Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial with Embossing Texture Paste & Sparkle Paste

Hello, Friends!  I’m having so much fun learning to walk in my Mixed Media Boots!  Today I have a Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial to share with you.  Making this project was a blast!  I got to play with some new (to me) mixed media products like Embossing Texture Paste and Sparkle Paste and stencils and of course, beautiful Little Birdie Flowers.

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial Embossing Texture Paste by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

This 8″ x 6″ wood pallet was languishing in the clearance bin.  I picked it up to look at it and the next thing I knew, it had jumped right into my cart!  It was a real Plain Jane piece, but now it is bursting with color, texture, layers and gorgeous flowers.

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial Embossing Texture Paste by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 02

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet: From Plain Jane to Just Plain Gorgeous

Here’s how this came together.  I also have a step out tutorial video below, so feel free to skip on down to that if you’d like.

  • First, lightly sand the surface of the pallet board to prepare it for paint.
  • Next, create a wash with Little Birdie Sand Stone and Wild Moss Paints and a few spritzes of water from a misting bottle.
  • Now, randomly brush the paint over the surface of the pallet.  Be sure to heat dry between layers and repeat as needed. Clean your brush off on a 4×4 burlap panel.  Waste not, want not!
  • Then, apply Mint Fizz Sparkle paste through a Script Stencil on the right hand side of the pallet.  Heat dry.
  • Now, apply Berry Burst Embossing Texture Paste through the Cobble Circle Stencil on the left hand side of the pallet.  Heat Dry.  Keep your heat gun moving and be patient.  The Embossing Texture paste is “cooked” when it begins to lighten in color and develop some texture.  It’s sooooo cool!
  • Now you’ve got a great foundation to build on!
Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet: Adding the Details

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial Embossing Texture Paste by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 03

Here are the next steps in the process.

  • First, fussy cut the succulent wreath from Succulent Garden 12×12 Paper Pack

TIP:   Trim around the outside of the wreath first.  Because there are so many intricate pieces, i left a little white border all the way around so that I would not accidentally ciip off any wispy bits.  Then lay the trimmed wreath on a glass mat (or the glass from an old picture frame). Use a craft knife to cut a couple of triangular pieces from the white center of the wreath.  Now you’ll be able to fit your scissor blades inside the wreath and cut it easily.

  • Next, dry brush the cut edges with any paint that’s left on your brush.
  • Then add chipboard or foam tabs to the back side of the wreath to add dimension.
  • Glue in place on the prepared burlap panel.
  • Now brush the chipboard sentiment with a wash of the same chalk paints.
  • Heat dry the chipboard, then sponge the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to add shading and dimension.  Hot glue in place.
Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial: Adding the Flowers

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial Embossing Texture Paste by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 04

Finish off your wood pallet with an assortment of Little Birdie Flowers, Succulents and Foliage.  You can watch me build this arrangement in the video that follows.

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial Video

This 20 minute video will guide you step by step through my creative process.  I hope you enjoy!

Little Birdie Products Used in this Project

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Mini Album

Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Mini Album for Frilly and Funkie “By Airmail” Challenge

Hello, Friends!  How do you feel about joining me for a little escape to Paradise today?  I’ve created this Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Mini Album for the “By Airmail” Challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  We’ll dig into the album in a moment, but first, let’s see what the marvelous Jenny Marples, our lovely challenge hostess, has to say about the theme.

Challenge Theme: By Airmail
I just love sending and receiving letters in the mail. And especially love the stamps, airmail stickers and postmarks that these letters pick up along the way. For this challenge, create a vintage or shabby chic postal themed project. Think old fashioned aircraft, airmail stamps, post marks, postage stamps.

Now, grab your flip flops and suntan lotion and meet me in Paradise!

Tropical Travelogue Mini Album

Tropical Travelogue Mini Album Tropical Travelogue by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

These are the colors of summer, my friends!  And I love them.  I found this 9″ x 6″ wood cover mini album while cleaning out the Closet of Shame.  The base is thin wood with pre-drilled “O-rings that serve as the binding mechanism.  The cover is treated with some fun mixed media techniques that I discuss in the video tour below.  (I think I’m starting to get the hang of this mixed media thing…and I think I love it!)

