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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

 

 

A Very Victorian Valentine Pocket

A Very Victorian Valentine for Frilly and Funkie Be My Valentine Challenge

Hello Friends!  Welcome to the month of February!  I’m kicking the month off with a Very Victorian Valentine that I created for the latest challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie blog.  Since it’s love month, our challenge theme is “Be My Valentine.’  Here’s what our lovely host, Zoe, has to say about this delightful challenge.

Love is in the air, and with Valentines Day just around the corner, this challenge is to make a card for your sweet Valentine in a vintage or shabby chic.
A Very Victorian Valentine Pocket with a tag  and sweet surprise

This pocket card is a different size from my usual creations.  It measures 8.5″ long and 4.25″ high.  Instead of opening like a typical card, it has a pocket secured to the back. I’ve filled the pocket with a little tag and a sweet little Valentine treat.

The papers and images I used are from the February papers in Graphic 45’s Place in Time Deluxe Collector’s Edition.  An Ivory Staples tag plays the role of sentiment, and there is room on the back to write a properly mushy note.

A Little Valentine History

Did you know that the exchange of Valentines reached its heyday during the Victorian era?  In fact, Valentines were more popular and more widely exchanged than Christmas cards!  Victorian valentines were incredibly ornate and so dimensional that they often had to be presented in a gift box. It was not uncommon to include a small gift or piece of jewelry as part of the design.

I took all of that history and tradition into consideration while designing and creating this Very Victorian Valentine.

A Look at the Details

Victorian Valentines were adorned with dried flowers, feathers, embossed papers and all sorts of glittering goodness.  To mirror that, I created these very frilly fabric flowers using crinoline,  assorted fabric layers, and vintage pearl buttons from my grandmother’s button box.  I cut the flower layers using Tammy Tutterow’s fabulous Frayed Posie Die.  The crinoline was white, of course, so each layer had to be custom dyed with Festive Berries, Fired Brick and Victorian Velvet Distress Stains.  While I was all inky, I went ahead and dyed some seam binding ribbon for the bow.

I tucked special details everywhere.  To mirror the jewelry that was often attached, I created a faux cameo using this antique bronze charm.  It was filled with a trimmed image from Place in Time, Glossy Accents and some seed beads.

A Touch of Mixed Media Mayhem

I painted the edges of my Very Victorian Valentine with Tattered Rose Distress Crackle Paint because I wanted everything to look antique.  The dried crackle popped when treated with a skim coat of Victorian Velvet Distress Stain. (You can actually see that better in the above photo.)

Tarnished Brass Distress Paint spatters create the illusion of having used really old, foxed paper.  The edges of the rusty hearts are softened by a brush with Tarnished Brass or Tattered Rose Distress Paint.

Can you see the tiny die cut envelope peeking out from behind the flower cluster and the Victorian girl?  I die cut that with Tammy’s Mini Envelope die then filled it with fussy cut images.

Now It’s Your Turn!

Putting this Very Victorian Valentine Pocket together was great fun.  And here’s the really exciting news: you are invited to play along!

Just create your own vintage or shabby chic Valentine and link it up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before midnight on February 14th.  (How perfect is the timing on this challenge?)

The design team will visit your blogs and choose their 4 favorite projects.  The creator of the top project will be given a chance to serve as Guest Designer on the F&F blog.  The other 3 will receive badges to display proudly on their blogs.  And everyone who plays along and follows the guidelines will be entered into a drawing for a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

So break our  your pretty papers and embellies and join the fun!

I’m linking this Very Victorian Valentine up in the following challenges:

Rock the Red Challenge at Emerald Creek Dares (red crinoline flowers, red paper)

Thanks so much for joining me here today!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Peek-A Boo Baby Boy Shortie Tag Album

Tammy Tutterow Designs Baby Boy Shortie Tag Album

Hello, Friends!  Sometimes when an idea comes into your head, you have to drop everything and create.  I woke up with the design for this Baby Boy Shortie Tag Album in my head, then spent a few delightful hours in my studio bringing it to life.  What fun!

