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Dame Pretty Pink Parisian Card

Dame Pretty Pink Parisian Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the RRR June 2018 Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  Today I have an Authentique Dame Pretty Pink Parisian Card to share with you.  It’s made with these gorgeous ribbons from the RRR June Ribbon Club Assortment.

Don’t you just love this Purple and Pink Ribbon Mix?  I’m seeing summer flowers here: Petunias,  Dahlias, Foxgloves, Impatiens….so pretty!

Dame Pretty Pink Parisian Card

Dame Pretty Pink Parisian Card Dame by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 01

This is a 7.25″ x 5.25″ top fold card made with pretty papers from the Authentique Dame Collection.   Distressing, inking and machine stitching make this card feel like a find from an old French Flea Market.

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The center image is  die cut from the paper collection and added to a vintage style metal brooch.  I’ve topped it with a clear cabochon.  This draws the eye to the focal image. The bold pink ribbons and flowers add life and color to the card design.  They also pull out the pops of pink that are part of the paper collection.

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The gorgeous bow cluster is made with Shocking Pink Quatrefoil Satin Ribbon, Shocking Pink Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon, Gold Metallic String (not in the ribbon club assortment…but oh, so lovely!) and flowers from my stash.

Pretty Pink Parisian Card: A Peek Inside

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I love the Eiffel Tower against that pink background, don’t you?  This 3″ x 4″ image is easily turned into a pocket.  First, punch a thumb hole in the left hand side of the card.   Then glue top, bottom and left hand sides to the base of your card.  Easy, peasy!

Dame Pretty Pink Parisian Card Dame by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 05Decorate a honey stick with a little banner flag, tuck in a tea bag, and your card becomes a gift.  Easy as 1, 2, 3!

On With the Hop!

Would you like to win your own Purple and Pink Ribbon Club Assortment?  To be entered in the drawing, simply visit all the blogs in the hop and be sure to leave a lovely comment behind.

Then, finish up at the RRR Blog where you will answer Bonnie’s question of the month.  If your name is drawn from that pool of comments, you’ll win your very own Pink and Purple Ribbon Club Assortment.  It’s that easy!

If you’re not a member of the Monthly Ribbon Club, you can learn all about it and sign up HERE.  It’s a very fun, easy and economical way to add to your ribbon stash.

Now hop on over to Linsey’s lovely blog and see what she’s got in store for you!   If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete hop list HERE.

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Card Tutorial

Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Card Tutorial

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Today I have a really fun to make Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Tutorial to share with you.  This is a great gift idea for your favorite pet loving friend or family member.  It’s made with G45 Raining Cats and Dogs DCE, and made fabulous with Really Reasonable Ribbon!

Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

The base for this 5″ x 7″ card is a standard gate fold design. I love the way RRR 5/8″ Double Faced Jade Satin Ribbon blends with the teal tones of the designer paper.

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I’ve tucked loopy little Natural Burlap String Bows in with my bow clusters to add some contrast and texture. Of course, I tied all my bows with my fabulous Bow-it-All Tool.

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This time, just to change things up a bit, I attached my bow cluster to the top of a little hinge clip.  This is both pretty and practical, as the clip holds the gate shut.

Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Card: A Peek Inside the Gate

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Gatefold cards give you lots of room to add pretty papers and images.

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The center panel of the card includes a fun flap element.  I’ve decorated the “wings” with a post card image that is cut in half to fit .

Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

Border strips layered over an image creates a feeling of depth and dimension.

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When you lift the flap element, you find room to add photos of your favorite pets.  You can add journaling to the post cards on either side.  Stickers, chipboard and novelty buttons add a playful feel to the design.

Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Card Tutorial on Snapguide

If you’d like to make one of these fun photo folio style cards, simply follow the step by step instructions in this Snapguide Tutorial.

Check out How to Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Card/Photo Folio by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

I think this same basic design would be easy and fun to adapt for other occasions, too.  Weddings, new babies, graduation, retirement, birthday and any other type of celebration would work beautifully in this format.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Simple Stories Plaid Dad Father’s Day Cards

Just for Fun: Simple Stories Plaid Dad Father’s Day Cards

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sharing a whole stack of Simple Stories Plaid Dad Father’s Day Cards that I made over the weekend, just for fun.  I had a super heavy design team load in May, so I didn’t get to play with some of the great papers that kind of fell into my shopping cart while I was rained in at the beach.  You know what they say…when the going gets tough..the tough go shopping!  LOL  Being cooped up in a little condo for hours on end led me to browse the internet…and that led me to a few shopping sites, and…well, you know the rest of the story!

