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Thankful Season Card Folio for Frilly and Funkie

Graphic 45 Thankful Season Card Folio for Frilly and Funkie “Give Thanks” Challenge

Hello, Dear Friends!  Tomorrow we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US.  It’s probably my favorite of all the holidays.  I mean, who doesn’t love a celebration centered around gratitude and food!  So today I’m sharing a lovely Graphic 45  Thankful Season Card Folio made for the latest “Give Thanks” Challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  We’ll take a look at the folio in a moment, but first let’s see what our lovely hostess, Sara Emily, has to say about this challenge.

Give Thanks!

We have so much to be grateful for! The Frilly and Funkie team is thankful for our loyal readers and our newest visitors! For this challenge, simply create a vintage or shabby chic project that expresses gratitude.

Thankful Season Card Folio with Graphic 45 Seasons Collection

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

The sentiment on this card kind of sums it all up for me.  There is so much to be thankful for!  Thanksgiving is the perfect time to stop and count our blessings!

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2This Thankful Season Card Folio is a little larger than usual measuring a generous 5.5″ x 7.5″ with a 1/2″ spine.  I needed more room to add all these fun elements: fussy cuts, mulberry flowers, mini pumpkins, an ornate shaker frame, fall ribbons, real feathers, filigree corners,  and little stick pins.

Thankful Season Card Folio: Layering the Designer Paper

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3For this card folio, I worked primarily with papers from the 12×12 Patterns and Solids pad.

  • First, mat a 5″ x 7″ panel of brown floral paper on a slightly larger panel of kraft card.
  • Then ink the edges of both panels with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
  • Next, machine stitch the panels together.  This is optional, but I love the texture that stitching adds to a card.
  • Now, use the two largest dies from  Spellbinder’s Labels Eight to cut paper layers from the orange text and orange floral papers.  Ink the edges and mat on both kraft and dark brown paper.
  • Then, cut one more paper layer from the back side of either print.  This will be where we mount our shaker element.
  • Next, ink up Dear Ruby with an embossing pad and stamp on the plain colored side of this label.
  • Then, heat emboss with Charred Gold Leaves Embossing Powder.
  • Layer all the die cut panels on the card using foam tabs, tape or waste cardboard to add dimension.
  • Decorate with fussy cut elements, flowers, feathers, metal filigree corners, etc.
Thankful Season Card Folio: The Shaker Element

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Here’s how I created the framed shaker sentiment on this Thankful Season Card Folio

  • First, cut the sentiment from the 12×12 Graphic 45 Seasons Autumn Collective Page.
  • Next, die cut 2 Ornate Frames from heavy kraft cardstock
  • Now, use an embossing ink pad to stamp Tammy Tutterow’s Big Fabric Background Stamp on the front of one frame.
  • Sprinkle with Emerald Creek Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder and heat set.
  • Next, smear Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Ink onto a non-stick craft.  Then mist with water until small beads of ink form on the mat.
  • Then press the embossed frame face down into the ink.  Heat dry.  Repeat until you like the finished product.
  • Gently heat the frame until the embossed portions pop back to the surface.
  • Now, cut two pieces of clear acetate (I used packaging materials) slightly larger than the frame opening.  Use 1/8″ Scor-Tape to glue one piece to the back side of the top frame and one piece on the FRONT side of the bottom frame.
  • Next, cut foam tape or dimensionals to create a border all the way around the inner edge of the frame.  You don’t want this to show through the frame openings, so keep this in mind as you work.  I used a product called Kool-Tak, as it is a clear foam tape.
  • Then carefully fill the center of the bottom frame with your shaker elements.  Don’t overfill.  About a teaspoon of shaker elements like sequins, small beads and glitter should be enough.
  • Now remove the foam tape liner and press the top frame onto the bottom frame, being careful to line them up.
The Thankful Season Card Folio: Goodness on the Inside

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

I love to add pockets and tags and other goodies inside my cards.

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6Sometimes it’s fun to change things up a little.  So instead of a pocket on the top portion of the card, I created a double belly band .

