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Shabby Chic Birthday Blessings Card

Shabby Chic Birthday Blessings Card with Simple Stories Vintage Blessings and Peony Ribbons

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Pink and brown is one of my all time favorite color palettes!  The pretty peony pink ribbons on today’s shabby chic birthday blessings card are the icing on the cake!

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Pink and brown papers, peony ribbons and polka dots?  Yes, please!  This 5″ x 7″ top fold card features papers from Simple Stories Vintage Blessings Collection.

Prize Winning Peonies….

This bodacious bow cluster started with a triple loop bow tied with Peony Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon.  Then I topped it off with a Crosshatch on 3/8″ Satin double loop bow and a pretty posy. This combo really amps up the shabby chic vibe .

Shabby Chic Birthday Blessings Card: I Get By with a Little Help From My Friends

Just like the old Beatles tune, “I get by with a little help from my friends,” I tie bows with a little help from my friend!  Studying Bonnie Garby’s YouTube video tutorials and using my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool are the secrets to my bow tying success.  I know there are lots of different ways to tie fabulous bows, and some of you are so smart you don’t need to use a tool.  I, however, was a bow-tying flunk out, and these two secret weapons really changed up my game.

 

Shabby Chic Birthday Blessings Card: A Peek Inside

I love finishing the inside of a card as much as I love designing the cover.  Here, I’ve layered up papers, paper scraps, a vellum sentiment panel and some washi tape.  A little message is tucked into the tiny envelope….just for fun!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas 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

Together Card Folio: Simple Stories Vintage Blessings

Together Card Folio with Simple Stories Vintage Blessings and Textured Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Time for another fabulous Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge!  Once again, the theme is “anything goes”  using ribbon or trim.  I love using ribbon and trim to add texture to my cards.  That’s what I’ve done with this Together Card Folio made with Simple Stories Vintage Blessings Collection.

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Let’s look at all the ways I added texture to this cute vintage card folio:

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  • Next, I added a couple of Tammy Tutterow Posie Part Felt Flowers and a small rolled up doily from my stash to my bow cluster.

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  • Finally, I added a stained wood word title to the card, as well as painted/embossed/distressed wood doilies beneath that cute little house.  Which is where I want to live when I retire, just so you know!

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Together Card Folio: A Peek Inside

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Adding pockets, mini folios and little treats to a card like this turns it into an instant gift.  This would make such a lovely hostess gift or a thoughtful housewarming gift….or even a “gee I’m glad you’re my friend” kind of gift.

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The side pocket on the top of the card holds this vintage button card.  I jazzed it up a little with a strip of washi tape.  The tiny envelope is decorated with some die cuts from the collection.  It holds a lovely tea bag.

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The bottom pocket holds this little photo wallet. 4″ x 4.5″ photo wallet.  To add texture here, I created a string closure from Natural Burlap String and a fuzzy vintage button from my stash. Can you see the honey stick peeping out of the pocket?  That’s to go with the tea bag, of course!

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Here’s a peeky inside the photo wallet.  The little embellishments are glued just on one end, so photos can slip right behind them.

Now it’s YOUR turn!

You can play along in this fun “anything goes with ribbon or trim” challenge, too.  Just link your project up over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge Blog.  You’ll find all the rules and details at the bottom of the page.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Butterfinger Halloween Treat Bags

Butterfinger Halloween Treat Bags with Authentique Bewitched Collection

Hello Friends! With Halloween peeping round the corner, I thought it would be fun to make these Butterfinger Halloween Treat Bags with the Halloween Ribbon Assortment from  Really Reasonable Ribbon Club.  These are a quick and easy make, and guaranteed to make your little ghosts and goblins grin with ghoulish delight.  Before we take a look at the bags, here’s a look at the fabulous ribbons I had to work with for this month’s hop.

I love these colorful, whimsical ribbons, don’t you?  They  are just the right accent for these Butterfinger Halloween Treat Bags.

 

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I made 6 treat bags in all.  The base of each bag is a Chevron Little Bitty Bag.  It was such fun to mix and match the ribbons from the Halloween Ribbon Club Assortment.

