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Thankful Season Card Folio for Frilly and Funkie

Graphic 45 Thankful Season Card Folio for Frilly and Funkie “Give Thanks” Challenge

Hello, Dear Friends!  Tomorrow we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US.  It’s probably my favorite of all the holidays.  I mean, who doesn’t love a celebration centered around gratitude and food!  So today I’m sharing a lovely Graphic 45  Thankful Season Card Folio made for the latest “Give Thanks” Challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  We’ll take a look at the folio in a moment, but first let’s see what our lovely hostess, Sara Emily, has to say about this challenge.

Give Thanks!

We have so much to be grateful for! The Frilly and Funkie team is thankful for our loyal readers and our newest visitors! For this challenge, simply create a vintage or shabby chic project that expresses gratitude.

Thankful Season Card Folio with Graphic 45 Seasons Collection

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

The sentiment on this card kind of sums it all up for me.  There is so much to be thankful for!  Thanksgiving is the perfect time to stop and count our blessings!

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2This Thankful Season Card Folio is a little larger than usual measuring a generous 5.5″ x 7.5″ with a 1/2″ spine.  I needed more room to add all these fun elements: fussy cuts, mulberry flowers, mini pumpkins, an ornate shaker frame, fall ribbons, real feathers, filigree corners,  and little stick pins.

Thankful Season Card Folio: Layering the Designer Paper

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3For this card folio, I worked primarily with papers from the 12×12 Patterns and Solids pad.

  • First, mat a 5″ x 7″ panel of brown floral paper on a slightly larger panel of kraft card.
  • Then ink the edges of both panels with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
  • Next, machine stitch the panels together.  This is optional, but I love the texture that stitching adds to a card.
  • Now, use the two largest dies from  Spellbinder’s Labels Eight to cut paper layers from the orange text and orange floral papers.  Ink the edges and mat on both kraft and dark brown paper.
  • Then, cut one more paper layer from the back side of either print.  This will be where we mount our shaker element.
  • Next, ink up Dear Ruby with an embossing pad and stamp on the plain colored side of this label.
  • Then, heat emboss with Charred Gold Leaves Embossing Powder.
  • Layer all the die cut panels on the card using foam tabs, tape or waste cardboard to add dimension.
  • Decorate with fussy cut elements, flowers, feathers, metal filigree corners, etc.
Thankful Season Card Folio: The Shaker Element

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Here’s how I created the framed shaker sentiment on this Thankful Season Card Folio

  • First, cut the sentiment from the 12×12 Graphic 45 Seasons Autumn Collective Page.
  • Next, die cut 2 Ornate Frames from heavy kraft cardstock
  • Now, use an embossing ink pad to stamp Tammy Tutterow’s Big Fabric Background Stamp on the front of one frame.
  • Sprinkle with Emerald Creek Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder and heat set.
  • Next, smear Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Ink onto a non-stick craft.  Then mist with water until small beads of ink form on the mat.
  • Then press the embossed frame face down into the ink.  Heat dry.  Repeat until you like the finished product.
  • Gently heat the frame until the embossed portions pop back to the surface.
  • Now, cut two pieces of clear acetate (I used packaging materials) slightly larger than the frame opening.  Use 1/8″ Scor-Tape to glue one piece to the back side of the top frame and one piece on the FRONT side of the bottom frame.
  • Next, cut foam tape or dimensionals to create a border all the way around the inner edge of the frame.  You don’t want this to show through the frame openings, so keep this in mind as you work.  I used a product called Kool-Tak, as it is a clear foam tape.
  • Then carefully fill the center of the bottom frame with your shaker elements.  Don’t overfill.  About a teaspoon of shaker elements like sequins, small beads and glitter should be enough.
  • Now remove the foam tape liner and press the top frame onto the bottom frame, being careful to line them up.
The Thankful Season Card Folio: Goodness on the Inside

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

I love to add pockets and tags and other goodies inside my cards.

