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Flowers and Art Inverted Canvas with G45 Nature Sketchbook

Frilly and Funkie Challenge: Flowers and Art Inverted Canvas with G45 Nature Sketchbook and Wendy Vecchi Stamps

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabulous challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Today I’ve prepared a Flowers and Art Inverted Canvas using Graphic 45’s Nature Sketchbook and Wendy Vecchi stamps and goodies.  First, let’s see what Cec, our hostess, has to say about this challenge.

Challenge Theme: Out Of The Cold!
It is winter and that means snow and cold in so many places so let’s head to the tropics.  Create any vintage or shabby chic project that will make us feel warm – think lots of sunshine, bright colours, flora and fauna and even animals hiding in the rain forest.

I had to think a long time about this challenge but knew I wanted to incorporate Wendy’s flowers and the beautiful Nature Sketchbook papers. This inverted canvas started out as a card…and just kind of took me where it wanted to go.

From Card to Canvas

The inspiration for this entire piece was the bright tropical flowers in the center of the canvas.  I made these by stamping Wendy Vecchi’s Mix and Match Art Stamps onto watercolor paper about a dozen times.  Knowing that I wanted the flowers to be yellow, I stamped using Wendy Vecchi Dandelion Archival ink.  This way, I had no harsh stamp lines around the edges.

Next, each flower layer was painted with Prima water colors. Then I  stamped each image a second time to reinforce the detail lines.  After fussy cutting, the layers were shaped, stacked and inked around the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Then the centers were filled with FloraSoft.  Finally, I painted the flowers with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint to add shimmer. The wet Crackle paint was sprinkled lightly with Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter.

Now it was time to add some stenciling, some clear texture paste, some die cutting, paper layering….and the base began to grow…and grow.  Pretty soon I realized this card was destined to be a canvas.

A Warm Color Palette for Flowers and Art Inverted Canvas

I used lots of warm colors in my palette with little pops of blue and green.

Butterflies were fussy cut from the 12×12 pad and scattered around the canvas. Star anise is a great natural addition to a canvas like this.  I painted each one with Scattered Straw Distress Paint.

Chipboard elements, metal keys, and wooden flourishes add lots of texture.

These metal pieces are tapped with Vintaj patina, then stacked along the side.

I stamped the sentiment from Wendy in Jet Black Archival Ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  It was sponged with more ink, then cut apart and glued in place.  The die cut swallow was treated with Distress Crazing medium and tapped with paint.

The back side of an 8×10 canvas was wrapped with tissue wrap and sprayed with various sprays.  It has a lovely patina in real life.  I like the depth that the inverted canvas provides. As a finishing touch, I brushed Antique Linen Distress Paint randomly onto the canvas.

Now It’s Your Turn

You can play along in this wonderful challenge by linking your own Out of the Cold vintage or shabby chic project to the challenge page over at Frilly and Funkie.  You have until midnightEST on Tuesday, February 28th to join the party.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot  at Frilly and Funkie. The other 3 talented designers 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!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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!

Cheerio,

kathy
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

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Birthdays, Holidays & Special Days 2017 Planner

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Birthdays, Holidays & Special Days 2017 Planner with Graphic 45

Hello, Friends!  This is the time of year when we all start thinking about organizing our lives and getting ready for the New Year.  I was in the middle of sorting out my Graphic 45 paper collections when I had a “lightbulb moment” and the idea for this Birthdays, Holidays & Special Days 2017 Planner was conceived.

birthdays-holidays-and-special-days-card-planner-place-in-time-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-1My thought was this: Wouldn’t it be great to use up all these scraps and make a whole year’s worth of cards?  And then what if I bound them into an album with a pocket page to hold dates and addresses? And that little voice in my head said, “Yes, Yes!  Do it!”  So I did.

birthdays-holidays-and-special-days-card-planner-place-in-time-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-2Like so many ideas, this turned out to be bigger than I realized.  BUT….I just kept plugging away at it and after a solid week of work, I had this lovely album, places to keep addresses and 24…COUNT ‘EM!….handmade cards.  As an added bonus, I cleared out tons of scraps and made room for more paper.  That’s a win/win for sure!

birthdays-holidays-and-special-days-card-planner-place-in-time-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-8I affectionately call this my “big Mama” because it is huge.  The covers measure 8.5″ square and the binding is 5.5″ wide.  There are 12 double pocket pages inside, one for each month of the year.

