Category Archives: Banners

Tealightful Tea Party Banner and Video

Tealightful Tea Party Banner with Petaloo Spring Posies

Hello, Friends!  Little girls love tea parties!  It’s a fact.  Our middle “Little” Julia loves them so much that she’s chosen to have an American Girl Tea Party Birthday this year.  I spent the weekend creating this pinkalicious, very girly Tealightful tea party banner using Petaloo posies and designer papers from Pebbles.

Tealightful tea party banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 1Banners are fun to make, but tough to capture in a photograph.  So, I went ahead and made a very short (under 3 minute) video tour of the banner and cards so you can really get a feel for it.  I  will include still photos as well, as I know you like to study those.

Tealightful Tea Party Banner Video on YouTube

Tealightful Tea Party Banner Details

Tealightful tea party banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 2The banner is made from three 4.25″ x 5.5″ pennants and 4 ATC sized pennants.  Cut a fishtail on each rectangle, then stitch designer paper to the cardstock base. Next, stitch the banners onto ribbon.

Tealightful tea party banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 3Add a belly band, a die cut doily and fussy cut elements.  Then add pretty Petaloo posies as a finishing touch.  I used White Vintage Velvet Pansies, Pink Mini Darjeeling Butterflies, and Pink Petaloo Darjeeling Petite Blossoms.

Tealightful tea party banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 4Each large pennant is flanked by a tiny ATC sized pennant.  Every time I see these cute critters in teacups, I cannot help but smile!


Tealightful tea party banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 5Die cut teacups with Tim Holtz’ Tea Time dies, then fill with pretty posies.

Tealightful tea party banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 6No tea party is complete without a fancy cake!

Tealightful tea party banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 7Back layers and fussy cut images with waste chipboard or foam tape to create extra depth and dimension.

You’re My Cup of Tea Easel Birthday Card

You're My Cup of Tea Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 1To continue with the tea party theme, I put together this very girly easel card.

You're My Cup of Tea Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 2Make the stopper for your card by backing an image with chipboard or foam tape.  Cluster pretty Vintage Velvet pansies around the image to add more texture.  This will help the card stay in the display position. Cut little banner flags from paper scraps to add even more fun to the card.

You're My Cup of Tea Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 3Easel cards fold shut for presentation, then stand up for display.  They are one of my favorite cards to make!

You're My Cup of Tea Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 4Finish the interior of the card with more pretty papers and stamped birthday greetings.

Tealightful Tea Party Invites and Thank You Notes

Tealightful Tea Party Invites and Note Cards by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 1I was having such fun playing with these pretty Tealightful papers that I went ahead and made some very simple party invites and thank you notes to go with the ensemble.  Although the cards are very, very simple, I dressed them up a little with either a pink butterfly or a vintage velvet pansy.

Now I can’t wait for Julia’s birthday party!  As she says to me when we play tea party together, “Pinkies Up!”

Thanks for stopping by!



Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day Banner Tutorial

Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook: Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day Banner

Hello, Friends!  How do you spell love?  Today, I’m spelling it with a super cute Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day banner tutorial.

Isn’t it fun?  The best part about this banner is the fact that it uses very few materials and can be made in about an hour.

Supply List for Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day Banner

Snapguide Tutorial for Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day Banner

Check out How to Graphic 45 Butterfly Kisses Valentine Banner by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Why I love Butterflies on Valentine’s Day

I know butterflies are not a traditional image for Valentine’s Day.  Well, as you might suspect by  now, there’s a story behind this project.  Since it is nearly Valentine’s Day…and the story is super romantic, I’ll share it with you here.

My mom and dad were both working as bookkeepers at a trucking company in southern Vermont in 1939.   Mom worked the day shift.  Dad worked nights.  Mom must have caught his eye right away, because of all the available chairs in that office, Dad opted to use hers each night.  This meant that every day at shift change, he had to return her chair to her desk.  And of course, this gave him the opportunity to say good morning.

Dad was shy.  I mean super shy.  So he rarely said anything beyond good morning each day.  But, he started leaving little gifts for mom on her desk: a pack of her favorite chewing gum, a piece of candy…small tokens of friendship.  After almost a YEAR of this delicate courtship dance, Valentine’s Day rolled around.  Mom came into work that morning to find an envelope with her name on it.  Inside the envelope was a beautiful Valentine’s Day card with…you guessed it…butterflies!

Mom and Dad were finally married on Valentine’s Day 1941.  Each year when their anniversary rolled around, Dad gave her a box of chocolates, a packet of chewing gum and a card…and there was always a butterfly on it somewhere!

