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Graphic 45 Master Detective Elementary Masculine Birthday Card

Graphic 45 Elementary Master Detective Masculine Birthday Card

Our eldest son grew up reading everything he could get his hands on.  He especially enjoyed reading the Sherlock Holmes novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  When it came time to make him his birthday card I immediately knew I wanted to make this Elementary Masculine Birthday card for him.  
Elementary Masculine Birthday Card Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Since his favorite color is green, the wonderful plaid pattern on the B side of the signature page was the perfect choice as the base of his card.  I kept the design very clean so that the wonderful patterned paper and focal image would really shine.

Go Long, My Dear Watson

Changing up the size and shape of a card base doesn’t have to be a major ordeal.  It can be as simple as creating a long, skinny card like this 8.25” x 4.25” top fold card.  Simply score an 8.5” x 11” sheet of black cardstock in half on the long side.  Then fold in half and trim.  

TIP: Layer it Up!

Layers of designer paper add loads of interest to a card composition.  You can make quick work of this by die cutting the layers from patterned paper.  I lay my dies on my card base to make sure they work well together.  Then I die cut, add foam tabs or waste chipboard to the back of each layer and glue in place.  

TIP: Change Direction

I cut two different patterned papers with the same die and matted both on black cardstock.  To add interest to the card composition, one pattern is oriented vertically and the other horizontally.  It’s a simple trick, but really draws the eye to the focal image.

TIP: Stick to it!

The focal image on this card is from the Master Detective Sticker sheet.  I chose it because its long, skinny shape echoed the shape of my card base.  After matting the sticker on black cardstock, I trimmed it out into a rectangular shape.  Then I used a ticket stub punch to shape the corners and a small circle punch to shape the sides.  

TIP: Glossy Accents is the best adhesive I’ve found for attaching metals to paper.  I ran a thin bead around the perimeter and a dot in the center, then held in place for a minute.  Let it dry completely for a really secure seal.

Elementary Masculine Birthday Card:  Won’t you come in?

For the interior of the card, I added a border strip and small envelope to the top half of the card.  I also cut down an ephemera card, rounded the corners and matted it on black paper.This is where I wrote my birthday greetings.  

Our son loved the card.  In fact, the first words out of his mouth were, “Look…it’s Sherlock Holmes!  Cool!”  I love it when a Master Detective plan has a happy ending!

I hope I 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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Butterfinger Halloween Treat Bags

Butterfinger Halloween Treat Bags with Authentique Bewitched Collection

Hello Friends! With Halloween peeping round the corner, I thought it would be fun to make these Butterfinger Halloween Treat Bags with the Halloween Ribbon Assortment from  Really Reasonable Ribbon Club.  These are a quick and easy make, and guaranteed to make your little ghosts and goblins grin with ghoulish delight.  Before we take a look at the bags, here’s a look at the fabulous ribbons I had to work with for this month’s hop.

I love these colorful, whimsical ribbons, don’t you?  They  are just the right accent for these Butterfinger Halloween Treat Bags.

 

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I made 6 treat bags in all.  The base of each bag is a Chevron Little Bitty Bag.  It was such fun to mix and match the ribbons from the Halloween Ribbon Club Assortment.

Butterfinger Halloween Treat Bags by Kathy Clement for RRR September 2017 Blog Hop Photo 2Each Butterfinger Halloween Treat Bag holds a cute little Halloween Tag.

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The papers are from Graphic 45’s Happy Haunting and Kraft Reflections.  (Both of these are retired collections.)  You can use any Halloween collection to make these, though.

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Tuck these cute vintage images behind the belly band, toss in a Fun Sized Butterfinger candy bar,  and you have the cutest little Halloween Treat Bags ever!  I think these would make spooktacular Halloween Party invitations or place cards.

Butterfinger Halloween Treat Bags Photos

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On With the Hop

Now it’s time for you to hop on over to see what fiendishly fabulous goodies Cherry has prepared for you.

