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Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio Project Share

Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio Project Share with Authentique Stitches

Hello, Friends!  Every once in a while I come across a paper collection that is like a page from my childhood.  Authentique Paper’s new Stitches collection has captured my heart.  I spent a couple of blissful days creating this Stitched with Love  Sewing Themed Flip Folio.  While I worked, I remembered my mom, who loved to sew.  She put her whole heart and soul into everything she stitched.  And this flip folio is stitched with love, too.

Stitched with Love Flip Folio Stitches by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 1

As a girl, I spent hours curled up in a chair beside my dear mom as she sewed. She was an absolute fiend on that ancient White sewing machine.  Everything Mom did was fast.  Her fingers were fast, the needle flew in and out of the fabric at lightning speed.  She ironed seams lickety split. She pinned and unpinned so fast that her fingers were a blur.  The hum of the motor, the clacking of the needle, Mom humming a tune with straight pins in the corner of her mouth…this was the music of my childhood.  I think my love for, texture, color, pattern and design was born during those happy hours watching Mom sew.

This sweetly vintage folio measures 7.25″ x 5.25″ with a 1/2″ spine. If you’re in a hurry today, you can skip down to the bottom of this post where I share a YouTube video walk through of the album.

To create the collage on the folio cover, I fussy cut images from Stitches One.  A wood doily and a die cut circle add a nice geometric element to the design.

Lots of soft colored little posies, trinkets from my stash and die cut leaves play nicely with vintage buttons.  I’ve had this miniature sewing machine in my stash for ages.  Now it has a happy new home.

Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio: A Fortified Binding

I covered the cardstock folio base with designer papers from the Stitches collection.  To ensure  that the spine will hold up well, I reinforced it with a strip of Authentique Spectrum Cardstock.  This color is called Antique Lace.  To add this to the album, follow these easy steps:

  • Cut a 4″ x 5.25″ rectangle of  Old Lace Spectrum Artisan Cardstock
  • Then find the center point, which is 2″
  • Measure out 1/4″ on each side of the center point and score a line.
  • Now fold on the score lines
  • Apply adhesive, making sure that you get into the folded areas.
  • Finally, line the reinforcement spine up with the folio spine and press in place.  You can use a bone folder to really make sure it is adhered.

I also cut the cute eyelet lace border and lacing border from Antique Lace Cardstock.  I threaded a 3/8″ strip of paper through the lacing border, and then glued the two borders together on the front cover.  On the back cover, I only used the eyelet border.

Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio: A Peek Inside

There are lots of great places to tuck in photos.  I think this little flip folio would make a great photo album for seamstresses, quilters, and mom, too.  It would be a great way to house heritage photos.

Inside the front cover, I created a pocket with two companion photo folios tucked inside.  Each little folio measures 3.25″ x 4.5″ and has a magnetic flap closure.

Flaps and pockets go together like needles and thread!  These flaps will hold a 5″ x 5″ photo. You can always tuck more in the pocket along with these darling journal cards from the cut apart page.

The center page of this folio features a lovely flip element.  The facing page is another little photo folio.  This one is attached to the page.

I love, love, love the journal cards in this collection! This page flips down to reveal two more photo mounts.

The pages in the center panel were created with Tammy Tutterow’s “Posies and Pennies” Die from her new Sew Sweet Collection by Spellbinders.

This flap page is actually an altered envelope!

And it holds these darling button cards made with images from the cut apart page.

Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio Project Share on YouTube

Because it’s so much easier to see how one of these little folios works, I’ve created a short video project share for you today.  I hope you enjoy!

Stitches Home Decor Project

Since I already had all my paper pretties out on my work surface, I went ahead and put together this darling 8″ x 10″ altered frame.  I thought you might enjoy making one, too, so I put together a quick SnapGuide tutorial for you.  You are not going to believe how easy it is to create the crackle finish on this frame!

You’ll find the step out photos, directions and a supply list in the Snapguide below.

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Petticoat Lane Vintage Sewing Card

Petticoat Lane Vintage Sewing Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon January Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the first RRR Blog Hop of 2018.  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  I’ve created a pretty in pink Petticoat Lane Vintage Sewing Card for you today, but before I reveal it, let’s take a look at the fabulous January Ribbon Club Assortment.

