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Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day: Some of my Favorite Patriotic Blasts from the Past

Hallo, Friends!  Happy Independence Day!  I hope you are all ready to celebrate this anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of independence with friends and family.  Our family loves the 4th of July!  At the moment, I’m recovering from a mean little summer cold, so I don’t have my usual Make & Take Tuesday tutorial for you.  In lieu of that, I thought we’d enjoy some of my favorite patriotic blasts from the past.  So crank up the John Phillip Sousa tunes, and let’s get this party started.

Authentique Liberty Patriotic Banner

Independence Day is certainly a banner worthy holiday!  You can find this festive banner HERE.  I’ve also included tips and how-tos for making the banner.

Authentique Honor Patriotic Card

Do y’all miss Authentique paper as much as I do?  This image is one of my very favorite July 4th images.  You can take a peek at this card HERE.

God Bless America Patriotic Kit

This God Bless America Patriotic Kit is still one of my favorite creations for The Button Farm Club.  There’s a little bit of everything, from mini album, to exploding box, to cards and even a banner.  Take a peek..I think you’ll like what you see.

Patriotic Pinwheel Pocket

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

Now this was a fun and festive project!  You can find the details HERE.

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness Shaker/Pop-Up Card

Authentique Liberty Pop Up Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design PHoto 01

Liberty was another beautiful patriotic collection from Authentique!  I remember being very excited when I figured out how to use my star die to make this shaker frame.

And I was even more excited when I figured out how to turn those die cut stars into a pop-up element inside the card.  What fun!

Liberty Waterfall Folio Tutorial

Just to make sure we provide you with a tutorial today, here’s the link to a wonderful waterfall folio.

While the family is enjoying our annual Independence Day picnic and fireworks display, I’ll be in my comfy chair, sipping tea and reading a book.  I hope to be able to record a video for Thursday, but if my voice is not co-operating by then, I’ll post another batch of projects from the archives for you.  I like to keep you inspired!

Wishing you all a safe, happy, and heartfelt celebration of America’s birthday!  God Bless the USA!



Vintage Style Patriotic Banner

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Vintage Style Patriotic Banner with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  If you love the red, white and blue like I do, then I think you’re going to enjoy today’s Vintage Style Patriotic Banner.  I dug deep into my stash and found just enough of this retired Authentique paper to put this beauty together.  It’s all dressed up with beautiful Patriotic Ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon, rosettes, die cut stars and red, white and blue posies.

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Yes, this was a fun project!  Let’s take a closer look at all the details, shall we?

Patriotic Ribbon for a Patriotic Banner

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Here are all the ways I used ribbon when I made this project:

  • First, position each pennant between a layer of Random Stars Satin Ribbon and White Netting Ribbon.


  • Next, tie Airmail Baker’s Twine Bows between each pennant and top with a pretty button.

  • Then, tie 3 1/2″ double loop Patriotic Plaid Bows (with a little help from your Zutter Bow it All Tool).

  • Now, add itty bitty 1/2″ White Burlap String Bows to the itty bitty die cut banners and star garland embellishments and top them with itty bitty buttons.

Authentique July Calendar-Really Reasonable Ribbon-Banner-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design-Photo

Sadly, this gorgeous paper collection from Authentique is no longer available.  But sometimes, if you do an online search, you can find little bits and pieces of it are still out there.  I wish I had more, as it’s probably my all time favorite patriotic paper collection.

Holidays always feel more festive when you add a banner to your décor!  And adding beautiful ribbons to a banner definitely helps to make them more beautiful.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!





Patriotic Shaker Card from Scraps

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Patriotic Shaker Card from Scraps for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m going to show you how to create a lovely Patriotic Shaker Card from Scraps.  Do you ever end up with a little pile of patterned papers and images from a favorite paper collection?  You love every bit of that paper, and you don’t want to throw it out.  But how do you use those small bits to create a card?  I hope today’s Throwback Thursday tutorial will give you some simple tips you can use when you find yourself in this dilemma.

Tip #1: Layer Small Panels

The first tip is to layer small panels together.  For this card, I had the focal image and 2 smallish 4 1/2″ x 4 panels of patterned paper.  Overlap the papers on a cardstock mat and machine stitch them to give them a designer look.

I also had a single 4×6 panel left over from this Authentique July Calendar paper collection.  So I matted it on red cardstock and machine stitched around it, too.  This layer provided a nice backdrop for my focal image.  Stitch around the focal image and pop it up on foam tape to give it more presence on the page.

Tip #2: Use Large Embellishments!

Even after I layered my patterned papers, text panel and focal image, the entire bottom half of my card was mostly blank.  What’s the solution?  Large embellishments!  Here’s what I did:

  • First, I die cut 2 large stitched stars from white glitter paper.
  • Next, I centered the  next smallest stitched star die inside one of the stars.  Then I die cut it.  This created a lovely frame.
  • Now back die cut frame with acetate (clear cardstock) and trimmed it out with sharp scissors.  Easy, right?
  • Then, add 3 layers of 1/8″ foam adhesive on the back side of the star frame.  Fill the frame with your shaker mix, remove the liner tape, and press the solid star over the foam tape to create the shaker element.
  • Rosettes are also large embellishments that take up a lot of space on a card.  Plus, they look festive!
A Peek Inside

I was able to add strips of patterned paper to the inside of the card along with one other focal image.  Lining the card interior with cardstock really helped fill in the gaps.

I even had enough paper left over to make this cute gift card wallet. Neat, huh?

Patriotic Shaker Card from Scraps Tutorial on You Tube

If you’d like to see me put this quick and easy card together, please enjoy this short YouTube tutorial.

