Really Reasonable Ribbon July 2021 Blog Hop

PhotoPlay Tulla and Norbert Sweet as Honey Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Tulla & Norbert Sweet as Honey MIni Album for the Really Reasonable Ribbon July 2021 Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon July 2021 Blog Hop!  You should be coming  here from Ginny’s fabulous blog. This month we are playing with the  Sizzlin’ Summer Ribbon Club Assortment.

The summer vibe is strong in this vibrant collection of ribbons.  Yellow Bold Checked Plaid and Jasmine Delicate Stitched Satin ribbons are the perfect playmates for this whimsical mini album.  The adorable papers are from Photoplay Paper’s Sweet as Honey collection. Let’s take a closer look at  how I used these ribbons in this project.

Gnome Tweet Gnome Shaker

I love to use ribbons as a closure on my mini albums.  It’s pretty, it’s quick and it’s easy!  Here’s how to do it:

  • First, find the center point on the front of your mini album.
  • Next, wrap 1/2″ Scor-Tape from the front edge, over the spine and all the way to the back edge of the album.  Be sure to leave about 1 6″ overhang on each end so you can tie a pretty bow.
  • Now, adhere the Jasmine Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon over the Scor-Tape.  Burnish in place to make sure it grips well.
  • Then, repeat this step with 1/4″ Scor-Tape.  Place the Scor-Tape in the center of the Jasmine Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon.
  • Now, adhere the 3/8″ Yellow Bold Check Ribbon over the Jasmine Ribbon.  This time you will only leave about 2 inches hanging over the sides.
  • Finish the closure by tying knots in the ends of the yellow ribbon.  Now you can tie a bow with the Jasmine ribbon.
The Bow Cluster

Use your Bow-it-All Tool to tie a triple loop bow with the Jasmine Ribbon.  Then adhere this next to the shaker frame using a hot glue gun.  Next, tie a double loop bow with the Yellow Bold Check ribbon.  Adhere this right on top of the knot in the Jasmine bow.  Top it off with a fancy button.

The Spine

Do you love dangles on a spine as much as I do?  These are also easy to create.  Wrap the spine with a long piece of the Yellow Bold Check Ribbon.  Tie a square knot at the top, then trim the tails.  Next, string a series of charms on mini vintage safety pins and secure the pin through the knot.  Then top it off with a small Jasmine bow and button.

A Quick Peek Inside

Because it’s so much easier to see how an album like this works in a video, I’ve prepared a short tour for you on YouTube.  I hope you enjoy!

 

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cheryl has in store for you. Once you have visited all the blogs in the hop, finish up over at Really Reasonable Ribbon so you can answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month and be entered in the drawing for a free Sizzlin’ Summer Ribbon Club Assortment!

If you haven’t joined the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club yet, this is a great time to join!  Pretty soon Bonnie will be rolling out her fabulous ribbons for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  You can get them delivered right to your door.  You can find out how to join HERE.

Have fun hopping!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Dragonfly Season Gatefold Card Folio

Dragonfly Season Gatefold Card Folio with Really Reasonable Ribbon and Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  Summertime is Dragonfly Season. These dazzling beauties hover in the sweet summer breeze and fill our hearts with delight.  I tried to capture the feeling of a perfect summer day in this Dragonfly Season Gatefold Card made with Really Reasonable Ribbon’s July Ribbon Assortment and some paper pretties from Reneabouquets. Let’s share a cuppa and take a closer look at the details and elements in this summery creation.

The Basics

Here’s how I created this gatefold card base.

  • First, cut a 12×12 sheet of white cardstock to measure 11 3/4″ x 7 1/4.
  • Now place the long side on your scoring tool and score left to right at 2 3/4″, 3″, 8 1/2″ and 9″.
  • Then fold along the scored lines to form a 5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ gatefold card.  You will have 1/4″ spines on the left and right hand sides of the card base.
  • Line the card with Ciao Bella Microcosmos papers.  You will need (2) 2 3/4″ x 7 1/4″ panels for the front, (2) 2 5/8″ x 7 1/4″ panels for the inside, and (1) 5″ x 7″ panel for the center.  The 4 spines are 3/8″ x 7 1/4″.
The Shaker Element

True confession:  I love the way this shaker frame turned out.  It makes me think of a dragonfly hovering over a bird bath or fountain.  It takes a minute or two to put together, but the effort is definitely worth it!

