RRR Pretty Bows Challenge

Really Reasonable Ribbon Pretty Bows Challenge


Hello, Friends!

There’s a brand new challenge up on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  Show us your prettiest bows in out Pretty Bow Challenge!

Kathy by Design/Vintage Beach Flapper CardOh yes!  Pretty ribbons make this card sing. Don’t you just love this gorgeous bow made with Bluebird Plaid and Ivory Burlap String? It was the perfect match for the vintage bathing suit in this Vintage Beach Flapper Girls Digital Collage from Polly’s Paper Etsy. I dug into my vast hoard of papers and found this beautiful Blue Awning paper from K & Company, which picked up on all the great vintage blues found in the project.

Pretty Bows Challenge 03I die cut a burlap seahorse and starfish to embellish the page, along with a big blue polka dot flower that I found in my stash.  I glittered it up with Diamond stickles and Prima Pearls, and surrounded it with some Petaloo Sugared blossoms.  The silver star brads are from Stampin Up.  The leaves were freehand cut from an old book.

Pretty Bows Challenge 04I love to layer on texture, so I wrapped a couple strands of white netting around the card base.  It makes me think of fish nets, and I love how it lightens up the card. To add even more texture, I put down a row of Elise Crochet lace on top of the Bluebird Plaid.  It was a little brighter white than what I wanted, so I just lightly tapped it with Vintage Photo Distress ink to make it perfectly vintage.

Pretty Bows Challenge 05This Vintage Beach Flapper just makes me want to say boop-boop-be-doop!  How does she tie such gorgeous bows, you may ask?  With my trusty Zutter-Bow-it-All tool, that’s how! It makes a perfect bow each and every time.  I loooove this tool!

Pretty Bows Challenge06I layered in more papers on the inside and stamped a quick sentiment.

Stop by the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog for more inspiration from the team, and don’t forget to link up your fabby project to the Pretty Bows Challenge at RRR.

And, if you’re interested in purchasing this card, you can find it in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!





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Sew Decorative Altered Frame

Crafty Secrets Sew Decorative Altered Frame

Hello, Friends!

One of my fondest childhood memories is of sitting beside my mother while she sewed on her old White sewing machine.  Using newspaper patterns that she drew and cut out herself, she would take one of her old coats that was stained on the front (coffee…she was a coffee hound) turn it inside out and stitch up a darling little coat and bonnet for my baby sister.  Or, she’d take old sheets and stitch them up into ruffled curtains for the kitchen.  She really was “the Queen of the Machine; there was nothing she couldn’t sew.  When I found this beautiful image on the Crafty Secrets Sew Decorative CD, it made me think of her and I knew I wanted to use it in a project.  Then, while out “junkin'” one day, I found a hideous shadowbox for just a few pennies.  So today I got out paint, glue, paper and some fun vintage embellies and transformed it into an altered frame worthy of Mom’s stamp of approval.

Kathy by Design/Sew Decorative Altered Frame 01I thought it would be fun to give you a look at the original version of this altered frame.

Sew Decorative Altered Frame 05I told you it was hideous!  Clearly I was speaking the truth. After giving it a good cleaning, I removed the frame back and added a coat of Tattered Angels Crystal Decorative DIY paint to the inside and outside.  The paint was thick and creamy, covering up the ugly gray paint and smoothing out the surface.  After this dried, I dry brushed on a coat of Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress Paint, and when that had dried, I sponged the frame lightly with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  What a transformation!

Sew Decorative Altered Frame 04I hit the surface lightly with sandpaper and I love the wonderful vintage shabby chic finish this gave.  I lined the outside edges with this fancy trim and added the little silver scissors and Petaloo Blossoms.  The leaves are made with and old book page.  I tucked a loopy burlap bow made from both ivory and natural burlap string beneath the flower.  I debated adding more to the outside of the frame, but decided I liked it just like this.

Sew Decorative Altered Frame 02The hardest part of making this altered frame was deciding which papers to use.  The Sew Decorative CD is loaded with gorgeous papers, ephemera, frames, spool ends, buttons images, button cards and images like the one seen here.  I wrapped a vintage spool with Aqua Delicate Stitched Satin ribbon and glued it inside the frame along with a miniature cast iron sewing machine, a miniature yardstick and other assorted goodies.   These are all bits and pieces that I’ve picked up here and there.  But one of my favorite sources for affordable embellishments like this is the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

This frame would be adorable hanging in a sewing room…who knows, maybe I’ll even hang it in mine!  Actually, I think I’ll load it up into my ETSY shop, so if you want to purchase it for your favorite seamstress (even if that favorite seamstress is YOU) you can find it there.

