Category Archives: Spring Project

April Showers Pocket

April Showers Pocket for Really Reasonable Ribbon Welcome Spring Challenge

RRRChallengeBadgeHello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for another fabby challenge using ribbon or trim at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Our theme this time is Welcome Spring, and I’ve used ribbon from the March Ribbon Club Assortment with Graphic 45’s Children’s Hour goodies in my April Showers Pocket.  I think you are really going to love this project!

April Showers Pocket for RRR Welcome Spring ChallengeI am going to let you in on a secret: this did not start out as a pocket.  It started out as a layout with a pocket, and something went terribly wrong and I was afraid I was going to have to scrap the whole project.  But just as I was about to give up, I decided to remove the pocket from the layout and see if I could salvage things.  Lo and behold, it worked, and I actually super love the way this one turned out.

April Showers Pocket for RRR Welcome Spring 01The color palette for the April papers is all soft blues, greens and yellows with some peach thrown in.  I decided to ignore the peach tones and used my ribbon to emphasize the blues, greens and yellows.  I wrapped the lace doily with Yellow Plaid Ribbon followed by a layer of Apple Green Swiss Dots Grosgrain Ribbon.  This color makes me think of new leaves and tiny plants pushing through the soil.  It’s perfect for spring projects!  My big poufy bow was created with Apple Green Diamond Satin Ribbon and 3/8″ Lemon Diamond Satin Ribbon.  To add some texture and visual interest, I cut a white spiral stamen into 3 sections and tucked it behind the flower.  These colors will brighten up even the darkest rainy day!  Burlap string is wrapped around the pocket base and topped with a perky bow and flower.

April Showers Pocket for RRR Welcome Spring 03Here’s a look at the details.  After sanding and inking the chipboard medallion with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, I popped the center up onto foam adhesive and coated it with Glossy Accents.  This helps the somewhat small focal image get noticed.

April Showers Pocket for RRR Welcome Spring 04Here, the pocket has been emptied of all its goodies.

April Showers Pocket for RRR Welcome Spring 05I tucked in an herbal tea bag and honey spoon, because for me, springtime means allergies, and nothing helps me feel better than a hot cuppa with honey.

April Showers Pocket for RRR Welcome Spring 06This tag contains a little envelope with a message tag inside.  I custom dyed cream seam binding ribbon to make these shabby chic bows on the tops of each tag.  I love the texture they add to the project. The custom dyed Petaloo Butterflies add great texture, too.

April Showers Pocket for RRR Welcome Spring 06I adore these little envelopes and tags!  So fun!

April Showers Pocket for RRR Welcome Spring 07This is an ephemera card from the collection, topped with ribbon and a tag.  Loads of room to write a cheery note here, and who doesn’t like a good piece of chocolate?

April Showers Pocket for RRR Welcome Spring 08This tag is topped with a teeny tiny set of keys.  I find these tags make great bookmarks, but they are also fun for brightening up a work desk or cubicle.

April Showers Pocket For RRR Welcome Spring Challenge

Now it’s YOUR turn!  Pop on over to the RRR Blog where you’ll find fabulous inspiration from the rest of the team.  Then link up your own “Welcome Spring” project so we can pay you a visit.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my April Showers Pocket!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Hop on Down to the Easter Bunny Hop

Hop on Down to the Easter Bunny Hop:  RRR Blog Hop

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Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the Easter Bunny Hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon. You should be coming here from Karen’s spectacular blog.  If so, you are right on track.

So, are you ready to hop?  The Easter Bunny Hop, that is!  With Easter right around the corner (is it early this year, or is it me?) I thought it would be fun to create a little home decor piece to share with you today. So I invited my good friends Flopsy, Mopsy and Topsy to come over for a little makeover.  They seemed pretty excited about the results!

The Easter Bunny Hop for RRR Blog Hop March 2016 01I found these wood die cut bunny forms when I was purging my studio and fell in love with them all over again. Flopsy, Mopsy and Topsy look divine attired in Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments papers, but I had to make sure they would steal the show at the Easter Bunny Hop. So I dressed them up with ribbons from the Welcome Spring Ribbon Club Assortment and loads of WOC Mulberry Flowers.  The wee bunnies were so pleased, they asked for individual photos, and of course I was happy to oblige.

