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Tealightful Tea Party Banner and Video

Tealightful Tea Party Banner with Petaloo Spring Posies

Hello, Friends!  Little girls love tea parties!  It’s a fact.  Our middle “Little” Julia loves them so much that she’s chosen to have an American Girl Tea Party Birthday this year.  I spent the weekend creating this pinkalicious, very girly Tealightful tea party banner using Petaloo posies and designer papers from Pebbles.

Tealightful tea party banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 1Banners are fun to make, but tough to capture in a photograph.  So, I went ahead and made a very short (under 3 minute) video tour of the banner and cards so you can really get a feel for it.  I  will include still photos as well, as I know you like to study those.

Tealightful Tea Party Banner Video on YouTube

Tealightful Tea Party Banner Details

Tealightful tea party banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 2The banner is made from three 4.25″ x 5.5″ pennants and 4 ATC sized pennants.  Cut a fishtail on each rectangle, then stitch designer paper to the cardstock base. Next, stitch the banners onto ribbon.

Tealightful tea party banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 3Add a belly band, a die cut doily and fussy cut elements.  Then add pretty Petaloo posies as a finishing touch.  I used White Vintage Velvet Pansies, Pink Mini Darjeeling Butterflies, and Pink Petaloo Darjeeling Petite Blossoms.

Tealightful tea party banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 4Each large pennant is flanked by a tiny ATC sized pennant.  Every time I see these cute critters in teacups, I cannot help but smile!


Tealightful tea party banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 5Die cut teacups with Tim Holtz’ Tea Time dies, then fill with pretty posies.

Tealightful tea party banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 6No tea party is complete without a fancy cake!

Tealightful tea party banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 7Back layers and fussy cut images with waste chipboard or foam tape to create extra depth and dimension.

You’re My Cup of Tea Easel Birthday Card

You're My Cup of Tea Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 1To continue with the tea party theme, I put together this very girly easel card.

You're My Cup of Tea Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 2Make the stopper for your card by backing an image with chipboard or foam tape.  Cluster pretty Vintage Velvet pansies around the image to add more texture.  This will help the card stay in the display position. Cut little banner flags from paper scraps to add even more fun to the card.

You're My Cup of Tea Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 3Easel cards fold shut for presentation, then stand up for display.  They are one of my favorite cards to make!

You're My Cup of Tea Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 4Finish the interior of the card with more pretty papers and stamped birthday greetings.

Tealightful Tea Party Invites and Thank You Notes

Tealightful Tea Party Invites and Note Cards by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 1I was having such fun playing with these pretty Tealightful papers that I went ahead and made some very simple party invites and thank you notes to go with the ensemble.  Although the cards are very, very simple, I dressed them up a little with either a pink butterfly or a vintage velvet pansy.

Now I can’t wait for Julia’s birthday party!  As she says to me when we play tea party together, “Pinkies Up!”

Thanks for stopping by!



Pretty in Pink Graduation Banner

Petaloo and Canvas Corp Brands Blog Hop: Pretty in Pink Graduation Banner and Mini Album

Hello, Friends!  This week we are celebrating Dads & Grads in our blog hop with Canvas Corp Brands.  I love seeing all the happy graduation photos on Facebook, and they inspired me to create a pretty in pink graduation banner and matching mini album.


Pink and Black Graduation Banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International and Canvas Corp Brands Dads and Grads Blog Hop 03

Just for fun, I decided to go all shabby chic and girly with a pink & black color scheme. This banner would be darling at any girl’s graduation party, whether she’s graduating from Kindergarten or College.  I used Canvas Corp Brands Paper Banner Kit as my base, but cut the size down just a little so my banner would not be too big.

Pink and Black Graduation Banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International and Canvas Corp Brands Dads and Grads Blog Hop 04

Ooh la la!  Just look at this gorgeous posy made with DIY Burlap Canvas layers from Petaloo! .  Isn’t it spectacular?  I sprayed the individual layers with Tattered Angels Vintage Pink and Silver Sugar Mists, then gently heat dried them.  I actually kind of scrunched the petals during this process to give them even more shape.  Then I stitched my layers together, added a vintage velvet button to the center and voila!  A perfect color match for this pink and black graduation banner!


Pink and Black Graduation Banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Canvas Corp Brands Grads and Dads Blog Hop 06

Custom clothespins?  Yes, please!  Just spray the ones that come in the banner kit with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist!  Easy peasy!


