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Prima Amber Moon Thankful Heart Tri-Fold Folio

Tammy Tutterow Creative Crew Friday: Prima Amber Moon Thankful Heart Folio

Hello, Friends!  Yes, I know it’s Thursday…but to avoid double posting, I decided to share my Tammy Tutterow Creative Crew post today.  When you see this Thankful Heart Folio made with Prima’s glorious Amber Moon collection, I think you’ll forgive me.

Prima Amber Moon Thankful Heart Folio by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders Photo 1

This lovely little folio is about the size of a clutch wallet, measuring just 4.25″ x 7″.  It all started when I was cleaning up my work desk and ran across a piece of folded brown cardstock.  Rather than toss it in my scrap pile, I decided to make it up into a card…which then became a folio.  You just never know where a project is going to take you.  I have learned to follow along.

Prima Amber Moon Thankful Heart Folio by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders Photo 2

The folio has a ribbon closure.

Prima Amber Moon Thankful Heart Folio by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders Photo 3Felt flowers.  How I love them!  These are created with the following Tammy Tutterow flower dies:

Nothing But Love for Thankful Heart Folio Shabby Chic background

Prima Amber Moon Thankful Heart Folio by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders Photo 4

Here’s how to create the background panel for the cover:

  • First, cut a 4″ X 6.75″ panel of wood grain patterned paper from Prima’s Amber Moon 12×12 collection
  • Next, stamp Nothing But Love Background with Versamark Embossing Ink.
  • Then, heat emboss with super fine copper embossing powder.
  • Now, machine stitch around the edges.  Use messy stitching like I did here, or keep it neat and tidy.  It’s up to you.
  • Next, distress the edges and ink with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  • Then, ink up the panel with Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Candied Apple, Twisted Citron and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Inks.  Spritz heavily and tip the paper to let the ink run.
  • Now heat dry until it is still a tiny bit damp.
  • Then emboss with Tammy’s Blistered Embossing Folder.  Before running through your machine, rub Vintage Photo Distress Ink directly onto the flat side of the embossing folder.  Then lay your paper panel over the raised side of the folder.  By doing this, you will impress the ink into the paper.  It’s a very cool effect.
  • Next, heat dry the paper panel completely.
  • Finally, rub a barely damp paper towel over the embossed  stamped areas to refresh the shine.  I actually had to gently reheat with my tool.
  • Now it’s ready to glue to the folio cover.
Thankful Heart Folio Cover Art

Prima Amber Moon Thankful Heart Folio by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders Photo 5

The cover art for this album is from a Gecko Galz collage sheet called Be Thankful for Fall. I printed them out, inked the edges and/or matted them then layered them up on the cover.  The circular image is glued to a Prima die cut doily.  I raised it up with waste cardboard from a shipping box .  This way, I could tuck a little surprise behind it.  Read on to find out about that!

From My Heart Tabbed Mini Pocket

Prima Amber Moon Thankful Heart Folio by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders Photo 6

What is it about little things that makes us go “awwwww.”  That’s exactly how I feel every time I use one of Tammy’s Mini Pockets.  Here’s how I put this Tabbed Mini Pocket together:

  • First, die cut the Tabbed Mini Pocket from Amber Moon paper.
  • Then ink around all the edges, front and back, with Vintage Photo DI.
  • Now score the fold lines and glue the pocket together.
  • Add a bitty posy to the envelope flap along with an acorn charm and a bit of fiber.
  • Next, use Archival Coffee Ink to stamp “From My Heart” sentiment from Sentiments 2 Stamp set.  I stamped with my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform so I could repeat stamp until the image was dark and bold.
  • Cut out, notch corners, ink edges and mat on brown cardstock.
  • Then slip behind the doily and attach with a mini clothespin.
Inside this Thankful Heart Folio

Prima Amber Moon Thankful Heart Folio by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders Photo 7Here’s a look at the first opening.  There’s a side pocket on the left and a fold out page on the right.

Prima Amber Moon Thankful Heart Folio by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders Photo 8The side pocket holds this magnet that I made with Tammy’s Rejoice Shading Stamp from Happy Grams #4 .   After stamping, embossing, and inking, I colored the images with Distress Markers.  Then I stitched a magnet between the image and a cardstock mat.  I’ve adorned the magnet with Bitty Posies and Posie Part felt flowers.  I also used Shortie Tabs to make some little banner flags from designer paper scraps.

