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Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas

Frilly & Funkie On the Cutting Edge Challenge: Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another wonderful challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The incredibly inspiring Suzz is our hostess this go round, and the theme is “On the Cutting Edge”.  With that in mind, I put together this little Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas.  I’ll share all the details about it in a moment, but first, let’s see what Suzz has to say about this fun challenge.

Having recently acquired some beautiful new dies I thought it might be time to bring them out and show them off.  This challenge is all about using your dies, punches or other cutting tools to create a masterpiece featuring at least one die cut / punched image.   Make sure your art is in the vintage or shabby chic style and incorporates a die cut or punch.
Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 1
Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas

Let’s see…how many ways did I use die cuts:

  • Sizzix Tiny House Die
  • Tim Holtz Lace Die
  • Fall Foliage Leaf Die
  • Tim Holtz Mixed Media Die #2 ( the cutaway portion of my focal image)

Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 2

First, I added a layer of gesso to this 8″ x 10″ canvas.  While the paint was drying, I hand stitched around the edges of an 8″ x 10″ piece of natural burlap. Next, I used Matte Mixed Media to attach it to the canvas.

Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 3While the glue was drying, I die cut chipboard and Tim Holtz Wallflower paper with the Sizzix Tiny Homes Die.  This was assembled and transformed in to a wee bird house, complete with Spanish Moss Rooftop, some “found” string, and speckled eggs in a nest.

I colored seam binding ribbon with Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber and Twisted Citron Distress Oxide Inks.  Then I tied a loopy bow.  This was tucked in under the pretty yellow Petaloo Botanica Blossoms on the roof.

Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas: It’s all About Texture and Layers

 

Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 4The burlap layer provides wonderful texture for my layered leaves, Prills, Wendy Vecchi Mini Bricks, and lots of other goodies.  I decoupaged some beetle eaten leaves that my fellow teamie Sara Emily gave me a few years back.  First I spritzed them with Mica Spray, then I gently added Matte Multi Medium to both sides and pressed them into the burlap layer.

While the Matte Medium was still wet, I sprinkled some Gourd-geous Prills over it.  This added wonderful color and texture.

Art is All Around You

Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 5

Many of these botanical items were picked up on my walks at the park.  The super tiny pine cones, lichen covered tree branch, sticks, moss, etc give this canvas a wonderfully woodsy feel. Art is all around you if you keep an eye out for it!

I also die cut a number of leaves, spritzed them with Antique Bronze Mica Spray and layered into the vignette.

Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 6

Think twice before you toss an item into the trash!The negative space from the Wendy Vecchi Mini Bricks Mat Board makes a great platform for my sentiment.

  • First, I tapped the Baroque Frame with Ginger Alcohol Ink
  • Next, I wanted to add this speckled egg image to the frame.  So I used the inside of the frame as a template.  I just traced around the egg, then cut it out slightly larger than the pencil line.
  • Erase the pencil line!
  • Next, I added a custom sentiment with Botanical Remnant Rubs.
  • Then, I added Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive to the back side of the frame and pressed it over the egg/sentiment.
  • Finally, I glued the frame over the  scrap from Mini Bricks .
Now It’s YOUR Turn

You’re invited to play along with us!  Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project that fits in with the “On the Cutting Edge” theme.  Then link it up over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before midnight on Tuesday, August 29th.  You can find all the guidelines for the challenge HERE.

At the end of the challenge the team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us for a Guest Designer 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!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card with pockets

Frilly & Funkie Challenge: Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card with Pockets

Hello, Friends! It’s time for another fun challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Our hostess this go round is the one and only Sara Emily.  She’s chosen the theme “Read Any Good Books Lately.”  With that theme in  mind, I’ve created this Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker card, It’s loaded up  with pockets and other sweet surprises inside.  Before we take a look at the card, here are Sara Emily’s guidelines for this challenge.

Challenge Theme: Read Any Good Books Lately?
Reading a good book on the beach or on the porch is a simple summer pleasure. For this challenge, please create a vintage or shabby chic project that depicts a favorite book or use book pages on your project,. Alter a book or even make a journal or journal page! Just be sure it’s in the vintage or shabby chic style that we are looking for!

Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 1

After thinking about the theme for a while, I decided to create this bee themed card with Graphic 45’s Nature Sketchbook collection.  The images in the collection are based on pages from vintage nature study books.  To further reinforce the challenge theme, I used pages from a 1935 Handbook of Nature that I picked up at a yard sale.  The book pages are used in the banner flags, the center of the Tim Holtz Cameo Charm and on the Tim Holtz Scroll pieces.

Creating the shaker element for Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card

Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 2

First, create the 5″ x 7″ card base. I added a 1/4″ spine to the card base to accomodate the inner pockets.

Next, cut and mat your chosen papers.  I love the bold contrast between the black and yellow Nature Sketchbook papers.

Then stitch around the card layers to add a little extra texture.

Now cut a piece of clear cardstock that is the same size as the layer of bee paper.

Fussy cut the bee book image from the 12×12 Nature Sketchbook paper.  Glue a piece of waste cardboard to the back side.  Then glue the image to the bee paper.

Next add foam tape to the edges of the bee panel.  I used a product called Kool-Tak Clear Foam that I found on Amazon. Don’t remove the top liner piece until after you have filled the cavity.

Next, fill the cavity will seed beads, sequins, round chipboard pieces from the collection, gold glitter…whatever you like. Keep in mind that you need to be able to top the cavity with clear acetate cardstock, so don’t over fill!

Once you’ve filled the cavity, remove the liner tape.

Now, cut a piece of clear cardstock the same size as the bee paper.  Carefully press the clear card  in place over the Kool-Tak Clear foam.

Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 3

I used 1/4″ Scor-tape to attach gingham ribbon over the shaker element.  This helped to hide the foam edge and added a sort of frame to my focal image.

A Peek Inside

Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 4

Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 5I added a small ephemera card to the front of a Tim Holtz glassine bag.  This makes a great gift card  or tea bag holder.

Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 6

Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 7The pocket on the bottom holds a large postcard and a small folio, both made with Nature Sketchbook Ephemera cards.

Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 9

This accordion style folio is held shut with a Tim Holtz hinge clip.

Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 10

And the interior is decorated with more vintage Nature Handbook pages.  you can fit 10 photos inside this little folio.

Now It’s Your Turn

You’re cordially invited to play along in this fun challenge.  Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project that reflects the challenge theme.  Upload it to the Frilly and Funkie Blog before midnight EDT on Tuesday, August 1st.  You can find all the challenge rules HERE.

At the end of the challenge the team will choose our top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us for a Guest Designer 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!

Be sure to visit the F&F blog today as there’s loads of inspiration from the team to get you started on your way.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card

Frilly and Funkie Christmas in July Challenge: Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The one and only Cec is our hostess this go round, and the theme is “Christmas in July.”  With that in mind, I broke out a bunch of my Tim Holtz goodies to create this Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card. Let’s see what Cec has to say about this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme: Christmas in July

You might be experiencing summer heat but let’s think cool by getting a head start on Christmas preparations.  Your vintage or shabby chic creation could be a card, something to present a gift in or a decor item for the house or tree.

Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card a la Tim Holtz “Dapper”

Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card by Kathy Clement Photo 1

This was a fun card to make!  You wouldn’t normally think of using Tim Holtz “Dapper”  paper collection for Christmas, would you?  But I found patterns in it that hit exactly the right rustic note for this card creation.

This 5″ x 7″ top fold card reminds me of taking a wintry walk in the woods.  After distressing, matting and layering my designer papers I got busy with my die cutting machine.  It was so much fun to die cut all these various elements from Dapper papers and then make them look like Christmas paper.

First, the sentiment from Doodle Greetings #1 was stamped in Jet Black Archival ink onto the grid paper from the collection. Then I heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Next, I lightly sponged some Pine Needles Distress Ink to add just a touch of color.  This step actually helped the sentiment to pop off the page.

Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card: Tattered Florals

It is just me, or is it hilarious to think of making Christmas flowers from paper with a cigar band pattern?  But that’s exactly what I did here.  Here’s how I did it:

  1. First, cut 6 squares of Dapper cigar band paper into 3.5″ squares.
  2. Next, stack the squares on the frayed flower in the Tattered Florals Die.
  3. Then, run the stack through your machine all at the same time.  All six layers will die cut beautifully as this is a steel rule die.
  4. Now, flip half the flower layers over to the print on the reverse side of the paper.
  5. Next, spritz the petals with Candied Apple Distress Stain Spray.  Heat Dry.
  6. Then, Sponge the flower centers with a little Fired Brick Distress Ink.
  7. Now, shape and stack the petals.  I shaped each layer a little differently for more fullness.
  8. Finally, fill the flower centers with hot glue, then pour in Gilt Trip Prills.  Let it set a minute, then tap off the excess Prills into a funnel tray.
Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card: The bow cluster

This Vintage Christmas plaid ribbon was exactly right for the bow cluster.  I tucked in some gold eyelash ribbon, a little greenery and a Tim Holtz snowflake charm to complete the cluster.  I filled out the floral arrangement with some of the die cut greenery.

Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card: The Frame

Tim’s Ornate Frame is one of my all time favorite dies.  I cut it twice here: once from Dapper paper and once on heavy weight chipboard.  The chipboard pieces are painted with Prima Gold Crackle Texture Paste, then sponged with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  I cut the chipboard frame in half, then glued the Dapper frame to it so that it was slightly offset, letting the gold peep through.  The frame is surrounded with bits of greenery that I hit with a little Mica Spray.

The lovely deer was also die cut twice from Dapper paper, then layered together with small foam dots.

The Inside Story

Once again, I turned this card into a gift by adding a simple gift card pocket.

I matted this lovely vintage image onto forest green cardstock, then scored and folded it.

Add a tea bag to the pocket, and maybe a gift card and you have a lovely Christmas gift!

After stamping and embossing another image from Doodle Greetings #1, I sponged and colored the image.  This was matted onto a long panel of ivory text paper. I left lots of room to write a newsy Christmas note here.

Now it’s YOUR turn

You’re invited to play along with the Frilly and Funkie teams in this fun Christmas in July challenge.  Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic Christmas in July project and then link it up on the Frilly and Funkie blog.  You have until midnight on Tuesday, August 1st to join the party.  You can find the specific details HERE.

The Frilly and Funkie gals will be stopping by to admire your lovely creations.  At the end of the challenge the team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us for a Guest Designer 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!

I hope I’ve inspired you to break out your paper pretties and get your craft on.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio

                               Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio for Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie                                     Tammy Tutterow Designs Creative Team Friday

Hello, Friends!  What an exciting day it is here on the blog!  It’s time for another Friday Focus at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  And it’s also time for another Tammy Tutterow Designs Creative Team Friday.  Oh, happy day!  The Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie is all about Tammy Tutterow Stamps and Dies, so it all works out well.  I have the sweetest Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio to share with you, so let’s get this party started!

This Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio has so many moving parts that I thought it would be wise to create a YouTube Video Tour to explain them all.

Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio

Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 1

This is one of my “hybrid” card/mini album creations.  It measures 5.5″ x 7.5″ with a 1/2″ spine so I can tuck in all sorts of goodies on the inside.  I’ve used Graphic 45 Baby to Bride Deluxe Collector Edition papers and a huge pile of Tammy’s wonderful stamps and dies to make this project.

Welcome Wee One Stamp/Die Combo and Dear Ruby Background Stamp

Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 2

I don’t think of myself as a great stamper/colorer.  But Tammy’s designs are so easy to color that I find myself enjoying the process more and more all the time.  I used her Dear Ruby background stamp on the pink gingham panel of this card.  It adds the perfect touch of vintage texture to the background.

Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 4

And how sweet is this this sentiment?  First I stamped it directly onto my patterned paper.  Then, once the ink had dried, I colored it in with Prismacolor pencils.  The best part about this stamp set is that it comes with a matching die to cut the sentiment out.  No fussy cutting!  How great is that?  The finishing touch was adding Glossy Accents to the words, the wee hearts and the peas in those darling pea pods.

