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Celebrate Spring with Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Tutorial

Celebrate Spring with Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Tutorial

Hello, G’45’ers!  When I was a little girl, I spent many happy hours reading books.  I was often sick and confined to bed, but books transported me to many magical and enchanting places.  One of my favorite childhood books was Frances Hodgson Burnette’s Secret Garden.  I loved reading how Mary and Dickon discovered and restored that secret walled garden. While they were busy digging in the dirt and growing flowers, a true friendship blossomed as well.  It’s still a favorite today, and thinking about spring always brings fond memories of this lovely tale.  Naturally, I had to break out my Graphic 45 Secret Garden Deluxe Collector’s Edition papers and create a little tribute to spring.

Don’t you just love this sentiment? “Where you tend a rose, a thistle cannot grow.”  You could build your life around wisdom like that!  The base of this album is a Graphic 45 Staples 5×7 Kraft Book Box.  I created a shaker top and then decorated with pretty trims and Petaloo Canvas Briar Roses.

Shake Things Up with a Clear Acetate Cardstock Cover

Shake up your design by adding a shaker element to the box cover.  After you create your cover design (but before you glue it to the top of the box) go all the way around the edges with foam tape.  Fill the center with sequins, buttons, glitter, or small chipboard pieces like the ones I used here.  Peel off the liner from the top of the foam tape, place the trimmed acetate on top and press the edges to seal.  I added this pretty rose trim around the edges to finish everything off.

It’s very hard to photograph anything that is covered in clear acetate, but I gave it my best effort!  Those are real lavender buds inside the acetate along with sequins and small chips from the collection .

Altering Metal Staples

I wanted the album to have a real shabby chic feel, so I painted all my Graphic 45 Metal Staples with a coat of “Whisper” Chalk paint from Americana Decor.  When the first layer dried, I tapped the raised edges with Tattered Rose Distress Paint to create custom shabby chic metal accents. Then you can fill the piece with pretty flowers as I did here.

Or tuck a word inside the label holder as I did here. The spine is decorated with fussy cut images from the collection, Petaloo Sage Vintage Velvet Hydrangea and some vintage buttons from my stash.

The box is held shut with a 1.5″ Ivory Crushed Satin Ribbon and bow.   Would you like to see what’s inside?

I thought you might!  Just as Mary’s Secret Garden was hidden behind an old wall, this sweet little tag album is hidden inside the box.  It’s loaded with fold out pages, tiny folios, pull tabs and all kinds of wonderment.

Inside the front cover of the album, I created a pocket that I filled with sweet springtime greeting card.

Oh, how I love this collection!

Secret Garden Tag Album on YouTube

Rather than fill the blog up with dozens of photos, I prepared a very short 3 minute video that you can watch.

Snapguide Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Tutorial

As you saw in the video, the tag album is loaded with lots of fun fold outs and inserts.  I thought you might enjoy learning how I made the tag album, so I prepared a SnapGuide tutorial for you.

Check out How to Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Insert by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

How to Make the Secret Garden Card

If you’d like to make the sweet card that is tucked in the front pocket of the album, I also prepared a SnapGuide Tutorial showing you how to build those layers and create the card.
Check out How to Quick & Easy Secret Garden Card W/Graphic 45 by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Secret Garden Tag Album Supply List

I hope I’ve brought a little springtime into your life today!

Thanks for stopping by!







New Year’s Inspiration with Frilly and Funkie

New Year’s Inspiration Challenge at Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Don’t you just love the start of a new year?  It’s like writing on a fresh page in a new journal…all filled with promise and full of wonderful expectations.  For our first  Frilly and Funkie challenge of 2017, the theme is New Year’s Inspiration.  Here’s what Linda, the owner of the Funkie Junkie Boutique has to say about this challenge:

New Years Inspiration
At the start of each New Year so many of us make plans and set goals for the futures. So for this challenge we want you to create a vintage or shabby chic project depicting what you are inspired to do/achieve in 2017.

The team will choose their top 4 picks with the winner being invited to join us for  Guest Designer spot on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. Three additional participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into a random drawing for a $25 shopping spree at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Nature Sketchbook Easel Card

I gave this challenge theme a lot of thought, and I had about a hundred different ideas in about as many different directions.  But I finally settled upon this rather simple Nature Sketchbook Easel Card because the sentiment really spoke to me.

2016 was a real roller coaster of a year loaded with all kinds of highs and lows.  We endured the stress of having our house on the market, selling our house…and having the contract fall through 3 times before we finally found a buyer who took it to the finish line.  Then there was the stress of sorting through all our “stuff” and downsizing so that we could fit into our cozy new home.  I had to get my new studio arranged in such a way that I could find a good work flow.  I also had to remember where I’d put everything.  (Labels save the day!)

In May, I learned that I had won a spot on the Graphic 45 Design Team, and that was a wonderful celebration as well as a new learning curve. And, on top of it all, Dale had ongoing health issues.  There were lots of sweet happy times mixed in with not so fun challenging times.  I found myself to be busier than I’ve been in years.  I got tired.  Exhausted, really. And my creativity began to wane.  It all just felt like WORK.  So. Much. Work.

Happiness is a Butterfly

I think that’s why this sentiment spoke to me.  The whole idea of sitting down quietly…developing a quiet spirit in the midst of all kinds of hubbub…and then creating from that place…that is my goal for 2017.  Making time to sit quietly and just BE.

Anyone who creates knows that you must feed your spirit in order to maintain a flow of creativity and inspiration.  I want to remember to take the time to do that in the coming year.  I’m hopeful that if I keep this card on my desk, it will remind me to sit quietly and reflect on all that I am thankful for in this beautiful mess we call life.

