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Halloween Night Etcetera Tag with Prima Amber Moon

Halloween Night Etcetera Tag for Frilly and Funkie ‘Tis Near Halloween Challenge

Hello, Friends!  Time for a new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie blog.  I’ve created this spook-tacular Halloween Night Etcetera Tag to go along with the challenge theme set by the frightfully fabulous Sara Emily.  Before we take a look at the tag, let’s see what Sara has to say about this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme: ‘Tis Near Halloween

It’s no secret. I.Love.Halloween. With Halloween just a few weeks away, I challenge you to create a vintage or shabby chic project with a Halloween theme. If Halloween isn’t your thing, that’s OK–just be sure to include orange, black and purple in your vintage or shabby chic project (These colors are not required if your theme is Halloween.) It would be a grave mistake to miss this challenge!

Prima Amber Moon Shines on this Halloween Night Etcetera Tag

Halloween Night Etcetera Tag Amber Moon by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Prima Photo 1After giving this challenge some thought, I decided to try to take this Halloween Night Etcetera Tag in a shabby chic direction.  So I pulled out my beloved Prima Amber Moon collection, a Tim Holtz small Etcetera tag, a huge stack of Sizzix Alterations Dies, and a pile of mixed media goodies and had myself a little Halloween party right in my studio.

Even though this is a small Etcetera tag, it is still huge, measuring a generous 5.5″ x 10″.  This gave me lots and lots of room to create this gloriously ghoulish Halloween Night Scene.

Halloween Night Etcetera Tag:  Prepping the Base

If you’ve never worked with one of these wonderful Etcetera tags, I have to tell you…they are devilishly delightful.  Made with thickboard, they provide a thick, sturdy surface that just begs to be altered and embellished.  Here are the steps you need to take to prepare the tag base.

  • First, paint the outer edges and sides of the tag with Prima Heavy Black Gesso.
  • Next, while the gesso is still wet, sprinkle the edges with Emerald Creek Charred Gold Embossing Powder.
  • Now heat set the powder and dry the gesso layer.
  • Next trim out a panel of 12″ x 12″ Amber Moon black/orange dot paper so that it is about 1/2″ smaller than the tag base.
  • Then distress the edges heavily and ink with Vintage Photo Distress Ink before gluing onto the tag base.
  • Now, tear a rectangle of 12″ x 12″ Amber Moon woodgrain paper to approximately 4.25″ x 5.5″.  The rougher the edges, the better!
  • Next, use the Tim Holtz Birch Layering Stencil and Vintage Photo Ink to create a shadowy woodsy background on the woodgrain paper.
  • Then, apply Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture paste through the same stencil and set aside to dry.  As the texture paste dries, it will not only crackle, it will allow the Vintage Photo Distress Ink to bleed through, creating a really creepy Halloween woods effect.  To enhance this, once the paste was completely dry, I sponged it very lightly with Black Soot DI.
  • Finally, glue this panel in place on the tag.
Halloween Night Etcetera Tag: Creating the Creepy Moon and Owl

Next, we will prepare the creepy moon, woodland owl and distressed stars.

  • Die cut the Ornate Owl from brown cardstock.
  • Glue the die cut owl to a piece of Amber Moon paper.  I used the pattern that looks like marble.
  • Ink along the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.
  • Sprinkle with Distress Embossing Powders…not a lot…just a touch spread randomly around the surface.  I used Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo and Scattered Straw.
  • Heat Emboss.  Glue in place.
  • Die cut Tim’s Crescent Moon and stars twice: once from medium weight chipboard, once from black cardstock.
  • Ink the edges of the chipboard with Black Soot Distress Ink.
  • Paint the black cardstock moon and stars with Prima Antique Silver Crackle Texture Paste.
  • While the texture paste is still wet, cover the moon liberally with Emerald Creek Hammered Metal Embossing Powder.  Heat Emboss.  The result is amazing.  I got so excited at this point I could not stand my bad self.
  • While the texture paste is still wet, place stars in a funnel tray or on a sheet of plain paper and sprinkle liberally with Vintage Platinum Distress Glitter.  Tap off the excess and put it back in the jar.  Set aside to dry.  Some of the glitter will release as the texture paste dries and the finished effect is really cool.  Trust me.
  • Finally, glue the stars and moon to the prepared die cut chipboard pieces. I backed the moon with waste chipboard to elevate it.
Halloween Night Etcetera Tag: Cats and Bats and Jack-o-Lanterns

Now you will die cut the Hocus Pocus elements (cat, bat and witch hat) from both chipboard and black cardstock just as you did the Crescent Moon and stars.

