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Thankful Season Pumpkin Spice Card Folio

The Thankful Season Pumpkin Spice Card Folio with G45 Seasons Collection

Hello, G45’ers!  Have you had a chance to play with Graphic 45’s new Seasons Collection yet?  I finally had a chance to play with the Autumn pages.  Ooh la la!  Talk about inspiring! This Thankful Season Pumpkin Spice Card Folio has such a warm, cozy feel that I think you are really going to love it.

The Thankful Season Pumpkin Spice Card folio Seasons by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1This is a 5″ x 7″ top fold card folio with a .25″ spine.  I’ve become rather addicted to making these folios because they serve multiple purposes.  It’s a card, a gift, and home decor all in one.  Making a folio like this also allows me to use up my scraps, which I love.

Pumpkin Spice Card Folio: Fussy Cutting elements

The base layer of this Thankful Season Pumpkin Spice Card folio is made from the “B” side of the Autumn page.  When you trim the 8″ x 8″ paper to fit the card cover, you are left with a 3″ scrap.  Turn this over, and you’ll find a portion of the lovely autumn wreath on the “A” side.  Turn this into a design element by fussy cutting around the wreath, inking the edges and popping up with foam tabs or waste chipboard.  This creates a sort of shaped edge on the card and adds wonderful dimension to the design.

How to Create Quick Card Layers on Your Thankful Season Pumpkin Spice Card Folio

Here’s a handy tip you can use to create quick card layers.  Die cut patterned paper with basic geometric shapes.  For this card, I used the 12×12 Patterns and Solids in  both the brown floral and the brown stripe.  The simple patterns don’t compete with the patterns from the Seasons pad, and the earthy brown tones soften the vibrant colors of the collection.  Matting the die cut patterned paper on brown cardstock gives the finished composition a crisp, clean look.

Add Texture with Your Embellishments

You all know by now how much I enjoy embellishing my cards.  I find it is a great way to add texture to the overall design.  Here, I’ve used a faux canvas bow, burlap string, burlap leaves and burlap flowers as embellishments.  The texture from these elements gives the card a wonderful organic feel.

The Thankful Season Pumpkin Spice Folio: The Inside Job

One of the reasons I began making these card folios was because I hate to deal with scraps.  Rather than stash them away in a drawer, I began looking for creative ways to use them on my cards.

Scraps make lovely side pockets, like the one where I’ve tucked this little tea bag wallet.

The wallet is made with a 3″ x 7.5″ strip of leftover brown stripe paper that I used for the die cut layer on the card front.  I simply scored it at 3″  and 6″, then folded it.  Next, I used a circle punch to create a thumb hole in the 1.5″ section.  Then I glued the sides to form a pocket.  This is the perfect place to tuck in a tea bag, a gift card, a personal note, small photo or wrapped chocolate.

The Thankful Season Pumpkin Spice Card Folio: Tags and more tags

I’ve used another scrap of the brown stripe paper to create a pocket on the bottom of the card.  It’s decorated with a border scrap and image from the 8×8 paper pad.  Then I stuffed it with all kinds of lovely treats.

Use a border scrap to decorate the top edge of the page.  Then fill the pocket with a lovely Kraft Staples Tag.  The belly band on the tag is, you guessed it, another scrap.  Then I decorated an Kraft Alpha ATC tag (T for thankful) with more bits and bobs of leftover paper and tucked it behind the belly band.

Even the honey stick (to go with the tea bag) got in on the scrap action.  I had a 2″ piece of leftover border.  After cutting a fishtail banner on one end, I wrapped it around the honey stick and secured it with a glue dot.  This 4″ x 6″ ephemera card has room on the back for a personal note, a favorite pumpkin recipe or a photo.  Now this is so much more than a card: it’s a gift, and it works well as home decor, too.  That’s what I call getting a lot of bang for your crafty buck!

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.

