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Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady Generations Layout

Petaloo/Creative Embellishments Blog Hop: Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady Generations Layout

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready to hop?  I’m participating in the Petaloo International/Creative Embellishments Blog Hop that is going on from April 1st-April 11th.  Be sure to pop over to the Petaloo  and Creative Embellishments Blogs and leave a comment during these dates, as there are some wonderful prize packages available,My contribution to the party is this Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady “Generations” Layout.

I used the Portrait of a Lady 12×12 Patterns and Solids paper along with some scraps, an ephemera card and a whole garden full of beautiful Petaloo flowers to make this layout.  As you can see from the photo, I  was in the mood to get messy. You’ll find lots of distressed edges, paint spatters, dry brushing and embossing in this mixed media layout.

Chips:  They’re addictive!

Just like potato chips, I find that chipboard elements are positively addictive!  For this layout, I decided to use the “generations” title from the Heritage Words Set and a Curly Flourish.  Chips are a great way to add texture, dimension and layers to any project!


To prepare my chips for the layout, I followed these steps:

  1. Paint the surface with Tattered Rose Distress Ink.  Dry
  2. Add fairly thick blobs of Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint on top.  Let this dry naturally, or your paint won’t crackle well.
  3. Tap the chipboard with Versamark Embossing ink and sprinkle with Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel.
  4. Heat set.

It’s really just that simple! Here’s a close-up of the “generations” title.

I also painted a little Prima garden sink with Tattered Rose Distress ink.  Don’t these Pink Darjeeling Petites look darling tucked into the sink with the Portrait of a Lady chipboard?

Ooh-la-la!  Flower Clusters!

Just look at these gorgeous flower clusters!  If you really want to create a visual impact, cluster several flowers together in little bouquets.  These showy mini bouquets are made with a combination of Darjeeling Cream Anemones with Darjeeling Pink Petites and Botanica Soft Pink Mini Blooms.

Here’s the view from the opposite side of the page.

To keep with the shabby chic vibe of this layout, I dry brushed Tattered Rose Distress Paint onto this Prima resin frame.  Next, while the paint was still wet, I sprinkled it with Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel and heat set it.

Do you use chipboard in your crafting? What’s your favorite way to alter it?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Visit the Petaloo Blog all this week for more chippie inspiration and don’t forget to comment so you can win one of the wonderful prize packs.

Thanks for stopping by!





An Elegant Lady Layout : Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady

Remembering Mom with An Elegant Lady Layout: Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady

Hello, G-45’ers!  Today’s post is very dear to my heart, as it is all about my mom.  If you’ve followed my blog for a while, then you know that my mom was my personal hero.  The minute I laid eyes on Graphic 45’s Portrait of a Lady collection, I knew I would be creating this elegant lady layout using one of my favorite photos of her.

My Mom: An Elegant Lady

The minute I laid eyes on Portrait of a Lady, I knew I would be creating a project featuring this vintage photo of my mom.  This is her graduation portrait, taken in 1939, and I love to see the bright smile, compassionate eyes and hopeful expression that this photo captures.  

Elegant Lady Layout by Kathy Clement with Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady Photo 1

She loved the roses in her flower gardens, and I can still see her coaxing them to grow and blossom in spite of the hard clay soil.  Pink was her favorite color, so she would have loved the beautiful images and patterns in this gorgeous collection.

You’ve Been Framed!

Elegant Lady Layout by Kathy Clement with Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady Photo 2

To make this photo of mom stand out, I framed it with the Tim Holtz Ornate Frame die.  You can create a dimensional frame like this one with ease:

  • Find an old shipping box.  Priority mail boxes are great!
  • Flatten the box and cut into smaller pieces.
  • Cut a piece of the corrugate material with your favorite frame die.
  • Die cut a piece of designer paper with the same die.
  • Ink the edges with Walnut Stain Distress ink.
  • Use the open center of the frame to trace around your photo.  Trim this out and place it behind the designer paper frame.
  • Glue the designer paper frame to the corrugate frame.  Voila! Dimensional designer frame!
Tear Some Paper!

Elegant Lady Layout by Kathy Clement with Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady Photo 3

To create interesting paper layers, I combined punched paper layers with torn paper layers.  Tear the paper away from you if you don’t want a white edge.  Tear it toward you if you do.  Either way, ink the individual layers so that they will stand out.

Sharpen Your Scissors

Elegant Lady Layout by Kathy Clement with Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady Photo 4

This collection lends itself to layers of fussy cut images and roses.  To save time, I did all my fussy cutting before I began this project. All the edges are inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  I used bits of chipboard scraps or foam tabs to create lots of depth and dimension.

Don’t be afraid to use your own handwriting on journal cards, even if you don’t particularly care for the way it looks.  Not only does it personalize the project, but your children and grandchildren will cherish having something written in your own hand.