These are super fun ribbons to use on all your Valentine projects, but I found they work really well on regular cards, too.

Petticoat Lane Vintage Sewing Card Vintage Girl by Kathy Clement Product by Photo Play Photo 1

This Petticoat Lane Vintage Sewing Card pairs perfectly with the Pearl Pink Delicate Stitched Satin and Mixed Pink Diamond Grosgrain ribbons from the Valentine Mix Assortment.


Petticoat Lane Vintage Sewing Card Vintage Girl by Kathy Clement Product by Photo Play Photo 2

I also used the Valentine Mix ribbons to make my belly band:

  • First, find the center of the card layer, and then add a strip of 1/2″ Scor-Tape.  Run the tape past the edge of the card layer so you can wrap the ribbon around the back. This creates a neat, clean edge.
  • Next, place Hot Pink Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon over the Scor-Tape.  Press to secure firmly and wrap the edges around the back of the card layer.
  • Now, add a strip of 1/4″ Scor-Tape in the middle of the Hot Pink Satin Ribbon.  Then attach a piece of white crochet lace.
  • Then add a strip of 1/4″ Scor-Tape above and below the hot pink satin ribbon.  Add a row of the Pink Mixed Diamond Grosgrain ribbon here.
  • Now you just add your additional card layers, easy as pie!
Petticoat Lane Vintage Sewing Card: Ribbon Embellishments

Petticoat Lane Vintage Sewing Card Vintage Girl by Kathy Clement Product by Photo Play Photo 3This pouf-tastic double layer bow cluster is the main embellishment on this Petticoat Lane Vintage Sewing Card.  But you can use ribbon as an embellishment in other ways, too.

  • Thread ribbon through a paper clip or shaped paper clip to create a cute banner. I topped this one with a button to keep with the sewing theme.  But  you could easily add a key or other shape to fit the theme of your project.

Petticoat Lane Vintage Sewing Card Vintage Girl by Kathy Clement Product by Photo Play Photo 4

  • Wrap ribbon around a miniature wooden spool.


Petticoat Lane Vintage Sewing Card Vintage Girl by Kathy Clement Product by Photo Play Photo 5

I picked up these teeny tiny spools of thread at a yard sale.  Since the thread was a perfect color match, I did not remove it to add ribbon this time.  In other projects, I have wrapped empty spools with ribbon to make a custom embellishment.  And, do you see the little snippet of crochet lace peeking out from the embellishment cluster?  It adds just the right amount of texture.

Petticoat Lane Vintage Sewing Card: A Peek Inside

Petticoat Lane Vintage Sewing Card Vintage Girl by Kathy Clement Product by Photo Play Photo 6

The inside of this card is sweet and simple.  I simply added designer papers (this is Photo Play’s  Vintage Girl Collection, in case you want to know).

Petticoat Lane Vintage Sewing Card Vintage Girl by Kathy Clement Product by Photo Play Photo 7Transform cardstock scraps into this sweet little tea bag wallet.  This adds a personal touch to the card design.

On with the Hop!

Now hop on over to Cherry’s lovely blog for even more Valentine inspiration.  Be sure to visit each blog in the hop and leave a sweet comment behind.  Then check in with Bonnie on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog so you can be entered into the drawing for a free Valentine Mix Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you haven’t joined the RRR Monthly RIbbon Club, now is the perfect time to join.  You’ll receive a perfectly coordinated ribbon assortment each month in 2018.  It’s a fun, affordable way to add to your ribbon stash.  You can find all the details HERE.

I think it’s lovely that Valentine’s Day comes right after Christmas.  Playing with pretty pink Valentine ribbon is a wonderful way to beat the winter blues!

Thanks for stopping by!



Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio with  RRR and Kaisercraft Mademoiselle

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Today’s card is gloriously vintage and features one of my favorite themes: sewing!  This Stitched with Love Friendship card folio features custom dyed seam binding ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon and paper pretties from Kaisercraft’s Mademoiselle collection.

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 1

My mom was an incredible seamstress.  She could take a little bit of this and a little bit of that and turn it into new curtains, or a dress or a darling little pillow.  I spent hours and hours by her side watching her create with fabric.  Perhaps this is where my early love for pattern, color and design was born.

