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#G45Gentleman Challenge: Master Detective Bendi Card

#G45Gentleman Challenge: The Game is Afoot with Master Detective!

Hello, G45’ers!   Today’s post is all about the fun #G45Gentleman Challenge at Graphic 45.  As you can probably guess, the challenge is to create a masculine project using Graphic 45 papers.  I got inspired by this fun challenge theme…and the new Master Detective Collection and set about making this deliciously diabolical Master Detective Bendi Card.

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

 

The Game is Afoot!

Our family has always been a game-playing family.  From the time they were little, our 5 kids loved nothing better than spending an afternoon or evening rolling dice, spinning spinners, and moving game pieces around a board.  We played countless games of Clue, and hosted more than one Murder Mystery Dinner.  So this collection really spoke to memories of happy family times.  To this day, whenever we get together, the boxes come out of the closet and as Sherlock Holmes says, “The game is afoot!”

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2This collection is just pure fun, so I had to create an extra special fun project with it.  Bendi cards provide lots of opportunites to add layers of dimension to a card.

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  • Back fussy cut images with foam dimensionals or waste chipboard to lift them from the card base.  I get lots of packages sent to me in Priority Mail boxes.  Instead of throwing them in the recycle bin, I cut them up and use them instead of costly foam dimensionals.

#G45Gentleman Challenge Master Detective Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

Here’s the “view from the top” so you can get a good look at all the yummy layers in this whimsical card.

 Sinister Secrets and Dastardly Deeds: Create a Secret Pocket

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

You can create a secret pocket in many different ways.  For this project, I fussy cut a border from the 12×12 paper collection.  Then, I cut a narrow strip of cardboard and glued it along the base of the strip.  Next, I added 1/8″ Scor-Tape to the base of the cardboard and glued it to the base of the Master Detective Bendi Card.

Now, what did I put in the pocket?

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

This little gift card folio!  I simply matted the image on a strip 8.5″ long cardstock that was slightly taller than the image.  After gluing the image to the right hand side of the strip, I scored a line to the left and folded.

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

Next I trimmed down a Master Detective ephemera card, and glued it inside.  This gives you room to write a personal message and a great spot to tuck in a gift card!

Cobwebbed Cabinets and Skeleton Keys

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

One of the elements that makes this card so much fun is the staggered layers.  I  knew I wanted to add some height to one side of the card, so I fussy cut the cobwebbed bookshelf from the 12×12 page.  To create even more dimension, you can separate the layers.  I actually made three separate tiers, each backed with cardboard to make this curio cabinet pop off the page.

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  • If you look closely at the top tier of the cabinet, you’ll see that the base of the top tier is folded to create even more dimension.  To do this, I glued two strips of cardboard, one on top of the other, to the center of the base moulding.  Then I glued the cardboard to the top of the curio cabinet.  Once the glue had set, I came back and folded the sides down and glued them to the paper.  It gives the top tier of the cabinet a very realistic look.
Elementary, My Dear Watson: Handmade Rosettes

Circle elements always add a playful feel to a project.  To incorporate them here, I made some rosettes.

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  • No rosette die?  No worries!  I made these rosettes with the border strips from the 12×12 collection.  Cut the borders to different widths, then score on the 12″ side every 1/4″.  Accordion fold along the score lines.  Glue the ends together, then clip with a small binder clip until the glue dries.  Place a dime sized puddle of hot glue onto a non stick craft mat.  Open the rosette and press the center down into the glue puddle, bringing all the center edges together.  Hold in place for a few seconds, then top with a chipboard button or game piece from the Master Detective Decorative Chipboard.
Master Detective Tags & Pockets

 

#G45Gentleman Challenge The Game is Afoot Bendi Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9

This pocket provides another fun little hiding spot for tags and treats.  Skeleton keys, skeleton hands, a spider webbed monocle and spider charm add even more mystery to the design.

 

The #G45Gentleman Challenge

So now it’s your turn to get out your scissors and glue and get your craft on. Join the #G45Gentleman Challenge!

  • Create a masculine project using Graphic 45 product.
  • Upload your project to the G45 Facebook page using #G45 Gentleman
  • BONUS! Use the new Master Detective Collection and your entry will count as two entries.
  • WIN a $150 prize pack.  Graphic 45 will randomly select ONE entry as the winning project.
  • Deadline: June 30th 2017
  • You can enter multiple times!
  • Upload your projects HERE.