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To keep with the challenge theme, I used this large postage stamp from the Tropical Travelogue Collection as the focal image.  The postcard, also from the collection, is stitched onto burlap.  Wood charms (Prima French Riviera/retired) and antique bronze charm are tapped with Vintaj Patina inks to age and distress them.

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These charms are from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I love the palm tree!

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And here’s a look at the front and back covers.

Tropical Travelogue Mini Album: How to Make a Belly Band

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The belly band inside the front cover holds three 7″ x 5″ photo mounts covered with the zebra print from the collection.  Here’s how I made it:

  • First, fussy cut the border strip from the signature page.  I used my paper trimmer, most of the way, then switched to scissors when I got to the flowers.
  • Next, trim the width so that it is 2″ wider than your inside cover.
  • Now score a 1″ flap on either end of the border strip.
  • Then adhere the flaps to each side of the page.
  • Finally, cut out a postage stamp and adhere it in the upper right hand corner.
  • Photo mounts measure 7.25″ x 5.25″.  The zebra lining is 7″ x 5″.

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On the facing page, I created a little gatefold flap.  You’ll see how this works in the video.

Tropical Travelogue Mini Album: Flap Page and Waterfall Feature

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This flap feature lifts to reveal a 6″ x 4″ postcard for journaling.  And every tropical paradise needs a waterfall.  So I created a waterfall feature on the facing page.  You can fit 18 photos in this, and the final page has a fun pocket with inserts.  You’ll see that in the video.

Tropical Travelogue Mini Album: Pull Out Page and Back Cover

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Even though this album only has a few pages, it has loads of room for photos.

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This accordion style pull out page will hold a dozen 4″ x 5″ photos.  I attached the flap behind the main panel.  The green giraffe print will hold a 7″ x 5″ photo, or lots of smaller photos.  The gorgeous image of the sea goddess is actually a flap page with room on the back for journaling or photos.

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Inside the back cover, I created a pocket page.  This is made with the other large border strip from the Tropical Travelogue signature page.  Once again, I combined fussy cutting with straight line cutting to create an interesting edge.  These images and journal cards from the collection tuck inside the pocket.  And there’s plenty of room for more photos, if desired.

Tropical Travelogue Mini Album Tour on YouTube

In this 10 minute video I’ll show you how all the interactive parts work.  I’ll also talk about the process I used to create the mixed media background on the album cover.  There are lots of good tips and tricks shared in the course of the presentation.  I hope you enjoy!

“By Airmail” …Now it’s YOUR Turn!

I hope you’ll play along in this fun challenge by linking up your vintage or shabby chic postal inspired project at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.

The winner will earn the chance to be a Guest Designer here at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. We are also awarding Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because we can’t pick just one favorite!

You have until 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, July 3rd to link your project.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, techniques and ideas that you can use in your own craft adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Product Links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique



Happy Birthday to Etsy Sale

Happy Birthday to Etsy Sale at Kathy by Design Etsy Shop

Hello, Friends!  I’m just popping in very briefly today with a little announcement.  Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade goods turned 13 this week!  This is where I sell the lovely projects that I share with you here on this blog.  To join in on the celebration, my Kathy by Design Etsy Shop  is having a little Happy Birthday to Etsy sale through June 22nd.  I’m offering a 10% discount on orders of $20 or more.

In addition to my handmade paper art products, I have a lovely selection of Little Birdie Crafts Flowers.  These are also on sale through Friday.

You can find my ETSY Shop HERE...and all the details about the sale are in the shop announcement on my home page.

I just thought I’d share the news!

Happy birthday to ETSY and happy shopping!

 

Cheerio,

kathy

Sea Maiden: Mermaids, Sea Horses, Starfish, and Sand Dollars

Authentique Sea Maiden Project Share: Mermaids, Sea Horses, Starfish and Sand Dollars

Hello, Friends!  Remember my post from two weeks ago, where I shared a project from my rainy weekend at the beach?  Well, it really rained!  So I had time to create a couple more projects with Authentique Sea Maiden.  This post is filled with Mermaids, Sea Horses, Starfish and Sand Dollars, so pull out your flip flops and let’s take a little beach adventure together.

Sea Maiden Project #1: Sea Horses, Starfish and Sand Dollars

Sand and Sea Beach Walk Folio Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 01

I know…where are the flowers? Where is the ribbon? When designing this Beach Walk Folio, I wanted to keep things a little more simple and streamlined.

