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Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Banner

Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Banner: Show Me the Green Challenge at RRR

RRRChallengeBadgeOh, the Top ‘o the Mornin’ to ye, my friends!  ‘Tis truly a glorious day here on the blog, because it’s time for the Show Me the Green Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon, and I’m sharing my Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Banner with you.  It’s sure to make your Irish eyes shine with gorgeous green ribbons and vintage St. Patrick’s Day art from Polly’s Paper Studio. Take a look:

Lucky St. Patrick's Day Banner 01Now if that doesn’t make you break into a chorus of “O Danny Boy” then we are without hope.

Lucky St. Patrick's Day BannerI printed the St. Patrick’s Day Bingo cards onto matte photo paper and then layered them onto pretty green paper I found in my stash.  Each pennant is backed with green ticking canvas and sewn onto Cream Mesh Ribbon and Emerald Green Satin Ribbon with a silver metallic edge.  I love the little bit of shimmer the satin ribbon adds to the design.  It looks like this little leprechaun found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and used it to make this pretty little heart shaped locket.

Show me the Green Challenge for RRR March 2016 03I added beautiful Emerald Tartan bows on either end of this lucky St. Patrick’s Day banner, and tied little streamers between the pennants.  Clusters of Off White Chrysanthemums and green Sweetheart Blossoms make this banner feel like a party is about to happen.

Lucky St. Patrick's Day Banner 04I added ephemera that I found in my stash along with both green and white doilies.  This is such a cheery banner with all the bright colors and happy images, it makes me feel like dancing a jig! I hope this lucky St. Patrick’s Day banner has brightened your day.  I know I certainly enjoyed making it!

Be sure to visit the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog to find links to all the other designer’s “Show Me the Green” Challenge projects.  Then create your own green project using ribbon or trim and load it up on the RRR Blog. I’ll be popping by to take a peek, and I can’t wait to see what you make!

May the road rise up to meet you!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Gloriously Green Springtime Banner

RRR BLOG HOP: Gloriously Green Springtime Banner

RRR Blog Hop BadgeHello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for another fabulous Blog Hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon.  You should be coming here from Karen’s beautiful blog.  If you are off track, please visit the RRR BLOG where you will find a complete list of all the blogs on this hop.

Today, I have a Gloriously Green Springtime Banner to share with you.  It’s made with the Gorgeously Green February Ribbon Club Assortment which is the perfect tonic for the winter blahs.  Take a peeky:

Gorgeously Green Ribbon Club Assortment

 

I just love the springtime freshness of these fabby ribbons!  This month, the RRR team is being sponsored with digital images from our teamie, Ginny Nemchak.  Ginny owns Polly’s Paper Studio and she generously shared her beautiful artwork with us.  I thought her Large Floral Journal Cards would look smashing with this month’s Ribbon Club Assortment, so  I worked them up into this gloriously green springtime banner.

Spring Green Banner RRR Blog Hop Feb 2016 02The journal cards were stitched onto Ivory burlap and a base of green and ivory stripe French Linen cardstock. The individual pennants were then stitched onto white netting that I topped with shimmery Apple Green Swiss Mini Dot Satin ribbon.  I love the way this emphasized the green tones in Ginny’s digi art.  Here are some close ups of the individual pennants.

Gloriously Green Springtime BannerRRR Blog Hop Feb 2016 03I really wanted to catch the freshness of Spring with this banner.  I love the cloud washed skies and fresh green growing things that mark the season.  To achieve this look,  each pennant is trimmed along the top with Victoria Crochet Lace.  I created a ribbon cluster in the corners by topping a bow tied with 7/8″ white organza with a 3/8″ apple green checkerboard satin bow .  And what is springtime without a few flowers?  These gorgeous apple blossoms, magnolias. chrysanthemums, and sweetheart blossoms bring out the pinks in the paper and make this banner feel as refreshing as a springtime breeze. Next,  I found the little bird image in my stash, and framed him with this painted and glittered chipboard.

Gloriously Green Springtime Banner RRR Blog Hop Feb 2016 05I created ribbon streamers  by tying the white organza and 3/8″ apple green checkerboard satin on either side of my center panel, adding flower clusters and white Bead and Berry Sprays  to my floral groupings.

