Tag Archives: 4th of July

Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio

Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio for The Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon May Blog Hop! You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  Today I have a Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio made with the red, white and blue ribbons in the May Ribbon Club Assortment and papers from Authentique’s Liberty Collection Kit.

 

I look forward to this lovely assortment every month, but the red, white and blue assortment is always a special treat.  Let’s take a look at the details of this festive card folio.

Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio: Stars and Stripes Forever

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 02

Every cowgirl needs a pair of star spangled boots, don’t you think?   I’ve dolled this card up with the Tiny Stars on Poppy Red Grosgrain Ribbon from the assortment.  Then top the double loop bows with Ivory Burlap String and a star shaped button to amp up the patriotic vibe.

Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio: A Party on the Inside

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 03

The festivities really get started on the inside of this interactive card folio, and there’s more ribbon at work here, too.

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 04

This shaped magnet is all dolled up with a 3/8″ Patriotic Plaid Bow, a posy and more star  buttons. The Tiny Stars on Poppy Red Grosgrain ribbon serves as a handy closure for the 4 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ accordion folio.

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 05

I’ve dressed this up with patterned papers, ribbons, pockets, stickers and inserts.

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 06

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 07Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 08Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 09

Top a tag with a snippet of the same Tiny Stars/Poppy Red Grosgrain Ribbon, some Ivory Burlap String and a cute Uncle Sam Hat charm, and you’ve got a party on your hands!

On With the Hop

From here, you will hop on over to see what treats Cherry has in store for you.  Be sure to visit the RRR Blog where you will find the complete hop list.  While you are there, answer Bonnie’s question of the month.  You’ll be entered into a drawing for your very own May Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you haven’t signed up for the ribbon club yet, this is a great month to join.  You can find all the details and information HERE.

Enjoy the hop!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Stars and Stripes Forever Independence Day Decor

Stars and Stripes Forever Independence Day Decor with Authentique “Heroic”

Hello, Friends!  It’s officially summer and that means the 4th of July is right around the corner.  If you are hosting a cookout celebration, you might want to start thinking about a little Independence Day decor.  With that in mind, I dipped into the gorgeous new “Heroic” collection from Authentique papers and put together some fancy fold cards that can double as home decor.

Red, White and blue Through and Through Step Out Card

Red White and Blue Through and Through Step Out Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

The great thing about fancy fold cards is that they are a a natural for home decor.  Because I wanted the option to use this card as home decor, I made the base to measure 7″ long x 5″ tall.  (You can find the YouTube video tutorial for this card base HERE.)

Red White and Blue Through and Through Step Out Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

Die cut stitched stars make me think of 4th of July fireworks and add a great sense of motion to this card.  I’ve used 12×12 Details stickers from the Heroic Collection to add extra detail.  The blue stars are cut from foil paper for a little extra shimmer.

Red White and Blue Through and Through Step Out Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3

Wouldn’t this make a great table centerpiece on your Independence day table?

Red White and Blue Through and Through Step Out Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4

The vintage patriotic gal on this large panel on the right is not just another pretty face.

Red White and Blue Through and Through Step Out Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5If you untie the Navy Blue Stars Grosgrain ribbon, you’ll discover that it’s a gift card wallet.  This would make a great host or hostess gift for July 4th cookouts or a great birthday present for those lucky 4th of July babies.

 

Stars and Stripes Center Step Card

 

Stars and Stripes Center Step Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

This dynamic star studded step out card would also look great on a 4th of July table.  I used a Cheery Lynn die to cut the card base from kraft cardstock, then decorated it with an assortment of 12×12 and 6×6 Heroic papers.

Stars and Stripes Center Step Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

Red, white and blue Petaloo flowers anchor the left hand corner of the card along with a multi-layered patriotic star.  Double mat the ticket stickers to give them more presence on the card.

Stars and Stripes Center Step Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo  3

And, the card folds flat for storage, or for mailing.

