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Ciao Bella Sound of Winter Frisky Squirrel Card Folio

Ciao Bella Sound of Winter Frisky Squirrel Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Ciao Bella Sound of Winter Frisky Squirrel Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  Today I have another sweet Ciao Bella Sound of Winter project to share with you.  This Frisky Squirrel Card Folio is filled with rustic details that make my heart happy!

Loaded with texture, this 5″ x 7″ card has a  shaped, cut-away pocket filled with sweet little tags.  Vintage buttons, painted metal pine branches, die cut foliage and burlap string lend a rustic, woodland feel.

TIP: Add loads of texture to your tiny tags with scraps of canvas.  Cut fishtail banners on the ends of 1″ wide canvas, Paint wooden star buttons with ivory chalk paint.  Then top with vintage buttons and stitch onto the tags.  The end result is so pretty.

The card is still lovely, even after the tags have been removed from the pocket.

Frisky Squirrel Card Folio: A Peek Inside

The inside features a flap page with a magnetic closure and a pocket filled with little treasures.

TIP: When an image is too wide for a card base, simply score a fold line and turn it into a flap feature.  Add a fancy sentiment panel and a cut out from the collection to complete the scene.

The large pocket on the bottom holds a 4″ x 6″ image that I turned into a magnet.  And of course, there is a tea bag to warm up cold winter nights.

The collection has these pretty tall tags.  Trim these out and stitch onto canvas to make a sweet little bookmark.

This could serve as a Christmas card, New Year’s card, a winter birthday or get well card, too.  I love the cozy feeling these papers and images evoke, and had such fun working with them.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your  next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list below the signature of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




Winter Fox Woodland Style Greeting Card

Ciao Bella Sound of Winter Wiinter Fox Woodland Style Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Winter Fox Woodland Style Greeting Card with Ciao Bella Sound of Winter Creative Pack

Hello Friends!  This winter fox woodland style greeting card is a lovely way to welcome the season.  It’s made with Ciao Bella Sound of Winter Creative Pack, which was a gift from my sweet Montana friend, Becky.  She knows all about winter!

This handsome fox sits quietly under the full winter moon as snowflakes drift around him.

TIP: Create a full moon effect by placing circular element from the collection behind the fox.  Pop it up with dimensionals to add depth to the card design.

Moonlight Walks

The patterns and images in this collection take me right back to my childhood home in Vermont where winter days were dark and cold…but filled with their own special beauty. If I close my eyes and remember, I can still feel the sharp, icy sting of winter air against my cheeks and smell the freshness of the snowflake filled air.  My boots squeak under my feet as I trudge up our long hill under the watery light of the winter moon.  Home is at the top of the hill.  Light, warmth and a slice of mom’s homemade bread with a bowl of steaming soup wait for me there.  It’s a cozy memory, despite the cold.  I tried to capture the feeling of serenity and natural beauty that I remember from those days in this card.  Let’s take a closer look at the details, shall we?

Winter Fox Woodland Style Greeting Card: Wintry Details

TIP: Add winter charm to a card with white!  The flowers, snowflakes, paint spatters and die cut skeleton leaves help to amp up the wintry woodland vibe of this card.

TIP: Rustic charm comes from the kraft card base, burlap panel, burlap string, distressed edges and background paper.

The card base is 5″ x 7″ with a 1/2″ spine, because I knew I would want to tuck in some goodies.

TIP: Add some sparkle with Diamond Stickles and glitter.  Use an adhesive that dries clear (Art Institute is my favorite) and all you will see is the sparkle!  Use a light hand…a little glitter goes a long way!

Winter Fox Woodland Style Greeting Card: A Peek inside

Here’s a fun idea for pockets.  Fussy cut the bird on the fence and layer over the pocket flap.  This, combined with the window scene pocket almost make you feel like you could walk into the card.

To make the window scene card, simply fussy cut it from the paper.  Then adhere top, bottom and right hand side to the card base.  Die cut a sentiment panel and tuck behind the window along with a little tea bag.

The bottom pocket holds a sweet little bookmark, a chocolate treat, honey stick and a lovely vintage gold plated demitasse spoon.  Now we’ve turned this card into a gift!  I think it would make a lovely winter birthday card, get well card or even a Happy New Year card.

If you’d like to purchase this card folio, it’s available in my Etsy shop.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!




Heartfelt Creations Wild Aster and Sunflowers Pocket Card

This hop is now closed. The randomly chosen winner is DawnMarie.  Thanks for hopping!

Heartfelt Creations Wild Aster and Sunflowers Pocket Card for the Alumni Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop.  With fall in full force here in North Carolina, I decided to make this Heartfelt Creations Wild Aster and Sunflowers Pocket Card to share with you this month.  It features two of my favorite fall blooms, and one of my favorite fall colors: purple!

