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Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece

Graphic 45 Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece: Savor Life and All Its Magic

Hello, G’45er’s!  Do you ever use your gorgeous G45 papers to create party centerpieces?  I made this Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece with parties in mind!  If you’re hosting a prom party, a graduation party, birthday party or even a bridal shower, I think this vibrant and whimsical design would be a real conversation starter!

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

The inspiration for this project was that gorgeous ball gown on the 12×12 signature page of Midnight Masquerade.  I wanted to find a way to display that would capture all its wonderful detail.  To do this, I needed a base that would be larger than the basic bendi card design.  (You can find a link to the basic design HERE.)  This took a  llttle “mathing” but was not terribly difficult.  (Sadly, I forgot to write down what I did…so I’ll have to work another of these fun centerpieces up so I can share the numbers with you!)

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  2The end result was a fantastically dimensional, vibrant centerpiece!  I’m happy to share that this card made it all the way to CHA/Creativation back in January where it was displayed in the G45 booth.

Tips and Tricks for Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  3

If you loved to play with paper dolls when you were little, then this collection is your dream come true.  Midnight Masquerade is loaded with gorgeous ball gowns, fantastical flowers and  fabulous masks.  You’ll need a really sharp pair of fussy cutting scissors to create this centerpiece.  I found that my tiny Tim Holtz snips worked very well.  I inked all my edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink to cover up any raw paper edges.

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  4

To create the dimensional skirt on the ballgown,  I gently shaped the skirt with the edge of my ruler.  When the paper began to curl, I glued just the outside edges to the base, pushing them toward the center.  Hold in place for a few seconds until the glue dries.

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  5

Use extra heavy cardstock for your card base so that it will hold up under the weight of the designer paper.  I also glued the ends of my bendi flaps in place to secure them.  Normally, you would leave the bendi flaps unattached  so that the card can be folded shut.  But since I was making a centerpiece instead of a card, I chose to glue the flaps in place.

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  6

Layer fussy cut flowers with dimensional flowers for extra fullness.

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  7

Add height to your creation by layering the fussy cut sentiment at the very top of the card base.

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  8

Use border pieces and sentiments to add text, color and drama to your centerpiece. I backed these elements with metallic cardstock for even more glitter and shine.

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Supply List

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  9

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!



Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette

Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette for Petaloo International

Hello, Friends!  Don’t you just love springtime?  One of my favorite things about this lovely season is the return of all the little songbirds.  Birds will build a nest in the oddest spots. Last year, a pair of bluebirds built their nest in our neighbor’s mailbox, and all anxiously anticipated the arrival of those baby birds.  Thinking about this inspired me to make this Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette for Petaloo International.

Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 1

Lovebirds Nesting in a Rusty Wagon

Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo  2

I’ve been saving this little metal wagon for just the right project.  After treating it with Prima Rust Paste, it was filled with a bed of Spanish Moss.  Then I added this cute little bird nest.  Next I painted some miniature eggs with Distress Oxide Ink and added them to the nest.  Then I had the best time creating a garden full of pretty Petaloo flowers in shades of purple, green and white.

Love Warms Every Nest: Building the Base

Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 3

Earlier this year, I happened across a fabulous clearance sale at Michael’s where I found this chunky 4″ x 4″ canvas which was perfect for the base of my vignette.  I covered it with a green floral print from Graphic 45’s Place in Time Deluxe Collector’s Edition.  Then I wrapped it with these lovely bird feathers.  Next, the top was covered with more Spanish Moss and more pretty flowers and butterflies.

Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo  4The chipboard tag is attached to a mini chalkboard that is in turn attached to a clothespin.  This way, I can just clip the tag onto the side of the wagon and it stands all on its own.  The tag is from Graphic 45’s A Place in Time Deluxe Collector’s Edition.

Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo  5

Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 6

Making this sweet little vignette was almost as much fun as planting real flowers.  I hope it brought some sunshine into your life, too.

