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Home Family Blessing Altered Frame and Greeting Card

RRR Anything Goes Challenge: Home Family Blessing Altered Frame and Greeting Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to another “anything goes with ribbon or trim” challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  It’s always fun to update one’s home decor in the fall, so I’ve created a rustic Home Family Blessing Altered Frame and greeting card for you today.  Once again, I’ve used Simple Stories “Vintage Blessings” to complement my gorgeous Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1

This 8″ x 10″ frame was in a box at a local yard sale, waiting just for me!  It was chipped and worn, but had good bones.  For 50 cents, I decided it could come home with me and get a little makeover.

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 2I’m so glad I snapped this beauty up, as it was loads of fun to alter with distress paints, Petaloo flowers, and Rust/Ivory Plaid Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 4I painted the dark brown chippy frame with Antique Linen Distress Paint.  When it was almost dry, I wiped it back with a slightly damp paper towel.  This process was repeated with Peeled Paint, and Antique Bronze Distress Paint.   Next, I added more paint, then spritzed it with water and let it run.  Finally, I thinned out the paints on my craft sheet and spattered paint all over.

TIP:  Cover the glass portion of the frame with sticky notes to keep it clean.  This saved me so much time and trouble!

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 5The final step was adding these gorgeous Petaloo Magnolia blossoms and a triple loop bow.  Adding the bow was the perfect finishing touch!

Home Is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1While I had my desk all messed up, I decided to go ahead and create a card.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 2This 5″ x 7″ top fold card has a 1/4″ spine.  I used more of my little hand made felt embellies and more of this gorgeous Rust/Ivory Plaid Ribbon to adorn the card.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 3

The inside of the card has a side pocket with a little tag  and honey stick tucked inside.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 4If you are like me, you’re always looking for a way to use up scraps.  These little tags do a great job!  And, you can add your ribbon scraps to the top.  For this topper, simply slip your ribbon through the hole punch.  Then tie a square knot with another ribbon scrap to hold it in place.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 5This larger pocket contains a darling little tea bag wallet to go with the honey stickHome is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 6Once again, I used scraps to create the belly band and the little ribbon on the tag.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 7

Here’s a peeky inside.

Now it’s YOUR turn!

You can play along in this fun “anything goes with ribbon or trim” challenge, too!  Simply create the project of your choice, making sure to add ribbon or trim to the design.  Link it up over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge Blog before midnight on Wednesday, October 18th.  You can find all the details HERE.

If you need more ribbony inspiration, pop on over to the RRR Blog where you’ll find beautiful projects from the other members of the RRR design team.

Can’t wait to see what YOU make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Really Reasonable Ribbon Vintage Blessings Card Duo

Really Reasonable Ribbon Vintage Blessings Card Duo

Hello, Ribbon Lovers! I don’t know what it is about fall, but it always inspires feelings of gratitude in my heart.  Maybe it’s thankfulness for the cooler weather after a long hot summer.  Perhaps it’s the bright blue sky and gorgeous fall colors.  Or it could be the promise of Thanksgiving on the horizon.  Whatever it is, it sure does make my heart happy.  Today I’ve used Really Reasonable Ribbon to add the finishing touches to a Simple Stories Vintage Blessings Card Duo.  I hope these cards will stir up that same thankful feeling in your heart.

Vintage Blessings Easel Card

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

Felt flowers are my latest obsession, and I love the fall color they add to this 5″ x 7″ vertical easel card.  (I’ll share product links below the post.)

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

Vintage Blessings Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 3I searched all through my ribbon cart for something that would pull all these vibrant colors together.   This rustic Plaid Ribbon in Rust and Ivory tones was equal to the task.

Vintage Blessings Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 4I love the way this triple loop bow draws the eye to the sentiment on my cute little house.  Topping the ribbon with a Natural Burlap String Bow and an acorn adds to the card’s rustic feel.

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

Like all easel cards, this one folds down for mailing.

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

Inside, I’ve added a small treat pocket and a sentiment.

A Little Bit of Ribbon Goes a Long Way

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1

 

I love to find creative ways to use my ribbon scraps.  This little piece of Ivory/Rust ribbon left over from tying the triple loop bow was too small to use.  Or was it?

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 2

As it turns out, it was just the right size to finish off the safety pin embellishment on this 5″ x 7″ card.  I simply snipped the ends, slipped it through the circle on the end of the safety pin, then tied it in place with Natural Burlap String.

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 3

It’s a small detail that makes a big impact, drawing the eye to an embellishment that might otherwise be overlooked.  I love that about ribbon!

Here’s a look at the other details on this happy little card.

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 4 Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 6

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 7Creating the inside of this card was really fun.  I tucked a recipe card, tea bag wallet and honey stick into the shallow pocket.

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 8

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 9Of course, there’s room to tuck a gift card inside, too.

