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Heartfelt Creations Wednesday Time to Bloom Altered Clock

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to Heartfelt Creations Wednesday.  Today I have an exciting “off the page” project to share with you.  My Time to Bloom Altered Clock is loaded with dozens and dozens of handmade flowers from Heartfelt Creations.  You’ll find a complete supply list and detailed directions at the bottom of this post.

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I was given this lovely clock as a gift from a friend several years ago.  When Heartfelt released their amazing Once Upon a Time Collection I knew I wanted to give it a face lift with items from this collection and a whole assortment of HC flower dies.

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I began by painting the porcelain base with gesso and then painting with Evergreen Bough Distress Paint.  I also distressed the gold areas of the clock with this paint.  Then the real fun began: making flowers!  Let’s take a look at the clock without the cloche so you can really see them in all their glory. Remember, you can click on the photos to get a better look at the details.

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I die cut the clock face from the collection, distressed it, inked it and added Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint.  It was then glued over the existing clock face and sealed with Studio Matte Multi Medium Gel.

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I added artwork from the paper collection to my flower garden.

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This is the back side of the clock.  I covered up the black battery box with flowers so that the clock can be displayed on all sides, just in case you want to change things up.

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The clock with the cloche in place.  It will protect those flowers from dust and dirt.

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I had so much fun altering this clock and making all these flowers.  It was a lot of stamping, embossing, die cutting and shaping, but I think the results were worth it, don’t you?

Be sure to stop by the HC blog where you’ll enjoy dozens of gorgeous samples from the design team.  You can also click on their links in my side bar.  I know you’ll be inspired.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look at my Time to Bloom Altered Clock.  Creating all those flowers made me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.



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Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:  Paper: HCDP1 241 Once Upon a Time paper collection; Stamps: HCPC 3590 Embrace Time Background PreCut Set, HCPC 3577 Vintage Morning PreCut Set, HCPC 3303 Posy Patch PreCut Set, HCPC 3318 Daisy Patch Flowers PreCut Set, HCPC 3495 Delicate Asters PreCut Set; Dies: HCD 742 Majestic Blooms Die, HCD 701 Posy Patch Die, HCD 703 Daisy Patch Die, HCD 726 Delicate Asters Die; 354806 Spellbinders Large Standard Circle die; Tools: 452255 Grand Calibur, 159223 Paper Blossoms Molding Mat, 459222 Paper Blossoms Tool Kit
Other Products Used:  Paint:  Evergreen Bough, Picked Raspberries, Antique Linen Distress Paint;  Ink: Vintage Photo, Forest Moss, Evergreen Bough, Picked Raspberries Distress Ink, Ranger Coffee Archival Ink, Versamark Embossing Ink; Embossing Powders: Gold, Wow Neutral Shimmer; Hot Glue Gun, Rhinestones, Tim Holtz Memory Pick; Dies: Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms and Spiral Blossom One; Paper: pale pink and rose cardstock; Clock; Gesso; Studio Matte Multi Medium Gel; Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint; rhinestones.
Directions:  Paint the porcelain base of the clock with Gesso.  Let dry overnight.  Paint the base again using Evergreen Bough Distress Paint.  Let dry, repeat.  When paint is completely dry, ink the Embrace Time Background stamp with Coffee Archival Ink and randomly stamp the base.  Let dry.  Seal with Studio Multi Matte Medium Gel.  Let Dry.
Cut out the circle sentiment, tickets and stamps from the paper collection.  Use Matte Multi Medium to glue the sentiment to the center of the clock base.  Use the Spellbinder’s circle die to cut the large Roman Numeral clock face from the card front in the paper collection.  Sponge the front with  Vintage Photo, Picked Raspberries and Evergreen Bough Distress Ink. Use a light hand. Spritz it with water and gently crumple it.  Dry with a heat tool, and gently unfold.  Ink with Vintage photo Distress Ink to highlight the creases.   Fold in half side to side and top to bottom and open.  Carefully cut from the XII numeral to the center of the circle. Use a standard hole punch to punch a 1/4” circle in the center.  Cover the back of the clock with Matte Multi Medium and carefully slide onto the clock face.  Coat the face of the clock with Distress Rock Candy Crackle Paint and let dry.  Tap the hands of the clock with Evergreen Bough Distress Paint and let Dry.  Tap Evergreen Bough Distress Paint over the gold accents on the clock to give it an aged look.  Let dry.
Stamp, emboss, die cut, shape and stack all the flowers and arrange on the clock, securing with hot glue.  Glue the two tickets back to back and display in the clock with the Tim Holtz memory pin.  Add the decorative stamps, securing with hot glue.  Add rhinestones to flower centers.

