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Tell the Bees Altered Bottle and Hanger Card

Craft Consortium Tell the Bees Altered Bottle and Hanger Card Deep Roots Workshop Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Tell the Bees Altered Bottle and Hanger Card for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  I’m “buzzing” with excitement over this Altered Bottle and Hanger Card for today’s Throwback Thursday post!  It is a collaborative effort between our son Peter (Deep Roots Workshop) and Kathy by Design!  Peter turned this lovely apothecary bottle on his lathe, He was trying out some new carving tools and showed me the results.  The minute I laid eyes on this beauty, I saw a honey comb.  So I asked him if he would let me play around with it…and he trusted me!  Yay!

The Bee Bottle

Bee Bottle Deep Roots Workshop Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Peter creates his art pieces from reclaimed wood.  This poplar wood bottle was once part of a 100 year old barn here in North Carolina.  There’s nothing like starting a project that has weathered years of history!  After turning the wood on his lathe, Peter carved the little circles with carving tools.  Then he treated the bottle with his homemade Danish oil.  This is a mystery concoction of  his that really brings out the grain of the wood.  Then he handed the bottle over to the Kathy by Design Day Spa for a little face lift .

First, smoosh Speckled Egg Distress Oxide Ink onto a non-stick craft mat.  Spritz it with water until small droplets form.  Then pick up the ink with your fingertip (or a sponge if you don’t like inky fingers) and tap it along the edges of the bottle.  Then lightly dip the sides of the bottle into the inky puddle.  Let the ink run, and spray with more water to fade it out.

Next “pollinate” the honey comb design with some mica gel medium.  I used Stamperia Glamour Gel.

Making the Tag

Next I pulled out my Craft Consortium “Tell the Bees” paper collection.  I purchased this ages ago along with the matching linen ribbon, stamps and a shaker mix.   Here’s how I made the decorative tag.

  • First,  create the background. Swipe  a 4×4 panel of manila cardstock in a lovely puddle of Speckled Egg Distress Ink.  Create the puddle of ink by smooshing the ink pad onto a non stick craft mat and spritzing with water.
  • Now dry the tag.  Then go in for another dip.  This time just tap the panel lightly in the ink to add layers of color.  Heat dry again.
  • Then look for little beads of ink and lightly tap the card into them to pick them up.  This creates a gorgeous speckled effect on the background.  Heat dry.
  • Now sponge on a little Wild Honey Distress Ink in a random fashion.  Spritz the card lightly to blend the colors.  Spatter water droplets for an even more distressed look.  Heat dry.
  • Use bee themed stamps (mine came in the bundle I purchased way back when) and stamp the panel.  Archival Ink works best for this.  I used Coffee, Saffron and Black.
  • Finally, die cut the panel into small tags.
  • Tie a tag around the bottle neck with waxed linen thread.  Add embellishments.
Tell the Bees Hanger Card

Craft Consortium Tell the Bees Hanger Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Because I already had all the supplies out on my work table, I decided to go ahead and make another Hanger Card.   This one measures 5″ x 7″ and I love the way it turned out.  The burlap is stitched to a panel of cardstock.  Then I just layered up some scraps from Tell the Bees, stitched a pocket in place and embellished.

Several of you asked about these little metal hangers.  They were a closeout item on the Melissa Frances website.  There are a few left if you are wanting to add them to your stash.  This one has been painted with Speckled Egg Distress Paint.

Here’s a look at the  mixed media tag and a little note card I tucked into the pocket.

Creating this project reminded me that I actually do like to ink and stamp.  I think maybe I need to schedule a day every now and then to get inky!

Peter and I enjoyed this little project so much that we are already planning our next caper.  We want to shoot some video next time to show you the turning process and the altering process.  If you’d like to learn more about Peter’s artistry, you can check out his ETSY shop.   You can watch him salvage the wood used to make this apothecary bottle on his YouTube channel, He’s always posting something interesting on his Instagram account. And if you’d like to follow him on Facebook, you can keep up with his antics there.

I hope you enjoyed this slightly different take on Throwback Thursday.  It certainly was fun for me to share this crafty adventure with our son.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Tiaras and Teacups for Throwback Thursday

Graphic 45 Gilded Lily Eileen Hull Sizzix Teacup Die Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Corner Cotillion by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Tiaras and Teacups for Throwback Thursday: Graphic 45 Gilded Lily Collection

Hello Friends!  It’s all about tiaras and teacups in this edition of Throwback Thursday.  I’ve reached all the way back to 2015, the year G45 released the glorious “Gilded Lily” collection.  I only have bits and bobs of this favorite collection left, but I still managed to create a teacup…

…and a shaker card!  No tutorial this week, as I have been slammed in the studio, but I’ll share lots of tips and tricks that will help you create your own Throwback Thursday masterpiece. Since my day always starts with tea, we’ll look at the teacup first.

