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Photoplay Showers & Flowers Slimline Waterfall

Photoplay Showers & Flowers Slimline Waterfall Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Photoplay Showers & Flowers Slimline Waterfall Card Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  It’s grey, cold and gloomy here in North Carolina, so I thought we’d make this cheery Photoplay Showers & Flowers Slimline Waterfall Card today.  Let’s face it: sometimes  you have to make your own sunshine!  This vibrant new collection is the perfect way to chase away the winter blues!

Photoplay Showers & Flowers Slimline Waterfall Card Tutorial for Make and Take Tuesday Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

This 3 5/8″ x 8 5/8″ slimline card base is made with Photoplay’s new Slimline Waterfall Card Kit.  What an easy way to  make a waterfall card! Although the card kit features the waterfall on the outside of the card, I decided to turn things “inside out.”  If you join me for the tutorial, you’ll see how simple Photoplay has made it to construct this kinetic card.

A Peek Inside

Photoplay Showers & Flowers Slimline Waterfall Card Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

How fun to find this darling waterfall element waiting inside the card!  And don’t you just love these bold colors and happy patterned papers? Grey skies?  What grey skies?  My studio is filled with springtime sunshine right now!

Photoplay Showers & Flowers Slimline Waterfall Card Tutorial on YouTube

What do you say we make this sweet springtime card together?  You can follow along in this YouTube video tutorial.

There are no daffodils in my part of the world yet, but I do see the buds on our plum tree growing fatter with each passing day.  And, there are Robins in the back yard, so spring cannot be too terribly far behind.  Until it arrives, I’ll think I’ll keep this paper collection handy!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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10 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway

Photoplay Cupid's Sweetheart Cafe Slimline Tea Party in a Box Card Tutorial, Reneabouquets, Kathy Clement, Kathy by Design, Photo 0110 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway and Cupid’s Sweetheart Café Tea Party in a Box Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  This week I’m celebrating a major milestone with a 10 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway!  On January 13, 2013, I took the plunge into blog land with my very first blog post. I knew absolutely nothing about blogging (except that I enjoyed reading blog posts from my favorite crafters).  My tech skills were pretty much non-existent.  But I had a strong desire to educate and inspire other crafters about the joys of working with paper. So I plunged in and have never looked back.

Ten years of blogging represents countless hours sitting in front of a screen tapping out posts, thousands of hours of behind the scenes editing photos, self-education, experimenting, picking up spilled buttons (and sequins and glitter, sadly!) and tens of thousands of hours of pure pleasure spent playing with paper.  A few of  you have been on this journey with me from the very beginning; some of  you have only recently discovered Kathy by Design. To all of you, a great big thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking this wild ride with me.  You are the best blog buddies out there, and I am thankful for the many meaningful online relationships forged because of this blog.

So, a giveaway seems to be in order.  Actually…more than one giveaway…but all will be revealed as the week goes on!  Let’s get down to business with today’s Make & Take Tuesday Tutorial, shall we?

Cupid’s Sweetheart Café Slimline Tea Party in a Box with Reneabouquets

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Valentine’s Day is coming up hard and fast, and PhotoPlay paper has released a gorgeous collection to help us celebrate.  The thing I love the most about Cupid’s Sweetheart Café (apart from the name) is the fact that this is so much more than just a Valentine’s Day collection.  So today I’m going to show you how to create a non-Valentine project with these pretty papers!

PhotoPlay Cupid's Sweetheart Cafe Tea party in a Box card tutorial by Kathy Clement

Of course, you could use this 4″ x 8 1/2″ Tea Party in a Box Shaker card as a Valentine if you wanted to.  But it also makes a lovely birthday, get well, or friendship card.  I’ve dressed up the paper collection with some beautiful roses, ribbons and Reneabouquets paper pretties.

I think you’ll enjoy the simple construction of the card cover.  I let the patterned papers, roses,  chippies and  shaker element do all the heavy lifting.  The tutorial shows you how to create the cut-away slimline card base.  I did not have time to do a tutorial for the inside of the card.  But, you can learn how to create all kinds of pockets, including box pockets,  in THIS Papercrafting 101 tutorial.

