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Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology

Natural Beauty: Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology Collection

Hello, Friends!  Wow, this has been a busy month for me!  Earlier this month, I shared some projects that I made “just for me.”  This Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology Collection was made during that time, but i simply haven’t had time to share it with you until now.

Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Made in a “junk journal” fashion, this 3.5″ x 5″  mini has a 1.5″ spine.  I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun I had making it.  There’s something so relaxing about creating a junk journal.  You get to dig through your stash, use loads of embellishments and texture and basically, have a blast.

Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Eileen’s Passport Mini  is a Sizzix XL Die.  It cuts covers, spine and inner pages.

The directions for binding the album come with the die, and you can find loads and loads of wonderful samples and tutorials on Eileen’s Blog.  I also share a lot of tips in the video tour below.

Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology Collection: Creating the Signature Pages

Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 03

The signature covers are decorated, but the inner pages are acid free resume paper that I died with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Here’s how:

  • Die cut pages using the Eileen Hull Passport Die.  Use a Sizzix crease pad to prevent the die from cutting all the way through the papers.  The die will crease the pages and punch out the binding holes at the same time.
  • Swipe Vintage Photo Distress Ink directly onto your non-stick craft mat.  Spritz with water until little beads and droplets begin to form.
  • Place the die cut pages into this luscious inky puddle and swipe them through.
  • You may have to repeat this process several times to ink up all the pages.
  • When all the pages have been inked, iron them flat with an iron on the “low” setting.
  • Now you have a lovely stack of stained papers to add to your passport mini signatures.
Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology Collection: Natural Beauty Vignettes

Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology Collection by Kathy Clement Photo 4

Little nature vignettes decorate the cover of each signature. Some elements are fussy cut images from the Anthology Collection Kit.  You will see that I used the Graphic 45 Square Tag and Clock Dies in several spots.  That clock frame is sooo useful!

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Other items have been in my stash for so long, I don’t even know where they came from.   I also used lots of images and elements from  the 6.5″ x 6.5″ Anthology Paper Pad.  Kaisercraft also makes little ephemera bits that they call “Collectables” for this collection.

I’ve incorporated lots of natural elements, like this lichen I picked up at a local park, leaves, Spanish Moss and feathers to add to the natural, organic feel of the album.

Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology Collection: Flips and Flaps

You all know how much I love to add interactive elements to my creations as often as possible.  This little mini is no exception.  There are flips and flaps galore!

You can find many of the metal charms I’ve used at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Eileen Hull Passport Mini with Kaisercraft Anthology Collection Video Tour: Tips, Tricks & Ideas

I always find it helpful to view a video of a project like this.  It helps you gain a sense of the size, depth, dimension and function of all the mechanisms.  You’ll find photos that I did not share in this post along with lots of ideas that will be helpful if you decide to make your own Passport Mini Album.  Enjoy!

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

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Note: Whenever possible, I share product links.  Some items, however,  have been in my stash a very long time, and are no longer available for purchase.  Thanks for understanding!

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday to Etsy Sale

Happy Birthday to Etsy Sale at Kathy by Design Etsy Shop

Hello, Friends!  I’m just popping in very briefly today with a little announcement.  Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade goods turned 13 this week!  This is where I sell the lovely projects that I share with you here on this blog.  To join in on the celebration, my Kathy by Design Etsy Shop  is having a little Happy Birthday to Etsy sale through June 22nd.  I’m offering a 10% discount on orders of $20 or more.

In addition to my handmade paper art products, I have a lovely selection of Little Birdie Crafts Flowers.  These are also on sale through Friday.

You can find my ETSY Shop HERE...and all the details about the sale are in the shop announcement on my home page.

I just thought I’d share the news!

Happy birthday to ETSY and happy shopping!

 

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio Tutorial for Letter Perfect Challenge at Frilly & Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Frilly and Funkie Letter Perfect Challenge!  I’ve created a really fun Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio to share with you today.  There’s even a little tutorial and a video tour thrown in for your viewing pleasure.  We’ll take a look at everything in just a second, but first, let’s see what Sara Emily, our lovely challenge hostess, has to say about this challenge.

Challenge Theme: Letter Perfect
According to Merriam Webster, ‘letter perfect’ is defined as “correct to the smallest detail”. We’re not asking you to be immaculate or flawless; we just want to see letters or words on your vintage or shabby chic project. They don’t have to be the focus, but be sure we can see them!

