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Fall in Love Reversible Pocket Tag

Frilly and Funkie Show Us Your Stamps Challenge: Fall in Love Reversible Pocket Tag

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fun challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  This go round, the lovely and talented Autumn is our hostess and the theme is “Show Us Your Stamps.”  I broke out some of my favorite Tammy Tutterow stamps to create this Fall in Love Reversible Pocket Tag, but before I share it with you, let’s see what Autumn has to say about the challenge guidelines.

Challenge Theme: Show Us Your Stamps

Our challenge this round can be summed up with one word – STAMPS!  We want to see you break out those stamps and get inky.   There are so many ways to use stamps, and you probably have a few you have never even used – so come play along!  We cannot wait to see your stamped vintage or shabby chic creations.
Fall in Love Reversible Tag with Prima Amber Moon and Distress Inks

Fall in Love Reversible Pocket Tag Amber Moon by Kathy Clement Product by Prima Photo 1

It was pure inky good fun to work up this jumbo manila tag with Prima’s Amber Moon Paper Collection, Tammy Tutterow’s Stamps and Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  I did not take step x step photos for this project, but I will share tips and tricks that I used along the way.  Anyway, this is the front side of the tag….

….And this is the reverse side with the pocket.  Now, let’s get down to the details.

Fall in Love Reversible Pocket Tag: Creating the Background
  • Begin by “smooshing” fall colored Distress Oxide Inks onto a non-stick craft sheet.  The colors should be close together, but should not overlap.
  • Next, use a Distress Sprayer (or mister bottle) to add water to the inks until the inks begin to bead up.
  • Now, take the jumbo manila tag and lay it face down into the puddle of ink.  I did not swipe the tag at this point.  Instead, I just gently smoothed the back side.
  • Next, lift the tag from the inky puddle and heat until it is mostly dry.
  • Repeat this process until you are happy with the background ink.  The important thing to remember is to dry between layers.
  • Look for little beads of ink and pick them up to add interesting layers to the tag.
  • I did swipe the tag through the ink toward the end, and it left lovely streaks.
  • Finally, spray Antique Brass Mica Spray onto the craft sheet and tap the tag into it.  This will create lovely little sparkly flecks on the tag.
Let’s Stamp!

When it came to stamping the background, I did not use an acrylic block or stamp press,  I just rolled a random area of the Big Cheesecloth Background Stamp over my Frayed Burlap Distress Ink pad.  Then I randomly rolled it over the inky background.  This added the lovely little dots of color and texture that you can see in this photo.

Next, i stamped Tammy’s “Make Today” sentiment with a Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Then I colored the open areas in with an alcohol ink marker.

I felt the sentiment needed a frame to anchor it to the tag.  So I stamped Tammy’s Simple Line Border Stamp onto manila card.  Next, I heat embossed it with super fine copper embossing powder.  Then I colored it in with DOX inks and cut it out with my craft knife.  Finally, the frame was backed with foam tabs to pop it up a bit.

This small rusted heart is stamped with Dear Ruby, then heat embossed with super fine copper embossing powder.  I love the way this turned out!

Before you add the flowers and other embellishments, I recommend you complete the reverse side of the tag!

Fall in Love Reversible Pocket Tag: The Flip Side

To decorate the pocket on the back of the tag, I stamped and colored Tammy’s Sunflower Bunch .  The little sentiment title is from Tammy’s Sentiments 2 Stamp and Die combo.   Vintage buttons from my stash, a little burlap string bow and some fancy ric rac that my dear daughter in law gave me finished the job nicely.

So, What’s in the Pocket?

Just a Little Dose of Happy in the pocket, that’s all!   I scored and folded a scrap of kraft cardstock to make this sweet little gift card/tea bag holder.  The image is from the Amber Moon 3×4 Journal card stack.  I just added Tammy’s sentiment to the center of the wreath and heat embossed with copper embossing powder.

A little teabag and a trio of small tags are inside.

I made these tiny tags by mopping up the ink left on my craft sheet.  Then I added images from the Amber Moon 6×6 pad along with some ephemera stickers and snippets of fibers.  I used Tim’s Tiny Attacher to hold the fibers in place.

Now It’s YOUR turn!

You are cordially invited to join the fun and play along in this Show Us Your Stamps Challenge.  Simply create a vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge guidelines and link up at the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, October 10th.

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.  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!

I hope I’ve inspired you to break out your stamps and play along.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon

Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  I had a fun, relaxing play date in my studio this past Sunday afternoon. It was just me, my Distress Inks, a manila tag and some Really Reasonable Ribbon seam binding.  I’ve been experimenting with these scrumptious inks whenever I’ve had a few extra minutes.  I think I’m finally getting the hang of working with them, as this sweet vintage tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon came together with very little fuss.

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 1

This is a standard sized Ranger Manila Tag.  I created the background using Faded Jeans, Broken China, Fossilized Amber and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Inks.   I used the classic “smoosh, spritz and swipe or tap” method for the inks, working with one color at a time and drying each layer thoroughly.

