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Make Today Your Very Best Day Altered Tim Holtz Mini Clipboard

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Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabulous challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Pamellia is our hostess this round, and she has chosen the theme What a Mesh!  To answer the challenge, I altered a Tim Holtz Idea-Ology mini clip board using Tammy Tutterow’s fabulous Make Today Your Very Best Day stamp.  Before we dig into the project details, let’s see what Pamellia has in mind for this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme: What a Mesh!
The challenge this time is to use any type of mesh (crinoline, cheesecloth, tulle, burlap, canvas etc) in your vintage or shabby chic project.

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-1Burlap is one of my favorite textiles because it adds so much texture to a project.   I’ve used it on the background of this Tim Holtz Idea-Ology mini clipboard and to make the flowers on this girly grunge piece.

I painted the edges of the mini clipboard with Black Soot Distress Ink, then tapped with Prima Copper Crackle Paste.  To tone down the shine of the copper paste, I spritzed with Ranger Espresso Color Wash then tapped with Ranger Verdigris Patina.  While I had it out, I used it on the rusted metal house, the wooden key (Prima) the Idea-Ology stopwatch charm and even on the burlap.

Make Today Your Very Best Day: the Stamp

My thought for this clipboard was to create a little visual encouragement for my studio.  So this sentiment from Tammy Tutterow was both the perfect size and the perfect message.  I stamped it onto the grid paper from “Dapper” in Jet Black Archival Ink, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder, then colored it  with Distress Markers and a detail water brush.

After coloring, I blended in some Mustard Seed Distress ink to add a pop of vibrant color.  Then I spattered the background with the leftover ink on my craft sheet and some watered down white acrylic paint.

Finally, I stenciled on some mesh lines using the Linen Stencil and Faded Jeans Distress Ink.

I wanted the edges uneven and torn, so I brushed around the image with my water brush and let it set for a few seconds.  This is the easiest way I know of to tear paper.  Of course, I inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-5Did you know that the clip on this mini clipboard is removable?  That makes it soooo easy to alter!  I colorized the clip with alcohol inks, then just screwed it back onto the base.  Easy peasy!

Building the Layers

Once the burlap base was in place, I added some vertical lines with the Dapper Ticking paper. This was stitched onto kraft cardstock. Threads were left  long, then wrapped around the side for some extra texture. I glued the sentiment onto this panel, and then onto the burlap base.

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-2Frayed Posies (another of Tammy’s fabulous dies) cut from white burlap and inked with a mix of Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon inks add a lovely pop of color.  I shaped the petals a little with my fingers while they were still damp from the ink, then I layered them together using my hot glue gun. Finishing them off with this wooden button gives them a great vintage vibe.

I fussy cut flowers from another pattern in Dapper and added them into the flower cluster along with Petaloo Teal Mini Botanica Flowers. Then I custom dyed seam binding ribbon with Faded Jeans, Tumbled Glass and a touch of Vintage Photo Inks to create the shabby bow .

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-4Thrift Shop Ephemera bits and bobs found a home on the right hand side of the clipboard.  The pocket watch charm was tapped with Antique Linen Distress Paint and the Verdigris Patina ink.  I fussy cut the image of the boy and his dog and layered it over the ephemera background. The mini plaquette and tickets really draw the eye to this smaller element, and I like that a lot!

The Flip Side

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-7On the flip side of the clipboard, I created a double pocket using more papers from the Dapper collection.  I’m always looking for a spot to keep my “to do” lists so they don’t get lost.  This will work perfectly for that purpose.

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-6And it I ever feel like it, I can add another stamped sentiment to the upper portion (more of the Dapper grid/ruler paper here).

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-8This sentiment makes my heart happy.  It was tapped with Alcohol Ink then filled with the Patina Verdigris ink.  I had just enough of my seam binding ribbon  to tie onto the ends.

Now it’s YOUR turn!

And that’s it for me, folks!  Now it’s YOUR turn!

Create your own What  a Mesh project in shabby chic or vintage style and link it up on the Frilly & Funkie Blog before midnight on Tuesday, November 15th.  The F&F design team will be taking a tour of your lovely projects during that time.

Our favorite design in this challenge will earn the chance of a Guest DT 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. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because choosing just one winner is so hard!