  • For the Jack-o-Lanterns, die cut Amber Moon Diagonal Stripe paper and chipboard.  Ink all the edges with Black Soot DI.
  • Next, add Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey Distress Oxide Inks to a non stick craft sheet.
  • Spritz with water until the ink beads up.
  • Dip the Amber Moon paper into the inky puddle until you like the way it looks.
  • Heat dry.
  • Dip more of the marble pattern Amber Moon paper into this same inky puddle.
  • Heat Dry
  • Spray liberally with Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle Mist
  • Heat Dry
  • Glue paper pumpkins and chipboard pumpkins together.
  • Back with the prepared paper and trim.
  • I lined the mouth, eyes and nose with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive and sprinkled in some Gourd-juss Prills for accent.
  • Add waste chipboard to the back side to elevate and glue in place on the tag.
Halloween Night Etcetera Tag: Finishing Touches

To finish off this shabby chic Halloween tag, I die cut Tim’s Tattered Florals and Tattered leaves from an assortment of Amber Moon papers.  Then I colored them with Wilted Violet, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Frayed Burlap and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide Inks.  The flowers are shaped and layered then filled with mustard seeds.

I also custom dyed a long piece of seam binding ribbon for the bow.

Phew!  That was a long post…I hope you didn’t faint!

Now it’s YOUR  turn!

We would love to have you join the fun in this ‘Tis Near Halloween Challenge.  You have until midnight (how appropriate!) on Tuesday, October 24th to link up your very own vintage or shabby chic Halloween project.

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

Be sure to visit the Frilly and Funkie blog for more inspiration and to read all the guidelines for this challenge.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas

Frilly & Funkie On the Cutting Edge Challenge: Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another wonderful challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The incredibly inspiring Suzz is our hostess this go round, and the theme is “On the Cutting Edge”.  With that in mind, I put together this little Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas.  I’ll share all the details about it in a moment, but first, let’s see what Suzz has to say about this fun challenge.

Having recently acquired some beautiful new dies I thought it might be time to bring them out and show them off.  This challenge is all about using your dies, punches or other cutting tools to create a masterpiece featuring at least one die cut / punched image.   Make sure your art is in the vintage or shabby chic style and incorporates a die cut or punch.
Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 1
Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas

Let’s see…how many ways did I use die cuts:

  • Sizzix Tiny House Die
  • Tim Holtz Lace Die
  • Fall Foliage Leaf Die
  • Tim Holtz Mixed Media Die #2 ( the cutaway portion of my focal image)

Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 2

First, I added a layer of gesso to this 8″ x 10″ canvas.  While the paint was drying, I hand stitched around the edges of an 8″ x 10″ piece of natural burlap. Next, I used Matte Mixed Media to attach it to the canvas.

Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 3While the glue was drying, I die cut chipboard and Tim Holtz Wallflower paper with the Sizzix Tiny Homes Die.  This was assembled and transformed in to a wee bird house, complete with Spanish Moss Rooftop, some “found” string, and speckled eggs in a nest.

I colored seam binding ribbon with Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber and Twisted Citron Distress Oxide Inks.  Then I tied a loopy bow.  This was tucked in under the pretty yellow Petaloo Botanica Blossoms on the roof.

Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas: It’s all About Texture and Layers

 

Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 4The burlap layer provides wonderful texture for my layered leaves, Prills, Wendy Vecchi Mini Bricks, and lots of other goodies.  I decoupaged some beetle eaten leaves that my fellow teamie Sara Emily gave me a few years back.  First I spritzed them with Mica Spray, then I gently added Matte Multi Medium to both sides and pressed them into the burlap layer.

While the Matte Medium was still wet, I sprinkled some Gourd-geous Prills over it.  This added wonderful color and texture.

Art is All Around You

Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 5

Many of these botanical items were picked up on my walks at the park.  The super tiny pine cones, lichen covered tree branch, sticks, moss, etc give this canvas a wonderfully woodsy feel. Art is all around you if you keep an eye out for it!

