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About kathycNC

Married to the love of my life for 43+ years, mom of 5...Nan to 3 gorgeous grandgirls. I have a passion for paper and a heart to educate and inspire through one of a kind, handmade paper art for all occasions. If you'd like to add my artwork to your home, please visit my Kathy by Design Etsy shop.

Simply Elegant Stamperia House of Roses Card

Stamperia House of Roses Renea Bouquets April in Paris Beautiful Board, Tim Holtz Sizzix Skeleton Leaves Kathy by Design Kathy Clement Photo 01

Simply Elegant Stamperia House of Roses Card with Reneabouquets Doily

Hello, Friends!  This simply elegant Stamperia House of Roses card is a great way to use up little bits and pieces of a favorite card collection.  You cannot tell from the finished project, but the entire background of this card was made from scraps of this glorious paper collection.

Start with a 6″ x 6″ top fold card base.  Then gather up all your bits and pieces of designer paper.  I will often ink all the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to sort of unify the design. Arrange the patterns out over a second 6″ x 6″ panel of plain cardstock.  It’s OK if the edges of the paper extend beyond the card base.  You can come back and trim those once you are pleased with the overall design.  Tuck some pieces under other pieces.  Overlap patterns.  Think of it as a free form jigsaw puzzle.  Look for patterns that sort of “go together.”

When you are happy with the composition, slide all the pieces off onto a piece of cardstock, keeping everything in place as well as you can. Now apply a coat of Ranger Matte Medium over the card base.  Slide the collage back onto the card base and tidy it up.  Lay the plain cardstock piece back over the card front and burnish with a bone folder.  Lift the cardstock, trim the edges of the card and seal with a light coat of Matte Multi Medium.

Simply Elegant Stamperia House of Roses Card: Finishing Touches

Wrap the center of your collaged panel with some pretty ribbon.  I used some Prima Pink Velvet Ribbon I had in my stash. Then adhere to the card base.   I had one nice 4 1/2″ square of patterned paper that I matted on a panel of blush cardstock.  Back this panel with dimensionals,. Now wrap the left hand side of this panel with Iridescent Metallic String. center and adhere.  Emboss a Reneabouquets April in Paris Doily with Wow Vintage Romance Embossing Powder.  While you are at it, emboss a Prima Resin Butterfly. Cut out a circle tag from the paper collection.  Back with dimensionals and adhere. Add the butterfly.

The final step is to die cut a cluster of Skeleton Leaves.  Lightly sponge with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Tie a lovely bow with Coral Rose Houndstooth Ribbon.  Arrange the leaves and a flower and adhere to the card base.

Simply Elegant Stamperia House of Roses Card: A Peek Inside

The inside of this card is also simply elegant.  A blank die cut panel where a note can be written and a little envelope filled with tea complete the design.

Even though we are having to practice social distancing and observe “stay at home” orders, we can still stay connected with one another through the mail.  This might be the perfect time to revive the fine art of letter writing.  In fact, I will choose one random comment from this post and send out a little note to the author.  Would you like that?  We can all do small acts of kindness that make these dark days a little brighter.  So I look forward to hearing from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Cottontail Easter Blessings

Authentique Cottontail Easter Blessings by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Cottontail Easter Blessings

Hello, Friends!  This Authentique Cottontail Easter Blessings card is filled with sweet spring colors and the cutest vintage Easter images.  Honestly, there are so many cute patterns and images in this collection that the hardest thing about working with it is deciding which ones to use.  But these pastel carrots pretty much win hands down!

Tips and Tricks
  • Mat all the layers on pink, blush and kraft cardstock to keep all those pretty patterned papers from becoming muddled.
  • Machine stitching helps to frame the layers.  It also lends a great vintage feel to the card.
  • Layer the banner with dimensionals and overlap the corners so it fits on the 5″ x 7″ card base.  Add bows and bitty buttons to really make it stand out.

  •  A vintage crochet doily adds wonderful texture and works perfectly with the vintage image.
  •  Fussy cut around the top of the image, then pop up on dimensionals.
  • Place hot glue on the ends of the “Easter Blessings” banner, then push toward the center to create a curve.  Top with ribbon, metallic string and flowers. Add a trio of aqua buttons in the lower right hand corner of the the card to balance things out.
Authentique Cottontail Easter Blessings: A Peek Inside

This box pocket is the perfect spot to tuck in a little Easter treat.

