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Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology

Natural Beauty: Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology Collection

Hello, Friends!  Wow, this has been a busy month for me!  Earlier this month, I shared some projects that I made “just for me.”  This Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology Collection was made during that time, but i simply haven’t had time to share it with you until now.

Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Made in a “junk journal” fashion, this 3.5″ x 5″  mini has a 1.5″ spine.  I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun I had making it.  There’s something so relaxing about creating a junk journal.  You get to dig through your stash, use loads of embellishments and texture and basically, have a blast.

Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Eileen’s Passport Mini  is a Sizzix XL Die.  It cuts covers, spine and inner pages.

The directions for binding the album come with the die, and you can find loads and loads of wonderful samples and tutorials on Eileen’s Blog.  I also share a lot of tips in the video tour below.

Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology Collection: Creating the Signature Pages

Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 03

The signature covers are decorated, but the inner pages are acid free resume paper that I died with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Here’s how:

  • Die cut pages using the Eileen Hull Passport Die.  Use a Sizzix crease pad to prevent the die from cutting all the way through the papers.  The die will crease the pages and punch out the binding holes at the same time.
  • Swipe Vintage Photo Distress Ink directly onto your non-stick craft mat.  Spritz with water until little beads and droplets begin to form.
  • Place the die cut pages into this luscious inky puddle and swipe them through.
  • You may have to repeat this process several times to ink up all the pages.
  • When all the pages have been inked, iron them flat with an iron on the “low” setting.
  • Now you have a lovely stack of stained papers to add to your passport mini signatures.
Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology Collection: Natural Beauty Vignettes

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Little nature vignettes decorate the cover of each signature. Some elements are fussy cut images from the Anthology Collection Kit.  You will see that I used the Graphic 45 Square Tag and Clock Dies in several spots.  That clock frame is sooo useful!

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Other items have been in my stash for so long, I don’t even know where they came from.   I also used lots of images and elements from  the 6.5″ x 6.5″ Anthology Paper Pad.  Kaisercraft also makes little ephemera bits that they call “Collectables” for this collection.

I’ve incorporated lots of natural elements, like this lichen I picked up at a local park, leaves, Spanish Moss and feathers to add to the natural, organic feel of the album.

Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology Collection: Flips and Flaps

You all know how much I love to add interactive elements to my creations as often as possible.  This little mini is no exception.  There are flips and flaps galore!

You can find many of the metal charms I’ve used at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology Collection Video Tour: Tips, Tricks & Ideas

I always find it helpful to view a video of a project like this.  It helps you gain a sense of the size, depth, dimension and function of all the mechanisms.  You’ll find photos that I did not share in this post along with lots of ideas that will be helpful if you decide to make your own Passport Mini Album.  Enjoy!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas 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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Note: Whenever possible, I share product links.  Some items, however,  have been in my stash a very long time, and are no longer available for purchase.  Thanks for understanding!

 

 

 

 

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial with Embossing Texture Paste & Sparkle Paste

Hello, Friends!  I’m having so much fun learning to walk in my Mixed Media Boots!  Today I have a Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial to share with you.  Making this project was a blast!  I got to play with some new (to me) mixed media products like Embossing Texture Paste and Sparkle Paste and stencils and of course, beautiful Little Birdie Flowers.

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial Embossing Texture Paste by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

This 8″ x 6″ wood pallet was languishing in the clearance bin.  I picked it up to look at it and the next thing I knew, it had jumped right into my cart!  It was a real Plain Jane piece, but now it is bursting with color, texture, layers and gorgeous flowers.

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial Embossing Texture Paste by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 02

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet: From Plain Jane to Just Plain Gorgeous

Here’s how this came together.  I also have a step out tutorial video below, so feel free to skip on down to that if you’d like.

  • First, lightly sand the surface of the pallet board to prepare it for paint.
  • Next, create a wash with Little Birdie Sand Stone and Wild Moss Paints and a few spritzes of water from a misting bottle.
  • Now, randomly brush the paint over the surface of the pallet.  Be sure to heat dry between layers and repeat as needed. Clean your brush off on a 4×4 burlap panel.  Waste not, want not!
  • Then, apply Mint Fizz Sparkle paste through a Script Stencil on the right hand side of the pallet.  Heat dry.
  • Now, apply Berry Burst Embossing Texture Paste through the Cobble Circle Stencil on the left hand side of the pallet.  Heat Dry.  Keep your heat gun moving and be patient.  The Embossing Texture paste is “cooked” when it begins to lighten in color and develop some texture.  It’s sooooo cool!
  • Now you’ve got a great foundation to build on!
Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet: Adding the Details

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial Embossing Texture Paste by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 03

Here are the next steps in the process.

