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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.

Dear Santa Card Kit Release

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Ciao Bella Dear Santa Card Kit Release for The Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends!  I’m excited to announce this Ciao Bella Dear Santa Card Kit Release for the Button Farm Club!  It’s my Quarterly Card Kit offering, and our Christmas Card Kit for 2024.  Loaded with vibrant color palettes, charming vintage images, innovative interactive card designs and and exciting NEW gift card wallet die, it’s one of my best Christmas card kits ever!  I hope you will agree!

Gift Card Wallet Die

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Did I just say gift card wallet die?  Oh, yes, friends, I sure did!  I’ve been working behind the scenes with Laura at Button Farm Club to bring this concept to life.  Y’all know how much I love to add little gift card wallets to the pockets in my cards.  And so many of you have asked me to show you how to create them.  Well, now you can!  And  it’s so easy!

Kathy by Design Gift Card Wallet Die

See how cute they are?  I wanted to show you that they can be used for more than just Christmas!

The die cuts and scores the flap, panels, slit and even a pocket flap!  You’ll learn how to make and decorate these cute dies as part of the tutorial in the kit.  And, as you know, I like to find innovative ways to use product.  So don’t be surprised when you see this die used in unexpected ways!

Interactive Cards

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Y’all also know how much I love to create interactive elements in my cards.  This pop up card may look complicated to create, but you will find it very easy, indeed!  It’s just one of the 10 cards we will make in this Quarter’s Kit.

Christmas Folio


Because Christmas offers so many wonderful photo ops, I always like to include a folio in the Christmas Card Kit.  This one is super quick and easy to make, and has lots of room for photos and journaling.  You can see the rest of the folio, and all the cards in this kit in the video reveal below.

Dear Santa Card Kit Release on YouTube

If you’d like to take a closer look at all the wonderful goodies that come in this kit and see the whole array of projects, please grab a cuppa and a snack and enjoy this video reveal.

How to Order

Button Farm Club has the kit ready to roll out now.  This gives you plenty of time to get your Christmas cards and gifts made during the “too hot to be outside” months of summer.  Then when Christmas rolls around, you can relax and enjoy the festivities!

The cost of this kit is only $53.99, which is an amazing value.  You can order your kit today at The Button Farm Club.

If you are already subscribed to my Quarterly Card Kit, your kit will ship automatically, and you don’t need to do a thing.

The kit is a limited edition, which means that once it is gone, it is gone.  New subscribers to the Quarterly Card Kit are guaranteed a kit.  You also save on the cost of the kit and get some really nice perks from Button Farm Club as a subscriber.  Find out how to subscribe HERE.

You do not need to subscribe in order to get this kit.  It can be ordered as a one time purchase, and Laura has easy pay options in place.

I hope that answers the basic questions about the kit.  I’m very excited over this release because of the addition of the Gift Card Wallet Die.

Thanks as always for all your support and encouragement!



Let Freedom Ring Patriotic Card

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Let Freedom Ring Patriotic Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  July 4th is right around the corner, so I’m sharing this Let Freedom Ring Patriotic Card with you today.  Red, white and blue is always a winning color palette, so I loaded this card up with ribbon, trims and flowers from Really Reasonable Ribbon to amp up the patriotic vibe.

Card Recipe

Add lots of different textures to make a card with a lot of visual interest.  Here’s how:

  • First, create a 7″ x 5 top fold card base with blue cardstock.
  • Next, stitch a panel of 6 5/8″ x 4 5/8″ patterned paper onto a slightly larger white cardstock base.
  • Then, adhere this to a slightly larger red cardstock panel.
  • Mat a 3×4 image on red cardstock and stitch around the perimeter.
  • Now adhere a scrap of blue ticking fabric behind the panel and adhere as seen in the photo.
  • Add another great layer of texture with mulberry flowers.
  • Then tie a bow with pretty Patriotic Plaid Ribbon and top with an Airmail Baker’s Twine Bow.
  • Adhere loose threads and a button/charm embellishment on the right.
  • Push some stick pins into the flower cluster and you’re done!
A Peek Inside

Add stickers and ephemera from the paper collection to dress up the inside of the card.

