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Maritime Sea Fever Album for 7 Gypsies

Hello, Friends!

I’m really excited to be sharing my Maritime Sea Fever album today on the Canvas Corp/7 Gypsies blog.  You all know how much I love the beach, so this album is near and dear to my heart.

Maritime "Sea Fever" Journal/Kathy by Design

Maritime “Sea Fever” Journal/Kathy by Design


Because we live fairly close to the beautiful North Carolina beaches, we visit as often as we can, to walk along the sand, soak up the sun, listen to the surf and let our spirits be refreshed and revived. We find all kinds of treasures along the way, and I thought it would be nice to create a little journal to write down memories and a poem about the sea. The cover is decorated with some of our favorite treasures: wood, shells, sand, bits of sea grass…all the things we love about the shore. I hope you’ll feel the serenity and freedom of the sea as you peruse the pages of this hand bound journal. Come walk with me beside the sea….

Here is what you will need to create your own Maritime Sea Fever album.

I started with a 14″ x 6″ piece of medium weight chipboard that came in some packaging I had. After scoring at 6″ and 7″, I creased the chipboard to form the book cover, then trimmed away any excess so that the front and back covers were even in size. Next, I cut a piece of canvas that was 1″ larger than the chipboard cover on all sides. I misted this with Crushed Shells Glimmer Mist and stitched it directly to the chipboard base using my “messy stitching” technique. I cut a 4″ square of ivory burlap, misted it with Crushed Shells Glimmer Mist, fringed the sides and adhered it to the front cover using Scor-Tape. I trimmed the corners of the canvas, covered the inside edges of my album with Scor-tape and then folded the canvas onto the inside of the cover.

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The white cardstock was embossed with Spellbinder’s “Shell Beauty” 3-D M-bossabilities folder. I inked the debossed side of the folder with the Distress Inks, one color at a time, then spritzed the paper with Crushed Shells Glimmer Mist to add that “fresh from the ocean” shine. I used the mini ephemera, rope trim, Maritime Charms, and found items to embellish the cover. The turtle charm from the Maritime Charms was painted with White High Impact Metallic Paint.

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This rusty clip was created with the TA Rusty Bare Metals Paint System. It was originally bright green, so I just love the total transformation that occurred when I added layer after layer of mist.

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The inside cover liner was created with the 8×8 Maritime Paper Pad. I added Maritime Journal pages, journal cards, ephemera and stamped lots of beachy images using the Under the Sea Stamp set from 7 Gypsies. The page edges were inked, and the pages themselves were spritzed, painted or drawn on with Crushed Shells Glimmer Mist.

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I cut 6 sheets of kraft cardstock in half, scored them at 6″ on the long side then stitched them together up the middle to create the journal pages. These were glued into the spine, then tied with natural white twisted hemp rope. I hand wrote lines from John Masefield’s beautiful poem, “Sea Fever” throughout the book, leaving lots of room for photos and journaling.

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The small stamps and torn edges make this book feel like it just came out of an old sea chest.

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The white pigment ink stamped onto the natural kraft paper let’s the stamp designs stand out beautifully.
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Adding mini ephemera pieces to various pages gives just the right touch.Natural Nautical Journal CCB 12a

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Create a pocket using the 5″x7″ journal pages and slip in ephemera and the smaller journal pages in place.

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Adding touches of nature to your book like this found leaf.

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The B&W Maritime Tags are the perfect starting place to add color, distress or mist to make them match your project. The vintage nautical art pieces are transformed to match the neutral colors in the book.

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Creating a tattered, worn album like this is easy when you have such inspirational products to work with. I think I used just about every item in the Maritime collection from 7 Gypsies in putting this together. And I can’t wait to add our family memories to the pages.

Wishing you sand between your toes and a shell in your pocket!




RRR Photo Inspiration Challenge

Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo Inspiration Challenge

Hello Friends!  Happy May Day!  It’s time for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo Inspiration Challenge.  You can get all the details on the RRR BLOG, but here’s the photo the design team used to inspire our creativity.

