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Flowers and Art Inverted Canvas with G45 Nature Sketchbook

Frilly and Funkie Challenge: Flowers and Art Inverted Canvas with G45 Nature Sketchbook and Wendy Vecchi Stamps

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabulous challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Today I’ve prepared a Flowers and Art Inverted Canvas using Graphic 45’s Nature Sketchbook and Wendy Vecchi stamps and goodies.  First, let’s see what Cec, our hostess, has to say about this challenge.

Challenge Theme: Out Of The Cold!
It is winter and that means snow and cold in so many places so let’s head to the tropics.  Create any vintage or shabby chic project that will make us feel warm – think lots of sunshine, bright colours, flora and fauna and even animals hiding in the rain forest.

I had to think a long time about this challenge but knew I wanted to incorporate Wendy’s flowers and the beautiful Nature Sketchbook papers. This inverted canvas started out as a card…and just kind of took me where it wanted to go.

From Card to Canvas

The inspiration for this entire piece was the bright tropical flowers in the center of the canvas.  I made these by stamping Wendy Vecchi’s Mix and Match Art Stamps onto watercolor paper about a dozen times.  Knowing that I wanted the flowers to be yellow, I stamped using Wendy Vecchi Dandelion Archival ink.  This way, I had no harsh stamp lines around the edges.

Next, each flower layer was painted with Prima water colors. Then I  stamped each image a second time to reinforce the detail lines.  After fussy cutting, the layers were shaped, stacked and inked around the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Then the centers were filled with FloraSoft.  Finally, I painted the flowers with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint to add shimmer. The wet Crackle paint was sprinkled lightly with Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter.

Now it was time to add some stenciling, some clear texture paste, some die cutting, paper layering….and the base began to grow…and grow.  Pretty soon I realized this card was destined to be a canvas.

A Warm Color Palette for Flowers and Art Inverted Canvas

I used lots of warm colors in my palette with little pops of blue and green.

Butterflies were fussy cut from the 12×12 pad and scattered around the canvas. Star anise is a great natural addition to a canvas like this.  I painted each one with Scattered Straw Distress Paint.

Chipboard elements, metal keys, and wooden flourishes add lots of texture.

These metal pieces are tapped with Vintaj patina, then stacked along the side.

I stamped the sentiment from Wendy in Jet Black Archival Ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  It was sponged with more ink, then cut apart and glued in place.  The die cut swallow was treated with Distress Crazing medium and tapped with paint.

The back side of an 8×10 canvas was wrapped with tissue wrap and sprayed with various sprays.  It has a lovely patina in real life.  I like the depth that the inverted canvas provides. As a finishing touch, I brushed Antique Linen Distress Paint randomly onto the canvas.

Now It’s Your Turn

You can play along in this wonderful challenge by linking your own Out of the Cold vintage or shabby chic project to the challenge page over at Frilly and Funkie.  You have until midnightEST on Tuesday, February 28th to join the party.

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. The other 3 talented designers 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!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Mixed Media Butterfly Card Tutorial

Mixed Media Butterfly Card Tutorial for RRR and Canvas Corp Brands

Hello, Friends!  I have such a fun mixed media butterfly card tutorial to share with you today!  It’s made with the gorgeous new June Ribbon Club Assortment from Really Reasonable Ribbon, fabby mixed media papers from Canvas Corp brands, and some bright and beautiful Petaloo Flowers, too.  It’s like a summertime  garden party on a card!

Mixed Media Butterfly Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Canvas Corp Brands Mixed Media Papers and RRR June 2016 Ribbon Club Collection 01I am sooooo in love with these gorgeous ribbons!  Here’s a little peek at the entire assortment:

Citrus Assortment June Ribbon Club Assortment RRR

 

I know….gorgeous, right?  Anyway…back to the card!  I have a SnapGuide below that will show you step by step how I built this Mixed Media Butterfly card, but first I thought you’d like to see some photos.

