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Magical Masquerade Ball Invitation with Graphic 45

Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade Magical Masquerade Ball Invitation

Hello, Friends!  Today I get to share one of the projects I made for CHA/Creativation back in January.  For this Magical Masquerade Ball Invitation I combined Graphic 45’s mesmerizing new Midnight Masquerade collection with fabulous purple organza ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Magical Masquerade Ball Invitation, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 1Ooh-la-la!  Take a look at these fabulous colors and images! That purple ribbon just pops against the vibrant patterns in this collection.  I topped the bow with gold metallic string and a fancy button from my stash. Let’s look at the details.

Magical Masquerade Ball Invitation, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2This paper collection has a wonderful dream-like quality to it.  Because of that, I wanted to make my images appear as though they were floating on clouds of flowers.

Magical Masquerade Ball Invitation, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 3After fussy cutting the focal image, I rounded the skirt by gently burnishing it against the side of my bone folder.  Once the paper curved, I glued just the very edge of the sides to my paper.  Then I backed the center of the image with gorgeous Petaloo Purple hydrangeas.  I also tucked these around the hem of the skirt, creating the illusion that this dancing lady is floating .

Magical Masquerade Ball Invitation, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 5If you love to fussy cut, this collection will make you very, very happy!  I fussy cut some of the Ventian masks to use as embellishments.  Once again, I curved the edges to achieve dimension, then glued just the edges to the paper.

Magical Masquerade Ball Invitation, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 4The sentiment is framed with a Staples Ornate Label.

Welcome to the Ballroom at the Midnight Masquerade Ball

Magical Masquerade Ball Invitation, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 6A pair of pockets decorate the inside of the card.

Magical Masquerade Ball Invitation, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 7I cut journaling tags from the paper collection, and added some fussy cut images to the pockets.

Now where are my dancing shoes?

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at this fabulous new collection!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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

 

 

 

Snowflake Kisses Valentine Pocket Card

Snowflake Kisses Valentine Pocket Card with Sweetheart Ribbon Mix and Authentique Wintery

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Is it snowing in your neck of the woods?  We don’t get a whole lot of snow here in North Carolina, but I see a lot of my Facebook friends dealing with lots and lots of snowflakes!  I never did much care for winter.  It’s beautiful…but it is COLD!  About the only way I like to experience winter any more is on paper.  I’ve been having lots of fun with the new Authentique Wintery collection.  It’s a great playmate for the RRR January Ribbon Club Sweetheart Mix.  I had both on my work desk today, and came up with this whimsical Snowflake Kisses Valentine Pocket Card.

These are not exactly traditional Valentine’s Day colors, but I fell in love with the sentiment.   I say this is a Valentine, but it would also make a great get well card, winter birthday card or thinking of you card.

So, I have a new ribbon crush to tell you about.  Have you tried out the taffeta ribbon in the shop?  Oooh-la-la!  It ties the most beautiful crisp bows!  I super love how the white ribbon brightens the composition of this card.  The Sweetheart Mix was put into action on the belly band, too.  Don’t you just love the Random Hearts and Confetti Dots Grosgrain layered over crocheted lace?

The ribbons in this assortment are sooo gorgeous you are going to want to use every little snippet of them.  I cut fishtails on the ends of two tiny scraps of this Bold Diamond Red Satin ribbon and tucked them under my greeting.  They don’t just look pretty; they actually draw the eye to the sentiment panel.

What’s In Your Pocket?

The inside of this card is soooo cute I can hardly stand it.  What’s in the pocket?  A packet of Lipton Cup-a-Soup, that’s what!  How fun is that?  I just couldn’t help myself, my friends.  Having practically LIVED on this stuff when I was in college way back in the Dark Ages, I thought it would be perfect for this wintry card.  What do you think?

Sending you lots and lots of wintry snowflake kisses!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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RRR Anything Goes Challenge: Artisan Style Card Trio

Hello Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the first Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge for 2017!  Bonnie is taking it easy on us this time around with a fun “Anything Goes with Ribbon or Trim” theme.  I spent some time creating from my scrap drawer for this challenge and ended up with this fabby Artisan Style Card Trio.

