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About kathycNC

Married to the love of my life for 43+ years, mom of 5...Nan to 3 gorgeous grandgirls. I have a passion for paper and a heart to educate and inspire through one of a kind, handmade paper art for all occasions. If you'd like to add my artwork to your home, please visit my Kathy by Design Etsy shop.

Sweet as Honey Bee Themed Card

Country Craft Creations Bee House Reneabouquets Bee Hive by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Sweet as Honey Bee Themed Card

Hello, Friends!  Just popping in very quickly today with this Sweet as Honey Bee Themed card made with Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Summer is in full swing, and the honeybees are working overtime in our gardens.  How thankful I am for these industrious creatures.  So today’s post is dedicated to our friends the bees who make sweet honey for us to enjoy.

Do you ever use your ribbons to create a border on your cards and layouts?  I love the texture, color and pattern that layered ribbons add.  For this card I topped Daffodil Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon with Bold Yellow Check Ribbon from the July Ribbon Club Assortment.  They complement the Country Craft Creations Bee House papers perfectly, don’t you think?  Everything about this card makes me happy, happy, happy!

Bees, Bows, Blossoms and the Hive

Here’s a neat trick for using up little snips of ribbon.  First, tie a loopy bow from Daffodil Satin.  Then cut fishtail banners on the ends of small piece of Bold Yellow Plaid.  Next, fold the ribbon in half and adhere it on top of the big bow.  Tuck in some natural burlap string and a button to finish the bow cluster.  Isn’t it pretty?

Now create a scene with a Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board Sugar Bee Hive, Lemon Blossom Honeybee, and honeycomb background.  Pop these elements up on foam tabs to add lots of depth and dimension to the composition.

Add another pop of color with Little Birdie Wendy Boho Vibes flowers.  Then spatter a little diluted Gathered Twigs Distress Ink over the card to lend that organic, botanical shabby chic finish we all love so much!

A Peek Inside

Turn  your card into a gift by adding  a little tea wallet and honey stick to the interior.  I love it when a card doubles as a gift, don’t you?

I hope you are all enjoying some lazy days this summer.  I’ve been busy as a bee in my studio, working on a big reveal that I’ll share here tomorrow.  You won’t want to miss it!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

North Pole Trading Company Exploding December Daily

Photoplay North Pole Trading Company Exploding December Daily by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Photoplay North Pole Trading Company Exploding December Daily

Hello, Friends!  For today’s installment of Christmas in July, I have a North Pole Trading Company Exploding December Daily to share with you.  This is such a fun project, made with a festive paper collection from Photoplay.

I’ve become just a little bit addicted to exploding boxes!  They are such a great way to house a lot of photos in not a lot of space.  It’s also nice that they can double as home décor.  And sometimes I just get tired of making albums and folios.  Somehow, a box seems like so much more fun.

This is especially true when you can add a box full of mini candy canes inside!  If you count them, you’ll find 25: one for each day from December 1st to December 25th.  How fun is that?

I designed the box with a magnetic wooden Christmas Tree topper so it would be easy to store. This also makes it easier to access the candy canes inside the box.  See?  I’m always thinking! You can leave the topper off and display it on it’s own, too.

North Pole Trading Company Exploding December Daily Tour on YouTube

it’s always easier to see how a project like this one works if you can watch a video tour.  So I put together a quick introduction to the paper collection and a tour of the exploding box.  I hope ou enjoy!

 

Bonus Christmas Card

Since I already had this paper collection out on my workspace, I went ahead and put together a super quick an easy Christmas card.

