Crafty Secrets Apron Card

Sweet Chips: Crafty Secrets Apron Card

Hello, Friends!

I love vintage aprons.  Remember those cute 1960’s aprons with the ruffled edges and cute little pocket?  My mom always wore one to cover up her dresses as she worked.  My Grammy Ma always wore a cobbler’s style calico apron as she cooked.  I try to remember to wear one when I am working in the kitchen, too. And, as you might be guessing by now, today’s project features a Crafty Secrets apron card made with the Sweet Chips Little Girl Outfit.

Kathy by Design/Apron CardI absolutely love these darling kits from Crafty Secrets.  They can be used in so many different ways.  I simply made this one into a card that would be the perfect gift for a bridal shower, hostess gift or housewarming.

The chipboard apron is joined at the shoulders and pre-creased for easy folding.  I just traced the pinafore portion of the card onto the black and white check paper from our Creating with Digital Halloween CD.  The paper used on the red pockets and card base are from the Creating with Retro Christmas CD.  It’s good to remember that these “seasonal” or themed CD’s are loaded with papers that you can use year round, making them a really good investment.

I just added some Elise Crochet Lace to the tops of the pockets and on the sleeves.  Then I trimmed the apron front with this kitschy Cherries on Black Grosgrain Ribbon.  It looks great with the little cherry button I found in my stash.

Apron Card 02The inside of the card is also quick and easy to decorate.  On the top of the card, I used the French Hens paper from Creating with Vintage Illustrations.  I added two quick and easy “beat the heat” summer recipes to mini file folders that were decorated with What’s Cooking Heartwarming Vintage Stickers.

Apron Card 03 This cute image is from the Farm Fresh Creative Scraps .  It just works so well with this card.

I’ve strung these little aprons together to make cute banners.  I’ve put calendars on the inside and given them as holiday Secret Santa gifts.  Create them in soft pastel colors, and they make great baby cards.  I think they would be darling as ornaments on a kitchen themed Christmas tree.  And here is the best part…they are on SALE for a fraction of the original price.  So are the stickers and the Creative Scraps.

I hope this post whetted your creative appetite and that you’ll soon be cooking up a storm of cute Crafty Secrets Apron Cards!

Thanks for stopping by!



This card is available for purchase in my Etsy Shop.


Farm Fresh Birthday Card

Crafty Secrets Farm Fresh Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!

I have a Farm Fresh birthday card to share with you today. It will make you think of fields of corn, freshly mowed hay and roadside fruit and veggie stands.  Just a few of  the things I love the most about summertime.

Down on the Farm Card 02This was such a fun card to make…and easy, too.  I used the French Hens paper from Crafty Secrets Creating with Vintage Typography CD as my background.  I stitched this in my signature “wonky stitching style” onto a black cardstock base.  This was glued onto a 5″ x 7″ side fold cardstock base.  The chicken wire paper (from the same CD) was cut into a fishtail banner shape and matted onto black cardstock.  Then I dug out my Farm Fresh Creative Scraps and went to town! The cute focal image was stitched onto squares of denim and red burlap.  I slipped the “country roads” sign beneath this focal image and cut out the tiny seed packets to use as a banner.

The sassy farm girl was fussy cut, inked and mounted behind the focal image.  I cut little slits so that I could sort of wrap her around. I did the same thing with the fresh peach image. It reminds me of a vintage roadside billboard.  Foam dots add lots of dimension and a cute little vintage clothespin adds to the country appeal of this kitschy card.  To pull it all together, I added a double bow.  The bottom layer is tied with 3/8″ red gingham and then topped with 1/4″ black gingham.  I found the cute corn button in my stash.  My daisies were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to make them blend in .

Down on the Farm Card 03The inside of the card uses the same paper, along with a little scrap piece of red paper from the Creating with Retro Christmas CD.  I computer journaled the sentiment onto the frame from the Farm Chicks Digital Art Stamp set using a fun font.   Easy peasy!

Thanks for stopping by!



This card is available for purchase in my ETSY shop.

Blue Christmas Card and BLOG CANDY

Christmas in July:  Blue Christmas Card with Polly’s Paper Studio and BLOG CANDY

Hello, Friends!

This is my very last Christmas in July project…and you know that old saying about saving the best for last?  This might be my favorite project made from Polly’s Paper Studio Retro Christmas Creative Kit. There’s just something about these soft colors and beautiful image in this blue Christmas card that makes me happy.

