Pink Flamingo Valentines Day Mini File Folder

Pink Flamingo Valentines Day Mini File Folder for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  When I was a little girl, my great-grandmother had gorgeous flower gardens.  They were always blooming with some fabulous variety of Iris, or Peonies, or Hydrangeas.  But the thing I remember the most about her gorgeous flower beds was a pair of pink plastic flamingos that flanked the bird bath.  I was entranced by these exotic birds!  So, when I found the new Fabulous  collection from Authentique, I had to have it.  As luck would have it, the papers look smashing with the January Ribbon Club Assortment from RRR.  This little Pink Flamingo Valentines Day mini folder is a prime example of how much fun it is to mix pink papers with red ribbons.

Pink Flamingo Valentines Day Mini File Folder by Kathy Clement, Photo 1Every single time I look at this Pink Flamingo Valentines Day Mini Folder, I laugh out loud.  It just makes me happy, happy, happy!  I mean, what’s not to love about a pink flamingo in a fedora?

Pink Flamingo Valentines Day Mini File Folder by Kathy Clement, Photo 2This little portfolio/file folder measures 4″ x 5.5″.  I created a tie closure by layering Red Chevron Striped Grosgrain ribbon over Red Swirls on White Satin RibbonScor-Tape holds both ribbons firmly in place. I used my Zutter Bow it All Tool to tie a tiny White Taffeta Bow and tucked it beneath my Petaloo blooms to anchor them in the corner.  The side bow is tied with 5/8″ Red Satin with a grosgrain edge. I love working with this particular ribbon because it ties gorgeous bows!

Let’s Take a Look Inside

There’s a whole lotta fun stuffed inside this mini folder.  Each side has a cute little pocket that I’ve decorated with papers from the collection and more fabulous ribbon.

The pocket on the left has a sassy retro styled journal card, an individually wrapped chocolate and a tea bag…in a pink foil wrapper, of course!

The pocket on the right has a fun vintage button card that I’ve topped with  paper spool.  The spool is wrapped with Random Hearts and Confetti Dots grosgrain ribbon.  I’ve secured the ribbon in place with black burlap string and a couple of stick pins.

Although this would make a great Valentine, I think you could also send it out to cheer up a friend in the middle of winter.  I mean, really….can you stop yourself from smiling when you see pink flamingos?  I, for one, cannot!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Portrait of a Lady Easel Card: Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks Day 6

Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks: Portrait of a Lady Easel Card

Hello G45’ers!  Have you been following along with the Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks?  I’m so excited about all these new collections.  I’ve been busy behind the scenes creating loads of samples for CHA/Creativation and I finally get to share this Portrait of a Lady Easel Card with you today.   Hooray!

I tell you no lie: When I pulled Portrait of a Lady from my design team box, I literally gasped.  It is one of the most beautiful paper collections I have ever seen.

Details and Tips

Portrait of a Lady Easel Card, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2I die cut a doily from white cardstock, topped it with a die cut panel from the sentiment page and then wreathed it with trim from my stash.   Don’t you just love this sentiment?

Portrait of a Lady Easel Card, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 3The neat thing about an easel card is that it will close flat for mailing.  This is what it looks like closed. I kept this design very simple and clean so that the beautiful papers and images could really shine.

To add layers of design to a card, use Staples tags!  The lovely shaped edge lends elegance and interest with very little work.  I just cut a strip of designer paper here, tucked my tags behind the focal image, trimmed the edges with lace and popped on some beautiful cream Petaloo flowers.  So simple, yet so elegant!

Portrait of a Lady Easel Card, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 4For my custom dyed ribbon, I worked Tattered Rose Distress Ink through cream seam binding.  It’s a perfect color match and ties a beautiful shabby bow.  I love the way an easel card stands all on its own.

A Peek Inside

Portrait of a Lady Easel Card, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 5Here’s a peek at the inside.  Because an easel card has to be able to “break” in the middle of the top half, you have to decorate the inside a little differently.  Simply cut your panel of paper as you normally would, then cut it in half.  Glue one half above the break, and the other below.  This way the pattern matches, and the card will still function as designed.

Portrait of a Lady Easel Card, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 6To create the “stopper” for the easel, I layered several patterns of designer paper and matted with cardstock.  The stopper needs to sit a little bit high so that the edge of the card front will catch there and stay open.  I mounted the “Believe in Yourself” sentiment on waste chipboard for that purpose.

Want to see more?

So, what do you think of Portrait of a Lady?  Is it your cup of tea?  It certainly is mine!  This Portrait of a Lady Easel card is just one of the samples I’ve made with the collection.  I’ll be sharing more  in days to come.

