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Proper Gentleman Pocket Card

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Pocket Card Eileen Hull House/Pocket Stitchlets Die for Frilly & Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m the hostess for the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  This Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Pocket Card fits the challenge theme like your favorite pair of jeans.  And you’ll see what I’m talking about in just a minute.  But first, let’s take a look at the challenge theme:

Challenge Theme: Re-purpose, Re-use, Recycle
Earth Day is April 22nd, so let’s honor the day with a vintage or shabby chic project that includes an item that would normally land in the recycle or trash bin.  You can use an old jar, glass bottle, packaging material or other bits and bobs to create your upcycled masterpiece.  Be sure to tell us in your post what your recycled item is and how you used it, as it may not be apparent in a photo.
Proper Gentleman Pocket Card: The Inspiration

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

True confession: there’s nothing I love more than a good pair of jeans.  So when my dear husband was retiring a much loved pair, I salvaged the back pocket label.  This particular brand of jeans has such a classic logo, and the texture of the label is almost like leather.  How could I possibly not salvage it?

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

The fact that the label lived its first life on a jeans pocket inspired me to create a new pocket for it to rest upon.  So I turned to my Eileen Hull House/Pocket Stitchlets Dies to help me bring that idea to life.  Here’s how I created this two tiered pocket:

  • First, cut the pocket base by using just the large pocket frame die.
  • Next, use both the pocket frame and the insert (with the stitching holes) to cut the plaid pocket shape out.
  • Now, trim about 1/8″ from the edges of the plaid pocket.  This way, the designer paper from the first die can be seen.
  • Then machine stitch around the inside perimeter of the plaid pocket.
  • Now, stitch the sides and bottom of the recycled jeans label in the center of the plaid pocket.  Leave the top edge open to resemble a watch pocket.
  • Next, center the plaid pocket over the base pocket.  Machine stitch the plaid pocket to the base, but leave the top edge open.
  • Back the pocket with waste chipboard or foam dimensionals and adhere to the card.

Of course, you can use the dies and the label without machine stitching.  I just happen to like the texture this adds.

Proper Gentleman Pocket Card: Details

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

Masculine cards are fun to embellish.

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 05

To keep with the pocket theme of this card, I chose to alter a Tim Holtz Monocle and TH Idea-Ology Pocket Watch frame.  The brass key is also a found object, picked up during one of my daily walks.  I strung all these items onto a TH Swivel Clasp.  You know how men always have a big old key ring.

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 06

This TH Buckle mimics a belt.  It is held in place with a TH Screw Top Brad.

Proper Gentleman Pocket Card: What’s in Your Pocket

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 07

To keep with the recycling theme, I used some cardstock scraps  and designer paper scraps to create a little “wallet” to insert in the pocket.  The back edge of the wallet fits into the Eileen Hull pocket while the front edge tucks neatly into the label pocket.

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 09

Proper Gentleman Pocket Card: A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 10

The inside of this card is as handsome as the outside.  I added some fussy cut details, another simple pocket and note card for writing a personal message.  Something about this design makes me think of a crisp, white pocket handkerchief, something which no proper gentleman should be without!

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card with Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Dies by Kathy Clement kathy by design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 11

Now it’s YOUR Turn

You are cordially invited to join in on this fun challenge.  To do so, simply create your own vintage or shabby chic upcycled project.   Then link  up on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before 11:55PM EST on Tuesday, April 23.  You can find all the rules and information HERE.

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot  at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. In addition, the Design Team will select three further outstanding entries and those creators will receive a Top Pick badge to display on their blogs!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Did I share some tips, tricks, and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures today?  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  To see more masculine card ideas on my blog, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Prima Spring Farmhouse Shaker Folio

Prima Spring Farmhouse Shaker Folio for the Vintage Valentine Challenge at Frilly & Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Growing up in Vermont put a love for all things farm house in my heart.  So I’ve created a really romantic, shabby chic Prima Spring Farmhouse Shaker Folio for the latest challenge at The Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  Maggi, our lovely hostess, has chosen the challenge theme, and this is what she is looking for in this romantic challenge.

