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Santa’s Journey Pocket Card

Santa’s Journey Pocket Card for 7 Gypsies

Hello, Friends!  Yes, I ‘m still cranking out Christmas cards at a furious rate!  I’ve got to beat that clock!  So many of us give gift cards or cash gifts at this time of year, that I thought it would be fun to design another type of pocket card.  This Santa’s Journey Pocket card uses papers from 7 Gypsies and a bunch of fun embellies so that you can present your holiday gift cards with style.

Kathy by Design/7 Gypsies Santas Journey Pocket Card 01This is a masculine Christmas card, and the Santa’s Journey papers and ephemera worked perfectly for my design plan.  The bold stripes on the Comfort and Joy paper were paired up with some festive dots paper from Gypsy Christmas,  Dots and stripes always seem to work well on a masculine card.

Kathy by Design/Santa's Journey Pocket CardI fussy cut some of the images from the ephemera pack, treated them with UTEE and then used foam tape to attach them to my cherry red pocket..which really opens and is just the right size for a gift card or cash gift…or individually wrapped chocolate, or tickets to a sporting event…you get the idea!  I framed this with some custom striped seam binding that I topped with rusty jingle bells.  The little “no peeking” tag is from the 12 Days of Christmas tag set. As you can see, Santa has his bags all packed and since his sleigh is in the shop, he’s traveling in this great vintage truck!

Kathy by Design/Santa's Journey Pocket CardMasculine card or no, I like to add a little sparkle, so I layered in a glittery snowflake (thank you Dollar Store!) and a beautiful Tim Holtz reindeer charm that I found in my stash.  This helps to brighten the color palette a little and adds some great texture and visual interest to the card as well.

Kathy by Design/Santa's Journey Pocket CardInside, I layered more of the Santa’s Journey papers and ephemera with a Farmhouse Christmas stocking tag.  There’s plenty of room to add a personal note.

This Santa’s Journey Pocket card was quick to make and lots of fun. Adding layers of texture is always fun!  Now, I’ve got to get back to work!  Tick Tock!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

 

 

It’s all about the PIE!

It’s All About the PIE!

Canvas Corp Brands Holiday Baking Tri-fold  Thanksgiving Mini Album

I grew up in a family of amazing cooks.  They may not have been gourmet cooks by today’s standards, but my mom, my grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunts knew their way around the kitchen!  Thanksgiving was a huge celebration with all family members present and accounted for.  Sometimes we had as many as 36 people crammed into my grandmother’s house.  We lived in New England, so there was usually snow on the ground and the cold North Wind chilled you to the bone as you tramped from the car, across the porch and into the warmth of Grammy Ma’s kitchen where you were greeting with the tantalizing aroma of roasting turkey and savory dressing.  Everyone brought food to this feast, but really….it was all about the PIE!  Every kind of pie you can imagine: pumpkin (of course) along with mince, apple, blueberry. lemon meringue, cherry, coconut cream, banana cream and chocolate cream all arrayed in splendor on the side table.  Thanksgiving is still my favorite holiday…and it’s all about the PIE, even to this day!

Kathy by Design/Thanksgiving Pie Tri-fold MiniWhen Canvas Corp Brands released their gorgeous Holiday Baking collection, my mind began to race with memories of those happy Thanksgiving celebrations of my childhood.  And naturally…pie!  I could not believe my eyes when I saw this sentiment panel from the Holiday Baking Butcher Paper cardstock! I mean,…there was my childhood captured on paper!  I gathered together some supplies and created this little tri-fold mini album in tribute to the fabulous cooks in my family.   I’m sharing a full tutorial below the signature area, in case you want to make one yourself.

Tri Fold Christmas Card CCB 03I love making a tri-fold album like this.  It’s like opening a package as each flap reveals a wonderful new view.

Tri Fold Christmas Card CCB 04And when fully opened, this festive little album can be used as holiday decor…on the pie table, of course!

