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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 Black Friday Blog Hop

Heartfelt Creations Elegant Gateway Trifold Card Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Heartfelt Creations Wild Roses Collection by kathy Clement kathy by Design PHoto 01

Heartfelt Creations Black Friday Blog Hop: Elegant Gateway Dies and Accents
   

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations Black Friday Blog Hop!  Today we are helping roll out the brand new Elegant Gateway Dies and Accents Collection.  If you love intricate dies, trifold cards and shaped card bases, then you are going to be thrilled with this new collection.  You can see all the dies and accents in this collection HERE.  Each member of the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team is featuring a project made with one of the dies from this collection.  I’ve had a sneak peek, and I know you will want to see all of their amazing creations!  You’ll find the complete hop list below.

This hop starts now and runs until 11:55PM on Monday, November 30th.  One comment will be randomly chosen from a mystery blog to receive a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Certificate!  All you have to do is hop and comment!  The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, December 2nd.  We will also contact the winner via email and I will name the winner at the top of this blog post at that time.  Now let’s get this Black Friday party started!

Scalloped Flourish Gateway Die with Wild Roses Trifold Card

My project for the Black Friday Blog Hop features the elegant Scalloped Flourish Gateway Die and the Wild Roses Paper Collection.  Here’s how I put the cover together.

  • First ink all the edges of a 5″ x 7″ Gateway Fold Card Base with Worn Lipstick, Bundled Sage and Scattered Straw Distress Inks.  Lightly mist the edges with water to create a spattered background.
  • Next, Die cut a panel of rose colored card stock.  Trace around the inside edge of this same  die onto patterned paper from the collection.  Cut out and mat on the colored cardstock.
  • Now cut all the pieces of the Scalloped Flourish Die from white cardstock.  Pop the scalloped edge up on foam tape.  Then adhere the rest of the pieces inside.
Wild Rose Cascade

TIP: Short on time? Just die cut the printed flowers from the 12×12 Wild Rose paper pad!  The flowers are already “stamped” and colored for you.  Simply die cut, shape and layer. Add some extra mixed media spa treatments to the leaves and petals.  This will not only save you loads of time, but both sides of the paper are already colored.

  • Next die cut all the Small Wild Roses and Foliage from the printed page in the Wild Rose Paper Collection.
  • Then shape the leaves and petals in the Small Wild Rose Shaping Mold.
  • Next, assemble the petal layers using Dries Clear Adhesive to hold them in place.
  • Now brush the edges of the petals with Distress Ink to highlight the creases.
  • Then apply Nuvo Mousse to the leaves and the petals to add shimmer and shine.
  • Then use a Crop-A-Dile punch to make a hole in the center of each shaped flower and insert Wild Rose stamens and Prills to finish the flowers.
  • Adhere the flowers in a cascade down the side of the card.  Tuck in bead/berry/stamen clusters as accents.
A Peek Inside

I was blessed to receive an Elegant Gateway Cling stamp Set in my box. Here’s how I put them to use:

  • First, stamp the sentiment onto vellum using Jet Black Archival Ink.  T
  • Next, heat emboss  with clear embossing powder.
  • Now adhere the vellum sentiment  with Dries Clear Adhesive. The edges of the vellum seem to disappear.

First create a pocket in the center of the trifold.  This is a great spot to tuck in a little decorative tag.

Now add a pocket on the back side of the Elegant Gateway Fold Card.  This is the perfect place to tuck in a treat.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Sarah Miller has in store for you!   Here’s the whole hop list:

Kathy (you are HERE) ♥ Sarah Vicki Sandy  ♥ Candy Kerry Magdalena  ♥ Emily   ♥  Amarilys  ♥ Lisa   OksanaAlissa   ♥ Carole  ♥  Piyanki

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

Thanks so much for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Happy Thanksgiving Photo Folio

 

Happy Thanksgiving Photo Folio Authentique November Calendar by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01
Happy Thanksgiving Photo Folio with Authentique November Calendar Collection

Hello, Friends!  I just wanted to pop in with this little Happy Thanksgiving Photo Folio and wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving Day.  The Authentique design team is sharing a special Thanksgiving  group post over on the Authentique blog.  I know you’ll enjoy taking a look at all the wonderful projects and thankful thoughts that are there.

Authentique asked us to share what we are thankful for. I always have to think this one through, as I have so much to be thankful for: my darling husband, our precious children, sweet grandchildren, home, food, and all the rest.  But this year I find myself very thankful for the gift of memories.  There is a quote from James Barrie (author of Peter Pan)  that says,  “God gives us memories so we might have roses in December.” This has never been more true.

Why I Love Thanksgiving

If I had to choose just one holiday celebration per year, Thanksgiving would always be my choice.  I love everything about this holiday!  What is not to love about a day specifically set aside to reflect on all the blessings in our lives?  We spend time with our family and/or friends.  The kitchen glows with warmth and delicious aromas fill the house.  And then…there is pie!  Does it really get any better than that?

Growing up in Vermont, Thanksgiving was a big deal.  We all gathered at my grandmother’s home, perched on a hillside in a small town.  The whole clan was there: great grandparents, great aunts and uncles, aunts and uncles, and cousins.  It was a great big noisy crowd of people who all loved one another and gathered to give thanks.

