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Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card

Frilly and Funkie Christmas in July Challenge: Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The one and only Cec is our hostess this go round, and the theme is “Christmas in July.”  With that in mind, I broke out a bunch of my Tim Holtz goodies to create this Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card. Let’s see what Cec has to say about this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme: Christmas in July

You might be experiencing summer heat but let’s think cool by getting a head start on Christmas preparations.  Your vintage or shabby chic creation could be a card, something to present a gift in or a decor item for the house or tree.

Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card a la Tim Holtz “Dapper”

Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card by Kathy Clement Photo 1

This was a fun card to make!  You wouldn’t normally think of using Tim Holtz “Dapper”  paper collection for Christmas, would you?  But I found patterns in it that hit exactly the right rustic note for this card creation.

This 5″ x 7″ top fold card reminds me of taking a wintry walk in the woods.  After distressing, matting and layering my designer papers I got busy with my die cutting machine.  It was so much fun to die cut all these various elements from Dapper papers and then make them look like Christmas paper.

First, the sentiment from Doodle Greetings #1 was stamped in Jet Black Archival ink onto the grid paper from the collection. Then I heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Next, I lightly sponged some Pine Needles Distress Ink to add just a touch of color.  This step actually helped the sentiment to pop off the page.

Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card: Tattered Florals

It is just me, or is it hilarious to think of making Christmas flowers from paper with a cigar band pattern?  But that’s exactly what I did here.  Here’s how I did it:

  1. First, cut 6 squares of Dapper cigar band paper into 3.5″ squares.
  2. Next, stack the squares on the frayed flower in the Tattered Florals Die.
  3. Then, run the stack through your machine all at the same time.  All six layers will die cut beautifully as this is a steel rule die.
  4. Now, flip half the flower layers over to the print on the reverse side of the paper.
  5. Next, spritz the petals with Candied Apple Distress Stain Spray.  Heat Dry.
  6. Then, Sponge the flower centers with a little Fired Brick Distress Ink.
  7. Now, shape and stack the petals.  I shaped each layer a little differently for more fullness.
  8. Finally, fill the flower centers with hot glue, then pour in Gilt Trip Prills.  Let it set a minute, then tap off the excess Prills into a funnel tray.
Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card: The bow cluster

This Vintage Christmas plaid ribbon was exactly right for the bow cluster.  I tucked in some gold eyelash ribbon, a little greenery and a Tim Holtz snowflake charm to complete the cluster.  I filled out the floral arrangement with some of the die cut greenery.

Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card: The Frame

Tim’s Ornate Frame is one of my all time favorite dies.  I cut it twice here: once from Dapper paper and once on heavy weight chipboard.  The chipboard pieces are painted with Prima Gold Crackle Texture Paste, then sponged with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  I cut the chipboard frame in half, then glued the Dapper frame to it so that it was slightly offset, letting the gold peep through.  The frame is surrounded with bits of greenery that I hit with a little Mica Spray.

The lovely deer was also die cut twice from Dapper paper, then layered together with small foam dots.

The Inside Story

Once again, I turned this card into a gift by adding a simple gift card pocket.

I matted this lovely vintage image onto forest green cardstock, then scored and folded it.

Add a tea bag to the pocket, and maybe a gift card and you have a lovely Christmas gift!

After stamping and embossing another image from Doodle Greetings #1, I sponged and colored the image.  This was matted onto a long panel of ivory text paper. I left lots of room to write a newsy Christmas note here.

Now it’s YOUR turn

You’re invited to play along with the Frilly and Funkie teams in this fun Christmas in July challenge.  Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic Christmas in July project and then link it up on the Frilly and Funkie blog.  You have until midnight on Tuesday, August 1st to join the party.  You can find the specific details HERE.