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

This holds a 4″ x 6″ photo wallet and a darling little tea bag wallet.

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9The side pocket on the bottom holds a vintage style recipe card, a decorated honey stick (to go with the tea bag, of course) and a lovely vintage style tag.

Thankful Season Card Folio Seasons by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Give Thanks Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10

Give Thanks Challenge at Frilly and Funkie: Now It’s YOUR turn!

We’d love to have you join us in this Give Thanks Challenge.  To do so, you need simply create your own vintage style or shabby chic project that expresses gratitude.  Then link your project up over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before midnight on Tuesday, December 5th.  Please read all the challenge details and guidelines HERE.

The Frilly and Funkie  team will choose our top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot  at Frilly and Funkie and the next three picks 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.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Before I sign off, I’d like to wish each and every one of you a very Happy Thanksgiving Day.  If you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving where you are, or if you’ve already celebrated, then I wish you the blessing of a grateful heart.  As the sentiment on this Thankful Season Card Folio proclaimed: There is so much to be thankful for!

Thanks for stopping by!



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Authentique Bountiful Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring

Authentique Bountiful Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring

Hello, Friends!  Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday,  is on the horizon. It’s easy to spend a small fortune on home decor for that happy holiday.  But, you can make this Authentique Bountiful Home Decor Trio on a shoestring. Your home will look lovely, and you can use the extra cash to purchase more paper pretties!  See how I look after you?  Best of all, these projects are super easy to make in a day or less.

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 1

Count Your Blessings Altered Bottle: Bountiful Home Decor on a Shoestring Project #1

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 2

I have a thing for glass jars and bottles.  The Closet of Shame has a shelf dedicated to jars and bottles in interesting shapes and sizes. I use them to store supplies, of course. But they also make great home decor.

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 3This lovely altered bottle began its life as a maple syrup container.  After removing the label, I washed and dried it thoroughly.  Originally clear glass, I altered it with alcohol inks.  If you’ve not done this before, here’s how:

  • Begin with a clean, dry glass surface.
  • Gently squeeze your chosen colors of alcohol ink into a felt blending tool.  It doesn’t take much.  Just a few drops of each color. I worked with Red Pepper, Pesto, Terra Cotta, Caramel, Purple Twilight, Sunset Orange, and Butterscotch Inks.  You can add all these colors in a cluster on one blending tool
  • Now, tap the applicator all over the surface of the bottle.
  • To get in small crevices, I dripped drops of color directly onto the glass.
  • Tap Copper Mixative Alcohol ink directly over the raised edges of the glass.  Use a clean blending foam for this.

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 4

Let the ink dry thoroughly. Alcohol ink dries quickly.  So even though I had so many layers of ink on my bottle, it was completely dry in about an hour.  I simply matted the sentiment from the 6″ x 6″ bundle and glued it to the bottle front.


  • To avoid stained hands, wear gloves!
  • Work over a non-stick craft sheet or several layers of newsprint.
  • For easy clean up, try using hand sanitizer and paper towels.
  • Use in a well ventilated area.
  • Do not re-use the blending felt.  It’s flammable.
  • Do not dry with a heat tool! Alcohol ink is flammable!

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 5

Dress up the top of the bottle with ribbon, flowers, stickers and fussy cut images from the Bountiful Paper Collection.   The quote strip is from the Bountiful paper header.  I never throw these away.

Gather with Thankful Hearts Chunky Canvas: Bountiful Home Decor on a Shoestring Project #2

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 6

From time to time, Michael’s puts out bins of merchandise that have been ridiculously marked down.  I pulled this chunky little 4″ x 4″ linen canvas from one of these bins.  It cost me all of 70 cents!  Creating this project is a real time bargain, as it will take you under 30 minutes to complete.