Heartfelt Creations Wild Aster and Sunflowers Pocket Card: A Pocket Full of Posies

This 6″ x 8″ top fold card folio is a little larger than my normal 5″ x 7″ base.  But it features one of my favorite design techniques: the pocket.  Her’e’s how that element came together:

  • First, cut a 5 7/8″ x 7 7/8″ base panel using the woodgrain stripe from the Wild Aster Paper Collection.  Ink the edges if so desired.
  • Next, fussy cut one of the corner designs from the Fall Aster Paper Collection.  This panel measures 5 7/8″ wide x about 5 1/2″ tall.  Keep the left hand and bottom edges straight, but fussy cut around the floral images on the inside edge to create a pretty shaped pocket.
  • Next, position the shaped pocket over your base panel and stitch together on your sewing machine, leaving the shaped edge open to form a pocket.
  • Do not adhere the card front to the base panel until the interior of the card has been finished.
Heartfelt Creations Wild Aster and Sunflowers Pocket Card:  The Tag Insert

  • First, die cut your tag from cream cardstock using the Album Tags and Accents Die.
  • Then use the smaller tag die  to cut the liner paper from one of the 6″ x 6″ card fronts in the paper collection.  So quick and easy! (I also covered the back of my tag with designer paper to add extra thickness and strength.)
  • Now, die cut “A Gift for You” from the same cream cardstock using the Ornamental Tags Dies.  Adhere to the front of the tag.
  • Next, die cut the little gift tag circle using the circle die from Ornamental Tags.  Die cut a second circle from a cardstock scrap to add extra strength.
  • You will also need to die cut the Lacy Diamond from the same cream paper, along with the little lattice shaped triangle from that die set.
  • Finish the pocket with a gorgeous Purple Nite Seam Binding Bow.  Then top it with a 3/8″ bow tied with Crosshatch Purple Satin Ribbon and a small sunflower.
Heartfelt Creations Wild Aster and Sunflowers Pocket Card: Making the Flowers

Since sunflowers and asters are both lovely in the fall of the year, I decided to combine them on this tag.  I think they look gorgeous together.  Here’s how to make the flowers:

  • First,  stamp and die cut 3 sets of the asters, the aster leaves and 2 sets of the sunflowers.  Stamp in Archival Ink (listed below).
  • Next, use the Golf Tools to shape the petals, then stack the layers and adhere together with Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Then, use sponge daubers to add ink to the petals .
  • Add shine to the asters with Violet Metallic Viva 3-D Stamp Paint.  Place a small dab on your craft sheet and pick it up with a makeup sponge, dabbing most of it off on the work surface.  Then tap lightly over the petals.
  • Now,   Fill the centers of the Wild Asters with a puddle of Dries Clear, then sprinkle with Flower Soft to make realistic looking centers.
  • Use sponge daubers to color the sunflower petals with Saffron Archival Ink.  Then mist the petals lightly with Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle Mist and a touch of  Perfect Copper Perfect Pearls Mists. These are both retired products, but you can substitute glimmer mists from your stash.
  • Fill the centers of the sunflowers with hot glue, then add glass beads and Expresso-Yourself Prills.
  • Now arrange the flowers and leaves at the top of the tag.  Tuck in the die cut sentiment circle.  Back the tag with the Lacy Diamond Die Cut.
Heartfelt Creations Wild Aster and Sunflowers Pocket Card: A Peek Inside

The interior of the card features a little waterfall feature made with the 6×6 card fronts and a cute gift pocket made with the Eyelet Rectangle & Basics Die. Back the pocket with Darice Thin Foam Strips on the sides and bottom so that you will have room to tuck in  some lovely treats.

To make the flip folio feature, Score 3/8″ flaps on the left hand edge of each 6×6 panel.  Adhere the first flap behind the base panel, then stack the flaps on top of one another to form a little book.

TIP: Hold the flip folio shut with a purple paper clip.  Slip this over the edge of the folio and onto the front of the card.  When you adhere the card front to the base, don’t place adhesive here.  This way, the clip can easily be taken on and off.

Die cut frames and photo mounts for the flip folio using the Eyelet Rectangle & Basics Dies and cream cardstock.  Card fronts from the paper pack make great journaling spots, or places to write your own greeting.   For the base panel, I fussy cut/tore the words “Faith” and “to” from the 12×12 image.  Then I adhered them over the original script on the page so that the message would make sense.

On With the Hop!

Visit each of the blogs in the list below. Be sure to leave a lovely comment, as one comment will be chosen from a mystery blog to win a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations!

The hop will close at 11:55PM EDT on Monday, October 28th.  A winner will be chosen and announced at the top of this blog post on Tuesday, October 29th.  Heartfelt Creations will also announce the winner on their blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, October 30th.

The winner has 72 hours to claim the prize by contacting socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.us via email.  Please write “Winner of the October Alumni Hop” in the subject line.

Here’s the link to all the alumni team blogs this month:

KATHY (you are here) ♥ Alissa  ♥ GlendaVickiCandy SarahEmily

Thanks so much for hopping with us!





Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Floral Wreath Card

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Floral Wreath Card

Hello, Friends!  I have another sweet Springtime card using the Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse collection kit today.  This floral wreath card is easy to make, but oh, so pretty!


Like most of my cards, this is a 5″ x 7″ top fold.  I created lots of layers by matting the designer papers on the Spring Farmhouse Basics papers.  This plain, cardstock is perfectly matched to the collection color palette, so everything harmonizes beautifully.  It’s also lightweight, so you can mat your layers without making a 2 pound card…something I am famous for!

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Floral Wreath Card: Creating the Wreath Element

To create the wreath for this card, follow these simple steps:

  • First, die cut a Spellbinder’s Fall Harvest Wreath from the peach paper in the Simple Stories Basics Collection.
  • Next, die cut a second wreath from the green paper in the Simple Stories Basics collection.
  • Now, layer the two wreaths with the green wreath on top.  Adhere them slightly off center so that the peach wreath peeks through, adding a sort of shadow effect.
  • Then place small pop dots on the back side of the leaves.  Center and adhere over the 3″ x 4″  focal image.

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Floral Wreath Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I dug through my stash of Prima Flowers, and found these Georgia Blues flowers were a great color match.  To add a little more texture, I found some retired Petaloo Hydrangea blossoms in my stash that worked great.   A Champagne Wrinkled Ribbon bow adds the perfect shabby chic vibe.

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Floral Wreath Card: A Peek inside

The inside is finished with more designer papers, and a blank panel to add a little personal greeting.  If you’d like to purchase this sweet card, it was still available in my Etsy shop at the time I wrote this post.

If you’d like to see more cards made with this charming collection, click HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!



Trick or Treat Cards

Trick or Treat Cards with Haunted Halloween Ribbons

Hello Ribbon Lovers!

Well, September is here, and before you can say “BOO!” we’ll be carving pumpkins, raking leaves and handing out candy to good little ghouls and goblins.  Yes, Halloween is right around the corner, my friends!  I’ve designed a boxed set of super cute Trick or Treat Cards using the fabulous Haunted Halloween Ribbon Club Assortment from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Take a peeky:

Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable RibbonI started out with a 4.5″ square box and just had a blast altering in and filling it up with adorable Trick or Treat cards.  On the top of the lid, I created a black border by adding Gladys Black Crochet Lace above and below my diagonal stripe. I just love the way this resembles a spooky spider web, don’t you?

Carta Bella Halloween 01Orange metallic foil was shaped into a rosette and then topped with a brad.  I used a circle punch and a scallop circle punch to create the number 31.  The jack-o-lantern stickers are from the Trick or Treat paper collection; I just added a few yellow stickles to make them glow.

Carta Bella Halloween 02The Haunted Halloween Ribbon Club Assortment is loaded with frightfully fabulous new ribbons.  One of my favorites is the silky, luxurious, Black Houndstooth Plaid that I used to tie my triple loop bow.  This ribbon is so easy to handle and I know it’s going to be a favorite ribbon for me all year long.  I topped the bow with some orange burlap string that was tied into big soft loops with the help of my Zutter-Bow-it-All.  Then I added a sparkly bat button and a not too spooky Halloween charm to finish off the top of the lid.

Carta Bella Halloween 03I love adding black borders to anchor a project, and for this little box, I added a strip of not so ghoulish Spider Webs on Black Grosgrain Ribbon.  I layered this same ribbon over some bright orange Sheer Organza with Satin Edges.  I love how those spider webs POP!  To decorate the front of my lid, I used my scallop punch to punch out 3 circles from plain black cardstock.  Then I glued them together and ran them through an embossing folder and inserted a Halloween brad in the center.  Quick, easy and fun!

Carta Bella Halloween 04The party really gets started when you open the box.  There are six 4″ square Trick or Treat cards tucked inside, each with a bit of ribbon, a button, some sequins, and a tiny ticket.  Wouldn’t these make fun Halloween party invites?

Carta Bella Halloween 05Each card is just a little bit different, and loads of fun! And the Haunted Halloween Mix of ribbons are the perfect finishing touch.

Carta Bella Halloween 06Here, I’ve opened up one of the cards so you can see the finished interior.  Each card is finished exactly like this one.  room for a note, or room to mount a photo on the left and do some journaling on the right hand side.  You could clip these cards to a bit of ribbon or twine and use them like a banner.  Or, you could set up a photo booth at your party and send your guests home with a sweet souvenir.  Really, these Trick or treat cards are so much fun, you do just about anything with them!

If you have always wanted to join the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club, now is a great time, because RRR is having a special offer for their domestic subscribers.  Sign up in September and you get the Spook-tacular Haunted Halloween Ribbon Club Assortment PLUS the Glorious Autumn Days Ribbon Club Assortment for just $17.00.


That’s a whole lotta ribbon for one great price!  You can sign up and find all the details HERE.


And, if you’d like to purchase this box full of Trick or Treat Cards, you can find it in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!