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Happy is My Favorite Color: Tammy Tutterow Designs

Tammy Tutterow Logo_BlkHello, Friends!  As you probably all know, I love color!  So when I received this Happy is My Favorite Color stamp in my Design Team box from Tammy, it was love at first sight!  My fingers have been itching to work with it, and this morning I rose before the sun with a vision for this card.

happy-is-my-favorite-color-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-3 Yellow and pink is one of my favorite color combinations.  It is just so full of happy!  And making this card filled my whole studio with happy vibes.  Let’s face it, you know it’s going to be a good day when you have inky fingers before 7AM!

happy-is-my-favorite-color-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-3I pulled out all my yellow Distress Ink pads (yes, every last one!) and smooshed them onto my craft mat so I could use a non-wrinkle distress technique on watercolor paper.  Next, I cut a panel to measure 5″ x 7″ and ran it through my Big Shot with Tammy’s Blistered Embossing Folder.  Then I added some Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberries and Vintage Photo ink to the raised areas.


To add some pattern to the mix, I stamped this background randomly with the Dear Ruby Stamp. Oh, I have a feeling you are going to see a LOT of this fabulous stamp.  I love anything related to Typography, and the vintage handwriting on this stamp is scrumptious! The little circle on the right is from Tab Set One.  I wanted to balance the design, and filling this with more vintage buttons did the trick, along with a sweet little pink clothes pin.

Shabby Posies

happy-is-my-favorite-color-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-2After stamping, embossing and coloring the sentiment panel, I knew I wanted to add some pretty posies to the card.  The Shabby Posy Die makes gorgeous flowers, dontcha think? I just die cut them from the yellow background paper then sponged the centers and edges with Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberries.  Some of my favorite vintage buttons filled the centers, adding a sweet vintage vibe to this very colorful card.

happy-is-my-favorite-color-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-4The leaves were die cut from the same yellow panel using dies from Pom Pom Posies.  I colored them with various green Distress Inks, and then sponged in a little Picked Raspberries.  The seam binding ribbon was custom dyed with Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberries and Worn Lipstick.  Then I cleaned up the green inks on my craft mat to add some depth to the color palette.

A Peek Inside

happy-is-my-favorite-color-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-5Creating cards with special details on the inside is one of my favorite things to do.  I stamped a leftover bit of my yellow watercolor paper with the Bog Woodgrain Stamp and Worn Lipstick Distress ink for starters.

happy-is-my-favorite-color-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-8Then I die cut this darling Deco Edge Envelope from patterned paper (October Afternoon Girl Talk).  It was just the right size to hold a lemon/ginger tea bag. I love these itty bitty envelopes so much!

happy-is-my-favorite-color-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-6I created a little waterfall folio using the Waterfall One Die.  The shaped edge on this die is so very shabby chic.

happy-is-my-favorite-color-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-7Bits and bobs of my sunshiny yellow paper add pops of color to the folio.  What a fun place to add photos, or write little messages!

I hope this cheery little card added some sunshine to your day.  I know I had sunshine in my soul while making it!  Yes, indeed…Happy IS my favorite color!  What’s yours?

Thanks for stopping by!



Product Links

Note: you can find all of Tammy Tutterow’s stamps, embossing folders and dies HERE on the Spellbinder’s website.

Big Woodgrain Background Stamp

Dear Ruby Background Stamp

Happy is My Favorite Color Cling Stamp

Deco Edge Envelope Die

Shabby Posies Die

Pom Pom Posies Die

Tab Set One Dies

Blistered Embossing Folder



Shabby Chic Sympathy Card: You’re in My Heart

Shabby Chic Sympathy Card for RRR

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!   I have another sympathy card to share with you today.  This one is for a family friend whose mother just passed away. No matter how old you are: you’re never ready to say goodbye to your mom!  Wanting to do something really special for this lovely individual, I pulled out gorgeous seam binding from Really Reasonable Ribbon,mixed media papers from Canvas Corp Brands,  elegant Petaloo flowers and my Distress Markers.  The end result is this shabby chic sympathy card.

Shabby Chic Sympathy Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product by Really Reasonable Ribbon and Canvas Corp Brands Photo 1Canvas Corp Brands has a great Mixed Media Origins line of papers.  After inking and distressing the background paper, this heart was fussy cut  and watercolored with Distress Markers. Next, my sentiment was stamped and heat embossed with superfine black embossing powder.  Finally, I punched holes up the center of the heart and threaded them with Gold Metallic Baker’s Twine.

You're in My Heart Sympathy Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product by Really Reasonable Ribbon and Canvas Corp Brands Photo 2 Noble Peacock Seam Binding is the perfect ribbon to lend soft, shabby chic elegance to this card design.

You're in My Heart Sympathy Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product by Really Reasonable Ribbon and Canvas Corp Brands Photo 5Inside, a second sentiment was stamped on 7 Gypsies Ordre du Jour papers.  Darling birds frame the journaling card where I’ll add my personal note.

This shabby chic sympathy card is very simple in design .  The detail work went into the stitching, water color and inking.  Soft ribbons and dreamy flowers give it the shabby chic vibe I was going for.  What do you think?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section.

