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Little Birdie Crafts Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  If I had to name my crafting kryptonite, I think it would have to be the 12×12 layout.  It’s just soooo many inches!  Usually, I try to avoid 12×12 layouts at all costs.  But this year has been all about moving myself out of my comfort zone.  So I pulled my Brave Boots out of the Closet of Shame and went about creating  this Little Birdie Crafts Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial to share with you today.

Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

Summer is waning here in North Carolina.  The days are getting shorter, but they are still hot and humid.  It’s a dreamy time of year. The light at this time of year has a wonderful golden quality to it.  And fat bumblebees have had so much nectar from all the flowers that they stagger from flower to flower. Sunsets are unusually spectacular this time of year as well.  I wanted to try and capture the rich, golden hues, the bursting flowers, the drunken bumblebees and the glorious sunsets in this canvas.  How did I do?

Little Birdie Crafts Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial: Pretty Pictures

Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 02

I’ve prepared a video tour and tutorial of the project for you, so I won’t belabor you with a lot of words here.   instead, I’ll just share a couple of photos, then we can dive right into the video tutorial.

Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 03

Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 04

Little Birdie Crafts Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial on YouTube

One thing I am learning about mixed media.  It all starts with a vision and then you just play with various mediums and elements until you have something that you are happy with.  There is always something new to learn, and that’s really fun.  I have a long way to travel in my pursuit of mastering mixed media, and this canvas is far from perfect.  But I feel like I expressed part of what I wanted to say in the color palette and composition on this one.  And that feels good.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures!  Thanks so much for joining me!

Cheerio,

kathy

Little Birdie Crafts Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial Supply List

Please note: some items are not yet on the Little Birdie Website, so I could not link them here.

Authentique Alpine Bundled Up With Love Layout

Authentique Alpine Bundled Up With Love Layout

Hello, Friends!  I’m hoping you all had a very Merry Christmas yesterday!  By now, the presents are probably all unwrapped and there are nothing but crumbs left on the cookie plate.  That’s as it should be.  This Authentique Alpine Bundled Up With Love layout is filled with beautiful shades of blue and gorgeous vintage images and patterns.

Authentique Alpine Bundled Up With Love Layout by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

A few weeks back, I received a surprise package in the mail from my sister in law.  To my great delight, the envelope contained lots of old family photos, including this one of my big brother, Doug, enjoying his first sledding party.  This was taken in 1946 on my grandmother’s farm in Williamstown, Vermont.  I just had to capture these sweet photos in a layout.  Doug passed away very suddenly in 1990 at the tender age of 44, so these pics are especially precious to me.

A Very Fun Mom

Authentique Alpine Bundled Up With Love Layout by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2My mom was the most fun mom in the history of mom-dom.  She loved to play in the snow as much as we kids did.  Some of my fondest memories are of zipping down our great big hill on a sled with mom holding me firmly between her knees.  She would whoop and holler just as loudly as we did as the wind nipped our noses and the sled sent the snow flying all around us.  The faster we went, the better she liked it!  So it makes perfect sense to me to see this innovative box sled that was rigged up for Dougie, her first born, so that they could play in the snow together.

Alpine Bundled Up With Love: Lots of layer!

Authentique Alpine Bundled Up With Love Layout by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3This image of the mom and her child was the inspiration for my Alpine Bundled Up With Love layout.  The image is fussy cut from Alpine Eight, and backed with waste chipboard to give it extra dimension.  My mom always wore a kerchief just like the one depicted here.  So nostalgic!

