Tres Jolie Kit Club–Mini Round Album & Card–August 2022 Cards, Tags, & More Kit

Hey, y’all! The project I have for you this week is a mini album I created using items from my stash and this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit from Tres Jolie Kit Club – along with a card to go along with the album using the card blank from the kit!

This album is sized just right to be able to use the Craft Consortium Belle Fleur papers in the kit without having to piece any together – in other words, the circles are slightly under six inches!

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Make sure to check out my video to see how I put this album together and what I did to create my card!



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Front and back cover piece measurements. Inside pages measurements.

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For my cover, I added a little batting to the underside of some stretch (faux) suede and then wrapped it around pieces of heavy chipboard for the back and front covers and carefully stitched about 1/4” from the edge (the spine is also heavy chipboard, but it doesn’t have batting or the fabric). I wanted to add a little something extra to break up the solid brown of the fabric, so I added some interfacing to the back of a piece of the Finnabair Decorative Paper that was in the July Mixed Media Kit, and some iron-on vinyl to the front to turn that paper into something that would be sturdy enough to be used on the front side of an album!

After all my fabric and paper were in place, I added some of the Belle Fleur rub-ons where the two materials met. I wasn’t sure how well they would stick to the fabric, but it was easy! I had to rub a little harder to get to the solid surface (the chipboard/my desk!) because of the batting, but it wasn’t a difficult process at all. To give the rub-ons a little extra protection I sprayed the cover with some ScotchGard and dabbed on some matte gel to help hold them down (do this very gently, because they liked to stick to my fingertip).

With the matte gel dry, I added my macramé cord along the edge of the decorative paper and the seam side of my cover circles – using the cord to finish the circle. Then I popped on the wicker hearts, some of the Prima flowers, the enamel dots, and my bit of ribbon. To harden the ribbon so it would hold the wave, I soaked it in some (water-thinned) Glossy Accents, placed it on the cover, and shaped it, then brushed on a layer of the Glossy Accents to really get it to hold its shape.

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My spine is (about) 1-5/8” (41mm) wide and 4” (102mm) tall. The inside of the chipboard is covered with some of the same decorative paper used on the outside with some iron-on adhesive on the back to act as a “moisture barrier” so the glue doesn’t soak through and without vinyl. I did however use some of the vinyl-coated decorative paper to cover and reinforce the rectangle sections of the pages and to create the hinges. There is approximately 1/8” (32mm) space between the pages and from the edges of the spine to the first and last pages.

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Photo page ring measurements. Photo mat measurements.
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For the inside, the Craft Consortium patterned paper on the front and back covers and the pages are 5-7/8” (149mm) circles. I distressed the edges of the circles with my scissors, added some of the chalk ink from the kit, and added some vintage-style crochet lace to create pockets on the inside front and back covers then started adding my photo windows.

The acetate and rings are not flush with the surface of the page, I left a little space to allow some room for a photo to be added to the photo mat and still have space to slide in and out. The windows are layered as follows (top to bottom):

  1. Patterned paper ring
  2. Cardstock ring
  3. Acetate
  4. Craft foam ring
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Just remember to only glue half of the ring onto the page – starting at the widest point – or your opening will be too small for the photo mat! The photo mat is a 5” (127mm) circle of cardstock, and I added a little piece of the Belle Fleur trim to use as a pull tab, with some stitching and glossy accents to reinforce it.

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My card is really a lot simpler than it may first appear! I used the chalk ink from the kit along all of the edges of the card, then added my patterned papers to the back and flaps. It was at this point that I took everything over to my sewing machine and added a line of stitching – sewing the outside papers to the card base, adding stitches to the papers that would be going on the inside, and adding stitches to the two circle halves.

I grabbed up my “Royal Purple” StazOn and created a ring of stamping around the card front and attached the two circle halves with some double-sided foam to give it a little lift. The doily is cut using a Dress My Craft die from a previous kit and the heart is a Sizzix die that came with my Big Shot Plus. To get that doily and the flowers to really pop from the background, I added some “Villainous Potion” Distress Ink along the outside edges. The heart is coated in a mix of the Distress Ink and the “Pale Brown” chalk ink.

There is a stretch of trim across the front of the card, cut slightly over the halfway mark for the opening, and the flowers run along that trim. The closure for the card is a couple of tiny magnets placed behind the (right) edge of the heart and one of the petals of the flowers, so now it stays closed and looks like it is all one piece, but is very easy to open!

The final details of the card are rub-on flowers that I added a layer of Glossy Accents to, some of the enamel dots, and a rub-on sentiment on the heart – also with a layer of Glossy Accents.

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The inside of my card has the patterned papers glued in and it’s ready for personalization – which I would probably do by printing the message on some coordinating vellum and gluing it in place.

To make my envelope match the card, I blended on some of the Villainous Potion and stamped on a couple of flowers using my Royal Purple StazOn topped with Pumice Stone Distress Oxide. I used the Pumice Stone because by this point I had used every last drop of the chalk ink between last week’s project and the album! Plus, the Pumice Stone is a perfect match for the colors on the card! Then, to finish it up, I blended some of the Pumice Stone onto the envelope.


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Thank you for joining me here in my corner! I hope you enjoyed this mini-album and card and they gave you some ideas of what you can make using the papers and the card blank in this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit!

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*Finnabair “Romantica” Decorative Paper , Finnabair 3D Matte Gel , *Dress My Craft “Crochet Doily” Die , StazOn “Royal Purple” , Distress Ink “Villanious Potion” , Distress Oxide “Pumice Stone” , Ranger Glossy Accents , Recollections 6inx6in Clear Acetate Sheets , Celebrate It® Cotton (Crochet) Ribbon , DCWV “Mariposa” Cardstock Stack , “Indian Summer” Cardstock Stack , & “Brights” Cardstock Stack , heavy chipboard , batting , craft foam , iron-on interfacing , Heat-n-Bond Iron-On Vinyl , Bead Landing Macramé Cord , faux suede fabric , Silhouette Cameo 3 , Nicapa Mat , Aleene’s Tacky Glue , Fabri-Tac , UHU Stic , 1/8” double-sided tape , LineCo PVA , JudiKins Diamond Glaze , ScotchGard Fabric Protector , Liquitex Matte Gel , BookGuard 3” Black Book Binding Tape , double sided foam squares , Sizzix Big Shot Plus & heart die , blending brushes , Tim Holtz Stamp Platform , Sakura Moonlight Opaque Grey Pack

Reveal Day! – Check out the August 2022 Tres Jolie Kits!

Welcome to August and the reveal of this month’s kits!! Make sure to get yours before they’re gone!

Be sure you are following us on all social media platforms (Tres Jolie Kit Club links at end of the post; Corner Scraps links to the right) and have joined the Tres Jolie Kit Club Facebook Café so you won’t miss a single announcement or project created with these kits.

