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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.

G45 Time to Flourish October Banner of the Month

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish October Banner-Reneabouquets-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

G45 Time to Flourish October Banner of the Month with Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  This week’s Throwback Thursday features our G45 Time to Flourish October Banner of the Month tutorial.  October is one of my favorite months of the year.  It’s bright blue skies, crisp air and cooler temperatures always make me feel alive again.  Hard to believe that we are almost at October again, isn’t it?

Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board, Butterflies, glitter glass and chippies added so much to our banner design this month.  Of course, we went with an orange and black color scheme.  But we added in a healthy dose of deep purple to really make the project come alive with color.

Shaped Pennants

TIP: Mix and match pennant shapes and sizes to create visual interest.  For this banner I’ve used G45 Black ATC tags, Regular Black Laser Cut Alpha Tags, and a stitched banner as the bases for our designs.

Because I was almost out of the October Time to Flourish papers, I had to innovate the design a bit.  To save paper, I die cut liners from Blackberry Bliss cardstock.  Then I cut rectangles of my designer paper ( scraps of Time to Flourish and Midnight Tales), stitched them onto the pennant bases and then onto my ribbon streamers.

Hauntingly Beautiful Butterflies

You don’t usually think of butterflies in connection with Halloween projects, but these Reneabouquets butterflies really made everything pop!  And how cute is this little pumpkin gal with her kitty and broomstick?

TIP:  Die cut stars from gold glitter cardstock to add sparkle and shine to each collage.  Large stars serve as background pieces while smaller ones make great embellishments.

Pumpkin Patch

I had such fun creating these layered pumpkins!  First, color the cardstock background with various colors of Distress Stain.  Then color the chipboard overlay with a darker shade and adhere to the base.  Next, spritz lightly with gold mica spray.  Finally, add some Dries Clear Glitter Glue to the corners and sprinkle with Gold Glitter Glass.  The end result is spook-tacular!

Whoo- whoo Goes There?

TIP: Prima Crystals make great eyes on this handsome beautiful board owl.  He’s colored with Distress Stain, but you could also emboss him for an even more dramatic effect.

Itty Bitty Scarcrow

I’m such a fan of this sweet scarecrow.  You saw a larger version on yesterday’s Not So Scary Scarecrow card.  This itty bitty version is the perfect size for my miniature frame.

Instead of adding charms to my tags, I inserted these cute orange corduroy brads.  I like the texture they add to the design, don’t you?

And here we are at the end of this long banner. It was lots of fun putting this one together.  If you’d like to watch the process on my YouTube channel, please enjoy this video:

 

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

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Not So Scary Scarecrow

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Not So Scary Scarecrow for the Really Reasonable Ribbon September 2023 Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  This Not So Scary Scarecrow is my inspiration piece for the Really Reasonable Ribbon September 2023 Blog Hop.  Welcome to the hop! You should be coming here from Ginny’s gorgeous blog.  Our theme for the month is Halloween, and that’s what inspired me to pull out some beautiful ribbons, trims and mulberry flowers from my RRR Stash. .

TIP:  Add a textured border to your card design with layered ribbon!  Use 1/2″ Scor-Tape to secure Autumn Orange Shimmer Satin to your card.  Then top it with 1/4″ Scor-Tape and Autumn Bold Vertical Stripe Grosgrain Ribbon.  This combination “ties” all these fall colors together, plus it adds great texture to your card design.

Autumn Trims and Flowers

Top your Autumn Orange Shimmer Satin Bow with some Halloween Baker’s Twine. Don’t forget to tie some tiny Baker’s Twine Bows to tuck into the Mixed Earth Tone Chrysanthemum and Sweetheart Blossom floral cluster below your sweet scarecrow for the win.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek at the inside of the card.  Of course, I added a pocket with a cute pumpkin tea/gift wallet tucked inside.

And you just have to have at least once cup of Pumpkin Spice something or other to make it really, truly feel like fall!

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what sweetness Cheryl has prepared for you. If  you get lost along the way, you can find the complete hop list on the RRR Blog.  You’ll want to be sure to finish up there and answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month so that your name can be added to the drawing for a $10 RRR Gift Certificate and the FREE Digital Stamp Set of your choice.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Enjoy the hop, my friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 October Flower Market Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 Flower Market October Folio Tutorial-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

Graphic 45 October Flower Market Folio Tutorial with Prima Hello, Pink Autumn

Hello Friends!  It’s time to share our Graphic 45 October Flower Market Tutorial for this week’s Make & Take Tuesday crafty adventure.  If you are a fan of Cosmos (and I am) and purple (yup…that, too) then I think you are going to love the way this month’s folio turned out.  It’s one of our prettiest folios yet!