Authentique Alpine Bundled Up With Love Layout by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4I created lots of distressed layers for this layout.  Here’s what that looks like:

  • First, Authentique Spectrum Cardstock in Antique Lace Two left at 12″ square
  • Next, Dark blue calico from Alpine One trimmed to 11.5″ square
  • Then, Country Village print from Alpine Three trimmed to 10″ square.  Mat this on a slightly larger piece of Antique Lace Two.
  • Now, use waste chipboard or foam tape between the layers to add lots of dimension
  • Next, use Spellbinders Grand Labels One to cut out the cute winter hats from the Alpine 6.6 Bundle
  • Then, die cut a a large circle (Spellbinder’s Grand Circles) from Alpine Three. Cut the circle in half and tuck each half behind the die cut label
  • Create the snowflake center by staggering two 8″ square lace doilies in the center of the layout
Alpine Bundled Up With Love Layout: Fun with Embellishments!

Authentique Alpine Bundled Up With Love Layout by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5

Once I had all my layers in place, I was ready to embellish.  I started by fussy  cutting Winter is a Wonder from the top of the mother/child image.  This was then backed with cardstock and tapped with grit paste to give it a snowy appearance.

Authentique Alpine Bundled Up With Love Layout by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 6Stickers from the 12×12 Collection kit make great embellishments.  I simply backed them with cardstock, added foam tape or waste chipboard to the backs and tucked them in and around the layout.

I dug through my stash of novelty buttons and winter embellies to add lots of playful elements to the layout.

So if you are looking for the perfect collection for your winter fun photos, Alpine is it.  I’ve barely scratched the surface of all the gorgeous patterns and images it provides.

Creating this layout stirred up so many happy memories for me.  I hope it inspired you to break out your paper pretties and capture some memories on paper.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Wishing you a happy and restful day after Christmas, with time for family fun!  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Product Links for Bundled Up With Love Layout

NOTE: I will provide links to products whenever possible. Some items have been in my stash a long time and may no longer be available.  Or I may have forgotten where I found them.  But I’m sure you have lots of goodies that you can substitute where needed.  Thanks for understanding.

Authentique Products:  

Other Products:

  • Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities
    • Grand Circles (die # 4) (retired)
    • Labels One (Grand Labels Die #4) (retired)
  • Petaloo White Mixed Blossoms Large
  • Ranger Distress Grit Paste
  • Berries, Pine cones, Novelty Buttons and charms from my stash

 

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial with Graphic 45 Typography

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial with Graphic 45 Typography

Hello, G45’ers!  As a card maker, I have sometimes shied away from creating scrapbooking layouts.  Of course, I CAN do it…but the 12×12 format can feel intimidating for me.  Well, today’s post is all about eliminating the intimidation!  I’ve created this Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial with Graphic 45‘s Typography Collection.  Even though it is retired, it is still my all time tip top favorite from G45.   If you don’t have it in your paper stash, never fear.  This layout is so simple to make that you can easily use it with any of your favorite collections.  Let’s get this paper party started, shall we?

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

 

This photo of our daughter Liz was taken on one of our mother/daughter jaunts to the mountains last fall.  Ever since Liz was a young girl, my pet name for her has been Bella, which means “beautiful” in Italian.  (We are not Italian…I’m Irish…but nicknames don’t always have to  make sense, do they?)  I’m the only one who calls her by this name.  When I decided to scrap this photo, I remembered the Ciao Bella journal card from Typography.  That’s the inspiration for this layout.

Creating Contrast in a Simple Layout

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

There are many ways to create contrast in a layout.  Color is an obvious path to take, and I’ve certainly done that here.  But have you ever considered varying the size of your patterns as a way to create contrast?  It really works!

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3Throughout this layout, I’ve alternated 12×12 papers with 8×8 papers.  The scale of the images and the text creates instant contrast.  For instance, my background paper is 12×12, while the paper that the photo rests on is an 8×8 sheet of text paper.   The borders are from the 8×8 pad, but the bold black sentiment is from the 12×12 pad.  Instant contrast.  This creates visual interest even in a simple layout like this one.

Ciao Bella Layout: Expect the Unexpected

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Add fun to a simple layout by creating a hidden journal tag.  This 4×6 journal card has been cut down to fit the Black Staples Tag.  Then I elevated the photo with strips of cardboard to create a nifty little pocket to hold it. You’ll see how that mechanism works in the 60 second video tutorial at the end of this post.

