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Really Reasonable Ribbon March 2022 Blog Hop

Stamperia Lilac Flower Loaded Envelope Reneabouquets Really Reasonable Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Really Reasonable Ribbon March 2022 Blog Hop: Stamperia Lilac Flowers Loaded Envelope

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon March 2022 Blog Hop.   You should be coming here from Ginny’s lovely blog.  We are showcasing the Spring Pastel Ribbons from the March 2022 Ribbon Club Assortment.  What a pretty array of spring colors and patterns to play with!

Lilac Memories

 

Spring always reminds me of the beautiful lilac trees I enjoyed as a child.  Lilacs thrived in our chilly Vermont springtime.  They always blossomed in late May, and the heady fragrance was on the breeze everywhere you went.  We used to pick bouquets for our teachers on the way into school.  I remember the heavy blossoms would be dripping with lilac scented dew, and we would wear that lovely scent all day long.  I think that’s why I was drawn to the ribbons with purple shades for this project.

First, decorate the flap side of the envelope box.  What a treat to use these lovely ribbons to adorn my loaded envelope!   I created a border and a belly band with the pretty pastel floral satin ribbonHyacinth Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon adds a pop of color and contrast to the design.

Butterflies, Rosettes, Shaker Frames and Lilacs

Now it’s time to flip the envelope over and decorate the front side.  This is the display side of the envelope, so I really dressed it up.

Stamperia Lilac Flowers Loaded Envelope with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board and Really Reasonable Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Hyacinth Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon highlights the Reneabouquets Shaker Frame and Butterfly.  So if you get tired of the view on one side of the envelope, you can flip it around to the back side.

Stamperia Lilac Flower Loaded Envelope Reneabouquets Really Reasonable Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Delicate stitched satin is one of my very favorite ribbons to work with because it ties so easily and creates such beautiful bows.

Springtime Tea Party in a Loaded Envelope

Now let’s take a look at all the goodies I tucked inside this loaded envelope.

First, I created a slimline tri-fold folio.  The ribbon closure adds texture, pattern, and a feminine feel to the folio design.

 

The front flap page is the perfect place to tuck in a trio of tags and some chocolate treats.

Write little notes on the back of the tags, or add small photos here.

The center panel is a flap page with a magnetic closure.  You’ll find lots of room for photos here.

The box of this loaded envelope is so roomy that it’s easy to tuck in a bookmark, vintage teaspoon, cookies, chocolate, tea envelope and a butterfly rosette wand.  Dress up the butterfly wand with Polka Dot Confetti Ribbon from the Club Assortment.

Once all the treats have been enjoyed, the envelope box is a great place to keep photos, letters or other small memorabilia.

On With the Hop

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties my teammate Cheryl has in store for you. Then pay a visit to Karen’s lovely blog.  Finish up over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  Be sure to answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month to be entered into a drawing for a FREE Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you’re not a member of the Monthly Ribbon Club yet,  now is a great time to join.  (Trust me…I’ve seen the April ribbons, and they are gorgeous!) Find out how to join HERE.

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Thanks for hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Carta Bella Christmas Market Loaded Envelope

Carta Bella Christmas Market Loaded Envelope

Hello, Friends!  Well, we are at the end of October, so it’s time to get our Christmas on!  This Carta Bella Christmas Market Loaded Envelope is such a fun project, and perfect for all those “hard to gift” Christmas people!

Making this envelope took all my engineering skills!  It’s huge measuring 7 3/4″ wide by 12″ tall.  The box design has 3/4″ sides so that I can fill it to the brim with Christmas goodies.   I chose one of my favorite ribbons from RRR to adorn this project.  Ivory, Rust and Gold Plaid Ribbon is festive and has a touch of sparkle, which I love!

TIP: Die cut Christmas Greenery from patterned papers and tuck under your focal image for a festive touch.  Treat them with Diamond Stickles to add an extra bit of holiday sparkle and shine.

I need to refine the box envelope design a bit before I share it with all of you, but I’m working on it!  The box shape means that the envelope will stand up for display, so it doubles as home decor until you give it away, that is!  This larger sized envelope gives me lots of room to add embellishments.