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio on YouTube

It makes sense to start this post with the video tour of this Tag Folio before we look at the details.  So here you go…it’s  just a short, 11 minute video tour loaded with tips and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  Enjoy!

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio:  The base-ics

Graphic 45 Imagine  Steampunk Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

This is an 8″ x 10″ folio with a lightweight chipboard base.  Because I knew that I would be adding a tag box to the front, the folio itself had to have some heft to it so it wouldn’t tip over. I simply scored the sheet of chipboard in half, creased along the fold and voila!  Instant folio base!

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

You probably notice that this folio is not thick.  That’s because most of the components are found in this dimensional tag box on the cover.  (There’s fun inside, too….trust me!)  Today’s tutorial will show you how to construct the tag box using a Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag as the base.   The tag box, filled with fun tags is a great project all on its own.  But it’s even more fun when added to the cover of a folio, dontcha think?

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio: Details and Flowers

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 03

My imagination ran away with me as I created this romantic Steampunk folio.  I just kept thinking of more things I could add.  Here you see the flowers I made using the G45 Large Tag and Flowers Dies.  These are soooo much fun to make.  Here are a few helpful flower making tips:

  • First,  die cut your flowers from patterned paper.  This gives each flower instant depth and dimension.  I used 8″ x 8″ patterns from the “B” side of the papers for this purpose.
  • Secondly, lightly mist your die cut petals with water before shaping.  I’m talking a very light misting…not Niagara Falls!  This does two things: first, it softens the paper making it easier to shape the petals.  Secondly, it releases the starch from the paper so that when your flowers dry, they will hold that shape.
  • Thirdly: Use a foam mat and ball stylus to shape the petals.  I roll my stylus from the tip of the petals toward the center of the flower to create a realistic shape.  Then I place the tip of my stylus in the center of each flower and “stir” it to cup the flowers.  You can cup them a little, or a lot…it’s up to you.
  • Fourth: if you want to add stamens, punch a hold in the center of each petal layer using and awl.  A standard craft pick does not make a big enough hole.
  • Finally: to add depth and dimension, sponge the petal edges with Distress Ink.  I used Vintage Photo on these flowers, but most any dye or chalk ink will work.  Then to add sparkle, spritz with mica spray or Glimmer Mist.
Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio: Ribbon and Tags

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

The pinks in this collection can be a little hard to color match.  But no worries! You can custom dye your own ribbon with Distress Ink and Seam Binding Ribbon.  Here’s how:

  • First, cut a nice long piece of white or ivory seam binding ribbon…at least a yard.  But more is better, so why not do 2 or 3?  You can use the extra on your next project!
  • Now add color.  I like to use Distress Ink Refills for really vibrant color.  Simply place a drop or two on your craft mat or non-porous surface and then spritz with water.  It’s best to add one layer of color at a time, drying in between so you don’t end up with mud.  For this ribbon, I used Tattered Rose, Fossilized Amber and Tumbled Glass.
  • Dry the ribbon gently with a heat tool, scrunching and crumpling it as you dry it.
  • To add some shadow and contrast, i tapped my Worn Lipstick Distress ink pad very lightly in a random kind of way over the top of my dried ribbon.  I love the way it turned out!
Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio: A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 06

The inside is fairly simple.  It was fun and easy to cover the Staples Ivory Tags thanks to the die.  Then I just scored a line on the bottom to make a flap and added them to the folio.

 

How to Turn a Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag into a Tag Box

Here’s the promised tutorial.

How to Make A Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag Pocket Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01 How to Make A Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag Pocket Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 02 How to Make A Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag Pocket Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 03 How to Make A Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag Pocket Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 04

To create the top border, I backed a border strip with waste chipboard.  Then I adhered Venise Lace along the bottom edge.

Letter Perfect: Now it’s YOUR turn!

I hope you’re feeling inspired to play along in this Letter Perfect Challenge.   To do so,  Just create a shabby chic or vintage project  that features Letters or Words.   Then link up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, June 26th.

The team will pick four favorite project entries for this challenge.  The top winner will be invited to join us in a Guest Designer spot on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The next three will receive badges to display proudly on their blogs.  And everyone who enters and follows the challenge rules will be eligible to win a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

You can find all the challenge rules and details HERE.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

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

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Simple Stories Plaid Dad Father’s Day Cards

Just for Fun: Simple Stories Plaid Dad Father’s Day Cards

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sharing a whole stack of Simple Stories Plaid Dad Father’s Day Cards that I made over the weekend, just for fun.  I had a super heavy design team load in May, so I didn’t get to play with some of the great papers that kind of fell into my shopping cart while I was rained in at the beach.  You know what they say…when the going gets tough..the tough go shopping!  LOL  Being cooped up in a little condo for hours on end led me to browse the internet…and that led me to a few shopping sites, and…well, you know the rest of the story!