Sand and Sea Beach Walk Folio Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 02

The trifold folio is my go to 5″ x 7″ size.  But this time I designed a cut away cover with a belted belly band closure.

Sand and Sea Beach Walk Folio Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 03

Instead of flowers, I decorated the cover with this removable mixed media tag.

How to Make a Sea Maiden Mixed Media Tag

You’ll need a Graphic 45 Regular Kraft Tag and the matching die to make this tag.  You’ll also need the Tim Holtz Sand and Sea Bigz Die, an embossing folder, Vintage Photo Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink and UTEE powder (Ultra Thick Embossing Powder) medium weight chipboard and a heat tool.

  • First, die cut a cover and a back for the G45 Regular tag. Ink the edges and adhere to the front and back of the tag.
  • Next, select 2 or 3 patterns of Sea Maiden paper and die cut the sand dollar, seahorse and starfish with the Sand & Sea die.
  • Now, die cut again, using medium weight chipboard.
  • Place the die cut paper (not the chipboard!) in your chosen embossing folder.  I used Tim’s Croc Texture Fade.) On the flat (debossed side) of the folder, rub the surface with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Mist the die cuts lightly with water and emboss according to your machine’s instructions.
  • Next, sprinkle Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder randomly over the surface of the die cut images.   Heat set.Sand and Sea Beach Walk Folio Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 04
  • Now, apply a generous amount of Versamark Ink over the entire surface of the die cuts.
  • Next, add a fairly heavy layer of UTEE over the prepared die cuts.  Tip off the excess and heat set.
  • Let the embossed images cool completely before handling.  Melted UTEE is HOT!
  • Once the die cuts have cooled completely you can kind of shape them with your fingers and adhere to the die cut chipboard.
  • Adhere the seahorse, sand dollar and starfish to the prepared tag.  Spatter everything with diluted walnut ink.  Add charms and bow.
Sea Maiden Beach Walk Folio: A Peek Inside

Since I’ve prepared a video tour of this project with you, I’ll just share a couple of photos of the inside to whet your appetite.

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Sea Maiden “Be Mermazing”  Shaker Card

Because I was having so much fun…and because the rain simply would not stop, I also put together this darling 4.25″ x 5.5″ “Be Mermazing” Shaker Card.

Be Mermazing Mermaid Shaker Card Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 01

The card base and all the little banner flags were made while I was at the beach.  Banner flags are a great way to use up a bunch of pretty little paper scraps!  The card was embellished once I got home.  I’ve been dying to use this gorgeous seahorse key, and this was just the project for it.  The other beachy charms are attached with silver metallic string.  Then I added a beautiful bow and Little Birdie Flowers to finish the card.

Be Mermazing Mermaid Shaker Card Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 02The shaker element was created when I got home.   Spellbinder’s Circle dies  can be nested together to create the “porthole” frame for this lovely little mermaid.  I love the way the sequins, little pearls, seed beads, glitter and sequins make it look like she’s floating on a wave.

Be Mermazing Mermaid Shaker Card Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 03

My goal for this project was to use as many of my scraps as possible.  So there are lots of little tags and bits and pieces used in various ways.

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Since I was at the beach and didn’t have a printer, I just wrote out this Mermaid Wisdom by hand.

Sea Maiden Project Share on YouTube

To help you get a feel for the flow of these projects, I’ve prepared a little video.  I’ll show you how all the mechanisms work and share some ideas that I think you will enjoy using in your own craft time.

I hope you’ve found some ideas, tips and techniques that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  My only complaint about this collection is that it is so beautiful that you don’t want to stop playing with it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Tag Folio Tutorial

Frilly & Funkie Saturday Showcase: Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Tag Folio Tutorial with Flower Shaping Techniques, How to Make a Pocket, and Step x Step Video

Hello Friends!  Phew!  That was a mouthful for a Saturday morning!  I’m being featured on the Frilly & Funkie Saturday Showcase today where I’m sharing this Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Tag Folio Tutorial.

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Tag Folio by Kathy Clement

If looks like “your cup of tea” (see what I did there?) I hope you’ll pop on over and say hello at the Frilly and Funkie blog.  I’m sharing a great video tutorial, tips for how to use these fabulous G45 Tag Dies, flower shaping techniques, gift card pocket tutorial and so much more!  This is a great way to get your creative mojo flowing this weekend!

I’ll see you over at Frilly and Funkie!

Cheerio,

kathy

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