Tri Fold Christmas Card CCB 05I stuffed this pocket full of little goodies, like a magnet, a vintage styled postcard and tag.  It would be a great place to put family pics from the great feast, too.  Imagine how fun it would be to pull this year’s photos out NEXT year, and see how much everyone has changed! This little album is so full of pie that I had to clip it closed with a Vintage Silver Clip!

For me, playing with paper is all about capturing memories, creating keepsakes and celebrating life.  I think of it this way: I’m creating little hooks for us to hang our memories on so they don’t slip away.  Even though I say it’s all about the pie, it’s really all about the love, the laughter and the time we share together.  And of course, a slice of pie makes the memory all the sweeter.

If you’d like to purchase this Thanksgiving Mini Album, it’s available in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

It’s All About the Pie Thanksgiving Tri-Fold Mini Album Tutorial

Supplies:

Prepare the mini base:

  1. Cut two sheets of red cardstock to 7.25″ x 11″.  Join on the short end to make one long strip measuring 7.25″ tall by approx. 15.75″ long.  Score on the long side at 5.25″ and 10.25″.  Crease to fold so that the right hand piece folds into the center, and the left hand piece folds onto the top.
  2. Cut FOUR 4.75″ x 6.75″ rectangles from Kraft & White Lace Cardstock. Sponge the edges with Black Soot Ink and mat with slightly larger black cardstock rectangles.  Stitch around the edges with red thread, if desired. Glue into album base as shown.
  3. Cut ONE 4.75″ x 6.75″ rectangle from red and ivory toile paper.  Ink and mat as above.  Glue into the center panel inside the mini album.

Layering the cover:

  1. Cut a 2.5″ x 6.5″ rectangle from red ticking paper, with the stripe on the horizontal.  Mat with black cardstock.  Stitch edges if desired and glue down in the left hand corner of the card front, as shown.
  2. Ink the edges of the recipe tag and homemade tag.  Glue down as seen in the photo.
  3. Cut “Gather Together and Eat Pie” from Holiday Baking Butcher Paper. Mat with red and black cardstock.  Stitch together.
  4. Trim the word “Enjoy” from Gypsy Moments “To and From” tags.  Ink the edges and glue to the back of the Gather Together panel.
  5. Cut a small burlap circle in half.  Stitch the edges with red thread, if desired.  Attach to the bottom of the Gather Together panel, as shown.
  6. Glue the Gather Together panel to the mini album front, as shown.
  7. Paint two metal corners with High Impact white paint.  Glue into place.
  8. Cut a snippet of red canvas ticking and thread through the vintage pin, gluing together the reverse sides to create a banner.  Add the cherry novelty button.  Slip the pin through the Recipe Card, as shown.
  9. Tie a bow with black satin ribbon. top with red flowers. glue into place with hot glue gun.

Left Hand Page

  1. Create a slash pocket by cutting a rectangle of black cardstock to measure 5″ x 3.75″ Score 1/4″ on left and bottom.  Cut on the diagonal from the 3″ mark on the top right to the bottom right corner. Crease along the score lines miter corners and glue into place.
  2. Cut a slightly smaller piece of red toile paper and trim the corner as you did for the pocket. Glue on top of the black pocket.
  3. Decorate with the other half of the small round burlap piece, a cut out image from Beans and Bags Teacups paper and a small novelty button.
  4. Fill the pocket with recipe cards that have been trimmed with Kitchen and Utensil charms.

Center Page

  1. Computer journal the sentiment onto white cardstock
  2. Die cut with the largest Spellbinders Diamondessence circle die
  3. With Die in place, ink the inside edge with Vintage Photo Distress ink.
  4. Glue into place.
  5. Stitch the Happy Thanksgiving Sentiment onto natural burlap.  Glue into place

Far Right Hand Page

  1. Create a pocket as you did on the first page, only cut the diagonal slash from the left hand side to the bottom left corner and then top with red toile as you did before.  Glue into place.
  2. Cut a teacup from Beans and Bags and mat on red cardstock.  Add a novelty button.
  3. Fussy cut elements from Holiday Baking on Ivory Sheet and glue onto the White Lace & Kraft background.  Fill the pocket with tags that are tied together with burlap string (pull from the burlap panel) and the magnet.

