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Keep Your Face Toward the Sunshine Card

Keep Your Face Toward the Sunshine Card with Graphic 45  Cafe Parisian

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  While playing with the scrumptious ribbons in the April Ribbon Club Collection, I made a great discovery.  These ribbons are a near perfect color match for Graphic 45’s Cafe Parisian collection.  I combined 3/8″ Honeycomb Light Coral Satin Ribbon with some paper pretties to make this Keep Your Face Toward the Sunshine Card.

Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian Keep Your Face Toward the Sunshine Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1If this card doesn’t say “springtime” then I’ll eat my hat!  LOL  I love this very fresh and unusual color palette.

Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian Keep Your Face Toward the Sunshine Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2

Ephemera cards can do double duty when you cut them apart.  I used the back side of one to make this sweet little tab on the side of my card.

Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian Keep Your Face Toward the Sunshine Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3

Then I rounded off the corners and hand wrote my sentiment on the remainder.

Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian Keep Your Face Toward the Sunshine Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 4

Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian Keep Your Face Toward the Sunshine Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 5

This vertical border makes a great pocket for a mini note card.  I’ll write my personal greeting here.

Have you played with your ribbon club collection yet?  It’s always a great assortment, but this month, it’s extra special!

Hope you get time to play with paper pretties soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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

Dream Out Loud Honeybee Greeting Card

RRR Flower and Ribbon Challenge: Dream Out Loud Honeybee Greeting Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over at Really Reasonable Ribbon! The theme this time is Flowers with Ribbon or Trim.  Making this Dream Out Loud Honeybee Greeting Card really brought the sunshine into my studio!

Dream Out Loud Honeybee Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

Do you love this aqua and yellow color palette?  I sure do!  I combined fabulous  Aqua Checkerboard Satin Ribbon from the April Ribbon Club assortment with a gorgeous tag from Polly’s Paper Etsy “Bees, Please” digital images.  Hello, springtime!

Dream Out Loud Honeybee Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2

The Ribbon Club Assortment makes it easy to mix and match ribbons. You need just a snippet of Crosshatch on Tropic Satin Ribbon to add that extra bit of texture and pattern to the top of the tag.

Dream Out Loud Honeybee Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3

Aqua and yellow color palettes are trending right now, and you can see why that is so when you look at this bow cluster.  Topping the luxurious ribbon with a cluster of pretty yellow flowers really pops!  To add a rustic touch to the card, I used Natural Burlap string to add fullness to the bow and to soften the edges of the card.

Dream Out Loud Honeybee Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 4

A Peek Inside

Dream Out Loud Honeybee Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 5

I carried the design and color palette over to the inside of the card.

Dream Out Loud Honeybee Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 6

A little inking, a little stamping, and this card is ready to roll!

What do you think of this color combination?  To me, it feels like spring, and that’s a good thing! I hope you’ll play along with us by linking your own flower and ribbon project up over on the RRR Challenge Blog.  I can’t wait to see what you  make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Springtime Bicycle Greeting Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Spring is finally here, and we’re all so happy to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.  This Springtime Bicycle Greeting card was inspired by childhood memories of that first glorious bike ride after the long winter.  We lived at the top of a big hill, and I can still remember the feeling of exhilaration as I sped downhill, hair flying, legs pumping and the wind whistling in my ears.  We would ride all day and never get tired.  Oh, to be young again!

April Ribbon Club Assortment: Aqua and Coral Mix

The April Ribbon Club Aqua and Coral Mix are perfect for spring!  They also happen to go beautifully with these Prima “Something Blue” papers that I found languishing in the Closet of Shame. Coral Rose Bold Diamond Print Satin ribbon makes a great header for this fun card, especially when it’s topped with white crochet lace.

This 5″ x 7″ side fold card has a slight cutaway edge.  Sometimes it is fun to let the inner design paper peep through!

This poufy bow is tied with Aqua Plaid Ribbon.  It’s not just another pretty face!  Use ribbon to pick up on other colors in your design.  Here, it pulls out the aqua tones in the striped paper and the bicycle wheels.  It’s topped with pretty flowers for the same reason.

Let’s Peek Inside this Springtime Bicycle Greeting Card

Layer up those paper scraps on your work desk and use them to decorate the inside of your card!  I was afraid my sentiment would not fit on this little journal tag.  Prevent this problem by stamping  onto tissue paper. Then, tear around the sentiment, and glue in place.   Turn a journal card into a pocket by leaving one open edge.  Then tuck in a teabag or other small treat.

