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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.

Fairy Happy Birthday Shaker Card Tutorial

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Fairy Happy Birthday Shaker Card Tutorial: June 2024 Birthday Card of the Month

Hello, Friends!  It’s Wonderful Wednesday and I have a Fairy Happy Birthday Shaker Card Tutorial to share with you.  It’s the 3rd installment of our Fairy Month Tutorials, and our June 2024 Birthday Card of the Month.  If you missed out on the Fairy Tag Box Tutorial and the Fairy Banner Tutorial, you can get caught up now.

Once again, we will be using products from Ciao Bella Enchanted Land and paper pretties from Reneabouquets.  You can find a linked supply list below this post.  I’ve also tagged the Enchated Land products in the video as they are a little bit hard to find.

Before we jump to the video tutorial, I’d like to share a few of my favorite elements on this lovely card.

The Fairiest of Them All Shaker Box

This might be one of my very favorite shaker box projects, friends.  I hope you can spy the sweet little mushroom house in the corner of the Reneabouquets Blue Patina Violet Frame.  My goal was to create an illusion of our lovely “Fairiest of Them All” floating above her mushroom mansion. I think I want to  live there when I grow up.  How about you?

See that pretty metal clip in the top left hand corner?  It’s actually a bookmark, and slides out from behind the front cover.  It’s another goodie from the Reneabouquets shop.  I attached a sweet fairy trinket charm below the cabochon, but it flipped when I was taking this photo.  It shows up in other photos, though.

The Woodland Snail

Snail images fill me with delight.  How about you?  This handsome woodland snail is moon-bathing on a wooden stump surrounded by fragrant flowers and soft feathers left behind by a sweet songbird. .  Our fairy spilled some of the “Dreams Come True” beads from her magical bottle, so he’s having lovely dreams.

TIP:  Save the center from chipboard wreaths!  The leafy chipboard piece beneath our wood slice was once the center of a chipboard wreath!

Butterfly Airlines

Our Fairiest of Them All travels in style on a glittering butterfly steed.  Looks like some of the Dreams Come True beads spilled out as they were coming in for a landing, doesn’t it?

A Peek Inside

Here’s a quick peek inside the card.  You will see more details, learn how to create the shaker box and the card front in the video tutorial below.

Fairy Happy Birthday Shaker Card Tutorial on YouTube

I hope you’ll grab a cuppa and a snack and enjoy this video tutorial.

We have one more week of Fairy Month tutorials to look forward to.  Next Wednesday will be our Flower of the Month tutorial.  I’d love to hear your thoughts about Fairy Month, and am open to suggestions for other themed monthly tutorials.  Next month will be Christmas in July, but would you enjoy a sunflower themed month?  Maybe sewing?  Or beach?  Let me hear from you in the comment section below, and I’ll see what I can do.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.  And I’ve provided basic measurements in the description box below this video on my YouTube channel.

Wishing you a Wonderful Wednesday!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Squeeze the Day Card Folio

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Squeeze the Day Card Folio for the Really Reasonable Ribbon June 2024 Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  This Squeeze the Day Card Folio is my inspiration piece for the Really Reasonable Ribbon June 2024 Blog Hop.  Welcome to the hop!  You should be coming here from Gloria’s lovely blog.  You can find a list of all the blogs in the hop at the bottom of this post.

Our theme this month is “Bright Summer Colors”.  I reached into my stash and found these bright yellow and aqua mulberry flowers (link below the post) Aqua Baker’s Twine, and Houndstooth Ribbon to play with.  They go perfectly with the colors in this Simple Stories Vintage Twist Paper Collection and paper pretties from Reneabouquets.

Posies and Bows

This bright, beautiful Aqua Chrysanthemum and lemon yellow Cherry Blossoms are the perfect color match for my Squeeze the Day card.  (I like to use my fingers to open the inside petals of the Cherry Blossom blooms.  This makes them the perfect “mid-sized” flower. )

A loopy bow tied with 3/8″ black houndstooth ribbon and a loopy Aqua Baker’s Twine bow tuck neatly under the flowers.  Try tucking some itty bitty Sweetheart blossoms into the mix.

A Peek Inside

Carry the lemon yellow/aqua/black theme inside the card with more pretty papers.

TIP: Adhere just the bottom edge of some ephemera to create pretty little tuck spots behind the flap element.  Then add a little tea bag and note card to the tuck spots.  The bottom pocket is the perfect place to tuck in a bonus tea wallet.

This time I went for an aqua tea bag!  There’s a honey crystal packet tucked into the tea wallet, too.

On With the Hop!

Be sure to visit all the blogs below for even more Bright Summer Color inspiration.  Finish up over on the RRR Blog where you can answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month and be entered into a drawing for a $10 RRR Gift Certificate and the free Digital Stamp Set of your Choice.  Here’s the list:

Ginny, Gloria, Kathy (you are here), Cheryl, Bonnie, Misty, Karen, RRR Blog

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Enjoy the hop, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Enchanted Land Fairy Banner Tutorial

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Ciao Bella Enchanted Land Fairy Banner Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s Wonderful Wednesday, and I have an Enchanted Land Fairy Banner Tutorial to share with you.  June is “Fairy Month” here at Kathy by Design, and all our tutorials feature paper pretties from Ciao Bella Enchanted Land collection and Reneabouquets.  Today we’ve invited the newly released Spellbinders 3-D Sealed Botanical Wax Seals and Scallop Labels and Tags to our little party.  So grab a cuppa and a snack and get ready for some Wonderful Wednesday inspiration.