  • First, heat emboss a Reneabouquets Simply Beautiful Frame with Versamark Ink and Stampendous Aged Silver Embossing Powder.
  • Next, dry brush a little chalk paint over the frame to soften it.
  • Once the paint is dry, die cut an oval from clear cardstock, (acetate) and adhere to the back of the frame with Dries Clear Adhesive.  Use a damp paper towel to clean up any excess adhesive.
  • Now back the frame with 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips.
  • Locate the oval dragonfly image from the paper collection.
  • Then place your shaker mix and some glitter glass in the center of the image.
  • Now center the prepared frame over the image and gently press into place.
  • Embellish with a Reneabouquets Dragonfly.
  • Then heat emboss a resin crown with Diamond Dust Embossing Powder and adhere it on the top of the frame.
Finishing Touches

This card was a little “blah” until I added the Turquoise Taffeta bows and flowers .  Then everything popped!  The Silver Metallic String Bows echo the silver in the shaker frame, adding just the right touch of sparkle. I also heat embossed Reneabouquets Tiny Butterfly Flourishes with Diamond Dust Embossing Powder and added them to the corners.  Can you say yummy?

A Peek Inside

Gatefold cards are so dramatic to open!  You can see how I added a Large Sugar Bee Corner from Reneabouquets to the right hand flap.

Ciao Bella Microcosmos Dragonfly Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Add a sentiment panel on the right and create a box pocket in the center of the card.

Turquoise Taffeta Ribbon adorns both the book mark and the mini folio that are tucked into the pocket.

Did you think I forgot to add tea?  You know me better than that!  Here is the tea wallet and vintage silver plate demitasse spoon.  Now we’ve got a gift on our hands!

Of course there is room to add a gift card in with the tea bag if you should decide to do so.  But I think this gift is complete as it is.

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.  And if you would like to purchase this card, you can find it in my Etsy Shop.

I hope I’ve inspired you to break out your ribbons and embellishments today and make something beautiful.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Baby Boy Kangaroo Pocket Folio Tutorial

Echo Park Welcome Baby Boy Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Echo Park Welcome Baby Boy Kangaroo Pocket Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday, and I’m keeping my promise to share this Baby Boy Kangaroo Pocket Folio Tutorial.  I came up with this fun baby card design back in April when I shared the Welcome Baby Girl Kangaroo Pocket project with you.  Many of you asked me to do a tutorial at that time, and I said I would.  So I ‘m switching things up this week and instead of sharing a new project with an old paper collection, I’m sharing an old design with a new paper collection.  How about that?

Welcome Baby Boy !

Echo Park Welcome Baby Boy Kangaroo Pocket Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

I love everything about this folio design.  From the fun fold card base, to the itty bitty accordion folio to the array of flaps and pockets inside…every element makes me happy.

Since it’s Throwback Thursday, I did some digging in my stash to see what older embellishments I could find there.  I had completely forgotten about these adorable baby boy sock buttons and the little silver charms.

Don’t you just love the colors and images in this sweet collection from Echo Park?

And here’s a peek at the amazing itty bitty accordion fold album that lives in the Kangaroo Pocket.  How fun is that?

A Peek Inside the Card Folio Base

There is loads of room for photos and journaling inside the folio base, too.  You’ll see all the details in the YouTube tutorial below.

Between the itty bitty mini album and the folio base, you can document the Little Prince’s entire first year.  And, you can easily use this same design to document a family vacation, wedding, or other special event.  Just change up the papers to match the theme.

Baby Boy Kangaroo Pocket Folio Tutorial on YouTube

So if you’re ready to dig in and create this sweet project with me, just click play on the video below.  You might want to grab a cuppa and a snack for sustenance, though.  This is a big project to make with lots of steps so it takes some time to watch the whole thing.

You can find a linked supply list below the post.

So there’s a promise made and a promise kept.  I hope you have as much fun making this little folio as I did designing it!

Happy Throwback Thursday!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Masculine Patriotic Birthday Cake Card

Photoplay America the Beautiful Masculine Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Photoplay America the Beautiful Masculine Patriotic Birthday Cake Card

Hello, Friends!  Since my sweet husband’s birthday is just 2 days after the 4th, I thought it would be fun to make him a Masculine Patriotic Birthday Cake Card with my America the Beautiful papers from Photoplay.  This red. white, and blue card came together very quickly, but it still has some fun features and techniques that I think you will enjoy.

