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Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine

Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine for Frilly Funkie All You Need is Love Challenge

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. The lovely Zoe is our host, and the theme is All You Need is Love.  I spent a delightful afternoon creating a Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine.  We’ll look at that in a moment, but first, let’s see what Zoe has to say about this challenge theme:

Challenge Theme: All You Need Is Love
Create a vintage or shabby chic card with the word “LOVE” somewhere on the card. It can be the focus or just a tiny detail.

Red and Black Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine

Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine by Kathy Clement Photo 1

This 5″ x 7″ top fold card is made with a combination of Graphic 45 Papers.  I’ve used the French Country Deluxe Collector’s Edition in the background layers and chipboard frame.  Black and red just work so well on a vintage Valentine!  The February pages of A Place in Time DCE provided me with the images, postcards, and tags.  You wouldn’t think of putting these two collection together in one project, but it really works!

Distressed layers always give a project a wonderful vintage feel.   Gold mat layers add to the effect.  Black jet buttons from my vintage button jar and a darling rusty heart help amp up the vintage vibe as well.

This sweet little brooch is from the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I die cut an image from one of the Place in Time tags, then glued it into the blank.  Next, I clustered Petaloo Gypsy Roses all around it.

Add finishing touches with a vintage brass word charm and a houndstooth ribbon bow.

French Country Vintage Valentine: A Peek Inside

The large pocket contains a chocolate tucked into a Graphic 45 Policy Envelope.

I created a mini flap element on the top half of the card.

Here’s how to make it:

  • First cut out the postcard image from A Place in Time February papers.
  • Next, score the post card about 1/2″ to the right of center.  Fold.
  • Mat the left hand side of the post card on black cardstock.  Glue to the card base.
  • Now, cut out the cute Cupid image and glue in place as shown.
  • For the front cover, Mat the tag on black cardstock. Glue the RIGHT hand side in place, being careful not to stick it to the postcard beneath.

Now you have a secret, hidden spot to write a Valentine message.

Now It’s YOUR turn!

You are cordially invited to play along in this “All You Need is Love” challenge. To do so, simply create a vintage or shabby chic project.  Then link your project up at the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, February 13th.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose four favorite projects from your entries. Our favorite artist  will be invited to join us as a Guest Designer  at Frilly and Funkie. The next three winners will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Did I share some tips and tricks today that you can use in your own crafty adventures?  If so,, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!



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Polly’s Paper Dream Team

Polly’s Paper Dream Team Announcement and Loads of Masculine Cards!

Polly's Paper Dream Team Blog BadgeHello, Friends!  What a great day you’ve chosen to visit!  Remember a few weeks ago when I told you that I would be designing for my good friend, Ginny Nemchak, owner of Polly’s Paper Etsy Shop?  Well, now I have another teammate!  Ginny is making the official announcement on her blog, Polly’s Paper Studio that the fabulous Sheila Rumney and I will both be playing with paper on Polly’s Paper Dream Team.  We’re all super excited about it!  Here’s a little blurb for you to read.

Polly's Paper Dream TeamYou’ll want to visit Ginny’s BLOG today, as she is doing a little giveaway to celebrate! And I know how much you all love giveaways!

I got busy yesterday afternoon with the new Masculine Variety Card Creativity Kit.  Before I knew it, I had made 8 fabby cards with this kit.  I’m telling you people, these creativity kits are like potato chips…you just can’t stop at one!  LOL  Here’s a peeky at the kit:

Masculine Variety Card Creativity Kit Polly's Paper EtsyThere is a load of fun to be had here…as you will see!

Dear Old Dad Masculine Creativity KitWith Father’s Day right around the corner, I thought I’d make a little Father’s Day card.  Most of these supplies are from the kit.  I just added a little twine, a couple of brads, basic cardstock and some stamping.  The bows even come pre-tied!

Golf Card 01 Masculine Creativity KitGolfing is always a winning theme for masculine cards!  I did add the ribbon to this card…the kit comes with 4 pre-tied ribbons, and since I made 8 cards, I had to dig into my ribbon stash and use this great Midnight Waves ribbon.  It provided just the right amount of texture and contrast.

Golf Card 02 Mascuiline Creativity KitThis is a great birthday card for a golfer.  The only item I added here is the button!

Hunting Card Masculine Creativity KitI thought at first that these guys were carrying rifles and going hunting!  But no, they are golfing, too!  I love the mix of papers that Ginny puts in these kits.  I added a few brads, some natural burlap string and a little stitching here.

