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Prima Spring Farmhouse Shaker Folio

Prima Spring Farmhouse Shaker Folio for the Vintage Valentine Challenge at Frilly & Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Growing up in Vermont put a love for all things farm house in my heart.  So I’ve created a really romantic, shabby chic Prima Spring Farmhouse Shaker Folio for the latest challenge at The Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  Maggi, our lovely hostess, has chosen the challenge theme, and this is what she is looking for in this romantic challenge.

Challenge Theme:  Vintage Valentines
It’s sweetheart time and what could be more fun than creating Valentine’s for our loved ones?  For this challenge I want to see vintage valentines in vintage colors like pinks, blues, purples.  No bright red please.  Show me your vintage side with vintage colors and images.  If you need some inspiration, click here to link to a great vintage color palette.
Prima Spring Farmhouse Shaker Folio: The Inspiration

Prima Spring Farmhouse Shaker Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

I love Valentine’s Day!  When I was a little girl, I would spend days cutting out paper hearts, gluing doilies on them and writing little poems for my friends and family.  My parents were married on Valentine’s Day, Dale and I were married two days after Valentine’s Day and two of our sons were married on either side of the holiday.  What could possibly be sweeter than a day set aside to let people know you love them?

Years ago, my mother gave us an anniversary card with a quote from this Robert Browning Poem as the sentiment.  “Grow old along with me!  The best is yet to be, the last of life for which the first was made… ”  Imagine my delight when I found a paraphrase of this sentiment tucked into the Prima Spring Farmhouse ephemera pack!  Perfect for my vintage Valentine!

Prima Spring Farmhouse Shaker Folio: The Details

I ran across this Prima Venetian Shutter element while tidying up my studio.  Immediately, I knew it would make a wonderful shaker window.  This really is the easiest shaker element I have ever made. Because of the design of the Venetian Shutter, i simply needed to cut a piece of clear acrylic and glue it in the top of the window frame. Then, I filled the shaker with some sequins and beads, adhered the focal image to the back and glued the whole thing onto the card base.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Shaker Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

Prima Flowers adorn either side of the shutters.  The succulent planter is adhered over some Spanish moss, and bowed to give it some extra dimension.  The shutters are dry brushed with Antique Linen Distress Paint.  (So are the leaves in the flower arrangements.)

Here, you can really see the sentiment.  To create the bowed effect, gently run it against the side of a ruler or bone folder.  Then adhere just the ends to the card base.  A little archway of Prima bitty flowers wreathe the sentiment.  Then I just mounted a chipboard bee image onto one of the Farmhouse wooden spool embellishments.   The steampunk bee charm is dry brushed with more Antique Linen Distress Paint and adhered in the upper corner of the window.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Shaker Folio: Bossy Paper

This is one of those projects that got bossy with me.  It was meant to be a card…but it grew into a folio.  What can I say?  Sometimes paper has a mind of its own.

Antique Gold Silky Crushed Satin ribbon is just gorgeous with this collection.  To adhere it, I first wrapped 3 strips of 1/2″ Scor-Tape around the back and front of the folio.  Then I pressed the ribbon in place.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Shaker Folio: A Peek Inside

The folio is filled with interactive elements.  I found that the 4″ x 6″ and 3″ x 4″ journal cards made it very easy to create  them.  These two pull out folios will hold three 4″ x 6″ photos each.

These smaller folios made from tables scraps have a magnetic tab top closure.  They live in a side pocket and will hold 3″ x 5″ photos.

Here, you can see the folio fully opened.  I removed the insert panel on the left so you can see that there’s room here for a 5″ x 7″ photo.  It’s nice to create a design that works for different sized photos.

The center panel of this trifold folio holds a good sized waterfall folio.  There are 7 panels held in place by a magnetic belly band.  Each panel measures 5″ x 4″ so it will hold pretty good sized photos.  I scored an extra 1/4″ “gusset” in the belly band to allow plenty of room for photos.

A little pocket is tucked beneath the waterfall.

And these two 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ folios are tucked inside.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Shaker Folio Tour on YouTube

I created a short YouTube video tour so you can see how all the elements flow together.  I also share some tips and tricks that you might be interested in should you decide to make your own Prima Spring Farmhouse Shaker Folio.

Now It’s YOUR Turn!

You are cordially invited to play along in this Vintage Valentine Challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  To do so, simply create your own vintage or shabby chic Valentine following the challenge guidelines.  Then link it up on the Frilly and Funkie blog before 11:59PM EST on Tuesday, January 29th.

