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Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Mini Album Tips and Tricks

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Mini Album Tips and Tricks for 3×3 Craft Basket Challenge

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sharing a Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Mini Album with Tips and Tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  I created this as a G45 Brand Ambassador Project for a fun 3×3 Craft Basket Challenge.  The challenge was never shared due to time constraints, So today my teammates Katelyn Grosart and Marina Blaukitchen , and I are sharing our projects as a sort of mini blog hop.  I hope you will pop by their blogs to see where their creativity led them in this challenge.  Both are fabulous artists, and I know you will be inspired by their work.

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Mini Album

What would you make if you could only work with an 8” x 8” Graphic 45 paper pack, matching Tags and Pockets, the Tag & Pocket Album of your choice and minimal other supplies?  That’s the challenge that 3 G45 Brand Ambassadors faced in this month’s 3×3 Craft Basket Challenge.

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For this fun exercise, I chose to work with my 8×8 Fairie Dust Collection, Tags and Pockets.  The Black Butterfly Square Tag & Pocket Album is a natural choice to go with this collection, so I grabbed that from the Closet of Shame and got down to business!

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TIP:  Brush the edges of the album with Versamark Embossing Ink.  Then heat emboss the edges with  Stampendous Aged Gold Embossing Powder.  Touches of gold are added throughout the album pages, because…fairies!

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TIP:  Frame this dancing fairy image  from the 8″ x 8″ pad with the doily frame from the  Square Pocket and Tag Dies.  To tie in with the gold theme, use metallic gold paper.

TIP: Fussy cut around the fairy wings, then gently slip them up and over the edges of the Square Tag and Clock Dies frame.  Add thin foam dimensionals behind the wings to add lift and dimension to your focal image.

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TIP: Did you know you can insert an image inside the antique label on the Tag & Pocket Album?  Simply measure the width and height of the opening, then insert the image through the top edge.  Leftover scraps of borders can be used to embellish the top and bottom of the spine.

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Mini Album: Stretch your designer papers!

The Butterfly Square Tag & Pocket album contains 18 total cardstock pages: 12 cardstock pages and 6 double sided peek-a-boo pocket pages. Each album also includes 6 sturdy cardstock tags.  People…that is a lot of real estate to cover with one 8” x 8” pad of G45 paper! So I had to get creative.

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TIP: Stretch your paper by inking the edges with Decades Dye Ink Pads!  The inks blend beautifully and react to water, creating a wonderful mixed media background for your pages.  I used Precious Pink and French Lilac inks to complement the papers in the Fairie Dust Collection.

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TIP:   Mix things up! Cover some pages almost completely, while covering others with very little paper.  Both look beautiful!

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TIP: You can stretch your Fairie Dust Tags and Pockets sheet, too! Cut shaped pockets along the fold line.  Then adhere the side tabs as usual. Tuck the “B” side of the pocket inside to serve as a tag or journaling spot.

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Mini Album: More Tips and Tricks

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TIP: Create pockets for cut apart images by adhering just 3 edges of patterned paper to the album base.  

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TIP: Finish your tags in a flash with the G45 Square Tag and Clock Dies.  Die cut paper to cover the front and back of the tag, then add a simple die cut frame to finish it off beautifully.

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The clock face die is gorgeous all on its own as an embellishment.  I’ve added it to the top of this pocket filled with photo mounts.

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Mini Album Video Tour with Tips and Tricks

To help you see all the ways I used the 3×3 Craft Basket Challenge ingredients in this sweet little Fairie Dust Mini Album I’ve prepared a YouTube Video Tour with Tips and Tricks.  I hope you enjoy!

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Mini Album Supply List

Other Products: Flowers, 7/8″ Hyacinth Satin Ribbon with Grosgrain Edge, Blending Tool, Scoring Tool, Versamark Embossing Ink, Stampendous Antique Gold Embossing Enamel

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks, and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures today.  If so I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  I’ll be back on Thursday with my G45 Brand Ambassador Farewell post.  I hope to see you then!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag

Frilly and Funkie Most Memorable Gift Challenge: White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another great challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie BlogSuzz is our hostess, and the theme is Most Memorable Gift.  I’ve created a frosty White Christmas Etcetera  Shaker Tag to share with you today, but before we get into the details on that, let’s see what Suzz has to say about this challenge.