I finally found a few minutes to play, and used this entire collection up on this series of Father’s Day cards.  They are available for purchase in my Etsy shop, just in case you are interested.

Simple Stories Plaid Dad Father’s Day Card #1: Sawdust is Man Glitter

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I don’t think I need to explain why this Simple Stories Plaid Dad collection fell into my shopping cart.  It’s so stinkin’ cute!  And, my son works with wood.  What could be more perfect?  Plus, it’s plaid, people!  Look at that totally adorable plaid toolbox!

Each of these cards has a gift card holder and a pocket with an insert inside.  Clean, simple and perfect for Dad.

The insert is mounted on a 4.25″ x 6.25″ kraft base so you can mount  a nice photo on the back, or write a personal message to dad.

I liked this card design so much that I made two other variations of it.

This one uses great big copper brads along with the wooden ruler and novelty buttons.

The gift card pocket is made with a 3″ x 4″ cut apart image.

This one has a festive little banner across the top.  I cut the wooden ruler in two pieces, added some real galvanized nails and an embossed woodgrain panel to this one.

And here’s a peek at the inside.  I love all those plaid flannel shirts!

Simple Stories Plaid Dad Father’s Day Card #2: Gone Fishing!

Have I ever told you about the one time my dad took me fishing?  I was about 5 years old, and I had begged him over and over to take me out in the rowboat on the pond with him.  Finally, he relented.  I was so excited!  We got the boat in the water, rowed out to Dad’s favorite fishing spot and dropped anchor.

And we sat there.

No talking…you’ll scare the fish.

No figeting…you’ll scare the fish.

No, there are no snacks.

No, there is no bathroom.

No, you can’t put your hand in the water…you’ll scare the fish.

I never asked to go again.  Fishing.  What a dumb way to spend a Saturday afternoon!  LOL

But for some unknown reason, Dads love to fish. (Maybe it’s the peace and quiet? )  So I layered up more of these rad plaid papers.  Then I added some cute fishing themed buttons.  I don’t like fishing…but I love this card!

Here’s a peek at the inside.

Simple Stories Plaid Dad Father’s Day Card #3:  Coolest Dad Ever

This card makes me laugh.  The buffalo plaid hat with ear flaps?  Yep.  My dad had one of those.  Horn-rimmed glasses?  Check!  He did not, however, wear suspenders or bow ties.  But he did love his coffee…and he was the coolest dad ever.  I adored him!

This one has a fun flap feature.

Well, you knew there had to be a flap somewhere, didn’t you?  These are so easy to make.  First score a 4″ x 6″ ephemera card at 2.5″ .  Then fold on the score.  Now adhere the smaller portion to the card base.  Finally fold shut and adhere the gift card pocket.  Done and done!

Thanks for letting me share these cards (and a few memories) with you.  I hope you were inspired and somewhat amused!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Red White and Blue Patriotic Greeting Card

Really Reasonable Ribbon May 2018 Blog Hop: Red White and Blue Patriotic Greeting Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  And Happy Mother’s Day! Welcome to the May 2018 Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  With the summer holidays fast approaching, it’s perfect timing to share this Red White and Blue Patriotic Greeting Card with you.  It’s adorned with ribbons from the Red White and Blue Ribbon Club Assortment from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

 

 

Red White and Blue Patriotic Greeting Card

I decided to go bold, bright and festive on this red white and blue patriotic greeting card.  Handmade rosettes, red white and blue buttons and fussy cut letters make this card ready to party!  (The papers are from Authentique’s United Collection.)

Red White and Blue Patriotic Greeting Card United by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 01I’ve complemented the papers with this bold and beautiful double layer bow tied with Red Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon and Royal Blue Crosshatch Satin.

The bow cluster is topped with WOC Red Cottage Roses.  I’ve also tucked in some White with Red Center Sweetheart Blossoms .  There are a couple of blue Sweetheart Blossoms peeping out, too.

Red White and Blue Patriotic Greeting Card: A Peek Inside

There’s a party going on inside this card!

I topped this digital tag image with Crosshatch on Red Satin Ribbon. Then I added a simple square knot bow tied with Patriotic Candy Hearts Grosgrain Ribbon to finish it off.

I’m really thankful for all the family members, friends and strangers who have served in the military so that we can all live free.  This is me, saying a heartfelt thank you to each of you, wherever you are.  I appreciate you!

