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Suck it Up Buttercup Library Pocket and Tag

Tammy Tutterow Five for Friday: Suck it Up Buttercup!

Hello, Friends!  Happy Friday!  We should all get a big pat on the back for making it through another week!  Is anyone besides me dreaming of spring?  I had a yearning to play with flowers and buttons and burlap the other day, so I pulled out my Tammy Tutterow stamps and dies and went to work on creating this fun little Suck it Up Buttercup Library Pocket and Tag.  It’s bursting with happy spring flowers and a great shabby chic pink and grey color scheme.  Check it out!

The Library Card Pocket is one of Tammy’s awesome steel rule dies.  These are such fun to work with because they can cut through so many different materials.  I used pale pink burlap to create my library pocket.  Before die cutting, I backed the burlap with iron on interfacing to prevent fraying.  The steel rule die cut through it like buttah.  Handy score lines allowed me to put the pocket together in a flash.  (Note: this die requires the use of a Big Shot Plus or a Spellbinders Platinum Plus or any other machine that accepts thick, 8″ wide dies.)

Pick a Pocket Full of Posie Parts

These sweet springtime posies were such fun to make with Tammy’s Posie Parts Stamp and Die set.   The set contains 9 cling foam stamps and matching thin dies that cut out each Posie Part.  Not having to fussy cut each stamped image is such a time saver!

First, I stamped the sweet Posie Parts onto patterned paper from October Afternoon’s Travel Girl Collection. Then I ran them through my Spellbinder Platinum with the matching dies. Stamping on patterned paper is quick, because you don’t have to color the images.  Since I’m not the world’s greatest colorist, I really like having the ability to do this.

After shaping each flower layer (there are 3) with a stylus, I stacked them together and added a sweet little button to the center.  I used water color pencils to add a touch of pink to the edges of the flower pot, then just assembled the whole happy bunch onto the front of the Library Card Pocket.

The little metal charm reads “Never, Never, Give Up.”  i used a Distress Crayon to color in the words, then suspended it from a vintage safety pin and added it to the simple square knot bow in my burlap ribbon.

What’s in Your Pocket?

Here’s what you’ll find in the pocket!  This little tag features Tammy’s Suck it Up Buttercup stamp.  Honestly, this is such a great sentiment for anyone who needs a gentle nudge to persevere in the face of life’s many obstacles.

The sentiment was stamped onto patterned paper using Magenta Archival Ink.  I then heat embossed it with clear powder and colored in the sentiment with water color pencils.

Next, I die cut the sentiment with a Spellbinder Scalloped Circle Nestabilities Die  For the tag base, I cut a rectangle 3.5″ x 4.5″ rectangle from primitive cream cardstock,  and rounded the corners  with a 1/4″ corner rounder.  Now it was time to assemble the tag.  Since the patterned paper I used for the sentiment was just a little bit thin, I cut a second scalloped circle from patterned paper.  Then I glued the tag base between the two die cut circles.  I think the shaped top is such a fun element on this Library Card Pocket/tag combo.

A Little Message of Encouragement

Tammy’s Mini Deco Edge Envelope was the perfect finishing touch for this cheery little pocket/tag duo.  I die cut it from patterned paper, then used the insert die to create a hand written note card with a little word of encouragement.  Stamping one of the Posie Parts and adding a button sealed the deal.

I can think of so many fun ways to use these stamps and dies.  I’m writing my ideas down in a little notebook so I won’t forget them.  Would you like to see  more of these cutie patootie stamps and dies in future posts?  How would you use them?  Let me know in the comment section below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!





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!



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!





Live Your Dream Birthday Card with Pockets

Live Your Dream Birthday Card with Pockets: RRR November Ribbon Club Assortment

Hello Ribbon Lovers!  Have you seen the Country Holiday Collection from Really Reasonable Ribbon yet?  Oooh la la!  This pretty mix of ribbons is filled with a rainbow of beautiful ribbons that also work very well on shabby chic projects.  Take a look at this Live Your Dream Birthday Card for example:

live-your-dream-birthday-card-by-kathy-clement-for-really-reasonable-ribbon-photo-1Pink and brown is one of my all time favorite color combos!

live-your-dream-birthday-card-by-kathy-clement-for-really-reasonable-ribbon-photo-2-jpgI created this gorgeous bow cluster with Brown Diamond Satin Ribbon,  and Gold and Copper Diamond Print Grosgrain Ribbon, It’s topped with a gorgeous Pink Petaloo Anemone.  I love the way these ribbons bring the printed paper to life!

live-your-dream-birthday-card-by-kathy-clement-for-really-reasonable-ribbon-photo3It’s easy to create an eye catching border!  Just add a copper ribbon slide (that has been languishing in my stash for ages) to a strip of Rosewood Satin Swirl Ribbon.  It really draws the eye to the little brown wren in the designer paper.

live-your-dream-birthday-card-by-kathy-clement-for-really-reasonable-ribbon-photo4 I got a little carried away on the inside when I added 2 pockets.  One contains a bookmark and a yummy chocolate treat.  The other contains a tea bag, a honey stick and a hand stamped/sewn magnet.  It’s like a birthday party in a card!

live-your-dream-birthday-card-by-kathy-clement-for-really-reasonable-ribbon-photo-6 live-your-dream-birthday-card-by-kathy-clement-for-really-reasonable-ribbon-photo-5I think you’ll agree with me that the Country Holiday Collection is a great option for birthday cards, too!

