Category Archives: Birthday Cards

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!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique “Fabulous” Retro Style Birthday Card

Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Birthday Card for RRR

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  March is nearly over!  How did that happen so fast?  I have one last Really Reasonable Ribbon March Ribbon Club project to share with you.  My sweet sister in law had a birthday this month, and I made this retro style birthday card especially for her.  Becky is one of my favorite people in the whole world.  She has the greatest laugh, tells the best stories, and throws the best parties ever!  So I went “all out” on this fun “If the Crown Fits, Wear It!” card.

Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1Isn’t this a fun color palette?  It takes me back to the 50’s!  Tropic Taffeta Ribbon steals the show on this fun card made with Authentique’s Fabulous paper collection. Ivory Burlap string makes the greatest loopy bows and I just can’t seem to stop using it!

Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2This is one of my famous “chunky” cards.  In fact, it was so chunky, I had to devise a magnetic closure to keep it shut!  To dress up the closure, I added some cute wood icons.  Becky and I share a private joke about coffee and doughnuts.

A Peek Inside this retro style birthday card

Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3I really had a ball on the inside of this retro style birthday card.  You’ll find 2 pockets filled with birthday goodies.

Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 4Do you ever get lost in the details when you are creating?  Yeah, that happens to me all the time.  But I’m kind of glad I followed the muse this time, because I super love these little tags tied onto the tiny clothes hanger.  Are they cute or what?

Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 5For the large pocket, I stamped a series of birthday wishes onto primitive white cardstock.  Then I added a little doodle art to the edges and text.  Next I matted the wishes on pretty teal cardstock.

Remember poodle skirts?  This cute little 3×4 journal tag is matted and backed with magnetic paper so that Becky can display it on her fridge. And there has to be chocolate in the pocket of this retro style birthday card or it wouldn’t be from me!

This was such a fun card to make, and Becky loved receiving it in the mail.  There is just nothing as personal as receiving a hand made card in the mail on your birthday.  I even managed to get it there on time!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Welcome Spring with Frilly and Funkie

Welcome Spring with Frilly and Funkie: Happy Birthday Circular Twist Easel Card

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabulous challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie blog.  This go round, Nancy is our hostess and the theme is Welcome Spring!  Let’s see what Nancy has to say about this great challenge!

Challenge Theme: Welcome, Spring!
Springtime! Its fresh, soft breezes and fragrant blossoms are just around the corner. Create any vintage or shabby chic project that welcomes the advent of this glorious season. Think budding trees, birds and nests, butterflies, and beautiful blooms!

As you know, the Frilly and Funkie Design Team is excited to be celebrating all things Wendy Vecchi this month. We will all be using her fabulous products, new and old, in our creations. You’ll be blown away at how versatile they are since we all have different creative styles. When you enter the challenge, you are not required to use Wendy’s products in your creation but it would be great if you did. Don’t have any yet? Check out her product range at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Now, let’s get the party started!

Happy Birthday Easel Card and a Wendy Vecchi Birthday Cake

Our youngest granddaughter turns TWO this month.  How did that happen so fast?  Her favorite color is purple, so I dug out the May pages from Graphic 45’s A Place in Time Collection where I found this darling little birthday girl image.  I was thrilled when I noticed that the magazine cover actually says “Two Years Old Today.”  How cool is that?

Just for fun, I turned the image into a mini card on top of a card.   It measures just 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4: and is held in place by that cute little green binder clip.  I can write a sweet note to Lydia on the inside, and maybe tuck some cash for her education fund in there, too.

Wendy Vecchi Circle Frames Stitching Template

Stitching is a wonderful way to add texture to a card.  Normally, I use my sewing machine to do this.  However, I’m not that great at sewing a perfect circle.  So hand stitching became the order of the day.  Normally, hand stitching on paper is an exercise in frustration.  But I had a secret weapon in my tool box to help me!

Wendy created this ingenious template that makes stitching on paper a joy!  I centered the template on my die cut scalloped circle, taped it in place, then laid the whole works on top of a thick foam mat.  Then, using my piercing tool, I worked my way around the perimeter of the stencil, creating a perfectly spaced border of holes.  All I had to do was  add the stitching!

I also used the template as a stencil and added two more rows of little dots by working Wendy’s Embossing Paste through the openings. Although much of  this is covered with my card design, you can see some of it near the balloon cluster in this shot.

Mat Minis Celebrations Set

These pretty purple balloons are part of the Mat Minis Celebrations set.  Instead of painting or using texture paste, I covered them with designer paper.  It’s great to be able to create embellishments that match a project so perfectly!

Every easel card needs a “stopper” to prop the card open.  For this card, Petaloo flowers and the birthday cake from the Celebrations set do the job perfectly. The purple flowers make me think of the crocus and grape hyacinth that bloom in the spring.

After sponging the cake layers with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink, I spritzed them with Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist and heat dried them.  Next, I used Wendy’s embossing paste through another stencil from my stash to add the icing to the cake.  The cake plate and candles were sponged with Shaded Lilac ink, then spritzed.  I used the Flourish stencil from Tim’s #10 mini set to add more decorative elements here.

I used purple Stickles between the cake “layers” and all around the edges so that it would pop off the background.  I’ve never been great at decorating cakes, but I rather like the way this one turned out.

To make the candles shimmer, I first painted the flames with Mustard Seed Distress paint, then topped them with Stardust Stickles.

I think Lydia will get a kick out of opening this card and finding the birthday cake inside.  She already loves to color and play with paper…so it looks as though I have another little crafter to enjoy!

Now It’s Your Turn!

You’re invited to join the fun at the Frilly and Funkie Welcome Spring Challenge.  To do so, just link up your own vintage or shabby chic project.  You’ll find all the details HERE.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional participants  will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into a random drawing for a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for helping me welcome spring!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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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