Gather Blessings Along the Way Woodland Card

Gather Blessings Along the Way Woodland Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon

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Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Here we are at the end of September, and fall is finally here!  I love the colors and textures of autumn, don’t you?  This is a time of year when many of us focus our thoughts on gratitude for all the good things that surround us.  With that in mind, I worked up this richly hued Gather Blessings Along the Way card.

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Mr. Squirrel is certainly busy gathering blessings! The woodland feel of these papers and images (Authentique /Harvest Collection) prompted me to add lots of texture to the composition of this card.

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Burlap ribbon is a great choice for a belly band.  (the burlap wired edge ribbon I used here has been discontinued…but antique gold netting or brown netting would make a great substitute!)  A row of Debra Crochet Lace above and below adds wonderful texture and a great vintage feel.

Bodacious Bows!

Gather Blessings Along the Way Woodland Card, Kathy Clement, photo-5Look at this bodacious bow cluster!  Copper Glitz Ribbon adds a little sparkle and is a great color match for the paper collection.  Top it off with a Brown Burlap String Bow and some custom dyed burlap flowers and the texture meter goes off the charts!

Gather Blessings Along the Way Woodland Card, Kathy Clement, photo-2The gratitude/blessings theme was carried inside the card, where I added a little pocket and tag combo.

Gather Blessings Along the Way Woodland Card, Kathy Clement, photo-6The stamped sentiment reads “There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.”

I’m curious…do any of you keep a gratitude journal where you can gather blessings along the way?  One sits on my nightstand, and I try to write in a few things each night before I fall asleep.  It makes for sweet dreams!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

G45 Halloween in Wonderland Tea with Alice Table Decor

 Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland Tea with Alice Table Decor

Hello, G45’ers!  I have been having soooo much fun with my Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland goodies!  This month, we were asked to create a dimensional project using 2 Staples boxes to go along with the September #TheDarkSidewithG45  Challenge.  (You can check out the details on that HERE.  There are some fabby prizes up for grabs!) I scrounged around in the Closet of Shame until an idea began to form in my brain: Halloween in Wonderland Tea with Alice Table Decor.

halloween-in-wonderland-tea-with-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-4Here are the basic details.  I built the base from an 8×8 Matchbox Book.  I had to fill in the window with chipboard, and construct two side pieces to close off the box.  Once the box was covered with paper from the collection, I began to build up a dimensional scene using fussy cut images, an altered bottle, two altered 3×5 Staples Matchboxes and a host of Petaloo flowers.

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Tips and Tricks for Halloween in Wonderland Tea With Alice Table Decor

halloween-in-wonderland-tea-with-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-4Let’s talk about the rusty tea table in this little tableau.  Now that was fun to build!  I had a 4″ diameter bottle cap and a couple of salvaged empty thread spools lurking in the Closet of Shame.  These were painted with a light coat of gesso to create a little tooth, then altered them using Prima Rust Paste.

halloween-in-wonderland-tea-with-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-5What does the Mad Hatter use for a tablecloth?  How about a chipboard spider web painted with Black Soot Distress Ink and Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint? Dinner plates are chipboard buttons from the HIW collection.  I found tiny cutlery in my embellie cart.  Napkins?  Rolled Purple Glitz Ribbon tied with Black Burlap String.  Centerpiece?  Mini pumpkins painted with Clear Rock Candy Crackle Distress Paint!  The cute teacup charms were tapped with Eggplant Alcohol ink.  And do you spy the Steampunk Doily carpet?  How fun is that?

Stand Up and Be Counted

halloween-in-wonderland-tea-with-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-2To make these fussy cut images stand up, scrap pieces of cardstock were cut to measure about 1″ wide.  They were scored in the center, then one side was glued to the back of the image and the other glued to the box base.  I used the edge of a pencil to gently curve the shape of the images before adding the little hinges.

Drink Me: Altered Bottle

halloween-tea-with-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-8The Closet of Shame housed this tall skinny Olive Oil Bottle.  It was just the perfect shape and size to serve as Alice’s infamous Drink Me Potion Bottle.  Once again, Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint was put into action to give the bottle a creepy, spiderwebby, magic potion look.  Then I added some borders, Pretty Petaloo Flowers, Ribbon, Clock Hands and the wonderful focal image.  This is why I have a Closet of Shame, people!  What if I had not saved this bottle?  Perish the thought!