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This ornate chip frame was painted with Picket Fence Distress Paint and then splattered with Worn Lipstick and Shabby Shutters Distress Paint.  It makes me think of a field full of spring clovers.

 

Gloriously Green Springtime Banner RRR Blog Hop Feb 2016 06This feathery flourish chipboard was painted with Picket Fence Distress paint and doused with glitter. The painted and stamped fashionista chipboard was perched on top with foam tabs. Another cluster of gorgeous mulberry flowers and ribbons finishes the right hand side of the banner.

From here, you will hop on over to LESLIE’S luscious BLOG. Be sure to visit all the blogs on the hop and soak up all the inspiration, then finish up at the RRR Blog where you’ll answer Bonnie’s question of the month and be entered into a prize drawing for your very own Gorgeously Green Ribbon Collection.

I can’t wait to spy my first dandelion!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Shabby Chic Valentine Wallet for RRR Anything Goes Challenge

Shabby Chic Valentine Wallet

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for a fabby new  ANYTHING GOES challenge over at the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  The RRR team has been generously sponsored by Polly’s Paper Studio, and I can’t wait to share this adorable Shabby Chic Valentine Wallet with you all.  It will make your little heart go pitty pat!

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 13The papers, images and most of the ephemera used in making the Valentine wallet are from Polly’s Paper Charming Cherubs Valentine Creativity Kit.  I added beautiful mulberry flowers and ribbons from RRR along with lots of goodies found in my Closet of Shame.  Let’s take a peeky at how this little darling was constructed.

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 12The  Valentine wallet style album measures 7″ x 5″ when closed.  And you’ll laugh when I tell you what inspired the design!  As you know, we have sold our large family home and are downsizing into a cute little ranch about 15 minutes away.  So I have been purging like a maniac.  When I was cleaning out a scrap drawer, I ran across 2 old manila file folders that I had set aside to upcycle.  I was just about to toss them in the trash (oh, the pain of purging!) when an idea streaked through my brain and before long I had sketched out the idea for this cute l’il Valentine wallet.  Sometimes, being a pack rat has a happy ending!

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 10Both file folders were cut along the side fold to measure 7″ long by 5″ tall.  They were laid side by side on my work surface and joined together to create a tri fold wallet style album.  Then burlap was machine stitched directly onto the front side of the cover.  Before decorating the cover, I used 1/2″ Scor-Tape to secure a 30″ length of pink chevron striped twill ribbon as a closure for the album.  1.5″ Ivory Crocheted lace was added to the fold side of the album. I added flirty pink posies (cottage roses, chrysanthemums, cosmos daisies and deep ivory gypsophila) in clusters around my embellies and pretty pink satin bow.

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 08The cover of the Valentine wallet opens to reveal a sweet decorated page.  I fussy cut around the angel wings and then taped it inside this embossed paper tag.  (Which I also found while purging.) The image is mounted on a glassine bag.  It’s the perfect spot to tuck in a little gift card, tickets to a show, an individually wrapped chocolate or tea bag, too.

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 01The inside of the wallet has pockets filled with tags, photo mounts, love notes and more pretty papers and images from the kit.

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 02I stuck with a pink, cream and brown color palette to unify the design.  The little tags are topped with bright pink gingham ribbon. I also added more mulberry flowers to my decorated pocket.

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 03I love this stamp from 7 Gypsies.  I just stamped onto kraft cardstock with black ink, then trimmed the corners to make it look like a tag.

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 04I thought it would be fun to add a slash pocket to the Valentine wallet where little love notes could be tucked in.  You could also journal on the back of these little tags.  I found the booklet in my stash.  It’s amazing what you find when you are getting ready to move!  The trio of cherubs is one of the images from the Valentine creativity kit.  I just fussy cut them and perched them on top of my heading.

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 05A closer look at the love notes.  You could easily write these yourself, mount them on cardstock and tuck them inside.

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 06The left hand side of this page is decorated with ephemera and images from the kit.  Aren’t they just swoon worthy?

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 07Then, the pocket is stuffed with another cute stamped tag (also from 7 Gypsies) and more photo mounts.

