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Prima Love Story Altered Paper Bag Tutorial for Frilly and Funkie Saturday Showcase

Prima Love Story Altered Paper Bag for Frilly and Funkie Saturday Showcase

Hello, Friends!  Happy Saturday!  I’m just popping in very quickly to let you know that I’m up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog today with this shabbylicious Prima Love Story Altered Paper Bag Tutorial.

Prima Love Story Altered Paper Bag Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Saturday Showcase Photo 01

This standard sized paper lunch bag has been given the Cinderella treatment!  It now consists of 4 lovely pockets…that’s right FOUR pockets….loaded with little folios, ATC tags, Art Tags, Gift card wallets and all sorts of lovely treats.

I’ve prepared a YouTube project share and tutorial for you, so I hope you’ll pop on over to the Frilly and Funkie Blog where I’m waiting to take you on our next crafty adventure.

Click HERE to join me over at Frilly and Funkie!

Click HERE to find my Prima Love Story Altered Paper Bag Tutorial on You Tube.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio.

kathy

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags

Hello, G45’ers!  I’m a firm believer that love is always in season!  Back in February I created a lovely little Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags for Valentine’s Day.  I’m finally getting a chance to share this lovely project with you today.  Although Valentine’s’ Day is over and gone, you could easily adapt this idea to use with any holiday or special occasion.  Just select a different “season” from the collection!

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 01

I fell in love with the red and aqua tones and the darling love birds in the Winter pages.

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 02

Mini crates are a fun crafting trend right now, and readily available at most craft stores.  Dressing a crate up with the Seasons Winter pages was a fun and easy project.

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 03

This mini crate measures 5” x 3.5” x 2.25”, making it the perfect size to hold G45 Staples Regular Ivory Tags.

 

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 04

Filling your altered mini crate with Staples Regular Ivory Tags is a  super quick to make if you use an “assembly line” format.

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags: On the Assembly Line

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Filling your altered mini crate with Staples Regular Ivory Tags is a super quick when you create your own “assembly line”.

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 07

TIP: If you’re lucky enough to have the new Staples Tag and Gears dies, it’s a cinch to cover your Staples Regular Tag.  Simply die cut the tag base, and adhere with your favorite adhesive.

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 09

Dont have the tag? No worries! If you haven’t added this incredible tool to your crafty stash yet, here’s how to proceed:

  • First, cover each tag base (front and back) with a 3.75” x 4.75” rectangle of red or aqua cardstock. (For a perfect color match, use the solids side of the Seasons Patterns and Solids pad.)  
  • Before adhering, round the corner with a 1/4″ corner edge punch. I use Crop-a-Dile Corner Chompers for this task.  I find they are very easy on the hands.

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 10

TIP: Take a few minutes before you begin decorating your tags and do all your fussy cutting.  Cut border strips to the desired length and round the corners. I typically make piles on my work desk with images, fussy cuts, mats, embellishments and bows all neatly laid out so I can just grab and go. Taking the time to prep in this way ultimately saves you loads of time.

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags: The Details

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 11

Seasons Pockets and tags fit perfectly on a Regular Staples Tag.  I paired this one up with the reverse side of an ephemera card, then added a felt heart, buttons and flowers to complete the tag design. The tag inside the pocket provides a lovely spot to write a personal  greeting.

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Leave the back side of each tag blank so that you have room to add a photo.  A simple belly band cut from Seasons Patterns and Solids adds a fancy feel to the back side of the tag.  And chocolate is always a welcome addition!

TIP: Use repositionable glue dots to secure an individually wrapped chocolate to the back of each tag.  If you add fussy cut embellishments, be sure to glue just one edge to the paper. This will leave the edge open so that photos can be slipped  underneath.

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 13

The Seasons Collection is loaded with wonderful elements that you can cluster together to create stunning collage style tags.

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags: More Details

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And don’t forget to decorate the sides of your crate!  

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 15

Stickers, cut apart images and elements like this ribbon slide from Seasons Tags & Pockets are great options for this task.

