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Little Birdie Crafts Sweet As Honey Summertime Card Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Sweet as Honey Summertime Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  One of the thing I love the most about summer is the beautiful flowers that fill the landscape.  Today I have a Little Birdie Crafts Sweet as Honey Summertime Card Tutorial to share with you.  It’s soft as a summer sky and loaded with gorgeous summer blooms, courtesy of Little Birdie Flowers.

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Don’t you just love these beautiful summer blossoms?  They are LBC Pastel Palette blooms from the Jessica, Bouquet and Rosalind assortments.  (Linked below)  I’ve paired up papers from the Texture Brew and True Love Story 12×12 Paper Packs with a digital image to create this interactive card.

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See that sweet little burlap tassel on the side of the card?  That’s a hidden tag pocket that I’ve built into the card design.  You’ll learn how to make it in the video tutorial below.

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Little Birdie Crafts Sweet as Honey Summertime Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

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I’ve used more sweet embellishments from LBC to create the little tea wallet that is tucked inside the card.

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And here’s the promised Little Birdie Crafts Sweet as Honey Summertime Card Tutorial on YouTube.

I hope I’ve inspired you to get your craft on today!  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Songbird Card Folio

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Songbird Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The theme this go round is “B” Happy, and Cec is our hostess.  I’ve created a Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Card Folio that’s got some fun new twists in the design.  We’ll take a look at that in a moment, but first, let’s see what Cec has to say about this challenge.

Challenge Theme: “B” Happy
Create a shabby chic or vintage project that makes you happy and features birds, bees and/or butterflies. You must use at least one of these things with wings and it must have a place of prominence on your creation but if you wish to use two or more, please feel free to do that.

Botanical Tea Songbird Card Folio

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Songbird Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

I know I shared a Botanical Tea tag project a couple weeks ago.  So I hope you are not tired of this collection.  It is one of my top 5 favorite G45 collections of all time.  I honestly set out to make a regular card…nothing fancy.  But as I was working, this idea began to take shape in my head (never listen to the voices….they will get you in trouble every time!).  Before I knew it, I was in the middle of making another card folio.  Now that it’s finished…I’m glad I made it.  But in the middle of the process???  Not so much!

Botanical Tea Songbird Card Folio: The base layer

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Songbird Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02This is a 5.25″ x 7″ top fold folio with a 3/8″ spine.  The background layer is  a beautiful duotone botanical print with birds, butterflies, dragonflies and clocks.  I love it when I machine stitch around a card, because it makes the piece feel framed.

The lacy corner effect comes from die cutting with Tim Holtz’ Mixed Media Die #2.  I cut through both the designer paper and the cardstock matting to reveal the white card base.  That was spritzed with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Mist.  I really love this combination of stitched edges and die cut corner.

Botanical Tea Songbird Card Folio: The Focal Image

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In keeping with the challenge guidelines, I chose this sweet pink songbird to serve as the focal image.  First, I die cut the image from one sheet of Botanical Tea using a large Spellbinder’s circle die.  Then, I die cut the doily frame using Graphic 45’s Square Tag and Clock Dies.  I adhered the frame over the die cut.  Next, the second image of the pink bird was fussy cut and layered over the original with foam tabs.  I love the dimension this created.  Foliage from Little Birdie Crafts (what else on a bird card?) adds lots of lovely green leaves to the fussy cut branch.  And Gilt Trip Prills add loads of beautiful texture.

If you look above the focal image, you’ll see a metal butterfly that I altered with Distress Paints.

Botanical Tea Songbird Card Folio: The Flowers

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The flower cluster features altered metal flowers and Little Birdie Grey Printed Linz Petals.  Linda has added these fabulous metal flowers to the shop and I received some in my design team allotment package.  Before altering the silvertone flowers with paint, I used my Tonic Scissors to cut between the petals of one flower.  Then I lifted every other petal to create a sort of cup shape.  Then I painted the flowers with a combination of Antique Linen, Broken China and Tumbled Glass Distress Paint.  The two layers are adhered together with Glossy Accents.