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Where is my GenX crowd? Because the August 2022 Scrapbooking Kit is filled with the Grunge Reinvented collection from the new-to-us company 3 Quarter Designs. Don’t worry though, because even though these papers have a fabulous grungy and masculine feel to them they will still be amazing for all your upcoming projects – they have fabulous autumn colors and leaves. You will find a lovely assortment of patterned papers and perfectly coordinated embellishments.

Love getting messy? Want to give the new Tim Holtz Distress Foundry Waxes a try? Then the Mixed Media Kit is for you! There are Prima bases and a stencil, some DecoArt Sand Paste, and a set of Distress Foundry Waxes. And the best part? The kits can be used with each other! I know I’m already thinking of how to combine the Scrapbooking Kit with the Mixed Media Kit!

You’ll find our Cards, Tags, & More Kit filled with papers, embellishments, and a stamp set from Craft Consortium and goodness – so you can create beautiful summery, romantic cards and tags. Who doesn’t like being able to create a variety of projects from one kit?

These kits are for the beginner to the advanced; from clean and simple – to mixed media maven. No matter your style, there is something for everyone. We know you are going to love it!


And now (drumroll, please) the August 2022 Kits from Tres Jolie:

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Cards, Tags, & More Kit


Don’t forget to stop by the Tres Jolie YouTube channel and see our video reveal for all our kits.

Love them, right?!?! You can still get one of your own (some kits are in very limited quantities). Become a subscriber and you will never miss out on our gorgeous, coordinated kits. Just visit Tres Jolie Subscribe.


The designers at Tres Jolie have created some amazing layouts and projects with this kit. Here is a little tease from me using the Cards, Tags, & More Kit:

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Please stop by the other designer’s blogs (listed below) and check out their sneak peeks:


We have a new mood board challenge for the month, with the following rules and guidelines:

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Place your entries in the August 2022 challenge folder on the Tres Jolie Kit Club Café Facebook page. This challenge ends on August 31st, 2022 at 11:59 pm CST. All entries must be in this folder to be eligible for the prize (to have everyone eligible to win, we are limited the same winner to once every 3 months).


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All the designers will be revealing their projects on the Tres Jolie Blog all month long. Make sure you join us for tons of inspiration, including video and photo tutorials. Also, make sure you check out the newest Tres Jolie Chipboard designs that were just added to the store.

Tres Jolie Kit Club–Cottage Life Cards–July 2022 Cards, Tags, & More Kit

Hey, y’all! We’ve made it to the end of July, and are that much closer to the end of this oppressive summer heat! (I hope!!)⁠

For my last project using the July 2022 Cards, Tags, & More Kit from Tres Jolie Kit Club, I used up the bits and pieces of the Graphic 45 “Cottage Life” papers I had, along with some cardstock, dies, and mediums from my stash, to create some cards & envelopes.⁠

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To get all the details of what I did for these cards, check out my video!


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All of the cards are rather straightforward. I used my last two uncut sheets of the “Cottage Life” paper to make two envelopes for 3-1/2”x6” cards – the largest size envelope that can be made using an 8”x8” sheet on the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board – and used two pre-made envelopes and card blanks for the other two cards.

This first card is made with some metallic cardstock from DCWV and decorated using the TCW stencil from June’s Mixed Media Kit, texture paste from my stash, and embossing powder. I sprinkled the embossing powder on the texture paste while it was still wet, and waited until it dried before heating it up. Although you can heat dry texture paste on its own, because you can keep the heat farther away and in constant motion, it doesn’t work as well when the paste is topped with embossing powder! The heat needed for embossing powder – or rather the heating method – can, and generally will cause the wet texture paste to form bubbles.

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After my embossing powder was heated and cooled, I sprinkled on some of Lindy’s “Bavarian Blue” Magical Powder that is in this month’s Mixed Media Kit, gave it a spray of water, and let it spread out between the stenciling! I had the framed phrase that I made when I was working on the “Cottage Life” décor piece (the project posted on the 21st), so I added it to my card front and stamped a simple sentiment on a strip of cardstock to finish out my card front.

For the envelope, I used a Vicki Boutin stamp and die set from my stash to create the little windows. Before I folded the envelope up, I used the rose die to make the windows in the envelope and glued in some faux glassine that I had stamped and embossed with the coordinating rose stamp.

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I didn’t do anything to the envelope for this card except fold it! Honestly, I just couldn’t think of anything I wanted to have premade, and decided to wait until the time came to use it!

For the card, all I did was cut a couple of the wider strips of the patterned paper to the length I needed and a strip of cardstock to the length and width I needed for the top section with the sentiment. Before I added the cardstock with the sentiment, I added some “Mowed Lawn” Distress Oxide Spray to the patterned paper. I didn’t intend to add so much, sometimes my hands have a mind of their own! Anyhow, I just wet it and mopped it up a bit. It was already there, so I just worked with what I had!

After I stamped my sentiment, I decided I wanted to have it stand out more, so I traced it all with a metallic pen, then I added my mini pearls, and this card was done.

The next two cards were made using some card and envelope blanks by Recollections from my stash.

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For this card, I grabbed my 1.5” hexagon punch, a set of hexagon dies, and my bird silhouette dies. I didn’t want to cover the whole front of the card with hexagons, so I just randomly placed them in a way that I thought looked good and added my birds. To make the birds stand out, I hand drew a line for them to stand one, outlined them in coordinating metallic pens, and then used a dark grey pen for their shadows – just smearing out it with my finger. I stamped the sentiment on a little piece of my homemade glassine and added it to the card front. Super quick and easy card!

For the envelope, I place my hexagon dies inside the envelope so I could cut out some windows, added my birds, and then backed them with some of my homemade glassine.

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For the fourth and final card, I just filled up the card front with blocks of the patterned paper and added a few flowers tucked under the chipboard piece. Very quick and easy card front – especially with the use of a pre-made card base!

The envelope wasn’t as quick and easy! When I first started playing with the faux glassine technique I learned from Nik the Booksmith, I had used this cute little stamp from my stash to stamp on a piece of tracing paper, then used some colored pencils to fill it in before spraying it with the glossy spray and turning it into a [faux] glassine print! Since I had already cut it in half (I had been thinking of doing something else with it originally) I decided that I needed to create a window pane for my envelope.

For the cute little scene “outside” the window, I wrapped some blue-ish faux glassine (created previously using the wax method) around the white side of a piece of the cover from the Graphic 45 stack and placed it behind my showering squirrels! I also have some foliage bits along the bottom that I was able to cut from some of the green print. Not a lot, because my die was bigger than the piece of paper I had to work with, but there is some there!

