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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.

Spellbinders Queen Anne’s Lace Tutorial

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Spellbinders Queen Anne’s Lace Tutorial with Simple Stories Remember

Hello, Friends!  This Spellbinder’s Queen Anne’s Lace Tutorial is our February 2024 Flower of the Month.  Queen Anne’s Lace grew wild in the fields and along the roadsides of my Vermont childhood.  Many and many a lazy summer afternoon was spent picking these delicate beauties and making flower crowns or bouquets with them.  I always thought they were too elegant to be considered a weed, and my mom agreed.  She told me that they were grown in formal gardens in England, and I don’t know if this is true or not.  But they should be, as I think they are one of Nature’s most beautiful offerings.

At first glance, I was afraid these flowers would be hard to make.  But I was delighted to find that they come together quickly and are very easy to make.  I’ll show  you how in the video tutorial below.

Queen Anne’s Lace and Simple Stories Remember Sympathy Card

Because of the delicate beauty of the Queen Anne’s Lace, I decided to create a sympathy card.  Simple Stories new Remember collection is gorgeous, and so appropriate for use on a sympathy or get well card.  I’ll share a peek at the patterns and images  in the video tutorial, too.

TIP: Create a lush floral arrangement by pairing your handmade flowers with pre-made flowers.  This allowed me to add various textures, sizes, and color to the arrangement.

A Peek Inside

The inside of this card has a simple, peaceful vibe.  I did create a pocket, but kept it quite simple.

After matting the tag on white cardstock, I ran a bit of ribbon through it to finish it off.  The tag doubles as a bookmark, and I love the sentiment. .  Since I grew up in a household where a cup of hot tea was pretty much the cure for anything,  I created a little tea wallet to tuck inside the pocket as well.

The sentiments in this collection are so well done.

Spellbinders Queen Anne’s Lace Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to make these graceful blooms as well as take a tour of the Simple Stories Remember Collection, then I hope you will enjoy this YouTube video.

 

If you missed the January Flower of the Month Tutorial, you can find it HERE.

Are you enjoying these Flower of the Month tutorials?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

You can find a linked supply list below this blog post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Sweet Springtime Window Shaker Card

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Sweet Springtime Window Shaker Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon and Mintay Spring is Here

Hello, Friends!  If you’re longing for a bit of springtime, this Sweet Springtime Window Shaker Card should brighten up your day.  Trimmed out with lovely Really Reasonable Ribbon Coral Rose Mini Check, lots of pretty flowers, and a window box filled with blooming daffodils, this card is springtime on paper!

I made a banner for the RRR February Blog Hop with this same  Spellbinders Vista View Window Die.  But I thought it would be fun to show another way to use this die set.  This time I added the cute window box dies below the window frame, then filled it up with fussy cut daffodils.

Don’t you wish you could walk out into that pretty scene behind the window panes?

A Peek Inside

I also added a little flap page and pocket combo on the inside.

TIP: Create a pretty stationery post card panel to tuck inside the flap pocket.  Emboss just the top of the paper with a 3D Embossing Folder to create a classy looking note!

TIP: Add a little Baker’s Twine to a tag and a tea wallet to really dress them up.  It’s almost like getting an Easter basket in the mail, isn’t it?

If you haven’t taken a peek at RRR’s Spring Ribbon collection in a while, you might want to pop over and see all the pretty colors, textures and patterns that are available.

I hope I shared some tips and ideas that you can use in your springtime crafty adventures.  It’s so  nice to be able to break out our spring papers and play as we wait for winter to pass.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!  I hope you have a joyful and creative day!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Mixed Media Fun with Coastal Escape View Dies

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Mixed Media Fun with Coastal Escape View Dies, 3D Embossing, and P13 Sea la Vie!

Hello, Friends!  Today we’re going to have some Mixed Media Fun with Coastal Escape View Dies from Spellbinders.  Pull your crafting apron out of the closet and get ready to get inky!

Whether you’re a beach lover, a mixed media fan, interested in 3D embossing,  or a lover of red, white and blue color palettes, I think you’ll be happy with today’s Throwback Thursday tutorial.

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Can I just tell you that making this card was an inky good time?  First up in today’s tutorial, I’ll show you how to create that watery fish net background with the Cast Away 3D Embossing Folder, Distress Inks, and Nuvo Mousse.

Then we’re going to dig into some fun heat embossing techniques with the Coastal Escape View Dies.  Next, we’ll put together a fun port hole shaped shaker element to adorn our card folio.  Oh, yes, friends, we are pulling out all the stops and having one big crafting adventure today!

A Peek Inside

The fun continues as we create some neat interactive elements inside this 5″ x 7″ card folio base.

This flap page opens to reveal not one, but two pockets!    Yeah, two pockets, because we’re going all-out today! Beachy projects really make me happy, and I just kept thinking, “oooh…what if I do this?”