The Frilly and Funkie gals will be stopping by to admire your lovely creations.  At the end of the challenge the team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us for a Guest Designer spot  at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

I hope I’ve inspired you to break out your paper pretties and get your craft on.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Christmas in July: Nutcracker Sweet Card

RRR Pink and Purple Challenge: Nutcracker Sweet Card

RRRChallengeBadgeHello, Ribbon Lovers!  Are you ready for a little Christmas in July?  Today is the start of the Really Reasonable Ribbon Pink and Purple Challenge.  And you know what?  This really was a challenge for me!  I had to search high and low in The Closet of Shame to find papers that would work for this theme.  Thankfully, I remembered that I had some Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet Christmas papers tucked away.  Problem solved!

Nutcracker Sweet Pink and Purple Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge Product by RRR and Graphic 45 Photo 1This is the perfect little pocket card for your favorite ballerina princess.  In my household, that would be Miss Sophie Grace, my darling granddaughter.  She is a huge fan of The Nutcracker Suite, and I know she will swoon over this fun card.

Nutcracker Sweet Pink and Purple Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge Product by RRR and Graphic 45 Photo 2It’s all about the ribbon, peeps!  These gorgeous purple ribbons match up perfectly with the Nutcracker Sweet paper collection.  And those pink layered Petaloo posies combined with pink feathers look just like tutus to me.

Nutcracker Sweet Pink and Purple Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge Product by RRR and Graphic 45 Photo 3I used 4 ribbons from the July Ribbon Club Assortment on this card: Hyacinth Lattice Print Satin, Hyacinth Delicate Stitched Satin, 3/8″ Hyacinth Diamond Satin, and a tiny snippet of 3/8″ Wildflower Grosgrain Ribbon. For extra texture, I added some Ivory Burlap string to the mix.

Pockets Stuffed with Nutcracker Sweet!

Nutcracker Sweet Pink and Purple Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge Product by RRR and Graphic 45 Photo 4I changed things up by making this into a side fold card.  Two pockets were added to the inside and stuffed with Nutcracker Sweet goodies.

Nutcracker Sweet Pink and Purple Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge Product by RRR and Graphic 45 Photo 5Just look at all these fun tags, postcards and ephemera pieces.  So easy to add photos to the back, write little notes and capture Christmas memories with these sweet pieces.

Now it’s your turn!  Create your own pink and purple themed project with ribbon or trim and upload it to the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge BLOG.  We’ll be popping by to take a look at your fabby creations and will leave you some love, too!

Thanks for stopping by!  Now go get your craft on!



Santa’s Journey Pocket Card

Santa’s Journey Pocket Card for 7 Gypsies

Hello, Friends!  Yes, I ‘m still cranking out Christmas cards at a furious rate!  I’ve got to beat that clock!  So many of us give gift cards or cash gifts at this time of year, that I thought it would be fun to design another type of pocket card.  This Santa’s Journey Pocket card uses papers from 7 Gypsies and a bunch of fun embellies so that you can present your holiday gift cards with style.

Kathy by Design/7 Gypsies Santas Journey Pocket Card 01This is a masculine Christmas card, and the Santa’s Journey papers and ephemera worked perfectly for my design plan.  The bold stripes on the Comfort and Joy paper were paired up with some festive dots paper from Gypsy Christmas,  Dots and stripes always seem to work well on a masculine card.

Kathy by Design/Santa's Journey Pocket CardI fussy cut some of the images from the ephemera pack, treated them with UTEE and then used foam tape to attach them to my cherry red pocket..which really opens and is just the right size for a gift card or cash gift…or individually wrapped chocolate, or tickets to a sporting event…you get the idea!  I framed this with some custom striped seam binding that I topped with rusty jingle bells.  The little “no peeking” tag is from the 12 Days of Christmas tag set. As you can see, Santa has his bags all packed and since his sleigh is in the shop, he’s traveling in this great vintage truck!

Kathy by Design/Santa's Journey Pocket CardMasculine card or no, I like to add a little sparkle, so I layered in a glittery snowflake (thank you Dollar Store!) and a beautiful Tim Holtz reindeer charm that I found in my stash.  This helps to brighten the color palette a little and adds some great texture and visual interest to the card as well.