The design team will choose our top four entries from all those submitted.  Our favorite will be asked to serve as Guest Designer on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The other 3 entries will receive a challenge badge to proudly display on their blog or in social media.  And everyone who enters and follows the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to receive a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

You can find all the challenge rules and link up HERE.

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.  You’ll also find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Prima Spring Farmhouse Shaker Folio Product Links

Note:  Thumblinky was not working correctly at the time of this post, therefore I am providing a linked supply list instead.

From the Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Other Supplies: Victoria Embellishment Kit, Gold Sequins from my stash, Prima “Humble” Flowers, “Beautiful” flowers, Antique Gold Silky Crush Ribbon, Venetian Shutters

 

Prima Spring Farmhouse Valentine

Prima Spring Farmhouse Valentine for the RRR Hop

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the January Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  Today I have a Prima Spring Farmhouse Valentine to share with you.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Valentine by Kathy Clement kathy by design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

The January Ribbon Club Assortment is filled with all sorts of delicious pink ribbons.  I chose to add this soft and dreamy 5/8″ Light Pink Sheer Organza with Satin Center ribbon from the club assortment.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Valentine by Kathy Clement kathy by design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 02

First, I tied a triple loop bow using my Bow-it-All Tool.  Then I topped that bow with a loopy Pink Burlap String bow.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Valentine by Kathy Clement kathy by design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 03

A smaller bow cluster in the upper left hand corner helps to frame the sentiment panel.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Valentine: A Peek Inside

Prima Spring Farmhouse Valentine by Kathy Clement kathy by design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 04

I kept the inside of this Prima Spring Farmhouse Valentine pretty simple.  Just a sentiment panel on the top, and a simple pocket with insert on the bottom.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Valentine by Kathy Clement kathy by design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 05

Create the insert with one of the 4″ x 6 Spring Farmhouse Journal Cards and some extra pieces of brown cardstock.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Valentine by Kathy Clement kathy by design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 06

Tuck a tea bag, a honey stick and an individually wrapped chocolate inside for a sweet Valentine greeting.  There’s plenty of room to write a personal greeting inside this little gift wallet, too.

On With the Hop

From here, you will hop over and see what lovely inspiration my teamie Linsey has in store for you.  You can find a complete blog hop list on the RRR Blog.  Visit all the blogs in the hop, leave a lovely comment behind then finish up on the RRR blog to be entered into the drawing for your very own January Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you haven’t subscribed to the RRR Ribbon Club yet, now is a great time to join.  Build your ribbon stash each month with a beautifully color coordinated assortment.  You can find out how HERE.

Thanks for hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine

Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine for Frilly Funkie All You Need is Love Challenge

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. The lovely Zoe is our host, and the theme is All You Need is Love.  I spent a delightful afternoon creating a Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine.  We’ll look at that in a moment, but first, let’s see what Zoe has to say about this challenge theme:

Challenge Theme: All You Need Is Love
Create a vintage or shabby chic card with the word “LOVE” somewhere on the card. It can be the focus or just a tiny detail.

Red and Black Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine

Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine by Kathy Clement Photo 1

This 5″ x 7″ top fold card is made with a combination of Graphic 45 Papers.  I’ve used the French Country Deluxe Collector’s Edition in the background layers and chipboard frame.  Black and red just work so well on a vintage Valentine!  The February pages of A Place in Time DCE provided me with the images, postcards, and tags.  You wouldn’t think of putting these two collection together in one project, but it really works!

Distressed layers always give a project a wonderful vintage feel.   Gold mat layers add to the effect.  Black jet buttons from my vintage button jar and a darling rusty heart help amp up the vintage vibe as well.

This sweet little brooch is from the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I die cut an image from one of the Place in Time tags, then glued it into the blank.  Next, I clustered Petaloo Gypsy Roses all around it.

Add finishing touches with a vintage brass word charm and a houndstooth ribbon bow.

French Country Vintage Valentine: A Peek Inside

The large pocket contains a chocolate tucked into a Graphic 45 Policy Envelope.

I created a mini flap element on the top half of the card.

Here’s how to make it:

  • First cut out the postcard image from A Place in Time February papers.
  • Next, score the post card about 1/2″ to the right of center.  Fold.
  • Mat the left hand side of the post card on black cardstock.  Glue to the card base.
  • Now, cut out the cute Cupid image and glue in place as shown.
  • For the front cover, Mat the tag on black cardstock. Glue the RIGHT hand side in place, being careful not to stick it to the postcard beneath.