  • Mat a 3.75″ square of Bountiful Seven paper on kraft, light blue and brown cardstock.
  • Run Scor-Tape along the back and attach to the center of the canvas.
  • Fussy cut the sentiment medallion from Bountiful Eight.
  • Ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Back with waste chipboard or foam tabs.  Glue to the leaf panel.
  • Sponge a chipboard flourish with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Sponge again with Versamark Embossing Ink.  Heat emboss with Wow Ultra High Copper Embossing Powder. Glue to the left of the sentiment medallion.
  • Glue a couple of burlap leaves on top of the flourish.
  • Paint some metal charms (these have been in my stash forever!) and glue over the leaves.
  • Top with a burlap string bow and button.
  • Add acorn stickers (also from the bargain bin!) to the corners.  If you don’t have acorn stickers, you can easily use buttons, metal corners or nothing at all.

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 7These rustic nail heads were already on the canvas.  But you could add thumbtacks for very little money.

Gather Shadow Box Frame: Bountiful Home Decor on a Shoestring Project #3

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 8While I was out walking last Saturday, I discovered that one of our neighbors was having a yard sale.  Yippee!  I snagged this 9″ x 11″ x 1.75″ shadow box frame for a dollar!  Happy day!  Now, it was a bit of an ugly duckling…dusty, dirty and chippy…but I was able to give it the swan treatment with a little paint, paper and fun elements from my stash.

  • Begin by washing and drying the shadowbox.  Of course, if yours is new, you can skip this step.
  • Next, paint all the wood surfaces with Folk Art Coffee Bean Paint.  Dry thoroughly.
  • Then, dry brush on some DecoArt Media Burnt Sienna Fluid Acrylic Paint.  I typically put a small puddle of paint on my craft sheet, pick up a small amount, brush it off on the craft sheet, then brush lightly over the paint.  I was going for a faux wood grain finish, not complete coverage.
  • Now, repeat this step using American Crafts Black Chalk Paint.  Again, use a light touch.  It takes a little practice, but if you make a mistake, just paint over it!  No stress!
  • Cut strips of Bountiful Five paper slightly smaller than the shadowbox frame face.  Ink the edges with Black Soot.  Miter the Corners.  Glue in place.
  • Finish by brushing all the wood with Tim Holtz Vintage Collage Medium.  This not only gives the paint a lovely aged appearance, it also protects it from moisture and dust.
The Inside Scoop

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 9

  • Brush a pile of acorns with Prima Copper Crackle Texture paste.  Again, just dry brush this on.  Set them aside to dry. These will fill the base of the shadow box.
  • Cover the mat with the acorn print from the Bountiful 12×12 Collection Kit.  Cut the center out with a craft knife.  Sand the edges lightly and ink with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.
  • Cover the open area with the paisley print from the reverse side of the acorn print.  To make it fit over the opening, mat it on cardstock.  Glue in place.
  • Add ribbon and copper brads.  These are both old…they’ve been in my stash forever.  But you can substitute from your own stash.
  • Die cut little banners from scraps and string across the top.

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 10

  • Mat the “Grateful” sentiment on the same cardstock colors.  Back with waste cardboard or foam tabs and press in place.
  • Die cut Tim’s Tattered Leaves from Bountiful Scraps.  Distress. Glue in the corner.
  • Punch the “Gather” medallion from the 6″ x 6″ bundle.  Mat on brown cardstock that you’ve punched with a scallop punch.  Glue over the leaves.
  • Fill the base with the acorns.  I glued the bottom layer in place to help keep the acorns from shifting.  Just be sure to glue where it won’t show.

Authentique Bountiful Home Decor Trio: Closing thoughts

On a side note…do you know how hard it is to photograph through a glass frame?  If any of you have tips for doing this, it will be greatly appreciated!

Bountiful is a beautiful collection for fall.  You can create a lovely grouping with these three items.  I’m sure if you look around your home, you can find items that will help you create your own Bountiful Home Decor on a shoestring.

Thanks for stopping by!





