Red White and Blue Patriotic Greeting Card

Really Reasonable Ribbon May 2018 Blog Hop: Red White and Blue Patriotic Greeting Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  And Happy Mother’s Day! Welcome to the May 2018 Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  With the summer holidays fast approaching, it’s perfect timing to share this Red White and Blue Patriotic Greeting Card with you.  It’s adorned with ribbons from the Red White and Blue Ribbon Club Assortment from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

 

 

Red White and Blue Patriotic Greeting Card

I decided to go bold, bright and festive on this red white and blue patriotic greeting card.  Handmade rosettes, red white and blue buttons and fussy cut letters make this card ready to party!  (The papers are from Authentique’s United Collection.)

Red White and Blue Patriotic Greeting Card United by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 01I’ve complemented the papers with this bold and beautiful double layer bow tied with Red Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon and Royal Blue Crosshatch Satin.

The bow cluster is topped with WOC Red Cottage Roses.  I’ve also tucked in some White with Red Center Sweetheart Blossoms .  There are a couple of blue Sweetheart Blossoms peeping out, too.

Red White and Blue Patriotic Greeting Card: A Peek Inside

There’s a party going on inside this card!

I topped this digital tag image with Crosshatch on Red Satin Ribbon. Then I added a simple square knot bow tied with Patriotic Candy Hearts Grosgrain Ribbon to finish it off.

I’m really thankful for all the family members, friends and strangers who have served in the military so that we can all live free.  This is me, saying a heartfelt thank you to each of you, wherever you are.  I appreciate you!

On With the Hop

From here, you will hop on over to see what fabulous idea the amazing Linsey has cooked up for you this month.  Then hop on over to the RRR BLOG, answer Bonnie’s question of the month and you’ll be entered into a drawing to receive your very own Red White and Blue Ribbon Club Assortment.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Soft and Shabby Thinking of You Card

Soft and Shabby Thinking of You Card with Burlap Center Stitch Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers! Today’s project is a soft and shabby thinking of you card that is loaded with layers and texture.  You can add texture to a project in lots of different ways. But adding ribbon is the quickest way I know to get the job done.

Soft and Shabby Thinking of You Card Cherry Tree Lane by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 01

I wanted this card to have a very natural, botanical feel.  These Kaisercraft Cherry Tree Lane papers have been calling my name for a while now, They’ve been patiently waiting in the Closet of Shame and were overdue for a little paper play time.

Soft and Shabby Thinking of You Card Cherry Tree Lane by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 02

To age the papers, I first dragged the edges through a little pool of water.  We’re not talking total immersion here…just a quick skim through a teeny tiny bit of water to soften the edges.  Next, I ran my distressing tool all along the edge of every layer.  Then I inked all the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink,. This step adds that aged shabby look that I love so much.

Soft and Shabby Thinking of You Card Cherry Tree Lane by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 03

Once I had all my paper layers in place, it was time to add the fun stuff.  Vintage pearl buttons from my stash, flat back pearls, coiled wire, glittered foliage and soft florals from Little Birdie Crafts all add to the vintage feel of the design.  To tie all these layers and paper pretties together, I created this soft textured bow using Really Reasonable Ribbon Pink Burlap Center Stitch Ribbon.

Soft and Shabby Thinking of You Card Cherry Tree Lane by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 04

This bow cluster makes my heart go pitty pat!

Soft and Shabby Thinking of You Card: A Peek Inside

Sad to say, I needed to make another sympathy card.  Too many this year, and it makes me just a little bit sad.  My hope is that this card brought comfort and peace to the heart of the recipient.  I don’t enjoy making sympathy cards, but I do love to let people know that they are not alone during a difficult time.

So what’s your favorite way to add texture to your projects?  I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Folio

Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Folio for Surf’s Up Challenge at Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  I have the honor of hosting the challenge this go round, and the theme is “Surf’s Up!” We’ll look at the delectable Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Folio I prepared in just a second, but first, let’s get the details on this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme
Who’s ready for a little sand, a little sun, and a little surf? Let’s take this challenge for a little stroll beside the shore! Create a vintage or shabby chic project with a beachy theme.  Use ocean colors  and beach images to add a seaside feel to your project.
Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Folio: Stamperia Sea Land Collection

Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Sea Land by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo 01

I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love the beach!  It’s where I go to think, to relax, to refresh and regain my perspective on life.  Sitting in the sand, the beach breeze messing up my hair, warm sand between my toes, little sea birds darting along the shore…gazing at the horizon…. OK, let’s pack up and go right now!  Who’s with me?

Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Sea Land by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo 02

This 5.25″ x 7.25″ card folio is made with Stamperia’s Sea Land paper pack.  When I began creating for this challenge, I knew I wanted to incorporate lots of layers and texture.  Mixed media has been calling to me lately, and this challenge seemed like a good opportunity to answer the call.

Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Folio: Bringing the Texture!

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For starters, I pulled out my Tim Holtz Woodgrain Texture Fade.  Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide Ink seemed like a great color to complement these pretty beach papers.  So I rubbed the ink pad directly onto the surface of my texture fade, misted my paper with a little water and ran it through my machine.  It really brought this woodgrain pattern to life!

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Next, I used my Distress Tool to rough up all the edges.  Then I added two rows of machine stitching around the perimeter.  The final step for this woodgrain layer was a touch of Frayed Burlap Distress Ink along the edges.

Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Folio: Bringing the Dimension!

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Torn paper layers add to the distressed feel of this mixed media card.  I tore 2 strips to create the shoreline and the horizon line on my card.  Each layer is backed with waste chipboard to add height and dimension.

TIP: For controlled paper tearing, “paint” a line with a water brush then wait a minute.  The water will soften the paper fibers and you’ll be able to tear the precise area that you want to add to your composition.

Once I had my shoreline and horizon line in place, I randomly brushed the water with Transparent Gloss Texture Paste to add texture.  For that sun glinting off the water look, i dusted the Texture Paste with Vintage Distress Dust.

Next,  I fussy cut the hot air balloons and sponged the edges with more Frayed Burlap.  Next, I coated them with Vintage Distress Collage Medium.  Once that was dry, I added a layer of Transparent Gloss Texture Paste and just a very light dusting of Vintage Distress Glitter Dust.

When the hot air balloons were dry, I placed them face down on my foam mat and rounded out the edges with my largest ball stylus.  Then I arranged and adhered them to the upper third of the card.  I added a bunch of Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs for extra layers without adding extra bulk.

Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card: The Little Details

Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Sea Land by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo 03

To create this shoreline collage, I wove some blades of sea grass that I’d salvaged after a storm into a sort of wreath.  That created the base for the sand dollar (also scavenged from along the shoreline) some little sea plants, tiny shells, a real starfish and a brass seahorse charm.  I also coiled up some very thin strips of paper and added them to the base of the wreath because I liked the texture they added.  The lovely sentiment is from the paper collection, too.

The tiny vial of sand is resting on a bit of driftwood, surrounded by more tiny shells.  Prills add extra texture and mimic a rocky coastline…at least in my mind!

Little Birdie Flowers were tapped with Frayed Burlap and dry brushed with Antique Linen Distress Paint.  Then I dry brushed Antique Linen Paint all along the card edges.  I diluted what was left on my craft mat, then spattered it all over the card.

Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Folio: A Peek Inside

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This cut apart image from the collection serves as a flap…

I pulled one of my favorite old beach stamps from my stash and hid it behind the flap.  Then I wrote the sentiment in with a sharpie pen.

And of course, there’s a pocket with a gift card wallet!

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And this time I made a quick little bookmark as an add in.

The gift card wallet is decorated with pretty paper scraps, a tiny chocolate and a tag.

This was such a fun, relaxing project.  Almost as good as a walk along the shore!

Surf’s Up!  Now it’s YOUR Turn!

I hope you’re feeling inspired to join in the fun on this Surf’s Up Challenge.  Just create a shabby chic or vintage project of your choice that uses beach colors and images.  Then link up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, May 22nd.

The team will will pick their four favorite projects.  The top winner will be invited to join us in a Guest Designer spot on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The next three will receive badges to display proudly on their blogs.  And everyone who enters and follows the challenge rules will be eligible to win a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

You can find all the challenge rules and details HERE.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

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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His and Hers Birthday Card Folios with Authentique Party

His and Hers Birthday Card Folios with Authentique Party

Hello, Friends!  It seems that no matter how many birthday cards I make, I still need to make more!  So when Authentique Paper released their fabulous new Party Collection, I was nearly giddy with joy!  Just like a present at a birthday party, I ripped the pack open and went to work creating these fun His and Hers Birthday Card Folios.

His and Hers Birthday Card Folios Party by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 01

Party is a celebration on paper!  Bursting with vibrant color, retro images, playful patterns and sassy sentiments, it’s just pure fun to create with it!  Both these cards measure 5.25″ x 7.25″.  I added an extra score line to each base to create a spine that would allow for goodies to be tucked inside each folio.

