Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor for Little Birdie Crafts

Hello, Friends!  We are still waiting for fall weather to arrive here in North Carolina.  I thought perhaps I could conjure up some cool crisp days with this Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor piece created for Little Birdie Crafts.  Fall flowers, a really cool textured wooden pumpkin and a matching hostess gift card sing Autumn Leaves to me!

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I tried some new mixed media techniques on this one, and I have to say, I’m super happy with the way it turned out.  The matching hostess gift card is made from the scraps I had on my table.

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor: Creating the Base

The base for this project is a 12″ x 9″ wood pumpkin from Hobby Lobby.  You can use whatever you can find in your stash, or cut your own pumpkin shape from chipboard.

Begin by applying a liberal coat of Little Birdie Grainy Texture Paste over the surface.  Use a palette knife, or even an old credit card for this step.  Don’t worry about creating an even layer of texture paste; uneven looks better!  Use the side of your blade to remove paste from the grooves.  Then tap the surface to create raised ridges that resemble pumpkin skin.

Next, add color with Little Birdie Color Splash.  First put down a light coating of Lemon Zing.  Follow this with a layer of Paprika.  Then add just a few spritzes of Lime Splash.  Heat set between layers.  Repeat until you are happy with the results.

TIP:  Cover your work surface with old grocery bags, newspaper or garbage bags for easy cleanup.

TIP:  Spray Color Splash in light layers for best results.

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor: Two Step Crackle Medium

The next step requires a little patience on your part.  To create this amazing texture, pour a layer of Little Birdie Two Step Crackle Medium (Base Coat)  over the surface of your pumpkin.  Use a foam brush to gently move the medium around, brushing as little as possible.  Then set it aside to dry overnight.  The finish will be slightly tacky in the morning, but that’s how it’s supposed to be.

Now pour Two Step Crackle Medium Top Coat in a thin layer over the entire surface.  Once again, use a foam brush to gently move the medium around.  Then let it set for a few hours, or gently heat set.  The medium will crackle as it dries, creating this cool effect.

Add walnut ink along the edges to create depth and dimension.  You may want to add more Color Splash, heat setting between layers, as I did.  The ink puddles into the cracks created by the Crackle Medium and looks amazing!

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor: Creating Depth and Dimension

Now comes the fun part: decorating your pumpkin!  Use an image from your stash to create a focal point.  I printed out THIS digital image twice, cutting out the girl and the wheat sheaves from one print.

Back the fussy cut image with foam adhesive or waste chipboard and adhere to the first image.  Tear bits of the bricks  and layer them behind the image.  Distress he brick papers from the 12″ x 12″ Texture Brew paper pack, tear off pieces and layer them behind the focal image. This creates loads of depth and dimension.  

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor: Grateful

The framed sentiment comes from the Think Positive Primed Chipboard pack.  Paint the frame with Orange Splash Chalk Paint that has been mixed with a little walnut stain.  Then heat emboss the letters with Rocky Road Baked Texture.

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor: The Flowers

Choose flowers that match the colors in your focal image for a well composed design.  All my flowers have been distressed with Walnut Cream and Orange Splash Chalk Paints mixed with walnut stain.  Just dry brush over the petals to create lovely texture.

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor: Natural Sisal Fibre

Dye Natural Sisal Fibre with the same Color Splash Sprays that I used on the pumpkin base.

TIP:  Place the sisal fibre in a plastic grocery bag before you spray.  This keeps the mess off your work station, and off your hands.  I just smooshed the bag between my fingers to move the spray around.  So much less mess!

Harvest Themed Hostess Thank You Card

I had some leftover flowers and paper scraps, so I created this lovely hostess thank you card.

The base is a 6″ x 6″ kraft card from Little Birdie.  The image is another from the digital sheet I printed out for the pumpkin.

Distressed edges and ink spatter give this card a wonderful rustic feel.

The corrugate sentiment and chipboard are also from Little Birdie.