These fragile butterflies will remind me that in order to soar, I have to spend some time resting my mind and my spirit as I focus on the beauty of the life that surrounds me. And I have to remember to rest (and exercise!) my body in order to stay healthy and strong.

That about sums it up.  But I’d love to hear from you.  What are YOU inspired to do/achieve in 2017?  If you’d like, you can share it with me in the comment section below.  I’m hoping you’ll be inspired to join in on this fun challenge, and link up on the Frilly and Funkie blog.  You’ll find all the necessary details HERE.

Thanks so much for letting me share my thoughts with you here today!



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Bountiful Harvest Altered Shadowbox Frame Tutorial

 A Place in Time Bountiful Harvest Altered Shadowbox Frame Tutorial for Frilly and Funkie

Hello Friends!  Thanksgiving is my very favorite holiday of the year. So I was thrilled to learn that our hostess, Nancy, chose the  theme  Bountiful Harvest for the latest challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  I went rummaging through the Closet of Shame and pulled together this and that to make this vintage Bountiful Harvest Altered Shadowbox Frame.  Let’s see what Nancy has to say about this challenge.

Bountiful Harvest
Create any vintage or shabby chic project celebrating the bounty of the season in the rich hues of Autumn.

Graphic 45 A Place in Time and Tammy Tutterow Posie Stamps and Dies

bountiful-harvest-altered-shadowbox-frame-tutorial-for-frilly-and-funkie-kathy-clement-photo-1I found this wooden shadowbox frame in the clearance bin at Michaels.  It measures about 7.25″ wide by 9.25″ tall with a generous depth of 1.25″.  That gave me lots and lots of room to create this  pretty Thanksgiving vignette.

I used some fun mixed media techniques to give the frame this tree bark appearance.  The flowers were such fun to design with Tammy’s Stamps and dies.  If you have bits and pieces of the original Place in time calendar papers languishing in your Closet of Shame, this is a great way to use them up.  You’ll learn how I did it in the Snapguide tutorial below.

How to Create a Bountiful Harvest Altered Shadowbox Frame Snapguide Tutorial

Check out How to Place in Time Altered Shadowbox Thanksgiving Frame by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Here are some pretty pictures to inspire you.







bountiful-harvest-altered-shadowbox-frame-tutorial-for-frilly-and-funkie-kathy-clement-photo-5Come Join the Fun!

Now it’s YOUR turn to create a vintage or shabby chic Bountiful Harvest project celebrating the hues and colors of Autumn!  When you’ve done so, link it up at the Frilly & Funkie Blog.  Be sure to pop over there today to get inspired by the other designer projects, and to find out the dates and details for this challenge.

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

Sound good?  I thought so!

Thanks for joining me here today!  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.



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Going Round in Circles with Halloween in Wonderland

Going Round in Circles with Halloween in Wonderland for Frilly and Funkie

Hello Friends!  It’s time for another wonderful challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  This time around the lovely Sue is our hostess and she has set the theme Going Round in Circles.  Here’s what she has to say about this challenge:

Challenge Theme: Going round in circles – Including circles in my projects is one of my favourite things to do, so for this challenge I want to see circles, lots of circles, not just one ! Stencilled, stamped or even a circular project such as a wreath !

Circular elements really do add a lot of visual interest to a project.  With Halloween peeking around the corner, I pulled out my Graphic 45 Deluxe Collector’s Edition of Halloween in Wonderland and started going round in circles!

halloween-in-wonderland-card-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-for-frilly-and-funkie-going-round-in-circles-challenge-product-by-graphic-45-photo7Let’s see how many different ways I’m Going Round in Circles

  1. The focal image is a circle
  2. Circular frame around the focal miage
  3. Background paper and ribbon both have polka dots
  4. My embossed background has a circular motif
  5.  White Rabbit’s pocket watch is a circle
  6. The 2 O’s in BOO are both circular
  7. Spiderwebs in the black ribbon have a circular shape.

Yes, indeed…I think this card is definitely going round in circles!

Fun with Grit Paste


The most fun I had in making this card was adding the stenciled background.  I don’t have a lot of stencils, but I found this one from Dreamweaver’s in my stash.  Since I had just procured some Distress Grit paste, I was anxious to have a play with it.


I added some Aged Purple Embossing Powder to the grit paste while it was still wet, and then heat embossed it to create a spooky Halloween sky.  Then I die cut gold glitter paper using Tim’s Crescent Moon and Stars die .


halloween-in-wonderland-card-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-for-frilly-and-funkie-going-round-in-circles-challenge-product-by-graphic-45-photo-1A Peek Inside

halloween-in-wonderland-card-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-for-frilly-and-funkie-going-round-in-circles-challenge-product-by-graphic-45-photo-6I added a pocket and ephemera card to the inside.  Plenty of room here to write a little note or tuck in a Halloween treat.

Now it’s YOUR turn!  Create your own vintage or shabby chic project that follows the theme Going Round in Circles and link it up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before midnight on Tuesday, October 4th.

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 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.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!



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Children’s Hour Altered Notebook and Card

  Frilly & Funkie Friday Focus on Graphic 45

Children’s Hour Altered Notebook and Card

Children's Hour Altered Notebook and Card, Children's Hour, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Friday Focus, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 1Hello, Friends!

I’m excited to be sharing the Friday Focus on Graphic 45 over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog today.  I’m sharing the details on this  Children’s Hour Altered Notebook and card, along with a Snapguide tutorial.  I hope you’ll pop on over and say hello to me there.

The big news is that ALL Graphic 45 products are ON SALE at the Funkie Junkie Boutique!  For the next two weeks you’ll get an additional 15% off Graphic 45 goodies on top of Linda’s regular discount prices!  This sale is too good to miss, and I had to let all my crafty friends in on the news!

Happy Shopping!  See you over at the Frilly and Funkie blog!





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