Monochromatic Shadow Box for RRR Challenge 93

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Monochromatic Shadow Box for RRR Challenge 93

Hello, all you fabulous ribbon loving peeps!  Today marks the beginning of a new challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon!  I’ve prepared this monochromatic shadow box
for RRR Challenge 93, because it’s a monochromatic challenge!  Makes sense, right? 
Here’s the theme for this challenge:

Monochromatic Theme & Ribbon
  (pick one main color/color family and you can add a colored image) 

I wanted to create something other than a card for this challenge, so I broke out one of my hoarded Shadow Box Die Cuts from the amazing Vicki Chrisman.  She designed these dies for Accu-Cut, and you can links to a tutorial on how to assemble and use them HERE.  You can find links to the shadowbox dies she’s designed HERE.    If you wish to purchase only the shadow box kits, you can find them HERE.  And now, here is my monochromatic shadow box
for RRR Challenge 93:

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I love the dimensional and interactive elements of these shadow boxes.  I used lots of ribbon from RRR and those precious WOC two tone blue sweetheart blossoms too.  Here are the links to the ribbons I used in this project:

Amelia White Crochet Lace
Leaves and Berries on Blue Mist Satin
Sheer with Embossed Center Light Blue
Diamond Satin Capri Blue
Silver Metallic Baker’s Twine
Bright Hemp Cord Set (just the blue hemp, which was frayed)

Most of them came from the February Ribbon Club Assortment, so if you have that in your stash, you’re all set!

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I love how dimensional this is.  It stands on its own little feet, like a vintage armoire, and opens to reveal a dimensional tri-fold interior. I used shabby embossing powders to create the background, Tim Holtz’ new bird stamps along with Crafty Secrets Sing for Joy. Let’s look at some photos of the shadowbox as it opens up.  You can click on the photos to see more details.

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You can see little metal bits that I altered to match, and the frayed hemp cord is attached to a wee pocket tag. And of course, I had to add feathers!

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The paper is all from Tim’s Shabby Chic stack.

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And I had to build a box to hold the shadowbox because it was so dimensional.  More gorgeious ribbon and stamping on the front of the box.

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Shadowbox and gift box side by side.

OK…now it’s your turn!  Dig through your stash and put together a monochromatic card, layout, altered art piece, off the page piece or ribbon themed project then link it up at
RRR Challenge 93 before midnight on April 30th. I’ll be stopping by to take a peek at your creative efforts, and I’ll leave you some bloggy love.  I’d love to hear your comments on my monochromatic shadow box….because your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!



Beautiful Life Mixed Media Canvas

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 Beautiful Life Mixed Media Canvas

Hello, Friends!  I’m so excited about today’s post for Crafty Secrets!  I was browsing the contents of the Typography CD when an idea began to take shape in my mind.  I quickly printed out some of the amazing papers, post cards and banners from that CD and went to work on this Beautiful Life mixed media canvas:

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This is a large 11″ x 14″ canvas that I covered with light green burlap.  I used Studio Matte Multi Medium to secure the burlap to the canvas and then used washi tape around the sides and edges.  The postcard is backed with layers of vintage book pages that have been spritzed with water, crumpled and then stained with walnut stain.  Edges have been distressed and inked.  The flowers are made with Tim’s Tattered Flowers die and a combination of cotton fabric, crinoline, burlap, paper and rusty wire.  I’ve added a key, an altered Graphic 45 Butterfly, a piece of old jewelry and bits of “fluff” from distressed jute string. I also used some of the clear art stamps to accent my canvas:Sing for Joy and Artsy Banners.

I’ll share lots of close up photos so you can see the details, but here’s the Typography CD.  It is worth it’s weight in gold!  So many wonderful papers, bits of ephemera, maps, letters, etc.


If you are running low on mojo, this would be a good purchase…the images are so inspiring!

OK…onto the photos of Beautiful Life

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I began by applying Ranger Pink Sherbet Paint Dabber directly to areas of the canvas. I was pretty random with this…mixed media is all about having fun!  Next I used some Artist’s Spackle and a chicken wire stencil to add some fun texture around the edges of the canvas.  While this was drying, I worked on the focal image in the center of the canvas.

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This post card is one of the printables on the CD. I love the birds, nest and sweet floral wreath.

