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G45 French Country Something Old Challenge

Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge: G45 French Country Spoonful of Gratitude Card

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Our hostess this go round is the one and only Jenny Marples.  I broke out my Graphic 45 French Country paper collection along with an oldie but a goodie from my stash for this Something Old Challenge.

Something Old Challenge Guidelines from Our Hostess Jenny
I’m sure, like me, there will be lots of you who love all things vintage and enjoy nothing more than discovering old and unwanted treasure at thrift shops and junk markets. The challenge this time is to use something old either as the basis of your project or as an addition to your vintage or shabby chic creation.

An Old Spoon and a Favorite Old Paper Collection

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

My  “Something Old” is this vintage silver spoon.  And, this is the last of my stash from my beloved Graphic 45 French Country Collection.  But…have you heard the news?  French Country is being re-released in a Deluxe Collector’s Edition.  You can pre-order it now at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2To create this rustic, aged look on your papers, use a distressing tool along the edges.  Then create little puddles of Distress Oxide ink on your non-stick craft mat and tap the paper into them.  I actually spritzed some of these papers with my Distress Sprayer, then crumpled them up to age them.

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3Texture also helps to create a rustic, vintage feel on a card.  So I added burlap, burlap string bows, and custom colored Petaloo Burlap Flowers.

The Star of the Show

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

The star of the show is this old silver spoon.  Like many of you, I love to go junkin’.  A while back, my dear husband (who is very good about indulging my obsessions) and I popped into a flea market that was going out of business.  And that is where I found this gorgeous old silver sugar spoon.  It is stamped on the back, which leads me to believe it is real silver.  I thought about polishing it up before using it on this card, but I decided I really liked the tarnished look.  It goes so well with these gorgeous vintage papers from Graphic 45.  To prepare it for this card, I simply used ribbon to tie on this tag, then added a little burlap string bow and a sunflower.

A Hidden Tag Pocket

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5While I was fussy cutting the post card image from the signature page of the collection, I had the thought to create a hidden tag pocket on the front of the card.  This is such a simple thing to do, but adds so much fun to a card.  Simply stitch the post card to a piece of burlap leaving the top edge open.  Instant pocket!

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6This G45 Staples ATC Laser Cut Ivory tag afforded me an opportunity to get in a little Distress Oxide playtime.  The base color is Fossilized Amber which I accented with Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint and Fired Brick to pick up on the colors in the designer paper.  Then I stamped the tag with my new Carabelle Carte Postale Stamp to add another layer of fun.  For a little bling, I tied this Live, Laugh, Love brass charm onto a French Country Chipboard Tag.  After gluing the chipboard to the tag, I backed it with a scrap of black designer paper to really make the laser cut sentiment pop.

A Peek Inside

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

I added more pockets to the inside of this 5″ x 7″ top fold card.

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9Paper scraps make great pockets!

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10And pockets are a great place to tuck in a tag!  After die cutting this tag from Kraft Cardstock, I covered it with designer paper.  Use sharp tiny scissors like Tim’s Mini Snips to fussy cut the sunflowers from the signature page.  Then adhere them to the tag base with Distress Collage Medium.  Every single little area is firmly adhered, but there is no glue residue.  And I love the way these Gilded Accents Rub Ons compliment the designer paper.   You can custom color this Petaloo Anemone with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist and Distress Bronze Mica Spray.

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 11The lower pocket holds an herbal teabag, a honey stick, a little chocolate treat and a recipe card that I aged with Tea Dye and Old Paper Distress inks.

Wouldn’t this card make a great hostess gift?

Now It’s Your Turn!

You can play along in this Something Old challenge by linking up your vintage or shabby chic project over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The challenge remains open until  11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, June 6th to link up.  All the guidelines and details are available on the Frilly and Funkie blog.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose our top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest Designer spot  at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive 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.

