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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.

Authentique March Desk Calendar Tutorial

Authentique March Desk Calendar Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique March Desk Calendar Tutorial

Hello, Friends! This Celtic beauty adorns the cover of our Authentique March Desk Calendar.  That’s right!  With Valentine’s Day behind us, it’s time to get ready for the wearing of the green.  So break out your March Calendar collection pages and let’s get our craft on!

Did you make the January and February Desk Calendars yet?  The March calendar is the same size and basic design, although I streamlined a couple of features to make it even easier to create.

Just like the January and February models, the base is a 6″ x 6″ easel card.  I dressed this one up with some fancy gold buttons, shimmer satin ribbon and beautiful Little Birdie Amor Mio flowers.

You’ll still find a cute pocket with folio inserts and a March calendar on the interior of the card.  But the pocket construction is even simpler.

And we still have the nifty hidden pocket and folio feature.  But I changed the shape of the pull tab.  I can’t have you getting bored on me!

So if you’re ready to learn how to make this sweet Authentique March Desk Calendar, just click play on the video below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list at the bottom of this post.

The great thing about this fun design is that it makes a great gift!  Just change out the papers, and you can make birthday cards, anniversary cards, graduation cards…the options are endless!

Are you making this series along with me?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Little Birdie Crafts Songs of the Sea Folio

Little Birdie Crafts Songs of the Sea Mermaid Garden Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Little Birdie Crafts Songs of the Sea Folio: Guest Designer Post

Hello, Friends!  Happy Monday!  Today I’m sharing a Little Birdie Crafts Songs of the Sea Folio that I created as a Guest Designer for LBC.  I call this one, “The Mermaid Garden.” The saturated blues, beachy patterns and lovely mermaids in this collection have me dreaming of the sea!  I’m thrilled to be partnering with LBC once again, and look forward to sharing a monthly post that will feature their new releases and fun projects to inspire your creativity.

And, I have more good news!  LBC just launched their very first US warehouse!  That’s right!  Now you can order direct from Little Birdie and fill your crafty space with their beautiful flowers, papers, and mixed media supplies.  You’ll want to pop by and pay them a visit, as everything is on sale as part of their grand opening celebration.

I’m a huge fan of Little Birdie Crafts…and not just because they offer such beautiful flowers and crafting supplies.  Did you know that they employ more than 3000 rural Indian women who would otherwise be without work?  These women are now able to provide their children with an education and a future.  They also rescue abandoned baby girls (still common in India) and place them in homes where they will be loved, cared for and educated.  Little Birdie is changing the future of India, and I am proud to be associated with the brand!

Songs of the Sea Folio: The Mermaid Garden

The base of this project is a “made from scratch”  6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ box style folio.  I’ve layered up the cover with beautiful Little Birdie Flowers, chipboard and papers from the 12×12 and 6×6 Songs of the Sea Collection.

TIP: Mix and match your flowers to create this Mermaid Garden.  I’ve combined Amor Mio Heleen flowers with  Songs of the Sea Nancy and Queenie blossoms.  The white blooms add life and lighten up all the beautiful deep blues.  Tuck a few tiny starfish into the floral cascade to enhance the ocean vibe.

TIP: The focal image on this folio is cut from the cover of the 6″ x 6″ pad.  Don’t forget to check the packaging!

TIP:  Paint metal charms with chalk paint.  Then tap with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink and spritz with water to create a perfectly distressed and color matched embellishment.

TIP:  Heat emboss chipboard with Versamark Ink, then emboss with Seth Apter Baked Velvet Mediterranean Powders.  They are a great color match for this collection.  Then dry brush with a little diluted chalk paint to create this faux metal patina on the chipboard.

Songs of the Sea Folio: The Spine

Punch a hole at the top of the spine and add a lobster clasp and bangle to create a quick and easy decoration.  Netting makes a great closure for the folio.

Songs of the Sea Folio:  A Peek Inside

You’ll see all the details of this interactive folio in the video tour below.  But to whet your appetite, here are a few sneak peeks.

If you’d like to see more details, just click play!

If you’d like to see all the beautiful supplies I received from Little Birdie Crafts, you can watch this unboxing video.  The new releases are gorgeous!

And here’s some happy news!  Use this coupon code Kathy05 when you shop at Little Birdie Crafts, and you’ll save an additional 5% off your order!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration that 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

Stamperia Garden Loaded Envelope by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Stamperia Garden Loaded Envelope

 

Stamperia Garden Loaded Envelope

Hello, Friends!  Who is ready for a dose of springtime?  This Stamperia Garden Loaded Envelope is filled with bright colors, gorgeous flowers and delightful details. It was a special order in my ETSY shop this winter, and I loved the way it turned out, so I thought I would share it with you here.

