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Graphic 45 Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial

 Graphic 45 Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial
Frilly and Funkie Elegant Jewels Challenge

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  This go round, our hostess is the lovely (and hilarious) Cec.  This Graphic 45 Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial fits right in with her fabulous “Elegant Jewels” theme. Before we take a look at my offering for this challenge, let’s see what Cec has to say about this challenge theme.

Challenge Theme: Elegant Jewels
Let’s make a vintage or shabby chic project in jewel tone colours such as deep purple, emerald green, jade green, burgundy, bright turquoise to name a few AND to make your project extra special, add some sort of jewel or gem, which can be anything from a dollar store find to a piece of broken jewelry.
 Graphic 45 Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial

Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial Little Women by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

I’m a huge fan of Graphic 45’s tags, and use them often in my creations.  Now that G45 has released dies to match the tags, they are especially fun..  This tag mini folio is made with Ivory Square tags and the matching Square Tag and Clock Die.  No more tracing the tag onto paper and cutting it out, then trimming to fit.  The dies cut a tag cover with a perfect 1/8″ border, and they cut the perfect sized hole for the tag grommets.    And I’m happy to announce that The Funkie Junkie Boutique now carries all the Graphic 45 tags and matching dies in the online store.  Life is good!

Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial Little Women by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 02

To make this mini folio, I simply joined two Ivory Square Tags together with a simple folded spine.

Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial Little Women by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 03

I used the Square Tag and Clock die to cut out the blue doily frame, and the focal image.  Having the dies made quick work of putting this mini tag folio together.

 

The finished album is 4.5″ wide x 5″ tall with a 1/2″ spine and a ribbon closure.

Graphic 45 Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial Little Women by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 05

Pockets, flaps and surprises await inside!

Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial Little Women by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 06

Scraps, chipboard, fussy cuts, and a metal charm decorate an Ivory ATC tag.  To keep it company in the front pocket, I tucked in an ephemera card and a mini chocolate.

Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial Little Women by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 07

Ephemera cards make great flaps! And if you cut a pocket from the Tags and Pockets sheet in half, you get this pretty little tuck spot.

Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial Little Women by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 09

Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial Little Women by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10

Which just happens to be the perfect size to hold this itty bitty hand bound book.  The book measures 1.75″ x  2.5″.  It’s a great way to use up scraps!

Graphic 45 Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial and YouTube Video

To help you get a better feel for the flow and function of Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio, I’ve prepared this video project share.  You’ll also find step out photos and directions for creating the tag folio base, pocket, flap page and tag pocket.  I hope you enjoy!

Frilly and Funkie Elegant Jewels Challenge: Now it’s YOUR turn

You’re invited to participate in this “Elegant Jewels” Challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project that incorporates florals and  pastel colors in the design.  Then link your project on the Frilly and Funkie blog before 11:59PM DST on Tuesday, April 245th.  You can find all the information on that HERE.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose four favorite projects from your entries. Our favorite artist  will be invited to join us as a Guest Designer  at Frilly and Funkie. The next three winners will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who links up and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Did I share some tips and tricks today 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

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Prima Lavender Blooming Marvelous Flip Folio for Frilly and Funkie

Prima Lavender Blooming Marvelous Flip Folio for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog

Hello, Friends!  Even though the weather has made it hard to believe, Spring is on the way!  And with spring comes beautiful blooms!  That’s what we’re celebrating this go round on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog where the amazing Zoe is our hostess.  I’ve created a Prima Lavender Blooming Marvelous Flip Folio to share with you today, but first, let’s see what our gracious hostess, Zoe, has to say about this challenge:

Challenge Theme: Bloomin’ Marvellous
As spring pokes its head through the frozen ground, let’s celebrate the season and create a vintage or shabby chic project with flowers as the focus and in vintage muted pastel tones, (no brights).
Prima Lavender Blooming Marvelous Flip Folio:  The Cover

Prima Lavender Blooming Marvelous Flip Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

You’d have to look far and wide to find a collection that fits the parameters of this challenge better than Prima Lavender. Not only does it make me think of the pretty hyacinths that are the first spring flowers to break through the soil,  it’s also filled to the brim with floral images and soft vintage pastels.

