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Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day Banner Tutorial

Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook: Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day Banner

Hello, Friends!  How do you spell love?  Today, I’m spelling it with a super cute Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day banner tutorial.

Isn’t it fun?  The best part about this banner is the fact that it uses very few materials and can be made in about an hour.

Supply List for Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day Banner

Snapguide Tutorial for Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day Banner

Check out How to Graphic 45 Butterfly Kisses Valentine Banner by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Why I love Butterflies on Valentine’s Day

I know butterflies are not a traditional image for Valentine’s Day.  Well, as you might suspect by  now, there’s a story behind this project.  Since it is nearly Valentine’s Day…and the story is super romantic, I’ll share it with you here.

My mom and dad were both working as bookkeepers at a trucking company in southern Vermont in 1939.   Mom worked the day shift.  Dad worked nights.  Mom must have caught his eye right away, because of all the available chairs in that office, Dad opted to use hers each night.  This meant that every day at shift change, he had to return her chair to her desk.  And of course, this gave him the opportunity to say good morning.

Dad was shy.  I mean super shy.  So he rarely said anything beyond good morning each day.  But, he started leaving little gifts for mom on her desk: a pack of her favorite chewing gum, a piece of candy…small tokens of friendship.  After almost a YEAR of this delicate courtship dance, Valentine’s Day rolled around.  Mom came into work that morning to find an envelope with her name on it.  Inside the envelope was a beautiful Valentine’s Day card with…you guessed it…butterflies!

Mom and Dad were finally married on Valentine’s Day 1941.  Each year when their anniversary rolled around, Dad gave her a box of chocolates, a packet of chewing gum and a card…and there was always a butterfly on it somewhere!

So now you know why I love butterflies for Valentine’s Day.

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Love Sweet Love Policy Envelope Wallet Tutorial

Graphic 45: Love Sweet Love Policy Envelope Wallet Tutorial with Nature Sketchbook

Hello, Friends!  I’m up on the Graphic 45 blog today where I’m sharing this Love Sweet Love Policy Envelope Wallet Tutorial.  It’s just the perfect little gift for Valentine’s Day.

Look at alll the darling little bee images in Nature Sketchbook.  I decided to riff off that idea and turn it into a Love Sweet Love theme…complete with a honey spoon!  Tea with honey is one of my favorite things!

These metal pieces are painted with Black Soot Distress Paint to match my yellow, black and red color palette.  For the keyhole, I let the paint set for about 1 minute, then I wiped off with a barely damp paper towel.

Just as bees love to cluster around the hive, cluster your embellishments around a focal image to create a real visual impact.

Sweet Surprises on the inside

Join two policy envelopes together and what do you get?  A really fun wallet/pocket combo.  I altered the red policy envelope to create the pocket, and I’ll show you how in the Snapguide tutorial at the end of this post.

The pocket is filled with pretty ephemera cards, a post card and a delicious herbal tea bag to go along with the honey spoon on the front of the wallet.

Don’t you just love these gorgeous images?  To create a custom string tie opening, simply glue chipboard buttons on top of the black discs .  It adds a great pop of color!

Wanna see what’s in the pocket?

Happy to oblige!

Would you like to know how to make your own Love Sweet Love Policy Envelope Wallet?  Then please enjoy this Snapguide Tutorial.

Snapguide: Love Sweet Love Policy Envelope Wallet Tutorial

Check out How to Love Sweet Love G45 Policy Envelope Wallet & Tag by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

I hope this has given you some “sweet” ideas for your own Valentine’s Day (or any day!) creations.  It’s always the right time to share a little love!

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Love Sweet Love Policy Envelope Wallet Supply List




Safari Adventure Pocket Card

Graphic 45 Safari Adventure Pocket Card with Snapguide Tutorial

Hello, G45’ers!  Are you ready for adventure?  Of course I’m talking about the Safari Adventure Collection from Graphic 45!  This collection is so stylish and perfect for cardmaking.  I created this Safari Adventure Pocket card in under an hour with very few supplies, then worked up a Snapguide tutorial so you can make one, too.