I love to celebrate the 4th with our family.  We have a long standing tradition of enjoying a meal of chili dogs, potato salad, and coleslaw. The grand finale to the picnic is homemade brownies and ice cream.  Honestly, is there anything more fun than watching the sky come alive at night with brilliant fireworks?  I can hardly wait!

I hope I’ve shared some ideas, tips and tricks with you today 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

Supply List

Authentique Heroic 12×12 Collection Kit (contains the detail stickers)

Heroic 6×6 Paper Bundle

My Favorite Things Stitched Star Die

Cheery Lynn Step Card Die

Navy Stars on White Grosgrain Ribbon 

Red Sheer Iridescent Ribbon

Natural Burlap String

Petaloo Flowers

Cardstock: Kraft, Deep Red, Navy, Blue Foil

Scor-Tape, Buttons, Hot Glue, Scoring Tool, Craft Knife

 

 

Authentique Heroic Patriotic Folio and Video Tour

Just in time for Summer: Authentique Heroic Patriotic Folio and Video Tour

Hello, Friends!  And Happy Memorial Day to all my US friends!  This holiday weekend is the official kick off for summer here in the states.  We enjoy parades, picnics and family fun. It’s also a day when we honor those who gave their lives in the service of our country.  As a young girl, our family always visited the local cemetery to decorate the graves of those who served in the military.  It’s a somber day, but also a day when we celebrate the freedom that was won for us with great sacrifice.  So it’s the perfect day to share this Authentique Heroic Patriotic Folio and video tour with you.

Authentique Heroic Patriotic Folio Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

To make this folio, I first created two 5″ x 7″ side fold card bases from kraft cardstock.  Then I overlapped the cards to create a trifold base.  Next, I scored the base at 4.5″, 5.5″ 10.5″ and 11.5″ to create a trifold folio with two 1″ spines.  This gives you lots of room to add pockets, mini folios, and waterfall features.

Authentique Heroic Patriotic Folio Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

Decorate the album with stickers, Petaloo flowers, die cut stars, ribbon and scrabble tiles.  To add extra texture, machine stitch around the perimeter of each page.

A Peek Inside

Authentique Heroic Patriotic Folio Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3

Authentique Heroic Patriotic Folio Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4Authentique Heroic Patriotic Folio Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5

Authentique Heroic Patriotic Folio Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 6

Create a decorative belly band for photo mounts by wrapping them with a 1″ strip of patterned paper, gluing together on the back side.  Then cut an image from a 3″ x 4″ journal card and glue to the front of the belly band.

Authentique Heroic Patriotic Folio Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 7

A large center pocket holds two mini 3.25″ x 4.25″ fold out folios.

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The small pocket on the inside can hold a gift card or other small memorabilia.

How to make a Waterfall Feature

Authentique Heroic Patriotic Folio Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 12A waterfall feature is a great way to mount loads of photos in a small space.  Here’s how I made the waterfall feature for this Authentique Heroic Patriotic Folio:

  1.  Begin by cutting five 4″ x 5″ rectangles from patterned paper.
  2. Then score 1/2″ from the left on the long side of each rectangle.  This forms the flap for your waterfall feature.
  3. Use a corner punch to shape the edges, if desired.
  4. Crease the score lines.
  5. Add glue or adhesive to the back side of the first rectangle and line up along the top edge of the panel.  Glue in place.
  6. Continue adding panels, lining each flap up so that it is flush with the previous rectangle.  Do not overlap, just line up.
  7. Add a decorative cover to the waterfall feature, if desired.  I mounted mine on waste chipboard to add a little extra dimension.

Authentique Heroic Patriotic Folio Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 13

In this photo you can see how each flap lines up.

Authentique Heroic Patriotic Folio Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 14And here is a side view.

Authentique Heroic Patriotic Folio Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 15This is a project that you can easily complete in an afternoon.  To help you get an idea of the flow of the album, I prepared a short 5 minute video tour.  Enjoy!

