Category Archives: Vintage Photo Cards

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

RRR Pretty Bows Challenge

Really Reasonable Ribbon Pretty Bows Challenge

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Hello, Friends!

There’s a brand new challenge up on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  Show us your prettiest bows in out Pretty Bow Challenge!

Kathy by Design/Vintage Beach Flapper CardOh yes!  Pretty ribbons make this card sing. Don’t you just love this gorgeous bow made with Bluebird Plaid and Ivory Burlap String? It was the perfect match for the vintage bathing suit in this Vintage Beach Flapper Girls Digital Collage from Polly’s Paper Etsy. I dug into my vast hoard of papers and found this beautiful Blue Awning paper from K & Company, which picked up on all the great vintage blues found in the project.

Pretty Bows Challenge 03I die cut a burlap seahorse and starfish to embellish the page, along with a big blue polka dot flower that I found in my stash.  I glittered it up with Diamond stickles and Prima Pearls, and surrounded it with some Petaloo Sugared blossoms.  The silver star brads are from Stampin Up.  The leaves were freehand cut from an old book.

Pretty Bows Challenge 04I love to layer on texture, so I wrapped a couple strands of white netting around the card base.  It makes me think of fish nets, and I love how it lightens up the card. To add even more texture, I put down a row of Elise Crochet lace on top of the Bluebird Plaid.  It was a little brighter white than what I wanted, so I just lightly tapped it with Vintage Photo Distress ink to make it perfectly vintage.

Pretty Bows Challenge 05This Vintage Beach Flapper just makes me want to say boop-boop-be-doop!  How does she tie such gorgeous bows, you may ask?  With my trusty Zutter-Bow-it-All tool, that’s how! It makes a perfect bow each and every time.  I loooove this tool!

Pretty Bows Challenge06I layered in more papers on the inside and stamped a quick sentiment.

Stop by the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog for more inspiration from the team, and don’t forget to link up your fabby project to the Pretty Bows Challenge at RRR.

And, if you’re interested in purchasing this card, you can find it in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Beach Babes Banner

Beach Babes Banner with Polly’s Paper Etsy

Hello, Friends!

It’s sizzling hot here in North Carolina.  It’s been in the mid to upper 90’s with high humidity for the past couple weeks and all this heat has me dreaming about escaping to the beach.  But alas, I already had my vacation in May…so here I remain.  What’s the next best thing to being at the beach?  Making a Beach Babes banner with Vintage Beach Flapper images from Polly’s Paper Etsy, that’s what!  Go grab your suntan lotion and flip flops and take a mini beach break with me this morning.

Beach Babes Banner/http://www.kathybydesign.comDon’t you feel cooler already?  I created three pennants. each sized at 4.5″ x 7.25″.  I cropped my beach babes from the digital file, and then sized them to measure 3″ x 4.5″.  I could have gone bigger, or smaller…or printed them exactly as they come on the collage sheet.  That’s the beauty of digital.  It gives you loads of options.

Beach Babes Banner 02Each beach babe was stitched onto a beachy blue/grey cardstock, white burlap, Blue Awning paper from K & Company,  and then matted onto another beachy blue pennant.  I am completely nuts over these beach babes in their vintage bathing suits and parasols!

Beach Babes Banner 03I stitched my pennants onto 2.5″ wide nautical natural ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The end pieces were torn into strips.  Then I added streamers of light navy satin, and topped each streamer off with a poufy grey plaid bowIvory burlap string was tied into pretty loops and then topped with a vintage red button from my stash.

Beach Babes Banner 04I found some great vintage lace  that made me think of waves on the ocean, so I stitched that along the top of the banner.  Then I added red paper clips, metal clips, painted stars, rhinestone swirls and pretty posies to play in the surf with my beach babes.  Once everything had been added to the pennants, I covered up the stitching on the back with a navy cardstock pennant.  This way, the back looks finished.

Beach Babes Banner 05I wish they still made bathing suits to look like this, don’t you?  They are pretty, and feminine and would cover up a fair amount of “jelly.”