The Mad Hatter’s Tea and Cookies

halloween-tea-with-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-6You can’t have a Halloween in Wonderland Tea with Alice unless you have some tea and cookies, right?  These 3×5 matchboxes were covered with designer paper and fussy cut images from the collection.  I added tea bags to one box and cookies to the other.  The boxes are not glued down so that the tea and cookies can easily be removed.  They flank the altered bottle on either side.

Halloween in Wonderland Tea Pots

halloween-tea-with-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-7A friend gave me these cute porcelain napkin rings and of course, I put them in the Closet of Shame.  They were dressed up for this tea party with the help of Ranger Alcohol Inks.  (Eggplant and Pesto) Chipboard Spiderwebs, spiders and mini pumpkins fill the center.

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Another Drink Me Potion Bottle

halloween-tea-with-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-10Just like the story goes, there is a second bottle of “Drink Me” potion.  This time, it’s green glitter in a small glass vial.  It looks harmless enough doesn’t it?

Pumpkins and Posies

halloween-tea-with-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-9This festive cluster of pumpkins and posies adds a pop of color to the composition.  The pumpkin was, you guessed it, painted with Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint.  After the paint dried, I drizzled Pesto Alcohol Ink onto the surface.

Halloween in Wonderland Tea with Alice Video Tour

Sometimes, it’s easier to get the flow of a piece when you see a video. This one is very short (under 3 minutes) but you might catch some details that are missed in the photos.  I hope you enjoy!

So, what do you have lurking in your Closet of Shame?  Why not dig it out and make something fabulous to share it with us at #TheDarkSidewithG45 Challenge?  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Going Round in Circles with Halloween in Wonderland

Going Round in Circles with Halloween in Wonderland for Frilly and Funkie

Hello Friends!  It’s time for another wonderful challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  This time around the lovely Sue is our hostess and she has set the theme Going Round in Circles.  Here’s what she has to say about this challenge:

Challenge Theme: Going round in circles – Including circles in my projects is one of my favourite things to do, so for this challenge I want to see circles, lots of circles, not just one ! Stencilled, stamped or even a circular project such as a wreath !

Circular elements really do add a lot of visual interest to a project.  With Halloween peeking around the corner, I pulled out my Graphic 45 Deluxe Collector’s Edition of Halloween in Wonderland and started going round in circles!

halloween-in-wonderland-card-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-for-frilly-and-funkie-going-round-in-circles-challenge-product-by-graphic-45-photo7Let’s see how many different ways I’m Going Round in Circles

  1. The focal image is a circle
  2. Circular frame around the focal miage
  3. Background paper and ribbon both have polka dots
  4. My embossed background has a circular motif
  5.  White Rabbit’s pocket watch is a circle
  6. The 2 O’s in BOO are both circular
  7. Spiderwebs in the black ribbon have a circular shape.

Yes, indeed…I think this card is definitely going round in circles!

Fun with Grit Paste

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The most fun I had in making this card was adding the stenciled background.  I don’t have a lot of stencils, but I found this one from Dreamweaver’s in my stash.  Since I had just procured some Distress Grit paste, I was anxious to have a play with it.

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I added some Aged Purple Embossing Powder to the grit paste while it was still wet, and then heat embossed it to create a spooky Halloween sky.  Then I die cut gold glitter paper using Tim’s Crescent Moon and Stars die .

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halloween-in-wonderland-card-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-for-frilly-and-funkie-going-round-in-circles-challenge-product-by-graphic-45-photo-1A Peek Inside

halloween-in-wonderland-card-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-for-frilly-and-funkie-going-round-in-circles-challenge-product-by-graphic-45-photo-6I added a pocket and ephemera card to the inside.  Plenty of room here to write a little note or tuck in a Halloween treat.

Now it’s YOUR turn!  Create your own vintage or shabby chic project that follows the theme Going Round in Circles and link it up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before midnight on Tuesday, October 4th.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Lullaby Baby Pocket Card: G45 Precious Memories

Lullaby Baby Pocket Card with Organza Ribbon and G45 Precious Memories

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  I was looking at photos of the grand girls the other day, which always makes me feel all gooey inside.  Suddenly I had the urge to break out my G45 Precious Memories papers and create a baby card .  It’s always a good idea to listen to your muse…and that’s how this darling Lullaby Baby Pocket card came into the world.

lullaby-baby-pocket-card-precious-memories-once-upon-a-springtime-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-1Because I wanted to keep everything about this card soft and sweet, I decided to go with a white organza bow topped with ivory burlap string. To me, it looks like fairy wings.