How to Bake a Masculine Birthday Cake Card

  • First, create a 5 1/2″ square card base with a side fold.  The side fold is important as you will see when we open the card.
  • Next, cut a 5 1/2″ square from the Barbecue pattern.
  • Then cut a 5 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ strip from the Celebrate pattern and adhere across the middle.
  • Now cut out the cake and confetti stars 3×4 card from the Liberty pattern.  Adhere these so that the stars peek out at an angle from behind the cake image.  Back with dimensionals and adhere.
  • Stamp the Smile sentiment with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide.  Then heat emboss with clear powder.  Brush the top with your Versamark pad, then heat emboss again to create a raised sentiment.
  • Next, cut out the sentiment with the matching die.
  • Now cut out an oval from the fireworks pattern using the die from the Make a Window  set.
  • Stamp the small “here’s a reason to ” sentiment with Barn Door Distress oxide ink and cut out with the small banner flag from Make a Window.
  • Top the cake image with a cherry button.  Then add dots of Dries Clear adhesive randomly on the plate, then sprinkle some Merry Mimosa Doo Dadz.
  • Dress up the corners with a pinwheel and a little red clothespin embellishment.
A Peek Inside

Pop ups are a perfect addition to a birthday card.  This one is so easy to make!

  • Cut out the long Celebrate panel from the Land of the Free patterned paper.
  • Fold it in half and burnish.
  • Now open it and fold the right hand side in half to meet the center crease.
  • Then fold the left hand side in half to meet the center crease.
  • Now accordion fold it in to a little packet.  The “C” will be on the bottom inside, and the “E” will be on the back side of the top panel.
  • Next figure out the placement for the pop up.  The center crease of the pop up needs to line up with the center crease of the card base.  Once you’ve found the sweet spot, adhere the bottom of the packet to the right hand side of the card base.
  • Fold the packet closed and place adhesive on the top.  Then close the card and press in place.
  • When you open the card, the sentiment will pop up!
  • Tuck a little ephemera bit behind the clothespin.  Then add the sticker banner in the right hand corner.

How fun is that?

Dale will have blackberry cobbler and vanilla ice cream in lieu of cake.  It’s something his mom used to make for him every year.  He changes up his birthday dessert every year, but this was what he wanted this year, so that’s what we are having.

We sure are thankful that we get to celebrate this birthday together.  After his big scare in April, we don’t take any special events for granted.  Actually, every day feels like a special event when you’ve survived a heart attack!  God is so good!

That’s it for me today, folks!  Gotta go make that blackberry cobbler.  You’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Independence Day Star Spangled Slimline Shaker Card

Photoplay America the Beautiful Slimline Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Independence Day Star Spangled Slimline Shaker Card

Happy 4th of July, Friends!  I’m just popping in to share this Star Spangled Slimline Shaker card with you, and to wish you a day of great celebration.  It’s been 245 years since the Declaration of Independence was signed.  (If you haven’t read that brilliant document in a while, you might want to refresh your memory. ) I love this quote from John Adams regarding the importance of this day in history:

I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.

I sought to capture that spirit of celebration in this slimline shaker card made with Photoplay’s America the Beautiful Collection.  Let’s take a look at how this card came together.

Step by Step

  • Begin by folding a Photoplay Slimline Card Base in half to create an 8 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ top fold card.
  • Next, cut panel of red cardstock to fit the front of the card.
  • Now cut out the 4×6 journal card and the star pattern from the journal card that is beside it. Cut the stars so that they flank the Independence Day sentiment.
  • Stitch the Independence Day sentiment and the right hand panel to the red cardstock base.
  • Now back the left hand star panel with chipboard, wrap it with patriotic ribbon and adhere on the left hand side of the card.
  • Cut a rectangular frame from a piece of white matboard.  Heat emboss with red glitter embossing powder.  Then back with clear cardstock and foam tape to make a shaker box.
  • Next, adhere the ticket and circle ephemera to the Independence Day panel.
  • Now place patriotic sequins (linked below) on the panel and press the shaker frame in place.
  • Then tie the ribbon in a square knot, top with blue roses and patriotic charms and add glitter buttons on the left.
  • Finally, adhere the star ephemera to a blue glitter clothespin, top with flowers and adhere on the right.
A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek at the inside.  This one makes me think of a 4th of July Parade Float.

I hope everyone has a safe, and happy 4th of July celebration today.  Take a moment to pause and think about the brave men and women who made this day possible for us.  Then take another moment to thank God for this great nation.  As the words of the song say, “America, America…God shed His grace on thee.  And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea!”

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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