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Sea Maiden: Mermaids, Sea Horses, Starfish, and Sand Dollars

Authentique Sea Maiden Project Share: Mermaids, Sea Horses, Starfish and Sand Dollars

Hello, Friends!  Remember my post from two weeks ago, where I shared a project from my rainy weekend at the beach?  Well, it really rained!  So I had time to create a couple more projects with Authentique Sea Maiden.  This post is filled with Mermaids, Sea Horses, Starfish and Sand Dollars, so pull out your flip flops and let’s take a little beach adventure together.

Sea Maiden Project #1: Sea Horses, Starfish and Sand Dollars

Sand and Sea Beach Walk Folio Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 01

I know…where are the flowers? Where is the ribbon? When designing this Beach Walk Folio, I wanted to keep things a little more simple and streamlined.

Sand and Sea Beach Walk Folio Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 02

The trifold folio is my go to 5″ x 7″ size.  But this time I designed a cut away cover with a belted belly band closure.

Sand and Sea Beach Walk Folio Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 03

Instead of flowers, I decorated the cover with this removable mixed media tag.

How to Make a Sea Maiden Mixed Media Tag

You’ll need a Graphic 45 Regular Kraft Tag and the matching die to make this tag.  You’ll also need the Tim Holtz Sand and Sea Bigz Die, an embossing folder, Vintage Photo Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink and UTEE powder (Ultra Thick Embossing Powder) medium weight chipboard and a heat tool.

  • First, die cut a cover and a back for the G45 Regular tag. Ink the edges and adhere to the front and back of the tag.
  • Next, select 2 or 3 patterns of Sea Maiden paper and die cut the sand dollar, seahorse and starfish with the Sand & Sea die.
  • Now, die cut again, using medium weight chipboard.
  • Place the die cut paper (not the chipboard!) in your chosen embossing folder.  I used Tim’s Croc Texture Fade.) On the flat (debossed side) of the folder, rub the surface with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Mist the die cuts lightly with water and emboss according to your machine’s instructions.
  • Next, sprinkle Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder randomly over the surface of the die cut images.   Heat set.Sand and Sea Beach Walk Folio Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 04
  • Now, apply a generous amount of Versamark Ink over the entire surface of the die cuts.
  • Next, add a fairly heavy layer of UTEE over the prepared die cuts.  Tip off the excess and heat set.
  • Let the embossed images cool completely before handling.  Melted UTEE is HOT!
  • Once the die cuts have cooled completely you can kind of shape them with your fingers and adhere to the die cut chipboard.
  • Adhere the seahorse, sand dollar and starfish to the prepared tag.  Spatter everything with diluted walnut ink.  Add charms and bow.
Sea Maiden Beach Walk Folio: A Peek Inside

Since I’ve prepared a video tour of this project with you, I’ll just share a couple of photos of the inside to whet your appetite.

Sand and Sea Beach Walk Folio Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 05

Sand and Sea Beach Walk Folio Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 06Sand and Sea Beach Walk Folio Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 07Sand and Sea Beach Walk Folio Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 08Sand and Sea Beach Walk Folio Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 09Sand and Sea Beach Walk Folio Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 10Sand and Sea Beach Walk Folio Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 11

Sea Maiden “Be Mermazing”  Shaker Card

Because I was having so much fun…and because the rain simply would not stop, I also put together this darling 4.25″ x 5.5″ “Be Mermazing” Shaker Card.

Be Mermazing Mermaid Shaker Card Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 01

The card base and all the little banner flags were made while I was at the beach.  Banner flags are a great way to use up a bunch of pretty little paper scraps!  The card was embellished once I got home.  I’ve been dying to use this gorgeous seahorse key, and this was just the project for it.  The other beachy charms are attached with silver metallic string.  Then I added a beautiful bow and Little Birdie Flowers to finish the card.

Be Mermazing Mermaid Shaker Card Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 02The shaker element was created when I got home.   Spellbinder’s Circle dies  can be nested together to create the “porthole” frame for this lovely little mermaid.  I love the way the sequins, little pearls, seed beads, glitter and sequins make it look like she’s floating on a wave.

