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Key to My Heart Wall Hanging

Key to My Heart Wall Hanging with Really Reasonable Ribbon & Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  Valentine’s Day will soon be here, and this Key to My Heart Wall Hanging is bursting with beautiful flowers and trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The idea popped into my head when I received a new box of Valentine’s Day goodies from Reneabouquets.  A Victorian style layered heart beautiful board practically begged me to turn it into a shaker box. How could I say no?

Really Reasonable Ribbon-Reneabouquets-Tussy Mussy-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

Soon I found myself thinking about the word “tussy mussy” and the next thing I knew I was up to my elbows in creating this floral bouquet/wall hanging/shaker box.  It’s not technically a tussy mussy, of course, but more like my nod  to those lovely little bouquets of flowers and herbs that were quite popular during the  Victorian era.

Say it With Flowers…and Ribbon!

 

Once I finished preparing all the beautiful board layers with embossing powder, it was time to create the box.  So I stacked each element using foam tape between the layers to create some nice dimension.  Punch a hole in the corrugate heart layer on the bottom, then string ribbon through it to create a hanger.  Attach a tassel on the bottom, decorate with ribbon, flowers and charms, and all the hard work is done.

Now you get to add lots of beautiful pink, coral and ivory flowers to decorate the heart.  I’ll link to all the elements in the supply list below this post.

A Little Personal Note

Toward the end of last week I came down with the flu, so I’ve been out of commission here on the blog and on my YouTube channel. It really knocked my legs out from under me!   I’m finally starting to feel a little bit stronger, although I still tire very easily.  Dale is taking good care of me, and I’ve been pretty lazy, to tell the truth!  I know I missed out on our scheduled Flower of the Month Tutorial, but I’ll make it up to you next week.  Just wanted to let you know that I wasn’t playing hooky…I was pretty much out for the count until Wednesday afternoon.

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

Thanks for stopping by, friends!  Have a joyful and creative weekend.

Cheerio,

kathy

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RRR January Ribbon Club Blog Hop

Photoplay Paper-Cupid's Sweetheart Cafe, Loaded Dimensional Envelope, Really Reasonable Ribbon, Kathy Clement, Kathy by Design, Photo 01

RRR January Ribbon Club Blog Hop: Loads of Love Loaded Envelope

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the RRR January Ribbon Club Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Gloria’s lovely blog.  With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air!  And Really Reasonable Ribbon has the Sweetheart Ribbon Club Assortment to prove it!  Take a look:

Loads of Love Loaded Envelope with Cupid’s Sweetheart Café

The red ribbons in this assortment were the perfect pairings for this fun dimensional loaded envelope. Here’s how I put them to work:

A Peek Inside

Create a Ribbon Rosette Lollipop to tuck inside the envelope.  Top it with a Pink Delicate Stitched Satin Bow and a glittery gold Valentine heart.  I used a chopstick for the lollipop stem, wrapping it with Scor-Tape and more of the Red Plaid Satin Ribbon.

You just have to add a little love note to a Valentine, so I created this cute heart hot air balloon note card.

There’s room inside to say something sweet to someone you love.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cheryl has in store for you.  Finish up over on the RRR Blog where you can answer Bonnie’s question of the month, learn all the ribbon news, and be entered into the drawing for a FREE Sweetheart Ribbon Club Assortment.

Here’s the whole blog list, in case you get lost along the way:

Ginny  ♥ Gloria  ♥ Kathy (You are HERE)   ♥ Cheryl Bonnie  ♥   KarenRRR Blog

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

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Time to Flourish February Desk Calendar

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Desk Calendar by Kathy Clement For Really Reasonable Ribbon PHoto 01

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish February Desk Calendar for the RRR January 2022 Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  This Graphic 45 Time to Flourish February Desk Calendar is my inspiration piece for the Really Reasonable Ribbon January 2022 Blog Hop!  You should be coming here full of inspiration after visiting my dear and talented friend, Ginny on her blog.  This month we are getting ready for Valentine’s Day with the Sweetheart Ribbon Club Assortment.

I received the Time to Flourish Collection as a Christmas gift to myself.  The February papers are the perfect playmate for this romantic ribbon club assortment.

I chose the Red Houndstooth, White Diamond Satin and Random Hearts on Poppy Satin to adorn this easel style desk calendar.  Can you spot the 6 areas where I used it?

