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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

 

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Beach Walk Flap Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Beach Walk Flap Folio Tutorial for Frilly Funkie

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The incredibly talented and imaginative Suzz is our hostess this go round and the challenge theme is Knock on Wood.  Before we dig into the Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Beach Walk Flap Folio Tutorial that I’ve prepared for you today, let’s see what Suzz has to say about this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme: Knock on Wood
For this challenge you need to dig through your crafty stash and look for some type of wood to incorporate into your art.  This can be any kind of wooden object like a wood spool, a wood button, a mini ruler or even a branch.   Create a vintage or shabby chic project that incorporates some type of wood content.
Beach Walk Flap Folio: First Look

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

It’s been such a cold, grey, miserable winter and it just seems to drag on and on.  So I decided I had to make my own sunshine in the studio.  Naturally, I turned to the sun drenched color and beachy images of Graphic 45’s Sun Kissed collection.

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 02This 5″ x 7″ gatefold style card has been given an upgrade to folio status.  By adding a few flaps to the basic design, I was able to create a really fun, interactive card folio. I’m telling you, my friends, I am addicted to making these mighty little minis!  Each one I build is like it’s own puzzle, and I really have fun figuring it all out.

Beach Walk Flap Folio: Where’s the Wood?

 

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 03

In keeping with Suzz’s fun Knock on Wood theme, I created a wood life preserver to embellish the cover of this beach walk flap folio.  This is a wooden curtain ring.  I attached a thin rope with washi tape and voila!  Instant life preserver.  The interior is filled with tiny shells that I’ve picked up on my beach combing adventures on North Carolina’s beautiful coastline.

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 04I’m a sucker for cute embellishments like this carved wooden sea gull.  I’m not sure where I picked him up, but I’m so glad I found him in my stash of wooden embellies.   There’s also a small glass vial filled with authentic North Carolina beach sand.

Beach Walk Flap Folio: A peek inside.

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 05

Gatefold cards are always fun to open.  The flaps on either side transform a standard card base into a sort of mini adventure.  And then, you get a glimpse of all the features tucked inside!  It’s a dramatic moment, for sure.

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 06

TIP:  Turn a border strip into a mini pocket!  Just adhere the sides and bottom edge, leaving the top and body open for these cutie pie tags from the 8×8 collection.

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 07

TIP: Don’t forget to add designer paper to the back side of your focal image, as it will be visible when the gate opens wide.

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 08

TIP: The small ephemera cards are perfectly sized to use in a waterfall cascade.  First, mat each card on complementary cardstock, leaving a 1/2″ overhang on the top edge.  Then, score the flap, and you are good to go!

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 09

TIP: Next, line the folded edge of each card up with the bottom edge of the preceding card.

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10

Finally, add a border strip to the base page to dress it up.  There’s room for a photo here, too!

Beach Walk Flap Folio: Pockets and Such

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo11

Create a stylish pocket by folding a flap page back on itself.

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 12Then fill the pocket with more ephemera cards, photos, tags…whatever suits your fancy!

Beach Walk Flap Folio: Flips and Flaps

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 13

TIP: Add interest to your flap folio by varying the size of the flaps.  This shorter flap stands out from the crowd because it is shorter than the rest of the album.  But you can still fit a 4×5 image on it!

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 14

TIP: Add a flap on both sides of a page for extra fun!  To create these flap pages, do the following:

  • Cut all paper layers to size, but don’t glue in place!
  • Cut flaps so that they are a 1/2″ wider (or taller) than you want the page to be.  Score that 1/2 overhang and adhere it to the folio base.
  • Then, once the flap pages are glued in place, you can add the top layer.

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 16

TIP: Policy envelopes make great flap pages!  I simply added a side hinge to left hand side of this envelope and voila!  Instant flap page!

The center panel of the card is also a flap page.

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 17

Beach Walk Flap Folio Video Tour and Tutorial

It’s almost hard to believe that you can fit all this into one standard 5″ x 7″ gatefold card base.  But seeing is believing!  Just watch this short YouTube video to see how all these flips and flaps work together.  I’ll also share a very basic gatefold card tutorial in this video.  Enjoy!

Now It’ s YOUR turn to Knock on Wood!

You’re invited to participate in this fun Knock on Wood Challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project that incorporates wood in the design.  Then link your project on the Frilly and Funkie blog before 11:59PM DST on Tuesday, March 28th.  You can find all the information on that HERE.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose four favorite projects from your entries. Our favorite artist  will be invited to join us as a Guest Designer  at Frilly and Funkie. The next three winners will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who links up and follows the ruleswill 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!

Did I share 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

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Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Card Folio

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  How about a little trip to the beach?  We can walk barefoot in the sand, search for shells and play in the waves all day!  Sound good?  While I might not be able to take you to a real beach, this Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Card Folio is almost as good as playing in the sun, surf and sand!