The inside has room to write a little note, and a tea bag pocket.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques 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

SUPPLY LIST

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

  • 12″ x 12″ Texture Brew Paper Pack
  • Grainy Texture Paste
  • Two Step Crackle Medium
  • Rich Copper Fairy Dust
  • Golden Hearts Melange
  • Think Positive Primed Chipboard
  • Layla Vivid Palette Flowers
  • Andrea Mulberry Flowers
  • Andrea Vivid Palette Flowers
  • Little Birdie Foliage
  • Corrugated Kraft Thank You Wishes
  • Enchanting Scroll Primed Chipboard
  • Natural Sisal Fibre
  • Walnut Creme Chalk Paint
  • Orange Splash Chalk Paint

Other Supplies:

  • Walnut Stain
  • Gecko Galz Autumn Magic Digital Collage
  • Wooden Pumpkin

 

 

Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Easel Card for the RRR Blog Hop

Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Easel Card for the RRR Blog Hop

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog. Today I have a cheery and festive Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Easel Card.  It’s been decked out with several of the beautiful ribbons from the October Ribbon Club Assortment.

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Easel cards are probably one of my favorite fancy folds to make because they can  double as home decor. This 6″ x 6″ Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Easel Card has some fun features inside, too.

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This collection and Red Taffeta Ribbon just go together like Santa and his Elves.  You can see another card created with this collection and this ribbon HERE.  In addition to the Red Taffeta Ribbon,  I’ve used  white crochet lace, Christmas Dots and Red Ovals Satin, and Christmas Green Zig Zag on White Satin Ribbons.

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When the holidays are done, you can fold this Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Easel Card up and put it away until next year.  Gotta love that!

Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Easel Card: A Peek Inside

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I had fun creating the stopper for this card.  These Christmas Novelty Buttons added just the right touch of fun to the card design.

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This little treat pocket is also sized to hold a gift card.  I always like it when a card can double as a gift!

On With the Hop

From here, you should hop on over and see what amazing creation my sweet friend Linsey has prepared for you this month.  Be sure to finish the hop over on the RRR Blog so that your name will be entered into the drawing for your very own October Ribbon Club.  Look how gorgeous these ribbons are!

If you haven’t signed up for the Ribbon Club yet, this would be a great time to do so.  It’s like giving yourself a Christmas present every month of the year!  You can find all the information you need to sign up HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some fun ideas for using ribbon with you today.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

Master Detective Faux Rust Mini Album

G45 Master Detective Faux Rust Mini Album for Frilly Funkie Haunted Halloween Challenge

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready to get your Halloween on?  This G45 Master Detective Faux Rust Mini Album is filled with spook-tacular details.  Created for the Haunted Halloween Challenge at The Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog, I’ve loaded this album up with loads of texture, interactive elements and mixed media techniques.  We’ll take a look in a moment, but first, let’s see what Jenny, our gracious and talented hostess this go round, has to say about this frightfully fun challenge:

Challenge Theme: Haunted Halloween
It’s time to get your freak on and go all out for Halloween. We want to see your ghouls and ghosts and things that go bump in the night. It’s going to be spooktacular!!!
G45 Master Detective Faux Rust Mini Album: Elementary, My Dear Watson!

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Master Detective is one of my all time favorite Halloween Collections.  I love the color palette, the quirky characters and the incredible patterns.  When I was growing up, “Clue” (the board game) filled many a leisure hour, so working with it brings back loads of happy memories.  This “from scratch” mini album is made in the same way as the Communique album that I shared with you HERE.  In fact, the tutorial video shows me using this collection.  So I thought I would come back and share the finished album with you.

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For this album, I decided to go in a faux rust direction.  There are loads of ways to create faux rust, all of them wonderful and fun to work with.  This time, I decided to use Tim’s Mechanical 3-D Texture Fade with Seth Apter’s Chunky Rust Baked texture.

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After adding embossing ink to the album cover with an embossing dabber, I covered it with Chunky Rust and heat embossed.  I tell you: watching that chunky rust baked texture do its thing when exposed to heat is a magical moment!  Next, I pulled out my Prima Rust Pastes and a sponge to dab on even more texture and rusty goodness.  No need to go into all of the details here, as I share them with you in the video tour at the bottom of this post.