I love to decorate both the front and the back side of these box style envelopes.  And I know you want a tutorial…but you will have to be patient!  There are some exciting things in the works and I will share the details with you as soon as I can!

Here’s a peek at the goodies I’ve tucked inside the box envelope.

This shaker wand turned out so cute!  Can you spy the little bee tucked into the bow?  I love the colors in this collection!

Making these treat wallets is so much fun!

Cut the cute garden tags up and insert in the pocket. You can also score and fold them into a darling little folio.

Here’s a look at the empty envelope and the sweet little treat wallet.

That’s really all I have for you this morning…just a promise of springtime, some happy flowers and beautiful papers to brighten your Monday!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Ciao Bella Sicilia Shaker Box Folio

Ciao Bella Sicilia Shaker Box Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Ciao Bella Sicilia Shaker Box Folio for the Really Reasonable Ribbon February Blog Hop

Hello Ribbon Lovers!  Today I have a lemon fresh Ciao Bella Sicilia Shaker Box Folio to share with you.  You should be coming here fully inspired after visiting Karen’s lovely blog.  The ribbons on this pretty folio are from the gorgeous Blue and Brown Assortment of the RRR February Ribbon Club.

Really Reasonable Ribbon February Ribbon Club Assortment Blue & Brown

I chose to work with the luxurious Light Navy Checkerboard Satin and Light Navy Taffeta Ribbons for this project.

Ciao Bella Sicilia Shaker Box Folio: Lemon Fresh

Is there any prettier color combination than these buttery yellow hues paired up with shades of blue?   The Light Navy ribbons are a picture perfect match for this Ciao Bella paper collection.  Because I’ve prepared a video tour of the folio for you, I’ll just share a few sneak peeks here. Then you can watch the video to learn tips and tricks for making the base.  For a linked supply list, look at the bottom of this post.

Ribbon is a wonderful addition to the interior of any project.

Ciao Bella Sicilia Shaker Box Folio Video Tour

Learn lots of tips and tricks for creating this folio in this 10 minute project share video.

On With the Hop!

Now, let’s get on with the hop!  From here, you will hop over to see what fabulous ideas Linsey has in store for you.  When you’ve visited all the blogs in the hop, finish up on the RRR Blog.  Answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month, and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win your very own February Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you are not a member of the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club,I highly recommend it!  Each month you will receive by mail a fabulous assortment of color coordinated ribbons.  It’s like getting a birthday present every month of the year.  To sign up, click HERE.

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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Nautical Friendship Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Authentique Voyager Nautical Friendship Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  This Nautical Friendship Card is a quick and easy make thanks to some lovely ribbons and beautiful papers!  And how much do we love the sentiment on the cover?  I paired up three ribbons from the RRR February Ribbon Club with these gorgeous Authentique Voyager papers.  Let’s take a closer look!

Nautical Friendship Card: The Details

  • First, create a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base from kraft cardstock.
  • Next, stitch around the perimeter of the 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ navy blue stars paper.
  • Then, Cut a 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ panel of the horizontal blue striped paper.  Mat this on slightly larger panels of cream and kraft cardstock.  Stitch around the perimeter.
  • Now, run 1/2″ Scor-Tape down the left hand side of the panel.  Let the ends of the tape run about 1″ longer than the height of the panel.
  • Burnish a piece of Tan Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon onto the Scor-Tape Border, then wrap the overhang around to the back side of the panel.  Now you have a really neat and clean edge top and bottom.
  • Then repeat this step using the Brown and Blue Chevron Striped Grosgrain Ribbon with 1/4″ Scor-Tape.
  • Adhere the panel to the card base.
  • Now, cut a double ended fish tail banner from a 3″ x 7″ panel of paper.  (To make fishtail ends, just fold the paper in half and make a diagonal cut from the fold to the corner.) Adhere to the card base.
  • Die cut an oval from the woodgrain paper.  Back with dimensionals and adhere.
  • Next, mat a 3″ x 4″ Life Card on both cream and kraft cardstock.  Back with dimensionals and adhere.

Finish the card with a gorgeous Light Navy Bow topped with Gold Metallic String and a gold button.  I poked around in the jewelry box to find this nautical pendant that was the perfect finishing touch!

Nautical Friendship Card: A Peek Inside

Keep the inside shipshape with a simple pocket and a blank sentiment panel.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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