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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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Celebrate Spring with Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Tutorial

Celebrate Spring with Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Tutorial

Hello, G’45’ers!  When I was a little girl, I spent many happy hours reading books.  I was often sick and confined to bed, but books transported me to many magical and enchanting places.  One of my favorite childhood books was Frances Hodgson Burnette’s Secret Garden.  I loved reading how Mary and Dickon discovered and restored that secret walled garden. While they were busy digging in the dirt and growing flowers, a true friendship blossomed as well.  It’s still a favorite today, and thinking about spring always brings fond memories of this lovely tale.  Naturally, I had to break out my Graphic 45 Secret Garden Deluxe Collector’s Edition papers and create a little tribute to spring.

Don’t you just love this sentiment? “Where you tend a rose, a thistle cannot grow.”  You could build your life around wisdom like that!  The base of this album is a Graphic 45 Staples 5×7 Kraft Book Box.  I created a shaker top and then decorated with pretty trims and Petaloo Canvas Briar Roses.

Shake Things Up with a Clear Acetate Cardstock Cover

Shake up your design by adding a shaker element to the box cover.  After you create your cover design (but before you glue it to the top of the box) go all the way around the edges with foam tape.  Fill the center with sequins, buttons, glitter, or small chipboard pieces like the ones I used here.  Peel off the liner from the top of the foam tape, place the trimmed acetate on top and press the edges to seal.  I added this pretty rose trim around the edges to finish everything off.

It’s very hard to photograph anything that is covered in clear acetate, but I gave it my best effort!  Those are real lavender buds inside the acetate along with sequins and small chips from the collection .

Altering Metal Staples

I wanted the album to have a real shabby chic feel, so I painted all my Graphic 45 Metal Staples with a coat of “Whisper” Chalk paint from Americana Decor.  When the first layer dried, I tapped the raised edges with Tattered Rose Distress Paint to create custom shabby chic metal accents. Then you can fill the piece with pretty flowers as I did here.

Or tuck a word inside the label holder as I did here. The spine is decorated with fussy cut images from the collection, Petaloo Sage Vintage Velvet Hydrangea and some vintage buttons from my stash.

The box is held shut with a 1.5″ Ivory Crushed Satin Ribbon and bow.   Would you like to see what’s inside?

I thought you might!  Just as Mary’s Secret Garden was hidden behind an old wall, this sweet little tag album is hidden inside the box.  It’s loaded with fold out pages, tiny folios, pull tabs and all kinds of wonderment.

Inside the front cover of the album, I created a pocket that I filled with sweet springtime greeting card.

Oh, how I love this collection!

Secret Garden Tag Album on YouTube

Rather than fill the blog up with dozens of photos, I prepared a very short 3 minute video that you can watch.

Snapguide Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Tutorial

As you saw in the video, the tag album is loaded with lots of fun fold outs and inserts.  I thought you might enjoy learning how I made the tag album, so I prepared a SnapGuide tutorial for you.

Check out How to Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Insert by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

How to Make the Secret Garden Card

If you’d like to make the sweet card that is tucked in the front pocket of the album, I also prepared a SnapGuide Tutorial showing you how to build those layers and create the card.
Check out How to Quick & Easy Secret Garden Card W/Graphic 45 by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Secret Garden Tag Album Supply List

I hope I’ve brought a little springtime into your life today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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National Pet Adoption Weekend: Who Saved Who Tags

National Pet Adoption Weekend: Who Saved Who Tags From the Scrap Drawer

Hello Friends!  Did you know that February is the month when National Pet Adoption Weekend takes place?  Sadly, severe allergies prevent me from enjoying a furry companion, but I thought I would participate by creating this pair of Who Saved Who Tags.

Creative ways to use your scraps

Who Sazved Who Tags by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design Photo 1After making my larger Shabby Chic Dog Folio and Cat Mini Albums this month, my work table was loaded with little bits and pieces of paper.  As you know, I’ve been using my scraps to make quick little cards.  But these scraps were too small even for that.  What’s the answer?  Tags, of course!

