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Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio for All Creatures Great & Small at Frilly Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a fun, funky mixed media project to share with you.  I created this Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio for the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  We’ll take a look at it in a moment, but first let’s see what the Magnificent Maggi, our challenge hostess, has to say about the new challenge.

Challenge Theme: All Creatures Great and Small
Animals delight us in so many ways; perhaps a trip to the zoo with the kids has made you smile.  Maybe you have fur-babies that are a big part of your life.  My fur-babies are my children and hold the top spot in the hierarchy of my home!  For this challenge, create a vintage or shabby chic project that is centered around animals.  It could be your pets or a vintage photo.  Could be an animal you fear, spiders anyone???  Eeeek!!!!  No humans please, just animals on your project, otherwise anything goes.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio: The Inspiration

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

I love animals, but severe allergies/asthma prevent me from being in contact with them.  So for this animal themed challenge, I chose my favorite species: birds.  What’s not to love? From their beautiful feathers to their cheering songs to their amazing ability to soar against the sky, birds are marvelous creatures.  The Patchwork collection from Stamperia is filled with whimsical bird images…and tea!  So you know I had to use it for this challenge.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

Stamperia Patchwork fairly begs to be used in mixed media.  What can I say…I answered the call when creating this 5″ x 7″ top fold card folio.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio: A Little Mixed Media Mayhem

First, use a brayer to roll an uneven coat of Antique Linen Distress Paint over the edges of a 5″ x 7 kraft card base.

This is a tip I picked up from the amazing Seth Apter.  Next, use a really cheap paintbrush to dry brush Evergreen Bough Distress Paint over the Antique Linen layer.  The idea is to end up with lots of brush strokes as you can see here.

Sadly, I forgot to take photos of the next steps in the process, as I got all involved in the act of creating.  Mea culpa!

Next, use the wood grain stencil from Tim’s Mini Layering Stencil Set 10 with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to add another layer of texture over the brush strokes.  Then,  randomly spray the edges of the card with Distress Resist Spray.

TIP: As per Tim’s instructions, always place items in a box before you spray with Resist.  The tiny particles go everywhere and stick PERMANENTLY to anything they touch.  I have an old shipping box set aside for use as a spray box.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio: Seth Apter Baked Texture

Now that you’ve sprayed the edges, sprinkle on Chunky Rust Baked Texture and heat emboss.

TIP: Heat emboss from the UNDER side of your project to prevent granules from flying all over the place.  You’re welcome.

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You can see the cool effects of the Chunky Rust Baked Texture quite clearly at the top of the card.  I really wanted this card to have a lot of grungy, distressed layers.  Machine stitching, spattering, and painted distressed edges did the trick.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio: Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

I’m in love with Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture.  Here’s how I altered the bird.

  • Fussy cut the bird from Stamperia Patchwork.
  • Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs.
  • Place the fussy cut image on a non-porous surface like your craft mat. Cover it well with an Emboss Dabber.
  • Place the image in a funnel tray or clean piece of paper. (So you can save the Baked Texture Powder for another use) .  Cover it thoroughly with Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture and heat emboss.
  • Let the image cool, then repeat the above step.  You end up with a beautiful, vintage gloss that looks amazing.  As a bonus, it strengthens the paper, too.
  • Now, while the image is set, but still a little warm, shape it with your fingers to add dimension.  I just sort of bent the edges in toward the middle, and to my delight, the shape held.
  • When it is time to adhere the bird to the card, back it with 2 or 3 layers of foam tape.  Or, be cheap like me and use waste chipboard.
  • Add a thin bead of a strong liquid adhesive to the very edge of the fussy cut image.  (I use Art institute Dries Clear Glue.)
  • Hold the edges of the bird against the paper until the glue takes hold.  I use a fast drying glue, so this really only takes a few second.  The foam tape in the center will give the body a lovely, rounded shape.
Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio: Detail Shots

 

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 05

Add Grit Paste through Tim’s Stitched Stencil.  Then I brush a little Rusty Hinge Distress Stain over it to make it match all the rusty, distressed elements in the card.   After sewing the card, leave the thread long, then tuck it under this rusty index clip.