Kathy by Design/Blue Christmas CardI love blue and white…but on a Christmas card, they just make me feel all cozy and nostalgic.  I stitched the pretty retro Christmas ornament onto white burlap, then matted on blue cardstock.  The pretty papers and sweet little tag came in the kit.  I added doilies, ribbon, snowflakes, brads and sequins to make this card sparkle and shine.

Blue Christmas Christmas Kit 02Silver foil paper around the edges and soft blue stitching add to the warmth of this pretty card.  The layers are simple: two papers from the kit, topped with two doily borders from my stash and the stitched focal.

Blue Christmas Christmas Kit 03I added find glitter to the focal image, but it is hard to pick up with the camera.  In real life, this card sparkles like it has been dusted with freshly fallen snow.  My silver snowflake sports a glittery blue brad in the center.  Framing the focal image like this makes a real impact.

Blue Christmas Christmas Kit 04I created a big poufy bow with Blue Topaz Satin Swiss Dots Ribbon then topped it with pretty holiday silver and white bead and berry sprays. I sprinkled some silver sequins around to add even more shimmer and shine.

Blue Christmas Christmas Kit 05The inside of the card contains paper that was inked, spritzed and then stamped with one of Tim’s Holiday stamps.  The sentiment is a retired Stampin’ Up holiday greeting.  I had one little tiny scrap of the pretty polka dot paper left over from the kit, and added it as a banner.  It’s the perfect spot to add a signature and personal message.

So let’s tally it up:  Using the Retro Christmas Creativity Kit I was able to make 3 adorable snowman cards, one altered art box with a mini album inside, and this soft and shabby blue Christmas card.  That’s a lot of mileage from one small kit!

Blog Candy Announcement

Thanks for joining me for my Christmas in July event!  And since Christmas is all about giving, I thought I’d share a little BLOG CANDY with you.   I have a random assortment of Heartfelt Creations Stamps….10 sets in all…and I would like to share them with TWO lucky winners.

You should know that these are not NEW stamps…they have been very gently used in my design team work.  They are not in fancy packaging…just in clear bags.  But they stamp great.  I will tell you that I have stamps from the Sweet Lullabies Collection, Burst of Splendor Collection, Romantique Garden Collection,  All Geared Up Collection, Majestic Morning Collection, and Celebrate the Journey Collection.  There are 20 individual stamps in all.  Each winner will receive 10 stamps.  It’s totally random….and it will be a total surprise to you what stamps you receive.

To enter this  Blog Candy giveaway:
  1. Become a follower of this blog.  Use the sign up widget in the upper right hand corner of my sidebar.
  2. Leave a comment below telling me whether you make or buy your Christmas cards.
  3. Tell me whether you are a US follower or an International follower.  I will pick ONE US follower and ONE International follower to win.

That’s it!  I’ll draw TWO lucky winners on July 30th….because that’s my birthday and how fun is that?

Thanks for stopping by!



This card is available in my ETSY shop.


Retro Christmas Altered Art Box

Christmas in July: Polly’s Papers Retro Christmas Altered Art Box

Hello, Friends!

It’s time for another Christmas in July project!  Ho! Ho! Ho!  Today I have a totally adorable retro Christmas altered art box made with Polly’s Papers Retro Christmas Creativity Kit.  This kit is loaded with cutie pie retro images, fabulous holiday papers, and pre-tied bows.  It’s perfect for making cards, of course, but you can also use it to make wonderful holiday decor items like this super fun altered box.

Kathy by Design/Retro Christmas Altered Art BoxThe box is one of Graphic 45’s 5.25″ altered boxes.  I added some flowers, buttons, tinsel and goodies from my stash to the amazing images, titles, banners, ephemera and bows that come with the creativity kit.

Kathy by Design/Retro Christmas Altered Art boxI love the bright retro colors and nostalgic images found in the kit.

Pollys Paper Christmas Creativity Kit altered art box 03Since the papers in the kit measure 4″ x 6″ I had to do some extra layering to cover the surface of my 5.25″ box.  But I love the fun patterns and how easy it was to combine them.  I used many of the trimmed edges to create pockets for the fun tags and labels that come in the kit.

Pollys Paper Christmas Creativity Kit altered art box 04Inside the box, there is a 5″ accordion album that is a perfect spot for storing your family Christmas memories.  You can tuck photos in the pockets on either end flap, too. Or, use this as a holiday recipe album that is pretty enough to keep out on display!