Next, I reshaped one of the Little Birdie Flowers by sort of cupping it between my fingers. ( You can see me use this technique in my Little Birdie Video tutorials. )  Then, I adhered it in the center of the metal flower.  All the flowers are dry brushed with Antique Linen and Broken China Distress Paint and sprinkled with Prills.

The large pink rose is just fussy cut from the paper, popped up on foam tabs and shaped a bit with my fingers.

Botanical Tea Songbird Card Folio: A Peek Inside

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Inside, I’ve created a hinged waterfall feature and a fun tag pocket.

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The waterfall feature took a little figuring out, but basically, I scored a flap, then scored a second line 1/4″ to the right.  This created a little spine.  If you want to give this a try, don’t adhere your liner paper until after you’ve built the waterfall.  That way, you can run your ribbon closure behind the page, wrap it around and tie it shut.

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I’ve added some little flaps, tuck spots and journal spots inside the waterfall.  The tea cups are die cut with Tim’s Tea Time Sizzix die.  Aren’t they fun?  I wish I had a pink polka dot tea cup.  The reason I included the tea cups is that I am a real tea lover.  And since the challenge said to create a project that makes me happy…well…there had to be tea.

Botanical Tea Songbird Card Folio: The tags!

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Tags make me happy, too.  So I covered a Graphic 45 Ivory Square Tag with designer paper.  Now that I can cover these tags so easily with the G45 tag dies, I want to make tags even more often! This tag has a little pocket adorned with a fussy cut image from the collection.  Because pockets also make me happy.  Would you like to see what’s in the pocket?

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A sweet little trio of ATC tags.  How fun is that?  Oh, and there’s a honey stick in the box style pocket, too.  (I have video tutorials for how to make a box pocket, too.)

“B” Happy Challenge: Now it’s YOUR turn!

I hope you’ll play along in this fun challenge by linking up your vintage or shabby chic Bird, Bee or Butterfly inspired project at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.

The winner will earn the chance to be a Guest Designer here 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. We are also awarding Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because we can’t pick just one favorite!

You have until 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, July 17th to link your project.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, techniques and ideas that you can use in your own craft 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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Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial with Embossing Texture Paste & Sparkle Paste

Hello, Friends!  I’m having so much fun learning to walk in my Mixed Media Boots!  Today I have a Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial to share with you.  Making this project was a blast!  I got to play with some new (to me) mixed media products like Embossing Texture Paste and Sparkle Paste and stencils and of course, beautiful Little Birdie Flowers.

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial Embossing Texture Paste by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

This 8″ x 6″ wood pallet was languishing in the clearance bin.  I picked it up to look at it and the next thing I knew, it had jumped right into my cart!  It was a real Plain Jane piece, but now it is bursting with color, texture, layers and gorgeous flowers.

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial Embossing Texture Paste by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 02

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet: From Plain Jane to Just Plain Gorgeous

Here’s how this came together.  I also have a step out tutorial video below, so feel free to skip on down to that if you’d like.

  • First, lightly sand the surface of the pallet board to prepare it for paint.
  • Next, create a wash with Little Birdie Sand Stone and Wild Moss Paints and a few spritzes of water from a misting bottle.
  • Now, randomly brush the paint over the surface of the pallet.  Be sure to heat dry between layers and repeat as needed. Clean your brush off on a 4×4 burlap panel.  Waste not, want not!
  • Then, apply Mint Fizz Sparkle paste through a Script Stencil on the right hand side of the pallet.  Heat dry.
  • Now, apply Berry Burst Embossing Texture Paste through the Cobble Circle Stencil on the left hand side of the pallet.  Heat Dry.  Keep your heat gun moving and be patient.  The Embossing Texture paste is “cooked” when it begins to lighten in color and develop some texture.  It’s sooooo cool!
  • Now you’ve got a great foundation to build on!
Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet: Adding the Details

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Here are the next steps in the process.

