Our theme this month is Summer and/or Bright Summer Colors. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a treat from the freezer, so I created this cute popsicle themed Slimline Card using 1/2″ Checkered Ribbon with a Stitched Edge. This ribbon comes in several colors, and is a great choice for summer cards.
TIP: Create a colorful ribbon belly band behind the card title. First, apply 1/2″ Scor-Tape across the center of the yellow die cut panel. Leave the ends long so that when you attach the ribbon to the tape, you can wrap them around the back side of the panel.
A Peek Inside
The inside of this card carries out the frozen treat theme with a gift card pocket and an ice cream cone greeting.
On With the Hop
Now hop on over and see what summery goodness Cheryl has prepared for you to enjoy. Be sure to finish up the hop over on the RRR Blog where you can answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month and enter the drawing for a $10 Gift Certificate and the free digital stamp set of your choice.
You can find a linked supply list below this post.
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:
Create a border on the bottom third of this 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ slimline folio.
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 Cherylhas prepared for you. Be sure to visit the RRR Blogand 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.
Fireflies and Mason Jars: A Farewell to Summer with the Grandgirls and Reneabouquets
Hello, Dear Friends! Today is the last day of summer, so I’m saying goodbye with Fireflies and Mason Jars. Before we continue, I should let you know that this post is brought to you by the Grandgirls. They created the projects and took the photographs. How about that?
We spent a lovely summer afternoon playing with these darling Personalized Mason Jars from Reneabouquets. The sweet little kit comes with a nice sized beautiful board mason jar, firefly Printed Beautiful Board and a lovely array of flowers. Even the twine and the metal wire hanger comes in the kit!
Renea will laser cut any name or word that you wish to add to the kit. How special is that? The girls loved arranging their names and the sweet fireflies on the jars. They even made up a story to go along with their individual hangings. What is better than an hour spent talking, creating, laughing and imaging with the little people who make your heart so happy?
The craft was completely stress free, and almost completely mess free. If Nan (that’s ME!) had not opted to add some sequins and glitter glass to the festivities, we would have been completely mess free! But life is short, and girls of all ages love sparkly things. The small mess was really worth it.
Summer to Fall Poem
Several years back, I was inspired to write this little verse about the transition from summer to fall. I share it with my gentle readers as a tribute to the passing of the season.
by Kathy Clement
Gentle asters hug the wall
where Autumn’s sunlight
A purple crown…
a burst of splendor.
in sweet surrender.
I hope you had the chance to make some special summer memories, my friends!
Hello, Friends! Just popping in very quickly today with this Sweet as Honey Bee Themed card made with Really Reasonable Ribbon. Summer is in full swing, and the honeybees are working overtime in our gardens. How thankful I am for these industrious creatures. So today’s post is dedicated to our friends the bees who make sweet honey for us to enjoy.
Here’s a neat trick for using up little snips of ribbon. First, tie a loopy bow from Daffodil Satin. Then cut fishtail banners on the ends of small piece of Bold Yellow Plaid. Next, fold the ribbon in half and adhere it on top of the big bow. Tuck in some natural burlap string and a button to finish the bow cluster. Isn’t it pretty?
Add another pop of color with Little Birdie Wendy Boho Vibes flowers. Then spatter a little diluted Gathered Twigs Distress Ink over the card to lend that organic, botanical shabby chic finish we all love so much!
A Peek Inside
Turn your card into a gift by adding a little tea wallet and honey stick to the interior. I love it when a card doubles as a gift, don’t you?
I hope you are all enjoying some lazy days this summer. I’ve been busy as a bee in my studio, working on a big reveal that I’ll share here tomorrow. You won’t want to miss it!
Dragonfly Season Gatefold Card Folio with Really Reasonable Ribbon and Reneabouquets
Hello, Friends! Summertime is Dragonfly Season. These dazzling beauties hover in the sweet summer breeze and fill our hearts with delight. I tried to capture the feeling of a perfect summer day in this Dragonfly Season Gatefold Card made with Really Reasonable Ribbon’s July Ribbon Assortment and some paper pretties from Reneabouquets. Let’s share a cuppa and take a closer look at the details and elements in this summery creation.
Here’s how I created this gatefold card base.
First, cut a 12×12 sheet of white cardstock to measure 11 3/4″ x 7 1/4.
Now place the long side on your scoring tool and score left to right at 2 3/4″, 3″, 8 1/2″ and 9″.
Then fold along the scored lines to form a 5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ gatefold card. You will have 1/4″ spines on the left and right hand sides of the card base.
Line the card with Ciao Bella Microcosmos papers. You will need (2) 2 3/4″ x 7 1/4″ panels for the front, (2) 2 5/8″ x 7 1/4″ panels for the inside, and (1) 5″ x 7″ panel for the center. The 4 spines are 3/8″ x 7 1/4″.
The Shaker Element
True confession: I love the way this shaker frame turned out. It makes me think of a dragonfly hovering over a bird bath or fountain. It takes a minute or two to put together, but the effort is definitely worth it!
First, heat emboss a Reneabouquets Simply Beautiful Frame with Versamark Ink and Stampendous Aged Silver Embossing Powder.
Next, dry brush a little chalk paint over the frame to soften it.
Once the paint is dry, die cut an oval from clear cardstock, (acetate) and adhere to the back of the frame with Dries Clear Adhesive. Use a damp paper towel to clean up any excess adhesive.
Now back the frame with 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips.
Locate the oval dragonfly image from the paper collection.
Then place your shaker mix and some glitter glass in the center of the image.
Now center the prepared frame over the image and gently press into place.
Embellish with a Reneabouquets Dragonfly.
Then heat emboss a resin crown with Diamond Dust Embossing Powder and adhere it on the top of the frame.
This card was a little “blah” until I added the Turquoise Taffeta bows and flowers . Then everything popped! The Silver Metallic String Bows echo the silver in the shaker frame, adding just the right touch of sparkle. I also heat embossed Reneabouquets Tiny Butterfly Flourishes with Diamond Dust Embossing Powder and added them to the corners. Can you say yummy?
A Peek Inside
Gatefold cards are so dramatic to open! You can see how I added a Large Sugar Bee Corner from Reneabouquets to the right hand flap.
Add a sentiment panel on the right and create a box pocket in the center of the card.
Turquoise Taffeta Ribbon adorns both the book mark and the mini folio that are tucked into the pocket.
Did you think I forgot to add tea? You know me better than that! Here is the tea wallet and vintage silver plate demitasse spoon. Now we’ve got a gift on our hands!
Of course there is room to add a gift card in with the tea bag if you should decide to do so. But I think this gift is complete as it is.
You’ll find a linked supply list below this post. And if you would like to purchase this card, you can find it in my Etsy Shop.
I hope I’ve inspired you to break out your ribbons and embellishments today and make something beautiful.