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The Wearin’ O’ the Green: St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card

St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card for Petaloo International

Oh, the Top of the Mornin’ to you,  my friends!  There are so many things to be happy about today.  It’s March, which means Spring is on its way.  Soon the earth will be bursting with beautiful spring flowers and tender green leaves.  And, we get to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this month!  Since I have Irish roots in my family tree, I love this holiday.  We eat fish and chips, enjoy an ice cold Guinness, I bake Irish Soda Bread and we all wear green.  Today’s St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card is definitely green!

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 1Believe it or not, with the exception of the gorgeous Petaloo blossoms,  this card was made entirely with bits and bobs from my scrap bin.  I went foraging for every scrap of leftover green paper I could find…which turned out to be quite a bit.  Some of this is Christmas paper, some bits are mixed media backgrounds I created long ago.  The sweet vintage style image came to me as an “extra helping” from an order I made at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  It felt so good to create something new and pretty with all these bits and pieces. Do you ever do this?

Green, Green and More Green

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 2After stitching all the patterned papers together, I mounted them onto this 5.5″ square easel card base.  Then the real fun began!  I dug through my Gypsy Soul Lasercuts chippies and found this stunning Victoria Small Layered Border.  After treating the bottom layer with Antique Gold Embossing Powder, I painted the top layer with Antique Linen Distress Paint.  The two layers were glued together and secured with binder clips until the glue set. After that, I glued it on the left hand side of the card base.

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 3While that was going on, I die cut 3 Tim Holtz Ornate frames and layered them together with strips of foam tape.  Then I trimmed the image and glued it to the back of the frame.  To add even more depth, I backed the frame with two layers of waste chipboard.  Next, I glued it to the center of my card base.

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 4Now for the ribbon cluster!  The base layer is a triple loop bow tied with Moss Green Gingham ribbon.  I looped a gold tassel over the center of the bow, then topped it with these gorgeous Pistachio Green Anemones.  These bodacious flowers are so flirty!   The ruffled layers of petals add the perfect shabby chic touch to the design.  Finally, I tied this itty  bitty teacup charm to the frame with gold metallic string.

St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card: Building the Stopper

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 5One of the reasons I love to make easel cards is that they display so nicely.  To achieve this, you have to build a “stopper”  to hold the front cover of the card open.  I began the process by laying down a strip of antique crochet trim about midway up the interior of the card.  Next, I die cut the green striped paper and matted it with green cardstock.  I softened the edges by dry brushing on a little Antique Linen Distress Paint. Gold brads hold the number plaques in place.  Finally, I backed it with waste chipboard and glued it in place.

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 6But it looked a little lonely there all by itself.  To remedy this, I anchored the corners with Darjeeling Green Mini Garden Rosettes and Green Hydrangea.  I was careful to glue just the bottom petals to the striped paper so that the card could open and close.  The finishing touch is that cute little shamrock charm.  It was originally silver, but I painted it gold.  I added the labels and was finally happy.

The Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 7Every St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card needs a pot of gold tucked in somewhere, right?  So I added a gift card pocket to the card and filled it with an individually wrapped chocolate. Since I had a couple pieces of mixed media paper on the desk I cut them into little banner flags and glued them in place. Finally,  I created the sentiments on the computer, printed them out and added them to finish off the card.

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 8Here’s what the card looks like folded shut.

Do you do anything fun or special for St. Patrick’s Day?  I remember dressing for school when I was little, and you had to be sure to wear green so you wouldn’t get pinched!  Fun memories…and that’s what paper crafting is all about.

Thanks for joining me here today!  May the road rise up to meet you!

Cheerio,

kathy

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I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty

Monochromatic Challenge at RRR: I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty!

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!

I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty…remember that song from West Side Story?  Well, there’s something about a monochromatic card that just makes my heart sing!  Really Reasonable Ribbon is hosting a super fun monochromatic card challenge right now, and I spent a little play time with Graphic 45’s A Ladies’ Diary so I could play along.  Let’s take a look!

I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty!Monochromatic Challenge RRR A Ladies Diary 01This 5″ x 7″ top fold card is made with layers and layers of cream ribbons, papers and embellies!  To start things off on the right foot with this I Feel Pretty card, I secured a layer of 1.5″ Ivory Crocheted lace to the bottom edge…and it looks just like a lace petticoat to me!