After I cut out four rectangles from my envelope to create the window opening and gluing in my squirrels, I added in strips of the patterned paper to help bring it to life … and also possibly because my craft knife got away from me and I accidentally cut across one of the cross pieces so I had to find a way to put my window back together! Rolling on the floor laughing Well, that led me to then having to make sure my edges were all evenly sized so I added the blue strips of patterned paper and finally made four, 3/8” wide strips of the paper used around the outer edge.

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Thank you for joining me here in my corner! I hope these cards inspired you and gave you some ideas of what you can do using the Graphic 45 paper and chipboard found in this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit.

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In addition to the items from this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit and a little from this month’s Mixed Media Kit (*from previous Tres Jolie Kits), I used:

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TCW Slimline Stencil “Circular Rings” , BoBunny “Sentiments With Love” Stamp Set , Gary M Burlin Co. “Patina Bronzed Copper” Embossing Powder , Prima *“Watercolor Floral” Flowers , Eyelet Outlet Jewels Multi Pearls “Green” , Ranger *Letter It “Party” Clear Stamps , Stampendous “Squirrel Shower” Cling Stamp , Vicki Boutin “All The Good Things” Stamp & Die Set 2 , Distress Oxide “Prize Ribbon” , Distress Oxide “Mowed Lawn” , Distress Oxide Spray “Mowed Lawn” , Ranger Texture Paste “Opaque Matte” , Simon Says Stamp “Barely Beige” , StazOn “Olive Green” , Recollections Value Pack Cards & Envelopes “Kraft” & “Ivory” , Tim Holtz “Silhouette Birds” Thinlits , Tim Holtz “Flower Field” Thinlints , Tim Holtz Stamp Platform , EK Tools Score Board , We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board & Craft Knife , Sizzix Big Shot Plus , Fiskars 1.5” Hexagon Squeeze Punch , DCWV “Linen Closet” Cardstock Stack , Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic , Gelly Roll Glaze , & Gelly Roll Souffle , Faber-Castell “Black” PITT Artist Pens , Aleene’s Tacky Glue , JudiKins Diamond Glaze , Art Glitter Glue , Mod Podge Gloss Clear Acrylic Sealer , double-sided adhesive foam squares , 1/4” double-sided tape

Tres Jolie Kit Club – Mecha Steam Queen – July 2022 Mixed Media Kit

Hey, y’all! Have you checked out the July Mixed Media Kit from Tres Jolie Kit Club yet? It has some fabulous Finnabair Tissue Paper, heavy black gesso, and Pixie Dust, along with some Lindy’s Magical’s, DecoArt Crackle Paint, Tres Jolie Chipboard, and a canvas board to get you started!⁠

I was fortunate enough to receive the newest Finnabair Moulds in the mail the same day I was starting my project, so I have that fantastic Mecha Moth on here, along with a ton of other Finnabair mould pieces from both old and new designs!

I used a couple of stencils from previous kits with the crackle paint from the kit and some Finnabair “Crushed Crystals” Jewel Effect Paste. Then I loaded up and layered up all my colors using some of the Liquid Acrylic Paints from February’s Mixed Media Kit and the Lindy’s from this month’s kit.⁠

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Check my video out to see what I did to put this Mecha Steam Queen together!


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To get my background started, I layered it up with some of the “Bavarian Blue” Lindy’s Magical’s from the kit and (part of) one sheet of the Finnabair tissue paper, using my Liquitex Matte Medium to adhere the paper. After I had my initial layer, I tore the remainder of the sheet of tissue paper into strips and layered them up, only adding the Magical Shaker as the initial bottom layer under all the tissue paper.

After my matte medium was fully dried, I came in with my stencils. I used my “Flourish” stencil with the crackle paint from this month’s kit, and my “Screwed” stencil with some “Crushed Crystal’s” Jewel Effect Paste. I just used my finger to dab on and blend a thin layer of the crackle paint along the edges and in the corners of the canvas and to soften the edges of the stenciling some.

After my “Flourish” stenciling was dry, I added a layer of clear gesso to help protect my crackle paint (it was going to be a wet, messy job!) and to make my subsequent layers of mediums easier to flow and roll around along the top of the stenciling and between the cracks. Because of the nature of the Jewel Effect Paste – when it dries it is more like the matte medium – I didn’t need to add any gesso to it.

With all of my background mediums dry, I come in with the “Bavarian Blue” Lindy’s, sprinkle it on, and really water it down so it will flow between all of the cracks. From here on out, I don’t let my mediums air dry on my background, I use my heat guns to make sure everything stays where I put it!

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On all of my various mould pieces, I coated them with black gesso – either the heavy gesso from the kit or my “regular” gesso on the more detailed pieces. If you only have the heavy gesso and want to get it into detailed areas a little easier, you can just mix in a little water to thin it some. After my gesso layers dried, I coated everything in some TCW “Sterling Silver” Modeling Paste. It says “Sterling Silver,” but it is more like sterling silver that has begun to tarnish – and I love it!

I used my 3D Matte Gel to hold my Mecha Steam Queen together before adding her gesso and modeling paste. I can say, all I knew was I really wanted to use the new Mecha Moth, and everything was built around that. I keep a bunch of pre-made mould pieces handy, so I grabbed them up and started playing around when suddenly I saw how fantastic my “Queens of Steam” piece looked on that big moth body! I added another layer of wings from the “Nocturnal Insects” Mould, and gave her a “Clockfaces” crown.

While I let that 3D Matte Gel set up, I went to work on deciding which gears I wanted to use and picked one of the “Baroque Frames” to set behind my Mecha Steam Queen. On my gears, after the modeling paste was dry, I added some “Texture Powder” to rough them up a bit, added some extra color to them using the two Lindy’s Magical’s from the kit, and I added some “Ink Black” Liquid Acrylic Paint. On my mould pieces, I allowed the mediums to air dry to allow everything to mix and flow together naturally. On the frame, I just mixed some of the “Bavarian Blue” Lindy’s with some Liquid Color Fluid Medium to keep it from being able to reactivate after it was dry.

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To build up my background, I started with some corrugated cardboard (I just happened to find “hidden” behind a pile of other *stuff* – it must have fallen down some time ago and I forgot to fetch it then!). Anyhow, I used the heavy gesso on it and added some of the crackle paint to it. Then to deepen the black, I added the “Black Hole Black” Magical Powder to it, just using some water to activate the powder and added some of the “Pixie Dust” spray to it. To adhere it to the canvas board, I fully coated the back with some matte gel, placed it where I wanted it and weighed it down to make sure it dried flat. Fully coated the back of that cardboard doesn’t just make sure it is well attached, it seals it up so it won’t become soggy from the back side as I continue working.

Now it was time to start building up all of the mould pieces. I started with the bottom layer of gears, using my 3D Gel to adhere everything and to hold up the edges that extended over the edge of the cardboard so everything would be (relatively) even. I added my frame next and then set everything off to dry.

