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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.

Heartfelt Creations June 2022 Alumni Blog Hop

Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflower Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Heartfelt Creations June 2022 Alumni Blog Hop: Rustic Sunflower Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations June 2022 Alumni Blog Hop!  The hop starts here and continues until 11:55 PM EDT on Monday, June 27th.  You will want to visit each Alumni Team blog in the hop for lots of crafty inspiration, tips and tutorials.  Be sure to leave a comment on each blog because Heartfelt Creations is giving away a $25 gift card to one randomly chosen comment from a mystery blog.  Comment on the Heartfelt Creations blog for a chance to win a SECOND $25 gift card!  What a great way to start the weekend!

The winners will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations BLOG and FACEBOOK PAGE on Wednesday, June 27th.  Winners can claim their prize by emailing [email protected] within 72 hours of the announcement.  If you are the winner, please write “Winner of the June Alumni Hop” in the subject line of your email.  You can find a linked list of all the blogs in the hop below.  Now let’s get this party started!

Rustic Sunflower Shaker Card

Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflower Shaker Card Elegant Pocket Accents by Kathy Clement PHoto 01

Sunflowers are blooming everywhere in North Carolina, so I felt inspired to dig out my Rustic Sunflower goodies to make this cheery shaker card.

  • First, trim a 6×6 card front to measure 5 1/2″ square. Stitch around the yellow border on the 6×6 card front.
  • Now, die cut the center image from a 6×6 card front in the Rustic Sunflower Paper Pad.  This is easy to do if you use the largest Basic Circles Die. Adhere the image to a 5 3/4″ panel of bright yellow cardstock so that it lines up with the opening in the frame.
  • Next, adhere clear cardstock to the back side to create the shaker window and place 3 layers of foam tape around the edges.
  • Place your shaker elements in the center of the die cut circle image. Remove the liner from the foam tape.  Now carefully center the frame over the image and press in place.
  • Use the Rustic Sunflower dies to cut flowers from the paper pad.  Brush with Wild Honey Distress Ink, spritz lightly with water and run through the shaping mold.
  • Now layer flowers together.  Fill the centers with hot glue and glass beads.
  • Die cut the Elegant Pocket Accent from cream cardstock,  Then die cut just the frame from turquoise paper.  Layer the accent piece over the turquoise base and adhere on the top of the card.
  • Arrange flowers, tags, and embellishments as seen in the photo.
A Peek Inside

Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflower Shaker Card interior by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I like to turn my cards into gifts by adding a pocket and some sweet tuck ins.

Here’s a little tea/gift card wallet and bookmark/tag to sweeten up the inside of this card.

There’s room to write a note inside, too.  Don’t forget to tuck in a honey stick to sweeten the tea!

On With the Hop

Here’s the complete list of all the blogs in this hop:

Kathy (You are HERE) ♥ Amarilys ♥ Alissa ♥ GloriaLynn ♥ Bozena Candy ♥  Lisa  ♥ Oksana  Vicki  ♥ Heartfelt Creations

I just know you’re going to be inspired by all the beautiful projects this month!  Thanks for hopping along with us!

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

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 July Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 July Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Reneabouquets PHoto 01

Graphic 45 July Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Summer is here, and it’s time to share this Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial with you.  This is the next installment of our 2022 Time to Flourish Desk Folio Series on YouTube.  The rich colors of summer berries and azure blue skies come together in this lovely vintage design.

Have you noticed how many more gardens have cropped up this year?  Nearly every house in our neighborhood has a little plot or pot growing delicious summer produce.  So I decided to really emphasize the growing season in this month’s folio.  Whether you are growing posies or produce, July is the peak season for gardeners!

I wish I looked as cool and classy as this Reneabouquets Gardening Lady, don’t you?

A Peek Inside

A handy interior pocket does double duty as the stopper for this 6×6 easel card design.  This gives us lots of room for sweet tuck ins and photos.

The hidden side pocket holds this 5 1/2″ square folio.

Despite its petite size, it holds all kinds of gardening goodness on the inside!

The side pocket feature has room for even more photos of your summer garden!

