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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

Product Links for Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial

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Happy Birthday Emma Lou

Happy Birthday Emma Lou!  Heartfelt Creations Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Today is such a special day!  It’s Emma Lou’s birthday, and Heartfelt Creations is sponsoring a blog hop in her honor.  How fun! Happy Birthday, Emma Lou!

You should be coming here from Glenda’s blog.   If you get off track, start over at Liz Walker’s  blog and follow the links through the hop where you’ll find birthday card wishes for Emma Lou on each designer’s blog.   A random winner will be selected from the comments left on one mystery blog.  The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Heartfelt Creations.  The hop runs from 8AM EST today until midnight August 16th. The winner will be announced on the 17th at noon.

Winners will have 72 hours to claim the prize.  To do so, e-mail Liz Walker at passionforsparkle@gmail.com with “Winner of Emma Lou’s Birthday Blog Hop” in the subject line.  Now let’s get hopping!

Birds and Blooms: My Wish for You

Happy Birthday Emma Lou Birds and Blooms by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 2Emma Lou loves pink, so I had to make her a pink card with the sweet papers and images from Birds and Blooms.

Happy Birthday Emma Lou Birds and Blooms by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 1I created a birthday bouquet with Arianna Blooms, Botanical Roses and Sun-Kissed Fleur.  The bouquet is backed with papers from the Birds and Blooms collection and the gorgeous Raindrops on Roses die.

Happy Birthday Emma Lou Birds and Blooms by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 3 jpgOf course, I decorated the inside.  There’s a little giftcard holder and note on the top half. .

Happy Birthday Emma Lou Birds and Blooms by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 4The bottom has a side pocket with tag  that I cut with the Luggage and Tags Die. I tucked some secret birthday wishes nside!

From here, you will hop on over to  MARISA’S  BLOG.  Remember, if you get lost, go back to LIZ’s blog, where you’ll find the complete blog hop list.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Birthday Emma Lou!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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Sunshine and Happiness Easel Card

RRR Blog Hop BadgeSunshine and Happiness Easel Card for RRR Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for the June Ribbon Club Assortment Blog Hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon, and I think you’re going to love the Sunshine and Happiness easel card I have to share with you.  You should have made your way here from Karen’s lovely blog.  If so, you are right on track.  The blog hop starts on the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog, so if you are lost, you can start there and find the links to all the blogs on this hop.

I love the sunshiny colors of the Citrus Assortment in the June Ribbon Club.  Working with them is like taking a tropical vacation.

Citrus Assortment June Ribbon Club Assortment RRRI thought these ribbons were a great match for Simple Stories “Sunshine and Happiness” collection.  Since I have a sweet l’il grand girl who is turning 7 this month, I combined paper and ribbons to create this Sunshine and Happiness easel card.

Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon 02

This is the perfect card for our sweet Sophie, because she does spread sunshine and happiness everywhere she goes.

Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon 07

These tropical punch colors just scream summertime fun, and they play so nicely with the Citrus ribbons.  I created  a belly band by layering Citrus Paint Splatter Grosgrain, Tangerine Crosshatch Satin, and Citrus Chevron Striped Grosgrain along the base of the card front.

Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon 04a

The “footrest” for the easel portion of the card is made by layering Maize Honeycomb Print Satin on top of Tangerine Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon. This sunny combo was  topped with cute chipboard pieces from the Sunshine and Happiness chips.  And I had to throw some Petaloo Gerber Daisies into the mix as well.

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This little balloon bouquet is my favorite element on the card.  I tied a double loop bow with orange checkerboard satin ribbon and maize taffeta ribbon.  This was topped with a festive double loop bow tied with Sheer Citrus Dots Ribbon and a Petaloo Yellow Gerber Daisy.  I added a touch of stickles to the balloons, because 7 year old girls loooove glitter!

Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon 01aThe nice thing about easel cards is that they fold up for mailing, then open for display.

Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon 06a

Here’s a peeky at the inside of the card.  There’s a little gift card pocket for an ice cream gift card and cash for her college fund.  Sophie will love these bright colors and summer images, and I can’t wait to give it to her at her birthday party!

Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon 08a

That’s all for me!  If you’d like to sign up for the ribbon club, you can find all the info HERE. Be sure to visit all the blogs on the list, leave a sweet comment and then answer Bonnie’s question of the month so you can be entered to win your own Citrus Ribbon Assortment and make your own sunshine and happiness!

