Category Archives: Shells and Ocean

Under the Sea Seashell Shaker Card

This hop is now closed.   The winner is Sara Retter from Archana’s blog.

Heartfelt Creations July Alumni Hop: Seashell Shaker Card with Under the Sea

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready to hop?  Welcome to the July Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop! You should be coming here from Mary’s lovely blog. I’ll provide a complete hop list at the end of this post.  It’s full on summer here in North Carolina and the hot, humid days have my mind turning to the beach.  Oh, for a walk along the shore with the waves kissing my toes and the sand dotted with pretty shells.  Since I can’t be at the beach in real life, I decided to make this Seashell Shaker Card with the Gorgeous Under the Sea Collection from Heartfelt Creations.

Heartfelt Creations Under the Sea Seashell Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 1

I’ve had my eye on this gorgeous collection since the day it released over a year ago.  Making a seashell shaker card with these bright corals and deep aquas is almost as good as taking a vacation!

Shake it Up!

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Just for fun, I added a little hidden tag between the card front layers.  This is a quick and easy addition thanks to the cut apart page and my faithful Luggage and Tags Die.

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Shaker cards are like a party on paper.  This seashell shaker card is filled with a combination of Prills, micro beads, seed beads,  and sequins.

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I used the seashell die from Coral Reef Collage to cut my shell out of the Under the Sea paper collection.  Then I sponged  Abandoned Coral Distress Ink along the edges to heighten the pink tones.  Next, I used my Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit, mat and stylus to round out the shell body. Then I glued it to the card base. Finally, I scattered Prills and Seed Beads along the inner edge. A lucky hermit crab gets to live in this glammed up seashell!

Coral Sea Flowers with Enchanted Mums

Heartfelt Creations Under the Sea Seashell Shaker Card Photo 5Making these coral reef flowers was a cinch!

  1. First, stamp the 2 smallest sizes of Enchanted Mums onto the coral dot paper using Abandoned Coral Distress Ink.
  2. Next, heat emboss with clear embossing powder.
  3. Then, use sponge daubers to add a little Abandoned Coral to the centers and the tips of the flower petals.
  4. Now, die cut the flower layers.
  5. Then, shape and stack with the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit.
  6. Finally, add hot glue to center and fill with seed beads.
What’s Inside This Seashell Shaker Card?

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I turned this card into a gift by adding a few extras on the inside.

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You can easily turn a card front into a gift wallet.  Just glue the image to the right hand side of a 4″ high x 11″ long strip of cardstock.  Score on the left and fold.

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Then cut down another card front image to serve as a pocket.  Tuck in some of the cute tags from the paper collection along with a gift card and easy as 1, 2, 3….you have a gift card wallet.

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I used the scraps on my worktable to make a quick little tag.  These make the best bookmarks, and they also are a great way to brighten up a work cubicle!

On With the Hop!

Now pop on over and see what paper pretties      has in store for you.  I’ve included the complete hop list below for your convenience.

Amarilys ♥ Vicki ♥ Mary ♥ Kathy (YOU ARE HERE) ♥ Alissa Deneen  ♥ Sarah  ♥ Martine ♥

Archana ♥ Emily

Hop, Comment & Win

Be sure to visit and comment at each of these fabulous blogs because you will not only be inspired…your comment will enter you into a drawing to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card! The hop runs from today through Monday, July 31st at midnight EDT.

The winner of the hop will be randomly chosen from a mystery blog.  Heartfelt Creations will announce the winner in their weekly blog post and Facebook page on Wednesday, August 1st.  I will also post the name of the winner at the top of this post at that time.

The winner will have 72 hours to claim his/her prize by sending an e-mail to socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.us with “Winner of the July Alumni Hop” in the subject line.

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures with today’s Seashell Shaker Card.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Happy Hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Pretty, Pretty Petaloo: Frilly & Funkie Friday Focus

Three Pretty Pretty Petaloo Projects For Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  How happy are we that it is Friday?  And it’s a long weekend for many of us, too!  Happy Memorial Day!  I’m just popping in quickly to let you know that it’s time for a new Friday Focus on the Frilly and Funkie blog, and this time, I’m at bat.  The spotlight is on Petaloo Flowers and I’ve prepared 3 projects and a fun little step out tutorial that you might want to take for a spin.

