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Maritime Sea Fever Album for 7 Gypsies

Hello, Friends!

I’m really excited to be sharing my Maritime Sea Fever album today on the Canvas Corp/7 Gypsies blog.  You all know how much I love the beach, so this album is near and dear to my heart.

Maritime "Sea Fever" Journal/Kathy by Design

Maritime “Sea Fever” Journal/Kathy by Design

 

Because we live fairly close to the beautiful North Carolina beaches, we visit as often as we can, to walk along the sand, soak up the sun, listen to the surf and let our spirits be refreshed and revived. We find all kinds of treasures along the way, and I thought it would be nice to create a little journal to write down memories and a poem about the sea. The cover is decorated with some of our favorite treasures: wood, shells, sand, bits of sea grass…all the things we love about the shore. I hope you’ll feel the serenity and freedom of the sea as you peruse the pages of this hand bound journal. Come walk with me beside the sea….

Here is what you will need to create your own Maritime Sea Fever album.

I started with a 14″ x 6″ piece of medium weight chipboard that came in some packaging I had. After scoring at 6″ and 7″, I creased the chipboard to form the book cover, then trimmed away any excess so that the front and back covers were even in size. Next, I cut a piece of canvas that was 1″ larger than the chipboard cover on all sides. I misted this with Crushed Shells Glimmer Mist and stitched it directly to the chipboard base using my “messy stitching” technique. I cut a 4″ square of ivory burlap, misted it with Crushed Shells Glimmer Mist, fringed the sides and adhered it to the front cover using Scor-Tape. I trimmed the corners of the canvas, covered the inside edges of my album with Scor-tape and then folded the canvas onto the inside of the cover.

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The white cardstock was embossed with Spellbinder’s “Shell Beauty” 3-D M-bossabilities folder. I inked the debossed side of the folder with the Distress Inks, one color at a time, then spritzed the paper with Crushed Shells Glimmer Mist to add that “fresh from the ocean” shine. I used the mini ephemera, rope trim, Maritime Charms, and found items to embellish the cover. The turtle charm from the Maritime Charms was painted with White High Impact Metallic Paint.

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This rusty clip was created with the TA Rusty Bare Metals Paint System. It was originally bright green, so I just love the total transformation that occurred when I added layer after layer of mist.

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The inside cover liner was created with the 8×8 Maritime Paper Pad. I added Maritime Journal pages, journal cards, ephemera and stamped lots of beachy images using the Under the Sea Stamp set from 7 Gypsies. The page edges were inked, and the pages themselves were spritzed, painted or drawn on with Crushed Shells Glimmer Mist.

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I cut 6 sheets of kraft cardstock in half, scored them at 6″ on the long side then stitched them together up the middle to create the journal pages. These were glued into the spine, then tied with natural white twisted hemp rope. I hand wrote lines from John Masefield’s beautiful poem, “Sea Fever” throughout the book, leaving lots of room for photos and journaling.

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The small stamps and torn edges make this book feel like it just came out of an old sea chest.

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The white pigment ink stamped onto the natural kraft paper let’s the stamp designs stand out beautifully.
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Adding mini ephemera pieces to various pages gives just the right touch.Natural Nautical Journal CCB 12a

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Create a pocket using the 5″x7″ journal pages and slip in ephemera and the smaller journal pages in place.

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Adding touches of nature to your book like this found leaf.

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The B&W Maritime Tags are the perfect starting place to add color, distress or mist to make them match your project. The vintage nautical art pieces are transformed to match the neutral colors in the book.

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Creating a tattered, worn album like this is easy when you have such inspirational products to work with. I think I used just about every item in the Maritime collection from 7 Gypsies in putting this together. And I can’t wait to add our family memories to the pages.

Wishing you sand between your toes and a shell in your pocket!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Crafty Secrets April 2015 Linky Party

Crafty Secrets and Really Reasonable Ribbon: A Perfect Match!

NOTE:  If you are looking for my April Blog Candy Event, please scroll down!  Thanks!

Welcome to the Crafty Secrets April 2015 Linky Party! We are excited to be partnering with Really Reasonable Ribbon  in this fun cross-promotional event that we are calling “Anything Goes with Ribbon.”

