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Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card

RRR Put a Bow on it Challenge: Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Are you ready for the latest challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon?  This time around, Bonnie wants us to “Put a Bow On It.”   That’s always fun!  I pulled out some paper pretties, my April Ribbon Club Collection, a bone folder and some sequins to make this Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card.  (Say that 3 times real fast!)

Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card By Kathy Clement for Put a Bow on it Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

Easel cards are one of my favorite styles.  But lately, I’ve also been having fun with shaker cards. So why not combine the two styles and then put a bow on it?  So I did!

 

Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card By Kathy Clement for Put a Bow on it Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2This 6×6 card was inspired by the focal image.  It’s part of a digital set called “Grandma’s Attic” from Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy.  While it is supposed to be a journal card, I decided to cut out the journal area in the center and convert it into a shaker card.  Fun idea, right?

Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card By Kathy Clement for Put a Bow on it Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3

Coral Rose Bold Diamond Print Satin Ribbon picks up on the gorgeous colors in this image.  Not only did I use it for the bow, but as a belly band, and as a border.  It’s amazing to me how the ribbon pulls all the elements in the design together.  To add the shabby chic feel of a Paris flea market, I added a little bird cage, a pen nib, a clock face and natural burlap string to the design.

Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card By Kathy Clement for Put a Bow on it Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 4I love the way the bird image on the designer paper peers out through the acetate cover on the shaker.  So cool!

 Paris Bird Easel Shaker Card:  A Peek Inside

Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card By Kathy Clement for Put a Bow on it Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 5For the inside of this Paris Bird Easel Shaker card, I created a vintage button card wrapped with custom dyed seam binding ribbon.  A fussy cut element from the paper collection serves as a pocket for a sweet little treat.  This paper has been in my stash for ages.  It’s a retired line from My Mind’s Eye called Lost and Found.  I don’t care how old it is….I still love it.

Be sure to visit the RRR BLOG for more inspiration from the rest of the team.  Then get out your paper pretties, Put a Bow On It, and link up over at RRR.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy 

 

Keep Your Face Toward the Sunshine Card

Keep Your Face Toward the Sunshine Card with Graphic 45  Cafe Parisian

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  While playing with the scrumptious ribbons in the April Ribbon Club Collection, I made a great discovery.  These ribbons are a near perfect color match for Graphic 45’s Cafe Parisian collection.  I combined 3/8″ Honeycomb Light Coral Satin Ribbon with some paper pretties to make this Keep Your Face Toward the Sunshine Card.

Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian Keep Your Face Toward the Sunshine Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1If this card doesn’t say “springtime” then I’ll eat my hat!  LOL  I love this very fresh and unusual color palette.

Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian Keep Your Face Toward the Sunshine Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2

Ephemera cards can do double duty when you cut them apart.  I used the back side of one to make this sweet little tab on the side of my card.

Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian Keep Your Face Toward the Sunshine Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3

Then I rounded off the corners and hand wrote my sentiment on the remainder.

Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian Keep Your Face Toward the Sunshine Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 4

Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian Keep Your Face Toward the Sunshine Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 5

This vertical border makes a great pocket for a mini note card.  I’ll write my personal greeting here.

Have you played with your ribbon club collection yet?  It’s always a great assortment, but this month, it’s extra special!

Hope you get time to play with paper pretties soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Busy Bee Greeting Card with Pocket

RRR Blog Hop: Busy Bee Greeting Card with Pocket

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Are you ready to hop?  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  Today I have a “bee-utiful” card made with gorgeous ribbons from the April Ribbon Club Collection.  This Busy Bee Greeting Card has a fun pocket and sweet treats inside.  But before we take a look, here’s a peek at the fabulous ribbons in Aqua and Coral Ribbon Mix.

Buzzing with  Beautiful Blooms

Busy Bee Greeting Card with Pockets by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

This card was inspired by our crabapple tree.  With it being our first spring in our little ranch home, I was anxiously waiting for that tree to bloom.  It did NOT disappoint!  I had this little honeybee image from The Graphics Fairy in my download file, so printed it off to make this card.  Tropic Crosshatch Satin Ribbon is a wonderful complement to the colors in this image.

Busy Bee Greeting Card with Pockets by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2

I added some lovely  flowers to my bow cluster, along with my favorite Natural Burlap String.

