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Shabby Chic Valentine Wallet for RRR Anything Goes Challenge

Shabby Chic Valentine Wallet

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for a fabby new  ANYTHING GOES challenge over at the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  The RRR team has been generously sponsored by Polly’s Paper Studio, and I can’t wait to share this adorable Shabby Chic Valentine Wallet with you all.  It will make your little heart go pitty pat!

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 13The papers, images and most of the ephemera used in making the Valentine wallet are from Polly’s Paper Charming Cherubs Valentine Creativity Kit.  I added beautiful mulberry flowers and ribbons from RRR along with lots of goodies found in my Closet of Shame.  Let’s take a peeky at how this little darling was constructed.

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 12The  Valentine wallet style album measures 7″ x 5″ when closed.  And you’ll laugh when I tell you what inspired the design!  As you know, we have sold our large family home and are downsizing into a cute little ranch about 15 minutes away.  So I have been purging like a maniac.  When I was cleaning out a scrap drawer, I ran across 2 old manila file folders that I had set aside to upcycle.  I was just about to toss them in the trash (oh, the pain of purging!) when an idea streaked through my brain and before long I had sketched out the idea for this cute l’il Valentine wallet.  Sometimes, being a pack rat has a happy ending!

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 10Both file folders were cut along the side fold to measure 7″ long by 5″ tall.  They were laid side by side on my work surface and joined together to create a tri fold wallet style album.  Then burlap was machine stitched directly onto the front side of the cover.  Before decorating the cover, I used 1/2″ Scor-Tape to secure a 30″ length of pink chevron striped twill ribbon as a closure for the album.  1.5″ Ivory Crocheted lace was added to the fold side of the album. I added flirty pink posies (cottage roses, chrysanthemums, cosmos daisies and deep ivory gypsophila) in clusters around my embellies and pretty pink satin bow.

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 08The cover of the Valentine wallet opens to reveal a sweet decorated page.  I fussy cut around the angel wings and then taped it inside this embossed paper tag.  (Which I also found while purging.) The image is mounted on a glassine bag.  It’s the perfect spot to tuck in a little gift card, tickets to a show, an individually wrapped chocolate or tea bag, too.

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 01The inside of the wallet has pockets filled with tags, photo mounts, love notes and more pretty papers and images from the kit.

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 02I stuck with a pink, cream and brown color palette to unify the design.  The little tags are topped with bright pink gingham ribbon. I also added more mulberry flowers to my decorated pocket.

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 03I love this stamp from 7 Gypsies.  I just stamped onto kraft cardstock with black ink, then trimmed the corners to make it look like a tag.

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 04I thought it would be fun to add a slash pocket to the Valentine wallet where little love notes could be tucked in.  You could also journal on the back of these little tags.  I found the booklet in my stash.  It’s amazing what you find when you are getting ready to move!  The trio of cherubs is one of the images from the Valentine creativity kit.  I just fussy cut them and perched them on top of my heading.

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 05A closer look at the love notes.  You could easily write these yourself, mount them on cardstock and tuck them inside.

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 06The left hand side of this page is decorated with ephemera and images from the kit.  Aren’t they just swoon worthy?

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 07Then, the pocket is stuffed with another cute stamped tag (also from 7 Gypsies) and more photo mounts.

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 13This little Valentine wallet  came together fairly fast…a little more than an afternoon of paper play, which is not bad.  I love the way the burlap feels, and the contrast between the Victorian imagery and the rustic texture makes me swoon a little.

Now it’s YOUR turn!  First, go visit RRR BLOG where you will find loads of inspiration.   Then, create your own ANYTHING GOES project and link it up on the RRR Blog.  I’ll be popping by to see what you cooked up!

And, here’s a good reason to play along in this fabby challenge: Polly’s Paper Studio will be awarding one talented participant a prize of their choice of 5 digital items from their amazing shop!  So get out your glue sticks and get your craft on!

Thanks for stopping by!




An Elegant Vintage Christmas Card

An Elegant Vintage Christmas Card

Creating with Really Reasonable Ribbon Champagne Silky Crush Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Think fast: what do you love about the holidays?  Like you, I cherish the time spent with family and friends.  And I love holiday baking!  But one thing really makes Christmas stand out to me, and that is the abundance of beauty that fills our world at this time of year.  It seems like every where you look, there is something wondrous to catch your eye and capture your attention.  It’s just so….elegant!  And with that in mind, I created this elegant vintage Christmas card to share with you here today.

Elegant Vintage Christmas 02What could possibly be more elegant than Champagne Silky Crush Ribbon?  I love the soft shimmer  and subtle texture it adds to a project like this.  When ribbon is this elegant, you really don’t need much else, so I simply topped it with three itty bitty red jingle bells.  This elegant vintage Christmas card is created with Polly’s Paper Studio “Let it Snow” Creativity Kit.

Here’s wishing you a good old fashioned elegant Christmas!  Thanks for stopping by!



Snow Much Fun!

Christmas Cards are Snow Much Fun!

Hello, Friends!  I’m up today on the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog where I’m sharing these delightfully vintage Christmas cards.  These were “snow much fun” to make with the “Let it Snow” Creativity Kit from Polly’s Paper Studio and fabulous ribbons from RRR.