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6Sometimes it’s fun to change things up a little.  So instead of a pocket on the top portion of the card, I created a double belly band .

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

This holds a 4″ x 6″ photo wallet and a darling little tea bag wallet.

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9The side pocket on the bottom holds a vintage style recipe card, a decorated honey stick (to go with the tea bag, of course) and a lovely vintage style tag.

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10

Give Thanks Challenge at Frilly and Funkie: Now It’s YOUR turn!

We’d love to have you join us in this Give Thanks Challenge.  To do so, you need simply create your own vintage style or shabby chic project that expresses gratitude.  Then link your project up over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before midnight on Tuesday, December 5th.  Please read all the challenge details and guidelines HERE.

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

Before I sign off, I’d like to wish each and every one of you a very Happy Thanksgiving Day.  If you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving where you are, or if you’ve already celebrated, then I wish you the blessing of a grateful heart.  As the sentiment on this Thankful Season Card Folio proclaimed: There is so much to be thankful for!

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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Graphic 45 French Country HeARTfelt Recipe Journal Tutorial

Bon Appetit!  Graphic 45 French Country HeARTfelt Recipe Journal Tutorial
 Frilly & Funkie Saturday Step x Step

Hello, Friends!  I’m so glad you could join me here today. Have you l heard the exciting news that Graphic 45 is releasing the gorgeous French Country as a Deluxe Collector’s Edition?  I’m so excited that I dug into my stash and created this French Country HeARTfelt Recipe Journal Tutorial for the Saturday Step x Step over on the Frilly and Funkie blog.

A Recipe for Success

I’m afraid that I have a brand new crafting addiction.  Eileen Hull’s HeARTfelt Journal die from Sizzix is just so much fun to play with.  Pairing it with these vibrant papers is truly a recipe for success!

There are so many different ways that you can use this journal.  Here are a few that I came up with during the creative process.

  • Great gift for the new bride!  Include some of your tried and true recipes and put in a basket with spices for a gorgeous shower gift.
  • How about the child who is moving out on his/her own?  Add in all the favorite recipes from home.
  • Your own personal guide to fine dining!  So many people take photos of their food plates.  It would be fun to compile them here along with notes about the meal.
  • A heritage recipe book.  Do you have scraps of recipes tucked here, there and everywhere?  Why not create a special place of honor to preserve them?

That’s just a short list of ways that I think you could use this handy album.  Do you have more?  I’d love to hear about them!

Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Creating an Interactive Album

Interactive elements make me happy.  It’s just so much fun to pull a tag out of a pocket, flip a page to find a little surprise, or fold paper in a unique way.

I’ve woven all kinds of fun surprises into this chunky little album.

There are tuck spots and pockets, and folios galore.

I’ve found all kinds of creative ways to use up little scraps of pretty paper. The easiest way to share all these ideas with you is via a YouTube video tour.

French Country HeARTfelt Recipe Journal Tutorial on YouTube

French Country HeARTfelt Recipe Journal Tutorial on Snapguide

If videos are not your “thing” I’ve also prepared a Snapguide tutorial.  You’ll learn the basics of assembling the journal, but in this tutorial I focus on designing the covers.

 

Check out How to Eileen Hull HeARTfelt Journal G45 French Country by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

I hope I’ve shared some ideas that you can put to good 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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Frilly & Funkie “Count Me In” Challenge: Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House

Frilly & Funkie “Count Me In” Challenge: Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another wonderful challenge over at the Frilly & Funkie Blog.  The one and only amazing Jenny is our hostess this go round, and the name of the challenge is “Count Me In.”   I went “off the page” for this challenge and created a Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House.  But before I share it with you, here’s what Jenny has to say about this challenge.

Count Me In!
For this challenge you need to use your choice of numbers to add that special ‘sum-thing’ to your vintage or shabby chic project. Make them count as part of the design, not just a last-minute addition!