So what are you waiting for?  I know you have lots of great old “stuff” just waiting to be made into something beautiful.  And I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 French Country HeARTfelt Recipe Journal Tutorial

Bon Appetit!  Graphic 45 French Country HeARTfelt Recipe Journal Tutorial
 Frilly & Funkie Saturday Step x Step

Hello, Friends!  I’m so glad you could join me here today. Have you l heard the exciting news that Graphic 45 is releasing the gorgeous French Country as a Deluxe Collector’s Edition?  I’m so excited that I dug into my stash and created this French Country HeARTfelt Recipe Journal Tutorial for the Saturday Step x Step over on the Frilly and Funkie blog.

A Recipe for Success

I’m afraid that I have a brand new crafting addiction.  Eileen Hull’s HeARTfelt Journal die from Sizzix is just so much fun to play with.  Pairing it with these vibrant papers is truly a recipe for success!

There are so many different ways that you can use this journal.  Here are a few that I came up with during the creative process.

  • Great gift for the new bride!  Include some of your tried and true recipes and put in a basket with spices for a gorgeous shower gift.
  • How about the child who is moving out on his/her own?  Add in all the favorite recipes from home.
  • Your own personal guide to fine dining!  So many people take photos of their food plates.  It would be fun to compile them here along with notes about the meal.
  • A heritage recipe book.  Do you have scraps of recipes tucked here, there and everywhere?  Why not create a special place of honor to preserve them?

That’s just a short list of ways that I think you could use this handy album.  Do you have more?  I’d love to hear about them!

Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Creating an Interactive Album

Interactive elements make me happy.  It’s just so much fun to pull a tag out of a pocket, flip a page to find a little surprise, or fold paper in a unique way.

I’ve woven all kinds of fun surprises into this chunky little album.

There are tuck spots and pockets, and folios galore.

I’ve found all kinds of creative ways to use up little scraps of pretty paper. The easiest way to share all these ideas with you is via a YouTube video tour.

French Country HeARTfelt Recipe Journal Tutorial on YouTube

French Country HeARTfelt Recipe Journal Tutorial on Snapguide

If videos are not your “thing” I’ve also prepared a Snapguide tutorial.  You’ll learn the basics of assembling the journal, but in this tutorial I focus on designing the covers.

 

Check out How to Eileen Hull HeARTfelt Journal G45 French Country by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

I hope I’ve shared some ideas 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

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Nature Sketchbook Natural Beauty Double Layout

Graphic 45 Double Layout Challenge: Nature Sketchbook Natural Beauty Double Layout

Hello, G45’ers!  I’m a bit excited about today’s post, as I’m sharing something I’ve never done before.  As you probably know, May is National Scrapbooking Month.  To help celebrate the occasion, Graphic 45 issued the #G45Layout Challenge with a $100 prize pack up for grabs.  You can read all about it HERE.  A double dare was issued to each member of the G45 Design Team: create a DOUBLE layout.  So that’s how this Nature Sketchbook Natural Beauty Double Layout came into being.

Natural Beauty Double Layout Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

A Walk in the Woods

My dear daughter Liz occasionally kidnaps me and carries me away for a few days of R&R.  One of our favorite destinations is at the Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina.  While the house is magnificent, what we really love is the gardens and the wonderful walking trails.  We escaped here last October and enjoyed a full day of rambling along the gorgeous paths that meander all through the grounds.  We were blessed with near perfect fall weather, and had loads of fun taking photos along the way.

Double the Natural Beauty: A Few Tips and Tricks

Natural Beauty Double Layout Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

The surroundings and the company were both Natural Beauties!  Can you believe I snapped this photo with my I-Phone?  Technology certainly has come a long way!

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Nature Sketchbook was the perfect collection to capture these memories.  For my background paper, I chose to use a monochromatic print from the 12×12 Patterns and Solids. I knew I was going to add a lot of flowers and other embellishments, so I wanted to keep the background simple.

First, I prepared the background by adding a honeycomb design with stencils and gold texture paste.  As the paste dried, it caused my paper to warp, so I knew I was going to have to mat the pages onto a solid surface.  I painted a 1/2 black border around two pieces of heavyweight chipboard with Black Soot Distress paint.  Then I used a Nature Sketchbook stamp to add white stamped text all the way around the border to add some interest and another layer of dimension. Now my pages lay flat, and as a bonus, they can stand up all on their own!

