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Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette

Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette for Petaloo International

Hello, Friends!  Don’t you just love springtime?  One of my favorite things about this lovely season is the return of all the little songbirds.  Birds will build a nest in the oddest spots. Last year, a pair of bluebirds built their nest in our neighbor’s mailbox, and all anxiously anticipated the arrival of those baby birds.  Thinking about this inspired me to make this Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette for Petaloo International.

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Lovebirds Nesting in a Rusty Wagon

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I’ve been saving this little metal wagon for just the right project.  After treating it with Prima Rust Paste, it was filled with a bed of Spanish Moss.  Then I added this cute little bird nest.  Next I painted some miniature eggs with Distress Oxide Ink and added them to the nest.  Then I had the best time creating a garden full of pretty Petaloo flowers in shades of purple, green and white.

Love Warms Every Nest: Building the Base

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Earlier this year, I happened across a fabulous clearance sale at Michael’s where I found this chunky 4″ x 4″ canvas which was perfect for the base of my vignette.  I covered it with a green floral print from Graphic 45’s Place in Time Deluxe Collector’s Edition.  Then I wrapped it with these lovely bird feathers.  Next, the top was covered with more Spanish Moss and more pretty flowers and butterflies.

Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo  4The chipboard tag is attached to a mini chalkboard that is in turn attached to a clothespin.  This way, I can just clip the tag onto the side of the wagon and it stands all on its own.  The tag is from Graphic 45’s A Place in Time Deluxe Collector’s Edition.

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Making this sweet little vignette was almost as much fun as planting real flowers.  I hope it brought some sunshine into your life, too.

You can find a supply list at the end of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List

 

All the News that’s Fit to Print

All the News that’s Fit to Print…a little update post

Hello, Friends! Can I hear a giant TGIF resounding out there?  What a wild and wacky couple of weeks I’ve been having.  I felt like I needed to touch base with all of you with a little update post.  So, without further ado, here’s all the news that’s fit to print.

Guest Designing at Petaloo International this week

I’ve had the incredible honor of serving as a guest designer with the fabulous folks at Petaloo International this week.  Earlier this week, I shared Birdie’s Sweet Springtime Retreat on their blog.  These springtime flowers are sooooooo dreamy!  I hope you’ll find a moment to pop over to the Petaloo International blog and say hello.  I have lots more pictures and information on this project posted HERE.

Birdie's Sweet Springtime Retreat

And as if being Guest Designer at Petaloo once was not enough to make my heart go pitty pat, they invited me back again today!  What a treat!  Today I’m sharing this “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” banner on their blog.  I’ll give you a sneaky peek here, and maybe you can pop over and see all the fun details on this project as well.  Click HERE to visit this post.

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Photos from my most recent project for BMW

As many of you know, along with my design team work, I also create for special events at BMW.  (Yes, the automaker.)  Their Odyssey events are held in spectacular locations all over the world and I have the incredible honor of designing custom souvenir menus for these incredible events.

In September of 2015, BMW Odyssey was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the birthplace of the tango.  After being given photos of the venue for the event, I went to work to create 116 menus to tie in with the venue and table decor.

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The event was held at El Zanjon in brick tunnels that were built in the 1500’s. The menus I created contained embossed “brick” papers, the history of the venue, the story of the tango and embossed metal to reflect the industrial feel of the tunnels.

This week, I received photos of my menus at the event, which is always a thrilling moment for me, and I thought I’d share them with you here.

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Although I’ve never attended one of these extravaganzas, I always feel like Cinderella at the ball when I get the event photos back.  It’s a magical moment when I see the menus that I lovingly created by hand on the tables in these magnificent venues.  I just shake my head in wonder every single time.  I thought you might like to see an example of the sorts of things I do outside my design team work.

Update on our MOVE: The 3rd time’s the charm????

And, the other big event that you all have been following here on the blog is our upcoming move.  During the summer of 2015, we made the difficult decision to downsize from our beloved family home into something smaller and more manageable.  My sweet husband, Dale, has recovered well from his open heart surgery, but just doesn’t have the energy necessary to maintain this big house and acre of land.  And, to tell you the truth, the house gets bigger every time I clean it, and the stairs get harder to climb at the end of each day.  We realized it was time to choose a simpler way of life.