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 1Now this was a fun, fun project!  First of all, I adore G45’s Olde Curiosity Shoppe collection.  Secondly, it’s always fun to go “off the page” and create a 3-D project like this.  The base is a Tim Holtz Vignette House.  I wish I had a dozen of these!  They are just a blast to work with!

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 2

Use Distress Paints to alter the brown base of the vignette house.  First, I put down a light layer of Picket Fence.  Next, I added a light layer of Weathered Wood.  Then I dry brushed randomly with Pumice Stone and Hickory Smoke.  The end product was mostly covered with designer paper, but you can see the paint around the edges.  It makes me think of an old Cape Cod house.

Learning to Fly

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 3

I just never get tired of using this adorable flying pig!  He took the place of honor in the attic of the vignette house where he stands guard over the Olde Curiosity Shoppe below.  I added a touch of Stardust Stickles to his lovely wings, because let’s face it…a flying pig calls for glitter!  Fussy cut one of the corner details from the signature page to serve as the spire on this funky little house. “Learning to Fly”  is one of Tim’s “Clippings” stickers.  (Product links are below the post.)

The Apothecary Shoppe

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 4To add depth and dimension, I used old corrugated packaging between my layers.  If you like to fussy cut, as I do, this collection will make you very happy.  I fussy cut the apothecary shop window from the signature page of the collection.  Add Glossy Accents to the clock faces (numbers) and to random bottles within the shop.  To add even more numbers to my composition, I used a sticker from the Olde Curiosity Shoppe DCE collection.

Butterflies!

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 5In this photo, you can see the cute metal feet and the ornate keyhole that I altered with Vintaj Paints. I also fussy cut a bunch of beautiful butterflies, more border flourishes and a funky old key/clock image from the paper collection. (More numbers.)  I just love Tim’s new monocle, and it works so well with this collection.

Magical Roller Skate

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 6When our middle son was little, he wrote a series of stories about a flying boot.  This magical roller skate image always reminds me of those charming little stories, so it’s a favorite of mine!  After fussy cutting the roller skate, I layered it up with a bunch of other fussy cut images, some chipboard, and a Prima Roman Numeral,

A Cure for What Ails You

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 7Fill the apothecary shop window with lovely little glass vials.  I’m sure you will find a cure for whatever ails you within.  I filled the bottles with glass beads, then “labeled” them with stickers from the sticker sheet.

If you look closely at the steampunk bicycle border, you will see that the wheels are actually clock faces with Roman Numerals.  More numbers!

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 8Cover sides and roof with designer papers, fussy cut images and more stickers.

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 9Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 10

Now It’s Your Turn

We want to “count you in” for this wonderful challenge, so get out your crafty goodies and create a vintage or shabby chic project where numbers take the spotlight in the design. Link it up over at the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, April 11th.

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 next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Super Sweet Easter Treat Basket

Really Reasonable Ribbon Hop, Hop, Hop: Super Sweet Easter Treat Basket

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the March RRR Blog Hop!  You should be coming here full of inspiration from Karen’s lovely blog.  If you get off track, you can find the complete hop list HERE.  With Easter right around the corner, I’ve created a super sweet Easter treat basket using ribbons from the March Spring Rainbow of Color Ribbon Assortment.

These lovely ribbons look like a bed of beautiful spring tulips, don’t they?

Sweet Vintage Style Easter Cards in a Basket

Super Sweet Easter Treat Basket by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1The inspiration for this Sweet Easter Treat Basket was the bright, bold colors of the Tangerine Honeycomb Satin ribbon, Daffodil Checkerboard Satin Ribbon, and Apple Green Mini Hearts Grosgrain Ribbon from the assortment.  They make me think of carrots, which makes me think of bunnies which make me think of the Easter Bunny.  Yes, I have a strange and frightening mind.  LOL

Super Sweet Easter Treat Basket by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2It’s easy to turn a Graphic 45 Staples Long tag into a basket.  Simply score twice, fold and add sides.

