Quick & Easy Spring Upcycle: Altered Starbucks Bottle Vases

Tammy Tutterow Design Team: Altered Startbucks Bottle Vases

Hello, Friends!  Do you like to upcycle?  I think it’s one of my favorite things to do.  Transforming an object that would normally end up in the recycle bin into a pretty piece of art or home decor is soul satisfying and very wallet friendly.  Today’s project is a very quick and easy spring upcycle that I think you will want to give a try.  These altered Starbucks bottle vases have a great vintage vibe, come together quickly and are the perfect way to add some springtime color to your home.

Crafting with felt is a hot trend right now. Making felt flowers with Tammy Tutterow’s flower dies is kind of addictive!

After painting these little bottles with chalk paint, I decoupaged a vintage style image onto each bottle front.  Then I just added some ribbon, die cut felt leaves and shabby chic felt flowers  in soft spring colors.  My husband picked the daffodils from our back yard.  Can you believe daffodils are blooming already?

Pale Yellow Shabby Posies

I painted this bottle with DecoArt  “Everlasting” Americana Chalky Finish for Glass paint.  It took two coats to get really good coverage.  When the paint was dry, I decoupaged this sweet vintage image onto the bottle front.  Because the bottle is slightly rounded, I crumpled the image up before adding the decoupage medium.  I like the little wrinkles this left in the paper, and it also helped it to fit the shape of the bottle better.

After letting a 2nd coat of medium dry, I tied pretty yellow gingham ribbon around the bottle neck.  This yellow felt flower is cut using the 3 smallest layers of Tammy’s Shabby Posies die.  I filled the center of the posy with a pretty vintage button from my stash and glued it onto the ribbon cluster. The leaves on all 3 bottle vases are cut from the Pom Pom Posies die.

Periwinkle Blue Pom Pom Posies

Tammy’s Pom Pom Posies cut from periwinkle blue felt look great on this bottle that was painted with Deco Art “Vintage” Chalky Finish Paint for Glass.  Silver and white stamens fill the center of this soft and sweet pom pom posie.  I chose crisp white satin ribbon with a stitched center for this bottle vase.

Pinked Posies in Hot Pink

This might be my favorite bottle vase of the three.  I just love the way these Pinked Posies pick up on the hot pink tulip in the vintage image.  And, I super love the pink and purple gingham ribbon.  The bottle is painted with “Innocence” Chalky Finish Paint.  The vintage button center is one that my mom salvaged from an old dress,

Can you see how the Pom Pom Posie die embossed the veins into the felt leaf?  I think that is so cool!  To add a little extra texture to the top layer of my pinked posie, I fringed the petals by snipping them with scissors.  I like the way it turned out.

Use any kind of glass bottle with a pretty shape to make these vases.  I think these will look really sweet on our table this Easter.  I hope you’ll give these altered Starbucks Bottle Vases a try!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

National Pet Adoption Weekend: Who Saved Who Tags

National Pet Adoption Weekend: Who Saved Who Tags From the Scrap Drawer

Hello Friends!  Did you know that February is the month when National Pet Adoption Weekend takes place?  Sadly, severe allergies prevent me from enjoying a furry companion, but I thought I would participate by creating this pair of Who Saved Who Tags.

Creative ways to use your scraps

Who Sazved Who Tags by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design Photo 1After making my larger Shabby Chic Dog Folio and Cat Mini Albums this month, my work table was loaded with little bits and pieces of paper.  As you know, I’ve been using my scraps to make quick little cards.  But these scraps were too small even for that.  What’s the answer?  Tags, of course!

Who Sazved Who Tags by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design Photo 2Create a tag base by cutting the corners from a rectangle of leftover cardstock.  This one measures about 5.75″ tall by 3.5″ wide.  I had fussy cut this sweet little doggie image from Authentique’s Devoted paper collection earlier, and just layered it up with patterned papers from that same collection.  A bow tied with brown plaid ribbon provided just the right color contrast for the blue tones in these papers.  I topped this with natural burlap string to add just a bit more texture and a rustic feel to the tag.

