Bringing Home the Christmas Tree

Bringing  Home the Christmas Tree with Really Reasonable Ribbon and Crafty Secrets

Hello, Ribbon Lovers, and Happy Thanksgiving to you!  I hope you are all enjoying a warm and happy day with your friends and family!

For lots of folks, today marks the day that the Christmas tree takes its place of honor in the home.  When our kids were small, we used to visit a local Christmas tree farm the day after Thanksgiving and spend a few chilly but happy hours picking out just  the right tree.  Then it was home for hot chocolate and leftover Thanksgiving Pie.  YUM!

This sweet vintage image from Crafty Secrets reminded me of those happy days, and I worked it up into a rustic Christmas card to share with you here.

Sometimes a card calls for fancy ribbon…and sometimes it calls for the rustic elegance of burlap string.   For this simple bow treatment, I combined red burlap string, green burlap string and natural burlap string with gold jingle bells.  I used one strand of each color and then  “looped the loop” 5 times on my Zutter-Bow-it-All to get a nice, full string bow.

How about you?  Have you put up your tree yet?  I’m so glad that we took the time to enjoy a simple activity like bringing home the Christmas tree when our kids were small.  It fills my heart and mind with happy memories even now!

Wishing you a heart that overflows with gratitude for the simple gifts in life…



Sparkling Poinsettia Christmas Card & Tutorial

 Sparkling Poinsettia Christmas Card & Tutorial

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team Hop November 2015

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the November 2015 Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team Hop!  You should be coming here from the glorious artwork found on Glenda’s BLOGIf so, you are right on track.  You can find a complete list of the blogs on this hop below.  Be sure to visit each stop along the way, and leave a sweet comment on each blog,  as one lucky winner will be randomly chosen from one of these blogs to receive a $25 gift certificate to Heartfelt Creations.  The hop closes at midnight on November 27th, and the winner will be announced on all the participating blogs at noon on Saturday, November 28th.

Here’s the hop lineup for November 2015

Gini CagleEmilia van den Heuvel ♥  Glenda Brooks ♥  Kathy Clement (You are here)                    ♥ Vicki DutcherCaroline Duncan ♥  Mary Faus ♥  Regina Hamilton Amy Doria ♥                   Gloria Stengel Alissa Wells  ♥ Sarah MillerLisa Allen

With Christmas creeping ever closer, I decided to create this Sparkling Poinsettia Christmas Card & tutorial to share with you this month. You can find the linked supply list and full tutorial below.

Kathy by Design Warm Wishes Christmas Card for Heartfelt Creations 01Gold embossing adds just the right touch of elegance on this traditional styled card.  (Sadly, when I was spritzing one of my flowers, the gold spray fell onto the “w” in wishes…which was already glued onto the card.  So that’s where that little “splotch” came from.  Sigh….)

Kathy by Design Warm Wishes Christmas Card for Heartfelt Creations 02These poinsettias are so realistic, and fun to shape.  I just love them.

Kathy by Design Warm Wishes Christmas Card for Heartfelt Creations 03I used the lace corner from the Cut, Mat Create die, and I can’t believe how much it looks like a filigree metal corner.  Also, the red berries are fun tucked in behind the sentiment, don’t you think?

Kathy by Design Warm Wishes Christmas Card for Heartfelt Creations 05The inside uses one of the pre-designed 5″ x 7″ card fronts and a pre-designed sentiment.  So handy when you are making a big batch of cards.

From here, hop on over and get inspired by the beautiful work of Vicki Dutcher.

Don’t forget to check back on Saturday for the announcement of the winner.  The winner will have 72 hours to claim his/her prize.

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

I hope you all have a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thanks for stopping by!



Sparkling Poinsettia Christmas Card Tutorial


HCPC 3624 Festive Christmas Background Cling Stamp
HCPC 3679 Large Sparkling Poinsettia Cling Stamp
HCPC 3680 Sparkling Poinsettia Cling Stamp
HCD 765 Large Sparkling Poinsettia Die
HCD 766 Sparkling Poinsettia Die
Cut, Mat, Create 2B Die (lace corner)
HCDP1 249 Garden Romantique Paper Collection
HCDP1 246 Festive Christmas Paper Collection
Deluxe Flower Shaping Tool Kit
Pearlized cream cardstock (Core’dinations)
Gold Cardstock (Colorbok)
Versamark Ink Pad
Gold Embossing Powder
Picket Fence Distress Stain
Festive Berries Distress Stain
Aged Mahogany Distress Stain
Fired Brick Distress Stain
Peeled Paint Distress Stain
Gold Glimmer Mist
Antique Gold Sheer Iridescent Organza Ribbon
Topaz Mix Czech Beads
Spellbinders Heirloom Oval Die Set
80# white cardstock
sewing machine
gold metallic thread
1/2″ Scor-tape
Foam Dots