Graphic 45 Artisan Style is one of those “oldie but goodie” collections.  I love the color palette and the quirky images.  I had quite a few scraps, and set myself a challenge to see how many cards I could make without cutting up a fresh piece of designer paper.  Turns out, I could make three!

This little top fold card uses a scrap of a mixed media background that I made quite some time ago.  It was the piece that actually inspired me to work with the Artisan Style papers.  Peacock Alley Seam binding ties the most gorgeous bows and just pops off the background colors.

Many of you have asked me how I tie these bows.  I use my Zutter Bow-it-All, of course!  The real secret is that I studied all of Bonnie Garby’s YouTube videos and then practiced like crazy.  Start with a soft, pliable ribbon like this seam binding, then work your way up to heavier ribbons.  After you work at this for a while, you’ll find that you develop your own personal bow-tying style.  I know this is not the “magical” solution that many of you were hoping for, but just like learning how to play an instrument, tying bows is all about practice! The more you practice, the more skilled you will become!

Pocket cards make me happy, so I added two to this card. The top one holds one of my favorite tea bags.

The bottom pocket holds a book mark and a journaling tag where you can write a personal note.  The stamps are from the Artisan Style collection, and the piece of paper is also a scrap from another mixed media project.

Artisan Style Card from Scraps #2

I’ve used Peacock Alley Seam binding again here.  The row of houses is fussy cut and raised up on foam dimensionals.

If you’ve never tried stamping flowers on printed paper….I highly recommend it!  So. Much. Fun!

And here is a peeky at the inside.

Artisan Style Card from Scraps #3

This ribbon is also tied with seam binding.  Noble Peacock is such a rich color,and a near perfect match for my peacock feathers!

These polka dot flowers were left over from a project I did back in May.  I save all my extra stamped flowers in plastic cases.  They eventually find their way onto the perfect project.

Here I’ve layered up a bunch of small strips of patterned paper.  I love the way these patterns all play together in harmony.  It’s a great way to use up little bits and pieces.

Now, it’s YOUR turn!  Link up your Anything Goes with Ribbon or Trim project to the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge Blog.  You’ll find all the necessary details HERE.  And be sure to visit the rest of the team projects for more inspiration.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

How Ya Bean? Coffee Talk Card Tutorial

The winner of this blog hop was chosen from my blog.  Carla Hundley, Congrats on your win.  Please contact Heartfelt Creations to claim your prize!

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop:  How Ya Bean?  Coffee Talk Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the December 2016 Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop!  I hope you are all enjoying the Christmas holidays with your families and friends!  If you have any last minute cards or gifts to make, this How Ya Bean?  Coffee Talk Card tutorial might come in handy!

Coffee Talk Card Tutorial by Kathy ClementI just love the Coffee Talk Collection!  It’s playful and whimsical and lots of fun to play with.  Here’s how I created this 5×7 top fold card.

How ya Bean?  Coffee Talk Card Tutorial

NOTE: I ink all my cut edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink

  1.  Create a 5×7 top fold card base from light blue cardstock.
  2.  Cut a 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ panel of the brown text paper from Coffee Talk paper collection.
  3.  Mat a 3.5″ x 5.75″ panel of coffee bean paper to light blue cardstock.  Mat a second time on navy cardstock
  4. Repeat this process using the decorative panel from the paper collection.
  5. Glue onto card base as seen in photo.
  6. Cut a 5″ x 2″ strip of designer paper from dark blue pattern and mat onto light blue cardstock.
  7. Create a belly band by die cutting 2 looped borders (HC Border Essentials Die) from Navy Cardstock.   Glue onto the back side of the prepared belly band.  Glue in place in the center of the card.
  8. Die cut the sentiment circle from the pre-made card fronts.  Glue onto a Spellbinder’s Lacy Circle Die.
  9. Use foam dimensionals to add the circle sentiment to the card, as seen above.
  10. Stamp Sun-Kissed Fleur onto light beige patterned designer paper.  Heat emboss with clear powder and die cut with Sun-Kissed Fleur Die.
  11. Sponge Weathered  Wood Distress Ink onto petals.
  12. Shape with Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit using large ball stylus.
  13. Glue layers together.  Add gumdrops to center of each flower.
  14. Spray with Mountain Mist Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.
  15. Glue in place as seen in photo.
  16. Tie a double loop bow with Blue Mixed Confetti Dots Grosgrain Ribbon.  Place a dot of hot glue under the flower petals and use the tip of your scissors to push the knot in place.
  17. Add Ivory Burlap String Bow.
  18. Tie a triple loop bow with Blue Topaz Taffeta Ribbon.  Glue in place.  Add button.
  19. Fussy Cut coffee cup from paper collection.  Attach with foam dot.  Add one small flower.

