Stamperia Alice Tea Party Treasure Box

Stamperia Alice Tea Party Treasure Box for Mother May I at Frilly & Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a Stamperia Alice Tea Party Treasure Box made for the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. We’ll take a look at it in a moment, but first, let’s see what the sensational Suzz, our hostess, has to say about the challenge.

Challenge Theme: Mother May I? 

May in the U.S. is when we celebrate Mother’s Day and honor our mothers.  I am challenging you to create something that is vintage or shabby chic which is inspired by your Mother or any mother figure in your life.  It can be a favorite memory, something based on  her style, something she said/says to you, or anything that reminds you of your mother figure.  Make sure to share with us how your mother inspired your art!

Stamperia Alice Tea Party Treasure Box: The Inspiration

Always an avid reader, my mother instilled her love for books, stories and poems deep within my heart.  Some of my fondest childhood memories involve Mom reading aloud.  She was a fluid and expressive reader, and got completely lost in a good book.

I can remember seeing her prop an open book on the windowsill above the kitchen sink so she could read while she was doing dishes.  Or, she would have a book beside her on the ironing board while she pressed the family laundry.

I come from a family where money was scarcer than hen’s teeth…but by golly, we had books: hundreds of them.  Mom had memorized thousands of lines from Shakespeare, The Bible, Robert Frost and Edgar A. Guest, one of her favorite poets.  And as I shared a couple of weeks ago in THIS post, she had also memorized  Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll.  What joy it was to listen to those nonsensical syllables roll effortlessly off her tongue.

To honor Mom’s love for literature, I chose to create this Eileen Hull Treasure Box with Stamperia’s Alice collection.

Stamperia Alice Tea Party Treasure Box: Pretty in Pink

Mom’s favorite color was pink.  She wore pink lipstick, loved pink flowers, and even had a pink pair of tennis shoes that she wore with her house dresses.  Naturally, I had to top my Treasure Box with Pink Posies, in honor of Mom.

I also gained my taste for a nicely brewed cup of tea from Mom.  She would have loved the little tea party that’s neatly laid out on the lid of my treasure box.

TIP: Add dimension and depth to paper flowers by dry brushing them with chalk paint.  Place a small amount of liquid adhesive on a make up sponge, tap the petals lightly, then sprinkle with glitter for even more fun.  Prills can be added in the same way.

TIP: Turn a flat piece of paper into a 3-D embellishment.  Fussy cut this teacup from the paper collection, but leave an extra 1/4″ x 1/2″ on the bottom edge of the image.   Use your scissors to cut little “v” slots along the bottom edge.  Then fold these tabs back and adhere them to the base.  Hot glue a flower behind the teacup to keep it upright.

Stamperia Alice Tea Party Treasure Box: The Cast of Characters

The tarts for this tea party are thoughtfully provided by the King of Hearts.

TIP: Create side panels by cutting a focal image to about 2 3/8″.  Mat on waste chipboard and adhere to the sides.  This is a fun way to make a large image fit a small space.

Entertainment brought to you by the Mad Hatter, one of Mom’s favorite characters. (“Oh, isn’t he a silly one, Kathy?”)

And if I had a dollar for every cup of tea I shared with Mom…well, I would be financially set for life!

TIP: Cut hinges from Kraft Tex paper.  This product cuts like paper, but has the strength of fabric.  I cut 4 hinges for this box.  Then I doubled them up and adhered them to the back.

TIP: Chalk paint is a great finish for these Graphic 45  Antique Brass Claw Feet.  Create little chippy areas by sanding the edges very lightly with a fine grit sandpaper.  Easy does it!

Stamperia Alice Tea Party Treasure Box: What’s Inside?

Three little Eileen Hull Notebooks nest neatly inside the Treasure Box. Each one is finished with a unique page design, making for even more fun.  (I’ll share all of that along with some great tips and tricks  in the video tour below.)

Stamperia Alice Tea Party Treasure Box: Photo Tour with Tips and Tricks

Since I share so much information about these Notebooks in the video tour, I’ll just post the photos  with a few random tips and tricks here.

 

The Alice Notebook is up first.  Machine stitching, distressed edges and a burlap spine add lots of texture.

TIP: Mustard seeds from your spice cabinet add lots of fun texture to a project.  Remember to look for embellishments in unexpected places.

TIP: Use Alcohol Inks to alter metals quickly and easily.  This White Rabbit Charm has been altered with Tim Holtz Rose Gold Mixative.

TIP:  Accordion fold a strip of the playing cards to make a fun pop up element.  To adhere to the album base, fold the accordion shut.  Place adhesive on the back side of the bottom card.  Then place adhesive on the back side of the top card and close the book.  Adjust the fold so that the album opens and closes with ease.

Stamperia Alice Tea Party Treasure Box: The White Rabbit

The second notebook is all about the White Rabbit.

