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Really Reasonable Ribbon June 2021 Blog Hop

Really Reasonable Ribbon June 2021 Blog Hop:  Living the Sweet Life Bee Themed Botanical Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon June 2021 Blog Hop!  You should be coming here filled with fresh inspiration after visiting Ginny’s amazing blog.  The June Ribbon Club Assortment celebrates the trendy Southwest Vibe.  But don’t you just love how versatile the Ribbon Club assortments are?  I used the Raw Silk Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon from the club to make this botanical bee themed card.  How cool is that?

Lots of great ribbon in this beautiful assortment!

The Sweet Life Bee Themed Botanical Card

Bee Themed Botanical Card Simple Stories Farmhouse Garden Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

It’s full on summer here in North Carolina, even though the calendar says it’s still springtime.  We’ve planed our garden, and big fat bumblebees are enjoying helping us pollenate the tomato plants.  This inspired me to make this 6×6 mixed media botanical card.

Really Reasonable Ribbon June 2021 Blog Hop Kathy Clement Photo 01

The colors in Simple Stories Farmhouse Garden collection are so vibrant that I decided to tame them down a bit with this Raw Silk Delicate Stitched Satin Bow.  It’s the color of spun honey, and I just love the way it creates a sense of calm in the middle of this paper garden.

Top your Raw Silk Bow with a Natural Burlap String Bow to add some extra texture and contrast to the card design.

A Peek Inside

I carried the botanical theme inside the card with more designer papers and a simple stamped sentiment.  There’s plenty of room to write a note on the blank sentiment panel so the card can be used for all occasions.

On With the Hop

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cheryl has in store for you.  Be sure to finish the hop over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  You can answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month to be entered into a drawing for your own Southwest Vibe Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you’re not a member of the Ribbon Club yet, you can find out how easy and affordable it is to join HERE.

To comment, please click on the blue “REPLIES” button found just below the title at the top of the page.  Thanks!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for hopping along with us!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Heartfelt Creations May 2021 Alumni Blog Hop

Heartfelt Creations Sweet Magnolia Shaker Card by Kathy Clement PHoto 01

Heartfelt Creations May 2021 Alumni Blog Hop:  Sweet Magnolia Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations May 2021 Alumni Blog Hop!  The hop starts here and continues through Monday, May 31 at 11:55 PM EDT.  Get ready for loads of crafty inspiration, tips, tricks and ideas as you hop along with the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team.

One comment from a mystery blog will be chosen to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card!  So be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop.  Get inspired, leave some crafty love behind, and maybe you will be the lucky winner.

The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations Blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, June 2nd.  If you are the winner, please claim your prize by emailing [email protected].  Please write “Winner of the May 2021 Alumni Blog Hop” in the subject line of your e-mail.  You will have 72 hours from the time the winner is announced to claim your prize.

Now let’s talk about how I made this Sweet Magnolia Shaker Card as my inspiration piece for the hop.

Sweet Magnolia Shaker Card: The Basics

Heartfelt Creations Sweet Magnolia Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

  • First, cut (2) 5″ x 8 1/2″ panels from cream cardstock.  Overlap the 5″ ends about 1/4″ and adhere with Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Now place this long panel on your scoring tool and score at 7″ and 7 3/4″.  Fold along the 3/4″ score line and score again at 7″ and 7 3/4″.  This flap will become a box pocket on the inside of the card.
  • Next, cut a 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8 panel of designer paper from the Sweet Magnolia paper pad.  This will be the card front.  But don’t glue it down until after the card is completed.
The Shaker Element

Now we will create the shaker element.

  • First, die cut the Heartfelt Creations Decorative Circle Frame from cream cardstock.  Use the largest circle insert to create the opening.
  • Now, use the largest Circle Basics Large Die to cut a piece of clear cardstock.  Adhere this to the back of the Decorative Circle Frame with Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Next, place 3 rows of 1/8″ foam strips around the opening.
  • Then place your shaker mix on the panel of designer paper that was cut in the previous step.  Carefully align the shaker frame over the shaker mix and gently press in place.
Making the Sweet Magnolia Blossoms

Now we get to do the fun part!  Make some Sweet Magnolia Blooms to adorn your shaker element.

  • First, stamp 4 sets of Magnolia Blooms and Leaves on Flower Specialty Paper.  I used Memento London Fog Ink for the flowers and Library Green Archival ink for the leaves.
  • Now sponge on a little Shell Pink Adirondack Ink in the center  and along the edges of each Magnolia Blossom Layer.  If you don’t have Shell Pink, substitute the palest shade of pink ink from your stash.
  • Sponge the leaves with Olive Archival Ink.
  • Then die cut the flower layers and leaves using the Sweet Magnolia Dies.
  • Place the flower layers and leaves in the 3-D embossing tray and run through your die cutting machine following your machine’s sandwich guidelines.
  • Pierce the center of each blossom with the piercing tool and thread with large stamens.
  • Stack the layers and secure with adhesive.

