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Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio

Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio for The Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon May Blog Hop! You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  Today I have a Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio made with the red, white and blue ribbons in the May Ribbon Club Assortment and papers from Authentique’s Liberty Collection Kit.

 

I look forward to this lovely assortment every month, but the red, white and blue assortment is always a special treat.  Let’s take a look at the details of this festive card folio.

Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio: Stars and Stripes Forever

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 02

Every cowgirl needs a pair of star spangled boots, don’t you think?   I’ve dolled this card up with the Tiny Stars on Poppy Red Grosgrain Ribbon from the assortment.  Then top the double loop bows with Ivory Burlap String and a star shaped button to amp up the patriotic vibe.

Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio: A Party on the Inside

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 03

The festivities really get started on the inside of this interactive card folio, and there’s more ribbon at work here, too.

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 04

This shaped magnet is all dolled up with a 3/8″ Patriotic Plaid Bow, a posy and more star  buttons. The Tiny Stars on Poppy Red Grosgrain ribbon serves as a handy closure for the 4 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ accordion folio.

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 05

I’ve dressed this up with patterned papers, ribbons, pockets, stickers and inserts.

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 06

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Top a tag with a snippet of the same Tiny Stars/Poppy Red Grosgrain Ribbon, some Ivory Burlap String and a cute Uncle Sam Hat charm, and you’ve got a party on your hands!

On With the Hop

From here, you will hop on over to see what treats Cherry has in store for you.  Be sure to visit the RRR Blog where you will find the complete hop list.  While you are there, answer Bonnie’s question of the month.  You’ll be entered into a drawing for your very own May Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you haven’t signed up for the ribbon club yet, this is a great month to join.  You can find all the details and information HERE.

Enjoy the hop!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Authentique Stitches Mother’s Day Sewing Card Folio

Authentique Stitches Mother’s Day Sewing Card Folio: Memories of Mom

Hello, Friends!  Today I have an Authentique Stitches Mother’s Day Sewing Card Folio to share with you as part of the Authentique Design Team Group Post.  You can hop on over to the Authentique Blog to see more Mother’s Day inspiration from the team.

While my mom is no longer living on this earth, she lives forever in my heart.  She was my mentor, my companion, my guardian, my nurse, my teacher and my best friend for 50 years of my life.  I count myself as a most blessed woman for having had such an amazing mom.  To honor her, I thought I’d share some stories and memories that inspired this card.  This is more of a memorial post, as opposed to my normal tutorial, but I will still share some tips and tricks along with memories of mom.

Authentique Stitches Mother’s Day Sewing Card Folio: The Inspiration

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

My mom was a skilled seamstress, so the Stitches collection has a very special place in my heart.  This 3″ x 4″ image could have been lifted directly from my childhood.  I can’t even count the number of hours I spent by Mom’s side as she worked away at her White sewing machine.  She always sat up straight, just like the gal in this photo, but unlike the gal in the photo, she usually had a mouth full of straight pins.  About the only time I ever saw my mother sitting down was when she was at her typewriter or sewing machine.  She did not believe in being idle.

I loved the soft scent of Tide laundry detergent combined with the liquid starch she used on all her house dresses.  I would sit as close to her as humanly possible without interfering (too much) with the task at hand.  Everything Mom did was fast: she typed so fast you couldn’t see her fingers flying over the manual keyboard.  Mom never walked up stairs; she ran.  Her mop slid   over the linoleum floor of our kitchen as though she was in a race.  And it was pedal to the metal when it came to sewing.  That needle flew in and out of the fabric at dizzying speed.  Yet her seams were always perfectly straight and true.  I guess when you are raising a family of five kids, you learn how to do everything quickly.

Authentique Stitches Mother’s Day Sewing Card Folio: Pretty in Pink

Pink was Mom’s favorite color.  She even had pink tennis shoes one year, and wore them until they had holes in them.  There was a pink, A-line, pin-striped house dress that she wore all the time.  Partly because she loved pink so much; partly because she didn’t have a closet full of beautiful dresses to choose from.  Raising 5 kids also means that there’s not a lot of money for fancy clothes.  But mom loved to LOOK at fancy clothing.

Like lots of households of that era, we waited with great anticipation for the Semi-Annual release of the Montgomery Ward catalog.  It was an enormous, full color catalog filled with everything from garden tools to evening gowns.  As busy as Mom was, she always found time to drool over that virtual emporium.  With ink pen in hand, she would star the items of clothing she thought were particularly beautiful.  If she really liked something, she would fold the corner of the page over to mark its place in that massive tome.  And if she fell head over heels in love with a dress, it would find a place of honor, taped to the refrigerator door.  That page would be marked with a huge star, and emblazoned with Mom’s handwritten note, “I love this!”