We worked overtime to get the house spiffed up and ready to go on the market in September.  Little did we know the roller coaster ride we had just stepped into.  In 5 month’s time, we showed the house 55 times!  We went under contract for the first time in late November….and in January, that buyer backed out of the deal.  Within a week, we had competing offers for our home, and had another contract.  Hooray!

Everything was going great until 2 weeks ago when our 2nd buyers had to terminate the deal due to a health situation in their extended family.  You know those rides at the amusement park where you go up up up in a balloon and then they cut the power and you free fall to the ground and your stomach migrates to your mouth?  Yeah….that.

But…and this is amazing to me, even as I write it….our realtors pulled out all the stops and by the end of last week we were once again under contract with a sweet husband and wife who are expecting their first baby in June.  They fell in love with our house and can’t wait to move in.  So, barring anything unforeseen…we are back on schedule to move into a lovely ranch style home on April 5th.

I’ve been working ahead on projects and writing blog posts in advance as well.  I have one or two more things to wrap up here in the studio, and then I will pack up the Closet of Shame and the rest of my crafty stash.  You won’t even know I’m gone, though, as projects will continue to post while I’m busy setting up my new nest. Technology is our friend!

In case you’re interested, here are a few photos of our future home.  These are realty photos, so none of the decor is ours, but we can’t wait to move in and get settled! We move out of this home on April 3rd, so I’d better get busy packing!

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So there you have it, my friends: all the news that’s fit to print!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I’ll be back in “real time” soon!

Cheerio,

kathy

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show Me the Pink Challenge

Wander Mini Album for Really Reasonable Ribbon “Show Me the Pink” Challenge

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for another fabby challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  This time our theme is “Show Me the Pink,” so I created this Wander Mini Album in soft shades of pink and cream.  It’s even got a pink birdie on the cover!

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 01In the process of purging “stuff” from my closets this month, I ran across a whole stack of 4.25″ x 5.5″ white card bases.  I mean a STACK, people!  As I was flipping through them, a little lightbulb went off in my brain: “Wouldn’t these be perfect as a base for a mini album?”  And just like that, the idea for this Wander mini album was born.  The corrugated cardboard covers were cut from another pile of “stuff” I found while cleaning, and they add strength and stability to the project.  I really need to work up a tutorial for this one, as I think some of you would like to give it a go.  Let me know, and if enough people say “pretty please” I’ll put something together.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 03I found these pretty Bo Bunny Garden journal papers while cleaning out the Closet of Shame and the color palette is perfect for this challenge.  I wanted my pretty pink bird to sit inside a sort of wreath, so I created one using an empty spool of 1/8″ redline tape.  The plastic base was wrapped with Grey Canvas Color Band ribbon and White LeavesBaby Pink Seam Binding was a perfect color match for the designer paper.  To give it more of a shabby chic feel, I spritzed it with water and crumpled it after tying it with my Zutter Bow-it-All.  The bow was topped with a soft pink Cottage Rose and some creamy white Gypsophila Blossoms.   These same Gypsophila Blossoms were clustered around the wreath with Pink Sweetheart Blossoms.  

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 02You all know how much I love my little birdies, so this album makes me happy, happy!  I tucked in a beautiful bronze leaf that I painted with Picket Fence Distress Paint.  Then a snippet of Molly White Crocheted Lace was secured below the title to add even more texture.

Would you like to peek at the inside?

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 04This little book got fat in a hurry, so I ‘m glad I thought to add the natural mesh ribbon as a closure.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 05I added pocket pages, fold out pages and fold down pages to the book, making it very interactive and fun to stroll through.  I also dug into my scraps of crocheted lace trim, using it to add texture and pattern to the inside pages.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 06It was fun to add these little cards to the pockets.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 07And you know how much I love to slip tags in between pages.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 08This trio of tags is topped with a combination of Natural Burlap String and Pearl Pink Shimmer Satin Ribbon.  Short ribbon scraps like this make great tag toppers!

