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#SimplyG45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial

#SimplyG45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial with G45 Place in Time

Hello, Friends!  Before we know it, Halloween will be here!  Have you started your Halloween crafting yet?  Well, no worries!  Today’s project is a #SimplyG45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial that will have you ready for the big day in a jiffy!

#Simply G45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial Place in Time by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

Each card measures 5″ x 5″ and has in inside pocket for treats, cash or gift cards.  Made with my number one all time favorite G45 Place in Time Collection, these sweet cards are super quick and easy to make, use a limited amount of materials, and are quite affordable to make. You can make all four of these fabulous cards for about $15.

#SimplyG45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial: Card #1 Haunted House

#Simply G45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial Place in Time by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 02

To make the cards, cut out the images, tags, borders and post card from one Place in time October Sheet.  Then cut up the patterned side of the other sheet.  I show you how to do this in the video tutorial.  You’ll also need 2 sheets of 12×12 Patterns and Solids to complement the Place in time papers.  I used Master Detective, but you could use whatever you have in your On hand.  The whole idea here is to dig into your unused stash and put it to good use.

#Simply G45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial Place in Time by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

I bought these  Jolee’s Boutique Ravens and Words stickers a couple of years ago at a 50% off sale at JoAnn’s.  The stickers have been retired, but I managed to find some online HERE.  However, the cards are super cute even without the stickers.  I just had them in my stash, and decided to use them up.

#Simply G45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial Place in Time by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 04

You will love the way we make this pocket!  It’s the easiest pocket design ever!

#SimplyG45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial: Card #2 Which Witch

#SimplyG45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial Place in Time Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 05

We’ll build these easy layers together in the video tutorial.  These are great basic card “recipes” that you’ll be able to adapt and use with any of the Place in Time papers.

TIP: Die cut doilies from scrap cardstock to save money.  I have several doily dies in various sizes, and I use them all the time.

#SimplyG45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial Place in Time Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 06

#SimplyG45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial: Card #3 Pumpkin Time

#SimplyG45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial Place in Time Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 07

#SimplyG45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial Place in Time Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 08

Two of the cards are top fold, and two are side fold, just to keep things interesting.  You use the same base for both types of cards, which makes life easy!

#SimplyG45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial: Card #4 Saturday Evening Post Card

#SimplyG45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial Place in Time Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 09

I love this darling vintage image.  Pop on a chipboard charm, and the card practically makes itself!

#SimplyG45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial Place in Time Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10

In the video tutorial, I’ll  show you how to use even tiny snippets of border prints  and imperfect die cuts to make your cards look fantastic.

#SimplyG45 Halloween Pocket Cards Tutorial on YouTube

I hope you’ll have as much fun making these #SimplyG45 Halloween Pocket Cards as I did!  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Little Birdie Crafts Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  If I had to name my crafting kryptonite, I think it would have to be the 12×12 layout.  It’s just soooo many inches!  Usually, I try to avoid 12×12 layouts at all costs.  But this year has been all about moving myself out of my comfort zone.  So I pulled my Brave Boots out of the Closet of Shame and went about creating  this Little Birdie Crafts Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial to share with you today.

Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

Summer is waning here in North Carolina.  The days are getting shorter, but they are still hot and humid.  It’s a dreamy time of year. The light at this time of year has a wonderful golden quality to it.  And fat bumblebees have had so much nectar from all the flowers that they stagger from flower to flower. Sunsets are unusually spectacular this time of year as well.  I wanted to try and capture the rich, golden hues, the bursting flowers, the drunken bumblebees and the glorious sunsets in this canvas.  How did I do?

Little Birdie Crafts Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial: Pretty Pictures

Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 02

I’ve prepared a video tour and tutorial of the project for you, so I won’t belabor you with a lot of words here.   instead, I’ll just share a couple of photos, then we can dive right into the video tutorial.

Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 03

Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 04

Little Birdie Crafts Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial on YouTube

One thing I am learning about mixed media.  It all starts with a vision and then you just play with various mediums and elements until you have something that you are happy with.  There is always something new to learn, and that’s really fun.  I have a long way to travel in my pursuit of mastering mixed media, and this canvas is far from perfect.  But I feel like I expressed part of what I wanted to say in the color palette and composition on this one.  And that feels good.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures!  Thanks so much for joining me!

Cheerio,

kathy

Little Birdie Crafts Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial Supply List

Please note: some items are not yet on the Little Birdie Website, so I could not link them here.

Authentique Nightfall Halloween Gift Card Holder Tutorial

Authentique Nightfall Halloween Gift Card Holder Tutorial with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a quick and easy Authentique Nightfall Halloween Gift Card Holder Tutorial with Really Reasonable Ribbon to share with you.  The Nightfall Collection and the RRR September Ribbon Club Assortment were made for one another!

Authentique Nightfall Halloween Gift Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Authentique Paper Photo 01

There is so much to love about these Boo-tiful little cards!  First of all, you can make using your scraps, which always makes me happy.  Then, you can make these 4.25″ x 5.5″ paper pretties in a jiffy, because the “recipe” for each card is really similar.  Next, each card has a super easy to make gift card holder inside.  Finally, you have to take a look at the cute factor!  Has Halloween ever been cuter?   Let’s take a closer look at each card, then we’ll dive into the Snapguide tutorial below.

Authentique Nightfall Halloween Gift Card Holder Tutorial:  Good Witch or Bad Witch?

Authentique Nightfall Halloween Gift Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Authentique Paper Photo 02

This sweet little witch is too cute to spook, so I’m putting her down in the “good witch” column!  I’ve dressed up this card with Tangerine Swirl Satin Ribbon and Natural Burlap String.  And I love the border of Halloween Confetti Grosgrain Ribbon for the pop of color it adds to the design.

Authentique Nightfall Halloween Gift Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Authentique Paper Photo 03

I love to add ribbon to the interior of my cards, too.  Black Spiderweb Satin Ribbon adds a touch of class to the gift card holder inside this cute card.

Authentique Nightfall Halloween Gift Card Holder Tutorial:  Which Witch?
Authentique Nightfall Halloween Gift Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Authentique Paper Photo 04

While this witch isn’t quite as adorable as our first card model, she’s still pretty fun.  And how bad can she be with that cutie pie owl by her side?  I’ve paired up more Tangerine Satin Swirl Ribbon with 3/8″ Black Checkerboard Satin Ribbon on this card for a perfect match!

Authentique Nightfall Halloween Gift Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Authentique Paper Photo 05

You’ll find 3/8″ Black Checkerboard Satin Ribbon inside this card as well.  The black cat gives it the seal of approval.

Authentique Nightfall Halloween Gift Card Holder Tutorial:  Trick or Treat

Authentique Nightfall Halloween Gift Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Authentique Paper Photo 06

This is the cutest image with that little ghoul peeking out of her costume!  To go with the dotty background, I selected Halloween Confetti Dot Grosgrain Ribbon.

Authentique Nightfall Halloween Gift Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Authentique Paper Photo 07

And the cute couple inside this card are black tie ready with a bit of Black Checkerboard Satin Ribbon.  By the way, while I’m thinking of it, all the small images on the treat bags and in the small frame are from the Nightfall 6×6 Paper Bundle.

Authentique Nightfall Halloween Gift Card Holder Tutorial: Too Cute to Spook

Authentique Nightfall Halloween Gift Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Authentique Paper Photo 09

The focal image on this card is actually a sticker that I matted on black cardstock.  It’s just the cutest!  Tangerine Checkerboard Satin Ribbon lends a soft Halloween Glow to this darling card.

Authentique Nightfall Halloween Gift Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Authentique Paper Photo 09

Ribbon is a great way to add a pop of color to the interior of a card, too.  Halloween Confetti Dot Grosgrain Ribbon looks fabulous on the front of this gift card holder.