Welcome Wee One Folio: Shortie Tabs as Banner Flags

Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 5

This pretty little banner was a cinch to make with Tammy’s Shortie Tabs die.  The die set contains 8 shortie tabs, and I love the various shapes.  Here’s how I put this banner together:

  1. Die cut the banner shapes from patterned paper.  Shortie tabs are all double ended with a score line in the middle, which I find to be very handy.
  2. Fold each Shortie Tab on the score line.
  3. Ink the edges with Tea Dye Distress ink.
  4. Cut a length of natural jute to match the width of your card.  Tie a knot on either end.
  5. Fold each Shortie Tab over the jute string.  I used a little bit of 1/8″ Scor-Tape on the inside of each tab to hold it in place.
  6. Glue the knotted ends of the jute to the card.
Welcome Wee One Folio:  Shabby Posies and Pom Pom Posies Dies

Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 6

I am so in love with Tammy’s flower dies!  For the Wee One Folio I selected the two smallest petal layers from Shabby Posies and die cut a pile them from my patterned paper. But I’ve also die cut them from felt, burlap, crinoline, fabric and inked up cardstock.  Here’s how I made the flowers:

  1. Die cut from patterned paper.
  2. Ink edges with Tea Dye Distress Ink.
  3. Shape with a ball stylus on a foam mat.
  4. Hot glue the layers together.  Because I wanted these Shabby Posies to be more tightly closed, I used a double foam mat and really pressed down into the center.  This draws the petals closer together.
  5. Spritz with Tattered Angels Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist.
  6. Randomly “draw” on the petals with Art Glitter Dries Clear Adhesive.
  7. Sprinkle with Prills.
  8. Die cut the leaves from Pom Pom Posies onto patterned paper.
  9. Ink the edges.
  10. Shape and glue beneath the flowers.

Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 7

Welcome Wee One Folio: Paper Bag Pocket

Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 8

Because I scored a 1/2″ spine into this 5.5″ x 7.5″ top fold card base, I can fill the inside up with lots of paper pretties!

Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 9

I love to add pockets to my cards.  To change things up a bit, I used Tammy’s Paper Bag Pocket Die to create a spot to tuck this Mini Tag Book.  I love the boutique look of this pocket cut from the same designer paper.

Welcome Wee One Folio:  The Mini Tag Book

If you follow my blog, then I know you are familiar with this darling little tag book because I use it all the time.  It’s one of my favorite “Tammy Toys.”

Welcome Wee One Folio: Shortie Tags Die

Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 11Tags are another item that I love to include in my designs. I die cut this cute tag directly from the patterned paper, then dressed it up with some fancy borders and ribbon.  Tammy’s Shortie Tags die comes with 6 pretty shaped edges that you can layer onto the bottom of the tag.

Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 12I had a strip of matting cardstock left on my desk, so I turned it into this simple tri-fold folio/gift card holder.  It’s held shut with a darling little belly band.  So cute!

Friday Focus: Tammy Tutterow Stamps and Dies at 15% Savings

Now, here’s the really good news.  For the next two weeks, The Funkie Junkie Boutique is offering an additional 15% off all Tammy Tutterow Designs Stamps and Dies.  Combined with the regular 20% discount TFJB offers on all items in the shop, this amounts to a 35% discount! If you’ve had any of Tammy’s paper pretties on your wish list, now is the time to snap them up.  You can find the Friday Focus shopping page HERE.

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card

G45 Ladies’ Diary Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card for Frilly & Funkie With this Ring Challenge

Hello, friends!  It’s time for another challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  It’s June, which is traditionally a big month for weddings, and the challenge theme of “With This Ring” reflects this joyous season.  I pulled out my G45 Ladies’ Diary DCE and some fabulous Tammy Tutterow dies to create this Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card.  But before I share the details with you, let’s see what Cec, our lovely hostess for this challenge, has to say:

Challenge Theme: With This Ring
It is wedding season so let’s create vintage or shabby chic projects that celebrate the big day.  Your creation might be a card, a gift, a decor item or something to keep the memories of the special occasion.

Sound like fun?  I thought so, too.  So let’s dig in and take a look at this Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card.

