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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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Magical Masquerade Ball Invitation with Graphic 45

Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade Magical Masquerade Ball Invitation

Hello, Friends!  Today I get to share one of the projects I made for CHA/Creativation back in January.  For this Magical Masquerade Ball Invitation I combined Graphic 45’s mesmerizing new Midnight Masquerade collection with fabulous purple organza ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Magical Masquerade Ball Invitation, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 1Ooh-la-la!  Take a look at these fabulous colors and images! That purple ribbon just pops against the vibrant patterns in this collection.  I topped the bow with gold metallic string and a fancy button from my stash. Let’s look at the details.

Magical Masquerade Ball Invitation, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2This paper collection has a wonderful dream-like quality to it.  Because of that, I wanted to make my images appear as though they were floating on clouds of flowers.

Magical Masquerade Ball Invitation, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 3After fussy cutting the focal image, I rounded the skirt by gently burnishing it against the side of my bone folder.  Once the paper curved, I glued just the very edge of the sides to my paper.  Then I backed the center of the image with gorgeous Petaloo Purple hydrangeas.  I also tucked these around the hem of the skirt, creating the illusion that this dancing lady is floating .

Magical Masquerade Ball Invitation, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 5If you love to fussy cut, this collection will make you very, very happy!  I fussy cut some of the Ventian masks to use as embellishments.  Once again, I curved the edges to achieve dimension, then glued just the edges to the paper.

Magical Masquerade Ball Invitation, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 4The sentiment is framed with a Staples Ornate Label.

Welcome to the Ballroom at the Midnight Masquerade Ball

Magical Masquerade Ball Invitation, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 6A pair of pockets decorate the inside of the card.

Magical Masquerade Ball Invitation, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 7I cut journaling tags from the paper collection, and added some fussy cut images to the pockets.

Now where are my dancing shoes?

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at this fabulous new collection!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card

Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks Day 9: Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card

Hello again, G 45’ers!  It’s Day 9 of Sneak Peeks over at the fabulous Graphic 45 Blog.  Today they are featuring the fanciful, mysterious and oh so fun Midnight Masquerade collection.  This collection is filled with whimsy, vibrant colors and a real playful vibe.  I took one look and thought, “Why not make a shaker card?”  And that’s how this Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker card came into being.

Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 1 See what I mean?  It’s perfect for Mardi Gras parties, prom parties, and shaker cards, of course!

The making of a shaker card

I’ve only made a few shaker cards, but I found a wonderful new product that makes quick work of the process.  It’s call Kool Tac Double Sided Clear Foam. In the past, I’ve sewn my shaker cards together, which is not so easy.  But using this foam with clear acetate sheets makes quick work of the job.

Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2First I cut my 4×6 focal image from the designer paper.  Next I ran the clear foam tape all around the perimeter.  Then I filled the cavity with beads, sequins  and glitter.  Peel off the top layer of the tape and place your cut acetate sheet over top, being careful to line up all the edges.  Burnish with a bone folder and voila!  You’re done!

Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 3Each image is featured twice in the paper collection, which allows you to frame the shaker portion of the card.  I used my ruler and craft knife to carefully cut the frame away from the inside image.  Then I used glossy accents to secure it to the top of the shaker.  (Glossy accents works well on non-porous surfaces like acetate.)  Since the feet were printed into the frame, I fussy cut some flowers to cover them up.  I also added more fussy cut flowers to the sides.  It really only took a few minutes and it looks so great, don’t you think?

Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 4What could possibly be more fun than a shaker card?  Well, how about a shaker/easel card?  Yeah, I think so, too!  This time I used a flower/bow cluster as the stopper.  I also mounted a fussy cut postage stamp that is propped up on dimensionals just for fun.

Take a Look Inside

Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 5What a glorious riot of color!  It makes me feel like I’m at Mardi Gras in New Orleans!

Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 6Remember the frame we cut from the second image?  I went back and fussy cut the dancing lady from the inner portion and placed her above my flower cluster.  It’s hard to tell here, but she’s propped up with foam dimensionals.  I also added another fussy cut stamp on either side.

Midnight Masquerade Birthday Shaker Card, Midnight Masquerade, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 7Once again, when decorating the top of an easel card, make sure you don’t let your paper cover the break.  I hand wrote this simple sentiment on one of the journal cards from the collection.

So, what do you think of Midnight Masquerade?  To be honest with you, I was not at all sure about this collection when I opened my box.  I rarely work with such bright colors.  But almost as soon as I started working with it, I fell in love with it.  It has such a fun, playful vibe and it’s so warm and cheery.  I ended up making more samples with this collection than any other.  Funny, isn’t it?

To see more of this collection, pop on over to the Graphic 45 blog today.  And be sure to leave a comment as they are giving away a lovely prize package.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on this Midnight Masquerade Easel Card in the comment section below.

Sneak peeks are the BEST!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Happy is My Favorite Color: Tammy Tutterow Designs

Tammy Tutterow Logo_BlkHello, Friends!  As you probably all know, I love color!  So when I received this Happy is My Favorite Color stamp in my Design Team box from Tammy, it was love at first sight!  My fingers have been itching to work with it, and this morning I rose before the sun with a vision for this card.

happy-is-my-favorite-color-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-3 Yellow and pink is one of my favorite color combinations.  It is just so full of happy!  And making this card filled my whole studio with happy vibes.  Let’s face it, you know it’s going to be a good day when you have inky fingers before 7AM!

happy-is-my-favorite-color-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-3I pulled out all my yellow Distress Ink pads (yes, every last one!) and smooshed them onto my craft mat so I could use a non-wrinkle distress technique on watercolor paper.  Next, I cut a panel to measure 5″ x 7″ and ran it through my Big Shot with Tammy’s Blistered Embossing Folder.  Then I added some Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberries and Vintage Photo ink to the raised areas.

