Category Archives: Seasonal Cards

Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio

Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio for The Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon May Blog Hop! You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  Today I have a Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio made with the red, white and blue ribbons in the May Ribbon Club Assortment and papers from Authentique’s Liberty Collection Kit.

 

I look forward to this lovely assortment every month, but the red, white and blue assortment is always a special treat.  Let’s take a look at the details of this festive card folio.

Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio: Stars and Stripes Forever

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 02

Every cowgirl needs a pair of star spangled boots, don’t you think?   I’ve dolled this card up with the Tiny Stars on Poppy Red Grosgrain Ribbon from the assortment.  Then top the double loop bows with Ivory Burlap String and a star shaped button to amp up the patriotic vibe.

Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio: A Party on the Inside

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 03

The festivities really get started on the inside of this interactive card folio, and there’s more ribbon at work here, too.

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 04

This shaped magnet is all dolled up with a 3/8″ Patriotic Plaid Bow, a posy and more star  buttons. The Tiny Stars on Poppy Red Grosgrain ribbon serves as a handy closure for the 4 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ accordion folio.

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 05

I’ve dressed this up with patterned papers, ribbons, pockets, stickers and inserts.

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 06

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 07Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 08Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 09

Top a tag with a snippet of the same Tiny Stars/Poppy Red Grosgrain Ribbon, some Ivory Burlap String and a cute Uncle Sam Hat charm, and you’ve got a party on your hands!

On With the Hop

From here, you will hop on over to see what treats Cherry has in store for you.  Be sure to visit the RRR Blog where you will find the complete hop list.  While you are there, answer Bonnie’s question of the month.  You’ll be entered into a drawing for your very own May Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you haven’t signed up for the ribbon club yet, this is a great month to join.  You can find all the details and information HERE.

Enjoy the hop!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card Folio

Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  This cheery Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card folio is a gift and a card all in one.

Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Sweet and fresh as a spring day, this card is also quick and easy to put together.

  • Create a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base from Whip Cream Cardstock.
  • Mat a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ panel of the green check paper on a slightly larger layer of pink cardstock.  Then mat a second time on olive green cardstock.
  • Then stitch the layers together on your sewing machine.  Throw in a few zig-zag stitches just for the fun of it!
  • Next, cut a 4″ x 6″ panel of the green leaf pattern.  Stitch this onto a slightly larger layer of the green cardstock.
Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card Folio: Finishing Touches

Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

  • Fussy cut around the white line on the sentiment panel.  This little detail makes all the difference in the world.

Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

  • Place foam tape or waste chipboard behind the sentiment panel and adhere to the card.  This simple step adds loads of dimension.
  • Now, from the sticker sheet, find “Fresh Flowers”, the pink rain boots and the “Beautiful Day” circular sentiment. Add these to the card as seen in the photo.
  • Adhere a cluster of flowers along the left hand side of the sentiment.
  • Tuck in a bow tied with Pink Plaid Ribbon.
  • Place a mini binder clip on the right hand side of the sentiment panel.  Tie a bit of pink burlap string around the post.
Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Create a little sentiment panel from a scrap of the pink cardstock.  Punch two holes through the left hand side.  Then run a bit of ribbon through the holes and tie a vintage silver spoon in place.

Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo  05

For the pocket on the bottom, create a little treat wallet.  Tuck in a tea bag, chocolate and honey stick.  Now you’ve got a unique and lovely birthday gift.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so,, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  To see more projects made from this Carta Bella Spring Market Collection, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Hideaway House

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Hideaway House

Hello, Friends!  Happy Easter!  The Easter Bunny is visiting the blog today, in  a super sweet Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Hideaway House.  This is my inspiration piece for the Authentique Paper Group Post.  You can find more beautiful Easter inspiration over on the Authentique Blog. Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Hideaway House by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Easter Bunny Hideaway House Rescued from The Closet of Shame

Some time ago, I purchased this house shaped shadow box, thinking I would use it to  make some Christmas gifts.  Then life got busy, and the poor house lay forgotten in the Closet of Shame.

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Hideaway House by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Somehow, I think it was meant to be.  While doing a little springtime tidy up, I ran across the house and knew immediately that it was destined to become this little Easter Bunny Hideaway House.

 

Easter Bunny Hideaway House: Tips and Tricks

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Hideaway House by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Here’s  how I created this dimensional focal image.

  • First, fussy cut around the 4″ x 6″ card front from Abundant 6.
  • Leave an extra 1/2″ border on the bottom edge.
  • Then score along the 1/2″ border and fold.
  • Use your scissors to cut little “v” shapes about 1/2″ apart along this folded edge.  These will serve as tabs that you can adhere to the bottom edge of the shadow box.  Of course, you will want to decorate the back of the box before you insert this element.
  • Fold a lightweight piece of chipboard into 3 sections. Adhere one piece to the back of the Easter Bonnet girl.  Then adhere the other to the back of the shadow box.  You will have to use trial and error to get the length just right.  But this will prevent the girl from flopping over.
Easter Bunny Hideaway House: A Button Tiled Roof

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Hideaway House by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Any time I can play with my vintage button collection, I’m a happy girl!  I’ve created a “tiled” roof effect. Add a few more inside the box to resemble the shine of Easter Eggs.

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Hideaway House by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

Decorate the sides and the back of the box.   You could actually add a 4″ x 6″ photo to the back of the box.

This was such a fun project to make, I just had to share it with you here.  I hope it has served to spark your own creativity.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you all a warm, wonderful and blessed Easter!

Cheerio,

kathy

Easter Bunny Hideaway House Supply List

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m shaking things up with an Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card to share with you.

