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Sea Maiden: Mermaids, Sea Horses, Starfish, and Sand Dollars

Authentique Sea Maiden Project Share: Mermaids, Sea Horses, Starfish and Sand Dollars

Hello, Friends!  Remember my post from two weeks ago, where I shared a project from my rainy weekend at the beach?  Well, it really rained!  So I had time to create a couple more projects with Authentique Sea Maiden.  This post is filled with Mermaids, Sea Horses, Starfish and Sand Dollars, so pull out your flip flops and let’s take a little beach adventure together.

Sea Maiden Project #1: Sea Horses, Starfish and Sand Dollars

Sand and Sea Beach Walk Folio Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 01

I know…where are the flowers? Where is the ribbon? When designing this Beach Walk Folio, I wanted to keep things a little more simple and streamlined.

Sand and Sea Beach Walk Folio Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 02

The trifold folio is my go to 5″ x 7″ size.  But this time I designed a cut away cover with a belted belly band closure.

Sand and Sea Beach Walk Folio Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 03

Instead of flowers, I decorated the cover with this removable mixed media tag.

How to Make a Sea Maiden Mixed Media Tag

You’ll need a Graphic 45 Regular Kraft Tag and the matching die to make this tag.  You’ll also need the Tim Holtz Sand and Sea Bigz Die, an embossing folder, Vintage Photo Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink and UTEE powder (Ultra Thick Embossing Powder) medium weight chipboard and a heat tool.

  • First, die cut a cover and a back for the G45 Regular tag. Ink the edges and adhere to the front and back of the tag.
  • Next, select 2 or 3 patterns of Sea Maiden paper and die cut the sand dollar, seahorse and starfish with the Sand & Sea die.
  • Now, die cut again, using medium weight chipboard.
  • Place the die cut paper (not the chipboard!) in your chosen embossing folder.  I used Tim’s Croc Texture Fade.) On the flat (debossed side) of the folder, rub the surface with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Mist the die cuts lightly with water and emboss according to your machine’s instructions.
  • Next, sprinkle Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder randomly over the surface of the die cut images.   Heat set.Sand and Sea Beach Walk Folio Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 04
  • Now, apply a generous amount of Versamark Ink over the entire surface of the die cuts.
  • Next, add a fairly heavy layer of UTEE over the prepared die cuts.  Tip off the excess and heat set.
  • Let the embossed images cool completely before handling.  Melted UTEE is HOT!
  • Once the die cuts have cooled completely you can kind of shape them with your fingers and adhere to the die cut chipboard.
  • Adhere the seahorse, sand dollar and starfish to the prepared tag.  Spatter everything with diluted walnut ink.  Add charms and bow.
Sea Maiden Beach Walk Folio: A Peek Inside

Since I’ve prepared a video tour of this project with you, I’ll just share a couple of photos of the inside to whet your appetite.

Sand and Sea Beach Walk Folio Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 05

Sand and Sea Beach Walk Folio Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 06Sand and Sea Beach Walk Folio Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 07Sand and Sea Beach Walk Folio Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 08Sand and Sea Beach Walk Folio Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 09Sand and Sea Beach Walk Folio Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 10Sand and Sea Beach Walk Folio Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 11

Sea Maiden “Be Mermazing”  Shaker Card

Because I was having so much fun…and because the rain simply would not stop, I also put together this darling 4.25″ x 5.5″ “Be Mermazing” Shaker Card.

Be Mermazing Mermaid Shaker Card Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 01

The card base and all the little banner flags were made while I was at the beach.  Banner flags are a great way to use up a bunch of pretty little paper scraps!  The card was embellished once I got home.  I’ve been dying to use this gorgeous seahorse key, and this was just the project for it.  The other beachy charms are attached with silver metallic string.  Then I added a beautiful bow and Little Birdie Flowers to finish the card.

Be Mermazing Mermaid Shaker Card Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 02The shaker element was created when I got home.   Spellbinder’s Circle dies  can be nested together to create the “porthole” frame for this lovely little mermaid.  I love the way the sequins, little pearls, seed beads, glitter and sequins make it look like she’s floating on a wave.

Be Mermazing Mermaid Shaker Card Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 03

My goal for this project was to use as many of my scraps as possible.  So there are lots of little tags and bits and pieces used in various ways.

Be Mermazing Mermaid Shaker Card Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 04Be Mermazing Mermaid Shaker Card Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 05

Since I was at the beach and didn’t have a printer, I just wrote out this Mermaid Wisdom by hand.

Sea Maiden Project Share on YouTube

To help you get a feel for the flow of these projects, I’ve prepared a little video.  I’ll show you how all the mechanisms work and share some ideas that I think you will enjoy using in your own craft time.