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 16

This project idea lends itself to any special occasion.  And Graphic 45 has the perfect collection to match the occasion!  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

Supply List for Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags

Graphic 45 Seasons Collection

Staples Ivory Tags

Other Products:

  • Red and Aqua Cardstock
  • 5” x 3.5” x 2.25” white wooden crate
  • Paper Flowers, Ribbon, Burlap String
  • Felt Hearts, Buttons

Authentique Frontier My Country Home Vintage Style Folio

Authentique Frontier My Country Home Vintage Style Folio

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m happy to share a brand new Authentique Paper collection with you along with a new style of folio.  So buckle up little crafters, because we are in for a very fun ride with the Frontier collection.  Yee haw!  This super dimensional My Country Home Vintage Style Folio was a blast to make, and I can’t wait to share it with you…so let’s get this show on the road!

Authentique Frontier My Country Home Vintage Style Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 01

The vintage images and patterns in the Frontier collection are totally scrumptious, wouldn’t you agree?  The top fold folio is slightly smaller than what I usually make, measuring just 5″ x 5.75″ with a 1/2″ spine.

Adding a Vintage Vibe to Frontier My Country Home Vintage Style Folio

A few mixed media touches along with loads of dimension and texture amp up the vintage vibe.  Here’ are some tips and tricks that you can use to achieve this same effect:

  • First, lightly distress all the paper layers.  Use the blade of your scissors or a distressing tool to do this.
  • Next, ink all the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  No need to go overboard here, you just want to eliminate the white edges that the distressing leaves behind.
  • Add dimensionals between the layers to provide lift and to set the individual layers apart.

  • Think texture: I’ve used burlap ribbon, textured paper flowers, burlap string,  a metal fairy garden frame, rusty metal tools, chipboard buttons, a true vintage button and a crocheted doily to this vignette.
  • Finally, dry brush flowers and paper elements with a light touch of Picket Fence Distress Paint.
How Does Your Garden Grow?

These Little Birdie Crafts flowers and foliage really make the card special.  And look at these miniature rusted farm tools?  Are they cute or what?

I distressed the flowers with Picket Fence and Weathered Wood Distress Paint, then tapped just a hint of Icicle Stickles here and there to add a hint of sparkle.

Frontier My Country Home Vintage Style Folio: A Peek Inside

I didn’t let the small size of this folio interfere with the addition of loads of interactive elements.

There’s a flap page, of course!

But I gave this one a magnetic closure.  And how about this aged barn board paper?  It makes me swoon!  You can add a 3.5″ x 4.5″ photo here.

But wait, there’s more!  LOL  Open the first flap to find a pocket filled with 4″ x 5.5″ photo mounts.  You can add journaling or another photo on the right hand flap.

Accordion Style Pull out Page Element

 

The bottom half of the card features a 4.5″ x 5.75″ accordion style pull out page.

This is held shut with more of the burlap ribbon.

There are more flap pages, journal spots, pockets and tags waiting within.

These photo mounts are tucked behind this sweet vintage image.

Flaps and more flaps!  With lots of room for photos and journaling.

I even managed to fit in a little waterfall cascade.

Lift the flap on the left to find this cheery banner page.

Use the border strips to make pockets for journal cards from the cut apart page.

Can you see why I love this collection so much?  I think this would such a great gift for Mom.  And it doubles as home decor.  You can’t beat that!

I hear you…I hear you…”please let there be a tutorial!”  While I have not done a tutorial for this exact folio, I will be sharing a tutorial on Monday, April 23rd that uses this same folio base.  It is also made with the Frontier collection.  I just need to get the video and photos all edited before I share it with y’all.   But I wanted to give you a sneaky peek because I just love this collection.

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

Supply List for Frontier My Country Home Vintage Style Folio

From Authentique Paper:

From Little Birdie Crafts

Ribbon and Trims

Tools, and Dies/ Mixed Media Supplies

 

 

Really Reasonable Ribbon April Blog Hop: Wandering Ivy Family Love Trifold Folio

Really Reasonable Ribbon April Blog Hop: Kaisercraft Wandering Ivy Family Love Trifold Folio

Hello, Ribbon Lovers! Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon April Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog. I decided to show off the gorgeous April Ribbon Club Assortment with this Family Love Trifold Folio.  It’s adorned with gorgeous ribbons from the Really Reasonable Ribbon April Ribbon Club Assortment and loads of pretty spring flowers.

