Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop: Back to Basics

Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop: Back to Basics Ribbon Club Assortment

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for the December 2017 Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  This month we are showcasing the Back to Basics Ribbon Club Assortment.  These elegant ribbons  come in an array of neutral hues and classic prints making it a must have for your crafty stash.

The photograph really doesn’t do this lovely assortment justice.  But perhaps this soft blue sympathy card will give you a better idea of just how lovely these ribbons are.

Blue Sympathy Card New England by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop Product by Stamperia Photo 1

These pretty grey ribbons are the perfect companion for this sympathy card.

Blue Sympathy Card New England by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop Product by Stamperia Photo 2

The base layer for my bow cluster is a double loop bow tied with Shell Grey Taffeta Ribbon.  I topped this with a second double loop created from Metal Grey Mini Dots Satin. To add just a touch of shimmer, I tied a double loop bow with Silver Metallic String.

Blue Sympathy Card New England by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop Product by Stamperia Photo 3Of course, I used my trusty Bow-it-All Tool to create each layer of the bow.  And to add dimension to the card, I’ve separated the layers with foam adhesive. The gorgeous die cut layer is a Spellbinder’s Die.

Blue Sympathy Card New England by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop Product by Stamperia Photo 4The inside of the card is simply finished with designer papers and a stamped sentiment.

Blue Sympathy Card New England by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop Product by Stamperia Photo 5I added a sweet ribbon border with Shell Grey Mini Dots Satin Ribbon.  It just elevates the whole design.

Be sure to visit each of the blogs on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop and leave some love behind.  Then hop on over to the RRR Blog and answer Bonnie’s question of the month to be entered into a drawing for your very own Back to Basics Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you haven’t signed up for the Monthly Ribbon Club yet, you can get all the information HERE.  Maybe you can tell Santa this is on the top of your Christmas Wish List!

Now, hop on over and see what paper pretties Cherry has in store for you.

Thanks for hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

Winter Wonderland Dimensional Shaker Tag Tutorial

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland Dimensional Shaker Tag Tutorial

Hello, G45’ers!  Have you put up your Christmas tree yet?  Even if you have, you’re going to want to make room to squeeze in one more last minute ornament. Today,  I’m sharing a Winter Wonderland Dimensional Shaker Tag Tutorial with you.  I think you’re going to be inspired to make a few of these yourself, as they are very festive!

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland Dimensional Shaker Tag Tutorial Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Can you guess what I used as the base for this frosty, sparkly ornament?  Well, if you guessed a Graphic 45 Staples Washi Tape Container, then you are correct!  Move to the head of the class!

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland Dimensional Shaker Tag Tutorial Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2This is a fairly quick and easy project to put together, especially when you have a Snapguide tutorial to walk you through each of the steps.

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland Dimensional Shaker Tag Tutorial Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3The cylinder that holds the Staples Washi Tape is just the right size for a little bottle brush tree.  I’ve dressed mine up with Grit Paste and Glitter, then added a bunch of faux snow, sequins and beads to make it sparkle and shine.

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland Dimensional Shaker Tag Tutorial Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Chipboard elements add the finishing touch on this fun and festive project.

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland Dimensional Shaker Tag Tutorial Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5And Christmas Ribbon tops everything off perfectly!

Winter Wonderland Dimensional Shaker Tag Tutorial on Snapguide

Are you ready to learn how to make this sweet dimensional ornament?  Then follow the simple steps in this Winter Wonderland Dimensional Shaker Ornament Tutorial on  Snapguide .

Check out How to Make a Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland 3-D Shaker Tag by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

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Wouldn’t this look great tied onto a cookie plate or gift bag?  I hope you have fun making it!

Thanks for stopping by! Merry Christmas!

Cheerio,

kathy

Winter Wonderland Dimensional Shaker Tag Tutorial Supply List

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Snapguide Tutorial

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Snapguide Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Happy Saturday!  I’m up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog today with a Saturday Step x Step.  For your convenience, I’m also posting the White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Snapguide Tutorial here on my blog.  This is the project I  made for the Most Memorable Gift Challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  You can find the original post HERE.

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Snapguide Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 1The tutorial focuses on the steps I used to create the shaker window element, prepare the tag base and add the basic layers.  I hope you enjoy!