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Life is a Beach Card Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

It’s impossible to feel gloomy in the presence of such vibrant colors and happy images.  This is a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base.  I’ve transformed it into a folio by adding a 1/2″ spine and some fun surprises inside.

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Life is a Beach Card Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2If you are intimidated at the thought of making a mini album, you might want to think about creating a card folio instead.  You can easily complete one in half a day, and for a fraction of the cost.  Limited storage?  Folios are perfect for that, too, as they take up so much less room.  Need a unique gift?  Folios are the perfect card/gift combo.  So, yeah…I’m pretty much addicted to making them!

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Life is a Beach Card Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3Rosettes make me think of beach umbrellas, so I had to make a few for this card using my Tim Holtz rosette dies.  Then I used Tim’s Sand and Sea Bigz Die to cut images from patterned paper as well.  The great thing about making your own paper embellishments is that they will always be a perfect color match!

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Life is a Beach Card Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4To add extra dimension, die cut some chipboard or cardboard to back your seahorse die.  This not only strengthens the die cut, but it really makes the image pop off the page.

Take a Peek Inside this Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Card Folio

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Life is a Beach Card Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

The inside of a card folio is more fun than visiting the boardwalk at the beach!

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Life is a Beach Card Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

This flap page was scored and folded to create a fun little pocket.  Fill the pocket with journal tags and an ephemera card.  You can also add extra photos here.

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Life is a Beach Card Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

Flip the flap over, and what do you find?  This fun waterfall gives you loads of room for photos.

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Life is a Beach Card Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8

Use another ephemera card underneath to write down your favorite vacation memories, names, dates and places.

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Life is a Beach Card Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9

Add a mini folio to the pocket and you’ve got room for more photos and journaling.  The cover for this mini folio is the back side of one of the beautiful ephemera cards from the Sun Kissed collection.   The large ephemera card on the top half of the card is the perfect  spot to tell your story.

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Life is a Beach Card Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10

Decorate the inside with another image from the collection, and then fill the pocket with small ephemera cards and photos.   You could even make this folio as a family craft activity while on vacation.  There’s always a rainy day at the beach, and this would be such a fun way to take advantage of being together.

The great news is that Sun Kissed is now available for purchase!  Oh the paper pretties you can make with this glorious collection!

I hope I’ve shared some ideas, 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

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Card Folio Supply List

 

Other Supplies:

  • Sizzix Cutting Dies

    • Rosettes and Mini Rosettes

    • Sand and Sea Bigz Die

 

 

Under the Sea Seashell Shaker Card

This hop is now closed.   The winner is Sara Retter from Archana’s blog.

Heartfelt Creations July Alumni Hop: Seashell Shaker Card with Under the Sea

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready to hop?  Welcome to the July Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop! You should be coming here from Mary’s lovely blog. I’ll provide a complete hop list at the end of this post.  It’s full on summer here in North Carolina and the hot, humid days have my mind turning to the beach.  Oh, for a walk along the shore with the waves kissing my toes and the sand dotted with pretty shells.  Since I can’t be at the beach in real life, I decided to make this Seashell Shaker Card with the Gorgeous Under the Sea Collection from Heartfelt Creations.

Heartfelt Creations Under the Sea Seashell Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 1

I’ve had my eye on this gorgeous collection since the day it released over a year ago.  Making a seashell shaker card with these bright corals and deep aquas is almost as good as taking a vacation!

Shake it Up!

Heartfelt Creations Under the Sea Seashell Shaker Card Photo 2

Just for fun, I added a little hidden tag between the card front layers.  This is a quick and easy addition thanks to the cut apart page and my faithful Luggage and Tags Die.

Heartfelt Creations Under the Sea Seashell Shaker Card Photo 3

Shaker cards are like a party on paper.  This seashell shaker card is filled with a combination of Prills, micro beads, seed beads,  and sequins.

Heartfelt Creations Under the Sea Seashell Shaker Card Photo 4

I used the seashell die from Coral Reef Collage to cut my shell out of the Under the Sea paper collection.  Then I sponged  Abandoned Coral Distress Ink along the edges to heighten the pink tones.  Next, I used my Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit, mat and stylus to round out the shell body. Then I glued it to the card base. Finally, I scattered Prills and Seed Beads along the inner edge. A lucky hermit crab gets to live in this glammed up seashell!

Coral Sea Flowers with Enchanted Mums

Heartfelt Creations Under the Sea Seashell Shaker Card Photo 5Making these coral reef flowers was a cinch!

  1. First, stamp the 2 smallest sizes of Enchanted Mums onto the coral dot paper using Abandoned Coral Distress Ink.
  2. Next, heat emboss with clear embossing powder.
  3. Then, use sponge daubers to add a little Abandoned Coral to the centers and the tips of the flower petals.
  4. Now, die cut the flower layers.
  5. Then, shape and stack with the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit.
  6. Finally, add hot glue to center and fill with seed beads.
What’s Inside This Seashell Shaker Card?

