About Kathy by Design: Imagination, Creativity and Whimsy

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Hello!  Welcome to Kathy by Design! My name is Kathy Clement, and I’m addicted to paper. Seriously, sometimes I feel like I need a 12 step program for paper addiction! For some gals, it’s jewelry, for others it’s fashion, and for some it’s fancy cars.  But just give me some beautiful paper, a pair of scissors, some stamps and glue, and I am in heaven! Let me tell you a little bit about Kathy by Design: Imagination, Creativity and Whimsy.

I live in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina with my darling husband Dale.  We’ve been married for more than 40 years and together we raised 5 brilliant and beautiful children that I homeschooled for more than 25 years. I started making cards before I entered first grade, using my doodle pad and Crayolas to create cards for family and friends.  Childhood illnesses kept me confined to home and to bed for long periods of time, and making cards was a way to fill the long hours.  My love for paper and ink have been a constant in my life.  Even when I was homeschooling our kids, we had the best supplied art closet you’ve ever seen.  We spent hours making hand bound books, puppets, scenery for little plays we wrote and put on for friends and family…and I hosted a weekly art class for other homeschool families in our church and community.

Once my “baby” graduated high school, I renewed my personal passion for paper. I began making cards and gift items for friends and family, who then asked me to make cards and gift items for their friends and family who then….well, you get the idea. In 2008, Kathy by Design was born.

Since then, I’ve  designed and created custom menus and place cards for BMW (yes, the automaker) and my work has traveled to Prague, Czech Republic; Honolulu, Hawaii; Florence, Italy; Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; Nevis, Argentina;  Northern California, Lisbon, Portugal;  and other fabulous locations. You can see photos of these in the Gallery on this blog.  I’ve also created countless mini albums, shadow boxes, memory books, wedding albums, and hundreds and hundreds of cards.

When I had to come up with a  motto for the company logo, the only one that made sense to me was “Imagination, Creativity and Whimsy.” I seek to incorporate these elements into everything I create. From cards, to invitations, to wall art or 3-D projects,I love to play with paper.

My Etsy Shop, Kathy by Design, made its debut in June 2015, and you can find lots of handmade goodies for all occaions there.  I specialize in custom orders. I love to work with my clients and really listen to what they want to build into a special project. For each special order I create, I  find a specific element that defines an event or a relationship and build that into a personal and memorable work of art. I’m happiest when I am creating a one-of-a-kind custom order, and would be happy to help you with any of your gifting needs. Just shoot me an e-mail at kathybydesign@hotmail.com or message me on my Kathy by Design Facebook page.  I know I can create just the right card, journal, or gift for your special occasion.

I design for several leading scrapbooking companies including Graphic 45, Petaloo International, Really Reasonable Ribbon, Canvas Corp,, 7 Gypsies, Tattered Angels, and The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Past design teams include Heartfelt Creations, Crafty Secrets and 613 Avenue Create.

Most days, you can find me in my studio with a hot mug of tea, surrounded by photos of my beloved family and our 3 darling granddaughters. This is my happy place, and I am so thankful to God for giving me this joyous occupation at this stage in my life.  I feel like he “saved the best wine for last” in giving me Kathy by Design as an outlet for my creative urges.

Disclosure:
In the spirit of full disclosure, I am currently working  in some capacity for multiple companies. While I receive compensation from these companies in various forms, I maintain the freedom as an independent designer to say what I truly think of their products. I will never recommend something that I don’t personally use and enjoy.

Hearing from you makes my day! Please share your thoughts with me below.

  1. Wow, you are absolutely amazing at your craft. I didn’t realize just how creative and spectacular these cards are. I wish you the Best of Success in all of your endeavors. You deserve it!!!!

  2. Congratulations my friend! Creative, collaborative, thoughtful, unique & one of a kind; you can’t go wrong with Kathy by Design!

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog Kathy. Hope you have fun with yours. It’s a great way to chronicle what you are up to and let everyone know what you are working on… Looking forward to visiting it!

  4. Thank you for commenting on my Crafty Secrets DT Challange/Tutorial. You had asked about using Modge Podge on a printe image. Here is how I did it…. I sparringly used the Modge Podge only on the backside of the printed graphics so I wouldn’t “run” the image then really rubbed the paper into the trowel part of the shovel rubbing out any bubbles. Hope this helps.

  5. Hi Kathy! Thanks so much for the very sweet comments you left on my blog. I read your bio and our lives are so similar. I’ve been married 38 years with two grown children (and now grandbabies). I, like you, have rekindled my passion for art and crawl out of my crafting cave every now and then to do things with the family. haha I’ve just subscribed to your blog and look forward to seeing your beautiful work. 🙂 Thanks again so much! <3 Candy

  6. WOW! Awesome creations Kathy and I’m so thrilled you are joining us at Crafty Secrets! Can’t wait to see what you come up with next! I’m your latest subscriber and look forward to having you on the team! Have a fabulous, crafty day!

  7. HI Kathy. I am enjoying following your blog by email. 🙂 I just wanted to stop by and thank you for the nice comment you left on my blog about the little accordion book that is being featured this week for Simon Says Stamp and Show. Your time and thoughts are much appreciated. <3 Candy

  8. Hi Kathy. Thanks so much for the nice comments you left on my blog. I’ve been out of town for a couple of weeks and just getting back into the grind…laundry, cleaning and of course, checking out the comments on my blog and emails. I have GOT to get those caught up as I so appreciate the kind thoughts and comments left. You are so sweet! THANK YOU SO MUCH for the comments you’ve left on my last three posts. I think you are such a talent and your thoughts mean alot to me. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. <3 Candy

  9. I found this an now know you better. Made me happy. God is soooo good. His timing is perfect an you can see that. He has given you a great blessing and to us as well. Thanks for sharing. …..big Huggs and have a good week-end

  10. Do you create new home cards?? We are moving into a small double wide mobile home in fla. We are too old to build at our ages. I would love to purchase a card from you on this subject for permanent display. Not necessarily a congratulatory card. We will. be in semi country with marsh across the street. Several large trees on our lot. House is white with blue shutters. Let me know when you have time. I can send you a photo?? Tks in advance Kathy. Best regards, Cindy.