Authentique Mister Pocket Card

Authentique Mister Pocket Card: Authentique Father’s Day Group Post

Hello, Friends!  How do you feel about making masculine cards?  I had such a good time creating this Authentique Mister Pocket Card for the Authentique Design Team Father’s Day Group Post!  Although I love all my frilly, shabby chic creations, sometimes it’s really fun to change gears and make a great guy card!

Authentique Mister Pocket Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

If you haven’t had a chance to play with Authentique Mister yet, here’s a look at what you’ve been missing!  So many wonderful masculine prints, rich colors and fabulous vintage images make this a stand out masculine collection.  Since Father’s Day is right around the corner, I thought I would make a fun pocket style card.  Here’s how this one came together.

Authentique Mister Pocket Card: Building the Base

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  • First, cut (2) 5″ x 11″ panels from Steel Grey Cardstock.  Then,  score a 1/2″ flap on the end of each panel.  Adhere these flaps together to form a side fold card with a 1/2″ spine on the left.  You will need to trim the ends of the card to measure 7″ x 5″.
  • Next, cut a 6 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ panel from Spectrum Old Glory Cardstock.
  • Now cut a 6 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ panel of Mister Eleven.  Distress the edges and stitch it to the Old Glory layer.
  • Then cut a 3 1/2″ square of Mister Seven.  Stitch it onto a slightly larger panel of Steel Grey Cardstock.  Adhere this on the left hand side of the card near the spine.
Authentique Mister Pocket Card: What’s in Your Pocket

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This cloth pocket was unearthed while cleaning up the Closet of Shame.  Lucky find, as it is the perfect embellishment for this masculine card.  I decorated the front with a small piece of Mister Seven.  Next I matted the sticker on some scrap card, wrapped it with burlap string, added a key and tucked it inside the front pocket.  This is a great place to add a gift card!

Authentique Mister Pocket Card: A Peek Inside

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Don’t you just love these patterned papers?

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I tucked a coffee treat, a chocolate and a little magnet into the pocket on the right.  The magnet is stitched to denim that I salvaged from a pair of jeans.

Authentique Mister Pocket Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

The sentiments in this collection are so good.  And there’s room to write a personal note here, too.

Memories of My Dad

I know I’ve shared a lot of memories about my mom with y’all.  But I also had a fabulous Daddy.  My dad was a man of real integrity.  Like most father’s of his era, he was a man of few words.  But when he spoke, you wanted to hear what he had to say.  Like my mom, he had a creative mind and an incredible work ethic.  He could build anything, fix anything, and his ingenuity was astonishing.

Mom and Dad bought the house I grew up in just 10 days before I was born.  To say it was a fixer upper is being romantic.  It needed some serious love.  But it had good bones, as they say, and together, my mom and dad made it into a warm and welcoming home.    I have photos of the house from when I was a baby, and it amazes me to see that there was no lawn.  Just grey clay…not a sprig of grass anywhere to be seen.   But as a kid, I remember playing on lush green lawns..  How did that transformation take place?

Well, there was rarely ever any spare money in our blue collar household.  But there was a wealth of love, can-do spirit and elbow grease to make up for that lack.  When Dad wanted a lawn but could not afford both the grass seed and a tiller rental to break up the soil, he came up with a brilliant solution.

He went to the dump.  And there he found an old open coil mattress spring.  Just the thing!  He rigged up a harness for that old thing, hitched himself up to it,  told my older brothers to hop on top to weight it down and proceeded to break up that hard clay.  Not a word of complaint.  The job got done, my brothers had a jolly adventure, and I grew up with beautiful green lawns to play on.  What a guy!

Another Day, Another Dollar

I adored my dad, and shadowed him every where he went.  It was probably not always convenient for him to have me “help” him with his projects, but he always made me feel welcome. His nickname for me was “Sweetheart.”   He taught me how to walk like a lady, how to behave in public, and how to shop for a good piece of meat.  Dad was a marvelous dancer, and he taught me how to waltz.  He loved a good joke, treated everyone with dignity, and taught me to do the same.  My father modeled what a real man should be, and I am eternally grateful for his example.

Dad was an optimist.  He made meager wages as a bookkeeper/office manager at the local granite quarry.  Yet he wore a sports coat, starched shirt, shined shoes and tie to work every day.  He had pride…the good kind of pride.  Each morning, as he kissed my mother good-bye, he would put his favorite hat on his head and say with a twinkle in his blue eyes, “Well, here I go.  Another day.   Another dollar.  A million days…a million dollars.”