Be Mermazing Mermaid Shaker Card Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 03

My goal for this project was to use as many of my scraps as possible.  So there are lots of little tags and bits and pieces used in various ways.

Be Mermazing Mermaid Shaker Card Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 04Be Mermazing Mermaid Shaker Card Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 05

Since I was at the beach and didn’t have a printer, I just wrote out this Mermaid Wisdom by hand.

Sea Maiden Project Share on YouTube

To help you get a feel for the flow of these projects, I’ve prepared a little video.  I’ll show you how all the mechanisms work and share some ideas that I think you will enjoy using in your own craft time.

I hope you’ve found some ideas, tips and techniques that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  My only complaint about this collection is that it is so beautiful that you don’t want to stop playing with it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Dame Pretty Pink Parisian Card

Dame Pretty Pink Parisian Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the RRR June 2018 Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  Today I have an Authentique Dame Pretty Pink Parisian Card to share with you.  It’s made with these gorgeous ribbons from the RRR June Ribbon Club Assortment.

Don’t you just love this Purple and Pink Ribbon Mix?  I’m seeing summer flowers here: Petunias,  Dahlias, Foxgloves, Impatiens….so pretty!

Dame Pretty Pink Parisian Card

Dame Pretty Pink Parisian Card Dame by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 01

This is a 7.25″ x 5.25″ top fold card made with pretty papers from the Authentique Dame Collection.   Distressing, inking and machine stitching make this card feel like a find from an old French Flea Market.

Dame Pretty Pink Parisian Card Dame by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 02

The center image is  die cut from the paper collection and added to a vintage style metal brooch.  I’ve topped it with a clear cabochon.  This draws the eye to the focal image. The bold pink ribbons and flowers add life and color to the card design.  They also pull out the pops of pink that are part of the paper collection.

Dame Pretty Pink Parisian Card Dame by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 03

The gorgeous bow cluster is made with Shocking Pink Quatrefoil Satin Ribbon, Shocking Pink Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon, Gold Metallic String (not in the ribbon club assortment…but oh, so lovely!) and flowers from my stash.

Pretty Pink Parisian Card: A Peek Inside

Dame Pretty Pink Parisian Card Dame by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 04

I love the Eiffel Tower against that pink background, don’t you?  This 3″ x 4″ image is easily turned into a pocket.  First, punch a thumb hole in the left hand side of the card.   Then glue top, bottom and left hand sides to the base of your card.  Easy, peasy!

Dame Pretty Pink Parisian Card Dame by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 05Decorate a honey stick with a little banner flag, tuck in a tea bag, and your card becomes a gift.  Easy as 1, 2, 3!

On With the Hop!

Would you like to win your own Purple and Pink Ribbon Club Assortment?  To be entered in the drawing, simply visit all the blogs in the hop and be sure to leave a lovely comment behind.

Then, finish up at the RRR Blog where you will answer Bonnie’s question of the month.  If your name is drawn from that pool of comments, you’ll win your very own Pink and Purple Ribbon Club Assortment.  It’s that easy!

If you’re not a member of the Monthly Ribbon Club, you can learn all about it and sign up HERE.  It’s a very fun, easy and economical way to add to your ribbon stash.

Now hop on over to Linsey’s lovely blog and see what she’s got in store for you!   If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete hop list HERE.

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Sea of Tranquility Card Folio Tutorial

Authentique “Sea Maiden” Collection: Sea of Tranquility Card Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Y’all know how much I love the beach!  My honey and I ran away from home for a beach getaway a couple weekends ago.  Thankfully, I had packed myself a little crafty “emergency kit”  with my new Authentique “Sea Maiden” Collection Kit because the weather decided to turn into a monsoon. So I made my own beach adventure and created this Sea of Tranquility Card Folio Tutorial to share with you all here today.