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To add some pattern to the mix, I stamped this background randomly with the Dear Ruby Stamp. Oh, I have a feeling you are going to see a LOT of this fabulous stamp.  I love anything related to Typography, and the vintage handwriting on this stamp is scrumptious! The little circle on the right is from Tab Set One.  I wanted to balance the design, and filling this with more vintage buttons did the trick, along with a sweet little pink clothes pin.

Shabby Posies

happy-is-my-favorite-color-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-2After stamping, embossing and coloring the sentiment panel, I knew I wanted to add some pretty posies to the card.  The Shabby Posy Die makes gorgeous flowers, dontcha think? I just die cut them from the yellow background paper then sponged the centers and edges with Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberries.  Some of my favorite vintage buttons filled the centers, adding a sweet vintage vibe to this very colorful card.

happy-is-my-favorite-color-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-4The leaves were die cut from the same yellow panel using dies from Pom Pom Posies.  I colored them with various green Distress Inks, and then sponged in a little Picked Raspberries.  The seam binding ribbon was custom dyed with Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberries and Worn Lipstick.  Then I cleaned up the green inks on my craft mat to add some depth to the color palette.

A Peek Inside

happy-is-my-favorite-color-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-5Creating cards with special details on the inside is one of my favorite things to do.  I stamped a leftover bit of my yellow watercolor paper with the Bog Woodgrain Stamp and Worn Lipstick Distress ink for starters.

happy-is-my-favorite-color-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-8Then I die cut this darling Deco Edge Envelope from patterned paper (October Afternoon Girl Talk).  It was just the right size to hold a lemon/ginger tea bag. I love these itty bitty envelopes so much!

happy-is-my-favorite-color-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-6I created a little waterfall folio using the Waterfall One Die.  The shaped edge on this die is so very shabby chic.

happy-is-my-favorite-color-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-7Bits and bobs of my sunshiny yellow paper add pops of color to the folio.  What a fun place to add photos, or write little messages!

I hope this cheery little card added some sunshine to your day.  I know I had sunshine in my soul while making it!  Yes, indeed…Happy IS my favorite color!  What’s yours?

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Product Links

Note: you can find all of Tammy Tutterow’s stamps, embossing folders and dies HERE on the Spellbinder’s website.

Big Woodgrain Background Stamp

Dear Ruby Background Stamp

Happy is My Favorite Color Cling Stamp

Deco Edge Envelope Die

Shabby Posies Die

Pom Pom Posies Die

Tab Set One Dies

Blistered Embossing Folder

 

 

Joy Looks Good on You Watercolor Notecards

Joy Looks Good on You: Tammy Tutterow Creative Team Announcement

Hello, Friends! It’s a beautiful sunny Sunday here in North Carolina.  My heart is so thankful that we survived Hurricane Matthew with just a relatively short power outage and a couple small roof leaks.  We are truly blessed!  It was a long, and sometimes scary, 24 hours, but today the sun is shining and the world looks washed clean and bright.   To celebrate, I created these cheery Joy Looks Good on You watercolor notecards using a fabulous stamp design from the amazing Tammy Tutterow.

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And, that leads me to a happy little announcement: I’ve been invited to join Tammy’s amazing creative team!  I have loved Tammy’s work for years, and am so excited that I am going to work with a team that is both incredibly talented and supremely warm and supportive. It’s going to be a very fun gig!

I invite you to visit Tammy’s blog to get to know her and the team. If you’re not familiar with her work, you are in for a big treat.  She has loads of tutorials, free downloadable coloring sheets and just oodles of inspiration!

I just love sharing good news!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Frightfully Sweet Halloween Card for RRR Things with Wings Challenge

Frightfully Sweet Halloween Card with Graphic 45 Rare Oddities

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Hello, Ribbon lovers!  Time for another fabby challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The theme this go round is “Things with Wings.”  This is always a fun challenge theme, especially when we are drawing close to Halloween.  I pulled out my gorgeous September Too Cute to Spook Ribbon Club Assortment and Graphic 45’s Rare Oddities collection to work up this Frightfully Sweet Halloween Card.

Frightfully Sweet Halloween Card, Rare Oddities, by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2Could you find a better ribbon buddy for this paper collection?  I think not!   Grape Gauze Print Satin Ribbon really is frightfully sweet when combined with Halloween Confetti Dots on Black Grosgrain Ribbon.  I just love polka dots!

Frightfully Sweet Halloween Card, Rare Oddities, by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

 

Frightfully Sweet Halloween Card, Rare Oddities, by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3Moths and butterflies have wings, right?  I brushed Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive onto this silver butterfly charm, then dusted it with Shabby Shutters Distress Glitter.  It’s frightfully sweet!

Frightfully Sweet Halloween Card, Rare Oddities, by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4The inside of the card has a couple of pockets filled with frightfully sweet tags and treats.

Frightfully Sweet Halloween Card, Rare Oddities, by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

I fussy cut some creepy bottles from the paper collection to dress up this pretty grape patterned paper.

Frightfully Sweet Halloween Card, Rare Oddities, by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6An ephemera card from the collection makes a great bookmark.  You can write a personal message on the back.  And there’s plenty of room in the pocket for a photo or individually wrapped chocolate.

I had such fun making this Frightfully Sweet Halloween card.  I hope you enjoyed it, too!

Be sure to pop over to the RRR Blog where you’ll find all the rules for this challenge.  It’s easy to link up your own Things with Wings and ribbon project.  It does not have to be Halloween themed.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio

kathy

 

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