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Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Songbird Card Folio

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Songbird Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The theme this go round is “B” Happy, and Cec is our hostess.  I’ve created a Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Card Folio that’s got some fun new twists in the design.  We’ll take a look at that in a moment, but first, let’s see what Cec has to say about this challenge.

Challenge Theme: “B” Happy
Create a shabby chic or vintage project that makes you happy and features birds, bees and/or butterflies. You must use at least one of these things with wings and it must have a place of prominence on your creation but if you wish to use two or more, please feel free to do that.

Botanical Tea Songbird Card Folio

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Songbird Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

I know I shared a Botanical Tea tag project a couple weeks ago.  So I hope you are not tired of this collection.  It is one of my top 5 favorite G45 collections of all time.  I honestly set out to make a regular card…nothing fancy.  But as I was working, this idea began to take shape in my head (never listen to the voices….they will get you in trouble every time!).  Before I knew it, I was in the middle of making another card folio.  Now that it’s finished…I’m glad I made it.  But in the middle of the process???  Not so much!

Botanical Tea Songbird Card Folio: The base layer

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Songbird Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02This is a 5.25″ x 7″ top fold folio with a 3/8″ spine.  The background layer is  a beautiful duotone botanical print with birds, butterflies, dragonflies and clocks.  I love it when I machine stitch around a card, because it makes the piece feel framed.

The lacy corner effect comes from die cutting with Tim Holtz’ Mixed Media Die #2.  I cut through both the designer paper and the cardstock matting to reveal the white card base.  That was spritzed with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Mist.  I really love this combination of stitched edges and die cut corner.

Botanical Tea Songbird Card Folio: The Focal Image

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Songbird Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 03

In keeping with the challenge guidelines, I chose this sweet pink songbird to serve as the focal image.  First, I die cut the image from one sheet of Botanical Tea using a large Spellbinder’s circle die.  Then, I die cut the doily frame using Graphic 45’s Square Tag and Clock Dies.  I adhered the frame over the die cut.  Next, the second image of the pink bird was fussy cut and layered over the original with foam tabs.  I love the dimension this created.  Foliage from Little Birdie Crafts (what else on a bird card?) adds lots of lovely green leaves to the fussy cut branch.  And Gilt Trip Prills add loads of beautiful texture.

If you look above the focal image, you’ll see a metal butterfly that I altered with Distress Paints.

Botanical Tea Songbird Card Folio: The Flowers

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Songbird Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

The flower cluster features altered metal flowers and Little Birdie Grey Printed Linz Petals.  Linda has added these fabulous metal flowers to the shop and I received some in my design team allotment package.  Before altering the silvertone flowers with paint, I used my Tonic Scissors to cut between the petals of one flower.  Then I lifted every other petal to create a sort of cup shape.  Then I painted the flowers with a combination of Antique Linen, Broken China and Tumbled Glass Distress Paint.  The two layers are adhered together with Glossy Accents.

Next, I reshaped one of the Little Birdie Flowers by sort of cupping it between my fingers. ( You can see me use this technique in my Little Birdie Video tutorials. )  Then, I adhered it in the center of the metal flower.  All the flowers are dry brushed with Antique Linen and Broken China Distress Paint and sprinkled with Prills.

The large pink rose is just fussy cut from the paper, popped up on foam tabs and shaped a bit with my fingers.

Botanical Tea Songbird Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Songbird Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 05

Inside, I’ve created a hinged waterfall feature and a fun tag pocket.

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Songbird Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 06

The waterfall feature took a little figuring out, but basically, I scored a flap, then scored a second line 1/4″ to the right.  This created a little spine.  If you want to give this a try, don’t adhere your liner paper until after you’ve built the waterfall.  That way, you can run your ribbon closure behind the page, wrap it around and tie it shut.