Graduation Folio by Kathy Clement for Petaloo Canvas Corp Blog Hop 01

Here’s the graduation folioI made to match the banner.  It measures 4″ x 5″ and has a waterfall folio, gift card pocket and tag pocket inside. I was inspired by a design from Ginger Ropp,and just changed the size and added my own touches. Thanks, Ginger!


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For the cover of this mini album, I sprayed the butterfly with Vintage Pink Tattered Angels Glimmer mist.  The flower petals were just lightly dipped into the mist that was left on the mat. Pink chevron ribbon was wrapped around the mini album and tied into a bow.  DIY Queen Anne’s Picks  were dipped into Vintage Pink mist and tucked behind the tinted flower.  Metal corners were painted shabby white, and I added a little vintage clip to hold the waterfall pages inside the album closed.


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There’s a waterfall feature inside the top half of the album.  It’s a great place to add pics of the proud grad and her family and friends.


Graduation Folio by Kathy Clement for Petaloo Canvas Corp Blog Hop 04


The bottom half of the mini album contains a pocket filled with tags that have been tied with cording from Canvas Corp.  These would be a great spot to have guests write their words of congratulations or advice.  And, there’s room to tuck in  gift cards as well.

Be sure to stop by the Petaloo BLOG and leave a comment, as they are giving away some wonderful prizes! 

Thanks for stopping by!



Petaloo Products Used in this Project

DIY-Burlap Butterflies & Blossoms x 5 Ivory SKU: 1650-018

DIY-DaisyLayers x 15 Burlap-Canvas Ivory SKU: 1650-020

DIY-Queen Annes Pick x 3 White SKU: 1650-016

Canvas Corp Brands Products

Heirloom Graduation on Ivory 12×12 paper

Pink & Ivory Ribbon Stripe 12 x 12 paper

Pink & Ivory Baby Girl Alpha 12 x 12 paper

Black and Ivory Toile 12 x 12 paper

12×12 Light Pink Burlap Sheet

Ivory Paper Banner Kit

Tattered Angels Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist

Tattered Angels Silver Sugar Glimmer Mist

Other Products

Pink Chevron Striped Twill

Midnight Waves Striped Grosgrain Ribbon

Graduation Shape Chipboard

All the News that’s Fit to Print

All the News that’s Fit to Print…a little update post

Hello, Friends! Can I hear a giant TGIF resounding out there?  What a wild and wacky couple of weeks I’ve been having.  I felt like I needed to touch base with all of you with a little update post.  So, without further ado, here’s all the news that’s fit to print.

Guest Designing at Petaloo International this week

I’ve had the incredible honor of serving as a guest designer with the fabulous folks at Petaloo International this week.  Earlier this week, I shared Birdie’s Sweet Springtime Retreat on their blog.  These springtime flowers are sooooooo dreamy!  I hope you’ll find a moment to pop over to the Petaloo International blog and say hello.  I have lots more pictures and information on this project posted HERE.

Birdie's Sweet Springtime Retreat

And as if being Guest Designer at Petaloo once was not enough to make my heart go pitty pat, they invited me back again today!  What a treat!  Today I’m sharing this “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” banner on their blog.  I’ll give you a sneaky peek here, and maybe you can pop over and see all the fun details on this project as well.  Click HERE to visit this post.

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Photos from my most recent project for BMW

As many of you know, along with my design team work, I also create for special events at BMW.  (Yes, the automaker.)  Their Odyssey events are held in spectacular locations all over the world and I have the incredible honor of designing custom souvenir menus for these incredible events.

In September of 2015, BMW Odyssey was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the birthplace of the tango.  After being given photos of the venue for the event, I went to work to create 116 menus to tie in with the venue and table decor.

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The event was held at El Zanjon in brick tunnels that were built in the 1500’s. The menus I created contained embossed “brick” papers, the history of the venue, the story of the tango and embossed metal to reflect the industrial feel of the tunnels.

This week, I received photos of my menus at the event, which is always a thrilling moment for me, and I thought I’d share them with you here.

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Although I’ve never attended one of these extravaganzas, I always feel like Cinderella at the ball when I get the event photos back.  It’s a magical moment when I see the menus that I lovingly created by hand on the tables in these magnificent venues.  I just shake my head in wonder every single time.  I thought you might like to see an example of the sorts of things I do outside my design team work.

Update on our MOVE: The 3rd time’s the charm????

