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Bee Yourself Honeybee Greeting Card

BEE Yourself Honeybee Greeting Card with Petaloo Posies and G45 Nature Sketchbook

Hello, Friends!  I have such a fun, cheery card to share with you today!  This Bee Yourself Honeybee Greeting card just bursts with happy colors, beautiful papers and bodacious blooms.

I’m in love with Petaloo International’s gorgeous Botanica Blooms.  They look so lifelike you can almost smell their sweet bouquet when you use them on a project.  Combine these beautiful blooms with Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook paper and a digital image from Polly’s Paper Studio, and you can color me happy, happy, happy!

This is my standard 5″ x 7″ top fold card made on a kraft cardstock base.  To deepen the color of the Botanica Blooms I gave them a couple spritzes of Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist.  I did the same with the sweet little Ivory Canvas Sunflower on top of my ribbon cluster.

Inside, I’ve added all sorts of wonderful goodies.

Herbal Tea and a Honeystick go perfectly with this themed card.

And why not tuck in a sweet tag and fun little tags to complete the ensemble?

I hope this BEE Yourself Honeybee Greeting card added some sunshine to your day.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Wishing you a honey of a day!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Laundry Day Card with Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home

Laundry Day Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon with Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home

Hello, Ribbon lovers!  In my world, nothing smells so sweet as freshly washed sheets that have hung on the line.  The beautiful spring weather and  memories of my mom prompted me to make this Laundry Day card with Really Reasonable Ribbon and Graphic 45’s Home Sweet Home collection.  It brings back so many happy childhood memories!

Laundry Day Card Home Sweet Home by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1If you never had the joy of hanging freshly washed laundry on the line on a gorgeous spring day, then you have missed out on one of life’s greatest pleasures.  With the blue sky over your head and a playful breeze blowing while cheeky little birds sing their hearts out it’s truly a feast for the soul!  I tried to capture the joy of the experience in this 5″ x 7″ top fold laundry day card.

It’s All About the Layers on this Laundry Day Card

Laundry Day Card Home Sweet Home by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2This card is all about the layers!  I layered up several prints and patterns, as is my usual course of action.  But I also layered up the focal image.

Laundry Day Card Home Sweet Home by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

To do this, first create a layer with the entire image.  Next, fussy cut a second image, ink the edges and back it with small foam tabs.  Then carefully line the fussy cut image up with the original and press in place.  I love the way this causes the image to pop off the page.

Laundry Day Card Home Sweet Home by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4You can create layers with ribbon, too!  For this card, I created a double layer bow with the Electric Blue Taffeta ribbon from the May Ribbon Club Assortment.  I topped it with a bright and cheery Yellow Plaid double loop bow.  Then I added some pretty red and blue blooms to go with the fussy cut hollyhocks from the paper collection.

Laundry Day Card Home Sweet Home by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5This miniature wooden washboard is layered on top of a journal tag from the paper collection.  I draped it with a snippet of Red Plaid Ribbon and a fussy cut border image.  The Red Plaid Ribbon also serves as a border at the top of the card.

Pockets and Tags and Sweet Treats Inside this Laundry Day Card

Laundry Day Card Home Sweet Home by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6I love to create cards that can double as gifts, so I generally add pockets and tags and treats to the inside.  The miniature green clothespin holds a tiny folio shut.

Laundry Day Card Home Sweet Home by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7To create this, I simply cut the strip of images from the border page in Home Sweet Home.  Then I scored between each image.  Next I accordion folded the strip so that the tomato image is on top.  It would be fun to write either a personal note or a recipe on the ephemera card.

Laundry Day Card Home Sweet Home by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8The lower pocket contains a tea bag and an individually wrapped chocolate.  There’s plenty of room to tuck in a gift card, too.

Sadly, we are not allowed to hang clothes out on the line in my new neighborhood.  But I still have the sweet memories from hanging clothes on the line with my mom.  Do you use a clothesline?  I’d love to hear your Laundry Day story in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

RRR Blog Hop: God Bless America Card

God Bless America Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon May Blog Hop

Hello Ribbon Lovers!  It’s May 13th, and that means it’s time for another fabulous Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  If you get off track, go back to the RRR BLOG where you’ll find a complete list for the hop.  We are heading right into the summer holidays, so it’s time to break out the red, white and blue ribbons from the May Patriotic Ribbon Club assortment and get your craft on.  I’ve made this God Bless America card using every single ribbon in the assortment.

God Bless America Card United by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 1

I don’t know what it is about combining red, white and blue, but it sure works!  Here’s a look at the ribbons in this month’s club.