I hope you’ve found some ideas, tips and techniques that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  My only complaint about this collection is that it is so beautiful that you don’t want to stop playing with it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio Tutorial for Letter Perfect Challenge at Frilly & Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Frilly and Funkie Letter Perfect Challenge!  I’ve created a really fun Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio to share with you today.  There’s even a little tutorial and a video tour thrown in for your viewing pleasure.  We’ll take a look at everything in just a second, but first, let’s see what Sara Emily, our lovely challenge hostess, has to say about this challenge.

Challenge Theme: Letter Perfect
According to Merriam Webster, ‘letter perfect’ is defined as “correct to the smallest detail”. We’re not asking you to be immaculate or flawless; we just want to see letters or words on your vintage or shabby chic project. They don’t have to be the focus, but be sure we can see them!

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio on YouTube

It makes sense to start this post with the video tour of this Tag Folio before we look at the details.  So here you go…it’s  just a short, 11 minute video tour loaded with tips and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  Enjoy!

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio:  The base-ics

Graphic 45 Imagine  Steampunk Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

This is an 8″ x 10″ folio with a lightweight chipboard base.  Because I knew that I would be adding a tag box to the front, the folio itself had to have some heft to it so it wouldn’t tip over. I simply scored the sheet of chipboard in half, creased along the fold and voila!  Instant folio base!

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

You probably notice that this folio is not thick.  That’s because most of the components are found in this dimensional tag box on the cover.  (There’s fun inside, too….trust me!)  Today’s tutorial will show you how to construct the tag box using a Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag as the base.   The tag box, filled with fun tags is a great project all on its own.  But it’s even more fun when added to the cover of a folio, dontcha think?

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio: Details and Flowers

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 03

My imagination ran away with me as I created this romantic Steampunk folio.  I just kept thinking of more things I could add.  Here you see the flowers I made using the G45 Large Tag and Flowers Dies.  These are soooo much fun to make.  Here are a few helpful flower making tips:

  • First,  die cut your flowers from patterned paper.  This gives each flower instant depth and dimension.  I used 8″ x 8″ patterns from the “B” side of the papers for this purpose.
  • Secondly, lightly mist your die cut petals with water before shaping.  I’m talking a very light misting…not Niagara Falls!  This does two things: first, it softens the paper making it easier to shape the petals.  Secondly, it releases the starch from the paper so that when your flowers dry, they will hold that shape.
  • Thirdly: Use a foam mat and ball stylus to shape the petals.  I roll my stylus from the tip of the petals toward the center of the flower to create a realistic shape.  Then I place the tip of my stylus in the center of each flower and “stir” it to cup the flowers.  You can cup them a little, or a lot…it’s up to you.
  • Fourth: if you want to add stamens, punch a hold in the center of each petal layer using and awl.  A standard craft pick does not make a big enough hole.
  • Finally: to add depth and dimension, sponge the petal edges with Distress Ink.  I used Vintage Photo on these flowers, but most any dye or chalk ink will work.  Then to add sparkle, spritz with mica spray or Glimmer Mist.
Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio: Ribbon and Tags

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

The pinks in this collection can be a little hard to color match.  But no worries! You can custom dye your own ribbon with Distress Ink and Seam Binding Ribbon.  Here’s how:

  • First, cut a nice long piece of white or ivory seam binding ribbon…at least a yard.  But more is better, so why not do 2 or 3?  You can use the extra on your next project!
  • Now add color.  I like to use Distress Ink Refills for really vibrant color.  Simply place a drop or two on your craft mat or non-porous surface and then spritz with water.  It’s best to add one layer of color at a time, drying in between so you don’t end up with mud.  For this ribbon, I used Tattered Rose, Fossilized Amber and Tumbled Glass.
  • Dry the ribbon gently with a heat tool, scrunching and crumpling it as you dry it.
  • To add some shadow and contrast, i tapped my Worn Lipstick Distress ink pad very lightly in a random kind of way over the top of my dried ribbon.  I love the way it turned out!
Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio: A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 06

The inside is fairly simple.  It was fun and easy to cover the Staples Ivory Tags thanks to the die.  Then I just scored a line on the bottom to make a flap and added them to the folio.

 

How to Turn a Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag into a Tag Box

Here’s the promised tutorial.

How to Make A Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag Pocket Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01 How to Make A Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag Pocket Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 02 How to Make A Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag Pocket Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 03 How to Make A Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag Pocket Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 04

To create the top border, I backed a border strip with waste chipboard.  Then I adhered Venise Lace along the bottom edge.

Letter Perfect: Now it’s YOUR turn!

I hope you’re feeling inspired to play along in this Letter Perfect Challenge.   To do so,  Just create a shabby chic or vintage project  that features Letters or Words.   Then link up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, June 26th.

