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Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder

Tammy Tutterow Creative Team: Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder with Kaisercraft High Tea

Hello, Friends!  What could be lovelier than a nice cup of tea?  Not much in my world!  If you are are a tea lover, too, then I think you are going to like this Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder made with paper pretties from Tammy Tutterow Designs and Kaisercraft’s gorgeous High Tea paper collection.

How to Make a Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder Base

Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder High Tea by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Kaisercraft Photo 1

The base for this hug in a cup teabag holder is Tammy’s Tab Pocket Page Steel Rule Die from Spellbinders.  This die will cut through almost anything: fabric, felt, chipboard, crafting metal, balsa wood…it’s amazing!  And creating the base is a snap.  Here’s how I did it:

  1. First, die cut a Tab Pocket Page out of cream cardstock.  The die automatically adds score lines and cut lines where needed.
  2. Then  cut two more Tab Pocket Pages using  designer paper: one for the inside and one for the outside. Use a bone folder to crease along the fold lines.
  3. Next, stitch the page base and the designer paper you cut for the front together on your sewing machine.  (You can also just glue these two pieces together, but I love the stitching.)
  4. Now, stitch around the inside Pocket Page and glue to the interior of the base.
  5. You’re ready to decorate.  Hooray!
Let’s Make a Pocket!

By now you know that I just have to add a pocket somewhere. While working on the base, I pondered how to make that happen.  I was thinking about all of Tammy’s lovely dies, when I realized that the sweet little Mini Tag Book Die looks a lot like a tea bag.  Here’s how I built the little front pocket.

  1. First, mat the sentiment panel on green cardstock and trim.
  2. Next, cut a piece of pink cardstock that is 1″ wider and i/2″ taller than this panel.
  3. Now, score 1/2″ on both short sides.
  4. Then turn the panel and score 1/2″ on one long side.
  5. Next, crease the folds.
  6. Where the crease lines intersect, use your scissors to bevel the edges.
  7. Then, score to shape a pocket.  Glue the angled sides to the bottom piece.
  8. Now, back with 2 layers of waste chipboard or a double layer of foam tape to lift the pocket from the card base.  This gives you room to slide the tag mini into the pocket.
  9. Finally, adhere to the card front.
Pinwheel Posies

Here’s how I made these shabbylicious Pinwheel Posies.

  1. First, cut 3 sets of petal layers of a soft sagey green dot paper from the High Tea Collection.
  2. Then ink all the edges with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.
  3. Next lightly mist the back of the posy layers with water. I use my Distress Sprayer because it gives me good control.
  4. Then use a stylus and foam mat to shape the flower layers.
  5. Next glue the layers together.
  6. Now spray with Tattered Angels Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist.
  7. Then tap with Picket Fence Distress Paint.
  8. Next sponge with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.
  9. Then die cut several leaves and 2 leaf clusters from Tammy’s Pom Pom Posies Die.
  10. Now ink with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.
  11. Finally shape and add to the cluster.
A Peek Inside the Hug In a Cup Mini Tag Book

I am so in love with this little Mini Tag Book Die.  First, it is sooo teeny tiny and cute, measuring a petite 2.25″ wide x 4″ tall.  You can create it vertically, as I have done here, or horizontally. And doesn’t it make you think of a little tea bag?  I held it together with a vintage brad from my stash.  The teapot is fussy cut from the paper collection and mounted on a chipboard doily from the High Tea Collectibles.  Then I cut a doily from the High Tea Wood Icons bundle in half and painted it to match the papers.    Here’s a peek inside:

Isn’t it just too darling for words?

I wanted you to see this pretty curved edge and tab closure on the base of the Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder.

The inside is very simple.  Just glue down a sentiment panel, some die cut roses from the Collectibles pack and add a tea bag. Isn’t it pretty?

It only took a couple of hours to pull this whole project together.  But if you wanted to make a very simple tea bag holder you could leave off the pocket and Mini Tag Book.  That way, you could finish this up in under an hour.  These would make the most darling hostess gifts.  And wouldn’t they be wonderful as place cards for a birthday party?