Eileen Hull Gilded Lily Teacup

This is one of my all time favorite teacup creations.  After die cutting all the pieces from both chipboard and designer paper, I put the cup together with my Dries Clear Adhesive.  Graphic 45 Precious Pink roses adorn the base of the cup.  Then I threw in a little mixed media mayhem with Pearls, Prills and an itty bitty porcelain teacup.

TIP: Die pearls to match  your project with Alcohol Inks.  The neat and tidy way to do this is to place the pearls in a small zippered plastic bag.  Then add a few drops of alcohol ink and smoosh them around.  Remove with tweezers, and there are no messy hands involved!

TIP: Fill the tiny teacup almost to the brim with hot glue.  Then sprinkle a few Prills on top  to look like the foamy bubbles in a chai latte.  Randomly apply glue to the saucer, sprinkle with Prills and set the pearls and cup into the hot mix (carefully!).

Gift wrap  a tea bag, Lindt miniature chocolate, and Biscoff cookies to tuck inside the cup.  Tie a chipboard tag around a demitasse spoon.  This is a great way to use up your scraps and create a beautiful presentation.

Score a small ephemera card in half to create a mini note card.  Alter a resin crown with Metallic Wax.  This decorative feature looks great in the tea cup and keeps the bitty card from falling down into the recesses of the cup.

The Card: Keep Calm and Straighten Your Tiara

I pulled a lot of tricks out of my bag to make these scraps cover my card base.   First, don’t try to cover the center part of the card.  You are going to create a shaker window that will obscure any precious designer paper anyway.  Instead, simply add a border to the top and bottom of the card.  Then I cut a 3″ wide scrap in half from top to bottom.  Adhere the halves on each side of the card to cover the blank card base.  Once you add your shaker box, no one will ever know!

To create the shaker box, layer a gold foil die cut frame with a cream cardstock die cut frame.  Offset the two layers slightly when you adhere them together to create a drop shadow.  Then back the frame with clear cardstock and back with foam tape.  Fill with a shaker mix and cover with a large ephemera card.

A Peek Inside

I used most of my designer paper on the inside of the card.  But oh, what pretties I managed to tuck in here.

Here’s a book mark fit for royalty. I even attached a sparkling tiara on the top!

How about stamps?  Yup!  Gilded Lily Stamps adorn the focal on this magnet that I created from an ephemera card  (I need to stamp more…I’m so out of practice!)

Anyway..that’s Throwback Thursday for this week.  I hope by now your fingers are itching to dig through YOUR Closet of Shame and create something wonderful.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Note: Throwback Thursday posts feature older, often retired, products.  When I can find a product link, I will provide it.  But if there is no link, I bet you can find a good substitute from your stash.  Thanks for understanding!

Georgia Blues Teacup for Throwback Thursday

Prima Georgia Blues Eileen Hull Teacup Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Prima Georgia Blues Teacup for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Care to join me for a Prima Georgia Blues Teacup on this Throwback Thursday?  Then pull up a chair, grab a cuppa and let’s chat!

This week, I’ve dusted off two of my favorites for Throwback Thursday.  You all know how much I love Prima Georgia Blues as I’ve shared loads of projects made with it. Eileen Hull’s Sizzix Teacup Die is another of my absolute favorites.  So I thought to myself, why not let these two join us for a Throwback Thursday tea party?

Many of you have been very sad that this teacup die is sold out and retired.  But a little birdie whispered in my ear that Eileen will be releasing a brand new teacup die this summer.  So keep an eye out for the big announcement!

As always, die cut the teacup parts from Sizzix white chipboard.  Then die cut your designer paper to cover the panels.  It’s such a quick and easy project to make, but such an elegantl way to present a little gift.

Filled to the Brim with Love

Filling these teacups is so much fun!  I’ve wrapped my treats in Georgia Blues designer papers.  To create this tea party in a cup add Biscoff cookies, a honey stick, a vintage demitasse spoon, chocolate, and a tea bag.  Create a mini note card by folding a 3″ x 4″ journal card in half.

This project is a great way to use up your scraps from a favorite collection.  And then you have a unique and thoughtful gift to present to someone special.  That’s a win/win in my book!

To see other Teacup projects click HERE and HERE.   To see an older Georgia Blues project, click HERE.

I hope I’ve inspired you to dig into your Closet of Shame and dust off some old favorites.  Make something beautiful today, and the world will seem just a little bit brighter!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Please note: There is no supply list for today’s post as most of these items are retired and no longer available for purchase.

 

 

 

 

Farmhouse Fresh Throwback Thursday Tutorial

Authentique Homestead Easel Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Farmhouse Fresh Throwback Thursday Tutorial and a Giveaway!

