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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.

Milestone Birthday Blog Hop Celebrating Ginger Ropp!

Authentique Hooray Milestone Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Milestone Birthday Blog Hop Celebrating Ginger Ropp!

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m particpating in a Milestone Birthday Blog Hop for the Queen of Papercrafting, Ginger Ropp!  You should be coming here from Ginny Nemchak’s fabulous blog.

Most of us  know Ginger by her blog and YouTube handle “My Sister’s Scrapper.”  Since Ginger can’t throw a big milestone birthday bash this year, she decided to have a little birthday blog hop and invited me and two of my other favorite creative sisters to participate.  So Annette Green (Annette’s Creative Journey) and Ginny Nemchak (Polly’s Paper Studio) and I are joining forces to make Ginger’s Milestone birthday memorable!

Before we dig in, I just want to sing Ginger’s praises for a moment.  I’ve followed her on YouTube and her blog for a very long time now.  She never fails to inspire me.  Her paper engineering skills are off the charts, and her video tutorials are fabulous.  But more than that, Ginger is an incredibly kind and generous person with a great sense of humor.  I got to meet her :”in real life” at Creativation in 2018, and she’s as warm and real and funny  as I had hoped.  Thanks, Ginger, for all the many ways your friendship has blessed my life!  I truly love and appreciate you!

Authentique Hooray Slightly Snarky Birthday Card

Slightly snarky birthday cards are always fun to make, give and receive.  Today I have a quick and easy 10 minute tutorial that will show you how to make this cute retro style card.

The paper is from Authentique’s Hooray collection.  I love the aqua and red color palette and all the fun little birthday patterns.

Here’s a peek at the inside.  I added a little die cut gift card holder and a wee note card, just for fun.

Video Tutorial

The video tutorial below will show you how to make this fun card.

The Giveaway

I also have a little giveaway over on my YouTube Channel, so you’ll want to be sure to check that out.  To be entered in the random drawing, you must be subscribed to my YouTube channel and leave a comment.  That’s it!   You’ll have to watch the video to find out what I’m giving away!

Now hop on over and see what the birthday girl, Ginger Ropp, has prepared for you.  I know she is doing a giveaway as well!  Hooray for birthdays!

Thanks so much for helping us celebrate Ginger’s birthday!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Amazing Paper Grace September 2020 Club Kit

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace September 2020 Club Kit Simple Stories Autumn Splendor by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace September 2020 Club Kit: Autumn Splendor Boxed Card Set

Hello, Friends!  Have you seen the Amazing Paper Grace September 2020 Club Kit yet?  Ooh la la!  It’s fantastic!  I’ve turned it into a shaker frame on this fall themed Boxed Card Set made with Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Collection.

TIP: Die cut copper metallic paper to add a warm fall glow to your project.  Remember to run the die through your machine with the embossing pad to really make the details pop!

  • First, die cut the lattice following the instructions on the DOM packaging.  I chose to use the die as a single layer since I was making a shaker frame.
  • Next, cut a  4 1/4″ square piece of clear cardstock (acetate).  Adhere this to the back of the lattice die cut with Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Once the glue is dry, trim away the corners of the clear cardstock so they don’t stick out from behind the die cut.  Then adhere 3 layers of 1/8″ foam tape around the inner perimeter of the die cut.
  • My kraft card box measures 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ with a 1″ spine.  Create it by joining together (2) 6 1/2″ x 11″ panels of kraft cardstock.  Then score at 6 1/2″, 7 1/2″, 14, and 15.  You will see how these scored lines work inside the card.
Handmade Flowers

Use your APG July Club Kit  to make these pretty fall flowers.  Use the banner die from that kit to cut two fishtail banners: one from copper metallic paper and one from designer paper.  Layer these together so that they are slightly offset.  Then top with a sticker from the Autumn Splendor Collection Kit.

TIP: Tuck yellow bead/berry sprays and burlap bows in with your flower clusters to add lots of lovely texture.

TIP: Spray peach seam binding ribbon with a little Copper Perfect Pearls Mist to lend t more of an autumn hue.  Then tie a loopy shabby bow and tuck it into the flower cluster.

A Peek Inside

The inside of the card has a box style pocket for storing a lovely little set of 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″  note cards.

Die cut the lattice die from metallic cardstock so that there is a wider margin between the inlay pieces.  Now you can cut the die into 4 separate pieces to decorate your note card fronts. This makes a lovely birthday present or hostess gift. Once the note cards are used up, the box pocket can be used to store photos, receipts or other treasures.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas to inspire you to play with your new Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace September 2020 Club Kit.  You can learn more about the club kit HERE. If you subscribe this month, you’ll receive this beautiful set of dies as your first kit.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Farmhouse Christmas Album Kit Reveal

Carta Bella Farmhouse Christmas Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 01

Carta Bella Farmhouse Christmas Album Kit Reveal for The Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends!  September is the perfect month to share this Carta Bella Farmhouse Christmas Album Kit Reveal for The Button Farm Club. If you start now, you’ll have plenty of time to create your album before the holiday season kicks in.  Then you can set it out as part of your Christmas decor!  How fun is that?

