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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.

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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.

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

 

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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”.

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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.

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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

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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!  

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

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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

Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio Project Share

Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio Project Share with Authentique Stitches

Hello, Friends!  Every once in a while I come across a paper collection that is like a page from my childhood.  Authentique Paper’s new Stitches collection has captured my heart.  I spent a couple of blissful days creating this Stitched with Love  Sewing Themed Flip Folio.  While I worked, I remembered my mom, who loved to sew.  She put her whole heart and soul into everything she stitched.  And this flip folio is stitched with love, too.

Stitched with Love Flip Folio Stitches by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 1

As a girl, I spent hours curled up in a chair beside my dear mom as she sewed. She was an absolute fiend on that ancient White sewing machine.  Everything Mom did was fast.  Her fingers were fast, the needle flew in and out of the fabric at lightning speed.  She ironed seams lickety split. She pinned and unpinned so fast that her fingers were a blur.  The hum of the motor, the clacking of the needle, Mom humming a tune with straight pins in the corner of her mouth…this was the music of my childhood.  I think my love for, texture, color, pattern and design was born during those happy hours watching Mom sew.

This sweetly vintage folio measures 7.25″ x 5.25″ with a 1/2″ spine. If you’re in a hurry today, you can skip down to the bottom of this post where I share a YouTube video walk through of the album.

To create the collage on the folio cover, I fussy cut images from Stitches One.  A wood doily and a die cut circle add a nice geometric element to the design.

Lots of soft colored little posies, trinkets from my stash and die cut leaves play nicely with vintage buttons.  I’ve had this miniature sewing machine in my stash for ages.  Now it has a happy new home.

Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio: A Fortified Binding

I covered the cardstock folio base with designer papers from the Stitches collection.  To ensure  that the spine will hold up well, I reinforced it with a strip of Authentique Spectrum Cardstock.  This color is called Antique Lace.  To add this to the album, follow these easy steps:

  • Cut a 4″ x 5.25″ rectangle of  Old Lace Spectrum Artisan Cardstock
  • Then find the center point, which is 2″
  • Measure out 1/4″ on each side of the center point and score a line.
  • Now fold on the score lines
  • Apply adhesive, making sure that you get into the folded areas.
  • Finally, line the reinforcement spine up with the folio spine and press in place.  You can use a bone folder to really make sure it is adhered.

I also cut the cute eyelet lace border and lacing border from Antique Lace Cardstock.  I threaded a 3/8″ strip of paper through the lacing border, and then glued the two borders together on the front cover.  On the back cover, I only used the eyelet border.

Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio: A Peek Inside

There are lots of great places to tuck in photos.  I think this little flip folio would make a great photo album for seamstresses, quilters, and mom, too.  It would be a great way to house heritage photos.

Inside the front cover, I created a pocket with two companion photo folios tucked inside.  Each little folio measures 3.25″ x 4.5″ and has a magnetic flap closure.

Flaps and pockets go together like needles and thread!  These flaps will hold a 5″ x 5″ photo. You can always tuck more in the pocket along with these darling journal cards from the cut apart page.

The center page of this folio features a lovely flip element.  The facing page is another little photo folio.  This one is attached to the page.

I love, love, love the journal cards in this collection! This page flips down to reveal two more photo mounts.

The pages in the center panel were created with Tammy Tutterow’s “Posies and Pennies” Die from her new Sew Sweet Collection by Spellbinders.

This flap page is actually an altered envelope!

And it holds these darling button cards made with images from the cut apart page.

Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio Project Share on YouTube

Because it’s so much easier to see how one of these little folios works, I’ve created a short video project share for you today.  I hope you enjoy!

Stitches Home Decor Project

Since I already had all my paper pretties out on my work surface, I went ahead and put together this darling 8″ x 10″ altered frame.  I thought you might enjoy making one, too, so I put together a quick SnapGuide tutorial for you.  You are not going to believe how easy it is to create the crackle finish on this frame!

You’ll find the step out photos, directions and a supply list in the Snapguide below.

