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Little Birdie Crafts Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  If I had to name my crafting kryptonite, I think it would have to be the 12×12 layout.  It’s just soooo many inches!  Usually, I try to avoid 12×12 layouts at all costs.  But this year has been all about moving myself out of my comfort zone.  So I pulled my Brave Boots out of the Closet of Shame and went about creating  this Little Birdie Crafts Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial to share with you today.

Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

Summer is waning here in North Carolina.  The days are getting shorter, but they are still hot and humid.  It’s a dreamy time of year. The light at this time of year has a wonderful golden quality to it.  And fat bumblebees have had so much nectar from all the flowers that they stagger from flower to flower. Sunsets are unusually spectacular this time of year as well.  I wanted to try and capture the rich, golden hues, the bursting flowers, the drunken bumblebees and the glorious sunsets in this canvas.  How did I do?

Little Birdie Crafts Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial: Pretty Pictures

Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 02

I’ve prepared a video tour and tutorial of the project for you, so I won’t belabor you with a lot of words here.   instead, I’ll just share a couple of photos, then we can dive right into the video tutorial.

Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 03

Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 04

Little Birdie Crafts Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial on YouTube

One thing I am learning about mixed media.  It all starts with a vision and then you just play with various mediums and elements until you have something that you are happy with.  There is always something new to learn, and that’s really fun.  I have a long way to travel in my pursuit of mastering mixed media, and this canvas is far from perfect.  But I feel like I expressed part of what I wanted to say in the color palette and composition on this one.  And that feels good.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures!  Thanks so much for joining me!

Cheerio,

kathy

Little Birdie Crafts Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial Supply List

Please note: some items are not yet on the Little Birdie Website, so I could not link them here.

Authentique Alpine Bundled Up With Love Layout

Authentique Alpine Bundled Up With Love Layout

Hello, Friends!  I’m hoping you all had a very Merry Christmas yesterday!  By now, the presents are probably all unwrapped and there are nothing but crumbs left on the cookie plate.  That’s as it should be.  This Authentique Alpine Bundled Up With Love layout is filled with beautiful shades of blue and gorgeous vintage images and patterns.

Authentique Alpine Bundled Up With Love Layout by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

A few weeks back, I received a surprise package in the mail from my sister in law.  To my great delight, the envelope contained lots of old family photos, including this one of my big brother, Doug, enjoying his first sledding party.  This was taken in 1946 on my grandmother’s farm in Williamstown, Vermont.  I just had to capture these sweet photos in a layout.  Doug passed away very suddenly in 1990 at the tender age of 44, so these pics are especially precious to me.

A Very Fun Mom

Authentique Alpine Bundled Up With Love Layout by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2My mom was the most fun mom in the history of mom-dom.  She loved to play in the snow as much as we kids did.  Some of my fondest memories are of zipping down our great big hill on a sled with mom holding me firmly between her knees.  She would whoop and holler just as loudly as we did as the wind nipped our noses and the sled sent the snow flying all around us.  The faster we went, the better she liked it!  So it makes perfect sense to me to see this innovative box sled that was rigged up for Dougie, her first born, so that they could play in the snow together.

Alpine Bundled Up With Love: Lots of layer!

Authentique Alpine Bundled Up With Love Layout by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3This image of the mom and her child was the inspiration for my Alpine Bundled Up With Love layout.  The image is fussy cut from Alpine Eight, and backed with waste chipboard to give it extra dimension.  My mom always wore a kerchief just like the one depicted here.  So nostalgic!