Just for fun, I created a pocket in a pocket!

Tuck a tea bag and some Peppermint Patties into the pocket.  Add a darling little vintage demitasse spoon and a honey stick to complete the Easter Basket treats.

I need to get one of these made for each of the grand girls this year, since we won’t be able to gather for our traditional Easter Dinner and egg hunt. But I can send them each one of these cute Easter Baskets in a card so that they know Nan is thinking of them and missing them.

By the way, I found a fun new app for my phone.  It’s called Marco Polo, and it is totally free.  The app is kind of like a video style walkie-talkie.  I’ve been chatting and singing back and forth with the Littles every day.  Today I’m going to try reading them a story and see how that works.  It’s easy enough for them to use on their own, and it helps us stay connected.  I thought y’all might enjoy it, too!

Are you working on Easter projects?  Tell me what’s on your craft table in the comment section below.

Stay safe and well, my friend!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders 3D Vignette Typewriter Easel Card

Spellbinders APG 3D Vignette Typewriter Easel Card by Kathy Clement Authentique Flawless Photo 01

Spellbinders 3D Vignette Typewriter Easel Card: Amazing Paper Grace April Club Kit

Hello, Friends!  This Spellbinders 3D Vignette Typewriter Easel Card is no April Fool’s Joke!  It’s my project for the Amazing Paper Grace April Club Kit. Oh, the stories I could write with this super cute pink dimensional typewriter!

One of the things I love about the APG Club Kit is the versatility each one affords.  This 3D Typewriter Vignette Die is designed to stand all on it’s own like a little shadowbox.  But I chose to use it as the dimensional focal point on this pretty in pink card.  I followed all the directions that come with the kit.  But I did not add the tabs and side pieces to make it a stand alone item.  Instead, I layered dimensionals between the typewriter layers and featured it on this 6″ x 6″ easel card.  How cute would this be on your work desk?

Spellbinders 3D Vignette Typewriter Easel Card: The Typewriter

Authentique’s Flawless collection seemed to be the perfect match up for this project.  Here’s how I put the typewriter together:

  • First, die cut (2) typewriter frames, and all the rest of the parts from black cardstock.
  • Now run these pieces through a second time using the embossing plate and mat to add lots of texture and dimension.
  • Next, die cut the pieces a second time using patterned papers from the Flawless 6″ x 6″ paper pad.  Mix and match the papers for more fun.
  • Then emboss these pieces as you did the black cardstock.

Piece the typewriter together following the directions that come with the dies.  I alternated black and pink pieces to provide more contrast and visual interest.  Add dimensionals between the layers to make the image pop off the page.

Now die cut the typewriter papers from patterned cardstock.  Cut an additional paper from black to mat the paper that is at the back.  This helps it to pop off the page.  Layer dimensionals between the pages for extra dimension. Place a dot of Glossy Accents on each of the keys for even more dimension.

Finally, die cut the sentiments from hot pink cardstock.  Cut them out and adhere over the patterned papers.  Layer the papers at an angle inside the “roller” . Then add flowers and butterfly to finish the design.

Spellbinders 3D Vignette Typewriter Easel Card: The Stopper

First, cover the inside of your card base with designer paper.  Create a pocket on the bottom of the card by adhering 3 sides of a 6″ x 2 1/2″ panel of designer paper to the card base.  You’ll see how this works below.

Cut a fishtail banner from the black damask print in Flawless.  Back it with dimensionals and adhere to the lower inside card panel.  This will be the base for the brake, or stopper, on this easel card.  Cut out two small sentiment cards from the paper collection.  Mat on both hot pink and black cardstock scraps. Arrange at an angle and place dimensionals between and on the back side.  Then adhere to the card base.  Add a little paper clip, some pretty pink posies, ribbon and a button.

Spellbinders 3D Vignette Typewriter Easel Card: A Peek Inside

Now you can see the cute pocket inside the card.  Create a little gift card wallet with a sentiment panel from the 12×12 collection.  Adhere a little chocolate treat with repositionable  Glue Dots.

