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Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo

Hello, G45’ers!  Have you seen Graphic 45’s gorgeous Winter Wonderland Christmas Collection yet?  Filled with images of old barns, snow laden trees, winter songbirds and rustic patterns, it’s like taking a walk in the New England countryside of my childhood.  I recently had a chance to play with these gorgeous images and papers and worked up a Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo to share with you here.

A Spoonful of Christmas: Winter Wonderland Christmas Card #1

Winter Wonderland Spoonful of Christmas Card Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

This vintage Santa Spoon was waiting for me to grab it on one of my junkin’ adventures.  It is part of a set of 4, and I scooped them up in a New York minute!  Why I love these vintage spoons, so much, I’ll never know, but I am amassing a nice little collection to use in my crafting.

To give the spoon this frosty appearance, I added a touch of Picket Fence Distress Paint.  First, I place a small dot of the paint on my craft sheet.  Then I tap my finger into the ink.  Next, I tap most of the paint off onto the craft sheet and then just lightly dab it onto the spoon.  This way, the silver still shines through, but the edges look frosty.

Creating the Flower Clusters

A Spoonful of Christmas Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1Poinsettia are a classic choice for Christmas, so I knew I wanted to add them to this card.  The Petaloo Burlap Poinsettia I had in my stash were too bright for this rustic paper.  But no worries…flowers can be altered to match a paper collection.

A Spoonful of Christmas Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

First, lay your flowers out on a craft sheet or a nice sized piece of scrap paper.  Then mix up some Lobster , Iridescent Gold,  and Bronze Glimmer Mists by rolling the bottle between your hands.  This prevents small particles of glitter from getting stuck in the spray mechanism.  Next, spritz the mists and dry gently with a heat tool.  Repeat if necessary.

A Spoonful of Christmas Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

Adding different textures to a flower cluster makes for an interesting and more natural looking arrangement.  Combine Vintage Velvet Dogwoods with fussy cut poinsettia leaves from the paper collection.  Then tie the whole thing together with gorgeous Vintage Christmas Plaid Ribbon and Natural Burlap String Bows.

A Spoonful of Christmas Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Don’t be afraid to take your design off the edge of your card. After double matting each card layer, I shifted each one a little further to the right creating a sort of stair-step effect on the card.

A Spoonful of Christmas Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

The inside is simply finished with more beautiful papers from the collection.

Spoonful of Christmas Supply List

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland

  • Winter Wonderland
  • Rustic Holiday
  • Nordic Greetings
  • Yule Post

Other Supplies

Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo #2: Christmas Songbird Easel Card

Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

I’ve loved watching and listening to songbirds all my life.  When I saw the sweet little songbirds in Graphic 45’s new Winter Wonderland collection I nearly burst into song myself!  I knew I wanted to feature the lovely swallow from the signature page on a Christmas card. This 7.25” x 5.25” easel style card came together very quickly thanks to the gorgeous patterns and images in this gorgeous winter collection.

Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2
Christmas Songbird Easel Card Tips and Tricks
  1. To create a quick card focal, use a large circle die to cut the bird image from the paper collection and mat it on a decorative circle die. Back it with foam tabs or waste chipboard to really make it stand out.
  2. Tap miniature pine cones with Picket Fence Distress Paint to add a natural, wintry feel to your card.
  3. Tie a trio of small, rusty jingle bells together with burlap string to decorate the easel card stopper.
  4. To add to the rustic feel of this card, distress the edges.  I curled the corners around my piercing tool to add to the vintage design.

Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3 Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5 Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Here’s a peek at the inside.  Using kraft cardstock as the base adds to the rustic appeal of the card.

Christmas Songbird Supply List

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland 12×12 papers

  • Winter Wonderland
  • Nordic Greetings
  • Yule Post

Other Products

If you’re like me, you’ve fallen in love with Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland.  I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!



Snow Much Fun!

Christmas Cards are Snow Much Fun!

