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Deer Christmas Greeting Card with Sweet Christmas

Deer Christmas Greeting Card with Stamperia Sweet Christmas

Hello, Friends!

Wow, has this week ever been busy!  I finally got caught up on life after my lovely Thanksgiving break.  Once all the chores were done, I had a chance to play with some of my new paper pretties.  This Deer Christmas Greeting card has a wonderful Victorian feel to it.  It’s made with Stamperia’s Sweet Christmas collection.

Deer Christmas Greeting Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo 1

A little light distressing on the edges gave this card an aged, rustic feel.  All the edges are sponged with Distress Victorian Velvet ink to amp up the color.  Then I spritzed the edges with water.  Finally, I spattered the whole base (not the image) with Hickory Smoke Distress Spray.

Need a good way to use up scraps of pretty paper?  Cut a banner shape on the end then add them to your paper layers.  To do this, first I fold my paper in half lengthwise.  From the folded side of the paper, cut a 45 degree angle toward the bottom edge.  These fishtail banners look great on a card, use up scraps and are quick and easy to make.

Deer Christmas: Pretty in Pink

Deer Christmas Greeting Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo  2I’m finding that I’m rather fond of pink this Christmas.

Deer Christmas Greeting Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo 3

Festive greenery gives this card a botanical feel.  I’ve layered lots of evergreen boughs in with my White Glitz Ribbon bow cluster.

Deer Christmas: A Peek Inside

Deer Christmas Greeting Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo  4

For me, decorating the inside of a card is as much fun as decorating the outside.

Deer Christmas Greeting Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo  5

Deer Christmas Greeting Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo  6Of course, there’s a pocket!

Deer Christmas Greeting Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo  7In the pocket, there’s a pretty little gift card holder.

Deer Christmas Greeting Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo  8And in the gift card holder, there’s a stamped sentiment and a chocolate treat. Otherwise, it would not be a Kathy by Design card!   If you’re interested, you’ll find this card available for purchase in my Etsy shop.

It was relaxing and fun to make a card “just for me” . I love the way it turned out, and I hope it inspired you to get out your paper pretties and have a play.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio with  RRR and Kaisercraft Mademoiselle

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Today’s card is gloriously vintage and features one of my favorite themes: sewing!  This Stitched with Love Friendship card folio features custom dyed seam binding ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon and paper pretties from Kaisercraft’s Mademoiselle collection.

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 1

My mom was an incredible seamstress.  She could take a little bit of this and a little bit of that and turn it into new curtains, or a dress or a darling little pillow.  I spent hours and hours by her side watching her create with fabric.  Perhaps this is where my early love for pattern, color and design was born.

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 2I know everyone is smack dab in the middle of creating for Christmas right now, but I woke up with the urge to play with these pretty papers.  And can you blame me?  Who can resist polka dots, chippy buttons,  and vintage sewing images?  I ran into a bit of a speed bump when it came to ribbon selection, however.  Nothing in my considerable ribbon stash was quite the perfect color match.

Custom Dyed Seam Binding Ribbon: The Ribbon Lover’s Secret Weapon

If this has ever happened to you, then you are going to love what I’m about to share with you.  Create your own custom dyed ribbon with seam binding and ink.  It’s easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. First, cut a 1 yard length of white seam binding ribbon.
  2. Next, “smoosh” Distress Ink that complements your papers onto a non-stick craft sheet or other non-porous surface.  Spritz lightly with water until little beads of ink form.
  3. Now, dip the ribbon into this delicious puddle of inky goodness.  You can choose to fully immerse it, or just pick up bits and pieces of color.  You really can’t go wrong, so just have fun and play with ink and ribbon until you like the end result.  Then, gently heat dry and tie as usual. I always use my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool.
Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio:  A Peek Inside

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 3

The inside of this card is filled with vintage goodness. The die cut vintage sewing machine makes a perfect tuck spot for little tags and a tiny gift envelope.

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 4

To create a tuck spot, glue just one edge of an image to paper.  It’s so easy, and so much fun!

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 5The large side pocket holds a little art tag, tea bag and honey stick combo.  I’ve used extra bits of my custom dyed seam binding on all these little goodies inside the folio.

Now that you know how to make your own seam binding ribbon, I bet you’ll have lots of fun coming up with reasons to use it.  It’s such a great way to add a designer touch to your card creations.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Thankful Season Card Folio for Frilly and Funkie

Graphic 45 Thankful Season Card Folio for Frilly and Funkie “Give Thanks” Challenge

Hello, Dear Friends!  Tomorrow we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US.  It’s probably my favorite of all the holidays.  I mean, who doesn’t love a celebration centered around gratitude and food!  So today I’m sharing a lovely Graphic 45  Thankful Season Card Folio made for the latest “Give Thanks” Challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  We’ll take a look at the folio in a moment, but first let’s see what our lovely hostess, Sara Emily, has to say about this challenge.

Give Thanks!

We have so much to be grateful for! The Frilly and Funkie team is thankful for our loyal readers and our newest visitors! For this challenge, simply create a vintage or shabby chic project that expresses gratitude.