I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty! Monochromatic Challenge RRR A Ladies Diary 02The edges of all my papers were sponged with Tea Dye Distress Ink.  The elegant cream papers needed something to ground them, and this did the trick nicely.  I matted all layers on a pearlized cream cardstock, and used lots of foam dimensionals to create depth and dimension.

I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty!Monochromatic Challenge RRR A Ladies Diary 03The frame for the focal image was made by die cutting one layer from the paper collection and two more from the pearlized ivory cardstock.  I used Tim’s Ornate Frame #2 and then stacked them up with foam dimensionals in between.  Then the frame was spritzed with Crushed Shells Glimmer Mist. I love the way this turned out!

Monochromatic Challenge RRR A Ladies Diary 04Here’s a closer view of those lovely layers!  Because the color palette was so simple, I was sure to incorporate lots of texture and pattern with my embellishments.  I die cut a doily from cream cardstock and layered it behind the focal image. The clock sticker was cut in half and layered above and below the framed focal.  A chipboard tag was topped with Debra Natural Crocheted Lace and an Ivory Burlap String Bow. A gorgeous Petaloo Burlap Blossom tops a shabbylicious seam binding bow, adding even more texture to the  mix.  Oh, yes…I Feel Pretty, Oh, So Pretty!  How about you?I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty! Monochromatic Challenge RRR A Ladies Diary 05The top half of the card interior features more layered papers, a belly band made from a border strip and a fun gift card pocket.  There’s even a cute mini postcard tucked inside where you can write a little note.

I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty! Monochromatic Challenge RRR A Ladies Diary 06The bottom half is decorated with fussy cut images from the paper collection, a matted sticker and a stamped sentiment.

I had such fun making this card, and I confess, I found myself humming the “I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty” tune while working.  Dorky, I know..but you gotta take your happy moments wherever you can find them!

I hope you’ll play along in this fun challenge!  You can find all the details on the RRR BLOG.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Monochromatic Shadow Box for RRR Challenge 93

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Monochromatic Shadow Box for RRR Challenge 93

Hello, all you fabulous ribbon loving peeps!  Today marks the beginning of a new challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon!  I’ve prepared this monochromatic shadow box
for RRR Challenge 93, because it’s a monochromatic challenge!  Makes sense, right? 
Here’s the theme for this challenge:

Monochromatic Theme & Ribbon
  (pick one main color/color family and you can add a colored image) 

I wanted to create something other than a card for this challenge, so I broke out one of my hoarded Shadow Box Die Cuts from the amazing Vicki Chrisman.  She designed these dies for Accu-Cut, and you can links to a tutorial on how to assemble and use them HERE.  You can find links to the shadowbox dies she’s designed HERE.    If you wish to purchase only the shadow box kits, you can find them HERE.  And now, here is my monochromatic shadow box
for RRR Challenge 93:

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I love the dimensional and interactive elements of these shadow boxes.  I used lots of ribbon from RRR and those precious WOC two tone blue sweetheart blossoms too.  Here are the links to the ribbons I used in this project:

Amelia White Crochet Lace
Leaves and Berries on Blue Mist Satin
Sheer with Embossed Center Light Blue
Diamond Satin Capri Blue
Silver Metallic Baker’s Twine
Bright Hemp Cord Set (just the blue hemp, which was frayed)

Most of them came from the February Ribbon Club Assortment, so if you have that in your stash, you’re all set!

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I love how dimensional this is.  It stands on its own little feet, like a vintage armoire, and opens to reveal a dimensional tri-fold interior. I used shabby embossing powders to create the background, Tim Holtz’ new bird stamps along with Crafty Secrets Sing for Joy. Let’s look at some photos of the shadowbox as it opens up.  You can click on the photos to see more details.

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You can see little metal bits that I altered to match, and the frayed hemp cord is attached to a wee pocket tag. And of course, I had to add feathers!

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The paper is all from Tim’s Shabby Chic stack.

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And I had to build a box to hold the shadowbox because it was so dimensional.  More gorgeious ribbon and stamping on the front of the box.

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Shadowbox and gift box side by side.

