Category Archives: Seasonal Cards

Carta Bella God Bless America Pinwheel Pocket

Carta Bella God Bless America Pinwheel Pocket Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Carta Bella God Bless America Pinwheel Pocket for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m breaking out the red, white & blue with this Carta Bella God Bless America Pinwheel Pocket.  I’m not sure where this year has gone to, but it’s almost summer!  Yikes!  That means it’s time to get some Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day projects rolled out.  Thankfully, Really Reasonable Ribbon has a huge supply of Patriotic Ribbons!

A personal favorite is the Patriotic Plaid featured in this fun little Pinwheel Pocket card.  It ties such pretty bows, looks great as a border, and leftover pieces can be tucked in as a fishtail banner behind a rosette.

Patriotic Pinwheels and Tags

I can’t remember the last time I made a pinwheel, but it’s been a while.  Paper drinking straws are less than satisfactory in a beverage….but they make a great stem on a pinwheel!  Is your straw the wrong color?  No problem!  Dress it up with Flag Grosgrain Ribbon as I did here.

Grosgrain ribbon makes a great border, too!  The tiny blue stars grosgrain ribbon has sold out in the RRR shop.  But no worries!  You can sub in the Tiny Red Stars Grosgrain in the border and tag streamers.  Stick with the Poppy Red Checkerboard Satin that I used, or add a pop of blue with Electric Blue Diamond Satin Ribbon instead.

Any way you combine colors, red, white and blue always looks amazing!

A Peek inside

Did I forget to mention that this card opens?  Add a flap and pocket feature inside the card to take it to the next level.

There is plenty of room to journal on the back side of the flap, and room to add a nice sized photo, too.  The ephemera border is easily transformed into a pocket when you only place adhesive on 3 sides.  That gives you room to fold a 6″ x 4″ journal card and tuck it in.  You could even add a little ice cream gift card here.  Because let’s face it, friends…a cone in the summertime is about as all-American as it gets!

I hope I’ve shared some fun ideas that you can use as you make your own red, white and blue projects.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section.  To comment, click on the “REPLIES” button right below the title at the top of this page. 

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

Thanks so much 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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Peter Rabbit’s Flower Garden for Throwback Thursday

Memory Place Peter's World Peter Rabbit's Flower Garden Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Peter Rabbit’s Flower Garden Spring Décor Card for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Spring has sprung, so for today’s Throwback Thursday, we’re going to pop in and pay a visit to Peter Rabbit’s Flower Garden.  This home décor style card is made with bits and bobs left over from my Memory Place Peter’s World paper collection.   You might remember the little Peter Cottontail Folio Kit I made a while back with these sweet papers.   I still love these classic images and vintage style patterns.

Peter Rabbit's Flower Garden by Kathy Clement Memory Place Peter's World Collection Photo 01

It turns out that Peter is quite the gardener!  Look at the gorgeous array of blossoms in his spring garden!  This 5 1/2″ square top fold card is all about dimension and texture.  I used some sneaky tricks to create a dimensional scene that pops off the page.

  • First, create a 5 1/2″ top fold card base.  Stitch a layer of patterned paper onto a 5 1/4″ square of white cardstock and adhere to the card base.
  • Now, fussy cut the image from patterned paper.  Leave the bottom edge intact.  Just trim around the sides, the flowers and peter’s upper body.
  • Next, tuck the script that was around  the edges of this panel behind Peter’s body.  If you attach this paper with foam dots, it creates that extra layer of dimension .
  • Now adhere the right hand edge of the leafy area to the right hand edge of your card base.  Don’t place any adhesive on the bottom or top…just the leafy area.
  • Then repeat this same step on the left.  When you adhere it to the card base, gently push it toward the center of the image to create a bowed effect.
  • Next place a leaves, hollyhocks, beaded grass and a large blossom behind Peter’s body.

Add the rest of your flowers.  Fussy cut the label and adhere with the same “bowed” technique.  And don’t forget to add some little blue buttons, as Peter has once again lost his.

The Bow Cluster

Tie a 3″ double loop bow from Blue Topaz Argyle Print Satin Ribbon.  Top it with a Baker’s Twine bow and another flower.  I found these cute charms in my stash and dangled them from the bow cluster.

A Peek Inside

Add a pocket to the inside of the card so you can tuck in a tag and a tea bag.

And there’s room on the tag to write a wee note.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, trick and ideas that you can use in your next card making 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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**Please note: Since Throwback Thursday posts feature older, retired collections and paper pretties from my stash, I may not always be able to  link to all supplies used.  Thanks for understanding!