Ciao Bella Layout: Create Simple layers

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

It honestly took me longer to photograph (and edit) than it did to make this layout.  The key is to a speedy layout is to create simple layers.  Orienting the papers on the diagonal created a sense of drama.  The bold, black sentiment panel on the right draws the eye to the focal image.  The layered borders help to form a frame.

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

This Staples Metal Door Plate & Knob is dabbed with Rusty Hinge Distress Paint to add another simple layer to the composition.

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

I also layered the typewriter key “e” over the chipboard button.  Placing this in the corner unified the paper layers as well as added dimension.

Ciao Bella Layout: Frame and Feathers

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8This sentiment describes the way our lovely daughter lives her life.  To give it more of a presence on the page, I “framed it up” inside the chipboard frame element from the Typography collection.  Then I hot glued it over the peacock feathers to hold them in place.  The black satin bow helps to draw the eye to the sentiment, and it also balances out the sentiment panel on the right.

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9

Ciao Bella Layout 60 second video tutorial

Graphic 45 challenged me to make a 60 second video tutorial of this Ciao Bella Layout.  Let me tell you…60 seconds goes by really fast!  Still, I  managed to put together a simple process video that will show you the steps I took to build this layout.  I hope you enjoy.  Don’t blink, or you’ll miss it!  LOL

I hope I’ve inspired you to get out your favorite photos and document beautiful memories today.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Ciao Bella Layout Supply List

Nature Sketchbook Natural Beauty Double Layout

Graphic 45 Double Layout Challenge: Nature Sketchbook Natural Beauty Double Layout

Hello, G45’ers!  I’m a bit excited about today’s post, as I’m sharing something I’ve never done before.  As you probably know, May is National Scrapbooking Month.  To help celebrate the occasion, Graphic 45 issued the #G45Layout Challenge with a $100 prize pack up for grabs.  You can read all about it HERE.  A double dare was issued to each member of the G45 Design Team: create a DOUBLE layout.  So that’s how this Nature Sketchbook Natural Beauty Double Layout came into being.

Natural Beauty Double Layout Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

A Walk in the Woods

My dear daughter Liz occasionally kidnaps me and carries me away for a few days of R&R.  One of our favorite destinations is at the Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina.  While the house is magnificent, what we really love is the gardens and the wonderful walking trails.  We escaped here last October and enjoyed a full day of rambling along the gorgeous paths that meander all through the grounds.  We were blessed with near perfect fall weather, and had loads of fun taking photos along the way.

Double the Natural Beauty: A Few Tips and Tricks

Natural Beauty Double Layout Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

The surroundings and the company were both Natural Beauties!  Can you believe I snapped this photo with my I-Phone?  Technology certainly has come a long way!

Natural Beauty Double Layout Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  3

Nature Sketchbook was the perfect collection to capture these memories.  For my background paper, I chose to use a monochromatic print from the 12×12 Patterns and Solids. I knew I was going to add a lot of flowers and other embellishments, so I wanted to keep the background simple.

First, I prepared the background by adding a honeycomb design with stencils and gold texture paste.  As the paste dried, it caused my paper to warp, so I knew I was going to have to mat the pages onto a solid surface.  I painted a 1/2 black border around two pieces of heavyweight chipboard with Black Soot Distress paint.  Then I used a Nature Sketchbook stamp to add white stamped text all the way around the border to add some interest and another layer of dimension. Now my pages lay flat, and as a bonus, they can stand up all on their own!

Clusters of Flowers for Natural Beauty Double Layout

Natural Beauty Double Layout Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4We could not have asked for a more perfect day.  I managed to snap this photo of the fall foliage and the bright October blue sky captured in the still waters of the Bass Pond at Biltmore. To draw attention to the photo, I created a cluster of Nature Sketchbook Flowers, altered chipboard pieces, fussy cut butterflies and Petaloo Flowers.

