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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)  




Desperately Seeking Sunshine

Grey.  Gloomy.  Sunless.  That pretty much sums up the weather lately. Sunday was a rare exception with sunshine and warm temps…warm enough to get out of the house and walk at our favorite park.  But today….the skies are grey.  Good thing I have paper supplies that allow me to create my own sunshine!

Just Add Sunshine

I have a wonderful paper collection from K & Company.  Mira, by Brenda Walton,  has been around for a long time, but the colors and patterns are fresh and contemporary.  The artwork in the collection reminds me of a lot of the mixed media art that I love so much…only the work has all been done for me.  When I’m desperate for sunshine colors and a mood lifter, it’s my go to collection.  When it was completely overcast and rainy on Friday, I knocked out a few cards, and basked in virtual sunshine.

The really amazing thing about this card is that there is not one single stamped image on it!  The images were torn from the 12 x 12 paper sheet, inked, distressed and glued down.  If you do a lot of paper tearing, you probably already know this trick, but on the off chance that you don’t, I’ll tell you a secret.  To get paper to tear right where you want it to tear, “paint” around it with a small brush dipped in water.  Let it set for a minute or two, and it will tear beautifully along the dampened paper line.  The SOAR ticket is from Tim Holtz’ wonderful adage tickets. And the cabochon is from Webster’s Pages.  Some vintage sheet music, inked up, some twine and some inky spatters and voila!  The front of the card is complete. 025 (2)

Inside, it’s equally sunny:  026 (2) This card is a great congratulatory card: job promotion, good grades at school, project completed, etc.  The “shine on ” sentiment is from a stamp set by Ali Edwards.  Lots of fun, sunny sayings and wonderful fonts!

Still Longing for Sunshine?

Take a look at this fun anniversary card.  Again, the elements were cut from the paper: 040 (2)   042 (2) I fussy cut the paper lanterns, inked them up with Versamark, clear embossed them to make them stronger and then hit them with a little bit of Stickles to make them shine.  They were mounted on foam tape, then attached to the fun twine.  The butterflies were treated in a similar manner.  I won’t drag on about all the details, but you can ask me if you have any questions.  And  here’s the inside: 045 (3) 046 (3) I flicked some Tattered Angels spray onto the paper to add that fun spattered effect.

I’ve Got Sunshine, on a Cloudy Day…

Here are some more photos of cards created with this same paper collection.  Enjoy!014 (2) 013 (2) 015 (2) 016 (2)

And, just one more card, and then I’m off to face the dreaded treadmill:

Sorry...out for publication.  This card will be re-published in July.  Thanks for your understanding.

Sorry…out for publication. This card will be re-published in July. Thanks for your understanding.

This one’s my favorite.  I love the metal medallion, and the insert I created by stamping, embossing, using faux batik and then embossing again with UTEE.  It looks like cracked glass.  I love it!   If you’re interested, I can maybe do a tutorial on how to do this technique.  Just let me know.    I hope I’ve been able to add some sunshine to your day.  These colors and images surely brighten my world.

Thanks again for taking the time to read my little blog.  If you’ve hung with me for this long today, special thanks are in order…that was a lot of pictures to get through.  Your comments mean the world to me…each one is savored and replied to, and knowing that you are with me on this creative journey makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time….



Products used in these projects:

K & Company Specialty Paper Collection, Mira; Ranger Industries: Distress Inks, UTEE, Stickles, Memory Pins, Adage Tickets; Martha Stewart: Butterfly Punch; Spellbinders: Medallion 4, fancy labels die; Lawn Fawn: bakers twine: Webster’s pages: cabochons and lace trims; Tattered Angels: Glimmer Mist; Ali Edwards: Sunshine Stamp; Crafty Secrets: Born to Fly Stamp Set; Pearls and Vintage sheet music from my stash. 



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