Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial: HC Alumni Hop

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop: Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for the August HC Alumni Blog Hop.  I’m kicking the blog hop off today with a special birthday card for a dear friend.  I’ve written up a Coffee Talk Easel Card tutorial to guide you through the steps. Let’s get started!

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial, Coffee Talk, by Kathy Clement, Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 2 Oooh, how I love these dreamy blues combined with the rich mocha tones of this paper collection. Here’s the card all folded up.  The front has been glued onto the bottom of a folded base so that it can stand upright like an easel.

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial: Designing the Card Front

  • Cut a 6.5″ x 4.5″ panel of designer paper.
  • Ink the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
  • Mat the panel on light blue cardstock and again on navy cardstock.
  • Machine stitch around the edges.
  • Add coffee rings to the paper with Tim Holtz Splatters stencil.  I used an ink blending tool and Walnut stain Distress Ink to do this.
  • Die cut the coffee cup from the paper collection using the matching Coffee Cup Die. Ink the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
  • Cut and mat the small coffee cup border and glue in the center.
  • Use foam dimensionals or waste chipboard to elevate the coffee mug.
  • “Draw” on the mug swirls with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive.  Sprinkle with clear glitter and tap off.
  • Add flowers, bows and beads.  (See below for flower instructions.)

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial: Building the Base

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial, Coffee Talk, by Kathy Clement, Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 6

If you’ve never made an easel card before, it’s one of the easiest cards in the world to make.

  • Build a standard card base of whatever size dimensions you like.  This one measures 7″ wide x 5″ high.
  • Score the front of the card base halfway up.  For this card, I scored at 2.5″ because it is 5″ high.
  • Create a second card stock card front that matches the dimensions of the front of the card.  For this card, that meant it should measure 7″ wide by 5″ tall.
  • Build your card design on the second card front.  When it is complete, glue the bottom half of the decorated card front to the bottom half of the scored card base.

To give you a better idea of what this looks like, here’s a side view of the easel.  You can see the way the base is scored and how the decorated front is joined to the base.

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial: Building the “Stop”

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial, Coffee Talk, by Kathy Clement, Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 1When building an easel card, you have to provide a “stop” that will hold the card open.  See that little banner flag cut from the cute coffee cup border?  That is the “stop” for this card.  Here’s how to do it:

  • Begin by cutting a panel of designer cardstock for the inside of the card.  I used the stacked coffee cups/coffee bean paper.  Glue this panel on the bottom half of your prepared card base.
  • Cut the border from your paper collection and create a fishtail banner on the right hand side.  (Because I wanted the stacked coffee cups to be visible, I did not run the banner the entire width of the base. )
  • Mat on light blue cardstock, and again on navy cardstock.
  • Cut a strip of waste chipboard that is slightly shorter and narrower than your fishtail banner.
  • Glue the chipboard to the base of the matted banner, and then glue the entire assembly to the base of the card.
  • Add a twine bow, button and small flower.  Now, when you open the card, the base of the front edge will rest against the stop and will stand upright.

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial: The Flowers!

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial, Coffee Talk, by Kathy Clement, Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 4These Delightful Daisies go with this card design the way cream goes with coffee!  Here’s how I made them:

  • Using Ranger French Ultramarine Archival Ink, stamp 3 sets of Delightful Daisies onto white cardstock.  (I like to use 80# cardstock for this, as the flowers shape nicely.)
  • Die cut with the Delightful Daisy Die.
  • Use the large ball stylus from the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit to round the petals.
  • Sponge the center of each flower with French Ultramarine Ink.
  • Stack the flowers together with a hot glue gun, staggering the layers.
  • Paint the petals with Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint.  While wet, sprinkle lightly with clear glitter.
  • Spatter with droplets of Distress Aged Bronze Mica Spray.
  • Fill centers with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive and fill with Czech beads.
  • Glue onto card.

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial, Coffee Talk, by Kathy Clement, Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 5I created a double bow with Glory Blue and Tobacco Seam binding.  Ivory Burlap String was then added and the whole thing was topped off with another flower.

