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Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine

Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine for Frilly Funkie All You Need is Love Challenge

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. The lovely Zoe is our host, and the theme is All You Need is Love.  I spent a delightful afternoon creating a Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine.  We’ll look at that in a moment, but first, let’s see what Zoe has to say about this challenge theme:

Challenge Theme: All You Need Is Love
Create a vintage or shabby chic card with the word “LOVE” somewhere on the card. It can be the focus or just a tiny detail.

Red and Black Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine

Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine by Kathy Clement Photo 1

This 5″ x 7″ top fold card is made with a combination of Graphic 45 Papers.  I’ve used the French Country Deluxe Collector’s Edition in the background layers and chipboard frame.  Black and red just work so well on a vintage Valentine!  The February pages of A Place in Time DCE provided me with the images, postcards, and tags.  You wouldn’t think of putting these two collection together in one project, but it really works!

Distressed layers always give a project a wonderful vintage feel.   Gold mat layers add to the effect.  Black jet buttons from my vintage button jar and a darling rusty heart help amp up the vintage vibe as well.

This sweet little brooch is from the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I die cut an image from one of the Place in Time tags, then glued it into the blank.  Next, I clustered Petaloo Gypsy Roses all around it.

Add finishing touches with a vintage brass word charm and a houndstooth ribbon bow.

French Country Vintage Valentine: A Peek Inside

The large pocket contains a chocolate tucked into a Graphic 45 Policy Envelope.

I created a mini flap element on the top half of the card.

Here’s how to make it:

  • First cut out the postcard image from A Place in Time February papers.
  • Next, score the post card about 1/2″ to the right of center.  Fold.
  • Mat the left hand side of the post card on black cardstock.  Glue to the card base.
  • Now, cut out the cute Cupid image and glue in place as shown.
  • For the front cover, Mat the tag on black cardstock. Glue the RIGHT hand side in place, being careful not to stick it to the postcard beneath.

Now you have a secret, hidden spot to write a Valentine message.

Now It’s YOUR turn!

You are cordially invited to play along in this “All You Need is Love” challenge. To do so, simply create a vintage or shabby chic project.  Then link your project up at the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, February 13th.

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 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!

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

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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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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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