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Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day Banner Tutorial

Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook: Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day Banner

Hello, Friends!  How do you spell love?  Today, I’m spelling it with a super cute Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day banner tutorial.

Isn’t it fun?  The best part about this banner is the fact that it uses very few materials and can be made in about an hour.

Supply List for Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day Banner

Snapguide Tutorial for Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day Banner

Check out How to Graphic 45 Butterfly Kisses Valentine Banner by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Why I love Butterflies on Valentine’s Day

I know butterflies are not a traditional image for Valentine’s Day.  Well, as you might suspect by  now, there’s a story behind this project.  Since it is nearly Valentine’s Day…and the story is super romantic, I’ll share it with you here.

My mom and dad were both working as bookkeepers at a trucking company in southern Vermont in 1939.   Mom worked the day shift.  Dad worked nights.  Mom must have caught his eye right away, because of all the available chairs in that office, Dad opted to use hers each night.  This meant that every day at shift change, he had to return her chair to her desk.  And of course, this gave him the opportunity to say good morning.

Dad was shy.  I mean super shy.  So he rarely said anything beyond good morning each day.  But, he started leaving little gifts for mom on her desk: a pack of her favorite chewing gum, a piece of candy…small tokens of friendship.  After almost a YEAR of this delicate courtship dance, Valentine’s Day rolled around.  Mom came into work that morning to find an envelope with her name on it.  Inside the envelope was a beautiful Valentine’s Day card with…you guessed it…butterflies!

Mom and Dad were finally married on Valentine’s Day 1941.  Each year when their anniversary rolled around, Dad gave her a box of chocolates, a packet of chewing gum and a card…and there was always a butterfly on it somewhere!

So now you know why I love butterflies for Valentine’s Day.

Thanks for stopping by!






When Pigs Fly Mini Album Tutorial

Frilly and Funkie Saturday Step x Step: When Pigs Fly Mini Album Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Isn’t Saturday just the most wonderful day of the week?  You can wear your jammies all day long if you feel like it!  I know a lot of us are dealing with the winter blues right now, so I’ve worked up a really fun When Pigs Fly Mini Album Tutorial to brighten up your weekend.  It’s made with Graphic 45’s Olde Curiosity Shoppe Deluxe Collector’s Edition and a whole bunch of dies from my stash.   And, since it is Saturday, I have a YouTube Video Tour AND a Snapguide Tutorial to share with you.  How fun is that?

When Pigs Fly!

You know those little Russian dolls that stack inside one another?  Well, this mini album is a lot like them, because it is a constructed like a mini album within a mini album.  It’s interactive, whimsical and has a fun steampunk/vintage vibe.

The inside pages are made with Tammy Tutterow’s incredibly versatile Paper Bag Envelope Die.  This adds an interactive element , and that always makes me happy!

The flowers are made with Tammy’s Pom Pom Posie Die and printed paper from the Olde Curiosity Shoppe collection.  I took a walk on the wild side and added stamens to the center this time.

This little piggy went to market…via air mail!  I love this piggy so much that I went searching through my considerable button stash in search of this wooden piggy button.  Be still my heart!  And see that cute banner floating beneath Mr. Pig?  It’s made with Tammy’s Shortie Tabs Dies.  Yes, people…I had a Tammy love fest going on in my studio this week!

This chunky little piggy album measures just about 3.5″ x 5.5″ and has a 2″ spine.  I could go on and on…but why don’t you just watch this YouTube video tour so you can see all the details.

When Pigs Fly YouTube video tour

When Pigs Fly Snapguide Tutorial

I put together a Snapguide tutorial that covers the basics of building the album base, creating a tab binding system, making the pocket pages and the cute little Mini Tag Books that are used throughout.  I don’t go into decorating the pages…maybe a hint here or there.  But once you know how to build the album base, etc. you can make this album in any theme you choose.  It’s the old “give a man a fish/teach a man to fish” theory in practice.


Check out How to G45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe When Pigs Fly Mini Album by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

I hope you found some ideas here that you can use in your own creative process.  I spent hours (days, actually) pulling all of this together for you in hopes that it would get your creative juices flowing.  I have product links below.  Just click on the picture and it will take you right to the store.  How’s that for enabling?

I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for sharing your Saturday with me!



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Love Sweet Love Policy Envelope Wallet Tutorial

Graphic 45: Love Sweet Love Policy Envelope Wallet Tutorial with Nature Sketchbook

Hello, Friends!  I’m up on the Graphic 45 blog today where I’m sharing this Love Sweet Love Policy Envelope Wallet Tutorial.  It’s just the perfect little gift for Valentine’s Day.

Look at alll the darling little bee images in Nature Sketchbook.  I decided to riff off that idea and turn it into a Love Sweet Love theme…complete with a honey spoon!  Tea with honey is one of my favorite things!

These metal pieces are painted with Black Soot Distress Paint to match my yellow, black and red color palette.  For the keyhole, I let the paint set for about 1 minute, then I wiped off with a barely damp paper towel.