This notebook features two accordion fold pages.  The one on the left is tied into the notebook, while the one on the right is held shut with a belly band and can be removed completely.

 

Stamperia Alice Tea Party Treasure Box: Eat Me/Drink Me Notebook

The 3rd notebook is all about Tea Time!

I’ve built a box pocket and a little treat wallet inside this notebook.  Can you guess what is inside?

Stamperia Alice Tea Party Treasure Box: Video Tour with Tips and Tricks

Mother, May I?  Challenge: Now it’s YOUR Turn

You are cordially invited to join in on this fun challenge.  To do so, simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project inspired by your mom.    Then link  up on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before 11:55PM EDT on Tuesday, June 4th.  You can find all the rules and information HERE.

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!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

SUPPLY LIST

From The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Other Products

  • Metal Charms from my stash
  • Little Birdie Flowers (check AC Moore)
  • Black Plaid Ribbon
  • Burlap Paper DCWV
  • Vintage Doily
  • Tea Pot Napkin Ring (a gift from an elderly friend)
  • TuTu Pink Prills

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Hello, Friends!  Happy Monday!  I’m just popping in real quick today with a little bit of eye candy to start your week off on a sweet note.  This Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio has been sitting in my photo files, patiently waiting to be shared.  Today is the day!

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I love the soft peach and green tones of this fresh and fun card. Since I used the Collector’s Essential Kit, I had all the stickers,chippies, washi tape and the matching cardstock to work with.  I love it when everything matches! Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo  03

Die cut layers are made using Spellbinder’s Lacey Squares Dies (retired).  The bow is tied with RRR 1/2″ Champagne Wrinkled Ribbon.  This has been a real “go to” ribbon for me this spring.

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TIP: Dry brush Little Birdie Succulents (Check AC Moore) with Ivory Chalk paint.  This gives them a more organic look. Use this simple technique whenever you need to make different colored flowers “match.”  it works like a charm!

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio: A Peek Inside

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TIP: Make a quick and easy pocket by cutting your designer paper 3″ longer than your card base.  Then score at 3″, fold and adhere the sides.  Instant pocket!

TIP: Use your scraps!  The top half of this card is made by layering up bits and pieces of patterned papers that flowed well together.  Even the border pieces were made with scraps. And by leaving the top edge open on the bottom border, I created a handy shallow pocket to hold that cutie patootie magnet.

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

Now, fold a scrap of black cardstock from the Essential Collection kit to make this nifty gift wallet.  Then line it with more scraps of your designer paper.  You can get a LOT of mileage from a collection kit by using your scraps in this way.

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Simply Blessed Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

Next, fill it with a little tea bag and honey stick treat.  These cool honey sticks were atTuesday Morning.  I always seem to find the neatest stuff in that store.  It’s like my personal playground, and a very dangerous place for me to visit!

So there you have it my friends!  A few tips and tricks to get your crafty week started off on solid footing.  To see more Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse Projects click HERE.

Did I shared some tips and tricks that you can use in today’s post.?  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner

Hello, Friends!  How about a little Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner on this fine Friday morning?

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Growing up in Vermont, I looked forward to lilac season every year.  Our little town was filled with ancient lilac bushes that had actually grown into trees.  Branches groaned under the weight of the fragrant blossoms.  Lilac Season was a favorite because it also meant that winter was well and truly over.  Lilacs always seemed to manage to bloom in time for Memorial Day (which was on May 30th when I was growing up.)  My mother and I would get up early and pick lilacs that were dripping with dew.  Then we would arrange them in large baskets to decorate the family graves at the local cemetery.  I know that sounds morbid, but it was actually a joyful day.  We shared memories and stories of our loved ones while we cleaned up the grave site.  Did anyone else have this experience growing up?

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

I love to make banners, and this one was created as a special order in my Etsy shop for a dear friend.  They sure are hard to photograph, though!  Let me share some detail photos, tips and tricks with you.

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner: Getting Started

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

I used the same basic techniques to make this banner as the ones used for my Prima Spring Farmhouse Country Chic Banner.   Here’s how it comes together:

  • First, die cut 4 pennants from Prima Lavender Paper Collection using the largest ( #1) die in the My Favorite Things  STAX Stitched Banner Die Set.
  • Next, die cut 4 of the #4 pennants.
  • Then machine stitch each pennant on to canvas or burlap.  Cut around the pennant shape and fringe the edges.
  • Now adhere onto MFT Wild Wisteria cardstock and trim around the shape, leaving about an eighth of an inch border on all sides.
  • Now, space the banners out evenly on a long piece ( about 4 feet) of  1 1/2″ wide Champagne Silky Crush Ribbon.  Hold the pennants in place with binder clips.
  • Stitch all the pennants onto the ribbon along the top edge.  Then turn the banner and stitch a second time along the bottom edge of the ribbon.  This will cause the banner to lay nice and flat.
  • Tie bows with Light Orchid Double Faced Satin Ribbon, and hot glue onto the pennants.

