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Your Creative Studio Unboxing Video and Tutorial

Your Creative Studio Unboxing Video Kathy Clement kathy by Design

Your Creative Studio Unboxing Video & Sewing Themed Easel Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s Throwback Thursday I have a fun Your Creative Studio Unboxing video and sewing themed card tutorial to share with you.  We’re going to play with some mixed media products, make this lovely pocket/tag easel card together, and peek inside the December 2022 Your Creative Studio box of goodies.  So grab a cuppa and a snack and we’ll get things rolling.

I had not heard of Your Creative Studio until they reached out to me earlier this month.  “Can we send you one of our monthly boxes for an unboxing video?” they asked me.  Once I took a look at their website to determine if their products were a good fit for my style, I said, “Sure!”

YCV curates a monthly subscription box filled with crafting goodies designed to allow you to create your own quality stationery.  Each themed box is filled with stamps, embellishments, paper, ephemera bits, washi tape and all sorts of goodies that we paper crafters love to have in our stash.  The December box that I received had a sewing theme…one of my all time favorites!

Mixed Media Tag and Pocket Easel Card

And here is what I made with the supplies that came in my box.  I added ribbon, flowers, buttons, inks, gesso,  and the cute scissors from my stash.

The product packaging was so lovely that I used it to make the tag you see here.  We will make this tag and card together in the video tutorial below.

A Peek Inside

Y’all know how much I enjoy adding pockets to my cards, folios and albums.  So this lovely card has two pockets: a small pocket that holds a stack of cute sticky notes from the creative box and a larger one that I’ve filled with some sweet treats.

If you’re going to make a sewing themed card, it’s fun to tuck in some vintage buttons and a little lace trim.  So I did…along with a beautiful note card and a bit of chocolate.  Now the card is a gift!

Your Creative Studio Unboxing Video & Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see what came in my box and learn how to make this sweet sewing themed card, then I hope you will enjoy this video on my YouTube channel.

This was a very fun introduction to Your Creative Studio, and I really enjoyed working with the contents of the box.  Of course, you can use this same card design and concept with supplies that you already have in your stash.  But I’ve also added a linked supply list below this post for your convenience.

Thanks for stopping by!




Nautical Themed Wedding Favor Boxes Tutorial

Nautical Wedding Boxes Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Nautical Themed Wedding Favor Boxes Tutorial for Throwback Thursday and Wedding Recap

Hello, Friends!  The long-anticipated wedding is past, bags are unpacked, and now I can finally share this Nautical Themed Wedding Favor Boxes Tutorial with you.  I’m still trying to get caught up on all the things that didn’t get done here on the home front prior to the big day.  And I’m still basking in the happiness of what could only be called a perfect day!

Wedding Photos

I thought you might like to see a few photos of that perfect day.  You can find more on my Kathy by Design Facebook page. But I’ll share a few here before we get into the tutorial for the boxes.

Here’s our gorgeous daughter and her new husband…and yes…Liz and Chris DID wear their wedding finery out into the surf after the reception was over.  This photo sums up their adventurous, fun-loving relationship perfectly!

And here’s Liz with my sweet husband Dale.  The only thing trickier than walking in the sand was making it down that long, steep flight of stairs to the beach! Liz is wearing my mom’s pearl necklace.

And this is our new family!  All three of the grandgirls were in the wedding party, along with our daughter Kimberly (back row left).  Chris’ brother is a Navy chaplain, (front row, second from left) and he performed the ceremony, which made it extra special.  I fell in love with his wife, Lisa (front row first left). Our son Peter is in the cowboy hat and his wife Mindy is beside him.  Chris’ mom is in front of them.  Our youngest son Joel is beside me and his beautiful wife Melody is beside him.  Sophie is in the front right and the Littles are in front of Liz and Chris.  We did not know that the groom and the groomsmen would be wearing blue suits when Dale and I chose our blue outfits, but isn’t it nice how that all worked out?

Peter made the gorgeous cake plate with the copper hoop.  Instead of a big cake, they opted for a 6″ version with cupcakes and donuts for the guests.  It was a good decision!

Nautical Themed Wedding Favor Box Tutorial:  Assembly Line Method

Nautical Wedding Favor Boxes Tutorial by kathy Clement kathy by Design Photo 01

When you have to make 82 table favors, you have to have a plan.  I chose to use an assembly line method that I developed back when I was making souvenir menus for BMW corporate banquets.  It really helps to have a designated box or storage spot when you are making in bulk.  Keep all your tools, papers, paint, dies, embossing folders, etc. in that box.  That way you don’t have them scattered all over the house.

