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Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card

Frilly and Funkie Christmas in July Challenge: Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The one and only Cec is our hostess this go round, and the theme is “Christmas in July.”  With that in mind, I broke out a bunch of my Tim Holtz goodies to create this Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card. Let’s see what Cec has to say about this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme: Christmas in July

You might be experiencing summer heat but let’s think cool by getting a head start on Christmas preparations.  Your vintage or shabby chic creation could be a card, something to present a gift in or a decor item for the house or tree.

Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card a la Tim Holtz “Dapper”

Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card by Kathy Clement Photo 1

This was a fun card to make!  You wouldn’t normally think of using Tim Holtz “Dapper”  paper collection for Christmas, would you?  But I found patterns in it that hit exactly the right rustic note for this card creation.

This 5″ x 7″ top fold card reminds me of taking a wintry walk in the woods.  After distressing, matting and layering my designer papers I got busy with my die cutting machine.  It was so much fun to die cut all these various elements from Dapper papers and then make them look like Christmas paper.

First, the sentiment from Doodle Greetings #1 was stamped in Jet Black Archival ink onto the grid paper from the collection. Then I heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Next, I lightly sponged some Pine Needles Distress Ink to add just a touch of color.  This step actually helped the sentiment to pop off the page.

Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card: Tattered Florals

It is just me, or is it hilarious to think of making Christmas flowers from paper with a cigar band pattern?  But that’s exactly what I did here.  Here’s how I did it:

  1. First, cut 6 squares of Dapper cigar band paper into 3.5″ squares.
  2. Next, stack the squares on the frayed flower in the Tattered Florals Die.
  3. Then, run the stack through your machine all at the same time.  All six layers will die cut beautifully as this is a steel rule die.
  4. Now, flip half the flower layers over to the print on the reverse side of the paper.
  5. Next, spritz the petals with Candied Apple Distress Stain Spray.  Heat Dry.
  6. Then, Sponge the flower centers with a little Fired Brick Distress Ink.
  7. Now, shape and stack the petals.  I shaped each layer a little differently for more fullness.
  8. Finally, fill the flower centers with hot glue, then pour in Gilt Trip Prills.  Let it set a minute, then tap off the excess Prills into a funnel tray.
Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card: The bow cluster

This Vintage Christmas plaid ribbon was exactly right for the bow cluster.  I tucked in some gold eyelash ribbon, a little greenery and a Tim Holtz snowflake charm to complete the cluster.  I filled out the floral arrangement with some of the die cut greenery.

Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card: The Frame

Tim’s Ornate Frame is one of my all time favorite dies.  I cut it twice here: once from Dapper paper and once on heavy weight chipboard.  The chipboard pieces are painted with Prima Gold Crackle Texture Paste, then sponged with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  I cut the chipboard frame in half, then glued the Dapper frame to it so that it was slightly offset, letting the gold peep through.  The frame is surrounded with bits of greenery that I hit with a little Mica Spray.

The lovely deer was also die cut twice from Dapper paper, then layered together with small foam dots.

The Inside Story

Once again, I turned this card into a gift by adding a simple gift card pocket.

I matted this lovely vintage image onto forest green cardstock, then scored and folded it.

Add a tea bag to the pocket, and maybe a gift card and you have a lovely Christmas gift!

After stamping and embossing another image from Doodle Greetings #1, I sponged and colored the image.  This was matted onto a long panel of ivory text paper. I left lots of room to write a newsy Christmas note here.

Now it’s YOUR turn

You’re invited to play along with the Frilly and Funkie teams in this fun Christmas in July challenge.  Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic Christmas in July project and then link it up on the Frilly and Funkie blog.  You have until midnight on Tuesday, August 1st to join the party.  You can find the specific details HERE.