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card: The Inspiration

Inspiration is a funny thing.  Sometimes it comes from a color, or a photo in a magazine. Sometimes it’s an idea, or for me a patterned paper.  I’ve been thinking about this project for a few weeks, and while digging in my embellishment drawer for another project, I saw this little Tim Holtz “adore” Typed Token.  And that is where the plan for this card began to gel.

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card: The Plan

 

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2I knew I wanted to use a very vintage, almost monochromatic color scheme for this card. Antique lace, pearls,  distressed papers, “messy” stitching and shabby flowers fit perfectly into my plan.

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

This 5.25″ x 7.25″ top fold card has a 1/4″ spine because I also knew I wanted to add some special goodies to the inside.

Here are the steps I followed to build this card:

  • After building the card base from Ivory Pearl cardstock, I used my Tonic Distressing tool to rough up all the paper edges.
    • TIP: Lightly spritz the edges of your paper with a Distress Sprayer bottle for easier distressing.
  • Next, I used ivory thread and added messy stitching to most of the paper panels
  • Then, I aged the edges of the paper with Antique Linen Distress Stain.
  • Next, I added cut up chipboard (from old packing boxes) to the backs of my card layers.  This adds lots of dimension to a card.
  • Now it’s time to add the Venise Lace trim.  It was a little too white for my color palette, but I just dyed it with Antique Linen Distress Stain and it was perfect.  It is held in place with 1/8″ Scor-Tape.
  • Finally, for my shabby chic ribbon, I first stamped it in Tea Dye Distress Ink using the Dear Ruby Stamp.  It’s hard to see in the photo, but in real life, this added a really subtle pattern to the bow.  To add to the shabby chic vibe, I also tucked in a burlap string bow. I love how vintage this bow cluster looks.
Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card:  The Flowers

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Now I needed to make my flowers for the card.

  • First,  I stamped Tammy’s “Dear Ruby” onto the small dot paper with Tea Dye Distress Ink prior to die cutting.  This added an extra layer of subtle texture and pattern to the flowers.
  • Next, I inked all the edges of the frayed posies with Antique Linen Distress Stain.
  • Then, I shaped my flower layers with a mat and stylus.
  • Next, I staggered the flower layers and layered them together with hot glue.
    • TIP:  When adding one flower layer to the next, I placed them on a double foam mat. Use a 12mm ball stylus tip and press down firmly into the center of the flower.  This will cause the petals to “lift” and give you a more lifelike flower.
  • Now, cut foliage with Tammy’s Pom-Pom Posies Die.
    • TIP: Ink the cutting side of the die with Tea Dye Distress Ink before die cutting.  The ink will transfer from the die to the paper and make the vein detail pop.
  • Finally, add pearls and small gold beads to the flower centers and arrange on your card.
A Peek Inside

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

You can easily transform a card into a gift just by adding a few simple details to the interior design.

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

For instance, I added a waterfall feature to the top half of the card interior.  Special photos of the wedding party can be added here, and suddenly, this card has become a mini folio.  I created this feature using Tammy’s Waterfall One Die.

To give each segment of the waterfall a little more definition, I cut 3 base pieces from kraft cardstock and 3 pieces from designer paper.  I trimmed the fold flap off the top of the designer paper die cuts, then layered them onto the kraft pieces.  I love the way this looks.

Then, I cut journaling spots from the Ladies’ Diary DCE to fit the width of each segment.  This provides a lovely journal spot.

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

I turned this gorgeous rose image into a tag pocket by just gluing the bottom edge to my card base.

Adore Shabby Chic Wedding Card A Ladies Diary DCE by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8Tammy’s Shortie Tag Die is the perfect size to fit inside a card pocket.  I added the decorative edge to each tag, then trimmed it out with Antique Linen dyed Venise lace.  These tags can hold photos on the reverse side.  They also make a lovely spot to add a personal note on the back. You can see the stamped seam binding ribbon better in this photo.

Now It’s YOUR Turn

For the next two weeks our theme will be “With This Ring.”  You will have until midnight on Tuesday, July 6th to link up your vintage or shabby chic wedding themed project on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.

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!