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 2

The thing I’ve noticed about Distress Oxide Inks is that the more water you use, the better they look.  And, it’s super easy to layer colors together because each layer holds its own.  No more mud puddle brown backgrounds!

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 3

After the inks, I put down an old Tim Holtz Flourish mask and spritzed the tag with Dylusions White Linen spray.  Then I used Texture Paste to add the wildflowers.  When the paste was dry, I smooshed more Wilted Violet ink onto my craft sheet and spritzed it.  Using my index finger, I picked up the ink and tapped it over the flowers.  I love the way it turned out.

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 4

To dress up the background, I added some Idea-Ology rub-ons.  I like the way the black pops against the colorful background.  The Tim Holtz Paper Dolls were painted with Fossilized Amber and Wilted Violet Distress Oxides, backed with chipboard and glued to the tag.  Next I painted a chipboard frame from Southern Ridge Trading Company with PIcket Fence Distress Paint and added that to the mix.

Altered Seam Binding Ribbon and Distress Oxide Ink

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 5

I was curious to see how Distress Oxides would work with seam binding ribbon.  Regular Distress Inks have always been my “go to” when I need to custom color seam binding to  match a project.  But just look at how this altered seam binding ribbon reacted to Distress Oxide Inks.  Ooh-la-la!  I love the rich depth of color.  I used one color at a time, starting with Fossilized Amber.  Smoosh it on your craft sheet, spritz with water until it beads up, then soak up the inky goodness with ribbon and heat dry.  I created a smaller inky puddle with the Wilted Violet and just dipped the ribbon in here and there.  So, curiosity satisfied!  Distress Oxide Inks work beautifully to alter seam binding ribbon.

I hope I shared a thing or two that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If you’ve had a chance to play with Distress Oxides, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Put on Your Inking Cap: Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal Video

Frilly and Funkie Put On Your Inking Cap Challenge: Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal Video

Hello, Friends!  I’m happy to be hosting the latest challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog. Our theme this go round is “Put on Your Inking Cap”.  I’ve created a really fun Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal to inspire you today, but before we get started, here are the guidelines for the challenge:

Challenge Theme: Put on your Inking Cap
Create a vintage or shabby chic mixed media project without using patterned paper of any kind. You may use Distress Inks, Sprays, Paints, Stencils, Stamps, Embossing powders or any medium you choose but NO patterned paper allowed!

Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal with Eileen Hull and Tammy Tutterow

Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal by Kathy Clement for the Put on Your Inking Cap Challenge at Frilly &  Funkie Photo 1

Eileen Hull generously donated two sets of the die cut journal components to each member of the Frilly and Funkie team.  The pieces are cut from smooth mat board and are a dream to work with!  If you are familiar with  traditional Midori style travel journals, then you know the covers measure 8.75″ x 4.5″.  Haven’t heard about Midori style journals?  Then you are in for a treat! Search Midori style journals on Pinterest or Google.  But prepare a snack and a beverage, as you will be engaged for a good long time!

My Choose Joy HeARTfelt journal is done in a Junk Journal style.  I’ve mixed and matched all kinds of wonderful products in the three sections.  Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ve prepared a YouTube video tour that will do all the talking for me.  I hope you enjoy!

Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal Video Tour

 

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Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal by Kathy Clement for the Put on Your Inking Cap Challenge at Frilly &  Funkie Photo 4

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Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal by Kathy Clement for the Put on Your Inking Cap Challenge at Frilly &  Funkie Photo 8

Do you like what you see here?  Then pop on over to the Frilly and Funkie Blog and take a look at the journals made by the rest of the team.  You’ll find loads of inspiration and ideas for creating with this wonderful die.

Now It’s YOUR turn

Now that you’re all inspired, I hope you will “Put on Your Inking Cap” and join this fun challenge.  Just create any type of vintage or shabby chic project without using designer paper and you’re good to go.

Then link your project up over at the Frilly and Funkie blog  before midnight on Tuesday, May 9th.  The design team will come by to take a look at your gorgeous creations and will choose our 4 favorite projects from the bunch.

Our top favorite will be invited to serve as a Guest Designer on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The next three projects will receive a Top 3 badge to display proudly on their blog.  And everyone who enters and follows the challenge guidelines will be eligible to win a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

So what are you waiting for?  Go Put on Your Inking Cap and join the fun!

I hope you were inspired by my Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal.  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets

Tammy Tutterow Designs: Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets

Hello, Friends!  I’m so excited to share today’s project with you, as I think you are going to love it!  I tried some new techniques while making these Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets, and I got to have my first play date with Tammy’s Scoop Pocket Steel rule die.  What fun!

