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Busy Bee Greeting Card with Pocket

RRR Blog Hop: Busy Bee Greeting Card with Pocket

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Are you ready to hop?  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  Today I have a “bee-utiful” card made with gorgeous ribbons from the April Ribbon Club Collection.  This Busy Bee Greeting Card has a fun pocket and sweet treats inside.  But before we take a look, here’s a peek at the fabulous ribbons in Aqua and Coral Ribbon Mix.

Buzzing with  Beautiful Blooms

Busy Bee Greeting Card with Pockets by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

This card was inspired by our crabapple tree.  With it being our first spring in our little ranch home, I was anxiously waiting for that tree to bloom.  It did NOT disappoint!  I had this little honeybee image from The Graphics Fairy in my download file, so printed it off to make this card.  Tropic Crosshatch Satin Ribbon is a wonderful complement to the colors in this image.

Busy Bee Greeting Card with Pockets by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2

I added some lovely  flowers to my bow cluster, along with my favorite Natural Burlap String.

Busy Bee Greeting Card with Pockets by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3

Vintage buttons and a vintage style key finish the card front off nicely!

Busy Bee Greeting Card with Pockets by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 4

This bee image is leftover from a Creativity Kit I purchased at Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy.  It makes a perfect pocket for my teabag and honey stick.

Busy Bee Greeting Card with Pockets by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 5

I printed off an additional image, added stitching and a magnet to the back.  And just like that,  this card is a gift!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cherry has in store for you this month.  Be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop, and leave a nice comment behind.  Then visit the RRR Blog to enter the giveaway for your very own April Ribbon Club Collection.  You’ll find the entire blog hop list there, too, in case you get lost along the way.

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady Generations Layout

Petaloo/Creative Embellishments Blog Hop: Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady Generations Layout

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready to hop?  I’m participating in the Petaloo International/Creative Embellishments Blog Hop that is going on from April 1st-April 11th.  Be sure to pop over to the Petaloo  and Creative Embellishments Blogs and leave a comment during these dates, as there are some wonderful prize packages available,My contribution to the party is this Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady “Generations” Layout.

I used the Portrait of a Lady 12×12 Patterns and Solids paper along with some scraps, an ephemera card and a whole garden full of beautiful Petaloo flowers to make this layout.  As you can see from the photo, I  was in the mood to get messy. You’ll find lots of distressed edges, paint spatters, dry brushing and embossing in this mixed media layout.

Chips:  They’re addictive!

Just like potato chips, I find that chipboard elements are positively addictive!  For this layout, I decided to use the “generations” title from the Heritage Words Set and a Curly Flourish.  Chips are a great way to add texture, dimension and layers to any project!

 

To prepare my chips for the layout, I followed these steps:

  1. Paint the surface with Tattered Rose Distress Ink.  Dry
  2. Add fairly thick blobs of Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint on top.  Let this dry naturally, or your paint won’t crackle well.
  3. Tap the chipboard with Versamark Embossing ink and sprinkle with Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel.
  4. Heat set.

It’s really just that simple! Here’s a close-up of the “generations” title.

I also painted a little Prima garden sink with Tattered Rose Distress ink.  Don’t these Pink Darjeeling Petites look darling tucked into the sink with the Portrait of a Lady chipboard?

Ooh-la-la!  Flower Clusters!

Just look at these gorgeous flower clusters!  If you really want to create a visual impact, cluster several flowers together in little bouquets.  These showy mini bouquets are made with a combination of Darjeeling Cream Anemones with Darjeeling Pink Petites and Botanica Soft Pink Mini Blooms.

Here’s the view from the opposite side of the page.

To keep with the shabby chic vibe of this layout, I dry brushed Tattered Rose Distress Paint onto this Prima resin frame.  Next, while the paint was still wet, I sprinkled it with Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel and heat set it.

Do you use chipboard in your crafting? What’s your favorite way to alter it?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Visit the Petaloo Blog all this week for more chippie inspiration and don’t forget to comment so you can win one of the wonderful prize packs.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial

This hop is now closed.  The winner is Katie Baird. Please contact HC to claim your prize.

