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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 Happy Stitching Card Project Share

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Spellbinders Happy Stitching with Stamperia Threads Sewing Themed Card and Project Share

Hello, Friends!  I love a good sewing themed project, so I could not resist popping in to share this Spellbinders Happy Stitching Card.  It’s made with the Spellbinders April Clear Stamp and Die of the Month Club Kit.  Paired up with Stamperia Threads papers and the Spellbinders Wax Seal of the Month, it’s just perfect for Mother’s Day, or as a gift for your favorite seamstress.

You Make Me Sew Happy

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My mom was an amazing seamstress, so any time I see sewing themed papers or stamps, I’m all over it!  The “Happy Stitching” Club Kit is loaded with wonderful sewing themed sentiments and images.  The sweet sentiments and the darling cross stitched hearts on this card come from the kit.  You  know what’s really nice?  The dies match, so they are super easy to cut out.

Do  you spy that sparkly pink card layer?  That’s a piece of the new Spellbinders Jewel Tone Glitter Cardstock.  It adds a lovely bit of sparkle to the card composition.  (And, my mom would have loved it!)

TIP:  Amp up the sewing theme by  threading a bit of lace around the waist of the dress mannequin.

TIP:  Make a stamped image 3-D by adding a small button to the center of each cross stitched heart.

A Peek Inside


Carry the sewing theme to the inside of the card by adding all sorts of goodies and stamped images.  Do you spy the sweet “handmade” scissors on the pocket?  That’s one of the adorable stamps in the Club Kit.  Stamp it on pink cardstock, then cut it out with the matching die.  So quick and easy to do, but it adds so much to the overall design.

Stitch up a quick bookmark, top it with a bit of lace and vintage button, then stamp another sentiment and cross stitched heart at the base.  Now tuck it into a little pocket on the flap page.  This is a great way to use up paper scraps.

More Sewing Themed Treats

Surprise!  There’s another pocket stashed behind the flap page.  Top it with a bit of burlap ribbon. Stamp it with a row of cross stitched hearts and another cute sentiment, then tuck another treat inside the small pocket.

This one’s a magnet!  Place a magnetic disk on the back of the chipboard piece, then back it with a scrap of cardstock.  Use the Cross Stitched Heart Wax Seal of the Month to create the perfect embellishment.  Then add a bit of sparkle with Spellbinders Essential Gems.


Last but not least, tuck a little  homemade button card and spool of ribbon into the bottom pocket.  Dress the button card up with another stamped sentiment to make it really special.  And how easy is it to create a little notecard when you stamp those cross stitched hearts onto a scrap of pink cardstock?

Spellbinders Happy Stitching Card Project Share on YouTube

If you’d like to take a closer look at the Stamperia Threads collection and the Spellbinders Happy Stitching stamps and dies, please enjoy this short project share video on my YouTube channel.


Thanks so much for sharing part of  your Saturday with me!  You can find a linked supply list below this post.




Stamperia Brocante Tag Mini Album Tutorial

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Stamperia Brocante Tag Mini Album Tutorial for Wonderful Wednesday Tag of the Month

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Stamperia Brocante Tag Mini Album Tutorial is our Wonderful Wednesday Tag of the Month.  In case you missed my announcement last week, I will no longer be doing Make & Take Tuesday or Throwback Thursday videos on a regular basis.  Instead, we have initiated Wonderful Wednesday tutorials.  We will continue our Tag of the Month, Banner of the Month, Birthday Card of the Month and Flower of the month tutorials in this new schedule.  This way, I can enjoy weekend activities with our grandchildren.  It’s a change I’m very excited about!

Stamperia Brocante: An Antique Shop on Paper

If you’re a fan of “junkin'” or “picking” at flea markets, antique shops and thrift stores, I think you’re really going to enjoy this new collection from Stamperia.  It’s just like visiting an antique shop on paper.  Filled with images of old silverware, china, teacups, teddy bears, pocket watches, cameras and millinery, it’s a treasure hunter’s delight.

I wanted to create a sense of joyful adventure right from the start, so I “antiqued” a resin frame with paints, mists and wax.  Then I turned it into a shaker element filled with old keys, pearls, beads and sequins.  Should I dress up the cover with an antique silver spoon?  Why, yes!  I think I should!   What a fun way to begin this crafty adventure.

Flip Down Tag Album

Tags make me happy.  They are versatile and lend themselves to all kinds of crafty ideas.  For this tag mini album, I wanted to create a really fun binding system that opened in an unexpected way.  Hence the spine on the bottom design of this flip down album.  There are some fun surprises on the inside, too, as you will see in the video tutorial below.