Have you played with your  new ribbon club assortment yet?  I think the colors and patterns are scrumptious, and I can’t wait to use it again.  Hooray for spring!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers

Tammy Tutterow Designs: Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers

Hello, Friends!   It’s time to share another cheery project using my favorite Tammy Tutterow Designs goodies.  With Springtime in full bloom here in North Carolina, I decided to use the Framed Hello Stamp from Happy Grams 2 to create a bright and cheery Hello Springtime card with felt flowers.

Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 1

Does it get any happier than this?  Look at all these layers of pretty polkadots, gingham prints, and tiny florals.  All the papers are from Authentique’s Springtime paper collection. Here’s how I put this one together:

How to Make a Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers
  1. Create a 5″ x 7″ top-fold card base from primitive cream cardstock.
  2.  Cut a 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ rectangle of the 12×12 floral print
  3. The blue gingham print is on the reverse side of the floral print.  The rectangle I’ve used here is the piece I had left after cutting the floral panel.  Easy peasy!
  4. Cut two fishtail banners measuring 2.5″ x 5.75″ .  Place over the blue gingham panel so that one is high and one is low, as seen in the photo.
  5. Machine stitch all the layers together.  Or, just glue in place, but I like the texture and detail the stitching adds.
  6. Die cut a doily from the aqua print paper.  Back with foam dimensional or waste chipboard to add dimension.
  7. Stamp the Framed Hello Stamp onto smooth white cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink.   While I had everything out, I stamped several, just in case I had a coloring boo boo.
  8. Color in with your favorite markers, or other coloring medium.  I used Zig Writers..which technically are not for coloring, but they worked just fine.
  9. Back the colored image with foam dimensionals or waste chipboard and glue in place.
  10. Add White Opal Liquid Pearls to the dots in the stamped design.  Let this dry while you work on your felt flowers.

Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 2

Making the Felt Flowers and Bow Cluster

I confess to a new found love for making felt flowers.  They add so much gorgeous texture to a project like this.  I’ve been working with 100% wool felt because it cuts cleanly and holds its shape.

  1.  Get out your Shabby Posies Die.  You will only be using the two smallest dies for this project.  I cut 4 each of the larger flower layer, and 2 of the smaller.
  2. To shape the flowers, I use a double layer of foam shaping mats and a ball stylus.
  3. Heat up your glue gun.  Place a small dollop of hot glue directly in the center of the bottom flower layer.
  4. Lay the second flower layer on top so that the petals are staggered.  Use the ball stylus to press firmly into the center of the flower and hold for a few seconds.
  5. Fill the cavity with a vintage button, flower stamens, beads or buttons.
  6. Die cut leaves using the leaf dies in Pom Pom Posies. Ink the edges lightly, then mist the back of each leaf lightly with water.  Shape.
  7. Tie a loopy bow with yellow chevron ribbon.
  8. Glue the ribbon at the lower left corner of the sentiment panel.
  9. Top with the flowers.
  10. Glue the leaves in place.

Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 3

This color combination makes me happy, happy, happy!

A Peek Inside

Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 4

Use pieces of paper that you’ve already cut to finish the inside of your card.  A pocket is always fun, especially when you tuck in a sweet image, a sunshine yellow teabag and a little note.

Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 4

Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 5Tammy’s bitty envelopes are such a great addition to a card like this.  You can tuck in a tiny photo, a little treat, or a gift card.  This is the Tabbed Mini Pocket.  I’ve topped it with a little heart die cut from the Springtime Collection.

And what did I do with the rest of the stamped images? Because I was having so much fun, I went ahead and made a little stack of bright and sunny note cards.  You can never have too many note cards! The inside of each card is blank, except for a tiny border strip of patterned paper.

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Just use the same basic card “recipe” and you’ll have a lovely stack of cheery springtime cards in no time!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

The Wearin’ O’ the Green: St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card

St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card for Petaloo International

Oh, the Top of the Mornin’ to you,  my friends!  There are so many things to be happy about today.  It’s March, which means Spring is on its way.  Soon the earth will be bursting with beautiful spring flowers and tender green leaves.  And, we get to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this month!  Since I have Irish roots in my family tree, I love this holiday.  We eat fish and chips, enjoy an ice cold Guinness, I bake Irish Soda Bread and we all wear green.  Today’s St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card is definitely green!

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 1Believe it or not, with the exception of the gorgeous Petaloo blossoms,  this card was made entirely with bits and bobs from my scrap bin.  I went foraging for every scrap of leftover green paper I could find…which turned out to be quite a bit.  Some of this is Christmas paper, some bits are mixed media backgrounds I created long ago.  The sweet vintage style image came to me as an “extra helping” from an order I made at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  It felt so good to create something new and pretty with all these bits and pieces. Do you ever do this?