Thanks for stopping by and taking a break with my Beach Babe Banner and Polly’s Paper.

Cheerio,

kathy

This item is available for purchase in my Kathy by Design Etsy Shop.

Craft Hoarders Anonymous March Challenge

Craft Hoarders Anonymous March Challenge and an Important Announcement

Hello Friends!

It’s the second Monday in March, and time for another great challenge over at Craft Hoarders Anonymous.  This month we are doing a great color challenge based on this inspiration photo:

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Oh, Spring!  Green growing things and sweet baby leaves on trees and white puffy clouds in the sky!  What a perfect color palette for this time of year!  Yeah…I’m loving this color challenge.

CHACB March 2015 01I wanted to pick up on the creamy green/white tones in the color challenge and to really keep true to the spirit of Craft Hoarders, everything on this card came from my little scrap cart.  I have no idea what these papers are…or where they came from.  I can tell you that I made the roses with my Spellbinder Bitty Blossoms die and some pearlized cream paper.  The ribbon is moss green micro ribbon and iridescent white metallic string.

CHACB March 2015 03I colorized the vintage black and white photo using my alcohol ink pens.

CHACB March 2015 02The roses were painted with bundled sage distress ink and then coated with Clear Rock Candy Distress paint.  The leaves were spritzed with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist.  I painted the gold metal roses with the Bundled Sage paint as well.

CHACB March 2015 05I followed a wedding or anniversary theme and added a little stamping on the inside of the card.  Easy peasy!

CHACB March 2015 06

 

Now for the important announcement.  Sadly, this will be the last challenge over at Craft Hoarders.  Gloria, our chief hoarder in charge and fearless leader has taken on some demanding design assignments that have really stressed her schedule.  In order to maintain a healthy balance between family, health and work, she is having to make some hard choices and step away from some of her crafting obligations.  Shutting down the challenge was not an easy decision, but it is the right decision for her….and we wish her well.  You can read Gloria’s personal statement and all the details over at the Craft Hoarders Blog.

So, let’s go out with a bang!  Dig deep into your crafty hoard and come up with something totally fabby for the Craft Hoarders Anonymous March Challenge.  You have until midnight PT on April 12th to link your project up to the CHACB blog.  We’ll be popping by to leave you some bloggy love and pick our favorites for one final time.

To everything there is a season, right?

Be sure to visit the rest of the team’s final projects…I know you will be inspired:

Amber ♥ Christy ♥ Debbie Donna ♥ Ginny ♥ Glenda ♥ Gloria (blog owner)
Pam ♥ Teresa  Wendi

Now go get your craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Word Art Wednesday Guest Designer

Word Art Wednesday Guest Designer: Stir Up a Little Love!

Hello, Friends!

I’m super excited about today’s post, as I am honored to be  the Word Art Wednesday Guest Designer this week. My fellow Really Reasonable Ribbon teammate and friend, Karen Letchworth, invited me to share a little Crafty Secrets goodness using this week’s Word Art:

Word art Wednesday 02I created this 5″ x7″ top fold card using papers from the Crafty Secrets  Kitchen Memories digital kit, and some cute papers from the Homemade Vintage Image and Journal Booklet.  The Word for this week is from Proverbs 10: 12, “Hatred stirreth up strife, but Love covereth all sins.”  These two cutie pies look as though they could be stirring up some fun in the kitchen, don’t they?

Word art Wednesday 01I cut apart two sheets from the journaling booklet, and treated the photograph of these junior chefs with a dose of UTEE.  It gave the paper a great vintage photo look.  The chipboard heart, also from Crafty Secrets. was covered with paper and a bit of glossy accents.  I fussy cut the veggies and shopping list paper from the Homemade Booklet as well.  I layered this all up with yummy black and red gingham ribbons, a black brad and a couple cute buttons.  Quick and easy and very vintage with this classic red, black and cream color palette.

If you haven’t played along at Word Art Wednesday, I encourage you to do so!  They are a sweet bunch of ladies, and they offer some wonderful prizes each week.  You can choose to work with their free word art of the week, or you can just play along in the challenge under the “anything goes” option.  Either way, it’s a ton of fun! Just link up your project on their blog.

