Category Archives: Spring Project

Things With Wings Challenge at RRR

Hello, Friends!

It’s time for a new challenge over at Really Reasonable Ribbon!  I am so excited to share today’s card for the Things With Wings Challenge, because I used some fun techniques to create my card, and I’m going to tell you how I did it!

RRR Things with Wings Challenge April 2015 01

I super love the April Ribbon Club Collection from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Take a look!

April Ribbon ClubThese are the perfect color match for the April pages in Graphic 45’s “Time to Flourish” collection. It’s so exciting when ribbons and papers work together this beautifully!

Graphic 45 April Time to Flourish/Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon

RRR Things with Wings Challenge/Kathy by Design

I sewed two of the patterned papers from the 6×6 pad together to make the base for my card.  I ran the top portion through my Grand Calibur with the new Spellbinder’s Doily M-Bossabilities folder.  The raised design was sponged with Tea Dye Distress Ink to make it pop off the page.  Then I made a beautiful border by layering a strip of blue print paper with Tropic Checkerboard Satin Ribbon, Coral Rose Swiss Dots Grosgrain, and Theresa White Crochet Lace.

RRR Things with Wings Challenge April 2015 05I fussy cut the beautiful tulips from the 12×12 pages, and shaped them gently with my tool kit. These were adhered with foam dots to add some extra dimension, and then the centers of a few tulips were filled wtih seed beads.  I added a gorgeous bow made with Light Coral Diamond Satin Ribbon , White Iridescent metallic string, and a sweet vintage button from my stash.    I also scattered some seed beads randomly around the card…because I like them!  LOL

RRR Things with Wings Challenge April 2015 04Now, to the “Things with Wings” portion of this challenge.  I ran a Graphic 45 Staples Butterfly through my machine with a damask embossing folder to give it some really cool texture.  Next, I sponged it with a combination of Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Antique Linen Distress Paint.  I heated this gently with my heat tool (use tweezers!) and then when it was still warm, I shaped the wings.  I topped the whole thing off with a layer of Clear Distress Crackle paint, and then added half a Graphic Staples clothespin for the body.  I secured this to my card base with foam adhesive, and then tucked in a fussy cut sentiment from the same 12×12 page, topping it off with a sweet bow made from the Aqua Roses printed Grosgrain Ribbon.  This is the sweetest ribbon ever made, and I get a little weak in the knees every time I use it!

RRR Things with Wings Challenge April 2015 06Here’s a peeky at the inside of the card.  I stamped the ivory oval with one of the Time to Flourish Stamps and layered up some more sweet papers.  Doesn’t it feel like spring?

Now it’s your turn to get your craft on!  Create a project and link it up to the Things With Wings Challenge.  You’ll find all the details and links to the rest of the design team at the Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG. I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Paper Pieced Apron Note Cards

Crafty Secrets Paper Pieced Apron Note Cards

Hello, Friends!

Well, Spring has sprung in North Carolina!  My miniature daffodils are waving their pretty yellow heads in the plant pots on my front stoop. The cherry trees have burst into bloom.  The Bradford Pears that line are driveway are swelling with buds, birds are singing…even the spring peepers have started their happy chorus! Even though I’m not a gardener, this time of year always reminds me of my mom.  She could not wait to get out and dig in the dirt after our long New England winters.  She would get the laundry hung on the line, and head right out for her flower beds to give her precious posies some TLC.  When I found these adorable aprons in the Garden Style Digital Art Stamps, I knew that I had to make these paper pieced apron note cards to share with you.

Apron Cards CS 01These are standard sized 4.25″ x 5.5″ note cards on a kraft card base.  I printed out the gorgeous garden paper collage from the Digital Garden Papers and stitched it onto the pretty peach diamond papers.  I love the color combo!  It just says SPRING!

Apron Cards CS 02I printed the apron onto 4 different sheets of paper from the Garden Papers, cut them apart, and then paper pieced them back together again. Color was randomly added with alcohol markers.  I pleated the ruffle a little on each card  and popped the pockets up onto foam tape to add some fun dimension, then touched it with a little bit of Diamond Stickles for glitz and glam.

Apron Cards CS 03To finish off the flirty look, I added a simple square knot bow tied with shimmery Sheer Iridescent Peach Ribbon.

These would make such great hostess gifts…or just a flirty, fun way to send a little thinking of you note.  They are simple to make, so you could do gobs of them in and afternoon. Besides, paper piecing takes me back to playing with paper dolls.  It’s just plain fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Crafty Secrets March Linky Party

Crafty Secrets March Linky Party and Design Team Challenge: Go Green!

Hello Friends!  Welcome to the Crafty Secrets March Linky Party!  I think we are all ready for a dose of springtime right about now.  We’re focusing on spring: green growing things, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, flowers, or anything that makes us think of spring.  The optional twist this month is to use an upcycled element in our projects: a bit of corrugated cardboard, a twist tie, an old container, packaging material, jars, bottles…anything that would normally end up in the landfill.  Now I love me a good upcycling challenge!  As you know, my Closet of Shame is filled with all kinds of “trash” that I love to turn into treasure, so this was a fun challenge for me.

