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Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor for Little Birdie Crafts

Hello, Friends!  We are still waiting for fall weather to arrive here in North Carolina.  I thought perhaps I could conjure up some cool crisp days with this Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor piece created for Little Birdie Crafts.  Fall flowers, a really cool textured wooden pumpkin and a matching hostess gift card sing Autumn Leaves to me!

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

I tried some new mixed media techniques on this one, and I have to say, I’m super happy with the way it turned out.  The matching hostess gift card is made from the scraps I had on my table.

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor: Creating the Base

The base for this project is a 12″ x 9″ wood pumpkin from Hobby Lobby.  You can use whatever you can find in your stash, or cut your own pumpkin shape from chipboard.

Begin by applying a liberal coat of Little Birdie Grainy Texture Paste over the surface.  Use a palette knife, or even an old credit card for this step.  Don’t worry about creating an even layer of texture paste; uneven looks better!  Use the side of your blade to remove paste from the grooves.  Then tap the surface to create raised ridges that resemble pumpkin skin.

Next, add color with Little Birdie Color Splash.  First put down a light coating of Lemon Zing.  Follow this with a layer of Paprika.  Then add just a few spritzes of Lime Splash.  Heat set between layers.  Repeat until you are happy with the results.

TIP:  Cover your work surface with old grocery bags, newspaper or garbage bags for easy cleanup.

TIP:  Spray Color Splash in light layers for best results.

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor: Two Step Crackle Medium

The next step requires a little patience on your part.  To create this amazing texture, pour a layer of Little Birdie Two Step Crackle Medium (Base Coat)  over the surface of your pumpkin.  Use a foam brush to gently move the medium around, brushing as little as possible.  Then set it aside to dry overnight.  The finish will be slightly tacky in the morning, but that’s how it’s supposed to be.

Now pour Two Step Crackle Medium Top Coat in a thin layer over the entire surface.  Once again, use a foam brush to gently move the medium around.  Then let it set for a few hours, or gently heat set.  The medium will crackle as it dries, creating this cool effect.

Add walnut ink along the edges to create depth and dimension.  You may want to add more Color Splash, heat setting between layers, as I did.  The ink puddles into the cracks created by the Crackle Medium and looks amazing!

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor: Creating Depth and Dimension

Now comes the fun part: decorating your pumpkin!  Use an image from your stash to create a focal point.  I printed out THIS digital image twice, cutting out the girl and the wheat sheaves from one print.

Back the fussy cut image with foam adhesive or waste chipboard and adhere to the first image.  Tear bits of the bricks  and layer them behind the image.  Distress he brick papers from the 12″ x 12″ Texture Brew paper pack, tear off pieces and layer them behind the focal image. This creates loads of depth and dimension.  

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor: Grateful

The framed sentiment comes from the Think Positive Primed Chipboard pack.  Paint the frame with Orange Splash Chalk Paint that has been mixed with a little walnut stain.  Then heat emboss the letters with Rocky Road Baked Texture.

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor: The Flowers

Choose flowers that match the colors in your focal image for a well composed design.  All my flowers have been distressed with Walnut Cream and Orange Splash Chalk Paints mixed with walnut stain.  Just dry brush over the petals to create lovely texture.

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor: Natural Sisal Fibre

Dye Natural Sisal Fibre with the same Color Splash Sprays that I used on the pumpkin base.

TIP:  Place the sisal fibre in a plastic grocery bag before you spray.  This keeps the mess off your work station, and off your hands.  I just smooshed the bag between my fingers to move the spray around.  So much less mess!

Harvest Themed Hostess Thank You Card

I had some leftover flowers and paper scraps, so I created this lovely hostess thank you card.

The base is a 6″ x 6″ kraft card from Little Birdie.  The image is another from the digital sheet I printed out for the pumpkin.

Distressed edges and ink spatter give this card a wonderful rustic feel.

The corrugate sentiment and chipboard are also from Little Birdie.

The inside has room to write a little note, and a tea bag pocket.

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

SUPPLY LIST

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

  • 12″ x 12″ Texture Brew Paper Pack
  • Grainy Texture Paste
  • Two Step Crackle Medium
  • Rich Copper Fairy Dust
  • Golden Hearts Melange
  • Think Positive Primed Chipboard
  • Layla Vivid Palette Flowers
  • Andrea Mulberry Flowers
  • Andrea Vivid Palette Flowers
  • Little Birdie Foliage
  • Corrugated Kraft Thank You Wishes
  • Enchanting Scroll Primed Chipboard
  • Natural Sisal Fibre
  • Walnut Creme Chalk Paint
  • Orange Splash Chalk Paint

Other Supplies:

  • Walnut Stain
  • Gecko Galz Autumn Magic Digital Collage
  • Wooden Pumpkin

 

 

Master Detective Faux Rust Mini Album

G45 Master Detective Faux Rust Mini Album for Frilly Funkie Haunted Halloween Challenge

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready to get your Halloween on?  This G45 Master Detective Faux Rust Mini Album is filled with spook-tacular details.  Created for the Haunted Halloween Challenge at The Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog, I’ve loaded this album up with loads of texture, interactive elements and mixed media techniques.  We’ll take a look in a moment, but first, let’s see what Jenny, our gracious and talented hostess this go round, has to say about this frightfully fun challenge:

Challenge Theme: Haunted Halloween
It’s time to get your freak on and go all out for Halloween. We want to see your ghouls and ghosts and things that go bump in the night. It’s going to be spooktacular!!!
G45 Master Detective Faux Rust Mini Album: Elementary, My Dear Watson!

