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Really Reasonable Ribbon Vintage Blessings Card Duo

Really Reasonable Ribbon Vintage Blessings Card Duo

Hello, Ribbon Lovers! I don’t know what it is about fall, but it always inspires feelings of gratitude in my heart.  Maybe it’s thankfulness for the cooler weather after a long hot summer.  Perhaps it’s the bright blue sky and gorgeous fall colors.  Or it could be the promise of Thanksgiving on the horizon.  Whatever it is, it sure does make my heart happy.  Today I’ve used Really Reasonable Ribbon to add the finishing touches to a Simple Stories Vintage Blessings Card Duo.  I hope these cards will stir up that same thankful feeling in your heart.

Vintage Blessings Easel Card

Vintage Blessings Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1

Felt flowers are my latest obsession, and I love the fall color they add to this 5″ x 7″ vertical easel card.  (I’ll share product links below the post.)

Vintage Blessings Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 2

Vintage Blessings Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 3I searched all through my ribbon cart for something that would pull all these vibrant colors together.   This rustic Plaid Ribbon in Rust and Ivory tones was equal to the task.

Vintage Blessings Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 4I love the way this triple loop bow draws the eye to the sentiment on my cute little house.  Topping the ribbon with a Natural Burlap String Bow and an acorn adds to the card’s rustic feel.

Vintage Blessings Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 5

Like all easel cards, this one folds down for mailing.

Vintage Blessings Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 6

Inside, I’ve added a small treat pocket and a sentiment.

A Little Bit of Ribbon Goes a Long Way

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1

 

I love to find creative ways to use my ribbon scraps.  This little piece of Ivory/Rust ribbon left over from tying the triple loop bow was too small to use.  Or was it?

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 2

As it turns out, it was just the right size to finish off the safety pin embellishment on this 5″ x 7″ card.  I simply snipped the ends, slipped it through the circle on the end of the safety pin, then tied it in place with Natural Burlap String.

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 3

It’s a small detail that makes a big impact, drawing the eye to an embellishment that might otherwise be overlooked.  I love that about ribbon!

Here’s a look at the other details on this happy little card.

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 4 Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 6

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 7Creating the inside of this card was really fun.  I tucked a recipe card, tea bag wallet and honey stick into the shallow pocket.

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 8

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 9Of course, there’s room to tuck a gift card inside, too.

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

Wishing you a heart of gratitude…

Cheerio,

kathy

Product Links

Really Reasonable Ribbon

Simple Stories Vintage Blessings

  • 6″ x 8″  Paper Pad
  • Chipboard Stickers
  • Bits and Pieces
  • Sticker Sheets

Tammy Tutterow Dies by Spellbinders

Tim Holtz Fall Foliage Thinlits Dies by Sizzix (fall leaves)

 

Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo

Hello, G45’ers!  Have you seen Graphic 45’s gorgeous Winter Wonderland Christmas Collection yet?  Filled with images of old barns, snow laden trees, winter songbirds and rustic patterns, it’s like taking a walk in the New England countryside of my childhood.  I recently had a chance to play with these gorgeous images and papers and worked up a Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo to share with you here.

A Spoonful of Christmas: Winter Wonderland Christmas Card #1

Winter Wonderland Spoonful of Christmas Card Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

This vintage Santa Spoon was waiting for me to grab it on one of my junkin’ adventures.  It is part of a set of 4, and I scooped them up in a New York minute!  Why I love these vintage spoons, so much, I’ll never know, but I am amassing a nice little collection to use in my crafting.

To give the spoon this frosty appearance, I added a touch of Picket Fence Distress Paint.  First, I place a small dot of the paint on my craft sheet.  Then I tap my finger into the ink.  Next, I tap most of the paint off onto the craft sheet and then just lightly dab it onto the spoon.  This way, the silver still shines through, but the edges look frosty.

Creating the Flower Clusters

A Spoonful of Christmas Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1Poinsettia are a classic choice for Christmas, so I knew I wanted to add them to this card.  The Petaloo Burlap Poinsettia I had in my stash were too bright for this rustic paper.  But no worries…flowers can be altered to match a paper collection.

