Category Archives: Embossing Techniques

Thanksgiving Harvest Mini Album Tutorial

Thanksgiving Harvest Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy ClementThanksgiving Harvest Mini Album Tutorial  and Video Tour for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hello, Friends!  My favorite holiday is right around the corner!  Thanksgiving is the perfect time to gather with family and friends, enjoy good food, play games, laugh and take photos!  To help you capture all those great memories, I’ve created this Thanksgiving Harvest Mini Album Tutorial.  I’ve used the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Bracket Edged Stagger Mini Album and Fall Shape set along with the gorgeous Authentique Harvest papers.  Get out your scissors and pencils because class is in session!

Thanksgiving Harvest Mini Album Tutorial YouTube Video Tour

Because I am a visual learner, I like to experience the flow of an album via a video tour.  In this short tour, I’ll share tips and tricks for working with chipboard and demonstrate how all the various interactive elements of the album work.  I think you’ll find it is a good introduction to the Snapguide tutorial below.

Thanksgiving Harvest Snapguide Tutorial

This Snapguide tutorial will guide you step by step through the process of building your album.  You will learn how to use embossing powders and paints to alter your chips, see how I assembled each page and find a complete supply list within this tutorial.  Enjoy!

Check out How to Thanksgiving GSL Bracket Edged Mini Stagger Album by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Here are some still photos for you to enjoy!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Author, Author Challenge: Last Leaf Mixed Media Canvas

Last Leaf Mixed Media Canvas for Author Author Challenge at Frilly and Funkie

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Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabulous challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The crazy creative Suzz is our hostess this time around, and she chose the theme, “Author, Author.”  And that, my friends, is how this Last Leaf Mixed Media Canvas came into being.  Let’s see what Suzz has to say about this inspiring challenge:

I  (Suzz) have a great love for reading and was a permanent fixture at the library growing up.  I decided it would be fun to host a challenge inspired by books.  There are so many wonderful books that inspire the mind to imagine the worlds created within them.   Think Fairy tales, mysteries, romances or even science fiction and use that to inspire your art. Your challenge it so create a shabby chic or vintage styled project inspired by a book.   Provide an explanation of how the book and author inspired your project.

Like, Suzz, I loved the library growing up.  Sadly, I was a sickly kid, and spent weeks on end in bed with bouts of pneumonia and other ailments.  Books were my constant companion, for by reading, I could escape my illness and confinement and have all sorts of magical adventures.

When in high school, I discovered the American short story author, O. Henry and fell in love with his ironic style and keen insights into human nature.

O. Henry and the Last Leaf Mixed Media Canvas

The Last Leaf Mixed Media Canvas by kathy Clement for Author, Author Challenge at Frilly & Funkie photo 2This 5″ x7″ Last Leaf Mixed Media Canvas was inspired by one of my favorite O. Henry short stories entitled….The Last Leaf.  It’s a moving story about friendship and determination. Like all O. Henry tales, it has an ironic twist at the end.  (You can read it for free HERE.)

Where’s the Patterned paper?

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I would normally share a lot of details and “how tos” about the Last Leaf Mixed Media Canvas.  Instead, I am hosting the Saturday Step Out post on the Frilly and Funkie Blog later this week.  That’s when I’ll share a tutorial with you all.

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I will tell you, however, that not one scrap of patterned paper was used in this composition.  Gasp!!!!!  That is a first for me, I think.  I am the patterned paper queen!  Everything you see here was achieved with watercolor paper, ink, stamps and dies.  With a few embellies thrown in, of course! Instead I’ll share some interesting tidbits about O. Henry.  I think you will enjoy his story as it echoes his life.

All About O. Henry

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You might recognize the name O. Henry as a candy bar. But there is no connection between the author and the confection.  O. Henry’s life was anything but sweet.  Born in my dear husband’s home town of Greensboro, NC in 1862, he started life as William Sydney Porter.  After a brief time in school, he became a clerk in his uncle’s drugstore.

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When he was 20, he went to Texas to work on a ranch.  Later, he became a bank teller.  He fell in love and married, and started a humorous magazine called “The Rolling Stone.”  The magazine failed, and he found work as a newspaper reporter.

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Through a series of unfortunate events, he was wrongly accused of embezzling funds and fled to South America to avoid arrest.  When he received word that his beloved wife was dying, he came back to the US to say good-by, was apprehended and sent to prison.

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For three years, he wrote short stories from the confines of his prison cell under the pen name of O. Henry.  He chose to write about the common working man and woman and their everyday struggles.  His heroes or heroines were always somewhat down on their luck.  Some of his stories (The Ransom of Red Chief is a favorite of mine) will make you laugh until you cry.  Others are poignantly romantic (like The Gift of the Magi.)  And some are so full of tenderness that you will shed a tear.  The Last Leaf falls into that category.

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After being released from prison, he made his home in New York City.  He continued to write short stories until his death in 1910 at age 47 .

 

The Last Leaf Mixed Media Canvas for Author, Author Challenge at Frilly and Funkie photo-9I’ve read and re-read his stories both aloud to others and to myself.  If you haven’t yet discovered O. Henry, I hope this will send you to your local library to search for his warm, witty and wonderful writings.

