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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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Baby Girl Kangaroo Pocket Card Folio

Echo Park Welcome Baby Girl Kangaroo Pocket Card Folio for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Are you wondering what a  Kangaroo Pocket Card Folio is?  Well, your curiosity is about to be satisfied!  This fun fold card has an itty bitty accordion folio tucked into the dimensional pocket on the cover.  As the design came together, all I could think of was a baby kangaroo tucked inside her mommy’s pouch.  Take a look:

Is that cute or what?

TIP: Pick up the deep pink tones of the pastel plaid by adding a Shocking Pink Checkerboard Satin Ribbon closure.  

The First Year Unfolds

Capture every single memory of baby’s first year in this teeny tiny 3 1/4″ square accordion folio.  It’s the perfect size for a brag book!  Here’s how:

  • First, cut 3 sheets of Echo Park Welcome Baby Girl Solids into 12″ x 3 1/4″ strips.
  • Now, overlap each strip about 1/4″ and adhere to form one very long strip that is 3 1/4″ tall.
  • Next, score this strip every 3 1/4″ all the way down the length.
  • Then accordion fold.  You will end up with a short flap that can be tucked inside to form a pocket.
  • Wrap Shocking Pink Checkerboard Satin Ribbon around the center of the folded folio.  Use 1/2″ Scor-Tape to hold it in place.
  • Now you just need to cut apart the 3×3 images and some 3×3 panels of designer paper to cover the pages.
  • Decorate the cover and you’re done!  You can see how the folio unfolds in the video tour below.
Quick and Cute Paper Clip Embellishment

Next you can make a quick and cute paper clip embellishment to hold the fun fold card closed.  This vinyl coated paper clip is 1 1/2″ long.

  • First, cut a 4″ piece of Shocking Pink Plaid Ribbon.
  • Next, fold the ends of the ribbon in half.  Cut from the fold to the outside edge to create fishtail banner ends.
  • Now fold the ribbon in half and thread the loop through the top of the paper clip.
  • Then pull the legs through the loop and tighten.
  • Finish with an iridescent metallic string bow and an itty bitty cluster of flowers.
A Peek Inside

Here’s a look at what’s hiding behind the front flap.  There’s a little pocket with a 3×4 journal card insert.  Then I matted a sentiment card on hot pink cardstock and used stickers to frame it. Light Pink Ric-Rac makes a pretty border, but keeps the card from being too bulky.

Flip open the card cover to find a belly band and photo mat inserts.  There’s also a pocket and photo mat in the center of the card.  So there’s lots and lots of room for sweet memories and photos of baby’s first year.

Kangaroo Pocket Card Folio Project Share on YouTube

I thought you might want to see how the accordion folio looks inside, so I created a little 5 minute video tour for you.

You can find a linked supply list below the signature.  I hope you enjoyed this cutie pie card.  I’m sending it to my sweet niece who just welcomed baby girl #4 to the family.  So sweet!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Dahlia Dimensional Doily

Amazing Paper Grace Dahlia Dimensional Doily Die of the Month Spellbinders Carta Bella Flower Garden by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Dahlia Dimensional Doily Die of the Month April 2021

Hello, Friends!  Today’s post features a fun fold card made with  Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Dahlia Dimensional Doily.  This is the April 2021 Die of the Month, and it’s a beauty!  If you love gatefold cards and delicate filigree designs, then I think you will love this card design. Before we dig in, here’s a look at the dies in this months’ club:

In addition to the gorgeous filigree panel, you get the dimensional dahlia dies, rolled roses, leaves and a lacy insert.  I opted to work with just the filigree panel, rolled roses and leaves this time.

Presenting the Gatefold Easel Fancy Fold Card Design

Amazing Paper Grace Dahlia Dimensional Doily Gatefold Easel Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Easel cards are the “show-offs” of the cardmaking world, wouldn’t you agree?  Simple to make, but visually impacting, easel cards look great on display!  Gatefold cards have a high drama factor.  Open the doors of this fancy fold to see what delights await within.  I make a lot of both styles of cards for these reasons.  I don’t think I have ever combined the two fancy fold card style before.   But I immediately saw how this lovely die could marry the two styles together to make fabulous fancy fold card design.  So, I present to you the Dahlia Dimensional Doily Gatefold Easel Card.

Here’s how to put this unique fun fold card together.

  • First, create a 6×6 easel card base.
  • Now die cut the filigree panels from pink cardstock.
  • Then adhere the panels over brushed gold cardstock.
  • Next, trim the gold cardstock so that you have an extra 1/2″ of gold on the left and the right hand sides.
  • Now score a flap on each side.
  • Cut between the two filigree panels to create a gate fold.
  • Wrap the flaps behind a 5″ x 7″  card front.
  • Then wrap a ribbon closure around the entire assembly and adhere to the front of the easel card base.
Open the Gates!

