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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)

 

Graphic 45 Fun With Penny’s Paper Doll Family

Fun with Penny’s Paper Doll Family from Graphic 45

Hello, G45er’s!   When I was a little girl, I loved to play with paper dolls.  I spent hours stuck in bed due to childhood illnesses.  Playing with paper dolls helped to fill many a long day.   So when Graphic 45 released their gorgeous Penny’s Paper Doll Family collection this summer, it was love at first sight for me.

While creating with this beautiful vintage collection, I found I had not lost my childhood love for paper dolls.  There’s just something magical about fussy cutting these handsome paper dolls and their matching outfits and accouterments!  So today I have 2 fun cards made with Penny’s Paper Doll Family to share with you.

Flowers from the Same Garden: Penny’s Paper Doll Family card with Pockets
Flowers from the Same Garden Pocket Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Card makers will just fall in love with this amazing collection because it is loaded with gorgeous patterns, beautiful images and sentiment panels that are perfect for family cards.  This 5″ x 7″ top fold card was so much fun to make.  The patterns remind me of the wallpaper in my childhood bedroom.

Flowers from the Same Garden Pocket Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

Flowers from the Same Garden Pocket Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

I love the sentiment panels in Graphic 45’s Penny’s Paper Doll Family.  Not only do they look like vintage embroidery panels, they also make for very quick and easy card design!  Add a border strip, die cut doilies, a large banner layer, vintage buttons and flowers and you have a charming vintage style greeting card in no time!

Flowers from the Same Garden Pocket Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Tips

  1. To add depth and dimension to this simple card design, I double matted each card layer.  This keeps the layers from getting muddled.  It also gives the focal image on the card the appearance of having been framed.
  2. Cut doilies in half to get more mileage out of them.  I tucked half a doily above and below the focal image.
  3. Create a custom doily by adding designer paper to the solid center.  To do this, I lay my doily on top of the paper, traced around the inner edge of the doily, then cut the circle out with scissors.  
Supply List for Flowers from the Same Garden Card

Penny’s Paper Doll Family Collection

  • Penny’s Paper Doll Family
  • Beyond Borders
  • Sweet Sister
  • Garden Path

Other Supplies:

  • Kraft and Brick Red Cardstock
  • Petaloo Briar Roses
  • Burlap String, Red Taffeta Ribbon
  • Vintage Buttons from my Stash
  • Die cut doilies
Happy Family Bendi Card

Happy Family Bendi Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Penny’s Paper Doll Family is the perfect collection to use in a fun Bendi Card design.  This card design can double as table decor at a birthday party, baby shower, tea party or housewarming.  You can learn how to make a Bendi card HERE.  The collection I used is different, but the steps and measurements are the same.

Happy Family Bendi Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2 Happy Family Bendi Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3 Happy Family Bendi Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4 Happy Family Bendi Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5 Happy Family Bendi Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

TIPS

  1. When it comes to fussy cutting, there are several little tips that can make the job easier:
    1. First, make sure you have a really sharp pair of small scissors.  I like to use Tim Holtz’s Tonic mini snips.
    2. Don’t try to cut a small image from a huge piece of paper.  Instead , remove the image by cutting well around it.  Then do your fussy cutting.  Having less bulk around the image makes it much easier to get a clean cut.
    3. When cutting an image that has small parts, like the stems of flowers or hands and feet, I cut the small parts last.  This way, I’m less likely to accidentally snip them off.
    4. Don’t make chopping motions with your scissors.  Hold the blades steady and glide them against the paper.  You can practice this skill on magazine images.
  2. To create extra dimension in this Bendi card, I backed the paper doll family with cardboard from packing boxes.  I find that Priority Mail boxes are about the right thickness.  The cardboard also strengthens the images and helps prevent tearing.
Happy Family Bendi Card Supply List

Penny’s Paper Doll Family Collection

  • Penny’s Paper Doll Family
  • Sweet Sister
  • Mothers and Daughters
  • Color Your World
  • Garden Path
  • Beyond Borders

Other Supplies:

  • Brick Red Cardstock
  • Scoring Tool, Ruler, Craft Knife
  • Petaloo Flowers
  • Burlap String
  • Fussy Cutting Scissors, Hot Glue Gun

I hope this post has brought back some of your happy childhood memories and inspired you to break out your Graphic 45 paper pretties and get your craft on.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo

Hello, G45’ers!  Have you seen Graphic 45’s gorgeous Winter Wonderland Christmas Collection yet?  Filled with images of old barns, snow laden trees, winter songbirds and rustic patterns, it’s like taking a walk in the New England countryside of my childhood.  I recently had a chance to play with these gorgeous images and papers and worked up a Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo to share with you here.

