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Double Scoop Ice Cream Card Tutorial

Tammy Tutterow Designs Five for Friday: Double Scoop Ice Cream Card Tutorial

 

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another edition of Five for Friday with the Tammy Tutterow Designs Creative Crew.  I don’t know what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, but here in North Carolina it is hot and steamy.  There’s only one remedy I know of for this kind of heat: ice cream!  And so to help cool things off, here’s a Double Scoop Ice Cream Card Tutorial.

Double Scoop Ice Cream Card by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 1

Isn’t this yummy?  Best of all, it’s calorie free!  Here’s a little story about my life long love affair with ice cream.

The Best Birthday Ice Cream Ever

I grew up in a family that was rich in love, creativity, integrity and hard work…but not so rich in material goods.  Ice cream was a rare and wonderful treat in our home.  My mother, in particular, loved ice cream, especially if it was soft serve.

Vermont (where I grew up) is known for its rich dairy products.  When I was a kid, a local dairy produced their own line of frozen confections called Vermont REAL Ice Cream.  The REAL was all in caps on the logo, and there was a pretty brown cow contentedly grazing in a verdant green field on the square half gallon box.  It was the best ice cream in the world.

We, however, could not afford to buy it.  Our local radio station ran a weekly contest, where they gave away a half gallon of Vermont REAL Ice Cream.  It had to be your birthday, and you had to write in and tell them why you, of all people, deserved to win.

Mom Saves the Day!

Now, my mom was without a doubt the most creative woman I ever met.  She sewed, she baked, she canned and gardened and beautified our home on a shoestring.  She could also write.  Her poems were filled with gorgeous imagery and impeccable meter and rhyme.  Every year around our birthdays, she wrote a special poem about the birthday boy or girl and sent it in to the radio contest.  And she always won.  No contest!  And that, my friends, is how I was able to enjoy a double scoop of REAL Vermont Ice Cream each year on my birthday.  It’s also why I love ice cream so much.  It’s probably genetic…but this memory of my mom’s ingenuity and creativity makes it extra sweet.

Double Scoop Ice Cream Card: Create a Stenciled Background

Here’s how I put this sweet card together. You’ll find links to the products at the end of this post.

  1.  First, create a 5.25″ x 7.25″ top fold card base from pale pink cardstock.
  2. Next, cut a slightly smaller piece of polka dot paper (linked below).  Distress the edges and glue to the card front.
  3. Now, cut a 4.75″ x 6.75″ panel of smooth white cardstock. Apply Worn Lipstick Distress Ink through the Vertical lines of Tammy’s Gingham Stencil.
  4. Now, turn the panel long wise and apply Picked Raspberry Distress Ink through the horizontal lines of this same stencil.
  5. Next, spritz with a little water from your Distress Sprayer.  Heat Dry.
  6. Then, sponge the white areas very lightly with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  7. Finally, stitch around the edges. Glue onto the card base.
Double Scoop Ice Cream Card: Layer it Up!

Did you guess that I was trying to create the look of Neapolitan Ice Cream on this card?  That’s because it was my favorite as a kid.  Now I’m a Butter Pecan gal.

Now, let’s get on to the rest of the layers!

  1. Cut a 4″ x 6.25″ rectangle of soft pink burlap.
  2. Fringe the edges.
  3. Die cut the largest layer from Spellbinder’s Timeless Rectangle from floral print.
  4. Stitch the die cut to the burlap along the inside edge.
  5. Attach to the gingham layer.
  6. Cut a 2″ wide strip of yellow patterned paper.  Punch a decorative edge.  Layer over the center of the die cut layer.

