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Home Family Blessing Altered Frame and Greeting Card

RRR Anything Goes Challenge: Home Family Blessing Altered Frame and Greeting Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to another “anything goes with ribbon or trim” challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  It’s always fun to update one’s home decor in the fall, so I’ve created a rustic Home Family Blessing Altered Frame and greeting card for you today.  Once again, I’ve used Simple Stories “Vintage Blessings” to complement my gorgeous Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1

This 8″ x 10″ frame was in a box at a local yard sale, waiting just for me!  It was chipped and worn, but had good bones.  For 50 cents, I decided it could come home with me and get a little makeover.

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 2I’m so glad I snapped this beauty up, as it was loads of fun to alter with distress paints, Petaloo flowers, and Rust/Ivory Plaid Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 4I painted the dark brown chippy frame with Antique Linen Distress Paint.  When it was almost dry, I wiped it back with a slightly damp paper towel.  This process was repeated with Peeled Paint, and Antique Bronze Distress Paint.   Next, I added more paint, then spritzed it with water and let it run.  Finally, I thinned out the paints on my craft sheet and spattered paint all over.

TIP:  Cover the glass portion of the frame with sticky notes to keep it clean.  This saved me so much time and trouble!

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 5The final step was adding these gorgeous Petaloo Magnolia blossoms and a triple loop bow.  Adding the bow was the perfect finishing touch!

Home Is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1While I had my desk all messed up, I decided to go ahead and create a card.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 2This 5″ x 7″ top fold card has a 1/4″ spine.  I used more of my little hand made felt embellies and more of this gorgeous Rust/Ivory Plaid Ribbon to adorn the card.

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The inside of the card has a side pocket with a little tag  and honey stick tucked inside.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 4If you are like me, you’re always looking for a way to use up scraps.  These little tags do a great job!  And, you can add your ribbon scraps to the top.  For this topper, simply slip your ribbon through the hole punch.  Then tie a square knot with another ribbon scrap to hold it in place.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 5This larger pocket contains a darling little tea bag wallet to go with the honey stickHome is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 6Once again, I used scraps to create the belly band and the little ribbon on the tag.

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Here’s a peeky inside.

Now it’s YOUR turn!

You can play along in this fun “anything goes with ribbon or trim” challenge, too!  Simply create the project of your choice, making sure to add ribbon or trim to the design.  Link it up over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge Blog before midnight on Wednesday, October 18th.  You can find all the details HERE.

If you need more ribbony inspiration, pop on over to the RRR Blog where you’ll find beautiful projects from the other members of the RRR design team.

Can’t wait to see what YOU make!

Thanks 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

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

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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DIY Sunshine Happiness Journal for Tweens

Summer Fun with  Petaloo: DIY Sunshine Happiness Journal

Hello, Petaloo Fans! Today I have  a fun activity for your tweens. This DIY Sunshine Happiness Journal is a quick, easy and affordable project.  It’s perfect for taking along on a long car trip, tucking into a camper’s suitcase, carrying on an airplane or taking to Grandma’s house.

Beautiful Reasons to be Happy Alered Journall by Kathy Clement for Petaloo Summer Fun with Kids Product by Petaloo and Simple Stories Photo 1

The base of the Sunshine Happiness Journal is a standard steno notebook.  These are awesome, because the back cover is so sturdy you don’t need a desk.  This is such a simple make that your tween could put this together all on her own.  (I did not make one for a boy, but you could do so easily!)

Beautiful Reasons to be Happy Alered Journall by Kathy Clement for Petaloo Summer Fun with Kids Product by Petaloo and Simple Stories Photo 2

I decorated the cover with Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness paper, then added on chipboard elements and stickers for extra fun.

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What tween wouldn’t love to jwrite in this cute Sunshine Happiness Journal?  Plenty of pink Petaloo posies make it extra special!

 

Beautiful Reasons to be Happy Alered Journall by Kathy Clement for Petaloo Summer Fun with Kids Product by Petaloo and Simple Stories Photo 4

 

Decorate the inside cover with more designer papers and create a simple slash pocket to hold journaling cards.  The cards can be glued into the journal along with photos.

