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Beach Babes Banner

Beach Babes Banner with Polly’s Paper Etsy

Hello, Friends!

It’s sizzling hot here in North Carolina.  It’s been in the mid to upper 90’s with high humidity for the past couple weeks and all this heat has me dreaming about escaping to the beach.  But alas, I already had my vacation in May…so here I remain.  What’s the next best thing to being at the beach?  Making a Beach Babes banner with Vintage Beach Flapper images from Polly’s Paper Etsy, that’s what!  Go grab your suntan lotion and flip flops and take a mini beach break with me this morning.

Beach Babes Banner/http://www.kathybydesign.comDon’t you feel cooler already?  I created three pennants. each sized at 4.5″ x 7.25″.  I cropped my beach babes from the digital file, and then sized them to measure 3″ x 4.5″.  I could have gone bigger, or smaller…or printed them exactly as they come on the collage sheet.  That’s the beauty of digital.  It gives you loads of options.

Beach Babes Banner 02Each beach babe was stitched onto a beachy blue/grey cardstock, white burlap, Blue Awning paper from K & Company,  and then matted onto another beachy blue pennant.  I am completely nuts over these beach babes in their vintage bathing suits and parasols!

Beach Babes Banner 03I stitched my pennants onto 2.5″ wide nautical natural ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The end pieces were torn into strips.  Then I added streamers of light navy satin, and topped each streamer off with a poufy grey plaid bowIvory burlap string was tied into pretty loops and then topped with a vintage red button from my stash.

Beach Babes Banner 04I found some great vintage lace  that made me think of waves on the ocean, so I stitched that along the top of the banner.  Then I added red paper clips, metal clips, painted stars, rhinestone swirls and pretty posies to play in the surf with my beach babes.  Once everything had been added to the pennants, I covered up the stitching on the back with a navy cardstock pennant.  This way, the back looks finished.

Beach Babes Banner 05I wish they still made bathing suits to look like this, don’t you?  They are pretty, and feminine and would cover up a fair amount of “jelly.”

Thanks for stopping by and taking a break with my Beach Babe Banner and Polly’s Paper.



This item is available for purchase in my Kathy by Design Etsy Shop.

Epicurean Tribute to Julia Child/Kathy by Design

Epicurean Altered Vintage Receipt Holder

7 Gypsies Epicurean Altered Vintage Receipt Holder: A Tribute to Julia Child
This is my second post for the day.  Please scroll down to view my Heartfelt Creations Wednesday Project.

Hello, Friends!

Or should I say, “Bonjour!” Today’s menu includes an Epicurean altered vintage receipt holder made with delicious Epicurean papers and a side of tasty embellishments from 7 Gypsies. I call it my Epicurean Tribute to Julia Child.

I’ve loved Julia ever since I was a little kid and watched her on public TV. She was outrageous…dropped chickens on the floor, sent chopped onions flying in all directions, threw exotic French phrases into her constant patter with the viewing audience and basically won all our hearts while teaching us that cooking should be approached with passion and a healthy dose of fun. When you think about the fact that she was introducing the US to fine French cuisine at the same time that TV dinners were taking the country by storm…well, it just makes you admire her all the more. I tried to capture her love of food, friends and France in this project, and I can’t wait to hang this Epicurean vintage altered receipt holder in my kitchen.

Epicurean Tribute to Julia Child/Kathy by Design

I wanted the receipt holder to have a finish like old baking trays, so I pulled out my Rusty Metal Bare Metal Paint Kit and the Maritime Paint System. I followed the simple directions that come with the paint system and my brand spanking new product achieved a fabulous, funky, well-loved patina that was just what I was aiming for.

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The Epicurean papers are a perfect choice for foodies, as they celebrate cuisines from around the world. I chose the Fromage 12″ x 12″ papers as they feature French images, and I also used the Pomodoro papers because the bold red check pattern made me think of a tablecloth in a sidewalk cafe. I cut 4 rectangles from the Fromage paper, each measuring 3.25″ x 5.25″ and then stitched these to either navy blue or burgundy cardstock. I used these to line the base of my tray.

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Next, I built my layers by combining fussy cut images from the paper collection with mini ephemera, 7 Gypsies Printed Recipe Cards, Gypsy Moments Recipe Tags and an assortment of charms.

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For my focal point, I printed out a black and white photo of Julia Child, embossed it with Ultra Thick Embossing Powder and framed it in a beautiful Antique Silver Gypsy Frame that had been sprayed with more of the Metal Paint system. I ran red and black gingham ribbon through the jump rings on either side of the frame and secured it to the center using foam tape and hot glue. The ribbons were topped with bingo chips whose numbers represent the year Julia Child was born. These vintage frames are such a great way showcase a photo! Behind the frame, I fussy cut a word from the Fromage papers and tucked it inside a little red metal index tab that I had in my stash. This along with the frame, ribbon and bingo chips helps draw the eye to the focal image.

