I’ll Have a Blue Blue Christmas Card

RRRChallengeBadgeI’ll Have a Blue Blue Christmas Card for Winter Holiday Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for a brand new challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.   This will be our only challenge for the month of December and I hope you will join in the fun.  The theme is Winter Holiday.  With that in mind and with my beautiful Winter Blues Ribbon Club assortment in hand, I spent a delightful hour creating this Blue Blue Christmas card with Kaisercraft’s Frosted collection.

blue-blue-christmas-wishes-christmas-card-for-rrr-by-kathy-clement-photo-1I just love using vintage photos on my cards.  This happy lassie brings back great memories of zipping down our hill on our Flexible Flyer sled.  Did anyone else have one of these growing up?  Wow, that was fun!

blue-blue-christmas-wishes-christmas-card-for-rrr-by-kathy-clement-photo-3All these dreamy blues make me super happy.  I created a belly band and borders with Off White Shimmer Satin Ribbon and Capri Blue Crosshatch Satin Ribbon.  This added a lovely touch of sparkle and shine to the composition of the card. I used some icy branches I found in my stash to frame the corner of the card.

blue-blue-christmas-wishes-christmas-card-for-rrr-by-kathy-clement-photo-4And speaking of sparkle of shine…how about this bow cluster?  Blue Topaz Taffeta Ribbon sits on top of a glittery silver snowflake and is topped with a rhinestone adorned posy.  If you haven’t tried the taffeta ribbons in the shop yet, I highly recommend them.  They tie the most beautiful bows!

Warm Up Winter Blues…

blue-blue-christmas-wishes-christmas-card-for-rrr-by-kathy-clement-photo-2-jpgTo warm up the Winter Blues, I created a fun pocket on the inside of my Blue Blue Christmas card.  I tucked in a mini candy cane and a pouch of Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate.  YUM!

Be sure to stop by the RRR BLOG where you’ll find lots of Winter Holiday inspiration from the rest of the team.  You’ll also find instructions for linking up your Winter Holiday creation with ribbon or trim.  I hope you’ll join the party!

Now I’m gonna go find some hot chocolate!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays

Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog: Home for the Holidays

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabulous challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  I’m the hostess for the FINAL challenge of 2016, and the theme is Home for the Holidays.

Let’s get ready to Deck the Halls by creating some home decor for the holiday season.  You can make centerpieces, wreaths, banners, ornaments, wall hangings, or little vignettes  …basically anything BUT a card for this challenge. If you don’t celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, then just make some home decor with a wintry theme.

Home for the Holidays Altered Woodland Frame

home-for-the-holidays-altered-woodland-frame-for-frilly-and-funkie-by-kathy-clement-photo-1 This may be my favorite Christmas project of the season.  I am kicking myself because I forgot to take a “before” picture of this ugly, ugly, cheap plastic frame.  You all know how much I love to go “junkin” at our local thrift shops.  Well, I found this white plastic frame in the clearance bin for under a dollar.  Now, honey, you know when an item ends up in the clearance bin at the Thrift Shop….well, it’s ugly, ugly, ugly!

However, I liked the fact that it had two openings.  And I liked that the opening on the right had a little bucket attached to it (complete with tacky plastic purple pansy ).  The right hand side had a sort of interesting (in an ugly way) ribbed panel that said plastic bucket was attached to.  Yes, it was not pretty…but it had……possibility.  So it went into my basket.  I will tell you that Dale, who no longer bats an eye at any of my crazy schemes, saw the frame in my basket he gave me “that” look and said, “Really?”  My reply?  “I feel sorry for it.”

Thus the journey began.

The Perils of Working with Plastic

home-for-the-holidays-altered-woodland-frame-for-frilly-and-funkie-by-kathy-clement-photo-2Part of the fun of creating altered art is learning how to work with new surfaces and mediums.  I will be completely honest with you here: if I ever find another ugly plastic frame in the clearance bin at the thrift shop, I will walk right past it.  Plastic is very resistant to transformation.  It took a little light sanding followed by two coats of heavy white gesso, then two more coats of heavy black gesso to prep the surface of this frame.  And you have to let each layer dry on its own, because this is plastic, people.  You cannot use a heat gun on plastic!

