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Orange Blossom Honey Gift Ensemble

Orange Blossom Honey Gift Ensemble with RRR June Citrus Ribbon Club Assortment

Hello, Friends!  It’s summer…maybe not on the calendar, but here in North Carolina, the grass is growing faster than we can cut it, flowers are blooming everywhere, afternoon heat is producing almost daily thunderstorms, and the bees are buzzing about like pollen covered dirigibles!  All this summery goodness inspired me to create a little Orange Blossom Honey gift ensemble using the inspiring ribbons from the Really Reasonable Ribbon  Citrus Ribbon Assortment.

Orange Blossom Honey Gift Ensembleby Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Bees Knees Creativity Kit  from Polly's Paper Studio Etsy 01Oh, how I love these glorious ribbons!   They were the perfect playmate for this honey toned “It’s the Bee’s Knees” Creativity Kit from Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy. I began by creating a 7″ wide x 5″ tall top fold card base from kraft cardstock.  After embossing it with a honeycomb folder, I sponged it lightly with Black Soot Distress Ink and spritzed it liberally with Tattered Angels Marigold Glimmer Mist.  After this was heat dried, I splattered more mist all over the card base.  Then i was ready to build my card layers.

Orange Blossom Honey Gift Ensemble by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Bees Knees Creativity Kit  from Polly's Paper Studio Etsy 06I stitched paper from the collection to a scrap of burlap fabric that I had in my stash.  This was topped with a piece of Honeycomb Maize Satin Ribbon tied in a simple square knot.  The other layers were stitched onto kraft cardstock, and then I added them to the card with foam dots.  I created a belly band by layering Tangerine Cross Hatch Ribbon over Maize Diamond Satin Ribbon.  This was such a pretty combo, that I went to work tying a spectacular double loop/triple loop bow with the same ribbons.  Then I topped them with a Burlap Wild Sunflower and a vintage button from my stash.

Orange Blossom Honey Gift Ensemble by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Bees Knees Creativity Kit  from Polly's Paper Studio Etsy 05Here’s a close up of the details.  Instead of tossing my little ribbon scraps, I trimmed the ends, stapled them together and glued them under the honeybee image.  I will be sure to do this again, as it’s a great way to use those little pieces of ribbon, and it looks so cute!

Orange Blossom Honey Gift Ensemble by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Bees Knees Creativity Kit  from Polly's Paper Studio Etsy 03The inside of the card contains two pockets.  One holds a fun sentiment tag, while the other holds a tea bag (lemon yellow, of course!) and a Ghiradelli chocolate square.

Orange Blossom Honey Gift Ensemble by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Bees Knees Creativity Kit  from Polly's Paper Studio Etsy 04Adding just a touch of honeycomb maize satin to this tag really made it cute! And I tied my honeybee charm onto the tag with just a scrap of natural burlap string.

With phase one of the Orange Blossom Honey gift ensemble completed, I could move on to phase II.

Orange Blossom Honey Gift Ensemble by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Bees Knees Creativity Kit  from Polly's Paper Studio Etsy 07I was having so much fun, that I went on to create this pretty notepad holder to complete this Orange Blossom Honey gift ensemble.  I’ve made hundreds and hundreds of these over the years, and they make such a nice gift!

Orange Blossom Honey Gift Ensemble by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Bees Knees Creativity Kit  from Polly's Paper Studio Etsy 10After building the chipboard notebook base, I decorated it with paper from my stash, then layered on elements from the creativity kit, more Maize Diamond Satin Ribbon, some gears, and a lovely cabochon.  Just a touch of black burlap string beneath the Petaloo Burlap Sunflower made it pop off the page.

Orange Blossom Honey Gift Ensemble by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Bees Knees Creativity Kit  from Polly's Paper Studio Etsy 11The inside contains a slash pocket on the left hand side, stuffed with tags and a 4″ x 6″ post it pad on the right.  Now you’ll be happy to write down your to-do list!

I need to make up a bunch of these to have on hand for last minute gifts.  Summer is such a busy time, it’s always nice to have something on hand.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

It’s all about the PIE!

It’s All About the PIE!