And, the other big event that you all have been following here on the blog is our upcoming move.  During the summer of 2015, we made the difficult decision to downsize from our beloved family home into something smaller and more manageable.  My sweet husband, Dale, has recovered well from his open heart surgery, but just doesn’t have the energy necessary to maintain this big house and acre of land.  And, to tell you the truth, the house gets bigger every time I clean it, and the stairs get harder to climb at the end of each day.  We realized it was time to choose a simpler way of life.

We worked overtime to get the house spiffed up and ready to go on the market in September.  Little did we know the roller coaster ride we had just stepped into.  In 5 month’s time, we showed the house 55 times!  We went under contract for the first time in late November….and in January, that buyer backed out of the deal.  Within a week, we had competing offers for our home, and had another contract.  Hooray!

Everything was going great until 2 weeks ago when our 2nd buyers had to terminate the deal due to a health situation in their extended family.  You know those rides at the amusement park where you go up up up in a balloon and then they cut the power and you free fall to the ground and your stomach migrates to your mouth?  Yeah….that.

But…and this is amazing to me, even as I write it….our realtors pulled out all the stops and by the end of last week we were once again under contract with a sweet husband and wife who are expecting their first baby in June.  They fell in love with our house and can’t wait to move in.  So, barring anything unforeseen…we are back on schedule to move into a lovely ranch style home on April 5th.

I’ve been working ahead on projects and writing blog posts in advance as well.  I have one or two more things to wrap up here in the studio, and then I will pack up the Closet of Shame and the rest of my crafty stash.  You won’t even know I’m gone, though, as projects will continue to post while I’m busy setting up my new nest. Technology is our friend!

In case you’re interested, here are a few photos of our future home.  These are realty photos, so none of the decor is ours, but we can’t wait to move in and get settled! We move out of this home on April 3rd, so I’d better get busy packing!

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So there you have it, my friends: all the news that’s fit to print!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I’ll be back in “real time” soon!



Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Banner

Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Banner: Show Me the Green Challenge at RRR

RRRChallengeBadgeOh, the Top ‘o the Mornin’ to ye, my friends!  ‘Tis truly a glorious day here on the blog, because it’s time for the Show Me the Green Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon, and I’m sharing my Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Banner with you.  It’s sure to make your Irish eyes shine with gorgeous green ribbons and vintage St. Patrick’s Day art from Polly’s Paper Studio. Take a look:

Lucky St. Patrick's Day Banner 01Now if that doesn’t make you break into a chorus of “O Danny Boy” then we are without hope.

Lucky St. Patrick's Day BannerI printed the St. Patrick’s Day Bingo cards onto matte photo paper and then layered them onto pretty green paper I found in my stash.  Each pennant is backed with green ticking canvas and sewn onto Cream Mesh Ribbon and Emerald Green Satin Ribbon with a silver metallic edge.  I love the little bit of shimmer the satin ribbon adds to the design.  It looks like this little leprechaun found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and used it to make this pretty little heart shaped locket.

Show me the Green Challenge for RRR March 2016 03I added beautiful Emerald Tartan bows on either end of this lucky St. Patrick’s Day banner, and tied little streamers between the pennants.  Clusters of Off White Chrysanthemums and green Sweetheart Blossoms make this banner feel like a party is about to happen.

Lucky St. Patrick's Day Banner 04I added ephemera that I found in my stash along with both green and white doilies.  This is such a cheery banner with all the bright colors and happy images, it makes me feel like dancing a jig! I hope this lucky St. Patrick’s Day banner has brightened your day.  I know I certainly enjoyed making it!

Be sure to visit the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog to find links to all the other designer’s “Show Me the Green” Challenge projects.  Then create your own green project using ribbon or trim and load it up on the RRR Blog. I’ll be popping by to take a peek, and I can’t wait to see what you make!

May the road rise up to meet you!




Gloriously Green Springtime Banner

RRR BLOG HOP: Gloriously Green Springtime Banner

RRR Blog Hop BadgeHello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for another fabulous Blog Hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon.  You should be coming here from Karen’s beautiful blog.  If you are off track, please visit the RRR BLOG where you will find a complete list of all the blogs on this hop.

Today, I have a Gloriously Green Springtime Banner to share with you.  It’s made with the Gorgeously Green February Ribbon Club Assortment which is the perfect tonic for the winter blahs.  Take a peeky:

Gorgeously Green Ribbon Club Assortment


I just love the springtime freshness of these fabby ribbons!  This month, the RRR team is being sponsored with digital images from our teamie, Ginny Nemchak.  Ginny owns Polly’s Paper Studio and she generously shared her beautiful artwork with us.  I thought her Large Floral Journal Cards would look smashing with this month’s Ribbon Club Assortment, so  I worked them up into this gloriously green springtime banner.