The blue and ivory ribbons from the Ribbon Club Assortment were the perfect accent for this 5″ x 7″ folio made with Kaisercraft’s “Wandering Ivy” paper collection.

This poufy ribbon cluster uses both the 5/8″ Ivory Checkerboard Satin and Royal Blue Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbons.  These are both great ribbon selections if you are just learning how to tie a bow.  Both are soft, pliable and tie beautifully! I also used the Royal Blue Delicate Stitched Satin to create the ribbon closure for this folio.

Family Love Folio: Ribbons on the inside!

Ribbon plays a role inside this folio, too!  Here, I’ve used the crocheted lace from the Ribbon Club Assortment along with Ivory Burlap String to create sweet little tag toppers. This adds wonderful texture and vintage charm to the design.

These sweet little tags are part of the Wandering Ivy Collectables ephemera kit.

Flips, flaps pockets and interactive elements galore are tucked inside the cover.

This is a peek at the album fully opened.

I love this triple pocket page.  Crocheted lace is just the perfect accent for all these little tags and folios.

Add vintage buttons to the mix, and I’m in love!

Family Love Trifold Folio Video Tour

Because there is so much to see in this Family Love Trifold Folio, I’ve prepared a short project share video for you.  I hope you enjoy!

On With the Hop!

Now hop right on over to and pay my sweet friend Linsey a visit on her lovely blog to see what she has prepared to amaze and delight you.  And don’t forget to comment on the Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG so your name will be entered into the drawing for your very own Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you’d like to sign up for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club, you can find all the information HERE.

I hope I shared some tips and tricks 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

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio

Hello, G45’ers!  They say that everybody loves a baby, and I do believe this is true.  Making a special gift for a new babe is one of my favorite crafty adventures.  It’s always a delight to layer up those soft pastel baby papers and images, isn’t it?  I made this Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio with the Deluxe Collector Edition.  The DCE’s come with all the 12×12 papers plus the wonderful chipboard and stamp elements.  That makes it easy to create a memorable gift for baby!

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio Little Darlings by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

Little Boy Blue Card Folio: How to Create a Shabby Chic Vibe

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio Little Darlings by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 02

Shabby Chic cards are such fun to create.  This 5″ x 7″ Little Boy Blue Card Folio is loaded with shabby chic touches.  Here are some of the tricks I used to amp up the shabby chic volume on this card.

  • First, create distressed edges by lightly running the blade of your scissors or a distressing tool along the paper edges.  You don’t have to brutalize the paper; a light touch will do.
  • Next, I love to add machine or hand stitching to the layers.

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio Little Darlings by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 03

  • Next, try to add fussy cut elements, like these floral clusters.  Tuck them in between layers.
  • Use shabby chic metal embellishments.  These Graphic 45 Staples Keys and Ornate Key Hole have been tapped with ivory acrylic paint to add to their shabby chic appeal.

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio Little Darlings by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 04

  • Add lots of layers!
  • Include texture in your composition.  Ribbon, flowers, string…all these things lend themselves to shabby chic design.

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio Little Darlings by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 05

  • Use floral clusters to draw the eye to an image that might otherwise be overlooked.  The flowers that surround the chipboard frame keep it from disappearing.
  • Add a little paint spatter!  Thin acrylic paint with water.  Then pick it up with a paint brush.  Hold the very end of the brush handle with one hand and tap the opposite end of the brush with your finger.  You can practice this technique on scrap paper until you feel confident enough to try it in real life!
Little Boy Blue Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio Little Darlings by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 06

This hybrid creation is part card, part mini album and part gift.

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio Little Darlings by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 07I managed to tuck in a sweet little waterfall cascade to keep photos of baby’s first precious days.

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio Little Darlings by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 08

And I also tucked in a little gift card wallet to round things out.

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio on YouTube

I created a short YouTube video project share so you can see how all these various parts come together to form the whole.

 

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks 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

Little Boy Blue Card Folio Supply List

 

  • Graphic 45

 

 

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