Now you have a secret, hidden spot to write a Valentine message.

Now It’s YOUR turn!

You are cordially invited to play along in this “All You Need is Love” challenge. To do so, simply create a vintage or shabby chic project.  Then link your project up at the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, February 13th.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose four favorite projects from your entries. Our favorite artist  will be invited to join us as a Guest Designer  at Frilly and Funkie. The next three winners will receive Top 3 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!

Did I share some tips and tricks today 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

Product Links to the Funkie Junkie Boutique



Love, Love, Love: A Valentine Gallery Post

Love, Love, Love: A Valentine Gallery Post

Hello, Friends!  I have been having the BEST time making Valentines for my Etsy Shop.  Since there are so many, I thought I’d just pop in and share a little Valentine Gallery Post so that you can see what I’ve been up to.  This won’t be one of my typical “how to” posts.  I’ll just share all the pretty pictures so you can see what I’ve been up to.

Valentine Gallery Post #1: Hugs and Kisses Valentine Wallet

Hugs and Kisses Valentine Wallet Hello Sweetheart by Kathy Clement Valentine Gallery Post Product by Carta Bella Photo 1

This first card is actually a little wallet made with Carta Bella’s playful Hello, Sweetheart Collection.

Hugs and Kisses Valentine Wallet Hello Sweetheart by Kathy Clement Valentine Gallery Post Product by Carta Bella Photo 2

I love the pink and black color scheme, and the stylish belly band that holds the wallet closed.

Hugs and Kisses Valentine Wallet Hello Sweetheart by Kathy Clement Valentine Gallery Post Product by Carta Bella Photo 3Inside the card, I created a box style pocket and stuffed it with Valentine goodies.

Hugs and Kisses Valentine Wallet Hello Sweetheart by Kathy Clement Valentine Gallery Post Product by Carta Bella Photo 4

These papers are not my usual style…but I kinda fell for the color palette and playful imagesand had to add them to my Valentine stash.

Valentine Gallery Project #2: Valentine Viking Card

Viking Valentine Wishes Hello Sweetheart by Kathy Clement Valentine Gallery Product by Carta Bella Photo 1

Hehehe.  This one makes me chuckle.  I found out I have Viking blood (truly, I do) about 10 years ago.  And since then, Dale and I have made all all kinds of Viking jokes.  I thought this whimsical love stricken Viking would make the perfect Valentine for my honey.  Only…get this…he does not care for cards.  So I made it, showed it to him, and now it goes into the Etsy shop for some other Viking lover.

Viking Valentine Wishes Hello Sweetheart by Kathy Clement Valentine Gallery Product by Carta Bella Photo 2

Who can resist this little guy?  And the vintage buttons on the side make me think of Viking shields.  Fun, right?

Viking Valentine Wishes Hello Sweetheart by Kathy Clement Valentine Gallery Product by Carta Bella Photo 3Viking Valentine Wishes Hello Sweetheart by Kathy Clement Valentine Gallery Product by Carta Bella Photo 4

I love a good fold out element on a project.  This is the perfect spot to write a little greeting.

Viking Valentine Wishes Hello Sweetheart by Kathy Clement Valentine Gallery Product by Carta Bella Photo 5And here’s my Viking sweetheart again…

Viking Valentine Wishes Hello Sweetheart by Kathy Clement Valentine Gallery Product by Carta Bella Photo 6

I know, I know…too punny!

Valentine Gallery Project #3: Shabby Chic Pink and Black Valentine

Valentine Gallery Post Pink and Black Shabby Chic Valentine by Kathy Clement Photo 1

I kind of love the country chic vibe of this pretty pink and black Valentine.

Valentine Gallery Post Pink and Black Shabby Chic Valentine by Kathy Clement Photo 2

I blame this one on my BFF Ginny Nemchak as the country chic tag is from her Etsy Shop.  All the other papers on this one are from my scrap drawer.

Valentine Gallery Post Pink and Black Shabby Chic Valentine by Kathy Clement Photo 3

There’s a tea bag tucked in that mini envelope, to go along with the decorated honey stick in the pocket.

Valentine Gallery Post Pink and Black Shabby Chic Valentine by Kathy Clement Photo 4

And what’s a Valentine without a little chocolate?