Now it’s YOUR turn

Who is your favorite author or story?  I hope you’ll take this opportunity to create a vintage or shabby chic project for this challenge and link it up at the Frilly and Funkie Blog before midnight on Tuesday, October 18th.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to  a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie Three other participants 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’ll be back on Saturday with a Step x Step tutorial for this Last Leaf Mixed Media Canvas.  I hope you’ll stop by then!

I can’t wait to see what YOU make!

Thanks for stopping by,

Cheerio,

kathy

 


Voyage Beneath the Sea: Steampunk Seahorse

Steampunk Seahorse for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hello, Friends!  I have such a fun project to share with you.  I’ve been asked to Guest Design again at Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  Woo hoo! As you all know,   I am a huge Steampunk Fan, how about you?  I also super love the gorgeous Super X tags from Gypsy Soul.  They are thick and chunky and perfect for mixed media projects, which I also love.  So what do you get when you combine these fabby tags with GSLC Steampunk Seahorses and Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea?  Oh…such steampunky, beachy goodness that you can hardly believe your eyes!  Take a peek:

Steampunk Seahorse Tutorial by Kathy Clement, Product by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea Photo 1

 

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I’ve prepared a Snapguide Tutorial for you with a complete supply list and detailed information about how I altered these gorgeous chippies.

Check out How to Make Steampunk Seahorse Chipboard Tag by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Here are the links to the GSLC products I used in this project:

Super X Tag Set
Gears Texture Sheet 
Steampunk Seahorse (Coming Soon)
Stencil Seaweed (Coming Soon)
Under the Sea Border (Coming Soon)
Coral (Coming Soon)

Are you inspired?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Now go get your craft on!

Cheerio,
kathy

Children’s Hour Birthday Planner

Frilly & Funkie Challenge: Children’s Hour Birthday Planner

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another wonderful challenge at the Frilly & Funkie Blog. This time, Suzz is our hostess, and the challenge theme is It’s Not Easy Being Green.  Here are the details:

In honor of Earth Day, which is April 22nd, create an UPCYCLED project.  Re-purpose an existing item, Recycle an element that would usually be thrown away, or use your paper scraps in a creative way. 

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot here at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because choosing just one winner is so hard!  You can find all the details and guidelines HERE.

I love a good upcycling challenge, so I had a great time with this project.  Here’s a peek at my Graphic 45 Children’s Hour Birthday Planner.  It has a “sweet” faux leather cover and is filled to the brim with pockets, tags and ephemera cards.

Children's Hour Birthday Planner 02If you guessed that I used a 1# Domino Confectioner’s Sugar Box to make my album base, then you are correct!  It’s amazing what can be done with alcohol inks, texture fades, embossing powder and a little imagination, isn’t it?

I prepared a SnapGuide tutorial for you so you can follow the process step by step and make your very own faux leather album cover.
Check out How to Create a Graphic 45 Faux Leather Birthday Planner by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

This Children’s Hour Birthday Planner would make a great gift for Mother’s Day.  I created it to have 12 pockets (one for each month of the year.) Each pocket contains two tags: a large one that could serve as a birthday card/gift, and a smaller one that would be stunning as a gift tag on your birthday package.

Children's Hour Birthday Planner 06The interior is lined with papers from the collection.  The pages are a chipboard base covered with designer papers.

Children's Hour Birthday Planner 08Each pocket is brimming with gorgeous images from the Children’s Hour collection.

Children's Hour Birthday Planner 10I chose the ephemera cards that have journaling space on the back.  The edges were inked, cards were folded in half and inserted into the pockets.

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Children's Hour Birthday Planner 05The ribbon closure  and crocheted lace add old fashioned vintage charm while the Petaloo flowers represent all the colors inside the album.  I’m so glad I “rescued” that Domino Sugar box from the garbage bin!

The rest of the Frilly team have created amazing upcycled projects that will inspire you, so be sure to pop over to the F&F BLOG for even more inspiration.  I hope you’ll turn your own trash into treasure and play along with us in this fun “It’s Not Easy Being Green” challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy


Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie: Graphic 45

A Trio of Graphic 45 Communique Cards for Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  This is an exciting day for me, as it’s my turn to host Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie.  Twice a month, we focus in on one of the fabulous product lines carried in the shop and share a special project or two with you.  For the next two weeks,  the Funkie Junkie Boutique offers an additional 15% discount on Friday Focus products. It’s a great time to stock up on fabulous goodies for your crafty stash.

This time around, we’re featuring one of my all time favorite product lines: Graphic 45!  The Funkie Junkie Boutique has a great selection of Graphic 45 papers, chipboard, pockets and tags and stamps.  They also offer fantastic BUNDLE DEALS at excellent prices. I dug into my stash of Communique papers and worked up a trio of cards that I’m sharing over on the F&F blog.

Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie This is just a sneaky peek of one  project I’m sharing. I’ll meet you over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog where I’ll share more details.  And then I’m going shopping…because the only thing better than Graphic 45 papers, is a Friday Focus SALE  on Graphic 45 papers!  You’d better get there before I do!  LOL

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 Products available at the Funkie Junkie Boutique


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