Clusters of Flowers for Natural Beauty Double Layout

Natural Beauty Double Layout Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4We could not have asked for a more perfect day.  I managed to snap this photo of the fall foliage and the bright October blue sky captured in the still waters of the Bass Pond at Biltmore. To draw attention to the photo, I created a cluster of Nature Sketchbook Flowers, altered chipboard pieces, fussy cut butterflies and Petaloo Flowers.

I ran out of the Nature Sketchbook die cut flowers, but no worries!  I simply used the empty flower sheet as a template and traced the outline of the flowers onto 12×12 Patterns and Solids Paper. Then I cut them out and shaped them.  Perfect match!

To give chipboard elements extra depth and texture I like to paint them with Distress Paints.  While paint is still wet, I sprinkle with embossing powders and heat set.  Once the embossing powder cooled on the ferns in this layout, I went back and stamped over the tops with Jet Black Archival Ink and a Nature Sketchbook script stamp.  I have a Snapguide Tutorial from an older project that outlines this process for you. 

Meet Me in the Middle of this Natural Beauty Double Layout

Natural Beauty Double Layout Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

One of the biggest challenges in designing this Natural Beauty Double Page Layout was creating a good flow between the two pages.  Create a “bridge” by using a large image that spans both pages.  First,  I fussy cut the large image from the signature page of Nature Sketchbook.  Then I flipped the pages face down and pushed them together side by side so there was barely a gap.  Next I hinged the pages together with strips of washi tape.  Then I flipped the pages face up, and used a ruler and craft knife to carefully cut the two pages apart.  It worked like a charm!

Natural Beauty Double Layout Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

Natural Beauty Double Layout Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

I have this Natural Beauty Double Layout on display in my dining room, and every time I see it, I remember this glorious adventure and smile.  What a beautiful world we live in!

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  And I hope you’ll share take part in this fun #G45Layout Challenge and share your projects with us on the Graphic 45 Facebook page.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Nature Sketchbook Natural Beauty Double Layout Supply List

Bee Yourself Honeybee Greeting Card

BEE Yourself Honeybee Greeting Card with Petaloo Posies and G45 Nature Sketchbook

Hello, Friends!  I have such a fun, cheery card to share with you today!  This Bee Yourself Honeybee Greeting card just bursts with happy colors, beautiful papers and bodacious blooms.

I’m in love with Petaloo International’s gorgeous Botanica Blooms.  They look so lifelike you can almost smell their sweet bouquet when you use them on a project.  Combine these beautiful blooms with Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook paper and a digital image from Polly’s Paper Studio, and you can color me happy, happy, happy!

This is my standard 5″ x 7″ top fold card made on a kraft cardstock base.  To deepen the color of the Botanica Blooms I gave them a couple spritzes of Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist.  I did the same with the sweet little Ivory Canvas Sunflower on top of my ribbon cluster.

Inside, I’ve added all sorts of wonderful goodies.

Herbal Tea and a Honeystick go perfectly with this themed card.

And why not tuck in a sweet tag and fun little tags to complete the ensemble?

I hope this BEE Yourself Honeybee Greeting card added some sunshine to your day.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Wishing you a honey of a day!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Laundry Day Card with Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home

Laundry Day Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon with Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home

Hello, Ribbon lovers!  In my world, nothing smells so sweet as freshly washed sheets that have hung on the line.  The beautiful spring weather and  memories of my mom prompted me to make this Laundry Day card with Really Reasonable Ribbon and Graphic 45’s Home Sweet Home collection.  It brings back so many happy childhood memories!

Laundry Day Card Home Sweet Home by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1If you never had the joy of hanging freshly washed laundry on the line on a gorgeous spring day, then you have missed out on one of life’s greatest pleasures.  With the blue sky over your head and a playful breeze blowing while cheeky little birds sing their hearts out it’s truly a feast for the soul!  I tried to capture the joy of the experience in this 5″ x 7″ top fold laundry day card.

