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Winter Blues Christmas Folio

Winter Blues Christmas Folio for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the RRR December Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.   Today’s project is a Winter Blues Christmas Folio made with Kaisercraft “Frosted” and the Winter Blues Ribbon Club Assortment from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

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Is there any color combo that’s more wintry than blue and white?  Once again, I pulled out my few remaining bits and bobs of Kaisercraft Frosted to play alongside this scrumptious 5/8″ Porcelain Diamond Satin Ribbon.  Combined with a little Silver Metallic String it really makes the design on the front of this 7″ x 5″ folio pop!

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The folio is wrapped with another length of Porcelain Diamond Satin.  Leave the tails long to serve as the closure for the folio.

Winter Blues Christmas Folio: The Bow Cluster

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I used my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool to tie this 3 1/2″ double loop bow and the 4 loop metallic string bow.  If you struggle with tying bows, I really recommend this tool.  I use it every time I craft because using it is like having an extra pair of hands in the studio.

To complete the bow cluster, string two silver glitter jingle bells on more metallic string.  Tie a knot to keep them from slipping off.  Then add a small dab of hot glue to the top of your bow cluster and place the knotted string in the glue.  Immediately add the Little Birdie Margery Ivory Flower on top to hold the jingle bells in place.

Winter Blues Christmas Folio: A Peek Inside

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This is a very simple folio design and is almost identical to the folio I made a while back with Garden Goddess.   The left hand side hosts an 8 page waterfall.  On the right, there’s a little pocket with goodies tucked inside.

Winter Blues Christmas Folio: The Waterfall

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Each of the eight pages in the waterfall measures 4″ x 4 3/4″.  To hold everything closed, I devised a little magnetic belly band.  (These cute die cut silhouettes are from Spellbinders..and they are on sale right now! )

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You can fit 16 photos inside the waterfall feature.

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I’ve decorated the pages with tuck spots and  flaps for journaling and extra fun.

Winter Blues Christmas Folio: The Pocket

 

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The side pocket is filled with this sweet little tea bag/gift card wallet, a hand crocheted ivory snowflake and a honey stick.

Winter Blues Christmas Folio Kaisercraft Frosted by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 10I’ve topped the snowflake with the last little bit of the Porcelain Diamond Satin Ribbon so it’s ready to hang on the tree.

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Here’s a look at the empty pocket, with the same sweet couple from the cover of the folio.  There’s room for photos, recipes or other goodies here.

I have a tutorial for this folio base made with another collection HERE.

On with the hop!

From here, hop on over and see what sweet creations the delightful Linsey has in store for you.  You can find the complete hop list on the RRR Blog.  And you will want to visit all the blogs so your name is entered in the drawing for your very own Winter Blues Ribbon Assortment.

Thanks so much for hopping! If you are interested in purchasing this folio, you can find it in my ETSY shop.  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Heartfelt Creations Festive Holly Christmas Card Folio Tutorial

This hop is now closed.  The winner is Pat Bowman selected from Sandy Hulsart’s blog.  Thanks for hopping!
Heartfelt Creations Festive Holly Christmas Card Folio Tutorial for the November Alumni Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations November Alumni Hop!  With Christmas right around the corner, I’ve created a Festive Holly Christmas Card Folio Tutorial to share with you today.

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This  5 1/8″ x 7 1/8 x 1/2″ card folio is adorned with handmade poinsettias and holly leaves.  Here’s what you’ll need to create this card:

Festive Holly Christmas Card Folio Tutorial: Creating the Card Base

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Begin by cutting one sheet of red cardstock into (2) 5 1/8″ x 8 1/2″ panels.  Place 1/2″ Scor-Tape on the 5 1/8″ end of one panel.  Remove the liner tape and overlap the second panel to create one long 16 1/2″ panel.  Score on the long side at 7 1/8″, 7 5/8″ and 14 1/4″.  Fold and burnish to create a top fold card with a 1/2″ spine at the top.

Now cut a 5″ x 7″ panel of the blue snowflake paper from the collection.  Use the small standard circle die to cut the cardinal image from one of the 4″ x 6″ card fronts.  Cut a second circle using the companion large circle die and mat.

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Trim a second 4″ x 6″ card front so that just the white border shows.  Mat on red cardstock.

Die cut the 5″ and 7″ leafy borders from white cardstock.  Adhere to the 5″ x 7″ panel of designer paper.  Now place foam adhesive or waste chipboard on the back of the rectangular card front and adhere as seen.  Next, adhere the cardinal circle as seen in the photo.  You will need to add some foam tape to the top of the circle to make it sit evenly.  I tapped the snowy areas with Diamond Stickles to mimic the look of sparkling snow.

Die cut the lace border and adhere as seen in the photo.

Festive Holly Christmas Card Folio Tutorial: Creating the Poinsettia and Holly Clusters

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Locate a piece of the red patterned paper from the collection.  Then use Embossing Ink to stamp two sets of both Poinsettia Cluster Stamps.  Heat emboss with fine gold embossing powder, then die cut with the matching die.  Repeat this process with the holly leaves, only stamp onto green patterned paper.