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In the top left hand corner of the tray, I created a little 3″ x 5″ book using the small Paris book cover and the Pomodoro papers. The cover has been aged with Maritime sprays and decorated with more mini ephemera and a die cut Eiffel Tower that I painted with iron chalkboard paint.

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I created a hidden hinge binding system and then stuffed it full of Recipe Cards, fussy cut images, and quotes from Julia Child. The spine is wrapped with jute cording and tied with a jute cording bow.

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I added cutlery charms and kitchen charms to an Antique Brass Vintage pin, then ran it through my recipe cards and added a black gingham bow. The chocolat sign was fussy cut from the Fromage papers and held in place with a paper clip.

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Here’s a peek at the inside of the book. There are 6 double pages in all, each one containing a quote from Julia along with room to add a recipe or photo.

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In the top right hand corner of the tray, I layerd fussy cut images from the papers and topped them off with a large tattered flower that I made with Tim’s tattered florals die and Canvas Corp red canvas and natural burlap. If you use iron on interfacing on the burlap, it die cuts like a dream, and resists fraying. I spritzed my floral layers with water and then scrunched them to add texture and body. A large fancy button was hot glued into the flower center. The leaves are cut free hand from more burlap. Black waxed cotton cording is wrapped around the center post. I also added this great black clothespin to the center post of the receipt clip, using a white painty pen to write Julia’s catch phrase on the pin’s surface.

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In the lower left hand corner I wrapped the center post with red hemp rope, then added fussy cut images and ephemera to the tray base. I painted this nifty vintage spoon that I found at a flea market with the blue paint in the Maritime system, then added it to mix.

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The bottom right tray is filled with a fun little vignette that I created with doll house miniature food and perfectly sized Gypsy Moments Recipe Tags. These were aged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and sprays from the Rusted Metal Paint Kit. I also added some “coffee rings” by dipping a bottle cap into the TA spray and “stamped” the image onto the recipe tags. I strung the tags together with more red hemp rope and then used foam tape to hold it in place. Another fussy cut word phrase from the Fromage papers was glued into a metal label holder that I aged with the Rusty Metal Paint System.

Epicurean Tribute to Julia Child/Kathy by Design

This would make such a great gift for a kitchen bridal shower or a birthday present for a foodie. I chose the French papers, but you could easily use this same idea to make a Greek, Asian, Italian , Mexican, or American themed projects. I hope you were inspired to create beautiful things both from your kitchen and your craft room with today’s Epicurean Altered Vintage Receipt Holder.

Bon appetit!


List of Canvas Corp Brands Products used in this project:

Crafty Secrets Farm Chicks Blog Hop

Crafty Secrets Farm Chicks Blog Hop: Here a Chick, There a Chick, Everywhere a Chick, Chick!

Hello, Friends!  What a fun day I have for you today!  I’m taking part in the Crafty Secrets Farm Chicks Blog Hop along with the rest of the crazy creative designers on the Crafty Secrets Team.  Each design team member has used the new Farm Chicks Digital Art Stamps, or the new Digital Chicken Farm Print paper…or both to create a fabulous chicken themed project to inspire and delight you!   If you are coming here from the Crafty Secrets BLOG, then you are right on track. If not, you can go back to the Crafty Secrets Blog and follow the links.

I’ve created a gift ensemble that is really something to crow about.  This card, gift tag and gift box has a great country feel with it’s red and black color palette and wonderful rooster images.  Can you imagine how much fun it would be to find this grouping on your birthday breakfast plate?

Crafty Secrets Farm Chicks Blog Hop 03The card is made with a 5″ x 7″ black card base.  I cropped the corners with a punch, then used the black random text paper from the Vintage Typography CD to build my base layer.  I printed out the red and white check paper from Creating with Vintage Patterns CD and matted it on black paper.  I sized the tag from Farm Chicks and then layered the chicken wire stamp over that.  The wonderful rooster image was sized, printed colored and inked then treated with UTEE to give it an epoxy finish.  I added bits and bobs from my stash to create a card that’s as fresh as a country breeze.

Crafty Secrets Farm Chicks Blog Hop 04The inside of the card has a fun tag that I built digitally with the chicken wire and border stamps from the collection.  My cute pig sticker is from the Office Altered Sticker Pack, which is on sale for 99 cents in the online store. I’ve used these stickers throughout this project.

Crafty Secrets Farm Chicks Blog Hop 05I had a ball with the rooster image, as you can see here!  I stitched this one onto a tag that I printed from the collection.  I really gussied it up with loads of gingham ribbons in red and black,  burlap string and some cosmos and sweetheart blossoms.

Crafty Secrets Farm Chicks Blog Hop 06The tag opens up to reveal another little tag that uses the cheeky singing rooster from the stamp set.  All the sentiments are included in the stamp set…which is loaded with 40 different images!