So now you know why I love butterflies for Valentine’s Day.

Thanks for stopping by!






Petaloo Butterflies and Blossoms

Petaloo Butterflies and Blossoms for Creativation (CHA)

Hello Friends!  Happy New Year!  Wow…did the holidays go by in a flash this year?  I have all my Christmas stuff packed neatly away, and now I am looking forward to the next big event: Creativation (formerly known as CHA).  I’m not going in person this year, but I created a trio of projects using Petaloo butterflies and blossoms.  These will be displayed in the Petaloo booth during the convention, and I am so excited to share a sneak peek of them here with you today.  All three are made with gorgeous Petaloo flowers and glorious Graphic 45 Nature Study papers.

Nature Study Tri-Fold Mini Album

This cluster of flowers, pearls and ribbon simply makes me want to swoon!  The album is fairly small at just 5″ x 7″, but it has room inside for loads of photos and journaling, thanks to the folio design.

A pale yellow anemone is framed by cream and spice Petaloo flowers and Spring Berry Clusters.  Do you see the blue butterfly that I framed inside a miniature Tim Holtz pocket watch frame?  Adding bits of glitter, mica chips and chunky embossing powders to the frame lends lots of texture and shine to the bow cluster.


I used a fairly heavy hand when distressing the Nature Sketchbook papers.  this added so much texture to the trio of images on the front of the album cover.

Inside the album, there is room for more than 2 dozen photos, which is amazing, given the album size.  I achieved this by tucking eight 4″ x 6″ photo mounts behind a decorative belly band. Photos can be mounted on both sides of each photo mount.  And there’s plenty of room to journal on the ephemera card, too.  On the facing page, I used another beautiful journal image from the paper collection.

When the folio is fully opened, you really get a sense of how photo friendly it is.  The center panel houses a double pocket with more journal cards and photo mounts.

The right hand panel holds a fun waterfall folio that will hold 4″ x 4″ photos.

There are 6 pages in the folio, and each one has either a belly band to hold photos, a pocket or a journaling spot.

Butterfly Tree Centerpiece

Now this was a fun project!  I used a FloraCraft 4″ x 12″ green styrofoam cone as the base for my Butterfly Tree Centerpiece. I attached the base of the foam cone to an empty ribbon spool, then decked it out with dozens of paper rosettes, Petaloo Blossoms, Butterflies and vintage buttons.

These Darjeeling Garden Rosettes are gorgeous!  They come in a host of colors, but I used just cream, spice and green on my tree.

Darjeeling  butterflies add a fun, flirty element to the composition.

Petaloo Butterflies and Blossoms Banner

I wish you could see this banner in real life, because it is one of the prettiest I’ve ever made.  It measured almost 5 feet from end to end and is just loaded with gorgeous Petaloo Butterflies and Blossoms!  I just wish banners were not so hard to photograph!

These yellow Darjeeling Anemone just pop against the Nature Sketchbook papers!  I used a lot of Darjeeling Cream Garden Rosettes in this piece, too.  Petaloo flowers are so easy to alter!  I sponged these cream rosettes with Mustard Seed Distress Ink to create yellow roses for the banner.

This center panel is decorated with a Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Ornate Door Pull.

First, I painted the door pull with two coats of Antique Linen Distress Paint.  Then I distressed the edges a little with Sandpaper.  Finally, I attached it to the pennant upside down, creating a little urn to hold beautiful Petaloo flowers.  The interior is lined with green hydrangeas that are topped off with cream petite blossoms.  You can see that I altered these with Distress Ink as well.

Fussy cut butterflies from the paper collection look great with Darjeeling butterflies from Petaloo. The lifted wings give the banner a feeling of movement and flight, which is very fun indeed!

So now you know what I’ve been working on over my Christmas break.  I’m so honored that my work will decorate the Petaloo booth.  I really have a very fun “job!”

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  If you find yourself at CHA/Creativation, pop by the Petaloo booth so you can see these goodies in 3-D and living color.  I know Petaloo has some fun surprises for their guests at the convention.

Thanks for stopping by!


