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Small Craft Studio Tour and a Winner!

Small Craft Studio Tour Part 1 and Winner of Week 4 Happy Blogiversary Giveaway

Hello Friends!  Happy Friday!  As many of you know, my husband and I sold our big family home last year and downsized into a cute little ranch home.  Of course, this meant I had to create a whole new studio space.  This was fun…and challenging.  My former studio was more than twice as big, and had almost unlimited closet/storage space.  I had to do a major purge before and after moving.  I’ve spent the last 10 months working on my new, smaller studio and I can honestly say, I love it!  Since we’ve been celebrating my 4th Blogiversary this month, I thought it would be fun to share a video tour.  This Small Craft Studio Tour Part 1 goes over the basic layout as well as some furniture design and storage ideas. So, welcome to my small craft studio!

Small Craft Studio Tour Part 1

Hey!  What About the Giveaway?

Not to worry, my friends!  I haven’t forgotten about announcing the winner of my Week 4 Happy Blogiversary Giveaway!  I put all the numbers into random.org and the winner is:

#5: Barb Macaskill

Congratulations, Barb!  Please e-mail me your mailing address and I’ll get your crafty goodies mailed off to you.

As luck would have it, Barb hails from the state I grew up in: Vermont. Isn’t that amazing?  And to make things even more interesting, she lives in the town next door to my old hometown!  I even went to church there.  It really is a small world!

A Heartfelt Thank You

I hope you have had as much fun as I did during this Blogiversary Giveaway.  I wish I could have sent a prize package to each and every one of you.  Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to my questions.  I gathered a lot of useful information:

  • You prefer YouTube to Snapguide
  • Your favorite color combos
  • The things you enjoy about my blog (and some changes I need to make!)
  • The types of projects you enjoy creating

All this intel will find its way into future blog posts which means my blog will hopefully become even more relevant and helpful as time goes by.  Hearing from you all over the course of the past 4 weeks has been a fantastic experience.

Thank you again for taking this artful journey with me.  I couldn’t as for better travel companions!

I’ll be back tomorrow with Part II of my small craft studio tour.  I’ll share specific storage and organizational tips and before/after photos of the studio.  I hope you will join me!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Happy Blogiversary Week 4…and a winner!

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Happy Blogiversary Week 4

Hello, Friends!  Happy Saturday!  I’m just popping in very quickly to reveal the winner of my Happy Blogiversary Week 3 giveaway and to reveal the prize for Happy Blogiversary week 4.  I know you all have errands to run and paper to play with, so let’s get right to it, shall we?  This week’s winner, chosen by random.org is:

Janet Saieva

Congrats, Janet!  If you’ll e-mail me your address, I’ll get Tammy’s dies right out to you so you can start enjoying them.  They really are fabulous!

The winner has 72 hours to claim her prize.  If I have not heard from you within 72 hours, I’ll choose a new winner.

Happy Blogiversary Week 4 Prize Package

This brings us down to the prize package for Happy Blogiversary Week 4, the final week of celebration.  I think this one is going to make all the stampers in the room very happy!

Lucky for you, I had already purchased all these fabulous Graphic 45 stamps before I earned a spot on the design team.  So when they added these to a recent design team package, I set them aside for a future giveaway.  There are 5 stamp sets in this bundle:

  • Cityscapes (you will loooove that postcard)
  • 2 from Voyage Beneath the Sea…all steampunky and fun
  • 2 precious stamps from Children’s Hour with lovely images and sentiments

That should keep you good and inky for some time to come. I’ll be looking through my crafty stash for some other goodies to add in and will stuff a Priority Mail Envelope as full of crafty goodness as I can.

How to Win

Here are the guidelines for entering this Happy Blogiversary Week 4 giveaway

  • You must be a subscriber to my blog.  It’s easy to subscribe.  Just fill in the form at the top of the right hand side bar.
  • You must be a resident of the US or Canada.  Sadly, international shipping is just too expensive for my piggy bank.
  • Visit me on Snapguide or YouTube. You’ll find free tutorials from me in both of these spots.  Take a look around and leave a comment on at least one Snapguide tutorial or YouTube video.
  • Leave a comment below letting me know which format you prefer: Snapguide or YouTube and why.  This will help me focus my attention on the format that my readers prefer.

You have until 5PM on Wednesday, February 8th.  I’ll announce the final winner here on the blog on Friday, February 10th.

Thanks so much for helping me celebrate 4 years of blogging!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Happy Blogiversary Giveaway Week 3…and a winner!