Challenge Theme: Most Memorable Gift

December for many of us is a time where we give and receive.  That had me thinking about the most memorable gifts I have received over the years.  These including a signed book from one of my favorite authors, handwritten notes from my children, a singing hot dog condiment stand and the first gift my husband gave me when we were dating.  Since this is the season of giving I want you to be inspired by a memorable gift and use that to create a vintage or shabby chic project that captures the inspiration from that gift.  You can make a card, a tag, share a journal entry or any kind of project you desire. Just be sure to mention the memorable gift and how it inspired your creation.

White Christmas Etcetera Tag

I have been pondering this challenge for a long time.  When I finally settled upon my most memorable Christmas, the gift became clear.  This White Christmas Etcetera  Shaker Tag sets the stage for the story, so I’ll share it first, then tell you the tale of my Most Memorable Gift.

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The year was 1969.  The weather in Central Vermont was unseasonably warm and there was not a single flake of snow to be seen.  Our sleds stood idle on our porches, and even though Main Street in our small New England town was dressed up in holiday lights, it just didn’t feel like Christmas. Where, oh where was the snow?

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This strangely warm weather pattern continued all the way up to Christmas Eve, which fell on a Wednesday that year.  How well I remember trudging in to the Christmas Eve candlelight service with green grass all around.  Dad remarked on the way through the doors, “Looks like it’s going to be a green Christmas this year.”  My 13 year old heart sank at the thought of a Christmas without snow.

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There was no time to worry about the situation, however.  I had to don my white Junior Choir robe, tie the black bow tie and get in line for the processional down the aisle.  Warm, soft candlelight filled the sanctuary as choirs and congregation sang the sweet familiar Christmas hymns.  We wriggled impatiently in our pews as the pastor shared a short Christmas sermon.  Then we all traipsed downstairs to the fellowship hall for Christmas cookies, coffee and a visit from Santa.

A Christmas Miracle

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What I failed to realize was that while we were singing carols and munching sugar cookies, a Christmas miracle was taking place outside.  Snow was falling…and not just a little!  Huge fluffy white flakes of snow filled the now crisp wintry night.  The snow came up over the tops of my shoes and coated the top of my head.

It snowed all the way home.

It snowed the whole time we opened our presents.

Snow fell all night long while we slept.

And when we woke in the morning, over 3 feet of snow had fallen…and it continued to snow.

A White Christmas to Remember

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This was an epic snowfall.  No one could make it to the top of the steep hill where our home lay blanketed with snow.  I still remember the serenity and the silence of that wonderful scene.  Not a car engine to be heard anywhere.  Everyone on the hill and in the town below was tucked up inside where it was warm and cozy.

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Since my dad and mom served as the manager/treasurer for our small community credit union, our home was always filled with local people coming to deposit, withdraw or make payment on a loan.  We almost never had a day when we had our parents all to ourselves.

But this Christmas, the snow was so thick that we had 3 whole days where not a single soul braved the icy roads.  Three whole days to play games with Dad, eat Mom’s good cooking, and enjoy being a family.  That snow storm was the most memorable gift I’ve ever received.

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The Best Gifts Don’t Come in a Package

Little did we know at the time, this would be Dad’s last Christmas with us.  He died suddenly the following spring.  When I think of Christmas past, this is the one that comes to mind. The memory of those precious hours spent as a family are worth more to me than any gift I’ve ever received.  The laughter, the love, the fun and games of that Christmas held me through the darker, less joyous ones to come.

The timing of that snowfall could not have been more perfect or more miraculous.  It was a gift from Heaven, and like most of life’s best gifts, it didn’t come in a package.