Safari Adventure Pocket Card Snapguide Tutorial by Kathy Clement Graphic 45 Safari Adventure Photo 1Don’t you just adore the bright tropical colors and gorgeous patterns in this collection?

Safari Adventure Pocket Card Snapguide Tutorial by Kathy Clement Graphic 45 Safari Adventure Photo 2This 5″ x 7″ top fold card is loaded with fun textures: machine stitching, burlap, Petaloo flowers, ribbon and twine all come together in technicolor glory!

Safari Adventure Pocket Card Snapguide Tutorial by Kathy Clement Graphic 45 Safari Adventure Photo 3Using foam dimensionals between images adds lots of depth and dimension.  Using the Safari Adventure Chipboard makes for an easy sentiment panel on the card.

Safari Adventure Pocket Card Snapguide Tutorial by Kathy Clement Graphic 45 Safari Adventure Photo 4And there are so many great images to fussy cut: flowers, leaves, parrots, and other critters.  Oh, my!

Here’s a peeky at the inside:

Safari Adventure Pocket Card Snapguide Tutorial by Kathy Clement Graphic 45 Safari Adventure Photo 6Here’s a fun tip:  I cut apart one of the cute little envelopes from the tags and envelopes package to make my gift card pocket on the top half of the card.

Safari Adventure Pocket Card Snapguide Tutorial by Kathy Clement Graphic 45 Safari Adventure Photo 7Then I made a quick and easy pocket on the bottom half and stuffed it with tags and ephemera from the collection.  It looks so classy, but is super easy to do!

If you’d like to make your own Safari Adventure Pocket Card, just follow the simple steps in this Snapguide.  You’ll also find a complete supply list there, too.

Check out How to Make a Graphic 45 Safari Adventure Pocket Card by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

I love hearing from you!  Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts with me.

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Children’s Hour Birthday Planner

Frilly & Funkie Challenge: Children’s Hour Birthday Planner

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another wonderful challenge at the Frilly & Funkie Blog. This time, Suzz is our hostess, and the challenge theme is It’s Not Easy Being Green.  Here are the details:

In honor of Earth Day, which is April 22nd, create an UPCYCLED project.  Re-purpose an existing item, Recycle an element that would usually be thrown away, or use your paper scraps in a creative way. 

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot here at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because choosing just one winner is so hard!  You can find all the details and guidelines HERE.

I love a good upcycling challenge, so I had a great time with this project.  Here’s a peek at my Graphic 45 Children’s Hour Birthday Planner.  It has a “sweet” faux leather cover and is filled to the brim with pockets, tags and ephemera cards.

Children's Hour Birthday Planner 02If you guessed that I used a 1# Domino Confectioner’s Sugar Box to make my album base, then you are correct!  It’s amazing what can be done with alcohol inks, texture fades, embossing powder and a little imagination, isn’t it?

I prepared a SnapGuide tutorial for you so you can follow the process step by step and make your very own faux leather album cover.
Check out How to Create a Graphic 45 Faux Leather Birthday Planner by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

This Children’s Hour Birthday Planner would make a great gift for Mother’s Day.  I created it to have 12 pockets (one for each month of the year.) Each pocket contains two tags: a large one that could serve as a birthday card/gift, and a smaller one that would be stunning as a gift tag on your birthday package.

Children's Hour Birthday Planner 06The interior is lined with papers from the collection.  The pages are a chipboard base covered with designer papers.

Children's Hour Birthday Planner 08Each pocket is brimming with gorgeous images from the Children’s Hour collection.

Children's Hour Birthday Planner 10I chose the ephemera cards that have journaling space on the back.  The edges were inked, cards were folded in half and inserted into the pockets.

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Children's Hour Birthday Planner 05The ribbon closure  and crocheted lace add old fashioned vintage charm while the Petaloo flowers represent all the colors inside the album.  I’m so glad I “rescued” that Domino Sugar box from the garbage bin!

The rest of the Frilly team have created amazing upcycled projects that will inspire you, so be sure to pop over to the F&F BLOG for even more inspiration.  I hope you’ll turn your own trash into treasure and play along with us in this fun “It’s Not Easy Being Green” challenge!

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