Our “guest star” this month is a selection of Prima Hello, Pink Autumn papers and a few bits from Prima Darcelle.  I’m so happy with the way these colors and patterns blend togeher.  And because it is October, I had to add in a few pumpkins.

The format for the base design is the same as in previous months.  If you’ve missed those earlier tutorials, you can get caught up HERE.

Flips and Flaps

I’ve added a couple of new twists to the flips and flaps this month.  It’ s good to change things up a little bit every now and then.

A flip up flap is more than just a fun interactive feature; it gives us room to add a hidden journaling area.  You’ll also find that I made good use of Annette Green’s Everythings Blooming Doilies and Postage Stamp Frames throughout the folio design.

Cosmos were one of my mom’s favorite flowers, so making this folio brought back lots of good memories for me.

Graphic 45 October Flower Market Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to follow along as I create this month’s folio, I hope you’ll enjoy this video on my YouTube channel.

 

You can find written measurements in the description box below the video if you are on my YouTube page.

There’s a linked supply list below this post for your shopping convenience.

We only have 2 more of these folios to make!  Wow, this year has gone by fast!

Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Mixed Media Foxes, Hedgehogs, Acorns and Leaves

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Mixed Media Foxes, Hedgehogs, Acorns and Leaves Easel Card with RRR and Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  The promise of fall has inspired me to create this Mixed Media Foxes, Hedgehogs, Acorns and Leaves Easel Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon and goodies from Reneabouquets.  Everything about this card reminds me of strolling in an autumn wood with leaves crunching under my feet and sweet woodland critters scurrying around my feet.

This was a very fun (and messy) crafty adventure with dies, texture pastes, paints, stains, RRR mulberry flowers and chippies. I tied it all together with gorgeous Copper and Cream Plaid Ribbon and Pumpkin Baker’s Twine.

TIP: Add fall texture to your die cut wreath by applying Crackle Texture paste through a stencil.  If you color your branches with Gathered Twigs Distress Stain, the color will seep through and create a really cool fungi-like effect.

Autumn Roses

TIP: Did you know you can alter mulberry flowers and leaves with stains and paint?  It’s quick and easy!  Here’s how:

  • First, select a few 35mm Mixed Earth Tone Trellis Roses from your stash (linked below).
  • Next, select autumn hued Distress Stains like Carved Pumpkin, Tea Dye, Fossilized Amber and Candied Apple.
  • Now lightly dab the applicator tip of the stain over the the petals of the roses in a random way.  Let the ink run down the sides and inside the petals, too.
  • Don’t forget to gently heat dry between colors so you don’t end up with mud-colored roses.
  • Use this same technique to quickly alter Reneabouquets fall chippies (linked below).
  • Alter green mulberry leaves by dabbing Distress Paint over the surface until you achieve the desired autumn hues.
An Easel Card Pocket?

Create a pocket inside your easel card, and it does double-duty as the brake for the easel mechanism.  This allows you to tuck some sweet surprises inside the card.

Create a mini folio and tag with your scraps.  Then add a honey stick to sweeten the deal.

Fall weather calls for a Pumpkin Spice tea break, so I tucked a pumpkin spice teabag into the pocket of this little folio.  Now my card doubles as a gift and home decor, too!

I hope I’ve shared some tips and ideas that you can use in your fall crafty adventures.  What’s your favorite element of this sweet card?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

If you’d like to see previous fall projects made with Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn, please click HERE.

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

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Pumpkin and Spice Loaded Library Pockets Tutorial

Prima Pumpkin and Spice Loaded Library Pockets Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday and I have the sweetest Pumpkin and Spice Loaded Library Pockets Tutorial to share with you.  These little cuties are so quick and easy to make that you are going to want to make stacks of them to have on hand for quick gifts, table decor or party favors.

This design is easy to adapt for birthdays, baby showers, bridal showers, or Christmas.  Wouldn’t they make the cutest stocking stuffers ever? (Note to self: make these in a Christmas theme!)

Each loaded library pocket measures 4 1/2″ x 6″.  I’ve tucked a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ note card, vintage demitasse spoon,  Pumpkin Spice teabag, honey stick and bookmark into each pocket.

If the weather was cooler, you can bet I’d find a way to add chocolate to the pocket, too.

Use scraps leftover from previous projects to line and decorate your pockets and the card inserts.  That’s a double-win in my book!

These would be so cute displayed in a pretty basket as part of your fall home decor.

You can change up the items you tuck into the library pockets to make customized gifts for your friends and family.  How fun is that?

Pumpkin and Spice Loaded Library Pocket Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how quick and easy it is to make these darling little library pockets, please enjoy this video on my YouTube channel.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and  have loads of fun making these cute little pockets!

To see more Pumpkin and Spice projects, please click HERE.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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