Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box

 

Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box for the Heartfelt Creations May 2018 Alumni Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations May 2018 Alumni Hop!  The hop starts here. You’ll find a complete blog hop list at the end of this post.  Since May is the month when we celebrate Memorial Day in the US, I thought a Blazing Poppy themed project would be fun to make.  After a search through the Closet of Shame, I found a lovely round box that some dear soul passed on to me and I decided to upcycle it into this Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box.

Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box Blazing Poppy by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 01

This box is about 6″ in diameter and about 3″ high.  Since the base color was already a lovely shade of poppy, I simply needed to add my designer papers, flowers, foliage and embellishments.

Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box: Tips and Tricks

Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box Blazing Poppy by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 02

Round boxes are fairly easy to alter.  While I didn’t have time to do a complete tutorial this month, here are some tips and tricks that I used:

  • First, measure the height of the inside walls of your box.  Then cut your designer paper about 1/4″ less than that measurement.
  • Next, trace the bottom of the box onto your chosen designer paper.  If you cut inside the traced circle, you should have a liner piece for the box interior that’s just about perfect in size.
  • Then, repeat that process to create the liner piece for the interior cover.
  • I inked all my paper edges with a combination of Abandoned Coral, Ripe Persimmon and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.
  • Use border strips to line outside edges of the box.  First, brush the back side of your paper with Distress Collage Medium.  After applying your cut strips to the box sides, it is helpful to burnish lightly with a slightly damp paper towel to push out any air bubbles.
  • Add a second coat of Distress Collage Medium to seal and protect the paper.
Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box:  What’s Inside

Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box Blazing Poppy by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 03

 

Since I already had all my “mess” out on the desk, I decided to create a little 4″ square gift card holder to go inside the box.

Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box Blazing Poppy by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 04

The round focal is cut from one of the pre-designed card fronts in the Blazing Poppy Paper Collection.  To add extra dimension, I popped my fussy cut denim pocket full of poppies up with foam dots.

Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box Blazing Poppy by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 05

Next I tucked this die cut tag behind the pocket and added a vintage style metal key.

Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box Blazing Poppy by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 06

The interior of the card has a gift card pocket.  Fill it with a tiny tag and miniature chocolate treat for extra fun..

On with the Hop!

This blog hop begins on Friday, May 25th at 8AM EDT and runs until 11:59PM EDT on Monday, May 28th.

Be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop and leave a lovely comment as one lucky comment will be randomly chosen from a mystery blog to win a $25 gift card at Heartfelt Creations!  The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations Blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, May 30th.  I ‘ll also post the winning name at the top of this post at that time.

The winner needs to contact Heartfelt Creations by email at socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.us. Please write “Winner of the May Alumni Hop” in the subject line of your e-mail. 

Now let’s get hopping!

Kathy (you are HERE) ♥ Vicki  ♥  Amarilys  ♥ Alissa  ♥  Pam  ♥ Archana  ♥ Piyanki ♥   ♥

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 hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box Supply List

 

Authentique Cheerful Summer Picnic Folio Project Share

Authentique Cheerful Summer Picnic Folio Project Share

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  I got it in my head to create a new style of folio the other day, and I’m so excited to share it with you here.  This Authentique Cheerful Summer Picnic Folio is the perfect place to showcase your family reunion photos, vacation photos or just everyday summer fun photos.

Authentique Cheerful Summer Picnic Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 01

The base of this 6.75″ x 7.25″ folio is made with 12″ x 18″ black cardstock.  I’ve layered it up with vibrant papers from Authentique’s “Cheerful” Collection Kit.   Really Reasonable Ribbon 5/8″ Black Plaid Ribbon lends a country chic vibe to these cheery papers.

These black vintage buttons make me so happy!  I found them last summer while vacationing in Maine.  As we were driving along the back roads, we spotted an old fashioned flea market.  You know the kind where they set up plywood on top of sawhorses in an old dirt lot.  Those are always the best!  I found 3 antique canning jars filled to the brim with vintage buttons for $5 apiece!  You can bet that I snatched those buttons up in a hot minute, then did my happy dance all the way to the car!