Green, Green and More Green

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 2After stitching all the patterned papers together, I mounted them onto this 5.5″ square easel card base.  Then the real fun began!  I dug through my Gypsy Soul Lasercuts chippies and found this stunning Victoria Small Layered Border.  After treating the bottom layer with Antique Gold Embossing Powder, I painted the top layer with Antique Linen Distress Paint.  The two layers were glued together and secured with binder clips until the glue set. After that, I glued it on the left hand side of the card base.

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 3While that was going on, I die cut 3 Tim Holtz Ornate frames and layered them together with strips of foam tape.  Then I trimmed the image and glued it to the back of the frame.  To add even more depth, I backed the frame with two layers of waste chipboard.  Next, I glued it to the center of my card base.

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 4Now for the ribbon cluster!  The base layer is a triple loop bow tied with Moss Green Gingham ribbon.  I looped a gold tassel over the center of the bow, then topped it with these gorgeous Pistachio Green Anemones.  These bodacious flowers are so flirty!   The ruffled layers of petals add the perfect shabby chic touch to the design.  Finally, I tied this itty  bitty teacup charm to the frame with gold metallic string.

St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card: Building the Stopper

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 5One of the reasons I love to make easel cards is that they display so nicely.  To achieve this, you have to build a “stopper”  to hold the front cover of the card open.  I began the process by laying down a strip of antique crochet trim about midway up the interior of the card.  Next, I die cut the green striped paper and matted it with green cardstock.  I softened the edges by dry brushing on a little Antique Linen Distress Paint. Gold brads hold the number plaques in place.  Finally, I backed it with waste chipboard and glued it in place.

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 6But it looked a little lonely there all by itself.  To remedy this, I anchored the corners with Darjeeling Green Mini Garden Rosettes and Green Hydrangea.  I was careful to glue just the bottom petals to the striped paper so that the card could open and close.  The finishing touch is that cute little shamrock charm.  It was originally silver, but I painted it gold.  I added the labels and was finally happy.

The Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 7Every St. Patrick’s Day Easel Card needs a pot of gold tucked in somewhere, right?  So I added a gift card pocket to the card and filled it with an individually wrapped chocolate. Since I had a couple pieces of mixed media paper on the desk I cut them into little banner flags and glued them in place. Finally,  I created the sentiments on the computer, printed them out and added them to finish off the card.

St. Patrick's Day Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 8Here’s what the card looks like folded shut.

Do you do anything fun or special for St. Patrick’s Day?  I remember dressing for school when I was little, and you had to be sure to wear green so you wouldn’t get pinched!  Fun memories…and that’s what paper crafting is all about.

Thanks for joining me here today!  May the road rise up to meet you!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Garden Green Pocket Card with Carta Bella Homegrown

Garden Green Pocket Card for RRR Show Me the Green Challenge

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s March and Springtime is on its way!  This is the season when gardeners get serious about spring planting. This Garden Green Pocket Card with Carta Bella Homegrown papers reflects that fact.  It’s just right for the “Show Me the Green” challenge over at Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Garden Green Pocket Card with Carta Bella Homegrown by Kathy Clement Photo 1  Oh, yes!  Bring on the green, and growing things, and sun ripened tomatoes!  I’m so ready!  And who doesn’t love a good pun?  I amped up the power of green with a bodacious bow tied with soft and silky Forest Green Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon.  Then I topped it off with a fun 1/4″ wide Emerald Green Chevron Striped Twill Bow.   A Petaloo Pistachio Anemone is the crowning touch for this bow cluster.

Garden Green Pocket Card with Carta Bella Homegrown by Kathy Clement Photo 2I created a fun cutaway edge for this 5×7 side fold card then topped it with a journal card from the Homegrown collection.  A fun paper clip embellie and square green buttons give the card a playful feel.

Garden Green Pocket Card with Carta Bella Homegrown by Kathy Clement Photo 3Here’s the inside of the card.

Garden Green Pocket Card with Carta Bella Homegrown by Kathy Clement Photo 4This thank you tag is just the right size to serve as a chocolate pocket.  Banner flags cut from scraps lend a festive feel.  And what do I spy with my little eye?  Is that a second pocket?

Garden Green Pocket Card with Carta Bella Homegrown by Kathy Clement Photo 5Indeed, it is!  And there’s a cute little tag tucked in there.  I topped it off with more of the chevron twill and my very last snippet of Tangerine Honeycomb Print Satin ribbon. from the March Ribbon Club Assortment.

Garden Green Pocket Card with Carta Bella Homegrown by Kathy Clement Photo 6To keep with the garden green theme, I added this fun photo of a farm wagon to the right hand side of the card.

I hope you’ll come join the fun at the Really Reasonable Ribbon “Show Me the Green” challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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