Thanks for joining me here today!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Happy is My Favorite Color: Tammy Tutterow Designs

Tammy Tutterow Logo_BlkHello, Friends!  As you probably all know, I love color!  So when I received this Happy is My Favorite Color stamp in my Design Team box from Tammy, it was love at first sight!  My fingers have been itching to work with it, and this morning I rose before the sun with a vision for this card.

happy-is-my-favorite-color-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-3 Yellow and pink is one of my favorite color combinations.  It is just so full of happy!  And making this card filled my whole studio with happy vibes.  Let’s face it, you know it’s going to be a good day when you have inky fingers before 7AM!

happy-is-my-favorite-color-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-3I pulled out all my yellow Distress Ink pads (yes, every last one!) and smooshed them onto my craft mat so I could use a non-wrinkle distress technique on watercolor paper.  Next, I cut a panel to measure 5″ x 7″ and ran it through my Big Shot with Tammy’s Blistered Embossing Folder.  Then I added some Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberries and Vintage Photo ink to the raised areas.

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To add some pattern to the mix, I stamped this background randomly with the Dear Ruby Stamp. Oh, I have a feeling you are going to see a LOT of this fabulous stamp.  I love anything related to Typography, and the vintage handwriting on this stamp is scrumptious! The little circle on the right is from Tab Set One.  I wanted to balance the design, and filling this with more vintage buttons did the trick, along with a sweet little pink clothes pin.

Shabby Posies

happy-is-my-favorite-color-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-2After stamping, embossing and coloring the sentiment panel, I knew I wanted to add some pretty posies to the card.  The Shabby Posy Die makes gorgeous flowers, dontcha think? I just die cut them from the yellow background paper then sponged the centers and edges with Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberries.  Some of my favorite vintage buttons filled the centers, adding a sweet vintage vibe to this very colorful card.

happy-is-my-favorite-color-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-4The leaves were die cut from the same yellow panel using dies from Pom Pom Posies.  I colored them with various green Distress Inks, and then sponged in a little Picked Raspberries.  The seam binding ribbon was custom dyed with Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberries and Worn Lipstick.  Then I cleaned up the green inks on my craft mat to add some depth to the color palette.

A Peek Inside

happy-is-my-favorite-color-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-5Creating cards with special details on the inside is one of my favorite things to do.  I stamped a leftover bit of my yellow watercolor paper with the Bog Woodgrain Stamp and Worn Lipstick Distress ink for starters.

happy-is-my-favorite-color-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-8Then I die cut this darling Deco Edge Envelope from patterned paper (October Afternoon Girl Talk).  It was just the right size to hold a lemon/ginger tea bag. I love these itty bitty envelopes so much!

happy-is-my-favorite-color-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-6I created a little waterfall folio using the Waterfall One Die.  The shaped edge on this die is so very shabby chic.

happy-is-my-favorite-color-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-7Bits and bobs of my sunshiny yellow paper add pops of color to the folio.  What a fun place to add photos, or write little messages!

I hope this cheery little card added some sunshine to your day.  I know I had sunshine in my soul while making it!  Yes, indeed…Happy IS my favorite color!  What’s yours?

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Note: you can find all of Tammy Tutterow’s stamps, embossing folders and dies HERE on the Spellbinder’s website.

Big Woodgrain Background Stamp

Dear Ruby Background Stamp

Happy is My Favorite Color Cling Stamp

Deco Edge Envelope Die

Shabby Posies Die

Pom Pom Posies Die

Tab Set One Dies

Blistered Embossing Folder

 

 

Author, Author Challenge: Last Leaf Mixed Media Canvas

Last Leaf Mixed Media Canvas for Author Author Challenge at Frilly and Funkie

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Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabulous challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The crazy creative Suzz is our hostess this time around, and she chose the theme, “Author, Author.”  And that, my friends, is how this Last Leaf Mixed Media Canvas came into being.  Let’s see what Suzz has to say about this inspiring challenge:

I  (Suzz) have a great love for reading and was a permanent fixture at the library growing up.  I decided it would be fun to host a challenge inspired by books.  There are so many wonderful books that inspire the mind to imagine the worlds created within them.   Think Fairy tales, mysteries, romances or even science fiction and use that to inspire your art. Your challenge it so create a shabby chic or vintage styled project inspired by a book.   Provide an explanation of how the book and author inspired your project.

Like, Suzz, I loved the library growing up.  Sadly, I was a sickly kid, and spent weeks on end in bed with bouts of pneumonia and other ailments.  Books were my constant companion, for by reading, I could escape my illness and confinement and have all sorts of magical adventures.

When in high school, I discovered the American short story author, O. Henry and fell in love with his ironic style and keen insights into human nature.

O. Henry and the Last Leaf Mixed Media Canvas

The Last Leaf Mixed Media Canvas by kathy Clement for Author, Author Challenge at Frilly & Funkie photo 2This 5″ x7″ Last Leaf Mixed Media Canvas was inspired by one of my favorite O. Henry short stories entitled….The Last Leaf.  It’s a moving story about friendship and determination. Like all O. Henry tales, it has an ironic twist at the end.  (You can read it for free HERE.)

Where’s the Patterned paper?

