Flowers and Art Inverted Canvas with G45 Nature Sketchbook

Frilly and Funkie Challenge: Flowers and Art Inverted Canvas with G45 Nature Sketchbook and Wendy Vecchi Stamps

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabulous challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Today I’ve prepared a Flowers and Art Inverted Canvas using Graphic 45’s Nature Sketchbook and Wendy Vecchi stamps and goodies.  First, let’s see what Cec, our hostess, has to say about this challenge.

Challenge Theme: Out Of The Cold!
It is winter and that means snow and cold in so many places so let’s head to the tropics.  Create any vintage or shabby chic project that will make us feel warm – think lots of sunshine, bright colours, flora and fauna and even animals hiding in the rain forest.

I had to think a long time about this challenge but knew I wanted to incorporate Wendy’s flowers and the beautiful Nature Sketchbook papers. This inverted canvas started out as a card…and just kind of took me where it wanted to go.

From Card to Canvas

The inspiration for this entire piece was the bright tropical flowers in the center of the canvas.  I made these by stamping Wendy Vecchi’s Mix and Match Art Stamps onto watercolor paper about a dozen times.  Knowing that I wanted the flowers to be yellow, I stamped using Wendy Vecchi Dandelion Archival ink.  This way, I had no harsh stamp lines around the edges.

Next, each flower layer was painted with Prima water colors. Then I  stamped each image a second time to reinforce the detail lines.  After fussy cutting, the layers were shaped, stacked and inked around the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Then the centers were filled with FloraSoft.  Finally, I painted the flowers with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint to add shimmer. The wet Crackle paint was sprinkled lightly with Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter.

Now it was time to add some stenciling, some clear texture paste, some die cutting, paper layering….and the base began to grow…and grow.  Pretty soon I realized this card was destined to be a canvas.

A Warm Color Palette for Flowers and Art Inverted Canvas

I used lots of warm colors in my palette with little pops of blue and green.

Butterflies were fussy cut from the 12×12 pad and scattered around the canvas. Star anise is a great natural addition to a canvas like this.  I painted each one with Scattered Straw Distress Paint.

Chipboard elements, metal keys, and wooden flourishes add lots of texture.

These metal pieces are tapped with Vintaj patina, then stacked along the side.

I stamped the sentiment from Wendy in Jet Black Archival Ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  It was sponged with more ink, then cut apart and glued in place.  The die cut swallow was treated with Distress Crazing medium and tapped with paint.

The back side of an 8×10 canvas was wrapped with tissue wrap and sprayed with various sprays.  It has a lovely patina in real life.  I like the depth that the inverted canvas provides. As a finishing touch, I brushed Antique Linen Distress Paint randomly onto the canvas.

Now It’s Your Turn

You can play along in this wonderful challenge by linking your own Out of the Cold vintage or shabby chic project to the challenge page over at Frilly and Funkie.  You have until midnightEST on Tuesday, February 28th to join the party.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot  at Frilly and Funkie. The other 3 talented designers 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.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day Banner Tutorial

Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook: Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day Banner

Hello, Friends!  How do you spell love?  Today, I’m spelling it with a super cute Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day banner tutorial.

Isn’t it fun?  The best part about this banner is the fact that it uses very few materials and can be made in about an hour.

Supply List for Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day Banner

Snapguide Tutorial for Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day Banner

Check out How to Graphic 45 Butterfly Kisses Valentine Banner by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Why I love Butterflies on Valentine’s Day

I know butterflies are not a traditional image for Valentine’s Day.  Well, as you might suspect by  now, there’s a story behind this project.  Since it is nearly Valentine’s Day…and the story is super romantic, I’ll share it with you here.

My mom and dad were both working as bookkeepers at a trucking company in southern Vermont in 1939.   Mom worked the day shift.  Dad worked nights.  Mom must have caught his eye right away, because of all the available chairs in that office, Dad opted to use hers each night.  This meant that every day at shift change, he had to return her chair to her desk.  And of course, this gave him the opportunity to say good morning.

Dad was shy.  I mean super shy.  So he rarely said anything beyond good morning each day.  But, he started leaving little gifts for mom on her desk: a pack of her favorite chewing gum, a piece of candy…small tokens of friendship.  After almost a YEAR of this delicate courtship dance, Valentine’s Day rolled around.  Mom came into work that morning to find an envelope with her name on it.  Inside the envelope was a beautiful Valentine’s Day card with…you guessed it…butterflies!

