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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.

Autumn Dreams Mixed Media Card

Autumn Dreams Mixed Media Card with Prima Autumn Sunset

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Today I have an Autumn Dreams Mixed Media card to share with you.  It’s made with Prima’s Autumn Sunset Paper Pretties and adorned with Really Reasonable Ribbon.

I pulled my Mixed Media Boots out of the Closet of Shame to make this card, and oh, I had such fun!  Here’s how the card front came together.

  • First, create a 5 1/2″ square card base from kraft cardstock.
  • Next, distress a 5 3/8″ panel of the check pattern from Prima Autumn Sunset.
  • Then stitch a 5 1/8″ square of a neutral linen fabric to the check panel.
  • Now the real fun starts!   I wanted to tone down the printed black images on this fabric that I found in my stash, so I painted it randomly with a coat of white gesso.
  • Then add a layer of Prima Copper Crackle Texture through a Tim Holtz autumn leaves stencil.  You have to wait for this to dry, so set it aside and work on something else.
Autumn Dreams Mixed Media Card: Working While I’m Waiting

While waiting for that linen panel to dry, complete these steps:

  • First, cut a 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ panel of Sour Apple Cardstock.  Distress the edges lightly and ink with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
  • Next, cut a 4″ x 4″ panel of Autumn Sunset from the 6″ x 6″ pad.  Stitch this to the Sour Apple Cardstock.
  • Now, heat emboss a laser cut chipboard doily .  The doily I used is from Laserowe Love.  The embossing is  two-step process.  First emboss with Seth Apter Dusk Baked Velvet.  Then emboss with Emerald Creek Fractured Ice Embossing powder.
  • Now, back the chipboard element from Autumn Dreams with dimensionals and adhere in the center of the doily.
  • Then adhere a large yellow flower in the center of the doily.  The one is used is from the Troika Plum pack of flowers. (retired)
  • Place dimensionals on the back of the chipboard fawn and adhere in the center of the flower.
  • Back the sentiment strip with dimensionals and adhere.
  • Finish things off with a bit of Spanish Moss.
Autumn Dreams Mixed Media Card: The Bow Cluster

To make the bow cluster follow these easy steps:

By now, the texture paste should be dry enough for you to assemble the card layers.  I added extra dimension by backing the Sour Apple panel with dimensionals before adhering to the card base.

Autumn Dreams Mixed Media Card: A Peek Inside

Inside the card I added some pretty paper layers and a pocket.

Create a little folio from scraps of the apple green cardstock.

Then fill it with a matching tea bag and honey stick.

I think this would make such a pretty new baby card…or birthday…or get well…or anniversary…you get the idea!

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and techniques 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

Prima Autumn Sunset Gatefold Card

Prima Autumn Sunset Gatefold Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon August Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon August Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  Today I have a shabby chic Prima Autumn Sunset Gatefold Card made with the gorgeous August Ribbon Club Assortment. to share with you.

This 4 1/4″ x 9″ gatefold style card is the perfect way to celebrate fall!  I’ve paired up Kiwi Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon with 3/8″ Copper/Cream Plaid Ribbon.  These hues are so pretty with the Prima Autumn Sunset Papers!

I don’t think I could manage without my trusty natural burlap string!  I buy it by the roll at RRR.  It adds such a lovely rustic touch to this fancy belly band.

To make the ribbon cluster on the belly band, I simply attached a length of Kiwi Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon to the back side of my card.  Then I brought the ends together on the left and tied a simple square knot.  Top with burlap string bow, acorn charms, a fancy button and you’re all set!

Prima Autumn Sunset Gatefold: A Peek Inside

I love the way a gatefold card opens!  It’s just like the curtains coming up on a stage!

This stamped and stitched bookmark is topped with ribbons from the Club as well as some WOC Mixed Earth Tone Roses Gold metallic string adds a touch of shimmer.  The best thing about this type of card is that is does triple duty:  a card, a gift and a home decor all in one!

On with the Hop!

Now hop on over to the RRR Blog and leave a lovely comment so that you will be entered into the drawing to win your very own August Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you haven’t joined the Monthly Ribbon Club yet, now is a great time to join!  The holiday ribbon assortments Bonnie puts together are always extra gorgeous.  It’s like getting a birthday present in the mail every single month of the year!  You can find out how to sign up HERE.