 

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 06

These Little Birdie Flowers are from the Pastel Palette.  I dry brushed them with Rusty Hinge Distress Stain and a little Antique Linen Distress Paint to age them.   The sentiment is backed with waste chipboard to add more dimension.  And everything is spattered with walnut ink.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 07

Custom dye seam binding ribbon with Evergreen Bough, Wild Honey, and Rusty Hinge Distress Stain.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio: A Peek Inside

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Pockets are great…and just look at these amazing colors!

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This little tea bag wallet sits in the side pocket on the top of the card.

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The lower pocket is filled with a vintage silver spoon found on one of my junkin’ adventures.  Then I stitched one of the tags onto natural canvas and dressed it up with a little vintage lace and a vintage button.  And where there is tea, there must be a honey stick!

Now It’s YOUR Turn

I hope you’ll join in on this fun All Creatures Great and Small Challenge.  To do so, just link up your vintage or shabby chic animal themed project over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before    11: 55PM EDT on Tuesday, September 25th.

The design team will pick our 4 favorite projects from all those entered.  The winning project will join us as a Guest Designer on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Our favorite picks will receive a badge to display proudly on their blog, too.  And everyone who plays along and follows the guideline will be entered to win a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Be sure to pop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to see what the rest of the team has made.  I know you will be inspired!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

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

Product Links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique

 


Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial: Frilly and Funkie Haberdashery Challenge

Hello, Friends! Grab a needle and thread and join me today as I share this Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio made for the Haberdashery Challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  There’s a little tutorial for building the base and the box pocket along with a video tour. But before we dive into the project, let’s see what our clever and amazing host, Zoe, has to say about the challenge guidelines.

Challenge Theme: Haberdashery 
A haberdasher is a person who sells small articles for sewing, such as buttons, ribbons and zippers.  For this challenge create a vintage or shabby chic project including items found at a Haberdashery.
Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio: The Inspiration

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

I have been excited about this challenge from the moment it was posted.  As I’ve shared here before, my mother was a wonderful seamstress.  She had an old fashioned White sewing machine with a knee pedal.  As a young bride, she saved her pennies until she could afford to buy it, and the handsome wood cabinet it rested in.  Winters in New England were long, dreary and cold.  But Mom’s sewing area was a paradise of color, pattern and design.  I spent countless hours curled up beside her watching her sew.  Throw pillows, curtains, furniture covers, clothing for the family, gifts…there was nothing she could not do with that trusty sewing machine.  I think that my love for color and design were planted during the lovely hours I spent watching mom create with fabric.  So when it came to the challenge, I wanted to create a really vintage looking vignette to honor those memories.

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio: The Details

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

This 6″ x 8″ trifold folio has double 1/2″ spines.  I’ve added machine stitching, distressed edges, stenciling, snippets of fabric and lace to amp up the shabby chic vibe.  The Tim  Holtz Vignette Frame has been antiqued with black gesso, tinted crackle texture paste, White Linen Dylusions Spray and Prima Crackle Texture Pastes.  Then I filled the cavity with sewing notions (Haberdashery) that I’ve collected from estate sales and yard sales along with items purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 03

To complement the Stamperia Atelier papers, I’ve added Antique Gold Check Ribbon and Little Birdie Crafts Blue Natalie Handmade Flowers.  The dress form on the frame is one that I’ve had in my stash for ages.  I traced the body onto a scrap of designer paper, cut it out and glued it on.

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio: The Frame

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

After I painted the Vignette Frame with Black Gesso, I tinted Opaque Crackle Texture Paste with a couple of drops of Old Paper Re-inker.  Brush this onto the frame and let it dry.  Then spritz the frame randomly with Dylusions White Linen Spray.  Heat set.  Then dip your finger into Prima Antique Silver Crackle Texture and rub randomly into the crevices of the frame.  Repeat the process with Gold Crackle. Let this dry.  Then brush the raised areas very lightly with a sanding block.  I love how old the frame looks.  Tap the Venise Lace with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink to age it before you adhere it.

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio: Mixed Media Effects Built in

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 05

Stamperia paper collections have stolen my heart.  The collaged papers have all the mixed media effects built into them.  So you can put a folio like this together very quickly without all the mess and time involved in mixed media pursuits.  By the way, in case you were wondering, an atelier is a workshop or a studio used by an artist.

