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Flowers and Art Inverted Canvas with G45 Nature Sketchbook

Frilly and Funkie Challenge: Flowers and Art Inverted Canvas with G45 Nature Sketchbook and Wendy Vecchi Stamps

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabulous challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Today I’ve prepared a Flowers and Art Inverted Canvas using Graphic 45’s Nature Sketchbook and Wendy Vecchi stamps and goodies.  First, let’s see what Cec, our hostess, has to say about this challenge.

Challenge Theme: Out Of The Cold!
It is winter and that means snow and cold in so many places so let’s head to the tropics.  Create any vintage or shabby chic project that will make us feel warm – think lots of sunshine, bright colours, flora and fauna and even animals hiding in the rain forest.

I had to think a long time about this challenge but knew I wanted to incorporate Wendy’s flowers and the beautiful Nature Sketchbook papers. This inverted canvas started out as a card…and just kind of took me where it wanted to go.

From Card to Canvas

The inspiration for this entire piece was the bright tropical flowers in the center of the canvas.  I made these by stamping Wendy Vecchi’s Mix and Match Art Stamps onto watercolor paper about a dozen times.  Knowing that I wanted the flowers to be yellow, I stamped using Wendy Vecchi Dandelion Archival ink.  This way, I had no harsh stamp lines around the edges.

Next, each flower layer was painted with Prima water colors. Then I  stamped each image a second time to reinforce the detail lines.  After fussy cutting, the layers were shaped, stacked and inked around the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Then the centers were filled with FloraSoft.  Finally, I painted the flowers with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint to add shimmer. The wet Crackle paint was sprinkled lightly with Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter.

Now it was time to add some stenciling, some clear texture paste, some die cutting, paper layering….and the base began to grow…and grow.  Pretty soon I realized this card was destined to be a canvas.

A Warm Color Palette for Flowers and Art Inverted Canvas

I used lots of warm colors in my palette with little pops of blue and green.

Butterflies were fussy cut from the 12×12 pad and scattered around the canvas. Star anise is a great natural addition to a canvas like this.  I painted each one with Scattered Straw Distress Paint.

Chipboard elements, metal keys, and wooden flourishes add lots of texture.

These metal pieces are tapped with Vintaj patina, then stacked along the side.

I stamped the sentiment from Wendy in Jet Black Archival Ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  It was sponged with more ink, then cut apart and glued in place.  The die cut swallow was treated with Distress Crazing medium and tapped with paint.

The back side of an 8×10 canvas was wrapped with tissue wrap and sprayed with various sprays.  It has a lovely patina in real life.  I like the depth that the inverted canvas provides. As a finishing touch, I brushed Antique Linen Distress Paint randomly onto the canvas.

Now It’s Your Turn

You can play along in this wonderful challenge by linking your own Out of the Cold vintage or shabby chic project to the challenge page over at Frilly and Funkie.  You have until midnightEST on Tuesday, February 28th to join the party.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot  at Frilly and Funkie. The other 3 talented designers 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.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Frilly Funkie By the Sea

Frilly Funkie By the Sea Challenge

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another challenge over on the Frilly & Funkie Blog, and this go round, I get to be the hostess.  Hooray!  Since I’ve not had time to take a real vacation this year, I keep taking little virtual getaways by creating beach themed projects.  It’s like the old long distance commercials from so many years ago: it’s the next best thing to being there!  So I’ve created this By the Sea Altered ATC box that is loaded with vintage goodness and a beachy color palette.  But before I share it with you, here’s the details on this By the Sea Challenge:

It’s summertime, and our minds turn toward the shore where we find sparkling sands, delicate shells and refreshing breezes.  Let’s take a virtual beach trip by creating any kind of vintage or shabby chic project that features a nautical or beach theme and color palette.

