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Authentique “Fabulous” Retro Style Birthday Card

Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Birthday Card for RRR

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  March is nearly over!  How did that happen so fast?  I have one last Really Reasonable Ribbon March Ribbon Club project to share with you.  My sweet sister in law had a birthday this month, and I made this retro style birthday card especially for her.  Becky is one of my favorite people in the whole world.  She has the greatest laugh, tells the best stories, and throws the best parties ever!  So I went “all out” on this fun “If the Crown Fits, Wear It!” card.

Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1Isn’t this a fun color palette?  It takes me back to the 50’s!  Tropic Taffeta Ribbon steals the show on this fun card made with Authentique’s Fabulous paper collection. Ivory Burlap string makes the greatest loopy bows and I just can’t seem to stop using it!

Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2This is one of my famous “chunky” cards.  In fact, it was so chunky, I had to devise a magnetic closure to keep it shut!  To dress up the closure, I added some cute wood icons.  Becky and I share a private joke about coffee and doughnuts.

A Peek Inside this retro style birthday card

Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3I really had a ball on the inside of this retro style birthday card.  You’ll find 2 pockets filled with birthday goodies.

Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 4Do you ever get lost in the details when you are creating?  Yeah, that happens to me all the time.  But I’m kind of glad I followed the muse this time, because I super love these little tags tied onto the tiny clothes hanger.  Are they cute or what?

Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 5For the large pocket, I stamped a series of birthday wishes onto primitive white cardstock.  Then I added a little doodle art to the edges and text.  Next I matted the wishes on pretty teal cardstock.

Remember poodle skirts?  This cute little 3×4 journal tag is matted and backed with magnetic paper so that Becky can display it on her fridge. And there has to be chocolate in the pocket of this retro style birthday card or it wouldn’t be from me!

This was such a fun card to make, and Becky loved receiving it in the mail.  There is just nothing as personal as receiving a hand made card in the mail on your birthday.  I even managed to get it there on time!

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Remember You Are Fabulous Card

RRR Red and/or Pink Challenge: Remember You Are Fabulous Card with Authentique Fabulous Collection

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for another fun challenge over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Bonnie says it’s time to break out some RED and/or PINK.  I spent a happy afternoon with the January Ribbon Club Assortment and Authentique’s Fabulous Collection. The result is this fun retro style Remember You Are Fabulous Card.

Pink and/or Red: Why Choose?

I have to tell you, peeps…the ribbons in the January Ribbon Club assortment are FABULOUS!  There are so many great little prints, and so many wonderful textures.  As you can see, I had fun using them!  Red Chevron Striped Grosgrain Ribbon borders add texture, color and pattern to my design. And how much do I love the Random Hearts and Confetti Dots Grosgrain Ribbon?  Lots and lots, that’s how much!  Red Satin with a Grosgrain Edge lends wonderful shimmer and shine to my double loop bow.  These ribbons just play perfectly with the pink, red and aqua color palette of this fun paper collection.

The Party’s on the Inside

I scored this 5″ x 7″ top fold card with a 1/4″ spine so that I could load up the inside with all sorts of fun goodies.

The pocket on top holds a little sweet treat and a fun place to write a Valentine greeting.  The lower pocket holds a hand stamped bookmark and a fun fridge magnet.  I used the random hearts and confetti grosgrain ribbon to top the bookmark.  The whole project is a great big celebration of pink and red!

Now it’s YOUR turn!  Link up your own Pink and/or Red masterpiece on the RRR BLOG. You’ll find all the details HERE.  Be sure to visit the projects from the rest of the team for more inspiration.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Remember you are fabulous!

Thanks for stopping by!





Just a Hint of Fall: Paper Bag Pocket

RRR Blog Hop BadgeJust a Hint of Fall for Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop: Paper Bag Pocket

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  We are nearly half way through the month of August and Fall is peeping around the corner.  It’s time to break out the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club Colors of Autumn Assortment in our monthly RRR BLog Hop.  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  If so, you are right on track.  Without further ado, here’s just a hint of fall in a sweet little  paper bag pocket.