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial: A Look Inside

Coffee Talk Easel Card Tutorial, Coffee Talk, by Kathy Clement, Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 3I love to decorate the inside of my cards as much as I enjoy decorating the outside.  You can see that I added another panel of paper with the coffee ring stencil.  I also stamped a sentiment onto white cardstock.

Now hop on over and see what my dear friend Gloria has cooked up to inspire you.  Here’s a list of the blogs on this hop.  Please note that Loretta Lock had to withdraw from the hop at the last minute, so the LAST stop on the hop will be Vicki Dutcher.

Kathy Clement (You are HERE) ♥ Gloria StengelArchana JoshiSarah Miller Mary Faus Kristie Taylor Oksana CleggUjjwal GuptaEmily Niehaus Vicki Dutcher (last but not least!)

Be sure to visit all the blogs on the hop, and leave a comment at every stop along the way.  One  comment from one mystery blog will be selected by random.com and that lucky person will win a $25 gift certificate at Heartfelt Creations.  The hop runs from Tuesday, August 30th-midnight Friday September 2nd.  The winner will be announced at noon EDT on the Heartfelt Creations Facebook page, and on each blog.

I’ve created a supply list below, with product links whenever possible.

Thanks for hopping by!  I ‘d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Cheerio,

kathy

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World’s Fair Sweet Treat Bag Tutorial with Graphic 45

World’s Fair Sweet Treat Bag Tutorial with Graphic 45 Policy Envelopes

Hello, G45’ers!  Happy Monday!  Summer is finally winding down. Are you ready for fall?  I sure am!  It has been a long, hot summer here in North Carolina!  I’m yearning for crisp, cool mornings and vibrant fall colors.  Since fall is not quite here yet, I created my own taste of autumn in the studio by putting together this World’s Fair Sweet Treat Bag Tutorial.  Let’s dig in!

World's Fair Sweet Treat Bag Tutorial, World's Fair, Policy Envelopes, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 1Oh, how I love this collection!  It’s like a paper dose of happy,  You will be glad to know that these sweet treat bags come together in a snap, thanks to the G45 Policy Envelope bases.  Add a little fussy cutting and you’ve got a beautiful little gift ready for the giving.  These are great for teacher appreciation.  And can you imagine how happy you’d be to find this pretty package tucked into your lunch box?  With kids heading back to college, these would also be great to sneak into a suitcase with a loving note of encouragement. I think you’ll find LOTS of ways to use this clever design!

World’s Fair Sweet Treat Bag Tutorial for the Gents

World's Fair Sweet Treat Bag Tutorial, World's Fair, Policy Envelopes, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2I love the way the World’s Fair color palette POPS against the black background of the policy envelope!  Use a 12mm ball stylus and foam pad to round out the centers of the balloons.  Add a double layer of foam dimensionals (or waste chipboard) to the balloon centers.  Then, run a fine bead of “dries clear” adhesive just around the edges of the rounded balloon shapes.  Gently hold in place for a second or two, then glue the gondola in place.

The inspirational quotes found in the World’s Fair collection are perfect  for a project like this.  The border strips anchor and unify the design.Anchor and unify the design by adding border strips to the base of the envelopes.  Fish tail banners can be made with paper scraps. Fold the strips in half lengthwise then cut the ends at a 45 degree angle.  Layer several of these together in a corner for a fun, easy embellishment.

World's Fair Sweet Treat Bag Tutorial, World's Fair, Policy Envelopes by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3Too hot, or no time to bake?  A packaged treat from the health food section of my local Kroger was the solution to this dilemma.  But a homemade cookie or brownie would  work just as well and provide a welcome taste of home.  Write some heartfelt words of encouragement on the back of the ferris wheel ephemera card and tuck inside with the treat.  Nothing cheers the heart more than a handwritten note,

World’s Fair Sweet Treats Bag Tutorial for the Ladies

World's Fair Sweet Treat Bag Tutorial, World's Fair, Policy Envelopes, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 4 jpg Fussy cut this floral spray from the 12×12 title page of the World’s Fair collection.  I left the white highlight edge on because in this case, I felt it helped define the flowers.   Add a ribbon tied with poppy red taffeta ribbon and a jet black Petaloo mixed textured blossom to pull all the elements together.  Besides, what girl doesn’t like to get a ribbony flower on her treat bag?