 

United We Stand

God Bless America Card United by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo  2This 5″ x 7″ top fold card is made with Authentique’s brand new “United” paper collection.  I layered some of these fabulous ribbons to create a belly band for my card.  Ribbon is a great way to create a quick border, and as you can see, I did that on the base of this card front. I also created a fun paper clip embellishment with a snippet of ribbon and a metal button.

God Bless America Card United by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 3

Now, let’s talk about the bow!  I tied two colors of ribbon at the same time on my Bow-it-All tool.  Then I topped the bow with a flashy red flower and a star shaped stick pin.

True Blue Through and Through

God Bless America Card United by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo  4The inside of the card has another belly band and a double pocket that contains a stack of little journal cards.  These can hold photos, or be used as bookmarks, or for journaling.

God Bless America Card United by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 5Raise your hand if you had to memorize the Pledge of Allegiance when you were in school.  Do they still do that?  We started with the Pledge every single morning, and I love that Authentique included it in this collection.  I also tucked a little chocolate treat inside the belly band.

Now hop on over and see what Cherry has cooked up with this fabulous ribbon assortment.  And be sure to visit the RRR Blog and let Bonnie know that you completed the hop so you can be entered to win your very own Patriotic Ribbon Club Assortment.

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Have Courage, Set Sail & Dream High Nautical Themed Graduation Cards

Authentique Seafarer: Have Courage, Set Sail & Dream High Nautical Themed Graduation Cards

Hello, Friends!  Do you feel the rustle of the silk robes and hear the whisper of parchment paper?  Yes, people…it’s graduation season and all across the globe, young people are lining up to receive their hard earned diplomas.  There will be tears and cheers, perhaps a few fears and loads of good wishes as friends and loved ones gather to send these grads out upon the Sea of Life.   I’ve used Authentique’s Seafarer collection to create this trio of Have Courage, Set Sail & Dream High Nautical Themed Graduation cards.

Dream Higher Than the Sky Graduation Card

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

Masculine cards can be a challenge, but I found that this collection made them very easy to design.  This 5″ x 7″ top fold card came together very quickly thanks to the wonderful designer paper and focal image.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

 

I tied hemp string with a bowline hitch knot to amp up the nautical vibe, then suspended an antique brass sailing ship from it.  Tim Holtz’ Ribbon Flags die makes wonderful little embellishments .   Double matting the layers on red and navy cardstock gave everything a clean, crisp finish.  A bow, a nautical button and a charm made by fussy cutting an image from a sheet of designer paper finish the front of this card nicely.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3Because I created the card base with a 1/8″ spine, I was able to add two pockets to the interior. The smaller pocket is made with one of the 3×4 images from the cut apart page.  It’s just the right size to hold a gift card.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4

The larger pocket on the bottom of the card holds a 4.25″ x 6″ folio that is the perfect spot for those keepsake graduation photos.  A decorated belly band and a few more ribbon flags dress the folio up nicely.

Set Sail Nautical Themed Graduation Card

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5

What could provide a more perfect graduation metaphor than this image of a ship, its sails full-blown and ready to meet life’s challenges full on?

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I used a star shaped die to create the accent on this card, then topped it with an Idea-ology metal compass coin, a muse token and wooden anchor.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 7More bowline knotted hemp string and a pretty white sea gull complete the front of the card.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 8This 5″ x 7″ top fold card has a 1/8″ spine to accommodate the inner pockets.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 9The top pocket holds a little tag/bookmark.  Write your best wishes on the back of the tag and tuck into the pocket.  Interactive cards like this are always a hit!

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 10The large bottom pocket contains another folio that I decorated with images from the paper collection.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 11

The folio contains a gift card pocket, and room for a graduation photo.

Have Courage Graduation Card

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 12The sentiment on this 7″ x 5″ Have Courage card is just perfect for graduation.   I turned the card base on its side to accommodate this large sentiment panel.  Then I added banner flags, machine stitching, knotted hemp string and some nautical charms to complete the card front.

Nautical Themed Graduation Cards Seafarer by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 13The interior contains a gift card pocket that is just the right size for a little chocolate treat.  Good wishes can be written on the journaling card.  The sentiment strip reads’ It’s out there at sea that you are really yourself.”

While these nautical themed graduation cards are not your typical graduation cards, the strong masculine images, classic color palette and wonderful sentiments make them stand out from the crowd, just like the proud graduates who are setting sail on new adventures.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio

kathy

Beautiful Mother’s Day Wishes Easel Card

Beautiful Mother’s Day Wishes Easel Card with RRR and Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  I’m popping in today with a beautiful Mother’s Day Wishes  easel card that you can make in under an hour.  Nothing says “I love you” like a handmade card, especially when it is topped with beautiful Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Beautiful Mother's Day Wishes  Easel Card Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2I put this sweet 4.25″ square easel card together with bits and pieces that were left over from another project.  The focal image from G45 A Place in Time is a near perfect color match for the background papers from G45 Cafe Parisian.