Check out How to Create a Christmas Shaker Window Element by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Wishing you an oasis of calm and rest in the midst of this busy season!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Products from The Funkie Junkie Boutique


Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas Easel Card

Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas Easel Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  I’m still working away on this year’s Christmas cards.  While red and green are traditional and beautiful Christmas colors, I’m having lots of fun playing with shabby chic colors this year.  This pink shabby chic Woodland Christmas easel card is adorned with Pearl  Pink Swiss Dots Satin from Really Reasonable Ribbon.Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas Easel Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Stamperia Photo 1

I love the soft shimmer that satin ribbon adds to a card.  And how sweet are those little birdies in their winter nest?

Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas Easel Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Stamperia Photo 2The triple loop bow is tied with a little help from my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool.  I don’t know what I would do without it!  I use it literally every single time I create!

Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas Easel Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Stamperia Photo 3

Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas Easel Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Stamperia Photo 4Like all easel cards, this one folds shut for mailing or storage.

Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas Easel Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Stamperia Photo 5I added a little treat/gift pocket on the inside along with a journal card for a personal greeting.

So how do you feel about this Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas easel card?  I’m loving the pink and blue hues because really, you could leave this card up all winter long.  I  kind of love that idea!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag

Frilly and Funkie Most Memorable Gift Challenge: White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another great challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie BlogSuzz is our hostess, and the theme is Most Memorable Gift.  I’ve created a frosty White Christmas Etcetera  Shaker Tag to share with you today, but before we get into the details on that, let’s see what Suzz has to say about this challenge.

Challenge Theme: Most Memorable Gift

December for many of us is a time where we give and receive.  That had me thinking about the most memorable gifts I have received over the years.  These including a signed book from one of my favorite authors, handwritten notes from my children, a singing hot dog condiment stand and the first gift my husband gave me when we were dating.  Since this is the season of giving I want you to be inspired by a memorable gift and use that to create a vintage or shabby chic project that captures the inspiration from that gift.  You can make a card, a tag, share a journal entry or any kind of project you desire. Just be sure to mention the memorable gift and how it inspired your creation.

White Christmas Etcetera Tag

I have been pondering this challenge for a long time.  When I finally settled upon my most memorable Christmas, the gift became clear.  This White Christmas Etcetera  Shaker Tag sets the stage for the story, so I’ll share it first, then tell you the tale of my Most Memorable Gift.

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 1

The year was 1969.  The weather in Central Vermont was unseasonably warm and there was not a single flake of snow to be seen.  Our sleds stood idle on our porches, and even though Main Street in our small New England town was dressed up in holiday lights, it just didn’t feel like Christmas. Where, oh where was the snow?

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 2

This strangely warm weather pattern continued all the way up to Christmas Eve, which fell on a Wednesday that year.  How well I remember trudging in to the Christmas Eve candlelight service with green grass all around.  Dad remarked on the way through the doors, “Looks like it’s going to be a green Christmas this year.”  My 13 year old heart sank at the thought of a Christmas without snow.

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 3

There was no time to worry about the situation, however.  I had to don my white Junior Choir robe, tie the black bow tie and get in line for the processional down the aisle.  Warm, soft candlelight filled the sanctuary as choirs and congregation sang the sweet familiar Christmas hymns.  We wriggled impatiently in our pews as the pastor shared a short Christmas sermon.  Then we all traipsed downstairs to the fellowship hall for Christmas cookies, coffee and a visit from Santa.

A Christmas Miracle

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 4

What I failed to realize was that while we were singing carols and munching sugar cookies, a Christmas miracle was taking place outside.  Snow was falling…and not just a little!  Huge fluffy white flakes of snow filled the now crisp wintry night.  The snow came up over the tops of my shoes and coated the top of my head.

It snowed all the way home.

It snowed the whole time we opened our presents.

Snow fell all night long while we slept.

And when we woke in the morning, over 3 feet of snow had fallen…and it continued to snow.

A White Christmas to Remember

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 5

This was an epic snowfall.  No one could make it to the top of the steep hill where our home lay blanketed with snow.  I still remember the serenity and the silence of that wonderful scene.  Not a car engine to be heard anywhere.  Everyone on the hill and in the town below was tucked up inside where it was warm and cozy.

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 6

Since my dad and mom served as the manager/treasurer for our small community credit union, our home was always filled with local people coming to deposit, withdraw or make payment on a loan.  We almost never had a day when we had our parents all to ourselves.