World's Fair Sweet Treat Bag Tutorial, World's Fair, Policy Envelopes, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 5This is simple, fun project that can be put together in an hour or less.  Change the design a little, and you have a birthday treat bag, a Halloween treat bag, a get well treat bag, a wedding treat bag or a welcome baby treat bag.  How great is that?

Snapguide Tutorial for World’s Fair Sweet Treat Bags

 

 

Check out How to Teacher Appreciation Treats W/G45 Policy Envelopes by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

I hope you’ll give this World’s Fair Sweet Treat Bag Tutorial a try.  I’ve already given one bag away, and it was received with great joy and gladness.  (The word on the street is that the packaged brownie was yummy!  Yay!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List for World’s Fair Sweet Treat Bag Tutorial

  • Graphic 45 World’s Fair 12×12 papers
    • World’s Fair
    • Wonder Works
    • Balloon Bouquet
  • World’s Fair 8×8 papers
    • World’s Fair
    • Wonder Works
    • Balloon Bouquet
    • Scraps from 6×6 World’s Fair Prints and patterns
  • World’s Fair Ephemera Cards
  • World’s Fair Chipboard
  • G45 Staples Square Black Policy Envelopes

Other Products:

  • Red Taffeta Ribbon
  • Petaloo Black Textured Elements
  • Foam Dimensionals
  • Vintage Photo Distress Ink
  • Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive with fine point tip

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Back to School Ensemble, ABC Primer, by Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 1

Petaloo Goes Back to School: G45 ABC Primer Trio

Petaloo Goes Back to School: A Trio of Graphic 45 ABC Primer Projects

Hello, Friends!  Here we are at the tail end of August!  I think we all deserve a pat on the back for making it through this long, hot month.  My Facebook feed is filled with photos of cutie patootie kids headed back to school, and that inspired me to create this trio of G45 ABC Primer goodies for the Petaloo Goes Back to School event that’s been going on all month on the Petaloo blog.

Petaloo Goes Back to School YouTube Video

Because  a picture’s worth a thousand words, I’ve prepared this short YouTube Video tour of the project.  But don’t worry; I have still photos below.  Hope you enjoy!

 

Petaloo Goes Back to School Project #1: Upcycled Message Board

Petaloo Goes Back to School Message Board, ABC Primer, By Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 1While out junkin’ with my honey one Saturday, I found a plug ugly, electric blue message board.  Because it was toward the end of the day, and because no one had purchased this ugly duckling, I was able to snag it for a very good price.  My husband is so used to my eccentricities at this point that he didn’t even ask me what I was going to do with the monstrosity.  After painting it with black chalkboard paint, I dressed it up in ABC Primer papers, pretty ribbons and some gorgeous Petaloo goodies.  Now this is a message board that anyone would be proud to display!

Back to School Cork Board, ABC Primer, By Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 4Although this message board had a cork layer on top, it was very thin, and the little tacks didn’t stay in place very well.  I solved this problem by adding a second layer of cork.  Then I painted the wood squares black and decorated them with fussy cut elements and chipboard from the ABC Primer Collection.  Black gingham ribbon and a chipboard clock took this message board from frumpy to fabulous.

Petaloo Goes Back to School Message Board, ABC Primer, By Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 2Dress your message board in its back to school best by adding Petaloo Blackberry Picks, Vintage Velvet Hydrangeas and butterflies to the corners.  Here’s a fun tip: curl the end of the berry stems around a craft pick for a custom look.

 Petaloo Goes Back to School Message Board, ABC Primer, By Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 3Anchor the design with a floral cluster that’s pretty as a school picture!  I’ve topped a red plaid bow with this bodacious Chantilly Mixed Bloom and more sweet blackberry picks.

Petaloo Goes Back to School Project #2: ABC Primer Mini Album

Petaloo Goes Back to School Mini Album, ABC Primer, By Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 1Capture all the memories of a great school year in this handy little mini album. Chantilly Mixed Blooms are just the right shade of red, and look great when paired with black gingham ribbon.  I’ve used a Black Staples Alphabet Banner Tag as the background for my collage pieces. It’s such a time saver, and goes beautifully with the theme.