Really Reasonable Ribbon sponsored the Crafty Secrets Design team this month, giving us the beautiful April Ribbon Club Collection of Ribbons to add to our projects.

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I chose to alter a little shadowbox tray for my project, and I have a tutorial showing you how to make the little banner, too.

Craft Secrets April 2015 Linky Party 01I worked with one of the darling Solo Trays from Canvas Corp Brands.  These measure about 6″ square.  I printed the Happy Thoughts paper from the Vintage Typography CD to 8″ square and trimmed the top portion with the sentiment to fit inside the largest box of the tray. That’s one of the big benefits of working with digital…being able to print out a paper that fits the size of your project!  I fussy cut the bird from the paper, inked the edges with Vintage photo and layered him on top of the background with a double row of foam dots.

Crafty Secrets April 2015 Linky Party 02Inside the top portion, I cut squares from the Birds and Blossoms Creative Scraps to fit, and then layered some little stickers on top of them.  This is easy, right? Next, I ran 1/4″ Scor-Tape all around the top edge of my tray.  Then I added the gorgeous Roses with Scalloped Edge Aqua Ribbon on top of that layer.  It was the exact shade of aqua to work with all my papers, now isn’t that nice?

Crafty Secrets April 2015 Linky Party 02aNext, Spanish Moss was glued in place, then a whole host of pretty Prima and Petaloo flowers followed.  I added in a pretty little Prima bird nest that I found in my stash, and a piece of star anise, too.  I love the shape and texture that added to the mix.  A couple of stamps from Birds and Blossoms, and a tiny little pocket watch were added to the mix.  I topped it all off with a gorgeous bow tied with Light Coral Satin Ribbon.   I just love these spring colors…they make me think of sherbet…and that is a good thing!

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I was pretty happy with this creation, but I felt it needed just a little finishing touch.  So I decided to make a banner.  I printed off an 8″ square piece of the beautiful Rose Diamonds Paper and in no time flat, I had a banner for my altered tray.  Here’s how I made it!

April 2015 Linky Party TutorialPrint off the paper sized at 8″ square.

April 2015 Linky Party Tutorial01Cut out the individual diamond shapes and ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

April 2015 Linky Party Tutorial02Fold each diamond shape in half to form a triangle. Twist two strands of Natural Jute String together.  Fold in half and tie a knot on each end.  You want it to match the width of your tray when you are finished.

April 2015 Linky Party Tutorial03Lay the triangles over the prepared twine so that you can glue the triangle tips shut.  Then hot glue onto the sides of your tray, or card or layout…whatever you are making!  Easy, Right?

Crafty Secrets shared some awesome goodies with the design team at RRR, and they will be featuring those projects on the Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG from April 3rd through April 11th, so you will want to pop over for even more inspiration from the RRR Design team.

To play along, simply create any project that features Crafty Secrets products and add ribbon or trim to your project. You do not have to use Really Reasonable Ribbon to play along, any ribbon or trim will do.

To thank you for playing along, we have selected a pretty digital paper and a fun seasonal image that you can download.. You may use this on your project if you wish, or save it for another day. You may link any project you like, however if you wish to be eligible for this month’s prize package, you must feature Crafty Secrets products in your project.

Crafty Secrets Birds and Blossoms Digital Creative Scraps

Crafty Secrets Birds and Blossoms Digital Creative Scraps

Paper from Crafty Secrets Birds and Blooms Digital Paper Collection

Paper from Crafty Secrets Birds and Blooms Digital Paper Collection

This month’s lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate for any DIGITAL products in our online store! You can choose from our Digital Art Stamps, digital paper packs, digital printable sheets or digital Creative Scraps and fill your shopping cart to the brim with wonderful digital vintage goodies from Crafty Secrets!
Link your “Anything Goes with Ribbon” project to the Crafty Secrets BLOG no later than midnight PT on Sunday, April 19th. I’ll be hopping by to take a peek at your beautiful creations and leave a nice comment on your blog. On Wednesday, April 22nd, the winner of this month’s prize package will be announced on the Crafty Secrets Blog.