Blessed and Framed

Prima Amber Moon Thankful Heart Folio by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders Photo 9I framed this butterfly ephemera card with Tammy’s Rose Border Stamp.  Here’s how that worked:

  • First, cut a piece of the polka dot paper from Amber Moon that is slightly larger than the stamp.
  • Stamp the image with Versamark Embossing Ink and heat emboss with Superfine Copper Embossing Powder.
  • Heat Set.
  • To cut the inside of the stamped image, I placed my ruler on a diagonal line from top left to bottom right corner.  Then use a craft knife to cut a straight line.  Repeat this process from Top right to bottom left.
  • Next, place the ruler at the base of one of the resulting triangles.  Cut out one flap.
  • Now that one flap is removed, you can fussy cut around the inside of the frame.
  • Next, ink up Big Cheesecloth and Dear Ruby with Coffee Archival Ink/Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Ink.  Do not place the stamps on a block.  Just roll a random section lightly over the ink pad, then roll randomly over the white portions of the Blessed ephemera card.  Ink the edges.
  • Now, back the fussy cut frame with small strips of foam tape and place over the ephemera card.  Glue in place.Prima Amber Moon Thankful Heart Folio by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders Photo 9

Die cut the smallest Prim Heart from felt and layer up with felt flowers to decorate the sentiment panel.

Thankful Heart Folio: The Grand Opening
Prima Amber Moon Thankful Heart Folio by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders Photo 10

Here’s a peek at the fully opened folio.

The center panel holds this pretty 3.5″ x 6″ art tag.  I’ve used another Prim Heart embellishment here.

Prima Amber Moon Thankful Heart Folio by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders Photo 12There’s a sweet little chocolate/gift card wallet in the panel on the far right.

Prima Amber Moon Thankful Heart Folio by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Spellbinders Photo 13

I don’ t know about you…but I’m grateful for chocolate…and so many other good things.

I hope you survived this very long post.  But I wanted you to see all the many ways you can use Tammy’s stamps and dies to embellish your favorite paper collections.  Thanks for hanging in there with me!

Until next time!

Cheerio,

kathy

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame and Greeting Card

RRR Anything Goes Challenge: Home Family Blessing Altered Frame and Greeting Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to another “anything goes with ribbon or trim” challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  It’s always fun to update one’s home decor in the fall, so I’ve created a rustic Home Family Blessing Altered Frame and greeting card for you today.  Once again, I’ve used Simple Stories “Vintage Blessings” to complement my gorgeous Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1

This 8″ x 10″ frame was in a box at a local yard sale, waiting just for me!  It was chipped and worn, but had good bones.  For 50 cents, I decided it could come home with me and get a little makeover.

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 2I’m so glad I snapped this beauty up, as it was loads of fun to alter with distress paints, Petaloo flowers, and Rust/Ivory Plaid Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 4I painted the dark brown chippy frame with Antique Linen Distress Paint.  When it was almost dry, I wiped it back with a slightly damp paper towel.  This process was repeated with Peeled Paint, and Antique Bronze Distress Paint.   Next, I added more paint, then spritzed it with water and let it run.  Finally, I thinned out the paints on my craft sheet and spattered paint all over.

TIP:  Cover the glass portion of the frame with sticky notes to keep it clean.  This saved me so much time and trouble!

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 5The final step was adding these gorgeous Petaloo Magnolia blossoms and a triple loop bow.  Adding the bow was the perfect finishing touch!

Home Is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1While I had my desk all messed up, I decided to go ahead and create a card.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 2This 5″ x 7″ top fold card has a 1/4″ spine.  I used more of my little hand made felt embellies and more of this gorgeous Rust/Ivory Plaid Ribbon to adorn the card.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 3

The inside of the card has a side pocket with a little tag  and honey stick tucked inside.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 4If you are like me, you’re always looking for a way to use up scraps.  These little tags do a great job!  And, you can add your ribbon scraps to the top.  For this topper, simply slip your ribbon through the hole punch.  Then tie a square knot with another ribbon scrap to hold it in place.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 5This larger pocket contains a darling little tea bag wallet to go with the honey stickHome is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 6Once again, I used scraps to create the belly band and the little ribbon on the tag.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 7

Here’s a peeky inside.

