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Forget Housework

Forget Housework: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Hello, Friends!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  We enjoyed classic fall weather with clear blue skies, a slight nip in the air and brilliant sunshine.  Saturday, I ran away from the rigors of having our house on the market and indulged in some “sister therapy”.  Susie and I had breakfast (pumpkin pancakes!) and then added a little retail therapy into the mix.  Since our son Joel and his dear wife Melody were in town for the weekend, we got to hang with them for while and play a few rousing games of Bananagrams.  Yesterday, we had to show the house, so we escaped to our oldest son’s home for Sunday brunch (cinnamon rolls!) and cuddles with the grand girls.  I feel like a new woman this morning!  Sometimes you just have to follow the advice on this fun card I made with Crafty Secrets goodies and FORGET HOUSEWORK!

Kathy by Design for Crafty Secrets: Forget HouseworkI love this sassy lady riding on her vacuum cleaner! And boy, can I relate to her desire to run away from housework!    In one of my rounds of cleaning up the studio, I ran across my scrap bin.  Some time ago, I started the habit of paper going through all my scraps about once a week and paper clipping bits and pieces that work together well into little bundles that could be used to make a quick card.  This way, I’m more likely to actually use the scraps I’ve held onto.

Forget Paris Crafty Secrets 01On this cute card, I have Black Lace Halloween Paper from our Creating with Vintage Halloween CD paired up with Pink Stripes and hot pink polka dot paper from our Radiant Digital Papers.  Isn’t it amazing how nicely these patterns play together?

Forget Paris Crafty Secrets 03The focal image here is from the Girl Time Homespun Cotton Scraps.  I just stitched this onto the pink glitter paper, and added the Eiffel Tower image from our Mini Vintage Creative Scraps behind it.  A die cut crown and fleur de lis add just the right amount of glitz and glam.  A loopy bow with White Iridescent Metallic String  and a vintage button add even more sparkle.

Forget Paris Crafty Secrets 04The inside uses an image from our Girlfriends’ Creative Scraps and a computer journaled sentiment.

I’m curious…what do you do with your scraps?  How do you store them?  I hate wasting paper, so this method works well for me.  Having the scraps in organized little bundles makes for a quick card…and a cute one, too, if I do say so myself!

If you’d like to purchase this card, you can find it in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!



You’ve Been BOO-ed! Paper Witch Shoes

Crafty Secrets Paper Witch Shoes: You’ve Been BOO-ed!

Hello, Friends!

Halloween is creeping ever closer. In our area, there’s a new tradition where you fill up a decorative box or bag with Halloween goodies, insert a sign that says, “You’ve been BOO-ed” and leave it on a neighbor’s doorstep.  You ring the doorbell and then run and hide.  The recipient is supposed to re-fill the container and BOO someone else.  It’s kind of like Trick or Treat for grownups!   While trolling through my Crafty Secrets Creating with Vintage Illustrations CD, I found the cutest template for making paper shoes.  And my crazy brain got struck by lightning….Paper Witch Shoes…perfect for Halloween hijinks and home decor, too!

Kathy by Design/Witch shoes Crafty Secrets 02Dontcha just love these?  And they are a pretty easy project to make, too.  The template is all sized and ready to print on the CD.  I could have printed directly to my paper, but I wanted the shoes to be sturdy enough that I could fill them with candy.  So I printed two sets of the shoe template onto white cardstock, then cut them out, traced the parts onto my designer Halloween Paper from the Jumbo Halloween Digital Download.  The directions are simple to follow and there really is not a lot of cutting involved.  I kept chuckling to myself as I was making them, and Dale had to pop in and see what I was up to!

Witch shoes Crafty Secrets 07I trimmed my shoes with black tulle and some fancy fur yarn that I had in my stash.  The black trim was also in my stash, and really anchored the design.  I tied the tulle bows with my Zutter Bow-it-all tool and topped it with a ghostly grey trellis roses from the Mixed Earth Tone package.  I inked it with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and tapped it with Diamond Stickles to add a little glam.

