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Shabby Chic Birthday Blessings Card

Shabby Chic Birthday Blessings Card with Simple Stories Vintage Blessings and Peony Ribbons

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Pink and brown is one of my all time favorite color palettes!  The pretty peony pink ribbons on today’s shabby chic birthday blessings card are the icing on the cake!

Shabby Chic Birthday Blessings Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1

Pink and brown papers, peony ribbons and polka dots?  Yes, please!  This 5″ x 7″ top fold card features papers from Simple Stories Vintage Blessings Collection.

Prize Winning Peonies….

This bodacious bow cluster started with a triple loop bow tied with Peony Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon.  Then I topped it off with a Crosshatch on 3/8″ Satin double loop bow and a pretty posy. This combo really amps up the shabby chic vibe .

Shabby Chic Birthday Blessings Card: I Get By with a Little Help From My Friends

Just like the old Beatles tune, “I get by with a little help from my friends,” I tie bows with a little help from my friend!  Studying Bonnie Garby’s YouTube video tutorials and using my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool are the secrets to my bow tying success.  I know there are lots of different ways to tie fabulous bows, and some of you are so smart you don’t need to use a tool.  I, however, was a bow-tying flunk out, and these two secret weapons really changed up my game.

 

Shabby Chic Birthday Blessings Card: A Peek Inside

I love finishing the inside of a card as much as I love designing the cover.  Here, I’ve layered up papers, paper scraps, a vellum sentiment panel and some washi tape.  A little message is tucked into the tiny envelope….just for fun!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas 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

Autumn Hues Tag Pocket Greeting Card

Really Reasonable Ribbon August Ribbon Club Collection: Autumn Hues Tag Pocket Greeting Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Summer is winding down here in North Carolina.  While the afternoons are still quite hot, there’s a lovely coolness in the early morning and evening hours.  The days are getting shorter, too.  These subtle changes inspired me to create this Autumn Hues Tag Pocket Greeting Card. My RRR Autumn Harvest Ribbon Club Assortment arrived in my mailbox just in time for me to make this pretty card/tag combo!

Autumn Hues Tag Pocket Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

Usually, I put my pockets on the insides of my cards.  But change is good for the soul.  So, this time around I created a fun tag pocket on the front of a tall, skinny kraft card base.

Autumn Hues Tag Pocket Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2

This side fold card measures 4.25″ wide x 7″ tall.  I tore a piece of Kaisercraft Golden Grove designer paper to create this rustic looking pocket. Moss/Cream 5/8″ wide plaid ribbon looks amazing with this paper collection!

Autumn Hues Tag Pocket Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3The tag fits right inside, which is fun change of pace.  I topped the tag with Moss/Cream Plaid ribbon and Ivory Crochet Lace.  The flower cluster features a WOC Mixed Earth Tones Chrysanthemum and Cosmos.  I sponged on some Wild Honey and Mustard Seed Distress Oxide Inks to increase the golden tones in the flowers.

Autumn Hues Tag Pocket Greeting Card: A Peek Inside

Autumn Hues Tag Pocket Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 4

I have as much fun decorating the insides of my cards as I do the outside.  Often, I will layer up scraps of designer paper to create a sort of collage effect as I did here.

Autumn Hues Tag Pocket Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 5This gift card pocket is tied shut with 3/8″ Moss/Cream Plaid Ribbon.

Autumn Hues Tag Pocket Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 6Use scraps of paper to create little pockets inside the 3″ square folio.  Each pocket holds a little tag or journal spot.  You could also add small treats or a gift card to each pocket.

Autumn Hues Tag Pocket Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 7

Autumn Hues Tag Pocket Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 8

How much fun will it be for the recipient of this card to open each section and find a yummy chocolate treat inside?  I just love interactive elements in cards!

Are you ready for fall?  It’s my favorite season of the year.  While I get a little sad at the fact that the days are getting shorter, the promise of golden leaves, bright blue skies and cool, crisp air fills me with anticipation.

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

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Spring Has Sprung Easter Shaker Card

Beautiful Butterflies and Bows: Spring Has Sprung Easter Shaker Card

Hello Ribbon Lovers!  Don’t you just love spring?  After the grey days and cold of winter, there is nothing more beautiful than the burst of color that spring provides.  I dug into the March Ribbon Club Collection from Really Reasonable Ribbon this week and decided to have a play!  The Rainbow Assortment is full of bright beautiful ribbons that make you think of spring flowers.  My eye was drawn to the gorgeous hue of the Tropic Taffeta ribbon and I went in search of just the right papers to pair up with it.  And that’s how this Spring Has Sprung Easter Shaker Card came into being.

