Victorian Calling Cards/Kathy by Design

Victorian Calling Cards

Hello, Friends!  What a great line up I have for you on the blog today!  I’ve combined gorgeous Really Reasonable Ribbon  with a fabulous creativity kit from Polly’s Paper Etsy to make a soft and feminine trio of Victorian Calling Cards.

These cards have a definite shabby chic vibe going on with all the pretty ribbons, flowers, pastel papers and graceful Victorian images.

Victorian Sentiments A RRR 02You can never have too many birthday cards….especially when they are adorned with beautiful details like this!  I picked up on the pink in the camellia by adding the papers (which come in the creativity kit, along with ephemera, tags and some pre-tied bows) and a strip of 2 1/2″ wide natural cotton ribbon in this pretty garden print. I stitched these together, glued them on the card and then created a great shabby chic bow by tearing the ribbon in half and tying it on my Zutter Bow it All.  I topped it with pretty lavender organza polka dot ribbon to give it a light, airy feel.  The little metal butterfly is from my stash, and I painted it to match the card.

Victorian Sentiments A RRR 02aI love the texture that the ribbon adds to this card, and the colors are a near perfect match!

Victorian Sentiments A RRR 02bThis kit is loaded with beautiful papers and ephemera…so much so that I was able to finish the inside of each card.

Victorian Sentiments A RRR 03This card makes me think of a soft blue sky filled with puffy white clouds.  After dry embossing and inking some cardstock from my scrap drawer, I added the pretty blue gingham paper and bumblebee image from the kit to the front of my card.  The big loopy bow made with white organza ribbon is topped with a sweet Light Blue Micro Gingham Bow and a vintage button from my stash.  I added Prima flowers and a bumblebee charm  from my stash, and then created a series of loops with natural, light blue, and ivory burlap string.

Victorian Sentiments A RRR 03a I love the little bit of texture and visual interest these loops add to the card.

Victorian Sentiments A RRR 03bI used a scrap of my embossed gingham check paper to finish the inside of the card.  The Queen Bee stamp is available in digital format from Crafty Secrets.

Victorian Sentiments A RRR 04Can I just say, I am in love with the colors in this card?  This digital image is so elegant and I love the frame that came in the kit.  I split it in two, mounted it on bronze metallic paper and layered it on either side of the card focal.  It’s a perfect match, isn’t it?  I die cut some lattice with the bronze paper and layered it over the beautiful teal and brown paper that comes in the kit.  To add even more texture and a light, airy feel to the card, I created a belly band with 1.5″ wide Cream Mesh Ribbon.  I just love the soft sheen of this ribbon, and the way it allows color and images to peek through.  It’s wonderful!  I used the last little bit of this twinkling Aqua Shimmer Satin Ribbon to make the bow, and then topped it with a trio of pink chrysanthemums to pick up on the pink in the card focal and add some color contrast.

Victorian Sentiments A RRR 04aThis gorgeous shimmer satin ribbon comes in a rainbow of colors, and I want them all!

Victorian Sentiments A RRR 04bI used another of the pre-cut card panels along with some cardstock from my stash to create the interior of this card.

I have several more cards made from this same kit to share with you in another post later this month.  I hope I’ve introduced you to some new ribbons that you can use in your crafting.  These are some of my favorites!  If you love ribbon, like I do, you might want to spend some time perusing the amazing selection at RRR.  Some of the ribbons I’ve used here today are currently on sale. And, while you are there, take a minute to check out the Ribbon Club. It’s such a great deal, and the monthly assortments are delivered right to your door.  It’s like getting to celebrate your birthday every month of the year!

Thanks for stopping by….which one of these Victorian Calling Cards do you like best?




Come Away with Me Travel Journal

RRRChallengeBadgeCome Away with Me Travel Journal for the RRR Aqua and Coral Color Challenge

Hello, Friends!  There’s a brand new challenge up at Really Reasonable Ribbon!  This time, it’s a color challenge, which is always fun!  Since the April Ribbon Club Assortment is filled with beautiful Aqua and Coral Ribbons, we decided that would be the theme for the challenge.  And I used those gorgeous ribbons to make this Come Away with Me Travel Journal.

