Category Archives: Birthday Cards

Botanical Tea Pop Up Birthday Card

Botanical Tea Pop Up Birthday Card with Natural Burlap String Bow

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Natural Burlap String is one of my crafting staples!  I love it and use it so much that I purchase it by the spool.  It’s a great way to add texture to a card design.  It looks fabulous when threaded through a button.  Wrap it around a card to create a border.  Tie a little loopy string bow and add it to a bow cluster.  The possibilities are endless!  I used Natural Burlap String to make the fluffy string bow on this Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Pop Up Birthday Card, and I just love the way it turned out.

Botanical Tea Pop Up Birthday Card Botanical Tea by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Burlap string comes in a rainbow of colors, but I love the rustic feel of this big, loopy Natural Burlap String Bow. It really sets off the soft pinks and blues in the paper collection.

Botanical Tea Pop Up Birthday Card Botanical Tea by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

A Zutter Bow-it-All Tool makes quick work of tying this bow style.

Botanical Tea Pop Up Birthday Card Botanical Tea by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

The inside of the card has a lovely pop up gift card holder!

Botanical Tea Pop Up Birthday Card Botanical Tea by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4If you’ve never made a pop up card before, this is quite possibly the easiest style to start with.  I have a video tutorial HERE where you can watch and learn how to make it.  The papers I use are different, but the steps are the same.

The best thing about Natural Burlap String, apart from it’s amazing versatility, is that it is also incredibly affordable.  You can’t beat that!

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks 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

CAS Travel Girl Birthday Card

CAS Travel Girl Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  Don’t faint!  Today’s card is a CAS Travel Girl Birthday card that I made for our daughter. Clean and simple (CAS) cards are my Waterloo.  I have such a hard time restraining myself from loading a card up with all kinds of layers and embellies.  But since I believe a card’s style should reflect the preferences of the one receiving it, every once in a while, I have to pull one out of my hat.

Quick and Easy Travel Girl Birthday Card Travel Girl by Kathy Clement Product by October Afternoon Photo 1

Our adventure loving daughter really is a travel girl.  She loves to see, do and explore. This retired paper collection from October afternoon was “just the ticket” for her birthday celebration.  (See what I did there?  Bad pun…sorry!)

Quick and Easy Travel Girl Birthday Card Travel Girl by Kathy Clement Product by October Afternoon Photo 2

Our daughter is also a “no frills” kind of gal.  She likes clean design and despises clutter.  So I kept this card pretty clean and simple.  The card did not quite look finished to me until I added this double layer bow made with Topaz Delicate Stitched Satin and Metal Gray Satin Swiss Mini Dot ribbons.  The little binder clip, vintage style button and passport charm were the perfect finishing elements.

Quick and Easy Travel Girl Birthday Card Travel Girl by Kathy Clement Product by October Afternoon Photo 3I could not resist adding a pocket with a gift card, cash envelope and personal note on the inside.  She liked the card very much, I’m happy to report.  You could easily use this same card layout with any collection in your stash and make your very own quick and easy card.

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks 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!  Happy New Year!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Batter Up! Masculine Baseball Themed Birthday Card

Masculine Baseball Themed Birthday Card with Ribbon: Batter Up!

Hello again, Ribbon Lovers!  I’m back today with another birthday card for the guys.  Our youngest son has loved baseball since he was a toddler.  One of his life goals is to attend a professional ballgame in every US Major League ballpark.  So when it came time to make his birthday card, the theme was obvious.  This masculine baseball themed birthday card uses another of my favorite ribbons for the “fellas.”

Masculine Baseball themed birthday card Rugged by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

Once again, I used Authentique’s Rugged Paper Collection to make this 5″ x 7″ masculine baseball themed birthday card.  I just love the vintage feel and the gorgeous patterns.

Masculine Baseball themed birthday card Rugged by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

When making a card for a man, this Navy Blue Canvas Color Band Ribbon with stitched edges scores every time!

Masculine Baseball themed birthday card Rugged by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3It’s especially nice on a baseball themed card, as the stitched edges echo the stitching on a baseball.  How cool is that?  I topped this double loop bow with a natural burlap string bow and a baseball novelty button.  Home run!

Masculine Baseball themed birthday card Rugged by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4

I hope I’ve shared some tips that you can use the next time you need to make a masculine card.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Vintage Style Golf Themed Masculine Birthday Card

RRR Anything Goes Challenge: Vintage Style Golf Themed Masculine Birthday Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for another fabulous Anything Goes Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I’m still working my way through family birthdays. I made this golf themed masculine birthday card for my brother in law.  He was a golf pro for many years, and even designed the course where he worked as the pro.  Now retired, he lives in a golf course community and still loves to play.  Hopefully, this card made especially for him will be a hole in one instead of  a bogey! Vintage Style Gold Themed Masculine Birthday Card Rugged by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

Adding ribbon or trim to a masculine card can sometimes be tricky.  I have several ribbons that I always keep on hand because they work so well on masculine cards.   This Ivory, Brown and Copper Plaid is one of my favorites.   I love the way it looks with these papers from Authentique’s Rugged collection.

Vintage Style Gold Themed Masculine Birthday Card Rugged by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

Distressing, embossing and inking give this card a great outdoorsy, masculine feel.  I even found a golf tee in my stash and used as a hanger for my little sticker banner.

