Graphic 45 DIY Home Decor

Graphic 45 DIY Home Decor: CREATE!  An Upcycled Project

Hello, G45ers!  I love thrift shops…and flea markets…and yard sales, too!  Nothing gives me more of a thrill than finding someone’s castaway, buying it for a song and turning it into treasure.  That’s what I did when I made this Graphic 45 DIY home decor for my new studio.  It’s being featured on the Graphic 45 BLOG today, and I hope you’ll pop by and take a peek at it.

Graphic 45 DIY Home Decor, DIY Quotes and Newsprint, City Scapes by Kathy Clement Product By Graphic 45.Photo 1

This is easily the largest project I’ve ever tackled.  It measures 3 feet long by 12″ high.  The wrought iron finials make it even longer!  I’ve hung this in my studio above my work desk, and I just love it!

Here’s a look at the piece before I went to work on it:

Graphic 45 DIY Home Decor Step Out Photo, DIY Quotes and Newsprint, Cityscapes, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 1You probably cant see it in these photos, but lots of the paper had chipped off, and everything was really faded.  But….it was on sale for half price, and I fell in love with the metal finials, so I had to bring it home with me.

Here it is hanging in my studio:

Graphic 45 DIY Home Decor, DIY Quotes and Newsprint, Cityscapes, Process Photo, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8I hope you’ll find a minute to pop over to Graphic 45 where you’ll find process photos, designer tips and more close up views.

If you don’t have time to visit the G45 Blog, here’s a YouTube Video for you to enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Petaloo Flip Flops Party

Let’s Have a Flip Flops Party with Petaloo International Flowers

Hello, Friends!  Summertime is party time for many of us.  Between pool parties, birthday parties, family gatherings and slumber parties it seems like we just party all the time! These are always fun, but sometimes kids get bored and need a fun activity to keep the mood festive.  So why not throw a Petaloo flip flops party?  I did this very thing at a recent family birthday party, and we had so much fun!

Gramps bday flip flops 017Buying your flip flops at a discount store makes this a super affordable project.  This is the pair of flip flops we dressed up for Julia (age 4).  She loved being able to pick out her favorite ribbons, buttons and Petaloo flowers!

Gramps bday flip flops 015 I can’t get over how easy it was to transform these ordinary flip flops into boutique worthy footwear.

Gramps bday flip flops 019Sophie (age 7) chose purple ribbons and Petaloo Flora Doodle Layers for these ooh la la flip flops.

Gramps bday flip flops 008And here she is modeling them.  Too cute, right?

Gramps bday flip flops 021Even Mom got in on the fun!  Mindy added neutral ribbons and Burlap Daisy Layers to these cute flip flops. The Flora Doodles and Daisy Layers have 15-25 flowers per package, so you can have a lot of fun for not a lot of money.

Throw in some DIY pedicures and a flip flops fashion show and you’ve created a family time they’ll be talking about for years to come!

Hope I shared an idea that you’ll be able to put to good use!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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DIY Sunshine Happiness Journal for Tweens

Summer Fun with  Petaloo: DIY Sunshine Happiness Journal

Hello, Petaloo Fans! Today I have  a fun activity for your tweens. This DIY Sunshine Happiness Journal is a quick, easy and affordable project.  It’s perfect for taking along on a long car trip, tucking into a camper’s suitcase, carrying on an airplane or taking to Grandma’s house.

Beautiful Reasons to be Happy Alered Journall by Kathy Clement for Petaloo Summer Fun with Kids Product by Petaloo and Simple Stories Photo 1

The base of the Sunshine Happiness Journal is a standard steno notebook.  These are awesome, because the back cover is so sturdy you don’t need a desk.  This is such a simple make that your tween could put this together all on her own.  (I did not make one for a boy, but you could do so easily!)

Beautiful Reasons to be Happy Alered Journall by Kathy Clement for Petaloo Summer Fun with Kids Product by Petaloo and Simple Stories Photo 2

I decorated the cover with Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness paper, then added on chipboard elements and stickers for extra fun.

Beautiful Reasons to be Happy Alered Journall by Kathy Clement for Petaloo Summer Fun with Kids Product by Petaloo and Simple Stories Photo 3jpg

What tween wouldn’t love to jwrite in this cute Sunshine Happiness Journal?  Plenty of pink Petaloo posies make it extra special!

