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Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card

Frilly and Funkie Christmas in July Challenge: Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The one and only Cec is our hostess this go round, and the theme is “Christmas in July.”  With that in mind, I broke out a bunch of my Tim Holtz goodies to create this Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card. Let’s see what Cec has to say about this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme: Christmas in July

You might be experiencing summer heat but let’s think cool by getting a head start on Christmas preparations.  Your vintage or shabby chic creation could be a card, something to present a gift in or a decor item for the house or tree.

Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card a la Tim Holtz “Dapper”

Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card by Kathy Clement Photo 1

This was a fun card to make!  You wouldn’t normally think of using Tim Holtz “Dapper”  paper collection for Christmas, would you?  But I found patterns in it that hit exactly the right rustic note for this card creation.

This 5″ x 7″ top fold card reminds me of taking a wintry walk in the woods.  After distressing, matting and layering my designer papers I got busy with my die cutting machine.  It was so much fun to die cut all these various elements from Dapper papers and then make them look like Christmas paper.

First, the sentiment from Doodle Greetings #1 was stamped in Jet Black Archival ink onto the grid paper from the collection. Then I heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Next, I lightly sponged some Pine Needles Distress Ink to add just a touch of color.  This step actually helped the sentiment to pop off the page.

Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card: Tattered Florals

It is just me, or is it hilarious to think of making Christmas flowers from paper with a cigar band pattern?  But that’s exactly what I did here.  Here’s how I did it:

  1. First, cut 6 squares of Dapper cigar band paper into 3.5″ squares.
  2. Next, stack the squares on the frayed flower in the Tattered Florals Die.
  3. Then, run the stack through your machine all at the same time.  All six layers will die cut beautifully as this is a steel rule die.
  4. Now, flip half the flower layers over to the print on the reverse side of the paper.
  5. Next, spritz the petals with Candied Apple Distress Stain Spray.  Heat Dry.
  6. Then, Sponge the flower centers with a little Fired Brick Distress Ink.
  7. Now, shape and stack the petals.  I shaped each layer a little differently for more fullness.
  8. Finally, fill the flower centers with hot glue, then pour in Gilt Trip Prills.  Let it set a minute, then tap off the excess Prills into a funnel tray.
Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card: The bow cluster

This Vintage Christmas plaid ribbon was exactly right for the bow cluster.  I tucked in some gold eyelash ribbon, a little greenery and a Tim Holtz snowflake charm to complete the cluster.  I filled out the floral arrangement with some of the die cut greenery.

Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card: The Frame

Tim’s Ornate Frame is one of my all time favorite dies.  I cut it twice here: once from Dapper paper and once on heavy weight chipboard.  The chipboard pieces are painted with Prima Gold Crackle Texture Paste, then sponged with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  I cut the chipboard frame in half, then glued the Dapper frame to it so that it was slightly offset, letting the gold peep through.  The frame is surrounded with bits of greenery that I hit with a little Mica Spray.

The lovely deer was also die cut twice from Dapper paper, then layered together with small foam dots.

The Inside Story

Once again, I turned this card into a gift by adding a simple gift card pocket.

I matted this lovely vintage image onto forest green cardstock, then scored and folded it.

Add a tea bag to the pocket, and maybe a gift card and you have a lovely Christmas gift!

After stamping and embossing another image from Doodle Greetings #1, I sponged and colored the image.  This was matted onto a long panel of ivory text paper. I left lots of room to write a newsy Christmas note here.

Now it’s YOUR turn

You’re invited to play along with the Frilly and Funkie teams in this fun Christmas in July challenge.  Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic Christmas in July project and then link it up on the Frilly and Funkie blog.  You have until midnight on Tuesday, August 1st to join the party.  You can find the specific details HERE.

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

I hope I’ve inspired you to break out your paper pretties and get your craft on.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio

                               Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio for Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie                                     Tammy Tutterow Designs Creative Team Friday

Hello, Friends!  What an exciting day it is here on the blog!  It’s time for another Friday Focus at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  And it’s also time for another Tammy Tutterow Designs Creative Team Friday.  Oh, happy day!  The Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie is all about Tammy Tutterow Stamps and Dies, so it all works out well.  I have the sweetest Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio to share with you, so let’s get this party started!

This Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio has so many moving parts that I thought it would be wise to create a YouTube Video Tour to explain them all.

Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio

Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 1

This is one of my “hybrid” card/mini album creations.  It measures 5.5″ x 7.5″ with a 1/2″ spine so I can tuck in all sorts of goodies on the inside.  I’ve used Graphic 45 Baby to Bride Deluxe Collector Edition papers and a huge pile of Tammy’s wonderful stamps and dies to make this project.

Welcome Wee One Stamp/Die Combo and Dear Ruby Background Stamp

Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 2

I don’t think of myself as a great stamper/colorer.  But Tammy’s designs are so easy to color that I find myself enjoying the process more and more all the time.  I used her Dear Ruby background stamp on the pink gingham panel of this card.  It adds the perfect touch of vintage texture to the background.

Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 4

And how sweet is this this sentiment?  First I stamped it directly onto my patterned paper.  Then, once the ink had dried, I colored it in with Prismacolor pencils.  The best part about this stamp set is that it comes with a matching die to cut the sentiment out.  No fussy cutting!  How great is that?  The finishing touch was adding Glossy Accents to the words, the wee hearts and the peas in those darling pea pods.

Welcome Wee One Folio: Shortie Tabs as Banner Flags

Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 5

This pretty little banner was a cinch to make with Tammy’s Shortie Tabs die.  The die set contains 8 shortie tabs, and I love the various shapes.  Here’s how I put this banner together:

  1. Die cut the banner shapes from patterned paper.  Shortie tabs are all double ended with a score line in the middle, which I find to be very handy.
  2. Fold each Shortie Tab on the score line.
  3. Ink the edges with Tea Dye Distress ink.
  4. Cut a length of natural jute to match the width of your card.  Tie a knot on either end.
  5. Fold each Shortie Tab over the jute string.  I used a little bit of 1/8″ Scor-Tape on the inside of each tab to hold it in place.
  6. Glue the knotted ends of the jute to the card.
Welcome Wee One Folio:  Shabby Posies and Pom Pom Posies Dies

Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 6

I am so in love with Tammy’s flower dies!  For the Wee One Folio I selected the two smallest petal layers from Shabby Posies and die cut a pile them from my patterned paper. But I’ve also die cut them from felt, burlap, crinoline, fabric and inked up cardstock.  Here’s how I made the flowers:

  1. Die cut from patterned paper.
  2. Ink edges with Tea Dye Distress Ink.
  3. Shape with a ball stylus on a foam mat.
  4. Hot glue the layers together.  Because I wanted these Shabby Posies to be more tightly closed, I used a double foam mat and really pressed down into the center.  This draws the petals closer together.
  5. Spritz with Tattered Angels Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist.
  6. Randomly “draw” on the petals with Art Glitter Dries Clear Adhesive.
  7. Sprinkle with Prills.
  8. Die cut the leaves from Pom Pom Posies onto patterned paper.
  9. Ink the edges.
  10. Shape and glue beneath the flowers.

Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 7

Welcome Wee One Folio: Paper Bag Pocket

Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 8

Because I scored a 1/2″ spine into this 5.5″ x 7.5″ top fold card base, I can fill the inside up with lots of paper pretties!

Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 9

I love to add pockets to my cards.  To change things up a bit, I used Tammy’s Paper Bag Pocket Die to create a spot to tuck this Mini Tag Book.  I love the boutique look of this pocket cut from the same designer paper.

Welcome Wee One Folio:  The Mini Tag Book

If you follow my blog, then I know you are familiar with this darling little tag book because I use it all the time.  It’s one of my favorite “Tammy Toys.”

Welcome Wee One Folio: Shortie Tags Die

Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 11Tags are another item that I love to include in my designs. I die cut this cute tag directly from the patterned paper, then dressed it up with some fancy borders and ribbon.  Tammy’s Shortie Tags die comes with 6 pretty shaped edges that you can layer onto the bottom of the tag.

Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 12I had a strip of matting cardstock left on my desk, so I turned it into this simple tri-fold folio/gift card holder.  It’s held shut with a darling little belly band.  So cute!

Friday Focus: Tammy Tutterow Stamps and Dies at 15% Savings

Now, here’s the really good news.  For the next two weeks, The Funkie Junkie Boutique is offering an additional 15% off all Tammy Tutterow Designs Stamps and Dies.  Combined with the regular 20% discount TFJB offers on all items in the shop, this amounts to a 35% discount! If you’ve had any of Tammy’s paper pretties on your wish list, now is the time to snap them up.  You can find the Friday Focus shopping page HERE.

