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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.

Parrot Tulips from Susan’s Garden

Spellbinder's Susan's Spring Garden Parrot Tulips Carta Bella Spring Farmhouse by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Spellbinder’s Parrot Tulips from Susan’s Garden Spring Florals Release

Hello, Friends!  Does anything say “Spring is here” better than Parrot Tulips?  Today I’m sharing a lovely bunch of Parrot Tulips made with Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s latest Spring Flora Release from Spellbinders.  To fill out the tulip cluster, I created some greenery with her Ferns and Ivy Dies from this same release.

I’ve paired these flowers up with Carta Bella’s cheery Farmhouse Market Paper Collection. It just seemed to be the perfect partner for these blossoms.

Flower Making Details

Do you like to make your own flowers?  I love doing it when time permits.

  • First,  Die cut the tulip layers from scraps of the Spring Farmhouse Solids cardstock for a perfect color match.   This automatically gets you started off on the right foot!
  • Now, sponge each petal with a combination of Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber,  and Ripe Persimmon Distress Oxide Inks.
  • Next, shape the petals with the Groove Golf Flower Shaping Tools.  Use the medium tool to add “veins” to the tulip petals.
  • Now round the petals with the blunt end of the largest Groove Golf Tool.  If you place the rounded (blunt) end in the center of the tulip petal, the sides will cup up beautifully.
  • Then, layer the flower petals together, staggering the edges for a more natural look.
  • Next, Use the piercing awl to make a hole for some stamens.  Add the stamens through the center for a stunning finish!

 

Creating the Bouquet

Die cut the ferns, ivy and tulip leaves from scraps of green cardstock.  Then shape with the groove tool and spritz with Glimmer Mist.

Our son had cut me some slices from a fallen branch.  This seemed like the perfect way to display this bouquet.  First, lightly wash the wood surface with some diluted ivory chalk paint.  Use a paper towel to dab away the excess.  Then spatter the wood with flecks of white chalk paint and Abandoned Coral Distress Paint.  Now you just need to add a bow and some buttons to finish off the card.

A Peek Inside

Create a treat pocket and a little photo spot inside the card to turn it into a thoughtful gift.

There are so many lovely flowers and fillers in this Susan’s Spring Flora Release!  If you like to make your own flowers, you might like to check them out HERE.

I love flowers at any time of year, but spring flowers seem to be the most precious.  Perhaps it’s because we’ve just endured the bleak winter months that they bring us such joy.  What’s blooming in your life right now?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Carta Bella Flower Garden Card Kit Release

Button Farm Club Carta Bella Flower Garden Card Kit Reveal by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Carta Bella Flower Garden Card Kit Release for The Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends!  I’m excited to share  this Carta Bella Flower Garden Card Kit Release with you this morning.  It’s my latest kit for The Button Farm Club, and it’s just bursting with springtime goodness.   If you love interactive cards, spring colors, and learning new card making techniques, then I think you are going to love this kit!  There is so much fun to be had in this delightful card kit!

Fancy Fold Cards

Pleated Skirt Card Carta Bella Flower Garden Card Kit by Kathy Clement for The Button Farm Club

I’m a sucker for a good fancy fold card, so I’ve incorporated quite a few in this kit.

Trifold Cards Carta Bella Flower Garden Card Kit by Kathy Clement for The Button Farm Club

With Mother’s Day, Graduation, Weddings, Bridal Showers and spring birthdays on the horizon, I’ve incorporated card designs that will work for a mulititude of occasions.

Pyramid Card Carta Bella Card Kit by Kathy Clement for The Button Farm Club

Wait ’til you see how fun this card design is!  I like to call it my “Harry and David” card design.

Springtime Card Folio for Special Event Photos

We’re also going to make a 5×7 card folio in this kit.  After all, you need a place to document and store all the beautiful memories of springtime gatherings.

Here’s a sneaky peek at what awaits you inside this folio.  You can get almost two dozen photos stored here along with plenty of room for journaling.

Multi-Layered Pop-Up Cards

We will also be taking our pop-up card skills to the next level with a pair of multi-layer pop-up card designs.  If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at a pop-up card, this is the kit for you!

Pop-up cards are easier to make than you might think, and such fun to give!

Fashionable Slimline Mosaic Cards

Carta Bella Flower Garden Slimline Cards by Kathy Clement for The Button Farm Club

Y’all know how much I enjoy making slimline cards.  And I am not alone!  Slimline cards are taking the cardmaking world by storm.  I’m especially fond of making them in this mosaic style.  So I tossed a couple of these designs into the kit as well.

Double Pocket and Tags Card

I am positively passionate about pockets!  I’ve made hundreds of pocket style cards.  But this double pocket and tags design is so clever, I nearly shouted “Eureka” when the idea popped into my head.  I predict you’ll want to make loads of these because they make such great gifts!