Just a Hint of Fall Paper Bag Pocket by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product October Afternoon Apple Cider Photo 3October Afternoon’s Apple Cider collection makes a perfect playmate for the Colors of Autumn Ribbon Club Assortment. I just love seeing all these cute fall images inside my paper bag pocket!

Colors of Autumn Ribbon CollectionI worked with Square in a Square Tangerine Satin, Turftan Brown Delicate Stitched Satin, Autumn Bold Diagonal Stripe Ribbon, and Tangerine Checkerboard Satin Ribbon.

Just a Hint of Fall Paper Bag Pocket by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product October Afternoon Apple Cider Photo 2Making a  paper bag pockets is quick and easy.  Start with a brown paper lunch bag, fold it up to make three little pockets, line the pockets with designer paper and stitch up the sides.  Then stuff to the gills with all kinds of goodies!

Cute Little Paper Clip Embellies

Just a Hint of Fall Paper Bag Pocket by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product October Afternoon Apple Cider Photo 4 Just a Hint of Fall Paper Bag Pocket by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product October Afternoon Apple Cider Photo 5Look at these super cute paper clip embellishments!  I made them by punching out 2 half inch circles for each clip.  Hot glue was added to the center of one circle and then it was placed on the backside of the paper clip.  The other circle was pressed into the hot glue from the front side of the clip, making a neat platform for these adorable puffy stickers that came with the Apple Cider collection.  They add a festive feel to the paper bag pocket, don’t you think? I’m sure I’ll be making more of these!

From here, you will hop on over and see what kind of fun Deborah has in store for you.  Visit all the blogs on the hop, leave a  nice comment and then hop on over to the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog to answer Bonnie’s question of the month.  Then you’ll be entered into a drawing to win your very own Colors of Autumn Ribbon Club Assortment so you can add just a hint of fall to your projects!

Thanks for stopping by!  Now go get your craft on!



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Cakewalk Happy Birthday Card

Cakewalk Happy Birthday Card for RRR

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Our sweet l’il grandgirl celebrated her 4th birthday recently.  Naturally, I had to make her a special card for her special day.  So I pulled out my Really Reasonable Ribbon  and worked up this super fun retro Cakewalk Happy Birthday Card to help her celebrate.

Cakewalk Happy Birthday Card for RRRI love this retro color palette of teal and aqua.  I carried it out by embellishing my card with cheery Red Swiss Dot Satin Ribbon topped with a White Iridescent Metallic String Bow.  Simple punched circles are dressed up with a WOC Trellis Rose and some Red and White Sweetheart Blossoms.

Cakewalk Happy Birthday Card To add  texture, I lined the base panel with a strip of Melissa Natural Crocheted Lace.  This combination of ribbon, lace and flowers really make this card birthday party ready!

If you are also a fan of this great retro color palette, you’ll want to take a peek at the April Ribbon Club Collection, which features a fantastic mix of red and turquoise ribbons.

RRR april 2016 ribbon clubIf you’re not a member of the RRR Ribbon Club, you can find all the details HERE.

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Tag! You’re It! Christmas Tags in Bags

Tag!  You’re It!

Christmas Tags in Bags for Really Reasonable Ribbon


Hello, Ribbon Lovers!

It’s time for another fabulous challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Our theme this time is “Tag, You’re It!”  Create a tag with ribbon or trim and share it with us over on the  Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG .    I used the   the fresh, fun ribbons in the October “Crazy for Christmas” Ribbon Club Assortment to make some super cute retro styled Christmas Tags in Bags.  Check out these ribbons!

These ribbons put the jolly in Holly Jolly!  Since they have such a great retro vibe, I pulled out some cute October Afternoon papers and went to work.