From Scallop Label to Banner Pennant

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It’s always exciting when you find a new way to make a banner!  Turns out that if you flip a Spellbinders Scallop Labels and Tag die upside down, it makes a wonderful shaped pennant on a banner!  The die set has 11 pieces: 5 nesting labels (or pennants) and one cute tag.  I’ll show you how to pair these dies up in the video tutorial below.

Mushroom Houses

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OK, so true confession: I have a soft spot for mushroom houses.  This collection features several whimsical designs, and I ant to live in one of them when I grow up!  Embellish the pennant with a sparkly Reneabouquets Butterfly, Bitty Hummingbird and a Spellbinders Forest Mushrooms Wax Seal, and you are good to go!

Mushroom Nest of jewels

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How about these darling mushrooms all snugged up in a little nest with fairy jewels and itty bitty posies? Does it get any more enchanted than this?

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Well, we could add a lovely Reneabouquets frame, turn it into a shaker box and add another sparkly butterfly.  That’s pretty magical, don’t you think?

Or, we could pay a visit to this charming itty bitty mushroom house in an itty bitty mason jar.  Yes, friends…I was like a child at play while making this project.  It was good for my soul!

Ciao Bella Enchanted Land Fairy Banner Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to watch this fairy banner come together, take a closer look at supplies and learn how to “fix” a wax seal that’s gone wrong, please enjoy this video on my YouTube channel.

Are you enjoying Fairy Month?  I know I am!  And next week is the Birthday Card of the Month with more sweet fairy frolics!

Tomorrow is the Really Reasonable Ribbon  Blog Hop.  It’s not a fairy project, but it is mighty sweet!  I hope to see you then!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Sunflower Summer Greeting Card

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Carta Bella Sunflower Summer Greeting Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Here’s a cheery Carta Bella Sunflower Summer Greeting Card to brighten your day!  It’s all dressed up with pretty posies and trims from the Really Reasonable Ribbon shop.  Pink and yellow is a favorite color combo, and I do love me some pretty pink plaid paper!  I’ll share the “recipe” for this quick and easy card below.

Sunflower Summer Card Recipe

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  • First, cut a 5 1/2″ x 11″ panel of white cardstock and score in half at 5 1/2″ to form a top fold card base.
  • Next, cut a 5 1/4″ square of the pink plaid patterned paper and mat on a slightly larger panel of pink cardstock.
  • Now trim out the 4×4 image from Sunflower Summer and mat on a slightly larger panel of dark coral pink cardstock.  Adhere these layers to the card front.
  • Place foam tabs behind the “sunshine” banner and adhere as seen in the photo.
  • Locate the ephemera sentiment, back with foam tape and adhere so that the top edge is under the banner.
  • Now add a Peach Chrysanthemum and 2 Cherry Blossoms to the corner of the card.
  • Tie a double loop bow with 3/8″ Maize Checkerboard Satin Ribbon.  Top with a loopy Pink Burlap String Bow. Tuck beneath the chrysanthemum and glue in place.
  • Add small pink burlap string bows and buttons to the “Sunshine” banner.
  • Scatter some gems around the card to add a bit of sparkle and shine.

TIP: I like to use my fingers to “open” the inner petals of my Cherry Blossom flowers, but they are pretty any way you use them.

A Peek Inside

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More pretty papers and a sweet little pocket/notecard combo dress up the card interior.

I’m a pushover for a cute chick patterned paper, friends.  I love these sweet little hens!  Make the note card by trimming down a 4×6 journal card and adhering to folded white cardstock.  So easy, but so cute!

And that’s all for me today, my friends!  I’ll be back on Wednesday with our Fairy Banner of the Month.  I hope y’all get to enjoy some summer sunshine and creative play until then.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders Paradise Resort Pocket Tag Folio

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Hello, Friends!  Summer is upon us, and this Spellbinders Paradise Resort Pocket Tag Folio captures all those great summer vibes.  Made with the June 2024 Clear Stamp and Die of the Month Club as well as the Wax Seal of the Month Club, it’s filled with summery goodness.

The Paradise Resort CSDOM has the cutest little key fob stamp and matching die.  You can change out the image on the front of the fob, too.  Here’s a closer look at this fabulous set:

New Friends and Old

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I invited some Ciao Bella Summer Breeze papers to this beach party along with my well-loved Spellbinders Coastal Escape View Dies.  It makes the cutest shaker window on the cover of this 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ pocket card.

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The sentiments look great stamped on this large manila tag, too.

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That Sun and Waves Wax Seal of the Month fits perfectly in the blue skies of this beach image, too.  Pretty fibers from the Spellbinders shop add just the right touch of texture and a tiny bit of shimmer, thanks to the metallic threads.

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When you flip the tag over, you find a fun little flap and pocket detail on the back side.

A Peek Inside the Pocket Folio

This project is actually a card base on top of a card base.  First, create  a 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ side fold card base.  Then make a diagonal cut on the front panel, and add gussets to form a pocket.  Next, create a 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ TOP fold card base.  Now mat the side fold card base on top of the top fold card base and have fun dressing it all up.

In addition to the flip/flap page on the top of the card, add a pocket on the bottom.  I’ve filled mine with a cute tag/bookmark, tea wallet, honey stick and a post card with room for a little note on the back.

You can learn how to sign up for the Spellbinders Clear Stamp and Die of the Month Club HERE, or the Wax Seal of the Month Club HERE.  The sign up window for new club members is between the 6th and the 27th of each month.  So if you were to sign up this month, you would receive the Paradise Resort Clear Stamp and Die or the Sun and Waves Wax Seal, depending on which club you join.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!  Go catch some waves!

Cheerio,

kathy

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