Spring Has Sprung Easter Shaker card by Kathy Clement Photo 1Oh, how I love taffeta ribbon!  It ties the most beautiful poufy bows!  This triple loop bow, courtesy of my Zutter-Bow-it-All Tool, is topped with an Ivory Burlap String bow and a sweet white filigree butterfly charm.    What better way to announce to the world that Spring has Sprung than with an Easter shaker card?

Spring Has Sprung Easter Shaker card by Kathy Clement Photo 2This 6″ x 7″ Spring has Sprung  Easter shaker card has a fun cutaway front design.  I decided to use a postcard from Graphic 45’s Sweet Sentiment collection as the base for the shaker.  The Tropic Taffeta ribbon makes the beautiful blues in the butterfly wings come alive!  Add a blush to Petaloo DIY Dogwoods by sponging them with Tattered Rose Distress Ink.

A Peek Inside

Spring Has Sprung Easter Shaker card by Kathy Clement Photo 3I really had fun dressing the inside of this card up in it’s Easter Best!

Spring Has Sprung Easter Shaker card by Kathy Clement Photo 4The decorative belly band on the left hand side of the card interior is so easy to make.  Add the chipboard “buckle” from the collection to a strip of decorative paper.  Then glue the ends to either side of the card. Top with  a chipboard button and a fussy cut butterfly.

Next, I cut an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of primitive cream cardstock into 4 equal rectangles, cropped the corners and then slid them behind the belly band.  What a fun place to keep photos of your family’s Easter celebration!

Glue the cute image of the Easter boy and girl  onto the belly band, not the paper.  This way photos can slide in and out easily.

And on your right….

Spring Has Sprung Easter Shaker card by Kathy Clement Photo 5This pretty Easter egg image became a pocket!

Spring Has Sprung Easter Shaker card by Kathy Clement Photo 6I cut journaling images from the paper collection to fit the pocket.  This is a great place to add an Easter greeting…or to add journaling to accompany the photos.  Oh…and there’s also a little chocolate treat tucked in.  Because the Easter Bunny loves grown ups, too!

If you haven’t tried working with taffeta ribbon yet, I highly recommend it.  Bonnie carries it in several colors and I want them alllllllll!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

The Wearin’ O’ the Green: St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card

St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card for Petaloo International

Oh, the Top of the Mornin’ to you,  my friends!  There are so many things to be happy about today.  It’s March, which means Spring is on its way.  Soon the earth will be bursting with beautiful spring flowers and tender green leaves.  And, we get to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this month!  Since I have Irish roots in my family tree, I love this holiday.  We eat fish and chips, enjoy an ice cold Guinness, I bake Irish Soda Bread and we all wear green.  Today’s St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card is definitely green!

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 1Believe it or not, with the exception of the gorgeous Petaloo blossoms,  this card was made entirely with bits and bobs from my scrap bin.  I went foraging for every scrap of leftover green paper I could find…which turned out to be quite a bit.  Some of this is Christmas paper, some bits are mixed media backgrounds I created long ago.  The sweet vintage style image came to me as an “extra helping” from an order I made at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  It felt so good to create something new and pretty with all these bits and pieces. Do you ever do this?

Green, Green and More Green

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 2After stitching all the patterned papers together, I mounted them onto this 5.5″ square easel card base.  Then the real fun began!  I dug through my Gypsy Soul Lasercuts chippies and found this stunning Victoria Small Layered Border.  After treating the bottom layer with Antique Gold Embossing Powder, I painted the top layer with Antique Linen Distress Paint.  The two layers were glued together and secured with binder clips until the glue set. After that, I glued it on the left hand side of the card base.

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 3While that was going on, I die cut 3 Tim Holtz Ornate frames and layered them together with strips of foam tape.  Then I trimmed the image and glued it to the back of the frame.  To add even more depth, I backed the frame with two layers of waste chipboard.  Next, I glued it to the center of my card base.

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 4Now for the ribbon cluster!  The base layer is a triple loop bow tied with Moss Green Gingham ribbon.  I looped a gold tassel over the center of the bow, then topped it with these gorgeous Pistachio Green Anemones.  These bodacious flowers are so flirty!   The ruffled layers of petals add the perfect shabby chic touch to the design.  Finally, I tied this itty  bitty teacup charm to the frame with gold metallic string.

