I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! After a busy and happy couple of days visiting with family, I have a sweet vintage card to share with you this morning, made with some of my favorite Crafty Secrets goodies. This one was quick and easy to make, thanks to the wonderful Post Card I printed from the Creating with Vintage Typography CD.
These soft blues are perfect for a sweet springtime card! I layered up the pretty blue floral lace paper from the Creating with Vintage Patterns CD and added some bits and bobs from the Birds and Blossoms Digital Creative Scraps . Three beautiful vintage buttons, a glittered wood frame and some ink stained doilies give it a real vintage feel. I created a loopy bow with natural burlap string and loads of pretty Petaloo blooms. Just a touch of lace along the bottom edge adds to the vintage vibe. The sentiment is from our Card Sentiment Stamp set, which is currently out of stock, but I’m sure Sandy will be releasing it in a digital format soon. It’s one of my favorite sets as the fonts are all so beautiful.
I don’t usually work with glitter because I end up wearing more of it than the card does! But sometimes, a card just needs a little glitter. This Antique Linen Distress Glitter was added to a wooden frame and then I placed it over the pretty vintage roses on the left hand side of the post card. Yes, I wore a little glitter, but the effect was worth it!
That’s all for me today, folks! I’d love to hear what projects you’ve been working on in the comment section below. Are you sprucing up the garden? Doing spring cleaning? Or are you still whiling away the hours in your crafty space waiting for winter to pass?
Tee Time with Really Reasonable Ribbon and Graphic 45 Good Old Sport
Well, I have a new ribbon “crush”! I found this fabby Emerald Green Tartan Plaid ribbon in the Really Reasonable Ribbon store and just had to add it to my stash. This stuff is soooo pretty, feels like taffeta, and has a soft sheen. The emerald green, navy blue and cream stripes were the perfect color match for my Graphic 45 Good Old Sport papers, so I had a little play time and came up with this Tee Time card.
Graphic 45 Tee Time Card/Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon
I love the rich vintage colors in this paper collection, and combined a slew of different patterns on the layers of this card. Lots of stitching to add texture and detail, and everything is matted on black cardstock to ground the card and unify all those mixy matchy patterns. Fussy cutting the fabulous female golfer was loads of fun…just like playing paper dolls.
I can’t imagine doing anything athletic in this type of clothing, but it sure made for a fun card!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great day today, and a fabby weekend, too! There’s still time to get in on the action in the RRR Bright Spring Colors Challenge, so get your craft on and come join the fun!
Kathy by Design/Coffee Break Birthday Mini Album for RRR
So many of you requested a tutorial for this style album that I went to work creating a second album, making sure I photographed the construction steps along the way. So, here I am today, with my Gypsy Moments Tri-Fold Mini Tutorial. Grab a cuppa and snack, because this is a content heavy post with loads of pictures, and I don’t want you to pass out from hunger or thirst before we reach the end!
Here’s a photo of the completed project to whet your appetite.
Gypsy Moments Tri-Fold Mini/Kathy by Design
This is one of the newer lines from 7 Gypsies, and I have fallen completely in love with it. I’ll have a slide show of all the pages and details towards the end of the post, but I wanted to sort of give you a vision of where we are going today.
This is a very compact mini, just 4″ wide by 6″ tall and the base is made with one sheet of 12″ x 12″ cardstock. For this particular mini, I used a piece of Canvas Corp White and Kraft Lace Cardstock.
This is such a great weight to work with and the pattern is perfect for this project. There is just something magical about white ink on kraft paper! Yummy!
Soooo…this next photo might scare you to death…but I wanted you to see the process I go through when I tackle a project of this proportion. Here’s a photo of (most) all the products I pulled from my 7 Gypsies/Canvas Corp stash.
Cut your 12″ x 12″ paper in half to form 2 12″ x 6″ rectangles. Place on your scoring tool, and score at 4″ and 8″. Placing the paper face down on your work surface, fold first the right hand side in toward the center and then the left hand side. Crease with a bone folder. The patterned side of the paper should be on top with the fold on the left.
