secure to the back of the Strawberry Slush mat. Glue onto the prepared card base.

Stamp 2 sets of blossoms from HCPC 3644 onto white cardstock using Worn Lipstick DI. Heat emboss with clear powder. Die cut with HCD 757 Leafy Branches. Color with Worn Lipstick DI. Shape and stack. Add Flower Soft to centers. Brush petals very lightly with white glue and sprinkle with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter. Set aside to dry. Stamp leaves onto Light Green Cardstock using Peeled Paint DI. Heat Emboss and die cut with HCD 757 Leafy Branches. Shape.

Stamp the branch onto Soft Suede Cardstock using Gathered Twigs DI. Heat emboss and die cut with HCD 757. Glue onto bottom of card and then top with prepared blossoms and leaves, as shown. Add the white metal butterfly. Brush the metal corner lightly with white glue and sprinkle with Distress Glitter before gluing down. Add the feather, bow, stick pins and celebrate sentiment.

Praying for You Card

Praying for You Card with Crafty Secrets Bedtime Kids Digital Stamps

Hello, Friends!

Hope you are having a good weekend. We finally have some sunshine after days and days of grey skies, and it is a real boost to both my mood and my creativity!  I got inspired to play a little with the adorable Bedtime Kids Jumbo Digital Stamp Set from Crafty Secrets, and because one of my goals for 2015 is to work on my coloring skills, I pulled out my Spectrum Noir pens and made this sweet “we’re all praying for you” card.

Kathy by Design for Crafty Secrets/Bedtime Kids Praying for You Card

Kathy by Design for Crafty Secrets/Bedtime Kids Praying for You Card

My background paper is from the Vintage Valentine Kit, printed out to 8″ square.  I used Scor-Tape to create a sort of “rug” with yarn, and then stitched around the card.  This set has 55 stamps and sentiments to choose from, but I settled on the praying kids, bedroom scene and cute little doggie.  I layered all the images with foam tape to add dimension, and then computer journaled my sentiment.

Bedtime Kids Praying for You 02The inside of the card uses a scrap of the same paper, and a hand written sentiment.  There’s room to write a little note of encouragement.  Sweet and simple!

Here’s another look at this darling stamp set.

Part 1 of 2 with 55 total files

Bonus Color File

 

In addition to the original 55 stamps, Sandy colorized some of the images and included them in a bonus download…so this is an amazing deal for just $9.95!

We featured these stamps in our January Linky Party and there’s still a little time left to join the fun.  We included 2 free downloads (for personal use only) in the Linky Party Post and you can use those to create a card or a layout for the challenge.  Or, just use any Crafty Secrets goodies you have in your stash.  You have until midnight tonight to link up your project, and one lucky participant will receive the entire set pictured above!

I hope you’ll play along!  Let me know what you think of the new Linky Party format, and how you would use this cute set of stamps.  I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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