Country Chic Banner Spring Farmhouse

Country Chic Banner Spring Farmhouse

Hello, Friends!  Happy Friday!  I stole a few minutes of free play time yesterday to make this country chic banner with Prima Spring Farmhouse papers.  The idea has been rattling around in my brain ever since I purchased the collection but I just haven’t had the time to bring it to life.  Now, banners are one of my most favorite things to make….and one of my least favorite things to photograph.  I worked for hours editing these photos, and just could not get them to really represent how pretty this banner is in real life.  So even though Julia Child admonished us to “never apologize, never explain,”  I am apologizing in advance.  But I thought you would want to see them in case you are looking for a little springtime home decor.

To create the pennants for the banner, I die cut chocolate brown cardstock with a banner die from My Favorite Things.  The second layer is pink burlap that I free hand cut to fit between the brown gingham patterned paper, also cut with a die.  Since the largest die measures just 3 1/2″ across, I was able to use a lot of the scraps left over from earlier Spring Farmhouse Projects.  So that is a win!

Country Chic Banner Spring Farmhouse: The Details

Tulip Pink Taffeta bows are topped with brown micro gingham. A while back, I found a whole bag of hand crocheted doilies at an estate sale.  These are added to the banner to provide more texture and to add to the farmhouse vibe.

I think this banner would look so pretty hanging in the kitchen.

Someday, I’ll tell you all the story about my mom and the cow.  It’s a good one!  This image brought that story back to my mind, and I had a good laugh over it.

 

The pennants are machine stitched onto a very pretty beige netting.  In real life, the colors are soft and dreamy.  I think the fact that the photos were shot on a very overcast day affected the colors.  But at least you get the idea.  If you’d like to purchase it, you can find it in my ETSY shop…but there’s only one!

I hope I’ve shared some ideas to inspire you 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

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Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Easel cards have to be my very favorite fancy fold design.  Today’s Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial will show you how to take this always fabulous card design to new heights.

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial Graphic 45 Square Tag Square Tag and Clocks Die Eileen Hull Credit Card Sleeve Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 Dies Spellbinder Harvest Wreath Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Ooh la la!  Don’t you just love the shabby chic vintage vibe of this Authentique Glamour paper collection?   This little 5″ square card is loaded with fun, interactive features.  I had such fun making it, that I decided right on the spot to make a second one to share in a tutorial.

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial Graphic 45 Square Tag Square Tag and Clocks Die Eileen Hull Credit Card Sleeve Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 Dies Spellbinder Harvest Wreath Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

TIP: Score a 1/2″ spine into your card base design.  This way, the card will fold neatly over the dimensional brake for the easel mechanism.  I’ll show you how to do this in the video tutorial below.

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial: Add a Front Pocket

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial Graphic 45 Square Tag Square Tag and Clocks Die Eileen Hull Credit Card Sleeve Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 Dies Spellbinder Harvest Wreath Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

You all know how much I  love my pockets.  So why not create a shaped pocket on the front of this card, then tuck in a little art tag?

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial Graphic 45 Square Tag Square Tag and Clocks Die Eileen Hull Credit Card Sleeve Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 Dies Spellbinder Harvest Wreath Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 4

Cover a G45 Ivory Square Tag quickly and easily by using the Square Tag and Clock Die to cut the liner.  I’ve actually used 3 separate dies here.  In addition to the Square Tag Die, I created a peek a boo layer with a Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 Die.  The pretty laurel wreath die is a favorite from Spellbinders.   Light Blue Sheer Organza Ribbon with a Satin Center is topped with Silver Metallic String and a cameo button from my stash.  And Little Birdie Flowers (from AC Moore Crafts) add the perfect finishing touch.

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial Graphic 45 Square Tag Square Tag and Clocks Die Eileen Hull Credit Card Sleeve Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 Dies Spellbinder Harvest Wreath Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

The back side of the tag is decorated, too.

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial Graphic 45 Square Tag Square Tag and Clocks Die Eileen Hull Credit Card Sleeve Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 Dies Spellbinder Harvest Wreath Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

The stopper for this card doubles as an interior pocket.  You will learn how to add this feature in the video tutorial as well.

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial Graphic 45 Square Tag Square Tag and Clocks Die Eileen Hull Credit Card Sleeve Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 Dies Spellbinder Harvest Wreath Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

An Eileen Hull Credit Card Sleeve and Tags Die made quick work of creating this little pocket insert.

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial Graphic 45 Square Tag Square Tag and Clocks Die Eileen Hull Credit Card Sleeve Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 Dies Spellbinder Harvest Wreath Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

Learn how to create this feature in the video tutorial, too.