Hello, Friends!  I’m up today on the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog where I’m sharing these delightfully vintage Christmas cards.  These were “snow much fun” to make with the “Let it Snow” Creativity Kit from Polly’s Paper Studio and fabulous ribbons from RRR.

Kathy by Design/Let it Snow Creativity KitI added loads of texture with stitching, red burlap, ribbon and trims.  A vertical border was created with Poppy Red Satin Ribbon with Silver Edging.  The soft sheen of the ribbon and the touch of sparkle are perfect for this card.  And taffeta ribbon is so festive for the holidays, don’t you agree?  My double loop bow is tied with Poppy Red Taffeta Ribbon and topped with a bit of black burlap string for contrast.   The black vintage buttons are threaded with Red Burlap string that I tied into cute little bows.

Merry Christmas Girl 01I think this little girl and boy are sweet on one another!  To pick up on the grey background, I tied a bow with Grey Plaid Ribbon.  A red burlap string bow is layered beneath my vintage button.

Here’s a peeky at the inside of this card.

Merry Christmas Girl 02

I love the way these pretty ribbons complete the vintage feel of these Snow Much Fun cards!

Thanks for stopping by!



Bringing Home the Christmas Tree

Bringing  Home the Christmas Tree with Really Reasonable Ribbon and Crafty Secrets

Hello, Ribbon Lovers, and Happy Thanksgiving to you!  I hope you are all enjoying a warm and happy day with your friends and family!

For lots of folks, today marks the day that the Christmas tree takes its place of honor in the home.  When our kids were small, we used to visit a local Christmas tree farm the day after Thanksgiving and spend a few chilly but happy hours picking out just  the right tree.  Then it was home for hot chocolate and leftover Thanksgiving Pie.  YUM!

This sweet vintage image from Crafty Secrets reminded me of those happy days, and I worked it up into a rustic Christmas card to share with you here.

Sometimes a card calls for fancy ribbon…and sometimes it calls for the rustic elegance of burlap string.   For this simple bow treatment, I combined red burlap string, green burlap string and natural burlap string with gold jingle bells.  I used one strand of each color and then  “looped the loop” 5 times on my Zutter-Bow-it-All to get a nice, full string bow.

How about you?  Have you put up your tree yet?  I’m so glad that we took the time to enjoy a simple activity like bringing home the Christmas tree when our kids were small.  It fills my heart and mind with happy memories even now!

Wishing you a heart that overflows with gratitude for the simple gifts in life…



Canvas Corp Brands/Petaloo Blog Hop

Merry and Bright Christmas Tag and Pocket Card Tutorial

Canvas Corp Brands/ Petaloo Blog Hop

Hello Friends!  I’m so glad you stopped by today, because not only do I have some sweet projects and tutorials to share with you, but there’s a fun Canvas Corp Brands/Petaloo Blog Hop where you can get yourself all inspired for the holidays AND win a fabby prize package of goodies from the sponsoring companies.  Woo-hoo!

Canvas Corp Brands will be hopping along with Petaloo all this week in the Creative Studio Blog. Be sure to pop on over and take in all the wonderful Christmas projects the design team has prepared for you.  All week long you’ll find step out tutorials and fabulous holiday inspiration. You’ll find all the info for winning the awesome Canvas Corp Brands/Petaloo International prize package there, too!  For a second chance to win, visit the Petaloo Blog each day this week and you could win one of THREE fabulous prize packages.

Have you seen the Farmhouse Christmas and Holiday Baking collections from Canvas Corp? Oh, how I love these “vintage fresh” papers and pretties!  I combined them with Petaloo Paintable flowers  and Tattered Angels Mists to create some very merry Christmas projects.

Kathy by Design Mixed Media Christmas Card

Oooh, just look at all the texture in this 5″ x 7″ pocket card!  Using red burlap, red canvas ticking, Lobster Glimmer Mist, Farmhouse Christmas Tags with those scrumptious Paintable Burlap Flowers gives this card a rustic, festive feeling.

