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Stamperia Sweet Winter Victorian Ice Skates

Stamperia Sweet Winter Victorian Ice Skates: Working with Large Focal Images

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Stamperia Sweet Winter Victorian Ice Skates Card brings back such happy memories from childhood winters.  Living in Vermont, everything froze in the wintertime.  We had a neighbor on our hill who would flood the field beside his house, and when it froze, we had our own neighborhood ice rink.  It was not huge or fancy, and the ice was a bit bumpy.  But that did not impact our fun one bit.  There’s something truly magical about skating outdoors, under a pale blue winter sky, surrounded by trees with snowy branches and winter birds.

Of course, as a girl, I wanted a pair of white ice skates.  But as a girl with three older brothers, what I got was their hand me down black hockey skates.  If I’d had the beautiful white skates I coveted, I would have been able to glide gracefully over the ice instead of spending most of my time on my bottom!   spent more time

Working with Large Focal Images

When I found the image of these skates in my 12×12 pad of Sweet Winter, I knew I wanted to use them on a card.  But they are almost as big as the base of this 5×7 card.  After some thinking, I decided to fussy cut the skates and back them with pieces of waste chipboard.  Then I added foam tape to make them pop off the stitched and layered card background.

This gave me room to tuck flowers, snowflakes, a tag and a dangle element around and behind the image. When working with a large focal image like this, use embellishments to add interest and layers, but let the image be the star of the show.

A Peek Inside

The inside of this card is simple, but elegant. I added a little flap/turn element and a pocket, of course.

Stamperia Sweet Winter-Reneabouquets-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

Tuck a Tim Holtz Christmas image behind the flap along with a small ephemera bit.  The back side of the image provides space to write a personal message.  The pocket holds a little tea bag, honey stick and chocolate snowman to enjoy after the skating party is over.

I’m so thankful for this reminder of the simple joys of childhood.  We didn’t have a lot of the gizmos and gadgets that kids of today have.  Our skates, sleds and snowsuits were all  hand-me-downs…but the fun we had was fresh and new every single day.

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

Wishing you warm winter memories today, friends!





Stamperia Sweet Winter Christmas Shaker Card

Stamperia Sweet Winter Shaker Card-Really Reasonable Ribbon-Kathy Clement-Reneabouquets-Kathy by Design

Stamperia Sweet Winter Christmas Shaker Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  This Stamperia Sweet Winter Christmas Shaker Card sparkles and shines  just like the holiday!  Beautiful Really Reasonable Ribbon bows, heat-embossed Reneabouquets snowflakes, die cut glitter leaves, a mixed media shaker frame and frosty gems and sequins mimic the twinkling lights on the tree.   Shades of aqua and pink give it a wonderful vintage feel, too.  And that graceful skater takes me back to the fun back yard ice rinks of my youth.  I, however, was not graceful on skates!  I spent more time picking myself up off the ice than I did gliding over the surface. It was all wonderful fun whether I was gliding upright, or sliding on my bum!

Bluebird Gingham Bow

While I enjoy creating traditional red, green and gold Christmas projects, I also genuinely enjoy creating in a non-traditional color palette. Why? Using a non-traditional color palette means that I can leave this card out on display throughout the winter season, which I like.  It’s like getting more bang for your crafting buck!

I’m also a huge fan of plaid or gingham ribbons and metallic accents on my Christmas cards.  Really Reasonable Ribbon Bluebird Gingham pops against the softer pastel colors of this card.  And silver metallic string adds another layer of sparkle to the design.

A Peek Inside

Everyone knows you need a hot cuppa and a snack to revive yourself after skating out in the cold.  So I added a pocket inside the card and filled it with a seasonal tea bag, honey stick and chocolate treat.  After all, you just burned all those calories out on the ice!  You can afford to have a bit of chocolate indulgence, right?

No matter what color palette you are using on your Christmas projects, you can no doubt find the perfectly matched Really Reasonable Ribbon to dress it up.

Whether you are crafting, or baking, decorating or shopping, I hope you take a minute today to enjoy the beauty and wonder of this season.  It passes so quickly…be sure to make a memory or two!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!




Really Reasonable Ribbon November 2023 Blog Hop

Stamperia Sweet Winter Wall Hanging for the Really Reasonable Ribbon November 2023 Blog Hop-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

Really Reasonable Ribbon November 2023 Blog Hop: Stamperia Sweet Christmas Wall  Hanging

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon November 2023 Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Ginny’s lovely blog.  Our theme for the hop this month is “Christmas”.  I dug through my stash of beautiful Christmas papers and ribbons to make this shabby chic mixed media wall  hanging with Stamperia Sweet Winter papers and ephemera.

Shabby Chic Ribbons and Trims

When you are creating a shabby chic project, Robin’s Egg Wrinkled Ribbon and Silver Metallic String are very good choices.  I’ve adorned my mixed media background with sweetheart blossoms, magnolia blossoms, and chrysanthemums  in shades of pink and white.

