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White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Snapguide Tutorial

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Snapguide Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Happy Saturday!  I’m up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog today with a Saturday Step x Step.  For your convenience, I’m also posting the White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Snapguide Tutorial here on my blog.  This is the project I  made for the Most Memorable Gift Challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  You can find the original post HERE.

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Snapguide Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 1The tutorial focuses on the steps I used to create the shaker window element, prepare the tag base and add the basic layers.  I hope you enjoy!

Check out How to Create a Christmas Shaker Window Element by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Wishing you an oasis of calm and rest in the midst of this busy season!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag

Frilly and Funkie Most Memorable Gift Challenge: White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another great challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie BlogSuzz is our hostess, and the theme is Most Memorable Gift.  I’ve created a frosty White Christmas Etcetera  Shaker Tag to share with you today, but before we get into the details on that, let’s see what Suzz has to say about this challenge.

Challenge Theme: Most Memorable Gift

December for many of us is a time where we give and receive.  That had me thinking about the most memorable gifts I have received over the years.  These including a signed book from one of my favorite authors, handwritten notes from my children, a singing hot dog condiment stand and the first gift my husband gave me when we were dating.  Since this is the season of giving I want you to be inspired by a memorable gift and use that to create a vintage or shabby chic project that captures the inspiration from that gift.  You can make a card, a tag, share a journal entry or any kind of project you desire. Just be sure to mention the memorable gift and how it inspired your creation.

White Christmas Etcetera Tag

I have been pondering this challenge for a long time.  When I finally settled upon my most memorable Christmas, the gift became clear.  This White Christmas Etcetera  Shaker Tag sets the stage for the story, so I’ll share it first, then tell you the tale of my Most Memorable Gift.

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 1

The year was 1969.  The weather in Central Vermont was unseasonably warm and there was not a single flake of snow to be seen.  Our sleds stood idle on our porches, and even though Main Street in our small New England town was dressed up in holiday lights, it just didn’t feel like Christmas. Where, oh where was the snow?

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 2

This strangely warm weather pattern continued all the way up to Christmas Eve, which fell on a Wednesday that year.  How well I remember trudging in to the Christmas Eve candlelight service with green grass all around.  Dad remarked on the way through the doors, “Looks like it’s going to be a green Christmas this year.”  My 13 year old heart sank at the thought of a Christmas without snow.

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 3

There was no time to worry about the situation, however.  I had to don my white Junior Choir robe, tie the black bow tie and get in line for the processional down the aisle.  Warm, soft candlelight filled the sanctuary as choirs and congregation sang the sweet familiar Christmas hymns.  We wriggled impatiently in our pews as the pastor shared a short Christmas sermon.  Then we all traipsed downstairs to the fellowship hall for Christmas cookies, coffee and a visit from Santa.

A Christmas Miracle

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 4

What I failed to realize was that while we were singing carols and munching sugar cookies, a Christmas miracle was taking place outside.  Snow was falling…and not just a little!  Huge fluffy white flakes of snow filled the now crisp wintry night.  The snow came up over the tops of my shoes and coated the top of my head.

It snowed all the way home.

It snowed the whole time we opened our presents.

Snow fell all night long while we slept.

And when we woke in the morning, over 3 feet of snow had fallen…and it continued to snow.

A White Christmas to Remember

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 5

This was an epic snowfall.  No one could make it to the top of the steep hill where our home lay blanketed with snow.  I still remember the serenity and the silence of that wonderful scene.  Not a car engine to be heard anywhere.  Everyone on the hill and in the town below was tucked up inside where it was warm and cozy.

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 6

Since my dad and mom served as the manager/treasurer for our small community credit union, our home was always filled with local people coming to deposit, withdraw or make payment on a loan.  We almost never had a day when we had our parents all to ourselves.

But this Christmas, the snow was so thick that we had 3 whole days where not a single soul braved the icy roads.  Three whole days to play games with Dad, eat Mom’s good cooking, and enjoy being a family.  That snow storm was the most memorable gift I’ve ever received.

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 7

The Best Gifts Don’t Come in a Package

Little did we know at the time, this would be Dad’s last Christmas with us.  He died suddenly the following spring.  When I think of Christmas past, this is the one that comes to mind. The memory of those precious hours spent as a family are worth more to me than any gift I’ve ever received.  The laughter, the love, the fun and games of that Christmas held me through the darker, less joyous ones to come.

The timing of that snowfall could not have been more perfect or more miraculous.  It was a gift from Heaven, and like most of life’s best gifts, it didn’t come in a package.

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 8White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 9

I haven’t shared any tips, tricks or techniques for this project in this post.  That’s because I’ll be doing a Step x Step tutorial on the Frilly and Funkie Blog on Saturday, December 9th.  You will learn how I prepared the base for this White Christmas Etcetera Tag.  You’ll also learn how to create the shaker window element.  I hope you will join me on Saturday.

Now it’s YOUR Turn

We’d love to see your Most Memorable Gift project, and invite you to share it with us over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic style project following the challenge theme.  Then link it up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:55PM EST on Tuesday, December 20th.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose our top four picks. Our favorite pick will be invited with to join us as a Guest Designer  at Frilly and Funkie.  The next three favorites will receive Top 3 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.

This is our last challenge for 2017, so we hope you will find time to play along.  We’re all going to enjoy a nice Christmas break and be back for the first challenge of 2018 in January.

Thanks so much for letting me share this White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag with you, and for taking the time to read the story of my Most Memorable Gift.

Wishing you all a Christmas to remember!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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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