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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.

Blue Fern Studios Bird Waltz Card Folio

Blue Fern Studios Bird Waltz Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  Happy Monday!  Today’s Blue Fern Studio Bird Waltz Card Folio is rich with autumn colors and shabby chic details.  I think you are going to love it!

Look at that cheeky little bluebird perched on top of the pocket on this 5″ x 7″ pocket card.  Isn’t he dear?  Here’s how to make the shaped pocket for the front of this card.

  • First, cut out a 6″ x 3 1/2″ panel of the designer paper. Fussy cut along the floral and leaf images, and around the bird.
  • Now, score a 1/2″ panel along the bottom side of the panel.
  • Next, score 1/2″ on both sides.
  • Then trim out the corners, fold and adhere to form a pocket.
  • Adhere a bit of Laserowe Love chipboard to the bottom edge of the pocket.
  • Place  these lovely ButterBee Scraps filigree pieces in the center of the pocket.
  • Create a cluster of fall chrysanthemums and seam binding ribbon between the two filigree pieces.

TIP: Ink cut paper edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink for the perfect touch fall.

TIP:  Add vintage charm with an ivory crochet lace border at the top, and a trio of vintage mother of pearl buttons down the side.

Blue Fern Studios Bird Waltz Card Folio:  Making the Tag Insert

To make the large tag insert, cut a 4″ x 7″ rectangle from kraft cardstock.  Round the bottom corners with a 1/4″ corner rounder punch.  Shape the top edge with a scallop corner punch.Cut a slightly smaller panel of designer paper and shape the corners to match the tag base.  Machine stitch or adhere to the tag base.

Paint the Blue Fern Studios Chipboard with ivory chalk paint.  While still wet, heat emboss with Stampendous Shabby Ivory Embossing Enamel.

Cut a small circle of mostly open patterned paper and stamp with your sentiment of choice.  Adhere behind the chipboard.  Attach sequins and seed beads with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive.

Punch a hole at the top of the tag and add ribbon and flowers.  Adhere a wooden dragonfly charm at the base of the tag.  Then adhere the extra piece of Laserowe Love chipboard along the top.

Blue Fern Studios Bird Waltz Card Folio: A Peek Inside

The inside of the card has another pretty pocket and a hand stamped sentiment panel.

These vintage silver plate spoons are so delicate and lovely.  They turn a card like this one into a gift, especially when accompanied by a pretty little tea wallet.

I just love the colors in this paper collection.  I stumbled across it while shopping online one day, and knew immediately that it needed to come live with me.  I’ll be sharing more with it soon.

Hurricane Dorian Update

As a side note, I’d like to thank those who reached out to me during Hurricane Dorian.  Your prayers, kind thoughts, words and prayers meant so much to me and Dale.  We were truly blessed, as we did not even lose power during the storm.  And we always lose power!   The lights flickered on and off all through the wind and rain, but no power outages, no flooding and no damage to our little home.  Thank you so much!  Your prayers worked!

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.  You’ll also find a linked supply list at the end of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit

Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit with Authentique Twilight Collection

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready for the big reveal of my latest Button Farm Club Kit?  This Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit is frightfully fabulous!  I brewed up a magical potion that conjured up a Halloween home decor, photo album, treat tag project that is absolutely bewitching!

Every time I look at this project, I grin from ear to ear!  This 4 1/2″ drawer holds 6 dimensional treat tags that double as little photo folios.  The witch legs just slay me!

All four sides of this Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit are ready to party, making it the perfect centerpiece for your Halloween display.

The classic black, orange and cream color palette matches last year’s Button Farm Club Halloween project, too.  So if you have that one, this is a great companion piece.

The treat tags are decorated front and back as well.  I love a project that can be changed up!  And just look at those fabulous brass feet on the box!

Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit: The Treat Tags

There are 6 treat tags tucked inside our Boo-tiful Halloween box.  As you can see, each tag is rich in detail and filled with fun!  (This is just a sneaky peek at 3 of the tags.)

And you can’t have a Trick or treat tag without a little candy, right?  The dimensional pocket on each tag holds an individual packet of candy corn…my favorite Halloween treat!

Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit: The Techniques

Not only is this kit too cute to spook, it is filled with wonderful techniques that you can carry over into your other crafty adventures.  Here are just a few of the fun techniques that you’ll learn in this kit:

  • Cover a Graphic 45 Tag with or without a die.
  • How to create marvelous paper layers.
  • Make a dimensional box style pocket.
  • Create handmade rosettes without a die!
  • How to work with ribbons to create a fabulous ribbon cluster
  • Turn a tag into a mini photo album.

Yes, the back side of each tag is actually a miniature 3 1/2″ x 6″ photo album.

This is the perfect spot for preserving photos of your favorite little Ghouls and Goblins!  You’ll have room for 12 photos.

Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit Tour on YouTube

This short video tour will show you all the wonderful features of this kit.

Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit: What’s in the Kit?

By now you know I like to load up my projects with fun embellishments.  And you will get everything you need to recreate this great project in the kit.  One of the reasons I decided to release these kits through the Button Farm Club is the fact that they love to pack their kits full to the brim with creative goodies. I honestly don’t think you could purchase the individual elements for the price Laura charges…plus you get the printed tutorial written by me.  This is a venture I am really proud to be part of!

Each Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit contains:

  • A beautifully crafted  4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ wooden drawer with a metal drawer pull.
  • A full set of vintage style brass feet with the necessary hardware to attach them
  • (8) 12″ x 12″ sheets of Authentique Paper’s Spooktacular Twilight Collection
  • (1) 12″ x 12″ sticker sheet with heavy weight cardstock stickers
  • (2) 12″ x 12″ sheets of color matched Spectrum Cardstock for creating the folios
  • Graphic 45 Large Black Tag Album with 6 tags
  • Ribbon Assortment (6 different ribbon styles!)
  • One dozen witch legs in assorted colors
  • 3 silver tone Jack-o-Lantern charms
  • 3 silver tone haunted house charms
  • 1 large spiderweb/witch/cauldron charm
  • 1 package of Little Birdie Halloween chipboard
  • 6 individual packets of candy corn
  • 6 miniature wooden clothespins
  • Full color, printed step by step tutorial created exclusively for The Button Farm Club

*Note: We recommend that you purchase the Graphic 45 Large Tag die to make quick work of covering each tag.  This can be purchased at The Button Farm Club.  However, the tutorial has directions for covering the tag even if you don’t have the die.  

From your own stash, you will need to add: adhesive, scoring tool, ruler, paper trimmer, standard hole punch, corner rounder punch (if you are covering the tags by hand…if you have the die, you will not need this tool), and something to add color to your chipboard pieces.  It can be ink, paint, markers or even crayons…whatever you have on hand!

This is a limited edition kit, so place your order before they all vanish into thin air!  You can get your kit HERE.  The price is $62.99.

There are still a few of my other BFC kits in stock, as well as written tutorials for the retired projects.  To see what you might have missed, you can look HERE.

It’s always an honor to create these tutorial kits for you.  So many of you have asked me to travel to you to do classes…and this is the next best thing!  Thanks so much for your friendship and support!  I appreciate you more than words can say!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Measure Twice Cut Once Masculine Shaker Card

Measure Twice Cut Once Masculine Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  Did you grow up hearing the phrase, Measure Twice, Cut Once?  I did!  And now that our eldest son has taken up woodcrafting (you can check out his ETSY shop HERE) it’s a phrase I’m hearing quite often!  So imagine my delight when I found this saying in PhotoPlay’s
“This Guy” collection.  I just had to use it on his birthday card!

Measure Twice Cut Once Masculine Shaker Card:  Keeping it Simple

Here’s how this card came together:

  • First, create a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base
  • Next, dry emboss a panel of dark brown patterned paper from the collection with a 3-D Embossing Folder. (Product links can be found at the bottom of this post)

TIP:  Create even more depth and dimension in your 3-D Embossing Folder by applying Black Soot Distress Ink on the flat side of the folder.  Then spritz the paper lightly with water and run through your die cutting machine.  You’ll be pleasantly amazed at how realistic the wood grain look!

