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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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Party Time Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration Card

Party Time Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration Card with Graphic 45 Time to Celebrate

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time to party at Really Reasonable Ribbon!  The theme for our new challenge is “Celebrate”.  Once again, I’ve pulled out pretty ribbons from the Pink & Green Mix Ribbon Club Assortment.  This time I’ve paired it up with “oldie but goodie” Graphic 45’s Time to Celebrate collection.  I think you’re going to love the way these ribbons enhance my Party Time Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration card.

Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1Polka dots and little girls belong together, don’t you agree?  I used my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool to tie a triple loop bow with cheery Pink and Green Confetti Dot Grosgrain Ribbon.

Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2To add a little party sparkle, I topped it with a metallic silver string bow.  I found these pretty pink and green ribbons in my button stash and added them to the mix along with some pretty coral posies.

Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3A Time to Celebrate chipboard tag was cut in half and tucked in above and below the focal image.

Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 4Just a hint of Stardust Stickles add glam to the balloon and birthday cakes.  I also tucked a snippet of Pink & Green Chevron Grosgrain ribbon under a plaid wooden button.

Let’s Look Inside Party Time Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration Card

Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 5The inside of this card functions as a mini folio.  Two sets of pockets hold little folders where photos from the birthday party can be mounted.

Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 6A trio of photo mounts are held together with a slip off belly band.  The striped folio has a space for journaling on the cover.  These will  hold 4×6 photos.

Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 7Use the mini tag and pocket to write a personal greeting to the birthday girl.  There’s room to tuck a gift card or cash gift in the pocket, too.

When you work with pretty papers and ribbons you feel like spring came early!  I hope I’ve added some sunshine to your day with this Party Time Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Beautiful Autumn Colors Greeting Card

Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge: Beautiful Autumn Colors

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Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Are you ready for fall?  I sure am!  The good folks at Really Reasonable Ribbon are anticipating the season with a new Autumn Colors Challenge.  I cracked open my brand new Authentique Harvest papers to create this Beautiful Autumn Colors card.

Beautiful Autumn Colors Card, Harvest, by Kathy Clement for RRR Autumn Colors Challenge, Product by Authentique, Photo 3This is a 7″ x 5″ top fold card. The belly band is made with my favorite Antique Gold Faux Burlap Wired Edge ribbon and Arianna Crocheted Lace.

Beautiful Autumn Colors Card, Harvest, by Kathy Clement for RRR Autumn Colors Challenge, Product by Authentique, Photo 1The bow cluster has a base of Sheer Iridescent Copper Organza topped with die cut leaves, a Natural Burlap String Bow, Petaloo berry picks and a hand colored DIY Petaloo Flower.

Beautiful Autumn Colors Card, Harvest, by Kathy Clement for RRR Autumn Colors Challenge, Product by Authentique, Photo 2Look at all this yummy texture!

Beautiful Autumn Colors Card, Harvest, by Kathy Clement for RRR Autumn Colors Challenge, Product by Authentique, Photo 5A metal maple leaf was tapped with copper alcohol ink, as were the metal corners.  The sentiment tag is topped with more die cut leaves, Iridescent Copper Ribbon and a pair of tiny acorns.

Beautiful Autumn Colors Card, Harvest, by Kathy Clement for RRR Autumn Colors Challenge, Product by Authentique, Photo 4There’s a glassine bag inside that I embossed and inked up.  It’s topped with some custom dyed seam binding ribbon, just for fun.

Now it’s your turn!  Work up a project using Beautiful Autumn Colors and ribbon and link it up over at the RRR Challenge Blog. I can’t wait to see what you make.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Buttons and Bows: Graphic 45 Times Nouveau Tag

RRR Challenge: Buttons and Bows/Times Nouveau Tag

RRRChallengeBadgeHello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for another fabby challenge on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  This time, Bonnie has challenged us to include Buttons and Bows in our projects.  This is right up my alley!  I’ve been itching to play with my Graphic 45 Times Nouveau Classic Collection, so I dug that out along with stunning ribbon from RRR and a few fun embellies. Honey, this tag is the Bee’s Knees!

Times Nouveau Tag by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Buttons and Bows Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 1

Vibrant colors and vintage images make me happy, happy! And just look at all the fun layering!  The base is a Graphic 45 Long Staples Kraft Tag that I covered with black background paper from the collection.  Throw in some fussy cut images, die cuts, glittered chippies and gorgeous ribbons and I’m in heaven!

Times Nouveau Tag by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Buttons and Bows Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2The bow cluster on this tag is total glam!  I created a triple loop bow with Old Gold Shimmer Satin Ribbon.  Just look how it pulls out all the gorgeous shades of gold and butterscotch and yellow in this tag!

