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Beach Retreat

Beach Retreat and Retrospect

Hello, Friends!  I’m just popping in very quickly today to let you know that I’m taking a few days off.  Yup.  The beach is calling my name, and I must answer. I plan to rest and renew with walks in the sand, shell hunting, play with the grandgirls, great meals with the family and glorious sunrises and sunsets.

I can’t wait!

I’ll be back next week all refreshed and ready to share new inspiration with you here.  But while I’m gone, you can enjoy some past beach projects, and pretend you are dipping your toes in the surf along with me.

Enjoy another peek at this beautiful Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album.

Get your mixed media groove going with this Sea Flowers canvas I created for Little Birdie Crafts.

Sea Flowers Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

Take another look at this Vintage Beach Babes Birthday Card Folio.

Because I love the beach, I have loads of beach projects on my blog.  Checking them out will be like a taking a virtual beach trip.  Click HERE for more.

See you on Monday!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card Folio

Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  This cheery Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card folio is a gift and a card all in one.

Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Sweet and fresh as a spring day, this card is also quick and easy to put together.

  • Create a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base from Whip Cream Cardstock.
  • Mat a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ panel of the green check paper on a slightly larger layer of pink cardstock.  Then mat a second time on olive green cardstock.
  • Then stitch the layers together on your sewing machine.  Throw in a few zig-zag stitches just for the fun of it!
  • Next, cut a 4″ x 6″ panel of the green leaf pattern.  Stitch this onto a slightly larger layer of the green cardstock.
Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card Folio: Finishing Touches

Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

  • Fussy cut around the white line on the sentiment panel.  This little detail makes all the difference in the world.

Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

  • Place foam tape or waste chipboard behind the sentiment panel and adhere to the card.  This simple step adds loads of dimension.
  • Now, from the sticker sheet, find “Fresh Flowers”, the pink rain boots and the “Beautiful Day” circular sentiment. Add these to the card as seen in the photo.
  • Adhere a cluster of flowers along the left hand side of the sentiment.
  • Tuck in a bow tied with Pink Plaid Ribbon.
  • Place a mini binder clip on the right hand side of the sentiment panel.  Tie a bit of pink burlap string around the post.
Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Create a little sentiment panel from a scrap of the pink cardstock.  Punch two holes through the left hand side.  Then run a bit of ribbon through the holes and tie a vintage silver spoon in place.

Carta Bella Spring Market Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo  05

For the pocket on the bottom, create a little treat wallet.  Tuck in a tea bag, chocolate and honey stick.  Now you’ve got a unique and lovely birthday gift.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so,, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  To see more projects made from this Carta Bella Spring Market Collection, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Stamperia Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial

Stamperia Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial for Nomadic Soul Diaries

Hello, Friends!  Spring has sprung, and I’m thrilled to be sharing this Stamperia Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial with you.  This lovely little project is created for a Guest Designer Spot with Nomadic Soul Diaries.  I became friends with the gracious and talented Nuneka Box  when she and I both served on the Little Birdie Crafts Design team.  She has been such a blessing and encouragement to me in my mixed media pursuits.  How could I say no when she asked me to design for the April challenge?   Especially since the challenge is to create an interactive card that incorporates sequins in the design!  Was this challenge made for me, or what?

Stamperia Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Nomadic Soul Diaries Photo 01

Here’s the inspiration board for this month’s challenge.

Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial: The Details

If you’ve never made a card folio before, you can find a really good basic tutorial HERE.  This tutorial focuses on the creation of the framed shaker box, something which many of you have asked me to do.  So here is your opportunity to learn how to alter a Tim Holtz Vignette Frame with paints and sprays.   (I’ll share a linked supply list below this post.)

Stamperia Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Nomadic Soul Diaries Photo 02

The folio base measures 5″ x 7″ with a 1/2″ spine.  This is my “go to” size for these little folios.  Beautiful roses and flowers cascade down the side of the frame interspersed with beautiful vintage ribbons.

Stamperia Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Nomadic Soul Diaries Photo 03

I’ve filled the shaker frame with shaped sequins and mustard seeds to add a real organic feel.  The focal image inside the shaker is cut from the Spring Botanic papers and popped up on waste chipboard.  To add a little steampunk vibe, I added this sweet bee and pocket watch metal embellishment.  I love to create these little vignettes inside my shaker frames.

Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Stamperia Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Nomadic Soul Diaries Photo 04

Before we go any further…this paper!  Be still my beating heart!

Stamperia Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Nomadic Soul Diaries Photo 05

The top half of the card is a little gallery wall.  Cut apart images have been matted on little folio bases.  Each hanging in the gallery has a magnetic closure with a springtime quote handwritten inside.

Stamperia Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Nomadic Soul Diaries Photo 06

A flip page on the bottom half of the card has a fun two-tiered pocket design.    I’ve filled this with little tags, a bookmark and a magnet, all made using cut apart images from the collection.

Stamperia Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Nomadic Soul Diaries Photo 07

Behind the flip page is a lovely little folio, tucked into a pocket.

Stamperia Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Nomadic Soul Diaries Photo 08

A ribbon belly band holds everything together.

Stamperia Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Nomadic Soul Diaries Photo 09

TIP:  Line the pages of this little folio with images cut from the collection cover art.  This is a great way to stretch your designer paper.  Because the images and patterns are smaller, sample sizes, the scale is just right.

Stamperia Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Nomadic Soul Diaries Photo 10

So that’s a quick look at the folio, inside and out.  I’m so happy with the way it turned out.

Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Tutorial Video

 

If you’d like to play along in this Instagram based challenge, you can get all the details HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, techniques 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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Stamperia Spring Botanic Shaker Card Folio Supply List

 

Proper Gentleman Pocket Card

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Pocket Card Eileen Hull House/Pocket Stitchlets Die for Frilly & Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m the hostess for the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  This Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Pocket Card fits the challenge theme like your favorite pair of jeans.  And you’ll see what I’m talking about in just a minute.  But first, let’s take a look at the challenge theme:

Challenge Theme: Re-purpose, Re-use, Recycle
Earth Day is April 22nd, so let’s honor the day with a vintage or shabby chic project that includes an item that would normally land in the recycle or trash bin.  You can use an old jar, glass bottle, packaging material or other bits and bobs to create your upcycled masterpiece.  Be sure to tell us in your post what your recycled item is and how you used it, as it may not be apparent in a photo.
Proper Gentleman Pocket Card: The Inspiration

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

True confession: there’s nothing I love more than a good pair of jeans.  So when my dear husband was retiring a much loved pair, I salvaged the back pocket label.  This particular brand of jeans has such a classic logo, and the texture of the label is almost like leather.  How could I possibly not salvage it?

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

The fact that the label lived its first life on a jeans pocket inspired me to create a new pocket for it to rest upon.  So I turned to my Eileen Hull House/Pocket Stitchlets Dies to help me bring that idea to life.  Here’s how I created this two tiered pocket:

  • First, cut the pocket base by using just the large pocket frame die.
  • Next, use both the pocket frame and the insert (with the stitching holes) to cut the plaid pocket shape out.
  • Now, trim about 1/8″ from the edges of the plaid pocket.  This way, the designer paper from the first die can be seen.
  • Then machine stitch around the inside perimeter of the plaid pocket.
  • Now, stitch the sides and bottom of the recycled jeans label in the center of the plaid pocket.  Leave the top edge open to resemble a watch pocket.
  • Next, center the plaid pocket over the base pocket.  Machine stitch the plaid pocket to the base, but leave the top edge open.
  • Back the pocket with waste chipboard or foam dimensionals and adhere to the card.

Of course, you can use the dies and the label without machine stitching.  I just happen to like the texture this adds.

Proper Gentleman Pocket Card: Details

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

Masculine cards are fun to embellish.

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 05

To keep with the pocket theme of this card, I chose to alter a Tim Holtz Monocle and TH Idea-Ology Pocket Watch frame.  The brass key is also a found object, picked up during one of my daily walks.  I strung all these items onto a TH Swivel Clasp.  You know how men always have a big old key ring.

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 06

This TH Buckle mimics a belt.  It is held in place with a TH Screw Top Brad.

Proper Gentleman Pocket Card: What’s in Your Pocket

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 07

To keep with the recycling theme, I used some cardstock scraps  and designer paper scraps to create a little “wallet” to insert in the pocket.  The back edge of the wallet fits into the Eileen Hull pocket while the front edge tucks neatly into the label pocket.

