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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.

Graphic 45 Blooming Beauty Box Card

Graphic 45 Blooming Beauty Box Card for the Really Reasonable Ribbon January Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  This Graphic 45 Blooming Beauty Box Card is my contribution to the  RRR January Blog Hop!  Your should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  If so, you are right on track.  But if you got lost somewhere along the way, you can find the entire hop list over on the RRR blog.

This month’s ribbon club features pretty pink ribbons from The Sweetheart Assortment.  These are great for Valentine’s Day projects, but I wanted to show how well they work with all occasion cards, too.

Blooming Beauty Box Card: A Posh Pocket for Posh Pink Ribbon

Blooming Beauty Box Card Graphic 45 Bloom Collection Eileen Hull Gift Card Folder and Label Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon PHoto 01

Pearl Pink Bold Satin Ribbon with a Grosgrain Edge is the perfect adornment for this 5″ x 7″ top fold card.  it picks up on the lighter shades of pink in the Graphic 45 Bloom Collection and complements the rich, bold colors of the mulberry flowers.  Plus, it ties gorgeous bows!

Top the bow cluster with some Iridescent White Metallic String, small flowers and a sweet little love charm to really make it special! Die cut an Eileen Hull Gift Card Pocket from the designer paper and add it to the cover design.  It’s always fun to have a posh little pocket and tag combination on a card front.

Blooming Beauty Box Card: A Peek Inside

The inside of this card has a box pocket (find a tutorial HERE) and an ephemera card pocket for writing a greeting.

Use an Envelope Punch Board to create a little gift pocket, then tie it with more of the pretty ribbon.  Would you like to see what is inside?

Here’s a mini honey dipper, a vintage demitasse spoon, small ephemera card, honey packet and tea bag. Now the card is a perfect Valentine, birthday card, or get well card for any tea lover.

To find past projects created with the Bloom Collection, look HERE.

On With the Hop!

From here, you will hop on over to see what paper pretties Linsey has in store for you.  Be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop, and leave a sweet comment behind.  Then finish up over on the RRR Blog where you will answer Bonnie’s question of the month and be entered into the drawing for your very own Sweetheart Ribbon Club Assortment!

Not a ribbon club member yet?  Simply click here to learn all about the ribbon club.  It’s easy to sign up, and you’ll love getting your very own Ribbon Club Assortment in the mail each month.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  Look for a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!






Stamperia Shabby Rose Winter Butterflies Shaker Card

Stamperia Shabby Rose Winter Butterflies Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Stamperia Shabby Rose Winter Butterflies Shaker Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  This Stamperia Shabby Rose Winter Butterflies Shaker Card softens Winter’s blow with soft pink hues and delicate butterflies.  It’s unexpected, whimsical and oh, so pretty with RRR Dusty Rose Wrinkled Ribbon and Iridescent White Metallic String accents.

Shabby Rose Winter Butterflies Shaker Card: Preparing the Shaker Frame

The Reneabouquets Snowflake Frame makes a perfect shaker element for the card.  Here’s how to make it:

  • First, heat emboss the frame with Versamark Embossing Ink and WOW White Diamonds Embossing Glitter.
  • Next, cut a piece of clear acrylic cardstock to fit the back of the inner square.  Adhere with Dries Clear Glue, and be sure to clean away any adhesive that smooshes out.
  • Now, add a triple layer of Darice Adhesive Foam Strips to the back of the frame.
  • Cut a 5 1/2″ square mat of designer paper to cover the card front.
  • Then cut the butterfly/rose image to fit the frame.
  • Fill the center of the image with beads, buttons, sequins and glitter, then firmly press the prepared frame in place.
  • Die cut Tim Holtz Skeleton Leaves and emboss with the Wow powder.  Adhere in the right hand corner of the frame.
  • Tie a triple loop bow with your Zutter Bow it All Tool and adhere over the leaves.
  • Tie the loopy metallic string bow and adhere on top.
  • Add flowers and leaves from your stash.
  • Repeat in the upper left hand corner, but tie smaller bows and use smaller flowers.
Shabby Rose Winter Butterflies Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

The inside is lined with designer papers from the Shabby Rose pad.  Create a sentiment panel by die cutting cream cardstock with a Spellbinder’s Die (Card Creator/Detailed Scallops/Retired).  Cut a circle element from the paper collection in half to create a sweet little tea bag pocket.