Who Sazved Who Tags by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design Photo 3Another great way to use scraps is to cut them into banner flags and die cut with small doily or flower dies.

Who Sazved Who Tags by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design Photo 4This sweet little kitty cat tag measures just 2.5″ x 5″.  Once again, the tag base is made from scrap cardstock.  The image was fussy cut from one of the patterned papers in the collection.

Who Sazved Who Tags by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design Photo 5I love the way this 3.8″ Light Blue Micro Gingham Ribbon frames the focal image.  It’s just the right width for this petite tag.  Blue hemp twine adds just the right amount of texture.

I’m a firm believer that nothing in this life should be wasted, I hope I’ve shared some ideas with you that you’ll be able to use in your own crafting. Please consider adoption the next time you decide to add a furry friend to your family.  You’ll be glad you did!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Hello Spring Flowering Dogwood Card

Hello Spring Flowering Dogwood Card for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations February Alumni Hop!  You should have arrived here from Vicki’s lovely blog. I think we are all dreaming about spring right now, and this Hello Spring Flowering Dogwood Card is filled with delicate blossoms, cheeky little birdies and soft, springtime colors.

Hello Spring Flowering Dogwood Card by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop February 2017 Photo 1Dogwoods are my favorite spring flowers.  Here in the south, you can still find old neighborhoods where both sides of the street are lined with dogwood trees.  When they burst into bloom in the spring the beauty takes your breath away.  So when the Flowering Dogwood collection was released earlier this month, I ordered the stamps, matching dies and paper collection the very first day!  I’m so glad I did!

Hello Spring Flowering Dogwood Card by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop February 2017 Photo 2These flowers are so easy to shape! First, I stamped them onto white cardstock using Archival Willow ink.  Next, I die cut them with the matching die. Then,  I sponged the center and petal edges with Spun Sugar Distress Ink.  The centers are filled with Minnie Pearls and Tutu Pink Prills.  The pretty Eyelet Oval Die provides a delicate layered background.

Hello Spring Flowering Dogwood Card by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop February 2017 Photo 3I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the cheeky little birdies from the Birds and Blooms collection.  After stamping, fussy cutting and sponging them with ink, I tucked the Fluffy Birdies Cling Stamp image in among the gorgeous dogwoods, then surrounded them with miniature dogwoods.

Hello Spring Flowering Dogwood Card by Kathy Clement for Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop February 2017 Photo 4Finally,  I decorated the interior of the card with more pretty papers.

Let’s Get Hopping!

From my blog, you will hop on over and visit the lovely Alissa.  Be sure to visit all the blogs on the hop, as one lucky comment will be chosen from a mystery blog to receive a $25 shopping spree at Heartfelt Creations.

The hop is open until 11:59PM EST on Monday, February 27th.  The winner of the $25 shopping spree will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations BLOG and Facebook Page on Wednesday, March 1st.  The winner of the hop can claim his/her prize by emailing Heartfelt Creations at info@heartfeltcreations.us.  Write winner of the February Alumni Hop in the subject line.

Here’s the list of the blogs in this hop:

Vicki ♥ Kathy (You are HERE) ♥ AlissaGloriaEmelia Gini SarahArchana

Thanks so much for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Decide to Be Yourself Easel Album with G45 Portrait of a Lady

Decide to Be Yourself Easel Album: Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady CHA Project

Hello, G45’ers!  I’m excited to be sharing another project that graced the Graphic 45 Booth at CHA/Creativation last month.  Portrait of a Lady is such an elegant collection filled with gorgeous colors and patterns.  But it’s also loaded with inspirational sentiments like the one that inspired me to make this Decide to Be Yourself Easel Album.  Go grab a drink and a snack as there are loads of photos, a video tour and some designer tips that I’d love to share with you today.

The easel album measures 8″ square and comes with 12 kraft pages in a spiral binding.  I used the signature image on the cover along with a row of pretty little banner flags, some fussy cut perfume bottles, Petaloo flowers, ribbon, twine and vintage buttons.  To age the papers, I spattered them with diluted white acrylic paint.