  • Now, back the paper frame with clear acrylic cardstock, then add a triple layer of waste chipboard around the edges to create the shaker box.
  • Fill the shaker box with gold sequins, yellow buttons and miniature tools. I actually wish I had added 4 layers of chipboard to allow more freedom of movement in the shaker box.

  • Mat the sentiment panel on kraft cardstock and back with dimensionals.  Adhere to the card base.
  • Then adhere a Tim Holtz metal ruler and a Paper Doll as a finishing touch.
  • Top the shaker box with a vintage bulldog clip and a little twine bow.
Measure Twice Cut Once Masculine Shaker Card:  A Peek Inside

I kept the inside simple, with a little sentiment card panel and a cluster of ephemera on the top.

Our son loved the card, and I loved making it.  That’s what I call a win/win!

I hope I’ve 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

Measure Twice Cut Once Masculine Shaker Card Supply List

NOTE:  Some supplies have been in my stash a long time and are no longer available for purchase online.  Others were gifted to me, so I’m not sure where to find them online.  I link to supplies whenever possible…but sometimes, it just isn’t possible!  Thanks for understanding!

Stamperia Sea Land Travelers Notebook

Stamperia Sea Land Travelers Notebook with Eileen Hull Journal Die

Hello, Friends!  August was birthday month in the Clement household, and I stayed very busy in the studio creating cards and gifts for my loved ones.  This Stamperia Sea Land Travelers Notebook made with Eileen Hull’s Journal Die was my gift to our dear daughter Liz.  Her job requires her to travel and she loves the beach, so I thought this would be a practical gift for her.

Stamperia Sea Land Travelers Notebook: The Earth is Flat

Well, maybe not the earth….but the cover of this journal  is very flat compared to what usually

comes out of my studio. Because I designed this for Liz to tuck into her carry on bag, I kept the embellishments to a minimum.  But that does not mean boring, or one layer.  I found lots of ways to add texture and visual interest to the composition of this “flat” journal.

I’ve made loads of these travelers notebooks (see some HERE and HERE) now, and each time I create one, it seems I learn something new.  This time, I used torn and layered papers to create a collage cover.  Since I was working with only a partial pad of Stamperia Sea Land (see other Sea Land projects HERE) I had to really stretch  my papers.  Here are some helpful tips in case you every have to do the same:

  • Group your paper scraps by color families.  This will make for a more uniform appearance when it comes time to layer.
  • Fussy cut large elements (compass and postcard) and layer in to cover gaps.
  • Use small elements (like the sentiments) as embellishments layers
  • Torn edges look amazing when inked and layered in.
  • Ink edges.  I used Gathered Twigs Distress Ink on all my torn and fussy cut layers.  It’s  amazing how this simple technique creates a feeling of depth on a project!
Stamperia Sea Land Travelers Notebook: Mixed Media Touches

Use a stencil and Crackle Texture Paste to add some ocean “bubbles” and “seaweed) to your cover.  This is a Stamperia Music Stencil but it worked great for this beachy project!

I have an ancient Cuttlebug strip die that I used to cut out the seahorse, sand dollar and starfish from grunge paper…also ancient!  Run these through an embossing folder to create a little texture, then heat emboss with Seth Apter Baked Textures for amazing results.  (Products linked below).  While these elements are not technically flat, they are very thin.  Since they are securely adhered to the surface of the journal, they should hold up just fine during travel.

Stamperia Sea Land Travelers Notebook:  The Spine

You can get a really good look at the the torn paper layers on the back of the journal in this shot.  And you can also see the canvas spine that I created.  The canvas really makes the finished journal feel authentically beachy!  Here’s how I did it

  • First, cut a 3″ x 24″ piece of natural canvas.
  • Next, stitch along the edges with a contrasting, but complementary thread.  I used my sewing machine, but you could hand stitch if you desired to do so.
  • Now, wrap the strip around the journal spine to figure out the placement.  I opted to have the solid piece inside the spine, and the overlapped piece on the outside of the spine.
  • When you are happy with the placement, mark the inside edge of the canvas with a pencil, so you can remember where the top and bottom should lie.  Then adhere Scor-Tape or Red Line tape from edge to edge all along the back side of the canvas piece.
  • Line up your pencil marks with the top and bottom of the spine.
  • Remove the liner and burnish the inside of the spine to secure it to the cover.
  • Sew buttons onto the canvas spine.  Then place Scor-Tape to the back side and adhere to the album spine, burnishing well.

