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Lilac Whisper Shabby Chic Altered Notebook

RRR Anything Goes Challenge: Lilac Whisper Shabby Chic Altered Notebook

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the RRR Blog.  I’ve created this lovely Lilac Whisper Shabby Chic Altered Notebook for this fun “anything goes with ribbon, lace or trim” challenge.

Lilac Whisper Shabby Chic Altered Notebook by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Kaisercraft Photo 1

I have had more fun with the Perfectly Purple Ribbon Mix!  For this project I used Mixed Purple Triangle Print Grosgrain Ribbon to create a frame on this altered notebook.

Lilac Whisper Shabby Chic Altered Notebook by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Kaisercraft Photo 2This notebook is another of my garage sale finds.  It was very drab, but it had good bones, so I brought it home with me.  You’d never guess now how dreary it was in its former life.

I added a pretty ribbon marker and double layer bow with Hyacinth Checkerboard Satin ribbon.  Silver Metallic String really pops with these pretty purple ribbons, so I added some of that in as well.

Lilac Whisper Shabby Chic Altered Notebook by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Kaisercraft Photo 3

I dug through my ephemera file to find this darling vintage image of a little girl leading the birds in a sweet chorus of song.  It was just the right size to fit inside the window on the front cover.

This is such a quick and easy upcycle project!  You can adapt it for use with any sized notebook.  I’m going to tuck this one into my “last minute gift” drawer, where I’m sure it will come in handy.

Now It’s YOUR Turn

You’re cordially invited to play along with us in this fun challenge.  First, visit the RRR Blog where you’ll find loads of inspiration waiting for you from the rest of the team.  Then, create a card, layout, multi media piece, tag, ATC, hair bow, you name it. Just be sure to use ribbon, lace or trim on your project.

Post your project on your blog or an online gallery (using code RRR168) and link it up over on the RRR BLOG before midnight, Wednesday, July 19th.  You can find all the details HERE.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag

Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag with Distress Oxide Inks and Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  There is something about sunflowers that makes me happy every time I see them.  Today I’ve combined a bunch of mixed media techniques with a summery sunflower image.  It’s all tied together with gorgeous ribbons from the July Perfectly Purple Ribbon Club Mix.  The end product is this Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media tag.

Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag Cheerful by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1I just love this Delphinium Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon .  It really pops against all the golden hues found in the tag background.  A loopy Natural Burlap String bow adds great texture and additional fullness to the bow cluster.  The top of the tag is finished with a loop of this same Hyacinth ribbon.  I stamped this ribbon with a script stamp from my stash.  Then I just tied a square knot bow with Mixed Purple Bold Diagonal Striped Grosgrain Ribbon.

Mixed Media Background with Distress Oxide Inks

Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag Cheerful by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

  1. Begin with a jumbo manila tag.  (4.25″ x 8.5″)
  2. Next, smoosh Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Inks onto a non-stick craft sheet.
  3. Then spritz the ink blotches with a mister bottle until little beads form.
  4. Now, drag the tag through the inky puddle.
  5. Then dry the tag with a heat gun.  You can use a paper towel to blot up any spots that are overly wet or inky.
  6. When the tag is somewhat dry, tap up more ink from the craft sheet, drying between each layer.
  7. Now that you are happy with the ink, add texture by running the tag through an embossing folder.  I used a Spellbinders Emboss-abilities folder called Enchanted.  First, I inked the “flat” side of the folder (the side with no raised edges) with Dusty Concord ink.  Then I embossed the tag.
  8. Next, I spritzed the tag lightly with water to activate the Distress Oxide Inks that was pressed into the design by the folder.
  9. Then, I heat dried the tag and spritzed it lightly with Tarnished Brass Distress Mica Spray.
  10. Finally, I sponged lightly over the top of the tag with Dusty Concord Distress Ink
Let Today Last Forever

Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag Cheerful by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3

I created a little sentiment cluster with this pretty sunflower image and some tags.

Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag Cheerful by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4

Paint chipboard elements with Distress Paints, add Prills a painted filagree butterfly and you’re ready to display your tag.

Thanks so much for joining me here today.  I hope this Summer Sunflower Mixed Media Tag has inspired you to get out your paper pretties and have a play.  You’ll find a supply list below this post.