Kathy by Design/Christmas Gift Card Tags in BagsI layered these super fun retro papers and ribbons onto Chevron Striped Middy Bitty Paper Bags.  They are the perfect vehicle for presenting a gift card or cash during the holidays.   You can even tuck in an individually wrapped chocolate, pouch of hot cocoa, tickets, a Christmas cookie or any smallish gift. And you can use the sparkly clothespins to hang them on the tree!

Kathy by Design/Christmas Gift Card Tags in Bags 01This snowy white Mary Crochet lace is perfect for winter projects.  It adds great texture when used as a border piece on this envelope.  And I have a new ribbon crush!  This Poppy Red Taffeta Ribbon ties the prettiest bows and pairs perfectly with the cutie pie Mittens on Poppy Red Grosgrain Ribbon, too.  In fact, that’s one of the things I love the most about the Ribbon Club at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  All the ribbons complement one another.  It makes it so easy to pull together a great project! My double loop bow was topped with a snowy white WOC Magnolia Blossom.

Christmas Gift Card Tags in Bags 02I carried the ribbon theme inside the card with a pair of punched and paper pieced mittens held together by red burlap string, and more pretty mitten ribbon. This time I layered it up with Forest Green Satin Ribbon with a Grosgrain edge.

Christmas Gift Card Tags in Bags 03Here’s another version of this same design.  This time I topped the crochet lace with Christmas Fun Flowers Satin Ribbon.  For some reason, this ribbon reminds me of the old fashioned Christmas hard candy my grandmother had around during the holidays. I wrapped the top of my bag with Emerald Checkerboard Satin Ribbon tied in a simple square knot.  Then this was topped with a loopy  string bow made with Parrot Green and Red Burlap String.

Christmas Gift Card Tags in Bags 04I paired these two ribbons up again on the tag inside the bag, adding a Red Cottage Rose to pretty it up even more.

Christmas Gift Card Tags in Bags 05I love the combination of the Forest Green Satin with the playful Christmas zig-zag ribbon.  And I used the burlap string bow again here…it just seemed right for the image.  I backed my sentiment banner with a little bit of the same Forest Green ribbon to make it pop off the page.

Christmas Gift Card Tags in Bags 06And i used the same Dynamic Duo on the gift tag inside the envelope.  I hope you’ll make some of these cute Christmas Gift Card Tags in Bags for your own stocking stuffers.  They are addicitive…once you get started, you just want to keep on making them!

Now dig into your crafty stash and make some fabby tags with ribbon or trim!  Tag!  You’re it!

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Get a Head Start on Christmas

RRRChallengeBadgeReally Reasonable Ribbon Challenge: Get a Head Start on Christmas

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!

Oh what fun it is to get a head start on Christmas!  Really Reasonable Ribbon is giving you a gentle nudge with this month’s challenge: Get a Head Start on Christmas.  The design team has worked up some super fun projects using Christmas ribbons and trim.  And you get to play along!  Just visit the RRR BLOG and link up your own holiday project using ribbon or trim and you, too can get a head start on Christmas!

After making that huge December Daily mini album, I decided to make a card for this challenge. I used more of the Crazy for Christmas Ribbon Club Assortment and retro papers from October Afternoon to make this frosty snow man card.

Kathy by Design Retro Christmas Card Don’t you just love him?  After stitching the background paper to my base, I used the darling Christmas mittens ribbon to form a border on the top and bottom of the card.  My polka dot panel was topped with snowy white Mary Crocheted Lace to add nice texture and to mimic freshly fallen snow.   But the star of this show is the amazing double loop bow that I tied with Red Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon.  This is probably one of the easiest ribbons to use when tying a multi layered bow.  And it comes in a rainbow of colors!

RRR Christmas Challenge 02This 5″ x 7″ top fold card has loads of layers, and so does my bow.  Adding a touch of gold metallic string adds such a nice pop of glimmer and shine, especially when paired with some mini jingle bells or a glittery white clothespin.

RRR Christmas Challenge 05The inside of the card opens to reveal a pocket  stuffed with ribbon topped tags.  I used Christmas Fun Flowers Ribbon as a border on the top half of the card.