Polly's Paper Valentine Wallet 13This little Valentine wallet  came together fairly fast…a little more than an afternoon of paper play, which is not bad.  I love the way the burlap feels, and the contrast between the Victorian imagery and the rustic texture makes me swoon a little.

Now it’s YOUR turn!  First, go visit RRR BLOG where you will find loads of inspiration.   Then, create your own ANYTHING GOES project and link it up on the RRR Blog.  I’ll be popping by to see what you cooked up!

And, here’s a good reason to play along in this fabby challenge: Polly’s Paper Studio will be awarding one talented participant a prize of their choice of 5 digital items from their amazing shop!  So get out your glue sticks and get your craft on!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

An Elegant Vintage Christmas Card

An Elegant Vintage Christmas Card

Creating with Really Reasonable Ribbon Champagne Silky Crush Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Think fast: what do you love about the holidays?  Like you, I cherish the time spent with family and friends.  And I love holiday baking!  But one thing really makes Christmas stand out to me, and that is the abundance of beauty that fills our world at this time of year.  It seems like every where you look, there is something wondrous to catch your eye and capture your attention.  It’s just so….elegant!  And with that in mind, I created this elegant vintage Christmas card to share with you here today.

Elegant Vintage Christmas 02What could possibly be more elegant than Champagne Silky Crush Ribbon?  I love the soft shimmer  and subtle texture it adds to a project like this.  When ribbon is this elegant, you really don’t need much else, so I simply topped it with three itty bitty red jingle bells.  This elegant vintage Christmas card is created with Polly’s Paper Studio “Let it Snow” Creativity Kit.

Here’s wishing you a good old fashioned elegant Christmas!  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

I’ll Have a Blue, Blue Christmas Card

I’ll Have a Blue, Blue Christmas Card: Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop

RRR Blog Hop BadgeHello, Friends!  It’s time for the Really Reasonable Ribbon December Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from the ribbon stylings found on Karen’s lovely blog.  (VIsit the RRR BLOG to find the complete hop list. )  This month’s ribbon assortment is made up of Beautiful Blues, and my Blue, Blue Christmas card was inspired by these fabby ribbons.

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Mmmm…these ribbons are dreamy, aren’t they?  They made me think of Elvis Presley’s iconic Christmas tune, “I’ll Have a Blue Christmas without You.”  And now you will have that tune in your head all day.  You’re welcome!

Kathy by Design/Blue, Blue ChristmasSo naturally, I had to make a blue, blue Christmas card.  Only everything about this card makes me happy instead of sad.

I created a belly band by layering delicate Cindy Crochet Lace with rows of shimmering Blue Topaz Argyle Print Satin Ribbon.  Just like the argyle sweaters that come out at Christmas time, this ribbon adds another layer of texture and pattern to the scene, and I love it!

RRR December Blog Hop 02This card was very soft and pastel, as were the pretty patterned papers I selected from Polly’s Paper Let it Snow Creativity Kit. I needed to add a shot of rich color to anchor the card, so I made my poof-tacular bow with Light Navy Satin Ribbon with Grosgrain Edges.  This picked up on the vintage navy accents in my focal image and just tied the whole card together.  No pun intended!  The flowers I used to stage my photo are WOC Magnolias.  The creamy white flowers on the card are from Petaloo.

RRR December Blog Hop 03I love topping a bow with a little bit of White Iridescent metallic string.  It just adds that extra bit of shine.  I also wanted white jingle bells…but did not have them in my stash. So I painted silver ones with Picket Fence Distress Paint and then glittered them while they were wet.

Here’s a peeky inside this Blue, Blue Christmas card:

RRR December Blog Hop 04If you’d like to join the RRR Ribbon Club, it’s very easy: just click HERE and sign up!  Every month you’ll receive a new package of gorgeous, color coordinated ribbons in the mail, and it will feel like Christmas all over again!  Bonnie has a great special going on right now where you can get TWO ribbon club assortments for a special price.  That’s twice the happy!

And speaking of happy, it’s time for you to hop on over and see what kind of pretty Christmas treat Leslie has prepared for you!

I hope you got some good ideas from my Blue, Blue Christmas Card!  If so, I hope you’ll let me know in the comment section! Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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