  • Create a 5 1/2″ square top fold card.
  • Then mat the following layers together;
    • 5 1/2″ square of North Pole Trading Co red solid
    • Green Plaid pattern cut into a 5 1/4″ square
    • 5 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ strip of snowflake paper as a belly band
  • Now stitch these layers together and adhere on the card front.
  • Next, die cut the Santa patterned paper with the largest Spellbinders Picot Petite Circle.  Back with foam tape and adhere in the center of the card.
  • Then die cut 2 of the Christmas trees using the matching dies.  Layer together with foam tape.  Decorate with die cut snowman ornaments.  Place foam tape on the back of the trees to add dimension.
  • If desired, add glitter to the trees.  Then back the gift packages from the sticker sheet with foam tape.
  • Fussy cut the Santa from the ephemera pack and back with foam tabs.
  • Now layer the Santa, presents and tree together in a nice cluster.
  • Finish with flowers and ribbon.

A Peek Inside

Dress up the inside with a pocket, tag, gift card wallet and stickers.

This is a great way to dress up a gift card!

I hope you enjoyed this installment of Christmas in July!  Maybe I can squeak in one more project before the month is over.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Exploding December Daily

Spellbinders Home for Christmas Card

Spellbinders Home for Christmas Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Christmas in July: Spellbinders Home for Christmas Card and a SALE!

Hello, Friends!   It’s time for Christmas in July, and I have a sweet Spellbinders Home for Christmas Card to kick things off.  I had hoped to do a big Christmas in July week, but life doesn’t always cooperate with our desires, does it?  Everything here is fine, so no worries.  It’s just been an extra busy month with out of town company, family birthdays, doctor appointments and garden chores, so I fell a bit behind.

Home for Christmas Vignette House

We love this darling Amazing Paper Grace 3-D Pop Up Vignette House die.  So we paired it up with the perfect sentiment from Spellbinder’s Home for Christmas Sentiment Stamps.  I love it when products work together so well.  If you look behind the sleigh, you will see the stamped greenery that comes with the set.  Soon this Christmas house will be all decked out with Christmas evergreens, berries and holly.  How delightful!

It’s hard to detect in the photographs, but the trees, greenery, door, window and trims are treated to a little frosted crystal action.  This amps up the holiday vibe and adds just the right amount of sparkle to the project.

A Peek Inside

Do you give a lot of gift cards at Christmas?  Dress up the giving by adding a little pocket and gift card wallet inside a card.  Even a small gift card feels extra special when it is dressed up with pretty papers, don’t you think?

Save up to 50% at the Spellbinders Christmas in July Sale

You can get a head start on your Christmas crafting and save money, too!  Check out this great sale on Spellbinders Past Holiday Collections!

I’ll be back tomorrow with another little Christmas project share. Meet me here bright and early, and don’t forget to bring your cuppa!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Little Birdie Crafts Birthday Clock Card

Little Birdie Crafts Aqua Medley Birthday Clock Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Little Birdie Crafts Birthday Clock Card with Aqua Medley Collection

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a summery Little Birdie Crafts Birthday Clock Card to share with you.  Summertime is birthday season in the Clement household.  We have 9 birthdays in a 2 month span, and that means a lot of card making goes on!  When you have that many special cards to make, a simple design comes in handy!

But a simply designed card can still look like a mini masterpiece if you play your cards right!  (Bad pun; I know, I know!)  If you have about 30 minutes to spare, you can make this very pretty card.

How to Make a Simply Fabulous Birthday Card in About 30 Minutes

  • First, cut a 6″ x 12″ panel of the burlap pattern from Aqua Medley. Score this in half at 6″ to form a 6 inch square top fold card.
  • Next, cut a 4 3/4″ square of the blue floral pattern.  Mat this on a slightly larger panel of aqua cardstock.
  • Now adhere 2 vertical rows of 1″ wide ribbon on the right hand side of the card.  I use Scor-Tape to hold the ribbon in place.  Leave the ends of the ribbon long so that you can fold it around to the back side of the card. Back this panel with foam tape or dimensionals and set aside.
  • Then brush the Little Birdie Chipboard Clock with mica powder. Back with foam tape or dimensionals and adhere to a scalloped circle doily from the paper collection.  Place dimensionals on the back of this element and adhere over the ribbon panel.
  • Next, cut a 5″ square of white cardstock and  mat on a slightly larger panel of aqua cardstock.  Back with dimensionals.
  • Now center and adhere all the card panels to the card front.
  • Finish with ribbon and Arctic Ice Flowers.
A Peek Inside

Line the inside of the card with 5 3/4″ squares of Aqua Medley papers.  Then create a gift card pocket from an Aqua Mist Journal Card.  Decorate a 3″ x 5″ envelope with papers and a punch out doily and tuck it inside the pocket.