The Most Beautiful Dress in the World

One year, Mom found the most beautiful party dress…and yes, it was pink with a floral print.  She starred it,  wrote “I Love this!” , tore it out of the catalog and taped it to the fridge.  “Kathy Jean, ” she proclaimed, “I am going to save up and buy that dress.  It’s the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.”

Week by week, mom put money in an envelope, saving for that dress.  She took in ironing from the neighbors, fried dozens of doughnuts (36 dozen to be exact) each Saturday morning, then sent us out to deliver them to the neighbors who happily paid 50 cents for a dozen.  Little by little, the envelope grew fat, and it looked like the pink dress was going to become a reality.

Then, disaster struck.  I came down with pneumonia, and the bills for the doctor visits and prescriptions drained that envelope dry.  One sad day, as I was recovering on the couch that Mom kept in our spacious country kitchen, I watched as she removed “the dress” from its place of honor on the fridge.  I was a little girl, but I was still able to understand why that dress was NOT going to happen.  And I began to cry, “But Mommy, you loved that dress.”

Without skipping a beat, Mom came over to the couch, put her arms around me and hugged me tight.  “Now Kathy Jean, don’t you know…I was tired of wearing that old thing.”  And we both burst into laughter.  What a Mom!

Authentique Stitches Mother’s Day Sewing Card Folio: The Envelope

This story was playing through my mind while creating this card.  So I created a special “Pink Dress” envelope to tuck onto the front of this card. Here’s how it came together:

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

  • First, cut along the right hand side of the dress mannequin image with a craft knife.
  • Next, create an envelope for a 3″ x 4″ card following the instructions on a W r Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board.
  • Open the envelope flat, and stitch the image to the front .
  • Leave the flaps unattached.
  • Next, cover the stitching on the inside with a 3″ x 4″ panel of designer paper.

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Tuck a vintage sewing kit and some vintage buttons on a vintage button card inside the envelope.  Fold the envelope shut, slide it into the slot you created with your craft knife, and attach it to the card front with a pink bulldog clip.

Authentique Stitches Mother’s Day Sewing Card Folio: A Peek Inside

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Inside this card, I tucked in lots of little items that made me think of Mom.

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

This little side flap pocket holds a vintage sewing card wrapped with vintage crochet lace trim and secured with a stick pin.  I also created a little 3″ x 4″ note card to tuck into the pocket.

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Mom loved to read, so I attached this very pink velvet bookmark with a mini belly band. She also had a thing for butterflies.

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

The little flap page turns over to reveal a wee pocket, sized perfectly for a pretty tea bag, vintage demitasse spoon and honey stick. And oh, Mom would have loved that pink sewing machine!

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo

This vintage silver and gold plated spoon is imported from Italy. Mom would have loved it.

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo

Mom loved pink so much, that once she painted her entire bedroom pink.  Ceiling, trim and all.  So I tried to include lots of pink in this card.

For more projects made with the Authentique Stitches Collection, click HERE.

I hope you don’t mind that I shared these stories about my wonderful Mom with you today.  Wherever you are, I wish you a Happy Mother’s Day.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

The Button Farm Club Abundant Boxed Mini Album Kit

The Button Farm Club Abundant Boxed Mini Album Kit for The Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends!  What a happy day it is!  Today I’m sharing the big reveal for my latest Button Farm Club Kit.  Hooray!  This Authentique Abundant Boxed Mini Album Kit has been approved by the Easter Bunny Guild.  Loaded with vintage charm, perfect for spring home decor and destined to become a treasured family keepsake, I am thrilled with the way this lovely project has come together.

The Button Farm Club Basket Full of Joy Boxed Mini Album Kit Authentique Abundant Graphic 45 Deep Rectangle Box by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Remember when we all got dressed in our Easter best for Easter Sunday? For me, the outfit was a complete ensemble with little gloves, a matching hat (with an annoying elastic string to keep it firmly on one’s head) white patent leather shoes and an itchy crinoline petticoat.  There is something about this project that takes me right back to those precious memories.

The Button Farm Club Basket Full of Joy Boxed Mini Album Kit Authentique Abundant Graphic 45 Deep Rectangle Box by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

This lovely bit of home decor is housed in  a Graphic 45 Ivory Deep Rectangle Box.  The easel top design makes it perfect for display.

The Button Farm Club Basket Full of Joy Boxed Mini Album Kit Authentique Abundant Graphic 45 Deep Rectangle Box by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Ooooh…look what the Easter Bunny tucked inside!

The Button Farm Club Basket Full of Joy Boxed Mini Album Kit Authentique Abundant Graphic 45 Deep Rectangle Box by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

This Prima Canvas Album tucks perfectly inside the G45 box.  The printed tutorial that comes with the kit gives you simple step by step directions and beautiful full color photos to help you recreate the album.