OK…now it’s your turn!  Dig through your stash and put together a monochromatic card, layout, altered art piece, off the page piece or ribbon themed project then link it up at
RRR Challenge 93 before midnight on April 30th. I’ll be stopping by to take a peek at your creative efforts, and I’ll leave you some bloggy love.  I’d love to hear your comments on my monochromatic shadow box….because your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!

Cheerio,

kathy

Chalkboard Happy New Year Card

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Chalkboard Happy New Year Card

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday

Happy 2014, friends!  I love New Year’s Day!  It’s like having a clean slate…and that is what inspired me to make this chalkboard Happy New Year card for Heartfelt Creations Wednesday.

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I fell in love with this Script Key Background PreCut Set from HC.  The fonts are so elegant and the sentiments are so meaningful.  I thought they would be perfect to use on a Happy New Year card.  I thought about doing it in gold embossing on white…or silver on white…but then I had the “clean slate” idea and knew that it just had to be a chalkboard Happy New Year Card.

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You will love making this card because it comes together in just minutes.  The key to making a really good chalkboard card is three-fold:

1) use an embossing buddy and a stamp mat pad

2) Use a good quality pigmented white ink (I used Color Box Frost White)

3) Use a super fine white embossing powder over the white ink

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I always dust my cardstock with my embossing buddy before I emboss.  I got mine from Stampin’ Up…but there are other brands available. You can also make one by sewing a small pouch out of loose weave knit and filling it with cornstarch.  i just lightly pounce my embossing buddy over the surface of the area I’m going to emboss.  Using the stamp mat pad ensures that you will get a good impression from your stamp.  You want to use an opaque, pigmented ink for this technique so you will have time to apply that superfine white embossing powder.  I use it because it keeps the image nice and crisp.  So, now that you know all my secrets, you can create your own chalkboard Happy New Year card!

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Once I’ve stamped and heat embossed my image, i lightly tap my index finger in the ink and carefully smudge it around the background to give it that true chalkboard look.  This stamp is just the perfect subject for using a chalkboard technique.

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I used minimal embellishments on my card because I wanted those sentiments to take center stage. Just a polka dot ribbon, button and twine with one of the tickets from the Floral Key paper collection were all I needed.

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I stamped the inside with the same stamp, using Memento London Fog ink.  Then I simply added a journaling block and cut out letters from my other favorite background stamp (All Seasons Sentiments) and the card was finished.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you were inspired to give chalkboard stamping a try.  For a complete supply list and detailed instructions for making this card, be sure to visit the Heartfelt Creations blog where you will find dozens of ideas from the rest of the HC design team.  Remember, your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!

Wishing you a blessed, prosperous, joyful and creative 2014!

Cheerio,

kathy

Chalkboard Winter Wonderland Card(Heartfelt Creations Wednesday)

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Chalkboard Winter Wonderland for Heartfelt Creations Wednesday

Good Wednesday morning, Friends!  I’m happy to welcome you to Heartfelt Creations Wednesday once again. Today I have a really fun Chalkboard Winter Wonderland card to share with you.  I’m going back to an “oldie but a goodie” set this week.  The stamped images and papers are from the delightful Gateway to the Seasons stamp collection.  I’ve chosen to work with the very detailed Winter Season PreCut set .  This card is so quick and easy to make, yet provides a huge visual impact. It would be a great design to use for making multiple cards for Christmas.  A complete supply list and detailed instructions can be found today on the Heartfelt Creations blog.  You will also have the opportunity to see work from the new members of our design team.  I’ve had a little sneak peek of their creations, and I assure you, there are some absolutely stunning creations in store for you.  So pop over to the blog, say hello to the new designers, welcome back to the returning designers and get your weekly dose of crafting inspiration!

Heartfelt Creations Chalkboard Christmas 05  This 6″ x 6″ top fold card is such a lot of fun to make. I think I had it done from concept to completion in under an hour.  That includes the time it took for me to pull out all my supplies, too! 

Heartfelt Creations Chalkboard Christmas 03  I get the best results for chalkboard technique when I use a pigmented white ink to stamp and then heat emboss with a super fine white embossing powder.  I always tap my embossing buddy over the paper first to reduce the chance of stray embossing crystals ending up where I don’t want them. 

