Tag Archives: Spring

Hello Spring Shaker Card Folio

Carta Bella Spring Market Hello Spring Shaker Card Folio for the RRR Blog Hop

Hello Friends!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon February Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog. Today I have a cheery Hello Spring Shaker Card Folio adorned with gloriously green ribbons from the February Ribbon Club to share with you.

Carta Bella Spring Market Shaker Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

This is a 6″ x 6″ top fold card made with Carta Bella’s Spring Market Paper Collection.  Adorned with Kiwi Satin with a Grosgrain Edge and 3/8″ Kiwi Satin Swiss Dots Ribbons, it gives me hope that spring is coming!

Carta Bella Spring Market Shaker Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 02

I’ve tucked this mini tag album inside the dimensional pocket on the front of this card.  It’s dressed up with ivory burlap string, a snippet of Kiwi Satin Swiss Dots ribbon and some darling bee charms.

Hello Spring Shaker Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Carta Bella Spring Market Shaker Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 03

Ribbon takes center stage inside the card as well.  I love to use ribbon to create a border on a card, so wrapped 5/8″ Apple Diamond Satin Ribbon to my flap page and tied a simple square knot to hold it in place.

Behind the flap, I’ve tucked a little tag inside the diamond satin ribbon.  A shallow pocket holds a cute tea bag wallet.

Carta Bella Spring Market Shaker Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 04

Even a ribbon scrap finds its way onto the honey stick, then topped it with a rose blossom button.

I tied an itty bitty bow with help from my Zutter Bow it All Tool, then added in the corner of this cute gift card wallet.

On With the Hop

You will want to visit every blog in the hop, then finish up on the RRR Blog so you will be entered into the drawing for your very own February Ribbon Club Assortment.

But you don’t have to win a Ribbon Club assortment…you can sign up for the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club and start receiving a gorgeous batch of ribbons delivered to your door every single month!  You can sign up HERE.

Now hop on over to see what the sweet, lovely and talented Linsey has in store for you this month!

I hope I’ve shared some tips 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 so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Carta Bella Spring Market Hello Sunshine Card Folio

Carta Bella Spring Market Hello Sunshine Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  Here’s an encouraging word for you: Spring is just around the corner!  To help you visualize warm sunny days, I’ve created a cheery little Carta Bella Spring Market Hello Sunshine Card folio for you today. I gave myself the gift of a week of free creating last week.  No design team assignments, no deadlines.  Just paper play, and I had so much fun.  This Hello Sunshine Card Folio was made during one of my play times.

Carta Bella Spring Market Hello Spring Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design PHoto 01

Oooh, I can feel the snow melting when I look at this delightful spring images and patterns on this 5″ x 7″ top fold card.

Carta Bella Spring Market Kathy by Design

TIP: Use dies to cut patterned paper in geometric shapes to add quick and easy layers to your card design.  I’ve used a Spellbinders Label and Circle die, then popped each layer up on waste chipboard to add extra dimension to the card design.

Card Folio Spring Market Carta Bella Kathy by Design Kathy Clement

Coral Rose Delicate Stitched Satin ribbon looks so very pretty with these Little Birdie flowers!

Card Folio Carta Bella Spring Market Kathy by Design

 TIP: Place foam dimensionals in the top corners of your belly band, then leave the top edge  open so you can tuck in some of the cute cut apart tags from the Carta Bella Spring Market Collection.  Top the tags with Ivory Burlap string and some sweet pearl gems.

Carta Bella Hello Sunshine Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Spring Market Card Folio Kathy by Design

TIP: Create a sweet little tuck spot by adhering just the right side and the bottom edge of this shaped ephemera card to the top half of the interior.  Add a Spring Market Banner Flag to the pocket for extra fun.

Carta Bella Card Folio Spring Market by Kathy Clement

TIP:  Use your scraps to create this darling 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ wallet.  The scrap should be 4 1/4″ high and at least 8″ long. Score on the long side at 3 1/4″  and 6 1/2″.  Line with designer papers.  Add one of the cut apart images from the collection kit along with a little sticker to the front for quick and easy design.