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I haven’t shared any tips, tricks or techniques for this project in this post.  That’s because I’ll be doing a Step x Step tutorial on the Frilly and Funkie Blog on Saturday, December 9th.  You will learn how I prepared the base for this White Christmas Etcetera Tag.  You’ll also learn how to create the shaker window element.  I hope you will join me on Saturday.

Now it’s YOUR Turn

We’d love to see your Most Memorable Gift project, and invite you to share it with us over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic style project following the challenge theme.  Then link it up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:55PM EST on Tuesday, December 20th.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose our top four picks. Our favorite pick will be invited with to join us as a Guest Designer  at Frilly and Funkie.  The next three favorites will receive Top 3 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.

This is our last challenge for 2017, so we hope you will find time to play along.  We’re all going to enjoy a nice Christmas break and be back for the first challenge of 2018 in January.

Thanks so much for letting me share this White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag with you, and for taking the time to read the story of my Most Memorable Gift.

Wishing you all a Christmas to remember!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Halloween Night Etcetera Tag with Prima Amber Moon

Halloween Night Etcetera Tag for Frilly and Funkie ‘Tis Near Halloween Challenge

Hello, Friends!  Time for a new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie blog.  I’ve created this spook-tacular Halloween Night Etcetera Tag to go along with the challenge theme set by the frightfully fabulous Sara Emily.  Before we take a look at the tag, let’s see what Sara has to say about this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme: ‘Tis Near Halloween

It’s no secret. I.Love.Halloween. With Halloween just a few weeks away, I challenge you to create a vintage or shabby chic project with a Halloween theme. If Halloween isn’t your thing, that’s OK–just be sure to include orange, black and purple in your vintage or shabby chic project (These colors are not required if your theme is Halloween.) It would be a grave mistake to miss this challenge!

Prima Amber Moon Shines on this Halloween Night Etcetera Tag

Halloween Night Etcetera Tag Amber Moon by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Prima Photo 1After giving this challenge some thought, I decided to try to take this Halloween Night Etcetera Tag in a shabby chic direction.  So I pulled out my beloved Prima Amber Moon collection, a Tim Holtz small Etcetera tag, a huge stack of Sizzix Alterations Dies, and a pile of mixed media goodies and had myself a little Halloween party right in my studio.

Even though this is a small Etcetera tag, it is still huge, measuring a generous 5.5″ x 10″.  This gave me lots and lots of room to create this gloriously ghoulish Halloween Night Scene.

Halloween Night Etcetera Tag:  Prepping the Base

If you’ve never worked with one of these wonderful Etcetera tags, I have to tell you…they are devilishly delightful.  Made with thickboard, they provide a thick, sturdy surface that just begs to be altered and embellished.  Here are the steps you need to take to prepare the tag base.

  • First, paint the outer edges and sides of the tag with Prima Heavy Black Gesso.
  • Next, while the gesso is still wet, sprinkle the edges with Emerald Creek Charred Gold Embossing Powder.
  • Now heat set the powder and dry the gesso layer.
  • Next trim out a panel of 12″ x 12″ Amber Moon black/orange dot paper so that it is about 1/2″ smaller than the tag base.
  • Then distress the edges heavily and ink with Vintage Photo Distress Ink before gluing onto the tag base.
  • Now, tear a rectangle of 12″ x 12″ Amber Moon woodgrain paper to approximately 4.25″ x 5.5″.  The rougher the edges, the better!
  • Next, use the Tim Holtz Birch Layering Stencil and Vintage Photo Ink to create a shadowy woodsy background on the woodgrain paper.
  • Then, apply Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture paste through the same stencil and set aside to dry.  As the texture paste dries, it will not only crackle, it will allow the Vintage Photo Distress Ink to bleed through, creating a really creepy Halloween woods effect.  To enhance this, once the paste was completely dry, I sponged it very lightly with Black Soot DI.
  • Finally, glue this panel in place on the tag.
Halloween Night Etcetera Tag: Creating the Creepy Moon and Owl

Next, we will prepare the creepy moon, woodland owl and distressed stars.