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to Throwback Thursday!  This week we are time traveling all the way back to 2015 when Authentique Homestead was released.  This farmhouse fresh collection feels right at home in 2020!  In fact, I wish Authentique would release this darling collection again.   Today we’re going to make this darling easel card together.  Easel cards are my “go to” card base when I want a quick and easy creation that also packs a great visual punch.  I love the fact that they fold flat for mailing, but stand upright for display.  And they offer a lot of real estate for flowers, ribbons and embellishments.

This is a basic 6″ x 6″ easel card base with lots of matted layers.  To add a little farmhouse shite to the card, I die cut 2 of the corner pieces from my Amazing Paper Grace Elegant Infinity Die and tucked them between the layers. You’ll see how to put all of these elements together in the video tutorial below.

Farmhouse Fresh Details: The Stopper

The stopper or brake on this card is made with a sticker from the collection.  It’s my favorite element.   It’s actually part of the pocket on the card interior.

I always design the inside of an easel card first.

  • First, mat a 5 3/4″ square of the gold gingham paper on a slightly larger burgundy mat and adhere on the bottom half of the card.
  • Next, cut (2) 5  7/8″ x 2 7/8″ panels of designer paper to line the top sections of the card.
  • Now, create a pocket with a 6 3/4″ x 3″ panel of burgundy cardstock.
  • Then mat a 5 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ panel of the blue calico print on navy cardstock and adhere to the pocket face.
  • Cut a  5 1/2″ long scrap of the animal print and mat the top and bottom on a scrap of burgundy cardstock.  Adhere in the center of the pocket. Back with dimensionals.
  • Mat the sticker on navy cardstock and trim around it.  Repeat with burgundy.
  • Die cut 2 little houses and 2 picket fences from Amazing Paper Grace November 2018 Die of the Month.  Layer the houses together with small foam tabs and adhere at the top of the sticker.  Adhere the picket fences on either side.
  • Tie a small burlap string bow and top with a cherry button.
  • Adhere on the left hand side of the pocket.

The pocket serves as the brake for the easel card front.  I love being able to add a pocket to an easel card!

Farmhouse Fresh Finishing Touches

Tuck a 3″ x 4″ Authentic Life card, chocolate, tea bag and honey stick inside the pocket.  Now this card is a gift.

A Little Giveaway

You’ll want to watch this video tutorial all the way to the end to find out how to enter the little giveaway on my YouTube Channel.  I have a brand new 6×6 Homestead Paper Bundle, ribbon, 12 Authentic Life Cards, Cherry Buttons and some Petaloo flowers for one lucky comment.  I thought we could all use a little “pick me up” right about now.  And pretty papers always lift my spirits!

To enter the giveaway you must:

  • Subscribe to my YouTube channel
  • Like the video tutorial
  • Leave a comment

That’s it!  I’ll announce the winner on my YouTube Community page on Monday, May 25th.

You’ll find a linked supply list (for items that are not already retired) below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s edition of Throwback Thursday, I have a Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial to share with you.  Did you think I forgot?  Well, I didn’t!  I’m just  having a major case of “the slows” this week, so I’m running behind  But better late than never, right?

Earlier this week, I shared a Graphic 45 Farmhouse Double Gatefold Card with you.  The response was so amazing, I decided to create a Throwback Thursday project with a tutorial you can use to create this style of card in any size or format.

Today’s card is a 6″ x 6″ base with a vintage style shaker frame on the cover.  One of the reasons I love this style of card so much is that it is a great way to use up scraps.  I had a lot of 3″ panels left over from an earlier Botanical Tea project.  That’s why I chose to make a 6″ x 6″ card.

Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial: The Grand Opening

Opening a double gatefold card is sort of like watching the curtain rise on the stage.  This card opens to more than 18″ wide!  They make great table decorations for a party table or home decor items because of all the beautiful panels inside the card.

TIP:  I used 18″ wide cardstock (linked below) to create my card base.  If you don’t have it, you can create your own.  Here’s how:

  • First, cut 2 panels of 12″ x 6″ cardstock.
  • Next, place 1/2″ Scor-tape right along the 6″ edge of one panel.
  • Then carefully overlap the second panel over the Scor-Tape line and burnish to seal.
  • This gives you a 23 1/2″ x 6″ panel of cardstock.  It can be tricky to score over the joint where the papers overlap, so try to keep that in center panel of your card.
Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial: Pockets and Tuck ins

Fill pockets with journal cards from the cut apart pages.  Or, die cut teacups as I did here.  I had a leftover Pocket from the Tags and pockets page, but no tag to fill it.  Substitute a miniature Lindt Chocolate prettied up with a scrap of designer paper instead.  Problem solved!

Go ahead and decorate the back side of the card if you have enough extra paper.

And why not add a pocket here as well?  Fill it with a fancied up tea bag, honey stick and little note card.

Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial On YouTube

I hope I’ve shared some tips and ideas you can use today.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Happy Throwback Thursday!

Cheerio,

kathy

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