Kathy by Design/Santa's Journey Pocket CardInside, I layered more of the Santa’s Journey papers and ephemera with a Farmhouse Christmas stocking tag.  There’s plenty of room to add a personal note.

This Santa’s Journey Pocket card was quick to make and lots of fun. Adding layers of texture is always fun!  Now, I’ve got to get back to work!  Tick Tock!

Thanks for stopping by!







An Elegant Vintage Christmas Card

An Elegant Vintage Christmas Card

Creating with Really Reasonable Ribbon Champagne Silky Crush Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Think fast: what do you love about the holidays?  Like you, I cherish the time spent with family and friends.  And I love holiday baking!  But one thing really makes Christmas stand out to me, and that is the abundance of beauty that fills our world at this time of year.  It seems like every where you look, there is something wondrous to catch your eye and capture your attention.  It’s just so….elegant!  And with that in mind, I created this elegant vintage Christmas card to share with you here today.

Elegant Vintage Christmas 02What could possibly be more elegant than Champagne Silky Crush Ribbon?  I love the soft shimmer  and subtle texture it adds to a project like this.  When ribbon is this elegant, you really don’t need much else, so I simply topped it with three itty bitty red jingle bells.  This elegant vintage Christmas card is created with Polly’s Paper Studio “Let it Snow” Creativity Kit.

Here’s wishing you a good old fashioned elegant Christmas!  Thanks for stopping by!



Christmas Emporium Easel Card

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Guest Designer: Christmas Emporium Easel Card

Hello, Friends!  This is my 3rd Guest Designer post for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  I am having so much fun with these fabulous chippies!  Today I have a sweet vintage Christmas project to share with you.  This Christmas Emporium Easel Card is made with Graphic 45 papers and some wonderful chipboard from Gypsy Soul.

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Here’s a list of what you’ll need to create this  Christmas Emporium easel card:

Prepping Your Chipboard for the Christmas Emporium Easel Card

From the chipboard sets listed above, you will want to select:

  • the Victorian Frame with the fiddler on the rooftop
  • the large snowflake from the Snowflake shape set
  • the word “joy” from 10 words
  • The snowflake border strip from the Winter Shape Set
  •  the English Lamp Post, small holly leaves and berries from the Christmas Shape Set.

Get out your non-stick craft mat and your Distress Paints.  Paint the Victorian Frame with Black Soot Distress Paint.  While the paint is still wet, sprinkle with the Marcasite Embossing Enamel and then heat emboss.  This type of embossing powder leaves a finish that looks like enamel and it is a wonderful, quick way to alter chipboard.  I always hold my chipboard with a pair of reverse tweezers, and begin heating from the under side of the chip so that my powder doesn’t blow away.  I find that applying the powder to the wet paint helps prevent fly away powder as well. I love the sparkly enamel finish it left on this frame:

Christmas Emporium Easel card for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 03Put down a heavy layer of Versamark or other embossing ink directly onto the surface of the English lamp Post from the Christmas set.  Sprinkle liberally with Spoon Full of Rust embossing enamel, then press the powder down with your fingertips.  Heat emboss as in the step above. When it has cooled, tap it lightly with Crushed Olive Distress Paint to give it an oxidized appearance.  Paint the small holly berries and leaves from the Christmas Shape set.  I used a pencil to draw in vein markings on the holly leaves.  For the berries, while the Festive Berries paint was still wet, I embossed with a red glitter embossing powder and then topped them with red rhinestones once cooled. Glue the leaves and berries onto the lamp post.  Add the rhinestones.  Tie a burlap string bow and attach the tag from Christmas Emporium.

Christmas Emporium Easel card for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 04Paint the snowflake and snowflake border piece with Picket Fence Distress Ink and while still wet, sprinkle with glitter.  Set aside to dry.