A Peek Inside

Tea Party in a Box Card Tutorial, Kathy Clement, Kathy by Design

The inside of the card is so much fun with all the beautiful patterned papers.  And how do you feel about pink with red?  It’s not a color combo I use all the time, but it works here, I think.

Cupid's Sweetheart Cafe Tea Party in a Box Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

This tea party in a box consists of a wrapped tea sachet, cookie treat, honey stick and a little sleeve of Dove chocolates.  It’s the perfect way to send a little love!

10 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway and Tutorial on my YouTube Channel

You can find out what I’m giving away today and learn how to make this sweet Tea Party in a Box card over on my YouTube channel.  To enter the giveaway you need to:

  • Subscribe to my YouTube channel.
  • Leave a comment on the YouTube channel, not here on the blog.
  • Live in the Continental US (sorry that International shipping is so expensive.
  • Watch and comment before 12 NOON EST on Friday, January 13th.
  • Winner will be announced on my YouTube channel on Saturday, January 14th.

I hope you enjoy the video tutorial:

I will have another giveaway on my BLOG tomorrow, and a final giveaway that I will announce on Saturday on my YouTube channel!  So lots of fun and celebration at Kathy by Design this week.  Thanks for helping me party!

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

Cheerio,

kathy

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Photoplay Winter Chalet Folio Project Share

Photoplay Winter Chalet Folio with Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Photoplay Winter Chalet Folio Project Share for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  This sweet Photoplay Winter Chalet Folio is my “Pre-Thanksgiving” Make & Take Tuesday project.  I had just enough time in my schedule (well, not really…but who can resist new paper?) to get this sweet folio put together.  After this, I plan to hang up my crafting apron and put on my pie baking apron.  You won’t hear from me again until Friday’s Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team Blog Hop.

This is a busy week for most of us with houses to dust and menus to plan and trips to the grocery store.  Thanksgiving, after all, is “The Cooking Olympics”.  But I thought you might enjoy grabbing a cuppa with me before the games begin!

Although there is no tutorial this week, I will share a lovely new paper collection and a fun “DIY” Photoplay folio to share with you.  All the online sites are offering Black Friday specials, so I might as well tempt you with some new paper pretties to place in your shopping cart right?

Warm & Cozy Winter Chalet

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Right off the bat, the color palette of this collection grabbed my attention.  You just can’t go wrong with blue, green, brown and cream in a winter collection!  Toss in the darling images and delightful patterns of this collection and you’ve got a real winner in my book!

Alter a Prima Resin Frame with Nuvo Toasted Almond Mousse and Metallic Wax to add to the winter vibe.  Surround the shaker frame with sparkling snowflakes, winter florals and  elegant ribbon.  Now you have a folio that  you’ll be happy to display all winter long!

Dangle Charm

Here’s a peek at the sweet little dangle charm on the album spine.  I chose charms that will transfer over from Christmas to winter with no problem.

A Peek Inside

This flap style folio offers lots and lots of room for large photos.  Each of these front flaps opens to reveal some really fun interactive pages beneath.

Look how huge this folio is when it is opened!  There are so many elements to look at that I created a short video tour so you can see them all.  I also share helpful tips as we walk through the project.

Photoplay Winter Chalet Folio Project Share on YouTube

I hope you’ll enjoy walking through this Winter Chalet Wonderland with me in this YouTube video.

If you have time on your hands, and would like to enjoy archived Thanksgiving posts from years gone by, please click HERE.  There are even some great tutorials that might come in handy before the holiday!

I’ve added a linked supply list below this post for your convenience.

I wish you all a blessed, happy, and gratitude-filled Thanksgiving.  Don’t forget to save a slice of pie for breakfast on Friday!  I’ll see you then with my Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop post.

I am truly thankful for each and every one of you.  Sharing my passion for paper with you brings me so much joy.  Group hug, everybody!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

December Year with My Gnomies Folio Tutorial

Photoplay Year with My Gnomies December Folio Tutorial-Reneabouquets-Buttons Galore-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

Photoplay December Year with My Gnomies Folio Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  It’s Make & Take Tuesday, and it’s time to share this festive Photoplay December Year with My Gnomies Folio Tutorial with you.  Something about this folio makes me think “winter carnival” and ice skating and ribbon candy.  What a fun color palette and theme to play with!