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I printed the Beautiful Life paper as an 8″ x 8″ panel, distressing and layering it with old book pages.  I stamped the bird bath and some music staff images onto the panel.  Stamped the little birdie twice, colored with Distress Markers and a water brush and then popped it onto the side of the bird bath with dimensional foam.   I also stamped, colored and fussy cut the little birds above the postcard.

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I heavily distressed and even tore and rolled the edges of this 8×8 section. Can you see the seed beads I added to the torn section?  And, I used my embossing pen to emboss the lettering in gold.  It’s hard to capture in the photo, but so pretty in real life.

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The flowers were really fun to make. I just die cut a bunch of different textures, painted them with watered down Ranger Pink Sherbet paint, crunched them up while drying them, then layered them with a button on the top.

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Here’s the birdbath and the little birdie…and a sweet bingo card that is also on the CD.  I’m telling you, that CD is amazing!

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More flowers and my altered butterfly and key

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The banner that runs along the top.  I used both dimensionals and hot glue to secure this to the canvas.  You’ll want to take a closer look at that banner…the images are beautiful.  It is designed to print out on 8 1/2″ x 11″ inch paper. and you could just do that and string it to make a beautiful banner.  But I reduced the size so it would fit here.

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See all those yummy layers?  And the gold embossing?

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Yummy, yummy layers!

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You can always tell when I really love a project….I load up the post with photos!  LOL  This piece was so much fun to make.  There’s something really liberating about working with mixed media.  Have you given it a try?  What do you like the most about it?  What makes you feel the most nervous about it?  I’d love to hear from you, and find out what you think about this Beautiful Life mixed media canvas and the beautiful papers and images in this project.  In fact, it would make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!

Thanks for stopping by!



Blog Hop Hop Hopping with Really Reasonable Ribbon

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Blog Hop Hop Hopping with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello all you fabulous ribbon lovers!  It’s time to go blog hop hop hopping with Really Reasonable Ribbon!  The design team and our very special guest, the one and only fabulous Gloria Stengel from Scraps of Life and Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog, have cooked up some fun ideas using the gorgeous April Ribbon Club Selection from
Really Reasonable Ribbon.

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You should be coming here from Gloria’s blog.  But here’s a list of all the blogs so that if you are lost, you can get back on track.

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Kathy  (you are here)
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With Easter fast approaching, I wanted to have something cute to decorate the buffet table.  I saw these adorable stuffed paper bunnies and thought, that’s what I want!  I made myself a little bunny template on cardstock, traced around some patterned paper from the
Graphic 45 Le Cirque collection and sewed them up on the machine.

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These are super quick and easy.  I recommend that you start sewing just below the bunny’s head, sew upward around the ears and then back around to the other side to make them easier to fill.  I just used the shreds from our paper shredder to fill mine.  Before filling, I used a small dowel to open up the ear area, and then shoved the shredded paper in there with a closed Zig marker.  Once I had the head stuffed, I sewed everything but the bottom.  Then I filled the rest of the area, stitched the bottom closed and added the ribbon.  I used Scor-Tape to secure the ribbon and hot glue to add the buttons and Sweetheart Blossoms.

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My bunnies are 3 1/2″ wide at the base and 7 3/4 inches tall.  They make me hoppy.

Sorry…I couldn’t resist!

OK…now hop on over to my BOLB (best online buddy) Ginny’s blog and see what amazing artwork she has to share with you.  Leave love along the way, because the Easter Bunny is watching!  When you have visited all the blogs, go back to the RRR blog and answer Bonnie’s secret question of the month so that your name will be entered in the giveaway for the free pack of April ribbons!

Are you all ready for Easter?  You have a week left to get all your bunnies in a row.  I was going to say ducks, but bunnies are the theme for today.  Thanks for stopping in!  I’d love to hear from you because your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!





Wrapping Gifts with Ribbon

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Wrapping Gifts with Ribbon

Hello all you fabulous ribbon loving people!  I’m here today to share a very quick and easy tutorial on wrapping gifts with ribbon.  We have brand new neighbors, and last weekend they hosted an open house for all the folks in the neighborhood.  I wanted to take them a gift, but not knowing them very well, I really had to think to come up with something suitable.  I finally settled on giving them a really nice bottle of olive oil.  I figure most everyone likes and uses olive oil, right?

I found this graceful bottle and was getting ready to put it into a boring old gift bag when I suddenly thought, “Why not just decorate the bottle with ribbon and a tag?”  So I did!

