Tag Archives: Valentine’s Day

Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day Banner Tutorial

Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook: Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day Banner

Hello, Friends!  How do you spell love?  Today, I’m spelling it with a super cute Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day banner tutorial.

Isn’t it fun?  The best part about this banner is the fact that it uses very few materials and can be made in about an hour.

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Snapguide Tutorial for Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day Banner

Check out How to Graphic 45 Butterfly Kisses Valentine Banner by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Why I love Butterflies on Valentine’s Day

I know butterflies are not a traditional image for Valentine’s Day.  Well, as you might suspect by  now, there’s a story behind this project.  Since it is nearly Valentine’s Day…and the story is super romantic, I’ll share it with you here.

My mom and dad were both working as bookkeepers at a trucking company in southern Vermont in 1939.   Mom worked the day shift.  Dad worked nights.  Mom must have caught his eye right away, because of all the available chairs in that office, Dad opted to use hers each night.  This meant that every day at shift change, he had to return her chair to her desk.  And of course, this gave him the opportunity to say good morning.

Dad was shy.  I mean super shy.  So he rarely said anything beyond good morning each day.  But, he started leaving little gifts for mom on her desk: a pack of her favorite chewing gum, a piece of candy…small tokens of friendship.  After almost a YEAR of this delicate courtship dance, Valentine’s Day rolled around.  Mom came into work that morning to find an envelope with her name on it.  Inside the envelope was a beautiful Valentine’s Day card with…you guessed it…butterflies!

Mom and Dad were finally married on Valentine’s Day 1941.  Each year when their anniversary rolled around, Dad gave her a box of chocolates, a packet of chewing gum and a card…and there was always a butterfly on it somewhere!

So now you know why I love butterflies for Valentine’s Day.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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More Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags

More Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers! I’m back today with more Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags.  With the Day of Love just a week away, I know we are all looking for some last minute Valentines that are quick and easy to make.  But we also want them to look great, right?  So these little cards and tags come together in about 20 minutes each, but look like you spent hours and hours on them.  That’s a win/win in my book!

How cute are these Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine cards and tags?  Once again, I used the Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine digital download from Polly’s Paper Etsy Shop and paired them up with some fabulous ribbons and flowers from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Tips and Tricks for Making Quick Cards

There are some simple tricks I use when I need to make a quick card that I thought you might find helpful:

  • Keep a file full of scrap papers that you’ve cut to measure 4″ x 6″.  I have mine organized in a bin by color.  That way, I can just reach in and grab papers that go well with my images and quickly cut them to fit my card base.  It’s a huge time saver, and a great way to use up your scraps.
  • Keep an ephemera file for small tickets, tags, and other goodies that you can layer in with your papers.  I have a small bin that is full of little bits and pieces I’ve salvaged.
  • Be prepared! Tie a bunch of neutral bows and store them for future use.  This black and white houndstooth plaid is one of my favorite ribbons.  It goes with everything and ties beautifully.  I always tie an extra single or double loop bow and then toss it in a little container.  That way, the work is already done for me when I’m in a hurry!
  • Don’t worry about matting each layer.  Since these cards are more simple, maybe just mat the focal image to make it stand out.  This will save loads of time!

Make a Tag!

Another trick that I use when I’m in a hurry is to make a little tag.  Instead of packing my scraps away in the scrap drawer (aka “the land Kathy forgot”)  I’ll make a quick little tag and pop on a pre-tied bow.  This grey plaid ribbon is another favorite of mine.  The neutral color goes with so many different palettes..and always looks great with pink.

Don’t have any pre-tied bows?  Add flowers for texture!

This sheer white organza is another ribbon that I use quite often.  Again, it’s a neutral so it goes with everything.  The real bonus here is the texture and shimmer it adds to a project.

So there you have it!  A few tips and trick that will have you cranking out super cute cards in a flash!  I hope I shared some ideas that you’ll be able to use.  I’d love to hear if you have any tips or tricks that you use to make cute cards in a hurry.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Honey Do List with Graphic 45 Off to the Races

Masculine Valentine Gift Idea: Off to the Races Honey Do List

Hello, Friends!  Have you  made a Valentine for your  honey yet?  My husband is a maker of lists.  He keeps a little notepad right beside his breakfast plate so he can write down his daily  honey do list.  I thought it might be fun to work up a special little notepad cover to house his list and keep the edges from getting all grunged up and curly.  (Why do I like that on a card, but despise that on a notepad?  Anyone else with me, here?)  Anyway, I love to share ideas that incorporate Graphic 45 papers and flowers and/or ribbon on a project.

Off to the Races Masculine Honey Do List by Kathy Clement Photo 1Now, Off to the Races probably doesn’t strike you as a masculine collection right off the bat. But one of the silly things we say to one another on a very busy day is, “Aaaaaaand they’re off!”  So using this collection actually makes sense for us.

Although Off to the Races is a very feminine collection,  it’s also loaded with  images and patterns that work really well on a masculine project like this handy 4×6 honey do list.  Paper layers were fussy cut and decoupaged onto the cover and I even managed to add ribbon and flowers.  The overall design is decidedly masculine, and the message is personal.  When it comes to making a masculine Valentine project, it doesn’t get much better than that!

