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Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags

Hello, G45’ers!  I’m a firm believer that love is always in season!  Back in February I created a lovely little Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags for Valentine’s Day.  I’m finally getting a chance to share this lovely project with you today.  Although Valentine’s’ Day is over and gone, you could easily adapt this idea to use with any holiday or special occasion.  Just select a different “season” from the collection!

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 01

I fell in love with the red and aqua tones and the darling love birds in the Winter pages.

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Mini crates are a fun crafting trend right now, and readily available at most craft stores.  Dressing a crate up with the Seasons Winter pages was a fun and easy project.

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This mini crate measures 5” x 3.5” x 2.25”, making it the perfect size to hold G45 Staples Regular Ivory Tags.

 

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Filling your altered mini crate with Staples Regular Ivory Tags is a  super quick to make if you use an “assembly line” format.

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags: On the Assembly Line

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Filling your altered mini crate with Staples Regular Ivory Tags is a super quick when you create your own “assembly line”.

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TIP: If you’re lucky enough to have the new Staples Tag and Gears dies, it’s a cinch to cover your Staples Regular Tag.  Simply die cut the tag base, and adhere with your favorite adhesive.

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 09

Dont have the tag? No worries! If you haven’t added this incredible tool to your crafty stash yet, here’s how to proceed:

  • First, cover each tag base (front and back) with a 3.75” x 4.75” rectangle of red or aqua cardstock. (For a perfect color match, use the solids side of the Seasons Patterns and Solids pad.)  
  • Before adhering, round the corner with a 1/4″ corner edge punch. I use Crop-a-Dile Corner Chompers for this task.  I find they are very easy on the hands.

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 10

TIP: Take a few minutes before you begin decorating your tags and do all your fussy cutting.  Cut border strips to the desired length and round the corners. I typically make piles on my work desk with images, fussy cuts, mats, embellishments and bows all neatly laid out so I can just grab and go. Taking the time to prep in this way ultimately saves you loads of time.

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags: The Details

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Seasons Pockets and tags fit perfectly on a Regular Staples Tag.  I paired this one up with the reverse side of an ephemera card, then added a felt heart, buttons and flowers to complete the tag design. The tag inside the pocket provides a lovely spot to write a personal  greeting.

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Leave the back side of each tag blank so that you have room to add a photo.  A simple belly band cut from Seasons Patterns and Solids adds a fancy feel to the back side of the tag.  And chocolate is always a welcome addition!

TIP: Use repositionable glue dots to secure an individually wrapped chocolate to the back of each tag.  If you add fussy cut embellishments, be sure to glue just one edge to the paper. This will leave the edge open so that photos can be slipped  underneath.

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The Seasons Collection is loaded with wonderful elements that you can cluster together to create stunning collage style tags.

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags: More Details

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And don’t forget to decorate the sides of your crate!  

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Stickers, cut apart images and elements like this ribbon slide from Seasons Tags & Pockets are great options for this task.

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This project idea lends itself to any special occasion.  And Graphic 45 has the perfect collection to match the occasion!  I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas 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

Supply List for Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags

Graphic 45 Seasons Collection

Staples Ivory Tags

Other Products:

  • Red and Aqua Cardstock
  • 5” x 3.5” x 2.25” white wooden crate
  • Paper Flowers, Ribbon, Burlap String
  • Felt Hearts, Buttons

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio

Hello, G45’ers!  They say that everybody loves a baby, and I do believe this is true.  Making a special gift for a new babe is one of my favorite crafty adventures.  It’s always a delight to layer up those soft pastel baby papers and images, isn’t it?  I made this Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio with the Deluxe Collector Edition.  The DCE’s come with all the 12×12 papers plus the wonderful chipboard and stamp elements.  That makes it easy to create a memorable gift for baby!

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio Little Darlings by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

Little Boy Blue Card Folio: How to Create a Shabby Chic Vibe

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio Little Darlings by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 02

Shabby Chic cards are such fun to create.  This 5″ x 7″ Little Boy Blue Card Folio is loaded with shabby chic touches.  Here are some of the tricks I used to amp up the shabby chic volume on this card.

  • First, create distressed edges by lightly running the blade of your scissors or a distressing tool along the paper edges.  You don’t have to brutalize the paper; a light touch will do.
  • Next, I love to add machine or hand stitching to the layers.

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio Little Darlings by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 03

  • Next, try to add fussy cut elements, like these floral clusters.  Tuck them in between layers.
  • Use shabby chic metal embellishments.  These Graphic 45 Staples Keys and Ornate Key Hole have been tapped with ivory acrylic paint to add to their shabby chic appeal.

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio Little Darlings by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 04

  • Add lots of layers!
  • Include texture in your composition.  Ribbon, flowers, string…all these things lend themselves to shabby chic design.