You can find a supply list at the end of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!



Supply List


Petaloo Butterflies and Blossoms

Petaloo Butterflies and Blossoms for Creativation (CHA)

Hello Friends!  Happy New Year!  Wow…did the holidays go by in a flash this year?  I have all my Christmas stuff packed neatly away, and now I am looking forward to the next big event: Creativation (formerly known as CHA).  I’m not going in person this year, but I created a trio of projects using Petaloo butterflies and blossoms.  These will be displayed in the Petaloo booth during the convention, and I am so excited to share a sneak peek of them here with you today.  All three are made with gorgeous Petaloo flowers and glorious Graphic 45 Nature Study papers.

Nature Study Tri-Fold Mini Album

This cluster of flowers, pearls and ribbon simply makes me want to swoon!  The album is fairly small at just 5″ x 7″, but it has room inside for loads of photos and journaling, thanks to the folio design.

A pale yellow anemone is framed by cream and spice Petaloo flowers and Spring Berry Clusters.  Do you see the blue butterfly that I framed inside a miniature Tim Holtz pocket watch frame?  Adding bits of glitter, mica chips and chunky embossing powders to the frame lends lots of texture and shine to the bow cluster.


I used a fairly heavy hand when distressing the Nature Sketchbook papers.  this added so much texture to the trio of images on the front of the album cover.

Inside the album, there is room for more than 2 dozen photos, which is amazing, given the album size.  I achieved this by tucking eight 4″ x 6″ photo mounts behind a decorative belly band. Photos can be mounted on both sides of each photo mount.  And there’s plenty of room to journal on the ephemera card, too.  On the facing page, I used another beautiful journal image from the paper collection.

When the folio is fully opened, you really get a sense of how photo friendly it is.  The center panel houses a double pocket with more journal cards and photo mounts.

The right hand panel holds a fun waterfall folio that will hold 4″ x 4″ photos.

There are 6 pages in the folio, and each one has either a belly band to hold photos, a pocket or a journaling spot.

Butterfly Tree Centerpiece

Now this was a fun project!  I used a FloraCraft 4″ x 12″ green styrofoam cone as the base for my Butterfly Tree Centerpiece. I attached the base of the foam cone to an empty ribbon spool, then decked it out with dozens of paper rosettes, Petaloo Blossoms, Butterflies and vintage buttons.

These Darjeeling Garden Rosettes are gorgeous!  They come in a host of colors, but I used just cream, spice and green on my tree.

Darjeeling  butterflies add a fun, flirty element to the composition.

Petaloo Butterflies and Blossoms Banner

I wish you could see this banner in real life, because it is one of the prettiest I’ve ever made.  It measured almost 5 feet from end to end and is just loaded with gorgeous Petaloo Butterflies and Blossoms!  I just wish banners were not so hard to photograph!

These yellow Darjeeling Anemone just pop against the Nature Sketchbook papers!  I used a lot of Darjeeling Cream Garden Rosettes in this piece, too.  Petaloo flowers are so easy to alter!  I sponged these cream rosettes with Mustard Seed Distress Ink to create yellow roses for the banner.

This center panel is decorated with a Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Ornate Door Pull.

First, I painted the door pull with two coats of Antique Linen Distress Paint.  Then I distressed the edges a little with Sandpaper.  Finally, I attached it to the pennant upside down, creating a little urn to hold beautiful Petaloo flowers.  The interior is lined with green hydrangeas that are topped off with cream petite blossoms.  You can see that I altered these with Distress Ink as well.

Fussy cut butterflies from the paper collection look great with Darjeeling butterflies from Petaloo. The lifted wings give the banner a feeling of movement and flight, which is very fun indeed!

So now you know what I’ve been working on over my Christmas break.  I’m so honored that my work will decorate the Petaloo booth.  I really have a very fun “job!”

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  If you find yourself at CHA/Creativation, pop by the Petaloo booth so you can see these goodies in 3-D and living color.  I know Petaloo has some fun surprises for their guests at the convention.