To make the magnet:

  1. Find a vintage Thanksgiving image.  Mine is from Crafty Secrets Seasonal Vintage Image and Journal Notes Booklet.
  2. Mat with black cardstock, gold paper, and red cardstock.
  3. Glue magnetic sheet onto the back.
  4. Add black cardstock to finish.

Apron Page

The apron page is the back side of the far right hand page. It will be the page on the right when the first fold of the album is opened.

  1. Cover a mini kraft bag with a piece of burlap.  I stitched around the edges of my burlap with red thread first to make it stand out from the page.
  2. Ink the edges of the Just thankful card and tuck into the pocket. Glue into place. Top with a mini clothespin if desired.
  3. Cut a teacup from Beans and Bags.  Mat on red cardstock. Glue on top of burlap as shown.
  4. Thread a button with red thread and tie a bow.  Hot glue onto kraft pocket, as shown.
  5. Cut a 4.2″ x 2″ strip of red ticking fringe. Fringe the edges. Stitch a zig zag along the bottom.  Glue into place, as shown.
  6. Fussy cut the apron from the Holiday Baking paper. Ink the edges with Black Soot and use foam tape to layer onto the page, as shown.
  7. Die cut a flower from red toile paper using the flower die of your choice. Add to the page.
  8. Cut the small coffee circle from Beans and bags.  Add to page as shown.

 

 

 

Altered Baby Tray

Altered Baby Tray:   Hoarders Hop and Blog Candy

Hello Friends!  It’s time for another inspiring Hoarders Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from the one and only Wendi’s blog: Scrappy Day in Paradise.  If so, you are right on track. But just in case you have no idea where you are or what you are doing (like me on most days!) here are the links to all the Hoarders who are participating in the hop this month:

 Gloria Stengel – http://gloriascraps.blogspot.com/
Debbie Seyer – http://www.debbieseyer.com/
Jacquie Southas – http://jacquiesouthas.blogspot.com/
Tracey Sabella – http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/
Donna Idlet – http://myblogidlet.blogspot.com/
Nancy Dynes – http://mytatteredtreasures.blogspot.com/
Wendi Robinson – http://scrappydayinparadise.blogspot.com/
Kathy Clement – http://www.kathybydesign.com/ (You are HERE)
Karen Zueger-Brownell – http://lostcoastscrapper.blogspot.com/
Marisa Job – http://www.marisadesigns.blogspot.com
Christy Houser – http://creatingwiththegirls.blogspot.com/

This month, I have a super sweet baby project to share with you.  I used a 7 Gypsies Solo Tray and Graphic 45 papers (Sweet Sentiments/Little Darlings) and some die cuts to create this little altered baby tray for a friend.

Kathy by Design/Little Darlings Altered Baby Tray 02The solo tray measures 6″ square with a 4″ x 6″ opening and 3 2″ square openings.  I dug deep into the Closet of Shame and came up with some fun embellies like the sweet Baby Animal Print Ribbon, White Iridescent Metallic String, Cosmos Daisies and Magnolia Blossoms.  Oh, and I added a few White Spiral Stamens into my flower/ribbon cluster.  I also inked the edges of the flower petals with Chalk ink, and dry brushed some Tattered Rose Distress Paint onto the sides of the tray.

Little Darlings Altered Baby Tray 01This baby’s nursery is done in pink and lilac, so that dictated the color palette. To be true to the Hoarders Pledge (“Keep everything you have, but use everything you keep,”and yes…I just totally made that up!) I pulled out an ancient Spellbinder’s Lace Border Die to use along the top of the tray.

Little Darlings Altered Baby Tray 03I layered the lilac papers from Sweet Sentiments, adding foam tape between layers to add more direction. A large photo of the new family can be mounted here.  .  The sides of the tray were covered in paper and then wrapped with crocheted lace, but I didn’t get a good photo of that, which was very silly of me!

Little Darlings Altered Baby Tray 04The little dress, bloomers, teddy bear and shoes are die cut with dies that I dug out of my crafty stash.  I inked the edges lightly with Tea Dye Distress Ink…and I have to admit…I super love the way these die cuts turned out.

