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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 Stitches Mother’s Day Sewing Card Folio

Authentique Stitches Mother’s Day Sewing Card Folio: Memories of Mom

Hello, Friends!  Today I have an Authentique Stitches Mother’s Day Sewing Card Folio to share with you as part of the Authentique Design Team Group Post.  You can hop on over to the Authentique Blog to see more Mother’s Day inspiration from the team.

While my mom is no longer living on this earth, she lives forever in my heart.  She was my mentor, my companion, my guardian, my nurse, my teacher and my best friend for 50 years of my life.  I count myself as a most blessed woman for having had such an amazing mom.  To honor her, I thought I’d share some stories and memories that inspired this card.  This is more of a memorial post, as opposed to my normal tutorial, but I will still share some tips and tricks along with memories of mom.

Authentique Stitches Mother’s Day Sewing Card Folio: The Inspiration

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

My mom was a skilled seamstress, so the Stitches collection has a very special place in my heart.  This 3″ x 4″ image could have been lifted directly from my childhood.  I can’t even count the number of hours I spent by Mom’s side as she worked away at her White sewing machine.  She always sat up straight, just like the gal in this photo, but unlike the gal in the photo, she usually had a mouth full of straight pins.  About the only time I ever saw my mother sitting down was when she was at her typewriter or sewing machine.  She did not believe in being idle.

I loved the soft scent of Tide laundry detergent combined with the liquid starch she used on all her house dresses.  I would sit as close to her as humanly possible without interfering (too much) with the task at hand.  Everything Mom did was fast: she typed so fast you couldn’t see her fingers flying over the manual keyboard.  Mom never walked up stairs; she ran.  Her mop slid   over the linoleum floor of our kitchen as though she was in a race.  And it was pedal to the metal when it came to sewing.  That needle flew in and out of the fabric at dizzying speed.  Yet her seams were always perfectly straight and true.  I guess when you are raising a family of five kids, you learn how to do everything quickly.

Authentique Stitches Mother’s Day Sewing Card Folio: Pretty in Pink

Pink was Mom’s favorite color.  She even had pink tennis shoes one year, and wore them until they had holes in them.  There was a pink, A-line, pin-striped house dress that she wore all the time.  Partly because she loved pink so much; partly because she didn’t have a closet full of beautiful dresses to choose from.  Raising 5 kids also means that there’s not a lot of money for fancy clothes.  But mom loved to LOOK at fancy clothing.

Like lots of households of that era, we waited with great anticipation for the Semi-Annual release of the Montgomery Ward catalog.  It was an enormous, full color catalog filled with everything from garden tools to evening gowns.  As busy as Mom was, she always found time to drool over that virtual emporium.  With ink pen in hand, she would star the items of clothing she thought were particularly beautiful.  If she really liked something, she would fold the corner of the page over to mark its place in that massive tome.  And if she fell head over heels in love with a dress, it would find a place of honor, taped to the refrigerator door.  That page would be marked with a huge star, and emblazoned with Mom’s handwritten note, “I love this!”

The Most Beautiful Dress in the World

One year, Mom found the most beautiful party dress…and yes, it was pink with a floral print.  She starred it,  wrote “I Love this!” , tore it out of the catalog and taped it to the fridge.  “Kathy Jean, ” she proclaimed, “I am going to save up and buy that dress.  It’s the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.”

Week by week, mom put money in an envelope, saving for that dress.  She took in ironing from the neighbors, fried dozens of doughnuts (36 dozen to be exact) each Saturday morning, then sent us out to deliver them to the neighbors who happily paid 50 cents for a dozen.  Little by little, the envelope grew fat, and it looked like the pink dress was going to become a reality.

Then, disaster struck.  I came down with pneumonia, and the bills for the doctor visits and prescriptions drained that envelope dry.  One sad day, as I was recovering on the couch that Mom kept in our spacious country kitchen, I watched as she removed “the dress” from its place of honor on the fridge.  I was a little girl, but I was still able to understand why that dress was NOT going to happen.  And I began to cry, “But Mommy, you loved that dress.”

Without skipping a beat, Mom came over to the couch, put her arms around me and hugged me tight.  “Now Kathy Jean, don’t you know…I was tired of wearing that old thing.”  And we both burst into laughter.  What a Mom!

Authentique Stitches Mother’s Day Sewing Card Folio: The Envelope

This story was playing through my mind while creating this card.  So I created a special “Pink Dress” envelope to tuck onto the front of this card. Here’s how it came together:

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

  • First, cut along the right hand side of the dress mannequin image with a craft knife.
  • Next, create an envelope for a 3″ x 4″ card following the instructions on a W r Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board.
  • Open the envelope flat, and stitch the image to the front .
  • Leave the flaps unattached.
  • Next, cover the stitching on the inside with a 3″ x 4″ panel of designer paper.

