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Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags

Hello, G45’ers!  I’m a firm believer that love is always in season!  Back in February I created a lovely little Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags for Valentine’s Day.  I’m finally getting a chance to share this lovely project with you today.  Although Valentine’s’ Day is over and gone, you could easily adapt this idea to use with any holiday or special occasion.  Just select a different “season” from the collection!

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 01

I fell in love with the red and aqua tones and the darling love birds in the Winter pages.

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 02

Mini crates are a fun crafting trend right now, and readily available at most craft stores.  Dressing a crate up with the Seasons Winter pages was a fun and easy project.

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This mini crate measures 5” x 3.5” x 2.25”, making it the perfect size to hold G45 Staples Regular Ivory Tags.

 

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 04

Filling your altered mini crate with Staples Regular Ivory Tags is a  super quick to make if you use an “assembly line” format.

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags: On the Assembly Line

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Filling your altered mini crate with Staples Regular Ivory Tags is a super quick when you create your own “assembly line”.

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 07

TIP: If you’re lucky enough to have the new Staples Tag and Gears dies, it’s a cinch to cover your Staples Regular Tag.  Simply die cut the tag base, and adhere with your favorite adhesive.

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 09

Dont have the tag? No worries! If you haven’t added this incredible tool to your crafty stash yet, here’s how to proceed:

  • First, cover each tag base (front and back) with a 3.75” x 4.75” rectangle of red or aqua cardstock. (For a perfect color match, use the solids side of the Seasons Patterns and Solids pad.)  
  • Before adhering, round the corner with a 1/4″ corner edge punch. I use Crop-a-Dile Corner Chompers for this task.  I find they are very easy on the hands.

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 10

TIP: Take a few minutes before you begin decorating your tags and do all your fussy cutting.  Cut border strips to the desired length and round the corners. I typically make piles on my work desk with images, fussy cuts, mats, embellishments and bows all neatly laid out so I can just grab and go. Taking the time to prep in this way ultimately saves you loads of time.

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags: The Details

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 11

Seasons Pockets and tags fit perfectly on a Regular Staples Tag.  I paired this one up with the reverse side of an ephemera card, then added a felt heart, buttons and flowers to complete the tag design. The tag inside the pocket provides a lovely spot to write a personal  greeting.

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Leave the back side of each tag blank so that you have room to add a photo.  A simple belly band cut from Seasons Patterns and Solids adds a fancy feel to the back side of the tag.  And chocolate is always a welcome addition!

TIP: Use repositionable glue dots to secure an individually wrapped chocolate to the back of each tag.  If you add fussy cut embellishments, be sure to glue just one edge to the paper. This will leave the edge open so that photos can be slipped  underneath.

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 13

The Seasons Collection is loaded with wonderful elements that you can cluster together to create stunning collage style tags.

Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags: More Details

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And don’t forget to decorate the sides of your crate!  

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Stickers, cut apart images and elements like this ribbon slide from Seasons Tags & Pockets are great options for this task.

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This project idea lends itself to any special occasion.  And Graphic 45 has the perfect collection to match the occasion!  I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas 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 for Graphic 45 Seasons Altered Mini Crate and Tags

Graphic 45 Seasons Collection

Staples Ivory Tags

Other Products:

  • Red and Aqua Cardstock
  • 5” x 3.5” x 2.25” white wooden crate
  • Paper Flowers, Ribbon, Burlap String
  • Felt Hearts, Buttons

Graphic 45 Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial

 Graphic 45 Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial
Frilly and Funkie Elegant Jewels Challenge

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  This go round, our hostess is the lovely (and hilarious) Cec.  This Graphic 45 Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial fits right in with her fabulous “Elegant Jewels” theme. Before we take a look at my offering for this challenge, let’s see what Cec has to say about this challenge theme.

Challenge Theme: Elegant Jewels
Let’s make a vintage or shabby chic project in jewel tone colours such as deep purple, emerald green, jade green, burgundy, bright turquoise to name a few AND to make your project extra special, add some sort of jewel or gem, which can be anything from a dollar store find to a piece of broken jewelry.
 Graphic 45 Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial

Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial Little Women by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

I’m a huge fan of Graphic 45’s tags, and use them often in my creations.  Now that G45 has released dies to match the tags, they are especially fun..  This tag mini folio is made with Ivory Square tags and the matching Square Tag and Clock Die.  No more tracing the tag onto paper and cutting it out, then trimming to fit.  The dies cut a tag cover with a perfect 1/8″ border, and they cut the perfect sized hole for the tag grommets.    And I’m happy to announce that The Funkie Junkie Boutique now carries all the Graphic 45 tags and matching dies in the online store.  Life is good!

Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial Little Women by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 02

To make this mini folio, I simply joined two Ivory Square Tags together with a simple folded spine.

Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial Little Women by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 03

I used the Square Tag and Clock die to cut out the blue doily frame, and the focal image.  Having the dies made quick work of putting this mini tag folio together.

 

The finished album is 4.5″ wide x 5″ tall with a 1/2″ spine and a ribbon closure.

Graphic 45 Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial Little Women by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 05

Pockets, flaps and surprises await inside!

Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial Little Women by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 06

Scraps, chipboard, fussy cuts, and a metal charm decorate an Ivory ATC tag.  To keep it company in the front pocket, I tucked in an ephemera card and a mini chocolate.

Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial Little Women by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 07

Ephemera cards make great flaps! And if you cut a pocket from the Tags and Pockets sheet in half, you get this pretty little tuck spot.

Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial Little Women by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 09

Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial Little Women by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10

Which just happens to be the perfect size to hold this itty bitty hand bound book.  The book measures 1.75″ x  2.5″.  It’s a great way to use up scraps!

Graphic 45 Little Women Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio Tutorial and YouTube Video

To help you get a better feel for the flow and function of Square Tag and Clock Die Mini Folio, I’ve prepared this video project share.  You’ll also find step out photos and directions for creating the tag folio base, pocket, flap page and tag pocket.  I hope you enjoy!

Frilly and Funkie Elegant Jewels Challenge: Now it’s YOUR turn

You’re invited to participate in this “Elegant Jewels” Challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project that incorporates florals and  pastel colors in the design.  Then link your project on the Frilly and Funkie blog before 11:59PM DST on Tuesday, April 245th.  You can find all the information on that HERE.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose four favorite projects from your entries. Our favorite artist  will be invited to join us as a Guest Designer  at Frilly and Funkie. The next three winners will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who links up 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!

Did I share some tips and tricks today that you can use in your own crafty adventures?  If so,, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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A Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio

Frilly and Funkie “The Year of…” Challenge: A Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio

Hello, Friends!  Have you chosen an inspirational word or phrase for 2018 yet?  My word is “kindness.” The latest challenge at Frilly and Funkie is called, “The Year of…” and it’s all about creating a project that represents your word of the year.  I created A Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio for the project.  But before I share that with you, let’s take a look at what Suzz, our lovely hostess this go round, has to say about this challenge:

Challenge Theme: 2018 – The Year of
Welcome to a brand new year!  I am not very good at New Year Resolutions but I do like to think about what I want to focus on in the New Year.  To help me do this, I pick a word that is my word for the year and try to use that word to keep me focused on what is important. The challenge to you is to  pick a word that will be your inspiration for 2018.  Create a vintage or shabby chic project that includes your word of 2018.  The word can be part of a sentiment, phrase or stand alone on your project as long as it is featured somewhere in your art.

Botanical Tea Folio Botanical Tea by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

A Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio

Suzz comes up with challenge themes that really make me think!  There are so many good inspirational words to choose from.  After mulling this over for several days, I decided that 2018 would be the year of KINDNESS for me.  There are many obvious reasons why our world could benefit from a little more kindness in 2018, and I’m sure you are thinking about them right now.

But I chose the word kindness for personal reasons.  My dear husband Dale and I are coming up on 42 years of wedded bliss next month.  That’s 4 decades plus a tip!  We meet a lot of young couples (and not so young couples) who are floored when we tell them how long we’ve been married.  The first question they always ask is, “How have you managed to stay married for so long?”  Dale and I have talked a lot about this in the past several months, and we both agreed that making the decision to do and say kind things for and about one another is probably one of the top reasons why we are still happily married today.

Daily Acts of Kindness

Kindness does not have to be a big sacrificial act.  Although sometimes, it is a personal sacrifice to be kind.  But I find its true power lies in the little daily acts of kindness that we do for one another.  For instance, Dale fixes me a cup of my favorite tea each morning.  It’s a simple act of kindness, but it smooths the pathway of our walk together.  So now you can see why I chose to make this tea themed  Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio.  There was method to my madness!