And man, those ladies could cook! The table fairly groaned under the weight of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and all the fixin’s!  Then there were the breads…yes…breads, plural!  My mom’s homemade yeast rolls, sticky buns, cranberry bread, banana bread, date nut bread and more.  All of that followed by an amazing array of pies, all baked from scratch.

The ladies would wash up the dishes…all done by hand in my grandmother’s farmhouse sink and dried with flour sack towels.  The men would break down the enormous dining room table then take a nap.  Us kids?  You would either find us out rollicking in the snow or playing dress up and dancing in Grammy’s attic.

So many of these dear loved ones are no longer with me.  But they are fully alive in my memory.  And that is what I am thankful for this year.

Back to Live Action

This little 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ folio is made from one sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock.

  • First, cut the cardstock in half at 5 1/2″.  You will have (2) 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ panels.
  • Next, join the two panels together with 1/4″ Scor-Tape.
  • Now score this long panel at 5 1/2″,  and 11″.
  • Fold on the 11″ score line.
  • Score again at 5 1/4″.  This third panel needs to be a little bit shorter so it will fold inside the folio.
  • Decorate the cover with patterns and images from Authentique’s November Calendar pages.
  • Paint a chipboard frame with copper crackle texture and adhere over a 3″ x 4″ image.
  • Now die cut a bunch of fall foliage and wheat sheaves. Spritz the leaves with Bronze Perfect Pearls Mist.
  • Create loopy burlap string bows.
  • Add some Fall Chrysanthemums and rose buds.
A Peek Inside

Create a flap page on the right hand side of the folio.  Top this with a little 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ sentiment folio.  There is room inside for 2 more photos or journaling.  Fold the top of the right hand panel down.  You will adhere this to make a slash pocket.

There is room for a 4 3/4″ wide folio inside this pocket.  Fussy cut the turkey from a 4″ x 6″ image and layer it up on the cover.  Now you have room for 3 more photos here.

Look for a supply list below the post.

Now I’m hanging up my scissors and putting on my apron.  It’s time to bake some pies!  I wish you all a warm, memorable and very Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!

Cheerio, 

kathy

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Stamperia Winter Botanic Photo Folio

Stamperia Winter Botanic Photo Folio

Hello, Friends!  Let’s start the week off beautifully with a Stamperia Winter Botanic Photo Folio.  If you love poinsettias (and I do!) and you love Old World style (yes, that, too!) then I think you will love this project.

When I was a little girl, my grandmother decorated her Christmas tree each year with bubble lights.  I can remember thinking that they were the most magical ornaments I’d ever seen.  Some sort of liquid in the lights bubbled up inside a candle shaped bulb.  Here’s a picture I found on Pinterest.

Something about the cover on this 7″ x 6″ x 1″ folio reminds me of those bubble lights.  Not sure why, but I love that it does!

Winter Botanic Photo Folio Cover

  • First, create a 7″ x 6″ x 1″ folio base by joining panels of cardstock together.  (You can find a tutorial for a similar folio base HERE. The dimensions are different, but the basic construction is the same.)
  • Next, heat emboss Reneabouquets Large Simply Beautiful Frame with WOW! Sparkling Snowflakes Embossing Powder.
  • Now back the frame with clear cardstock.  Adhere with Dries Clear Adhesive and let set.
  • Then attach 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips around the perimeter of the frame.
  • Layer panels of designer paper alternately with red, green and gold cardstock.  The final panel is a card front cut from the Winter Botanic paper collection.  Place your shaker mix in the center of this image.
  • Now press the frame in place.
  • Heat Emboss Reneabouquets Snowflakes and the Holly Flourish Garland with Dazzling Diamonds.  Layer these on the frame and tuck in with the Floral Cluster.
The Spine and Back Cover

Wrap the spine with fabric to strengthen it.  This festive burlap panel adds texture and shine, too.  Punch a hole at the top and thread through a little clock key and some Glass Fairy Orbs.

TIP: Layer scraps of patterned paper on the back cover to create a Christmas quilt.

A Peek Inside

Finish the inside of the photo folio in any way you wish.  I chose to add a belted waterfall feature on the left and a box pocket on the right.  However, you could easily add the waterfall to both sides of the album.

The patterns in this collection are so very beautiful that I did not embellish them in any way.

Create a pocket behind the waterfall.  This is a great place to tuck in more photos and a little accordion style folio.

To make this folio, simply cut this panel from the 12×12 pad.  Then score between the images.  Fold and hold it in place with a little paper clip embellishment.

There is loads of room in the box pocket to add little gifts.  I stitched up a quick bookmark.  Then I added a crocheted snowflake ornament, demitasse spoone, cookie, peppermint stick, and other treats inside.

I had enough scraps left over to make an additional photo wallet.

Stamperia Winter Botanic Photo Folio Video Tour

If you would like to see this project in live action, I’ve created a short video tour with tips and tricks for you.