Mixed Media Background

To create a sparkling holiday background on your patterned paper, begin with a stencil and Festive Berries Distress Ink.  Next, spread Crackle Texture Paste through the stencil and let it dry.  Then, come back a third time and brush Glitter Glaze through the stencil for a sparkly background.  Finish up with a dusting of Rajni Chawla’s Glitter Glass and a spattering of diluted ivory paint. Messy stitching adds another layer of texture to the edges of the wall hanging.

TIP:  Amp up the winter vibe by dry brushing  all the edges of your chipboard and paper with ivory chalk paint.  It really makes things pop!

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over the Cheryl’s lovely blog to see what Christmas goodies she has prepared for you.  Be sure to finish up over on the RRR blog so you can answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month and be entered into a drawing for a $10 gift certificate to Really Reasonable Ribbon and the digital stamp set of your choice.

You will find a linked supply list below this post.

Enjoy the hop!

Thanks for stopping by, friends!




Spellbinders Festive Bow Christmas Gift Wallet

Spellbinders Festive Bow Christmas Gift Wallet

Hello, Friends!  If you’re a giver of holiday cash or gift cards, this Spellbinders Festive Bow Christmas Gift Wallet is a quick and easy way to dress things up.  As our kids get older, they tend to want a gift card, cash or gift certificate for birthdays and Christmas.  So I’m always looking for a creative way to wrap them, and this Christmas Gift Wallet ticks all the boxes for me.

Poufy Bows and Mixed Media Backgrounds

Remember wearing fancy holiday dresses with satin sashes and poufy bows at the back?  That’s what this fun die makes me think of.

Spellbinders-Festive Bow-Merry and Bright Petite Blooms-Stamperia Winter Tale-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

This bow is generously sized at 5 1/2″ wide, so it made sense to create an 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ slimline card base to display it.  Since I already had a nice stack of Stamperia Winter Tales left on my desk after having created yesterday’s Mixed Media Folio, I decided to use up the leftover bits to make this fun project.

TIP: Mix some silver glitter paper in with scraps of designer paper to create a card that sparkles!

You can see that I used the same mixed media technique to create the quilted background for this card.  Friends, it was all on my desk, so I just put it back to work.  This time, I used Faded Jeans Distress Ink to really make the blues pop.

TIP: Dress up your bow with a cluster of Petite Blooms.  Cut them from the scraps of your designer papers, dry brush with chalk paint, then spritz with Faded Denim Mica Mist, or other sparkly stuff.  It’s so pretty in real life, even though the camera doesn’t capture all the shine.

A Peek Inside

I kept the inside simple and sweet with patterned papers, a large pocket and a simple little 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ note card.

Honestly, friends…the details in this paper collection are beyond gorgeous!

There’s room inside the note card to add a small photo, too.  This also helps to personalize the gift.

Spellbinders Festive Bow Christmas Gift Wallet Recipe

I thought you might want the basic instructions for this quick and easy make.

  • First, score an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of light blue cardstock at 4 1/2″ and 9″.  Fold on the scored lines to form an 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ slimline card base with a 2″ pocket.
  • Next, cut an 8″ x 4″ panel of designer paper and emboss it with the Geo-Quilt 3-D embossing folder.  Spatter with white chalk paint, paint the edges and brush with Glitter Glaze.
  • Mat this panel on an 8 1/8″ x 4 1/8″  panel of medium blue cardstock, then on an 8 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ panel of silver glitter cardstock.
  • Mat a 1″ strip of silver glitter paper on a 1 1/4″ strip of medium blue paper.  Wrap around the center of the designer paper panel, then adhere to the card front.
  • Die cut the bow pieces and flowers from scraps of designer paper and silver paper.  Then assemble on the card front.
  • Line the inside with 8 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ panels of white cardstock and 8″ x 4″ panels of designer paper.
  • Wrap the pocket with a 1 3/4″ strip of border pattern.  Take the ends around the back side of the card and adhere to secure the pocket.

That’s it!  Easy Peasy!

I hope you are all enjoying a peaceful, restful or creative Sunday!  Thanks for stopping by, friends!

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





Part 4 Stamperia Sunflower Art Folio Tutorial

Part 4 Stamperia Sunflower Art Folio Tutorial: Creating the Cover Art

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to Part 4 Stamperia Sunflower Art Folio Tutorial!  This is the big finale as we add the cover art and finish the folio.  Always my favorite part of any project, we’ll finish the cover with a mix of beautiful handmade flowers with a sprinkling of pre-made flowers.

Stamperia Sunflower Art Folio-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

If you missed Part 1 (creating the folio base) you can view that video HERE.

Need to get caught up:  You can find Part 2 (creating the internal mechanisms) HERE.

Want to learn how to make a set of super sweet, quick and easy note cardsView Part 3 HERE.

Part 4 Stamperia Sunflower Art Folio Tutorial on You Tube

Are you ready to watch the big finale for this folio tutorial?  Then please enjoy this YouTube video.

Have you enjoyed making this folio along with me?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.  You can also find a linked supply list for your shopping convenience.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!