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The fairies are guarding this precious angel while she peacefully sleeps.

lullaby-baby-pocket-card-precious-memories-once-upon-a-springtime-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-2lullaby-baby-pocket-card-precious-memories-once-upon-a-springtime-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-4Debra Natural Crochet Lace adds lovely soft texture and a wonderful vintage vibe.

lullaby-baby-pocket-card-precious-memories-once-upon-a-springtime-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-3It also did a great job of dressing up my little diaper pin embellishment.

lullaby-baby-pocket-card-precious-memories-once-upon-a-springtime-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-6A stamped border and sentiment and a teeny tiny gift card are tucked inside.

lullaby-baby-pocket-card-precious-memories-once-upon-a-springtime-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-8The large pocket contains a Staples Regular Ivory tag.

lullaby-baby-pocket-card-precious-memories-once-upon-a-springtime-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-9Instead of pulling the ivory burlap string all the way through, I looped it around for a different look, then topped it with more Petaloo flowers.

Is there anything sweeter than a sleeping baby?

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Frightfully Sweet Halloween Card for RRR Things with Wings Challenge

Frightfully Sweet Halloween Card with Graphic 45 Rare Oddities

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Hello, Ribbon lovers!  Time for another fabby challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The theme this go round is “Things with Wings.”  This is always a fun challenge theme, especially when we are drawing close to Halloween.  I pulled out my gorgeous September Too Cute to Spook Ribbon Club Assortment and Graphic 45’s Rare Oddities collection to work up this Frightfully Sweet Halloween Card.

Frightfully Sweet Halloween Card, Rare Oddities, by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2Could you find a better ribbon buddy for this paper collection?  I think not!   Grape Gauze Print Satin Ribbon really is frightfully sweet when combined with Halloween Confetti Dots on Black Grosgrain Ribbon.  I just love polka dots!

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Frightfully Sweet Halloween Card, Rare Oddities, by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3Moths and butterflies have wings, right?  I brushed Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive onto this silver butterfly charm, then dusted it with Shabby Shutters Distress Glitter.  It’s frightfully sweet!

Frightfully Sweet Halloween Card, Rare Oddities, by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4The inside of the card has a couple of pockets filled with frightfully sweet tags and treats.

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I fussy cut some creepy bottles from the paper collection to dress up this pretty grape patterned paper.

Frightfully Sweet Halloween Card, Rare Oddities, by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6An ephemera card from the collection makes a great bookmark.  You can write a personal message on the back.  And there’s plenty of room in the pocket for a photo or individually wrapped chocolate.

I had such fun making this Frightfully Sweet Halloween card.  I hope you enjoyed it, too!

Be sure to pop over to the RRR Blog where you’ll find all the rules for this challenge.  It’s easy to link up your own Things with Wings and ribbon project.  It does not have to be Halloween themed.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio

kathy

 

Trick or Treat Tag Album with G45 Halloween in Wonderland

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Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon September Blog Hop where we are celebrating the spooktacular “Too Cute to Spook” September Ribbon Club Assortment  You should have arrived here from the always inspiring Karen’s blog.

I have a boo-tiful project to share with you today.  Graphic 45’s Halloween in Wonderland was such fun to use in this Trick or Treat Tag Album, and a perfect color match for these fabby ribbons.

too-cute-to-spook-ribbon-assortment-really-reasonable-ribbon-september-2016Trick or Treat Tag Album, Halloween in Wonderland, by Kathy Clement for RRR, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 1The album base was formed by joining  two Staples Kraft Square tag albums together with washi tape.  Then I built a little box for the front and stuffed it full of ribbony ATC Alphabet Banner Tags.

Trick or Treat Tag Album, Halloween in Wonderland, by Kathy Clement for RRR, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2Oh, and I tucked a little chocolate in there, too….cuz it’s a Trick or Treat tag album.  No tricks here, just treats and cute little tags topped with painted silver Halloween charms.

Trick or Treat Tag Album, Halloween in Wonderland, by Kathy Clement for RRR, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 3Apple Green Plaid Ribbon was wrapped around the middle of the covers, then tied through the grommet holes.  It looks fantastic with all the purples in this collection.