Airplane Card Masculine Creative KitI love the colors in this card, and I think I actually had this book when I was growing up.  It belonged to my brothers, and it was all dogeared.  So how fun to find the image in the kit!

Sailboat Card 02 Masculine Creativity KitIf your fella loves the water, this peaceful sailboat get well card is a great option.  I did add ribbon here…my new ribbon crush, Canvas Color Band Ribbon in Parrot Green.

Sailboat Card 01 Masculine Creativity KitAnother beautiful nautical image graces the front of this birthday card.

Men on Moon Masculine Creativity KitAnd, I saved my favorite for last!  This trio of Dapper Dans riding a moonbeam sailboat…well that just makes me grin from ear to ear!  I did add some brads and a paper clip…but everything else came in the kit.

Phew!  That’s a whole lotta masculine cards!  You can see why I jumped at the chance to be on Polly’s Paper Dream Team, can’t you?

If you’re interested in any of these cards, you can find them in my ETSY shop.  If you’d like to purchase your own creativity kit, you can find one HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!



RRR Patriotic Challenge

RRRChallengeBadgeHello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the RRR Patriotic Challenge!  Summer is fast approaching with all the wonderful patriotic holidays we love so much. So hooray for the Red, White, and Blue!  I’ve created a super fun vintage patriotic card using the Really Reasonable Ribbon May Ribbon Club Assortment.

RRR May Ribbon Club Assortment

These ribbons are the perfect mix for summer fun.  I dug into my Patriotic Creativity Kit from Polly’s Paper Etsy and had a blast making this card.

Patriotic Challenge 01I love this sassy sailor lassie with her perky curls and mischievous grin!  I layered her up with papers and ephemera from the kit, and then added both a white doily and a red felt doily along with a royal blue foil die cut medallion (Spellbinder’s Exquisite Circles) and a red foil scalloped circle (Spellbinder’s Classic Scalloped Circles Large.) I used Tim’s Crescent Moon and Stars Die to cut out some foil stars and then the real fun began!  I layered on fabby ribbon in Electric Blue Satin with a Grosgrain edgeTiny Electric Blue Stars and Tiny Poppy Red Stars.  Then I topped it all off with a bodacious double layered bow tied with Patriotic Plaid Ribbon. Now if that doesn’t make you want to stand up and sing the national anthem, I’m at a loss!

I tapped the focal image with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Ultra Thick embossing powder.  When the embossing had cooled, I gently bent the image, creating hairline cracks.  This “cracked glass” technique adds a wonderful vintage feel to images like this.

So, I’m still at the beach…and the fun ends tomorrow.  While you wait for me to come  home, why not visit the rest of the challenge projects on the Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG, and then did into your crafty stash and create a patriotic themed project with ribbon and link it up to the RRR Patriotic Challenge?  I’ll be stopping by to take a look!

Carry on, troops!



Crafty Secrets May Linky Party

Digital Vintage Garden Scraps for the Crafty Secrets May Linky Party

Hello, Friends!

Where oh where did April go?  I simply cannot believe that it is already time for the Crafty Secrets May Linky Party!  This one sort of snuck up on me, but I did manage to get a card made, thanks to the awesome new Digital Vintage Garden Scraps from Crafty Secrets!  Oh, how I love these beautiful images! Take a peek at the sample page.

garden-scraps-preview-web-etsyYou could make dozens and dozens of gorgeous cards, a fabulous garden mini album…beautiful botanical wall  hangings…the possibilities are endless!  But that beautiful onion seed packet caught my eye, and I worked it up into a layered card. You don’t usually think of onions finding a home on a feminine card, but I think they worked great here.

Kathy by Design for Crafty Secrets

Kathy by Design/Crafty Secrets May Linky Party

I don’t really have a tutorial this month, but I will tell you how I went about putting this card together.  Once I had selected the beautiful focal image, I inked the edges with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and then stitched it onto Lost Lagoon cardstock from Stampin’ Up.  I looked through my papers and realized that the blues in the onion advertisement would look great with the new blue pastel tile paper from Crafty Secrets.  Each layer in the card is inked with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, and this helps to unify all the different layers.  I also stitched all the layers with that same shade of thread.  I tucked in bits and pieces of the sepia prints from the Garden Scraps along with ephemera from my favorite Typography CD.

You would laugh if you watched me create these layers!  I move things around and around and around, here and there…I take away, I add in…I try this and that, and finally I come up with the combination of layers that makes me happy.  I have been known to snap a photo of the card with my phone at this point, so that I can glue it all down the exact same way!