From Trash to Treasure

home-for-the-holidays-altered-woodland-frame-for-frilly-and-funkie-by-kathy-clement-photo-3I love the way this frame turned out.  It’s all country chic and has a great woodland feel.  Sadly, there are no step out photos as I got completely lost in the process of working with this tricky surface.  But I can tell you that I sprayed the gessoed frame with Brushed Pewter Mica Spray and it created this very cool “frosty” finish. I know it is hard to see in the photo, but take my word for it; the frame looks like Jack Frost skipped across its surface.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

home-for-the-holidays-altered-woodland-frame-for-frilly-and-funkie-by-kathy-clement-photo-4Altering this Tim Holtz Trophy Antlers Idea-Ology piece was another learning curve.  It is also plastic, which means it is slick.  Which means it doesn’t take paint all that well.  So I ended up painting it with some white chalk paint designed for glass surfaces.  While it was wet, I sprinkled it liberally with Frayed Burlap Distress Embossing Powder and carefully heat set it.  Voila!  Fur on my woodland lovely!  Then I added droplets of Ginger Alcohol Ink over that.  This process taught me that I have more patience than I thought!

The “birch trees” background was also plastic.  So I painted it with more of the chalk paint.  Then I dry brushed it with Pumice Stone  and Hickory Smoke Distress Paints.  Finally, I stamped it with the Birch background stamp from Tim’s  Birch and Pine set.  Even my husband said…”hey…cool birch trees.”  Yaaaas!  Victory is mine!

The oak barrel planter was part of the original frame, so it was also plastic.  I gessoed it, then brushed it with Platinum texture paste. While the paint was wet, I added Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder, held my breath and very, very carefully heat set the powder.  Spanish moss, red berries, icy branches and Tim’s Woodland trees make a mighty cute forest if I do say so myself.

home-for-the-holidays-altered-woodland-frame-for-frilly-and-funkie-by-kathy-clement-photo-5Adding the Sentiment

home-for-the-holidays-altered-woodland-frame-for-frilly-and-funkie-by-kathy-clement-photo-6Since I was having so much fun experimenting with new techniques, I decided to stamp the sentiment on Kraft Glassine paper.  I used Jet Black Archival Ink and then heat set with clear embossing powder.  It looks so homespun and welcoming.  This is a technique I will be trying again soon!

For finishing touches, I created snowy window panes with Grit Paste then sprinkled with ultra fine glitter.  I spattered the entire frame with Dylusions White Linen spray, then added flowers and a bow.

Phew.  That was easy. NOT.  But was it fun?  Oh, yes!  And I learned a lot in the process.  I still wish I had taken a before photo, though.

Now It’s Your Turn

Be sure to pop over to the Frilly and Funkie Blog where you’ll find more inspiration from the Frilly side of the team.  (The Funkie Side will share their Home for the Holidays creations with us next Wednesday.)  You’ll find all the challenge details and guidelines there, too.

The team will be popping by to take a peek at your lovely creations and one of you will be chosen to serve as a Guest Designer in an upcoming challenge.  Three more will be chosen to receive favorite badges to display proudly on their blogs.  And everyone who follows the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing for a $25 shopping spree at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I know it is a very busy time of year, but I hope you will all find time to play along and help us finish this year’s challenges with a bang.  I cannot wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Lollipop Tag Basket with Graphic 45 St Nicholas

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Hello, G 45’ers!

What do you want for Christmas?  All I Want for Christmas is….a Lollipop Tag Basket made with Graphic 45 St. Nicholas paper.  What?  Settle in, and I’ll tell you a Christmas story…

Lollypops for Christmas

Children make everything about Christmas more fun and more memorable.  I think each family develops their own unique traditions that make the holiday uniquely their own. I always try to keep lollipops on hand at Christmas time.  Here’s why.