Heartfelt Creations Under the Sea Seashell Shaker Card Photo 6

I turned this card into a gift by adding a few extras on the inside.

Heartfelt Creations Under the Sea Seashell Shaker Card Photo 7

You can easily turn a card front into a gift wallet.  Just glue the image to the right hand side of a 4″ high x 11″ long strip of cardstock.  Score on the left and fold.

Heartfelt Creations Under the Sea Seashell Shaker Card Photo 8

Then cut down another card front image to serve as a pocket.  Tuck in some of the cute tags from the paper collection along with a gift card and easy as 1, 2, 3….you have a gift card wallet.

Heartfelt Creations Under the Sea Seashell Shaker Card Photo 9

I used the scraps on my worktable to make a quick little tag.  These make the best bookmarks, and they also are a great way to brighten up a work cubicle!

On With the Hop!

Now pop on over and see what paper pretties      has in store for you.  I’ve included the complete hop list below for your convenience.

Amarilys ♥ Vicki ♥ Mary ♥ Kathy (YOU ARE HERE) ♥ Alissa Deneen  ♥ Sarah  ♥ Martine ♥

Archana ♥ Emily

Hop, Comment & Win

Be sure to visit and comment at each of these fabulous blogs because you will not only be inspired…your comment will enter you into a drawing to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card! The hop runs from today through Monday, July 31st at midnight EDT.

The winner of the hop will be randomly chosen from a mystery blog.  Heartfelt Creations will announce the winner in their weekly blog post and Facebook page on Wednesday, August 1st.  I will also post the name of the winner at the top of this post at that time.

The winner will have 72 hours to claim his/her prize by sending an e-mail to socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.us with “Winner of the July Alumni Hop” in the subject line.

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures with today’s Seashell Shaker Card.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Happy Hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

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More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio

More than All the Fish in the Sea Folio with RRR and G45 Voyage Beneath the Sea

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to summer!  I love all the seasons of the year as each one has its own special beauty.  Summertime is full of color and life…and trips to the beach, my favorite place on the planet! Today’s  project is inspired by the Ocean Breeze Ribbon Club Assortment. I found that the Tropic Double Faced Satin Ribbon is a great companion to Graphic 45’s Voyage Beneath the Sea collection.  So I paired them up to make this More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio.

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio Voyage Beneath the Sea by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

This color palette is so perfect for summertime projects.  The blues and greens just pop against the citrusy oranges and yellows.

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio: Put a Bow on It!

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio Voyage Beneath the Sea by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

I created this pretty bow cluster like this:

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio: A Little Bit Steampunk

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio Voyage Beneath the Sea by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

To give this card a little touch of Steampunk Style, I added a cluster of steampunk gears and cogs.  Really Reasonable Ribbon has a fantastic assortment of gears available in the shop at very good prices.

 

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio Voyage Beneath the Sea by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4These gears are painted with Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint, which is very close in color to the Tropic ribbons.

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio Voyage Beneath the Sea by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

Adding a snippet of ribbon and gold metallic string to this chipboard charm really gave it a presence on the page.  And do you spy the darling steampunk heart gear in the center of the “O” in you?  These sorts of little details just make my heart happy!

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio: A Peek Inside

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio Voyage Beneath the Sea by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

It’s easy to turn a 5″ x 7″ top fold card into a folio.  When you are making your card base, simple score a second line 1/4″ from the first fold line.  Instant folio!

I created a little accordion fold folio on the top of the card interior.  The gatefold opening is tied shut with more pretty tropic ribbon in that fancy shell print.

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio Voyage Beneath the Sea by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

This is just a sample of the pages inside the folio.  The Voyage Beneath the Sea ephemera card is hinged to the gatefold, creating a secret journal spot.  This also gives you a nice 4″ x 4″ spot for a photo!

More Than All the Fish in the Sea Folio Voyage Beneath the Sea by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8

The bottom pocket contains a lovely art tag and a large ephemera card.

I created a border on the tag by layering the fancy shell print ribbon over the Tropic Satin Ribbon.  I love the bit of texture, pattern and shine this adds to the tag design. Another snippet of Tropic Satin tops the tag.  And, gold metallic string holds that cute chipboard charm in place.

What do you do with the tag? Well, it can be used as a bookmark, of course.  Or, it can really brighten up an office cubicle.  Some folks have told me that they use them as home decor. They simply display them on small easels and incorporate them into their mantel decor.

You can write your personal greeting on the back of the ephemera card.  Then tuck a gift card, or other small gift into the pocket and there’s no need to go to the shops!

Ribbon Makes it Shine!

I just love the playful, whimsical feel of this More than All the Fish in the Sea Folio.  The ribbon really takes it to the next level, don’t you think? It’s not too late to get your own set of these gorgeous Ocean Breeze Ribbons.  Simply sign up for the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club and Bonnie will send them right out to you.  It will be like having a birthday every month of the year!

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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