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Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop

Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop: Baby Card and Ribbon Wreath

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Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabby Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop!  If you came here from the delightful Dana’s fresh and fun blog, you are right on track.  If you get lost along the way, you can always pop over to the RRR BLOGto make sure you don’t miss anyone along the way.  This month, we are working with the vibrant spring colors of the February Ribbon Club Assortment.February Ribbon Club Assortment.  These lush ribbons are the perfect remedy for the mid-winter doldrums.

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Aren’t they scrumptious?  I can almost feel the tender blades of grass pushing their way up through the frozen ground, and remember the excitement of seeing that very first crocus or grape hyacinth bulb burst into bloom!  I broke out an “Oldie but Goldie” pack of Webster’s Pages paper (Nature’s Storybook) and created a sweet baby card and ribbon wreath ensemble for a new baby’s room….or for your spring mantlepiece.  Your choice!

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You all know that I save all kinds of packaging.  When I bought a new scarf this winter, it was packaged with this clear plastic ring, and that is when this idea was born.  I saved it in little silver tray that I keep beside my desk, and when I was cleaning the other day, I found it and knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.  This ribbon wreath is such a quick and easy project!

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I simply cut 6″ lengths of ribbon and folded them in half.  I placed the folded edge under the ring, outside the circle and then pulled the cut end through that loop.  I went all away around the ring, which measured about 3″ in diameter, alternating between Apple Green Satin Swirls, Kiwi Shimmer Satin, Grape Plaid Ribbon, Celery Green Plaid Ribbon, Light Orchid Butterfly Grosgrain, Purple and Green Chevron Striped Ribbon, Grape Satin with a Grosgrain Edge, and Purple and Green Confetti Grosgrain ribbons.  This took about 20 minutes, so went really fast.

Kathy by Design Ribbon Wreath for Really Reasonable Ribbon

I die cut my paper using a Spellbinder Circle Nestabilities, then treated it with UTEE, cracked the glaze and inked it with Black Soot Distress ink.  This is such a quick and easy way to age a picture, and it also strengthens the paper.  I hot glued this onto the back of the wreath, and added the little metal charm that I found in my stash.  Then I just hot glued the beautiful Lilac Cottage Roses, white cosmos, purple and lilac bead/berry sprays , green sweetheart blossoms and parrot green leaves around the rim.  I used a small piece of Sandra Crochet Lace to create a hanger for the wreath.

Kathy by Design Baby card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

I was having so much fun with these ribbons that I couldn’t stop myself, and made a card to match.  The focal image on the card was cut from the same sheet of Webster’s Pages paper using a circle die.  I hot glued a double layer of Lime Double Ruffled Ribbon under the circle, then added more of the parrot green leaves and some purple Sweetheart Blossoms and a few bead/berries to the top.  I painted the little charm with Antique Linen Distress paint, and then tapped the heart with some chalk ink.  It looks like a complicated card, but it’s actually very easy to make.  The gorgeous ribbons, flowers and leaves did all the heavy lifting for me!

Kathy by Design Baby Card:

Kathy by Design/Baby Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop

I like the idea of using this as a non-traditional baby card.  What would you use this card for?

Next stop on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop is always a treat for the eyes!  Go and see what vintage treasures the clever Cherry Nelson has cooked up for you this month!  And don’t forget to finish up at the RRR BLOG so that you can answer this month’s secret question and maybe win your own package of this gorgeous ribbon!

Thanks for hopping by!  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below!



Best Friends Card

Hello, Friends!

I’m just popping in quickly today to share a sweet Best Friends card that features the February Ribbon Club Assortment from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  These are fresh, fun ribbons and such a  nice splash of color in the middle of winter.  Take a look! You are going to love them!

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Aren’t they scrumptious? They are so perfect for spring!  And let’s face it, we could all use a little spring right about now!  I took them all out of their pretty wrappings and piled them up on my desk so I could just look at them. Pretty, pretty!  I couldn’t wait to play with them, and went right to work making this fresh, fun card.

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These pretty papers from Webster’s Pages Best Friends collection were the perfect match for this yummy assortment of purple and green ribbons.  The end result is a card that is light, bright, ,fresh and fun!  I ran my base layer through a Spellbinders M-Bossabilities folder to create some texture and then sponged it with Dusty Concord Distress Ink to add depth.  Three other patterns were matted with Stampin’ Up Pear Pizazz and then stitched on my sewing machine.  Matting different paper patterns with the same solid cardstock keeps the card from feeling too busy.

RRR Feb 4 02I want that dog.  He is so handsome…and he looks supportive, honest and loyal, doesn’t he?  I framed my image with the delicate Sandra Crochet Lace  and then created a splashy double layer bow (using my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool, of course) with the festive Apple Green Satin Swirls Ribbon and the playful Purple and Green Confetti Dots Grosgrain Ribbon.  This was topped off with one of the sweet Purple Cosmos blooms and a couple of lilac Bead/Berry Sprays.  I love using these bead/berry sprays to add a little extra layering on a card.

