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Precious Baby Boy Card

Precious Baby Boy Card for Crafty Secrets

Hello, Friends!

I have such a precious baby boy card to share with you today.  I was looking through my Crafty Secrets stash and found some goodies I had forgotten I had.  In no time flat, I had worked up this cute card for a new baby boy.

Precious Baby Boy Card/Kathy by DesignOoooh…don’t you just want to kiss that sweet baby head?  The image is taken from the Baby Boy Image and Clear Art Stamp set.  Here’s a peeky at what you get with this set.  Oh, and ignore the price…it is now on sale for just $4.95!


Imagine…you could make 18 cards with this kit!  I did the math, peeps, and that is just 28 cents per card.  Talk about a great deal!

I cut out my focal image and then inked the edges with Stormy Sky Distress Ink.  I matted it with some pale blue cardstock and stamped some of the images from the stamp kit, also using Stormy Sky Distress Ink.  The “Little Champ” charm was heat embossed with UTEE and then added to the right hand side of the focal image. And that sentiment, “Don’t wake me, I’ll wake you…”  isn’t that the truth?

Crafty Secrets Baby Boy Card 05I built a 5×7 top fold card base and covered it with a 4.75″ x 6.75″ panel of the new Birds and Blooms Paper Kit, choosing the Blue Wood with Birds pattern.  Before gluing it down, I ran it through my Cuttlebug with the Spellbinder’s Brick and Bark embossing folder.  I inked the embossing side with Stormy Sky and weathered wood inks before running the paper through.  This impressed the blue ink right into the paper, creating great texture and color contrast.

Crafty Secrets Baby Boy Card 02

I created a belly band with a 5″ x 3.5″ strip of the blue script paper from the Creating with Vintage Typography CD.  I layered this with 1.5″ white netting and Blue Topaz Swiss Dots Ribbon.  A triple loop bow was tied and topped with a vintage pearl button.  Die cuts were added to the corners and under the focal imageMagnolia blossoms were lightly inked with Stormy Sky and then a loopy string bow was glued in underneath them.

Crafty Secrets Baby Boy Card 04The interior of the card uses more of the blue script paper, and some sentiment stamps from a now retired set.  I’m sure Sandy will be releasing these in digital form soon.

Snake and snails, and puppy dog tails, that’s what little boys are made of.  But this Precious Baby Boy card is mighty sweet, don’t you agree?

Thanks for stopping by,



Cascading Fuchsia Shaker Card

 Heartfelt Creations Wednesday: Cascading Fuchsia Shaker Card

Hello Friends!  Welcome to Heartfelt Creations Wednesday.  Today, I have a super fun Cascading Fuchsia shaker card and tutorial to share with you.

Cascading Fuchsia Shaker Card 02aI am just loving the beautiful Decorative Oval Die that comes with the Cascading Fuchsia collection!  There are so many different ways to use it: as a layering piece, a frame, ornaments and as you can see here…layered over clear acrylic cardstock!  It’s such a versatile die.

Cascading Fuchsia Shaker Card 04I wanted to share this detail shot so you can see the way the cascading fuchsia blossoms are shaped.  I added a light shimmer to mine by sponging them with Violet Metallic 3-D Stamp Paint.  Can you spot the pretty sequins I tucked inside the card?

Cascading Fuchsia Shaker Card 01aI created a big poufy bow with light, airy white organza ribbon that I topped with a loopy bow made from White Iridescent Metallic String. I topped this off with a pretty button I found in my stash.  Violet pearls were added to the center of each diamond. I wanted to keep my embellishments simple so that the die cut and gorgeous Cascading Fuchsias could take center stage.

Cascading Fuchsia Shaker Card 03aThe flowers were fussy cut from the paper collection and layered beneath the blossoms.  You can read in the tutorial how I created the frame and shaker panel.  I did sew the evacuated card front to the clear acrylic cardstock, but glue or double stick tape would work, too.  One of the things I love about this card is that the inside is just as pretty as the outside.

Cascading Fuchsia Shaker Card 05I decorated the top inside panel with more of the pretty lattice paper that I used on the front cover, and then added another card front and tag from the collection.

Cascading Fuchsia Shaker Card 06You can tuck a gift card behind the tag, as I left enough area unglued to allow for that.

There’s a complete supply list and step by step tutorial below, in case you want to make your own Cascading Fuchsia Shaker Card.

