Category Archives: Pets and Critters

National Pet Adoption Weekend: Who Saved Who Tags

National Pet Adoption Weekend: Who Saved Who Tags From the Scrap Drawer

Hello Friends!  Did you know that February is the month when National Pet Adoption Weekend takes place?  Sadly, severe allergies prevent me from enjoying a furry companion, but I thought I would participate by creating this pair of Who Saved Who Tags.

Creative ways to use your scraps

Who Sazved Who Tags by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design Photo 1After making my larger Shabby Chic Dog Folio and Cat Mini Albums this month, my work table was loaded with little bits and pieces of paper.  As you know, I’ve been using my scraps to make quick little cards.  But these scraps were too small even for that.  What’s the answer?  Tags, of course!

Who Sazved Who Tags by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design Photo 2Create a tag base by cutting the corners from a rectangle of leftover cardstock.  This one measures about 5.75″ tall by 3.5″ wide.  I had fussy cut this sweet little doggie image from Authentique’s Devoted paper collection earlier, and just layered it up with patterned papers from that same collection.  A bow tied with brown plaid ribbon provided just the right color contrast for the blue tones in these papers.  I topped this with natural burlap string to add just a bit more texture and a rustic feel to the tag.

Who Sazved Who Tags by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design Photo 3Another great way to use scraps is to cut them into banner flags and die cut with small doily or flower dies.

Who Sazved Who Tags by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design Photo 4This sweet little kitty cat tag measures just 2.5″ x 5″.  Once again, the tag base is made from scrap cardstock.  The image was fussy cut from one of the patterned papers in the collection.

Who Sazved Who Tags by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design Photo 5I love the way this 3.8″ Light Blue Micro Gingham Ribbon frames the focal image.  It’s just the right width for this petite tag.  Blue hemp twine adds just the right amount of texture.

I’m a firm believer that nothing in this life should be wasted, I hope I’ve shared some ideas with you that you’ll be able to use in your own crafting. Please consider adoption the next time you decide to add a furry friend to your family.  You’ll be glad you did!

Thanks for stopping by!




All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album

Petaloo Pets Week: All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album

Hello, Friends!  Are you enjoying Petaloo Pets week?  Yesterday I celebrated dogs with a sweet little shabby chic folio.  Today, it’s all about CATS!  This All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album is purr-fectly shabby chic, filled with fun interactive elements and loaded with simple techniques you can use in any crafty endeavor.  Let’s take a look,. shall we?

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 1While straightening up the Closet of Shame, I ran across this nifty mini album base.  Made with heavy book board, the album had plain kraft covers and a handy ring binder mechanism.  I dressed it up with papers from Authentique’s Devoted collection, a canvas spine and lots of shabby chic details.

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 2The focal image is this pretty kitty in an altered Prima frame.  Paints and seed beads add whimsy and texture to the formerly white frame.  The frame is surrounded by gorgeous Petaloo flowers, custom dyed seam binding ribbon, novelty buttons and a second, smaller vintage framed image.

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 3The frame was painted with a cream chalk paint followed by a light coat of Tattered Rose Distress Paint.  Finally, I tapped the raised edges with Vintage Photo Distress paint to make them pop.

Every shabby chic project needs flowers!  For this album, I’ve added Teal Mini Wild Roses, Blue Mini Wild Roses, Teal Forget me Nots, Antique Beige Wild Roses and Ivory Burlap Textured Blossoms from Petaloo, of course!

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 4I didn’t like the plain kraft spine, so I dressed it up with a strip of canvas that I attached with Scor-Tape.  The nubby texture and ivory fabric add to the shabby chic vibe.  This little antique bronze lion charm added just the right touch of whimsy to the spine.

Thinking outside the button box

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 5If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know I have a “thing” for buttons.  This love for buttons started when I was a child and my mom let me string buttons from my grandmother’s button box while I was sick in bed.  In later years, I inherited that button box along with all the beautiful vintage buttons inside it.  Like most collections, it grew…and grew…and grew!  Thankfully, I love to use buttons to embellish my projects.

For this fun button feature, I encircled a “framed” image with pretty buttons.  But do you want to guess how that frame was made?  Yep.  It’s a big button!  I used a paper punch to cut out the sweet vintage image of the girl and her kitty, glued it into the center of the button and then filled the button with Glossy Accents.  That’s how you think outside the button box!

It’s OK to Stagger!

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 6When cutting the pages for this mini album, I decided it would be fun to create pages that were sized and shaped differently.

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 7These staggered edges lend a playful, whimsical feel to the album and invite you to turn pages, open folders and peek inside pockets.

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album YouTube Video

Because I find it hard to really get a feel for the flow of a mini album with still photos, I created this YouTube video tour.  In the tour, I share tips for using scraps, creating custom embellishments and making interactive elements.  I hope you enjoy!