Vintage Style Gold Themed Masculine Birthday Card Rugged by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3The soft woven texture of this ribbon makes it so easy to tie.  To add a little extra texture, I topped it with a natural burlap string bow and a leather button from my stash.

A Peek Inside

Vintage Style Gold Themed Masculine Birthday Card Rugged by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4You’ll find more references to my brother-in-law’s hobby on the inside of this golf themed masculine birthday card.  A small pocket holds a ribbon topped tag and a little sweet treat.  The sentiment is stamped on a 3″ x 4″ journal card from the Rugged collection.

Vintage Style Gold Themed Masculine Birthday Card Rugged by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5Here’s a closer look at the tag.

Now It’s Your Turn

You’re invited to join in on this fun challenge.  Simply create any kind of project using ribbon or trim and link it up on the RRR Blog before midnight EST on Thursday, October 19th.  We’ll be popping by to pick our top 3 favorites from all the entries.

You can read all the details and challenge guidelines HERE.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Alumni Blog Hop: Coffee Talk Birthday Card Folio

This hop is now closed.  The winner is Joy McCoy.  Thanks for hopping!

Heartfelt Creations September Alumni Hop: Coffee Talk Birthday Card Folio

 

Hello, Friends!  Coffee, anyone?  I’m ready for you with this freshly brewed Coffee Talk Birthday Card Folio.  It‘s time for the Heartfelt Creations September Alumni Hop! You should be arriving here from Vicki’s beautiful blog.  

Coffee Talk Birthday Card Folio by Kathy Clement September HC Alumni Blog Hop Photo 1

Don’t you just love the browns, creams, blues and tans in the Coffee Talk collection?  I had so much fun putting this 6.25″ square top fold card folio together!

Coffee Talk Birthday Card Folio Tips and Tricks

Coffee Talk Birthday Card Folio by Kathy Clement September HC Alumni Blog Hop Photo 2

Here are some tips and tricks you can use in making this Coffee Talk Birthday Card Folio:

  • Stamp the coffee mug image onto light colored patterned paper from the Coffee Talk Paper Collection. .  This saves loads of time, as there is no need to color the image!  Let the Coffee Talk paper collection do all the heavy lifting for you.  I used ColorBox Decades Bon Voyage Blue Ink to stamp, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
  • Add inky details with Sponge Daubers.  This is another great time saver!  I sponged Broken China and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide inks to add some shading to my coffee mug.
  • Cut out the coffee mug with the matching coffee mug die.  Quick and easy!
  • Finally, layer up your background paper with a strip of striped paper and some die cut borders.
  • Mat the coffee cup on a white doily, then elevate with foam tabs or waste cardboard.
Coffee Talk Card Folio: Let’s Talk Flowers!

Coffee Talk Birthday Card Folio by Kathy Clement September HC Alumni Blog Hop Photo 3Flowers add that special finishing touch to this birthday card.  Here’s how I made my flowers.

  • Stamp two sets of Botanical Rose on light colored patterned paper from the Coffee Talk Collection.  I stamped with the same Decades Bon Voyage Blue Ink.
  • Add Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide Ink to the centers of each petal layer.  Use Sponge Daubers to make quick work of this process.
  • Now, Sponge the edges of the petals with Broken China Distress Oxide Ink, again using sponge daubers.
  • Next, cut out the flowers with the matching die from the Botanical Wings Die Set.
  • Spritz the flowers lightly with water, and again with Mountain Mist Glimmer Spray from Tattered Angels.
  • Now, shape the flowers using the two largest balls in the Flower Shaping Tool  Kit.
  • You can either gently heat dry the flowers, or let them air dry.
  • When the flower layers are dried, assemble with a glue gun.
  • Next, fill the flower centers with Art institute Dries Clear Glue and Expresso-yourself Prills.
  • Stamp the leaves onto the same patterned paper using Frayed Burlap Ink.  Die cut, and sponge with Peeled Paint and Frayed Burlap inks.  Shape.
  • Finally arrange the flowers on the card front.
  • Add a bow and button and the cut out birthday greeting.
  • Die cut the oval tag using the Luggage and Tag Die.  Tie to the mug handle with burlap string.
Coffee Talk Birthday Card Folio: A peek inside!

Coffee Talk Birthday Card Folio by Kathy Clement September HC Alumni Blog Hop Photo 4

Adding a pocket to the inside of this card folio turns it into a gift!

Coffee Talk Birthday Card Folio by Kathy Clement September HC Alumni Blog Hop Photo 5Just look at all the birthday goodies that are tucked inside!

Coffee Talk Birthday Card Folio by Kathy Clement September HC Alumni Blog Hop Photo 6

Use scraps to create a fun little photo album/gift card wallet.


Coffee Talk Birthday Card Folio by Kathy Clement September HC Alumni Blog Hop Photo 7

Decorate it with 3×4 panels from the cut apart page.

On With the Hop!

From here, you should hop on over and see what paper pretties Amaryllis has in store for you.  You can find the complete blog hop order below:

Vicki ♥ Kathy (you are HERE) ♥ Amaryllis ♥ Archana Martine Gloria ♥ Alissa ♥ Deneen ♥

Sarah

Be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop and leave a lovely comment as a lucky winner of a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card will be randomly selected from one of the blogs!  The winner will be announced on the HC Blog  and Facebook page on Wednesday, October 4th.

The Hop starts 8am EDT on Friday September 29th and closes Monday 2nd Oct at 11.59pm EDT.

Thanks so much for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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