Create a 5.5″ x 7.5″ side fold card base from one sheet of Pearlized Cream Cardstock
Use the Versamark Ink Pad to stamp the Large Sparkling Poinsettia stamp and the Sparkling Poinsettia stamps onto 80# white cardstock. Heat Emboss with Gold Embossing Powder.
Die cut with Sparkling Poinsettia Dies.
Color front and back of die cut layers with a mix of the red Distress Stains. Color the holly leaves with Peeled Paint Distress Stain. Let dry slightly and shape with Deluxe Flower Shaping Tool Kit.
Stack the layers to create 2 poinsettia blooms. Dab with Picket Fence Distress Stain and then spritz with Gold Glimmer Mist.
Fill the centers with hot glue and Czech beads. Set aside to dry.

From Garden Romantique paper collection, cut a 5″ x 7″ rectangle from the black and white script/etched image page. Mat onto gold cardstock and machine stitch with gold thread, if desired. Wrap the left hand side of this panel with a strip of 1/2″ wide Scor-tape and secure the Antique Gold Ribbon. Center onto the card base and glue down.

Cut the 6″ x 6″ holly print from Festive Christmas to measure 4″ x 6″. Mat with gold cardstock, stitching with gold thread, if desired. Glue approximately 1″ down from top edge of the card, and 1″ over from the left.

Die cut the Heirloom Oval from Pearlized Cream Cardstock. Center over the red holly paper and glue down.

Stamp the Festive Christmas Background onto Pearlized Cream Cardstock using Versamark Ink. Heat Emboss with Gold embossing powder. Trim out just the “warmest wishes” portion of the sentiment, as seen on the card front. Mat onto Gold Cardstock. Stitch with gold metallic thread if desired. Back with Foam Dots and center over the Heirloom Oval.

Die cut 2 of the lace corners from gold cardstock and glue down as seen on the card.

Arrange the prepared leaves and flowers as seen in the photo.

Tie 2 triple loop bows and tuck into the floral arrangements as seen in the photo.

For the card interior, Cut a 5″ x 7″ card front from Festive Christmas. Use the salvage edge of the small holly print as a belly band and glue down. Cut sentiment panel from the paper collection, mat with gold cardstock and glue over the belly band, as shown. Glue this entire panel inside the prepared card base.







It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Canvas Corp Holiday Baking: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Hello, Friends! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Decorating for Christmas, holiday shopping, Christmas carols, time with family…all these things make my heart happy!  One of the things I love the most about the holidays is that it gives me a good excuse to get busy in the kitchen!  Nothing is more rewarding than whipping up a batch of holiday cookies to share with friends and family.  Over the years, I’ve developed a handful of truly delicious holiday treats, and I thought, how fun would it be to group them all together in a way that really makes them special?  Well, one day as I was trolling the aisles of my favorite thrift store, I spotted a well-loved, faded and worn, wobbly and chipped Santa sleigh.  Naturally, it found its way into my shopping basket and came home with me for a little bit of rehab.  Its sad little self was transformed into a dazzling Christmas Sleigh loaded to the gills with holiday cheer.  Take a look:

Kathy by Design/Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 01This is probably my favorite holiday project so far this year!  After some sanding and reinforcing with wood glue, I painted the entire sleigh with gesso.  Next came a coat of DecoArt Paintable Texture Crackle.  I was pleasantly surprised to see how quickly this dried, and how well it crackled!  A coat of black chalkboard paint was the next step, and I loved seeing how this little sleigh was starting to look very vintage and aged.  The final step in the painting process was to spritz it liberally with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Mist.  This stuff is magical!  It made my little Santa Sleigh look as though it had been nipped by frost!  Now I could get down to the really fun part of building this little beauty: decorating with Farmhouse Christmas and Holiday Baking Goodies from Canvas Corp Brands!

Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 02I cut this tag from Farmhouse Christmas Tags on Ivory and then stitched it onto pretty red burlap. This was topped with silky soft Black and White Houndstooth Ribbon and some sparkling Petaloo Jeweled Flowers. Santa’s sleigh was trimmed out in mini red pom poms to give it a festive flair.

Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 03Each side of the sleigh is dressed in holiday finery.  This red sentiment panel is from Holiday Baking Butcher Paper on Ivory.  The panels are the perfect size to use as a card focal, too.

Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 04This side of the sleigh is equally jolly with a fussy cut image from Holiday Baking on Ivory. Tucking in some Petaloo Jeweled Red Flowers and a glittered snowflake makes for a happy scene.  I trimmed the Happy Holidays sentiment from Farmhouse Christmas Stripe on Ivory to anchor the scene.

Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 05The front of the sleigh sports a shimmering wreath fashioned from pipe cleaners, jingle bells and another pretty Petaloo jeweled blossom.  You can really see the texture and “frosting” in this photo.

Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 06I used the rest of the panels from the Holiday Baking Butcher Paper to create dividers in the sleigh.  I love these sayings!  This divider is stitched onto kraft c-flute and black cardstock.  I tucked in some printed kraft tags and 12 Days of Christmas Tags.

Kathy by Design/ Altered Vintage SpoonI picked up this vintage spoon while visiting my girlfriend in Atlanta.  Topped with ribbon, jingle bells, flowers, a gift tag and tiny Christmas tree charm, it’s the perfect hostess gift for the holidays!

Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 07Fun recipes to warm the soul.

Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 08Sassy sayings and embellished tags go great with red gingham ribbon, canvas ticking, and vintage buttons.

Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 09I love “dear Santa, I can explain…” from the 12 Days of Christmas Tags.

Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 10

Why yes, Life IS better with fresh baked cookies!

Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 11And here’s my family’s favorite Christmas Cookie recipe, written out on a sweetly vintage recipe card. There’s just something special about a family recipe written out in your own hand. It turns it into an instant keepsake.

Kathy by Design/Santas sleigh recipe holder for CCB 01So, Santa’s on his way….and he’s got lots and lots of goodies in his sleigh!  I think this would be a lovely gift for a new bride on her first Christmas, or to hand one of these down to the next generation of family bakers would be really special, too.  However you decide to use it this sleigh adds to the merriment that makes this the most wonderful time of the year!

I’m entering this altered sleigh in the “Altered State” challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. (My favorite!)

I’m also linking Santa’s Sleigh up at the Vintage Inspiration “Deck the Halls” Party over at Knick of Time.

And at the Anything But Cute “It’s Ornamental” Challenge.

If you’re interested in purchasing this item, it’s available in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!






Silver and Gold Holiday Frame

RRRChallengeBadgeSilver and Gold Holiday Frame for Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge

Hello, Friends!

If you’re like me, you are getting serious about holiday preparations.  The current challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon is to create a project that uses silver and gold with ribbon or trim.  How festive is that?  So I put on my thinking cap for a little while and came up with this Christmassy Silver and Gold Holiday frame made with this month’s Ribbon Club Assortment.

Kathy by Design Altered Holiday FrameOoooh…sparkly!  I picked up this frame at a yard sale this summer, removed the glass, and treated it to some gold paint for a total transformation.  How fun will this be on a holiday mantel or side table?

RRR Silver and Gold Challenge 02The November Ribbon Club has the most luxurious holiday ribbons!  I used my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool to tie teeny tiny bows from Crosshatch on Old Gold Satin Ribbon,  darling Christmas Ornaments on White Satin Ribbon, and then topped my mini ornaments with them. I suspended the ornaments from the frame using elegant Silver Metallic String.A sheet of DCWV cardstock that I found in my stash sits at the back of the frame.

RRR Silver and Gold Challenge 03The top of the frame is maybe my favorite part.  This Shell Grey Shimmer Satin Ribbon is perfect for the holidays.  I tied a super colossal bow on my Zutter Bow-it-All, then topped it with a loopy bow made from more of that darling ornament ribbon.  The  icing on the cake is this trio of creamy white magnolia blossoms.  Soooo scrumptious!

If you love ribbon the way I love ribbon, now is a great time to join the Monthly Ribbon Club.  Bonnie has a super DEAL  going on, so you might want to check that out.  You could always ask Santa to put a gift subscription to the Ribbon Club under the tree for you this year since you’ve been so very good!

Be sure to check out the RRR BLOG where you’ll find loads of inspiration from the rest of the team.  You can link up your own Silver and Gold project with ribbon or trim, and we’ll be stopping by to take a peek at your lovely handiwork.

I’m linking this project to the “It’s Ornamental Challenge” over at the Anything But Cute Challenge Blog.

Thanks for stopping by!




