Category Archives: Spring Project

Carta Bella Spring Market Hello Sunshine Card Folio

Carta Bella Spring Market Hello Sunshine Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  Here’s an encouraging word for you: Spring is just around the corner!  To help you visualize warm sunny days, I’ve created a cheery little Carta Bella Spring Market Hello Sunshine Card folio for you today. I gave myself the gift of a week of free creating last week.  No design team assignments, no deadlines.  Just paper play, and I had so much fun.  This Hello Sunshine Card Folio was made during one of my play times.

Carta Bella Spring Market Hello Spring Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design PHoto 01

Oooh, I can feel the snow melting when I look at this delightful spring images and patterns on this 5″ x 7″ top fold card.

Carta Bella Spring Market Kathy by Design

TIP: Use dies to cut patterned paper in geometric shapes to add quick and easy layers to your card design.  I’ve used a Spellbinders Label and Circle die, then popped each layer up on waste chipboard to add extra dimension to the card design.

Card Folio Spring Market Carta Bella Kathy by Design Kathy Clement

Coral Rose Delicate Stitched Satin ribbon looks so very pretty with these Little Birdie flowers!

Card Folio Carta Bella Spring Market Kathy by Design

 TIP: Place foam dimensionals in the top corners of your belly band, then leave the top edge  open so you can tuck in some of the cute cut apart tags from the Carta Bella Spring Market Collection.  Top the tags with Ivory Burlap string and some sweet pearl gems.

Carta Bella Hello Sunshine Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Spring Market Card Folio Kathy by Design

TIP: Create a sweet little tuck spot by adhering just the right side and the bottom edge of this shaped ephemera card to the top half of the interior.  Add a Spring Market Banner Flag to the pocket for extra fun.

Carta Bella Card Folio Spring Market by Kathy Clement

TIP:  Use your scraps to create this darling 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ wallet.  The scrap should be 4 1/4″ high and at least 8″ long. Score on the long side at 3 1/4″  and 6 1/2″.  Line with designer papers.  Add one of the cut apart images from the collection kit along with a little sticker to the front for quick and easy design.

Carta Bella Spring Market Card Folio Chocolate Wallet Kathy Clement

This creates a great spot to tuck in a gift card, a tea bag…or a chocolate treat!

Hello Sunshine Card Folio: Tag and Pocket Combo

Carta Bella Spring Market Card Folio Heartfelt Creations Album Tags and Accents Die Kathy Clement

The large pocket holds this pretty tag that I die cut with my Heartfelt Creations tag Die.  Add some “joy” with a Spring Market sticker.  I’ve matted my card layers on Jelly Bean Green Heavy Weight Cardstock from My Favorite Things.

TIP: Mix 12×12 patterned papers with Carta Bella Spring Farmhouse 6×6 patterned papers so that the scale of the design matches the scale of the tag.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks 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!




April Showers Pocket

April Showers Pocket for Really Reasonable Ribbon Welcome Spring Challenge

RRRChallengeBadgeHello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for another fabby challenge using ribbon or trim at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Our theme this time is Welcome Spring, and I’ve used ribbon from the March Ribbon Club Assortment with Graphic 45’s Children’s Hour goodies in my April Showers Pocket.  I think you are really going to love this project!

April Showers Pocket for RRR Welcome Spring ChallengeI am going to let you in on a secret: this did not start out as a pocket.  It started out as a layout with a pocket, and something went terribly wrong and I was afraid I was going to have to scrap the whole project.  But just as I was about to give up, I decided to remove the pocket from the layout and see if I could salvage things.  Lo and behold, it worked, and I actually super love the way this one turned out.

April Showers Pocket for RRR Welcome Spring 01The color palette for the April papers is all soft blues, greens and yellows with some peach thrown in.  I decided to ignore the peach tones and used my ribbon to emphasize the blues, greens and yellows.  I wrapped the lace doily with Yellow Plaid Ribbon followed by a layer of Apple Green Swiss Dots Grosgrain Ribbon.  This color makes me think of new leaves and tiny plants pushing through the soil.  It’s perfect for spring projects!  My big poufy bow was created with Apple Green Diamond Satin Ribbon and 3/8″ Lemon Diamond Satin Ribbon.  To add some texture and visual interest, I cut a white spiral stamen into 3 sections and tucked it behind the flower.  These colors will brighten up even the darkest rainy day!  Burlap string is wrapped around the pocket base and topped with a perky bow and flower.