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 06

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio: A Peek Inside

The interior of this folio is made up of 3 panels. The base is built with 11″ x 17″ kraft cardstock that I found at Envelopes.com.  You could, of course, piece together 2 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11 cardstock with Scor-Tape to create the base.  Both the right and center panels measure 6″ x 8″.  The right hand panel is a cutaway that measures 4″ x 8″.    I added a pocket and some small shaped folios here.

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 07

To make these little folios do the following:

  • Fussy cut the images from the paper collection.
  • Fold kraft cardstock and trace the shapes.  For the spool, keep the fold on the left.  For the dress form, keep the fold on the top.
  • Cut the traced shapes out, leaving a portion of the fold intact.
  • Glue the images onto the base.
Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio: The Flap Page

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 08

To create the flap page:

  • Cut a 5 5/8″ x 7 7/8″ panel of designer paper.  This will line the left hand panel of the folio.  Do not adhere yet.
  • Cut a 5 3/4″ x 4″ panel of the brown burlap.  Score a 1/2″ flap on the left hand side.
  • Adhere the flap behind the larger piece of paper.  Then adhere the entire assembly onto the folio base.

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 09

Inside, I’ve stamped Tim’s Inventor 3 onto panels of Mixed Media Heavy Stock that have been colored with  Old Paper, Antique Linen, Stormy Sky and Tattered Rose Distress Oxide Inks.  Then I added a few stenciled stitches with Prima Gold Crackle.

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio: The Box Pocket and Accordion Folio

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 10

I added a waterfall cascade on the reverse side of the right hand panel using Tammy Tutterow’s Waterfall One Dies. (retired)  But the center panel is the very heart of this folio.  I’ve added a box style pocket and accordion fold folio here.

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 11

The collage on the cover is created with Tim’s Sewing Room Die and a fussy cut element from the Atelier collection.  Here’s how I made the folio.

  • Cut 2 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ kraft cardstock to measure 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″.
  • Join the two 6 1/4″ ends together.  To do this, adhere a strip of 1/2″ Scor-Tape on the very end of one panel.  Then overlap the the other panel so that it lines up perfectly with the Scor-Tape margins.
  • Score the panel every 4 1/4″.
  • Accordion fold, and trim away any excess.

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 12

Line each panel with a 4″ x 6″ cut of designer paper.

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio with Tutorial by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 13

Fussy cut elements from the paper collection.  Adhere just one side to create tuck spots.  Tim’s Remnant Design Tape adds extra layers of interest.

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio Video Tour and tutorial on YouTube

To help you get a better feel for the flow of the folio, I’ve created a short YouTube video tour.  I added in step out photos with descriptions that will help you build the folio base and box pocket.  This is not a complete tutorial, but between the information in this post, the photos and the tour, you should have all the information you might need to create your own version of this project.

Haberdashery Challenge: Now It’s Your Turn

Play along in this Haberdashery Challenge, by creating your own vintage or shabby chic project following Sara’s guidelines.   Then link your project up at the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:55PM EDT on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. 

The Frilly and Funkie team will pick our favorite project to be a Guest Designer on the blog.  Our top 3 picks will also receive badges to display proudly on their blog.  And, everyone who plays along and follows the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Stamperia Atelier Sewing Themed Folio Product Links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique

 


Dragonfly Days Pocket and Tag Folio Tutorial

Dragonfly Days Pocket and Tag Folio Tutorial for Back to Nature Challenge at Frilly & Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the latest challenge at the Frilly & Funkie Blog, sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique.   I’ve created a mixed media Dragonfly Days Pocket and Tag Folio Tutorial for this “Back to Nature” challenge.  Our lovely hostess is the amazing Sara Emily, who I call the Queen of Techniques.  This is what she has to say about the challenge:

Having just returned from our annual trek to the mountains of West Virginia where we observed so much natural beauty on our hikes, I couldn’t help but make my challenge nature themed. You can make anything you like, from a card or tag to altered art, just be sure to include a natural element in your vintage or shabby chic project. Think real twigs, leaves, shells, pebbles. Or you could include a die cut or a stamped or stenciled  image representing a natural object.

My mind went immediately to summer….and blue skies…and dragonflies.  And that was how this lovely little Dragonfly Days Pocket and Tag Folio Tutorial came into being.