Wishing you all a blessed, happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Cheerio,

kathy

 The Thankful Season Pumpkin Spice Card Folio Supply List

Graphic 45 Seasons Collection

Other Supplies

  • Petaloo Autumn Hues Briar Roses, Burlap Autumn Leaves
  • Brown Faux Canvas Ribbon, Burlap String, ¼” Brown Gingham (from Really Reasonable Ribbon)
  • Tea Bag, Honey Stick (I get mine at the health food store), removable glue dot
  • Scoring Tool, Circle Punch
  • Stick pins, Mini Pumpkin, Vintage Button from my stash

 

 

Winter Wishes Christmas Card

Winter Wishes Christmas Card: Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop with Gracielle Design

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for the November Blog Hop at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  This month we’re teaming up with Gracielle Design.  I’ve used her digital stamps and papers to create this elegant Winter Wishes Christmas Card.  If you’ve come here from Karen’s lovely blog, then you are right on track.  Now let’s get to hopping!

This month, we’re focusing on the ribbons in the gorgeous November Ribbon Club Country Christmas Assortment.  I had such fun pairing these lovely ribbons up with Gracielle Design Winter Blessings Digital Stamps and Holiday Traditions Digital Paper Collection.  Here’s a look at these lovely ribbons.

Winter Wishes Christmas Card

Winter Wishes Christmas Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

This is a 5″ x 7″ top fold card.  After printing out my digital papers, I cut them to size.  Then I inked the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Next, I double matted the layers on silver metallic and burgundy cardstock.  Then I created extra dimension in this Winter Wishes Christmas card by adding waste chipboard (instead of foam spacers) between the layers.

Next, I printed the sentiment on white cardstock, and matted it on a die cut label.  At this point, the card is pretty…but it needs some jazzing up.

Winter Wishes Christmas Card: Ribbon to the Rescue!

In my world, ribbon is always the perfect finishing accent.  I pulled out my trusty Bow-it-All Tool to create this elegant bow cluster.  The base layer is a double loop bow tied with Moss Bold Diamond Print Satin Ribbon.  The next layer shimmers thanks to 3/8″ Soft Pine Satin with a Gold Metallic Edge Ribbon.  The icing on this Winter Wishes Christmas Card Bow Cluster is a delicate string bow tied with Gold Metallic String.  Last, but not least, I’ve added a silver button from my stash.

Winter Wishes Christmas Card: A Peek Inside

Now it’s time to finish the inside of this pretty card.  I layered up scraps of my digital papers with another lovely sentiment from the Winter Blessings Digital Stamp set.  Dress this up with a little ribbon border and a few sparkling silver gumdrops.

Then, add a little gift card pocket filled with a tea bag and a honey stick to finish with a flourish!

On with the Hop!

From here, you will hop on over to see what paper pretties Cherry has in store for you.

Be sure to visit all the blogs on the hop, and leave a little love behind.  Then finish up on the RRR Blog where you will answer Bonnie’s question of the month.  This will enter you into the drawing for your very own Country Holiday Ribbon Collection!

If you’re not already a subscriber to the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club, now is a great time to let Santa know that it would make a great Christmas gift!  And now is the perfect time to sign up, as Bonnie is offering new subscribers a special deal on the November/December Club Assortments.

I hope I’ve inspired you with some ideas that you can use in making your own Christmas cards!  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Party Time! Little Black Dress Folio

RRR Anything Goes with Ribbon Challenge: Little Black Dress Folio

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for another great “Anything Goes with Ribbon” challenge over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge Blog.  I’ve created  this Little Black Dress Folio with pretty ribbons from the Country Holiday November Ribbon Club Assortment. They work so well with these Photoplay Vintage Girl papers.

Little Black Dress Folio Vintage Girl by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Photoplay Photo 1

Can you use Country Holiday ribbons on a Little Black Dress folio?  Yes, yes you can!   The pink ribbons worked perfectly on this very girly folio!

Little Black Dress Folio Vintage Girl by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Photoplay Photo 2

Lots of matted paper layers here, and a little machine stitching, too. The folio measures 5″ x 7″ with a 1/2″ spine that allows for lots of paper pretties on the card interior.