The Frilly and Funkie gals will be stopping by to admire your lovely creations.  At the end of the challenge the team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us for a Guest Designer spot  at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

I hope I’ve inspired you to break out your paper pretties and get your craft on.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Joyous Greetings Woodland Christmas Card

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts: Joyous Greetings Woodland Christmas Card

Hello, Friends!  We are just days away from Christmas, and I am still working on Christmas cards!  Ay-yi-yi!  Thankfully, I found a way to make a truly fabulous Christmas card in very little time.  It doesn’t look simple, but I promise you, this Joyous Greetings Woodland Christmas Card comes together in a jiffy.  Beautiful chippies from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts make it sparkle and shine.

joyous-greetings-woodland-christmas-card-by-kathy-clement-for-gypsy-soul-laser-cuts-product-by-pollys-paper-studio-photo-1I added texture, shine and depth to this lovely card with the Medium Honeycomb & Bees set and my favorite Birds Scribble Frame.  The process is simple:

  1.  Paint chippies with Ivory Chalkboard Paint
  2. While Paint is still wet, sprinkle liberally with Stampendous Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder
  3. Gently tap off the excess and heat set.

It doesn’t get any easier than that!

merry-little-christmas-card-by-kathy-clement-for-gypsy-soul-laser-cuts-product-by-pollys-paper-studio-photo-2Once again, I pulled an “oldie but a goodie” from my Christmas paper Stash.  My Mind’s Eye Joyous Collection looks fabulous with these golden hues.  My focal image is from Polly’s Paper Etsy Shop.  The Scribble Bird Frame makes it pop right off the frame.  I added more circular elements with a Tim Holtz Rosette, a big red button, a sticker from the collection and some vintage gems. I diluted the chalkboard paint on my craft sheet and spattered it randomly onto the card to add the feeling of a snow flurry.

merry-little-christmas-card-by-kathy-clement-for-gypsy-soul-laser-cuts-product-by-pollys-paper-studio-photo-310 Easy Steps to a Joyous Greetings Woodland Christmas Card

  1. Create a 5×7 Kraft Cardstock card base
  2.  Cut a slightly smaller panel of the red glitter dot paper from Joyous
  3. Cut a 3.75×5.75 panel of red damask paper and glue in the top left hand corner of the card, leaving a 3/8″ border on top and side.
  4. Glue the prepared honeycomb over this panel
  5. Add a second panel of the same size using the red glitter text paper.  It should be aobut 3/8″ from the bottom edge and 3/4″ to the right of the red damask paper.
  6. Add the bird tag using waste chipboard on the back side to add lots of depth and dimension
  7. Glue Bird Scribble frame in place
  8. Make rosette and glue in place
  9. Top with button and sticker from collection
  10. Add bow, vintage gems and sentiment

A Peek Inside:

merry-little-christmas-card-by-kathy-clement-for-gypsy-soul-laser-cuts-product-by-pollys-paper-studio-photo-4I added a stamped sentiment from Tim Holtz’ Doodle Christmas Greetings to the top half of the card.  The bottom half is a pocket stuffed with goodies.

merry-little-christmas-card-by-kathy-clement-for-gypsy-soul-laser-cuts-product-by-pollys-paper-studio-photo-5These tags and chocolate candy transform the card into a gift.  The tags make great tree ornaments.  I love to hang them from knobs to add Christmas cheer all over the house.

A Fond Farewell to Gypsy Soul

I wanted to let you all know that this will be my last post as a Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Educator.  Now that we live so close to our lovely granddaughters, I am spending much more time with them.  This makes my heart happy!  But it also means that I have to lighten my work load a little.  I had to make the tough decision to step back in order to keep my life in balance.  I have loved being on this team, and I will guest design now and again as time allows.  I’ll continue to use the product in my post, and will be sure to link to the shop for your convenience.  But I just can’t keep up with the time consuming tutorial writing.  Life is short, and “The Littles” will not be little forever.  I don’t want to regret not having made the most of the amazing opportunity to be with my precious grandchildren as much as possible.

So that’s it for me, my friends!  I hope I shared some ideas here that you can incorporate into your own crafting.

Thanks for stopping by!



Cookies for Santa Retro Recipe Folio

Petaloo & Authentique: Cookies for Santa Retro Recipe Folio & Tag

Hello, Friends!  Are you counting down the days ’til the Christmas holidays?  I’m getting very excited because in just a couple more days, I will take off my crafting apron, put on my baking apron, crank up the oven and get busy in the kitchen making holiday treats.  Oh, boy!  You see, I love to bake almost as much as I love to play with paper!  With that in mind, I created this darling Cookies for Santa Retro Recipe Folio & Tag using beautiful Petaloo flowers and festive Authentique Retro Christmas papers.