Now it’s YOUR turn!

You can play along in this fun “anything goes with ribbon or trim” challenge, too!  Simply create the project of your choice, making sure to add ribbon or trim to the design.  Link it up over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge Blog before midnight on Wednesday, October 18th.  You can find all the details HERE.

If you need more ribbony inspiration, pop on over to the RRR Blog where you’ll find beautiful projects from the other members of the RRR design team.

Can’t wait to see what YOU make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Really Reasonable Ribbon Vintage Blessings Card Duo

Really Reasonable Ribbon Vintage Blessings Card Duo

Hello, Ribbon Lovers! I don’t know what it is about fall, but it always inspires feelings of gratitude in my heart.  Maybe it’s thankfulness for the cooler weather after a long hot summer.  Perhaps it’s the bright blue sky and gorgeous fall colors.  Or it could be the promise of Thanksgiving on the horizon.  Whatever it is, it sure does make my heart happy.  Today I’ve used Really Reasonable Ribbon to add the finishing touches to a Simple Stories Vintage Blessings Card Duo.  I hope these cards will stir up that same thankful feeling in your heart.

Vintage Blessings Easel Card

Vintage Blessings Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1

Felt flowers are my latest obsession, and I love the fall color they add to this 5″ x 7″ vertical easel card.  (I’ll share product links below the post.)

Vintage Blessings Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 2

Vintage Blessings Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 3I searched all through my ribbon cart for something that would pull all these vibrant colors together.   This rustic Plaid Ribbon in Rust and Ivory tones was equal to the task.

Vintage Blessings Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 4I love the way this triple loop bow draws the eye to the sentiment on my cute little house.  Topping the ribbon with a Natural Burlap String Bow and an acorn adds to the card’s rustic feel.

Vintage Blessings Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 5

Like all easel cards, this one folds down for mailing.

Vintage Blessings Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 6

Inside, I’ve added a small treat pocket and a sentiment.

A Little Bit of Ribbon Goes a Long Way

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1

 

I love to find creative ways to use my ribbon scraps.  This little piece of Ivory/Rust ribbon left over from tying the triple loop bow was too small to use.  Or was it?

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 2

As it turns out, it was just the right size to finish off the safety pin embellishment on this 5″ x 7″ card.  I simply snipped the ends, slipped it through the circle on the end of the safety pin, then tied it in place with Natural Burlap String.

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 3

It’s a small detail that makes a big impact, drawing the eye to an embellishment that might otherwise be overlooked.  I love that about ribbon!

Here’s a look at the other details on this happy little card.

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 4 Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 6

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 7Creating the inside of this card was really fun.  I tucked a recipe card, tea bag wallet and honey stick into the shallow pocket.

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 8

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 9Of course, there’s room to tuck a gift card inside, too.

I hope I’ve shared some ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Wishing you a heart of gratitude…

Cheerio,

kathy

Product Links

Really Reasonable Ribbon

Simple Stories Vintage Blessings

  • 6″ x 8″  Paper Pad
  • Chipboard Stickers
  • Bits and Pieces
  • Sticker Sheets

Tammy Tutterow Dies by Spellbinders

Tim Holtz Fall Foliage Thinlits Dies by Sizzix (fall leaves)

 

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album

Tammy Tutterow Designs Creative Team: Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album

Hello, Friends!  Fall is a great season to practice the habit of gratitude.  Today I have a really sweet Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album made with Tammy Tutterow Dies that will help you get your gratitude on!

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 1

The inspiration for this Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album came from Tammy’s Paper Bag Envelope Die.  I paired this up with her Posie Parts Die, Waterfall One, and Tab Set Two Dies.  The papers from Simple Stories are a guilty pleasure.  I spotted them online and knew I had to have them!

This “from scratch” album measures 5.75″ x 3.5″ with a 3″ spine.  I want to live in this pink gingham house, don’t you?  So sweet!  The chipboard house is wreathed with handmade felt posies.  These are such fun to make! I especially enjoy digging through my button jar to find the centers.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 2

This 3″ spine makes for a chunky little album…which I personally love.  I’ve decorated with Champagne Silky Crush Ribbon, Crochet Lace, a handmade button charm, Posie Parts Leaves and a die cut label.  The chunky spine allows you to create dimensional pages inside, which is always fun!