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Cascading Fuchsia Shaker Card Tutorial

Heartfelt Creations Products:
HCD 763 Decorative Oval Die
HCD 762 Cascading Fuchsia Die
HCD 745 Luggage and Tags Die
HCPC 3668 Cascading Fuchsia Cling Stamps
HCPC 3354 Classic Message Cling Stamp Set
HCDP1 254 Cascading Fuchsia Paper Collection
Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
GBCC811 8.5″ x 11″ Clear Cardstock
Viva Décor Rose Metallic Stamp Paint
Viva Décor Violet Metallic Stamp Paint
Stamping Pad
Colorbox Dark Peony Chalk Ink
Colorbox Rouge Chalk Ink
Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive
Other Products: White Cardstock, SU Pretty in Pink Cardstock; Jet Black Archival Ink; craft knife, glue dots, hot glue gun, Kaiser Adhesive Pearls, 7/8″ white organza ribbon, Fuchsia sheer iridescent ribbon, white iridescent metallic string, button, sequins, foam tape
Cut a 5″ x 7″ card front from the paper collection. I used the one with the lattice, leaves and flowers. Use your craft knife to evacuate the artwork from the frame. Fussy cut the leaves from the artwork and set aside. Cut a 5″ x 7″ rectangle from clear acrylic cardstock. Stitch (or glue) to the evacuated frame. Cut a coordinating 5″ x 7″ panel from the paper collection. Cut a 5″ x 7.5″ rectangle from pink cardstock. Score at 1/2″ from the top edge and line up the 1/2″ lip over the top of the designer paper panel so that you have created a top fold card with a pink cardstock base. Place 1/2″ wide foam adhesive tape all around the edges of the front of the designer paper rectangle. Fill with sequins. Peel off the liner and carefully glue down the clear cardstock frame over this rectangle. Press down to seal. This is your shaker card base.
Die cut the Decorative Oval from white cardstock. Center over the front of the card and use Dries Clear Glue to attach over the clear cardstock, as shown.
Stamp and Die cut several sets of the Cascading Fuchsia stamp onto white cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. (I used an entire piece of 8.5″ x 11″ white cardstock) Die cut. Use a sponge dauber to color both the fronts and the backs with the chalk inks. Dilute the Viva Décor metallic paints with a little water and sponge over front and back of the die cut flowers to add shine. Shape with the tool kit. Shape the fussy cut leaves with the largest nib from the tool kit and arrange on the card front, gluing down as you go. Add the flowers. Place small pearls on the stamens and in the center of the Oval Die cut. Tie white organza ribbon around the base of the card and add a triple bow to the top. Tie a loopy bow with iridescent metallic string and glue down. Add the fancy button.
Use the Luggage and Tags Die to cut the sentiment ticket from the paper collection. Secure to the card front with foam adhesive.
Finish the inside of the card by covering the top and bottom sections with paper from the collection. Die cut a tag from the paper collection with the Luggage and Tags Die. Stamp with the sentiment from Classic Message Cling Stamp Set . Top with a bow, if desired. Add to the inside of the card, as shown.


Kathy by Design/Victorian Calling Cards

More Victorian Calling Cards

RRR Victorian Sentiments Group B 01More Victorian Calling Cards with Really Reasonable Ribbon and Polly’s Paper

Hello, Friends!  As promised, I’m back with another trio of all occasion cards featuring Really Reasonable Ribbon and Victorian Calling Cards from Polly’s Paper Etsy shop.  I used Polly’s Victorian Trading Card All Occasion Cards Creativity Kit  and loads of my favorite ribbons to make these soft, feminine cards.

RRR Victorian Sentiments Group B 02Sympathy cards are often the hardest cards we have to make.  So I’ve used soft colors and delicate ribbon on this card. The cutaway card base is embossed, inked and then brushed with Picket Fence Distress Paint to give it a very soft, shabby feel.  I lined the card at both the edge and at the fold with s strip of light, airy Lavender Dots Organza.

RRR Victorian Sentiments Group B 02aA simple white satin bow was topped with a double layer bow made with the same ribbon.  A delicate lavender cosmos daisy finishes off the bow treatment.

RRR Victorian Sentiments Group B 02bI like to take a little extra time with my sympathy cards, so I finished the inside of this one with more papers from the kit, more embossing and whitewashing, a stamped sentiment and double rows of that lovely lavender dots organza.

RRR Victorian Sentiments Group B 03This birthday card makes me think of Paris.  I don’t know why…perhaps it’s the touches of gold.  I spritzed the papers, image and doily with my homemade gold mist.  That glorious bow is made with Variegated Gold Ribbon...which is so luxurious and shimmery….and on SALE! Honestly, the luster and shine of this ribbon cannot be rivaled. I tied that big, loopy bow with the aid of my Bow-it-All Tool, of course.

RRR Victorian Sentiments Group B 03aTo add some extra texture, I made a rustic multi-loop bow using a double strand of natural burlap string.  That bold pink button is from my stash.

RRR Victorian Sentiments Group B 03bI layered papers, tags and ephemera from the kit on the inside of the card, along with a hand written sentiment. The tag was topped with natural jute string, then the ends were frayed with a craft pick.

RRR Victorian Sentiments Group B 04This final card is so cheery and bright that you feel better just looking at it.  After joining two of the papers from the kit together with stitching, I used some ribbon scraps to create little flag elements beneath the card focal.  A sunny bow made with Yellow Gold Diamond Satin ribbon ties all the elements together perfectly.

