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Enjoy the Little Things Gift Card Holder

Enjoy the Little Things in Life Gift Card Holder with G45 Cafe Parisian and RRR

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  I am a fan of little things.  Itty bitty babies, teeny tiny desserts, ladybugs, delicate blossoms, miniature books…all things small delight me.  So when it came time to create a very special birthday card and gift card holder for one of our dear daughters-in-law, I went small and made this Enjoy the Little Things in Life Gift Card Holder.

Enjoy the Little Things in Life Gift Card Holder Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

I’ve had this 3″ x 4.25″ matchbox stashed away for quite some time, just waiting for inspiration to strike.  First, I covered it with some Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian Patterns and Solids paper.  Then I created this easel style topper for the box.

Enjoy the Little Things in Life Gift Card Holder Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

The focal image is an ephemera card from the collection which just so happens to be the perfect fit for the matchbox.  To dress it up even more, I added a pretty Salmon Pink Seam Binding Bow and some gorgeous Petaloo blossoms in coral and white.  (If you’ve had a hard time color matching ribbon to this collection, this ribbon is spot on!)

Enjoy the Little Things in Life Gift Card Holder Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3The easel top opens to reveal a little gift pocket that is just the right size for a gift card.

Enjoy the Little Things in Life Gift Card Holder Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Enjoy the Little Things in Life Gift Card Holder Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5Since the box slides open, I had to fill it with something cute.

Enjoy the Little Things in Life Gift Card Holder Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6So I created this itty bitty birthday card, then tied it shut with more pretty ribbon.

Enjoy the Little Things in Life Gift Card Holder Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

The inside has a belly band that is just the right size for an individually wrapped Ghiradelli chocolate.  Then I fussy cut a small image to create a tuck spot for my hand written note.

This Enjoy the Little Things in Life gift card holder was such fun to make that I am going to look for more matchboxes.

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

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

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

Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon

Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  I had a fun, relaxing play date in my studio this past Sunday afternoon. It was just me, my Distress Inks, a manila tag and some Really Reasonable Ribbon seam binding.  I’ve been experimenting with these scrumptious inks whenever I’ve had a few extra minutes.  I think I’m finally getting the hang of working with them, as this sweet vintage tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon came together with very little fuss.

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 1

This is a standard sized Ranger Manila Tag.  I created the background using Faded Jeans, Broken China, Fossilized Amber and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Inks.   I used the classic “smoosh, spritz and swipe or tap” method for the inks, working with one color at a time and drying each layer thoroughly.

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 2

The thing I’ve noticed about Distress Oxide Inks is that the more water you use, the better they look.  And, it’s super easy to layer colors together because each layer holds its own.  No more mud puddle brown backgrounds!

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 3

After the inks, I put down an old Tim Holtz Flourish mask and spritzed the tag with Dylusions White Linen spray.  Then I used Texture Paste to add the wildflowers.  When the paste was dry, I smooshed more Wilted Violet ink onto my craft sheet and spritzed it.  Using my index finger, I picked up the ink and tapped it over the flowers.  I love the way it turned out.

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 4

To dress up the background, I added some Idea-Ology rub-ons.  I like the way the black pops against the colorful background.  The Tim Holtz Paper Dolls were painted with Fossilized Amber and Wilted Violet Distress Oxides, backed with chipboard and glued to the tag.  Next I painted a chipboard frame from Southern Ridge Trading Company with PIcket Fence Distress Paint and added that to the mix.

Altered Seam Binding Ribbon and Distress Oxide Ink

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 5

I was curious to see how Distress Oxides would work with seam binding ribbon.  Regular Distress Inks have always been my “go to” when I need to custom color seam binding to  match a project.  But just look at how this altered seam binding ribbon reacted to Distress Oxide Inks.  Ooh-la-la!  I love the rich depth of color.  I used one color at a time, starting with Fossilized Amber.  Smoosh it on your craft sheet, spritz with water until it beads up, then soak up the inky goodness with ribbon and heat dry.  I created a smaller inky puddle with the Wilted Violet and just dipped the ribbon in here and there.  So, curiosity satisfied!  Distress Oxide Inks work beautifully to alter seam binding ribbon.

I hope I shared a thing or two that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If you’ve had a chance to play with Distress Oxides, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card

RRR Put a Bow on it Challenge: Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Are you ready for the latest challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon?  This time around, Bonnie wants us to “Put a Bow On It.”   That’s always fun!  I pulled out some paper pretties, my April Ribbon Club Collection, a bone folder and some sequins to make this Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card.  (Say that 3 times real fast!)

Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card By Kathy Clement for Put a Bow on it Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

Easel cards are one of my favorite styles.  But lately, I’ve also been having fun with shaker cards. So why not combine the two styles and then put a bow on it?  So I did!

 

Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card By Kathy Clement for Put a Bow on it Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2This 6×6 card was inspired by the focal image.  It’s part of a digital set called “Grandma’s Attic” from Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy.  While it is supposed to be a journal card, I decided to cut out the journal area in the center and convert it into a shaker card.  Fun idea, right?

Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card By Kathy Clement for Put a Bow on it Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3

Coral Rose Bold Diamond Print Satin Ribbon picks up on the gorgeous colors in this image.  Not only did I use it for the bow, but as a belly band, and as a border.  It’s amazing to me how the ribbon pulls all the elements in the design together.  To add the shabby chic feel of a Paris flea market, I added a little bird cage, a pen nib, a clock face and natural burlap string to the design.

Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card By Kathy Clement for Put a Bow on it Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 4I love the way the bird image on the designer paper peers out through the acetate cover on the shaker.  So cool!

 Paris Bird Easel Shaker Card:  A Peek Inside

Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card By Kathy Clement for Put a Bow on it Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 5For the inside of this Paris Bird Easel Shaker card, I created a vintage button card wrapped with custom dyed seam binding ribbon.  A fussy cut element from the paper collection serves as a pocket for a sweet little treat.  This paper has been in my stash for ages.  It’s a retired line from My Mind’s Eye called Lost and Found.  I don’t care how old it is….I still love it.

Be sure to visit the RRR BLOG for more inspiration from the rest of the team.  Then get out your paper pretties, Put a Bow On It, and link up over at RRR.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy 

 

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