I also die cut a number of leaves, spritzed them with Antique Bronze Mica Spray and layered into the vignette.

Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 6

Think twice before you toss an item into the trash!The negative space from the Wendy Vecchi Mini Bricks Mat Board makes a great platform for my sentiment.

  • First, I tapped the Baroque Frame with Ginger Alcohol Ink
  • Next, I wanted to add this speckled egg image to the frame.  So I used the inside of the frame as a template.  I just traced around the egg, then cut it out slightly larger than the pencil line.
  • Erase the pencil line!
  • Next, I added a custom sentiment with Botanical Remnant Rubs.
  • Then, I added Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive to the back side of the frame and pressed it over the egg/sentiment.
  • Finally, I glued the frame over the  scrap from Mini Bricks .
Now It’s YOUR Turn

You’re invited to play along with us!  Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project that fits in with the “On the Cutting Edge” theme.  Then link it up over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before midnight on Tuesday, August 29th.  You can find all the guidelines for the challenge HERE.

At the end of the challenge the team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us for a Guest Designer spot at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio

Frilly and Funkie “You’re My Inspiration” Challenge: Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio

Hello, Friends!  Happy Hump Day!  It’s time for another great challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  This go round, Nancy is hosting the challenge and the theme is “You’re My Inspiration.”  For this fun challenge, I’ve created a Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio, but before I share it with you, here’s what Nancy has to say about the challenge:

Find any type of image or photo that inspires you and create a vintage or shabby chic project based on that image or photo (you don’t need to actually use it in your project). Please post the image on your blog along with your project, and tell us what it is you love about it.

Sound like fun?  I thought so, too!  So without further ado, let’s get the party started.

The Beach Is My Inspiration

I am a beach loving gal.  Everything about the beach inspires me: the sound of the waves, the wind whipping my hair, the wee birds skipping along in the sand, the pelicans skimming the waves, and the grains of sand that sparkle like flecks of gold under the bright sun.  I do my best thinking at the beach, and my best sleeping, too.  (Do you think there might be a connection?)  So I chose this gorgeous  digital collage image created by my dear friend, Ginny Nemchak as my inspiration photo.  This gal, perched on her over-sized beach ball, wearing a fabulous vintage bathing suit is who I want to be when I grow up.

Although this looks like a card, it’s really a folio.  I love to create cards that can double as gifts.  I have several birthdays coming up in my family this summer, and this Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio will make some birthday girl very happy.

Off to the Races Visits the Shore

Vintage Style Beach Babe Birthday Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

This Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio measures 5.75″ wide x 7.75″ tall.  I used Graphic 45 12×12 Off to the Races Patterns and Solids paper to create my layers.  These rich shades of blue and brown are perfect for a beach themed card.  A Tim Holtz Sophisticate Cabinet Card frames the focal image.  And here’s where I got a little creative inspiration.  I’ve always felt terrible about covering up the gorgeous graphics on the back of these Cabinet Cards.

So I didn’t.

Instead, I turned it into a flap. The kraft glassine bag has a hinge mechanism so it can fold down.  There’s a post card tucked into the envelope, but this leaves plenty of room to add a gift card.

I triple embossed this portion of the project: embossing folder, ink, embossing powder, paint then heat embossing again.  It created a surface that really resembles beach sand.

How to Make  Flap Opening for your Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio
  1. First, insert your chosen image inside the frame.  I had to add a little washi tape to the top and bottom of this image to make it fit perfectly.  Easy fix!
  2. Then, use a craft knife to gently separate the cabinet card front and back at the seam on the left hand side.
  3. Next, cut a 1.75″ strip of paper the same height as the cabinet card.
  4. Now, fold the paper in half to form a hinge.
  5. Glue one half inside the opened seam.  You will also need to add glue to the front of the hinge so that you can seal the cabinet card up again.
  6. Next, create the right hand side of your flap.  Measure it so that it is exactly the same width and height of the cabinet card you are using.  I cropped the corners on my card so that they would match the corners on the cabinet card.
  7. Now, Decorate the inside of this front flap.
  8. Then, glue the other half of the hinge to the back side of this layer.
  9. Finally, glue the whole mechanism onto your prepared card base.
  10. Hold the cabinet card flap closed with a little hinge clasp.