Authentique Heroic Patriotic Folio Video Tour on YouTube

Be sure to stop by the Authentique Blog today as we are doing a group share of projects made with this beautiful Heroic collection.  I know you’ll be inspired!

I’d like to wish you all a very safe and healthy Memorial Day. And I’d also like to offer my heartfelt thanks to all the service men and women who keep our country free.  You are appreciated more than words can say!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List & Product Links

Please note:  I have provided product links when possible, but some items have been in my stash for a long time, and may no longer be available online.  Feel free to substitute when necessary.

Authentique Heroic 12×12 Collection Kit

Heroic 6×6 Pad

Petaloo Botanica Chantilly Mixed Blooms, White

Blue Baby Botanica Mixed Blooms

Red Botanica Chantilly Mixed Blooms

1.5″ Silky Crush Ribbon, Red

Patriotic Plaid Ribbon

My Favorite Things Die-namics Stitched Star Die

Scrabble Tiles (U, S, A)

Tim Holtz Idea-Ology metal embellishment from my stash

2 Sheets of 8.5″ x 11 Kraft Cardstock

Red and Blue Cardstock for Matting

Together We Stand Patriotic Card

Together We Stand Patriotic Card for RRR Summer Flowers Challenge

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for another fabby challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Since it’s almost the 4th of July, I created this Together We Stand patriotic card using my new ribbon crush and Authentique’s Honor paper collection.

Together We Stand 4th of July Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Product Authentique Honor Photo 2I went on a treasure hunt in the RRR vaults looking for great summer ribbon choices.  Since I’d already ordered this paper, I was looking for the perfect play pal to go along with it.  Well, I think I found it in this gorgeous Navy Blue Silky Crush Ribbon.  It ties the most gorgeous bows!

Together We Stand 4th of July Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Product Authentique Honor Photo 1I topped this textured beauty with a jeweled Petaloo Flower that sparkles and shines like a 4th of July firework display.  To add to the fun, I created a little paper rosette with my die cutting machine.  ( “rose” ette..flower challenge…get it?)  Natural burlap string is looped up beneath the rosette and tied onto that glittery l’il clothespin that’s holding the together we stand sentiment strip.

God Bless America

Together We Stand 4th of July Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Product Authentique Honor Photo 3Ok…I have to talk just a little bit about these gorgeous kiddoes in the focal image.  Don’t they just make your heart happy?  I imagine they are singing a rousing chorus of God Bless America.  I used to love singing all the patriotic tunes while swinging on the back yard swingset.  I’m sure the whole neighborhood could hear my friends and me belting out one tune after another.  I actually used to know all the words to all the various Military Anthems, and boy, did we love to sing ’em!

Together We Stand 4th of July Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Product Authentique Honor Photo 4Here’s a peeky at the inside of my Together We Stand card. I created a pocket and then filled it with this stamped and stitched little tag.

I hope you will all play along in the summer flower challenge.  Fireworks look like flowers in the sky, right?  Wishing you all a very happy, safe and fun 4th of July!

Now go get your craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

Star Spangled 4th of July

Star Spangled 4th of July

Home Decor with Petaloo and Authentique Honor Collection

Hello, Friends! Here we are at the end of June and I’m getting ready to celebrate a star spangled 4th of July with these fun Star Spangled home decor projects.  All three were made with gorgeous Petaloo flowers and  Authentique’s Honor collection.

4th of July Banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Product Authentique Honor Photo 1

If ever there was a holiday that called for a banner, the 4th of July is it!  I have this banner hanging on my living room mantle and I find I want to sing “America the Beautiful” every time I pass by.  It’s fairly large: each pennant measures 4″ wide x 6″ tall, so the banner spans about 3 feet from end to end.

Banners have to be one of the hardest items to photograph…but I love ’em, so I just keep on making them!  If any of you have found a foolproof way to photograph banners, I’d love to hear from you!  To make it easier for you to see the details, I have some close up shots below.