When our first grandchild Sophie was two, she took her first trip to visit Santa.  When I saw her the next day and asked her what she liked the best, she said without hesitation, “The wobbyhop.”  I gave her mama a questioning look and she said, “Santa gave Sophie a lollipop.”  Aaaah!  And we all thought it was so cute, that we didn’t try to change the pronunciation.

Hoping to get the inside line on what items she had on her wish list, my  next question to Sophie was, “So what did you tell Santa you wanted for Christmas?”

Without blinking an eye, she turned a sweet smile on me and said, “Wobbyhops!” I think every aunt, uncle, and grandparent bought her lollipops that year!

And that is the story behind  this sweet lollipop tag basket made with the wonderful Saint Nicholas collection.

From Farmer’s Market to Holiday Table

all-i-want-for-christmas-lollipop-basket-saint-nicholas-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-6This basket started its life as an ordinary green fiberboard berry basket that I purchased filled with luscious berries at our local Farmer’s Market.  Being the packrat….er…. resourceful person that I am, it was neatly set aside in the Closet of Shame for future consideration.  When the idea for this lollipop tag basket was born, it was transformed with some white acrylic paint.  Which really did make it look better.  But it needed a little “something something” to make it holiday worthy.  Glimmer mist to the rescue!  I sprayed it liberally with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer mist, heat drying it as I worked.  I didn’t want to let the Glimmer Mist penetrate the fibers for fear that they would crumble.  The cool thing is, it ended up looking almost like ceramic and feeling super sturdy.

A Tisket, A Tasket, Lollipop Tags in a Basket

all-i-want-for-christmas-lollipop-basket-saint-nicholas-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-5These tags are another quick and easy make.  They are all cut from the 12×12 pages of St. Nicholas.  I matted them on black cardstock to make a sturdy base that would stand up in the basket.   As a bonus, you can now write a note or mount a picture on the back of the tag!  How cool is that? Then I just added some ribbon, a lollipop, Petaloo posies and a little punch out tag.  Easy peasy!

all-i-want-for-christmas-lollipop-basket-saint-nicholas-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-3Love these Petaloo Regal Velvet Poinsettia and Pine cone picks!

all-i-want-for-christmas-lollipop-basket-saint-nicholas-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-4A big poufy bow was tied with 1.5″ wide red plaid ribbon.

all-i-want-for-christmas-lollipop-basket-saint-nicholas-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-11 all-i-want-for-christmas-lollipop-basket-saint-nicholas-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-10 all-i-want-for-christmas-lollipop-basket-saint-nicholas-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-8 all-i-want-for-christmas-lollipop-basket-saint-nicholas-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-7These would also be cute done with candy canes….but Sophie made the decision years ago….Christmas is for “wobbyhops!”

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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Sparkling Poinsettia Christmas Tag

Heartfelt Creations November Alumni Hop: Sparkling Poinsettia Christmas Tag

Hello, Friends!  It’s time to hop with the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Design team.  I’m first in line this month, and I’m feeling Christmassy.  So I created a Sparkling Poinsettia Christmas Tag to share with you today.

sparkling-poinsettia-christmas-tag-for-hc-hop-by-kathy-clement-photo-2The base is a standard manila tag covered with the newsprint paper in the Sparkling Poinsettia collection.  I stamped 3 large poinsettia with Archival Library Green ink, then heat embossed with clear powder.  The flowers were stamped plain white cardstock.

sparkling-poinsettia-christmas-tag-for-hc-hop-by-kathy-clement-photo-6I added various red Distress inks to the die cut flowers using a sponge dauber.  Then the petals were spritzed with a little water to let the ink blend.  I shaped the flowers while they were damp, using the large ball stylus from the Deluxe Flower Shaping Tool Kit.  Next, I stacked the layers together with hot glue.  There are 2 large layers and one medium layer on my focal flower.  The other large flower was cut in half and tucked beneath to add even more fullness to the flower cluster.

sparkling-poinsettia-christmas-tag-for-hc-hop-by-kathy-clement-photo-3I tapped the leaves with Carmine Red and White Viva Decor 3-D Stamp Paints to give them some shimmer and the look of snow.