Double Scoop Ice Cream Card: Sentiment and Cone

 

  1. Stamp the sentiment in Jet Black Archival ink onto Smooth White Cardstock.
  2. Heat Emboss with clear embossing powder.
  3. Fussy cut the sentiment.
  4. Color in with the medium of your choice.  I used colored pencils because I am not great with markers.
  5. Scatter small dots of Art institute Dries Clear Adhesive randomly around the sentiment panel.  Sprinkle with TuTu Pink Prills.
  6. While the Prills are drying, create the cone.
  7. Stamp and die cut the cone image 3 times.  You will use small foam dots between each layer to create lots of dimension.
Coloring the Image
  1. On the first image, color the waffle cone by sponging it with Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Spritz with water. Ink the edges with Vintage Photo DI.
  2. For the 2nd layer, color the ice cream and cherry.  Trim away just the scoops with the matching die. Then attach to the cone with small foam dots.
  3.  Finally color the cherry on the 3rd stamped image.  Die cut with the matching die and attach with foam dots.
  4. Add glue to the sprinkles on the ice cream scoops.  Then sprinkle with Berry Nice Prills.
  5. To finish the sentiment, coat the letters with Glossy Accents.  Then spatter with diluted pink paint.
  6. Mount the sentiment on waste cardboard and glue to the card.
Double Scoop Ice Cream Card: Sweet Surprises inside

I really had fun designing the interior of this card.  First, I stamped, inked and colored this fun sentiment for the top of the card.  Then I turned the sentiment into a little gift card pocket.  I had a plain white string tie envelope in my stash.  It was easy to dress up with one of Tammy’s Tab Set Two dies.  This is the perfect spot to tuck in a gift card to your favorite ice cream parlor.  And you can write a personal note on the envelope.

The bottom pocket  is decorated with a die cut doily and stamped Little Sentiment.  The pocket holds a pretty little tag that can double as a bookmark.

Making the Shortie Tag

First I die cut the Shortie Tag from Kraft Cardstock.  Then I die cut a second tag from Authentique Spectrum paper.  This quatrefoil print looks like a waffle cone to me!  I added a strip of micro brown check paper, and another die cut doily.  Then I die cut the Deco Edge Envelope from designer paper.
Don’t you just love these Tiny Sentiments?  They really come in handy!  And what goes better with a tiny sentiment than a tiny spoon full of ice cream?  I know, I know…I get crazy sometimes!

The finishing touch was to add a couple of Posie Part flowers and leaves to the tag.

Inquiring minds want to know?  What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?   I hope I shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  Wishing you double scoops all summer long!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Double Scoop Ice Cream Card Supply List

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Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album

Take a Road Trip with Authetique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album

Hello, Friends!  Aaaah, Summertime!  The perfect time to hit the road, go adventuring, and make lasting memories!  Who wants to take a road trip with me today as we explore a brand new collection from Authentique Paper?  This Pastime Passport Style Mini Album is the perfect travel companion, loaded with fun interactive features, retro style images and ready for adventure.  Take a peek:

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 1

This is the cutest, chunkiest little mini album!  Authentique’s Pastime Collection  is filled to the brim with  retro images like Polaroid cameras, cute little campers, vintage billboards, tickets receipts and more. The Pastime 6×6 Paper Bundle is just the right size for this petite 3.5″ x 5″ x 2″ mini album. I also used fussy cut images, patterns, Detail Stickers and Petite Diction Stickers from the 12″ x 12″ Collection Kit.

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 2Eileen Hull’s Passport Book Die by Sizzix is a perfect playmate for this paper collection.  After die cutting covers, spine and inner pages, I went to work on decorating the album.  The album contains 3 separate signatures (inserts) bound with elastic.  Each signature holds 12 pages that you cut out with the die.

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 3Here’s a peek a the album spine.  You can see the elastic binding strips threaded through the holes.  I added some vintage travel charms and beads just for fun.  Don’t you love this paper?

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album Video Tour on YouTube

This album is bursting with interactive elements like pockets, tags, flip pages, waterfall features, fold out pages and more.  I find the easiest way to share a project like this is with a YouTube video tour.  I share a lot in this video about the process for making the album as well as tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.

