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All in the Family Challenge: Roots and Wings

All in the Family Challenge at Frilly & Funkie

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabulous challenge at Frilly and Funkie!  This go round, the amazing Suzz is our host, and the challenge theme is All in the Family.  Here’s what Suzz has to say about this fun challenge:

Whether it is your ancestors, a favorite family memory or family outings, create a vintage or shabby chic project reflecting your family.  

All in the Family mixed media wall hanging by Kathy Clement for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 1This is my mom and dad on their wedding day, February 14, 1943.  I’ve always loved this photo for the hope and love you can see in their expressions.  They were the best parents a girl could ask for, and their raised my three brothers, my sister and me to be strong and true, loving and kind and filled with faith in God.  They gave us roots and wings. What more could you ask for?

All in the Family mixed media wall hanging by Kathy Clement for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 2Normally, I would be sharing a tutorial with you today, but I am saving that for my Saturday Step x Step post on the 4th.  I will tell you that this mixed media vignette is mounted on a piece of corrugate packaging material that measures 6″ x 8″.   I cut apart a 4×6 Cabinet Card and then framed the back side with the frame portion.  Lots of distressing here…but we’ll talk about that more on Saturday!

All in the Family mixed media wall hanging by Kathy Clement for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 5Here’s a side view so you can see what I’m talking about.  It’s about an inch thick.

All in the Family mixed media wall hanging by Kathy Clement for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 3This is a scanned copy of the original photo printed onto glossy photo paper and trimmed to fit inside the wooden frame.

All in the Family mixed media wall hanging by Kathy Clement for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 4

The Story behind the scenes

Every element in this piece has a meaning.  Pink was Mom’s favorite color, and if you look closely at the dress she is wearing in the photo, you can see pink and blue embroidery on the shoulder.  That set the color palette for the piece.  Mom loved flowers, always wore pearls, collected buttons (which I was blessed to inherit) and the first card Dad gave her had a butterfly on it.  Mom believed that love was the key to open any door. It was fun to add elements that not only made the piece look pretty, but had special meaning to me.

Be sure to visit the Frilly and Funkie BLOG for more inspirational samples from the Frilly side of the team.  Then work up your own vintage or shabby chic project following the All in the Family theme and link it up before midnight on Tuesday, July 12th.

At the end of the challenge the team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us in a Guest DT spot here at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

You’ll find product links below.  Just click on the image an you’ll be taken to the item in the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Now go get your craft on!



Products from the Funkie Junkie Boutique


Dapper Wedding Card

Just for Fun: Dapper Wedding Card

Hello, Friends!  Hope you are all enjoying this Memorial Day weekend.  I treated myself to some free play time in the studio this weekend.  Not a design team assignment, not a special order for my Etsy shop, not a project with a deadline attached.  Just for fun. Just for me.  Just because I love to play with paper.  I had also treated myself to a Tim Holtz Dapper paper pad that I found on sale.  (Yes, people…it really is an addiction.  I just can’t resist beautiful paper.  Lord, help me!) It did not make it into the Closet of Shame.  Oh, no, no, no.  It landed right on top of my work desk.  And before I knew it, this super fun Dapper Wedding Card was born.

Dapper Wedding Card by Kathy Clement for Funkie Junkie Boutique 01I had purchased this on sale (I think it is still on sale…) from my favorite online store, The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Linda Coughlin, the shop owner, always tucks a lovely little gift inside each order, and this time it was this vintage wedding photo, a sweet little wedding charm,  and the Dapper Die cut.  How could I NOT play?

Dapper Wedding Card by Kathy Clement for Funkie Junkie Boutique 02Linda cleverly included both the positive and the negative of the die cut.  I set the positive aside and opted to work with the negative.  First I painted it with Picket Fence Distress Paint.  (It was cut from black cardstock.)  Then I sprayed it with Dylusions White Linen which made it look really shabby chic.  I pulled out a small script stamp, and after inking it up with Black Soot Distress Ink, I stamped it off on a piece of scrap paper, then stamped it over the painted surface, leaving just a ghost of handwriting.  Oh, yes, having fun, fun, fun!