Sea of Tranquility Card Folio Tutorial Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 01

This is a 5.25″ x 7.25″ trifold folio with a little bit of everything beachy.  You’ll find shells, mermaids, fish, seaweed, starfish tucked in with the myriad pockets and tags.  My embellishments (even the feather) were salvaged from the shore during my walks between the storms.

Sea of Tranquility Card Folio Tutorial Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 02

This glorious red-headed mermaid inspired this entire project.  She’s cut from Sea Maiden One and framed with Graphic 45’s fabulous doily frame from Square Tags and Clock Dies.

Sea of Tranquility Card Folio Tutorial Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 03

And mermaids have to have sea shells, right?  This whelk is also cut from the collage images on the Sea Maiden One page.  I’ve clustered it up with a bunch of fussy cut images , shells, a little sand and some pearls.

Sea of Tranquility Card Folio Tutorial: Moving parts

Sea of Tranquility Card Folio Tutorial Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 04

Look at these gorgeous patterned papers!  Oh, be still my heart!  I had so much fun creating the interactive elements for this card folio.

Sea of Tranquility Card Folio Tutorial Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 05The pocket on the bottom holds this lovely little 4″ x 5″ folio.

Sea of Tranquility Card Folio Tutorial Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 06There’s room inside for a little art tag, a sentiment panel from Sea Maiden Eight.  And I think even mermaids love a little chocolate treat now and again!

Sea of Tranquility Card Folio Tutorial Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 07

The top half of the card is an accordion fold folio with a gatefold cover.  This was so much fun to design, and I’ll show you how to engineer this in the video tutorial below.  I’ve added a scrap of designer paper to serve as a pocket.  Then I used up my scraps to make this business card sized mini folio.  Don’t you love this sentiment?

Sea of Tranquility Card Folio Tutorial Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 09

The interior has loads of pockets, mini tags, mermaids and more.

Sea of Tranquility Card Folio Tutorial Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 10

Here’s a peeky at what you’ll find inside the folio.

Sea of Tranquility Card Folio Tutorial on YouTube

Here’s a short video tour of the folio and all its moving parts.  This is followed by a tutorial that shows you how to create the 5″ x 7″ base from 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock, how to create the pocket and most importantly, how to create the fun accordion fold element.  I hope you enjoy!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques that you can put to good 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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For Home and Country Memorial Day Greeting Card

Home and Country Memorial Day Greeting Card with Authentique Honor Collection

Hello, Friends!  Happy Memorial Day!  I’m proud to be participating in a special Memorial Day Group Post over on the Authentique Blog today.  One of the things I really love about working with Authentique is their love and support for America’s soldiers!  This For Home and Country Shaker Top card honors  all those who have served  in our Armed Forces.  And while I’m at it, I’d like to salute the wives and family members, too!

For Home and Country Memorial Day Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

This vintage image speaks to my heart.  I’ve surrounded it with a cluster of die cut stars and a star-spangled shaker element, too.

For Home and Country Memorial Day Card by Kathy Clement Photo 02The card is a 5″ x 7″ top fold made with Authentique’s gorgeous “Honor” Collection Kit.

For Home and Country Memorial Day Shaker Top Tutorial

For Home and Country Memorial Day Card by Kathy Clement Photo 03

To create the shaker element, I used a nesting star shaped die. Here’s how I did it:

  • Cut the largest star from Spectrum Antique Lace 2 Cardstock
  • Place the 2nd largest star die in the center of the largest star die.  Use a small piece of tape to keep the dies from shifting.  Die cut from Spectrum Old Glory 2.
  • Now remove the star center, and keep the frame.
  • Die cut clear acetate cardstock (or clear packaging) using the largest star die.
  • Then adhere the clear acetate to the back side of the star frame, wiping away any excess adhesive.
  • Cut small foam tabs in half and line the edges of the white star base so that you have no gaps between tabs.
  • Fill the center of the white star with sequins, beads, glitter….whatever you like.
  • Remove the liner tape and add the prepared frame.
  • Now shake it up, baby!
For Home and Country Memorial Day Card: A Peek Inside

For Home and Country Memorial Day Card by Kathy Clement Photo 04

I carried the star theme over to the inside of the card, adding a pocket and patriotic tag.