I stamped and inked up a little birthday greeting to tuck behind my chipboard sand dollar.  Glue just the bottom edge of the sand dollar to the card base, and you’ve got a pocket!  Then mat another fabulous beach babe onto designer paper, and tuck both behind the sand dollar.  I just love interactive elements on cards, don’t you?

Take a Look Inside

I packed the inside of this Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio with all kinds of fun goodies.

The top half of the folio holds a little accordion fold photo album.

And what’s in that pocket on the bottom?

How about another vintage beach babe all decked out on a tag, and a little sweet treat?

What’s Your Inspiration?

Now it’s your turn to play along and let us know what inspires YOU.  You have until midnight EDT on Tuesday, June 20th to create a vintage or shabby chic project inspired by a photo.  Link your project up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.

The designers will choose their top 4 favorite projects from all those submitted.  Our top favorite will be invited to serve as a Guest Designer on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The next 3 will receive badges to display proudly on their own blogs.  And everyone who enters and follows the rules of the challenge will be entered into the draw to receive a $25 shopping spree at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

You can find all the challenge guidelines HERE.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

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.

I’m linking this project up to The Great Summer Contest on Einat Kessler’s BLOG.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Peek a Boo Baby Girl Shortie Tag Album Video Tour

Frilly and Funkie April Showers Challenge: Peek a Boo Baby Girl Shortie Tag Album Video Tour

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  Our hostess this go round is the lovely and talented Suzz.   I’ve created an adorable Peek a Boo Baby Girl Shortie Tag Album Video Tour to share with you today.  But before we get to that, let’s see what Suzz has to say about this fabulous challenge.

April Showers: Create a shabby chic or vintage project inspired by the word showers. Think rain, storms, umbrellas, baby showers, wedding showers whatever comes to mind and start creating.

We hope you’ll join the fun and create your own vintage or shabby chic “April Showers” project . Then link your project up on the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, April 25th.

The Frilly and Funkie team will be popping by to visit your blogs and leave you some lovely comments.  Then the team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie.  The next three favorite participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Peek a Boo Baby Girl Shortie Tag Album Video Tour

I could talk about this album all day long, but instead, I’ve prepared a little video tour where I share supplies, techniques and tips with you.  Enjoy!

Supply List

Most of the items I used to make this album are available at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Some items I’ve had in my stash for a very long time, and have no idea where they came from.  I’ll provide product links wherever possible.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folder Folio Tutorial for Frilly & Funkie         “You’ve Got to Know When to Fold ’em” Challenge

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to another fabulous challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog!  I’m the hostess this month, so I got to choose the theme.  Hooray!   I love to create all kinds of fancy fold cards and folios and the “You’ve Got to Know When to Fold “em” theme reflects that. Graphic 45’s brand spankin’ new Vintage Hollywood collection has been calling to me, so I created this Four Fold Folio tutorial to share with you today.  Before we start, let’s take a look at the details for this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme: You’ve Got to Know When to Fold ‘Em
This challenge is all about using folded paper in a way that goes beyond just folding it in half. Create a vintage or shabby chic project that uses folded paper in a way that elevates the design. You can make a fancy fold card, or add folded embellishments to a card or layout.

The one and only Wendy Vecchi was gracious enough to share her new 2017 CHA releases with the team, so we have been featuring her products in our three latest challenges.  It’s been really fun to see how Wendy’s products work with each individual team member’s unique style and perspective.  If you have Wendy products in your stash, we’d love for you to use them as you play along, however it is not required.

Go grab a drink and a snack to sustain you.  Tutorials tend to be long posts with lots of photos.  I don’t want you to faint!

A One Sheet Wonder

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 1 This folio is a “one sheet wonder” meaning that the entire folio base can be made using just one sheet of 12×12 cardstock.  I find it amazing that you can fit pockets, tags, and a waterfall feature into a folio made from one sheet of cardstock!  The best thing about this sort of album is that you can easily complete it in a day or less.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 2Paper dolls were a favorite childhood toy for me, so I was thrilled to receive Wendy’s wonderful Paper Doll  in my design team package of goodies.   The set comes with a lovely cling stamp of this beautiful vintage lady and a matching stencil.  You can use just the stamp, of course, but it’s so much more fun to invite the stencil to the party!  Of course you can use texture paste through the stencil.  You can also use the stencil as a template to trace onto paper, as I did here.