4th of July Banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Product Authentique Honor Photo 3

I love sparklers and fireworks on the 4th of July, so I worked with glittering jeweled flowers and sparkling sugared blossoms and vintage velvet blooms that look like the nighttime sky!

4th of July Banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Product Authentique Honor Photo 4

To add to the fun of this banner I dressed it up with  ribbon streamers, burlap loops and  Petaloo flowers.

4th of July Banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Product Authentique Honor Photo 5

Just look at these precious faces! Can’t you hear them belting out a rousing version of “God Bless America”?

4th of July Banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Product Authentique Honor Photo 7

The color match between these Petaloo Flowers and the Authentique papers couldn’t be more perfect!

4th of July Banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Product Authentique Honor Photo 8

I’m so very thankful for the men and women who have chosen to serve in our military.  This touching image reminds me that every single one of them leaves behind loved ones who cherish them and feel their absence deeply.  Men and women of the military, we do salute you, and thank you for your service!

Star Spangled Home Decor

To go along with my mantle display, I altered an old glass milk bottle and dressed it up for the 4th of July.

Altered Milk Bottle by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Product Authentique Honor Photo 01

I painted the clear bottle with a layer of gesso.  When that had dried, I added a layer of Deco Art Whisper Glass paint.  The final coat was Ranger Picket Fence Distress Crackle paint and I love the way i the surface chipped and peeled as it dried.  I added some fancy pinwheels from the Dollar Store. along with  red and blue sparklers and some bodacious Burgundy and White Sugared Blossoms.  This really dressed that old glass bottle up for the holiday!

Star Spangled Greeting Card

Since I had all these goodies out on my work desk, I used the leftover bits and bobs to create a special card to match the ensemble.

Cherish 4th of July card by Kathy Clement fo Really Reasonable Ribbon Summer Flowers Challenge Product Authentique Honor 02

This Blue Vintage Velvet Peony is a real show stopper!  I glued it to some sparklers and then tucked a shabby chic bow made with custom dyed seam binding beneath it. The background paper was dry embossed with a star folder, then tapped with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I painted the Cherish chippie with Black Soot Distress Ink and heat dried it.  Then I carefully wrote on the surface with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive and  dipped in red glitter.  I love the effect, don’t you?

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Here’s a peeky at the inside of the card. The top half sports a little envelope and note card.

Cherish 4th of July card by Kathy Clement fo Really Reasonable Ribbon Summer Flowers Challenge Product Authentique Honor 04jpg

And I love this sentiment on the bottom half of the card.

I hope I shared some home decor ideas that you’ll want to incorporate into your 4th of July celebration.  We’re getting together with the family and some friends for a cookout and games.  Whatever your plans are, I wish you a very safe and happy 4th of July.

Thanks for stopping by!  Now go get your craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

Petaloo Products Used in these Projects

Red Jeweled Flowers x 5 SKU: 1133-005

Sugared Blooms x 4 Burgundy SKU: 1130-120

Mixed Textured Blossoms x 4 Red SKU: 1256-212

Botanica Petite’s x 11 Red ITEM: 1101-005

Vintage Velvet Minis x 9 Red ITEM: 1139-005

Burlap Blossoms x 4 Ivory SKU: 1200-200

MixedTextured Blossoms x 4 Ivory SKU: 1256-200

Botanica Blooms x 4 White SKU: 1102-100

Botanica Petite’s x 11 White SKU: 1101-100

Sugared Blooms x 4 Royal Blue SKU: 1130-122

Sugared Mini’s x 11 Royal Blue SKU: 1131-122

Velvet Lilacs x 2 Royal Blue New Avail 2/20/15
ITEM: 1112-122

Vintage Velvet Peonies x 4 Blue
ITEM: 1138-122

Other Products:

Authentique Honor Collection Pack

Really Reasonable Ribbon: Silky Crush Navy Blue Ribbon, Rayon Seam BindingNatural Burlap String,
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 10 Words Chippies

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