Mixed Media Butterfly Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Canvas Corp Brands Mixed Media Papers and RRR June 2016 Ribbon Club Collection 02The ribbons really were the inspiration for this card.  The Sheer Citrus Dots  ribbon made me think of summer butterflies, which led to the paper selection.  The inky goodness of the Citrus Paint Splatter Ribbon led to the decision to go in a Mixed Media Direction. Oh, what fun!

Butterfly Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Canvas Corp Brands Mixed Media Papers and RRR June 2016 Ribbon Club Collection 03I added some fun techniques, loads of distressing, texture paint and lots of ink splatters/  The mixed media Wings paper from Canvas Corp Brands was able to hold up to all the many different treatments I added to it.  I love this stuff!  Adding Petaloo Gerber Daisies and Pistachio Burlap Blossoms really made this card come to life!

Butterfly Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Canvas Corp Brands Mixed Media Papers and RRR June 2016 Ribbon Club Collection 04I wanted you to see how I was able to use my craft knife to lift those butterfly wings from the mixed media papers.  This is one solid image.  I did not add the butterfly.  Instead, I placed the paper on a piece of glass (from an old picture frame) and traced around the wings with my craft knife, leaving the body connected to the paper.  Then I just wet the wings, shaped them with my fingers and heat set them with my heat gun.  They held their shape!  How amazing is that?  I backed the image with some tissue paper, and you can just see that peeking through here.

Butterfly Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Canvas Corp Brands Mixed Media Papers and RRR June 2016 Ribbon Club Collection 05I traced around this vintage brass optical lens and filled it with mixed media paper, a fussy cut image from Gypsy Moments Ordre du Jour papers and some teal mica chips.  Then I topped it with a snippet of gorgeous Maize Honeycomb Satin Ribbon.  Honestly these ribbons and this paper were made for one another!

Butterfly Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Canvas Corp Brands Mixed Media Papers and RRR June 2016 Ribbon Club Collection 06Here’s a peeky inside the card.  Isn’t it fun?

Butterfly Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Canvas Corp Brands Mixed Media Papers and RRR June 2016 Ribbon Club Collection 08These papers are from the Ordre du Jour 8×8 pad.  The little envelope contains a tag that I’ve topped with more of that sunshiney honeycomb ribbon..  The envelope is  just big enough for a gift card or a small treat.

Butterfly Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Canvas Corp Brands Mixed Media Papers and RRR June 2016 Ribbon Club Collection 07This is from the  & Gypsies 8×8 Ordre du Jour papers.  This collage is all done for you…which makes my life sooo easy!  I just fussy cut a small butterfly from the Mixed Media paper and popped it into the mix.

I prepared a little SnapGuide Tutorial for your viewing pleasure, so you can see how I built up the mixed media papers.  Honestly, this stuff is so much fun to work with!  I just ordered more so I can spend another happy afternoon in inky bliss!
Check out How to Create a Butterfly Garden Mixed Media Card by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

If you love mixed media, I highly recommend you invite these Mixed Media Origins paper over for a play date.  I just ordered a few more to play with myself!  hehehehe  And, if you still haven’t signed up for the Ribbon Club at RRR, this is a great time to jump in, cuz these ribbons are scrumptious!  Just wait til you see what else I have in store for you with these bright citrusy ribbons!  Fun times ahead!

If you have any questions about the techniques or processes used in this Mixed Media Butterfly Card tutorial, please don’t be afraid to ask!  I’d love to help in any way I can.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Pretty, Pretty Petaloo: Frilly & Funkie Friday Focus

Three Pretty Pretty Petaloo Projects For Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  How happy are we that it is Friday?  And it’s a long weekend for many of us, too!  Happy Memorial Day!  I’m just popping in quickly to let you know that it’s time for a new Friday Focus on the Frilly and Funkie blog, and this time, I’m at bat.  The spotlight is on Petaloo Flowers and I’ve prepared 3 projects and a fun little step out tutorial that you might want to take for a spin.