Spring Green Banner RRR Blog Hop Feb 2016 02The journal cards were stitched onto Ivory burlap and a base of green and ivory stripe French Linen cardstock. The individual pennants were then stitched onto white netting that I topped with shimmery Apple Green Swiss Mini Dot Satin ribbon.  I love the way this emphasized the green tones in Ginny’s digi art.  Here are some close ups of the individual pennants.

Gloriously Green Springtime BannerRRR Blog Hop Feb 2016 03I really wanted to catch the freshness of Spring with this banner.  I love the cloud washed skies and fresh green growing things that mark the season.  To achieve this look,  each pennant is trimmed along the top with Victoria Crochet Lace.  I created a ribbon cluster in the corners by topping a bow tied with 7/8″ white organza with a 3/8″ apple green checkerboard satin bow .  And what is springtime without a few flowers?  These gorgeous apple blossoms, magnolias. chrysanthemums, and sweetheart blossoms bring out the pinks in the paper and make this banner feel as refreshing as a springtime breeze. Next,  I found the little bird image in my stash, and framed him with this painted and glittered chipboard.

Gloriously Green Springtime Banner RRR Blog Hop Feb 2016 05I created ribbon streamers  by tying the white organza and 3/8″ apple green checkerboard satin on either side of my center panel, adding flower clusters and white Bead and Berry Sprays  to my floral groupings.

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This ornate chip frame was painted with Picket Fence Distress Paint and then splattered with Worn Lipstick and Shabby Shutters Distress Paint.  It makes me think of a field full of spring clovers.


Gloriously Green Springtime Banner RRR Blog Hop Feb 2016 06This feathery flourish chipboard was painted with Picket Fence Distress paint and doused with glitter. The painted and stamped fashionista chipboard was perched on top with foam tabs. Another cluster of gorgeous mulberry flowers and ribbons finishes the right hand side of the banner.

From here, you will hop on over to LESLIE’S luscious BLOG. Be sure to visit all the blogs on the hop and soak up all the inspiration, then finish up at the RRR Blog where you’ll answer Bonnie’s question of the month and be entered into a prize drawing for your very own Gorgeously Green Ribbon Collection.

I can’t wait to spy my first dandelion!




“In the Pink” Valentine Banner

RRR Blog Hop BadgeReally Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop: In the Pink Valentine Banner

Hello, Ribbon lovers!  I hope you are feeling “in the Pink” today.  But if not, you soon will be!  It’s time for the January RRR Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Karen’s  always inspirational blog.  This month, we are featuring the Sweetheart Ribbons from the January Ribbon Club.  These ribbons were perfect for a little Valentine Banner made with Authentique’s new “Adore” collection.  Take a look:


I am a huge fan of Valentine’s Day.  My mom and dad were married on Valentine’s Day.  Dale and I were married 2 days after Valentine’s Day, and our middle son also wed his bride near that date.  I’ve been making Valentines since I could hold a pair of scissors!  I thought these pretty ribbons would dress up a little Valentine Banner that I wanted to make:

Adore Valentine Banner 01I know this photo doesn’t show much detail, but I have lots below that will, so rest easy.  Here are the ribbons I used in this banner:

I always begin making a banner by selecting the ribbon I am going to stitch everything onto.  This time, I began with that pretty pink gingham ribbon. Then, all the pieces are cut out, layered pinned onto the ribbon and sewed up on the machine. Next, I began embellishing my banner with ribbon by tying a length of the white sheer organza ribbon with satin center into a square knot on either end of the banner.  The tails were left long and trimmed into a fishtail shape.  I created a big poufy bow to anchor each end of the banner, using soft and shimmery Pearl Pink Diamond Satin Ribbon.  Then I layered on gorgeous flowers, because you have to have flowers on Valentine’s Day!

Adore Banner 02Here, I painted a heart shaped tart tin with Picket Fence Distress Paint, then glittered it while the paint was still wet.  I cut out the newsprint heart and glued into the center and added ephemera from the paper collection.  The big red heart was treated with Glossy Accents.  I used a variety of mulberry flowers to decorate my Valentine Banner:

Adore Banner 03In between each flag on the banner, I tied another little flag of the white organza ribbon, topping it with a rose and a silver heart charm.