Dates, Addresses and Cards at my fingertips

birthdays-holidays-and-special-days-card-planner-place-in-time-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-9This Birthdays, Holidays & Special Days 2017 planner is a real mash up of Graphic 45 goodies.  I created the cover with Architecture & Alphabet DIY papers.  The large size of these papers makes them ideal for this sort of project.  Time to Celebrate decorates the front and inside covers.

birthdays-holidays-and-special-days-card-planner-place-in-time-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-10Each month of the year is represented with a pocket for dates and addresses and a second pocket that contains 2 greeting cards themed to that month.

birthdays-holidays-and-special-days-card-planner-place-in-time-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-11I am not going to lie to you: this took a lot of time to make.  BUT, I have an album that can be used over and over again.  I just have to make new cards to fill the card pocket.  And, it will be very nice to have my addresses and special dates right at my fingertips in these handy pockets.  The cut apart pages from Time to Flourish and A Place in Time make the job much easier.

birthdays-holdiays-and-special-days-2017-card-planner-place-in-time-time-to-flourish-time-to-celebrate-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-1These are the January cards.  I have hoarded bits and pieces of both Place in Time and Time to Flourish ever since they were released.  It felt wonderful to put them to good use on these simple, easy to mail cards.

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Birthdays, Holidays & Special Days 2017 Planner YouTube Video Tour

To help you get a feel for the flow and design of this album, I prepared a YouTube video tour.

I hope I’ve inspired you today to get into your gorgeous Graphic 45 papers, use up your scraps and make something beautiful with them.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Products Used
  • Architecture & Alphabets DIY Paper G45
  • Time to Flourish
    • 12×12 and 8×8 paper pads
    • chipboard
    • banners
    • pockets and tags
    • stickers
    • calendar papers both 12×12 and 8×8
    • ephemera cards
  • A Place in Time (original release)
    • 12×12 papers
    • 12×12 calendar pages
    • chipboard
  • Time to Celebrate
    • 8×8 pad
    • 12×12 cut apart pages
  • Children’s Hour
    • 12×12 calendar pages
  • Staples Door Plates (2) Door Knob and Ornate key
  • Graphic 45 Washi Tape
  • Scor-Pal or other Scoring tool
  • Scor-Tape or other strong adhesive to create the binding
  • Medium weight chipboard
  • Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive or the adhesive of your choice
  • plain cardstock in assorted colors from my scrap drawer
  • assorted ribbons, buttons and brads

 

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There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays

Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog: Home for the Holidays

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabulous challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  I’m the hostess for the FINAL challenge of 2016, and the theme is Home for the Holidays.

Let’s get ready to Deck the Halls by creating some home decor for the holiday season.  You can make centerpieces, wreaths, banners, ornaments, wall hangings, or little vignettes  …basically anything BUT a card for this challenge. If you don’t celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, then just make some home decor with a wintry theme.

Home for the Holidays Altered Woodland Frame

home-for-the-holidays-altered-woodland-frame-for-frilly-and-funkie-by-kathy-clement-photo-1 This may be my favorite Christmas project of the season.  I am kicking myself because I forgot to take a “before” picture of this ugly, ugly, cheap plastic frame.  You all know how much I love to go “junkin” at our local thrift shops.  Well, I found this white plastic frame in the clearance bin for under a dollar.  Now, honey, you know when an item ends up in the clearance bin at the Thrift Shop….well, it’s ugly, ugly, ugly!