The images in this collection are so very sweet.  This small sticker image could easily have disappeared  in the design of this large folio cover.  That’s why I framed it with this altered chipboard frame and filled it with Prills.

Authentique Cheerful Summer Picnic Folio: A peek inside

The interior of this folio is so much fun!

I figured out how to add a 4.25″ x 6.25″ pull out page on the top half.   This has a ribbon tie closure, as well as magnets between the cover pages to help keep it closed.

Then I built a box style pocket on the bottom half of the folio.  The base is Graphic 45’s Alpha Banner Tags.  To cover the tags, I used my Graphic 45 Regular Tag and Gears Die.  I am in love with these new dies and can’t seem to stop using them!

The tags are topped with more plaid ribbon and prettied up with this Sheer Red Cherry Print OrganzaBlack Burlap String makes everything pop.

I used my table scraps to create this little gift card wallet.  Red vintage buttons on a vintage button card make a sweet tuck in surprise.

Authentique Cheerful Summer Picnic Folio Project Share on Youtube

To help you get a feel for all the flips, flaps and interactive elements in this sweet folio, I’ve prepared a little project share video.  I hope you enjoy!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks 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

Stamperia Old Lace Feminine Flip Folio Tutorial

Stamperia Old Lace Feminine Flip Folio Tutorial for Frilly and Funkie “Layers of Lace” Challenge

Hello, Friends!  Is there anything more romantic and feminine than lace?  Today I have a shabby romantic Stamperia Old Lace Feminine Flip Folio Tutorial to share with you.  I’ve made it for the “Layers of Lace” Challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Before we take a look at the project, let’s see what Autumn, our lovely challenge hostess, has to say about the challenge theme.

Challenge Theme: Layers of Lace
Lace, oh so lovely lace!  Whether you add delicate layers of fine lace, or tattered and torn crocheted lace, we’d love to see you add dimension and depth to your vintage or shabby chic project with lace.  Perhaps you have a favorite lace stamp or will choose to lace something up, we’d love to see your creations inspired by this topic.
Stamperia Old Lace Feminine Flip Folio: A Two Story Design

Stamperia Old Lace Feminine Flip Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Once again, I’ve pulled my Mixed Media Boots out of the Closet of Shame for this challenge.  And once again, I’ve created a new style of folio, which is always really fun to do!  I’m calling this a “two story” folio with a 4.25″ x 7.5″ folio layered over a standard 5″ x 7″ top fold base with a 1/2″ spine.

This makes for a really fun, dimensional look, as well as lots of fun spots to stash goodies. I would love to make you think that I’m totally brilliant, but the truth of the matter is that this design came about by accident.  When I had finished putting the individual folio components together, which is my usual work process, I realized that the “tag” I had made to fit inside the folio was too tall!  So I had to think quickly…and this design is the result.  See?  No crafting catastrophes allowed!  Just crafting opportunities!

Stamperia Old Lace Feminine Flip Folio: Cover Art

I love the look of Distress Oxide Inks over kraft paper.  If you look in the top right corner, you can see it…topped with some stenciling, a little random stamping and very light heat embossing with ultra fine gold embossing powder.

The flower is actually cut from the paper collection, spritzed with water, shaped with a stylus and then inked and painted.  Use an awl to poke a hole in the flower center, then add some stamens.

And I personally love the contrast of distressed edges, burlap and crocheted lace.  It just works for me!

Open the top story of this folio to find more lace, torn paper layers, some inked, stamped, distressed paper and a handwritten sentiment.   Make the little tea bag holder by scoring a Graphic 45 Regular Ivory Tag and lining it with designer paper. Wrap the base with more lace, just for fun!

Stamperia Old Lace Feminine Flip Folio: The Ground Floor

Here’s a photo of the “ground floor” or the base for this flip folio.  Here’s how I made it.