Challenge Theme:  Vintage Valentines
It’s sweetheart time and what could be more fun than creating Valentine’s for our loved ones?  For this challenge I want to see vintage valentines in vintage colors like pinks, blues, purples.  No bright red please.  Show me your vintage side with vintage colors and images.  If you need some inspiration, click here to link to a great vintage color palette.
Prima Spring Farmhouse Shaker Folio: The Inspiration

Prima Spring Farmhouse Shaker Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

I love Valentine’s Day!  When I was a little girl, I would spend days cutting out paper hearts, gluing doilies on them and writing little poems for my friends and family.  My parents were married on Valentine’s Day, Dale and I were married two days after Valentine’s Day and two of our sons were married on either side of the holiday.  What could possibly be sweeter than a day set aside to let people know you love them?

Years ago, my mother gave us an anniversary card with a quote from this Robert Browning Poem as the sentiment.  “Grow old along with me!  The best is yet to be, the last of life for which the first was made… ”  Imagine my delight when I found a paraphrase of this sentiment tucked into the Prima Spring Farmhouse ephemera pack!  Perfect for my vintage Valentine!

Prima Spring Farmhouse Shaker Folio: The Details

I ran across this Prima Venetian Shutter element while tidying up my studio.  Immediately, I knew it would make a wonderful shaker window.  This really is the easiest shaker element I have ever made. Because of the design of the Venetian Shutter, i simply needed to cut a piece of clear acrylic and glue it in the top of the window frame. Then, I filled the shaker with some sequins and beads, adhered the focal image to the back and glued the whole thing onto the card base.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Shaker Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

Prima Flowers adorn either side of the shutters.  The succulent planter is adhered over some Spanish moss, and bowed to give it some extra dimension.  The shutters are dry brushed with Antique Linen Distress Paint.  (So are the leaves in the flower arrangements.)

Here, you can really see the sentiment.  To create the bowed effect, gently run it against the side of a ruler or bone folder.  Then adhere just the ends to the card base.  A little archway of Prima bitty flowers wreathe the sentiment.  Then I just mounted a chipboard bee image onto one of the Farmhouse wooden spool embellishments.   The steampunk bee charm is dry brushed with more Antique Linen Distress Paint and adhered in the upper corner of the window.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Shaker Folio: Bossy Paper

This is one of those projects that got bossy with me.  It was meant to be a card…but it grew into a folio.  What can I say?  Sometimes paper has a mind of its own.

Antique Gold Silky Crushed Satin ribbon is just gorgeous with this collection.  To adhere it, I first wrapped 3 strips of 1/2″ Scor-Tape around the back and front of the folio.  Then I pressed the ribbon in place.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Shaker Folio: A Peek Inside

The folio is filled with interactive elements.  I found that the 4″ x 6″ and 3″ x 4″ journal cards made it very easy to create  them.  These two pull out folios will hold three 4″ x 6″ photos each.

These smaller folios made from tables scraps have a magnetic tab top closure.  They live in a side pocket and will hold 3″ x 5″ photos.

Here, you can see the folio fully opened.  I removed the insert panel on the left so you can see that there’s room here for a 5″ x 7″ photo.  It’s nice to create a design that works for different sized photos.

The center panel of this trifold folio holds a good sized waterfall folio.  There are 7 panels held in place by a magnetic belly band.  Each panel measures 5″ x 4″ so it will hold pretty good sized photos.  I scored an extra 1/4″ “gusset” in the belly band to allow plenty of room for photos.

A little pocket is tucked beneath the waterfall.

And these two 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ folios are tucked inside.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Shaker Folio Tour on YouTube

I created a short YouTube video tour so you can see how all the elements flow together.  I also share some tips and tricks that you might be interested in should you decide to make your own Prima Spring Farmhouse Shaker Folio.

Now It’s YOUR Turn!

You are cordially invited to play along in this Vintage Valentine Challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  To do so, simply create your own vintage or shabby chic Valentine following the challenge guidelines.  Then link it up on the Frilly and Funkie blog before 11:59PM EST on Tuesday, January 29th.