Thankful Season Card Folio with Graphic 45 Seasons Collection

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

The sentiment on this card kind of sums it all up for me.  There is so much to be thankful for!  Thanksgiving is the perfect time to stop and count our blessings!

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2This Thankful Season Card Folio is a little larger than usual measuring a generous 5.5″ x 7.5″ with a 1/2″ spine.  I needed more room to add all these fun elements: fussy cuts, mulberry flowers, mini pumpkins, an ornate shaker frame, fall ribbons, real feathers, filigree corners,  and little stick pins.

Thankful Season Card Folio: Layering the Designer Paper

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3For this card folio, I worked primarily with papers from the 12×12 Patterns and Solids pad.

  • First, mat a 5″ x 7″ panel of brown floral paper on a slightly larger panel of kraft card.
  • Then ink the edges of both panels with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
  • Next, machine stitch the panels together.  This is optional, but I love the texture that stitching adds to a card.
  • Now, use the two largest dies from  Spellbinder’s Labels Eight to cut paper layers from the orange text and orange floral papers.  Ink the edges and mat on both kraft and dark brown paper.
  • Then, cut one more paper layer from the back side of either print.  This will be where we mount our shaker element.
  • Next, ink up Dear Ruby with an embossing pad and stamp on the plain colored side of this label.
  • Then, heat emboss with Charred Gold Leaves Embossing Powder.
  • Layer all the die cut panels on the card using foam tabs, tape or waste cardboard to add dimension.
  • Decorate with fussy cut elements, flowers, feathers, metal filigree corners, etc.
Thankful Season Card Folio: The Shaker Element

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Here’s how I created the framed shaker sentiment on this Thankful Season Card Folio

  • First, cut the sentiment from the 12×12 Graphic 45 Seasons Autumn Collective Page.
  • Next, die cut 2 Ornate Frames from heavy kraft cardstock
  • Now, use an embossing ink pad to stamp Tammy Tutterow’s Big Fabric Background Stamp on the front of one frame.
  • Sprinkle with Emerald Creek Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder and heat set.
  • Next, smear Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Ink onto a non-stick craft.  Then mist with water until small beads of ink form on the mat.
  • Then press the embossed frame face down into the ink.  Heat dry.  Repeat until you like the finished product.
  • Gently heat the frame until the embossed portions pop back to the surface.
  • Now, cut two pieces of clear acetate (I used packaging materials) slightly larger than the frame opening.  Use 1/8″ Scor-Tape to glue one piece to the back side of the top frame and one piece on the FRONT side of the bottom frame.
  • Next, cut foam tape or dimensionals to create a border all the way around the inner edge of the frame.  You don’t want this to show through the frame openings, so keep this in mind as you work.  I used a product called Kool-Tak, as it is a clear foam tape.
  • Then carefully fill the center of the bottom frame with your shaker elements.  Don’t overfill.  About a teaspoon of shaker elements like sequins, small beads and glitter should be enough.
  • Now remove the foam tape liner and press the top frame onto the bottom frame, being careful to line them up.
The Thankful Season Card Folio: Goodness on the Inside

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

I love to add pockets and tags and other goodies inside my cards.

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6Sometimes it’s fun to change things up a little.  So instead of a pocket on the top portion of the card, I created a double belly band .

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

This holds a 4″ x 6″ photo wallet and a darling little tea bag wallet.

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9The side pocket on the bottom holds a vintage style recipe card, a decorated honey stick (to go with the tea bag, of course) and a lovely vintage style tag.

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10

Give Thanks Challenge at Frilly and Funkie: Now It’s YOUR turn!

We’d love to have you join us in this Give Thanks Challenge.  To do so, you need simply create your own vintage style or shabby chic project that expresses gratitude.  Then link your project up over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before midnight on Tuesday, December 5th.  Please read all the challenge details and guidelines HERE.

The Frilly and Funkie  team will choose our top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot  at Frilly and Funkie and the next three picks will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Before I sign off, I’d like to wish each and every one of you a very Happy Thanksgiving Day.  If you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving where you are, or if you’ve already celebrated, then I wish you the blessing of a grateful heart.  As the sentiment on this Thankful Season Card Folio proclaimed: There is so much to be thankful for!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Thankful Season Card Folio Product Links



Winter Wishes Christmas Card

Winter Wishes Christmas Card: Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop with Gracielle Design

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for the November Blog Hop at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  This month we’re teaming up with Gracielle Design.  I’ve used her digital stamps and papers to create this elegant Winter Wishes Christmas Card.  If you’ve come here from Karen’s lovely blog, then you are right on track.  Now let’s get to hopping!

This month, we’re focusing on the ribbons in the gorgeous November Ribbon Club Country Christmas Assortment.  I had such fun pairing these lovely ribbons up with Gracielle Design Winter Blessings Digital Stamps and Holiday Traditions Digital Paper Collection.  Here’s a look at these lovely ribbons.