  • First, fussy cut the succulent wreath from Succulent Garden 12×12 Paper Pack

TIP:   Trim around the outside of the wreath first.  Because there are so many intricate pieces, i left a little white border all the way around so that I would not accidentally ciip off any wispy bits.  Then lay the trimmed wreath on a glass mat (or the glass from an old picture frame). Use a craft knife to cut a couple of triangular pieces from the white center of the wreath.  Now you’ll be able to fit your scissor blades inside the wreath and cut it easily.

  • Next, dry brush the cut edges with any paint that’s left on your brush.
  • Then add chipboard or foam tabs to the back side of the wreath to add dimension.
  • Glue in place on the prepared burlap panel.
  • Now brush the chipboard sentiment with a wash of the same chalk paints.
  • Heat dry the chipboard, then sponge the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to add shading and dimension.  Hot glue in place.
Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial: Adding the Flowers

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial Embossing Texture Paste by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 04

Finish off your wood pallet with an assortment of Little Birdie Flowers, Succulents and Foliage.  You can watch me build this arrangement in the video that follows.

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial Video

This 20 minute video will guide you step by step through my creative process.  I hope you enjoy!

Little Birdie Products Used in this Project

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks, and ideas 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

 

Little Birdie Crafts Succulent Garden Altered Journal Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Succulent Garden Altered Journal Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Do you have a boring old notebook or journal lying around the house?  Not very inspiring to write in, is it?  Today’s Little Birdie Crafts Succulent Garden Altered Journal Tutorial will show you how to take a journal from blah and boring to fun and fabulous in no time!

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I snagged this 8″ x 10″ faux leather journal off a clearance shelf at a local Tuesday Morning.  It was great quality…but kind of ho hum in appearance.  The perfect piece to alter!

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First, I stenciled the cover with a design from Little Birdie Crafts and some LB Sparkle Paste.  Then I added paint, burlap, distressed papers, fussy cut images and of course, gorgeous florals to really dress it up.

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My floral cascade is made with a mix of succulents, beaded flowers, tiny petals and gorgeous foliage, all from Little Birdie Crafts.

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Chipboard, sisal fibre, fussy cut elements and some wood letter tiles make all the difference.  Now this journal is pretty enough to have out on display!  It would also make a wonderful gift for someone who loves to garden.

Would you like to learn how to alter your own boring journal?  Then just watch this YouTube video to learn how.

I hope I’ve shared some tips tricks and ideas 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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Little Birdie Crafts Succulent Garden Shadow Box Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Succulent Garden Shadow Box Tutorial

Hello Friends!  It seems as though I’m seeing succulent gardens everywhere I go.  They are all the rage right now, and luckily for us, Little Birdie Crafts has added some gorgeous succulent papers and flowers to their shop.  Today’s Succulent Garden Shadow Box Tutorial will show you how to create a lovely piece of home decor that celebrates the beauty of succulents.

Succulent Garden Shadow Box Tutorial Succulent Garden by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

I wanted to create a shadowbox that had the look of a chippy old garden shed.  Paints, texture paste, patterned papers, sisal fibre, Spanish Moss and of course, lovely flowers helped me to achieve the effect in this 6″ x 6″ shadow box.

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Just look at these darling potted succulents!  I’ve clustered them up with Bernice Purple Flowers, Fiona Mulberry Flowers, fussy cut images and lovely chipboard.

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If you’d like to learn how to make your own garden themed home decor, then I hope you’ll join me for the 20 minute video tutorial below.  We’ll alter the shadow box, add textural elements, layer papers and finish with a flourish of beautiful flowers.  I hope you enjoy!

Succulent Garden Shadow Box Tutorial on Youtube

 

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas 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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Other Products: Spanish Moss, Recollections Wood Shadow Box Tray, Purple Night Seam Binding Ribbon, Burlap String

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