St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card: Building the Stopper

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 5One of the reasons I love to make easel cards is that they display so nicely.  To achieve this, you have to build a “stopper”  to hold the front cover of the card open.  I began the process by laying down a strip of antique crochet trim about midway up the interior of the card.  Next, I die cut the green striped paper and matted it with green cardstock.  I softened the edges by dry brushing on a little Antique Linen Distress Paint. Gold brads hold the number plaques in place.  Finally, I backed it with waste chipboard and glued it in place.

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 6But it looked a little lonely there all by itself.  To remedy this, I anchored the corners with Darjeeling Green Mini Garden Rosettes and Green Hydrangea.  I was careful to glue just the bottom petals to the striped paper so that the card could open and close.  The finishing touch is that cute little shamrock charm.  It was originally silver, but I painted it gold.  I added the labels and was finally happy.

The Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 7Every St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card needs a pot of gold tucked in somewhere, right?  So I added a gift card pocket to the card and filled it with an individually wrapped chocolate. Since I had a couple pieces of mixed media paper on the desk I cut them into little banner flags and glued them in place. Finally,  I created the sentiments on the computer, printed them out and added them to finish off the card.

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 8Here’s what the card looks like folded shut.

Do you do anything fun or special for St. Patrick’s Day?  I remember dressing for school when I was little, and you had to be sure to wear green so you wouldn’t get pinched!  Fun memories…and that’s what paper crafting is all about.

Thanks for joining me here today!  May the road rise up to meet you!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Remember You Are Fabulous Card

RRR Red and/or Pink Challenge: Remember You Are Fabulous Card with Authentique Fabulous Collection

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for another fun challenge over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Bonnie says it’s time to break out some RED and/or PINK.  I spent a happy afternoon with the January Ribbon Club Assortment and Authentique’s Fabulous Collection. The result is this fun retro style Remember You Are Fabulous Card.

Pink and/or Red: Why Choose?

I have to tell you, peeps…the ribbons in the January Ribbon Club assortment are FABULOUS!  There are so many great little prints, and so many wonderful textures.  As you can see, I had fun using them!  Red Chevron Striped Grosgrain Ribbon borders add texture, color and pattern to my design. And how much do I love the Random Hearts and Confetti Dots Grosgrain Ribbon?  Lots and lots, that’s how much!  Red Satin with a Grosgrain Edge lends wonderful shimmer and shine to my double loop bow.  These ribbons just play perfectly with the pink, red and aqua color palette of this fun paper collection.

The Party’s on the Inside

I scored this 5″ x 7″ top fold card with a 1/4″ spine so that I could load up the inside with all sorts of fun goodies.

The pocket on top holds a little sweet treat and a fun place to write a Valentine greeting.  The lower pocket holds a hand stamped bookmark and a fun fridge magnet.  I used the random hearts and confetti grosgrain ribbon to top the bookmark.  The whole project is a great big celebration of pink and red!

Now it’s YOUR turn!  Link up your own Pink and/or Red masterpiece on the RRR BLOG. You’ll find all the details HERE.  Be sure to visit the projects from the rest of the team for more inspiration.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Remember you are fabulous!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card

Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks Day 9: Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card

Hello again, G 45’ers!  It’s Day 9 of Sneak Peeks over at the fabulous Graphic 45 Blog.  Today they are featuring the fanciful, mysterious and oh so fun Midnight Masquerade collection.  This collection is filled with whimsy, vibrant colors and a real playful vibe.  I took one look and thought, “Why not make a shaker card?”  And that’s how this Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker card came into being.

Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 1 See what I mean?  It’s perfect for Mardi Gras parties, prom parties, and shaker cards, of course!

The making of a shaker card

I’ve only made a few shaker cards, but I found a wonderful new product that makes quick work of the process.  It’s call Kool Tac Double Sided Clear Foam. In the past, I’ve sewn my shaker cards together, which is not so easy.  But using this foam with clear acetate sheets makes quick work of the job.

Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2First I cut my 4×6 focal image from the designer paper.  Next I ran the clear foam tape all around the perimeter.  Then I filled the cavity with beads, sequins  and glitter.  Peel off the top layer of the tape and place your cut acetate sheet over top, being careful to line up all the edges.  Burnish with a bone folder and voila!  You’re done!

Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 3Each image is featured twice in the paper collection, which allows you to frame the shaker portion of the card.  I used my ruler and craft knife to carefully cut the frame away from the inside image.  Then I used glossy accents to secure it to the top of the shaker.  (Glossy accents works well on non-porous surfaces like acetate.)  Since the feet were printed into the frame, I fussy cut some flowers to cover them up.  I also added more fussy cut flowers to the sides.  It really only took a few minutes and it looks so great, don’t you think?

Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 4What could possibly be more fun than a shaker card?  Well, how about a shaker/easel card?  Yeah, I think so, too!  This time I used a flower/bow cluster as the stopper.  I also mounted a fussy cut postage stamp that is propped up on dimensionals just for fun.

Take a Look Inside

Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 5What a glorious riot of color!  It makes me feel like I’m at Mardi Gras in New Orleans!

Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 6Remember the frame we cut from the second image?  I went back and fussy cut the dancing lady from the inner portion and placed her above my flower cluster.  It’s hard to tell here, but she’s propped up with foam dimensionals.  I also added another fussy cut stamp on either side.

Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 7Once again, when decorating the top of an easel card, make sure you don’t let your paper cover the break.  I hand wrote this simple sentiment on one of the journal cards from the collection.

So, what do you think of Midnight Masquerade?  To be honest with you, I was not at all sure about this collection when I opened my box.  I rarely work with such bright colors.  But almost as soon as I started working with it, I fell in love with it.  It has such a fun, playful vibe and it’s so warm and cheery.  I ended up making more samples with this collection than any other.  Funny, isn’t it?

To see more of this collection, pop on over to the Graphic 45 blog today.  And be sure to leave a comment as they are giving away a lovely prize package.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on this Midnight Masquerade Easel Card in the comment section below.

Sneak peeks are the BEST!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Portrait of a Lady Easel Card: Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks Day 6

Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks: Portrait of a Lady Easel Card

Hello G45’ers!  Have you been following along with the Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks?  I’m so excited about all these new collections.  I’ve been busy behind the scenes creating loads of samples for CHA/Creativation and I finally get to share this Portrait of a Lady Easel Card with you today.   Hooray!

I tell you no lie: When I pulled Portrait of a Lady from my design team box, I literally gasped.  It is one of the most beautiful paper collections I have ever seen.

Details and Tips

Portrait of a Lady Easel Card, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2I die cut a doily from white cardstock, topped it with a die cut panel from the sentiment page and then wreathed it with trim from my stash.   Don’t you just love this sentiment?

Portrait of a Lady Easel Card, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 3The neat thing about an easel card is that it will close flat for mailing.  This is what it looks like closed. I kept this design very simple and clean so that the beautiful papers and images could really shine.

To add layers of design to a card, use Staples tags!  The lovely shaped edge lends elegance and interest with very little work.  I just cut a strip of designer paper here, tucked my tags behind the focal image, trimmed the edges with lace and popped on some beautiful cream Petaloo flowers.  So simple, yet so elegant!

Portrait of a Lady Easel Card, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 4For my custom dyed ribbon, I worked Tattered Rose Distress Ink through cream seam binding.  It’s a perfect color match and ties a beautiful shabby bow.  I love the way an easel card stands all on its own.

A Peek Inside

Portrait of a Lady Easel Card, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 5Here’s a peek at the inside.  Because an easel card has to be able to “break” in the middle of the top half, you have to decorate the inside a little differently.  Simply cut your panel of paper as you normally would, then cut it in half.  Glue one half above the break, and the other below.  This way the pattern matches, and the card will still function as designed.

Portrait of a Lady Easel Card, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 6To create the “stopper” for the easel, I layered several patterns of designer paper and matted with cardstock.  The stopper needs to sit a little bit high so that the edge of the card front will catch there and stay open.  I mounted the “Believe in Yourself” sentiment on waste chipboard for that purpose.

Want to see more?

So, what do you think of Portrait of a Lady?  Is it your cup of tea?  It certainly is mine!  This Portrait of a Lady Easel card is just one of the samples I’ve made with the collection.  I’ll be sharing more  in days to come.

If you’d like to see more of Portrait of a Lady, it’s being featured on the Graphic 45 BLOG today.  Be sure to pop over and take a look at all the elements in this glorious collection.  And be sure to leave a comment, as they are giving away a lovely prize package!

I just love sneak peeks!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

 

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