Thanks for stopping by,



Blazing Poppy Thank You Card

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday Blazing Poppy Thank You Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!

Happy Heartfelt Creations Wednesday!  Today I have a bright, bold Blazing Poppy Thank You Card to share with you, along with a tutorial so that you can make your very own.

Blazing Poppy Thank You Card/Kathy by DesignI did some stamping, some die cutting, some embossing and lots of layering on this 5″ x 7″ card.  This poppy red cardstock and the black accents just seem to be a match made in heaven.

Orange Poppies Card 02I spritzed my stamped and colored image with some Gold Glimmer Mist.  The flower centers are either beads, or Prima Flower Centers.

Orange Poppies Card 04Black satin ribbon and gold metallic string carry out the theme.  I also added some pretty Antique Gold Faux Wired Burlap to the card base to add texture.

Orange Poppies Card 05I created a fun gift card pocket on the inside of the card.

Here’s the tutorial: (I’ve linked all the HC products to the online store for your convenience.)

Blazing Poppies Thank You Card

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:
HCDP1 255 Blazing Poppy Paper Collection
HCD 764 Blazing Poppy Die
HCD 745 Luggage and Tags Die
HCD 736 Classic Leaf Die
HCPC 3323 Large Elegant Word Background Cling Stamp
HCPC 3674 Blazing Poppy Petals Cling Stamps
HCPC 3676 Blazing Poppy Vase Cling Stamps
HCPC 3546 Classic Leaf Cling Stamps
Deluxe Tool Kit
Stamp Pad
Crackle Distress Paint
Viva Décor Moss Green 3-D Stamp Paint

Other Products: SU Poppy Parade, Calypso Coral Cardstock, White Cardstock, Core’dinations Pearlized Black Cardstock; watercolor paper; Versamark, clear embossing powder, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Old Paper, Peeled Paint Distress Ink; Gold Embossing Powder; Spellbinder Oval Majesty, Large Classic Ovals Dies; Distress Markers: Barn Red, Festive Berries, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint; Detail Water Brush; Diamond Stickles; Gun Metal Czech Beads; Prima Say it in Studs Flower Centers; 3/8″ black double sided satin ribbon, Antique Gold Faux Burlap wired ribbon, gold metallic string. foam dots, Gold Glimmer Mist.


To make the homemade gold mist, combine 1/2 tsp. Perfect Pearls Gold powder in a small spray bottle that is filled with water.

Use Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the poppy image onto watercolor paper. Heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Color with Distress Markers and detail water brush. Fussy cut. When dry, tap flower petals with Diamond Stickles. Cut the largest oval from white cardstock. With the die still in place, sponge the surface of the oval with Old Paper Distress Ink. Use London Fog Memento Ink to stamp the Elegant Word Background. Mat onto Calypso Coral cardstock. Use foam dots to secure the fussy cut stamped and colored image to this oval. Die cut the largest Oval Majesty Die. Spritz with homemade gold mist. Use foam dots to secure the two ovals together.

Cut the 5″ x 7″ card front from the paper collection. Secured the Antique Gold Faux Burlap ribbon down the center of the card front. use foam dots to attach the card focal to the card front panel as shown. Run black ribbon up the left side and top with a double black bow and a triple loop bow made with gold metallic string. Top with a button, if desired. Prepare a 5.5″ x 7.5″ card base from Pearlized black cardstock. Glue the card front to the card base.

Use Versamark to stamp several sets of the Poppy Petals to Poppy Parade cardstock. Emboss with gold embossing powder. Die cut with the Blazing Poppy Die. Spritz with gold mist. Shape and stack. Fill the center of one flower with a Prima flower center. Fill the other two with gun metal Czech beads. Set aside to dry. Use Peeled Paint Distress Ink to stamp the Open Classic Leaf onto white cardstock. Die cut with the Classic Leaf die. Sponge with Moss Green 3-D Stamp Paint. Shape with Tool Kit and cut into two sections. Glue the flowers onto the card front as shown, and add the leaves. Use the Luggage and Tags die to cut out the sentiment ticket. Secure to the card front with foam dots.

Nana’s Little Brag Book Tutorial

Canvas Corp: Nana’s Little Brag Book Tutorial

Hello, Friends!

Today’s post is especially for all the grandmothers!  But moms, dads, aunts, uncles, sisters and brothers can read on, too!  Canvas Corp Brands has released a sweet, fresh line of Baby Boy and Baby Girl papers that are bound to make you say, “awwww.”  I worked them up into a kind of hybrid card/photo album that I’m calling Nana’s Little Brag Book. I made one for the boys and one for the girls and I even have a step out tutorial so that you can make one, too.

