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Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas

Frilly & Funkie On the Cutting Edge Challenge: Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another wonderful challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The incredibly inspiring Suzz is our hostess this go round, and the theme is “On the Cutting Edge”.  With that in mind, I put together this little Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas.  I’ll share all the details about it in a moment, but first, let’s see what Suzz has to say about this fun challenge.

Having recently acquired some beautiful new dies I thought it might be time to bring them out and show them off.  This challenge is all about using your dies, punches or other cutting tools to create a masterpiece featuring at least one die cut / punched image.   Make sure your art is in the vintage or shabby chic style and incorporates a die cut or punch.
Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 1
Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas

Let’s see…how many ways did I use die cuts:

  • Sizzix Tiny House Die
  • Tim Holtz Lace Die
  • Fall Foliage Leaf Die
  • Tim Holtz Mixed Media Die #2 ( the cutaway portion of my focal image)

Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 2

First, I added a layer of gesso to this 8″ x 10″ canvas.  While the paint was drying, I hand stitched around the edges of an 8″ x 10″ piece of natural burlap. Next, I used Matte Mixed Media to attach it to the canvas.

Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 3While the glue was drying, I die cut chipboard and Tim Holtz Wallflower paper with the Sizzix Tiny Homes Die.  This was assembled and transformed in to a wee bird house, complete with Spanish Moss Rooftop, some “found” string, and speckled eggs in a nest.

I colored seam binding ribbon with Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber and Twisted Citron Distress Oxide Inks.  Then I tied a loopy bow.  This was tucked in under the pretty yellow Petaloo Botanica Blossoms on the roof.

Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas: It’s all About Texture and Layers

 

Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 4The burlap layer provides wonderful texture for my layered leaves, Prills, Wendy Vecchi Mini Bricks, and lots of other goodies.  I decoupaged some beetle eaten leaves that my fellow teamie Sara Emily gave me a few years back.  First I spritzed them with Mica Spray, then I gently added Matte Multi Medium to both sides and pressed them into the burlap layer.

While the Matte Medium was still wet, I sprinkled some Gourd-geous Prills over it.  This added wonderful color and texture.

Art is All Around You

Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 5

Many of these botanical items were picked up on my walks at the park.  The super tiny pine cones, lichen covered tree branch, sticks, moss, etc give this canvas a wonderfully woodsy feel. Art is all around you if you keep an eye out for it!

I also die cut a number of leaves, spritzed them with Antique Bronze Mica Spray and layered into the vignette.

Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 6

Think twice before you toss an item into the trash!The negative space from the Wendy Vecchi Mini Bricks Mat Board makes a great platform for my sentiment.

  • First, I tapped the Baroque Frame with Ginger Alcohol Ink
  • Next, I wanted to add this speckled egg image to the frame.  So I used the inside of the frame as a template.  I just traced around the egg, then cut it out slightly larger than the pencil line.
  • Erase the pencil line!
  • Next, I added a custom sentiment with Botanical Remnant Rubs.
  • Then, I added Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive to the back side of the frame and pressed it over the egg/sentiment.
  • Finally, I glued the frame over the  scrap from Mini Bricks .
Now It’s YOUR Turn

You’re invited to play along with us!  Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project that fits in with the “On the Cutting Edge” theme.  Then link it up over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before midnight on Tuesday, August 29th.  You can find all the guidelines for the challenge HERE.

At the end of the challenge the team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us for a Guest Designer spot at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing 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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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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Frilly & Funkie: Opposites Attract!

Opposites Attract!  New Challenge at Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Do you ever feel like your crafting is stuck in a creative rut, making the same old same old things all the time?  Well, there’s a new challenge up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog called Opposites Attract! and it might be just the creative shake up you need to move your mojo into a new gear.

I am the hostess for the challenge this go round, and here are the details for Opposites Attract!

For this challenge, the Frilly side of the team will be creating a project in Funkie Style, and the Funkie side of the team will create a Frilly style project.  We’re asking you to break out of your creative rut, deep and create any kind of project you choose, as long as it is not done in your usual style and color palette.

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot 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. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because choosing just one winner is so hard!
Because I am on the “Frilly” side of the team, my challenge was to create a project in the Funkie Style.  After conferring with members of the Funkie team, I felt that for me, that meant to spend loads of time building a background with inks, texture pastes, stamps and stencils.  Here’s what I came up with:
Opposites Attract Frilly Funkie 01 I had never made a master board before, so I decided this would be a good place to start my challenge.  (In case you don’t know…a master board is a background that you create with inks, stamps, paint, texture paste, stencils, etc.  It’s usually a large piece of paper that you can then cut into smaller bits to use in multiple projects.)
And, I created a SnapGuide Tutorial so that you can see step by step how I went about creating my master board.