Who Sazved Who Tags by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design Photo 2Create a tag base by cutting the corners from a rectangle of leftover cardstock.  This one measures about 5.75″ tall by 3.5″ wide.  I had fussy cut this sweet little doggie image from Authentique’s Devoted paper collection earlier, and just layered it up with patterned papers from that same collection.  A bow tied with brown plaid ribbon provided just the right color contrast for the blue tones in these papers.  I topped this with natural burlap string to add just a bit more texture and a rustic feel to the tag.

Who Sazved Who Tags by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design Photo 3Another great way to use scraps is to cut them into banner flags and die cut with small doily or flower dies.

Who Sazved Who Tags by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design Photo 4This sweet little kitty cat tag measures just 2.5″ x 5″.  Once again, the tag base is made from scrap cardstock.  The image was fussy cut from one of the patterned papers in the collection.

Who Sazved Who Tags by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design Photo 5I love the way this 3.8″ Light Blue Micro Gingham Ribbon frames the focal image.  It’s just the right width for this petite tag.  Blue hemp twine adds just the right amount of texture.

I’m a firm believer that nothing in this life should be wasted, I hope I’ve shared some ideas with you that you’ll be able to use in your own crafting. Please consider adoption the next time you decide to add a furry friend to your family.  You’ll be glad you did!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Suck it Up Buttercup Library Pocket and Tag

Tammy Tutterow Five for Friday: Suck it Up Buttercup!

Hello, Friends!  Happy Friday!  We should all get a big pat on the back for making it through another week!  Is anyone besides me dreaming of spring?  I had a yearning to play with flowers and buttons and burlap the other day, so I pulled out my Tammy Tutterow stamps and dies and went to work on creating this fun little Suck it Up Buttercup Library Pocket and Tag.  It’s bursting with happy spring flowers and a great shabby chic pink and grey color scheme.  Check it out!

The Library Card Pocket is one of Tammy’s awesome steel rule dies.  These are such fun to work with because they can cut through so many different materials.  I used pale pink burlap to create my library pocket.  Before die cutting, I backed the burlap with iron on interfacing to prevent fraying.  The steel rule die cut through it like buttah.  Handy score lines allowed me to put the pocket together in a flash.  (Note: this die requires the use of a Big Shot Plus or a Spellbinders Platinum Plus or any other machine that accepts thick, 8″ wide dies.)

Pick a Pocket Full of Posie Parts

These sweet springtime posies were such fun to make with Tammy’s Posie Parts Stamp and Die set.   The set contains 9 cling foam stamps and matching thin dies that cut out each Posie Part.  Not having to fussy cut each stamped image is such a time saver!

First, I stamped the sweet Posie Parts onto patterned paper from October Afternoon’s Travel Girl Collection. Then I ran them through my Spellbinder Platinum with the matching dies. Stamping on patterned paper is quick, because you don’t have to color the images.  Since I’m not the world’s greatest colorist, I really like having the ability to do this.

After shaping each flower layer (there are 3) with a stylus, I stacked them together and added a sweet little button to the center.  I used water color pencils to add a touch of pink to the edges of the flower pot, then just assembled the whole happy bunch onto the front of the Library Card Pocket.

The little metal charm reads “Never, Never, Give Up.”  i used a Distress Crayon to color in the words, then suspended it from a vintage safety pin and added it to the simple square knot bow in my burlap ribbon.

What’s in Your Pocket?

Here’s what you’ll find in the pocket!  This little tag features Tammy’s Suck it Up Buttercup stamp.  Honestly, this is such a great sentiment for anyone who needs a gentle nudge to persevere in the face of life’s many obstacles.

The sentiment was stamped onto patterned paper using Magenta Archival Ink.  I then heat embossed it with clear powder and colored in the sentiment with water color pencils.

Next, I die cut the sentiment with a Spellbinder Scalloped Circle Nestabilities Die  For the tag base, I cut a rectangle 3.5″ x 4.5″ rectangle from primitive cream cardstock,  and rounded the corners  with a 1/4″ corner rounder.  Now it was time to assemble the tag.  Since the patterned paper I used for the sentiment was just a little bit thin, I cut a second scalloped circle from patterned paper.  Then I glued the tag base between the two die cut circles.  I think the shaped top is such a fun element on this Library Card Pocket/tag combo.