Crafty Secrets Farm Chicks Blog Hop 09I used kraft cardstock to build my little candy box.  You can find the tutorial for that HERE.  I printed out the fancy French Chickens, fussy cut them and covered them with UTEE.  When the embossing powder cooled, I gently bent the label to crack the epoxy finish, then inked it with Vintage photo ink to make it look like old, cracked glass.  I added more stickers, a little black key, burlap, twine and flowers to decorate the top of the box.

Crafty Secrets Farm Chicks Blog Hop 08I used more of that great red and white check paper matted on black cardstock to cover the sides of my box, then added a drawer pull and a little word scrap from my stash to finish it.

Crafty Secrets Farm Chicks Blog Hop 10The inside is filled with candy, but it could easily hold a watch, tickets to a ball game, a gift card, or any small item that you wanted to present in a fun way.  The image inside the lid is from the Garden Creative Scraps, which are also on sale.

Every great blog hop needs a prize, and one lucky winner will receive their very own set of the Farm Chicks Digital Art Stamps and the digital Chicken Farm Paper, too. To win, simply visit every blog listed below and leave a nice comment.  Then, finish up this hop on the Crafty Secrets BLOG and let us know that you’ve visited all the blogs and left a comment.  The winner will be randomly chosen from one of the blog comments on one of the designer’s blogs.  How fun is that?

From here, you should strut on over to visit Darlene’s fabulous blog.  She has a wonderful project to share with you, and the next link on the hop!

Thanks for hoppin’!




Sweet Springtime Card

Hello Friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  After a busy and happy couple of days visiting with family,  I have a sweet vintage card to share with you this morning, made with some of my favorite Crafty Secrets  goodies.  This one was quick and easy to make, thanks to the wonderful Post Card I printed from the Creating with Vintage Typography CD.

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These soft blues are  perfect for a sweet springtime card! I layered up the pretty blue floral lace paper from the Creating with Vintage Patterns CD and added some bits and bobs from the Birds and Blossoms Digital Creative Scraps .  Three beautiful vintage buttons, a glittered wood frame and some ink stained doilies give it a real vintage feel.  I created a loopy bow with natural burlap string and loads of pretty Petaloo blooms.  Just a touch of lace along the bottom edge adds to the vintage vibe.  The sentiment is from our Card Sentiment Stamp set, which is currently out of stock, but I’m sure Sandy will be releasing it in a digital format soon.  It’s one of my favorite sets as the fonts are all so beautiful.

I don’t usually work with glitter because I end up wearing more of it than the card does!  But sometimes, a card just needs a little glitter.  This Antique Linen Distress Glitter was added to a wooden frame and then I placed it over the pretty vintage roses on the left hand side of the post card.  Yes, I wore a little glitter, but the effect was worth it!

That’s all for me today, folks!  I’d love to hear what projects you’ve been working on in the comment section below.  Are you sprucing up the garden?  Doing spring cleaning?  Or are you still whiling away the hours in your crafty space waiting for winter to pass?

Hope you have a fabby Monday!



Gypsy Moments Tri-Fold Mini Tutorial

Hello Friends!

A couple of weeks ago, I shared this fun Coffee Break Mini with you.

Design/Coffee Break Birthday Mini Album for RRR

Kathy by Design/Coffee Break Birthday Mini Album for RRR

So many of you requested a tutorial for this style album that I went to work creating a second album, making sure I photographed the construction steps along the way.  So, here I am today, with my Gypsy Moments Tri-Fold Mini Tutorial.  Grab a cuppa and snack, because this is a content heavy post with loads of pictures, and I don’t want you to pass out from hunger or thirst before we reach the end!

Here’s a photo of the completed project to whet your appetite.

Gypsy Moments Tri-Fold Mini/Kathy by Design

Gypsy Moments Tri-Fold Mini/Kathy by Design

This is one of the newer lines from 7 Gypsies, and I have fallen completely in love with it.  I’ll have a slide show of all the pages and details towards the end of the post, but I wanted to sort of give you a vision of where we are going today.

This is a very compact mini, just 4″ wide by 6″ tall and the base is made with one sheet of 12″ x 12″ cardstock.  For this particular mini, I used a piece of Canvas Corp White and Kraft Lace Cardstock.

Gypsy Moments Mini Album Tute 01This is such a great weight to work with and the pattern is perfect for this project.  There is just something magical about white ink on kraft paper!  Yummy!

Soooo…this next photo might scare you to death…but I wanted you to see the process I go through when I tackle a project of this proportion.  Here’s a photo of (most) all the products I pulled from my 7 Gypsies/Canvas Corp stash.