Dapper Wedding Card by Kathy Clement for Funkie Junkie Boutique 05Next, I backed the image with the small 3×3 squares from the paper collection, trimming off the excess.  I used the ticking pinstripe on the “tux” and the letterpress on the top hat.  I confess, this made me do a little happy dance.  (Yes, I do dance in my studio…but there’s nobody here but me, so it’s OK.)  I used a waterbrush and Black Soot Distress Ink to add a bit of a shadow around some of the edges, just to create a little contrast.  Then this assemblage was stitched onto a scrap of white burlap using gold metallic thread.

Dapper Wedding Card by Kathy Clement for Funkie Junkie Boutique 04Now for that gorgeous vintage image Linda sent me.  In the same order, I had purchased these pretty Baroque metal frames (I couldn’t help myself.  They talked to me…they said “we will be awesome.  We are on sale. You will be so glad you bought us.”  How could I say no?)  These little beauties have an antique silver finish, but I was going with gold because of the Sophisticate  cabinet card that I cut into 2 pieces and layered into the composition.  This was an easy fix.  Ijust tapped the frame and the wedding charm with Gold Alcohol Ink.  Problem solved!  And as an aside, I love the way the gold and black cabinet card peek through the mustache in the die cut.

Dapper Wedding Card by Kathy Clement for Funkie Junkie Boutique 03So here’s a straight on shot of this Dapper wedding card.  I gave a metal corner the same alcohol ink treatment so everything would match. The Venice Lace trim, black satin bow,Dapper brads and mother of pearl button take this card to shabby chic happy land!

Here’s the inside:

Dapper Wedding Card by Kathy Clement for Funkie Junkie Boutique 06A gift card pocket on top….

Dapper Wedding Card by Kathy Clement for Funkie Junkie Boutique 07With gold accents and cute little stamped card.

Dapper Wedding Card by Kathy Clement for Funkie Junkie Boutique 08And a big pocket on the bottom with a stamped postcard.

So that’s my just for fun Dapper Wedding card.   Play time is over, and now I will have to go back to my regularly scheduled assignments.  I had a blast….and I need to remember to play more often.  How about you?

Thanks for stopping by!




Frilly and Funkie: Enjoy Your Embossing Challenge

Frilly and Funkie: Enjoy your Embossing Challenge

Hello, Friends!  I am so excited about today’s post, as I get to tell you a secret that I’ve been bursting to share for a while now.  As many of you know, I am huge fan of The Funkie Junkie Boutique and their amazing Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  Their design team inspires me so much that even though my schedule does not allow for a lot of blog reading these days, I never fail to check in and see what they are up to.  So imagine my surprise and delight when I was invited to join the team!  Yippee! The first project I get to share with you was made for their Enjoy Your Embossing Challenge,  I’m still pinching myself to make sure this is not just a lovely dream.  (If it is, I may just keep right on snoozing!)

Mon Amour Embossed Tag for Frilly Funkie 01You all know how much I already enjoy my embossing powders, so this  challenge theme is right up my alley: Make a vintage or shabby chic project of your choice and remember to include some embossing. Use your favorite embossing methods (wet, dry, heat, or any other techniques you want to share) – just enjoy your embossing! 

Mon Amour Embossed Tag for Frilly Funkie 02Since we are coming right up on Valentine’s Day, I decided to create a romantic tag using the Mon Amour papers from Graphic 45.  I have links to all the products I used to make the tag below so that you can make one of your own if you wish.   I began the project with an 8″ x 8″ paper (Precious One) from the collection.  After die cutting a standard tag from the flip side of the paper, I stamped the flat side of an embossing folder with embossing ink and ran it through my Big Shot.  The tag was then covered with Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing Powder and heat embossed.  The end result was a richly textured tag with loads of sparkle and shine!