Stamperia Brocante Tag Mini Album Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see more of this lovely paper collection and follow along as I create this fun tag mini album base, you’re in luck!  Grab a cuppa and a snack and join me for a tour and a tutorial over on my YouTube channel.

Did you enjoy that?  I certainly enjoyed creating it!

You can find a linked supply list below.  And if you’d like to purchase the finished album, you can find it in my Etsy Shop.

You’ll also find a lovely TAX RELIEF sale in my Etsy shop from now through April 15th.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!




Easter Garden Story and Card Folio

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Easter Garden Story and Card Folio for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m going to tell you an Easter Garden Story.  I’m also going to share a sweet card folio made with Really Reasonable Ribbon, Prima Life in Full Bloom Papers, and pretties from Reneabouquets.  Grab a cuppa and a snack, sit down somewhere comfy, and relax as I share one of my favorite Easter memories with you.

My Easter Garden Story

My mother-in-law, who was a master gardener, grew the most gorgeous and delicious tomatoes I’ve ever tasted.  Everything from her garden was wonderful.  But her tomatoes were spectacular.  She saved her heirloom tomato seeds at the end of every summer.  First she washed them and dried them on paper towels.  Then she carefully put them into little manila envelopes and labeled each variety.   German Johnson, Beefsteak, Cherokee Purple, Best Boy…just saying the names makes my mouth water to this day!

Along about February, Ann would put her precious seeds into tiny peat pots out in her greenhouse.  She poured all her love into nurturing the seedlings as they popped through the soil.  In time, she would move them into larger peat pots where they flourished under her tender care.

Legendary Tomatoes

Ann’s tomato plants were legendary.  Every spring, people from surrounding counties would drive to her home to purchase those seedling tomato plants.  They were that good!

And that brings me to my Easter Garden story.  One year, when we lived in Atlanta, Ann and Robert came to spend Easter weekend with us.  Like this year, Easter came in late March.  The air was still quite chilly at night, and most gardeners had prepped the soil, but did not dare to plant.

Ann arrived on Good Friday, bearing gifts. Eighteen of her cherished tomato plants safely stowed in a cardboard box to keep them safe during the long trip.

Read that again: 18 tomato plants.

The Novice Gardener and the Master Gardener

As a novice gardener, I asked my mother-in-law how I should care for the tomato plants until it was safe to put them in the ground.

“Why, you can plant anything on Good Friday and it will grow,” was her emphatic response to my timid query.

I trusted her years of wisdom, and together we put those 18 tomato plants into the prepared soil.

“Now you just water them, and God will do the rest,” she said as she wiped the dirt off her hands with a satisfying sigh.

And I did.  So did HE!

Friends, I harvested tomatoes that year in 5 gallon buckets!

So whenever Easter comes early, I remember the year my mother-in-law taught me when and how to plant tomatoes.

Back to the Card…

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Lavender Seam Binding Ribbon was the perfect choice for this garden themed card folio.  Topped with a White Chrysanthemum, it just says “springtime.”  Gorgeous lace from Reneabouquets carries out the garden theme along with one of her beautiful butterflies.  And please don’t see that hungry bunny hiding behind the stack of terra cotta pots. He’s hoping for a bit of carrot or cabbage to fill his tummy!

A Peek Inside

I love to find ways to use ribbon inside my cards.  Elderberry Seam Binding Ribbon and my favorite yellow Buttercup Satin Ribbon dress up the tiny tag in the pocket.


What else is in the  pocket?  A lovely little button card wrapped with more seam binding and Buttercup satin ribbon.  A few of my precious vintage buttons and stick pins complete the ensemble.

I hope you all enjoy a beautiful Easter weekend filled with memories that you will cherish throughout the years!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!




Stamperia Coffee and Chocolate Card Kit Reveal

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Stamperia Coffee and Chocolate Card Kit Reveal for Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends!  Today I finally get to share my Stamperia Coffee and Chocolate Card Kit Reveal for the Button Farm Club.  I’ve been planning this kit out since the end of last year, and I’m so excited to finally be able to share it with you.

Coffee and Chocolate Shaker Cards

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As the saying goes, “Coffee makes it possible to get out of bed, but chocolate makes it worthwhile, ” this card kit is designed to wake up your creativity and sweeten your card making skills. The kit includes easy to make shaker cards like this coffee themed beauty.

And we did not leave the chocolate lovers out of the picture.  Wouldn’t you love to walk into this bakery and pick out an indulgent treat?