Mom and Dad were finally married on Valentine’s Day 1941.  Each year when their anniversary rolled around, Dad gave her a box of chocolates, a packet of chewing gum and a card…and there was always a butterfly on it somewhere!

So now you know why I love butterflies for Valentine’s Day.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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Pink, Green and a Promise of Spring!

Pink, Green and a Promise of Spring for RRR Blog Hop with Kaisercraft Mademoiselle Collection

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for the February Blog hop with the February Pink & Green Mix Ribbon Club Assortment.  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog. Pink, green and a promise of spring is just what the doctor ordered as a cure for the winter blues.

Just look at all these fresh, pretty colors, patterns and prints! It’s like getting a field of tulips in your mailbox, I tell you!

Collect Moments Card with Pockets and Inserts

This shabby chic card is made with Kaisercraft’s new Mademoiselle paper collection.  I fell in love with the pink and green color palette and was thrilled to find ribbon that worked so well with this month’s ribbon club.

I layered up pretty papers with pretty ribbons and forgot all about the fact that it’s February!

Apple Green Swiss Dots Satin Ribbon adds just the right pop of color to the cover of the card.   If you look closely, you’ll see the belly band I created with 1.5″ wide crochet lace and Geranium Pink Satin Swirls Ribbon.

Inserts, Pockets and Folios on the inside

Pink, green and a promise of Spring, indeed! I had such fun designing the interior of this card.  And, I managed to use all of the ribbons in this month’s fabulous assortment, which is always a fun challenge for me.

Look at that cheery little mini envelope on the left hand side. It’s just the right size to hold a cheery note or a piece of yummy chocolate.

Triple pockets on the right means lots of room for ribbons, inserts and goodies!

Matted ephemera cards are a great place to add photos and notes.  I love to use them as bookmarks, too! Paper clip embellies sport more pretty ribbons from the collection along with some shabby chic buttons from my stash.

The pockets are even pretty when empty!  That’s because I used more ribbons to create gorgeous borders.

Here’s a clever little folio that is tied shut with a bit of ribbon.

Photo mounts and a tea bag are nestled inside.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what pink and green sweeties Cherry has cooked up for you this month.

Then be sure to visit each blog on the hop, and leave a comment.  Then pop on over to the RRR BLOG and answer Bonnie’s question of the month so you can be entered into the drawing for a FREE Pink & Green Mix Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you’re not a member of the RRR Ribbon Club, now is a great time to join.  Bonnie has a special offer for new subscribers.  These gorgeous ribbon collections are loaded with fabulous ribbon to enhance your cards, layouts and off the page creations.

I hope I brought a smile to your heart with Pink, Green and a Promise of Spring!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Small Craft Studio Tour Part II

Small Craft Studio Tour Part II:  Opening the doors of the Infamous Closets of Shame

Hello, Friends!  Happy Saturday!  I’m back today with my Small Craft Studio Tour Part II!  This time I’m focusing on the infamous “Closet of Shame” where much of my crafty goodies hang out.  I also have process photos of my husband and son building my fabulous work table as well as one photo of the room on the day we moved in so you can see what a daunting task it was to pull this space together.

The important thing to remember when viewing craft studio tours is this: everyone is different.  Some people like to have everything out and piles of product everywhere.  This is what works for them.  I tend to be very organized and like everything to have a place.  My studio really does look like this except for the moments when I am working on a project.  Then it can get pretty messy.  But I clean up the entire space after every single project because I cannot function in chaos.  Dust doesn’t bother me…but mess drives me crazy!

Move in Day

Moving and setting up a studio is not for the faint of heart.  I had been gradually adding to my crafty stash over the course of 10 years.  Things come in one at a time.  But when you move….ay yi yi!  Even though I did a major purge before we moved (I reduced my stash by half!) it was still pretty overwhelming on move in day.

Ay yi yi!  This is only part of the mess…as there were boxes in the hallway.  I did take the time to really organize everything before the move, so that helped when it came to unpacking the studio.

