Crafty Secrets Pajama Party!

Crafty Secrets January 2015 Linky 02Crafty Secrets Pajama Party and Linky Party Tutorial

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Hello Friends!  Welcome to the very first Crafty Secrets Linky party of 2015!  This is not just any Linky Party, though…it’s a Crafty Secrets Pajama Party! The design team has come together to showcase a darling new digital stamp set: Bedtime Kids.

This jumbo download has an amazing array of 55 stamps and sentiments, all featuring cutie pie kids in their jammies.  Here’s a peek at these sweet stamps:

bedtime-kids-part-2-w-pricesI thought and thought and thought about what I wanted to share with you this month for my project and tutorial, and finally decided that I loved the “Keep Calm and Keep Your Jammies On” sentiment so much that I wanted to feature it.  So, I made this 8″ x 10″ altered clipboard.

Kathy by Design Altered Clipboard/Crafty Secrets

Kathy by Design Altered Clipboard for Crafty Secrets

Here’s the tutorial so you can make one of these yourself:

1.  Gather your materials.  I found this clipboard while cleaning out the Closet of Shame.  I printed the digital Rose Swirls papers onto 80# text paper.  I printed two copies of  the trio of cute girls onto watercolor paper, sizing them to about 4.5″ in Paintshop Pro. One of them was die cut with a Spellbinders’ die, and the other was fussy cut.  I printed the SNOW bingo card from the Creating with Retro Christmas CD, and then cut off the “snow” border at the top.   I used the “Keep Calm” stamp but printed in chalkboard style…which I will explain in the next step.

CS January tute 012.  To print the chalkboard sign, I opened the stamp image using my Paintshop Pro program, then sized the image to 4″ x 5.5″.  From the menu, I selected the “image” tab and then scrolled down until I found the “negative” option.  Next, I opened the black chalkboard paper and sized it to 5″ square.  Going back to my  Keep Calm stamp, I copied it in the “Edit” tab.  I went back to the chalkboard paper, clicked on the “Edit” button and pasted the stamp as a new selection onto the chalkboard paper.  Then I just printed it out onto canvas textured paper, trimmed it and backed it with a black linen paper.  I rubbed a little white pigment ink onto the surface to give it a true chalkboard feel.  And that, as they say, is that!

Crafty Secrets January 2015 Linky 03Next, I prepared my clipboard, which is the second part of this tutorial.

CS January tute 02I used two shades of Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Tumbled Glass and Broken China.  I painted just the outer edges of the clipboard, as the center would be covered up.  I dried each layer, and when the surface was completely dry, I began the process of adding the stenciled on texture paste.

CS January tute 03I clipped my stencil under the handy clip on the edge of the clipboard.  Remember…we are just adding the texture paste to the outer edge of the clipboard.  I work on a non-stick craft sheet for this type of “messy” crafting, but if you don’t have one, you can use an old brown paper bag.  But I don’t recommend that you work directly on your desktop, as this is messy!

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This is the texture paste I used, and you can see my “fancy” applicator…it’s an old credit card.  And it works great for this process.

CS January tute 05I scooped out some texture paste onto my craft sheet, then I “scribbled” a gold Gelato stick directly onto the sheet.  I used the edge of the card to mix the texture paste in with the gelato, and I had gold glitter texture paste in about 30 seconds.

CS January tute 06I was unable to take photos of this process, because you need both hands to work, but basically, you pick up some texture paste with your applicator and swipe it over the top of the stencil, smoothing it out as you go, and making sure you have completely filled the space.  Then, carefully lift your stencil straight up to remove it from the work surface.  Don’t slide it, or you’ll smear the stenciled shape.  Then, move the stencil and repeat the process until the entire area is covered.  I did clean off the back of my stencil a couple of times to prevent smears. Let the paste dry completely.  Overnight is good.  Then, ink up the edges with some Vintage Photo Distress ink to finish this part of the process.

Crafty Secrets January 2015 Linky 02From this point, I just began to layer on my elements.  I distressed and inked the edges of my papers and began to layer them onto the board, glueing them down with Aleene’s tacky glue.  I die cut some of Tim’s Tattered Florals, and layered them together, inking the edges with chalk ink.  I filled the centers with hot glue and some glass beads.  The leaves are a Heartfelt Creations die.  I also die cut Tim’s Crescent moon and stars die from black linen paper, then painted them with Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles.