Pumpkin Season Recipe Journal

Pumpkin Season Eileen Hull Recipe Journal For Frilly and Funkie Challenge

Hello, Friends! One of the things I love the most about fall is that I get to pull out all my fabulous pumpkin recipes…if I can find them!  To remedy that situation, I’ve created this Pumpkin Season Recipe Journal with Eileen Hull’s HeARTfelt Journal Die by Sizzix.  It’s just perfect for the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog, where I get to serve as the hostess this month.

Challenge Theme: To Everything There is a Season

Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year.  Brilliant leaves, fall flowers,  crisp blue skies, and migrating geese fill the season with a sense of wonder and anticipation  You’re invited to create a vintage or shabby chic project that captures the beauty of fall.  You can make a card, a tag, share a journal entry or any kind of project you desire. Just be sure to create it in the shabby chic or vintage style and be sure to use fall (not Halloween) images and colors.

Pumpkin Season Recipe Journal with Prima Amber Moon Collection

Pumpkin Season Recipe Journal Amber Moon by Kathy Clement Product by Prima Photo 1

Before putting the journal together, I first inked all the edges with a combination of Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.  Then I cut out my covers from the A4 Amber Moon papers.  All the edges were inked and distressed.  I also stitched around the front cover to add a little more texture.

When all the cover pieces were glued in place, I put the journal together using the directions that come with the die,

Next, I added a contrasting strip of paper to the spine.  This was heavily inked, crumpled and distressed before gluing in place.  Then I added the ribbon for the closure, and punched a hole for my metal charms.

I found these mustard seeds in my spice cabinet, and thought they’d look great mixed in with all these pretty Prima blooms.

To add extra texture, stitch your sentiment panel onto burlap.

Pumpkin Season Recipe Journal:  A Peek Inside

Decorating the inside of this pumpkin recipe journal was really fun.   I created 3 signatures, or inserts, for the journal.  To change things up a bit, I got a little inventive with the creases and folds.  You’ll see the results in the video below.

Lots of tags and pockets, of course!  You know I love my tags and pockets.

Tuck spots and ephemera, too!  Flipping through this journal is a real adventure.  You never know what you’ll find when you turn the page.

Here’s a sweet slash pocket filled with another signature.  I had not planned on doing this, but when my album got too chubby, I had to improvise.  (Pumpkin recipes have a habit of expanding the waistline, after all.)

I turned one of Tammy Tutterow’s mini pocket envelopes into a shaker element.  Isn’t it too, too cute?

Would you like to see more?  Then I hope you’ll enjoy this 10 minute video tour!

Pumpkin Season Recipe Journal Video Tour

I hope you’ll play along with us in this “To Everything There is a Season” Challenge.  Simply create your very own fall themed (not Halloween) project in a vintage or shabby chic style and link it up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before midnight, Tuesday September 26th.

The design team will chose their top four favorite projects from all the entries.  Our top pick will be asked to join us as a Guest Designer on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The next 3 entries will receive a challenge badge to display proudly on their blog.  And everyone who plays along and follows the challenge guideline will be eligible to win a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

You can find all the details for the challenge and inspiration from the rest of the team HERE.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own fall crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!



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It’s all about the PIE!

It’s All About the PIE!

Canvas Corp Brands Holiday Baking Tri-fold  Thanksgiving Mini Album

I grew up in a family of amazing cooks.  They may not have been gourmet cooks by today’s standards, but my mom, my grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunts knew their way around the kitchen!  Thanksgiving was a huge celebration with all family members present and accounted for.  Sometimes we had as many as 36 people crammed into my grandmother’s house.  We lived in New England, so there was usually snow on the ground and the cold North Wind chilled you to the bone as you tramped from the car, across the porch and into the warmth of Grammy Ma’s kitchen where you were greeting with the tantalizing aroma of roasting turkey and savory dressing.  Everyone brought food to this feast, but really….it was all about the PIE!  Every kind of pie you can imagine: pumpkin (of course) along with mince, apple, blueberry. lemon meringue, cherry, coconut cream, banana cream and chocolate cream all arrayed in splendor on the side table.  Thanksgiving is still my favorite holiday…and it’s all about the PIE, even to this day!