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 2I know everyone is smack dab in the middle of creating for Christmas right now, but I woke up with the urge to play with these pretty papers.  And can you blame me?  Who can resist polka dots, chippy buttons,  and vintage sewing images?  I ran into a bit of a speed bump when it came to ribbon selection, however.  Nothing in my considerable ribbon stash was quite the perfect color match.

Custom Dyed Seam Binding Ribbon: The Ribbon Lover’s Secret Weapon

If this has ever happened to you, then you are going to love what I’m about to share with you.  Create your own custom dyed ribbon with seam binding and ink.  It’s easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. First, cut a 1 yard length of white seam binding ribbon.
  2. Next, “smoosh” Distress Ink that complements your papers onto a non-stick craft sheet or other non-porous surface.  Spritz lightly with water until little beads of ink form.
  3. Now, dip the ribbon into this delicious puddle of inky goodness.  You can choose to fully immerse it, or just pick up bits and pieces of color.  You really can’t go wrong, so just have fun and play with ink and ribbon until you like the end result.  Then, gently heat dry and tie as usual. I always use my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool.
Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio:  A Peek Inside

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 3

The inside of this card is filled with vintage goodness. The die cut vintage sewing machine makes a perfect tuck spot for little tags and a tiny gift envelope.

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 4

To create a tuck spot, glue just one edge of an image to paper.  It’s so easy, and so much fun!

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 5The large side pocket holds a little art tag, tea bag and honey stick combo.  I’ve used extra bits of my custom dyed seam binding on all these little goodies inside the folio.

Now that you know how to make your own seam binding ribbon, I bet you’ll have lots of fun coming up with reasons to use it.  It’s such a great way to add a designer touch to your card creations.

Thanks so much for stopping by!



Art For the Home

Art for the Home: Crafty Secrets August Linky Challenge and Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Crafty Secrets August Linky Challenge and Blog Hop!  This month, the team was given a mixed media challenge.  Specifically, we were asked to create art for the home.   The team put on our Mixed Media Boots and dug deep into our crafty stashes and came up with some amazing art for the home.

In a deep dark corner of the Closet of Shame, I found a stack of mulberry paper that I purchased in the late 1990’s.  Do you remember the mulberry paper craze?  I determined that I would find a way to incorporate it into my project.  Here’s what I came up with:

August Linky 01This little wall hanging measures 11″ x 8″.  I created the base from two sheets of gold mulberry paper.  Here’s how I did it.

  • Lay the two sheets of mulberry paper on top of one another.
  • Fold in half to create an 8.5″ x 5.5″ rectangle.
  • Place the folded mulberry paper in the embossing folder of your choice.
  • Run it through your die cutting machine, using the recommended sandwich.
  • Use Vintage Photo Distress Ink to lightly sponge the raised areas of the mulberry paper.  This will make the design “pop” off the background.
  • Stitch around the edges.
  • Decorate

Pretty, simple, right?  I did make one “boo-boo” when putting this together.  If I could do it over again, I would stitch my black lace between the layers of mulberry paper.  But to be perfectly honest with you, I didn’t think about adding the lace until the very end of the project.  So I ended up using Scor-Tape to attach my lace to the back of the mulberry paper.

August Linky 02The focal image is from our beautiful Sew Nice Double-Sided Creative Scraps.  I stitched it onto black cardstock and then layered it with other goodies from Sew Nice.  The tape measure is from our Creating with Vintage Typography CD.   I added some vintage lace, a piece from a yellow zipper, and hand made cloth flowers that I topped with little grey buttons.  Black Checkerboard Satin Ribbon ties everything together.

August Linky 03The dress form was die cut from scrap chipboard, painted with chalkboard paint and then stamped and embossed.  I tied a little sash around the waist using the same material that the from which the flowers were made.  I borrowed a great idea from Ginny Nemchak and used a black paperclip to create a fun embellie.  I just slipped my material over the paperclip and added a button.  Easy peasy!

august Linky 04I love the sentiment on the focal.  It says : “Let us grow old like beautiful lace. Cherished and treasured and cared for with Grace.”   See that cute little calendar sticking out from behind my focal image?  I cut that from our Seasonal Calendar Creative Scraps.   Even though the dates on the calendar are “off” for 2015, they add a pretty layered element to a piece like this.