Carta Bella Flower Garden Card Kit Release on YouTube

This is just a sample of the cards in this kit.  You’ll make 11 cards and 1 card folio in all.  You can see the entire reveal in this YouTube video.

Kit Details

Like all the kits I design for Button Farm Club, this one comes with everything you need to make all the cards you saw in the video.  You only need to add basic crafting tools and supplies from your own stash.   Here’s a list of all the paper pretties packed into this card kit:

  • Carta Bella Flower Garden 6×6 Mega Pack with 48 double-sided papers
  • 12×12 color-matched solids (6 sheets)
  • Flower Garden Frames and Tags Ephemera
  • Carta Bella Flower Garden Chipboard
  • BONUS!  4 sheets of 12×12 Flower Garden patterned papers for extra fun on your own. Use these sheets to make duplicate cards following the designs in the tutorial.
  • 28 piece box of Little Birdie Fiona Vivid Palette Sparkle Flowers
  • 2 yards of bay leaf seam binding
  • 8.5 yards of white string
  • 6 mother of pearl buttons
  • Full-color Basic Guide
  • Private links to video tutorials

The price for all of the above is only $53.99.  If you already subscribe to my quarterly card kit, you don’t need to do a thing; your kit will ship out to you on Tuesday, March 29th.

If you are not subscribed, you can still get the kit (but you save $$ if you subscribe).

Learn how to order this kit, or subscribe HERE.

Wishing you all a joyful and creative day!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Heartfelt Creations March 2021 Alumni Hop

Heartfelt Creations Lush Lilac Tea Time Tea Party in a Box Card by Kathy Clement

Heartfelt Creations March 2021 Alumni Hop: Lush Lilac Tea Time Party in a Box Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations March 2021 Alumni Hop!  The hop starts here and lasts until 11:55PM EDT on Monday, March 29th.  Today I have combined two of my favorite Heartfelt Creations springtime collections: Lush Lilac and Tea Time.  The end result is this Lush Lilac Tea Time Party in a Box Slimline Card.

Tea Time Under the Lilacs

Wouldn’t you just love to have tea out under the lilacs?  Here’s how this sweet card came together.

  • First, score an 8 1/2″ x 11 sheet of lilac cardstock on the long side at 4 1/4″, 4 3/4″, 9 1/2″ and 9 3/4″.  Fold to form a top fold card base with 1/2″ spines on the top and bottom.
  • Stamp, die cut, shape, ink and layer a whole bunch of lilac blossoms from the Lush Lilac collection.  Brush the petals with Dries Clear Adhesive and sprinkle with Crystal Clear Glitter.
  • Now add a bit of adhesive to the center of each lilac and fill with Minnie Pearls Prills.
  • Next, cut an 8 1/8″ x 4 1/8″ panel of gingham paper from the Tea Time Collection for the front of the card.
  • Then die cut the Eyelet Lace Frame from white cardstock.  Cut it in half from side to side, then overlap the edge on the gingham pattern so that it fits the card base.
  • Now die cut 3 tea pots, tea cups and tea bag from the Tea Time paper pad.  Back these with dimensionals and adhere along the front of the card.  Decorate with the prepared lilac blossoms.

A Peek Inside

Create a box pocket inside the card.  (You can watch this video to see how to do this.)

Gift wrap tea bags, chocolate, cookies, and a honey pouch to tuck into the box pocket.  Use your paper scraps from Lush Lilac and Tea Time to do this.  Create a tiny note card as well.  Then tuck in a demitasse spoon and honey dipper to complete the Tea Party in a Box.

On With the Hop!

Be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop and leave some love behind in the form of a sweet comment.  Comment before 11:55 PM EDT on Monday, March 29th. One lucky comment will be randomly selected from a mystery blog to receive a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations!

The winner will be announced only on the Heartfelt Creations Blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, March 31st.  So be sure to check to see if you are the lucky winner!  The winner will have 72 hours to claim the prize by writing [email protected]. Be sure to write “Winner of the March 2021 Alumni Hop” in the Subject line of your email.

Now let’s get hopping!

♥ KATHY (You are HERE)   ♥ Amarilys   ♥ Candy Carole   ♥ Alissa   ♥ Vicki  LisaOksanaEmilyMonica

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.  And if you’d like to see other projects I’ve made with the Tea Time collection, please click HERE.  To see more projects made with the Lush Lilac Collection, please click HERE.