April Showers Pocket for RRR Welcome Spring 03Here’s a look at the details.  After sanding and inking the chipboard medallion with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, I popped the center up onto foam adhesive and coated it with Glossy Accents.  This helps the somewhat small focal image get noticed.

April Showers Pocket for RRR Welcome Spring 04Here, the pocket has been emptied of all its goodies.

April Showers Pocket for RRR Welcome Spring 05I tucked in an herbal tea bag and honey spoon, because for me, springtime means allergies, and nothing helps me feel better than a hot cuppa with honey.

April Showers Pocket for RRR Welcome Spring 06This tag contains a little envelope with a message tag inside.  I custom dyed cream seam binding ribbon to make these shabby chic bows on the tops of each tag.  I love the texture they add to the project. The custom dyed Petaloo Butterflies add great texture, too.

April Showers Pocket for RRR Welcome Spring 06I adore these little envelopes and tags!  So fun!

April Showers Pocket for RRR Welcome Spring 07This is an ephemera card from the collection, topped with ribbon and a tag.  Loads of room to write a cheery note here, and who doesn’t like a good piece of chocolate?

April Showers Pocket for RRR Welcome Spring 08This tag is topped with a teeny tiny set of keys.  I find these tags make great bookmarks, but they are also fun for brightening up a work desk or cubicle.

April Showers Pocket For RRR Welcome Spring Challenge

Now it’s YOUR turn!  Pop on over to the RRR Blog where you’ll find fabulous inspiration from the rest of the team.  Then link up your own “Welcome Spring” project so we can pay you a visit.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my April Showers Pocket!




Hop on Down to the Easter Bunny Hop

Hop on Down to the Easter Bunny Hop:  RRR Blog Hop

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Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the Easter Bunny Hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon. You should be coming here from Karen’s spectacular blog.  If so, you are right on track.

So, are you ready to hop?  The Easter Bunny Hop, that is!  With Easter right around the corner (is it early this year, or is it me?) I thought it would be fun to create a little home decor piece to share with you today. So I invited my good friends Flopsy, Mopsy and Topsy to come over for a little makeover.  They seemed pretty excited about the results!

The Easter Bunny Hop for RRR Blog Hop March 2016 01I found these wood die cut bunny forms when I was purging my studio and fell in love with them all over again. Flopsy, Mopsy and Topsy look divine attired in Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments papers, but I had to make sure they would steal the show at the Easter Bunny Hop. So I dressed them up with ribbons from the Welcome Spring Ribbon Club Assortment and loads of WOC Mulberry Flowers.  The wee bunnies were so pleased, they asked for individual photos, and of course I was happy to oblige.

The Easter Bunny Hop for RRR Blog Hop March 2016 02Flopsy is ready to hop hop hop in a stylish Pearl Pink satin bow that is topped with a soft pink Cosmos Daisy.  She decorated her picket fence with Pearl Pink Roses Grosgrain Ribbon to match her bow.  Her garden has been planted with Cosmos Daisies and a white sweetheart blossom.

Bunny Hop for RRR Blog Hop March 2016 03Mopsy is sporting a cheery plaid bow made from yellow plaid ribbon. To pick up on the purple tones of her outfit, she planted her garden with white chrysanthemums, English Roses, cosmos daisies, sweetheart blossoms and purple bead berry sprays.  She’ll make a sensational entrance at the Easter Bunny Hop as she is sporting a little sign that’s been decorated with more posies and luscious Lemon Diamond Satin Ribbon.

The Easter Bunny Hop for RRR Blog Hop March 2016 04Topsy is sporting a pink/purple plaid bow topped with a pink sweetheart blossom and is carrying a precious little Easter Egg Purse to the Easter Bunny Hop. Her garden is decorated with a ribbon wrapped vintage spool and a lovely assortment of Cosmos Daisies and sweetheart blossoms.  She decorated her picket fence with pastel Ladybug Grosgrain Ribbon.

I’m glad that I’m not the judge responsible for choosing the Queen of the Easter Bunny Hop because I think all three ladies are beautifully attired!  Which one would you crown as the belle of the ball?