Snips, Snails & Puppy Dog Tails Baby Boy Shortie Tag Album

All together now….”awwwwwww!”   This is one of those projects I wish you could hold in your hands because it is so stinkin’ tiny and cute, cute, cute!  I used Tammy Tutterow’s amazing Shortie Tag Album Die with Kaisercraft Peek-a-Boo boy papers to put this together.  (You’ll find product links and a supply list below the post.)

Making this shortie tag album is loads of fun.  I simply die cut 3 tags from white cardstock.  The Shortie Tag Album Die comes with 6 decorative edge dies, so I ran each tag through my Spellbinder Platinum machine a second time to add the fancy edge. Each tag is about 3″ wide by about 4.5″ tall. The finished album is the perfect size for a brag book.

I used Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Inks to color the edges of my tags, then spritzed with water.  Next I lightly sponged each edge with Vintage Photo Ink to create a border effect.  While I was at it, I cut the designer papers to measure 2 7/8″ x 3 1/2″ and inked all those edges as well.  The shortie tag album  comes with a handy little reinforcement tab die that I added to each die cut tag.

That cutie pie little boy image is mounted to a wool felt flower that I die cut with Tammy’s Floweret Posies Die.  I sponged the edges lightly with Tumbled Glass ink to add a sweet textural element to the cover.

A Light Bulb Moment!

One of the things I love about working with Tammy’s dies is their versatility.  As I was laying out all the components for this little brag book, a light bulb went off in my brain.  I realized I could use the book pages from Tammy’s Mini Tag Book die to create itty bitty folios throughout the tag album.  Eureka!  I love when that happens.  See that little white clothespin?  It’s holding the folio on the cover shut.

A Peek Inside

How fun is this?  An interactive front cover that opens to hold itty bitty (2.75″ square) photos of baby.  It’s a little hard to see in the photo, but if you look at that blue flower shaped button on the right, you’ll see that it is stitched to a little felt tab that I die cut with Tammy’s Shortie Tabs dies.  I love the soft texture this adds to a baby project.

The tags are joined together with a ribbon wrapped O ring and the album flips open top to bottom.  I was careful to glue just the bottom edge of the ephemera so that photos could be inserted behind.  The bottom page holds another mini folio.  I just love how tiny everything is!

This folio opens book style.  The border piece is glued just on the ends so that photos can be tucked behind.

The final page contains two more mini folios.  I might add that pictures can also be mounted onto the tags themselves.  There are lots of options in the design, which I totally love.

This would be such a sweet baby shower gift or new baby gift.  And wouldn’t every proud Nana want to show off her darling grandson in an album like this?

Sweet Baby Boy Companion Card

Because I already had everything out on my desk, and because I was having such fun playing, I went ahead and made a companion card for the Baby Boy Shortie Tag Album.  I have to confess. that white wool felt flower just makes my heart happy.  It’s made with the same Floweret Posies Die that I mounted the album focal image on.  Each pass through the die cutting machine gives you 3 graduated flower layers.  I stitched them together here and then added a baby blue button.  To me, this soft layered flower makes the whole design pop.

Inside the card, I added a photo mount behind a pretty belly band.

The pocket on the bottom holds a little photo folder and a lovely ephemera card.

Oh, I do so love sweet little baby boy projects!  I hope I shared some useful ideas for  these fabulous dies that you can use in your own creative time.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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:

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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!

Cheerio,

kathy

Jack Frost Nipping at Your Nose Christmas Card

Tammy Tutterow Logo_BlkJack Frost Nipping at Your Nose Christmas Card for Tammy Tutterow Creative Team

Hello, Friends!  It’s the time of year when you begin to feel Jack Frost Nipping at your nose.  I know I don’t usually post at this time of day, but I just finished the cutest card using my brand new stamps from Tammy Tutterow, and I just had to share it with you.

jack-frost-christmas-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-photo-1Isn’t it cute, cute, cute?  I actually created the black and white background using Tammy’s cool new Doodle Snowflake stamp.  I don’t know how she did it, but this stamp has 3-D shading built into it.  See how the stamp has both white and grey lines?  It was inked with ColorBox White Frost Pigment ink, but when it is stamped, you end up with a sort of very cool “shadow” layer.  How nifty is that?

