Category Archives: Retro

Dear Old Dad Father’s Day Gift Wallet

Dear Old Dad Father’s Day Gift Wallet with Authentique “Dapper” Collection

Hello, Friends!  It’s always hard to know what to get Dad for Father’s Day…or birthday…or Christmas for that matter!  But today I have a project that I think every dad will absolutely love. I’ve created this Dear Old Dad Father’s Day Gift Wallet using Authentique’s “Dapper” collection. The images, patterns and colors are perfectly retro, wonderfully whimsical and fabulously fun.

Dear Old Dad Father's Day Gift Wallet with Authentique Dapper Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 1

See what I mean about these papers?  They just capture that retro vibe so well!  If your Dad loves puzzles, then he’ll love the design of this album.  Although it only measures 4″ x 4″ x 1/2″, it opens up to 12″ wide x 15″ long.  Filled with interactive elements like pockets, tags, fold outs and flip pages, the design meshes perfectly with the playful feel of these fun papers.

I created a belly band with ribbon and a large vintage button from my stash to decorate the top of the album.  The button echoes the design of the LP album in the focal image, which makes me very happy indeed.

Dear Old Dad Father’s Day Gift Wallet Details

Dear Old Dad Father's Day Gift Wallet with Authentique Dapper Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 2

I used a Velcro closure instead of magnets as the paper is thick and I was afraid a magnet would not close.

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Don’t you just love these images and the sassy captions?

Dear Old Dad Father's Day Gift Wallet with Authentique Dapper Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 4Unfolding the gift wallet is an adventure all on its own.

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Each of these decorative panels flips open to reveal photo mounts or hidden journaling spots.

Dear Old Dad Father's Day Gift Wallet with Authentique Dapper Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 7And it just keeps on opening!  I added pockets to the center panel so that gift cards, photos, tickets, chocolates or other small gifts can be inserted.

Dear Old Dad Father's Day Gift Wallet with Authentique Dapper Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 8These tiny tags fill the pockets, and I just loved how easy it was to pull them together using the stickers from the Dapper collection.

Dear Old Dad Father's Day Gift Wallet with Authentique Dapper Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 9

Dear Old Dad Father's Day Gift Wallet with Authentique Dapper Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 10This is what the gift wallet looks like when it’s fully opened.  To help you get a real feel for the flow of this project, I created a very short YouTube video tour.

Dear Old Dad Father’s Day Gift Wallet Video on YouTube

Dear Old Dad Father’s Day Gift Wallet Supply List and Product Links

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

 

Authentique “Fabulous” Collection: Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Card

Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Card : Authentique “Fabulous” for Mom

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  And since it is almost Mother’s Day, that’s the challenge theme.  I decided to create something a little on the lighthearted and whimsical side as my mom was blessed with an amazing sense of humor.  I can remember hearing her sing Life is  Bowl Full of Cherries any time she was tackling an unsavory task (and boy,, do moms ever deal with more than their fair share of those!).  So I dug into my gorgeous ribbons and my “Fabulous” collection from Authentique to make this Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Card.

Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Mother's Day Card Fabulous by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

Rockin’ the Retro Vibe

Don’t you just love these retro colors and patterns?   This combination of pink, red and aqua takes me right back to my childhood.  It’s impossible to be gloomy when you are looking at white polka dots on a red background!

Here’s a good design tip for you.  To add extra “punch” to a card design, repeat a pattern.  On this card, I used white polka dots on red in both my paper layer and in my ribbon cluster.  Red Satin Swiss Dots ribbon is soft and supple, so it ties gorgeous bows.  If you haven’t added it to your ribbon stash yet, you really should!

Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Mother's Day Card Fabulous by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

Next, I scattered these cute cherry novelty buttons onto the card in strategic locations.  Then, I finished my bow cluster off with a bit of Ivory Burlap String and a bright aqua flower.

Just Add Pockets!

Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Mother's Day Card Fabulous by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3

It’s easy to turn a card into a gift: just add pockets!  I created a small chocolate pocket with a scrap of that fun polka dot paper…because Mom loves chocolate, don’t you know.  Tuck in a gift card, and your gift is complete!

Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Mother's Day Card Fabulous by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Mother's Day Card Fabulous by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5

I stamped a sentiment onto ivory cardstock and added it to the larger pocket.  Then I tucked in a pretty pink tea bag.  Next,  I created a little tag that can double as a bookmark.

Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Mother's Day Card Fabulous by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 6

You’ll find more of this fabulous ribbon atop the tag, along with a sweet little handmade paper clip embellishment.  Tie the ribbon with an ivory burlap string bow, add a sassy high heel charm and this Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Card is done!

Now It’s Your Turn

Would you like to play along in this fun challenge?  It’s fun and easy!  Simply link up your Mother’s Day themed project to the RRR Challenge Blog.  We’ll be popping by to take a look at your handiwork and leave you a nice comment.  Then we’ll choose our top 3 favorite projects to receive an RRR Badge to display proudly.  Link your project before midnight EDT Thursday, May 18th.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Folio Tutorial

Be YOU tiful Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  I’m so excited about today’s blog post.  I’ve been a fan of Authentique paper for some time now, and guess what?  I’ve been asked to share a few guest designer posts on the Authentique blog over the course of the next few months.  Woo-hoo!  To get the ball rolling, I’ve created this Be YOU tiful Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Folio Tutorial to share with you today.  If retro colors, prints and images are your “thing”, I think you’re really gonna love this one!

What do you get when you combine hot pink, black, aqua, cream and red?  Fabulous, that’s what!  This collection is so well named because every single element is truly fabulous.

Be YOU Tiful Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 2The 5″ x 7″ album base is created from two sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock.  It’s such a quick and easy make that I just know  you’ll want to make one as soon as you finish reading this post.

Be YOU Tiful Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 3This hot pink and black woven ribbon makes such a sassy closure for the album.

Be YOU Tiful Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 4A 1″ thick spine means that there’s lots of room inside for fun, interactive pages.  Here’s a quick look at them.

This 3″ x 4″ journal card is a double fold out.  First, tell the story on this journal card, then flip the image open to reveal a two page folio just waiting for photos.

Be YOU Tiful Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 6Flip the page over, and you’ll find this large pocket filled with sassy retro Journal tags.  I also turned a sticker into a fun, interactive file folder.  To the right of the pocket, there’s a waterfall feature.

Be YOU Tiful Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 7Each page in the waterfall is 3.25″ square.  Glue just the edges of your embellishments and stickers so that photos can be slipped behind them.

But Wait, There’s More!

Be YOU Tiful Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 8Still want more space for photos and journaling?  Then flip the waterfall page open and you’ll find twin 3.5″ pockets filled with even more fun.

Be YOU Tiful Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 9Once again, I’ve used the journal cards and patterned paper to create smaller photo mounts.

Be YOU Tiful Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 10Use these for journaling, tuck gift cards into the pockets…whatever your heart desires!

Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Folio Tutorial on YouTube

I’ve put together a video tour and tutorial for making the folio base in this YouTube video.  I hope you enjoy!

Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 11

Thanks so much for joining me today!  I hope I shared some ideas that you can use in your own crafty pursuits.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

 

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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!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

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!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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