The Easter Bunny Hop for RRR Blog Hop March 2016 02Flopsy is ready to hop hop hop in a stylish Pearl Pink satin bow that is topped with a soft pink Cosmos Daisy.  She decorated her picket fence with Pearl Pink Roses Grosgrain Ribbon to match her bow.  Her garden has been planted with Cosmos Daisies and a white sweetheart blossom.

Bunny Hop for RRR Blog Hop March 2016 03Mopsy is sporting a cheery plaid bow made from yellow plaid ribbon. To pick up on the purple tones of her outfit, she planted her garden with white chrysanthemums, English Roses, cosmos daisies, sweetheart blossoms and purple bead berry sprays.  She’ll make a sensational entrance at the Easter Bunny Hop as she is sporting a little sign that’s been decorated with more posies and luscious Lemon Diamond Satin Ribbon.

The Easter Bunny Hop for RRR Blog Hop March 2016 04Topsy is sporting a pink/purple plaid bow topped with a pink sweetheart blossom and is carrying a precious little Easter Egg Purse to the Easter Bunny Hop. Her garden is decorated with a ribbon wrapped vintage spool and a lovely assortment of Cosmos Daisies and sweetheart blossoms.  She decorated her picket fence with pastel Ladybug Grosgrain Ribbon.

I’m glad that I’m not the judge responsible for choosing the Queen of the Easter Bunny Hop because I think all three ladies are beautifully attired!  Which one would you crown as the belle of the ball?

Now hop on over and see what lovely treats Leslie has in store for you.  If you get off track, you can always visit the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog where you will find links to all the designers’ blogs.  And be sure to answer Bonnie’s question of the month, so you can win your very own Welcome Spring Ribbon Assortment!  And, if you’d like to subscribe to the monthly ribbon club, you can do that HERE.  Then you’ll receive a fabulous assortment of ribbon each and ever month, how fun is that?

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Gloriously Green Springtime Banner

RRR BLOG HOP: Gloriously Green Springtime Banner

RRR Blog Hop BadgeHello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for another fabulous Blog Hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon.  You should be coming here from Karen’s beautiful blog.  If you are off track, please visit the RRR BLOG where you will find a complete list of all the blogs on this hop.

Today, I have a Gloriously Green Springtime Banner to share with you.  It’s made with the Gorgeously Green February Ribbon Club Assortment which is the perfect tonic for the winter blahs.  Take a peeky:

Gorgeously Green Ribbon Club Assortment

 

I just love the springtime freshness of these fabby ribbons!  This month, the RRR team is being sponsored with digital images from our teamie, Ginny Nemchak.  Ginny owns Polly’s Paper Studio and she generously shared her beautiful artwork with us.  I thought her Large Floral Journal Cards would look smashing with this month’s Ribbon Club Assortment, so  I worked them up into this gloriously green springtime banner.

Spring Green Banner RRR Blog Hop Feb 2016 02The journal cards were stitched onto Ivory burlap and a base of green and ivory stripe French Linen cardstock. The individual pennants were then stitched onto white netting that I topped with shimmery Apple Green Swiss Mini Dot Satin ribbon.  I love the way this emphasized the green tones in Ginny’s digi art.  Here are some close ups of the individual pennants.

Gloriously Green Springtime BannerRRR Blog Hop Feb 2016 03I really wanted to catch the freshness of Spring with this banner.  I love the cloud washed skies and fresh green growing things that mark the season.  To achieve this look,  each pennant is trimmed along the top with Victoria Crochet Lace.  I created a ribbon cluster in the corners by topping a bow tied with 7/8″ white organza with a 3/8″ apple green checkerboard satin bow .  And what is springtime without a few flowers?  These gorgeous apple blossoms, magnolias. chrysanthemums, and sweetheart blossoms bring out the pinks in the paper and make this banner feel as refreshing as a springtime breeze. Next,  I found the little bird image in my stash, and framed him with this painted and glittered chipboard.

Gloriously Green Springtime Banner RRR Blog Hop Feb 2016 05I created ribbon streamers  by tying the white organza and 3/8″ apple green checkerboard satin on either side of my center panel, adding flower clusters and white Bead and Berry Sprays  to my floral groupings.

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This ornate chip frame was painted with Picket Fence Distress Paint and then splattered with Worn Lipstick and Shabby Shutters Distress Paint.  It makes me think of a field full of spring clovers.