A Spoonful of Christmas Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

First, lay your flowers out on a craft sheet or a nice sized piece of scrap paper.  Then mix up some Lobster , Iridescent Gold,  and Bronze Glimmer Mists by rolling the bottle between your hands.  This prevents small particles of glitter from getting stuck in the spray mechanism.  Next, spritz the mists and dry gently with a heat tool.  Repeat if necessary.

A Spoonful of Christmas Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

Adding different textures to a flower cluster makes for an interesting and more natural looking arrangement.  Combine Vintage Velvet Dogwoods with fussy cut poinsettia leaves from the paper collection.  Then tie the whole thing together with gorgeous Vintage Christmas Plaid Ribbon and Natural Burlap String Bows.

A Spoonful of Christmas Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Don’t be afraid to take your design off the edge of your card. After double matting each card layer, I shifted each one a little further to the right creating a sort of stair-step effect on the card.

A Spoonful of Christmas Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

The inside is simply finished with more beautiful papers from the collection.

Spoonful of Christmas Supply List

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland

  • Winter Wonderland
  • Rustic Holiday
  • Nordic Greetings
  • Yule Post

Other Supplies

Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo #2: Christmas Songbird Easel Card

Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

I’ve loved watching and listening to songbirds all my life.  When I saw the sweet little songbirds in Graphic 45’s new Winter Wonderland collection I nearly burst into song myself!  I knew I wanted to feature the lovely swallow from the signature page on a Christmas card. This 7.25” x 5.25” easel style card came together very quickly thanks to the gorgeous patterns and images in this gorgeous winter collection.


Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2
Christmas Songbird Easel Card Tips and Tricks
  1. To create a quick card focal, use a large circle die to cut the bird image from the paper collection and mat it on a decorative circle die. Back it with foam tabs or waste chipboard to really make it stand out.
  2. Tap miniature pine cones with Picket Fence Distress Paint to add a natural, wintry feel to your card.
  3. Tie a trio of small, rusty jingle bells together with burlap string to decorate the easel card stopper.
  4. To add to the rustic feel of this card, distress the edges.  I curled the corners around my piercing tool to add to the vintage design.

Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3 Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5 Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Here’s a peek at the inside.  Using kraft cardstock as the base adds to the rustic appeal of the card.

Christmas Songbird Supply List

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland 12×12 papers

  • Winter Wonderland
  • Nordic Greetings
  • Yule Post

Other Products

If you’re like me, you’ve fallen in love with Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland.  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

Authentique Tricky Treats Halloween Banner

Authentique Tricky Treats Halloween Banner, Shaker Card & Card Folio Trio

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a trio of Tricky Treats made with Authentique Tricky Paper Collection.  There’s something for everyone here with a boo-tiful home decor banner, a spook-tacular shaker card and a creepy card folio project.  This trio of tricky treats is pure Halloween fun, and too cute to spook. Let’s start with the banner.

Authentique Tricky Treats #1: Boo-tiful Banner

Nothing says ” Halloween Party” like a boo-tiful banner!  This one comes together quickly thanks to the fiendishly fabulous patterns and images found in Authentique’s new Tricky collection and some of my trusty cutting dies.

You’l find links to the supplies and dies that I used at the end of this post.  To make quick work of building this boo-tiful banner, it helps to follow a recipe.

  • First, die cut the banner base layer from black cardstock.
  • Next, die cut a mix of patterned papers.
  • Then, die cut some black doilies, or use black doilies that you have in your stash.
  • Now, die cut stars from goth black cardstock and patterned paper.
  • Next, die cut Tim Holtz Hocus Pocus Images from both black cardstock and patterned papers.
  • Then glue the patterned die cuts to the black cardstock, offsetting slightly to create a shadow.  This helps the image to POP off the page.
  • Use a circle die to cut out a patterned paper center for each doily.  If you don’t have a circle die that matches the size of your doily, simply trace the inside edge of the doily onto patterned paper and cut with scissors.
  • Layer everything up with foam tape or waste chipboard.