Super Sweet Easter Treat Basket by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3The basket is filled with cute vintage style cards and mini chocolates.  The great thing about a treat caddy like this is that you can fill it with other goodies once you’ve sent out all the cards!

What’s in the Super Sweet Easter Treat Basket?

Super Sweet Easter Treat Basket by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 4I created a trio of vintage style Easter cards using Graphic 45’s Le Cirque collection (retired) and darling vintage Easter images from Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy Shop.  It may seem odd to use circus themed papers for Easter, but the colors of this collection really worked with the vintage style images and rainbow colored ribbons.  This 3/8″ Capri Blue Diamond Satin ribbon pops against the yellows on this cute little card.

Super Sweet Easter Treat Basket by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 5I covered mini clothespins with paper from the collection for extra fun.

Super Sweet Easter Treat Basket by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 6These vintage style buttons look great with the Daffodil Checkerboard Satin ribbon!

Super Sweet Easter Treat Basket by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 7Each card is finished on the inside with a little Easter greeting, a decorated mini envelope and a tasty chocolate treat.

On with the Hop

Now hop on over to Cherry’s lovely blog to see what she’s cooked up with these bright pretty ribbons.

Be sure to visit all the blogs on the hop, and leave a sweet comment behind.  Then hop on over to the RRR Blog to let Bonnie know you’ve completed the hop.  Answer her question of the month to be entered into a drawing for your very own Spring Rainbow of Color Ribbon Assortment.

If you’re not already a member of the Ribbon Club, now is a great time to join.  You can find all the details (and a special offer!) HERE.

Thanks for hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Celebrate Spring with Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Tutorial

Celebrate Spring with Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Tutorial

Hello, G’45’ers!  When I was a little girl, I spent many happy hours reading books.  I was often sick and confined to bed, but books transported me to many magical and enchanting places.  One of my favorite childhood books was Frances Hodgson Burnette’s Secret Garden.  I loved reading how Mary and Dickon discovered and restored that secret walled garden. While they were busy digging in the dirt and growing flowers, a true friendship blossomed as well.  It’s still a favorite today, and thinking about spring always brings fond memories of this lovely tale.  Naturally, I had to break out my Graphic 45 Secret Garden Deluxe Collector’s Edition papers and create a little tribute to spring.

Don’t you just love this sentiment? “Where you tend a rose, a thistle cannot grow.”  You could build your life around wisdom like that!  The base of this album is a Graphic 45 Staples 5×7 Kraft Book Box.  I created a shaker top and then decorated with pretty trims and Petaloo Canvas Briar Roses.

Shake Things Up with a Clear Acetate Cardstock Cover

Shake up your design by adding a shaker element to the box cover.  After you create your cover design (but before you glue it to the top of the box) go all the way around the edges with foam tape.  Fill the center with sequins, buttons, glitter, or small chipboard pieces like the ones I used here.  Peel off the liner from the top of the foam tape, place the trimmed acetate on top and press the edges to seal.  I added this pretty rose trim around the edges to finish everything off.

It’s very hard to photograph anything that is covered in clear acetate, but I gave it my best effort!  Those are real lavender buds inside the acetate along with sequins and small chips from the collection .

Altering Metal Staples

I wanted the album to have a real shabby chic feel, so I painted all my Graphic 45 Metal Staples with a coat of “Whisper” Chalk paint from Americana Decor.  When the first layer dried, I tapped the raised edges with Tattered Rose Distress Paint to create custom shabby chic metal accents. Then you can fill the piece with pretty flowers as I did here.

Or tuck a word inside the label holder as I did here. The spine is decorated with fussy cut images from the collection, Petaloo Sage Vintage Velvet Hydrangea and some vintage buttons from my stash.

The box is held shut with a 1.5″ Ivory Crushed Satin Ribbon and bow.   Would you like to see what’s inside?