A Look at the Details

Off to the Races Masculine Honey Do List by Kathy Clement Photo 2This side view shows how I used chipboard beneath my focal images to elevate them from the background.  To mimic the boutonnieres sported by these dapper gents, I created a mini boutonniere with a Petaloo White Baby’s Breath Pick, Black Mixed Textured Mini Blossoms, and micro black gingham ribbon.

Off to the Races Masculine Honey Do List by Kathy Clement Photo 3Here’s a close-up of the boutonniere,  I love the way this turned out.

Put it on the List

Off to the Races Masculine Honey Do List by Kathy Clement Photo 4If I had a dollar for every time my dear husband told me to “put it on the list” I’d be rich!

Off to the Races Masculine Honey Do List by Kathy Clement Photo 5 I created a tag pocket on the inside of this honey do list where I can add my mushy sentiment.  There’s plenty of room here to tuck in a gift card or little chocolate treat, too.

Off to the Races Masculine Honey Do List by Kathy Clement Photo 6Tags make great bookmarks, and  dear husband loves to read!

The way I see it, if you’ve gotta have a honey do list, it might as well be handsome AND functional.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

 

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags

RRR Heart Challenge: Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Bonnie wants to see projects that feature hearts and trim.  I printed out some digital files from Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy Shop and put together some darling Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and tags.  These simple cards and tags can took just minutes to make, but look like you spent hours on them.  You have to love that!

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags  by Kathy Clement Photo 5I paired each card or tag with some of my favorite ribbons from RRR.

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags  by Kathy Clement Photo 4This black and white houndstooth plaid is a perennial favorite ribbon for me.  It’s soft and supple and ties the most beautiful bows.  it also looks great paired with the striped background of the Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine images.  This Graphic 45 Staples Tag is turned upside down for a fun presentation.

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags  by Kathy Clement Photo 3It also looks great turned right side up!

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags  by Kathy Clement Photo 2For this sweet little 4×6 card, I topped a 1/4″ micro gingham ribbon bow with a pretty red rose. The black buttons and the plaid ribbon help to anchor all the elements on the card.

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 1I love the way this 3/8″ red gingham picks up on the pattern of this cutie pie’s dress.

These lovely little  Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and tags are being tucked into my Kathy by Design ETSY Shop orders this month as a special Valentine treat.

Now it’s your turn to join the party!  Create your own project with hearts and ribbon or trim and link it up on the RRR Challenge Blog so we can all enjoy it.  Here’s the link with all the information.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

A Very Victorian Valentine Pocket

A Very Victorian Valentine for Frilly and Funkie Be My Valentine Challenge

Hello Friends!  Welcome to the month of February!  I’m kicking the month off with a Very Victorian Valentine that I created for the latest challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie blog.  Since it’s love month, our challenge theme is “Be My Valentine.’  Here’s what our lovely host, Zoe, has to say about this delightful challenge.

Love is in the air, and with Valentines Day just around the corner, this challenge is to make a card for your sweet Valentine in a vintage or shabby chic.
A Very Victorian Valentine Pocket with a tag  and sweet surprise

This pocket card is a different size from my usual creations.  It measures 8.5″ long and 4.25″ high.  Instead of opening like a typical card, it has a pocket secured to the back. I’ve filled the pocket with a little tag and a sweet little Valentine treat.

The papers and images I used are from the February papers in Graphic 45’s Place in Time Deluxe Collector’s Edition.  An Ivory Staples tag plays the role of sentiment, and there is room on the back to write a properly mushy note.

A Little Valentine History

Did you know that the exchange of Valentines reached its heyday during the Victorian era?  In fact, Valentines were more popular and more widely exchanged than Christmas cards!  Victorian valentines were incredibly ornate and so dimensional that they often had to be presented in a gift box. It was not uncommon to include a small gift or piece of jewelry as part of the design.

I took all of that history and tradition into consideration while designing and creating this Very Victorian Valentine.

A Look at the Details

Victorian Valentines were adorned with dried flowers, feathers, embossed papers and all sorts of glittering goodness.  To mirror that, I created these very frilly fabric flowers using crinoline,  assorted fabric layers, and vintage pearl buttons from my grandmother’s button box.  I cut the flower layers using Tammy Tutterow’s fabulous Frayed Posie Die.  The crinoline was white, of course, so each layer had to be custom dyed with Festive Berries, Fired Brick and Victorian Velvet Distress Stains.  While I was all inky, I went ahead and dyed some seam binding ribbon for the bow.

I tucked special details everywhere.  To mirror the jewelry that was often attached, I created a faux cameo using this antique bronze charm.  It was filled with a trimmed image from Place in Time, Glossy Accents and some seed beads.

A Touch of Mixed Media Mayhem

I painted the edges of my Very Victorian Valentine with Tattered Rose Distress Crackle Paint because I wanted everything to look antique.  The dried crackle popped when treated with a skim coat of Victorian Velvet Distress Stain. (You can actually see that better in the above photo.)