These witch legs crack me up!  Easy to fussy cut, I layered them up with foam tape, then added some die cut Halloween numbers.

Instead of adding the straight cut images from the Tricky cut apart page, I die cut them with a circle die.

 

Each pennant is attached to 1.5″ Black Plaid Ribbon with a Tim Holtz Binder Clip. Orange and Gold Shimmer Ribbon bows are tied between the pennants.

It only takes a moment to fussy cut this spider web but it makes a real visual impact.  So worth the time!  And, how about this cute black bat popped up on foam tabs?  Adding dimension to a project adds visual interest. Purple flowers add contrast and a bold pop of color as well.

Authentique Tricky Treats #2: Tricky Shaker Card

True confession: I’m hooked on shaker cards.  They sparkle, they move, then make a fun noise when you shake them…what could be better than that?

This 5″ x 7″ easel style shaker really takes things to the next level.

Trim the sentiment from the top of a sheet of Tricky designer paper and mat it on purple cardstock. Then weave it between your fingers to give it this wavy shape.  Glue down the ends and the middle and just like that, you’ve got a fun stopper element for this easel card.  I found these cheeky crows in my stash, and had to add them to the card…aren’t they fun?

There’s nothing but treats inside this Tricky Treat Shaker Card.  Because I don’t have any Halloween sentiment stamps, I created my own on my computer.

Authentique Tricky Treats #3: Halloween Card Folio for Grown Up Ghouls

How about a spook-tacular card folio for grown up ghouls?  This 5″ x 7″ treat fits the bill.

This is such a quick and easy make!  Just create a 5″ x 7″ card base with a 1/2″ spine.  Then add a layer of this pretty dot paper, a strip of diagonal stripes and stitch the focal panel to black cardstock.  Create some paper rosettes and layer it all up with pretty flowers, ribbon, tine, buttons and whatever other goodies catch your eye.

Just for fun, use a watch face in the center of your paper rosette.  Or maybe a corduroy button. And why not invite a little black cat to the party?

The inside of this card has a pair of pockets filled with Halloween treats.  Dark Chocolate, anyone?

How about a cup of orange and spice tea…with honey, of course!  I also created this little 3.25″ x 4.5″ accordion fold folio with leftover pieces on my work space.  This is such a great way to clean up scraps, make something pretty and tidy up your work space all at the same time.

I decorated both sides of this little folio with bits and pieces of designer paper.

How fun would it be to leave one of these fiendishly fabulous cards on a co-worker’s desk with a note that says, “You’ve been booed!” ?

I hope these Authentique Tricky Treats have sparked your imagination with some ideas for your own Halloween decor.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List:

Authentique Tricky Collection, Black Cardstock, Deep Purple Cardstock

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Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card

Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card with Penny’s Paper Doll Family Collection

Hello G45’ers!  You know how life takes some interesting twists and turns sometimes?  I was supposed to post this project last Friday…but I was in an airplane when G45 notified me to share. Then my vacation got extended when bad weather grounded all the planes in the Northeast.  I got home very late last night, and am finally getting a chance to share this really cute Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card with you.  Better late than never, right?

Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Sweet Childhood Memories

I had such fun making this Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel card.  Paper dolls were one of my favorite childhood toys, and I spent hours and hours cutting them out.  Perhaps that is where my love for fussy cutting paper was born, who knows?

Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2Does anyone else remember cutting out the Betsy McCall paper dolls from McCall’s magazine? My sister and I anxiously awaited each new issue so we could add new outfits to our collection. These darling paper doll costumes took me right back to the excitement of those times.

Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card: Tips and Tricks

Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

This is a 6″ x 6″ square easel card.  Here are a few tips and tricks that I used to make it.

