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Authentique “Fabulous” Collection: Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Card

Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Card : Authentique “Fabulous” for Mom

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  And since it is almost Mother’s Day, that’s the challenge theme.  I decided to create something a little on the lighthearted and whimsical side as my mom was blessed with an amazing sense of humor.  I can remember hearing her sing Life is  Bowl Full of Cherries any time she was tackling an unsavory task (and boy,, do moms ever deal with more than their fair share of those!).  So I dug into my gorgeous ribbons and my “Fabulous” collection from Authentique to make this Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Card.

Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Mother's Day Card Fabulous by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

Rockin’ the Retro Vibe

Don’t you just love these retro colors and patterns?   This combination of pink, red and aqua takes me right back to my childhood.  It’s impossible to be gloomy when you are looking at white polka dots on a red background!

Here’s a good design tip for you.  To add extra “punch” to a card design, repeat a pattern.  On this card, I used white polka dots on red in both my paper layer and in my ribbon cluster.  Red Satin Swiss Dots ribbon is soft and supple, so it ties gorgeous bows.  If you haven’t added it to your ribbon stash yet, you really should!

Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Mother's Day Card Fabulous by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

Next, I scattered these cute cherry novelty buttons onto the card in strategic locations.  Then, I finished my bow cluster off with a bit of Ivory Burlap String and a bright aqua flower.

Just Add Pockets!

Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Mother's Day Card Fabulous by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3

It’s easy to turn a card into a gift: just add pockets!  I created a small chocolate pocket with a scrap of that fun polka dot paper…because Mom loves chocolate, don’t you know.  Tuck in a gift card, and your gift is complete!

Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Mother's Day Card Fabulous by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Mother's Day Card Fabulous by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5

I stamped a sentiment onto ivory cardstock and added it to the larger pocket.  Then I tucked in a pretty pink tea bag.  Next,  I created a little tag that can double as a bookmark.

Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Mother's Day Card Fabulous by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 6

You’ll find more of this fabulous ribbon atop the tag, along with a sweet little handmade paper clip embellishment.  Tie the ribbon with an ivory burlap string bow, add a sassy high heel charm and this Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries Card is done!

Now It’s Your Turn

Would you like to play along in this fun challenge?  It’s fun and easy!  Simply link up your Mother’s Day themed project to the RRR Challenge Blog.  We’ll be popping by to take a look at your handiwork and leave you a nice comment.  Then we’ll choose our top 3 favorite projects to receive an RRR Badge to display proudly.  Link your project before midnight EDT Thursday, May 18th.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Sew Much Love Folio Video Tour

Getting Ready for Mother’s Day with Petaloo : Sew Much Love Folio Video Tour with Tips

Hello, Friends!  My head is absolutely refusing to believe that it’s already May!  And you know what that means: Mother’s Day is right around the corner.  I’m getting ready for the “big day” with a little help from Petaloo and Kaisercraft.  I think you’re going to enjoy my Sew Much Love Folio Video Tour.  It’s loaded with vintage goodness!

Sew Much Love Folio Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement Product by Petaloo and Kaisercraft Photo 1

Making these little folios is completely addictive.  For this 5″ x 7″ folio, I adapted a tutorial that you can find HERE.  It’s the same basic design, but this time I added in a side pocket page.

Sew Much Love Folio Video Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement Product by Petaloo and Kaisercraft Photo 2

Friendship is Sewn with Love and Stitched with Kindness: the story behind the project

(Yes…this is a personal story.  Feel free to skip ahead and look at the pretty pictures!)

Since both my precious mom and my mother in law are now residing in Heaven, I use Mother’s Day as a way to reach out to other special women in my life.  This year, I made this vintage style sewing themed folio for a dear friend from high school.

Karen and I shared a lot of common interests despite the fact that she was on the math/science track and I was on the writing/Language/Literature trail.   We were in marching band together, worked on the school newspaper and were co-editors of our high school yearbook.  Karen was precise, logical and methodical.  I was free-spirited, fueled by inspiration and spontaneous. Somehow, that combination worked!

We remained friends after graduation, but then lost track of one another  after marriage.  But thanks to the magic of Facebook, I was able to find her a couple years ago, and our reunion was as sweet and refreshing as our friendship had always been.

Sew Much Love Folio Video Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement Product by Petaloo and Kaisercraft Photo 3

About a week ago, I received a surprise package in the mail.  Karen, who is a master quilter (check out her blog HERE and you will see what I am talking about!) made me a quilt!  She remembered how much I love the lilacs back in Vermont during the springtime, so she titled it “Lilacs in the Spring.”  I confess…I got all choked up when I saw this gorgeous quilt.  And that is why Karen is my Mother’s Day gift recipient this year.

Sew Much Love Video Tour on YouTube

It’s hard to capture this very interactive folio with still photos, so I’ve created a short YouTube video tour for you.   I also share some fun tips that you can use in your own crafting adventures.

A Few Details

Sew Much Love Folio Mademoiselle by Kathy Clement Product by Petaloo and Kaisercraft Photo 4

Pockets are fun way to add an interactive element to any project.  For the front of this cover, I created a dimensional pocket and then filled it with a pretty tag and a hand stamped vintage style button card.   (I’ll share links to all the products below.)

Add ribbon, small charms and buttons to the spine for even more fun.

Velvet pansies add wonderful texture to the pages.

Folios and photo mounts are held together with a decorative belly band.

A slit pocket inside a larger pocket is a great place to tuck small tickets and tags.

I tucked little vintage treasures everywhere throughout the folio.

And the Mademoiselle papers from Kaisercraft carry the sewing theme beautifully!

I added a simple waterfall feature for photos.

And managed to sneak in one more little pocket filled with a vintage button card.

Smaller pockets are decorated and filled with tags.

A handmade gift is the very best way I know of to say I love you. So get out your scissors, glue, pretty papers and beautiful Petaloo posies and make something special for mom.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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