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Carta Bella Homemade Chicken Scratch Card Tutorial

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Carta Bella Homemade Chicken Scratch Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Throwback Thursday project is this adorable Carta Bella Homemade Chicken Scratch Card Tutorial.  I call it Chicken Scratch because the cover is made completely from little bits and bobs of paper left over from previous crafty adventures.  Yes, it’s a “Let’s Use Our Scraps” day here at Kathy by Design.

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I don’t know what it is about these adorable chickens…but they get me every time!  They are just so cute and clucky and sassy that I could not resist using them as one of the images on this card front.

TIP: If you are using two focal images on a card, be sure that they do not compete with one another.  The image on the top is very clean and smaller than the “busier” image of the hens and chicks on the bottom.

TIP: Find a way to tie the two images together.  The cute chicken button connects the two images together.  But I also repeated the plaid background in both sections of the card.

A Peek Inside

The inside of this card is just as happy as the outside with lots of sweet daisy patterns and a lovely pocket.

Little tags like this one are another great way to use up those scraps!  Notice that I repeated the chicken theme inside the card.  This is a great way to make a design feel cohesive.

I also tucked in a packet of wildflower seeds and a cute little tea wallet and honey stick combo.  Now the card is a gift…and wouldn’t it be so cute for Mother’s Day?

Carta Bella Homemade Chicken Scratch Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how I built the layers for this card front, I hope you’ll enjoy this video tutorial over on my YouTube channel.

Would you like to see more cards made with this sweet paper collection?  You can find Carta Bella Homemade projects HERE.

You can find a linked supply list below this post, but feel free to use YOUR favorite scraps with this card “recipe.”

Thanks for stopping by!



  • Carta Bella Homemade
    • 12×12 collection pack
    • 6×6 paper pad
    • chipboard stickers
  • Everything’s Blooming Small Doily
  • Oval Die Cut
  • Coral Rose Mini Check Ribbon
  • Chicken Button, frying pan charm (this was a gift) and Vintage Buttons from my stash

Happy Mail Unboxing Video

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Happy Mail Unboxing Video for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  It’s Make & Take Tuesday, and I have a Happy Mail Unboxing Video to share with you.  I think I have the sweetest online crafty friends on the internet.  Y’all send me all sorts of lovely cards, birthday wishes, gifts, and sweet surprises in the mail.  I’m always deeply touched and humbled when one of you takes the time to make somethings special for me. It’s an amazing thing to feel connected to friends whose faces I have never seen (except in online photos…and sometimes not even then!)

The Jumble Box by Laura Clark

A few weeks ago, Laura Clark asked if she could send me “a little gift”.  She and I have shared some lovely emails, and I am enjoying learning more about her crafting background and her life.  I sent her my mailing address as she requested, and last week, a BIG box arrived in the mail.  Clearly…this was not a simple card, or tag….or even a mini album.

I opened the package to find a box of crafty goodies that Laura had curated just for me.  This is the box that you will see in today’s Make & Take Tuesday video.  Everything inside was gorgeous, and I just had to share it all with you.  I asked Laura if that would be OK, and she said yes.

Of course, I had to dig in and make a couple of cards using only the goodies that came in the box.  Would you like to see what I made?

Slimline Boho Style Card

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Everything you see in this card design came from Laura’s Jumble Box.  I found these sweet 2×2 images and decided they would be mighty cute popped up on top of a 9″ x 4″ slimline card base.  The paper in the Jumble Box was only 8 1/2″ wide, so I created one of my signature mitered corner border backgrounds to fill in the gaps.  I love this carefree, eclectic design!

The little punched birds in the kit are especially sweet, as are the vintage millinery flower clusters.

TIP: Placing the bird silhouettes between the raised tiles helps to tie the design together.  It also leads the eye to travel the entire width of the card. Place foam dots in the center of each silhouette to keep it secure.