Thank you so much for joining me here today!  If you have any questions about this project, feel free to ask in the comment section below.



All You Need is Love and a Dog Folio

Petaloo Pets Week: All You Need is Love and a Dog Folio

Hello, Friends!  Do you have a furry friend that adds sunshine and joy to your life?  This week at Petaloo we’re celebrating Petaloo Pets with loads of great pet themed projects.  I’ve prepared a couple fun little albums with that in mind.  Today’s All You Need is Love and a Dog folio has a great shabby chic/vintage vibe.  All You Need is Love and a Dog Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 1Don’t you just love that adorable little girl and her Pug?  This 5×7 folio has been made from a card base.  It’s a simple design.  Create a 5×7 card base, and add one extra score line a quarter of an inch from the fold.  This will give you a 1/4″ spine, allowing you to fill the inside with all sorts of fun inserts.

All You Need is Love and a Dog Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 2Authentique Papers made me break my New Year’s Resolution to refrain from buying any new paper pretties when they released their Devoted collection. (She hangs her head in shame.) l fell completely in love with the shabby chic patterns, colors and images.  Yes, friends…it found its way into the Closet of Shame.

All You Need is Love and a Dog Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 3Every Shabby Chic project needs flowers!  To pick up on the antique pinks and blues in the papers, I added Petaloo Spice Anemones, Teal Forgetmenots, and Ivory Burlap Blossoms.   When I’d finished layering all the elements on the cover, I spattered diluted black paint to amp up the vintage vibe.

All You Need is Love and a Dog Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 4Here’s a peek at the inside of the folio.  The top half contains a really fun fold out feature with waterfall, pockets, tags and photo mounts.  The bottom pocket contains several photos mounts bound together with a slide off belly band.

All You Need is Love and a Dog Folio YouTube Video Tour

Because I think it is difficult to get the feel for an interactive folio like this one, I’ve prepared a YouTube video tour.  In it, I show you how the various elements work and I share lots of tips for creating interactive features like the ones in this folio. I hope you enjoy!

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comment section below.  I love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by!



Pet Bereavement Card

Pet Bereavement Card: Love is  Four Legged Word

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!

Have you ever made a pet bereavement card?  I haven’t made a lot of them over the years, but every now and then a close friend or family member has lost a beloved pet, and I like to acknowledge their sorrow at  its passing.  My hairdresser rescued a beautiful doberman named Ivy several years ago.  This pup had not been treated well, but had a loving heart that came to life once she found her new home.  Sadly, Ivy developed cancer in her leg and had to have it amputated.  It didn’t slow her spirit down much, but multiple rounds of chemotherapy took their eventual toll, and I’m sorry to say that Ivy lost her courageous fight against the disease.  My heart broke for my dear friend, and I wanted to let her  know that she was in my thoughts.  So I pulled out  my Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs paper to make this pet bereavement card.

I found that this 3/8″ Poppy Satin Ribbon with a silver metallic edge was the perfect color match for the papers.  I used my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool to tie a double layer/double loop bow that I then topped with white sweetheart blossoms and white sweetheart blossoms with a red center.  A tiny snipped of the poppy ribbon worked great as a topper for the tag, too.

Here’s a quick tip for you: I used a craft knife to cut around the edges of the bicycle wheel as well as the edges of the flowers in the corner so that I could tuck my sentiment behind.  Always work with a fresh blade when you are doing this type of cutting, and I’ve found that if you cut on top of a glass surface, the knife blade cuts “like buttah”.

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

Thanks for stopping by!


RRR Pets and Ribbon Challenge

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Hello, Really Reasonable Ribbon lovers!  Welcome to the RRR Pets and Ribbon Challenge!

When we were kids, we had the sweetest little beagle in the world.  Of course, we named him Snoopy.  He used to let us dress him up in our doll’s clothes and put him in the toy cradle without a hint of protest.  Pets are great that way…they’ll endure all kinds of indignities in the name of love.  Even though there’s not a beagle featured in this card, the devotion of these two puppies reminded me of those times.  I love how attentive they are!

RRR Pet Challenge 01I used black cardstock to mat all the colorful papers in this 7″ x 5″ top opening card. The 3/8″ black gingham ribbon is the perfect option because it helps to ground the images, and it also plays well with all those colors!

The vintage image is a digital stamp from the Crafty Secrets Big Dog stamp set.  I love the chalkboard element, don’t you? I traced over the letters with a white gel pen, and then smudged white pigment ink to give it a real chalkboard feel.

RRR Pet Challenge 04The banners and page title were cut from the DCWV Pet Stack. I matted the image on the Spellbinders Valiant Honor frame.

RRR Pet Challenge 05The inside uses a computer journaled sentiment, some fussy cut elements from the paper stack and another fishtail banner.

Now it’s your turn to create a card with a Pets and Ribbon theme.  Link it up on the Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG before August 31st. I’ll be stopping by to take a peek at your creative handiwork.  Thanks for stopping by today!



Crafty Secrets Party Cats for Sophie’s Birthday

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Good Monday morning, my friends!  Hope you all enjoyed a wonderful weekend!  It was a special one here, as we celebrated our precious Sophie Grace’s 5th birthday.  It’s hard to believe that 5 whole years have gone by since the day of her arrival.  Here’s a picture of her then:

Sophies birth day 012And here is our darling girl now:

Sophie Easter 2014She has grown into the sweetest, most thoughtful, loving little girl ever. She also has a wonderful sense of humor and tells a mean knock-knock joke!  And of course, I am totally unbiased!  She’s a wonderful big sis to Julia.

Sophie and Julia SNOW


And all she wanted for her 5th birthday was a kitty.  Meet Mittens…Sophie’s Birthday kitty.

Sophie MittensSo naturally, Nan (that’s what she calls me…or Nanny, or Nanny-O) had to make a kitten themed card for Sophie’s birthday.  I used the adorable Crafty Secrets Party Cats digital files to make a 6″ easel card.  I have always loved these images, but before they were really tiny and hard for me to color.  Now that I can re-size them ,they are even better!  Here’s a peeky at the card:

CS Party Cats 04I just think these kitties and mice are delightful.  Did you notice the “maestro” conducting the birthday chorus?  Isn’t he a hoot?  And, I love the dancing kitties…and the kitties suspended from balloons, too.  This digital set has 32 designs…and each is totally adorable.


After re-sizing my images, I inserted the the cats and the piano into a text box in Word.  I printed this twice onto smooth white cardstock. I colored the background on one, and just the kitties on another.  After the kitties were colored, I fussy cut them and popped them up on foam dimensionals and matted them with teal and red cardstock.  The other images were also colored, fussy cut and popped up on foam tape. The balloons were treated with Glossy Accents and a touch of Diamond Stickles was strategically placed.  I stamped randomly with the music staff clear acrylic stamp from Artsy Banners which is retired, but still available in digital format.  The sentiment is taken from Cutie Cats.

My papers are the Printable Red Teal/Floral Dot Double Sided papers that you can download for just 99 cents.  Here’s a look at the inside of my Crafty Secrets Party Cats card:

CS Party Cats 06The glittery number 5 is from the digital Sexy Number stamp set.  I used my Paint Shop Pro to color it in.  The more I play with digital, the more comfortable I become with it!

So, that’s it for me on this Monday morning. Thanks for stopping by and celebrating Sophie’s birthday with me.  Being a grandmother makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.






Crafty Secrets Big Dog Digital Stamps

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Crafty Secrets Big Dog Digital Stamps

Hello, Friends!  Well, we made it to Friday!  TGIF!!  I’m popping in today to share a really fun card made with the new Crafty Secrets  Big Dog Digital Art Stamps. The Big Dog digital set is brimming with 44 separate digital stamps for big dog lovers. Many of these digital images are 4″ to 6″ in size, and would be very hard to stamp conventionally.  However, with digital images, you can resize them or even flip them to make them work for any projects.  I got such a kick out of this dapper big dog that I made him up into a fun masculine birthday card.  Check it out:

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Dontcha just “woof” him?  I printed the digital image twice directly onto the Baked Brown Sugar cardstock.  I fussy cut one image, treated Big Dog’s top hat with a coat of Glossy Accents and then added all the fun little elements you see here.  The sentiment, dog bones, balloons and lapel pin were printed on white cardstock.  I used  Spellbinder’s label die to cut out the colored sentiment.  The bones were treated with Glossy Accents and fussy cut, as was the lapel pin.  The colored balloons come with the fun paws printed on them.  I coated them with GA, then colored them with my Spectrum Noir pens and added some Stickles.  The background paper is the 99 cent digital Brown Paisley.

A touch of ribbon, a metal brad and the outside of this card was complete. Here’s a peeky at the inside:

Big Dog 05The paper here is the companion to the brown paisley and comes in the same download.  The hat, cupcake and sentiment are all from the Big Dog stamp set.  Here’s a look at that:

118_big_dog-digital_webIsn’t it fun?

Well, I hope you have a doggone good weekend.  And I hope you’ll join us on Monday when we launch our June Linky Party!  The design team has cooked some wonderful tutorials that will have you howling with delight!  And, if you’d like to join in but don’t have any Crafty Secrets goodies, be sure to visit the Crafty Secrets BLOG where you’ll find links to FREE downloads.  Everyone that plays along will receive a $6 credit to the online store, and one lucky participant will be randomly chosen to win a $50 shopping spree!  Bow Wow!  That’s worth playing for!!!

I’d love to hear what you think of the new Crafty Secrets Big Dog Digital Stamps….and what you’d like to create with them.  In fact, it would make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!



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