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Stamperia Sweet Christmas Shaker Box Card

Stamperia Sweet Christmas Shaker Box Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Shabby Chic Stamperia Sweet Christmas Shaker Box Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Winter songbirds like the one featured on the cover of this Stamperia Sweet Christmas Shaker Box Card cheer my heart.  The non-traditional color palette of this paper collection unleashed my shabby chic side.  So I layered on loads of beautiful flowers, snowy Christmas greenery, rusty jingle bells and trims to make this card sing.  After auditioning several different types of ribbon, I decided a metallic string bow topped with an antique rhinestone button was the best option for the bow cluster.  It added sparkle and shine, but seemed to fit best with the delicate snowflake frame.  What do you think?

The Snowflake Shaker Frame

 

One of the things I love about this card design is the fact that it can be left out all winter long.  It is not specifically a Christmas card.  Here’s how I put this one together:

  • First, create a 6×6 cardstock card base.  Score in a 3/4″ spine on the top to make room for a box pocket.
  • Next,  choose a large card front from the paper collection and mat it on blush cardstock.  Fussy cut the roses, bird and sentiment images from a 2nd pad of this paper.
  • Now heat emboss a Reneabouquets Snowflake Frame with WOW! Vintage Champagne Embossing Powder.  Let it cool.
  • Then die cut clear cardstock with the largest Small Standard Circle Nestabilities Die.  Adhere this to the back of the Snowflake frame.
  • Next, place 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips around the back side of the frame.
  • Then add sequins to the matted image in the area where you plan to adhere your frame.
  • Once you have adhered the frame to the matted card front, place dimensionals on the back of the fussy cut images and adhere.
  • Now you can layer in your flowers, greenery and embellishments.
The Bow Cluster

To create this simple, elegant bow cluster follow these steps:

  • First, cut two long pieces of metallic string: one from iridescent Metallic String and one from Gold Metallic string.  Make sure they are the same length. Mine were about 24″ long.
  • Next, set the posts on your Bow -it- All Tool to 3″ wide.
  • While  holding both strands of metallic string together, wrap them around the posts and tie a loopy bow.
  • Then adhere the bow to the side of the snowflake frame and top with a button.  This vintage rhinestone button is from my Grammy’s button box.
  • To balance the bow, die cut a dimensional star (link below) from silver metallic paper and tuck into the floral cascade on the right hand side of the card.
A Peek Inside

Create a box pocket and a little photo folio inside the card. Line the box pocket with ribbon from the November Ribbon Club Assortment.

Now this card doubles as a gift as well as a photo folio.  When the treats have been consumed, you still have a sweet little tag to enjoy.  And you can store photos in the box pocket, too.

How do you feel about these pastel, non-traditional colors for Christmas?  I enjoy them as a change of pace from the more traditional reds, greens, whites and blacks.

To see more cards made from Stamperia Pink Christmas and Sweet Christmas, please click HERE.  and HERE.

Have you started making your Christmas projects yet?  What are you working on?  I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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The Squirrel’s Christmas Party Gift Box Folio

Stamperia Pink Christmas The Squirrel's Christmas Party Gift Box Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Stamperia Pink Christmas/Sweet Christmas The Squirrel’s Christmas Party Gift Box Folio

Hello, Friends!  Oh, the countdown for Christmas is truly on!  But I still have time to share this darling Stamperia Sweet Christmas/Pink Christmas Squirrel’s Christmas Party Gift Box Folio with you.  I made (and sold!) a lot of these this Christmas season, but I am still not tired of them.  The 4 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ size makes them perfect for gifting.  I shared a YouTube tutorial for building this base earlier this week.  If you missed it, this gives you another chance to find it.  The base for this one is scored at 5 1/2 instead of 5″, so the front flap is a little short.  It’s so easy to vary the dimensions for the base simply by scoring.  That is one of the things I love about this design: it’s very adaptable. The antique bronze bulldog clip helps hold the cover closed.   Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

The Squirrel’s Christmas Party Gift Box Folio: Making the Nest

Meet Edith Squirrel.  She’s the chairwoman of the village Christmas party.  She is frantically decorating her nest for the holiday Christmas House competition.  And she is wearing her favorite pearls as she decorates.  Her nest is a vintage drawer pull that she found abandoned in the meadow.  It’s a bit corroded from lying in the wet grasses, but still looks very festive surrounded by pine cones, flowers, Spanish Moss, and a wee sisal tree.  If she wins the competition, Father Christmas will have tea with her.  Here is how she decorated her nest.

The Squirrel’s Christmas Party Gift Box Folio: A Peek Inside

The inside of this folio is filled with interactive features.

I built a magnetic flap/flip page on both the top and the bottom.

The middle panel is a sweet little accordion style folio.

And of course it has pockets and tea and tags!

it looks like Edith won the Christmas House competition because here is Father Christmas to have tea with her!

