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Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Window Shadow Box Home Decor

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Window Shadow Box Home Decor

Hello, Friends!  Do you have a happy place?  My happy place is the beach.  Nothing relaxes and renews better than a stroll in the sand with the waves nipping my toes and the salt air ruffling my hair.  That’s the best!  Sadly, I can’t be at the beach every day.  So, I’ve decorated my home with lots of beach accents to remind me of my happy place at the shore.  This Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Window Shadow Box Home Decor piece is one of my new favorites.

I absolutely love the size of this Graphic 45 Staples Window Box.  Each recessed window is 4″ square, which gives you lots of room to create pretty scenes inside.   The edges are already lightly distressed, so you can literally “glue and go” with this beauty!  if you’ve never worked with a G45 Window box before, here are a few helpful tips to get you started:

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Window Shadow Box Home Decor: Tips and Tricks

TIPS:

  • It’s quick and easy to cut the signature page to fit the back of the Window Box.  Measure your paper to 9.75” square, and it should pop right into the recessed area on the back of the frame.
  • Cut the pieces to line the interior of the box at the same time.  I cut sixteen 1 ⅝” x 3 ⅞” rectangles of the striped paper. Then I inked the edges with G45 Decades Bon Voyage Blue Ink before gluing into the openings.  
  • Cut a thin border strip to cover the cross pieces inside the Window Box.

  • Give your Window Box a beachy feel by stringing a little banner from corner to corner in one of the windows.

  • Fill individual frames with fussy cut images, real sea shells, sand, and a little glass vial.  
More Tips and Tricks

  • To add extra dimension to your project, glue fussy cut images to the sides of the frame at staggered depths.  Or, create a little pop up mechanism and attach the fussy cut turtles to the back of the window.

  •  Turn a Shabby Chic Door Pull upside down and fill with seaweed (I picked mine up on the beach and dried it) and a miniature sand dollar.

  •  Add depth, color and dimension to the sides of your window box with fussy cut flowers and images.
  • Back fussy cut items with waste chipboard to lend them strength and stability.  The title is popped up on waste chipboard as well.
  • Create custom “feet” for your window shadow box by wrapping large wooden bingo chips with a border strip from the collection.  Adding just that little bit of extra height to the design makes all the difference.
Sun Kissed is back in stock!

This  long, dreary winter has certainly dragged on and on, but having this cheery beach decor reminds me that summer will be here soon.  Now that Graphic 45 has the Sun Kissed Collection back in stock, I can make lots of cards, albums and home decor to tide me over until I can dig my toes into the sand and put some shells in my pocket!

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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Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Beach Walk Flap Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Beach Walk Flap Folio Tutorial for Frilly Funkie

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The incredibly talented and imaginative Suzz is our hostess this go round and the challenge theme is Knock on Wood.  Before we dig into the Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Beach Walk Flap Folio Tutorial that I’ve prepared for you today, let’s see what Suzz has to say about this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme: Knock on Wood
For this challenge you need to dig through your crafty stash and look for some type of wood to incorporate into your art.  This can be any kind of wooden object like a wood spool, a wood button, a mini ruler or even a branch.   Create a vintage or shabby chic project that incorporates some type of wood content.
Beach Walk Flap Folio: First Look

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

It’s been such a cold, grey, miserable winter and it just seems to drag on and on.  So I decided I had to make my own sunshine in the studio.  Naturally, I turned to the sun drenched color and beachy images of Graphic 45’s Sun Kissed collection.

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 02This 5″ x 7″ gatefold style card has been given an upgrade to folio status.  By adding a few flaps to the basic design, I was able to create a really fun, interactive card folio. I’m telling you, my friends, I am addicted to making these mighty little minis!  Each one I build is like it’s own puzzle, and I really have fun figuring it all out.

Beach Walk Flap Folio: Where’s the Wood?

 

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 03

In keeping with Suzz’s fun Knock on Wood theme, I created a wood life preserver to embellish the cover of this beach walk flap folio.  This is a wooden curtain ring.  I attached a thin rope with washi tape and voila!  Instant life preserver.  The interior is filled with tiny shells that I’ve picked up on my beach combing adventures on North Carolina’s beautiful coastline.

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 04I’m a sucker for cute embellishments like this carved wooden sea gull.  I’m not sure where I picked him up, but I’m so glad I found him in my stash of wooden embellies.   There’s also a small glass vial filled with authentic North Carolina beach sand.

Beach Walk Flap Folio: A peek inside.

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 05

Gatefold cards are always fun to open.  The flaps on either side transform a standard card base into a sort of mini adventure.  And then, you get a glimpse of all the features tucked inside!  It’s a dramatic moment, for sure.