  • Memory Place Peter’s World Paper Collection
  • Trims
  • Little Birdie Flowers
    • Elsie Moon Light Flowers (out of stock in Moon Light)
  • Charms from my stash (many of my charms are given to me as gifts, so I have no idea where they came from.  Check the Funkie Junkie Boutique, ButterBee Scraps and Hobby Lobby)

Peter Cottontail Slimline Tea Wallet

Memory Place Peter's World Slimline Tea Wallet Kathy Clement Photo 01

Bunny Week: Peter Cottontail Slimline Tea Wallet

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Bunny Week make is a super simple Peter Cottontail Slimline Tea Wallet Card. Once again, I am working with scraps from Memory Place “Peter’s World” paper collection. (Linked below).  Like all slimline cards, this one measures 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and is made from one sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper.  This is a very quick and easy make, fun to give, and easily adaptable for any theme or occasion.

Peter Cottontail Slimline Tea Wallet Tips and Tricks

  • First, score an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of gray cardstock on the long side (landscape orientation) at 3 1/2″, 7″, and 10 1/2″.
  • Now fold along the scored lines to form a side opening slimline card base.
  • Next, machine stitch the focal image on a panel of  3″ x 8 1/8″ cream cardstock.  My panel of designer paper was about 2 3/4″ x 6″.
  • Then mat this cream panel on a slightly larger panel of light blue cardstock.
  • Now cut a scrap of the carrot pattern to fill in the gap between the focal image and the bottom of the cream cardstock.  Back this panel with foam tape or waste chipboard and adhere below the focal image.
  • Next  wrap half a doily around the left hand side of the cream panel.  Then decorate the card front with flowers and leaves from your stash.  I found another small doily (I think this is an ancient Prima embellishment) .
  • Locate the tab that we saved from yesterday’s post.  Tuck this between the layers on the right hand side of the card.  Affix a resin keyhole here. (Retired Melissa Frances resin)
  • Stamp a greeting on a small tab from the paper collection.
  • Add some burlap bows and your work is done!
A Peek Inside

Line the inside of the card as seen above.  Create a pocket from grey cardstock and adhere it over the 1/2″ flap on the right.  Tuck in some teas that match the paper collection.  Then hold everything together with a lovely little binder clip.

That’s it!  You could easily substitute chocolate for the tea, or mix it up if you prefer.

I have one last bunny project to share with you all tomorrow for Throwback Thursday.  I saved the best for last!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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** Please note.  Many of the items used in today’s project have been in my stash a long time.  I will link to the products I can still find below.  You can substitute goodies from your stash for the other items.

Peter Cottontail Tea Party Card

Peter Cottontail Tea Party Card Memory Place Peter's World by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Bunny Week: Peter Cottontail Tea Party Card

Hello, Friends!  I’m getting this Peter Cottontail Tea Party Card out a bit late this morning.  I decided at the last minute to make this Bunny Week on the blog.  On Sunday, I shared a Country Bunny card, and I have 2 other bunny cards in the queue.  It’s spring, after all, and   time to break out the bunnies!

This simple 5 1/2″ square card is all about the embellishments and trims.

  • First, stitch a 5×5 panel of Memory Place Peter’s World paper to a slightly larger grey mat.
  • Next, mat this on a slightly larger cream mat.
  • Now, wrap the base of the card with velvet trim and a layer of pink micro gingham ribbon.
  • Adhere button in the center of a mini doily and attach on the left.
  • Then add some Prima crystals on the right.
  • Create a flower cluster with Little Birdie Marina Amor Mio roses.
  • Tie a triple loop pink micro gingham bow and tuck under the flower cluster.
  • Attach a tag in the right hand corner of the card.  Then add a teapot charm and a bitty teaspoon charm to bring the tag to life.  Top with a flower.

TIP: Use a 1/2″ circle punch on the little buttons from the 6×6 paper pack.  Top the buttons with a layer of Glossy Accents.  Then sprinkle them very lightly with Crystal Clear Glitter.  Set aside to dry.  Then back with foam dimensionals and adhere above the flower cluster.

A Peek Inside

Here are a couple of easy tips that will add interest to the interior of your card.  Since I am working with scraps, I have to get creative in the way I cover a card.

  • First, make a “short” paper panel work for you by turning it into a pocket.  The height of these two scraps was fine…but the width was short!  So I adhered the narrow scrap to the card base first.
  • Next, use an oval die to cut a decorative opening in the top layer.  Position the die so that the pretty floral border is not eliminated.  Save the cut out piece for later use.  (You’ll see what I did with this tomorrow!)
  • Now adhere the top, bottom and side of the top layer to the card base, forming a pocket. Then tuck a tea bag and tag into the opening.
  • Create a little pocket decoration by adhere the sides and bottom of a ticket.  Then tuck an even smaller ticket inside the pocket.

These simple tricks help to stretch out a well-loved and much-used paper collection.  You can get quite a few more cards made, and liberate papers that are languishing away in the Closet of Shame.

Were these ideas and tips helpful?  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Now go get your craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

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