Enjoy Your Embossing processYummy!  One tip: when working with this type of embossing powder, heat from the underside to prevent blowing the powder everywhere!  And be patient: it takes a little longer to melt.  I generally get it started on the back side, then finish the process by applying heat directly to the top side.  It saves a lot of mess! Next, I spritzed the sides of the tag and distressed the edges with a distressing tool.  The embossed tag was then glued onto a black Ranger tag.  This added both stability and a nice black border around the edges.,

Enjoy Your Embossing Mon Amour Tag for Frilly Funkie 03But we are not done embossing yet!  We are enjoying it far too much!  So I created this fabulous butterfly using Tim’s Layered Butterfly Die/Embossing Folder combo.  The butterfly was die cut with a pearlized cream cardstock, then placed in the matching embossing folder.  I had prepped the flat side of the folder with embossing ink, just as I did for the tag.  A quick trip through the Big Shot, a dusting of gold embossing powder and the butterfly was ready for its beauty treatment.  I squished Victorian Velvet, Spun, Sugar and Tattered Rose onto my non-stick craft sheet and then spritzed it lightly with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist.  I pressed the embossed side of the die cut butterfly into the ink and voila!  A gorgeous pink butterfly emerged!  After heat setting the color, I shaped the wings and attached it to my tag.

Enjoy Your Embossing for Frilly and Funkie 02This was topped with fussy cut roses,  a fussy cut lady from the paper sheet, and a wooden button that I had in my stash.  Venice lace was added to the base of the tag along with  a hand painted Baby Blush Venice Lace Heart .

Enjoy Your Embossing Challenge Frilly Funkie 05The title and little butterfly were cut from the paper pad and layered under the roses.  The antique bronze heart and arrow charm was filled with the word “love” from the paper collection and then tapped with Picket Fence Distress Paint.  How’s that for romance?

The shabby chic bow was made with seam binding that I custom dyed with the same pink Distress Inks I used on the butterfly wings.  I topped it with that sparkling black Petaloo Jeweled flower for contrast.

All my edges were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I used Glossy Accents to secure all the elements on the tag.

Now the best part of this whole Enjoy Your Embossing Challenge is that YOU get to play along!  Just visit the Frilly and Funkie BLOG to link your project up and the team will be stopping by to leave you lovely comments!  A winner will be chosen as a guest designer on the blog, or to win a favorites badge that you can proudly display on your own blog.  And one lucky participant will be randomly chosen to win a $25 shopping spree at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  What fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you have any questions about the challenge or the construction of the tag, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.



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Creative Chemistry 102 Class Samples Chemistry 102 Class Samples

Hello, friends!  Wow…this has been a great week!  I’ve been taking Tim Holtz’ fabulous Creative Chemistry 102 with Online Card classes and having marvelous inky fun.  I have a few samples from the class to share with you here.  I have more “homework” to complete, but since I leave for a wedding tomorrow, I won’t be able to finish the assignments until after I get home.  Some tags are finished, some are just backgrounds and some are just pieces to put on later projects.  So take a look, get some good ideas and  enjoy these Creative Chemistry 102 Class Samples. You’ll want to click on some of the photos to see the details of the techniques.

Creative Chemistry 102  Distress Paint Marbling Technique

Creative Chemistry 10201 Altered Surface Technique

Creative Chemistry 10202   Creative Chemistry 10203 Colored Crackle Technique

Creative Chemistry 10204 Eroded Metal Technique

Creative Chemistry 10205 Stamping Resist Technique

030 (2)  Mixed Media Layering Technique

029 (2)  Embossing With Stencils Technique

028 (2) 026 (2)  Embossing Through Stencils Technique

022 (2) 023 (2) Stencil Stamping Technique (my favorite so far.)

That’s all I have to share.  But let me tell you, taking this class is like opening a door into a open field with a big wide sky above you.  The creativity just flows and it is so exciting.  If you’d like to sign up, it is not too late.  Just go to Online Card Classes and look for both of Tim’s classes: Creative Chemistry 101 and 102.  You have to take 101 before you can sign up for 102, but both classes offer lifetime access to the content.  Taking this class has made me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!  Until next time,



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…



Let’s Hear it for the Boy! (Masculine Birthday Card)

Just a quick post this beautiful Friday morning.  The lovely Miss Sophie (my three year old granddaughter) and I have a play date, and she will be here any minute.  But I wanted to share this masculine birthday card I made for the boy next door, who is turning 25 in a few days.  I titled this one, “Let’s Hear it for the Boy!”  (“I love planting a song seed in your head first thing in the morning”, she says with a mischievous grin on her face.)