Not familiar with Friday Focus?  Oh, my friends….Friday Focus is a wonderful thing!  Every 2 weeks, The Funkie Junkie Boutique features a product from their gorgeous online store with a special blog post…and (here’s the really good part) an additional 15% off their already low prices.  So from now until June 9th, you can pick up  baskets of beauteous Petaloo Blooms at really great prices!  Woo hoo!

I’ll share some sneak peeks of my projects with you here, and then I hope you’ll pop over to the Frilly and Funkie Blog to get all the juicy details and my step out tutorial for a sweet l’il gift tag!

The first Friday Focus project featuring Petaloo Flowers is this beach themed collage.  Mmmm-mmmm…teal and brown and cream…my all time favorite color palette with my all time favorite theme!

Friday Focus French Riviera Mixed Media Collage by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique 01

The next Friday Focus project is a shabbylicious beach themed card made with the Graphic 45 Children’s Hour July papers.

Graphic 45 Childrens Hour July Card for Frilly and Funkie Friday Focus on Petaloo by Kathy Clement 01

And last, but not least, I’m sharing a step-out tutorial for this pretty little shabby chic gift tag.

Pion Designs French Flea Market Altered Tag for Frilly and Funkie Friday Focus on Petaloo by Kathy Clement01

Interested?  Then meet me over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog for more photos and information…or if you just can’t wait to shop, go to the Funkie Junkie Boutique and click on the Friday Focus tab where you’ll find pretty, pretty Petaloo posies in every style and color imaginable!  I’ve included product links at the end of this post for those of you who want to shop first and read later!

I just love a good sale!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you all a safe, happy and peaceful Memorial Day Weekend!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Boy oh Boy! New Challenge at Frilly and Funkie

Boy oh Boy!  The King of the Seas Mixed Media Canvas for Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a fabulous new challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Our lovely hostess for the Boy oh Boy Challenge is the elegant and inspiring Jenny, and here are her instructions:

Challenge Theme: Boy oh Boy!
Create a vintage or shabby chic project with a man in mind. Let’s see those male themed creations come to life.

I love creating masculine projects, so I was excited to see this one.  I had one idea in mind, but when I was packing up my studio for our recent move, my hand fell on the incredibly gorgeous Voyage Beneath the Sea Collection from Graphic 45…..and I took a sharp turn in a new direction.  I’m so glad I did, because I had the BEST time creating my King of the Seas Canvas to share with you here today.

Boy oh Boy Challenge at Frilly and Funkie:Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 01I so rarely indulge in a Mixed Media canvas like this one, but Boy oh Boy, did I have FUN!!!!  My sweet husband Dale adores the ocean, and when he was a little fella, he used to dream that he had discovered the Lost City of Atlantis.  So when I saw these fabulous steampunk ocean images, this canvas began to unfold in my brain.  And Boy oh Boy, what an inky good time was in store for me!

Boy oh Boy Challenge at Frilly and Funkie:Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 02This is an 8″ x 10″ gessoed canvas.  I started my Voyage Beneath the Sea by creating a resist background with the Graphic 45 stamps that match the set.  Using Ranger Archival Coffee Ink and Clear Embossing Powder, I stamped and heat embossed the blank canvas.  Next, I spritzed on layers of Carved Pumpkin, Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Citron Distress Sprays Stains drying between layers so the ink would not get muddy.  Once I was happy with that, I used a gear layering stencil and crackle texture paste to add another layer to the canvas.   Waiting for that to dry was the hardest part of the process!  I am such an impatient crafter…and I confess I did pull out my heat tool to speed things along!

Boy oh Boy Challenge for Frilly and Funkie:Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 04We’ve had such a strange journey with the sale of this house that this sentiment from the ephemera pack had to find its way into the design!  And, orange is one of Dale’s favorite colors.  I colored white corrugate board with the same ink colors and mounted the sentiment on that and some great bronze metallic paper I found in the Closet of Shame.  I also sprinkled the surface with various Stampendous embossing powders and potions to add touches of metal and cool texture. My chipboard gears were painted with Tarnished Brass and Antiqued Bronze Distress Paints, then tapped with Broken China DP.  I love how rusty and old they look.