Are you swooning yet?  Oh, how I love these papers!

Highlight small elegant images by framing them.  Bring out the design in an ornate frame by tapping raised areas with Tattered Rose Distress Paint. Dig into your stash of vintage lace, trims and vintage style buttons because this collection fairly cries out for such additions!

Here is a side view so you can see the easel that allows the album to stand upright for display.

A Peek Inside

Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.  That’s the quote that inspired this project.  Such wisdom!  The thought process behind the design was to create an inspirational decor piece that could be changed out as time passes.  And you knew there had to be a pocket somewhere, didn’t you?

Here are a few of my favorite interior pages.

Portrait of a Lady Easel Album Video Tour On YouTube

If I sound a little “off” or tired in this video it’s due to a horrible virus that hit me during the Christmas holiday.  I was still recovering when this video was made.

Thanks so much for letting me share this album with you today.  I hope you are inspired to go and create something beautiful!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List

  • Portrait of a Lady 12×12 papers
    • Portrait of a Lady
    • Diana
    • Josephine
    • Catherine
    • Sophia
    • Grace
    • Isabella
    • Elizabeth
    • Blanche
    • Victoria
    • Maria
  • Graphic 45 Staples 8×8 Easel Album
  • Graphic 45 Staples Regular Black Policy Envelopes
  • Graphic 45 Staples ATC Black Policy Envelopes
  • Staples Kraft Alphabet Banner Tags
  • Cardstock (several sheets each for photo mats) pink, green, kraft, white
  • Petaloo Flowers
    • White Botanica Blooms x4
    • White Hydrangea Blossoms x24
    • DIY Ivory Burlap Picks

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All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album

Petaloo Pets Week: All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album

Hello, Friends!  Are you enjoying Petaloo Pets week?  Yesterday I celebrated dogs with a sweet little shabby chic folio.  Today, it’s all about CATS!  This All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album is purr-fectly shabby chic, filled with fun interactive elements and loaded with simple techniques you can use in any crafty endeavor.  Let’s take a look,. shall we?

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 1While straightening up the Closet of Shame, I ran across this nifty mini album base.  Made with heavy book board, the album had plain kraft covers and a handy ring binder mechanism.  I dressed it up with papers from Authentique’s Devoted collection, a canvas spine and lots of shabby chic details.

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 2The focal image is this pretty kitty in an altered Prima frame.  Paints and seed beads add whimsy and texture to the formerly white frame.  The frame is surrounded by gorgeous Petaloo flowers, custom dyed seam binding ribbon, novelty buttons and a second, smaller vintage framed image.

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 3The frame was painted with a cream chalk paint followed by a light coat of Tattered Rose Distress Paint.  Finally, I tapped the raised edges with Vintage Photo Distress paint to make them pop.

Every shabby chic project needs flowers!  For this album, I’ve added Teal Mini Wild Roses, Blue Mini Wild Roses, Teal Forget me Nots, Antique Beige Wild Roses and Ivory Burlap Textured Blossoms from Petaloo, of course!

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 4I didn’t like the plain kraft spine, so I dressed it up with a strip of canvas that I attached with Scor-Tape.  The nubby texture and ivory fabric add to the shabby chic vibe.  This little antique bronze lion charm added just the right touch of whimsy to the spine.

Thinking outside the button box

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 5If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know I have a “thing” for buttons.  This love for buttons started when I was a child and my mom let me string buttons from my grandmother’s button box while I was sick in bed.  In later years, I inherited that button box along with all the beautiful vintage buttons inside it.  Like most collections, it grew…and grew…and grew!  Thankfully, I love to use buttons to embellish my projects.

For this fun button feature, I encircled a “framed” image with pretty buttons.  But do you want to guess how that frame was made?  Yep.  It’s a big button!  I used a paper punch to cut out the sweet vintage image of the girl and her kitty, glued it into the center of the button and then filled the button with Glossy Accents.  That’s how you think outside the button box!

It’s OK to Stagger!

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 6When cutting the pages for this mini album, I decided it would be fun to create pages that were sized and shaped differently.