It’s All About the Layers on this Laundry Day Card

Laundry Day Card Home Sweet Home by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2This card is all about the layers!  I layered up several prints and patterns, as is my usual course of action.  But I also layered up the focal image.

Laundry Day Card Home Sweet Home by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

To do this, first create a layer with the entire image.  Next, fussy cut a second image, ink the edges and back it with small foam tabs.  Then carefully line the fussy cut image up with the original and press in place.  I love the way this causes the image to pop off the page.

Laundry Day Card Home Sweet Home by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4You can create layers with ribbon, too!  For this card, I created a double layer bow with the Electric Blue Taffeta ribbon from the May Ribbon Club Assortment.  I topped it with a bright and cheery Yellow Plaid double loop bow.  Then I added some pretty red and blue blooms to go with the fussy cut hollyhocks from the paper collection.

Laundry Day Card Home Sweet Home by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5This miniature wooden washboard is layered on top of a journal tag from the paper collection.  I draped it with a snippet of Red Plaid Ribbon and a fussy cut border image.  The Red Plaid Ribbon also serves as a border at the top of the card.

Pockets and Tags and Sweet Treats Inside this Laundry Day Card

Laundry Day Card Home Sweet Home by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6I love to create cards that can double as gifts, so I generally add pockets and tags and treats to the inside.  The miniature green clothespin holds a tiny folio shut.

Laundry Day Card Home Sweet Home by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7To create this, I simply cut the strip of images from the border page in Home Sweet Home.  Then I scored between each image.  Next I accordion folded the strip so that the tomato image is on top.  It would be fun to write either a personal note or a recipe on the ephemera card.

Laundry Day Card Home Sweet Home by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8The lower pocket contains a tea bag and an individually wrapped chocolate.  There’s plenty of room to tuck in a gift card, too.

Sadly, we are not allowed to hang clothes out on the line in my new neighborhood.  But I still have the sweet memories from hanging clothes on the line with my mom.  Do you use a clothesline?  I’d love to hear your Laundry Day story in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Graphic 45 Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial

Graphic 45 Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial with A Place in Time

Hello, G 45’ers!  You all know how much I love paper.  But did you know that I also love tea?  I start every morning with a soul-satisfying cup of English Breakfast tea.  It makes me a kinder, gentler Kathy.  LOL  When I can combine my love for tea with my love for paper, I’m a really happy gal.  This Graphic 45 Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial is the perfect gift idea for any tea lover.  I can see this being used as bridesmaids gifts, a bridal shower gift, a Mother’s Day present or for your own enjoyment.   I’ve housed these shabby chic beauties in a lovely gift box with a shaker top.  Would you like to join me for a cup of tea?

Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial A Place in Time Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Choosing a Color Palette

Color can make or break a project.  While there are all kinds of creative styles, I like it best when colors work together in harmony.  When I found this darling image of genteel ladies sipping tea in the April pages of A Place in Time, I was drawn the coral accents in the border and on the table.  This image set the color palette for my project.

Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial A Place in Time Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

Another happy discovery was made when I realized that Cafe Parisian 12″ x 12″ Patterns and Solids is a great color match for these April pages.  Hooray!

Tea Time Shaker Top Gift Box Tips and Tricks

To give my shabby chic Tea Time note cards a place to rest, I altered a G45 Ivory Staples 5″ square Mixed Media Box.  I love the window opening on the cover, and discovered a quick and easy way to “frame” it with designer paper.

  1. Cut a 5″ x 5″ square of designer paper.
  2. Center it on the top of the box, making sure everything is straight and even.
  3. Secure it with repositionable tape.
  4. Open the box, and use a pencil to trace around the window opening.
  5. Remove the paper from the top of the box and die cut with the #6 Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Classic Square.
  6. Glue  a 4.5″ square piece of clear acetate cardstock to the back side of this paper. Let the glue set before proceeding.

The rest of the box is very easy to cover, as it is all straight cuts!