Trick or Treat Tag Album, Halloween in Wonderland, by Kathy Clement for RRR, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 4Wanna take a peek inside?  I thought so!

Trick or Treat Tag Album: Take a Peek Inside!

Each page in the album measures about 4.25″ square.  A belly band on each page holds a decorated ATC Alphabet Banner Tag.  The tags portray all the guests at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Flip sides have a small photo mount for journaling or cutie patootie Halloween costume pics.

Trick or Treat Tag Album, Halloween in Wonderland, by Kathy Clement for RRR, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 5Trick or Treat Tag Album, Halloween in Wonderland, by Kathy Clement for RRR, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 6Trick or Treat Tag Album, Halloween in Wonderland, by Kathy Clement for RRR, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 7Trick or Treat Tag Album, Halloween in Wonderland, by Kathy Clement for RRR, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 8Trick or Treat Tag Album, Halloween in Wonderland, by Kathy Clement for RRR, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 9Trick or Treat Tag Album, Halloween in Wonderland, by Kathy Clement for RRR, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 10Trick or Treat Tag Album, Halloween in Wonderland, by Kathy Clement for RRR, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 11This might be my favorite Ribbon Club assortment so far this year.  It just feels like a party is about to happen!

Now hop on over to Deborah’s lovely blog and see what she’s cooked up for you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Thankful Fall Wall Hanging with Petaloo DIY Flowers

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Hello, Petaloo fans!  Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year.  The crisp clear air, the crunch of falling leaves underfoot, gorgeous fall asters, crystal clear blue skies and cooler temps are such a welcome relief after the long, hot summer.  I’m always inspired to decorate for fall, how about you?  Autumn decor and vintage style seem to go hand in hand, Especially when you toss in some upcycled product packaging and hand dyed flowers.  This Thankful Fall Wall Hanging portrays all the things I love about fall.

Thankful  Fall Wall Hanging, Harvest, by Kathy Clement for Petaloo, Product by Authentique and Petaloo, Photo 1Authentique’s Harvest collection is so completely gorgeous when combined with Petaloo DIY Flowers, burlap ribbon, a Canvas Corp Brands banner base, crocheted lace, a Graphic 45 Antique Metal Door Pull, ribbon and twine.

Thankful Fall Wall Hanging, Harvest, by Kathy Clement for Petaloo, Product by Authentique and Petaloo, Photo 2These small burlap sunflowers were painted and sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer mist. (Jack-o-Lantern, Peach Delight, Olive Vine, Bronze). The natural ivory color gives you a good vintage base to being with.  Just add inks or mists and you can customize your flowers to match your papers.

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My G45 antique metal  door pull becomes an urn when filled with sweet little Petaloo Natural Canvas Rosettes.

Thankful Fall Wall Hanging, Harvest, by Kathy Clement for Petaloo, Product by Authentique and Petaloo, Photo 4Thankful  Fall Wall Hanging, Harvest, by Kathy Clement for Petaloo, Product by Authentique and Petaloo, Photo 7Graphic 45 product packaging has such a lovely shape that I can never bear to throw one away.  This one was sanded, spritzed, embossed and inked to create a lovely metallic looking layer for my images.  I also aged the drawer pull with Ranger Vintaj inks in Patina, Moss, and Jade.

Thankful Fall Wall Hanging, Harvest, by Kathy Clement for Petaloo, Product by Authentique and Petaloo, Photo 6Have you started decorating for fall yet?  Mother Nature always dresses up in her autumn finery, and I like to bring some of that beauty into my home.  I hope this Thankful Fall Wall Hanging inspired you to welcome this gracious season to your home.

Thanks for stopping by!  Keep calm, and craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

Product Links

DIY-Burlap Butterflies & Blossoms x 5 Ivory ITEM: 1650-018

DIY-Burlap Small Sunflowers x 4 Ivory ITEM: 1650-008

Mini Garden Rosettes x 10 CANVAS natural SKU: 1213-000

Fall leaves pack x 36 SKU: 1161-300

Authentique Harvest Collection

Graphic 45 Antique Metal Door Pull

Debra Natural Crochet Lace

Copper Glitz Ribbon

Wired Faux Burlap ribbon (discontinued)

Brown Burlap String

Tattered Angels Mist: Jack-O-Lantern, Peach Delight, Olive Vine, Bronze

CCB Banner Kit

Stick pins from Maya Road, in my stash

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