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Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Rain Boots Shaker

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Rain Boots Shaker

Hello, Friends!  February is the cruelest month of winter.  Just when you have hope in your heart that things are going to warm up and start turning green, the weather stands on its head and you are back to grey skies, cold winds and the winter blues.  So I thought I would try to hurry spring along by playing with the new Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse collection.  The sweet green gingham pattern and floral prints warmed my heart and made me forget about winter for a few hours.  Before I knew it, I’d cranked out 5 really cute cards that I’ll be sharing here and there.  (I also loaded these up into my ETSY shop if you need some Springtime color STAT!)

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Rain Boots Shaker

Rain Boot Shaker Card Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

You can see why I had to let this cheery collection fall into my cart, right?  I can’t seem to “shake” my obsession with shaker cards, and keep finding new ways to make them.  This 5″ x 7″ layered card is made with one of the  new Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frames.  The shaker element is sewn into a pouch that sits behind the frame.  Then I just popped the chipboard elements from the collection on top.    Can I just say right now, I want a pair of these rain boots?

Altering the Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame

Rain Boot Shaker Card Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

The Tim Holtz chipboard frame comes in a sort of antique white finish with an inlaid pattern.  It’s pretty as it is, but I wanted to alter it to match the collection colors and give it more presence on the card.  Here’s how I did it:

  • First, sponge on Bundled Sage Distress Ink using a dauber or blending tool.
  • Next, lightly spritz with water and heat dry.
  • Then, randomly spray some areas of the frame with Tattered Angels “Silk” Glimmer Mist.
  • Now, heat dry, dabbing up any excess with paper towels. The mica in the Glimmer Mist will sink into the slightly recessed areas of the frame and creates a neat vintage effect.
  • Finally, using a light “grinding” motion, apply another layer of Bundled Sage over the top of the frame.  Spritz lightly with water and heat dry.  The glimmer mist will resist the Distress Ink, creating a really neat vintage effect.
Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Rain Boots Card Details

Rain Boot Shaker Card Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

I dug through my stash and found these Prima Love Notes and Georgia Blues flowers that worked very nicely with this paper collection.  Peach Velvet Ribbon from my stash complements the Peach Seam Binding Ribbon and adds another layer of texture.  A little Ivory Burlap String anchors the trio of tiny blossoms in the corner of the frame.

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Rain Boots Card: A Peek Inside

Rain Boot Shaker Card Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

I  kept the inside pretty simple, but I had to add the rain boots sticker to the sentiment panel.

So, if you’re suffering from the winter blues, the Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse papers might be just the medication you’re looking for.  I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list at the end of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Rain Boots Card Supply List

 

 

 

 

Simple Stories Plaid Dad Father’s Day Cards

Just for Fun: Simple Stories Plaid Dad Father’s Day Cards

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sharing a whole stack of Simple Stories Plaid Dad Father’s Day Cards that I made over the weekend, just for fun.  I had a super heavy design team load in May, so I didn’t get to play with some of the great papers that kind of fell into my shopping cart while I was rained in at the beach.  You know what they say…when the going gets tough..the tough go shopping!  LOL  Being cooped up in a little condo for hours on end led me to browse the internet…and that led me to a few shopping sites, and…well, you know the rest of the story!

I finally found a few minutes to play, and used this entire collection up on this series of Father’s Day cards.  They are available for purchase in my Etsy shop, just in case you are interested.

Simple Stories Plaid Dad Father’s Day Card #1: Sawdust is Man Glitter

Simple Stories Plaid Dad Father's Day Cards by Kathy Clement Photo 01

I don’t think I need to explain why this Simple Stories Plaid Dad collection fell into my shopping cart.  It’s so stinkin’ cute!  And, my son works with wood.  What could be more perfect?  Plus, it’s plaid, people!  Look at that totally adorable plaid toolbox!

Each of these cards has a gift card holder and a pocket with an insert inside.  Clean, simple and perfect for Dad.

The insert is mounted on a 4.25″ x 6.25″ kraft base so you can mount  a nice photo on the back, or write a personal message to dad.

I liked this card design so much that I made two other variations of it.

This one uses great big copper brads along with the wooden ruler and novelty buttons.

The gift card pocket is made with a 3″ x 4″ cut apart image.

This one has a festive little banner across the top.  I cut the wooden ruler in two pieces, added some real galvanized nails and an embossed woodgrain panel to this one.

And here’s a peek at the inside.  I love all those plaid flannel shirts!

Simple Stories Plaid Dad Father’s Day Card #2: Gone Fishing!

Have I ever told you about the one time my dad took me fishing?  I was about 5 years old, and I had begged him over and over to take me out in the rowboat on the pond with him.  Finally, he relented.  I was so excited!  We got the boat in the water, rowed out to Dad’s favorite fishing spot and dropped anchor.

And we sat there.

No talking…you’ll scare the fish.

No figeting…you’ll scare the fish.

No, there are no snacks.

No, there is no bathroom.

No, you can’t put your hand in the water…you’ll scare the fish.

I never asked to go again.  Fishing.  What a dumb way to spend a Saturday afternoon!  LOL

But for some unknown reason, Dads love to fish. (Maybe it’s the peace and quiet? )  So I layered up more of these rad plaid papers.  Then I added some cute fishing themed buttons.  I don’t like fishing…but I love this card!

Here’s a peek at the inside.

Simple Stories Plaid Dad Father’s Day Card #3:  Coolest Dad Ever

This card makes me laugh.  The buffalo plaid hat with ear flaps?  Yep.  My dad had one of those.  Horn-rimmed glasses?  Check!  He did not, however, wear suspenders or bow ties.  But he did love his coffee…and he was the coolest dad ever.  I adored him!

This one has a fun flap feature.

Well, you knew there had to be a flap somewhere, didn’t you?  These are so easy to make.  First score a 4″ x 6″ ephemera card at 2.5″ .  Then fold on the score.  Now adhere the smaller portion to the card base.  Finally fold shut and adhere the gift card pocket.  Done and done!

Thanks for letting me share these cards (and a few memories) with you.  I hope you were inspired and somewhat amused!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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

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