Kathy by Design/Thanksgiving Pie Tri-fold MiniWhen Canvas Corp Brands released their gorgeous Holiday Baking collection, my mind began to race with memories of those happy Thanksgiving celebrations of my childhood.  And naturally…pie!  I could not believe my eyes when I saw this sentiment panel from the Holiday Baking Butcher Paper cardstock! I mean,…there was my childhood captured on paper!  I gathered together some supplies and created this little tri-fold mini album in tribute to the fabulous cooks in my family.   I’m sharing a full tutorial below the signature area, in case you want to make one yourself.

Tri Fold Christmas Card CCB 03I love making a tri-fold album like this.  It’s like opening a package as each flap reveals a wonderful new view.

Tri Fold Christmas Card CCB 04And when fully opened, this festive little album can be used as holiday decor…on the pie table, of course!

Tri Fold Christmas Card CCB 05I stuffed this pocket full of little goodies, like a magnet, a vintage styled postcard and tag.  It would be a great place to put family pics from the great feast, too.  Imagine how fun it would be to pull this year’s photos out NEXT year, and see how much everyone has changed! This little album is so full of pie that I had to clip it closed with a Vintage Silver Clip!

For me, playing with paper is all about capturing memories, creating keepsakes and celebrating life.  I think of it this way: I’m creating little hooks for us to hang our memories on so they don’t slip away.  Even though I say it’s all about the pie, it’s really all about the love, the laughter and the time we share together.  And of course, a slice of pie makes the memory all the sweeter.

If you’d like to purchase this Thanksgiving Mini Album, it’s available in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!



It’s All About the Pie Thanksgiving Tri-Fold Mini Album Tutorial


Prepare the mini base:

  1. Cut two sheets of red cardstock to 7.25″ x 11″.  Join on the short end to make one long strip measuring 7.25″ tall by approx. 15.75″ long.  Score on the long side at 5.25″ and 10.25″.  Crease to fold so that the right hand piece folds into the center, and the left hand piece folds onto the top.
  2. Cut FOUR 4.75″ x 6.75″ rectangles from Kraft & White Lace Cardstock. Sponge the edges with Black Soot Ink and mat with slightly larger black cardstock rectangles.  Stitch around the edges with red thread, if desired. Glue into album base as shown.
  3. Cut ONE 4.75″ x 6.75″ rectangle from red and ivory toile paper.  Ink and mat as above.  Glue into the center panel inside the mini album.

Layering the cover:

  1. Cut a 2.5″ x 6.5″ rectangle from red ticking paper, with the stripe on the horizontal.  Mat with black cardstock.  Stitch edges if desired and glue down in the left hand corner of the card front, as shown.
  2. Ink the edges of the recipe tag and homemade tag.  Glue down as seen in the photo.
  3. Cut “Gather Together and Eat Pie” from Holiday Baking Butcher Paper. Mat with red and black cardstock.  Stitch together.
  4. Trim the word “Enjoy” from Gypsy Moments “To and From” tags.  Ink the edges and glue to the back of the Gather Together panel.
  5. Cut a small burlap circle in half.  Stitch the edges with red thread, if desired.  Attach to the bottom of the Gather Together panel, as shown.
  6. Glue the Gather Together panel to the mini album front, as shown.
  7. Paint two metal corners with High Impact white paint.  Glue into place.
  8. Cut a snippet of red canvas ticking and thread through the vintage pin, gluing together the reverse sides to create a banner.  Add the cherry novelty button.  Slip the pin through the Recipe Card, as shown.
  9. Tie a bow with black satin ribbon. top with red flowers. glue into place with hot glue gun.

Left Hand Page

  1. Create a slash pocket by cutting a rectangle of black cardstock to measure 5″ x 3.75″ Score 1/4″ on left and bottom.  Cut on the diagonal from the 3″ mark on the top right to the bottom right corner. Crease along the score lines miter corners and glue into place.
  2. Cut a slightly smaller piece of red toile paper and trim the corner as you did for the pocket. Glue on top of the black pocket.
  3. Decorate with the other half of the small round burlap piece, a cut out image from Beans and Bags Teacups paper and a small novelty button.
  4. Fill the pocket with recipe cards that have been trimmed with Kitchen and Utensil charms.