Prima Lavender Blooming Marvelous Flip Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

This 4.75″ x 7″ flip folio started with two 5″ x 7″ side fold card bases.  I simply added a couple of extra score lines to create double 1/2″ spines.  Then I went to work adding all sorts of flips, flaps, hidden pockets and tuck spots.  What fun!

Prima Lavender Blooming Marvelous Flip Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 03

One of the things that drew me to this collection is the beautiful rose gold foiled accents on the 12×12 paper pad.  Of course, I love the shabby/vintage vibe of all the papers, but that rose gold foiling reeled me in!  I decided to create a shaker frame using some of it along with Tim’s wonderful Ornate Frame Bigz die.

Prima Lavender Blooming Marvelous Flip Folio: The Shaker Element

Prima Lavender Blooming Marvelous Flip Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

Here’s how I made this shaker element:

  • First, die cut two sets of the frame from thick cardstock.
  • Now die cut another frame using the rose gold foiled paper from the 12×12 pad.
  • Next, ink both frames with Dusty Concord Distress Ink and a blending tool.
  • Then stack both oval chipboard centers and glue together.
  • Now cover the top oval layer with the reverse side of oval center from the paper frame.  Decorate with stickers or elements from the collection.
  • Now, cover the top frame with the die cut rose gold paper,  making sure everything is lined up.  I find that liquid glue works best for this task.

Prima Lavender Blooming Marvelous Flip Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 05

  • Next, I used my crafting hammer to sort of bang both those ovals back into the center of the inked frame.  You might not need to use a hammer, but I did.
  • Then, trace around the inside of the frame onto a sheet of clear acetate cardstock.  If you don’t have this in your stash, you can always cut up clear plastic packaging. Cut the acetate oval out and glue it to the back side of the frame.  I use Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive for this.  Use a baby wipe to clean away any excess glue.
  • Next, with the frame face down, add a double layer of Kool-Tak Clear Foam Adhesive to the inner rim of the frame. I like to use this clear foam tape as it does not show through the openings in the die cut frame.
  • Fill the inside of the frame with your shaker elements.  I used sequins and glitter here.  Don’t overfill or the shaker won’t seal properly.
  • Finally, remove the liner from the foam tape and place the prepared frame back over it so that everything lines up. Press firmly to seal.
  • Now shake it up, baby!
Prima Lavender Blooming Marvelous Flip Folio: The ribbon closure

Before you decorate your folio cover, you will want to add a ribbon closure.  I added a layer of white netting and wide crochet lace before adding the gingham ribbon closure.

 

Prima Lavender Blooming Marvelous Flip Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 05

 

Prima Lavender Blooming Marvelous Flip Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 06

Secure these layers with 1/2″ Scor-Tape.

Prima Lavender Blooming Marvelous Flip Folio: A Peek Inside

Prima Lavender Blooming Marvelous Flip Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 07

Now the fun begins!  There are 3 sections inside the folio, each filled with flaps and flips and all sorts of wonderful interactive elements.

Prima Lavender Blooming Marvelous Flip Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 09

This is just a sample of what lies within.  You can see all the elements in the YouTube Video tour below.

Prima Lavender Blooming Marvelous Flip Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 10

Prima Lavender Blooming Marvelous Flip Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 11

Of course, I had to include a waterfall feature.  This one has a ribbon closure.

Prima Lavender Blooming Marvelous Flip Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 12And there’s a triple pocket in the center.

Prima Lavender Blooming Marvelous Flip Folio: YouTube Video Tour with Tips and Tricks

Bloomin’ Marvelous!  Now it’s YOUR turn!