Winter Wishes Christmas Card

Winter Wishes Christmas Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

This is a 5″ x 7″ top fold card.  After printing out my digital papers, I cut them to size.  Then I inked the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Next, I double matted the layers on silver metallic and burgundy cardstock.  Then I created extra dimension in this Winter Wishes Christmas card by adding waste chipboard (instead of foam spacers) between the layers.

Next, I printed the sentiment on white cardstock, and matted it on a die cut label.  At this point, the card is pretty…but it needs some jazzing up.

Winter Wishes Christmas Card: Ribbon to the Rescue!

In my world, ribbon is always the perfect finishing accent.  I pulled out my trusty Bow-it-All Tool to create this elegant bow cluster.  The base layer is a double loop bow tied with Moss Bold Diamond Print Satin Ribbon.  The next layer shimmers thanks to 3/8″ Soft Pine Satin with a Gold Metallic Edge Ribbon.  The icing on this Winter Wishes Christmas Card Bow Cluster is a delicate string bow tied with Gold Metallic String.  Last, but not least, I’ve added a silver button from my stash.

Winter Wishes Christmas Card: A Peek Inside

Now it’s time to finish the inside of this pretty card.  I layered up scraps of my digital papers with another lovely sentiment from the Winter Blessings Digital Stamp set.  Dress this up with a little ribbon border and a few sparkling silver gumdrops.

Then, add a little gift card pocket filled with a tea bag and a honey stick to finish with a flourish!

On with the Hop!

From here, you will hop on over to see what paper pretties Cherry has in store for you.

Be sure to visit all the blogs on the hop, and leave a little love behind.  Then finish up on the RRR Blog where you will answer Bonnie’s question of the month.  This will enter you into the drawing for your very own Country Holiday Ribbon Collection!

If you’re not already a subscriber to the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club, now is a great time to let Santa know that it would make a great Christmas gift!  And now is the perfect time to sign up, as Bonnie is offering new subscribers a special deal on the November/December Club Assortments.

I hope I’ve inspired you with some ideas that you can use in making your own Christmas cards!  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Thank a Veteran Greeting Card with Authentique

Thank a Veteran Greeting Card with Authentique Honor

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m taking a moment to thank all the brave men and women who serve in our military.  It’s Veteran’s Day here in the US, and the fine folks at Authentique Paper are taking a moment to honor our service men and women.  I’ve used Authentique’s Honor Collection to create this Thank a Veteran Greeting Card.

Thank a Veteran Greeting Card Honor by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 1

The card measures 5″ x 7″ with a 1/4″ spine.  A cascade of handmade rosettes, die cut stars, and vintage buttons adorn the front of this red, white, and blue beauty.

I made the sentiment panel by die cutting the word THANKS from a piece of blue cardstock.  Then I backed it with the red, white and blue stripe paper from the collection.  This is an older Authentique collection, but I just love all the beautiful patterns and images.

Inside, I’ve decorated the card with a banner flag and 3″ x 4″ journal card from the collection.

The pocket holds this beautiful sentiment card.  You could easily add a photo to the back, and tuck more into the pocket.

I also created a little 3.25″ x 6″ gift card wallet.

Here’s a peeky at the inside.

Thank A Veteran: A personal note

I’m the proud daughter of a WWII veteran.  Two of my older brothers served in the military as well.  My oldest brother served in the Korean DMZ in the 1960’s.  Brother Dave served two tours in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.  My aunt was a nurse during WWII.  Both grandfathers and numerous uncles all served, as well as my lovely niece who spent time in the Middle East.  I am so thankful to them.  They sacrificed and put themselves in harm’s way so I could live free.  So today, take a moment and thank a veteran.  It will do your heart good.

Cheerio,

kathy

Winter Blessings Vintage Style Christmas Card

Winter Blessings Vintage Style Christmas Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Christmas will be here before we know it!  This Winter Blessings Vintage Style Christmas Card will inspire you to get to work on your Christmas Card list sooner rather than later. (Sadly, I always seem to fall into the “later” camp Lord, help me!)  It’s adorned with Really Reasonable Ribbon. I’ve paired these up with Winter Blessings Digital Stamps and Holiday Traditions Digital Papers from Gracielle Design.

Winter Blessings Vintage Style Christmas Card Winter Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Gracielle Design Photo 1

This festive card measures 6.25″ square.  Dressed up with snowy poinsettia, frosty berries, velvet holly leaves and a sparkling metal snowflake, it really feels festive. The sentiment is from the Winter Blessings Digital Stamp collection.

I’m loving the versatility of the Country Holiday Ribbon Club Assortment.  This Cream Satin Swirl/Turftan Brown Ribbon is so elegant!  It’s topped with a Metallic Gold String Bow, berries and a festive poinsettia.

The card interior is decorated with more digital paper layers and a lovely sentiment from Gracielle.

To dress up the sentiment, wrap a short piece of 3/8″ Vanilla Satin with Gold Metallic Edges around it and tie a square knot.  Easy peasy!

Wishing you loads of Christmas card making mojo!

Cheerio,

kathy

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)

 

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