Kathy by Design/Graphic 45 Come Away with Me Journal for RRRI’ll give you a nickel if you can guess what I used to make the journal cover.  Give up?  Ok…it’s the Duncan Hines cake mix box that I salvaged from our Easter celebration.  I realized just before tossing it into the trash can that it was a great size for an album, and already had a scored spine!  All I had to do was build the hidden hinge binding and fill it up.  I stitched white burlap directly onto the cardboard base, and my sewing machine performed like a champ!

Come Away with Me Mini for RRR 13I punched  hole at the top of the spine and threaded my ribbon through, then tied on a huge vintage key and a bunch of charms that I tapped with Peacock Feathers Distress Paint. Aren’t they fun?

Come Away with Me Mini for RRR 05Each page in the journal has pockets or photo mounts and of course, beautiful ribbons.  I’ve created borders with Tropic Checkerboard Satin, Light Coral Satin with a grosgrain edge, and Light Coral Diamond Satin ribbons. The stamps are from the Graphic 45 Come Away with Me stamp series.

Come Away with Me Mini for RRR 06The clips are not part of the album…I just used them to hold the pages open while I took photographs.

Come Away with Me Mini for RRR 07I love the combination of coral and aqua with the chocolate brown.  These ribbons are the Coral Rose Shell Print and the Tropic Honeycomb satin ribbons.

Come Away with Me Mini for RRR revision 01More of the same ribbon, but here I’ve added in some ivory burlap string for texture.

Come Away with Me Mini for RRR revision 02Lots of room for photos!

Come Away with Me Mini for RRR revision 03I used Coral Rose Swiss Dot Ribbon to add some texture and design to these pages.

Come Away with Me Mini for RRR revision 04And added some sweet Cosmos Daisies to the diamond satin ribbon here.

Come Away with Me Mini for RRR revision 05The final page has more of the swiss dot coral ribbon and a couple more sweet blooms with lots of room for photos.

Now I want to go up in a hot air balloon!   How about you?  Be sure to visit the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog for more inspiration and details on how you can play along in this fun challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!






April Blog Candy Event Winner Week 2

Hello, Friends!

Just popping in very quickly to announce the winner of this week’s April Blog Candy Event.


April Blog Candy Event Week 2


The lucky winner is #10: Sara Emily !

Congrats, Sara Emily!  I’ll be contacting you later today to get your mailing address and I’ll get your stamps off to you ASAP.

Thanks to everyone who entered this week.  If you didn’t win this week…try again next week.  I still have a nice pile of blog candy to give away.

The drawing for next week will go  live just after midnight on Sunday…and it’s a GOOD one!

Happy Friday,


7 Gypsies American Vintage

7 Gypsies American Vintage Photo Crate and Travel Journal

Hello, Friends!  I don’t know about you, but I love a good road trip!  There’s something magical about waking up in the pre-dawn darkness and packing suitcases, snacks  and people into the car for a far away destination.  I have such great memories of car trips we took with our kids when they were small: the silly songs we sang, playing the Alphabet game, I Spy, counting cows, roadside picnics and even the bathroom breaks were fun.  So, I am super excited to share today’s project with you!  I’ve been busy working with 7 Gypsies American Vintage Collection…which was just released this week…and I have made the most fun travel journal ever!  It’s vintage, and funky, and fun, and interactive …and it’s in a photo crate!  How awesome is that????

Kathy by Design/7 Gypsies American Vintage Photo Crate

Kathy by Design/7 Gypsies American Vintage Photo Crate

This darling little photo crate measures 4″ x 6″ x 4″ so it’s the perfect size for holding photos, souvenirs, maps and all kinds of bits and bobs.  I changed the finish on mine by treating it to a light coat of Picket Fence Distress Paint and then lightly brushing it with Tattered Angels Roses R Red Glimmer Glam.  I wanted it to be the same color as an old barn on the side of a country road.  How’d I do?

American Vintage Crate 03aI used just about every single element found in this collection…and some besides…to fill up my crate with fun file folders, ephemera, journal notes, and papers. On the front of the crate, the borders from “Go and See” and “States I Visited” were used to decorate the slats.  I topped this off with the Road Trip book knob and a bunch of gears.