You’re invited to participate in this shabbylicious “Bloomin’ Marvelous” Challenge  at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project that incorporates florals and  pastel colors in the design.  Then link your project on the Frilly and Funkie blog before 11:59PM DST on Tuesday, April 10th.  You can find all the information on that HERE.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose four favorite projects from your entries. Our favorite artist  will be invited to join us as a Guest Designer  at Frilly and Funkie. The next three winners will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who links up and follows the ruleswill be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Did I share some tips and tricks today 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 Sun Kissed Beach Walk Flap Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Beach Walk Flap Folio Tutorial for Frilly Funkie

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The incredibly talented and imaginative Suzz is our hostess this go round and the challenge theme is Knock on Wood.  Before we dig into the Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Beach Walk Flap Folio Tutorial that I’ve prepared for you today, let’s see what Suzz has to say about this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme: Knock on Wood
For this challenge you need to dig through your crafty stash and look for some type of wood to incorporate into your art.  This can be any kind of wooden object like a wood spool, a wood button, a mini ruler or even a branch.   Create a vintage or shabby chic project that incorporates some type of wood content.
Beach Walk Flap Folio: First Look

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

It’s been such a cold, grey, miserable winter and it just seems to drag on and on.  So I decided I had to make my own sunshine in the studio.  Naturally, I turned to the sun drenched color and beachy images of Graphic 45’s Sun Kissed collection.

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 02This 5″ x 7″ gatefold style card has been given an upgrade to folio status.  By adding a few flaps to the basic design, I was able to create a really fun, interactive card folio. I’m telling you, my friends, I am addicted to making these mighty little minis!  Each one I build is like it’s own puzzle, and I really have fun figuring it all out.

Beach Walk Flap Folio: Where’s the Wood?

 

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 03

In keeping with Suzz’s fun Knock on Wood theme, I created a wood life preserver to embellish the cover of this beach walk flap folio.  This is a wooden curtain ring.  I attached a thin rope with washi tape and voila!  Instant life preserver.  The interior is filled with tiny shells that I’ve picked up on my beach combing adventures on North Carolina’s beautiful coastline.

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 04I’m a sucker for cute embellishments like this carved wooden sea gull.  I’m not sure where I picked him up, but I’m so glad I found him in my stash of wooden embellies.   There’s also a small glass vial filled with authentic North Carolina beach sand.

Beach Walk Flap Folio: A peek inside.

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 05

Gatefold cards are always fun to open.  The flaps on either side transform a standard card base into a sort of mini adventure.  And then, you get a glimpse of all the features tucked inside!  It’s a dramatic moment, for sure.

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 06

TIP:  Turn a border strip into a mini pocket!  Just adhere the sides and bottom edge, leaving the top and body open for these cutie pie tags from the 8×8 collection.

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 07

TIP: Don’t forget to add designer paper to the back side of your focal image, as it will be visible when the gate opens wide.

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 08

TIP: The small ephemera cards are perfectly sized to use in a waterfall cascade.  First, mat each card on complementary cardstock, leaving a 1/2″ overhang on the top edge.  Then, score the flap, and you are good to go!

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 09

TIP: Next, line the folded edge of each card up with the bottom edge of the preceding card.

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10

Finally, add a border strip to the base page to dress it up.  There’s room for a photo here, too!

Beach Walk Flap Folio: Pockets and Such

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo11

Create a stylish pocket by folding a flap page back on itself.

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 12Then fill the pocket with more ephemera cards, photos, tags…whatever suits your fancy!

Beach Walk Flap Folio: Flips and Flaps

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 13

TIP: Add interest to your flap folio by varying the size of the flaps.  This shorter flap stands out from the crowd because it is shorter than the rest of the album.  But you can still fit a 4×5 image on it!

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 14

TIP: Add a flap on both sides of a page for extra fun!  To create these flap pages, do the following:

  • Cut all paper layers to size, but don’t glue in place!
  • Cut flaps so that they are a 1/2″ wider (or taller) than you want the page to be.  Score that 1/2 overhang and adhere it to the folio base.
  • Then, once the flap pages are glued in place, you can add the top layer.

