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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

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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!





Blazing Poppies Mixed Media Layout Tutorial

Blazing Poppies Mixed Media Layout Tutorial

Happy Heartfelt Creations Wednesday, my friends!  Today, I’m excited to introduce you to the glorious Blazing Poppies Collection from Heartfelt Creations.  I have a Blazing Poppies Layout tutorial to share with you, too.  But first, get acquainted with this inspiring new collection.

Has the humdrum of the daily grind sapped your energy and stunted your creative mojo? Rejuvenate your creativity with the saturated colors and resplendent artwork of the Blazing Poppies Collection of stamps, dies and designer papers from Heartfelt Creations. Escape to verdant fields where dancing poppies sway like ballerinas wearing dramatic hues of blush, coral, peach, scarlet and ebony. Let this glorious canvas of flowing script, heirloom lace, ornate flourishes, flower laden arbors, bold stripes and soft neutral backgrounds enliven your senses and awaken your inner Van Gogh. The Blazing Poppy stamp and die allows you to fashion bold, life-like poppies in every size and color. You’ll design museum worthy backgrounds, card focals, layouts and home décor with the sumptuous stamps and paper collection. Create your own masterpiece, and spark your imagination with the amazing artistry and uncommon brilliance of Blazing Poppies.

Kathy by Design/Blazing Poppies Mixed Media Layout 01a

See?  I told you it was glorious!  This is our precious grand girl, Julia Claire.  I found this photo of her on my desk recently, and knew I had to use it in a mixed media layout. You can find a complete supply list and step by step directions below, but for now, let’s take a look at the details.

Blazing Poppies Mixed Media Layout 03aBefore I layered my papers together, I created a pocket where I could insert the photo, then lined it with the decorative lace border die.

Blazing Poppies Mixed Media Layout 04aI used various hues of pink to keep the composition unified, then added pops of green and black for contrast.

Blazing Poppies Mixed Media Layout 05a


The poppies were stamped, embossed, die cut, sponged, painted, and coated with crackle medium.  Then the centers were filled with beads to resemble poppy seeds.

Blazing Poppies Mixed Media Layout 06I painted my wooden embellishments and then tapped them with Picket Fence Distress Stain.  I love how this softens them and helps them blend into the composition.  The paper collection, as always, is loaded to the gills with wonderful artwork like this sentiment ticket.

Blazing Poppies Mixed Media Layout 07

My chipboard letters were painted, then embossed with clear powder, then tapped with Picket Fence.  It’s always good to add a touch of black to a layout like this.  I think it helps to anchor the piece.

Blazing Poppies Mixed Media Layout 02aI added lots of distressing, inking, stenciling, sponging, stamping and painting to the background.  And I chose the title, because this sweet little munchkin really does make me happy!

Be sure to visit the Heartfelt Creations BLOG for even more inspiration and links to the rest of the design team.  You’ll find my Blazing Poppies Mixed Media Layout Tutorial below.

I’m sharing this with my friends over at the Word Art Wednesday Challenge page.

Thanks for stopping by!



Blazing Poppies Mixed Media Layout Tutorial

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC
HCDP1- 255 Blazing Poppy Paper Collection
HCD 764 Blazing Poppy Die
HCD 745 Luggage and Tags Die
HCD 716 Layered Elegant Swirl Die
HCD 713 Decorative Lace Border Die
HCPC 3674 Blazing Poppy Petals Cling Stamp Set
HCPC 3675 Poppy Corner and Border
HCPC 3323 Elegant Word Background
Deluxe Tool Kit
Stamp Pad
Crackle Paint
Viva Décor Moss Green Metallic 3-D Stamp Paint
Art Institute Dries Clear Glue

Other Products: white, Strawberry Slush, Blushing Bride, Rose Red SU Cardstock; Memento London Fog Ink, SU Strawberry Slush, Rose Red Ink; Pumice Stone, Black Soot Distress Ink; Clear Embossing Powder; Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick Distress Stain; Black Soot, Picket Fence Distress Paint; Picket Fence Crackle Paint; Tattered Angels “Silk” Glimmer Mist; Lilac Mix, Gun Metal Czech Beads; Petaloo Beaded Hat Pins; Kaiser Craft Wood Flourishes: Twigs and Berries, Bird Cages; Tim Holtz Flourish Mask; Adorn It: Happy; Texture Paste; Honeycomb Stencil; Ruler and Craft Knife

Measure down 4.5″ from the top center of the designer paper. Make a small pencil mark. Measure 3″ to both the left and the right of this mark. Use a ruler and a craft knife to cut a 6″ long slit in the paper. Measure 4.5″ down from the center of this slit and make a small pencil mark. Use a ruler and a craft knife to cut a straight slit along this line. Use your pencil to roll the left and right hand sides of this slit back like a scroll. Die cut the Decorative Lace Border die from white cardstock. Cut in half from top to bottom. Glue each half onto the back side of the slit opening and glue to the designer paper as seen in the photo. Cut 2 of the largest Layered Elegant Swirls from white cardstock and glue onto the horizontal slit, as shown in the photo. Cut the black 6″ x 6″ square from the designer paper. Randomly add texture paste with the honeycomb stencil. Let it dry, paint with Picket Fence Crackle Paint and then when dry, sponge with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. Glue behind the cut opening so that it shows through, as seen in the photo.

Stamp several sets of the Blazing Poppy Petals onto the various shades of pink cardstock using both Strawberry Slush and Rose Red SU Ink. Sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set. Die cut with the Blazing Poppy Die. Lightly sponge the centers with Black Soot Distress Ink. Shape with the Deluxe Tool Kit. Spray with TA Silk Glimmer Mist. Glue layers together to form large, medium and small flowers. I used a total of 7 flowers for this layout. Fill the centers with beads, brush with Picket Fence Crackle Paint and set aside to dry. When dry, brush again with Clear Crackle Paint. Let dry.

Use London Fog ink to stamp the Poppy Corner into the lower right hand corner of the page. Ink the edges of the paper with Worn Lipstick Distress Stain. Distress the edges heavily. Glue onto a 12″ x 12″ sheet of Rose Red Cardstock. Use the flourish mask and Pumice Stone Distress Ink to add details to the designer paper. Randomly add texture paste with the honeycomb stencil. Let dry, Paint with Picket Fence Crackle Paint. Let dry. Stamp the page randomly with the Elegant Word Background and London Fog Ink. Spritz and spatter the entire page with Silk Glimmer Mist.

Wad up some scrap paper and glue to the back of your photo, then glue the photo into the slit you created earlier, as shown. Glue the prepared flowers around the opening, as shown. Paint the bird cage with Picked Raspberries Distress Stain and Clear Crackle Paint. When dry, glue in place. Paint the words “HAPPY” with the Black Soot Distress Paint. When dry, paint with Clear Crackle Paint and glue onto the layout, as shown. Paint the berries with Picked Raspberry Distress Stain and sponge the leaves with Moss Green Metallic Paint. Tap very lightly with Picket Fence Distress Paint. Add Dries Clear Glue randomly to the berries and dip into the mixed lilac Czech beads. Add to layout as shown. Use the Luggage and Tags Die to cut the ticket and tab from the paper collection. Add to layout as shown.

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