Batter Up! Masculine Baseball Themed Birthday Card

Masculine Baseball Themed Birthday Card with Ribbon: Batter Up!

Hello again, Ribbon Lovers!  I’m back today with another birthday card for the guys.  Our youngest son has loved baseball since he was a toddler.  One of his life goals is to attend a professional ballgame in every US Major League ballpark.  So when it came time to make his birthday card, the theme was obvious.  This masculine baseball themed birthday card uses another of my favorite ribbons for the “fellas.”

Masculine Baseball themed birthday card Rugged by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

Once again, I used Authentique’s Rugged Paper Collection to make this 5″ x 7″ masculine baseball themed birthday card.  I just love the vintage feel and the gorgeous patterns.

Masculine Baseball themed birthday card Rugged by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

When making a card for a man, this Navy Blue Canvas Color Band Ribbon with stitched edges scores every time!

Masculine Baseball themed birthday card Rugged by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3It’s especially nice on a baseball themed card, as the stitched edges echo the stitching on a baseball.  How cool is that?  I topped this double loop bow with a natural burlap string bow and a baseball novelty button.  Home run!

Masculine Baseball themed birthday card Rugged by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4

I hope I’ve shared some tips that you can use the next time you need to make a masculine card.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Vintage Style Golf Themed Masculine Birthday Card

RRR Anything Goes Challenge: Vintage Style Golf Themed Masculine Birthday Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for another fabulous Anything Goes Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I’m still working my way through family birthdays. I made this golf themed masculine birthday card for my brother in law.  He was a golf pro for many years, and even designed the course where he worked as the pro.  Now retired, he lives in a golf course community and still loves to play.  Hopefully, this card made especially for him will be a hole in one instead of  a bogey! Vintage Style Gold Themed Masculine Birthday Card Rugged by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

Adding ribbon or trim to a masculine card can sometimes be tricky.  I have several ribbons that I always keep on hand because they work so well on masculine cards.   This Ivory, Brown and Copper Plaid is one of my favorites.   I love the way it looks with these papers from Authentique’s Rugged collection.

Vintage Style Gold Themed Masculine Birthday Card Rugged by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

Distressing, embossing and inking give this card a great outdoorsy, masculine feel.  I even found a golf tee in my stash and used as a hanger for my little sticker banner.

Vintage Style Gold Themed Masculine Birthday Card Rugged by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3The soft woven texture of this ribbon makes it so easy to tie.  To add a little extra texture, I topped it with a natural burlap string bow and a leather button from my stash.

A Peek Inside

Vintage Style Gold Themed Masculine Birthday Card Rugged by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4You’ll find more references to my brother-in-law’s hobby on the inside of this golf themed masculine birthday card.  A small pocket holds a ribbon topped tag and a little sweet treat.  The sentiment is stamped on a 3″ x 4″ journal card from the Rugged collection.

Vintage Style Gold Themed Masculine Birthday Card Rugged by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5Here’s a closer look at the tag.

Now It’s Your Turn

You’re invited to join in on this fun challenge.  Simply create any kind of project using ribbon or trim and link it up on the RRR Blog before midnight EST on Thursday, October 19th.  We’ll be popping by to pick our top 3 favorites from all the entries.

You can read all the details and challenge guidelines HERE.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Autumn Time 45 Minute Folio Video Tutorial

#SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 Minute Folio Video Tutorial

Hello, G45’ers!  Are you ready to get your craft on?  I’m hoping that this #SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 Minute Folio Video Tutorial will have you chomping at the bit to pull out your paper pretties and have a crafting good time!

@SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 minute folio video tutorial A Place in Time ABC Primer by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

#SimplyG45 projects are designed to be created with minimal materials, at minimal expense and in under one hour.  This sweet Autumn Time Folio ticks off all those boxes!  Made with 4 sheets of gorgeous autumn inspired paper from A Place in Time and ABC Primer and  a handful of Graphic 45 Staples Square Black tags,  the only other real supplies you need are a few sheets of kraft cardstock, a bit of ribbon and crafting supplies that you probably already have in your stash.

@SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 minute folio video tutorial A Place in Time ABC Primer by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

Best of all, you can use this clever design to create a folio in any style or theme.  Just change up the papers, and you’re off on another paper adventure.

@SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 minute folio video tutorial A Place in Time ABC Primer by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

Today you’re going to learn how to make a super simple binding.  You’ll also learn how to make 2 styles of pockets.  And, just for fun, you’ll learn how to make a fun hidden fold out page.

@SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 minute folio video tutorial A Place in Time ABC Primer by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

This tag and pocket folio design is super quick to make.

@SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 minute folio video tutorial A Place in Time ABC Primer by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5But it’s not at all short on sweet surprises!

A Preview of the Details in the Autumn Time 45 Minute Folio

@SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 minute folio video tutorial A Place in Time ABC Primer by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

In the tutorial that follows these photos, you’ll see how I create simple paper borders and  easy paper layers.

@SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 minute folio video tutorial A Place in Time ABC Primer by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7You’ll discover how to make patterned papers do the heavy lifting for you.

@SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 minute folio video tutorial A Place in Time ABC Primer by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8You’ll discover how to make hidden journaling spots.

@SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 minute folio video tutorial A Place in Time ABC Primer by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9

Simple design is not boring.

@SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 minute folio video tutorial A Place in Time ABC Primer by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10These stylish tags come together in the wink of an eye!

@SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 minute folio video tutorial A Place in Time ABC Primer by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 11

I think this would be such a great place to preserve all the sweet first day of school photos, or field trip photos or apple picking photos.

@SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 minute folio video tutorial A Place in Time ABC Primer by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 12

So now that you’ve seen what we’re making today,  it’s time to get down to business.  Follow the steps in this 35 minute video, and you’ll have your own Autumn Time Folio sitting on your work table in no time!

#SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 Minute Video Tutorial on YouTube

#SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 Minute Folio Tutorial Supply List

I hope I shared some tips 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.  And, if you make this little folio, I’d love to know all about it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Little Birdie Flowers for Friday Focus at The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Friday Focus at The Funkie Junkie Boutique: A Trio of Project with Little Birdie Flowers

Hello Friends!  Just popping in to let you know that I shared some fun projects featuring Little Birdie Flowers yesterday on the Friday Focus feature on the Frilly and Funkie Blog .

Don’t know what the Friday Focus is all about?  Well, I’ll tell you!  Each Friday Focus sale features a line of products from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  This go round, we are focusing on Little Birdie Crafts Flowers.

Know what comes with the Friday Focus?  A sale!  Yes!  For the next two weeks, all Little Birdie Flowers products will be on sale in the Funkie Junkie Boutique for an additional 15% discount.  No code needed!  You can find the sale HERE.

To showcase these pretty florals, I’ve created two new projects.  Would you like a sneaky peek?

Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie by Kathy Clement Photo 1

Little Birdie Flowers and Prima Amber Moon Shadow Box Card Folio

This Prima Amber Moon Shadowbox Card Folio looks great with the rustic texture of these Little Birdie Vintaj Donatella Flowers.

Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie by Kathy Clement Photo 2

Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie by Kathy Clement Photo 3 Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie by Kathy Clement Photo 4 Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie by Kathy Clement Photo 5 Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie by Kathy Clement Photo 6 Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie by Kathy Clement Photo 7

I hope you’ll join me on the Frilly and Funkie Blog for more photos and all the details!

Happy Friday Focus!

Cheerio,

kathy

Alumni Blog Hop: Coffee Talk Birthday Card Folio

This hop is now closed.  The winner is Joy McCoy.  Thanks for hopping!

Heartfelt Creations September Alumni Hop: Coffee Talk Birthday Card Folio

 

Hello, Friends!  Coffee, anyone?  I’m ready for you with this freshly brewed Coffee Talk Birthday Card Folio.  It‘s time for the Heartfelt Creations September Alumni Hop! You should be arriving here from Vicki’s beautiful blog.  

