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Love, Love, Love: A Valentine Gallery Post

Love, Love, Love: A Valentine Gallery Post

Hello, Friends!  I have been having the BEST time making Valentines for my Etsy Shop.  Since there are so many, I thought I’d just pop in and share a little Valentine Gallery Post so that you can see what I’ve been up to.  This won’t be one of my typical “how to” posts.  I’ll just share all the pretty pictures so you can see what I’ve been up to.

Valentine Gallery Post #1: Hugs and Kisses Valentine Wallet

Hugs and Kisses Valentine Wallet Hello Sweetheart by Kathy Clement Valentine Gallery Post Product by Carta Bella Photo 1

This first card is actually a little wallet made with Carta Bella’s playful Hello, Sweetheart Collection.

Hugs and Kisses Valentine Wallet Hello Sweetheart by Kathy Clement Valentine Gallery Post Product by Carta Bella Photo 2

I love the pink and black color scheme, and the stylish belly band that holds the wallet closed.

Hugs and Kisses Valentine Wallet Hello Sweetheart by Kathy Clement Valentine Gallery Post Product by Carta Bella Photo 3Inside the card, I created a box style pocket and stuffed it with Valentine goodies.

Hugs and Kisses Valentine Wallet Hello Sweetheart by Kathy Clement Valentine Gallery Post Product by Carta Bella Photo 4

These papers are not my usual style…but I kinda fell for the color palette and playful imagesand had to add them to my Valentine stash.

Valentine Gallery Project #2: Valentine Viking Card

Viking Valentine Wishes Hello Sweetheart by Kathy Clement Valentine Gallery Product by Carta Bella Photo 1

Hehehe.  This one makes me chuckle.  I found out I have Viking blood (truly, I do) about 10 years ago.  And since then, Dale and I have made all all kinds of Viking jokes.  I thought this whimsical love stricken Viking would make the perfect Valentine for my honey.  Only…get this…he does not care for cards.  So I made it, showed it to him, and now it goes into the Etsy shop for some other Viking lover.

Viking Valentine Wishes Hello Sweetheart by Kathy Clement Valentine Gallery Product by Carta Bella Photo 2

Who can resist this little guy?  And the vintage buttons on the side make me think of Viking shields.  Fun, right?

Viking Valentine Wishes Hello Sweetheart by Kathy Clement Valentine Gallery Product by Carta Bella Photo 3Viking Valentine Wishes Hello Sweetheart by Kathy Clement Valentine Gallery Product by Carta Bella Photo 4

I love a good fold out element on a project.  This is the perfect spot to write a little greeting.

Viking Valentine Wishes Hello Sweetheart by Kathy Clement Valentine Gallery Product by Carta Bella Photo 5And here’s my Viking sweetheart again…

Viking Valentine Wishes Hello Sweetheart by Kathy Clement Valentine Gallery Product by Carta Bella Photo 6

I know, I know…too punny!

Valentine Gallery Project #3: Shabby Chic Pink and Black Valentine

Valentine Gallery Post Pink and Black Shabby Chic Valentine by Kathy Clement Photo 1

I kind of love the country chic vibe of this pretty pink and black Valentine.

Valentine Gallery Post Pink and Black Shabby Chic Valentine by Kathy Clement Photo 2

I blame this one on my BFF Ginny Nemchak as the country chic tag is from her Etsy Shop.  All the other papers on this one are from my scrap drawer.

Valentine Gallery Post Pink and Black Shabby Chic Valentine by Kathy Clement Photo 3

There’s a tea bag tucked in that mini envelope, to go along with the decorated honey stick in the pocket.

Valentine Gallery Post Pink and Black Shabby Chic Valentine by Kathy Clement Photo 4

And what’s a Valentine without a little chocolate?

Valentine Gallery Post Pink and Black Shabby Chic Valentine by Kathy Clement Photo 5

 

Valentine Gallery Project #4: Shabby Chic Valentine Tag

Shabby Chic Valentine Tag by Kathy Clement Photo 1

I decided to clean up my work table by making this sweet little shabby chic Valentine Tag.

