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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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Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Live True Card

 

Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Live True Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  I’m inviting spring to burst upon us with this sweet and simple Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Live True Card.  The sentiment on the front is from one of my favorite authors, Laura Ingalls Wilder. These are wise words and true, and the older I get, the more I believe them!  These pretty Farmhouse Market papers are a perfect match up for the RRR March Ribbon Club Assortment.  How great is that?

This 6×6 card features loads of paper layers, a die cut doily, pearls and posies.  If that doesn’t entice springtime, then I don’t know what will!  Pretty Coral Rose Satin Swiss Dots Ribbon works perfectly as a border and really helps the sentiment panel to pop.

Carta Bella Farmhouse Market All Occasion Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Light Coral Diamond Satin makes for a pretty bow cluster when paired up with these flowers that I found in my stash. (retired Petaloo).

The inside of the card is sweet and simple, too.  A lovely floral panel for writing a note covers the bottom half of the card.  And a color matched tea bag is nested inside a small double pocket on the top.  To make the double pocket, adhere the ends of the ephemera card on the sides of the note card pocket.  So easy, but so pretty!

Sometimes, simple is just the ticket!  I hope this Carta Bella Farmhouse Market Live True card has some simple tips, tricks and inspiration that you can use in your 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 Boxed Mini Album

Carta Bella Home Again Boxed Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Carta Bella Home Again Boxed Mini Album Project Share

Hello, Friends!  Let’s share a cuppa and take a look at this sweet Carta Bella Home Again Boxed Mini Album Project together.  This lovely collection has captured my imagination.  The ideas keep flowing, the papers seem to be magically multiplying, and I just keep on making.  Are you tired of this collection yet?  I find the colors so soothing and the patterns so lovely that I think I could keep right on working with it until every last scrap has been used up.  This boxed mini album doubles as a home decor piece, which is always nice.  Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Home Again Boxed Mini Album:  The Box

Have you ever covered a Graphic 45 Book Box?  It’s such an easy way to make a home decor piece.  This is the old style ivory book box, measuring 7″ x 5″.  Layer up some chipboard, ephemera pieces, and patterned paper.  Then accent with flowers, ribbons and metal embellishments.

TIP:  Chalk paint is a great finish for metal embellishments.  This Prima Door Plate was originally brass, as was the key.  The thing I love about chalk paint is that you don’t have to prime the base, the paint goes on smoothly, and dries to a lovely matte finish.

Finish the inside of the box with papers from the 12×12 collection.  Then add feet.  These Tim Holtz Idea–Ology box feet were the perfect finishing touch.  I didn’t even have to paint them.

TIP: If you add feet to your box, you must first adhere the spine of the book box  cover to the back side of the box cavity.  Use 1/2″ Scor-Tape or other strong adhesive for this step.

Home Again Boxed Mini Album:  The Album

I built this little album from scratch.  The shaker cover took some figuring out.

  • First, die cut the round frame from the small navy dot print.
  • Next, die cut a clear cardstock (acetate) circle using my Spellbinder’s Small Standard Circle Die.
  • Now adhere the clear cardstock circle to the back of the frame die.
  • Because the sides of the frame are very thin, even 1/8″ foam strips will show around the edges.  And we don’t like that.  The solution?
  • Die cut 2 leafy wreaths.  Place small pieces of foam strips on  the larger leaves and sandwich them together so that the edges are slightly staggered. You will be able to see small bits of the foam, but once you add the flowers and embellishments, they will be hidden.

Here’s a look at the cover details.

Home Again Boxed Mini Album: A Peek Inside

There are 6 pages in the album.  Each page has a side pocket with photo mount insert.

Fussy cut the flower cart from the 6×6 pad.  Adhere just the bottom edges to create a little tag pocket.

Magnetic flap pages give you a good spot for photos or hidden journaling.

Both the front and back covers have pocket spots.

Home Again Boxed Mini Album Video Tour

You can see all the pages, details and tips for making this project in this short video tour.

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.

To see more Home Again Projects, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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