Center Page

  1. Computer journal the sentiment onto white cardstock
  2. Die cut with the largest Spellbinders Diamondessence circle die
  3. With Die in place, ink the inside edge with Vintage Photo Distress ink.
  4. Glue into place.
  5. Stitch the Happy Thanksgiving Sentiment onto natural burlap.  Glue into place

Far Right Hand Page

  1. Create a pocket as you did on the first page, only cut the diagonal slash from the left hand side to the bottom left corner and then top with red toile as you did before.  Glue into place.
  2. Cut a teacup from Beans and Bags and mat on red cardstock.  Add a novelty button.
  3. Fussy cut elements from Holiday Baking on Ivory Sheet and glue onto the White Lace & Kraft background.  Fill the pocket with tags that are tied together with burlap string (pull from the burlap panel) and the magnet.

To make the magnet:

  1. Find a vintage Thanksgiving image.  Mine is from Crafty Secrets Seasonal Vintage Image and Journal Notes Booklet.
  2. Mat with black cardstock, gold paper, and red cardstock.
  3. Glue magnetic sheet onto the back.
  4. Add black cardstock to finish.

Apron Page

The apron page is the back side of the far right hand page. It will be the page on the right when the first fold of the album is opened.

  1. Cover a mini kraft bag with a piece of burlap.  I stitched around the edges of my burlap with red thread first to make it stand out from the page.
  2. Ink the edges of the Just thankful card and tuck into the pocket. Glue into place. Top with a mini clothespin if desired.
  3. Cut a teacup from Beans and Bags.  Mat on red cardstock. Glue on top of burlap as shown.
  4. Thread a button with red thread and tie a bow.  Hot glue onto kraft pocket, as shown.
  5. Cut a 4.2″ x 2″ strip of red ticking fringe. Fringe the edges. Stitch a zig zag along the bottom.  Glue into place, as shown.
  6. Fussy cut the apron from the Holiday Baking paper. Ink the edges with Black Soot and use foam tape to layer onto the page, as shown.
  7. Die cut a flower from red toile paper using the flower die of your choice. Add to the page.
  8. Cut the small coffee circle from Beans and bags.  Add to page as shown.




Crafty Secrets October Challenge and Blog Hop

My Favorite Pumpkin Recipes: Crafty Secrets October Challenge and Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Crafty Secrets October Challenge and Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from the Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Blog. If so, you are right on track!

This month we are focusing on our blessings with a “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart!” theme. The design team was challenged to share ideas for Thanksgiving table decor, place cards, wall hangings, thank you notes, hostess gifts, gratitude journals, layouts, mixed media canvases…anything that has to do with counting our blessings, showing gratitude and being thankful.

I come from a long line of phenomenal cooks.  My earliest childhood memories are centered around family gatherings at my grandmother’s house.  Everyone brought a dish, my grandmother roasted the turkey and made dozens of pies…and let me tell you, those ladies could cook!  I am so thankful for these warm memories of  being surrounded by a loving family and good food that I decided to create a Thanksgiving  album, filled with my favorite pumpkin recipes.

Kathy by Design/Crafty Secrets Pumpkin Recipe AlbumI love these Wood Clipboard Albums from Crafty Secrets.  They can be altered in dozens of different ways and are such a unique presentation for mini albums.  Measuring 6″ x 9″ the size is just right, and they even come with little silver binding rings, sample photos, a star template, basic instructions and cut out pieces you can add to your album if you desire.

I decided to do a little mixed media cover on this particular album, and used Tea Dye, Wild Honey, and Ground Espresso Distress Stains directly on the cover.  I just “painted” the outer 1/2 inch of the album, as I knew I would be covering most of it with paper.  I spritzed the stains with a little water to blend the colors, then sponged on Walnut Brown Viva Decor 3-D Stamp Paint to add some shimmer.

