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Shabby Chic Altered Button Box

Shabby Chic Altered Button Box with Little Birdie Crafts

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a little home decor project to share with you.  This shabby chic altered button box is a quick and easy project that you could adapt and use with any style of box.

Shabby Chic Altered Button Box by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 08

As you well know, I have a “thing” for vintage buttons.  There’s something magical about the worn edges, the soft patina and the inner light in a true vintage button.  So when my sweet grandgirl gave me a little wooden trinket box for my birthday, I knew I eventually wanted to alter it and create a sweet storage spot for my favorite buttons.

Don’t they look great here?

Shabby Chic Altered Button Box: The Process

I started with this cute little 5″ x 3″ x 3″ wooden box.

First, add a single layer of Little Birdie Black Gesso.  Paint inside and out!

 

Next, add random brush strokes of Sand Stone Chalk Paint. Make the brush strokes go in different directions.  Then repeat this process using White Gesso.  Now let everything dry for a minute or two.  Then use a damp paper towel and scrub away portions of the paint/gesso to create a chippy, shabby chic finish.  Use a sanding block to take some small areas all the way back to the natural wood base.  If you take off too much paint/gesso, add more.  Then repeat the wiping off process.

When you are happy with the shabby chic/chippy finish, sponge on some Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.  Then seal everything with Matte Gel Medium.  Let things dry.

Shabby Chic Altered Button Box: The finishing touches

Once the box is dry, cut panels of Vintage Reflections Paper to fit the recessed areas on the box.

Then wrap the box with 1 1/2″ wide Antique Gold Plaid Ribbon and tie a bow.  Tie a second bow with burlap string.  Top with a big fat vintage ivory button and a single Renae Swiss Mocha blossom.

Decorate the top panel with a Lucille flower and leaf cluster.  Add a small tag.  I just cut this from a scrap of paper and wrote the word “buttons” on it.  Then adhere some Adelina Swiss Coffee blossoms and a key to finish the tag.  Add more vintage buttons, sewing notions and a mini pair of scissors.

This is one of those easily adaptable home decor projects that would make great gifts.  Use different colors and make a beach themed box.  Use metallic paints for a steam punk themed box.  It’s a really fun addition to your craft room decor.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Kindness Can Change the World Shaker Triptych Tutorial

Kindness Can Change the World Shaker Triptych Tutorial for Frilly & Funkie “August” Challenge

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  I’ve created this Kindness Can Change the World Shaker Triptych Tutorial to go along with our hostess, Suzz, theme called “August.”  We’ll take a look at the triptych in a second, but first, let’s see what our lovely and talented hostess Suzz has to say about this challenge.

Challenge Theme: August 

The current challenge is inspired by the month of August. In doing a little online research I learned that the month of August was re-named for Augustus Caesar.  He was the first Roman Emperor and was very proud of the influence he had on the architecture of the country.   For this challenge I am asking you to be inspired by marble, arches or columns. You will need to create a vintage or shabby chic project using some type of marble effect, arches or columns. 

Kindness Can Change the World Shaker Triptych with Stamperia Blue Stars Paper Collection

Kindness Can Change the World Shaker Triptych Tutorial Stamperia Blue Stars Tim Holtz Vintage Cabinet Card by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

This challenge theme rolled around in my brain for days and days before I decided to go with marbled paper and an arch in my project.  I searched high and low and dug deep into my stash before I found this older Tim Holtz Vintage Cabinet Card Die.  That provided the arch.  Stamperia’s Blue Stars Paper Pack provided the marbled effect.  Finally, this show was on the road!

 

Stamperia Blue Stars Shaker Top Triptych Tutorial: What’s a Triptych?

Kindness Can Change the World Shaker Triptych Tutorial Stamperia Blue Stars Tim Holtz Vintage Cabinet Card by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 03

I’m so glad you asked that question. A triptych (trip-tik) is a picture or a relief carving on three panels, typically hinged together side by side and used as an altar piece.  It can also be a set of three associated artistic, literary, or musical words intended to be appreciated together. Now you know!

Kindness Can Change the World Shaker Triptych Tutorial Stamperia Blue Stars Tim Holtz Vintage Cabinet Card by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

I wanted to create a very dimensional cover for this triptych folio so I stacked two sets of die cut frames on the cover.  Then I added fussy cut images from the paper collection.  You can’t really see it here, but I also did a lot of stenciling on the cover.  That will show up in the Snapguide Tutorial.

Kindness Can Change the World Shaker Triptych Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Kindness Can Change the World Shaker Triptych Tutorial Stamperia Blue Stars Tim Holtz Vintage Cabinet Card by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 05

The neat thing about a triptych is that it can stand on its own for display.  This is what it looks like fully opened.

Kindness Can Change the World Shaker Triptych Tutorial Stamperia Blue Stars Tim Holtz Vintage Cabinet Card by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 06

And here’s the back side.

Kindness Can Change the World Shaker Triptych Tutorial Stamperia Blue Stars Tim Holtz Vintage Cabinet Card by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 07

I had such fun creating the individual collages on each triptych panel.