Coffee Talk Birthday Card Folio by Kathy Clement September HC Alumni Blog Hop Photo 1

Don’t you just love the browns, creams, blues and tans in the Coffee Talk collection?  I had so much fun putting this 6.25″ square top fold card folio together!

Coffee Talk Birthday Card Folio Tips and Tricks

Coffee Talk Birthday Card Folio by Kathy Clement September HC Alumni Blog Hop Photo 2

Here are some tips and tricks you can use in making this Coffee Talk Birthday Card Folio:

  • Stamp the coffee mug image onto light colored patterned paper from the Coffee Talk Paper Collection. .  This saves loads of time, as there is no need to color the image!  Let the Coffee Talk paper collection do all the heavy lifting for you.  I used ColorBox Decades Bon Voyage Blue Ink to stamp, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
  • Add inky details with Sponge Daubers.  This is another great time saver!  I sponged Broken China and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide inks to add some shading to my coffee mug.
  • Cut out the coffee mug with the matching coffee mug die.  Quick and easy!
  • Finally, layer up your background paper with a strip of striped paper and some die cut borders.
  • Mat the coffee cup on a white doily, then elevate with foam tabs or waste cardboard.
Coffee Talk Card Folio: Let’s Talk Flowers!

Coffee Talk Birthday Card Folio by Kathy Clement September HC Alumni Blog Hop Photo 3Flowers add that special finishing touch to this birthday card.  Here’s how I made my flowers.

  • Stamp two sets of Botanical Rose on light colored patterned paper from the Coffee Talk Collection.  I stamped with the same Decades Bon Voyage Blue Ink.
  • Add Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide Ink to the centers of each petal layer.  Use Sponge Daubers to make quick work of this process.
  • Now, Sponge the edges of the petals with Broken China Distress Oxide Ink, again using sponge daubers.
  • Next, cut out the flowers with the matching die from the Botanical Wings Die Set.
  • Spritz the flowers lightly with water, and again with Mountain Mist Glimmer Spray from Tattered Angels.
  • Now, shape the flowers using the two largest balls in the Flower Shaping Tool  Kit.
  • You can either gently heat dry the flowers, or let them air dry.
  • When the flower layers are dried, assemble with a glue gun.
  • Next, fill the flower centers with Art institute Dries Clear Glue and Expresso-yourself Prills.
  • Stamp the leaves onto the same patterned paper using Frayed Burlap Ink.  Die cut, and sponge with Peeled Paint and Frayed Burlap inks.  Shape.
  • Finally arrange the flowers on the card front.
  • Add a bow and button and the cut out birthday greeting.
  • Die cut the oval tag using the Luggage and Tag Die.  Tie to the mug handle with burlap string.
Coffee Talk Birthday Card Folio: A peek inside!

Coffee Talk Birthday Card Folio by Kathy Clement September HC Alumni Blog Hop Photo 4

Adding a pocket to the inside of this card folio turns it into a gift!

Coffee Talk Birthday Card Folio by Kathy Clement September HC Alumni Blog Hop Photo 5Just look at all the birthday goodies that are tucked inside!

Coffee Talk Birthday Card Folio by Kathy Clement September HC Alumni Blog Hop Photo 6

Use scraps to create a fun little photo album/gift card wallet.


Coffee Talk Birthday Card Folio by Kathy Clement September HC Alumni Blog Hop Photo 7

Decorate it with 3×4 panels from the cut apart page.

On With the Hop!

From here, you should hop on over and see what paper pretties Amaryllis has in store for you.  You can find the complete blog hop order below:

Vicki ♥ Kathy (you are HERE) ♥ Amaryllis ♥ Archana Martine Gloria ♥ Alissa ♥ Deneen ♥

Sarah

Be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop and leave a lovely comment as a lucky winner of a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card will be randomly selected from one of the blogs!  The winner will be announced on the HC Blog  and Facebook page on Wednesday, October 4th.

The Hop starts 8am EDT on Friday September 29th and closes Monday 2nd Oct at 11.59pm EDT.