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 09This page folds out to reveal two more decorated pages.  The center page has a double fold down pocket filled with more pretty cards.  The gypsophila and sweetheart blossoms are just the right size to tuck inside an album like this one.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 11Here’s a peeky at the fold down pocket page.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 12The final page has another pocket and more pretties to look at.

You could easily add photos to the backs of the tags and cards, or write little notes, encouraging quotes or memories on the backs, too.  I designed this Wander Mini Album as more of a “look book” than a true photo album.  I love the way it feels in my  hands, too.

Be sure to visit the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog because the design team is showing you all their fabby pink projects today.  And, you get to play along!  Just create your own pink project using ribbon or trim and link it up on the RRR Challenge Blog.  You can find all the information HERE.

I’m so glad you stopped by today, and I hope you enjoyed this little Wander Mini Album.  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Winter Birds Altered Book

Winter Birds Altered Book for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hello, Friends!  As I write this, our bird feeder is alive with winter birds of all types.  Chickadees, nuthatches, tufted titmice, wrens, woodpeckers, cardinals and more are making me smile at their antics.  I love birds all year round, but there’s something special about winter birds.  They provide a spot of cheer against the bleak backdrop of winter.  So when I began to ponder what to make for my guest designer spot this week, I had winter birds on my mind.  I dug deep in the Closet of Shame and found a cheap little photo album that I’d picked up at the Goodwill some time back.  It had thick chipboard pages with oval and rectangular openings for photos but little else to give it merit.  Until, that is, Imagination, Creativity and Whimsy stepped in and transformed it into a gorgeous winter birds altered book.  Take a peeky:

Kathy by Design Winter Bird Altered Book for Gypsy Laser Cuts 01Here’s a list of the supplies you will need for this project:

From Gypsy Soul Lasercuts:

Paints and Mediums:

Paper:

  • Graphic 45 Botanical Tea 12×12 papers and 8×8 papers
  • Gold Metallic Cardstock

Embellishments:

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Prepping the Chipboard for the Winter Birds Altered Book

I find that Distress Paint works beautifully with Gypsy’s Laser Cuts.  For the snowflake chain on the cover,  I put down a single coat of Antique Linen Distress Paint and gently dried it with my heat gun.  Don’t hold the heat gun too close, or the paint will bubble, and that is not what you want!

When that layer of paint is dry, gently tap the chipboard with Iced Spruce and Evergreen Bough to create a sort of mottle effect on your chippies.  You can repeat this process until your chipboard looks the way you want it to.  While the paint is still wet, sprinkle with Antique Linen Distress Glitter.

For the yarrow, I cut the largest flower blossom off the top of the chipboard.  Now I have a piece that looks like a lovely, woodsy pine branch.  I painted this as above, but added more evergreen bough and iced spruce than on the snowflakes. Don’t add the glitter.  Instead, use the Sprinkled Sugar Stickles on the tops of the branches and “needles”.  This gives them a very subtle shine, like iced branches in wintertime.  Set all your chipboard aside to dry.

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Prepping the Base of the Winter Birds Altered Book

For this part of the process you will need a sharp craft knife.  Since I wanted to create a rectangular niche inside my book, I used a ruler and my craft knife to cut out the oval pages.  Then I glued the remaining rectangular pages together and clamped them with binder clips until the glue dried.

Once the glue was dry, I painted the entire book, inside and out, edges and all with white gesso.  To speed up the drying process, I used my heat gun, but again, don’t over heat.  Keep the heat gun moving over the surface of the book to prevent bubbles from forming.

Next, I used a palette knife to spread crackle texture over the front and back cover and the spine.  You can let this cure overnight, or if you are impatient (like some people I know) you can use your heat gun and very, very carefully speed that process up.  If you let the crackle texture get too hot too fast, it won’t crackle well.  So be careful…or be patient and let it cure overnight.

Once the crackle texture has done its thing (and this is glorious to behold, my friends!) use the Rusted Metals paint kit and spray the front and back cover of the book, following the directions that come with the kit.   I like to dry between layers so that the colors don’t get too muddy.

Now, spritz lightly with the White Linen Dylusions spray and use a brush to kind of swirl that white around. Then, water down some Evergreen Bough and Iced Spruce paints and brush them over the surface.  This is all a matter of taste.  If you like how it looks, you’ve done it right! When this part is dry, spritz Gold Glimmer Mist generously over the entire surface.  Then step back and clap your hands in glee! That’s what I did, anyway!