If you’re not a member of the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club, it’s easy to join.  Once a month, you’ll receive a gorgeous selection of high quality ribbon.  With Christmas coming, maybe you can tell Santa that’s what you want in your stocking this year.  You can find all the details HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!



Gather Blessings Along the Way Woodland Card

Gather Blessings Along the Way Woodland Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon


Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Here we are at the end of September, and fall is finally here!  I love the colors and textures of autumn, don’t you?  This is a time of year when many of us focus our thoughts on gratitude for all the good things that surround us.  With that in mind, I worked up this richly hued Gather Blessings Along the Way card.

Gather Blessings Along the Way Woodland Card, Kathy Clement, photo-1

Mr. Squirrel is certainly busy gathering blessings! The woodland feel of these papers and images (Authentique /Harvest Collection) prompted me to add lots of texture to the composition of this card.

Gather Blessings Along the Way Woodland Card, Kathy Clement, photo-4

Burlap ribbon is a great choice for a belly band.  (the burlap wired edge ribbon I used here has been discontinued…but antique gold netting or brown netting would make a great substitute!)  A row of Debra Crochet Lace above and below adds wonderful texture and a great vintage feel.

Bodacious Bows!

Gather Blessings Along the Way Woodland Card, Kathy Clement, photo-5Look at this bodacious bow cluster!  Copper Glitz Ribbon adds a little sparkle and is a great color match for the paper collection.  Top it off with a Brown Burlap String Bow and some custom dyed burlap flowers and the texture meter goes off the charts!

Gather Blessings Along the Way Woodland Card, Kathy Clement, photo-2The gratitude/blessings theme was carried inside the card, where I added a little pocket and tag combo.

Gather Blessings Along the Way Woodland Card, Kathy Clement, photo-6The stamped sentiment reads “There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.”

I’m curious…do any of you keep a gratitude journal where you can gather blessings along the way?  One sits on my nightstand, and I try to write in a few things each night before I fall asleep.  It makes for sweet dreams!

Thanks for stopping by!



Lullaby Baby Pocket Card: G45 Precious Memories

Lullaby Baby Pocket Card with Organza Ribbon and G45 Precious Memories

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  I was looking at photos of the grand girls the other day, which always makes me feel all gooey inside.  Suddenly I had the urge to break out my G45 Precious Memories papers and create a baby card .  It’s always a good idea to listen to your muse…and that’s how this darling Lullaby Baby Pocket card came into the world.

lullaby-baby-pocket-card-precious-memories-once-upon-a-springtime-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-1Because I wanted to keep everything about this card soft and sweet, I decided to go with a white organza bow topped with ivory burlap string. To me, it looks like fairy wings.


The fairies are guarding this precious angel while she peacefully sleeps.

lullaby-baby-pocket-card-precious-memories-once-upon-a-springtime-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-2lullaby-baby-pocket-card-precious-memories-once-upon-a-springtime-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-4Debra Natural Crochet Lace adds lovely soft texture and a wonderful vintage vibe.

lullaby-baby-pocket-card-precious-memories-once-upon-a-springtime-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-3It also did a great job of dressing up my little diaper pin embellishment.

lullaby-baby-pocket-card-precious-memories-once-upon-a-springtime-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-6A stamped border and sentiment and a teeny tiny gift card are tucked inside.

lullaby-baby-pocket-card-precious-memories-once-upon-a-springtime-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-8The large pocket contains a Staples Regular Ivory tag.

lullaby-baby-pocket-card-precious-memories-once-upon-a-springtime-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-9Instead of pulling the ivory burlap string all the way through, I looped it around for a different look, then topped it with more Petaloo flowers.

Is there anything sweeter than a sleeping baby?

Thanks for stopping by!



Welcome to Our Jungle Baby Boy Elephant Card

Welcome to Our Jungle Baby Boy  Elephant Card with Graphic 45 Safari Adventure

Hello, G45’ers!  Don’t you just love it when inspiration hits?  That’s exactly what happened the other day as I was cleaning up my work table.  I’d been playing with Graphic 45’s amazing Safari Adventure Collection and my eye suddenly fell on the darling image of the Mama Elephant and her baby.  Like a flash, I could see this sweet Baby Elephant Card come together in my mind. Time to switch gears from clean up  mode to creativity mode.  The result?  A super adorable Welcome to Our Jungle Baby Boy Elephant Card! Check it out!