Visit all the stops on the hop, then finish up at the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  Answer Bonnie’s question of the month and you could be the lucky winner of your very own Halloween Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you haven’t signed up for the monthly ribbon club yet, now is a great time.  With the holidays fast approaching you’ll receive beautifully coordinated ribbon assortments that you can use on all your holiday projects.  You don’t even have to go to the store! How great is that?

You can sign up for the ribbon club HERE.

Thanks for hopping on by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Home Decor: Sweet Sisters Altered Mirror

Sweet Sisters Altered Mirror For RRR Anything Goes with Ribbon or Trim Challenge

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Today I have a Sweet Sisters Altered Mirror to share with you. My baby sis celebrated her birthday in August, and I wanted to give her a  really meaningful gift. What could be more special than a gift made with your own hands? The finished product turned out so well that I decided to share it in the new “anything goes with ribbon or trim” challenge over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.

Sisters Altered Mirror Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1Look how cute we were in January 1964!  I’m on the left hand side of the photos, and my Sis is on the right.  You can tell we are sisters because we both have bad bangs.    My grandmother threatened to hide my mother’s scissors more than once!  It seems we always sported really crooked, super short bangs. Oh, the memories this photo brings back to me!

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Sweet Sisters Altered Mirror…Different Flowers from the Same Garden

I have been cleaning out closets again.  Treasures always seem to reveal themselves whenever I undertake this task. This time, I found this IKEA Malma mirror tucked away in a dark corner of the studio closet. And just like that, I had the perfect plan for Sue’s birthday present!

Sisters Altered Mirror Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3Graphic 45 teammate Sandy Trefger recently created a gorgeous layout using this same quote. It made such an impression on me, that I decided to use it on Sue’s altered mirror.

My sis loves red, so I used a lot of it in the design. To tone down the red a little, I used black Graphic 45 washi tape, black chipboard clocks, and flowers with black centers. Black is a great color to use in design, as it helps to anchor a project.  Black ribbon fit perfectly into the design plan.

Sisters Altered Mirror Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4Have you found this fabulous Black Bold Check Ribbon yet?  It’s part of the September Ribbon Club Assortment, and I am crazy for it!  Here, it was the perfect foil for all the red tones in this altered mirror, so I tucked some into my floral clusters along with a loopy ivory burlap string bow.

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Now it’s YOUR turn!

You’re cordially invited to play along in this fun challenge! The details can be found HERE on the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Rusty Falling Leaves Mixed Media Tag

Rusty Falling Leaves Mixed Media Tag for Frilly and Funkie Challenge

Hello, my friends!  It’s a great day for a new challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  The lovely Autumn is our hostess this go round, and the theme is “A Little Rusty.”  With summer coming to a close, I’m having fun creating fall projects.  Rusty falling leaves are to be found everywhere on this mixed media chipboard tag.  Before we take a look at the project, let’s see what Autumn has to say about this challenge:

Challenge Theme: A Little Rusty

With the end of summer nearing, some of us have gotten a little rusty with our creating due to holidays and lazy days.  For this challenge let’s break out a rusty color palette in preparation for fall.  Whether you take the challenge literally and use rusted metal a faux rust technique, or just the color in your vintage or shabby chic project – the choice is up to you!  We can’t wait to see your creativity in full swing!
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Rusty Falling Leaves Mixed Media Tag…an Inky Good Time

As you can see from the photo, I had loads of fun with  this rusty challenge!

This 5″ x 11.25″ chipboard tag was languishing in my stash, so I used it. But you could easily use the Tim Holtz Etcetera Tags that The Funkie Junkie Boutique carries in the shop.  The thickness of this tag makes it perfect for mixed media projects like this one.

I’m sharing a step x step tutorial for this project over on the Frilly and Funkie blog this Saturday (Sept. 2). So today we’ll just mostly look at photos.

Rusty Falling Leaves are Everywhere

You can die cut these fun rusty fall leaves from rusted mesh using a Tim Holtz Tattered leaves die.  Tapped with various distress paints, they add a lovely texture and rustic feel to this home decor piece. For even more texture, I added ribbon, burlap string and a cluster of WOC Chrysanthemums…perfect for fall, don’t you think?

