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Garden Themed Mother Goose Shaker Top Folio

Garden Themed Mother Goose Shaker Top Folio for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  How does your garden grow? Summer is in full bloom here in North Carolina.  My darling husband decided he wanted to do a little gardening this summer, so we’ve been anxiously waiting to pick our very own home grown heirloom tomatoes.  This gardening project inspired me to create a super cute Garden Themed Mother Goose Shaker Top Folio using Graphic 45’s Mother Goose and Home Sweet Home Collections.

Home Sweet Home Garden Themed Mother Goose Shaker Top Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

This is a 7″ x 5″ side fold folio.  Don’y you just love the way this Capri Blue Taffeta Ribbon pops against the primary colors of the Mother Goose Collection?   Taffeta ribbon ties the most beautiful bows!  And I love the touch of Natural Burlap String in the bow cluster, too.

Home Sweet Home Garden Themed Mother Goose Shaker Top Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 02

Red Sweetheart Blossoms look so darling mixed in with my handmade flowers.

Garden Themed Mother Goose Shaker Top Folio: A Peek Inside

Home Sweet Home Garden Themed Mother Goose Shaker Top Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 03

On the inside of this folio, I’ve used papers from both Mother Goose and Home Sweet Home.  You wouldn’t think that they’d work so well together, but I think they look great.

Home Sweet Home Garden Themed Mother Goose Shaker Top Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 04

Garden Themed Mother Goose Shaker Top Folio YouTube Video Tour

This Garden Themed Mother Goose Shaker Top folio is just loaded up with flaps and inserts, waterfalls and tuck ins.  To help you get a feel for all the interactive mechanisms, I’ve prepared a little YouTube video tour.

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

Garden Themed Mother Goose Shaker Top Folio Supply List

Really Reasonable Ribbon

Graphic 45

  • Mother Goose 12×12 Collection (retired)
    • Chipboard
    • Tags & Pockets
    • 8×8 paper pad
    • 6×6 Patterns and Solids
    • Cardstock Flowers
  • Home Sweet Home Collection (retired)
    • 12×12 paper pad
    • 8×8 paper pad
    • 6×6 paper pad
    • Ephemera Cards
    • Chipboard
  • Staples ATC Alphabet Banner Tags

Other

 

 

Graphic 45 Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio

Graphic 45 Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio

Hello, Friends!  Has Graphic 45’s new Imagine Collection found its way to your area yet?  Ooh la la, how I love these fabulous papers.  I was fortunate enough to receive these papers well before the release date.  The minute I opened the package, I was smitten.  This collection has inspired so many ideas and projects for me.  The one I’m sharing today was sent to the Graphic 45 offices to be used in a Facebook “release party.”  G45 also shared it with the fine folks at AFCI , and they posted it on their blog earlier this month. (Creativation) .  I haven’t been able to share it with you until now.  This is one of my all time favorite folio designs and I’m hoping you will be inspired by it, too.

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

Graphic 45’s sumptuous Imagine collection is so deliciously whimsical and steampunky and playful that my mind immediately began to race with ideas.  Maybe I could fussy cut some of the fabulous images. Perhaps I should dig into those tantalizing patterns and layer up a card.  Or, I could focus on one of the enticing collage images on the cut apart page. At the end of the day, I opted to do all of the above, and worked up this whimsical trifold folio to share with you today.  As you can see from this photo, I chose to work with the butterfly motif…and it does make me oh, so very happy!

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 02

Don’t you want to live in this house, perched high in the air?  Imagine the view you’d have of these hot air balloons! I just fell in love with this image and decided to spotlight it in a fun shaker style frame.

TIP: To cover the adhesive edges of this shaker frame, I cut out two of the same image.  One served as the base. I cut the center from the 2nd image and set it aside for use later.  This left me with the frame, which I adhered to the shaker element top, neatly hiding the foam adhesive from view.

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio: Fussy Cuts and Florals

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 03

This handsome Staples Metal Lion’s Head Door Knocker looks perfectly at home on the folio cover.  I’ve added a gorgeous cascade of Little Birdie Flowers and a wreath of fussy cut elements to frame the front cover.

TIP: Fussy cut butterflies add great movement and dimension to the cover design.  I’ve cut between the top and bottom wings to add more lift. Then I gently bent the top wings upwards to give them a more dimensional look. I adhered them with dimensionals to add height.