Do you decorate both sides of your loaded envelopes?  I really like to do that.  If you get tired of looking at one side, you can flip it over for a change of scenery.  Besides, that envelope flap was the perfect spot to hang my Christmas banner on Silver Metallic String.

TIP:  Fold a long piece of metallic string in half.  Tie a looped knot on one end.  Then twist the string until it spirals and twists over onto itself.  Then tie a looped knot on the opposite end.  Use hot glue to adhere one end to your project, and twist the string into the shape you like, then glue the other end down.  Top with Chipboard Banners and Stockings from the Christmas Market Collection.

Christmas Market Loaded Envelope: Lollipop Shaker Element

This lollipop shaker element was a blast to make.  I’ve never done one before…but when inexperience ever stop me from plunging in head first to try something new?  I’m not sure if I did this right, but here’s how I did it:

  • First, die cut red foil cardstock with the largest Spellbinders Picot Circle Die.
  • Next, die cut clear cardstock with the 2nd largest Spellbinders Small Nesting Circles Die.
  • Then die cut patterned paper with the same circle die.
  • Now adhere the patterned paper to the foil cardstock.
  • Next, lay down three rows of Darice Foam Strips.
  • Fill the center of the circle with a sequin mix.  (I used Lilac Lane  Happy Harvest, but I pulled out the apple shaped sequins and the larger buttons.
  • Carefully adhere the clear cardstock circle over the foam strips and press to seal.
  • Adhere a chenille stem around the perimeter to cover the foam strips.
  • Wrap the sides of the shaker with tinsel trim.
  • Adhere a thin wood dowel on the back of the lollipop, then cover with a circle cut from designer paper.
  • Wrap the dowel with ribbons or fibers.

Super cute, and a fun addition to the goodies in this loaded envelope.

Christmas Market Loaded Envelope: The Pocket

Years ago, I found a whole bunch of cloth pockets on clearance.  While I was not sure what I would do with them, I thought they might come in handy, so I grabbed a big stack of them.  Turns out they are great for card making!  I decorated and adhered a pretty red one in the corner of this loaded envelope, then proceeded to fill it with treats.

Here’s a peek at the sweet treats inside the pocket and the envelope.  Maybe I’ll send this one to myself!

Christmas Market Loaded Envelope: The Photo Folio

Instead of adding just a card to the loaded envelope, I thought it might be fun to create a little photo folio.

This 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ accordion folio has 10 panels: 8 for photos, and two cute pockets.  Create a belly band with more of the beautiful ribbon, topped with a little floral cluster.  Here’s how to make the folio.

  • First, cut 8 1/2″ x 11″ black cardstock into 6 1/2″ x 11 strips.
  • Next, place 1/2″ scor-tape on the edge of one of the 6 1/2″ panels.  Overlap the other 6 1/2″ x 11 strip and adhere.
  • Score this long panel every 4 1/2″ and accordion fold.  Trim away any excess.
  • Line the panels with designer paper.  Make pockets on the panels where the strips of paper were joined.

Here’s a look at both sides of the folio and both pockets.  You can add a flap to a photo page by scoring a 1/2″ flap on  3″ x 4″ image.  Adhere the flap behind the designer paper before you adhere the liner sheet to the page.

I think these loaded envelopes would make great Secret Santa or hostess gifts during the holidays.  You can change up the goodies you tuck inside to personalize the gift.

Did I share some tips and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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From my stash: Flowers, buttons, other fibers and embellishments

Authentique Confection Sweet Treats Tutorial

 

Authentique Confection Sweet Treats Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Have you seen the darling new Authentique Confection Collection?  Oh  my goodness!  Is it ever cute!  Today I’m sharing a TRIO of Authentique Confection Creations with you as well as a shaker box tutorial.  Lots of photos and info ahead, so grab a snack and a cuppa and let’s get started!

