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Little Birdie Crafts Poppies & Roses Altered Box

Little Birdie Crafts Poppies & Roses Altered Tag Box by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Little Birdie Crafts Poppies & Roses Altered Box: Good Things in Small Packages

Hello, Friends!  If you love little things, then you are going to be very happy with this Little Birdie Crafts Poppies & Roses Altered Box.  It definitely falls into the “good things come in small packages” category of crafting.  Do you save cute boxes?  I do.  Seems like I just can’t find it in my heart to toss a well made box.  I blame it on my mom, who used boxes to make everything from baby beds to bookshelves.

True story!  When my little sis was born in the 60’s there were no fancy little baby seats.  But my mom fashioned one from a cardboard box and pillows.  She used one of my dad’s old belts to keep Sissie tucked in safe and sound!  Ingenuity!  Gotta love that.

When this same sweet sis presented me with a cute box of gourmet tea bags this Christmas, I knew immediately that I wanted to make it into some sort of project.  So into the Closet of Shame it went.  I actually painted all the edges of the 3″ x 3″ x 3″ kraft box with ivory chalk paint before stowing it away because I knew I would be more likely to use it if I’d done a little prep work in advance.  Sure enough, as I was perusing the shelves this weekend, there sat the sweet little box, just begging to be used.  And that’s how this project came into being.

How to Alter a Box with Little Birdie Crafts Poppies & Roses

This is a quick and easy project.  You’ll need to change your measurements if your box is bigger or smaller than mine, but the process is the same.

  • First paint all the edges of the box, inside and out, with chalk paint. Set the box aside to dry and forget about it for 5 months.
  • Next, cut (6) 2 7/8″ square panels from the 6×6 Poppies and Roses Paper Pad.  Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, or dry brush them with chalk paint.  Or just leave them as they are.  It’s all good.
  • Now, cut (6) 2 3/4″ square panels from another 6×6 pattern.  Use these to line the box interior.
  • Then trace the little tabs on the sides and closure onto a piece of printer paper.  Use this as a template to cut out designer paper for those areas on the box.
  • Fussy cut a border from the 12×12 paper pad.  Adhere this around the middle of the box like a belt. It will be a little bit short, so start in the center front and wrap around the sides, ending up on the front of the box.  We will cover the gap, so no worries.
  • Now, attach crochet lace with 1/4″ Scor-Tape above the fussy cut border.
  • Alter mini bronze box feet with Little Birdie Antique Gold Metallic Wax.  Adhere to the bottom of the box and set aside to dry.  I use my Dries Clear Adhesive for this task.

TIP: Set the box upside down while the feet are drying.

The Fun Part: Decorating the Box

While the box is drying prepare the decorative elements.

  • Fussy cut flower clusters, wreath, door,  and butterflies from the 6×6 pad cut apart page.
  • Accent the Ornate Clock Chipboard with Gold Metallic Wax.  Back this with a couple of layers of waste chipboard or foam adhesive. Cut the wreath in half and adhere behind the clock so that the flowers can be seen.

  • Next,alter the grass chipboard with Glimmer Moss Metallic Wax.  Cut apart.
  • Locate some pretty red Little Birdie Flowers.  I used Meadow Red and Candy Embossed Daisies.
  • Once the box feet are dry, arrange the elements in a way that pleases you.

To make the box lid stand upright, use this clever trick I learned from my crafty pal, Ginger Ropp.  Wrap a panel of chipboard with designer paper.  Then adhere along the back side of the box.

Creating the Tags and Tag Card

I decided I wanted to fill my box with a trio of decorative tags.  Two of the tags are just simple tags that I made by cutting  2 3/4″ wide cardstock and decorating with designer paper.  I staggered the height.  The first tag is 2 3/4″ x 4″.  Make the 2nd tag 4 1/2″ tall.

How to Make  a Tag Card

Here’s how to make the 3rd tag.

  • First cut (2) 2 3/4″ x 5″ panels of cream cardstock.  Crop out the corners with a corner punch.
  • Next, cut a 1 1/2″ x 4″ strip of designer paper from your scraps.  Score this at 1/2″ and 1″.  Now fold to form a little hinged spine.
  • Adhere the left hand flap of the hinged spine on one tag and the right hand flap on the other.
  • Then cut a little strip of designer paper to cover the the inside center of the spine.
  • Next, cut panels of designer paper to fit the tags.  Remember to crop out the corners to match the tag base.
  • Now adhere the patterned paper panels to the tag card.
  • Create a little pocket on the right hand side to hold chocolate or a gift card.
  • Cut apart one of the journal cards from the 12×12 collection and use it to decorate the inside of the card.
  • Use a scalloped punch to cut out one of the small doilies from the 6×6 pad.
  • Punch holes in the tops of the tags and decorate with ribbon, charms and flowers.
  • Trim journal cards from the 12×12 pad to fit the tag fronts.