 

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album: A few detail shots

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 4

Pockets add so much to a mini album design.  This side pocket is decorated with one of the fun Details Stickers from the 12×12 Collection Kit.  I matted it on kraft cardstock to make it pop against that cute patterned paper in the background.  Photo mounts held together with a decorative belly band fill the side pocket.  You can place 8 photos here.  Isn’t that amazing?The cover page of the first signature is simply decorated with another gorgeous Detail Sticker.

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 5

I kept the embellishments in this album very simple.  Because it is small, I didn’t want the pages to be too busy.  Petite Diction stickers give you the opportunity to create your own captions, which is lots of fun.  Mat stickers on kraft cardstock, then glue just the bottom edge so that you can tuck your photo behind as I did on this flip page.

Turn fussy cut images into mini journaling spots or photo albums.  To do this, I simply fold paper in half and then add my image.  This journal spot also serves as a turn tab for the fold out page.

Make Your Own Embellishments!

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 6

Throughout the album, I’ve used stickers to make my own embellishments. This tiny Polaroid sticker looks so cute hanging from the paperclip that holds this journal page in place.  I simply matted the sticker on folded cardstock, trimmed out the tails, then looped it over the paper clip.  It looks chic and trendy even though it’s cheap and easy!  LOL

Use Your Stash!

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 7

Do you keep ephemera items like small paper bags and such?  An album like this is the perfect place to use these items from your stash!  I found a tiny paper bag that was the perfect size for this album,  covered it with paper, then added a tag.  Again, a quick and affordable embellishment that looks great on the page.

Creative Uses for Scraps in Your Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 8

We all have scraps, right?  And they end up in a bin and never get used, which is such a waste. When you have  gorgeous papers like these, you want to utilize every scrap.  Therefore,  I have been training myself to look for creative ways to use them in my projects.  This decorative belly band is made with a piece of paper I’d trimmed off.  Backed with kraft cardstock (also a scrap) it creates a stylish way to tuck in a tag.  And let’s talk about the tag for a moment: its also decorated with a scrap of paper.

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 9

Punch a decorative edge on a scrap and use it as a border as I did here.  It takes just a few seconds to do, but adds a designer look to a page.  I also used a fussy cut scrap as a layering piece behind this cute hang tag made with a sticker from the collection.  Scraps are our friends, people!  Invite them to the party!

Make the Most of Your Page With Waterfall Features

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 10

I confess a love for waterfall features. They are interactive and fun.  Not only that, you can store a ton of photos on a waterfall page.  This tiny 3.25″ x 4.25″ page can hold SIX 3.4 photos!  Here’s how to make your own waterfall element on a page:

  • First, measure the page to determine the width and length of each waterfall element.  You want the width of each waterfall page to be slightly smaller than the width of the album page.
  • Next, cut rectangles of paper.  Remember to add 1/2″ more to the length of each rectangle so you can score a flap.  Each of these rectangles measures 3″ x 4″.
  • Then, score a 1/2″ flap on the short side of each rectangle.  This is the  mechanism that will attach to the base page. Fold the flap to the back side of each rectangle.
  • Now, ink the edges and shape with corner punches if desired.
  • Place adhesive of your choice on the back side of each flap.  Beginning with the first flap, line the scored edge up with the top of your base page.  Make sure it is straight.  Press to adhere.
  • Next, lift the flap of the first waterfall. Align the scored edge of the next flap up with the bottom edge of the first flap and adhere, being sure to keep everything straight.
  • Continue until you’ve added all the flaps.
Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album: The Grand Finale

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 11

The final page of this album is so much fun.  I created a micro journaling spot with one of the tiny stickers from the Details sheet.  Then I created a tuck spot with a fussy cut image from the 6×6 bundle.  The inside cover has a pocket with a handy little notepad that I created from designer paper and chipboard.

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 12

I love this quote: “Life is a grand adventure: go live it!”  What a perfect way to end this post!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  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.

Cheerio,

kathy

Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon

Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  I had a fun, relaxing play date in my studio this past Sunday afternoon. It was just me, my Distress Inks, a manila tag and some Really Reasonable Ribbon seam binding.  I’ve been experimenting with these scrumptious inks whenever I’ve had a few extra minutes.  I think I’m finally getting the hang of working with them, as this sweet vintage tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon came together with very little fuss.