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop: Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the March 2017 Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop!  You should be coming here from Gloria’s blog.  You’ll find a complete hop list at the end of this post.  With Easter right around the corner, I’ve put together an aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card tutorial for you today.  You’ll find the supply list the end of this post.

Dogwoods in Aqua and Green!

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 1

Oh,  how I love these soft spring colors and pretty spring blossoms!  The first step in creating this card was to make a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base from pearlized ivory cardstock.  You do have to paper piece in order to make a card this size, but I think the end result is worth the effort!

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial: Get everything ready!

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 2

Before I assemble my cards, I like to get all my pieces ready.  Here are the steps you will follow to do this.

  1. Cut a rectangle from the pretty aqua dot pattern slightly smaller than your card base.  Then sponge the edges with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink.
  2.  Use the largest Spellbinder Circle Nestabilities die to cut the focal image from the 6×6 card front.  Lightly distress and ink the edges.
  3. Die cut the  largest Spellbinder “Diamondessence” circle from white cardstock.
  4. Use the Luggage and Tags Die to cut out the dove tag. Mat on white cardstock.
  5. Cut a 5″ x 4″ rectangle from the woodgrain blue paper in the collection.
  6. Add a fancy edge by die cutting with the Border Essentials Die.  Ink the edges
  7. Cut the “Easter Blessings” sentiment, add a fishtail end and mount on white cardstock.
Now It’s Time to Stamp, Die Cut and Shape Flowers

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 3

Here are the steps I followed to make my flowers:

  1. Use Colorbox Guacamole Chalk Ink to stamp 3 sets of the largest dogwood blossoms onto patterned paper from the collection.  I used the pale blue flourish pattern on the reverse of the 6×6 card fronts page.
  2. Heat emboss the stamped images using clear embossing powder.  If you look closely at my blossoms, you can see that I deliberately scorched the paper slightly with my heat gun to add a rusty hue to the paper.  This gives the flower a very realistic look.  But be careful…we want to scorch the paper, not set it on fire!
  3. Repeat this process with the medium set of dogwood blossoms and again with the leaves.
  4. Die cut all the stamped images and several stamens as well.
  5. Sponge the center and edges of each blossom with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink.
  6. Spray the blossoms with Dylusions White Linen ink spray.  If you squeeze the nozzle slowly, this will create ink spatters on the blossoms.
  7. Shape the flowers.
  8. Add the stamens to the flower centers.
  9. Add glue to the tips of the stamens, and dip into Mini Pearls Prills.
Time to Assemble!

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 4

Now it’s time to put all these lovely elements together.  Here’s how:

  1.  Glue the dot rectangle to the card base.
  2. Add foam dimensionals or waste chipboard to the reverse of the dove tag, and glue in position at the top of the card.
  3. Add foam dimensionals or waste chipboard to the back side of the border and position on the card. The top edge will cover the bottom 2/3’s of the dove tag.
  4.  Glue the die cut focal image on the front of the die cut doily.  Use foam dimensionals or waste chipboard on the back side of the doily and glue in place.
  5. Position your flowers and leaves around the left hand side of the card and glue in place.
  6. Add aqua seam binding ribbon and a burlap string bow.
  7. Use foam dimensionals or waste chipboard to the back of the sentiment and glue in place.
  8. Add one small dogwood blossom and small leaf to the sentiment tag.

Now we’ve  finished the front cover.

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 5

Finishing the inside of the card:

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 6

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 7

Use a scrap from the card front to create a border strip down the left hand side of the card.  Mat a journal card on white cardstock and add as shown along with a small tag and a sentiment ticket.

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 8

The inside of my card has a pocket that I’ve filled with a bookmark.   Glue a tag to the top of the pocket and use repositionable tape or Glue Dots to secure a chocolate treat to the tag.  Die cut a sentiment tag and glue above the candy. You can use border strips to add extra interest to your card’s interior design. Since I had extra dogwoods, I went ahead and added them to the top of my bookmark and tag.

Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Photo 9This dove image is on the front side of the blue paper I used to create my dogwood blossoms.  I just trimmed it down and cropped the corners with a punch.  Then I matted it on white cardstock, punched a hole and added ribbon.