May Linky 2015 05I painted my rusty garden fence with Picket Fence Distress Paint, just lightly brushing it over the surface to give it a weathered look.  I liked it, but it made my card look a little too dark.  So, I wove the strip of cream mesh ribbon in between the pickets to solve that problem.  I had a little wooden sign that I wanted to use, but it was dark brown.  So I painted it with a couple layers of Picket Fence Distress Paint and then brushed it lightly with Stormy Sky Distress Paint. When the paint had dried, I stamped the word “Beautiful” and a couple of flourishes on top. The wooden key was painted the same way.  The thing that really pulled everything together was the double bow tied with both aqua and white delicate stitched satin ribbon and the pretty flowers on the fence.

Here’s a peeky at the inside.

May Linky 2015 04I thought the “layers” sentiment was appropriate for this onion card!  Sometimes I crack myself up!

OK…now it’s time for you to visit the rest of the team and see what they have cooked up to inspire you this month.
DarleneDianeElizabethGinnyMelodyMichele Shantaie SheilaTeresa

Be sure to link up your project to the Crafty Secrets BLOG so that you can be eligible to win this month’s prize package.  Details and guidelines can be found on the Crafty Secrets BLOG.

Thanks for stopping by!





Kathy by Design/Victorian Calling Cards

More Victorian Calling Cards

RRR Victorian Sentiments Group B 01More Victorian Calling Cards with Really Reasonable Ribbon and Polly’s Paper

Hello, Friends!  As promised, I’m back with another trio of all occasion cards featuring Really Reasonable Ribbon and Victorian Calling Cards from Polly’s Paper Etsy shop.  I used Polly’s Victorian Trading Card All Occasion Cards Creativity Kit  and loads of my favorite ribbons to make these soft, feminine cards.

RRR Victorian Sentiments Group B 02Sympathy cards are often the hardest cards we have to make.  So I’ve used soft colors and delicate ribbon on this card. The cutaway card base is embossed, inked and then brushed with Picket Fence Distress Paint to give it a very soft, shabby feel.  I lined the card at both the edge and at the fold with s strip of light, airy Lavender Dots Organza.

RRR Victorian Sentiments Group B 02aA simple white satin bow was topped with a double layer bow made with the same ribbon.  A delicate lavender cosmos daisy finishes off the bow treatment.

RRR Victorian Sentiments Group B 02bI like to take a little extra time with my sympathy cards, so I finished the inside of this one with more papers from the kit, more embossing and whitewashing, a stamped sentiment and double rows of that lovely lavender dots organza.

RRR Victorian Sentiments Group B 03This birthday card makes me think of Paris.  I don’t know why…perhaps it’s the touches of gold.  I spritzed the papers, image and doily with my homemade gold mist.  That glorious bow is made with Variegated Gold Ribbon...which is so luxurious and shimmery….and on SALE! Honestly, the luster and shine of this ribbon cannot be rivaled. I tied that big, loopy bow with the aid of my Bow-it-All Tool, of course.

RRR Victorian Sentiments Group B 03aTo add some extra texture, I made a rustic multi-loop bow using a double strand of natural burlap string.  That bold pink button is from my stash.

RRR Victorian Sentiments Group B 03bI layered papers, tags and ephemera from the kit on the inside of the card, along with a hand written sentiment. The tag was topped with natural jute string, then the ends were frayed with a craft pick.

RRR Victorian Sentiments Group B 04This final card is so cheery and bright that you feel better just looking at it.  After joining two of the papers from the kit together with stitching, I used some ribbon scraps to create little flag elements beneath the card focal.  A sunny bow made with Yellow Gold Diamond Satin ribbon ties all the elements together perfectly.

RRR Victorian Sentiments Group B 04aThe rhinestones and stick pins are from my goodie drawer, and the loopy burlap string bow is made with light blue and navy burlap string. Adding a few dark elements like the button, navy twine and brown rhinestones really anchors the card.

RRR Victorian Sentiments Group B 04bThe inside is finished very simply with a strip of paper from the kit and stamped sentiment.

So what’s the tally now for cards made with this Victorian Trading Card Kit?  Six?  Well, believe it or not, I managed to make two more fabulous projects with this amazing kit…and I’ll be sharing those with you in May.  So stay tuned!

I hope you were introduced to some new ribbons today, and learned some of my tips for using ribbon to add the finishing touch to a card.  To me, no card is finished until you add ribbon or trim!