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

This bit of home decor started with an empty pasteboard berry basket.  I had some paper mache eggs that I decoupaged with strips of paper from the Crafty Secrets Digital Garden Papers and went to work building this fun springtime floral arrangement.  Here’s what you need to make this project:

  • a one quart pasteboard berry basket
  • white acrylic paint
  • paint brush
  • paper mache eggs, available at most craft stores this time of year
  • Spanish Moss, or some other kind of filler for your basket
  • Crafty Secrets Digital garden papers
  • Crafty Secrets Friends and Flowers Vintage Cuts
  • an assortment of Mulberry Flowers
  • ribbon
  • small chalkboard (I don’t remember where this came from)
  • White Sharpie to write on the chalkboard
  • small birdnest (from the craft store)
  • Claudine Hellmuth Matte Multi Medium
  • Hot Glue Gun
Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

This project is so quick and easy!  The key is to print the papers onto very thin paper. Just use the cheapest, thinnest printer paper you can find.  I tried to print onto tissue paper, but did not have any success with that experiment.  (If you know how…please let me know!).  I tore my paper into random strips, painted the back with Matte Multi Medium and then smoothed it onto the surface of the egg, repeating the process until the whole egg was covered.  Then, I just brushed the tops of each egg with more medium and let them dry.  As you can see, the ink did not run, and I think this is due to the fact that I used Claudine Hellmuth Matte Multi Medium.  It dries very quickly and is not a super wet adhesive.  So that’s what I would recommend for this type of project.

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Once I had painted the berry basket, I brushed the edges of it with a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink to age it a little.  I also added a strip of this pretty printed ribbon around the top of the basket edge.

I know you’ll want to see what the rest of the team has cooked up for you this month!  Be sure to visit their blogs and take a peek at their amazing projects and tutorials.

Special Guest Designer: Karen Letchworth, My Cup Runneth Over

Darlene ♥ Diane ♥ Elizabeth ♥ Ginny ♥ Gloria ♥ Melody ♥ MicheleShantaieSheila

Oh, and did I forget to mention that there are prizes?  One lucky participant will be randomly selected to win a fabulous prize package of digital papers, images and other fun artsy stuff.  You can find all the details and photos on the BLOG.

Now it’s your turn! Dig through your stash of Crafty Secrets goodies and work up a new project to share with us.  You do not have to follow this month’s theme to play along, but it’s always fun when you do.  If you don’t have any Crafty Secrets goodies, there is a free download in the Linky Party Post on the Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Blog.  So no excuses!  Go get your craft on, and link up before midnight on Sunday, March 15th.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Here’s hoping that all these spring projects will drive Old Man Winter out of town for good!

Thanks for stopping by,

Cheerio,

kathy

St. Patrick’s Day Banner

St. Patrick’s Day Banner

The top o’the morning to ye, my friends!  Today I have a super fun St. Patrick’s Day banner to share with you made with Really Reasonable Ribbon and the St. Patrick’s Day Creativity Kit from Polly’s Paper Etsy.  I had to take down my beautiful Valentine banner…and my mantle looked so barren, that I decided to dress it up with the wearin’ o the green!

St. Patricks Day Banner 01Of course, my master plan was to have my mantle all beautifully decorated…but on the very day that I completed this banner, the drywall crew showed up to begin the repairs on our home from the water damage we incurred from broken pipe.  So my living room is hermetically sealed right now, and I have no access to my mantle.  So I had to improvise. Sigh…..

This is a massive banner, measuring more than 4 feet in length.  All the papers and images come from the kit, and I just added a few paper rosettes, buttons and fabulous ribbons and flowers.  Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

St. Patricks Day Banner 05This is the first panel on the banner.  I stitched the pre-cut papers onto this gorgeous 1.5″ Cream Mesh Ribbon.  This is the most gorgeous stuff!  It has a slight sheen to it, and is soooo soft and pretty.  It was the perfect match for the lively Celery Green Plaid Ribbon I used to tie bows on either end of the banner.  I topped the bow with a pretty Off White Chrysanthemum and then added white cosmos and green sweetheart blossoms from the green and white variety pack.  Aren’t they perfect for St. Pat’s Day?

St. Patricks Day Banner 06Here are more of those sweet blossoms on the next panel where they adorn the LUCK greeting and the lucky horseshoe.

St. Patricks Day Banner 07You can see how great these greens work with these blossoms and the cream mesh ribbon.  It’s a match made in heaven!

St. Patricks Day Banner 08I tucked a whole cluster of them into the lid of this cute green teapot. You know how I love my tea!

St. Patricks Day Banner 09And they add so much texture, color and dimension to this panel.  I hope Bonnie has lots of these in stock, because they are so perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patricks Day Banner 10Here you can see how I stitched along the cream mesh ribbon…and you can say hello to the Grand Marshall of the St. Patrick’s Day parade and his lovely wife!

St. Patricks Day Banner 11The banner is finished off with another bodacious bow tied with my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool and topped with another off white chrysanthemum.  I wish you could see this banner in person…it’s so festive and fun.  The perfect pick me up for the end of winter.  It will look great on my mantle…once I can hang it there.

So, what do you do for St. Patrick’s Day?  We generally go out for fish and chips…and of course we wear green, so we don’t get pinched!  And, I always make a loaf of Irish Soda Bread which is almost as yummy as this banner!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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