Heartfelt Creations Chalkboard Christmas 02  Once I’m done stamping, I lightly dab a little of the white ink onto the pad of my finger and just sort of dab it around to create that “erased” chalkboard look.  For this image, it also added to the snowy fields.

Heartfelt Creations Chalkboard Christmas 04 I get really excited when simple techniques yield big results.  I love the way this image just pops off the page!

Heartfelt Creations Chalkboard Christmas 07  I kept the inside very simple, choosing a journaling tag from the cut apart pages of the marvelous Christmas Card Collection to serve as my sentiment.

Have you played much with the chalkboard technique?  What discoveries have you made along the way?  I’d love it if you shared them with me here.  Thanks for stopping by today, and thanks again for all your kind comments!  They make me happy, right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,

Cheerio,

kathy

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Heartfelt Creations Product Used:  HCPC3543 Winter Season PreCut Set; HCDP1 234 Daphne Paper Collection

Other Product Used:  INKS: Colorbox Pigment Archival Ink/Frost White, Versamark; PAPER: Core’dinations Core Impressions MME Lost and Found Color Core Cardstock/Charming Stripe, Black Cardstock, Naturals White Cardstock; Gold Glitter Paper; DIES: Spellbinder’s Labels 1 die; EMBOSSING POWDER: Zing Gold Embossing Powder; Ranger Superfine white Embossing powder; OTHER: Gold crochet thread

DIRECTIONS:

Create a 5 ¾”x5 ¾” square card base from naturals cardstock.  Set aside.  Use the White Frost ink to stamp the house image onto the black cardstock.  Sprinkle with white embossing powder.  Tap off excess.  Heat set.  Use a ruler to tear around the edges of the image.  Brush edges with Versamark, sprinkle with gold embossing powder.  Tap off excess.  Heat set.  Mat with 4 ½”X 4 ½” square of gold glitter paper and mat onto black cardstock, leaving a 1/8” margin all the way around.  Mat onto a 5”x5” square of the holiday paper from the Daphne collection.  Cut a 6”x6” square of the Core’dinations cardstock.  Trim around the fancy edges to achieve the shape shown.  Trim just the fancy edges and piece onto the right and top sides of the card.  Secure with tape on the backside.  If you line it up correctly, you will not see any seams except at the top.  This will be covered by the crochet thread.

Sand lightly around the edges of the Core’dinations cardstock to reveal the red core beneath.  Tie the crochet thread around the top edge.  Add a bow .  Glue onto the 6×6” card base. 

Stamp the sentiment onto black cardstock and emboss as you did above.  Die cut from cardstock using the smallest label found in the Labels 1 collection.  Mat onto gold glitter cardstock and trim around the edges.  Secure to the left hand side of the card base using foam tape. 

Lightly tap your finger into the white frost ink and gently tap and smudge it over the snowy areas of the card design.  Finish the inside of the card as desired.

A Wedding Card for Danielle and Kevin

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Good Morning, Friends!  Today I have a very special card to share with you.  Two weekends ago, Dale and I traveled to Atlanta, GA to witness the wedding of our best friends’ youngest daughter.  We’ve been friends with Patrick and Dianne for 34 years.  Dianne was the very first real girlfriend I had in my adult life. We had babies together, potty trained together, commiserated together during the teen years and shared some tears, too.  But mostly, we’ve had a lot of fun!  So what do you do when your best friends’ youngest daughter gets married?  You make a special card….a wedding card for Danielle and Kevin!

Danielles wedding card 01  Danielle is an artist “for real” and her work is gorgeous. So I was a bit intimidated at the thought of making a card for her.  But when I received the wedding invitation, I was inspired by the elegant black and white design and the gorgeous belly band.  I knew I would use that belly band somehow on the card.  As you can see, it ended up on the handmade gift box.

Danielles wedding card 02  All those roses are handmade….and yes, it took a long time.  But I think the final result was worth it.  Don’t you?  Danielle does a lot of intricate calligraphy and her sketches with pen and ink made me think of this black and white paper.  I decided to make a 6″x6″ square card with a matching gift box.  The paper is Bo Bunny’s “Enchanted” .  It’s an older line, but I love the detailed black and white graphics.

Danielles wedding card 04  Here’s the card inside the box.  I made even more roses to adorn the front of the card, added tags, sentiments and extra art pieces from the collection.