If you’d like to see more of Portrait of a Lady, it’s being featured on the Graphic 45 BLOG today.  Be sure to pop over and take a look at all the elements in this glorious collection.  And be sure to leave a comment, as they are giving away a lovely prize package!

I just love sneak peeks!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

 

Winter Survival Kit

RRR Blog Hop: Winter Survival Kit with Authentique Wintery

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the January 2017 Blog Hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon.  You should have arrived here from Karen’s lovely blog.  I’ve created a really fun Winter Survival Kit using the fabulous Sweetheart Mix in the January Ribbon Club Assortment.  These ribbons are great for Valentine’s Day, but they work well for winter projects, too!  Here’s a peek:

How to Make a Winter Survival Kit

Winter seems to be one of those seasons that elicits strong feelings: you either love it or you hate it.  Having grown up in New England, I had to endure my share of long, harsh winters.  I guess I am somewhat disloyal to the land of my birth, because I don’t miss winter one bit!  Yes, the snow is pretty.,.but it is so COLD!  Your hands get chapped, your lips get chapped, you catch colds, your nose runs, and this goes on day after day after day.  So, for those of you who are still stuck in a northern climate, I’ve created a handy dandy little Winter Survival Kit.

I traced around some packaging to create my Winter Survival Kit base box.  You could easily use a gift bag, but I wanted something really sturdy.  Authentique’s Wintery paper collection is a great playmate for the Sweetheart Mix Ribbons.  I love the way the red and white ribbons pop against these deep blue/grey papers.

I found this old die cut January calendar in my stash and glued it to the front of my Winter Survival Kit.  Then I painted a chipboard medallion with cream chalk paint and heat embossed it with shabby blue embossing enamel.  Next, I glued the snowman image in place using waste chipboard on the back to add extra dimension.

I love this teeny tiny chipboard birdhouse that I covered with papers from the collection.  The rusted heart, flowers and sentiment were glued onto a miniature slate that I found in my stash.

Don’t forget to decorate the sides of your Winter Survival Kit!

Ribbon borders add a pop of color and great texture to the top and bottom of the kit.

It’s What’s Inside that Counts!

Look at all the goodies I’ve packed in to my Winter Survival Kit.  Each item is decorated with ribbon from the Sweetheart Mix then wrapped with papers from the Wintery collection.  You’ll find just about everything you might need here to survive winter: Cut-a-Soup, Emergen-C, pocket pack of tissues, Chap Stick, hand cream,  antibacterial wipes, herbal tea, and a honey stick. The warmth and cheer inside this Winter Survival Kit is sure to chase away the winter blues!

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over to Cherry’s blog to see what goodies she has cooked up for you.  There is a complete list of the blogs in this hop on the RRR Blog, so if you get lost, hop on over there and get back on track.

Visit all the blogs along the way, and leave some love behind.  When you”re through hopping, pop on over to the RRR Blog and answer the question of the month so you can be entered into a drawing to win your very own Sweetheart Ribbon Mix.

If you’re not a member of the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club, now is a great time to join.  Each month you will receive a fabulous assortment of beautiful ribbons delivered right to your door. Monthly ribbon club assortments are selected and pre-packed to reflect a specific theme, color, or holiday season. The assortments vary from month to month, but an average assortment has 9 different ribbon styles and consists of 16-18 yards of ribbon.

That’s all for me folks!  Stay warm, and thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Happy Blogiversary Number Four and a Giveaway

Happy Blogiversary Number Four…and a Giveaway!

Hello Friends!  I know I’ve been kind of absent this week, but I’ve been busy getting samples ready for CHA in Phoenix (next week) and have hardly had time to come up for air.  All of a sudden today, I realized…this week marks my 4th anniversary on the Kathy by Design blog.  So this is a special Happy Blogiversary Number 4 blog post and a giveaway!  Woo hoo!

I don’t have a fancy project to share with you today…just my humble thanks for being on this journey with me.  I started blogging with the goal of sharing my adventures in paper crafting with anyone who was willing to listen.  LOL  I had no idea how to set up a blog, and had never written a blog post in my life.  So it thrills and amazes me to see that there were people “out there” who would share my passion for paper.

Now, four years down the road, 675 of you have graced me with your company on the journey.  I’ve published over 800 posts!  And, my blog has had close to 300,000 visitors.  9,560 of you have left me lovely comments to cheer me along the way.  I am so blessed and humbled.  I just wanted to say thank you and share a little love with you.

Happy Blogiversary #4 Giveaway WEEK ONE

I decided it would be fun to host a giveaway each week for the next four weeks.  Sound good to you?  So for my Week One Happy Blogiversary Nujmber Four giveaway, I’m offering these fabulous  Waterfall One, Waterfall Two and Pinked Posies dies from Tammy Tutterow.

