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Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial

Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial

Hello, G 45’ers!  I’m back again today with a project that is both pretty and practical.  Follow this Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad  Tutorial and you will see that it is quite easy to make, uses very few supplies and makes a wonderful gift for mom, teacher or friend.

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1We all love Graphic 45 Metal Staples, don’t we?  Even the packaging is gorgeous!  Those sturdy chipboard tags with the graceful shaped edges and vintage style grommets are too pretty to toss in the recycle bin!  Why not upcycle them into a stylish and practical notepad instead?  

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

That’s exactly what I did and I love the fact that not only is this Nature Sketchbook Beautiful Botanical notepad attractive, it is also sturdy.  I can find my notepad on my desk because of the bright colors that Nature Sketchbook lends.  As an added bonus, the design means that the notepad can be refilled with a new sticky note pad once the current one is used up.  

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

I just love the Nature Sketchbook die cut flowers!  You can shape the layers, ink the edges and stack them together to create a custom embellishment for your project.

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Cut the images from the 8×8 “Diary of a Botanist” paper to decorate the cover.  I just matted them on black cardstock and clustered them together to make a real visual impact.  And since we are upcycling, why not use waste chipboard or corrugate to elevate the layers.  I cut up all my Priority Mail boxes and use them instead of foam dimensionals.  It saves me money and is good for the planet, too!

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5The inside of this notepad is as pretty as the outside.

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

I created a “hinge” from paper so that this ATC Policy Envelope folds down to reveal a hidden journal tag that’s perfect for writing down phone numbers!

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8My sticky notes sit inside a little caddy and when they are used up, I’ll just pop in another one!

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial on Snapguide

Check out How to Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Tag Notepad by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

I know you’ll never toss another of these fabulous packaging tags in the trash again! You’ll find a complete supply list and product links below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List and Product Links:

Items from your stash:

  • Black Satin Ribbon, Burlap String
  • Black Chalk Paint
  • Buttons from your stash
  • Scor-Tape
  • Scoring tool, heat gun, ruler
  • Black card stock

 

Frilly & Funkie “Count Me In” Challenge: Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House

Frilly & Funkie “Count Me In” Challenge: Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another wonderful challenge over at the Frilly & Funkie Blog.  The one and only amazing Jenny is our hostess this go round, and the name of the challenge is “Count Me In.”   I went “off the page” for this challenge and created a Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House.  But before I share it with you, here’s what Jenny has to say about this challenge.

Count Me In!
For this challenge you need to use your choice of numbers to add that special ‘sum-thing’ to your vintage or shabby chic project. Make them count as part of the design, not just a last-minute addition!

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 1Now this was a fun, fun project!  First of all, I adore G45’s Olde Curiosity Shoppe collection.  Secondly, it’s always fun to go “off the page” and create a 3-D project like this.  The base is a Tim Holtz Vignette House.  I wish I had a dozen of these!  They are just a blast to work with!

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 2

Use Distress Paints to alter the brown base of the vignette house.  First, I put down a light layer of Picket Fence.  Next, I added a light layer of Weathered Wood.  Then I dry brushed randomly with Pumice Stone and Hickory Smoke.  The end product was mostly covered with designer paper, but you can see the paint around the edges.  It makes me think of an old Cape Cod house.

Learning to Fly

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 3

I just never get tired of using this adorable flying pig!  He took the place of honor in the attic of the vignette house where he stands guard over the Olde Curiosity Shoppe below.  I added a touch of Stardust Stickles to his lovely wings, because let’s face it…a flying pig calls for glitter!  Fussy cut one of the corner details from the signature page to serve as the spire on this funky little house. “Learning to Fly”  is one of Tim’s “Clippings” stickers.  (Product links are below the post.)