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 16

TIP: Policy envelopes make great flap pages!  I simply added a side hinge to left hand side of this envelope and voila!  Instant flap page!

The center panel of the card is also a flap page.

Beach Walk Flap Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 17

Beach Walk Flap Folio Video Tour and Tutorial

It’s almost hard to believe that you can fit all this into one standard 5″ x 7″ gatefold card base.  But seeing is believing!  Just watch this short YouTube video to see how all these flips and flaps work together.  I’ll also share a very basic gatefold card tutorial in this video.  Enjoy!

Now It’ s YOUR turn to Knock on Wood!

You’re invited to participate in this fun Knock on Wood Challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project that incorporates wood in the design.  Then link your project on the Frilly and Funkie blog before 11:59PM DST on Tuesday, March 28th.  You can find all the information on that HERE.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose four favorite projects from your entries. Our favorite artist  will be invited to join us as a Guest Designer  at Frilly and Funkie. The next three winners will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who links up and follows the ruleswill be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Did I share some tips and tricks today 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

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Graphic 45 Little Women Interactive Folio for Frilly and Funkie Challenge

Graphic 45 Little Women Interactive Folio for Frilly and Funkie “Get in on the Action” Challenge

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a new challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  I’m the hostess this month, and the theme is “Get in on the Action.”  I’ve created a Graphic 45 Little Women Interactive Folio that is filled with flips, flaps, tuck spots, hidden tags, pockets and waterfalls.  Before we take a look at it, let’s check out the challenge theme.

Challenge Theme: Get in on the Action!

Adding an interactive element on a card, tag, layout or canvas adds a bit of fun to any project.  For this challenge, create a vintage or shabby chic project that incorporates an interactive element of one sort or another in the design.  You can add a pocket and tag, a hidden tag, a hinged page, a flap, a flip, a tuck spot,  a special fold or any kind of interactive element that appeals to you.  Be sure to tell us in your post what makes your project interactive, as it may or may not be apparent in a photo.  

Graphic 45 Little Women Interactive Folio: Building the Folio Base

Graphic 45 Little Women Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for Get in on the Action Challenge at Frilly and Funkie Photo 01

I seem to be addicted to making these little folios.  Hopefully, you are not growing tired of seeing them.  This one measures 5.25″ x 7.25″ with a double spine.  It’s just bursting with fun flaps to lift and turn, pockets filled with little tags, hidden pages, and loads of room for photos.

Graphic 45 Little Women Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for Get in on the Action Challenge at Frilly and Funkie Photo 02Usually I have to piece standard sized cardstock together to make one of these folios.  But my scrapping buddy Ginger Ropp introduced me to a source for  18″ x 12″ cardstock.   So this is how I created this folio base using that lovely, long piece of card.

  • First, trim the paper so that the height is 7.25″.
  • Next, place the long side of the paper on your scoring tool and score at 5.25″. Move over 1/2″ and score again at 5.75″.
  • Then score again at 11″.
  • Score a fourth time at 11.5″.
  • The next score is at 16.75.”
  • Your final score is at 17.5.”
  • NOTE: if you are working with a Scor-Pal, you will have to fold the paper as you work along because the paper is much longer than your scoring tool.
  • Finally, trim off the little 1/2″ flap on the end.
  • Crease on all the score lines to form a trifold folio base.

This can also be done with standard 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock.  You will just need to join your 11″ x 7.25″ panels with 1/2″ Scor-tape before you start scoring.

Now you have a lovely blank trifold folio base that you can dress up any way you please!

Graphic 45 Little Women Interactive Folio: The Cover

Graphic 45 Little Women Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for Get in on the Action Challenge at Frilly and Funkie Photo 03

To keep with the vintage, shabby chic feel of this gorgeous collection, I distressed all my paper edges.  Layers are matted on black cardstock then backed with cut up shipping boxes to add dimension and heights.  Back fussy cut elements like the writing pen with thin strips of shipping boxes, waste chipboard or foam tabs.