 

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use when making your own Christmas gifts.  I think this folio would also make a great little recipe album!  Once the treats are gone from the pockets, you can tuck recipes in their place.  It would also make a wonderful Heritage Christmas Folio.  How would you use it?  I’d love to hear in the comment section below.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Carta Bella Christmas Box Card Tutorial

Carta Bella Christmas Delivery Farmhouse Christmas Christmas Market Chocolate Box Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Carta Bella Christmas Box Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Throwback Thursday is a Carta Bella Christmas Box Card Tutorial.  It’s a mash up made with 3 different Carta Bella Christmas collections: Farmhouse Christmas, Christmas Delivery and Christmas Market.  The color palette of these 3 collections blended together perfectly, so I was able to use up a bunch of little scraps on this long and lean box style card.

Home for the Holidays Inspiration

As I was organizing my scraps, I came across this cute border strip of Christmas houses.  Since it was long and skinny, I decided to make it the focal on this 8 1/2″ x 4″ box style card.   My paper scraps, however, were not that long.  So I had to innovate.

TIP: Join 2 complementary patterns of paper to create a designer look.  The black tartan panel is 6″ x 3″.  So I finished out the width of the card base with a 1 1/2″ x 3″ panel of a script pattern. The end result is pretty sharp looking.

TIP: Make your focal panel stand out from the crowd.  Mat the top and bottom edge on solid cardstock.  Then back it with dimensionals.  Height equals prominence.  Think about how a king’s throne always sits higher than its surroundings.  That’s so he stands out in a crowd. The same principle holds true in papercrafting.

The Shaker Element

I generally make the shaker element the focal point of my card.  But for this card, I turned the shaker element into the embellishment.  Here’s how.

  • First, punch the center out of a chipboard frame.
  • Next, back the frame with clear cardstock.  I use Dries Clear Adhesive for this task, but you can use scor-tape, red line tape or any other strong adhesive that dries clear and goes down neatly.
  • Now adhere 3 layers of 1/4″ foam tape to the back side of the shaker frame.  You will need to angle the corners  so that the foam does not show.
  • Next, place the filler mix in the center of the area where you plan to adhere the frame.  I used these adorable Sprinkletz to fill mine.  (Supply list is linked below the post.)
  • Then line up the frame and press it into place.  You only get one chance to do this, so make sure that you are centered and straight.
  • Finally, punch out the Christmas Wellies from the chipboard sheet.  Back with foam tape (height=prominence, remember?).  Adhere to the right side of the frame.  Dress up with a little bow, tiny jingle bells and a bit of greenery.
A Peek Inside

This is why I love this card style!  It makes the perfect base for a little Christmas gift!

 

You can tuck gift card wallets in the top pocket and treats in the bottom.

Carta Bella Box Card Tutorial #2: The Vertical Box Card

Reneabouquets Snowman Printed Beautiful Board Carta Bella Box Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

This card base can also be turned vertically for a totally different look.

Die cut an Eileen Hull Mitten from scraps of Christmas Delivery papers and from chipboard.  Then adhere the patterned paper mitten to the chipboard. Next,  adhere a Reneabouquets Mini Snowman to a chipboard element from Farmhouse Christmas.  Create a border on the bottom of the card by layering ribbon together and wrapping around the base.

Now you can fill the side pocket with a Tea Party in a Box.  It’s another perfect little Christmas gift!

Video Tutorial

If you’d like to learn how to create this versatile card base, please enjoy this short tutorial.  I also share some great tips for organizing your paper collections and scraps.

 

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You will find a linked supply list below the post.

These cards are also available for purchase in my Etsy shop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique December Desk Calendar Tutorial

December Desk Calendar Tutorial Authentique Calendar Collection by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique December Desk Calendar Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready for your Authentique December Desk Calendar Tutorial?  This is the 12th and final in this year-long series.  And as I say every month…this one is my favorite!  Just look at that handsome Santa on the cover!  It’s impossible to look at him without smiling!

Like the other 11 calendars in the series, this one measures 6″ x 6″.  I did make some small alterations to the mini folios tucked inside, but other than that, it’s business as usual.  Don’t you just love this color palette for Christmas?

And how about this adorable Rudolph button on the pull out folio tab?  He cracks me up! With Rudolf along for the ride, Santa will reach his destination safely– even if it’s a foggy night,  Phew!

Here’s a peek inside the pull out folio.  These images are just too darling for words!

And just look at all the goodies stuffed inside this little folio!  Plenty of room for holiday photos and journaling here!

Authentique December Desk Calendar Tutorial on YouTube

If you’re ready to get your craft on, I’ve prepared a quick and easy video tour and tutorial for you.

 

If you’re new to this series, you can find all the previous video tutorials in my YouTube Authentique Play List.  (There are ton of other great video tutorials there, too!)

I’m a bit sad to see this series come to an end.  It’s been so much fun to share these monthly calendar tutorials with you during 2020.  Many of you have contacted me to let me know that you are making the entire series as a holiday gift.  Others have adapted the design to use with other paper collections as birthday cards.  What a great idea!

I don’t know what Authentique has planned for 2021.  I’ve  heard a rumor that there’s a new calendar collection in the works.  If so, I’ll come up with a new series for the New Year.  Would you like that?  Please let me know in the comment section below.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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