 

Beautiful Reasons to be Happy Alered Journall by Kathy Clement for Petaloo Summer Fun with Kids Product by Petaloo and Simple Stories Photo 4

 

Decorate the inside cover with more designer papers and create a simple slash pocket to hold journaling cards.  The cards can be glued into the journal along with photos.

Beautiful Reasons to be Happy Alered Journall by Kathy Clement for Petaloo Summer Fun with Kids Product by Petaloo and Simple Stories Photo 5

 

These fun journal cards will look great when added to the inside pages. You could add postage stamps and envelopes to the pocket to encourage your tween to write letters home from camp or grandma’s house. Tuck in a hot pink pen, and you’re good to go!

Wishing you a fun filled summer! Now go get your craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

Petaloo Products used in this project:

Gerber Daisy x 6 light pink SKU: 1174-101

Mini Gerber Daisy x 12 fuschia/pink SKU: 1175-102

Botanica Petite’s x 11 FuschiaSKU: 1101-102

Mini Burlap x 11 Antique Red SKU: 1208-250

Other Products

Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness

Really Reasonable Ribbon Geranium Pink Lattice Print Satin

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Frilly Funkie By the Sea

Frilly Funkie By the Sea Challenge

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another challenge over on the Frilly & Funkie Blog, and this go round, I get to be the hostess.  Hooray!  Since I’ve not had time to take a real vacation this year, I keep taking little virtual getaways by creating beach themed projects.  It’s like the old long distance commercials from so many years ago: it’s the next best thing to being there!  So I’ve created this By the Sea Altered ATC box that is loaded with vintage goodness and a beachy color palette.  But before I share it with you, here’s the details on this By the Sea Challenge:

It’s summertime, and our minds turn toward the shore where we find sparkling sands, delicate shells and refreshing breezes.  Let’s take a virtual beach trip by creating any kind of vintage or shabby chic project that features a nautical or beach theme and color palette.

By the Sea with Prima French Riviera and Graphic 45

By the Sea Altered Graphic 45 ATC Book Box by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie By the Sea Challenge, Product by Prima French Riviera and Graphic 45 Photo 2Ooh la la!  I love these beachy blues!  The box base is a Graphic 45 ATC Box.  After texturing the Prima French Riviera papers with a woodgrain embossing folder, I glued them onto the sides of the box.  Next, I coated them with Distress Vintage Vintage Collage Medium and smudged them with Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky Distress Paint.  All the edges were sponged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I distressed a Graphic 45 Staples Shabby Chic Door Plate to add to the front of the box.  And, you’ll see one of the Graphic 45 Ornate Keys as well. Then I tied all those shades of blue together with some gorgeous Petaloo Penny Lane flowers.

By the Sea Altered Graphic 45 ATC Book Box by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie By the Sea Challenge, Product by Prima French Riviera and Graphic 45 Photo 3I added a bunch of pretty charms  from the Funkie Junkie Boutique to custom dyed seam binding ribbon.  You can get a good look at the texture in this photo.

By the Sea Altered Graphic 45 ATC Book Box by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie By the Sea Challenge, Product by Prima French Riviera and Graphic 45 Photo 6I used more of the woodgrain paper inside the box along with chipboard and ephemera pieces from the collection.

By the Sea Altered Graphic 45 ATC Book Box by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie By the Sea Challenge, Product by Prima French Riviera and Graphic 45 Photo 10There is an ATC tag mini album tucked behind the focal image on the right.  The back of each tag has a flip out photo mount, so you could store 3 photos on each tag, and add one larger photo tot he back of the box, if desired.

By the Sea on YouTube

Rather than load a ton of pictures into the post, I’ve prepared a very short, 2 minute YouTube video so you can see all the fun details.  I hope you enjoy!

I hope you’ll join in on this fun challenge by  linking up your own By the Sea themed vintage or shabby chic project over at the Frilly & Funkie BLOG.  The design team will ask the designer of their favorite project to take a Guest Designer spot on the Frilly & Funkie Blog.  Three other designers will be awarded badges to display on their blogs and everyone who follows the challenge guidelines will be entered into a draw for a $25 shopping spree at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

To get inspired, why not hop on over to the Frilly Funkie BLOG to see what the rest of the Frilly team have prepared for you.  And next week, the Funkie side of the team will share their take on the theme as well.