By the Sea with Prima French Riviera and Graphic 45

By the Sea Altered Graphic 45 ATC Book Box by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie By the Sea Challenge, Product by Prima French Riviera and Graphic 45 Photo 2Ooh la la!  I love these beachy blues!  The box base is a Graphic 45 ATC Box.  After texturing the Prima French Riviera papers with a woodgrain embossing folder, I glued them onto the sides of the box.  Next, I coated them with Distress Vintage Vintage Collage Medium and smudged them with Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky Distress Paint.  All the edges were sponged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I distressed a Graphic 45 Staples Shabby Chic Door Plate to add to the front of the box.  And, you’ll see one of the Graphic 45 Ornate Keys as well. Then I tied all those shades of blue together with some gorgeous Petaloo Penny Lane flowers.

By the Sea Altered Graphic 45 ATC Book Box by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie By the Sea Challenge, Product by Prima French Riviera and Graphic 45 Photo 3I added a bunch of pretty charms  from the Funkie Junkie Boutique to custom dyed seam binding ribbon.  You can get a good look at the texture in this photo.

By the Sea Altered Graphic 45 ATC Book Box by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie By the Sea Challenge, Product by Prima French Riviera and Graphic 45 Photo 6I used more of the woodgrain paper inside the box along with chipboard and ephemera pieces from the collection.

By the Sea Altered Graphic 45 ATC Book Box by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie By the Sea Challenge, Product by Prima French Riviera and Graphic 45 Photo 10There is an ATC tag mini album tucked behind the focal image on the right.  The back of each tag has a flip out photo mount, so you could store 3 photos on each tag, and add one larger photo tot he back of the box, if desired.

By the Sea on YouTube

Rather than load a ton of pictures into the post, I’ve prepared a very short, 2 minute YouTube video so you can see all the fun details.  I hope you enjoy!

I hope you’ll join in on this fun challenge by  linking up your own By the Sea themed vintage or shabby chic project over at the Frilly & Funkie BLOG.  The design team will ask the designer of their favorite project to take a Guest Designer spot on the Frilly & Funkie Blog.  Three other designers will be awarded badges to display on their blogs and everyone who follows the challenge guidelines will be entered into a draw for a $25 shopping spree at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

To get inspired, why not hop on over to the Frilly Funkie BLOG to see what the rest of the Frilly team have prepared for you.  And next week, the Funkie side of the team will share their take on the theme as well.

You have until midnight on Tuesday, August 9th to play along.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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All in the Family Challenge: Roots and Wings

All in the Family Challenge at Frilly & Funkie

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabulous challenge at Frilly and Funkie!  This go round, the amazing Suzz is our host, and the challenge theme is All in the Family.  Here’s what Suzz has to say about this fun challenge:

Whether it is your ancestors, a favorite family memory or family outings, create a vintage or shabby chic project reflecting your family.  

All in the Family mixed media wall hanging by Kathy Clement for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 1This is my mom and dad on their wedding day, February 14, 1943.  I’ve always loved this photo for the hope and love you can see in their expressions.  They were the best parents a girl could ask for, and their raised my three brothers, my sister and me to be strong and true, loving and kind and filled with faith in God.  They gave us roots and wings. What more could you ask for?

All in the Family mixed media wall hanging by Kathy Clement for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 2Normally, I would be sharing a tutorial with you today, but I am saving that for my Saturday Step x Step post on the 4th.  I will tell you that this mixed media vignette is mounted on a piece of corrugate packaging material that measures 6″ x 8″.   I cut apart a 4×6 Cabinet Card and then framed the back side with the frame portion.  Lots of distressing here…but we’ll talk about that more on Saturday!

All in the Family mixed media wall hanging by Kathy Clement for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 5Here’s a side view so you can see what I’m talking about.  It’s about an inch thick.

All in the Family mixed media wall hanging by Kathy Clement for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 3This is a scanned copy of the original photo printed onto glossy photo paper and trimmed to fit inside the wooden frame.