Shabby Chic Valentine Tag by Kathy Clement Photo 2This is also an image from Ginny’s Etsy Shop.  The tag is made with cardstock and measures 4.5″ x6.5″.  The vintage button is one I found at an estate sale.  Love me some vintage buttons!

Shabby Chic Valentine Tag by Kathy Clement Photo 3

So that wraps up my Valentine Gallery for now.  If you’d like to purchase any of these items, or any other of the handmade items in my ETSY shop, you can find them HERE.  Thanks so much for letting me share these with you!

Cheerio,

kathy

Lovestruck Lollipop Valentine Bookmarks

Lovestruck Lollipop Valentine Bookmarks and Treat Wallet for The Kiddies

Hello, again, Friends!  Just as I  promised, I’m back today with more Lovestruck Valentines.  My last project used Lovestruck to make a sassy and sweet grown up Valentine.  But these Lovestruck Lollipop Valentine Bookmarks and Valentine Treat Wallet are made with the kids in mind.  Both of today’s projects are quick and easy to make, so let’s get the party started!

Lovestruck Lollipop Valentine Bookmarks

Lovestruck Lollipop Valentine Bookmarks Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 1

These retro images take me right back to elementary school!  Remember the fun Valentine’s Day parties with cookies, punch and Valentine treats?   My mom always insisted that we make our own Valentines for those parties.  One year, we baked heart shaped cookies and decorated them with frosting.  Another year, we cut out construction paper hearts, added a stick of gum and wrote “I’m stuck on you, ” on each card.  And one year we handed out lollipops with a little tag that said, “I’m a sucker for you.”  My mom was never short on imagination!  I’m so thankful for her innovation and creativity!

Lovestruck Lollipop Valentine Bookmarks Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 2Somewhere in my shopping adventures, I ran across these white bookmark forms.  I think they were in a dollar bin somewhere.  I liked the shape and the scalloped edge, so I brought them home.  While doing my annual end of the year clean up, I ran across them and realized they would make great Valentines!

Lovestruck Lollipop Valentine Bookmarks Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 3Each bookmark measures 2″ wide x 6″ tall.  Because of the petite size, I decided to work with the Lovestruck 6″ x 6″ paper bundle as well as the Lovestruck Collection Kit.  (You always want to try to match the scale of your paper pattern to the size of your project.)

Lovestruck Lollipop Valentine Bookmarks Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 4The focal images are cut from the 12×12 collection kit, then embellished with stickers and other fussy cut images.

Lovestruck Lollipop Valentine Bookmarks Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 5

To add the lollipop to these Lovestruck Lollipop Bookmarks, punch two holes with a standard hole punch.  Then thread the stem of the lollipop through the holes and secure on the back side of the bookmark with tape.  You could make a bunch of these cutie pie bookmarks in no time!  I think they’d make darling party favors!

Lovestruck Valentine Treat Wallet

Valentine Treat Wallet Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

This cute little treat wallet is so easy to make using paper scraps and stickers.  Here’s how I did it:

Valentine Treat Wallet Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

  • First, cut a 7.5″ wide x 5″ tall piece of scrap cardstock.
  • Next, place the long side on your scoring tool.  Score at 3.25″ and 7″.
  • Crease the folds to create a little wallet. Decorate the front as seen here.
  • Create a belly band from paper scraps and decorate with a sticker.

For the inside:

Valentine Treat Wallet Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3

  • You will have a 1″ overlap on the right hand side.  This becomes a pocket.
  • Now, line the interior of the wallet with papers from the 6×6 Paper Bundle.
  • Then glue the sides of the 1″ flap to the base to form a pocket.  You can punch a thumb hole with a 1″ circle punch first, if desired.
  • Now, fill the pocket with treats, a gift card or a little note.
  • Back a sticker with cardstock and glue just the bottom edge on the left hand side of the wallet.  This becomes a tuck spot for an image.

How easy was that?

