Category Archives: Encouragement cards

Chin Up Buttercup!

Chin Up Buttercup Tri-Fold Encouragement Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon


Hello Ribbon Lovers!  I have had the best time this month playing with the Citrus Ribbons in the June Ribbon Club Assortment!  I have played and played with these pretty ribbons and used up just about every single scrap.   I had just enough left to squeeze in one more June Ribbon Club project before we turn the calendar over to the month of July.  I think you’re going to get a grin or two out of this Chin Up Buttercup tri-fold greeting card made with Simple Stories Bloom and Grow papers.

Chin Up Buttercup Tri Fold Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product  Simple Stories Bloom and Grow Photo 1


It’s pretty hard not to smile when you’re working with these sunshiny ribbons! To begin this card,   Tangerine Delicate Stitched Satin and Citrus Striped Chevron Grosgrain were layered to create a header. Then I topped this with a little medallion that says, appropriately, “Chin Up Buttercup!”


Chin Up Buttercup Tri Fold Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product  Simple Stories Bloom and Grow Photo 3


Next, I wove Citrus Paint Splatter Grosgrain through the pickets in this rusted garden fence.  Then I got busy layering up a double bow made with the last of my Maize Diamond Satin Ribbon and the Paint Splatter Grosgrain.


Bee Happy Tri Fold Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product  Simple Stories Bloom and Grow Photo 2


I’ve been walking in my neighborhood every morning, and finding the most gorgeous mailbox gardens I’ve ever seen, and that inspired me to fill this fence in with a bounty of pretty Petaloo flowers.

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Now take a peek at the inside of the card, with just the first panel opened.

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And here it is opened all the way up. Honestly, I can’t look at this card without grinning…it’s those gnomes!!!!

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Finally, I stuffed the pockets with cute tags and postcards.  Imagine how much fun it would be to receive this in the mail!  It would turn a frown upside down in a hurry! That little snippet of Maize Honeycomb Satin was just the right size to slip into that red paperclip and top with a button.  The card says, “Don’t let the little things bug you.”

I loved this ribbon club so much that I kind of hate to see the month of June fade away. But it’s all good….July brings a brand new ribbon club assortment with it, and since I’ve had a sneaky peek of it, I know it’s going to be fun to play with, too!

Thanks for stopping by!  Now go get your craft on!





TGIF Card Using Graphic 45 Typography

Typography Good Day Card 01 (2)  TGIF  Card

Well, Happy Friday, everyone!  We’ve almost made it through another week, and to celebrate, I’m here with my TGIF card featuring this wonderful sentiment and papers from Graphic 45’s Typography collection.   It is a good day to have a good day!  I love the great chalkboard look of this sentiment panel and the bright happy colors of this card.  Do you agree?

Typography Good Day Card 03  The chalkboard look always makes me feel nostalgic.  Growing up in rural Vermont, I can remember trying to be a very, very, good girl so that the teacher would pick me to erase all the chalkboards at the end of the school day.  It was considered a great honor to be chosen to clean the slate chalkboards, clap out the erasers and line the trays with fresh chalk for the next day.  Oh, the simple pleasures of childhood!  We didn’t know how good we had it, did we?

I started out by creating a 7″x5″ card base from kraft cardstock.  The sentiment was cut directly from the cut apart page of the Typography collection and smudged with a little white pigment ink.

Typography Good Day Card 02  I matted the sentiment panel with both red and black cardstock.  The striped panel was also stitched onto a black mat.  These yummy layers were then glued down onto my card base. 

Graphic 45 Good Day Card 01 I wanted to create a festive, party feel for this card, and to me, nothing says party  like rosettes and banners! 

Typography Good Day Card 01 (3)  These mini rosettes were made using Tim’s die.  I love the movement they add to this fun card.  Each rosette was topped with a little chipboard piece from the Typography collection. The fishtail banners were hand cut and double matted with both red and black cardstock.  Does it make you feel like celebrating?  I know it works for me!

Typography Good Day Card 01 I combined three strands of jute string to make the fun little bow. 

Typography Good Day Card 04  The interior of the TGIF card carries over the chalkboard theme and the happy colors used on the front of the card.  The sentiment on the black paper was stamped in white pigment ink, then embossed with white superfine embossing powder. It reads: “Laughing deeply is living deeply.”  The smaller sentiment was cut from the collection, matted and mounted on a fishtail banner.  It reads: “Happiness is an inside job.” 

Of course, I lined the envelope and covered the flap.  I love the way this makes a card feel like a special gift!

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I think this TGIF card would make a great birthday card, a super fun “thinking of you” card or a perfect “just because” card.  We all need a little help from our friends every once in a while…and I know this card would certainly cheer me up!  So what occasion would you use this card for? 

Thanks for taking the time to stop by the blog today.  I hope your Friday rolls along without drama, incident or upset and that your weekend is spent doing the things you love to do.  Thanks in advance for your kind comments.  They make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!  Until next time,



Butterfly Note Card (and a little embossing technique)

Change is good.  It’s very easy to get stuck in the rut of daily life and go around with our senses dulled to the adventure and beauty that surrounds us.  Changes, whether planned or unexpected, awaken us to see life from a new perspective.  It’s as though our eyes go from being half shut to being wide open.  So, while change is uncomfortable, it is also necessary.  Being on the Heartfelt Creations design team has been a very good change in my life.  It has challenged me, scared me a little at times, and pushed me to find deeper levels of creativity within myself. With this in mind, I created a little butterfly note card to celebrate the joys and challenges that come our way when we choose to embrace change.

If Nothing Ever Changed…

014 (2) This is one of my all time favorite sayings: “If nothing ever changed, there would be no butterflies.”  This 5×7″ card is built on a teal base and topped with rich panel of designer paper from K & Company. My messy stitching technique was employed around the perimeter of this panel.   I used my Paper Wishes tool kit to cut a vibrant shaped label from the same collection and mounted this on teal cardstock.  This was topped with a simple white doily, and a medallion shape, also cut from the tool kit.  I computer journaled the sentiment onto white cardstock.

017 (2) But I didn’t want the cardstock to be white.  This posed a problem, because if you use Distress Ink to add color to a computer journaled sentiment, the printer ink will bleed…and that is not a good change!  The problem was solved by using a Versamark Embossing pen to carefully cover only the lettering followed by heat embossing with clear embossing powder.  I then proceeded to use Tim’s wrinkle free distress technique to add similar colors to my sentiment medallion.  Success! Once the sentiment was complete, it was mounted onto olive green cardstock and trimmed out to match the medallion shape.  I then added a very light layer of Versamark and a light sprinkling of gold embossing powder to add just a hint of shimmer to the edges.

…There Would Be No Butterflies

Without my Spellbinder Flying Beauties die, this would certainly be the case. Thankfully, I have that die set in my stash, and used it to cut out the butterflies seen here. They were dry embossed with a Spellbinder folder, then coated liberally with Ranger Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint.  This dried to a lovely vintage crackle finish.  White acrylic paint was dry brushed on the edges of the wings and they were also mounted on olive green card stock, using foam tape to lift the wings.  018 (2) A simple baker’s twine bow treatment was added to the left hand side and this butterfly note card was complete. Now it will wing its way to someone who is facing the stress of change in order to remind them that there’s a beautiful outcome in store. 

That’s it for me today, folks.  I hope this butterfly note card has encouraged you to look at change in a different way.  Keep your eyes on the outcome…and everything will turn out more beautiful than you anticipated.  Thanks for stopping by today…and for leaving your lovely comments…they always make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,




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