Petaloo Blog Hop Card 02I painted my burlap flowers with the mist, then added a light coating of Ranger Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle so that I could shake on some Stampendous Shaved Ice glitter.  I love the way they look as thought they’ve been dusted with snow.  I tapped my Farmhouse Christmas Label with a little Lobster Mist as well, because, well, why not?

Petaloo Blog Hop Card 03The inside of the card reveals a fun little pocket, stuffed with an individual serving of cocoa mix. This is such a fun “little gift” for holiday exchanges, and there’s plenty of room to tuck in an individually wrapped cookie, chocolate or gift card, too.

Petaloo Blog Hop Card 04You can find out how to make this card in the tutorial that’s below my signature area.

I know everyone’s always looking for simple ideas for holiday hostesses, ornament exchanges, or Secret Santa gifts at this time of year.  One way to dress up a really simple Christmas gift is with a handmade tag.

Petaloo Blog Hop Wall Hanging 01This fabric tag uses red ticking fabric, red burlap, a Petaloo Burlap Blossom, Butterflies and Blossoms and DIY Burlap Flowers.  I created the large blossom as before, but the little cream flower was just dipped into the Lobster Glimmer mist on the edges, and I opted to leave the little burlap flowers plain for contrast.  The burlap poinsettia in the top corner was lightly misted with Lobster Mist for a completely different look.

Petaloo Blog Hop Wall Hanging 02I added some vintage buttons, Shaved Ice, another tag from Farmhouse Christmas and a glittery red ornament to this fun tag.

I hope you found some holiday inspiration and cheer in these two projects.  I’m so glad you hopped by!  Look for the tutorials below.



Merry and Bright Tag Tutorial


Red Ticking Fabric
Red Burlap
Ivory Burlap
Petaloo Ivory DIY Blossoms
Petaloo Ivory DIY Butterflies and Blossoms
Petaloo Ivory DiY Blooms
Miniature Glitter Ornament
Ranger Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle
Red Glitter
Stampendous Frantage Shaved Ice
Tattered Angels Lobster Glimmer Mist
Farmhouse Christmas Tags on Ivory
red buttons
Red polka dot organza ribbon
Santa’s Journey tag


sewing machine
Tim Holtz Mini Stapler
Heat Gun
Hot Glue Gun
Craft Sheet


  1. Cut a 4″ x 6.5″ rectangle of red ticking fabric. Fringe the edges.
  2. Cut a 3.5x 5.5″ rectangle of Ivory Burlap, fringe the edges and center on the red ticking.
  3. Cut a 2″ x 5″ rectangle of red burlap. Fringe the edges and place to the right of the Ivory Burlap.
  4. Stitch the burlap to the ticking. Cut out the sled tag from Farmhouse Christmas. Stitch to the ticking. Add buttons.
  5. Spray 2 Petaloo DIY Burlap Blossoms with Lobster Glimmer Mist. Dry with heat gun, scrunching the petals as you go. Brush with Distress Crackle. Sprinkle with Shaved Ice Frantage.
  6. Touch just the tips of a Petaloo DIY Butterfly Blossom into the ink on your craft sheet, coloring just the edges. Use a hot glue gun to attach the flowers to the lower right hand corner of the tag, as shown. Tuck in the gift tag from Santa’s Journey.
  7. Use the Tim Holtz Stapler to attach ribbon to the top right and left hand corners of the tag to create a loop.
  8. Tie a fancy bow with the polka dot ribbon and use the glue gun to attach in the upper left hand corner of the tag.
  9. Loop a piece of red burlap string through the top of the miniature ornament. Tie a knot, then glue to the center of the bow. Top with the remaining Petaloo Flower.
  10. Spread a little glue at the base of the sled tag and sprinkle with Shaved Ice.
Merry and Bright Christmas Card with Pocket Tutorial