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Really Reasonable Ribbon carries this cheery gingham ribbon in multiple colors and widths, but the 5/8″ yellow and green were the perfect match for my tag and the color of the olive oil.

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I tied the Graphic 45 French Country tag on with my faithful natural jute string and then added a green wild orchid sweetheart blossom to the bow and voila! The present was wrapped!

It took under 5 minutes.

And it looked really artsy and homey and pretty.

Wrapping gifts with ribbon….a brilliant idea, if I do say so myself!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope the next time you have an oddly shaped gift, you’ll remember to wrap it with ribbon instead.  I promise, it will make you happy right down to the tips of your crafty little fingers!



Life: Enjoy the Journey Mixed Media Layout

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Life: Enjoy the Journey Mixed Media Layout for Heartfelt Creations Wednesday

The Debut of Celebrate the Journey

Welcome to Heartfelt Creations Wednesday, Friends!  Today I have an exciting mixed media layout featuring papers, dies, and stamps from the newest member of Heartfelt Creations: Celebrate the Journey.  Here are the official release notes for this fantastic new collection:

Heartfelt Creations invites you to  “Celebrate the Journey” with this classic travel-themed collection .  Whether you are traveling around the world or around the block, you will find papers, stamps and dies to document your life’s adventures.  The coordinating stamps and papers feature maps, compass roses, bicycles, hot air balloons, vintage suitcases, boarding passes and postcards. The clever Luggage and Tag die even creates a delightful 3-D suitcase! Soft hues of light green, deep teal, pink and rose merge with subtle, neutral backgrounds that are richly layered with beautiful fonts, flourishes and focal images.  “Celebrate the Journey” is just the ticket for both masculine and feminine projects, the perfect traveling companion for all of life’s journeys great and small. Leave a comment on the Heartfelt Creations blog for a chance to win this outstanding collection.

I wanted to create a project to showcase the adventurous vibe of this assortment of papers, stamps and dies, and what is more adventurous than mixed media?  Here’s the 12×12 layout I created for the Celebrate the Journey debut:

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I know, I know…there’s a lot to take in, so we’ll look at it section by section.

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I started by stamping the floral dress collage stamp in white ink onto this rosy background paper from the collection.  It was heat embossed with white superfine ink and colored in with Distress Markers.  I wanted it to be the focal image of the page, so I surrounded it with Raindrops on Roses die cuts made with black glitter cardstock.  Tags, tickets and tabs were cut from the collection with the very useful and versatile Luggage and Tags die.  It has the cutest vintage suitcase die!

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I die cut it from faux leather and embellished it with tickets and tags from the collage page.  I deliberately made it look like an old timey carpetbag or valise instead of a suitcase.

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I added lacy borders, fishtail banners, gigantic copper brads, lots of distressing, ink splatters, paint splatters, hot air balloons…all kinds of imagery to give the piece a feeling of celebration…because that is what this journey called life is all about…celebrating every single day as a gift that we get to open and enjoy!

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I treated the hot air balloon with UTEE and then cracked the finish to give it a really cool old look.

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You’ll find a complete list of supplied and detailed directions in the tutorial below, or you can visit the Heartfelt Creations blog and find them there along with dozens of projects from the rest of the design team.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you were inspired by my Enjoy the Journey mixed media layout. I have more fun projects made with this collection “in the pipeline” so stay tuned.  I’d love to hear what you’d like to make with these papers, stamps and dies.  Sharing ideas with you makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!