Carta Bella Spring Market Card Folio Chocolate Wallet Kathy Clement

This creates a great spot to tuck in a gift card, a tea bag…or a chocolate treat!

Hello Sunshine Card Folio: Tag and Pocket Combo

Carta Bella Spring Market Card Folio Heartfelt Creations Album Tags and Accents Die Kathy Clement

The large pocket holds this pretty tag that I die cut with my Heartfelt Creations tag Die.  Add some “joy” with a Spring Market sticker.  I’ve matted my card layers on Jelly Bean Green Heavy Weight Cardstock from My Favorite Things.

TIP: Mix 12×12 patterned papers with Carta Bella Spring Farmhouse 6×6 patterned papers so that the scale of the design matches the scale of the tag.

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

 

Crafty Secrets March Linky Party

Crafty Secrets March Linky Party and Design Team Challenge: Go Green!

Hello Friends!  Welcome to the Crafty Secrets March Linky Party!  I think we are all ready for a dose of springtime right about now.  We’re focusing on spring: green growing things, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, flowers, or anything that makes us think of spring.  The optional twist this month is to use an upcycled element in our projects: a bit of corrugated cardboard, a twist tie, an old container, packaging material, jars, bottles…anything that would normally end up in the landfill.  Now I love me a good upcycling challenge!  As you know, my Closet of Shame is filled with all kinds of “trash” that I love to turn into treasure, so this was a fun challenge for me.

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

This bit of home decor started with an empty pasteboard berry basket.  I had some paper mache eggs that I decoupaged with strips of paper from the Crafty Secrets Digital Garden Papers and went to work building this fun springtime floral arrangement.  Here’s what you need to make this project:

  • a one quart pasteboard berry basket
  • white acrylic paint
  • paint brush
  • paper mache eggs, available at most craft stores this time of year
  • Spanish Moss, or some other kind of filler for your basket
  • Crafty Secrets Digital garden papers
  • Crafty Secrets Friends and Flowers Vintage Cuts
  • an assortment of Mulberry Flowers
  • ribbon
  • small chalkboard (I don’t remember where this came from)
  • White Sharpie to write on the chalkboard
  • small birdnest (from the craft store)
  • Claudine Hellmuth Matte Multi Medium
  • Hot Glue Gun
Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

This project is so quick and easy!  The key is to print the papers onto very thin paper. Just use the cheapest, thinnest printer paper you can find.  I tried to print onto tissue paper, but did not have any success with that experiment.  (If you know how…please let me know!).  I tore my paper into random strips, painted the back with Matte Multi Medium and then smoothed it onto the surface of the egg, repeating the process until the whole egg was covered.  Then, I just brushed the tops of each egg with more medium and let them dry.  As you can see, the ink did not run, and I think this is due to the fact that I used Claudine Hellmuth Matte Multi Medium.  It dries very quickly and is not a super wet adhesive.  So that’s what I would recommend for this type of project.

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Think Spring Easter Basket/Kathy by Design

Once I had painted the berry basket, I brushed the edges of it with a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink to age it a little.  I also added a strip of this pretty printed ribbon around the top of the basket edge.

I know you’ll want to see what the rest of the team has cooked up for you this month!  Be sure to visit their blogs and take a peek at their amazing projects and tutorials.

Special Guest Designer: Karen Letchworth, My Cup Runneth Over

Darlene ♥ Diane ♥ Elizabeth ♥ Ginny ♥ Gloria ♥ Melody ♥ MicheleShantaieSheila

Oh, and did I forget to mention that there are prizes?  One lucky participant will be randomly selected to win a fabulous prize package of digital papers, images and other fun artsy stuff.  You can find all the details and photos on the BLOG.

Now it’s your turn! Dig through your stash of Crafty Secrets goodies and work up a new project to share with us.  You do not have to follow this month’s theme to play along, but it’s always fun when you do.  If you don’t have any Crafty Secrets goodies, there is a free download in the Linky Party Post on the Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Blog.  So no excuses!  Go get your craft on, and link up before midnight on Sunday, March 15th.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Here’s hoping that all these spring projects will drive Old Man Winter out of town for good!

Thanks for stopping by,

Cheerio,

kathy

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