Busy Bee Greeting Card with Pockets by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3

Vintage buttons and a vintage style key finish the card front off nicely!

Busy Bee Greeting Card with Pockets by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 4

This bee image is leftover from a Creativity Kit I purchased at Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy.  It makes a perfect pocket for my teabag and honey stick.

Busy Bee Greeting Card with Pockets by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 5

I printed off an additional image, added stitching and a magnet to the back.  And just like that,  this card is a gift!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cherry has in store for you this month.  Be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop, and leave a nice comment behind.  Then visit the RRR Blog to enter the giveaway for your very own April Ribbon Club Collection.  You’ll find the entire blog hop list there, too, in case you get lost along the way.

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Dream Out Loud Honeybee Greeting Card

RRR Flower and Ribbon Challenge: Dream Out Loud Honeybee Greeting Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over at Really Reasonable Ribbon! The theme this time is Flowers with Ribbon or Trim.  Making this Dream Out Loud Honeybee Greeting Card really brought the sunshine into my studio!

Dream Out Loud Honeybee Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

Do you love this aqua and yellow color palette?  I sure do!  I combined fabulous  Aqua Checkerboard Satin Ribbon from the April Ribbon Club assortment with a gorgeous tag from Polly’s Paper Etsy “Bees, Please” digital images.  Hello, springtime!

Dream Out Loud Honeybee Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2

The Ribbon Club Assortment makes it easy to mix and match ribbons. You need just a snippet of Crosshatch on Tropic Satin Ribbon to add that extra bit of texture and pattern to the top of the tag.

Dream Out Loud Honeybee Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3

Aqua and yellow color palettes are trending right now, and you can see why that is so when you look at this bow cluster.  Topping the luxurious ribbon with a cluster of pretty yellow flowers really pops!  To add a rustic touch to the card, I used Natural Burlap string to add fullness to the bow and to soften the edges of the card.

Dream Out Loud Honeybee Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 4

A Peek Inside

Dream Out Loud Honeybee Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 5

I carried the design and color palette over to the inside of the card.

Dream Out Loud Honeybee Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 6

A little inking, a little stamping, and this card is ready to roll!

What do you think of this color combination?  To me, it feels like spring, and that’s a good thing! I hope you’ll play along with us by linking your own flower and ribbon project up over on the RRR Challenge Blog.  I can’t wait to see what you  make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Springtime Bicycle Greeting Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Spring is finally here, and we’re all so happy to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.  This Springtime Bicycle Greeting card was inspired by childhood memories of that first glorious bike ride after the long winter.  We lived at the top of a big hill, and I can still remember the feeling of exhilaration as I sped downhill, hair flying, legs pumping and the wind whistling in my ears.  We would ride all day and never get tired.  Oh, to be young again!

April Ribbon Club Assortment: Aqua and Coral Mix

The April Ribbon Club Aqua and Coral Mix are perfect for spring!  They also happen to go beautifully with these Prima “Something Blue” papers that I found languishing in the Closet of Shame. Coral Rose Bold Diamond Print Satin ribbon makes a great header for this fun card, especially when it’s topped with white crochet lace.

This 5″ x 7″ side fold card has a slight cutaway edge.  Sometimes it is fun to let the inner design paper peep through!

This poufy bow is tied with Aqua Plaid Ribbon.  It’s not just another pretty face!  Use ribbon to pick up on other colors in your design.  Here, it pulls out the aqua tones in the striped paper and the bicycle wheels.  It’s topped with pretty flowers for the same reason.

Let’s Peek Inside this Springtime Bicycle Greeting Card

Layer up those paper scraps on your work desk and use them to decorate the inside of your card!  I was afraid my sentiment would not fit on this little journal tag.  Prevent this problem by stamping  onto tissue paper. Then, tear around the sentiment, and glue in place.   Turn a journal card into a pocket by leaving one open edge.  Then tuck in a teabag or other small treat.

Have you played with your  new ribbon club assortment yet?  I think the colors and patterns are scrumptious, and I can’t wait to use it again.  Hooray for spring!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial

This hop is now closed.  The winner is Katie Baird. Please contact HC to claim your prize.

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop: Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the March 2017 Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop!  You should be coming here from Gloria’s blog.  You’ll find a complete hop list at the end of this post.  With Easter right around the corner, I’ve put together an aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card tutorial for you today.  You’ll find the supply list the end of this post.