Don’t you just love this red Mixed Media Album?  I don’t call it a mini album, because it’s massive!  There are 16 double-sided pages tucked inside this 8 1/4″ x 8 3/4″ x 2″ beauty!  So you know there is plenty of room for all your Christmas photos, memories, and more!

I love how cozy these Carta Bella Farmhouse images make me feel.

And can you say “rusty jingle bells”?  Oh yeah, we’ve got em!

This album is so huge, we actually combined 2 Christmas Collections to create it: Carta Bella Farmhouse Christmas and Echo Park Christmas Delivery.  They work together in perfect harmony.  Let’s take a peek inside.

December Weekly Format

I’ve never been able to keep up with a December Daily.  The holidays are just too busy. But a December weekly feels more manageable to me.  So I broke this album down into 4 sections to cover 4 weeks of Advent.  Each of the 4 sections follows the same layout and design for easy construction.

There’s room for a great big photo of your tree behind this vellum pull out folio.  And room inside the folio for journaling and smaller photos.

Each section also has a double layout page with room for 4″ x 6″ photos and a hidden pocket with pull out journaling cards.

Then add more large and small photos on the tip out page.

And even more large photos in this pull out folio!

You know I love a good waterfall feature.  So this album has 4 of them!  That’s room for 35 (count ’em!) 4″ x 5″ photos!

Plenty of pockets means plenty of room to save precious letters to Santa, wish lists, or recipes.  You can even save your Christmas menu and cookie list here.

YouTube Video Tour

To help you get a feel for just how much goodness is packed into this album, I’ve prepared a little YouTube video tour.

 

What Comes in the Kit?

This kit is loaded down like Santa’s Sleigh on Christmas Eve!

  • Graphic 45 Red Mixed Media Album
  • Carta Bella Farmhouse Christmas Collection Pack (with 12×12 cardstock stickers)
  • Farmhouse Christmas Ephemera Pack
  • Chipboard Phrases Sheet/Farmhouse Christmas
  • Echo Park Christmas Delivery Collection Pack (with more 12×12 cardstock stickers!)
  • 6 color matched 12×12 solid color sheets
  • Little Birdie Flower Pack
  • 10 yards of twine
  • 2 yards of red ribbon
  • 5 rusty jingle  bells
  • Downloadable PDF written Tutorial
  • Links to private video tutorials

That’s 25 sheets of patterned 12×12 paper, two 12×12 cardstock sticker sheets and 6 more sheets of  12×12 solids plus all the trimmings!  The only thing you need to add to the kit is adhesives and basic crafting tools like scissors, rulers, scoring tools and such.

The price for this massive kit is just $64.00!  (I honestly don’t know how Laura manages to put her kits together so reasonably…but I’m so glad she does!)

This kit will sell out quickly if past kits are any indication.  So order your kit today from The Button Farm Club.

You can find my past kits and tutorials at The Button Farm Club.  Many of the tutorials can be adapted for use with any paper collection you might have on hand.

So now you know what I’ve been up to!  I hope you will enjoy creating this lovely kit as much as I enjoyed planning and designing it!

And now..back to work!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Heartfelt Creations August 2020 Alumni Blog Hop

Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Heartfelt Creations August 2020 Alumni Blog Hop:  A Bucket of Sunflowers Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations August 2020 Alumni Blog Hop!  The hop begins here with a sunny bucket full of  Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflowers.

This hop remains open until 11:55PM EDT on Monday, August 31st.  A randomly chosen comment from a mystery blog will be selected to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations gift card.  All you have to do is visit the blogs in the hop, leave a lovely comment on each blog and maybe you will be the lucky winner!

The winner will be announced at the top of this blog and on the Heartfelt Creations Facebook and blog on Wednesday, September 2nd.  If you are the lucky winner, claim your prize by contacting [email protected] within 72 hours of the announcement.  Write “Winner of the August 2020 Alumni Hop” in the subject line of your email.

A Bucket Full of Sunflowers Shaker Card

August means sunflowers!  So I created a 6″ x 6″ shaker card using the Classic Sunflowers collection.  Here’s how to put this card base together.