Sadly, Dad did not live to reach those million days.  He died very suddenly of a massive heart attack when I was just 13 years old.  My world came crashing down in a few short minutes.  Those were dark days for me and my family, but our father’s influence and example was deeply planted in our hearts and minds.  Slowly but surely, we picked ourselves up and took on the challenge of living life without him.  He molded my heart in the few short years in which he was my dad.  And, to no surprise, I married a man who is remarkably similar to him

I know not everyone was so richly blessed with such a great father.  But if you are one of those lucky ones, be sure to spend a little time with your dad…or remembering him this Father’s Day.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals Folio

 

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals Folio for the RRR June Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon June Blog Hop.  My project inspiration this month is this Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals Folio.  It’s a great match up for the June Ribbon Club Assortment.

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You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  You can find the complete blog hop list on the RRR Blog.  Now let’s take a closer look at the lovely ribbons used to adorn this summer folio.

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals Folio:  Give Me the Skinny

I decided to go taller and skinner with this folio.  (If only it was so easy in real life!)  The base measures 4 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ with a 1/2″ spine.

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 03

Turquoise Plaid Ribbon looks fabulous with all the pinks and greens in this collection, so I chose to use it for the ribbon closure on the folio.  That looked so good that I decided to add a little border strip of it topped with crochet lace.  Then I created a bow cluster using Hot Pink Satin with a Silver Metallic Edge and placed it atop that border strip.  A loopy silver metallic string bow goes perfectly with the metallic edge on the satin ribbon.

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Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals Folio: A Peek Inside

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 05

Flip pages add so much fun to a folio design.  I decorated this one with butterfly stamps and little sentiment strips from the paper collection.

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 06

 

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 07

Here’s a look at the fully opened folio.  As you can see, I’ve used ribbon from the Club Assortment inside, too.

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The center box style pocket holds a trio of treats all dressed up with pretty ribbon.  The Tea Wallet is sporting a Turquoise Plaid Ribbon Belly Band.  The vintage silver plate spoon is held in place with a snippet of Hot Pink Satin Ribbon.  I love the color and texture these ribbons add to the interior of the folio.

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Even tiny scraps of ribbon can be put to good use!  A folded scrap of Turquoise Plaid Ribbon looks so pretty tucked under the button of this stitched magnet.

On With the Blog Hop

From here, you will hop on over to  the RRR Blog, where you will answer Bonnie’s question of the month.  Maybe you will win your very own June Ribbon Club Assortment!  Yay!

Subscribing to the Ribbon Club is easy and affordable!  It’s like getting a birthday present in the mail every single month!  You can find out all about it HERE.

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

Thanks for hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

Laserowe Love Coral Romance Birthday Card

Laserowe Love Coral Romance Birthday Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Don’t you  just love it when you find the perfect paper collection to you with your RRR Monthly Ribbon Club Assortment?

Laserowe Love Coral Romance Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

This Laserowe Love Coral Romance paper collection pairs up perfectly with the Bright Pink Plaid Ribbon from the June Ribbon Club Assortment.    I’ve topped it with some retired Petaloo flowers from my stash to make a pinkalicious bow cluster.

Laserowe Love Coral Romance Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 02

Everything about this card says “Summer is here!”

Laserowe Love Coral Romance Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 03

The gorgeous lasercut chipboard frame on this card is also from Laserowe Love.  I’ll tell you more about them in a moment.  But first, let’s take a look inside this pretty pink card.

Laserowe Love Coral Romance Birthday Card: A Peek Inside

Laserowe Love Coral Romance Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 04

I used a new Heartfelt Creations Pocket Die to made the hidden pocket on the card interior.

 

Laserowe Love Coral Romance Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 05

Then I used the cut out tags from the paper collection to make this adorable book mark.  The sentiment stamp is so fun, don’t you think?  It’s a retired stamp set that I just love.

Laserowe Love Coral Romance Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 06

Here’s how I made the bookmark:

  • First, trim the tag from the Coral Romance Paper Collection.
  • Then adhere only the top edge of the tag to a slightly larger rectangle of the coral fabric paper in the collection.
  • Now trim about 1/8″ around the tag to make a 2-layer tag.
  • Next, stamp a sentiment on a scrap of cream cardstock and trim it out into a square.
  • Then stitch the sentiment onto more of the coral fabric patterned paper and adhere to the tag.
  • Punch a hole at the top of the tag and loop crochet lace, 3/8″ Hot Pink Satin with a Metallic Edge,  and Summer Fun Diamond Print Grosgrain Ribbon through the hole. (These are all part of the June Ribbon Club Assortment.)
  • Slip charms over a length of silver metallic string and tie to secure in place. Add to the ribbon cluster.
  • Tie a bow with Bright Pink Plaid around the above ribbons to hold everything in place.
  • Adhere a pretty flower to cover the knot.