Now hop on over and see what lovely treats Leslie has in store for you.  If you get off track, you can always visit the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog where you will find links to all the designers’ blogs.  And be sure to answer Bonnie’s question of the month, so you can win your very own Welcome Spring Ribbon Assortment!  And, if you’d like to subscribe to the monthly ribbon club, you can do that HERE.  Then you’ll receive a fabulous assortment of ribbon each and ever month, how fun is that?

Thanks for hopping by!



Gloriously Green Springtime Banner

RRR BLOG HOP: Gloriously Green Springtime Banner

RRR Blog Hop BadgeHello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for another fabulous Blog Hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon.  You should be coming here from Karen’s beautiful blog.  If you are off track, please visit the RRR BLOG where you will find a complete list of all the blogs on this hop.

Today, I have a Gloriously Green Springtime Banner to share with you.  It’s made with the Gorgeously Green February Ribbon Club Assortment which is the perfect tonic for the winter blahs.  Take a peeky:

Gorgeously Green Ribbon Club Assortment


I just love the springtime freshness of these fabby ribbons!  This month, the RRR team is being sponsored with digital images from our teamie, Ginny Nemchak.  Ginny owns Polly’s Paper Studio and she generously shared her beautiful artwork with us.  I thought her Large Floral Journal Cards would look smashing with this month’s Ribbon Club Assortment, so  I worked them up into this gloriously green springtime banner.

Spring Green Banner RRR Blog Hop Feb 2016 02The journal cards were stitched onto Ivory burlap and a base of green and ivory stripe French Linen cardstock. The individual pennants were then stitched onto white netting that I topped with shimmery Apple Green Swiss Mini Dot Satin ribbon.  I love the way this emphasized the green tones in Ginny’s digi art.  Here are some close ups of the individual pennants.

Gloriously Green Springtime BannerRRR Blog Hop Feb 2016 03I really wanted to catch the freshness of Spring with this banner.  I love the cloud washed skies and fresh green growing things that mark the season.  To achieve this look,  each pennant is trimmed along the top with Victoria Crochet Lace.  I created a ribbon cluster in the corners by topping a bow tied with 7/8″ white organza with a 3/8″ apple green checkerboard satin bow .  And what is springtime without a few flowers?  These gorgeous apple blossoms, magnolias. chrysanthemums, and sweetheart blossoms bring out the pinks in the paper and make this banner feel as refreshing as a springtime breeze. Next,  I found the little bird image in my stash, and framed him with this painted and glittered chipboard.

Gloriously Green Springtime Banner RRR Blog Hop Feb 2016 05I created ribbon streamers  by tying the white organza and 3/8″ apple green checkerboard satin on either side of my center panel, adding flower clusters and white Bead and Berry Sprays  to my floral groupings.

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This ornate chip frame was painted with Picket Fence Distress Paint and then splattered with Worn Lipstick and Shabby Shutters Distress Paint.  It makes me think of a field full of spring clovers.


Gloriously Green Springtime Banner RRR Blog Hop Feb 2016 06This feathery flourish chipboard was painted with Picket Fence Distress paint and doused with glitter. The painted and stamped fashionista chipboard was perched on top with foam tabs. Another cluster of gorgeous mulberry flowers and ribbons finishes the right hand side of the banner.

From here, you will hop on over to LESLIE’S luscious BLOG. Be sure to visit all the blogs on the hop and soak up all the inspiration, then finish up at the RRR Blog where you’ll answer Bonnie’s question of the month and be entered into a prize drawing for your very own Gorgeously Green Ribbon Collection.

I can’t wait to spy my first dandelion!




Bees, Please! Altered Bee Box & Step Out Tutorial

Bees, Please!  Altered Bee Box with Step Out Tutorial for Canvas Corp Brands

Hello, Friends!  What do gardeners do during the long cold winter months?  They pore over seed catalogs, plan their gardens and dream of spring’s arrival, that’s what!  And sometimes, they go to the thrift store, where they find cast off Christmas decor that can be transformed into something wonderful with just a pinch of imagination and some fabby art supplies.  And though I don’t really fancy myself a gardener, my dear husband and I are talking seriously about starting an organic garden this spring.  So to get myself mentally ready to take on the task, I created this altered bee box using beautiful paints, papers, and textiles from Canvas Corp Brands.