On With the Hop

From here, you will hop on over to see what fabulous idea the amazing Linsey has cooked up for you this month.  Then hop on over to the RRR BLOG, answer Bonnie’s question of the month and you’ll be entered into a drawing to receive your very own Red White and Blue Ribbon Club Assortment.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Folio

Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Folio for Surf’s Up Challenge at Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  I have the honor of hosting the challenge this go round, and the theme is “Surf’s Up!” We’ll look at the delectable Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Folio I prepared in just a second, but first, let’s get the details on this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme
Who’s ready for a little sand, a little sun, and a little surf? Let’s take this challenge for a little stroll beside the shore! Create a vintage or shabby chic project with a beachy theme.  Use ocean colors  and beach images to add a seaside feel to your project.
Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Folio: Stamperia Sea Land Collection

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I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love the beach!  It’s where I go to think, to relax, to refresh and regain my perspective on life.  Sitting in the sand, the beach breeze messing up my hair, warm sand between my toes, little sea birds darting along the shore…gazing at the horizon…. OK, let’s pack up and go right now!  Who’s with me?

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This 5.25″ x 7.25″ card folio is made with Stamperia’s Sea Land paper pack.  When I began creating for this challenge, I knew I wanted to incorporate lots of layers and texture.  Mixed media has been calling to me lately, and this challenge seemed like a good opportunity to answer the call.

Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Folio: Bringing the Texture!

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For starters, I pulled out my Tim Holtz Woodgrain Texture Fade.  Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide Ink seemed like a great color to complement these pretty beach papers.  So I rubbed the ink pad directly onto the surface of my texture fade, misted my paper with a little water and ran it through my machine.  It really brought this woodgrain pattern to life!

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Next, I used my Distress Tool to rough up all the edges.  Then I added two rows of machine stitching around the perimeter.  The final step for this woodgrain layer was a touch of Frayed Burlap Distress Ink along the edges.

Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Folio: Bringing the Dimension!

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Torn paper layers add to the distressed feel of this mixed media card.  I tore 2 strips to create the shoreline and the horizon line on my card.  Each layer is backed with waste chipboard to add height and dimension.

TIP: For controlled paper tearing, “paint” a line with a water brush then wait a minute.  The water will soften the paper fibers and you’ll be able to tear the precise area that you want to add to your composition.

Once I had my shoreline and horizon line in place, I randomly brushed the water with Transparent Gloss Texture Paste to add texture.  For that sun glinting off the water look, i dusted the Texture Paste with Vintage Distress Dust.

Next,  I fussy cut the hot air balloons and sponged the edges with more Frayed Burlap.  Next, I coated them with Vintage Distress Collage Medium.  Once that was dry, I added a layer of Transparent Gloss Texture Paste and just a very light dusting of Vintage Distress Glitter Dust.

When the hot air balloons were dry, I placed them face down on my foam mat and rounded out the edges with my largest ball stylus.  Then I arranged and adhered them to the upper third of the card.  I added a bunch of Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs for extra layers without adding extra bulk.

Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card: The Little Details

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To create this shoreline collage, I wove some blades of sea grass that I’d salvaged after a storm into a sort of wreath.  That created the base for the sand dollar (also scavenged from along the shoreline) some little sea plants, tiny shells, a real starfish and a brass seahorse charm.  I also coiled up some very thin strips of paper and added them to the base of the wreath because I liked the texture they added.  The lovely sentiment is from the paper collection, too.

The tiny vial of sand is resting on a bit of driftwood, surrounded by more tiny shells.  Prills add extra texture and mimic a rocky coastline…at least in my mind!

Little Birdie Flowers were tapped with Frayed Burlap and dry brushed with Antique Linen Distress Paint.  Then I dry brushed Antique Linen Paint all along the card edges.  I diluted what was left on my craft mat, then spattered it all over the card.

Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Folio: A Peek Inside

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This cut apart image from the collection serves as a flap…

I pulled one of my favorite old beach stamps from my stash and hid it behind the flap.  Then I wrote the sentiment in with a sharpie pen.

And of course, there’s a pocket with a gift card wallet!

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And this time I made a quick little bookmark as an add in.

The gift card wallet is decorated with pretty paper scraps, a tiny chocolate and a tag.

This was such a fun, relaxing project.  Almost as good as a walk along the shore!

Surf’s Up!  Now it’s YOUR Turn!

I hope you’re feeling inspired to join in the fun on this Surf’s Up Challenge.  Just create a shabby chic or vintage project of your choice that uses beach colors and images.  Then link up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, May 22nd.

The team will will pick their four favorite projects.  The top winner will be invited to join us in a Guest Designer spot on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The next three will receive badges to display proudly on their blogs.  And everyone who enters and follows the challenge rules will be eligible to win a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

You can find all the challenge rules and details HERE.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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