Wrap the spine with strands of waxed linen thread.  Dress it up with a few charms to finish.

Stamperia Sea Land Travelers Notebook: A Peek Inside

I had picked up some Momenta Journal inserts on clearance at Tuesday Morning a while back, so I used those for the signatures in this journal.  Again, I finished the covers with torn papers.  The center of each signature slips under a strand of the waxed linen thread.

Each signature is held shut with some vintage bulldog clips from ButterBee Scraps.

I added little phrases to the signatures using some Tim stickers.

For the closure, I punched a hole in the back cover and inserted a knotted elastic band.  The band hooks over the button on the front of the journal.

This was a quick project to put together and a great way to use up bits and pieces of a well loved paper collection.

I hope I’ve 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

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Oakberry Lane Triple Easel Card Tutorial

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Heartfelt Creations August 2019 Alumni Hop: Oakberry Lane Triple Easel Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations August 2019 Alumni Blog Hop!  I’m kicking things off today with a bright and cheery Oakberry Lane Triple Easel Card Tutorial.  This was my first attempt at making a triple easel card, and after some trial and error, I finally figured out how to do it!  So I made a tutorial for all of you to save you some time, energy and paper.  Let’s take a closer look at the details on this happy card.

Oakberry Lane Triple Easel Card Tutorial: The Inspiration

Fall is peeping around the corner here in North Carolina.  The temperature might not show it, but the squirrels have been scurrying around stashing away acorns for winter.  Watching their antics inspired me to make this 6″ x 6″ card using the darling Oakberry Lane Collection.

 

Easel cards are one of my “go to” fancy fold designs.  I love how quick they are to make, and how easy they are to display.   You can watch the video below to learn how to create the base.

Oakberry Lane Triple Easel Card Tutorial: The Details

Here are some tips and tricks for adding the details to this fun card.

  • First, stamp the Acorn House on Smooth White Cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink.
  • Next, color it in with Distress Markers and a water brush.  Simple scribble the marker on a craft mat or a bit of clear acrylic packaging.  Then pick up the color with a water brush and blend it onto the stamped image.
  • Now, die cut the house, the windows and the squirrel Mom with the matching die.  Pop up on adhesive strips and attach to the base.

  • Next, stamp 3 sets of Oakberry Lane Flowers using Butterscotch Archival Ink. Heat Emboss flowers and leaves with Clear Embossing Powder.
  • Then,   water color with Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey Distress Markers and a a water brush.  Color the leaves with Peeled Paint and Twisted Citron.
  • Die cut the leaves, then shape in the 3D Blossom Shaping Mold, following the directions for your machine.
  • Now add stamens to the centers and layer together.
  • Tie bows for each corner with Orange/Fuchsia/Lavender Checkered Ribbon.  Top with burlap string.

Use the dies to cut out images from the paper collection and scatter them around on the card to create a scene.  (Did you see that rascally little squirrel trying to snatch away Mother Squirrel’s freshly baked pie?)

Oakberry Lane Triple Easel Card Tutorial Video

Here’s a 6 minute tutorial showing you how to make the base for this triple easel card.  You will find a linked supply list at the bottom of this post.

On With the Hop:

This hop begins at 8AM on Friday, August 30th and ends at 11: 55 EDT on Monday, September 2nd.  A random comment from a mystery blog will be selected to win a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations, so be sure to visit and comment on all the blogs in the hop.

Kathy ♥ Vicki   ♥   Glenda ♥  Sarah  ♥ Amarilys   ♥  Alissa Els   ♥ Emily

The winner will be announced here, on the Heartfelt Creations Blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, September 4th.  The winner will then have 72 hours to claim his/her prize by e-mailing [email protected]  Please write “WINNER OF THE AUGUST ALUMNI HOP” in the subject line of your e-mail.

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 hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Inks and Tools

  • Archival Ink
    • Jet Black
    • Butterscotch
  • Distress Markers
    • Picked Raspberry
    • Spiced Marmalade
    • Peeled Paint
  • Clear Embossing Powder
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