Butterfinger Halloween Treat Bags by Kathy Clement for RRR September 2017 Blog Hop Photo 2Each Butterfinger Halloween Treat Bag holds a cute little Halloween Tag.

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The papers are from Graphic 45’s Happy Haunting and Kraft Reflections.  (Both of these are retired collections.)  You can use any Halloween collection to make these, though.

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Tuck these cute vintage images behind the belly band, toss in a Fun Sized Butterfinger candy bar,  and you have the cutest little Halloween Treat Bags ever!  I think these would make spooktacular Halloween Party invitations or place cards.

Butterfinger Halloween Treat Bags Photos

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On With the Hop

Now it’s time for you to hop on over to see what fiendishly fabulous goodies Cherry has prepared for you.

Visit all the stops on the hop, then finish up at the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  Answer Bonnie’s question of the month and you could be the lucky winner of your very own Halloween Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you haven’t signed up for the monthly ribbon club yet, now is a great time.  With the holidays fast approaching you’ll receive beautifully coordinated ribbon assortments that you can use on all your holiday projects.  You don’t even have to go to the store! How great is that?

You can sign up for the ribbon club HERE.

Thanks for hopping on by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Family Rules Altered Washboard with Ribbon

Family Rules Altered Washboard with Chevron Ribbon and Simple Stories Vintage Blessings

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Today I’m sharing a treasure that I found while out junkin’ with my sweet sister.  This Family Rules Altered Washboard was tucked in a dusty corner at one of our favorite flea markets.  Since my daughter in law collects washboards, and had a birthday coming up, I snapped it up in a jiffy!  While it was very cute in its original form, I thought it would be even more delightful dressed up with some Really Reasonable Ribbon, paper pretties and mulberry flowers.  What do you think?

Family Rules Altered Washboard Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 2My mom kept a washboard on a bathroom shelf when I was a little girl.  (I know, I know…I’m dating myself!)  I can still remember her hand washing her “delicates” in the white enamel claw foot bathtub.  It always looked like so much fun and there was a sort of rhythm to the whole procedure that appealed to me. Run the bar of soap over the ridges, whump thump!  Then douse the slip in the water, swish, swish.  Now rub the dampened garment up and down over the washboard while you sing a little tune.  What could be more fun than that?  I used to beg my mom to give me a turn, and finally, she gave in.  I quickly learned that it was backbreaking hard work.  I’m so thankful for my automatic washer…aren’t you?

Family Rules Altered Washboard: the details

This 3/4″ Chevron Striped Twill Ribbon looks fabulous with these papers from Simple Stories Vintage Blessings.  Altering this vintage washboard only took about 30 minutes and it was so much fun!

Family Rules Altered Washboard Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1Our son is pretty handy when it comes to building things.  He just built our daughter in law a beautiful display shelf in her laundry room for her washboard collection.  This little beauty will fit right in with the rest of the bunch.

When altering this washboard, I decided not to cover up the top portion.  I loved the typography and the cute bee engraving.  So I kept my decor to a minimum.  First, I stitched the 6″ x 8″ sentiment panel onto corrugate paper.Then I attached thick jute cording to the top of the stitched sentiment.    Next, I ran washi tape over the top and bottom border.  Once this was done, I secured it to the washboard with vintage style brass thumbtacks.

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Mini clothespins seemed a natural choice for decor, especially when topped with pretty pink ribbon, burlap string and creamy white  WOC Magnolia Blossoms.

I hope I find another one of these washboards some day, as I’d love to have one in my own laundry room area!

I hope I’ve inspired you with some ideas and techniques 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

 

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Home Decor: Sweet Sisters Altered Mirror

Sweet Sisters Altered Mirror For RRR Anything Goes with Ribbon or Trim Challenge

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Today I have a Sweet Sisters Altered Mirror to share with you. My baby sis celebrated her birthday in August, and I wanted to give her a  really meaningful gift. What could be more special than a gift made with your own hands? The finished product turned out so well that I decided to share it in the new “anything goes with ribbon or trim” challenge over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.