Graphic 45 July Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial on YouTube

Would you like to learn how to create this pretty  little desk folio?  Then I hope you’ll enjoy this easy to follow YouTube tutorial.

If you are behind on making your desk folios, you can find the rest of the tutorials HERE.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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July Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial

Photoplay Year with My Gnomies July Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

July Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial with Photoplay Year with My Gnomies Collection

Hello, Friends!  Wowsers…it’s already time to share our July Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial!  How can we be half way through 2022?  This month’s folio is all about the red, white and blue.  We’ve got cook out gnomes, stars, stripes, rosettes and all the festive elements that go along with Independence Day celebrations. If you’re new to this monthly series on the blog, you can get caught up on the previous 6 months HERE.

July Gnome of the Month: How to Make a Star Shaker Embellishment

July Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photoplay Year with My Gnomies

What could be more perfect than a star shaped shaker element on a 4th of July folio?  If you have a basic set of nested star dies, you can make your own by following these simple steps.

  • First, die cut the largest star from a piece of heavy weight cardstock.  (I used Navy to go with the color palette of my project.)
  • Next, select the patterned paper you wish to use as the frame of your star.
  • Now place a small piece of easy release tape (like painter’s tape) on the edge of the largest star die to secure it in place on the patterned paper.
  • Then center the next smallest star die inside the large one and secure with tape.
  • Run the die through your die cutting machine using the sandwich that your machine recommends.
  • Now you will have a large frame and a smaller star.  Adhere the small star in the center of the Navy cardstock star.  This is the backer for your shaker element.
  • Next, die cut clear cardstock (acetate) with the largest star die and adhere to the back of the frame. This is the frame or the front of your shaker element.
  • Then place 3 rows of 1/8″ foam strips on the back of the star frame.
  • Now fill the center of the shaker back with your shaker elements.
  • Finally, press the frame over the shaker back.

Here is a side view of the shaker frame.  I colored the sides of my foam tape with a red sharpie pen so that it would blend in better.

A Peek Inside

The inside of this adorable folio follows the same simple layout as the preceding months. Keeping the design the same each month saves time, which is always a good thing!

A cute tag pocket is hidden behind the front flap.  The large center pocket gives you plenty of room to add journaling cards, tags and photos.

I really like the images this month…especially the watermelon and ice cream treats!  That’s a a great way to cool off during the summer heat wave so many of us are experiencing.

July Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to create this July Gnome of the Month Folio, I hope you’ll enjoy this YouTube tutorial.

I hope you have as much fun making this cute folio as I did!  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio, 

kathy

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Sea Beauty Flip Folio Tutorial

Sea Beauty Flip Folio Tutorial Prima French Riviera Reneabouquets by the Sea Collection Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Sea Beauty Flip Folio Tutorial with Prima French Riviera and Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday, and I have this lovely Sea Beauty Flip Folio Tutorial to share with you.  A couple of weeks ago I shared a Mermaid’s Garden Shaker Card using this lovely mermaid from the  Reneabouquets By the Sea Collection.  It was so popular, I decided to create another project around it for Throwback Thursday.  This time I dug deep into the Closet of Inspiration and Delight where I found this 2015 French Riviera collection from Prima Marketing.  Talk about a perfect color match!

Next, I went through my stack of abandoned card bases and flip folios.  Sometimes, just for fun, I create a stack of fancy fold card bases or a little flip folio base.  Then I decide to do something else.  These treasures get stored away until fresh inspiration strikes.  I found this lovely little 6×6 flip folio and decided to put it to good use.  Now the fun gets started!

Sea Beauty Step by Step

  • First, cover the folio with 6×6 panels of French Riviera wood grain cardstock.

  • Then, tear scraps of patterned paper into random shapes.
  • Next, smoosh Mermaid Lagoon and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink on a non-stick craft sheet.  Spritz with a mister bottle of water until little beads form.
  • Now tap and swipe the papers through the inky puddle to create a distressed paper layer over the woodgrain layer.
  • Finally, tap the Reneabouquets tag in the tiny dots of ink to add a little extra texture to the surface.
  • Now you can adhere the torn paper to both the folio cover and the blank portions of the tag.
  • Then arrange the mermaid, tiny fish, seahorses and trinkets.  This is always the most fun part for me.
  • Finish off with some real shells, Sea Glass Beauty Beads, flowers and ribbon.