Altered Bee Box for Canvas Corp BrandsIsn’t it just totally adorable?  But I want to show you what it looked like when I found it at my local Goodwill Thrift Store.

Bee Box 001Not so fabby, very shabby (but not chic) and kind of sad.  But the Gypsy Soul in me saw that with a little work, it could make a super cute piece of home decor for our screen porch, and maybe inspire me to get out and dig in the dirt.

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That’s much better, isn’t it?  You may not know this, but Canvas Corp Brands has lovely DIY paint that is perfect for this type of rehab project.  I am not a fan of sanding down wood.  So I like to work with a paint that will cover up an ugly base. Although the DIY paint comes in a rainbow of colors, I wanted to stick with a yellow and black color palette to go with my bee theme, so I chose to work with DIY Ebony.

Bee Box tutorial 01After using a screwdriver to remove Santa’s nose, I painted the box base and drawer front with DIY Ebony paint.  It did take 2 coats, but you can see how nice and smooth it went on.

Bee Box tutorial 01aNext, I measured the length and width of the little drawer and cut a strip of this French Script Printed Burlap to size.  I cut a slightly smaller strip of Watering Can Critters and Crawlers on kraft cardstock and stitched it onto the burlap, fraying the edges.  (By the way, Canvas Corp provides a Mix and Match pad of Watering Can goodies and I think it is slightly cheaper than ordering each part separately.)  And yes, you are correct: I DID change this button and knob out for a cuter drawer pull.  Good eye!

Bee Box Tutorial 02Next, I measured the garden “bench” area and cut a strip of Yellow and Ivory French Linen Stripe Cardstock to fit. (A little later in the process, I blotched this with black paint, and decided to re-cover it with Yellow and Ivory Ribbon Stripe Cardstock, and I ended up liking this look much better.)  I also measured the inside dimensions of the bee box back and lined it with more Watering Can paper.  This is already a huge improvement from the original box!

Bee Box tutorial 03Next, I lay the box on its side and traced around the edge pieces onto scrap paper to create a template.  I fit them into the sides and made adjustments as necessary. Once I was satisfied with the way they fit, I traced the templates onto more of the Yellow and Ivory Ribbon Stripe paper and used these pieces to line the sides of the box. Doing this can prevent wasting your pretty designer paper.  I decided I liked the top of the box better with just paint, so I ended up not using the piece for the top.

Bee Box tutorial 04Once my pieces were glued into place, I dry brushed some DIY Crystal Paint over the edges of my altered bee box.  This paint is really thick and creamy, so I watered it down a good bit, then dipped the tip of an old, stiff paint brush into the puddle and brushed most of the paint off onto my craft sheet before applying it to the box.  Next, I did grab a piece of fine grit sandpaper to distress the box a little so it didn’t look so “new.”  I love how this part turned out.

Bee Box tutorial 05Next, I added a little banner to the top using scrap pieces of green and yellow paper.  The pennants were strung on natural jute cording that I braided together and held in place with some fancy thumb tacks that I found in my stash.  This is where I decided to turn the drawer into a flower planter and ideas began to bloom right and left.  I removed the button from the front of the drawer, replacing it with a miniature garden spade that I found in my stash.  The drawer was hot glued into an open position, and filled with Spanish moss, flowers, Prima resin pieces and another darling sign from The Watering Can collection.  Here are some photos for you to enjoy.

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I love the way these flowers appear to be bursting out of the altered bee box. Can you spy the bees that are humming happily?

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Here you can see the Critters and Crawlers paper that was used to line the outside edges of the box. The happy little banners are made from Yellow and Ivory French Linen Stripe Cardstock and Green and Ivory Lattice cardstock. And the Watering Can Garden Sayings on Ivory added wonderful tags and titles to this altered bee box.

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Another great tag from Garden Sayings on Ivory.

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And I’m really glad I changed the drawer pull to this miniature garden spade that I dry brushed with DIY Crystal Paint.

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This would be a great place to hang your keys, but if you don’t have keys, you can always hang these cute garden tags.

Bee Box for CCB 07Making this altered bee box was the perfect remedy for the post holiday blahs!  Now I just need to get out my seed catalog and start planning my garden!

Thanks for stopping by!