Not familiar with Friday Focus?  Oh, my friends….Friday Focus is a wonderful thing!  Every 2 weeks, The Funkie Junkie Boutique features a product from their gorgeous online store with a special blog post…and (here’s the really good part) an additional 15% off their already low prices.  So from now until June 9th, you can pick up  baskets of beauteous Petaloo Blooms at really great prices!  Woo hoo!

I’ll share some sneak peeks of my projects with you here, and then I hope you’ll pop over to the Frilly and Funkie Blog to get all the juicy details and my step out tutorial for a sweet l’il gift tag!

The first Friday Focus project featuring Petaloo Flowers is this beach themed collage.  Mmmm-mmmm…teal and brown and cream…my all time favorite color palette with my all time favorite theme!

Friday Focus French Riviera Mixed Media Collage by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique 01

The next Friday Focus project is a shabbylicious beach themed card made with the Graphic 45 Children’s Hour July papers.

Graphic 45 Childrens Hour July Card for Frilly and Funkie Friday Focus on Petaloo by Kathy Clement 01

And last, but not least, I’m sharing a step-out tutorial for this pretty little shabby chic gift tag.

Pion Designs French Flea Market Altered Tag for Frilly and Funkie Friday Focus on Petaloo by Kathy Clement01

Interested?  Then meet me over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog for more photos and information…or if you just can’t wait to shop, go to the Funkie Junkie Boutique and click on the Friday Focus tab where you’ll find pretty, pretty Petaloo posies in every style and color imaginable!  I’ve included product links at the end of this post for those of you who want to shop first and read later!

I just love a good sale!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you all a safe, happy and peaceful Memorial Day Weekend!

Cheerio,

kathy

Friday Focus Petaloo Flower Project Links:

 


You Shine! Lighthouse Birthday Card

Lighthouse Birthday Card with Double Pocket

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  I’m feeling nautical again today, so I’m sharing this lighthouse birthday card that’s loaded with layers, texture and beautiful ribbon!

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I can almost feel the salt spray on my face and hear the crashing waves on the shore.  I used Webster’s Pages Yacht Club papers to make this card.  It’s an oldie but a goodie from my stash.  I fussy cut the lighthouse, flowers and ship’s wheel from the paper collection, inked all the edges and then layered them with foam dots to create lots of dimension.

 

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There was so much grey in the color palette that I wanted to punch things up with my ribbon choice.  I turned to the May Ribbon Club Assortment and found that the Poppy Red Double Faced Satin was just the right ribbon for the job!  The silky texture and bold color really pumped up the volume of this nautical card. I topped it with a hemp string bow and a sparkly blue button.  These elements really brought the card to life.

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There’s a little gift card pocket on the front of the card, and I cut down part of the designer paper to make this cute tag to tuck inside.  And a gift card would fit in there, too.  The tag is topped with twisted hemp cord for even more of a nautical feel.

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Here’s a look at the decorated interior of the card.

 

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I stamped the birthday sentiment onto grey cardstock.

 

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And because I love pockets, I had to make another one.  This one holds a little notecard that I created using designer paper from the collection.  I left this blank so that the sender can add their own personal note here.

This month’s ribbon collection is so versatile.  I’ve used it on a farm themed card, a true blue patriotic portfolio, and now on this nautical birthday card.  If you haven’t signed up for the monthly ribbon club yet, I highly recommend it.  It’s always a treat to work with high quality ribbon!  You can find all the details HERE.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you all enjoy a safe and happy Memorial Day!

Cheerio,

kathy

Mother’s Day Beach Gift Basket and Tags

Mother’s Day Beach Gift Basket and Tags with Petaloo and Authentique

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Merry Month of May!  In a few short days it will be Mother’s Day.  Do you have your cards and gifts all made?  If not, I’m here to help with a super fun Mother’s Day Beach Gift Basket and Tags.

Mothers Day Beach Gift BasketI found this pasteboard berry basket when I was packing up the studio to move, and when I received the bright, tropical Authentique Utopia collection in my Petaloo Design Team package, I knew they were a match, so I went to work on this Mother’s Day Beach Basket and Tags goodie pack.