Now, go visit the rest of the amazing Crafty Secrets Design team, and prepare to be inspired!

Kathy Clement, DT Leader  ( You are here)
Darlene Pavlick: Dar’s Crafty Creations
Diane Hover: Nellie’s Nest
Elizabeth Lincoln:  Paper Passtimes
Ginny Nemchak: Polly’s Paper
Gloria Stengel: Scraps of Life
Melody Clement: Paper Melody’s
Michele Kovack: Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker
Shantaie Fowler:  Inking Pink
Sheila Rumney: Sheila Rumney Design and Photography

Don’t forget to visit the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog for more inspiration!  They also have a great challenge going on right now, so you might as well  play there, too!  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Cheerio,

kathy

Burlap Butterfly Canvas

Burlap Butterfly Canvas with Craft Secrets Vintage Typography CD

Hello Friends!  I’m just popping in very quickly today to share a super fun Burlap Butterfly Canvas that I made with the Crafty Secrets Vintage Typography CD.

Burlap Butterfly Canvas/Kathy by Design

Burlap Butterfly Canvas/Kathy by Design for Crafty Secrets

This is a large 10″ x 10″  Stretched burlap canvas from Canvas Corp.  I bought this because I wanted to add some botanical art to my living room, and I love the look of natural burlap with a botanical image. While I was trolling through the Vintage Typography CD (my favorite!) I found this wonderful butterfly collage, and lightning struck my brain!  I’d create my wall art with this gorgeous collage, some sticky back canvas, and some of my mom’s vintage lace.

Crafty Secrets Butterfly Canvas 02If you’ve never worked with sticky back canvas, it’s a really great product.  It’s basically just a canvas sheet that is backed with a peel-off adhesive layer.  it runs through your printer with ease, and creates a printed project with fabulous texture.  I printed my butterfly collage to 8″ square, stitched around the edges, peeled off the back, pressed my mom’s lace around back side and then added a layer of 1/2″ Scor-Tape to the edges and sides to ensure that it would stay stuck.  I added large copper brads to the corners and a bit of vintage measuring tape to the bottom, to anchor the piece.

Crafty Secrets Butterfly Canvas 07The texture of the printed canvas is wonderful when combined with the burlap frame.  I misted with Tattered Angels Crushed Shells Glimmer Mist and tapped the canvas with a little Crushed Pistachio Distress Paint.  I wanted to bring out the pretty blue green in the canvas, as that is the color that goes with my living room.

Crafty Secrets Butterfly Canvas 04Here is closer look at the base of the canvas.  I painted the letters in the metal tag with Crushed Pistachio ink and then secured it to the canvas using some Mint Jute String.  The canvas looked great, but it needed a focal…some larger image that would catch the eye and give it a place to rest.  The solution was simple.  I used my photo editing program to crop out the butterfly in the center of the collage, enlarged it, and printed it out on canvas PAPER.  Then I fussy cut it, treated it with UTEE, backed it with a tea stained doily that I found in a local thrift store and voila!  Instant focal.

Crafty Secrets Butterfly Canvas 06I added a painted pen nib to the center…and I love the way this looks.  In fact, I loved the texture of the canvas paper so much, that I printed a second 8″ square and turned it into a handy  memo book….and I’ll come back later to share that with you.  It’s pretty cool, and a really fun gift idea.

This is a super quick, super fun project!  The gorgeous butterfly collage is perfect for the botanical trend in home decor, and you could print it out as large as your printer can handle.  It would make super cute pillows, too.  It only took me about an hour from concept to completion…which is faster than I could go to the store and back!  If you don’t have this wonderful Vintage Typography CD from Crafty Secrets….you should!  It is a treasure trove of inspirational artwork, vintage ephemera, vintage papers and incredible collages.  It is easily my favorite Crafty Secrets “secret weapon” and if I could only have ONE item in my crafty stash (God forbid!) this would probably be it!I

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I’ll be back  tomorrow to show you the cute memo book I made with this same butterfly collage.  I hope seeing this Burlap Butterfly Canvas has inspired you today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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