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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.

Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo  5

Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 6

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

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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

Snow Much Fun at the Petaloo Authentique Holiday Hop

Petaloo Authentique Holiday Hop with Prizes: Snow Much Fun!

Hello, Friends!  Did you know about the wonderful holiday blog hop with Petaloo and Authentique?  This is Day 4, and it’s my turn to share some great ideas for holiday gifts and cards.  This is going to be snow much fun!

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Don’t you just love these patterned papers and images?  They are Authentique’s Classic Christmas collection and they are just my style!  In its former life, this little wooden sled was dark and dreary.  I gave it a vintage facelift with a coat of white gesso followed by DecoArt Crackle Texture Paste.  To add shimmer, I dusted on some Perfect Pearl Medium.I wanted the crackle texture to really show, so I also dusted on some Heirloom Gold.  I had snow much fun making this sled holiday ready!

dashing-through-the-snow-altered-sled-by-kathy-clement-for-petaloo-authentique-blog-hop-photo-1I love the Petaloo holiday flowers for the beautiful color and texture they add to this pretty little sled.  In case you’re wondering, the sled measures 17″ tall x 7″ wide. Perfect for a holiday mantel or under the tree!  Here are some detail photos for you:

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Green and White Holiday Wreath

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Because I was having snow much fun, and since my work space was already strewn with all kinds of Christmas goodness, I decided to go ahead and make this little holiday wreath.  The base is Styrofoam by Floracraft.  I wrapped the base with wired burlap ribbon and some fancy trim.  It was easy as pie!  These regal white velvet poinsettia are so elegant when paired up with Ivory Silky Crush Ribbon.  I backed the wreath with a sentiment from Classic Christmas, then added a wee Santa and tree.  You could make one of these in a jiffy, my friends!  Wouldn’t it be a great hostess gift for the holidays?

Christmas: It’s All About the Cards!

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You honestly didn’t think I could finish up this play session without making a card, did you?  This image from Classic Christmas caught my eye right away.  I dressed this little Christmas Belle up with some UTEE and glitter, then surrounded her with twinkling star sequins, sugared berries, a golden deer, Antique Gold Ribbon and a gorgeous Petaloo posy.

woodland-christmas-card-by-kathy-clement-for-petaloo-authentique-blog-hop-photo-3I love the way the music paper on the back side of the image sort of bled through during the UTEE treatment.  My custom flower is made by stacking an Ivory Canvas Briar Rose atop one of those pretty white poinsettia.

woodland-christmas-card-by-kathy-clement-for-petaloo-authentique-blog-hop-photo-2Inside, I’ve added a gift card envelope that slips neatly behind the belly band on the left.

You’ll want to be sure to pop over to the Petaloo  and Authentique Blogs to leave comments because there’s a wonderful prize package connected to this hop!  I just know you’ll have snow much fun with these goodies if you win.

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

Cheerio,

kathy

Product Links:

Products from Petaloo International by Floracraft

Holiday Mix Canvas Briar Rose

Regal Velvet Poinsettia, White

Peach Sugared Berry Clusters

Red Lace Fancy trims

Ivory Textured Poinsettia

Pine Picks with Cones & Berries

Vintage Velvet Holly Leaf Picks

Vintage Velvet Holly Leaves

Silent Night Arch Top Reliquary Tutorial

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Silent Night Arch Top Reliquary Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of wintry blues.  The colors remind me of my childhood when the evening light turned the crystal white snow into a soft, faded blue.  Walking up our big hill toward home with the snow crunching under my feet and my breath billowing out in puffs of frozen air always gave me a feeling of peace and happiness.  I tried to capture that feeling when creating this Silent Night Arch Top Reliquary Tutorial for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

Working with this Arch Top Reliquary from GSL was a wonderful experience.  It’s very quick and easy to assemble and has so many pretty details.  These chipboard snowflakes have amazing detail and are also quick to alter.  My wintry tree is from the Winter Shape Set.

silent-night-arch-reliquary-for-gsl-by-kathy-clement-photo-4These tiny pinecones are treated with white gesso as were all the chipboard pieces.  I share all the details for this piece in the Snapguide tutorial below.  But here are a few more photos for you to enjoy.

silent-night-arch-reliquary-for-gsl-by-kathy-clement-photo-11I love the airy, almost magical feeling these white feathers lend to the piece.  Same with the silver skeleton leaves.

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The paper I’ve used is Kaisercraft’s new Frosted Collection.  It’s dreamy!

 

silent-night-arch-reliquary-for-gsl-by-kathy-clement-photo-7Faber-Castell Glitter Bead Gel makes the most perfect snow.

silent-night-arch-reliquary-for-gsl-by-kathy-clement-photo-2As promised, here’s the Silent Night Arch Top Reliquary Tutorial for you to follow along on Snapguide.  I hope you enjoy!

Check out How to Winter Reliquary Arch With Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Cheerio,

kathy

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