While I’m thinking about it…several of you asked me where you could find the rosette die that I used in my last patriotic project.  You can find the mini rosettes die HERE.

Memorial Day Memories

I have such happy memories of my childhood Memorial Day celebrations.  Mom and I would get up early, while the dew was still on the grass.  Then we’d walk into the wood and pick lilacs, which grew wild all around our house.  I can still smell the amazing fragrance of those showy blooms!

Once we had more lilacs than we could possibly carry, we trotted on home to arrange them in large, fan shaped silver urns.  These were then taken to the family cemetery plot to decorate the graves.  Flags were placed on the headstones of family members who had served in the military.

Then Dad took us downtown  to watch the Memorial Day Parade.  We were a small town, but managed to muster up a few floats and a couple of marching bands.  At the end of the parade, we all walked up to the park where a trumpeter played “Taps”.  Dad would remove his hat, place his hand over his heart and you could not hear a single sound anywhere except for the clear, bell tones of that trumpet.  It always gave me chills.

I’m glad I had the chance to grow up in small town where we celebrated in such a meaningful way.  And of course, there was always a picnic after all the solemnities were over.

Whatever you do today, where ever you are, I wish you a safe and happy Memorial Day.  And I offer my heartfelt thanks and full measure of gratitude to all our military families, past, present and future.

Some gave all…all gave some…and I am so grateful!

Happy Memorial Day!

Cheerio,

kathy 

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Authentique Cheerful Summer Picnic Folio Project Share

Authentique Cheerful Summer Picnic Folio Project Share

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  I got it in my head to create a new style of folio the other day, and I’m so excited to share it with you here.  This Authentique Cheerful Summer Picnic Folio is the perfect place to showcase your family reunion photos, vacation photos or just everyday summer fun photos.

Authentique Cheerful Summer Picnic Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 01

The base of this 6.75″ x 7.25″ folio is made with 12″ x 18″ black cardstock.  I’ve layered it up with vibrant papers from Authentique’s “Cheerful” Collection Kit.   Really Reasonable Ribbon 5/8″ Black Plaid Ribbon lends a country chic vibe to these cheery papers.

These black vintage buttons make me so happy!  I found them last summer while vacationing in Maine.  As we were driving along the back roads, we spotted an old fashioned flea market.  You know the kind where they set up plywood on top of sawhorses in an old dirt lot.  Those are always the best!  I found 3 antique canning jars filled to the brim with vintage buttons for $5 apiece!  You can bet that I snatched those buttons up in a hot minute, then did my happy dance all the way to the car!

The images in this collection are so very sweet.  This small sticker image could easily have disappeared  in the design of this large folio cover.  That’s why I framed it with this altered chipboard frame and filled it with Prills.

Authentique Cheerful Summer Picnic Folio: A peek inside

The interior of this folio is so much fun!

I figured out how to add a 4.25″ x 6.25″ pull out page on the top half.   This has a ribbon tie closure, as well as magnets between the cover pages to help keep it closed.

Then I built a box style pocket on the bottom half of the folio.  The base is Graphic 45’s Alpha Banner Tags.  To cover the tags, I used my Graphic 45 Regular Tag and Gears Die.  I am in love with these new dies and can’t seem to stop using them!

The tags are topped with more plaid ribbon and prettied up with this Sheer Red Cherry Print OrganzaBlack Burlap String makes everything pop.

I used my table scraps to create this little gift card wallet.  Red vintage buttons on a vintage button card make a sweet tuck in surprise.

Authentique Cheerful Summer Picnic Folio Project Share on Youtube

To help you get a feel for all the flips, flaps and interactive elements in this sweet folio, I’ve prepared a little project share video.  I hope you enjoy!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own craft 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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