Photoplay Paper-Year with My Gnomies-December Folio Tutorial-Reneabouquets-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

This is our very last Year with My Gnomies folio!  When we started this series back in January of this year,  it seemed like it would take forever to work our way through all the months.  But, lo and behold, we blinked…and here we are creating the December folio.  And you know what?  Maybe we saved the best folio for last!  Everything about this month’s folio says “Merry and Bright!”  Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

December Folio Details

First, we have to talk about this adorable shaker element on the folio cover.  I’ve used a Reneabouquets Shaker Box to create this little snow globe filled with all kinds of fun shaker elements.  Icy blue buttons and snowflakes circle the rim, and brightly colored jingle bells (they really jingle!) hang from the ribbon cluster.

And just look at our gift-bearing gnome in the bottom corner!  Don’t you just love him?  I’ve surrounded him with another homemade poinsettia, a frosted bottle brush tree, and some Christmas Baker’s Twine.

TIP: Alter a bottle brush tree with Art Institute Dries Clear Glitter Glue and Stampendous Shabby Green Embossing Enamel.  Simply brush the glue on the tree branches.  Then lay  the tree down in a funnel tray or over a piece of clean printer paper.  Sprinkle liberally with the embossing enamel, turning the tree by the base to get all the sides.  Then set it aside to dry.  DO NOT HEAT EMBOSS!

A Peek Inside

We’ve used the same basic format for each folio in this series.  So once again, our folio measures 6″ x 6″ with a 3″ flap page.

Here’s a look at the folio with the flap page open.

There’s no shortage of tags, journal cards and mini folios to tuck inside the pockets of this interactive folio.  It’ s so much fun to make and to give.  Best of all, you can use the basic folio design with any paper collection for any theme.

December Year with My Gnomies Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to follow along as I create this cute folio, please enjoy this YouTube video:

Did you enjoy this year long series?  Would you like me to do more in 2023?  Please let me know in the comment section below.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Happy 1st Birthday Little Girl Card

Photoplay Hush Little Baby Girl 1st Birthday Card Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Happy 1st Birthday Card with Photoplay Hush Little Baby Girl Collection

Hello, Friends!  I recently had to make a Happy 1st Birthday card for our sweet next door neighbor’s little girl.  Fortunately, I had Photoplay’s “Hush, Little Baby Girl” paper collection in the Closet of Inspiration and Delight.  Although it’s designed to welcome a new baby girl, I was able to make this adorable collection work perfectly for a 1st birthday card.  Today I’m going to share a few sneaky tricks that you might be able to use the next time you have the chance to make a 1st birthday card.

Tricks of the Trade
  • First, create a 6″ x 6″ top fold card base from white cardstock.
  • Next, cut a 5 7/8″ square of the green gingham paper pattern.
  • Then select two different patterned papers. Die cut each with a different sized circle die.
  • Now, die cut the “1” from the “1 month old” 3×4 card using a smaller circle die.  Sneaky, right?  Since this collection is geared for a new baby, you have to get a little bit creative to make it work.
  • Create a pair of banners using other patterned papers and dies.  (I’ll try to link these below, but they might be discontinued.  Just use whatever small banner dies you have in house.)
  • Overlap the 3 die cut circles as seen in the photo. Then adhere the banners to kind of tie everything together.
  • Now comes the fun part!  Create a little scene with stickers from the paper collection.
  • Finally, add a ribbon border and a button to finish off this cheery card.
A Peek Inside

Create a dynamic interior for your card by layering diagonal cuts of the gingham check and the rainbow striped papers.  Then cover the top half of the card with the sweet pink hearts design.  Add a 3×4 card sentiment and accent with a few more stickers.  Quick, easy, and oh, so cute!

Finishing Touches

Create a custom envelope with your envelope punch tool, puffy alpha letters and a little cupcake border.  (I found this in  my stash…how lucky was that?)

We had a sweet little birthday celebration dinner together, and Abby loved her card, but I honestly think her mommy loved it more. 

That’s it for me today, folks. Short and sweet!  I’ll be back tomorrow with this week’s Throwback Thursday.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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