Category Archives: Home Decor

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

Shabby Chic Altered Button Box Supply List

Authentique Nightfall Halloween Treat Box Mini Album Kit

Authentique Nightfall Halloween Treat Box Mini Album Kit for Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Now that the month of September has rolled around, it’s time to get ready for Halloween!  This Authentique Nightfall Halloween Treat Box Mini Album Kit is one of my favorite ever designs.

As I share it with you here today, I can finally announce that I will be designing scrapbooking kits and tutorials for Button Farm Club.  If you’re not familiar with the Button Farm Club, you really should check it out!  They offer fabulous scrapbooking kits and supplies using all our favorite papers!  I’m really honored to be part of the team, and I think you are going to go batty over this project!  It’s pretty doggone spooktacular.

Authentique Nightfall Halloween Treat Box Mini Album Kit by Kathy Clement for Button Farm Club Photo 01

You get everything you need to make this project in the kit, except for basic supplies like adhesives, black paint and tools.  Even the chipboard covers and black cardstock come in the kit.  This means that when your kit arrives, you can dig in and start creating.  The base is a high quality wooden cigar box.    My thought for this kit was to create a home decor piece that would last for years to come.

Authentique Nightfall Halloween Treat Box Mini Album Kit by Kathy Clement for Button Farm Club Photo 02

The top of the box is a fun easel card design.  Open it for display, then close it when it’s time to pack away after the ghosts and ghouls have gone back into hiding.

Authentique Nightfall Halloween Treat Box Mini Album Kit by Kathy Clement for Button Farm Club Photo 03Authentique Nightfall Halloween Treat Box Mini Album Kit by Kathy Clement for Button Farm Club Photo 04

A step out tutorial with full color photos comes with the kit for stress free crafting!

Authentique Nightfall Halloween Treat Box Mini Album Kit by Kathy Clement for Button Farm Club Photo 05

Authentique Nightfall Halloween Treat Box Mini Album Kit: But Wait!  There’s More!!!

Authentique Nightfall Halloween Treat Box Mini Album Kit by Kathy Clement for Button Farm Club Photo 06

You didn’t think I would make JUST a box did you?  Well, you were correct!  This Authentique Nightfall Halloween Treat Box Mini Album Kit has a darling mini album tucked inside.

Authentique Nightfall Halloween Treat Box Mini Album Kit by Kathy Clement for Button Farm Club Photo 07

The mini measures 5″ x 5″ with a 2″ spine.  Loaded with interactive features, techniques and inserts that you will be able to use in all your crafty adventures, it’s one of the cutest mini albums I’ve ever designed.

But don’t take my word for it!  Watch this Nightfall Treat Box Mini Album Kit video project share and see for yourself.

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about this project and partnering up with Button Farm Club.  One of my favorite things in the world is to create mini albums and folios  So many of you have asked me to create tutorials for various projects.  Now I’ll finally be able to create and share these wonderful kits with you.  They are an incredible value, and I can’t wait to get started on the next one.

If you’d like to purchase one of these Nightfall Halloween Treat Box Mini Album kits, please know that the supply is limited.  You can find all the information on this kit at Button Farm Club.

If you’d like to purchase this Treat Box and Mini album, I have ONE available in my Etsy shop.  You can find it here.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Little Birdie Crafts Sea Flowers Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Sea Flowers Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready to pull on your Mixed Media boots this morning?  I am really learning to enjoy the whole messy mixed media experience!  This 8×8 Little Birdie Sea Flowers Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial is loaded with tips, tricks, techniques and ideas that you can incorporate into your own crafty adventures.

Sea Flowers Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

Instead of being scared out of my wits when faced with a blank canvas, I am learning to have fun with the process, take it as it comes and to trust my instincts.  Since I love everything about the ocean, I thought it would be fun to create a little seaside collage with sprays, paints, gels, stencils, chipboard and flowers.

I won’t spend a lot of time here talking about the project, as you can find out all about it in the video tutorial below.  But just look at all this yummy texture, color and dimension!  I can’t believe I did this!  Happy dance time!

Little Birdie Crafts Sea Flowers Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial: Two Step Crackle Medium

I’ve been wanting to try out LBC Two Step Crackle Medium for ages, and I finally had a chance to take it for a test drive.  This close up shot of the background gives you an idea of what it looks like.  In person, it’s amazing.  But it’s hard to capture with the camera.

Little Birdie Crafts Sea Flowers Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial Video

I thought y’all might enjoy taking this little mixed media journey with me, so I’ve prepared a video tutorial for you.  We’ll start with a quick look at the finished canvas and talk about the supplies I used to create these mixed media effects.  Then there will be a photo step out tutorial showing you how to build the basic layers on the canvas.  Finally, we will go “live” as I build the collage elements.  This way, if you are like me, you can see how a composition like this comes together.  For your convenience, I’ve linked all the products I used below this post.

There is still much for me to learn when it comes to mixed media.  But I can tell you this, I’m looking forward to each new experience instead of dreading it.

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks today 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

Flowers of the Sea Mixed Media Canvas Supply List

Other Products: Other products: Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink, Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink Reinker, Walnut Ink Spray, Tim Holtz Sand and Sea Bigz Die, seashells from my stash

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

Product Links to the Funkie Junkie Boutique


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

 

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