I die cut a Cheery Lynn doily from Ivory cardstock to help break up the patterned layers.

After building my easel card base, I fussy cut the vintage ladies from the focal image.  Then I backed them with waste chipboard and layered them over the image background.  This created wonderful depth and dimension with very little fuss.

Beautiful Mother's Day Wishes Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

The “stopper” is easy to make.  First, cut a panel of the blue dot paper from Place in Time.  Mat it on a slightly smaller piece of chipboard.  Wrap with Wild Rose Swiss Dots Grograin Ribbon and glue to the card base.  Then use your Zutter Bow-it-All Tool to tie a double loop bow and hot glue it in place.    Add a string bow tied with Ivory Natural Burlap and glue to the center of the bow. Top with a button,

Tie a second bow with Burlap String and glue to the left hand corner of the image.  Add flowers. Then glue 3 little buttons down the side of the card.

It takes under an hour to make Mom a keepsake card that she’ll cherish for years to come. And, you used up some paper scraps in the process.  Win/win!

I hope you found some tips and tricks in this beautiful Mother’s Day Wishes Easel card 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

Authentique “Fabulous” Collection: Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Card

Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Card : Authentique “Fabulous” for Mom

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  And since it is almost Mother’s Day, that’s the challenge theme.  I decided to create something a little on the lighthearted and whimsical side as my mom was blessed with an amazing sense of humor.  I can remember hearing her sing Life is  Bowl Full of Cherries any time she was tackling an unsavory task (and boy,, do moms ever deal with more than their fair share of those!).  So I dug into my gorgeous ribbons and my “Fabulous” collection from Authentique to make this Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Card.

Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Mother's Day Card Fabulous by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

Rockin’ the Retro Vibe

Don’t you just love these retro colors and patterns?   This combination of pink, red and aqua takes me right back to my childhood.  It’s impossible to be gloomy when you are looking at white polka dots on a red background!

Here’s a good design tip for you.  To add extra “punch” to a card design, repeat a pattern.  On this card, I used white polka dots on red in both my paper layer and in my ribbon cluster.  Red Satin Swiss Dots ribbon is soft and supple, so it ties gorgeous bows.  If you haven’t added it to your ribbon stash yet, you really should!

Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Mother's Day Card Fabulous by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

Next, I scattered these cute cherry novelty buttons onto the card in strategic locations.  Then, I finished my bow cluster off with a bit of Ivory Burlap String and a bright aqua flower.

Just Add Pockets!

Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Mother's Day Card Fabulous by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3

It’s easy to turn a card into a gift: just add pockets!  I created a small chocolate pocket with a scrap of that fun polka dot paper…because Mom loves chocolate, don’t you know.  Tuck in a gift card, and your gift is complete!

Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Mother's Day Card Fabulous by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Mother's Day Card Fabulous by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5

I stamped a sentiment onto ivory cardstock and added it to the larger pocket.  Then I tucked in a pretty pink tea bag.  Next,  I created a little tag that can double as a bookmark.

Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Mother's Day Card Fabulous by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 6

You’ll find more of this fabulous ribbon atop the tag, along with a sweet little handmade paper clip embellishment.  Tie the ribbon with an ivory burlap string bow, add a sassy high heel charm and this Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Card is done!

Now It’s Your Turn

Would you like to play along in this fun challenge?  It’s fun and easy!  Simply link up your Mother’s Day themed project to the RRR Challenge Blog.  We’ll be popping by to take a look at your handiwork and leave you a nice comment.  Then we’ll choose our top 3 favorite projects to receive an RRR Badge to display proudly.  Link your project before midnight EDT Thursday, May 18th.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Everyday Heroes You Inspire Me Easel Card Tutorial

This hop is now closed.  The winner is Carla Hundley.  Congratulations!
Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop: Everyday Heroes You Inspire Me Easel Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations April 2017 Alumni Hop!  You should be coming here full of inspiration after visiting Gloria’s lovely blog.  I’ve been loving the blues lately…maybe it’s the beautiful Carolina Blue sky that’s been inspiring me, who knows?  So today I’m sharing this You Inspire Me Easel Card Tutorial made with Heartfelt Creations “Everyday Heroes” collection.  Let’s get started!

How to Create an Easel Card Base

You Inspire Me Easel Card Tutorial Everyday Heroes by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 1Follow these quick and easy steps to create an easel card base.