On With the Hop! Comment to Win!

Visit all the blogs in the hop and leave a nice comment behind as one lucky comment will be chosen from a mystery blog to receive a $25 shopping spree in the Heartfelt Creations online store.  You have until 11:59EDT on Monday, April 3rd to hop and comment. The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations blog and Facebook on April 5th.

If you are the lucky winner, simply email Heartfelt Creations at info@heartfeltcreations.us with “Winner of the March Alumni Hop” in the subject line.  Best of luck to each of you!

Now here are all the lovely blogs waiting for your visit and kind comment:

Vicki Gloria ♥ Kathy (You are HERE) ♥ Deneen ♥ Alissa ♥ Emelia ♥ Gini EmilySarah ♥       Archana ♥

I hope you enjoyed this Aqua Flowering Dogwood Easter Card tutorial!  I certainly had fun preparing it for you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

SUPPLY LIST and PRODUCT LINKS

Please note: I will provide links to products whenever available, but sometimes I’ve had an item in my stash for a long time, and it is not longer available online.  Thanks for understanding!

 

 

 

 

Super Sweet Easter Treat Basket

Really Reasonable Ribbon Hop, Hop, Hop: Super Sweet Easter Treat Basket

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the March RRR Blog Hop!  You should be coming here full of inspiration from Karen’s lovely blog.  If you get off track, you can find the complete hop list HERE.  With Easter right around the corner, I’ve created a super sweet Easter treat basket using ribbons from the March Spring Rainbow of Color Ribbon Assortment.

These lovely ribbons look like a bed of beautiful spring tulips, don’t they?

Sweet Vintage Style Easter Cards in a Basket

Super Sweet Easter Treat Basket by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1The inspiration for this Sweet Easter Treat Basket was the bright, bold colors of the Tangerine Honeycomb Satin ribbon, Daffodil Checkerboard Satin Ribbon, and Apple Green Mini Hearts Grosgrain Ribbon from the assortment.  They make me think of carrots, which makes me think of bunnies which make me think of the Easter Bunny.  Yes, I have a strange and frightening mind.  LOL

Super Sweet Easter Treat Basket by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2It’s easy to turn a Graphic 45 Staples Long tag into a basket.  Simply score twice, fold and add sides.

Super Sweet Easter Treat Basket by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3The basket is filled with cute vintage style cards and mini chocolates.  The great thing about a treat caddy like this is that you can fill it with other goodies once you’ve sent out all the cards!

What’s in the Super Sweet Easter Treat Basket?

Super Sweet Easter Treat Basket by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 4I created a trio of vintage style Easter cards using Graphic 45’s Le Cirque collection (retired) and darling vintage Easter images from Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy Shop.  It may seem odd to use circus themed papers for Easter, but the colors of this collection really worked with the vintage style images and rainbow colored ribbons.  This 3/8″ Capri Blue Diamond Satin ribbon pops against the yellows on this cute little card.

Super Sweet Easter Treat Basket by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 5I covered mini clothespins with paper from the collection for extra fun.

Super Sweet Easter Treat Basket by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 6These vintage style buttons look great with the Daffodil Checkerboard Satin ribbon!

Super Sweet Easter Treat Basket by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 7Each card is finished on the inside with a little Easter greeting, a decorated mini envelope and a tasty chocolate treat.

On with the Hop

Now hop on over to Cherry’s lovely blog to see what she’s cooked up with these bright pretty ribbons.

Be sure to visit all the blogs on the hop, and leave a sweet comment behind.  Then hop on over to the RRR Blog to let Bonnie know you’ve completed the hop.  Answer her question of the month to be entered into a drawing for your very own Spring Rainbow of Color Ribbon Assortment.

If you’re not already a member of the Ribbon Club, now is a great time to join.  You can find all the details (and a special offer!) HERE.

Thanks for hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Hello Spring Flowering Dogwood Card

The winner of this blog hop is Laurie Gibson and was chosen from Gini’s Blog.

Hello Spring Flowering Dogwood Card for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations February Alumni Hop!  You should have arrived here from Vicki’s lovely blog. I think we are all dreaming about spring right now, and this Hello Spring Flowering Dogwood Card is filled with delicate blossoms, cheeky little birdies and soft, springtime colors.