Canvas Corp Brands Holiday Baking Tri-fold  Thanksgiving Mini Album

I grew up in a family of amazing cooks.  They may not have been gourmet cooks by today’s standards, but my mom, my grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunts knew their way around the kitchen!  Thanksgiving was a huge celebration with all family members present and accounted for.  Sometimes we had as many as 36 people crammed into my grandmother’s house.  We lived in New England, so there was usually snow on the ground and the cold North Wind chilled you to the bone as you tramped from the car, across the porch and into the warmth of Grammy Ma’s kitchen where you were greeting with the tantalizing aroma of roasting turkey and savory dressing.  Everyone brought food to this feast, but really….it was all about the PIE!  Every kind of pie you can imagine: pumpkin (of course) along with mince, apple, blueberry. lemon meringue, cherry, coconut cream, banana cream and chocolate cream all arrayed in splendor on the side table.  Thanksgiving is still my favorite holiday…and it’s all about the PIE, even to this day!

Kathy by Design/Thanksgiving Pie Tri-fold MiniWhen Canvas Corp Brands released their gorgeous Holiday Baking collection, my mind began to race with memories of those happy Thanksgiving celebrations of my childhood.  And naturally…pie!  I could not believe my eyes when I saw this sentiment panel from the Holiday Baking Butcher Paper cardstock! I mean,…there was my childhood captured on paper!  I gathered together some supplies and created this little tri-fold mini album in tribute to the fabulous cooks in my family.   I’m sharing a full tutorial below the signature area, in case you want to make one yourself.

Tri Fold Christmas Card CCB 03I love making a tri-fold album like this.  It’s like opening a package as each flap reveals a wonderful new view.

Tri Fold Christmas Card CCB 04And when fully opened, this festive little album can be used as holiday decor…on the pie table, of course!

Tri Fold Christmas Card CCB 05I stuffed this pocket full of little goodies, like a magnet, a vintage styled postcard and tag.  It would be a great place to put family pics from the great feast, too.  Imagine how fun it would be to pull this year’s photos out NEXT year, and see how much everyone has changed! This little album is so full of pie that I had to clip it closed with a Vintage Silver Clip!

For me, playing with paper is all about capturing memories, creating keepsakes and celebrating life.  I think of it this way: I’m creating little hooks for us to hang our memories on so they don’t slip away.  Even though I say it’s all about the pie, it’s really all about the love, the laughter and the time we share together.  And of course, a slice of pie makes the memory all the sweeter.

If you’d like to purchase this Thanksgiving Mini Album, it’s available in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

It’s All About the Pie Thanksgiving Tri-Fold Mini Album Tutorial

Supplies:

Prepare the mini base:

  1. Cut two sheets of red cardstock to 7.25″ x 11″.  Join on the short end to make one long strip measuring 7.25″ tall by approx. 15.75″ long.  Score on the long side at 5.25″ and 10.25″.  Crease to fold so that the right hand piece folds into the center, and the left hand piece folds onto the top.
  2. Cut FOUR 4.75″ x 6.75″ rectangles from Kraft & White Lace Cardstock. Sponge the edges with Black Soot Ink and mat with slightly larger black cardstock rectangles.  Stitch around the edges with red thread, if desired. Glue into album base as shown.
  3. Cut ONE 4.75″ x 6.75″ rectangle from red and ivory toile paper.  Ink and mat as above.  Glue into the center panel inside the mini album.

Layering the cover:

  1. Cut a 2.5″ x 6.5″ rectangle from red ticking paper, with the stripe on the horizontal.  Mat with black cardstock.  Stitch edges if desired and glue down in the left hand corner of the card front, as shown.
  2. Ink the edges of the recipe tag and homemade tag.  Glue down as seen in the photo.
  3. Cut “Gather Together and Eat Pie” from Holiday Baking Butcher Paper. Mat with red and black cardstock.  Stitch together.
  4. Trim the word “Enjoy” from Gypsy Moments “To and From” tags.  Ink the edges and glue to the back of the Gather Together panel.
  5. Cut a small burlap circle in half.  Stitch the edges with red thread, if desired.  Attach to the bottom of the Gather Together panel, as shown.
  6. Glue the Gather Together panel to the mini album front, as shown.
  7. Paint two metal corners with High Impact white paint.  Glue into place.
  8. Cut a snippet of red canvas ticking and thread through the vintage pin, gluing together the reverse sides to create a banner.  Add the cherry novelty button.  Slip the pin through the Recipe Card, as shown.
  9. Tie a bow with black satin ribbon. top with red flowers. glue into place with hot glue gun.