Sisters Altered Mirror Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1Look how cute we were in January 1964!  I’m on the left hand side of the photos, and my Sis is on the right.  You can tell we are sisters because we both have bad bangs.    My grandmother threatened to hide my mother’s scissors more than once!  It seems we always sported really crooked, super short bangs. Oh, the memories this photo brings back to me!

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Sweet Sisters Altered Mirror…Different Flowers from the Same Garden

I have been cleaning out closets again.  Treasures always seem to reveal themselves whenever I undertake this task. This time, I found this IKEA Malma mirror tucked away in a dark corner of the studio closet. And just like that, I had the perfect plan for Sue’s birthday present!

Sisters Altered Mirror Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3Graphic 45 teammate Sandy Trefger recently created a gorgeous layout using this same quote. It made such an impression on me, that I decided to use it on Sue’s altered mirror.

My sis loves red, so I used a lot of it in the design. To tone down the red a little, I used black Graphic 45 washi tape, black chipboard clocks, and flowers with black centers. Black is a great color to use in design, as it helps to anchor a project.  Black ribbon fit perfectly into the design plan.

Sisters Altered Mirror Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4Have you found this fabulous Black Bold Check Ribbon yet?  It’s part of the September Ribbon Club Assortment, and I am crazy for it!  Here, it was the perfect foil for all the red tones in this altered mirror, so I tucked some into my floral clusters along with a loopy ivory burlap string bow.

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Now it’s YOUR turn!

You’re cordially invited to play along in this fun challenge! The details can be found HERE on the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Get out your magnifying glass, your houndstooth coat, your deer stalker hat and pipe.  The game is afoot!  Join me as I share this Sherlock Holmes inspired Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial.

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I’ve always loved Sherlock Holmes.  Whether reading the original books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or watching Basil Rathbone, Jonny Lee Miller or Benedict Cumberbatch portray him on screen, you know you are in for a rollicking good time when Sherlock Holmes is on the case!

This tall and skinny 4.25″ x 8.5″ side fold card is all dressed up with Graphic 45’s Master Detective papers.  And what, pray tell, is the perfect ribbon choice for a Sherlock Holmes Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card?  It’s Elementary, my dear reader: Black and White Houndstooth Ribbon, of course!

Tips and Tricks

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2Here’s the inside scoop on how I made this whimsical card:

  • First, cut 4 1/8″ x 8 1/4″ panel of green plaid paper to cover your 4.25″ x 8.5″ kraft card base.
  • Next, cut 2 pieces of 1.5″ x 3.75″ black text paper from the 12×12 Patterns and Solids Pad. Mat on slightly larger black cardstock and glue in opposite corners.
  • Now, trim  a chipboard filmstrip frame to fit the card. Paint with brown paint.  Let it dry.
  • Then, swipe Jet Black Distress Oxide Ink on a craft mat.  Spritz with water until beadlets form.  Tap the film strip frame into the inky puddles to create a sort of corroded look.
  • Now, line the back side of the frame with 1/4″ Scor-tape.
  • Cut a piece of clear acetate to fit the back side of the film strip.
  • Then remove the liner on the Scor-Tape and press the acetate down.
  • Add Kool-Tak Clear Foam Tape over the acetate. Leave the top liner in place until later.
  • Fill the cavities with sequins and beads.
  • Now, cut a strip of black cardstock the same size as the film strip.
  • Then add images to the black paper, lining them up with the openings on the film strip.
  • Remove the liner tape and press the cardstock in place.
Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial : Finishing Touches

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  • First, fussy cut the image from the 8×8 paper pad signature page.  Ink the edges.
  • Now, add small foam dots to the back side, cutting them to fit where necessary.
  • Press in place as seen in the photo.
  • Glue down the chipboard tag.
  • Then create the bow cluster with houndstooth ribbon, black burlap string and a black button.

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  • Glue a brass monocle (I had this in my stash….go figure!) over the top filmstrip opening. Add ribbon/burlap string to finish.
  • Glue 3 tiny jet buttons along the side.
  • Finally, mat the sentiment sticker to black cardstock.  Trim and glue in place.