The Button Farm Club Basket Full of Joy Boxed Mini Album Kit Authentique Abundant Graphic 45 Deep Rectangle Box by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

Look at this adorable ribbon laced spine!  You get these darling charms in the kit as well.

The Button Farm Club Basket Full of Joy Boxed Mini Album Kit Authentique Abundant Graphic 45 Deep Rectangle Box by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

This kit has some really fun designer style elements built into it, like these shaped pockets.

The Button Farm Club Basket Full of Joy Boxed Mini Album Kit Authentique Abundant Graphic 45 Deep Rectangle Box by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

And these darling bunny tags with photo mount inserts.

The Button Farm Club Basket Full of Joy Boxed Mini Album Kit Authentique Abundant Graphic 45 Deep Rectangle Box by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

You’ll also learn how to maximize your scraps and turn them into sweet little tuck in elements.

What You Will Receive in Your Button Farm Club Abundant Boxed Mini Album Kit

Here’s what you’ll receive in this amazing kit:

  • Authentique Paper Abundant Collection Kit with (12) 12×12 double sided papers and the 12×12 Cardstock Components Sheet
  • (4) 12×12 sheets of Authentique Spectrum Mustard Seed Cardstock
  • A Graphic 45 Ivory Deep Rectangle Box
  • (5) Graphic 45 Ivory Square Tags
  • A Prima Canvas Album
  • (2) custom designed chipboard Easter Bunnies exclusive to the club kit
  • A package of Wild Orchid Crafts Daffodils and Tulips
  • Seam Binding Ribbon and Ivory Burlap String
  • 3 silver tone charms: a carrot, a bunny and a key
  • an antique brass miniature key
  • 4 Maya Road Crystal Stick Pins
  • Printed full color tutorial

Here’s a little video tour of the project for you to enjoy:

I’m so proud to be partnering with The Button Farm Club.  The kits they provide are such a good value.  This one sells for $62.99. I honestly don’t think you could purchase all the elements separately for less. You receive almost everything you need with the exception of adhesives and basic paper crafting tools.  Just sit down, follow the tutorial and create something beautiful.

Designing these kits and tutorials for you is a real joy for me.  So many of you have asked me to teach a class, or provide a tutorial.  This is a way for me to meet that need, and provide top quality products for you to work with.  It’s a win/win in my book.

This kit is a limited edition, so hop on over to The Button Farm Club and place your order right away.  As always, thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

#SimplyG45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial

#SimplyG45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial with G45 Place in Time

Hello, Friends!  Before we know it, Halloween will be here!  Have you started your Halloween crafting yet?  Well, no worries!  Today’s project is a #SimplyG45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial that will have you ready for the big day in a jiffy!

#Simply G45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial Place in Time by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

Each card measures 5″ x 5″ and has in inside pocket for treats, cash or gift cards.  Made with my number one all time favorite G45 Place in Time Collection, these sweet cards are super quick and easy to make, use a limited amount of materials, and are quite affordable to make. You can make all four of these fabulous cards for about $15.

#SimplyG45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial: Card #1 Haunted House

#Simply G45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial Place in Time by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 02

To make the cards, cut out the images, tags, borders and post card from one Place in time October Sheet.  Then cut up the patterned side of the other sheet.  I show you how to do this in the video tutorial.  You’ll also need 2 sheets of 12×12 Patterns and Solids to complement the Place in time papers.  I used Master Detective, but you could use whatever you have in your On hand.  The whole idea here is to dig into your unused stash and put it to good use.

#Simply G45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial Place in Time by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

I bought these  Jolee’s Boutique Ravens and Words stickers a couple of years ago at a 50% off sale at JoAnn’s.  The stickers have been retired, but I managed to find some online HERE.  However, the cards are super cute even without the stickers.  I just had them in my stash, and decided to use them up.

#Simply G45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial Place in Time by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 04

You will love the way we make this pocket!  It’s the easiest pocket design ever!

#SimplyG45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial: Card #2 Which Witch

#SimplyG45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial Place in Time Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 05

We’ll build these easy layers together in the video tutorial.  These are great basic card “recipes” that you’ll be able to adapt and use with any of the Place in Time papers.

TIP: Die cut doilies from scrap cardstock to save money.  I have several doily dies in various sizes, and I use them all the time.

#SimplyG45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial Place in Time Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 06

#SimplyG45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial: Card #3 Pumpkin Time

#SimplyG45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial Place in Time Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 07

#SimplyG45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial Place in Time Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 08

Two of the cards are top fold, and two are side fold, just to keep things interesting.  You use the same base for both types of cards, which makes life easy!

#SimplyG45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial: Card #4 Saturday Evening Post Card

#SimplyG45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial Place in Time Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 09

I love this darling vintage image.  Pop on a chipboard charm, and the card practically makes itself!

