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Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card

Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card: How Now Brown Cow?

Hello, Friends!  You don’t usually think of putting a cow on a get well card, do you? But I think the pretty bovine image on this  Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card looks downright cheery.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I’ve lost count of just how many projects I’ve made with this gorgeous paper collection.  It really as been a favorite.  I guess it takes me back to my country roots.  Growing up in Vermont, they always said there were more cows than people.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

I had a bunch of scraps left on my desk after having made the Prima Spring Farmhouse Country Chic banner.  Since I needed to make a get well card, I decided it would be easier to make a card than put them away.  Here’s how this 5″ x 7″ card front came together.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card: Creating the Layers

Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

  • First, create 5″ x 7″  side fold card base from brown cardstock.
  • I had a scrap of  the butterfly images from the 4″ x 6″ journal cards and tucked this in the upper right hand corner of the card.
  • Then cut a 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ mat from pink cardstock.
  • Now, stitch a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ panel of the brown check paper to the pink layer.

TIP:  I like to build my card front “off site.”  In other words, don’t glue the decorative card front to the card base until after the inside of the card has been completed.  This keeps the card front clean and prevents dimensional elements from getting crushed.

  • Next, cut a 4 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ belly band from the heart/dot pattern.  Mat this on a slightly larger scrap of brown cardstock and adhere.
  • Then cut a 4″ square from the gold foiled paper with the bees.  Mat this on both brown and pink cardstock and adhere.
  • Now cut a 31/2″ x 4 1/2 rectangle from the handwriting page.  Mat as before and adhere.
  • Then fussy cut along the top and side of the cow image from the 3″ x 4″ journal cards.  Mat this on a slightly larger piece of brown cardstock.
  • Finish the card front with Prima Spring Farmhouse Flowers and Say It in Crystals enamel dots.  Add in some copper metal corners for a touch of class.  Then add Tulip Taffeta and Brown Micro Gingham Bows for the perfect finishing touch.
Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card: A Peek Inside

Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

Create a little treat  wallet and belly band using other scraps from your table.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

Chocolate always makes everything better.

Next time you have a craftermath to clean up, try making a quick card with your scraps.  It’s way more fun that cleaning up paper, and you get a pretty card as a bonus.

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

 

Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags

Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags

Hello, my Friends!  The Christmas Countdown clock is ticking loud and clear!  I keep finding “one more thing” on my to-do list.  Yesterday, I found I needed to make some quick gift tags to tie on to some Christmas packages that my dear husband is delivering to business associates today.  These Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags were a snap to make, but oh so shabby chic and pretty.

Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 1

Use Your Scraps!

I had scraps of Kaisercraft Frosted on my work table left over from the Christmas Pop Up Gift Card holder that I shared yesterday.  I also had scraps of cardstock that I had used for matting images.  Why not make some little gift tags?  So I turned on my audio book and went to work.

Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 2

First, I created the tag bases from cardstock.  As you can see, each tag is a different size and shape.  I did use one Graphic 45 Ivory Staples tag that was in a work basket on my desk.  But the other two tags are made with gray cardstock.

Merry and Bright Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags #1

Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 3For this 4.25″ x 4.75″ square tag, I started out with a scrap of gray matting cardstock.  I used my 1/2″ Corner Chomper to round the bottom corners.  Then I used my Scallop Corner chomper on the top to create a decorative edge.

Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 4

Next, I trimmed up a scrap of the cable knit sweater paper from Frosted and repeated the corner chomping routine.  Then I just quickly added the darling vintage image and some sticker elements from the collection.  The finishing touch is an Off White Shimmer Satin Bow, a glittery silver jingle bell, silver metallic string and some white WOC flowers.  A snippet of Silver Metallic Grosgrain Ribbon dresses up my Tim Holtz paper clip embellie. Tag one, done!

Counting our Blessings: Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags #2

Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 5

This tall and skinny tag followed the same procedure, only with a 3″ x 6″ scrap of gray cardstock.

Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 6I also die cut a small label from a scrap of the pretty blue patterned paper, cut it in half, and tucked it behind my focal image to add a pop of color.  Tags are one of the best ways I know  of to use up scraps!

Jingle Bells: Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags #3

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Since I had used up all my gray cardstock scraps, I grabbed a Graphic 45 Staples Ivory Square tag as the base for this 3rd tag.

Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 9

Here’s a helpful tip: Leave the ends of your silver metallic string long enough to tie through the handles of your gift bag.

Also, add  a snippet of ribbon to a paper clip to make a festive embellishment.  I also used up some leftover die cut snowflakes on this tag.

Super quick, super easy and I used up my scraps!

Now I need to hit the kitchen and get some Christmas baking done!  Wishing you a joy-filled and productive day!

Cheerio,

kathy

Distress Ink Autumn Themed Mop Up Tags

Distress Inks Autumn Themed Mop Up Tags:  Use Your Scraps Series

Hello, Friends!  Today I have another idea for putting scraps to good use.  This time, I’m talking about using scrap “ink”.  Let me explain. These pretty little Distress Ink autumn themed mop up tags started when I used plain manila tags to clean up puddles of leftover ink from other projects.

Distress Ink Autumn Themed Mop Up Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 1

I hate to waste good materials.  Even leftover ink on your craft mat can be put to good use.  When I have leftover ink on my craft mat, I just grab a standard sized manila tag and sop it up.  I always have several of these mop up tags in different hues stored in a bin kept close to my work surface.  Instead of wiping my leftover ink up with a paper towel, I grab a tag that will work with whatever colors are on the mat and add another layer of ink.  When I like the way the tag looks, I just add some stamping or ephemera to finish it off into a little art tag.  Waste not, want not, right?

Ranger makes a great manila tag that holds up well to mixed media applications.  They are a staple in my studio.  Of course, you can cut tags from scrap paper yourself, but depending on the structure of the paper, the tag may or may not hold up well.

Everyday Distress Ink Autumn Themed Mop Up Tags

This tag came together in minutes because the base tag was nearly finished, thanks to all the mopped up ink.  I simply added some quick stamping and stenciling.  Keep an organized ephemera file in your studio, so that when you need a little image for a tag, you can find it quickly.  I use a plastic bin with labeled divider tabs for this purpose.

This nostalgic image is one that I printed out from a Gecko Galz collage sheet called Be Thankful for Fall.  The autumn leaves came to me in a little thank you packet in my Funkie Junkie Boutique order.  Linda, the shop owner, always tucks in a sweet little envelope with paper pretties as a thank you gift.  The ribbon is Moss Green Shimmer Satin from RRR.

Hello, Beautiful Distress Ink Autumn Themed Mop Up Tags

Here’s another example of a mop up tag.  This image, the die cut leaves and maple leaf charm also came in a little goodie bag from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I added stamped images and stencils to finish the tag off.

The die cut leaves come as plain white cardstock.  To dress them up, I added some ink, also mopped up from my craft sheet.  To add texture, run the damp leaf through an embossing folder.  Then stamp randomly over the top.  I finished this tag with a vintage button, twine, mustard seeds and ribbon.

These tags will be tucked into orders from my Etsy shop as thank you gifts from me.  It’s a fun way to pay it forward.

I’m thinking about periodically sharing a post about fun ways to use scraps.  Is this something you all would be interested in?  If so, please let me know in the comment section below, and I’ll start planning more of these posts into my blog calendar.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

National Pet Adoption Weekend: Who Saved Who Tags

National Pet Adoption Weekend: Who Saved Who Tags From the Scrap Drawer

Hello Friends!  Did you know that February is the month when National Pet Adoption Weekend takes place?  Sadly, severe allergies prevent me from enjoying a furry companion, but I thought I would participate by creating this pair of Who Saved Who Tags.

Creative ways to use your scraps

Who Sazved Who Tags by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design Photo 1After making my larger Shabby Chic Dog Folio and Cat Mini Albums this month, my work table was loaded with little bits and pieces of paper.  As you know, I’ve been using my scraps to make quick little cards.  But these scraps were too small even for that.  What’s the answer?  Tags, of course!

