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Party Time Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration Card

Party Time Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration Card with Graphic 45 Time to Celebrate

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time to party at Really Reasonable Ribbon!  The theme for our new challenge is “Celebrate”.  Once again, I’ve pulled out pretty ribbons from the Pink & Green Mix Ribbon Club Assortment.  This time I’ve paired it up with “oldie but goodie” Graphic 45’s Time to Celebrate collection.  I think you’re going to love the way these ribbons enhance my Party Time Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration card.

Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1Polka dots and little girls belong together, don’t you agree?  I used my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool to tie a triple loop bow with cheery Pink and Green Confetti Dot Grosgrain Ribbon.

Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2To add a little party sparkle, I topped it with a metallic silver string bow.  I found these pretty pink and green ribbons in my button stash and added them to the mix along with some pretty coral posies.

Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3A Time to Celebrate chipboard tag was cut in half and tucked in above and below the focal image.

Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 4Just a hint of Stardust Stickles add glam to the balloon and birthday cakes.  I also tucked a snippet of Pink & Green Chevron Grosgrain ribbon under a plaid wooden button.

Let’s Look Inside Party Time Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration Card

Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 5The inside of this card functions as a mini folio.  Two sets of pockets hold little folders where photos from the birthday party can be mounted.

Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 6A trio of photo mounts are held together with a slip off belly band.  The striped folio has a space for journaling on the cover.  These will  hold 4×6 photos.

Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 7Use the mini tag and pocket to write a personal greeting to the birthday girl.  There’s room to tuck a gift card or cash gift in the pocket, too.

When you work with pretty papers and ribbons you feel like spring came early!  I hope I’ve added some sunshine to your day with this Party Time Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

A Little Birdie Told Me Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  I’m having such fun creating with the pretty ribbons in this Country Holiday Collection.  They work so well for shabby chic creations that I just had to make this A Little Birdie Told Me Birthday Card.  It’s filled with all kinds of sweet surprises on the inside.

A Little Birdie Told Me Birthday Card

a-little-birdie-told-me-birhtday-card-by-kathy-clement-photo-4How shabbylicious is this?   I love the way the pink ribbons pull out the pink colors in the designer papers.  My ribbon border uses Brown Diamond Satin Ribbon topped with Wild Rose RRR Select Swiss Dots Grosgrain Ribbon.  Because these are such soft, pastel colors, the brown border serves to anchor the design.

a-little-birdie-told-me-birhtday-card-by-kathy-clement-photo-1The corner bow cluster made with Brown Diamond Satin Ribbon balances the bird house cluster in the opposite corner.  I topped this with pretty Petaloo Fuchsia Berry Picks to add another layer of texture and color to the composition.

a-little-birdie-told-me-birhtday-card-by-kathy-clement-photo-2A scrap of Rosewood Satin Swirls ribbon  and natural burlap string adorn the vintage key. The rustic bird house is topped with a snippet of Crosshatch on Copper Satin Ribbon.

The party is on the inside

a-little-birdie-told-me-birhtday-card-by-kathy-clement-photo-5I love to create these “party in a card” keepsakes.  Fill up the pockets with lots of treats to turn the card into a gift.

a-little-birdie-told-me-birhtday-card-by-kathy-clement-photo-7The upper pocket contains  a key topped tag that would also make a great bookmark.  You’ll find a pretty pink teabag and magnet in the lower pocket.

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What could be sweeter than these darling vintage images combined with beautiful Really Reasonable Ribbon?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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Live Your Dream Birthday Card with Pockets

Live Your Dream Birthday Card with Pockets: RRR November Ribbon Club Assortment

Hello Ribbon Lovers!  Have you seen the Country Holiday Collection from Really Reasonable Ribbon yet?  Oooh la la!  This pretty mix of ribbons is filled with a rainbow of beautiful ribbons that also work very well on shabby chic projects.  Take a look at this Live Your Dream Birthday Card for example:

live-your-dream-birthday-card-by-kathy-clement-for-really-reasonable-ribbon-photo-1Pink and brown is one of my all time favorite color combos!

live-your-dream-birthday-card-by-kathy-clement-for-really-reasonable-ribbon-photo-2-jpgI created this gorgeous bow cluster with Brown Diamond Satin Ribbon,  and Gold and Copper Diamond Print Grosgrain Ribbon, It’s topped with a gorgeous Pink Petaloo Anemone.  I love the way these ribbons bring the printed paper to life!