Since this is Throwback Thursday, many of the products I’ve used in this project are no longer available.  But I’ll link to the ones that you can still find in the supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




Sweet Summertime Celebration Recipe Folio

Carta Bella God Bless America Lemonade Recipe Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Sweet Summertime Celebration Recipe Folio for the Really Reasonable Ribbon May Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a Sweet Summertime Celebration Recipe Folio as my inspiration project for the Really Reasonable Ribbon May 2022 Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Gloria’s lovely blog.  Summer is peeking around the corner with all kinds of reasons to celebrate the Red, White and Blue!  And this month’s Patriotic Ribbon Club Assortment is here to help you get your craft on!  Take a peek:

Red, White and Blue always looks fabulous together.  You think maybe our Founding Fathers knew what they were doing when they selected these colors for our beautiful American flag?

Carta Bella God Bless America Summertime Celebration Recipe Folio

I would probably never have thought to use lemonade as a key “ingredient” for a patriotic paper collection, but I’m so glad that Carta Bella did!  When they added that pop of yellow to their God Bless America collection, it really juiced things up!  Look at all the ways I paired up the Ribbon Club Assortment with this festive paper collection:

You can dress up the cut out banner with ivory burlap string and bitty bows just for fun, too!

A Peek Inside

The lemon images made me decide to add a few of my favorite summertime lemon recipes to the folio.  First, I created a side pocket with a pull out folio situated on top.  I held this together with another piece of the Red, White and Blue Stripe Satin from the Club Assortment.

Our oldest granddaughter has developed a real passion for cooking and baking, so I thought she would have fun with these  tried and true recipes.  The little house folio holds my famous Strawberry Lemonade recipe.  And no summer is complete without a pan of Lemon Love Note bar cookies!  Yum!

This accordion style folio has room for summertime pictures, too!

We always have a big family 4th of July party, and now she’ll have a place to keep the photos!

The back side of the accordion mechanism has two more of my favorite summertime lemon recipes.

Sophie spotted the folio as soon as she stepped into my studio last week.  She was tickled pink when I told her that it was meant for her.  But I thought  you would enjoy seeing it, too.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cheryl has prepared for you.  Be sure to visit the RRR Blog and answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month so you can be entered into the drawing for a FREE Ribbon Club Assortment!

If you’re not a member of the Ribbon Club, I highly recommend it!  It’s like getting a birthday present every single month of the year.  The assortments give you a chance to try out and use a lot of different types and styles of ribbon.  I’ve discovered so many of my personal favorites from the Ribbon Club Assortments.  You can find out how to sign up HERE.

Okay, friends, enjoy the rest of the hop!  I’ve added a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




Land That I Love Shaker Card for RRR

Photoplay America the Beautiful Shaker Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Land That I Love Shaker Card Folio for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  When the calendar flipped to May, I felt inspired to create this Land That I Love Shaker Card Folio.  After all, I had the glorious Patriotic Ribbon Club Assortment from Really Reasonable Ribbon in house.  A quick check in at the Closet of Inspiration and Delight uncovered Photoplay’s America the Beautiful Collection waiting in the wings.  How could I possibly ask for a better duo? I even found a leftover rosette tucked in with the papers, so it was clear to me that a Patriotic creation should be on the menu!

Photoplay America the Beautiful Shaker Card Really Reasonable Ribbon Patriotic Ribbon Club Kathy Clement

This vibrant card is slightly larger than my normal 5″ x 7″ creation.  I wanted to make something large enough that it could double as a home décor piece, and function as a mini photo album. This 5 3/4″ x 8 1/4″ top fold card with a 1/2″ spine seemed about right to me.  If you are like me, you enjoy having lots of “real estate” because it gives you lots of room to add layers of paper and embellishments to a card.

The Shaker Window

I am unapologetically patriotic.  America is a glorious country.  Her people are kind, generous, brave and hard-working.  I may not always love the folks in D.C. or the way they try to run things, but the people of this nation inspire me.  And the physical beauty of my country thrills me.  Our oceans, mountains, rivers, forests, deserts, plains, waterfalls…all of that beautiful land fills my heart with joy.  So when I found a 4×6 card in the paper collection that read “land that I love” I  knew exactly what I was going to do!

  • First, adhere clear cardstock (acetate) on the back side of the frame in the ephemera pack.
  • Then, add 3 layers of 1/4″ foam tape to the back.
  • Next, cut a panel of the navy blue check paper so that is slightly larger than the frame.  Stitch this panel onto red and navy cardstock mats to make it stand out.
  • Now, fill the center of that panel with red and blue buttons, Patriotic Stars Sparkletz, and sequins (linked below).  Carefully line up the frame over the sequins and press in place.
  • Finally, fussy cut the floral US map from the 4×6 card, back with adhesive and adhere to the front of the frame.  Trim out the sentiment, back with 1/8″ foam tape and adhere to the top of the frame.
  • Now add the red circus dot grosgrain ribbon from the assortment to the corners along with a little ivory burlap string bow and button combo.
A Peek Inside

There’s a patriotic party going on inside this vibrant card!  The top half of the card houses a 3×4″ pull out folio.

There’s lots of room here to add photos and journaling, and you can also add a large photo beneath the pull out element.

Use the quad sheet to create a 5 1/2 x 6″ mini folio for all those great family photos.

You can even tuck in some flap pages!

A hidden side pocket makes a great place to tuck in some Polaroid style photo mats.  Leave one side and the top edge open so that you can slide your photo in easily.

Surprise!  A little tip in page provides room for even more photos!

I hope I’ve shared some ideas and inspiration that will help you create some spectacular Red, White and Blue cards just in time for summer!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!