Thanks for stopping by!


Teastained Cream Butterflies x 8

Darjeeling Garden Rosette, Cream x6

Darjeeling Garden Rosette, Spice x6

Darjeeling Mini Rosette, Green x 6

Darjeeling Hydrangeas x24, Green

Darjeeling Hydrangeas x24, Cream

Darjeeling Anemone x4, Yellow

Darjeeling Anemone x4, Green

Darjeeling Mini Mix x8, Spice

Darjeeling Mini Mix x8, Green

Darjeeling Petites x24, Cream

Spring Berry Clusters x2, Peach

FloraCraft 12″ x 4″ Styrofoam Cone, Green

Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook 8×8 Pad

Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook 12×12 Prints and Patterns

Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Decorative Chipboard





Give Thanks Banner and Greeting Card


Give Thanks Banner and Greeting Card with Petaloo and Authentique

Hello, Friends!  Thanksgiving is upon us, and the very thought makes my heart happy!  Did you know it’s my favorite holiday?  I get to spend time with my precious family, eat fabulous food, play games, and bake pies…and bake pies…and bake pies. It’s the coziest, warmest, least complicated holiday of the season.  I generally do a little decorating to set the stage for the family feast, and with that in mind I have created a Give Thanks banner and greeting card to share with you here today.

give-thanks-banner-and-greeting-card-harvest-by-kathy-clement-product-by-authentique-photo-2I love the rich colors and beautiful patterns found in Authentique’s Harvest Collection!  They pair perfectly with these Petaloo Mocha Sugared Blooms, Cream  and Green Darjeeling Hydrangeas, and Fall Mix Burlap Leaves.  The linen ribbon I used in the background was in a clearance bin at Michaels.  To my surprise it leapt right into my cart and came home with me.  Because the sides were already stitched, I simply attached it to a cork and cardstock base.  Easy peasy!

give-thanks-banner-by-kathy-clement-product-by-petaloo-international-photo-3To create some extra dimension, I fussy cut the focal image twice. layering just the sentiment over the acorn and leaves background.

Prima Copper Crackle paste and Ranger Espresso Color Wash gave my chipboard frame an amazing vintage finish.  I backed the open center of the frame with copper wire mesh that I found in my stash. Then I began layering in all these gorgeous Petaloo flowers, mini pumpkins, acorns, and fibers into a beautiful autumn wreath.

give-thanks-banner-by-kathy-clement-product-by-petaloo-international-photo-5The mini pumpkins and acorns were lightly brushed with more of the copper texture paste.

thankful-banner-and-greeting-card-harvest-by-kathy-clement-product-by-authentique-photo-6Oh, Mocha Botanica Sugared Blooms, how I love thee!  Especially when you hang out with Copper Glitz Ribbon and Natural Burlap String.

thankful-banner-and-greeting-card-harvest-by-kathy-clement-product-by-authentique-photo-3thankful-banner-and-greeting-card-harvest-by-kathy-clement-product-by-authentique-photo-1 A Tim Holtz Idea-Ology vintage hanger makes this banner easy to display.

Thankful Greeting Card

thankful-card-harvest-by-kathy-clement-product-by-authentique-photo-1How gorgeous is this image?  I kept the design of this card very simple so that the spotlight would shine brightly on this autumn beauty.

thankful-card-harvest-by-kathy-clement-product-by-authentique-photo-2A solitary Darjeeling Cream Anemone flanked by two Ivory Vintage Velvet Mini blooms pairs perfectly with this gorgeous vintage image.


