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Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Flourish Cards

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Flourish Shaker Easel Card Carta Bella Christmas by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Flourish Cards

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a couple of super cute Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Flourish Cards to share with you.  These dies are so much fun to work with!  Spellbinders sent me both the Let It Snowman and the All Hearts Come Home Flourish dies.  I spent a delightful day in the studio with them, and I’m excited to show you what I came up with. There are loads of pictures coming, so you might want to grab a snack and a cuppa before we proceed.  Go ahead!  I’ll wait for you!

Let It Snowman Shaker Easel Card with Carta Bella Christmas Collection

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Flourish Let It Snowman Easel Shaker Card with Carta Bella Christmas by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Snowmen are probably my favorite Christmas image to work with.  I could not resist making this sweet Let It Snowman die set up into a shaker frame.  Do you blame me?  The finished 6 1/4″ square card feels like a snow globe.   Here’s how I created that effect.

  • First, die cut the Let It Snowman frame from white and red metallic cardstock.  Layer the red metallic die cut over the white so that they are slightly staggered.  This creates a sort of drop shadow effect.
  • Next, trace around the outside of the die onto a piece of clear cardstock  (acetate sheet). Don’t worry about cutting around the leafy edges.  Just cut the circle shape at the top of the die. Adhere this panel behind the frame. You will need 2 of these clear panels.
  • Now add 3 layers of 1/8″ foam adhesive to the back side of the frame.
  • Then flip the frame on its face and fill the center with your shaker mix.
  • Next, line up the 2nd clear cardstock panel over the foam tape and press firmly into place.
  • Finally, trace around the snowflake/woodgrain patterned paper and adhere it behind the snow globe frame.
Let’s Make a Snowman!

Snowmen are probably my favorite holiday/winter theme.  They always look so friendly and welcoming on a card.  Die cut this snowman and snowflakes from heavy white cardstock.  The jaunty hat is cut from a scrap of dark green suede paper that I had in my stash.  Cut the hat band from a scrap of red metallic paper.  The nose is a scrap of old Authentique Spectrum orange cardstock lined patterned paper.  Snowman assembly is super quick and easy!  Back with foam tabs and attach to the snow globe as seen in the photo.

A Peek Inside

Create a pocket to go inside the card base.  This doubles as a stopper for the easel mechanism.  Dress it up with some pretty holiday flowers and leaves.  Then tuck some rusty jingle bells underneath to add that special Christmas sound.  Vintage buttons look great tucked into the flower cluster. A miniature Christmas ornament topped with Baker’s Twine and a tiny posy are the perfect finishing touch.

Seems like everyone gives gift cards at Christmas now, so I like to include a gift card wallet with my cards.

It’s a lovely way to present cash or a shopping card.

All Hearts Come Home Christmas Card

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Christmas Flourish All Hearts Come Home Die Simple Stories Simple Vintage Rustic Christmas by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

All Hearts Go Home at Christmas is a very popular holiday sentiment.  And this sweet little prim house is so cute tucked inside the die cut frame.  This card may look complicated, but it actually comes together very quickly.  The best part?  You can pull out that glitter paper from your stash and put it to good use here!

  • First, die cut the frame from white glitter paper.  Glue it onto a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ panel of green glitter paper.
  • Next, die cut the house 3 times: once from white glitter paper, then from black cardstock, and a third time from red metallic paper.  (You can use a scrap left over from making the snowman card!)
  • Now, cut the door, the chimney and the roof from the black die cut and adhere over the door and roof area of the white die cut.
  • Then adhere the remainder of the black die cut behind the white.
  • Next, adhere the red die cut behind the other two houses.  Pop out the red heart and adhere it in the “window” area.
  • Back the house with foam tape and adhere in the center of the frame.
  • Create faux snow with Dries Clear adhesive, Crystal Clear Glitter and Mini Pearls Prills.
A Peek Inside

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Rustic Christmas Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Simple Stories Simple Rustic Christmas papers are the perfect pairing for this cute card.

Vintage Santa images tie in with the Santa Sleigh on the die cut frame.  I love the sweet Santa expression on this gift card wallet.

Scraps of designer paper fill in all the gaps inside the gift card wallet.

Are you still with me?  That was a lot of photos and a lot of information.  These dies are all part of Spellbinders new September release.  I’ll link to them on the supply list below this post.

Have you gotten a head start on your Christmas cards yet?  We are just about 100 days out from Christmas Day, but you’ll want to get your cards in the mail much earlier than that date!  There’s no time like the present to start!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Simple Stories Cozy Days Greetings

Simple Stories Cozy Autumn Really Reasonable Ribbon Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Simple Stories Cozy Days Greetings with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Autumn is almost here, and I’m welcoming it with this Simple Stories Cozy Days Greetings card.  It has everything I love: plump pumpkins, fall flowers, plaid papers and poufy bows!  Now that’s how to have a cozy day!

Do you love layers as much as I do?  I’m always looking for ways to add layers to my card compositions.  Creating a layered ribbon border is one of my favorite tricks.  The RRR August Ribbon Club Assortment had the perfect ribbons for this festive fall card. Here are some quick and easy ribbon tips.