Pollys Paper Christmas Creativity Kit altered art box 05Just look at all the room that’s inside…and how jolly the papers and images in this kit are!

Pollys Paper Christmas Creativity Kit altered art box 06I used the trimmings from lining my pages to create little banners.  This first page has a tag pocket on the right…a great spot for secret journaling!  These cutie pie tags are part of the kit.  Just add a sparkly brad to the top and you’re good to go.

Pollys Paper Christmas Creativity Kit altered art box 07I fussy cut a lot of the card focal images and used them to decorate the pages.  Everything is glued down in such a way that photos (or recipes) can be tucked in behind the images, so there’s room for good sized photos.  Here’s another fun pocket/tag page.  The air mail banners come in the kit, too.

Pollys Paper Christmas Creativity Kit altered art box 08I cut some of the 4″ x 6″ pages to make these tags, then tucked them into a pocket behind this sweet fussy cut image.  Working with a kit like this is easy because everything is color coordinated.

Pollys Paper Christmas Creativity Kit altered art box 09This is the back side of the accordion album.  I added the “merry” sticker, but everything else comes in the kit.

Pollys Paper Christmas Creativity Kit altered art box 10The sentiment banners are one of my favorite elements!

Pollys Paper Christmas Creativity Kit altered art box 11Here’s a closer look at the inside flap of the album.  Takes me right back to 1960!

Pollys Paper Christmas Creativity Kit altered art box 12I lined the sides of the box with the faux wood papers from the kit and then added a gree faux wood paper from my  stash to finish off the back.  You could put a large photo here!

I have one more project made with this amazing kit…and I’ll be back on Friday to share it with you.  This was the kit that kept on giving….I could not believe all the goodies I was able to make with it.

That’s all for me today, folks!  Thanks for stopping by!



This Retro Christmas Altered Art Box is available for purchase in my ETSY shop.

Sew Decorative Pocket Gift Card

Crafty Secrets Sew Decorative Pocket Gift Card

Hello, Friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend with a little time for creativity thrown in.  It’s so hot and humid here in North Carolina that I have only been venturing outside to water my herbs and check the mail.  The rest of the time I’ve been holed up in my studio.  I’ve been creating, as well as doing some cleaning and organizing.  As usual, I ran across some goodies that I’d forgotten about.  This time, I was lazily browsing my Crafty Secrets Sew Decorative CD when I ran across some darling papers and ephemera that got my creative mojo flowing overtime.  Before I knew it, I was at my desk designing this Sew Decorative Pocket Gift Card that I think you are really going to love.

Kathy by Design/Crafty Secrets Sewing Pocket 03The thing that grabbed me was the amazing button card with the scalloped edge.  The whole project grew from that one item.  I printed it, cut it out, inked the edges with Vintage Photo Ink and then sewed some of my vintage pearl buttons along one section.

Kathy by Design/Crafty Secrets Sewing Pocket 01The papers are all from the CD.  I spritzed both the button paper on the left and the dress form paper on the right with a little mist to distress and age them a bit.  I die cut the pretty lace patterned paper with my Tim Holtz On the Edge Die (sewing) then inked it and backed it with rosy colored cardstock.  It adds such a fun layered element to the gift pocket.  The fancy bow is made with 7/8″ white organza and then topped with a second bow tied with coral pink satin in a delicate shell pattern.

Crafty Secrets Sewing Pocket 02The layers were stitched together and then the real fun began: embellishing!  I created the little sentiment sign by layering it over the stitched tag that comes on the CD.  Then I added the little button heart from the ephemera file.  This is so easy and so fun to do, and trust me…if I can do it, anyone can do it!

Crafty Secrets Sewing Pocket 04I broke out another one of Tim’s dies (Mini Sewing Room Set) to die cut the dress form and spool.  Each one was cut twice: once from heavy chipboard and again with designer paper.  Then they were glued together, inked and decorated.  Do you see that rosy measuring tape?  Oh, how I love it!  I wound it around my spool, topped it with the cute metal sewing machine charm and then cut a fishtail banner end.  Isn’t it fun???

Crafty Secrets Sewing Pocket 05I wanted the card to serve as a gift all by itself.  I’ve been seeing all these pocket page gift cards, and got my inspiration for the  inside of the card from that. To make the pocket, I cut an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of heavy cardstock to measure 7″ wide x 11 inches tall,  I scored it on the long side at 5″, folded it (this makes a 7″ x 5″ card base) and then scored the 1″ overhang and folded it up into the interior of the card.  Before gluing the left and right hand sides, I lined it with more of the pretty lace paper from the CD.  Then I lined this 1″ flap with the sewing ad paper and went to work cutting out a bunch of tickets and tags from the ephemera page.  I created the sentiment tag with another paper from the CD (I told you this CD is LOADED!) and then hand wrote my sentiment onto it.  Easy peasy!

Crafty Secrets Sewing Pocket 06 I used loads of ribbon scraps and decorated each of the tags.  Some have been wrapped with ivory burlap string, some have been wrapped with soft lime juice grosgrain ribbon, on some, I punched holes and inserted some fancy stick pins.  Other tags were turned into button cards.  I’m telling you, friends, this CD is a paper playground!

Crafty Secrets Sewing Pocket 07Here’s a look at all the cutie pie tags…and I only used a small portion of the ones that come on the CD!

Crafty Secrets Sewing Pocket 08And the card interior is still cute, even with all the tags taken out.  You could also tuck in a gift card to a friend’s favorite craft store or fabric store, or a gift card to a tea room or restaurant.  The whole point is, the card is the gift…and isn’t that fun?

I hope this Sew Decorative Pocket Gift card has inspired you to take a look at the Crafty Secrets Sew Decorative CD.  I barely scratched the surface on all the gorgeous sewing papers, ephemera, tags, png files and vintage goodness that it contains.  It’s the perfect remedy for the summer doldrums, and a great way to make beautiful, personal gifts for friends.

Thanks for stopping by!



This card is available for purchase in my ETSY shop.

Black and White Wedding Album

Black and White Wedding Album for Really Reasonable Ribbon Black & White Challenge


Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  There’s a brand new RRR challenge starting today.  Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to create a project that only uses black & white plus ONE accent color.  This was a tough challenge for me.  I might have grown up with black & white TV, but I like to craft in technicolor!  LOL  But I dug deep into my stash and found some Bo Bunny Enchantment papers (retired, ancient history…but beautiful!) and I worked up a little black & white wedding album to share with you here today.

Kathy by Design/Black and White wedding album for Really Reasonable RibbonSo, obviously, my accent color is gold.  I used gold embossing powder on the edge of the front cover, and made gold flowers with a My Favorite Things Layered Rose Die.  My ribbons are from the gorgeous July Ribbon Club assortment.

The chipboard album was one of those “almost finished” designs, so all I did was add beautiful ribbons and a few little extras to finish it off.

Kathy by Design/Black & White Wedding Album Each page has a different shape, which made it very fun to work with.

Black and White Challenge 03I paired up the beautiful sheer white with 4 satin stripes ribbon with the sheer black with 4 satin stripes ribbon to make all my bows in this album.  I love how easy it is to work with this ribbon!  It makes scrumptious bows!

Black and White Challenge 04Since gold was my other color, I topped all my ribbons with loopy bows made from metallic gold string. The metallic string comes in gold, silver and white iridescent.  I use them a LOT because I love the little touch of shine they add to project.

Black and White Challenge 05I die cut gold doilies which can be used as photo frames.  I made sure that all chipboard elements and ephemera are glued in such a way that a photo can be slipped underneath.

Black and White Challenge 06I used some vintage black and white photos to add a little pizazz to the interior of the album.

Black and White Challenge 08This really is all ready to go.  Just load in your photos and voila!  Instant album!

Be sure to visit the RRR BLOG for more black and white inspiration. And remember to link up your black and white plus one color project to the RRR BLOG so we can see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!



This wedding album is available for purchase in my ETSY Shop.

Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog!

Hello, Friends!

What an exciting day it is here at Kathy by Design!  Today, I’m the Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie Challenge BlogPamellia is our hostess this time around, and she challenged us to “Raise it Up!”  “Use lots of layers, lots of panels, and/or lots of elements on your shabby chic OR vintage project.  But they must be raised up!  Whether you choose to use pop dots, foam squares, silicone glue or another means of support, make sure they stand proud.” 