The team will pick four favorite project entries for this challenge.  The top winner will be invited to join us in a Guest Designer spot on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The next three will receive badges to display proudly on their blogs.  And everyone who enters and follows the challenge rules will be eligible to win a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

You can find all the challenge rules and details HERE.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio Product Links



Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Card Tutorial

Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Card Tutorial

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Today I have a really fun to make Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Tutorial to share with you.  This is a great gift idea for your favorite pet loving friend or family member.  It’s made with G45 Raining Cats and Dogs DCE, and made fabulous with Really Reasonable Ribbon!

Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

The base for this 5″ x 7″ card is a standard gate fold design. I love the way RRR 5/8″ Double Faced Jade Satin Ribbon blends with the teal tones of the designer paper.

Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 02

I’ve tucked loopy little Natural Burlap String Bows in with my bow clusters to add some contrast and texture. Of course, I tied all my bows with my fabulous Bow-it-All Tool.

Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 03

This time, just to change things up a bit, I attached my bow cluster to the top of a little hinge clip.  This is both pretty and practical, as the clip holds the gate shut.

Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Card: A Peek Inside the Gate

Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 04

 

Gatefold cards give you lots of room to add pretty papers and images.

Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 05

The center panel of the card includes a fun flap element.  I’ve decorated the “wings” with a post card image that is cut in half to fit .

Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

Border strips layered over an image creates a feeling of depth and dimension.

Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 06

When you lift the flap element, you find room to add photos of your favorite pets.  You can add journaling to the post cards on either side.  Stickers, chipboard and novelty buttons add a playful feel to the design.

Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Card Tutorial on Snapguide

If you’d like to make one of these fun photo folio style cards, simply follow the step by step instructions in this Snapguide Tutorial.

Check out How to Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Card/Photo Folio by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

I think this same basic design would be easy and fun to adapt for other occasions, too.  Weddings, new babies, graduation, retirement, birthday and any other type of celebration would work beautifully in this format.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Sea of Tranquility Card Folio Tutorial

Authentique “Sea Maiden” Collection: Sea of Tranquility Card Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Y’all know how much I love the beach!  My honey and I ran away from home for a beach getaway a couple weekends ago.  Thankfully, I had packed myself a little crafty “emergency kit”  with my new Authentique “Sea Maiden” Collection Kit because the weather decided to turn into a monsoon. So I made my own beach adventure and created this Sea of Tranquility Card Folio Tutorial to share with you all here today.

Sea of Tranquility Card Folio Tutorial Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 01

This is a 5.25″ x 7.25″ trifold folio with a little bit of everything beachy.  You’ll find shells, mermaids, fish, seaweed, starfish tucked in with the myriad pockets and tags.  My embellishments (even the feather) were salvaged from the shore during my walks between the storms.

Sea of Tranquility Card Folio Tutorial Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 02

This glorious red-headed mermaid inspired this entire project.  She’s cut from Sea Maiden One and framed with Graphic 45’s fabulous doily frame from Square Tags and Clock Dies.

Sea of Tranquility Card Folio Tutorial Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 03

And mermaids have to have sea shells, right?  This whelk is also cut from the collage images on the Sea Maiden One page.  I’ve clustered it up with a bunch of fussy cut images , shells, a little sand and some pearls.

Sea of Tranquility Card Folio Tutorial: Moving parts

Sea of Tranquility Card Folio Tutorial Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 04

Look at these gorgeous patterned papers!  Oh, be still my heart!  I had so much fun creating the interactive elements for this card folio.

Sea of Tranquility Card Folio Tutorial Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 05The pocket on the bottom holds this lovely little 4″ x 5″ folio.

Sea of Tranquility Card Folio Tutorial Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 06There’s room inside for a little art tag, a sentiment panel from Sea Maiden Eight.  And I think even mermaids love a little chocolate treat now and again!

Sea of Tranquility Card Folio Tutorial Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 07

The top half of the card is an accordion fold folio with a gatefold cover.  This was so much fun to design, and I’ll show you how to engineer this in the video tutorial below.  I’ve added a scrap of designer paper to serve as a pocket.  Then I used up my scraps to make this business card sized mini folio.  Don’t you love this sentiment?

Sea of Tranquility Card Folio Tutorial Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 09

The interior has loads of pockets, mini tags, mermaids and more.

Sea of Tranquility Card Folio Tutorial Sea Maiden by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 10

Here’s a peeky at what you’ll find inside the folio.