RRR Photo Inspiration May 1The first thing that grabbed me in this photo was the wonderful colors and the beautiful garden setting.  it made me think of a garden wedding. I used the color palette and the garden wedding theme to create a file folder wedding album and a wedding card.

Photo Inspiration Challenge 09Both projects were made with images from Polly’s Paper Studio Victorian Trading Cards Creative Kit and loads of gorgeous ribbons and flowers from Really Reasonable Ribbon!

Photo Inspiration Challenge 02I started out with a 4″ x 6″ naked file folder from Canvas Corp Brands. I stitched ivory burlap to the cover and wrapped this with a strip of beautiful 2.5″ wide Vintage Pink Floral Cotton Blend Ribbon. Then I topped it with this pretty Victorian image from the Creativity Kit.  I had these Prima pearls in my stash, and layered a cluster of beautiful pink chrysanthemums on top. I tucked some pink bead berry sprays in to add texture and contrast. Because of the Victorian feel of this album, I inked all the edges, the flowers and the bead berry sprays with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to make them looked aged.

Photo Inspiration Challenge 01aThe main image on the file folder was also inked and then spritzed with Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist.  I topped it with a gem clip that I tied with a little bit of lavender polka dots organza.  Then I doubled the lavender organza with a piece of bright pink polka dot organza and tied a big fluffy bow with the help of my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool.  White Iridescent Metallic string tops this along with a vintage pearl button from my stash.

Photo Inspiration Challenge 03The inside uses papers and ephemera from the Creativity kit.  The ephemera and paper are glued in such a way that the photo can slip behind, leaving room for nice sized photographs on both sides.  I love the single little chrysanthemum blooming from the pearl cluster, don’t you?

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This is the backside of the album.  After embossing with a folder and inking with Vintage photo ink, I spritzed it with Vintage Pink Glimmer mist.  Here you can see how I stitched the ribbon onto the folder.

Photo Inspiration Challenge 07The matching card uses more papers, images and ephemera from the Creativity kit.  The card front is covered with both paper and a strip of 2.5″ Garden Print Ribbon which I topped with two rows of crocheted lace: Frances White Crochet lace is on the outermost edge, and Tabitha Natural Crochet Lace is layered over that. In the top corner is a shabby bow that I made by layering torn Garden Print Ribbon with Fuchsia Seam Binding and chrysanthemums. I backed a clear acrylic charm with a scrap of the garden print ribbon and used it as an embellishment on the card.

Photo Inspiration Challenge 08I chose a deeper shade of the same Pink Chrysanthemums for the front of this card.

We are coming right up on wedding season,  so maybe this project will spark an idea for you.  Be sure to stop by the RRR Blog and link up your inspiration photo project.  I can’t wait to see what you make!



7 Gypsies American Vintage

7 Gypsies American Vintage Photo Crate and Travel Journal

Hello, Friends!  I don’t know about you, but I love a good road trip!  There’s something magical about waking up in the pre-dawn darkness and packing suitcases, snacks  and people into the car for a far away destination.  I have such great memories of car trips we took with our kids when they were small: the silly songs we sang, playing the Alphabet game, I Spy, counting cows, roadside picnics and even the bathroom breaks were fun.  So, I am super excited to share today’s project with you!  I’ve been busy working with 7 Gypsies American Vintage Collection…which was just released this week…and I have made the most fun travel journal ever!  It’s vintage, and funky, and fun, and interactive …and it’s in a photo crate!  How awesome is that????

Kathy by Design/7 Gypsies American Vintage Photo Crate

Kathy by Design/7 Gypsies American Vintage Photo Crate

This darling little photo crate measures 4″ x 6″ x 4″ so it’s the perfect size for holding photos, souvenirs, maps and all kinds of bits and bobs.  I changed the finish on mine by treating it to a light coat of Picket Fence Distress Paint and then lightly brushing it with Tattered Angels Roses R Red Glimmer Glam.  I wanted it to be the same color as an old barn on the side of a country road.  How’d I do?