 

Gloriously Green Springtime Banner RRR Blog Hop Feb 2016 06This feathery flourish chipboard was painted with Picket Fence Distress paint and doused with glitter. The painted and stamped fashionista chipboard was perched on top with foam tabs. Another cluster of gorgeous mulberry flowers and ribbons finishes the right hand side of the banner.

From here, you will hop on over to LESLIE’S luscious BLOG. Be sure to visit all the blogs on the hop and soak up all the inspiration, then finish up at the RRR Blog where you’ll answer Bonnie’s question of the month and be entered into a prize drawing for your very own Gorgeously Green Ribbon Collection.

I can’t wait to spy my first dandelion!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Bees, Please! Altered Bee Box & Step Out Tutorial

Bees, Please!  Altered Bee Box with Step Out Tutorial for Canvas Corp Brands

Hello, Friends!  What do gardeners do during the long cold winter months?  They pore over seed catalogs, plan their gardens and dream of spring’s arrival, that’s what!  And sometimes, they go to the thrift store, where they find cast off Christmas decor that can be transformed into something wonderful with just a pinch of imagination and some fabby art supplies.  And though I don’t really fancy myself a gardener, my dear husband and I are talking seriously about starting an organic garden this spring.  So to get myself mentally ready to take on the task, I created this altered bee box using beautiful paints, papers, and textiles from Canvas Corp Brands.

Altered Bee Box for Canvas Corp BrandsIsn’t it just totally adorable?  But I want to show you what it looked like when I found it at my local Goodwill Thrift Store.

Bee Box 001Not so fabby, very shabby (but not chic) and kind of sad.  But the Gypsy Soul in me saw that with a little work, it could make a super cute piece of home decor for our screen porch, and maybe inspire me to get out and dig in the dirt.

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That’s much better, isn’t it?  You may not know this, but Canvas Corp Brands has lovely DIY paint that is perfect for this type of rehab project.  I am not a fan of sanding down wood.  So I like to work with a paint that will cover up an ugly base. Although the DIY paint comes in a rainbow of colors, I wanted to stick with a yellow and black color palette to go with my bee theme, so I chose to work with DIY Ebony.

Bee Box tutorial 01After using a screwdriver to remove Santa’s nose, I painted the box base and drawer front with DIY Ebony paint.  It did take 2 coats, but you can see how nice and smooth it went on.

Bee Box tutorial 01aNext, I measured the length and width of the little drawer and cut a strip of this French Script Printed Burlap to size.  I cut a slightly smaller strip of Watering Can Critters and Crawlers on kraft cardstock and stitched it onto the burlap, fraying the edges.  (By the way, Canvas Corp provides a Mix and Match pad of Watering Can goodies and I think it is slightly cheaper than ordering each part separately.)  And yes, you are correct: I DID change this button and knob out for a cuter drawer pull.  Good eye!

Bee Box Tutorial 02Next, I measured the garden “bench” area and cut a strip of Yellow and Ivory French Linen Stripe Cardstock to fit. (A little later in the process, I blotched this with black paint, and decided to re-cover it with Yellow and Ivory Ribbon Stripe Cardstock, and I ended up liking this look much better.)  I also measured the inside dimensions of the bee box back and lined it with more Watering Can paper.  This is already a huge improvement from the original box!

Bee Box tutorial 03Next, I lay the box on its side and traced around the edge pieces onto scrap paper to create a template.  I fit them into the sides and made adjustments as necessary. Once I was satisfied with the way they fit, I traced the templates onto more of the Yellow and Ivory Ribbon Stripe paper and used these pieces to line the sides of the box. Doing this can prevent wasting your pretty designer paper.  I decided I liked the top of the box better with just paint, so I ended up not using the piece for the top.

Bee Box tutorial 04Once my pieces were glued into place, I dry brushed some DIY Crystal Paint over the edges of my altered bee box.  This paint is really thick and creamy, so I watered it down a good bit, then dipped the tip of an old, stiff paint brush into the puddle and brushed most of the paint off onto my craft sheet before applying it to the box.  Next, I did grab a piece of fine grit sandpaper to distress the box a little so it didn’t look so “new.”  I love how this part turned out.

Bee Box tutorial 05Next, I added a little banner to the top using scrap pieces of green and yellow paper.  The pennants were strung on natural jute cording that I braided together and held in place with some fancy thumb tacks that I found in my stash.  This is where I decided to turn the drawer into a flower planter and ideas began to bloom right and left.  I removed the button from the front of the drawer, replacing it with a miniature garden spade that I found in my stash.  The drawer was hot glued into an open position, and filled with Spanish moss, flowers, Prima resin pieces and another darling sign from The Watering Can collection.  Here are some photos for you to enjoy.

