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Floral Mason Jar Shaker Embellishment Tutorial

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Floral Mason Jar Die of the Month by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Floral Mason Jar Shaker Embellishment Tutorial for Spellbinders APG DOM March 2021

Hello, Friends!  I’m super excited about sharing this Floral Mason Jar Shaker Embellishment Tutorial with you!  Why?  Because it is stinking cute, that’s why!  And easy to make!  Did I mention cute?  Soooo cute!  This is the Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Club Kit Die of the Month for March 2021.  My friends…it’s my favorite die that Becca has ever made.  I’m seriously in love with this set because of the amazing potential.

If you’ve ever priced out cute little shaker embellishments like this, then you know they have a big price tag.  Imagine being able to make as many of them as you want , in any theme for any occasion.  I spent a delightful afternoon playing with these dies alongside Carta Bella’s new Flower Garden papers.  Such fun!  I have a couple of samples to share with you here today, so let’s get started!

Bee-utiful Embellishments!

The Floral Mason Jar is designed to function as one of Becca’s Vignette dies.  But the minute I took it out of the packaging, I  knew it was destined to become the cutest little shaker embellishment ever!

Since I had Carta Bella’s brand new Flower Garden paper collection in house, it only took me a nanosecond to decide to pair it up with this die set.  The video tutorial below will walk you through the process step by step.  First, I’ll show you which dies to use.  Then, I will put the embellishment together with you so you can see each step.  If you’ve been intimidated by shaker embellishments, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy this process is.

And here’s a quick peek at the inside of this cheery little number.

Floral Mason Jar Card #2

Making that first card was so much fun, I had to take this die out on another play date.  Using the same paper collection, this time I featured butterflies instead of bees. Cute, right?

I should probably mention that all the flowers and foliage are made with the etched dies that are part of this 14-piece set.

Since easel cards are my favorite, I had to make one, just because.

The pocket on the inside of the  card acts as the “brake” or stopper for the easel mechanism.

Which means you have room to tuck in a little chocolate wallet.  Sweet, indeed!

Floral Mason Jar Shaker Embellishment Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how this little mason jar embellishment comes together, then please enjoy this short video.

How to Get the Vignette Floral Mason Jar Die of the Month

If you’d like to add this delicious little die set to your collection, you need to subscribe to the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club at Spellbinders.  You’ll receive the Floral Mason Jar Die Set as your first club selection.

I can see this same die used with buttons for a sewing themed card.  How about jelly beans for Easter?  Or balloons for a birthday party?  Ooooh… how cute would a banner be made with these little jars as the focal images.  My mind is literally exploding with ideas!  So excuse my hasty exit…I must get back to my work desk!  Y’all talk amongst yourselves!

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

Seriously, thanks for stopping by!  I hope you are as excited about this month’s DOM as I am!

Cheerio,

kathy

SUPPLY LIST

Frosted Memories Vintage Style Christmas Card Folio

Frosted Memories Vintage Style Christmas Card Folio for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Do you ever travel back in time when you are crafting?  While creating this Frosted Memories Vintage Style Christmas Card Folio, I found myself back in my childhood home.  The hill we lived on in Vermont was a long, steep dirt road.  And when winter rolled in, the hill would come alive with kids bundled up in snow gear waiting to take a thrilling sled ride to the bottom. We would zip down with the snow flying back in our faces, whooping with delight until we steered off into a snowbank to stop ourselves.  Then we’d trudge all the way back up that hill, pulling our sleds behind us, our breath freezing in the air like plumes of smoke.  And we never got cold.  Oh, those were fun times!

Frosted Memories Vintage Style Christmas Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kaisercraft Frosted for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

I tried to capture the joy of those times, and the shimmering snow in this 5″ x 7″ x 1/2″ card folio made with Kaisercraft Frosted. (retired..but you can still find some HERE.)  If you’d like to see other ways I’ve used this lovely collection, you can find past projects HERE. 

Frosted Memories Vintage Style Christmas Card Folio: The Ribbons

Frosted Memories Vintage Style Christmas Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kaisercraft Frosted for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 02

The Winter Blues Ribbon Club Assortment from RRR had the perfect playmates for this card.   I layered up some White Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon with 3/8″ Porcelain with Silver Edge in the bow cluster.  Isn’t it dreamy?

Frosted Memories Vintage Style Christmas Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kaisercraft Frosted for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 03

If you are new to tying bows, I highly recommend Delicate Stitched Satin.  It is easy to work with, and ties the prettiest bows!

Frosted Memories Vintage Style Christmas Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kaisercraft Frosted for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 04

White Crochet Lace from the assortment makes me think of a delicate snowflake.  I love seeing it peek out from behind the little sentiment.