American Vintage Crate 03aI used just about every single element found in this collection…and some besides…to fill up my crate with fun file folders, ephemera, journal notes, and papers. On the front of the crate, the borders from “Go and See” and “States I Visited” were used to decorate the slats.  I topped this off with the Road Trip book knob and a bunch of gears.

American Vintage Crate 04aYou know how when you are in the car, there’s something to see no matter what direction you look?  Well, I designed this crate so that no matter which side faces forward, there is a nice view to be had.  On the back of the crate, I created a happy little banner with denim and burlap from the famous scrap packs that are filled to bursting with fabric, burlap, paper and cord.  I hand cut my little banner pieces, then sewed them onto a piece of natural sisal roping and topped them with more gears. They are held in place with a jaunty pair of antique silver vintage clips. That great vintage truck is from the ephemera pack.  The crumpled road maps were fussy cut from the 8×8 paper pack.  I know nobody uses maps any more, but I kind of miss them…and this is how ours always ended up  looking after having been folded and refolded time and time again!

American Vintage Crate 05aI tinted a 2″ x 2″ stretched natural canvas with Blue Ribbon Chalkboard Mist, topped it with a fringed burlap square, another gear (that makes me think of a steering wheel) and some cut out words from the totally fun “Across the USA” 12×12 paper. American Vintage Crate 03bBoth short ends of the crate received a little ribbon treatment with Red Center Stitched Burlap Ribbon and a vintage button. You can also see another great ephemera bit here….I love these replicas of route signs!

American Vintage Crate 07aThere’s nothing but fun inside the crate!  On the right, I salvaged the gear package to make a really fun tag that looks like a vintage luggage tag.  On the left is one of the file folders that I loaded up with fabric and ephemera and then stuffed with the hilarious “Are We There Yet?” journal tag.  You will get quite a chuckle from the sayings because I guarantee, you’ve heard them all before.  And, this is a quick, easy way to document a trip.  Just fill it out and put it in the file folder along with photos, menus, and other great memorabilia.

American Vintage Crate 09aThe vintage photos on the “Go and See” 12×12 page are perfect for creating a quick card, journal page or in this case, a divider for the crate.  I made each divider the same way: cut a 5.75″ piece of Kraft C-Flute, paint with Roses R Red or Blue Ribbon paint, and top with one of the photo squares from the paper.  I added stitching, distressing, buttons and even stamped a compass on the paper.  The red cording adds great texture, as does the clothespin.

American Vintage Crate 10aI lined the back side of the C-Flute with paper from the double sided American Stamps paper. I love these bold stripes.  I cut a thumb hole in the top and did not glue the top edge down, creating a pocket for photos.  The 4″ x 6″ vintage post cards were scored, folded and turned into little journal notes.

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American Vintage Crate 12aI like that the file folders can be used horizontally or vertically.  This makes for a great look in the crate and gives you lots of options for designing.  Here, I mounted another of the border strips on a scrap of C-Flute and tucked a Travel Log notecard into the pocket.  I found these vintage keys in my stash, and thought they looked great with this line.  You could easily pre-load your crate with folders and dividers and then fill in the cards as you go…a great way to keep the kids engaged with the trip.

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These letters were fussy cut from the 8×8 pad and matted onto a journal page that I splashed and splattered with Glimmer Mist.

American Vintage Crate 14aHere’s the red barn that was the inspiration for this project along with some more fussy cut mini ephemera.

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American Vintage Crate 16aAmerican Vintage Crate 17aI made a handy little notebook to tuck into the crate by stitching papers into one of the file folders.  Don’t you love the vintage telephone dial?  Ask your kids or grandkids if they know what this is….that could lead to a really fun conversation!