Extra Goodies

Since I had more room in my box, I also “gift wrapped” a little cookie in a punch out doily.  A scrap of designer paper makes a cute bag for a honey pouch.  One of the tags has a tea bag attached to the back side.  The other is backed with light colored wood grain so that a note can be written.  And I dressed up one of my vintage silver spoons with ribbon and a posy.

This makes such a lovely gift!  It is not expensive to make, and you can honestly put it together in an afternoon.  It’s great for Mother’s Day, birthdays, party favors, bridal showers…just change out the paper to match the occasion.

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment box below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

SUPPLY LIST

 

Button Farm Club January 2020 Kit Reveal

Carta Bella Home Again Altered Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag and Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 01

Button Farm Club January 2020 Kit Reveal: Carta Bella Home Again Altered Etcetera Tag & Folio

Hello, Friends!  I’m so excited to share my Button Farm Club January 2020 Kit Reveal with you today.  This idea has been rumbling around in my head for weeks, and I’m truly tickled with result.  It’s home decor, it’s an organizing tool and it’s a folio all in one.  I think you are going to love this Carta Bella Home Again Altered Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag & Folio!

If you’ve never worked with a Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag before, you are in for a treat!  The tags are made from thickboard: a thick sturdy surface that is perfect for collage, altering and embellishing.  The small tag we use in this project measures a generous 5 1/2″ x 10″; a perfect size for  home decor. And what collection could possibly be better for home decor than Home Again?  The fresh farmhouse vibe, the pretty patterns and the soothing color palette are delightful to work with.

You all know me so well…I like pretty…but I like practical, too.  So I designed this tag with a big ole slash pocket to hold an altered notebook.  It’s the perfect place to jot down a to do list, menu plans, emergency contact numbers, grocery lists….or a little daily gratitude journal.  There’s room to tuck a pen into the pocket, too so everything you need will be right at your fingertips.

Button Farm Club January 2020 Kit Reveal: The Folio

The flip side of the tag houses a delightful tri-fold folio.  You’ll learn how to paper piece this adorable little house on the cover…and just wait til you see what’s inside!

This sweet little folio is filled with flips, flaps, pockets, tags and room for loads of lovely family memories.

The waterfall feature will house (18) 4″ x 4″ photos.  And the other photo spots are designed for photos ranging in size from 4″ x 6″ to 3″ x 5″.  And, if you add a little bulldog clip to the sides, the folio will stand upright so you can display your beautiful family photos.

I think this would make a wonderful bridal shower gift, house warming present, birthday gift and…Mother’s Day will be here before we know it!  The color palette almost reads as a neutral, so it would go with almost any home color scheme.

YouTube Video Tour

To help you get a feel for the flow and function of this lovely kit, I’ve created a very short YouTube tour.

What Comes in the Kit?

As always, you will receive everything you need to complete this project with the exception of your adhesive of choice and Distress Ink, should you choose to sponge a little on the edges.

  • Tim Holtz Small Etcetera Tag
  • Carta Bella Home Again Collection
    • 1 sheet 12 x 12 Journaling Cards
    • 1 Coordinating Solids Pack
    • 1 6×6 Paper Pad
    • 1 Chipboard Phrases
  • Little Birdie Heleen Amor Mio Flowers
  • Bay Leaf Seam Binding/2 yards
  • October Afternoon Buttons (blue/3 per kit/small, med, large if possible)
  • Farmhouse Small Notebook
  • 2 pearl stickpins
  • Full color printed tutorial with easy to follow step by step instructions.

The price of the kit is just $39.99, which is a great value given the contents! The tutorial will give you some new techniques that you’ll be able to use in other crafty adventures as well.

The kit is available now at The Button Farm Club. This is a limited release, and I expect it to sell out rather quickly because it is so stinkin’ cute!

For those of you who have been asking for more card tutorials…stay tuned.  There’s a birthday card kit in the works even as I write this.  It’s going to be really, really cute!

I have spent a good bit of time imagining kits for 2020…and I am so excited to share them all with you as they are released.  2020 is going to be a year that just overflows with creativity.  Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement in this venture.  If you have kits that you’d like to see in 2020, please let me know, and I’ll take them into consideration.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Autumn, Pumpkins and You Etcetera Tag

Autumn, Pumpkins, and You Etcetera Tag with Prima Autumn Sunset

Hello, Friends!  Let’s cozy up with a cuppa and take a look at this Autumn, Pumpkins, and You Etcetera Tag, shall we?  Autumn is all about rich textures, beautiful colors and layers.  I’ve incorporated all those elements into this lovely home decor piece.