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I love the way these flowers appear to be bursting out of the altered bee box. Can you spy the bees that are humming happily?

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Here you can see the Critters and Crawlers paper that was used to line the outside edges of the box. The happy little banners are made from Yellow and Ivory French Linen Stripe Cardstock and Green and Ivory Lattice cardstock. And the Watering Can Garden Sayings on Ivory added wonderful tags and titles to this altered bee box.

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Another great tag from Garden Sayings on Ivory.

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And I’m really glad I changed the drawer pull to this miniature garden spade that I dry brushed with DIY Crystal Paint.

altered bee box for canvas corp brands

This would be a great place to hang your keys, but if you don’t have keys, you can always hang these cute garden tags.

Bee Box for CCB 07Making this altered bee box was the perfect remedy for the post holiday blahs!  Now I just need to get out my seed catalog and start planning my garden!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Things With Wings Challenge at RRR

Hello, Friends!

It’s time for a new challenge over at Really Reasonable Ribbon!  I am so excited to share today’s card for the Things With Wings Challenge, because I used some fun techniques to create my card, and I’m going to tell you how I did it!

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I super love the April Ribbon Club Collection from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Take a look!

April Ribbon ClubThese are the perfect color match for the April pages in Graphic 45’s “Time to Flourish” collection. It’s so exciting when ribbons and papers work together this beautifully!

Graphic 45 April Time to Flourish/Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon

RRR Things with Wings Challenge/Kathy by Design

I sewed two of the patterned papers from the 6×6 pad together to make the base for my card.  I ran the top portion through my Grand Calibur with the new Spellbinder’s Doily M-Bossabilities folder.  The raised design was sponged with Tea Dye Distress Ink to make it pop off the page.  Then I made a beautiful border by layering a strip of blue print paper with Tropic Checkerboard Satin Ribbon, Coral Rose Swiss Dots Grosgrain, and Theresa White Crochet Lace.

RRR Things with Wings Challenge April 2015 05I fussy cut the beautiful tulips from the 12×12 pages, and shaped them gently with my tool kit. These were adhered with foam dots to add some extra dimension, and then the centers of a few tulips were filled wtih seed beads.  I added a gorgeous bow made with Light Coral Diamond Satin Ribbon , White Iridescent metallic string, and a sweet vintage button from my stash.    I also scattered some seed beads randomly around the card…because I like them!  LOL

RRR Things with Wings Challenge April 2015 04Now, to the “Things with Wings” portion of this challenge.  I ran a Graphic 45 Staples Butterfly through my machine with a damask embossing folder to give it some really cool texture.  Next, I sponged it with a combination of Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Antique Linen Distress Paint.  I heated this gently with my heat tool (use tweezers!) and then when it was still warm, I shaped the wings.  I topped the whole thing off with a layer of Clear Distress Crackle paint, and then added half a Graphic Staples clothespin for the body.  I secured this to my card base with foam adhesive, and then tucked in a fussy cut sentiment from the same 12×12 page, topping it off with a sweet bow made from the Aqua Roses printed Grosgrain Ribbon.  This is the sweetest ribbon ever made, and I get a little weak in the knees every time I use it!

RRR Things with Wings Challenge April 2015 06Here’s a peeky at the inside of the card.  I stamped the ivory oval with one of the Time to Flourish Stamps and layered up some more sweet papers.  Doesn’t it feel like spring?

Now it’s your turn to get your craft on!  Create a project and link it up to the Things With Wings Challenge.  You’ll find all the details and links to the rest of the design team at the Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG. I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Paper Pieced Apron Note Cards

Crafty Secrets Paper Pieced Apron Note Cards

Hello, Friends!

Well, Spring has sprung in North Carolina!  My miniature daffodils are waving their pretty yellow heads in the plant pots on my front stoop. The cherry trees have burst into bloom.  The Bradford Pears that line are driveway are swelling with buds, birds are singing…even the spring peepers have started their happy chorus! Even though I’m not a gardener, this time of year always reminds me of my mom.  She could not wait to get out and dig in the dirt after our long New England winters.  She would get the laundry hung on the line, and head right out for her flower beds to give her precious posies some TLC.  When I found these adorable aprons in the Garden Style Digital Art Stamps, I knew that I had to make these paper pieced apron note cards to share with you.

