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CAS Travel Girl Birthday Card

CAS Travel Girl Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  Don’t faint!  Today’s card is a CAS Travel Girl Birthday card that I made for our daughter. Clean and simple (CAS) cards are my Waterloo.  I have such a hard time restraining myself from loading a card up with all kinds of layers and embellies.  But since I believe a card’s style should reflect the preferences of the one receiving it, every once in a while, I have to pull one out of my hat.

Quick and Easy Travel Girl Birthday Card Travel Girl by Kathy Clement Product by October Afternoon Photo 1

Our adventure loving daughter really is a travel girl.  She loves to see, do and explore. This retired paper collection from October afternoon was “just the ticket” for her birthday celebration.  (See what I did there?  Bad pun…sorry!)

Quick and Easy Travel Girl Birthday Card Travel Girl by Kathy Clement Product by October Afternoon Photo 2

Our daughter is also a “no frills” kind of gal.  She likes clean design and despises clutter.  So I kept this card pretty clean and simple.  The card did not quite look finished to me until I added this double layer bow made with Topaz Delicate Stitched Satin and Metal Gray Satin Swiss Mini Dot ribbons.  The little binder clip, vintage style button and passport charm were the perfect finishing elements.

Quick and Easy Travel Girl Birthday Card Travel Girl by Kathy Clement Product by October Afternoon Photo 3I could not resist adding a pocket with a gift card, cash envelope and personal note on the inside.  She liked the card very much, I’m happy to report.  You could easily use this same card layout with any collection in your stash and make your very own quick and easy card.

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!  Happy New Year!




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!



Last Minute Masculine Valentine Tutorial

013 (2)Got those Last Minute Masculine Valentine Blues?

Oh no!  It’s 24 hours until Valentine’s Day, and you still haven’t made a card for your honey…or your son, or brother. And you don’t have a clue of what to make.  No worries!  If you have 20 minutes, I’ve created this totally fun, quick and easy Valentine tutorial.  Just follow these simple directions and you’ll have a masculine Valentine  that’s manly enough for any man.  And, we’re off!

Got 20 Minutes? You can make this Valentine!

Start with a 5×7 kraft card base.  Distress the edges with a distressing tool and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Cut a 4 3/4 by 6 3/4 panel from the DCWV Timeless Type 8×8 pad.  Tear the right hand edge.  Stitch around the perimeter..messy is good. Stamp “love” in Coffee Archival ink.  Dust with clear embossing powder and heat set.  Thread a button with twine and place it over the “o” in love.  Using a section of the green clock page, cut out a heart. Spritz with water.  Run it through a Stampin’ Up Texturz plate, Harlequin design.  Lightly brayer Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the heart and cover with clear embossing powder.  Use a small paint brush to carefully remove any embossing powder that’s lodged itself into the recessed areas of the design.  Heat set.  It should look like this:

015 (2)   Pop the heart up on dimensionals. Adhere a small compass (I had this one in my stash) or gear, or cog or other manly item onto the heart.  Punch out 3 small dots from the green paper and adhere beside “love”.  Ta-da!  The front of the card is finished!

The Great Adventure…the inside of the card

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Cut a 4 3/4x 6 3/4 panel of the map paper from the stack.  Distress the edges pretty heavily and ink with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Using scraps from the bicycle page, hand letter the inside sentiment and cut into flag shapes.  Tear some edges, and ink all the way around.  I adhered every other banner with dimensionals, and the “adventure” banner was creased and popped up for extra dimension.

Finishing Touches for your Masculine Valentine

Can’t forget the envelope!  018 (2) 017 (2)You can reference my “How to Line an Envelope” Tutorial found HERE

So, if you’ve got 20 minutes, you’ve got time to create a masculine Valentine for the manly man in your life! It would be very easy to adapt this design for birthday or anniversary or even a get well card.  Just change up the sentiment a bit and you’re ready to roll.

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Thanks for stopping by today.  Don’t forget to leave a comment to win my one month blog anniversary giveaway.  (You must be subscribed to this blog in order to win.)  You can find the details HERE.  The drawing will be at noon on Valentine’s Day, and I’m adding some vintage dictionary pages to the mix today.  Woot!

Cheerio!   kathy


Supplies used in this card:

: DCWV Timeless Type 8×8 pad, kraft card base and envelope, Stampin’ Up Dimensionals, Clear Embossing powder, Versamark Ink Pad, Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo, Tim Holtz Distressing tool, Tim Holtz Ink Applicator Tool, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Button, twine, felt tip marker, compass brad

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