Little Black Dress Folio:  The Ribbon Cluster

Little Black Dress Folio Vintage Girl by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Photoplay Photo 3This posh triple layer bow came together thanks to my trusty Zutter Bow it All Tool.  Here’s the recipe:

  • First tie a double loop bow from Country Holiday 5/8″ Tulip Taffeta Ribbon.  Use hot glue to attach it to the corner of the Little Black Dress image.
  • Next, tie a second double loop bow using Raspberry Swirl 3/8″ Gingham Ribbon.
  • Now, put that Zutter Bow it All Tool to work one more time to tie a double loop string bow with Silver Metallic String.  Glue it over the Raspberry Swirl Ribbon.
  • Top it all off with a vintage jet black button.
Little Black Dress Folio:  The Embellishments

Little Black Dress Folio Vintage Girl by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Photoplay Photo 4You all know how much I enjoy embellishing a project!   This sweet little hanger is just the right accent for the focal image on this folio.  To make it party-ready, I ran scraps of Raspberry Swirl Gingham and Tulip Taffeta through it along with a paper scrap.  A dot of hot glue between the ribbon layers holds everything in place.  Then I topped it with a trio of WOC Mixed Pink Sweetheart Blossoms. I found this tiny jet button in my vintage button stash.

To make the Little Black Dress really shine,  add a fine layer of Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive and then sprinkle with ultra fine clear glitter.  When the glitter is dry, add one more sweetheart blossom.

As a finishing touch, I added a few sparkly sequins.

Little Black Dress Folio: The Party’s on the Inside!

Little Black Dress Folio Vintage Girl by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Photoplay Photo 5I really went to town on the inside of this folio.  The large pocket holds a little gift card wallet, pink photo mounts and a cute little refrigerator magnet.

Little Black Dress Folio Vintage Girl by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Photoplay Photo 6

Little Black Dress Folio Vintage Girl by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Photoplay Photo 7The side pocket contains a lovely little mini album complete with bookmark and a sweet treat.

Little Black Dress Folio Vintage Girl by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Photoplay Photo 8The bookmark is topped with the same ribbon used on the front of the card.

Now It’s Your Turn!

You are cordially invited to play along in this fun “Anything Goes With Ribbon” Challenge.  Simply link up your project on the RRR Challenge Blog before midnight on Wednesday November 15th to play along.  You’ll find all the challenge guidelines HERE.

To get the creative wheels turning, pop on over to the RRR Blog to see what the rest of the design team has created.  Oh, and before I forget, here’s a peek at the pretty ribbons in this month’s Ribbon Club Assortment.  You can subscribe to the monthly ribbon club HERE.

RRR Country Holiday Ribbon Assortment November 2017

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Bountiful Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring

Authentique Bountiful Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring

Hello, Friends!  Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday,  is on the horizon. It’s easy to spend a small fortune on home decor for that happy holiday.  But, you can make this Authentique Bountiful Home Decor Trio on a shoestring. Your home will look lovely, and you can use the extra cash to purchase more paper pretties!  See how I look after you?  Best of all, these projects are super easy to make in a day or less.

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 1

Count Your Blessings Altered Bottle: Bountiful Home Decor on a Shoestring Project #1

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 2

I have a thing for glass jars and bottles.  The Closet of Shame has a shelf dedicated to jars and bottles in interesting shapes and sizes. I use them to store supplies, of course. But they also make great home decor.

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 3This lovely altered bottle began its life as a maple syrup container.  After removing the label, I washed and dried it thoroughly.  Originally clear glass, I altered it with alcohol inks.  If you’ve not done this before, here’s how:

  • Begin with a clean, dry glass surface.
  • Gently squeeze your chosen colors of alcohol ink into a felt blending tool.  It doesn’t take much.  Just a few drops of each color. I worked with Red Pepper, Pesto, Terra Cotta, Caramel, Purple Twilight, Sunset Orange, and Butterscotch Inks.  You can add all these colors in a cluster on one blending tool
  • Now, tap the applicator all over the surface of the bottle.
  • To get in small crevices, I dripped drops of color directly onto the glass.
  • Tap Copper Mixative Alcohol ink directly over the raised edges of the glass.  Use a clean blending foam for this.