But this Christmas, the snow was so thick that we had 3 whole days where not a single soul braved the icy roads.  Three whole days to play games with Dad, eat Mom’s good cooking, and enjoy being a family.  That snow storm was the most memorable gift I’ve ever received.

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 7

The Best Gifts Don’t Come in a Package

Little did we know at the time, this would be Dad’s last Christmas with us.  He died suddenly the following spring.  When I think of Christmas past, this is the one that comes to mind. The memory of those precious hours spent as a family are worth more to me than any gift I’ve ever received.  The laughter, the love, the fun and games of that Christmas held me through the darker, less joyous ones to come.

The timing of that snowfall could not have been more perfect or more miraculous.  It was a gift from Heaven, and like most of life’s best gifts, it didn’t come in a package.

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 8White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 9

I haven’t shared any tips, tricks or techniques for this project in this post.  That’s because I’ll be doing a Step x Step tutorial on the Frilly and Funkie Blog on Saturday, December 9th.  You will learn how I prepared the base for this White Christmas Etcetera Tag.  You’ll also learn how to create the shaker window element.  I hope you will join me on Saturday.

Now it’s YOUR Turn

We’d love to see your Most Memorable Gift project, and invite you to share it with us over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic style project following the challenge theme.  Then link it up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:55PM EST on Tuesday, December 20th.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose our top four picks. Our favorite pick will be invited with to join us as a Guest Designer  at Frilly and Funkie.  The next three favorites will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

This is our last challenge for 2017, so we hope you will find time to play along.  We’re all going to enjoy a nice Christmas break and be back for the first challenge of 2018 in January.

Thanks so much for letting me share this White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag with you, and for taking the time to read the story of my Most Memorable Gift.

Wishing you all a Christmas to remember!

Cheerio,

kathy

White Christmas Etcetera Tag Products from The Funkie Junkie Boutique



Jingle All the Way Christmas Card Folio Tutorial

Authentique Colorful Christmas: Jingle All the Way Card Folio Tutorial and Merry Christmas Banner

Hello, Friends!  I’ve had the best time playing with Authentique Paper’s Christmas collections.  Today I’m sharing a couple of projects made with their amazing Colorful Christmas.  I had great fun putting this Jingle All the Way Christmas Card  Folio Tutorial together for you.  I’m fairly addicted to making card folios, as they serve so many purposes.  This one is filled with all kinds of fun flaps, folds, flips and interactive features.  I think you’re really going to enjoy making it!

Jingle All the Way Christmas Card Folio Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

This is a 5″ x 7″ card folio with a 1/2″ spine.  And how about this Dapper Santa?  Isn’t he fabulous?

Jingle All the Way Christmas Card Folio Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

Colorful Christmas is loaded with fresh patterns, fun images and a great cut apart page!  I trimmed out the “Jingle All the Way” sentiment to make the ornament on my card front.

Jingle All the Way Christmas Card Folio Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3This whole collection reminds me of gingerbread…and that is always a good thing!

Jingle All the Way Christmas Card Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Jingle All the Way Christmas Card Folio Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4

Oh, what fun!  We have a pocket, a decorated candy cane and an interactive accordion fold album on the inside of this folio.

Jingle All the Way Christmas Card Folio Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5The accordion fold album measures 4.75″ square and has a ribbon tie closure.

Jingle All the Way Christmas Card Folio Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 6Untie the ribbon, and the festivities fold out!

Jingle All the Way Christmas Card Folio Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 7Each fold in the album measures 3.75″ wide x 5″ tall.  I’ve included flap elements and mini file folders made with the stickers that come with the collection.

Jingle All the Way Christmas Card Folio Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 9It’s like a party on paper, isn’t it?

Jingle All the Way Christmas Card Folio Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 10This 4.75″ square pocket is in the center of the album.  Decorated with a sticker, it contains 2 photo mounts and a cute gift card holder.

Jingle All the Way Christmas Card Folio Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 11

This large manila tag is all dressed up in holiday finery.  It sits in the large pocket on the bottom of the album, along with a decorated candy cane.

Jingle All the Way Christmas Card Folio Tutorial on YouTube

Would you like to learn how to make this fun and festive card folio?  Then follow along with this YouTube video and learn how to build the folio base, add the accordion fold album and watch me decorate the cover step by step.