You have until midnight on Tuesday, August 9th to play along.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Products from the Funkie Junkie Boutique


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Nautical Rose Tutorial

Heartfelt Creations July Alumni Blog Hop: Nautical Rose Tutorial & Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the July 2016 Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop!  I’m the first stop on the hop this month.  From here you will go to Vicki’s lovely blog.  Today I’m sharing a Nautical Rose Tutorial using the Botanical Rose stamps and dies from Heartfelt Creations.  I’ve paired it up with gorgeous satin ribbon and trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Nautical RoseTutorial Card by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations July 2016 Alumni Hop product by Really Reasonable Ribbon and Heartfelt Creations Photo 1I just love these sagey greens.  We have a beach near us where the water looks just like this on a sunny day!

Nautical Rose Tutorial Card by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations July 2016 Alumni Hop product by Really Reasonable Ribbon and Heartfelt Creations Photo 2I just love this Botanical Rose die, and it works great as a Nautical Rose, doesn’t it?  To give it a vintage look, I painted it with Ranger Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint after it was all put together.  The paint reacts slightly with the Distress Inks I used on the petals and the end result is totally yummy!

Nautical Rose Tutorial Card by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations July 2016 Alumni Hop product by Really Reasonable Ribbon and Heartfelt Creations Photo 3I often use the Heartfelt Designer paper as the base for my stamped flowers.  Most of the coloring is all done for you this way, and the paper is the perfect weight for shaping.

Nautical Rose Tutorial Card by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations July 2016 Alumni Hop product by Really Reasonable Ribbon and Heartfelt Creations Photo 4This gorgeous sage green satin from Really Reasonable Ribbon is the perfect color match for these papers.  It has a lovely soft shimmer that adds extra texture to this card.  Adding some Natural Burlap String makes for a fuller bow cluster, which I love!  I also used Ivory Burlap Woven Ribbon as a header on the card.  Simply separate the strands with your fingers to add even more yummy texture to your card.http://allidoisstamp.blogspot.com/search/label/Heartfelt%20Creations

On with the Blog Hop!

The hop will last until midnight EST Friday, July 29th.  One commenter will be randomly chosen from a randomly chosen blog, so be sure to visit everyone on the hop and leave a comment.  The winner will be announced on Saturday and will receive a $25 gift card from Heartfelt Creations.  They will have 72 hours to claim the prize by contacting emmalou@heartfeltcreations.us with the words July Alumni Hop Winner in the subject line.

Here’s the blog hop lineup this month:

Kathy Clement: You are HERE

I’ve prepared a Nautical Rose Tutorial for you below.  Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Nautical Rose Tutorial

Supplies”

Directions

NOTE: I Ink the edges of all cut papers with Tea Dye and Iced Spruce, Tea Dye and Bundled Sage Distress Inks.

Create a 4.75″ x 5.75″ card base from Soft Sky Cardstock.

Cut a slightly smaller panel of sea green designer paper.

Cut a 4.57″ x 3.75″ rectangle of sand colored designer paper and place in center of sea green paper.

Stitch both papers togehter and then glue onto card base.

Cut a 3.75″ x 5.75″ fishtail banner from anchor patterned paper.  Stitch onto ivory burlap. Cut a 4″ length of Ivory Woven Burlap.  Separate the fibers gently and then attach to the top of the banner flag.  Add brad to center.  Center and glue onto card base.

Cut 2 sets of Everyday Hero Die, one from ivory paper, one from designer paper.  Cut in half.  Back the designer paper with the ivory paper to create a shadow, as seen in photo.

Trim the anchor journal card.  Stitch onto ivory burlap, then mat on brown cardstock. Snip the swirls on the Everyday Hero Die so that they can be slipped over the edge of the mat. Glue in place. Attach to card with foam dimensionals.

Tie double loop bow with sage satin ribbon.  Top with natural burlap string bow.  Glue onto side of card.

Stamp 2 sets of Botanical Roses onto designer paper with Versamagic Ink.  Heat emboss with clear embossing powder.  Die cut with Botanical Wings Die.  Sponge copper ink in center and Cracked Pistachio on the edges.  Shape with Flower Shaping tool kit.  Stack together.  Glue onto bow cluster.  Paint petals with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Ink.

Finish the inside of the card with anchor paper and sentiment stamp.

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Safari Adventure Pocket Card

Graphic 45 Safari Adventure Pocket Card with Snapguide Tutorial

Hello, G45’ers!  Are you ready for adventure?  Of course I’m talking about the Safari Adventure Collection from Graphic 45!  This collection is so stylish and perfect for cardmaking.  I created this Safari Adventure Pocket card in under an hour with very few supplies, then worked up a Snapguide tutorial so you can make one, too.