I hadn’t originally planned on the second layer of gears, but after I had my chain pieces and Mecha Steam Queen already dried in place, I realized it really needed another layer. Fortunately, some of my gears were made from air-dry clay (I often use what I have on hand or need to use up when I decide to get some pieces pre-made) so I was able to break them apart and get them to fit around the corner of the frame (top) and under the wings (bottom right).

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With everything finally in place, it came time to start adding the final layers of color, but before I did that, I added a layer of Krylon’s Workable Fixatif, just as a precaution for a little extra protection since it was about to get super wet and messy!

I started with some “Ink Black” Liquid Acrylic Paint and the “Black Hole Black” Lindy’s, and watered it all down, moved the canvas about to get it flowing, and dried as I went. So long as it was still wet, I could reactivate the Lindy’s (and paint) and continue moving it around.

For the wings on my Queen, I used the “Bavarian Blue” powder and some Liquid Color Fluid Medium to hold it in place once it dried.

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Because I had to break my second gear up some, it left a few small gaps, so I decided to use it as an opportunity to add a bit more sparkle, and used the “Crushed Crystal’s” paste to fill in the gaps and added a touch to the ends of the wings.

To start bringing up the details of my Queen, I added some of the “Ink Black” paint and the “Black Hole Black” Lindy’s and watered it down so it would flow into all of the details.

To intensify the blue on my gears, wings, and Queen, I added some Liquitex “Phthalocyanine Blue” Acrylic Ink, watered it down a little to help it flow, added some of the blue mica powder from Finnabair’s “Pearls & Crystals” Mica set to add a little bit of variation to the shading, and dried it completely so it would stay put!

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With all of my blacks and blues in place, it came time to add the final details. To start I used some “Burnt Sienna” Liquid Acrylic Paint to create my shadow effects. It is an absolutely perfect color to create a vintage effect and fabulous shadows to really give a piece some depth. After all my mediums had dried, I came in and gave the whole piece a coating of the “Pixie Dust” Fixative from this month’s kit.

After the “Pixie Dust” had dried, it was time to add some various waxes to highlight various areas on the piece. After my waxes, the final step was adding my beads. I used some “Midnight Magic” Iridescent Beads from ReneaBouquets along the gears and frame, and some 13@arts “Brown Microspheres” to give the final shadowy detail to the layers of my Queen.

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Thank you for joining me here in my corner, I hope you enjoyed the building of my “Mecha Steam Queen” and it gave you some ideas of how you can use the various mediums from not only this month’s kit but previous Tres Jolie Kits as well! That’s what makes Tres Jolie Kits so fabulous – it allows you to build your stash!

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In addition to the items from this month’s Mixed Media Kit (*from previous Tres Jolie Kits), I used:

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Prima “Flourish” Stencil , Finnabair Jewel Effect Paste “Crushed Crystals” , Finnabair “Ink Black” Liquid Acrylic , Finnabair “Burnt Sienna” Liquid Acrylic , Finnabair White Texture Powder , Finnabair Liquid Color Fluid Medium , Finnabair “Pearls & Crystals” Mica Set , Finnabair “Charcoal Black” Matte Wax , Finnabair “Old White” Matte Wax , Finnabair “Faded Demin” Matte Wax , Finnabair “Old Demin” Wax Cire Cera , Finnabair Moulds: “Queens of Steam” , “Large Gears” , “Machine Parts” , “Mechanica” , “Pieces of Underworld” , “Clockfaces” , “Baroque Frames” , “Nocturnal Insects” , “Mecha Moth” , “Love Machine” , Finnabair Clear Gesso , Finnabair 3D Matte Gel , TCW “Sterling Silver” Modeling Paste , 13@rts Brown Microspheres , Tim Holtz “Screwed” Stencil , Stamperia “Metallic Black” Wax , Little Birdie “Aqua Sheen” Metallic Wax , ReneaBouquets “Midnight Magic” Iridescent Beautiful Beads , DecoArt Black Gesso , Krylon Workable Fixatif , JudiKins Diamond Glaze , Liquitex Matte Gel , Liquitex Matte Medium , Liquitex “Phthalocyanine Blue” Acrylic Ink , spray bottle , Ranger Heat-It Tool , Milwaukee Heat Gun , corrugated cardboard, Mont Marte Terra Cotta Air Dry Clay , Sculpy Air Dry Clay , Sculpy White Polymer Clay , ProMarineSupply Epoxy Resin , Alumilite Amazing Casting Resin , Alumilite Amazing Clear Cast Epoxy

 

Tres Jolie Kit Club–Memory Dex Cards!–June 2022 Cards, Tags, & More Kit

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We’re halfway through June, and this week I have some Memory Dex cards for you that I created using items from this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit from Tres Jolie Kit Club and items from my stash – quite a few from previous Tres Jolie Kits! Check out my video to see what I did for each of the cards I made – then grab up your supplies and create your own Memory Dex card(s).

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I had bought the Heidi Swapp Memory Dex Spinner quite some time ago, and had originally thought of grabbing up some spray paint and changing the color – I might still do that – but I grabbed it up for this project so I’d have someplace to put my cards when they were done, and to make sure I didn’t make them too tall to clear the bottom! Depending on what kind of “–dex” system you have – be it a spinner, a box, something vintage, or something custom made – you can get very creative on how your Memory Dex cards are made! If, for example, you have the Memory Dex Box, you don’t have to worry about height, only width! (After this project was completed I happened to find a vintage Rolodex® system that would allow cards to fit in without any height or width restrictions!! *happy dance*)


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A closer look at the cards I made:

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My Concord & 9th “Lucky” Die cuts the three layers – thick line and outline from one die, thin line from another – so I made two lucky cards. The thick line and outline were cut from a half sheet of the white cardstock that I hand-inked up using a variety of Distress Oxides from my stash. The white pieces were from another partial sheet of the KaiserCraft cardstock, and on some of those, like the butterfly, I added some Distress Oxide to give a pop of color. I didn’t have any particular plans when I set out to make my cards, I just cut a lot of pieces and started layering; generally ending with a few of the Eyelet Outlet jewels and/or some of the small Prima butterflies.

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I made my “Imagine” card a shaker card by cutting a circle out of the pink striped paper from this month’s kit, adding a sheet of craft foam with a circle cut out as a spacer, and filling it with some of the beads and sequins from the Buttons Galore cube from Septembers (2021) Cards Kit. I just used some plastic from an old package of die cuts – I often save the harder/stiffer plastic packaging for just this reason! – and stitched it in place with some metallic silver thread. My “Imagine” as a layer of the “Gamboge” Stencil Butter on it from the Mixed Media Kit and, while it was still wet, I sprinkled some Lindy’s Magical Powder on and spritzed it with a little water.

