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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.

Little Birdie Classic Gentleman Mixed Media Card

Little Birdie Proper Gentleman Mixed Media Card

Hello,  Friends!  I made this Little Birdie Classic Gentleman Mixed Media Card for our son’s birthday.  It was such a fun process that I decided to share the how-to’s with you here on the blog.  I know that masculine cards can be hard to cook up sometimes.  But with a few simple tricks in your crafty toolbox, you’ll find this card is very easy to make!

Scrappy Backgrouund

Little Birdie Crafts Classic Gentleman Mixed Media Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

First, gather up all  your little scrappy bits of Classic Gentleman.  They don’t have to  match.  Nor do they have to be the same size.  I love making this kind of mixed media background because it allows you to use up all those odd little bits and bobs of designer paper.

Now, cut a 5″ x 7″ panel of scrap cardstock.  Again, the color doesn’t matter one bit.  Whatever you have on hand will work.  Begin to glue down all the random pieces of designer paper.  You will have pieces that hang over the edge and you may have to overlap some pieces slightly to make them fit.

When the surface of the 5″ x 7″ panel is completely covered, trim it to measure 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″.  Now the real fun begins!

Paint, Emboss, Repeat

Paint the entire surface of your patchwork creation with a coat of Tawny Metallic Paint.  Then heat dry it.  Next, ink the flat side of an embossing folder with Espresso Distress Oxide Ink.  Spritz the front of the painted panel lightly with water and place in the folder over the raised edge side.  Now close the folder and run it through your die cutting machine following the directions.

Then lightly dry brush the raised portions of the embossed design with Caribbean Blue Metallic Paint. Heat dry.  Now immediately brush a light layer of the Tawny paint over the surface again and wipe it back with a paper towel.  Finally, run the panel through the embossing folder again to achieve a deep impression.

Alter a key with paint and metallic wax glaze.  This makes a striking masculine embellishment for the card.

You can dilute Patina Glaze Metallic Wax with a little water and spatter it over the surface of the embossed panel.

Finish by glazing the chipboard word phrase with more of the metallic wax.  Then wrap the bottom of the panel with braided hemp.  Tie a knot, fray the edges and add a button and you’re done!

A Peek Inside

Finish the inside of the card with altered chipboard cogs and more designer papers.

If you don’t have this wonderful collection in your stash, I highly recommend it!

I hope I shared some tips and ideas you can use today!

Thanks for stopping by!





Pumpkin and Spice Slimline Card

Prima Pumpkin and Spice Slimline Card

Hello, Friends!  I’m just popping in very quickly to share this quick and easy Prima Pumpkin and Spice Slimline Card.  I had a few spare minutes to play over the holiday weekend, so naturally I headed to the studio for a little free play time.

Prima Pumpkin and Spice Slimline Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Don’t you want this pretty arrangement of pumpkins, sunflowers and lanterns on your fall table?  It’s just so cozy and welcoming!  The mix of traditional images with shabby chic hues is so much fun!

Simple Layers

Create simple layers on this 8 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ slimline card for the win!

  • First, cut an 8 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ copper cardstock layer for the background.
  • Next, cut an 8 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ layer of the floral pattern from Prima Pumpkin and Spice. Then stitch this to the copper cardstock layer.
  • Now fussy cut the image of the pumpkins from another sheet of Pumpkin and Spice.  Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Then back with foam tape and adhere to the center of the card.  The foam tape will really make this layer pop.
Finishing Details

Adhere a Prima Sunflower vine along the base of the card.  Secure copper and cream plaid bows in the corners.  Top with burlap string and vintage metal buttons.  Spread a little Dries Clear Adhesive around the vine and sprinkle with Prills to add a little extra texture.

Now top the little chipboard charm with ribbon, acorn charm and metal wire.  Adhere this in the left corner of the card.  So cute!