Just as bees love to cluster around the hive, cluster your embellishments around a focal image to create a real visual impact.

Sweet Surprises on the inside

Join two policy envelopes together and what do you get?  A really fun wallet/pocket combo.  I altered the red policy envelope to create the pocket, and I’ll show you how in the Snapguide tutorial at the end of this post.

The pocket is filled with pretty ephemera cards, a post card and a delicious herbal tea bag to go along with the honey spoon on the front of the wallet.

Don’t you just love these gorgeous images?  To create a custom string tie opening, simply glue chipboard buttons on top of the black discs .  It adds a great pop of color!

Wanna see what’s in the pocket?

Happy to oblige!

Would you like to know how to make your own Love Sweet Love Policy Envelope Wallet?  Then please enjoy this Snapguide Tutorial.

Snapguide: Love Sweet Love Policy Envelope Wallet Tutorial

Check out How to Love Sweet Love G45 Policy Envelope Wallet & Tag by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

I hope this has given you some “sweet” ideas for your own Valentine’s Day (or any day!) creations.  It’s always the right time to share a little love!

Thanks for stopping by!




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Travel Themed Mini Tag Book Tutorial

Tammy Tutterow Travel Themed Mini Tag Book Tutorial with Graphic 45 City Scapes Collection

Hello my friends! Are you smack dab in the middle of Christmas preparations?  Can I interest you in a non-Christmas project?  Hmmmmm?   I just finished creating a super cute birthday card/gift for my dear daughter.  I had the presence of mind to snap photos of the process, so I’m able to share this Travel Themed Mini Tag Book Tutorial with you today.  Graphic 45’s scrumptious Cityscapes collection and Tammy Tutterow’s fabulous Mini Tag Book Die make great traveling companions, don’t you think?

Travel Themed Mini Tag Book Tutorial by Kathy ClementI wish you could see how tiny this darling Mini Tag Book is.  It measures just 4″ wide x 2.25″ tall.  The inner pages are even smaller.  It is cute, cute, cute! It packs a real visual punch though.  Take a look:

Travel Themed Mini Tag Book Tutorial by Kathy ClementTravel Themed Mini Tag Book Tutorial by Kathy Clement

I strung travel themed charms onto a Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Mini Caribiner Clip.

Travel Themed Mini Tag Book Tutorial by Kathy ClementThis album goes together in a jiffy!  I used tags and cut apart images from the Cityscapes collection to fill the small pages.

Travel Themed Mini Tag Book Tutorial by Kathy ClementI hand wrote travel quotes that I thought my daughter would enjoy.

Travel Themed Mini Tag Book Tutorial by Kathy ClementTravel Themed Mini Tag Book Tutorial by Kathy ClementGlue just the bottom edge of a border piece, and you’ve got a nifty pocket!

Travel Themed Mini Tag Book Tutorial by Kathy ClementCut border strips apart to add a great sentiment page.

Travel Themed Mini Tag Book Tutorial by Kathy ClementI also used Tammy’s Window Mini Pocket Die to create a fun money wallet on the last page.  Here’s the Snapguide Tutorial so you can follow along, and make one yourself!

Travel Themed Mini Tag Book Tutorial

Check out How to G45 City Scapes Mini Tag Book by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

I’m afraid I’ve found a new addiction in this fun and fabulous die.  Think of all the fun themes you could use!

Travel Themed Mini Tag Book Tutorial by Kathy Clement

I now return you to your regularly scheduled Christmas programming.

Thanks for stopping by!



Silent Night Arch Top Reliquary Tutorial

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Silent Night Arch Top Reliquary Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of wintry blues.  The colors remind me of my childhood when the evening light turned the crystal white snow into a soft, faded blue.  Walking up our big hill toward home with the snow crunching under my feet and my breath billowing out in puffs of frozen air always gave me a feeling of peace and happiness.  I tried to capture that feeling when creating this Silent Night Arch Top Reliquary Tutorial for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

Working with this Arch Top Reliquary from GSL was a wonderful experience.  It’s very quick and easy to assemble and has so many pretty details.  These chipboard snowflakes have amazing detail and are also quick to alter.  My wintry tree is from the Winter Shape Set.

silent-night-arch-reliquary-for-gsl-by-kathy-clement-photo-4These tiny pinecones are treated with white gesso as were all the chipboard pieces.  I share all the details for this piece in the Snapguide tutorial below.  But here are a few more photos for you to enjoy.

silent-night-arch-reliquary-for-gsl-by-kathy-clement-photo-11I love the airy, almost magical feeling these white feathers lend to the piece.  Same with the silver skeleton leaves.


The paper I’ve used is Kaisercraft’s new Frosted Collection.  It’s dreamy!


silent-night-arch-reliquary-for-gsl-by-kathy-clement-photo-7Faber-Castell Glitter Bead Gel makes the most perfect snow.

silent-night-arch-reliquary-for-gsl-by-kathy-clement-photo-2As promised, here’s the Silent Night Arch Top Reliquary Tutorial for you to follow along on Snapguide.  I hope you enjoy!