  • The focal images on this card are a little smaller than what I typically use.  Matting focal images really helps them to stand out on the page.  Since these images are all the same size, you can make the job easier by measuring and cutting the mats all at the same time.  Measure each layer just slightly larger than the next, then assemble.  
  •   A die cut doily makes the perfect centerpiece for this sweet card. To make the fussy cut kitty cat stand out, I die cut a circle from designer paper for the doily center.  Once again, I used foam tabs to elevate the image.
  • Crocheted lace adds vintage charm and texture to the card design.  I used ⅛” Scor-Tape to layer the crocheted lace over Antique Gold Silky Crushed Ribbon.
  • Use border stamps to create the “stopper” for your easel card.  First I cut the row of stamps out with shaped scissors.  Then I backed them with cardboard packaging to lift them up off the card base.

Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

Since I made this card for display at a summer trade show, I kept the interior fairly simple.  But this gives you a peek at more of the lovely patterns and sweet images from the collection.

Graphic 45 Paper Doll Easel Card Supply List and Product Links

Thanks so much for joining me 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.

Cheerio,

kathy

#G45Gentleman Challenge: Master Detective Bendi Card

#G45Gentleman Challenge: The Game is Afoot with Master Detective!

Hello, G45’ers!   Today’s post is all about the fun #G45Gentleman Challenge at Graphic 45.  As you can probably guess, the challenge is to create a masculine project using Graphic 45 papers.  I got inspired by this fun challenge theme…and the new Master Detective Collection and set about making this deliciously diabolical Master Detective Bendi Card.

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

 

The Game is Afoot!

Our family has always been a game-playing family.  From the time they were little, our 5 kids loved nothing better than spending an afternoon or evening rolling dice, spinning spinners, and moving game pieces around a board.  We played countless games of Clue, and hosted more than one Murder Mystery Dinner.  So this collection really spoke to memories of happy family times.  To this day, whenever we get together, the boxes come out of the closet and as Sherlock Holmes says, “The game is afoot!”

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2This collection is just pure fun, so I had to create an extra special fun project with it.  Bendi cards provide lots of opportunites to add layers of dimension to a card.

TIP:
  • Back fussy cut images with foam dimensionals or waste chipboard to lift them from the card base.  I get lots of packages sent to me in Priority Mail boxes.  Instead of throwing them in the recycle bin, I cut them up and use them instead of costly foam dimensionals.

#G45Gentleman Challenge Master Detective Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

Here’s the “view from the top” so you can get a good look at all the yummy layers in this whimsical card.

 Sinister Secrets and Dastardly Deeds: Create a Secret Pocket

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

You can create a secret pocket in many different ways.  For this project, I fussy cut a border from the 12×12 paper collection.  Then, I cut a narrow strip of cardboard and glued it along the base of the strip.  Next, I added 1/8″ Scor-Tape to the base of the cardboard and glued it to the base of the Master Detective Bendi Card.

Now, what did I put in the pocket?

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

This little gift card folio!  I simply matted the image on a strip 8.5″ long cardstock that was slightly taller than the image.  After gluing the image to the right hand side of the strip, I scored a line to the left and folded.

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

Next I trimmed down a Master Detective ephemera card, and glued it inside.  This gives you room to write a personal message and a great spot to tuck in a gift card!

Cobwebbed Cabinets and Skeleton Keys

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

One of the elements that makes this card so much fun is the staggered layers.  I  knew I wanted to add some height to one side of the card, so I fussy cut the cobwebbed bookshelf from the 12×12 page.  To create even more dimension, you can separate the layers.  I actually made three separate tiers, each backed with cardboard to make this curio cabinet pop off the page.

TIP:
  • If you look closely at the top tier of the cabinet, you’ll see that the base of the top tier is folded to create even more dimension.  To do this, I glued two strips of cardboard, one on top of the other, to the center of the base moulding.  Then I glued the cardboard to the top of the curio cabinet.  Once the glue had set, I came back and folded the sides down and glued them to the paper.  It gives the top tier of the cabinet a very realistic look.
Elementary, My Dear Watson: Handmade Rosettes

Circle elements always add a playful feel to a project.  To incorporate them here, I made some rosettes.