Authentique Glamour Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial on YouTube

So, are you ready to get your craft on?  Just hit the play button, sit back, and enjoy!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Tag & Pocket Easel Card Tutorial using the Glamour collection from Authentique Paper.  We’ve barely scratched the surface of this marvelous collection.  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Happy Blooming Birthday Succulents Card

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Happy Blooming Birthday Succulents Card

Hello, Friends!  Happy Friday!  Today I have a really fun Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Happy Blooming Birthday Succulents Card to share with you.

As you can see, I’m still having a blast with these Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse papers!    This 5″ x 7″ top fold card makes good use of all the pretty green tones from the Collector’s Essential Kit.

The succulents are from Little Birdie Crafts.  If you’ve been looking for a place to purchase these lovely flowers, you can now find them in your local AC Moore Crafts store.  (Not available online yet.)  A simple white seam binding bow adds freshness and texture to the card composition.

To soften the bold colors of the succulents, I have dry brushed them with a little ivory chalk paint.  This adds lots of depth and dimension, and it also helps all these different colors harmonize a little better.    For extra texture, I added some Coral See Prills to the edges of the wreath.

Lots of room on the inside to write a little birthday greeting.  Everything about this cheery card makes me happy!  If you’d like to see more examples of cards made from this collection, click HERE.

That’s all for me today!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Graphic 45 Love Notes Shaker Card

Graphic 45 Love Notes Shaker Card for the Really Reasonable Ribbon March Blog Hop

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon March Blog Hop.  You should be coming here filled with inspiration after visiting Karen’s lovely blog.  Today I have a  Graphic 45 Love Notes Shaker Card adorned with classically elegant ribbons from the RRR March Ribbon Club Assortment.  

Graphic 45 Love Notes Shaker Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

The ribbons in this assortment seem to have been put together with these gorgeous papers in mind.    Layer Charcoal Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon with Crochet Lace and 3/8″ Red Satin Mini Swiss Dots Ribbon for a dramatic border treatment.

Really Reasonable Ribbon Charcoal Checkerboard Satin AC Moore flowers from Little Birdie by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Charcoal Checkerboard Satin Ribbon and Silver Metallic String make beautiful music together with this cluster of Little Birdie Flowers from AC Moore.

Little Birdie Flowers from AC Moore  Graphic 45 Love Notes Tim Holtz Vignette Frame Shaker Card by Kathy Clement

 

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The shaker frame element is created with an altered Tim Holtz Vignette Frame.

Graphic 45 Love Notes Shaker Card: A Peek  Inside

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Since I was working with mostly scraps of this collection, I kept the inside simple.  Adhere the small sentiment card on sides and bottom to create a quick gift card holder.  Then you still have lots of room to write your own personal message.

If you’d like to see more Love Notes Projects, click HERE.

On with the Hop

From here, hop on over to see what clever creation the amazing Linsey has for you today.  You’ll find the complete hop list over on the RRR Blog.  Be sure to visit and comment on all the blogs in the hop so that your name will be entered into the drawing for a free Ribbon Club Assortment!

If you haven’t signed up for the RRR Ribbon Club yet, it’s easy to do!  Just click HERE, and you’ll start receiving your very own selection of gorgeous ribbons each month.  So many of my readers have signed up and they all tell me it’s like getting a Christmas present in the  mail every month.  How fun is that?

Enjoy the hop!

Cheerio,

kathy

Tissue Wrapped Springtime Folio

Tissue Wrapped Springtime Folio with Stamperia Lilac and Flower Alphabet

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a sweet Tissue Wrapped Springtime Folio to share with you.  The latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog is being hosted by my incredibly talented friend, Sara Emily.  Her challenge theme is “Pass the Tissues,Please”  and requires you to use tissue paper or rice paper in your project.  We’ll take a look at my journal in a moment, but first. let’s see what Sara has to say about this interesting challenge.

Challenge Theme: Pass the Tissues, Please!
Since we are still in ‘cold season’, I always make sure I’m stocked up on tissues in my home, in my purse and in the car. For this theme, I would like to see how you incorporate tissue paper into your vintage or shabby chic project. You can use regular tissues, tissue wrapping paper, sewing patterns or even collage paper, rice papers or tissue wrap designed especially for crafting.

Sound like fun?  I thought so!  Let’s dive in!

Finnabair Art Tissue, Stamperia Lilac, Flower Alphabet Soup

Stamperia Lilac Flower Alphabet Tissue Wrapped Journal Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Heartfelt Creations Lush Lilac by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

For me, every project idea starts with designer paper.  I flipped through my stash of gorgeous Stamperia papers and could not choose between Lilac and Flower Alphabet.  So I used them both in the creation of this 5″ x 7″ wrap style folio.   The base is made by scoring a 7″ x 18″ piece of 18 pt. Grocery Bag Cardstock into three 5″ panels with a quarter inch spine between.  I chose to work with this because of its strength and ability to stand up to mixed media treatments.

NOTE: If I had it to do over again, I would  have scored 3/4″ spines to allow the folio to close with ease.  This one is as snug as your grandpa’s belt after Thanksgiving dinner.