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These two cards were really a couple of “let’s see how these parts work together” cards! The “grateful” card has a slot cut from the top (the label die from Tim Holtz’s “Stitched Slots”) that I just tucked a couple of large die cuts into after giving them a little color. The flower is just inked with some Distress Oxide, and the leaves have some Lindy’s Magical’s sprinkled on them. I cut the card from my inked KaiserCraft sheet, backed it with some of my leftover handmade paper, and added some stamping, jewels, & butterflies. The “grateful” had originally been stamped, but it didn’t show up very well, so I traced over it with a gel pen.

I wasn’t sure when I cut it if I would use the Bird Branch die, but I added some Magical’s, let it dry, and thought about what I’d do with it while working on other cards. Eventually, it came time to play with it, and I found that I liked how it looked with the oval frame, but the frame needed some color too! So on went some Magical and PearlEx powders. The card is another cut from my inked sheet and has some of the “Grecian Gold” Modeling paste (from the Mixed Media Kit this month!) dabbed on with my finger for a little shine. Then, to add a bit from this month’s Card’s Kit, I popped on a tab punched from one of the papers, added some orange jewels, and a Tim Holtz “Small Talk” sticker from my stash.

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These two Memory Dex cards were made from a piece of scrap cardstock that I practiced a couple of mixed media ideas on. I have some texture paste, mica powder, and Magical powder on the base tag/Memory Dex, then I stamped the butterfly from the stamp in this month’s kit, I cut a tag-shaped frame out from my inked paper, layered a couple of more tags vertically, popped in a flower, added my jewels and phrase.

While I was doing all of my cutting, I decided to make a round Memory Dex card, so I used one of my circle dies to cut out the inked stenciling I had done (stencil from this month’s Mixed Media kit!). I stamped on the butterfly and phrase, attached a rectangle bottom, and ran it through my sewing machine a few times. The final touches were some Distress Oxide around the edges and the jewels.

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When I first started this card I had thought of just attaching the pocket to another card, but as I was putting it together, I decided that I much preferred the pocket as the card! The top slot is backed by some pink cardstock from my stash, and the rest of the slots are back with white cardstock – what had been the original Memory Dex shaped card. The Tim Holtz “Stitched Slots” die is the perfect size for the spinner, I just punched the slots at the bottom and popped it right on. I used some of the smaller tags, cut with the tag dies from this month’s kit and cut from this month’s papers, to stick on some “Small Talk” phrases and slipped them into the slots. They don’t weigh a lot, so the friction between the papers is enough to hold them in place when they are upside down on the spinner. I then just added some of my die-cut hearts, outlined them with a yellow gel pen, added the label, and another “Small Talk” sticker.

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The card with the bicycle stamped on it was probably the fastest to put together because all I did is layer up the different circles I had already cut out! I used the pink striped circle to fill the circle in the card base, then put the layers through my Sizzix using the dot embossing folder that had come with the machine, added that half-circle with some Lindy’s Magical’s stenciled on, and then all of the other plain circles. To add some contrast to all those circles, I popped on one of the smallest tags, then stamped on the bicycle and added the butterfly and phrase.

My “Spring” card was my first of the batch! I trimmed an inch off the width of a 3”x5” index card so it would fit on the spinner, used the stamp from this month to just get the flowers to peek out from behind the tag, and splattered it with some “Lemon” Glossy Spray. The tag is from some pink cardstock I had that was already adhered to an adhesive sheet. I used the thin scraps from my Folio at the beginning of the month, and just randomly layered them on the adhesive. I then cut the tag using the next to largest die in the set, peeled the protective paper the rest of the way off, and brushed on some Finnabair Mica Powder. Then I just finished up the details with some flowers, jewels, a butterfly, and the small tag.

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Lastly, my “document” card. The die-cut word was too long to fit on the Memory Dex Spinner, so I cut it where it could be hyphenated, clipped off an end of the cross-mark on the “t” to use as the hyphen, and layered up a couple tags and a tab on the base card. I used some of the “Grecian Gold” Modeling paste on “document,” the stars and diamonds are from my Concord & 9th Lucky Die Set, there’s a little stamping, and a few jewels, and this card was done!

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Thank you for joining me here in my corner! I hope you enjoyed seeing these cards and they inspired you to make your own Memory Dex card or two!

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In addition to this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit (*from previous Tres Jolie Kits), I used:

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Lindy’s Gang: Magical Shaker: *Guten Tag Teal, *Oktoberfest Orange, & Yodeling Yellow, & *Magical “Bougainvillea Fuchsia;” *Jacquard PearlEx “Misty Lavender;” Ranger/Dina Wakley: *Glossy Spray “Lemon;” Prima/Finnabair: *“Vintage Roses” & *“Pearls & Crystals” Mica Sets; Darice: *“Mosaic Butterfly” Embossing Folder; *Embossing Essentials “Oblong Frames,” & *Embossing Essentials “Oblong Doily Frames;” Dress My Craft: *“Classic Doily” & *“Crochet Doily” Dies; Buttons Galore: *“28 Lilac Lane;” Ranger Opaque Matte Texture Paste; StazOn “Olive Green” StazOn “Royal Purple” Ranger/Tim Holtz: Distress Oxide Spray “Dried Marigold” Distress Oxide “Speckled Egg” Distress Oxide “Squeezed Lemonade” Distress Oxide “Kitsch Flamingo” Distress Oxide “Villainous Potion” Distress Ink “Villainous Potion” Distress Ink “Speckled Egg” Ranger/Wendy Vecchi: Archival Ink “Watering Can” idea-ology/Tim Holtz “Small Talk” Concord & 9th “Lucky” Die Set, Heidi Swapp: “Imagine” Die, “Document” Die, Memory Dex Dies (Oval) Memory Dex Punch & Memory Dex Spinner (Black) Spellbinders Tool ‘n One & Standard Circle Nestabilities; We R Memory Keepers 3-Way Corner Punch & Tab Punch; Sizzix: Big Shot Plus (Big Shot Plus Starter Kit) Sizzix/Tim Holtz: “Tattered Florals” & “Bird Branch” Bigz Dies, & “Stitched Slots” Thinlits; Sakura Gelly Roll Moonlight & Gelly Roll Souffle Pens; Scrapbook Adhesives 12×12 Adhesive Sheet; Aleene’s Tacky Glue; Krylon Workable Fixatif; JudiKins Diamond Glaze & MicroGlaze; Art Glitter Glue; adhesive foam squares; Tonic/Tim Holtz Stamp Platform; We R Memory Keepers 3-way Corner Punch; Unbranded Memory Dex/Rolodex Dies; blending brushes; 1/4” & 1/8” double sided tape, craft foam; *spray bottle; 3×5 index cards

Tres Jolie Kit Club–June 2022 Mood Board-“Let Your Creativity Bloom” Junk Journal

Hey, y’all!