I love the way this Ivory/Brown/Copper Plaid ribbon pull out the colors in the designer papers.

thankful-card-harvest-by-kathy-clement-product-by-authentique-photo-5thankful-card-harvest-by-kathy-clement-product-by-authentique-photo-6One of my signature pockets and gift card holders awaits on the inside.  There is a fall tea bag and honey stick, too.

thankful-card-harvest-by-kathy-clement-product-by-authentique-photo-7I created a little belly band for the tea bag by wrapping it with a scrap of designer paper and tying it with a little copper glitz ribbon.

thankful-card-harvest-by-kathy-clement-product-by-authentique-photo-8Lots of goodies in these pockets!  This would make such a lovely hostess gift at Thanksgiving!

That’s it for me, my friends.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

What are you most thankful for this fall?  I am thankful for each and every one of you who are sharing this creative journey with me.






Make Today Your Very Best Day Altered Tim Holtz Mini Clipboard

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-3What a Mesh Challenge at Frilly & Funkie: Make Today Your Very Best Day Altered Clipboard

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabulous challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Pamellia is our hostess this round, and she has chosen the theme What a Mesh!  To answer the challenge, I altered a Tim Holtz Idea-Ology mini clip board using Tammy Tutterow’s fabulous Make Today Your Very Best Day stamp.  Before we dig into the project details, let’s see what Pamellia has in mind for this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme: What a Mesh!
The challenge this time is to use any type of mesh (crinoline, cheesecloth, tulle, burlap, canvas etc) in your vintage or shabby chic project.

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-1Burlap is one of my favorite textiles because it adds so much texture to a project.   I’ve used it on the background of this Tim Holtz Idea-Ology mini clipboard and to make the flowers on this girly grunge piece.

I painted the edges of the mini clipboard with Black Soot Distress Ink, then tapped with Prima Copper Crackle Paste.  To tone down the shine of the copper paste, I spritzed with Ranger Espresso Color Wash then tapped with Ranger Verdigris Patina.  While I had it out, I used it on the rusted metal house, the wooden key (Prima) the Idea-Ology stopwatch charm and even on the burlap.

Make Today Your Very Best Day: the Stamp

My thought for this clipboard was to create a little visual encouragement for my studio.  So this sentiment from Tammy Tutterow was both the perfect size and the perfect message.  I stamped it onto the grid paper from “Dapper” in Jet Black Archival Ink, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder, then colored it  with Distress Markers and a detail water brush.

After coloring, I blended in some Mustard Seed Distress ink to add a pop of vibrant color.  Then I spattered the background with the leftover ink on my craft sheet and some watered down white acrylic paint.

Finally, I stenciled on some mesh lines using the Linen Stencil and Faded Jeans Distress Ink.

I wanted the edges uneven and torn, so I brushed around the image with my water brush and let it set for a few seconds.  This is the easiest way I know of to tear paper.  Of course, I inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-5Did you know that the clip on this mini clipboard is removable?  That makes it soooo easy to alter!  I colorized the clip with alcohol inks, then just screwed it back onto the base.  Easy peasy!

Building the Layers

Once the burlap base was in place, I added some vertical lines with the Dapper Ticking paper. This was stitched onto kraft cardstock. Threads were left  long, then wrapped around the side for some extra texture. I glued the sentiment onto this panel, and then onto the burlap base.

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-2Frayed Posies (another of Tammy’s fabulous dies) cut from white burlap and inked with a mix of Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon inks add a lovely pop of color.  I shaped the petals a little with my fingers while they were still damp from the ink, then I layered them together using my hot glue gun. Finishing them off with this wooden button gives them a great vintage vibe.

I fussy cut flowers from another pattern in Dapper and added them into the flower cluster along with Petaloo Teal Mini Botanica Flowers. Then I custom dyed seam binding ribbon with Faded Jeans, Tumbled Glass and a touch of Vintage Photo Inks to create the shabby bow .

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-4Thrift Shop Ephemera bits and bobs found a home on the right hand side of the clipboard.  The pocket watch charm was tapped with Antique Linen Distress Paint and the Verdigris Patina ink.  I fussy cut the image of the boy and his dog and layered it over the ephemera background. The mini plaquette and tickets really draw the eye to this smaller element, and I like that a lot!