Baby things are so much fun to make and give!  And speaking of giving, I have a little bit of blog candy to give away this month. Blog candyI have a huge stash of 6″ x 6″ papers that I almost never use.  So I thought I would share.  These are assorted collections from Webster’s Pages and they need a new home.  I’ll toss in some other goodies, too…as much as I can fit into the package.

To win, you just need to do one of the following:

  1. Become a follower of my blog if you are not already. You can subscribe by e-mail by using the form in the upper right hand corner of this page.
  2. Like my Facebook page
  3. Favorite my ETSY shop
  4. Follow me on Twitter
  5. Follow me on Instagram
  6. Follow me on Pinterest

You don’t have to do all of the above…but if you do, it will make my day!  I’ll pick a random winner on Monday November 9th and announce it on my Facebook page that day.

Now hop on over and see what KAREN has cooked up for you!

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

 

Coffee Lover’s Birthday Gift Crate

Good to the Last Drop:

Canvas Corp Brands “Beans and Bags” Coffee Lover’s Birthday Gift Crate

Hello, Friends!

Let’s face it: coffee makes the world go ’round! We drink it morning, noon and night! We stand in line for it, can’t begin our day without it, and that first sip in the morning is the fuel in our tank that gets us through the day. So what could be more fun than turning a mini crate into a container filled to the brim with coffee themed tags, envelopes and recipes for your favorite girlfriend?  That’s exactly why I made this Coffee Lover’s Birthday Gift Crate with the fabulous Beans and Bags collection from Canvas Corp Brands. Take a peeky:

Kathy by Design/ Beans and Bags 01

This is a birthday party waiting to happen! I have loads of pictures so you can see exactly what was tucked inside, but first, let me share a list of supplies that you’ll need to make this crate for one of your coffee loving friends:

MATERIALS

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Getting Started:

Pull strings from the burlap fringe to make it even “fringier”. (Is that a word? But you get my drift!) Use Scor-Tape to secure the Burlap fringe to the mini vintage crate. Layer with ribbon, if desired.

Create the coffee cup from Brown and White Ivory Stripe Cardstock:

  • Use white C-flute for the band, chipboard for the center medallion and clear waste packaging for the domed top.
  • Fussy cut the Cafe label from the Beans and Bags paper. Ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and glue onto the chipboard disc, then glue onto the c-flute band.
  • Paint the back of the domed top with a light layer of White high impact metallic paint. Use the tip of your finger to swirl it around and then glue onto the top of the coffee cup. When it is dry, lightly smear Diamond Stickles to the back of the dome for a little extra sparkle. Set aside to dry.
  • Fussy Cut the French Coffee Label from Beans and Bags. Glue onto crate as shown.
  • Fill the bowl of a vintage silver spoon with hot glue and coffee beans. Top with a bow and glue onto the crate. Add flowers.
  • Tuck the prepared coffee cup behind the handle of the spoon.

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It was exciting to realize that my favorite Gypsy Moments papers pair up with Beans and Bags like, well coffee and cream! I had a blast creating a bunch of whimsical tags to fill my mini crate.

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You can see…this little crate holds a whole lot of birthday fun!

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A mini kraft bag was turned into a gift card holder. Just add a Beans and Bags label (spritzed with Turquoise Glimmer Mist) and tuck some sweet surprises inside.

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Why not tuck an individually wrapped chocolate, and a Gypsy Moments Birthday tag into a mini kraft bag? Nothing goes better with coffee than chocolate, and you can write your own birthday greetings on the tag…and even toss in a Starbuck’s gift card!

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How about a recipe for my favorite Sour Cream Coffee cake? Better yet, bake one and include it as part of the gift! It will be received with enthusiasm, I promise you! These Kraft Recipe cards look great with the Beans and Bags papers, too!

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I altered this Gyspy Moments Poses and Reflections panel by crossing out the word “passion” and adding alpha letters to spell COFFEE. The ivory teacup has been transformed into a coffee cup filled with flower petals. And the vintage coffee can image is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!