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 06

TIP:  Turn a border strip into a mini pocket!  Just adhere the sides and bottom edge, leaving the top and body open for these cutie pie tags from the 8×8 collection.

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 07

TIP: Don’t forget to add designer paper to the back side of your focal image, as it will be visible when the gate opens wide.

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 08

TIP: The small ephemera cards are perfectly sized to use in a waterfall cascade.  First, mat each card on complementary cardstock, leaving a 1/2″ overhang on the top edge.  Then, score the flap, and you are good to go!

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 09

TIP: Next, line the folded edge of each card up with the bottom edge of the preceding card.

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10

Finally, add a border strip to the base page to dress it up.  There’s room for a photo here, too!

Beach Walk Flap Folio: Pockets and Such

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo11

Create a stylish pocket by folding a flap page back on itself.

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 12Then fill the pocket with more ephemera cards, photos, tags…whatever suits your fancy!

Beach Walk Flap Folio: Flips and Flaps

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 13

TIP: Add interest to your flap folio by varying the size of the flaps.  This shorter flap stands out from the crowd because it is shorter than the rest of the album.  But you can still fit a 4×5 image on it!

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 14

TIP: Add a flap on both sides of a page for extra fun!  To create these flap pages, do the following:

  • Cut all paper layers to size, but don’t glue in place!
  • Cut flaps so that they are a 1/2″ wider (or taller) than you want the page to be.  Score that 1/2 overhang and adhere it to the folio base.
  • Then, once the flap pages are glued in place, you can add the top layer.

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 16

TIP: Policy envelopes make great flap pages!  I simply added a side hinge to left hand side of this envelope and voila!  Instant flap page!

The center panel of the card is also a flap page.

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 17

Beach Walk Flap Folio Video Tour and Tutorial

It’s almost hard to believe that you can fit all this into one standard 5″ x 7″ gatefold card base.  But seeing is believing!  Just watch this short YouTube video to see how all these flips and flaps work together.  I’ll also share a very basic gatefold card tutorial in this video.  Enjoy!

Now It’ s YOUR turn to Knock on Wood!

You’re invited to participate in this fun Knock on Wood Challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project that incorporates wood in the design.  Then link your project on the Frilly and Funkie blog before 11:59PM DST on Tuesday, March 28th.  You can find all the information on that HERE.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose four favorite projects from your entries. Our favorite artist  will be invited to join us as a Guest Designer  at Frilly and Funkie. The next three winners will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who links up and follows the ruleswill 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!

Did I share some tips and tricks today 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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Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Card Folio

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  How about a little trip to the beach?  We can walk barefoot in the sand, search for shells and play in the waves all day!  Sound good?  While I might not be able to take you to a real beach, this Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Card Folio is almost as good as playing in the sun, surf and sand!

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Life is a Beach Card Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

It’s impossible to feel gloomy in the presence of such vibrant colors and happy images.  This is a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base.  I’ve transformed it into a folio by adding a 1/2″ spine and some fun surprises inside.

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Life is a Beach Card Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2If you are intimidated at the thought of making a mini album, you might want to think about creating a card folio instead.  You can easily complete one in half a day, and for a fraction of the cost.  Limited storage?  Folios are perfect for that, too, as they take up so much less room.  Need a unique gift?  Folios are the perfect card/gift combo.  So, yeah…I’m pretty much addicted to making them!

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Life is a Beach Card Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3Rosettes make me think of beach umbrellas, so I had to make a few for this card using my Tim Holtz rosette dies.  Then I used Tim’s Sand and Sea Bigz Die to cut images from patterned paper as well.  The great thing about making your own paper embellishments is that they will always be a perfect color match!

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Life is a Beach Card Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4To add extra dimension, die cut some chipboard or cardboard to back your seahorse die.  This not only strengthens the die cut, but it really makes the image pop off the page.

Take a Peek Inside this Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Card Folio

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Life is a Beach Card Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

The inside of a card folio is more fun than visiting the boardwalk at the beach!

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Life is a Beach Card Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

This flap page was scored and folded to create a fun little pocket.  Fill the pocket with journal tags and an ephemera card.  You can also add extra photos here.

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Life is a Beach Card Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

Flip the flap over, and what do you find?  This fun waterfall gives you loads of room for photos.

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Life is a Beach Card Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8

Use another ephemera card underneath to write down your favorite vacation memories, names, dates and places.

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Life is a Beach Card Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9

Add a mini folio to the pocket and you’ve got room for more photos and journaling.  The cover for this mini folio is the back side of one of the beautiful ephemera cards from the Sun Kissed collection.   The large ephemera card on the top half of the card is the perfect  spot to tell your story.