To learn more about Spellbinders Monthly Club Kits, click HERE. To subscribe to the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club Kit, click HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas to inspire your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  To see previous Amazing Paper Grace projects, click HERE.  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Shabby Pink Roses and Coral Rose Ribbon

 

Shabby Pink Roses Card Stamperia House of Roses Reneabouquets April in Paris Beautiful Board Really Reasonable Ribbon by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Stamperia Shabby Pink Roses and Coral Rose Ribbon: Stamperia House of Roses

Hello, Friends!  I hope you are not tired of seeing projects made with the House of Roses collection because today’s Stamperia Shabby Pink Roses and Coral Rose Ribbon feature that collection once again.  What can I say?  Sometimes a collection captures my imagination and I simply can’t stop playing with it.  Does that ever happen to you?  This one also features a lovely Reneabouquets Beautiful Board doily and vintage pearl topped corsage pins that I found at the Flea Market a while back.  (No junkin’ these days….sigh….) .  The bow uses my favorite ribbon (at the moment) and some lovely flowers and foliage.  Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Stamperia Shabby Pink Roses and Coral Rose Ribbon: Creating Layers

I tried some new layering techniques on this shabby chic card, and really like the way they turned out.

Stamperia House of Roses Card Reneabouquets April in Paris Beautiful Board Coral Rose Plaid Ribbon by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

You would never guess that this card has just one layer of designer paper in the background.  But it does.  The trick I used to create all this wonderful depth and dimension was backing the focal image with layers of waste chipboard.  Then I trimmed around a floral cluster in the paper collection and layered it with a torn piece of wood plank patterned paper.  This lends the illusion that the roses are growing out of a flower box.

Next, create a 5″ x 5″ square panel of cream cardstock.  Choose a soft neutral pattern to line it.  Then emboss the doily with a glitter embossing powder and adhere it in the upper corner.  Now you can begin to layer the fussy cut flowers with some Little Birdie flowers and foliage.  Finish off the panel by wrapping it with White Iridescent Metallic String and a trio of pearl buttons.   All that is left to do now is tie some bows and attach a flower.  Simple.  Elegant. Beautiful.  I really love this card!

Stamperia Shabby Pink Roses and Coral Rose Ribbon: A Peek Inside

I continued the theme of simple elegance on the inside of the card.  Just add a lovely die cut sentiment panel and a mini envelope to hold the tea bag.

If you’d like to see more Stamperia House of Roses projects, click HERE.  You’ll also find a linked supply list below.

Creating beautiful things helps the time to pass, keeps me in good spirits and gives me something positive to focus on.  How are you all holding up?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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I Must Have Flowers Always and Always

Must Have Flowers Carta Bella Farmhouse Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

 I Must Have Flowers Always and Always: Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Card Folio

Hello Friends!  I Must Have Flowers always and always!  Do you feel that way?  I’m not much of a gardener, but I do love pretty floral papers and paper flowers on my projects.  This sweet little springtime card is made with the new Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Papers and some beautiful rolled roses from Little Birdie Crafts.

I Must Have Flowers…and Pretty Pretty Ribbons, too!

Light Coral Diamond Satin Ribbon is absolutely dreamy with this paper collection.  I’ve paired it up with some Iridescent Metallic String in the bow cluster. The way this string reflects the colors that surround it is absolutely magical!

And how about those flowers?  These lovely Layla Pastel Palette blooms are so pretty!  Did you know you can alter your Little Birdie Flowers?  First, I gently tapped the edges with a little Gathered Twigs Distress ink.  Then I brushed on some Stamperia Gold Dew Glamour Gel to add a touch of sparkle.  You can also brush them with Perfect Pearls or any mica based powder.  The subtle shading and shine adds to the vintage feel of this pretty card.

I Must Have Flowers: A Peek Inside

Turn this pretty card into a gift by adding a couple of pockets on the inside.  Fill the top pocket  with a color matched tea bag, note card, and decorated honey stick.

Decorate a pretty bookmark with Coral Rose Swiss Dots Satin and Petal Peach Quatrefoil Satin Ribbon.  Stitch the paper bookmark pieces onto some canvas to make a  soft bookmark that will last a long time.  This is a stamp that I’ve had in my stash for a very long time. Sadly, it has been discontinued.  But you could always print the sentiment out on your computer and add to the bookmark that way.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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