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Suck it Up Buttercup Library Pocket and Tag

Tammy Tutterow Five for Friday: Suck it Up Buttercup!

Hello, Friends!  Happy Friday!  We should all get a big pat on the back for making it through another week!  Is anyone besides me dreaming of spring?  I had a yearning to play with flowers and buttons and burlap the other day, so I pulled out my Tammy Tutterow stamps and dies and went to work on creating this fun little Suck it Up Buttercup Library Pocket and Tag.  It’s bursting with happy spring flowers and a great shabby chic pink and grey color scheme.  Check it out!

The Library Card Pocket is one of Tammy’s awesome steel rule dies.  These are such fun to work with because they can cut through so many different materials.  I used pale pink burlap to create my library pocket.  Before die cutting, I backed the burlap with iron on interfacing to prevent fraying.  The steel rule die cut through it like buttah.  Handy score lines allowed me to put the pocket together in a flash.  (Note: this die requires the use of a Big Shot Plus or a Spellbinders Platinum Plus or any other machine that accepts thick, 8″ wide dies.)

Pick a Pocket Full of Posie Parts

These sweet springtime posies were such fun to make with Tammy’s Posie Parts Stamp and Die set.   The set contains 9 cling foam stamps and matching thin dies that cut out each Posie Part.  Not having to fussy cut each stamped image is such a time saver!

First, I stamped the sweet Posie Parts onto patterned paper from October Afternoon’s Travel Girl Collection. Then I ran them through my Spellbinder Platinum with the matching dies. Stamping on patterned paper is quick, because you don’t have to color the images.  Since I’m not the world’s greatest colorist, I really like having the ability to do this.

After shaping each flower layer (there are 3) with a stylus, I stacked them together and added a sweet little button to the center.  I used water color pencils to add a touch of pink to the edges of the flower pot, then just assembled the whole happy bunch onto the front of the Library Card Pocket.

The little metal charm reads “Never, Never, Give Up.”  i used a Distress Crayon to color in the words, then suspended it from a vintage safety pin and added it to the simple square knot bow in my burlap ribbon.

What’s in Your Pocket?

Here’s what you’ll find in the pocket!  This little tag features Tammy’s Suck it Up Buttercup stamp.  Honestly, this is such a great sentiment for anyone who needs a gentle nudge to persevere in the face of life’s many obstacles.

The sentiment was stamped onto patterned paper using Magenta Archival Ink.  I then heat embossed it with clear powder and colored in the sentiment with water color pencils.

Next, I die cut the sentiment with a Spellbinder Scalloped Circle Nestabilities Die  For the tag base, I cut a rectangle 3.5″ x 4.5″ rectangle from primitive cream cardstock,  and rounded the corners  with a 1/4″ corner rounder.  Now it was time to assemble the tag.  Since the patterned paper I used for the sentiment was just a little bit thin, I cut a second scalloped circle from patterned paper.  Then I glued the tag base between the two die cut circles.  I think the shaped top is such a fun element on this Library Card Pocket/tag combo.

A Little Message of Encouragement

Tammy’s Mini Deco Edge Envelope was the perfect finishing touch for this cheery little pocket/tag duo.  I die cut it from patterned paper, then used the insert die to create a hand written note card with a little word of encouragement.  Stamping one of the Posie Parts and adding a button sealed the deal.

I can think of so many fun ways to use these stamps and dies.  I’m writing my ideas down in a little notebook so I won’t forget them.  Would you like to see  more of these cutie patootie stamps and dies in future posts?  How would you use them?  Let me know in the comment section below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags

RRR Heart Challenge: Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Bonnie wants to see projects that feature hearts and trim.  I printed out some digital files from Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy Shop and put together some darling Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and tags.  These simple cards and tags can took just minutes to make, but look like you spent hours on them.  You have to love that!

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags  by Kathy Clement Photo 5I paired each card or tag with some of my favorite ribbons from RRR.

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags  by Kathy Clement Photo 4This black and white houndstooth plaid is a perennial favorite ribbon for me.  It’s soft and supple and ties the most beautiful bows.  it also looks great paired with the striped background of the Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine images.  This Graphic 45 Staples Tag is turned upside down for a fun presentation.