Mother's Day Beach Gift BasketI started out painting my berry basket inside and out with a coat of Studio Matte Multi Medium. This served to strengthen the basket and made it a little more waterproof as well.  Next, I applied Matte Medium to my Petaloo Burlap trim and glued it all the way around the basket like a belly band.   I added a row of Pink Burlap trim around the lip of the basket. Layering on pretty flowers, a seashell charm, fibers and memo pin title make it feel fun and festive.

Mother's Day Beach Gift Basket Then I went to work creating a series of tags to tuck inside the basket.  I found that Ranger Manila Tags worked great when I trimmed about 1/5″ off the bottom edge.  After inking all the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, I layered on fun papers and images from the Authentique Utopia collection.  Tucking in Petaloo flowers and little beach goodies I found in my stash made each tag into a mini gift all its own.

Petaloo Utopia Mother's Day Gift Ensemble 07The back of each tag is covered with more paper and a Life Card from the Authentique collection.  You can write Mom a note, share a memory or attach a photo for even more fun.

Petaloo Utopia Mother's Day Gift Ensemble 08The paper collection is filled with fun elements like this little banner.  And the canvas Dogwood Blossoms and burlap trims are such a great color match!

Petaloo Utopia Mother's Day Gift Ensemble 09I had fun making this DIY Textured Elements blossom!  I love the layers!

Petaloo Utopia Mother's Day Gift Ensemble 10 I love all the texture the Petaloo trims add to each tag, don’t you?

Petaloo Utopia Mother's Day Gift Ensemble 11And you can never have too many flowers for Mom on Mother’s Day!

Petaloo Utopia Mother's Day Gift Ensemble 12These canvas blossoms were spattered with a little Dylusions Linen Spray, and it was so much funj, I went ahead and spattered the artwork, too.

Petaloo Utopia Mother's Day Gift Ensemble 13Here’s a look at the reverse side of another tag.  You could even take pictures of your Mother’s Day celebration and save them here. Wouldn’t that be fun?

Petaloo Utopia Mother's Day Gift Ensemble 02I had just enough room at the back of my Mother’s Day Beach Gift Basket to tuck in a little altered slider box.  I just love how cute this is with Canvas Dogwoods and burlap string!

Petaloo Utopia Mother's Day Gift Ensemble 03The box was just the right size to hold 5 Fun Size candy bars.  And in case you were wondering, yes…3 Musketeers is my favorite!

How fun would it be to make Mom a tropical breakfast with a Pina Colada and some fresh pineapple and then tuck this darling Mother’s Day Beach Gift Basket onto the tray?  You could hide a gift card,  Spa Getaway or other small gift into the basket, too.

I hope you found some fun ideas here.  I know this Mom loves the beach…and chocolate, and cute tags and pretty flowers…so I’m pretty sure your Mom would be thrilled with a Mother’s Day Beach Gift Basket, too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Petaloo Products Used in Mother’s Day Beach Gift Basket

Teal Mixed Textured Layers 1257-205

Amber Mixed Textured Layers 1257-203

Antique Blue Canvas Dogwoods 1211-253

Pink Canvas Dogwoods 1211-211

Antique Red Mini Burlap 1208-250

Teal Burlap Trims 1483-129

Pink Burlap Trims

Other Products

Authentique Utopia Collection

Authentique Utopia 3″ x 4″ Life Cards

Ranger Manila Tags

Anything But a Card Challenge at RRR

On the Boardwalk Zig-Zag Album for Anything But a Card Challenge at RRR

Hello, Friends!  Really Reasonable Ribbon has issued an Anything But a Card Challenge today, and I have a super fun On the Boardwalk Zig-Zag Beach Mini album to share with you.

On the Boardwalk Mini 01I found that RRR’s Canvas Color Band Ribbon was the perfect pairing for this beachy project. The texture it adds is amazing.  The ribbon is soft and easy to tie into these big loopy bows, too.  I used both the red and the sage throughout the album.

On the Boardwalk Mini 02The album measures 4.5″ x 6.5″ and has a fun accordion fold interior.  I die cut Tim Holtz Sand and Sea and added them to the colorful On the Boardwalk papers from Graphic 45.  Ivory Burlap String adds a light note, texture and a sense of movement to the cover

On the Boardwalk Mini 10The inside of the album is filled with fold out pages like this one….