Witch shoes Crafty Secrets 04I found it helpful to use binder clips to hold the soles and the uppers together while the glue was drying.  And I rounded the back of the shoe with my bone folder before trying to glue it on.  But really, this is not a hard project.  I can’t wait to fill these up with candy!  But I wanted you to see the fancy lining, so I didn’t do that in the photos.

Thanks for stopping by!



Crafty Secrets October Challenge and Blog Hop

My Favorite Pumpkin Recipes: Crafty Secrets October Challenge and Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Crafty Secrets October Challenge and Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from the Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Blog. If so, you are right on track!

This month we are focusing on our blessings with a “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart!” theme. The design team was challenged to share ideas for Thanksgiving table decor, place cards, wall hangings, thank you notes, hostess gifts, gratitude journals, layouts, mixed media canvases…anything that has to do with counting our blessings, showing gratitude and being thankful.

I come from a long line of phenomenal cooks.  My earliest childhood memories are centered around family gatherings at my grandmother’s house.  Everyone brought a dish, my grandmother roasted the turkey and made dozens of pies…and let me tell you, those ladies could cook!  I am so thankful for these warm memories of  being surrounded by a loving family and good food that I decided to create a Thanksgiving  album, filled with my favorite pumpkin recipes.

Kathy by Design/Crafty Secrets Pumpkin Recipe AlbumI love these Wood Clipboard Albums from Crafty Secrets.  They can be altered in dozens of different ways and are such a unique presentation for mini albums.  Measuring 6″ x 9″ the size is just right, and they even come with little silver binding rings, sample photos, a star template, basic instructions and cut out pieces you can add to your album if you desire.

I decided to do a little mixed media cover on this particular album, and used Tea Dye, Wild Honey, and Ground Espresso Distress Stains directly on the cover.  I just “painted” the outer 1/2 inch of the album, as I knew I would be covering most of it with paper.  I spritzed the stains with a little water to blend the colors, then sponged on Walnut Brown Viva Decor 3-D Stamp Paint to add some shimmer.

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 02Next, I printed out my papers on 8.5″ x 11″ primitive white cardstock from My Favorite Things.  I wanted a really heavy duty cardstock for the pages, and the Primitive Cardstock adds a nice vintage base.  Here’s a list with product links for the papers I used in this album:

I added stickers and embellies from my stash along with Petaloo Royal Blue Sugared Blossoms and gorgeous Blue/Gold/Ivory Plaid Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon. 

Kathy by Design/Crafty Secrets Pumpkin Recipe AlbumEach page was cut to measure 5 7/8″ x 8 1/8″.  Corners were rounded, edges were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and lightly distressed.  This gives the album the look and feel of a vintage treasure, and I like that a lot.  Stitching the Pie Kids paper to the Blue Paisley paper added a wonderful homespun touch.  Then I just layered on the other elements until I was happy.  This sounds so quick and easy, doesn’t it?  While it’s not hard, it does take me some time to make up my mind about what goes where.

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 04The inner pages are made from heavy weight teal cardstock, cut to be slightly smaller than the album covers.  When making an album like this, it’s important to remember two things:

  1. Leave a margin at the top of each page so you can punch your binding rings through without disturbing the images.
  2. Double check your pages to make sure you’re not gluing anything in upside down!  With a flip top album like this one, it’s easy to get top and bottom confused.  I always double check the page orientation before I glue anything down.  (And even then, I still sometimes glue upside down.  Sigh….)

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 06For the inside cover, I used the Thanksgiving hymn paper.  The illustration was colored with alcohol markers.  I’m not much of a colorist, but I felt the page looked too plain just cream and black.  The sticker was mounted on burlap to give it presence on the page.  You could also mount a Thanksgiving Day photo here, and it would fit right in.

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 07I cannot begin to tell you how much I love these vintage Recipe Note Cards from the Kitchen Memories Digital kit.  They look like they came right out of my Mom’s recipe file!  I downloaded a free vintage typewriter font from the internet.  After sizing my note card to measure 4.25″ wide, I used my text tool to type the recipes onto the cards, saved them, then printed them out.  The border was created with the Yellow Apples paper and mounted on the teal.  It just kind of defines the page,and also serves to strengthen the area where the binding rings are inserted.