live-your-dream-birthday-card-by-kathy-clement-for-really-reasonable-ribbon-photo3It’s easy to create an eye catching border!  Just add a copper ribbon slide (that has been languishing in my stash for ages) to a strip of Rosewood Satin Swirl Ribbon.  It really draws the eye to the little brown wren in the designer paper.

live-your-dream-birthday-card-by-kathy-clement-for-really-reasonable-ribbon-photo4 I got a little carried away on the inside when I added 2 pockets.  One contains a bookmark and a yummy chocolate treat.  The other contains a tea bag, a honey stick and a hand stamped/sewn magnet.  It’s like a birthday party in a card!

live-your-dream-birthday-card-by-kathy-clement-for-really-reasonable-ribbon-photo-6 live-your-dream-birthday-card-by-kathy-clement-for-really-reasonable-ribbon-photo-5I think you’ll agree with me that the Country Holiday Collection is a great option for birthday cards, too!

If you’re not a member of the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club, it’s easy to join.  Once a month, you’ll receive a gorgeous selection of high quality ribbon.  With Christmas coming, maybe you can tell Santa that’s what you want in your stocking this year.  You can find all the details HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Batter Up Baseball Card with Good Ol’ Sport

Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sport Batter Up Baseball Card

Hello, G45’ers!  I have a true confession to make: I love the World Series!  When our kids were small, we lived in Atlanta during the Braves heyday.  Night after night we huddled in front of the TV to watch them win league championships and finally, the BIG game!  Our youngest was a toddler at the time, yet he knew the name of every player on the team and would call them out as they came on the screen.  He grew up to be an ardent fan of the game! Every year for his birthday, I make him a baseball themed card.  Naturally, I turned to Graphic 45’s Good Ol’ Sport paper collection to make this fun Batter Up Baseball card.

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A Little Card Making Coach Talk

Lots and lots of layers were  matted on black and/or red cardstock.  I don’t do this just to make extra work for myself.  When I work with multiple patterned papers, I find that matting keeps those patterns from becoming muddled.  The eye can see each separate layer and really enjoy the patterns instead of being confused by them.

batter-up-masculine-birthday-card-good-old-sport-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-1Think you can’t put a bow on a masculine card?  Not so!  Choose a textured ribbon like this starry grosgrain and burlap combo to keep things masculine.

batter-up-masculine-birthday-card-good-old-sport-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-3Let’s talk about composition.  Everyone loves to use embellishments on a card.  Especially me!  But be sure to put those embellishments to work in such a way that they draw the eye to your focal image.  By clustering stickers and embellishments in a group around this fairly small focal image, I was able to make it stand out and draw you into the scene.

batter-up-masculine-birthday-card-good-old-sport-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-5Make color work for you. Red is a dominant color. The red baseball cap, the red lettering in the focal image, the red cap in the sticker and even the red stitching on the baseballs all catch your eye, drawing it into the heart of the card design.

Put Your Scraps in the Line Up!

batter-up-masculine-birthday-card-good-old-sport-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-4Don’t forget to use your scraps!  This little piece of border scrap adds a lot of punch to this card.  In fact, most of the card panels on the front of this card came from my scrap envelope.

batter-up-masculine-birthday-card-good-old-sport-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-7Use stickers to make quick and easy borders inside your card.

batter-up-masculine-birthday-card-good-old-sport-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-8These score cards are a great spot to mount a small photo.  And how thoughtful was it of Ghiradelli to wrap their chocolates in a red wrapper that perfectly matches my card design?

batter-up-masculine-birthday-card-good-old-sport-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-8My husband and I will write personal notes to our son on these postcards and then tuck them back into the large base pocket.  This turns a card into a keepsake.  There’s nothing like a hand written note.

I hope I’ve shared some tips with this Batter Up Baseball card that you’ll be able to incorporate into your own card making ventures!  May every project you create become a home run!

Thanks for joining me here today!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial with Graphic 45 World’s Fair

Hello, Friends!  Happy Labor Day!  I hope you are able to kick back, relax and find some extra creative time today. I’m up on the Graphic 45 blog , sharing this Ladies and Gents birthday card tutorial.  The cards are made with the vibrant colors and inspiring images from the World’s Fair Collection.

