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Ephemoire Queen Bee Mini Album

Farmhouse Style Queen Bee Mini Album with Ephemoire Digital Designs

Hello, Friends!  Let’s add some sweetness to your weekend with a Farmhouse Style Queen Bee Mini Album made with digital designs from Ephemoire.  As a tea drinker, I love honey.  And as a honey love, I love bees!  And as a country girl, I love farmhouse style.  So why combine all these loves together in a scrumptious, made from scratch mini album?

I wish you could hold this 5 3/4″ x 7 3/4″ x 3″ album in your hands.  With its warm honey hues, rich textures and buzzing bees, it may just be my favorite mini album of all time.  Let’s look at the details, shall we?

Queen Bee Mini Album: The Shaker Box

It is a well known fact that I love a shaker element.  I’m always looking for new ways to incorporate them into my work.  And in preparing the Tim Holtz Lace Frame for this shaker box, I stumbled upon a new technique.  Here are the steps to follow in case you feel like putting on your mixed media boots.

  • Begin by inking the inside and outside edge of the large oval shaker frame with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
  • Next, use a mini blending tool to apply Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Ink randomly over the face of the frame.  Follow this up with a generous application of Wild Honey Distress Oxide Ink.
  • Now, spritz the surface of the frame with the Distress Mister and let the Oxide Ink work its magic.  Dry thoroughly with a heat tool.
  • Then, apply a nice coat of Versamark Embossing Ink over the entire surface of the frame.  Place the frame on a large sheet of clean paper and cover with Seth Apter Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture.  Press the embossing powder lightly with your fingertips, then let the excess slide off onto the paper and put it back in the jar.  Heat emboss.  Repeat.
  • Now the real fun begins.  Apply Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink directly to the surface of the frame.  That’s right, just swipe the pad over the frame.  Spritz with water to activate and heat dry, using a clean paper towel to dab up any really big puddles of ink.
  • The most amazing thing will happen as you heat emboss.  The Vintage Beeswax will sort of open up and swallow the ink, then seal over as it cools.  So the ink goes from the surface to a lower layer.  It’s really, really cool, and you’ve got to try it if you love to play around with embossing powders!
  • Repeat the above step, but use Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Inks this time.  Yummy!
Queen Bee Mini Album: The Spine and Back Cover

The rustic feel of this album cover makes me so happy.  First you have the natural canvas layer…which is really cool all on its own.  But then I added burlap, a vintage lace handkerchief, and a linen panel…and giant wood buttons????  Stop already!  These photos are good…but they don’t begin to capture the true beauty of this album.

Queen Bee Mini Album: A Peek Inside

The inside of the album is black, white, cream and gold with pops of red.  I dug through my stash of specialty papers to find the faux embossed leather paper that you see here.  All the patterned papers are digital print outs from Ephemoire.  Aren’t they gorgeous?

The album has pretty to look at pages, photo mount pockets, and little folios tucked in.  It’s a very fun album to flip through.

I dug through my textile bin to find special vintage treasures that just seemed to be in waiting for this album.  Washi tape is used throughout to create borders.

This is my favorite page in the album.  A vintage handkerchief, folded and bundled together with gold crochet thread and topped with a sweet little bee. Stitch the vintage button through the folded hankie to hold all the layers in place.  I also love the little vintage ticket, which is an ephemera print out, topped with a vintage safety pin.

I topped laser cut lace paper with a lovely printed border and more ephemera bits from kit.  The cute little plaid guest checks in the slash pocket are actually folios.  And I tucked in a honey dipper, just for fun.

Queen Bee Mini Album Tour on Youtube

This mini is so loaded with goodness that I had to create a project tour to share it all with you.  You’ll get to see all the pages, and I’ll share little tips that you might find useful in your own crafty adventures.

I hope I’ve inspired you to get your craft on this weekend.  If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a joyful and creative weekend!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album Tutorial

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album for Frilly & Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album to share with you.  It’s the start of a brand new challenge over on the Frilly & Funkie Blog, and our lovely hostess Sara Emily has chosen a wonderful theme for us.  Can you guess what it is?  OK, I’ll help you out!  Here’s what Sara Emily has to say about this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme: Home, Sweet Home
Whether your house is grand or modest, neat or messy, there’s no place like home. Houses get bought and sold, but home stays with you forever. For this challenge, I would like to see how you interpret what home means to you on your vintage or shabby chic project.

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album: Home is Where the Tea Kettle Is

You just never know when or how or where inspiration will strike.  For this challenge, I was breaking down a box of Trader Joe’s Irish Breakfast Tea.  It comes in a nice big box with LOTS of tea bags for this tea drinking girl.  As I was about to toss it in the recycle bin, I realized it already had a really nice area that would be a great spine on a mini album.  And that’s how it ended up as the album base for this project.