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 02Next, I printed out my papers on 8.5″ x 11″ primitive white cardstock from My Favorite Things.  I wanted a really heavy duty cardstock for the pages, and the Primitive Cardstock adds a nice vintage base.  Here’s a list with product links for the papers I used in this album:

I added stickers and embellies from my stash along with Petaloo Royal Blue Sugared Blossoms and gorgeous Blue/Gold/Ivory Plaid Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon. 

Kathy by Design/Crafty Secrets Pumpkin Recipe AlbumEach page was cut to measure 5 7/8″ x 8 1/8″.  Corners were rounded, edges were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and lightly distressed.  This gives the album the look and feel of a vintage treasure, and I like that a lot.  Stitching the Pie Kids paper to the Blue Paisley paper added a wonderful homespun touch.  Then I just layered on the other elements until I was happy.  This sounds so quick and easy, doesn’t it?  While it’s not hard, it does take me some time to make up my mind about what goes where.

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 04The inner pages are made from heavy weight teal cardstock, cut to be slightly smaller than the album covers.  When making an album like this, it’s important to remember two things:

  1. Leave a margin at the top of each page so you can punch your binding rings through without disturbing the images.
  2. Double check your pages to make sure you’re not gluing anything in upside down!  With a flip top album like this one, it’s easy to get top and bottom confused.  I always double check the page orientation before I glue anything down.  (And even then, I still sometimes glue upside down.  Sigh….)

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 06For the inside cover, I used the Thanksgiving hymn paper.  The illustration was colored with alcohol markers.  I’m not much of a colorist, but I felt the page looked too plain just cream and black.  The sticker was mounted on burlap to give it presence on the page.  You could also mount a Thanksgiving Day photo here, and it would fit right in.

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 07I cannot begin to tell you how much I love these vintage Recipe Note Cards from the Kitchen Memories Digital kit.  They look like they came right out of my Mom’s recipe file!  I downloaded a free vintage typewriter font from the internet.  After sizing my note card to measure 4.25″ wide, I used my text tool to type the recipes onto the cards, saved them, then printed them out.  The border was created with the Yellow Apples paper and mounted on the teal.  It just kind of defines the page,and also serves to strengthen the area where the binding rings are inserted.

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 08This pie lady paper is so beautiful.  I wrote the little poem on this page (really, I did!) and then just added some little leaves and a matted label from the Kitchen Memories Labels paper.  I have loads of ideas for these Kitchen memories papers running through my mind, and with any luck, I’ll get to make some of them soon.

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 12Are you familiar with Whoopie Pies?  They are small, moist, round cakes that are sandwiched together with frosting of some sort.  I make these every year for our daughter-in-law, as they are her favorites.  When the grand girls asked me why they are called whoopie pies, I told them, “Because they taste so good you’ll holler ‘Whoopie!’ when you taste them! ”  (And they did…in fact, we all did! )  For this page, I created a little pocket space where the cream cheese icing could be tucked in for safe keeping.

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 09Here I’ve cut out one of the cute vintage clips that comes with the album.  I just inked the edges and glued it down to the page.  I love the way it looks.

Crafty Secrets October 2015 Linky 10This page is actually the inside back cover. and I’ve used the Thanksgiving “Wheat” paper here.  The cute vintage ruler is a sticker from our Little Boy Sticker Sheet.  I used one on the cover, too because I like the rustic feel of it, and it creates a great border.

I love the idea of preserving cherished family recipes in an album like this.  I really should make one for each of our kids so they can carry on the tradition.

I hope you’ll join the fun at this month’s challenge and hop.  You don’t have to follow our theme (but it’s always fun if you do!)  Just create any project of your choice that uses Crafty Secrets goodies.  You can find all the rules, details and free downloads on the Crafty Secrets BLOG.

From here, you will hop over and visit Ginny at Polly’s Paper Studio.

Thanks for stopping by!  I am so thankful for each and every one of you!






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