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Kathy by Design Merry Christmas Giveaway

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Kathy by Design Merry Christmas Giveaway

Hello, Friends!  Today is a fun day at Kathy by Design because I have a little Merry Christmas Giveaway to share with you.  2019 has been a watershed year, and my heart is so full of joy and gratitude that I just had to spread the happy around!   And who better to share it with than all of you: my faithful companions on this crazy-wonderful creative journey?

Merry Christmas Giveaway Video

I created a lovely little crafty kit with some of my favorite Authentique papers, Spellbinder’s Dies, Mixed Media goodies, Really Reasonable Ribbon, Buttons, Flowers and even a “ready to go” box style folio for you to have fun making.  Watch this short YouTube Video to find out what is in the kit.

Merry Christmas Giveaway: How to Enter

If you’d like to be entered in the drawing for this video, here’s how:

  • Subscribe to my blog
  • Subscribe to my YouTube Channel

That’s it!  Let me know in the comment section of this post that you are/have subscribed to both my blog and my YouTube channel.  If you follow me on other social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, let me know and I’ll give you an extra entry for each one.

I’ll randomly select a winner at 8AM EST on Monday, December 23rd.  Be sure to check back for that announcement as I will need to get your address so I can mail out your crafty goodies.

From My Heart to Yours

When I started this blog in 2013, I had no idea the adventures that lay ahead.  It kind of takes my breath away when I look back at how amazing it’s all been.

I’ve had the honor to design for some of the best companies in the business: Authentique Paper, Graphic 45, Heartfelt Creations, The Button Farm Club and Really Reasonable Ribbon, Little Birdie Crafts, Petaloo Flowers…just to mention a few.  I am so grateful for the opportunities that have come my way…and all because I like to play with pretty paper!

Then, there’s each of you.  Wow, my heart is just so full.  I’ve had the chance to get to know many of you on a more personal level and some of you have become dear friends.  All because of paper.  It’s really amazing.

So, thank you.  From the bottom of my heart for taking the journey with me, for encouraging me with your sweet comments, for your patronage in my Etsy shop, for all of it.  My life is full to overflowing with joy and gratitude.

I wish each one of you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed and Happy New Year.  May the joy of creativity be your portion, and may you always find the courage to follow your dreams.  I’m so glad I did!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Stamperia Pink Christmas Star Home Decor

Stamperia Pink Christmas Star Home Decor by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Stamperia Pink Christmas Star Home Decor

Hello, Friends!  Happy Monday!  I spent the weekend decking the halls, and wanted to share this sweet little Stamperia Pink Christmas Star home decor piece with you today.

I started with a 10″ wooden star cutout.  Then I had to break out my Mixed Media Boots from the Closet of Shame.  I wish I had thought to take step out photos, but here’s what I remember about the process.

  • First, apply Tea Dye Distress Ink directly to the surface of the wood.  Spritz with water to allow the ink to activate and spread.  Blot up excess with paper towels.  Heat dry.
  • Next, use a palette knife to apply a layer of Distress Crackle Medium.  Add a not too thick layer…like mayonnaise on a tomato sandwich…which all my southern friends will understand immediately!
  • While the texture paste is wet, sprinkle it with a little Bridal Veil Embossing Glitter.  Then gently heat.  The nice thing about Distress Crackle is that you can heat it.
  • Finally, water down some white chalk paint and brush it randomly over the surface of the star.
Stamperia Pink Christmas Star Home Decor: Building Layers

Stamperia Pink Christmas Star Home Decor by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Next I just added on layer after layer of chipboard , die cut greenery, flowers, cheesecloth, miniature pine cones…anything that struck my fancy.  As a final touch, spread some Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive and then cover with Stampendous Shaved Ice.  This stuff really sparkles like snow!

This was a fun project to make, and I wore the glitter proudly the rest of the day!  What can I say…I really get into my work!

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday, filled with joy and creativity!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Sweet Christmas Carol Easel Card

Stamperia Pink Christmas Birds Christmas Carol Box Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

RRR December Blog Hop:  Stamperia Sweet Christmas Carol Easel Card

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sharing this Stamperia Sweet Christmas Carol Easel Card for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Karen’s sweet blog.

I’ve used the gorgeous Winter Carnival Ribbon Club Assortment to compliment the shabby chic papers.  Mineral Ice Checkerboard Satin Ribbon and Aqua Shell Print Satin Ribbon lend a frosty feel to the card design, making it perfectly wintry.  White Bead Berry Sprays are tucked in with my flowers to add lots of texture and sparkle.

Because this is an easel card, it folds for mailing and stands upright for display.

TIP:  When scoring your 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ card base, add in a 1/2″ spine to allow the easel portion of the card to close neatly over the easel stopper.

Stamperia Sweet Christmas Carol Easel Card: A Peek Inside

It’s easy to add a pocket to the interior of an easel card.  Simply cut your designer paper layer about 2 1/2″ longer than the height of the base.  Score along the bottom and fold.  Create gussets for the sides and then adhere to the base.

You can add a gift card pocket on one of the upper folded sections as well.  Here, i die cut the Infinity Border from both blue and ivory cardstock.  Then I adhered just the sides and the bottom to the card base.