The finished album measures 5″ x 4 7/8″  with a 2 1/2″ spine. I paired up Stamperia Patchwork papers with the Tim Holtz Elegance 3-D Embossing Folder and a supporting cast of mixed media goodies for this production number.  Let’s take a look at that process.

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album:  Step One/Preparing the Base

Sadly, I forgot to take a photo of the original tea box.  Thank heavens I found a photo on the internet.

  • Begin by carefully opening the box.  Cut off the left and right hand side end panels.  Then fold the box flat, and cut off one side along the scored lines.
  • Flatten the box and trim to measure 5″ x 4 7/8″.  Be careful not to cut off the one box side, as that will become the spine on your mini album
  • Now, lightly sand the entire surface of the box, front and back.  This will help it to accept accept a coat of paint later.
  • Use a damp sponge, baby wipe or paper towel to wipe any dust from the box surface.
  • Next, place the box in the Tim Holtz Elegance 3-D Embossing Folder.  You won’t be able to fit the whole thing in there, and will have to run it through your machine following the sandwich recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Keep shifting the position of the box until the entire surface has been embossed.
Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album:  Step 2/Mixed Media Mayhem

Now that the box is embossed, it’s time to pull on your Mixed Media Boots and get messy!+

 

  • First, paint the album base, front and back, with grey chalk paint.  If you don’t have grey chalk paint, just use Pumice Stone Distress Paint.  A light layer is fine.  Heat dry.
  • Next, dry brush the embossed areas of the base with Antique Linen Distress Paint.  This layer will act somewhat as a resist to the Distress Oxide Ink layer that comes next.
  • When the paint is dry, apply Picked Raspberry and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Inks with a blending tool.  You don’t have to cover the entire surface as we will be coming back in with more colors.
  • Once you’ve laid down the amount of color that looks good to you, spritz with water and let the ink move around a bit.  Then heat dry.
  • Repeat this with Twisted Citron and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide Inks.
  • Follow this process for both sides of the album cover.
Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album:  Rosy Gold Accents

The top photos shows what my album cover looked like after I had finished applying the inks, spritzing and heating. While beautiful, it was brighter than the finish I wanted for my album.  I also wanted to add some metallic accents.  So I tapped on some Rose Gold Mixatives using a felt pad and blending tool.  That’s the bottom photo.  Pretty, but still brighter than the finish I was going for.

To remedy this, dry brush the entire cover a medium coat of Ivory Chalk Paint.  Let it sit for about a minute, then spritz with water and lightly wipe the surface with a paper towel.  I repeated this process until I reached the level I was happy with.  Then I coated the entire cover, inside and out with Clear Gesso to seal everything.  I’m very happy with the final result!

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album:  Cover and Spine Details

Now tear some images from the Stamperia Patchwork pad and layer them up on the cover.  Not too many, though!  You want that glorious mixed media background to be seen.

TIP: Lay the edge of a ruler along the area of paper that you wish to tear.  Then pull up along the ruler edge.  This leaves a nice distressed edge, but gives you better control over where the paper will tear.  I use a metal ruler, and place it upside down on my paper for better control.

Layer on some flowers and metal embellishments to add texture and dimension.

This brass door plate and door knocker are both Graphic 45.  I had them in my stash from my time on the team.  They have been aged with Cracked PIstachio Distress Paint and Seth Apter Mediterranean Baked Velvet Embossing Powders.  More about that in the video below.

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album:  The Closure

The closure for the album is made with the left over side from the tea box.  Alter it just as you did the cover.  Measure it, and score flaps on the ends.  Adhere one flap inside the cover.  Punch two holes in the other flap, and add grommets.  Line this up with the cover, and repeat the process.  You will loop jute cord through these holes and tie a bow to close the album.  Simple, but effective.

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album:  Staggered Pages and Simple Binding How To

Create staggered pages and a simple stacked binding for your album by following these steps:

  • First, cut (3) 11″ x 4 3/4″ panels of 85 pound kraft cardstock.
  • Page 1
    • Score on the long side at 3 3/4″ , 6 1/8″, 9 7/8″
    • Fold the small flap on the right hand side to the back side of the panel
  • Page 2
    • Score at 4 1/4″ 6″, 10 1/8″
    • Fold the flap to the CENTER of the panel
  • Page 3
    • Score at 1 1/2″ , 5 5/8″ and 6 3/8″
    • Fold the Flap to the back side of the panel
  • Now you have 3 pages with center spines of varying widths.
    • The first page has the widest spine at 2 1/4″
    • The second page has a 1 5/8″ spine.
    • The third page has a 3/4″ spine.
    • Stack the spines together so that they are evenly spaced on both right and left hand sides.  Adhere.