Paint the word JOY with black soot paint.  Tap along the edges very lightly with Picket Fence Distress Paint to mimic the look of snow  When dry, Cover with Stickles Sprinkled Sugar and let dry.

Prepping the Card Base for the Christmas Emporium Easel Card

Christmas Emporium Easel card for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 02Create a 7″ wide x 5″ tall easel card base using red cardstock.

  • Cut an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of cardstock to measure 7″ x 10″
  • Score on the long side at 5″ and again at 7.5″, creating 2 mountain folds.
  • Crease along the score lines to form the easel card base.
  • Cut a separate 7″ x 5″ rectangle from red cardstock
  • Cut a 6.75″ 4.75″ rectangle from gold foil cardstock
  • Cut a 6.5″ x 4.5″ rectangle of designer paper (I used the Christmas bells)
  • Glue the designer paper and gold paper to the red cardstock rectangle.  Do NOT glue onto the easel card base yet.
  • Wrap with antique gold plaid ribbon, using Scor-Tape or other double sided adhesive to secure.
  • Trace around the Victorian Frame onto the Santa’s workshop image in the designer paper.  Cut out and trim to fit. Tap with Versamark Ink, and heat emboss with UTEE. When the image has cooled completely, bend it gently to “crack” the finish, giving it the look of old glass.  Glue onto the back side of the prepared frame.
  • Cut a scrap of the Christmas Carol paper and glue to the right hand side of the frame as seen in the photo.  Cut a4.5″ square mat from the red plaid paper.  Round the corners.  Glue the frame onto this mat.
  • Cut a 4.75″ square from black cardstock.  Round the corners. Glue the matted frame onto the black cardstock.
  • Fussy cut the teddy bear, rocking horse and baby doll from the paper collection.  Ink the edges.  Use foam adhesive to add to the base of the frame as seen in the photo.

Adding the details to the Christmas Emporium Easel Card

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  • Fussy cut the Christmas list from the designer paper.  Glue it to the card base as seen here.  I crumpled it lightly to add texture.
  • use strips of foam adhesive to secure the prepared lamp post to the right hand side of the card, as seen here.  Spread glue at the base and sprinkle with Shaved Ice to make it look like snow.
  • Glue the matted frame to the  card as seen above.
  • Use strips of foam adhesive to add the large snowflake in the lower left hand corner of the frame.
  • Use hot glue to secure the word “JOY” on top of the snowflake.
  • Tie a bow with the Christmas plaid ribbon, top with a burlap string bow, and tie on the rusty jingle bells.  Secure with hot glue as shown in the photo above.
  • Cut a 6 7/8″ x 4.75″ rectangle of the Christmas Bells and glue to the INSIDE of the prepared card base.
  • Cut a 6.75″ x 1.5″strip of the red plaid paper.  Mat with a slightly larger piece of black cardstock.  Glue this to the very bottom edge of the card interior. Add the prepared snowflake border piece. This forms the stopper for your easel card. Decorate with rhinestones if desired.
  • Decorate the interior of the card as shown.

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Add glue to the bottom half the easel card front and carefully line up the bottom half of your decorated card front to this flap.  The card will now stand up on its own for display, and lay flat to fit in an envelope.

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This Christmas Emporium easel card is such a fun design, as it doubles as home decor.  Adding all this lovely chipboard adds texture and dimension and makes the card really stand out.  You could use any paper or theme of course, but this is one of my all time favorite Christmas collections.

I hope you learned some new tips and tricks from today’s tutorial.  If you did, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!



Vintage Happy Christmas Card

Crafty Secrets Vintage Happy Christmas Card

Hello, Friends!  I’m soooo far behind on my Christmas preparations!  I am trying to get a few last minute cards done before it’s too late!  I pulled out my Crafty Secrets Creating with Vintage Christmas CD the other day and found the cutest little vintage image that I worked up into this pretty layered Vintage Happy Christmas Card.