Apron Cards CS 01These are standard sized 4.25″ x 5.5″ note cards on a kraft card base.  I printed out the gorgeous garden paper collage from the Digital Garden Papers and stitched it onto the pretty peach diamond papers.  I love the color combo!  It just says SPRING!

Apron Cards CS 02I printed the apron onto 4 different sheets of paper from the Garden Papers, cut them apart, and then paper pieced them back together again. Color was randomly added with alcohol markers.  I pleated the ruffle a little on each card  and popped the pockets up onto foam tape to add some fun dimension, then touched it with a little bit of Diamond Stickles for glitz and glam.

Apron Cards CS 03To finish off the flirty look, I added a simple square knot bow tied with shimmery Sheer Iridescent Peach Ribbon.

These would make such great hostess gifts…or just a flirty, fun way to send a little thinking of you note.  They are simple to make, so you could do gobs of them in and afternoon. Besides, paper piecing takes me back to playing with paper dolls.  It’s just plain fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Crafty Secrets March Linky Party

Crafty Secrets March Linky Party and Design Team Challenge: Go Green!

Hello Friends!  Welcome to the Crafty Secrets March Linky Party!  I think we are all ready for a dose of springtime right about now.  We’re focusing on spring: green growing things, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, flowers, or anything that makes us think of spring.  The optional twist this month is to use an upcycled element in our projects: a bit of corrugated cardboard, a twist tie, an old container, packaging material, jars, bottles…anything that would normally end up in the landfill.  Now I love me a good upcycling challenge!  As you know, my Closet of Shame is filled with all kinds of “trash” that I love to turn into treasure, so this was a fun challenge for me.

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

This bit of home decor started with an empty pasteboard berry basket.  I had some paper mache eggs that I decoupaged with strips of paper from the Crafty Secrets Digital Garden Papers and went to work building this fun springtime floral arrangement.  Here’s what you need to make this project:

  • a one quart pasteboard berry basket
  • white acrylic paint
  • paint brush
  • paper mache eggs, available at most craft stores this time of year
  • Spanish Moss, or some other kind of filler for your basket
  • Crafty Secrets Digital garden papers
  • Crafty Secrets Friends and Flowers Vintage Cuts
  • an assortment of Mulberry Flowers
  • ribbon
  • small chalkboard (I don’t remember where this came from)
  • White Sharpie to write on the chalkboard
  • small birdnest (from the craft store)
  • Claudine Hellmuth Matte Multi Medium
  • Hot Glue Gun
Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

This project is so quick and easy!  The key is to print the papers onto very thin paper. Just use the cheapest, thinnest printer paper you can find.  I tried to print onto tissue paper, but did not have any success with that experiment.  (If you know how…please let me know!).  I tore my paper into random strips, painted the back with Matte Multi Medium and then smoothed it onto the surface of the egg, repeating the process until the whole egg was covered.  Then, I just brushed the tops of each egg with more medium and let them dry.  As you can see, the ink did not run, and I think this is due to the fact that I used Claudine Hellmuth Matte Multi Medium.  It dries very quickly and is not a super wet adhesive.  So that’s what I would recommend for this type of project.

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Once I had painted the berry basket, I brushed the edges of it with a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink to age it a little.  I also added a strip of this pretty printed ribbon around the top of the basket edge.

I know you’ll want to see what the rest of the team has cooked up for you this month!  Be sure to visit their blogs and take a peek at their amazing projects and tutorials.

Special Guest Designer: Karen Letchworth, My Cup Runneth Over

Darlene ♥ Diane ♥ Elizabeth ♥ Ginny ♥ Gloria ♥ Melody ♥ MicheleShantaieSheila

Oh, and did I forget to mention that there are prizes?  One lucky participant will be randomly selected to win a fabulous prize package of digital papers, images and other fun artsy stuff.  You can find all the details and photos on the BLOG.

Now it’s your turn! Dig through your stash of Crafty Secrets goodies and work up a new project to share with us.  You do not have to follow this month’s theme to play along, but it’s always fun when you do.  If you don’t have any Crafty Secrets goodies, there is a free download in the Linky Party Post on the Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Blog.  So no excuses!  Go get your craft on, and link up before midnight on Sunday, March 15th.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Here’s hoping that all these spring projects will drive Old Man Winter out of town for good!

Thanks for stopping by,

Cheerio,

kathy

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