All in the Family mixed media wall hanging by Kathy Clement for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 4

The Story behind the scenes

Every element in this piece has a meaning.  Pink was Mom’s favorite color, and if you look closely at the dress she is wearing in the photo, you can see pink and blue embroidery on the shoulder.  That set the color palette for the piece.  Mom loved flowers, always wore pearls, collected buttons (which I was blessed to inherit) and the first card Dad gave her had a butterfly on it.  Mom believed that love was the key to open any door. It was fun to add elements that not only made the piece look pretty, but had special meaning to me.

Be sure to visit the Frilly and Funkie BLOG for more inspirational samples from the Frilly side of the team.  Then work up your own vintage or shabby chic project following the All in the Family theme and link it up before midnight on Tuesday, July 12th.

At the end of the challenge the team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us in a Guest DT spot here at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  Now go get your craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Mixed Media Butterfly Card Tutorial

Mixed Media Butterfly Card Tutorial for RRR and Canvas Corp Brands

Hello, Friends!  I have such a fun mixed media butterfly card tutorial to share with you today!  It’s made with the gorgeous new June Ribbon Club Assortment from Really Reasonable Ribbon, fabby mixed media papers from Canvas Corp brands, and some bright and beautiful Petaloo Flowers, too.  It’s like a summertime  garden party on a card!

Mixed Media Butterfly Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Canvas Corp Brands Mixed Media Papers and RRR June 2016 Ribbon Club Collection 01I am sooooo in love with these gorgeous ribbons!  Here’s a little peek at the entire assortment:

Citrus Assortment June Ribbon Club Assortment RRR

 

I know….gorgeous, right?  Anyway…back to the card!  I have a SnapGuide below that will show you step by step how I built this Mixed Media Butterfly card, but first I thought you’d like to see some photos.

Mixed Media Butterfly Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Canvas Corp Brands Mixed Media Papers and RRR June 2016 Ribbon Club Collection 02The ribbons really were the inspiration for this card.  The Sheer Citrus Dots  ribbon made me think of summer butterflies, which led to the paper selection.  The inky goodness of the Citrus Paint Splatter Ribbon led to the decision to go in a Mixed Media Direction. Oh, what fun!

Butterfly Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Canvas Corp Brands Mixed Media Papers and RRR June 2016 Ribbon Club Collection 03I added some fun techniques, loads of distressing, texture paint and lots of ink splatters/  The mixed media Wings paper from Canvas Corp Brands was able to hold up to all the many different treatments I added to it.  I love this stuff!  Adding Petaloo Gerber Daisies and Pistachio Burlap Blossoms really made this card come to life!

Butterfly Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Canvas Corp Brands Mixed Media Papers and RRR June 2016 Ribbon Club Collection 04I wanted you to see how I was able to use my craft knife to lift those butterfly wings from the mixed media papers.  This is one solid image.  I did not add the butterfly.  Instead, I placed the paper on a piece of glass (from an old picture frame) and traced around the wings with my craft knife, leaving the body connected to the paper.  Then I just wet the wings, shaped them with my fingers and heat set them with my heat gun.  They held their shape!  How amazing is that?  I backed the image with some tissue paper, and you can just see that peeking through here.

Butterfly Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Canvas Corp Brands Mixed Media Papers and RRR June 2016 Ribbon Club Collection 05I traced around this vintage brass optical lens and filled it with mixed media paper, a fussy cut image from Gypsy Moments Ordre du Jour papers and some teal mica chips.  Then I topped it with a snippet of gorgeous Maize Honeycomb Satin Ribbon.  Honestly these ribbons and this paper were made for one another!

Butterfly Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Canvas Corp Brands Mixed Media Papers and RRR June 2016 Ribbon Club Collection 06Here’s a peeky inside the card.  Isn’t it fun?

Butterfly Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Canvas Corp Brands Mixed Media Papers and RRR June 2016 Ribbon Club Collection 08These papers are from the Ordre du Jour 8×8 pad.  The little envelope contains a tag that I’ve topped with more of that sunshiney honeycomb ribbon..  The envelope is  just big enough for a gift card or a small treat.