Tuck images from the cut apart pages of the collection inside the pocket.

This folio is simply folded paper with a little journal card glued to the inside.  But it’s a great resting place for a tea bag or other small treat.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties the lovely Linsey has in store for you.  Be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop, then finish up at the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog where you will answer Bonnie’s question of the month.  This will enter you into the drawing for your very own Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you haven’t subscribed to the RRR Club yet, now is a great time to join.  Santa is always looking for just the right gift for us crafty girls!  You can drop him a hint and let him know that you’d love to receive the Ribbon Club Assortment every month of the New Year!  Learn how to sign up HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips and ideas you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list at the bottom of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Pink Christmas Ice Skates

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Stamperia Pink Christmas Ice Skates for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  These Stamperia Pink Christmas Ice Skates are so dreamy when matched up with ribbon from the Really Reasonable Ribbon December Ribbon Club.   Growing up in Vermont, I had to wear my older brother’s black hand me down hockey skates.  Not exactly inspiring for a young girl who imagined herself to be a graceful swan.  The reality is, I tumbled my way across the ice while pushing an old broom in front of me for balance.  But a girl can dream…and this card is the stuff dreams are made of!

A Note About the Product

You know how you sometimes get down to the last few bits of a paper collection, and you combine it with another collection that matches it really well?  I don’t do it very often, but because Stamperia Pink Christmas and Sweet Christmas were so very similar, I did combine them.  I only had a few bits and pieces of Sweet Christmas left.  The skates image is  from that collection along with a few bits and pieces of border and such.  Sadly, Sweet Christmas is no longer available…or if it is, I cannot find it in stock.  So please forgive me for that oversight on my part.

Stamperia Pink Christmas Ice Skates: The Basics

This is a 5″ x 7″ top fold card with a 3/4″ spine.  Machine stitching, paper doilies, glittery die cut stars and soft pink posies amp up the shabby chic vibe.

TIP:  Create a shabby chic border by layering Mineral Ice Checkerboard Satin Ribbon with Aqua Shell Print Satin Ribbon along the top edge of the card.  Tuck the ends of the ribbon behind the card panel to create a finished look.

Tie a triple loop bow from the Shell Print Satin and top with petite posies and silver glitter jingle bells.  The Zutter Bow it All Tool makes it easy to tie these bountiful bows.

Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Ice skates and mini jingle bells top this tag.  Hold everything in place with a bit of Iridescent Metallic String.

Stamperia Pink Christmas Ice Skates: A Peek Inside

Don’t forget to use ribbon inside your card!  It makes a great closure for this little gift folio.

These sweet gift card folios are a wonderful way to present a little Christmas Cheer.  I’ve filled this one up with some cookies, a Santa spoon, peppermint stick, honey stick, chocolate and tea.  Have several of these folios on hand during the holidays because they make wonderful last minute gifts.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  And here’s a link to an older Stamperia Pink Christmas project.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Vintage Santa Shaker Card

Authentique Calendar Collection December Vintage Santa Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Vintage Santa Shaker Card with Authentique December Calendar Collection

Hello, Friends!  Santa Claus is watching you!  This Vintage Santa Shaker Card made with Authentique Paper’s December Calendar Collection has a great country vibe.  I think it’s the red, black and cream color palette paired up with Bold Black Check Ribbon and shiny red vintage buttons that accomplishes that feat.

Vintage Santa Shaker Card: The Basics

This is a 5″ x 7″ top fold card with a 3 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ Tim Holtz Idea-Ology wooden shaker frame.  Here’s how to build the simple layers in this sweet card.

  • First, build a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base by joining (2) 5″ x 8 1/2″ panels of Forest Green Cardstock with Scor-Tape.  Score in a 1/2″ spine at the top, and trim the bottom so that the base measures 5″ x 7″.
  • Next mat a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ panel of the plaid patterned paper on a slightly larger piece of red cardstock.
  • Now add a 2 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ strip of the holly print across the center as a belly band.
  • Add some black and white Christmas washi tape along the bottom edge, just for fun.
Vintage Santa Shaker Card: The Shaker Frame

Paint the largest Tim Holtz Idea-ology Vignette Frame with Black Chalk Paint.  When it is nearly dry, gently wipe over the surface with a damp paper towel to create a distressed finish.  Then spray the frame with Heidi Swapp Tinsel Color Shine.  This lends a frosty appearance to the frame.  Wrap the edges of the shaker frame with 1/4″ black gingham ribbon to hide the elevation.

TIP: Watch THIS video tutorial to learn how to create the shaker frame element on this card.

Vintage Santa Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

The inside of this card is so very jolly!  I covered the top half with the cable knit sweater pattern from Authentique Snowfall.  This lends a real cozy feel, and I  love the color. Layer up scraps from the collection, then add a little die cut sentiment panel.

The bottom pocket contains a little chocolate treat, a honey stick and a vintage wooden candy cane ornament that I found at a local flea market.    There’s plenty of room to add a little gift card or other small token inside this large pocket.  The Santa in the chimney image is actually a little flap element.

Line the inside with more scrap pieces, then create a little pocket to hold this Christmas tea bag.  What a fun gift!

You can find this card in my ETSY shop.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below. You’ll also find a linked supply list below the signature.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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