Left Hand Page

  1. Create a slash pocket by cutting a rectangle of black cardstock to measure 5″ x 3.75″ Score 1/4″ on left and bottom.  Cut on the diagonal from the 3″ mark on the top right to the bottom right corner. Crease along the score lines miter corners and glue into place.
  2. Cut a slightly smaller piece of red toile paper and trim the corner as you did for the pocket. Glue on top of the black pocket.
  3. Decorate with the other half of the small round burlap piece, a cut out image from Beans and Bags Teacups paper and a small novelty button.
  4. Fill the pocket with recipe cards that have been trimmed with Kitchen and Utensil charms.

Center Page

  1. Computer journal the sentiment onto white cardstock
  2. Die cut with the largest Spellbinders Diamondessence circle die
  3. With Die in place, ink the inside edge with Vintage Photo Distress ink.
  4. Glue into place.
  5. Stitch the Happy Thanksgiving Sentiment onto natural burlap.  Glue into place

Far Right Hand Page

  1. Create a pocket as you did on the first page, only cut the diagonal slash from the left hand side to the bottom left corner and then top with red toile as you did before.  Glue into place.
  2. Cut a teacup from Beans and Bags and mat on red cardstock.  Add a novelty button.
  3. Fussy cut elements from Holiday Baking on Ivory Sheet and glue onto the White Lace & Kraft background.  Fill the pocket with tags that are tied together with burlap string (pull from the burlap panel) and the magnet.

To make the magnet:

  1. Find a vintage Thanksgiving image.  Mine is from Crafty Secrets Seasonal Vintage Image and Journal Notes Booklet.
  2. Mat with black cardstock, gold paper, and red cardstock.
  3. Glue magnetic sheet onto the back.
  4. Add black cardstock to finish.

Apron Page

The apron page is the back side of the far right hand page. It will be the page on the right when the first fold of the album is opened.

  1. Cover a mini kraft bag with a piece of burlap.  I stitched around the edges of my burlap with red thread first to make it stand out from the page.
  2. Ink the edges of the Just thankful card and tuck into the pocket. Glue into place. Top with a mini clothespin if desired.
  3. Cut a teacup from Beans and Bags.  Mat on red cardstock. Glue on top of burlap as shown.
  4. Thread a button with red thread and tie a bow.  Hot glue onto kraft pocket, as shown.
  5. Cut a 4.2″ x 2″ strip of red ticking fringe. Fringe the edges. Stitch a zig zag along the bottom.  Glue into place, as shown.
  6. Fussy cut the apron from the Holiday Baking paper. Ink the edges with Black Soot and use foam tape to layer onto the page, as shown.
  7. Die cut a flower from red toile paper using the flower die of your choice. Add to the page.
  8. Cut the small coffee circle from Beans and bags.  Add to page as shown.

 

 

 

Coffee Lover’s Birthday Gift Crate

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Canvas Corp Brands “Beans and Bags” Coffee Lover’s Birthday Gift Crate

Hello, Friends!

Let’s face it: coffee makes the world go ’round! We drink it morning, noon and night! We stand in line for it, can’t begin our day without it, and that first sip in the morning is the fuel in our tank that gets us through the day. So what could be more fun than turning a mini crate into a container filled to the brim with coffee themed tags, envelopes and recipes for your favorite girlfriend?  That’s exactly why I made this Coffee Lover’s Birthday Gift Crate with the fabulous Beans and Bags collection from Canvas Corp Brands. Take a peeky:

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This is a birthday party waiting to happen! I have loads of pictures so you can see exactly what was tucked inside, but first, let me share a list of supplies that you’ll need to make this crate for one of your coffee loving friends:

MATERIALS

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Getting Started:

Pull strings from the burlap fringe to make it even “fringier”. (Is that a word? But you get my drift!) Use Scor-Tape to secure the Burlap fringe to the mini vintage crate. Layer with ribbon, if desired.