First, I stamped the image onto ultra smooth white cardstock. Next, I traced the hat bands, the hair and the collar onto designer paper and trimmed it out.  Then I  paper pieced the fussy cut bits onto the stamped image.  To finish the face, I placed the stencil over the image and used a blender tool to add Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar and Antique Linen Distress Inks to the face.  There is even a stencil for the lips, which made it very easy to add Candied Apple “lipstick” to this glamorous starlet!  Finally, I brushed the image with Distress Vintage Collage medium.

A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 3This dimensional folio is tied shut with lovely Antique Gold Silky Crush Ribbon.  It adds just the right touch of “glam” , shimmer and shine.  You can get a glimpse of the staggered pages from this shot, but let’s go ahead and take a look inside the album.

Four Fold Folio Tutorial Section One: Tiny Tags and Pockets

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 4This one sheet wonder contains 3 sections.  In the first section, the pages measure 3″ x 5″.  I created little pockets and tags for this section.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 5 Inkssentials #5 Kraft Tags fit perfectly into these little pockets.  Each tag measures 2 3/8″ x 4 3/4″.  Dress the tags up with chipboard pieces, border strips and gorgeous vintage images.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 6  The patterned papers in this collection have a great Art Deco feel.  Use Tammy Tutterow’s Tabs One Die to mark off each section in the folio.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 7If you like to fussy cut…you will love this collection!

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 8To make a custom charm like this one, simply add an image from the small postage stamps in the collection to the back of the frame.  Then tap the frame with Vintaj Patina paints and tie it onto the tag.

Four Fold Folio Tutorial Section Two: Waterfall Feature

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 9Waterfall features are a great way to add an interactive element to a project.  I used Tammy Tutterow’s Waterfall One here.  First, I cut four bracket edged dies from black cardstock.  Then I cut four more from patterned paper.  Glue the patterned paper over the black base so that a tiny black border peeks out.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 10Belly Bands hold tiny images from the 8×8 paper collection.  Slip 3″ square photos behind the belly bands and journal on the backs of the small images.

Four Fold Folio Tutorial Section 3: A Spot for larger photos

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 11The next section measures 3.25″ x 6.5″ and can hold larger photos.  Glue just the bottom edge of your images to the album base so that photos can be slipped behind.

Four Fold Folio Tutorial Section 4: Pockets and Inserts

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 12The final section of the folio features two pockets with inserts.  The back page measures a full 5″ x 7″ and can hold full sized photos.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo13Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 14Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 15Here’s a look at the album cover and back.  You can really get a sense of the staggered edges of the album here.

Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial on YouTube

Would you like to build this one sheet wonder?  I thought you might, so I went ahead and prepared a YouTube tutorial with step by step instructions for building the album base and pockets.

Now It’s Your Turn

The Frilly and Funkie team always invites you to play along with us.  Dig into your crafty stash and create any vintage or shabby chic project that uses folded paper in a way that elevates the design.  Then link up your project over at the Frilly and Funkie blog.

At the end of the challenge the design team will select our top four picks. The first place winner will be our Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays

Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog: Home for the Holidays

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabulous challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  I’m the hostess for the FINAL challenge of 2016, and the theme is Home for the Holidays.

Let’s get ready to Deck the Halls by creating some home decor for the holiday season.  You can make centerpieces, wreaths, banners, ornaments, wall hangings, or little vignettes  …basically anything BUT a card for this challenge. If you don’t celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, then just make some home decor with a wintry theme.

Home for the Holidays Altered Woodland Frame

home-for-the-holidays-altered-woodland-frame-for-frilly-and-funkie-by-kathy-clement-photo-1 This may be my favorite Christmas project of the season.  I am kicking myself because I forgot to take a “before” picture of this ugly, ugly, cheap plastic frame.  You all know how much I love to go “junkin” at our local thrift shops.  Well, I found this white plastic frame in the clearance bin for under a dollar.  Now, honey, you know when an item ends up in the clearance bin at the Thrift Shop….well, it’s ugly, ugly, ugly!