Graphic 45 Little Women Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for Get in on the Action Challenge at Frilly and Funkie Photo 04

The folio cover has two hidden journaling tag spots: one at the top, and another to the right of the cameo.

Graphic 45 Little Women Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for Get in on the Action Challenge at Frilly and Funkie Photo 05

These are Graphic 45 Staples Black ATC tags.   When I was layering the cover together, I simply left areas of my cardboard backing unglued.  This way, the tags can slip behind the layers.   The back of each tag is blank for a photo or hidden journaling.

Graphic 45 Little Women Interactive Folio:  Ribbon Closure

Graphic 45 Little Women Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for Get in on the Action Challenge at Frilly and Funkie Photo 06

A ribbon closure adds wonderful texture to a design.  When you have added your base layer to the folio cover and back, simply wrap it with Scor-Tape from edge to edge.  This ribbon is 1.5″ wide, so I had to use 3 strips of 1/2″ Scor-Tape to secure the ribbon.  Cut a piece of ribbon that is twice the width of your folio so you will have enough ribbon left to tie a bow.  Then just build your layers on the album cover.

Graphic 45 Little Women Interactive Folio: A Peek Inside

This is rather a large folio, so I will share just a few key photos in this post.  You can see all the details and various mechanisms in the YouTube project share below.

Graphic 45 Little Women Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for Get in on the Action Challenge at Frilly and Funkie Photo 07

The ephemera cards in this collection are so lovely.  I’ve used both the front and the back sides throughout the folio.

Graphic 45 Little Women Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for Get in on the Action Challenge at Frilly and Funkie Photo 08

Sometimes, I’ve used them to make fold out flaps with hidden photo mounts beneath.

Graphic 45 Little Women Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for Get in on the Action Challenge at Frilly and Funkie Photo 09

Here, I’ve combined the “B” side of an ephemera card with an image from the cut apart page.  They are hinged onto a border strip from the collection.

Graphic 45 Little Women Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for Get in on the Action Challenge at Frilly and Funkie Photo 10

Turn the flap to find photo mounts, a tuck spot and mini tag, and a pocket filled with ATC tags.

Graphic 45 Little Women Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for Get in on the Action Challenge at Frilly and Funkie Photo 12

When the folio is fully opened, you see a waterfall cascade and a pocket page filled with photo mounts.

Graphic 45 Little Women Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for Get in on the Action Challenge at Frilly and Funkie Photo13Remove the hinge clip from the top of the pocket page, and you find another flap.  This time I’ve hidden a double pocket page beneath the flap.

Graphic 45 Little Women Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for Get in on the Action Challenge at Frilly and Funkie Photo 14

And there’s another hidden compartment beneath that layer. Clearly, I was having fun!

Graphic 45 Little Women Interactive Folio:  The YouTube Project Share with tips and tricks

I find it impossible to share a project like this one in still photos.  So I filmed a little 15 minute YouTube project share video.  When you watch the video, you’ll be able to see how the album unfolds as well as see how all the mechanisms work.  I share loads of tips, techniques and ideas in the video, too.  I hope you enjoy!

It’s YOUR turn to “Get in on the Action!”

You are cordially invited to play along in this “Get in on the Action” challenge. To do so, simply create a vintage or shabby chic project.  Then link your project up at the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, March 13th, 2018.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose four favorite projects from your entries. Our favorite artist  will be invited to join us as a Guest Designer  at Frilly and Funkie. The next three winners will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who links up and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Did I share some tips and tricks today 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

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A Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio

Frilly and Funkie “The Year of…” Challenge: A Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio

Hello, Friends!  Have you chosen an inspirational word or phrase for 2018 yet?  My word is “kindness.” The latest challenge at Frilly and Funkie is called, “The Year of…” and it’s all about creating a project that represents your word of the year.  I created A Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio for the project.  But before I share that with you, let’s take a look at what Suzz, our lovely hostess this go round, has to say about this challenge:

Challenge Theme: 2018 – The Year of
Welcome to a brand new year!  I am not very good at New Year Resolutions but I do like to think about what I want to focus on in the New Year.  To help me do this, I pick a word that is my word for the year and try to use that word to keep me focused on what is important. The challenge to you is to  pick a word that will be your inspiration for 2018.  Create a vintage or shabby chic project that includes your word of 2018.  The word can be part of a sentiment, phrase or stand alone on your project as long as it is featured somewhere in your art.

Botanical Tea Folio Botanical Tea by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

A Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio

Suzz comes up with challenge themes that really make me think!  There are so many good inspirational words to choose from.  After mulling this over for several days, I decided that 2018 would be the year of KINDNESS for me.  There are many obvious reasons why our world could benefit from a little more kindness in 2018, and I’m sure you are thinking about them right now.

But I chose the word kindness for personal reasons.  My dear husband Dale and I are coming up on 42 years of wedded bliss next month.  That’s 4 decades plus a tip!  We meet a lot of young couples (and not so young couples) who are floored when we tell them how long we’ve been married.  The first question they always ask is, “How have you managed to stay married for so long?”  Dale and I have talked a lot about this in the past several months, and we both agreed that making the decision to do and say kind things for and about one another is probably one of the top reasons why we are still happily married today.

Daily Acts of Kindness

Kindness does not have to be a big sacrificial act.  Although sometimes, it is a personal sacrifice to be kind.  But I find its true power lies in the little daily acts of kindness that we do for one another.  For instance, Dale fixes me a cup of my favorite tea each morning.  It’s a simple act of kindness, but it smooths the pathway of our walk together.  So now you can see why I chose to make this tea themed  Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio.  There was method to my madness!

This little silver spoon was a find on one of my many junkin’ expeditions.  Make it shabby chic by painting it with a light coat of Picket Fence Distress Paint.  Then fill the bowl with glitter glass shards.  The Eiffel Tower Cabochon is the perfect finishing touch!

A Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio:  The details

The folio base measures 5″ x 7″ with a 1/2″ spine at the top fold.  It’s layered up with Graphic 45’s Botanical Tea papers.  The stacked teacups are die cut with Tim’s Tea Time Bigz Die.  I’ve tucked a little tag inside the top cup, just for fun.

The real “meat” of this project can be found on the inside.  In addition to a tea wallet and honey stick in the large bottom pocket, I’ve prepared a 5″ x 5.5″ gatefold folio.

The folio is held shut with a ribbon closure.

Open it, and you’ll find lots of lovely little pockets, tags, fold outs and flip pages.

These G45 Ivory ATC tags are more than just pretty faces.  I’ve added a quote about kindness to the back of each tag.

And the fold out pages have quotes in them too.  I wrote the quotes in my own hand for two reasons.  One, I like to write.  The other reason is that I cherish handwritten notes from friends and family.  My handwriting may not be perfect, but it’s an expression of who I am.  The older I get, the more I value a hand written message.

Because this folio is hard to photograph, I decided to do a short video walk through.

A Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio Video on YouTube

If you’re a fan of Botanical Tea (I sure am!) you’ll be happy to know that you can pre-order the Deluxe Collector’s Edition at an unbeatable price right now at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Now it’s YOUR Turn!

What word will you choose to represent 2018?  You are cordially invited to join in on this fun challenge.  Simply create a vintage or shabby chic project that represents your word for 2018.  Then link it up over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before midnight on Tuesday, January 30th.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose our top four picks. We’ll invite the creator of our favorite project  to join us as a Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie. The next three favorites will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this Botanical Tea Folio in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!
Cheerio,

kathy

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NOTE: The Botanical Tea Collection from Graphic 45 will be available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.



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