The final thing you need to paint is the inside edges of the  front and back cover and the edges of the glued together pages.  Use gold metallic paint for this.

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Place your designer paper on the inside back cover and use a pencil to lightly trace around the edges of the book to create a template.  Trace through the “window” of the niche you’ve created.  Use your craft knife to trim out the center panel from your  paper. Save the evacuated piece, as you will use the reverse pattern behind your window, and it just happens to be a perfect fit.  I glued this down, then used a little washi tape around the edges to ensure that none of the white gesso showed.   I painted the front edge of the niche with gold paint to frame my papers, and I really love the way that looks.

Now you just need to cover the left hand side of your book, and decorate, using the chippies that you prepared in step one.

Kathy by Design Winter Bird Altered Book for Gypsy Laser Cuts 05I super love the way this little bird seems to be perched in amongst the yarrow, leaves and berries.

Kathy by Design Winter Bird Altered Book for Gypsy Laser Cuts 06The painted snowflakes are so soft and pretty paired with these papers.

Kathy by Design Winter Bird Altered Book for Gypsy Laser Cuts 07And gluing the pages together gives you so much depth to work with.

Kathy by Design Winter Bird Altered Book for Gypsy Laser Cuts 08I used glossy accents on my banner to add stability and a little shine.  And this gives you a really good view of the texture and color found on the cover.

Kathy by Design Winter Bird Altered Book for Gypsy Laser Cuts 09This is the most fun I’ve had in the studio in a long time.  I was so completely absorbed in this Winter Birds Altered Book that I completely lost track of time.  That’s always a sign that good things are taking place in the studio!

I’m amazed at how much the texture and pattern of these simple chippies transforms the vignette I created here.  Who knew that painted chipboard could pack such a punch?

Thanks again for letting me serve as your guest designer this week.  I hope you were inspired to play with chipboard, paint and paper!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Winter Wonderland Woodland Wall Hanging

Winter Wonderland Woodland Wall Hanging for RRR Sparkle & Shine Challenge

RRRChallengeBadgeHello, Friends!

December is here and it’s time to Sparkle & Shine with a brand new  Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge!  Growing up in New England, during the month of December you could pretty much count on the ground being covered with a glistening layer of freshly fallen snow.  Icicles hung from rooftops and we spent our leisure hours making snowmen, building snow forts and sledding down our big hill.  Our favorite time to play outside was at night, when the light of the moon and the stars shimmered off the surface of that blanket of  snow.  Somehow, we didn’t seem to mind the cold at all, and we would whoop and laugh and race down that big hill for hours at a time while the frosty air added winter roses to our cheeks and noses.  All these happy childhood memories inspired me to create a Winter Wonderland Wall Hanging with a Woodland theme.

Kathy by Design/Carta Bella Winter Wonderland Wall Hanging 01You all know how much I love my winter birds, so using these papers from Carta Bella’s Winter Wonderland paper collection was a natural choice.  And, there’s loads of sparkle and shine in this pretty little wall hanging.

Carta Bella Winter Wonderland Wall Hanging 06I layered glitter cardstock with dark blue burlap and blue canvas ticking then added die cut and embossed layers made with silver foil cardstock.  A wintry white hanger is all dressed up with Random Stars Silver Satin Ribbon and some glittery white clothespins.  I love all this scrumptious sparkle and shine!

Carta Bella Winter Wonderland Wall Hanging 04My bow cluster began with a shimmering double layer, double loop bow tied with Light Silver Satin Ribbon with a Grosgrain Edge. To capture the feeling of the woods on a starry winter night, a second bow was tied using Random Stars on Light Silver Satin Ribbon.  Then I added a creamy white magnolia blossom , some white bead/berry sprays.and silver spiral stamens to the mix.

Carta Bella Winter Wonderland Wall Hanging 05More magnolia blossoms, more light silver satin ribbon and more silver spiral stamens adorn the top of the wall hanging.  It really does feel like a true Winter Wonderland sparkling in the light of the moon and the stars.