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List

Really Reasonable Ribbon

Other Supplies

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio for RRR Blog Hop

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the July RRR Blog Hop!  You should be coming here fully inspired from having visited Karen’s lovely blog. This month we’re showcasing the fabulous ribbons from the Perfectly Purple Ribbon Club Assortment.  These ribbons are the perfect playmate for Graphic 45’s Midnight Masquerade Collection and they look amazing in this Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio.

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

This 4.25″ x 6 folio is made from a 6″ x 12″ strip of heavy white cardstock.

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

First I covered the folio with designer papers.  Then I needed to create a closure mechanism. Ribbon almost always provides the solution here!  It adds extra color, texture, and pattern to any project.  I applied 3 strips of 1/2″ Scor-tape around the front, spine and back of the folio. Then I created a belly band.   I placed a layer of Mixed Purple Bold Chevron Striped Grosgrain Ribbon on top, and a layer of Mixed Purple Bold Diagonal Stripe Grosgrain Ribbon on the bottom.   Delphinium Diamond Satin Ribbon fills the center and extends out from the edges to form a bow closure.

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

Next I layered fussy cut images from Midnight Masquerade up with a garden full of pretty purple posies.

 

 

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

I added a fold out flap on the right hand side of the album,

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

The border strip on the center panel holds this pretty tag folio to hold photos.  I’ve topped it with more of the Delphinium Diamond Satin Ribbon and a snippet of Mixed Purple Triangle Print Grosgrain Ribbon.

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8

The side pocket holds a smaller tri fold photo wallet.

On With the Hop!

Now it’s time for you to hop on over and see what paper pretties Cherry has in store for you. Then when you’ve visited and left comments on all the blogs in the hop, stop by the RRR BLOG and answer Bonnie’s question of the month so you can be entered into the drawing for a FREE Perfectly Purple Ribbon Club Assortment of your very own!

If you’re not already a member of the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club, now is the perfect time to sign up!  You can find all the details and sign up HERE.

Thanks so much for hopping by!

Lilac Whisper Thank You Card with Pockets and Tag

Lilac Whisper Thank You Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Have you seen the new July Ribbon Club Assortment yet?  Oooh la la!  If you love purple, you’re going to swoon!  I’ve I paired these Perfectly Purple Ribbons up with gorgeous papers from Kaisercraft to make this Lilac Whisper Thank You Card with pockets and tag.

Lilac Whisper Thank You Card by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Kaisercraft Photo 1

This is a standard sized 5″ x 7″ top fold card with a 1/4″ spine built in.  I layered up my “leftover” Lilac Whisper papers with beautiful ribbons and flowers .

Lilac Whisper Thank You Card by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Kaisercraft Photo 2

Ribbon does double duty here as both bow and border. This Quatrefoil Delphinium Print Satin adds pattern, texture, color and shine to the card design. Taffeta Ribbon ties into lovely, crisp bows like the luscious Hyacinth double bow I’ve added to the side of the card.

Lilac Whisper Thank You Card by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Kaisercraft Photo 3

A touch of silver metallic string adds just the right amount of glam to the bow cluster.  And, it serves to soften the edge of the cluster of white flowers.

Lilac Whisper Thank You Card by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Kaisercraft Photo 4Double pockets inside the card hold sweet surprises!

Lilac Whisper Thank You Card by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Kaisercraft Photo 5

How about a sweet little gift card wallet and bookmark made with scraps?

Lilac Whisper Thank You Card by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Kaisercraft Photo 6

Once again, I’ve used Delphinium Quatrefoil Print Satin to create stylish borders on this pretty bookmark/tag.

I think you’re really going to love this purplicious ribbon club assortment.  You can see all NINE ribbons in the collection and sign up for the Ribbon Club HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio

More than All the Fish in the Sea Folio with RRR and G45 Voyage Beneath the Sea

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to summer!  I love all the seasons of the year as each one has its own special beauty.  Summertime is full of color and life…and trips to the beach, my favorite place on the planet! Today’s  project is inspired by the Ocean Breeze Ribbon Club Assortment. I found that the Tropic Double Faced Satin Ribbon is a great companion to Graphic 45’s Voyage Beneath the Sea collection.  So I paired them up to make this More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio.