The Apothecary Shoppe

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 4To add depth and dimension, I used old corrugated packaging between my layers.  If you like to fussy cut, as I do, this collection will make you very happy.  I fussy cut the apothecary shop window from the signature page of the collection.  Add Glossy Accents to the clock faces (numbers) and to random bottles within the shop.  To add even more numbers to my composition, I used a sticker from the Olde Curiosity Shoppe DCE collection.

Butterflies!

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 5In this photo, you can see the cute metal feet and the ornate keyhole that I altered with Vintaj Paints. I also fussy cut a bunch of beautiful butterflies, more border flourishes and a funky old key/clock image from the paper collection. (More numbers.)  I just love Tim’s new monocle, and it works so well with this collection.

Magical Roller Skate

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 6When our middle son was little, he wrote a series of stories about a flying boot.  This magical roller skate image always reminds me of those charming little stories, so it’s a favorite of mine!  After fussy cutting the roller skate, I layered it up with a bunch of other fussy cut images, some chipboard, and a Prima Roman Numeral,

A Cure for What Ails You

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 7Fill the apothecary shop window with lovely little glass vials.  I’m sure you will find a cure for whatever ails you within.  I filled the bottles with glass beads, then “labeled” them with stickers from the sticker sheet.

If you look closely at the steampunk bicycle border, you will see that the wheels are actually clock faces with Roman Numerals.  More numbers!

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 8Cover sides and roof with designer papers, fussy cut images and more stickers.

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 9Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Vignette House for Frilly and Funkie Count Me In Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 10

Now It’s Your Turn

We want to “count you in” for this wonderful challenge, so get out your crafty goodies and create a vintage or shabby chic project where numbers take the spotlight in the design. Link it up over at the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, April 11th.

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 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.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Halloween in Wonderland Altered Altoids Tin

Halloween in Wonderland Altered Altoids Tin:Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Guest Designer

Hello, Friends!  I’m tickled pink to be back as Guest Designer for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  Sometimes, my pack rat tendencies are a good thing…as you will see in today’s project.  I think this Halloween in Wonderland Altered Altoids Tin is stinkin’ cute!

Altered Altoids Tin, Halloween in Wonderland, by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 1Honestly, every time I look at this little critter, I start grinning like the Cheshire Cat!   It’s a wonderful kit that will be coming to the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts shop soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

Altered Altoids Tin, Halloween in Wonderland, by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2The kit comes with 4 ATC sized frames that fit neatly inside the tin.  I used one of the Scalloped Altoids inserts on the front of my tin.  Tiny Alice Props (also coming soon) have been altered with Distress Paint and used to embellish the front of the tin.

Altered Altoids Tin, Halloween in Wonderland, by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 3I used Prima Rust Paste to create a really rusty tin.  Because I wanted it to look even older, I tapped it a few time with my hammer to create extra dings and dents.

Altered Altoids Tin, Halloween in Wonderland, by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 12Petaloo flowers and custom dyed seam binding ribbon look great with the chippies and G45 Halloween in Wonderland papers.

Altered Altoids Tin, Halloween in Wonderland, by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 4But wait!  There’s more fun on the inside of the tin!

Altered Altoids Tin, Halloween in Wonderland, by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 10After painting the chipboard inserts with black paint, I added a little detail with my white Sharpie pen.

Altered Altoids Tin, Halloween in Wonderland, by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 7 Altered Altoids Tin, Halloween in Wonderland, by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 8 Altered Altoids Tin, Halloween in Wonderland, by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 11Better add Altoid tins to the list of things that get stuffed into the Closet of Shame!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Porch Rules Altered Clipboard

Petaloo & Simple Stories Blog Hop: Porch Rules

Hello, Friends!  Remember Summer?  I’m talking about a lazy hazy days and afternoons spent floating in the pool then napping in your favorite hammock and sipping iced tea on the screen porch kind of summer.  Now you’re with me, right?  Simple Stories has perfectly captured the spirit of those carefree summer days we all dream about in their new “Bloom and Grow” paper collection.  And I had the best time pairing the papers up with gorgeous summer hued Petaloo flowers in this Porch Rules Altered Clipboard.