  • Die cut the Ornate Owl from brown cardstock.
  • Glue the die cut owl to a piece of Amber Moon paper.  I used the pattern that looks like marble.
  • Ink along the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.
  • Sprinkle with Distress Embossing Powders…not a lot…just a touch spread randomly around the surface.  I used Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo and Scattered Straw.
  • Heat Emboss.  Glue in place.
  • Die cut Tim’s Crescent Moon and stars twice: once from medium weight chipboard, once from black cardstock.
  • Ink the edges of the chipboard with Black Soot Distress Ink.
  • Paint the black cardstock moon and stars with Prima Antique Silver Crackle Texture Paste.
  • While the texture paste is still wet, cover the moon liberally with Emerald Creek Hammered Metal Embossing Powder.  Heat Emboss.  The result is amazing.  I got so excited at this point I could not stand my bad self.
  • While the texture paste is still wet, place stars in a funnel tray or on a sheet of plain paper and sprinkle liberally with Vintage Platinum Distress Glitter.  Tap off the excess and put it back in the jar.  Set aside to dry.  Some of the glitter will release as the texture paste dries and the finished effect is really cool.  Trust me.
  • Finally, glue the stars and moon to the prepared die cut chipboard pieces. I backed the moon with waste chipboard to elevate it.
Halloween Night Etcetera Tag: Cats and Bats and Jack-o-Lanterns

Now you will die cut the Hocus Pocus elements (cat, bat and witch hat) from both chipboard and black cardstock just as you did the Crescent Moon and stars.

  • For the Jack-o-Lanterns, die cut Amber Moon Diagonal Stripe paper and chipboard.  Ink all the edges with Black Soot DI.
  • Next, add Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey Distress Oxide Inks to a non stick craft sheet.
  • Spritz with water until the ink beads up.
  • Dip the Amber Moon paper into the inky puddle until you like the way it looks.
  • Heat dry.
  • Dip more of the marble pattern Amber Moon paper into this same inky puddle.
  • Heat Dry
  • Spray liberally with Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle Mist
  • Heat Dry
  • Glue paper pumpkins and chipboard pumpkins together.
  • Back with the prepared paper and trim.
  • I lined the mouth, eyes and nose with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive and sprinkled in some Gourd-juss Prills for accent.
  • Add waste chipboard to the back side to elevate and glue in place on the tag.
Halloween Night Etcetera Tag: Finishing Touches

To finish off this shabby chic Halloween tag, I die cut Tim’s Tattered Florals and Tattered leaves from an assortment of Amber Moon papers.  Then I colored them with Wilted Violet, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Frayed Burlap and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide Inks.  The flowers are shaped and layered then filled with mustard seeds.

I also custom dyed a long piece of seam binding ribbon for the bow.

Phew!  That was a long post…I hope you didn’t faint!

Now it’s YOUR  turn!

We would love to have you join the fun in this ‘Tis Near Halloween Challenge.  You have until midnight (how appropriate!) on Tuesday, October 24th to link up your very own vintage or shabby chic Halloween project.

Frilly and Funkie design team will choose our top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot  at Frilly and Funkie.  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.

Be sure to visit the Frilly and Funkie blog for more inspiration and to read all the guidelines for this challenge.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Together Card Folio: Simple Stories Vintage Blessings

Together Card Folio with Simple Stories Vintage Blessings and Textured Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Time for another fabulous Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge!  Once again, the theme is “anything goes”  using ribbon or trim.  I love using ribbon and trim to add texture to my cards.  That’s what I’ve done with this Together Card Folio made with Simple Stories Vintage Blessings Collection.

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Let’s look at all the ways I added texture to this cute vintage card folio:

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  • Next, I added a couple of Tammy Tutterow Posie Part Felt Flowers and a small rolled up doily from my stash to my bow cluster.