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 04

This folio measures 5” x 7” with ¾” spines and a ribbon closure.  I’ve tucked all kinds of interactive features inside.

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio: A Peek Inside

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 05

If you love flips and flaps, pockets and tags, and fun surprises then this folio will be your cup of tea!

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 06

TIP: Ephemera cards are a quick way to add flaps to a folio.  I make a hinge by cutting a 1.5” wide piece of paper slightly shorter than the height of the card.  This is folded in half lengthwise to create a hinge with two ¾” wide flaps. I adhere one flap under my ephemera card (matted on kraft cardstock)  and the other to the folio base. For a top-loading flap, simply cut the hinge slightly smaller than the width of the ephemera card, and repeat the process.

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 07

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio: Tips and Tricks

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 08

ATC Policy envelopes also make great flaps!   Dress them up with a Staples Antique Bronze Clock Key and labels from the Imagine collection.  Hold the flaps shut with a custom paper clip embellishment.  

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 09

These are quick and easy to make: just thread banner flags cut from patterned paper through the paper clip opening and secure with adhesive.  Then top with a button, a flower, or as I did here, a gear.

TIP: Make custom covers for the “buttons” on your Policy Envelopes by punching ½” circles from patterned papers.

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio: Pockets and Word Tags

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10

The center pocket in this folio houses a trio of G45’s Laser Cut Square Tags.  Each tag has a laser cut sentiment down the right hand side.

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 11

It’s really quick and easy to dress these tags up with paper scraps and small images from the 12×12 collection. 

TIP: Use your G45 Square Tag and Clock Dies to cut brown cardstock to line the back of each tag.  Use this area to mount 4″ x 4″ photos.  As a bonus, the paper liner really makes the laser cut words POP!

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 12

TIP: Create mini folios to top your tag!  Score a 5.75” x 4.25 rectangle in half on the long side.  Fold to make a folio. Line with patterned papers and adhere to tag front.

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio: Creating Borders, Pockets, and Waterfalls

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 13

TIP: Turn a wide border strip into a pocket by adhering it in a “U” shape.  Then fill it with 3” x 4” mini folios. This gives you a great place to add wallet sized photos or journaling.

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 14

TIP: A waterfall feature allows you to load lots of pictures in to a small space.  It’s a great addition to any folio. Each individual element in this one measures 3.75” x 5”.

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio YouTube Video Tour

To help you get a feel for the way all these moving parts come together, I’ve prepared a short YouTube Project Share.  Enjoy!

 

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

Supplies From the Funkie Junkie Boutique



Photoplay Vintage Girl Floral Shaker Card

Photoplay Vintage Girl Floral Shaker Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  What’s better than a shaker card?  That’s easy: a shaker card with gorgeous Really Reasonable Ribbon!  This Photoplay Vintage Girl Floral Shaker Card is filled with sparkly sequins, adorned with pretty pink flowers and shimmering Sherbet Checkerboard Satin Ribbon from RRR.

Photoplay Vintage Girl Floral Shaker Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Everything about this card says “summer” to me.  The pretty Vintage Girl floral prints, the pink thread in the machine stitching, the textured Little Birdie Flowers and the beautiful ribbons are as soft and lovely as a summer day.

Ribbon is great for more than just tying a bow! This gorgeous 5/8″ Vintage Floral Print Satin Ribbon makes the perfect border on the side of my card.   Add some starlight to your bow cluster with  a layer of Silver Metallic String.

Cover a chipboard frame with designer paper, back it with clear acetate, and you’ve got a great base for a shaker element.  This one is filled with sequins, beads, glitter glass and itty bitty buttons.

Photoplay Vintage Girl Floral Shaker Card: Using Ribbon Inside Your Cards

Do you ever use ribbon on the inside of your cards?  I love the unexpected pop of color and texture that this Vertical Stripe Grosgrain Ribbon adds to the card interior.

This sweet little tag uses more of that fun stripey ribbon.  Top it with a poufy Sherbet Checkerboard Satin Bow and you’re really rocking the ribbon!  Try tying a little of that Vintage Print Satin ribbon onto a honey stick for extra fashion and flair.

Quatrefoil Print Shocking Pink Satin ribbon makes a perky closure for this gift card wallet, too. Would you like to see what’s inside?

I bet you already knew, but I thought I’d show you anyway.  And, there’s room to write a personal note inside as well.

