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Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks: By the Sea Mini Album

Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks: By the Sea Mini Album

Hello, Friends! It’s Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks week!  What fun!  The beach is my happy place, so I was thrilled when I was asked to create a mini album with By the Sea.  This collection has always been a favorite for me, and I’m thrilled to see it coming back as a Deluxe Collector’s Edition.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I decided to try something new with this Graphic 45 Staples Kraft Mixed Media Album.  To shake up my album cover design, I placed the 4″ x 6″ lighthouse image inside a shaker pouch.  I just love the way the sequins and beads mimic the look of sunshine sparkling on water.  This is probably the easiest way I’ve found to create a shaker element.

  • Select your image.   I chose to  mat mine on some blue gingham check to help it fill the frame.
  • Cut a piece of clear acrylic cardstock the same size as your matted image.
  • Use a sewing machine to stitch almost all the way around the perimeter of the image.  Leave about a 2″ opening in one corner.
  • Fill the opening with a sequin mix.  (use a funnel tray for mess-free filling) These buttons, beads and sequins are a mix called Shades of Chambray from Lilac Lane.
  • Place the shaker pouch back on the sewing machine, line up the needle and finish stitching.
  • Back the shaker pouch with a couple of layers of chipboard for stability and to elevate in the design.
Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks: By the Sea Mini Album Details

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

These Graphic 45 Staples Blue Roses are a perfect color match for this collection.  After layering them down the side of the album, I tucked in some altered metal beach charms.

TIP:  Paint metal charms with ivory chalk paint, then tap with Graphic 45 Bon Voyage Blue Decades Ink Pad.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Fussy cut shells and real shells come together perfectly with real beach sand.  I’ve also painted a Graphic 45 Staples Shabby Chic Door Plate and Knob to match the album.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Dress up the spine with Glory Blue Seam Binding Ribbon, a cluster of beach charms and a Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Clock Key.  The lighthouse image was too big to fit the spine, so I carefully cut it in half, pieced it together so that the frame matched up, then adhered it to the base of the spine.

 By the Sea Mini Album: The Inside Scoop

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

TIP: Make a quick and easy pocket for the inside cover.  I simply cut my designer paper 3″ longer than the height of the page.  Then score, fold and adhere the sides to make an instant pocket.  Add border strips to the pocket flap for extra fun.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

TIP:  The vellum pages in the album are so beautiful…but delicate!  To prevent them from tearing, stitch the vellum to a piece of heavy kraft cardstock.  Fill the space between the pages with more of the sequin mix for a fun surprise.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

TIP: Make quick pockets by adhering just the top, bottom and one side of patterned paper to the album page.  Now you can tuck in photo mounts.  Decorate with fussy cut images from the signature page.

By the Sea Mini Album: Tuck Spots, Inserts and Flaps

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

I removed several pages from the album before I began this project.  Then I cut and scored them to create pocket inserts throughout the album.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 09

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 10

Border strips make great tuck spots!  And you can easily create a space for pull out elements.  Just adhere sides and bottom of your patterned paper, leaving the top edge open.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 11

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 12

TIP: Create a watery background on the vellum pages.  Apply Bon Voyage Blue Decades Ink directly to the vellum.  Spritz lightly with water to activate the ink and make it move.  Heat dry.  Then stitch the pages together as before.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 13

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 14

TIP: Create tuck spots by adhering just the outer edge of a journal card to the album page.  Photos can tuck behind, and you have a lovely spot for journaling.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 15

TIP:  To create a quick and easy side pocket, cut patterned paper 2″ wider than the page.  Score, fold and adhere.

 By the Sea Mini Album Tour on Youtube

Here’s a little video tour with tips and ideas:

 

I’m so excited that this album will be on display in the G45 Booth at Creativation this week.  I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can adapt for your own mini album making adventures.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Little Birdie Crafts Sea Flowers Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Sea Flowers Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready to pull on your Mixed Media boots this morning?  I am really learning to enjoy the whole messy mixed media experience!  This 8×8 Little Birdie Sea Flowers Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial is loaded with tips, tricks, techniques and ideas that you can incorporate into your own crafty adventures.

Sea Flowers Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

Instead of being scared out of my wits when faced with a blank canvas, I am learning to have fun with the process, take it as it comes and to trust my instincts.  Since I love everything about the ocean, I thought it would be fun to create a little seaside collage with sprays, paints, gels, stencils, chipboard and flowers.

I won’t spend a lot of time here talking about the project, as you can find out all about it in the video tutorial below.  But just look at all this yummy texture, color and dimension!  I can’t believe I did this!  Happy dance time!

Little Birdie Crafts Sea Flowers Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial: Two Step Crackle Medium

I’ve been wanting to try out LBC Two Step Crackle Medium for ages, and I finally had a chance to take it for a test drive.  This close up shot of the background gives you an idea of what it looks like.  In person, it’s amazing.  But it’s hard to capture with the camera.

Little Birdie Crafts Sea Flowers Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial Video

I thought y’all might enjoy taking this little mixed media journey with me, so I’ve prepared a video tutorial for you.  We’ll start with a quick look at the finished canvas and talk about the supplies I used to create these mixed media effects.  Then there will be a photo step out tutorial showing you how to build the basic layers on the canvas.  Finally, we will go “live” as I build the collage elements.  This way, if you are like me, you can see how a composition like this comes together.  For your convenience, I’ve linked all the products I used below this post.