  • Create a 5″ x 7″ card base with a top fold and 1/2″ spine.
    • First, cut an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of kraft cardstock into two 5″ x 8 1/2″ panels.
    • Place 1/2″ Scor-tape or other adhesive along the bottom edge of one panel.
    • Next, line the second panel up over the Scor-tape and press firmly to adhere.
    • Place the long side on a scoring tool and score at 7″ and again at 7 1/2″.  This forms the 1/2″ spine
    • Finally, crease along the score lines and trim away the excess paper at the bottom.

Once you have the base built, you will need to add your flaps.

  • For the gatefold flaps on the top half of the card do as follows
    • Cut two 4″ x 6″ rectangles of kraft  cardstock.
    • Place the short side on your scoring tool and score at 1/2″ on one panel.  This forms the left hand gate.
    • Repeat with the second panel, scoring at 3 1/2″ to form the right hand gate.
    • Adhere each flap to the folio base, then cover with your designer paper.
  • For the side flap cut a 5″ x 4″ panel of kraft cardstock.  Score a 1/2″ flap on the right hand side and adhere to the right hand side of card base.
Stamperia Old Lace Feminine Flip Folio: A Peek Inside

This is what my folio looks like on the inside.  I paired the Stamperia Old Lace papers up with Prima Love Story.  The combination of pink and brown really works for me.

Gatefold flaps open to reveal a pair of kraft glassine pockets on either side of the larger center panel.  By gluing just 3 sides of this postcard from the Old Lace Collection, I was able to create a nifty pocket in about 2 seconds!

Each glassine pocket folds down to reveal a photo mount and a hidden journaling spot on a card hidden inside the envelope.

Stamperia Old Lace Feminine Flip Folio Tutorial: More Flaps!

Just look at the gorgeous paper on this flap feature!

Open the flap to find more interactive elements.  The back side of the flap features a pull out page with a hidden journaling spot.

This 4″ x 5 1/2″ mini folio fits neatly in the large pocket on the bottom of the base.  I’ve added some stenciled polka dots and painted edges to shabby things up even more.  But wait…there’s more!

The folio is actually a lovely little envelope.  I can’t take any credit for this at all, doggone it!  It’s part of the Old Lace paper collection.  All I did was cut it out, score and fold.  How lovely is that?  And what’s inside the envelope?

A sweet little vintage button card with real vintage buttons and a little chocolate treat.

Stamperia Old Lace Feminine Flip Folio Tutorial Tour on YouTube

If you’d like to see all these interactive features in action, then grab a cuppa, click play and relax for 10 minutes.

Layers of Lace: Now it’s YOUR turn!

I hope you’re feeling inspired to play along in this lovely “Layers of Lace” Challenge.  Just create a lacy shabby chic or vintage project of your choice..  Then link up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, June 5th.

The team will pick four favorite project entries for this challenge.  The top winner will be invited to join us in a Guest Designer spot on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The next three will receive badges to display proudly on their blogs.  And everyone who enters and follows the challenge rules will be eligible to win a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

You can find all the challenge rules and details 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

Product Links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique



Little Birdie Crafts Succulent Garden Shadow Box Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Succulent Garden Shadow Box Tutorial

Hello Friends!  It seems as though I’m seeing succulent gardens everywhere I go.  They are all the rage right now, and luckily for us, Little Birdie Crafts has added some gorgeous succulent papers and flowers to their shop.  Today’s Succulent Garden Shadow Box Tutorial will show you how to create a lovely piece of home decor that celebrates the beauty of succulents.

Succulent Garden Shadow Box Tutorial Succulent Garden by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

I wanted to create a shadowbox that had the look of a chippy old garden shed.  Paints, texture paste, patterned papers, sisal fibre, Spanish Moss and of course, lovely flowers helped me to achieve the effect in this 6″ x 6″ shadow box.

Little Birdie Crafts Succulent Garden Shadow Box Tutorial Succulent Garden by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 02

Just look at these darling potted succulents!  I’ve clustered them up with Bernice Purple Flowers, Fiona Mulberry Flowers, fussy cut images and lovely chipboard.