Our big noisy family of 7 moved into this house about 15 years ago.  My two youngest sons were 13 and 7 at that time.  Almost immediately, they met Fletcher, the boy next door, who was 10, and an only child.  He was perfectly aged between my two boys: 3 years younger than Andrew and 3 years older than Joel. It was one of those instant friendships…the boys just clicked.  And for many years, my boys were either at Fletcher’s house, or Fletcher was here.  In fact he was here so often that I began to call him “the son I never had!”  These boys lived in each others pockets: fishing in the creek, building tree houses, playing strategy games, exploring the woods…you get the idea.

Now, Fletcher is married with a baby of his own.  And one of my sons is married and about to finish up his first year of grad school,  and the other is engaged.  Where did the time go?  I wanted to make Fletcher a special card for his upcoming 25th birthday.  I found a great sketch at Seize the Birthday and very quickly put this masculine birthday card together:

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The 1 inch panels on the bottom of the card were machine stitched, to add texture and visual interest.  Some Maya Road stick pins, a little glossy accents on some grunge numbers and some layered diecuts all work together to make a festive card.

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For the inside, I grouped several birthday sentiment stamps  onto my stamp press, inked them up with Coffee Archival ink and used a template to cut the whole thing out:

007 (3) I pulled the star stamp from Tim’s 4thof July set to add a little splash of color.  Despite all the stamping, this masculine birthday card was actually very quick to make.

So, let’s hear it for the boy…who has grown into a man…and a very fine man at that!  Happy Birthday, Fletcher!  We are celebrating 25 years of greatness with you!

  I’m linking this up to the Seize the Birthday challenge.  Here’s the original sketch, just in case you need to make your own masculine card.  Enjoy!

And one more peek at my take on the sketch:

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That’s it for me today, folks! Thanks for stopping by….I’d love it if you left me a comment…they always make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Have a great weekend!  Until next time,



Products used in this project: Paper: DCWV Rustic Paper Stack, Natural Parchment Cardstock, Paper and More; Stamps: Birthday Greetings Stamp Set;Tim Holtz Americana Silhouettes; Ink: Ranger Archival Ink in Coffee and Pale Ochre; Embellishments: Maya Road Vintage Trinkets Super Star Gold; Dies: My Favorite Things Die-namics labels; Other: Gold Crochet Thread; Paper Wishes Tool Kit #3

Tattered Florals Tri-Fold Birthday Card & Gift Box

I can’t seem to get enough of spring images right now.  Every paper I reach for, every ink I choose seems to echo my heart’s longing for spring and flowers and singing birds.  So, when a dear friend asked me to create a special birthday card for someone special, I reached for my Tattered Florals Die, crinoline, and Distress Inks.  I also reached for this sweet bird stamp, which I absolutely love, but have never used.

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Creating the Card Base

I started with 2 blank cards which I joined together by gluing the left hand panel of one card onto the right hand panel of the other card.  This will give you a tri-fold card with a very sturdy base.  I then covered the front of the card with my designer paper and  cut a decorative edge.055 (2)

The white dots were added by dipping bubble wrap into white acrylic paint, dabbing off on a piece of scrap paper and then “stamping” onto the designer paper.   You can find a tutorial on how I created the tattered flower HERE.  The bird was stamped and embossed and watercolored.  043 (2)

I layered in torn tag on which I stamped the greeting, a sweet little bird image from Graphic 45’s Place in Time Collection, and another flower. 038 (2)

Tri-Fold Cards are triple the fun!

A tri-fold card is just a step down from being a mini book. Here is the first “page.”052 (2) You have extra space for personal messages or even to add a photo.  A tri-fold card will stand open, on its own for display purposes, too.  049 (2)Click on the photo for a larger image.

A Custom Box for your Tri-Fold Card

The one downside of tri-fold cards is that they rarely fit into a standard envelope.   And, when you add a tattered flower to the front of a tri-fold birthday card, it definitely won’t fit into an envelope!  The solution?  Make a box!

035 (2)  This sweet box was created by cutting two coordinating sheets of heavy cardstock to 8″ x 10 1/2″ .  I then used my Top Score tool to create both the box base and lid.  (The directions come with the tool.)  I decorated the lid with images from Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Birds and Blooms and May Arts Ribbon.
Placing the tri-fold birthday card in the box turns it into a gift as well as a card.  And the box can be used for keepsakes, or re-gifted!

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Thanks for stopping by my little blog today.  If you have any questions about today’s project, just ask away.  I’m more than happy to help. I love hearing from you, and your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,



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