One of the smartest things I did was to wrap my modular storage units with shrink wrap before the move.  Each cloth bucket was wrapped, and placed in its cube.  Then I wrapped the dickens out of each cube unit.  My movers were able to move them with dollies and when I got into the studio, all I had to do was unwrap.  You can see how much I love my buttons.  They were the first items I unwrapped…because, peeps…you gotta have a little inspiration when you face a task of this magnitude!

The Evolution of the Work Station

My new space measures about 11 feet x 12 feet. Sadly, some of my cherished furniture pieces from our old house did not fit the new space.  I had a very limited budget, so I had to think creatively.  I actually moved everything OUT of the studio so I could study the room and sketch out a plan that would allow for ample work surface and a good flow.  I woke up at 3 in the morning with a picture of the work station in my head.  Sketch pad in hand, I mapped out a crude drawing and shared it with Dale.

The plan was to create a peninsula along the back wall of the studio.  This made the best use of the room and since I had Dale build it at counter top height, it created room for all my Iris carts full of Graphic 45 papers to be tucked around the perimeter.  It also gave me great storage UNDER the table for seasonal items and Etsy shop inventory.

This was once our kitchen table.  Dale is measuring and modifying it to serve as the peninsula.  Those white plastic doohickeys are pluming flanges that the PVC legs fit into.  I wanted them all the way on the end of the table to facilitate storage.

Here are the flanges being screwed into place.

The legs are on the table!  Hooray!

Next, Dale and our son Peter screwed a 2×4 into the wall studs then drilled down into that to secure the table.  This table is so sturdy, I could dance on it if I wanted to!  You can see the finished table in my Small Craft Studio Tour Part 1 on YouTube.

On with the Show!  The infamous Closet of Shame!

Dale took out the wire shelving unit and built me custom shelving that would accommodate 12×12 paper pads. You’ll see it all in the video below.

So now you’ve seen my happy place.  I spend most of my time here, and I love how functional it is.  I hope I shared some ideas that you’ll be able to use in your own craft studio.  It doesn’t take a fortune to build a space that works for you.  Just think creatively and be willing to repurpose and reuse.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Small Craft Studio Tour and a Winner!

Small Craft Studio Tour Part 1 and Winner of Week 4 Happy Blogiversary Giveaway

Hello Friends!  Happy Friday!  As many of you know, my husband and I sold our big family home last year and downsized into a cute little ranch home.  Of course, this meant I had to create a whole new studio space.  This was fun…and challenging.  My former studio was more than twice as big, and had almost unlimited closet/storage space.  I had to do a major purge before and after moving.  I’ve spent the last 10 months working on my new, smaller studio and I can honestly say, I love it!  Since we’ve been celebrating my 4th Blogiversary this month, I thought it would be fun to share a video tour.  This Small Craft Studio Tour Part 1 goes over the basic layout as well as some furniture design and storage ideas. So, welcome to my small craft studio!

Small Craft Studio Tour Part 1

Hey!  What About the Giveaway?

Not to worry, my friends!  I haven’t forgotten about announcing the winner of my Week 4 Happy Blogiversary Giveaway!  I put all the numbers into random.org and the winner is:

#5: Barb Macaskill

Congratulations, Barb!  Please e-mail me your mailing address and I’ll get your crafty goodies mailed off to you.

As luck would have it, Barb hails from the state I grew up in: Vermont. Isn’t that amazing?  And to make things even more interesting, she lives in the town next door to my old hometown!  I even went to church there.  It really is a small world!

A Heartfelt Thank You

I hope you have had as much fun as I did during this Blogiversary Giveaway.  I wish I could have sent a prize package to each and every one of you.  Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to my questions.  I gathered a lot of useful information:

  • You prefer YouTube to Snapguide
  • Your favorite color combos
  • The things you enjoy about my blog (and some changes I need to make!)
  • The types of projects you enjoy creating

All this intel will find its way into future blog posts which means my blog will hopefully become even more relevant and helpful as time goes by.  Hearing from you all over the course of the past 4 weeks has been a fantastic experience.

Thank you again for taking this artful journey with me.  I couldn’t as for better travel companions!

I’ll be back tomorrow with Part II of my small craft studio tour.  I’ll share specific storage and organizational tips and before/after photos of the studio.  I hope you will join me!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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