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This book cover is from Gypsy Moments “A Novel Thought” 12×12 papers. I love the fact that it works seamlessly with Beans and Bags, and super love that it looks like old leather! I turned this into a little accordion book with room inside to add photos or wishes for the birthday girl.

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The kraft and black Beans and Bags paper is a fussy cutter’s playground! Love these images!

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I used Gypsy Moments Poses and Reflections to make this insert. I really love the way these two collections complement one another!

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There’s not a gal out there who hasn’t felt this way at the end of a long day! I cut a Gypsy Moments Market Garland in half and used it as a tab on this great image.

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The Chocolate Brown Little Papers are a perfect match for this collection as well. Here, I’ve used one as a base for another great panel from Gypsy Moments Poses and Reflections. And adding coffee beans to the pages makes the crate smell amazing!

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The Farmhouse Bake and Can Recipe Cards on Ivory were the perfect place to write down my mom’s recipe for the best iced coffee ever! The secret? Evaporated milk! This can was fussy cut from Beans and Bags Coffee and Tea Labels.

 

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When you put it all together, this is one sweet little gift package! And it only took me a couple of hours to put together from start to finish! The papers did all the heavy lifting. This project could be easily adapted for a guy, for Christmas, a hostess gift for the holidays or even a get well or welcome to the neighborhood gift. Anyway you choose to make it, the recipient of this unique gift will be delighted!

Thanks for stopping by! And remember, with enough caffeine….you can rule the world!

Cheerio,

kathy

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

Canvas Corp Brands Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

Hello, Friends!

Today is the first day of October, a month that in the U.S. has been designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I have family members and dear friends who have faced this dreaded disease.  Some have won the battle, while others fought valiantly.  These women are courageous, hope filled and beautiful in spite of the challenges that treatment presents.  In their honor (I’m thinking of you, Becky!) I created this “Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful” card using a variety of Canvas Corp Brands products.

Kathy Clement/Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful I turned to the soft papers and feminine images found in the 7 Gypsies Gypsy Moments Collection for inspiration.  Since pink is the signature color for Breast Cancer Awareness, the color palette is perfect, and the images within the collection range from lighthearted and silly to thoughtful and meaningful.  I’ll share a complete supply list with product links below.

Kathy Clement/Be Your Own Kind of BeautifulI love to machine stitch on my cards, and I’ve done that on each of these layers.  It adds great texture and visual interest.  I also love to add textiles, and this light pink burlap is such a great addition to the card.

Kathy Clement/Be Your Own Kind of BeautifulI used 3 different shades of Tattered Angel Glimmer Mist to amp up the pink factor in this card.  Vintage Pink and Silk were sprayed directly onto the designer paper.  Poodle Pink was sprayed onto my craft mat, and then the distressed edges of the paper were dragged through it, creating a deep pink border on all my layers.  A little pink clothespin was used to clip two journal tickets in place behind the main panel of the card. I used one of the Charming tag envelopes as my focal, stitched it onto burlap and mounted it with foam adhesive to give it real presence on the card.

CCB Breast Cancer Awareness 02This sentiment panel from the paper collection expresses exactly what I wanted this card to convey.  It was cut out, the edges were inked with Black Soot Distress Ink and then it was double matted on both pink and grey cardstock.   The doilies, ribbon, string and flowers add to the feminine feel of this card.  Women going through treatment need to be surrounded by beauty!

CCB Breast Cancer Awareness 05The inside of the card is simple.  This elegant Gypsy Moments paper was topped with a Doodle Card (reverse side) . This formed the perfect base for the inside sentiment which is also from the paper collection.  I just matted it and glued it down.

Kathy Clement/Be Your Own Kind of BeautifulBreast Cancer Awareness month is a great reminder to share beautiful thoughts, words of encouragement and support with our loved ones.  It may seem like a small gesture, but it can make a big impact on someone who’s feeling a little down.  I hope I shared some ideas that you can use, and if you are currently facing, or are a survivor of this tough disease, consider this a hug from me to you!

If you would like to purchase this card, it is available in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List for Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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