Who Sazved Who Tags by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design Photo 2Create a tag base by cutting the corners from a rectangle of leftover cardstock.  This one measures about 5.75″ tall by 3.5″ wide.  I had fussy cut this sweet little doggie image from Authentique’s Devoted paper collection earlier, and just layered it up with patterned papers from that same collection.  A bow tied with brown plaid ribbon provided just the right color contrast for the blue tones in these papers.  I topped this with natural burlap string to add just a bit more texture and a rustic feel to the tag.

Who Sazved Who Tags by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design Photo 3Another great way to use scraps is to cut them into banner flags and die cut with small doily or flower dies.

Who Sazved Who Tags by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design Photo 4This sweet little kitty cat tag measures just 2.5″ x 5″.  Once again, the tag base is made from scrap cardstock.  The image was fussy cut from one of the patterned papers in the collection.

Who Sazved Who Tags by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design Photo 5I love the way this 3.8″ Light Blue Micro Gingham Ribbon frames the focal image.  It’s just the right width for this petite tag.  Blue hemp twine adds just the right amount of texture.

I’m a firm believer that nothing in this life should be wasted, I hope I’ve shared some ideas with you that you’ll be able to use in your own crafting. Please consider adoption the next time you decide to add a furry friend to your family.  You’ll be glad you did!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Art Tags from Scraps

Art Tags from Scraps

Hello, Friends!  I don’t know about you, but I have piles and piles of pretty little scrap bits that I can’t bear to throw away.  I keep them all in ziploc bags that I’ve tucked into a plastic bin.  They are all organized by theme: beach, animals, food, etc.  I also have a tea bag tin full of manila tags that I keep handy to mop up extra ink when I’m working on a project.  It’s my mom’s fault.  She drilled that “waste not, want not” mentality into me when I was young, and it’s never left me. Sometimes when I’m really stressed out and need to truly “play” I break out my scrap bits and my inky tags and I make art tags from scraps.  It relaxes me, reduces clutter, and sometimes you end up with a tag that’s so pretty or fun that it just washes all the anxiety away. That’s what I did today, and I thought I’d share the finished product with you in case you also have piles of scrap bits, inky tags and stress.

Aqua butterfly tag 01

This first tag has layers and layers of ink on it.  Anytime I worked with any shade of blue or aqua, I mopped up the extra ink with this tag, then put it back in my tin.  I embossed it with a flourish texture fade on the top and bottom, stamped on those pretty clocks and heat embossed them,then sprinkled it with Antique Silver Embossing powder just for fun.  I layered on a bunch of bits and pieces that I had in my scrap bin along with some pretty Petaloo flowers that were left over from an earlier project.  Even the ribbon was in my ribbon scraps.  (I put leftover ribbon bits into ziploc bags, sorted by color. Yeah, I know…I should have bought stock in Ziploc years ago.  I singlehandedly keep them in business as I use their bags for all sorts of storage solutions.)

Rose Tag 02On this tag, I found a piece of scrap watercolor paper that had been sponged with Distress Inks.   I must have been playing with blending ink colors or cleaning off my ink applicators or something like that..  I  trimmed it up and stitched it onto a mop up tag that was too dark for my taste, and I like the way it turned out.  I confess to using fresh ribbon for the bow, but everything else came from my scrap bin or a little dish that I keep on my desk to toss odd bits and pieces into at the end of the day.  It’s full of random clips, frames, flowers and such.

Rose Tag 03Even though this bird image is super small (postage stamp sized) it holds its own thanks to the addition of the frame.  That’s a handy tip to remember when you are looking for a way to make a focal with a tiny scrap of art.

So I cleaned up some “stuff” burned off some stress, and made a couple of art tags from scraps that I actually like quite a lot. They’ll pretty up a gift package or get tucked into an ETSY order just for fun.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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