Kathy by Design/Vintage Happy Christmas card for Crafty SecretsI created lots of layers by tearing and overlapping sections of paper beneath my cute focal image. All the papers are printed from the Creating with Vintage Christmas CD.  I used the brown music paper, Red and Green Music Paper, and the December Calendar from our free 2016 calendar download.  I found a beautiful vintage poinsettia card on the CD, and I used that as a layer in the background, too.  I fussy cut the poinsettias and layered them beneath my focal image, then added some pretty Petaloo blossoms and stick pins, die cut ornaments and a sparkly sheer iridescent red organza bow.

Crafty Secrets December 03I hadn’t done a really distressed card in a long time, so I went to town with my distressing tool

Crafty Secrets December 04I crumpled, crinkled, distressed and inked my papers, then used loads of foam adhesive to create dimension and depth.

Crafty Secrets December 05The inside of the card uses a sentiment stamp from the Vintage Santa Digital Art Stamp Set. I added a cute image from the Vintage Christmas Booklet and more Vintage Christmas paper from the CD to finish off the card.

December 02It seems like I find something new to love every time I open up this amazing CD!

So, are you finished with all your Christmas cards yet?  I think some of our friends and family are destined to receive New Year’s cards this year!  LOL Or, better yet…maybe I’ll just get a head start on Valentine’s day!

Thanks for stopping by!





I’ll Have a Blue, Blue Christmas Card

I’ll Have a Blue, Blue Christmas Card: Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop

RRR Blog Hop BadgeHello, Friends!  It’s time for the Really Reasonable Ribbon December Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from the ribbon stylings found on Karen’s lovely blog.  (VIsit the RRR BLOG to find the complete hop list. )  This month’s ribbon assortment is made up of Beautiful Blues, and my Blue, Blue Christmas card was inspired by these fabby ribbons.


Mmmm…these ribbons are dreamy, aren’t they?  They made me think of Elvis Presley’s iconic Christmas tune, “I’ll Have a Blue Christmas without You.”  And now you will have that tune in your head all day.  You’re welcome!

Kathy by Design/Blue, Blue ChristmasSo naturally, I had to make a blue, blue Christmas card.  Only everything about this card makes me happy instead of sad.

I created a belly band by layering delicate Cindy Crochet Lace with rows of shimmering Blue Topaz Argyle Print Satin Ribbon.  Just like the argyle sweaters that come out at Christmas time, this ribbon adds another layer of texture and pattern to the scene, and I love it!

RRR December Blog Hop 02This card was very soft and pastel, as were the pretty patterned papers I selected from Polly’s Paper Let it Snow Creativity Kit. I needed to add a shot of rich color to anchor the card, so I made my poof-tacular bow with Light Navy Satin Ribbon with Grosgrain Edges.  This picked up on the vintage navy accents in my focal image and just tied the whole card together.  No pun intended!  The flowers I used to stage my photo are WOC Magnolias.  The creamy white flowers on the card are from Petaloo.

RRR December Blog Hop 03I love topping a bow with a little bit of White Iridescent metallic string.  It just adds that extra bit of shine.  I also wanted white jingle bells…but did not have them in my stash. So I painted silver ones with Picket Fence Distress Paint and then glittered them while they were wet.

Here’s a peeky inside this Blue, Blue Christmas card:

RRR December Blog Hop 04If you’d like to join the RRR Ribbon Club, it’s very easy: just click HERE and sign up!  Every month you’ll receive a new package of gorgeous, color coordinated ribbons in the mail, and it will feel like Christmas all over again!  Bonnie has a great special going on right now where you can get TWO ribbon club assortments for a special price.  That’s twice the happy!

And speaking of happy, it’s time for you to hop on over and see what kind of pretty Christmas treat Leslie has prepared for you!

I hope you got some good ideas from my Blue, Blue Christmas Card!  If so, I hope you’ll let me know in the comment section! Thanks for hopping by!



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