Thanks so much for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo

Hello, G45’ers!  Have you seen Graphic 45’s gorgeous Winter Wonderland Christmas Collection yet?  Filled with images of old barns, snow laden trees, winter songbirds and rustic patterns, it’s like taking a walk in the New England countryside of my childhood.  I recently had a chance to play with these gorgeous images and papers and worked up a Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo to share with you here.

A Spoonful of Christmas: Winter Wonderland Christmas Card #1

Winter Wonderland Spoonful of Christmas Card Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

This vintage Santa Spoon was waiting for me to grab it on one of my junkin’ adventures.  It is part of a set of 4, and I scooped them up in a New York minute!  Why I love these vintage spoons, so much, I’ll never know, but I am amassing a nice little collection to use in my crafting.

To give the spoon this frosty appearance, I added a touch of Picket Fence Distress Paint.  First, I place a small dot of the paint on my craft sheet.  Then I tap my finger into the ink.  Next, I tap most of the paint off onto the craft sheet and then just lightly dab it onto the spoon.  This way, the silver still shines through, but the edges look frosty.

Creating the Flower Clusters

A Spoonful of Christmas Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1Poinsettia are a classic choice for Christmas, so I knew I wanted to add them to this card.  The Petaloo Burlap Poinsettia I had in my stash were too bright for this rustic paper.  But no worries…flowers can be altered to match a paper collection.

A Spoonful of Christmas Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

First, lay your flowers out on a craft sheet or a nice sized piece of scrap paper.  Then mix up some Lobster , Iridescent Gold,  and Bronze Glimmer Mists by rolling the bottle between your hands.  This prevents small particles of glitter from getting stuck in the spray mechanism.  Next, spritz the mists and dry gently with a heat tool.  Repeat if necessary.

A Spoonful of Christmas Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

Adding different textures to a flower cluster makes for an interesting and more natural looking arrangement.  Combine Vintage Velvet Dogwoods with fussy cut poinsettia leaves from the paper collection.  Then tie the whole thing together with gorgeous Vintage Christmas Plaid Ribbon and Natural Burlap String Bows.

A Spoonful of Christmas Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Don’t be afraid to take your design off the edge of your card. After double matting each card layer, I shifted each one a little further to the right creating a sort of stair-step effect on the card.

A Spoonful of Christmas Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

The inside is simply finished with more beautiful papers from the collection.

Spoonful of Christmas Supply List

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland

  • Winter Wonderland
  • Rustic Holiday
  • Nordic Greetings
  • Yule Post

Other Supplies

Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo #2: Christmas Songbird Easel Card

Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

I’ve loved watching and listening to songbirds all my life.  When I saw the sweet little songbirds in Graphic 45’s new Winter Wonderland collection I nearly burst into song myself!  I knew I wanted to feature the lovely swallow from the signature page on a Christmas card. This 7.25” x 5.25” easel style card came together very quickly thanks to the gorgeous patterns and images in this gorgeous winter collection.


Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2
Christmas Songbird Easel Card Tips and Tricks
  1. To create a quick card focal, use a large circle die to cut the bird image from the paper collection and mat it on a decorative circle die. Back it with foam tabs or waste chipboard to really make it stand out.
  2. Tap miniature pine cones with Picket Fence Distress Paint to add a natural, wintry feel to your card.
  3. Tie a trio of small, rusty jingle bells together with burlap string to decorate the easel card stopper.
  4. To add to the rustic feel of this card, distress the edges.  I curled the corners around my piercing tool to add to the vintage design.

Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3 Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5 Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Here’s a peek at the inside.  Using kraft cardstock as the base adds to the rustic appeal of the card.

Christmas Songbird Supply List

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland 12×12 papers

  • Winter Wonderland
  • Nordic Greetings
  • Yule Post

Other Products

If you’re like me, you’ve fallen in love with Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland.  I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks 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

Fall in Love Reversible Pocket Tag

Frilly and Funkie Show Us Your Stamps Challenge: Fall in Love Reversible Pocket Tag

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fun challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  This go round, the lovely and talented Autumn is our hostess and the theme is “Show Us Your Stamps.”  I broke out some of my favorite Tammy Tutterow stamps to create this Fall in Love Reversible Pocket Tag, but before I share it with you, let’s see what Autumn has to say about the challenge guidelines.