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Life is a Beach Card Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10

Decorate the inside with another image from the collection, and then fill the pocket with small ephemera cards and photos.   You could even make this folio as a family craft activity while on vacation.  There’s always a rainy day at the beach, and this would be such a fun way to take advantage of being together.

The great news is that Sun Kissed is now available for purchase!  Oh the paper pretties you can make with this glorious collection!

I hope I’ve shared some ideas, 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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Other Supplies:

  • Sizzix Cutting Dies

    • Rosettes and Mini Rosettes

    • Sand and Sea Bigz Die

 

 

Under the Sea Seashell Shaker Card

This hop is now closed.   The winner is Sara Retter from Archana’s blog.

Heartfelt Creations July Alumni Hop: Seashell Shaker Card with Under the Sea

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready to hop?  Welcome to the July Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop! You should be coming here from Mary’s lovely blog. I’ll provide a complete hop list at the end of this post.  It’s full on summer here in North Carolina and the hot, humid days have my mind turning to the beach.  Oh, for a walk along the shore with the waves kissing my toes and the sand dotted with pretty shells.  Since I can’t be at the beach in real life, I decided to make this Seashell Shaker Card with the Gorgeous Under the Sea Collection from Heartfelt Creations.

Heartfelt Creations Under the Sea Seashell Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 1

I’ve had my eye on this gorgeous collection since the day it released over a year ago.  Making a seashell shaker card with these bright corals and deep aquas is almost as good as taking a vacation!

Shake it Up!

Heartfelt Creations Under the Sea Seashell Shaker Card Photo 2

Just for fun, I added a little hidden tag between the card front layers.  This is a quick and easy addition thanks to the cut apart page and my faithful Luggage and Tags Die.

Heartfelt Creations Under the Sea Seashell Shaker Card Photo 3

Shaker cards are like a party on paper.  This seashell shaker card is filled with a combination of Prills, micro beads, seed beads,  and sequins.

Heartfelt Creations Under the Sea Seashell Shaker Card Photo 4

I used the seashell die from Coral Reef Collage to cut my shell out of the Under the Sea paper collection.  Then I sponged  Abandoned Coral Distress Ink along the edges to heighten the pink tones.  Next, I used my Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit, mat and stylus to round out the shell body. Then I glued it to the card base. Finally, I scattered Prills and Seed Beads along the inner edge. A lucky hermit crab gets to live in this glammed up seashell!

Coral Sea Flowers with Enchanted Mums

Heartfelt Creations Under the Sea Seashell Shaker Card Photo 5Making these coral reef flowers was a cinch!

  1. First, stamp the 2 smallest sizes of Enchanted Mums onto the coral dot paper using Abandoned Coral Distress Ink.
  2. Next, heat emboss with clear embossing powder.
  3. Then, use sponge daubers to add a little Abandoned Coral to the centers and the tips of the flower petals.
  4. Now, die cut the flower layers.
  5. Then, shape and stack with the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit.
  6. Finally, add hot glue to center and fill with seed beads.
What’s Inside This Seashell Shaker Card?

Heartfelt Creations Under the Sea Seashell Shaker Card Photo 6

I turned this card into a gift by adding a few extras on the inside.

Heartfelt Creations Under the Sea Seashell Shaker Card Photo 7

You can easily turn a card front into a gift wallet.  Just glue the image to the right hand side of a 4″ high x 11″ long strip of cardstock.  Score on the left and fold.

Heartfelt Creations Under the Sea Seashell Shaker Card Photo 8

Then cut down another card front image to serve as a pocket.  Tuck in some of the cute tags from the paper collection along with a gift card and easy as 1, 2, 3….you have a gift card wallet.

Heartfelt Creations Under the Sea Seashell Shaker Card Photo 9

I used the scraps on my worktable to make a quick little tag.  These make the best bookmarks, and they also are a great way to brighten up a work cubicle!

On With the Hop!

Now pop on over and see what paper pretties      has in store for you.  I’ve included the complete hop list below for your convenience.

Amarilys ♥ Vicki ♥ Mary ♥ Kathy (YOU ARE HERE) ♥ Alissa Deneen  ♥ Sarah  ♥ Martine ♥

Archana ♥ Emily

Hop, Comment & Win

Be sure to visit and comment at each of these fabulous blogs because you will not only be inspired…your comment will enter you into a drawing to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card! The hop runs from today through Monday, July 31st at midnight EDT.

The winner of the hop will be randomly chosen from a mystery blog.  Heartfelt Creations will announce the winner in their weekly blog post and Facebook page on Wednesday, August 1st.  I will also post the name of the winner at the top of this post at that time.