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I would normally share a lot of details and “how tos” about the Last Leaf Mixed Media Canvas.  Instead, I am hosting the Saturday Step Out post on the Frilly and Funkie Blog later this week.  That’s when I’ll share a tutorial with you all.

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I will tell you, however, that not one scrap of patterned paper was used in this composition.  Gasp!!!!!  That is a first for me, I think.  I am the patterned paper queen!  Everything you see here was achieved with watercolor paper, ink, stamps and dies.  With a few embellies thrown in, of course! Instead I’ll share some interesting tidbits about O. Henry.  I think you will enjoy his story as it echoes his life.

All About O. Henry

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You might recognize the name O. Henry as a candy bar. But there is no connection between the author and the confection.  O. Henry’s life was anything but sweet.  Born in my dear husband’s home town of Greensboro, NC in 1862, he started life as William Sydney Porter.  After a brief time in school, he became a clerk in his uncle’s drugstore.

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When he was 20, he went to Texas to work on a ranch.  Later, he became a bank teller.  He fell in love and married, and started a humorous magazine called “The Rolling Stone.”  The magazine failed, and he found work as a newspaper reporter.

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Through a series of unfortunate events, he was wrongly accused of embezzling funds and fled to South America to avoid arrest.  When he received word that his beloved wife was dying, he came back to the US to say good-by, was apprehended and sent to prison.

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For three years, he wrote short stories from the confines of his prison cell under the pen name of O. Henry.  He chose to write about the common working man and woman and their everyday struggles.  His heroes or heroines were always somewhat down on their luck.  Some of his stories (The Ransom of Red Chief is a favorite of mine) will make you laugh until you cry.  Others are poignantly romantic (like The Gift of the Magi.)  And some are so full of tenderness that you will shed a tear.  The Last Leaf falls into that category.

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After being released from prison, he made his home in New York City.  He continued to write short stories until his death in 1910 at age 47 .

 

The Last Leaf Mixed Media Canvas for Author, Author Challenge at Frilly and Funkie photo-9I’ve read and re-read his stories both aloud to others and to myself.  If you haven’t yet discovered O. Henry, I hope this will send you to your local library to search for his warm, witty and wonderful writings.

Now it’s YOUR turn

Who is your favorite author or story?  I hope you’ll take this opportunity to create a vintage or shabby chic project for this challenge and link it up at the Frilly and Funkie Blog before midnight on Tuesday, October 18th.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to  a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie Three other participants 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’ll be back on Saturday with a Step x Step tutorial for this Last Leaf Mixed Media Canvas.  I hope you’ll stop by then!

I can’t wait to see what YOU make!

Thanks for stopping by,

Cheerio,

kathy

 


Let the Words do the Talking

Frilly and Funkie Challenge: Let the Words do the Talking Watercolor Thank You Card

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabby challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  This time around, the ever creative Sue is our host and the theme is Let the Words do the Talking.  Here’s what she has to say about this challenge:

Challenge Theme:Let the words do the talking – I love to include meaningful sayings on my projects, sayings that speak to me and inspire me to do the things I do. What I would love to see on your projects for this challenge are the words and sayings that mean alot to you and inspire you.

I gave this challenge some thought, and decided that one of the words that is the most important to me is “Thank You.” Keeping a thankful heart keeps me in a sunny mood, makes me feel like I’m rich as a queen, and besides, it’s just good manners. Saying thank you to others is so important, and a short little thank you note can really lift their spirits as well.  With that in mind, I  decided to create a set of thank you cards, because I never have one on hand when I need one.

Let the Words do the Talking ChallengeTammy Tutterow Thank You Card designed by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Let the Words do the Talking Challenge 01I dug my Brave Boots out of the Closet of Shame, and went to work stamping and watercoloring this gorgeous Tammy Tutterow stamp.  I do not consider myself a stamper.  Or a colorer.  And definitely NOT a watercolorer.  I love to see stamping/coloring from others, but it has been a skill that I’ve had to work hard at, and often I have been disappointed with the results.  But sometimes….you get lucky!  And I feel like I really did get lucky this go round, because I love these cards!  (Isn’t that shameful to say out loud?  But I dooooo…I really do!)

Tammy Tutterow Thank You Card designed by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Let the Words do the Talking Challenge 02I created a master board on Ranger water color.  The first step was to stamp a script stamp in Tea Dye distress ink.  Then I embossed with clear embossing powder so that the ink would not run.

Tammy Tutterow Thank You Card designed by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Let the Words do the Talking Challenge 03Next I applied Tattered Rose, Bundled Sage and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks with a sponge applicator.  Then I spritzed with water and spattered with Tattered Angels Creme de Rouge Glimmer Mist.

