Fall Harvest Creativity Kit Part Two

Polly’s Paper Studio Fall Harvest Creativity Kit Part Two: Teal and Brown Maple Leaf

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m going to tell you a little story.  When I was in first grade we had art class once a week.  I loved art class. I loved to doodle with my Crayolas on paper, I loved making cards, I loved everything that had to do with color and design.  The little two room schoolhouse I attended in rural Vermont was graced with an ancient sugar maple tree of massive proportions, and one fine fall day, our teacher had us carry our chairs and art supplies out onto the lawn so we could draw the tree for art class.  I was having a wonderful time coloring my leaves in shades of orange, red and gold…and purple!  Because, folks, I saw purple leaves in there amidst the more traditionally colored ones.  My teacher was walking by, checking on our progress, and when she saw my colorful tree, she chastened me loudly for having added purple leaves to its branches.  “Everyone knows that maple leaves are NOT purple,” she chided.  Of course the whole class sniggered at my idiocy, and I kind of lost interest in art class after that humiliating event.  This story has a happy ending, though, as I  have rediscovered my love for color and design, as you all well know.  And today, in memory of that early childhood event, I’ve made another card with Polly’s Paper Fall Harvest Creativity Kit…and I’ve made it in shades of teal and brown….just because I can!

Kathy by Design for Polly's Paper Studio

Kathy by Design for Polly’s Paper Studio

I used a 5″ x 7″ kraft card base for this pretty little thing.  After running the base through an embossing folder, I lightly inked the surface with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The teal layer has a scalloped punch edge, and is topped with pretty designer paper found in the Fall Creativity Kit.  Another designer paper from the kit was die cut, matted onto teal cardstock and adhered with foam dots.  A little doily, a stamped tag, die cut leaves and hydrangea blossoms are clustered at the base, while a die cut acorn is perched atop .

Fall Creativity Kit Polly 02I used luxurious Blue/Gold/Ivory Plaid ribbon to tie a big poufy bow that was topped with ivory burlap string and a teal button.  The sweet vintage image of a child sitting in a little chair prompted the story I told at the beginning of the post.

Fall Creativity Kit Polly 03The inside of the card uses more pretty paper from the kit and a stamped sentiment.

I have to confess, I feel very happy to be making a fall card with teal hydrangea blossoms.  It may not happen in the world of nature, but in the world of art and imagination, it’s perfectly appropriate!  If you’d like to purchase this lovely autumn card, it’s available in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!



Mixed Media Sunflowers

Mixed Media Sunflowers with Crafty Secrets Sunflowers Digital Art Stamps

Hello, Friends!  And welcome to September!  I took some time this weekend to play with the new Sunflowers Digital Art Stamps from Crafty Secrets.  These are some of the prettiest stamps Sandy has ever made. I put on my Mixed Media Boots for this sunflowers card.  I used alcohol pens, chalks, Distress Inks, Distress Paints, embossing folders, homemade gold mist, stitching and a great little technique that I will share with you below.  What fun!

Kathy by Design for Crafty SecretsI used a  paper tole technique to create this layered card, and I’ll share details with you below.  But first I wanted to give you a peeky at the whole stamp set because you are going to love it!













Twenty of these stamps also come in rich sepia tones, so there are 43 digital images and sentiments in all for just $6.95.  I chose to work with the sunflower and bird framed image.  After sizing the image to 3.75″ x 5″ , it was copied into Microsoft word and pasted.  I did this 4 times in all, so that I could create dimensional layers within the focal image.

Kathy by Design for Crafty SecretsI colored the script background and the frame on the first copy.  On the second copy, I colored just the leaves.  For the third copy, I colored the sunflower and the sunflower center.  Finally, I colored the little bird on the 4th copy.  Next I fussy cut the colored layers.  DO NOT fussy cut the base layer.  Leave it exactly as it is.  All the cut edges were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I used Warm Honey Distress Ink on the sunflower in the base layer.  You don’t want to leave this blank, as you are going to be able to see it beneath your popped up sunflower crown.