Nanas Little Brag Books/Kathy by DesignThese measure 5″ x 7″ and have pockets and tags on the inside so an adoring Nana can tuck in recent photos of her darling grandbaby.  The design is simple, and you can make them as fancy or as plain as you want to.  Here’s what you need to make your own:

Nana’s Little Brag Book Supply List:
Nana’s Little Brag Book Tutorial

Brag Book Tutorial 01The step out tutorial is done with the girl paper…but the process is the same for the boys.  Just use brown cardstock instead of pink!

Brag Book Tutorial 02

Brag Book Tutorial 03

Brag Book Tutorial 04Brag Book Tutorial 05Spray the paper with Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist before you glue it in!  Just trust me!

Brag Book Tutorial 06Brag Book Tutorial 07The Little Pages fit perfectly into the pocket you’ve created and they are also the perfect size for mounting a photo.  When you glue your border strip in, as I have here, be sure to glue only the far right hand edge down.  This way, a full sized photo can be tucked in beneath the border strip. The little tag is from the It’s a Girl Sampler on Ivory.  It’s just the perfect size for adding a name or a date. As you will see in the photos further down on this post, you can dress these Little Pages up and make them really special.  But for now, let’s move on to the cover of Nana’s Little Brag Book

Brag Book Tutorial 08Cut a 4.5″ x 6.5″ panel of paper from the Pink & Ivory Baby Girl Alpha  and mat it with a 4.75″ x 6.75″ panel of solid black on ivory cardstock.  Wrap it with ribbon to anchor the page. You want to add your ribbons before you glue the cover to the card base so that you can tuck the ribbon ends behind the panel.  This makes for a nice, neat appearance on your finished cover.

Brag Book Tutorial 09I backed my decorative oval die with more of the black cardstock and then began to layer on fussy cut elements from the paper collection.  Use lots of foam spacers to create dimension.

Nanas Little Brag Book Pink01I used the Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist to color the fussy cut baby on the scale.  While the paper was still slightly damp, I bent it to create some dimension, then glued it down with spacers .  I did the same thing with the crown. White netting was tucked in behind.

Nanas Little Brag Book Pink03Can you see that sweet little stork charm?  And the itty bitty pink clothespins?  Squeeee!

Nanas Little Brag Book Pink04Here’s the inside, all finished off.  The 3 pink tags with gingham buttons pull out. You can mount small photos or do journal entries there.  Create the pocket by gluing down just the top, bottom and left hand edge of the Little page.  Then you can slip your tags in on the right.

Nanas Little Brag Book Pink05I dressed up the pocket with fussy cut elements from the kit.  Another sweet little charm was added to this packet of Little Pages.  And I so love the sentiment panel that I added to one of them.  The girl’s dress is fussy cut from the pages, too, and then just very lightly painted with Glimmer Mist.

Nanas Little Brag Book Pink06Here’s a closer look at the Little pages.  They are so perfect for a project like this.

The boy’s book is assembled the exact same way.

Baby Boy Brag Book 02I wanted to use burlap to add a more rugged feel.  I so love this color combo for a baby boy! And I super love all the fussy cut elements on the It’s a Boy page!

Baby Boy Brag Book 03Here’s the inside.  Another Little Page ready to receive photos.  I left the right hand side unglued so that tags could be slipped in here.

Baby Boy Brag Book 04And the base contains another bundle all ready for photos.  I computer journaled the sentiment by stringing together phrases from the Baby Boy Quotes page.

Baby Boy Brag Book 05Here are the Little page, all ready for photos.

What proud Nana would not want one of these sweet little Brag Books?  They’d also be great for Mom or Dad to have on her/his desk at work because they stand up all on their own.  If you use re positionable tape to secure your photos, you can change them out as the baby grows.

I’m linking this up to the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by!





Seaside Mini Album

Hello Friends!

Ah, Summertime….time for fun and relaxation. Time to kick back and relax!  Time to soak up some sunshine!  Time to work less and play more!  And time to take pictures.  Lots and lots of pictures.  But where do you do with all those great seaside photos after the vacation is done?  I have a super cute Seaside Mini Album with a fun zig zag construction that is the perfect resting place for all those fabby photos and sweet memories.  I loaded it up with great ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon to take it over the top. Check it out!

Authentique Seaside Album 01This album is tiny, but mighty!  Measuring just 4.5″ x 6.5″ its pockets, flip outs pages, and fold down features can store a couple of dozen 4×6 photos…and there’s loads of room inside for journaling, too.

Here’s what I used to make this Seaside Mini album:

Here’s a little video tour of my Seaside Mini Album.  It’s short…just 4 minutes!


Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you get some sand between your toes soon!