RRR Victorian Sentiments Group B 04aThe rhinestones and stick pins are from my goodie drawer, and the loopy burlap string bow is made with light blue and navy burlap string. Adding a few dark elements like the button, navy twine and brown rhinestones really anchors the card.

RRR Victorian Sentiments Group B 04bThe inside is finished very simply with a strip of paper from the kit and stamped sentiment.

So what’s the tally now for cards made with this Victorian Trading Card Kit?  Six?  Well, believe it or not, I managed to make two more fabulous projects with this amazing kit…and I’ll be sharing those with you in May.  So stay tuned!

I hope you were introduced to some new ribbons today, and learned some of my tips for using ribbon to add the finishing touch to a card.  To me, no card is finished until you add ribbon or trim!




Beautiful Ribbon Butterfly Card Tutorial

Beautiful Ribbon Butterfly Card Tutorial for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Bright Spring Colors Challenge

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another great challenge over at the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  This one is all about using bright spring colors and ribbons on your cards.  What fun!  I created this beautiful ribbon butterfly tutorial to share with you today.

Beautiful Ribbon Butterfly/Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Beautiful Ribbon Butterfly/Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Here’s what you need to make this card:

RRR Bright Spring Ribbons Tute 01Gather your materials.  Die cut the butterfly from the watercolor paper.

RRR Bright Spring Ribbons Tute 02Cut a 5.5″ square of plain white cardstock.  Secure the first ribbon strip from corner to corner in the center of this panel, securing with Scor-Tape.

RRR Bright Spring Ribbons Tute 03Add each ribbon, checking it’s placement against the evacuated die cut.  As you can see here, I didn’t run each piece of ribbon all the way across the cardstock, I just made sure it filled the evacuated space.

RRR Bright Spring Ribbons Tute 04Trim any edges, and set this piece aside in a safe place because we are about to get inky!

RRR Bright Spring Ribbons Tute 05

Smoosh your Distress Ink onto your non-stick craft sheet.  Try not to overlap the colors,

RRR Bright Spring Ribbons Tute 06Spray the smooshed ink until little beads of color appear, then drag your evacuated die cut through the puddles of ink.  Repeat this until you have the color you want, using a heat tool to dry each layer between applications.

RRR Bright Spring Ribbons Tute 07Pick up any little “blobs” of ink to add some interesting detail to the panel.  It’s all according to what YOU like!

RRR Bright Spring Ribbons Tute 08Ink the inner and outer edges with Shaded Lilac Distress Ink and a sponge applicator.  Again, according to your taste.  Flick and spritz the watercolor paper with your mister until it’s just the way you like it! Run it through the embossing folder.  Run a little Picket Fence Distress Stain over the embossed areas to soften the color if you like.  I liked, so I did that, but you might want the brighter colors.  Then, attach to the prepared ribbon base either with stitching or Scor-Tape.

RRR Bright Spring Ribbons Tute 10Here you can see the close up of the embossing.  I filled a tiny glass vial with seed beads, wrapped it with Iridescent White Metallic String and then hot glued it as the center of my butterfly body.  The little shimmery bits on the card are pieces of Iridescent string that separated when I cut it, and they were so pretty, I attached them to the card with glue.  Just for fun.

RRR Bright Spring Ribbons Tute 11I didn’t want to add any more color to this card, but I did want to add some shimmer and shine, so I tied a big fluffy bow with the white organza ribbon, topping it with more iridescent string and a cluster of Ivory Sweetheart Blossoms that I tapped with Shaded Lilac DI.   The metal word strip was in my stash, but it was solid pewter, so I colored it with my Spectrum Noir alcohol pens, and I like the way it turned out.

I hope you’ll give this fun technique a try! No go get your craft on and create your own beautiful project with bright spring colors and ribbon!  I’ll see you over on the RRR Blog!



I’m linking this card to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge # 175: Anything Goes

Party Time Tuesdays #196 Anything Goes


Baby Elephants Card

Baby Elephants Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Hope you are all having a great morning!  Today, I’m sharing this totally adorable Baby Elephants Card made with Simple Stories “Hello, Baby” collection and fabulous Really Reasonable Ribbon.  All together now, say “awwwwww!”

Kathy by Design/Baby Elephant Card for RRR

Kathy by Design/Baby Elephant Card for RRR

I just love this cheery Hot Pink Polka Dot Ribbon when combined with the soft pastels of the paper.  It really “POPS” off the card.  I topped it with one of my secret weapons: Iridescent White Metallic String.  This string is soooo pretty, and I just love the way it picks up and reflects the colors around it.  I sponged some Baby Pink Sweetheart Blossoms with a little Worn Lipstick Distress Ink and added them all around the card.  The adorable baby elephants are kept in line with a piece of delicate White Sharon Crocheted Lace.  The elephants pick up on the chevron and polka dot patterns in the paper and help to tie the whole card together.  Besides, they are cute….and babies are cute….so they belong together, right?

This is a super quick and easy card that was kind of Plain Jane prior to the addition of the ribbons, trims and flowers.  Now it’s ready for a baby shower! Ribbon really is magical that way!

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