Canvas Corp Brands/Petaloo Blog Hop

Merry and Bright Christmas Tag and Pocket Card Tutorial

Canvas Corp Brands/ Petaloo Blog Hop

Hello Friends!  I’m so glad you stopped by today, because not only do I have some sweet projects and tutorials to share with you, but there’s a fun Canvas Corp Brands/Petaloo Blog Hop where you can get yourself all inspired for the holidays AND win a fabby prize package of goodies from the sponsoring companies.  Woo-hoo!

Canvas Corp Brands will be hopping along with Petaloo all this week in the Creative Studio Blog. Be sure to pop on over and take in all the wonderful Christmas projects the design team has prepared for you.  All week long you’ll find step out tutorials and fabulous holiday inspiration. You’ll find all the info for winning the awesome Canvas Corp Brands/Petaloo International prize package there, too!  For a second chance to win, visit the Petaloo Blog each day this week and you could win one of THREE fabulous prize packages.

Have you seen the Farmhouse Christmas and Holiday Baking collections from Canvas Corp? Oh, how I love these “vintage fresh” papers and pretties!  I combined them with Petaloo Paintable flowers  and Tattered Angels Mists to create some very merry Christmas projects.

Kathy by Design Mixed Media Christmas Card

Oooh, just look at all the texture in this 5″ x 7″ pocket card!  Using red burlap, red canvas ticking, Lobster Glimmer Mist, Farmhouse Christmas Tags with those scrumptious Paintable Burlap Flowers gives this card a rustic, festive feeling.

Petaloo Blog Hop Card 02I painted my burlap flowers with the mist, then added a light coating of Ranger Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle so that I could shake on some Stampendous Shaved Ice glitter.  I love the way they look as thought they’ve been dusted with snow.  I tapped my Farmhouse Christmas Label with a little Lobster Mist as well, because, well, why not?

Petaloo Blog Hop Card 03The inside of the card reveals a fun little pocket, stuffed with an individual serving of cocoa mix. This is such a fun “little gift” for holiday exchanges, and there’s plenty of room to tuck in an individually wrapped cookie, chocolate or gift card, too.

Petaloo Blog Hop Card 04You can find out how to make this card in the tutorial that’s below my signature area.

I know everyone’s always looking for simple ideas for holiday hostesses, ornament exchanges, or Secret Santa gifts at this time of year.  One way to dress up a really simple Christmas gift is with a handmade tag.

Petaloo Blog Hop Wall Hanging 01This fabric tag uses red ticking fabric, red burlap, a Petaloo Burlap Blossom, Butterflies and Blossoms and DIY Burlap Flowers.  I created the large blossom as before, but the little cream flower was just dipped into the Lobster Glimmer mist on the edges, and I opted to leave the little burlap flowers plain for contrast.  The burlap poinsettia in the top corner was lightly misted with Lobster Mist for a completely different look.

Petaloo Blog Hop Wall Hanging 02I added some vintage buttons, Shaved Ice, another tag from Farmhouse Christmas and a glittery red ornament to this fun tag.

I hope you found some holiday inspiration and cheer in these two projects.  I’m so glad you hopped by!  Look for the tutorials below.



Merry and Bright Tag Tutorial


Red Ticking Fabric
Red Burlap
Ivory Burlap
Petaloo Ivory DIY Blossoms
Petaloo Ivory DIY Butterflies and Blossoms
Petaloo Ivory DiY Blooms
Miniature Glitter Ornament
Ranger Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle
Red Glitter
Stampendous Frantage Shaved Ice
Tattered Angels Lobster Glimmer Mist
Farmhouse Christmas Tags on Ivory
red buttons
Red polka dot organza ribbon
Santa’s Journey tag