However, I liked the fact that it had two openings.  And I liked that the opening on the right had a little bucket attached to it (complete with tacky plastic purple pansy ).  The right hand side had a sort of interesting (in an ugly way) ribbed panel that said plastic bucket was attached to.  Yes, it was not pretty…but it had……possibility.  So it went into my basket.  I will tell you that Dale, who no longer bats an eye at any of my crazy schemes, saw the frame in my basket he gave me “that” look and said, “Really?”  My reply?  “I feel sorry for it.”

Thus the journey began.

The Perils of Working with Plastic

home-for-the-holidays-altered-woodland-frame-for-frilly-and-funkie-by-kathy-clement-photo-2Part of the fun of creating altered art is learning how to work with new surfaces and mediums.  I will be completely honest with you here: if I ever find another ugly plastic frame in the clearance bin at the thrift shop, I will walk right past it.  Plastic is very resistant to transformation.  It took a little light sanding followed by two coats of heavy white gesso, then two more coats of heavy black gesso to prep the surface of this frame.  And you have to let each layer dry on its own, because this is plastic, people.  You cannot use a heat gun on plastic!

From Trash to Treasure

home-for-the-holidays-altered-woodland-frame-for-frilly-and-funkie-by-kathy-clement-photo-3I love the way this frame turned out.  It’s all country chic and has a great woodland feel.  Sadly, there are no step out photos as I got completely lost in the process of working with this tricky surface.  But I can tell you that I sprayed the gessoed frame with Brushed Pewter Mica Spray and it created this very cool “frosty” finish. I know it is hard to see in the photo, but take my word for it; the frame looks like Jack Frost skipped across its surface.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

home-for-the-holidays-altered-woodland-frame-for-frilly-and-funkie-by-kathy-clement-photo-4Altering this Tim Holtz Trophy Antlers Idea-Ology piece was another learning curve.  It is also plastic, which means it is slick.  Which means it doesn’t take paint all that well.  So I ended up painting it with some white chalk paint designed for glass surfaces.  While it was wet, I sprinkled it liberally with Frayed Burlap Distress Embossing Powder and carefully heat set it.  Voila!  Fur on my woodland lovely!  Then I added droplets of Ginger Alcohol Ink over that.  This process taught me that I have more patience than I thought!

The “birch trees” background was also plastic.  So I painted it with more of the chalk paint.  Then I dry brushed it with Pumice Stone  and Hickory Smoke Distress Paints.  Finally, I stamped it with the Birch background stamp from Tim’s  Birch and Pine set.  Even my husband said…”hey…cool birch trees.”  Yaaaas!  Victory is mine!

The oak barrel planter was part of the original frame, so it was also plastic.  I gessoed it, then brushed it with Platinum texture paste. While the paint was wet, I added Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder, held my breath and very, very carefully heat set the powder.  Spanish moss, red berries, icy branches and Tim’s Woodland trees make a mighty cute forest if I do say so myself.

home-for-the-holidays-altered-woodland-frame-for-frilly-and-funkie-by-kathy-clement-photo-5Adding the Sentiment

home-for-the-holidays-altered-woodland-frame-for-frilly-and-funkie-by-kathy-clement-photo-6Since I was having so much fun experimenting with new techniques, I decided to stamp the sentiment on Kraft Glassine paper.  I used Jet Black Archival Ink and then heat set with clear embossing powder.  It looks so homespun and welcoming.  This is a technique I will be trying again soon!

For finishing touches, I created snowy window panes with Grit Paste then sprinkled with ultra fine glitter.  I spattered the entire frame with Dylusions White Linen spray, then added flowers and a bow.

Phew.  That was easy. NOT.  But was it fun?  Oh, yes!  And I learned a lot in the process.  I still wish I had taken a before photo, though.

Now It’s Your Turn

Be sure to pop over to the Frilly and Funkie Blog where you’ll find more inspiration from the Frilly side of the team.  (The Funkie Side will share their Home for the Holidays creations with us next Wednesday.)  You’ll find all the challenge details and guidelines there, too.

