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Pumpkin Patch Fall Greeting Card

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Pumpkin Patch Fall Greeting Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon and Carta Bella Welcome Fall

Hello, Friends!  This Pumpkin Patch Fall Greeting Card gives me all the happy fall feels!  It’s got plaid paper, plaid ribbon , Pumpkin Pie Baker’s Twine (mmmm…pumpkin pie!) and a sweet little milk bottle bouquet.  How could I not be happy?

If you’re like me, fall colors and patterns are your favorites!  I dressed up these pretty papers with some Copper and Cream Gingham Ribbon, Pumpkin Pie Baker’s Twine and pretty fall florals.  What could be better than that?

Well, if you toss in a cute little butterfly clothespin and a beautiful Champagne Butterfly from Reneabouquets, that ups the ante quite a bit!

Featuring a Small Focal Image

Here’s a handy tip for the next time you are using a small image as the focal on your card.  This darling little milk bottle bouquet stole my heart, but it was pretty tiny.  To amp up its presence on the card front, I adhered it to a couple of oversized fall blooms.

This trick is like killing two birds with one stone.  Not only did the milk bottle image now stand out front and center, but I found a good way to use those really BIG blossoms that never quite seem to work on a card.  Try it!  You’ll like it!

A Peek Inside

It’s always a happy day for me when I get to play with my autumn papers.  What joy to dress up the inside of this card with more pretty fall papers and images.

Here are some simple and fun ways to use up scraps of your pretty fall papers:

  • Group several fall patterns together on a 3×4 panel of cardstock to create a sweet little collage tag.  Then back it with cream cardstock and tuck into a pocket to be used as a note card.
  • Select images from a word block collage page and use them as accents and pockets.  So fun!
  • Score and fold a scrap of designer paper to make a little tea wallet.
  • Top a honey stick with a little banner flag cut from scraps.

This pretty packet of wildflower seeds was too good of a color match not to tuck into the pocket.  And am I the only person who selects tea bags according to the color of the packet?

Have you started your fall crafting yet?  It’s always my favorite season, and my favorite time to craft.

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

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stampendous House Mouse Cards

 

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Stampendous House Mouse Cards

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a trio of super sweet Stampendous House Mouse Cards to share with you.  These are part of the new House Mouse Spring Collection from Spellbinders.  I’m not much of a stamper…well, let me clarify.  I love to stamp…I’m just not great at coloring.  But these images were so sweet that I could not pass them up.  So I broke out my stamping gear and some watercolor pencils and was surprised to find that I actually enjoyed the process.  Here’s a peek at the end results.

Berry Good House Mouse

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How cute is this stamped scene?  These little mice are absolutely gorging themselves on ripe, juicy raspberries!  I can’t decide which mouse I like the best, but I’m very partial to the one who has eaten so many berries that he has to lie down, and the little one who’s trying to reach a tempting treat that is just out of his reach!  I made sure to stain the little mouse hands and lips with a bit of raspberry juice when I colored in the image.

The inside of the card is dressed up with Carta Bella Here, There, Everywhere patterned papers.  I added a pocket (no surprise) and a gift card wallet (also no surprise).  Then I decided I wanted a secret message panel.  Surprise!  So I scored the bottom edge of the 3×4 image and adhered it behind the base panel.  You can write a secret message here, and then add a photo to the top of the 5 1/2″ square card.

Spring Rain Card

That little mouse on the end….right?

Once again, I used the CB Here, There, Everywhere papers to dress up the inside of the card.

Tea for Two

I’ve saved my favorite stamp for last.  What could be sweeter than sharing a cuppa with a friend while perched on a stalk of wildflowers?   This time I stamped two sets of the image.  I created an inky background on the first one.  Then I colored the mice, teacups and flowers on the 2nd image and cut them out.  Add foam tape to the back to create a little dimension.  Then position between two panels of LemonCraft Raspberry Garden paper and stitch around the edges.  This is my favorite card of the three.