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Authentique Scholastic Back to School Mini Album

Authentique Scholastic Back to School Mini Album

Hello, Friends! It’s August already?  That means it’s time to get ready to go back to school!  I’m loving the happy prints, retro images and primary colors of this Authentique Scholastic collection, how about you?  It takes me right back to my happy childhood school days.

Authentique Scholastic Back to School Mini Album: The Inspiration

I grew up in an era when each little town had it’s own 2 room schoolhouse within walking distance of home.  Ours sat at the top of a steep hill, surrounded by ancient maple trees and a large grassy meadow that was perfect for outdoor play.  We had a small playground with old fashioned swings, a merry go round, teeter totters and a large sidewalk where we played hopscotch.

The vintage yellow schoolhouse was a two story box shape, with enormous windows, maple hardwood floors, old fashioned iron coat hooks and green slate chalkboards that covered two walls of each room. Grades 1-3 were in one room and grades 4-6 in the other.  A big old fashioned clock hung on the front wall with large framed photos of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln on either side.  The Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” was conspicuously displayed for all to see and take to heart.

We started each day with The Pledge of Allegiance, the singing of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” and the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer.  And no…I’m not 100 years old!  This was 1962…not that long ago…but oh, how things have changed!

Authentique Scholastic Back to School Mini Album: The Base

The base for this project is a 8.25″ x 8.75″ x 2″  G 45 Black Mixed Media Album.  I decided to pretty much “gut” the album interior and make it into an interactive memory book.

TIP:  Layer elements with varying height chipboard to add interest to the cover display.

TIP: Matting stickers and images on Black Jack and Lemon Drop Spectrum Cardstock makes the layers pop.

TIP: Not all embellishments come from the scrapbooking store!  A trio of pencils tied with ribbon look fantastic on the album spine.  First, glue the pencil sides together.  Then, wrap with black micro gingham.  Tie a bow.  Then mat the apple image on a double layer of Black Jack and Lemon Drop cardstock.  Punch a hole in one corner, string on a metal key and you’ve got a mighty cute embellishment!

Authentique Scholastic Back to School Mini Album: Adding the Waterfall Feature

TIP: There’s loads of room inside the front cover for a waterfall/pocket combo.  Here’s how:

  • First, cut (6) 6 1/2″ x 5″ rectangles from Black Jack and Lemon Drop. (3 each)
  • Next, score a 1/2″ flap on the top edge of each rectangle.
  • Then, shape the bottom corner with a corner punch, if desired.
  • Now, fold the 1/2″ flaps back and burnish.
  • Next, center and adhere the first flap along the top edge of the inside cover.
  • Then, line up the folded edge of the next flap beneath the first flap.  Continue this process for all 6 waterfall pages.
  • Now, make a pocket and adhere along the bottom edge of the page.  I used an oval die to cut a pretty shape in the top of mine.
  • To keep the waterfall closed, adhere a length of Light Blue Navy Satin Ribbon along the base of the final waterfall page, then tie a bow on the front.
Authentique Scholastic Back to School Mini Album: Interactive Pages

As you’ll see in the video tour below, I created a number of interactive pages inside the album.

Belly bands and accordion folio inserts are a fun way to display photos.

Pockets with large pull out photo mounts are easy to  make.

  • Make quick and easy pockets by cutting patterned papers 3″ longer than the height of your page.
  • Score, fold and adhere the sides for an almost instant pocket.
  • Then cut squares of Black Jack paper to fit the pockets.
  • Line with patterned paper on both sides.
  • Mat tab type stickers on cardstock scraps to make decorative pull tabs.

This album is loaded with fun…but everything is very easy to do, as you will see in the video tour.

TIP: Change up the size of your pages to add variety and interest to your album.

TIP: Create flap folios above pockets to add room for more photos.  Mine are 6 1/2″ x 9″, scored in half so that each panel will hold a 4″ x 6″ photo with room for the pretty paper to peek around the edges.

TIP:  Create a tip in page by cutting your paper 3″ wider than the base page.  Then score, fold and adhere the back side to the album bse.