American Vintage Crate 04aYou know how when you are in the car, there’s something to see no matter what direction you look?  Well, I designed this crate so that no matter which side faces forward, there is a nice view to be had.  On the back of the crate, I created a happy little banner with denim and burlap from the famous scrap packs that are filled to bursting with fabric, burlap, paper and cord.  I hand cut my little banner pieces, then sewed them onto a piece of natural sisal roping and topped them with more gears. They are held in place with a jaunty pair of antique silver vintage clips. That great vintage truck is from the ephemera pack.  The crumpled road maps were fussy cut from the 8×8 paper pack.  I know nobody uses maps any more, but I kind of miss them…and this is how ours always ended up  looking after having been folded and refolded time and time again!

American Vintage Crate 05aI tinted a 2″ x 2″ stretched natural canvas with Blue Ribbon Chalkboard Mist, topped it with a fringed burlap square, another gear (that makes me think of a steering wheel) and some cut out words from the totally fun “Across the USA” 12×12 paper. American Vintage Crate 03bBoth short ends of the crate received a little ribbon treatment with Red Center Stitched Burlap Ribbon and a vintage button. You can also see another great ephemera bit here….I love these replicas of route signs!

American Vintage Crate 07aThere’s nothing but fun inside the crate!  On the right, I salvaged the gear package to make a really fun tag that looks like a vintage luggage tag.  On the left is one of the file folders that I loaded up with fabric and ephemera and then stuffed with the hilarious “Are We There Yet?” journal tag.  You will get quite a chuckle from the sayings because I guarantee, you’ve heard them all before.  And, this is a quick, easy way to document a trip.  Just fill it out and put it in the file folder along with photos, menus, and other great memorabilia.

American Vintage Crate 09aThe vintage photos on the “Go and See” 12×12 page are perfect for creating a quick card, journal page or in this case, a divider for the crate.  I made each divider the same way: cut a 5.75″ piece of Kraft C-Flute, paint with Roses R Red or Blue Ribbon paint, and top with one of the photo squares from the paper.  I added stitching, distressing, buttons and even stamped a compass on the paper.  The red cording adds great texture, as does the clothespin.

American Vintage Crate 10aI lined the back side of the C-Flute with paper from the double sided American Stamps paper. I love these bold stripes.  I cut a thumb hole in the top and did not glue the top edge down, creating a pocket for photos.  The 4″ x 6″ vintage post cards were scored, folded and turned into little journal notes.

American Vintage Crate 11a

American Vintage Crate 12aI like that the file folders can be used horizontally or vertically.  This makes for a great look in the crate and gives you lots of options for designing.  Here, I mounted another of the border strips on a scrap of C-Flute and tucked a Travel Log notecard into the pocket.  I found these vintage keys in my stash, and thought they looked great with this line.  You could easily pre-load your crate with folders and dividers and then fill in the cards as you go…a great way to keep the kids engaged with the trip.

American Vintage Crate 13a

These letters were fussy cut from the 8×8 pad and matted onto a journal page that I splashed and splattered with Glimmer Mist.

American Vintage Crate 14aHere’s the red barn that was the inspiration for this project along with some more fussy cut mini ephemera.

American Vintage Crate 15a

American Vintage Crate 16aAmerican Vintage Crate 17aI made a handy little notebook to tuck into the crate by stitching papers into one of the file folders.  Don’t you love the vintage telephone dial?  Ask your kids or grandkids if they know what this is….that could lead to a really fun conversation!

American Vintage Crate 18aHere’s the inside of the file folder.  I love that these are decorated inside and out, making them reversible.

So, that’s my 7 Gypsies American Vintage Photo Crate and travel journal.  Doesn’t it just make you want to hit the road and go someplace?  I’ll bring the snacks!

Thanks for stopping by,



Double Pocket Card Tutorial

Everyday Heroes Double Pocket Card Tutorial for Heartfelt Creations Wednesday

Hello, Friends!

Welcome to Heartfelt Creations Wednesday!  I’m featuring another wonderful Everyday Heroes creation this week, and will show you how I made this fun interactive card in the double pocket card tutorial below.  Grab a cuppa and a snack…lots of photos and info coming your way!

Kathy by Design/Double Pocket Card Tutorial

Double Pocket Card Tutorial/Kathy by Design

This is the fun Everyday Heroes card we will be making today.  It’s tiny, but mighty…measuring only 4″ x 6″ when all folded up.  But it’s loaded with pockets, tags and room to tuck in a gift card, tea bag or individually wrapped chocolate.  It would be great for Father’s Day or graduation, too!