Authentique Alpine Bundled Up With Love Layout by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4I created lots of distressed layers for this layout.  Here’s what that looks like:

  • First, Authentique Spectrum Cardstock in Antique Lace Two left at 12″ square
  • Next, Dark blue calico from Alpine One trimmed to 11.5″ square
  • Then, Country Village print from Alpine Three trimmed to 10″ square.  Mat this on a slightly larger piece of Antique Lace Two.
  • Now, use waste chipboard or foam tape between the layers to add lots of dimension
  • Next, use Spellbinders Grand Labels One to cut out the cute winter hats from the Alpine 6.6 Bundle
  • Then, die cut a a large circle (Spellbinder’s Grand Circles) from Alpine Three. Cut the circle in half and tuck each half behind the die cut label
  • Create the snowflake center by staggering two 8″ square lace doilies in the center of the layout
Alpine Bundled Up With Love Layout: Fun with Embellishments!

Authentique Alpine Bundled Up With Love Layout by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5

Once I had all my layers in place, I was ready to embellish.  I started by fussy  cutting Winter is a Wonder from the top of the mother/child image.  This was then backed with cardstock and tapped with grit paste to give it a snowy appearance.

Authentique Alpine Bundled Up With Love Layout by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 6Stickers from the 12×12 Collection kit make great embellishments.  I simply backed them with cardstock, added foam tape or waste chipboard to the backs and tucked them in and around the layout.

I dug through my stash of novelty buttons and winter embellies to add lots of playful elements to the layout.

So if you are looking for the perfect collection for your winter fun photos, Alpine is it.  I’ve barely scratched the surface of all the gorgeous patterns and images it provides.

Creating this layout stirred up so many happy memories for me.  I hope it inspired you to break out your paper pretties and capture some memories on paper.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Wishing you a happy and restful day after Christmas, with time for family fun!  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Product Links for Bundled Up With Love Layout

NOTE: I will provide links to products whenever possible. Some items have been in my stash a long time and may no longer be available.  Or I may have forgotten where I found them.  But I’m sure you have lots of goodies that you can substitute where needed.  Thanks for understanding.

Authentique Products:  

Other Products:

  • Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities
    • Grand Circles (die # 4) (retired)
    • Labels One (Grand Labels Die #4) (retired)
  • Petaloo White Mixed Blossoms Large
  • Ranger Distress Grit Paste
  • Berries, Pine cones, Novelty Buttons and charms from my stash

 

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!

Natural Beauty Double Layout Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  3

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

Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady Generations Layout

Petaloo/Creative Embellishments Blog Hop: Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady Generations Layout

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready to hop?  I’m participating in the Petaloo International/Creative Embellishments Blog Hop that is going on from April 1st-April 11th.  Be sure to pop over to the Petaloo  and Creative Embellishments Blogs and leave a comment during these dates, as there are some wonderful prize packages available,My contribution to the party is this Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady “Generations” Layout.

I used the Portrait of a Lady 12×12 Patterns and Solids paper along with some scraps, an ephemera card and a whole garden full of beautiful Petaloo flowers to make this layout.  As you can see from the photo, I  was in the mood to get messy. You’ll find lots of distressed edges, paint spatters, dry brushing and embossing in this mixed media layout.

Chips:  They’re addictive!

Just like potato chips, I find that chipboard elements are positively addictive!  For this layout, I decided to use the “generations” title from the Heritage Words Set and a Curly Flourish.  Chips are a great way to add texture, dimension and layers to any project!

 

To prepare my chips for the layout, I followed these steps:

  1. Paint the surface with Tattered Rose Distress Ink.  Dry
  2. Add fairly thick blobs of Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint on top.  Let this dry naturally, or your paint won’t crackle well.
  3. Tap the chipboard with Versamark Embossing ink and sprinkle with Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel.
  4. Heat set.

It’s really just that simple! Here’s a close-up of the “generations” title.

I also painted a little Prima garden sink with Tattered Rose Distress ink.  Don’t these Pink Darjeeling Petites look darling tucked into the sink with the Portrait of a Lady chipboard?

Ooh-la-la!  Flower Clusters!

Just look at these gorgeous flower clusters!  If you really want to create a visual impact, cluster several flowers together in little bouquets.  These showy mini bouquets are made with a combination of Darjeeling Cream Anemones with Darjeeling Pink Petites and Botanica Soft Pink Mini Blooms.