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 1These darling little Easter Tag Pockets make me so happy I want to get up and dance!  Here’s what you’ll need to make these l’il cuties

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Making Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 2I used the same basic “recipe” for each happy little Easter tag pocket.  Here’s how that process went:

  1. Die cut the scoop pocket from designer paper.  Crease on the fold lines.  Glue together.
  2. Cut shortie tags from designer paper.  Use the inserts to cut a decorative edge and glue onto the base of the tag.  You will have to trim out the sides to do this, but it’s easy enough.  Normally, you would cut the edge onto the bottom of the tag, but I wanted the tags to be a little bit longer so they would stick out of the pocket just a little bit.
  3. Stamp sentiments onto watercolor paper.  Heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Color in with markers.
  4. Trim the sentiment.
  5. Stitch onto the tag
  6. Add ribbons and embellies.
  7. Decorate the pocket front

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 3Die cutting the pocket from double sided paper gives it very boutique feel.  The little tag has a photo mount on the back side so you can add pictures of your sweeties all dressed up in their Easter best.  Or you can write a sweet note here.  There’s also plenty of room to tuck in a little treat or gift card.  Aren’t they FUN?

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 4To add the spatters to the tags, scribble your Distress Markers onto a craft sheet or stamping block.  Make an inky puddle by adding a tiny bit of water.  Then use a paintbrush to flick the ink onto the card.  This adds such a fun, festive feel to each tag. The look makes me think of those malted milk Easter Egg candies.  YUM!

Stamping on Felt: A New Technique for me

Happy Little EasterTag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 5So, I fell totally in love with Tammy’s Posie Parts Cling Stamp and Die combo when I made my Suck it Up Buttercup project.  Then, I fell in love with felt flowers when I made my Altered Starbucks Bottle Vases.  I wanted to combine the Posie Parts stamps/dies with felt.  So I put on my thinking cap and decided to try it using Ranger Archival Inks on 100% wool felt.  As you can see, the flowers are cute, cute, cute!

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 6I stamped 3 of each Posie Part flower and a bunch of leaves.  The first time I die cut them, the ink kind of bled onto my cutting plates.  Soooo, the second time, I very gently heat set the ink with my heat tool.  No problemo!  The wool felt handled the gentle heat very well, and there was no inky mess on my cutting plates.

Next, I hot glued the flower layers together, staggering the petals.  I pressed a ball end stylus into the center to create dimension.  Finally, I added little button centers.

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 7

A Nifty Clean Up Trick

If you do get ink on your cutting plates, you can break it down and wipe it off using hand sanitizing gel.  I use this stuff to clean my craft sheet, cutting mat, hands…anything that gets inky, really, and it works great!  And, it’s CHEAP!

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Working with Tammy’s lovely products always makes me happy, happy, happy!  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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Steampunk Debutante Art Tag from Scraps

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  What do you do with your paper scraps?  Until recently, I put mine into a Sterlite cart with every intention of using them “someday.”  Our big move last April prompted me to change my evil ways, and now I try to clean up my desk after a project by creating a small tag or card from my scraps instead of tucking them away into the Land that Time  (and Kathy) Forgot. This Steampunk Debutante Art Tag from Scraps is one of those “scrappy” projects.

sterampunk-debutante-tag-by-kathy-clement-03I keep a stash of standard manila tags close to my work station and use them to mop up inks from my craft sheet when I am creating.  This way the work is half done for me before I ever start!  To finish the “mop up” tag base off, I ran it through my BigShot with an embossing folder.  Next, I sponged the raised areas with Vintage Photo ink and a little bit of Peacock Feathers.  Then I sprayed it heavily with Distress Antique Bronze Mica Spray to give it a lovely metallic finish.

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sterampunk-debutante-tag-by-kathy-clement-04Peacock Alley Seam Binding adds a lovely pop of vibrant color and looks fabulous with the Steampunk Debutante paper collection.  I amped up the blue colors by tapping a Steampunk Charm with Verdigris Vintaj Patina.

sterampunk-debutante-tag-by-kathy-clement-01Fussy cut roses were layered around the focal image.  Then I cut small images from other scraps and tucked them here and there to create lots of layers and dimension.  Petaloo Ivory Vintage Velvet Mini Blooms add another layer of texture.  I created this funky timepiece by combining a wooden charm with a little clock face I found in my stash.

So there you have it my friends…a pretty Steampunk Debutante art tag made from scraps!  Who’d a thunk it?

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Joy Looks Good on You Watercolor Notecards

Joy Looks Good on You: Tammy Tutterow Creative Team Announcement

Hello, Friends! It’s a beautiful sunny Sunday here in North Carolina.  My heart is so thankful that we survived Hurricane Matthew with just a relatively short power outage and a couple small roof leaks.  We are truly blessed!  It was a long, and sometimes scary, 24 hours, but today the sun is shining and the world looks washed clean and bright.   To celebrate, I created these cheery Joy Looks Good on You watercolor notecards using a fabulous stamp design from the amazing Tammy Tutterow.

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And, that leads me to a happy little announcement: I’ve been invited to join Tammy’s amazing creative team!  I have loved Tammy’s work for years, and am so excited that I am going to work with a team that is both incredibly talented and supremely warm and supportive. It’s going to be a very fun gig!

I invite you to visit Tammy’s blog to get to know her and the team. If you’re not familiar with her work, you are in for a big treat.  She has loads of tutorials, free downloadable coloring sheets and just oodles of inspiration!

I just love sharing good news!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

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