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 09

Proper Gentleman Pocket Card: A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 10

The inside of this card is as handsome as the outside.  I added some fussy cut details, another simple pocket and note card for writing a personal message.  Something about this design makes me think of a crisp, white pocket handkerchief, something which no proper gentleman should be without!

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 11

Now it’s YOUR Turn

You are cordially invited to join in on this fun challenge.  To do so, simply create your own vintage or shabby chic upcycled project.   Then link  up on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before 11:55PM EST on Tuesday, April 23.  You can find all the rules and information HERE.

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot  at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. In addition, the Design Team will select three further outstanding entries and those creators will receive a Top Pick badge to display on their blogs!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Did I share some tips, tricks, and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures today?  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  To see more masculine card ideas on my blog, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List

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Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m shaking things up with an Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card to share with you.

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 01

Does this ever happen to you?  It’s time to clean up the craftermath from a project.  And while you are tidying up, your eye falls on something that ignites your imagination. While cleaning up my Easter Bunny Banner, this cutie patootie Peter Cottontail hopped right off my work desk and into my hands.  How could I resist?

Peter Cottontail Shaker Card: Tall and Skinny

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 02

Tall and skinny cards seem to be all the rage right now, so I thought I’d take one for a spin, as I don’t recall having made one before.  This one measures 4 1/4″ x 7 3/4″ with a 1″ spine.  To pull out the blues in the paper collection, I matted my designer papers on Sno-Cone cardstock.  Then to anchor all those soft pastels, I matted a second time on Milk Chocolate.  Which I have to admit, is pretty perfect for an Easter Bunny card.

Peter Cottontail Shaker Card: Use Your Scraps

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 03

Remember all the little diamond shaped pennants I die cut for the Bunny Banner?  The negative cut was just perfect to use as a banner flag layer for this card.  Use your scraps, people!   I recently acquired some vintage doilies at flea market.  I love the texture they add to a shabby chic project.  So I turned a square doily into a diamond shape, wrapped the ends around my card front and secured on the back with Scor-Tape.  (You can see this better in the photo below.) Add more texture by wrapping the base of the card with some buttery yellow embroidery floss.

Peter Cottontail Shaker Card: The Shaker Box

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 04

The frame for the shaker box is another Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard frame.  You get 6 sizes and styles of frames in each pack, so I think they are a pretty good value. These are so easy to alter with inks and sprays  Here’s how I altered this one:

  • First, Sponge on a light layer of Weathered Wood Distress Oxide Ink.
  • Next, tap random areas of the frame with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink.
  • Now, spritz the frame lightly with Brushed Pewter Mica Spray.
  • Finally, heat dry the frame, blotting up any big blobs of ink with a paper towel.
  • Next, back the frame with a 3 1/2″ x 5″ panel of clear acrylic cardstock.
  • Then add a triple layer of foam adhesive.
  • Fill the shaker box with Buttons Galore Easter Chic Shaker Mix.   This mix actually contains small buttons, and that’s why we need the three layers of foam adhesive.  If you are using a different shaker mix, you can get by with a double layer of foam tape.
  • Finally, center the card front over the shaker box.  Take your time and make sure everything is centered and straight!
Peter Cottontail Shaker Card: Finishing Touches

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 05

Little Birdie Flowers cascade down the side of the card.  Alter these by dry brushing them with a little ivory chalk paint.  Tuck a Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keyhole in with the flowers to amp up the Shabby Chic Vibe.  A buttery yellow satin bow and key combo adds just the right pop of color.

Peter Cottontail Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 06

Oh look!  There’s a party inside this card!  The double pocket on the right holds a tea bag, chocolate treat, honey stick and a real treasure.

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 07

I found this darling demitasse spoon on one of my junkin’ adventures.  It is vintage silver/gold plated and engraved with the sweetest little cherub.  And…imported from italy!  I bought them all.  You know me and my passion for vintage spoons!

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 08

To add some interactive fun to the card interior, I created this little magnetic folio from scraps that were lying about.

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 09

Authentique Abundant Peter Cottontail Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tim Holtz Lace Baseboard Frame Photo 10

These sweet Easter images are tucked into that wee pocket.

So that’s all for me folks.  I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques 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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