sparkling-poinsettia-christmas-tag-for-hc-hop-by-kathy-clement-photo-7A gold doily cut in half adds another layer of shimmer.  My focal circle was die cut from the paper collection using a Spellbinder die.  I used hot glue to add the Idea-Ology Woodlands Tree and poinsettia charm.  The deer charm was painted with Antique Linen Distress paint and hot glued in place to complete the vignette.

sparkling-poinsettia-christmas-tag-for-hc-hop-by-kathy-clement-photo-5Gold ribbon, icy branches, red berries and some Christmas tree stick pins joined the party.  How fun!

Let’s Go to the Hop!

Now, hop on over and see what inky magic Vicki Dutcher has cooked up for you.  She will guide you to the next stop on the hop.  Just in case you get lost along the way, here’s the blog hop order.

Be sure to visit all the blogs on the hop, and leave a nice comment behind because one random commenter will be selected to receive a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations.  You don’t want to miss out on that!

You have until midnight Friday, December 2nd to get your comments in.  The winner will be announced on our blog Saturday, December 3 around noon, or as soon as we are notified of the winner.

The winner will have 72 hours to claim the prize otherwise another name will be drawn. To claim the prize, send an e-mail to info@heartfeltcreations.us with “Winner of November Alumni Hop” in the subject line

Blog Hop Order

Kathy Clement (you are HERE) ♥ Vicki DutcherGloria StengelAlissa WellsSarah MillerEmelia van den HeuvelMary Faus Emily Niehaus ♥ Archana Joshi

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Jack Frost Nipping at Your Nose Christmas Card

Tammy Tutterow Logo_BlkJack Frost Nipping at Your Nose Christmas Card for Tammy Tutterow Creative Team

Hello, Friends!  It’s the time of year when you begin to feel Jack Frost Nipping at your nose.  I know I don’t usually post at this time of day, but I just finished the cutest card using my brand new stamps from Tammy Tutterow, and I just had to share it with you.

jack-frost-christmas-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-photo-1Isn’t it cute, cute, cute?  I actually created the black and white background using Tammy’s cool new Doodle Snowflake stamp.  I don’t know how she did it, but this stamp has 3-D shading built into it.  See how the stamp has both white and grey lines?  It was inked with ColorBox White Frost Pigment ink, but when it is stamped, you end up with a sort of very cool “shadow” layer.  How nifty is that?

After stamping onto black cardstock, I heat embossed the white ink with clear embossing powder. Then I spritzed the entire area with Tattered Angels Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Mist to give it a “frosted” look.

Next, I paper pieced the adorable Mittens stamp using Carta Bella Warm & Cozy papers.  I added Glossy Accents to the center heart and button to add a bit of shine and dimension.  My mom used to knit pretty mittens for us every Christmas, so I was all about this cutie pie stamp, let me tell you!

The Jack Frost sentiment is stamped onto watercolor paper and painted with Aged Mahogany and Festive Berries Distress Markers.  I just scribble the ink onto my non-stick craft mat and then pick up the color with a water pen. The edges are inked with Iced Spruce and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink using a blending tool.  Then I spattered some random ink dots all over to resemble a fanciful snow flurry.  As a final touch, Stardust Stickles were randomly added to the design.  Then I sewed up the layers and finished the card front with ribbon, a silver mitten charm and novelty button.

jack-frost-christmas-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-photo2The inside of the card has a sweet surprise tucked into a wee envelope I created with Tammy’s Window Mini Pocket Die.  The opening is the exact size to fit a mini Ghiradelli chocolate.  How fun is that?

Can you feel Jack Frost nipping at your  nose right now?

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

A Little Birdie Told Me Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  I’m having such fun creating with the pretty ribbons in this Country Holiday Collection.  They work so well for shabby chic creations that I just had to make this A Little Birdie Told Me Birthday Card.  It’s filled with all kinds of sweet surprises on the inside.