A Peek Inside

We’ll go over the construction of the folio base and page mechanisms in the video tutorial below.

If one pocket is good, then a double pocket is doubly good!  Fill the flap page with bitty Beautiful Board Tags, mini folios and journaling cards.

Don’t be fooled by the petite size of this folio! There is a ton of room for photos and journaling, thanks to all the little flips, flaps and hidden pockets.

I’ve used Reneabouquets beach goodies throughout this album.  You can find them all in the linked supply list below this post.

Don’t you just love the vintage patina and images in this collection?

This is such a fun project to make.  I hope you’ll give it a try.  Even if you don’t have this collection in your stash, you can use the design and measurements with another collection.

Sea Beauty Flip Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to get the measurements and details for making the folio, please enjoy this Throwback Thursday Tutorial.

Thanks so much for stopping by my friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Let Them Eat Cake Birthday Cards

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Let Them Eat Cake Birthday Cards for Spellbinders 20th Birthday Celebration!

Hello, Friends!  Today we’re going to sample two Let Them Eat Cake Birthday Cards!  Why?  Because I’m celebrating Spellbinder’s 20th Birthday with TWO varieties of cake!  How fun is that?  Spellbinders has launched a great big Birthday Celebration Release to mark the occasion.  So if you love cake (who doesn’t?) and if you love pretty papers, and if you love clever dies…then this post is for you!  Let’s sample some cake, shall we?

Tutu Pink Fringed Cake Slimline Card

Spellbinders Fringed Cake Slimline Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Our first Let Them Eat Cake sample is this frilly little pink number made with the Fringed Cake die.  Let me just say, I had so much fun making this slimline card!  The papers are from the Cheerful  Celebrations 6×6 pad, so I had to do a little paper piecing to cover the front of this 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ slimline card. It’s a pretty basic recipe, so I’ll share it with you here.

  • First, score an 11″ x 8 1/2″ sheet of heavy cardstock at 4 1/2″, 5″, and 9 1/2″.  Trim away the small flap on the end of the panel, then fold to make a 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ slimline card with a 1/2″ spine.
  • Next, cut a 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ panel of soft pink cardstock.
  • Then cut (2) 4 1/4″ wide panels from the floral and gold foil geometric papers in the paper pad.
  • Now adhere the floral pattern at the top of the pink panel.  Trim the gold foil panel to fill in the gap.
  • Here comes the fun part: stitch pink tulle trim along the edge where the two papers meet.  Then wrap 3/8″ Coral Rose Small Check ribbon above the tulle.
  • Die cut the center panel from Becca’s Eyelet Lace Frame and adhere it.
  • Finally, die cut the cake and the cake plate and adhere to the base.

TIP: All the layers of the cake are cut with the same die.  Rather than stack them as they are, try trimming  the ends to create the tiered effect that you see in the photo.

Dress up the spine with a few girly birthday charms.

Create a pocket on the inside to hold a special Birthday Cake chocolate bar.

Let Them Eat Cake Birthday Card #2: Topsy-Turvy Layer Cake

Because this Topsy-Turvy Cake Die made me think of Dr. Seuss, I decided to take a walk on the wild side for this cake sample.

Once again, I created the same 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ slimline card base.  But this time I covered the card using Photoplay’s “Add Another Candle” paper collection.  The end result is this vibrant confection.

TIP: Place foam tabs between your cake layers to add extra dimension to the cake.

TIP: “Frost” the cake with some Dries Clear Glitter Glue and a little clear fine glitter.  It doesn’t show up as well in this photo, but in real life, it looks amazing!

Add a box pocket inside the card. Then fill it up with goodies for a Birthday Tea party.

Dress up the goodies with scraps of your designer papers, and don’t forget the spoon!

So are you craving cake?  If so, I’ve done my job!  You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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