Rusty falling leaves found a home at the top of my tag as well.  They are clustered together with Rust Silky Crush Ribbon, burlap string, a vintage button and some painted metal leaf charms.

Rusty Falling Leaves and Rusty Layers

Building up this rusty background was a jolly good time.  There are so many layers of gesso, texture paste, rust paste, Distress Oxide Inks, Mica Sprays, and Distress Sprays layered behind this focal image.  Graphic 45’s Place in Time collection (the September pages) worked well with this rustic background.

Now It’s YOUR turn

Are you feeling a little rusty?  Well, you are cordially invited to join us for this rust themed challenge.

Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge theme and guidelines.  Then link your lovely artwork up on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before midnight on Tuesday, September 12th.

The team will choose their top four favorite project.  The winner will be 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!

Hope you’ll join me on Saturday over at the Frilly and Funkie blog for Saturday Step x Step!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Get out your magnifying glass, your houndstooth coat, your deer stalker hat and pipe.  The game is afoot!  Join me as I share this Sherlock Holmes inspired Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial.

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I’ve always loved Sherlock Holmes.  Whether reading the original books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or watching Basil Rathbone, Jonny Lee Miller or Benedict Cumberbatch portray him on screen, you know you are in for a rollicking good time when Sherlock Holmes is on the case!

This tall and skinny 4.25″ x 8.5″ side fold card is all dressed up with Graphic 45’s Master Detective papers.  And what, pray tell, is the perfect ribbon choice for a Sherlock Holmes Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card?  It’s Elementary, my dear reader: Black and White Houndstooth Ribbon, of course!

Tips and Tricks

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2Here’s the inside scoop on how I made this whimsical card:

  • First, cut 4 1/8″ x 8 1/4″ panel of green plaid paper to cover your 4.25″ x 8.5″ kraft card base.
  • Next, cut 2 pieces of 1.5″ x 3.75″ black text paper from the 12×12 Patterns and Solids Pad. Mat on slightly larger black cardstock and glue in opposite corners.
  • Now, trim  a chipboard filmstrip frame to fit the card. Paint with brown paint.  Let it dry.
  • Then, swipe Jet Black Distress Oxide Ink on a craft mat.  Spritz with water until beadlets form.  Tap the film strip frame into the inky puddles to create a sort of corroded look.
  • Now, line the back side of the frame with 1/4″ Scor-tape.
  • Cut a piece of clear acetate to fit the back side of the film strip.
  • Then remove the liner on the Scor-Tape and press the acetate down.
  • Add Kool-Tak Clear Foam Tape over the acetate. Leave the top liner in place until later.
  • Fill the cavities with sequins and beads.
  • Now, cut a strip of black cardstock the same size as the film strip.
  • Then add images to the black paper, lining them up with the openings on the film strip.
  • Remove the liner tape and press the cardstock in place.
Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial : Finishing Touches

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  • First, fussy cut the image from the 8×8 paper pad signature page.  Ink the edges.
  • Now, add small foam dots to the back side, cutting them to fit where necessary.
  • Press in place as seen in the photo.
  • Glue down the chipboard tag.
  • Then create the bow cluster with houndstooth ribbon, black burlap string and a black button.

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  • Glue a brass monocle (I had this in my stash….go figure!) over the top filmstrip opening. Add ribbon/burlap string to finish.
  • Glue 3 tiny jet buttons along the side.
  • Finally, mat the sentiment sticker to black cardstock.  Trim and glue in place.

It’s suitably sinister, isn’t it?

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

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  • Line the card interior with paper.
  • Then, score a 4″ x 6″ image from the cut apart page to fit the left hand side.
  • Now, mat a sticker and small border piece on primitive white cardstock.

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Well, hello there!

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial: The Gift Card/Treat Wallet

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Create a gift card/treat wallet with black cardstock and a small ephemera card from the collection.

  • First, cut a 4 1/8″ x 8″ strip of black cardstock.
  • Then Score at 3 1/8″ and again at 6 1/4″.  Burnish and fold to create a sort of wallet.
  • Now, mat the small ephemera card on the wallet front.