Petaloo Goes Back to School Mini Album, ABC Primer, By Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 2Create custom embellishments by gluing wooden buttons onto paper clips.  To do this, first punch out a 1/2″ circle.  Add a dot of hot glue to the center and place behind the paper clip.  Place hot glue on the back of an apple shaped button. Glue to the prepared 1/2″ circle.  Quick and easy, and oh, so cute!

Petaloo Goes Back to School Mini Album, ABC Primer, By Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 3Petaloo Goes Back to School Mini Album, ABC Primer, By Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 4Petaloo Goes Back to School Mini Album, ABC Primer, By Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 5Petaloo Goes Back to School Mini Album, ABC Primer, By Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 4Lots of great little tags, a waterfall folio, and plenty of places for photos are tucked inside this darling album.

Petaloo Goes Back to School Project #3: ABC Primer Easel Card

Petaloo Goes Back to School Easel Card by Kathy Clement, ABC Primer, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45, Photo 2The final member of this Back to School trio is a cute ABC Primer easel card.  Chantilly Velvet Hydrangeas and Mixed Blossoms really make the design pop!

Petaloo Goes Back to School Easel Card by Kathy Clement, ABC Primer, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45, Photo 1I love easel cards because they fold down for mailing, but pop up for display.

Petaloo Goes Back to School Easel Card by Kathy Clement, ABC Primer, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45, Photo 3I’ve created a darling mini envelope inside the card.

Back to School Easel Card by Kathy Clement, ABC Primer, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45, Photo 4Well, I think I am ready to go back to school with Petaloo.  How about you?  If you have any questions or comments about any of these projects, please share in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Shabby Chic Sympathy Card: You’re in My Heart

Shabby Chic Sympathy Card for RRR

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!   I have another sympathy card to share with you today.  This one is for a family friend whose mother just passed away. No matter how old you are: you’re never ready to say goodbye to your mom!  Wanting to do something really special for this lovely individual, I pulled out gorgeous seam binding from Really Reasonable Ribbon,mixed media papers from Canvas Corp Brands,  elegant Petaloo flowers and my Distress Markers.  The end result is this shabby chic sympathy card.

Shabby Chic Sympathy Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product by Really Reasonable Ribbon and Canvas Corp Brands Photo 1Canvas Corp Brands has a great Mixed Media Origins line of papers.  After inking and distressing the background paper, this heart was fussy cut  and watercolored with Distress Markers. Next, my sentiment was stamped and heat embossed with superfine black embossing powder.  Finally, I punched holes up the center of the heart and threaded them with Gold Metallic Baker’s Twine.

You're in My Heart Sympathy Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product by Really Reasonable Ribbon and Canvas Corp Brands Photo 2 Noble Peacock Seam Binding is the perfect ribbon to lend soft, shabby chic elegance to this card design.

You're in My Heart Sympathy Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product by Really Reasonable Ribbon and Canvas Corp Brands Photo 5Inside, a second sentiment was stamped on 7 Gypsies Ordre du Jour papers.  Darling birds frame the journaling card where I’ll add my personal note.

This shabby chic sympathy card is very simple in design .  The detail work went into the stitching, water color and inking.  Soft ribbons and dreamy flowers give it the shabby chic vibe I was going for.  What do you think?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2

Sunflowers Mini Album with G45 Time to Flourish

Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation: Sunflowers Mini Album with G45 Time to Flourish

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabulous challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Nancy is our hostess this time, and the theme is Floral InfatuationCreate any kind of vintage or shabby chic project where flowers are the focal point. With that in mind, I designed and created a Sunflowers Mini Album using Graphic 45’s Time to Flourish August papers. You’re invited to enjoy a tutorial and a video tour today.  Let’s get started!

Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 5I adore sunflowers. This time of year, they are in full glory.  Every time I see a field of these radiant blooms, my spirits are lifted and I am reminded to keep my face turned toward the sunshine and not the shadows.  So I guess it was a natural for me to choose to make a sunflower mini album for this challenge.

Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 1 Just look at this color palette: teal, yellow, gold, green…color me inspired!  The album was created with a kraft cardstock base and decorated with the August papers from Graphic 45’s Time to Flourish Collection.

Golden Splendor

Time to Flourish was released with matching chipboard flowers,. It was fairly easy to alter these into bodacious sunflowers. Each blossom was carefully shaped, spritzed and inked.Teal and copper Czech bead were glued into the centers to mimic sunflower seeds.  When everything looked “just right” I piled them onto the front of the sunflower mini album in a cluster of golden splendor.

Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2

Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 3

Cover Story

Adding ivory burlap to the cover created an extra layer of texture.  And I love the vintage metal findings from Graphic 45.  To age them, I tapped them with Ranger Vintaj Patina and Moss.

Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 10

Sunflowers here, there and everywhere!

Here is the first opening of the album.  The side pocket contains a folder for photos.,  Pretty cut out images have been tucked into the belly band on the right hand side.   A 4″ x 6″ photo can be mounted on the base, and more can be tucked under the belly band. Prima gold crackle accents were added with one of Tim’s mini stencils.

Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 6Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 7

This square tag pulls out from the center pocket.

Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 8Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 9

Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 11Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 12You can see that I filled the pockets of this sunflower mini album with all sorts of good things!

YouTube Video Tour of Sunflowers Mini Album

Because I find it hard to get a feel for the “flow” of a mini album through still photos, here’s a short YouTube video tour.  It runs about 4 minutes.

How to Build the Base for the Sunflower Mini Album

You know how they say a picture is worth a thousand words?  Well, I found that to be true when trying to write a step out tutorial for this album base.  I finally gave in and built a second base while shooting a video.

That pretty much covers everything for me.  Now it’s YOUR turn!  Create your very own Floral Infatuation project and link it up on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before midnight EDT on Tuesday, September 6th.

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT 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. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Blueberry Delight Mini Album Tutorial

Blueberry Delight Mini Album Tutorial with Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home

Hello, Friends!  Summer is the time when we all travel.  Sometimes we travel around the world, and sometimes we just take a little trip around the block.  This summer, the grand girls paid a visit to a local “you pick” blueberry farm.  It was a beautiful day, the blueberries were ripe for and luscious and fun was in the air. We picked them one day, baked them into a delicious dessert on another and ate every juicy morsel on a third.  It was blueberry delight from beginning to end.  I thought I’d share the fun with you in this Blueberry Delight Mini Album Tutorial.

Blueberry Delight Mini Album Tutorial, Home Sweet Home, Staples Square Tag Album, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo9 14Just look at those faces?  Is that sheer bliss or what?  I decided to create my album in a sunny, summery blue and yellow color palette using papers from Graphic 45’s Home Sweet Home collection.

Blueberry Delight Mini Album Tutorial, Home Sweet Home, Staples Square Tag Album, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo9 15The square tag album from G45 is a chunky wonder!  I love the sturdy spine and classy label holder.  Blueberries, flowers and a little twine bow fill this one up nicely!

Blueberry Delight Mini Album Tutorial, Home Sweet Home, Staples Square Tag Album, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 20Have you used the G45 washi tape yet?  I found several fun ways to use it in this album.  I wrapped  my photos with it to create custom photo corners.  Borders are quick and easy when you use washi tape!  And, it’s a cinch to keep alpha letters in a straight line when you use washi tape as a guide!

Blueberry Delight Mini Album Tutorial, Home Sweet Home, Staples Square Tag Album, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo9 17Home Sweet Home is the perfect collection to capture the fun of a day like this!  Speaking of fun, how fun is it to mount cute photos onto the square tags that fit perfectly into the pockets?

Blueberry Delight Mini Album Tutorial, Home Sweet Home, Staples Square Tag Album, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo9 18Look at all those pages!  Each ribbon represents a tag that’s tucked into the side pockets of the album.

Come Blueberry Picking with Me

Blueberry Delight Mini Album Tutorial, Home Sweet Home, Staples Square Tag Album, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 28Don’t you want to go pick blueberries with these cutie patooties?  Well, you can, sort of, with this video tour of my Blueberry Delight Mini Album.