Enjoy the hop!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Peter Rabbit’s Flower Garden for Throwback Thursday

Memory Place Peter's World Peter Rabbit's Flower Garden Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Peter Rabbit’s Flower Garden Spring Décor Card for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Spring has sprung, so for today’s Throwback Thursday, we’re going to pop in and pay a visit to Peter Rabbit’s Flower Garden.  This home décor style card is made with bits and bobs left over from my Memory Place Peter’s World paper collection.   You might remember the little Peter Cottontail Folio Kit I made a while back with these sweet papers.   I still love these classic images and vintage style patterns.

Peter Rabbit's Flower Garden by Kathy Clement Memory Place Peter's World Collection Photo 01

It turns out that Peter is quite the gardener!  Look at the gorgeous array of blossoms in his spring garden!  This 5 1/2″ square top fold card is all about dimension and texture.  I used some sneaky tricks to create a dimensional scene that pops off the page.

  • First, create a 5 1/2″ top fold card base.  Stitch a layer of patterned paper onto a 5 1/4″ square of white cardstock and adhere to the card base.
  • Now, fussy cut the image from patterned paper.  Leave the bottom edge intact.  Just trim around the sides, the flowers and peter’s upper body.
  • Next, tuck the script that was around  the edges of this panel behind Peter’s body.  If you attach this paper with foam dots, it creates that extra layer of dimension .
  • Now adhere the right hand edge of the leafy area to the right hand edge of your card base.  Don’t place any adhesive on the bottom or top…just the leafy area.
  • Then repeat this same step on the left.  When you adhere it to the card base, gently push it toward the center of the image to create a bowed effect.
  • Next place a leaves, hollyhocks, beaded grass and a large blossom behind Peter’s body.

Add the rest of your flowers.  Fussy cut the label and adhere with the same “bowed” technique.  And don’t forget to add some little blue buttons, as Peter has once again lost his.

The Bow Cluster

Tie a 3″ double loop bow from Blue Topaz Argyle Print Satin Ribbon.  Top it with a Baker’s Twine bow and another flower.  I found these cute charms in my stash and dangled them from the bow cluster.

A Peek Inside

Add a pocket to the inside of the card so you can tuck in a tag and a tea bag.

And there’s room on the tag to write a wee note.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, trick and ideas that you can use in your next card making adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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**Please note: Since Throwback Thursday posts feature older, retired collections and paper pretties from my stash, I may not always be able to  link to all supplies used.  Thanks for understanding!

  • Memory Place Peter’s World Paper Collection
  • Trims
  • Little Birdie Flowers
    • Elsie Moon Light Flowers (out of stock in Moon Light)
  • Charms from my stash (many of my charms are given to me as gifts, so I have no idea where they came from.  Check the Funkie Junkie Boutique, ButterBee Scraps and Hobby Lobby)

Peter Cottontail Slimline Tea Wallet

Memory Place Peter's World Slimline Tea Wallet Kathy Clement Photo 01

Bunny Week: Peter Cottontail Slimline Tea Wallet

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Bunny Week make is a super simple Peter Cottontail Slimline Tea Wallet Card. Once again, I am working with scraps from Memory Place “Peter’s World” paper collection. (Linked below).  Like all slimline cards, this one measures 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and is made from one sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper.  This is a very quick and easy make, fun to give, and easily adaptable for any theme or occasion.

Peter Cottontail Slimline Tea Wallet Tips and Tricks

  • First, score an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of gray cardstock on the long side (landscape orientation) at 3 1/2″, 7″, and 10 1/2″.
  • Now fold along the scored lines to form a side opening slimline card base.
  • Next, machine stitch the focal image on a panel of  3″ x 8 1/8″ cream cardstock.  My panel of designer paper was about 2 3/4″ x 6″.
  • Then mat this cream panel on a slightly larger panel of light blue cardstock.
  • Now cut a scrap of the carrot pattern to fill in the gap between the focal image and the bottom of the cream cardstock.  Back this panel with foam tape or waste chipboard and adhere below the focal image.
  • Next  wrap half a doily around the left hand side of the cream panel.  Then decorate the card front with flowers and leaves from your stash.  I found another small doily (I think this is an ancient Prima embellishment) .
  • Locate the tab that we saved from yesterday’s post.  Tuck this between the layers on the right hand side of the card.  Affix a resin keyhole here. (Retired Melissa Frances resin)
  • Stamp a greeting on a small tab from the paper collection.
  • Add some burlap bows and your work is done!
A Peek Inside

Line the inside of the card as seen above.  Create a pocket from grey cardstock and adhere it over the 1/2″ flap on the right.  Tuck in some teas that match the paper collection.  Then hold everything together with a lovely little binder clip.

That’s it!  You could easily substitute chocolate for the tea, or mix it up if you prefer.

I have one last bunny project to share with you all tomorrow for Throwback Thursday.  I saved the best for last!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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** Please note.  Many of the items used in today’s project have been in my stash a long time.  I will link to the products I can still find below.  You can substitute goodies from your stash for the other items.

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