Authentique Confection Double Waterfall Mini Album with Shaker Box Cover

How sweet is this little 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ double waterfall mini album?  I’ve used an Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasures Die (Brillante Rondelle) for the shaker box, then surround it with hot pink buttons that look like candies, Little Birdie Vivid Palette Posies, novelty buttons and pink gingham ribbon.  This would be such a cute way to document a birthday party, wouldn’t it?

The spine is wrapped with satin ribbon.  I’ve hot glued a couple more buttons to the tails, just for fun.

Double Waterfall Mini Album with Shaker Box Cover:  A Peek Inside

Inside, you will find mirror image waterfalls, each measuring 4 1/2″ square.  Confetti style grosgrain ribbon serves as a closure.

TIP: Use scraps of Spectrum Tickled Pink Cardstock  to create little 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4 folios. Top these with images from the collection.

Line the inside with 3″ x 4″ panels of designer paper.

The waterfall will hold sixteen 4″ x 4″ photos.

TIP: Score a 1/2″ flap on the side of a cut apart image.  Adhere behind the designer paper liner to add a fun interactive element to your album.

Double Waterfall Mini Album with Shaker Box Cover: How to Make the Waterfalls

There is no binding system for this album, which makes it very quick and easy to assemble.  Here’s how:

  • First, cut (10) 4 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ panels of Authentique Spectrum Tickled Pink Cardstock.
  • Next, score a 1/2″ flap on the left hand side of each panel.
  • Fold and burnish along the scored line.
  • Now, center and adhere the first flap on the far left hand side of the album base.
  • Then, flip the page open.  Line the folded edge of the next panel up with the bottom edge of the first.  Repeat this until you have added 5 panels to each side.  Keep  everything straight and centered!

The 5th flap (the one on the bottom) will be a little too long.  No worries!  Simple fold the edge back 1 1/2″ .  Now you have a fun double pocket feature on each side of the album!  Line the base page with designer paper.  Then adhere just the sides of that 1 1/2″ flap to the album base to form a pocket on the top.  Then adhere just the top and bottom edge of the waterfall panel to the album base to form a little tag pocket.

Tuck 3″ x 4″ photo mounts and decorated tags into this double pocket feature.

Authentique Confection Project #2:  Gift Card Wallet

The next project is an adorable gift card wallet.  This measures 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ with a 1/2″ spine.  You can make this with one sheet of Hot Fudge Cardstock:

  • First, place the long side of one sheet of Hot Fudge Cardstock against the rail of your scoring tool.
  • Make the first score line at 4 1/2″.
  • Score again at 5″.  This forms the 1/2″ spine.
  • Now score a final time at 9 1/2″.
  • The 1 1/2″ flap becomes the pocket.

Mat the donut image on a scrap of Tickled Pink Cardstock.  Adhere just 3 sides to form a little tag pocket.

Create a couple of cute folios to tuck into the larger pocket.

Use scraps of designer paper to create an inner pocket to hold gift cards, or small sweet treats.

Authentique Confection Project #3: Loaded Envelope with Shaker Frame

Loaded envelopes are so much fun to create!  Adding a shaker frame really makes it feel like a party is about to happen.  For this project, I combined both Authentique Party and Authentique Confection with the Eileen Hull Mailable Frame Die.  Since I share this in the tutorial video below, I won’t go into a lot of detail here.  But i will share the photos.

I had loads of fun creating little goodies to tuck inside this envelope!

This G45 Large Ivory Tag is covered on both sides.  The magnetic folio on the reverse side is a great place to write a little note.

These mixed media tags are made with G45 Square Ivory Laser Cut Tags (retired) and Distress Oxide Inks in  Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, Mustard Seed, Mermaid Lagoon and Cracked Pistachio.  Each tag is covered on the back side as well.

Here’s the Eileen Hull Mailable Frame Die again…this time serving as an envelope with a window opening.

And it wouldn’t be a Kathy by Design creation without a little tea, honey stick and vintage silver plate spoon, would it?  I’ve also covered individually wrapped Biscoff Cookies with designer paper.

Authentique Confection Sweet Treat Project Share and Video Tutorial

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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