Now you are ready to decorate!

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner: Detail Shots

Flowers, buttons, burlap string, journal cards and mini doilies are great ways to add texture and interest to a banner.  But you can also just make the basic pennant shape and hang it, as this paper is soooo pretty.  Here’s a look at the details:

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 09

If you’d like to see more banner ideas, you can check the Banner Archives on my blog.   You’ll find lots of inspiration, tips and tricks there!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Button Farm Kit

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Button Farm Kit for Dad

Hello, Friends!  I’m super excited about my May Kit Club over on the Button Farm Club.  With Father’s Day right around the corner, we took our crafting off the page and created an amazing Authentique Mister Desk Organizer for Dad!

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Kit for Dad by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 01

These stacking drawers measure 16″ high (taller if you could the height of the easel topper).  Each chipboard drawer is neatly housed in the wooden frame.  Isn’t it handsome?

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Kit for Dad by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 03

This easy to assemble 4” x 16” x 4 ¼” unit boasts a sturdy wood frame designed to fit with any home decor.

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Kit for Dad by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 04

Four 3 ½” x 4” x 3 ½” drawers constructed from heavy weight chipboard are handsomely decorated with Authentique Paper’s Mister collection.

 

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Kit for Dad by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 05

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Kit for Dad by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 06

 

The The full color, step by step tutorial is loaded with clever techniques that you will be able to use in all your crafty adventures.  You will learn how to:

  • Build the drawer unit
  • Create a faux woodgrain finish
  • Use packaging to build an easel style photo display unit on the top of the drawer
  • Use product packaging to construct from scratch a 3.25” x 3.25” x 1 ½” hardcover mini album to tuck into one of the drawers

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Kit for Dad by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 07

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Kit for Dad by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 08

Each pocket style page holds two 3″ photo mats for family photos.  This album is the perfect size for Dad to keep on his desk, and it’s loaded with fun, interactive features.

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Button Farm Kit for Dad: What You Get

This kit includes everything you will need beyond basic crafting supplies:

  • 8×8” Authentique Mister collection with 24 double sided papers
  • (2) 12” x 12” sheets of Authentique Cobblestone Spectrum Cardstock
  • Kaisercraft Tall Drawer Unit
  • Grey chalk paint
  • 4 antique bronze drawer pulls
  • Metal padlock (may vary from the one used in the tutorial)
  • An assortment of 7 metal gears (may vary from those seen in the tutorial photos)
  • Bulldog clip
  • 2 yards of burlap string
  • Full color/printed step by step tutorial written by me

I’m super pleased with the way this kit turned out.  The pictures really don’t do it justice.  I’ll just tell you that before I had it finished, Mr. Clement had claimed it for his office desk.  He really liked it!  Hooray!

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Button Farm Kit for Dad: Quick Video Tour

This is a limited release kit, available through The Button Farm Club only.  You can order your kit HERE.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this dapper new kit in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio

Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio for The Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon May Blog Hop! You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  Today I have a Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio made with the red, white and blue ribbons in the May Ribbon Club Assortment and papers from Authentique’s Liberty Collection Kit.

 

I look forward to this lovely assortment every month, but the red, white and blue assortment is always a special treat.  Let’s take a look at the details of this festive card folio.

Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio: Stars and Stripes Forever

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 02

Every cowgirl needs a pair of star spangled boots, don’t you think?   I’ve dolled this card up with the Tiny Stars on Poppy Red Grosgrain Ribbon from the assortment.  Then top the double loop bows with Ivory Burlap String and a star shaped button to amp up the patriotic vibe.

Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio: A Party on the Inside

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 03

The festivities really get started on the inside of this interactive card folio, and there’s more ribbon at work here, too.

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 04

This shaped magnet is all dolled up with a 3/8″ Patriotic Plaid Bow, a posy and more star  buttons. The Tiny Stars on Poppy Red Grosgrain ribbon serves as a handy closure for the 4 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ accordion folio.

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 05

I’ve dressed this up with patterned papers, ribbons, pockets, stickers and inserts.

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 06

Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 07Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 08Authentique Liberty Star Spangled Cowgirl Boots Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 09

Top a tag with a snippet of the same Tiny Stars/Poppy Red Grosgrain Ribbon, some Ivory Burlap String and a cute Uncle Sam Hat charm, and you’ve got a party on your hands!

On With the Hop

From here, you will hop on over to see what treats Cherry has in store for you.  Be sure to visit the RRR Blog where you will find the complete hop list.  While you are there, answer Bonnie’s question of the month.  You’ll be entered into a drawing for your very own May Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you haven’t signed up for the ribbon club yet, this is a great month to join.  You can find all the details and information HERE.

Enjoy the hop!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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