sewing machine
Tim Holtz Mini Stapler
Heat Gun
Hot Glue Gun
Craft Sheet


  1. Cut a 4″ x 6.5″ rectangle of red ticking fabric. Fringe the edges.
  2. Cut a 3.5x 5.5″ rectangle of Ivory Burlap, fringe the edges and center on the red ticking.
  3. Cut a 2″ x 5″ rectangle of red burlap. Fringe the edges and place to the right of the Ivory Burlap.
  4. Stitch the burlap to the ticking. Cut out the sled tag from Farmhouse Christmas. Stitch to the ticking. Add buttons.
  5. Spray 2 Petaloo DIY Burlap Blossoms with Lobster Glimmer Mist. Dry with heat gun, scrunching the petals as you go. Brush with Distress Crackle. Sprinkle with Shaved Ice Frantage.
  6. Touch just the tips of a Petaloo DIY Butterfly Blossom into the ink on your craft sheet, coloring just the edges. Use a hot glue gun to attach the flowers to the lower right hand corner of the tag, as shown. Tuck in the gift tag from Santa’s Journey.
  7. Use the Tim Holtz Stapler to attach ribbon to the top right and left hand corners of the tag to create a loop.
  8. Tie a fancy bow with the polka dot ribbon and use the glue gun to attach in the upper left hand corner of the tag.
  9. Loop a piece of red burlap string through the top of the miniature ornament. Tie a knot, then glue to the center of the bow. Top with the remaining Petaloo Flower.
  10. Spread a little glue at the base of the sled tag and sprinkle with Shaved Ice.
Merry and Bright Christmas Card with Pocket Tutorial


Kraft & White Lace Cardstock
Red Burlap
Farmhouse Christmas Printed Canvas
Farmhouse Christmas Tags on Ivory
Red Ticking Canvas
Petaloo DIY Burlap Blossoms/Ivory
Rusty Jingle Bells
Polka Dot Red Organza
Sleigh brad
Stampendous Frantage Shaved Ice
Ranger Distress Crackle, Clear Rock Candy
Red Burlap string
TA Lobster Mist
TA Dazzling Diamonds Mist
Black and Ivory French Script
Red Ticking CS
Red Toile CS
Black and Ivory Mini Dot reverse CS
Instant Cocoa Pouch
Farmhouse Christmas Stripe on Ivory
Mini Christmas Stocking trim from the fabric store


Glue Gun
Sewing Machine
Craft Mat


  1. Use White Lace on Kraft cardstock to Create a 5″ x 7″ top fold card with inner pocket. I have tutorials on my blog for doing this. Spray with TA Diamond GM
  2. Cut a 4.75″ x 6.75″ rectangle of red burlap and fringe the edges.
  3. Cut a 4.5″ x 6.5″ rectangle of Farmhouse Christmas printed canvas and fringe the edges. Center on the red burlap and stitch both layers to the card base.
  4. Cut out the Merry Christmas Sentiment from Farmhouse Christmas Tags paper and sew onto a slightly larger piece of red ticking fabric. Fringe the edges of the ticking,then attach to the card as shown.
  5. Spray 3 Petaloo DIY Burlap Blossoms with Lobster Glimmer Mist. Dry with heat gun, scrunching the petals as you go. Brush with Distress Crackle. Sprinkle with Shaved Ice Frantage. When they are dry, glue into the lower right hand corner of the MErry Christmas sentiment, as shown.
  6. Tie a burlap string bow and tuck beneath the flowers.
  7. Tie a fancy bow with the red dot organza. Glue in the top left corner of the Merry Christmas Sentiment. Top with Jingle Bells.
  8. Line the top inside of the card with French Script and Mini Dot paper. Cut out the Merry Little Christmas tag and glue as shown. Top with stocking embellishment
  9. Line the bottom of the card with red toile, and the pocket flap with red ticking. Cut the Happy Holiday Stripe from the Farmhouse Christmas Stripe paper and glue on the pocket base.
  10. Tie a pouch of cocoa mix with a red bow and insert into pocket.



Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Hello, Friends!

I’m not trying to rush the season or anything, but here we are…more than halfway through the month of November, and that can mean only one thing: Santa Claus is coming to town!  That means it is time for this girl to go full on with holiday projects, Christmas cards and home decor!  I found a cute little vintagey frame at a yard sale this summer, and have picked it up several times to use it, but it never felt quite “right” for the project.  That is, until a plan for an interactive holiday frame popped into my mind the other day.  Then it was time for that frame to take center stage and get worked up into this super cute retro styled Christmas frame…with a pocket, of course…because I do love me a good pocket!

I had this cherry red pocket in my stash of Christmas goodies, and thought how fun would it be to make a Christmas frame with a pocket that you could tuck little daily surprises into: a movie ticket, an individually wrapped candy, a small toy or piece of jewelry…any little treasure that you can think of!  It would make each day of the month of December a mini celebration leading up to the big day!

Kathy by DesignInteractive Christmas Frame 02

I wanted lots of dimension, so I decided to add this little bottle brush tree, which started out solid green.  Too green for me, so I painted it white and sprinkled it with glitter.  Then I wanted it to look like the big tree at the mall…the one they build on top of a bank of poinsettias.  So I pulled out some deep red gypsophila blossoms and some gold beads and berries to create that look. (The beads and berries are temporarily out of stock at RRR, but Bonnie will get them in as soon as she can.)