Let’s Get Cookin’!

Cookies for Santa Retro Recipe Folio by Kathy Clement

This looks like a standard 7″ x 5″ card, doesn’t it?  It is so much more than a card!  This folio has a 1/2″ spine so that the interior can hold  a pocket full of dressed up recipe cards and a fun accordion style folio.  I shared a  YouTube tutorial for the folio base a while back.  This is the same basic design with a 1/2 ” spine.  You can find that tutorial HERE.

Cookies for Santa Retro Recipe Folio by Kathy Clement

Add a wintry feel to Petaloo Darjeeling Mini Poinsettias and Pine/Berry Branches by tapping them with Tim Holtz Grit paste.  Then add texture by tucking in a couple of luscious Vintage Velvet Holly leaves.

Cookies for Santa Retro Recipe Folio by Kathy ClementTo make this fabulous bow cluster, I started with  a 1.5″ wide red gingham double loop bow.  Then I topped it with some pretty red satin snowflake ribbon, a die cut snowflake and a vintage style white button.  I had all these little cookie buttons in my stash of Christmas embellishments.  Aren’t they too cute?

Cookies for Santa Retro Recipe Folio by Kathy ClementThe inside of the folio contains a pocket on the bottom and an accordion style folio on top.

Cookies for Santa Retro Recipe Folio by Kathy ClementI just love the “Cheers” banner made from the sticker sheet in the collection.

Cookies for Santa Retro Recipe Folio by Kathy ClementRecipe cards are dressed up in their holiday best and tucked into the pocket.  The belly band is only glued on the sides, so that the recipe cards can slide out.  Then I glued another recipe card onto the back.  You can never have too many cookies for Santa!

No Peeking!  Accordion Style Folio

Cookies for Santa Retro Recipe Folio by Kathy ClementThe folio on top is held shut with a ribbon tie.  I created a gatefold cover using this adorable “no peeking” journal tag from the paper collection.

Cookies for Santa Retro Recipe Folio by Kathy ClementCookies for Santa Retro Recipe Folio by Kathy ClementThe center panel is 6″ wide x 4″ tall, so it can hold a nice sized family photo.  There are 3 panels on each side, each double-sided.  So you can fit over a dozen photos in this clever little folio.

Cookies for Santa Retro Recipe Folio by Kathy ClementDon’t you just love these cute retro patterns?

A Retro Santa Tag made from Scraps????

It’s much better to make a cute little Retro Santa Tag than it is to toss my work table scraps into “The Land That Kathy Forgot”!  This tag will add a real festive feel to a plate of home made cookies!

I dusted these Regal Gold Poinsettias with my Grit Paste “faux snow”.  And can you see these teeny tiny vintage ice skates?  I iced them up as well.  To finish off the tag, I added a trio of Green Glittered Star Picks and topped the tag with  Green Glitz Ribbon.This shade of green is so perfectly retro!

Baking Christmas cookies is one of my all time favorite holiday traditions.  I started as a young bride, then shared the tradition with our children.  Now, I’m blessed to be able to make sweet new memories with our precious grandgirls.  The holidays are all about making memories!  I hope you get to make some soon!

Thanks for stopping by!




Hot Chocolate for Santa and Rudolph

Hot Chocolate for Santa and Rudolph: A Pocket Card with a twist!

Hello, Ribbon lovers!  Have you ever wondered why Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer has such a very shiny nose?  Me, too.  But I think I have cracked the mystery: he was COLD!  I mean, that’s what happens to my nose when I get too cold!  To remedy the situation, I whipped up a little Christmas card with some Hot Chocolate for Santa and Rudolph.  Oh what fun!

Hot Chocolate for Santa and Rudolph Card by Kathy ClementThis 5×7 top fold card is made with Authentique’s fabulous Retro Christmas collection.  To really make it shine, I created a layered bow with Black Plaid Ribbon, Snowflakes on Red Satin Ribbon and Gold Metallic String.   I even tossed in a candy cane in case Santa’s needs to freshen his breath!  Where’s the hot chocolate for Santa and Rudolph, you ask?  Read on!