I hope I’ve shared some fun ideas that you can use when making Valentines for your favorite kiddoes.  I think these would make darling party favors and would even be fun for teachers!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Lovestruck Sassy Valentine Card Folio

Authentique Lovestruck Sassy Valentine Card Folio with Handmade Flower

Hello, Friends!  Valentine’s Day is such a lovely holiday!  Who doesn’t love a day that’s all about love, friendship, card swapping, flowers and chocolate?  But Valentine’s don’t always have to be sweet, do they?  This Authentique Lovestruck Sassy Valentine Card Folio is lots of fun, too!

Lovestruck Sassy Valentine Card Folio Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

This is a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base with a 1/2″ spine.  And don’t you just love this sassy sentiment?  Never mind love…I’d rather fall in chocolate!

Lovestruck Sassy Valentine Card Folio Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2I love the red and aqua color combo, too.   That aqua paper really makes the bow cluster pop!  Scarlet Checkerboard Satin Ribbon is on the bottom, and Random Hearts and Confetti Grosgrain Ribbon is on top.

Lovestruck Sassy Valentine Card Folio Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3The handmade flower on this card is fussy cut from Lovestruck 5, which is an all over doily image page.  I just cut out several doilies, then trimmed out the layers, shaped them with my ball stylus and stacked them together with hot glue.  Vintage buttons play a big role in this card.  I’ve used them in the flower center and down the right hand side of the card.

Lovestruck Sassy Valentine Card Folio: There’s a party on the inside!

Lovestruck Sassy Valentine Card Folio Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4

The inside of this card folio really is ready to party!

Lovestruck Sassy Valentine Card Folio Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5Use your scraps to create a little chocolate wallet, then dress it up with images from the 6×6″ Lovestruck Paper Bundle.  The belly band is also made from scraps and decorated with a sticker from the Lovestruck Sticker Sheet.

Lovestruck Sassy Valentine Card Folio Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 6

The chocolate wallet is just the right size to hold an individually wrapped Ghiradelli Chocolate treat.  Because, it’s Valentine’s Day people!  Time to break out the chocolate!

Lovestruck Sassy Valentine Card Folio Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo7The Be Mine banner is also made from stickers.  It adds a fun party feel to the card.  And wait til you see what’s in the pocket!

Lovestruck Sassy Valentine Card Folio Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 8

How fun is this Valentine tag?  I’ve dressed up a Graphic 45 Ivory Staples Tag with papers from the 6″ x 6″ Bundle.  Then I added stickers, crepe paper trim and a felt heart embellishment.  The heart is made with Tammy Tutterow’s Prim Hearts,  Posie Parts and Bitty Posies Dies.

People often ask me, “What do you do with a tag?”  I have tags looped over cabinet pulls to brighten up a room.  They are great to display in an office cubicle, and fabulous to tie on a gift.  They make great bookmarks, are a fun addition to a mantel display and you can write a greeting on the back.  That’s just a few of the fun things you can do with tags!

I hope this Lovestruck Sassy Valentine Card folio has sparked your inspiration.  I’ll be back on Wednesday with some Lovestruck Valentine Ideas for the Kids.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags

RRR Heart Challenge: Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Bonnie wants to see projects that feature hearts and trim.  I printed out some digital files from Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy Shop and put together some darling Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and tags.  These simple cards and tags can took just minutes to make, but look like you spent hours on them.  You have to love that!

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags  by Kathy Clement Photo 5I paired each card or tag with some of my favorite ribbons from RRR.

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags  by Kathy Clement Photo 4This black and white houndstooth plaid is a perennial favorite ribbon for me.  It’s soft and supple and ties the most beautiful bows.  it also looks great paired with the striped background of the Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine images.  This Graphic 45 Staples Tag is turned upside down for a fun presentation.

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags  by Kathy Clement Photo 3It also looks great turned right side up!

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags  by Kathy Clement Photo 2For this sweet little 4×6 card, I topped a 1/4″ micro gingham ribbon bow with a pretty red rose. The black buttons and the plaid ribbon help to anchor all the elements on the card.

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 1I love the way this 3/8″ red gingham picks up on the pattern of this cutie pie’s dress.

These lovely little  Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and tags are being tucked into my Kathy by Design ETSY Shop orders this month as a special Valentine treat.