Kathy by DesignInteractive Christmas Frame 03Chipboard snowflakes were either painted with white acrylic paint or embossed with Stampendous Shabby White Embossing Powder. The chipboard title was heat embossed with Vintage Mahogany Shabby Embossing powder and then dry brushed with white acrylic paint.

Kathy by DesignInteractive Christmas Frame 06Kathy by DesignInteractive Christmas Frame 05When it came time to make the bow, I wanted something that would pick up on the retro feel of the piece.  So I decided to custom dye white seam binding in a fun Christmas stripe.

RRR CS Christmas Frame with tutorial 045Just in case you’ve never done this, I thought I’d provide you with a quick step out tutorial.

Custom Seam Binding tutorial 01Select a piece of white seam binding that’s about 3 feet long. Crumple it up a little.

Custom Seam Binding tutorial 02Choose 2 colors of distress markers that work well with your composition.  For this Christmassy frame, I chose Festive Berries and Pine Needles.

Custom Seam Binding tutorial 03Using the broad nib on the marker, draw a line down either side of the ribbon, being sure to leave a wide white stripe in the middle.

Custom Seam Binding tutorial 04Spritz it lightly with water and let the colors bleed a little bit.  Then dry with a heat gun.  When the ribbon is almost dry, start to crumple it up with your fingers, as though you were scrunching mousse into your hair.

Use your Zutter Bow it All Tool and “loop de loop” 5 times around posts that are set 3.5″ apart.  Top the bow with jingle bells for a real festive feel.

I love working with white seam binding, because in a matter of seconds, you can make custom ribbon to match whatever project you are working on.  And, Bonnie sells it in 100 yard rolls for just $15.99.  That’s a whole lotta pretty for not a lotta money!

I hope you’ll give custom seam binding a try…it’s loads of fun!

And, if you’d like to purchase this little frame, you can find it in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!



BEE Thankful Gratitude Journal

RRR Blog Hop BadgeRRR Blog Hop BEE Thankful Gratitude Journal with November Ribbon Club

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the RRR November 2015 Blog Hop.  If you’ve just hopped over from Karen’s lovely blog, then you are right on track!  If you somehow got lost along the way, please visit the RRR BLOG where you will find the complete list for this hop.  We’re working with the elegant ribbons in the November Ribbon Club this month.  I was inspired by the gorgeous gold shimmer satin ribbon and put together this BEE Thankful Gratitude Journal with a little help from my Graphic 45 Botanicabella paper collection.   But first, here’s a look at the scrumptious ribbons in this month’s ribbon club.

November ribbon club assortmentThe photo really doesn’t do this collection justice as it is one of the most luxurious, elegant ribbon club collections this year.  I’m totally in love with every inch of this fabby ribbon!  For some reason, the gold ribbon made me think “Thanksgiving.” And thinking about Thanksgiving made me think about the golden hued papers in Graphic 45’s Botanicabella papers and about gratitude.  So I whipped out my scissors and glue and went to work on this BEE thankful gratitude journal.

Kathy by Design/Bee Thankful Gratitude JournalThis is a pre designed kraft album from Crafty Secrets.  It looks tiny, and measures just 3.75″ x 5.5″ when all closed up.  But the accordion folds of this lovely album open out to measure a full 21″ long with loads of pockets, peep holes and room for fun.

Kathy by Design/Bee Thankful Gratitude JournalI added ribbon topped manila tags, sticky notes, gratitude quotes and beautiful paper to the kraft album base.  I’ll just let the pictures do the talking for me.

The honeybees set the theme for this golden hued album.

The honeybees set the theme for this golden hued album.

Gorgeous shimmering ribbon the color of honey, and altered metal embellies add a rich feeling to this album.

Gorgeous shimmering ribbon the color of honey, and altered metal embellies add a rich feeling to this album.

Kathy by Design/Bee thankful Gratitude Journal

Sticky notes fit perfectly inside.

Sticky notes fit perfectly inside.

Manila tags can be used for photos, or for journaling.

Manila tags can be used for photos, or for journaling.

The album can be opened for display.

November Blog Hop RRR 10November Blog Hop RRR 11This little album is loaded with texture, color, inspiration and fabulous ribbon!  It’s one of my favorite projects this month.

November Blog Hop RRR 12Now hop on over and visit  Leslie’s  fabby blog for even more ribbony goodness.

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

Thanks for stopping by!





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