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 01

Does this ever happen to you?  It’s time to clean up the craftermath from a project.  And while you are tidying up, your eye falls on something that ignites your imagination. While cleaning up my Easter Bunny Banner, this cutie patootie Peter Cottontail hopped right off my work desk and into my hands.  How could I resist?

Peter Cottontail Shaker Card: Tall and Skinny

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 02

Tall and skinny cards seem to be all the rage right now, so I thought I’d take one for a spin, as I don’t recall having made one before.  This one measures 4 1/4″ x 7 3/4″ with a 1″ spine.  To pull out the blues in the paper collection, I matted my designer papers on Sno-Cone cardstock.  Then to anchor all those soft pastels, I matted a second time on Milk Chocolate.  Which I have to admit, is pretty perfect for an Easter Bunny card.

Peter Cottontail Shaker Card: Use Your Scraps

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 03

Remember all the little diamond shaped pennants I die cut for the Bunny Banner?  The negative cut was just perfect to use as a banner flag layer for this card.  Use your scraps, people!   I recently acquired some vintage doilies at flea market.  I love the texture they add to a shabby chic project.  So I turned a square doily into a diamond shape, wrapped the ends around my card front and secured on the back with Scor-Tape.  (You can see this better in the photo below.) Add more texture by wrapping the base of the card with some buttery yellow embroidery floss.

Peter Cottontail Shaker Card: The Shaker Box

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 04

The frame for the shaker box is another Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard frame.  You get 6 sizes and styles of frames in each pack, so I think they are a pretty good value. These are so easy to alter with inks and sprays  Here’s how I altered this one:

  • First, Sponge on a light layer of Weathered Wood Distress Oxide Ink.
  • Next, tap random areas of the frame with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink.
  • Now, spritz the frame lightly with Brushed Pewter Mica Spray.
  • Finally, heat dry the frame, blotting up any big blobs of ink with a paper towel.
  • Next, back the frame with a 3 1/2″ x 5″ panel of clear acrylic cardstock.
  • Then add a triple layer of foam adhesive.
  • Fill the shaker box with Buttons Galore Easter Chic Shaker Mix.   This mix actually contains small buttons, and that’s why we need the three layers of foam adhesive.  If you are using a different shaker mix, you can get by with a double layer of foam tape.
  • Finally, center the card front over the shaker box.  Take your time and make sure everything is centered and straight!
Peter Cottontail Shaker Card: Finishing Touches

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 05

Little Birdie Flowers cascade down the side of the card.  Alter these by dry brushing them with a little ivory chalk paint.  Tuck a Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keyhole in with the flowers to amp up the Shabby Chic Vibe.  A buttery yellow satin bow and key combo adds just the right pop of color.

Peter Cottontail Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 06

Oh look!  There’s a party inside this card!  The double pocket on the right holds a tea bag, chocolate treat, honey stick and a real treasure.

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 07

I found this darling demitasse spoon on one of my junkin’ adventures.  It is vintage silver/gold plated and engraved with the sweetest little cherub.  And…imported from italy!  I bought them all.  You know me and my passion for vintage spoons!

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 08

To add some interactive fun to the card interior, I created this little magnetic folio from scraps that were lying about.

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 09

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 10

These sweet Easter images are tucked into that wee pocket.

So that’s all for me folks.  I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques 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 Abundant Baby Bunny Easter Card Folio

Authentique Abundant Baby Bunny Easter Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  I’m having so much fun with Authentique Abundant! Today I have sweet and shabby chic Baby Bunny Easter Card Folio to share with you, along with a few tips and tricks.

Authentique Abundant Baby Easter Bunny Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Blue and brown or tan is one of my all time favorite color combinations.  Soft and vintage, it really speaks to me of days gone by.  To enhance the blue tones in the focal image, I added a pretty Baby Blue Circus Dot Grosgrain Ribbon Bow topped with a brown posy.

TIP: Add  a circular element to a rectangular card to create visual interest and a welcome contrast to square corners.  I used a Spellbinder Large Standard Circle die to cut the focal image, then adhered it to a  Spellbinders Triple Tear Nestablilities circle cut from light blue cardstock.  (I used this same color to build my card base.

Baby Bunny Easter Card Folio: The Details

Authentique Abundant Baby Easter Bunny Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

TIP: Look for embellishments in unusual places.  I found this wooden Easter egg in a non-scrapbooking store.  They were in the gift wrapping department and had little clothespins glued to the back.  Remove the clothespins, and you have a mighty sweet little card embellishment!

Authentique Abundant Baby Easter Bunny Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

TIP: Place butterfly embellishments around your card focal.  They will actually guide the viewer’s eye all the way around the card. Every element gets seen this way, but the eye comes back to the center, which makes the brain happy!

Baby Bunny Easter Card Folio: The Folio

Authentique Abundant Baby Easter Bunny Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

I like to think of these card folios as gifts…or in this case, an adult Easter basket!  A pair of pockets holds some fun treats, room for photos and personal notes, too.

Authentique Abundant Baby Easter Bunny Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

The upper pocket holds a decorated honey stick and a little altered metal spoon. (Not food safe…just pretty to look at!)   Wrap a belly band around the folio, add a bow, and look how cute it is!

Authentique Abundant Baby Easter Bunny Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

Authentique Abundant Baby Easter Bunny Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

The flip folio has tuck spots, belly bands with photo mounts,flaps,  pull down pages and a pocket tucked inside.

Authentique Abundant Baby Easter Bunny Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08 Authentique Abundant Baby Easter Bunny Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 09 Authentique Abundant Baby Easter Bunny Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 10

This would be such a great way to store family Easter photos from year to year.  Then you could just pull the folio out each year as part of your Easter decor.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas 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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