Tarnished Brass Distress Paint spatters create the illusion of having used really old, foxed paper.  The edges of the rusty hearts are softened by a brush with Tarnished Brass or Tattered Rose Distress Paint.

Can you see the tiny die cut envelope peeking out from behind the flower cluster and the Victorian girl?  I die cut that with Tammy’s Mini Envelope die then filled it with fussy cut images.

Now It’s Your Turn!

Putting this Very Victorian Valentine Pocket together was great fun.  And here’s the really exciting news: you are invited to play along!

Just create your own vintage or shabby chic Valentine and link it up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before midnight on February 14th.  (How perfect is the timing on this challenge?)

The design team will visit your blogs and choose their 4 favorite projects.  The creator of the top project will be given a chance to serve as Guest Designer on the F&F blog.  The other 3 will receive badges to display proudly on their blogs.  And everyone who plays along and follows the guidelines will be entered into a drawing for a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

So break our  your pretty papers and embellies and join the fun!

I’m linking this Very Victorian Valentine up in the following challenges:

Rock the Red Challenge at Emerald Creek Dares (red crinoline flowers, red paper)

Thanks so much for joining me here today!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Love Sweet Love Policy Envelope Wallet Tutorial

Graphic 45: Love Sweet Love Policy Envelope Wallet Tutorial with Nature Sketchbook

Hello, Friends!  I’m up on the Graphic 45 blog today where I’m sharing this Love Sweet Love Policy Envelope Wallet Tutorial.  It’s just the perfect little gift for Valentine’s Day.

Look at alll the darling little bee images in Nature Sketchbook.  I decided to riff off that idea and turn it into a Love Sweet Love theme…complete with a honey spoon!  Tea with honey is one of my favorite things!

These metal pieces are painted with Black Soot Distress Paint to match my yellow, black and red color palette.  For the keyhole, I let the paint set for about 1 minute, then I wiped off with a barely damp paper towel.

Just as bees love to cluster around the hive, cluster your embellishments around a focal image to create a real visual impact.

Sweet Surprises on the inside

Join two policy envelopes together and what do you get?  A really fun wallet/pocket combo.  I altered the red policy envelope to create the pocket, and I’ll show you how in the Snapguide tutorial at the end of this post.

The pocket is filled with pretty ephemera cards, a post card and a delicious herbal tea bag to go along with the honey spoon on the front of the wallet.

Don’t you just love these gorgeous images?  To create a custom string tie opening, simply glue chipboard buttons on top of the black discs .  It adds a great pop of color!

Wanna see what’s in the pocket?

Happy to oblige!

Would you like to know how to make your own Love Sweet Love Policy Envelope Wallet?  Then please enjoy this Snapguide Tutorial.

Snapguide: Love Sweet Love Policy Envelope Wallet Tutorial

Check out How to Love Sweet Love G45 Policy Envelope Wallet & Tag by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

I hope this has given you some “sweet” ideas for your own Valentine’s Day (or any day!) creations.  It’s always the right time to share a little love!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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Love is in the Air for Frilly and Funkie Challenge

Love is in the Air: Graphic 45 Mon Amour Layout

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another great challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. Zoe is our hostess this time around, and the theme she chose is Love is in the Air.  How perfect for this time of year.  Here are Zoe’s guidelines for this challenge:

Create a vintage or shabby chic project with love as the central theme. Think hearts, cupid, love and romance in whatever colour palette your heart desires.

The Design Team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Love is in the Air

I pulled out my Graphic 45 Mon Amour papers and created a 12 x 12 layout that fairly oozes with romance.

Love is in the air challenge Frilly Funkie 02I created lots of layers by fussy cutting images from the 12×12 Mon Amour paper and elevating them with foam dots.  Fussy cutting always takes me back to my childhood when I cut piles of paper dolls during the long New England winter months. The edges were all inked with Black Soot Distress Ink and a mini applicator.

Love is in the air challenge Frilly Funkie 03I encircled the main image with chipboard that was painted with Black Soot Distress Paint.  I found this lovely sentiment in my scrap drawer and doubled matted it on cardstock and then spritzed it with Tattered Rose Distress Spray. Beautiful Petaloo blooms were tucked in around the fussy cut blossoms from the paper collection.

Love is in the air challenge Frilly Funkie 04These antiqued bronze filigree ornaments were painted with Tattered Rose Distress Paint and then doused with superfine glitter while the paint was still wet.

Love is in the air challenge Frilly Funkie 05I used the same technique to transform this silver butterfly .  The wings were gently lifted to give him the appearance of being in flight.

Love is in the air challenge Frilly Funkie 01I topped everything off with a shabby chic bow made with rayon seam binding.  Adding the altered key from the Valentine embellishment kit was the perfect finishing touch.

That’s it for my Love is in the Air project.  Be sure visit the Frilly and Funkie BLOG so you can see what the rest of my Frilly teammates have prepared for you, and I do hope you will play along in the challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 


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