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Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor for Little Birdie Crafts

Hello, Friends!  We are still waiting for fall weather to arrive here in North Carolina.  I thought perhaps I could conjure up some cool crisp days with this Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor piece created for Little Birdie Crafts.  Fall flowers, a really cool textured wooden pumpkin and a matching hostess gift card sing Autumn Leaves to me!

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

I tried some new mixed media techniques on this one, and I have to say, I’m super happy with the way it turned out.  The matching hostess gift card is made from the scraps I had on my table.

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor: Creating the Base

The base for this project is a 12″ x 9″ wood pumpkin from Hobby Lobby.  You can use whatever you can find in your stash, or cut your own pumpkin shape from chipboard.

Begin by applying a liberal coat of Little Birdie Grainy Texture Paste over the surface.  Use a palette knife, or even an old credit card for this step.  Don’t worry about creating an even layer of texture paste; uneven looks better!  Use the side of your blade to remove paste from the grooves.  Then tap the surface to create raised ridges that resemble pumpkin skin.

Next, add color with Little Birdie Color Splash.  First put down a light coating of Lemon Zing.  Follow this with a layer of Paprika.  Then add just a few spritzes of Lime Splash.  Heat set between layers.  Repeat until you are happy with the results.

TIP:  Cover your work surface with old grocery bags, newspaper or garbage bags for easy cleanup.

TIP:  Spray Color Splash in light layers for best results.

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor: Two Step Crackle Medium

The next step requires a little patience on your part.  To create this amazing texture, pour a layer of Little Birdie Two Step Crackle Medium (Base Coat)  over the surface of your pumpkin.  Use a foam brush to gently move the medium around, brushing as little as possible.  Then set it aside to dry overnight.  The finish will be slightly tacky in the morning, but that’s how it’s supposed to be.

Now pour Two Step Crackle Medium Top Coat in a thin layer over the entire surface.  Once again, use a foam brush to gently move the medium around.  Then let it set for a few hours, or gently heat set.  The medium will crackle as it dries, creating this cool effect.

Add walnut ink along the edges to create depth and dimension.  You may want to add more Color Splash, heat setting between layers, as I did.  The ink puddles into the cracks created by the Crackle Medium and looks amazing!

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor: Creating Depth and Dimension

Now comes the fun part: decorating your pumpkin!  Use an image from your stash to create a focal point.  I printed out THIS digital image twice, cutting out the girl and the wheat sheaves from one print.

Back the fussy cut image with foam adhesive or waste chipboard and adhere to the first image.  Tear bits of the bricks  and layer them behind the image.  Distress he brick papers from the 12″ x 12″ Texture Brew paper pack, tear off pieces and layer them behind the focal image. This creates loads of depth and dimension.  

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor: Grateful

The framed sentiment comes from the Think Positive Primed Chipboard pack.  Paint the frame with Orange Splash Chalk Paint that has been mixed with a little walnut stain.  Then heat emboss the letters with Rocky Road Baked Texture.

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor: The Flowers

Choose flowers that match the colors in your focal image for a well composed design.  All my flowers have been distressed with Walnut Cream and Orange Splash Chalk Paints mixed with walnut stain.  Just dry brush over the petals to create lovely texture.

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor: Natural Sisal Fibre

Dye Natural Sisal Fibre with the same Color Splash Sprays that I used on the pumpkin base.

TIP:  Place the sisal fibre in a plastic grocery bag before you spray.  This keeps the mess off your work station, and off your hands.  I just smooshed the bag between my fingers to move the spray around.  So much less mess!

Harvest Themed Hostess Thank You Card

I had some leftover flowers and paper scraps, so I created this lovely hostess thank you card.

The base is a 6″ x 6″ kraft card from Little Birdie.  The image is another from the digital sheet I printed out for the pumpkin.

Distressed edges and ink spatter give this card a wonderful rustic feel.

The corrugate sentiment and chipboard are also from Little Birdie.

The inside has room to write a little note, and a tea bag pocket.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques 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

SUPPLY LIST

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

  • 12″ x 12″ Texture Brew Paper Pack
  • Grainy Texture Paste
  • Two Step Crackle Medium
  • Rich Copper Fairy Dust
  • Golden Hearts Melange
  • Think Positive Primed Chipboard
  • Layla Vivid Palette Flowers
  • Andrea Mulberry Flowers
  • Andrea Vivid Palette Flowers
  • Little Birdie Foliage
  • Corrugated Kraft Thank You Wishes
  • Enchanting Scroll Primed Chipboard
  • Natural Sisal Fibre
  • Walnut Creme Chalk Paint
  • Orange Splash Chalk Paint

Other Supplies:

  • Walnut Stain
  • Gecko Galz Autumn Magic Digital Collage
  • Wooden Pumpkin

 

 

Authentique Pleasant Autumn Trifold Folio Tutorial

Authentique Pleasant Autumn Trifold Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Finally, it’s fall!  Even here in the Sunny South, the days are a bit cooler and the air is a bit drier.  October’s bright blue weather inspired me to create this Authentique Pleasant Autumn Trifold Folio Tutorial for  you today.

