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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

More Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags

More Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers! I’m back today with more Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags.  With the Day of Love just a week away, I know we are all looking for some last minute Valentines that are quick and easy to make.  But we also want them to look great, right?  So these little cards and tags come together in about 20 minutes each, but look like you spent hours and hours on them.  That’s a win/win in my book!

How cute are these Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine cards and tags?  Once again, I used the Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine digital download from Polly’s Paper Etsy Shop and paired them up with some fabulous ribbons and flowers from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Tips and Tricks for Making Quick Cards

There are some simple tricks I use when I need to make a quick card that I thought you might find helpful:

  • Keep a file full of scrap papers that you’ve cut to measure 4″ x 6″.  I have mine organized in a bin by color.  That way, I can just reach in and grab papers that go well with my images and quickly cut them to fit my card base.  It’s a huge time saver, and a great way to use up your scraps.
  • Keep an ephemera file for small tickets, tags, and other goodies that you can layer in with your papers.  I have a small bin that is full of little bits and pieces I’ve salvaged.
  • Be prepared! Tie a bunch of neutral bows and store them for future use.  This black and white houndstooth plaid is one of my favorite ribbons.  It goes with everything and ties beautifully.  I always tie an extra single or double loop bow and then toss it in a little container.  That way, the work is already done for me when I’m in a hurry!
  • Don’t worry about matting each layer.  Since these cards are more simple, maybe just mat the focal image to make it stand out.  This will save loads of time!

Make a Tag!

Another trick that I use when I’m in a hurry is to make a little tag.  Instead of packing my scraps away in the scrap drawer (aka “the land Kathy forgot”)  I’ll make a quick little tag and pop on a pre-tied bow.  This grey plaid ribbon is another favorite of mine.  The neutral color goes with so many different palettes..and always looks great with pink.

Don’t have any pre-tied bows?  Add flowers for texture!

This sheer white organza is another ribbon that I use quite often.  Again, it’s a neutral so it goes with everything.  The real bonus here is the texture and shimmer it adds to a project.

So there you have it!  A few tips and trick that will have you cranking out super cute cards in a flash!  I hope I shared some ideas that you’ll be able to use.  I’d love to hear if you have any tips or tricks that you use to make cute cards in a hurry.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags

RRR Heart Challenge: Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Bonnie wants to see projects that feature hearts and trim.  I printed out some digital files from Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy Shop and put together some darling Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and tags.  These simple cards and tags can took just minutes to make, but look like you spent hours on them.  You have to love that!

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags  by Kathy Clement Photo 5I paired each card or tag with some of my favorite ribbons from RRR.

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags  by Kathy Clement Photo 4This black and white houndstooth plaid is a perennial favorite ribbon for me.  It’s soft and supple and ties the most beautiful bows.  it also looks great paired with the striped background of the Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine images.  This Graphic 45 Staples Tag is turned upside down for a fun presentation.

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags  by Kathy Clement Photo 3It also looks great turned right side up!

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags  by Kathy Clement Photo 2For this sweet little 4×6 card, I topped a 1/4″ micro gingham ribbon bow with a pretty red rose. The black buttons and the plaid ribbon help to anchor all the elements on the card.

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 1I love the way this 3/8″ red gingham picks up on the pattern of this cutie pie’s dress.

These lovely little  Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and tags are being tucked into my Kathy by Design ETSY Shop orders this month as a special Valentine treat.

Now it’s your turn to join the party!  Create your own project with hearts and ribbon or trim and link it up on the RRR Challenge Blog so we can all enjoy it.  Here’s the link with all the information.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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.

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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!

Cheerio,

kathy

Vintage Halloween Tag

Vintage Halloween Tag with Magnet for Polly’s Paper Studio

Hello, Friends!

I took some time this weekend to play with the darling images in the Vintage Halloween Creativity Kit from Polly’s Paper Studio.  Oh my…this kit is loaded from beginning to end with the most adorable images, printed papers, vintage ephemera and bows, too.  I decided to make something really fun, and designed this little Vintage Halloween Tag with a magnetic backing.  It can hang on your fridge, or in a workplace cubbie, a magnetic bulletin board…anywhere you want to spread a little Halloween Spirit.

Kathy by Design Halloween Magnet 01I was cleaning my studio the other day, and found the cardboard back from a magnetic list pad.  I’d obviously salvaged it thinking it would be fun to use in a project at some point.  So I pulled together a few embellies from my stash, some gorgeous ribbon and went to work. Have glue gun, will craft, right?

Kathy by Design Halloween Magnet 02After cutting  a decorative edge on the chipboard base, I layered on papers from the kit with a tiny bit of burlap.  The focal image was matted and then secured with foam dots to add extra dimension.

Kathy by Design Halloween Magnet 04

Tim’s Pumpkin die was used to create a pumpkin patch that I decorated with Spanish Moss, Burlap String and Orange and White Sweetheart Mulberry Blossoms.  The blossoms were tapped with chalk ink to make them look a little more vintagey. I think the non traditional pumpkins are a fun contrast to the cutie pie vintage image.   The little button card comes in the kit, too.  I just painted some tiny buttons orange and glued them onto the card.

Kathy by Design Halloween Magnet 05These gorgeous trellis roses were also sponged with chalk ink. I love that you can easily alter these mulberry blooms with a little ink or mist.  I used Black Soot Stickles on my letters, and around the rim of my spooky 31 button.