Teastained Cream Butterflies x 8

Darjeeling Garden Rosette, Cream x6

Darjeeling Garden Rosette, Spice x6

Darjeeling Mini Rosette, Green x 6

Darjeeling Hydrangeas x24, Green

Darjeeling Hydrangeas x24, Cream

Darjeeling Anemone x4, Yellow

Darjeeling Anemone x4, Green

Darjeeling Mini Mix x8, Spice

Darjeeling Mini Mix x8, Green

Darjeeling Petites x24, Cream

Spring Berry Clusters x2, Peach

FloraCraft 12″ x 4″ Styrofoam Cone, Green

Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook 8×8 Pad

Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook 12×12 Prints and Patterns

Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Decorative Chipboard





Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet Christmas Stocking Banner

RRR Country Holiday Ribbons for Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet Christmas Stocking Banner

RRR Blog Hop Badge

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the RRR November Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  Tis the Season to Deck the Halls and have a Holly Jolly Christmas!  I’m getting my Christmas spirit going with this super cute Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet Christmas Stocking Banner made with the Country Holiday Ribbon Club Collection.  These ribbons are soooo pretty!

country-holiday-collectionNutcracker Sweet Christmas Stocking Banner

christmas-stocking-banner-nutcracker-sweet-by-kathy-clement-for-rrr-product-by-graphic-45-photo-1Once again, I’ve used pretty ribbons from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Country Holiday Ribbon Club assortment.  Aren’t they a great playmate for these Nutcracker Sweet papers?

christmas-stocking-banner-nutcracker-sweet-by-kathy-clement-for-rrr-product-by-graphic-45-photo-3I used a Stampin’ Up Steel Rule Die to cut out the stocking pieces.  After paper piecing the stocking parts together, I stitched them onto kraft cardstock, forming a pocket.

christmas-stocking-banner-nutcracker-sweet-by-kathy-clement-for-rrr-product-by-graphic-45-photo-7You can place a gift card or cash gift in the little pocket.   I’ve tucked mini candy canes inside just for fun.

christmas-stocking-banner-nutcracker-sweet-by-kathy-clement-for-rrr-product-by-graphic-45-photo-5The stockings are clipped onto 1.5″ Antique Gold Gingham Ribbon with cute little mini clothespins.  Just unclip them for gifting, and you’re all set.

I think this Christmas Stocking Banner is fun and festive, and I hope you’ll give it a try!

Now go see what paper pretties Cherry has prepared for you.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete hop list on the  RRR Blog.  Be sure to comment on each blog, then answer Bonnie’s question of the month so your name can be entered into the drawing for a free November Country Holiday Ribbon Club Collection.

Thanks for stopping by!




Happy Haunting Halloween Banner

Happy Haunting Halloween Banner with Pretty Petaloo Flowers

Hello, Friends!  I got the urge to create a little Halloween banner the other day, and as I was rummaging through my stash of autumn goodies, I found an oldie but a goodie from Graphic 45: Happy Haunting!  I’ve always loved the sweet vintage images and traditional color palette of this collection.  It’s truly too cute to spook!  Before you could say BOO, I was at work, cutting, sewing, spritzing, and gluing this little Happy Haunting Halloween Banner.

happy-haunting-halloween-banner-happy-hauntings-by-kathy-clement-for-really-reasonable-ribbon-product-by-graphic-45-photo-2Now while I love making banners, photographing them is another matter entirely!  But I finally figured out that the little corner cabinet our son made me for Mother’s Day is also a great photo booth!

Creating Custom Petaloo flowers with Tattered Angels Mist

happy-haunting-halloween-banner-happy-hauntings-by-kathy-clement-for-really-reasonable-ribbon-product-by-graphic-45-photo-3-jpgI wanted to totally load up this banner with pretty ribbons and fabulous orange flowers, but I only had two peach posies in my stash.  What to do?   I quickly realized I could custom color them with Peach Delight and Jack-o-Lantern Glimmer Mist.  Problem solved!

happy-haunting-halloween-banner-happy-hauntings-by-kathy-clement-for-really-reasonable-ribbon-product-by-graphic-45-photo-9Even though these were not DIY flowers, I found that they took the mists very well, and kept their shapes, too.  I spritzed the large peach Botanica bloom with Jack-o-Lantern and then spattered it with the darker Peach Delight. I also spattered the cream cherry blossom on the left.  The Mini Canvas Sunflower originally had ivory petals, but not any more!  And I love the way the Fall Mix Burlap leaves anchor the flower clusters.

happy-haunting-halloween-banner-happy-hauntings-by-kathy-clement-for-really-reasonable-ribbon-product-by-graphic-45-photo-12This wild sunflower was originally yellow.  Look how well it took the color!


I made a small banner to go between each of the large pennants.

happy-haunting-halloween-banner-happy-hauntings-by-kathy-clement-for-really-reasonable-ribbon-product-by-graphic-45-photo-6Even the Green Darjeeling Dahlias received a light misting of orange.  I added them along with the cherry blossoms to provide some color contrast.