Crafty Secrets January 2015 Linky 04I downloaded and printed the FREE Crafty Secrets 2015 calendar.  I cut it into squares, stacked it and stapled it onto a black linen cardstock base.  It is held on with the clip, so that I can change it out when 2016 rolls around!  I added some Scrabble letter tiles to remind me to relax every now and again…and spend the day in my jammies!  The finishing touch is the hot pink shimmer satin bow.  I watercolored the adorable pajama girl trio with watercolor pencils.  I find that if I heat the printed image before coloring, I have less trouble with the ink bleeding.

Kathy by Design for Crafty Secrets

Kathy by Design altered clipboard/Crafty Secrets Bedtime Kids

You can print these images to be really large, and I did some extras that I am going to turn into paper dolls for the grand girls to play with.  The larger size would work really well with paper piecing, too.

Now, go visit the rest of the design team blogs below and be sure to leave them some love.  Then, link up your own Crafty Secrets project on the BLOG and you could win the entire Bedtime Kids Stamp Set!  We’ve loaded a free image from the set into this month’s Linky Party post as our way of thanking you for playing along.  You can download the image and use it in your Linky Party project, or use one of the FREE PRINTABLES found on the blog page.  The rules are simple: Just create a NEW project featuring Crafty Secrets, and link it up on the Crafty Secrets blog before midnight Pacific Time on Sunday, January 18th.  

Darlene ♥ Diane ♥ Elizabeth ♥ Gloria (on vacation this month) ♥ Melody

Michele ♥ ShantaieSheila

I’ve had a sneaky peek of these projects, and I know you are gonna love them!

So, go get your craft on…and I can’t wait to see what you create!




19 thoughts on “Crafty Secrets Pajama Party!

  1. Sandy

    Hi Kathy, thanks so much for hosting the party. Your Project turned out amazing! Very cool stars, colors, the lace, it all looks fabulous! Sandy from Mexico

  2. frougirl3

    1st let me swoon over those stars!!!! {swoon} what a great way to use one of your stashed items and turn it into something so fun!

  3. Sheila Rumney

    Kathy, what an adorable project! Love all the details and layers. It is such a treat to read your comments… makes my heart happy and blessing my day. You are the sweetest! Thanks dear friend!

  4. Birgit

    Sweet, sweet, sweet! What an adorable altered clipboard! I’d love to stay in my jammies all day long in my crafty space, sounds like good advice to me. 😉 You certainly do have an eye for detail. Your projects are always perfectly thought out and well executed. Lovely work, my friend!

  5. Elaine

    Oh my, What beautiful stamps, and your fantastic creation took my breath away , Thank you for sharing and for the Tutorial .

  6. Robin

    Kathy – what a beautiful project! I love the starry, starry night background and all the flowers and the doily – oh, my! I’m so glad you included a tutorial because I want to try my hand using pastes to create texture this year. A perfect post, my friend!

  7. Diane Hover

    Am amazing project and tutorial….and like I have told you before, you have the best eye for all the fun details…always, always stunning work and always always inspires me to create. You did a fabulous job with your project and also with the team blog post…wow…I am so proud to be part of this group!!

  8. smithgfb

    Love your project! Really great techniques and I love the sentiment. Days like these cold days we are having make me want to stay in my pj’s!

  9. elizabeth lincoln

    Thanks so much for your leadership and inspiration Kathy. First let me commend you on a blog well written and interesting. While we are all completing our projects there is you having to do a complete Heartwarming blog as well as a project and your own blog. Now to your creation: First glance I was all over the starry background thinking “how did she get that raised texture” and when I saw how you did it I was thrilled as I just got a jar of that paste for Christmas from my daughter (she always finds the neatest stuff). One of my two 2015 resolutions is to get more into mixed media and you are the shining star (no project pun intended LOL). Just watch me glue my fingers together and get news print stuck in my hair.

  10. Pattie Jns

    WOW!! Kathy, this is super. The images are really vintage looking. Love the whole project. I never do digital but sure like the images. thanks for the tutorial.

  11. Anita Houston

    WOW…you little mixed media lady you! I did not know you could mix gelatos with embossing paste…THANKS for that!!! I love the effect, and especially the moon and stars. Was that done the same way? Gorgeous creation!!! And Happy New Year!!!

  12. Kai Ramos

    Thanks for the tutorial. Just right up what I wanted since I want to try using pastes this year!

  13. Darlene Pavlick

    Absolutely FABULOUS my friend! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas/technique on your tutorial … I always learn something new from you! Beautiful altered art Kathy! Thanks again for being my inspiration and my friend! You’re doing an AMAZING job of leading the team! YOU GO GIRL!! What a great start to the New Year!!!

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