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All You Need is Love and a Dog Folio

Petaloo Pets Week: All You Need is Love and a Dog Folio

Hello, Friends!  Do you have a furry friend that adds sunshine and joy to your life?  This week at Petaloo we’re celebrating Petaloo Pets with loads of great pet themed projects.  I’ve prepared a couple fun little albums with that in mind.  Today’s All You Need is Love and a Dog folio has a great shabby chic/vintage vibe.  All You Need is Love and a Dog Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 1Don’t you just love that adorable little girl and her Pug?  This 5×7 folio has been made from a card base.  It’s a simple design.  Create a 5×7 card base, and add one extra score line a quarter of an inch from the fold.  This will give you a 1/4″ spine, allowing you to fill the inside with all sorts of fun inserts.

All You Need is Love and a Dog Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 2Authentique Papers made me break my New Year’s Resolution to refrain from buying any new paper pretties when they released their Devoted collection. (She hangs her head in shame.) l fell completely in love with the shabby chic patterns, colors and images.  Yes, friends…it found its way into the Closet of Shame.

All You Need is Love and a Dog Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 3Every Shabby Chic project needs flowers!  To pick up on the antique pinks and blues in the papers, I added Petaloo Spice Anemones, Teal Forgetmenots, and Ivory Burlap Blossoms.   When I’d finished layering all the elements on the cover, I spattered diluted black paint to amp up the vintage vibe.

All You Need is Love and a Dog Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 4Here’s a peek at the inside of the folio.  The top half contains a really fun fold out feature with waterfall, pockets, tags and photo mounts.  The bottom pocket contains several photos mounts bound together with a slide off belly band.

All You Need is Love and a Dog Folio YouTube Video Tour

Because I think it is difficult to get the feel for an interactive folio like this one, I’ve prepared a YouTube video tour.  In it, I show you how the various elements work and I share lots of tips for creating interactive features like the ones in this folio. I hope you enjoy!

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comment section below.  I love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by!



Pet Bereavement Card

Pet Bereavement Card: Love is  Four Legged Word

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!

Have you ever made a pet bereavement card?  I haven’t made a lot of them over the years, but every now and then a close friend or family member has lost a beloved pet, and I like to acknowledge their sorrow at  its passing.  My hairdresser rescued a beautiful doberman named Ivy several years ago.  This pup had not been treated well, but had a loving heart that came to life once she found her new home.  Sadly, Ivy developed cancer in her leg and had to have it amputated.  It didn’t slow her spirit down much, but multiple rounds of chemotherapy took their eventual toll, and I’m sorry to say that Ivy lost her courageous fight against the disease.  My heart broke for my dear friend, and I wanted to let her  know that she was in my thoughts.  So I pulled out  my Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs paper to make this pet bereavement card.

I found that this 3/8″ Poppy Satin Ribbon with a silver metallic edge was the perfect color match for the papers.  I used my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool to tie a double layer/double loop bow that I then topped with white sweetheart blossoms and white sweetheart blossoms with a red center.  A tiny snipped of the poppy ribbon worked great as a topper for the tag, too.

Here’s a quick tip for you: I used a craft knife to cut around the edges of the bicycle wheel as well as the edges of the flowers in the corner so that I could tuck my sentiment behind.  Always work with a fresh blade when you are doing this type of cutting, and I’ve found that if you cut on top of a glass surface, the knife blade cuts “like buttah”.

Here’s a peeky at the inside of the card.

Thanks for stopping by!


RRR Pets and Ribbon Challenge

RRR Pet Challenge 02RRR Pets and Ribbon Challenge

Hello, Really Reasonable Ribbon lovers!  Welcome to the RRR Pets and Ribbon Challenge!

When we were kids, we had the sweetest little beagle in the world.  Of course, we named him Snoopy.  He used to let us dress him up in our doll’s clothes and put him in the toy cradle without a hint of protest.  Pets are great that way…they’ll endure all kinds of indignities in the name of love.  Even though there’s not a beagle featured in this card, the devotion of these two puppies reminded me of those times.  I love how attentive they are!

RRR Pet Challenge 01I used black cardstock to mat all the colorful papers in this 7″ x 5″ top opening card. The 3/8″ black gingham ribbon is the perfect option because it helps to ground the images, and it also plays well with all those colors!

The vintage image is a digital stamp from the Crafty Secrets Big Dog stamp set.  I love the chalkboard element, don’t you? I traced over the letters with a white gel pen, and then smudged white pigment ink to give it a real chalkboard feel.

RRR Pet Challenge 04The banners and page title were cut from the DCWV Pet Stack. I matted the image on the Spellbinders Valiant Honor frame.

RRR Pet Challenge 05The inside uses a computer journaled sentiment, some fussy cut elements from the paper stack and another fishtail banner.

Now it’s your turn to create a card with a Pets and Ribbon theme.  Link it up on the Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG before August 31st. I’ll be stopping by to take a peek at your creative handiwork.  Thanks for stopping by today!



Crafty Secrets Little Dog Digital Stamps

Little Dog 03Crafty Secrets Little Dog Digital Stamps

Good Morning, my friends!  I trust you are all well.  I am now home from my travels to Baltimore where I visited my sweet daughter Liz for a few days.  Oh, we had a great time!  But now I’m back to my “real” life….which I love….and I’m popping in to share a birthday card made with the new Crafty Secrets Little Dog Digital Stamps.  It is the companion set to the wonderful Big Dogs Digital Art Stamps.  I’ll be sharing a project made with those soon.  Here’s a peeky at the Little Dog’s images.  (They have been watermarked here for security purposes, but when you purchase them, they will not be.)

Little Dog web pageI just love these images.  They range from very sentimental to humorous and can be used for all kinds of cards. I chose to make a birthday card.

Little Dog 02I colored this with my Spectrum Noir pens.  I wanted to keep it looking like a sketch, so I used very light colors.  The papers are from the Pink Rosebuds digital download.  You get both the pretty striped paper and the rosebud paper for just 99 cents.  The sentiment also comes with the stamp set, as does the fun doggie treat graphic.  I mounted this in a bottle cap and treated it with Glossy accents.  It’s a really simple card, but fresh and fun.  Here’s a peeky at the inside:

Little Dog 04I apologize for the shadow….it was a rainy day when I took the photo.  This is the Classic Damask /Pink Scene digital paper download, also 99 cents.  I paired it up with some pink embossed cardstock that I sanded and punched.  Plenty of room to write a nice birthday note inside.  I also lined the envelope with paper from my scrap bin:

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I predict that this set will become a real “go to” collection for me.  I “woof” all the images!  How about you?

Thanks for dropping in.  It’s good to be back home, and back in my studio!  In fact, it makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!



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