G45 Master Detective Faux Rust Mini Album by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

Master Detective is one of my all time favorite Halloween Collections.  I love the color palette, the quirky characters and the incredible patterns.  When I was growing up, “Clue” (the board game) filled many a leisure hour, so working with it brings back loads of happy memories.  This “from scratch” mini album is made in the same way as the Communique album that I shared with you HERE.  In fact, the tutorial video shows me using this collection.  So I thought I would come back and share the finished album with you.

G45 Master Detective Faux Rust Mini Album by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

For this album, I decided to go in a faux rust direction.  There are loads of ways to create faux rust, all of them wonderful and fun to work with.  This time, I decided to use Tim’s Mechanical 3-D Texture Fade with Seth Apter’s Chunky Rust Baked texture.

G45 Master Detective Faux Rust Mini Album by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 03

After adding embossing ink to the album cover with an embossing dabber, I covered it with Chunky Rust and heat embossed.  I tell you: watching that chunky rust baked texture do its thing when exposed to heat is a magical moment!  Next, I pulled out my Prima Rust Pastes and a sponge to dab on even more texture and rusty goodness.  No need to go into all of the details here, as I share them with you in the video tour at the bottom of this post.

G45 Master Detective Faux Rust Mini Album: The Pocket Watch

G45 Master Detective Faux Rust Mini Album by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

To create the focal image, I used Tim’s Pocket Watch Frame.  It’s perfect for this Sherlock Holmes themed mini album.  Here’s how I did it:

  • First, die cut 2 pocket watch frames from matboard.
  • Then paint both the frames and the back with black gesso.
  • Next, while the gesso is still wet, cover one  frame with Seth Apter Ancient Amber Baked Texture.  Heat Emboss.
  • Now use an embossing dabber randomly around the perimeter and stem of the pocket watch frame.
  • Then sprinkle on Patina Oxide Baked Texture to add an aged brass patina to the pocket watch frame.
  • Use the other frame as a template and trace around the focal image.  Trim out and adhere to the back of the embossed frame.
  • Now, use the Embossing Dabber inside the frame, on the image.  Be liberal!  You want a nice thick layer of Embossing ink.  If you don’t have a dabber, you can use an embossing ink pad or an embossing pen.
  • Then fill the frame with a layer of Ultra Thick Embossing Powder (UTEE).  Heat emboss from the BOTTOM so that the UTEE does not blow all over your craft space.  Repeat this step 2 or 3 times until the watch face has a glassy appearance.
  • Now, adhere the circular back behind the frame.
  • Next, use adhesive and foam tabs to add the 2nd frame behind the first one.  This gives the pocket watch lots of dimension.
  • Dab on some Prima Rust Paste.  Add some Prills.  Done!
G45 Master Detective Faux Rust Mini Album: The Spine

G45 Master Detective Faux Rust Mini Album by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 05

This album measures 7 1/2″ x 6″ with a 3″ spine.  The spine is dressed up with black satin ribbon, one of Tim’s Crypt Cameos, a little black crochet doily that I found in my stash, a Steampunk Key, and Halloween Tokens.

G45 Master Detective Faux Rust Mini Album: A Peek Inside

G45 Master Detective Faux Rust Mini Album by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 06

I’ve filled the inside pages with all kinds of interactive elements.  You’ll see them all in the video, so I’ll just share photos here.

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G45 Master Detective Faux Rust Mini Album by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 09

 

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G45 Master Detective Faux Rust Mini: The Video Tour

I hope I shared some tips, techniques and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  Creating interactive albums, cards and folios has really become an obsession for me.  Hopefully, you are enjoying them as well.

Haunted Halloween: Now It’s Your Turn!

Why don’t you join in on this fun Haunted Halloween Challenge?  It’s easy to do!  Simply link up a new vintage or shabby chic Halloween Themed project over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog before 11:55PM EDT on Tuesday, October 23rd.  You can find all the details and link up your project HERE.