Create the coffee cup from Brown and White Ivory Stripe Cardstock:

  • Use white C-flute for the band, chipboard for the center medallion and clear waste packaging for the domed top.
  • Fussy cut the Cafe label from the Beans and Bags paper. Ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and glue onto the chipboard disc, then glue onto the c-flute band.
  • Paint the back of the domed top with a light layer of White high impact metallic paint. Use the tip of your finger to swirl it around and then glue onto the top of the coffee cup. When it is dry, lightly smear Diamond Stickles to the back of the dome for a little extra sparkle. Set aside to dry.
  • Fussy Cut the French Coffee Label from Beans and Bags. Glue onto crate as shown.
  • Fill the bowl of a vintage silver spoon with hot glue and coffee beans. Top with a bow and glue onto the crate. Add flowers.
  • Tuck the prepared coffee cup behind the handle of the spoon.

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It was exciting to realize that my favorite Gypsy Moments papers pair up with Beans and Bags like, well coffee and cream! I had a blast creating a bunch of whimsical tags to fill my mini crate.

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You can see…this little crate holds a whole lot of birthday fun!

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A mini kraft bag was turned into a gift card holder. Just add a Beans and Bags label (spritzed with Turquoise Glimmer Mist) and tuck some sweet surprises inside.

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Why not tuck an individually wrapped chocolate, and a Gypsy Moments Birthday tag into a mini kraft bag? Nothing goes better with coffee than chocolate, and you can write your own birthday greetings on the tag…and even toss in a Starbuck’s gift card!

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How about a recipe for my favorite Sour Cream Coffee cake? Better yet, bake one and include it as part of the gift! It will be received with enthusiasm, I promise you! These Kraft Recipe cards look great with the Beans and Bags papers, too!

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I altered this Gyspy Moments Poses and Reflections panel by crossing out the word “passion” and adding alpha letters to spell COFFEE. The ivory teacup has been transformed into a coffee cup filled with flower petals. And the vintage coffee can image is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!

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This book cover is from Gypsy Moments “A Novel Thought” 12×12 papers. I love the fact that it works seamlessly with Beans and Bags, and super love that it looks like old leather! I turned this into a little accordion book with room inside to add photos or wishes for the birthday girl.

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The kraft and black Beans and Bags paper is a fussy cutter’s playground! Love these images!

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I used Gypsy Moments Poses and Reflections to make this insert. I really love the way these two collections complement one another!

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There’s not a gal out there who hasn’t felt this way at the end of a long day! I cut a Gypsy Moments Market Garland in half and used it as a tab on this great image.

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The Chocolate Brown Little Papers are a perfect match for this collection as well. Here, I’ve used one as a base for another great panel from Gypsy Moments Poses and Reflections. And adding coffee beans to the pages makes the crate smell amazing!

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The Farmhouse Bake and Can Recipe Cards on Ivory were the perfect place to write down my mom’s recipe for the best iced coffee ever! The secret? Evaporated milk! This can was fussy cut from Beans and Bags Coffee and Tea Labels.

 

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When you put it all together, this is one sweet little gift package! And it only took me a couple of hours to put together from start to finish! The papers did all the heavy lifting. This project could be easily adapted for a guy, for Christmas, a hostess gift for the holidays or even a get well or welcome to the neighborhood gift. Anyway you choose to make it, the recipient of this unique gift will be delighted!

Thanks for stopping by! And remember, with enough caffeine….you can rule the world!

Cheerio,

kathy

His n’ Hers Boots n’ Saddle

Hello, Friends!

…or should I say “howdy, pardners?”   Today’s cards are made with the fabulous Boots n’ Saddle Collection from Canvas Corp.  I “whupped up” a pair of His n’ Hers cards with fun papers, fabrics and charms.

Kathy by Design/Boots n Saddle CardsI tried some new things on these fun cards.  The focals are cut from the Boots n’ Saddle printed canvas sheet.  It’s loaded with wonderful images like the sassy cowgirl, guitar, and 10 gallon hat you see on these cards. I stitched them directly onto my card panels, and it worked like a charm.  Of course, if you don’t sew, you could always use fabric glue to do the same thing.

Boots and Saddle 05Ladies first, as the saying goes. I created a frame with one of the panels from the Little Chocolate Pages, then cut out the oval center, backed it with teal burlap and then layered on a whole prairie full of teal flowers and beads from Petaloo.  The cute stars are cut from the kraft image sheet and painted with Diamond Stickles…because Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right?

 

Boots and Saddle 06The sentiment is from the Boots n’ Saddle Words on Ivory paper. And I added great texture with this bow made from Brown Canvas Color Band Ribbon.