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Shabby Chic Paper Bag Pocket Easter Card

Shabby Chic Paper Bag Pocket Easter Card

Hello, Friends!  Today I’ve transformed a lowly brown paper lunch bag into a showy shabby chic paper bag Pocket Easter Card.  I haven’t done anything like this in quite a while, but I kind of had a hankering to make a project with lots of pockets and tags…and this is where I wound up!

Shabby Chic Paper Bag Pocket Easter Card Eastertime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 01

Oh, but I had so much fun making this triple decker pocket card from an old brown paper bag! To make the base, I simply folded a standard brown lunch bag, lined it with darling Eastertime papers from Authentique, then adorned it with Yellow Chevron Striped Twill Ribbon , Hot Pink Quatrefoil Satin, Burlap String, and WOC flowers from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Shabby Chic Paper Bag Pocket Easter Card Eastertime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 02

Pink and yellow is such a fun, fresh color combo for Springtime!  Would you like to see what’s in the pockets?  I thought so!

Shabby Chic Paper Bag Pocket Easter Card: Pocket #1

Shabby Chic Paper Bag Pocket Easter Card Eastertime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 03

The bottom pocket is filled with treats for the tummy and treats for the eyes!  Each 3″ x 4″ string tie envelope is dressed up in its Easter best. The sweet little tag is made with a sticker from the paper collection.  Snippets of ribbon, , flowers, and burlap string are Easter Bunny approved!

Shabby Chic Paper Bag Pocket Easter Card Eastertime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 04I’ve tucked some tasty almonds and the dearest miniature card into the string tie envelopes.

Shabby Chic Paper Bag Pocket Easter Card: Pocket #2 and #3

Shabby Chic Paper Bag Pocket Easter Card Eastertime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 05

Tags and pockets go together like the Easter Bunny and Jelly Beans!  I created a tall tag for the middle pocket, then had dressing it up with ribbons, flowers stickers and charms.

The top pocket holds a decorated 4″ x 6″ string tie envelope.  Because it’s Easter, you have to have chocolate, so I’ve tucked a bag of M&M’s inside this pretty little packet.

Shabby Chic Paper Bag Pocket Easter Card Eastertime by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 06Here’s a peek at the paper bag pocket with everything removed.  I think this is a really fun alternative to an Easter Basket.  What do you think?

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

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Window Shadow Box Home Decor

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Window Shadow Box Home Decor

Hello, Friends!  Do you have a happy place?  My happy place is the beach.  Nothing relaxes and renews better than a stroll in the sand with the waves nipping my toes and the salt air ruffling my hair.  That’s the best!  Sadly, I can’t be at the beach every day.  So, I’ve decorated my home with lots of beach accents to remind me of my happy place at the shore.  This Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Window Shadow Box Home Decor piece is one of my new favorites.

I absolutely love the size of this Graphic 45 Staples Window Box.  Each recessed window is 4″ square, which gives you lots of room to create pretty scenes inside.   The edges are already lightly distressed, so you can literally “glue and go” with this beauty!  if you’ve never worked with a G45 Window box before, here are a few helpful tips to get you started:

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Window Shadow Box Home Decor: Tips and Tricks

TIPS:

  • It’s quick and easy to cut the signature page to fit the back of the Window Box.  Measure your paper to 9.75” square, and it should pop right into the recessed area on the back of the frame.
  • Cut the pieces to line the interior of the box at the same time.  I cut sixteen 1 ⅝” x 3 ⅞” rectangles of the striped paper. Then I inked the edges with G45 Decades Bon Voyage Blue Ink before gluing into the openings.  
  • Cut a thin border strip to cover the cross pieces inside the Window Box.

  • Give your Window Box a beachy feel by stringing a little banner from corner to corner in one of the windows.

  • Fill individual frames with fussy cut images, real sea shells, sand, and a little glass vial.  
More Tips and Tricks

  • To add extra dimension to your project, glue fussy cut images to the sides of the frame at staggered depths.  Or, create a little pop up mechanism and attach the fussy cut turtles to the back of the window.

  •  Turn a Shabby Chic Door Pull upside down and fill with seaweed (I picked mine up on the beach and dried it) and a miniature sand dollar.