Checking out the details

Coffee Talk Card Tutorial by Kathy ClementSun-Kissed Fleur look amazing with these fabulous ribbons!

Coffee Talk Card Tutorial by Kathy ClementI chose to add a pocket inside my card.  Because, let’s face it…who doesn’t love a pocket card filled up with fun goodies?

Coffee Talk Card Tutorial by Kathy ClementThe top half has been decorated with a cut out border, a card front, and a cute little sentiment tag.

Coffee Talk Card Tutorial by Kathy ClementThe pocket inserts are cut from the paper collection and then mounted on kraft cardstock.

Coffee Talk Card Tutorial by Kathy ClementFor extra fun, I wrote out the recipe for my favorite Sour Cream Coffee Cake.   And what goes with coffee and coffee cake?  Dark chocolate, of course!

December Alumni Hop Details…please read…new information below

The next blog on this hop is Emelia.

In case you get lost along the way, here’s a complete list of all the blogs in this hop:

Kathy (You are HERE) ♥ EmeliaGloriaVicki SarahAlissaArchana

Be sure to visit all the blogs on the hop, and leave a sweet comment behind.  A random comment on a mystery blog will be chosen to receive a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations.

In order to better serve you, Heartfelt Creations has decided to move the Alumni Hop date to the last FRIDAY of each month.  The hop will run from 8AM EST Friday until 11:59PM EST Monday. 

The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations BLOG and Heartfelt Creations Facebook Page in the regular Heartfelt Creations Wednesday Blog post.

If you are the chosen winner, you will have 72 hours to claim your prize by sending an e-mail to info@heartfeltcreations.usAdd Winner of the December Alumni Hop to the subject line.

Thanks so much for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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Joyous Greetings Woodland Christmas Card

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts: Joyous Greetings Woodland Christmas Card

Hello, Friends!  We are just days away from Christmas, and I am still working on Christmas cards!  Ay-yi-yi!  Thankfully, I found a way to make a truly fabulous Christmas card in very little time.  It doesn’t look simple, but I promise you, this Joyous Greetings Woodland Christmas Card comes together in a jiffy.  Beautiful chippies from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts make it sparkle and shine.

joyous-greetings-woodland-christmas-card-by-kathy-clement-for-gypsy-soul-laser-cuts-product-by-pollys-paper-studio-photo-1I added texture, shine and depth to this lovely card with the Medium Honeycomb & Bees set and my favorite Birds Scribble Frame.  The process is simple:

  1.  Paint chippies with Ivory Chalkboard Paint
  2. While Paint is still wet, sprinkle liberally with Stampendous Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder
  3. Gently tap off the excess and heat set.

It doesn’t get any easier than that!

merry-little-christmas-card-by-kathy-clement-for-gypsy-soul-laser-cuts-product-by-pollys-paper-studio-photo-2Once again, I pulled an “oldie but a goodie” from my Christmas paper Stash.  My Mind’s Eye Joyous Collection looks fabulous with these golden hues.  My focal image is from Polly’s Paper Etsy Shop.  The Scribble Bird Frame makes it pop right off the frame.  I added more circular elements with a Tim Holtz Rosette, a big red button, a sticker from the collection and some vintage gems. I diluted the chalkboard paint on my craft sheet and spattered it randomly onto the card to add the feeling of a snow flurry.

merry-little-christmas-card-by-kathy-clement-for-gypsy-soul-laser-cuts-product-by-pollys-paper-studio-photo-310 Easy Steps to a Joyous Greetings Woodland Christmas Card