Button Farm Club January 2020 Kit Reveal

Carta Bella Home Again Altered Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag and Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 01

Button Farm Club January 2020 Kit Reveal: Carta Bella Home Again Altered Etcetera Tag & Folio

Hello, Friends!  I’m so excited to share my Button Farm Club January 2020 Kit Reveal with you today.  This idea has been rumbling around in my head for weeks, and I’m truly tickled with result.  It’s home decor, it’s an organizing tool and it’s a folio all in one.  I think you are going to love this Carta Bella Home Again Altered Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag & Folio!

If you’ve never worked with a Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag before, you are in for a treat!  The tags are made from thickboard: a thick sturdy surface that is perfect for collage, altering and embellishing.  The small tag we use in this project measures a generous 5 1/2″ x 10″; a perfect size for  home decor. And what collection could possibly be better for home decor than Home Again?  The fresh farmhouse vibe, the pretty patterns and the soothing color palette are delightful to work with.

You all know me so well…I like pretty…but I like practical, too.  So I designed this tag with a big ole slash pocket to hold an altered notebook.  It’s the perfect place to jot down a to do list, menu plans, emergency contact numbers, grocery lists….or a little daily gratitude journal.  There’s room to tuck a pen into the pocket, too so everything you need will be right at your fingertips.

Button Farm Club January 2020 Kit Reveal: The Folio

The flip side of the tag houses a delightful tri-fold folio.  You’ll learn how to paper piece this adorable little house on the cover…and just wait til you see what’s inside!

This sweet little folio is filled with flips, flaps, pockets, tags and room for loads of lovely family memories.

The waterfall feature will house (18) 4″ x 4″ photos.  And the other photo spots are designed for photos ranging in size from 4″ x 6″ to 3″ x 5″.  And, if you add a little bulldog clip to the sides, the folio will stand upright so you can display your beautiful family photos.

I think this would make a wonderful bridal shower gift, house warming present, birthday gift and…Mother’s Day will be here before we know it!  The color palette almost reads as a neutral, so it would go with almost any home color scheme.

YouTube Video Tour

To help you get a feel for the flow and function of this lovely kit, I’ve created a very short YouTube tour.

What Comes in the Kit?

As always, you will receive everything you need to complete this project with the exception of your adhesive of choice and Distress Ink, should you choose to sponge a little on the edges.

  • Tim Holtz Small Etcetera Tag
  • Carta Bella Home Again Collection
    • 1 sheet 12 x 12 Journaling Cards
    • 1 Coordinating Solids Pack
    • 1 6×6 Paper Pad
    • 1 Chipboard Phrases
  • Little Birdie Heleen Amor Mio Flowers
  • Bay Leaf Seam Binding/2 yards
  • October Afternoon Buttons (blue/3 per kit/small, med, large if possible)
  • Farmhouse Small Notebook
  • 2 pearl stickpins
  • Full color printed tutorial with easy to follow step by step instructions.

The price of the kit is just $39.99, which is a great value given the contents! The tutorial will give you some new techniques that you’ll be able to use in other crafty adventures as well.

The kit is available now at The Button Farm Club. This is a limited release, and I expect it to sell out rather quickly because it is so stinkin’ cute!

For those of you who have been asking for more card tutorials…stay tuned.  There’s a birthday card kit in the works even as I write this.  It’s going to be really, really cute!

I have spent a good bit of time imagining kits for 2020…and I am so excited to share them all with you as they are released.  2020 is going to be a year that just overflows with creativity.  Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement in this venture.  If you have kits that you’d like to see in 2020, please let me know, and I’ll take them into consideration.

Thanks for stopping by!




Throwback Thursday: G45 Cityscapes Birthday Card

G45 Cityscapes Birthday Card for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends! What do you do when your creative mojo is running low?  My remedy is to organize my stash.  Inevitably, while I am tidying up the studio or organizing papers, i will find something that jump starts my creativity and before you know it, poof!  I’m back up and running.  That’s what happened with this G45 Cityscapes Birthday Card.   As I was organizing the remnants of this retired collection, I saw a card in the pile, so quick as a wink, I put it together.