Then mat the 4×4 image on blue cardstock and trim with a tiny gold paper clip and a baker’s twine bow.  The tiny flags are from a Picket Fence Studio Shaker mix (listed below).

This card would be a great addition to your Independence Day festivities, or on display in a home done up in the Americana style.   Independence Day is one of our family’s favorite holidays, and we always do it up big. But I’m always happy when I get to play with a red, white and blue theme. 

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!




Poppy Fairy Altered Art Tutorial

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Poppy Fairy Altered Art Tutorial and Flower of the Month Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s Wonderful Wednesday I have a whimsical Poppy Fairy Altered Art Tutorial to share with you.  We’ll also be learning how to make Heartfelt Creations Delightful Daisies and an “outside the box” version of Lush Lilac Blooms.  It’s our final June Fairy Month Project, and time for our Flower of the Month Tutorial, so this post is packed with crafty inspiration!

Altered Embroidery Hoop with a Sweet Snail Shaker Frame

Meet Poppy the Fairy and her trusty steed Percy the Snail.  They live in a woodland glen tucked inside an altered embroidery hoop.  It’s a snug little dwelling filled with the fragrance of fallen leaves, fresh flowers, and mushrooms.  Yes, this was a very fun project to create, and I hope you will enjoy seeing it as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Here’s a closer look at Percy the Snail.  The camera didn’t pick it up, but his lovely shell sparkles with glitter glass.  Isn’t he handsome?

Both the embroidery hoop and the wood frame have been altered with Cracked Pistachio and Speckled Egg Distress Paint, Stamperia Glamour Gel and a touch of Abandoned Coral Distress Ink.

Poppy’s Mushroom house has tiny button stairs that lead up to her sunny parlor.  Mushrooms (also known as peppercorns) and wood shavings dot the floor of her woodland dwelling. It would be fun to pop into this scene, wouldn’t it?

Poppies, Daisies and Green Lilacs

I selected 3 different Heartfelt Creations florals to embellish our altered embroidery hoop.  The poppies were made some time ago, waiting for just the right project to come along.  But I made the daisies and green lilacs up especially for this project.  I’ll show you how I made them in the video tutorial below.

Butterfly Ribbon Hanger

The altered hoop is easy to display, thanks to a ribbon and crocheted lace hanger.  Top this off with a big wooden button and a gorgeous Reneabouquets butterfly.  Then add a dangle charm and a pretty bow to finish the job.

Poppy Fairy Altered Art Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to drop in and visit Poppy and Percy to see how their woodland home was created, I hope you’ll enjoy this video tutorial:

Farewell to Fairy Month

This is our final Fairy Month Tutorial.  I’ve enjoyed this series more than I can say.  You see, when I was a girl, I went through a phase where I read every fairy tale I could get my hands on.  Do you remember the Fairy Tale Books that went by color names?  The Red Fairy Book, Purple Fairy Book, Blue Fairy book, etc?  Well, I read them all over and over again.  Did you?

Doing this series got me to thinking that a theme for each month might be a fun idea.  So next month will be Christmas in July, and all of our projects will feature Christmas papers and designs.  I think August will be beach month followed by Sunflower month in September.

If you have an idea or a request for a monthly theme please share it with me in the comment section below.  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Ciao Bella Enchanted Land has become a little bit hard to find, so I linked to product in my video tutorial.  When the tagged product pops up, simply click on the tag and it should take you to the item.  This is something new that I’ve just started doing, so let me know if it works for you.  Thanks!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for joining me, friends!




Love Note Bird Shaker Card

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Spellbinders Out and About Love Note Bird Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  I spent a fun afternoon creating this cheery Spellbinders Out and About Love Note Bird Shaker Card.  Always a fan of a bird themed project, I created a fun shaker window with the new Tunnel Scape Clouds Dies.