Thanks for stopping by!




You are the Song in My Heart

Heartfelt Creations November 20 2013 05 Posy Patch: You Are the Song in My Heart

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday!  Today I have a sweet little thank you card made with the Posy Patch Collection.  This cheeky little bird just captures my heart! I love it when I make a card and the paper does most of the heavy lifting.  That is certainly the case with this You Are the Song in My Heart card.  I did some simple fussy cutting, coloring and layering but the paper did most of the work for me.

Heartfelt Creations November 20 2013 01  This is the first project I’ve attempted since Dale had his quadruple bypass surgery on the 7th of this month.  My fingers were itching to get back in the studio, let me tell you!  Then, when I got here, I felt as though I’d never made a card in my life before.  I couldn’t find things, dropped things, questioned my design…whew!  I’m hoping that now that I’ve got this first card “under my belt” things will go more smoothly.

Heartfelt Creations November 20 2013 07 I took this photo so you could see how I fussy cut the images from the paper and layered them with foam tape.  They almost look like die cuts. I used Distress Markers to color the images before adding them to the card.  The sentiment is one of the wonderful circle stamps from the Moments With You PreCut Set.  I use these all the time!

Heartfelt Creations November 20 2013 03  The inside was so easy to make.  I just used one of the journaling cards from the collection and matted it onto the same green and purple cardstock I used on the front. 

You will find detailed instructions and a complete list of material to create this “You Are the Song in My Heart” card  today on the Heartfelt Creations blog.  You can also find a preview of the gorgeous Floral Key Collection that will be released on Black Friday.   The rest of the design team has some wonderful samples to inspire your creativity, so be sure to stop by.

As always, thanks for taking the time to stop by the blog.  I am so thankful that my husband is recovering well, thankful for all the prayers and support you all shared with me during this difficult time…and oh, so thankful  to be back in my studio!  It makes me happy….right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!  Until next time,



Sweet Season Pocket Tag

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Sweet Season Pocket Tag for Heartfelt Creations

Welcome, friends!  Today I have another  Christmas card to share with you using supplies from Heartfelt Creations.  This card was made using the fun and festive Striped Candy Cane PreCut Set and the very versatile Holiday Script Background PreCut set.  I also made good use of the Layered Elegant Swirl Die.  This card has some fun hidden features….like a pocket, and a greeting tag:

Heartfelt Creations September 2013 08  Instead of building a standard card base, I created a pocket to house this tag:

Heartfelt Creations September 2013 09  The Elegant Swirl Die is used as the pull tab for the tag, and also on the pocket front in lieu of a doily:

Heartfelt Creations September 2013 07  While the creation of this card takes a little more time, each step is easy to achieve.  And I think the finished product is worth the effort, don’t you?

Heartfelt Creations September 2013 08  Here are the details:

Heartfelt Creations Product Used: HCDP1 225 Frosty Blanket Paper Collection;  HCD 716 Layered Elegant Swirl; HCPC 3555 Sweet Memories PreCut Set; HCPC 3558 Striped Candy Cane PreCut Set; HCPC 3562 Holiday Script Background PreCut Set

Other Product used: Distress Markers: Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Forest Moss, Barn Door; Cardstock: Whisper White, Always Artichoke, Burgundy; Red Gingham ribbon; Red, green and clear rhinestones; Archival Ink: Library Green, Vermillion; Versamark Embossing Ink; Gold Embossing Powder; Holgraphic Gold Cardstock; Ancient Gold Embossing Powder, Burgundy Sharpie Pen; Crème de Rouge Glimmer Mist. 1” circle punch.

Directions:  To create Pocket:  Cut a 6 ¼”x 11”  rectangle from Always Artichoke Cardstock.  Score at 5 ¼” and 10 ½” .  Crease along the folds.  Use double sided adhesive along the bottom edge and along the half inch overhang.  Fold to create a pocket.   Add faux stitching around the perimeter. 

Cut a 4 ¾” by 5 ¾” rectangle from the burgundy cardstock.  Center with the pocket and adhere. 

Use Distress Markers to color directly onto the Holiday Script Background stamp.  “Huff” onto the stamp, and then stamp onto white cardstock.  Immediately heat emboss with Ancient Gold Embossing Powder.  Lightly spritz the surface with Crème de Rouge Glimmer Mist.  Trim around edges and mat with Always Artichoke cardstock. Stitch around the perimeter.   Lightly distress the edges of the green cardstock.

Die cut 4 of the Layered Elegant Swirls from white cardstock.  Place two in the center of the pocket front.  Run red gingham ribbon over the die cuts to hide the seam.  Glue to card pocket. Add the bow.

Stamp the candy canes with Vermillion Archival Ink onto white cardstock.  Stamp the poinsettia portion two more times.  Fussy cut and color. Mat candy canes with burgundy cardstock.  Add Christmas Red Stickles to the red candy cane stripes and the holly berries.  Shape the extra flowers and layer onto the candy canes.  Add a decorative button.  Use foam tape to secure the candy canes to the pocket front. Glue all the layers onto the pocket front.  Use the circle punch to cut a half circle opening at the center top of the pocket.