Thanks for joining me here today! 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.

Cheerio,

kathy

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag

Frilly & Funkie Challenge: Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Frilly & Funkie Blog.  Linda is our hostess this go round, and the theme is “The Sound of Music.”  I’ve created a very fun Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag to share with you, but before we get into that, let’s see what Linda has to say about this challenge.

“When this challenge goes live, I will be in Key West for the annual Songwriters’ Festival. I thought it would be fun to create something vintage or shabby chic that tells what music means to you and/or to depict a favorite song.”

Our House is a Very, Very, Very Fine House

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 1

I’ve created this shabby chic vignette on a Tim Holtz Medium Sized Etcetera tag.  Don’t be fooled by the word “medium” .  This tag measures a whopping 6.5″ wide x 12″ tall.  It’s made of what Tim calls “thickboard” which the package says is made to be “collaged, altered, and embellished.”  In other words,it can handle anything you throw at it or on it!

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 2

I dug deep into all my TH supplies for this shabby chic crafting adventure, and you can find the links to all those items in the Thumblinky below.

The Story Behind Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag

(This is a personal story, and if you’d rather not read it, just skip below and look at the pretty pictures.  I won’t mind one bit! )

I’ve always loved the music of Crosby, Stills & Nash, and the song “Our House” was definitely a favorite.  But in 2013 an event took place that moved it right to the top of my list.

A few of you know that my darling husband Dale had emergency quadruple bypass surgery in November 2013.  The main artery to his heart was 99% blocked, and every nurse, physician and medical professional during our stay in the hospital told me that he was a walking miracle.  Not only did he NOT die (Thank you Dear Lord) but he suffered no heart damage and came through the surgery like a champ.

He did, however, develop some complications after surgery that led to a 10 day hospital stay. These were some of the most stressful, scary,  difficult days of our 40+ year marriage.  When we were finally released to come home, it was a glad and joyous day.

A few days after getting home, we were sitting in my old studio.  The sun was shining through the double windows, and I was playing the radio while I worked and Dale rested.  Our House by Crosby, Stills & Nash began to play, and we both spontaneously got out of our chairs and began to slow dance with the golden sunbeams shining on us.  In no time, we were both weeping tears of gratitude and love because we were so aware of how close we had come to losing one another.   So, this song has deep meaning for the two of us.   When Linda issued this challenge, it took me about 10 seconds to create a project that would include the lyrics of this song.

If you’re not familiar with it or if you’d just like to hear it again, have a listen on me!

On with the Show: The Details

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 3

First, I covered the tag with Tim’s “Dapper” paper collection, then sanded and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Stain.  To create a ledge for my Paper Dolls and Tiny House to rest on, I stained and cut a wooden ruler.  Dapper Brads are inserted into the ruler’s round holes.

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 4

After covering the larger Tiny House with designer paper, i brushed on Picket Fence Distress Paint to give it a weathered look.  Next I created gingerbread trim by cutting cream cardstock with Tim’s Lace Thinlits Die.  The house was so light in color that it seemed to “float” off the tag, so I added some black accents with various Idea-Ology Rub Ons.

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 5

I stained a wooden picket fence with Vintage Photo, then brushed it with Picket Fence and Weathered Wood Distress Paint.  This was glued onto the base of the house. To reflect the “two cats in the yard” line from the song, I added this cute novelty button.  Next, because the song mentions putting flowers in a vase, I added these Petaloo blossoms to the vignette. My round “window” is actually a wooden button topped with another novelty button.

A Beautiful, Abundant Life

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 6

Meet Mr. & Mrs. Happy.  This darling couple is one of Tim’s Paper Dolls.  I colored in their clothing with alcohol ink markers.  The next step was running a Glassine Paper Bag through a texture fade to create some texture. Then I sponged the raised edges with Vintage Photo.

To give Mr. & Mrs. Happy a lift, I popped them up on foam tabs and added them to the distressed pinstripe paper panel.  Next, I added a ticket, a rusty house, novelty buttons and more rub ons.  I especially love the one I added below the ruler that reads “a beautiful, abundant life.”

A Song in my Pocket

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 7The glassine envelope opens to reveal a little art tag that reinforces the challenge theme.