I hope I’ve shared some ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Wishing you a heart of gratitude…

Cheerio,

kathy

Product Links

Really Reasonable Ribbon

Simple Stories Vintage Blessings

  • 6″ x 8″  Paper Pad
  • Chipboard Stickers
  • Bits and Pieces
  • Sticker Sheets

Tammy Tutterow Dies by Spellbinders

Tim Holtz Fall Foliage Thinlits Dies by Sizzix (fall leaves)

 

Shabby Chic Birthday Blessings Card

Shabby Chic Birthday Blessings Card with Simple Stories Vintage Blessings and Peony Ribbons

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Pink and brown is one of my all time favorite color palettes!  The pretty peony pink ribbons on today’s shabby chic birthday blessings card are the icing on the cake!

Shabby Chic Birthday Blessings Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1

Pink and brown papers, peony ribbons and polka dots?  Yes, please!  This 5″ x 7″ top fold card features papers from Simple Stories Vintage Blessings Collection.

Prize Winning Peonies….

This bodacious bow cluster started with a triple loop bow tied with Peony Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon.  Then I topped it off with a Crosshatch on 3/8″ Satin double loop bow and a pretty posy. This combo really amps up the shabby chic vibe .

Shabby Chic Birthday Blessings Card: I Get By with a Little Help From My Friends

Just like the old Beatles tune, “I get by with a little help from my friends,” I tie bows with a little help from my friend!  Studying Bonnie Garby’s YouTube video tutorials and using my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool are the secrets to my bow tying success.  I know there are lots of different ways to tie fabulous bows, and some of you are so smart you don’t need to use a tool.  I, however, was a bow-tying flunk out, and these two secret weapons really changed up my game.

 

Shabby Chic Birthday Blessings Card: A Peek Inside

I love finishing the inside of a card as much as I love designing the cover.  Here, I’ve layered up papers, paper scraps, a vellum sentiment panel and some washi tape.  A little message is tucked into the tiny envelope….just for fun!

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

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

Family Rules Altered Washboard with Ribbon

Family Rules Altered Washboard with Chevron Ribbon and Simple Stories Vintage Blessings

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Today I’m sharing a treasure that I found while out junkin’ with my sweet sister.  This Family Rules Altered Washboard was tucked in a dusty corner at one of our favorite flea markets.  Since my daughter in law collects washboards, and had a birthday coming up, I snapped it up in a jiffy!  While it was very cute in its original form, I thought it would be even more delightful dressed up with some Really Reasonable Ribbon, paper pretties and mulberry flowers.  What do you think?

Family Rules Altered Washboard Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 2My mom kept a washboard on a bathroom shelf when I was a little girl.  (I know, I know…I’m dating myself!)  I can still remember her hand washing her “delicates” in the white enamel claw foot bathtub.  It always looked like so much fun and there was a sort of rhythm to the whole procedure that appealed to me. Run the bar of soap over the ridges, whump thump!  Then douse the slip in the water, swish, swish.  Now rub the dampened garment up and down over the washboard while you sing a little tune.  What could be more fun than that?  I used to beg my mom to give me a turn, and finally, she gave in.  I quickly learned that it was backbreaking hard work.  I’m so thankful for my automatic washer…aren’t you?

Family Rules Altered Washboard: the details

This 3/4″ Chevron Striped Twill Ribbon looks fabulous with these papers from Simple Stories Vintage Blessings.  Altering this vintage washboard only took about 30 minutes and it was so much fun!

Family Rules Altered Washboard Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1Our son is pretty handy when it comes to building things.  He just built our daughter in law a beautiful display shelf in her laundry room for her washboard collection.  This little beauty will fit right in with the rest of the bunch.

When altering this washboard, I decided not to cover up the top portion.  I loved the typography and the cute bee engraving.  So I kept my decor to a minimum.  First, I stitched the 6″ x 8″ sentiment panel onto corrugate paper.Then I attached thick jute cording to the top of the stitched sentiment.    Next, I ran washi tape over the top and bottom border.  Once this was done, I secured it to the washboard with vintage style brass thumbtacks.

Family Rules Altered Washboard Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3

Mini clothespins seemed a natural choice for decor, especially when topped with pretty pink ribbon, burlap string and creamy white  WOC Magnolia Blossoms.

I hope I find another one of these washboards some day, as I’d love to have one in my own laundry room area!

I hope I’ve inspired you with some ideas 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

 

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Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album

Tammy Tutterow Designs Creative Team: Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album

Hello, Friends!  Fall is a great season to practice the habit of gratitude.  Today I have a really sweet Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album made with Tammy Tutterow Dies that will help you get your gratitude on!

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 1

The inspiration for this Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album came from Tammy’s Paper Bag Envelope Die.  I paired this up with her Posie Parts Die, Waterfall One, and Tab Set Two Dies.  The papers from Simple Stories are a guilty pleasure.  I spotted them online and knew I had to have them!

This “from scratch” album measures 5.75″ x 3.5″ with a 3″ spine.  I want to live in this pink gingham house, don’t you?  So sweet!  The chipboard house is wreathed with handmade felt posies.  These are such fun to make! I especially enjoy digging through my button jar to find the centers.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 2

This 3″ spine makes for a chunky little album…which I personally love.  I’ve decorated with Champagne Silky Crush Ribbon, Crochet Lace, a handmade button charm, Posie Parts Leaves and a die cut label.  The chunky spine allows you to create dimensional pages inside, which is always fun!