  1.  First, cut a 6.25″ x 12″ rectangle from aqua card stock.
  2. Next, score on the long side at 6″ and again at 9″.
  3. Then crease the folds to create the easel card base. The card front will be the section with the two score lines.
  4. Now, cut a 6.25″ square from the same aqua cardstock.
  5. You will build your card cover on this 6.25″ square.
  6. Next, decorate the inside of the card with designer papers.
  7. Finally,  glue the completed card cover onto the lower half of the scored card base.
Work Inside Out!

You Inspire Me Easel Card Tutorial Everyday Heroes by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 2When I’m making an easel card, I always work “inside out.”  By this I mean that I decorate the inside of my card first.  This way, I don’t “squash” the dimensional card cover while I’m working on the inside decor.  Here are the steps I took to make the inside of this card.

  1. First, cut 2 squares of designer paper from Everyday Heroes.  I used 2 of the 6″ card fronts from the collection.  Easy Peasy!
  2. Next, cut one square in half and use it to line the scored section of the card.  Don’t glue over the score line, as the card will not be able to fold if you do this.
  3. Now, glue the striped card cover to the bottom half of the card interior.
  4. Then, create two 2.5″ x 3.25″ banner flags from polka dot designer paper.  Ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Use foam dots or waste chipboard on the back of each flag to add dimension and create a “stopper” for the easel.  Glue in place on the left hand side of the card base, as seen here.
  5. Finally, cover a small paper bag with designer paper and glue on the top half of the card.  Add a little note card inside.
Making Vellum Botanical Roses

You Inspire Me Easel Card Tutorial Everyday Heroes by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 3

Now we’ll go to work on making these lovely Vellum Botanical Roses.  To make these you will need the following:

  1. First, stamp 3 sets of Botanical Roses onto vellum with Broken China Distress Oxide Ink.
  2. Next, sprinkle the wet ink with copper embossing powder.
  3. Then, heat Emboss.
  4. Next, die cut flower layers with the Botanical Wings Die.
  5. Now, lightly spritz the back of the die cut flower layers and shape with Deluxe Flower Shaping Tools.
  6. Then, use a sponge dauber to add Broken China Distress Oxide Ink to petals.
  7. Next, stack the shaped and inked layers, securing with hot glue.
  8. Now, spritz lightly with water.  Gently heat set.
  9. Then, spatter with diluted white and black paint.
  10. Finally, fill the centers with Dries Clear Adhesive and Minnie Pearls Prills.
You Inspire Me Easel Card Tutorial Everyday Heroes by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 4
Making the Botanical Wings Vellum Butterfly

You Inspire Me Easel Card Tutorial Everyday Heroes by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 5

  1. Stamp the large butterfly from Botanical Wings onto vellum using the same procedure as with the flowers.
  2. Heat set with copper embossing powder.
  3. Die cut with matching Botanical Wings die.
  4. Add ink and spatters.
  5. Lightly spritz the wings and shape by rolling around a pencil.  Set aside to dry.
  6. Color a Feathery Flourish chipboard with Broken China Distress Oxide Ink. Glue in place on card front, as shown.
Finishing Touches

You Inspire Me Easel Card Tutorial Everyday Heroes by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 6

  1. Now arrange all your prepared flowers and the butterfly as seen here.
  2. Then add a pen nib to the center of the butterfly’s body.
  3. Next, cut a tag from the cut apart page and top with ticket sentiment.  Add a brad to the top of the tag.  Layer over the banner flags.
  4. Now, tie a bow with Sheer Striped Satin Ribbon.  Use hot glue to secure to card front.
  5. Then, create a loopy bow with white burlap string.  Use scissor points to tuck in under a flower.
  6. Finally, add the border strip and sentiment arrow.

You Inspire Me Easel Card Tutorial Everyday Heroes by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 7And that finishes up this You Inspire Me Easel Card Tutorial!  Now let’s get on with the hop!

Let’s Hop!

The Hop starts 8am EST on Friday,  April 28th and closes Monday, May 1st at 11:59PM EDT.  Hope to all the blogs on the list, and be sure to leave a comment so you can be in the running for the randomly selected $25 Heartfelt Creations shopping spree.

The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations Facebook page and BLOG on Wednesday, May 3rd.  I will also post the winner at the top of this blog post.  If you are the lucky winner, just send an e-mail with “Winner of the April Alumni Blog Hop” in the subject line to  info@heartfeltcreations.us.

From here you will hop on over to see what beautiful creation Archana has in store for you on her blog.  And just in case you get lost along the way, here’s the complete blog hop list.

Deneen ♥  KATHY (You are Here) ♥ ArchanaAlissa ♥  EmilySarah

Enjoy the hop!  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

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