Times Nouveau Tag by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Buttons and Bows Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 3Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts  Fanciful Elements were coated with green glitter to complement the greens in the tag, the center of my flowers, and the leaves. A real vintage stick pin adds an extra layer of style to the tag.

Times Nouveau Tag by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Buttons and Bows Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 4

Buttons and Bows is the Name of the Game!

Vintage style buttons are displayed down the side of the tag, leading the eye right to this adorable button topped pull out pocket.  You know me and my pockets….I gotta have ’em somewhere.  (Do you think it’s because my Mom never let me have pockets in my clothes when I was growing up?  She said they weren’t ladylike.)

Times Nouveau Tag by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Buttons and Bows Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 5Graphic 45 Staples Policy Envelopes are soooo cute!  I decorated this one with  some ephemera from the collection.

Times Nouveau Tag by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Buttons and Bows Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 6The Policy Envelope contains a couple of small tags joined with black burlap string.  You could easily tuck a gift card, personal note, small chocolate, tea bag…even cash into the Policy envelope.  It’s a great way to turn the tag into a full fledged gift.   I topped the tag with more of that luxurious Old Gold Shimmer Satin and a loopy bow tied with black burlap string.  Do you think this tag meets the Buttons and Bows Challenge?

Now it’s YOUR turn!  Create your own Buttons and Bows project and link it up over at the RRR Challenge Blog.  The Design Team will be stopping by to take a look and leave you some love, which is always fun.  Plus, three of your excellent projects will be chosen by the team and you’ll receive a winner’s badge to proudly display on your own blog.  You can find all the details HERE.

Yeah…I love me some buttons and bows!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty

Monochromatic Challenge at RRR: I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty!

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!

I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty…remember that song from West Side Story?  Well, there’s something about a monochromatic card that just makes my heart sing!  Really Reasonable Ribbon is hosting a super fun monochromatic card challenge right now, and I spent a little play time with Graphic 45’s A Ladies’ Diary so I could play along.  Let’s take a look!

I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty!Monochromatic Challenge RRR A Ladies Diary 01This 5″ x 7″ top fold card is made with layers and layers of cream ribbons, papers and embellies!  To start things off on the right foot with this I Feel Pretty card, I secured a layer of 1.5″ Ivory Crocheted lace to the bottom edge…and it looks just like a lace petticoat to me!

I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty! Monochromatic Challenge RRR A Ladies Diary 02The edges of all my papers were sponged with Tea Dye Distress Ink.  The elegant cream papers needed something to ground them, and this did the trick nicely.  I matted all layers on a pearlized cream cardstock, and used lots of foam dimensionals to create depth and dimension.

I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty!Monochromatic Challenge RRR A Ladies Diary 03The frame for the focal image was made by die cutting one layer from the paper collection and two more from the pearlized ivory cardstock.  I used Tim’s Ornate Frame #2 and then stacked them up with foam dimensionals in between.  Then the frame was spritzed with Crushed Shells Glimmer Mist. I love the way this turned out!

Monochromatic Challenge RRR A Ladies Diary 04Here’s a closer view of those lovely layers!  Because the color palette was so simple, I was sure to incorporate lots of texture and pattern with my embellishments.  I die cut a doily from cream cardstock and layered it behind the focal image. The clock sticker was cut in half and layered above and below the framed focal.  A chipboard tag was topped with Debra Natural Crocheted Lace and an Ivory Burlap String Bow. A gorgeous Petaloo Burlap Blossom tops a shabbylicious seam binding bow, adding even more texture to the  mix.  Oh, yes…I Feel Pretty, Oh, So Pretty!  How about you?I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty! Monochromatic Challenge RRR A Ladies Diary 05The top half of the card interior features more layered papers, a belly band made from a border strip and a fun gift card pocket.  There’s even a cute mini postcard tucked inside where you can write a little note.

I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty! Monochromatic Challenge RRR A Ladies Diary 06The bottom half is decorated with fussy cut images from the paper collection, a matted sticker and a stamped sentiment.

I had such fun making this card, and I confess, I found myself humming the “I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty” tune while working.  Dorky, I know..but you gotta take your happy moments wherever you can find them!

I hope you’ll play along in this fun challenge!  You can find all the details on the RRR BLOG.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

It’s Hip to Be Square Challenge at F&F

Feeling Groovy Card for It’s Hip to Be Square Challenge at Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog

Hello, Friends!  Get out your sunglasses and bell bottoms and put some flowers in your hair, because it’s time for the It’s Hip to be Square Challenge at the Frilly & Funkie Challenge Blog. Cec is our hostess this time around and here’s what she says about this fun challenge:

Let’s go retro and make a square project influenced by the brighter colours and/or images of the hippie era of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.  Think psychedelic, paisley, peace and vintage rock and roll. 