So ribbon on the outside, ribbon borders, and ribbon on the inside, too!  There are so many wonderful ways to use ribbon!  I hope this Photoplay Vintage Girl Floral Shaker Card has given you some inspiration that you’ll be able to 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

 

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial: My Brand Ambassador Goodbye Post

Hello, G45’ers!  Today I have a really quick and easy to make Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial to share with you.  The base is made with just one sheet of designer paper, making it a “one sheet wonder.” Although it measures a neat and tidy 4″ x 6″  it’s got lots of flaps, pockets, tags and goodies inside.  Oh, and there’s a shaker cover thrown in just for fun.  I

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial Floral Shoppe by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

This post marks my final project as a Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador.  I’ve had so much fun these past two years, but the rules say I must go…and go I must!  Don’t worry…I’m staying on as a G45 Special Projects Designer for the remainder of this year.  And I will always love Graphic 45 and share loads of fun projects and tutorials here.  It’s just that I will no longer get to proudly wear the title “Brand Ambassador.”  There’s a whole new crew of talented artists who will have that privilege.

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial: Bloom Where You’re Planted

Some of you may not know that I auditioned three years in a row before I finally won the honor of becoming a Brand Ambassador.  I nearly fell out of my chair when I saw my name pop up on the list of those chosen to design for G45!  Being on this team has been a real time of growth for me, so I chose this “Bloom Where You Are Planted”  sentiment from the gorgeous Floral Shoppe Collection as the title for this project.

TIP: Add a frame to the top of a shaker element to conceal the adhesive beneath.  I die cut two layers of Sunlit Medley using a Tim Holtz Ornate Frame Die. The frames were adhered together for strength, then added over the top of shaker element for a polished look.

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial: A Peek Inside

As soon as you untie the ribbon closure on the front of this album, the fun begins.  Here’s a little pocket page made from a Square Policy Envelope filled with little tags, photo mounts and ephemera cards.

The beauty of Graphic 45 papers drew me to become a part of the G45 family.  The beauty of what I love has become what I do!  And being on this team has created new friendships all around the world.  These friends are the flowers in my garden.

TIP: Need a tag in a hurry?  Most Graphic 45 Sticker Sheets have a gift tag sized sticker.  Simply mat  on the cardstock of your choice, trim around the edges, add a chipboard charm and you’ve got a lovely little tag in no time!

The front page of the photo wallet folds down to reveal two 6” x 4” photo mounts above and below the body of the wallet.  I worked mostly with the “B” sides of each paper to keep the design from becoming too busy.

TIP: Add a small magnet to the back of this “Bloom and Grow” ticket from the Floral Shoppe Tags and Pockets.  Add another magnet beneath the designer paper on the facing page and you’ve got a nifty magnetic closure for this gatefold mechanism.

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorials; Flaps, Hinges & Policy Envelopes Join the Party

I love the versatility of G45 Staples Policy Envelopes.  Next to G45 tags, they are my favorite Staples!  Remember that nifty little pocket on the first page of the album?  I’ve used the other piece of it to create a flap page.

Fold it down, and you find this great string tie envelope where you can tuck in photos, ephemera cards and other “flat” type memorabilia.  I’ve created little “wings” on either side of the center panel to house these ATC Policy Envelopes and Pockets & Tags.

Tags and Pockets are the perfect size to fit the front of these ATC Policy Envelopes.  This is such a quick and easy way to decorate a page!

In today’s tutorial, you will learn how to create a simple hinge mechanism.  My friends, this will change your paper crafting world!  Hinges lead to flaps and flips and all kinds of fun interactive elements!

What’s inside those ATC Policy Envelopes?  A match set of itty bitty cards, that’s what!  These can hold tiny photos or notes.  And it’s a great way to use up the scraps on your work space!

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial on YouTube

Would you like to know how to put this fun, interactive photo wallet together?  Well, it’s your lucky day!  I’ve created a video tutorial that will show you how!  You can use any collection you like.  I’m willing to bet that you will make more than one of these before it’s all said and done. Enjoy!

Just so that you know I’m human, I left some gaffes and goofs in this tutorial.  I’ve left some of them in here so that you can avoid the pitfalls that tripped me up.  Like I say to my friends, there are no mistakes in crafting…just learning opportunities!