Frosted Memories Vintage Style Christmas Card Folio: The Details

Frosted Memories Vintage Style Christmas Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kaisercraft Frosted for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 05

Creating this little woodland scene was so much fun!  I asked our clever son to cut me some small, thin wood slices in his workshop.  And he was happy to oblige!  here’s how I created this woodland scene.

I know it sounds like a lot of steps, but it actually comes together faster than it takes to write it out!

Frosted Memories Vintage Style Christmas Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Frosted Memories Vintage Style Christmas Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kaisercraft Frosted for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 06

Do you spot the ribbon inside this card?  I’ve covered the 1/2″ spine area with 3/8″ Blue Topaz/Light Silver Diamond Grosgrain Ribbon.  This is also from the ribbon club assortment.

Frosted Memories Vintage Style Christmas Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kaisercraft Frosted for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 07

I liked it so much, I used it again to decorate the belly band on this tea bag wallet.

Frosted Memories Vintage Style Christmas Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kaisercraft Frosted for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 08

And I used it to decorate the honey stick that goes with this Earl Grey Tea Bag.

I loaded this nostalgic beauty into my Etsy shop, and if you hurry, it might still be there!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, techniques and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Thank a Veteran Greeting Card with Authentique

Thank a Veteran Greeting Card with Authentique Honor

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m taking a moment to thank all the brave men and women who serve in our military.  It’s Veteran’s Day here in the US, and the fine folks at Authentique Paper are taking a moment to honor our service men and women.  I’ve used Authentique’s Honor Collection to create this Thank a Veteran Greeting Card.

Thank a Veteran Greeting Card Honor by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 1

The card measures 5″ x 7″ with a 1/4″ spine.  A cascade of handmade rosettes, die cut stars, and vintage buttons adorn the front of this red, white, and blue beauty.

I made the sentiment panel by die cutting the word THANKS from a piece of blue cardstock.  Then I backed it with the red, white and blue stripe paper from the collection.  This is an older Authentique collection, but I just love all the beautiful patterns and images.

Inside, I’ve decorated the card with a banner flag and 3″ x 4″ journal card from the collection.

The pocket holds this beautiful sentiment card.  You could easily add a photo to the back, and tuck more into the pocket.

I also created a little 3.25″ x 6″ gift card wallet.

Here’s a peeky at the inside.

Thank A Veteran: A personal note

I’m the proud daughter of a WWII veteran.  Two of my older brothers served in the military as well.  My oldest brother served in the Korean DMZ in the 1960’s.  Brother Dave served two tours in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.  My aunt was a nurse during WWII.  Both grandfathers and numerous uncles all served, as well as my lovely niece who spent time in the Middle East.  I am so thankful to them.  They sacrificed and put themselves in harm’s way so I could live free.  So today, take a moment and thank a veteran.  It will do your heart good.

Cheerio,

kathy

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame and Greeting Card

RRR Anything Goes Challenge: Home Family Blessing Altered Frame and Greeting Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to another “anything goes with ribbon or trim” challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  It’s always fun to update one’s home decor in the fall, so I’ve created a rustic Home Family Blessing Altered Frame and greeting card for you today.  Once again, I’ve used Simple Stories “Vintage Blessings” to complement my gorgeous Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1

This 8″ x 10″ frame was in a box at a local yard sale, waiting just for me!  It was chipped and worn, but had good bones.  For 50 cents, I decided it could come home with me and get a little makeover.

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 2I’m so glad I snapped this beauty up, as it was loads of fun to alter with distress paints, Petaloo flowers, and Rust/Ivory Plaid Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 4I painted the dark brown chippy frame with Antique Linen Distress Paint.  When it was almost dry, I wiped it back with a slightly damp paper towel.  This process was repeated with Peeled Paint, and Antique Bronze Distress Paint.   Next, I added more paint, then spritzed it with water and let it run.  Finally, I thinned out the paints on my craft sheet and spattered paint all over.

TIP:  Cover the glass portion of the frame with sticky notes to keep it clean.  This saved me so much time and trouble!

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 5The final step was adding these gorgeous Petaloo Magnolia blossoms and a triple loop bow.  Adding the bow was the perfect finishing touch!

Home Is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1While I had my desk all messed up, I decided to go ahead and create a card.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 2This 5″ x 7″ top fold card has a 1/4″ spine.  I used more of my little hand made felt embellies and more of this gorgeous Rust/Ivory Plaid Ribbon to adorn the card.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 3

The inside of the card has a side pocket with a little tag  and honey stick tucked inside.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 4If you are like me, you’re always looking for a way to use up scraps.  These little tags do a great job!  And, you can add your ribbon scraps to the top.  For this topper, simply slip your ribbon through the hole punch.  Then tie a square knot with another ribbon scrap to hold it in place.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 5This larger pocket contains a darling little tea bag wallet to go with the honey stickHome is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 6Once again, I used scraps to create the belly band and the little ribbon on the tag.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 7

Here’s a peeky inside.