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 1

This is a standard sized Ranger Manila Tag.  I created the background using Faded Jeans, Broken China, Fossilized Amber and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Inks.   I used the classic “smoosh, spritz and swipe or tap” method for the inks, working with one color at a time and drying each layer thoroughly.

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 2

The thing I’ve noticed about Distress Oxide Inks is that the more water you use, the better they look.  And, it’s super easy to layer colors together because each layer holds its own.  No more mud puddle brown backgrounds!

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 3

After the inks, I put down an old Tim Holtz Flourish mask and spritzed the tag with Dylusions White Linen spray.  Then I used Texture Paste to add the wildflowers.  When the paste was dry, I smooshed more Wilted Violet ink onto my craft sheet and spritzed it.  Using my index finger, I picked up the ink and tapped it over the flowers.  I love the way it turned out.

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 4

To dress up the background, I added some Idea-Ology rub-ons.  I like the way the black pops against the colorful background.  The Tim Holtz Paper Dolls were painted with Fossilized Amber and Wilted Violet Distress Oxides, backed with chipboard and glued to the tag.  Next I painted a chipboard frame from Southern Ridge Trading Company with PIcket Fence Distress Paint and added that to the mix.

Altered Seam Binding Ribbon and Distress Oxide Ink

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 5

I was curious to see how Distress Oxides would work with seam binding ribbon.  Regular Distress Inks have always been my “go to” when I need to custom color seam binding to  match a project.  But just look at how this altered seam binding ribbon reacted to Distress Oxide Inks.  Ooh-la-la!  I love the rich depth of color.  I used one color at a time, starting with Fossilized Amber.  Smoosh it on your craft sheet, spritz with water until it beads up, then soak up the inky goodness with ribbon and heat dry.  I created a smaller inky puddle with the Wilted Violet and just dipped the ribbon in here and there.  So, curiosity satisfied!  Distress Oxide Inks work beautifully to alter seam binding ribbon.

I hope I shared a thing or two that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If you’ve had a chance to play with Distress Oxides, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Vintage Hollywood Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box

#UpcycleG45:  Vintage Hollywood Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box

Hello, G45’ers!  Have you joined the fun #UpcycleG45 challenge yet this month?  Since I love to turn trash into treasure, I could not resist playing along.  I dug out some G45 packaging, a salvaged ribbon spool and gorgeous papers from Vintage Hollywood and went to work on this Vintage Hollywood Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box.  I have loads and loads of photos and tips to share with you today, so go grab a cuppa and a snack and we’ll get started!

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

My mom loved the old black and white movies.  I can remember spending many a Saturday afternoon snuggled up on the couch watching Tarzan and Jane, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn or Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall movies with her.  The Vintage Hollywood collection captures all the glitz and glam of that wonderful era of classic movie making, and I tried to create that same feel in this Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box.

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box: #UpcycleG45  Supply List

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2This was such a fun project to pull together.  Here’s what you’ll need to make it.

Ready on the Set!

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

Before you start cutting paper for your Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box, you’ll want to do the following:

  • Paint the Kraft Mixed Media Box with Black Chalk paint.  If you have a Black Mixed Media box, you can skip this step.  My box was kraft, so I needed to paint.  I like to use chalk paint because it is less “wet” than acrylic or Distress paints.  Not only does it dry quicker, it is less likely to warp .
  • Paint the edges of the packaging tags and the mixed media box inserts as well as the ribbon spool.
Roll ’em!

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4One of my favorite features on this Vintage Hollywood Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box is the fun paper movie reels.  To create this effect, cut 1.5” widths of the film strip ribbon on the reverse side of the signature page.  Mist the paper lightly with water and gently wrap around a pencil.  The paper will curl, and while damp, can be easily twisted and glued onto your project.  

Star Power!