CS Sunflowers 03First, the leaves were glued in place over the leaf images in the base layer.  The sunflower crown was shaped with a stylus to give it dimension and a cup shape in the center. When I was happy with the shape of the flower, I used foam dots to attach it over the sunflower in the base panel.  Then I filled the center with Czech beads and let it dry.  The little bird will be added later on.  Put him in a safe place so you don’t lose him amidst the jumble on your desk.

While the sunflower crown was drying, I printed out two patterned papers from the Birds and Blooms Digital Paper Kit.  For the brown wood flowers paper, I cropped a portion from the center away from the floral images in the corners.  This was sized to 4.75″ x 6.75″  and copied into Microsoft Word.  I printed it out, spritzed it very lightly with my homemade gold mist and then ran it through Spellbinder’s Bricks and Bark M-Bossabilities folder.  Before running it through the Big Shot, I inked the flat side of the embossing folder with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  This created wonderful texture and made the paper look like real wood.

CS Sunflowers 02

Next, I printed out the blue quatrefoil canvas paper onto 8.5″ 11″ paper.  I die cut this with the two largest dies in Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles.

When the sunflower image was dry, I matted it onto pale yellow cardstock that was cut slightly larger than the image.  I layered the wood paper, die cut and focal image together and then very carefully stitched around them as you can see in the photo.  (If I did this again, I would not add the dimensional sunflower until AFTER I stitched, but the stitching was an “in the moment” decision.)  Once the card was stitched, I added the little bird to the front using foam dots to hold him in place.

The sentiment is part of the set, and I just printed it out onto white cardstock, inked it with Warm Honey Distress Ink, stamped it with a background stamp and die cut it with a tag die.  I splattered it with a little bit of Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint and set it aside to dry.  The metal flowers were painted with Warm Honey Distress Paint.  I just kind of tapped the paint on with my fingertips as I wanted some of the base metal to show through. I used a brad to attach this to the tag.  I ran a piece of Glory Blue Seam Binding through the end of the tag, and then the tag was set in place with foam tape.

CS Sunflowers 05All that was left now was to add the finishing touch with a corner bow made with Glory Blue Seam Binding and Navy Burlap Center Stitch Ribbon.  The bow was topped with one of my precious vintage buttons from my grandmother’s button box.

CS Sunflowers 04It’s hard for me to part with these gorgeous vintage buttons, but it was the perfect accent for this card.

CS Sunflowers 07The inside of the card is simply finished.  I stamped the original Sunflower stamp onto the blue quatrefoil paper and added another stamped sentiment.

I hope you’ll give this paper tole technique a try.  It takes a little patience to fussy cut the layers, but the end result is so pretty, it’s well worth the effort.  What do you think?

And, if you’d like to purchase this card, it’s available in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!



Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop Winner

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop Winner

Hello friends!

Just popping in very quickly to announce the winner of the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop.  The winner was selected from Sara Miller’s Blog:

Nurse Young you have won a $25 gift certificate to Heartfelt Creations!  Congrats!

The winner has 72 hours to claim her prize. E-mail EmmaLou@heartfeltcreations.us  with “Winner of August Alumni Hop” in the subject line to claim your prize.

Thanks to everyone who hopped along!  We’ll see you at the next hop on the last Tuesday in September!



Fall Harvest Creativity Kit

New Fall Harvest Creativity Kit from Polly’s Paper Studio

Hello Friends!

Fall is my absolute favorite season of the year.  It always has been.  The sky takes on a particular shade of blue, the crisp air is a welcome tonic after months of heat and humidity, and then there’s pumpkins!  Don’t even get me started!  My mojo usually goes into high gear when the calendar page flips from August over into September, how about you?  But this year, I got an early mojo boost because the new Fall Harvest Creativity Kit from Polly’s Paper Studio arrived in my mailbox!  All I can say is fall-tastic!

Kathy by Design for Polly's Paper StudioHow scrumptious is this?  The papers, images, bows and ephemera in this kit are the perfect pick me up for this time of year!    I did a lot of stitching on this card, and added some great texture with burlap and burlap string.  My fall cosmos daisies are the perfect shades of gold, cream and brown and work so well on autumn projects.