Create a simple pocket inside the card and then tuck a little paper lace border on one side to dress up a blank sentiment panel.  To make the pocket, simply cut your paper 1 1/2″ taller than the height of the card.  For this card, that translates to a 5 1/2″ tall panel of designer paper.  Then score a 1 5/8″ line along the bottom, fold, and add gussets to form a pocket.  Create the little tag pocket by only adding adhesive on 3 sides of the tag.  It’s the perfect size to hold a tea back or a gift card.

Time for Tea Pop Up Card

Don’t  you just love yellow and aqua together?  This 7″ x 5″ top fold card base features one of the tea images I found in my box.  Once again, every element (with the exception of the cute teacup clothespin) came in my box!

I could not resist creating a simple pop up card featuring the teacup image. I used the cute 3×3 cards and envelopes as a tea bag wallet to tuck in the pocket of the card.

Happy Mail Unboxing Video on YouTube

If you’d like to see all the fun items that arrived in my goodie box, I hope you’ll enjoy this short unboxing video.  I have a full photo array of the cards I made at the end of the video, too.

Sadly, I cannot provide you with a link to The Jumble Box.  I asked Laura if she had a website or a shop where she sells these lovely boxes.  She does not…YET! ‘m sure when you see all the paper pretties that came in the box, you will want her to make them available.  She is thinking about maybe, possibly opening an Etsy shop, but wasn’t sure if anyone would be interested in buying the boxes.

So, now is your chance.  Laura did not ask me to do this, just so you know.  She simply sent me a gift, and I was so impressed that I decided to share it with all of you.  If you’d like to have access to purchasing your OWN Jumble Box, please let Laura know in the comment section below.

I have barely scratched the surface of the goodies that came in my box, and I’m sure you’ll be seeing more.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!




Flirty Feminine Floral Card with Treat Pocket

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Flirty Feminine Floral Card with Treat Pocket: Carta Bella Homemade & RRR

Hello, Friends!  Don’t you just love a truly flirty, feminine floral card?  I know I do, especially if it involves pink gingham ribbon and patterned papers!  Today I’m showcasing another card made with Coral Rose Mini Check  my favorite Really Reasonable Ribbon and the Carta Bella Homemade collection.

Recipe for Success.

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This 5×7 top fold card was truly a joy to create!  Here’s the simple recipe for making it:

  • First, create a 5×7 top fold card from cream cardstock
  • Next, machine stitch a 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ panel of pink gingham check to a 5×7 blush cardstock panel.
  • Then, stitch a 4″ x 6″ panel of the cheery floral pattern to a slightly larger panel of blush cardstock.  Center and adhere over the gingham panel.
  • Now, use an oval die to cut out the sentiment from a 4×6 journal card.  Mat on a larger blush die cut oval, back with adhesive and adhere in the center of the card.
  • Add the chipboard banner as an accent in the corner.
  • Finally, die cut foliage, dry brush with ivory paint, top with pretty Prima flowers, add a Coral Rose Ribbon and a button.

A Peek Inside

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Isn’t it fun to see how the same paper collection offers so many different color combinations?  I focused in on the pink/green hues instead of the yellow/orange hues I used in my Country Fresh Eggs & Sunshine card.

Create a cute envelope to hold the treats you might tuck into the card pocket.

Don’t faint!  I actually stamped and colored the images on the little tag.  One of my goals for 2023 is to develop/improve my stamping and coloring skills.  I hope you’ll bear with me!

I can hardly wait to pull this collection out for another play date. It’s just so full of happy!

Tomorrow, I’ll be back with the reveal of my Button Farm Club Kit for February.  I’m actually on the road today, coming home from our daughter’s wedding.  This  post was written and scheduled in advance of the big event.  I’ll fill y’all in on the details once I’ve caught my breath.

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

Thanks for stopping by!



Flirty, Floral, Feminine Card SUPPLY LIST

Paper Rose Beach Huts Easel Card

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Paper Rose Beach Huts Easel Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Can you hear the ocean calling your name as you see this Paper Rose Beach Huts Easel Card?  I can almost feel the beachy breezes ruffling my hair and the sun kissing my skin.  Let’s get some sand between our toes this morning as we study this card made with Slate Blue Wrinkled Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

There’s not a single element on this card that doesn’t make my beach loving heart happy!  Vintage buttons?  Check!  Sea shells?  Check!  Flip flops?  Check!  Rolling waves?  Check! Sandy shoreline?  Check!  And just look at these adorable little beach huts!  Which one is your favorite?