Kindness Can Change the World Shaker Triptych Tutorial Stamperia Blue Stars Tim Holtz Vintage Cabinet Card by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 08

Of course, I added flaps.

Kindness Can Change the World Shaker Triptych Tutorial Stamperia Blue Stars Tim Holtz Vintage Cabinet Card by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 09

I did have to keep my embellishments on the “flat” side, though, so the folio would close.

Kindness Can Change the World Shaker Triptych Tutorial Stamperia Blue Stars Tim Holtz Vintage Cabinet Card by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 10

This short video is filled with tips about how I created this folio.  I also prepared a SnapGuide step out tutorial showing you how the base and shaker top came together.  I hope you enjoy.

Check out How to Stamperia Blue Stars Shaker Top Triptych by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

August: Now it’s YOUR Turn

I hope you’ll play along in this fun challenge by linking up your vintage or shabby chic project that features marble, arches or columns at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.

The winner will earn the chance to be a Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. We are also awarding Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because we can’t pick just one favorite!

You have until 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, August 14th to link your project.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Imagine Hot Air Balloon Embellishment Tutorial

Graphic 45 Imagine Hot Air Balloon Embellishment Tutorial and Tim Holtz Altered Mini Clipboard for the “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” Challenge at Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  I’m the hostess for this round, and the theme is “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.”  I’ve prepared a really fun Graphic 45 Imagine Dimensional Hot Air Balloon Embellishment Tutorial for you today.  The balloon is the focal point on my altered Tim Holtz Mini Clipboard.  You’re going to have so much fun with this post!  We’ll look at the details in a moment, but first, let’s look at the challenge guidelines.

Challenge Theme:  Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Summer is a great time to travel.  For this challenge, create a vintage or shabby chic travel themed project.  Think folded maps, cruise ships, road signs, compasses, passports, trains, planes or automobiles. As long as your project features a travel theme, you’re headed in the right direction.
Tim Holtz Mini Clipboard with Graphic 45 Imagine Hot Air Balloon Embellishment Tutorial

Graphic 45 Imagine Hot Air Balloon Embellishment Tutorial and Tim Holtz Altered Mini Clipboard by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

Folks, I hope you are not tired of seeing me create with this Graphic 45 Imagine Collection.  I keep thinking of new ways to use it.  This time, I’ve used it to alter a Tim Holtz Mini Clipboard.  What fun!  I got a little mixed media practice in, which made me very, very happy.  Then, the idea to create a dimensional hot air balloon embellishment popped into my head.  I pulled out my G45 Imagine Stamps and 12″ x 12″ Patterns and Solids popped into my head, and the fun factor rose to new heights.

Tim Holtz Altered Mini Clipboard: Laying the Foundation

If you’ve never altered one of these little clipboards before, you really owe it to yourself to do so.  They are so much fun to work with.  You can find examples of past projects HERE and HERE.  I love the fact that the clip is easy to remove from the base.  This makes the job of altering the mini clipboard so much easier.

 

First, I traced the base onto my designer paper.  After sponging the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, I adhered the papers to the base.  If I had it to do again, I would only line the back side of the base as I ended up covering up most of the paper on the front with my mixed media goodies.  I applied Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture paste around the edges, then gently head dried.  When the cracks were clearly visible and the paste was dry, I went over the surface with Gathered Twigs and Tarnished Brass Distress Stains.  I added some more texture with Seth Apter Dirty Sand Baked Enamel, some die cut gears, and some random stamping.

Graphic 45 Imagine Hot Air Balloon Embellishment Tutorial

I’ve created a little Snapguide tutorial so you can create your own Graphic 45 Hot Air Balloon Embellishment. This was my favorite part of this whole project.

Check out How to Graphic45 Dimensional Hot Air BalloonEmbellishment by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

I hope you’ll find lots of ways to use this Hot Air Balloon Embellishment Tutorial. If you wish to add this dimensional embellishment to a card front, don’t adhere the final panel on the right.  Instead, secure it with one of Tim’s mini paper clips. That way, you can fold it flat for mailing.

The Flip Side

I hate to let a perfectly good surface go to waste.  So I created a little waterfall element on the flip side of my altered clipboard.  I used Graphic 45 Regular Kraft Tags and the Regular Tag and Gears Die for this step.  The domed edge of the tag creates such a pretty shape that I could not resist using them.

Enclose magnets on the back side of the belly band to make a neat closure for the waterfall. I simply folded the ends of this border strip over Basic Grey small magnets and adhered shut.  It works beautifully.

Score a 1/2″ flap on the base of each tag, Die cut the tag liner using the Square Tag and Gears Die.  Cut a 1/2″ flap from the base of each liner.  Then adhere it below the fold line as seen here.  This way the waterfall mechanism will fold easily.

Graphic 45 Imagine Altered Tim Holtz Clipboard by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 09

I think a hot air balloon vacation could be quite the adventure, don’ t you?

