A New Adventure for 2013

“Life is a daring adventure, or nothing at all.”  Helen Keller”

While starting a blog may not seem altogether adventurous to most in this technology-based society, for me, it’s a daring adventure.  I have only recently become adept at using my Google Reader!

Born in rural Vermont in the 50’s, I remember party lines, two-room schoolhouses, black and white TV, the first space launch and life before microwaves, computers and cell phones.  Yet here I am, writing my very first blog post.  Why?  That’s a good question, and one I will try to answer.

Ever since I can remember I’ve had a absolute fascination with paper. Notebook paper, construction paper, stationery, origami paper (although my attempts at origami were an epic fail) and any kind of paper you could pair with  pen, ink or paint.  I’ve also had a life long love affair with greeting cards.  My mother was person who instilled in me this affection for beautiful images paired with meaningful sentiment.  Let me share with you how this came about.

When I was a young child, I had what they called “weak lungs” which led me to have numerous bouts with bronchitis, pneumonia and other respiratory ailments. This resulted in many weeks spent at home, confined to bed.  I missed going to school, and missed time spent with my friends.  My mother, being a very wise woman, encouraged me to keep in touch with them by sending them greeting cards.  I crafted these using newsprint paper and Crayola crayons.  While primitive, these simple creations served multiple positive purposes.  They gave me a constructive and happy occupation to enjoy while stuck at home, recovering from illness.  They took my mind off myself and my circumstances for a period of time.  And, they kept me connected to the people who were important to me.

So, about 6 years ago, after life handed out  consecutive years of caring for aging/ailing family members, dealing with the aftermath of their deaths and the deaths of other people who were dear to me, I turned to paper and ink as a source of solace.  I was in a bit of a funk, and I thought if playing with paper had helped me as a child, perhaps it could be therapeutic for me as an adult.  And thus, my magnificent obsession with paper was re-launched.

I began making simple ( embarrassingly simple) cards and gifts for friends and family.  To my surprise, they sought me out to create cards and gifts for their friends and family.  And before I knew it I had turned my dining room into a crafting space, subscribed to crafting magazines, and started selling a few items at craft shows.   I was hooked.  Every spare minute I found in my day I wanted to devote to playing with paper.

Then, I discovered that there was a whole world of papercrafting available to me via blogs.  I began to follow several artists whose work and style appealed to me, learning from them as I went along.  As is often the case, I began to form cyber friendships with some of these fine folk, and they began to urge me to start my own blog.  “I don’t have time.”  “I don’t like working on the computer.”  “I’m a terrible photographer.”  My list of reasons for not starting a blog was long and mostly true.  But then, one day, I realized this is a way for me to connect with other people out there.  People, who, like me, love paper, ink and paint.  And it’s a way for me to share what I love with the world.  Who knows, maybe I’ll even meet new people and make new friends along the way.

And so, here I am.  My first blog post.  I have no idea what I am doing.  But I’m launching my little craft into this vast ocean called the blogosphere.

And here is today’s card:

:Graphic 45 Place in Time January 2013 02 (2)


Materials used:

Core-dinations cardstock,Sizzix embossing folder,Graphic 45 Paper: A Place in Time/January Foundations and cut-aparts,Crafty Secrets Clear Acrylic Stamp (I don’t remember the set)card blank from PaperWishes(5″ by 6 1/2″)  Paper Wishes Card Blank.  Paper Wishes Tool Kit #1.   Flowers  and bling from my stash.

Cardstock was cut to 5″x 6 1/2″.  It was centered in the embossing folder and run through the Cuttlebug.  I then sanded it using the Tim Holtz sanding tool.  I then stitched around the edges.
Graphic 45 images were fussy cut and inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. I attached ribbon from my stash to one of the border pieces using Scor-Tape.  The January calendar was torn into two pieces, then layered behind the flourish and the border.  The image of the girl in the hat was coated with Glossy accents and set aside to dry.  I stamped the sentiment with Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black and then embossed with clear embossing powder. Panels were cut and matted with Core’dinations card stock.  I used Paper Wishes tool kit #1 to create the bracket edge on the larger panel.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!  I hope to see you again soon at Kathy by Design.  I would love it if you left me a comment!

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21 thoughts on “A New Adventure for 2013

  1. Dorrie Grange

    I love reading how people start blogging, and now we all feel out of our depth, and constantly leaning the computer bit. Thank you for sharing. Fantastic blog sit, i have enjoyed looking at your art and will be sure to return from time to time. I will have to try the dress idea. Happy crafting.

  2. Broni

    Ok, so I know it took me forever to get here to your blog to absorb every detail, and I know I started at the latest post and went backwards, but I’m so glad I waited until I had the proper time to devote to your awesomeness! I knew from your first comment on my blog the love you have of paper-crafting and the time you take to read every word and leave a meaningful and heartfelt comment. You only deserve that from all of your followers. Of whom I am definitely one of the faithful now. I am SO glad you’re sharing your creations with the blogging world. It won’t take long for you to develop a following of artists who share your joy in the craft!! Thanks, Kathy, for letting me become one of your “cyber-friends”! LOL!

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Oh, Broni! That is the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me. Your kind words actually made me get teary eyed. I do, indeed, love paper-crafting…and I love the paper-crafting community, too. I can’t tell you how much your support has encouraged me. Maybe we’ll meet in real life some day…Raleigh is not that far away. XXOO kathy

  3. Anita Houston

    YAY YOU!!! Love that you’re blogging! FINALLY…lol! Wonderful story telling too! Your card is simply stunning! The color, the vintage feel, the layers…all gorgeous!!!

  4. Marjie Kemper

    Hoooooray! I couldn’t believe my eyes just now when I opened my email and there was a website listed under your name. I’m so happy you’ve jumped on the blog bandwagon, Kathy. You will no doubt love it, meet more people, and continue your love of papercrafting. I;m thrilled for you! And the card above is just gorgeous.

  5. Carrie

    You have so many gifts – thank you for blogging so we can all partake in the beauty of your words and your creations. I’ve been a fan of yours for quite some time now 🙂 Love you!

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thanks, Carrie! I’m glad you found me. If you feel like spreading the word, that would be great. And if not, that’s great, too. I love you!

  6. Mindy

    I am really looking forward to following your blog! You have wonderful stories to share and you work beautiful magic out of each card or craft that you make! I am a huge fan!
    Love you and good luck!

  7. Becky Thomas

    I really enjoyed reading of your recent endeavors. You’re so creative! Keep up the good work & blog away!


  8. Mary Kuenzi

    You were always an inspiration to so many new and veteran home school Moms. I know you will inspire many with your new blog!!

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thank you, Mary. Homeschooling was a daring adventure. Now that I’m “retired” it’s time to embark on another one. Thanks for your kind encouragement!

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thanks, Kelly! I may not be successful, but at least I’ll have fun, and learn some new things along the way!

  9. Theresa Lode

    I am just DELIGHTED to see you venture into these new waters! I loved hearing the story of how you got into crafting, especially as of late. And of course there’s your artistry. Your magnificent artistry.
    I just love everything you’re doing, Kathy…the writing, the crafting, the connecting with people.
    I look forward to reading more from you in the days ahead!
    Big Sky hugs to you!

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Aw, thanks, T. To be honest with you, I don’t know what the heck I’m doing. But that’s kind of how I’ve lived my life. I jump in headfirst and ask questions later! I so appreciate your friendship. Your warm words touch my heart!

  10. Jennings

    Welcome to the blogosphere! I know you will have many followers who will be entranced by your beautiful creations and wonderful stories. 🙂

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