A Spoonful of Christmas: Winter Wonderland Christmas Card #1

Winter Wonderland Spoonful of Christmas Card Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

This vintage Santa Spoon was waiting for me to grab it on one of my junkin’ adventures.  It is part of a set of 4, and I scooped them up in a New York minute!  Why I love these vintage spoons, so much, I’ll never know, but I am amassing a nice little collection to use in my crafting.

To give the spoon this frosty appearance, I added a touch of Picket Fence Distress Paint.  First, I place a small dot of the paint on my craft sheet.  Then I tap my finger into the ink.  Next, I tap most of the paint off onto the craft sheet and then just lightly dab it onto the spoon.  This way, the silver still shines through, but the edges look frosty.

Creating the Flower Clusters

A Spoonful of Christmas Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1Poinsettia are a classic choice for Christmas, so I knew I wanted to add them to this card.  The Petaloo Burlap Poinsettia I had in my stash were too bright for this rustic paper.  But no worries…flowers can be altered to match a paper collection.

A Spoonful of Christmas Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

First, lay your flowers out on a craft sheet or a nice sized piece of scrap paper.  Then mix up some Lobster , Iridescent Gold,  and Bronze Glimmer Mists by rolling the bottle between your hands.  This prevents small particles of glitter from getting stuck in the spray mechanism.  Next, spritz the mists and dry gently with a heat tool.  Repeat if necessary.

A Spoonful of Christmas Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

Adding different textures to a flower cluster makes for an interesting and more natural looking arrangement.  Combine Vintage Velvet Dogwoods with fussy cut poinsettia leaves from the paper collection.  Then tie the whole thing together with gorgeous Vintage Christmas Plaid Ribbon and Natural Burlap String Bows.

A Spoonful of Christmas Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Don’t be afraid to take your design off the edge of your card. After double matting each card layer, I shifted each one a little further to the right creating a sort of stair-step effect on the card.

A Spoonful of Christmas Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

The inside is simply finished with more beautiful papers from the collection.

Spoonful of Christmas Supply List

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland

  • Winter Wonderland
  • Rustic Holiday
  • Nordic Greetings
  • Yule Post

Other Supplies

Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo #2: Christmas Songbird Easel Card

Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

I’ve loved watching and listening to songbirds all my life.  When I saw the sweet little songbirds in Graphic 45’s new Winter Wonderland collection I nearly burst into song myself!  I knew I wanted to feature the lovely swallow from the signature page on a Christmas card. This 7.25” x 5.25” easel style card came together very quickly thanks to the gorgeous patterns and images in this gorgeous winter collection.


Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2
Christmas Songbird Easel Card Tips and Tricks
  1. To create a quick card focal, use a large circle die to cut the bird image from the paper collection and mat it on a decorative circle die. Back it with foam tabs or waste chipboard to really make it stand out.
  2. Tap miniature pine cones with Picket Fence Distress Paint to add a natural, wintry feel to your card.
  3. Tie a trio of small, rusty jingle bells together with burlap string to decorate the easel card stopper.
  4. To add to the rustic feel of this card, distress the edges.  I curled the corners around my piercing tool to add to the vintage design.

Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3 Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5 Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Here’s a peek at the inside.  Using kraft cardstock as the base adds to the rustic appeal of the card.

Christmas Songbird Supply List

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland 12×12 papers

  • Winter Wonderland
  • Nordic Greetings
  • Yule Post

Other Products

If you’re like me, you’ve fallen in love with Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland.  I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks 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

Authentique Tricky Treats Halloween Banner

Authentique Tricky Treats Halloween Banner, Shaker Card & Card Folio Trio

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a trio of Tricky Treats made with Authentique Tricky Paper Collection.  There’s something for everyone here with a boo-tiful home decor banner, a spook-tacular shaker card and a creepy card folio project.  This trio of tricky treats is pure Halloween fun, and too cute to spook. Let’s start with the banner.