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

To create a dynamic background for this dimensional piece, I fussy cut these gorgeous vintage style stars from the 12×12 paper collection and edged them with Gathered Twigs Distress ink.  I love the way these stars emphasize the Patterns and Solids paper that I used to cover my box, as well as the stars in the chipboard frame.

Makeup!

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

Every starlet needs a little scarlet lipstick, right?  To add that punch of color to the shabby chic Ornate Door Plate and Knob, I tapped them with Terra Cotta and Red Pepper Alcohol Inks.  Apply black chalk paint along the edges to really make them pop.  Just tap it on with your fingertip.

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8

Gorgeous Petaloo Red Anemones and Black Botanica Blooms add just the right touch of drama to this vignette.

#UpcycleG45 with Staples Packaging Tags

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9Here are the upcycled Staples packaging tags.  Talk about a makeover!  These tags are ready for the runway!

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 11

You’ll find a little folio on the back side of each tag.

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 12

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 13

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 14

The tags rest in a little open box that I built from waste chipboard.  This is such a great way to add height and dimension to a project.

A Peek Inside

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 15

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 16

Dressed for Success

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 17

You can store photos on both the front and back side of the inserts that come with the box. Dress them up with ATC Policy Envelopes, paper scraps and fussy cut elements.

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 17

Layer images and fussy cuts over these ATC Policy Envelopes.  You can add more photos inside the envelope, or use them as a hidden journaling spot.

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 18

Create a hinge from a 1″ wide piece of black cardstock and fold it in half.  Glue one half to the back of the policy envelope and the other half to the photo mount.  Now you can mount a full sized photo on each card.  How cool is that?

 

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 19

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 20

Dress up the back side with Patterns and Solids.  Glue just the edges so that you can slip photos behind.  You’ll have plenty of room to store more photos in the box, too.

That’s a Wrap!

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 21

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

Oh, and don’t forget to play along in the #UpcycleG45 challenge this month!  There’s a $100 prize package up for grabs!  You can find all the details for this great challenge HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets

Tammy Tutterow Designs: Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets

Hello, Friends!  I’m so excited to share today’s project with you, as I think you are going to love it!  I tried some new techniques while making these Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets, and I got to have my first play date with Tammy’s Scoop Pocket Steel rule die.  What fun!

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 1These darling little Easter Tag Pockets make me so happy I want to get up and dance!  Here’s what you’ll need to make these l’il cuties

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets Supply List
Making Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 2I used the same basic “recipe” for each happy little Easter tag pocket.  Here’s how that process went:

  1. Die cut the scoop pocket from designer paper.  Crease on the fold lines.  Glue together.
  2. Cut shortie tags from designer paper.  Use the inserts to cut a decorative edge and glue onto the base of the tag.  You will have to trim out the sides to do this, but it’s easy enough.  Normally, you would cut the edge onto the bottom of the tag, but I wanted the tags to be a little bit longer so they would stick out of the pocket just a little bit.
  3. Stamp sentiments onto watercolor paper.  Heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Color in with markers.
  4. Trim the sentiment.
  5. Stitch onto the tag
  6. Add ribbons and embellies.
  7. Decorate the pocket front

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 3Die cutting the pocket from double sided paper gives it very boutique feel.  The little tag has a photo mount on the back side so you can add pictures of your sweeties all dressed up in their Easter best.  Or you can write a sweet note here.  There’s also plenty of room to tuck in a little treat or gift card.  Aren’t they FUN?

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 4To add the spatters to the tags, scribble your Distress Markers onto a craft sheet or stamping block.  Make an inky puddle by adding a tiny bit of water.  Then use a paintbrush to flick the ink onto the card.  This adds such a fun, festive feel to each tag. The look makes me think of those malted milk Easter Egg candies.  YUM!

Stamping on Felt: A New Technique for me

Happy Little EasterTag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 5So, I fell totally in love with Tammy’s Posie Parts Cling Stamp and Die combo when I made my Suck it Up Buttercup project.  Then, I fell in love with felt flowers when I made my Altered Starbucks Bottle Vases.  I wanted to combine the Posie Parts stamps/dies with felt.  So I put on my thinking cap and decided to try it using Ranger Archival Inks on 100% wool felt.  As you can see, the flowers are cute, cute, cute!