This week I turned the June Scrapbooking Kit from Tres Jolie Kit Club into a junk journal. The P13 papers and ephemera from their “Let Your Creativity Bloom” line had such beautiful colors – muted shades of pink and sage – and there was a photo of a book in this month’s mood board! What else would I think up for the challenge?!?!

I didn’t just put any old fabrics and papers together, I decided that to be extra messy, I needed to dye my fabrics exactly how I wanted and make my own (matching) paper – check out my video to see the process, or, if you want, you can just check out the flip-through.junkJournal-moodboard-jun22-01

On my cover, I layered up strips of fabric, so of the ones I dyed, some are scraps from my stash. I topped a part of one of the patterned papers with one of the Tres Jolie Chipboard pieces coated with some embossing powders, added a few of the flowers, and added some Distress Foundry Wax in “Sterling” as some accent color. Check out the video to see the process of my junk journal from start to finish!


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Have you checked out the June Mood Board yet? Beautiful pink flowers, galvanized steel bucket, Ball Mason jars, and a book – take a peek and see what creativity it inspires in you!

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Make sure you join us for our June mood board challenge!

  • You can create any type of project for the challenge.
  • You MUST say what you were inspired by.
  • You MUST include the twist in your design.
  • We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 of Tres Jolie’s products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along.
  • It MUST be a new project.
  • The twist for this month is SPRING FLING.

Place your entries in the June 2022 challenge folder on the Tres Jolie Kit Club Café Facebook page. This challenge ends on June 30th, 2022 at 11:59 pm CST. All entries must be in this folder to be eligible for the prize (to have everyone eligible to win, we are limited the same winner to once every 3 months).


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This junk journal is thick! There are over 50 pages filled with lots of writing space, tuck-ins, and pockets – and a securely attached tie closure to keep it together.

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On both the front and back covers I added a section of lace trim, lightly colored with Distress Oxides, as tuck in spots.

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I turned envelopes into pockets, covered them with strips of fabric, and added closures to a couple of them – a zipper on one and a simple tie on another.

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I have tuck-in spots throughout the journal made up of layers of papers and ephemera. I have even added in some old book pages from a 1935 History of English Literature book – I thought this book fit well with the overall “Creativity” theme.

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I wanted to add a lot of texture and visual interest in this journal, so I have short pages, ledger papers, bits of fabric and lace, and tons of stitching in here. There is something to see and feel everywhere!

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I turned this bit of patterned paper into a simple flip-up card using some lace as the hinge and adding a tab to the edge.

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a sheet of patterned paper torn makes a wonderfully distressed pocket! And I just couldn’t bring myself to (fully) separate this stretch of flowers, I used the last bits of that particular lace to make hinges between four inch sections so it could be pulled out – and the image could stay together.

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Old music sheets add a lovely aged touch while also making fabulous pockets. I even used the envelopes from the ephemera and tickets to create little tuck-in areas.

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When I saw all that leftover dyed water from my fabrics, I couldn’t just let it go to waste, so I added scraps of paper and created my own custom-colored, dapple-edged sheets – either glued to decorated envelopes and pages, or straight into tuck spots to be written on (I suggest using markers, paint pens, or gel pens though, due to the uneven nature of handmade paper!)

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I didn’t want to just simply cover my basic white envelopes, so I added fabric, lace, paper, and/or ephemera to create variety and interest. I used one of the Prima flower packs from the kit, and in addition to my cover decoration, I stitched flowers directly onto some of the tuck-ins.


As promised in the video, here is the “stitching guide” (I don’t know what else to call it!) for how I put my signatures in.

How I stitched in my signatures:

  • Out = from the inside –> out
  • In = from the outside –> in
  • First-Middle-Third = Signature from left to right
  • Top, Second, Middle, Fourth, Last = Hole, from top to bottom.
First Signature: Middle Signature: Third Signature:
Out – First – Middle

In – Third – Second

Out – Third – Top

In – First – Second

Out – First – Fourth

In – Third – Last

Out – Third – Fourth

In – First – Middle

Out – Middle – Middle

In – First – Second

Out – First – Top

In – Middle – Second

Out – Middle – Fourth

In – First – Last

Out – First – Fourth

In – Middle – Middle

Out – Third – Middle

In – Middle – Second

Out – Middle – Top

In – Third – Second

Out – Third – Fourth

In – Middle – Last

Out – Middle – Fourth

In – Third – Middle


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Thank you for joining me here in my corner, I hope you enjoyed this junk journal and it gave you some inspiration and ideas of what you can do with this month’s Scrapbooking Kit!

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In addition to this month’s Scrapbooking Kit (*from previous Tres Jolie Kits), I used:

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Lindy’s Gang: *Flat Fabio Spray “Sidewalk Chalk;” ReneaBouquets: “Scallop Shell Lace” & “Shabby Dream Pink Cotton Crochet Lace;” Prima: *Decorative Tape: “Poetic Rose” & Silver & Pink Charm; Finnabair: 3D Matte Gel & Matte Wax “Sage Leaves;” Ranger: Perfect Pearls “Perfect Pearl,” & Mini Round Blending Tool; Ranger/Tim Holtz – Distress Oxide Spray *Bundled Sage, Distress Oxide Spray “Saltwater Taffy,” Distress Oxide Spray “Kitsch Flamingo,” Distress Oxide Reinker “Saltwater Taffy,” Distress Oxide Reinker “Kitsch Flamingo,” Distress Oxide Reinker “Rustic Wilderness,” Distress Spray Stain “Saltwater Taffy,” Distress Spray Stain “Kitsch Flamingo,” Distress Paint “Saltwater Taffy,” Distress Paint “Kitsch Flamingo,” Distress Paint “Picket Fence,” Distress Stain “Picket Fence,” Distress Reinker “Saltwater Taffy,” Distress Reinker “Rustic Wilderness,” Distress Embossing Glaze “Saltwater Taffy,” Distress Embossing Glaze “Kitsch Flamingo,” Distress Ink “Kitsch Flamingo,” Distress Ink “Saltwater Taffy,” Distress Ink “Bundled Sage,” Distress Oxide “Kitsch Flamingo,” “Saltwater Taffy,” & “Bundled Sage,” & Distress Foundry Wax “Sterling;” Stampin’ Up “Rococo Rose” Ribbon; Fancy Pants Designs “Trend Setter” Decorative Paper Clips; Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative; We R Memory Keepers: Envelope Punch Board, Crop-A-Dile II, Tab Punch, Craft Knife, & 3-way Corner Punch; white cardstock; random fabric and lace scraps, bits, & pieces; old book cover; light peach & sage threads; eyelets; E6000; double sided tape; Fabri-Tac; Aleene’s Tacky Glue; Art Glitter Glue; blending brushes; awl; needles; book binding thread; green masking paper; paperclips; beads; charms

Tres Jolie Kit Club–May 2022 Mood Board!–Mixed Media & Scrapbooking Kit

Hey, y’all!