When you open the gate fold, this is what is waiting inside.  Decorate the inside of the gates with vellum versions of the die.

Rolled Roses

This elegant set comes with 2 sizes of rolled rose dies.  I’ve used them on the pocket/brake area and on the gatefold door sentiment.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek inside the easel card base.  Add a pocket to the bottom half of the card to serve as a stopper/brake for the easel mechanism.  This gives you room to tuck in a little gift card wallet/note card.

I can see this die used for many different purposes.  It would make a gorgeous bookmark.  You could cut it from heavy cardstock and use it as a stencil.  Or add the dimensional dahlia to the center.  Becca has lots of great ideas on her blog.  You can also find samples on the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club Page.

So what’s the verdict on Gatefold Easel Cards?  Do we love them?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Eiffel Tower Slimline Birthday Card

Carta Bella En Vogue Eiffel Tower Slimline Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Carta Bella En Vogue Eiffel Tower Slimline Birthday Card for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Let’s make an Eiffel Tower Slimline Birthday Card. Welcome to Throwback Thursday!  Today we’re breaking out Carta Bella’s 2019 En Vogue.  If you have this lovely collection in your Closet of Shame, then it’s time to pull it out and make something beautiful.

Slimline Eiffel Tower Birthday Card Carta Bella En Vogue by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Meet me in Paris in front of the Eiffel Tower and we’ll share some Macarons as we take in the City of Lights.  Oooh la la!

Tips and Details

  • Begin by scoring an 11″ x 8 1/2″ piece of cream cardstock at 3 1/2″ and 3 3/4″.
  • Fold along the 3 3/4″ score line and repeat.
  • Trim the flap on the right to measure 1 3/4″.
  • Now fold and burnish the score lines to create a 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ side fold slimline card.
  • Add hinges to the  back side of the flap and fold to form a 1/4″ box pocket inside the card.
  • Watch the video tutorial to see all the card come together step by step.
A Peek Inside

The inside has a decorative gift card pocket on the left and a box pocket on the right.  You will learn how to make the two treat folios in the video tutorial below.

Eiffel Tower Slimline Birthday Card Video Tutorial

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Throwback Thursday episode.  If you don’t have the En Vogue Collection in your stash, I’m sure you can use this same design with another retired paper collection.

I’ve loaded this card into my Etsy shop.  And you’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Parrot Tulips from Susan’s Garden

Spellbinder's Susan's Spring Garden Parrot Tulips Carta Bella Spring Farmhouse by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Spellbinder’s Parrot Tulips from Susan’s Garden Spring Florals Release

Hello, Friends!  Does anything say “Spring is here” better than Parrot Tulips?  Today I’m sharing a lovely bunch of Parrot Tulips made with Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s latest Spring Flora Release from Spellbinders.  To fill out the tulip cluster, I created some greenery with her Ferns and Ivy Dies from this same release.

I’ve paired these flowers up with Carta Bella’s cheery Farmhouse Market Paper Collection. It just seemed to be the perfect partner for these blossoms.

Flower Making Details

Do you like to make your own flowers?  I love doing it when time permits.

  • First,  Die cut the tulip layers from scraps of the Spring Farmhouse Solids cardstock for a perfect color match.   This automatically gets you started off on the right foot!
  • Now, sponge each petal with a combination of Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber,  and Ripe Persimmon Distress Oxide Inks.
  • Next, shape the petals with the Groove Golf Flower Shaping Tools.  Use the medium tool to add “veins” to the tulip petals.
  • Now round the petals with the blunt end of the largest Groove Golf Tool.  If you place the rounded (blunt) end in the center of the tulip petal, the sides will cup up beautifully.
  • Then, layer the flower petals together, staggering the edges for a more natural look.
  • Next, Use the piercing awl to make a hole for some stamens.  Add the stamens through the center for a stunning finish!

 

Creating the Bouquet

Die cut the ferns, ivy and tulip leaves from scraps of green cardstock.  Then shape with the groove tool and spritz with Glimmer Mist.

Our son had cut me some slices from a fallen branch.  This seemed like the perfect way to display this bouquet.  First, lightly wash the wood surface with some diluted ivory chalk paint.  Use a paper towel to dab away the excess.  Then spatter the wood with flecks of white chalk paint and Abandoned Coral Distress Paint.  Now you just need to add a bow and some buttons to finish off the card.

A Peek Inside

Create a treat pocket and a little photo spot inside the card to turn it into a thoughtful gift.

There are so many lovely flowers and fillers in this Susan’s Spring Flora Release!  If you like to make your own flowers, you might like to check them out HERE.

I love flowers at any time of year, but spring flowers seem to be the most precious.  Perhaps it’s because we’ve just endured the bleak winter months that they bring us such joy.  What’s blooming in your life right now?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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