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This is a 5″ x 7″ x 2″ box style trifold folio with solid chipboard covers.  I used Authentique Paper’s glorious “Pleasant” collection kit for this project.

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Everything I love about Autumn is packed into this collection: Pumpkins, Fall Flowers, Acorns, Apples…it’s just completely delightful in every way!  Since I’ve prepared a video tour and step by step tutorial for you, I’ll keep my comments here brief.

Authentique Pleasant Autumn Trifold Folio Tutorial: The Cover

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I used a Tim Holtz Ornate Frame Die to feature this gorgeous image from the collection.  The frame is cut twice: once with chipboard, then a second time with designer paper to add lots of depth and dimension to the focal image.   Messy machine stitching adds a rustic, homespun feel to the design.  So does the Brown Center Stitch Burlap Ribbon.

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I did not have any fall colored flowers that matched this collection, so I altered some Little Birdie Swiss Mocha flowers with inks and sprays.  The end result was these golden roses, which I confess that I love.  To alter the metal butterfly, tap it with Antique Bronze, Rusty Hinge and Tumbled Glass Distress Paints.

Authentique Pleasant Autumn Trifold Folio Tutorial: Something Old

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I dug into my box of old metal treasures where I found this vintage key hole.  My 80+ year old neighbor gave it to me several years ago as a thank you for helping her with some household tasks.  Tapped with distress paints, it’s the perfect addition to the side of the folio.

Authentique Pleasant Autumn Trifold Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

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Because the folio has a magnetic closure, I had to keep the first fold and inside cover very simple in design.  Thankfully, the Authentique Pleasant papers are so gorgeous that you don’t need to add much to them.  I did manage to add a little flap feature with this fantastic vintage truck image.

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Although a folio is not supposed to have pages, I bent the rules a little and added a page unit to each spine.  These function as waterfalls, and will hold 4″ x 6″ photos with ease.

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You will have to keep the embellishments in this album on the “flat” side, or you will not be able to close the cover.  Fussy cut images from the cut apart pages work perfectly for this job.

Authentique Pleasant Autumn Trifold Folio Tutorial: Interactive Features

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You all know how much I love to add interactive elements to my creations.  This folio is loaded!  you’ll find sweet side pockets with inserts like this one.

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And you will learn how to use your scraps to create the inserts in the video tutorial, too.

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And of course, there are flaps….

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…that pull out from behind the page and function as mini folios.  Oh, look…there’s another pocket!  What a surprise!

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You’ll have to watch the video to see what is inside this mini folio…and I’ll show you how to make it and the flap insert, too.

Authentique Pleasant Autumn Trifold Folio Tutorial: The Video

I hope you’ll enjoy the video tour with tips and ideas.  Then hang around for the step by step tutorial where we’ll build the base from scratch, add the page units, pockets and all the fun interactive elements.  The video runs a little over half an hour (there’s a lot of ground to cover) so grab a snack, a cuppa  and a notebook before you hit play.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas today that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  And if you’d like to purchase this Authentique Pleasant Autumn Trifold Folio, you’ll find it in my ETSY shop!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Pleasant Autumn Trifold Folio Tutorial: Supply List

Authentique Paper

Other Supplies:

  • Really Reasonable Ribbon Brown Center Stitch Burlap Ribbon
  • Natural Burlap String
  • Little Birdie Swiss Coffee Flowers (Rosemund)
  • Metal Butterfly Charm
  • Acorns from my back yard
  • Vintage Key Hole and metal charms from my stash
  • Burlap
  • 12″ x 18″ Heavy weight brown cardstock
  • Medium weight chipboard

Tools, Inks and Adhesives

  • Ground Espresso Distress ink
  • Antique Bronze, Tumbled Glass, Rusty Hinge Distress Paints
  • Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle Mist
  • Little Birdie Lemon Zing Color Splash
  • Tim Holtz Ornate Frame Die (Sizzix)
  • Packaging Tape
  • Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive
  • 1/2″ Scor-Tape
  • waste chipboard to add dimensional layers

 

Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflower Card Folio

This hop is now closed.  The winner, chosen from Vicki Dutcher’s blog, is SandiB.  
Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflower Card Folio for the HC Alumni Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations September 2018 Alumni Hop!  The shorter days of autumn are upon us and soon the leaves will begin to fall. This Heartfelt Creations  Rustic Sunflower Card Folio is rich with autumn hues, texture and rustic charm.

Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflowers Card Folio Beary Fun Retreat by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Acorns, turning leaves and brilliant sunflowers are  all things that I love.  Creating this 5″ x 7″ x 1/2″ card folio was pure joy!  Here are the Heartfelt Creations supplies that you will need to make this project:

Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflower Card Folio: Card Basics

Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflowers Card Folio Beary Fun Retreat by Kathy Clement Photo 02

First create your card base with kraft cardstock.

  • Begin by cutting two 5″ x 11″ panels from kraft card.
  • Then add 1/2″ Scor-Tape or the adhesive of your choice to one of the 5″ ends.
  • Next, peel off the liner tape and carefully overlap the other 5″ end over the tape to create one long 5″ x 21 1/2″ panel.  Burnish well with a bone folder.
  • Now, place the long side of the panel on a scoring tool.  Score at 7″.
  • Then score at 7 1/2″. Fold and crease with a bone folder.
  • Next, place the 7 1/2″ score line into the left hand corner of your scoring tool and score at 7″.  Measure off 3″ from that score line and cut away the excess.
  • Now you have a 5″ x 7″ card base with a 1/2″ spine and a built in pocket.  Pretty sweet, right?

Add your patterned papers as seen in the photo.  I stitched the focal image onto a piece of burlap.  Be sure to add foam tape or waste chipboard between your card layers to add lots of dimension.

Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflower Card Folio: Rustic Sunflowers

Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflowers Card Folio Beary Fun Retreat by Kathy Clement Photo 03

To make these rustic sunflowers, follow these easy steps:

  • First, use ColorBox Dark Brown Chalk Ink to stamp 2 sets of the Classic Sunflowers on the yellow print paper from the Beary Retreat Center.  Heat Emboss with Clear Embossing Powder.
  • Next, Die cut the flower layers using the Classic Sunflowers Die.
  • Then, Place the flower layers in the 3-D Floral Basics Shaping Mold.  You can do up to 3 layers at a time, but be sure to mist each layer before adding the next.  Run through your die cutting machine to shape.
  • Now, randomly dry brush the petals with Rusty Hinge Distress Paint.
  • When the paint is dry, spray the flower layers with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls and Tattered Angels Bronze Glimmer Mist.  Pinch the ends of the petals to give them a rustic, wrinkled tip. Dry with a heat tool
  • Now use a ball stylus to shape the center of each sunflower to form a cup.
  • Next, layer the flowers together with the adhesive of your choice.  I use hot glue.
  • Finally, fill the centers with hot glue and Czech beads.
  • Stamp, Die Cut, shape and color the leafy accents.  Add everything to your card.
Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflower Card Folio: The Bow

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I added more leafy accents on top of my beautiful blue, cream and gold plaid bow.  Then I hot glued on some acorns that I had in my stash, along with some little acorn and leaf charms.

Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflower Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflowers Card Folio Beary Fun Retreat by Kathy Clement Photo 05

I love to make cards that double as gifts.  Now you know why I had to add a 1/2″ spine to this card folio!

Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflowers Card Folio Beary Fun Retreat by Kathy Clement Photo 06

Turn the flap and you find a little gift card pocket, a place to write a little note, and room to add a photo.  I cut the opening in the pocket with a circle die.

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After covering out pocket with designer paper from the collection, I simply glued the sides to the card base.  This is such an easy way to make a pocket!  Then you get to do the fun part: fill the pocket with treats.  This is a vintage silver spoon, a little tea bag wallet, and a honey stick to complete the ensemble.

Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflowers Card Folio Beary Fun Retreat by Kathy Clement Photo 08

Tuck a pumpkin spice tea bag into the pocket, and your gift is ready to give!  I like to wrap these cards up in tissue paper and tie them with ribbon for presentation.

On With the Hop

This blog hop closes on Monday, October 1st at 11:59PM EDT.  One lucky comment  will be randomly selected from one of the blogs in the hop to win a $25 shopping spree at Heartfelt Creations.  We will announce the winner here, on the Heartfelt Creations Facebook Page, and on the Heartfelt Creations Blog on Wednesday, October 3rd.  The winner will then have 72 hours to e-mail Heartfelt Creations at socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.us.  Add the words “Winner of the September Alumni Hop” in the subject line of your e-mail.