Kraft & White Lace Cardstock
Red Burlap
Farmhouse Christmas Printed Canvas
Farmhouse Christmas Tags on Ivory
Red Ticking Canvas
Petaloo DIY Burlap Blossoms/Ivory
Rusty Jingle Bells
Polka Dot Red Organza
Sleigh brad
Stampendous Frantage Shaved Ice
Ranger Distress Crackle, Clear Rock Candy
Red Burlap string
TA Lobster Mist
TA Dazzling Diamonds Mist
Black and Ivory French Script
Red Ticking CS
Red Toile CS
Black and Ivory Mini Dot reverse CS
Instant Cocoa Pouch
Farmhouse Christmas Stripe on Ivory
Mini Christmas Stocking trim from the fabric store


Glue Gun
Sewing Machine
Craft Mat


  1. Use White Lace on Kraft cardstock to Create a 5″ x 7″ top fold card with inner pocket. I have tutorials on my blog for doing this. Spray with TA Diamond GM
  2. Cut a 4.75″ x 6.75″ rectangle of red burlap and fringe the edges.
  3. Cut a 4.5″ x 6.5″ rectangle of Farmhouse Christmas printed canvas and fringe the edges. Center on the red burlap and stitch both layers to the card base.
  4. Cut out the Merry Christmas Sentiment from Farmhouse Christmas Tags paper and sew onto a slightly larger piece of red ticking fabric. Fringe the edges of the ticking,then attach to the card as shown.
  5. Spray 3 Petaloo DIY Burlap Blossoms with Lobster Glimmer Mist. Dry with heat gun, scrunching the petals as you go. Brush with Distress Crackle. Sprinkle with Shaved Ice Frantage. When they are dry, glue into the lower right hand corner of the MErry Christmas sentiment, as shown.
  6. Tie a burlap string bow and tuck beneath the flowers.
  7. Tie a fancy bow with the red dot organza. Glue in the top left corner of the Merry Christmas Sentiment. Top with Jingle Bells.
  8. Line the top inside of the card with French Script and Mini Dot paper. Cut out the Merry Little Christmas tag and glue as shown. Top with stocking embellishment
  9. Line the bottom of the card with red toile, and the pocket flap with red ticking. Cut the Happy Holiday Stripe from the Farmhouse Christmas Stripe paper and glue on the pocket base.
  10. Tie a pouch of cocoa mix with a red bow and insert into pocket.



Retro Snowmen Christmas Cards

Christmas in July: Retro Snowmen Christmas Cards from Polly’s Paper Studio

Hello, Friends!

Beat the summer heat with some adorable Retro Snowmen Christmas cards!  Today I have a trio of super adorable  cards to share with you in my Christmas in July event.  These cutie pies from Polly’s Paper Studio are part of the amazing Retro Christmas Creativity Kit.  The kit is loaded up with 63 pieces including patterned paper, images, ephemera and pre-tied bows.  I’m betting these snowmen will melt your heart!

Kathy by Design for Polly's Paper Studio Etsy

See? I told you they were adorable!

Christmas Creativity Kit Snowmen05I added burlap and embellishments from my stash to the super cute paper, ephemera and bows that come in the kit.  For this 7″ x 4″ card, I created a little banner to go with Mr. and Mrs. Snowman.

Christmas Creativity Kit Snowmen02I mounted the image and Bingo card onto the burlap panel.  Scraps of paper from the kit were cut into banner shapes and then glued over this wire coat hanger that I found in my stash.

Christmas Creativity Kit Snowmen03The apple green satin ribbon bow that come in the kit matches the hanger so well, and it just makes the whole design pop.

Christmas Creativity Kit Snowmen04On the inside, a snowman was stamped onto one of the labels that comes in the kit.  There’s plenty of room to write a personal note on the side.

Christmas Creativity Kit Snowmen06The kissing snow people couple is totally adorable.  I really love the candy cane stripe paper that came in the kit.  Again, I used scraps from the kit to make the banners and the sheet music tag. The paper in this kit is so cute I didn’t want to waste a bit of it!

Christmas Creativity Kit Snowmen07I did dig into my scrap bin for the paper on the inside of the card.

Christmas Creativity Kit Snowmen08This Dapper Dan Snowman is stylin’ in his top hat and striped scarf. And don’t you love that Bingo Card?  It comes in the kit! The black polka dot paper is from my stash.