Porch Rules Altered Clipboard by Kathy Clement Petall Simple Stories Blog Hop Bloom and Grow 03

Our new house has the perfect screen porch complete with ceiling fan and a pretty view of our new yard, so I just had to grab this fun paper and dress up an old clipboard with paint, burlap, and posies.  It’s a standard sized clipboard, and to start things off, I painted all the edges and the metal hinge with Faded Jeans Distress Paint.  Then I covered the clipboard with this bright summery plaid paper, which was also spattered with paint.

Porch Rules Altered Clipboard by Kathy Clement Petall Simple Stories Blog Hop Bloom and Grow 02

I don’t know about you, but I want to spend my summer on a porch where the rules include things like “read a book, take naps, put your feet up and sip iced tea!  To capture that relaxed summer vibe, I stitched the sentiment panel onto some natural burlap, then fringed the edges to add some wonderful texture and dimension.  And what is summer without gorgeous, bright flowers blooming everywhere?  These Darjeeling blooms and butterflies are the perfect color match for these fun papers.

Porch Rules Altered Clipboard by Kathy Clement Petall Simple Stories Blog Hop Bloom and Grow 04

Do you see those bountiful blueberries growing in my garden?  Those are Petaloo Botanica Blueberry Picks, and I am in love with them!  I clustered Darjeeling Minis in Yellow, Spice, and shades of blue around my berries, then added a flirty Red Butterfly to the garden.  The shabby bow is custom dyed with Candied Apple, Faded Jeans, and Tea Dye Distress Inks.

Porch Rules Altered Clipboard by Kathy Clement Petall Simple Stories Blog Hop Bloom and Grow 05

This adorable chipboard bird is peeking out from another cluster of flowers.

Porch Rules Altered Clipboard by Kathy Clement Petall Simple Stories Blog Hop Bloom and Grow 06

I wanted to show you how I cut one of the yellow Darjeeling Minis in half with my scissors so that I could tuck it behind this sentiment cluster.  It’s easy to do, and the flower holds together well in spite of having been cut.  I tucked the other half behind into that flowery border in the bottom corner of the clipboard.

 

Porch Rules Altered Clipboard by Kathy Clement Petall Simple Stories Blog Hop Bloom and Grow 07

I also used a white Sharpie Paint Pen to add some doodling to the letters.  It gives the paper a real homespun, homemade look that fits right in with this breezy project.

I was having such a good time playing with Simple Stories papers and Petaloo that I accidentally ended up creating a second project.  (I blame the Gnome…he is too cute for words, and he lured me into an extended play time!)

Bloom and Grow Accordion Style Mini Album

Petaloo Simple Stories Bloom and Grow Blog Hop Project 2 by Kathy Clement 01

See?  How could I resist?  I made a really quick accordion style photo album where you can save all those fabby photos of summertime fun.

Petaloo Simple Stories Bloom and Grow Blog Hop Project 2 by Kathy Clement 03

The little flap has a magnetic closure, but I added a burlap string closure for extra strength.  The album is made by joining together 2 strips of 11.5″ 6.25″ kraft cardstock.  Score every 4.25″ and accordion fold.  Make the flap from the overhang.  Easy peasy!

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On the inside, I created lots of pockets to hold the cute 4″ x 6″ life cards which are perfect for journaling and photos.  I also made photo mounts with extra kraft cardstock.

Petaloo Simple Stories Bloom and Grow Blog Hop Project 2 by Kathy Clement 07

Don’t you love the sentiments in this collection?  I know I do!  And the Darjeeling flowers are such a great color match!

Petaloo Simple Stories Bloom and Grow Blog Hop Project 2 by Kathy Clement 08

You could easily open this album for display on a mantle or buffet table and tuck summer photos and memories inside as the season progresses.  Then by summer’s end, you have captured all the fun moments into one cute package.