Butterfly Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Canvas Corp Brands Mixed Media Papers and RRR June 2016 Ribbon Club Collection 07This is from the  & Gypsies 8×8 Ordre du Jour papers.  This collage is all done for you…which makes my life sooo easy!  I just fussy cut a small butterfly from the Mixed Media paper and popped it into the mix.

I prepared a little SnapGuide Tutorial for your viewing pleasure, so you can see how I built up the mixed media papers.  Honestly, this stuff is so much fun to work with!  I just ordered more so I can spend another happy afternoon in inky bliss!
Check out How to Create a Butterfly Garden Mixed Media Card by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

If you love mixed media, I highly recommend you invite these Mixed Media Origins paper over for a play date.  I just ordered a few more to play with myself!  hehehehe  And, if you still haven’t signed up for the Ribbon Club at RRR, this is a great time to jump in, cuz these ribbons are scrumptious!  Just wait til you see what else I have in store for you with these bright citrusy ribbons!  Fun times ahead!

If you have any questions about the techniques or processes used in this Mixed Media Butterfly Card tutorial, please don’t be afraid to ask!  I’d love to help in any way I can.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Porch Rules Altered Clipboard

Petaloo & Simple Stories Blog Hop: Porch Rules

Hello, Friends!  Remember Summer?  I’m talking about a lazy hazy days and afternoons spent floating in the pool then napping in your favorite hammock and sipping iced tea on the screen porch kind of summer.  Now you’re with me, right?  Simple Stories has perfectly captured the spirit of those carefree summer days we all dream about in their new “Bloom and Grow” paper collection.  And I had the best time pairing the papers up with gorgeous summer hued Petaloo flowers in this Porch Rules Altered Clipboard.

Porch Rules Altered Clipboard by Kathy Clement Petall Simple Stories Blog Hop Bloom and Grow 03

Our new house has the perfect screen porch complete with ceiling fan and a pretty view of our new yard, so I just had to grab this fun paper and dress up an old clipboard with paint, burlap, and posies.  It’s a standard sized clipboard, and to start things off, I painted all the edges and the metal hinge with Faded Jeans Distress Paint.  Then I covered the clipboard with this bright summery plaid paper, which was also spattered with paint.

Porch Rules Altered Clipboard by Kathy Clement Petall Simple Stories Blog Hop Bloom and Grow 02

I don’t know about you, but I want to spend my summer on a porch where the rules include things like “read a book, take naps, put your feet up and sip iced tea!  To capture that relaxed summer vibe, I stitched the sentiment panel onto some natural burlap, then fringed the edges to add some wonderful texture and dimension.  And what is summer without gorgeous, bright flowers blooming everywhere?  These Darjeeling blooms and butterflies are the perfect color match for these fun papers.

Porch Rules Altered Clipboard by Kathy Clement Petall Simple Stories Blog Hop Bloom and Grow 04

Do you see those bountiful blueberries growing in my garden?  Those are Petaloo Botanica Blueberry Picks, and I am in love with them!  I clustered Darjeeling Minis in Yellow, Spice, and shades of blue around my berries, then added a flirty Red Butterfly to the garden.  The shabby bow is custom dyed with Candied Apple, Faded Jeans, and Tea Dye Distress Inks.

Porch Rules Altered Clipboard by Kathy Clement Petall Simple Stories Blog Hop Bloom and Grow 05

This adorable chipboard bird is peeking out from another cluster of flowers.

Porch Rules Altered Clipboard by Kathy Clement Petall Simple Stories Blog Hop Bloom and Grow 06

I wanted to show you how I cut one of the yellow Darjeeling Minis in half with my scissors so that I could tuck it behind this sentiment cluster.  It’s easy to do, and the flower holds together well in spite of having been cut.  I tucked the other half behind into that flowery border in the bottom corner of the clipboard.

