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Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Flower Box Card

Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Flower Box Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

RRR  June Ribbon Club Blog Hop: Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Flower Box Card

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sharing a Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Flower Box Card for the Really Reasonable Ribbon June Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  The June Ribbon Club Summer Stripes Assortment is filled with all the vibrant colors that the season has to offer.  Think Flip Flops, Watermelon, Beach Umbrellas and Pool Parties!

Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Flower Box Card: Sweet Summer Blooms

My mind went straight to colorful geraniums and petunias spilling over the edge of flower boxes.  And that’s how this flower box card came to life.  You all know how much I love pockets and tags.  So I decided to put both items front and center on this fun flower box styled card.

Create a faux flower box then fill it with adorable little tags.  Top the tags with Apple Green Swiss Dots Satin Ribbon  and Lime/Bright Pink Sherbet Swirl Grosgrain Ribbon from the Club Assortment.  Then tie on an itty bitty key with a little Natural Burlap String.

Mount the tag pocket on a larger box pocket.  Create cute borders on the box pocket and at the top of the card with the same Lime/Bright Pink Sherbet Ribbon.

Create a little snacky picnic in the box pocket by dressing up some treats with more ribbon and designer paper.

A Peek Inside

The inside of the card is simply decorated with more designer paper, blank sentiment panel and a tag and pocket combo.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cherry has in store for you. Finish the hop over on the RRR Blog .  Answer Bonnie’s question of the month to be entered into the drawing for a free June Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you haven’t joined the Ribbon Club yet, now is a great time to get your subscription started.  It’s just like getting a birthday present in the mail every single month of the year.

I hope I’ve inspired you to get out your June Club Ribbons and make something bright and cheerful this month!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Carta Bella Spring Market Card Tutorial

Carta Bella Spring Market Planter's Box Easel Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01
Throwback Thursday Carta Bella Spring Market Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for Throwback Thursday!  This week, I dug deep into the Closet of Shame to create this Carta Bella Spring Market Card Tutorial.  If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I used loads of this 2018 collection when it first came out.  You can take a peek at those fun projects HERE.   I do have a video tutorial for you today, as well as a project tour of the 3 cards I managed to make from the scraps of this happy paper collection.

Carta Bella Spring Market Cards: The Potting Bench

What do you do with the leftover bits and bobs of a favorite paper collection?  Do they end up gathering dust in the Closet of Shame?  Well, this 6″ x 6″  Potting Bench Easel card is a great way to make something beautiful with those scraps.  (If you don’t have the Spring Market Collection in your stash, I’m sure you have something that will work equally well.)

First, lay out all your collection scraps in piles, sorted by pattern and size.  I did not have a single complete piece of paper left, but I had a few large scraps, loads of smaller pieces, lots of ephemera cards and a few stickers to work with.  Easel cards are a great option when you are trying to use up scraps because the scored panels only measure 6″ x 3″.  This allows you to use up those annoying off cuts left over from previous project.

TIP: When a panel is not quite tall enough, or wide enough to cover a card base, try splitting it in half.  That’s what I did on the cover of this easel card.  I loved the little potting bench and canopy image, but it was an inch too short for my card base. So I split it in half horizontally, spliced in a scrap of the dark floral pattern and created a planter box to cover up the seam.

This trio of tags fits nicely in the planter box pocket.  And there’s room on the back of each tag to add a photo or a small note.

 

The video tutorial will also show you how to add a pocket and tea wallet to the inside of the card.

Live Life in Full Bloom Hybrid Fancy Fold Shaker Card

Carta Bella Spring Market Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I’m not sure what to call this card.  It is part z-fold, part Joy Fold, part shaker card, part card folio.  This used up scraps from my plain cardstock file as well as Spring Market Scraps. I may have to revisit this fun design and share it in a future Throwback Thursday project.  What do you think about that?

This resin frame makes a great shaker element!  Simply adhere clear acetate to the back of the frame.  Then add a couple of layers of foam tape over that.  Next, pile up your shaker mix in the area where you plan to place the frame.  Finally, remove the liner tape from the foam adhesive and press in place.  I just adore a good shaker card!

Here you can see the combination of the Z-Fold Card with the Joy Fold card design.  It’s hard to understand here, but you’ll see it in the project share portion of the video.

Again, the smaller panels of the Z-Fold card design allow you to use up smaller pieces of designer paper.

You can even cover the back side of the Z-Fold card.  This is a great spot to tuck in a gift card!

Do you ever use the back side of your card?  I don’t usually do that.  But for this card, I used a bit of a border piece to make a shallow pocket for this tea wallet and demitasse spoon.

Now the card is a gift!  How cool is that?

I did make one more little folio with the scraps of this lovely collection.  But there were so many photos for this post already, I decided to just share it with you in the video tutorial below. It’s a new twist on the old Four Fold Folio, and it’s really fun.

Let’s Get Our Craft On!