TIP:  Create lots of dimension by placing foam tape between your tunnel layers.  Then add foam tape to the back of  your Love Note Bird before adhering it to the shaker window.

The gold “Hello” sentiment is part of the new Out and About Collection., too.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you will definitely want to take a look.  There are a couple more fun dies that I want to add to my stash!

A Peek Inside

Spellbinders Fern and Indigo Cardstock are the perfect match for papers from the Bayfair Paper  collection.  Green and navy is a bold color combination that I really enjoy!

TIP:  Use washi tape to hold a packet of wildflower seeds in place on the top half of the card.

TIP:  Create a chic and functional sentiment panel by embossing the top of a 4″ x 6″ piece of white cardstock with the Efflorescent Flora 3D embossing folder.  Then make the design pop by brushing lightly with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.

The pocket also holds a little Tea Wallet filled with English Breakfast Tea and a packet of honey crystals.

I want to make more of these cute Love Note Birds…maybe in a note card set.  That would make a great gift, wouldn’t it?

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!





Fairy Happy Birthday Shaker Card Tutorial

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Fairy Happy Birthday Shaker Card Tutorial: June 2024 Birthday Card of the Month

Hello, Friends!  It’s Wonderful Wednesday and I have a Fairy Happy Birthday Shaker Card Tutorial to share with you.  It’s the 3rd installment of our Fairy Month Tutorials, and our June 2024 Birthday Card of the Month.  If you missed out on the Fairy Tag Box Tutorial and the Fairy Banner Tutorial, you can get caught up now.

Once again, we will be using products from Ciao Bella Enchanted Land and paper pretties from Reneabouquets.  You can find a linked supply list below this post.  I’ve also tagged the Enchated Land products in the video as they are a little bit hard to find.

Before we jump to the video tutorial, I’d like to share a few of my favorite elements on this lovely card.

The Fairiest of Them All Shaker Box

This might be one of my very favorite shaker box projects, friends.  I hope you can spy the sweet little mushroom house in the corner of the Reneabouquets Blue Patina Violet Frame.  My goal was to create an illusion of our lovely “Fairiest of Them All” floating above her mushroom mansion. I think I want to  live there when I grow up.  How about you?

See that pretty metal clip in the top left hand corner?  It’s actually a bookmark, and slides out from behind the front cover.  It’s another goodie from the Reneabouquets shop.  I attached a sweet fairy trinket charm below the cabochon, but it flipped when I was taking this photo.  It shows up in other photos, though.

The Woodland Snail

Snail images fill me with delight.  How about you?  This handsome woodland snail is moon-bathing on a wooden stump surrounded by fragrant flowers and soft feathers left behind by a sweet songbird. .  Our fairy spilled some of the “Dreams Come True” beads from her magical bottle, so he’s having lovely dreams.

TIP:  Save the center from chipboard wreaths!  The leafy chipboard piece beneath our wood slice was once the center of a chipboard wreath!

Butterfly Airlines

Our Fairiest of Them All travels in style on a glittering butterfly steed.  Looks like some of the Dreams Come True beads spilled out as they were coming in for a landing, doesn’t it?

A Peek Inside

Here’s a quick peek inside the card.  You will see more details, learn how to create the shaker box and the card front in the video tutorial below.

Fairy Happy Birthday Shaker Card Tutorial on YouTube

I hope you’ll grab a cuppa and a snack and enjoy this video tutorial.

We have one more week of Fairy Month tutorials to look forward to.  Next Wednesday will be our Flower of the Month tutorial.  I’d love to hear your thoughts about Fairy Month, and am open to suggestions for other themed monthly tutorials.  Next month will be Christmas in July, but would you enjoy a sunflower themed month?  Maybe sewing?  Or beach?  Let me hear from you in the comment section below, and I’ll see what I can do.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.  And I’ve provided basic measurements in the description box below this video on my YouTube channel.

Wishing you a Wonderful Wednesday!