Now it’s your turn to join the party!  Create your own project with hearts and ribbon or trim and link it up on the RRR Challenge Blog so we can all enjoy it.  Here’s the link with all the information.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

A Very Victorian Valentine Pocket

A Very Victorian Valentine for Frilly and Funkie Be My Valentine Challenge

Hello Friends!  Welcome to the month of February!  I’m kicking the month off with a Very Victorian Valentine that I created for the latest challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie blog.  Since it’s love month, our challenge theme is “Be My Valentine.’  Here’s what our lovely host, Zoe, has to say about this delightful challenge.

Love is in the air, and with Valentines Day just around the corner, this challenge is to make a card for your sweet Valentine in a vintage or shabby chic.
A Very Victorian Valentine Pocket with a tag  and sweet surprise

This pocket card is a different size from my usual creations.  It measures 8.5″ long and 4.25″ high.  Instead of opening like a typical card, it has a pocket secured to the back. I’ve filled the pocket with a little tag and a sweet little Valentine treat.

The papers and images I used are from the February papers in Graphic 45’s Place in Time Deluxe Collector’s Edition.  An Ivory Staples tag plays the role of sentiment, and there is room on the back to write a properly mushy note.

A Little Valentine History

Did you know that the exchange of Valentines reached its heyday during the Victorian era?  In fact, Valentines were more popular and more widely exchanged than Christmas cards!  Victorian valentines were incredibly ornate and so dimensional that they often had to be presented in a gift box. It was not uncommon to include a small gift or piece of jewelry as part of the design.

I took all of that history and tradition into consideration while designing and creating this Very Victorian Valentine.

A Look at the Details

Victorian Valentines were adorned with dried flowers, feathers, embossed papers and all sorts of glittering goodness.  To mirror that, I created these very frilly fabric flowers using crinoline,  assorted fabric layers, and vintage pearl buttons from my grandmother’s button box.  I cut the flower layers using Tammy Tutterow’s fabulous Frayed Posie Die.  The crinoline was white, of course, so each layer had to be custom dyed with Festive Berries, Fired Brick and Victorian Velvet Distress Stains.  While I was all inky, I went ahead and dyed some seam binding ribbon for the bow.

I tucked special details everywhere.  To mirror the jewelry that was often attached, I created a faux cameo using this antique bronze charm.  It was filled with a trimmed image from Place in Time, Glossy Accents and some seed beads.

A Touch of Mixed Media Mayhem

I painted the edges of my Very Victorian Valentine with Tattered Rose Distress Crackle Paint because I wanted everything to look antique.  The dried crackle popped when treated with a skim coat of Victorian Velvet Distress Stain. (You can actually see that better in the above photo.)

Tarnished Brass Distress Paint spatters create the illusion of having used really old, foxed paper.  The edges of the rusty hearts are softened by a brush with Tarnished Brass or Tattered Rose Distress Paint.

Can you see the tiny die cut envelope peeking out from behind the flower cluster and the Victorian girl?  I die cut that with Tammy’s Mini Envelope die then filled it with fussy cut images.

Now It’s Your Turn!

Putting this Very Victorian Valentine Pocket together was great fun.  And here’s the really exciting news: you are invited to play along!

Just create your own vintage or shabby chic Valentine and link it up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before midnight on February 14th.  (How perfect is the timing on this challenge?)

The design team will visit your blogs and choose their 4 favorite projects.  The creator of the top project will be given a chance to serve as Guest Designer on the F&F blog.  The other 3 will receive badges to display proudly on their blogs.  And everyone who plays along and follows the guidelines will be entered into a drawing for a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

So break our  your pretty papers and embellies and join the fun!

I’m linking this Very Victorian Valentine up in the following challenges:

Rock the Red Challenge at Emerald Creek Dares (red crinoline flowers, red paper)

Thanks so much for joining me here today!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Off to the Races Valentines with Petaloo and Graphic 45

Hello, Friends!  Valentine’s Day is one of the best days of the year.  I mean, what could possibly be better than a day devoted to love….and chocolate!  Today i have a pair of Off to the Races Valentines to share with you.  Both are made with Petaloo flowers and Graphic 45’s fabulous Off to the Races Collection.