Authentique Tricky Treats #1: Boo-tiful Banner

Nothing says ” Halloween Party” like a boo-tiful banner!  This one comes together quickly thanks to the fiendishly fabulous patterns and images found in Authentique’s new Tricky collection and some of my trusty cutting dies.

You’l find links to the supplies and dies that I used at the end of this post.  To make quick work of building this boo-tiful banner, it helps to follow a recipe.

  • First, die cut the banner base layer from black cardstock.
  • Next, die cut a mix of patterned papers.
  • Then, die cut some black doilies, or use black doilies that you have in your stash.
  • Now, die cut stars from goth black cardstock and patterned paper.
  • Next, die cut Tim Holtz Hocus Pocus Images from both black cardstock and patterned papers.
  • Then glue the patterned die cuts to the black cardstock, offsetting slightly to create a shadow.  This helps the image to POP off the page.
  • Use a circle die to cut out a patterned paper center for each doily.  If you don’t have a circle die that matches the size of your doily, simply trace the inside edge of the doily onto patterned paper and cut with scissors.
  • Layer everything up with foam tape or waste chipboard.

These witch legs crack me up!  Easy to fussy cut, I layered them up with foam tape, then added some die cut Halloween numbers.

Instead of adding the straight cut images from the Tricky cut apart page, I die cut them with a circle die.

 

Each pennant is attached to 1.5″ Black Plaid Ribbon with a Tim Holtz Binder Clip. Orange and Gold Shimmer Ribbon bows are tied between the pennants.

It only takes a moment to fussy cut this spider web but it makes a real visual impact.  So worth the time!  And, how about this cute black bat popped up on foam tabs?  Adding dimension to a project adds visual interest. Purple flowers add contrast and a bold pop of color as well.

Authentique Tricky Treats #2: Tricky Shaker Card

True confession: I’m hooked on shaker cards.  They sparkle, they move, then make a fun noise when you shake them…what could be better than that?

This 5″ x 7″ easel style shaker really takes things to the next level.

Trim the sentiment from the top of a sheet of Tricky designer paper and mat it on purple cardstock. Then weave it between your fingers to give it this wavy shape.  Glue down the ends and the middle and just like that, you’ve got a fun stopper element for this easel card.  I found these cheeky crows in my stash, and had to add them to the card…aren’t they fun?

There’s nothing but treats inside this Tricky Treat Shaker Card.  Because I don’t have any Halloween sentiment stamps, I created my own on my computer.

Authentique Tricky Treats #3: Halloween Card Folio for Grown Up Ghouls

How about a spook-tacular card folio for grown up ghouls?  This 5″ x 7″ treat fits the bill.

This is such a quick and easy make!  Just create a 5″ x 7″ card base with a 1/2″ spine.  Then add a layer of this pretty dot paper, a strip of diagonal stripes and stitch the focal panel to black cardstock.  Create some paper rosettes and layer it all up with pretty flowers, ribbon, tine, buttons and whatever other goodies catch your eye.

Just for fun, use a watch face in the center of your paper rosette.  Or maybe a corduroy button. And why not invite a little black cat to the party?

The inside of this card has a pair of pockets filled with Halloween treats.  Dark Chocolate, anyone?

How about a cup of orange and spice tea…with honey, of course!  I also created this little 3.25″ x 4.5″ accordion fold folio with leftover pieces on my work space.  This is such a great way to clean up scraps, make something pretty and tidy up your work space all at the same time.

I decorated both sides of this little folio with bits and pieces of designer paper.

How fun would it be to leave one of these fiendishly fabulous cards on a co-worker’s desk with a note that says, “You’ve been booed!” ?

I hope these Authentique Tricky Treats have sparked your imagination with some ideas for your own Halloween decor.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List:

Authentique Tricky Collection, Black Cardstock, Deep Purple Cardstock

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Together Card Folio: Simple Stories Vintage Blessings

Together Card Folio with Simple Stories Vintage Blessings and Textured Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Time for another fabulous Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge!  Once again, the theme is “anything goes”  using ribbon or trim.  I love using ribbon and trim to add texture to my cards.  That’s what I’ve done with this Together Card Folio made with Simple Stories Vintage Blessings Collection.