Kathy by Design/Let it Snow Creativity KitI added loads of texture with stitching, red burlap, ribbon and trims.  A vertical border was created with Poppy Red Satin Ribbon with Silver Edging.  The soft sheen of the ribbon and the touch of sparkle are perfect for this card.  And taffeta ribbon is so festive for the holidays, don’t you agree?  My double loop bow is tied with Poppy Red Taffeta Ribbon and topped with a bit of black burlap string for contrast.   The black vintage buttons are threaded with Red Burlap string that I tied into cute little bows.

Merry Christmas Girl 01I think this little girl and boy are sweet on one another!  To pick up on the grey background, I tied a bow with Grey Plaid Ribbon.  A red burlap string bow is layered beneath my vintage button.

Here’s a peeky at the inside of this card.

Merry Christmas Girl 02

I love the way these pretty ribbons complete the vintage feel of these Snow Much Fun cards!

Thanks for stopping by!



Very Vintage Christmas Banner

Craft Hoarders Anonymous December Hop: Very Vintage Christmas Banner

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for the Craft Hoarders Anonymous December Hop.  You should be coming here from  Teresa Horner’s beautiful blog, where I know you were dazzled by her incredible creativity.  She’s a tough act to follow!  Since this hop is all about having fun, using our stash and making things that make us happy, I decided to use some of my favorite goodies from Polly’s Paper Studio.  My fingers had been itching to play with her very merry Let it Snow Creativity Kit.  I also felt like making a Christmas banner.  So I whipped up this Very Vintage Christmas Banner to share with you here today.

kathy by Design/Vintage Style Christmas Banner 01While I love making banners, I don’t love photographing them, but I did my best to capture all the holiday cheer in this very vintage Christmas banner.  It’s loaded with Petaloo flowers and gorgeous ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon, too.

kathy by Design/Vintage Style Christmas Banner 04Each panel is sewn onto a burlap flag.  I used Tim’s snowflake rosettes and loads of flowers to amp up the festive feel.

Vintage Style Christmas Banner 03I love these rusted stars that are frosted with glitter.  (I think I am still wearing a little glitter, but it’s the holidays, so it’s alright!)  Each flag is sewn onto a length of mesh ribbon to go along with the rustic feel of this very vintage Christmas banner.  Then I accented with Green Glitz Ribbon and Red Swiss Dots Satin Ribbon.  I have to confess, I am totally in love with this ribbon combo!

Vintage Style Christmas Banner 02These sweet vintage images just make me happy.  They capture a time of innocence and joy that the world could really use right about now.

Vintage Style Christmas Banner 05From here, you will hop over and be dazzled by the one and only Barbara Rankin.  If you get lost along the way, visit Gloria Stengel’s blog (she’s our lovely hostess) where you’ll find a complete list of all the hoarders playing along in this hop.

I’m linking this up to the “Tis the Season” Challenge over at Frilly and Funkie.

Here’s wishing you an old fashioned Merry Christmas!  Thanks for hopping by!



Vintage Autumn Leaves Thanksgiving Card

Vintage Autumn Leaves Thanksgiving Card

Hello, Friends!

Even though it’s still quite warm here in North Carolina, our leaves are just starting to be tinged with color.  It’s as though Mother Nature dips her paintbrush into pots of gold, vermillion and scarlet while we are sleeping.  Next thing you know, the trees will be ablaze with glorious color, and then those same leaves will begin to float down to rest on the earth.  It’s a time of year that’s filled with splendor, and to celebrate it, I created this Vintage Autumn Leaves Thanksgiving card using gorgeous Really Reasonable Ribbon and the Fall Harvest Creativity Kit from Polly’s Paper Studio .

Kathy by Design for Polly's Paper Studio 01This vintage autumn leaves image creates a wonderful feeling of nostalgia for me.  I decided to pick up on the wonderful shades of red and gold by adding red stitching and matting everything on Cherry Cobbler cardstock.

Kathy by Design for Polly's Paper Studio Fall Creativity Kit 03The Fall Harvest Creativity kit is filled with wonderful vintage ephemera bits.  I took one of the pieces and ran it through an embossing folder that had been inked with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.  I love the texture this adds to the composition of the piece.  I also stamped along the bottom edge of one of the 4″ x 6″ paper panels that comes in the kit, then I sewed the panel on my machine without any thread.  This is a really quick and easy way to pierce paper!

Kathy by Design for Polly's Paper Studio Fall Creativity Kit 02Three wood buttons were sewn onto a small piece of white burlap, and then I used my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool to tie up some Ivory, Rust and Gold Plaid ribbon into a double layer bow. To add even more texture to my design, a belly band of Antique Gold Faux Wired Ribbon was added behind the focal image.

Kathy by Design for Polly's Paper Studio Fall Creativity Kit 05I wanted to give you a real close look at this metal maple leaf.   I used some pliers to round the edges and then tapped it with Viva Decor 3-D Stamp Paint in copper, gold and crimson.  It lends such a lovely shimmer to the leaf and pulls out the red tones in the paper and the focal.  I tied a loopy string bow with gold metallic string and Red Burlap String, added the little metal acorns and glued it all onto the leaf.  This is probably my favorite element on the card.

Kathy by Design for Polly's Paper Studio Fall Creativity Kit 04The inside of this Thanksgiving Card is finished very simply with a computer journaled sentiment, a little stamping and a strip of the paper from the front of the card.

Have the leaves started turning in your neck of the woods?  It’s such a beautiful season…and I hope you get time today to just drink in some of that beauty to refresh your soul.

As always, if you’d like to purchase this Vintage Autumn Leaves Thanksgiving Card, you can find it in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!





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