  • Frame your focal point with ribbon borders.  On this card, I added a ribbon border above and below the focal point of my card.  There’s a lot going on here, but that ribbon border directs traffic beautifully!
  • Layer ribbons for double the fun.  First, put down a border of Russet Orange Taffeta with 1/2″ Scor-Tape.  Then, add the perfect amount of sparkle with Gold Edged Cappuccino Satin Ribbon.  It’s such a simple technique, but it makes a huge visual impact.
  • Don’t forget the bows!  Silky soft Gold Edged Cappuccino Satin ties such pretty bows.
  • Add rustic charm with Natural Burlap String.  Use it in strands to top your tag, then tie bows to tuck beneath elements.  It’s one of my favorite tricks!

A Peek Inside

Add a pocket and gift card wallet inside the card to turn it into a gift.

It’s also very nice to add an Autumn tea bag and blank sentiment panel inside the gift card wallet. Now your card is a gift!

Fall crafting is my favorite.  I love the colors, the images and the patterns.  Look for more fall goodies coming your way!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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RRR August 2022 Blog Hop

RRR August 2022 Blog Hop Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

RRR August 2022 Blog Hop: Autumn Splendor Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon  August 2022 Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Gloria’s lovely blog. We’re getting ready for the beautiful colors of fall this month with the Autumn Ribbon Club Assortment.  Take a look at this gorgeous group of ribbons.

Oh, how I love fall colors!

Autumn Splendor

Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Really Reasonable Ribbon August Ribbon Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Need an elegant and quick border for your Autumn cards?  Try layering ribbons together with Scor-Tape in between.  This cheery fall border features Kiwi Double Faced  Satin paired up with Pumpkins and Sunflowers on white satin.  Add a big poufy bow tied with cute Autumn Owls to punch up the fun factor of this festive fall card.  A little burlap string accent adds the perfect rustic touch.

A Peek Inside

I’ve used my scraps from this lovely collection to create a little pocket and gift card wallet.

Tuck in an autumn tea bag for extra fall flavor.

If  you’d like to see this month’s ribbon club used on a masculine card, please click HERE

On With the Hop

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cheryl has prepared for you.  Be sure to finish up the hop over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. If you answer Bonnie’s question of the month, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a free August Ribbon Club Assortment!

Not a member of the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club yet?  You can find out how to sign up HERE.

Enjoy the hop!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Simple Stories Lakeside Masculine Botanical Card

Masculine Botanical Card Simple Stories Lakeside August Ribbon Club Really Reasonable Ribbon Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Simple Stories Lakeside Masculine Botanical Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Let’s take a walk down by the lake this morning as I share this Simple Stories Lakeside Masculine Botanical Card.  I’ve added all kinds of fun embellishments to this botanical beauty, including an elegant ribbon border created with the August Ribbon Club Assortment from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Simple Stories Lakeside Masculine Botanical Card Really Reasonable Ribbon August Ribbon Club Assortment Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Do you feel challenged when it comes to using ribbon on a masculine card?  It can be tricky, I know.  But if you keep it simple, you’ll have a win every time!

  • First, choose colors from nature.  This color combination of Kiwi Green Diamond Satin and Gold Edged Cappuccino Satin are the perfect color match for the Simple Stories Lakeside Collection.
  • Next, forget about big poufy bows!  Instead, use Scor-Tape to attach layers of ribbon as a border on your card.  This adds color, texture and subtle pattern without looking “too girly.”
  • Then, if you must add bows, choose something like rustic Natural Burlap String.  This is a great option for attaching the metal sentiment strip, too!
Botanical Details

Simple Stories Lakeside Masculine Botanical Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Y’all know how much I love to embellish a card.  And you can still add loads of embellishments to masculine cards!  Isn’t that great news?

  • Create a collage with a rusty bottle cap, tiny acorn, feather, moss, wooden leaves and Prills.
  • Sprinkle Prills randomly around the card to add texture and visual interest to your composition.
  • Create a woodsy vibe with ferns, wooden leaves and mushrooms as embellishments.
A Peek Inside

Simple Stories Lakeside Masculine Botanical Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon

The inside of the card is dressed up with a little gift card pocket and tag combo.  Then dress up a blank sentiment panel with a scrap of plaid paper and a ticket sticker.

Do you enjoy making masculine cards, or does it make you want to shut the door to your craft room?  Personally, I really love to make masculine cards.  I enjoy taking a break from all the frills and flowers.  Then I also like the challenge of looking at paper from a different perspective.  How about you?

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Bee Sweet Bee Kind Bee-utiful Wall Hanging

Bee Sweet Bee Kind Wall Hanging Simple Stories Lemon Twist by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Bee Sweet Bee Kind Bee-utiful Wall Hanging with Simple Stories Lemon Twist

Hello, Friends!  The flowers bursting out of our little garden bed inspired this Bee Sweet Bee Kind Bee-utiful Wall Hanging. I don’t know what your summer flower garden looks like, but ours is really showing off right now, and the bees are truly happy about it!

Simple Stories Lemon Twist Shaker Wall Hanging by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Turquoise Chevron Striped Twill from Really Reasonable Ribbon does double duty here as a belly band, and as a bow.  This ribbon just never seems to go out of style.  It’s a perfect color match for all the blossoms in this project. And do you spot the pretty Lemon border made with Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board?  It fits right in, along with one of  her bodacious Lemon Blossom Bees!

TIP: Give a chipboard frame a makeover by spattering it with Distress Paint.  It knocks back the shine, and adds a lovely aged feeling to the chipboard.

I had a lot of fun with the shaker elements on this piece.  In addition to sequins, I tossed in buttons, bee buttons, heart ephemera, beads and pearls.  So much fun!

Summer comes and goes in the blink of an eye.  I’ll enjoy it while it’s here, how about you?

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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