Hot Chocolate for Santa and Rudolph Card by Kathy ClementInside the card, I’ve created a cute belly band to hold a pouch of Starbuck’s Salted Caramel hot chocolate for Santa and Rudolph in case they need a little warm up.  This is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Cut a piece of patterned paper about 1.25″ wide x 6.75″ wide.
  2. Mat on black cardstock
  3. Glue just the end pieces on either side.

Now you can just slip your packet of cocoa behind the belly band.  I added a sticker sentiment from the collection.  Oh, and just so you know, I did a taste test on the hot chocolate to make sure it meets Santa’s high standards and it passed with flying colors.

Inside Pocket Number 2

Hot Chocolate for Santa and Rudolph Card by Kathy ClementThe bottom half of the card sports a standard pocket, stuffed to the max with cute little tags from the collection.  I topped each of these with more Red Snowflake Satin, a silvertone Christmas charm and an ivory burlap string bow.

The mini envelope is made with one of Tammy Tutterow’s fabulous dies.  I love that this one has a window in it that is just exactly the right size for an itty bitty Ghiradelli chocolate.  how fun is that?  Of course, you could tuck in a gift card if you wanted to.  I’ve heard that Santa is very fond of Starbucks.

This would make such a great gift card for the holidays.  If you’re looking for a fun way to present a gift card, I think this pretty much fills the bill.

Thanks for stopping by!





More Merry Christmas Cards

More Merry Christmas Cards with Polly’s Paper Studio Goodies

Hello, Friends!  How are you coming along with your Christmas card/gift list?  Little by little I’m getting it all done…or as done as it is going to be!  LOL  I have a couple more Merry Christmas Cards to share with you here today.  This time, I’ve used gorgeous vintage and retro tags from Polly’s Paper Studio.  You are going to love these sweet images.

Christmas Joy Hanger Card Look at the precious faces on this darling wood grain tag.  If that doesn’t make you feel like smiling, then you need a dose of christmas punch!   I downloaded the tag from Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy Shop and printed it onto matte photo paper.  It took hardly any time at all to layer it up with cute papers from MME Joyous Christmas, Black Plaid Ribbon from RRR, and Petaloo Burlap Poinsettias.

I designed this with a hanger so that I could dress up a bottle of holiday cheer.  It looks fabulous on a wine bottle, or even a bottle of really good olive oil.  As a bonus, you can hang it on a door knob or even on a Christmas tree.

Christmas Angel Gift Card Holder

Next I created a gift card holder using the Black Plaid Vintage Christmas Tags digital download. I fell in love with this sweet angel face.

A mini file folder is a great spot to tuck in festive Christmas goodies!

I added another tag from the download along with a little chocolate treat and a candy cane.  This is such a fun way to present a gift card, don’t you think?

I know you’re as busy as I am, so I won’t take up any more of your time.  I just thought I’d share in case your Christmas mojo needed a boost!

Thanks for stopping by!







Bluebirds of Happiness Christmas Card with Tag Pocket

RRR Blog Hop BadgeRRR Blog Hop: Bluebirds of Happiness Christmas Card with Tag Pocket

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for the December Blog Hop.  You should be coming here filled with Christmas cheer at Karen’s lovely blog.  Woodland themes seem to be very popular this Christmas, and that makes me happy, happy!  So happy that I created this Bluebirds of Happiness Christmas card  with gorgeous blue and silver ribbons from the Winter Blues December Ribbon Club Assortment.

winter-bluesDreamy, right?

chirstmas-bluebirds-of-happiness-card-with-tags-by-kathy-clement-for-really-reasonable-ribbon-product-by-pollys-paper-studio-photo-4These happy little bluebirds come from Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy.  Ginny knows how much I adore little birds, so she shared the Winter Birds Christmas Tag set with me.  I was thrilled to see how well they worked with the Winter Blues ribbon Club assortment! The Snoflakes on Electric Blue Grosgrain made the perfect belly band for my card.  And combining the Off white Shimmer Satin ribbon with Snowflakes on Silver Grosgrain Ribbon makes a very merry Christmas bow!

chirstmas-bluebirds-of-happiness-card-with-tags-by-kathy-clement-for-really-reasonable-ribbon-product-by-pollys-paper-studio-photo-2Awwww…I super love these little bluebirds of happiness! The tag detaches from the card front to become a bookmark or ornament.  How fun is that?

chirstmas-bluebirds-of-happiness-card-with-tags-by-kathy-clement-for-really-reasonable-ribbon-product-by-pollys-paper-studio-photo-1Because I wanted this card to serve as a gift, I created an inside pocket that holds two more ribbon topped tags.   And who doesn’t love a mini candy cane?