A Peek Inside

Naturally, we need to tuck a Pumpkin Chai teabag and honey stick into the inside pocket!  A little journal card is a great place to write a cheery little note.

I’m so happy that the weather has cooled down a bit here in North Carolina.  The mornings have that delicious hint of fall…and I spied my first yellow leaf on my walk today.  Hooray for pumpkins and fall leaves!

Thanks for stopping by!




Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Cash Register Card

Amazing Paper Grace September 2021 DOM by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Cash Register Card: Change is Good!

Hello, Friends!  I’m popping in very quickly today to share this Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Cash Register Card with you.  It’s the beginning of a new month, so it’s time to share some Amazing Paper Grace Club inspiration with all of  you.

At long last, there is a promise of a change of seasons here in North Carolina.  I almost had to don a sweater for my morning walk!  The changing seasons inspired me to pair this die up with my new Prima Pink Autumn papers for this Change is Good card.

Tips and Tricks

Here are some of the tips and tricks I employed while putting this card together.

  • First, watch Becca’s amazing video tutorial to see how to put the die together!  It will make the process so much easier for you!
  • Then, die cut the pieces from copper foil paper.  You will only need 1 of everything if you are using the cash register as the focal point of your card.
  • Next, lightly sand the raised edges of the die cut pieces to lightly distress it  This will really make those details pop!
  • Remember to use foam tape between layers to create lots of depth and dimension.
A Peek Inside

I love the papers and hues in the Pink Autumn collection!

Stamp a greeting on a scrap of designer paper and tuck into the pocket as a bookmark.

And a change in the weather definitely calls for a lovely cup of tea!

You can find out more about the Amazing Paper Grace September Club die HERE. I’ve added a linked supply list below this post.

Enjoy the rest of your Labor Day Weekend, my friends!





Prima Autumn Sunset Stack of Cards Tutorial

Throwback Thursday Prima Autumn Sunset Stack of Cards Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Prima Autumn Sunset Stack of Cards Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  What would you say if I told you that you could make this Prima Autumn Sunset Stack of Cards in under an hour?  Would you believe that it’s totally do-able?  Because it is!  For today’s installment of Throwback Thursday, we’re going to learn how to make lovely little fall notecards using my “go to” assembly line method.  I make little greeting cards to tuck into my Etsy shop orders as a thank you gift for my customers.  These  have to be made about once a month. Since time is money, I had to learn how to put together a quick greeting card that I could be proud of.  After some trial and error, I came up with the process that I’m going to share with you today.

Prepare for Success

The French have a food preparation technique called “mise en place.”  This means they take the time at the front end of a cooking process to measure and prepare all the ingredients for a recipe.  Everything is laid out neatly and only then do they begin to cook.  So I guess you could call this “mise en place” for cardmakers.  It generally takes me 20-30 minutes to do this step.  But then I can fly through the process of putting the cards together, as you will see in the video tutorial below.

First Things First

Once you’ve chosen the collection you wish to work with, follow these simple steps for success:

  • First, cut 6 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock in half at 4 1/4″.  Score and fold each 4 1/4″ x 11″ panel in half to make a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ (A2) card base.  You can use each base as a top fold card, or turn it to make a side fold card.
  • Next, choose 3 patterns of 12×12 designer paper that go well together.  Cut (12) 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ background panels from these papers.  I usually make my first cut horizontally at 5 1/2, then again at 11″.  Then I cut each strip into (2) 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ panels.  Double sided paper allows you to mix and match with ease.
  • Now, from your scraps, cut 4 1/4″ wide belly bands.  These vary in height from 1 1/2″ to 2″, depending on the scrap.
  • Then pick a dozen 3×4 focal images to go on the front of the card.
  • Finally, Ink all the edges of all your paper layers for quick and easy assembly.
Sort it Out

The next step is to sort and organize any ephemera you might want to use.  I broke my ephemera down into piles of pumpkins, flowers, butterflies and bugs, animals, background ephemera and words.