TIP: Add a touch of shine with Nuvo Toasted Almond Mousse.  Place a small amount on your non-stick surface, spritz with water and paint on with a brush.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a look at the inside of the card.  Notice how I used the frame from the Decorative circle on the top.  This creates a nice space to write a personal message.

The box pocket on the bottom of the card is a tea party for one.  Tea, cookies, chocolate, honey, a little note card and a lovely vintage demitasse spoon turn this card into a gift.  If you don’t know how to create a box pocket, you can find a tutorial HERE.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Carole has in store for you. You’ll find the complete blog hop list below:

Kathy – YOU ARE HERE

Carole

Monica

Candy

Vicki

Amarilys

Lisa

Magda

Oksana

Emily

Alissa

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

To leave a comment: Click on the blue REPLIES link just below the title at the top of this page.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your next crafty adventure!  Thanks so much for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders May 2021 Club Kits Blog Hop

Spellbinders May 2021 Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Vignette Garden Gate Simple Stories Simple Vintage Farmhouse Garden Kathy Clement Photo 01

Spellbinders May 2021 Club Kits Blog Hop: Vignette Garden Gate Morning Glories

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Spellbinders May 2021 Club Kits Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from  Amanda’s  lovely blog.  Today I’m featuring the Amazing Paper Grace Vignette Garden Gate and the Clear Stamp of the Month.   Morning Glories welcome you to open this charming gate and step inside for a refreshing glass of iced tea.

Farmhouse Garden Gate Tips and Tricks

Patterned papers and images from Simple Stories Simple Vintage Farmhouse Garden collection provide the perfect setting for this dimensional garden gate.  You’ll be happy to know that this gate came together quickly and easily.  Here’s how:

  • First, die cut 2 gates from cream cardstock.
  • Next, adhere the gates together to provide extra strength.
  • Now, gently round the gate by rolling it over the barrel of a marker to create a curve.
  • Then place 1/8″ foam adhesive strips on the left and right hand fence posts.
  • Adhere the posts to the card front one at a time.  After the first post has been adhered you can gently push the opposite post toward the center of the gate to create the curve.

Now you can tie a bow through the front of the gate, add flowers, butterflies and other embellishments to finish the design.

Making the Morning Glories

Would you like to know my secret tip for making the flowers on this card?

  • First, die cut a whole bunch of flower and leaf layers from scraps of cream cardstock.
  • Next, place the leaves and flower layers  in separate containers.  I used shallow recycled plastic snack containers for this.  (Smart Balance Snacks work great.)
  • Now, place a drop of Distress re-inker in the plastic container and spray in a bit of water.  You need just enough water to create a small puddle.
  • Next, tip the container around to color the leaves and flower layers.
  • Then fold paper towels and tip the colored leaves and flowers out to dry.
  • Shape the leaves by running a small ball stylus up the center.  Then shape the flowers by poking the center with a small ball stylus.  This will lift the petals and cup the flowers.
  • Now layer the flowers together with a dot of adhesive.  Then place Dries Clear Adhesive in the cup of each flower and sprinkle in a few Prills.
A Peek Inside

Create an envelope pocket inside the card. Then mat a 3×4 card from the paper collection on matching cardstock.  Thread a ribbon through the top and tuck inside the envelope pocket.    Now stamp a sentiment from the stamp set on patterned paper.  I love the fonts, tiny florals and sentiments in this set!  They are perfect for cardmaking!

Spellbinders $50 Gift Card Giveaway

Would you like to win some free Spellbinders goodies?

To celebrate this release, we are giving away a $50 gift certificate to 3 lucky blog readers – selected from the comments on our blog. Giveaway closes on Sunday, May 23rd, 11:59 pm MST. The winner will be announced in this blog hop post the following Tuesday. The winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

  Please note, store credit (gift certificate) cannot be applied to Club Subscriptions. Store credit can be applied to shop past Club products, Club extras and regular releases.

Would you like to join the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club?  It’s a great way to add to your die cutting collection.  Find out all about how to join HERE.

Learn more about the Clear Stamp of the Month Club, HERE.

You can find out about all the amazing Spellbinders May 2021 Club Kits HERE.

On With the Spellbinders May 2021 Club Kits Blog Hop!

Would you like to see more inspiration using the May 2021 Club Kits?  Then click on each blog link below and hop to your heart’s content!

You can find the entire blog hop list below.