Hello Spring Flowering Dogwood Card by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop February 2017 Photo 1Dogwoods are my favorite spring flowers.  Here in the south, you can still find old neighborhoods where both sides of the street are lined with dogwood trees.  When they burst into bloom in the spring the beauty takes your breath away.  So when the Flowering Dogwood collection was released earlier this month, I ordered the stamps, matching dies and paper collection the very first day!  I’m so glad I did!

Hello Spring Flowering Dogwood Card by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop February 2017 Photo 2These flowers are so easy to shape! First, I stamped them onto white cardstock using Archival Willow ink.  Next, I die cut them with the matching die. Then,  I sponged the center and petal edges with Spun Sugar Distress Ink.  The centers are filled with Minnie Pearls and Tutu Pink Prills.  The pretty Eyelet Oval Die provides a delicate layered background.

Hello Spring Flowering Dogwood Card by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop February 2017 Photo 3I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the cheeky little birdies from the Birds and Blooms collection.  After stamping, fussy cutting and sponging them with ink, I tucked the Fluffy Birdies Cling Stamp image in among the gorgeous dogwoods, then surrounded them with miniature dogwoods.

Hello Spring Flowering Dogwood Card by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop February 2017 Photo 4Finally,  I decorated the interior of the card with more pretty papers.

Let’s Get Hopping!

From my blog, you will hop on over and visit the lovely Alissa.  Be sure to visit all the blogs on the hop, as one lucky comment will be chosen from a mystery blog to receive a $25 shopping spree at Heartfelt Creations.

The hop is open until 11:59PM EST on Monday, February 27th.  The winner of the $25 shopping spree will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations BLOG and Facebook Page on Wednesday, March 1st.  The winner of the hop can claim his/her prize by emailing Heartfelt Creations at info@heartfeltcreations.us.  Write winner of the February Alumni Hop in the subject line.

Here’s the list of the blogs in this hop:

Vicki ♥ Kathy (You are HERE) ♥ AlissaGloriaEmelia Gini SarahArchana

Thanks so much for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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August HC Alumni Hop Winner

We Have a Winner for the August HC Alumni Hop!

Hello Friends!

I hope you’re all enjoying a fabulous Labor Day/Bank Holiday weekend.  We’ve had loads of rain,  but then we needed rain so it’s all good.  Now, down to business!  We have a winner for the August Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop.

Teresa Godines was randomly selected from Oksana’s blog!

Congratulations, Teresa!  You have won a $25 gift certificate to Heartfelt Creations!  Please claim your prize right away by e-mailing Emma Lou @ EmmaLou@heartfeltcreations.us with “Winner of August Alumni Hop” in subject line

A million thanks to all of you that left such lovely comments on my blog during this hop.  You really made my day!

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial, Coffee Talk, by Kathy Clement, Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 1

Keep calm and craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial: HC Alumni Hop

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop: Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for the August HC Alumni Blog Hop.  I’m kicking the blog hop off today with a special birthday card for a dear friend.  I’ve written up a Coffee Talk Easel Card tutorial to guide you through the steps. Let’s get started!

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial, Coffee Talk, by Kathy Clement, Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 2 Oooh, how I love these dreamy blues combined with the rich mocha tones of this paper collection. Here’s the card all folded up.  The front has been glued onto the bottom of a folded base so that it can stand upright like an easel.

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial: Designing the Card Front

  • Cut a 6.5″ x 4.5″ panel of designer paper.
  • Ink the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
  • Mat the panel on light blue cardstock and again on navy cardstock.
  • Machine stitch around the edges.
  • Add coffee rings to the paper with Tim Holtz Splatters stencil.  I used an ink blending tool and Walnut stain Distress Ink to do this.
  • Die cut the coffee cup from the paper collection using the matching Coffee Cup Die. Ink the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
  • Cut and mat the small coffee cup border and glue in the center.
  • Use foam dimensionals or waste chipboard to elevate the coffee mug.
  • “Draw” on the mug swirls with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive.  Sprinkle with clear glitter and tap off.
  • Add flowers, bows and beads.  (See below for flower instructions.)

