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Counting My Blessings Fall Folio

RRR Anything Goes Challenge: Authentique Counting My Blessings Fall Folio


Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  There’s a brand new challenge over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  This is an “anything goes” challenge.  As long as you use ribbon or trim on your project, you are good to go.  The RRR team is here to inspire your creativity with all kinds of fun projects using ribbons and/or trim.  I dug into my crafty stash of retired Authentique papers to make this Counting My Blessings Fall Folio.

Counting My Blessings Fall Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 1

Fall is such a gorgeous season.  Bright blue skies, cooler days, turning leaves and, one of my personal favorites, a fresh crop of apples!  Yum!  This 5″ x 7″ top fold folio was inspired by apples.  I chose to work with the RRR Autumn Harvest Ribbon Club Assortment.   Authentique’s “Fall” collection (retired) is a perfect color match for these gorgeous ribbons.

Counting My Blessings Fall Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 2I made a belly band with Sherry Delicate Stitched Satin and Crochet Lace. The Autumn Harvest Ribbon Club Assortment also has this elegant Sherry/Ivory Plaid Ribbon and it’s the perfect companion for these patterns, colors and images.

Counting My Blessings Fall Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 3

Counting My Blessings Fall Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 4

These Cream Cherry Blossoms do a pretty good job of standing in as apple blossoms.  I love the vintage vibe they add to the folio design.  A loopy bow tied with natural burlap string helps anchor them to the corner.

Counting My Blessings Fall Folio: A Fun Way to Add A Bow

I created a lovely bow cluster with the Sherry/Ivory Plaid Ribbon, Natural Burlap String and a vintage button from my stash.  But there’s more than what meets the eye where this bow is concerned.

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Counting My Blessings Fall Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 6

There’s a hidden tag pocket behind the sentiment panel.  Isn’t that fun?

Counting My Blessings Fall Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 7

After matting this sticker onto kraft cardstock, I topped it with a square knot bow made with Sherry/Ivory plaid ribbon and a little novelty button.  A trio of mini buttons down the side of the tag are the perfect finishing touch.

Counting My Blessings Fall Folio: A Peek Inside

Counting My Blessings Fall Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 8

This recipe for Hermits is probably older than I am…and that’s saying something!  LOL  My mom used to make these in the fall, and they make the whole house smell like apples, cinnamon and spice! I hand copied the recipe onto the top half of the folio interior.

Counting My Blessings Fall Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 9The lower pocket holds this 4″ x 6″ mini folio.  It’s bound through the center with Sherry Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon.  Natural Burlap String is wrapped around the mini folio, then wound around a decorative brad.  I love the rustic look of this closure mechanism.

Counting My Blessings Fall Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 10

Use it to house back to school photos, or recipes or pictures from fall family gatherings.

Counting My Blessings Fall Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 11

Now It’s YOUR turn!

Do you feel inspired to create now?  If so, I’ve done my job!  Why not pull out some paper pretties and ribbons and create your own “anything goes” project with ribbon or trim?  Then link it up over on the RRR Challenge Blog.  The team will be popping by to take a look at your lovely creations.  Then we’ll pick our top 3 favorite projects to receive a badge to display proudly on your blog.

 

You have until midnight on Wednesday, August 30th to create and link up your project.  You can find all the challenge details HERE.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Autumn Love All Occasion Greeting Card

Autumn Love All Occasion Greeting Card with RRR Autumn Hues Ribbon Club Assortment

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  I love fall!  Just the thought of brightly colored leaves, crisp air, crunchy apples, golden pumpkins and hot apple cider makes me fairly giddy!  I tried to wrap all these happy thoughts up in this Autumn Love All Occasion Greeting Card made with Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Autumn Hues Ribbon Club Assortment.  This card feels like fall…and that makes me happy, happy,  happy!

Autumn Love All Occasion Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

Wonderful things happen when you organize your fall paper stash!  That’s where I found the paper and image for this vibrant Autumn Love All Occasion Card.  I have no idea where or when I bought it, and I only had one sheet, but that was all I needed to make this 5″ x 7″ top fold card.

Ribbon to the Rescue

Autumn Love All Occasion Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo  2Normally, I layer up at least 3 or four different patterned papers when I make a card. I like the contrast and depth this provides.  Since I only had one piece of double sided paper, I needed to find a way to add a little visual interest to this card.  Ribbon to the rescue!  Here’s how I used ribbon in lieu of patterned paper

These ribbons add color, pattern, texture and dimension, taking the place of paper very nicely.