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album: A Gratitude Waterfall

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 3

Waterfall features like the one on the inside cover of my book are a snap to make using Tammy’s Waterfall One Die. Each page is cut from designer paper.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 4The cover is decorated with  Tammy’s Pointed Mini Envelope Die.  Just die cut the envelope from designer paper, then fold the flaps, glue in place and you have a darling designer envelope.  This one is paper clipped to the front cover of the waterfall album and flanked with another Posie Part felt flower.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 5You can add 3″ square photos on each album page.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 6Add pictures of the people, places and things you are the most thankful for on these pages.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album Pocket Pages
Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 7

Before I began putting this album together, I first die cut 4 sets of Paper Bag Envelopes from medium weight cream cardstock.

Assembling the paper bag envelopes is as easy as 1, 2, 3.  Just fold, and glue together with the adhesive of your choice.

Once the paper bag envelopes were put together, I used Tammy’s Stencil Girl Stencils  and Distress Ink to add color, pattern and interest to the plain cream envelopes.  This first pocket page pairs the Cross Stitch 2 Step Stencil with Tattered Rose and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks.  I do not consider myself to be adept with stencils, but this was really quick and easy to do.

Next, I die cut some tabs from designer paper to serve as pull-outs for the envelope inserts.  You can write down thankful thoughts, add photos, tuck little mementoes into the pockets…anything you feel thankful for!

Grateful for Tammy’s Stencils!

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 8Each side of the pocket is stenciled with a different pattern and decorated with a Posie Part Posie.  This is the Gingham Stencil.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 9I love the fact that I can create “custom” patterns to match my designer papers and the theme of any project.  Here, I’ve used Fossilized Amber and Wild Honey with the Polka Heart Stencil.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 10This page made with the Petite Posies stencil and Wild Honey/Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink is probably my favorite.  The colors match the little chipboard house perfecty!

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 11This is Polka Party with Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany inks.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 12And here we have Mad for Plaid with the same ink combo.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 13Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint look fabulous with the Petite Greens Stencil.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 14And because I love gingham so much, it made the cut twice.

Grateful Paper Bag Mini Album: The Photo Mounts

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 15The inside back cover has a pocket full of photo mounts.  I used the Paper Bag Pocket insert die to make these in a jiffy.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 16Bound together with a decorative belly band, you can add eight 3.75″ x 2.75″ photos here.

This Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album is such a fun way to remember to be thankful.  You could make this into a weekly activity with your kids or grandkids, adding photos, quotes and journaling notes to each little pocket.  I always say that thankful people are the happiest people.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets

Tammy Tutterow Designs: Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets

Hello, Friends!  I’m so excited to share today’s project with you, as I think you are going to love it!  I tried some new techniques while making these Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets, and I got to have my first play date with Tammy’s Scoop Pocket Steel rule die.  What fun!

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 1These darling little Easter Tag Pockets make me so happy I want to get up and dance!  Here’s what you’ll need to make these l’il cuties

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets Supply List
Making Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 2I used the same basic “recipe” for each happy little Easter tag pocket.  Here’s how that process went:

  1. Die cut the scoop pocket from designer paper.  Crease on the fold lines.  Glue together.
  2. Cut shortie tags from designer paper.  Use the inserts to cut a decorative edge and glue onto the base of the tag.  You will have to trim out the sides to do this, but it’s easy enough.  Normally, you would cut the edge onto the bottom of the tag, but I wanted the tags to be a little bit longer so they would stick out of the pocket just a little bit.
  3. Stamp sentiments onto watercolor paper.  Heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Color in with markers.
  4. Trim the sentiment.
  5. Stitch onto the tag
  6. Add ribbons and embellies.
  7. Decorate the pocket front

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 3Die cutting the pocket from double sided paper gives it very boutique feel.  The little tag has a photo mount on the back side so you can add pictures of your sweeties all dressed up in their Easter best.  Or you can write a sweet note here.  There’s also plenty of room to tuck in a little treat or gift card.  Aren’t they FUN?

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 4To add the spatters to the tags, scribble your Distress Markers onto a craft sheet or stamping block.  Make an inky puddle by adding a tiny bit of water.  Then use a paintbrush to flick the ink onto the card.  This adds such a fun, festive feel to each tag. The look makes me think of those malted milk Easter Egg candies.  YUM!