TIP:
  • No rosette die?  No worries!  I made these rosettes with the border strips from the 12×12 collection.  Cut the borders to different widths, then score on the 12″ side every 1/4″.  Accordion fold along the score lines.  Glue the ends together, then clip with a small binder clip until the glue dries.  Place a dime sized puddle of hot glue onto a non stick craft mat.  Open the rosette and press the center down into the glue puddle, bringing all the center edges together.  Hold in place for a few seconds, then top with a chipboard button or game piece from the Master Detective Decorative Chipboard.
Master Detective Tags & Pockets

 

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9

This pocket provides another fun little hiding spot for tags and treats.  Skeleton keys, skeleton hands, a spider webbed monocle and spider charm add even more mystery to the design.

 

The #G45Gentleman Challenge

So now it’s your turn to get out your scissors and glue and get your craft on. Join the #G45Gentleman Challenge!

  • Create a masculine project using Graphic 45 product.
  • Upload your project to the G45 Facebook page using #G45 Gentleman
  • BONUS! Use the new Master Detective Collection and your entry will count as two entries.
  • WIN a $150 prize pack.  Graphic 45 will randomly select ONE entry as the winning project.
  • Deadline: June 30th 2017
  • You can enter multiple times!
  • Upload your projects HERE.

Thanks for joining me here 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.

Cheerio,

kathy

Stars and Stripes Forever Independence Day Decor

Stars and Stripes Forever Independence Day Decor with Authentique “Heroic”

Hello, Friends!  It’s officially summer and that means the 4th of July is right around the corner.  If you are hosting a cookout celebration, you might want to start thinking about a little Independence Day decor.  With that in mind, I dipped into the gorgeous new “Heroic” collection from Authentique papers and put together some fancy fold cards that can double as home decor.

Red, White and blue Through and Through Step Out Card

Red White and Blue Through and Through Step Out Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

The great thing about fancy fold cards is that they are a a natural for home decor.  Because I wanted the option to use this card as home decor, I made the base to measure 7″ long x 5″ tall.  (You can find the YouTube video tutorial for this card base HERE.)

Red White and Blue Through and Through Step Out Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

Die cut stitched stars make me think of 4th of July fireworks and add a great sense of motion to this card.  I’ve used 12×12 Details stickers from the Heroic Collection to add extra detail.  The blue stars are cut from foil paper for a little extra shimmer.

Red White and Blue Through and Through Step Out Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3

Wouldn’t this make a great table centerpiece on your Independence day table?

Red White and Blue Through and Through Step Out Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4

The vintage patriotic gal on this large panel on the right is not just another pretty face.

Red White and Blue Through and Through Step Out Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5If you untie the Navy Blue Stars Grosgrain ribbon, you’ll discover that it’s a gift card wallet.  This would make a great host or hostess gift for July 4th cookouts or a great birthday present for those lucky 4th of July babies.

 

Stars and Stripes Center Step Card

 

Stars and Stripes Center Step Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

This dynamic star studded step out card would also look great on a 4th of July table.  I used a Cheery Lynn die to cut the card base from kraft cardstock, then decorated it with an assortment of 12×12 and 6×6 Heroic papers.

Stars and Stripes Center Step Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

Red, white and blue Petaloo flowers anchor the left hand corner of the card along with a multi-layered patriotic star.  Double mat the ticket stickers to give them more presence on the card.

Stars and Stripes Center Step Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo  3

And, the card folds flat for storage, or for mailing.

I love to celebrate the 4th with our family.  We have a long standing tradition of enjoying a meal of chili dogs, potato salad, and coleslaw. The grand finale to the picnic is homemade brownies and ice cream.  Honestly, is there anything more fun than watching the sky come alive at night with brilliant fireworks?  I can hardly wait!

I hope I’ve shared some ideas, tips and tricks with you today 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

Supply List

Authentique Heroic 12×12 Collection Kit (contains the detail stickers)

Heroic 6×6 Paper Bundle

My Favorite Things Stitched Star Die

Cheery Lynn Step Card Die

Navy Stars on White Grosgrain Ribbon 

Red Sheer Iridescent Ribbon

Natural Burlap String

Petaloo Flowers

Cardstock: Kraft, Deep Red, Navy, Blue Foil

Scor-Tape, Buttons, Hot Glue, Scoring Tool, Craft Knife

 

 

Look Out World! Here Come the Graduates!