Cut the other 12″ x 6″ rectangle into these sizes:
2 (two) 3.75″ x 5.5″ rectangles
1 (one) 3.75″ x 2″ rectangle
1 (one) 2″ x 5.75″ rectangle. These will become the inner pockets for your mini.
Flip your paper over so that the print side is up. The second 3.75″ x 5.5″ rectangle will be used in the middle panel, as you see here. You’ll use the kraft side, not the printed side.
Use a circle punch to cut thumb holes in the top of each of the 3/75″ x 5.75″ panels. Ink all the edges of all the cut pieces and the base piece for the mini with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Cut a 3.5″ x 5.5″ piece of Light Pink Burlap . Fray the edges (save the strings!) and attach it to the front panel of the mini album base. As you can see here, I stitched it on, but you could use fabric glue or scor-tape if you prefer. Spritz it with some Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist. (Keep the glimmer mist and burlap handy…we’ll be using it more as we progress.)
Cut a 24″ length of Sheer Iridescent Fuchsia Ribbon and secure it to the right hand and middle panel of the mini album base as you see here. I used Scor-Tape for this. This will be the closure for the album.
Fussy cut a floral section from the 12″ x 12″ Board and Room paper and stitch or glue it to the front of the mini album as shown. Note that I have left the cut side open. This will become a pocket where we can tuck in tags. I did use some foam dots along the bottom and top edge to hold it in place, but you want to be careful to leave an open edge.
Here you can see where I’ve inserted a Happy Birthday Tag and a Handcrafted Tag into that pocket we created. To make these tags, I simple inked them, splattered and spritzed them with a little Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist and matted them on lilac cardstock. I ran more of the ribbon through the top edge and then used some of the burlap strings to tie little bows that I topped with vintage mother of pearl buttons from my stash. I created a loopy bow with Pink Burlap String , hot glued it to the album, and then added a button on top.
Now, the temptation here is to finish the cover. But you don’t want to do that. Know why? If you do that now, stuff will get crushed and you’ll have a hard time working on the inside. We will actually finish the rest of the album, and then do the rest of the cover last. And yes, I learned this the hard way!
Open up the mini and begin work on the inside. This is the far left panel. It looks awful, because you can see the reverse side of the stitching I did on the front. To cover this up, I used a piece of washi tap on the far left edge, and cut another little piece of burlap to go on the top.
Here is where you will begin to use your own creativity. You will need 3 (three) 3.75″ x 5.75″ rectangles to cover the left, center and right hand panels on the inside of the mini album. You will need two more to cover the right and the center panel on the printed side of your base. Once you’ve done this, you can add your pockets and flaps.
Here you can see the mini album in progress. I’ve added a thumb hole panel to the far left side, and I’ve added a Gypsy Moments ATC Mini Folder over that. A word of caution: when you are gluing these pockets and flaps into place, use either a very thin bead of strong white glue to secure them, or 1/8″ adhesive taken to the absolute edge of each panel, or you will not have room to tuck all the goodies into the pocket. Ask me how I know this….
Now that you’ve got your base made, you can have let your creativity loose and decorate to your heart’s content. When everything is finished, add the finishing touches to your cover.
Gypsy Moments Tri-Fold Mini/Kathy by Design
Here’s what I did:
I fussy cut three more flowers from the Gypsy Moments Board and Room 12″ x 12″ paper, and shaped them into dimensional flowers. Someday soon, I ‘ll do a tutorial on how to do this.
Now, please enjoy this little slideshow of all the details and bits and pieces of this sweet little album.
Well, if you made it all the way to the end, you probably need to stand up and stretch! I know I do! I hope you are inspired to make one of these fun minis. If you do, I hope you’ll share it with me. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.
Happy Monday morning to you! I’m expecting the grand girls at my door any second now, but I wanted to pop in quickly and share a cute card I made this weekend with the new Farm Chicks Digital Stamps from Crafty Secrets. What a fun set of digital images and sentiments!
Crafty Secrets Farm Chicks Stamp/Kathy by Design
I printed the image for this card onto white canvas paper, and then shaded the whole thing with Antique Linen Distress Ink. I only colored the eggs and that fluffy little chick! The wooden picket fence was painted with Picket Fence Distress Ink and then tapped with Vintage Photo DI to give it a worn, country look. I stuffed fake straw behind the fence, added some black gingham ribbon and ivory sweetheart blossoms, to give it a real country feel. I even covered some of the blue damask paper with a bit of rusty screen.