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags  by Kathy Clement Photo 3It also looks great turned right side up!

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags  by Kathy Clement Photo 2For this sweet little 4×6 card, I topped a 1/4″ micro gingham ribbon bow with a pretty red rose. The black buttons and the plaid ribbon help to anchor all the elements on the card.

Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 1I love the way this 3/8″ red gingham picks up on the pattern of this cutie pie’s dress.

These lovely little  Schoolhouse Vintage Valentine Cards and tags are being tucked into my Kathy by Design ETSY Shop orders this month as a special Valentine treat.

Now it’s your turn to join the party!  Create your own project with hearts and ribbon or trim and link it up on the RRR Challenge Blog so we can all enjoy it.  Here’s the link with all the information.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Buttons and Bows: Graphic 45 Times Nouveau Tag

RRR Challenge: Buttons and Bows/Times Nouveau Tag

RRRChallengeBadgeHello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for another fabby challenge on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  This time, Bonnie has challenged us to include Buttons and Bows in our projects.  This is right up my alley!  I’ve been itching to play with my Graphic 45 Times Nouveau Classic Collection, so I dug that out along with stunning ribbon from RRR and a few fun embellies. Honey, this tag is the Bee’s Knees!

Times Nouveau Tag by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Buttons and Bows Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 1

Vibrant colors and vintage images make me happy, happy! And just look at all the fun layering!  The base is a Graphic 45 Long Staples Kraft Tag that I covered with black background paper from the collection.  Throw in some fussy cut images, die cuts, glittered chippies and gorgeous ribbons and I’m in heaven!

Times Nouveau Tag by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Buttons and Bows Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2The bow cluster on this tag is total glam!  I created a triple loop bow with Old Gold Shimmer Satin Ribbon.  Just look how it pulls out all the gorgeous shades of gold and butterscotch and yellow in this tag!

Times Nouveau Tag by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Buttons and Bows Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 3Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts  Fanciful Elements were coated with green glitter to complement the greens in the tag, the center of my flowers, and the leaves. A real vintage stick pin adds an extra layer of style to the tag.

Times Nouveau Tag by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Buttons and Bows Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 4

Buttons and Bows is the Name of the Game!

Vintage style buttons are displayed down the side of the tag, leading the eye right to this adorable button topped pull out pocket.  You know me and my pockets….I gotta have ’em somewhere.  (Do you think it’s because my Mom never let me have pockets in my clothes when I was growing up?  She said they weren’t ladylike.)

Times Nouveau Tag by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Buttons and Bows Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 5Graphic 45 Staples Policy Envelopes are soooo cute!  I decorated this one with  some ephemera from the collection.

Times Nouveau Tag by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Buttons and Bows Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 6The Policy Envelope contains a couple of small tags joined with black burlap string.  You could easily tuck a gift card, personal note, small chocolate, tea bag…even cash into the Policy envelope.  It’s a great way to turn the tag into a full fledged gift.   I topped the tag with more of that luxurious Old Gold Shimmer Satin and a loopy bow tied with black burlap string.  Do you think this tag meets the Buttons and Bows Challenge?

Now it’s YOUR turn!  Create your own Buttons and Bows project and link it up over at the RRR Challenge Blog.  The Design Team will be stopping by to take a look and leave you some love, which is always fun.  Plus, three of your excellent projects will be chosen by the team and you’ll receive a winner’s badge to proudly display on your own blog.  You can find all the details HERE.

Yeah…I love me some buttons and bows!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Cute Little Tag Pocket for Anything But A Card

Cute Little Tag Pocket for Really Reasonable Ribbon Anything But a Card Challenge

RRRChallengeBadgeHello, Friends!  It’s the first Friday in August, and you know what that means?  Yup!  There’s a brand spanking new challenge at RRR: Anything BUT a Card.  How fun!  I tossed this idea around in my head for a while, and decided I would make a cute little tag pocket from a Graphic 45 Staples Tag, then put a standard tag inside the pocket.

Children's Hour Tag Pocket with Tag by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1 G45;s Large Tag Album is just the right size for this project.  Simply score the tag  3″ from the bottom edge and crease with a bone folder.  Line the inner portion and add a tiny bead of glue along the sides of the tag.  Fold in place and Voila! Instant pocket!