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 6I stamped 3 of each Posie Part flower and a bunch of leaves.  The first time I die cut them, the ink kind of bled onto my cutting plates.  Soooo, the second time, I very gently heat set the ink with my heat tool.  No problemo!  The wool felt handled the gentle heat very well, and there was no inky mess on my cutting plates.

Next, I hot glued the flower layers together, staggering the petals.  I pressed a ball end stylus into the center to create dimension.  Finally, I added little button centers.

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 7

A Nifty Clean Up Trick

If you do get ink on your cutting plates, you can break it down and wipe it off using hand sanitizing gel.  I use this stuff to clean my craft sheet, cutting mat, hands…anything that gets inky, really, and it works great!  And, it’s CHEAP!

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 8 Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 9 Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 10

Working with Tammy’s lovely products always makes me happy, happy, happy!  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

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Pretty Petaloo Tags

Pretty Petaloo Tags: An Upcycling Project with Petaloo & Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime

Hello, Friends!  I have a true confession to make: I adore Petaloo products!  I even adore their pretty packaging. The background colors and patterns are so lovely, I can never quite bring myself to toss them in the recycle bin.   I have been saving the chipboard bases from my Botanica Mini Blossoms for a while now, and decided it would be a fun “upcycling” project if I turned them into whimsical  upcycled gift tags.  So I dug into my stash of coral Petaloo posies, broke out my Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime paper collection and started to play. The end result is this trio of pretty Petaloo tags.

Pretty Petaloo Tags

You’d never believe that these darling little tags started out as Petaloo packaging, would you? The wonderful thing about the chipboard bases, aside from the fact that they are pretty, is how sturdy they are.  They are just the right thickness for mixed media projects, and the size is perfect for a gift tag.

Pretty Petaloo Tags 01

 

I have always loved this precious images from Once Upon a Springtime.  And, I super love the fact that the Coral range of Petaloo flowers are a picture perfect match for the color palette of these enchanting papers.  It’s so nice when products work together seamlessly, isn’t it?

 

Pretty Petaloo Tags 02

 

Each tag is built with the same basic “recipe” which I will share with you below in a Snapguide tutorial so you can make your own pretty Petaloo tags!

 

Pretty Petaloo Tags 03

 

I left the packaging hole uncovered, so you can just slip ribbon through the top and attach to your gift.  Or, string all three together to make a sweet banner!

 

 

Check out How to Make Once Upon a Springtime Tags W/Petaloo &G45 by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

 

I hope you enjoy this little Snapguide tutorial I prepared for you.  I don’t know about you, but I’ll never toss Petaloo packaging in the recycle bin again! Instead, I’ll turn them into more pretty Petaloo tags!


Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Petaloo Products Used in this Project

Coral Botanica Minis 1101-105

Penny Lane Antique Peach Mini Wild Roses 1838-051

Sienna Chantilly Velvet Hydrangeas 1272-212

Beaded Hat Pins

Other Products Used:

Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime Collector’s Edition

Really Reasonable Ribbon: Light Coral Stitched Satin Ribbon, Moss Green Gingham Ribbon, Pearl Pink Satin Ribbon, Ivory Burlap String

Spellbinder Doily Art 3-D Embossing Folder

Tattered Angels Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist

Crop-A-Dile Corner Rounder, Corner Chomper

Studio Gesso

Distress Ink: Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw, Tea Dye

Sand paper or sanding grip



 

 

Mixed Media Sunflowers

Mixed Media Sunflowers with Crafty Secrets Sunflowers Digital Art Stamps

Hello, Friends!  And welcome to September!  I took some time this weekend to play with the new Sunflowers Digital Art Stamps from Crafty Secrets.  These are some of the prettiest stamps Sandy has ever made. I put on my Mixed Media Boots for this sunflowers card.  I used alcohol pens, chalks, Distress Inks, Distress Paints, embossing folders, homemade gold mist, stitching and a great little technique that I will share with you below.  What fun!