I finally found a few minutes to play, and used this entire collection up on this series of Father’s Day cards.  They are available for purchase in my Etsy shop, just in case you are interested.

Simple Stories Plaid Dad Father’s Day Card #1: Sawdust is Man Glitter

Simple Stories Plaid Dad Father's Day Cards by Kathy Clement Photo 01

I don’t think I need to explain why this Simple Stories Plaid Dad collection fell into my shopping cart.  It’s so stinkin’ cute!  And, my son works with wood.  What could be more perfect?  Plus, it’s plaid, people!  Look at that totally adorable plaid toolbox!

Each of these cards has a gift card holder and a pocket with an insert inside.  Clean, simple and perfect for Dad.

The insert is mounted on a 4.25″ x 6.25″ kraft base so you can mount  a nice photo on the back, or write a personal message to dad.

I liked this card design so much that I made two other variations of it.

This one uses great big copper brads along with the wooden ruler and novelty buttons.

The gift card pocket is made with a 3″ x 4″ cut apart image.

This one has a festive little banner across the top.  I cut the wooden ruler in two pieces, added some real galvanized nails and an embossed woodgrain panel to this one.

And here’s a peek at the inside.  I love all those plaid flannel shirts!

Simple Stories Plaid Dad Father’s Day Card #2: Gone Fishing!

Have I ever told you about the one time my dad took me fishing?  I was about 5 years old, and I had begged him over and over to take me out in the rowboat on the pond with him.  Finally, he relented.  I was so excited!  We got the boat in the water, rowed out to Dad’s favorite fishing spot and dropped anchor.

And we sat there.

No talking…you’ll scare the fish.

No figeting…you’ll scare the fish.

No, there are no snacks.

No, there is no bathroom.

No, you can’t put your hand in the water…you’ll scare the fish.

I never asked to go again.  Fishing.  What a dumb way to spend a Saturday afternoon!  LOL

But for some unknown reason, Dads love to fish. (Maybe it’s the peace and quiet? )  So I layered up more of these rad plaid papers.  Then I added some cute fishing themed buttons.  I don’t like fishing…but I love this card!

Here’s a peek at the inside.

Simple Stories Plaid Dad Father’s Day Card #3:  Coolest Dad Ever

This card makes me laugh.  The buffalo plaid hat with ear flaps?  Yep.  My dad had one of those.  Horn-rimmed glasses?  Check!  He did not, however, wear suspenders or bow ties.  But he did love his coffee…and he was the coolest dad ever.  I adored him!

This one has a fun flap feature.

Well, you knew there had to be a flap somewhere, didn’t you?  These are so easy to make.  First score a 4″ x 6″ ephemera card at 2.5″ .  Then fold on the score.  Now adhere the smaller portion to the card base.  Finally fold shut and adhere the gift card pocket.  Done and done!

Thanks for letting me share these cards (and a few memories) with you.  I hope you were inspired and somewhat amused!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Stamperia Old Lace Feminine Flip Folio Tutorial

Stamperia Old Lace Feminine Flip Folio Tutorial for Frilly and Funkie “Layers of Lace” Challenge

Hello, Friends!  Is there anything more romantic and feminine than lace?  Today I have a shabby romantic Stamperia Old Lace Feminine Flip Folio Tutorial to share with you.  I’ve made it for the “Layers of Lace” Challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Before we take a look at the project, let’s see what Autumn, our lovely challenge hostess, has to say about the challenge theme.

Challenge Theme: Layers of Lace
Lace, oh so lovely lace!  Whether you add delicate layers of fine lace, or tattered and torn crocheted lace, we’d love to see you add dimension and depth to your vintage or shabby chic project with lace.  Perhaps you have a favorite lace stamp or will choose to lace something up, we’d love to see your creations inspired by this topic.
Stamperia Old Lace Feminine Flip Folio: A Two Story Design

Stamperia Old Lace Feminine Flip Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Once again, I’ve pulled my Mixed Media Boots out of the Closet of Shame for this challenge.  And once again, I’ve created a new style of folio, which is always really fun to do!  I’m calling this a “two story” folio with a 4.25″ x 7.5″ folio layered over a standard 5″ x 7″ top fold base with a 1/2″ spine.