I ran out of the Nature Sketchbook die cut flowers, but no worries!  I simply used the empty flower sheet as a template and traced the outline of the flowers onto 12×12 Patterns and Solids Paper. Then I cut them out and shaped them.  Perfect match!

To give chipboard elements extra depth and texture I like to paint them with Distress Paints.  While paint is still wet, I sprinkle with embossing powders and heat set.  Once the embossing powder cooled on the ferns in this layout, I went back and stamped over the tops with Jet Black Archival Ink and a Nature Sketchbook script stamp.  I have a Snapguide Tutorial from an older project that outlines this process for you. 

Meet Me in the Middle of this Natural Beauty Double Layout

Natural Beauty Double Layout Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

One of the biggest challenges in designing this Natural Beauty Double Page Layout was creating a good flow between the two pages.  Create a “bridge” by using a large image that spans both pages.  First,  I fussy cut the large image from the signature page of Nature Sketchbook.  Then I flipped the pages face down and pushed them together side by side so there was barely a gap.  Next I hinged the pages together with strips of washi tape.  Then I flipped the pages face up, and used a ruler and craft knife to carefully cut the two pages apart.  It worked like a charm!

Natural Beauty Double Layout Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

Natural Beauty Double Layout Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

I have this Natural Beauty Double Layout on display in my dining room, and every time I see it, I remember this glorious adventure and smile.  What a beautiful world we live in!

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.  And I hope you’ll share take part in this fun #G45Layout Challenge and share your projects with us on the Graphic 45 Facebook page.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Nature Sketchbook Natural Beauty Double Layout Supply List

Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady Generations Layout

Petaloo/Creative Embellishments Blog Hop: Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady Generations Layout

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready to hop?  I’m participating in the Petaloo International/Creative Embellishments Blog Hop that is going on from April 1st-April 11th.  Be sure to pop over to the Petaloo  and Creative Embellishments Blogs and leave a comment during these dates, as there are some wonderful prize packages available,My contribution to the party is this Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady “Generations” Layout.

I used the Portrait of a Lady 12×12 Patterns and Solids paper along with some scraps, an ephemera card and a whole garden full of beautiful Petaloo flowers to make this layout.  As you can see from the photo, I  was in the mood to get messy. You’ll find lots of distressed edges, paint spatters, dry brushing and embossing in this mixed media layout.

Chips:  They’re addictive!

Just like potato chips, I find that chipboard elements are positively addictive!  For this layout, I decided to use the “generations” title from the Heritage Words Set and a Curly Flourish.  Chips are a great way to add texture, dimension and layers to any project!

 

To prepare my chips for the layout, I followed these steps:

  1. Paint the surface with Tattered Rose Distress Ink.  Dry
  2. Add fairly thick blobs of Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint on top.  Let this dry naturally, or your paint won’t crackle well.
  3. Tap the chipboard with Versamark Embossing ink and sprinkle with Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel.
  4. Heat set.

It’s really just that simple! Here’s a close-up of the “generations” title.

I also painted a little Prima garden sink with Tattered Rose Distress ink.  Don’t these Pink Darjeeling Petites look darling tucked into the sink with the Portrait of a Lady chipboard?

Ooh-la-la!  Flower Clusters!

Just look at these gorgeous flower clusters!  If you really want to create a visual impact, cluster several flowers together in little bouquets.  These showy mini bouquets are made with a combination of Darjeeling Cream Anemones with Darjeeling Pink Petites and Botanica Soft Pink Mini Blooms.

Here’s the view from the opposite side of the page.

To keep with the shabby chic vibe of this layout, I dry brushed Tattered Rose Distress Paint onto this Prima resin frame.  Next, while the paint was still wet, I sprinkled it with Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel and heat set it.

Do you use chipboard in your crafting? What’s your favorite way to alter it?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Visit the Petaloo Blog all this week for more chippie inspiration and don’t forget to comment so you can win one of the wonderful prize packs.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

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