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio Voyage Beneath the Sea by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

This color palette is so perfect for summertime projects.  The blues and greens just pop against the citrusy oranges and yellows.

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio: Put a Bow on It!

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio Voyage Beneath the Sea by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

I created this pretty bow cluster like this:

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio: A Little Bit Steampunk

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio Voyage Beneath the Sea by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

To give this card a little touch of Steampunk Style, I added a cluster of steampunk gears and cogs.  Really Reasonable Ribbon has a fantastic assortment of gears available in the shop at very good prices.

 

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio Voyage Beneath the Sea by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4These gears are painted with Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint, which is very close in color to the Tropic ribbons.

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio Voyage Beneath the Sea by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

Adding a snippet of ribbon and gold metallic string to this chipboard charm really gave it a presence on the page.  And do you spy the darling steampunk heart gear in the center of the “O” in you?  These sorts of little details just make my heart happy!

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio: A Peek Inside

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio Voyage Beneath the Sea by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

It’s easy to turn a 5″ x 7″ top fold card into a folio.  When you are making your card base, simple score a second line 1/4″ from the first fold line.  Instant folio!

I created a little accordion fold folio on the top of the card interior.  The gatefold opening is tied shut with more pretty tropic ribbon in that fancy shell print.

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio Voyage Beneath the Sea by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

This is just a sample of the pages inside the folio.  The Voyage Beneath the Sea ephemera card is hinged to the gatefold, creating a secret journal spot.  This also gives you a nice 4″ x 4″ spot for a photo!

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio Voyage Beneath the Sea by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8

The bottom pocket contains a lovely art tag and a large ephemera card.

I created a border on the tag by layering the fancy shell print ribbon over the Tropic Satin Ribbon.  I love the bit of texture, pattern and shine this adds to the tag design. Another snippet of Tropic Satin tops the tag.  And, gold metallic string holds that cute chipboard charm in place.

What do you do with the tag? Well, it can be used as a bookmark, of course.  Or, it can really brighten up an office cubicle.  Some folks have told me that they use them as home decor. They simply display them on small easels and incorporate them into their mantel decor.

You can write your personal greeting on the back of the ephemera card.  Then tuck a gift card, or other small gift into the pocket and there’s no need to go to the shops!

Ribbon Makes it Shine!

I just love the playful, whimsical feel of this More than All the Fish in the Sea Folio.  The ribbon really takes it to the next level, don’t you think? It’s not too late to get your own set of these gorgeous Ocean Breeze Ribbons.  Simply sign up for the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club and Bonnie will send them right out to you.  It will be like having a birthday every month of the year!

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

Keep Calm and Stay Vintage Masculine Greeting Card

Happy Father’s Day: Keep Calm and Stay Vintage Masculine Greeting Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Happy Father’s Day!  Today we honor all the dads out there, so I thought I would join the party by making this whimsical Keep Calm and Stay Vintage Masculine Greeting card.

Keep Calm and Stay Vintage Masculine Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

Secrets to Creating a Great Masculine Card

Masculine cards can be challenging to create.  In my experience there are several things that make the job easier.

  1. First, choose a strong color palette.  This grey and blue combo is classic, masculine and clean.
  2. Next, choose patterned paper that is not too “fussy.”  I’ve used Authentique’s Durable Collection Kit because not only is the color palette spot on, but the patterns are geometric in nature.
  3.  Then, choose trims that are not too frilly.  This Copen Blue Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon adds subtle texture and a pop of color to the card composition.
  4. When it comes to embellishments, keep it simple!  These Metallic Steampunk Gears, the flat back cabochons, the basic grey button from my button box, the game spinner and compass are all great embellishments for a masculine card.
  5. Think about clean lines in your designs.  I can’t speak for all men, but the ones I know definitely prefer a “tailored” look over a shabby chic look.
  6. Inject a bit of humor with sentiments and images.

A Peek Inside

I added my signature pockets to the interior of the card.

Tags are one of my favorite items to add to small pocket.

Wouldn’t this be cute with a small photo mounted on it?  Or write a personal note here to make it really special.