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks 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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Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial

Tammy Tutterow Creative Team Friday: Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Do you like to make your own flowers?  I find it to be relaxing and rewarding all at the same time.  For this installment of Tammy Tutterow Creative Team Friday, I have made a Shabby Posies thank you card tutorial.  This beauty is adorned with a cascade of beautiful handmade Shabby Posies roses, a textured background that you can make yourself, and patterned papers that I rescued from the Closet of Shame.  Let’s get started!

Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 1

This 5″ x 7″ top fold card is made with Prima’s retired Stationer’s Desk collection.  Retired collections are too beautiful to leave languishing away The Closet of Shame!

Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial Part 1:Creating the Background Layer

Do you see the pretty textured background layer?  I made this with Tammy’s Picnic embossing folder and her wonderful Big Fabric Background Stamp. Here are the steps I followed.

  • Cut a 4.75″ x 6.5″ panel of smooth white cardstock.
  • Stamp the surface in Pumice Stone Distress Ink using the Big Fabric Background Stamp.
  • Heat Emboss with clear powder.
  • Rub Fired Brick Distress Oxide Ink on the flat side of the embossing folder. (This is the surface that has the Spellbinders logo imprinted on the front.)
  • Use a Distress Spray Bottle to lightly mist the cut cardstock.
  • Place the cardstock misted side up on the bottom half of the embossing folder.
  • Run through your die cutting machine following manufacturer’s directions.
  • Spritz and flick with water.  Heat dry.
  • Use a blender tool to rub Pumice Stone DI over the embossed areas.  Spritz and Flick again.
  • Heat set. The embossed stamping will pop through the ink, which is very cool.
  • Distress Edges
  • Machine Stitch onto a slightly larger panel of designer paper.
Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial Part 2: Creating the Layers

Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 2Now it’s time to create the lovely layers for this card.

  • Cut 3 tags from designer paper using Tammy’s Shortie Tag Die.  Set one aside for later.
  • Ink the edges of the tags with Fired Brick Distress Oxide Ink.  Spritz lightly to activate the ink.
  • Mount the tags on foam tabs.  To save money, I cut up Priority Mail boxes and use them instead.  Not only do I save money, but I repurpose an item that would normally end up in the recycling bin!
  • Add a brad to one tag and glue in place as seen in this photo.
  • Stagger the second tag and glue on top.
  • Next, I added a couple of tags from the Stationer’s Desk collection on top of this tag.
  • Now, use the pennant shaped die from Tammy’s Shortie Tabs to cut 3 little banner flags from scraps.  Glue these in place at the base of the tag that’s on the bottom
Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial Part 3: Creating the Shabby Posies Roses

Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 3The Shabby Posie Die is probably my favorite floral die from Tammy.  It is so versatile.  For this card, I die cut my flower layers from patterned paper.  I love the depth and dimension this adds to a finished flower.  Best of all, it makes quick work of the flower making process.

Here’s how I made these Shabby Posies Roses.

  • Cut three sets of Shabby Posies from patterned paper.
  • Using the leaves from  Pom Pom Posies cut 2 sets of the double leaf die and one of the single leaf die.
  • Use a sponge dauber to add Fired Brick Distress Oxide Ink to the center and around the edges of each flower layer.
  • Lightly spritz the back of each flower layer.  This helps to break down the fibers in the paper, making it easier to shape the petals.  It also helps the layers to hold their shape as they dry, since the water releases the starch within the paper.
  • Shape the flowers and leaves with a stylus and foam mat.
  • Use smaller layers to create a rosebud for the center of one flower.
  • Once the layers are dry (I use a heat tool) assemble with hot glue, firmly pressing a ball stylus into the center of each flower as you stack them.
  • Fill the centers of two roses with hot glue and fill with glass beads.
  • Glue onto the card as shown.
  • Add ribbon and a button.
Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial Part 4: Finishing the Inside

Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 4

Finishing the inside of a card is just as important to me as creating the outside.  I love to make cards that can double as a gift.  So I add pockets, tags, mini envelopes…whatever little treats I can think of to make the card interactive and fun.

Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 5I created a tag pocket on the top half of this card.

Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 6Remember that 3rd Shortie Tag we cut way back at the beginning?  Here it is now.  I’ve inked the edges, double matted it on cardstock, then stamped it with Tammy’s gorgeous Thank You Stamp.

Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 7

It’s just the perfect size to fit on the Shortie Tag and the design is perfect for this card. Stamp in Jet Black Archival Ink, then heat emboss with clear powder to make the design pop.  Then just add a brad and a dragonfly charm to complete the tag.

Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 8The bottom half of the card interior has layered papers topped with a postcard that’s the perfect spot to write a personal note.  And who doesn’t love to open a sweet little Window Mini Pocket to see what is inside?

Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 9I’ve filled this one with a little tag from the paper collection.  It’s a great spot to write a note, tuck in a cash gift or any other little treat.

Be sure to stop by Tammy’s BLOG where you’ll find inspiration from the other amazing gals on the team.  I’m always blown away by the wonderful things they create with Tammy’s gorgeous designs.

I hope this Shabby Posies Thank You Card Tutorial has given you some ideas and tips 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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Put on Your Inking Cap: Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal Video

Frilly and Funkie Put On Your Inking Cap Challenge: Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal Video

Hello, Friends!  I’m happy to be hosting the latest challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog. Our theme this go round is “Put on Your Inking Cap”.  I’ve created a really fun Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal to inspire you today, but before we get started, here are the guidelines for the challenge:

Challenge Theme: Put on your Inking Cap
Create a vintage or shabby chic mixed media project without using patterned paper of any kind. You may use Distress Inks, Sprays, Paints, Stencils, Stamps, Embossing powders or any medium you choose but NO patterned paper allowed!

Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal with Eileen Hull and Tammy Tutterow

Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal by Kathy Clement for the Put on Your Inking Cap Challenge at Frilly &  Funkie Photo 1

Eileen Hull generously donated two sets of the die cut journal components to each member of the Frilly and Funkie team.  The pieces are cut from smooth mat board and are a dream to work with!  If you are familiar with  traditional Midori style travel journals, then you know the covers measure 8.75″ x 4.5″.  Haven’t heard about Midori style journals?  Then you are in for a treat! Search Midori style journals on Pinterest or Google.  But prepare a snack and a beverage, as you will be engaged for a good long time!

My Choose Joy HeARTfelt journal is done in a Junk Journal style.  I’ve mixed and matched all kinds of wonderful products in the three sections.  Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ve prepared a YouTube video tour that will do all the talking for me.  I hope you enjoy!

Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal Video Tour

 

Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal by Kathy Clement for the Put on Your Inking Cap Challenge at Frilly &  Funkie Photo 2

Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal by Kathy Clement for the Put on Your Inking Cap Challenge at Frilly &  Funkie Photo 3

Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal by Kathy Clement for the Put on Your Inking Cap Challenge at Frilly &  Funkie Photo 4

Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal by Kathy Clement for the Put on Your Inking Cap Challenge at Frilly &  Funkie Photo 5Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal by Kathy Clement for the Put on Your Inking Cap Challenge at Frilly &  Funkie Photo 6

Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal by Kathy Clement for the Put on Your Inking Cap Challenge at Frilly &  Funkie Photo 7

Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal by Kathy Clement for the Put on Your Inking Cap Challenge at Frilly &  Funkie Photo 8

Do you like what you see here?  Then pop on over to the Frilly and Funkie Blog and take a look at the journals made by the rest of the team.  You’ll find loads of inspiration and ideas for creating with this wonderful die.

Now It’s YOUR turn

Now that you’re all inspired, I hope you will “Put on Your Inking Cap” and join this fun challenge.  Just create any type of vintage or shabby chic project without using designer paper and you’re good to go.

Then link your project up over at the Frilly and Funkie blog  before midnight on Tuesday, May 9th.  The design team will come by to take a look at your gorgeous creations and will choose our 4 favorite projects from the bunch.

Our top favorite will be invited to serve as a Guest Designer on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The next three projects will receive a Top 3 badge to display proudly on their blog.  And everyone who enters and follows the challenge guidelines will be eligible to win a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

So what are you waiting for?  Go Put on Your Inking Cap and join the fun!