Whew! I didn’t think I’d get this project done in time – it wasn’t the project that was difficult, it was my oldest requiring my computer skills because his laptop stopped computer-ing and that took up a lot of my time. Anyhow, I made it, I’m here, and I have used this month’s Mixed Media Kit and Scrapbooking Kit from Tres Jolie Kit Club to create my May mood board inspired project. Tim Holtz + Finnabair + Stamperia + vintage + clocks + flowers – who could ask for more?!?!


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Taking photos of a glass surface isn’t the easiest task, but don’t worry, I have photos of the inside before I put it in the clock! this project was actually a rather quick project, and I probably could have finished it in one day if I hadn’t had to stop for a few days! Check out my video to see what I did to create this distressed assemblage clock!


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Easy, right? And using the clear wax gives a nice, satin sheen to the body while adding a protective layer! As you can see in the video, the majority of this project was done using the kits from this month. The wax and a couple of other items were from my stash and I grabbed a couple items from March’s Mixed Media Kit – but the bulk of it came from May kit items!


I loved the mood board this month! Have you seen it yet? Any of the May Kits would be perfect to use with it. (Challenge rules below image!)

  • Twist: VINTAGE ROMANCE.

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  • You can create any type of project for the challenge.
  • You MUST say what you were inspired by.
  • You MUST include the twist in your design.
  • We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 of Tres Jolie’s products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along.
  • It MUST be a new project.
  • Place your entries in the May 2022 challenge folder on Tres Jolie Kit Club Café Facebook page. This challenge ends on May 31st, 2022 at 11:59 pm CST. All entries must be in this folder to be eligible for the prize (to have everyone eligible to win, we are limiting the same winner to once every 3 months).

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After I decided what bit of the Stamperia paper I wanted as my background, I glued it to the back with some 3D Matte Gel. The gel works great on metal, it adds some moisture protection, and it filled in the grooves behind the paper. After I was sure the gel was dry, I sprayed the surface with some Workable Fixatif, let that dry (about 5 minutes is all it takes!), and mixed some mica powder with the Liquid Color Fluid Medium found in March’s Mixed Media Kit to create a paint for the flower printed on the paper. (Clear gesso would work to protect the paper for painting too but make sure it is dry! And don’t forget, using a heat gun will not only make your metal hot, but it can cause bubbles in your gel, gesso, and paint!)

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With my background done (and the outside finished), I started building up my focal point. From the scrapbooking kit, I used some fussy cut flowers from the paper pack and some of the chipboard flowers. I distressed the edges, and to give them depth, I used my hot glue gun to start building everything up. I grabbed the small Finnabair clock face, and gave it a wax, color medium, and mica coating; used mica and color medium on my flower edges, as some shadow effect, and a little on the pink flowers at the center. For the final adhesion, I used my 3D gel to hold my cluster in place.

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I knew from the beginning I wanted to do something to the outside, so after some brainstorming I decided to grab my DecoArt Black Gesso – since it isn’t a heavy gesso – add a thin layer, then mix it up with some Liquitex Matte Gel, micas, fluid medium – just about anything I could grab up – and make up a base coat. After that base was dry-ish (Liquitex Matte Medium, like ModPodge, dries “sticky,” which I wanted), I brushed on the dark purple mica and gave it a spray of Workable Fixatif. It just wasn’t quite right yet though, so I started rubbing some of the pink-ish mica on. Then I decided I wanted to see how the blue mica would look – and it was great! Do you know how metal looks when it’s been heated? The blue made me think of that, but I couldn’t figure out what to use to hold the mica in place. I didn’t want to “activate” the mica like a water-based product would do, and I suddenly remembered I had a tube of clear Antiquing Wax! It was perfect! I was able to spread my mica around in a thin layer to get the look I wanted. After the blue layer had set up, I came back in with the ivory-ish mica and added it on. Note! Wax will reactivate wax!! But for this, it worked out, because the blue + ivory-ish = a green-ish hue!

When my wax was all set up, I came in with some sandpaper and added some distressing to the case.

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I coated my outside flowers with some Krylon Matte Finish, then arranged them on the top and used more 3D Gel to hold them in place. When the photos were taken, none of my 3D gel was dry, so after that has time to get 100% dry I might go back and arrange the flowers a little more.

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I did add some micas and color medium to the inside of the clock, but I don’t have a photo of that by itself (I forgot to take one, and I didn’t want to try and pull everything back apart)! However, you can see it in the video!

Thank you for joining me here in my corner, I hope this project gave you some ideas of what you can do with this month’s Mixed Media & Scrapbooking Kits! Don’t forget to hop on over to the Tres Jolie Kit Club Café and join the May Mood Board Challenge!


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In addition to this month’s Mixed Media & Scrapbooking Kits (*from previous Tres Jolie Kits), I used:

Finnabair: *Mica Set “Vintage Roses,” *Liquid Color Fluid Medium, Clear Antiquing Wax, & 3D Matte Gel; *DecoArt Black Gesso; Tim Holtz Sanding Block; Liquitex Matte Medium; Krylon Workable Fixatif & Matte Finish; Ranger Heat-It Tool; hot glue sticks & hot glue gun; *spray bottle

Tres Jolie Kit Club – Altered Embroidery Hoops – March 2022 Cards, Tags, & More Kit

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to the Corner Scraps Blog!

For my final March project for the Tres Jolie Kit Club, I have some more décor – altered embroidery hoops. I have my 3-inch hoops secured with some E6000 to a paper-covered, paperclay base. I added some picture hanging wire to the clay while it was still wet, and sped up the drying process (some) by putting the clay in my oven (200°F) for 15 minute intervals.

Check out my video to see how I put this all together – aside from the dry times, it went together rather quickly. I actually got it all together in less than a full day because I was able to work with my clay base sooner than a full air-dry time would have allowed!

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As you saw in the video, I rolled out some paperclay to make my base. While my base was drying, I started to get to work on my embroidery hoops. I cut my rice paper down to circles, and added “V” shaped notches along the edges so they would fold over better and make it easier to keep wrinkles out.

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I added some Distress Crackle Paste to my hoops carefully since I already had the rice paper in, and added some along the edge of my paper-topped paperclay base. I hadn’t originally planned on adding the mica powder to the base, but once I saw the pink, I had to go with it!

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I also added some of the crackle paste to the Tres Jolie Chipboard, and when my mediums were dry – it didn’t take long at all – I started layering the chipboard ephemera up after I got my hoops into place.