RRR Colors of Autumn & G45 August Children’s Hour Collection: A Perfect Match!

Colors of Autumn Ribbon CollectionThe Colors of Autumn Ribbon Club Assortment for this month is a great color match for the August papers in Graphic 45’s Children’s Hour collection.

Children's Hour Tag Pocket with Tag by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2I trimmed down a Standard tag so it would fit inside the cute little tag pocket.  I fussy cut a ton of images from the 8×8 pad to use as decoration.  I love the way the Turftan brown polka dot ribbon matches the brown polka dot paper, don’t you?  I also used some natural burlap string, and then tied the Kiwi Green Square in a Square Satin ribbon through the top.  It all matches perfectly!

Children's Hour Tag Pocket with Tag by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3An ephemera card was trimmed down to fit the back of the tag.  I inked the edges and tnen rounded them off with a corner chomper.  A couple stickers from the collection finished this project off nicely.

This cute little tag pocket is just the right size to hold a gift card.  It’s quick and easy to make for any occasion, but this one is going to be used for a family birthday.  Shhhh…it’s a secret!

I can’t wait to see what you make for this Anything BUT a card challenge!  Be sure to link up on the RRR Challenge Blog so I can come by and leave you some love.

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

Cheerio,

kathy

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Voyage Beneath the Sea: Steampunk Seahorse

Steampunk Seahorse for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hello, Friends!  I have such a fun project to share with you.  I’ve been asked to Guest Design again at Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  Woo hoo! As you all know,   I am a huge Steampunk Fan, how about you?  I also super love the gorgeous Super X tags from Gypsy Soul.  They are thick and chunky and perfect for mixed media projects, which I also love.  So what do you get when you combine these fabby tags with GSLC Steampunk Seahorses and Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea?  Oh…such steampunky, beachy goodness that you can hardly believe your eyes!  Take a peek:

Steampunk Seahorse Tutorial by Kathy Clement, Product by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea Photo 1

 

Steampunk Seahorse Tutorial by Kathy Clement, Product by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea Photo 2

 

Steampunk Seahorse Tutorial by Kathy Clement, Product by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea Photo 3

 

Steampunk Seahorse Tutorial by Kathy Clement, Product by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea Photo 4

I’ve prepared a Snapguide Tutorial for you with a complete supply list and detailed information about how I altered these gorgeous chippies.

Check out How to Make Steampunk Seahorse Chipboard Tag by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Here are the links to the GSLC products I used in this project:

Super X Tag Set
Gears Texture Sheet 
Steampunk Seahorse (Coming Soon)
Stencil Seaweed (Coming Soon)
Under the Sea Border (Coming Soon)
Coral (Coming Soon)

Are you inspired?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Now go get your craft on!

Cheerio,
kathy

Graphic 45 Sea Dreams Tag

Graphic 45 Children’s Hour: Sea Dreams Tag with Pocket

Hello G45’er!  I’m up on the G45 blog today with this super cute, quick and easy  Sea Dreams Tag.

Sea Dreams Tag, Children's Hour, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1I have to say, I love this Sea Dreams tag for the memories it brings to mind.  That little girl holding the sea shell to her ear makes me think of our oldest daughter when she was a girl.  We have spent many a happy hour combing the beach together, finding treasures along the way.  Now I get to have the same kind of fun by the sea with our three granddaughters.  What joy!

Sea Dreams Tag, Children's Hour, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2This Sea Dreams tag started with a Graphic 45 Staples Regular Ivory tag.  I traced around the tag onto the 8×8 July montage paper.  Then I punched a 1/2″ hole for the grommet and glued it down.  The edges were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint.   Lots of inky spattering and sponging ensued!  Then I added some crisp white detail with a laser cut doily from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

By the Sea Tag, Children's Hour, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3The post card from the 12×12 collective page was trimmed out, inked and spritzed.  Then I fussy cut the little girl image from an ephemera card and secured her to the tag with foam spacers.  I fussy cut flowers from the 12×12 montage and clustered them around her and added a button and some custom dyed seam binding ribbon.

By the Sea Tag, Children's Hour, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4I backed the postcard with some waste corrugate, then used foam dimensionals around the edges so that I could slip a little tag behind.  Why?  I don’t know…because it is fun, and I love hidden pockets and interactive elements on a project, I guess!  You can just see the shaped edge of the tag peeking out from behind the post card tag.