G45 Master Detective Faux Rust Mini Album: The Pocket Watch

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To create the focal image, I used Tim’s Pocket Watch Frame.  It’s perfect for this Sherlock Holmes themed mini album.  Here’s how I did it:

  • First, die cut 2 pocket watch frames from matboard.
  • Then paint both the frames and the back with black gesso.
  • Next, while the gesso is still wet, cover one  frame with Seth Apter Ancient Amber Baked Texture.  Heat Emboss.
  • Now use an embossing dabber randomly around the perimeter and stem of the pocket watch frame.
  • Then sprinkle on Patina Oxide Baked Texture to add an aged brass patina to the pocket watch frame.
  • Use the other frame as a template and trace around the focal image.  Trim out and adhere to the back of the embossed frame.
  • Now, use the Embossing Dabber inside the frame, on the image.  Be liberal!  You want a nice thick layer of Embossing ink.  If you don’t have a dabber, you can use an embossing ink pad or an embossing pen.
  • Then fill the frame with a layer of Ultra Thick Embossing Powder (UTEE).  Heat emboss from the BOTTOM so that the UTEE does not blow all over your craft space.  Repeat this step 2 or 3 times until the watch face has a glassy appearance.
  • Now, adhere the circular back behind the frame.
  • Next, use adhesive and foam tabs to add the 2nd frame behind the first one.  This gives the pocket watch lots of dimension.
  • Dab on some Prima Rust Paste.  Add some Prills.  Done!
G45 Master Detective Faux Rust Mini Album: The Spine

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This album measures 7 1/2″ x 6″ with a 3″ spine.  The spine is dressed up with black satin ribbon, one of Tim’s Crypt Cameos, a little black crochet doily that I found in my stash, a Steampunk Key, and Halloween Tokens.

G45 Master Detective Faux Rust Mini Album: A Peek Inside

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I’ve filled the inside pages with all kinds of interactive elements.  You’ll see them all in the video, so I’ll just share photos here.

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G45 Master Detective Faux Rust Mini: The Video Tour

I hope I shared some tips, techniques and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  Creating interactive albums, cards and folios has really become an obsession for me.  Hopefully, you are enjoying them as well.

Haunted Halloween: Now It’s Your Turn!

Why don’t you join in on this fun Haunted Halloween Challenge?  It’s easy to do!  Simply link up a new vintage or shabby chic Halloween Themed project over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog before 11:55PM EDT on Tuesday, October 23rd.  You can find all the details and link up your project HERE.

The Frilly and Funkie team will visit your posts, leave you a lovely comment and select our favorite project as a Guest Designer on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Our top 3 picks will each receive badges to display proudly.  And everyone who plays along, following the theme and guidelines will be entered in a random drawing for a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Product Links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique

 


Christmas Magic Card Folio for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Christmas Magic Card Folio for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Have you had a chance to play with the gorgeous ribbons in the RRR October Ribbon Club yet?  This Christmas Ribbon Assortment looks like old fashioned Ribbon Candy, and it inspired me to create this Christmas Magic Card Folio.

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I don’t know about you, but I am loving this color combo!  The Graphic 45 Christmas Magic collection is the perfect playmate for the 5/8″ Red Taffeta Ribbon that comes in the Ribbon Club.

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This 5″ x 7″ top fold card has a 1/4″ spine.  It’s a super quick and easy make, but the colors and images just pop!  Gold metallic string adds just the right touch of holiday sparkle.

Holiday Cheer Christmas Magic Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 03If you haven’t worked with taffeta ribbon before, you are in for a treat.  It ties crisp, beautiful bows and is very , very easy to work with.   I can see myself turning to this red taffeta ribbon again and again for holiday cards!

 Christmas Magic Card Folio: A Peek Inside

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Adding ribbon to the inside of a card is always fun.

Holiday Cheer Christmas Magic Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 05

Red Taffeta tops the little tags that I tucked into the pocket on the top half of this card.

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And I used it again to tie this candy cane and miniature spoon bundle together.

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Christmas Magic Card Folio: What’s in Your Pocket?

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This pocket holds a little gift card/tea wallet.

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Just look how adorable these Christmas babies are!  Even my husband loves them!

Holiday Cheer Christmas Magic Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10

This 3″ x 5″ folio is sized perfectly for a gift card and tea bag.  There’s even room to add your own note inside.

So, how will you use these fabulous ribbons?  If you’d like to have your very own RRR Ribbon Club, you can learn all about it HERE.

And if you’d like to purchase this darling card, you can find it in my ETSY shop.