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  • Finally, I added a stained wood word title to the card, as well as painted/embossed/distressed wood doilies beneath that cute little house.  Which is where I want to live when I retire, just so you know!

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Together Card Folio: A Peek Inside

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Adding pockets, mini folios and little treats to a card like this turns it into an instant gift.  This would make such a lovely hostess gift or a thoughtful housewarming gift….or even a “gee I’m glad you’re my friend” kind of gift.

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The side pocket on the top of the card holds this vintage button card.  I jazzed it up a little with a strip of washi tape.  The tiny envelope is decorated with some die cuts from the collection.  It holds a lovely tea bag.

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The bottom pocket holds this little photo wallet. 4″ x 4.5″ photo wallet.  To add texture here, I created a string closure from Natural Burlap String and a fuzzy vintage button from my stash. Can you see the honey stick peeping out of the pocket?  That’s to go with the tea bag, of course!

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Here’s a peeky inside the photo wallet.  The little embellishments are glued just on one end, so photos can slip right behind them.

Now it’s YOUR turn!

You can play along in this fun “anything goes with ribbon or trim” challenge, too.  Just link your project up over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge Blog.  You’ll find all the rules and details at the bottom of the page.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Rusty Falling Leaves Mixed Media Tag

Rusty Falling Leaves Mixed Media Tag for Frilly and Funkie Challenge

Hello, my friends!  It’s a great day for a new challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  The lovely Autumn is our hostess this go round, and the theme is “A Little Rusty.”  With summer coming to a close, I’m having fun creating fall projects.  Rusty falling leaves are to be found everywhere on this mixed media chipboard tag.  Before we take a look at the project, let’s see what Autumn has to say about this challenge:

Challenge Theme: A Little Rusty

With the end of summer nearing, some of us have gotten a little rusty with our creating due to holidays and lazy days.  For this challenge let’s break out a rusty color palette in preparation for fall.  Whether you take the challenge literally and use rusted metal a faux rust technique, or just the color in your vintage or shabby chic project – the choice is up to you!  We can’t wait to see your creativity in full swing!
Rusty Falling Leaves Mixed Media Chipboard Tag A Place in Time by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1
Rusty Falling Leaves Mixed Media Tag…an Inky Good Time

As you can see from the photo, I had loads of fun with  this rusty challenge!

This 5″ x 11.25″ chipboard tag was languishing in my stash, so I used it. But you could easily use the Tim Holtz Etcetera Tags that The Funkie Junkie Boutique carries in the shop.  The thickness of this tag makes it perfect for mixed media projects like this one.

I’m sharing a step x step tutorial for this project over on the Frilly and Funkie blog this Saturday (Sept. 2). So today we’ll just mostly look at photos.

Rusty Falling Leaves are Everywhere

You can die cut these fun rusty fall leaves from rusted mesh using a Tim Holtz Tattered leaves die.  Tapped with various distress paints, they add a lovely texture and rustic feel to this home decor piece. For even more texture, I added ribbon, burlap string and a cluster of WOC Chrysanthemums…perfect for fall, don’t you think?

Rusty falling leaves found a home at the top of my tag as well.  They are clustered together with Rust Silky Crush Ribbon, burlap string, a vintage button and some painted metal leaf charms.

Rusty Falling Leaves and Rusty Layers

Building up this rusty background was a jolly good time.  There are so many layers of gesso, texture paste, rust paste, Distress Oxide Inks, Mica Sprays, and Distress Sprays layered behind this focal image.  Graphic 45’s Place in Time collection (the September pages) worked well with this rustic background.

Now It’s YOUR turn

Are you feeling a little rusty?  Well, you are cordially invited to join us for this rust themed challenge.

Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge theme and guidelines.  Then link your lovely artwork up on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before midnight on Tuesday, September 12th.

The team will choose their top four favorite project.  The winner will be invited to join us in a Guest DT spot  at Frilly and Funkie. 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.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Hope you’ll join me on Saturday over at the Frilly and Funkie blog for Saturday Step x Step!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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