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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

 

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!

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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

Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card

Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card with Sweet Surprises

Hello, Friends!  Can you believe it is the end of September already?  This time of year is so beautiful that I wish time would slow down so it could last longer.  I’ve been having the best time creating fall paper pretties.  Today I have a lovely Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card to share with you.  I’ve used some really fresh and fun Really Reasonable Ribbon along with a selection of Tammy Tutterow Designs stamps and dies in this tall and skinny birthday card.

Dressed to Distress

Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card by Kathy Clement Photo 1Distress is not always a bad thing!  Here’s how I added even more texture,  design and just a hint of grunge to these already gorgeous papers:

  • First, ink the edges of all paper layers with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink.  I was liberal when doing this, and let my blender stray pretty far inside the lines.
  • Next, add Vintage Photo Distress ink to the outer edge.  This serves to create a sort of frame for the panel.  It’s a small step, but it makes such a huge difference in the finished design.
  • Now, randomly stamp Tammy Tutterow’s Big Cheesecloth Background Stamp with Coffee Archival Ink.  I don’t use an acrylic block for this.  Just roll a small portion of the stamp over the ink pad, then randomly roll it onto the surface of the card.  I love the subtle texture this adds to a card.
  • Then, repeat this process with Tammy’s Dear Ruby Background Stamp.
Be Bow-dacious!

Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card by Kathy Clement Photo 2In my world, ribbon makes a card complete.  I love the fresh, almost country feel this Plaid Bold Black Check Ribbon adds to the card.  The triple loop bow tied with a little help from my Zutter Bow-it-All tool adds wonderful contrast and texture to the composition. It’s a new item in the shop at Really Reasonable Ribbon, and I can’t seem to stop using it.

Dimension Makes the Difference

Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card by Kathy Clement Photo 3Adding dimension to a card makes it come to life.   This can be done quite simply.  For instance, I simply fussy cut these butterflies, shaped the wings with my fingers and then glued the bodies to the sentiment panel.

Adding the Element of Surprise to this Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card

Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card by Kathy Clement Photo 4Everyone loves a good surprise…especially on his or her birthday.  So I packed lots of surprises into this card.  Do you see the circular element in the top right hand corner of the focal image? That’s surprise #1.

Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card by Kathy Clement Photo 5

This sweet little envelope  is cut from designer paper using Tammy’s Tabbed mini Pocket Die.  Isn’t it darling?  After making the envelope, I punched the sentiment from patterned paper, then backed it with a scalloped circle punched from brown paper.  It’s held in place with one of Tim’s mini paper clips.

Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card by Kathy Clement Photo 6

I used the insert that comes with the Tabbed Mini Pocket Die to cut out this portion of designer paper.  Then I stamped one of Tammy’s Tiny Sentiments in the corner.

A Peek Inside

Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card by Kathy Clement Photo 7More surprises await inside! A pair of pockets is the perfect place to tuck in more birthday goodies.

Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card by Kathy Clement Photo 8The side pocket holds a little folio and a 4″ x 6″ ephemera card.  There’s room to write a personal birthday greeting here.

Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card by Kathy Clement Photo 9The folio holds this little tag and a tea bag treat.  There’s also a honey stick in the pocket, but it didn’t make it into the photo.

Amber Moon Blessed Birthday Greeting Card by Kathy Clement Photo 10I tucked a tag and a chocolate into the second pocket.

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

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RRR Hop: Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio

Really Reasonable Ribbon August Blog Hop: Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for another fabulous Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop.  You should be hopping over from Karen’s lovely blog.  This month, we are getting ready for fall with the gorgeous Autumn Harvest Ribbon Club Assortment.  These luscious ribbons were the perfect playmate for the Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio that I’m sharing with you today. Just look at all these wonderful autumn hues.

Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio

Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

Kaisercraft Golden Grove is the perfect partner for the Moss/Cream Plaid Ribbons in this assortment.

Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2

I added a 1/4″ spine to this 5″ x 7″ top fold card base, then loaded this Golden Grove Card Folio up with paper pretties and luscious ribbons.

Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio: The Ribbon Cluster

Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3

This is a triple bow cluster.  I guess these gorgeous ribbons made me go all  bow happy!  The base layer is a double loop bow tied with 5./8″ Moss/Cream Plaid Ribbon.  Then I tied a second double loop bow with 3/8″ Kiwi Checkerboard Satin Ribbon.  This adds just a touch of shimmer to the bow cluster.  Next, I tied a third double loop bow with Natural Burlap String.  This adds a great rustic feel and texture to the bow cluster.  Finally, I pulled some yellow posies from my stash and hot glued them in place.

 

A Peek Inside this Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio

Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 4

Pockets make the perfect tuck spot for tags, sweets, gift cards and other fun surprises.

Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 5

A snippet of 5/8″ Moss/Cream Plaid ribbon peeps out of this small pocket.

Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 6

Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 7This large pocket is decorated with a small tag that I’ve topped with a cute tag/burlap string/button combo.

Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 8

Hold this Moss Green/Cream Ribbon Closure in place with Scor-Tape.  The mini folio measures 3.5″ x 5″.  It’s a  lovely size for small photos.

Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 9

Wouldn’t this make a pretty autumn birthday card?

Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 10

Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 11

The inner pocket holds a lovely tea bag and still has lots of room for a gift card or personal note.

On with the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cherry has in store for you.  Then finish the hop up at the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  Be sure to answer Bonnie’s question of the  month so that you can be entered to win your very own Autumn Harvest Ribbon Club Assortment.

Even if you don’t win the hop, you can still have this lovely ribbon assortment delivered to your front door.  Just sign up for the Monthly Ribbon Club.  It’s a great way to receive a scrumptious assortment of ribbons each and every month.  You can find all the sign up info HERE.

I hope you found some crafting inspiration from this Golden Grove Botanical Card Folio project. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Happy Hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique “Fabulous” Retro Style Birthday Card

Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Birthday Card for RRR

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  March is nearly over!  How did that happen so fast?  I have one last Really Reasonable Ribbon March Ribbon Club project to share with you.  My sweet sister in law had a birthday this month, and I made this retro style birthday card especially for her.  Becky is one of my favorite people in the whole world.  She has the greatest laugh, tells the best stories, and throws the best parties ever!  So I went “all out” on this fun “If the Crown Fits, Wear It!” card.

Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1Isn’t this a fun color palette?  It takes me back to the 50’s!  Tropic Taffeta Ribbon steals the show on this fun card made with Authentique’s Fabulous paper collection. Ivory Burlap string makes the greatest loopy bows and I just can’t seem to stop using it!

Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2This is one of my famous “chunky” cards.  In fact, it was so chunky, I had to devise a magnetic closure to keep it shut!  To dress up the closure, I added some cute wood icons.  Becky and I share a private joke about coffee and doughnuts.

A Peek Inside this retro style birthday card

Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3I really had a ball on the inside of this retro style birthday card.  You’ll find 2 pockets filled with birthday goodies.

Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 4Do you ever get lost in the details when you are creating?  Yeah, that happens to me all the time.  But I’m kind of glad I followed the muse this time, because I super love these little tags tied onto the tiny clothes hanger.  Are they cute or what?

Authentique Fabulous Retro Style Birthday Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 5For the large pocket, I stamped a series of birthday wishes onto primitive white cardstock.  Then I added a little doodle art to the edges and text.  Next I matted the wishes on pretty teal cardstock.

Remember poodle skirts?  This cute little 3×4 journal tag is matted and backed with magnetic paper so that Becky can display it on her fridge. And there has to be chocolate in the pocket of this retro style birthday card or it wouldn’t be from me!