Frame a stamped sentiment with bits of left over foliage and glittered butterflies from the Ephemera Pack.

See?  I told you it was easy! The best part is you can use this same recipe with any paper collection and any theme.

You can find a linked supply list below the post.

Now I’d better get busy making more birthday cards!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders July 2021 Club Kits Blog Hop

Spellbinders July 2021 Club Kits Blog Hop Hanging Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Spellbinders July 2021 Club Kits Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Spellbinders July 2021 Club Kits Blog Hop!  You should be coming here filled with inspiration from my friend  Jennifer’s blog.  I’ll share all the information about the hop and how to win the $50 giveaway from Spellbinders below.  But for now, let’s take a look at how I used the Amazing Paper Grace Pop Up 3D Vignette Home Sweet Home Club Kit.

Home Sweet Home Hanging Pocket Folio

Amazing Paper Grace Pop Up 3D Vignette Home Sweet Home Hanging Pocket Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 01

If you haven’t had a chance to play with this die yet, let me just say,, you are going to love it!  I used it to create the main element on this hanging pocket folio.

First I created a 6 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ base by stitching together layers of My Mind’s Eye Gingham Foundry papers with colored cardstock.  Then I made a 3/4″ deep box pocket to hold a darling little accordion fold folio.

The sentiment from the kit made a perfect title for the 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ folio.

TIP: Cut the sentiment from white cardstock.  Then cut fishtail banners on each end.  Mat on navy blue cardstock to really make it POP off the page.

Use magnets to hold the cover closed.  The inside of the folio folds out, accordion style, with 14 panels to hold photos and journaling.  I made this one for my sweet daughter-in-love’s birthday next month.  Shhh!  Don’t tell!

Spellbinder’s $50 Giveaway

To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 3 lucky blog readers – selected from the comments on the Spellbinder’s blog. 

The giveaway closes on Sunday, July 18th, 11:59 pm MST. The winner will be announced in this blog hop post the following Tuesday. Winner is responsible for shipping costs, duties, and taxes.

Please note, store credit (gift certificate) cannot be applied to Club Subscriptions. Store credit can be applied to shop past Club products, Club extras and regular releases.

On With the Hop!

Are you ready to be inspired?  Then follow the links below to see all the participating blogs in this wonderful hop.

Spellbinders Blog

Becca Feeken

Tina Smith

Bibi Cameron

Annie Williams

Becky Roberts

Yasmin Diaz

Jennifer Snyder

Kathy Clement (YOU ARE HERE)

Hussena Calcuttawala

Jill Hilliard

Laurie Willison

Ilina Crouse

Virginia Lu

Emily Midgett

Jean Manis

Sheri Holt

Sandra Nagel

Joy Baldwin

Rosemary Dennis

Henriëtte van Mierlo

Betty Wright

Melody Rupple

Jenny Colacicco

Emily Leiphart

Vera Yates

Tracy Ware

Gemma Campbell

Alanna Moses

Michelle Starcher

Deborah Jenkins

Erin Thompson

Birgit Norton

Michelle Sheler

Sandhya Iyer

Jennifer Kotas

Jessica Vasher

Olga Direktorenko

Karen Brown

Tanya Boser

Martha Lucia Gomez

Amy Kolling

If you’d like to see the Americana Easel Card I made with this same die set, please click HERE.

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

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Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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