The best thing about these folios is that they can be made quickly and don’t take up a lot of space.  They are perfect for gift giving as the cost for making them is considerably less than that of making an album.  And on top of that , you can add them to your home decor!  It’s lovely when you can make something that serves multiple purposes.

Bonus Project:  Colorful Christmas Star Banner

While I had all my paper pretties out on my work desk, I decided to make a little home decor project.

Merry Christmas Star Banner Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

The base of this banner is a Crayola Chipboard Star Album.  Each star pennant measures 6″ x 6″.

Merry Christmas Star Banner Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2First, trace the chipboard star onto patterned paper from Colorful Christmas 6×6 Bundle.

Then ink the edges of the chipboard and the paper with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Next, stitch around the perimeter of the paper star, then glue onto the chipboard base.  Punch a hole at the top.

Merry Christmas Star Banner Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3Now cover chipboard letters with the poinsettia pattern.  Ink the edges.  Back with foam tabs or waste chipboard to elevate from the star base.

Merry Christmas Star Banner Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4Next, create a backdrop for the letters.  Die cut a star shape from kraft cardstock with Spellbinders Exquisite Circles #3 die.  Select a snowflake embossing folder and ink up the debossed side with Versamark Embossing Ink. Then run the die cut through the folder. Next, sprinkle the embossed star with a clear glitter embossing powder and heat set.  Finally spritz with Dylusions White Linen Spray and ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Merry Christmas Star Banner Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5Now, add foam tabs or chipboard to the back of the die cut and glue in place on the star.  Top with the prepared letter. Decorate with Colorful Christmas stickers and Christmas goodies from your stash.

Merry Christmas Star Banner Colorful Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 6Punch a hole at the top of each star.  Thread ribbon through the holes.  Add bows and buttons. Then, cut the images and sentiments from the 6×6 Bundle into little fishtail banners.  Mat on kraft cardstock and attach with mini wood clothespins.

I hope these tips and tricks inspired you to get out your paper pretties and deck the halls!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Jingle All the Way and Merry Christmas Star Banner Supply List and Product Links

Authentique Paper

Spellbinders Dies

Ribbon

Other Products

  • Versamark Embossing Ink
  • WOW! Natural Shimmer Embossing Glitter
  • Dylusions White Linen Spray
  • Sizzix Snowflakes Embossing Folder
  • Crayola Star Chipboard Album

 

 

 

 

 

Deer Christmas Greeting Card with Sweet Christmas

Deer Christmas Greeting Card with Stamperia Sweet Christmas

Hello, Friends!

Wow, has this week ever been busy!  I finally got caught up on life after my lovely Thanksgiving break.  Once all the chores were done, I had a chance to play with some of my new paper pretties.  This Deer Christmas Greeting card has a wonderful Victorian feel to it.  It’s made with Stamperia’s Sweet Christmas collection.

Deer Christmas Greeting Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo 1

A little light distressing on the edges gave this card an aged, rustic feel.  All the edges are sponged with Distress Victorian Velvet ink to amp up the color.  Then I spritzed the edges with water.  Finally, I spattered the whole base (not the image) with Hickory Smoke Distress Spray.

Need a good way to use up scraps of pretty paper?  Cut a banner shape on the end then add them to your paper layers.  To do this, first I fold my paper in half lengthwise.  From the folded side of the paper, cut a 45 degree angle toward the bottom edge.  These fishtail banners look great on a card, use up scraps and are quick and easy to make.

Deer Christmas: Pretty in Pink

Deer Christmas Greeting Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo  2I’m finding that I’m rather fond of pink this Christmas.

Deer Christmas Greeting Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo 3

Festive greenery gives this card a botanical feel.  I’ve layered lots of evergreen boughs in with my White Glitz Ribbon bow cluster.

Deer Christmas: A Peek Inside

Deer Christmas Greeting Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo  4

For me, decorating the inside of a card is as much fun as decorating the outside.

Deer Christmas Greeting Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo  5

Deer Christmas Greeting Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo  6Of course, there’s a pocket!

Deer Christmas Greeting Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo  7In the pocket, there’s a pretty little gift card holder.

Deer Christmas Greeting Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo  8And in the gift card holder, there’s a stamped sentiment and a chocolate treat. Otherwise, it would not be a Kathy by Design card!   If you’re interested, you’ll find this card available for purchase in my Etsy shop.

It was relaxing and fun to make a card “just for me” . I love the way it turned out, and I hope it inspired you to get out your paper pretties and have a play.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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