This is a large stamp set with all 24 of the original stamp designs plus 16 new stamps. Chickens are “hot stuff” right now, and all the little add ons and sentiments in this new digital set are really fun to play with.
I had a blast making tags and borders to my card, and I know I will be playing with this some more, as I just love the images! They remind me of fun times spent with my dad when I was a girl. Every Saturday morning, we would run errands together, and we always stopped in to buy fresh eggs from Mary Ellen, the “Egg Lady” in our small town. The eggs were all different sizes and colors…but man they were good!
Here’s a look at the inside:
I was able to layer the chicken wire stamp over the blue damask paper, and I just love the way it looks!
If you’d love to see more Farm themed products, you can find them HERE.
Beautiful Ribbon Butterfly Card Tutorial for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Bright Spring Colors Challenge
Hello, Friends! It’s time for another great challenge over at the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. This one is all about using bright spring colors and ribbons on your cards. What fun! I created this beautiful ribbon butterfly tutorial to share with you today.
Beautiful Ribbon Butterfly/Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon
sewing machine…not essential, but it adds a lot to the finished product
Embossing folder of your choice…I used a chevron embossing folder from Embossalicious
Gather your materials. Die cut the butterfly from the watercolor paper.
Cut a 5.5″ square of plain white cardstock. Secure the first ribbon strip from corner to corner in the center of this panel, securing with Scor-Tape.
Add each ribbon, checking it’s placement against the evacuated die cut. As you can see here, I didn’t run each piece of ribbon all the way across the cardstock, I just made sure it filled the evacuated space.
Trim any edges, and set this piece aside in a safe place because we are about to get inky!
Smoosh your Distress Ink onto your non-stick craft sheet. Try not to overlap the colors,
Spray the smooshed ink until little beads of color appear, then drag your evacuated die cut through the puddles of ink. Repeat this until you have the color you want, using a heat tool to dry each layer between applications.
Pick up any little “blobs” of ink to add some interesting detail to the panel. It’s all according to what YOU like!
Ink the inner and outer edges with Shaded Lilac Distress Ink and a sponge applicator. Again, according to your taste. Flick and spritz the watercolor paper with your mister until it’s just the way you like it! Run it through the embossing folder. Run a little Picket Fence Distress Stain over the embossed areas to soften the color if you like. I liked, so I did that, but you might want the brighter colors. Then, attach to the prepared ribbon base either with stitching or Scor-Tape.
Here you can see the close up of the embossing. I filled a tiny glass vial with seed beads, wrapped it with Iridescent White Metallic String and then hot glued it as the center of my butterfly body. The little shimmery bits on the card are pieces of Iridescent string that separated when I cut it, and they were so pretty, I attached them to the card with glue. Just for fun.
I didn’t want to add any more color to this card, but I did want to add some shimmer and shine, so I tied a big fluffy bow with the white organza ribbon, topping it with more iridescent string and a cluster of Ivory Sweetheart Blossoms that I tapped with Shaded Lilac DI. The metal word strip was in my stash, but it was solid pewter, so I colored it with my Spectrum Noir alcohol pens, and I like the way it turned out.
I hope you’ll give this fun technique a try! No go get your craft on and create your own beautiful project with bright spring colors and ribbon! I’ll see you over on the RRR Blog!
I’m linking this card to the following challenges:
Hello, Friends! And Happy Heartfelt Creations Wednesday! Today I have a CAS Peacock Paisley Note Cards Tutorial to share with you. Yes! You heard me right! I said Clean and Simple! Not what you usually expect when you visit my blog, and the hardest style for me to achieve, but sometimes, the unexpected happens, and that is what makes life so interesting. Take a peeky:
Peacock Paisley Note Cards/Kathy by Design for Heartfelt Creations
When I receive a new design team collection, I like to sit down and stamp all the stamps on plain white cardstock using black ink. It helps me really get a feel for how I want to use the stamps in a given collection. Well, I was floored by how stunning these Peacock Paisley images were when simply stamped in black and white , and I decided to create these CAS note cards to really showcase their incredible beauty.