Stamping on Felt: A New Technique for me

Happy Little EasterTag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 5So, I fell totally in love with Tammy’s Posie Parts Cling Stamp and Die combo when I made my Suck it Up Buttercup project.  Then, I fell in love with felt flowers when I made my Altered Starbucks Bottle Vases.  I wanted to combine the Posie Parts stamps/dies with felt.  So I put on my thinking cap and decided to try it using Ranger Archival Inks on 100% wool felt.  As you can see, the flowers are cute, cute, cute!

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 6I stamped 3 of each Posie Part flower and a bunch of leaves.  The first time I die cut them, the ink kind of bled onto my cutting plates.  Soooo, the second time, I very gently heat set the ink with my heat tool.  No problemo!  The wool felt handled the gentle heat very well, and there was no inky mess on my cutting plates.

Next, I hot glued the flower layers together, staggering the petals.  I pressed a ball end stylus into the center to create dimension.  Finally, I added little button centers.

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 7

A Nifty Clean Up Trick

If you do get ink on your cutting plates, you can break it down and wipe it off using hand sanitizing gel.  I use this stuff to clean my craft sheet, cutting mat, hands…anything that gets inky, really, and it works great!  And, it’s CHEAP!

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 8 Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 9 Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 10

Working with Tammy’s lovely products always makes me happy, happy, happy!  I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks 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

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Crafty Secrets Christmas Banner (Crafty Secrets November 2013 Linky Party)

Crafty Secrets Christmas Banner 13 Crafty Secrets Christmas Banner for the November 2013 Linky Party!

Here it is the first Monday in November!  What?????  I don’t know where this year has gone to!  I’ve had so much fun blogging and sharing my projects with you all, that the year has just flown by.  And now, it’s time for the Crafty Secrets November Linky Party!  I have a super fun Crafty Secrets Christmas Banner to share with you today.  But before we get to that, I want to invite you to play along with us! Each month, Sandy and the Crafty Secrets design team put together tutorialsl to share with you in our Linky Party.  Then, you get the chance to share your new project, made with Crafty Secrets stamps, images, or papers and upload it to the Crafty Secrets blog.  Sandy awards everyone who plays along a $6 gift certificate to the Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage online store and one lucky person will win a $50 shopping spree!  That’s definitely worth playing for, wouldn’t you agree?

Also, I’m excited to let you know that we have a new Design Team member!  Cherry Nelson of Cherry’s Jubilee will be sharing her crafty goodness with us all.  We are both on the Really Reasonable Ribbon DT as well, and I just love her style. Welcome, Cherry!  Here are the blog links to the rest of the team.  Be sure to hop along and see what fun they’ve cooked up for this month’s Linky Party:

Vicki Chrisman, Design Team Leader       

Michele Kovack

Darlene Pavlick

Rebekah Fairies

Sheila Rumney

Kathy Clement (you are here)

Elizabeth Lincoln (Splitcoast Gallery/I Love Rubber)

Cherry Nelson  WELCOME CHERRY!

Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Blog

Crafty Secrets Christmas Banner

With the holidays looming large on the horizon, I decided to break open my Creating With Vintage Christmas CD #6 for inspiration.  Oh, and did I ever find it!  This CD is just overflowing with gorgeous vintage papers, printables, greetings ephemera, templates and everything you would need to create inspiring cards, home decor, and gifts.  It is so easy to copy and paste the images into a Word document and size them exactly the way you want, then print them out on your own printer.  So convenient! 

I love the look of vintage images printed onto old dictionary paper, book paper or hymnals.  I had an old hymnal in my stash that I had picked up in a “FREE” pile at a local yard sale.  I used this as the base for my Christmas banner.  I sized my images to fit the dimensions of the hymnal pages and then just printed them out. I used a Spellbinder’s die to cut my banner shapes, but you could easily make a template using an old cereal box as well. I stitched each die cut banner piece onto dark green cardstock.   I then printed out a rich gold paper from the CD onto heavy weight cardstock and matted each page onto it.  This really reinforced those delicate hymnal pages.  I used fancy cutting edge scissors to cut around the gold printed paper. 

I used doilies to top off each banner shape and then stitched the whole thing together with my sewing machine using 1 1/2″ wide crushed satin ribbon to bind it together.  Then, the real fun began…adding little touches here and there to finish it off.  Let’s take a look.  And remember. you can click on the photos for a larger picture.