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 4

Let the ink dry thoroughly. Alcohol ink dries quickly.  So even though I had so many layers of ink on my bottle, it was completely dry in about an hour.  I simply matted the sentiment from the 6″ x 6″ bundle and glued it to the bottle front.

TIPS:

  • To avoid stained hands, wear gloves!
  • Work over a non-stick craft sheet or several layers of newsprint.
  • For easy clean up, try using hand sanitizer and paper towels.
  • Use in a well ventilated area.
  • Do not re-use the blending felt.  It’s flammable.
  • Do not dry with a heat tool! Alcohol ink is flammable!

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 5

Dress up the top of the bottle with ribbon, flowers, stickers and fussy cut images from the Bountiful Paper Collection.   The quote strip is from the Bountiful paper header.  I never throw these away.

Gather with Thankful Hearts Chunky Canvas: Bountiful Home Decor on a Shoestring Project #2

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 6

From time to time, Michael’s puts out bins of merchandise that have been ridiculously marked down.  I pulled this chunky little 4″ x 4″ linen canvas from one of these bins.  It cost me all of 70 cents!  Creating this project is a real time bargain, as it will take you under 30 minutes to complete.

  • Mat a 3.75″ square of Bountiful Seven paper on kraft, light blue and brown cardstock.
  • Run Scor-Tape along the back and attach to the center of the canvas.
  • Fussy cut the sentiment medallion from Bountiful Eight.
  • Ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Back with waste chipboard or foam tabs.  Glue to the leaf panel.
  • Sponge a chipboard flourish with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Sponge again with Versamark Embossing Ink.  Heat emboss with Wow Ultra High Copper Embossing Powder. Glue to the left of the sentiment medallion.
  • Glue a couple of burlap leaves on top of the flourish.
  • Paint some metal charms (these have been in my stash forever!) and glue over the leaves.
  • Top with a burlap string bow and button.
  • Add acorn stickers (also from the bargain bin!) to the corners.  If you don’t have acorn stickers, you can easily use buttons, metal corners or nothing at all.

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 7These rustic nail heads were already on the canvas.  But you could add thumbtacks for very little money.

Gather Shadow Box Frame: Bountiful Home Decor on a Shoestring Project #3

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 8While I was out walking last Saturday, I discovered that one of our neighbors was having a yard sale.  Yippee!  I snagged this 9″ x 11″ x 1.75″ shadow box frame for a dollar!  Happy day!  Now, it was a bit of an ugly duckling…dusty, dirty and chippy…but I was able to give it the swan treatment with a little paint, paper and fun elements from my stash.

  • Begin by washing and drying the shadowbox.  Of course, if yours is new, you can skip this step.
  • Next, paint all the wood surfaces with Folk Art Coffee Bean Paint.  Dry thoroughly.
  • Then, dry brush on some DecoArt Media Burnt Sienna Fluid Acrylic Paint.  I typically put a small puddle of paint on my craft sheet, pick up a small amount, brush it off on the craft sheet, then brush lightly over the paint.  I was going for a faux wood grain finish, not complete coverage.
  • Now, repeat this step using American Crafts Black Chalk Paint.  Again, use a light touch.  It takes a little practice, but if you make a mistake, just paint over it!  No stress!
  • Cut strips of Bountiful Five paper slightly smaller than the shadowbox frame face.  Ink the edges with Black Soot.  Miter the Corners.  Glue in place.
  • Finish by brushing all the wood with Tim Holtz Vintage Collage Medium.  This not only gives the paint a lovely aged appearance, it also protects it from moisture and dust.
The Inside Scoop

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 9

  • Brush a pile of acorns with Prima Copper Crackle Texture paste.  Again, just dry brush this on.  Set them aside to dry. These will fill the base of the shadow box.
  • Cover the mat with the acorn print from the Bountiful 12×12 Collection Kit.  Cut the center out with a craft knife.  Sand the edges lightly and ink with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.
  • Cover the open area with the paisley print from the reverse side of the acorn print.  To make it fit over the opening, mat it on cardstock.  Glue in place.
  • Add ribbon and copper brads.  These are both old…they’ve been in my stash forever.  But you can substitute from your own stash.
  • Die cut little banners from scraps and string across the top.