The ribbons I used were all from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I’ll provide links below.

So, have you started decorating for Halloween/Fall yet?  I’d love to hear what you have planned in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!




Star Spangled 4th of July

Star Spangled 4th of July

Home Decor with Petaloo and Authentique Honor Collection

Hello, Friends! Here we are at the end of June and I’m getting ready to celebrate a star spangled 4th of July with these fun Star Spangled home decor projects.  All three were made with gorgeous Petaloo flowers and  Authentique’s Honor collection.

4th of July Banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Product Authentique Honor Photo 1

If ever there was a holiday that called for a banner, the 4th of July is it!  I have this banner hanging on my living room mantle and I find I want to sing “America the Beautiful” every time I pass by.  It’s fairly large: each pennant measures 4″ wide x 6″ tall, so the banner spans about 3 feet from end to end.

Banners have to be one of the hardest items to photograph…but I love ’em, so I just keep on making them!  If any of you have found a foolproof way to photograph banners, I’d love to hear from you!  To make it easier for you to see the details, I have some close up shots below.

4th of July Banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Product Authentique Honor Photo 3

I love sparklers and fireworks on the 4th of July, so I worked with glittering jeweled flowers and sparkling sugared blossoms and vintage velvet blooms that look like the nighttime sky!

4th of July Banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Product Authentique Honor Photo 4

To add to the fun of this banner I dressed it up with  ribbon streamers, burlap loops and  Petaloo flowers.

4th of July Banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Product Authentique Honor Photo 5

Just look at these precious faces! Can’t you hear them belting out a rousing version of “God Bless America”?

4th of July Banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Product Authentique Honor Photo 7

The color match between these Petaloo Flowers and the Authentique papers couldn’t be more perfect!

4th of July Banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Product Authentique Honor Photo 8

I’m so very thankful for the men and women who have chosen to serve in our military.  This touching image reminds me that every single one of them leaves behind loved ones who cherish them and feel their absence deeply.  Men and women of the military, we do salute you, and thank you for your service!

Star Spangled Home Decor

To go along with my mantle display, I altered an old glass milk bottle and dressed it up for the 4th of July.

Altered Milk Bottle by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Product Authentique Honor Photo 01

I painted the clear bottle with a layer of gesso.  When that had dried, I added a layer of Deco Art Whisper Glass paint.  The final coat was Ranger Picket Fence Distress Crackle paint and I love the way i the surface chipped and peeled as it dried.  I added some fancy pinwheels from the Dollar Store. along with  red and blue sparklers and some bodacious Burgundy and White Sugared Blossoms.  This really dressed that old glass bottle up for the holiday!

Star Spangled Greeting Card

Since I had all these goodies out on my work desk, I used the leftover bits and bobs to create a special card to match the ensemble.

Cherish 4th of July card by Kathy Clement fo Really Reasonable Ribbon Summer Flowers Challenge Product Authentique Honor 02

This Blue Vintage Velvet Peony is a real show stopper!  I glued it to some sparklers and then tucked a shabby chic bow made with custom dyed seam binding beneath it. The background paper was dry embossed with a star folder, then tapped with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I painted the Cherish chippie with Black Soot Distress Ink and heat dried it.  Then I carefully wrote on the surface with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive and  dipped in red glitter.  I love the effect, don’t you?

Cherish 4th of July card by Kathy Clement fo Really Reasonable Ribbon Summer Flowers Challenge Product Authentique Honor 05jpg

Here’s a peeky at the inside of the card. The top half sports a little envelope and note card.

Cherish 4th of July card by Kathy Clement fo Really Reasonable Ribbon Summer Flowers Challenge Product Authentique Honor 04jpg

And I love this sentiment on the bottom half of the card.

I hope I shared some home decor ideas that you’ll want to incorporate into your 4th of July celebration.  We’re getting together with the family and some friends for a cookout and games.  Whatever your plans are, I wish you a very safe and happy 4th of July.

Thanks for stopping by!  Now go get your craft on!