TIP: Score and fold large images to fit inside the folio.  This is how you make a big piece of patterned paper fit in a small space.

The box pocket on the bottom holds a little wrapped parcel decorated with a vintage carved wooden candy cane.

Edith must have been a very good little squirrel this year, as Father Christmas has brought her lots of lovely treats!  This envelope is a cut apart image from  the paper collection.  I simply folded and tied with ribbon.  But if you have an envelope punch board, you can make your own envelope to tuck inside. I’ve done that as well on other projects.

So that is my Christmas offering for you today.  I hope I shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  Now I’m back to the kitchen to finish baking my Christmas cookies!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Stamperia Sweet Christmas Carol Easel Card

Stamperia Pink Christmas Birds Christmas Carol Box Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

RRR December Blog Hop:  Stamperia Sweet Christmas Carol Easel Card

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sharing this Stamperia Sweet Christmas Carol Easel Card for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Karen’s sweet blog.

I’ve used the gorgeous Winter Carnival Ribbon Club Assortment to compliment the shabby chic papers.  Mineral Ice Checkerboard Satin Ribbon and Aqua Shell Print Satin Ribbon lend a frosty feel to the card design, making it perfectly wintry.  White Bead Berry Sprays are tucked in with my flowers to add lots of texture and sparkle.

Because this is an easel card, it folds for mailing and stands upright for display.

TIP:  When scoring your 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ card base, add in a 1/2″ spine to allow the easel portion of the card to close neatly over the easel stopper.

Stamperia Sweet Christmas Carol Easel Card: A Peek Inside

It’s easy to add a pocket to the interior of an easel card.  Simply cut your designer paper layer about 2 1/2″ longer than the height of the base.  Score along the bottom and fold.  Create gussets for the sides and then adhere to the base.

You can add a gift card pocket on one of the upper folded sections as well.  Here, i die cut the Infinity Border from both blue and ivory cardstock.  Then I adhered just the sides and the bottom to the card base.

Tuck images from the cut apart pages of the collection inside the pocket.

This folio is simply folded paper with a little journal card glued to the inside.  But it’s a great resting place for a tea bag or other small treat.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties the lovely Linsey has in store for you.  Be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop, then finish up at the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog where you will answer Bonnie’s question of the month.  This will enter you into the drawing for your very own Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you haven’t subscribed to the RRR Club yet, now is a great time to join.  Santa is always looking for just the right gift for us crafty girls!  You can drop him a hint and let him know that you’d love to receive the Ribbon Club Assortment every month of the New Year!  Learn how to sign up HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips and ideas you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list at the bottom of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Pink Christmas Ice Skates

Stamperia Pink Christmas Ice Skates Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01
Stamperia Pink Christmas Ice Skates for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  These Stamperia Pink Christmas Ice Skates are so dreamy when matched up with ribbon from the Really Reasonable Ribbon December Ribbon Club.   Growing up in Vermont, I had to wear my older brother’s black hand me down hockey skates.  Not exactly inspiring for a young girl who imagined herself to be a graceful swan.  The reality is, I tumbled my way across the ice while pushing an old broom in front of me for balance.  But a girl can dream…and this card is the stuff dreams are made of!

A Note About the Product

You know how you sometimes get down to the last few bits of a paper collection, and you combine it with another collection that matches it really well?  I don’t do it very often, but because Stamperia Pink Christmas and Sweet Christmas were so very similar, I did combine them.  I only had a few bits and pieces of Sweet Christmas left.  The skates image is  from that collection along with a few bits and pieces of border and such.  Sadly, Sweet Christmas is no longer available…or if it is, I cannot find it in stock.  So please forgive me for that oversight on my part.

Stamperia Pink Christmas Ice Skates: The Basics

This is a 5″ x 7″ top fold card with a 3/4″ spine.  Machine stitching, paper doilies, glittery die cut stars and soft pink posies amp up the shabby chic vibe.

TIP:  Create a shabby chic border by layering Mineral Ice Checkerboard Satin Ribbon with Aqua Shell Print Satin Ribbon along the top edge of the card.  Tuck the ends of the ribbon behind the card panel to create a finished look.

Tie a triple loop bow from the Shell Print Satin and top with petite posies and silver glitter jingle bells.  The Zutter Bow it All Tool makes it easy to tie these bountiful bows.

Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Ice skates and mini jingle bells top this tag.  Hold everything in place with a bit of Iridescent Metallic String.

Stamperia Pink Christmas Ice Skates: A Peek Inside

Don’t forget to use ribbon inside your card!  It makes a great closure for this little gift folio.

These sweet gift card folios are a wonderful way to present a little Christmas Cheer.  I’ve filled this one up with some cookies, a Santa spoon, peppermint stick, honey stick, chocolate and tea.  Have several of these folios on hand during the holidays because they make wonderful last minute gifts.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  And here’s a link to an older Stamperia Pink Christmas project.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy