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Imagine Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble

Authentique Imagine Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble
YouTube Video and Snapguide Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  I’m  a big believer in the old saying that age is just a number.  Today’s carousel themed birthday party ensemble is testament to that fact.  Made with gorgeous Authentique Imagine papers, this table centerpiece, birthday card folio and birthday quote wallet are the perfect gift for any woman who is celebrating an all important “milestone” birthday.

(There are loads of photos, a YouTube video tour and a Snapguide tutorial to follow, so you might want to go grab a cuppa and a snack before we begin.  Or, just scroll down to the bottom and watch the video tour. )

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

Normally, we connect carousel rides with little kids, but when I got my hands on this dreamy Imagine paper collection, my mind went right to grown up ladies.  Girls just want to have fun, right?

Carousel Themed Bendi Card Birthday Centerpiece with Snapguide Tutorial

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I have discovered a new crafting obsession.  These oversized Bendi Card centerpieces are just too much fun to make, and I can’t stop myself.

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For this beauty, I combined  patterned papers, fussy cut images, Detail Stickers, chipboard elements, Petaloo flowers, Striped Chevron Ribbon and a button from my stash.  I’ll share a supply list and product links at the end of this post.

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Several of you have asked me if there is a tutorial for making this Bendi Card base.  Well, there is now.  I worked up a Snapguide Tutorial that you can adapt for use with the paper of your choice.

Here’s a good tip for you: Whenever I take a fancy fold card design for a “test drive” I create the base with my cheapest cardstock.  There’s always a learning curve involved, and I’d rather destroy a cheap piece of cardstock than a piece of my gorgeous designer papers.  Once you’ve made the prototype, then you can cut into your pretty papers.  And remember: measure twice, cut once!

Check out How to Make a Carousel Bendi Card Authentique “Imagine” by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Carousel Themed Birthday Card Folio

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The focal image on this card inspired this entire project.  I was enchanted by this lovely white haired grandma riding the carousel with her grandson.  This is who I want to be when I grow up!

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Because I really don’t enjoy shopping (unless it’s for paper pretties) I have developed the habit of giving a gift card or cash gift for most birthdays and holidays.  But I still want my gift to be special.  This desire prompted me to start creating what I call birthday card folios.  These are gifts all on their own, but I always include a spot to tuck in a gift card.

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 7I begin these cards by building a  5″ x 7″ top fold card base.  Although this looks like a standard card front, I’ve designed a really fun surprise element in.  See that little brown binder clip? Remove it, and you’ll find a secret compartment filled with lovely surprises.

TIP:

I build my cards “inside out.”  Because I want to keep the cover of my cards clean, I create the entire cover, but don’t glue it to the card base until the inside is finished.  This way, flowers don’t get crushed, and I don’t accidentally pick up any mess from my crafting surface.  It’s also easier to work on the inside of a card before the bulky elements on the cover have been added.

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How fun is this?  I’ve created a little tuck spot by fussy cutting the pretty carousel pony silhouette from the designer paper.  It’s popped up on a piece of waste shipping package.  You can write a little note and tuck it in here.

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 9Turn an image from the cut apart page into an open sided pocket when you glue just the bottom edge.  Then tuck this fun gift card tag behind it.

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 10

Have you ever noticed how beautiful some product packaging is?  I just can’t bring myself to toss it in the recycle bin.  The base of this tag is made from Petaloo flower packaging.  I sanded it lightly, painted it with Distress Paints, then created a belly band with gorgeous papers and detail stickers.

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 11Top the gift card tag with pretty ribbon and some green metal posies, and you’d never guess its humble beginnings.    Then decorate a mini file folder with designer papers……

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…and your tag becomes a hidden gift card holder.  Fun, fun, fun!

A Peek Inside

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 13Now we get to open the body of this folio.  And what do we find?  Even more surprises.  I started by  sewing vintage buttons to a hand made button card. Then I tuckednext it into this pretty side pocket.

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Next, I went to work on the bottom half of the birthday card folio.  Stamped sentiments, a sweet little paper spool of ribbon to go along with the button card and some fun treats can be found here.

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When it’s your birthday, it’s OK to eat chocolate…even for breakfast!  LOL  I also created a sweet little tea bag holder that I decorated with one of the images from the cut apart page.

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 16Of course, you could tuck anything into this little wallet, but I happen to love tea.  Now, let’s take a look at the final member of this Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble.

Carousel Themed Birthday Quote Wallet

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I thought it would be fun to create a little quote wallet filled with all kinds of happy thoughts about growing older.  Also, I hate to deal with scraps….and I had just enough paper left on my desktop to create this little 4″ x 6″ quote wallet.  LOL

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When I have design paper that is as gorgeous as this, I tend to save every little scrap.  Use a torn edge to make a pretty border on a page.  Cut small strips into banner flags like the ones that flutter beneath the sticker medallion.  They are just too pretty to waste!

Then you can just stamp (or write, or computer journal) your favorite quotes and add them to the wallet.

Here’s how I created this simple tri-fold quote wallet:

  1. First, cut a piece of cardstock to measure 11″ long x 6″ high.
  2. Then, placing the long side against the rail of your scoring tool, score at 4″ and 8″.
  3. Now burnish the score lines with a bone folder.
  4. Fold the right hand side toward the center and the left hand side over it.
  5. Decorate as desired.

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I also like to use small scraps to create cute little tags like the one I tucked into this pocket.

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Video on YouTube

I share more tips, tricks and ideas in this 10 minute YouTube video tour of the album.

I hope I’ve inspired you to get out your pretty papers, scissors and glue and get your craft on!  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List and Product Links

(Note, I’ve provided product links whenever possible, but some items have been in my stash a long time, and are no longer available online.  I’m sure you can find a good subsitute in your own crafty stash.)

Authentique Products:

Other Products:

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag

Frilly & Funkie Challenge: Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Frilly & Funkie Blog.  Linda is our hostess this go round, and the theme is “The Sound of Music.”  I’ve created a very fun Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag to share with you, but before we get into that, let’s see what Linda has to say about this challenge.

“When this challenge goes live, I will be in Key West for the annual Songwriters’ Festival. I thought it would be fun to create something vintage or shabby chic that tells what music means to you and/or to depict a favorite song.”

Our House is a Very, Very, Very Fine House

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 1

I’ve created this shabby chic vignette on a Tim Holtz Medium Sized Etcetera tag.  Don’t be fooled by the word “medium” .  This tag measures a whopping 6.5″ wide x 12″ tall.  It’s made of what Tim calls “thickboard” which the package says is made to be “collaged, altered, and embellished.”  In other words,it can handle anything you throw at it or on it!

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 2

I dug deep into all my TH supplies for this shabby chic crafting adventure, and you can find the links to all those items in the Thumblinky below.

The Story Behind Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag

(This is a personal story, and if you’d rather not read it, just skip below and look at the pretty pictures.  I won’t mind one bit! )

I’ve always loved the music of Crosby, Stills & Nash, and the song “Our House” was definitely a favorite.  But in 2013 an event took place that moved it right to the top of my list.

A few of you know that my darling husband Dale had emergency quadruple bypass surgery in November 2013.  The main artery to his heart was 99% blocked, and every nurse, physician and medical professional during our stay in the hospital told me that he was a walking miracle.  Not only did he NOT die (Thank you Dear Lord) but he suffered no heart damage and came through the surgery like a champ.

He did, however, develop some complications after surgery that led to a 10 day hospital stay. These were some of the most stressful, scary,  difficult days of our 40+ year marriage.  When we were finally released to come home, it was a glad and joyous day.

A few days after getting home, we were sitting in my old studio.  The sun was shining through the double windows, and I was playing the radio while I worked and Dale rested.  Our House by Crosby, Stills & Nash began to play, and we both spontaneously got out of our chairs and began to slow dance with the golden sunbeams shining on us.  In no time, we were both weeping tears of gratitude and love because we were so aware of how close we had come to losing one another.   So, this song has deep meaning for the two of us.   When Linda issued this challenge, it took me about 10 seconds to create a project that would include the lyrics of this song.

If you’re not familiar with it or if you’d just like to hear it again, have a listen on me!

On with the Show: The Details

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 3

First, I covered the tag with Tim’s “Dapper” paper collection, then sanded and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Stain.  To create a ledge for my Paper Dolls and Tiny House to rest on, I stained and cut a wooden ruler.  Dapper Brads are inserted into the ruler’s round holes.

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 4

After covering the larger Tiny House with designer paper, i brushed on Picket Fence Distress Paint to give it a weathered look.  Next I created gingerbread trim by cutting cream cardstock with Tim’s Lace Thinlits Die.  The house was so light in color that it seemed to “float” off the tag, so I added some black accents with various Idea-Ology Rub Ons.

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 5

I stained a wooden picket fence with Vintage Photo, then brushed it with Picket Fence and Weathered Wood Distress Paint.  This was glued onto the base of the house. To reflect the “two cats in the yard” line from the song, I added this cute novelty button.  Next, because the song mentions putting flowers in a vase, I added these Petaloo blossoms to the vignette. My round “window” is actually a wooden button topped with another novelty button.

A Beautiful, Abundant Life

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 6

Meet Mr. & Mrs. Happy.  This darling couple is one of Tim’s Paper Dolls.  I colored in their clothing with alcohol ink markers.  The next step was running a Glassine Paper Bag through a texture fade to create some texture. Then I sponged the raised edges with Vintage Photo.

To give Mr. & Mrs. Happy a lift, I popped them up on foam tabs and added them to the distressed pinstripe paper panel.  Next, I added a ticket, a rusty house, novelty buttons and more rub ons.  I especially love the one I added below the ruler that reads “a beautiful, abundant life.”

A Song in my Pocket

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 7The glassine envelope opens to reveal a little art tag that reinforces the challenge theme.

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 8

I printed out the lyrics and added them to the back of the tag.

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 9

The other ruler piece sits at the top of the tag along with some inked up Scrabble tiles, and other bits and bobs from Tim.

Now It’s Your Turn

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 10Now that I’ve shared my Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag with you, I’d like to invite you to share your own “Sound of Music” project with us over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. Simply link your project up on the F&F blog before 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, May 9th.

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.  You can find all the details HERE.

I can’t wait to see what you make.

I hope this Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag project contains 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

Product Links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique



Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette

Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette for Petaloo International

Hello, Friends!  Don’t you just love springtime?  One of my favorite things about this lovely season is the return of all the little songbirds.  Birds will build a nest in the oddest spots. Last year, a pair of bluebirds built their nest in our neighbor’s mailbox, and all anxiously anticipated the arrival of those baby birds.  Thinking about this inspired me to make this Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette for Petaloo International.

Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 1

Lovebirds Nesting in a Rusty Wagon

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I’ve been saving this little metal wagon for just the right project.  After treating it with Prima Rust Paste, it was filled with a bed of Spanish Moss.  Then I added this cute little bird nest.  Next I painted some miniature eggs with Distress Oxide Ink and added them to the nest.  Then I had the best time creating a garden full of pretty Petaloo flowers in shades of purple, green and white.

Love Warms Every Nest: Building the Base

Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 3

Earlier this year, I happened across a fabulous clearance sale at Michael’s where I found this chunky 4″ x 4″ canvas which was perfect for the base of my vignette.  I covered it with a green floral print from Graphic 45’s Place in Time Deluxe Collector’s Edition.  Then I wrapped it with these lovely bird feathers.  Next, the top was covered with more Spanish Moss and more pretty flowers and butterflies.

Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo  4The chipboard tag is attached to a mini chalkboard that is in turn attached to a clothespin.  This way, I can just clip the tag onto the side of the wagon and it stands all on its own.  The tag is from Graphic 45’s A Place in Time Deluxe Collector’s Edition.

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Making this sweet little vignette was almost as much fun as planting real flowers.  I hope it brought some sunshine into your life, too.

You can find a supply list at the end of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List

 

Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial

Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial

Hello, G 45’ers!  I’m back again today with a project that is both pretty and practical.  Follow this Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad  Tutorial and you will see that it is quite easy to make, uses very few supplies and makes a wonderful gift for mom, teacher or friend.

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1We all love Graphic 45 Metal Staples, don’t we?  Even the packaging is gorgeous!  Those sturdy chipboard tags with the graceful shaped edges and vintage style grommets are too pretty to toss in the recycle bin!  Why not upcycle them into a stylish and practical notepad instead?  

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

That’s exactly what I did and I love the fact that not only is this Nature Sketchbook Beautiful Botanical notepad attractive, it is also sturdy.  I can find my notepad on my desk because of the bright colors that Nature Sketchbook lends.  As an added bonus, the design means that the notepad can be refilled with a new sticky note pad once the current one is used up.  

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

I just love the Nature Sketchbook die cut flowers!  You can shape the layers, ink the edges and stack them together to create a custom embellishment for your project.

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Cut the images from the 8×8 “Diary of a Botanist” paper to decorate the cover.  I just matted them on black cardstock and clustered them together to make a real visual impact.  And since we are upcycling, why not use waste chipboard or corrugate to elevate the layers.  I cut up all my Priority Mail boxes and use them instead of foam dimensionals.  It saves me money and is good for the planet, too!

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5The inside of this notepad is as pretty as the outside.

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

I created a “hinge” from paper so that this ATC Policy Envelope folds down to reveal a hidden journal tag that’s perfect for writing down phone numbers!

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8My sticky notes sit inside a little caddy and when they are used up, I’ll just pop in another one!

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial on Snapguide

Check out How to Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Tag Notepad by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

I know you’ll never toss another of these fabulous packaging tags in the trash again! You’ll find a complete supply list and product links below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List and Product Links:

Items from your stash:

  • Black Satin Ribbon, Burlap String
  • Black Chalk Paint
  • Buttons from your stash
  • Scor-Tape
  • Scoring tool, heat gun, ruler
  • Black card stock

 

Frilly & Funkie “Count Me In” Challenge: Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House

Frilly & Funkie “Count Me In” Challenge: Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another wonderful challenge over at the Frilly & Funkie Blog.  The one and only amazing Jenny is our hostess this go round, and the name of the challenge is “Count Me In.”   I went “off the page” for this challenge and created a Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House.  But before I share it with you, here’s what Jenny has to say about this challenge.

Count Me In!
For this challenge you need to use your choice of numbers to add that special ‘sum-thing’ to your vintage or shabby chic project. Make them count as part of the design, not just a last-minute addition!

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 1Now this was a fun, fun project!  First of all, I adore G45’s Olde Curiosity Shoppe collection.  Secondly, it’s always fun to go “off the page” and create a 3-D project like this.  The base is a Tim Holtz Vignette House.  I wish I had a dozen of these!  They are just a blast to work with!

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 2

Use Distress Paints to alter the brown base of the vignette house.  First, I put down a light layer of Picket Fence.  Next, I added a light layer of Weathered Wood.  Then I dry brushed randomly with Pumice Stone and Hickory Smoke.  The end product was mostly covered with designer paper, but you can see the paint around the edges.  It makes me think of an old Cape Cod house.

Learning to Fly

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 3

I just never get tired of using this adorable flying pig!  He took the place of honor in the attic of the vignette house where he stands guard over the Olde Curiosity Shoppe below.  I added a touch of Stardust Stickles to his lovely wings, because let’s face it…a flying pig calls for glitter!  Fussy cut one of the corner details from the signature page to serve as the spire on this funky little house. “Learning to Fly”  is one of Tim’s “Clippings” stickers.  (Product links are below the post.)

The Apothecary Shoppe

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 4To add depth and dimension, I used old corrugated packaging between my layers.  If you like to fussy cut, as I do, this collection will make you very happy.  I fussy cut the apothecary shop window from the signature page of the collection.  Add Glossy Accents to the clock faces (numbers) and to random bottles within the shop.  To add even more numbers to my composition, I used a sticker from the Olde Curiosity Shoppe DCE collection.

Butterflies!

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 5In this photo, you can see the cute metal feet and the ornate keyhole that I altered with Vintaj Paints. I also fussy cut a bunch of beautiful butterflies, more border flourishes and a funky old key/clock image from the paper collection. (More numbers.)  I just love Tim’s new monocle, and it works so well with this collection.

Magical Roller Skate

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 6When our middle son was little, he wrote a series of stories about a flying boot.  This magical roller skate image always reminds me of those charming little stories, so it’s a favorite of mine!  After fussy cutting the roller skate, I layered it up with a bunch of other fussy cut images, some chipboard, and a Prima Roman Numeral,

A Cure for What Ails You

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 7Fill the apothecary shop window with lovely little glass vials.  I’m sure you will find a cure for whatever ails you within.  I filled the bottles with glass beads, then “labeled” them with stickers from the sticker sheet.

If you look closely at the steampunk bicycle border, you will see that the wheels are actually clock faces with Roman Numerals.  More numbers!

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 8Cover sides and roof with designer papers, fussy cut images and more stickers.

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 9Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 10

Now It’s Your Turn

We want to “count you in” for this wonderful challenge, so get out your crafty goodies and create a vintage or shabby chic project where numbers take the spotlight in the design. Link it up over at the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, April 11th.

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.  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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Celebrate Spring with Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Tutorial

Celebrate Spring with Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Tutorial

Hello, G’45’ers!  When I was a little girl, I spent many happy hours reading books.  I was often sick and confined to bed, but books transported me to many magical and enchanting places.  One of my favorite childhood books was Frances Hodgson Burnette’s Secret Garden.  I loved reading how Mary and Dickon discovered and restored that secret walled garden. While they were busy digging in the dirt and growing flowers, a true friendship blossomed as well.  It’s still a favorite today, and thinking about spring always brings fond memories of this lovely tale.  Naturally, I had to break out my Graphic 45 Secret Garden Deluxe Collector’s Edition papers and create a little tribute to spring.

Don’t you just love this sentiment? “Where you tend a rose, a thistle cannot grow.”  You could build your life around wisdom like that!  The base of this album is a Graphic 45 Staples 5×7 Kraft Book Box.  I created a shaker top and then decorated with pretty trims and Petaloo Canvas Briar Roses.

Shake Things Up with a Clear Acetate Cardstock Cover

Shake up your design by adding a shaker element to the box cover.  After you create your cover design (but before you glue it to the top of the box) go all the way around the edges with foam tape.  Fill the center with sequins, buttons, glitter, or small chipboard pieces like the ones I used here.  Peel off the liner from the top of the foam tape, place the trimmed acetate on top and press the edges to seal.  I added this pretty rose trim around the edges to finish everything off.

It’s very hard to photograph anything that is covered in clear acetate, but I gave it my best effort!  Those are real lavender buds inside the acetate along with sequins and small chips from the collection .

Altering Metal Staples

I wanted the album to have a real shabby chic feel, so I painted all my Graphic 45 Metal Staples with a coat of “Whisper” Chalk paint from Americana Decor.  When the first layer dried, I tapped the raised edges with Tattered Rose Distress Paint to create custom shabby chic metal accents. Then you can fill the piece with pretty flowers as I did here.

Or tuck a word inside the label holder as I did here. The spine is decorated with fussy cut images from the collection, Petaloo Sage Vintage Velvet Hydrangea and some vintage buttons from my stash.

The box is held shut with a 1.5″ Ivory Crushed Satin Ribbon and bow.   Would you like to see what’s inside?

I thought you might!  Just as Mary’s Secret Garden was hidden behind an old wall, this sweet little tag album is hidden inside the box.  It’s loaded with fold out pages, tiny folios, pull tabs and all kinds of wonderment.

Inside the front cover of the album, I created a pocket that I filled with sweet springtime greeting card.

Oh, how I love this collection!

Secret Garden Tag Album on YouTube

Rather than fill the blog up with dozens of photos, I prepared a very short 3 minute video that you can watch.

Snapguide Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Tutorial

As you saw in the video, the tag album is loaded with lots of fun fold outs and inserts.  I thought you might enjoy learning how I made the tag album, so I prepared a SnapGuide tutorial for you.

Check out How to Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Insert by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

How to Make the Secret Garden Card

If you’d like to make the sweet card that is tucked in the front pocket of the album, I also prepared a SnapGuide Tutorial showing you how to build those layers and create the card.
Check out How to Quick & Easy Secret Garden Card W/Graphic 45 by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Secret Garden Tag Album Supply List

I hope I’ve brought a little springtime into your life today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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Quick & Easy Spring Upcycle: Altered Starbucks Bottle Vases

Tammy Tutterow Design Team: Altered Startbucks Bottle Vases

Hello, Friends!  Do you like to upcycle?  I think it’s one of my favorite things to do.  Transforming an object that would normally end up in the recycle bin into a pretty piece of art or home decor is soul satisfying and very wallet friendly.  Today’s project is a very quick and easy spring upcycle that I think you will want to give a try.  These altered Starbucks bottle vases have a great vintage vibe, come together quickly and are the perfect way to add some springtime color to your home.

Crafting with felt is a hot trend right now. Making felt flowers with Tammy Tutterow’s flower dies is kind of addictive!

After painting these little bottles with chalk paint, I decoupaged a vintage style image onto each bottle front.  Then I just added some ribbon, die cut felt leaves and shabby chic felt flowers  in soft spring colors.  My husband picked the daffodils from our back yard.  Can you believe daffodils are blooming already?

Pale Yellow Shabby Posies

I painted this bottle with DecoArt  “Everlasting” Americana Chalky Finish for Glass paint.  It took two coats to get really good coverage.  When the paint was dry, I decoupaged this sweet vintage image onto the bottle front.  Because the bottle is slightly rounded, I crumpled the image up before adding the decoupage medium.  I like the little wrinkles this left in the paper, and it also helped it to fit the shape of the bottle better.

After letting a 2nd coat of medium dry, I tied pretty yellow gingham ribbon around the bottle neck.  This yellow felt flower is cut using the 3 smallest layers of Tammy’s Shabby Posies die.  I filled the center of the posy with a pretty vintage button from my stash and glued it onto the ribbon cluster. The leaves on all 3 bottle vases are cut from the Pom Pom Posies die.

Periwinkle Blue Pom Pom Posies

Tammy’s Pom Pom Posies cut from periwinkle blue felt look great on this bottle that was painted with Deco Art “Vintage” Chalky Finish Paint for Glass.  Silver and white stamens fill the center of this soft and sweet pom pom posie.  I chose crisp white satin ribbon with a stitched center for this bottle vase.

Pinked Posies in Hot Pink

This might be my favorite bottle vase of the three.  I just love the way these Pinked Posies pick up on the hot pink tulip in the vintage image.  And, I super love the pink and purple gingham ribbon.  The bottle is painted with “Innocence” Chalky Finish Paint.  The vintage button center is one that my mom salvaged from an old dress,

Can you see how the Pom Pom Posie die embossed the veins into the felt leaf?  I think that is so cool!  To add a little extra texture to the top layer of my pinked posie, I fringed the petals by snipping them with scissors.  I like the way it turned out.

Use any kind of glass bottle with a pretty shape to make these vases.  I think these will look really sweet on our table this Easter.  I hope you’ll give these altered Starbucks Bottle Vases a try!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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