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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.

Throwback Thursday: Authentique Crush Cards

Authentique Crush Love is an Adventure Envelope Flip Book by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Authentique Crush Cards and Folio

Hello Friends!  Love is in the air!  For this Throwback Thursday I have a trio of paper pretties made with Authentique Crush.  This collection was released in 2014, but I still love the pink and aqua color palette, the pretty patterns and the delightful images.  I pulled it out of the Closet of Shame and spent two delightful days creating these sweet projects.  You might have these papers in your stash, so I thought I would share them here.

Authentique Crush Envelope Flip Book

Remember the Carta Bella Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial I shared with you at the beginning of this week? This is the folio base I built in the tutorial.  I just dressed it up in these pretty Valentine’s Day papers.

TIP: Add round elements to a square or rectangular card to offer contrast.  This lovely vintage clock cabochon and silver sentiment charm do the trick.

TIP: Mixed metals?  Unify them with a little white chalk paint.  I painted the arrow, the base for the clock cabochon and the key so they would all match.  It also lends a shabby chic finish to the folio design.

Black houndstooth check ribbon ties in with the design paper and helps to anchor all these pastel colors.  Use it for the ribbon closure.  Tie loopy bows with black micro gingham ribbon and tuck in with the flower clusters.

A Peek Inside

True confessions: I had planned to do a video tour of this little folio, but it sold in the Etsy Shop, and I packed it up and shipped it…then I said, “oops!”  Sorry about that!  You can watch the video tour of the Carta Bella Envelope Flip Book to see how all the parts work together.  But I’ll just show you inspiration pictures of this project.

These are little magnetic flap elements.  Don’t you just love these images?

Pocket insert folio.

Gift packet with decorative belly band.  Create the envelope with an Envelope Punch Board.

Valentine treats!

Authentique Crush Vintage Style Card

Authentique Crush Vintage Style Valentine by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Next I made a 5″ x 7″ vintage style Valentine.  Once again, I used circular elements to offset the sharp corners of the card.

The inside is sweet and simple with a little treat pocket and a blank die cut panel for a personal greeting.

Authentique Crush Shaker Card

This little shaker card might just be my favorite of the trio.  The 4 1/4″ x 6 3/4″ base was made with an off cut from die cutting the frame.  Back the frame with clear cardstock (acetate) then line the solid portions of the frame with 1/8″ wide foam tape to create the shaker element, For fun, I punched out the little ticket from the elements sheet and let it float freely in the shaker mix.

Shaker cards are like a toy.  They delight me!

This little felt heart element is made with some of my old Tammy Tutterow Spellbinder dies. Tie a bitty  key and heart shaped lock to a metal arrow and adhere to the felt for a unique and perfect Valentine embellishment.

Loopy black micro gingham bows and bitty buttons  go so well with this paper collection!

And here’s a peek inside.  A simple side pocket with a chocolate treat and a blank sentiment panel for writing mooshy greetings finish things off nicely.

I think these would be so cute as part of a Valentine’s display.  Although the folio has sold, the shaker card and the vintage style card are still available in my ETSY shop at the time of this posting.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your next crafty adventure.  And I hope you dust of some of your stash and make something beautiful, too!  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Note: since this is a Throwback Thursday project, some of the items I have used are no longer available for purchase.  I will link whenever possible.  Use goodies from your stash to substitute for retired items.

Carta Bella Home Again Shaker Card

Carta Bella Home Again Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Carta Bella Home Again Shaker Card: Let Them Eat Cake!

Hello, Friends!  This Carta Bella Home Again Shaker card is sweet and simple, just like a good homemade cake!  The 5″ x 6 3/4″ top fold card base is made with an off cut from the Carta Bella Home Again Envelope Flip Book that I shared with you yesterday.

Die cut frames work really well as shaker elements.  Simply back the solid portion of the frame with clear cardstock, add a few layers of 1/8″ foam strips and you have a wonderful shaker frame.

The image inside the frame is a 3″ x 4″ journaling card that I topped with a chipboard piece from the Home Again collection.  Add a few small pearl buttons to the shaker mix and the card is basically done. Just add some soft white Petaloo flowers (retired) and some Bay Leaf Seam Binding and you are good to go.

Carta Bella Home Again Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

The inside is sweet and simple as well. Dress up the die cut sentiment panel with a sticker and scrap of designer paper.

Add gussets to a 3″ x 4″ journal card to turn it into a pocket.  Tuck in a tea bag, chocolate (color matched, of course!) and a little tag to complete the card.

I wish I had this jade cake plate in my stash!  It takes me right back to my grandmother’s kitchen.  She had a small collection of jade cups and bowls. I think they came as a bonus  in boxes of laundry detergent, if you can believe that!  They’d be worth a small fortune now.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Carta Bella Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial

Carta Bella Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Carta Bella Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial and Project Share

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Carta Bella Home Again Flip Book Tutorial was inspired by a cleaning session in the studio.  Does that ever happen to you?  There you are, cleaning the cubby holes in your desk when you find an old 5″ x 7″ envelope and the light bulb goes off in your brain.  That’s what  happened to me.  I could suddenly see a quick and easy way to create a pocket style flip book using the envelope as the base. Join me as I share some fun tips and tricks that I’m sure you will want to use the next time you find a stray envelope lurking on your desktop!

Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial: Farmhouse Freshness

I love the farmhouse vibe of this gorgeous collection.  To amp up that fresh farmhouse feel, I dry brushed all the edges of the cover with a little white chalk paint.  This softens the hard edges and adds a wonderful vintage distressed feel to the project.  Follow suit with the flowers, and embellishments.   The bow is Really Reasonable Ribbon Light Blue Chevron Twill and White Iridescent Metallic String.  (Find a linked supply list at the end of this post.)

Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial: A Peek Inside

The envelope pocket is located on the left hand side of this tri-fold folio.   This is such a quick and easy way to add a pocket page to a project that I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before!

TIP: Use your scraps to create cute little magnetic flap pages.  My scraps were 3″ x 12″.  Score at 2 3/4″ and again at 8 1/2″.  Shape the corners of the short panel with a corner punch.  Add magnets and voila!  Almost instant flap folio!  These make great hidden journaling spots.  They are also super cute with photo booth sized photos.  Or….

…turn one into a sweet little tea wallet!

TIP: Washi tape is a quick and easy way to attach items like this vintage silver plate demitasse spoon.

Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial: Flips and Flaps

The center panel houses a 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″waterfall feature.  To change things up a bit, I created a pocket for the top waterfall panel.  Then I filled it with photo mounts and little fussy cut tags from the paper collection. There’s a hidden journaling spot on the bottom.

TIP: Create a neat turn tab with the off cut from the pocket page.  Use an oval die to cut the shaped pocket and you’ll have the nifty turn tab you see on the right.

Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial: The Back Cover

Put the back cover of the folio to good use by creating a hidden flap page and pocket assembly.  Score an 8 1/2″ 6″ panel of  designer paper at 4 1/4″.  Fold in half.  Add a magnetic closure and you’re half way there.  Create a pocket for the front of the folio and fill with ephemera.  Since I had another scrap of cardstock lying around, I folded it in half to make a little 3″ x 5″ folio for the pocket.

The hidden page has room for  another photo and a lovely sentiment panel.

Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial Video

Because I thought you might be interested in making a folio like this one, I put together a very quick tutorial showing you how to build the base.  This is not a full tutorial!  But between the project tour, this blog post and the base tutorial, you’ll have lots of good tricks to help you build your own version of this fun project.

 

 

If you’d like to see other projects that I’ve made with Home Again, click HERE and HERE.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Throwback Thursday: Graphic 45 Mon Amour Card Tutorial

Graphic 45 Mon Amour Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Graphic 45 Mon Amour Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello Friends!  Welcome to the latest installment of Throwback Thursday!  Today I’m serving up this shabby chic, romantic Graphic 45 Mon Amour Card tutorial.  This gorgeous collection was released in 2015, and I’m betting a lot of you G45 fans have some in your stash.  Since Valentine’s Day is creeping up on us, I thought it would be fun to feature it on Throwback Thursday.  If you don’t have it on hand, you can still use this tutorial with another “oldie but goodie” collection.  So dust off your paper stash, sharpen your scissors and let’s get our craft on!

Graphic 45 Mon Amour Card Tutorial: The Basics

The base for this card is a 5″ x 7″ top fold with a 1/2″ spine made from an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of cream cardstock.  If you’ve never made this style of card base before, you can find a tutorial for that HERE. This Halloween tutorial demonstrates the technique used for building a 5″ x 7″ top fold card with a 1/2″ base.  It is a side fold card in the tutorial. To make it a top fold card, simply,  turn it “on its head” and then proceed with this tutorial.

Here is a look at what we’ll be making today:

That gorgeous butterfly cluster features Printed Beauty Board from Renea Bouquets.  I love the dimension and sparkle it adds to the card.

Graphic 45 Mon Amour Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

I think this would made a great Valentine…or a great all occasion card.  It was such fun to pull this lovely retired collection out of storage and put it to good use.  If you have it in your stash and would like to make this card, just follow along in this Throwback Thursday video tutorial.

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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Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial

Authentique Calendar Collection January February Desk Calendars by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design PHoto 01

Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial: January and February

Hello, Friends!  I just love the month of January.  The whole year stretches out before you like a blank book just waiting for you to write your story.  This Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial is an idea that I think you are going to love.

January Desk Calendar Authentique Calendar Collection by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

You know that old song, “Brighten the Corner Where You Are?”  These sweet little easel style folios are designed to do just that!  Each one measures 6″ x 6″ and is decorated in vintage style using the Authentique Calendar Collection.  They are the perfect way to decorate a desk, entry way, or studio and they make a great birthday gift, too.  I built some fun features into the design that I think you are really going to enjoy!  Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial: Filled with Fun

Open the desk decor to find the January Calendar on the inside along with a lovely pocket of goodies.  Fill the dates in on the calendar, or use it to write down birthdays, anniversaries and holidays.

Adding a pocket to an easel style card is one of my favorite design tricks.  I’ve tucked 2 wallet sized photo folios inside the pocket along with a journaling card.  You could also add a couple of photographs here.  But there’s more to this design than what meets the eye!

Pull the tab on the right to reveal a hidden pocket built into the base of the folio.  How fun is that?

This folio measures 5 1/4″ square and will hold 3 photos.

Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial: February

February Desk Calendar Authentique Calendar Collection by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

The February Desk Decor is created using the same techniques as the ones from the January calendar.

Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial on YouTube

Because I thought you would enjoy creating these lovely little desk decor calendars, I created a video tutorial.  Just follow the simple step by step instructions.  I will build the February folio in the video, but the measurements and steps are the same for January.  Just change out the papers and images and you’ll be all set.

How do you feel about me sharing a new desk decor calendar each month in 2020?  Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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