TIP:  Add some designer style to your creation with a ribbon border.  The Patriotic Vertical Stripe Ribbon on the base of the pocket is a near-perfect color match for those cute beach houses!

Beach Walk Observations

One of my favorite pastimes at the beach is a walk along the shore.  I look for treasures in the sand, of course.  But I also love seeing the colorful beach houses that cozy up to the dunes.  Some of them have really delightful front porches and are painted in fun colors.  I added some cute details to these little beach huts, too.

TIP: Torn paper creates the feeling of rolling waves washing up on the shore.  But torn paper can also simulate the wispy clouds in the sky.  To create the white edge on designer paper, tear it toward you.  Then stack narrow strips together behind a main image to create the illusion of waves and clouds in the sky.

TIP: Add your own sandy shore with glue and embossing powder.  First, draw out a shoreline with Art Institute Dries Clear Glitter Glue (AGG).  Then, while the glue is wet, sprinkle on Seth Apter Dirty Sand Baked Textures and heat emboss.  The glue actually bubbles up a little and creates fabulous texture as the embossing enamel melts.  This is a very FUN technique!

Here’s a close up of the first little beach hut.  You can really see the texture in the faux sand.

How much do we love this rickety little wooden gate?  Fussy cut it from the paper pad, then pop it up on foam dots.  This creates depth, and you actually feel as though you could walk into the scene.

A Peek Inside

So you knew there had to be a pocket, right?  But did you know there would be TWO?  I managed to squeeze in a skinny side pocket on the top half of the card.  And I created a little tide pool with leftover bits of torn paper and a fussy cut seagull.

Create a skinny bookmark with paper scraps and fussy cut images.  Top with Natural Burlap String (braided) and a flip flop charm.  Now you won’t lose your place as you enjoy your beach book!  Or am I the only one who does that any more?  I always try to take a book or two to enjoy while I sit on the sand under the umbrella.   The bottom pocket doubles as a stopper for the easel mechanism.  So I had to create a little gift card wallet to tuck inside.

More cute beach houses!  And room to add a little note for the recipient.

Now I want to run away from home and spend a few days at the beach again!  Care to join me?

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

Thanks for stopping by!




Lambs, Butterflies and Bunnies for the RRR Hop

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Lambs, Butterflies and Bunnies for the Really Reasonable Ribbon April 2022 Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  How about some lambs, butterflies and bunnies for the Really Reasonable Ribbon April 2022 Blog Hop.  Welcome!  You should be coming  here from Gloria’s beautiful blog. This month’s Ribbon Club assortment is all sunshine and blue skies!  Take a peek!

I selected the soft and luxurious Soft Floral Print on White Satin Ribbon for my project.  Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Lambs, Butterflies and Bunnies!

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There’s something about the bow cluster on this card that takes me right back to the Easter Sunday dresses of my childhood.  Big poufy skirts, white gloves, white patent leather shoes, lacy socks and a flower adorned hat were the order of the day.

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If our sweet little Shepherdess is all dressed up for Easter, then our bow cluster should be, too! The double-looped bow is topped with pale blue Magnolias from the Pastel Assortment.  I created a tiny bouquet with Sweetheart Blossoms to dress up the frame.  The sparkly glitter glass butterfly is a perfect color match for the flowers and ribbon.

Add a little pop up sentiment, chocolate pocket and blank note card to the interior for a perfect finish.

On With the Hop

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cheryl has prepared for you. Be sure to finish up the hop over on the RRR Blog where you can answer Bonnie’s question of the month.  If you do, you’ll be entered into the drawing for a FREE April Ribbon Club!

If you’re not a member of the RRR Ribbon Club, now is a great time to join.  You can find out how by clicking HERE.

Enjoy the hop!




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