Dogwoods in Aqua and Green!

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 1

Oh,  how I love these soft spring colors and pretty spring blossoms!  The first step in creating this card was to make a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base from pearlized ivory cardstock.  You do have to paper piece in order to make a card this size, but I think the end result is worth the effort!

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial: Get everything ready!

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 2

Before I assemble my cards, I like to get all my pieces ready.  Here are the steps you will follow to do this.

  1. Cut a rectangle from the pretty aqua dot pattern slightly smaller than your card base.  Then sponge the edges with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink.
  2.  Use the largest Spellbinder Circle Nestabilities die to cut the focal image from the 6×6 card front.  Lightly distress and ink the edges.
  3. Die cut the  largest Spellbinder “Diamondessence” circle from white cardstock.
  4. Use the Luggage and Tags Die to cut out the dove tag. Mat on white cardstock.
  5. Cut a 5″ x 4″ rectangle from the woodgrain blue paper in the collection.
  6. Add a fancy edge by die cutting with the Border Essentials Die.  Ink the edges
  7. Cut the “Easter Blessings” sentiment, add a fishtail end and mount on white cardstock.
Now It’s Time to Stamp, Die Cut and Shape Flowers

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 3

Here are the steps I followed to make my flowers:

  1. Use Colorbox Guacamole Chalk Ink to stamp 3 sets of the largest dogwood blossoms onto patterned paper from the collection.  I used the pale blue flourish pattern on the reverse of the 6×6 card fronts page.
  2. Heat emboss the stamped images using clear embossing powder.  If you look closely at my blossoms, you can see that I deliberately scorched the paper slightly with my heat gun to add a rusty hue to the paper.  This gives the flower a very realistic look.  But be careful…we want to scorch the paper, not set it on fire!
  3. Repeat this process with the medium set of dogwood blossoms and again with the leaves.
  4. Die cut all the stamped images and several stamens as well.
  5. Sponge the center and edges of each blossom with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink.
  6. Spray the blossoms with Dylusions White Linen ink spray.  If you squeeze the nozzle slowly, this will create ink spatters on the blossoms.
  7. Shape the flowers.
  8. Add the stamens to the flower centers.
  9. Add glue to the tips of the stamens, and dip into Mini Pearls Prills.
Time to Assemble!

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 4

Now it’s time to put all these lovely elements together.  Here’s how:

  1.  Glue the dot rectangle to the card base.
  2. Add foam dimensionals or waste chipboard to the reverse of the dove tag, and glue in position at the top of the card.
  3. Add foam dimensionals or waste chipboard to the back side of the border and position on the card. The top edge will cover the bottom 2/3’s of the dove tag.
  4.  Glue the die cut focal image on the front of the die cut doily.  Use foam dimensionals or waste chipboard on the back side of the doily and glue in place.
  5. Position your flowers and leaves around the left hand side of the card and glue in place.
  6. Add aqua seam binding ribbon and a burlap string bow.
  7. Use foam dimensionals or waste chipboard to the back of the sentiment and glue in place.
  8. Add one small dogwood blossom and small leaf to the sentiment tag.

Now we’ve  finished the front cover.

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 5

Finishing the inside of the card:

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 6

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 7

Use a scrap from the card front to create a border strip down the left hand side of the card.  Mat a journal card on white cardstock and add as shown along with a small tag and a sentiment ticket.

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 8

The inside of my card has a pocket that I’ve filled with a bookmark.   Glue a tag to the top of the pocket and use repositionable tape or Glue Dots to secure a chocolate treat to the tag.  Die cut a sentiment tag and glue above the candy. You can use border strips to add extra interest to your card’s interior design. Since I had extra dogwoods, I went ahead and added them to the top of my bookmark and tag.

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 9This dove image is on the front side of the blue paper I used to create my dogwood blossoms.  I just trimmed it down and cropped the corners with a punch.  Then I matted it on white cardstock, punched a hole and added ribbon.

On With the Hop! Comment to Win!

Visit all the blogs in the hop and leave a nice comment behind as one lucky comment will be chosen from a mystery blog to receive a $25 shopping spree in the Heartfelt Creations online store.  You have until 11:59EDT on Monday, April 3rd to hop and comment. The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations blog and Facebook on April 5th.