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  • Use floral clusters to draw the eye to an image that might otherwise be overlooked.  The flowers that surround the chipboard frame keep it from disappearing.
  • Add a little paint spatter!  Thin acrylic paint with water.  Then pick it up with a paint brush.  Hold the very end of the brush handle with one hand and tap the opposite end of the brush with your finger.  You can practice this technique on scrap paper until you feel confident enough to try it in real life!
Little Boy Blue Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio Little Darlings by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 06

This hybrid creation is part card, part mini album and part gift.

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio Little Darlings by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 07I managed to tuck in a sweet little waterfall cascade to keep photos of baby’s first precious days.

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio Little Darlings by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 08

And I also tucked in a little gift card wallet to round things out.

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio on YouTube

I created a short YouTube video project share so you can see how all these various parts come together to form the whole.

 

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

Little Boy Blue Card Folio Supply List

 

  • Graphic 45

 

 

Graphic 45 Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial

 Graphic 45 Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial
Frilly and Funkie Elegant Jewels Challenge

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  This go round, our hostess is the lovely (and hilarious) Cec.  This Graphic 45 Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial fits right in with her fabulous “Elegant Jewels” theme. Before we take a look at my offering for this challenge, let’s see what Cec has to say about this challenge theme.

Challenge Theme: Elegant Jewels
Let’s make a vintage or shabby chic project in jewel tone colours such as deep purple, emerald green, jade green, burgundy, bright turquoise to name a few AND to make your project extra special, add some sort of jewel or gem, which can be anything from a dollar store find to a piece of broken jewelry.
 Graphic 45 Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial

Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial Little Women by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

I’m a huge fan of Graphic 45’s tags, and use them often in my creations.  Now that G45 has released dies to match the tags, they are especially fun..  This tag mini folio is made with Ivory Square tags and the matching Square Tag and Clock Die.  No more tracing the tag onto paper and cutting it out, then trimming to fit.  The dies cut a tag cover with a perfect 1/8″ border, and they cut the perfect sized hole for the tag grommets.    And I’m happy to announce that The Funkie Junkie Boutique now carries all the Graphic 45 tags and matching dies in the online store.  Life is good!

Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial Little Women by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 02

To make this mini folio, I simply joined two Ivory Square Tags together with a simple folded spine.

Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial Little Women by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 03

I used the Square Tag and Clock die to cut out the blue doily frame, and the focal image.  Having the dies made quick work of putting this mini tag folio together.

 

The finished album is 4.5″ wide x 5″ tall with a 1/2″ spine and a ribbon closure.

Graphic 45 Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial Little Women by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 05

Pockets, flaps and surprises await inside!

Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial Little Women by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 06

Scraps, chipboard, fussy cuts, and a metal charm decorate an Ivory ATC tag.  To keep it company in the front pocket, I tucked in an ephemera card and a mini chocolate.

Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial Little Women by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 07

Ephemera cards make great flaps! And if you cut a pocket from the Tags and Pockets sheet in half, you get this pretty little tuck spot.

Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial Little Women by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 09

Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial Little Women by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10

Which just happens to be the perfect size to hold this itty bitty hand bound book.  The book measures 1.75″ x  2.5″.  It’s a great way to use up scraps!

Graphic 45 Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial and YouTube Video

To help you get a better feel for the flow and function of Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio, I’ve prepared this video project share.  You’ll also find step out photos and directions for creating the tag folio base, pocket, flap page and tag pocket.  I hope you enjoy!

Frilly and Funkie Elegant Jewels Challenge: Now it’s YOUR turn

You’re invited to participate in this “Elegant Jewels” Challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project that incorporates florals and  pastel colors in the design.  Then link your project on the Frilly and Funkie blog before 11:59PM DST on Tuesday, April 245th.  You can find all the information on that HERE.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose four favorite projects from your entries. Our favorite artist  will be invited to join us as a Guest Designer  at Frilly and Funkie. The next three winners will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who links up 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!

Did I share some tips and tricks today 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

Product Links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique



Earth Laughs in Flowers Card Folio Tutorial Guest Designer for Little Birdie Crafts

Earth Laughs in Flowers Card Folio Tutorial: Guest Designing at Little Birdie Crafts

Hello Friends!  I’m super excited about today’s post, as I have the honor of serving as a Guest Designer at the Little Birdie Crafts Blog.  I can’t think of a better match than Little Birdie Crafts Flowers and Graphic 45’s new Floral Shoppe Collection.  So I combined the two to create this Earth Laughs in Flowers Card Folio Tutorial for you.

Earth Laughs in Flowers Card Folio Tutorial Flower Shoppe by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

This is a 5.5″ x 7.5″ card folio with a few mixed media techniques thrown in just for fun.  I’ve altered chipboard with paint and embossing enamel, machine stitched and even pulled out my paintbrush to add a little stenciling to the mix.

