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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.


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!



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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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.


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!





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