The design team will choose our top four entries from all those submitted.  Our favorite will be asked to serve as Guest Designer on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The other 3 entries will receive a challenge badge to proudly display on their blog or in social media.  And everyone who enters and follows the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to receive a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

You can find all the challenge rules and link up HERE.

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.  You’ll also find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Prima Spring Farmhouse Shaker Folio Product Links

Note:  Thumblinky was not working correctly at the time of this post, therefore I am providing a linked supply list instead.

From the Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Other Supplies: Victoria Embellishment Kit, Gold Sequins from my stash, Prima “Humble” Flowers, “Beautiful” flowers, Antique Gold Silky Crush Ribbon, Venetian Shutters

 

Stamperia Vintage Christmas Kitchen Easel Card

Stamperia Vintage Christmas Kitchen Easel Card for Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  With Christmas right around the corner, you’re going to love the new challenge up on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  I’ve made this Stamperia Vintage Christmas Kitchen Easel Card for the “In the Kitchen” challenge, which is hosted by Suzz.  We’ll take a look at it in a minute, but first let’s find out what Suzz has to say:

Challenge Theme: In The Kitchen
This time of the year we find ourselves in the kitchen either preparing food for family and friends or just gathering around with family who is visiting at the kitchen table.  Your challenge is to incorporate the kitchen somehow in your project.  You can use an object from the kitchen in creating your project or you can use a sentiment or image that reflects the kitchen.  You decide how to represent being in your kitchen in your art.
Christmas Kitchen Easel Card: The Inspiration

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 01

Baking cookies is a Christmas tradition I’ve loved for decades!  My mom used to bake enormous batches of her Traditional Scotch Shortbread every holiday season.  I can still see her sitting in a chair, my grandmother’s old soup pot clenched firmly between her knees as she worked the butter and sugar together with an old wooden spoon.  These simple and delicious cookies are part of our Christmas tradition every year, but I use my KitchenAid Mixer to cream the butter and sugar.   The whole house smells like Christmas when these buttery cookies are baking!  And it makes me feel connected to my mom, which is a wonderful thing indeed!

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card: The Design

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 02

I decided to go big for this challenge, so this easel card base measures a whopping 7″ square.  The large size and easel card design are great for display in the kitchen during the holidays.  It also gave me loads of “real estate” to play around with.  The front cover is actually a pocket that’s been stuffed with loads of kitchen themed goodies.

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card: How to make a miniature cookbook

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 03

Stamperia Vintage Christmas is a wonderful collage page filled with delightful cut apart images.  This recipe book page was fun to turn into a miniature book.  Here’s how I did it:

  • First, cut out the 3 1/2″ ” x 2 1/2″ recipe book page, then ink and distress the edges.
  • Next, spritz it very lightly with water and crumple it up into a ball.
  • Cut 3 more 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ book pages from scraps or copy paper.  Give them the same treatment.
  • Now, carefully open the crumpled book pages and smudge them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  You can always find the tried and true recipes in any cookbook by looking for the smudged and soiled pages!
  • Fold each page in half down the center just like a real book.  Then use a bone folder or the side of a ruler to curl the pages to give them a used, dogeared appearance.
  • Run a thin bead of glue along the fold of each page and stack the pages together.
  • Next, adhere just the “spine” of the book “cover” to the card base.
  • Then,  when the glue has set, sort of push the outer edges of the pages toward the spine while adhering the corners of the book “cover” to the card base.  I added a small dab of adhesive here and there to keep the pages from flying open.

