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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.

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish May Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish May Folio Tutorial Reneabouquets April in Paris Reneabouquets Dragonfly by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Graphic 45 Time to Flourish May Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Even though it’s hard to believe, it is time to share our Graphic 45 Time to Flourish May Folio Tutorial.  May???  Seriously?  Where is this year going?  If you are a regular follower on this blog, then you know we are enjoying a monthly series featuring this gorgeous paper collection.  New to the blog?  You can catch up on the previous months’ tutorials HERE.

May’s papers are so elegant with shades of purple, dragonflies, luscious botanical prints and floral images.  I decided to pull out the green hues in the color palette rather than the pink ones.  The end result is a regal looking folio that is perfect for Mother’s Day, May birthdays or any special occasion!

Layers of Love

I am so very fond of all the dragonflies that are depicted in the May papers.  they haven’t appeared in my back yard yet this year, but my granddaughters have seen them!  Because they are one of my favorite winged creatures, I echoed the dragonflies in the designer paper with a Reneabouquets glitter glass dragonfly and a silver dragonfly charm that I found in my stash.  Perched on a heat embossed April in Paris Beautiful Board Doily, it really sets the tone for this folio.

Here’s a view from above with the folio peeking out from the hidden pocket.

You’ll find a pocket inside the folio, too.  This one does double duty: it serves as a stopper or brake for the easel mechanism as well as a spot to tuck in photo mats and journal cards.

Hidden Pocket Mini Folio

We will create a 5 1/2″ square folio to tuck into the hidden pocket located beneath the card base.

There’s a storage pocket inside as well as a lovely flap page.

I’ve added photo mats and journal cards inside the folio.  You’ll see how all of this comes together in the video tutorial below.

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish May Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to follow along and create this folio with me, here’s the video tutorial.

 

I hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of Throwback Thursday!  Have fun making this lovely folio!  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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May Gnome of the Month Shaker Card Folio Tutorial

Photoplay Year With My Gnomies May Gnome of the Month Shaker Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

May Gnome of the Month Shaker Card Folio Tutorial Tuesday Video

Hello, Friends!  Wow, can you believe it’s time for our May Gnome of the Month Shaker Card Tutorial?  Wasn’t it just St. Patrick’s Day 5 minutes ago?  Now Easter is behind us and we are getting into summertime territory!  Whoa!

I hope you all had a blessed and happy Easter Weekend.  Ours was jam packed with friends, food, and family…the best kind of celebration!  We had 15 family members here on Sunday, and the weather was glorious, so we were able to eat lunch on the deck and hang together on the screen porch until almost dark.  In fact, I had to whip up a quick batch of buttermilk biscuits to go with leftover ham and pimiento cheese for supper.  No one complained!

If you’re keeping up with this series, this is folio number 5.  But if you’re new to the blog, you can find the previous tutorials HERE.

Mom’s Favorite Gnome

Photoplay Year With My Gnomies May Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Once again, we follow the basic format for making the folio base.  The shaker element is a Reneabouquets Deco Heart Circle Frame filled with Mermaid Sparklets from Buttons Galore and More.  (Linked below)

Dress the frame up with Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing Powder and some colorful buttons from your stash.

A Peek Inside

You’ll find all the customary pockets, flaps and tuck-ins waiting for you inside.

It’s a very colorful folio this month!

If you’d like to follow along as I create the May Gnome of the Month folio, please enjoy this YouTube video tutorial.

OK, friends…that’s all for me today.  I need to go switch loads of laundry and put the tablecloths away until the next fun gathering.  I hope you all have a joyful and creative day!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Layered Fleur PinkTulips

Amazing Paper Grace Layered Fleur Diamond Slimline Layered Tulips by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Amazing Paper Grace  Half Diamond Layered Fleur Pink Tulips Slimline Card

Hello, Friends!   I’m popping in very quickly today to share this Amazing Paper Grace Half Diamond Layered Fleur Pink Tulips Slimline Card.  This flirty, feminine card fairly shouts “Spring has Sprung!”

Amazing Paper Grace Half Diamond Layered Fleur Layered Tulips Slimline Card by Kathy Clement

You all know I’m a big fan of slimline style cards.  The filigree design of the Half Diamond Die is so elegant.  I layered it over a soft pink patterned paper from Prima’s With Love collection.

The card base is 5″ wide with a 4 1/4″ cutaway front.  The tulips and die cut layer were so pretty that I only added a Reneabouquets Glitter Glass Butterfly , bow and buttons as embellishments.

The inside provided me with plenty of room to add some fussy cut layers, stamped sentiment, pocket and a pretty little pocket.

This is my all time favorite sentiment to add to a homemade bookmark.  Sadly, the stamp has been retired, but isn’t it great?

I’m headed to the kitchen now to prepare our Easter celebration.  (We call it Resurrection Sunday.) It’s supposed to be a sunny day and just warm enough for us to enjoy breaking bread together out under God’s beautiful blue sky!  We are a big family, and we love to gather together and celebrate the love of family, the joy of being together, and the goodness of God.