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1  World’s Fair is such a great choice for autumn cards!  The colors are vibrant, and the theme reminds me of all the small town country fairs that take place in the fall.  This pair of pocket cards makes me happy every time I look at them.  I created  a Snapguide tutorial for the gents card, as many of you have told me that they are hard for you to make.  I hope this will give you another masculine card layout that you can adapt for any occasion.

Snapguide Tutorial for Ladies and Gents Birthday Card

Check out How to Graphic 45 Masculine Birthday Card W/Pockets by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

A Birthday Card for the Gents

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2I love these vintage men in their dapper hats and suits.

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial,World's Fair, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4When working with lots of different patterns, it really helps to mat each card component.  I often use black paper for this task, but for this card, this mustard yellow cardstock did the job nicely.  It kept the card light and festive, and kept the patterns from all running into one another.

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5To add some texture to the card, I included some metal elements.  A metal key, some gears and a hot air balloon were each tapped with Distress Paint that complemented the papers.  It’s a small detail that makes a big difference.

A Peek Inside the Gents’ Card

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7I wanted this birthday card to feel fun and adventurous, so I really dressed up the inside with stamped birthday greetings and lots of color.

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8Blocks of color were added to the top of the card by using 6×6 patterns, fussy cut images and a fun tag and pocket.

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9Add a personal greeting to the tag, and tuck a small gift in the pocket, and your birthday gift is ready to give.

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10The bottom half feels just like a walk down the midway at the fair.

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 11Tags are such fun to tuck into a pocket!  This one is topped with an old fashioned clock brad.  A simple stamped sentiment completes the card.

A Birthday Card for the Ladies

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45, Photo 1Policy Envelopes (from the Graphic 45 Staples line) are a card maker’s best friend!  On this birthday card for the ladies, I used a small red policy envelope as a focal point in the sentiment collage. The red is a perfect color match, and the interesting text/pattern combination really anchors the design.

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2I also love using the reverse side of the ephemera card pack as a design layer.  The fussy cut flowers and balloons really pop against these two design features.

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial,, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45, Photo 3Yellow wrinkled ribbon is topped with gold metallic string and a vintage button from my stash.  Diamond Stickles add just the right amount of glitz to the card.

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial, by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45, Photo 12Here’s a neat trick!  Cut two of the sentiment panels from the collection.  Trim one out in a square.  Add faux stitching with a  tracing wheel (from the sewing notions department).  I just ran the wheel through my ink pad.  Then I lay my steel edged ruler along the edges of the trimmed sentiment and added “stitches”.  This ornate design would be very hard to fussy cut.  I solved this by cutting around the basic shape on the second panel.  Then I backed it with foam dimensionals and very carefully lined it up with the base.  These two tricks really make the sentiment pop off the page.

A Peek Inside the Ladies’ Birthday Card

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45, Photo 6Another pocket full of fun awaits!

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45, Photo 7Stamped greetings and a waterfall feature fill this interactive card with FUN!  The die from Tammy Tutterow is fast becoming one of my favorites!

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Write a little note here….

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial,, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45, Photo 9And tuck little goodies inside these pockets.

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45, Photo 10But wait!  There’s more fun inside the large pocket!

Ladies and Gents Birthday Card Tutorial, World's Fair, by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45, Photo 11I created a matching book mark, mini tag and a photo mount using images from the collection.  Does this card feel like a party, or what?

Thanks so much for joining me here today!  I hope you were inspired by this Ladies and Gents Birthday Card tutorial.  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Keep calm, and craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Steampunk Ideas Man Birthday Card

Steampunk Ideas Man Birthday Card with Graphic 45 Times Nouveau

Hello,, Ribbon Lovers!  August is birthday month in our family.  We celebrate FIVE birthdays this month,! Two of those birthdays are for our sons.  Our eldest son was truly the Leader of the Pack for our 5 children He always had some grand plan in store for his siblings.  Sometimes it was building an Olympic Village in our backyard.  At others, it was building a set for a play. Or constructing an elaborate Lego village.  Whatever idea he had, they followed along with great expectation and enthusiasm.  He was our “Ideas Man.”  So in honor of his birthday, I created this funky Steampunk Ideas Man Birthday card.