However, I liked the fact that it had two openings.  And I liked that the opening on the right had a little bucket attached to it (complete with tacky plastic purple pansy ).  The right hand side had a sort of interesting (in an ugly way) ribbed panel that said plastic bucket was attached to.  Yes, it was not pretty…but it had……possibility.  So it went into my basket.  I will tell you that Dale, who no longer bats an eye at any of my crazy schemes, saw the frame in my basket he gave me “that” look and said, “Really?”  My reply?  “I feel sorry for it.”

Thus the journey began.

The Perils of Working with Plastic

home-for-the-holidays-altered-woodland-frame-for-frilly-and-funkie-by-kathy-clement-photo-2Part of the fun of creating altered art is learning how to work with new surfaces and mediums.  I will be completely honest with you here: if I ever find another ugly plastic frame in the clearance bin at the thrift shop, I will walk right past it.  Plastic is very resistant to transformation.  It took a little light sanding followed by two coats of heavy white gesso, then two more coats of heavy black gesso to prep the surface of this frame.  And you have to let each layer dry on its own, because this is plastic, people.  You cannot use a heat gun on plastic!

From Trash to Treasure

home-for-the-holidays-altered-woodland-frame-for-frilly-and-funkie-by-kathy-clement-photo-3I love the way this frame turned out.  It’s all country chic and has a great woodland feel.  Sadly, there are no step out photos as I got completely lost in the process of working with this tricky surface.  But I can tell you that I sprayed the gessoed frame with Brushed Pewter Mica Spray and it created this very cool “frosty” finish. I know it is hard to see in the photo, but take my word for it; the frame looks like Jack Frost skipped across its surface.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

home-for-the-holidays-altered-woodland-frame-for-frilly-and-funkie-by-kathy-clement-photo-4Altering this Tim Holtz Trophy Antlers Idea-Ology piece was another learning curve.  It is also plastic, which means it is slick.  Which means it doesn’t take paint all that well.  So I ended up painting it with some white chalk paint designed for glass surfaces.  While it was wet, I sprinkled it liberally with Frayed Burlap Distress Embossing Powder and carefully heat set it.  Voila!  Fur on my woodland lovely!  Then I added droplets of Ginger Alcohol Ink over that.  This process taught me that I have more patience than I thought!

The “birch trees” background was also plastic.  So I painted it with more of the chalk paint.  Then I dry brushed it with Pumice Stone  and Hickory Smoke Distress Paints.  Finally, I stamped it with the Birch background stamp from Tim’s  Birch and Pine set.  Even my husband said…”hey…cool birch trees.”  Yaaaas!  Victory is mine!

The oak barrel planter was part of the original frame, so it was also plastic.  I gessoed it, then brushed it with Platinum texture paste. While the paint was wet, I added Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder, held my breath and very, very carefully heat set the powder.  Spanish moss, red berries, icy branches and Tim’s Woodland trees make a mighty cute forest if I do say so myself.

home-for-the-holidays-altered-woodland-frame-for-frilly-and-funkie-by-kathy-clement-photo-5Adding the Sentiment

home-for-the-holidays-altered-woodland-frame-for-frilly-and-funkie-by-kathy-clement-photo-6Since I was having so much fun experimenting with new techniques, I decided to stamp the sentiment on Kraft Glassine paper.  I used Jet Black Archival Ink and then heat set with clear embossing powder.  It looks so homespun and welcoming.  This is a technique I will be trying again soon!

For finishing touches, I created snowy window panes with Grit Paste then sprinkled with ultra fine glitter.  I spattered the entire frame with Dylusions White Linen spray, then added flowers and a bow.

Phew.  That was easy. NOT.  But was it fun?  Oh, yes!  And I learned a lot in the process.  I still wish I had taken a before photo, though.

Now It’s Your Turn

Be sure to pop over to the Frilly and Funkie Blog where you’ll find more inspiration from the Frilly side of the team.  (The Funkie Side will share their Home for the Holidays creations with us next Wednesday.)  You’ll find all the challenge details and guidelines there, too.

The team will be popping by to take a peek at your lovely creations and one of you will be chosen to serve as a Guest Designer in an upcoming challenge.  Three more will be chosen to receive favorite badges to display proudly on their blogs.  And everyone who follows the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing for a $25 shopping spree at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I know it is a very busy time of year, but I hope you will all find time to play along and help us finish this year’s challenges with a bang.  I cannot wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

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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