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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.

January and February Gnome of the Month Card Tutorials

Photoplay Year With My Gnomes Gnome of the Month Card January by Kathy Clement Photo 01

January & February Gnome of the Month Card Tutorials

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m launching the first installment of my Gnome of the Month Card Tutorials.  Each month in 2022, we are going to make a cute card with Photoplay’s Year With My Gnomies paper collection.  I’ve decided that 2022 is a good year for fun and smile.  These gnomes definitely make me chuckle.   What  better way to send someone a smile in the mail each month? Sometimes these ideas just pop into my head, and so far I’ve not regretted bringing them to life.

Launching Make & Take Tuesdays on YouTube

February Gnome of the Month Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photoplay Year With My Gnomies Photo 01

Now gnomes may not be your cup of tea.  Not to worry! I’ve decided to launch a new YouTube tutorial series called Make and Take Tuesday.  This  series will be in addition to my Throwback Thursday posts.  We’ll be working with newer collections in these tutorials, and the focus will be on creating cards.  The gnomes will make a monthly appearance, but the series will cover everything from making stacks of cards in a hurry, fun fold card bases, easy to mail cards and fully loaded cards.

My goal is to share these posts with you every Tuesday as my schedule permits.  Sound like fun?

January Gnome of the Month

Since January is nearly half over, I am sharing both the January and February cards this month.  Since the idea didn’t pop into my head until after I had created the January card, there is no step by step tutorial for it.  But, the base for each of these cards is the same.  Only the patterns and the embellishments vary.  So you can easily create this wintry card, even without the step by step tutorial.

January Gnome of the Month Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement PHoto 01

The shaker box on the front of this card features a brand new, soon to be released die from Becca Feeken.  The Filigree Marquis die is part of her new “Classically Becca” release in January. Here’s how to make the shaker frame:

  • First, die cut the frame from 100# white cardstock.
  • Next, heat emboss the frame with VersaMark and Ranger Bridal Tinsel Embossing Powder.
  • Let the embossing cool, then back the frame with a piece of clear cardstock. (Acetate)
  • Now, place 3 rows of 1/8″ foam strips around the sides of the frame.
  • Then fill the inside of the frame with a shaker mix.
  • Next, cut a panel of the polka dot paper large enough to back the frame.  Decorate it with the sledding gnome from the sticker sheet.  Then press in place on the back of the frame.
  • Finish with the fussy cut Snow Day Gnome, ribbon , flowers and charms.

A Peek Inside

The tutorial for the February card will show you how to create the base, add the pockets, and make the mini folios.

What a fun way to send birthday greetings to January birthday boys and girls!  You have plenty of room in the pocket to tuck in a gift card, tea bag, or other small treat.

February Gnome of the Month

The shaker element on the February Gnome of the Month is a Reneabouquets Beautiful Board Frame.  I’ll show you how to assemble it in the video tutorial below.

You can see how the design of each card is the same.  We just change out the patterned papers and embellishments.

I dare you not to smile at these adorable critters!

Since each month’s papers in the collection is laid out almost the same, it’s very easy to repeat the designs.

So, if  you are ready to get started on making your own Gnome of the Month Card, join me for the tutorial below.

Gnome of the Month Card Tutorial on YouTube

Let Me Hear Your Thoughts

So now I need to hear from you!  Do you like the idea of a Gnome of the Month Card Tutorial?  Are you excited about Make and Take Tuesday?  Making these video tutorials is a huge time commitment on my end.  I’m happy to do it, but I need to know that you are on board and like the idea.  Otherwise, I’m just spinning my wheels.  Please share your thoughts with me in the comment section of my blog, or on my YouTube channel.  It is really helpful when I hear from you!

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

Happy Make and Take Tuesday!

Thanks for stopping  by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Orchids and Cats Party in a Box

Stamperia Orchids and Cats Party in a Box by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Stamperia Orchids and Cats Party in a Box

Hello, Friends!  This Stamperia Orchids and Cats Party in a Box is one of several special order gifts I made during the Christmas holidays.  It will come as no surprise to learn that this was made for a cat and plant lover.  Sometimes I am asked why I keep such a large stash of papers. (Of course you never ask such things.  You understand completely.  This is why we are such good friends.)

When a customer says, “I need a special gift for someone who has everything. She loves cats and plants.” I can answer, “oh, I have just the thing.”  I always feel somewhat vindicated when I can reach into the Closet of Inspiration and Delight and find the very thing that a customer is looking for.  It’s wonderful when it works that way!

This is a larger than usual party in a box with lots of layers and fussy cutting. By layering fussy cuts beside and behind the focal image, I was able to create the cozy little scene on the cover.

I am sure this sweet kitty is having the loveliest dream while its bolder companion is gazing out of the window to the wide world beyond.

TIP: Fussy cut the small cat image, then back it with foam tape.  Now you can tuck it into the flower cluster to add a bit of whimsy to the card design.

A Peek Inside

One of the biggest challenges I had in making this gift was the size of the images in the 12×12 paper pad.  But fussy cutting around the profile of this snoozing feline allowed me to use it as a flap element inside the card cover.

A beautiful garden of orchids is hidden behind the flap along with a few fussy cut images and sentiments.

Party in a Box

How do you put together a party in a box?   First, gift wrap a tall packet of Raspberry Cocoa.  Then top it with a pretty bow to make it extra special.  Next, use scraps of designer paper to gift wrap some cookies and chocolate. Now tuck in a vintage silver plate demitasse spoon for a dash of elegance.  Finally, stitch up a little magnet to add a gift that keeps on giving.