Boots and Saddle 08I created a pocket inside the card by scoring the card front 3″ from the fold and then gluing the 2″ portion inside.  I topped this with some of the Navajo Print papers and a feather from the Chocolate and Ivory Large Feathers paper . The feather was spritzed with Tattered Angels True Turquoise Glimmer Mist and then sponged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.   I used the oval I’d cut out earlier for a stamped sentiment, and then mounted it all on a piece of the beautiful Chocolate and Ivory Feathers paper.

Boots and Saddle 07If you have a pocket, you have to stuff a tag in it, right?  I created mine with another piece of the Little Chocolate Pages  and matted it with brown leather paper. I love the little silver cowgirl boot that I attached to the top, and the fussy cut elements from the Boots n’ Saddle on Kraft paper. The trim is made with a torn strip of canvas that was dyed with more of the Turquoise Glimmer Mist.  It’s tied off with aqua hemp rope.

Boots and Saddle 09I love that this collection works for cowboys and cowgirls alike!  The base of this masculine card is made with Black and Kraft Barbed Wire paper that has been spritzed with Turquoise Glimmer Mist and sponged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I used both teal and chocolate burlap to form a banner that was topped with the Navajo print.  The guitar was stitched down with just enough room to stick a guitar pick behind it.  I stitched the Navajo print from the fabric sheet to my kraft paper, then inserted copper brads that had been spritzed with Glimmer Mist.

Boots and Saddle 10Cowboys have to have a hat…and this one looks great, doesn’t it?  I made a little lasso from jute rope, and clipped my sentiment (from the ivory word sheet) to the lasso with a rustic mini clothespin.

Boots and Saddle 11I painted the cow skull charm with Turquoise Glimmer Mist and tied it onto the lasso as a finishing touch.

Boots and Saddle 12The sentiment was computer journaled onto another of the Little Chocolate pages.  I fussy cut the bronco buster from the Kraft image sheet, and also created a pocket for a gift card.  I think this would make a great birthday card for any guy!

If you’d like to give Boots n’ Saddle a try, Canvas Corp has put together a fabulous Mix and Match Pad that contains loads of Boots n’ Saddle Goodies.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Serengeti Out of Africa Mini Album

Hello, Friends!

Do you remember the 1985 movie Out of Africa with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford? What an epic romance! The panoramic scenery and the wonderful soundtrack swept me away, and left an indelible imprint on my imagination. So when I received the gorgeous papers and ephemera in the 7 Gypsies Serengeti collection, my mind traveled back to that movie, and I decided to create a romantic Out of Africa Serengeti Mini Album to share with you today. I also have some step out photos to show you how I made the cover and binding.

 

7 Gypsies Serengeti Mini Album/Kathy by Design

The Serengeti papers are so inspiring to work with, just filled with vivid colors, wonderful vintage images and amazing background patterns. Imagine how thrilled I was to find a replica of the book on which the movie was based! I immediately wanted to make this the focal for my album. I actually made a blank mini book and then added it to the cover of my mini album. It looks like a well thumbed copy of the tale, doesn’t it? I fussy cut the wonderful Serengeti label from the Vitabu paper. If you are familiar with the story line, you know that lions played a central role in the telling of the tale, so I have included them here on the cover. The lion pin is one that I picked up at a yard sale and have been saving for just the right project. I also filled an Amber Apothecary Bottle with antique gold embossing powder, tied it with green hemp rope and added some hand made vintage book page flowers.

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I had a Roma book cover in my stash, but needed to create a back cover for my album. So I cut a 5″ x 7″ piece of medium weight chipboard and ran it through my Cuttlebug with a Spellbinders Brick and Bark embossing folder. This created a wonderful wood grain texture on both sides of the chipboard. But I needed to get it to match the color of the Roma book cover. Thank heavens for the Tattered Angels Maritime paint system! It was the perfect tool to accomplish the job!

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I used the Olive Vine spray mist from the paint system and applied it liberally. After heat drying, I sponged the entire surface with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I also lightly sprayed and sponged the Roma cover. Then I heat embossed both covers with clear embossing powder. This creates a great faux aged leather look and feel.

 

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You would never guess that these book covers are made from chipboard, would you? Thanks, Tattered Angels!