If you need more inspiration, be sure to pop over and see what the rest of the Frilly team has prepared for you on the blog.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio

Frilly and Funkie “You’re My Inspiration” Challenge: Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio

Hello, Friends!  Happy Hump Day!  It’s time for another great challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  This go round, Nancy is hosting the challenge and the theme is “You’re My Inspiration.”  For this fun challenge, I’ve created a Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio, but before I share it with you, here’s what Nancy has to say about the challenge:

Find any type of image or photo that inspires you and create a vintage or shabby chic project based on that image or photo (you don’t need to actually use it in your project). Please post the image on your blog along with your project, and tell us what it is you love about it.

Sound like fun?  I thought so, too!  So without further ado, let’s get the party started.

The Beach Is My Inspiration

I am a beach loving gal.  Everything about the beach inspires me: the sound of the waves, the wind whipping my hair, the wee birds skipping along in the sand, the pelicans skimming the waves, and the grains of sand that sparkle like flecks of gold under the bright sun.  I do my best thinking at the beach, and my best sleeping, too.  (Do you think there might be a connection?)  So I chose this gorgeous  digital collage image created by my dear friend, Ginny Nemchak as my inspiration photo.  This gal, perched on her over-sized beach ball, wearing a fabulous vintage bathing suit is who I want to be when I grow up.

Although this looks like a card, it’s really a folio.  I love to create cards that can double as gifts.  I have several birthdays coming up in my family this summer, and this Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio will make some birthday girl very happy.

Off to the Races Visits the Shore

Vintage Style Beach Babe Birthday Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

This Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio measures 5.75″ wide x 7.75″ tall.  I used Graphic 45 12×12 Off to the Races Patterns and Solids paper to create my layers.  These rich shades of blue and brown are perfect for a beach themed card.  A Tim Holtz Sophisticate Cabinet Card frames the focal image.  And here’s where I got a little creative inspiration.  I’ve always felt terrible about covering up the gorgeous graphics on the back of these Cabinet Cards.

So I didn’t.

Instead, I turned it into a flap. The kraft glassine bag has a hinge mechanism so it can fold down.  There’s a post card tucked into the envelope, but this leaves plenty of room to add a gift card.

I triple embossed this portion of the project: embossing folder, ink, embossing powder, paint then heat embossing again.  It created a surface that really resembles beach sand.

How to Make  Flap Opening for your Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio
  1. First, insert your chosen image inside the frame.  I had to add a little washi tape to the top and bottom of this image to make it fit perfectly.  Easy fix!
  2. Then, use a craft knife to gently separate the cabinet card front and back at the seam on the left hand side.
  3. Next, cut a 1.75″ strip of paper the same height as the cabinet card.
  4. Now, fold the paper in half to form a hinge.
  5. Glue one half inside the opened seam.  You will also need to add glue to the front of the hinge so that you can seal the cabinet card up again.
  6. Next, create the right hand side of your flap.  Measure it so that it is exactly the same width and height of the cabinet card you are using.  I cropped the corners on my card so that they would match the corners on the cabinet card.
  7. Now, Decorate the inside of this front flap.
  8. Then, glue the other half of the hinge to the back side of this layer.
  9. Finally, glue the whole mechanism onto your prepared card base.
  10. Hold the cabinet card flap closed with a little hinge clasp.

I stamped and inked up a little birthday greeting to tuck behind my chipboard sand dollar.  Glue just the bottom edge of the sand dollar to the card base, and you’ve got a pocket!  Then mat another fabulous beach babe onto designer paper, and tuck both behind the sand dollar.  I just love interactive elements on cards, don’t you?

Take a Look Inside

I packed the inside of this Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio with all kinds of fun goodies.

The top half of the folio holds a little accordion fold photo album.

And what’s in that pocket on the bottom?

How about another vintage beach babe all decked out on a tag, and a little sweet treat?

What’s Your Inspiration?

Now it’s your turn to play along and let us know what inspires YOU.  You have until midnight EDT on Tuesday, June 20th to create a vintage or shabby chic project inspired by a photo.  Link your project up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.

The designers will choose their top 4 favorite projects from all those submitted.  Our top favorite will be invited to serve as a Guest Designer on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The next 3 will receive badges to display proudly on their own blogs.  And everyone who enters and follows the rules of the challenge will be entered into the draw to receive a $25 shopping spree at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

You can find all the challenge guidelines HERE.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

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.