 

Porch Rules Altered Clipboard by Kathy Clement Petall Simple Stories Blog Hop Bloom and Grow 07

I also used a white Sharpie Paint Pen to add some doodling to the letters.  It gives the paper a real homespun, homemade look that fits right in with this breezy project.

I was having such a good time playing with Simple Stories papers and Petaloo that I accidentally ended up creating a second project.  (I blame the Gnome…he is too cute for words, and he lured me into an extended play time!)

Bloom and Grow Accordion Style Mini Album

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See?  How could I resist?  I made a really quick accordion style photo album where you can save all those fabby photos of summertime fun.

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The little flap has a magnetic closure, but I added a burlap string closure for extra strength.  The album is made by joining together 2 strips of 11.5″ 6.25″ kraft cardstock.  Score every 4.25″ and accordion fold.  Make the flap from the overhang.  Easy peasy!

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On the inside, I created lots of pockets to hold the cute 4″ x 6″ life cards which are perfect for journaling and photos.  I also made photo mounts with extra kraft cardstock.

Petaloo Simple Stories Bloom and Grow Blog Hop Project 2 by Kathy Clement 07

Don’t you love the sentiments in this collection?  I know I do!  And the Darjeeling flowers are such a great color match!

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You could easily open this album for display on a mantle or buffet table and tuck summer photos and memories inside as the season progresses.  Then by summer’s end, you have captured all the fun moments into one cute package.

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Simple Stories makes it easy to scrapbook, and Petaloo makes it beautiful.  It’s a match made in scrapbooking heaven!

Here’s to summer!  May you find time in the midst of all the hustle and bustle to watch a few sunsets, visit with friends, and take a few naps on the screen porch!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Petaloo Products used in Porch Rules Altered Clipboard

Darjeeling Red Mini Butterflies 1486-101

Darjeeling Mini Mix Teastained Blue 1462-103

Darjeeling Petites Teastained Blue 1465-103

Darjeeling Teastained Yellow Mini Mix 1462-109

Darjeeling Teastained Spice Mini Mix 1462-108

Darjeeling Teastained Spice Petites 1465-108

Botanica Blueberry Pick 1171-122

Other Products

Simple Stories 12×12 Collection Bloom and Grow

Simple Stories Bloom and Grow Stickers

Simple Stories Bloom and Grow Chipboard

 

Boy oh Boy! New Challenge at Frilly and Funkie

Boy oh Boy!  The King of the Seas Mixed Media Canvas for Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a fabulous new challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Our lovely hostess for the Boy oh Boy Challenge is the elegant and inspiring Jenny, and here are her instructions:

Challenge Theme: Boy oh Boy!
Create a vintage or shabby chic project with a man in mind. Let’s see those male themed creations come to life.

I love creating masculine projects, so I was excited to see this one.  I had one idea in mind, but when I was packing up my studio for our recent move, my hand fell on the incredibly gorgeous Voyage Beneath the Sea Collection from Graphic 45…..and I took a sharp turn in a new direction.  I’m so glad I did, because I had the BEST time creating my King of the Seas Canvas to share with you here today.

Boy oh Boy Challenge at Frilly and Funkie:Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 01I so rarely indulge in a Mixed Media canvas like this one, but Boy oh Boy, did I have FUN!!!!  My sweet husband Dale adores the ocean, and when he was a little fella, he used to dream that he had discovered the Lost City of Atlantis.  So when I saw these fabulous steampunk ocean images, this canvas began to unfold in my brain.  And Boy oh Boy, what an inky good time was in store for me!