  • First, create a 6×6 top fold card base from heavy cardstock.
  • Next, cut the 6×6 card front from the Classic Sunflower Paper Pad. Trim 1/2″ from the sides.
  • Now, cut the center from the card front with a Cut, Mat, Create Die. This creates the shaker frame.
  • Then cut a slightly larger window panel from clear cardstock and adhere to the back side of the shaker frame.
  • Now, adhere 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips on the back side of the frame using the margins of the clear cardstock panel as your guide.
  • Cut a 6″ x 6″ panel of designer paper for the card front.  Center and adhere the die cut image on this panel.
  • Place your shaker mix in the center of the die cut image.  Then center and adhere the shaker frame over it.
Add Some Details

  • Next, die cut the ticket sentiment from the paper pad.  Back with foam adhesive and adhere on the right hand side of the card.
  • Cut fishtail banners on a snippet of ribbon and tuck under the ticket.
  • Next, thread 3 buttons and adhere in the bottom right corner of the card.
  • Now all we have to do is add our flowers! That’s the fun part!
Classic Sunflowers

Begin by stamping  several sets of Classic Sunflowers on Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper.   I like to use this paper when I know I am going to treat my flowers to lots of inking. Because of its unique finish and its strength, this paper will not fall apart when exposed to ink, water and sprays. I used Archival Saffron Ink to stamp my flower layers. While the ink is still wet, heat emboss with clear embossing powder.   Once your flower layers are stamped, follow these steps.

  • Swipe Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw and Fossilized Amber Distress Inks on a non-stick craft sheet.
  • Now mist the ink with water until little beads of moisture pop up.
  • Next, lay the stamped and embossed flower layers stamped side down in the inky puddles. Pick them up and dry them, then repeat.  You can dip, swipe and tap the papers into the ink until you have the color and depth you desire. When you dry the layers with your heat gun, the embossed layer below will pop back through so that the details still show.
  • Once all the layers are colored, die cut them with the Classic Sunflower Die.
  • Now shape with the largest Golf Tool.
  • Repeat this same process with the Leafy Accents Die.  Stamp with Olive Archival Ink and color with Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters Distress Ink.  Die cut and shape in the Leafy Accents Mold.

Fill the flower centers with Czech beads, Prills or even buttons!  Then adhere to the card front.  Tuck in a pretty bow, some burlap string and a button to finish the card front.

A Peek Inside

Cover the inside of the card with designer paper.  Fussy cut along the top edge of this sunflower image, mat on brown cardstock and make a pocket.  Tuck in a tea bag and a little note card where you can add your sentiment.

On With the Hop!

Are you ready to be inspired?  The Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team has prepared a wonderful blog hop that will be sure to get you in the mood to pull out your HC goodies and get crafting!  Here’s the hop list this month:

Kathy Clement

Amarilys Doria

Candy Slabaugh

Alissa Wells

Kerry Urbatch

Vicki Dutcher

Sarah Miller

Emily Niehaus

Lisa Gregory

Carole Wright

Oksana Clegg

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

You’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique September Desk Calendar Tutorial

Authentique September Calendar Collection Desk Calendar Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique September Desk Calendar Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  There’s a hint of fall in the morning air.  It must be time to share my Authentique September Desk Calendar Tutorial!

These summer months have flown by.  I’ve been busy with family birthdays and planning Button Farm kits.  Our little garden produced an abundance of tomatoes. Keeping up with that has felt like a part time job!  I’m afraid it’s kept me away from my blog  more than I’d like.  But the good news is, my freezer is filled with homemade marinara sauce, homemade salsa, and homemade soup base for the cold days that are peering around the corner.

So this month, we are opening the door to my favorite season: fall!  The September desk calendar is all about brightly colored fall leaves, crisp and juicy apples, backpacks and books!

Remember the first day of school?  There was always a new outfit, and a photo before we walked out the door.  Then there was the pack of sharp new pencils, a Pink Pearl eraser and a fresh pack of Crayolas to add to the excitement.  The cover of this nostalgic 6×6″ desk calendar hearkens back to those sweet, innocent days.

Follow the video tutorial below and we will decorate the calendar cover together.  I’ll link the supplies I used, but you can substitute whatever embellishments and ribbon you have in your stash if you don’t  have them.

Don’t you just love the vintage images in the September Calendar collection?  And the color palette is perfect for fall!  You’ll feel all warm and cozy as we make this desk calendar together, I promise!

YouTube Tutorial

As promised, here is the easy to follow video tutorial for this darling desk calendar. I hope you enjoy!

Are kids going back to school in your neck of the woods?  I confess, I miss seeing the moms walking their kids to the school bus stop each morning.  Here’s hoping that we get our kids back in school and back to normal soon!

If you’d like to catch up on this calendar series, please click HERE.  You’ll find all the calendar tutorials along with dozens of other Authentique projects that I hope you will enjoy.

Look for the supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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