TIP: Using patterned paper is a a real time saver!  The paper is already colored, so all you have to do is stamp, emboss, die cut and shape.  Plus, the paper will always be a perfect match for your card, as it comes from the collection.

To shape the flowers and leaves, place each die cut face down in the 3-D mold.  Spritz lightly with a water, then run through your machine.  The flowers and leaves will be ready to use, which is another huge time-saver.

Place the leaves on the foam mat from the Tool Kit and press into the center using the 3mm stylus tip.  Then use the piercing tool to create a small hole in the center of each flower layer.  Thread the flower layers onto a gold stamen, placing a small dab of hot glue between the layers.

When the flowers are all assembled, snip off the extra stamen.  Wrap these pieces around the end of a paint brush to coil, then insert them into your floral arrangement.   Then arrange the flowers in clusters around the cardinal image.

Use your finger to tap on a bit of grit paste to look like snow.

Festive Holly Christmas Card Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

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I’ve added a gift card holder and tag/pocket combo to the inside of this card.

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The gift card holder measures 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ and is made from a 9″ x 3 1/4″ scrap of red cardstock.  Simply score at 4 1/4″ and again at 8 1/2″.  Then line the inside panels, secure the 1/2″ flap with a little adhesive on the top and bottom and you are all set!

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Die cut the tag base from white cardstock, then line it with patterned paper.  This is super easy to do, as Heartfelt Creations designed the dies to do this perfectly.  I stitched around the edges of my tag.  Then I matted a panel from the cut apart page on red cardstock and created a treat pocket on the tag front.

On With the Hop!

This hop begins on Friday, November 30th at 8AM EST and ends at 11:55PM on Monday, December 3rd.  The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations blog and Facebook Page on Wednesday, December 5th.  I’ll also post the winner at the top of this blog post at that time.

We have a wonderful line up of inspirational projects for you in this month’s hop.  Be sure to visit each blog and leave a lovely comment behind.  One comment from a mystery blog will be randomly chosen to win a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations!

Here’s the hop list for this month:

Kathy (You are HERE) ♥ Vicki Amarilys ♥ Martine ♥  Pam  ♥  Joann  ♥  Sandy  ♥  Susan  ♥

I hope I’ve shared some tips, techniques and inspiration that you can use in your own craft adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy 

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Stamperia Pink Christmas Card Folio

Stamperia Pink Christmas Card Folio: Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the RRR November Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  I have such a treat for you today!  This Stamperia Pink Christmas Card Folio sparkles and shines with shabby chic charm. I’ve dressed it up in its holiday best using dreamy ribbons from the November Ribbon Club Assortment.

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This card feels like a magical portal back in time to a peaceful, simple, cozy Christmas!  It measures 5 3/4″ x 7 3/4″ x 1/2″ and is richly layered with papers, images, ribbons, flowers and all the shabby chic elements I love the most.   Don’t you want to spend the holidays in this serene and scenic spot?

 

Stamperia Pink Christmas Card Folio: The Layers

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To create this rich, layered look follow these simple steps:

  • First cut a 5 5/8″  mat from soft teal cardstock.  Distress the edges and ink with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.
  • Next, cut a 5 1/2″ mat from soft pink cardstock and repeat the distressing steps.
  • Now cut a 5 1/4″ layer of the pink and aqua mixed media background page from Pink Christmas. (The one with the squirrels on the back side).
  • Then stitch or adhere all 3 layers together .
  • Add a layer of white crochet lace from the ribbon club assortment along the border edge of the patterned paper.

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  • Now fussy cut the image from the paper collection and back with dimensionals like foam tape or waste chipboard.
  • Use postage stamp shaped scissors to cut out the stamp images and layer behind the focal along with the “Christmas” banner.
  • Adhere a white glitter snowflake in the upper left hand corner of the card.
  • Then adhere all the other layers in place.
Stamperia Pink Christmas Card Folio: The Bow Cluster

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Here’s how I created this deliciously shabby chic bow cluster.

Stamperia Pink Christmas Card Folio: Detail Shots

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This little vignette is created on top of a slice of wood my son cut from a branch.  First, I painted the surface with Picket Fence Distress Paint.  Then I added some Ranger Crackle Texture Paste and Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter to the edges.  Then I adhered the mini Woodland Tree, some more bead/berry clusters and a vintage button from my stash.  Next, I adhered the entire assemblage to a cut apart from the paper collection, backed it with foam adhesive and adhered in place.  A few more shell buttons from my stash, some icy branches and a touch of Diamond Stickles and dry brushing with acrylic paint complete the card.

Stamperia Pink Christmas Card Folio: A Peek Inside

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I’ve “tied things up” inside with more of that lovely light pink organza/satin center ribbon.  Ooh la la!

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Here’s a sweet spot to tuck Christmas photos and memories.

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And a pocket filled with darling goodies.

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This mini envelope is so sweet tied with Light Pink Organza/Satin Center Ribbon!

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More little goodies tucked inside!

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Some sweet vintage buttons are the final treat.