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Tuck a vintage sewing kit and some vintage buttons on a vintage button card inside the envelope.  Fold the envelope shut, slide it into the slot you created with your craft knife, and attach it to the card front with a pink bulldog clip.

Authentique Stitches Mother’s Day Sewing Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Inside this card, I tucked in lots of little items that made me think of Mom.

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

This little side flap pocket holds a vintage sewing card wrapped with vintage crochet lace trim and secured with a stick pin.  I also created a little 3″ x 4″ note card to tuck into the pocket.

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

Mom loved to read, so I attached this very pink velvet bookmark with a mini belly band. She also had a thing for butterflies.

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

The little flap page turns over to reveal a wee pocket, sized perfectly for a pretty tea bag, vintage demitasse spoon and honey stick. And oh, Mom would have loved that pink sewing machine!

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo

This vintage silver and gold plated spoon is imported from Italy. Mom would have loved it.

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo

Mom loved pink so much, that once she painted her entire bedroom pink.  Ceiling, trim and all.  So I tried to include lots of pink in this card.

For more projects made with the Authentique Stitches Collection, click HERE.

I hope you don’t mind that I shared these stories about my wonderful Mom with you today.  Wherever you are, I wish you a Happy Mother’s Day.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Paris Inspired Greeting Card

 Paris Inspired Greeting Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Or should I say, “Bonjour”?  Meet me at the Eiffel Tower as I share this  Paris inspired Greeting Card. Photoplay Moments in Time Paris Inspired Greeting Card with May Arts Checkered Ribbon by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

This 5″ x 7″ top fold card is made with Photoplay’s sweet vintage “Moments in Time” collection kit.   No card is complete without ribbon. This green/ivory/pink checked ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon is the perfect complement for this vintage card. .  It’s a fairly new addition to the RRR shop, and I have to say, I love everything about it.  The texture is really pliable, making it easy to tie beautiful bows.  The colors are beautifully blended and a nice change of pace from standard plaid or gingham ribbon, which I love.  And, it comes in a wide array of colors…which may or may not have all fallen into my shopping cart.

Paris Inspired Greeting Card: The Details

Photoplay Moments in Time Paris Inspired Greeting Card with May Arts Checkered Ribbon by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 02

TIP: Separate busy patterned papers with cardstock mats. You can double mat each layer of a card. Cut each layer 1/8″ smaller than the one before it and you’ll have perfectly matted cards every time.  For this card, I used both Lush Lagoon and Tropical Teal cardstock.

Photoplay Moments in Time Paris Inspired Greeting Card with Spellbinder's Tiara Rondelle Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo

TIP: Break up all those intense blues with a touch of white. Instead of using a doily, die cut a Spellbinder’s Tiara Rondelle from Whip Cream Cardstock.   It’s  on sale at Spellbinder’s and I really am enjoying it.  The die comes with the corner pieces, too.

Paris Inspired Greeting Card: A Peek Inside

Photoplay Moments in Time Paris Inspired Greeting Card with May Arts Checkered Ribbon by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 04

The inside of the card is fairly simple.  Add a side pocket and tuck in a little note card that’s been decorated with a sticker from the collection.

Photoplay Moments in Time Paris Inspired Greeting Card with May Arts Checkered Ribbon by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 05

Flip the note card over and you’ll find a little treat tucked inside a belly band.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas 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

 

Crafty Crush: Eileen Hull Notebook Die

Crafty Crush: Eileen Hull Notebook Die for Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Have you had a chance to play with the new Eileen Hull Notebook Die?  I have a serious crafty crush on it.  I’ll tell you all about it in a moment, but first let me welcome you to the “I Love It Because…” challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  Our lovely hostess, the marvelous Jenny Marples, has this to say about the theme:

I love it because…
How often do you create something just for you that makes your heart sing? Doesn’t it feel great when you do! My challenge to you is to make a vintage or shabby chic piece of art, be it a journal page, a tag, a card, a home decor project etc, that fills you with happiness and makes you smile – don’t forget to tell us why you love it so much.
Stamperia Spring Botanic + Eileen Hull Notebook Die = Beautiful

Eileen Hull Notebook Die Stamperia Spring Botanic Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

If you are not familiar with the new Eileen Hull Notebook Die by Sizzix, let me be the first to introduce you.  This genius little die cuts a 3 1/2″ x 5″ notebook from mat board, fabric, leather, or chipboard with one pass through your die cutting machine.

Eileen Hull Notebook Die Stamperia Spring Botanic Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

At the same time as it cuts the chosen material, it also creases an area that becomes the spine.  This is book binding at it’s easiest and most basic.  So if you’ve ever wanted to make your own little books, this is a great way to get started.