Look at the gorgeous detail on this Daisy Flourish Stamp! It is beautiful when colored and embellished, of course, but how wonderful to have stamps in my stash that I can use to create a 10 minute card when I need to!
Peacock Paisley Note Cards/Kathy by Design for Heartfelt Creations
This Feathery Peacock stamp has a wonderful almost dreamlike quality to it. Talk about elegant! It fits the bill perfectly!
I did do a couple of simple things to dress these cards up. First, I added a square knot tied with Really Reasonable Ribbon Aqua Delicate Stitched Satin. It’s the perfect compliment to the envelopes I made with Stampin’ Up Pool Party Cardstock. I lined each envelope with the stunning paisley print from the Peacock Paisley Paper Collection. I added another little torn strip of this paper to the front of each envelope. You can bundle these 4 Pretty Peacock Note Cards up with the envelopes and tie with a ribbon to present as a gift, or just keep them so that when you need to write a quick note, you have a pretty card handy.
I know you are probably surprised to find such simple cards here on my blog…the girl who is known for loads of layers and embellies tucked into every possible crevice! But sometimes it’s nice to let a beautiful stamped image take center stage all by itself. And, for those of you who are timid about stamping, this is a great collection! As you can see, it’s can be quick and easy to produce an amazing card without a whole lot of technique.
You’ll find the complete supply list and tutorial below. I’d love to hear what you think of these CAS Peacock Paisley Note Cards in the comment section below.
Thanks for stopping by!
Peacock Paisley Note Cards
HCPC 3657 Feathered Daisy Cling Stamp Set
HCPC 3658 Daisy Flourish Cling Stamp Set
HCPC 3659 Peacock Paisley Cling Stamp Set
HCPC 3661 Feathery Peacock Cling Stamp Set
HCDP1 252 Peacock Paisley Paper Collection
TSMP900 Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Other Product: white parchment paper; SU Pool Party Cardstock; Aqua Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon; W R Memory Keepers Envelope Tool
Create two 4.25″ x 5.5″ top fold card bases from white parchment paper. Cut 1 sheet of Pool Party into four (4) 4″ x 5.25″ rectangles. Cut 1 sheet of white parchment paper into four (4) 3.75″ x 5″ rectangles.
Use Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp images onto the white parchment rectangles. Wrap with the Aqua Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon and tie a square knot bow. Mat with the Pool Party cardstock. Glue onto the card bases.
Create 4 matching envelopes from Pool Party Cardstock following the instructions on the Envelope Tool. Line with paisley paper from the collection following this tutorial.
For gift giving, bundle the cards and envelopes together and tie with ribbon.
This is an exciting time of year for lovers of beautiful vintage papers. March is not only National Craft Month, it’s the month when Graphic 45 puts out their design team call. You know how much I love working with this amazing line of vintage papers, because you see them featured here on my blog with great regularity. So, I got my Brave Boots out of the Closet of Shame, laced them up and put together my Graphic 45 Design Team Audition 2015! It’s always exciting, and to be honest, a little bit nerve-wracking, to submit one’s work for consideration, but it’s always a joy to share Graphic 45 goodies with you here on my blog.
Without further ado, here are the projects that I feel best show my style, my strengths and my deep love of all things Graphic 45.
Home Sweet Home Altered Recipe Book
Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home Altered Recipe Book/Kathy by Design
Some of my favorite childhood memories were created in my Grammy Ma’s kitchen. Sunday dinners at her house were an event that we anticipated all week long. I can still see her in her navy blue polka dot dress, hand on her hip as she slaved away over the stove creating one delightful course of country food after another. So when I found this battered Better Homes & Gardens Recipe book at a yard sale, I snatched it up with the thought of altering it. It languished in the Closet of Shame until Graphic 45 Released the Home Sweet Home collection. As soon as this paper landed on my doorstep, I knew it was destined to become this altered recipe book. I could almost smell Grammy Ma’s famous baked ham and blueberry pie as I worked away on this project. Won’t you join me for a tour?