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 10

  • Mat the “Grateful” sentiment on the same cardstock colors.  Back with waste cardboard or foam tabs and press in place.
  • Die cut Tim’s Tattered Leaves from Bountiful Scraps.  Distress. Glue in the corner.
  • Punch the “Gather” medallion from the 6″ x 6″ bundle.  Mat on brown cardstock that you’ve punched with a scallop punch.  Glue over the leaves.
  • Fill the base with the acorns.  I glued the bottom layer in place to help keep the acorns from shifting.  Just be sure to glue where it won’t show.

Authentique Bountiful Home Decor Trio: Closing thoughts

On a side note…do you know how hard it is to photograph through a glass frame?  If any of you have tips for doing this, it will be greatly appreciated!

Bountiful is a beautiful collection for fall.  You can create a lovely grouping with these three items.  I’m sure if you look around your home, you can find items that will help you create your own Bountiful Home Decor on a shoestring.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame and Greeting Card

RRR Anything Goes Challenge: Home Family Blessing Altered Frame and Greeting Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to another “anything goes with ribbon or trim” challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  It’s always fun to update one’s home decor in the fall, so I’ve created a rustic Home Family Blessing Altered Frame and greeting card for you today.  Once again, I’ve used Simple Stories “Vintage Blessings” to complement my gorgeous Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1

This 8″ x 10″ frame was in a box at a local yard sale, waiting just for me!  It was chipped and worn, but had good bones.  For 50 cents, I decided it could come home with me and get a little makeover.

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 2I’m so glad I snapped this beauty up, as it was loads of fun to alter with distress paints, Petaloo flowers, and Rust/Ivory Plaid Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 4I painted the dark brown chippy frame with Antique Linen Distress Paint.  When it was almost dry, I wiped it back with a slightly damp paper towel.  This process was repeated with Peeled Paint, and Antique Bronze Distress Paint.   Next, I added more paint, then spritzed it with water and let it run.  Finally, I thinned out the paints on my craft sheet and spattered paint all over.

TIP:  Cover the glass portion of the frame with sticky notes to keep it clean.  This saved me so much time and trouble!

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 5The final step was adding these gorgeous Petaloo Magnolia blossoms and a triple loop bow.  Adding the bow was the perfect finishing touch!

Home Is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1While I had my desk all messed up, I decided to go ahead and create a card.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 2This 5″ x 7″ top fold card has a 1/4″ spine.  I used more of my little hand made felt embellies and more of this gorgeous Rust/Ivory Plaid Ribbon to adorn the card.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 3

The inside of the card has a side pocket with a little tag  and honey stick tucked inside.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 4If you are like me, you’re always looking for a way to use up scraps.  These little tags do a great job!  And, you can add your ribbon scraps to the top.  For this topper, simply slip your ribbon through the hole punch.  Then tie a square knot with another ribbon scrap to hold it in place.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 5This larger pocket contains a darling little tea bag wallet to go with the honey stickHome is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 6Once again, I used scraps to create the belly band and the little ribbon on the tag.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 7

Here’s a peeky inside.

Now it’s YOUR turn!

You can play along in this fun “anything goes with ribbon or trim” challenge, too!  Simply create the project of your choice, making sure to add ribbon or trim to the design.  Link it up over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge Blog before midnight on Wednesday, October 18th.  You can find all the details HERE.

If you need more ribbony inspiration, pop on over to the RRR Blog where you’ll find beautiful projects from the other members of the RRR design team.

Can’t wait to see what YOU make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Graphic 45 Fun With Penny’s Paper Doll Family

Fun with Penny’s Paper Doll Family from Graphic 45

Hello, G45er’s!   When I was a little girl, I loved to play with paper dolls.  I spent hours stuck in bed due to childhood illnesses.  Playing with paper dolls helped to fill many a long day.   So when Graphic 45 released their gorgeous Penny’s Paper Doll Family collection this summer, it was love at first sight for me.