Kathy by Design for Crafty SecretsI used a  paper tole technique to create this layered card, and I’ll share details with you below.  But first I wanted to give you a peeky at the whole stamp set because you are going to love it!

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Twenty of these stamps also come in rich sepia tones, so there are 43 digital images and sentiments in all for just $6.95.  I chose to work with the sunflower and bird framed image.  After sizing the image to 3.75″ x 5″ , it was copied into Microsoft word and pasted.  I did this 4 times in all, so that I could create dimensional layers within the focal image.

Kathy by Design for Crafty SecretsI colored the script background and the frame on the first copy.  On the second copy, I colored just the leaves.  For the third copy, I colored the sunflower and the sunflower center.  Finally, I colored the little bird on the 4th copy.  Next I fussy cut the colored layers.  DO NOT fussy cut the base layer.  Leave it exactly as it is.  All the cut edges were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I used Warm Honey Distress Ink on the sunflower in the base layer.  You don’t want to leave this blank, as you are going to be able to see it beneath your popped up sunflower crown.

CS Sunflowers 03First, the leaves were glued in place over the leaf images in the base layer.  The sunflower crown was shaped with a stylus to give it dimension and a cup shape in the center. When I was happy with the shape of the flower, I used foam dots to attach it over the sunflower in the base panel.  Then I filled the center with Czech beads and let it dry.  The little bird will be added later on.  Put him in a safe place so you don’t lose him amidst the jumble on your desk.

While the sunflower crown was drying, I printed out two patterned papers from the Birds and Blooms Digital Paper Kit.  For the brown wood flowers paper, I cropped a portion from the center away from the floral images in the corners.  This was sized to 4.75″ x 6.75″  and copied into Microsoft Word.  I printed it out, spritzed it very lightly with my homemade gold mist and then ran it through Spellbinder’s Bricks and Bark M-Bossabilities folder.  Before running it through the Big Shot, I inked the flat side of the embossing folder with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  This created wonderful texture and made the paper look like real wood.

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Next, I printed out the blue quatrefoil canvas paper onto 8.5″ 11″ paper.  I die cut this with the two largest dies in Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles.

When the sunflower image was dry, I matted it onto pale yellow cardstock that was cut slightly larger than the image.  I layered the wood paper, die cut and focal image together and then very carefully stitched around them as you can see in the photo.  (If I did this again, I would not add the dimensional sunflower until AFTER I stitched, but the stitching was an “in the moment” decision.)  Once the card was stitched, I added the little bird to the front using foam dots to hold him in place.

The sentiment is part of the set, and I just printed it out onto white cardstock, inked it with Warm Honey Distress Ink, stamped it with a background stamp and die cut it with a tag die.  I splattered it with a little bit of Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint and set it aside to dry.  The metal flowers were painted with Warm Honey Distress Paint.  I just kind of tapped the paint on with my fingertips as I wanted some of the base metal to show through. I used a brad to attach this to the tag.  I ran a piece of Glory Blue Seam Binding through the end of the tag, and then the tag was set in place with foam tape.

CS Sunflowers 05All that was left now was to add the finishing touch with a corner bow made with Glory Blue Seam Binding and Navy Burlap Center Stitch Ribbon.  The bow was topped with one of my precious vintage buttons from my grandmother’s button box.

CS Sunflowers 04It’s hard for me to part with these gorgeous vintage buttons, but it was the perfect accent for this card.

CS Sunflowers 07The inside of the card is simply finished.  I stamped the original Sunflower stamp onto the blue quatrefoil paper and added another stamped sentiment.

I hope you’ll give this paper tole technique a try.  It takes a little patience to fussy cut the layers, but the end result is so pretty, it’s well worth the effort.  What do you think?

And, if you’d like to purchase this card, it’s available in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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