Petaloo Products Used in these Projects

Red Jeweled Flowers x 5 SKU: 1133-005

Sugared Blooms x 4 Burgundy SKU: 1130-120

Mixed Textured Blossoms x 4 Red SKU: 1256-212

Botanica Petite’s x 11 Red ITEM: 1101-005

Vintage Velvet Minis x 9 Red ITEM: 1139-005

Burlap Blossoms x 4 Ivory SKU: 1200-200

MixedTextured Blossoms x 4 Ivory SKU: 1256-200

Botanica Blooms x 4 White SKU: 1102-100

Botanica Petite’s x 11 White SKU: 1101-100

Sugared Blooms x 4 Royal Blue SKU: 1130-122

Sugared Mini’s x 11 Royal Blue SKU: 1131-122

Velvet Lilacs x 2 Royal Blue New Avail 2/20/15
ITEM: 1112-122

Vintage Velvet Peonies x 4 Blue
ITEM: 1138-122

Other Products:

Authentique Honor Collection Pack

Really Reasonable Ribbon: Silky Crush Navy Blue Ribbon, Rayon Seam BindingNatural Burlap String,
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 10 Words Chippies


Pretty in Pink Graduation Banner

Petaloo and Canvas Corp Brands Blog Hop: Pretty in Pink Graduation Banner and Mini Album

Hello, Friends!  This week we are celebrating Dads & Grads in our blog hop with Canvas Corp Brands.  I love seeing all the happy graduation photos on Facebook, and they inspired me to create a pretty in pink graduation banner and matching mini album.


Pink and Black Graduation Banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International and Canvas Corp Brands Dads and Grads Blog Hop 03

Just for fun, I decided to go all shabby chic and girly with a pink & black color scheme. This banner would be darling at any girl’s graduation party, whether she’s graduating from Kindergarten or College.  I used Canvas Corp Brands Paper Banner Kit as my base, but cut the size down just a little so my banner would not be too big.

Pink and Black Graduation Banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International and Canvas Corp Brands Dads and Grads Blog Hop 04

Ooh la la!  Just look at this gorgeous posy made with DIY Burlap Canvas layers from Petaloo! .  Isn’t it spectacular?  I sprayed the individual layers with Tattered Angels Vintage Pink and Silver Sugar Mists, then gently heat dried them.  I actually kind of scrunched the petals during this process to give them even more shape.  Then I stitched my layers together, added a vintage velvet button to the center and voila!  A perfect color match for this pink and black graduation banner!


Pink and Black Graduation Banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Canvas Corp Brands Grads and Dads Blog Hop 06

Custom clothespins?  Yes, please!  Just spray the ones that come in the banner kit with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist!  Easy peasy!


Graduation Folio by Kathy Clement for Petaloo Canvas Corp Blog Hop 01

Here’s the graduation folioI made to match the banner.  It measures 4″ x 5″ and has a waterfall folio, gift card pocket and tag pocket inside. I was inspired by a design from Ginger Ropp,and just changed the size and added my own touches. Thanks, Ginger!


Graduation Folio by Kathy Clement for Petaloo Canvas Corp Blog Hop 02


For the cover of this mini album, I sprayed the butterfly with Vintage Pink Tattered Angels Glimmer mist.  The flower petals were just lightly dipped into the mist that was left on the mat. Pink chevron ribbon was wrapped around the mini album and tied into a bow.  DIY Queen Anne’s Picks  were dipped into Vintage Pink mist and tucked behind the tinted flower.  Metal corners were painted shabby white, and I added a little vintage clip to hold the waterfall pages inside the album closed.


Graduation Folio by Kathy Clement for Petaloo Canvas Corp Blog Hop 03


There’s a waterfall feature inside the top half of the album.  It’s a great place to add pics of the proud grad and her family and friends.


Graduation Folio by Kathy Clement for Petaloo Canvas Corp Blog Hop 04


The bottom half of the mini album contains a pocket filled with tags that have been tied with cording from Canvas Corp.  These would be a great spot to have guests write their words of congratulations or advice.  And, there’s room to tuck in  gift cards as well.

Be sure to stop by the Petaloo BLOG and leave a comment, as they are giving away some wonderful prizes! 

Thanks for stopping by!



Petaloo Products Used in this Project

DIY-Burlap Butterflies & Blossoms x 5 Ivory SKU: 1650-018

DIY-DaisyLayers x 15 Burlap-Canvas Ivory SKU: 1650-020

DIY-Queen Annes Pick x 3 White SKU: 1650-016

Canvas Corp Brands Products

Heirloom Graduation on Ivory 12×12 paper

Pink & Ivory Ribbon Stripe 12 x 12 paper

Pink & Ivory Baby Girl Alpha 12 x 12 paper

Black and Ivory Toile 12 x 12 paper

12×12 Light Pink Burlap Sheet

Ivory Paper Banner Kit

Tattered Angels Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist

Tattered Angels Silver Sugar Glimmer Mist

Other Products

Pink Chevron Striped Twill

Midnight Waves Striped Grosgrain Ribbon

Graduation Shape Chipboard

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