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Songbird Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 07

I’ve added some little flaps, tuck spots and journal spots inside the waterfall.  The tea cups are die cut with Tim’s Tea Time Sizzix die.  Aren’t they fun?  I wish I had a pink polka dot tea cup.  The reason I included the tea cups is that I am a real tea lover.  And since the challenge said to create a project that makes me happy…well…there had to be tea.

Botanical Tea Songbird Card Folio: The tags!

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Songbird Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 09

Tags make me happy, too.  So I covered a Graphic 45 Ivory Square Tag with designer paper.  Now that I can cover these tags so easily with the G45 tag dies, I want to make tags even more often! This tag has a little pocket adorned with a fussy cut image from the collection.  Because pockets also make me happy.  Would you like to see what’s in the pocket?

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Songbird Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 10

A sweet little trio of ATC tags.  How fun is that?  Oh, and there’s a honey stick in the box style pocket, too.  (I have video tutorials for how to make a box pocket, too.)

“B” Happy Challenge: Now it’s YOUR turn!

I hope you’ll play along in this fun challenge by linking up your vintage or shabby chic Bird, Bee or Butterfly inspired project at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.

The winner will earn the chance to be a Guest Designer here 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. We are also awarding Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because we can’t pick just one favorite!

You have until 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, July 17th to link your project.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, techniques 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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Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo

Hello, G45’ers!  Have you seen Graphic 45’s gorgeous Winter Wonderland Christmas Collection yet?  Filled with images of old barns, snow laden trees, winter songbirds and rustic patterns, it’s like taking a walk in the New England countryside of my childhood.  I recently had a chance to play with these gorgeous images and papers and worked up a Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo to share with you here.

A Spoonful of Christmas: Winter Wonderland Christmas Card #1

Winter Wonderland Spoonful of Christmas Card Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

This vintage Santa Spoon was waiting for me to grab it on one of my junkin’ adventures.  It is part of a set of 4, and I scooped them up in a New York minute!  Why I love these vintage spoons, so much, I’ll never know, but I am amassing a nice little collection to use in my crafting.

To give the spoon this frosty appearance, I added a touch of Picket Fence Distress Paint.  First, I place a small dot of the paint on my craft sheet.  Then I tap my finger into the ink.  Next, I tap most of the paint off onto the craft sheet and then just lightly dab it onto the spoon.  This way, the silver still shines through, but the edges look frosty.

Creating the Flower Clusters

A Spoonful of Christmas Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1Poinsettia are a classic choice for Christmas, so I knew I wanted to add them to this card.  The Petaloo Burlap Poinsettia I had in my stash were too bright for this rustic paper.  But no worries…flowers can be altered to match a paper collection.

A Spoonful of Christmas Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

First, lay your flowers out on a craft sheet or a nice sized piece of scrap paper.  Then mix up some Lobster , Iridescent Gold,  and Bronze Glimmer Mists by rolling the bottle between your hands.  This prevents small particles of glitter from getting stuck in the spray mechanism.  Next, spritz the mists and dry gently with a heat tool.  Repeat if necessary.

A Spoonful of Christmas Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

Adding different textures to a flower cluster makes for an interesting and more natural looking arrangement.  Combine Vintage Velvet Dogwoods with fussy cut poinsettia leaves from the paper collection.  Then tie the whole thing together with gorgeous Vintage Christmas Plaid Ribbon and Natural Burlap String Bows.

A Spoonful of Christmas Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Don’t be afraid to take your design off the edge of your card. After double matting each card layer, I shifted each one a little further to the right creating a sort of stair-step effect on the card.

A Spoonful of Christmas Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

The inside is simply finished with more beautiful papers from the collection.

Spoonful of Christmas Supply List

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland

  • Winter Wonderland
  • Rustic Holiday
  • Nordic Greetings
  • Yule Post

Other Supplies

Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo #2: Christmas Songbird Easel Card

Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

I’ve loved watching and listening to songbirds all my life.  When I saw the sweet little songbirds in Graphic 45’s new Winter Wonderland collection I nearly burst into song myself!  I knew I wanted to feature the lovely swallow from the signature page on a Christmas card. This 7.25” x 5.25” easel style card came together very quickly thanks to the gorgeous patterns and images in this gorgeous winter collection.


Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2
Christmas Songbird Easel Card Tips and Tricks
  1. To create a quick card focal, use a large circle die to cut the bird image from the paper collection and mat it on a decorative circle die. Back it with foam tabs or waste chipboard to really make it stand out.
  2. Tap miniature pine cones with Picket Fence Distress Paint to add a natural, wintry feel to your card.
  3. Tie a trio of small, rusty jingle bells together with burlap string to decorate the easel card stopper.
  4. To add to the rustic feel of this card, distress the edges.  I curled the corners around my piercing tool to add to the vintage design.

Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3 Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5 Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo Winter Songbird Easel Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Here’s a peek at the inside.  Using kraft cardstock as the base adds to the rustic appeal of the card.

Christmas Songbird Supply List

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland 12×12 papers

  • Winter Wonderland
  • Nordic Greetings
  • Yule Post

Other Products

If you’re like me, you’ve fallen in love with Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland.  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

Purple Songbird All Occasion Greeting Card

Purple Songbird All Occasion Greeting Card with Gift Card Wallet and Button Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Are you up for one more project made with the Perfectly Purple Ribbon Club Mix from Really Reasonable Ribbon?  I have had such fun with these pretty purple ribbons. Today I have a Purple Songbird All Occasion Greeting Card to share with you.  It’s beautifully vintage and loaded with goodies on the inside.

Purple Songbird All Occasion Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

The inspiration for this 5″ x 7″ top fold card came from this gorgeous songbird image.  I found the French Post Card Bird Digital Images and they just flew into my shopping cart.  This lovely wee songbird is perching in a Country Chic Digital Frame.

I’ve had loads of fun finding purple papers in my stash to go along with these pretty purple ribbons.  This card features papers from Graphic 45’s Place in Time and Secret Garden Collections.

Here’s how I made this pretty bow cluster:

  1. First,tie a 3.5″ double loop bow from  Hyacinth Taffeta Ribbon on your Zutter Bow it All Tool.
  2. Next, tie a 2.5″ double loop bow from Crosshatch on Delphinium Satin Ribbon. Hot glue this on top of the taffeta ribbon, and adjust the tails.  Hold in place until the glue sets.
  3. Finally, thread a mother of pearl button with a thin strip of lavender cardstock and glue it on top.

Decorate the tops of each tag with a snippet of the crosshatch ribbon and a pretty flat back pearl cabochon.

How to Turn a Purple Songbird Card into a Gift

Turn this Purple Songbird card into a gift by adding a pair of pockets to the inside.

The top pocket contains this pretty gift card wallet.

A small tag makes a great tuck spot, and the pocket can hold a gift card, or a tea bag.  Making the gift card wallet is quick and easy:

  1. First, cut an 8×5″ long x 5″ tall strip of lavender cardstock.
  2. Score on the long side at 3.5″ and again at 7″.
  3. Fold to form a little wallet.
  4. Place 1/4″ Scor-Tape around the front, spine and back covers.  Then secure Crosshatch Delphinium Satin to form the ribbon closure.
  5. Add a rhinestone cabochon on the front of the gift wallet.
  6. Decorate the front and interior.
  7. Use a circle punch to create a thumb hole.
  8. Glue just the top and bottom edge of the short flap to form a pocket.
  9. Cut a tag from the May pages of Place in Time.  Glue just the bottom edge to create a tuck spot.

And what paper pretties do we find in the bottom pocket?

A sweet little handmade button card and a pretty postcard.

I love anything with vintage style bird images, so this Purple Songbird All Occasion Greeting card is precisely my cup of tea.  (Pardon the pun!)