Adding the Shaker Top

Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial A Place in Time Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

Here are the steps to follow to make the shaker top

  1.  First, glue the focal image to the inside of the box.  This particular image is slightly larger than the window opening, so you will have to size it before you glue it down.
  2.  Next, cut waste chipboard or shipping boxes into strips that are almost the same width as the “frame”  you created for the box.  Glue these strips to the back of the  “frame” making sure they don’t show.  It takes a little longer for glue to set on acetate, so be patient.
  3. Now, fill the window cavity with small seed beads, small sequins, or glass glitter.  Do not overfill, or the shaker elements will get stuck between the two layers.
  4. Then, glue the “frame” to the top of the box.
  5. Heat Emboss Southern Ridge Trading Company Frame #133 with Stampendous Golden Sands Embossing Powder and glue in place.
  6. Finally, add Petaloo Coral Botanical Blooms, Rose Silky Crush Ribbon and metal pieces.
A Peek Inside

Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial A Place in Time Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Decorating the inside of the box is as much fun as decorating the outside.  Again, it is all straight cuts, so it’s very easy to do.

Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial A Place in Time Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

The postcard image from the April pages makes a wonderful pocket.

Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial A Place in Time Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

What’s in the pocket?  A sweet little tag booklet with a chipboard cover!

Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial A Place in Time Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

The box will hold 4 sweet little tea time note cards.

Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial Video

Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial A Place in Time Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

Use an assembly line approach to make these cards, and you’ll only spend between 5-10 minutes on each one.  Don’t believe me?  Watch this YouTube Video to see the proof.

I hope I’ve shared some ideas and/or techniques in this Tea Time Note Cards tutorial that you can use in your own crafty adventures!

Tea Time Note Cards Tutorial A Place in Time Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 11

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List

Please note that I have provided links to products whenever possible.  However, some items may have been in my stash for some time, and are no longer readily available online.  Feel free to substitute.

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece

Graphic 45 Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece: Savor Life and All Its Magic

Hello, G’45er’s!  Do you ever use your gorgeous G45 papers to create party centerpieces?  I made this Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece with parties in mind!  If you’re hosting a prom party, a graduation party, birthday party or even a bridal shower, I think this vibrant and whimsical design would be a real conversation starter!

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

The inspiration for this project was that gorgeous ball gown on the 12×12 signature page of Midnight Masquerade.  I wanted to find a way to display that would capture all its wonderful detail.  To do this, I needed a base that would be larger than the basic bendi card design.  (You can find a link to the basic design HERE.)  This took a  llttle “mathing” but was not terribly difficult.  (Sadly, I forgot to write down what I did…so I’ll have to work another of these fun centerpieces up so I can share the numbers with you!)

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  2The end result was a fantastically dimensional, vibrant centerpiece!  I’m happy to share that this card made it all the way to CHA/Creativation back in January where it was displayed in the G45 booth.

Tips and Tricks for Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  3

If you loved to play with paper dolls when you were little, then this collection is your dream come true.  Midnight Masquerade is loaded with gorgeous ball gowns, fantastical flowers and  fabulous masks.  You’ll need a really sharp pair of fussy cutting scissors to create this centerpiece.  I found that my tiny Tim Holtz snips worked very well.  I inked all my edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink to cover up any raw paper edges.

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  4

To create the dimensional skirt on the ballgown,  I gently shaped the skirt with the edge of my ruler.  When the paper began to curl, I glued just the outside edges to the base, pushing them toward the center.  Hold in place for a few seconds until the glue dries.

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Use extra heavy cardstock for your card base so that it will hold up under the weight of the designer paper.  I also glued the ends of my bendi flaps in place to secure them.  Normally, you would leave the bendi flaps unattached  so that the card can be folded shut.  But since I was making a centerpiece instead of a card, I chose to glue the flaps in place.

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  6

Layer fussy cut flowers with dimensional flowers for extra fullness.

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  7

Add height to your creation by layering the fussy cut sentiment at the very top of the card base.

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Midnight Masquerade by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  8

Use border pieces and sentiments to add text, color and drama to your centerpiece. I backed these elements with metallic cardstock for even more glitter and shine.

Magical Midnight Masquerade Bendi Card Centerpiece Supply List

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I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks 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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