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 04

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card: The Wooden Spoon

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 05

Dressing this wooden spoon up for the holidays was a blast!  It was a yard sale find that cost me a whole quarter!  For some reason, the spoon has a normal sized bowl, but is only 6″ long.  I can’t imagine what it would have been used for, but now it decorates my card.  Here’s how I did it:

  • First cover the spoon with a layer of Aged Mahogany Distress Stain.  I still have the dabber top stains, but you could use the spray stain as well.
  • Now, dry the stain with a heat tool.
  • Next, open the top of a Ranger Emboss It Dabber and pour a dime sized puddle in the bowl of the spoon.  Then use a paint brush (or your fingers, which is what I did) to spread the embossing ink all over the front and sides of the spoon.
  • Then place the spoon in a funnel tray or on a clean sheet of paper and cover with Seth Apter Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture.  Tap off the excess, and put it back in the container.  Then heat emboss.  This transformation is so much fun to watch!
  • When the spoon is fully embossed and cooled, randomly paint the edges, handle and bowl with more embossing ink.  Don’t go for full coverage!  Just light coverage and random strokes.
  • Then cover the spoon with Seth Apter Ancient Amber Baked Texture, tip off the excess and heat emboss.  The end result is so lovely!

I decorated my spoon with ribbon, die cut Tim Holtz Holiday Greens, Little Birdie Crafts Elsie Florals, Rusty Jingle Bells, Gold Twine and Sherry Shimmer Satin Ribbon.  When I had everything arranged to my taste, I tapped greenery and bells with Distress Grit Paste to resemble snow.  So fun!

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card: Pocket Inserts

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 06

I used images from the Vintage Christmas Scrapbooking cards to create a couple of 4″ x 6″ recipe folios to tuck in the front pocket.

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 07

The recipes for Mom’s Shortbread and our favorite Gingersnaps are written inside.

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card: A Peek Inside

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 08

In this photo, you can see that the “stopper” for the easel is also a pocket.  Isn’t that fun?

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 09I created a little tea bag wallet to tuck inside, along with a pretty ephemera card.

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 10

There’s room on the back of the ephemera card to add another recipe.  And you just have to have a cup of tea with a Christmas cookie!

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 11

Here’s a peek at what the card looks like when it is not standing up for display.  That’s something I love about an easel card.  You can fold them down for storage or mailing, then stand them upright for display.

Now it’s YOUR Turn!

I hope you’ll play along in this sweet “In the Kitchen” challenge.  To do so, simply link up your vintage or shabby chic kitchen themed project on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:59PM EST on Tuesday December 18th.

The winner  of this challenge will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot  at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. In addition, the Design Team will select three further outstanding entries and those creators will receive a Top Pick badge to display on their blogs!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

I hope I shared some tips, techniques 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

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Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio for Frilly and Funkie “Impress Us” Challenge

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  I’ve created this Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio using the new Deluxe Collector’s Edition.  We’ll take a closer look at it in just a second, but first, let’s see what our lovely hostess, Sarah Emily, has to say about the challenge.

Challenge Theme:  Impress Us
Who doesn’t want to make a great first impression? For this challenge, we would like you to use your embossing folders or any other way you can make an impression on your vintage or shabby chic project. Go ahead and ‘Impress Us’ with your creativity!

Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio: The Inspiration

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio Tim Holtz Laurel Impresslits Wreath by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

The inspiration for this card was my new Tim Holtz Laurel 3-D Impresslits Texture Fade.  I’ve had it in my stash for a while now, and always intended to use it to create a wreath. This challenge afforded the perfect opportunity!  And what would go better with a wreath than a Christmas project?  So I pulled out my Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas DCE and went to work.

Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio: Making the Impression

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio Tim Holtz Laurel Impresslits Wreath by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

These are the steps I followed to create this dimensional winter wreath.

  • First, create an inky background with a mix of green Distress Oxide Inks.  I used the faithful smoosh and spritz method that we are all so familiar with.
  • Next, cut the inked panels to fit inside the Laurel 3-D Impresslits Folder. The wreath uses 3 embossed pieces, but I did extra so I could experiment.
  • Now, place the inked panels in the folder ink side up if you want to EMBOSS (raised edges) or ink side down if you want to DEBOSS (recessed edges). Run through your die cutting machine following manufacturer instructions.  The folder will cut and emboss at the same time, which I love.
  • Then, tap the raised edges of the laurel with a little Ground Espresso Distress Oxide Ink.
  • Next, sprinkle on some Seth Apter Ancient Amber Baked Texture.  Tap off the excess and heat emboss.
  • Spatter with diluted white acrylic paint and dry brush the edges as well.
  • Finally, lay 3 branches in a circular shape and adhere the ends to form a wreath.
Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio: The Details

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio Tim Holtz Laurel Impresslits Wreath by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 03

The base layer for this 5″ x 7″ is a 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ panel from the “B” side of Twelve Days. Give the folio a rustic feel by distressing all the edges, inking with Ground Espresso Distress Oxide and dry brushing with white acrylic paint.  I also dry brushed the flowers and foliage.