After stamping onto black cardstock, I heat embossed the white ink with clear embossing powder. Then I spritzed the entire area with Tattered Angels Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Mist to give it a “frosted” look.

Next, I paper pieced the adorable Mittens stamp using Carta Bella Warm & Cozy papers.  I added Glossy Accents to the center heart and button to add a bit of shine and dimension.  My mom used to knit pretty mittens for us every Christmas, so I was all about this cutie pie stamp, let me tell you!

The Jack Frost sentiment is stamped onto watercolor paper and painted with Aged Mahogany and Festive Berries Distress Markers.  I just scribble the ink onto my non-stick craft mat and then pick up the color with a water pen. The edges are inked with Iced Spruce and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink using a blending tool.  Then I spattered some random ink dots all over to resemble a fanciful snow flurry.  As a final touch, Stardust Stickles were randomly added to the design.  Then I sewed up the layers and finished the card front with ribbon, a silver mitten charm and novelty button.

jack-frost-christmas-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-photo2The inside of the card has a sweet surprise tucked into a wee envelope I created with Tammy’s Window Mini Pocket Die.  The opening is the exact size to fit a mini Ghiradelli chocolate.  How fun is that?

Can you feel Jack Frost nipping at your  nose right now?

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Bountiful Harvest Altered Shadowbox Frame Tutorial

 A Place in Time Bountiful Harvest Altered Shadowbox Frame Tutorial for Frilly and Funkie

Hello Friends!  Thanksgiving is my very favorite holiday of the year. So I was thrilled to learn that our hostess, Nancy, chose the  theme  Bountiful Harvest for the latest challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  I went rummaging through the Closet of Shame and pulled together this and that to make this vintage Bountiful Harvest Altered Shadowbox Frame.  Let’s see what Nancy has to say about this challenge.

Bountiful Harvest
Create any vintage or shabby chic project celebrating the bounty of the season in the rich hues of Autumn.

Graphic 45 A Place in Time and Tammy Tutterow Posie Stamps and Dies

bountiful-harvest-altered-shadowbox-frame-tutorial-for-frilly-and-funkie-kathy-clement-photo-1I found this wooden shadowbox frame in the clearance bin at Michaels.  It measures about 7.25″ wide by 9.25″ tall with a generous depth of 1.25″.  That gave me lots and lots of room to create this  pretty Thanksgiving vignette.

I used some fun mixed media techniques to give the frame this tree bark appearance.  The flowers were such fun to design with Tammy’s Stamps and dies.  If you have bits and pieces of the original Place in time calendar papers languishing in your Closet of Shame, this is a great way to use them up.  You’ll learn how I did it in the Snapguide tutorial below.

How to Create a Bountiful Harvest Altered Shadowbox Frame Snapguide Tutorial

Check out How to Place in Time Altered Shadowbox Thanksgiving Frame by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Here are some pretty pictures to inspire you.

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bountiful-harvest-altered-shadowbox-frame-tutorial-for-frilly-and-funkie-kathy-clement-photo-5Come Join the Fun!

Now it’s YOUR turn to create a vintage or shabby chic Bountiful Harvest project celebrating the hues and colors of Autumn!  When you’ve done so, link it up at the Frilly & Funkie Blog.  Be sure to pop over there today to get inspired by the other designer projects, and to find out the dates and details for this challenge.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us for a  Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie.  Three more favorites will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules is entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Sound good?  I thought so!

Thanks for joining me here today!  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Cheerio,

kathy

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Make Today Your Very Best Day Altered Tim Holtz Mini Clipboard

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-3What a Mesh Challenge at Frilly & Funkie: Make Today Your Very Best Day Altered Clipboard

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabulous challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Pamellia is our hostess this round, and she has chosen the theme What a Mesh!  To answer the challenge, I altered a Tim Holtz Idea-Ology mini clip board using Tammy Tutterow’s fabulous Make Today Your Very Best Day stamp.  Before we dig into the project details, let’s see what Pamellia has in mind for this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme: What a Mesh!
The challenge this time is to use any type of mesh (crinoline, cheesecloth, tulle, burlap, canvas etc) in your vintage or shabby chic project.