By leaving the bottom 2/3 of the tag open, you can now slip it over the pages of a book, making the perfect bookmark.

Laserowe Love Coral Romance Birthday Card: Who is Laserowe Love?

If you are like me, I had never  heard of Laserowe Love until I received a lovely message from my new friend, Sylwia at Laserowe Love about 6 weeks ago.  She sent me a link to her website and asked if they could send me a box of goodies.  And of course, I said yes!    I’m so glad I did, because these paper and laser cut primed chipboard pieces are gorgeous.  Here’s a look at my unboxing video.

You can purchase Laserowe Love products in the US at The Frantic Stamper.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use with your June Ribbon Club Assortment.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Amazing Paper Grace Summer Berries Box Card

Amazing Paper Grace Guest Designer Spot: Stamperia Provence Summer Berries Box Card

Hello, Friends!  Aaaaah, summer!  Today’s Guest Designer Post for Amazing Paper Grace is a Summer Berries Box Card.  Made with Spellbinder’s  APG Vintage Treasures Cannetille Rectangle Dies and Stamperia Provence  and Lilac Flowers papers, it as sweet and refreshing as a bowl of summer berrries with whipped cream on top.

Stamperia Provence Summer Berries Box Card: How I Made It

Summer Berries Box Card Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Cannetille Rectangle Dies Stamperia Provence Lilac Flowers by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

This box style card looks complicated, but the cover comes together in a snap, thanks to these wonderful dies!  Here’s how I made it:

  • First, cut a 12″ x 6″ panel of cream cardstock.
  • Next, score on the long side at 2 3/4″ , 5 1/2″ and 6.
  • Fold to form a little booklet with a 1/2″ spine on the left.
  • Then fold the front cover back at the 2 3/4″ score line.
  • Line all the panels with Stamperia Provence Paper.
  • Die cut the Cannetille Rectangle from Whip Cream Cardstock.
  • Now use just the outer frame of the die to cut out a panel of the Provence paper and adhere behind the die cut layers.  Leave the center open.

The floral cluster is made with a mix of purple flowers and berries that I had in my stash.  Tie it all together with some Elderberry Seam Binding Ribbon and a pretty little button.

Stamperia Provence Summer Berries Box Card: A Peek Inside

Summer Berries Box Card Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Cannetille Rectangle Dies Stamperia Provence Lilac Flowers by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Ooh la la!  Look at all the lovely papers tucked inside this pretty card!  I’ve created a box pocket to hold some lovely treats.  You can find a tutorial for that HERE.

Summer Berries Box Card Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Cannetille Rectangle Dies Stamperia Provence Lilac Flowers by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Dress up the little gift packages inside the pocket with the center medallion from the Cannetille Rectangle Dies, a button and a half pearl.   You can write a note on the back of the journal card, too.  I’ve wrapped up a little package of British Tea Cream Cookies and a honey stick with papers from the collection.  Then I tucked in a color matched tea bag and one of my precious vintage Italian Demitasse spoons to complete the gift package. This is such a pretty way to present a gift.

I’m having such fun playing with these Vintage Treasures Dies!  They fit my style to a “T”.  Did I share some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures today?  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

To see my other Amazing Paper Grace Guest Designer Posts, Click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Stamperia Alice Etcetera Tag Tutorial

Stamperia Alice Etcetera Tag Tutorial for Frilly & Funkie Saturday Showcase

Hello, Friends!  Happy Saturday!  I’m up on the Frilly and Funkie Saturday Showcase today, where I’m sharing this Stamperia Alice Etcetera Tag Tutorial.  You’ll want to pop on by to see the tips and details I’m sharing there. . This is a technique laden tutorial demonstrating how to:

  • Alter metal embellishments with paint and embossing powders.
  • Prepare a mixed media background using scraps of paper and Distress Mediums.
  • Use Distress Paint and Embossing Powders to create a cool textured border.
  • Create a double sided waterfall with vellum hinges.

I had such fun creating the front of this Mixed Media Etcetera Tag, that I decided to flip it over and create a waterfall feature on the back side.  So now this home decor item can also be used for photos.  how fun is that?

Stamperia Alice Etcetera Tag Tutorial Video

This 30 minute tutorial is part still photo/text and part live action.  This kept it from being too long, but still provides you with lots of techniques and ideas that you can use.  So go grab a cuppa and a snack, then settle in and enjoy!

To see more detail photos of this project, Click HERE.  To see more ALICE projects, click HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques that 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!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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