TIP: You can create your own oversized cardstock by joining two panels of Dina Wakely Media Kraft Cardstock with Scor-Tape.

My tissue paper choice is this Finnabair Art Alchemy Musica paper from Prima.  The spring greens and lilac shades are a perfect color match for the two Stamperia collections.

Tissue Wrapped Springtime Folio: The Process

Stamperia Lilac Flower Alphabet Tissue Wrapped Journal Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Heartfelt Creations Lush Lilac by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

Here’s how I wrapped the folio with the tissue.  It’s a pretty simple process.

  • First, open a sheet of the Finnabair tissue and lay it face down on your work surface.
  • Next, cover the face of the folio base with Distress Collage medium.  You will need to work quickly as this medium is fast drying.
  • Now, center the folio base face down over the tissue paper, keeping it as straight as you can. Gently brayer over the paper to seal it to the base.
  • At this point, I folded the tissue paper over the interior of the folio to see how much I should trim away.  I wanted it to completely cover the folio interior without excessive overlap.
  • Next, cut “v” slits in the 4 corners of the tissue paper to make it easier to wrap and fold it over the folio interior.  This is done the same way as you would if you were wrapping a mini album cover with paper.
  • Now, brush the inside of the folio base with a good layer of Distress collage medium, then fold the tissue paper to the inside of the folio.  You will have overlap, and that is fine.  Just keep adding Distress Collage Medium until all the edges are sealed.
  • Finally, use a brayer to gently seal the tissue paper to the folio surface.  Carefully fold along the score lines and then walk away and let everything dry.

TIP: Dry time is essential!  Damp tissue paper tears.

Tissue Wrapped Springtime Folio: Rice Paper Overlay

I cut a medallion from some Stamperia Rice Paper that I had in my stash, and layered that over the folio front.  Then I brayered  and spattered small amounts of Distress paint to create a more aged appearance.  Next I applied two coats of clear Gesso.  After this, I applied Distress Oxide Inks through a Stamperia stencil, followed by Distress Opaque Crackle Texture.  The crackle medium picks up color from the Oxide Ink and the end result is so pretty.

Tissue Wrapped Springtime Folio: The Frame and Flowers

Stamperia Lilac Flower Alphabet Tissue Wrapped Journal Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Heartfelt Creations Lush Lilac by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 03

I am loving the new Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frames!  They alter beautifully!

TIP: Use scraps of rice paper to decorate the frame.

To alter the frame, I brushed it with Oxide Inks, spattered with Distress Paints and misted with Mica Spray.   The image is from the Flower Alphabet Collection.  I pulled out some Heartfelt Creations Lilac stamps and dies to make the flowers and leaves.  Vintage lace and buttons from my stash add the perfect finishing touch.

Tissue Wrapped Springtime Folio: A Peek Inside

I had such a good time adding flips and pockets and tuck spots to this sweet little lap book.

Stamperia Lilac Flower Alphabet Tissue Wrapped Journal Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Heartfelt Creations Lush Lilac by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

Stamperia Lilac Flower Alphabet Tissue Wrapped Journal Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Heartfelt Creations Lush Lilac by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 05

Stamperia Lilac Flower Alphabet Tissue Wrapped Journal Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Heartfelt Creations Lush Lilac by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 06

Stamperia Lilac Flower Alphabet Tissue Wrapped Journal Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Heartfelt Creations Lush Lilac by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 07

Here’s a look at the folio fully opened.

Stamperia Lilac Flower Alphabet Tissue Wrapped Journal Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Heartfelt Creations Lush Lilac by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 08

Stamperia Lilac Flower Alphabet Tissue Wrapped Journal Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Heartfelt Creations Lush Lilac by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 09

I stitched up a rice paper lavender sachet then topped it with these sweet charms from The Funkie Junkie Boutique. It smells heavenly!

Stamperia Lilac Flower Alphabet Tissue Wrapped Journal Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Heartfelt Creations Lush Lilac by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 10

Stamperia Lilac Flower Alphabet Tissue Wrapped Journal Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Heartfelt Creations Lush Lilac by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 11

This altered envelope is the perfect size to hold a teabag.

Stamperia Lilac Flower Alphabet Tissue Wrapped Journal Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Heartfelt Creations Lush Lilac by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 12

And what could be sweeter than a little honey stick, chocolate, stitched bookmark and itty bitty silver spoon to go with it?

Tissue Wrapped Folio Video Tour with Tips and Tricks

To help you get a feel for the flow of this album, I prepared a short video tour with tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.

Pass the Tissues, Please…Now it’s YOUR turn!

To join in on this challenge, simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project that uses tissue paper in any of the forms laid out in the challenge description.  Then link it up to the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, March 26th.

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot  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. In addition, the Design Team will select three further outstanding entries and those creators will receive a Top Pick badge to display on their blogs! You can find all the rules HERE.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

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

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