American Vintage Crate 18aHere’s the inside of the file folder.  I love that these are decorated inside and out, making them reversible.

So, that’s my 7 Gypsies American Vintage Photo Crate and travel journal.  Doesn’t it just make you want to hit the road and go someplace?  I’ll bring the snacks!

Thanks for stopping by,



Tattered Tangles Challenge

Canvas Corp Brands Tattered Tangles Challenge

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Hello, Friends!  Today’s project is a little “different for me.  It’s my project for the Canvas Corp Brands Tattered Tangles Challenge.

Have you been bit by the Zentangle bug yet?  It’s been growing in popularity for the past several years.  Here’s a definition I found online:

Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is a fascinating new art form that is fun and relaxing. It increases focus and creativity. Zentangle provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well being. Here’s a link to a YouTube video, if you are interested in learning more.


Now, some of us (ahem….I am referring to myself here) do not find Zentangle easy OR relaxing!  No offense if you love doing it…I’m just really drawing challenged, even if it is Zentangle drawing.  The good folks at Canvas Corp Brands know that some of us, er…..struggle…with this skill, and they have come up with a neat solution.  Their Tattered Angels brand carries a whole series of Tattered Tangles. (Think Paint by Numbers for the Zentangle challenged.)  And, they challenged the design team to create a Tattered Tangles project in their style.

I freaked out.


Big time freak out, hair pulling, laying awake at night, how can I make this work freak out time.

See…I am a vintage gal.  And while I am fascinated by the concept of Zentangle, as I mentioned above….I am Zentangle challenged.  And vintage.  I mentioned, vintage, right?  And Zentangle is so very NOT vintage.  So I got out the piece of Tattered Tangles that CCB tucked into my design team box . The basic shapes are all there, and you are meant to just fill in your own doodles in a playful sort of way.  Unless you are me…and you are freaking out, that is. Then you stare at it, and sweat.  And you put it in a drawer.  And then you take it out and stare at it a little longer. You might even say a bad word.  I am not saying that I did say a bad word…but I sure thought about it. And, well…truth be told, I might have said a bad word.   Maybe.

Time to put on my Brave Boots and give it a go.

And all of a sudden, a little light bulb went off in my brain.  And I began to doodle in a few more very basic shapes…and before I knew it…I had done my very first Tangle…and it wasn’t too hard.  OK…OK…so, maybe we can do this after all.

Then I whipped out my Tattered Angels Turquoise paints and began to play with those.  And when I was done, I thought…this sorta looks like waves.  Yeah, it could totally pass for waves.

So I grabbed my 7 Gypsies Maritime paper, because I am a beach loving vintage gal…and I began to play, and when I got done…this is what I had:

CCB Tangled Challenge 01Now, be kind….this is my very first Zentangle attempt.  And I’m not going to try to pass it off as a masterpiece or anything….but I really do kinda like it…and the tangled bits really do kinda look like waves. And it did kinda end up being fun.  I’m not saying I’m going to become a Zentangle fanatic or anything, but if you have been intrigued by the whole Zentangle craze, these Tattered Tangles are a gentle and fairly easy way to dip your toes into the water.

Here’s what I used to make this project:

And that, my friends, is all I have for you today.  I’d love to hear about your Zentangle experiences.  Share them with me below, won’t you?

Thanks for stopping by.




Gypsy Moments Valentine

Hello, Friends!

It’s time for another monthly challenge at Canvas Corp!  And since this is February, and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, our challenge is to make a Valentine…and then share it with someone who isn’t expecting a card from us.  Well, this challenge is right up my alley, because I love Valentine’s Day…always have!  From the time when I was just a little kid, cutting pink and red hearts from construction paper, to my wedding–which took place 2 days after Valentine’s Day–to the present day, when I love getting the chance to make all sorts of shabby chic creations with glitter and lace and ribbon….Valentine’s Day makes me happy!  I mean, what could be better than a day set aside with the sole purpose of letting your dear ones know you love them?  With that in mind, I cut into the deliciously vintage Gypsy Moments collection from 7 Gypsies and made a Gypsy Moments Valentine for my dear friend, Dianne.

