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Graphic 45 St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holders

St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holders with Graphic 45 Calendar Collections

Hello, G45’ers!  St. Patrick’s Day will soon be here!  I thought it would be fun to create some little goodies for my favorite leprechauns to make the holiday even more fun.  Graphic 45 has 3 gorgeous calendar collections: A Place in Time, Children’s Hour and Time to Flourish.  And I have 3 gorgeous grand girls!  What a happy coincidence!  I pulled out all 3 collections, some G45 Staples long Ivory Tags and went to work designing these St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holders.

Aren’t they cute?  And they are a quick and easy project to make, which is even better!

A Place in Time Leprechaun Tag: How to turn a Tag into a Treat Holder

Each tag in this trio follows the same basic “recipe.”

  1. Place a long Staples Tag (I used Ivory) on your scoring tool so that the long side is against the rail and the bracketed edge is on your right.
  2. Starting at the left hand side, score the tag at 3.5″ and again at 4″.
  3. Gently fold the tag slowly so that you don’t crack the heavy cardstock.  You might need to very lightly moisten the area along the crease with a baby wipe or damp paper towel.
  4. Burnish with a bone folder to set the crease.
  5. Decorate with paper.
  6. Add a pocket to the inside.
  7. Thread ribbon through the grommet, and suspend a little shamrock charm, if desired.
  8. To make quick work of  covering the spine, use wide Graphic 45 washi tape.

It’s really that simple!

For this St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holder, I filled an antique bronze charm with designer paper then covered it with a cabochon.  Green gingham ribbon wrapped around a paper spool and sealed with a button makes a sweet accent.

Decorate the inside with more pretty papers.  I die cut this pocket from designer paper, but you could also score an ATC tag in the same way that you scored the larger tag.

If you don’t want to put chocolate in the pocket, you can always add a tea bag, a gift card, movie tickets or some other small treat.

St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holder with  Time to Flourish

This Time to Flourish Tag has a great botanical feel.

I love the little shamrock key that I hung from the grommet.

Here’s a peeky at the inside, all dressed in pretty shades of green and purple.

I had a pretty tag left from my Tags and Pockets to tuck in along with the chocolate treat.

Children’s Hour St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holder

I still love this sweet image from the Children’s Hour March page. Because it was a little too large for my tag,  I fussy cut it to fit.  Next  I tucked stamps and flowers around it.  For a finishing touch, I hung a sweet chippie from the collection and a wee shamrock charm in the grommet.

Here’s the inside view.

Trim down an ephemera card and use it as a spot to write your greeting.

This design is adaptable to any occasion or theme.  Just change the papers and you’re good to go!

I hope I’ve inspired you to break out your gorgeous Graphic 45 papers, Staples tags and chips.  If so, my job is done here!

May the road rise up to meet you!





Cute Little Tag Pocket for Anything But A Card

Cute Little Tag Pocket for Really Reasonable Ribbon Anything But a Card Challenge

RRRChallengeBadgeHello, Friends!  It’s the first Friday in August, and you know what that means?  Yup!  There’s a brand spanking new challenge at RRR: Anything BUT a Card.  How fun!  I tossed this idea around in my head for a while, and decided I would make a cute little tag pocket from a Graphic 45 Staples Tag, then put a standard tag inside the pocket.

Children's Hour Tag Pocket with Tag by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1 G45;s Large Tag Album is just the right size for this project.  Simply score the tag  3″ from the bottom edge and crease with a bone folder.  Line the inner portion and add a tiny bead of glue along the sides of the tag.  Fold in place and Voila! Instant pocket!

RRR Colors of Autumn & G45 August Children’s Hour Collection: A Perfect Match!

Colors of Autumn Ribbon CollectionThe Colors of Autumn Ribbon Club Assortment for this month is a great color match for the August papers in Graphic 45’s Children’s Hour collection.

Children's Hour Tag Pocket with Tag by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2I trimmed down a Standard tag so it would fit inside the cute little tag pocket.  I fussy cut a ton of images from the 8×8 pad to use as decoration.  I love the way the Turftan brown polka dot ribbon matches the brown polka dot paper, don’t you?  I also used some natural burlap string, and then tied the Kiwi Green Square in a Square Satin ribbon through the top.  It all matches perfectly!

Children's Hour Tag Pocket with Tag by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3An ephemera card was trimmed down to fit the back of the tag.  I inked the edges and tnen rounded them off with a corner chomper.  A couple stickers from the collection finished this project off nicely.

This cute little tag pocket is just the right size to hold a gift card.  It’s quick and easy to make for any occasion, but this one is going to be used for a family birthday.  Shhhh…it’s a secret!

I can’t wait to see what you make for this Anything BUT a card challenge!  Be sure to link up on the RRR Challenge Blog so I can come by and leave you some love.

Thanks for stopping by!  Now go get your craft on!