For the tag:  Cut a 4 ¾” by 6” rectangle from the burgundy cardstock.  Cut a 4 ½” x 5 ½” panel from the diagonal striped paper.  Stitch to the burgundy panel.  Stamp the candy canes in Versamark and heat emboss with gold embossing powder.  Stamp the sentiment onto white cardstock using Library Green Archival Ink.  Mat with gold holographic paper.  Add the 2 remaining Elegant Swirl Die cuts to the top of the tag, gluing them back to back.  Thread red gingham ribbon through the die cut and tie into a bow.  Add rhinestones.

Heartfelt Creations September 2013 06  Those of you who enjoy creating a more technique driven project will have a blast making this Sweet Season pocket tag! 

I’d also like to take a moment to thank those of you who have alreadVOTED for your 5 favorite designers.  If you haven’t voted, and you would like to, you can click on the link above, and it will take you directly to the voting link.  I’m depending on your vote to continue with Heartfelt Creations for the next 6 months. If you are unaware that we are voting, here are the details on that: 

Vote for your favorite Designers: When we announce a new design team call that also means that we have a tough time deciding which of the current designers continue on the Heartfelt Creations design team. We are giving you the opportunity to get involved and vote for 5 or more of your current favorite design team members. You can CLICK HERE and submit your vote. When you vote, you will also be entered into a drawing to be eligible to win a $50 HC Gift Certificate. You can only vote one time and you have to select 5 or more to be eligible to participate. Voting ends on October 18th, 2013.

If you’d also like to vote for the semi-finalists for the next design team, you can vote here.

As always, thanks for taking the time to stop by the blog.  I know there are lots and lots of paper crafting blogs out there, so when you take the time to visit me here and then leave me a comment, well, it makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!  Until next time,



Mojo Monday # 298 and Dynamic Duos # 58

Warning: Bright Colors Ahead!

Hi, Folks…just squeaking in under the line for this week’s Mojo Monday sketch…and it’s a great one!  Here’s the sketch: Looks like a party in card, doesn’t it?  While I was deciding to try to squeeze this one in, I got my Dynamic Duos colors in for the week, and I thought, “Why not?”  These are bright sunny colors, and I felt they would work well with this amazing sketch. That’s some bold color right there folks….and here’s what I did with Mojo Monday # 298 and Dynamic Duos # 58:

Mojo Monday June 23

 I started with a 6 1/2″x 5″  card base made from Tangerine Tango, topping it with a 6 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ panel of Cajun Craze. To this, I added a 3 3/4″x 4 1/2″ panel of DCWV paper from the Taj Mahal pad., matting it with Tangerine Tango.  The ruffled polka dot ribbon was adhered with 1/8″ sticky strip.  I then cut a 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ strip cut from the embossed border of this paper and matted it with the Tangerine Tango.  Seven little flags were cut and mounted on Tangerine Tango and spaced evenly down the right hand side of this panel.  The panel was wrapped with Lawn Fawn twine in pink lemonade.  Then a large button with a twine bow was added.

Stamping the Sentiment

A white panel 3×3 1/2″ panel of confetti white cardstock was stamped with a Red Lead statement stamp.  The stamp was inked using Distress Markers in Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade and Dried Marigold and stamped down the left hand side of the panel.  Then, I inked up another great Red Lead stamp in the same way and stamped it at an angle on the white panel.  The edges were also brushed with Distress Markers.

Mojo Monday June 23 05 The bright and bold  bird was punched from the border print, using my Stampin’ Up Bird Builder punch.  I added a little orange rhinestone as a finishing touch.

The white panel was mounted on a panel of Tangerine Tango and Cajun Craze that had been dry embossed.  The Cajun Craze was embossed with the Swiss Dot embossing folder and the edges were brushed with Distress Markers.  The Tangerine Tango panel was embossed with a Sizzix collage folder and the edges were inked with Distress Markers.  They were adhered to the center of the decorative panel, then the sentiment panel was bumped up with dimensionals at an angle.  A square orange rhinestone was adhered in the lower right corner. 

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Sunshiny sentiment on the inside

I kept the inside pretty simple, since the exterior is so bright an bold.  I cut a 6 1/4″x 4 3/4″ panel of the DCWV paper and  glued it down with Aleene’s Tacky Glue.  The sentiment, is from the Typography stamp set from Artistic Outpost.  I simply inked it up with Rusty Hinge and then matted it with a rectangle of Cajun Craze and Tangerine Tango.  

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The envelope was lined with a complimentary paper from my scrap drawer

Mojo Monday June 23 08 and then I covered the envelope flap with the same paper:

Mojo Monday June 23 09

Here’s another look from a different angle:

Mojo Monday June 23 01 Remember, you can click on the photos for a larger image.

Mojo Monday June 23 02 And that’s it for me today, folks! I hope you enjoyed my take on Mojo Monday # 298 and Dynamic Duos # 58.  Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for always leaving such encouraging comments!  They make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers! Until next time…



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