This is the simplest way to create a book binding that I know of.  Now you can decorate your pages however you desire.  This is always the fun part

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album:  A Peek Inside

NOTE: if you are short on time, just scroll on down and watch the video walk through.  But if you want tips and details on how I put these pages together, read on.  

The inside cover is a simple book plate.  Again, I did not wish to cover up the mixed media background.

The first page is an accordion pull out page.  Cut your paper 12″ x 4 5/8″.  Score every 3 5/8″.  Adhere the small flap under the base page.  Add the altered butterfly as a pull out tab.

Computer journal quotes and lines of poetry about home, then tear out and add to the album as you like.

The next set of pages is a collage page and a fun fold down flap.  To make this, cut out the tall house from the paper collection. Score and fold.

The next set of pages is a pocket with tag insert and a flap page.  Create a tuck spot on the flap page by adhering just the bottom edge of the Tim Holtz Paper Dolls to the page.

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album: The Pop Up Page

This pop up page is my favorite.  Fussy cut along the tree/house line of a 12″ wide page.  Adhere about 1″ of the page on the right hand side of the album base.  Now, fold your paper so that the back side ends up on top.  Place adhesive here.  Close the book.  Instant pop up!

TIP: Practice this before you add the final adhesive.  You can hold things in place with a paper clip.  Adjust where necessary.  Once you have it as you like it, add glue.

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album: More Pages

This flap and flip up page is easy to make.  The flap on the left is the one you scored onto the base.  Create a turn tab with a circular element cut from the paper pad.  For the flip up page, tear your paper with 1/2″ extra on the top.  Score this and adhere behind the base page.  Then tear paper from the collection to make the little house icon.

The final page is another flap page.  This time, adhere the image to the scored flap on the base page.  Then cut or tear paper that is the width of the page plus the back side of the flap.  Score, fold and adhere as you did with the pop up.  Fussy cut elements from the paper collection to decorate the page, and the inside back cover.

Phew!  If you hung with me through all of that, you deserve a cookie!

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album Video Tour with Tips

Now it’s YOUR Turn

What does home sweet home mean to you?  You are cordially invited to create your own vintage or shabby chic home themed project.   Then link  up on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before 11:55PM EST on Tuesday, July 2nd.

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot  at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. In addition, the Design Team will select three further outstanding entries and those creators will receive a Top Pick badge to display on their blogs!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

A Fond Farewell

I need to let you all know that this will be my last Frilly and Funkie Challenge.  Being on this team for the past 3 1/2 years has been pure joy.  I love my beautiful and talented teammates, adore Linda, the owner of The Funkie Junkie Boutique, and have grown in my art during my time here.  But my work schedule has become a bit unwieldy as opportunities with The Button Farm Club have opened up for me. ( While I don’t sleep a lot, I do need to get at least a few hours a night.)  So the difficult decision to step down from this amazing team had to be made.  My deepest love and gratitude to Linda, Jenny, Cec, Maggi, Suzz and Sara Emily for inspiring me with your beautiful artwork.  You are the BEST!

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

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  • Jute cord
  • Resin Butterflies
  • G45 Metal Staples

 

 

Amazing Paper Grace Adorned Note Pads

Amazing Paper Grace Adorned Note Pads with Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals

Hello, Friends!  I’m back today with another Amazing Paper Grace Guest Designer project.  Today, I’m featuring the Vintage Treasures Adorned Note Pads Dies.  So often we need a quick, affordable, yet beautiful gift.  These dies are just the ticket!

 

There’s a lot to love about the Adorned Note Pads  dies.  Measuring just 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ this little beauty is the perfect size to tuck into a purse or travel bag.  The notebook base die has a sweet little scalloped edge and creases all the fold lines for you when you run it through your machine.  Yu also get a trio of little flower dies, which I used to adorn the cover.  A smaller frame die cuts a perfectly sized mat layer.  So Becca really thought of everything when she designed this lovely die.

A 3″ sticky note pad fits perfectly inside .  And look a the cute little pen/pencil holder!  That die comes with the set, too.  This is such a handy little notebook to have on hand when you are running into the grocery store for “just 3 things” but then you get inside and can’t remember what you came in for and you end up buying the entire store.  So I guess it’s a money saver, too!  Becca has a tutorial on her blog showing you how she put this notebook together so you can check that out to see how it works.

Amazing Paper Grace Adorned Notepads: Another Thought

As I made the first notebook, a thought popped into my head for another way to use this fun die.  Why not turn it into a tea bag caddy?  So I did!  As you can see in the above photo, I simply flipped the die on its head, adding the scallop at the top.  Then I created a simple ribbon belly band added flowers and had the cutest little gift!