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  • Next, line the interior of the wallet with designer papers.
  • Then use a circle punch to create a thumb hole.
  • Add a small strip of green plaid paper to the pocket front and glue shut.

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Trim another ephemera card to fit inside the pocket.  And throw in some dark chocolate for good measure! No sinister secrets here….just good fun and sweet treats!

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

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial

Get a Clue: Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial

Hello again, G45’ers!  Do you know that Halloween is just 85 days away?  Time to start creating a spot to preserve all those great photos of  cute costumed kids.  (big and little! ) To help you along the way, I’ve prepared a super fun Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial for you today.

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Master Detective is such a fabulous collection!  Great colors, wonderful patterns, and whimsical images make it the right choice for this playful, interactive 4″ square mini album

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2The front cover sets the stage with  lots of layers, a mini magnifying glass, buttons, bows, flowers and chipboard tags.

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3This stylish belly band holds the album closed.  Simply slide it off, and the fun begins!

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Just like a spooky old house, this little wallet is designed with hidden “rooms” and spooktacular interactive features.

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I found an intriguing online tutorial for making tiny matchbox style folios and I liked the idea so much that I modified the design to create a much larger 4” x 4” Photo Wallet.  This version holds a series of ATC Tags tucked into pockets throughout the album.

Enter if You Dare

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I scored each set of Master Detective Playing Cards to create a mini booklet on each tag front.

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9Stickers matted on black cardstock make a great pocket!

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10Despite its small size, this album can hold loads of 4″ x 4″ photos!

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Doesn’t this design  make you think of the rooms in the old Clue Mystery Game?

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And here is the line up of villainous villains and heroic heroes housed inside the album.  These would make great place cards for a murder mystery party!

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But enough chit chat!  Let’s get down to business and get to work on this amazing Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial.

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  • ⅝’ wide houndstooth plaid ribbon
  • Baker’s twine, black cord
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  • ⅛” Scor-Tape
  • Foam tape or waste chipboard for layering
  • Flower, button and die cuts from my stash
  • Scoring tool, hot glue gun, ruler, craft knife

I hope you found some fun tips and tricks in this Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit

3×3 Challenge: Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit

Hello, G45’ers!  Graphic 45’s Nature Sketchbook has become one of my all time favorite paper collections.  Today, I’ve used it to create this Nature Sketchbook  Correspondence Kit for the 3×3 challenge at Graphic 45.

Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1What’s the 3×3 Challenge?

Let me explain.  As a fun new twist for all you fabulous G45’ers, Graphic 45 calls out 3 Brand Ambassadors each month.  We are assigned the same 3 crafty items to work with and told to create something to inspire your creativity.  So I’m up on the G45 Blog today along with fellow Brand Ambassadors  Alexandra and Nico.

We were asked to create with our choice of 8×8 papers, Staples Stamped Metal Brads and a Standard Black Book Box.  A few “extra” supplies from our stash can be added to the basic 3 items, but the idea is to keep the supply list as short as possible. I found it to be surprisingly liberating to work with a more limited supply list, as it forced me to dig deep and be extra creative.

Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit

Did you know that handwritten notes are making a big comeback?  Right smack dab in the middle of the age of technology, the handwritten note is a rising trend. Do a quick Google search, and you’ll find that both individuals and businesses are rediscovering the value of personalized, handwritten notes,  This is great news for those of us who have always loved pretty stationery!

Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2With this trend in mind, I set out to create an elegant boxed correspondence kit for the G45 3×3 July Challenge.

TIP: Coat the exterior of the box with a sealant to protect the patterned papers from spills or smears of jelly toast.  I used Ranger Distress Collage Medium as it dries very quickly.  The paper may bubble when the medium is first applied, but it will lay flat again if you leave it to dry overnight.

 

The Ribbon Closure: Tips and Tricks

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After I covered the book box with Plant Kingdom and Verdant Woodlands paper, I needed to create a closure.  Ribbon adds wonderful texture and pattern, so I decided to go in that direction.  