This was such a fun card to make, and Becky loved receiving it in the mail.  There is just nothing as personal as receiving a hand made card in the mail on your birthday.  I even managed to get it there on time!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Welcome Spring with Frilly and Funkie

Welcome Spring with Frilly and Funkie: Happy Birthday Circular Twist Easel Card

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabulous challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie blog.  This go round, Nancy is our hostess and the theme is Welcome Spring!  Let’s see what Nancy has to say about this great challenge!

Challenge Theme: Welcome, Spring!
Springtime! Its fresh, soft breezes and fragrant blossoms are just around the corner. Create any vintage or shabby chic project that welcomes the advent of this glorious season. Think budding trees, birds and nests, butterflies, and beautiful blooms!

As you know, the Frilly and Funkie Design Team is excited to be celebrating all things Wendy Vecchi this month. We will all be using her fabulous products, new and old, in our creations. You’ll be blown away at how versatile they are since we all have different creative styles. When you enter the challenge, you are not required to use Wendy’s products in your creation but it would be great if you did. Don’t have any yet? Check out her product range at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Now, let’s get the party started!

Happy Birthday Easel Card and a Wendy Vecchi Birthday Cake

Our youngest granddaughter turns TWO this month.  How did that happen so fast?  Her favorite color is purple, so I dug out the May pages from Graphic 45’s A Place in Time Collection where I found this darling little birthday girl image.  I was thrilled when I noticed that the magazine cover actually says “Two Years Old Today.”  How cool is that?

Just for fun, I turned the image into a mini card on top of a card.   It measures just 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4: and is held in place by that cute little green binder clip.  I can write a sweet note to Lydia on the inside, and maybe tuck some cash for her education fund in there, too.

Wendy Vecchi Circle Frames Stitching Template

Stitching is a wonderful way to add texture to a card.  Normally, I use my sewing machine to do this.  However, I’m not that great at sewing a perfect circle.  So hand stitching became the order of the day.  Normally, hand stitching on paper is an exercise in frustration.  But I had a secret weapon in my tool box to help me!

Wendy created this ingenious template that makes stitching on paper a joy!  I centered the template on my die cut scalloped circle, taped it in place, then laid the whole works on top of a thick foam mat.  Then, using my piercing tool, I worked my way around the perimeter of the stencil, creating a perfectly spaced border of holes.  All I had to do was  add the stitching!

I also used the template as a stencil and added two more rows of little dots by working Wendy’s Embossing Paste through the openings. Although much of  this is covered with my card design, you can see some of it near the balloon cluster in this shot.

Mat Minis Celebrations Set

These pretty purple balloons are part of the Mat Minis Celebrations set.  Instead of painting or using texture paste, I covered them with designer paper.  It’s great to be able to create embellishments that match a project so perfectly!

Every easel card needs a “stopper” to prop the card open.  For this card, Petaloo flowers and the birthday cake from the Celebrations set do the job perfectly. The purple flowers make me think of the crocus and grape hyacinth that bloom in the spring.

After sponging the cake layers with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink, I spritzed them with Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist and heat dried them.  Next, I used Wendy’s embossing paste through another stencil from my stash to add the icing to the cake.  The cake plate and candles were sponged with Shaded Lilac ink, then spritzed.  I used the Flourish stencil from Tim’s #10 mini set to add more decorative elements here.

I used purple Stickles between the cake “layers” and all around the edges so that it would pop off the background.  I’ve never been great at decorating cakes, but I rather like the way this one turned out.

To make the candles shimmer, I first painted the flames with Mustard Seed Distress paint, then topped them with Stardust Stickles.

I think Lydia will get a kick out of opening this card and finding the birthday cake inside.  She already loves to color and play with paper…so it looks as though I have another little crafter to enjoy!

Now It’s Your Turn!

You’re invited to join the fun at the Frilly and Funkie Welcome Spring Challenge.  To do so, just link up your own vintage or shabby chic project.  You’ll find all the details HERE.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional participants  will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into a random drawing for a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for helping me welcome spring!

Cheerio,

kathy

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