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial: Building the Base

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial, Coffee Talk, by Kathy Clement, Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 6

If you’ve never made an easel card before, it’s one of the easiest cards in the world to make.

  • Build a standard card base of whatever size dimensions you like.  This one measures 7″ wide x 5″ high.
  • Score the front of the card base halfway up.  For this card, I scored at 2.5″ because it is 5″ high.
  • Create a second card stock card front that matches the dimensions of the front of the card.  For this card, that meant it should measure 7″ wide by 5″ tall.
  • Build your card design on the second card front.  When it is complete, glue the bottom half of the decorated card front to the bottom half of the scored card base.

To give you a better idea of what this looks like, here’s a side view of the easel.  You can see the way the base is scored and how the decorated front is joined to the base.

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial: Building the “Stop”

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial, Coffee Talk, by Kathy Clement, Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 1When building an easel card, you have to provide a “stop” that will hold the card open.  See that little banner flag cut from the cute coffee cup border?  That is the “stop” for this card.  Here’s how to do it:

  • Begin by cutting a panel of designer cardstock for the inside of the card.  I used the stacked coffee cups/coffee bean paper.  Glue this panel on the bottom half of your prepared card base.
  • Cut the border from your paper collection and create a fishtail banner on the right hand side.  (Because I wanted the stacked coffee cups to be visible, I did not run the banner the entire width of the base. )
  • Mat on light blue cardstock, and again on navy cardstock.
  • Cut a strip of waste chipboard that is slightly shorter and narrower than your fishtail banner.
  • Glue the chipboard to the base of the matted banner, and then glue the entire assembly to the base of the card.
  • Add a twine bow, button and small flower.  Now, when you open the card, the base of the front edge will rest against the stop and will stand upright.

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial: The Flowers!

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial, Coffee Talk, by Kathy Clement, Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 4These Delightful Daisies go with this card design the way cream goes with coffee!  Here’s how I made them:

  • Using Ranger French Ultramarine Archival Ink, stamp 3 sets of Delightful Daisies onto white cardstock.  (I like to use 80# cardstock for this, as the flowers shape nicely.)
  • Die cut with the Delightful Daisy Die.
  • Use the large ball stylus from the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit to round the petals.
  • Sponge the center of each flower with French Ultramarine Ink.
  • Stack the flowers together with a hot glue gun, staggering the layers.
  • Paint the petals with Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint.  While wet, sprinkle lightly with clear glitter.
  • Spatter with droplets of Distress Aged Bronze Mica Spray.
  • Fill centers with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive and fill with Czech beads.
  • Glue onto card.

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial, Coffee Talk, by Kathy Clement, Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 5I created a double bow with Glory Blue and Tobacco Seam binding.  Ivory Burlap String was then added and the whole thing was topped off with another flower.

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial: A Look Inside

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial, Coffee Talk, by Kathy Clement, Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 3I love to decorate the inside of my cards as much as I enjoy decorating the outside.  You can see that I added another panel of paper with the coffee ring stencil.  I also stamped a sentiment onto white cardstock.

Now hop on over and see what my dear friend Gloria has cooked up to inspire you.  Here’s a list of the blogs on this hop.  Please note that Loretta Lock had to withdraw from the hop at the last minute, so the LAST stop on the hop will be Vicki Dutcher.

Kathy Clement (You are HERE) ♥ Gloria StengelArchana JoshiSarah Miller Mary Faus Kristie Taylor Oksana CleggUjjwal GuptaEmily Niehaus Vicki Dutcher (last but not least!)

Be sure to visit all the blogs on the hop, and leave a comment at every stop along the way.  One  comment from one mystery blog will be selected by random.com and that lucky person will win a $25 gift certificate at Heartfelt Creations.  The hop runs from Tuesday, August 30th-midnight Friday September 2nd.  The winner will be announced at noon EDT on the Heartfelt Creations Facebook page, and on each blog.

I’ve created a supply list below, with product links whenever possible.

Thanks for hopping by!  I ‘d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Cheerio,

kathy

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