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 7These staggered edges lend a playful, whimsical feel to the album and invite you to turn pages, open folders and peek inside pockets.

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album YouTube Video

Because I find it hard to really get a feel for the flow of a mini album with still photos, I created this YouTube video tour.  In the tour, I share tips for using scraps, creating custom embellishments and making interactive elements.  I hope you enjoy!

Thank you so much for joining me here today!  If you have any questions about this project, feel free to ask in the comment section below.

Cheerio,

kathy

All You Need is Love and a Dog Folio

Petaloo Pets Week: All You Need is Love and a Dog Folio

Hello, Friends!  Do you have a furry friend that adds sunshine and joy to your life?  This week at Petaloo we’re celebrating Petaloo Pets with loads of great pet themed projects.  I’ve prepared a couple fun little albums with that in mind.  Today’s All You Need is Love and a Dog folio has a great shabby chic/vintage vibe.  All You Need is Love and a Dog Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 1Don’t you just love that adorable little girl and her Pug?  This 5×7 folio has been made from a card base.  It’s a simple design.  Create a 5×7 card base, and add one extra score line a quarter of an inch from the fold.  This will give you a 1/4″ spine, allowing you to fill the inside with all sorts of fun inserts.

All You Need is Love and a Dog Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 2Authentique Papers made me break my New Year’s Resolution to refrain from buying any new paper pretties when they released their Devoted collection. (She hangs her head in shame.) l fell completely in love with the shabby chic patterns, colors and images.  Yes, friends…it found its way into the Closet of Shame.

All You Need is Love and a Dog Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 3Every Shabby Chic project needs flowers!  To pick up on the antique pinks and blues in the papers, I added Petaloo Spice Anemones, Teal Forgetmenots, and Ivory Burlap Blossoms.   When I’d finished layering all the elements on the cover, I spattered diluted black paint to amp up the vintage vibe.

All You Need is Love and a Dog Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 4Here’s a peek at the inside of the folio.  The top half contains a really fun fold out feature with waterfall, pockets, tags and photo mounts.  The bottom pocket contains several photos mounts bound together with a slide off belly band.

All You Need is Love and a Dog Folio YouTube Video Tour

Because I think it is difficult to get the feel for an interactive folio like this one, I’ve prepared a YouTube video tour.  In it, I show you how the various elements work and I share lots of tips for creating interactive features like the ones in this folio. I hope you enjoy!

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comment section below.  I love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Party Time Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration Card

Party Time Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration Card with Graphic 45 Time to Celebrate

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time to party at Really Reasonable Ribbon!  The theme for our new challenge is “Celebrate”.  Once again, I’ve pulled out pretty ribbons from the Pink & Green Mix Ribbon Club Assortment.  This time I’ve paired it up with “oldie but goodie” Graphic 45’s Time to Celebrate collection.  I think you’re going to love the way these ribbons enhance my Party Time Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration card.

Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1Polka dots and little girls belong together, don’t you agree?  I used my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool to tie a triple loop bow with cheery Pink and Green Confetti Dot Grosgrain Ribbon.

Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2To add a little party sparkle, I topped it with a metallic silver string bow.  I found these pretty pink and green ribbons in my button stash and added them to the mix along with some pretty coral posies.

Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3A Time to Celebrate chipboard tag was cut in half and tucked in above and below the focal image.

Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 4Just a hint of Stardust Stickles add glam to the balloon and birthday cakes.  I also tucked a snippet of Pink & Green Chevron Grosgrain ribbon under a plaid wooden button.

Let’s Look Inside Party Time Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration Card

Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 5The inside of this card functions as a mini folio.  Two sets of pockets hold little folders where photos from the birthday party can be mounted.

Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 6A trio of photo mounts are held together with a slip off belly band.  The striped folio has a space for journaling on the cover.  These will  hold 4×6 photos.

Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 7Use the mini tag and pocket to write a personal greeting to the birthday girl.  There’s room to tuck a gift card or cash gift in the pocket, too.

When you work with pretty papers and ribbons you feel like spring came early!  I hope I’ve added some sunshine to your day with this Party Time Shabby Chic Birthday Celebration card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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