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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.

Expressions of Love Slimline Shaker Card

Spellbinders Expressions of Love Slimline Shaker Card Little Birdie Shabby Chic Paper Collection Rosalind Pearl Pink Roses by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders Expressions of Love Slimline Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  If you haven’t started making your Valentines yet, I think you’ll enjoy today’s  Spellbinders Expressions of Love Slimline Shaker Card.  Simple to make, shabby chic, and shimmering with metallic foil accents, it comes together in no time flat!

Don’t you just love these intricate Forever Love Heart Dies?  Their lacy elegance is perfectly paired with Little Birdie Crafts Shabby Chic paper collection. Pink Metallic Cardstock really makes them and the “Love” sentiment die cut pop off the page.

Building the Card Base

  • First, score an 8 1/2″ x 7″ panel of white cardstock in half to form an 8 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ top-fold slimline card base.
  • Next, machine stitch an 8 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ panel of Little Birdie Shabby Chic designer paper on a slightly larger panel of pink cardstock.
  • Now, cut a 7 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ panel of designer paper.  Then arrange the Forever Love Heart Die inserts on the panel and die cut according to your machine’s instructions.
  • Then, die cut the hearts a second time.  This time use pink metallic paper and the outside heart frame when you die cut.
  • Now you will carefully adhere the foil hearts over the inset die cut hearts.  Overlap the layers just the tiniest bit to create a shadow effect.
Shake and Bake!

  • Next,  adhere clear cardstock (acetate) on the back side of the panel.  Add foam tape to  tje back to create a shaker box.
  • Then, place your shaker mix on the card base and carefully position the top layer over it.  Press gently to seal all the edges.
  • Now place foam adhesive on the back of a Shabby Chic Die Cut image and adhere between the 2 hearts.  Tuck some little posies (linked below) around the die cut to anchor it to the page.
Finishing Touches

  • Now die cut the “love” sentiment from a scrap of the designer paper and a scrap of the pink metallic paper.
  • Adhere them together so they are slightly offset to create a shadow effect.
  • Next layer the sentiment on another die cut image from the Shabby Chic Collection.
  • Finish the corners with ribbon, string bows, roses, stick pins, pink heart buttons, and a resin rose.
A Peek Inside

Finish the inside of the card with more Shabby Chic designer papers , fussy cut elements and a side pocket.

Fill the pocket with a pretty tea bag and a 3×4 sentiment card from the paper collection.

You can find out about this lovely new Spellbinder release HERE.   Look for a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!





Home Again Card Folio Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Carta Bella Home Again Shabby Chic Card Tutorial Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday:  Carta Bella Home Again Card Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Let’s kick off the first Throwback Thursday for 2021 with a Carta Bella Home Again Card Folio Tutorial.

Throwback Thursday Home Again Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

This warm and cozy collection is perfect for a cold January month.

Tag Embellishment Carta Bella Home Again by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Although I’ve made this basic folio design a few times, each one has it’s own unique details.

Little Birdie Amor Mio Flowers Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Gatefold Card Tutorial Throwback Thursday Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Opening this folio is a little bit like watching the curtain go up on a stage.

Carta Bella Home Again Card Folio Interior by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Look at all the space inside this little 6×6 folio!

Carta Bella Home Again Tags and Pockets by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Hidden Pocket Detail Carta Bella Home Again Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

The center panel contains a hidden pocket with a little pull out page.

Even the back side of the folio has room for photos, pockets or decorative panels.

YouTube Tutorial

I hope you enjoy this quick and easy YouTube Tutorial.


To see other projects made with this collection, click HERE.  Look for a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!




Kathy by Design Studio Tour 2021

Kathy by Design Studio Tour 2021 Work Station by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Kathy by Design Studio Tour 2021

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to my Kathy by Design Studio Tour 2021!  It’s been a while since I last invited you into my crafty space.  Since I have so many new followers, I thought it might be fun to give you a little guided tour of my happy place.

My Work Station

The above photo is what I call the “heart” of my studio.  This large work station is about 4 1/2″ square.  The work surface is an old butcher block kitchen table top that I salvaged from our old house. (We downsized from our big family home to this cozy little ranch about 5 years ago.)

Since my room only measures about 11×11, I knew I wanted a peninsula style work station to maximize the space. I also knew I wanted a stand up desk so that I can move around with ease, and it’s healthier.  My clever husband and son anchored the butcher block into the wall, then added PVC style legs (using toilet flanges to secure them to the table top, no less!).  The height is customized to my preference, so I am very comfortable while working. The end result is a table that is super sturdy and secure.

Since the space under the table is open, I am able to store my Iris Carts (with the wheels removed) and other storage pieces all around the sides.  I store seasonal papers in Iris boxes under the table…and trust me, I use every square inch!