Now hop on over and see what fun Debbie has cooked up for you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Porch Rules Altered Clipboard

Petaloo & Simple Stories Blog Hop: Porch Rules

Hello, Friends!  Remember Summer?  I’m talking about a lazy hazy days and afternoons spent floating in the pool then napping in your favorite hammock and sipping iced tea on the screen porch kind of summer.  Now you’re with me, right?  Simple Stories has perfectly captured the spirit of those carefree summer days we all dream about in their new “Bloom and Grow” paper collection.  And I had the best time pairing the papers up with gorgeous summer hued Petaloo flowers in this Porch Rules Altered Clipboard.

Porch Rules Altered Clipboard by Kathy Clement Petall Simple Stories Blog Hop Bloom and Grow 03

Our new house has the perfect screen porch complete with ceiling fan and a pretty view of our new yard, so I just had to grab this fun paper and dress up an old clipboard with paint, burlap, and posies.  It’s a standard sized clipboard, and to start things off, I painted all the edges and the metal hinge with Faded Jeans Distress Paint.  Then I covered the clipboard with this bright summery plaid paper, which was also spattered with paint.

Porch Rules Altered Clipboard by Kathy Clement Petall Simple Stories Blog Hop Bloom and Grow 02

I don’t know about you, but I want to spend my summer on a porch where the rules include things like “read a book, take naps, put your feet up and sip iced tea!  To capture that relaxed summer vibe, I stitched the sentiment panel onto some natural burlap, then fringed the edges to add some wonderful texture and dimension.  And what is summer without gorgeous, bright flowers blooming everywhere?  These Darjeeling blooms and butterflies are the perfect color match for these fun papers.

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Do you see those bountiful blueberries growing in my garden?  Those are Petaloo Botanica Blueberry Picks, and I am in love with them!  I clustered Darjeeling Minis in Yellow, Spice, and shades of blue around my berries, then added a flirty Red Butterfly to the garden.  The shabby bow is custom dyed with Candied Apple, Faded Jeans, and Tea Dye Distress Inks.

Porch Rules Altered Clipboard by Kathy Clement Petall Simple Stories Blog Hop Bloom and Grow 05

This adorable chipboard bird is peeking out from another cluster of flowers.

Porch Rules Altered Clipboard by Kathy Clement Petall Simple Stories Blog Hop Bloom and Grow 06

I wanted to show you how I cut one of the yellow Darjeeling Minis in half with my scissors so that I could tuck it behind this sentiment cluster.  It’s easy to do, and the flower holds together well in spite of having been cut.  I tucked the other half behind into that flowery border in the bottom corner of the clipboard.

 

Porch Rules Altered Clipboard by Kathy Clement Petall Simple Stories Blog Hop Bloom and Grow 07

I also used a white Sharpie Paint Pen to add some doodling to the letters.  It gives the paper a real homespun, homemade look that fits right in with this breezy project.

I was having such a good time playing with Simple Stories papers and Petaloo that I accidentally ended up creating a second project.  (I blame the Gnome…he is too cute for words, and he lured me into an extended play time!)

Bloom and Grow Accordion Style Mini Album

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See?  How could I resist?  I made a really quick accordion style photo album where you can save all those fabby photos of summertime fun.

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The little flap has a magnetic closure, but I added a burlap string closure for extra strength.  The album is made by joining together 2 strips of 11.5″ 6.25″ kraft cardstock.  Score every 4.25″ and accordion fold.  Make the flap from the overhang.  Easy peasy!

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On the inside, I created lots of pockets to hold the cute 4″ x 6″ life cards which are perfect for journaling and photos.  I also made photo mounts with extra kraft cardstock.

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Don’t you love the sentiments in this collection?  I know I do!  And the Darjeeling flowers are such a great color match!

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You could easily open this album for display on a mantle or buffet table and tuck summer photos and memories inside as the season progresses.  Then by summer’s end, you have captured all the fun moments into one cute package.

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Simple Stories makes it easy to scrapbook, and Petaloo makes it beautiful.  It’s a match made in scrapbooking heaven!

Here’s to summer!  May you find time in the midst of all the hustle and bustle to watch a few sunsets, visit with friends, and take a few naps on the screen porch!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Petaloo Products used in Porch Rules Altered Clipboard

Darjeeling Red Mini Butterflies 1486-101

Darjeeling Mini Mix Teastained Blue 1462-103

Darjeeling Petites Teastained Blue 1465-103

Darjeeling Teastained Yellow Mini Mix 1462-109

Darjeeling Teastained Spice Mini Mix 1462-108

Darjeeling Teastained Spice Petites 1465-108

Botanica Blueberry Pick 1171-122

Other Products

Simple Stories 12×12 Collection Bloom and Grow

Simple Stories Bloom and Grow Stickers

Simple Stories Bloom and Grow Chipboard

 

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