The Random Red Hearts Satin really draws the eye to this pretty chipboard heart and key embellishment.

A Peek Inside

There are lots of gun surprises inside this 6″ x 6″ card base.  The pocket is a handy spot to tuck in photos and journal cards.

Then there’s a hidden pocket with a lovely little pull out folio beneath it.

I had just enough paper from the 12×12 and 8×8 pads to complete the project.

Here’s a sweet spot inside the folio for even more photos.  This is such a fun way to dress up your desk!

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties the lovely Cheryl has prepared for you.  Be sure to finish up over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  If you answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win your very own Sweetheart Ribbon Assortment.

If you’re not a member of the Ribbon Club yet, now is a great time to join.  Bonnie sends out a beautiful  themed ribbon assortment each month.  If you are trying to build up your stash of ribbons, or if you’re trying to get out of a ribbon rut, the Club always has something new and fresh to play with.  You can sign up for the Club HERE.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Enjoy the hop!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Little Birdie Crafts True Love Desk Folio

Little Birdie True Love Desk Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Little Birdie Crafts True Love Desk Folio Tutorial: February Guest Designer Spot

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a romantic, feminine Little Birdie Crafts True Love Desk Folio Tutorial to share with you.  This is the feminine version of the Classic Gentleman Gift Folio I shared with you in January.  I thought it would be fun to show you the softer side of this practical little desk companion.

 

Ooh la la!  Paris, anyone?  Pink roses, too?  Sign me up!

Desk Folio 2.0

The best thing about this little folio is how quickly it comes together.  Since there is always room for improvement, I did  tweak the basic design for this folio just a bit.  For one thing, it’s taller.  I find the Junior Legal Pad fit better when papers are cut to 8 1/2″ tall instead of the original 8″.   And, I added a ribbon closure to add even more girly-girl charm to the design.

Here are the basic measurements for the folio base and pockets.

  • First score a 12″ x 8 1/2″ panel of designer paper at 5 1/2″ and 6 1/2″ to form the cover.
  • Next, score a 6 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ panel at 1/2″ and 1″ to form the right hand flap page.
  • Now cut liner papers for the 3 inside panels to measure just under 5 1/2″ wide x 8 1/2″ tall.  The width of the liner paper has to clear the scored spine so that the folio will close  neatly.
  • Then score a 6 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ panel of designer paper so that you have (2) 1/2″ flaps on each side and on the bottom.  Follow the video tutorial to see how to turn this into a box pocket.
  • Now score a 6 1/2″ x 5″ panel of designer paper with 1/2″ flaps on the sides and bottom.  Then follow the video tutorial to see how to make this into a slash pocket.
  • The spines measure 7/8″ x 8 1/2″ for the larger spine and 3/8″ x 8 1/2″ for the thinner spine.
  • If desired, wrap the center of the folio with ribbon.  Leave the ends long enough to tie a bow.

Dress it Up!

 

Now comes the fun part: dressing up the cover!

  • Mat a 5″ x 8″ panel of the pink heart paper on medium weight chipboard. Brush the edges with ivory chalk paint.  Then adhere to the cover.
  • Next, cut a 3 1/2″ x 6″ panel of the Eiffel Tower design paper.  Brush the edges with chalk paint and adhere as seen in the photo.
  • Then adhere the Little Birdie Chipboard on the left hand side of the folio cover.
  • Now cut a 2″ x 1 1/4″ scrap of the pink text paper and adhere above the chipboard.  Top with black buttons.
  • Arrange Pearl Pink Rosalind Roses and foliage on the cover of the folio.
  • Fussy cut some elements to tuck in with the floral arrangement.
A Peek Inside

I don’t know about you, but I hate it when a paper pad gets rolled up corners and wrinkled edges.  The flap page on the right helps to protect the pad beneath.

Here’s the folio fully opened.  You can see the box pocket on the left and the slash pocket on the right.

 

Create a cover for a 3″ x 5″ sticky note pad and tuck it in the box pocket along with a pen.  The slash pocket is a great spot to stash receipts.  But I filled it with a tea bag, chocolate treat and a honey stick for the gift presentation.

Little Birdie Crafts True Love Desk Folio Tutorial on YouTube

Are you ready to make this little desk folio?  Then click play and follow along with this YouTube tutorial.