This giveaway is now closed.  The winner is Janet Saieva!

Winner of Happy Blogiversary Week 2 winner and Happy Blogiversary Giveaway Week 3

Hello, Friends!  Happy Monday!  I’m just popping in very quickly to reveal the winner of my Happy Blogiversary Week 2 Giveaway…and to reveal the fabulous prize package for my Happy Blogiversary Giveaway Week 3!

I put all your entries into Random.org and #25 was chosen….D.Ann C! 

I’ve already contacted D.Ann and will ship her prize package out to her today.

Now…on to Happy Blogiversary Giveaway week 3.  Drumroll, please!

This week I am giving one lucky random winner a complete set of Tammy Tutterow’s fabulous mini envelope dies!  Woo hoo!  These are so stinkin’ cute and fabulous and versatile that I use them all the time.  Here’s a look at what the winner will receive.

The pointed mini envelope die  is just darling!  The die cuts and scores your paper, and the insert die fits perfectly inside the pocket.

The Deco Edge Envelope is perfect for retro and shabby chic and vintage …well, everything, really!

The Notched mini envelope looks amazing with a tassel or brad inserted in the punched opening.

The Window Mini Pocket is loaded with possibilities: shaker envelope, anyone?

And this Notched Mini Envelope has a very cute closure, don’t you agree?

I know you’ve seen these as I’ve used them loads of times in my creations.  They add such a fun element to any layout, mini album or card.  I love them, and I think you will, too.

How to Win

  1. First, you must be a follower of my blog in order to win.  I’m having this Blogiversary Celebration (FOUR years, friends!) to thank all of you for taking this journey with me, so that’s only fair.  To subscribe, just add your e-mail address in the box in the sidebar.
  2. The drawing is open to US and Canadian followers only.  International postage is so terribly expensive that I just can’t afford it.
  3. This week’s question has to do with color.  I am an equal opportunity lover of color…I love and use them ALL!  But I have two favorite color combos: Blues and browns and Pinks and Browns just fill me up with happiness.  So I’d like to know:

What’s your favorite color combo?

This giveaway will remain open until 5PM on Friday, February 3rd.  I’ll announce the winner for week 3 and reveal the prize for the 4th and final giveaway on Saturday, February 4th.  I’ll contact the winner at that time and he/she will have 72 hours to respond with his/her mailing address.  If I haven’t heard back, I’ll choose another winner.

That’s it!

Thanks again for helping me celebrate.

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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Happy Blogiversary Number 4 Giveaway Week 2

This giveaway is now closed.  The winner of the random draw is D.Ann C

Week One Winner and Happy Blogiversary Number 4 Giveaway Week 2

Hello, Friends!  Happy Friday!  I hope you all had a good week.  I’m just popping in very quickly to share the winner of the random draw for the week one winner and to announce the prize for my Happy Blogiversary Number 4 Givewaway Week 2.

The winner of the random draw for week one is:

Jellybeanerz!

Congratulations!  Please e-mail your mailing info to me at kathybydesign@hotmail.com and I’ll get your prize pack of Tammy Tutterow dies out to you right away!

Giveaway Week 2

This week I’m giving away 5 sets of Graphic 45 Cling Stamps from Hampton Art.  The random winner will receive all the stamps in the Home Sweet home Collection, one stamp from Enchanted Forest, and one from Voyage Beneath the Sea.  I also have a 6×6 pad of pretty Farmhouse papers and some paper layers from Glitz.  You’ll be able to make lots of paper pretties with the goodies in this giveaway bundle.

How to Win

To be eligible to win you need to:

  1.  Subscribe to my blog (the form is in sidebar in the upper right hand corner)
  2. Leave a comment below telling me your favorite thing to make.  Are you a card maker, a scrapbooker, mixed media maven, or in love with altered art?
  3. Be a resident of the US or Canada.  Sadly, I just cannot afford overseas shipping.

That’s it!

This giveaway will remain open until 5PM EST on Friday, January 27th.  The winner will be announced on Monday, January 30th here on the blog.  At that time, I’ll also reveal the contents of my Week Three Blogiversary Giveaway, so be sure to tune in!

The winner will have 72 hours to contact me to claim his/her prize, then I will draw another name to receive the blog candy.

Thanks for all the wonderful comments you left last week.  I learned a lot from your responses.  I hope you’re enjoying this little Blogiversary celebration!

Thanks again for sharing the journey with me.