Of course, these stunning Little Birdie Flowers steal the show!  You’ll be able to see how I assembled this floral cascade in the YouTube video below.

I built loads of dimension and texture into this design…and boy, was it ever fun!

Working with these flowers really made me think of my mom.  She loved spending time in her gardens, coaxing a wide variety of cultivated and wild flowers to bloom in perfect  harmony.  I tried to re-create that mix of blossoms, colors and textures here.

Earth Laughs in Flowers: Gotta have a Pocket!

You all know how much I love pockets!  I decided to add one to the front of this floral delight.  The pocket itself is a fussy cut floral image from “Sunlit Medley” .  I sewed 3 sides of the image to create a spot to tuck this little bookmark.  The stenciled leaves were easy to add, thanks to Little Birdie Chalk Paint and stencil.  (I’ll have a complete supply list at the end of this post.)

Earth Laughs in Flowers Card Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

There are more pockets on the inside of the card folio.

The Floral Shoppe Ephemera Cards made it easy to create this 6.25″ x 4.25″ gift card/treat wallet.

Honestly, these ephemera cards are so pretty, it’s hard to choose between the fronts and the backs!  But I used the “B” side here, so that there would be lots of room to write a personal note.

And if you give a girl a teabag, you’d better include a honey stick!  So I did!

But enough chit chat!  Let’s get down to business and create this card folio together.  This is a long video, but I think you will find it worth watching.  We’ll being by learning how to create the card folio base.  Then we’ll stencil, build layers, distress paper edges and create the floral cascade together.

Next, we’ll learn how to make 2 kinds of pockets and the gift card/treat wallet.  Ready?  Let’s get our craft on!

Earth Laughs in Flowers Card Folio Tutorial on YouTube.

I’d like to close by thanking my friends at Little Birdie Crafts for inviting me to Guest Design on their blog today.  If you love flowers …and chipboard and paint and stencils…then you owe it to yourself to pop over to their blog for a quick visit.  And if you have a second, say hello!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas 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

Supply List and Product Links for “Earth Laughs in Flowers’ Card Folio Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Collection

Additional Supplies

Tools, Inks & Adhesives

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Window Shadow Box Home Decor

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Window Shadow Box Home Decor

Hello, Friends!  Do you have a happy place?  My happy place is the beach.  Nothing relaxes and renews better than a stroll in the sand with the waves nipping my toes and the salt air ruffling my hair.  That’s the best!  Sadly, I can’t be at the beach every day.  So, I’ve decorated my home with lots of beach accents to remind me of my happy place at the shore.  This Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Window Shadow Box Home Decor piece is one of my new favorites.

I absolutely love the size of this Graphic 45 Staples Window Box.  Each recessed window is 4″ square, which gives you lots of room to create pretty scenes inside.   The edges are already lightly distressed, so you can literally “glue and go” with this beauty!  if you’ve never worked with a G45 Window box before, here are a few helpful tips to get you started:

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Window Shadow Box Home Decor: Tips and Tricks

TIPS:

  • It’s quick and easy to cut the signature page to fit the back of the Window Box.  Measure your paper to 9.75” square, and it should pop right into the recessed area on the back of the frame.
  • Cut the pieces to line the interior of the box at the same time.  I cut sixteen 1 ⅝” x 3 ⅞” rectangles of the striped paper. Then I inked the edges with G45 Decades Bon Voyage Blue Ink before gluing into the openings.  
  • Cut a thin border strip to cover the cross pieces inside the Window Box.

  • Give your Window Box a beachy feel by stringing a little banner from corner to corner in one of the windows.

  • Fill individual frames with fussy cut images, real sea shells, sand, and a little glass vial.  
More Tips and Tricks

  • To add extra dimension to your project, glue fussy cut images to the sides of the frame at staggered depths.  Or, create a little pop up mechanism and attach the fussy cut turtles to the back of the window.

  •  Turn a Shabby Chic Door Pull upside down and fill with seaweed (I picked mine up on the beach and dried it) and a miniature sand dollar.

  •  Add depth, color and dimension to the sides of your window box with fussy cut flowers and images.
  • Back fussy cut items with waste chipboard to lend them strength and stability.  The title is popped up on waste chipboard as well.
  • Create custom “feet” for your window shadow box by wrapping large wooden bingo chips with a border strip from the collection.  Adding just that little bit of extra height to the design makes all the difference.
Sun Kissed is back in stock!

This  long, dreary winter has certainly dragged on and on, but having this cheery beach decor reminds me that summer will be here soon.  Now that Graphic 45 has the Sun Kissed Collection back in stock, I can make lots of cards, albums and home decor to tide me over until I can dig my toes into the sand and put some shells in my pocket!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas 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 Sun Kissed Window Shadow Box Home Decor Supply List

 

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