Tag Archives: Shabby Chic

Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas Easel Card

Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas Easel Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  I’m still working away on this year’s Christmas cards.  While red and green are traditional and beautiful Christmas colors, I’m having lots of fun playing with shabby chic colors this year.  This pink shabby chic Woodland Christmas easel card is adorned with Pearl  Pink Swiss Dots Satin from Really Reasonable Ribbon.Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas Easel Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Stamperia Photo 1

I love the soft shimmer that satin ribbon adds to a card.  And how sweet are those little birdies in their winter nest?

Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas Easel Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Stamperia Photo 2The triple loop bow is tied with a little help from my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool.  I don’t know what I would do without it!  I use it literally every single time I create!

Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas Easel Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Stamperia Photo 3

Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas Easel Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Stamperia Photo 4Like all easel cards, this one folds shut for mailing or storage.

Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas Easel Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Stamperia Photo 5I added a little treat/gift pocket on the inside along with a journal card for a personal greeting.

So how do you feel about this Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas easel card?  I’m loving the pink and blue hues because really, you could leave this card up all winter long.  I  kind of love that idea!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio with  RRR and Kaisercraft Mademoiselle

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Today’s card is gloriously vintage and features one of my favorite themes: sewing!  This Stitched with Love Friendship card folio features custom dyed seam binding ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon and paper pretties from Kaisercraft’s Mademoiselle collection.

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 1

My mom was an incredible seamstress.  She could take a little bit of this and a little bit of that and turn it into new curtains, or a dress or a darling little pillow.  I spent hours and hours by her side watching her create with fabric.  Perhaps this is where my early love for pattern, color and design was born.

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 2I know everyone is smack dab in the middle of creating for Christmas right now, but I woke up with the urge to play with these pretty papers.  And can you blame me?  Who can resist polka dots, chippy buttons,  and vintage sewing images?  I ran into a bit of a speed bump when it came to ribbon selection, however.  Nothing in my considerable ribbon stash was quite the perfect color match.

Custom Dyed Seam Binding Ribbon: The Ribbon Lover’s Secret Weapon

If this has ever happened to you, then you are going to love what I’m about to share with you.  Create your own custom dyed ribbon with seam binding and ink.  It’s easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. First, cut a 1 yard length of white seam binding ribbon.
  2. Next, “smoosh” Distress Ink that complements your papers onto a non-stick craft sheet or other non-porous surface.  Spritz lightly with water until little beads of ink form.
  3. Now, dip the ribbon into this delicious puddle of inky goodness.  You can choose to fully immerse it, or just pick up bits and pieces of color.  You really can’t go wrong, so just have fun and play with ink and ribbon until you like the end result.  Then, gently heat dry and tie as usual. I always use my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool.
Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio:  A Peek Inside

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 3

The inside of this card is filled with vintage goodness. The die cut vintage sewing machine makes a perfect tuck spot for little tags and a tiny gift envelope.

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 4

To create a tuck spot, glue just one edge of an image to paper.  It’s so easy, and so much fun!

Stitched with Love Friendship Card Folio Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Kaisercraft Photo 5The large side pocket holds a little art tag, tea bag and honey stick combo.  I’ve used extra bits of my custom dyed seam binding on all these little goodies inside the folio.

Now that you know how to make your own seam binding ribbon, I bet you’ll have lots of fun coming up with reasons to use it.  It’s such a great way to add a designer touch to your card creations.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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!

Shabby Chic Birthday Blessings Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1

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

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card

G45 Ladies’ Diary Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card for Frilly & Funkie With this Ring Challenge

Hello, friends!  It’s time for another challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  It’s June, which is traditionally a big month for weddings, and the challenge theme of “With This Ring” reflects this joyous season.  I pulled out my G45 Ladies’ Diary DCE and some fabulous Tammy Tutterow dies to create this Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card.  But before I share the details with you, let’s see what Cec, our lovely hostess for this challenge, has to say:

Challenge Theme: With This Ring
It is wedding season so let’s create vintage or shabby chic projects that celebrate the big day.  Your creation might be a card, a gift, a decor item or something to keep the memories of the special occasion.

Sound like fun?  I thought so, too.  So let’s dig in and take a look at this Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card.

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card: The Inspiration

Inspiration is a funny thing.  Sometimes it comes from a color, or a photo in a magazine. Sometimes it’s an idea, or for me a patterned paper.  I’ve been thinking about this project for a few weeks, and while digging in my embellishment drawer for another project, I saw this little Tim Holtz “adore” Typed Token.  And that is where the plan for this card began to gel.