  •  Add depth, color and dimension to the sides of your window box with fussy cut flowers and images.
  • Back fussy cut items with waste chipboard to lend them strength and stability.  The title is popped up on waste chipboard as well.
  • Create custom “feet” for your window shadow box by wrapping large wooden bingo chips with a border strip from the collection.  Adding just that little bit of extra height to the design makes all the difference.
Sun Kissed is back in stock!

This  long, dreary winter has certainly dragged on and on, but having this cheery beach decor reminds me that summer will be here soon.  Now that Graphic 45 has the Sun Kissed Collection back in stock, I can make lots of cards, albums and home decor to tide me over until I can dig my toes into the sand and put some shells in my pocket!

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

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Window Shadow Box Home Decor Supply List

 

Love Sweet Love Altered Truffle Box Tutorial

Love Sweet Love Altered Truffle Box Tutorial with Graphic 45 A Ladies’ Diary DCE

Hello, Friends!  Valentine’s Day is over, but I have just one more “Sweet” Love themed project to share with you.  This Love Sweet Love Altered Truffle Box Tutorial can be adapted for any theme or occasion.  And who doesn’t love to be spoiled with chocolate?

Love Sweet Love Altered Truffle Box Tutorial A Ladies Diary by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Chocolate and romance seem to go hand in hand, so I’ve used soft, romantic colors and images from Graphic 45’s A Ladies’ Diary DCE to build the base of this altered truffle box.  This chocolate book box looks like it took hours to create…but it can be done in under an hour.  Here’s what you’ll need to make this fun project:

Love Sweet Love Altered Truffle Box Tutorial A Ladies Diary by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

  • Graphic 45 A Ladies’ Diary Deluxe Collector’s Edition
  • Graphic 45 A Place in Time DCE
  • Metal Staples
  • Graphic 45 Decades Precious Pink Ink Pad by ColorBox
  • Heavy Ivory Cardstock
  • Pale Pink Cardstock for Matting
  • Scoring Tool, Scor-Tape, Glue
  • 1.5” White Silky Crush Ribbon, Ivory Burlap String
  • Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Baroque Frame
Love Sweet Love Altered Truffle Box Tutorial: Tips and Tricks

Love Sweet Love Altered Truffle Box Tutorial A Ladies Diary by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

TIP: Combine fussy cut flowers and images with paper flowers to create a lush, elegant display on the cover of your chocolate book box.

Love Sweet Love Altered Truffle Box Tutorial A Ladies Diary by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

TIP: Remove the “legs” from Ornate Shabby Chic brads so that you can glue them to the front of the cover.  To do this, I bend them back and forth repeatedly until they separate.  Now you have a flat surface for gluing.  Glossy Accents or Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive work well for adding metal embellishments to a project.

Love Sweet Love Altered Truffle Box Tutorial A Ladies Diary by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

TIP: I fussy cut “Kisses” from a border strip in Place in Time.  It fit perfectly on the spine of my chocolate box.  Adding  Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads to this Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keyhole really took things up to the next level!

Love Sweet Love Altered Truffle Box Tutorial A Ladies Diary by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

TIP: To help this metal frame blend in with the project, I painted it with a light coat of Picket Fence Distress Paint.  

Love Sweet Love Altered Truffle Box Tutorial A Ladies Diary by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

TIP: Border strips from the cut apart page make quick and easy work out of decorating the edges of this book style box.

Love Sweet Love Altered Truffle Box Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Love Sweet Love Altered Truffle Box Tutorial A Ladies Diary by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9

How fun to open up this pretty little box and find 6 decadent truffles nestled inside!

Love Sweet Love Altered Truffle Box Tutorial A Ladies Diary by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10

One of the things I love the most about working with Graphic 45 papers is the way the collections work together.  Inside this lovely little altered truffle box, I’ve combined images from A Place in Time DCE with A Ladies’ Diary.  To give all my cut paper edges a finished look, I’ve sponged them lightly with ColorBox Decades Ink Precious Pink, which is one of G45’s signature colors.

Love Sweet Love Altered Truffle Box Tutorial on Snapguide

Like the old song says, “What the world needs now is Love, Sweet Love.”  To help you spread a little love and sweetness around in your world, I’ve created an easy to follow Snapguide tutorial for this project.  Enjoy!

Check out How to Love Sweet Love Truffle Box With G45 Ladies’ Diary by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

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

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