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-1Burlap is one of my favorite textiles because it adds so much texture to a project.   I’ve used it on the background of this Tim Holtz Idea-Ology mini clipboard and to make the flowers on this girly grunge piece.

I painted the edges of the mini clipboard with Black Soot Distress Ink, then tapped with Prima Copper Crackle Paste.  To tone down the shine of the copper paste, I spritzed with Ranger Espresso Color Wash then tapped with Ranger Verdigris Patina.  While I had it out, I used it on the rusted metal house, the wooden key (Prima) the Idea-Ology stopwatch charm and even on the burlap.

Make Today Your Very Best Day: the Stamp

My thought for this clipboard was to create a little visual encouragement for my studio.  So this sentiment from Tammy Tutterow was both the perfect size and the perfect message.  I stamped it onto the grid paper from “Dapper” in Jet Black Archival Ink, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder, then colored it  with Distress Markers and a detail water brush.

After coloring, I blended in some Mustard Seed Distress ink to add a pop of vibrant color.  Then I spattered the background with the leftover ink on my craft sheet and some watered down white acrylic paint.

Finally, I stenciled on some mesh lines using the Linen Stencil and Faded Jeans Distress Ink.

I wanted the edges uneven and torn, so I brushed around the image with my water brush and let it set for a few seconds.  This is the easiest way I know of to tear paper.  Of course, I inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-5Did you know that the clip on this mini clipboard is removable?  That makes it soooo easy to alter!  I colorized the clip with alcohol inks, then just screwed it back onto the base.  Easy peasy!

Building the Layers

Once the burlap base was in place, I added some vertical lines with the Dapper Ticking paper. This was stitched onto kraft cardstock. Threads were left  long, then wrapped around the side for some extra texture. I glued the sentiment onto this panel, and then onto the burlap base.

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-2Frayed Posies (another of Tammy’s fabulous dies) cut from white burlap and inked with a mix of Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon inks add a lovely pop of color.  I shaped the petals a little with my fingers while they were still damp from the ink, then I layered them together using my hot glue gun. Finishing them off with this wooden button gives them a great vintage vibe.

I fussy cut flowers from another pattern in Dapper and added them into the flower cluster along with Petaloo Teal Mini Botanica Flowers. Then I custom dyed seam binding ribbon with Faded Jeans, Tumbled Glass and a touch of Vintage Photo Inks to create the shabby bow .

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-4Thrift Shop Ephemera bits and bobs found a home on the right hand side of the clipboard.  The pocket watch charm was tapped with Antique Linen Distress Paint and the Verdigris Patina ink.  I fussy cut the image of the boy and his dog and layered it over the ephemera background. The mini plaquette and tickets really draw the eye to this smaller element, and I like that a lot!

The Flip Side

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-7On the flip side of the clipboard, I created a double pocket using more papers from the Dapper collection.  I’m always looking for a spot to keep my “to do” lists so they don’t get lost.  This will work perfectly for that purpose.

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-6And it I ever feel like it, I can add another stamped sentiment to the upper portion (more of the Dapper grid/ruler paper here).

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-8This sentiment makes my heart happy.  It was tapped with Alcohol Ink then filled with the Patina Verdigris ink.  I had just enough of my seam binding ribbon  to tie onto the ends.

Now it’s YOUR turn!

And that’s it for me, folks!  Now it’s YOUR turn!

Create your own What  a Mesh project in shabby chic or vintage style and link it up on the Frilly & Funkie Blog before midnight on Tuesday, November 15th.  The F&F design team will be taking a tour of your lovely projects during that time.

Our favorite design in this challenge will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because choosing just one winner is so hard!

Thanks for joining me here today!

Cheerio,

kathy

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