Everyday Heroes Newsprint 04The front of the card has double pockets with two tags tucked inside.  I stamped my cardstock base with the fabulous Newsprint Stamp.  This  might just by my very favorite stamp that Heartfelt Creations has ever produced!  Oh, the ideas I have in my head for using this stamp!!!  I used the beautiful Arianna Blooms stamp and die to create the flowers from copper metallic cardstock. The antiqued globe was made with the Everyday Heroes My World Stamp set and cut out with the Everyday Heroes Die.  Here’s  a close up of the flowers:

Everyday Heroes Newsprint 02bI brushed the edges with paint and filled the center with beads.  Shaping them was easy because I used my Deluxe Flower Shaping kit!

Everyday Heroes Newsprint 05aThe card opens to reveal a double pocket on the inside that has been filled with journaling inserts from the paper collection and a stamped card front.  Plenty of room here to tuck in a gift card!  Now, let’s get started with our Double Pocket Card Tutorial!

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Voila!  Your double pocket card is now ready to be decorated and filled with tags and other goodies.  You’ll find a complete supply list and detailed tutorial below.

Also, just a reminder, my April Blog Candy event is going on now.  Each Monday in April I am giving away a very gently used set of retired Heartfelt Creations stamps.  You have until this Thursday night to enter this week’s giveaway, and the winner will be announced on Friday.  You can find all the details HERE.  My teammate and buddy Karan Gerber is also doing an April Blog Candy event, so you might want to pop over and visit her BLOG, too!  And don’t forget to visit the Heartfelt Creations BLOG where you’ll find a dazzling array of paper creations to spark your creative energy.

Thanks for stopping by.  If you have a minute to leave me some feedback, I’d love to know if you enjoy these photo step-out tutorials.  My heart is to educate and inspire…so any feedback I receive from you is carefully considered.  It helps me plan my projects when I know what you’d like to find here on Kathy by Design.




Everyday Heroes Double Pocket Card Tutorial

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC

HCDP1-253 Everyday Heroes Paper Collection
HCD1-761 Everyday Heroes Die
HCD1-748 Arianna Blooms Die
HCD1-745 Luggage and Tags Die
HCPC 3662 My Anchor Cling Stamps
HCPC 3663 My World Cling Stamp
HCPC 3665 Newsprint Cling Stamp
HCPC 3666 Everyday Hero Cling Stamps
HCPC3608 Arianna Blooms Cling Stamps
HCTS1-401 Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
278039 Ultra Thick Embossing Powder
DDOTS Double Dots
Other Products: Core’dinations Peanut Butter Cardstock, Kraft Cardstock, Copper Metallic Cardstock; Staz-on Ink: Timber Brown; Black Embossing Powder; DecoArt Copper Metallic Paint, Americana Décor “Treasure” Chalk Paint; Perfect Pearls Mist, Turquoise; Seed Beads, glitter Ribbon, Jute String,wooden button, copper brad.

Directions: Follow the double pocket card tutorial photos to create the pocket card base. Stamp the newsprint stamp onto the card front, as shown. Line the card pockets inside and out with designer paper, as shown. Punch a small hole in the seam of the card so you can wrap jute string around the front pocket. Top with a jute string bow and button.

Use Timber Brown Staz-on Ink to stamp the Arianna Blooms onto copper Metallic cardstock. Die cut, shape, brush the edges with copper metallic paint and Treasure chalk paint. Spritz with Perfect Pearls Mist. Fill centers with seed beads. Set aside to dry.

Die cut the tags, tickets and tabs from the paper collection using the Luggage and tags die. Mat with kraft cardstock. Stamp two arrows onto designer paper, as shown and then stamp with your chosen sentiments. Heat emboss with black embossing powder. Die cut. Brush the edges with copper paint and dry brush randomly with “Treasure” chalk paint. Stamp the buckle onto kraft paper using Timber Brown ink. Heat Emboss with UTEE. Slide arrow through buckle and secure to tag with foam dots, as shown. Add ticket to the polka dot tag. Glue flowers into place. Add the second arrow to the base of the card, as shown.

Stamp the globe from HCPC 3663 onto designer paper. Heat emboss with black embossing powder. Die cut with globe die. Cut a second globe from a scrap of cardstock. Use the largest nib from the Flower Shaping kit to round the surface of the globe. Use two foam dots to secure the globe to the die cut cardstock and use another foam dot to add to the base of the card front, as shown.