Spellbinders Blog

Becca Feeken

Tina Smith

Desiree Kuemmerle

Sandi MacIver

Bibi Cameron

Annie Williams

Becky Roberts

Yasmin Diaz

Jennifer Snyder

Marie Heiderscheit

Jill Hilliard

Ilina Crouse

Dilay Nacar

Jean Manis

Rosemary Dennis

Norine Borys

Betty Wright

Jenny Colacicco

Emily Leiphart

Natasha Vacca

Vera Yates

Amanda Stevens

Kathy Clement

Remember to finish the hop up over on the Spellbinders Blog.  Be sure to leave a comment so you will be entered into the drawing for the $50 Spellbinders Gift Card.

Do you love adding mixed media techniques to your cardmaking?  Then you might enjoy seeing this example of the Vignette Garden Gate.

Do you feel inspired to break out your Vignette Garden Gate and Clear Stamps of the Month?  Hooray!  Tell me what you plan to make, and how this post inspired you in the comment section. To leave a comment on this post, click on the blue “REPLIES” button beneath the title at the top of this page. 

You can find a linked supply list below the signature.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Farmhouse Kitchen Flip Folio for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Echo Park Farmhouse Kitchen Flip Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Farmhouse Kitchen Flip Folio for Really Reasonable Ribbon April 2021 Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to a tour of my Farmhouse Kitchen Flip Folio for the Really Reasonable Ribbon April 2021 Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Ginny’s amazing blog.  I’ve paired the country fresh papers from Echo Park with the Turquoise Satin Ribbon from the April 2021 Ribbon Club Assortment.   Here’s a sneaky peek at the vibrant ribbons in this Bright Floral Assortment.

Down on the Farm

Turquoise Ribbon is used three ways on this 5 1/2″ x 5″ x 1″ flip folio.  It serves as the bow cluster, the closure mechanism, and on the spine.

This little vignette takes me right back to my Grammy’s kitchen!  And look how beautifully the turquoise ribbon plays with the blueberry patterned paper from the collection!

Wrap the spine with a length of Turquoise Satin ribbon.  Then tie a cluster of mini silverware inside a square knot.  Cut the ends and you’ve got a country fresh charm dangle in a jiffy!

Add the ribbon closure to the folio cover before you wrap the spine with the floral patterned paper.  First, attach 1/2″ Scor-Tape around the middle of the folio.  Then adhere the ribbon over the tape.  Leave about a 9″ over hang on each side for ease in tying a bow.

A Quick Peek Inside

Inside this little folio you’ll find hidden pockets, pull out pages, and lots of flips and flaps.
If you’d like to see the rest of the album, I invite you to watch this short video tour with tips and tricks.

 

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cheryl has in store for you.  Here’s the complete blog hop list in case you get lost along the way:

Ginny – http://pollyspaper.wordpress.com/

Kathy – http://www.kathybydesign.com/ (You are HERE)

Cheryl – http://sweeetdesignsbycheryl.blogspot.com/

Bonnie – http://www.maketime2craft.com/

Karen – http://www.karen-mycuprunnethover.blogspot.com/

Cherry – http://www.cherrysjubileehomeandcraft.com/

RRR Blog – http://www.reasonableribbon.blogspot.com/

Once you’ve visited all the blogs in the hop, pop on by the RRR Blog.  Answer Bonnie’s question of the month, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a FREE April Ribbon Club Assortment!

If you’re not a member of the Monthly Ribbon Club yet, I highly recommend it!  Each  month you will receive a color-coordinated package of 9 ribbons in the mail.  It’s kind of like getting a birthday present every month.  And it’s a great way to build up your ribbon stash!  You can find out how to join the club HERE.

You’ll find a linked supply list below my signature.  Thanks for stopping by!

Enjoy the hop!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Really Reasonable Ribbon March 2021 Blog Hop

Authentique Springtime Easter Derby Card Folio for Really Reasonable Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Really Reasonable Ribbon March 2021 Blog Hop:  The Easter Derby Card Folio

Hello Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon March 2021 Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Ginny’s gorgeous blog.  Today’s Easter Derby Card folio features the Spring Fling Assortment from the March Ribbon Club.

Bunny Derby Card Folio

Authentique Springtime Easter Derby Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

These pretty pastel ribbons matched my project perfectly.  Perky Pearl Pink Checkerboard Satin Bows add just the right amount of texture and shine to the folio cover.

Create a border with Lemon Diamond Satin and Mixed Pastel Vertical Striped Grosgrain Ribbon.

Even though this folio is tiny, it is loaded with flips, flaps and surprises.  Pop up elements are always fun to discover!

And it just wouldn’t be Easter without the Easter Bunny and a bit of chocolate!

On With the Hop

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cheryl has in store for you!  Remember to stop by the RRR Blog and answer Bonnie’s question of the month.  Maybe you will be the lucky winner of your own March Ribbon Club Assortment!

If you’re not a member of the RRR Ribbon Club yet, now is a great time to join!  You can find out all about it HERE.

If you’d like to see another example of this fun fold card base design, please check THIS blog post.  I share a tutorial for a very similar base.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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