The Frilly and Funkie team will visit your posts, leave you a lovely comment and select our favorite project as a Guest Designer on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Our top 3 picks will each receive badges to display proudly.  And everyone who plays along, following the theme and guidelines will be entered in a random drawing for a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Product Links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique

 


G45 Communique Faux Embossed Leather Mini Album Tutorial

G45 Communique Faux Embossed Leather Mini Album Tutorial for The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the latest challenge at The Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  I’ve created this vintage style G45 Communique Faux Embossed Leather Mini Album Tutorial for the Just My Type Challenge.  We’ll take a close look at it in a moment, bur first let’s see what our hostess, the marvelous Jenny Marples has to say about this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme: Just My Type
“As a trained touch typist I love vintage typewriters. I love the way they look and sound and the font they create. For this challenge create a vintage or shabby chic project and include a typewriter, typewriter keys, typeface.”
G45 Communique Faux Embossed Leather Mini Album Tutorial: Sizzix 3-D Texture Fade & Seth Apter Ancient Amber Baked Texture

G45 Communique Faux Embossed Leather Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

This  7 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ x 2 3/4″  is “made from scratch”  using 12″ x 18″ black cardstock from envelopes.com.   I had so much fun creating this faux embossed leather look using my Tim Holtz/Sizzix Botanical 3-D Texture Fade, Seth Apter Ancient Amber Baked Texture and various Distress Paints.  (Find links to the products I used below.)

G45 Communique Faux Embossed Leather Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

This shot gives you a good idea of the amazing texture that you get when you use these amazing 3D folders.  My mixed media cover was inspired by the marvelous Jenny Marples who showed how to create rusty metal in THIS POST.  I thought that I could use a similar process to create the look of faux leather.   (If you don’t have these 3D texture fades, you can create a similar look using a process I shared HERE and in another tutorial HERE. )

G45 Communique Faux Embossed Leather Mini Album Tutorial: Picture Tour

I’m not going to go into a lot of detail here, as I’ve prepared a video tour of the project where I share lots of tips and techniques.  So we’ll just look at the still photos.

G45 Communique Faux Embossed Leather Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 03

One quick note: in addition to the product links below, I also used Little Birdie Crafts Sangria Roslind Roses and 1.5″ Black Plaid Ribbon.  Some of my papers are from the original G45 Communique release way back when.  The majority are from the newer DCE release.

G45 Communique Faux Embossed Leather Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

Black seam binding ribbon makes me think of the old carbon typewriter ribbons.

G45 Communique Faux Embossed Leather Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 05

G45 Communique Faux Embossed Leather Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 06

G45 Communique Faux Embossed Leather Mini Album Tutorial: A Peek Inside

G45 Communique Faux Embossed Leather Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 07

I’m becoming very fond of using stamps against a Distress Stain Background.  This Tim Holtz Inventor 1 stamp is perfect for this challenge.

G45 Communique Faux Embossed Leather Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 08

I adore G45 policy envelopes.  Decorate quickly by adding chipboard and paper scraps to create the perfect spot to tuck in photos or other memorabilia.

G45 Communique Faux Embossed Leather Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 09

This fussy cut image is colored with Distress Crayon.  I used Tim’s Typography Stamps and white pigment ink to add even more type elements to the design.

G45 Communique Faux Embossed Leather Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 10

Y’all know how much I love interactive elements, so I’ve loaded this mini up with flaps, pockets, tags, inserts and waterfalls.

G45 Communique Faux Embossed Leather Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 10

This is a double waterfall page with magnetic closures.

G45 Communique Faux Embossed Leather Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 11

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G45 Communique Faux Embossed Leather Mini Album Tutorial on YouTube

 

Just My Type Challenge: Now it’s YOUR Turn

I hope you’ll join in on this fun Just My Type.  To do so, just link up your vintage or shabby chic animal themed project over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before   11: 55 PM EDT on Tuesday, 9th, 2018.

The design team will pick our 4 favorite projects from all those entered and ask our top pick to join us as a Guest Designer on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Our favorite picks will receive a badge to display proudly on their blog, too.  And everyone who plays along and follows the guideline will be entered to win a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

For even more inspiration,  sure to pop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to see what the rest of the team has made.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Have I  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

Product Links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique

 


Fabulous Fall Stash Buster Mini Album

Fabulous Fall Stash Buster Mini Album for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Fall is my absolute favorite time of year, and I am so happy that it is finally here!  Today I have a Fabulous Fall Stash Buster Mini Album made with Really Reasonable Ribbon to share with you.  What do I mean by “stash buster?”  Well, if you are anything like me, you have some really wonderful retired fall collections gathering dust in your crafty space.  I decided it was time to put these beautiful collections (and scraps) to good use.  And what better way to use up your stash than in a Fabulous Fall Stash Buster Mini Album?

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This album measures 5″ x 7″ with a mixed media chipboard cover.  The simple “O” ring binding is finished off with beautiful Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Fabulous Fall Stash Buster Mini Album: The Ribbons

Fabulous Fall Stash Buster Mini Album by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 02

In addition to the fall ribbons from the September Ribbon Club Collection, I used Autumn Diamond Print Grosgrain  and Noble Peacock Seam Binding.   The ribbon is simply tied onto the ring binding using square knots.  Doesn’t it look like fall leaves fluttering to the ground?

I did use some really cute dies to make the acorns, leaves and pumpkins in this mini album.  They are from My Maker’s Movement (formerly Cheery Lynn).

Since I created a video tour of this Fabulous Fall Stash Buster Mini Album, I’ll just share a few still photos with you here.

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Fabulous Fall Stash Buster Mini Album Project Share on YouTube

 

 

I hope this post has encouraged you to dig out your retired collections and use them to make something fabulous.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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.

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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.

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