Like, how about a pocket that is also a little pull out folio for photos and journaling?  That would be fun, right?

And what if we took a minute or more to create a lovely mixed media bookmark to go inside that pull out folio pocket?  That would also be fun, am I right?  So that is exactly what we did!  And you can learn how to do it, too, in the video tutorial below.

Mixed Media Fun with Coastal Escape View Dies Tutorial on YouTube

If you’re in the mood for a little coastal escape, please join me as I share this video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

Are you feeling the sand between your toes?  Beachy breezes ruffling your hair?  Well, good.  That means my job is done here!  Now you go have a play with  your stash and make something beachy-beautiful, too.

You will find a linked supply list below this post.

Or, if you prefer to purchase this card, you can find it in my Etsy Shop.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Party Hat Slimline Birthday Card Tutorial

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Party Hat Slimline Birthday Card Tutorial: February 2024 Birthday Card of the Month

Hello, Friends!  How about an adorable Party Hat Slimline Birthday Card Tutorial?  What fun I had creating this vintage style card!  In fact, I like this card so much, I decided to make it our February 2024 Birthday Card of the Month.

This is another one of my “scrappy wonders” made with bits and bobs of Photoplay Hello, Lovely that were left after our “Make a Stack” video tutorial. I invited some paper pretties from Reneabouquets to the party along with a vintage ephemera photo that I’ve had in my stash for a long, long time.

Put on Your Party Dress….and Hat, too

Why make a slimline card, you may ask?  Well, the size and shape of my paper scraps had everything to do with that decision.  They were mostly all long and skinny.  So it made sense to create this 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ slimline card base.

You could call this card a one sheet wonder, as I only used 1 sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock to create the base.  Here’s how:

  • First, place the 11″ side of a sheet of cardstock on your scoring tool.
  • Now score at 4 1/4″ and 4 1/2″.
  • Then score at 8 3/4″ and 9″.

That’s all there is to it!  The 2″ flap on the far right will become a pocket once you add 1 3/4″ x 1 1/4″ gussets to the top and bottom edge.  (Score those gussets at 1/2″ and 3/4″.  You’ll see me do this in the video tutorial.

Party on the Inside

Create a party on the inside of this card by adding pockets, chocolate, gift card wallet and sweet little magnet on the inside.

With a little paper piecing, those bits and bobs of Hello, Lovely papers made an adorable birthday card, don’t you think?

Party Hat Slimline Birthday Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how I created this fun card with just scraps of a lovely paper collection, please enjoy the video tutorial on my YouTube Channel.

Did you enjoy seeing this sweet card come together?  What do you do with your pretty paper scraps?  I’d love to hear your ideas in the comment section below.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Reneabouquets Mirabelle Shaker Easel Card Tutorial

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Reneabouquets Mirabelle Shaker Easel Card Tutorial with Photoplay Midnight Garden

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday and I  have a lovely Reneabouquets Mirabelle Shaker Easel Card Tutorial to share with you.  This card has it all: fancy fold base, mixed media shaker window, beautiful florals, and to top it all off, a box pocket on the inside!  You’ll learn all about it in the video tutorial below.

Mirabelle is a brand new collection of paper pretties in the Reneabouquets shop.  Isn’t everything pure eye candy?

Now that you’ve seen all the gorgeous goodies in this collection, let’s dig into this card tutorial.

Mixed Media Shaker Window

Oh, how I enjoy making shaker cards!  All those glittery bits and pieces that catch the light make my heart happy!  Here’s how I made it:

  • First, paint a Reneabouquets Medium Heart Deco Circle Frame with Shaded Lilac Distress Paint.
  • Next, spray the frame lightly with a purple or lavender mist. You do not want full coverage.  Just some flecks of a contrasting shade of purple will do the job.
  • Then, when the paint has dried, apply Versamark or other embossing ink over the surface of the frame.
  • Now sprinkle the frame randomly with Seth Apter Ancient Amber Baked Textures and heat dry.
  • While the frame is cooling, die cut a circle of clear acetate that is roughly the same diameter.  Adhere this to the back of the cooled frame with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Now apply 3 layers of foam tape on the back of the frame.  The foam tape goes on the inside ring of the frame.
  • Die cut a circle that is slightly larger than the inner circle of the frame.  Place your shaker elements on the circle and then press the foam tape over it to create a shaker box.
A Peek Inside

Here’s a look at the inside of the card.  you can see the 1/4″ deep shaker box on the bottom.

It’s a handy spot for tucking in a little dimensional surprise like this bookmark and mini folio.

Instead of tea, I added a homemade button card and a paper bobbin wound with seam binding ribbon.  I’ll show you how to do this in the video tutorial.

Reneabouquets Mirabelle Shaker Easel Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to build this easel card/box pocket base and see the card cover come together, please enjoy this video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

You can find a linked supply list for this project below this post.

And, if  you’d like to purchase this card you can find it in my Etsy Shop.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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