Kathy by Design Halloween Magnet 03This Black and White Houndstooth Ribbon is fast becoming a favorite of mine!  It is so silky and luxurious and ties gorgeous bows.  I frayed the edges here.  This was a pretty quick project to pull together, and I always like it when I can upcycle something that would normally land in the trash.

If you’re interested in purchasing the Vintage Halloween Creativity Kit, you can find it HERE.  Or, if you want to buy this Vintage Halloween Tag, you can find it in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Boo to You Halloween Banner

Boo to You Halloween Banner with Polly’s Paper Halloween Creativity Kit

Hello, Friends!  I’m in such a good mood today I can hardly stand myself!  I’ve just finished playing with a new creativity kit from Polly’s Paper Studio, and I am happy, happy, happy!  This Vintage Halloween Creativity Kit is loaded with adorable “too cute to spook” vintage Halloween images, double loop satin bows, great Halloween ephemera and fabulous Halloween papers.  I took one look and knew I had to work up a little Halloween banner.  Check it out!

Kathy by Design for Polly's Paper Studio EtsyI dug into my crafty stash and added Black Swiss Dot Satin Ribboncute pumpkin ribbonTangerine Diamond Stitched Satin Ribbon, Halloween brads and a bunch of Petaloo and Prima Flowers.

Pollys Halloween Creativity Kit Banner 03I think this little trick or treater is soooo cute, and I love the tickets and black measuring tape that come with the kit.  Papers were cut into flag banner shapes and stitched onto pearl black cardstock and backed with orange burlap. This little banner came together so fast I couldn’t believe it…only about 2 hours of crafting.

Pollys Halloween Creativity Kit Banner 04Look at the great expression on this little hobgoblin’s face!  I love the “Boo to You” flag sentiment (which inspired the title for this blog post) and the super adorbs little black tickets that come in the kit.

Pollys Halloween Creativity Kit Banner 06These cuties make me grin from ear to ear!  I fussy cut them from the kit and used foam tape to layer them over the Tim Holtz weathered clock die.  With an image this adorable, you don’t need to do much else.

Pollys Halloween Creativity Kit Banner 07One last look at the whole banner.  Wouldn’t this Halloween banner be super cute hanging in your house this fall?  You can purchase the Vintage Halloween Creativity Kit HERE.  Or, if you are short on time, you can purchase this banner ready made in my ETSY shop.

I’ll be back soon with more cute projects made with this fun kit.  I’ve barely scratched the surface!

I’m also linking this Boo to You Banner up over at the Frilly and Funkie “Stitch in Time Challenge.”

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Shabby Chic Cherries

Shabby Chic Cherries for Polly’s Paper Studio

Hello, Friends!

Today I have a shabby chic cherries card that’s a cheery and sunny as a summer afternoon.  I used the Summer Cherries Digital Collage Sheet from Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy and added in some beautiful ribbons, flowers and embellies.  I think you are really going to love this card!

Kathy by Design for Polly's Paper StudioI love combining red with aqua!  It’s fresh and summery and oh, so perfect with this pretty cherry branch image.  I created a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base using Pool Party cardstock.  Next, I embossed cream cardstock with an Embossalicious Cherry embossing folder.  Tumbled Glass Distress ink was lightly sponged around the edges to make the design pop.

red and teal cherries 03aA large banner flag was cut from the teal gingham paper (an extra piece saved from a Polly’s Creativity Kit!) .  This was matted on the Pool Party Cardstock.  Then, a Spellbinder’s Die (Labels 47 Decorative Element) was placed on top.  The focal image was matted on black and teal cardstock, layered over the text paper,  and popped up with foam dots.

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I created a border along the top of the card by layering Sheer Cherry Organza Ribbon over Aqua Plaid Ribbon.  Doing this adds wonderful texture and shine, and it reinforces the primary color palette.   I used my Zutter-Bow-it-All Tool to create a poufy double loop bow and topped it with more of that pretty cherry organza, topping the whole thing off with a bright red cherry novelty button.

red and teal cherries 03dI created a sort of “frame” by adding these pretty mulberry flowers, rhinestone swirl and white iridescent metallic string to the lower right hand corner of the focal image.  The White Iridescent Metallic string is one of my favorite “add-ons” because of the way it picks up the colors and reflects them.  It’s subtle, but makes a huge impact at the same time.  I also added a Graphic 45 ornate keyhole to the right of the focal image.  This draws the eye right to the focal, but also creates a sort of path for the eye to follow.

red and teal cherries 03cI’ve found a new crafty goody that I just love.  See that soft sparkle on the flower petals (and also on the cherries in the focal image)?  I used Stickles Sprinkled Sugar here.  It looks like these blossoms were dipped into a sugar bowl, and I just love the effect!

red and teal cherries 03eInside the card, I added a cream panel that was embossed on the top and bottom.  A beautiful stamped sentiment (Technique Tuesday) was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The thank you banner is part of the Summer Cherries Digital Collage Sheet, which contains 11 images in all.

Summer is quickly fading away.  The sun is rising later and setting earlier each day.  This soft aqua and red card captures the soft blue of a summer sky and the sweet rewards that summer brings.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Wishing you a picture perfect day, filled with blue skies and sweet summer cherries!

Cheerio,

kathy

This Shabby Chic Cherries card is available for purchase in my ETSY shop.

 

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