  • First, fussy cut the succulent wreath from Succulent Garden 12×12 Paper Pack

TIP:   Trim around the outside of the wreath first.  Because there are so many intricate pieces, i left a little white border all the way around so that I would not accidentally ciip off any wispy bits.  Then lay the trimmed wreath on a glass mat (or the glass from an old picture frame). Use a craft knife to cut a couple of triangular pieces from the white center of the wreath.  Now you’ll be able to fit your scissor blades inside the wreath and cut it easily.

  • Next, dry brush the cut edges with any paint that’s left on your brush.
  • Then add chipboard or foam tabs to the back side of the wreath to add dimension.
  • Glue in place on the prepared burlap panel.
  • Now brush the chipboard sentiment with a wash of the same chalk paints.
  • Heat dry the chipboard, then sponge the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to add shading and dimension.  Hot glue in place.
Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial: Adding the Flowers

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial Embossing Texture Paste by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 04

Finish off your wood pallet with an assortment of Little Birdie Flowers, Succulents and Foliage.  You can watch me build this arrangement in the video that follows.

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial Video

This 20 minute video will guide you step by step through my creative process.  I hope you enjoy!

Little Birdie Products Used in this Project

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks, and ideas 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

 

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio Tutorial for Letter Perfect Challenge at Frilly & Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Frilly and Funkie Letter Perfect Challenge!  I’ve created a really fun Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio to share with you today.  There’s even a little tutorial and a video tour thrown in for your viewing pleasure.  We’ll take a look at everything in just a second, but first, let’s see what Sara Emily, our lovely challenge hostess, has to say about this challenge.

Challenge Theme: Letter Perfect
According to Merriam Webster, ‘letter perfect’ is defined as “correct to the smallest detail”. We’re not asking you to be immaculate or flawless; we just want to see letters or words on your vintage or shabby chic project. They don’t have to be the focus, but be sure we can see them!

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio on YouTube

It makes sense to start this post with the video tour of this Tag Folio before we look at the details.  So here you go…it’s  just a short, 11 minute video tour loaded with tips and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  Enjoy!

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio:  The base-ics

Graphic 45 Imagine  Steampunk Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

This is an 8″ x 10″ folio with a lightweight chipboard base.  Because I knew that I would be adding a tag box to the front, the folio itself had to have some heft to it so it wouldn’t tip over. I simply scored the sheet of chipboard in half, creased along the fold and voila!  Instant folio base!

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

You probably notice that this folio is not thick.  That’s because most of the components are found in this dimensional tag box on the cover.  (There’s fun inside, too….trust me!)  Today’s tutorial will show you how to construct the tag box using a Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag as the base.   The tag box, filled with fun tags is a great project all on its own.  But it’s even more fun when added to the cover of a folio, dontcha think?

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio: Details and Flowers

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 03

My imagination ran away with me as I created this romantic Steampunk folio.  I just kept thinking of more things I could add.  Here you see the flowers I made using the G45 Large Tag and Flowers Dies.  These are soooo much fun to make.  Here are a few helpful flower making tips:

  • First,  die cut your flowers from patterned paper.  This gives each flower instant depth and dimension.  I used 8″ x 8″ patterns from the “B” side of the papers for this purpose.
  • Secondly, lightly mist your die cut petals with water before shaping.  I’m talking a very light misting…not Niagara Falls!  This does two things: first, it softens the paper making it easier to shape the petals.  Secondly, it releases the starch from the paper so that when your flowers dry, they will hold that shape.
  • Thirdly: Use a foam mat and ball stylus to shape the petals.  I roll my stylus from the tip of the petals toward the center of the flower to create a realistic shape.  Then I place the tip of my stylus in the center of each flower and “stir” it to cup the flowers.  You can cup them a little, or a lot…it’s up to you.
  • Fourth: if you want to add stamens, punch a hold in the center of each petal layer using and awl.  A standard craft pick does not make a big enough hole.
  • Finally: to add depth and dimension, sponge the petal edges with Distress Ink.  I used Vintage Photo on these flowers, but most any dye or chalk ink will work.  Then to add sparkle, spritz with mica spray or Glimmer Mist.
Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio: Ribbon and Tags

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

The pinks in this collection can be a little hard to color match.  But no worries! You can custom dye your own ribbon with Distress Ink and Seam Binding Ribbon.  Here’s how:

  • First, cut a nice long piece of white or ivory seam binding ribbon…at least a yard.  But more is better, so why not do 2 or 3?  You can use the extra on your next project!
  • Now add color.  I like to use Distress Ink Refills for really vibrant color.  Simply place a drop or two on your craft mat or non-porous surface and then spritz with water.  It’s best to add one layer of color at a time, drying in between so you don’t end up with mud.  For this ribbon, I used Tattered Rose, Fossilized Amber and Tumbled Glass.
  • Dry the ribbon gently with a heat tool, scrunching and crumpling it as you dry it.
  • To add some shadow and contrast, i tapped my Worn Lipstick Distress ink pad very lightly in a random kind of way over the top of my dried ribbon.  I love the way it turned out!
Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio: A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 06

The inside is fairly simple.  It was fun and easy to cover the Staples Ivory Tags thanks to the die.  Then I just scored a line on the bottom to make a flap and added them to the folio.