#SimplyG45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial Place in Time Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10

In the video tutorial, I’ll  show you how to use even tiny snippets of border prints  and imperfect die cuts to make your cards look fantastic.

#SimplyG45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial on YouTube

I hope you’ll have as much fun making these #SimplyG45 Halloween Pocket Cards as I did!  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Witches Halloween Ball Card Folio for the RRR Hop

Witches Halloween Ball Card Folio: Really Reasonable Ribbon and Authentique Nightfall

Hello, Friends!   Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon September Blog Hop. You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.

Don’t you just love it when you find the perfect ribbon and paper combination?  That’s what inspired this whimsical Witches Halloween Ball Card Folio that I have to share with you today.  I conjured it up using the Fab-BOO-luss Really Reasonable Ribbon September Ribbon Club Assortment and the Spook-tacular Authentique Nightfall Collection.

Witches Halloween Ball Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reaonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Paper Photo 02

Look at this sassy little witch all dressed up in her Halloween Ballgown.  She’s ready to tear up the dance floor!  This is a 5 1/4″ x 8″ card folio with a 1/2″ spine.  I’ve dressed this mixed media project up with scrumptious Apple Green Satin Swirl and Tangerine Satin Swirl double bow.  Halloween Confetti Dot Grosgrain Ribbon and Spiderweb Satin Ribbon add texture, color and pattern to the overall design.  Here’s a peek at all the beautiful ribbons in this month’s assortment.

Witches’ Halloween Ball Card Folio:  It’s All About the Dress!

Witches Halloween Ball Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reaonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Paper Photo 01

The focal image on this folio is a combination of fussy cut images, an altered rosette and some really cute witch legs!  The original stockings were red and gray, so I had to paint the stripes with Carved Pumpkin Distress Paint.   Here’s how I made the rosette ball gown:

  • First, Cut a 2″ x 12″ strip of patterned paper.
  • Next, punch a 1″ circle from scraps.
  • Then place the long side of the paper on your scoreboard and score every 1/4″.
  • Next, accordion fold all the scored lines, then glue the ends together.
  • Place a dime sized puddle of hot glue on a non-stick craft sheet or other non-porous surface.
  • Now, with the top of the rosette gathered together, push down into the puddle of glue. Be careful not to touch the hot glue as it is, well…HOT!
  • The glued ends will split apart.  This is OK!
  • Now, quickly add a dab of glue to the top of the rosette and hold down the punched circle until the glue sets.
  • Carefully trim off the torn ends where the rosette split apart.  Now you just have to position the “skirt” of your ballgown on your card.  I added dimensionals to the back side of my fussy cut witch so that the heights of the rosette and the image would match up.
Witches Halloween Ball Card Folio: Creating the Sentiment

Witches Halloween Ball Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reaonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Paper Photo 03

Mat the Great Pumpkin 3″ x 4″ card on designer paper.  Then die cut it with a circle die.  Back with foam dimensionals or waste chipboard and adhere as seen.  The designer paper on the back side of the sentiment makes for a neat look on the card interior.  The witch’s “bouquet” is made with some old Petaloo flowers that I had in my stash and Natural Burlap String.

Witches Halloween Ball Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Witches Halloween Ball Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reaonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Paper Photo 04

I’ve loaded up the inside of this folio with pockets, inserts, a waterfall, and a hidden journaling spot.

Witches Halloween Ball Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reaonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Paper Photo 05

The side pocket holds two cute little tab topped inserts made from table scraps.  Each has a magnetic closure and is filled with images cut from the 6″ x 6″ collection.

Witches Halloween Ball Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reaonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Paper Photo 06Turn the pocket flap to reveal a nifty little waterfall feature with a magnetic belly band closure.  The image on the right is actually a little journaling spot with a magnetic closure.

Witches Halloween Ball Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reaonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Paper Photo 07Look up to find this fun flap/pocket feature.

Witches Halloween Ball Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reaonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Paper Photo 08

You will find a triple pocket and a 4 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ photo mount.

Witches Halloween Ball Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reaonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Paper Photo 09

These are the cute little tags that are tucked into the pockets.  Each one is topped with Halloween Confetti Dots Grosgrain Ribbon from the Ribbon Club Assortment.

Witches Halloween Ball Card Folio: Project Share with Tips on YouTube

If you’d like to see how all these various mechanisms work as well as learn some tips and tricks that I used to create this folio, then watch this short YouTube video project share.

On With the Hop!

From here, you will hop on over to see what wonderfully creative idea Linsey has prepared for you.  When you’ve finished hopping, be sure to pop by the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog and answer Bonnie’s question of the month so your name will be entered into the drawing for a FREE Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you’d like to subscribe to the Ribbon Club, you can find all the information HERE.

I hope I shared some ideas and inspiration 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 hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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