Category Archives: Fall

Apple Picking Birthday Card Folio

Really Reasonable Ribbon August Blog Hop: Apple Picking Birthday Card Folio

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the RRR August Blog Hop.  You should be coming here  from Karen’s lovely blog.  Today we’re featuring the gorgeous Autumn Assortment from the RRR Ribbon Club.  I’ve created a vintage style Apple Picking Birthday Card Folio that celebrates the beauty of my favorite season.  Take a peek:

Apple Picking Birthday Card Folio Pleasant by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 01

Crimson and gold are the colors of fall, so I decided to enhance this lovely apple picking birthday card folio with a Sherry Checkerboard Satin Bow.  I love its soft texture, pattern and sheen.

Apple Picking Birthday Card Folio Pleasant by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 02

Ribbon makes a great belly band on any card.  The belly band on this 5″ x 7″ top fold card is made by adhering rows of Sherry Diamond Satin Ribbon, 3/8″ Autumn Diamond Print Grosgrain Ribbon, and 3/8″ Autumn Flowers Grosgrain Ribbon to the card base with 1/4″ Scor-Tape.

Apple Picking Birthday Card Folio Pleasant by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 03

Natural burlap string and gorgeous Little Birdie Flowers from their fall assortment add texture and vintage style to the card.

Apple Picking Birthday Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Apple Picking Birthday Card Folio Pleasant by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 04

Ribbon looks great inside a card, too!  I’ve added a tiny bit to the honey stick in the top pocket.  And the slash pocket is edged with 3/8″ Leaves on Turftan Brown Grosgrain Ribbon.

Apple Picking Birthday Card Folio Pleasant by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 06

The lower pocket holds a little 3.5″ x 5.5″ photo folio.  To create the closure, adhere 1/4″ Scor-Tape to the back side of the folio.  Then wrap more of the pretty Autumn Leaves Grosgrain Ribbon around the front and tie a bow.  Easy, peasy…but so pretty!

Apple Picking Birthday Card Folio Pleasant by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 07

I used a scrap of yellow cardstock to create this little flap folio.  The first flap is a pocket that is just wide enough to hold a gift card.

Apple Picking Birthday Card Folio Pleasant by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 08

Here’s a peek at the folio fully opened.  I tucked one of the lovely cardstock components from Authentique’s Pleasant Collection Kit  here.  (All the papers in this project are from that collection.)

Oh, and just to tempt you, here’s a look at this month’s glorious Ribbon Club Assortment.

Although this is called the Autumn Assortment, I think it’s a very versatile collection! I used this ribbon on a lovely summer themed card HERE.

Let’s Hop!

Now hop on over and see what my sweet and talented teammate Linsey has in store for you.  She always has the BEST ideas for using the ribbon club assortment.

Then be sure to hop on over to the RRR BLOG to answer Bonnie’s question of the month.  Your name will be entered into a random drawing to receive your very own Autumn Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you’d like to join the Ribbon Club, you can find the sign up information HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Fall in Love Reversible Pocket Tag

Frilly and Funkie Show Us Your Stamps Challenge: Fall in Love Reversible Pocket Tag

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fun challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  This go round, the lovely and talented Autumn is our hostess and the theme is “Show Us Your Stamps.”  I broke out some of my favorite Tammy Tutterow stamps to create this Fall in Love Reversible Pocket Tag, but before I share it with you, let’s see what Autumn has to say about the challenge guidelines.

Challenge Theme: Show Us Your Stamps

Our challenge this round can be summed up with one word – STAMPS!  We want to see you break out those stamps and get inky.   There are so many ways to use stamps, and you probably have a few you have never even used – so come play along!  We cannot wait to see your stamped vintage or shabby chic creations.
Fall in Love Reversible Tag with Prima Amber Moon and Distress Inks

Fall in Love Reversible Pocket Tag Amber Moon by Kathy Clement Product by Prima Photo 1

It was pure inky good fun to work up this jumbo manila tag with Prima’s Amber Moon Paper Collection, Tammy Tutterow’s Stamps and Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  I did not take step x step photos for this project, but I will share tips and tricks that I used along the way.  Anyway, this is the front side of the tag….