The winner will have 72 hours to claim his/her prize by sending an e-mail to socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.us with “Winner of the July Alumni Hop” in the subject line.

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures with today’s Seashell Shaker Card.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Happy Hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio

Frilly and Funkie “You’re My Inspiration” Challenge: Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio

Hello, Friends!  Happy Hump Day!  It’s time for another great challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  This go round, Nancy is hosting the challenge and the theme is “You’re My Inspiration.”  For this fun challenge, I’ve created a Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio, but before I share it with you, here’s what Nancy has to say about the challenge:

Find any type of image or photo that inspires you and create a vintage or shabby chic project based on that image or photo (you don’t need to actually use it in your project). Please post the image on your blog along with your project, and tell us what it is you love about it.

Sound like fun?  I thought so, too!  So without further ado, let’s get the party started.

The Beach Is My Inspiration

I am a beach loving gal.  Everything about the beach inspires me: the sound of the waves, the wind whipping my hair, the wee birds skipping along in the sand, the pelicans skimming the waves, and the grains of sand that sparkle like flecks of gold under the bright sun.  I do my best thinking at the beach, and my best sleeping, too.  (Do you think there might be a connection?)  So I chose this gorgeous  digital collage image created by my dear friend, Ginny Nemchak as my inspiration photo.  This gal, perched on her over-sized beach ball, wearing a fabulous vintage bathing suit is who I want to be when I grow up.

Although this looks like a card, it’s really a folio.  I love to create cards that can double as gifts.  I have several birthdays coming up in my family this summer, and this Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio will make some birthday girl very happy.

Off to the Races Visits the Shore

Vintage Style Beach Babe Birthday Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

This Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio measures 5.75″ wide x 7.75″ tall.  I used Graphic 45 12×12 Off to the Races Patterns and Solids paper to create my layers.  These rich shades of blue and brown are perfect for a beach themed card.  A Tim Holtz Sophisticate Cabinet Card frames the focal image.  And here’s where I got a little creative inspiration.  I’ve always felt terrible about covering up the gorgeous graphics on the back of these Cabinet Cards.

So I didn’t.

Instead, I turned it into a flap. The kraft glassine bag has a hinge mechanism so it can fold down.  There’s a post card tucked into the envelope, but this leaves plenty of room to add a gift card.

I triple embossed this portion of the project: embossing folder, ink, embossing powder, paint then heat embossing again.  It created a surface that really resembles beach sand.

How to Make  Flap Opening for your Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio
  1. First, insert your chosen image inside the frame.  I had to add a little washi tape to the top and bottom of this image to make it fit perfectly.  Easy fix!
  2. Then, use a craft knife to gently separate the cabinet card front and back at the seam on the left hand side.
  3. Next, cut a 1.75″ strip of paper the same height as the cabinet card.
  4. Now, fold the paper in half to form a hinge.
  5. Glue one half inside the opened seam.  You will also need to add glue to the front of the hinge so that you can seal the cabinet card up again.
  6. Next, create the right hand side of your flap.  Measure it so that it is exactly the same width and height of the cabinet card you are using.  I cropped the corners on my card so that they would match the corners on the cabinet card.
  7. Now, Decorate the inside of this front flap.
  8. Then, glue the other half of the hinge to the back side of this layer.
  9. Finally, glue the whole mechanism onto your prepared card base.
  10. Hold the cabinet card flap closed with a little hinge clasp.

I stamped and inked up a little birthday greeting to tuck behind my chipboard sand dollar.  Glue just the bottom edge of the sand dollar to the card base, and you’ve got a pocket!  Then mat another fabulous beach babe onto designer paper, and tuck both behind the sand dollar.  I just love interactive elements on cards, don’t you?

Take a Look Inside

I packed the inside of this Vintage Beach Babe Birthday Folio with all kinds of fun goodies.

The top half of the folio holds a little accordion fold photo album.

And what’s in that pocket on the bottom?

How about another vintage beach babe all decked out on a tag, and a little sweet treat?

What’s Your Inspiration?

Now it’s your turn to play along and let us know what inspires YOU.  You have until midnight EDT on Tuesday, June 20th to create a vintage or shabby chic project inspired by a photo.  Link your project up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.

The designers will choose their top 4 favorite projects from all those submitted.  Our top favorite will be invited to serve as a Guest Designer on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The next 3 will receive badges to display proudly on their own blogs.  And everyone who enters and follows the rules of the challenge will be entered into the draw to receive a $25 shopping spree at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

You can find all the challenge guidelines HERE.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

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.

I’m linking this project up to The Great Summer Contest on Einat Kessler’s BLOG.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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