Custom Color and Paint Spatters

Elegant Lady Layout by Kathy Clement with Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady Photo 5

I adore these Petaloo Botanica Blossoms, but the color was not quite a perfect match for the pinks in this paper.  This is easily fixed!  Just spray with mist or glimmer in a shade that works.  I tested several sprays out on scrap paper, and settled on Tattered Angels Rich in Mocha.

Elegant Lady Layout by Kathy Clement with Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady Photo 6

To add a shabby, vintage feel to the layout, you can spatter it with white paint.  Thin acrylic paint with water, pick it up with your paint brush and tap the end.  I love the spatters on this Champagne Silky Crush Ribbon!  You can spatter metal embellishments just like I did on this ornate key hole.

I hope I’ve shared some ideas that inspire you in your creative time.  If  you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comment section below, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Thanks for stopping by!



Supply List

Please note:  I will provide links whenever possible, but some items have been in my personal stash for a long time, and are no longer available online.  Substitute when necessary.

Portrait of a Lady 12×12 Collection:



Creativity Takes Courage Layout

 Please scroll down to find my post for the RRR Blog Hop, or click HERE.
My First Official Graphic 45 2016 Design Team Project: Creativity Takes Courage

Hello, Friends!  Oh, what an exciting day it is today!  I get to share my very first official project as a member of the 2016 Graphic 45 design team!   Somebody pinch me! I can hardly believe that little ole me is being featured on the G45 blog right this very moment.  Wooo-hooo! My first assignment was to create a project that describes me as a designer and to include a photo of myself.  Since Typography is my all time number one most favorite G45 collection of all times, I created this Creativity Takes Courage layout to share with you here today.

Creativity Takes Courage Layout Typography Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1Ladies and Gents, this is me on a page.  Lots of layers? Check! Gorgeous color?  Check! Details, details, details?  Check, check, check!  Beautiful flowers?  Check! Fabulous ribbon?  You bet! A little bit of grunge/steampunk vibe? Oh, yeah!  A hidden pocket/interactive element?  Yup.  I think this creativity takes courage layout covers all those bases and then some. What do you think?

I created a Snapguide tutorial so you could follow the process of how I put this one together.


Check out How to Create a Graphic 45 Typography Mixed Media Layout by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

And here are some detail shots:

Creativity Takes Courage Layout, Typography, Tutorial by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2Love the way the colors in the ribbon, Petaloo flowers and peacock feathers play with the colors in this paper collection.  Color me happy!

Creativity Takes Courage Layout, Typography, Tutorial by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 7Tell your story:  I cut out the inner portion of this Typography frame and inserted my photo here.  I changed out the stamps to reflect the fact that the year is 2016 (top right corner), it was my 3rd audition for the team (Left hand side) and I made the G45 team (below the photo). See that pic?  That’s why I’m grinning like a happy sap!

Creativity Takes Courage Layout, Typography, Tutorial by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 6A little bit of grunge made its way into the layout with these old paintbrushes bundled together as an embellishment, and in the ink spatters on the page.  I also included a little banner flag with the title of the layout.  I had to dig my  Brave Boots out of the Closet of Shame and put them on to go for a spot on the team for the 3rd time, and I am so glad I did!

Creativity Takes Courage Layout, Typography, Tutorial by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 5Here’s the interactive detail.  That Staples tag pulls out from behind the page.

Creativity Takes Courage G45 09 Creativity Takes Courage G45 11I agree wholeheartedly with these sentiments, and “Imagine” is one of my favorite words in the English language!

Creativity Takes Courage Layout, Typography, Tutorial by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 4Finally, I had to throw in a little altered art/embossing to make this piece really reflect my style.  The Staples key was painted blue, and the GSL chipboard was painted, heat embossed and tapped with paint.

This is the best dream I’ve ever had, so please don’t wake me up!  Graphic 45 is welcoming me to the team on their company blog today, and they are also sharing 3 of my all time favorite creations in addition to this layout, so if you are interested, you can pop on over there and take a peek.

Thanks again for being on this journey with me!  You are the best traveling companions in the world!







Love is in the Air for Frilly and Funkie Challenge

Love is in the Air: Graphic 45 Mon Amour Layout

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another great challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. Zoe is our hostess this time around, and the theme she chose is Love is in the Air.  How perfect for this time of year.  Here are Zoe’s guidelines for this challenge:

Create a vintage or shabby chic project with love as the central theme. Think hearts, cupid, love and romance in whatever colour palette your heart desires.

The Design 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.

Love is in the Air

I pulled out my Graphic 45 Mon Amour papers and created a 12 x 12 layout that fairly oozes with romance.

Love is in the air challenge Frilly Funkie 02I created lots of layers by fussy cutting images from the 12×12 Mon Amour paper and elevating them with foam dots.  Fussy cutting always takes me back to my childhood when I cut piles of paper dolls during the long New England winter months. The edges were all inked with Black Soot Distress Ink and a mini applicator.

Love is in the air challenge Frilly Funkie 03I encircled the main image with chipboard that was painted with Black Soot Distress Paint.  I found this lovely sentiment in my scrap drawer and doubled matted it on cardstock and then spritzed it with Tattered Rose Distress Spray. Beautiful Petaloo blooms were tucked in around the fussy cut blossoms from the paper collection.