Valentine Gallery Post Pink and Black Shabby Chic Valentine by Kathy Clement Photo 5

 

Valentine Gallery Project #4: Shabby Chic Valentine Tag

Shabby Chic Valentine Tag by Kathy Clement Photo 1

I decided to clean up my work table by making this sweet little shabby chic Valentine Tag.

Shabby Chic Valentine Tag by Kathy Clement Photo 2This is also an image from Ginny’s Etsy Shop.  The tag is made with cardstock and measures 4.5″ x6.5″.  The vintage button is one I found at an estate sale.  Love me some vintage buttons!

Shabby Chic Valentine Tag by Kathy Clement Photo 3

So that wraps up my Valentine Gallery for now.  If you’d like to purchase any of these items, or any other of the handmade items in my ETSY shop, you can find them HERE.  Thanks so much for letting me share these with you!

Cheerio,

kathy

Lovestruck Lollipop Valentine Bookmarks

Lovestruck Lollipop Valentine Bookmarks and Treat Wallet for The Kiddies

Hello, again, Friends!  Just as I  promised, I’m back today with more Lovestruck Valentines.  My last project used Lovestruck to make a sassy and sweet grown up Valentine.  But these Lovestruck Lollipop Valentine Bookmarks and Valentine Treat Wallet are made with the kids in mind.  Both of today’s projects are quick and easy to make, so let’s get the party started!

Lovestruck Lollipop Valentine Bookmarks

Lovestruck Lollipop Valentine Bookmarks Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 1

These retro images take me right back to elementary school!  Remember the fun Valentine’s Day parties with cookies, punch and Valentine treats?   My mom always insisted that we make our own Valentines for those parties.  One year, we baked heart shaped cookies and decorated them with frosting.  Another year, we cut out construction paper hearts, added a stick of gum and wrote “I’m stuck on you, ” on each card.  And one year we handed out lollipops with a little tag that said, “I’m a sucker for you.”  My mom was never short on imagination!  I’m so thankful for her innovation and creativity!

Lovestruck Lollipop Valentine Bookmarks Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 2Somewhere in my shopping adventures, I ran across these white bookmark forms.  I think they were in a dollar bin somewhere.  I liked the shape and the scalloped edge, so I brought them home.  While doing my annual end of the year clean up, I ran across them and realized they would make great Valentines!

Lovestruck Lollipop Valentine Bookmarks Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 3Each bookmark measures 2″ wide x 6″ tall.  Because of the petite size, I decided to work with the Lovestruck 6″ x 6″ paper bundle as well as the Lovestruck Collection Kit.  (You always want to try to match the scale of your paper pattern to the size of your project.)

Lovestruck Lollipop Valentine Bookmarks Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 4The focal images are cut from the 12×12 collection kit, then embellished with stickers and other fussy cut images.

Lovestruck Lollipop Valentine Bookmarks Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 5

To add the lollipop to these Lovestruck Lollipop Bookmarks, punch two holes with a standard hole punch.  Then thread the stem of the lollipop through the holes and secure on the back side of the bookmark with tape.  You could make a bunch of these cutie pie bookmarks in no time!  I think they’d make darling party favors!

Lovestruck Valentine Treat Wallet

Valentine Treat Wallet Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

This cute little treat wallet is so easy to make using paper scraps and stickers.  Here’s how I did it:

Valentine Treat Wallet Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

  • First, cut a 7.5″ wide x 5″ tall piece of scrap cardstock.
  • Next, place the long side on your scoring tool.  Score at 3.25″ and 7″.
  • Crease the folds to create a little wallet. Decorate the front as seen here.
  • Create a belly band from paper scraps and decorate with a sticker.

For the inside:

Valentine Treat Wallet Lovestruck by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3

  • You will have a 1″ overlap on the right hand side.  This becomes a pocket.
  • Now, line the interior of the wallet with papers from the 6×6 Paper Bundle.
  • Then glue the sides of the 1″ flap to the base to form a pocket.  You can punch a thumb hole with a 1″ circle punch first, if desired.
  • Now, fill the pocket with treats, a gift card or a little note.
  • Back a sticker with cardstock and glue just the bottom edge on the left hand side of the wallet.  This becomes a tuck spot for an image.

How easy was that?

I hope I’ve shared some fun ideas that you can use when making Valentines for your favorite kiddoes.  I think these would make darling party favors and would even be fun for teachers!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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