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 08This pie lady paper is so beautiful.  I wrote the little poem on this page (really, I did!) and then just added some little leaves and a matted label from the Kitchen Memories Labels paper.  I have loads of ideas for these Kitchen memories papers running through my mind, and with any luck, I’ll get to make some of them soon.

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 12Are you familiar with Whoopie Pies?  They are small, moist, round cakes that are sandwiched together with frosting of some sort.  I make these every year for our daughter-in-law, as they are her favorites.  When the grand girls asked me why they are called whoopie pies, I told them, “Because they taste so good you’ll holler ‘Whoopie!’ when you taste them! ”  (And they did…in fact, we all did! )  For this page, I created a little pocket space where the cream cheese icing could be tucked in for safe keeping.

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 09Here I’ve cut out one of the cute vintage clips that comes with the album.  I just inked the edges and glued it down to the page.  I love the way it looks.

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 10This page is actually the inside back cover. and I’ve used the Thanksgiving “Wheat” paper here.  The cute vintage ruler is a sticker from our Little Boy Sticker Sheet.  I used one on the cover, too because I like the rustic feel of it, and it creates a great border.

I love the idea of preserving cherished family recipes in an album like this.  I really should make one for each of our kids so they can carry on the tradition.

I hope you’ll join the fun at this month’s challenge and hop.  You don’t have to follow our theme (but it’s always fun if you do!)  Just create any project of your choice that uses Crafty Secrets goodies.  You can find all the rules, details and free downloads on the Crafty Secrets BLOG.

From here, you will hop over and visit Ginny at Polly’s Paper Studio.

Thanks for stopping by!  I am so thankful for each and every one of you!






Halloween Witch’s Cauldron

Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble: Halloween Witch’s Cauldron

RRRChallengeBadgeHello, Ribbon Lovers!

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble: It’s time for a brand new challenge over at the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog!  We’re getting ready for everyone’s favorite spooky holiday: Halloween!  I’ve brewed up some frightfully good fun with a Halloween Witch’s Cauldron that’s filled with friendly ghosts, ghouls and goblins, black cats, owls and jack-o-lanterns.

Kathy by Design/Witch's CauldronNow, I have a confession to make.  Taking a photo of this project nearly brought me to my knees.  It is so cute in real life, but a stinker to photograph.  I finally took it out onto the screen porch to try and get a really good photo.  And wouldn’t you know it? I locked myself out of the house.  Talk about Trick or Treat!

I found this round black bank while cleaning up the Closet of Shame, and this whole project just popped into my head.  I added some cutie pie Halloween Images from Crafty Secrets and tied it all up into a neat bundle with Orange Plaid Ribbon with Black stitching, White Iridescent Metallic String, Orange Burlap String and Black Burlap String.  Of course, I used my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool to tie all those spook-tacular ribbons!

Even the back side is decorated.

Kathy by Design/Witch's CauldronTo make the “goo” running down the side of the cauldron, I mixed liquid glue with black acrylic paint.  While it was still wet, I dusted it with clear glitter.  The collar is made from Tim’s weathered clock die, and that cute Itsy Bitsy Spider Ribbon was just the right width to trim out the top edge.

Witch Cauldron for RRR Halloween Challenge 03The ghosts were easy to make.  I rolled a small piece of cheesecloth into a ball, then placed the ball into a square of cheesecloth, tying it shut with a piece of Iridescent white metallic string.  I frayed the edges of the cheesecloth, and the string to make them look more spooky.

Now it’s your turn!  Link up your Halloween with Ribbon or Trim project on the RRR BLOG where you’ll find all the details.  I’ll be dropping in for a little visit, and I can’t wait to see what you make.

Thanks for stopping by!