RRR Feb 4 03The inside is simple…just another panel from the papers with a little tag, leaving plenty of room to write a note or special message.  This would make a great birthday card, thinking of you card, or even a Valentine.

If  you’re not a member of the Ribbon Club yet, you can sign up HERE.  It only takes a second, and I can’t believe how much yummy ribbon Bonnie packs into each month’s assortment.  It’s like getting a birthday present in the mail every month….and who doesn’t like that?

Thanks for stopping by!  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.



Chocolate Pocket Valentine Tutorial for RRR

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Chocolate Pocket Valentine for RRR

Hello, all you fabulous Ribbon Lovers!  It’s my turn to share this trendy chocolate pocket Valentine that I made for Really Reasonable Ribbon.

I love Valentine’s Day!  My mom and dad were married on Valentine’s Day, my husband and I said “I Do,” two days after Valentine’s Day, our eldest son walked down the aisle a few days before Valentine’s Day, and this year our middle son will take his bride a week prior to the big event.  So our family takes this celebration of love and romance pretty literally!

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I make a lot of traditional type Valentines, and I’ll be sharing those with you here as the month goes on, but I also wanted to try my hand at a more “non-traditional” Valentine.  I had this great paper from Webster’s Pages and I thought, “Why not?”

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I began by rounding the corners on a 7″ x 5″ kraft card base.  I added my layers of matted designer paper to this base after stitching around the perimeter.  I glued down a decorative bag that I had in my stash, but you can buy them from RRR here.  Bonnie has a fabulous selection in all different colors and designs.  Adding these little bags to a card design is really fun!  Check it out:

RRR Chocolate Pocket Valentine04  I made a matching tag to go in the pocket!

I even had a Ghirardelli chocolate wrapped in teal paper!  All I can say is, it was meant to be! The little hearts are punched out of the designer paper, and the sentiment is from a Heartfelt Creations stamp.  My favorite thing about this tag is the fun Jute String Bow. 

This stuff is so fun to work with!  It’s thick, but not too thick, and there are some cool things you can do with it.  On this tag, I spread a very light layer of white glue on the tails, then wrapped them around bamboo skewers.  When they had dried, I pulled them off the skewers, and the tails were all loopy and coiled.

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The other thing that is really fun to do with this jute string is adding a banner to your card front.

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If you click on this picture, you will see that the banner string is twisted.  This is a quick and easy way to add even more visual interest to this great jute string.  Just cut a length of jute string that is twice as long as you want the final product to be.  Grasp each end of the string between the thumb and index finger of each hand.  While holding the left hand still, spin the twine toward you with the thumb and index finger of the right hand.  When it is nice and tight, bring both hands together and the twine will wrap around itself, creating this great look.  Then, just secure it with brads and a few dots of white glue.  I also wrapped the twine around the top of the bitty bag.

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In my opinion,  no card is complete without a touch of ribbon!  I used the dreamy shimmer satin ribbon from this assortment.  Here’s a peeky:

Shimmer Satin Assortment Pastel Frosty  Yummy, right?

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And this is the inside of the card.  It says, “You read me like a book.”  Punny, right?

And that’s it for me today, folks!  I hope you enjoyed this little Chocolate Pocket Valentine Tutorial!  I had a blast making the card, and I love sharing my ideas with you.  I’d love to hear from you….your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers! Until next time,



For lo, the winter is past (Easter Card)

Just a quick post this morning, featuring another Easter card  This one also used papers from Webster’s Pages and a handwritten sentiment.  “For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone…flowers appear on the earth.”  Taken from The Song of Solomon, this seemed like the perfect sentiment for an Easter Card featuring fussy cut flowers and pastel colors: 010 (2) Don’t you just love the crystal flourish and sweet wooden butterfly?  Lots of stitching and distressing on the edges, too.

Click on photo for larger image.  You'll see torn edges, flourishes that were dabbed with acrylic paint, and  slight cutaway for this very shabby chic card.

Click on photo for larger image. You’ll see torn edges, flourishes that were dabbed with acrylic paint, and slight cutaway for this very shabby chic card.

015 (2) The inside of the Easter card, with a simple, handwritten greeting and torn paper layers.  The torn edges were inked with Distress Ink in Tea Dye. The little birdies are the only stamp used in this card.  They are from Crafty Secrets and they are on sale right now!

Here’s the finished card with the envelope. 

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Although Easter comes early this year, I think for many of us it seemed as though Spring would never come!  You still have time to make your own Easter card, celebrating the fact that the winter is past, the rain is over and gone and the flowers are appearing on the earth. 

That’s it for me today, peeps….I have lots of projects that I’m working on…some fun things I’ll be sharing with you in days to come.  My husband and some of our kids are headed to the ACC tournament today (we bleed TarHeel Blue in this household…and we also have to cheer on NC State, as our beloved daughter-in-law is an alumna of that fine institution.  Gotta share the love!)  So, “Go State” and “Go Heels!”  I’m excited, because this means I will have the whole day and the whole evening to play in my studio, read and relax.  I don’t even have to cook, because I have a pot of soup in the fridge.  Woo-hoo!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my little blog today.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  Don’t forget to leave a comment…they make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time….



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