Blueberry Delight Recipe

The girls and I got together to bake our blueberries up into a tasty dessert on Saturday morning.  I thought you might like to make it for your family as well, so here’s the recipe:

Crust:

1 stick butter

2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs

Melt butter and stir in the crumbled vanilla wafers.  Press the crumbs into a 9” square pan.  Set aside.

Filling:

Whipped cream:

2 cups of heavy cream, whipped

3 Tbsp. powdered sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

Cream cheese:

1 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup sugar

1 8 oz cream cheese, softened

Directions:

Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla together until smooth and fluffy.

In a separate bowl, beat the whipping cream, vanilla and powdered sugar until it is thick and holds a peak.  Carefully fold half the whipping cream into the prepared cream cheese mixture and spread over the prepared crust.  Refrigerate the remaining whipped cream in an airtight container.  (You can also use an 8 oz. Cool Whip, but we prefer real whipped cream.)

Berries:

¾ cup sugar

3 Tbsp cornstarch

4 cups blueberries

juice of 1 lemon

Combine ingredients and cook until thickened. Cool completely. Top the cream filling with the cooled blueberries and refrigerate.

Blueberry Delight Snapguide Tutorial

I put together a little step by step tutorial on Snapguide so that you can see how I layered the cover together.

Check out How to Create With Graphic 45 Staples Square Tag Album by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Wishing you a summer filled with sweet memories of time spent with the people you love!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Buttons and Bows: Graphic 45 Times Nouveau Tag

RRR Challenge: Buttons and Bows/Times Nouveau Tag

RRRChallengeBadgeHello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for another fabby challenge on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  This time, Bonnie has challenged us to include Buttons and Bows in our projects.  This is right up my alley!  I’ve been itching to play with my Graphic 45 Times Nouveau Classic Collection, so I dug that out along with stunning ribbon from RRR and a few fun embellies. Honey, this tag is the Bee’s Knees!

Times Nouveau Tag by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Buttons and Bows Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 1

Vibrant colors and vintage images make me happy, happy! And just look at all the fun layering!  The base is a Graphic 45 Long Staples Kraft Tag that I covered with black background paper from the collection.  Throw in some fussy cut images, die cuts, glittered chippies and gorgeous ribbons and I’m in heaven!

Times Nouveau Tag by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Buttons and Bows Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2The bow cluster on this tag is total glam!  I created a triple loop bow with Old Gold Shimmer Satin Ribbon.  Just look how it pulls out all the gorgeous shades of gold and butterscotch and yellow in this tag!

Times Nouveau Tag by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Buttons and Bows Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 3Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts  Fanciful Elements were coated with green glitter to complement the greens in the tag, the center of my flowers, and the leaves. A real vintage stick pin adds an extra layer of style to the tag.

Times Nouveau Tag by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Buttons and Bows Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 4

Buttons and Bows is the Name of the Game!

Vintage style buttons are displayed down the side of the tag, leading the eye right to this adorable button topped pull out pocket.  You know me and my pockets….I gotta have ’em somewhere.  (Do you think it’s because my Mom never let me have pockets in my clothes when I was growing up?  She said they weren’t ladylike.)

Times Nouveau Tag by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Buttons and Bows Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 5Graphic 45 Staples Policy Envelopes are soooo cute!  I decorated this one with  some ephemera from the collection.

Times Nouveau Tag by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Buttons and Bows Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 6The Policy Envelope contains a couple of small tags joined with black burlap string.  You could easily tuck a gift card, personal note, small chocolate, tea bag…even cash into the Policy envelope.  It’s a great way to turn the tag into a full fledged gift.   I topped the tag with more of that luxurious Old Gold Shimmer Satin and a loopy bow tied with black burlap string.  Do you think this tag meets the Buttons and Bows Challenge?

Now it’s YOUR turn!  Create your own Buttons and Bows project and link it up over at the RRR Challenge Blog.  The Design Team will be stopping by to take a look and leave you some love, which is always fun.  Plus, three of your excellent projects will be chosen by the team and you’ll receive a winner’s badge to proudly display on your own blog.  You can find all the details HERE.

Yeah…I love me some buttons and bows!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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