Authentique Nightfall Halloween Gift Card Holder Tutorial on Snapguide

Are you ready to make your own set of these cutie pie cards?  You’ll find an easy to follow step by step tutorial in the Snapguide below.  There’s also a supply list within the tutorial.

Check out How to Authentique Nightfall Halloween Gift Card Holders by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Thanks so much for joining me here today.  I hope I’ve shared some ideas and inspiration that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Cheerio,

kathy

Shabby Chic Altered Button Box

Shabby Chic Altered Button Box with Little Birdie Crafts

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a little home decor project to share with you.  This shabby chic altered button box is a quick and easy project that you could adapt and use with any style of box.

Shabby Chic Altered Button Box by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 08

As you well know, I have a “thing” for vintage buttons.  There’s something magical about the worn edges, the soft patina and the inner light in a true vintage button.  So when my sweet grandgirl gave me a little wooden trinket box for my birthday, I knew I eventually wanted to alter it and create a sweet storage spot for my favorite buttons.

Don’t they look great here?

Shabby Chic Altered Button Box: The Process

I started with this cute little 5″ x 3″ x 3″ wooden box.

First, add a single layer of Little Birdie Black Gesso.  Paint inside and out!

 

Next, add random brush strokes of Sand Stone Chalk Paint. Make the brush strokes go in different directions.  Then repeat this process using White Gesso.  Now let everything dry for a minute or two.  Then use a damp paper towel and scrub away portions of the paint/gesso to create a chippy, shabby chic finish.  Use a sanding block to take some small areas all the way back to the natural wood base.  If you take off too much paint/gesso, add more.  Then repeat the wiping off process.

When you are happy with the shabby chic/chippy finish, sponge on some Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.  Then seal everything with Matte Gel Medium.  Let things dry.

Shabby Chic Altered Button Box: The finishing touches

Once the box is dry, cut panels of Vintage Reflections Paper to fit the recessed areas on the box.

Then wrap the box with 1 1/2″ wide Antique Gold Plaid Ribbon and tie a bow.  Tie a second bow with burlap string.  Top with a big fat vintage ivory button and a single Renae Swiss Mocha blossom.

Decorate the top panel with a Lucille flower and leaf cluster.  Add a small tag.  I just cut this from a scrap of paper and wrote the word “buttons” on it.  Then adhere some Adelina Swiss Coffee blossoms and a key to finish the tag.  Add more vintage buttons, sewing notions and a mini pair of scissors.

This is one of those easily adaptable home decor projects that would make great gifts.  Use different colors and make a beach themed box.  Use metallic paints for a steam punk themed box.  It’s a really fun addition to your craft room decor.

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

Shabby Chic Altered Button Box Supply List

Heartfelt Creations Coral Seahorse Birthday Shaker Card

This hop is now closed.  The winner is Betty Jane Caspick.  Thanks for hopping!
Heartfelt Creations Coral Seahorse Birthday Shaker Card for the Alumni Hop

 

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the August Alumni Hop!  Today I have a Heartfelt Creations Coral Seahorse Birthday Shaker Card to share with you.  It’s made with the whimsical Under the Sea collection.  See if you can guess which Heartfelt Flower Stamp/Die combo I used?

Heartfelt Creations Coral Sea Birthday Shaker Card Under the Sea by Kathy Clement Photo 04

If you guessed Poinsettia and Holly Clusters, then you are right on target!  Stamp these little beauties with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.  Then sponge with Abandoned Coral DI. Die cut, run through the Poinsettia Flower mold and you’ve got yourself some coral reef blossoms just like that!

Heartfelt Creations Coral Seahorse Birthday Shaker Card:  A Look at the Details

Heartfelt Creations Coral Sea Birthday Shaker Card Under the Sea by Kathy Clement Photo 03

This 5″ x 7″ Top Fold card has a fun interactive pocket and shaker tag on the cover.  Here’s how I did it.