Autumn, Pumpkins and You Mixed Media Etcetera Tag Prima Autumn Sunset by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Etcetera tags are huge.   This “small” tag measures 5 1/2″ x 10″ and it’s about 1/4″ thick. A perfect size and weight for home decor, and able to stand up to mixed media techniques, these tags are a favorite base.  I thought you might enjoy seeing how I prepared the tag base with mixed media supplies.  So I put together a little “mini tutorial” for you.

Autumn, Pumpkins, and You Etcetera Tag: Layer by Layer

Begin by painting the edges of your Etcetera Tag with DecoArt Copper Metallics Paint.  Dry with your heat gun.

Next, randomly apply Versamark Embossing Ink directly to the edges of the tag.  Then sprinkle randomly with Seth Apter Patina Oxide Baked Texture.

Now heat emboss, but don’t bake it all the way, as you will be adding another layer of embossing powder.

Let the first layer of embossing powder cool, the randomly apply Versamark to the edges again.  Then sprinkle lightly with Emerald Creek Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder.  Heat emboss until you like the finish. This is a matter of personal choice.

I like to emboss my powders until they are like dark toast…not quite burnt, but rich and toasty!

Next, I cut a liner sheet about 1/2″ smaller than the tag.  Collage paper scraps and fussy cut images in layers, stitch on the machine and you’ve got a great base to work with.  There’s no real wrong way to do this.

Autumn, Pumpkins, and You Etcetera Tag: The Details

Cluster images and elements together to create a focal point.  This is important.  The eye needs a place to rest.

This vintage curtain tie back is made of tin.  I altered it with paint and embossing powders to add rich autumn hues.  Then I clustered flowers and autumn leaves around it to blend it into the collage.

Top the tag with gorgeous plaid ribbon, curly ribbon, acorns and more flowers.  The green balls are green peppercorns from my kitchen.

Autumn, Pumpkins, and You Etcetera Tag: The Flip Side

Prima Autumn Sunset Mixed Media Etcetera Tag Waterfall by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

There’s a lot of great real estate on the back side of these tags.  Finish the back side with a lovely little waterfall cascade.  Just add photos!

I have a few of these tags scattered around my home as decor.  This one sold in my Etsy shop.  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

SUPPLY LIST
  • Prima Autumn Sunset
  • Small Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag
  • Seth Apter Baked Texture: Patina Oxide
  • Emerald Creek Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder
  • Versamark Embossing Ink Pad
  • Ribbon, embellishments and fibers from my stash

You’ve Been Booed! Halloween Treat Tags

 

You’ve Been Booed:  Halloween Treat Tags with Halloween Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  You’ve been BOOED!  Which is a very good thing in our part of the world.  This fun trend involves leaving a Halloween treat on a neighbor’s doorstep, ringing the doorbell and running away.  A note inside says, “You’ve Been Booed!” and encourages the recipient to pay it forward to someone else in the neighborhood.  The treat can be anything from a card, to a bottle of wine, to a sweet treat.  But I thought these frightfully fabulous Halloween Treat Tags would be perfect for the occasion.

You’ve Been Booed: Creating the Tag Base

For each tag base you will need to do the following:

  • First, cut a 4″ x 8 1/2″ panel of heavy, 110# black cardstock.
  • Then cut (2) 3 7/8″ x 8 3/8″ panels of patterned paper.
  • Now, pull out some corner shaping dies and crop the top corners.
  • Next, place the long side of the tag on your scoring tool.  Score at 6″ and again at 6 1/2″.
  • Then, line the tag front and back with the patterned paper.  Score each side at 6″ and 6 1/2″ again after you add each layer.
  • Now. old the bottom of the tag up to form a pocket.
  • Next, cut (2) 1″ x 1 1/2″ scraps of black cardstock.  Score at 1/2″ and again at 3/4″.  Fold to form little tabs that will fit inside the pocket and form sides.  Adhere.
  • Finally, wrap the bottom edge of the pocket with 1/4″ Scor-Tape and wrap with Halloween Ribbon.
You’ve Been Booed: Adding the Details

Decorate your pocket with handmade rosettes, Halloween Charms and stickers.  I’ve used Authentique’s Twilight Collection to make my tags.  Then, fill the pockets with treats that any grown up ghoul or goblin would enjoy.

I’ve added some Biscoff cookies, candy corn, a tea wallet, honey stick, vintage spoon and chocolate to my tag pockets.

You’ve Been Booed: A Little Upcycled Card

This wee card is attached to a clothing tag that I salvaged from my husband’s cargo shorts.  The main tag measured about 3″ x 4″ and had a nice shape.  Two smaller tags were attached with jute cord.  Clearly, they were too nice to throw away.  So I painted them with black chalk paint and turned them into a vehicle for this wee card.

There’s room inside for a little ghoulish greeting.  The small tags are dressed up with paper scraps and stickers.