Tutorial Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:  Stamps:  HCPC 3601 Floral Dress Collage PreCut Set; Dies:  HCD 745 Luggage and Tags, HCD 743 Raindrops on Roses Die; HCD 713 Decorative Lace Border; Paper:  HCDP1 242 Celebrate the Journey Collection; Other:  452255 Grand Calibur, SMP 001 Stamp Mat Pad, RLHS 100 Hydra Sponges, DDots Double Dots Foam Adhesive, 273900 Zip Dry paper Glue
Other Products Used:  Paper:  DCWV black glitter cardstock, faux leather cardstock; Ink:  Color Box Frost White Pigment Ink, Versamark Clear Embossing Ink;  Distress Markers : Evergreen Bough, Peeled Paint, Picked Raspberries, Victorian Velvet, Brushed Corduroy, Black Soot; Distress Paint: Antique Linen, Picket Fence; Distress Stain: Picked Raspberries; Distress Ink; Walnut Stain;  Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Variegated Copper/Teal,  RRR jute string in pink, mint, cream;  Other: Resin roses, copper brads, Diamond Stickles,  Yellow Stickles.; White Superfine Embossing Powder, UTEE, Tacky Glue, Sequins, Sakura Pink Gelly Roll Pen, Fine Line Black Marker, Glossy Accents; Water Brush, Hot Glue Gun; ruler
Directions:  Stamp the Floral Dress Collage image onto a piece of pink patterned paper from the collection using ColorBox Frost White Ink.  Heat Emboss with White Superfine Embossing Powder.  Use a ruler to tear around the edges of the image.  Distress the edges lightly and ink with Walnut Stain.  Color the dress in with Picked Raspberries and Victorian Velvet Distress Markers and a water brush. Color eh flowers in with Evergreen Bough and the boots with Black Soot.  Color the center of the sentiment with Brushed Corduroy.  Add yellow Stickles to flower centers.  Use Glossy Accents on the boots.  Spread a light coating of Diamond Stickles on the dress.  Set aside to dry.
Use the collaged scrapbook page with the banner flags on the left as your base page for this layout.  Ink the edges with Picked Raspberry Distress Stain and distress the edges.  Use Picked Raspberry Distress Stain to create random ink blotches on the page.  Soften the color with Picket Fence Distress Stain.
Cut 2 of the Decorative Lace Border Die from pink patterned paper from the collection.  Use the cut die as a stencil and apply Antique Linen Distress Paint randomly on the base page.  Turn the painted die over and use the reverse side to add more painted areas to the base page.  Ink the front side of the die with Picked Raspberry Distress Stain and Picket Fence Distress Stain.  Add to the layout so that the bottom edge is 1 ¾” from the base of the page. 
Using the same pink patterned paper you stamped on, cut eight 3” x 1 ½” banner flags, tapering the sides.  Use the teal word collage page to cut 3 banner flags to the same dimension.  Ink the edges with Picked Raspberry Distress Stain.  Staple together in groups of 3, as shown.  Cut 30” of each color of RRR jute string and twist together, doubling over to form the banner string.  Use copper brads to secure to the top right and left hand corners of the base page.  Use tacky glue to add the banners beneath the twisted twine.  Use hot glue to add 4 resin roses in the center of each bundle.
Die cut 2 sets of the Raindrops on Roses die from black glitter cardstock.  Frame the stamped image with them, securing to the layout with Zip Dry Glue.  Use the tag die to cut the postcard image from the collage sheet, tear it in half, add a copper brad and copper ribbon to one end and tuck under the stamped panel, as shown.  Cut tickets from the collage sheet using the ticket die and add to the page. Cut the hot air balloon from that page, cover with Versamark and emboss with UTEE.  While still slightly warm, shape the balloon and secure to the page with foam dots.  Cut the word LIFE from that page and use a black marker to doodle in the letters.  Ink the edges with Picked Raspberry Distress Stain and mount on glitter cardstock.  Cover only the letters with Glossy Accents and set aside to dry. 
Die cut the suitcase from the faux leather cardstock and shape.  Use copper brads to secure the latches and tie twine around the handle.  Add images from the collage page to decorate the front of the valise. Add all the accent pieces as shown.  Secure sequins with Zip Dry glue. 

Liebster Award Nomination

Liebster Award Nomination for Kathy by Design

Hello, Friends!  Today, I have no card to share….just this little announcement that I have received a Liebster Award nomination from my sweet blog buddy, Joann Jamieson- Larkin of Castlepark Designs   This award helps bring awareness to blogs with fewer than 300 followers . You’ll find the rules for participating and my list of nominees below.

Joann and I are on the Heartfelt Creations design team, and I have totally fallen in love with her amazing 3-D paper creations and intricate fancy fold cards.  Visit her blog and I promise you will be delighted and amazed.  Thanks, Joann, for this Liebster Award Nomination!  I’m really honored!

Rules for participating in the Liebster Award Nominations

  • Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and answer the questions they presented;
  • Link back to the blogger who awarded you;
  • Copy & paste the pink Liebster Award logo to your blog;
  • Nominate 5 blogs to receive the award who have less than 300 followers. Create a new list of 11 questions for them; and
  • Inform them of their nomination.