My Computer Desk

Kathy by Design Studio Tour 2021 Computer Station Photo 01

The wall opposite my work station houses my computer desk.  This is a simple office desktop that we snagged at Habitat for Humanity Restore.  It had a lovely desktop, but no drawers or storage.  This was perfect for me because again, I could fit my Iris carts beneath it.  Then my husband built some little shelves along the back side of it to house my planners, journals, devotional materials, and additional small storage units.  I really only sit here if I am blogging or editing videos.  I much prefer to work standing up.

This wall also houses my printer and floating decorative shelves.  My husband also built the little shelf unit that surrounds another Iris cart.  This is where I store all my cream, white, kraft, black and grey cardstock for card bases.  The Iris cart holds my monthly project kits for The Button Farm Club.

My Sewing Station

Now, y’all, I only sew on my cards and album covers.  I am so NOT a seamstress! But I do love to add machine stitching to my mixed media projects.  So I wanted a spot to keep my sewing machine set up and to use.  This inset window provided the perfect spot for another “floating” table top.  I have baskets of burlap, canvas and ticking stored here.  You’ll also find various laces and trims.  It makes sense to keep these things where I will be using them.  Little storage cubbies are easy to find at yard sales and thrift stores.  They make affordable storage for spools of thread, and I can store my few remaining wood stamps on the top.  I also have a nice view out the window and good lighting, which is crucial.

Mixed Media, Buttons, and Ink Storage

I store much of my mixed media in this tool turnaround and the white cabinet on the wall behind it.  The tool turnaround is a gift from my BFF, the amazing Ginny Nemchak of Polly’s Paper Studio.  (Check her out HERE….you will not be sorry!)  The revolving metal bins tool came from Harbor Freight.  I tried to find it online, but it seems they no longer carry it.  The white shelf was a yard sale purchase.

This is where i store all my shaker elements and lots of my buttons.  It’s actually a CD rack that I picked up new and in the box at a yard sale for $2.

This antique printer’s tray holds all my Distress re-inkers and alcohol inks.

Ribbon Storage

The two rolling carts on the front of my work station house my Really Reasonable Ribbon.  These are wound onto 1 1/2″ x 3 1/4″ pieces of mat board and secured with quilting pins.  Then I sort them by color families and put them in the tops of these rolling carts from Michaels.  The grid was already built into the top, so they were perfect for ribbon storage.

This ribbon rack is a little messy, but I actually like it this way.  To me, it looks like one of those shabby chic ribbon banners that people make.  This is where I hang a lot of my Reneabouquets trims and laces along with other vintage trims that I’ve collected over the years.

Hanging Storage

In a small studio, you have to use every bit of space.  My sister bought me three of these clear pocket shoe organizers to hang on the backs of my doors.  This one holds my Reneabouquets Beautiful Board and my Little Birdie Chipboard along with a few dies.  I have another of these hanging behind the door to my studio and my other closet.  They hold Spellbinders and Amazing Paper Grace dies.

The Infamous Closet of Shame

This room has 2 small closets, one on either side of my sewing station.  One closet holds my Heartfelt Creations stamps, dies and papers, Tim Holtz Idea-Ology stuff, and Prima papers.  The other holds all my Authentique papers.  I like to use these Totally Tiffany paper storage boxes to keep my papers organized and neat.

Studio Tour 2021 on YouTube

I hope you will enjoy this little studio tour on YouTube.

I’m always looking for ways to improve the use of this cozy space.  The space is never really “finished” as I change it to meet current needs.  But one thing is constant…I love being in this room!  (You can view an earlier studio tour HERE to see how I’ve changed things up.)

Thanks for visiting me today!






Love Letters Shaker Card

Love Letters Shaker Card APG January 2021 DOM Echo Park Blowing Kisses by Kathy Clement kathy by design Photo 01

Love Letters Shaker Card: Amazing Paper Grace January 2021 Die of the Month

Hello, Friends!  This Love Letters shaker card is as sweet as a box of candy hearts!  Remember decorating shoe boxes for Valentine’s Day Parties in elementary school?  That’s what this card makes me think of.  My mom always insisted that I make my Valentines from scratch.  One year we baked big gingerbread cookies cut into heart shapes and piped with pink frosting.  That’s the memory I was channeling while making this card with the Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month.