Here’s the view from the opposite side of the page.

To keep with the shabby chic vibe of this layout, I dry brushed Tattered Rose Distress Paint onto this Prima resin frame.  Next, while the paint was still wet, I sprinkled it with Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel and heat set it.

Do you use chipboard in your crafting? What’s your favorite way to alter it?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Visit the Petaloo Blog all this week for more chippie inspiration and don’t forget to comment so you can win one of the wonderful prize packs.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

An Elegant Lady Layout : Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady

Remembering Mom with An Elegant Lady Layout: Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady

Hello, G-45’ers!  Today’s post is very dear to my heart, as it is all about my mom.  If you’ve followed my blog for a while, then you know that my mom was my personal hero.  The minute I laid eyes on Graphic 45’s Portrait of a Lady collection, I knew I would be creating this elegant lady layout using one of my favorite photos of her.

My Mom: An Elegant Lady

The minute I laid eyes on Portrait of a Lady, I knew I would be creating a project featuring this vintage photo of my mom.  This is her graduation portrait, taken in 1939, and I love to see the bright smile, compassionate eyes and hopeful expression that this photo captures.  

Elegant Lady Layout by Kathy Clement with Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady Photo 1

She loved the roses in her flower gardens, and I can still see her coaxing them to grow and blossom in spite of the hard clay soil.  Pink was her favorite color, so she would have loved the beautiful images and patterns in this gorgeous collection.

You’ve Been Framed!

Elegant Lady Layout by Kathy Clement with Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady Photo 2

To make this photo of mom stand out, I framed it with the Tim Holtz Ornate Frame die.  You can create a dimensional frame like this one with ease:

  • Find an old shipping box.  Priority mail boxes are great!
  • Flatten the box and cut into smaller pieces.
  • Cut a piece of the corrugate material with your favorite frame die.
  • Die cut a piece of designer paper with the same die.
  • Ink the edges with Walnut Stain Distress ink.
  • Use the open center of the frame to trace around your photo.  Trim this out and place it behind the designer paper frame.
  • Glue the designer paper frame to the corrugate frame.  Voila! Dimensional designer frame!
Tear Some Paper!

Elegant Lady Layout by Kathy Clement with Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady Photo 3

To create interesting paper layers, I combined punched paper layers with torn paper layers.  Tear the paper away from you if you don’t want a white edge.  Tear it toward you if you do.  Either way, ink the individual layers so that they will stand out.

Sharpen Your Scissors

Elegant Lady Layout by Kathy Clement with Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady Photo 4

This collection lends itself to layers of fussy cut images and roses.  To save time, I did all my fussy cutting before I began this project. All the edges are inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  I used bits of chipboard scraps or foam tabs to create lots of depth and dimension.

Don’t be afraid to use your own handwriting on journal cards, even if you don’t particularly care for the way it looks.  Not only does it personalize the project, but your children and grandchildren will cherish having something written in your own hand.

Custom Color and Paint Spatters

Elegant Lady Layout by Kathy Clement with Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady Photo 5

I adore these Petaloo Botanica Blossoms, but the color was not quite a perfect match for the pinks in this paper.  This is easily fixed!  Just spray with mist or glimmer in a shade that works.  I tested several sprays out on scrap paper, and settled on Tattered Angels Rich in Mocha.

Elegant Lady Layout by Kathy Clement with Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady Photo 6

To add a shabby, vintage feel to the layout, you can spatter it with white paint.  Thin acrylic paint with water, pick it up with your paint brush and tap the end.  I love the spatters on this Champagne Silky Crush Ribbon!  You can spatter metal embellishments just like I did on this ornate key hole.

I hope I’ve shared some ideas that inspire you in your creative time.  If  you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comment section below, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List

Please note:  I will provide links whenever possible, but some items have been in my personal stash for a long time, and are no longer available online.  Substitute when necessary.

Portrait of a Lady 12×12 Collection:

 

 

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