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album: A Gratitude Waterfall

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 3

Waterfall features like the one on the inside cover of my book are a snap to make using Tammy’s Waterfall One Die. Each page is cut from designer paper.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 4The cover is decorated with  Tammy’s Pointed Mini Envelope Die.  Just die cut the envelope from designer paper, then fold the flaps, glue in place and you have a darling designer envelope.  This one is paper clipped to the front cover of the waterfall album and flanked with another Posie Part felt flower.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 5You can add 3″ square photos on each album page.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 6Add pictures of the people, places and things you are the most thankful for on these pages.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album Pocket Pages
Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 7

Before I began putting this album together, I first die cut 4 sets of Paper Bag Envelopes from medium weight cream cardstock.

Assembling the paper bag envelopes is as easy as 1, 2, 3.  Just fold, and glue together with the adhesive of your choice.

Once the paper bag envelopes were put together, I used Tammy’s Stencil Girl Stencils  and Distress Ink to add color, pattern and interest to the plain cream envelopes.  This first pocket page pairs the Cross Stitch 2 Step Stencil with Tattered Rose and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks.  I do not consider myself to be adept with stencils, but this was really quick and easy to do.

Next, I die cut some tabs from designer paper to serve as pull-outs for the envelope inserts.  You can write down thankful thoughts, add photos, tuck little mementoes into the pockets…anything you feel thankful for!

Grateful for Tammy’s Stencils!

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 8Each side of the pocket is stenciled with a different pattern and decorated with a Posie Part Posie.  This is the Gingham Stencil.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 9I love the fact that I can create “custom” patterns to match my designer papers and the theme of any project.  Here, I’ve used Fossilized Amber and Wild Honey with the Polka Heart Stencil.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 10This page made with the Petite Posies stencil and Wild Honey/Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink is probably my favorite.  The colors match the little chipboard house perfecty!

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 11This is Polka Party with Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany inks.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 12And here we have Mad for Plaid with the same ink combo.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 13Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint look fabulous with the Petite Greens Stencil.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 14And because I love gingham so much, it made the cut twice.

Grateful Paper Bag Mini Album: The Photo Mounts

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 15The inside back cover has a pocket full of photo mounts.  I used the Paper Bag Pocket insert die to make these in a jiffy.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 16Bound together with a decorative belly band, you can add eight 3.75″ x 2.75″ photos here.

This Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album is such a fun way to remember to be thankful.  You could make this into a weekly activity with your kids or grandkids, adding photos, quotes and journaling notes to each little pocket.  I always say that thankful people are the happiest people.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

DIY Sunshine Happiness Journal for Tweens

Summer Fun with  Petaloo: DIY Sunshine Happiness Journal

Hello, Petaloo Fans! Today I have  a fun activity for your tweens. This DIY Sunshine Happiness Journal is a quick, easy and affordable project.  It’s perfect for taking along on a long car trip, tucking into a camper’s suitcase, carrying on an airplane or taking to Grandma’s house.

Beautiful Reasons to be Happy Alered Journall by Kathy Clement for Petaloo Summer Fun with Kids Product by Petaloo and Simple Stories Photo 1

The base of the Sunshine Happiness Journal is a standard steno notebook.  These are awesome, because the back cover is so sturdy you don’t need a desk.  This is such a simple make that your tween could put this together all on her own.  (I did not make one for a boy, but you could do so easily!)

Beautiful Reasons to be Happy Alered Journall by Kathy Clement for Petaloo Summer Fun with Kids Product by Petaloo and Simple Stories Photo 2

I decorated the cover with Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness paper, then added on chipboard elements and stickers for extra fun.

Beautiful Reasons to be Happy Alered Journall by Kathy Clement for Petaloo Summer Fun with Kids Product by Petaloo and Simple Stories Photo 3jpg

What tween wouldn’t love to jwrite in this cute Sunshine Happiness Journal?  Plenty of pink Petaloo posies make it extra special!

 

Beautiful Reasons to be Happy Alered Journall by Kathy Clement for Petaloo Summer Fun with Kids Product by Petaloo and Simple Stories Photo 4

 

Decorate the inside cover with more designer papers and create a simple slash pocket to hold journaling cards.  The cards can be glued into the journal along with photos.

Beautiful Reasons to be Happy Alered Journall by Kathy Clement for Petaloo Summer Fun with Kids Product by Petaloo and Simple Stories Photo 5

 

These fun journal cards will look great when added to the inside pages. You could add postage stamps and envelopes to the pocket to encourage your tween to write letters home from camp or grandma’s house. Tuck in a hot pink pen, and you’re good to go!

Wishing you a fun filled summer! Now go get your craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

Petaloo Products used in this project:

Gerber Daisy x 6 light pink SKU: 1174-101

Mini Gerber Daisy x 12 fuschia/pink SKU: 1175-102

Botanica Petite’s x 11 FuschiaSKU: 1101-102

Mini Burlap x 11 Antique Red SKU: 1208-250

Other Products

Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness

Really Reasonable Ribbon Geranium Pink Lattice Print Satin

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