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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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Garden Green Pocket Card with Carta Bella Homegrown

Garden Green Pocket Card for RRR Show Me the Green Challenge

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s March and Springtime is on its way!  This is the season when gardeners get serious about spring planting. This Garden Green Pocket Card with Carta Bella Homegrown papers reflects that fact.  It’s just right for the “Show Me the Green” challenge over at Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Garden Green Pocket Card with Carta Bella Homegrown by Kathy Clement Photo 1  Oh, yes!  Bring on the green, and growing things, and sun ripened tomatoes!  I’m so ready!  And who doesn’t love a good pun?  I amped up the power of green with a bodacious bow tied with soft and silky Forest Green Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon.  Then I topped it off with a fun 1/4″ wide Emerald Green Chevron Striped Twill Bow.   A Petaloo Pistachio Anemone is the crowning touch for this bow cluster.

Garden Green Pocket Card with Carta Bella Homegrown by Kathy Clement Photo 2I created a fun cutaway edge for this 5×7 side fold card then topped it with a journal card from the Homegrown collection.  A fun paper clip embellie and square green buttons give the card a playful feel.

Garden Green Pocket Card with Carta Bella Homegrown by Kathy Clement Photo 3Here’s the inside of the card.

Garden Green Pocket Card with Carta Bella Homegrown by Kathy Clement Photo 4This thank you tag is just the right size to serve as a chocolate pocket.  Banner flags cut from scraps lend a festive feel.  And what do I spy with my little eye?  Is that a second pocket?

Garden Green Pocket Card with Carta Bella Homegrown by Kathy Clement Photo 5Indeed, it is!  And there’s a cute little tag tucked in there.  I topped it off with more of the chevron twill and my very last snippet of Tangerine Honeycomb Print Satin ribbon. from the March Ribbon Club Assortment.

Garden Green Pocket Card with Carta Bella Homegrown by Kathy Clement Photo 6To keep with the garden green theme, I added this fun photo of a farm wagon to the right hand side of the card.

I hope you’ll come join the fun at the Really Reasonable Ribbon “Show Me the Green” challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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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.

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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

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