I’m linking this project up to The Great Summer Contest on Einat Kessler’s BLOG.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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G45 French Country Something Old Challenge

Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge: G45 French Country Spoonful of Gratitude Card

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Our hostess this go round is the one and only Jenny Marples.  I broke out my Graphic 45 French Country paper collection along with an oldie but a goodie from my stash for this Something Old Challenge.

Something Old Challenge Guidelines from Our Hostess Jenny
I’m sure, like me, there will be lots of you who love all things vintage and enjoy nothing more than discovering old and unwanted treasure at thrift shops and junk markets. The challenge this time is to use something old either as the basis of your project or as an addition to your vintage or shabby chic creation.

An Old Spoon and a Favorite Old Paper Collection

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

My  “Something Old” is this vintage silver spoon.  And, this is the last of my stash from my beloved Graphic 45 French Country Collection.  But…have you heard the news?  French Country is being re-released in a Deluxe Collector’s Edition.  You can pre-order it now at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2To create this rustic, aged look on your papers, use a distressing tool along the edges.  Then create little puddles of Distress Oxide ink on your non-stick craft mat and tap the paper into them.  I actually spritzed some of these papers with my Distress Sprayer, then crumpled them up to age them.

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3Texture also helps to create a rustic, vintage feel on a card.  So I added burlap, burlap string bows, and custom colored Petaloo Burlap Flowers.

The Star of the Show

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

The star of the show is this old silver spoon.  Like many of you, I love to go junkin’.  A while back, my dear husband (who is very good about indulging my obsessions) and I popped into a flea market that was going out of business.  And that is where I found this gorgeous old silver sugar spoon.  It is stamped on the back, which leads me to believe it is real silver.  I thought about polishing it up before using it on this card, but I decided I really liked the tarnished look.  It goes so well with these gorgeous vintage papers from Graphic 45.  To prepare it for this card, I simply used ribbon to tie on this tag, then added a little burlap string bow and a sunflower.

A Hidden Tag Pocket

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5While I was fussy cutting the post card image from the signature page of the collection, I had the thought to create a hidden tag pocket on the front of the card.  This is such a simple thing to do, but adds so much fun to a card.  Simply stitch the post card to a piece of burlap leaving the top edge open.  Instant pocket!

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6This G45 Staples ATC Laser Cut Ivory tag afforded me an opportunity to get in a little Distress Oxide playtime.  The base color is Fossilized Amber which I accented with Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint and Fired Brick to pick up on the colors in the designer paper.  Then I stamped the tag with my new Carabelle Carte Postale Stamp to add another layer of fun.  For a little bling, I tied this Live, Laugh, Love brass charm onto a French Country Chipboard Tag.  After gluing the chipboard to the tag, I backed it with a scrap of black designer paper to really make the laser cut sentiment pop.

A Peek Inside

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

I added more pockets to the inside of this 5″ x 7″ top fold card.

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9Paper scraps make great pockets!

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10And pockets are a great place to tuck in a tag!  After die cutting this tag from Kraft Cardstock, I covered it with designer paper.  Use sharp tiny scissors like Tim’s Mini Snips to fussy cut the sunflowers from the signature page.  Then adhere them to the tag base with Distress Collage Medium.  Every single little area is firmly adhered, but there is no glue residue.  And I love the way these Gilded Accents Rub Ons compliment the designer paper.   You can custom color this Petaloo Anemone with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist and Distress Bronze Mica Spray.

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 11The lower pocket holds an herbal teabag, a honey stick, a little chocolate treat and a recipe card that I aged with Tea Dye and Old Paper Distress inks.

Wouldn’t this card make a great hostess gift?

Now It’s Your Turn!

You can play along in this Something Old challenge by linking up your vintage or shabby chic project over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The challenge remains open until  11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, June 6th to link up.  All the guidelines and details are available on the Frilly and Funkie blog.

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

So what are you waiting for?  I know you have lots of great old “stuff” just waiting to be made into something beautiful.  And I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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