Danielles wedding card 06 I used my craft knife to carefully evacuate the circle from the card panel.  I layered the resulting “frame” onto my card base using foam tape. Then I mounted the black circle onto a piece of corrugated cardboard and secured it with foam tape. The label was also popped up on foam tape because I wanted a lot of dimension.  The edges were heavily distressed and inked.  The ribbon was run through the circle opening before being tied into a bow.  I spritzed all the roses with Tattered Angels Black Magic Mist. 

Danielles wedding card 10 The interior continues the black and white theme.  I fussy cut the label from the collection and wrote the sentiment by hand.  There’s also a personal note to the bride and groom.    I used Diamond Stickles to accent several elements on the box front and also a little inside the card to finish things off.

I hand delivered the gift to Danielle the night before the wedding, and she loved the fact that I used her belly band on the box lid.  She can store little keepsakes from her wedding weekend and honeymoon in the box.  I have to say, the wedding was just filled with beauty everywhere.  Dianne worked for a whole year to make the event memorable, elegant and extremely lovely.  It was a sweet wedding, and I found myself getting a little teary-eyed as this very special bride made her way down the aisle.  Ah, love……it gets me every time!

Danielles wedding card 08  And that’s it for me today, friends!  Thanks for taking time to stop by the blog.  I love sharing my creations with you, and I love hearing your comments.  They make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time…

Cheerio,

kathy

A quick PS….I just learned that I have been selected to continue on the Heartfelt Creations Design team for another 6 month term!  I am ecstatic!  Thank you so much for your support…I can’t wait to share new ideas and creations with you all.

Going Green (Monochromatic Cards)

Good morning, folks!  Today we are “going green” with an idea for creating monochromatic cards from items found in our scrap drawer. Monochromatic cards are made by using just one color plus a neutral color.  Creating monochromatic cards is anything but boring.  In fact, I think they have a really elegant look:

004 (2) This card was based on a sketch for an online challenge….whose deadline I missed.  Duh.  But I still love the card and wanted to share it with all of you. 

I started with a 5x 6 1/2″ rectangle of Coredinations whitewash cardstock that had a green core.  I ran this through my Grand Calibur using the Spellbinder Mystic embossing folder.  This was sanded, and then stitched.  Two circles were cut: one from burlap, one from corrugated cardboard (found in the Closet of Shame).  I spritzed these with Tattered Angels Crushed Olive Glimmer mist in order to keep with the monochromatic color scheme. 

002 (3) The cardboard and burlap took the ink beautifully, as you can see here.  I then die cut the images of these fabulous vintage ladies from the Times Nouveau paper.  These were actually scraps that I had set aside in my scrap drawer.  I love when that happens!  They were mounted on Always Artichoke card stock from Stampin’ Up.

003 (3) These are reproductions of vintage ads from the 1920’s…and they crack me up!  The captions read, “Do you put your hat on incorrectly?” and “…and when you are dressed for the street, do you look like this?”  You gotta love it!  Very Downton Abbey!  All the panels and the stamped sentiment were mounted on the same green cardstock, and some stitching was added as well.  The little banner flags were fun to make, and that paper came from my scrap drawer as well.  So I really do feel as though I am “going green” in this monochromatic card.  I’m always happy when I can use up my scraps!

007 (2) Creating monochromatic cards is a great option for anyone who struggles with color combinations…or for someone who wants to mix a lot of different patterns (from the scrap drawer, for instance) but still have a cohesive design.  I even used paper from my scrap drawer to line the envelope…

005 (2) And the envelope flap!

I kept the interior pretty simple:

013 (2) The sentiment was computer journaled onto the tag, and even though there is a hint of pink, I don’t think it disqualifies the project from being a monochromatic card.  Do you? And, the simplicity of the sentiment lets you use the card for birthday, thinking of you, or any occasion, really.  I like options!  How about you?

001 (2) That’s it for me today, folks!  I hope each an every one of you has a beautiful day! Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog.  I hope you were inspired to go green…or blue, or pink or purple for that matter…and create your own monochromatic cards.  If you do, won’t you share it with me?  I’d love to see it!  And, if you have time to leave a comment, I’d love that, too.  Your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!  Until next time…

Cheerio,

kathy

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