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Simple Stories makes it easy to scrapbook, and Petaloo makes it beautiful.  It’s a match made in scrapbooking heaven!

Here’s to summer!  May you find time in the midst of all the hustle and bustle to watch a few sunsets, visit with friends, and take a few naps on the screen porch!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Petaloo Products used in Porch Rules Altered Clipboard

Darjeeling Red Mini Butterflies 1486-101

Darjeeling Mini Mix Teastained Blue 1462-103

Darjeeling Petites Teastained Blue 1465-103

Darjeeling Teastained Yellow Mini Mix 1462-109

Darjeeling Teastained Spice Mini Mix 1462-108

Darjeeling Teastained Spice Petites 1465-108

Botanica Blueberry Pick 1171-122

Other Products

Simple Stories 12×12 Collection Bloom and Grow

Simple Stories Bloom and Grow Stickers

Simple Stories Bloom and Grow Chipboard

 

Ribbon to the Rescue: Restoring Mom’s Bible

New Life for a Precious Old Book: Restoring Mom’s Bible with Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!

In the wake of our recent move, I was working on getting a closet tidied up today.  In the course of arranging the books all nice and neat, I ran across a family heirloom: my mother’s Bible.  (Well, one of my mother’s Bibles, that is.  She had several and used them all. ) This one was given to her by my dad in 1969; the last Christmas gift he ever gave her.  A few short months later, he died suddenly of a heart attack.  It remained her favorite Bible for many, many years and was nearly falling apart.  Filled with her personal notes, Bible journaling (before it was a trendy topic) and her own handwriting, it is something I have treasured.  It made my heart sad to see how very dilapidated it had become, and I worried that it might not be around to pass on to our children and grandchildren.  I mean, peeps…it was really, really sad!

 

Restoring Mom's Bible 01

You can see that she tried to hold it together with tape, bumper stickers, anything she could find.

Restoring Mom's Bible 02

The inside had actually separated from the spine.  What to do?

Then, an idea struck my brain!  Dropping everything, I carried the Bible into my studio with me and went to work.  A few hours later, this is what my mom’s Bible looked like.

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Ta-da!  Ribbon to the rescue!  I pulled out a piece of sturdy canvas, some shabby chic ribbon, crocheted lace, flowers in my mom’s favorite colors and gave this precious book a face lift!

The first thing I did was to line the book signatures and the interior of the spine with 1/2″ Scor-Tape.  Using the tape on both surfaces worked well, and the pages are now nicely secured back within the covers.

Restoring Mom's Bible 04

I’m not much of a seamstress, but I managed to stitch 2.5″ Cotton Blend Vintage Pink Floral Ribbon to the top, bottom, sides and spine of the canvas to make a sturdy cover that should last for some time.   I also stitched  Debra Natural Crochet Lace along the edge where the canvas and ribbon meet to add a nice finishing touch…and to cover up my not so perfect stitching!  Sorry, Mom!.

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I used tea to stain a doily I found in my stash, and glued it in place with Studio Matte Multi-Medium.  Then I used Scor-tape again to adhere my 1.5″ Antique Gold Plaid Ribbon to be used as a ribbon closure.  I wanted to do this, not just because it is pretty, but because it helps hold the Bible together.

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Then I had lots of fun! I painted a wooden key/door plate and flourish to add to the mix. Next, I die cut lots of foliage from old book pages and sprayed them with TA Olive Mist. I pulled loads of fuschia Petaloo flowers from my stash, and was amazed to find these that matched the ribbon perfectly. The elements were artfully arranged onto the cover of Mom’s Bible.  The finishing touch was the addition of a shabby chic bow tied with Fuchsia Seam Binding.

Now this precious family heirloom is restored and Mom’s Bible is more beautiful than ever.  She would have loved this shabby chic cover, the beautiful vintage roses and crocheted lace.  I have displayed it in my Grandmother’s bookcase, and it makes my heart happy every time I see it.  Once again, Ribbon came to my rescue!