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio Tim Holtz Laurel Impresslits Wreath by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

Stitch a 4″ x 6″ panel from “Five Golden Rings” onto a slightly larger piece of burlap and fringe the edges.  Place dimensionals on the back and adhere to the card.  Then place dimensionals on the back of the wreath and adhere.  Adhere the chipboard frame directly to the wreath.  You will need to back the circle chip with a couple layers of dimensionals before adhering.

Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio: Ribbons and Flowers

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio Tim Holtz Laurel Impresslits Wreath by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 05

Tie a double loop bow with Christmas Traditions Plaid Ribbon.   Create a floral cascade with Renae Scarlet Flowers and Rosemund Moonlight Roses from Little Birdie Crafts.  Tuck the “Dec 25” chipboard in under the bow cluster.

Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio Tim Holtz Laurel Impresslits Wreath by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 06

To turn a card into what I call a card folio, simply add pockets and/or some interactive elements.  I’ve done both on this festive card.

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio Tim Holtz Laurel Impresslits Wreath by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 07

The large pocket holds this 4.25″ x 6.25 tea bag wallet.  There’s room to write a personal greeting on the front of the wallet.

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio Tim Holtz Laurel Impresslits Wreath by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 08

Then tuck a tea bag, honey stick and cute Christmas spoon inside to turn it into a gift.  You could also add a photo, gift card or note here.

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio Tim Holtz Laurel Impresslits Wreath by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 09

The interactive element is this accordion fold mechanism.  It will hold 4″ x 6″ photos so you can add all the happy memories of your family Christmas here.

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio Tim Holtz Laurel Impresslits Wreath by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 10

Here’s a peek at the inside of the accordion fold mechanism.  Room for journaling, a pocket to hold little mementos, tuck spots and room for photos, too.  The mechanism is held shut with a magnetic closure.

Go Ahead…Impress Us!

We’d love to have you join in on this fun challenge.  To do so, simply create a vintage or shabby chic project using embossing folders.  Then link it up over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before 11:55PM EST on Tuesday, November 6th.

Every linked project that follows the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing for a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  The team will ask the designer of our favorite project to join us as a Guest Designer on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  And there are Top Three Badges for further outstanding entries.  You can read all the challenge guidelines HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  And, you can find links to all the products I’ve used from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio for All Creatures Great & Small at Frilly Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a fun, funky mixed media project to share with you.  I created this Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio for the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  We’ll take a look at it in a moment, but first let’s see what the Magnificent Maggi, our challenge hostess, has to say about the new challenge.

Challenge Theme: All Creatures Great and Small
Animals delight us in so many ways; perhaps a trip to the zoo with the kids has made you smile.  Maybe you have fur-babies that are a big part of your life.  My fur-babies are my children and hold the top spot in the hierarchy of my home!  For this challenge, create a vintage or shabby chic project that is centered around animals.  It could be your pets or a vintage photo.  Could be an animal you fear, spiders anyone???  Eeeek!!!!  No humans please, just animals on your project, otherwise anything goes.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio: The Inspiration

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

I love animals, but severe allergies/asthma prevent me from being in contact with them.  So for this animal themed challenge, I chose my favorite species: birds.  What’s not to love? From their beautiful feathers to their cheering songs to their amazing ability to soar against the sky, birds are marvelous creatures.  The Patchwork collection from Stamperia is filled with whimsical bird images…and tea!  So you know I had to use it for this challenge.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

Stamperia Patchwork fairly begs to be used in mixed media.  What can I say…I answered the call when creating this 5″ x 7″ top fold card folio.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio: A Little Mixed Media Mayhem

First, use a brayer to roll an uneven coat of Antique Linen Distress Paint over the edges of a 5″ x 7 kraft card base.