Frilly and Feminine Off to the Races Valentine Tag

Valentine’s Day is one of the few times when you can get away with using a pink and red color palette.  I think I’ve pulled it off on this frilly and feminine Valentine’s Day tag.  The base is a Graphic 45 Staples Long Ivory Tag.  I’ve layered on pretty papers and loads of fussy cut flowers.  Then, to bring things to life, I piled on beautiful Penny Lane Antique Red Mixed Blossoms and Darjeeling Cream Butterflies.

The chocolate pocket is made with an ATC ivory tag that I scored and folded.  It’s just the right size to hold this individually wrapped chocolate.

A Vintage Masculine Valentine with Off to the Races

One of the things I really like about the Off to the Races papers is that they contain both masculine and feminine images, color palettes and prints.  You’d never think that this card was made with the same collection as the tag above.

The secret to a good masculine card is choosing the right colors, images and textures.  These deep brown tones and strong images are perfect for your favorite fella.  Adding metallic embellishments amps up the masculine vibe that much more.  I tapped the silver brads and cameo frame with alcohol ink to match the browns in the papers.

When choosing floral embellishments, it’s all about texture and color!  These Mini Canvas Rosettes do the trick!  I flanked them with Darjeeling Petite Cream blossoms to keep things from becoming too drab.  And burlap string is the perfect choice for trim!

Inside, I’ve used an image from the collection as a pocket for this little chocolate.   The belly band on the right is a fun design feature, and it also allows me to write a personal Valentine greeting to my favorite fella on an ephemera card from the collection.  Isn’t it great when form and function meet?

I hope these Valentine ideas got your mind “racing” and that they’ll carry you “across the finish line” as you create!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Darjeeling Petites x24/Teastained Cream

Mixed Blossoms x8/Antique Red

Darjeeling Butterflies x8/Teastained Cream

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Pink Flamingo Valentines Day Mini File Folder

Pink Flamingo Valentines Day Mini File Folder for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  When I was a little girl, my great-grandmother had gorgeous flower gardens.  They were always blooming with some fabulous variety of Iris, or Peonies, or Hydrangeas.  But the thing I remember the most about her gorgeous flower beds was a pair of pink plastic flamingos that flanked the bird bath.  I was entranced by these exotic birds!  So, when I found the new Fabulous  collection from Authentique, I had to have it.  As luck would have it, the papers look smashing with the January Ribbon Club Assortment from RRR.  This little Pink Flamingo Valentines Day mini folder is a prime example of how much fun it is to mix pink papers with red ribbons.

Pink Flamingo Valentines Day Mini File Folder by Kathy Clement, Photo 1Every single time I look at this Pink Flamingo Valentines Day Mini Folder, I laugh out loud.  It just makes me happy, happy, happy!  I mean, what’s not to love about a pink flamingo in a fedora?

Pink Flamingo Valentines Day Mini File Folder by Kathy Clement, Photo 2This little portfolio/file folder measures 4″ x 5.5″.  I created a tie closure by layering Red Chevron Striped Grosgrain ribbon over Red Swirls on White Satin RibbonScor-Tape holds both ribbons firmly in place. I used my Zutter Bow it All Tool to tie a tiny White Taffeta Bow and tucked it beneath my Petaloo blooms to anchor them in the corner.  The side bow is tied with 5/8″ Red Satin with a grosgrain edge. I love working with this particular ribbon because it ties gorgeous bows!

Let’s Take a Look Inside

There’s a whole lotta fun stuffed inside this mini folder.  Each side has a cute little pocket that I’ve decorated with papers from the collection and more fabulous ribbon.

The pocket on the left has a sassy retro styled journal card, an individually wrapped chocolate and a tea bag…in a pink foil wrapper, of course!

The pocket on the right has a fun vintage button card that I’ve topped with  paper spool.  The spool is wrapped with Random Hearts and Confetti Dots grosgrain ribbon.  I’ve secured the ribbon in place with black burlap string and a couple of stick pins.

Although this would make a great Valentine, I think you could also send it out to cheer up a friend in the middle of winter.  I mean, really….can you stop yourself from smiling when you see pink flamingos?  I, for one, cannot!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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