Eileen Hull Notebook Die: I Love it Because
  • Ease of Use
  • Size: It fits inside her cleverly designed Treasure Box
  • Versatility: You can design this album in any number of ways.  You can find more examples of how I’ve used this clever die HERE and HERE.
  • Quick to make: I can knock out one of these lovely little notebooks in a couple of hours.  Then I have the perfect little gift to present, and people are always thrilled to receive it.
Stamperia Spring Botanic Paper Pad: I Love it Because

Eileen Hull Notebook Die Stamperia Spring Botanic Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 03

How could you not love this gorgeous paper?  The colors are my favorites, and the images are just dreamy.  And look at that wee snail?  I love him!

Eileen Hull Notebook Die Stamperia Spring Botanic Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

Stamperia builds their collections so that the mixed media effects I love so much are incorporated into the design.  I can add stenciling and texture on top of that if I desire to do so.  Or, I can simply cut apart the bits and pieces, dress them up with a little ribbon and a charm and be all set.

Eileen Hull Notebook Die Stamperia Spring Botanic Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 05

For this little album, I printed out a selection of my favorite Spring poems and quotes.  I wanted a little lap book that could be perused at leisure, or used for home decor.

 

 

Eileen Hull Notebook Die Stamperia Spring Botanic Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 06

Eileen Hull Notebook Die Stamperia Spring Botanic Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 07

Eileen Hull Notebook Die Stamperia Spring Botanic Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 08

I’ll be sharing a full video tutorial over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog this Saturday, May 11th.  We’ll make the “sister” album for this Spring album, so you’ll want to be sure to catch that!  It will be a “start to finish” project, and I think you’ll learn a lot of fun little tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.

Eileen Hull Notebook Die Stamperia Spring Botanic Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 09

I Love it Because….Now It’s YOUR Turn!

You are cordially invited to join in on this fun challenge.  To do so, simply create your own vintage or shabby chic spring themed project.   Then link  up on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before 11:55PM EDT on Tuesday, May 21st.  You can find all the rules and information HERE.

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot  at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. In addition, the Design Team will select three further outstanding entries and those creators will receive a Top Pick badge to display on their blogs!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

See you on Saturday!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

SUPPLY LIST

From The Funkie Junkie Boutique

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Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial

Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Happy Monday!  I’m back from the beach and ready to share this shabby chic Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial with you.  This tutorial is loaded with techniques, mechanisms, tips and tricks that will help you take your crafting to the next level.  If you’ve always wanted to create a folio, but didn’t know where to start, this is the blog post you’ve been waiting for!

Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

This 5 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ tri-fold folio is made with two 8 1/2″ x 11″ heavy cardstock.  You’ll find a linked supply list at the end of this post.

Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Alter this 3″ x 4″ Tim Holtz Vignette Frame with Distress Paints and Sprays.  While I don’t share this step in the tutorial, you can learn how to do this HERE.

Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Authentique Paper always adds cute banner elements to their cardstock components sheets.  Mat this “Dream” banner on scraps of Spectrum Silver Dollar and Tickled Pink Cardstock to really make it pop.

Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial: Some Details

Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

To create this ribbon closure, follow these easy steps:

  • After you have matted your folio base with Spectrum Cardstock, find the center point.
  • Next, wrap 1/2″ Scor-Tape all the way around the folio from the back cover, over the spine and to the front edge.
  • Then, cut a piece of ribbon that is at least 12″ longer than the combined width of the cover, spine and back cover.
  • Finally, remove the liner tape and press the ribbon onto the adhesive to secure.
  • Now you can build your cover over the top of the ribbon closure.

Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

Bangles add such a fun touch to a folio spine.  I created this cluster with a mini glass bottle, some beads, a lobster clasp and some metal charms.

TIP: Alter metal charms by tapping them with Distress Paint that matches your color scheme.

TIP: For extra fun, fill the glass bottle with glitter.  Then wrap it with a pretty washi tape.

Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

This is what the folio looks like fully opened.  It has (2) 5 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ panels, (1) 5″ x 8 1/2″ panel and one little flip page that measures 3″ x 8 1/2″.

Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

The tutorial will show you how to build all these mechanisms:

  • Double Hidden Pocket with Inserts
  • Shaped Flap page
  • Horizontal waterfall
  • Tag Pocket and vertical waterfall
  • Box Pocket
  • Tea Bag Pocket and Belly Band Tuck Spot
  • Flip page with double magnetic folios
Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial: Eileen Hull Notebook Insert

Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial Eileen Hull Sizzix Notebook Die Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

This sweet Eileen Hull Notebook is tucked into the box pocket.  We don’t get into creating that in this tutorial, but I’ll be sharing a tutorial for that very soon, so stand by!  The video was getting very long, so I had to make some tough choices!

Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial Eileen Hull Sizzix Notebook Die Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 09

Inside the notebook, you’ll find a little flap page that’s a perfect spot for a photo or some journaling.  Instead of creating standard book pages, I added an accordion pull out page on the right.  This is topped with a little flap feature.

TIP: Score an image that is too large to fit your page.  Now you have created an easy flap mechanism.  Isn’t that fun?

Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial Eileen Hull Sizzix Notebook Die Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 10

Here’s a peek at the accordion fold mechanism inside the notebook.  As I said, we’ll be sharing that here soon!

Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial: Tag Insert

Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial Eileen Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 11

I needed an element to hold the waterfall feature closed.  So I created a tag pocket and a little art tag.  When the tag is inserted in the pocket, it keeps the waterfall feature from flapping around.  Here’s how to make it:

  • First, cover a Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag with a liner that you’ve cut with the Large Tag/ATC Tag/Flowers Die.
  • Next, cut a 3″ high panel of the pink feather paper the same width as the tag liner and adhere.
  • Stitch some ruffled ribbon onto the tag.  Then wrap with jute cord and attach a small butterfly charm.
  • Fold a small white doily in half and adhere above the pink feather paper.
  • Cut a wide banner flag from paper scraps and tuck beneath the feather paper.
  • Fussy cut the butterfly girl image from the 4″ x 6″ journal card.  (Dreamy 6)
  • Adhere the fussy cut image to the tag so that the head is aligned with the center of the doily.
  • Place small dimensional tabs underneath the butterfly wings to add more dimension.
  • Pop the “Love Life” Cardstock Component up on dimensionals and adhere.
  • Create top and bottom borders with 3/4″ high scraps of the grey print.
  • Thread ribbon through the top of the tag.  Add tassel, flowers and jute bow.
Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial on YouTube

Are you ready to get your craft on?  Just click play and we’ll get this crafty party started.  This is a long tutorial , so you might want to grab a snack and a cuppa to sustain you!  I hope you enjoy!

This would make a most beautiful Mother’s Day gift, don’t you think?  I hope I shared some tips, tricks and techniques 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

SUPPLY LIST

Note: I used the following papers from the Dreamy 12×12 Collection Kit, which includes the Cardstock Components Sheet.  To reproduce it exactly as I did, you will need 3 sheets of Dreamy One, and 2 Cardstock Components Sheets.  I’ve broken the supply list down for you to help you know exactly how much paper you will need to complete the folio.

Basic Cutting Guide:
  • Folio Base
    • 2 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock joined with 1/2″ Scor-Tape.  Follow scoring directions in the tutorial
    • Matting:
      • Tickled Pink Spectrum Cardstock:
        • (4) 5 1/8″ x 8 3/8″ for the 5 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ panels
        • (2) 4 7/8″ x 8 3/8″ for the 5″ x 8 1/2″ panels
        • (2) 2 7/8″ x 8 3/8″ for the flip pages
        • (6) 7/8″ x 8 3/8″ strips for the spine
      • Silver Dollar Spectrum Cardstock
        • (4) 5″ x 8 1/4″
        • (2) 4 3/4″ x 8 1/4″
        • (2) 2 3/4″ x 8 1/4″
        • (6) 3/4″ x 8 1/4″
      • Inserts for the Hidden Pockets
        • Silver Dollar Spectrum Cardstock : (2) 3 3/4″ x 12″ Scored at 5 1/2″
      • Box Pocket
        • Silver Dollar Spectrum Cardstock: 7 1/2″x 4 1/2″
          • Score at 3/4″, 1 1/2″, 6″ 6 3/4″ on the long side
          • Score at 3/4″ and 1 1/2″ on the short side.
        • Vertical Waterfall
          • 4 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ scored at 1/2″ on left side
        • Horizontal Waterfall
          • 4 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ scored at 1/2″ along the top

 

Beach Retreat

Beach Retreat and Retrospect

Hello, Friends!  I’m just popping in very quickly today to let you know that I’m taking a few days off.  Yup.  The beach is calling my name, and I must answer. I plan to rest and renew with walks in the sand, shell hunting, play with the grandgirls, great meals with the family and glorious sunrises and sunsets.

I can’t wait!

I’ll be back next week all refreshed and ready to share new inspiration with you here.  But while I’m gone, you can enjoy some past beach projects, and pretend you are dipping your toes in the surf along with me.

Enjoy another peek at this beautiful Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album.

Get your mixed media groove going with this Sea Flowers canvas I created for Little Birdie Crafts.

Sea Flowers Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

Take another look at this Vintage Beach Babes Birthday Card Folio.

Because I love the beach, I have loads of beach projects on my blog.  Checking them out will be like a taking a virtual beach trip.  Click HERE for more.

See you on Monday!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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