Category Archives: Paper Wishes

Elegant Sympathy Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!

When I learned that my sweet neighbor’s dad passed away last week, I wanted to make her a special sympathy card.  A card seems like such a small gesture, but I know from personal experience just how much it means to receive one.  Just to know that others are thinking of you and care about your loss is very comforting.  So I created this elegant sympathy card to let her know that I am here for her if she needs me.

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Kathy by Design/Sympathy Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

I stitched together lots and lots of layers of paper, then added a stamped focal sentiment.  The elegant sherry satin ribbon with gold edges was exactly the finishing touch this card needed. I topped it with a delicate looped bow made from metallic gold string and a fancy button from my stash.  This picks up on the gold embossing in the card focal.

RRR Sympathy Card May 17 2015 03The papers are from the Noted Paper Collection.  I stamped the sentiment from Fiskars retired stamp set, and then decorated it using stamps from the Artful Collection.  The wooden butterfly was embossed with gold embossing powder then tapped with Aged Mahogany Distress Paint.

RRR Sympathy Card May 17 2015 04The interior of the card uses the same papers along with sentiments from a stamp set called Heartfelt Greetings.

Thanks for stopping by!



Chalkboard Birthday Card

Chalkboard Birthday  Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  The chalkboard look seems to have taken the crafting world by storm. Today’s chalkboard birthday card capitalizes on that trend, and throws a fun ribbon banner treatment into the mix.

Chalkboard Birthday RRR 01Now that looks like a celebration, doesn’t it?  The focal image and paper are from the Chalkboard paper pack and the wonderful ribbon is green Center Stitch Burlap from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I just looped it around the brads on either side of the focal, tied the ends with gold embroidery thread and “Ta-Da” !  Instant birthday banner!

The inside has a fun little surprise tucked in.

Chalkboard Birthday RRR 04Yup.  It’s a little birthday tag tucked into the side pocket and topped with more of that delicious center stitch burlap ribbon! The pocket is a cinch to make. This paper is double-sided, so when I measured it, I just added 2 inches onto the width, scored the paper, folded it over and glued just the top and bottom edge.  Instant pocket!

Chalkboard Birthday RRR 03I love to make these for friends, neighbors, co-workers…really any time I want to give a little “something” instead of a big gift. The tag can be used as a bookmark, or to decorate an office cubicle. This chalkboard birthday card becomes the gift, especially when you tuck in an individually wrapped chocolate!  It’s a party in a card!

That’s it for me today folks!  I hope you have a fabulous day.

Thanks for stopping by!



When Life Gives You Lemons…..

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When Life Gives You Lemons…..Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #7

 Greetings, Craft Hoarders!  It’s time to call to order another meeting of Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog! The theme for challenge #7 is Ribbon, Lace and Twine, Oh My!     This month we have TWO amazing sponsors:  Really Reasonable Ribbon and Sin City Stamps.  Here are the deets for this fun challenge:

Show us your fiber side! Use ribbon, lace or twine on your project. Dig into your hoard and share how creative you can be with fibers! You may use ribbon, lace, twine, embroidery floss, string, yarn, fabric, etc. As long as you have something in the “ribbon” family on your project, you are good to go!

Here’s a peeky at the prizes for this challenge:

Two gorgeous Monthly Ribbon Club packs from RRR

And a $20 gift card to Sin City Stamps!

 Really Reasonable Ribbon has been meeting the ribbon needs of crafters, wedding planners, rubber stampers, scrapbookers and the artistic community for over 10 years. We offer great wholesale pricing on full spools of many of our styles, and really reasonable discount retail pricing on ribbon by the yard.
Our large selection of ribbon styles includes a variety of colors and widths in grosgrain, organza, seam binding, gingham, satin, ric rac, twill tape, velvet, bakers twine, jute and much more including a large variety of mulberry flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.
We offer convenient online shopping, FAST shipping and GREAT ribbon prices.
You can also visit our BLOG for daily posts with creative projects featuring ribbon along with two fun challenges on the 1st and the 15th of each month.

Bonnie has a super deal on her website during the month of May:  offering new ribbon club subscribers the option of getting both the April and May assortments together for their first shipment for $17.00 (for US customers).  For subsequent ribbon club shipments, it is $9.00/mo.

Sin City Stamps, owned and operated by Donna Harrison in Las Vegas Nevada, manufactures deep etched red rubber stamps, laser cut stencils, masks, chipboard pieces, page layouts, die cuts and chipboard books. Everything to make a hoarders heart beat with delight!

Sin City Stamps has created a special code for CHACB fans with a 30% discount on everything they offer in their wonderful online store. you will find this code in the side bar.  I might just have to use this one myself, because those chipboard books and pieces look mighty tempting! Just use the code hoarders when checking out.

Now, onto my inspiration piece for Challenge #7:

When Life Gives You Lemons….hidden tag card

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I chose to work with the gorgeous ribbons in the April Ribbon Club Assortment from RRR.  I pulled out a pack of paper that I’ve hoarded for far too long, and put it to good use in this fun card.  The paper pack is from Paper Wishes and is called Sunshine and Shadows.  It was the perfect crafting buddy for the gorgeous grey and yellow ribbons in the ribbon club assortment.  I layered my papers and used a Design Tool Kit to create the shaped panels on my card.  Ribbon was layered over the center of the pretty grey polka dot paper, and then space was left behind this panel to tuck in a tag, also created from the template.