Choose embellishments

Tie bows in advance, and use the same bow on each card.   Muscle memory is an amazing gift. When a task is repeated, your body does it a little faster each time.   I can tie over a dozen bows in about 8 minutes.  Pick out a packet of small flowers or buttons that will look good on each card.  For instance, if I had chosen to use buttons instead of flowers, I probably would have used wooden buttons to go with the rustic feel of this collection.

Bundle Up and Glue it Down

As you will see in the video tutorial, I quickly go through my “mise en place” stacks and build little card bundles.  I pick a background paper, a belly band, a focal image and ephemera for each card then set it aside.  This way, I do all my glue work at the same time, and it goes really fast.  Once all my papers are glued down, I come back and add bows and flowers.

This is a great way to make a big stack of Christmas cards or birthday cards, too.  Sometimes I make a big stack of these cards to give as a gift to a friend or family member.

Throwback Thursday Tutorial on YouTube


I hope you enjoyed this edition of Throwback Thursday.  To see past Throwback Thursday projects, please click HERE.  to see more Prima Autumn Sunset projects and tutorials, please click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!




**Please note: Throwback Thursday projects use older, often retired, products.  Sometimes I can find these items online and sometimes I cannot.  I will link whenever possible.  You can always substitute something lovely from your own stash.  Thanks for understanding!

Spellbinders Welcome Fall Pumpkin Card

Spellbinders Nichol Spohr Welcome Fall Card with Prima Pumpkin and Spice by Kathy Clement PHoto 01

Spellbinders Welcome Fall Pumpkin Card with Prima Pumpkin and Spice

Hello, Friends!  I’m hoping this Spellbinders Welcome Fall Pumpkin Card will usher in a little fall weather.  It sure has been hot and steamy here in North Carolina!  Even when we go out for our morning walk at 6:30, it’s too hot for this gal!  So I have been locked in the studio playing with beautiful fall supplies like this Nichol Spohr die from Spellbinders.  And I got to play with Prima’s pretty Pumpkin and Spice collection from last year.  With all these autumn hues, rows of pumpkins, crunch apples and leaves, can fall be far behind?

The Pumpkin Stand

Nichol Spohr Welcome Fall Card Prima Pumpkin and Spice by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Pumpkins and mums are my very favorite fall emblems.  My vision for this card was a roadside pumpkin and apple stand.  Here’s how it came together.

  • First create a 6×6 top fold card base with chocolate brown cardstock.
  • Cut a 5 7/8″ square from Pumpkin and Spice.  Distress the edges lightly, then ink with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
  • Next cut a 2″ wide border to run down the left hand side of the page.
  • Now die cut a circle plaid patterned paper.
  • Then fussy cut the fall wreath from the paper collection. Back with dimensionals and adhere in the center of the card.
Pumpkin Time

Don’t you just  love a die that is the right size for cutting up scraps of designer paper!  I cut up a whole pumpkin patch full of cute pumpkins, leaves and apples from patterned paper.  Then I die cut the old wooden bushel basket to pile them into and around. To make the pumpkins blend, ink them with Spiced Marmalade and Tea Dye Distress Inks.  Spritz lightly with water , then spatter with diluted white paint.

Make everything pop off the page by outlining with a white Sharpie pen.  Sprinkle in some harvest Prills and some flowers to add a little extra texture.  Then wrap thin organza ribbon up the left hand side of the card.  Dry brush some silver acorns with copper paint and tuck them into the bow cluster.

A Peek Inside

Create a pocket inside the card, then tuck in a little tea wallet.  What a fun way to welcome fall!

This is the Nichol Spohr Welcome Fall die set I used to create my pumpkin patch.  You can find it HERE.

We are experiencing one of the hottest weeks of the  summer right now.  It was refreshing to play with fall papers and images!  I hope you enjoyed it, too!

Thanks for stopping by!



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