Check out How to Create Cards With a Mixed Media Master Board by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Here are a few more close up views of the finished product.

Opposites Attract Frilly Funkie 02One of the things I loved about “going Funkie” was the amazing freedom I felt while playing with the inks and pastes and sprays.  It was FUN…and the texture was fabulous!

Opposites Attract Frilly Funkie 03I created a hand made flower and backed it with a custom dyed seam binding bow.  The little chipboard tag is from Graphic 45’s Artisan Style Collection.

Opposites Attract Frilly Funkie 05Here’s a close up of the texture I was talking about.

Opposites Attract Frilly Funkie 06On the inside of the card, I did more layering…but this time with papers from Artisan Style.  I did bring a little “Funkie” inside with the tag I tucked behind the mini postcard, though.

Opposites Attract Frilly Funkie 07This is a Staples Ivory ATC tag that has been inked and stamped.  I had to “split” the sentiment stamp so it would fit on the tag.  If you’ve never done this before, I’ll tell you how I do it.  My secret is to block of the section of the stamp I don’t want to use with a Post-It note or Scotch tape.  Yes, I taped over the “we grow old” portion of the sentiment.  Then I inked my stamp, pulled off the tape and stamped the first half of the sentiment in place.  Then I reversed the process to stamp the remainder of the quote.  Simple, right?  Just remember to pull off the tape or Post it before you stamp, or you’ll end up with a horrible mess.  Just sayin’!

I really enjoyed playing at Opposites Attract, and I hope you’ll give this challenge a go.  You can link your Opposites Attract Challenge up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog until 11:55 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, May 17th.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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What’s Up, Buttercup? (Creating a Watercolor Background)

Good Tuesday morning to you, friends!  I have another fun watercolor project to share with you today.  This time, I’ve created a watercolor background for a card that I like to call, “What’s Up, Buttercup?”

Sometimes a card almost makes itself.  And sometimes, a card wrestles your creativity to the ground before it gives in and comes together.  This was one of those cards.  I almost gave up and pitched the whole thing into the trash.  But wisdom prevailed, and I set the individual elements on the corner of my desk and walked away.  When I came back today, I knew what direction to take, and just how to finish this card.  Creativity wins the day!

008 (2) I used Distress Stains, Watercolor paper, and a water spritzer to create this happy watercolor background.  Using Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters, Broken China and Wild Honey Distress Stains, I began by cutting two pieces of cold press watercolor paper to 5×7.5″.     I spritzed the papers heavily with water and then used the Distress Stain applicator to scribble out some color directly onto my craft sheet.  I then swiped the paper through the puddle of stain from several different directions until I liked the way it looked.  Then, I heat dried the paper, and repeated the entire process with each color until I had the look I wanted.  Here’s a close up of the watercolor background:

I love the soft watercolor effect you can achieve with this technique.

I love the soft watercolor effect you can achieve with this technique.

Once I was happy with the watercolor background, I pulled out a stencil from my stash.  I’m a novice when it comes to stenciling, so I taped the stencil over one piece of watercolor page to make sure things worked out well.  I then spritzed liberally with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls, and dried the paper carefully with my heat gun.  When I felt like I could lift the stencil without creating a smeared mess, I removed the tape and finished drying the background.  I used a brown sharpie marker to outline the stenciled posies.  

I knew I wanted to create some sort of pocket to go on the front of this card…a pocket full of posies, if you will.  I took the other watercolor background and stamped a floral background stamp from Hero Arts using Ranger Archival Ink in Coffee.  This was heat embossed and the watercolor background peeked through as lovely flowers.

011 (3)  This was die cut into a pocket shape, and stitched around the edges.  I added some ribbon to the top edge, cut out a pocket tab and stamped “hi” on it and then adhered the pocket to the watercolor base using dimensionals.  I still had an extra strip of the embossed paper, so I ran this through my die cut machine using a Spellbinder’s edge die.  This worked perfectly as a header for the card.

009 (2)  I used the same die to cut a decorative edge on the base of my watercolor background BEFORE I attached the pocket.  (Sorry…sometimes I get ahead of myself!)  I added copper brads to cheery  yellow daisies, adhered the whole kit and kaboodle to a kraft card base,  and added a twine bow and button.  I’m so glad now that I didn’t toss this happy card!

014 (2)  For the inside, I stamped directly onto a kraft card base and then added flowers that I stamped onto a pretty yellow paper pulled from my scrap drawer.  The sentiment was hand written. I traced over the vine with a turquoise gelly roll pen, just to add a little sparkle. 

010 (2)  So, What’s Up, Buttercup?  What obstacle are you trying to press through today?  Are you at the point of utter frustrations? Ready to trash things?  Maybe the key is to just walk away for a few minutes (or a couple of days, as I did) and then come back to that brick wall with a fresh perspective.  Sometimes, taking a break is the most creative thing you can do.  And, it makes the difference between a full trash can…and a happy ending!