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 8

I printed out the lyrics and added them to the back of the tag.

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 9

The other ruler piece sits at the top of the tag along with some inked up Scrabble tiles, and other bits and bobs from Tim.

Now It’s Your Turn

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 10Now that I’ve shared my Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag with you, I’d like to invite you to share your own “Sound of Music” project with us over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. Simply link your project up on the F&F blog before 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, May 9th.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  You can find all the details HERE.

I can’t wait to see what you make.

I hope this Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag project contains 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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Put on Your Inking Cap: Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal Video

Frilly and Funkie Put On Your Inking Cap Challenge: Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal Video

Hello, Friends!  I’m happy to be hosting the latest challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog. Our theme this go round is “Put on Your Inking Cap”.  I’ve created a really fun Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal to inspire you today, but before we get started, here are the guidelines for the challenge:

Challenge Theme: Put on your Inking Cap
Create a vintage or shabby chic mixed media project without using patterned paper of any kind. You may use Distress Inks, Sprays, Paints, Stencils, Stamps, Embossing powders or any medium you choose but NO patterned paper allowed!

Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal with Eileen Hull and Tammy Tutterow

Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal by Kathy Clement for the Put on Your Inking Cap Challenge at Frilly &  Funkie Photo 1

Eileen Hull generously donated two sets of the die cut journal components to each member of the Frilly and Funkie team.  The pieces are cut from smooth mat board and are a dream to work with!  If you are familiar with  traditional Midori style travel journals, then you know the covers measure 8.75″ x 4.5″.  Haven’t heard about Midori style journals?  Then you are in for a treat! Search Midori style journals on Pinterest or Google.  But prepare a snack and a beverage, as you will be engaged for a good long time!

My Choose Joy HeARTfelt journal is done in a Junk Journal style.  I’ve mixed and matched all kinds of wonderful products in the three sections.  Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ve prepared a YouTube video tour that will do all the talking for me.  I hope you enjoy!

Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal Video Tour

 

Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal by Kathy Clement for the Put on Your Inking Cap Challenge at Frilly &  Funkie Photo 2

Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal by Kathy Clement for the Put on Your Inking Cap Challenge at Frilly &  Funkie Photo 3

Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal by Kathy Clement for the Put on Your Inking Cap Challenge at Frilly &  Funkie Photo 4

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Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal by Kathy Clement for the Put on Your Inking Cap Challenge at Frilly &  Funkie Photo 8

Do you like what you see here?  Then pop on over to the Frilly and Funkie Blog and take a look at the journals made by the rest of the team.  You’ll find loads of inspiration and ideas for creating with this wonderful die.

Now It’s YOUR turn

Now that you’re all inspired, I hope you will “Put on Your Inking Cap” and join this fun challenge.  Just create any type of vintage or shabby chic project without using designer paper and you’re good to go.

Then link your project up over at the Frilly and Funkie blog  before midnight on Tuesday, May 9th.  The design team will come by to take a look at your gorgeous creations and will choose our 4 favorite projects from the bunch.

Our top favorite will be invited to serve as a Guest Designer on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The next three projects will receive a Top 3 badge to display proudly on their blog.  And everyone who enters and follows the challenge guidelines will be eligible to win a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

So what are you waiting for?  Go Put on Your Inking Cap and join the fun!

I hope you were inspired by my Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal.  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card

RRR Put a Bow on it Challenge: Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Are you ready for the latest challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon?  This time around, Bonnie wants us to “Put a Bow On It.”   That’s always fun!  I pulled out some paper pretties, my April Ribbon Club Collection, a bone folder and some sequins to make this Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card.  (Say that 3 times real fast!)

Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card By Kathy Clement for Put a Bow on it Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

Easel cards are one of my favorite styles.  But lately, I’ve also been having fun with shaker cards. So why not combine the two styles and then put a bow on it?  So I did!

 

Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card By Kathy Clement for Put a Bow on it Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2This 6×6 card was inspired by the focal image.  It’s part of a digital set called “Grandma’s Attic” from Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy.  While it is supposed to be a journal card, I decided to cut out the journal area in the center and convert it into a shaker card.  Fun idea, right?

Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card By Kathy Clement for Put a Bow on it Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3

Coral Rose Bold Diamond Print Satin Ribbon picks up on the gorgeous colors in this image.  Not only did I use it for the bow, but as a belly band, and as a border.  It’s amazing to me how the ribbon pulls all the elements in the design together.  To add the shabby chic feel of a Paris flea market, I added a little bird cage, a pen nib, a clock face and natural burlap string to the design.

Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card By Kathy Clement for Put a Bow on it Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 4I love the way the bird image on the designer paper peers out through the acetate cover on the shaker.  So cool!

 Paris Bird Easel Shaker Card:  A Peek Inside

Paris Birds Shaker Easel Card By Kathy Clement for Put a Bow on it Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 5For the inside of this Paris Bird Easel Shaker card, I created a vintage button card wrapped with custom dyed seam binding ribbon.  A fussy cut element from the paper collection serves as a pocket for a sweet little treat.  This paper has been in my stash for ages.  It’s a retired line from My Mind’s Eye called Lost and Found.  I don’t care how old it is….I still love it.

Be sure to visit the RRR BLOG for more inspiration from the rest of the team.  Then get out your paper pretties, Put a Bow On It, and link up over at RRR.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy 

 

Dream Out Loud Honeybee Greeting Card

RRR Flower and Ribbon Challenge: Dream Out Loud Honeybee Greeting Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over at Really Reasonable Ribbon! The theme this time is Flowers with Ribbon or Trim.  Making this Dream Out Loud Honeybee Greeting Card really brought the sunshine into my studio!

Dream Out Loud Honeybee Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

Do you love this aqua and yellow color palette?  I sure do!  I combined fabulous  Aqua Checkerboard Satin Ribbon from the April Ribbon Club assortment with a gorgeous tag from Polly’s Paper Etsy “Bees, Please” digital images.  Hello, springtime!

Dream Out Loud Honeybee Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2

The Ribbon Club Assortment makes it easy to mix and match ribbons. You need just a snippet of Crosshatch on Tropic Satin Ribbon to add that extra bit of texture and pattern to the top of the tag.

Dream Out Loud Honeybee Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3

Aqua and yellow color palettes are trending right now, and you can see why that is so when you look at this bow cluster.  Topping the luxurious ribbon with a cluster of pretty yellow flowers really pops!  To add a rustic touch to the card, I used Natural Burlap string to add fullness to the bow and to soften the edges of the card.

Dream Out Loud Honeybee Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 4

A Peek Inside

Dream Out Loud Honeybee Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 5

I carried the design and color palette over to the inside of the card.

Dream Out Loud Honeybee Greeting Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 6

A little inking, a little stamping, and this card is ready to roll!

What do you think of this color combination?  To me, it feels like spring, and that’s a good thing! I hope you’ll play along with us by linking your own flower and ribbon project up over on the RRR Challenge Blog.  I can’t wait to see what you  make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Garden Green Pocket Card with Carta Bella Homegrown

Garden Green Pocket Card for RRR Show Me the Green Challenge

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s March and Springtime is on its way!  This is the season when gardeners get serious about spring planting. This Garden Green Pocket Card with Carta Bella Homegrown papers reflects that fact.  It’s just right for the “Show Me the Green” challenge over at Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Garden Green Pocket Card with Carta Bella Homegrown by Kathy Clement Photo 1  Oh, yes!  Bring on the green, and growing things, and sun ripened tomatoes!  I’m so ready!  And who doesn’t love a good pun?  I amped up the power of green with a bodacious bow tied with soft and silky Forest Green Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon.  Then I topped it off with a fun 1/4″ wide Emerald Green Chevron Striped Twill Bow.   A Petaloo Pistachio Anemone is the crowning touch for this bow cluster.

Garden Green Pocket Card with Carta Bella Homegrown by Kathy Clement Photo 2I created a fun cutaway edge for this 5×7 side fold card then topped it with a journal card from the Homegrown collection.  A fun paper clip embellie and square green buttons give the card a playful feel.

Garden Green Pocket Card with Carta Bella Homegrown by Kathy Clement Photo 3Here’s the inside of the card.

Garden Green Pocket Card with Carta Bella Homegrown by Kathy Clement Photo 4This thank you tag is just the right size to serve as a chocolate pocket.  Banner flags cut from scraps lend a festive feel.  And what do I spy with my little eye?  Is that a second pocket?

Garden Green Pocket Card with Carta Bella Homegrown by Kathy Clement Photo 5Indeed, it is!  And there’s a cute little tag tucked in there.  I topped it off with more of the chevron twill and my very last snippet of Tangerine Honeycomb Print Satin ribbon. from the March Ribbon Club Assortment.