Now, hop on over to Cherry’s lovely blog to see what Christmas goodies she has cooked up for you!  Visit the RRR Blog for a complete list of all the blogs in this hop.  While you are there, you can answer Bonnie’s question of the month, and maybe you’ll be the lucky winner of your very own Winter Blues December Ribbon Club Assortment.  Wouldn’t that be nice?

You can learn how to sign up for the Ribbon Club HERE.  It’s a Christmas gift that you can give to yourself all year long!

Thanks for hopping by!




Snow Much Fun at the Petaloo Authentique Holiday Hop

Petaloo Authentique Holiday Hop with Prizes: Snow Much Fun!

Hello, Friends!  Did you know about the wonderful holiday blog hop with Petaloo and Authentique?  This is Day 4, and it’s my turn to share some great ideas for holiday gifts and cards.  This is going to be snow much fun!


Don’t you just love these patterned papers and images?  They are Authentique’s Classic Christmas collection and they are just my style!  In its former life, this little wooden sled was dark and dreary.  I gave it a vintage facelift with a coat of white gesso followed by DecoArt Crackle Texture Paste.  To add shimmer, I dusted on some Perfect Pearl Medium.I wanted the crackle texture to really show, so I also dusted on some Heirloom Gold.  I had snow much fun making this sled holiday ready!

dashing-through-the-snow-altered-sled-by-kathy-clement-for-petaloo-authentique-blog-hop-photo-1I love the Petaloo holiday flowers for the beautiful color and texture they add to this pretty little sled.  In case you’re wondering, the sled measures 17″ tall x 7″ wide. Perfect for a holiday mantel or under the tree!  Here are some detail photos for you:


Green and White Holiday Wreath


Because I was having snow much fun, and since my work space was already strewn with all kinds of Christmas goodness, I decided to go ahead and make this little holiday wreath.  The base is Styrofoam by Floracraft.  I wrapped the base with wired burlap ribbon and some fancy trim.  It was easy as pie!  These regal white velvet poinsettia are so elegant when paired up with Ivory Silky Crush Ribbon.  I backed the wreath with a sentiment from Classic Christmas, then added a wee Santa and tree.  You could make one of these in a jiffy, my friends!  Wouldn’t it be a great hostess gift for the holidays?

Christmas: It’s All About the Cards!


You honestly didn’t think I could finish up this play session without making a card, did you?  This image from Classic Christmas caught my eye right away.  I dressed this little Christmas Belle up with some UTEE and glitter, then surrounded her with twinkling star sequins, sugared berries, a golden deer, Antique Gold Ribbon and a gorgeous Petaloo posy.

woodland-christmas-card-by-kathy-clement-for-petaloo-authentique-blog-hop-photo-3I love the way the music paper on the back side of the image sort of bled through during the UTEE treatment.  My custom flower is made by stacking an Ivory Canvas Briar Rose atop one of those pretty white poinsettia.

woodland-christmas-card-by-kathy-clement-for-petaloo-authentique-blog-hop-photo-2Inside, I’ve added a gift card envelope that slips neatly behind the belly band on the left.

You’ll want to be sure to pop over to the Petaloo  and Authentique Blogs to leave comments because there’s a wonderful prize package connected to this hop!  I just know you’ll have snow much fun with these goodies if you win.

Thanks for stopping by!  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.



Product Links:

Products from Petaloo International by Floracraft

Holiday Mix Canvas Briar Rose

Regal Velvet Poinsettia, White

Peach Sugared Berry Clusters

Red Lace Fancy trims

Ivory Textured Poinsettia

Pine Picks with Cones & Berries

Vintage Velvet Holly Leaf Picks

Vintage Velvet Holly Leaves

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