….And this is the reverse side with the pocket.  Now, let’s get down to the details.

Fall in Love Reversible Pocket Tag: Creating the Background
  • Begin by “smooshing” fall colored Distress Oxide Inks onto a non-stick craft sheet.  The colors should be close together, but should not overlap.
  • Next, use a Distress Sprayer (or mister bottle) to add water to the inks until the inks begin to bead up.
  • Now, take the jumbo manila tag and lay it face down into the puddle of ink.  I did not swipe the tag at this point.  Instead, I just gently smoothed the back side.
  • Next, lift the tag from the inky puddle and heat until it is mostly dry.
  • Repeat this process until you are happy with the background ink.  The important thing to remember is to dry between layers.
  • Look for little beads of ink and pick them up to add interesting layers to the tag.
  • I did swipe the tag through the ink toward the end, and it left lovely streaks.
  • Finally, spray Antique Brass Mica Spray onto the craft sheet and tap the tag into it.  This will create lovely little sparkly flecks on the tag.
Let’s Stamp!

When it came to stamping the background, I did not use an acrylic block or stamp press,  I just rolled a random area of the Big Cheesecloth Background Stamp over my Frayed Burlap Distress Ink pad.  Then I randomly rolled it over the inky background.  This added the lovely little dots of color and texture that you can see in this photo.

Next, i stamped Tammy’s “Make Today” sentiment with a Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Then I colored the open areas in with an alcohol ink marker.

I felt the sentiment needed a frame to anchor it to the tag.  So I stamped Tammy’s Simple Line Border Stamp onto manila card.  Next, I heat embossed it with super fine copper embossing powder.  Then I colored it in with DOX inks and cut it out with my craft knife.  Finally, the frame was backed with foam tabs to pop it up a bit.

This small rusted heart is stamped with Dear Ruby, then heat embossed with super fine copper embossing powder.  I love the way this turned out!

Before you add the flowers and other embellishments, I recommend you complete the reverse side of the tag!

Fall in Love Reversible Pocket Tag: The Flip Side

To decorate the pocket on the back of the tag, I stamped and colored Tammy’s Sunflower Bunch .  The little sentiment title is from Tammy’s Sentiments 2 Stamp and Die combo.   Vintage buttons from my stash, a little burlap string bow and some fancy ric rac that my dear daughter in law gave me finished the job nicely.

So, What’s in the Pocket?

Just a Little Dose of Happy in the pocket, that’s all!   I scored and folded a scrap of kraft cardstock to make this sweet little gift card/tea bag holder.  The image is from the Amber Moon 3×4 Journal card stack.  I just added Tammy’s sentiment to the center of the wreath and heat embossed with copper embossing powder.

A little teabag and a trio of small tags are inside.

I made these tiny tags by mopping up the ink left on my craft sheet.  Then I added images from the Amber Moon 6×6 pad along with some ephemera stickers and snippets of fibers.  I used Tim’s Tiny Attacher to hold the fibers in place.

Now It’s YOUR turn!

You are cordially invited to join the fun and play along in this Show Us Your Stamps Challenge.  Simply create a vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge guidelines and link up at the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, October 10th.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose our top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot  at Frilly and Funkie.  The next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

I hope I’ve inspired you to break out your stamps and play along.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Fall in Love Reversible Pocket Tag Product Links at The Funkie Junkie Boutique



Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card

Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card with Sweet Surprises

Hello, Friends!  Can you believe it is the end of September already?  This time of year is so beautiful that I wish time would slow down so it could last longer.  I’ve been having the best time creating fall paper pretties.  Today I have a lovely Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card to share with you.  I’ve used some really fresh and fun Really Reasonable Ribbon along with a selection of Tammy Tutterow Designs stamps and dies in this tall and skinny birthday card.