When you add details like tags or small folios to a card, suddenly, you have a gift and card in one.

To make this 4″ x 5″ tri fold folio here’s what you do:

  1.  First, cut a 5″ tall x 12″ long strip of designer cardstock.
  2. Next, place on your scoring tool and score on the long side at 4″ and 8″.
  3. Then, crease the score lines, folding the outer panels toward the center.  You want the left hand panel to end up on the top.
  4. Now, use a circle punch to add thumb holes, if desired.
  5. Finally, decorate the cover of your folio as desired.

I kept the decorating to a minimum so there would be room for photos.  I did include a journaling spot to record special memories or sentiments.

Although I’m sharing this card on Father’s Day, it would also make a fabulous birthday card for Dad.

And that, my friends, is how I go about designing a masculine card.  I hope you found some tips and tricks in today’s post 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

Ride On All Occasion Hidden Tag Card

Ride On All Occasion Hidden Tag Card for RRR Summer Challenge

 

Hello, Ribbon Lovers! Oh, I am having such a good time playing with the June Ribbon Club Assortment that I pulled them back out to use again on my card for the RRR Summer Challenge.  This time, I played with the beautiful Ocean Blue Ribbons in the assortment.  But once again, I did not make a beach themed project.  What in the world?  Instead I made this lovely, summery Ride On All Occasion Hidden Tag Card.

Ride On All Occasion Hidden Tag Card by Kathy Clement for Really  Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

This card brings back so many happy memories of summer days spent riding my bike with my best friend Robin.  Both of us had what we called “junkyard bikes” : no brakes, no fancy gears, big fat tires, and old fashioned bicycle seats.  But we loved our trusty steeds nonetheless and had many a summer adventure with them and one another.

Ride On Hidden Tag Card: The Details

Ride On All Occasion Hidden Tag Card by Kathy Clement for Really  Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2

Ribbon makes for a lovely border on this soft, summery card, especially when topped with a trio of vintage buttons.   First I put down a layer of Copen Blue Delicate Stitched Satin using 1/2″ Scor-Tape. Then I used 1/4″ Scor-Tape to layer Copen Blue Diamonds and Dots Satin on top. These ribbons are a perfect color match for the designer papers from Authentique’s Felicity Collection Kit.  Blue and yellow is a classic color combination for sure!

Ride On Hidden Tag Pocket

Ride On All Occasion Hidden Tag Card by Kathy Clement for Really  Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3

This bow cluster tops my hidden tag.  Isn’t that fun?  Once again, I glued down my focal image on just the top and bottom edge.  Then I created a tag to fit the pocket and tucked it inside.

What’s In Your Pocket?

Ride On All Occasion Hidden Tag Card by Kathy Clement for Really  Reasonable Ribbon Photo 4I think these cheery blues and yellows inspired me, as I could not stop adding details to this card.

Ride On All Occasion Hidden Tag Card by Kathy Clement for Really  Reasonable Ribbon Photo 4I added a ribbon tied accordion folio to the top half of the card.

Ride On All Occasion Hidden Tag Card by Kathy Clement for Really  Reasonable Ribbon Photo 5I love these papers combined with these ribbons!

Ride On All Occasion Hidden Tag Card by Kathy Clement for Really  Reasonable Ribbon Photo 6The lower pocket contains a large ribbon topped tag.  Did you notice that the focal image on both tags is the same?  One is large and one is small, but apart from that, they are identical.  I love to hang these pretty tags on cupboard doors, or display them on little easels like miniature works of art.  Of course, they also make great bookmarks!    I also tucked a pretty yellow tea bag (Lemon Ginger) into this pocket.  So the card is now a gift.

Now It’s YOUR Turn

Are you inspired to get out your scissors and glue and have a play with paper and pretty ribbons or trim?  Good!  Because now it’s your turn to share your summer project with ribbon or trim with us on the RRR BLOG.  You have until June 28th at 11:59PM to link your project up.  Be sure to stop by the RRR BLOG and read the challenge guidelines so that your entry will be considered.  You’ll also find inspiration from the RRR team to get you ready to create.

I hope you enjoyed this Ride On All Occasion Hidden Tag Card.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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