Christmas Creativity Kit Snowmen09The gorgeous bow comes in the kit. I added the tags and brads from my stash.

Christmas Creativity Kit Snowmen10And a peeky a the stamped interior of the card.

I could not believe how many projects I made with this kit!  I’ll be sharing the altered art box and mini album I made later this month, along with a really elegant card.  I would finish a project and go, “Wow…I have enough to make another card!”  And the images are all so cheery…I really had a blast!

If you love retro images, patterns and colors, this kit is the one for you.  But don’t wait too long…these kits sell out really fast!

Thanks for stopping by!



These cards are available for purchase in my Etsy shop.


Retro Ladies Christmas Cards

Polly’s Paper Retro Ladies Christmas Cards: Christmas in July Post

Hello, Friends!

It’s Christmas in July at Kathy by Design!  I know it seems odd to be sharing Christmas projects in the middle of a heat wave, but you’ll thank me in December when all your cards and hand made gifts are neatly packaged up and you can sit back, relax and pat yourself on the back for having been clever enough to get a head start on things.  (You’re welcome!) Today I have 3 totally adorable Retro Ladies Christmas cards to share with you.  They are from Polly’s Paper Etsy, and I fell in love with them right away.  I think you will agree:

Kathy by Design/Pollys Paper Christmas Ladies trioThese take me right back to my childhood.  My mom always wore an A-line dress with a big pleated skirt.  If she went shopping, she put on her hat and gloves.  Everyone did!  Our small town had one main street, all decked out with Christmas lights from Thanksgiving to New Year.  The shops stayed open late (til 9!!) and everyone bustled about under the soft light getting their holiday shopping done.  It was magical!

Pollys Paper Christmas Ladies Rosette 01Each 5×7 top fold card has a slightly different embellishment.  But they all are dolled up with a Christmas Ticket collage, also from Polly’s.  You could print these large enough to be a focal on a card, but I printed them small to use as an embellishment.

Pollys Paper Christmas Ladies Rosette 03This stylish Retro Lady was touched with a bit of Art Institute Glitter Glue and white glitter.  She needed a big old red rosette to mimic her candy cane stripe pleated skirt. I also topped my mini jingle bells with glue and glitter.  The candy cane ribbon was in my stash of Christmas ribbons.  I’m not even sure where it came from, but it was perfect for this project.

Pollys Paper Christmas Ladies Rosette 04The papers are retired Stampin’ Up.  The stamped sentiment is from them as well.

Pollys Paper Christmas Ladies Poinsettia 03Poinsettias dusted with Viva Decor White 3-D Stamp paint are keeping this Retro lady company while she decorates the tree.  The metallic gold string is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Pollys Paper Christmas Ladies Poinsettia 01Matting the designer paper layers helps to anchor the card. And I used a red paper clip as an ornament hanger for my little jingle bells.

Pollys Paper Christmas Ladies Poinsettia 04Finishing the inside of a card is easy.  Just bring elements from the outside of your card (the papers) to the inside and you’ll have a design that really works.

Pollys Paper Christmas Ladies Banner 01I sewed a banner at the top of this card and added a row of ruffled ribbon on the base.  It makes me think of a Christmas tree skirt.

Pollys Paper Christmas Ladies Banner 02I looped some metallic string on the top of my Christmas ticket, just for fun!

Pollys Paper Christmas Ladies Banner 03Did you notice that this card is built on a black cardstock base?  I wouldn’t normally use black on a Christmas card, but I really liked the way it grounded these bright, retro colors and designs.

So, have you started your Christmas cards yet?  If you’re looking for inspiration, you might want to check out the holiday digital collage selection at Polly’s.  She has so many adorable vintage images in all kinds of holiday themes.  Grab a cold glass of iced tea and take a peek!

I’ll be sharing more Christmas ideas throughout the month of July, and I feel a little giveaway coming on…so stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by!



These cards are available for purchase in my ETSY shop.


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