Boy oh Boy Challenge at Frilly and Funkie:Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 02This is an 8″ x 10″ gessoed canvas.  I started my Voyage Beneath the Sea by creating a resist background with the Graphic 45 stamps that match the set.  Using Ranger Archival Coffee Ink and Clear Embossing Powder, I stamped and heat embossed the blank canvas.  Next, I spritzed on layers of Carved Pumpkin, Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Citron Distress Sprays Stains drying between layers so the ink would not get muddy.  Once I was happy with that, I used a gear layering stencil and crackle texture paste to add another layer to the canvas.   Waiting for that to dry was the hardest part of the process!  I am such an impatient crafter…and I confess I did pull out my heat tool to speed things along!

Boy oh Boy Challenge for Frilly and Funkie:Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 04We’ve had such a strange journey with the sale of this house that this sentiment from the ephemera pack had to find its way into the design!  And, orange is one of Dale’s favorite colors.  I colored white corrugate board with the same ink colors and mounted the sentiment on that and some great bronze metallic paper I found in the Closet of Shame.  I also sprinkled the surface with various Stampendous embossing powders and potions to add touches of metal and cool texture. My chipboard gears were painted with Tarnished Brass and Antiqued Bronze Distress Paints, then tapped with Broken China DP.  I love how rusty and old they look.

Boy oh Boy Challenge for Frilly and Funkie:Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 05Doesn’t this dapper fellow look as though he might have come from Atlantis?  I added more steampunk chippies, seed beads and pearls to the mix  and I have to confess, I love the way this turned out.

Boy oh Boy Challenge for Frilly and Funkie:Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 06And here’s our regal King of the Seas!  I die cut my seahorse onto the bronze metallic paper, then used a texture fade to add, well, texture.  A second layer was cut from corrugate to add thickness, and I tapped on some Broken China and Carved Pumpkin Paints.  The King of the Seas is wearing a crown adorned with sapphires, emeralds and pearls that have been harvested from his watery kingdom.  His netting “train” is made from a mesh garlic bag, stained with Mermaid Lagoon ink and filled with treasures from the deep.

Boy oh Boy Challenge for Frilly and Funkie:Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 11These lovely fish are swimming in my faux reef, made from white corrugate.  I love the texture this adds to the overall scene.  And I’m sorry, but that itty bitty seahorse charm in the birdcage makes me laugh with delight.  And just look at all that yummy color and texture in the background.  I almost hated to cover it up!

Boy oh Boy Challenge for Frilly and Funkie: Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 10I had already packed all my seashells away, but I manged to scrounge up a real sand dollar to add to the mix.  I painted the center with Carved Pumpkin stain.

Boy oh Boy Challenge for Frilly and Funkie: Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 09Here’s Dale, exploring the watery depths.  This really is his motto…he’s always ready for a trip to the beach at a moment’s notice.

Boy oh Boy Challenge for Frilly and Funkie: Voyage Beneath the Sea Canvas 03I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun in the studio!  I was so engrossed in this project that I lost all track of time, and Dale had to come hunt me down and remind me it was time to eat.

I hope you’ll play along in the Frilly and Funkie Boy oh Boy Challenge. At the end of the challenge the Frilly and Funkie team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!  You can find all the guidelines and link up your project on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Bees, Please! Altered Bee Box & Step Out Tutorial

Bees, Please!  Altered Bee Box with Step Out Tutorial for Canvas Corp Brands

Hello, Friends!  What do gardeners do during the long cold winter months?  They pore over seed catalogs, plan their gardens and dream of spring’s arrival, that’s what!  And sometimes, they go to the thrift store, where they find cast off Christmas decor that can be transformed into something wonderful with just a pinch of imagination and some fabby art supplies.  And though I don’t really fancy myself a gardener, my dear husband and I are talking seriously about starting an organic garden this spring.  So to get myself mentally ready to take on the task, I created this altered bee box using beautiful paints, papers, and textiles from Canvas Corp Brands.

Altered Bee Box for Canvas Corp BrandsIsn’t it just totally adorable?  But I want to show you what it looked like when I found it at my local Goodwill Thrift Store.

Bee Box 001Not so fabby, very shabby (but not chic) and kind of sad.  But the Gypsy Soul in me saw that with a little work, it could make a super cute piece of home decor for our screen porch, and maybe inspire me to get out and dig in the dirt.