Garden Green Pocket Card with Carta Bella Homegrown by Kathy Clement Photo 6To keep with the garden green theme, I added this fun photo of a farm wagon to the right hand side of the card.

I hope you’ll come join the fun at the Really Reasonable Ribbon “Show Me the Green” challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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Welcome Spring with Frilly and Funkie

Welcome Spring with Frilly and Funkie: Happy Birthday Circular Twist Easel Card

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabulous challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie blog.  This go round, Nancy is our hostess and the theme is Welcome Spring!  Let’s see what Nancy has to say about this great challenge!

Challenge Theme: Welcome, Spring!
Springtime! Its fresh, soft breezes and fragrant blossoms are just around the corner. Create any vintage or shabby chic project that welcomes the advent of this glorious season. Think budding trees, birds and nests, butterflies, and beautiful blooms!

As you know, the Frilly and Funkie Design Team is excited to be celebrating all things Wendy Vecchi this month. We will all be using her fabulous products, new and old, in our creations. You’ll be blown away at how versatile they are since we all have different creative styles. When you enter the challenge, you are not required to use Wendy’s products in your creation but it would be great if you did. Don’t have any yet? Check out her product range at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Now, let’s get the party started!

Happy Birthday Easel Card and a Wendy Vecchi Birthday Cake

Our youngest granddaughter turns TWO this month.  How did that happen so fast?  Her favorite color is purple, so I dug out the May pages from Graphic 45’s A Place in Time Collection where I found this darling little birthday girl image.  I was thrilled when I noticed that the magazine cover actually says “Two Years Old Today.”  How cool is that?

Just for fun, I turned the image into a mini card on top of a card.   It measures just 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4: and is held in place by that cute little green binder clip.  I can write a sweet note to Lydia on the inside, and maybe tuck some cash for her education fund in there, too.

Wendy Vecchi Circle Frames Stitching Template

Stitching is a wonderful way to add texture to a card.  Normally, I use my sewing machine to do this.  However, I’m not that great at sewing a perfect circle.  So hand stitching became the order of the day.  Normally, hand stitching on paper is an exercise in frustration.  But I had a secret weapon in my tool box to help me!

Wendy created this ingenious template that makes stitching on paper a joy!  I centered the template on my die cut scalloped circle, taped it in place, then laid the whole works on top of a thick foam mat.  Then, using my piercing tool, I worked my way around the perimeter of the stencil, creating a perfectly spaced border of holes.  All I had to do was  add the stitching!

I also used the template as a stencil and added two more rows of little dots by working Wendy’s Embossing Paste through the openings. Although much of  this is covered with my card design, you can see some of it near the balloon cluster in this shot.

Mat Minis Celebrations Set

These pretty purple balloons are part of the Mat Minis Celebrations set.  Instead of painting or using texture paste, I covered them with designer paper.  It’s great to be able to create embellishments that match a project so perfectly!

Every easel card needs a “stopper” to prop the card open.  For this card, Petaloo flowers and the birthday cake from the Celebrations set do the job perfectly. The purple flowers make me think of the crocus and grape hyacinth that bloom in the spring.

After sponging the cake layers with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink, I spritzed them with Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist and heat dried them.  Next, I used Wendy’s embossing paste through another stencil from my stash to add the icing to the cake.  The cake plate and candles were sponged with Shaded Lilac ink, then spritzed.  I used the Flourish stencil from Tim’s #10 mini set to add more decorative elements here.

I used purple Stickles between the cake “layers” and all around the edges so that it would pop off the background.  I’ve never been great at decorating cakes, but I rather like the way this one turned out.

To make the candles shimmer, I first painted the flames with Mustard Seed Distress paint, then topped them with Stardust Stickles.

I think Lydia will get a kick out of opening this card and finding the birthday cake inside.  She already loves to color and play with paper…so it looks as though I have another little crafter to enjoy!

Now It’s Your Turn!

You’re invited to join the fun at the Frilly and Funkie Welcome Spring Challenge.  To do so, just link up your own vintage or shabby chic project.  You’ll find all the details HERE.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional participants  will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into a random drawing for a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for helping me welcome spring!

Cheerio,

kathy

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