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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

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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,



A Happy (Card-Making) Accident Chapter 2

Strike While the Iron is Hot!

Yesterday, I shared a happy card making accident.  While the Mojo was flowing, I grabbed another of these laser cut cards and began layering on the gesso and inks.  

001 (2) This time, I embossed the card after the gesso had dried, to add even more yummy texture.   And, I dipped bubble wrap into acrylic paint to create the fun blue dots.  More painting, pouncing and spritzing.  A little hand doodling, ink spattering and general playfulness were employed.  And a handmade flower, watercolored and spattered with ink just kind of set the whole thing off.  The corners were rounded and the front was done.  The hardest part of making this sort of card is waiting for the gesso to dry.  Stamp with Tim Holtz Lost and Found stamp on an embossed Spellbinders Die-D-Lites medallion and your’re home free!  A few more pics: (remember, you can click on the photo for a larger image)

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005 (2)  And the inside:

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009 (2)  Those of you who know me well are aware of my love for the original Winnie the Pooh, and this is one of my favorite quotes.   This is hand-lettered. I was going for whimsy here.  Here are a couple of shots with the decorated envelope:

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I also made another fun discovery while playing with this technique.  I’ll share that with you at a later date…it’s drying right now.  I’m also linking this to the Simon Says Stamp “Anything Goes” Challenge.  

016 (2)  Thanks for taking the time to read my little blog.  I love sharing my happy accidents with you, and would love to hear about some of your accidental discoveries as well.  Please leave a comment… it makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers when you do!  Until next time,



Product used in this post:  Paper Wishes laser cut cards; Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Lost and Found Stamp; Claudine Hellmuth Gesso; Acrylic Paint; Spellbinder’s Die-D’Lites Medallions; My Favorite Things Die-Namics Layered Rose

Hand Crafted Spring Flowers: Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Challenge

Winter Showers Bring (Hand-Crafted)  Spring Flowers

Are you longing for Spring as much as I am?  When I was out and about the other day, I spotted cherry trees in bloom.  Hurrah!  And, my brave little daffodils have blossomed in their pot on my front porch.  Spring is coming, folks!  It really is…and with it all the beautiful flowers of spring.  If you can’t wait any longer, today’s post features some hand crafted Spring Flowers made using Tim’s Tattered Floral and Tattered Leaves dies.  Tim challenged us to create Spring flowers as a tag, card, wearable art or any other project.  The only rule is to use his Tattered Floral die in the project.

Crinoline, It’s not just for petticoats anymore

I decided to create my flowers with  burlap, paper, tulle, fabric scraps from my stash, and my new secret weapon for making hand crafted flowers: crinoline! It’s not just for petticoats anymore!  It has a very loose weave, but is stiff and takes inks, sprays, and dyes very well.  It’s also very malleable while it is wet.  It adds wonderful texture to handmade flowers.  004 (2)  If you take the time to look at Tim’s Blog he offers a wonderful tutorial on how to make these gorgeous hand-crafted flowers.  I colored my  using Distress Ink in shades of Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive and Scattered Straw.  I just swiped the inks directly onto my non-stick craft sheet and then spritzed the ink with water until it beaded up.  Then, I either tapped my materials into this luscious puddle of inky goodness, or I dragged them through it, depending on how much color I wanted to add to each layer.  I scrunched each layer into a ball and dried it with my heat tool, then carefully “unscrunched” it.  I ran a brad through the center of each layer, fluffed the edges and added the burlap and tulle leaves to the base.  005 (2) I created a second, smaller flower and also used a manila tag to soak up the extra ink.  

Building the Tag to Hold the Hand-Crafted Flowers

Once I was happy with the layers of color on the tag, I used some old Stampin’ Up leaf stamps from my stash to stamp around the edges.  I also decided that I wanted some sheen on the tag, so I spritzed it generously with Perfect Pearls.  While it was still damp, I decided to add some extra texture and dimension by using a Sizzix texture plate in a harlequin design.  I applied Coffee Ranger Archival Ink directly to a 3×3″ area of the texture plate.  Carefully placing my tag, face down on top of the inked area, I then ran it through my Cuttlebug.  Ooh-la-la!  Wonderful texture, and a great color fade, too!  010 (2)

As usual,  I got so wrapped up in creating that I forgot to take step-by-step photos of the process.  I apologize, and will try to do better in the future.  Once the flowers were secured to the tag, the remaining elements were added, leaving plenty of room for the sentiment, which was printed out onto paper, inked and mounted onto scrap cardstock for strength and stability.  An Idea-Ology word stick  was inked up with distress stain to make it look aged and bundled into the twine bow.

How Does Your Garden Grow? With Hand-Crafted Flowers!

001 (2) 002 (2) Here’s the finished product.  Rayon seam binding was dyed to match, and then stamped with the same leafy vine stamp used on the tag.  The sentiment was added using a memo pin, and a sweet little butterfly was added to the mix.  Ah, Spring!  Flowers!  Color!  Green growing things…can’t get here soon enough for me!003 (2) 007 (2) 011 (2) 008 (2)

Remember, you can click on the photos to enlarge them and get a more detailed view.

Thanks for reading my little blog today. I hope you will take time to look at Tim’s blog post and enjoy all the beautiful projects posted there.  I know you will be inspired if you do.  And thanks for taking the time to leave me a comment.  You know how much I love hearing from you…it makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers…speaking of which…here’s one last photo featuring those crafty little fingers after they’d finished with this project: 016 (2) 015 (2)  




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