Gypsy Moments Valentine/Kathy by Design

Gypsy Moments Valentine/Kathy by Design

I used a 5″ x 7″ Ivory Card Base from Canvas Corp and re-scored it to create a gate fold card. Don’t you just love these vintage cabbage roses in the Board and Room paper?  I stitched these onto periwinkle cardstock and then began to build my layers with cards, tags and loads of other goodies from the Gypsy Moments collection.  I freehand cut the little heart, then treated it with UTEE, and while the UTEE was still soft, I pressed my clock hand into it to resemble an arrow. The card front and the seam binding bow were spritzed with Tattered Angels spray mist. (Lavender Fields, Cranberry Zing Mountain Mist.)

Gypsy Moments Valentine/Kathy by Design

Gypsy Moments Valentine/Kathy by Design

I love the way the Poses and Reflections paper has all these great cut apart images…and this saying about friendship could not be more true: “You’ll always be my friend…” and then in teeny tiny letters…” you know too much!” So let me tell you a little bit about my friendship with Dianne!

Gypsy Moments Valentine/Kathy by Design

Gypsy Moments Valentine/Kathy by Design

Dianne and I met in 1979.  We were both young mothers, poor as church mice living in Jacksonville, Florida.  My husband and I had just moved there to help out in a small church start up.  I had never had a close girl friend up to that point…or at least not since junior high school!  And Dianne came into my life like a breath of fresh air!  She was funny….and thoughtful…and very creative.  She and I spent hours and hours and hours getting to know one another, sharing recipes, finding ways to make our limited budgets stretch.  She even taught me how to wear make up and do my hair.  We both got pregnant with our second babies within a few days of one another, so we shared morning sickness and pregnancy woes….and then sleepless nights and colicky babies….and toddlers and potty training…and so much laughter!  Dianne drove a school bus to earn extra cash, and morning after morning, I would hear that bus pull up outside our apartment, and know to roll out of bed, put on the coffee and get ready for a good chat.  Oh, the laughter we shared…and the tears!  Sometimes we  hurt each other’s feelings, but we always got over it, because the friendship was just so precious to us both.  Even after I moved away from Florida, we stayed close.  When our 3rd baby was born, I gave her Dianne as her middle name, to honor my dear friend.  We have walked a thousand miles together, gone on dozens of diets together, shared countless meals together, shopped until we have dropped, prayed for one another, and now that both our kids are grown with kids of their own, we are still closest friends.  She and I are almost total opposites….but it’s true what they say: opposites attract!  I just think she is fabulous in every way…and she loves and accepts me just as I am.  It just doesn’t get any better than that.  We have our own share of “Ethel and Lucy” stories to tell, and we’ve walked with one another through some deep dark valleys….and I am so thankful for this friendship that has spanned more than 3 decades.  Wow!

Gypsy Moments Valentine/Kathy by Design

Gypsy Moments Valentine/Kathy by Design

Here’s a peeky at the inside of the card.  I wrote a little verse that says, “True friends…we’re never apart.  Far in distance, but close in heart.” And that’s the way it is!

Here’s the fun part!

Pin and Win









1. Create a Valentine board on Pinterest (if you don’t already have one)

2. Find 3-5 of your favorite Valentine cards on the Canvas Corp BLOG and pin them to your Valentine board using the hashtag #myfavoritevalentine

3. Place a link to your pinboard in the comments!

Somebody’s going to walk away with a$50 gift card to the Canvas Corp Brands online store. So kick up your feet, find your favorite valentine and get pinning! (Contest closes on Monday, February 9 at 10am. Open to international contestants. Must be 18 or older to enter.)

Thanks for stopping by and sharing these memories and my Gypsy Moments Valentine with me.




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