Beautiful Reasons to be Happy Alered Journall by Kathy Clement for Petaloo Summer Fun with Kids Product by Petaloo and Simple Stories Photo 5

 

These fun journal cards will look great when added to the inside pages. You could add postage stamps and envelopes to the pocket to encourage your tween to write letters home from camp or grandma’s house. Tuck in a hot pink pen, and you’re good to go!

Wishing you a fun filled summer! Now go get your craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

Petaloo Products used in this project:

Gerber Daisy x 6 light pink SKU: 1174-101

Mini Gerber Daisy x 12 fuschia/pink SKU: 1175-102

Botanica Petite’s x 11 FuschiaSKU: 1101-102

Mini Burlap x 11 Antique Red SKU: 1208-250

Other Products

Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness

Really Reasonable Ribbon Geranium Pink Lattice Print Satin

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Mini Notebook Snapguide Tutorial

Be Someone’s Sunshine Mini Notebook Snapguide Tutorial

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Hope you are having a fabby day today!  A few weeks ago I shared a little bee themed notebook/card gift ensemble and so many of you asked me to create a tutorial that I worked up another sample and a Mini Notebook Snapguide tutorial to share with you here today.  This time, I’ve used the cheery pink and purple ribbons in the Really Reasonable Ribbon July Ribbon Club assortment.  This notebook is as perky as a pot of blooming pink and purple petunias!

Be Someone's Sunshine Notebook by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness and Petaloo Photo 1I’ve used Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness papers along with Geranium Pink Taffeta and Geranium Pink Printed Lattice Satin from the Ribbon Club Collection.  Add  a pretty pink Petaloo posy, and we’re in business!

Be Someone's Sunshine Notebook by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness and Petaloo Photo 2And here’s the inside of the 4″ x 6″ memo pad.

Now, without further ado, Here’s the Mini Notebook Snapguide tutorial you all requested.  Enjoy!

Check out How to Make a Decorative Notebook With Chipboard by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

That’s all for me today, folks!  Why not be somebody’s sunshine today, and make them a cutie pie mini notebook?  You’ll be glad you did!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Chin Up Buttercup!

Chin Up Buttercup Tri-Fold Encouragement Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

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Hello Ribbon Lovers!  I have had the best time this month playing with the Citrus Ribbons in the June Ribbon Club Assortment!  I have played and played with these pretty ribbons and used up just about every single scrap.   I had just enough left to squeeze in one more June Ribbon Club project before we turn the calendar over to the month of July.  I think you’re going to get a grin or two out of this Chin Up Buttercup tri-fold greeting card made with Simple Stories Bloom and Grow papers.

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It’s pretty hard not to smile when you’re working with these sunshiny ribbons! To begin this card,   Tangerine Delicate Stitched Satin and Citrus Striped Chevron Grosgrain were layered to create a header. Then I topped this with a little medallion that says, appropriately, “Chin Up Buttercup!”

 

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Next, I wove Citrus Paint Splatter Grosgrain through the pickets in this rusted garden fence.  Then I got busy layering up a double bow made with the last of my Maize Diamond Satin Ribbon and the Paint Splatter Grosgrain.

 

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I’ve been walking in my neighborhood every morning, and finding the most gorgeous mailbox gardens I’ve ever seen, and that inspired me to fill this fence in with a bounty of pretty Petaloo flowers.

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Now take a peek at the inside of the card, with just the first panel opened.

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And here it is opened all the way up. Honestly, I can’t look at this card without grinning…it’s those gnomes!!!!

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Finally, I stuffed the pockets with cute tags and postcards.  Imagine how much fun it would be to receive this in the mail!  It would turn a frown upside down in a hurry! That little snippet of Maize Honeycomb Satin was just the right size to slip into that red paperclip and top with a button.  The card says, “Don’t let the little things bug you.”

I loved this ribbon club so much that I kind of hate to see the month of June fade away. But it’s all good….July brings a brand new ribbon club assortment with it, and since I’ve had a sneaky peek of it, I know it’s going to be fun to play with, too!

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

Cheerio,
kathy

 

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