Safari Adventure Pocket Card Snapguide Tutorial by Kathy Clement Graphic 45 Safari Adventure Photo 1Don’t you just adore the bright tropical colors and gorgeous patterns in this collection?

Safari Adventure Pocket Card Snapguide Tutorial by Kathy Clement Graphic 45 Safari Adventure Photo 2This 5″ x 7″ top fold card is loaded with fun textures: machine stitching, burlap, Petaloo flowers, ribbon and twine all come together in technicolor glory!

Safari Adventure Pocket Card Snapguide Tutorial by Kathy Clement Graphic 45 Safari Adventure Photo 3Using foam dimensionals between images adds lots of depth and dimension.  Using the Safari Adventure Chipboard makes for an easy sentiment panel on the card.

Safari Adventure Pocket Card Snapguide Tutorial by Kathy Clement Graphic 45 Safari Adventure Photo 4And there are so many great images to fussy cut: flowers, leaves, parrots, and other critters.  Oh, my!

Here’s a peeky at the inside:

Safari Adventure Pocket Card Snapguide Tutorial by Kathy Clement Graphic 45 Safari Adventure Photo 6Here’s a fun tip:  I cut apart one of the cute little envelopes from the tags and envelopes package to make my gift card pocket on the top half of the card.

Safari Adventure Pocket Card Snapguide Tutorial by Kathy Clement Graphic 45 Safari Adventure Photo 7Then I made a quick and easy pocket on the bottom half and stuffed it with tags and ephemera from the collection.  It looks so classy, but is super easy to do!

If you’d like to make your own Safari Adventure Pocket Card, just follow the simple steps in this Snapguide.  You’ll also find a complete supply list there, too.

 
Check out How to Make a Graphic 45 Safari Adventure Pocket Card by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

I love hearing from you!  Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts with me.

Thanks for stopping by,

Cheerio,

kathy

You’re in My Thoughts Pocket Card

Really Reasonable Ribbon: You’re in My Thoughts Pocket Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Do you ever run across a color combination that takes you back to a specific place and time?  Today’s card did that for me.  The colors put me in mind of the soft velvety sunsets I enjoyed up on the hill where I grew up in Vermont.  Here’s a first look at my You’re in My Thoughts pocket card.

You're in My Thoughts Pocket Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Prima Something Blue Photo 1I can almost hear the crickets chirping and feel the soft summer night on my cheek when I look at this card made with Prima’s “Something Blue” paper collection.  And I found the perfect ribbon playmates in luxurious Rust Silky Crush Ribbon and delicate Salmon Pink Seam Binding.

You're in My Thoughts Pocket Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Prima Something Blue Photo 2Working with the Silky Crush Ribbon is a joy!  This ribbon ties up into the most gorgeous bows! The wrinkles and texture add an extra level of shabby chic to a card like this.  I think I’m going to have to get this in every lovely shade that’s available in the RRR Shop.

Happy Accident

You're in My Thoughts Pocket Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Prima Something Blue Photo 3Here’s a close up of the bow cluster. I topped it with a gorgeous Petaloo Darjeeling Spice Anemone.  Would you like to know how I made these paper curls?  It’s was one of those “happy accidents” that we all love so much.  I was using my guillotine trimmer to shave off a small slice of my card base and as I was about to toss the shavings into the bin I had one of those, “What if….” moments.  So I gently curled the paper against the handle of a small paintbrush, just as you would with curling ribbon and before my very eyes, my “What if” turned into a “Voila!” moment. I simply used my glue gun to add them to the bow cluster.

You’re in My Thoughts:  A Look Inside

You're in My Thoughts Pocket Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Prima Something Blue Photo 4I had a good time decorating the inside of this card, too. I added a gift card pocket with a couple of sweet surprises for the recipient in the upper half of the card.

You're in My Thoughts Pocket Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Prima Something Blue Photo 5And so as not to play favorites, I created a pocket on the bottom of this You’re in My Thoughts card.

You're in My Thoughts Pocket Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Prima Something Blue Photo 6It’s filled with sweet surprises, too.  The small tag would make a great bookmark, and I think the larger tag would be so pretty on a fridge or a work cubicle.  Just personalize the tag, and you’re all set!

I’m always amazed at the power of paper to stir up memory.  Does this color combo remind you of anything?  If so, I’d love to hear in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!  Now go get your craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

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