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That’s much better, isn’t it?  You may not know this, but Canvas Corp Brands has lovely DIY paint that is perfect for this type of rehab project.  I am not a fan of sanding down wood.  So I like to work with a paint that will cover up an ugly base. Although the DIY paint comes in a rainbow of colors, I wanted to stick with a yellow and black color palette to go with my bee theme, so I chose to work with DIY Ebony.

Bee Box tutorial 01After using a screwdriver to remove Santa’s nose, I painted the box base and drawer front with DIY Ebony paint.  It did take 2 coats, but you can see how nice and smooth it went on.

Bee Box tutorial 01aNext, I measured the length and width of the little drawer and cut a strip of this French Script Printed Burlap to size.  I cut a slightly smaller strip of Watering Can Critters and Crawlers on kraft cardstock and stitched it onto the burlap, fraying the edges.  (By the way, Canvas Corp provides a Mix and Match pad of Watering Can goodies and I think it is slightly cheaper than ordering each part separately.)  And yes, you are correct: I DID change this button and knob out for a cuter drawer pull.  Good eye!

Bee Box Tutorial 02Next, I measured the garden “bench” area and cut a strip of Yellow and Ivory French Linen Stripe Cardstock to fit. (A little later in the process, I blotched this with black paint, and decided to re-cover it with Yellow and Ivory Ribbon Stripe Cardstock, and I ended up liking this look much better.)  I also measured the inside dimensions of the bee box back and lined it with more Watering Can paper.  This is already a huge improvement from the original box!

Bee Box tutorial 03Next, I lay the box on its side and traced around the edge pieces onto scrap paper to create a template.  I fit them into the sides and made adjustments as necessary. Once I was satisfied with the way they fit, I traced the templates onto more of the Yellow and Ivory Ribbon Stripe paper and used these pieces to line the sides of the box. Doing this can prevent wasting your pretty designer paper.  I decided I liked the top of the box better with just paint, so I ended up not using the piece for the top.

Bee Box tutorial 04Once my pieces were glued into place, I dry brushed some DIY Crystal Paint over the edges of my altered bee box.  This paint is really thick and creamy, so I watered it down a good bit, then dipped the tip of an old, stiff paint brush into the puddle and brushed most of the paint off onto my craft sheet before applying it to the box.  Next, I did grab a piece of fine grit sandpaper to distress the box a little so it didn’t look so “new.”  I love how this part turned out.

Bee Box tutorial 05Next, I added a little banner to the top using scrap pieces of green and yellow paper.  The pennants were strung on natural jute cording that I braided together and held in place with some fancy thumb tacks that I found in my stash.  This is where I decided to turn the drawer into a flower planter and ideas began to bloom right and left.  I removed the button from the front of the drawer, replacing it with a miniature garden spade that I found in my stash.  The drawer was hot glued into an open position, and filled with Spanish moss, flowers, Prima resin pieces and another darling sign from The Watering Can collection.  Here are some photos for you to enjoy.

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I love the way these flowers appear to be bursting out of the altered bee box. Can you spy the bees that are humming happily?

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Here you can see the Critters and Crawlers paper that was used to line the outside edges of the box. The happy little banners are made from Yellow and Ivory French Linen Stripe Cardstock and Green and Ivory Lattice cardstock. And the Watering Can Garden Sayings on Ivory added wonderful tags and titles to this altered bee box.

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Another great tag from Garden Sayings on Ivory.

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And I’m really glad I changed the drawer pull to this miniature garden spade that I dry brushed with DIY Crystal Paint.

altered bee box for canvas corp brands

This would be a great place to hang your keys, but if you don’t have keys, you can always hang these cute garden tags.

Bee Box for CCB 07Making this altered bee box was the perfect remedy for the post holiday blahs!  Now I just need to get out my seed catalog and start planning my garden!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

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