Dressed to Distress

Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card by Kathy Clement Photo 1Distress is not always a bad thing!  Here’s how I added even more texture,  design and just a hint of grunge to these already gorgeous papers:

  • First, ink the edges of all paper layers with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink.  I was liberal when doing this, and let my blender stray pretty far inside the lines.
  • Next, add Vintage Photo Distress ink to the outer edge.  This serves to create a sort of frame for the panel.  It’s a small step, but it makes such a huge difference in the finished design.
  • Now, randomly stamp Tammy Tutterow’s Big Cheesecloth Background Stamp with Coffee Archival Ink.  I don’t use an acrylic block for this.  Just roll a small portion of the stamp over the ink pad, then randomly roll it onto the surface of the card.  I love the subtle texture this adds to a card.
  • Then, repeat this process with Tammy’s Dear Ruby Background Stamp.
Be Bow-dacious!

Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card by Kathy Clement Photo 2In my world, ribbon makes a card complete.  I love the fresh, almost country feel this Plaid Bold Black Check Ribbon adds to the card.  The triple loop bow tied with a little help from my Zutter Bow-it-All tool adds wonderful contrast and texture to the composition. It’s a new item in the shop at Really Reasonable Ribbon, and I can’t seem to stop using it.

Dimension Makes the Difference

Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card by Kathy Clement Photo 3Adding dimension to a card makes it come to life.   This can be done quite simply.  For instance, I simply fussy cut these butterflies, shaped the wings with my fingers and then glued the bodies to the sentiment panel.

Adding the Element of Surprise to this Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card

Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card by Kathy Clement Photo 4Everyone loves a good surprise…especially on his or her birthday.  So I packed lots of surprises into this card.  Do you see the circular element in the top right hand corner of the focal image? That’s surprise #1.

Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card by Kathy Clement Photo 5

This sweet little envelope  is cut from designer paper using Tammy’s Tabbed mini Pocket Die.  Isn’t it darling?  After making the envelope, I punched the sentiment from patterned paper, then backed it with a scalloped circle punched from brown paper.  It’s held in place with one of Tim’s mini paper clips.

Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card by Kathy Clement Photo 6

I used the insert that comes with the Tabbed Mini Pocket Die to cut out this portion of designer paper.  Then I stamped one of Tammy’s Tiny Sentiments in the corner.

A Peek Inside

Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card by Kathy Clement Photo 7More surprises await inside! A pair of pockets is the perfect place to tuck in more birthday goodies.

Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card by Kathy Clement Photo 8The side pocket holds a little folio and a 4″ x 6″ ephemera card.  There’s room to write a personal birthday greeting here.

Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card by Kathy Clement Photo 9The folio holds this little tag and a tea bag treat.  There’s also a honey stick in the pocket, but it didn’t make it into the photo.

Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card by Kathy Clement Photo 10I tucked a tag and a chocolate into the second pocket.

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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Together Card Folio: Simple Stories Vintage Blessings

Together Card Folio with Simple Stories Vintage Blessings and Textured Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Time for another fabulous Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge!  Once again, the theme is “anything goes”  using ribbon or trim.  I love using ribbon and trim to add texture to my cards.  That’s what I’ve done with this Together Card Folio made with Simple Stories Vintage Blessings Collection.

Together Card Folio Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1

Let’s look at all the ways I added texture to this cute vintage card folio:

Together Card Folio Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 2

  • Next, I added a couple of Tammy Tutterow Posie Part Felt Flowers and a small rolled up doily from my stash to my bow cluster.

Together Card Folio Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 3

  • Finally, I added a stained wood word title to the card, as well as painted/embossed/distressed wood doilies beneath that cute little house.  Which is where I want to live when I retire, just so you know!

Together Card Folio Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 4

Together Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Together Card Folio Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 5

Adding pockets, mini folios and little treats to a card like this turns it into an instant gift.  This would make such a lovely hostess gift or a thoughtful housewarming gift….or even a “gee I’m glad you’re my friend” kind of gift.