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The next step was to design the binding for the album. I wanted to use this vibrant fern burlap between the two covers. I also wanted to employ a hidden hinge binding inside the album. After a little thought, I realized that if I stitched a 3.25″ x 8″ strip of the burlap, overlapping the top and bottom by 0.5″ each, I would have a really sturdy, serviceable binding.

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I cut a 12″ x 7″ rectangle from the Maua papers and measured in 4 3/8″ from both the right and left hand sides. After drawing a line to mark this measurement, I place one strip of 1/2″ Scor-Tape in the center of the back side of my burlap panel and positioned it between the two lines. Then, I flipped the paper over and sewed around the burlap binding and around the entire perimeter of the panel. I did this so that the finished stitching would be on the inside of my cover liner.

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Here you can see the finished cover liner for my album, along with the hidden hinge binding. I followed this tutorial for the binding, as it is the clearest, simplest one I’ve found on YouTube. I cut a 9″ x 7″ panel of green cardstock and then followed the directions in the video. I covered the green side flaps of my binding with more paper from the Maua page, just to make everything blended in.

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I really love the way the binding turned out! The vibrant green picks up on the elements I fussy cut from the Mabango paper. I punched a hole in the top of my binding and threaded through some avocado green help rope, white waxed cotton cording and natural hemp rope. I tied a series of knots with the red waxed cotton cording and slipped an Antique Silver Mini Round Hanger through the cording, pinching the hanger end closed to keep it in place. Then I threaded on the beautiful Serengeti Charms using jewelry wire to hold them in place. Finally, I frayed the ends of all the various cords and ropes to make them look like animal tails.

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The inside contains 4 double sided pages. Inside the front cover, I created a pocket by covering a 3.5″ x 5.5″ kraft paper bag with an image from the Vitabu paper and a piece from the Serengeti Mini Ephemera Pack. I filled this with tags that I cut from cardstock, Vintage Travel Journal Pages and handmade cheetah paper. The facing page is covered with Picha paper. I also fussy cut the photo album from this paper and turned it into a pocket for photo mounts. The giraffe and pith helmet are from the Mini Ephemera pack.

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The next double page is a fold out. I covered a 4″ x 6″ file folder with the Wanyama paper. I fussy cut stamps and covered two tags with this same paper. By leaving the top side of my photo mount open, I was able to make a pocket for tags. The facing page uses more of this same paper, but this time I cut a thumb hole with a circle punch and only glued down the top, bottom and sides, creating another pocket for photo mounts. I added another ephemera image to a tiny card and bag combo, topped it with a mini clothespin and created a perfect spot for journaling.

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I covered the interior of the file folder with more of the beautiful Maua papers, then added both a large and medium photo mount.

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The photo mounts are tied together with burlap and canvas ribbon, making them easy to insert and pull out.

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I wanted to create lots of room for photos and journaling and found that the Vintage Travel Journal Pages are a great way to add both.

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Here’s another pocket page made from Vintage Travel Journal pages! The facing page is decorated with Mihuri and Vitabu papers.

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The mini ephemera in this collection is especially beautiful!

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On the final page, I fussy cut the beautiful African lady from the Mabango paper. I painted the wooden medallion with the Tail Fin Glimmer Mist from the Maritime Paint System, then spritzed it with a little more of the Olive Vine Mist to deepen the colors. It makes me think of a warrior’s shield. The feathers, pebble and other fussy cut images make for a dramatic ending to this Serengeti Out of Africa Mini Album. Inside the back cover, I created a pocket by folding a journal card, stapling the edges and topping it with that gorgeous air mail ephemera. I stuffed the pocket with American Vintage Post Cards because the green was such a good match. You can both mount photos here and do journaling on the back.

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I love this album! I can almost hear the soundtrack from Out of Africa playing in my mind! I hope you can, too!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Maritime Sea Fever Album for 7 Gypsies

Hello, Friends!

I’m really excited to be sharing my Maritime Sea Fever album today on the Canvas Corp/7 Gypsies blog.  You all know how much I love the beach, so this album is near and dear to my heart.