Check out How to Winter Reliquary Arch With Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.







St. Nicholas Gift Box, Shaker Card & Ornament

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts: St. Nicholas Gift Box, Shaker Card & Ornament

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another Snapguide tutorial for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  This time I’m sharing a great way to usethe new Double Sided Ornament from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  I love to make cards that are a gift all by themselves.  Today I’ll share a Snapguide with you showing you how to create this lovely  boxed gift set.

Here is the box.  I used a blank kraft card box that I had in my stash and decorated it
with Saint Nicholas papers, Petaloo flowers and gorgeous GSL snowflakes. 


 This pretty card is inside the box…..


….along with a little keepsake ornament.  Instead of making a double sided ornament, I used one half on my card front as a shaker element.  It’s twice the fun!

Here’s a closer look at some of the details.

Distress Grit paste makes wonderful “snow” especially when you sprinkle it with glitter!





And here’s a Snapguide Tutorial that so you can see all the steps that went into making this ensemble.

Check out How to Make St. Nicholas Card & Matching Ornament for GSL by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

I think this would make a great holiday hostess gift, a wonderful teacher appreciation gift, or Secret Santa gift.  You could also display the set on your holiday mantel or side table.  I hope you’ll give it a try!

Thanks for stopping by!



A Very Merry Christmas Card Tutorial


Graphic 45/Petaloo/Xyron Blog Hop: A Very Merry Christmas Card Tutorial

very-merry-christmas-card-tutorial-saint-nicholas-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-9Hello, G 45’ers!  Oh what fun we are having this week as we hop, hop, hop with Graphic 45, Petaloo International and Xyron!  Today, I have A Very Merry Christmas Card Tutorial to share with you.  Let’s get started!


One of the holiday traditions I love the most is the giving and receiving of Christmas cards.  When I was a girl, my mother used to hang them all around the door frames of our house and I loved to stand and stare at all those lovely images of snowy meadows,  Jolly Santas, mischievous elves, and stately deer.  So I guess it’s natural that I grew up to love the process of creating Christmas cards.

Adding a special fold to a card really takes it to the next level.  This Very Merry Christmas card has a fun gatefold opening with a medallion front and a magnetic closure.  The inside is filled with pockets, tags and all sorts of eye candy to delight the senses and stir the imagination. This type of card is a gift in and of itself.  The inner pockets also provide a wonderful way to deliver a holiday gift card, tickets or cash gift.

It looks like a complicated card, but when you break it down into pieces, as I have in this Snapguide tutorial, it’s just a matter of following each simple step.  Before you know it, you’ve created your very own keepsake style Christmas card.  This easy to follow Snapguide tutorial will show you how.

A Very Merry Christmas Card Tutorial with Snapguide

Check out How to A Very Merry Christmas St. Nicholas Gatefold Card by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.


A Peek at the Details

very-merry-christmas-card-tutorial-saint-nicholas-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-2Anyone who knows me is aware of the fact that I love birds.  So when I saw this sweet little bird gift tag in the Saint Nicholas collection, I just had to use it on this card.

very-merry-christmas-card-tutorial-saint-nicholas-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-5Staples Shabby Chic Door Pulls make a lovely nest, don’t you agree?  Especially when filled with Spanish Moss, painted and glittered pine cones, miniature eggs, woodland “vines” and festive berries!  I pulled apart Petaloo White Glitter Snowflake Picks and a Pine Pick with Cones and berries to “feather my nest.”  A perky red Darjeeling poinsettia can be seen at the base of the door pull.

very-merry-christmas-card-tutorial-saint-nicholas-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-7These bitty banner pieces made a festive topper for my sentiment panel.  Xyron’s 3″ sticker maker made quick work of matting this layer!


very-merry-christmas-card-tutorial-saint-nicholas-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-4Holiday Mix Canvas Briar Roses are the perfect match for my country plaid ribbon. Tucking in a pine pick with cones and berries gave it a real sweet woodland feel.

very-merry-christmas-card-tutorial-saint-nicholas-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-11Opening a gatefold card like this one is so much fun!  It is held closed with small magnets that are hidden behind the peppermint candy paper dots.  Clever, yes?

very-merry-christmas-card-tutorial-saint-nicholas-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-12This card is a regular party on paper!  I love all the little tags in this paper collection.  And do you suppose Santa has tucked a little treat inside that pocket?  I bet he has!

very-merry-christmas-card-tutorial-saint-nicholas-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-13I had never worked with Xyron products before, so this was a real adventure for me.  You know what?  I really liked them!  The adhesive is super strong, and the machines all worked beautifully.  Yep, I ‘m a fan!

Let’s Go to the Hop!

Now be sure to hop along on the Graphic 45, Xyron, and Petaloo Blogs all week long, and leave a comment on each one as each company is giving away some very nice prize packages!

Thanks for stopping by!



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