Together Card Folio Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 6

The side pocket on the top of the card holds this vintage button card.  I jazzed it up a little with a strip of washi tape.  The tiny envelope is decorated with some die cuts from the collection.  It holds a lovely tea bag.

Together Card Folio Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 7

The bottom pocket holds this little photo wallet. 4″ x 4.5″ photo wallet.  To add texture here, I created a string closure from Natural Burlap String and a fuzzy vintage button from my stash. Can you see the honey stick peeping out of the pocket?  That’s to go with the tea bag, of course!

Together Card Folio Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 8

Here’s a peeky inside the photo wallet.  The little embellishments are glued just on one end, so photos can slip right behind them.

Now it’s YOUR turn!

You can play along in this fun “anything goes with ribbon or trim” challenge, too.  Just link your project up over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge Blog.  You’ll find all the rules and details at the bottom of the page.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

I Could Fall for You Rustic Autumn Banner

Tammy Tutterow Designs Creative Team: Rustic Autumn Banner

Hello, Friends!  Have you started decorating for fall yet?  This rustic Autumn banner made with Tammy Tutterow stamps, stencils and dies just makes my heart happy.  There’s something so cozy and nostalgic about autumn decor. Rustic Autumn Banner with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 1

Rustic Autumn Banner: The Sentiment

Tammy’s Fall For You stamp was the inspiration for this rustic fall banner.  Isn’t it just the cutest sentiment ever?  It’s part of her new Happy Grams #4 release.  (You can check out all the goodies HERE.)

Long story short, I did fall for this stamp in a big way, and ended up making it the focal for this rustic autumn banner.

Rustic Autumn Banner with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 2

Rustic Autumn Banner with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 3

I don’t know what it is about fall, but it seems to bring out my vintage, grungy crafting mojo. This rustic autumn banner is loaded with distressed edges, inking, stenciling, stamping, stitching, loose threads and all kinds of grungy goodness!

Rustic Autumn Banner: The Mixed Media Background

Rustic Autumn Banner with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 4I could kick myself because I totally forgot to take photos while making the background.  But here’s a little basic rundown of the steps I took.

To finish things off, I added a few torn strips of patterned paper, a burlap panel, then stitched the paper to a slightly larger piece of brown burlap.  Then I spattered the whole thing with Terra Cotta Walnut Stain.

Rustic Fall Banner: The Handmade Felt Flowers

Rustic Autumn Banner with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 5

I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun I had making the posies for this banner.  They are all cut from felt using the following dies:

  • Bitty Posies…the new kid on the block and too cute for words!  Those are the itty bitty blooms with the brad centers.   I especially love the greenery that comes with this die
  • Frayed Posies
  • Pom Pom Posies

Rustic Autumn Banner with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 6

These felt flowers are so quick and easy to make.  Just die cut, and stitch the layers together with a vintage button center.  I did use a stylus tool to shape the petals just a little bit.  It was mostly an experiment, as I was not sure you could shape felt petals…but it turns out, you can!

Rustic Autumn Banner with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 7

Oh, these Bitty Posies…too too cute for words!

Finishing Touches

Rustic Autumn Banner with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 9

I clipped the banner to this mini vintage clothes hanger.  This is a “leftover” from my time on the Crafty Secrets Design Team.  But you could substitute a Tim Holtz Display Hanger.  You would just need to knock back the nickel finish a bit to give it more of  a rustic, vintage feel.

Next I added a Frayed Posie to the top of each clip, and a Bitty Posie to the Label.

I tied a torn piece of Burlap Cotton Blend Ribbon around the neck of the hanger using a square knot.  Then I topped it with a loopy Natural Burlap String Bow.

This was such a fun creative project to make.  I let myself go and enjoyed the entire process.  I hope I’ve shared some ideas that have stirred up your own creative juices.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio, 

kathy

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