His and Hers Birthday Card Folios: A Party Without Cake?  Never!

His and Hers Birthday Card Folios Party by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 02Sometimes, you open a collection and know right away what you want to do with it.  I personally love when that happens.  The minute I saw this lovely cake image, this whole card design popped into my head. Hooray for inspiration!  It makes life so much easier!

How to Create the Party Cake Focal

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Here’s how I created the focal for this party pretty card.

  • First, fussy cut the cake image from Party Eight.  Don’t worry about trimming between the candles.  Add foam tabs or dimensionals to the back side of the fussy cut image.
  • Fussy cut the floral clusters from Party Six.  Back with dimensionals.
  • Next, add foam tabs or other dimensionals to the back side of the cake image.  (I cut up the Priority Mail boxes that my design team allotments are shipped in or other waste chipboard.)
  • Die cut a doily from white cardstock.  This is a Prima doily die, but you can use any doily from your stash.  I don’t recommend using a thin paper doily, however, as it won’t work in this application.
  • Cut the black polka dot paper from Party Six with Spellbinders Small Standard Circles Die (#5). Adhere this to the center of the doily.  Back the center of the doily with more foam tabs/dimensionals.

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  • Now dress this cake up for the party by adding Diamond Stickles to the icing on the top layer and in the center of the cake layers.
  • While the Stickles are still wet, sprinkle the top of the cake with TuTu Pink Prills
  • Arrange the fussy cut flower clusters around the base of the plate, and adhere to the card.

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Party for Her: A peek Inside

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His and Hers Birthday Card Folios Party by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 07

This stamped sentiment is the perfect match up for this card!

His and Hers Birthday Card Folios Party by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 08The large pocket on the bottom holds a sweet treat.  (How did Trader Joe’s know that Authentique was releasing the Party collection?  That’s what I want to know!)

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I also tucked in a little gift card holder with room to write a personal note.

His and Hers Birthday Card Folios: Aged to Perfection

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The fact that this collection can be used to create cards for guys and gals makes me really happy!

His and Hers Birthday Card Folios Party by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 11Meet Dapper Dan the Birthday Man!  LOL  Don’t you just love his natty teal birthday suit?  Since the Party Collection Kit comes with the Details Stickers and Components Die Cuts,  I was able to add some fun accents to both cards.

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The “Best Wishes” sentiment banner and the “Let’s Party” Banner Flag are from the Components Die Cut Elements sheet and the Details Sticker Sheet.    I fussy cut the “Aged to Perfection” image from Party Seven, then tucked it behind the fussy cut image from Party One.

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There’s a party going on inside this birthday card, too.  I die cut a gift card holder and added it to the top half of the card.

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Then I created a cute chocolate wallet for the large pocket on the bottom.  It takes a really secure man to wear a pointy pink party hat!  LOL

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Here’s a peeky at the inside of the chocolate wallet.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on these fun His and Hers Birthday Card Folios in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Butterfly Birthday Mixed Media Card Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Butterfly Birthday Mixed Media Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends! Happy Friday!  Just one more day til the weekend!  I’m popping in with my first post as a member of the Little Birdie Crafts Design Team.  If you’re looking fora  fun weekend craft project, this Butterfly Birthday Mixed Media Card Tutorial might come in handy.

Butterfly Birthday Mixed Media Card Tutorial True Love Story by Kathy Clement Prodcut by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

I’m learning to embrace my Mixed Media side, and finding it to be a lot of fun.  I know you all know about Little Birdie Flowers…but did you know they have a whole line of Mixed Media products as well? This is a 6″ x 6″ card made with loads of Little Birdie Crafts Mixed Media goodies.

I’ve combined Little Birdie designer papers, burlap art board, Chalk Paints, Color Splash Spray, Primed Chipboard, Tassel Tags, burlap ribbon, embellishments and of course, flowers!  The kraft card base is from Little Birdie as well.

I’ve scored the card cover to create a cutaway card base…and a fun little gift card pocket.

We will also make this adorable gift card wallet in the tutorial video below.

Butterfly Birthday Mixed Media Card Tutorial on YouTube

I hope you’ll enjoy this Butterfly Birthday Mixed Media Card Tutorial so much that you’ll want to make one yourself!

I’d love to hear from you as to what sort of tutorials you’d like me to share using these wonderful products, so please share with me in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Butterfly Birthday Mixed Media Card Tutorial Supply List

Other Products: Burlap String, Linen Ribbon, Die Cut Doily, sequins

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