 

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Autumn Love All Occasion Greeting Card: The Bow Cluster

Another great way to add pattern, texture and dimension to a card is in the bow cluster.

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First I created a double layer bow from Tangerine Taffeta Ribbon with a little help from my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool.  Then I made a smaller double loop bow from the leaf ribbon and hot glued it on top.  Next, I tied a double loop bow from Natural Burlap String and topped it off with a gorgeous Mixed Earth Tone Chrysanthemum.   Ink a  couple of mini pumpkins with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and glue those in, too.  The more the merrier!

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Autumn Love All Occasion Greeting Card: A Peek Inside

Autumn Love All Occasion Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo  5These cute little doo-dads were also in my fall paper bin, so I added them to the top half of the card. Then I had just enough paper left to finish the inside of the card with a pocket.

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What’s in the pocket?  I put together a quick recipe card for one of my favorite fall cookies.  And what goes better with  fall cookies than a nice hot cup of tea?

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks 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 stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

RRR Hop: Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio

Really Reasonable Ribbon August Blog Hop: Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for another fabulous Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop.  You should be hopping over from Karen’s lovely blog.  This month, we are getting ready for fall with the gorgeous Autumn Harvest Ribbon Club Assortment.  These luscious ribbons were the perfect playmate for the Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio that I’m sharing with you today. Just look at all these wonderful autumn hues.

Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio

Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

Kaisercraft Golden Grove is the perfect partner for the Moss/Cream Plaid Ribbons in this assortment.

Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2

I added a 1/4″ spine to this 5″ x 7″ top fold card base, then loaded this Golden Grove Card Folio up with paper pretties and luscious ribbons.

Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio: The Ribbon Cluster

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This is a triple bow cluster.  I guess these gorgeous ribbons made me go all  bow happy!  The base layer is a double loop bow tied with 5./8″ Moss/Cream Plaid Ribbon.  Then I tied a second double loop bow with 3/8″ Kiwi Checkerboard Satin Ribbon.  This adds just a touch of shimmer to the bow cluster.  Next, I tied a third double loop bow with Natural Burlap String.  This adds a great rustic feel and texture to the bow cluster.  Finally, I pulled some yellow posies from my stash and hot glued them in place.

 

A Peek Inside this Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio

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Pockets make the perfect tuck spot for tags, sweets, gift cards and other fun surprises.

Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 5

A snippet of 5/8″ Moss/Cream Plaid ribbon peeps out of this small pocket.

Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 6

Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 7This large pocket is decorated with a small tag that I’ve topped with a cute tag/burlap string/button combo.

Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 8

Hold this Moss Green/Cream Ribbon Closure in place with Scor-Tape.  The mini folio measures 3.5″ x 5″.  It’s a  lovely size for small photos.

Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 9

Wouldn’t this make a pretty autumn birthday card?

Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 10

Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 11

The inner pocket holds a lovely tea bag and still has lots of room for a gift card or personal note.

On with the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cherry has in store for you.  Then finish the hop up at the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  Be sure to answer Bonnie’s question of the  month so that you can be entered to win your very own Autumn Harvest Ribbon Club Assortment.

Even if you don’t win the hop, you can still have this lovely ribbon assortment delivered to your front door.  Just sign up for the Monthly Ribbon Club.  It’s a great way to receive a scrumptious assortment of ribbons each and every month.  You can find all the sign up info HERE.

I hope you found some crafting inspiration from this Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio project. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Happy Hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

Autumn Hues Tag Pocket Greeting Card

Really Reasonable Ribbon August Ribbon Club Collection: Autumn Hues Tag Pocket Greeting Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Summer is winding down here in North Carolina.  While the afternoons are still quite hot, there’s a lovely coolness in the early morning and evening hours.  The days are getting shorter, too.  These subtle changes inspired me to create this Autumn Hues Tag Pocket Greeting Card. My RRR Autumn Harvest Ribbon Club Assortment arrived in my mailbox just in time for me to make this pretty card/tag combo!

Autumn Hues Tag Pocket Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

Usually, I put my pockets on the insides of my cards.  But change is good for the soul.  So, this time around I created a fun tag pocket on the front of a tall, skinny kraft card base.