Dragonfly Days Pocket and Tag Folio Tutorial Wonderland by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Stamperia Photo 01

Dragonfly Days Pocket and Tag Folio Tutorial: The Base-ics

Dragonfly Days Pocket and Tag Folio Tutorial Wonderland by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Stamperia Photo 02

I designed a brand new style of folio for this challenge, which is always a good way to start any project in my world!  This is a 7 1/4″ x 5 3/4″ side opening folio with a 1/2″ nested spine.  The album has a fun staggered edge pocket and tag interior with my usual flaps and pockets.  I think you will enjoy creating this base following the simple tutorial in the YouTube Video below.

Dragonfly Days Pocket and Tag Folio Tutorial Wonderland by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Stamperia Photo 03

TIP: Reinforce the folio spine by wrapping it with burlap.  This not only looks awesome, it protects those delicate creases in the spine,

Dragonfly Days Pocket and Tag Folio Tutorial Wonderland by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Stamperia Photo 04

TIP: Punch holes in the spine and thread custom dyed seam binding ribbon through them. Alter the keys and dragonfly charm with Seth Apter’s incredible Patina Oxide Baked Texture.  I am completely smitten with these Baked Textures!  Look how old they made these keys look.  And it took mere seconds to accomplish.  Ya gotta love that!

Dragonfly Days Pocket and Tag Folio Tutorial Close Ups and Tips

Dragonfly Days Pocket and Tag Folio Tutorial Wonderland by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Stamperia Photo 05

TIP: Use an embossing pen to add Versamark Ink to the wings of the dragonfly.  Then heat emboss with Seth Apter’s Baked Texture.  Even my husband was amazed at how cool the wings look!

Dragonfly Days Pocket and Tag Folio Tutorial Wonderland by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Stamperia Photo 06

TIP:  Distress Opaque Crackle Texture Paste adds subtle texture and design to this image.  Mix a few drops of Old Paper Reinker in with a quarter sized blob of paste.  Mix with a palette knife.  Spread through the flourish stencil from Tim’s Mini Layering Stencils Set #10.  It’s just so pretty!

Dragonfly Days Pocket and Tag Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Dragonfly Days Pocket and Tag Folio Tutorial Wonderland by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Stamperia Photo 07

Stamperia Wonderland paper is filled with dragonflies and botanical images like these.  That’s why I chose it for this project.

TIP: Create a fancy edged pocket by fussy cutting a floral cluster from the corner.  Score a 1/4″ line along the left and the bottom edges.  Fold, angle the corners, and fold to create a unique pocket.

Dragonfly Days Pocket and Tag Folio Tutorial Wonderland by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Stamperia Photo 08

This photo shows you the neat staggered edge/pocket and tag layout of the folio.  I have to confess, I am really tickled with the way this turned out.

TIP:  Cover tags in a flash! Use a Graphic 45 Regular Kraft Tag Album in combo with the G45 Regular Tag and Gears Die.  You can cut up to 4 layers of designer paper at a time with this die.

Dragonfly Days Pocket and Tag Folio Tutorial Wonderland by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Stamperia Photo 09

Stamp covered tags with the Dragonfly image from Stamper’s Anonymous Classics 1. I used Butterscotch Archival Ink (retired).  Heat embossed with Seth’s Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture.  For this project, I decided handwritten quotes would be cool.  Tear the paper edges, then adhere the quotes with Vintage Collage Distress Medium.  I talk more about this in the video.

Dragonfly Days Pocket and Tag Folio Tutorial: The Video

Enjoy this album tour, see all the products I used to create it, and learn some neat tips and tricks as you view.

Back to Nature: Now it’s YOUR Turn!

Play along in this Back to Nature Challenge, by creating your own vintage or shabby chic project following Sara’s guidelines.   Then link your project up at the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:55PM EDT on Tuesday, August 28th. 

The Frilly and Funkie team will pick our favorite project to be a Guest Designer on the blog.  Our top 3 picks will also receive badges to display proudly on their blog.  And, everyone who plays along and follows the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Product Links

Please note, the flowers used on this project are from Little Birdie Crafts: Wendy Arctic Ice, Martina Arctic Ice, Bernice Ocean Mist, Rosemund Arctic Ice

 


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.

Fairie Dust Mini Album Fairie Dust by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

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!

Fairie Dust Mini Album Fairie Dust by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 07

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.  

Fairie Dust Mini Album Fairie Dust by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10

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.

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 1

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?

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 2

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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