This item is available for purchase in my Etsy Shop

Beach Babes Banner

Beach Babes Banner with Polly’s Paper Etsy

Hello, Friends!

It’s sizzling hot here in North Carolina.  It’s been in the mid to upper 90’s with high humidity for the past couple weeks and all this heat has me dreaming about escaping to the beach.  But alas, I already had my vacation in May…so here I remain.  What’s the next best thing to being at the beach?  Making a Beach Babes banner with Vintage Beach Flapper images from Polly’s Paper Etsy, that’s what!  Go grab your suntan lotion and flip flops and take a mini beach break with me this morning.

Beach Babes Banner/http://www.kathybydesign.comDon’t you feel cooler already?  I created three pennants. each sized at 4.5″ x 7.25″.  I cropped my beach babes from the digital file, and then sized them to measure 3″ x 4.5″.  I could have gone bigger, or smaller…or printed them exactly as they come on the collage sheet.  That’s the beauty of digital.  It gives you loads of options.

Beach Babes Banner 02Each beach babe was stitched onto a beachy blue/grey cardstock, white burlap, Blue Awning paper from K & Company,  and then matted onto another beachy blue pennant.  I am completely nuts over these beach babes in their vintage bathing suits and parasols!

Beach Babes Banner 03I stitched my pennants onto 2.5″ wide nautical natural ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The end pieces were torn into strips.  Then I added streamers of light navy satin, and topped each streamer off with a poufy grey plaid bowIvory burlap string was tied into pretty loops and then topped with a vintage red button from my stash.

Beach Babes Banner 04I found some great vintage lace  that made me think of waves on the ocean, so I stitched that along the top of the banner.  Then I added red paper clips, metal clips, painted stars, rhinestone swirls and pretty posies to play in the surf with my beach babes.  Once everything had been added to the pennants, I covered up the stitching on the back with a navy cardstock pennant.  This way, the back looks finished.

Beach Babes Banner 05I wish they still made bathing suits to look like this, don’t you?  They are pretty, and feminine and would cover up a fair amount of “jelly.”

Thanks for stopping by and taking a break with my Beach Babe Banner and Polly’s Paper.



This item is available for purchase in my Kathy by Design Etsy Shop.

Crafy Secrets Sew Vintage 01a

Sew Vintage


Crafy Secrets Sew Vintage 01a

Hello, Friends!

You know how inspiration seems to strike when you are cleaning up your crafty space?  Well, I was tidying up the other day and ran across some fabulous scraps from Crafty Secrets.  I was sorting them into categories (yeah, I’m a little OCD) when I suddenly saw several pieces from the Sew Decorative CD that I thought would make a great card. Next thing I knew, I was knee deep in creativity mode, and this Sew Vintage Birthday Card was sitting on my desk.  Ta da!

Kathy by Design/Crafy Secrets Sew Vintage 02I really love the papers and ephemera on the Sew Decorative CD.  The soft pink doilies and floral measuring tape that I placed on top of my banners make me feel a little bit giddy!  And just look at the flapper paper in the background, the one where she’s admiring herself in the mirror…isn’t it fabby?  That’s from Creating with Vintage Illustrations.  I love her! Crafy Secrets Sew Vintage 01I found a fun party girl in a champagne glass (from the Girlfriends Creative Scraps) and I added her to the mix.  Sheer polka dot ribbon from my stash was the perfect accessory.  I topped it with a touch of bright green organza to pull out the greens in the card.  The pearl and rhinestone gem that tops the bow is an old earring of mine.  Sadly, it’s mate was lost in the shuffle of life, but it’s been given a new purpose on this fun card.

Crafy Secrets Sew Vintage 03The inside of this card is ready to party, too!  These papers are from the Creating with Vintage Illustrations CD. And I might have a scrap or an element or two from Creating with Vintage Patterns and Typography!  The rosette is an ephemera bit from one of those CD’s, but for the life of me, I can’t remember which one!)  I know I say this all the time, but if you are on a budget, or don’t have a lot of space for crafty goodies in your home, these CD’s are worth their weight in gold.  You just pop them into your CD, open the file you want to use and print.  Or you can get fancy and layer things up digitally….but they are very user friendly either way.

Crafy Secrets Sew Vintage 04I added a pocket flap to the bottom panel of the card so that a little gift card can slip right in there.  And, I stamped some sentiments on the background paper.  Easy, peasy!

The whole point of this post is to remind you to clean your craft area!  NOT!!!  Hahahaha!  No, the point is to remind you that little bits and pieces can be combined to make something beautiful.  Life is like that, too.

Thanks for stopping by!



This item is available for purchase in my ETSY shop.

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