Isn’t it amazing what ribbon can do?

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,
kathy

Mermaid Altered Mirror

Mermaid Altered Mirror: Recollections and Canvas Corp Brands Mash Up

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a really cool Mermaid Altered Mirror and some nautical greeting cards to share with you.  It feels sooooo good to be back in the studio after taking time off to move.  Things are not quite perfect yet, but they are definitely functional.  And I’m happy to report that I have some empty shelves in the new and improved Closet of Shame!  Woo-hoo!

So, what do you do after purging your studio?  If you are like me, you go shopping for new crafty goodies!  (Actually, Dale had to buy a new Ping Pong paddle at the sporting goods store, and since Michael’s was right next door….well, you know how that story ends, don’t you?)  While shopping, I found these cool new Recollections Mixed Media Collage pads, one in a kitchen theme and one with a wonderful beachy theme that made me weak in the knees.  And yes…they both came home with me…cuz we can’t have empty shelves in the Closet of Shame, can we?

Recollections Nautical Bay Mixed Media Collage PackHere’s a photo of the collection, so you know what you are looking for.  It goes by the name Recollections Nautical Bay Mixed Media Pack.  It’s in cool sewn-together packaging and contains a printed canvas sheet, printed papers, vintage images,corrugate sheet,  burlap sheet, plain canvas sheet and a sheet of plain white cardstock.  It’s pretty amazing!

Mermaid Altered Mirror 06jpg I am happy to say, I did not hoard these yummy papers. I promptly put them to use to make this Mermaid Altered Mirror for the entryway in our new home.  This started out as a plain white MALMA mirror from IKEA.  These are actually very easy to alter.  I just lay my mirror face down on the back side of my 12×12 paper and trace around it. You’ll want to center the mirror so that all sides are even.   Score and crease on the lines, bevel the corners and place right side up on the mirror front.  Use your bone folder to score around the mirrored portion, then use a craft knife to cut out the square.  Then you’re ready to glue your paper down with matte medium or Modge Podge or whatever collage medium you like to work with.

Mermaid Altered Mirror 03I fussy cut my mermaid from one of the 12×12 papers, then inked the edges with Vintage Photo.  I wanted her to have a little more color on her fins, so spritzed on a little Patina Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.  And for sparkle, I added Dazzling Diamonds.  She’s mounted on the corrugate sheet that comes with the mixed media pad.

Mermaid Altered Mirror 04Adding shells, seed beads, and found objects from my stash was almost as good as a walk along the shore.  I made a burlap string “frame” to highlight the sentiment card, too.

Mermaid Altered Mirror 05jpgThis paper is great for altered projects like this Mermaid altered mirror.  It’s heavy, but not too heavy, and takes to fussy cutting and folding and tearing very well.  You can see here how I fussy cut waves from the paper collection, then added mica chips and ink spatters just for fun.

Mermaid Altered Mirror 02I found this striped canvas ribbon in my stash, and it was the perfect complement for the paper.  Topping it with a Petaloo Textured Blossom was the perfect finishing touch.

Mermaid Altered Mirror 06jpgI can’t wait to hang this above my hall entry table.  It’s going to look amazing with all the beachy goodness in our living room/dining room area.

Then, I was having so much fun, and the papers were so pretty, I just had to make a couple of cards.

CCB Anchor Card 02This sentiment panel from Canvas Corp Brands Nautical Cardstock in my stash went so well with the sentiment on the Mermaid Altered Mirror that I decided to use it with the printed canvas and burlap from the Recollections Mixed Media Collage pad.

CCB Anchor Card 04The seahorse was fussy cut, painted with Maple Sugar Glimmer Mist and spattered with Blue Ribbon Chalkboard mist.  I also altered some 7 Gypsies metal corners and invited them to the party along with a little metal anchor embellishment.  The more, the merrier, right?