If you are the lucky winner, simply email Heartfelt Creations at info@heartfeltcreations.us with “Winner of the March Alumni Hop” in the subject line.  Best of luck to each of you!

Now here are all the lovely blogs waiting for your visit and kind comment:

Vicki Gloria ♥ Kathy (You are HERE) ♥ Deneen ♥ Alissa ♥ Emelia ♥ Gini EmilySarah ♥       Archana ♥

I hope you enjoyed this Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card tutorial!  I certainly had fun preparing it for you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

SUPPLY LIST and PRODUCT LINKS

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Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers

Tammy Tutterow Designs: Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers

Hello, Friends!   It’s time to share another cheery project using my favorite Tammy Tutterow Designs goodies.  With Springtime in full bloom here in North Carolina, I decided to use the Framed Hello Stamp from Happy Grams 2 to create a bright and cheery Hello Springtime card with felt flowers.

Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 1

Does it get any happier than this?  Look at all these layers of pretty polkadots, gingham prints, and tiny florals.  All the papers are from Authentique’s Springtime paper collection. Here’s how I put this one together:

How to Make a Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers
  1. Create a 5″ x 7″ top-fold card base from primitive cream cardstock.
  2.  Cut a 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ rectangle of the 12×12 floral print
  3. The blue gingham print is on the reverse side of the floral print.  The rectangle I’ve used here is the piece I had left after cutting the floral panel.  Easy peasy!
  4. Cut two fishtail banners measuring 2.5″ x 5.75″ .  Place over the blue gingham panel so that one is high and one is low, as seen in the photo.
  5. Machine stitch all the layers together.  Or, just glue in place, but I like the texture and detail the stitching adds.
  6. Die cut a doily from the aqua print paper.  Back with foam dimensional or waste chipboard to add dimension.
  7. Stamp the Framed Hello Stamp onto smooth white cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink.   While I had everything out, I stamped several, just in case I had a coloring boo boo.
  8. Color in with your favorite markers, or other coloring medium.  I used Zig Writers..which technically are not for coloring, but they worked just fine.
  9. Back the colored image with foam dimensionals or waste chipboard and glue in place.
  10. Add White Opal Liquid Pearls to the dots in the stamped design.  Let this dry while you work on your felt flowers.

Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 2

Making the Felt Flowers and Bow Cluster

I confess to a new found love for making felt flowers.  They add so much gorgeous texture to a project like this.  I’ve been working with 100% wool felt because it cuts cleanly and holds its shape.

  1.  Get out your Shabby Posies Die.  You will only be using the two smallest dies for this project.  I cut 4 each of the larger flower layer, and 2 of the smaller.
  2. To shape the flowers, I use a double layer of foam shaping mats and a ball stylus.
  3. Heat up your glue gun.  Place a small dollop of hot glue directly in the center of the bottom flower layer.
  4. Lay the second flower layer on top so that the petals are staggered.  Use the ball stylus to press firmly into the center of the flower and hold for a few seconds.
  5. Fill the cavity with a vintage button, flower stamens, beads or buttons.
  6. Die cut leaves using the leaf dies in Pom Pom Posies. Ink the edges lightly, then mist the back of each leaf lightly with water.  Shape.
  7. Tie a loopy bow with yellow chevron ribbon.
  8. Glue the ribbon at the lower left corner of the sentiment panel.
  9. Top with the flowers.
  10. Glue the leaves in place.

Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 3

This color combination makes me happy, happy, happy!

A Peek Inside

Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 4

Use pieces of paper that you’ve already cut to finish the inside of your card.  A pocket is always fun, especially when you tuck in a sweet image, a sunshine yellow teabag and a little note.

Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 4

Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 5Tammy’s bitty envelopes are such a great addition to a card like this.  You can tuck in a tiny photo, a little treat, or a gift card.  This is the Tabbed Mini Pocket.  I’ve topped it with a little heart die cut from the Springtime Collection.

And what did I do with the rest of the stamped images? Because I was having so much fun, I went ahead and made a little stack of bright and sunny note cards.  You can never have too many note cards! The inside of each card is blank, except for a tiny border strip of patterned paper.

Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 6 Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 7

Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 8 Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 9

Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 10 Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 11

Just use the same basic card “recipe” and you’ll have a lovely stack of cheery springtime cards in no time!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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