Autumn Hues Tag Pocket Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2

This side fold card measures 4.25″ wide x 7″ tall.  I tore a piece of Kaisercraft Golden Grove designer paper to create this rustic looking pocket. Moss/Cream 5/8″ wide plaid ribbon looks amazing with this paper collection!

Autumn Hues Tag Pocket Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3The tag fits right inside, which is fun change of pace.  I topped the tag with Moss/Cream Plaid ribbon and Ivory Crochet Lace.  The flower cluster features a WOC Mixed Earth Tones Chrysanthemum and Cosmos.  I sponged on some Wild Honey and Mustard Seed Distress Oxide Inks to increase the golden tones in the flowers.

Autumn Hues Tag Pocket Greeting Card: A Peek Inside

Autumn Hues Tag Pocket Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 4

I have as much fun decorating the insides of my cards as I do the outside.  Often, I will layer up scraps of designer paper to create a sort of collage effect as I did here.

Autumn Hues Tag Pocket Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 5This gift card pocket is tied shut with 3/8″ Moss/Cream Plaid Ribbon.

Autumn Hues Tag Pocket Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 6Use scraps of paper to create little pockets inside the 3″ square folio.  Each pocket holds a little tag or journal spot.  You could also add small treats or a gift card to each pocket.

Autumn Hues Tag Pocket Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 7

Autumn Hues Tag Pocket Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 8

How much fun will it be for the recipient of this card to open each section and find a yummy chocolate treat inside?  I just love interactive elements in cards!

Are you ready for fall?  It’s my favorite season of the year.  While I get a little sad at the fact that the days are getting shorter, the promise of golden leaves, bright blue skies and cool, crisp air fills me with anticipation.

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks 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 stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Purple Songbird All Occasion Greeting Card

Purple Songbird All Occasion Greeting Card with Gift Card Wallet and Button Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Are you up for one more project made with the Perfectly Purple Ribbon Club Mix from Really Reasonable Ribbon?  I have had such fun with these pretty purple ribbons. Today I have a Purple Songbird All Occasion Greeting Card to share with you.  It’s beautifully vintage and loaded with goodies on the inside.

Purple Songbird All Occasion Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

The inspiration for this 5″ x 7″ top fold card came from this gorgeous songbird image.  I found the French Post Card Bird Digital Images and they just flew into my shopping cart.  This lovely wee songbird is perching in a Country Chic Digital Frame.

I’ve had loads of fun finding purple papers in my stash to go along with these pretty purple ribbons.  This card features papers from Graphic 45’s Place in Time and Secret Garden Collections.

Here’s how I made this pretty bow cluster:

  1. First,tie a 3.5″ double loop bow from  Hyacinth Taffeta Ribbon on your Zutter Bow it All Tool.
  2. Next, tie a 2.5″ double loop bow from Crosshatch on Delphinium Satin Ribbon. Hot glue this on top of the taffeta ribbon, and adjust the tails.  Hold in place until the glue sets.
  3. Finally, thread a mother of pearl button with a thin strip of lavender cardstock and glue it on top.

Decorate the tops of each tag with a snippet of the crosshatch ribbon and a pretty flat back pearl cabochon.

How to Turn a Purple Songbird Card into a Gift

Turn this Purple Songbird card into a gift by adding a pair of pockets to the inside.

The top pocket contains this pretty gift card wallet.

A small tag makes a great tuck spot, and the pocket can hold a gift card, or a tea bag.  Making the gift card wallet is quick and easy:

  1. First, cut an 8×5″ long x 5″ tall strip of lavender cardstock.
  2. Score on the long side at 3.5″ and again at 7″.
  3. Fold to form a little wallet.
  4. Place 1/4″ Scor-Tape around the front, spine and back covers.  Then secure Crosshatch Delphinium Satin to form the ribbon closure.
  5. Add a rhinestone cabochon on the front of the gift wallet.
  6. Decorate the front and interior.
  7. Use a circle punch to create a thumb hole.
  8. Glue just the top and bottom edge of the short flap to form a pocket.
  9. Cut a tag from the May pages of Place in Time.  Glue just the bottom edge to create a tuck spot.

And what paper pretties do we find in the bottom pocket?

A sweet little handmade button card and a pretty postcard.

I love anything with vintage style bird images, so this Purple Songbird All Occasion Greeting card is precisely my cup of tea.  (Pardon the pun!)