I know many of you have a fear of cutting into your Stamperia papers.  Perhaps this example of how I used them will give you the courage to bring them to life.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Time to Flourish January Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish January Folio by Kathy Clement

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish January Folio Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Well, it’s time for the very first Throwback Thursday of 2022, so I thought we’d kick things of with this Graphic 45 Time to Flourish January Folio Tutorial.  The collection has always been one of my favorites.  So when it was recently released as a Deluxe Collector’s Edition< i broke my “no new paper collections in January” rule and bought it.  I am not sad I did.  And I hope you will not be sad, either, because we are going to make another little monthly folio series using this collection throughout 2022.

Even though this is a new-ish paper collection, I feel like it still qualifies for Throwback Thursday status.  That’s because in 2020, I shared a similar series using Authentique’s Calendar Collection. You can find that HERE. I also suspect that many of you have the original Time to Flourish collection in your Closet of Inspiration and Delight.  I’ve made a few minor design changes to the folio, so it’s new and (I think) improved.

Snowy Branches, Snowflakes and Snow Birds

Growing up in New England, January was the wintery-est  month of the year. Everything feels icy and cold and the world is robed in white.  The flash of a cardinal’s wings makes the heart lift in the middle of a bleak winter day.  And toward dusk, the snow takes on a particular shade of blue that still makes me hold my breath in wonder.  I tried to capture all that icy beauty in this shaker frame.

Of course, as a kid, winter is all about fun: snowball fights, playing fox and geese in the snow, sledding and building snow forts seem to make you immune to the biting cold. Just look how happy this rosy cheeked lad is with his arms full of snowballs!

The easel design of this folio allows it to close up for storage, but open and stand upright for display.  I never ever get tired of making easel cards!

The Pull out Folio

Create a sneaky hidden pocket on the underside of the easel card to house this 6 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ tri-fold folio.

Add pockets and mini folios made from scraps inside.  These are great spots to add journaling or small photos.

Disguise short panels by adding pockets or borders to the top or bottom of a panel.  No one will ever know!

The stopper or brake on this easel card is actually a pocket.  So I added a matted journal card and a 4×4 folio inside.

These make great birthday cards!  But they are also a lovely way to brighten up your desk at the office, or to use as home decor.  I think you’ll enjoy making them.  If you’d like to learn how, please watch the video tutorial below.

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish January Folio Tutorial on YouTube

I hope your 2022 is off to a good start.  I’m recovering from a head cold, so I sound like I have a bad smoking habit in the video.  I assure you, I do not!  Just too much sugar, too much work and not enough sleep trying to make the most of the holidays.  I feel great…even though I don’t sound like it!  There’s no way a little stuffy nose was going to keep me from getting the first Throwback Thursday of 2022 out to you!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Loads of Love Shaker Card

Spellbinders Eyelet Lace Loads of Love Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Prima My Sweet Photo 01

Loads of Love Shaker Card with Spellbinders Eyelet Lace , Reneabouquets and Prima My Sweet

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sending you a Loads of Love Shaker Card made with all sorts of frilly pink paper pretties.  Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it, so it’s time to put away all the Christmas craft supplies.  I reached into my stash of Prima My Sweet papers because I just love this darling vintage pickup truck.  Paired up with a frilly Eyelet Lace Die and some adornments from Reneabouquets, it’s about as pinkalicious as a card can get!

Believe it or not, I don’t think I’ve ever made a shaped card base before.  It was easier to do than anticipated!  I just made sure to place the left hand cutting blades so that they did not touch the side fold of my card.  Then I die cut!  Next, I die cut another panel, but this time I place the frame insert inside the die so that I would have a shaker window to work with.

After I adhered clear cardstock and foam tape to the back of the frame, I simply centered and adhere it to the shaped card base.

The finishing touch was a bit of ribbon, deep pink roses and a flirty butterfly.

A Peek Inside

Look how pretty the inside of the shaped card base turned out.  You will have to trim the inside panels of patterned paper just a little to make them fit, but that’s easy!

Add a little note card, a little tea bag and a honey stick, and you’ve got a sweet Valentine!

I love how easy it was to turn this die into a big shaker window.  There are a few other ideas rolling around in my brain, and if I can grab a few extra minutes in the studio, I’ll try to make them come to life!

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Loving Cup Valentine Easel Card

Amazing Paper Grace January 2022 dom Photoplay Tulia & Norbert Love Story Easel Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Loving Cup Valentine Easel Card with Photoplay Love Story and Amazing Paper Grace DOM

Hello, Friends!  Is there anything cuter than a Loving Cup Valentine made from Photoplay Paper’s Tulia & Norbert Love Story collection?   Well, maybe, if the loving cup is made with the Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace January 2022 Die of the Month.  I’ve never really thought of myself as much of a gnome person, but these little critters are so stinkin’ adorable.  And I love their hats, of all things! Crafting with them makes me smile!

  • First, make a 6×6 easel card base.  Line the inside and make a pocket to act as the stopper.
  • Next, fussy cut the gnomes from a 6″ x 4″ journal card and use them to line the pocket.  See what I mean about the hats?

Although the APG die is a pop up vignette, I opted to just use it as the focal image on my card.  One of the dies in the kit is a little note card designed to fit inside the cup.  However, I turned it into a vellum “tea bag” then tied it to the cup handle.  Cute, right?

A Peek Inside

The patterns in the Love Story collection are so bright and happy!  I love these candy hearts.

I created a little folio to hold a chocolate treat, then tucked in a color matched tea bag and honey stick to complete the card.

You can find out more about the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club HERE.  There’s also a fabulous SALE going on that you might want to check out.  I may or may not have found a few items that were such a good deal that I had to let them fall into my cart.

If you’d like to see what Becca made with this Club Kit, check out her blog HERE. Everything she does is super elegant, so it will be fun for you to see the design contrast.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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