Oh, this one is right in my wheelhouse, because that was my era!  I remember the neon colors, paisley prints and funky fashion like it was yesterday.  With that in mind, I worked up this little 6×6 placard and titled it “Feeling Groovy.”

It's Hip to Be Square Challenge Frilly & Funkie 01I had loads and loads of good inky fun creating this retro piece.  I started with a 5″ square of watercolor paper that I spritzed and embossed with a paisley Spellbinder’s embossing folder.  I pulled Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron and Carved Pumpkin Distress Inks out and went to work on adding the psychedelic colors of that era that I remember so very well.

It's Hip to Be Square Challenge Frilly & Funkie 02I smooshed the inks onto my craft mat, spritzed them with water until they beaded up then pressed my watercolor paper into the lovely inky puddles, drying each layer as I went along.  After several layers of ink were applied and I was happy with the colors, I rubbed my ink pads lightly across the embossed portions of the card to bring out the raised edges.  Then everything was spritzed with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist.  I stitched the background onto black card, and double matted it with shocking pink and gold metallic card.

It's Hip to Be Square Challenge Frilly & Funkie 03Flower Power is a phrase I remember well, so I had to add some pretty hand made posies to the design.  Using Heartfelt Creations Majestic Morning and Delightful Daisy cling stamps and dies (new to the Funkie Junkie Boutique!  How exciting!) I created these brilliant blooms.  I added flower soft and Prima Flower Centers and I really like how the black grounds the blooms and makes them pop off the page.  I painted the petals with Glossy Accents when they were finished.

It's Hip to Be Square Challenge Frilly & Funkie 04“Butterflies are free” was a poster almost every teen had on her wall, so I had to add one to this composition.  Again, I used Heartfelt Creations dies that Linda is now carrying in her boutique.  This one was stamped, embossed and dipped into the same inky puddle as the background.  I used an Ideology pen nib for the butterfly body.   My sentiment is from Wendy Vecchi’s new Blooming Art stamp set, also in the shop.  Oh, and I had to add some crocheted lace, because nearly every girl I know got married in a dress that had crocheted lace somewhere…including this girl! I die cut a mini easel from chipboard and glued it to the back of the placard so that it can stand on its own.

And now the real fun begins, because YOU get to play along in this wonderful challenge! Just link up your own It’s Hip to be Square project on the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog. The winner will earn the chance to serve as Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because choosing just one winner is so hard!

Be sure to check out the Frilly & Funkie Blog for even more inspiration for this fun It’s Hip to be Square challenge.  I can’ t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by,

Cheerio,

kathy

 


Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Banner

Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Banner: Show Me the Green Challenge at RRR

RRRChallengeBadgeOh, the Top ‘o the Mornin’ to ye, my friends!  ‘Tis truly a glorious day here on the blog, because it’s time for the Show Me the Green Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon, and I’m sharing my Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Banner with you.  It’s sure to make your Irish eyes shine with gorgeous green ribbons and vintage St. Patrick’s Day art from Polly’s Paper Studio. Take a look:

Lucky St. Patrick's Day Banner 01Now if that doesn’t make you break into a chorus of “O Danny Boy” then we are without hope.

Lucky St. Patrick's Day BannerI printed the St. Patrick’s Day Bingo cards onto matte photo paper and then layered them onto pretty green paper I found in my stash.  Each pennant is backed with green ticking canvas and sewn onto Cream Mesh Ribbon and Emerald Green Satin Ribbon with a silver metallic edge.  I love the little bit of shimmer the satin ribbon adds to the design.  It looks like this little leprechaun found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and used it to make this pretty little heart shaped locket.

Show me the Green Challenge for RRR March 2016 03I added beautiful Emerald Tartan bows on either end of this lucky St. Patrick’s Day banner, and tied little streamers between the pennants.  Clusters of Off White Chrysanthemums and green Sweetheart Blossoms make this banner feel like a party is about to happen.

Lucky St. Patrick's Day Banner 04I added ephemera that I found in my stash along with both green and white doilies.  This is such a cheery banner with all the bright colors and happy images, it makes me feel like dancing a jig! I hope this lucky St. Patrick’s Day banner has brightened your day.  I know I certainly enjoyed making it!

Be sure to visit the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog to find links to all the other designer’s “Show Me the Green” Challenge projects.  Then create your own green project using ribbon or trim and load it up on the RRR Blog. I’ll be popping by to take a peek, and I can’t wait to see what you make!

May the road rise up to meet you!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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