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card: The Plan

 

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2I knew I wanted to use a very vintage, almost monochromatic color scheme for this card. Antique lace, pearls,  distressed papers, “messy” stitching and shabby flowers fit perfectly into my plan.

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

This 5.25″ x 7.25″ top fold card has a 1/4″ spine because I also knew I wanted to add some special goodies to the inside.

Here are the steps I followed to build this card:

  • After building the card base from Ivory Pearl cardstock, I used my Tonic Distressing tool to rough up all the paper edges.
    • TIP: Lightly spritz the edges of your paper with a Distress Sprayer bottle for easier distressing.
  • Next, I used ivory thread and added messy stitching to most of the paper panels
  • Then, I aged the edges of the paper with Antique Linen Distress Stain.
  • Next, I added cut up chipboard (from old packing boxes) to the backs of my card layers.  This adds lots of dimension to a card.
  • Now it’s time to add the Venise Lace trim.  It was a little too white for my color palette, but I just dyed it with Antique Linen Distress Stain and it was perfect.  It is held in place with 1/8″ Scor-Tape.
  • Finally, for my shabby chic ribbon, I first stamped it in Tea Dye Distress Ink using the Dear Ruby Stamp.  It’s hard to see in the photo, but in real life, this added a really subtle pattern to the bow.  To add to the shabby chic vibe, I also tucked in a burlap string bow. I love how vintage this bow cluster looks.
Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card:  The Flowers

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Now I needed to make my flowers for the card.

  • First,  I stamped Tammy’s “Dear Ruby” onto the small dot paper with Tea Dye Distress Ink prior to die cutting.  This added an extra layer of subtle texture and pattern to the flowers.
  • Next, I inked all the edges of the frayed posies with Antique Linen Distress Stain.
  • Then, I shaped my flower layers with a mat and stylus.
  • Next, I staggered the flower layers and layered them together with hot glue.
    • TIP:  When adding one flower layer to the next, I placed them on a double foam mat. Use a 12mm ball stylus tip and press down firmly into the center of the flower.  This will cause the petals to “lift” and give you a more lifelike flower.
  • Now, cut foliage with Tammy’s Pom-Pom Posies Die.
    • TIP: Ink the cutting side of the die with Tea Dye Distress Ink before die cutting.  The ink will transfer from the die to the paper and make the vein detail pop.
  • Finally, add pearls and small gold beads to the flower centers and arrange on your card.
A Peek Inside

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

You can easily transform a card into a gift just by adding a few simple details to the interior design.

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

For instance, I added a waterfall feature to the top half of the card interior.  Special photos of the wedding party can be added here, and suddenly, this card has become a mini folio.  I created this feature using Tammy’s Waterfall One Die.

To give each segment of the waterfall a little more definition, I cut 3 base pieces from kraft cardstock and 3 pieces from designer paper.  I trimmed the fold flap off the top of the designer paper die cuts, then layered them onto the kraft pieces.  I love the way this looks.

Then, I cut journaling spots from the Ladies’ Diary DCE to fit the width of each segment.  This provides a lovely journal spot.

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

I turned this gorgeous rose image into a tag pocket by just gluing the bottom edge to my card base.

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8Tammy’s Shortie Tag Die is the perfect size to fit inside a card pocket.  I added the decorative edge to each tag, then trimmed it out with Antique Linen dyed Venise lace.  These tags can hold photos on the reverse side.  They also make a lovely spot to add a personal note on the back. You can see the stamped seam binding ribbon better in this photo.

Now It’s YOUR Turn

For the next two weeks our theme will be “With This Ring.”  You will have until midnight on Tuesday, July 6th to link up your vintage or shabby chic wedding themed project on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.

At the end of the challenge the Frilly and Funkie team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us in a Guest DT spot  at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

If you need more inspiration, be sure to pop over and see what the rest of the Frilly team has prepared for you on the blog.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

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

Product Links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique



Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder

Tammy Tutterow Creative Team: Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder with Kaisercraft High Tea

Hello, Friends!  What could be lovelier than a nice cup of tea?  Not much in my world!  If you are are a tea lover, too, then I think you are going to like this Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder made with paper pretties from Tammy Tutterow Designs and Kaisercraft’s gorgeous High Tea paper collection.