Challenge Theme: Show Us Your Stamps

Our challenge this round can be summed up with one word – STAMPS!  We want to see you break out those stamps and get inky.   There are so many ways to use stamps, and you probably have a few you have never even used – so come play along!  We cannot wait to see your stamped vintage or shabby chic creations.
Fall in Love Reversible Tag with Prima Amber Moon and Distress Inks

Fall in Love Reversible Pocket Tag Amber Moon by Kathy Clement Product by Prima Photo 1

It was pure inky good fun to work up this jumbo manila tag with Prima’s Amber Moon Paper Collection, Tammy Tutterow’s Stamps and Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  I did not take step x step photos for this project, but I will share tips and tricks that I used along the way.  Anyway, this is the front side of the tag….

….And this is the reverse side with the pocket.  Now, let’s get down to the details.

Fall in Love Reversible Pocket Tag: Creating the Background
  • Begin by “smooshing” fall colored Distress Oxide Inks onto a non-stick craft sheet.  The colors should be close together, but should not overlap.
  • Next, use a Distress Sprayer (or mister bottle) to add water to the inks until the inks begin to bead up.
  • Now, take the jumbo manila tag and lay it face down into the puddle of ink.  I did not swipe the tag at this point.  Instead, I just gently smoothed the back side.
  • Next, lift the tag from the inky puddle and heat until it is mostly dry.
  • Repeat this process until you are happy with the background ink.  The important thing to remember is to dry between layers.
  • Look for little beads of ink and pick them up to add interesting layers to the tag.
  • I did swipe the tag through the ink toward the end, and it left lovely streaks.
  • Finally, spray Antique Brass Mica Spray onto the craft sheet and tap the tag into it.  This will create lovely little sparkly flecks on the tag.
Let’s Stamp!

When it came to stamping the background, I did not use an acrylic block or stamp press,  I just rolled a random area of the Big Cheesecloth Background Stamp over my Frayed Burlap Distress Ink pad.  Then I randomly rolled it over the inky background.  This added the lovely little dots of color and texture that you can see in this photo.

Next, i stamped Tammy’s “Make Today” sentiment with a Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Then I colored the open areas in with an alcohol ink marker.

I felt the sentiment needed a frame to anchor it to the tag.  So I stamped Tammy’s Simple Line Border Stamp onto manila card.  Next, I heat embossed it with super fine copper embossing powder.  Then I colored it in with DOX inks and cut it out with my craft knife.  Finally, the frame was backed with foam tabs to pop it up a bit.

This small rusted heart is stamped with Dear Ruby, then heat embossed with super fine copper embossing powder.  I love the way this turned out!

Before you add the flowers and other embellishments, I recommend you complete the reverse side of the tag!

Fall in Love Reversible Pocket Tag: The Flip Side

To decorate the pocket on the back of the tag, I stamped and colored Tammy’s Sunflower Bunch .  The little sentiment title is from Tammy’s Sentiments 2 Stamp and Die combo.   Vintage buttons from my stash, a little burlap string bow and some fancy ric rac that my dear daughter in law gave me finished the job nicely.

So, What’s in the Pocket?

Just a Little Dose of Happy in the pocket, that’s all!   I scored and folded a scrap of kraft cardstock to make this sweet little gift card/tea bag holder.  The image is from the Amber Moon 3×4 Journal card stack.  I just added Tammy’s sentiment to the center of the wreath and heat embossed with copper embossing powder.

A little teabag and a trio of small tags are inside.

I made these tiny tags by mopping up the ink left on my craft sheet.  Then I added images from the Amber Moon 6×6 pad along with some ephemera stickers and snippets of fibers.  I used Tim’s Tiny Attacher to hold the fibers in place.

Now It’s YOUR turn!

You are cordially invited to join the fun and play along in this Show Us Your Stamps Challenge.  Simply create a vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge guidelines and link up at the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, October 10th.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose our top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot  at Frilly and Funkie.  The next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

I hope I’ve inspired you to break out your stamps and play along.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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