It’s All About the Details!

By the Sea Tag, Children's Hour, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5Here’s another look at the fun details.  All these shells were found on our beautiful North Carolina coast. To give my tag a real beachy feel, I sprinkled real beach sand on top of Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive, then tapped off the excess.  I also tapped my metal fish charm with both Picket Fence and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint.  It’s all about the details!

Fussy Cutting Tip

By the Sea Tag, Children's Hour, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6And here’s a handy tip for all you fussy cutters out there.  Tiny images like the little girl and the flowers can be very hard to ink.  But I hate raw edges, so ink I must!  My secret is to flip the image upside down on my craft mat, and then very gently, while it is laying flat, I sponge all around the perimeter.  Because I hold both the image and my sponge flat, the raw edges get covered up, but the image is not spoiled.  Try it next time you need to ink up something tiny.

By the Sea Tag, Children's Hour, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8 jpgHere’s a look at the tag behind the scenes of this Sea Dreams tag.  You could easily mount a small photo, or write a note on the back.  I have this tag on my desk right now, and it makes me smile every time I look at it!

I hope I shared some ideas here that you’ll be able to incorporate in your own crafting adventures.  A simple tag like this beauty is a great way to capture a memory, isn’t it?

Thanks for stopping by.  Now, go get your craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

Products Used:

(Note:  With the exception of the Laser Cut doily, I purchased most of  these supplies from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.)

  • Graphic 45 Staples Regular Ivory Tag Album
  • Children’s Hour 8×8 Collective Paper
  • Children’s Hour 12×12 Collective Paper
  • Children’s Hour 12×12 July Montage
  • Children’s Hour Chipboard
  • Children’s Hour Pockets and Tags
  • Gypsy Soul Laser Cut Doily
  • Tim Holtz Adventure Words Die
  • Distress Stain Spray: Candied Apple, Mermaid Lagoon
  • Picket Fence Distress Paint
  • Rayon Seam Binding
  • Foam Dimensionals
  • Found items from the beach, hot glue gun
  • Metal Fish Charm

 

 

 

Steampunk Debutante Tag Tutorial

Steampunk Debutante Tag Tutorial for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hello, Friends!  I’m thrilled to be guest designing for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts again today! When I found fabulous Steampunk chippies in my goodie box from Gypsy Soul, I knew just what I wanted to do with them.  I hope this Steampunk Debutante Tag tutorial will get your creative juices flowing, too.

Steampunk Debutante Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts Product Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante 03

I love all the colors and dimension and whimsy on this heavy weight tag.  The chipboard base is incredibly thick and strong…so much so that I decided to add a little waterfall folio to the reverse side.

Steampunk Debutante Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts Product Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante 06

How fun is that?  You can display this as home decor, and load your favorite photos and journaling on the back side.

Steampunk Debutante Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts Product Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante 08It even has a pocket!

This tag is loaded with gorgeous chippies and fun details.  At first glance it may look more complicated than a project you’d like to tackle.  But like the old saying, “Yard by yard, life is hard; inch by inch it’s a cinch,” following the easy steps in my Snapguide tutorial will break things down and make it easy!

 

Check out How to Create a Chipboard Steampunk Debutante Tag by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Here are a few more photos to whet your appetite!

Steampunk Debutante Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts Product Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante 02

Foam dimensionals are a girl’s best friend, and they helped me add loads of depth and dimension to the design.

Steampunk Debutante Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts Product Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante 01I love this Steampunk Gent and his funky top hat!

Steampunk Debutante Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts Product Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante 04This pocket watch is filled with beads, mini gears and one of the stickers from the collection.

Steampunk Debutante Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts Product Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante 05And look how cool the embossed gears are!  The little metal clip on the side holds the folio on the reverse closed.

Steampunk Debutante Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts Product Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante 07You can easily fit between 19-20 4″ x 4″ photos on the back of this tag.  Less if you add journaling for each photo.  And you can always tuck more photos into the pocket.

I hope you’ll give this Steampunk Debutante Tag Folio a test drive.  Here are links to the chippies I used in its creation:

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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