Maritime "Sea Fever" Journal/Kathy by Design

Maritime “Sea Fever” Journal/Kathy by Design

 

Because we live fairly close to the beautiful North Carolina beaches, we visit as often as we can, to walk along the sand, soak up the sun, listen to the surf and let our spirits be refreshed and revived. We find all kinds of treasures along the way, and I thought it would be nice to create a little journal to write down memories and a poem about the sea. The cover is decorated with some of our favorite treasures: wood, shells, sand, bits of sea grass…all the things we love about the shore. I hope you’ll feel the serenity and freedom of the sea as you peruse the pages of this hand bound journal. Come walk with me beside the sea….

Here is what you will need to create your own Maritime Sea Fever album.

I started with a 14″ x 6″ piece of medium weight chipboard that came in some packaging I had. After scoring at 6″ and 7″, I creased the chipboard to form the book cover, then trimmed away any excess so that the front and back covers were even in size. Next, I cut a piece of canvas that was 1″ larger than the chipboard cover on all sides. I misted this with Crushed Shells Glimmer Mist and stitched it directly to the chipboard base using my “messy stitching” technique. I cut a 4″ square of ivory burlap, misted it with Crushed Shells Glimmer Mist, fringed the sides and adhered it to the front cover using Scor-Tape. I trimmed the corners of the canvas, covered the inside edges of my album with Scor-tape and then folded the canvas onto the inside of the cover.

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The white cardstock was embossed with Spellbinder’s “Shell Beauty” 3-D M-bossabilities folder. I inked the debossed side of the folder with the Distress Inks, one color at a time, then spritzed the paper with Crushed Shells Glimmer Mist to add that “fresh from the ocean” shine. I used the mini ephemera, rope trim, Maritime Charms, and found items to embellish the cover. The turtle charm from the Maritime Charms was painted with White High Impact Metallic Paint.

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This rusty clip was created with the TA Rusty Bare Metals Paint System. It was originally bright green, so I just love the total transformation that occurred when I added layer after layer of mist.

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The inside cover liner was created with the 8×8 Maritime Paper Pad. I added Maritime Journal pages, journal cards, ephemera and stamped lots of beachy images using the Under the Sea Stamp set from 7 Gypsies. The page edges were inked, and the pages themselves were spritzed, painted or drawn on with Crushed Shells Glimmer Mist.

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I cut 6 sheets of kraft cardstock in half, scored them at 6″ on the long side then stitched them together up the middle to create the journal pages. These were glued into the spine, then tied with natural white twisted hemp rope. I hand wrote lines from John Masefield’s beautiful poem, “Sea Fever” throughout the book, leaving lots of room for photos and journaling.

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The small stamps and torn edges make this book feel like it just came out of an old sea chest.

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The white pigment ink stamped onto the natural kraft paper let’s the stamp designs stand out beautifully.
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Adding mini ephemera pieces to various pages gives just the right touch.Natural Nautical Journal CCB 12a

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Create a pocket using the 5″x7″ journal pages and slip in ephemera and the smaller journal pages in place.

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Adding touches of nature to your book like this found leaf.

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The B&W Maritime Tags are the perfect starting place to add color, distress or mist to make them match your project. The vintage nautical art pieces are transformed to match the neutral colors in the book.

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Creating a tattered, worn album like this is easy when you have such inspirational products to work with. I think I used just about every item in the Maritime collection from 7 Gypsies in putting this together. And I can’t wait to add our family memories to the pages.

Wishing you sand between your toes and a shell in your pocket!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Crafty Secrets April 2015 Linky Party

Crafty Secrets and Really Reasonable Ribbon: A Perfect Match!

NOTE:  If you are looking for my April Blog Candy Event, please scroll down!  Thanks!

Welcome to the Crafty Secrets April 2015 Linky Party! We are excited to be partnering with Really Reasonable Ribbon  in this fun cross-promotional event that we are calling “Anything Goes with Ribbon.”

Really Reasonable Ribbon sponsored the Crafty Secrets Design team this month, giving us the beautiful April Ribbon Club Collection of Ribbons to add to our projects.

April Ribbon Club

I chose to alter a little shadowbox tray for my project, and I have a tutorial showing you how to make the little banner, too.

Craft Secrets April 2015 Linky Party 01I worked with one of the darling Solo Trays from Canvas Corp Brands.  These measure about 6″ square.  I printed the Happy Thoughts paper from the Vintage Typography CD to 8″ square and trimmed the top portion with the sentiment to fit inside the largest box of the tray. That’s one of the big benefits of working with digital…being able to print out a paper that fits the size of your project!  I fussy cut the bird from the paper, inked the edges with Vintage photo and layered him on top of the background with a double row of foam dots.