I know you have heard me sing the praises of the Funkie Junkie Boutique here on the blog.  The prices are always 20% below retail so I do a lot of shopping there!  This challenge blog is connected to that shop.  I chose to work with the July pages of Graphic 45’s Time to Flourish Collection and created a really fun pocket card that I’ll share with you here. I adorned this card with fabulous Navy Diamond Satin Ribbon, White Iridescent Metallic String and 1.5″ Cream Mesh Ribbon, all from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Kathy by Design/Time to Flourish July Pocket CardThis 5″ x 7″ top fold card is made with an 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock base.  To do this, follow these simple steps:

  • Cut 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock on the short side at 5″.
  • The piece that is leftover from cutting ( which measures 3.5″ x 11″) is also cut twice, both times at 5″, creating two 5″ x 3.5″ rectangles.
  • join these two pieces to the end of the card base using glue or 1/8″ Scor-Tape.  I overlap as little as possible.  This creates a very long 5″ x 18″ rectangle.
  • Next,  score this panel at 7 inches, 14 inches and 17 inches.
  • Trim off the remainder, and then fold on the creases.
  • This gives you a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base with a 3″ pocket on the inside.  Or the outside…however you choose to use it.  You will see a slight edge where the card is joined, but you are going to cover that with paper so no one will ever know.

Funkie Junkie Guest DT 02aNext:

  • Cut a 4.75″ x 6.75″ piece of the 12″ x 12″ July Time to Flourish paper.  Glue this to your card base.
  • Cut a 4.5″ x 3.5″ rectangle from the red 6″ x 6″ Patterns and Solids. Mat this with navy cardstock and set aside.
  • Cut a 2 7/8″ x 6.25″ panel of the floral paper from the 12″ x 12″ pad and mat on navy cardstock.  Place foam dots in the center of this panel.  Attach it to the red gingham check panel that you just created and press to adhere. See the photo for placement.
  • Wrap these panels with the cream mesh and navy satin ribbon.  Glue the red gingham patterned paper to the card base as seen in the photo.
  • Cut the July tag from the 12″ x 12″ pad and mat on navy cardstock.  Use foam adhesive dots to attach this panel to the card base so that it is offset from the floral panel.  Use the photo as a guide.
  •  Now you are ready to embellish your card front.Funkie Junkie Guest DT 03aTo make the flower:
  • Punch out 4 of the Time to Flourish Flowers.  I used the ones that match the July Floral Paper. I made the red side my base layer and then alternated red, floral, red floral.
  • Sponge the edges with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.
  • Spritz the back of each flower lightly with water.
  • Use a flower shaping tool to round out each petal and then pinch the ends of each petal together to create ridges.  Set aside to dry.
  • When the flowers are dry, gently round out the petals once more. Be very gentle around the ridges. Cup the centers slightly. Really cup the final, smallest layer so that the petals are almost standing up straight, and glue the tips of the petals together to form the center of the rose.
  • Glue the layers together.
  • When dry, paint with Glossy Accents. This is a tip I learned from my crafting buddy, Glenda Brooks.
  • Cut leaves from old book pages, paint with glossy accents and dust with glitter while still damp.
  • Attach to card as shown.

Funkie Junkie Guest DT 04aTo create even more elevation for my seed catalog, I crumpled the paper, then cut slightly larger rectangles from the flip side of the red patterned paper.  I crumpled these also, then used foam dots between the layers to hold them together.  More foam dots were used on the back to secure it to the punched out piece from the Graphic 45 Tags and Pockets Page.  A loopy bow was created with White Iridescent Metallic String.  I folded this in half and used the points of my scissors to push the knotted end into hot glue that was placed beneath the flower.  I also tied a little chipboard tag to the top of my fancy bow.

Funkie Junkie Guest DT 05aThe inside of the card is fully decorated with elements and stamps from the collection.  The rose and sentiment are heat embossed with copper embossing powder. This “raises them up” from the card base. All my stamping was done with Ranger Sepia Archival Ink.

Funkie Junkie Guest DT 06aI double matted the postage stamps to raise them up as well.

Funkie Junkie Guest DT 07aHere’s the lovely pocket and some fussy cut elements from the 8″ x 8″ paper collection. I used foam dots between these elements.

Funkie Junkie Guest DT 08aThe July ephemera card was slightly cut down and matted on navy cardstock.  Roses were fussy cut, glittered and stacked with foam dots between them.  I added more Navy Diamond Satin ribbon to this using Tim’s Tiny Attacher.  I covered up the staples with more chipboard elements. This little hanger would be so cute in a work cubicle or suspended from a cabinet or dresser knob.  And, there’s plenty of room in the pocket to add a gift card or other small, flat gift.

I know this was a long post, and I thank you for hanging in there with me.  I would like to thank the Frilly and Funkie blog for asking me to guest design.  I hope you will join in the fun challenge to “raise it up!”  You could win and be chosen as their next guest designer, or win the random gift certificate drawing!

Thanks for stopping by!



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