Carta Bella Winter Wonderland Wall Hanging 06Now it’s your turn to join the fun!. Create your own Sparkle and Shine project using ribbon or trim and link it up at the Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG where you’ll find more inspiration from the RRR Design team as well as the challenge rules. I can’t wait to see what you make!

If you’re interested in purchasing this Winter Wonderland Woodland Wall Hanging, you can find it in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Sweet Springtime Card

Hello Friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  After a busy and happy couple of days visiting with family,  I have a sweet vintage card to share with you this morning, made with some of my favorite Crafty Secrets  goodies.  This one was quick and easy to make, thanks to the wonderful Post Card I printed from the Creating with Vintage Typography CD.

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These soft blues are  perfect for a sweet springtime card! I layered up the pretty blue floral lace paper from the Creating with Vintage Patterns CD and added some bits and bobs from the Birds and Blossoms Digital Creative Scraps .  Three beautiful vintage buttons, a glittered wood frame and some ink stained doilies give it a real vintage feel.  I created a loopy bow with natural burlap string and loads of pretty Petaloo blooms.  Just a touch of lace along the bottom edge adds to the vintage vibe.  The sentiment is from our Card Sentiment Stamp set, which is currently out of stock, but I’m sure Sandy will be releasing it in a digital format soon.  It’s one of my favorite sets as the fonts are all so beautiful.

I don’t usually work with glitter because I end up wearing more of it than the card does!  But sometimes, a card just needs a little glitter.  This Antique Linen Distress Glitter was added to a wooden frame and then I placed it over the pretty vintage roses on the left hand side of the post card.  Yes, I wore a little glitter, but the effect was worth it!

That’s all for me today, folks!  I’d love to hear what projects you’ve been working on in the comment section below.  Are you sprucing up the garden?  Doing spring cleaning?  Or are you still whiling away the hours in your crafty space waiting for winter to pass?

Hope you have a fabby Monday!

Cheerio,

kathy

Tattered Florals Tri-Fold Birthday Card & Gift Box

I can’t seem to get enough of spring images right now.  Every paper I reach for, every ink I choose seems to echo my heart’s longing for spring and flowers and singing birds.  So, when a dear friend asked me to create a special birthday card for someone special, I reached for my Tattered Florals Die, crinoline, and Distress Inks.  I also reached for this sweet bird stamp, which I absolutely love, but have never used.

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Creating the Card Base

I started with 2 blank cards which I joined together by gluing the left hand panel of one card onto the right hand panel of the other card.  This will give you a tri-fold card with a very sturdy base.  I then covered the front of the card with my designer paper and  cut a decorative edge.055 (2)

The white dots were added by dipping bubble wrap into white acrylic paint, dabbing off on a piece of scrap paper and then “stamping” onto the designer paper.   You can find a tutorial on how I created the tattered flower HERE.  The bird was stamped and embossed and watercolored.  043 (2)

I layered in torn tag on which I stamped the greeting, a sweet little bird image from Graphic 45’s Place in Time Collection, and another flower. 038 (2)

Tri-Fold Cards are triple the fun!

A tri-fold card is just a step down from being a mini book. Here is the first “page.”052 (2) You have extra space for personal messages or even to add a photo.  A tri-fold card will stand open, on its own for display purposes, too.  049 (2)Click on the photo for a larger image.

A Custom Box for your Tri-Fold Card

The one downside of tri-fold cards is that they rarely fit into a standard envelope.   And, when you add a tattered flower to the front of a tri-fold birthday card, it definitely won’t fit into an envelope!  The solution?  Make a box!

035 (2)  This sweet box was created by cutting two coordinating sheets of heavy cardstock to 8″ x 10 1/2″ .  I then used my Top Score tool to create both the box base and lid.  (The directions come with the tool.)  I decorated the lid with images from Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Birds and Blooms and May Arts Ribbon.
Placing the tri-fold birthday card in the box turns it into a gift as well as a card.  And the box can be used for keepsakes, or re-gifted!

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Thanks for stopping by my little blog today.  If you have any questions about today’s project, just ask away.  I’m more than happy to help. I love hearing from you, and your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,

Cheerio,

kathy

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