Welcome to our Jungle Baby Boy Elephant Card, Safari Adventure, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2Go ahead…you can give a little “squeeeee” if you want to!  LOL A baby card is about the last item I expected to make with these papers, but I honestly think this might be my favorite baby boy card ever!  And to think that I made it almost entirely with the scraps that were on my work surface!   Sa-weeet!

Welcome to our Jungle Baby Boy Elephant Card, Safari Adventure, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Welcome to Our Jungle Baby Boy Elephant Card: Working With UTEE

  1. Use a Spellbinder Small Circle Die to cut out the sweet mama elephant and her baby.  When doing this, I always create a template by taping a scrap piece of paper to my die, and cutting a scrap piece of paper.  Remove the die cut circle, but leave the  “frame” attached to the die.  Now you can place the open circle over your image to get the placement just right.  Tape the die in place and cut out the image.
  2. Next cut the correlating large circle die to create a mat from the 12×12 Prints and patterns.
  3. To give the image this lovely, glassy appearance, you will heat emboss with UTEE. (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel). The steps for this follow
  4. Ink up the image with Versamark or other clear embossing ink.  Be generous!
  5. Cover the image with UTEE and let the excess slide off into a tray or a piece of clean paper.  You can put the excess back into the jar and use it again.
  6. Hold the image with a pair of tweezers so you don’t burn your fingers.
  7. Heat emboss from the UNDERSIDE of the image.  This is really, really important!  If you try to heat emboss from the top, the large crystals of the UTEE will fly all over you, all over your work surface, and probably end up on the surface of the moon.  It’s a really big mess.
  8. Once the UTEE starts to melt, you can heat emboss from the topside to completely melt the crystals.
  9. If it’s not as glossy as you’d like, let it cool a bit, and repeat all the above steps. UTEE is HOT …so don’t touch!  Let it cool.  For reals.
  10. Mat the image, attach to the doily and voila!

Welcome to our Jungle Baby Boy Elephant Card, Safari Adventure, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4I took this angle shot so you can kind of see the UTEE shimmering on the surface of the image.  It’s hard to see on camera, but trust me, in person it is amazing!

A Peek Inside Welcome to Our Jungle Baby Boy Elephant Card

Welcome to our Jungle Baby Boy Elephant Card, Safari Adventure, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5Pockets on the inside make this card super fun!  Leopard print paper?  Yes, please!

Welcome to our Jungle Baby Boy Elephant Card, Safari Adventure, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6 jpgThese are some old Fiskars sentiment stamps that I found in my stash.   Graphic 45 Staples ATC cards are just the right size to use as a sentiment tag.  Make a pocket with an image from the 8×8 collection.  Just cut a thumb hole with a circle punch and glue down the bottom and sides.  Instant pocket, and the perfect size for a gift card, too.

Welcome to our Jungle Baby Boy Elephant Card, Safari Adventure, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo7Here’s the bottom pocket.  The large ephemera card is a great place to add a personal note, or a photo of new mom and baby.

Welcome to our Jungle Baby Boy Elephant Card, Safari Adventure, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo8Elephants are such beautiful creatures, and I love the many different ways they are depicted in this collection. Have you noticed  that elephants and other safari themes are trending in nursery decor?   This whimsical Welcome to Our Jungle Baby Boy Elephant card would make a great addition to a baby boy’s  room.

I’ll add a supply list with product links (where possible) below.  I’d love to hear what you think about using this image on a baby card.  Won’t you please share your thoughts with me in the comment section?

Thanks for stopping by!



Product Supply List for Welcome to Our Jungle Baby Boy Elephant Card

Graphic 45 Safari Adventure 12×12 Paper:

  • Safari Adventure
  • Amazing Africa
  • Jungle Expedition

Safari Adventure 8×8 Papers

  • Creatures Great and Small
  • Amazing Africa
  • Great Migration

Safari Adventure Chipboard 1 & 2

Safari Adventure Banners

Safari Adventure 12×12 Prints and Patterns

Staples Ivory ATC tag

Other Products

Ranger UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel)

Heat Gun

Spellbinder circle die, or other circle die

Two sheets of 8.5×11 Soft Sky Cardstock

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Laser Cut Doilies

Petaloo Canvas Rosettes

Petaloo Textured Elements Ivory Mixed textured Mini Blossoms

Really Reasonable Ribbon Light Blue Micro Gingham, Ivory Burlap String, Parrot Green Leaves

Fiskars Precious Baby Quotes Clear Acrylic Stamps

Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink

Brad, Stick Pins, Novelty Buttons






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