Sea of Tranquility Card Folio Tutorial on YouTube

Here’s a short video tour of the folio and all its moving parts.  This is followed by a tutorial that shows you how to create the 5″ x 7″ base from 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock, how to create the pocket and most importantly, how to create the fun accordion fold element.  I hope you enjoy!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques that you can put to good 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

Sea of Tranquility Card Folio Tutorial Supply List

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial: My Brand Ambassador Goodbye Post

Hello, G45’ers!  Today I have a really quick and easy to make Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial to share with you.  The base is made with just one sheet of designer paper, making it a “one sheet wonder.” Although it measures a neat and tidy 4″ x 6″  it’s got lots of flaps, pockets, tags and goodies inside.  Oh, and there’s a shaker cover thrown in just for fun.  I

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial Floral Shoppe by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

This post marks my final project as a Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador.  I’ve had so much fun these past two years, but the rules say I must go…and go I must!  Don’t worry…I’m staying on as a G45 Special Projects Designer for the remainder of this year.  And I will always love Graphic 45 and share loads of fun projects and tutorials here.  It’s just that I will no longer get to proudly wear the title “Brand Ambassador.”  There’s a whole new crew of talented artists who will have that privilege.

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial: Bloom Where You’re Planted

Some of you may not know that I auditioned three years in a row before I finally won the honor of becoming a Brand Ambassador.  I nearly fell out of my chair when I saw my name pop up on the list of those chosen to design for G45!  Being on this team has been a real time of growth for me, so I chose this “Bloom Where You Are Planted”  sentiment from the gorgeous Floral Shoppe Collection as the title for this project.

TIP: Add a frame to the top of a shaker element to conceal the adhesive beneath.  I die cut two layers of Sunlit Medley using a Tim Holtz Ornate Frame Die. The frames were adhered together for strength, then added over the top of shaker element for a polished look.

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial: A Peek Inside

As soon as you untie the ribbon closure on the front of this album, the fun begins.  Here’s a little pocket page made from a Square Policy Envelope filled with little tags, photo mounts and ephemera cards.

The beauty of Graphic 45 papers drew me to become a part of the G45 family.  The beauty of what I love has become what I do!  And being on this team has created new friendships all around the world.  These friends are the flowers in my garden.

TIP: Need a tag in a hurry?  Most Graphic 45 Sticker Sheets have a gift tag sized sticker.  Simply mat  on the cardstock of your choice, trim around the edges, add a chipboard charm and you’ve got a lovely little tag in no time!

The front page of the photo wallet folds down to reveal two 6” x 4” photo mounts above and below the body of the wallet.  I worked mostly with the “B” sides of each paper to keep the design from becoming too busy.

TIP: Add a small magnet to the back of this “Bloom and Grow” ticket from the Floral Shoppe Tags and Pockets.  Add another magnet beneath the designer paper on the facing page and you’ve got a nifty magnetic closure for this gatefold mechanism.

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorials; Flaps, Hinges & Policy Envelopes Join the Party

I love the versatility of G45 Staples Policy Envelopes.  Next to G45 tags, they are my favorite Staples!  Remember that nifty little pocket on the first page of the album?  I’ve used the other piece of it to create a flap page.

Fold it down, and you find this great string tie envelope where you can tuck in photos, ephemera cards and other “flat” type memorabilia.  I’ve created little “wings” on either side of the center panel to house these ATC Policy Envelopes and Pockets & Tags.

Tags and Pockets are the perfect size to fit the front of these ATC Policy Envelopes.  This is such a quick and easy way to decorate a page!

In today’s tutorial, you will learn how to create a simple hinge mechanism.  My friends, this will change your paper crafting world!  Hinges lead to flaps and flips and all kinds of fun interactive elements!

What’s inside those ATC Policy Envelopes?  A match set of itty bitty cards, that’s what!  These can hold tiny photos or notes.  And it’s a great way to use up the scraps on your work space!

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial on YouTube

Would you like to know how to put this fun, interactive photo wallet together?  Well, it’s your lucky day!  I’ve created a video tutorial that will show you how!  You can use any collection you like.  I’m willing to bet that you will make more than one of these before it’s all said and done. Enjoy!

Just so that you know I’m human, I left some gaffes and goofs in this tutorial.  I’ve left some of them in here so that you can avoid the pitfalls that tripped me up.  Like I say to my friends, there are no mistakes in crafting…just learning opportunities!

A Fond Farewell

Working with this collection is pure joy…and working with Graphic 45 is absolute bliss. I’m very, very thankful that I’ll be continuing on as  Special Projects Designer alongside the amazing Annette Green and the charming Maria Cole this year.  

No worries!  I’ll continue to create with my gorgeous G45 papers and share those creations with you here.  Once a G45’er, always a G45’er!  Right?

Beautiful papers combined with beautiful people has made being a Brand Ambassador the best experience of my life.  And now you have a fresh new crew of amazing artists to carry the torch of creativity forward. Life is good!

Thanks from the tips of my crafty little fingers for making this journey so fun and memorable!  Group hug!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial Supply List

Graphic 45 Products

Floral Shoppe:

Other Products: Tim Holtz Ornate Frame Die, 5/8″ Moss Green Gingham Ribbon, Foam Tape, Clear Acetate Cardstock or clear packaging, Scoring Tool, Stylus, Scor-Tape, Sequins, Flowers, Cardstock

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