Now it’s YOUR turn!

You can play along in this fun “anything goes with ribbon or trim” challenge, too!  Simply create the project of your choice, making sure to add ribbon or trim to the design.  Link it up over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge Blog before midnight on Wednesday, October 18th.  You can find all the details HERE.

If you need more ribbony inspiration, pop on over to the RRR Blog where you’ll find beautiful projects from the other members of the RRR design team.

Can’t wait to see what YOU make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Authentique Tricky Treats Halloween Banner

Authentique Tricky Treats Halloween Banner, Shaker Card & Card Folio Trio

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a trio of Tricky Treats made with Authentique Tricky Paper Collection.  There’s something for everyone here with a boo-tiful home decor banner, a spook-tacular shaker card and a creepy card folio project.  This trio of tricky treats is pure Halloween fun, and too cute to spook. Let’s start with the banner.

Authentique Tricky Treats #1: Boo-tiful Banner

Nothing says ” Halloween Party” like a boo-tiful banner!  This one comes together quickly thanks to the fiendishly fabulous patterns and images found in Authentique’s new Tricky collection and some of my trusty cutting dies.

You’l find links to the supplies and dies that I used at the end of this post.  To make quick work of building this boo-tiful banner, it helps to follow a recipe.

  • First, die cut the banner base layer from black cardstock.
  • Next, die cut a mix of patterned papers.
  • Then, die cut some black doilies, or use black doilies that you have in your stash.
  • Now, die cut stars from goth black cardstock and patterned paper.
  • Next, die cut Tim Holtz Hocus Pocus Images from both black cardstock and patterned papers.
  • Then glue the patterned die cuts to the black cardstock, offsetting slightly to create a shadow.  This helps the image to POP off the page.
  • Use a circle die to cut out a patterned paper center for each doily.  If you don’t have a circle die that matches the size of your doily, simply trace the inside edge of the doily onto patterned paper and cut with scissors.
  • Layer everything up with foam tape or waste chipboard.

These witch legs crack me up!  Easy to fussy cut, I layered them up with foam tape, then added some die cut Halloween numbers.

Instead of adding the straight cut images from the Tricky cut apart page, I die cut them with a circle die.

 

Each pennant is attached to 1.5″ Black Plaid Ribbon with a Tim Holtz Binder Clip. Orange and Gold Shimmer Ribbon bows are tied between the pennants.

It only takes a moment to fussy cut this spider web but it makes a real visual impact.  So worth the time!  And, how about this cute black bat popped up on foam tabs?  Adding dimension to a project adds visual interest. Purple flowers add contrast and a bold pop of color as well.

Authentique Tricky Treats #2: Tricky Shaker Card

True confession: I’m hooked on shaker cards.  They sparkle, they move, then make a fun noise when you shake them…what could be better than that?

This 5″ x 7″ easel style shaker really takes things to the next level.

Trim the sentiment from the top of a sheet of Tricky designer paper and mat it on purple cardstock. Then weave it between your fingers to give it this wavy shape.  Glue down the ends and the middle and just like that, you’ve got a fun stopper element for this easel card.  I found these cheeky crows in my stash, and had to add them to the card…aren’t they fun?

There’s nothing but treats inside this Tricky Treat Shaker Card.  Because I don’t have any Halloween sentiment stamps, I created my own on my computer.

Authentique Tricky Treats #3: Halloween Card Folio for Grown Up Ghouls

How about a spook-tacular card folio for grown up ghouls?  This 5″ x 7″ treat fits the bill.

This is such a quick and easy make!  Just create a 5″ x 7″ card base with a 1/2″ spine.  Then add a layer of this pretty dot paper, a strip of diagonal stripes and stitch the focal panel to black cardstock.  Create some paper rosettes and layer it all up with pretty flowers, ribbon, tine, buttons and whatever other goodies catch your eye.

Just for fun, use a watch face in the center of your paper rosette.  Or maybe a corduroy button. And why not invite a little black cat to the party?

The inside of this card has a pair of pockets filled with Halloween treats.  Dark Chocolate, anyone?

How about a cup of orange and spice tea…with honey, of course!  I also created this little 3.25″ x 4.5″ accordion fold folio with leftover pieces on my work space.  This is such a great way to clean up scraps, make something pretty and tidy up your work space all at the same time.

I decorated both sides of this little folio with bits and pieces of designer paper.

How fun would it be to leave one of these fiendishly fabulous cards on a co-worker’s desk with a note that says, “You’ve been booed!” ?

I hope these Authentique Tricky Treats have sparked your imagination with some ideas for your own Halloween decor.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List:

Authentique Tricky Collection, Black Cardstock, Deep Purple Cardstock

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