Many of you know that I have the honor of designing for Tammy.  I had purchased these dies before I joined the team and as much as I love them (and I really, really do love them!) I don’t need two sets of them in my stash.  So I thought I would share the love with you.

Here’s How to Enter

To be eligible to win:

  1.  You MUST be a follower of my blog.  To join, just click on the e-mail sign up form in the top right corner of my side bar.
  2. Answer this question in the comment section below:  What do you like best and what do you like least about my blog?
  3. You must be a resident of the US or Canada.  (I just can’t afford the international postage….I’m sorry!)

I’ll keep the week one giveaway open until 5PM EST on Thursday, January 19th.  I’ll announce the winner AND the week 2 giveaway on Friday, January 20th.

If you’re already a follower, please let me know.  I’d love it if you chose to follow me on the following venues as well:

That’s it!  Thanks again for being a companion on the journey!  I am having the best time.  I never expected to make so many wonderful friends all around the world.  You add so much joy to my life!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

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Snowflake Kisses Valentine Pocket Card

Snowflake Kisses Valentine Pocket Card with Sweetheart Ribbon Mix and Authentique Wintery

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Is it snowing in your neck of the woods?  We don’t get a whole lot of snow here in North Carolina, but I see a lot of my Facebook friends dealing with lots and lots of snowflakes!  I never did much care for winter.  It’s beautiful…but it is COLD!  About the only way I like to experience winter any more is on paper.  I’ve been having lots of fun with the new Authentique Wintery collection.  It’s a great playmate for the RRR January Ribbon Club Sweetheart Mix.  I had both on my work desk today, and came up with this whimsical Snowflake Kisses Valentine Pocket Card.

These are not exactly traditional Valentine’s Day colors, but I fell in love with the sentiment.   I say this is a Valentine, but it would also make a great get well card, winter birthday card or thinking of you card.

So, I have a new ribbon crush to tell you about.  Have you tried out the taffeta ribbon in the shop?  Oooh-la-la!  It ties the most beautiful crisp bows!  I super love how the white ribbon brightens the composition of this card.  The Sweetheart Mix was put into action on the belly band, too.  Don’t you just love the Random Hearts and Confetti Dots Grosgrain layered over crocheted lace?

The ribbons in this assortment are sooo gorgeous you are going to want to use every little snippet of them.  I cut fishtails on the ends of two tiny scraps of this Bold Diamond Red Satin ribbon and tucked them under my greeting.  They don’t just look pretty; they actually draw the eye to the sentiment panel.

What’s In Your Pocket?

The inside of this card is soooo cute I can hardly stand it.  What’s in the pocket?  A packet of Lipton Cup-a-Soup, that’s what!  How fun is that?  I just couldn’t help myself, my friends.  Having practically LIVED on this stuff when I was in college way back in the Dark Ages, I thought it would be perfect for this wintry card.  What do you think?

Sending you lots and lots of wintry snowflake kisses!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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RRR Anything Goes Challenge: Artisan Style Card Trio

Hello Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the first Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge for 2017!  Bonnie is taking it easy on us this time around with a fun “Anything Goes with Ribbon or Trim” theme.  I spent some time creating from my scrap drawer for this challenge and ended up with this fabby Artisan Style Card Trio.

Graphic 45 Artisan Style is one of those “oldie but goodie” collections.  I love the color palette and the quirky images.  I had quite a few scraps, and set myself a challenge to see how many cards I could make without cutting up a fresh piece of designer paper.  Turns out, I could make three!

This little top fold card uses a scrap of a mixed media background that I made quite some time ago.  It was the piece that actually inspired me to work with the Artisan Style papers.  Peacock Alley Seam binding ties the most gorgeous bows and just pops off the background colors.

Many of you have asked me how I tie these bows.  I use my Zutter Bow-it-All, of course!  The real secret is that I studied all of Bonnie Garby’s YouTube videos and then practiced like crazy.  Start with a soft, pliable ribbon like this seam binding, then work your way up to heavier ribbons.  After you work at this for a while, you’ll find that you develop your own personal bow-tying style.  I know this is not the “magical” solution that many of you were hoping for, but just like learning how to play an instrument, tying bows is all about practice! The more you practice, the more skilled you will become!

Pocket cards make me happy, so I added two to this card. The top one holds one of my favorite tea bags.

The bottom pocket holds a book mark and a journaling tag where you can write a personal note.  The stamps are from the Artisan Style collection, and the piece of paper is also a scrap from another mixed media project.