This little silver spoon was a find on one of my many junkin’ expeditions.  Make it shabby chic by painting it with a light coat of Picket Fence Distress Paint.  Then fill the bowl with glitter glass shards.  The Eiffel Tower Cabochon is the perfect finishing touch!

A Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio:  The details

The folio base measures 5″ x 7″ with a 1/2″ spine at the top fold.  It’s layered up with Graphic 45’s Botanical Tea papers.  The stacked teacups are die cut with Tim’s Tea Time Bigz Die.  I’ve tucked a little tag inside the top cup, just for fun.

The real “meat” of this project can be found on the inside.  In addition to a tea wallet and honey stick in the large bottom pocket, I’ve prepared a 5″ x 5.5″ gatefold folio.

The folio is held shut with a ribbon closure.

Open it, and you’ll find lots of lovely little pockets, tags, fold outs and flip pages.

These G45 Ivory ATC tags are more than just pretty faces.  I’ve added a quote about kindness to the back of each tag.

And the fold out pages have quotes in them too.  I wrote the quotes in my own hand for two reasons.  One, I like to write.  The other reason is that I cherish handwritten notes from friends and family.  My handwriting may not be perfect, but it’s an expression of who I am.  The older I get, the more I value a hand written message.

Because this folio is hard to photograph, I decided to do a short video walk through.

A Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio Video on YouTube

If you’re a fan of Botanical Tea (I sure am!) you’ll be happy to know that you can pre-order the Deluxe Collector’s Edition at an unbeatable price right now at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Now it’s YOUR Turn!

What word will you choose to represent 2018?  You are cordially invited to join in on this fun challenge.  Simply create a vintage or shabby chic project that represents your word for 2018.  Then link it up over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before midnight on Tuesday, January 30th.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose our top four picks. We’ll invite the creator of our favorite project  to join us as a Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie. The next three favorites will receive Top 3 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!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this Botanical Tea Folio in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!
Cheerio,

kathy

Products from The Funkie Junkie Boutique

NOTE: The Botanical Tea Collection from Graphic 45 will be available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.



Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Jumbo Tag

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Jumbo Tag: It’s Sneak Peek Week!

Hello, G45’ers!  Is all the snow and cold weather getting you down?  How about a little beach therapy?  I’m talking sun drenched colors and charming beachy images and all the things we love about the shore.  Graphic 45’s new Sun Kissed Collection is all that and more.  I spent a happy afternoon creating this Sun Kissed Jumbo Tag to warm up your winter.  Grab your sunglasses and join me for a walk by the sea.

Sun Kissed Jumbo Tag Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

This ginormous tag measures 5.5″ across x 10″ tall.  That gives you lots of room to play with these vibrant papers and charming images.  I made the tag myself, from medium weight chipboard.

How to Make Your Own Sun Kissed Jumbo Tag
  • First, cut a 12×12 piece of medium weight cardstock into two rectangles measuring 5.5” wide x 10” tall.
  • Next, find the center point at the top of each tag, which is 2.75” and make a mark with your pencil.
  • Then, from this mark at the top of your tag, measure out 1.75” on both the right and the left hand sides and make another mark.
  • Now, from this mark, measure down 1”  on each side of the tag.   
  • Use a ruler to draw a diagonal line from the 1.75” mark on the top of the tag  to the 1” mark on the side of the tag.  This creates a beveled corner on the tag.
  • Cut along this diagonal line to create a beveled tag edge.
  • Next, punch a ½” hole about ½” down from the center mark at the top of the tag.  This gives you a spot to run your ribbon or trim.  If you don’t want to do that, you can skip this step.
  • Now you have two beautiful chipboard tags.
  • Finally glue the layers together to make a sturdy tag that will hold up to all the layers and embellishments your heart desires!

Sun Kissed Jumbo Tag Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

Sun Kissed Jumbo Tag: Preparing the Background

Sun Kissed Jumbo Tag Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

Since you are working with raw chipboard, you will want to prepare the background before you add papers.

  • First, paint a 1” border all the way around the tag. Don’t forget to paint the tag edges for a nice finished look. I used Ranger Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint.  
  • Then spritz the border with Dylusions White Linen Spray at random intervals to create the sense of white ocean spray against the blue paint.
  • This color combo is a near perfect match for the Sun Kissed papers, and adds a fun mixed media element to the tag.
Sun Kissed Jumbo Tag: A look at the details

Sun Kissed Jumbo Tag Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

You can create your own tag embellishments using dies and paper from the collection.  This way, everything color matches perfectly.  To make these festive paper rosettes, I die cut patterned paper with Tim Holtz Rosette and Mini Rosette Dies.   They remind me of  cheery beach umbrellas.