TIP: Hidden pockets with inserts are a snap to make.  Cut designer paper 1/2″ wider than the base on the sides and bottom edge.  Score 1/2″ flaps, fold and adhere just the flaps to the base page.  This makes it easy to slide a folio insert behind the page.  Use a circle or oval die to cut a decorative opening, if desired.

TIP: Save the off cut from die cutting the pocket edge and turn it into a decorative tab on a folio.

Authentique Scholastic Back to School Mini Album: The Video Tour with Tips and Tricks

To help you get a better idea for the flow and function of this album, I’ve created a short video tour.  You’ll find lots of tips and helpful hints for making your own Back to School mini album.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  You’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Scholastic Supply List

Beachy Blues Digital Collage Card

Gecko Galz Guest Designer: Beachy Blues Digital Collage Card

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m guest designing for the fine folks at Gecko Galz.  This Beachy Blues Digital Collage Card has me dreaming of the walking barefoot along the shore.  It’s the perfect card for Gecko Galz August Shabby Chic Seaside Challenge.

I’ve combined some old Pion Design papers up with a gorgeous digital image from By the Shore and the beach clock from Time Flies.  The end result is a dreamy beach scene.  Little Birdie flowers, blue micro gingham ribbon and lots of pretty shells that I gathered along our North Carolina shores frame the card.  I feel like I could just walk right into the image on this card front.

TIP:  Thin white acrylic paint with a little water, then spatter lightly all over the card front.  It adds such a lovely shabby finish to a card,  To me, the spatters look like bubbles in the water.

Beachy Blues Digital Collage Card: A Peek Inside

Of course, there are pockets inside the card.  You have to have a place to tuck in all those beachy treasures!

I’ve stitched a little shell bookmark and topped it with some natural fibers, charms and ribbon.

This darling magnet features another image from the By the Shore Digital collage sheet.  Stitching natural fibers around the edges give it just the right beachy finish.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and techniques 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

 

Button Farm Club Scholastic Folio Kit

Button Farm Club Scholastic Folio Kit for Back to School

Hello, Friends!  It’s August, and that means a new school year is about to start.  This  Button Farm Club Scholastic Folio Kit is designed to help you capture all those great memories from the opening bell to the last hurrah.

i’m super excited about this kit!  First of all, it’s an interactive folio, which you know I love.  Secondly, the embellishments in the kit, which I get to hand pick, are adorable!  You get all the ribbons, buttons, and flowers as well as a miniature chalkboard and ruler in the kit.

We’re working with Authentique Paper’s darling Scholastic Collection Kit this month.  The primary colors are so happy, and just perfect for back to school.  I found the perfect plaid ribbon and flowers to complement the papers.

Button Farm Club Scholastic Folio Kit for Back to School: Kit Details

This  6 ½” x 8 ¾” tri-fold folio is made with ultra-heavy weight cardstock for durability.  Filled with interactive elements, this is the perfect way to document your star student’s accomplishments, goals and activities. Each kit contains:

  • Authentique Paper’s 12” x 12” Scholastic Collection Kit
  • Spectrum 12×12 Cardstock: 2 sheets each, Black Jack/Lemon Drop
  • 18 pt Grocery Bag Cardstock/1 sheet 12” x 18”
  • Kraft Cardstock: 2 sheets/12” x 12”
  • Bag of School Themed Novelty Buttons
  • 4” x 6” chalk board
  • miniature wooden ruler
  • 2 yards each navy plaid ribbon/burlap string
  • 9 Little Birdie Renea Cherry Red Flowers
  • Gold Bulldog Clip
  • Full-color, printed step by step tutorial

For those of you who have always wanted to make a folio with me, this is the perfect opportunity!

Here’s a little sneaky peek at the inside.  I’ve created a 6 minute video tour so you can see all the fun features tucked inside this super cute folio.

I’m really tickled with the way this kit turned out.  It’s adorable, and it’s practical with loads of room to tuck in report cards, photos, and mementos from the school year.  To order your kit from The Button Farm Club today, click HERE.

And, if YOU have an idea for a future kit, I’d really love to hear from you!  Is there a theme you’d like me to explore?  A mini album, card kit or folio style you’d like to learn to create?  A paper collection you’re just dying to work with?  Leave me a comment below, and I’ll start making a list!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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