The Flip Side

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-7On the flip side of the clipboard, I created a double pocket using more papers from the Dapper collection.  I’m always looking for a spot to keep my “to do” lists so they don’t get lost.  This will work perfectly for that purpose.

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-6And it I ever feel like it, I can add another stamped sentiment to the upper portion (more of the Dapper grid/ruler paper here).

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-8This sentiment makes my heart happy.  It was tapped with Alcohol Ink then filled with the Patina Verdigris ink.  I had just enough of my seam binding ribbon  to tie onto the ends.

Now it’s YOUR turn!

And that’s it for me, folks!  Now it’s YOUR turn!

Create your own What  a Mesh project in shabby chic or vintage style and link it up on the Frilly & Funkie Blog before midnight on Tuesday, November 15th.  The F&F design team will be taking a tour of your lovely projects during that time.

Our favorite design in this challenge will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because choosing just one winner is so hard!

Thanks for joining me here today!



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Happy Haunting Halloween Banner

Happy Haunting Halloween Banner with Pretty Petaloo Flowers

Hello, Friends!  I got the urge to create a little Halloween banner the other day, and as I was rummaging through my stash of autumn goodies, I found an oldie but a goodie from Graphic 45: Happy Haunting!  I’ve always loved the sweet vintage images and traditional color palette of this collection.  It’s truly too cute to spook!  Before you could say BOO, I was at work, cutting, sewing, spritzing, and gluing this little Happy Haunting Halloween Banner.

happy-haunting-halloween-banner-happy-hauntings-by-kathy-clement-for-really-reasonable-ribbon-product-by-graphic-45-photo-2Now while I love making banners, photographing them is another matter entirely!  But I finally figured out that the little corner cabinet our son made me for Mother’s Day is also a great photo booth!

Creating Custom Petaloo flowers with Tattered Angels Mist

happy-haunting-halloween-banner-happy-hauntings-by-kathy-clement-for-really-reasonable-ribbon-product-by-graphic-45-photo-3-jpgI wanted to totally load up this banner with pretty ribbons and fabulous orange flowers, but I only had two peach posies in my stash.  What to do?   I quickly realized I could custom color them with Peach Delight and Jack-o-Lantern Glimmer Mist.  Problem solved!

happy-haunting-halloween-banner-happy-hauntings-by-kathy-clement-for-really-reasonable-ribbon-product-by-graphic-45-photo-9Even though these were not DIY flowers, I found that they took the mists very well, and kept their shapes, too.  I spritzed the large peach Botanica bloom with Jack-o-Lantern and then spattered it with the darker Peach Delight. I also spattered the cream cherry blossom on the left.  The Mini Canvas Sunflower originally had ivory petals, but not any more!  And I love the way the Fall Mix Burlap leaves anchor the flower clusters.

happy-haunting-halloween-banner-happy-hauntings-by-kathy-clement-for-really-reasonable-ribbon-product-by-graphic-45-photo-12This wild sunflower was originally yellow.  Look how well it took the color!


I made a small banner to go between each of the large pennants.

happy-haunting-halloween-banner-happy-hauntings-by-kathy-clement-for-really-reasonable-ribbon-product-by-graphic-45-photo-6Even the Green Darjeeling Dahlias received a light misting of orange.  I added them along with the cherry blossoms to provide some color contrast.




The ribbons I used were all from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I’ll provide links below.

So, have you started decorating for Halloween/Fall yet?  I’d love to hear what you have planned in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!




G45 Halloween in Wonderland Tea with Alice Table Decor

 Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland Tea with Alice Table Decor

Hello, G45’ers!  I have been having soooo much fun with my Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland goodies!  This month, we were asked to create a dimensional project using 2 Staples boxes to go along with the September #TheDarkSidewithG45  Challenge.  (You can check out the details on that HERE.  There are some fabby prizes up for grabs!) I scrounged around in the Closet of Shame until an idea began to form in my brain: Halloween in Wonderland Tea with Alice Table Decor.

halloween-in-wonderland-tea-with-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-4Here are the basic details.  I built the base from an 8×8 Matchbox Book.  I had to fill in the window with chipboard, and construct two side pieces to close off the box.  Once the box was covered with paper from the collection, I began to build up a dimensional scene using fussy cut images, an altered bottle, two altered 3×5 Staples Matchboxes and a host of Petaloo flowers.