Steampunk Ideas Man Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product Times Nouveau by Graphic 45, Really Reasonable Ribbon, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Gears, Photo 4Isn’t it playful? I used the monochromatic papers from Graphic 45’s Times Nouveau Classic Collection.  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Gears texture Sheet, and a Steampunk Gentleman add to the fun factor.  And of course, I tied it all together with fabulous Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Steampunk Ideas Man Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product Times Nouveau by Graphic 45, Really Reasonable Ribbon, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Gears, Photo 1These bold green ribbons are from the Autumn Colors Ribbon Club Assortment.   I love the way they echo the colors and designs in the papers.  To make my border, I layered two strips of Kiwi Green Diamond Satin on the left hand side of the card.  Then I placed a strip of Kiwi Green Square in Square Print Satin between the two. This created a sort of tiered border.

Steampunk Ideas Man Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product Times Nouveau by Graphic 45, Really Reasonable Ribbon, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Gears, Photo 3Natural Burlap String makes a great masculine bow.  I brightened it up with a scrap of the same Kiwi green ribbon and a custom button.  To make the button,  glue one of the images from the Times Nouveau punch out sheet in the center of a wood button.  Custom embellishments like this add so much to your design.

A Look Inside The Steampunk Ideas Man Birthday Card

Steampunk Ideas Man Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product Times Nouveau by Graphic 45, Really Reasonable Ribbon, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Gears, Photo 5A stamped sentiment, a fun pocket and a little tag make the inside of the card almost as much fun as the outside.

Steampunk Ideas Man Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product Times Nouveau by Graphic 45, Really Reasonable Ribbon, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Gears, Photo 6There’s plenty of room to tuck in a gift card or cash gift. I want to add a personal note to the card, so I’ve lined the back side of the tag with ivory paper.

I hope you found some inspiration here today.  Making masculine cards is something I truly enjoy.   This is one of my faves for its whimsical design and playful nature.  I’d love to hear what you think in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Make a Wish Masculine Birthday Card

Botanicabella Make a Wish Masculine Birthday Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Is it really August already?  Well, my calendar says that it is, so it’s time to ease on into fall with the regal ribbons in the RRR Colors of Autumn Ribbon Assortment.  I got a little bit excited when I realized how well this month’s ribbon club works with Graphic 45’s Botanicabella collection.  Take a look at this Make A Wish Masculine Birthday Card.

Make a Wish Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product Botanicabella by Graphic 45 Photo 9This Rust Shell Print Satin ribbon looks striking when layered over the Rust Diamond Satin Ribbon. The print makes me think of fish scales, so it really works with the card theme.  It’s such a quick, easy way to add a border to a card. Try using Scor-Tape to secure your ribbon border…it’s fast and it holds!

Make a Wish Masculine Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product Botanicabella by Graphic 45 Photo 8Creating a double layer bow with the Zutter Bow it All is quick and easy.  I topped this one with a Natural Burlap String Bow and a folded over scrap of the shell print ribbon.  The leather button adds a strong masculine feel to the bow cluster, while the burlap picks up on the burlap layer in the card.

Make a Wish Masculine Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product Botanicabella by Graphic 45 Photo 1These mica chips make me think of the sea, and I love the backdrop they provide for my greeting.  You can also see in this photo, that I fussy cut a second image of the fish, rounded it out a little with a ball stylus and then layered it over the fish in the main image.  this allowed me to slip my starfish over and under, which adds a nice dimensional touch.

Make a Wish Masculine Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product Botanicabella by Graphic 45 Photo 2Chipboard was glued to the back of this seahorse image.  I spritzed and twisted natural burlap string as well as the metal charm to add another layer of texture to the composition. I spattered everything with Tattered Angels Just Brown Glimmer Mist.

A Look Inside this Masculine Make a Wish Birthday Card

Make a Wish Masculine Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product Botanicabella by Graphic 45 Photo 5I kept the inside of the card fairly simple with a seahorse medallion on the right,  and a stamped greeting on the left.  I did run a border of the seashell pattern rust satin at the top of my greeting to frame it, and I like the way it turned out.

Make a Wish Masculine Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product Botanicabella by Graphic 45 Photo 3The final element for the card is this teeny tiny envelope that I made with Spellbinder’s Tammy Tutterow die.  It’s a great place to tuck in a cash gift, which is exactly what I plan to do!

Y’all have shared with me that you find masculine cards to be a challenge, so I thought I would share a layout that could be adapted for any theme.  The main thing to remember is to use bold prints, masculine images and simple bow treatments like the one on this Make a Wish Masculine Birthday Card.  Keep those things in mind, and you’ll have a winner on your hands every time!

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

Cheerio,

kathy

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