Crafty Secrets Christmas Banner 05  I created rosettes using the border paper from the CD.  These are gorgeous when you put them in between each pennant on the banner.  I used the Tim Holtz rosette dies, but you can easily make these by cutting a 12″ strip of 2″ wide paper, punching along the edge and then scoring every 1/4 inch.  Accordion fold down the entire length, glue the two open ends together and then flatten out to form the rosette.  Glue buttons or punched circles to the center to maintain the shape.  Once you’ve made 2 or 3 of these, you’ll be whipping them out in no time!

Crafty Secrets Christmas Banner 06 I also tied lengths of the same ribbon on either side of each pennant.  Then I glued the rosettes on top of the knots.

Crafty Secrets Christmas Banner 07 I used “O” rings on each end so the banner can easily be hung up, then tied a big poufy bow on each end.  Now, let’s look at the individual letters:

Crafty Secrets Christmas Banner 08 These letters are in the CD.  They can be sized to whatever dimension you need for your project.  I printed them out on stiff cardstock and added Glossy Accents to the letter portion.  Once that was dry, I fussy cut around the letters and glued them onto the tip of the pennant.  I love how these letters are “shadowed” to give them a great sense of dimension and depth.  You could also just use the letters to make a very simple banner, as they are printed on a dark green banner-like background.  You could print out mini ones to add  banner to your Christmas cake, or print out giant ones to make a wall hanging.  So versatile, and I love that feature about working with digital!

Crafty Secrets Christmas Banner 09 I love, love, love these images all on their own, but when you print them onto hymnal paper or dictionary paper…well, what can I say? 

Crafty Secrets Christmas Banner 10 These precious little birds are probably my favorite image.  Love them!

Crafty Secrets Christmas Banner 14  These little angels look so sweet on the hymnal paper.  If you don’t have hymnal paper, I have good news for you.  There are a couple of different music papers included in the CD collection.  You could print them out onto tissue paper or even plain printer paper to achieve a similar result.  See?  Sandy thought of everything!

Crafty Secrets Christmas Banner 12 This Santa and baby is such a sweet image.  I deliberately kept this banner very simple, so that the beautiful vintage images could shine.  I can’t wait to hang this in our dining room at Christmas time!

And that’s it for me today, friends!  I hope you enjoyed my Crafty Secrets Christmas banner.  I made it in a single afternoon, which is very cool.  The CD is available in the online store…and…here’s really great news!  The complete CD is available as a digital download for just $15.95.  And you can have it in your hot little hands in a matter of minutes.  How exciting is that?  I’ll be sharing more projects from this collection with you over the coming days. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Don’t forget to play along in the Linky Party.  You’ll have all week to play along.  And thanks for taking the time to leave a comment…you have no idea how much I appreciate them.  They make me happy…right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!  Until next time,

Cheerio,

kathy

Dynamic Duos 56 Meets Mojo Monday 297

I know, I know….two posts in one day! I promise to be brief.  I was going along my merry way this morning when suddenly i realized that today was the deadline for Dynamic Duos #56. I had just a few hours to make the card and post.  Since the colors for this week’s Dynamic Duos are one of my favorite color combos, I just had to play along.  And, since I also loved this week’s sketch for Mojo Monday, I decided to combine the two challenges to one another!  Without further ado, Dynamic Duos 56 Meets Mojo Monday 297:

Dynamic Duos Mojo Monday June 13 2013  Here is the Mojo Monday sketch and the Dynamic Duo color pick for this week:

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I love pink and brown together, and the sketch for this week was so much fun.  The papers are from Graphic 45’s Once Upon a Springtime Collection, and I used a Spellbinder M-Bossibilities folder create the background. 

Dynamic Duos Mojo Monday June 13 2013 08 I love this sweet fairy image and the pretty Prima Flower.

Dynamic Duos Mojo Monday June 13 2013 04 Here’s a peek at the inside…

…and the lined envelope...Dynamic Duos Mojo Monday June 13 2013 06

…and the envelope flap...Dynamic Duos Mojo Monday June 13 2013 05

OK…so that’s really, really, really it for me today, folks!  I hope you enjoyed this union of Dynamic Duos 56 and Mojo Monday 297.  I know I had fun creating it.  Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for always leaving me such sweet comments.  They make me happy, right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,

Cheerio,

kathy

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