I hope you’ve found some tips and tricks 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 stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Lilac Whisper Shabby Chic Altered Notebook

RRR Anything Goes Challenge: Lilac Whisper Shabby Chic Altered Notebook

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the RRR Blog.  I’ve created this lovely Lilac Whisper Shabby Chic Altered Notebook for this fun “anything goes with ribbon, lace or trim” challenge.

Lilac Whisper Shabby Chic Altered Notebook by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Kaisercraft Photo 1

I have had more fun with the Perfectly Purple Ribbon Mix!  For this project I used Mixed Purple Triangle Print Grosgrain Ribbon to create a frame on this altered notebook.

Lilac Whisper Shabby Chic Altered Notebook by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Kaisercraft Photo 2This notebook is another of my garage sale finds.  It was very drab, but it had good bones, so I brought it home with me.  You’d never guess now how dreary it was in its former life.

I added a pretty ribbon marker and double layer bow with Hyacinth Checkerboard Satin ribbon.  Silver Metallic String really pops with these pretty purple ribbons, so I added some of that in as well.

Lilac Whisper Shabby Chic Altered Notebook by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Kaisercraft Photo 3

I dug through my ephemera file to find this darling vintage image of a little girl leading the birds in a sweet chorus of song.  It was just the right size to fit inside the window on the front cover.

This is such a quick and easy upcycle project!  You can adapt it for use with any sized notebook.  I’m going to tuck this one into my “last minute gift” drawer, where I’m sure it will come in handy.

Now It’s YOUR Turn

You’re cordially invited to play along with us in this fun challenge.  First, visit the RRR Blog where you’ll find loads of inspiration waiting for you from the rest of the team.  Then, create a card, layout, multi media piece, tag, ATC, hair bow, you name it. Just be sure to use ribbon, lace or trim on your project.

Post your project on your blog or an online gallery (using code RRR168) and link it up over on the RRR BLOG before midnight, Wednesday, July 19th.  You can find all the details HERE.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag

Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag with Distress Oxide Inks and Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  There is something about sunflowers that makes me happy every time I see them.  Today I’ve combined a bunch of mixed media techniques with a summery sunflower image.  It’s all tied together with gorgeous ribbons from the July Perfectly Purple Ribbon Club Mix.  The end product is this Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media tag.

Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag Cheerful by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1I just love this Delphinium Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon .  It really pops against all the golden hues found in the tag background.  A loopy Natural Burlap String bow adds great texture and additional fullness to the bow cluster.  The top of the tag is finished with a loop of this same Hyacinth ribbon.  I stamped this ribbon with a script stamp from my stash.  Then I just tied a square knot bow with Mixed Purple Bold Diagonal Striped Grosgrain Ribbon.

Mixed Media Background with Distress Oxide Inks

Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag Cheerful by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

  1. Begin with a jumbo manila tag.  (4.25″ x 8.5″)
  2. Next, smoosh Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Inks onto a non-stick craft sheet.
  3. Then spritz the ink blotches with a mister bottle until little beads form.
  4. Now, drag the tag through the inky puddle.
  5. Then dry the tag with a heat gun.  You can use a paper towel to blot up any spots that are overly wet or inky.
  6. When the tag is somewhat dry, tap up more ink from the craft sheet, drying between each layer.
  7. Now that you are happy with the ink, add texture by running the tag through an embossing folder.  I used a Spellbinders Emboss-abilities folder called Enchanted.  First, I inked the “flat” side of the folder (the side with no raised edges) with Dusty Concord ink.  Then I embossed the tag.
  8. Next, I spritzed the tag lightly with water to activate the Distress Oxide Inks that was pressed into the design by the folder.
  9. Then, I heat dried the tag and spritzed it lightly with Tarnished Brass Distress Mica Spray.
  10. Finally, I sponged lightly over the top of the tag with Dusty Concord Distress Ink
Let Today Last Forever

Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag Cheerful by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3

I created a little sentiment cluster with this pretty sunflower image and some tags.

Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag Cheerful by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4

Paint chipboard elements with Distress Paints, add Prills a painted filagree butterfly and you’re ready to display your tag.

Thanks so much for joining me here today.  I hope this Summer Sunflower Mixed Media Tag has inspired you to get out your paper pretties and have a play.  You’ll find a supply list below this post.

Cheerio,

kathy

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