RRR Christmas Challenge 06The pocket on the bottom has been decorated with a sparkly Christmas tree and some festive Red Zig Zag on White Satin Ribbon. I love this ribbon because it makes me think of old fashioned ribbon candy!  YUM!

RRR Christmas Challenge 07The tags inside the pocket were made by stamping some of my Christmas stamps onto white cardstock.  Adding the ribbon made them really special!

Now it’s your turn!  Get a head start on Christmas and make a holiday project with ribbon or trim, link it up, and I’ll be popping by to take a look at your work of art!  Can’t wait to see what you make!

If you’d like to purchase this card, you can find it in my ETSY shop.

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Birthday Party Favors

A Birthday Party for Sue

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!

I was born into a household with 3 older brothers.  And I loved them.  A lot. But as soon as I was old enough to ask, I started requesting that my mom and dad add a baby sister to our family so that I would not be the lone girl.  And my mother’s response was always the same: “if someone leaves a baby girl on the doorstep, we’ll keep her.  How’s that?”  Finally, when I was 5 years old, my baby sister Sue was born.  And I adored her.  I spent countless hours playing with her, reading to her, and comforting her when she was upset.  So her birthday has always been a special event for me.  This year my daughter and I schemed together and organized a little birthday party for her.  We invited 2 of her best friends, and booked a gourmet olive oil/balsamic vinegar tasting party and luncheon at a local boutique.  If you’re not familiar with these, they are kind of like a wine tasting for foodies.  You can look at a link HERE.  Anyway, I wanted to make a little birthday party favor for each guest to take home and decided to put together a little file folder notebook so we could write down our favorite pairings, recipe suggestions and the like.

The base folder is made with heavy weight red cardstock.  I printed out the cute file folder design on the front from my Crafty Secrets Retro Kitchen Kit, sizing it so that I could fit a junior legal pad on the inside.  Then I loaded them up with ribbon to make them really cute!

To keep with the kitschy color scheme of the project, I layered a double row of 5/8″ wide black plaid ribbon, using Scor-Tape to hold it in place.  I wrapped it around the sides of the file folder before I glued the front onto the base so that the edges would be nice and neat.   I added a layer of Red Canvas Color Band Ribbon in between the two rows of black plaid ribbon.  This was a quick and easy way to create a border on each folder.


The aprons were fussy cut from Domestic Goddess Creative Scraps and popped up on foam adhesive dots.  A pretty double bow made from 3/8″ Red Plaid Ribbon was topped with a loopy bow made with red and black burlap string.  I used my Zutter Bow-it-All to tie all my bows. And of course, I topped it off with a cherry button!

Inside, I created a slash pocket on the left.  I topped my junior legal pad with Midnight Waves Striped Grograin Ribbon. Again, I ran my Scor-Tape around to the back of the pad and wrapped the ribbon ends behind so that they look nice and neat and will not fray.

To create the base folder, I just trimmed my red cardstock to measure 8″ wide x 10 3/4″ I scored it on the long side at 5″ and again at 5 1/4″, then folded to form the booklet.  Easy peasy!

The ribbons and trims made this quick and easy project “party ready.”  Oh, and the party was soooo much fun!  Here a few pictures for you to enjoy!

Sue's Birthday 2015 01This is me, with my sweet baby sis!

Sue's Birthday 2015 02And a happy birthday kiss.

Sue's Birthday 2015 08Getting the food table ready.  I created a salad bar, and we had beautiful breads from La Farm Bakery to dip into homemade pesto or vinegar and oil.

Sue's Birthday 2015 04Everyone loved having a little notebook to keep track of their favorite oil/vinegar combinations.  And the wine was tasty, too!

Sue's Birthday 2015 05Here we are, all together.  My older daughter, Liz is on the left, then Sue’s best friend Laura, Susie and me.  Sadly, one of the guests was stuck at the airport and had to miss this fun event.  These grown up birthday party favors were a hit, and I hope you’ll have a chance to use the idea at an event of your own soon.

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