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I used my Finnabair 3D Matte Gel to hold all of my embellishments in place – it’s great for adding lift to pieces – and because the 3D gel is so durable, I moved right into adding my flowers onto the project. After I had my flowers on, I decided they were just too white, so I added some of the ink from the ink pad in the kit mixed with some of the mica. I didn’t want to make the flowers completely pink, so I watered the mix down so it would create a light tint.

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The final addition was a splattering of some watered down white gesso. Now that everything is 100% dry (it’s been a couple weeks since I set this on a wire shelf to finish drying!) I am adding some protective finishes and will be posting it up in my Etsy shop!

Thank you for joining me here in my corner. I hope you enjoyed this project – and all of this month’s projects – and were inspired to go out and create! Don’t forget next Friday is the first of the month and that means NEW KITS!!

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In addition to items from this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit and Mixed Media Kit (*from previous Tres Jolie Kits), I used:

*Tim Holtz Crackle Distress Texture Paste; Creative Paperclay; Finnabair 3D Matte Gel; Daler Rowney White Gesso; Fabri-Tac; E6000; Krylon Matte Finish; Ranger Heat-It Tool; 3” Embroidery Hoops; picture hanging wire; iron-on fabric interfacing

Tres Jolie Kit Club–Needlebook-March 2022 Cards, Tags, & More Kit

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to the Corner Scraps Blog!

This month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit from Tres Jolie Kit Club has the fabulous Stamperia “Threads” collection, and I couldn’t help but want to build on that sewing theme by making a needlebook (even if I do have to sew really slow to get it “right”)!

I know I normally try to stay with using the kit only or mostly for my first project of the month, but sometimes inspiration just strikes and you have to go with it! And don’t think you have to go out and buy fabric—think of what you have around your house. Do you have some old pillowcases you could re-purpose? An old shirt you no longer wear? Use what you have! This doesn’t use a lot of fabric, about 1/4 yard for the base construction–a standard pillowcase (20″x26″) would actually provide twice as much fabric as you need (overall, the fabric is approx. 12″x30″ + any small bits you may want to add).


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Don’t forget to check out my video to watch me putting this together!


Video:


Page by page break-down:

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Because I refer to the pages as 1 (&6), 2 (&5), and 3 (&4) in the more detailed PDF, I have decided to add “sides” for this post. For example, I have Page 1 and Page 1 side 2. Also, at the time the photos were taken, I wasn’t completely done decorating, but I think I was far along enough to show possibilities and examples?!

*Alternative: Instead of a 3-piece cover, you could just cut two pieces of fabric the size listed for the “Inside Cover.”

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The front cover: In addition to the interfacing you see me add in the video, I also added some stabilizer to my rice paper squares that I added to the cover. I stitched on three of the chipboard buttons, added some stitching around the rice paper square, and added some silk ribbon embroidery roses to the buttonholes.

The back cover: Same interfacing and stabilizer were added, but I only added the stitching around the square on this back piece. *Rice paper squares: 3-3/4” x 3-3/4” you can get to this size by cutting approximately 1/8” out from the lace edge print.

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Inside front cover: I added a couple of accent bits of fabric and a bit of trim that works well for holding some items.Page 1: This is my “Button” page, so I added my die-cut buttons along the top, a couple flaps of accent fabric to hold buttons, and the “Buttons” label cut from the front cover of the paper pad.
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Page 1 side 2: A bit of “ruler” (I don’t think it’s to scale!) cut from the paper pad and some more flaps of accent fabric.Page 2: On this page, I added the silk ribbon roses as tack points after my needlebook was together. I did it this way because the little bits of lace goes all the way across – from edge to edge – and I didn’t want to tack it down and find out I had pulled too tight causing my page to buckle when I stitched all the pages together.
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Page 2 side 2: More ribbon bits and fabric and felt flaps.Page 3: This is my “only felt” page, and I just added some bits of fabric for accent.
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Page 3 side 2: More trim tuck in spots.Inside back cover: I used my Tim Holtz “Stitched Slots” Die to create a little area for holding my threads – and found the chipboard pieces were just the right size to wrap the way-ward thread around for storing! To make sure my slots were nice and sturdy for use, this is my fabric sandwich: Fabric, iron-on adhesive, fabric, iron-on adhesive, felt, iron-on interfacing. I then, very carefully, stitched along the edges.
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Page 4 side 2: More felt, and I used that bit of trim to cover the backside of the stitches.Page 5: I only had a little section of that white trim, and I didn’t want to put it away since it was so small, so I cut out a felt heart, sewed the white trim on as far as it would go, then filled in the gap with the last little bit of green trim. The heart is only sewn onto the page down the center, so you can still lift the edges like flaps.
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Page 5 side 2: Here is the other half of those full length trim pieces! And, to remind me to mention it, I tucked some seam binding onto the page. Depending on how much you want to sew, you could always finish the edges of your needlebook with some seam binding.Page 6: Just a little bit of accent fabric with some hand stitching and a die-cut sewing machine for decoration.
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Page 6 side 2: Another “ruler” from the paper pad with some bits of fabric flaps. Lots of places in this needlebook to hold your needles!Inside back cover: I used my Tim Holtz “Stitched Slots” Die to create a little area for holding my threads – and found the chipboard pieces were just the right size to wrap way-ward thread around for storing! To make sure my slots were nice and sturdy for use, this is my fabric sandwich: Fabric, iron on adhesive, fabric, iron on adhesive, felt, iron on interfacing. I then, very carefully, stitched along the edges.

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My closure! Even though I had originally planned on using snaps, I found that the “teeth” parts weren’t long enough to make it through the felt and I didn’t want to only have it attached to a single layer of fabric. Fortunately, I *knew* I had some kind of hook and eye closures in my stash so I dug them out and threw some stitches in to hold them in place.

After all of your pages are completed, line them up and stitch down the center of your book, using some straight pins inserted at the centers to guide you.

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The “dots” are the pinheads, which aren’t lined up here, but I did make sure they were lined up — at the center represented by the dashed lines — before I ran the whole thing through my sewing machine. **Sorry this photo is blurry, I had to grab it from the video because I forgot to take an actual photo during construction!

Thank you for joining me here in my corner. I hope you enjoyed this needlebook project and it gave you some ideas of what you can do with this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit! Paper products don’t always have to be stationary, they can be made functional too!

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In addition to this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit, I used:

Tim Holtz “Stitched Slots” Thinlits Die; any coordinating laces, trims, fabric bits, etc. you wish to add in; Mod Podge Matte Acrylic Spray; Iron-On Adhesive (Heat-N-Bond, Pellon); Fabric Interfacing (whichever weight(s) you prefer for your project—I have light all the way to stiff interfacing/stabilizer in my needlebook); batting or heavy stabilizer (optional); Sizzix Big Shot Plus + cutting plates, CornerScrapsStudio Needlebook Pattern PDF