The team will be popping by to take a peek at your lovely creations and one of you will be chosen to serve as a Guest Designer in an upcoming challenge.  Three more will be chosen to receive favorite badges to display proudly on their blogs.  And everyone who follows the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing for a $25 shopping spree at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I know it is a very busy time of year, but I hope you will all find time to play along and help us finish this year’s challenges with a bang.  I cannot wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Bountiful Harvest Altered Shadowbox Frame Tutorial

 A Place in Time Bountiful Harvest Altered Shadowbox Frame Tutorial for Frilly and Funkie

Hello Friends!  Thanksgiving is my very favorite holiday of the year. So I was thrilled to learn that our hostess, Nancy, chose the  theme  Bountiful Harvest for the latest challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  I went rummaging through the Closet of Shame and pulled together this and that to make this vintage Bountiful Harvest Altered Shadowbox Frame.  Let’s see what Nancy has to say about this challenge.

Bountiful Harvest
Create any vintage or shabby chic project celebrating the bounty of the season in the rich hues of Autumn.

Graphic 45 A Place in Time and Tammy Tutterow Posie Stamps and Dies

bountiful-harvest-altered-shadowbox-frame-tutorial-for-frilly-and-funkie-kathy-clement-photo-1I found this wooden shadowbox frame in the clearance bin at Michaels.  It measures about 7.25″ wide by 9.25″ tall with a generous depth of 1.25″.  That gave me lots and lots of room to create this  pretty Thanksgiving vignette.

I used some fun mixed media techniques to give the frame this tree bark appearance.  The flowers were such fun to design with Tammy’s Stamps and dies.  If you have bits and pieces of the original Place in time calendar papers languishing in your Closet of Shame, this is a great way to use them up.  You’ll learn how I did it in the Snapguide tutorial below.

How to Create a Bountiful Harvest Altered Shadowbox Frame Snapguide Tutorial

Check out How to Place in Time Altered Shadowbox Thanksgiving Frame by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Here are some pretty pictures to inspire you.

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bountiful-harvest-altered-shadowbox-frame-tutorial-for-frilly-and-funkie-kathy-clement-photo-5Come Join the Fun!

Now it’s YOUR turn to create a vintage or shabby chic Bountiful Harvest project celebrating the hues and colors of Autumn!  When you’ve done so, link it up at the Frilly & Funkie Blog.  Be sure to pop over there today to get inspired by the other designer projects, and to find out the dates and details for this challenge.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us for a  Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie.  Three more favorites will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules is entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Sound good?  I thought so!

Thanks for joining me here today!  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Cheerio,

kathy

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Thanksgiving Harvest Mini Album Tutorial

Thanksgiving Harvest Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy ClementThanksgiving Harvest Mini Album Tutorial  and Video Tour for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hello, Friends!  My favorite holiday is right around the corner!  Thanksgiving is the perfect time to gather with family and friends, enjoy good food, play games, laugh and take photos!  To help you capture all those great memories, I’ve created this Thanksgiving Harvest Mini Album Tutorial.  I’ve used the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Bracket Edged Stagger Mini Album and Fall Shape set along with the gorgeous Authentique Harvest papers.  Get out your scissors and pencils because class is in session!

Thanksgiving Harvest Mini Album Tutorial YouTube Video Tour

Because I am a visual learner, I like to experience the flow of an album via a video tour.  In this short tour, I’ll share tips and tricks for working with chipboard and demonstrate how all the various interactive elements of the album work.  I think you’ll find it is a good introduction to the Snapguide tutorial below.

Thanksgiving Harvest Snapguide Tutorial

This Snapguide tutorial will guide you step by step through the process of building your album.  You will learn how to use embossing powders and paints to alter your chips, see how I assembled each page and find a complete supply list within this tutorial.  Enjoy!

Check out How to Thanksgiving GSL Bracket Edged Mini Stagger Album by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Here are some still photos for you to enjoy!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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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