How to Make a Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder Base

Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder High Tea by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Kaisercraft Photo 1

The base for this hug in a cup teabag holder is Tammy’s Tab Pocket Page Steel Rule Die from Spellbinders.  This die will cut through almost anything: fabric, felt, chipboard, crafting metal, balsa wood…it’s amazing!  And creating the base is a snap.  Here’s how I did it:

  1. First, die cut a Tab Pocket Page out of cream cardstock.  The die automatically adds score lines and cut lines where needed.
  2. Then  cut two more Tab Pocket Pages using  designer paper: one for the inside and one for the outside. Use a bone folder to crease along the fold lines.
  3. Next, stitch the page base and the designer paper you cut for the front together on your sewing machine.  (You can also just glue these two pieces together, but I love the stitching.)
  4. Now, stitch around the inside Pocket Page and glue to the interior of the base.
  5. You’re ready to decorate.  Hooray!
Let’s Make a Pocket!

By now you know that I just have to add a pocket somewhere. While working on the base, I pondered how to make that happen.  I was thinking about all of Tammy’s lovely dies, when I realized that the sweet little Mini Tag Book Die looks a lot like a tea bag.  Here’s how I built the little front pocket.

  1. First, mat the sentiment panel on green cardstock and trim.
  2. Next, cut a piece of pink cardstock that is 1″ wider and i/2″ taller than this panel.
  3. Now, score 1/2″ on both short sides.
  4. Then turn the panel and score 1/2″ on one long side.
  5. Next, crease the folds.
  6. Where the crease lines intersect, use your scissors to bevel the edges.
  7. Then, score to shape a pocket.  Glue the angled sides to the bottom piece.
  8. Now, back with 2 layers of waste chipboard or a double layer of foam tape to lift the pocket from the card base.  This gives you room to slide the tag mini into the pocket.
  9. Finally, adhere to the card front.
Pinwheel Posies

Here’s how I made these shabbylicious Pinwheel Posies.

  1. First, cut 3 sets of petal layers of a soft sagey green dot paper from the High Tea Collection.
  2. Then ink all the edges with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.
  3. Next lightly mist the back of the posy layers with water. I use my Distress Sprayer because it gives me good control.
  4. Then use a stylus and foam mat to shape the flower layers.
  5. Next glue the layers together.
  6. Now spray with Tattered Angels Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist.
  7. Then tap with Picket Fence Distress Paint.
  8. Next sponge with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.
  9. Then die cut several leaves and 2 leaf clusters from Tammy’s Pom Pom Posies Die.
  10. Now ink with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.
  11. Finally shape and add to the cluster.
A Peek Inside the Hug In a Cup Mini Tag Book

I am so in love with this little Mini Tag Book Die.  First, it is sooo teeny tiny and cute, measuring a petite 2.25″ wide x 4″ tall.  You can create it vertically, as I have done here, or horizontally. And doesn’t it make you think of a little tea bag?  I held it together with a vintage brad from my stash.  The teapot is fussy cut from the paper collection and mounted on a chipboard doily from the High Tea Collectibles.  Then I cut a doily from the High Tea Wood Icons bundle in half and painted it to match the papers.    Here’s a peek inside:

Isn’t it just too darling for words?

I wanted you to see this pretty curved edge and tab closure on the base of the Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder.

The inside is very simple.  Just glue down a sentiment panel, some die cut roses from the Collectibles pack and add a tea bag. Isn’t it pretty?

It only took a couple of hours to pull this whole project together.  But if you wanted to make a very simple tea bag holder you could leave off the pocket and Mini Tag Book.  That way, you could finish this up in under an hour.  These would make the most darling hostess gifts.  And wouldn’t they be wonderful as place cards for a birthday party?

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

Product Links

Please note, I will provide links whenever possible, but some items have been in a my stash for a long time, and are no longer available.  You can always substitute.

Portrait of a Lady Easel Card: Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks Day 6

Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks: Portrait of a Lady Easel Card

Hello G45’ers!  Have you been following along with the Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks?  I’m so excited about all these new collections.  I’ve been busy behind the scenes creating loads of samples for CHA/Creativation and I finally get to share this Portrait of a Lady Easel Card with you today.   Hooray!

I tell you no lie: When I pulled Portrait of a Lady from my design team box, I literally gasped.  It is one of the most beautiful paper collections I have ever seen.

Details and Tips

Portrait of a Lady Easel Card, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2I die cut a doily from white cardstock, topped it with a die cut panel from the sentiment page and then wreathed it with trim from my stash.   Don’t you just love this sentiment?