While creating with this beautiful vintage collection, I found I had not lost my childhood love for paper dolls.  There’s just something magical about fussy cutting these handsome paper dolls and their matching outfits and accouterments!  So today I have 2 fun cards made with Penny’s Paper Doll Family to share with you.

Flowers from the Same Garden: Penny’s Paper Doll Family card with Pockets
Flowers from the Same Garden Pocket Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Card makers will just fall in love with this amazing collection because it is loaded with gorgeous patterns, beautiful images and sentiment panels that are perfect for family cards.  This 5″ x 7″ top fold card was so much fun to make.  The patterns remind me of the wallpaper in my childhood bedroom.

Flowers from the Same Garden Pocket Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

Flowers from the Same Garden Pocket Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

I love the sentiment panels in Graphic 45’s Penny’s Paper Doll Family.  Not only do they look like vintage embroidery panels, they also make for very quick and easy card design!  Add a border strip, die cut doilies, a large banner layer, vintage buttons and flowers and you have a charming vintage style greeting card in no time!

Flowers from the Same Garden Pocket Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Tips

  1. To add depth and dimension to this simple card design, I double matted each card layer.  This keeps the layers from getting muddled.  It also gives the focal image on the card the appearance of having been framed.
  2. Cut doilies in half to get more mileage out of them.  I tucked half a doily above and below the focal image.
  3. Create a custom doily by adding designer paper to the solid center.  To do this, I lay my doily on top of the paper, traced around the inner edge of the doily, then cut the circle out with scissors.  
Supply List for Flowers from the Same Garden Card

Penny’s Paper Doll Family Collection

  • Penny’s Paper Doll Family
  • Beyond Borders
  • Sweet Sister
  • Garden Path

Other Supplies:

  • Kraft and Brick Red Cardstock
  • Petaloo Briar Roses
  • Burlap String, Red Taffeta Ribbon
  • Vintage Buttons from my Stash
  • Die cut doilies
Happy Family Bendi Card

Happy Family Bendi Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Penny’s Paper Doll Family is the perfect collection to use in a fun Bendi Card design.  This card design can double as table decor at a birthday party, baby shower, tea party or housewarming.  You can learn how to make a Bendi card HERE.  The collection I used is different, but the steps and measurements are the same.

Happy Family Bendi Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2 Happy Family Bendi Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3 Happy Family Bendi Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4 Happy Family Bendi Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5 Happy Family Bendi Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

TIPS

  1. When it comes to fussy cutting, there are several little tips that can make the job easier:
    1. First, make sure you have a really sharp pair of small scissors.  I like to use Tim Holtz’s Tonic mini snips.
    2. Don’t try to cut a small image from a huge piece of paper.  Instead , remove the image by cutting well around it.  Then do your fussy cutting.  Having less bulk around the image makes it much easier to get a clean cut.
    3. When cutting an image that has small parts, like the stems of flowers or hands and feet, I cut the small parts last.  This way, I’m less likely to accidentally snip them off.
    4. Don’t make chopping motions with your scissors.  Hold the blades steady and glide them against the paper.  You can practice this skill on magazine images.
  2. To create extra dimension in this Bendi card, I backed the paper doll family with cardboard from packing boxes.  I find that Priority Mail boxes are about the right thickness.  The cardboard also strengthens the images and helps prevent tearing.
Happy Family Bendi Card Supply List

Penny’s Paper Doll Family Collection

  • Penny’s Paper Doll Family
  • Sweet Sister
  • Mothers and Daughters
  • Color Your World
  • Garden Path
  • Beyond Borders

Other Supplies:

  • Brick Red Cardstock
  • Scoring Tool, Ruler, Craft Knife
  • Petaloo Flowers
  • Burlap String
  • Fussy Cutting Scissors, Hot Glue Gun

I hope this post has brought back some of your happy childhood memories and inspired you to break out your Graphic 45 paper pretties and get your craft on.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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