A Little Message of Encouragement

Tammy’s Mini Deco Edge Envelope was the perfect finishing touch for this cheery little pocket/tag duo.  I die cut it from patterned paper, then used the insert die to create a hand written note card with a little word of encouragement.  Stamping one of the Posie Parts and adding a button sealed the deal.

I can think of so many fun ways to use these stamps and dies.  I’m writing my ideas down in a little notebook so I won’t forget them.  Would you like to see  more of these cutie patootie stamps and dies in future posts?  How would you use them?  Let me know in the comment section below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags

RRR Heart Challenge: Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Bonnie wants to see projects that feature hearts and trim.  I printed out some digital files from Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy Shop and put together some darling Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and tags.  These simple cards and tags can took just minutes to make, but look like you spent hours on them.  You have to love that!

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags  by Kathy Clement Photo 5I paired each card or tag with some of my favorite ribbons from RRR.

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags  by Kathy Clement Photo 4This black and white houndstooth plaid is a perennial favorite ribbon for me.  It’s soft and supple and ties the most beautiful bows.  it also looks great paired with the striped background of the Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine images.  This Graphic 45 Staples Tag is turned upside down for a fun presentation.

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags  by Kathy Clement Photo 3It also looks great turned right side up!

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags  by Kathy Clement Photo 2For this sweet little 4×6 card, I topped a 1/4″ micro gingham ribbon bow with a pretty red rose. The black buttons and the plaid ribbon help to anchor all the elements on the card.

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 1I love the way this 3/8″ red gingham picks up on the pattern of this cutie pie’s dress.

These lovely little  Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and tags are being tucked into my Kathy by Design ETSY Shop orders this month as a special Valentine treat.

Now it’s your turn to join the party!  Create your own project with hearts and ribbon or trim and link it up on the RRR Challenge Blog so we can all enjoy it.  Here’s the link with all the information.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Love Sweet Love Policy Envelope Wallet Supply List

 

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Off to the Races Valentines with Petaloo and Graphic 45

Hello, Friends!  Valentine’s Day is one of the best days of the year.  I mean, what could possibly be better than a day devoted to love….and chocolate!  Today i have a pair of Off to the Races Valentines to share with you.  Both are made with Petaloo flowers and Graphic 45’s fabulous Off to the Races Collection.

Frilly and Feminine Off to the Races Valentine Tag

Valentine’s Day is one of the few times when you can get away with using a pink and red color palette.  I think I’ve pulled it off on this frilly and feminine Valentine’s Day tag.  The base is a Graphic 45 Staples Long Ivory Tag.  I’ve layered on pretty papers and loads of fussy cut flowers.  Then, to bring things to life, I piled on beautiful Penny Lane Antique Red Mixed Blossoms and Darjeeling Cream Butterflies.

The chocolate pocket is made with an ATC ivory tag that I scored and folded.  It’s just the right size to hold this individually wrapped chocolate.

A Vintage Masculine Valentine with Off to the Races

One of the things I really like about the Off to the Races papers is that they contain both masculine and feminine images, color palettes and prints.  You’d never think that this card was made with the same collection as the tag above.

The secret to a good masculine card is choosing the right colors, images and textures.  These deep brown tones and strong images are perfect for your favorite fella.  Adding metallic embellishments amps up the masculine vibe that much more.  I tapped the silver brads and cameo frame with alcohol ink to match the browns in the papers.

When choosing floral embellishments, it’s all about texture and color!  These Mini Canvas Rosettes do the trick!  I flanked them with Darjeeling Petite Cream blossoms to keep things from becoming too drab.  And burlap string is the perfect choice for trim!

Inside, I’ve used an image from the collection as a pocket for this little chocolate.   The belly band on the right is a fun design feature, and it also allows me to write a personal Valentine greeting to my favorite fella on an ephemera card from the collection.  Isn’t it great when form and function meet?

I hope these Valentine ideas got your mind “racing” and that they’ll carry you “across the finish line” as you create!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Mini Garden Rosettes x10/Canvas Natural

Darjeeling Petites x24/Teastained Cream

Mixed Blossoms x8/Antique Red

Darjeeling Butterflies x8/Teastained Cream

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