I hope you were inspired by my Choose Joy HeARTfelt Journal.  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Peek a Boo Baby Girl Shortie Tag Album Video Tour

Frilly and Funkie April Showers Challenge: Peek a Boo Baby Girl Shortie Tag Album Video Tour

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  Our hostess this go round is the lovely and talented Suzz.   I’ve created an adorable Peek a Boo Baby Girl Shortie Tag Album Video Tour to share with you today.  But before we get to that, let’s see what Suzz has to say about this fabulous challenge.

April Showers: Create a shabby chic or vintage project inspired by the word showers. Think rain, storms, umbrellas, baby showers, wedding showers whatever comes to mind and start creating.

We hope you’ll join the fun and create your own vintage or shabby chic “April Showers” project . Then link your project up on the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, April 25th.

The Frilly and Funkie team will be popping by to visit your blogs and leave you some lovely comments.  Then the team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie.  The next three favorite participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Peek a Boo Baby Girl Shortie Tag Album Video Tour

I could talk about this album all day long, but instead, I’ve prepared a little video tour where I share supplies, techniques and tips with you.  Enjoy!

Supply List

Most of the items I used to make this album are available at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Some items I’ve had in my stash for a very long time, and have no idea where they came from.  I’ll provide product links wherever possible.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers

Tammy Tutterow Designs: Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers

Hello, Friends!   It’s time to share another cheery project using my favorite Tammy Tutterow Designs goodies.  With Springtime in full bloom here in North Carolina, I decided to use the Framed Hello Stamp from Happy Grams 2 to create a bright and cheery Hello Springtime card with felt flowers.

Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 1

Does it get any happier than this?  Look at all these layers of pretty polkadots, gingham prints, and tiny florals.  All the papers are from Authentique’s Springtime paper collection. Here’s how I put this one together:

How to Make a Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers
  1. Create a 5″ x 7″ top-fold card base from primitive cream cardstock.
  2.  Cut a 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ rectangle of the 12×12 floral print
  3. The blue gingham print is on the reverse side of the floral print.  The rectangle I’ve used here is the piece I had left after cutting the floral panel.  Easy peasy!
  4. Cut two fishtail banners measuring 2.5″ x 5.75″ .  Place over the blue gingham panel so that one is high and one is low, as seen in the photo.
  5. Machine stitch all the layers together.  Or, just glue in place, but I like the texture and detail the stitching adds.
  6. Die cut a doily from the aqua print paper.  Back with foam dimensional or waste chipboard to add dimension.
  7. Stamp the Framed Hello Stamp onto smooth white cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink.   While I had everything out, I stamped several, just in case I had a coloring boo boo.
  8. Color in with your favorite markers, or other coloring medium.  I used Zig Writers..which technically are not for coloring, but they worked just fine.
  9. Back the colored image with foam dimensionals or waste chipboard and glue in place.
  10. Add White Opal Liquid Pearls to the dots in the stamped design.  Let this dry while you work on your felt flowers.

Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 2

Making the Felt Flowers and Bow Cluster

I confess to a new found love for making felt flowers.  They add so much gorgeous texture to a project like this.  I’ve been working with 100% wool felt because it cuts cleanly and holds its shape.

  1.  Get out your Shabby Posies Die.  You will only be using the two smallest dies for this project.  I cut 4 each of the larger flower layer, and 2 of the smaller.
  2. To shape the flowers, I use a double layer of foam shaping mats and a ball stylus.
  3. Heat up your glue gun.  Place a small dollop of hot glue directly in the center of the bottom flower layer.
  4. Lay the second flower layer on top so that the petals are staggered.  Use the ball stylus to press firmly into the center of the flower and hold for a few seconds.
  5. Fill the cavity with a vintage button, flower stamens, beads or buttons.
  6. Die cut leaves using the leaf dies in Pom Pom Posies. Ink the edges lightly, then mist the back of each leaf lightly with water.  Shape.
  7. Tie a loopy bow with yellow chevron ribbon.
  8. Glue the ribbon at the lower left corner of the sentiment panel.
  9. Top with the flowers.
  10. Glue the leaves in place.

Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 3

This color combination makes me happy, happy, happy!

A Peek Inside

Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 4

Use pieces of paper that you’ve already cut to finish the inside of your card.  A pocket is always fun, especially when you tuck in a sweet image, a sunshine yellow teabag and a little note.

Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 4

Hello Springtime Card with Felt Flowers by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 5Tammy’s bitty envelopes are such a great addition to a card like this.  You can tuck in a tiny photo, a little treat, or a gift card.  This is the Tabbed Mini Pocket.  I’ve topped it with a little heart die cut from the Springtime Collection.

And what did I do with the rest of the stamped images? Because I was having so much fun, I went ahead and made a little stack of bright and sunny note cards.  You can never have too many note cards! The inside of each card is blank, except for a tiny border strip of patterned paper.

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Just use the same basic card “recipe” and you’ll have a lovely stack of cheery springtime cards in no time!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets

Tammy Tutterow Designs: Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets

Hello, Friends!  I’m so excited to share today’s project with you, as I think you are going to love it!  I tried some new techniques while making these Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets, and I got to have my first play date with Tammy’s Scoop Pocket Steel rule die.  What fun!

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 1These darling little Easter Tag Pockets make me so happy I want to get up and dance!  Here’s what you’ll need to make these l’il cuties

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets Supply List
Making Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 2I used the same basic “recipe” for each happy little Easter tag pocket.  Here’s how that process went:

  1. Die cut the scoop pocket from designer paper.  Crease on the fold lines.  Glue together.
  2. Cut shortie tags from designer paper.  Use the inserts to cut a decorative edge and glue onto the base of the tag.  You will have to trim out the sides to do this, but it’s easy enough.  Normally, you would cut the edge onto the bottom of the tag, but I wanted the tags to be a little bit longer so they would stick out of the pocket just a little bit.
  3. Stamp sentiments onto watercolor paper.  Heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Color in with markers.
  4. Trim the sentiment.
  5. Stitch onto the tag
  6. Add ribbons and embellies.
  7. Decorate the pocket front

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 3Die cutting the pocket from double sided paper gives it very boutique feel.  The little tag has a photo mount on the back side so you can add pictures of your sweeties all dressed up in their Easter best.  Or you can write a sweet note here.  There’s also plenty of room to tuck in a little treat or gift card.  Aren’t they FUN?

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 4To add the spatters to the tags, scribble your Distress Markers onto a craft sheet or stamping block.  Make an inky puddle by adding a tiny bit of water.  Then use a paintbrush to flick the ink onto the card.  This adds such a fun, festive feel to each tag. The look makes me think of those malted milk Easter Egg candies.  YUM!

Stamping on Felt: A New Technique for me

Happy Little EasterTag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 5So, I fell totally in love with Tammy’s Posie Parts Cling Stamp and Die combo when I made my Suck it Up Buttercup project.  Then, I fell in love with felt flowers when I made my Altered Starbucks Bottle Vases.  I wanted to combine the Posie Parts stamps/dies with felt.  So I put on my thinking cap and decided to try it using Ranger Archival Inks on 100% wool felt.  As you can see, the flowers are cute, cute, cute!

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 6I stamped 3 of each Posie Part flower and a bunch of leaves.  The first time I die cut them, the ink kind of bled onto my cutting plates.  Soooo, the second time, I very gently heat set the ink with my heat tool.  No problemo!  The wool felt handled the gentle heat very well, and there was no inky mess on my cutting plates.

Next, I hot glued the flower layers together, staggering the petals.  I pressed a ball end stylus into the center to create dimension.  Finally, I added little button centers.

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 7

A Nifty Clean Up Trick

If you do get ink on your cutting plates, you can break it down and wipe it off using hand sanitizing gel.  I use this stuff to clean my craft sheet, cutting mat, hands…anything that gets inky, really, and it works great!  And, it’s CHEAP!

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Working with Tammy’s lovely products always makes me happy, happy, happy!  I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks 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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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

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