Cheerio,

kathy

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Happy Blogiversary Number Four and a Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed.  The winner is JELLYBEANERZ!
Happy Blogiversary Number Four…and a Giveaway!

Hello Friends!  I know I’ve been kind of absent this week, but I’ve been busy getting samples ready for CHA in Phoenix (next week) and have hardly had time to come up for air.  All of a sudden today, I realized…this week marks my 4th anniversary on the Kathy by Design blog.  So this is a special Happy Blogiversary Number 4 blog post and a giveaway!  Woo hoo!

I don’t have a fancy project to share with you today…just my humble thanks for being on this journey with me.  I started blogging with the goal of sharing my adventures in paper crafting with anyone who was willing to listen.  LOL  I had no idea how to set up a blog, and had never written a blog post in my life.  So it thrills and amazes me to see that there were people “out there” who would share my passion for paper.

Now, four years down the road, 675 of you have graced me with your company on the journey.  I’ve published over 800 posts!  And, my blog has had close to 300,000 visitors.  9,560 of you have left me lovely comments to cheer me along the way.  I am so blessed and humbled.  I just wanted to say thank you and share a little love with you.

Happy Blogiversary #4 Giveaway WEEK ONE

I decided it would be fun to host a giveaway each week for the next four weeks.  Sound good to you?  So for my Week One Happy Blogiversary Nujmber Four giveaway, I’m offering these fabulous  Waterfall One, Waterfall Two and Pinked Posies dies from Tammy Tutterow.

Many of you know that I have the honor of designing for Tammy.  I had purchased these dies before I joined the team and as much as I love them (and I really, really do love them!) I don’t need two sets of them in my stash.  So I thought I would share the love with you.

Here’s How to Enter

To be eligible to win:

  1.  You MUST be a follower of my blog.  To join, just click on the e-mail sign up form in the top right corner of my side bar.
  2. Answer this question in the comment section below:  What do you like best and what do you like least about my blog?
  3. You must be a resident of the US or Canada.  (I just can’t afford the international postage….I’m sorry!)

I’ll keep the week one giveaway open until 5PM EST on Thursday, January 19th.  I’ll announce the winner AND the week 2 giveaway on Friday, January 20th.

If you’re already a follower, please let me know.  I’d love it if you chose to follow me on the following venues as well:

That’s it!  Thanks again for being a companion on the journey!  I am having the best time.  I never expected to make so many wonderful friends all around the world.  You add so much joy to my life!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

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Last Minute Gift Ideas Blog Hop

The winner of this hop is Barbara Macrowen .  Please contact Einat Kessler to claim your $100 Visa Gift Card prize.  Congrats!

 Last Minute Gift Ideas Blog Hop

last-minute-gift-ideas-blog-hopHello Friends! Are you ready for the holidays?  Do you need some last minute gift ideas?  Well, I’m here to invite you to join the Last Minute Gift Ideas Blog Hop.  My Graphic 45 teammate Einat Kessler has rounded up  a great group of talented designers.  We were each asked to create a quick and easy project and tutorial to share with you.  There are so many great ideas coming your way!

Along with all this crafty inspiration, you could also win a great prize!  Visit all the blogs participating in the hop, At the end of this post I’ll tell you how  you can be entered into a drawing for a $100 Visa Gift Card. No matter where you live, you are eligible to win the prize! Woo-hoo!  If you’re not a follower of my blog, I’d love for you to sign up, but it’s not required to win. Let’s get hopping!

Quick and Classy Pop Up Gift Card Holders Video Tutorial with Graphic 45 A Christmas Carol

last-minute-gift-ideas-blog-hop-a-christmas-carol-pop-up-gift-card-holder-a-christmas-carol-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-1I don’t know about you, but no matter how much planning I do, I always end up with the need for a last minute gift.  And a last minute gift generally means a gift card.  These little pop up gift card holders can be made in about 15-20 minutes using basic supplies that you already have on hand.  In fact, I used scraps from Graphic 45’s A Christmas Carol paper collection.  I made two versions, one more masculine and one more feminine, but both are made the exact same way.

Here’s a peek at the finished Pop-Up Gift Card Holders.

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YouTube Video Tutorial for Quick and Classy Pop Up Gift Card Holder

I’ve prepared a YouTube Video tutorial so you can learn how to make these yourself.  As a little Christmas gift, I did not edit out all my little “bloopers” so you’ll get to enjoy some gaffes and goofs in this video.  It’s good for you to know that there are no mistakes in crafting…just learning opportunities.  (That’s my line, and I’m sticking to it!)