Create this little folio by scoring a 6 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ scrap of kraft cardstock in half.  Round the corners.  Add a 3″ x 4″ ephemera card to the front and adhere to the clipboard base.

Place magnets beneath the liner papers and then cover with designer paper and the “B” side of an ephemera card.  This hidden journaling spot is a great place to write down memoirs of your trip.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Challenge: Now it’s YOUR turn!

I hope you’ll play along in this fun challenge by linking up your vintage or shabby chic travel themed project at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.

The winner will earn the chance to be a Guest Designer here at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. We are also awarding Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because we can’t pick just one favorite!

You have until 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, July 31st to link your project.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial with Embossing Texture Paste & Sparkle Paste

Hello, Friends!  I’m having so much fun learning to walk in my Mixed Media Boots!  Today I have a Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial to share with you.  Making this project was a blast!  I got to play with some new (to me) mixed media products like Embossing Texture Paste and Sparkle Paste and stencils and of course, beautiful Little Birdie Flowers.

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial Embossing Texture Paste by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

This 8″ x 6″ wood pallet was languishing in the clearance bin.  I picked it up to look at it and the next thing I knew, it had jumped right into my cart!  It was a real Plain Jane piece, but now it is bursting with color, texture, layers and gorgeous flowers.

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial Embossing Texture Paste by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 02

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet: From Plain Jane to Just Plain Gorgeous

Here’s how this came together.  I also have a step out tutorial video below, so feel free to skip on down to that if you’d like.

  • First, lightly sand the surface of the pallet board to prepare it for paint.
  • Next, create a wash with Little Birdie Sand Stone and Wild Moss Paints and a few spritzes of water from a misting bottle.
  • Now, randomly brush the paint over the surface of the pallet.  Be sure to heat dry between layers and repeat as needed. Clean your brush off on a 4×4 burlap panel.  Waste not, want not!
  • Then, apply Mint Fizz Sparkle paste through a Script Stencil on the right hand side of the pallet.  Heat dry.
  • Now, apply Berry Burst Embossing Texture Paste through the Cobble Circle Stencil on the left hand side of the pallet.  Heat Dry.  Keep your heat gun moving and be patient.  The Embossing Texture paste is “cooked” when it begins to lighten in color and develop some texture.  It’s sooooo cool!
  • Now you’ve got a great foundation to build on!
Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet: Adding the Details

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial Embossing Texture Paste by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 03

Here are the next steps in the process.

  • First, fussy cut the succulent wreath from Succulent Garden 12×12 Paper Pack

TIP:   Trim around the outside of the wreath first.  Because there are so many intricate pieces, i left a little white border all the way around so that I would not accidentally ciip off any wispy bits.  Then lay the trimmed wreath on a glass mat (or the glass from an old picture frame). Use a craft knife to cut a couple of triangular pieces from the white center of the wreath.  Now you’ll be able to fit your scissor blades inside the wreath and cut it easily.

  • Next, dry brush the cut edges with any paint that’s left on your brush.
  • Then add chipboard or foam tabs to the back side of the wreath to add dimension.
  • Glue in place on the prepared burlap panel.
  • Now brush the chipboard sentiment with a wash of the same chalk paints.
  • Heat dry the chipboard, then sponge the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to add shading and dimension.  Hot glue in place.
Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial: Adding the Flowers

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial Embossing Texture Paste by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 04

Finish off your wood pallet with an assortment of Little Birdie Flowers, Succulents and Foliage.  You can watch me build this arrangement in the video that follows.

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial Video

This 20 minute video will guide you step by step through my creative process.  I hope you enjoy!

Little Birdie Products Used in this Project

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Little Birdie Crafts Succulent Garden Altered Journal Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Succulent Garden Altered Journal Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Do you have a boring old notebook or journal lying around the house?  Not very inspiring to write in, is it?  Today’s Little Birdie Crafts Succulent Garden Altered Journal Tutorial will show you how to take a journal from blah and boring to fun and fabulous in no time!

Little Birdie Crafts Succulent Garden Altered Journal Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

I snagged this 8″ x 10″ faux leather journal off a clearance shelf at a local Tuesday Morning.  It was great quality…but kind of ho hum in appearance.  The perfect piece to alter!

Little Birdie Crafts Succulent Garden Altered Journal Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 02

First, I stenciled the cover with a design from Little Birdie Crafts and some LB Sparkle Paste.  Then I added paint, burlap, distressed papers, fussy cut images and of course, gorgeous florals to really dress it up.

Little Birdie Crafts Succulent Garden Altered Journal Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 03

My floral cascade is made with a mix of succulents, beaded flowers, tiny petals and gorgeous foliage, all from Little Birdie Crafts.

Little Birdie Crafts Succulent Garden Altered Journal Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 04

Chipboard, sisal fibre, fussy cut elements and some wood letter tiles make all the difference.  Now this journal is pretty enough to have out on display!  It would also make a wonderful gift for someone who loves to garden.

Would you like to learn how to alter your own boring journal?  Then just watch this YouTube video to learn how.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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