I hope this post will inspire you to break some of your pretty papers out of your Closet of Shame and put them to good use.  I know we are all trying to stretch our dollars right now, so using up what we have just makes good sense.  If you plan to  make this project, please let me know in the comment section below. You’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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*Please note: many of the products I use in these Throwback Thursday posts are no longer available for purchase, so I cannot link to them.  Please feel free to substitute collections and items that you have in your own crafty stash.  Thanks!

I Must Have Flowers Always and Always

Must Have Flowers Carta Bella Farmhouse Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

 I Must Have Flowers Always and Always: Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Card Folio

Hello Friends!  I Must Have Flowers always and always!  Do you feel that way?  I’m not much of a gardener, but I do love pretty floral papers and paper flowers on my projects.  This sweet little springtime card is made with the new Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Papers and some beautiful rolled roses from Little Birdie Crafts.

I Must Have Flowers…and Pretty Pretty Ribbons, too!

Light Coral Diamond Satin Ribbon is absolutely dreamy with this paper collection.  I’ve paired it up with some Iridescent Metallic String in the bow cluster. The way this string reflects the colors that surround it is absolutely magical!

And how about those flowers?  These lovely Layla Pastel Palette blooms are so pretty!  Did you know you can alter your Little Birdie Flowers?  First, I gently tapped the edges with a little Gathered Twigs Distress ink.  Then I brushed on some Stamperia Gold Dew Glamour Gel to add a touch of sparkle.  You can also brush them with Perfect Pearls or any mica based powder.  The subtle shading and shine adds to the vintage feel of this pretty card.

I Must Have Flowers: A Peek Inside

Turn this pretty card into a gift by adding a couple of pockets on the inside.  Fill the top pocket  with a color matched tea bag, note card, and decorated honey stick.

Decorate a pretty bookmark with Coral Rose Swiss Dots Satin and Petal Peach Quatrefoil Satin Ribbon.  Stitch the paper bookmark pieces onto some canvas to make a  soft bookmark that will last a long time.  This is a stamp that I’ve had in my stash for a very long time. Sadly, it has been discontinued.  But you could always print the sentiment out on your computer and add to the bookmark that way.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas 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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Carta Bella Home Again Long and Skinny Birthday Card

Carta Bella Home Again Long and Skinny Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Carta Bella Home Again Long and Skinny Birthday Card: A Party in a Box for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  This Carta Bella Home Again Long and Skinny Birthday Card is another fun little Throwback Thursday project.  Since we are all finding ourselves “home again” I thought it would be appropriate!  (Humor is good at times like these!)  I made this card for my sweet sister-in-law’s birthday this month, and I just love the way it turned out.  The design is almost identical to the Little Birdie Celebrate Life card that I shared with you earlier.  So you can just follow that video tutorial on YouTube and substitute your Home Again papers. 

One of the things I love about this card design is that the small panels on the front allow you to use up your scraps.

Box style cards really are the trifecta of cardmaking: a card, a gift and home decor all in one neat and tidy package.  This would look so cute on display in a kitchen or breakfast nook!

Take the time to “wrap” the goodies you tuck inside with additional scraps of your designer paper.  This card holds a tea bag, cookies, Dove Chocolates and a Ginger and Honey crystals packet.

I continue to pray for health, peace, calm and joy for each one of you daily.  We will get through this together!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Tall and Skinny Card

Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Tall and Skinny Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Tall and Skinny Card for the RRR Hop

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Tall and Skinny Card for the Really Reasonable Ribbon March Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  We are showcasing the gorgeous Garden Delights Ribbon Club Assortment this month.  If you love spring flowers and gardening, these ribbons will make your heart happy!

Since I had just purchased these lovely Carta Bella Farmhouse Market papers, I decided to work with the coral toned ribbons from the collection.  They are a perfect match up for the saturated hues and floral patterns.

Ribbon can be used in so many different ways when you are designing a card.  Coral Rose Swiss Dot Satin Ribbon acts as a border along the base of this 4″ x 8 1/2″ cut away card.

The same ribbon  looks amazing tucked into the bow cluster with some cream flowers and iridescent metallic string.

Wrap the same iridescent metallic string around the top of the card to add a touch of shine.  Then top with some flat back pearls to add a bit of elegance.

Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Tall and Skinny Card: A Peek Inside

The inside of this card is pretty simple.  Add a sentiment from the ephemera pack.  Then make a quick and easy side pocket to hold a note card and a treat.

Mat the 4″ x 6″ journal card on cream cardstock so you can write a note on the back.  And you knew there had to be tea tucked in somewhere, didn’t you?

On With the Hop!

The next stop on your hop is Cherry’s lovely blog.   Hop on over to see what crafty goodness she has cooked up for you.  Then finish the hop over on the RRR Blog.  You will find a complete blog hop list there, as well as Bonnie’s Question of the Month.  Be sure to answer that, so your name will be entered into the drawing to win your very own Garden Delights Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you’re not already subscribed to the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club, now is a great time to join!  Getting that pack of ribbons in the mail each month is like celebrating your birthday all year long!   You can find out how to subscribe HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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