 

How to Turn a Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag into a Tag Box

Here’s the promised tutorial.

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To create the top border, I backed a border strip with waste chipboard.  Then I adhered Venise Lace along the bottom edge.

Letter Perfect: Now it’s YOUR turn!

I hope you’re feeling inspired to play along in this Letter Perfect Challenge.   To do so,  Just create a shabby chic or vintage project  that features Letters or Words.   Then link up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, June 26th.

The team will pick four favorite project entries for this challenge.  The top winner will be invited to join us in a Guest Designer spot on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The next three will receive badges to display proudly on their blogs.  And everyone who enters and follows the challenge rules will be eligible to win a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

You can find all the challenge rules and details HERE.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas 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

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio Product Links



Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial: My Brand Ambassador Goodbye Post

Hello, G45’ers!  Today I have a really quick and easy to make Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial to share with you.  The base is made with just one sheet of designer paper, making it a “one sheet wonder.” Although it measures a neat and tidy 4″ x 6″  it’s got lots of flaps, pockets, tags and goodies inside.  Oh, and there’s a shaker cover thrown in just for fun.  I

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial Floral Shoppe by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

This post marks my final project as a Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador.  I’ve had so much fun these past two years, but the rules say I must go…and go I must!  Don’t worry…I’m staying on as a G45 Special Projects Designer for the remainder of this year.  And I will always love Graphic 45 and share loads of fun projects and tutorials here.  It’s just that I will no longer get to proudly wear the title “Brand Ambassador.”  There’s a whole new crew of talented artists who will have that privilege.

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial: Bloom Where You’re Planted

Some of you may not know that I auditioned three years in a row before I finally won the honor of becoming a Brand Ambassador.  I nearly fell out of my chair when I saw my name pop up on the list of those chosen to design for G45!  Being on this team has been a real time of growth for me, so I chose this “Bloom Where You Are Planted”  sentiment from the gorgeous Floral Shoppe Collection as the title for this project.

TIP: Add a frame to the top of a shaker element to conceal the adhesive beneath.  I die cut two layers of Sunlit Medley using a Tim Holtz Ornate Frame Die. The frames were adhered together for strength, then added over the top of shaker element for a polished look.

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial: A Peek Inside

As soon as you untie the ribbon closure on the front of this album, the fun begins.  Here’s a little pocket page made from a Square Policy Envelope filled with little tags, photo mounts and ephemera cards.

The beauty of Graphic 45 papers drew me to become a part of the G45 family.  The beauty of what I love has become what I do!  And being on this team has created new friendships all around the world.  These friends are the flowers in my garden.

TIP: Need a tag in a hurry?  Most Graphic 45 Sticker Sheets have a gift tag sized sticker.  Simply mat  on the cardstock of your choice, trim around the edges, add a chipboard charm and you’ve got a lovely little tag in no time!

The front page of the photo wallet folds down to reveal two 6” x 4” photo mounts above and below the body of the wallet.  I worked mostly with the “B” sides of each paper to keep the design from becoming too busy.

TIP: Add a small magnet to the back of this “Bloom and Grow” ticket from the Floral Shoppe Tags and Pockets.  Add another magnet beneath the designer paper on the facing page and you’ve got a nifty magnetic closure for this gatefold mechanism.

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorials; Flaps, Hinges & Policy Envelopes Join the Party

I love the versatility of G45 Staples Policy Envelopes.  Next to G45 tags, they are my favorite Staples!  Remember that nifty little pocket on the first page of the album?  I’ve used the other piece of it to create a flap page.

Fold it down, and you find this great string tie envelope where you can tuck in photos, ephemera cards and other “flat” type memorabilia.  I’ve created little “wings” on either side of the center panel to house these ATC Policy Envelopes and Pockets & Tags.

Tags and Pockets are the perfect size to fit the front of these ATC Policy Envelopes.  This is such a quick and easy way to decorate a page!

In today’s tutorial, you will learn how to create a simple hinge mechanism.  My friends, this will change your paper crafting world!  Hinges lead to flaps and flips and all kinds of fun interactive elements!