Tammy Tutterow Thank You Card designed by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Let the Words do the Talking Challenge 04When I was happy with the background, I stamped the image with Jet Black Archival In.  Then i got out my Tattered Rose, Bundled Sage and Tumbled Glass Distress Re-Inkers and a water brush to add the water color layer to my background.  And….I had fun!

For some reason, I seem to have the best success at coloring when I work with a water brush and re-inkers.  I’ve tried all kinds of distress mediums for water color, but I’m never happy with the result.  I shaded the left hand side of the heart, colored in the flowers, ribbons and flowers and added some splotches of water color over the master board background.  Then I used  a white Sharpie Paint Pen to add white highlights to the colored image.

Tammy Tutterow Thank You Card designed by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Let the Words do the Talking Challenge 05Finally, the edges were inked with Tea Dye, and each panel was machine stitched onto patterned paper from Graphic 45’s A Ladies’ Diary.  I custom dyed seam binding with Tattered Rose re-inker and added the bow and pearl button before gluing onto a pearl card base.

This is a different look for me…much simpler, and all the layering is in the ink instead of in the paper.  The finished product was so soft and feminine that it made my heart very happy. No two cards in the batch are exactly the same, which is really really fun.

I hope you’ll play along in this challenge.  Just create a vintage or shabby chic project where you Let the Words Do the Talking and link it up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:55PM on June 14th.  The F&F design team will pay you a visit on your blog, say lovely things and choose a winner.  The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT 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. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team.

I can’t wait to see what you make!  And thanks…from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to stop by today!

Cheerio,

kathy

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It’s Hip to Be Square Challenge at F&F

Feeling Groovy Card for It’s Hip to Be Square Challenge at Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog

Hello, Friends!  Get out your sunglasses and bell bottoms and put some flowers in your hair, because it’s time for the It’s Hip to be Square Challenge at the Frilly & Funkie Challenge Blog. Cec is our hostess this time around and here’s what she says about this fun challenge:

Let’s go retro and make a square project influenced by the brighter colours and/or images of the hippie era of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.  Think psychedelic, paisley, peace and vintage rock and roll. 

Oh, this one is right in my wheelhouse, because that was my era!  I remember the neon colors, paisley prints and funky fashion like it was yesterday.  With that in mind, I worked up this little 6×6 placard and titled it “Feeling Groovy.”

It's Hip to Be Square Challenge Frilly & Funkie 01I had loads and loads of good inky fun creating this retro piece.  I started with a 5″ square of watercolor paper that I spritzed and embossed with a paisley Spellbinder’s embossing folder.  I pulled Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron and Carved Pumpkin Distress Inks out and went to work on adding the psychedelic colors of that era that I remember so very well.

It's Hip to Be Square Challenge Frilly & Funkie 02I smooshed the inks onto my craft mat, spritzed them with water until they beaded up then pressed my watercolor paper into the lovely inky puddles, drying each layer as I went along.  After several layers of ink were applied and I was happy with the colors, I rubbed my ink pads lightly across the embossed portions of the card to bring out the raised edges.  Then everything was spritzed with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist.  I stitched the background onto black card, and double matted it with shocking pink and gold metallic card.

It's Hip to Be Square Challenge Frilly & Funkie 03Flower Power is a phrase I remember well, so I had to add some pretty hand made posies to the design.  Using Heartfelt Creations Majestic Morning and Delightful Daisy cling stamps and dies (new to the Funkie Junkie Boutique!  How exciting!) I created these brilliant blooms.  I added flower soft and Prima Flower Centers and I really like how the black grounds the blooms and makes them pop off the page.  I painted the petals with Glossy Accents when they were finished.

It's Hip to Be Square Challenge Frilly & Funkie 04“Butterflies are free” was a poster almost every teen had on her wall, so I had to add one to this composition.  Again, I used Heartfelt Creations dies that Linda is now carrying in her boutique.  This one was stamped, embossed and dipped into the same inky puddle as the background.  I used an Ideology pen nib for the butterfly body.   My sentiment is from Wendy Vecchi’s new Blooming Art stamp set, also in the shop.  Oh, and I had to add some crocheted lace, because nearly every girl I know got married in a dress that had crocheted lace somewhere…including this girl! I die cut a mini easel from chipboard and glued it to the back of the placard so that it can stand on its own.

And now the real fun begins, because YOU get to play along in this wonderful challenge! Just link up your own It’s Hip to be Square project on the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog. The winner will earn the chance to serve as Guest Designer 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. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because choosing just one winner is so hard!

Be sure to check out the Frilly & Funkie Blog for even more inspiration for this fun It’s Hip to be Square challenge.  I can’ t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by,

Cheerio,

kathy