Gypsy Moments Mini Album suppliesI like to have options!  Obviously.  I pull out everything that inspires me and pile it up on one side of my desk.  Do you see those itty bitty antique silver coat hangers?  Squeee!  And the sa-weet Flea Market Findings Charms?  Be still my heart!

Gypsy Moments Mini Album Tute 02Cut your 12″ x 12″ paper in half to form 2 12″ x 6″ rectangles.  Place on your scoring tool, and score at 4″ and 8″.  Placing the paper face down on your work surface, fold first the right hand side in toward the center and then the left hand side.  Crease with a bone folder. The patterned side of the paper should be on top with the fold on the left.

Gypsy Moments Mini Album Tute 04Cut the other 12″ x 6″ rectangle into these sizes:

  • 2 (two) 3.75″ x 5.5″ rectangles
  • 1 (one) 3.75″ x 2″ rectangle
  • 1 (one) 2″ x 5.75″ rectangle.  These will become the inner pockets for your mini.

Gypsy Moments Mini Album Tute 05Flip your paper over so that the print side is up.  The second 3.75″ x 5.5″ rectangle will be used in the middle panel, as you see here.  You’ll use the kraft side, not the printed side.

Gypsy Moments Mini Album Tute 06Use a circle punch to cut thumb holes in the top of each of the 3/75″ x 5.75″ panels.  Ink all the edges of all the cut pieces and the base piece for the mini with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Gypsy Moments Mini Album Tute 07Cut a 3.5″ x 5.5″ piece of Light Pink Burlap . Fray the edges (save the strings!) and attach it to the front panel of the mini album base.  As you can see here, I stitched it on, but you could use fabric glue or scor-tape if you prefer.  Spritz it with some Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist.  (Keep the glimmer mist and burlap handy…we’ll be using it more as we progress.)

Gypsy Moments Mini Album Tute 08Cut a 24″ length of Sheer Iridescent Fuchsia Ribbon and secure it to the right hand and middle panel of the mini album base as you see here.   I used Scor-Tape for this. This will be the closure for the album.

Gypsy Moments Mini Album Tute 09Fussy cut  a floral section from the 12″ x 12″ Board and Room paper and stitch or glue it to the front of the mini album as shown.  Note that I have left the cut side open.  This will become a pocket where we can tuck in tags.  I did use some foam dots along the bottom and top edge to hold it in place, but you want to be careful to leave an open edge.

Gypsy Moments Mini Album Tute 10Here you can see where I’ve inserted a Happy Birthday Tag and a Handcrafted Tag into that pocket we created.  To make these tags, I simple inked them, splattered and spritzed them with a little Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist and matted them on lilac cardstock.  I ran more of the ribbon through the top edge and then used some of the burlap strings to tie little bows that I topped with vintage mother of pearl buttons from my stash.  I created a loopy bow with Pink Burlap String , hot glued it to the album, and then added a button on top.

Now, the temptation here is to finish the cover.  But you don’t want to do that.  Know why?  If you do that now, stuff will get crushed and you’ll have a hard time working on the inside.  We will actually finish the rest of the album, and then do the rest of the cover last.  And yes, I learned this the hard way!

Gypsy Moments Mini Album Tute 11Open up the mini and begin work on the inside.  This is the far left panel.  It looks awful, because you can see the reverse side of the stitching I did on the front.  To cover this up, I used a piece of washi tap on the far left edge, and cut another little piece of burlap to go on the top.

Here is where you will begin to use your own creativity.  You will need 3 (three) 3.75″ x 5.75″ rectangles to cover the left, center and right hand panels on the inside of the mini album. You will need two more to cover the right and the center panel on the printed side of your base. Once you’ve done this, you can add your pockets and flaps.

Gypsy Moments Mini Album Tute 12Here you can see the mini album in progress.  I’ve added a thumb hole panel to the far left side, and I’ve added a Gypsy Moments ATC Mini Folder over that.  A word of caution: when you are gluing these pockets and flaps into place, use either a very thin bead of strong white glue to secure them, or 1/8″ adhesive taken to the absolute edge of each panel, or you will not have room to tuck all the goodies into the pocket.  Ask me how I know this….

Now that you’ve got your base made, you can have let your creativity loose and decorate to your heart’s content.  When everything is finished, add the finishing touches to your cover.

Gyspy Moments Tri-Fold Mini/Kathy by Design

Gypsy Moments Tri-Fold Mini/Kathy by Design

Here’s what I did:

I fussy cut three more flowers from the Gypsy Moments Board and Room 12″ x 12″ paper, and shaped them into dimensional flowers.  Someday soon, I ‘ll do a tutorial on how to do this.

Now, please enjoy this little slideshow of all the details and bits and pieces of this sweet little album.


Well, if you made it all the way to the end, you probably need to stand up and stretch!  I know I do!  I hope you are inspired to make one of these fun minis.  If you do, I  hope you’ll share it with me.  Let me know what you think in the comment section below.




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