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Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Floral Wreath Card

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Floral Wreath Card

Hello, Friends!  I have another sweet Springtime card using the Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse collection kit today.  This floral wreath card is easy to make, but oh, so pretty!


Like most of my cards, this is a 5″ x 7″ top fold.  I created lots of layers by matting the designer papers on the Spring Farmhouse Basics papers.  This plain, cardstock is perfectly matched to the collection color palette, so everything harmonizes beautifully.  It’s also lightweight, so you can mat your layers without making a 2 pound card…something I am famous for!

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Floral Wreath Card: Creating the Wreath Element

To create the wreath for this card, follow these simple steps:

  • First, die cut a Spellbinder’s Fall Harvest Wreath from the peach paper in the Simple Stories Basics Collection.
  • Next, die cut a second wreath from the green paper in the Simple Stories Basics collection.
  • Now, layer the two wreaths with the green wreath on top.  Adhere them slightly off center so that the peach wreath peeks through, adding a sort of shadow effect.
  • Then place small pop dots on the back side of the leaves.  Center and adhere over the 3″ x 4″  focal image.

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Floral Wreath Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I dug through my stash of Prima Flowers, and found these Georgia Blues flowers were a great color match.  To add a little more texture, I found some retired Petaloo Hydrangea blossoms in my stash that worked great.   A Champagne Wrinkled Ribbon bow adds the perfect shabby chic vibe.

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Floral Wreath Card: A Peek inside

The inside is finished with more designer papers, and a blank panel to add a little personal greeting.  If you’d like to purchase this sweet card, it was still available in my Etsy shop at the time I wrote this post.

If you’d like to see more cards made with this charming collection, click HERE.

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



Trick or Treat Cards

Trick or Treat Cards with Haunted Halloween Ribbons

Hello Ribbon Lovers!

Well, September is here, and before you can say “BOO!” we’ll be carving pumpkins, raking leaves and handing out candy to good little ghouls and goblins.  Yes, Halloween is right around the corner, my friends!  I’ve designed a boxed set of super cute Trick or Treat Cards using the fabulous Haunted Halloween Ribbon Club Assortment from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Take a peeky:

Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable RibbonI started out with a 4.5″ square box and just had a blast altering in and filling it up with adorable Trick or Treat cards.  On the top of the lid, I created a black border by adding Gladys Black Crochet Lace above and below my diagonal stripe. I just love the way this resembles a spooky spider web, don’t you?

Carta Bella Halloween 01Orange metallic foil was shaped into a rosette and then topped with a brad.  I used a circle punch and a scallop circle punch to create the number 31.  The jack-o-lantern stickers are from the Trick or Treat paper collection; I just added a few yellow stickles to make them glow.

Carta Bella Halloween 02The Haunted Halloween Ribbon Club Assortment is loaded with frightfully fabulous new ribbons.  One of my favorites is the silky, luxurious, Black Houndstooth Plaid that I used to tie my triple loop bow.  This ribbon is so easy to handle and I know it’s going to be a favorite ribbon for me all year long.  I topped the bow with some orange burlap string that was tied into big soft loops with the help of my Zutter-Bow-it-All.  Then I added a sparkly bat button and a not too spooky Halloween charm to finish off the top of the lid.

Carta Bella Halloween 03I love adding black borders to anchor a project, and for this little box, I added a strip of not so ghoulish Spider Webs on Black Grosgrain Ribbon.  I layered this same ribbon over some bright orange Sheer Organza with Satin Edges.  I love how those spider webs POP!  To decorate the front of my lid, I used my scallop punch to punch out 3 circles from plain black cardstock.  Then I glued them together and ran them through an embossing folder and inserted a Halloween brad in the center.  Quick, easy and fun!

Carta Bella Halloween 04The party really gets started when you open the box.  There are six 4″ square Trick or Treat cards tucked inside, each with a bit of ribbon, a button, some sequins, and a tiny ticket.  Wouldn’t these make fun Halloween party invites?

Carta Bella Halloween 05Each card is just a little bit different, and loads of fun! And the Haunted Halloween Mix of ribbons are the perfect finishing touch.

Carta Bella Halloween 06Here, I’ve opened up one of the cards so you can see the finished interior.  Each card is finished exactly like this one.  room for a note, or room to mount a photo on the left and do some journaling on the right hand side.  You could clip these cards to a bit of ribbon or twine and use them like a banner.  Or, you could set up a photo booth at your party and send your guests home with a sweet souvenir.  Really, these Trick or treat cards are so much fun, you do just about anything with them!

If you have always wanted to join the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club, now is a great time, because RRR is having a special offer for their domestic subscribers.  Sign up in September and you get the Spook-tacular Haunted Halloween Ribbon Club Assortment PLUS the Glorious Autumn Days Ribbon Club Assortment for just $17.00.


That’s a whole lotta ribbon for one great price!  You can sign up and find all the details HERE.


And, if you’d like to purchase this box full of Trick or Treat Cards, you can find it in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!



Fall Harvest Creativity Kit Part Two

Polly’s Paper Studio Fall Harvest Creativity Kit Part Two: Teal and Brown Maple Leaf

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m going to tell you a little story.  When I was in first grade we had art class once a week.  I loved art class. I loved to doodle with my Crayolas on paper, I loved making cards, I loved everything that had to do with color and design.  The little two room schoolhouse I attended in rural Vermont was graced with an ancient sugar maple tree of massive proportions, and one fine fall day, our teacher had us carry our chairs and art supplies out onto the lawn so we could draw the tree for art class.  I was having a wonderful time coloring my leaves in shades of orange, red and gold…and purple!  Because, folks, I saw purple leaves in there amidst the more traditionally colored ones.  My teacher was walking by, checking on our progress, and when she saw my colorful tree, she chastened me loudly for having added purple leaves to its branches.  “Everyone knows that maple leaves are NOT purple,” she chided.  Of course the whole class sniggered at my idiocy, and I kind of lost interest in art class after that humiliating event.  This story has a happy ending, though, as I  have rediscovered my love for color and design, as you all well know.  And today, in memory of that early childhood event, I’ve made another card with Polly’s Paper Fall Harvest Creativity Kit…and I’ve made it in shades of teal and brown….just because I can!

Kathy by Design for Polly's Paper Studio

Kathy by Design for Polly’s Paper Studio

I used a 5″ x 7″ kraft card base for this pretty little thing.  After running the base through an embossing folder, I lightly inked the surface with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The teal layer has a scalloped punch edge, and is topped with pretty designer paper found in the Fall Creativity Kit.  Another designer paper from the kit was die cut, matted onto teal cardstock and adhered with foam dots.  A little doily, a stamped tag, die cut leaves and hydrangea blossoms are clustered at the base, while a die cut acorn is perched atop .

Fall Creativity Kit Polly 02I used luxurious Blue/Gold/Ivory Plaid ribbon to tie a big poufy bow that was topped with ivory burlap string and a teal button.  The sweet vintage image of a child sitting in a little chair prompted the story I told at the beginning of the post.

Fall Creativity Kit Polly 03The inside of the card uses more pretty paper from the kit and a stamped sentiment.

I have to confess, I feel very happy to be making a fall card with teal hydrangea blossoms.  It may not happen in the world of nature, but in the world of art and imagination, it’s perfectly appropriate!  If you’d like to purchase this lovely autumn card, it’s available in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!



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