I hope I shared some tips and tricks 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

Authentique Pleasant Autumn Trifold Folio Tutorial

Authentique Pleasant Autumn Trifold Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Finally, it’s fall!  Even here in the Sunny South, the days are a bit cooler and the air is a bit drier.  October’s bright blue weather inspired me to create this Authentique Pleasant Autumn Trifold Folio Tutorial for  you today.

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This is a 5″ x 7″ x 2″ box style trifold folio with solid chipboard covers.  I used Authentique Paper’s glorious “Pleasant” collection kit for this project.

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Everything I love about Autumn is packed into this collection: Pumpkins, Fall Flowers, Acorns, Apples…it’s just completely delightful in every way!  Since I’ve prepared a video tour and step by step tutorial for you, I’ll keep my comments here brief.

Authentique Pleasant Autumn Trifold Folio Tutorial: The Cover

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I used a Tim Holtz Ornate Frame Die to feature this gorgeous image from the collection.  The frame is cut twice: once with chipboard, then a second time with designer paper to add lots of depth and dimension to the focal image.   Messy machine stitching adds a rustic, homespun feel to the design.  So does the Brown Center Stitch Burlap Ribbon.

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I did not have any fall colored flowers that matched this collection, so I altered some Little Birdie Swiss Mocha flowers with inks and sprays.  The end result was these golden roses, which I confess that I love.  To alter the metal butterfly, tap it with Antique Bronze, Rusty Hinge and Tumbled Glass Distress Paints.

Authentique Pleasant Autumn Trifold Folio Tutorial: Something Old

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I dug into my box of old metal treasures where I found this vintage key hole.  My 80+ year old neighbor gave it to me several years ago as a thank you for helping her with some household tasks.  Tapped with distress paints, it’s the perfect addition to the side of the folio.

Authentique Pleasant Autumn Trifold Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

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Because the folio has a magnetic closure, I had to keep the first fold and inside cover very simple in design.  Thankfully, the Authentique Pleasant papers are so gorgeous that you don’t need to add much to them.  I did manage to add a little flap feature with this fantastic vintage truck image.

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Although a folio is not supposed to have pages, I bent the rules a little and added a page unit to each spine.  These function as waterfalls, and will hold 4″ x 6″ photos with ease.

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You will have to keep the embellishments in this album on the “flat” side, or you will not be able to close the cover.  Fussy cut images from the cut apart pages work perfectly for this job.

Authentique Pleasant Autumn Trifold Folio Tutorial: Interactive Features

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You all know how much I love to add interactive elements to my creations.  This folio is loaded!  you’ll find sweet side pockets with inserts like this one.

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And you will learn how to use your scraps to create the inserts in the video tutorial, too.

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And of course, there are flaps….

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…that pull out from behind the page and function as mini folios.  Oh, look…there’s another pocket!  What a surprise!

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You’ll have to watch the video to see what is inside this mini folio…and I’ll show you how to make it and the flap insert, too.

Authentique Pleasant Autumn Trifold Folio Tutorial: The Video

I hope you’ll enjoy the video tour with tips and ideas.  Then hang around for the step by step tutorial where we’ll build the base from scratch, add the page units, pockets and all the fun interactive elements.  The video runs a little over half an hour (there’s a lot of ground to cover) so grab a snack, a cuppa  and a notebook before you hit play.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas today that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  And if you’d like to purchase this Authentique Pleasant Autumn Trifold Folio, you’ll find it in my ETSY shop!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Pleasant Autumn Trifold Folio Tutorial: Supply List

Authentique Paper

Other Supplies:

  • Really Reasonable Ribbon Brown Center Stitch Burlap Ribbon
  • Natural Burlap String
  • Little Birdie Swiss Coffee Flowers (Rosemund)
  • Metal Butterfly Charm
  • Acorns from my back yard
  • Vintage Key Hole and metal charms from my stash
  • Burlap
  • 12″ x 18″ Heavy weight brown cardstock
  • Medium weight chipboard

Tools, Inks and Adhesives

  • Ground Espresso Distress ink
  • Antique Bronze, Tumbled Glass, Rusty Hinge Distress Paints
  • Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle Mist
  • Little Birdie Lemon Zing Color Splash
  • Tim Holtz Ornate Frame Die (Sizzix)
  • Packaging Tape
  • Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive
  • 1/2″ Scor-Tape
  • waste chipboard to add dimensional layers

 

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