It’s suitably sinister, isn’t it?

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

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  • Line the card interior with paper.
  • Then, score a 4″ x 6″ image from the cut apart page to fit the left hand side.
  • Now, mat a sticker and small border piece on primitive white cardstock.

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Well, hello there!

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial: The Gift Card/Treat Wallet

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Create a gift card/treat wallet with black cardstock and a small ephemera card from the collection.

  • First, cut a 4 1/8″ x 8″ strip of black cardstock.
  • Then Score at 3 1/8″ and again at 6 1/4″.  Burnish and fold to create a sort of wallet.
  • Now, mat the small ephemera card on the wallet front.

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  • Next, line the interior of the wallet with designer papers.
  • Then use a circle punch to create a thumb hole.
  • Add a small strip of green plaid paper to the pocket front and glue shut.

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Trim another ephemera card to fit inside the pocket.  And throw in some dark chocolate for good measure! No sinister secrets here….just good fun and sweet treats!

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks 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

Counting My Blessings Fall Folio

RRR Anything Goes Challenge: Authentique Counting My Blessings Fall Folio


Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  There’s a brand new challenge over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  This is an “anything goes” challenge.  As long as you use ribbon or trim on your project, you are good to go.  The RRR team is here to inspire your creativity with all kinds of fun projects using ribbons and/or trim.  I dug into my crafty stash of retired Authentique papers to make this Counting My Blessings Fall Folio.

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Fall is such a gorgeous season.  Bright blue skies, cooler days, turning leaves and, one of my personal favorites, a fresh crop of apples!  Yum!  This 5″ x 7″ top fold folio was inspired by apples.  I chose to work with the RRR Autumn Harvest Ribbon Club Assortment.   Authentique’s “Fall” collection (retired) is a perfect color match for these gorgeous ribbons.

Counting My Blessings Fall Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 2I made a belly band with Sherry Delicate Stitched Satin and Crochet Lace. The Autumn Harvest Ribbon Club Assortment also has this elegant Sherry/Ivory Plaid Ribbon and it’s the perfect companion for these patterns, colors and images.

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These Cream Cherry Blossoms do a pretty good job of standing in as apple blossoms.  I love the vintage vibe they add to the folio design.  A loopy bow tied with natural burlap string helps anchor them to the corner.

Counting My Blessings Fall Folio: A Fun Way to Add A Bow

I created a lovely bow cluster with the Sherry/Ivory Plaid Ribbon, Natural Burlap String and a vintage button from my stash.  But there’s more than what meets the eye where this bow is concerned.

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There’s a hidden tag pocket behind the sentiment panel.  Isn’t that fun?

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After matting this sticker onto kraft cardstock, I topped it with a square knot bow made with Sherry/Ivory plaid ribbon and a little novelty button.  A trio of mini buttons down the side of the tag are the perfect finishing touch.

Counting My Blessings Fall Folio: A Peek Inside

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This recipe for Hermits is probably older than I am…and that’s saying something!  LOL  My mom used to make these in the fall, and they make the whole house smell like apples, cinnamon and spice! I hand copied the recipe onto the top half of the folio interior.

Counting My Blessings Fall Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 9The lower pocket holds this 4″ x 6″ mini folio.  It’s bound through the center with Sherry Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon.  Natural Burlap String is wrapped around the mini folio, then wound around a decorative brad.  I love the rustic look of this closure mechanism.

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Use it to house back to school photos, or recipes or pictures from fall family gatherings.

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Now It’s YOUR turn!

Do you feel inspired to create now?  If so, I’ve done my job!  Why not pull out some paper pretties and ribbons and create your own “anything goes” project with ribbon or trim?  Then link it up over on the RRR Challenge Blog.  The team will be popping by to take a look at your lovely creations.  Then we’ll pick our top 3 favorite projects to receive a badge to display proudly on your blog.

 

You have until midnight on Wednesday, August 30th to create and link up your project.  You can find all the challenge details HERE.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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