Here’s how I tackle this sort of task:

  • First, cut all the box bases.  Box tops measured 5 3/8″ square while box tops measured 5 1/2″ square.
  • Next, emboss all the box tops.  I did these 10-20 at a time, as I found a moment here and there.
  • Then, dry brush all the box tops and set aside to dry.
  • While the box tops are drying, score, fold, cut and assemble the box bottoms.
  • Now, score, fold, cut and assemble the box tops.
  • Next, cut the liner sheets for the box bottoms.
  • Then adhere all the liner sheets for the box bottoms.
  • Stamp the shell image once, scan into your computer and size to fit the project. Then you can copy/paste and print out a whole page of stamped images instead of stamping the same image 82 times!
  • Compose and size the message in the same way, then print on vellum.

Once you have all the pieces prepared, the assembly goes pretty quickly.  Muscle memory allows you to go faster and faster when you repeat the same task over and over.

Nautical Themed Wedding Favor Boxes Tutorial on YouTube

The tutorial for the box we are making today is a bit more elegant than the ones I made for the wedding, and takes just a bit more time.  I decided to create a box with an interior folded edge for two reasons.  One: it looks better, and two: it’s sturdier.  I wish I had thought of this before the wedding, but it actually dawned on me at the wedding reception.  Next time I’ll do better!

Of course, you can use any color cardstock for your box base.  If you don’t want to emboss, you can just cover the box with pretty paper, or leave it plain and dress it up with ribbon, flowers and a little tag.  The possibilities are endless!

Well, my dryer just buzzed, so I’d best go get another load of laundry going.  At least I am never bored!

Thanks for stopping by!





How to Make an Elegant Gift Box

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How to Create an Elegant Gift Box with Spellbinders Four Petal Floral 3D Embossing Folder

Hello, Friends!  It’s Make & Take Tuesday, and I’m going to show you how to create an elegant gift box with Spellbinders 4 Petal Floral 3D Embossing Folder.  Last Friday, I shared THIS TUTORIAL showing you some quick and easy mixed media techniques with this same folder.  We had this extra panel of embossed paper left over and I promised to show  you how to make a pretty gift box with it.

I have just finished making 82 of these sweet little boxes (using a beach/seashell 3D Folder) for our daughter’s wedding next week.  I’ll share those with you after the wedding.  These are so much fun to make, and are such an elegant way to present a small gift or a gift card.  I think you are going to want to make a LOT of these over the course of time.

Dragonflies, Flowers and a Belly Band

The belly band in this box design allows me to add some beautiful details to the design.  The gorgeous dragonfly is a new item from Reneabouquets.  Sweet little handmade posies adorn a shabby chic bow.  I opted not to give the belly band a mixed media treatment to provide a bit of contrast from the box.  But you certainly could use the same techniques to make it match if you wanted to.

What’ s Inside the Box?


I wanted to add a few little surprises inside my 3 1/2″ square gift box.  Here’s what I did, and you can do the same, or come up with your own fabulous ideas:

  • First, line the box interior with designer papers.  This really takes things up a notch, and makes the box even more sturdy.
  • Next, die cut the APG December 2022 DOM notecard from matching cardstock.  (This is Michael’s Recollections Heavy Weight 100# Rose Petals Cardstock). It makes a perfect little spot to tuck in the other sweet surprises.

  • Die cut the filigree heart from the APG January DOM and back it with the same blush cardstock.  Punch a hole in the top, thread with ribbon, and slide on one of Reneabouquets new Dreamer Trinkets Keys.  Attach a bow and handmade flower to create a sweet little bookmark or tag.
  • Gift wrap a tea bag with scraps from Stamperia Old Lace paper collection.  it fits perfectly into the folder.

  • Die cut a circle from Old Lace, then use the same die to cut a circular card base.  Fold a piece of Rose Petals cardstock in half. If you allow the top edge of the circle die to extend a little beyond the fold, it will cut out as a round card base.
  • Finally, add a sweet vintage silver spoon or a bit of chocolate or a piece of jewelry or a gift card to the mix.  The box can be used for small keepsakes and looks beautiful on a night stand.
How to Make an Elegant Gift Box Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to make this sweet little gift box, I hope you’ll enjoy this video tutorial.


That’s all for me, my friends!  I wish you all a very happy Valentine’s Day today!  Please know that you are loved!

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

Thanks for stopping by!