Look Out World: Here Come the Graduates Vintage Style Card with Gift Card Pocket

Hello, Friends!  It’s June, and all across the US, young men and women are donning caps and gowns, marching solemnly across the stage, turning their tassels, and grasping their diplomas. Look out World!  With this momentous occasion in mind, Petaloo is  spending the coming week celebrating Dads & Grads!  I dug into one of my favorite retired Graphic 45 collections to create this colorful graduation card with a hidden gift card pocket.

Look Out World Graduation Card with hidden gift card pocket Come Away with me by Kathy Clement for Petaloo by Floracraft Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

I just love this sentiment from Graphic 45’s retired Come Away With Me Collection.  This soft and feminine 6″ x 6″ top fold card gets loads of gorgeous texture, color and dimension from these Penny Lane Sea Green Mini Wild Roses.

My bow cluster is created with Peony Delicate Stitched Satin, burlap string and 2 of the larger Mini Wild Roses.  These come 7 to a pack, so I had enough left over to add as embellishments on the ends of luggage tags.

I don’t know about you, but I just love this combination of dots, stripes and florals!

Look Out World Hidden Gift Card Pocket

Although this looks like any other ordinary top fold card, if you remove that teeny tiny brown binder clip on top of the focal image….

…you’ll find a hidden gift card pocket inside.  How fun is that?  Here’s how to make it:

  1.  First, mat the focal image on a piece of brown cardstock that measures 4.25″ tall x 8.5″ long.
  2. Next, score the paper on the long side at 3 1/8″ then again at 6.25″.  You will have a 2.25″ piece on the right hand side of the scored paper.
  3. Now, crease on all the score lines and fold the paper strip so that the small piece is on the inside.
  4. Then, line the inside of the panel with designer paper.
  5. Now, glue a contrasting pattern to the small flap and punch a thumb hole with a circle punch.
  6. Next, use 1/8″ Scor-Tape on the top and bottom edge of the short piece.
  7. Remove the liner and press in place.  There’s your pocket!
  8. Add a Pocket & Tag to the left hand side.
  9. Now glue the focal image to the front “cover.”
  10. Then add the chipboard piece to the lower left hand corner.
  11. Finally, place adhesive in the center of the gift card holder and glue onto the card.
A Peek Inside

Turn a postcard into a pocket by gluing just the sides and bottom edges to the card.  Fill the pocket with 2 tags cut from the 12×12 collection.  These are great for holding small photos of the graduate.  Photos of the graduation ceremony would also fit nicely into this pocket.

You could also write words of wisdom onto the tags for a real personal touch.

The bottom half of the card is decorated with more pretty papers.  Then I created a little folio, tied it with ribbon and added it to the card.  This is a great spot to tuck in senior pictures or other special memories from the happy day.

A Fond Farewell

The other reason I chose a travel themed collection for this card is a little bit sad.  This is my last post as a member of the Petaloo Design Team.  As you know, Petaloo is now owned by Floracraft, and the parent company has decided to close down the Petaloo blog and disband the design team.

Life is a journey with lots of destinations along the way.  A little more than 2 years ago, I literally danced for joy when Cheryl, the owner of Petaloo, asked me to guest design for a month.  At the end of the month, she asked me if I would like to stay on as a permanent designer.  Would I?  You betcha!

It has been such an honor to design with gorgeous Petaloo flowers, stick pins,  and trims for the past 2+ years.  Cheryl has been a dream to work for: supportive, kind and generous.  My Petaloo teammates have been a joy to work with and I’ve been blessed to forge some friendships that will endure even after this gig is over.

You will continue to be able to purchase Petaloo flowers in retail shops and online in stores such as Scrapbook.com, JoAnn’s, and A Cherry on Top. Thank you so much for being on the journey with me.  

All good things must come to an end, and I exit with a heart that is filled with gratitude for the wonderful experience I’ve had designing for Petaloo.  As the sentiment on the post card in my project says, “The Best is Yet to Be!”

Thanks so much for stopping by 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.

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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