CCB Anchor Card 05These background papers are from the Recollections pad, but the sailboat is fussy cut from CCB Sand & Sea papers.  I super love the way the inside of this card turned out!

Live in the Moment Nautical Card 01This second card is built on a CCB denim card base.  The focal image, post card and burlap are from the Recollections pad, and the sentiment panels are cut from Sails& Shells paper from CCB.  I told you it was a product mash up!  Sometimes you just want to pull out all kinds of goodies and create to your heart’s content!

Live in the Moment Nautical Card 03I used a Spellbinder’s embossing folder on the card base, then inked it up with Vintage Photo DI.  The paper is from the Recollections pad, and I love it paired up with the sentiments from the CCB paper.  Tucking a postcard into the pocket gives you lots of room to write a note, and you could add any other little gift here as well.

I spent a lovely afternoon playing with paper, and it felt soooo good!  Next time you are in Michael’s, keep an eye out for these mixed media pads!  They are truly loaded with crafty goodness, and make wonderful playmates for your Canvas Corp Brand goodies, too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Altered Watering Can for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop

Delicate Asters and Botanical Roses Altered Watering Can: Heartfelt Alumni Hop

Welcome to the March Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop! Each month, on the last Tuesday of the month, the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team participates in a Blog Hop! Be sure to visit each blog on the hop, and leave a comment, because one fortunate Blogger will be randomly chosen from one of the particpating blogs to receive a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations! The winner will be announced on Saturday, April 2nd, at noon. The March Hop starts 8am EST on Tuesday, March 29th and closes Friday, April 1st at midnight. You’ll find a list of all the HC Alumni participating in this hop below:

Kathy Clement (You are HERE) ♥ Glenda Brooks Amy DoriaVicki DutcherCaroline Duncan Regina HamiltonUjjwal GuptaGini Williams Cagle ♥ Sarah Miller Alissa Wells

With Spring in full bloom, I thought it would be fun to make a little altered watering can using stamps and dies from Delicate Asters, Botanical Roses and Birds and Blooms paper.  This was a challenging project for me, as with our move being imminent, I had packed up all my HC stamps!  Fortunately, I still had my papers in the Closet of Shame along with some plastic containers of “extra” flowers from previous projects so I was able to play along this month.

Altered Watering Can 01I picked this frame up at a yard sale, and it was U. G. L. Y!  Just the kind of “find” I like to bring home and work on.  I hardly recognize it now that the dark paint has been replaced with a fresh new look! Before it looked ready for the landfill, but now this altered watering can looks like springtime!

The entire frame was sanded, then painted with a single coat of Ranger Snow Cap White paint.  While that was drying, I went to work stamping and die cutting my asters and roses using white cardstock and Aged Mahogany and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks.  Each layer was heat embossed with clear embossing powder, then shaped, stacked, spritzed with Tattered Angels Silk Glimmer Mist and brushed with Dylusions White Linen Mist.  The centers were filled with Citrus Crush Superfine Flower Soft.

I added a coat of Ranger Tattered Rose Distress Crackle paint over the white paint layer, and set it under a lamp to speed along the drying/crackling process.  When applying Distress Crackle Paint, I always pretend I’m spreading mayonnaise or peanut butter on a sandwich, as that is the thickness of paint that leads to the best crackles.  Once the paint has begun to crackle, you can speed things up a little with a heat gun, but honestly…it works best if you leave it overnight.

Shabby Chic Watering Can 02You can really see the fine cracks  up near the handle.  Once the crackle was dry, I spritzed the surface with Tattered Angels Coffee Shop mist and then gently rubbed it in with a dry paper towel.  The dark color sinks down into the cracks and really brings them out.  I love this look.

I fussy cut my little birdie from the paper collection, as my bird stamps and dies are packed away, too.  Like I said….I had to get creative this month!  LOL

From here, you will hop on over and visit my dear friend Glenda Brooks who makes me weak in the knees with her gorgeous flowers!

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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