Thanks, Karen and company, for inviting me to serve as your guest designer this week!  I love playing along in your challenges, and I am deeply honored to be your Guest Designer this week!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Creating With Vintage Photos (Mama Said Card)

“Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This….

Good Thursday morning, folks.  Now that I’ve got you humming that nostalgic tune, how about we discuss creating with vintage photos?  Vintage photos are a hot trend right now, and you can easily use your own family vintage photos to create unique and meaningful gifts.  With Mother’s Day right around the corner, this is a great way to fashion a one of a kind gift for Mom that’s guaranteed to make her laugh (or cry, as the case may be) and feel especially  loved.

The Story Behind the card

I have a best friend who lives in Georgia.  We’ve known each other since we were both young wives and mothers….more than 32 years now.  Dianne is a girlfriend’s girlfriend!  She and I have been together through thick and thin –literally and figuratively!  About a year ago, we enjoyed a glorious girlfriend’s weekend together.  There was wine, laughter, fabulous food, shopping, shopping, shopping and late nights filled with reminiscing and girl fun.  Dianne is a fabulous decorator, and I enjoyed a tour of her beautiful home.  She has this photo of her mom hanging in her laundry room:

Mom fixed & smaller (2) Her mom lived in base housing in Massachusetts when Diane and her three siblings were small.  There was no dryer in the home…everything had to be hung out on the line.  Two of her kids wet the bed, so there was always a ton of laundry to be done.  On this very windy day in March, her Mom was trying to hang out the freshly laundered sheets, and the frisky spring wind kept whipping them and breaking the clothesline, causing the sheets to fall on the ground…which meant they had to be laundered all over again.  Can you believe this happened three times?  After the third time, Dianne’s mom went to her friend’s house and said, “Come and take a picture of this.  If I don’t laugh about it, I know I will cry.”  So the picture was taken, and the rest is history.  

The minute I saw this photo, a plan hatched in my brain.  I asked Dianne to e-mail me a copy of the photo, which she did, and this year for Christmas, I carried out the plan.  Here’s what I created with this vintage photo:

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I cropped the photo, printed it on matte photo paper in sepia tones and matted it on brown cardstock,  I stamped a graphic stamp around the perimeter of the kraft card base using copper metallic ink.  The corners were rounded, and a cute little tag was affixed to the lower left corner of the photo:

004 I added twine to the top of the card and that, as they say, was that.  I kept it simple, wanting this fabulous vintage photo to be the star of the show.  I made 8 of these 5×7 cards for Dianne, packaged them in clear cellophane packaging and tied ribbons and twine around the top.  The day she received the package, she called me in tears, “The best present ever…” was her verdict.

Creating with vintage photos for special occasions

We all have these photos around the house.  The color photos are often not so great looking, but printed in sepia or black and white, they take on an elegant finish.  You could use a vintage photo of your child on the first day of school and put it into a set of thank you notes for high school or college graduation.  A vintage photo of a Bride to Be playing dress up would make great thank you notes or wedding shower invites.  For the expectant mom, you could use her baby pictures….there is no end of clever ideas for creating with vintage photos.  It’s inexpensive, meaningful and unique.  It requires very little crafting ability and almost no crafting tools.  The bottom line?  You can do this!!!  And you’ll look like a gift-giving rock star in the process!

That’s it for me today.  I leave you to get going on your own, creating with vintage photos…and humming, “Mama Said There’d be Days Like This!”  Hoping this is one of the good days Mama told you would come your way.  Until next time,

Cheerio,

kathy

Product used in this project:  Paper: 5×7 kraft card bases and envelopes from Darice; brown cardstock from Bazzil; Dies: Tim Holtz Alterations Tiny tags and Tabs; Punches: 1 3/8 ” circle punch; Inks: Ranger Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and Tea Dye; Colorbox Cat’s Eye Pigment Brush Pad in Copper; Twine: DMC cotton floss color 644; Stamps: Japanese fan, Maya Road; Flourish: Technique Tuesday.

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