Bookcase Style Halloween Mini Album

BOO-tiful Bookcase Style Halloween Mini Album for Crafty Secrets

Hello, Friends!  I have a SPOOK-tacular project to share with you today.  My little sis knows how much I love to alter boxes, so gave me a fabulous perfume gift box with a magnetic flap. Since we have our house on the market, I’ve been cleaning, organizing and purging…and guess what I found in the Closet of Shame?  Yep!  The little black box to end all little black boxes!  It was one of those magic moments….my hand touched the box and “whoosh” the idea for this BOO-tiful Bookcase Style Halloween Mini Album took shape in my brain.

Kathy by Design BOO-tiful Bookcase Style Halloween Mini AlbumAbracadabra!  Poof!  You’re a mini album!  This was such a fun project, and I managed to make it in just one day thanks to some frightfully fabulous Halloween Goodies from Crafty Secrets.  I used Halloween papers, images and ephemera from the Jumbo Halloween Digital Kit , the newly released Digital Vintage Halloween Scraps, and lots of bits and pieces from the Halloween Images and Journal Notes Booklet to pull this Boo-tiful Bookcase Style Halloween Mini together.

Boo-tiful Bookcase Style Halloween Mini AlbumThe box measures a generous 5.25″ x 8.5″  with a 1.75″ spine.  I chose this gorgeous purple and black diamond paper from the CD as my base, then added some green bats for a pop of color.  I have to say, I’m loving all the purple/green Halloween papers this year.  What do you think?

Boo-tiful Bookcase Style Halloween Mini AlbumI love the little Halloween banner on the Halloween Vintage Scraps, and I cut them out here and added them to the magnetic flap of the album.  From this angle, you can also see that I added Diamond Stickles to the rather fashionable Halloween Ghoul on the cover.  This image also came on the Vintage Scraps.  I just die cut it with a Spellbinder’s die.  You can also see the shine on the medicine bottle.  That is one of the ephemera bits from the Jumbo Halloween Download.  It was tapped with Versamark and heat embossed with UTEE to give it a real glassy appearance.

Crafty Secrets Purple and Green Halloween Album04Here’s a close up so you can see all the details: Prima Lace, Petaloo Flowers, My Mind’s Eye brads, and  a Prima Mechanicals Pocket watch make this cover SPOOK-tacular!

Crafty Secrets Purple and Green Halloween Album05Of course, I had to add some pretty ribbon.  I’m loving this Plum Diamond Satin Ribbon paired up with Gold Metallic String.  How about you?

Crafty Secrets Purple and Green Halloween Album06And here’s a closer look at the pocket watch.  I used a circle die to cut the image from the Halloween Digital Scraps, then added this cute haunted house charm that I painted with Picket Fence Distress Paint. I held the charm in place with Glossy Accents and a pair of Prima watch hands.  All the edges of everything were inked with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.

Crafty Secrets Purple and Green Halloween Album07The box opens to reveal a flat surface on the left and a box on the right.  I decorated the left hand side with some fun die cuts, a postcard (Vintage Halloween Scraps) and some images I fussy cut from the Halloween Talk paper found in the download.

Crafty Secrets Purple and Green Halloween Album08The accordion album was made by trimming two sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ kraft paper to measure 11″ x 6.75″.  I overlapped the two sheets slightly on the short side, gluing them together.  Then I scored every 4″ on the long side to make the accordion album.

Crafty Secrets Purple and Green Halloween Album09The BINGO cards from the Halloween kit served as the base for many of my photo mounts.  I left either the top edge, or the side open so that I could tuck in tags.  I also fussy cut a lot of little images from the paper, Vintage Scraps or Journal Booklet to decorate the album.  It would be such a great way to capture memories from a Halloween party and then store on your bookshelf.  That’s one of the things I love about this bookcase design.  It really looks neat and crisp when all closed up.

Crafty Secrets Purple and Green Halloween Album02Building an album from a box base saves tons of time.  I love that I was able to upcycle an item that would normally have landed in the landfill.  Now this BOO-tiful Bookcase Style Mini Album has been given a whole new purpose in life.  I just love that!

If you’re interested in purchasing this album, you can find it in my ETSY shop.

Oh, and be sure to check out the Crafty Secrets BLOG today.  Sandy is giving away TWO fabulous Halloween prize packages, and all you have to do is leave a comment!  Sweet!







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