Cards, Cards and More Cards!
Is there anything better than receiving a real, honest to goodness card in the mail? The joy of seeing an envelope that doesn’t contain a bill or an invitation to buy a time share…the thrill of seeing actual human handwriting…and then slipping that bright colorful paper out of its sheath to drink in the beautiful images and read a sentiment that was picked out just for you…wow…nothing is better than that. Unless, of course, it is a one of a kind, hand made card that was conceived, designed and created just for you. That tops everything! And in my heart of hearts, although I create lots of other fun stuff with paper, cards have always been and will always be my first love. I made my first card on a Doodle Pad with Crayola crayons when I was about 4 years old…and the joy of card making has never left me. Here are some of the my favorite Graphic 45 cards that I’ve shared on my blog during the past year.
Graphic 45 French Country/Kathy by Design
Graphic 45 Communique Collection/Kathy by Design
Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante Tag Card/Kathy by Design
Steampunk Debutante is one of my all time favorite collections and I had so much fun with it when I made this mixed media birthday card. There are so many fun techniques built into this card, along with a great collage interior and a keepsake tag pocket.
Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante/Kathy by Design
Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante Card with pocket and tag/Kathy by Design
I have always loved the color palette and imagery of the ABC Primer collection. Before I knew the collector’s edition of this collection would be released, I created a series of ABC Primer cards celebrating the joys of reading.
Graphic 45 ABC Primer Cards/Kathy by Design
I know a lot of crafters struggle when it comes to making masculine cards, but as much as I love making a frilly feminine card, I equally enjoy making a strong, clean masculine design. So when Good Old Sport came on the scene, I could not wait to get my hands on it!
Graphic 45 Good Old Sport/Kathy by Design
Graphic 45 Good Old Sport Mini Book/Card Kathy by Design
I created a sort of mini book/card with room to tuck in gift cards and little messages tucked into hidden pockets. This was made using the large Staples Tags and while it is “mini” in size, it still managed to hit a home run when I gave it to our son on his birthday.
Graphic 45 Good Old Sport Mini Book/Birthday Card Interior Kathy by Design
I was thrilled when this Pumpkin Time card was featured on the Graphic 45 Blog!
As a beach lover, I just had to make a mixed media card with the fabulous By the Sea papers and ephemera. This fun cutaway card has loads of layers, stamping, heat embossing, dry embossing and loads of techniques.
Graphic 45 By the Sea Birthday Card/Kathy by Design
And every beach needs a mermaid, right?
I have been dubbed “The Queen of Mini Albums” by my friends. There’s something so exciting about starting a new mini album….and it’s even more exciting when it’s finished! I love the way you can carry a theme throughout a mini book.
This Couture mini album was made with upcycled TP tubes, and features quotes from Audrey Hepburn.
Graphic 45 Couture TP mini/Kathy by Design
Graphic 45 Couture TP mini/Kathy by Design
And this Typography “mini” Mini was featured on the Graphic 45 blog as the most pinned item of the week.
Graphic 45 Typography “mini” Mini/Kathy by Design
My biggest thrill this year was when this Sweet Sentiments/Time to Flourish mini album received almost 1000 likes and more than 100 shares when it was featured on the Graphic 45 Facebook page. What an honor!
Graphic 45 Valentine Mini made with Sweet Sentiments and Time to Flourish papers/Kathy by Design
“Off the Page” projects and Altered Art
I also love to dabble in mixed media, altered art and “off the page” projects. The great metallic look and Steampunk Vibe of this altered letter was achieved by adding lots of different embossing techniques to the wonderful Kraft Reflections paper collection.
Graphic 45 Kraft Reflection Steampunk Letter/Kathy by Design
For my final audition piece, I have a little slideshow that features a great altered piece using By the Sea papers. I found this battered wooden tray at my local thrift store and gave it a fresh lease on life. I think you’ll agree, these are the cutest little mermaids on the planet!
And folks, that’s a wrap! Thank you so much for taking the time to review this body of work. I feel such joy when I create, and I hope that has come through the words and images of this blog. It’s an honor to have you view my work, and I look forward to sharing more Graphic 45 goodies with you in the future.