August Linky 05I clipped the whole piece onto a shabby chic hanger and then topped it with a bodacious bow tied with 1.5″ wide Black Circus Dot Grosgrain Ribbon.  The I topped this with a loopy bow tied with black and yellow burlap string.  I used the other half of the yellow zipper to make the rosebud.

august Linky 06I had a little bit of mulberry paper left over, so I stitched a pretty panel from the Sew Nice Creative Scraps onto it to create a cute little bookmark.  I painted a chipboard sewing machine, stamped and embossed it and then glued it to the top.  A little bow made with Daffodil Swiss Dot Grosgrain Ribbon was the perfect finishing touch.   And, I still have lots of cute images and backgrounds to use on other cards.  I super love Creative Scraps.

Now, pop on over to the Crafty Secrets Blog where you will find sneaky peeks from the other designers’ blogs.  I have already seen their amazing projects, and I know you will not want to miss a single one of them.  Then, create your own project using Crafty Secrets goodies and link it up to the Crafty Secrets Linky Challenge blog postYou do not have to follow this month’s theme, but you DO have to use Crafty Secrets goodies to be eligible to win this months $25 digital shopping spree in the Crafty Secrets Online Store.

What’s that you say?  You don’t have any Crafty Secrets goodies?  Gotcha covered!  Visit the Linky Challenge blog post and download this month’s free paper and image in your project!  See, we’ve thought of everything?  No reason NOT to play along!

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



Sew Decorative Altered Frame

Crafty Secrets Sew Decorative Altered Frame

Hello, Friends!

One of my fondest childhood memories is of sitting beside my mother while she sewed on her old White sewing machine.  Using newspaper patterns that she drew and cut out herself, she would take one of her old coats that was stained on the front (coffee…she was a coffee hound) turn it inside out and stitch up a darling little coat and bonnet for my baby sister.  Or, she’d take old sheets and stitch them up into ruffled curtains for the kitchen.  She really was “the Queen of the Machine; there was nothing she couldn’t sew.  When I found this beautiful image on the Crafty Secrets Sew Decorative CD, it made me think of her and I knew I wanted to use it in a project.  Then, while out “junkin'” one day, I found a hideous shadowbox for just a few pennies.  So today I got out paint, glue, paper and some fun vintage embellies and transformed it into an altered frame worthy of Mom’s stamp of approval.

Kathy by Design/Sew Decorative Altered Frame 01I thought it would be fun to give you a look at the original version of this altered frame.

Sew Decorative Altered Frame 05I told you it was hideous!  Clearly I was speaking the truth. After giving it a good cleaning, I removed the frame back and added a coat of Tattered Angels Crystal Decorative DIY paint to the inside and outside.  The paint was thick and creamy, covering up the ugly gray paint and smoothing out the surface.  After this dried, I dry brushed on a coat of Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress Paint, and when that had dried, I sponged the frame lightly with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  What a transformation!

Sew Decorative Altered Frame 04I hit the surface lightly with sandpaper and I love the wonderful vintage shabby chic finish this gave.  I lined the outside edges with this fancy trim and added the little silver scissors and Petaloo Blossoms.  The leaves are made with and old book page.  I tucked a loopy burlap bow made from both ivory and natural burlap string beneath the flower.  I debated adding more to the outside of the frame, but decided I liked it just like this.

Sew Decorative Altered Frame 02The hardest part of making this altered frame was deciding which papers to use.  The Sew Decorative CD is loaded with gorgeous papers, ephemera, frames, spool ends, buttons images, button cards and images like the one seen here.  I wrapped a vintage spool with Aqua Delicate Stitched Satin ribbon and glued it inside the frame along with a miniature cast iron sewing machine, a miniature yardstick and other assorted goodies.   These are all bits and pieces that I’ve picked up here and there.  But one of my favorite sources for affordable embellishments like this is the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

This frame would be adorable hanging in a sewing room…who knows, maybe I’ll even hang it in mine!  Actually, I think I’ll load it up into my ETSY shop, so if you want to purchase it for your favorite seamstress (even if that favorite seamstress is YOU) you can find it there.

Thanks for stopping by,



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