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Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette

Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette for Petaloo International

Hello, Friends!  Don’t you just love springtime?  One of my favorite things about this lovely season is the return of all the little songbirds.  Birds will build a nest in the oddest spots. Last year, a pair of bluebirds built their nest in our neighbor’s mailbox, and all anxiously anticipated the arrival of those baby birds.  Thinking about this inspired me to make this Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette for Petaloo International.

Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 1

Lovebirds Nesting in a Rusty Wagon

Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo  2

I’ve been saving this little metal wagon for just the right project.  After treating it with Prima Rust Paste, it was filled with a bed of Spanish Moss.  Then I added this cute little bird nest.  Next I painted some miniature eggs with Distress Oxide Ink and added them to the nest.  Then I had the best time creating a garden full of pretty Petaloo flowers in shades of purple, green and white.

Love Warms Every Nest: Building the Base

Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 3

Earlier this year, I happened across a fabulous clearance sale at Michael’s where I found this chunky 4″ x 4″ canvas which was perfect for the base of my vignette.  I covered it with a green floral print from Graphic 45’s Place in Time Deluxe Collector’s Edition.  Then I wrapped it with these lovely bird feathers.  Next, the top was covered with more Spanish Moss and more pretty flowers and butterflies.

Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo  4The chipboard tag is attached to a mini chalkboard that is in turn attached to a clothespin.  This way, I can just clip the tag onto the side of the wagon and it stands all on its own.  The tag is from Graphic 45’s A Place in Time Deluxe Collector’s Edition.

Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo  5

Love Warms Every Nest Springtime Vignette by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Photo 6

Making this sweet little vignette was almost as much fun as planting real flowers.  I hope it brought some sunshine into your life, too.

You can find a supply list at the end of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!



Supply List


Graphic 45 St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holders

St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holders with Graphic 45 Calendar Collections

Hello, G45’ers!  St. Patrick’s Day will soon be here!  I thought it would be fun to create some little goodies for my favorite leprechauns to make the holiday even more fun.  Graphic 45 has 3 gorgeous calendar collections: A Place in Time, Children’s Hour and Time to Flourish.  And I have 3 gorgeous grand girls!  What a happy coincidence!  I pulled out all 3 collections, some G45 Staples long Ivory Tags and went to work designing these St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holders.

Aren’t they cute?  And they are a quick and easy project to make, which is even better!

A Place in Time Leprechaun Tag: How to turn a Tag into a Treat Holder

Each tag in this trio follows the same basic “recipe.”

  1. Place a long Staples Tag (I used Ivory) on your scoring tool so that the long side is against the rail and the bracketed edge is on your right.
  2. Starting at the left hand side, score the tag at 3.5″ and again at 4″.
  3. Gently fold the tag slowly so that you don’t crack the heavy cardstock.  You might need to very lightly moisten the area along the crease with a baby wipe or damp paper towel.
  4. Burnish with a bone folder to set the crease.
  5. Decorate with paper.
  6. Add a pocket to the inside.
  7. Thread ribbon through the grommet, and suspend a little shamrock charm, if desired.
  8. To make quick work of  covering the spine, use wide Graphic 45 washi tape.

It’s really that simple!

For this St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holder, I filled an antique bronze charm with designer paper then covered it with a cabochon.  Green gingham ribbon wrapped around a paper spool and sealed with a button makes a sweet accent.

Decorate the inside with more pretty papers.  I die cut this pocket from designer paper, but you could also score an ATC tag in the same way that you scored the larger tag.

If you don’t want to put chocolate in the pocket, you can always add a tea bag, a gift card, movie tickets or some other small treat.

St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holder with  Time to Flourish

This Time to Flourish Tag has a great botanical feel.

I love the little shamrock key that I hung from the grommet.

Here’s a peeky at the inside, all dressed in pretty shades of green and purple.

I had a pretty tag left from my Tags and Pockets to tuck in along with the chocolate treat.

Children’s Hour St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holder

I still love this sweet image from the Children’s Hour March page. Because it was a little too large for my tag,  I fussy cut it to fit.  Next  I tucked stamps and flowers around it.  For a finishing touch, I hung a sweet chippie from the collection and a wee shamrock charm in the grommet.

Here’s the inside view.

Trim down an ephemera card and use it as a spot to write your greeting.

This design is adaptable to any occasion or theme.  Just change the papers and you’re good to go!

I hope I’ve inspired you to break out your gorgeous Graphic 45 papers, Staples tags and chips.  If so, my job is done here!

May the road rise up to meet you!





It’s Raining Love! A Graphic 45 Valentine

026 (2) Just a quick post today.  I wanted to share this fun vintage Valentine I made using Graphic 45’s A Place in Time collection.  I think this might just be my all time favorite collection from them, as there are so many beautiful vintage images inside.  This card was made from the February page.  This umbrella lady is enjoying  a walk in  a shower of hearts.  As soon as I saw it, I thought of the old tune, “It’s Rainin’ Men, Hallelujah” recorded by The Weather Girls.  Remember that one?  Now you’ll be singing it all day.  No need to thank me; it was my pleasure!

020 (2) Here she is in all her glory.  I started with a kraft card base.  Cutting a 5x 6 1/2 inch panel from a rich red paper in a subtle pattern (found in my scrap drawer) I stitched around the perimeter with a kraft colored thread.  I tucked pieces of inked doily along the fold edge and adhered to the base.  I inked up the umbrella lady with versamark and heat embossed the whole image using clear embossing powder. I love treating images this way.  It adds a soft sheen to the papers, and makes them look almost leathery.  This image was mounted on the same red paper used for the background. Then a fancy stitch was sewn all around the perimeter.  I like the way the stitching turned out; it looks scalloped, and that is a very good thing. The edges were then lightly distressed.

Designer Tool Kit #3 from Paper Wishes was used to cut a panel out from a scrap of ABC Primer paper, also from Graphic 45.  Stitching was added, and the edges were lightly distressed.  This was mounted to the card base at an angle using dimensionals.  I then tucked the sweet little February cut out behind this panel after inking the edges.  A little fussy cutting, a free-hand heart adorned with Ruby Slipper Stickles, a little tag, a sweet heart button and this lady was ready for a trip to the post office! The inside was finished by stamping images from the Crafty Secrets “Cherish” set.I used the last little scrap of that red paper to finish off the inside. And of course, I had to line the envelope!

027 (2) 021 (2) 023 (2) 022 (2)Remember, you can click on the images to make them larger.

Don’t forget to leave a comment so you can win my Blog Candy!  You can find the details in this post: http://www.kathybydesign.com/a-valentine-for-sophie-and-blog-candy-alert/.  Today, I’ve added some peacock feathers to the mix.  All together now, Ooooooooo,.

Thanks for taking the time to read my little blog.  Do you have your Valentines all ready to go?  I have one more to share with you tomorrow.  I hope you take some time today to create something beautiful…in the kitchen, in the garden, in the house, in a journal…or in your crafting spot! Thanks for leaving a comment.  They make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.



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