I pray each of you enjoys a peaceful, beautiful Easter Sunday.  And I hope you get to eat some bunny ears, too!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy 

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Through the Garden Gate Floribunda Roses and Bee Blossom

Prima Peach Tea Spellbinders Through the Garden Gate Floribunda Rose Bee Blossom by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Through the Garden Gate Floribunda Roses and Bee Blossom Card with Prima Peach Tea

Hello, Friends!  Get ready for a floral extravaganza with this Through the Garden Gate Floribunda Roses and Bee Blossom card.  These are the new Susan Tierney-Cockburn dies from Spellbinders, and I am swooning over them!

Ann’s Rose Garden

Susann Tierney Cockburn Through the Garden Gate Floribunda Rosses Bee Blossom Prima Peach Tea by Kathy Clement Photo 01

My mother-in-law, Ann, grew the most gorgeous roses I have ever seen.  Every spring the bushes she had pruned in the fall spread out their branches toward the Carolina Blue sky.  By early May, they were laden with buds, and by early June the roses burst forth in glorious display.  She tended those roses like they were little children, pouring her love into the soil and carefully protecting them from harm. She also fed them on a daily basis.  Yes, she did. I will tell you one of the secrets of her success with roses: she fed them banana peels!  Isn’t that hilarious?

There is nothing on earth that matches the fragrance of a rose grown in a home garden. If you pick an armful of them early in the morning, when the dew is still on the petals, you will wear that heavenly fragrance all day long.    I could almost smell that wonderful aroma as I was shaping these Floribunda roses.

Roses That Never Fade

Here’s the process I followed to create these roses that never fade.  It’s a little bit messy, but worth the time it takes to clean up!

  • First, die cut the roses from heavy white cardstock.  I like to use Heartfelt Creations Specialty Flower Shaping paper (linked below).  It does not fall apart when colored with ink, spritzed with water and shaped.
  • Follow the directions printed on the dies so that you die cut the correct number of petals for each layer.
  • Now, pull out your Distress Ink pads.  I used a combination of Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold, Wild Honey and Worn Lipstick.
  • Next, swipe each pad across a non-stick craft sheet and spritz with water until droplets form.
  • Then lightly tap and swipe the die cut petals through the ink, making sure to color both sides.  Lay the damp layers on a paper towel and gently pat dry. You can repeat this process to achieve the desired depth of color.
  • When the petals are almost dry, but still slightly damp, shape them with a stylus and quilling tool.

I opted to create fully opened roses, and filled the centers with Prills. The Bee Blossom is colored with Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry inks using the same technique. I added beaded stamens to the centers.  You can use leftover ink to custom dye seam binding ribbon, too.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a look at the inside of this card made with Prima Peach Tea papers.  Of course, I added a pocket and a tea wallet.

I even had a packet of Peach Tea and a honey stick to go with the color palette of the roses.

I did make a couple of extra roses for use in a future project.  While you have all the “mess” out on your work surface, you might as well make extras!

This might be my favorite rose die of all time.  It does take a little extra effort to make these bodacious blossoms, but I think that it’s worth it.  Now if I just had some the dew from Ann’s garden to add as the final ingredient, we’d be all set.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Kaisercraft Mademoiselle Collage Style Card Tutorial

 

Kaisercraft Mademoiselle Collage Style Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Kaisercraft Mademoiselle Collage Style Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday, and this week we’re creating a Kaisercraft Mademoiselle Collage Style Card together.

Kaisercraft Mademoiselle Collage Style Card

I’m a sucker for a vintage styled paper collection.  The soft neutral tones of this paper collection along with the sewing imagery and old fashioned ladies in hats really drew me in.  Pink and beige is one of my favorite color combinations in a card.

Tips for Making a Collage Style Card

I’ve had this collection for quite a while.  All of the focal images had been used up in other projects.  But I still had a nice stack of fussy cuts and ephemera.  Perfect for a collage style card!  I have to tell you, this card came together in record time!   Here are some tips to help you if you have a favorite paper collection…but you’ve run out of focal images.

  • Start by organizing your ephemera and fussy cuts in categories.  I made little piles with all the clock images together, all the vintage ladies, butterflies, tags, tiny ephemera, etc. grouped together.
  • Now pick the main image you want to feature on your card.  For me, it was this lady in the fancy hat.
  • Next, group smaller ephemera bits and layering pieces around your main image until you are happy with the arrangement.  Remember to keep your main image as the main focus of the card.  Think of everything else as being part of the supporting cast.
  • Add dimension with foam dots.  This type of layering adds lots of interest to the layout of the card.

Digging through my stash of flowers, I found these pretty Prima blooms.  Their soft shades really worked with this vintage style collection.  Then I just had to add ribbon, and the card was done!

A Peek Inside

Because I had a lot of paper scraps, I decided to create one of my Tea Party in a Box cards.  Wrapping all the little treats is a great way to use up bits and bobs.

Create a little tea wallet with scraps of paper.  Then stitch up a quick bookmark to tuck into the pocket along with the chocolate, honey stick and vintage spoon.  I even made my own tassel for the bookmark!

Kaisercraft Mademoiselle Collage Style Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how I put the front cover of this card together, I hope you’ll enjoy this YouTube video.

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s installment of Throwback Thursday.  If you have some favorite retired paper collections in your stash that you’d like me to work with, please let me know in the comments.  If I have them here, I’ll try to work them into a future Throwback Thursday tutorial.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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**Please note: Throwback Thursday projects use older, retired collections that may not be available online.  I will list whenever possible.  Thanks for understanding!

 

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