Together Card Folio Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1

Let’s look at all the ways I added texture to this cute vintage card folio:

Together Card Folio Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 2

  • Next, I added a couple of Tammy Tutterow Posie Part Felt Flowers and a small rolled up doily from my stash to my bow cluster.

Together Card Folio Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 3

  • Finally, I added a stained wood word title to the card, as well as painted/embossed/distressed wood doilies beneath that cute little house.  Which is where I want to live when I retire, just so you know!

Together Card Folio Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 4

Together Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Together Card Folio Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 5

Adding pockets, mini folios and little treats to a card like this turns it into an instant gift.  This would make such a lovely hostess gift or a thoughtful housewarming gift….or even a “gee I’m glad you’re my friend” kind of gift.

Together Card Folio Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 6

The side pocket on the top of the card holds this vintage button card.  I jazzed it up a little with a strip of washi tape.  The tiny envelope is decorated with some die cuts from the collection.  It holds a lovely tea bag.

Together Card Folio Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 7

The bottom pocket holds this little photo wallet. 4″ x 4.5″ photo wallet.  To add texture here, I created a string closure from Natural Burlap String and a fuzzy vintage button from my stash. Can you see the honey stick peeping out of the pocket?  That’s to go with the tea bag, of course!

Together Card Folio Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 8

Here’s a peeky inside the photo wallet.  The little embellishments are glued just on one end, so photos can slip right behind them.

Now it’s YOUR turn!

You can play along in this fun “anything goes with ribbon or trim” challenge, too.  Just link your project up over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge Blog.  You’ll find all the rules and details at the bottom of the page.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 Master Detective Elementary Masculine Birthday Card

Graphic 45 Elementary Master Detective Masculine Birthday Card

Our eldest son grew up reading everything he could get his hands on.  He especially enjoyed reading the Sherlock Holmes novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  When it came time to make him his birthday card I immediately knew I wanted to make this Elementary Masculine Birthday card for him.  
Elementary Masculine Birthday Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Since his favorite color is green, the wonderful plaid pattern on the B side of the signature page was the perfect choice as the base of his card.  I kept the design very clean so that the wonderful patterned paper and focal image would really shine.

Go Long, My Dear Watson

Changing up the size and shape of a card base doesn’t have to be a major ordeal.  It can be as simple as creating a long, skinny card like this 8.25” x 4.25” top fold card.  Simply score an 8.5” x 11” sheet of black cardstock in half on the long side.  Then fold in half and trim.  

TIP: Layer it Up!

Layers of designer paper add loads of interest to a card composition.  You can make quick work of this by die cutting the layers from patterned paper.  I lay my dies on my card base to make sure they work well together.  Then I die cut, add foam tabs or waste chipboard to the back of each layer and glue in place.  

TIP: Change Direction

I cut two different patterned papers with the same die and matted both on black cardstock.  To add interest to the card composition, one pattern is oriented vertically and the other horizontally.  It’s a simple trick, but really draws the eye to the focal image.

TIP: Stick to it!

The focal image on this card is from the Master Detective Sticker sheet.  I chose it because its long, skinny shape echoed the shape of my card base.  After matting the sticker on black cardstock, I trimmed it out into a rectangular shape.  Then I used a ticket stub punch to shape the corners and a small circle punch to shape the sides.  

TIP: Glossy Accents is the best adhesive I’ve found for attaching metals to paper.  I ran a thin bead around the perimeter and a dot in the center, then held in place for a minute.  Let it dry completely for a really secure seal.

Elementary Masculine Birthday Card:  Won’t you come in?

For the interior of the card, I added a border strip and small envelope to the top half of the card.  I also cut down an ephemera card, rounded the corners and matted it on black paper.This is where I wrote my birthday greetings.  

Our son loved the card.  In fact, the first words out of his mouth were, “Look…it’s Sherlock Holmes!  Cool!”  I love it when a Master Detective plan has a happy ending!