Add a sweet stamped sentiment, bookmark, decorated sentiment panel and gift card wallet to the pocket to finish off this card in style.

One of my goals for 2023 was to work on my stamping skills, so these cards were a good stepping stone toward that goal.  I have a long way to go, but I’m mostly very pleased with the way these cards turned out.

Which one is your favorite?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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!

Cheerio,

kathy

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  • 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

Introducing Everythings Blooming by Annette Green

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Introducing Everythings Blooming by Annette Green with Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello, Friends!  Today I have the honor of introducing Everythings Blooming by Annette Green.  Annette and I formed a friendship when we were both special projects designers for Graphic 45.  She’s  such a fun person, and incredibly talented.   I’m so excited to announce that Annette has just released her very first collection of dies and stamps with Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Even better, Annette has invited me to join her design team.  What fun!

This new collection is called Everythings Blooming. It’s loaded with 10 lovely die sets and 3 sets of stamps.  I was immediately drawn to the Playful Flowers and Large Doilies dies.  Since our newlywed daughter and her husband have just moved into their first home, I decided to make them a little housewarming gift featuring these fun dies.

How to Shape 3-D Everythings Blooming Playful Flowers

These layered flowers are really versatile!  You can layer them flat, which is very pretty.  Or, you can take them 3-D as I did here.

  • First, die cut the flowers from white cardstock. I used the 3 petal flowers with the heart shaped petals, the pierced petals and the solid petals.  Cut 3 of each.
  • Next, swipe Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink on your craft sheet.  Spritz with water until little beads of color form.
  • Now place your flower layers into the inky puddle and tap gently for a second or two. Flip the flower layer so that you can add ink to the back side as well. You can repeat this process until you’ve achieved the color you desire.
  • Next, gently heat dry the flowers with your heat gun, or leave them to dry on their own.
  • Gently shape the backs of the flower layers with a ball stylus to slightly round them.
  • Stack the three shaped layers together with the pierced layer in the back, the solid layer in the center and the heart shaped layer at the front.
  • Use a dab of hot glue between the layers, and before  you add the second layer, place some pretty flower stamens in the hot glue.
  • Once the layers are all stacked, you can kind of pinch the outer edges to pouf out the flowers.
  • Lightly brush or spatter with diluted ivory chalk paint and brush the top and sides with Picked Raspberry distress ink.
The Shaker Frame

The Large Doilies are a perfect choice for shaker frames!  Simply die cut clear cardstock (acetate sheets) with a circle die and adhere to the back of the doily.  Add three layers of 1/8″ foam strips and you’ve got a super cute shaker frame!

A Peek Inside

I added a little pocket inside the card, then tucked in a cute magnet made with one of the 4×6 cards from the paper collection.

Such a sweet sentiment to hang on the fridge, don’t you agree?

More Playful Flowers

Because I was having so much fun with these dies, I decided to make another card. These dimensional flowers are made with the same process I used for the first card.  Aren’t they cheery?  I layered in some of the Stemmed Flowers to fill out my bow cluster.

Do you like the shaker frame?  It’s made with the Everythings Blooming Postage Stamps Dies. They are perfect for shaker frames!  I also made a cute bee tag with the Honeybee and Happy Stamp sets.  The “hello” greeting is die cut from the Everyday Words dies.  Each word has a solid shadow layer, which makes it very easy to add the sentiment to the project.

Let’s talk about that sweet layered border, shall we?  This is made by die cutting two layers with the Lace Borders Dies.  The bottom layer is solid color cardstock and the top is patterned paper.  Stagger the layers when you glue them together to achieve this fun look.

What’s Inside?

You  knew there had to be a pocket, didn’t you?

I tucked in a sweet little tea wallet, tea bag, honey stick, bookmark and a blank circular sentiment panel.

I will be back on Saturday with more fun Everythings Blooming samples.  The dies are shipping out to stores now, and should be available in April.  I’ll provide links in the supply list at the bottom of this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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!

Cheerio,

kathy

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