A Little Birdie Told Me Birthday Card

a-little-birdie-told-me-birhtday-card-by-kathy-clement-photo-4How shabbylicious is this?   I love the way the pink ribbons pull out the pink colors in the designer papers.  My ribbon border uses Brown Diamond Satin Ribbon topped with Wild Rose RRR Select Swiss Dots Grosgrain Ribbon.  Because these are such soft, pastel colors, the brown border serves to anchor the design.

a-little-birdie-told-me-birhtday-card-by-kathy-clement-photo-1The corner bow cluster made with Brown Diamond Satin Ribbon balances the bird house cluster in the opposite corner.  I topped this with pretty Petaloo Fuchsia Berry Picks to add another layer of texture and color to the composition.

a-little-birdie-told-me-birhtday-card-by-kathy-clement-photo-2A scrap of Rosewood Satin Swirls ribbon  and natural burlap string adorn the vintage key. The rustic bird house is topped with a snippet of Crosshatch on Copper Satin Ribbon.

The party is on the inside

a-little-birdie-told-me-birhtday-card-by-kathy-clement-photo-5I love to create these “party in a card” keepsakes.  Fill up the pockets with lots of treats to turn the card into a gift.

a-little-birdie-told-me-birhtday-card-by-kathy-clement-photo-7The upper pocket contains  a key topped tag that would also make a great bookmark.  You’ll find a pretty pink teabag and magnet in the lower pocket.

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What could be sweeter than these darling vintage images combined with beautiful Really Reasonable Ribbon?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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#Simply G45 Holiday Tags Tutorial: Simple Affordable & Under an Hour

 

simply-g45-holiday-tags-tutorial-saint-nicholas-by-kathy-clementproduct-by-graphic-45-photo-12#Simply G45 Holiday Tags Tutorial

Hello, G45’ers!  How do you feel about challenges?  Love ’em?  Hate ’em?  Well, our friends at Graphic 45 challenged me to create as many holiday tags as I could. And make a tutorial for these tags. Oh, and one more thing….these tags had to be simple (minimal materials), affordable (minimal expense) and completed in under one hour.  Not one hour per tag…one hour total for ALL the tags.  How’s that for a challenge?  So I put on my thinking cap and came up with this #Simply G45 Holiday Tags Tutorial to share with you here today.

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Every year at Christmas time, I bake.  And I bake.  And then I bake some more.  The house smells like Mrs. Claus’ kitchen as gingersnaps, snickerdoodles, shortbread cookies  and other assorted goodies fill the countertops and spill over onto the kitchen and dining room tables.  All these treats get  packaged into tins for our grown children.  I also love to make cookie plates to share with friends and neighbors. Topping these with a pretty handmade tag that can be re-purposed as a tree ornament really makes the gift special.

It’s a busy happy time of year for all of us, and I suspect that I am not the only one who finds herself long on lists and short on time.  So to help you get ready for the holidays, I thought I would share a “recipe” for a holiday tag series that is easy, affordable and can be done in under an hour.  That sound too good to be true?  Not when you have brilliant components from Graphic 45’s Saint Nicholas paper collection, some Staples Alphabet Banner tags and a video tutorial to guide you!

Saint Nicholas #Simply G45 Holiday Tags Tutorial: YouTube Video

Some Tips and Tricks

I actually had a great time making these tags.  They came together quickly once I figured out the “recipe” .  I actually timed myself with a stop watch to make sure that each tag took under 10 minutes to make.  Here are some simple tips and tricks that will help you as you make your tags.

  1. Creating an assembly line for your project saves time!  Pre-cut all your paper layers, images, ribbons, fussy cut images and fibers.  Lay them out on your work table in the order in which they will be used.  Then just “go down the line” to create your tag.
  2. Fussy cutting is easier if you cut around the image before doing detail cutting.  I call this “whacking out” the image from the paper.
  3. To create a nice clean edge when you are fussy cutting, hold your scissors stationary and move the paper.  I demonstrate this technique in the YouTube video tutorial.
  4. Use the printed letters on the Staples Alphabet tags to help you line up your matting layer.  The straight line is built into the tag pattern. Just follow it, and your matting layer will always be straight!

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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