Tips and Tricks for Halloween in Wonderland Tea With Alice Table Decor

halloween-in-wonderland-tea-with-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-4Let’s talk about the rusty tea table in this little tableau.  Now that was fun to build!  I had a 4″ diameter bottle cap and a couple of salvaged empty thread spools lurking in the Closet of Shame.  These were painted with a light coat of gesso to create a little tooth, then altered them using Prima Rust Paste.

halloween-in-wonderland-tea-with-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-5What does the Mad Hatter use for a tablecloth?  How about a chipboard spider web painted with Black Soot Distress Ink and Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint? Dinner plates are chipboard buttons from the HIW collection.  I found tiny cutlery in my embellie cart.  Napkins?  Rolled Purple Glitz Ribbon tied with Black Burlap String.  Centerpiece?  Mini pumpkins painted with Clear Rock Candy Crackle Distress Paint!  The cute teacup charms were tapped with Eggplant Alcohol ink.  And do you spy the Steampunk Doily carpet?  How fun is that?

Stand Up and Be Counted

halloween-in-wonderland-tea-with-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-2To make these fussy cut images stand up, scrap pieces of cardstock were cut to measure about 1″ wide.  They were scored in the center, then one side was glued to the back of the image and the other glued to the box base.  I used the edge of a pencil to gently curve the shape of the images before adding the little hinges.

Drink Me: Altered Bottle

halloween-tea-with-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-8The Closet of Shame housed this tall skinny Olive Oil Bottle.  It was just the perfect shape and size to serve as Alice’s infamous Drink Me Potion Bottle.  Once again, Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint was put into action to give the bottle a creepy, spiderwebby, magic potion look.  Then I added some borders, Pretty Petaloo Flowers, Ribbon, Clock Hands and the wonderful focal image.  This is why I have a Closet of Shame, people!  What if I had not saved this bottle?  Perish the thought!

The Mad Hatter’s Tea and Cookies

halloween-tea-with-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-6You can’t have a Halloween in Wonderland Tea with Alice unless you have some tea and cookies, right?  These 3×5 matchboxes were covered with designer paper and fussy cut images from the collection.  I added tea bags to one box and cookies to the other.  The boxes are not glued down so that the tea and cookies can easily be removed.  They flank the altered bottle on either side.

Halloween in Wonderland Tea Pots

halloween-tea-with-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-7A friend gave me these cute porcelain napkin rings and of course, I put them in the Closet of Shame.  They were dressed up for this tea party with the help of Ranger Alcohol Inks.  (Eggplant and Pesto) Chipboard Spiderwebs, spiders and mini pumpkins fill the center.



Another Drink Me Potion Bottle

halloween-tea-with-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-10Just like the story goes, there is a second bottle of “Drink Me” potion.  This time, it’s green glitter in a small glass vial.  It looks harmless enough doesn’t it?

Pumpkins and Posies

halloween-tea-with-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-9This festive cluster of pumpkins and posies adds a pop of color to the composition.  The pumpkin was, you guessed it, painted with Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint.  After the paint dried, I drizzled Pesto Alcohol Ink onto the surface.

Halloween in Wonderland Tea with Alice Video Tour

Sometimes, it’s easier to get the flow of a piece when you see a video. This one is very short (under 3 minutes) but you might catch some details that are missed in the photos.  I hope you enjoy!

So, what do you have lurking in your Closet of Shame?  Why not dig it out and make something fabulous to share it with us at #TheDarkSidewithG45 Challenge?  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!




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