How to Make a Love Letters Shaker Card

First, find some cute Valentine’s Day paper.  I used an older collection from Echo Park called “Blowing Kisses.”  The mini envelope patterned paper seemed to be made to go with Becca’s darling Vignette Mini Mailbox Die.  Here’s how this card came together:

  • Create a 5″ x 7″ kraft cardstock card base.
  • Next, mat a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ panel of the dot paper on both pink and red cardstock.  Machine stitch around the edges if desired.
  • Now mat a 4×6 panel of the mini envelope paper in the same way.  Again, stitch if desired.
  • Then cut the doily border to a width of 4″ and adhere on the bottom half of the card.
Making the Shaker Element

  • Begin by die cutting 2 Mini Mailboxes from kraft cardstock.  Cut one with the filigree insert, and one without. Die cut 3 mini envelopes from kraft cardstock and 3 hearts from red foil cardstock.
  • Now cut another solid mailbox panel from clear cardstock (acetate).
  • Next, cut the vignette tabs away from the sides of the mailbox.
  • Adhere the clear cardstock to the back of the filigree mailbox panel.
  • Then cut the solid mailbox front from the script patterned paper.  Adhere this to the back panel of the mailbox.
  • Now you just need to add foam tape to the sides of the filigree panel and fill with Valentine sequins.
  • After the mailbox shaker element is adhered to the card center, add flowers, ribbons and embellishments.
A Peek Inside

Here’s how I finished the inside of the card.  You just have to have a treat pocket on a Valentine, right?

Make a little treat wallet with a 3×4 card from the collection.

Then finish the inside with a little pocket for a tea bag.  Tea and chocolate is my idea of the perfect Valentine treat!

If you’d like to see more samples made with this Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month, you can find them HERE. You’ll also find out how to sign up for the APG DOM Club if you are interested!

It’s always lovely to have Valentine’s Day to look forward to once Christmas and New Year’s are past.  I hope this little Love Letters Shaker Card has inspired you to break out your Valentine papers and get your craft on!

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

Thanks for stopping by!






Hooray for 2021!

Authentique Hooray Birthday Planner Album Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Hooray for 2021!  Birthday Planner Album Kit Reveal for The Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends! Hooray for 2021!  Let’s start this New Year off with a party…a birthday party, that is!  You’re going to be ready for every birthday celebration in 2021 thanks to this cute retro birthday planner album.  Designed by Kathy Clement exclusively for The Button Farm Club, this album is designed with organization and fun in mind.

We’ve used cheerful images and patterns from Authentique Paper’s “Hooray” collection to design a simple, fun and practical album.  Each of the 6 album sections features a calendar page (two months per section) a gift tag/pocket combo (6 gift cards in all) room to add photos, journaling and lists and 2 birthday cards.  (That’s 12 birthday cards in all!)  Cute cards for boys and girls are mixed in with humorous, slightly snarky cards for men and women.  

There’s a postage stamp storage wallet and an envelope pocket built into the album design so that you’ll always have everything you need at your fingertips when it’s time to send off a birthday greeting.

The best part is that this sturdy G45 Tag and Pocket album can be used over and over again!  Just fill it up with new cards and tags and you’re ready for the next year and the next year and….you get the idea!  

Hooray Birthday Planner Album Kit Reveal on YouTube

Here’s a short video tour so you can see all the wonderful elements in this birthday planner.

What Comes in the Kit?

Here’s what comes in this fun, functional kit:

  • 16 double -sided sheets of Authentique Hooray 12×12 papers
  • 12×12 Sticker Elements Sheet
  • 6 sheets of color-matched 12×12 Spectrum Cardstock in Lady Bug Red, Caribbean Blue and Black Jack
  • 6 sheets of 8 ½” x 11” cardstock for making card bases
  • 12 envelopes
  • Little Birdie Flowers
  • Birthday ephemera pack 
  • 2 Crystal Stick Pins
  • 2 yards of wired Glitter Ribbon
  • 20 wooden buttons/mix and match
  • 2 tassels: one red, one aqua
  • Printed monthly 2021 calendars
  • Silver tone Birthday Cake charm
  • Basic written guide with measurements and photos
  • Detailed Step by Step video tutorials with Kathy Clement that you can watch over and over again

The price for this birthday planner kit is just $64.99.  I do not believe you could purchase all the supplies for that price.  Laura at The Button Farm Club is a magician when it comes to putting high quality, affordable kits together.  You can order your kit HERE.

Hooray for 2021!  A Final Note

Now that we are past the holidays, I’m looking forward to settling into my regular posting schedule.  I’ve really missed sharing a cuppa with you several mornings a week.

I have a wonderful sense of expectation and hope for 2021!  We have so much to look forward to, and I can’t wait to share this creative journey with you here. 2021 is going to be a year of Abundance and Overflow.  I believe this is going to be a year of abundant blessing after a very difficult and tumultuous year.  May the overflow of that abundance spill out of our lives and bring life, light, hope and love to others.  That sounds like a good plan to me…how about you?

I get so excited when I hear from one of you that you’ve stepped up your card making because of projects that I share here.  I’m delighted when you share your stories with me in the comment section, too.  Even though most of us have never met face to face, I feel like you are my friends.  There is a connection we have because of our mutual love for the creative process.

I want to thank you for all the joy you bring to my life in myriad ways.  It’s going to be a year to celebrate!

Thanks for stopping by!



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