Adore Banner 04The center banner has a little decorative drawer pull from Graphic 45 that was painted shabby white and filled with sweetheart blossoms and cosmos daisies.  I added a white heart shaped doily and this beautiful antique bronze heart charm.  This was tapped with Picket Fence Distress Paint, and before I added the cabochon, I cut out some of the  newsprint paper and placed it below.

Adore Banner 05The final flag sports a trio of die cut and glittered hearts that I popped up onto dimensionals. I love the silver heart key that is topped with the hearts in line ribbon from the collection.

Adore Banner 06I don’t know what it is about banners, but they sure do make me happy!  You can find this one for sale in my ETSY shop if you would like to have it hanging in your own home.

Now, pop on over and see what wondrous creation Leslie has prepared for you! And don’t forget to answer this month’s secret question on the RRR Blog.  Who knows, you might be the winner of your very own January Ribbon assortment!

Thanks for hopping by!



Authentique Cozy Winter Banner

Authentique Cozy Winter Banner:

Gyspy Soul Laser Cuts Guest Designer Week 4

Hello, Friends!  Just a few more hours, and it will be Christmas!  Then a few more days will go by, and we’ll begin to take down all our pretty Christmas decorations and pack them away until next year.  That always makes me feel a little bit sad.  That’s why I created this Cozy Winter Banner as my final guest designer project for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  I plan to hang this cutie pie on my mantel to spread cheer all through the long winter months.  Here’s a peeky at the project:

Kathy by Design/Authentique Cozy Winter Banner for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 01 I spent a delightful afternoon playing with Authentique’s Cozy paper collection and chippies from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Winter Shape Set.  Making a Cozy Winter Banner is a great way to chase away the post-Christmas blues!

Authentique Cozy Winter Banner for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 03I did a little experimenting with paper piecing on this project.  One of the great things about working with high quality chippies is that you can alter them in any number of ways.  For this dapper  snowman, I traced around the snowman chipboard, then cut it out, inked the edges of my paper with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and glued it onto the chipboard base.  I sanded off any excess paper, inked again and look just look how cute he is!  I used this same process for the mittens, hat and scarf, using different patterns from the paper collection.  So if you are afraid to paint, this is a great option for solid shapes like this snowman!  Here’s a close up so you can really see all the fun detail this technique allows you to add to your chips.

Authentique Cozy Winter Banner for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 07I painted the snowflakes with Picket Fence Distress Paint, and then sprinkled them with glitter while still wet.  I even glued one onto the top hat once it was dry.  The “snow drifts” were created with a cutting die, and I just tucked Mr. Snowman right in there to make him look like part of the scenery.

Authentique Cozy Winter Banner for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 04Because the snowflakes in this set are loaded with amazing detail, I opted to paint them and then add some sparkle with a little glitter.  For the chipboard title on this pennant, I painted just the snowflake, and once it was glittered and dried, I went back with Stormy Sky and Weathered Wood Distress Paint to add just the right shade of blue to the lettering.  The edges were inked with Vintage Photo DI, and then I just lightly tapped the letters with Picket Fence paint to give them a snowy appearance.  Simple, but effective!

Authentique Cozy Winter Banner for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 06I love how quick and easy it is to alter chipboard, and I love having the ability to custom color it to match the papers I used on this cozy winter banner.

Authentique Cozy Winter Banner for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 05This mug of cocoa was paper pieced as well.  I just traced around the mug onto my designer paper, then added some cute sticker strips and a big sparkly snowflake to finish it off.  I really love the way this turned out!

Authentique Cozy Winter Banner for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 02Each pennant on this cozy winter banner measures about 4.5″ x 6.5″.  I freehand cut them, matted them on blue cardstock and then stitched them to pretty burlap.  Then I just stitched them onto pretty Antique Gold Gingham ribbon, adding a strip of crocheted lace as I sewed along.  Add some poufy blue bows, painted white jingle bells, vintage buttons and mulberry flowers and you’ve got a warm and cozy banner that will keep you smiling all winter long!

I’ve had so much fun serving as a guest designer for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts this month, and I hope I’ll be back in 2016!  Thank you for letting me share with you all this month.  I hope you’ve had as much fun as I have! You will surely see more chipboard in my designs, as I love the dimension and texture it adds to a project.  Yup…I’m hooked!

And with Christmas just 48 hours away, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all the merriest, happiest, chippiest Christmas ever!

Thanks for stopping by!




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