I thought you might!  Just as Mary’s Secret Garden was hidden behind an old wall, this sweet little tag album is hidden inside the box.  It’s loaded with fold out pages, tiny folios, pull tabs and all kinds of wonderment.

Inside the front cover of the album, I created a pocket that I filled with sweet springtime greeting card.

Oh, how I love this collection!

Secret Garden Tag Album on YouTube

Rather than fill the blog up with dozens of photos, I prepared a very short 3 minute video that you can watch.

Snapguide Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Tutorial

As you saw in the video, the tag album is loaded with lots of fun fold outs and inserts.  I thought you might enjoy learning how I made the tag album, so I prepared a SnapGuide tutorial for you.

Check out How to Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Insert by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

How to Make the Secret Garden Card

If you’d like to make the sweet card that is tucked in the front pocket of the album, I also prepared a SnapGuide Tutorial showing you how to build those layers and create the card.
Check out How to Quick & Easy Secret Garden Card W/Graphic 45 by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

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I hope I’ve brought a little springtime into your life today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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New Year’s Inspiration with Frilly and Funkie

New Year’s Inspiration Challenge at Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Don’t you just love the start of a new year?  It’s like writing on a fresh page in a new journal…all filled with promise and full of wonderful expectations.  For our first  Frilly and Funkie challenge of 2017, the theme is New Year’s Inspiration.  Here’s what Linda, the owner of the Funkie Junkie Boutique has to say about this challenge:

New Years Inspiration
At the start of each New Year so many of us make plans and set goals for the futures. So for this challenge we want you to create a vintage or shabby chic project depicting what you are inspired to do/achieve in 2017.

The team will choose their top 4 picks with the winner being invited to join us for  Guest Designer spot on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. Three additional participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into a random drawing for a $25 shopping spree at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Nature Sketchbook Easel Card

I gave this challenge theme a lot of thought, and I had about a hundred different ideas in about as many different directions.  But I finally settled upon this rather simple Nature Sketchbook Easel Card because the sentiment really spoke to me.

2016 was a real roller coaster of a year loaded with all kinds of highs and lows.  We endured the stress of having our house on the market, selling our house…and having the contract fall through 3 times before we finally found a buyer who took it to the finish line.  Then there was the stress of sorting through all our “stuff” and downsizing so that we could fit into our cozy new home.  I had to get my new studio arranged in such a way that I could find a good work flow.  I also had to remember where I’d put everything.  (Labels save the day!)

In May, I learned that I had won a spot on the Graphic 45 Design Team, and that was a wonderful celebration as well as a new learning curve. And, on top of it all, Dale had ongoing health issues.  There were lots of sweet happy times mixed in with not so fun challenging times.  I found myself to be busier than I’ve been in years.  I got tired.  Exhausted, really. And my creativity began to wane.  It all just felt like WORK.  So. Much. Work.

Happiness is a Butterfly

I think that’s why this sentiment spoke to me.  The whole idea of sitting down quietly…developing a quiet spirit in the midst of all kinds of hubbub…and then creating from that place…that is my goal for 2017.  Making time to sit quietly and just BE.

Anyone who creates knows that you must feed your spirit in order to maintain a flow of creativity and inspiration.  I want to remember to take the time to do that in the coming year.  I’m hopeful that if I keep this card on my desk, it will remind me to sit quietly and reflect on all that I am thankful for in this beautiful mess we call life.

These fragile butterflies will remind me that in order to soar, I have to spend some time resting my mind and my spirit as I focus on the beauty of the life that surrounds me. And I have to remember to rest (and exercise!) my body in order to stay healthy and strong.

That about sums it up.  But I’d love to hear from you.  What are YOU inspired to do/achieve in 2017?  If you’d like, you can share it with me in the comment section below.  I’m hoping you’ll be inspired to join in on this fun challenge, and link up on the Frilly and Funkie blog.  You’ll find all the necessary details HERE.

Thanks so much for letting me share my thoughts with you here today!

Cheerio,

kathy

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