Now, on with the show!

Hop Along in the Last Minute Gift Ideas Blog Hop and WIN

Here’s a list of the blogs in this hop:

OlaPatti ♥ Kathy (you are HERE) ♥ AlexandraSandyGloria PamEinatKeren

Terry Katelyn Einat KesslerSusanStephEileen Hull RitaMahe

Comment to win!

You have plenty of chances to enter the drawing for the $100 Visa gift card .  Hop now until midnight Saturday, December 24th.  You can enter on just ONE blog, but your chances will be better if you enter on each participating blog. Everyone is eligible win whether you are a US or International follower.

The winner of the $100 Visa gift card will be announced on einatkessler.com on Sunday, Dec 25th. 

In order to win, leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite, “can’t live without it” craft supply or tool.

Here’s the prize drawing widget:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks for hopping by! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to each of you!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Altered Baby Tray

Altered Baby Tray:   Hoarders Hop and Blog Candy

Hello Friends!  It’s time for another inspiring Hoarders Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from the one and only Wendi’s blog: Scrappy Day in Paradise.  If so, you are right on track. But just in case you have no idea where you are or what you are doing (like me on most days!) here are the links to all the Hoarders who are participating in the hop this month:

 Gloria Stengel – http://gloriascraps.blogspot.com/
Debbie Seyer – http://www.debbieseyer.com/
Jacquie Southas – http://jacquiesouthas.blogspot.com/
Tracey Sabella – http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/
Donna Idlet – http://myblogidlet.blogspot.com/
Nancy Dynes – http://mytatteredtreasures.blogspot.com/
Wendi Robinson – http://scrappydayinparadise.blogspot.com/
Kathy Clement – http://www.kathybydesign.com/ (You are HERE)
Karen Zueger-Brownell – http://lostcoastscrapper.blogspot.com/
Marisa Job – http://www.marisadesigns.blogspot.com
Christy Houser – http://creatingwiththegirls.blogspot.com/

This month, I have a super sweet baby project to share with you.  I used a 7 Gypsies Solo Tray and Graphic 45 papers (Sweet Sentiments/Little Darlings) and some die cuts to create this little altered baby tray for a friend.

Kathy by Design/Little Darlings Altered Baby Tray 02The solo tray measures 6″ square with a 4″ x 6″ opening and 3 2″ square openings.  I dug deep into the Closet of Shame and came up with some fun embellies like the sweet Baby Animal Print Ribbon, White Iridescent Metallic String, Cosmos Daisies and Magnolia Blossoms.  Oh, and I added a few White Spiral Stamens into my flower/ribbon cluster.  I also inked the edges of the flower petals with Chalk ink, and dry brushed some Tattered Rose Distress Paint onto the sides of the tray.

Little Darlings Altered Baby Tray 01This baby’s nursery is done in pink and lilac, so that dictated the color palette. To be true to the Hoarders Pledge (“Keep everything you have, but use everything you keep,”and yes…I just totally made that up!) I pulled out an ancient Spellbinder’s Lace Border Die to use along the top of the tray.

Little Darlings Altered Baby Tray 03I layered the lilac papers from Sweet Sentiments, adding foam tape between layers to add more direction. A large photo of the new family can be mounted here.  .  The sides of the tray were covered in paper and then wrapped with crocheted lace, but I didn’t get a good photo of that, which was very silly of me!

Little Darlings Altered Baby Tray 04The little dress, bloomers, teddy bear and shoes are die cut with dies that I dug out of my crafty stash.  I inked the edges lightly with Tea Dye Distress Ink…and I have to admit…I super love the way these die cuts turned out.

Baby things are so much fun to make and give!  And speaking of giving, I have a little bit of blog candy to give away this month. Blog candyI have a huge stash of 6″ x 6″ papers that I almost never use.  So I thought I would share.  These are assorted collections from Webster’s Pages and they need a new home.  I’ll toss in some other goodies, too…as much as I can fit into the package.

To win, you just need to do one of the following:

  1. Become a follower of my blog if you are not already. You can subscribe by e-mail by using the form in the upper right hand corner of this page.
  2. Like my Facebook page
  3. Favorite my ETSY shop
  4. Follow me on Twitter
  5. Follow me on Instagram
  6. Follow me on Pinterest

You don’t have to do all of the above…but if you do, it will make my day!  I’ll pick a random winner on Monday November 9th and announce it on my Facebook page that day.

Now hop on over and see what KAREN has cooked up for you!

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

 

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