Sun Kissed Jumbo Tag Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

Banner flags cut with Tim Holtz Ribbon Banner strip die add a festive, nautical feel to the tag.   I had this little silver turtle charm in my stash, and added him to a rosette.  He fits in perfectly with the fussy cut sea turtles from the paper collection.

Sun Kissed Jumbo Tag: Borders and Ephemera Cards

Sun Kissed Jumbo Tag Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

I’m a huge fan of the beautiful border pieces that G45 always adds to a paper collection.  I’ve used them on the top and the bottom of this tag to sort of frame the piece.

The ephemera cards in this collection are gorgeous, front AND back!  I’ve matted this large 4″ x 6″ card and used it as the focal on my tag.  The Post Card layer is trimmed from the back of another card and tucked it behind the tag focal.  Now  I can use the other portion on another project some day.

Sun Kissed Jumbo Tag Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

Cut a circle of striped paper to create a secondary focal image on the card.  Then dress it up with fussy cut sea turtles and a tag from the cut apart page in the collection.

Sun Kissed Jumbo Tag Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8

 

A Week of Sneak Peeks and Giveaways on the Graphic 45 Blog

It may be too cold and nasty outside for a visit to the beach, but inside, in our craft rooms, we can create a virtual summer.  I plan to warm up my winter by making lots more paper pretties with this darling collection.

Sun Kissed should be available for purchase later this month.  But, pop on over to the Graphic 45 blog today, and leave a comment because they are doing a whole week of sneak peeks and giveaways!  You just might win this lovely collection before you can buy it!  Hooray!

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags

Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags

Hello, my Friends!  The Christmas Countdown clock is ticking loud and clear!  I keep finding “one more thing” on my to-do list.  Yesterday, I found I needed to make some quick gift tags to tie on to some Christmas packages that my dear husband is delivering to business associates today.  These Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags were a snap to make, but oh so shabby chic and pretty.

Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 1

Use Your Scraps!

I had scraps of Kaisercraft Frosted on my work table left over from the Christmas Pop Up Gift Card holder that I shared yesterday.  I also had scraps of cardstock that I had used for matting images.  Why not make some little gift tags?  So I turned on my audio book and went to work.

Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 2

First, I created the tag bases from cardstock.  As you can see, each tag is a different size and shape.  I did use one Graphic 45 Ivory Staples tag that was in a work basket on my desk.  But the other two tags are made with gray cardstock.

Merry and Bright Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags #1

Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 3For this 4.25″ x 4.75″ square tag, I started out with a scrap of gray matting cardstock.  I used my 1/2″ Corner Chomper to round the bottom corners.  Then I used my Scallop Corner chomper on the top to create a decorative edge.

Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 4

Next, I trimmed up a scrap of the cable knit sweater paper from Frosted and repeated the corner chomping routine.  Then I just quickly added the darling vintage image and some sticker elements from the collection.  The finishing touch is an Off White Shimmer Satin Bow, a glittery silver jingle bell, silver metallic string and some white WOC flowers.  A snippet of Silver Metallic Grosgrain Ribbon dresses up my Tim Holtz paper clip embellie. Tag one, done!

Counting our Blessings: Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags #2

Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 5

This tall and skinny tag followed the same procedure, only with a 3″ x 6″ scrap of gray cardstock.

Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 6I also die cut a small label from a scrap of the pretty blue patterned paper, cut it in half, and tucked it behind my focal image to add a pop of color.  Tags are one of the best ways I know  of to use up scraps!

Jingle Bells: Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags #3

Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 7

Since I had used up all my gray cardstock scraps, I grabbed a Graphic 45 Staples Ivory Square tag as the base for this 3rd tag.

Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 9

Here’s a helpful tip: Leave the ends of your silver metallic string long enough to tie through the handles of your gift bag.

Also, add  a snippet of ribbon to a paper clip to make a festive embellishment.  I also used up some leftover die cut snowflakes on this tag.

Super quick, super easy and I used up my scraps!

Now I need to hit the kitchen and get some Christmas baking done!  Wishing you a joy-filled and productive day!

Cheerio,

kathy

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