  1. Create a 5×7 Kraft Cardstock card base
  2.  Cut a slightly smaller panel of the red glitter dot paper from Joyous
  3. Cut a 3.75×5.75 panel of red damask paper and glue in the top left hand corner of the card, leaving a 3/8″ border on top and side.
  4. Glue the prepared honeycomb over this panel
  5. Add a second panel of the same size using the red glitter text paper.  It should be aobut 3/8″ from the bottom edge and 3/4″ to the right of the red damask paper.
  6. Add the bird tag using waste chipboard on the back side to add lots of depth and dimension
  7. Glue Bird Scribble frame in place
  8. Make rosette and glue in place
  9. Top with button and sticker from collection
  10. Add bow, vintage gems and sentiment

A Peek Inside:

merry-little-christmas-card-by-kathy-clement-for-gypsy-soul-laser-cuts-product-by-pollys-paper-studio-photo-4I added a stamped sentiment from Tim Holtz’ Doodle Christmas Greetings to the top half of the card.  The bottom half is a pocket stuffed with goodies.

merry-little-christmas-card-by-kathy-clement-for-gypsy-soul-laser-cuts-product-by-pollys-paper-studio-photo-5These tags and chocolate candy transform the card into a gift.  The tags make great tree ornaments.  I love to hang them from knobs to add Christmas cheer all over the house.

A Fond Farewell to Gypsy Soul

I wanted to let you all know that this will be my last post as a Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Educator.  Now that we live so close to our lovely granddaughters, I am spending much more time with them.  This makes my heart happy!  But it also means that I have to lighten my work load a little.  I had to make the tough decision to step back in order to keep my life in balance.  I have loved being on this team, and I will guest design now and again as time allows.  I’ll continue to use the product in my post, and will be sure to link to the shop for your convenience.  But I just can’t keep up with the time consuming tutorial writing.  Life is short, and “The Littles” will not be little forever.  I don’t want to regret not having made the most of the amazing opportunity to be with my precious grandchildren as much as possible.

So that’s it for me, my friends!  I hope I shared some ideas here that you can incorporate into your own crafting.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Hot Chocolate for Santa and Rudolph

Hot Chocolate for Santa and Rudolph: A Pocket Card with a twist!

Hello, Ribbon lovers!  Have you ever wondered why Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer has such a very shiny nose?  Me, too.  But I think I have cracked the mystery: he was COLD!  I mean, that’s what happens to my nose when I get too cold!  To remedy the situation, I whipped up a little Christmas card with some Hot Chocolate for Santa and Rudolph.  Oh what fun!

Hot Chocolate for Santa and Rudolph Card by Kathy ClementThis 5×7 top fold card is made with Authentique’s fabulous Retro Christmas collection.  To really make it shine, I created a layered bow with Black Plaid Ribbon, Snowflakes on Red Satin Ribbon and Gold Metallic String.   I even tossed in a candy cane in case Santa’s needs to freshen his breath!  Where’s the hot chocolate for Santa and Rudolph, you ask?  Read on!

Hot Chocolate for Santa and Rudolph Card by Kathy ClementInside the card, I’ve created a cute belly band to hold a pouch of Starbuck’s Salted Caramel hot chocolate for Santa and Rudolph in case they need a little warm up.  This is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Cut a piece of patterned paper about 1.25″ wide x 6.75″ wide.
  2. Mat on black cardstock
  3. Glue just the end pieces on either side.

Now you can just slip your packet of cocoa behind the belly band.  I added a sticker sentiment from the collection.  Oh, and just so you know, I did a taste test on the hot chocolate to make sure it meets Santa’s high standards and it passed with flying colors.

Inside Pocket Number 2

Hot Chocolate for Santa and Rudolph Card by Kathy ClementThe bottom half of the card sports a standard pocket, stuffed to the max with cute little tags from the collection.  I topped each of these with more Red Snowflake Satin, a silvertone Christmas charm and an ivory burlap string bow.

The mini envelope is made with one of Tammy Tutterow’s fabulous dies.  I love that this one has a window in it that is just exactly the right size for an itty bitty Ghiradelli chocolate.  how fun is that?  Of course, you could tuck in a gift card if you wanted to.  I’ve heard that Santa is very fond of Starbucks.

This would make such a great gift card for the holidays.  If you’re looking for a fun way to present a gift card, I think this pretty much fills the bill.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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