Graphic 45 Sea Dreams Tag

Graphic 45 Children’s Hour: Sea Dreams Tag with Pocket

Hello G45’er!  I’m up on the G45 blog today with this super cute, quick and easy  Sea Dreams Tag.

Sea Dreams Tag, Children's Hour, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1I have to say, I love this Sea Dreams tag for the memories it brings to mind.  That little girl holding the sea shell to her ear makes me think of our oldest daughter when she was a girl.  We have spent many a happy hour combing the beach together, finding treasures along the way.  Now I get to have the same kind of fun by the sea with our three granddaughters.  What joy!

Sea Dreams Tag, Children's Hour, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2This Sea Dreams tag started with a Graphic 45 Staples Regular Ivory tag.  I traced around the tag onto the 8×8 July montage paper.  Then I punched a 1/2″ hole for the grommet and glued it down.  The edges were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint.   Lots of inky spattering and sponging ensued!  Then I added some crisp white detail with a laser cut doily from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

By the Sea Tag, Children's Hour, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3The post card from the 12×12 collective page was trimmed out, inked and spritzed.  Then I fussy cut the little girl image from an ephemera card and secured her to the tag with foam spacers.  I fussy cut flowers from the 12×12 montage and clustered them around her and added a button and some custom dyed seam binding ribbon.

By the Sea Tag, Children's Hour, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4I backed the postcard with some waste corrugate, then used foam dimensionals around the edges so that I could slip a little tag behind.  Why?  I don’t know…because it is fun, and I love hidden pockets and interactive elements on a project, I guess!  You can just see the shaped edge of the tag peeking out from behind the post card tag.

It’s All About the Details!

By the Sea Tag, Children's Hour, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5Here’s another look at the fun details.  All these shells were found on our beautiful North Carolina coast. To give my tag a real beachy feel, I sprinkled real beach sand on top of Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive, then tapped off the excess.  I also tapped my metal fish charm with both Picket Fence and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint.  It’s all about the details!

Fussy Cutting Tip

By the Sea Tag, Children's Hour, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6And here’s a handy tip for all you fussy cutters out there.  Tiny images like the little girl and the flowers can be very hard to ink.  But I hate raw edges, so ink I must!  My secret is to flip the image upside down on my craft mat, and then very gently, while it is laying flat, I sponge all around the perimeter.  Because I hold both the image and my sponge flat, the raw edges get covered up, but the image is not spoiled.  Try it next time you need to ink up something tiny.

By the Sea Tag, Children's Hour, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8 jpgHere’s a look at the tag behind the scenes of this Sea Dreams tag.  You could easily mount a small photo, or write a note on the back.  I have this tag on my desk right now, and it makes me smile every time I look at it!

I hope I shared some ideas here that you’ll be able to incorporate in your own crafting adventures.  A simple tag like this beauty is a great way to capture a memory, isn’t it?

Thanks for stopping by.  Now, go get your craft on!



Products Used:

(Note:  With the exception of the Laser Cut doily, I purchased most of  these supplies from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.)

  • Graphic 45 Staples Regular Ivory Tag Album
  • Children’s Hour 8×8 Collective Paper
  • Children’s Hour 12×12 Collective Paper
  • Children’s Hour 12×12 July Montage
  • Children’s Hour Chipboard
  • Children’s Hour Pockets and Tags
  • Gypsy Soul Laser Cut Doily
  • Tim Holtz Adventure Words Die
  • Distress Stain Spray: Candied Apple, Mermaid Lagoon
  • Picket Fence Distress Paint
  • Rayon Seam Binding
  • Foam Dimensionals
  • Found items from the beach, hot glue gun
  • Metal Fish Charm




Graphic 45 2016 Final Round Audition

Graphic 45 2016 Final Round Audition: Children’s Hour Flip Frame Album and Gift Box with Tag Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  What a whirlwind I have been living in.  Moving house, unpacking boxes, organizing my new (much smaller) studio space and last but not least, working overtime to complete my Graphic 45 2016 Final Round Audition.  What a thrill it is to be one of the Top 30 designers chosen by Graphic 45 for this marvelous opportunity.  I have two videos to share with you today.  The first is a video tour of my final project: a Children’s Hour Flip Frame Mini Album and Gift Box.

2016 Graphic 45 Final Round Audition 01I created a calendar themed tag album using the gorgeous Children’s Hour Collection from Graphic 45.  Each of the twelve months of the year is represented on a tag, and there is a corresponding photo on the back.  I found that the flip frame did not handle more than 4 tags at a time without becoming awkward to turn, so I created a complementary gift box to house the tags.  The 5″ x 7″ Staples Book Box was the perfect size, and I had a great time decorating it.

Here’s the link to the first video.  I hope you enjoy!

The second part of my audition is the actual tutorial where I share the step by step “recipe” for building the tags.  You probably noticed that the template for each tag is the same.  I saved out the December tag so I could show you how the individual components were put together.

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