Here are Joann’s questions for me:

1. What is the ONE thing you cannot resist purchasing when you walk into a craft store?
That’s easy.  It’s paper!  Paper is absolutely  my obsession.  I have enough paper to last me for
several lifetimes.  And I keep telling myself: “No more paper!” But then I walk into a craft store and see some beautiful color or pattern or image, and I start imagining what I can create with it…and into the shopping cart it goes.  I’m hopeless!

2. If you could do anything in your life, what would it be? This one made me have to stop and think. I’m a pretty contented gal, and am greatly enjoying the season of life I’m in right now.  I’m on some great design teams, having lots of fun with my blog. I am Nana to two of the most darling little girls on the face of the earth.  I’m mom to 5 incredible grown children…and the wife of 38 years to my incredibly supportive and loving husband.  I can’t imagine anything better than this…although  I do have a yearning to attend a CHA event sometime…and maybe take a Viking River Cruise.  LOL

3. Do you have a special spot where you craft?
I have converted our daughters’ old bedroom on the sunny, east side of our home into my studio.  I share the space with my husband, who has his office in one small corner of the room. I keep taking up more and more of the space.  Poor thing! My desk is a re-purposed butcher block table top mounted on two filing cabinets and it sits in the window nook of the room. It’s a lovely place to work, and I am so thankful for it.

4.How many scrapbooking supplies do you have that your significant other doesn’t know about?
I can honestly say, none. Dale is probably my biggest cheerleader and has actually purchased many of my favorite tools.  He built my desk, my cutting table, custom shelving and has purchased lots of my supplies for me.  He’s my biggest cheerleader. And since we share the space, he sees it all!  LOL

5) What is your favorite product/brand that you reach for every time you create a project?

This is also a tough one.  As much as I love my papers, I use Ranger Distress Ink and Archival Inks on almost everything I create….and I’m learning to use and love Distress Paints and Stains as well.  These products help me create the vintage look I love so much.

6. Do you like to stage your photos or do you like to have them stand by themselves with a neutral background?

I’ve done both…but I lean more toward standing on their own with a neutral background.  I find it less distracting.

7. Do you own a digital cutting machine?

Yes, but I almost never use it.  I like my Cuttlebug and Grand Calibur because it’s easier for me to see the project develop this way.  I am trying to use my Silhouette machine more, though.

8. What is the one card/project you are most proud of?

Wow…another tough one to answer.  I make so many different kinds of projects: cards, canvases, altered art, mixed media, layouts, mini albums.  I don’t know that I could pick just one for all time….but my most recent favorite is this mini album made for Craft Hoarders Anonymous.  It’s a Ladies’ Diary mini album:

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You can find all the details and loads of photos for this project HERE.

9. How many hours a week do you craft?

Too many!!!!  LOL  At the moment, I am on 4 design teams and I also do freelance art on the side, so a minimum of 35 hours a week….and as much as 50 when I am crunching deadlines. My projects tend to be detail laden, and that takes time.

10. Do you have any special storage solutions for your supplies.

My husband built me custom shelving to hold my 12 x12 papers.  And I use a lot of wooden clementine crates, clear over the door shoe organizers, that sort of thing.

11. What was your favorite vacation?

In 2005, my husband and I took 3 weeks off to tour Ireland by car.  It was our second trip there, and we had no set plans.  We just drove until we found  a place we wanted to visit, stayed in fabulous B&B’s and ate incredible food.  It was relaxing, fun and romantic.

Here are my nominations for the Liebster Award:

Donna Idlet Creative Lady
Jan Marie Ennenga Re-Creations
Elizabeth Lincoln Paper Passtimes
Regina Hamilton My World, My Solitude
Penny O’Dell  Crafts by Design

I hope you’ll take the time to pop in and visit these amazing artists…I know you will be inspired!

Here’s my list of questions for my nominees to answer:

  1. Why and when did you begin crafting?
  2. What type of crafter are you: clean & simple, shabby chic, vintage, grunge, mixed media, etc?
  3. What’s your favorite time of day to craft?
  4. What’s your favorite crafting TOOL?
  5. Do you work primarily from sketches, or your own imagination?
  6. What’s your favorite beverage?
  7. Name 5 things that are on your desktop right now.
  8. Who are some of your crafting heroes, artists you follow?
  9. What’s your biggest crafting blooper?
  10. What’s your favorite crafting technique?
  11. What do you do when you are NOT in the craft room?

Thanks for stopping by.  I’d love to have you join me as I continue this wonderful artistic adventure.  You can sign up to follow my blog at the top of my sidebar.  I keep in close touch with my followers…because they make me happy
right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!











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