My Favorite Really Reasonable Ribbon

Prima Miel Mixed Media Wall Hanging for the ReallY Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop February 2023 Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

My Favorite Really Reasonable Ribbon for the RRR February Blog Hop


Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sharing  my favorite Really Reasonable Ribbon for the RRR February Blog Hop. Welcome!  You should be coming here from Gloria’s lovely blog. If not, why not head back to the RRR Blog and start from the beginning so you don’t miss any of the terrific projects.

Be sure to comment on the blog hop post on the RRR Blog for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to Really Reasonable Ribbon along with one Digital Stamp Set of your choice from Bonnie Garby Designs.

As you probably know, I’m a huge fan of plaid: ribbon, paper, fabric….I love me some plaid!  And as happy coincidence would have it, the RRR shop is loaded with Gingham and Plaid Ribbon in all colors, varieties, widths and sizes.  Depending on the season, my favorite changes, but more often than not, I find myself reaching for beautiful Mini Check Coral Rose Ribbon. If you’re looking for a perfect shade of pink to go with Prima,  Stamperia or G45 papers, this is it, my friends.  And as a bonus, it comes in two different widths: 3/8″ and 5/8″, so it works on all kinds of projects. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Coral Rose Mini Check Ribbon and Miel Mixed Media Wall Hanging

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This mixed media wall hanging features the 3/8″ width ribbon.  It’s the perfect size to tie around the mini vintage coat hanger.  I also love the way the checked ribbon picks up on the checked flowers in my bow cluster.  If you are a fan of crisp, poufy bows, this ribbon is a great option.

Here’s a closer look at the embossed, mixed media background for this wall hanging.  If you’d like to see how I achieved this effect, you can check out the video tutorial .

To see what kind of ribbon Cheryl likes best, please hop on over to her blog and say hello!  Then finish up over on the RRR Blog to answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month.  She’s giving away a $10 shopping spree and a FREE digital sentiment stamp  to one lucky ribbon lover!

You’ll find a linked supply list for this project below this post.  Thanks for stopping by!

Enjoy the hop!



My Favorite Really Reasonable Ribbon SUPPLY LIST


3D Embossing Folder Techniques and Tutorial


3D Embossing Folder Techniques and Tutorial with Spellbinders 4 Petal Floral & Reneabouquets

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Hello, Friends!  Today I have a  3D Embossing Folder Techniques and Tutorial to share with you.  We’ll be working with the newly released Spellbinders 4 Petal Floral 3D Embossing Folder, Stamperia Rose Parfum and paper pretties from Reneabouquets.  Sound like fun?  Well, then  pull on your Mixed Media Boots and get ready for another crafty adventure.

Spellbinders 4 Petal Floral Embossing Folder

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It is my personal opinion that 3D embossing folders give me more bang for my crafting dollar than just about any other tool in my considerable stash.  There are so  many reasons I love working with them. First, they are usually priced at a very affordable dollar amount.  Next, there is almost no end to the creative ways you can use them.  Also, you can achieve impressive results in almost no time at all.  Unlike paper, which y’all know I love, embossing folders are non-consumable.

So when I had a chance to take this lovely Floral 3D embossing folder for a test drive, I could not wait to try a bunch of different projects with it.  ( You’ll see 2 more on Monday and Tuesday of next week!)

You’ll see how I transformed a plain piece of cardstock into the shabby chic background on this 5 1/2″ square card in the video tutorial below.  Because this folder creates a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ panel, you’ll also learn how to cut the design down to a custom size.

Shabby Chic Details

Spellbinders 4 Petal Floral 3D Embossing Folder, Stamperia Parfum, Reneabouquets-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

Oooh, how I love shabby chic details!  This floral background seemed to beg for a cascade of Strawberry Lemonade Roses, German Glitter Glass, and lots of flirty butterflies. Thankfully, I found all of the above in my stash of Reneabouquets goodies. A little treasure hunting in my embellishment stash revealed a handmade nest of speckled eggs and some soft vintage crocheted lace.

Did you notice that there is no patterned paper on this card?  Instead of using paper, I opted for layered chipboard elements from the Stamperia Parfum collection.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a sneaky peek at the inside of this card.  Of course, there’s a pocket, a tea sachet and a honey stick.  I also created a sweet little tag with another Spellbinders die. You can find it linked in the supply list below this post.

3D Embossing Folder Techniques and Tutorial on my YouTube Channel

If you’d like to see how I put this card together, and created another lovely mixed media panel, then I hope you’ll join me over on my YouTube channel.

Do you think you’ll take these techniques out for a test drive?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!