Artisan Style Card from Scraps #2

I’ve used Peacock Alley Seam binding again here.  The row of houses is fussy cut and raised up on foam dimensionals.

If you’ve never tried stamping flowers on printed paper….I highly recommend it!  So. Much. Fun!

And here is a peeky at the inside.

Artisan Style Card from Scraps #3

This ribbon is also tied with seam binding.  Noble Peacock is such a rich color,and a near perfect match for my peacock feathers!

These polka dot flowers were left over from a project I did back in May.  I save all my extra stamped flowers in plastic cases.  They eventually find their way onto the perfect project.

Here I’ve layered up a bunch of small strips of patterned paper.  I love the way these patterns all play together in harmony.  It’s a great way to use up little bits and pieces.

Now, it’s YOUR turn!  Link up your Anything Goes with Ribbon or Trim project to the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge Blog.  You’ll find all the necessary details HERE.  And be sure to visit the rest of the team projects for more inspiration.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Peek-A Boo Baby Boy Shortie Tag Album

Tammy Tutterow Designs Baby Boy Shortie Tag Album

Hello, Friends!  Sometimes when an idea comes into your head, you have to drop everything and create.  I woke up with the design for this Baby Boy Shortie Tag Album in my head, then spent a few delightful hours in my studio bringing it to life.  What fun!

Snips, Snails & Puppy Dog Tails Baby Boy Shortie Tag Album

All together now….”awwwwwww!”   This is one of those projects I wish you could hold in your hands because it is so stinkin’ tiny and cute, cute, cute!  I used Tammy Tutterow’s amazing Shortie Tag Album Die with Kaisercraft Peek-a-Boo boy papers to put this together.  (You’ll find product links and a supply list below the post.)

Making this shortie tag album is loads of fun.  I simply die cut 3 tags from white cardstock.  The Shortie Tag Album Die comes with 6 decorative edge dies, so I ran each tag through my Spellbinder Platinum machine a second time to add the fancy edge. Each tag is about 3″ wide by about 4.5″ tall. The finished album is the perfect size for a brag book.

I used Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Inks to color the edges of my tags, then spritzed with water.  Next I lightly sponged each edge with Vintage Photo Ink to create a border effect.  While I was at it, I cut the designer papers to measure 2 7/8″ x 3 1/2″ and inked all those edges as well.  The shortie tag album  comes with a handy little reinforcement tab die that I added to each die cut tag.

That cutie pie little boy image is mounted to a wool felt flower that I die cut with Tammy’s Floweret Posies Die.  I sponged the edges lightly with Tumbled Glass ink to add a sweet textural element to the cover.

A Light Bulb Moment!

One of the things I love about working with Tammy’s dies is their versatility.  As I was laying out all the components for this little brag book, a light bulb went off in my brain.  I realized I could use the book pages from Tammy’s Mini Tag Book die to create itty bitty folios throughout the tag album.  Eureka!  I love when that happens.  See that little white clothespin?  It’s holding the folio on the cover shut.

A Peek Inside

How fun is this?  An interactive front cover that opens to hold itty bitty (2.75″ square) photos of baby.  It’s a little hard to see in the photo, but if you look at that blue flower shaped button on the right, you’ll see that it is stitched to a little felt tab that I die cut with Tammy’s Shortie Tabs dies.  I love the soft texture this adds to a baby project.

The tags are joined together with a ribbon wrapped O ring and the album flips open top to bottom.  I was careful to glue just the bottom edge of the ephemera so that photos could be inserted behind.  The bottom page holds another mini folio.  I just love how tiny everything is!

This folio opens book style.  The border piece is glued just on the ends so that photos can be tucked behind.

The final page contains two more mini folios.  I might add that pictures can also be mounted onto the tags themselves.  There are lots of options in the design, which I totally love.

This would be such a sweet baby shower gift or new baby gift.  And wouldn’t every proud Nana want to show off her darling grandson in an album like this?

Sweet Baby Boy Companion Card

Because I already had everything out on my desk, and because I was having such fun playing, I went ahead and made a companion card for the Baby Boy Shortie Tag Album.  I have to confess. that white wool felt flower just makes my heart happy.  It’s made with the same Floweret Posies Die that I mounted the album focal image on.  Each pass through the die cutting machine gives you 3 graduated flower layers.  I stitched them together here and then added a baby blue button.  To me, this soft layered flower makes the whole design pop.

Inside the card, I added a photo mount behind a pretty belly band.

The pocket on the bottom holds a little photo folder and a lovely ephemera card.

Oh, I do so love sweet little baby boy projects!  I hope I shared some useful ideas for  these fabulous dies that you can use in your own creative time.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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