If you  missed the Classic Gentleman Gift Folio, you can find that video HERE.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Classic Gentleman Valentine Notebook Folio

Little Birdie Classic Gentleman Collection Little Birdie Craft Dies Masculine Valentine Notebook Gift by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Classic Gentleman Valentine Notebook for Little Birdie Crafts

Hello, Friends! How about we make a Classic Gentleman Valentine Notebook with some of my new Little Birdie Crafts goodies today?  It’s a little bit vintage, a little bit steampunk, and a quick and easy project for your favorite fella.  I’m thrilled to be a Little Birdie Crafts Guest Designer again this term. This is my first project, and I hope you will have fun making it, too!

 

I don’t want to rush the season, but we will blink twice and Valentine’s Day will be upon us.  We all love frilly, frou-frou, pink Valentines.  But most guys don’t!  So this is the design I came up with for my sweet husband.  (Did you know he composes, arranges and performs all the music on my YouTube channel?)  He’s such a great guy, and I just really wanted to bless him with something special on Valentine’s Day.  Dale loves to write things down in notebooks, so I designed this 5 1/2″ x 8″ folio especially for him.  Since he’s a generous soul, I don’t think he will mind if I share it here with you.

Getting Started

 

  • Begin by cutting 4 sheets of 12×12 Classic Gentleman papers to measure 12″ x 8″.
  • Score the text collage sheet at  5 1/2″ and 6 1/2″.  Then fold along the scored lines to form  a 5 1/2″ x 8″ notebook or folio.
  • Next, cut the dapper gents patterned paper to 5 1/2″ x 8″  Ink all the edges with Ground Espresso Distress Ink.
  • Now use the Little Birdie Filmstrip Die to cut a frame from your scraps.  Adhere as seen in the photo.
  • Then, fussy cut the walking stick silhouette man, top hat, and playing cards from the cut apart page of the paper collection. Then use the Cogs and Wheels die to cut a bunch of gears from your scraps.
Little Details

  • Next, trim the 4″ x 6″ Clock and Gears Journal Card to measure 4″ square.  TIP:  if you just cut the bottom off the card, then glue the 4″ x 2″ scrap back behind the 4″ square, you can keep the framed edge all the way around the card.
  • Then trim the clocks from the second 4″ x 6″ card.  Place foam adhesive or other dimensionals on the back and adhere over the clocks on the 4×4 card.
  • Cut the Primed Chipboard Vintage Keys apart and ink them with Ground Espresso. Then apply Little Birdie Metallic Wax in Gold, Silver and Green to create a worn, vintage finish.
  • Adhere the 4″ x 4″ clock panel to the notebook base.  Then embellish with the keys, fussy cuts and die cut pieces using the photos as a guide.
The Spine

Since most men are not crazy about ribbons and bows, you need to find a good alternative for adding texture.  Little Birdie Flat Braided Twine looks (to me) like a watch fob, which makes it perfect for this project!  Simply punch holes at the top and bottom of the spine, then run the braided twine through and tie in a knot or shoestring bow.

A Peek Inside

Create a box pocket on the left hand side of the notebook.  I tucked in one of my hubby’s favorite chocolate bars and a nice gel pen.  The inside panel is lined with a 5 3/8″ x 8″ panel of the designer paper.

On the right, I decided to make a flip page.  Here’s how to do that:

  • First, cut an 11 1/2″ x 8″ panel from a 12×12 sheet of Classic Gentleman.
  • Now score it at 5 1/2″ and 6″.  Fold along the scored lines so that the patterned paper is on the inside and the blank white side is on top.  You will have a 1/2″ spine on the right of this flap.
  • Cover the blank flap page with a 5 3/8″ x 8″ panel of designer paper.  Decorate with a 4×6 journal card and the Die Cut Time Pieces.

Now you have the perfect spot to adhere a junior legal pad in the center of the notebook.  The flap cover will protect the pages from getting all wrinkled.  It also provides a great spot for a slash pocket to hold receipts and other “stuff.”

Classic Gentleman Valentine Notebook Tour on YouTube

To help you get a feel for the function and flow of this little project, I’ve prepared a short video walk through with tips and tricks.

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

Also, I have a little unboxing video and giveaway of the Little Birdie Dies used in this project HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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