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Ciao Bella Sicilia Birthday Card

Ciao Bella Scilia Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Ciao Bella Sicilia Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  Summertime is winding down, but I just had to share this Ciao Bella Sicilia Birthday Card with you.  It’s so lemon fresh and pretty!  This is the card I  made for our daughter’s birthday this past week.  She came in on Wednesday and just left a few minutes ago.  I had this waiting for her on the dresser in “her” bedroom.  It was the perfect birthday card because she loves lemons .

Ciao bella Sicilia Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Liz is also grows the most beautiful flowers.  She only has a small terrace on her apartment, but she has transformed it into a Mediterranean escape with herbs, roses, hibiscus and flowers blooming in abundance.  Butterflies, hummingbirds and bumblebees visit her terrace daily, so I had to incorporate those elements into the design of this 6×6 easel card as well.

The bow cluster is topped with a Reneabouquets glitter glass butterfly,  I’ve also scattered Reneabouquets Tiny Treasure Butterflies around the page to pull out the blues in the paper collection.  Pair Yellow Gold Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon with Gold Metallic String to create a luxurious bow.

The Planter Box

To create the “planter box” on the base of the easel card follow these steps:

  • First, adhere a metal drawer pull upside down on the card base.  Use Dries Clear Adhesive or a metal adhesive.  Hot glue does not work well with metal.
  • Next, fill the cavity of the drawer pull with Spanish Moss.  This forms a great base for the flower fillers.
  • Now, tuck in some bird feathers, Queenie Moonlight Flowers and Renea Moonlight flowers to fill the planter.

The Front Pocket

Create a shallow box pocket on the card front.  Now you can tuck in a decorative tag and a little sticky note pad as a gift.

My thought was that Liz could keep the card on her work desk as a reminder that she is loved.  The note pad tucks away into the pocket, but serves a practical purpose as well.

TIP: Adhere the sticky note pad to a 2 7/8″ square of chipboard to provide a solid writing surface.  When the initial pad is used up, it’s easy to adhere a new one on top.

A Peek Inside

Leave a little  room inside the card to write a personal message.  Family birthdays (we have a LOT of them this month!) have been keeping me super busy in the studio.  I’ve missed visiting with you all here, but it’s been so good to celebrate our loved ones in small gatherings.   This wasn’t the big “milestone birthday bash” we had planned prior to the pandemic…but it was still sweet and special.  And we did our best to celebrate our birthday girl in style.  I think she left today feeling loved, appreciated and cherished.  That’s always a good thing.

I know I’ve been a bit scarce here on the blog of late.  Life has just been extremely busy.  We have harvested (and by we I mean me) more than 600 tomatoes this summer.  Those luscious tomatoes have been processed into jars of salsa, marinara and soup base that I know we will enjoy in the cool winter months. There have been 9 family birthdays!  The studio is being de-stashed and reorganized for a more efficient/less cluttered work flow. And I’ve been planning my Button Farm Club Kits and projects for the final quarter of the year.

Dale and I are planning to run away to the beach at the end of this week for some much needed R&R.  I have a post or two scheduled to go live while I am away.  But don’t worry if you don’t hear much from me.  Everything should be back to normal by mid September.  I have some fun stuff in the works for us, and life always seems to settle back to a more normal pace once summer has passed.

I’d love to hear what you all have been up to during these busy weeks.  I’d also love to know what kinds of projects/tutorials you’d like to see me work on. Won’t you please let me know in the comment section below?

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Ciao Bella Sicilia Shaker Box Folio

Ciao Bella Sicilia Shaker Box Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Ciao Bella Sicilia Shaker Box Folio for the Really Reasonable Ribbon February Blog Hop

Hello Ribbon Lovers!  Today I have a lemon fresh Ciao Bella Sicilia Shaker Box Folio to share with you.  You should be coming here fully inspired after visiting Karen’s lovely blog.  The ribbons on this pretty folio are from the gorgeous Blue and Brown Assortment of the RRR February Ribbon Club.

Really Reasonable Ribbon February Ribbon Club Assortment Blue & Brown

I chose to work with the luxurious Light Navy Checkerboard Satin and Light Navy Taffeta Ribbons for this project.

Ciao Bella Sicilia Shaker Box Folio: Lemon Fresh

Is there any prettier color combination than these buttery yellow hues paired up with shades of blue?   The Light Navy ribbons are a picture perfect match for this Ciao Bella paper collection.  Because I’ve prepared a video tour of the folio for you, I’ll just share a few sneak peeks here. Then you can watch the video to learn tips and tricks for making the base.  For a linked supply list, look at the bottom of this post.

Ribbon is a wonderful addition to the interior of any project.

Ciao Bella Sicilia Shaker Box Folio Video Tour

Learn lots of tips and tricks for creating this folio in this 10 minute project share video.

On With the Hop!

Now, let’s get on with the hop!  From here, you will hop over to see what fabulous ideas Linsey has in store for you.  When you’ve visited all the blogs in the hop, finish up on the RRR Blog.  Answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month, and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win your very own February Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you are not a member of the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club,I highly recommend it!  Each month you will receive by mail a fabulous assortment of color coordinated ribbons.  It’s like getting a birthday present every month of the year.  To sign up, click HERE.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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