  • First, measure to find the middle of the book box cover.  Place one line of 1/2 Scor Tape all the way around the front cover, spine and back cover at this middle point.  Repeat with another line above and below this first one.
  • Cut a 30″ long strip of 1.5″ Antique Gold Netting.  Fold the ribbon to find the center.
  • Remove the liner from the Scor-tape.
  • Place the center point of the ribbon on the center point of the spine. Then press the ribbon in place.  You’ll use the long tails to tie the bow.
  • Place another strip of 1/2 Scor-Tape above and below the netting. Then add two strips of 1/2″ Moss Green/Cream Plaid Ribbon.

TIP:  To keep cut ribbon ends from fraying, add a very small dot of Art Institute Dries Clear adhesive to the cut ends.  Tap in with your fingers.  The glue dries clear and will not discolor the ribbon, but will keep the ends from fraying.

Now that your ribbon closure is finished, you can go ahead and add fussy cut elements to the cover.  This is the fun part!

TIP: Mat images on black cardstock to really make them pop!

TIP: Add foam dimensionals or waste chipboard between the layers to create depth and     dimension.

Decorating the Spine

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I dug into my stash of retired Staples Metals to find these lovely metal butterflies.  First, I ran them through an embossing folder to add texture and design.  Then I tapped them with Distress Paints in colors that complemented Nature Sketchbook.  The bottom layer is flat, the middle layer has shaped wings and the top layer is made with one of the small butterflies.  Layers are connected with a Staples Stamped Metal Brad, which fits perfectly through the opening in the center of the butterfly body.

Decorating the inside of The Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit

 

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After covering the interior of the box with more beautiful 8″ x 8″ papers, I got to work on creating the correspondence kit.  Lined envelopes, note cards and a handy address book are housed within.

Store chic lined envelopes inside this improvised pocket page.   First, score an 8″ x 8″ piece of Nature Sketchbook to fit the cover liner.  Then, fold the extra piece of paper to form a sort of pocket. Next, secure black and white houndstooth ribbon to the back side of this mechanism. Finally, wrap the loose ends around the mechanism and tie a bow to create the closure.

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TIP: To create elegant lined envelopes, trim designer paper about ⅛” less than the width of the opening.  Then slide the cut paper into the envelope to make sure it fits well and adjust if necessary. Next, round the top corners with a ¼” corner rounder.  Finally, with the paper inserted in the envelope, mark the fold line, score, and glue in place.

Follow a Recipe!

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Use the same “recipe” when making a set of note cards:

  • First, create four 4.25″ x 5.5″ kraft cardstock bases.
  • Next, cut four pieces of  ladybug paper to measure 4″ x 5.25″.
  • Cut four pieces of black cardstock to measure 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.
  • Now mat the ladybug print on the black cardstock.
  • Trim four strips of Wildflower Bouquet to measure 2.25″ x 5 1/8″  .
  • Now cut four mats from black cardstock, and mat Wildflower Bouquet
  • Next, cut four strips of Plant Kingdom to measure 1.5″tall x 4 1/8″ long.
  • Then cut four 4″ strips of Olive Burlap Woven Ribbon.
  • Now cut focals from Beautiful World.  Mat on Black cardstock.
  • Assemble card as follows
    • Card base
    • Black Mat
    • Ladybug (Diary of a Botanist)
    • Wildflower Bouquet
    • Plant Kingdom Belly Band
    • Olive Burlap Woven Ribbon
    • Staples Stamped Brad
    • Matted Card Focal

Using this assembly line method, you should have all 4 cards finished in about an hour.

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Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit: Address Book with Stamp and Address Label Storage

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First, I created a simple ring bound book cover with chipboard and “O” rings.

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I altered this envelope with designer papers and Tropical Travelogue Alpha Stamps.

Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 13These address book pages have been in my stash forever.  I designed the book cover to fit them.

Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 14This envelope is altered to hold address labels.   The small policy envelope on the inside back cover provides a little extra storage spot.  It also flips down.  This way, you can add a small photo to the inside cover.

I had a blast creating this Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit for this month’s 3×3 Challenge at Graphic 45.  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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