A Fond Farewell

Working with this collection is pure joy…and working with Graphic 45 is absolute bliss. I’m very, very thankful that I’ll be continuing on as  Special Projects Designer alongside the amazing Annette Green and the charming Maria Cole this year.  

No worries!  I’ll continue to create with my gorgeous G45 papers and share those creations with you here.  Once a G45’er, always a G45’er!  Right?

Beautiful papers combined with beautiful people has made being a Brand Ambassador the best experience of my life.  And now you have a fresh new crew of amazing artists to carry the torch of creativity forward. Life is good!

Thanks from the tips of my crafty little fingers for making this journey so fun and memorable!  Group hug!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial Supply List

Graphic 45 Products

Floral Shoppe:

Other Products: Tim Holtz Ornate Frame Die, 5/8″ Moss Green Gingham Ribbon, Foam Tape, Clear Acetate Cardstock or clear packaging, Scoring Tool, Stylus, Scor-Tape, Sequins, Flowers, Cardstock

For Home and Country Memorial Day Greeting Card

Home and Country Memorial Day Greeting Card with Authentique Honor Collection

Hello, Friends!  Happy Memorial Day!  I’m proud to be participating in a special Memorial Day Group Post over on the Authentique Blog today.  One of the things I really love about working with Authentique is their love and support for America’s soldiers!  This For Home and Country Shaker Top card honors  all those who have served  in our Armed Forces.  And while I’m at it, I’d like to salute the wives and family members, too!

For Home and Country Memorial Day Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

This vintage image speaks to my heart.  I’ve surrounded it with a cluster of die cut stars and a star-spangled shaker element, too.

For Home and Country Memorial Day Card by Kathy Clement Photo 02The card is a 5″ x 7″ top fold made with Authentique’s gorgeous “Honor” Collection Kit.

For Home and Country Memorial Day Shaker Top Tutorial

For Home and Country Memorial Day Card by Kathy Clement Photo 03

To create the shaker element, I used a nesting star shaped die. Here’s how I did it:

  • Cut the largest star from Spectrum Antique Lace 2 Cardstock
  • Place the 2nd largest star die in the center of the largest star die.  Use a small piece of tape to keep the dies from shifting.  Die cut from Spectrum Old Glory 2.
  • Now remove the star center, and keep the frame.
  • Die cut clear acetate cardstock (or clear packaging) using the largest star die.
  • Then adhere the clear acetate to the back side of the star frame, wiping away any excess adhesive.
  • Cut small foam tabs in half and line the edges of the white star base so that you have no gaps between tabs.
  • Fill the center of the white star with sequins, beads, glitter….whatever you like.
  • Remove the liner tape and add the prepared frame.
  • Now shake it up, baby!
For Home and Country Memorial Day Card: A Peek Inside

For Home and Country Memorial Day Card by Kathy Clement Photo 04

I carried the star theme over to the inside of the card, adding a pocket and patriotic tag.

While I’m thinking about it…several of you asked me where you could find the rosette die that I used in my last patriotic project.  You can find the mini rosettes die HERE.

Memorial Day Memories

I have such happy memories of my childhood Memorial Day celebrations.  Mom and I would get up early, while the dew was still on the grass.  Then we’d walk into the wood and pick lilacs, which grew wild all around our house.  I can still smell the amazing fragrance of those showy blooms!

Once we had more lilacs than we could possibly carry, we trotted on home to arrange them in large, fan shaped silver urns.  These were then taken to the family cemetery plot to decorate the graves.  Flags were placed on the headstones of family members who had served in the military.

Then Dad took us downtown  to watch the Memorial Day Parade.  We were a small town, but managed to muster up a few floats and a couple of marching bands.  At the end of the parade, we all walked up to the park where a trumpeter played “Taps”.  Dad would remove his hat, place his hand over his heart and you could not hear a single sound anywhere except for the clear, bell tones of that trumpet.  It always gave me chills.

I’m glad I had the chance to grow up in small town where we celebrated in such a meaningful way.  And of course, there was always a picnic after all the solemnities were over.

Whatever you do today, where ever you are, I wish you a safe and happy Memorial Day.  And I offer my heartfelt thanks and full measure of gratitude to all our military families, past, present and future.

Some gave all…all gave some…and I am so grateful!

Happy Memorial Day!

Cheerio,

kathy 

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