I hope you’ve found 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

 

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

Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo  2

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

Supply List

 

Joyous Greetings Woodland Christmas Card

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts: Joyous Greetings Woodland Christmas Card

Hello, Friends!  We are just days away from Christmas, and I am still working on Christmas cards!  Ay-yi-yi!  Thankfully, I found a way to make a truly fabulous Christmas card in very little time.  It doesn’t look simple, but I promise you, this Joyous Greetings Woodland Christmas Card comes together in a jiffy.  Beautiful chippies from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts make it sparkle and shine.

joyous-greetings-woodland-christmas-card-by-kathy-clement-for-gypsy-soul-laser-cuts-product-by-pollys-paper-studio-photo-1I added texture, shine and depth to this lovely card with the Medium Honeycomb & Bees set and my favorite Birds Scribble Frame.  The process is simple:

  1.  Paint chippies with Ivory Chalkboard Paint
  2. While Paint is still wet, sprinkle liberally with Stampendous Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder
  3. Gently tap off the excess and heat set.

It doesn’t get any easier than that!

merry-little-christmas-card-by-kathy-clement-for-gypsy-soul-laser-cuts-product-by-pollys-paper-studio-photo-2Once again, I pulled an “oldie but a goodie” from my Christmas paper Stash.  My Mind’s Eye Joyous Collection looks fabulous with these golden hues.  My focal image is from Polly’s Paper Etsy Shop.  The Scribble Bird Frame makes it pop right off the frame.  I added more circular elements with a Tim Holtz Rosette, a big red button, a sticker from the collection and some vintage gems. I diluted the chalkboard paint on my craft sheet and spattered it randomly onto the card to add the feeling of a snow flurry.

merry-little-christmas-card-by-kathy-clement-for-gypsy-soul-laser-cuts-product-by-pollys-paper-studio-photo-310 Easy Steps to a Joyous Greetings Woodland Christmas Card

  1. Create a 5×7 Kraft Cardstock card base
  2.  Cut a slightly smaller panel of the red glitter dot paper from Joyous
  3. Cut a 3.75×5.75 panel of red damask paper and glue in the top left hand corner of the card, leaving a 3/8″ border on top and side.
  4. Glue the prepared honeycomb over this panel
  5. Add a second panel of the same size using the red glitter text paper.  It should be aobut 3/8″ from the bottom edge and 3/4″ to the right of the red damask paper.
  6. Add the bird tag using waste chipboard on the back side to add lots of depth and dimension
  7. Glue Bird Scribble frame in place
  8. Make rosette and glue in place
  9. Top with button and sticker from collection
  10. Add bow, vintage gems and sentiment

A Peek Inside:

merry-little-christmas-card-by-kathy-clement-for-gypsy-soul-laser-cuts-product-by-pollys-paper-studio-photo-4I added a stamped sentiment from Tim Holtz’ Doodle Christmas Greetings to the top half of the card.  The bottom half is a pocket stuffed with goodies.

merry-little-christmas-card-by-kathy-clement-for-gypsy-soul-laser-cuts-product-by-pollys-paper-studio-photo-5These tags and chocolate candy transform the card into a gift.  The tags make great tree ornaments.  I love to hang them from knobs to add Christmas cheer all over the house.

A Fond Farewell to Gypsy Soul

I wanted to let you all know that this will be my last post as a Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Educator.  Now that we live so close to our lovely granddaughters, I am spending much more time with them.  This makes my heart happy!  But it also means that I have to lighten my work load a little.  I had to make the tough decision to step back in order to keep my life in balance.  I have loved being on this team, and I will guest design now and again as time allows.  I’ll continue to use the product in my post, and will be sure to link to the shop for your convenience.  But I just can’t keep up with the time consuming tutorial writing.  Life is short, and “The Littles” will not be little forever.  I don’t want to regret not having made the most of the amazing opportunity to be with my precious grandchildren as much as possible.

So that’s it for me, my friends!  I hope I shared some ideas here that you can incorporate into your own crafting.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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