Insert the artwork into the pockets inside the card. Stamp the anchor from HCPC 3662 onto kraft cardstock. Die cut. Add the anchor ticket and the anchor to the base of the pocekt, as shown. Stamp the circular sentiment from HCPC 3666 into the center of the card front, as shown. Cut the words from the ticket and glue inside the sentiment circle. Free hand cut a heart from designer paper. Brush the edges with copper paint and secure with a foam dot.

Oh Happy Day! Baby Girl Card

Oh Happy Day!  Baby Girl Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop

RRR Blog Hop BadgeHello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabulous Blog Hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon.  You should be coming here from the always stylish Dana’s blog.  If you get off track, hop on over to the RRR BLOG where you’ll find the Blog Hop List. This month we are featuring the gorgeous Aqua and Coral Mix in the April Ribbon Club Assortment.

April Ribbon ClubI always love the Ribbon Club Assortments, but this one is extra gorgeous.  I have used it on so many projects already.  If you are not a member of the RRR Ribbon Club, you can find out all about it HERE.  It’s just like Christmas every month when mine comes in the mail!

Some of you know that our 3rd granddaughter was born on March 31st.  Lydia Elise has already added so much joy and love to our lives.  I wanted to use these gorgeous ribbons to make a special “welcome to the world” baby girl card for her.

RRR Blog Hop April 2015 03I used every single ribbon in this month’s assortment on this pretty pastel card.  I created a pocket where I could tuck in my tags and an itty bitty photo of our itty bitty sweetheart.

RRR Blog Hop April 2015 01This is a 5″ x 5.5″ top fold card.  I used October Afternoon’s “Girl Talk” colllection , along with Stampin’ Up Pool Party Cardstock.  Here’s a peeky at the inside.

RRR Blog Hop April 2015 04Sweet and simple….the best things in life usually are!

Now you should hop on over and grab some inspiration from the amazing Cherry Nelson.  Once you’ve visited all the blogs on the hop, go to the RRR Blog and answer this month’s question to be entered for a chance to win your very own April Ribbon Collection!

Thanks for hopping by!



April Blog Candy Event Week 2

Hello Friends!

Hope you are having a good Monday!  I have more Heartfelt Creations goodies to give away today in Week 2 of my April Blog Candy Event.

I’ve been on the Heartfelt Creations Design team since April 2013.  They recently retired a number of stamps that I can no longer use in my designs for them.  I decided it would be a lot of fun to share the wealth with my lovely readers here on the blog.  So each Monday in April , I’m giving away a set of stamps…and sometimes a die or maybe even a paper pad…you just never know!  It’s my way of showing gratitude to all of you for all the encouragement and kind comments you leave here each time I post.

This week, I have four beautiful stamp sets that I know you are going to love.

April Blog Candy Event Week 2These stamps have been gently used, and come in the design team packaging…so nothing fancy!  But they stamp beautifully and I know you’ll find lots of ways to use them. Don’t you just love the fonts?

Here’s how to win:

  1. Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.  What will you make with these stamps?
  2. Be sure that you are a follower of my blog. If not, you can sign up to follow me by e-mail by using the subscription box in the top right hand corner of this page.  You can also follow me on Bloglovin’ if you prefer.  Just click on the Bloglovin’ box in the right hand column of my blog. Feel free to follow my Kathy by Design page on Facebook, and look for more inspiration on my Pinterest page. We can also connect on Twitter!
  3. Leave your contact information in your blog comment so that I can notify you if you win.
  4. Indicate if you are a US follower or an International Follower.  I cannot afford to ship internationally, but I am doing a separate drawing at the end of this month for my International followers, and I will give one of them a $25 gift certificate to Heartfelt Creations.

Feel free to share this giveaway with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram…the more the merrier!

My fellow teammate and buddy Karan Gerber is also doing a month of giveaways on her lovely blog My Heart on Paper.  She is shipping internationally, so pop on over for a dose of inspiration and another chance to win some Heartfelt Creations goodies!  Her work is gorgeous, and I know you will be inspired.

I’ll announce the winner of this week’s April Blog Candy Event on Friday, April 17th.

Thanks for joining the fun!



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