Boy oh Boy Challenge for Frilly and Funkie:Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 05Doesn’t this dapper fellow look as though he might have come from Atlantis?  I added more steampunk chippies, seed beads and pearls to the mix  and I have to confess, I love the way this turned out.

Boy oh Boy Challenge for Frilly and Funkie:Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 06And here’s our regal King of the Seas!  I die cut my seahorse onto the bronze metallic paper, then used a texture fade to add, well, texture.  A second layer was cut from corrugate to add thickness, and I tapped on some Broken China and Carved Pumpkin Paints.  The King of the Seas is wearing a crown adorned with sapphires, emeralds and pearls that have been harvested from his watery kingdom.  His netting “train” is made from a mesh garlic bag, stained with Mermaid Lagoon ink and filled with treasures from the deep.

Boy oh Boy Challenge for Frilly and Funkie:Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 11These lovely fish are swimming in my faux reef, made from white corrugate.  I love the texture this adds to the overall scene.  And I’m sorry, but that itty bitty seahorse charm in the birdcage makes me laugh with delight.  And just look at all that yummy color and texture in the background.  I almost hated to cover it up!

Boy oh Boy Challenge for Frilly and Funkie: Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 10I had already packed all my seashells away, but I manged to scrounge up a real sand dollar to add to the mix.  I painted the center with Carved Pumpkin stain.

Boy oh Boy Challenge for Frilly and Funkie: Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 09Here’s Dale, exploring the watery depths.  This really is his motto…he’s always ready for a trip to the beach at a moment’s notice.

Boy oh Boy Challenge for Frilly and Funkie: Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 03I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun in the studio!  I was so engrossed in this project that I lost all track of time, and Dale had to come hunt me down and remind me it was time to eat.

I hope you’ll play along in the Frilly and Funkie Boy oh Boy Challenge. At the end of the challenge the Frilly and Funkie team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!  You can find all the guidelines and link up your project on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Wanderlust Junque Journal for 7 Gypsies

Wanderlust Junque Journal for 7 Gypsies: Opportunity Knocks!

Hello, Friends! Are you familiar with Junque Journals?  They are all the rage in the papercrafting world.  Junque Journals are kind of hybrid between traditional journals and scrapbooks or mini albums.  These mixed media creations combine fabric, different kinds of paper, found items and small souvenirs to capture memories in a fun and playful way.  7 Gyspies has recently released a fabulous new collection called Wanderlust that is tailor made for this kind of memory keeping.  I spent a glorious day of crafting with their Wanderlust Junque Journal and ended up with a really funky, fun, mixed media book that oozes with vintage goodness.  Take a peek:

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 01The great thing about this Wanderlust Junque Journal is that half the work has been done for you.  7 Gypsies thoughtfully stitched up a gorgeous base album with beautifully vintage cover art and 6 machine stitched pages made from cardstock, burlap, kraft paper, canvas and corrugate.  All I had to do was add the fun.

I did make a video of this project so you could really get a feel for the flow and all the various elements.  But for those of you who prefer “still” shots, I have loads of them below.  Before we get started, you might want to go get a snack and a beverage…there’s a LOT to look at!

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 02I cut out the cover focal image with my craft knife, then stitched it onto some brown faux leather paper.  I love the dimension this adds to the cover and the custom feel it gives the journal.  The little metal hasp was on an old medicine cabinet that I found at a local yard sale.  I added a fussy cut suitcase handle from Pack Your Bags to give the focal the look of a vintage suitcase.   I fussy cut other elements and added them to the cover with foam tape.  Can you spot the “luggage tag” I made with the faux leather?  I love the little post card charm!