G45 Cityscapes Birthday Card: Lots of Layers

Graphic 45 Cityscapes Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Layering this card up is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  • First, create a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base from kraft cardstock.
  • Next, mat a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ panel of designer paper on cream cardstock.  If you like wider borders on your cards, cut the panel to 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″.
  • Now, layer up scraps of the blue print and the black diamond print.  No size for these…just use what you have in your scraps and trim them so that they fit.
  • Then, adhere a 4″ x 6″ ephemera card on the diagonal.  Adhere the 3 circle icons on the left.
  • Next, trim out the blue tag from another ephemera card. Top this with another sentiment panel, a bow, flower,  and some cute little travel themed charms. Adhere a chipboard tab to the back side of the tag before adding to the base.  You will need to add dimensionals to the back of the tag to level it.
  • Insert a compass brad inside a Tim Holtz Compass Coin and adhere on top of the posies.
  • Add a little border strip.
G45 Cityscapes Birthday Card: A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 Cityscapes Birthday Card Interior Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Clearly, I used up a ton of scraps on the inside of this card.  Add pockets and inserts to turn this into a gift.  The little G45 Tag and Pocket combo is a great spot to stash a little cash.

The larger pocket holds a tag that can double as a bookmark.  Note:  this is the same tag design I used on the front.  I just altered it by layering a sentiment panel on top of the original sentiment.  The back of the ephemera card is a great spot to add a personal greeting.

If you need a tutorial for making a pocket on a card, you can check out my Papercrafting 101 Tutorial: Pockets on YouTube.  And if you’d like more ideas for working with this classic G45 Collection, look HERE.   Some of these projects are a great way to use up scraps, too!

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





Carta Bella Home Again Birthday Card

Carta Bella Home Again Birthday Card Kathy Clement Kathy by Design PHoto 01

Carta Bella Home Again Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  This sweet little birthday card is made with the Carta Bella Home Again Collection.  I fell in love with the color palette, the lovely patterns and the farmhouse vibe, and then it kind of …ooops…fell into my cart!  Our lovely daughter in law had a December birthday, and this is the card I made for her.  She loves simple elegance and fresh design.  How did I do?  Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Carta Bella Home Again Birthday Card: O Happy Day!

This is a long and skinny card, measuring 8 1/2″ x 3 3/4″.  The idea here was to create a base that would allow me to fussy cut the herb tags from the collection and then string them across the front like a banner.    Here’s how that worked:

  • First, cut an 8 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ panel of cardstock for the base.  Score at 3 3/4″ on the short side and fold to create a top fold card.
  • Next, cut a 3 1/2″ x 8″ panel of the green check pattern.
  • Top this with a 7 1/8″ x 2 3/4″ panel of the small navy floral print.
  • Now cut a 6 3/4″ x 2″ panel of the green leaf pattern and center it on the card.
  • Stitch the 3 panels together on the sewing machine.
  • Then fussy cut 5 of the herbal tags from the collection.  I stamped mine with small sentiment stamps that I found in my stash.  Punch a hole at the top and thread some jute string through.
  • Next, place dimensionals on the back and adhere to the card.  I think this looks best if you don’t use a straight line.
  • Locate the cake icon from the ephemera pack. Stamp with a greeting, pop up on dimensionals and center on the card.
  • Add some posies and a pretty bow from the December Ribbon Club and you are done!
A Peek Inside

Create a lacy pocket with an Amazing Paper Grace die.  Tuck in a chocolate and a little note card.  This is a great spot for a gift card, too.  Then stamp a sentiment panel and you are done!

Working with this collection is so relaxing.  The colors are soft and soothing, and the farmhouse imagery has a wonderful nostalgic feel to it.  In fact, I love it so much I decided to use it in my Button Farm Club Kit this month…but more about that in a few days!  How’s that for a teaser?  I will tell you, that it is one of my favorite projects I’ve done for BFC so far…and I think you will love it, too.

I know the blog has been quiet…but I’ve been working like crazy behind the scenes.  There’s some fun stuff coming up, my friends!  Can’t wait to share it all with you!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  And, you’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!





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