On With the Hop

The entire RRR team has prepared a banquet of ribbony inspiration for you today, all created with the gorgeous November Ribbon Club Assortment.

Hop by each blog and leave a lovely comment.  Then finish the hop at the RRR Blog, answer Bonnie’s question of the month and your name will be entered into a drawing to win your very own Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you haven’t signed up for the Ribbon Club yet, now is a great time to ask Santa to add it to your stocking!  It will be like Christmas every single time your Ribbon Club assortment arrives!  You can find all the details HERE.

Now it’s time for you to pop on over and see what delightful treats the inventive Linsey has in store for you today!

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.

And if you’re interested in purchasing this Stamperia Pink Christmas Card Folio, you can find it in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Heartfelt Creations Buttons and Blooms Shaker Card

This hop is now closed.  The winner is Sharon Gulikson chosen from Joann’s Blog.  

 

Heartfelt Creations Buttons and Blooms Shaker Card for the Alumni Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the October 2018 Alumni Hop.  Today I have a sweet and sparkly Buttons and Blooms Shaker Card to share with you.  You know I had to purchase this entire collection because, hello….buttons!

I hadn’t made a shaker card in a while, so that’s the direction I went in.  This is a 6″ x 6″ shaker card with a top fold opening.  Here’s how I put the shaker together:

  • First, use the square die from Cut, Mat, Create 2 A Die to cut the pocket image from the 6″ x 6″ card front in the  Buttons and Blooms Paper Collection.  Save the pocket image to use inside the card.
  • Next, stitch or adhere a 5 3/4″ square of clear cardstock to the back side of the frame you just created.
  • Now, select a 6″ x 6″  card front to serve as the background image for your shaker window.
  • Then place two layers of foam tape about 1/2″ from the edges on the back side of this card front.  Do not remove the liner from the top layer of foam tape yet.
  • Fill the cavity with sequins, beads,  Prills, small buttons…whatever strikes your fancy.  Be careful not to overfill, or the shaker won’t shake. (Note: I used glitter in my shaker, but I would not do that again, as the static electricity caused it to cling to the shaker window.)
  • Next, remove the tape liner, center your shaker frame over the background image and adhere.
  • Adhere this entire assembly to the front of a 6″ x 6″ card base.
Buttons and Blooms Shaker Card:  Decorating the Card Front

Buttons and Blooms Shaker Card:  Vellum Blooms

Buttons and Blooms Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

Die cut tickets and tags from the paper collection using the Tickets and Tags Die.

Use these to decorate the card interior.

Cut out the A2 card front, but leave the extra blank journal card attached.  Score along the journal card to form a flap.  Adhere the flap behind a 5 3/4″ square panel of patterned paper from the collection.  Then adhere the entire assembly to the card.

Then use a circle die to cut a thumb hole from the pocket image we saved in Step One.  Adhere 3 sides to form a gift card pocket.  Insert a cut tag here.  Cut a border strip and adhere it at the top of the page.

Now your card is ready to give to the lucky recipient!

On with the Hop!

Now it’s time to see what the rest of the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team has prepared for your inspiration.  Just click on each link in the list below.  Be sure to leave a comment on each blog you visit as one random comment will be chosen from a mystery blog to receive a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card.

The blog hop runs from 8AM on Friday, October 26th until 11:55PM on Monday, October 29th.  The winner will be announced on this blog post, the Heartfelt Creations blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, October 31st!  Enjoy the hop!

Kathy (You are HERE) ♥ Vicki  ♥ Amarilys Joann  ♥  Pam ♥                                                        Susan ♥ Martine EmilySandyArchana

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and techniques that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Happy Hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Easel Card for the RRR Blog Hop

Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Easel Card for the RRR Blog Hop

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog. Today I have a cheery and festive Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Easel Card.  It’s been decked out with several of the beautiful ribbons from the October Ribbon Club Assortment.

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Easel cards are probably one of my favorite fancy folds to make because they can  double as home decor. This 6″ x 6″ Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Easel Card has some fun features inside, too.

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This collection and Red Taffeta Ribbon just go together like Santa and his Elves.  You can see another card created with this collection and this ribbon HERE.  In addition to the Red Taffeta Ribbon,  I’ve used  white crochet lace, Christmas Dots and Red Ovals Satin, and Christmas Green Zig Zag on White Satin Ribbons.

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When the holidays are done, you can fold this Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Easel Card up and put it away until next year.  Gotta love that!

Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Easel Card: A Peek Inside

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I had fun creating the stopper for this card.  These Christmas Novelty Buttons added just the right touch of fun to the card design.

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This little treat pocket is also sized to hold a gift card.  I always like it when a card can double as a gift!

On With the Hop

From here, you should hop on over and see what amazing creation my sweet friend Linsey has prepared for you this month.  Be sure to finish the hop over on the RRR Blog so that your name will be entered into the drawing for your very own October Ribbon Club.  Look how gorgeous these ribbons are!

If you haven’t signed up for the Ribbon Club yet, this would be a great time to do so.  It’s like giving yourself a Christmas present every month of the year!  You can find all the information you need to sign up HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some fun ideas for using ribbon with you today.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

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