I hope I shared some tips and tricks 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

SUPPLY LIST

Graphic 45 Master Detective 8×8 Paper Collection

  • Master Detective B Side
  • Web of Lies
  • Dastardly Deeds
  • Sinister Secrets
  • Get a Clue

 

Other Supplies

Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Birthday Card Folio

This hop is now closed.  The winner is Helen Budz, chosen from Gloria’s blog.
Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop: Classic Sunflower Birthday Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations August Alumni Hop!  I’m the first stop on this inspiration filled hop, and I’m so happy to have you hop along.  this spring, I planted sunflowers for the very first time, and guess what?  They are blooming!  I’m so excited, as sunflowers are my favorite summer bloom.  Inspired by my garden, I created this pretty Classic Sunflower Birthday Card Folio.

Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Birthday Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 1The Classic Sunflower Collection has always been one of my all time favorites from Heartfelt Creations.   Sunflowers just make me all happy inside!  These sunshiny birthday greetings are layered onto a 6.75″ x 7″ top fold card base with a 1/2″ spine.

Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Birthday Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 2Don’t you just love these gorgeous patterned papers?  This buttery yellow Chevron Striped Ribbon is the perfect playmate for the golden hues of the paper collection.

Classic Sunflower Birthday Folio: Creating the Classic Sunflowers

Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Birthday Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 3I forgot to take notes while making my card this month, so I don’t have a tutorial for you.  I can tell you the steps I followed to make the flowers, however.

  1. First, select the yellow text from the Classic Sunflower Paper Collection. Stamping onto designer paper is a huge time saver!  You don’t have to color your flower layers, and the patterned paper gives the finished flowers a gorgeous depth.
  2. Next Stamp the Classic Sunflowers with ColorBox Dark Brown Fluid Chalk Ink.
  3. Then heat emboss with clear embossing powder.
  4. Now, die cut the flowers with the matching Classic Sunflower Die.
  5. Next, use sponge daubers to add a little Fossilized Amber and Warm Honey Distress Ink to each flower petal.

Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Birthday Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 4

  1. After lightly misting the flowers with a little water,  shape them with the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit.
  2. Now, stack your flower layers together with hot glue.
  3. Fill the center of the sunflower with a little Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive.
  4. Then  fill the centers with  an assortment of Prills.  I used Gilt Trip, Gourd-jus, A Penny Saved, and Express-O Yourself.
  5. Finally, spritz the flowers with Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle Mist, Lemon Zest  and Yellow Daisy Tattered Angels Mists.
Classic Sunflower Birthday Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Birthday Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 4Because I created my card base with a 1/2″ spine, I was able to turn my card into a pocket filled folio.

Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Birthday Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 5The side pocket on the top half of my card contains some lovely photo mounts.  How fun would it be to add snapshots of the birthday girl on the reverse side of these pretty card fronts?

Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Birthday Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 6Also made with card fronts, this pretty tea bag wallet provides a spot to write a lovely note, add a photo or tuck in a gift card.

Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Birthday Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 7To decorate the bottom half of this Classic Sunflower Gift Card Folio, I layered a lot of my scraps.  this pretty bookmark is also made with scraps, then decorated with the Raindrops on Roses die, burlap woven ribbon and a little charm.

Next, I fussy cut the denim pocket, matted it on kraft cardstock and turned it into a real paper pocket.  And you can’t give someone an empty pocket, right?  So I filled it with a chocolate treat and a little mini journal card where I can write a little note.

Let’s Go to the Hop!

You’ll want to visit all the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team Blogs for more beautiful inspiration.  And be sure to leave a comment on each blog, as one random comment from a mystery blog will be chosen to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Certificate .

The hop will remain open until 11:59PMEDT on Monday, August 28th.  The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations blog on Wednesday, August 30th.  I will also post the winner at the top of this blog post.

The winner receives  a $25 gift certificate to shop at Heartfelt Creations.  If YOU are the lucky winner, you will need to email Heartfelt Creations at socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.us with “Winner of the August Alumni Hop” in the subject line.

Now let’s get hopping!

Kathy (You are HERE) ♥ Amarilys Emily  Vicki Gloria Deneen  ♥ Archana MartineAlissaSarah ♥Sandy

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

Happy hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

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