Kathy by Design for Polly's Paper StudioCan you see those darling brass acorn charms that are suspended from the rusty maple leaf?  I love them!  I can’t remember where I found them, but as I was going through my fall goodies, there they were!  The maple leaf was embossed with a folder, then tapped with DecoArt Copper Dazzling Metallics paint.  My little alphabet tiles were inked with Vintage Photo and Aged Mahogany Distress Inks.  I love the vintage sheet music ephemera that comes in this kit.  I crumpled mine all up in a ball, then inked it with Aged Mahogany and Vintage Photo DI.  I love the way it turned out.

Polly Acorn card Fall Creativity Kit 03The inside of the card uses more paper from the kit, a die cut leaf and a hand stamped sentiment.  There’s also room to add your own little note.  Perfect!

I have more projects in the works…and I can’t wait to share!

Thanks for stopping by!



Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon

All You Need Is Love and a Cat

All You Need is Love and a Cat…and Red Satin Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!

Do you ever discover a color combo that you love so much that you keep combining it in different ways?  Lately, I have been grooving on red and aqua.  I love the way those two colors make a project pop. It just so happens that these two colors are featured prominently in Graphic 45’s “Raining Cats and Dogs” collection, and I pulled this sweet “All You Need is Love and a Cat” card together using those papers and fabulous Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon

I made that Looptastic double layer/double loop bow with Red Sheer Organza with Satin Stripe Ribbon and my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool.   If you haven’t mastered this bow yet, here’s a lovely little video from RRR’s YouTube Channel that will have you tying your own loop-tastic bows in no time flat.

This ribbon is great for someone who is nervous about their bow tying abilities, because it is super soft and easy to work with.  And Sheer with Satin Stripe Ribbon comes in a rainbow of colors, too!

I matted all the layers with black cardstock so that each one would stand out on its own.  And topping that amazing bow with a bright aqua posy and hand cut leaves draws the eye right to the focal image.

Raining Cats and Dogs 03The inside of the card uses more of the papers that were on the front along with plenty of room for writing a little note.

Thanks for stopping by!



Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop

Blue Roses for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!

It’s the last Tuesday in the month, so it’s time for the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Sara Miller’s lovely blog, and if so you are right on track. This is my first time hopping along with my fellow alumni, and I have a beautiful blue roses card made with papers, stamps and dies from Heartfelt Creations.

Kathy by Design for Heartfelt Creations









This 5″ x 7″ card uses a rich color palette of blue, grey, cream and gold.  I embossed the edges of the blue swirls paper in the Countryside Evening Paper Collection (retired) with gold embossing powder.   Using Versamark and the Large Elegant Words Background Stamp, I embossed the text in gold. I stamped the Bella Rose leaves directly onto the designer paper and then die cut them with the matching Bella Rose die.

Margie Engagement card 03Next, I stamped several Botanical Roses onto designer paper and embossed them in gold.  After die cutting with the matching Botanical Wings Die, the layers were shaped with the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit and glued together. The centers were filled with Czech beads.

Margie Engagement card 05I also used Spellbinders Spiral Blossoms and Bitty Blossoms to make some rolled roses.  My focal image is a vellum stamp that I found in my stash. Prima lovebirds were the perfect extra “topping.”

Margie Engagement card 06Here’s a peeky at the inside of the card!

Now, for the fun part!  Visit the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop Designers and leave them some bloggy love for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Heartfelt Creations.  One lucky winner will be chosen at random from one of the designer’s blogs and announced here on Saturday, August 29th.