Thanks for taking the time to visit my little blog today.  I hope you found something here to make you smile.  If so, my mission is complete.  Don’t forget to leave me a little comment….you  know they make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time…

Cheerio,

kathy

PS…I’m linking this project to Inspiration Emporium Marvelous Masks and Spectacular Stencils Challenge.

And, I’m also adding it to The Eclectic Paperie E-Team Challenge: Flowers

I figure after all that angst, I should make the most of the opportunity!  LOL

Product used in this project: Stamps: My Favorite Things,: Pretty Pockets, Hero Arts: Flower Table Cloth; Inks and Sprays: Ranger Industries: Distress Stain in Tumbled Glass/Shabby Shutters/ Broken China/Wild Honey, Coffee Archival Ink; Dies: My Favorite Things, Pretty Pocket; Spellbinders, A2 Bracket Borders One; From my stash: cold press watercolor paper, button, twine, ribbon, double stick tape, clear embossing powder.

 

Hand Crafted Spring Flowers: Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Challenge

Winter Showers Bring (Hand-Crafted)  Spring Flowers

Are you longing for Spring as much as I am?  When I was out and about the other day, I spotted cherry trees in bloom.  Hurrah!  And, my brave little daffodils have blossomed in their pot on my front porch.  Spring is coming, folks!  It really is…and with it all the beautiful flowers of spring.  If you can’t wait any longer, today’s post features some hand crafted Spring Flowers made using Tim’s Tattered Floral and Tattered Leaves dies.  Tim challenged us to create Spring flowers as a tag, card, wearable art or any other project.  The only rule is to use his Tattered Floral die in the project.

Crinoline, It’s not just for petticoats anymore

I decided to create my flowers with  burlap, paper, tulle, fabric scraps from my stash, and my new secret weapon for making hand crafted flowers: crinoline! It’s not just for petticoats anymore!  It has a very loose weave, but is stiff and takes inks, sprays, and dyes very well.  It’s also very malleable while it is wet.  It adds wonderful texture to handmade flowers.  004 (2)  If you take the time to look at Tim’s Blog he offers a wonderful tutorial on how to make these gorgeous hand-crafted flowers.  I colored my  using Distress Ink in shades of Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive and Scattered Straw.  I just swiped the inks directly onto my non-stick craft sheet and then spritzed the ink with water until it beaded up.  Then, I either tapped my materials into this luscious puddle of inky goodness, or I dragged them through it, depending on how much color I wanted to add to each layer.  I scrunched each layer into a ball and dried it with my heat tool, then carefully “unscrunched” it.  I ran a brad through the center of each layer, fluffed the edges and added the burlap and tulle leaves to the base.  005 (2) I created a second, smaller flower and also used a manila tag to soak up the extra ink.  

Building the Tag to Hold the Hand-Crafted Flowers

Once I was happy with the layers of color on the tag, I used some old Stampin’ Up leaf stamps from my stash to stamp around the edges.  I also decided that I wanted some sheen on the tag, so I spritzed it generously with Perfect Pearls.  While it was still damp, I decided to add some extra texture and dimension by using a Sizzix texture plate in a harlequin design.  I applied Coffee Ranger Archival Ink directly to a 3×3″ area of the texture plate.  Carefully placing my tag, face down on top of the inked area, I then ran it through my Cuttlebug.  Ooh-la-la!  Wonderful texture, and a great color fade, too!  010 (2)

As usual,  I got so wrapped up in creating that I forgot to take step-by-step photos of the process.  I apologize, and will try to do better in the future.  Once the flowers were secured to the tag, the remaining elements were added, leaving plenty of room for the sentiment, which was printed out onto paper, inked and mounted onto scrap cardstock for strength and stability.  An Idea-Ology word stick  was inked up with distress stain to make it look aged and bundled into the twine bow.

How Does Your Garden Grow? With Hand-Crafted Flowers!

001 (2) 002 (2) Here’s the finished product.  Rayon seam binding was dyed to match, and then stamped with the same leafy vine stamp used on the tag.  The sentiment was added using a memo pin, and a sweet little butterfly was added to the mix.  Ah, Spring!  Flowers!  Color!  Green growing things…can’t get here soon enough for me!003 (2) 007 (2) 011 (2) 008 (2)

Remember, you can click on the photos to enlarge them and get a more detailed view.

Thanks for reading my little blog today. I hope you will take time to look at Tim’s blog post and enjoy all the beautiful projects posted there.  I know you will be inspired if you do.  And thanks for taking the time to leave me a comment.  You know how much I love hearing from you…it makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers…speaking of which…here’s one last photo featuring those crafty little fingers after they’d finished with this project: 016 (2) 015 (2)  

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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