Succulent Garden Shadow Box Tutorial Succulent Garden by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 03

If you’d like to learn how to make your own garden themed home decor, then I hope you’ll join me for the 20 minute video tutorial below.  We’ll alter the shadow box, add textural elements, layer papers and finish with a flourish of beautiful flowers.  I hope you enjoy!

Succulent Garden Shadow Box Tutorial on Youtube

 

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

Succulent Garden Tutorial Supply List

Other Products: Spanish Moss, Recollections Wood Shadow Box Tray, Purple Night Seam Binding Ribbon, Burlap String

Graphic 45 Penny’s Paper Doll Family Photo Birthday Card

Graphic 45 Penny’s Paper Doll Family Photo Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  I’m kind of excited about today’s post, because I think a LOT of you are going to have loads of fun with this quick and easy idea.  Today I’m going to share a Graphic 45 Penny’s Paper Doll Family Photo Birthday Card with y’all.  When my dear sister-in-law celebrated a “landmark” birthday, my husband and I wanted to give her a really personal and special gift.  I was digging through old black and white family photos and found this great picture of Dale and Becky.  Then I found the perfect paper collection and sentiment to go with it.  Take a look!

Graphic 45 Penny's Paper Doll Family Photo Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Dale and Becky have always been best buddies.  When I found this “Forever Friends” Tag from PPDF Tags and Pockets, I knew I was on the right track!  I really love the way this adorable photo taken in 1956 pops against the vibrant colors and patterns found in Penny’s Paper Doll Family. This 5” x 7” easel style card will look great on a shelf, mantel or side table. It’s great when a card can double as a gift, isn’t it?

Penny’s Paper Doll Family Photo Birthday Card: Tips for Working with  Old Family Photos

Graphic 45 Penny's Paper Doll Family Photo Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Photo 02

TIP: Scan old photos  into your computer and print out on photo paper, or take it to a photo developing booth to make a copy. This way, you preserve the original.

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TIP: Amateur photography can be challenging to work with.  The subjects of this photo were not framed well, making the composition a little unbalanced.  To fix this, I adhered the buckle from PPDF Tags and Pockets on the right hand side of the image, added a Staples Metal Key and a burlap string bow.  This fixed the photo problem, and added an interesting element to the card design at the same time.

 

TIP: Easel style cards are a great design choice for cards that feature a cherished family photo because they can stand upright for display.

Penny’s Paper Doll Family Photo Birthday Card: Make it easy on yourself!

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Tags and pockets are a quick and easy way to add a designer touch to a card.   They are also very easy to modify.

TIP: Don’t be afraid to alter, fold or cut pockets, tags and ephemera cards to make them work with your design.  It was easy to cut this pocket right along the pre-scored fold line. Then I was able to use the other half on the inside of my card.

Graphic 45 Penny's Paper Doll Family Photo Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Photo 05

TIP: When choosing embellishments like flowers and ribbons, let the color palette of the paper guide you.  I chose buttery yellow and faded blue flowers for this card based on the colors in the chipboard frame.  I knew all these colors would work well together, because they look great on the papers I used.

TIP: Create a “stopper” or a “brake” to keep your easel card standing upright.  I did this by adding a layer of waste chipboard to the green striped paper layer. Then I topped it with this pretty chipboard wreath from the collection.  

Penny’s Paper Doll Family Photo Birthday Card: A Peek Inside

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TIP: You can extra color and design to the inside of your easel card by covering the top half with complementary papers.  Just be sure not to adhere papers over the fold line, or the easel mechanism won’t work.  And don’t forget to create a space where you can write in your own personal greeting.  This journaling ephemera card works perfectly for that assignment!

Graphic 45 Penny's Paper Doll Family Photo Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Photo 07

And where did the other half of that pocket end up?  Inside the card! I backed the edges with small foam tabs, punched a little thumb hole, then turned it on its side to be used as a chocolate pocket.  

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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