Now on with the hop!

Kathy (you are HERE) ♥  Amarilys  ♥ Vicki   ♥ Pam  ♥ Piyanki   ♥ Archana  ♥ Susan

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.

Happy hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Fabulous Fall Stash Buster Mini Album

Fabulous Fall Stash Buster Mini Album for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Fall is my absolute favorite time of year, and I am so happy that it is finally here!  Today I have a Fabulous Fall Stash Buster Mini Album made with Really Reasonable Ribbon to share with you.  What do I mean by “stash buster?”  Well, if you are anything like me, you have some really wonderful retired fall collections gathering dust in your crafty space.  I decided it was time to put these beautiful collections (and scraps) to good use.  And what better way to use up your stash than in a Fabulous Fall Stash Buster Mini Album?

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This album measures 5″ x 7″ with a mixed media chipboard cover.  The simple “O” ring binding is finished off with beautiful Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Fabulous Fall Stash Buster Mini Album: The Ribbons

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In addition to the fall ribbons from the September Ribbon Club Collection, I used Autumn Diamond Print Grosgrain  and Noble Peacock Seam Binding.   The ribbon is simply tied onto the ring binding using square knots.  Doesn’t it look like fall leaves fluttering to the ground?

I did use some really cute dies to make the acorns, leaves and pumpkins in this mini album.  They are from My Maker’s Movement (formerly Cheery Lynn).

Since I created a video tour of this Fabulous Fall Stash Buster Mini Album, I’ll just share a few still photos with you here.

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Fabulous Fall Stash Buster Mini Album Project Share on YouTube

 

 

I hope this post has encouraged you to dig out your retired collections and use them to make something fabulous.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Really Reasonable Ribbon Vintage Blessings Card Duo

Really Reasonable Ribbon Vintage Blessings Card Duo

Hello, Ribbon Lovers! I don’t know what it is about fall, but it always inspires feelings of gratitude in my heart.  Maybe it’s thankfulness for the cooler weather after a long hot summer.  Perhaps it’s the bright blue sky and gorgeous fall colors.  Or it could be the promise of Thanksgiving on the horizon.  Whatever it is, it sure does make my heart happy.  Today I’ve used Really Reasonable Ribbon to add the finishing touches to a Simple Stories Vintage Blessings Card Duo.  I hope these cards will stir up that same thankful feeling in your heart.

Vintage Blessings Easel Card

Vintage Blessings Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1

Felt flowers are my latest obsession, and I love the fall color they add to this 5″ x 7″ vertical easel card.  (I’ll share product links below the post.)

Vintage Blessings Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 2

Vintage Blessings Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 3I searched all through my ribbon cart for something that would pull all these vibrant colors together.   This rustic Plaid Ribbon in Rust and Ivory tones was equal to the task.

Vintage Blessings Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 4I love the way this triple loop bow draws the eye to the sentiment on my cute little house.  Topping the ribbon with a Natural Burlap String Bow and an acorn adds to the card’s rustic feel.

Vintage Blessings Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 5

Like all easel cards, this one folds down for mailing.

Vintage Blessings Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 6

Inside, I’ve added a small treat pocket and a sentiment.

A Little Bit of Ribbon Goes a Long Way

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1

 

I love to find creative ways to use my ribbon scraps.  This little piece of Ivory/Rust ribbon left over from tying the triple loop bow was too small to use.  Or was it?

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 2

As it turns out, it was just the right size to finish off the safety pin embellishment on this 5″ x 7″ card.  I simply snipped the ends, slipped it through the circle on the end of the safety pin, then tied it in place with Natural Burlap String.

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 3

It’s a small detail that makes a big impact, drawing the eye to an embellishment that might otherwise be overlooked.  I love that about ribbon!

Here’s a look at the other details on this happy little card.

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Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 7Creating the inside of this card was really fun.  I tucked a recipe card, tea bag wallet and honey stick into the shallow pocket.

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 8

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 9Of course, there’s room to tuck a gift card inside, too.

I hope I’ve shared some ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Wishing you a heart of gratitude…

Cheerio,

kathy

Product Links

Really Reasonable Ribbon

Simple Stories Vintage Blessings

  • 6″ x 8″  Paper Pad
  • Chipboard Stickers
  • Bits and Pieces
  • Sticker Sheets

Tammy Tutterow Dies by Spellbinders

Tim Holtz Fall Foliage Thinlits Dies by Sizzix (fall leaves)

 

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