This makes for a really fun, dimensional look, as well as lots of fun spots to stash goodies. I would love to make you think that I’m totally brilliant, but the truth of the matter is that this design came about by accident.  When I had finished putting the individual folio components together, which is my usual work process, I realized that the “tag” I had made to fit inside the folio was too tall!  So I had to think quickly…and this design is the result.  See?  No crafting catastrophes allowed!  Just crafting opportunities!

Stamperia Old Lace Feminine Flip Folio: Cover Art

I love the look of Distress Oxide Inks over kraft paper.  If you look in the top right corner, you can see it…topped with some stenciling, a little random stamping and very light heat embossing with ultra fine gold embossing powder.

The flower is actually cut from the paper collection, spritzed with water, shaped with a stylus and then inked and painted.  Use an awl to poke a hole in the flower center, then add some stamens.

And I personally love the contrast of distressed edges, burlap and crocheted lace.  It just works for me!

Open the top story of this folio to find more lace, torn paper layers, some inked, stamped, distressed paper and a handwritten sentiment.   Make the little tea bag holder by scoring a Graphic 45 Regular Ivory Tag and lining it with designer paper. Wrap the base with more lace, just for fun!

Stamperia Old Lace Feminine Flip Folio: The Ground Floor

Here’s a photo of the “ground floor” or the base for this flip folio.  Here’s how I made it.

  • Create a 5″ x 7″ card base with a top fold and 1/2″ spine.
    • First, cut an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of kraft cardstock into two 5″ x 8 1/2″ panels.
    • Place 1/2″ Scor-tape or other adhesive along the bottom edge of one panel.
    • Next, line the second panel up over the Scor-tape and press firmly to adhere.
    • Place the long side on a scoring tool and score at 7″ and again at 7 1/2″.  This forms the 1/2″ spine
    • Finally, crease along the score lines and trim away the excess paper at the bottom.

Once you have the base built, you will need to add your flaps.

  • For the gatefold flaps on the top half of the card do as follows
    • Cut two 4″ x 6″ rectangles of kraft  cardstock.
    • Place the short side on your scoring tool and score at 1/2″ on one panel.  This forms the left hand gate.
    • Repeat with the second panel, scoring at 3 1/2″ to form the right hand gate.
    • Adhere each flap to the folio base, then cover with your designer paper.
  • For the side flap cut a 5″ x 4″ panel of kraft cardstock.  Score a 1/2″ flap on the right hand side and adhere to the right hand side of card base.
Stamperia Old Lace Feminine Flip Folio: A Peek Inside

This is what my folio looks like on the inside.  I paired the Stamperia Old Lace papers up with Prima Love Story.  The combination of pink and brown really works for me.

Gatefold flaps open to reveal a pair of kraft glassine pockets on either side of the larger center panel.  By gluing just 3 sides of this postcard from the Old Lace Collection, I was able to create a nifty pocket in about 2 seconds!

Each glassine pocket folds down to reveal a photo mount and a hidden journaling spot on a card hidden inside the envelope.

Stamperia Old Lace Feminine Flip Folio Tutorial: More Flaps!

Just look at the gorgeous paper on this flap feature!

Open the flap to find more interactive elements.  The back side of the flap features a pull out page with a hidden journaling spot.

This 4″ x 5 1/2″ mini folio fits neatly in the large pocket on the bottom of the base.  I’ve added some stenciled polka dots and painted edges to shabby things up even more.  But wait…there’s more!

The folio is actually a lovely little envelope.  I can’t take any credit for this at all, doggone it!  It’s part of the Old Lace paper collection.  All I did was cut it out, score and fold.  How lovely is that?  And what’s inside the envelope?

A sweet little vintage button card with real vintage buttons and a little chocolate treat.

Stamperia Old Lace Feminine Flip Folio Tutorial Tour on YouTube

If you’d like to see all these interactive features in action, then grab a cuppa, click play and relax for 10 minutes.

Layers of Lace: Now it’s YOUR turn!

I hope you’re feeling inspired to play along in this lovely “Layers of Lace” Challenge.  Just create a lacy shabby chic or vintage project of your choice..  Then link up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, June 5th.

The team will pick four favorite project entries for this challenge.  The top winner will be invited to join us in a Guest Designer spot on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The next three will receive badges to display proudly on their blogs.  And everyone who enters and follows the challenge rules will be eligible to win a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

You can find all the challenge rules and details HERE.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

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

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