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 04The inside pages are so much fun to build up.  I fussy cut various elements from papers found in the 12×12 Mixed Media Kit and layered them up until I was happy with the way they looked.  On the left hand page I tucked a Gypsy Moments tag into a tiny kraft bag.  You could add small photos, journaling, or small souvenirs in the bag as well.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 05I built hidden pockets and fold outs throughout the Wanderlust Junque Journal because I wanted to have that feeling you get when you are out on a really great junkin’ trip with your best buddy.  The top of this fold out was left open so that I could tuck a Postcard and photo mount in behind it.  (All my photo mounts and tags were created with Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create dies.)The focal image was cut from the “Stay Focused” 12×12 paper and then “hinged” with washi tape to create a door.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 06When you open it, there’s room to mount some photos, or to journal in white ink.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 07This two page spread displays the corrugate and burlap pages.  I love the texture you get from these. There’s a pull out pocket behind the doors on the left, and another pocket above the photo mount on the right.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 08I used my craft knife to split the doors on the image and backed it with another image from the
“Stay Focused” paper.  I spattered on some TA Chalkboard mist to add to the artsy feel of this wonderful paper.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 09This double paged spread is on burlap and kraft papers.  I cut out tags and images from “Open New Doors” and layered them in. So quick and easy!  The page on the right has a pocket/photo mount filled to the brim with tags, mini file folders and other goodies.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 10I think this might be my favorite page.  The tag pulls out from behind the wonderful “Open New Doors” image.  The lined kraft paper behind has been spattered with ink to give it a great grungy feel.  But the image on the right is so artsy and fun.  I painted the canvas page with ink.  Then I “painted” around the focal image with a water brush to make it easy to tear out from the “Be Free” 12×12 paper. This gives you great control but you still end up with that wonderful torn edge look.  A little more inking, a torn paper layer that looks like a grassy knoll and a vintage label fussy cut from the paper and this page is done.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 11Here’s another photo mount pocket filled with tags and mini file folder.  The background paper came from a Junque Pack that I had in my stash.  I also opened up a Gypsy Moments file folder and used it as a photo mat.  All I had to do was add a little hand journaling and another focal image/pocket and this page was done.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 12I love the vibrancy this red burlap page adds to the Wanderlust Junque Journal.  I created a journaling spot on the left with a Gypsy Moments ATC Printed Folder. The little die cuts were in my stash, and they fit in with this so well that I couldn’t resist using them. The corner of the typewriter to hold the folder closed.  The inside could house journaling, or small photos.  Interactive elements in a journal make me super happy.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 13This door image is from the “Be Free” 12×12 paper.  It reminds me of Dublin, and memories of Dublin make my heart sing.  I’ve used another file folder as a mat on this page.  Think outside the box when you are using your supplies…a postcard or a file folder can be a mat, or a pocket!

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 14This page is the inside back cover.  I fussy cut some keys, turned an image into a pocket and then added a file folder behind it.  This took maybe 10 minutes to do…because fussy  cutting the keys was a little bit “worky”.  But you get the idea.  You can build a fabulous album like this in less than a day because the basics have all been done for you.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 03I tied some burlap twine around the spine and then added on these fun wine charms I bought at a thrift store.  Treasure is everywhere….you just have to open your eyes and look for it!

This Wanderlust Junque Journal was so much fun to create.  I think it would be a fantastic activity for a bridal shower weekend, a girls’ retreat, a family trip.  The album is already about half done…you just add the fun details and your memories and you’ve got a great keepsake that captures a special event or time in your life.

My Gypsy Soul is so happy right now, I can hardly stand it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Winter Birds Altered Book

Winter Birds Altered Book for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hello, Friends!  As I write this, our bird feeder is alive with winter birds of all types.  Chickadees, nuthatches, tufted titmice, wrens, woodpeckers, cardinals and more are making me smile at their antics.  I love birds all year round, but there’s something special about winter birds.  They provide a spot of cheer against the bleak backdrop of winter.  So when I began to ponder what to make for my guest designer spot this week, I had winter birds on my mind.  I dug deep in the Closet of Shame and found a cheap little photo album that I’d picked up at the Goodwill some time back.  It had thick chipboard pages with oval and rectangular openings for photos but little else to give it merit.  Until, that is, Imagination, Creativity and Whimsy stepped in and transformed it into a gorgeous winter birds altered book.  Take a peeky:

Kathy by Design Winter Bird Altered Book for Gypsy Laser Cuts 01Here’s a list of the supplies you will need for this project:

From Gypsy Soul Lasercuts:

Paints and Mediums:

Paper:

  • Graphic 45 Botanical Tea 12×12 papers and 8×8 papers
  • Gold Metallic Cardstock

Embellishments:

Kathy by Design Winter Bird Altered Book for Gypsy Laser Cuts 02

Prepping the Chipboard for the Winter Birds Altered Book

I find that Distress Paint works beautifully with Gypsy’s Laser Cuts.  For the snowflake chain on the cover,  I put down a single coat of Antique Linen Distress Paint and gently dried it with my heat gun.  Don’t hold the heat gun too close, or the paint will bubble, and that is not what you want!

When that layer of paint is dry, gently tap the chipboard with Iced Spruce and Evergreen Bough to create a sort of mottle effect on your chippies.  You can repeat this process until your chipboard looks the way you want it to.  While the paint is still wet, sprinkle with Antique Linen Distress Glitter.

For the yarrow, I cut the largest flower blossom off the top of the chipboard.  Now I have a piece that looks like a lovely, woodsy pine branch.  I painted this as above, but added more evergreen bough and iced spruce than on the snowflakes. Don’t add the glitter.  Instead, use the Sprinkled Sugar Stickles on the tops of the branches and “needles”.  This gives them a very subtle shine, like iced branches in wintertime.  Set all your chipboard aside to dry.

Kathy by Design Winter Bird Altered Book for Gypsy Laser Cuts 03

Prepping the Base of the Winter Birds Altered Book

For this part of the process you will need a sharp craft knife.  Since I wanted to create a rectangular niche inside my book, I used a ruler and my craft knife to cut out the oval pages.  Then I glued the remaining rectangular pages together and clamped them with binder clips until the glue dried.

Once the glue was dry, I painted the entire book, inside and out, edges and all with white gesso.  To speed up the drying process, I used my heat gun, but again, don’t over heat.  Keep the heat gun moving over the surface of the book to prevent bubbles from forming.

Next, I used a palette knife to spread crackle texture over the front and back cover and the spine.  You can let this cure overnight, or if you are impatient (like some people I know) you can use your heat gun and very, very carefully speed that process up.  If you let the crackle texture get too hot too fast, it won’t crackle well.  So be careful…or be patient and let it cure overnight.

Once the crackle texture has done its thing (and this is glorious to behold, my friends!) use the Rusted Metals paint kit and spray the front and back cover of the book, following the directions that come with the kit.   I like to dry between layers so that the colors don’t get too muddy.

Now, spritz lightly with the White Linen Dylusions spray and use a brush to kind of swirl that white around. Then, water down some Evergreen Bough and Iced Spruce paints and brush them over the surface.  This is all a matter of taste.  If you like how it looks, you’ve done it right! When this part is dry, spritz Gold Glimmer Mist generously over the entire surface.  Then step back and clap your hands in glee! That’s what I did, anyway!

The final thing you need to paint is the inside edges of the  front and back cover and the edges of the glued together pages.  Use gold metallic paint for this.

Kathy by Design Winter Bird Altered Book for Gypsy Laser Cuts 04Decorating the Winter Birds Altered Book

Place your designer paper on the inside back cover and use a pencil to lightly trace around the edges of the book to create a template.  Trace through the “window” of the niche you’ve created.  Use your craft knife to trim out the center panel from your  paper. Save the evacuated piece, as you will use the reverse pattern behind your window, and it just happens to be a perfect fit.  I glued this down, then used a little washi tape around the edges to ensure that none of the white gesso showed.   I painted the front edge of the niche with gold paint to frame my papers, and I really love the way that looks.