New Fun Fold Card Designs

Because this is such a fun paper collection to work with, I wanted to include several new fun fold card designs in the kit.  This multi-faceted card might look intimidating to make, but when you follow the simple step by step directions in the video tutorials, it’s “a piece of cake,”

We also make some very handsome double gatefold cards with pretty belly bands. Love pop up cards?  Learn how to make a brand new slider pop up card, and a fun fold folio that you’ll see in the video reveal below.

Stamperia Coffee and Chocolate Card Kit Reveal Video on YouTube

If you’d like to take a look at the amazing array of products and cards in this Quarterly Card kit, then please enjoy this video on my YouTube channel.

Did you enjoy that video reveal?  Personally, I think this is one of my best card kits yet. It’s loaded with wonderful product, loads of fun designs and the price is only $53.99.  You’d have a hard time purchasing the individual components for that price!  But with the kit you get the added value of the tutorials and the custom-designed sentiments, too.

How to Order

The kit supplies are all in stock at Button Farm Club right now and will ship out the first week of April.  If you are already subscribed to my Quarterly Card Kit Club, your kit will ship out automatically, and you do not need to order.

INot subscribed to the Quarterly Card Kit Club? You can sign up today.  You will save save 10% on the price of the kit.  Club Membership comes with lots of great perks. Receive  product discounts, a private Facebook Group Forum, and a free folio tutorial that is shared in the group each month.

You can subscribe to the club or place your order HERE.

Now I think I’ll go enjoy a cup of coffee and a nice bit of chocolate.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!




Lush Lilacs and Pretty Spring Flowers Tutorial

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Lush Lilacs and Pretty Spring Flowers Tutorial for March 2024 Flower of the Month

Hello, Friends!  Spring is in full bloom and I have a Lush Lilacs and Pretty Spring Flowers Tutorial to help us celebrate!  Yes, it’s time for our March 2024 Flower of the Month Tutorial.  We’re having a blooming big party with Heartfelt Creations Lush Lilac Dies, Spellbinders Pretty Flowers Die, Prima In Full Bloom papers and paper pretties from Reneabouquets.

Oh, and there are bees,  a shaker frame, and a Tea Party in a Box, too.  Talk about pulling out all the stops!  Let’s take a closer look at this cheery 5″ x 7 creation, shall we?

Mixed Media and Mixed Florals, Too

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Prima In Full Bloom collection offers some truly lovely color palettes.  Once again, I decided to go with the yellow and purple hues to match my Reneabouquets Lavender Lilac Heart Frame.  Then I got busy creating some handmade florals to embellish the pretty frame.  Heartfelt Creations Lush Lilacs and these Amazing Paper Grace “Pretty Flowers” both went well with the bee/lilac theme that I could not choose between the two. So I made them both!

A Peek Inside

Sometimes I think I enjoy creating the inside of my cards as much as I do the outsides.  There are so many opportunities here to add little surprises and interactive elements.  How about a bee-utiful bee journal card on the flap of a flip page?  That’s fun, right?

It’s even more fun if you turn that journal card into a pocket that holds a packet of wild flower seeds, isn’t it?   There’s also loads of room here to add a sweet little note or a photo.

Tea Party in a Box

The box pocket holds a lovely tea party for one.  It starts with a dressed up packet of  Biscoff Cookies.  Then I tucked a  Lady Grey Tea Bag & Ghirardelli Chocolate into a tiny handmade envelope, tied it with ribbon, and topped it with a tag.  Of course, there’s a spoon to stir one’s cup and a pretty little honey stick to sweeten the tea.  Now that’s what I call a sweet surprise.

If you’ve never made a box pocket before, you can find a tutorial HERE

Lush Lilacs and Pretty Spring Flowers Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to create some Lush Lilacs and Pretty Spring Flowers, please enjoy this video tutorial on my YouTube Channel.

Important Announcement

I want to  let you all know that I will be changing my video tutorial schedule.  With the expected arrival of a new grandbaby, and an increase in family weekend activities, I am finding it hard to maintain my Make & Take Tuesday and Throwback Thursday video schedule.

So…Make & Take Tuesday is moving to Wonderful Wednesday!  This gives me an extra day to prepare after a busy weekend.  We will still follow our 2024 schedule of Tag of the Month, Banner of the Month, Birthday Card of the Month and Flower of the Month tutorials.  If there’s a 5th Wednesday, I’ll toss in a wild card tutorial for something fun.

Throwback Thursdays videos will be taking their final bow, however.  I simply cannot keep up with 2 video tutorials each and every week.  I’ll pop in with a 2nd video here and there as time allows, of course.

These changes will go into effect starting in April.  Thanks so much for your kind understanding.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!