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The sentiment tag is computer journaled onto white cardstock.  I love creating little hidden pockets and interactive elements on a card.   Makes it so much fun to open!

To create the card focal, I stamped Graphic 45’s Botanical Tea stamps directly onto the yellow damask paper from the pack.  The sentiment banner is from the same set.

I did use my Distress Inks to alter the lemon delicate stitched satin ribbon so that it would match my papers.  I simply dragged my length of ribbon across the top of my Mustard Seed ink pad, spritzed it lightly with water and then ironed it on a low setting.  The delicate stitched satin ribbon comes in a variety of beautiful colors and is a dream to work with!

Here’s a peeky at the inside of the card:

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And the lined envelope seals the deal!

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Now, here are the links to the rest of the design team’s blogs. Visit their sites, be inspired, leave them some love,  then dig into your hoard of ribbony goodness and get to work on your own project featuring ribbon, twine, floss, string, etc.  Link it up to the CHACB no later than 11:59PM Pacific Time on Sunday, May 18th.  We’ll be hopping by to “ooh and ahh” over your clever creations and one talented crafter will be selected to win the aforementioned prize package.  Be sure to read the CHALLENGE RULES to ensure that your entry is eligible to win.

Gloria   (Blog Owner and Chief Hoarder in Charge)

Thanks for stopping by!  I can’t wait to see what you create!  Sharing these challenges with you makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.



PS:  Stay tuned….I have an amazing mixed media piece that I made with the fabby supplies Sin City shared with me.  You’ll see it in Challenge #8!  How’s that for a teaser????

Fourth of July Birthday Card

Good Tuesday morning, friends!  Just a quick post to share a fun, bright Fourth of July birthday card with all of you.  July and August are our big birthday months: we have 7 birthdays to celebrate in those two months!  Maybe you have someone with a July birthday that’s close to the 4th.  If so, this bright, bold Fourth of July birthday card just might fill the bill:

016 (2) I started with a 5×7 card base made from kraft cardstock.  It was covered with a 6 3/4″x 4 3/4″ panel of Tim’s vintage license tags paper.  I then layered on Shooting Stars Paper Tole from Paper Wishes.  Some scraps of silver metallic paper were added as a border.  4th July Birthday03 I like the dimension you get when you layer these die cuts with foam tape.  I also backed some of the images with silver paper.

And the fun triangular piece in the top left corner?  That’s actually a bookmark.  4th July Birthday04 It just lifts off the corner and slips over the corner of a book page.  (Or, you can use it for tabletop football if you glue the opening closed…which is what my boys probably would have done!  LOL) You can find the tutorial here.

And a quick peek at the inside:

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Don’t forget about my giveaway on the blog this week.  Leave a comment on any of this week’s posts, and I’ll enter your name to win a $25 gift certificate to Crafty Secrets!  If you would “like” my Kathy by Design Facebook page and/or subscribe to this blog, I would truly appreciate it! The drawing for the gift certificate will take place at 6PM EDT this Sunday.  Winner will be announced in Monday’s blog post.

That’s it for me today, folks.  I hope you all have a glorious 4th of July.  I am so thankful for the freedoms we enjoy here in the USA…and eternally grateful to the men and women who have served, fought and sacrificed to preserve it.

Thanks for stopping by today.  And thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.  They always make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time…



Swallowtail Encouragement Card

Good Friday morning to you!  I just don’t know where this week went!  I opened my eyes on Monday morning, and the next thing I knew, the weekend was barreling down on me.  This is a big weekend, too.  Our youngest granddaughter, Julia, will celebrate her 1st birthday with friends and family!  And Nana is in charge of cupcakes….carrot cake, please, with cream cheese icing–made from scratch, of course.  It will be a fun day.  But before I hit the kitchen to make those 4 dozen cupcakes (what was I thinking?) I wanted to share another Swallowtail card with you.  This one is an encouragement card, and it’s very quick to make.

017 (2) The Swallowtail image from Stampin’ Up! was stamped in Versamark ink, then embossed with copper embossing powder on a sheet of designer paper from K & Company’s wonderful Mira collection.  One edge was shaped using the Design Tool Kit.  A crochet flower was created with a bit of lace, button and twine.  A piece of old jewelry was added to the body, just for fun.  Stitching around the edges adds extra depth and texture.  The simple sentiment is from Paper Wishes.  I used Happy Pattern Stamps along the edges for added interest.   The inside is simple, with a handwritten message taken from Scripture:

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020 (2) It’s a great promise to hold onto when life is tough. 

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That’s it for me today!  I’m headed for the kitchen!  Oh, and I haven’t made Julia’s birthday card yet…..gotta fly.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my little blog today.  I hope my Swallowtail Encouragement card brightened your day.  I so appreciate your comments and thoughts.  I read and savor every single one…they make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.



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