Crafty Secrets April 2015 Linky Party 02Inside the top portion, I cut squares from the Birds and Blossoms Creative Scraps to fit, and then layered some little stickers on top of them.  This is easy, right? Next, I ran 1/4″ Scor-Tape all around the top edge of my tray.  Then I added the gorgeous Roses with Scalloped Edge Aqua Ribbon on top of that layer.  It was the exact shade of aqua to work with all my papers, now isn’t that nice?

Crafty Secrets April 2015 Linky Party 02aNext, Spanish Moss was glued in place, then a whole host of pretty Prima and Petaloo flowers followed.  I added in a pretty little Prima bird nest that I found in my stash, and a piece of star anise, too.  I love the shape and texture that added to the mix.  A couple of stamps from Birds and Blossoms, and a tiny little pocket watch were added to the mix.  I topped it all off with a gorgeous bow tied with Light Coral Satin Ribbon.   I just love these spring colors…they make me think of sherbet…and that is a good thing!

Craft Secrets April 2015 Linky Party 01a

I was pretty happy with this creation, but I felt it needed just a little finishing touch.  So I decided to make a banner.  I printed off an 8″ square piece of the beautiful Rose Diamonds Paper and in no time flat, I had a banner for my altered tray.  Here’s how I made it!

April 2015 Linky Party TutorialPrint off the paper sized at 8″ square.

April 2015 Linky Party Tutorial01Cut out the individual diamond shapes and ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

April 2015 Linky Party Tutorial02Fold each diamond shape in half to form a triangle. Twist two strands of Natural Jute String together.  Fold in half and tie a knot on each end.  You want it to match the width of your tray when you are finished.

April 2015 Linky Party Tutorial03Lay the triangles over the prepared twine so that you can glue the triangle tips shut.  Then hot glue onto the sides of your tray, or card or layout…whatever you are making!  Easy, Right?

Crafty Secrets shared some awesome goodies with the design team at RRR, and they will be featuring those projects on the Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG from April 3rd through April 11th, so you will want to pop over for even more inspiration from the RRR Design team.

To play along, simply create any project that features Crafty Secrets products and add ribbon or trim to your project. You do not have to use Really Reasonable Ribbon to play along, any ribbon or trim will do.

To thank you for playing along, we have selected a pretty digital paper and a fun seasonal image that you can download.. You may use this on your project if you wish, or save it for another day. You may link any project you like, however if you wish to be eligible for this month’s prize package, you must feature Crafty Secrets products in your project.

Crafty Secrets Birds and Blossoms Digital Creative Scraps

Crafty Secrets Birds and Blossoms Digital Creative Scraps

Paper from Crafty Secrets Birds and Blooms Digital Paper Collection

Paper from Crafty Secrets Birds and Blooms Digital Paper Collection

This month’s lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate for any DIGITAL products in our online store! You can choose from our Digital Art Stamps, digital paper packs, digital printable sheets or digital Creative Scraps and fill your shopping cart to the brim with wonderful digital vintage goodies from Crafty Secrets!
Link your “Anything Goes with Ribbon” project to the Crafty Secrets BLOG no later than midnight PT on Sunday, April 19th. I’ll be hopping by to take a peek at your beautiful creations and leave a nice comment on your blog. On Wednesday, April 22nd, the winner of this month’s prize package will be announced on the Crafty Secrets Blog.

Now, go visit the rest of the amazing Crafty Secrets Design team, and prepare to be inspired!

Kathy Clement, DT Leader  ( You are here)
Darlene Pavlick: Dar’s Crafty Creations
Diane Hover: Nellie’s Nest
Elizabeth Lincoln:  Paper Passtimes
Ginny Nemchak: Polly’s Paper
Gloria Stengel: Scraps of Life
Melody Clement: Paper Melody’s
Michele Kovack: Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker
Shantaie Fowler:  Inking Pink
Sheila Rumney: Sheila Rumney Design and Photography

Don’t forget to visit the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog for more inspiration!  They also have a great challenge going on right now, so you might as well  play there, too!  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Cheerio,

kathy

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