I used the pen/pencil holder die to create this little shaped pocket.  Then I tied one of my cherished vintage Italian Demitasse spoons to a pretty tea bag, added a honey stick and tucked it inside.  How fun is that?

This would make such a sweet little thinking of you or get well gift.  And it would also be stunning used in a place setting for ladies’ luncheon.  I can see lots of wonderful ways to use the Vintage Treasures Adorned Notebook, can’t you?

This is my final APG Guest Designer post.  What an honor!  I’ve had the best time working with these gorgeous dies, and 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.

To view my other Amazing Paper Grace Guest Designer Projects, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Alice Etcetera Tag Tutorial

Stamperia Alice Etcetera Tag Tutorial for Frilly & Funkie Saturday Showcase

Hello, Friends!  Happy Saturday!  I’m up on the Frilly and Funkie Saturday Showcase today, where I’m sharing this Stamperia Alice Etcetera Tag Tutorial.  You’ll want to pop on by to see the tips and details I’m sharing there. . This is a technique laden tutorial demonstrating how to:

  • Alter metal embellishments with paint and embossing powders.
  • Prepare a mixed media background using scraps of paper and Distress Mediums.
  • Use Distress Paint and Embossing Powders to create a cool textured border.
  • Create a double sided waterfall with vellum hinges.

I had such fun creating the front of this Mixed Media Etcetera Tag, that I decided to flip it over and create a waterfall feature on the back side.  So now this home decor item can also be used for photos.  how fun is that?

Stamperia Alice Etcetera Tag Tutorial Video

This 30 minute tutorial is part still photo/text and part live action.  This kept it from being too long, but still provides you with lots of techniques and ideas that you can use.  So go grab a cuppa and a snack, then settle in and enjoy!

To see more detail photos of this project, Click HERE.  To see more ALICE projects, click HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques 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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Stamperia Alice Mixed Media Etcetera Tag

Stamperia Alice Mixed Media Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique
Stamperia Alice Mixed Media Etcetera Tag for Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Are you up for another Stamperia Alice project?  This mixed media Etcetera Tag is loaded with techniques, trinkets and trims for the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  I’ll be sharing a tutorial for this project over on the Frilly and Funkie blog this Saturday, June 8th.  Before we look at photos, let’s see what Jenny, our gracious and talented challenge hostess, has cooked up for the theme:

Challenge Theme: Embellishments, Trinkets and Trims
Linda sells a huge array of beautiful embellishments, trinkets and trims in her store, from metal filigree pieces and charms to buttons, laces and ribbons. They can be the important focal point on a project or the final finishing touches that complete it. However you wish to use them lets see those embellishments, trinkets and trims in action on your vintage or shabby chic entries.
Stamperia Alice Mixed Media Etcetera Tag: Embellishments Trinkets and Trims

Stamperia Alice Mixed Media Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you already know how much I love embellishments.  I first found The Funkie Junkie Boutique because of the wide array of beautiful and affordable metalsembellishments, flowers, ribbons, laces, and buttons that Linda carries in her shop.  If you haven’t checked them out, you really need to!  The photo above shows just a sampling of embellishments that I felt worked well with this Alice Mixed Media Etcetera Tag.

Stamperia Alice Mixed Media Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

I love to take these items and alter them with paints, embossing powders, alcohol inks…anything to take them to the next level.

Stamperia Alice Mixed Media Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 03

Since I’ll be sharing a tutorial for this Alice Mixed Media Etcetera Tag for the Saturday Showcase over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog, I’m not going to share a lot of details here.  This is more of a sneaky peek to whet your appetite for the full reveal.

Stamperia Alice Mixed Media Etcetera Tag: Girly Grunge meets Shabby Chic

Stamperia Alice Mixed Media Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

Creating this tag was so much fun!  It’s like Girly Grunge and Shabby Chic got together threw a mixed media party.  The tutorial on Saturday is filled with easy techniques that I think you will enjoy.  I know I enjoyed the process thoroughly!  And there is a surprise element to this tag that I will reveal then as well.  I can’t wait to share all the details with you on Saturday!

Until then, you can check out other Alice projects HERE.

Embellishments, Trinkets and Trims: Now It’s YOUR Turn!

You are cordially invited to join in on this fun challenge.  To do so, simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project using Embellishments, Trinkets & Trims.    Then link  up on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before 11:55PM EDT on Tuesday, June 18th.  You can find all the rules and information HERE.

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot  at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. In addition, the Design Team will select three further outstanding entries and those creators will receive a Top Pick badge to display on their blogs!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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