There is still much for me to learn when it comes to mixed media.  But I can tell you this, I’m looking forward to each new experience instead of dreading it.

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks today 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

Flowers of the Sea Mixed Media Canvas Supply List

Other Products: Other products: Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink, Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink Reinker, Walnut Ink Spray, Tim Holtz Sand and Sea Bigz Die, seashells from my stash

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

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

Sea of Tranquility Card Folio Tutorial Supply List

Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Folio

Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Folio for Surf’s Up Challenge at Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  I have the honor of hosting the challenge this go round, and the theme is “Surf’s Up!” We’ll look at the delectable Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Folio I prepared in just a second, but first, let’s get the details on this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme
Who’s ready for a little sand, a little sun, and a little surf? Let’s take this challenge for a little stroll beside the shore! Create a vintage or shabby chic project with a beachy theme.  Use ocean colors  and beach images to add a seaside feel to your project.
Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Folio: Stamperia Sea Land Collection

Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Sea Land by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo 01

I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love the beach!  It’s where I go to think, to relax, to refresh and regain my perspective on life.  Sitting in the sand, the beach breeze messing up my hair, warm sand between my toes, little sea birds darting along the shore…gazing at the horizon…. OK, let’s pack up and go right now!  Who’s with me?

Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Sea Land by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo 02

This 5.25″ x 7.25″ card folio is made with Stamperia’s Sea Land paper pack.  When I began creating for this challenge, I knew I wanted to incorporate lots of layers and texture.  Mixed media has been calling to me lately, and this challenge seemed like a good opportunity to answer the call.

Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Folio: Bringing the Texture!

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For starters, I pulled out my Tim Holtz Woodgrain Texture Fade.  Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide Ink seemed like a great color to complement these pretty beach papers.  So I rubbed the ink pad directly onto the surface of my texture fade, misted my paper with a little water and ran it through my machine.  It really brought this woodgrain pattern to life!

Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Sea Land by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo 05

Next, I used my Distress Tool to rough up all the edges.  Then I added two rows of machine stitching around the perimeter.  The final step for this woodgrain layer was a touch of Frayed Burlap Distress Ink along the edges.

Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Folio: Bringing the Dimension!

Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Sea Land by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo 06

Torn paper layers add to the distressed feel of this mixed media card.  I tore 2 strips to create the shoreline and the horizon line on my card.  Each layer is backed with waste chipboard to add height and dimension.

TIP: For controlled paper tearing, “paint” a line with a water brush then wait a minute.  The water will soften the paper fibers and you’ll be able to tear the precise area that you want to add to your composition.

Once I had my shoreline and horizon line in place, I randomly brushed the water with Transparent Gloss Texture Paste to add texture.  For that sun glinting off the water look, i dusted the Texture Paste with Vintage Distress Dust.

Next,  I fussy cut the hot air balloons and sponged the edges with more Frayed Burlap.  Next, I coated them with Vintage Distress Collage Medium.  Once that was dry, I added a layer of Transparent Gloss Texture Paste and just a very light dusting of Vintage Distress Glitter Dust.

When the hot air balloons were dry, I placed them face down on my foam mat and rounded out the edges with my largest ball stylus.  Then I arranged and adhered them to the upper third of the card.  I added a bunch of Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs for extra layers without adding extra bulk.

Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card: The Little Details

Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Sea Land by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo 03

To create this shoreline collage, I wove some blades of sea grass that I’d salvaged after a storm into a sort of wreath.  That created the base for the sand dollar (also scavenged from along the shoreline) some little sea plants, tiny shells, a real starfish and a brass seahorse charm.  I also coiled up some very thin strips of paper and added them to the base of the wreath because I liked the texture they added.  The lovely sentiment is from the paper collection, too.

The tiny vial of sand is resting on a bit of driftwood, surrounded by more tiny shells.  Prills add extra texture and mimic a rocky coastline…at least in my mind!

Little Birdie Flowers were tapped with Frayed Burlap and dry brushed with Antique Linen Distress Paint.  Then I dry brushed Antique Linen Paint all along the card edges.  I diluted what was left on my craft mat, then spattered it all over the card.

Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Sea Land by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo 07

This cut apart image from the collection serves as a flap…

I pulled one of my favorite old beach stamps from my stash and hid it behind the flap.  Then I wrote the sentiment in with a sharpie pen.

And of course, there’s a pocket with a gift card wallet!

Sea Dreams Mixed Media Card Sea Land by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo 10

And this time I made a quick little bookmark as an add in.

The gift card wallet is decorated with pretty paper scraps, a tiny chocolate and a tag.

This was such a fun, relaxing project.  Almost as good as a walk along the shore!

Surf’s Up!  Now it’s YOUR Turn!

I hope you’re feeling inspired to join in the fun on this Surf’s Up Challenge.  Just create a shabby chic or vintage project of your choice that uses beach colors and images.  Then link up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, May 22nd.

The team will will pick their four favorite projects.  The top winner will be invited to join us in a Guest Designer spot on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The next three will receive badges to display proudly on their blogs.  And everyone who enters and follows the challenge rules will be eligible to win a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

You can find all the challenge rules and details HERE.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

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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