Here are the links to the rest of the blogs on this hop:

Kerry Urbatch:  http://thestampingbug.blogspot.com/2015/08/august-hc-hop-hop-hop.html
Vicki Dutcher – http://allidoisstamp.blogspot.com/2015/08/heartfelt-creations-alumni-august-hop.html
Caroline Duncan – www.stampingsandinklings.blogspot.com
Amarilys Doria – http://amadrian8.blogspot.com/2015/08/tuesdayheartfelt-creations-august.html
Glenda Brooks – http://glendabrooks.blogspot.com/2015/08/august-heartfelt-creations-alumni.html
Emilia van den Heuvel – http://few-favourite-things.blogspot.com/2015/08/heartfelt-creations-alumni-designers.html
Alissa Wells- http://willrunforstamps.blogspot.com/2015/08/for-you-at-christmas-heartfelt-creations.html
Mary Faus – http://merrymstamper.blogspot.com/2015/08/heartfelt-creations-august-alumni-dt.html
Sarah Miller – http://plainandfancypapercrafts.blogspot.com/2015/08/heartfelt-creations-august-alumni-blog.html
Kathy Clement:  http://wp.me/p34lmI-2g1 
Gini Williams Cagle – http://ginicagle.blogspot.com/2015/08/heartfelt-creations-alumni-blog-hop.htm
Lisa Allen http://toddandlisacreations.blogspot.com/2015/08/heartfelt-creations-august-alumni-blog.html


I’m also linking this project up to the Touch of Gold Challenge over at the fabulous Frilly and Funkie blog.

Thanks for hopping by!















Kathy by Design for Crafty Secrets

The Last Rose of Summer

The Last Rose of Summer: Crafty Secrets Beautiful New Roses Digital Art Stamps

Hello, Friends!

Have you noticed that the sun is rising later and setting earlier?  The early morning air is fresh and cool, and dew is on the grass once again.  It’s prime weather for roses, and everywhere I go in our area I see gorgeous rose bushes bending low with the weight of bodacious blossoms.  Just in time, Crafty Secrets has released a gorgeous new Roses Digital Art Stamp set, and I had a little play with it the other day, working up a feminine card that I call The Last Rose of Summer.

Crafty Secrets Brown Roses 01 The new set is amazing!  It comes with 11 black and white digital stamps with an additional 15 done in sepia ink. ( I used the Script Frame Rose in sepia to make this card.) This card was as easy as 1, 2, 3 to create!

Kathy by Design for Crafty Secrets: Sepia Roses

First, I printed the rose image off onto white cardstock. (I always use Core’dinations Great White cardstock.  It is the perfect weight and prints up nice, crisp images.)  The image is sized at 4.25″ x 5″.  Chalk inks and a spritz or two of Tattered Angels Vintage Pink Glimmer mist were all I used to color the image.  I did randomly sprinkle Aged Gold Embossing Enamel over the petals to give them an antique finish. The image was layered with pink glitter cardstock and chocolate brown cardstock.  I inked the edges of the chocolate brown cardstock lightly with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and then brushed all the edges with Versamark Ink.  Next, the edges were heat embossed with Stampendous Aged Gold Embossing Enamel. Finally, I stitched all the layers together with pink thread.

Kathy by Design for Crafty SecretsI cut a Spellbinder Die (Decorative Elements Labels 47) from cream parchment cardstock and layered it beneath my card focal.  A 5″ x 7″ pink cardstock base was embossed with an Anna Griffin Embossing folder. (Regal Braid)   The sentiment is cut from a Crafty Secrets booklet: Words from the Heart (Love and Friendship) and matted with gold metallic cardstock.  I layered this over a scrap of fancy trim. A few pearls,Petaloo stick pins,  a pretty flower from my stash, and a hand dyed seam-binding bow finish the card front.

Kathy by Design for Crafty SecretsThe inside is finished very simply with neutral background paper from my scrap drawer and the rest of the sentiment from the Words from the Heart booklet.  Simple.  Elegant.  Easy.

To see more samples made with this lovely set, check out this post on the Crafty Secrets BLOG. Sandy Redburn, owner of Crafty Secrets, is hosting a  give away where one lucky commenter will win all four Digital Flower Stamp sets!  Woo-hoo! (If you don’t subscribe, you might want to…it’s free…and loaded with inspiration from the Crafty Secrets Design Team.) You can find these amazing digital art stamps in the Crafty Secrets online store.  They take card making to a whole new level.  I’m in love with the Last Rose of Summer!  How about you?

Thanks for stopping by!



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