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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G45 French Country Something Old Challenge

Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge: G45 French Country Spoonful of Gratitude Card

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Our hostess this go round is the one and only Jenny Marples.  I broke out my Graphic 45 French Country paper collection along with an oldie but a goodie from my stash for this Something Old Challenge.

Something Old Challenge Guidelines from Our Hostess Jenny
I’m sure, like me, there will be lots of you who love all things vintage and enjoy nothing more than discovering old and unwanted treasure at thrift shops and junk markets. The challenge this time is to use something old either as the basis of your project or as an addition to your vintage or shabby chic creation.

An Old Spoon and a Favorite Old Paper Collection

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

My  “Something Old” is this vintage silver spoon.  And, this is the last of my stash from my beloved Graphic 45 French Country Collection.  But…have you heard the news?  French Country is being re-released in a Deluxe Collector’s Edition.  You can pre-order it now at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2To create this rustic, aged look on your papers, use a distressing tool along the edges.  Then create little puddles of Distress Oxide ink on your non-stick craft mat and tap the paper into them.  I actually spritzed some of these papers with my Distress Sprayer, then crumpled them up to age them.

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3Texture also helps to create a rustic, vintage feel on a card.  So I added burlap, burlap string bows, and custom colored Petaloo Burlap Flowers.

The Star of the Show

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

The star of the show is this old silver spoon.  Like many of you, I love to go junkin’.  A while back, my dear husband (who is very good about indulging my obsessions) and I popped into a flea market that was going out of business.  And that is where I found this gorgeous old silver sugar spoon.  It is stamped on the back, which leads me to believe it is real silver.  I thought about polishing it up before using it on this card, but I decided I really liked the tarnished look.  It goes so well with these gorgeous vintage papers from Graphic 45.  To prepare it for this card, I simply used ribbon to tie on this tag, then added a little burlap string bow and a sunflower.

A Hidden Tag Pocket

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5While I was fussy cutting the post card image from the signature page of the collection, I had the thought to create a hidden tag pocket on the front of the card.  This is such a simple thing to do, but adds so much fun to a card.  Simply stitch the post card to a piece of burlap leaving the top edge open.  Instant pocket!

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6This G45 Staples ATC Laser Cut Ivory tag afforded me an opportunity to get in a little Distress Oxide playtime.  The base color is Fossilized Amber which I accented with Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint and Fired Brick to pick up on the colors in the designer paper.  Then I stamped the tag with my new Carabelle Carte Postale Stamp to add another layer of fun.  For a little bling, I tied this Live, Laugh, Love brass charm onto a French Country Chipboard Tag.  After gluing the chipboard to the tag, I backed it with a scrap of black designer paper to really make the laser cut sentiment pop.

A Peek Inside

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

I added more pockets to the inside of this 5″ x 7″ top fold card.

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9Paper scraps make great pockets!

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10And pockets are a great place to tuck in a tag!  After die cutting this tag from Kraft Cardstock, I covered it with designer paper.  Use sharp tiny scissors like Tim’s Mini Snips to fussy cut the sunflowers from the signature page.  Then adhere them to the tag base with Distress Collage Medium.  Every single little area is firmly adhered, but there is no glue residue.  And I love the way these Gilded Accents Rub Ons compliment the designer paper.   You can custom color this Petaloo Anemone with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist and Distress Bronze Mica Spray.

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 11The lower pocket holds an herbal teabag, a honey stick, a little chocolate treat and a recipe card that I aged with Tea Dye and Old Paper Distress inks.

Wouldn’t this card make a great hostess gift?

Now It’s Your Turn!

You can play along in this Something Old challenge by linking up your vintage or shabby chic project over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The challenge remains open until  11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, June 6th to link up.  All the guidelines and details are available on the Frilly and Funkie blog.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose our top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest Designer spot  at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

So what are you waiting for?  I know you have lots of great old “stuff” just waiting to be made into something beautiful.  And I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 French Country HeARTfelt Recipe Journal Tutorial

Bon Appetit!  Graphic 45 French Country HeARTfelt Recipe Journal Tutorial
 Frilly & Funkie Saturday Step x Step

Hello, Friends!  I’m so glad you could join me here today. Have you l heard the exciting news that Graphic 45 is releasing the gorgeous French Country as a Deluxe Collector’s Edition?  I’m so excited that I dug into my stash and created this French Country HeARTfelt Recipe Journal Tutorial for the Saturday Step x Step over on the Frilly and Funkie blog.