Portrait of a Lady Easel Card, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 3The neat thing about an easel card is that it will close flat for mailing.  This is what it looks like closed. I kept this design very simple and clean so that the beautiful papers and images could really shine.

To add layers of design to a card, use Staples tags!  The lovely shaped edge lends elegance and interest with very little work.  I just cut a strip of designer paper here, tucked my tags behind the focal image, trimmed the edges with lace and popped on some beautiful cream Petaloo flowers.  So simple, yet so elegant!

Portrait of a Lady Easel Card, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 4For my custom dyed ribbon, I worked Tattered Rose Distress Ink through cream seam binding.  It’s a perfect color match and ties a beautiful shabby bow.  I love the way an easel card stands all on its own.

A Peek Inside

Portrait of a Lady Easel Card, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 5Here’s a peek at the inside.  Because an easel card has to be able to “break” in the middle of the top half, you have to decorate the inside a little differently.  Simply cut your panel of paper as you normally would, then cut it in half.  Glue one half above the break, and the other below.  This way the pattern matches, and the card will still function as designed.

Portrait of a Lady Easel Card, Portrait of a Lady, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 6To create the “stopper” for the easel, I layered several patterns of designer paper and matted with cardstock.  The stopper needs to sit a little bit high so that the edge of the card front will catch there and stay open.  I mounted the “Believe in Yourself” sentiment on waste chipboard for that purpose.

Want to see more?

So, what do you think of Portrait of a Lady?  Is it your cup of tea?  It certainly is mine!  This Portrait of a Lady Easel card is just one of the samples I’ve made with the collection.  I’ll be sharing more  in days to come.

If you’d like to see more of Portrait of a Lady, it’s being featured on the Graphic 45 BLOG today.  Be sure to pop over and take a look at all the elements in this glorious collection.  And be sure to leave a comment, as they are giving away a lovely prize package!

I just love sneak peeks!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

 

You’re in My Thoughts Pocket Card

Really Reasonable Ribbon: You’re in My Thoughts Pocket Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Do you ever run across a color combination that takes you back to a specific place and time?  Today’s card did that for me.  The colors put me in mind of the soft velvety sunsets I enjoyed up on the hill where I grew up in Vermont.  Here’s a first look at my You’re in My Thoughts pocket card.

You're in My Thoughts Pocket Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Prima Something Blue Photo 1I can almost hear the crickets chirping and feel the soft summer night on my cheek when I look at this card made with Prima’s “Something Blue” paper collection.  And I found the perfect ribbon playmates in luxurious Rust Silky Crush Ribbon and delicate Salmon Pink Seam Binding.

You're in My Thoughts Pocket Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Prima Something Blue Photo 2Working with the Silky Crush Ribbon is a joy!  This ribbon ties up into the most gorgeous bows! The wrinkles and texture add an extra level of shabby chic to a card like this.  I think I’m going to have to get this in every lovely shade that’s available in the RRR Shop.

Happy Accident

You're in My Thoughts Pocket Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Prima Something Blue Photo 3Here’s a close up of the bow cluster. I topped it with a gorgeous Petaloo Darjeeling Spice Anemone.  Would you like to know how I made these paper curls?  It’s was one of those “happy accidents” that we all love so much.  I was using my guillotine trimmer to shave off a small slice of my card base and as I was about to toss the shavings into the bin I had one of those, “What if….” moments.  So I gently curled the paper against the handle of a small paintbrush, just as you would with curling ribbon and before my very eyes, my “What if” turned into a “Voila!” moment. I simply used my glue gun to add them to the bow cluster.

You’re in My Thoughts:  A Look Inside

You're in My Thoughts Pocket Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Prima Something Blue Photo 4I had a good time decorating the inside of this card, too. I added a gift card pocket with a couple of sweet surprises for the recipient in the upper half of the card.

You're in My Thoughts Pocket Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Prima Something Blue Photo 5And so as not to play favorites, I created a pocket on the bottom of this You’re in My Thoughts card.

You're in My Thoughts Pocket Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Prima Something Blue Photo 6It’s filled with sweet surprises, too.  The small tag would make a great bookmark, and I think the larger tag would be so pretty on a fridge or a work cubicle.  Just personalize the tag, and you’re all set!

I’m always amazed at the power of paper to stir up memory.  Does this color combo remind you of anything?  If so, I’d love to hear in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!  Now go get your craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

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