On the Boardwalk Mini 13tag pockets….

On the Boardwalk Mini 17waterfall pages….

On the Boardwalk Mini 25accordion fold pages…

On the Boardwalk Mini 27pocket pages….

On the Boardwalk Mini 07and even has photo storage on the back side of the album.  This photo gives you a great idea of how cool this zig zag design really is.

I made a YouTube Video so you could really get  a sense of the flow of the album.  There were just too many pictures to put in one blog post.  Enjoy!

I love the way the beautiful Canvas Color Band Ribbon enhances the pages of this sassy little album.

Now you need to get busy and link up your own “anything but a card” project to the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge Blog.  You can find all the details HERE.
Want to make one of these albums yourself?  I put together a PDF tutorial that you can download from my ETSY shop.  It has pictures of all the pages, a complete supply list and detailed instructions.  I even tell you how to make those magical chipboard embellies! You can find the tutorial HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Vintage Wooden File Folder Beach Journal

Crafty Secrets July Blog Hop & Challenge: Vintage Wooden File Folder Beach Journal

Hello, Friends!

It’s Summertime! It’s the time of year to kick back, relax and enjoy life.  Maybe you pile in the car and take a trip to the beach, you might go for a hike in the mountains or camp out under the stars. Maybe you play in the pool, or sit in the shade and sip lemonade.  However you celebrate summer, share it with us in a card, mini album, layout, canvas or altered art project that shares what you love about this sizzling season we call summer.  My favorite thing about summer is …you guessed it…the beach!  So I’ve created a very vintage Woodned File Folder Beach Journal to share with you today.  I also have some great tips for using product packaging, inking up a great background and creating a collage that works.  Let’s get started!

Kathy by Design/Crafty Secrets July Blog Hop and ChallengeI used so many of my favorite products from Crafty Secrets in this Wooden File Folder Beach Journal.  If you haven’t seen our mini wooden file folders, you might want to check them out.  Measuring just 4.5″ x 6’25” they are tiny, but mighty!  Here, I’ve added layers of paint, stencils and crackle medium to the wooden cover base, then topped it with gorgeous goodies.  Here a list of what you’ll need to create this album:

Crafty Secrets July Blog Hop and Challenge01On the cover, I began by using a cosmetic sponge to add a light coat of Tumbled Glass Distress Paint to the album front cover.  The cosmetic sponge puts down a nice smooth coat.  Dry it, then add another coat.  When that is dry, put a dime sized puddle of Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint onto a non-porous surface. Spritz it very lightly with water.  Tap an old toothbrush into the puddle, and then starting at the bottom of the album cover, brush the toothbrush from the bottom upward.  Repeat until you’ve added a sort of wood grain look to the entire cover.  Repeat with the Picket Fence Distress Paint.  When it’s dry, sponge on some Vintage Photo Distress INK randomly to create a worn wood look.  The painted areas will resist the Distress ink and you’ll have a great beachy cover.  Use the Picket Fence Distress Crackle and a stencil to add even more texure, if desired.

Crafty Secrets July Blog Hop and Challenge02When creating a collage cover, like this one, I keep several things in mind.

  1. Choose a color palette that works well together.  I’ve used shades of teal, brown and cream here.  This creates a sense of harmony.  I chose these colors based on the colors in my focal image.  To reinforce that, I matted my focal image in shades of teal, and sponged the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  2. Have ONE focal image, and choose other elements to SUPPORT the main image.  You don’t want your eye to be wandering around a composition looking for a place to rest.  I have a lot of layers and elements here, but your eye immediately goes to the image of the boy and girl on the beach.  At least I hope it does! It is the dominant image, and all the other elements enhance it.
  3.  Group elements together in a way that causes the eye to naturally move through the entire piece.  You do this by clustering your elements together.  In this collage, my eye grabs onto the focal image first, then it is drawn to the cluster of flowers in the upper left corner, from there, it sees the post card layer, then moves down to the tiny post card, and back to the focal image where it picks up on the cluster of flowers in the lower right hand corner.  Then it sees the little calendar banner, the shells and back to the focal.  The eye naturally grabs the focal in the beginning, middle and end.  Nothing is placed in such a way to draw the eye away from the focal or to compete with the focal.
  4. Unify elements or layers with matting.  I’ve matted all the major paper elements with the same shades of teal paper.  I started with my base layer, which is a journaling spot from the Summertime booklet.  Same thing for the sentiment banner.
  5. A good test is to close your eyes for a minute or two, and then open them.  What do you see first?  If it’s not the focal image, you need to move things around.  Or, walk out of the room and come back again.  What do you see first.  How does your eye move across the page?  It takes some practice, but it is so worth the time and effort!