You’ve Been Booed:  The Ribbon Topper

The thing that really makes this tag spooktacular is the ribbon topper.  These all come from the Really Reasonable Ribbon September Ribbon Club Assortment.  Simply punch a hole at the top of each tag, thread the ribbons and the jute string on the upcycled tags through the hole.  Don’t fold the ribbons in half; just pull them through and tie them together with another bit of ribbon.  Tie a bow, add some fall leaves and a flower, and you’ve got a fabulous tag!

Here’s a look at the other tag I made.

Don’t take this the wrong way…but I hope YOU get BOOED this Halloween!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit

Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit with Authentique Twilight Collection

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready for the big reveal of my latest Button Farm Club Kit?  This Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit is frightfully fabulous!  I brewed up a magical potion that conjured up a Halloween home decor, photo album, treat tag project that is absolutely bewitching!

Every time I look at this project, I grin from ear to ear!  This 4 1/2″ drawer holds 6 dimensional treat tags that double as little photo folios.  The witch legs just slay me!

All four sides of this Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit are ready to party, making it the perfect centerpiece for your Halloween display.

The classic black, orange and cream color palette matches last year’s Button Farm Club Halloween project, too.  So if you have that one, this is a great companion piece.

The treat tags are decorated front and back as well.  I love a project that can be changed up!  And just look at those fabulous brass feet on the box!

Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit: The Treat Tags

There are 6 treat tags tucked inside our Boo-tiful Halloween box.  As you can see, each tag is rich in detail and filled with fun!  (This is just a sneaky peek at 3 of the tags.)

And you can’t have a Trick or treat tag without a little candy, right?  The dimensional pocket on each tag holds an individual packet of candy corn…my favorite Halloween treat!

Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit: The Techniques

Not only is this kit too cute to spook, it is filled with wonderful techniques that you can carry over into your other crafty adventures.  Here are just a few of the fun techniques that you’ll learn in this kit:

  • Cover a Graphic 45 Tag with or without a die.
  • How to create marvelous paper layers.
  • Make a dimensional box style pocket.
  • Create handmade rosettes without a die!
  • How to work with ribbons to create a fabulous ribbon cluster
  • Turn a tag into a mini photo album.

Yes, the back side of each tag is actually a miniature 3 1/2″ x 6″ photo album.

This is the perfect spot for preserving photos of your favorite little Ghouls and Goblins!  You’ll have room for 12 photos.

Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit Tour on YouTube

This short video tour will show you all the wonderful features of this kit.

Button Farm Club Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit: What’s in the Kit?

By now you know I like to load up my projects with fun embellishments.  And you will get everything you need to recreate this great project in the kit.  One of the reasons I decided to release these kits through the Button Farm Club is the fact that they love to pack their kits full to the brim with creative goodies. I honestly don’t think you could purchase the individual elements for the price Laura charges…plus you get the printed tutorial written by me.  This is a venture I am really proud to be part of!

Each Trick or Treat Tag Box Kit contains:

  • A beautifully crafted  4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ wooden drawer with a metal drawer pull.
  • A full set of vintage style brass feet with the necessary hardware to attach them
  • (8) 12″ x 12″ sheets of Authentique Paper’s Spooktacular Twilight Collection
  • (1) 12″ x 12″ sticker sheet with heavy weight cardstock stickers
  • (2) 12″ x 12″ sheets of color matched Spectrum Cardstock for creating the folios
  • Graphic 45 Large Black Tag Album with 6 tags
  • Ribbon Assortment (6 different ribbon styles!)
  • One dozen witch legs in assorted colors
  • 3 silver tone Jack-o-Lantern charms
  • 3 silver tone haunted house charms
  • 1 large spiderweb/witch/cauldron charm
  • 1 package of Little Birdie Halloween chipboard
  • 6 individual packets of candy corn
  • 6 miniature wooden clothespins
  • Full color, printed step by step tutorial created exclusively for The Button Farm Club

*Note: We recommend that you purchase the Graphic 45 Large Tag die to make quick work of covering each tag.  This can be purchased at The Button Farm Club.  However, the tutorial has directions for covering the tag even if you don’t have the die.  

From your own stash, you will need to add: adhesive, scoring tool, ruler, paper trimmer, standard hole punch, corner rounder punch (if you are covering the tags by hand…if you have the die, you will not need this tool), and something to add color to your chipboard pieces.  It can be ink, paint, markers or even crayons…whatever you have on hand!

This is a limited edition kit, so place your order before they all vanish into thin air!  You can get your kit HERE.  The price is $62.99.

There are still a few of my other BFC kits in stock, as well as written tutorials for the retired projects.  To see what you might have missed, you can look HERE.

It’s always an honor to create these tutorial kits for you.  So many of you have asked me to travel to you to do classes…and this is the next best thing!  Thanks so much for your friendship and support!  I appreciate you more than words can say!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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