This is a tip I picked up from the amazing Seth Apter.  Next, use a really cheap paintbrush to dry brush Evergreen Bough Distress Paint over the Antique Linen layer.  The idea is to end up with lots of brush strokes as you can see here.

Sadly, I forgot to take photos of the next steps in the process, as I got all involved in the act of creating.  Mea culpa!

Next, use the wood grain stencil from Tim’s Mini Layering Stencil Set 10 with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to add another layer of texture over the brush strokes.  Then,  randomly spray the edges of the card with Distress Resist Spray.

TIP: As per Tim’s instructions, always place items in a box before you spray with Resist.  The tiny particles go everywhere and stick PERMANENTLY to anything they touch.  I have an old shipping box set aside for use as a spray box.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio: Seth Apter Baked Texture

Now that you’ve sprayed the edges, sprinkle on Chunky Rust Baked Texture and heat emboss.

TIP: Heat emboss from the UNDER side of your project to prevent granules from flying all over the place.  You’re welcome.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 03

You can see the cool effects of the Chunky Rust Baked Texture quite clearly at the top of the card.  I really wanted this card to have a lot of grungy, distressed layers.  Machine stitching, spattering, and painted distressed edges did the trick.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio: Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

I’m in love with Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture.  Here’s how I altered the bird.

  • Fussy cut the bird from Stamperia Patchwork.
  • Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs.
  • Place the fussy cut image on a non-porous surface like your craft mat. Cover it well with an Emboss Dabber.
  • Place the image in a funnel tray or clean piece of paper. (So you can save the Baked Texture Powder for another use) .  Cover it thoroughly with Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture and heat emboss.
  • Let the image cool, then repeat the above step.  You end up with a beautiful, vintage gloss that looks amazing.  As a bonus, it strengthens the paper, too.
  • Now, while the image is set, but still a little warm, shape it with your fingers to add dimension.  I just sort of bent the edges in toward the middle, and to my delight, the shape held.
  • When it is time to adhere the bird to the card, back it with 2 or 3 layers of foam tape.  Or, be cheap like me and use waste chipboard.
  • Add a thin bead of a strong liquid adhesive to the very edge of the fussy cut image.  (I use Art institute Dries Clear Glue.)
  • Hold the edges of the bird against the paper until the glue takes hold.  I use a fast drying glue, so this really only takes a few second.  The foam tape in the center will give the body a lovely, rounded shape.
Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio: Detail Shots

 

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 05

Add Grit Paste through Tim’s Stitched Stencil.  Then I brush a little Rusty Hinge Distress Stain over it to make it match all the rusty, distressed elements in the card.   After sewing the card, leave the thread long, then tuck it under this rusty index clip.

 

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 06

These Little Birdie Flowers are from the Pastel Palette.  I dry brushed them with Rusty Hinge Distress Stain and a little Antique Linen Distress Paint to age them.   The sentiment is backed with waste chipboard to add more dimension.  And everything is spattered with walnut ink.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 07

Custom dye seam binding ribbon with Evergreen Bough, Wild Honey, and Rusty Hinge Distress Stain.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 08

Pockets are great…and just look at these amazing colors!

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 09

This little tea bag wallet sits in the side pocket on the top of the card.

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo10

Stamperia Patchwork Life is Good Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 11

The lower pocket is filled with a vintage silver spoon found on one of my junkin’ adventures.  Then I stitched one of the tags onto natural canvas and dressed it up with a little vintage lace and a vintage button.  And where there is tea, there must be a honey stick!

Now It’s YOUR Turn

I hope you’ll join in on this fun All Creatures Great and Small Challenge.  To do so, just link up your vintage or shabby chic animal themed project over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before    11: 55PM EDT on Tuesday, September 25th.

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

Be sure to pop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to see what the rest of the team has made.  I know you will be inspired!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks 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

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