Now you just need to cover the left hand side of your book, and decorate, using the chippies that you prepared in step one.

Kathy by Design Winter Bird Altered Book for Gypsy Laser Cuts 05I super love the way this little bird seems to be perched in amongst the yarrow, leaves and berries.

Kathy by Design Winter Bird Altered Book for Gypsy Laser Cuts 06The painted snowflakes are so soft and pretty paired with these papers.

Kathy by Design Winter Bird Altered Book for Gypsy Laser Cuts 07And gluing the pages together gives you so much depth to work with.

Kathy by Design Winter Bird Altered Book for Gypsy Laser Cuts 08I used glossy accents on my banner to add stability and a little shine.  And this gives you a really good view of the texture and color found on the cover.

Kathy by Design Winter Bird Altered Book for Gypsy Laser Cuts 09This is the most fun I’ve had in the studio in a long time.  I was so completely absorbed in this Winter Birds Altered Book that I completely lost track of time.  That’s always a sign that good things are taking place in the studio!

I’m amazed at how much the texture and pattern of these simple chippies transforms the vignette I created here.  Who knew that painted chipboard could pack such a punch?

Thanks again for letting me serve as your guest designer this week.  I hope you were inspired to play with chipboard, paint and paper!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Shabby Chic Snow Angels

Shabby Chic Snow Angels Wall Hanging
Crafty Secrets Creating with Vintage Christmas CD and Vintage Christmas Digital Art Stamps

Hello, Friends!  Good Monday morning to you!  Do you remember making snow angels when you were a kid?  I remember so well falling backwards into soft, powdery snow, waving my arms and legs to create wings and an angel “skirt” then carefully rising to leave a beautiful snow angel impression behind.  We used to make whole rows of them…and we didn’t mind the snow down the back of our necks, or up the sleeves of our winter coats one bit. Because snow angels were magical, and they just made you smile.  While digging through my Crafty Secret goodies this weekend, I found this darling image…and for some reason the adorable little girls made me think of snow angels.  I soon found myself busy at work with vintage lace, ruffled satin ribbon, burlap, pearls and creamy white flowers….and before I knew it, this shabby chic snow angels wall hanging had been born!

Kathy by Design/Shabby Chic Christmas Wall Hanging CS 02Aren’t these little coats and bonnets just  too cute for words?  This paper comes from our Creating with Vintage Christmas CD.  I printed the paper to measure 8″ x8″ , inked and distressed the edges, matted it on soft blue metallic cardstock and then stitched the entire thing (ruffles and all) onto a 9.25″ x 10.25″ rectangle of burlap.

Shabby Chic Christmas Wall Hanging CS 03The vintage snowflake flowers were created by using Tim Holtz snowflake rosettes die.  These were inked, dry brushed with white acrylic paint and then spritzed with homemade gold glimmer mist.  Each rosette was topped with a Petaloo cream velvet hydrangea blossom.

Shabby Chic Christmas Wall Hanging CS 04Adding gold tassels and more Petaloo Penny Lane posies to the piece  make it feel soft and feminine.  And I love the touch of sparkle!  Perfect for the holidays!

Shabby Chic Christmas Wall Hanging CS 06This lovely sentiment is from our Vintage Christmas Digital Art Stamps.  I printed it out on cream cardstock, inked the edges and the stitched it to cream burlap.  I placed a vintage crocheted lace doily behind the sentiment to really make it stand out.

Shabby Chic Christmas Wall Hanging CS 07I painted a small clothes hanger with white paint to help it blend in with the shabby chic vibe of this piece.  Adding a touch of vintage lace and a pretty bow tied with antique gold delicate stitched satin ribbon gave it a really finished look.Shabby Chic Christmas Wall Hanging CS 09jpgHere’s another peeky at the finished product.  Every time I look at these shabby chic snow angels, I can’t help but smile.  I hope it brings a smile to your day, too!

If you’d like to purchase this wall hanging, it is available in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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