  • First cut a 5″ x 7″ panel of the white/teal woodgrain patterned paper.  Ink the edges very lightly with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.
  • Next, cut a 4″ x 6″ panel of the underwater dark teal paper.
  • Then, fussy cut the coral reef scene from the paper collection.
  • Stitch the left and bottom edges of the coral reef scene to the dark teal underwater panel.
  • Now adhere this panel to the woodgrain panel.
  • Die cut the fish/porthole from the paper collection using the Coral Reef Collage Die.  Adhere as seen in the photo.  This is how the pocket is made.
Heartfelt Creations Coral Seahorse Birthday Shaker Card: Adding Embellishments

Heartfelt Creations Coral Sea Birthday Shaker Card Under the Sea by Kathy Clement Photo 02

Look at all the great dimension on this card!  And really, it’s so simple to make.  Here’s how I embellished the card.

  • Brush the sandy bottom of the coral reef scene with Versamark Embossing Ink.
  • Next, sprinkle liberally with Seth Apter’s Dirty Sand Baked Texture.  Heat emboss to create realistic looking textured sand.
  • Cut the Happy Birthday ticket from the paper collection.  Adhere with dimensionals.
  • Die cut the coral reef border from the paper collection using the Coral Reef Collage Die.  Pop up on dimensionals and adhere to lower left corner.
  • Stamp, color and die cut two sets of Poinsettia and Holly Clusters onto white card using Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.
  • Run through the Poinsettia Flower Mold.
  • Now layer together with glue.  Add Coral See and Seas the Day Prills to the centers.
  • Then adhere to the card as seen.
  • Finally, tie a double loop bow using Coral Satin Ribbon.
Heartfelt Creations Coral Seahorse Birthday Shaker Card: A quick and easy shaker element

Heartfelt Creations Coral Sea Birthday Shaker Card Under the Sea by Kathy Clement Photo 01

This little 3″ x 5 1/2″ shaker pouch is super easy to make.  Here’s how:

  • Cut a 2 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ panel of the woodgrain paper.  Crop the corners with a Crop-a-Dile Stub punch.  Then ink the edges.
  • Fussy cut the seahorses and greenery from the paper collection.  Adhere to the woodgrain panel.
  • Mat this panel on a slightly larger rectangle of white cardstock.
  • Now cut a 3″ x 5 1/2″ panel of clear cardstock.
  • Next, secure the clear cardstock panel to the shaker pouch base with binder clips or safety pins.
  • Stitch the sides and bottom on your sewing machine.  Leave the top edge open.
  • Fill the pouch with Buttons Galore Ocean Waves Sparkletz.
  • Now stitch the top edge closed.
  • Next, cut the thread so it is long.  Use the top thread to tie on a couple of cute ocean charms.
  • Tie a bow with curling glittery ribbon and adhere .
  • Adhere a cluster of poinsettia in the corner.
  • Insert the tag in the pocket.
Heartfelt Creations Coral Seahorse Birthday Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

Heartfelt Creations Coral Sea Birthday Shaker Card Under the Sea by Kathy Clement Photo 05

Inside the card, I created a couple of cute pockets.  Then I filled them with elements from the collection.  The seashell is die cut from the paper collection, shaped with the stylus, inked with Abandoned Coral DI and adhered to the card.  Tuck a journal card in the pocket and add your personal greeting to the card.

Heartfelt Creations Coral Sea Birthday Shaker Card Under the Sea by Kathy Clement Photo 06

Create a little gift card wallet using the cut aparts from the collection.

Heartfelt Creations Coral Sea Birthday Shaker Card Under the Sea by Kathy Clement Photo 07

Decorate with papers.  This is such a fun way to present a gift card.

 

On With the Hop

Be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop and leave a lovely comment behind so that your name will be entered into the drawing for a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations.

This hop ends on Monday, September 3rd at 11:59PM EDT.  The winner will be announced  here and on the Heartfelt Creations blog on Wednesday, September 5th.  Claim your prize by contacting socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.us via e-mail.  Write “winner of the August Alumni Hop” in the subject line.

Here is the blog hop list:

Kathy (You are HERE)  ♥ Amarilys Pam   ♥ Vicki   ♥ Emily   ♥

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 hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

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