What’s inside those ATC Policy Envelopes?  A match set of itty bitty cards, that’s what!  These can hold tiny photos or notes.  And it’s a great way to use up the scraps on your work space!

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial on YouTube

Would you like to know how to put this fun, interactive photo wallet together?  Well, it’s your lucky day!  I’ve created a video tutorial that will show you how!  You can use any collection you like.  I’m willing to bet that you will make more than one of these before it’s all said and done. Enjoy!

Just so that you know I’m human, I left some gaffes and goofs in this tutorial.  I’ve left some of them in here so that you can avoid the pitfalls that tripped me up.  Like I say to my friends, there are no mistakes in crafting…just learning opportunities!

A Fond Farewell

Working with this collection is pure joy…and working with Graphic 45 is absolute bliss. I’m very, very thankful that I’ll be continuing on as  Special Projects Designer alongside the amazing Annette Green and the charming Maria Cole this year.  

No worries!  I’ll continue to create with my gorgeous G45 papers and share those creations with you here.  Once a G45’er, always a G45’er!  Right?

Beautiful papers combined with beautiful people has made being a Brand Ambassador the best experience of my life.  And now you have a fresh new crew of amazing artists to carry the torch of creativity forward. Life is good!

Thanks from the tips of my crafty little fingers for making this journey so fun and memorable!  Group hug!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial Supply List

Graphic 45 Products

Floral Shoppe:

Other Products: Tim Holtz Ornate Frame Die, 5/8″ Moss Green Gingham Ribbon, Foam Tape, Clear Acetate Cardstock or clear packaging, Scoring Tool, Stylus, Scor-Tape, Sequins, Flowers, Cardstock

Earth Laughs in Flowers Card Folio Tutorial Guest Designer for Little Birdie Crafts

Earth Laughs in Flowers Card Folio Tutorial: Guest Designing at Little Birdie Crafts

Hello Friends!  I’m super excited about today’s post, as I have the honor of serving as a Guest Designer at the Little Birdie Crafts Blog.  I can’t think of a better match than Little Birdie Crafts Flowers and Graphic 45’s new Floral Shoppe Collection.  So I combined the two to create this Earth Laughs in Flowers Card Folio Tutorial for you.

Earth Laughs in Flowers Card Folio Tutorial Flower Shoppe by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

This is a 5.5″ x 7.5″ card folio with a few mixed media techniques thrown in just for fun.  I’ve altered chipboard with paint and embossing enamel, machine stitched and even pulled out my paintbrush to add a little stenciling to the mix.

Of course, these stunning Little Birdie Flowers steal the show!  You’ll be able to see how I assembled this floral cascade in the YouTube video below.

I built loads of dimension and texture into this design…and boy, was it ever fun!

Working with these flowers really made me think of my mom.  She loved spending time in her gardens, coaxing a wide variety of cultivated and wild flowers to bloom in perfect  harmony.  I tried to re-create that mix of blossoms, colors and textures here.

Earth Laughs in Flowers: Gotta have a Pocket!

You all know how much I love pockets!  I decided to add one to the front of this floral delight.  The pocket itself is a fussy cut floral image from “Sunlit Medley” .  I sewed 3 sides of the image to create a spot to tuck this little bookmark.  The stenciled leaves were easy to add, thanks to Little Birdie Chalk Paint and stencil.  (I’ll have a complete supply list at the end of this post.)

Earth Laughs in Flowers Card Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

There are more pockets on the inside of the card folio.

The Floral Shoppe Ephemera Cards made it easy to create this 6.25″ x 4.25″ gift card/treat wallet.

Honestly, these ephemera cards are so pretty, it’s hard to choose between the fronts and the backs!  But I used the “B” side here, so that there would be lots of room to write a personal note.

And if you give a girl a teabag, you’d better include a honey stick!  So I did!

But enough chit chat!  Let’s get down to business and create this card folio together.  This is a long video, but I think you will find it worth watching.  We’ll being by learning how to create the card folio base.  Then we’ll stencil, build layers, distress paper edges and create the floral cascade together.

Next, we’ll learn how to make 2 kinds of pockets and the gift card/treat wallet.  Ready?  Let’s get our craft on!

Earth Laughs in Flowers Card Folio Tutorial on YouTube.

I’d like to close by thanking my friends at Little Birdie Crafts for inviting me to Guest Design on their blog today.  If you love flowers …and chipboard and paint and stencils…then you owe it to yourself to pop over to their blog for a quick visit.  And if you have a second, say hello!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas 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

Supply List and Product Links for “Earth Laughs in Flowers’ Card Folio Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Collection

Additional Supplies

Tools, Inks & Adhesives

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