Lesson over…now let’s just look at the pretty pages!

Crafty Secrets July Blog Hop and Challenge04The wooden file folder album comes with the binding rings and manila page dividers. I used paper from the Typography CD to line the front and back covers.  The little bitty bags make great tag pockets.  The backgrounds are inked with Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Mermaid Lagoon, then sprayed lightly with water.  Then I sponged in Vintage Photo Ink and sprayed again. To add depth and texture, I stamped over the background with the same color inks.

Crafty Secrets July Blog Hop and Challenge07I left lots of room for photos or notes or recipes or to do lists.  I added heavy cardstock pages at the front and back of each section for added strength.  I just cut up ivory paper for the pages. I’m not sure where I got these little charms.  I found them in my box of beachy goodies.

Crafty Secrets July Blog Hop and Challenge08The images in the Summertime booklet are some of my favorites.  I matted this bathing beauty with a bit of product packaging that the flowers came on.  I liked the shape and the color was a good match.  Why throw it away?

Crafty Secrets July Blog Hop and Challenge09The background here is stenciled.  I just sponged the darker ink over the background.  The lighthouse is from Travel & Adventure Vintage Scraps.  I love the quote!

Crafty Secrets July Blog Hop and Challenge10Fussy cutting around an image can make it come to life, as with the Souvenir sign.  The burlap helps to ground the page.  These flowers weren’t quite the right shade of blue, so I inked them with Mermaid Lagoon.  Much better!

Crafty Secrets July Blog Hop and Challenge11Another great image from the Summertime Journal!  Now you know why I love that booklet so much!

Crafty Secrets July Blog Hop and Challenge12Here, I used the inked flowers to frame my image.  The manila folder was dry embossed with a Spellbinder folder.  And I used product packaging underneath.

Crafty Secrets July Blog Hop and Challenge13This is also product packaging.  I just trimmed it up and rounded the corners.  Waste not, want not.

Crafty Secrets July Blog Hop and Challenge14Inside the back cover, Another little place to stuff memories or souvenirs.

Crafty Secrets July Blog Hop and Challenge15The back is covered in burlap that I inked up to create an aged appearance.  I tied on pretty ribbons, and that, as they say is that.

Whew!  Long post!  Sorry about that, but I hope you picked up a tip here and there that might be of use to you somewhere along the way.

Now, hop along and see what the rest of the team has prepared for you.  And be sure to visit the Crafty Secrets Blog for all the guidelines and PRIZE information for this challenge. You’ll also find a free digital image and paper that you can use to create your entry for this fun challenge.  You don’t have to follow the theme, but it’s always fun if you do.

Elizabeth is unable to join us this month.

DarleneDianeGinnyMelodyMicheleShantaie SheilaTeresa

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I’d love to hear what you think about this Vintage Wooden File Folder Beach Journal tutorial.  Did you learn anything new?

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Seaside Mini Album

Hello Friends!

Ah, Summertime….time for fun and relaxation. Time to kick back and relax!  Time to soak up some sunshine!  Time to work less and play more!  And time to take pictures.  Lots and lots of pictures.  But where do you do with all those great seaside photos after the vacation is done?  I have a super cute Seaside Mini Album with a fun zig zag construction that is the perfect resting place for all those fabby photos and sweet memories.  I loaded it up with great ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon to take it over the top. Check it out!

Authentique Seaside Album 01This album is tiny, but mighty!  Measuring just 4.5″ x 6.5″ its pockets, flip outs pages, and fold down features can store a couple of dozen 4×6 photos…and there’s loads of room inside for journaling, too.

Here’s what I used to make this Seaside Mini album:

Here’s a little video tour of my Seaside Mini Album.  It’s short…just 4 minutes!

 

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you get some sand between your toes soon!

Cheerio,

kathy

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