Love is in the air challenge Frilly Funkie 04These antiqued bronze filigree ornaments were painted with Tattered Rose Distress Paint and then doused with superfine glitter while the paint was still wet.

Love is in the air challenge Frilly Funkie 05I used the same technique to transform this silver butterfly .  The wings were gently lifted to give him the appearance of being in flight.

Love is in the air challenge Frilly Funkie 01I topped everything off with a shabby chic bow made with rayon seam binding.  Adding the altered key from the Valentine embellishment kit was the perfect finishing touch.

That’s it for my Love is in the Air project.  Be sure visit the Frilly and Funkie BLOG so you can see what the rest of my Frilly teammates have prepared for you, and I do hope you will play along in the challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!





Artisan Style Shadowbox for RRR

RRRChallengeBadge“Orange You Glad It’s Autumn Challenge” Artisan Style Shadowbox

Hello, Friends!

It’s time for another great challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The theme this time around is “Orange You Glad It’s Autumn?” and you can make any kind of project you like as long as it features orange in some way with ribbon or trim.  You can get all the details on the RRR BLOG.  I chose to go “off the page” and make an Artisan Style Shadow Box using Graphic 45 papers and an 8″ x 8″ matchbox.

Kathy by Design/Artisan Style Shadowbox 01This was a challenging project for me, but I really enjoyed the process!  I layered and matted background papers from Graphic 45’s Artisan Style paper collection using foam dots to create loads of dimension.  Then I began to build my scene on the inside, using lots of flowers, fussy cut peacocks, die cut vines, real peacock feathers, altered resin embellies and incredibly GORGEOUS Vermilion Hand-Dyed Silk Ribbon from RRR.

Kathy by Design/Artisan Style Shadowbox 03This close-up shot shows all the layers and layers of Petaloo Darjeelling Flowers, Spanish Moss and dainty Mulberry Sweetheart Blossoms in two-tone orange, peach and brown. I love these little guys…they are so often the perfect pop of color on a project, and they come in a rainbow of hues.

Artisan Style Shadowbox 05I fussy cut the door image from the 12×12 paper collection, using my craft knife to cut the door open.  I painted the doors with Glossy accents to strengthen them, and added additional GA to the windows to give them a glassy finish.  Turquoise brad “door knobs” were inserted and the opening was backed with a sentiment panel from the paper collection. (Photo below.) Next, I fussy cut another pair of these incredible peacocks.  These were layered over the first pair to add even more dimension.  Dabbing them here and there with Diamond Stickles added amazing sparkle and shine.

Artisan Style Shadowbox 10I love this sentiment!  I painted a chipboard sentiment to go over the lintel, and then flanked the door with a Prima Shabby Chic resin piece and a Kaisercraft wood bird cage that I altered with paint. The dragonfly charm just seemed to fit as this collection features them in many of the prints.

Artisan Style Shadowbox 04Altering this lamp post was really fun!  It was chalk white to start with.  So I painted it first with a layer of DecoArt Copper Dazzling Metallics Paint.  When that had dried, Black Soot Distress Paint was swiped across the surface, left to dry for a couple of minutes and then rubbed away with a paper towel.  Then, I tapped it randomly with Ranger Verdigris Patina to give it that aged copper look.  The lamp panels were filled with Glossy Accents.

Artisan Style Shadowbox 09



The chipboard sentiment fit perfectly next to the lamp post, but didn’t “pop” until I added that little snippet of Vermilion Silk Ribbon and another sweetheart blossom.  I tucked a little wooden protractor behind it, too. Three jade stones were also added in the upper left hand corner.

Artisan Style Shadowbox 06Let’s talk about these vines!  For some reason, the whole time I was working on this piece I kept thinking about the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. That’s why I chose to drape these Bella Rose Leaves all along the top and sides of the shadowbox.  After they were stamped, die cut and shaped, I painted each leaf with Glossy Accents.  I love how they turned out.

Artisan Style Shadowbox 07The top of the box has a double layer of a Kaisercraft wood flourish that was painted with Black Soot Distress Paint and glued down.  They I went to work on my multi-layered, multi-loop bow tied with Vermillion Hand Dyed silk and tied with my Zutter Bow it All.  I topped this with a flaming yellow Trellis Rose that was sponged with shades of brown and orange distress ink.  It sits like a fiery crown atop this creation.

Artisan Style Shadowbox 08Now it’s your turn!  Link your “Orange You Glad It’s Autumn” project up on the RRR BLOG.  You’ll find all the details and submission dates there.

I’m also linking up this Artisan Style Shadow Box to the Frilly and Funkie Challenge “Stamps be Gone.”  No stamps were used in the creation of this shadowbox, and you can find a great deal on these Graphic 45 papers at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

And, if you’d like to purchase this Artisan Style Shadowbox, you can find it in my ETSY Shop.

Thanks for stopping by!



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