A Recipe for Success

I’m afraid that I have a brand new crafting addiction.  Eileen Hull’s HeARTfelt Journal die from Sizzix is just so much fun to play with.  Pairing it with these vibrant papers is truly a recipe for success!

There are so many different ways that you can use this journal.  Here are a few that I came up with during the creative process.

  • Great gift for the new bride!  Include some of your tried and true recipes and put in a basket with spices for a gorgeous shower gift.
  • How about the child who is moving out on his/her own?  Add in all the favorite recipes from home.
  • Your own personal guide to fine dining!  So many people take photos of their food plates.  It would be fun to compile them here along with notes about the meal.
  • A heritage recipe book.  Do you have scraps of recipes tucked here, there and everywhere?  Why not create a special place of honor to preserve them?

That’s just a short list of ways that I think you could use this handy album.  Do you have more?  I’d love to hear about them!

Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Creating an Interactive Album

Interactive elements make me happy.  It’s just so much fun to pull a tag out of a pocket, flip a page to find a little surprise, or fold paper in a unique way.

I’ve woven all kinds of fun surprises into this chunky little album.

There are tuck spots and pockets, and folios galore.

I’ve found all kinds of creative ways to use up little scraps of pretty paper. The easiest way to share all these ideas with you is via a YouTube video tour.

French Country HeARTfelt Recipe Journal Tutorial on YouTube

French Country HeARTfelt Recipe Journal Tutorial on Snapguide

If videos are not your “thing” I’ve also prepared a Snapguide tutorial.  You’ll learn the basics of assembling the journal, but in this tutorial I focus on designing the covers.

 

Check out How to Eileen Hull HeARTfelt Journal G45 French Country by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

I hope I’ve shared some ideas that you can put to good 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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The Funkie Junkie Boutique Friday Focus on Graphic 45

The Funkie Junkie Boutique Friday Focus: Graphic 45 on SALE!

Hello, Friends!  Happy Friday!  This is a special Friday, because not only is it St. Patrick’s Day, but I’m up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  That’s right!  It’s The Funkie Junkie Boutique Friday Focus on Graphic 45!

What does that mean?  It means that in addition to the regular 20% discount that the Funkie Junkie Boutique offers, there is an additional 15% off on all things Graphic 45 from now through midnight on March 30th.  Now you’re excited, right?

I’ve whipped up some really fun projects showcasing the 4 newest Graphic 45 collections.  Here’s a sneaky peek to whet your appetite!

Hello Beautiful! Portrait of  a Lady Tent Fold Card with Pockets

Hello Beautiful Card made with Portrait of a Lady by Kathy Clement made for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Friday Focus on Graphic 45

Glitz and Glam! Vintage Hollywood Cutaway Card with Shaped Edge

Vintage Hollywood Cutaway Card by Kathy Clement made for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Friday Focus on Graphic 45

Feeling Run Down? Olde Curiosity Shoppe Get Well Card with Inserts

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Get Well Card with Inserts by Kathy Clement made for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Friday Focus on Graphic 45

Savor Life! Midnight Masquerade Tag Folio with Video

This whimsical little beauty uses the same base design as the Vintage Hollywood folio tutorial I shared with you on Wednesday.  I simply glued the edges together to form pockets.  Fill the pockets with all kinds of little tags and you have created a recipe for fun!

You “ll love how easy it is to turn the Four Fold Folio into this interactive Tag Folio.  Watch this YouTube Video to learn how.

Would you like to know more about the construction of these cards?   I hope so!  Meet me over at The Frilly and Funkie Blog where I’ll share all the juicy details with you.

And don’t forget to shop the sale at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!  You’d better get there before I do!

See you soon!

Cheerio

kathy

 

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Flowers and Art Inverted Canvas with G45 Nature Sketchbook

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

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

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

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

From Card to Canvas

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

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

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

A Warm Color Palette for Flowers and Art Inverted Canvas

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now It’s Your Turn

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

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot  at Frilly and Funkie. The other 3 talented designers will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Frilly Funkie By the Sea

Frilly Funkie By the Sea Challenge

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

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

By the Sea with Prima French Riviera and Graphic 45

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

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

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

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

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

By the Sea on YouTube

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

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

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

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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