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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!

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 8 Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 9 Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 10

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!




Pretty Petaloo Tags

Pretty Petaloo Tags: An Upcycling Project with Petaloo & Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime

Hello, Friends!  I have a true confession to make: I adore Petaloo products!  I even adore their pretty packaging. The background colors and patterns are so lovely, I can never quite bring myself to toss them in the recycle bin.   I have been saving the chipboard bases from my Botanica Mini Blossoms for a while now, and decided it would be a fun “upcycling” project if I turned them into whimsical  upcycled gift tags.  So I dug into my stash of coral Petaloo posies, broke out my Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime paper collection and started to play. The end result is this trio of pretty Petaloo tags.

Pretty Petaloo Tags

You’d never believe that these darling little tags started out as Petaloo packaging, would you? The wonderful thing about the chipboard bases, aside from the fact that they are pretty, is how sturdy they are.  They are just the right thickness for mixed media projects, and the size is perfect for a gift tag.

Pretty Petaloo Tags 01


I have always loved this precious images from Once Upon a Springtime.  And, I super love the fact that the Coral range of Petaloo flowers are a picture perfect match for the color palette of these enchanting papers.  It’s so nice when products work together seamlessly, isn’t it?


Pretty Petaloo Tags 02


Each tag is built with the same basic “recipe” which I will share with you below in a Snapguide tutorial so you can make your own pretty Petaloo tags!


Pretty Petaloo Tags 03


I left the packaging hole uncovered, so you can just slip ribbon through the top and attach to your gift.  Or, string all three together to make a sweet banner!



Check out How to Make Once Upon a Springtime Tags W/Petaloo &G45 by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.


I hope you enjoy this little Snapguide tutorial I prepared for you.  I don’t know about you, but I’ll never toss Petaloo packaging in the recycle bin again! Instead, I’ll turn them into more pretty Petaloo tags!

Thanks for stopping by!




Petaloo Products Used in this Project

Coral Botanica Minis 1101-105

Penny Lane Antique Peach Mini Wild Roses 1838-051

Sienna Chantilly Velvet Hydrangeas 1272-212

Beaded Hat Pins

Other Products Used:

Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime Collector’s Edition

Really Reasonable Ribbon: Light Coral Stitched Satin Ribbon, Moss Green Gingham Ribbon, Pearl Pink Satin Ribbon, Ivory Burlap String

Spellbinder Doily Art 3-D Embossing Folder

Tattered Angels Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist

Crop-A-Dile Corner Rounder, Corner Chomper

Studio Gesso

Distress Ink: Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw, Tea Dye

Sand paper or sanding grip



Mixed Media Sunflowers

Mixed Media Sunflowers with Crafty Secrets Sunflowers Digital Art Stamps

Hello, Friends!  And welcome to September!  I took some time this weekend to play with the new Sunflowers Digital Art Stamps from Crafty Secrets.  These are some of the prettiest stamps Sandy has ever made. I put on my Mixed Media Boots for this sunflowers card.  I used alcohol pens, chalks, Distress Inks, Distress Paints, embossing folders, homemade gold mist, stitching and a great little technique that I will share with you below.  What fun!

Kathy by Design for Crafty SecretsI used a  paper tole technique to create this layered card, and I’ll share details with you below.  But first I wanted to give you a peeky at the whole stamp set because you are going to love it!













Twenty of these stamps also come in rich sepia tones, so there are 43 digital images and sentiments in all for just $6.95.  I chose to work with the sunflower and bird framed image.  After sizing the image to 3.75″ x 5″ , it was copied into Microsoft word and pasted.  I did this 4 times in all, so that I could create dimensional layers within the focal image.

Kathy by Design for Crafty SecretsI colored the script background and the frame on the first copy.  On the second copy, I colored just the leaves.  For the third copy, I colored the sunflower and the sunflower center.  Finally, I colored the little bird on the 4th copy.  Next I fussy cut the colored layers.  DO NOT fussy cut the base layer.  Leave it exactly as it is.  All the cut edges were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I used Warm Honey Distress Ink on the sunflower in the base layer.  You don’t want to leave this blank, as you are going to be able to see it beneath your popped up sunflower crown.

CS Sunflowers 03First, the leaves were glued in place over the leaf images in the base layer.  The sunflower crown was shaped with a stylus to give it dimension and a cup shape in the center. When I was happy with the shape of the flower, I used foam dots to attach it over the sunflower in the base panel.  Then I filled the center with Czech beads and let it dry.  The little bird will be added later on.  Put him in a safe place so you don’t lose him amidst the jumble on your desk.

While the sunflower crown was drying, I printed out two patterned papers from the Birds and Blooms Digital Paper Kit.  For the brown wood flowers paper, I cropped a portion from the center away from the floral images in the corners.  This was sized to 4.75″ x 6.75″  and copied into Microsoft Word.  I printed it out, spritzed it very lightly with my homemade gold mist and then ran it through Spellbinder’s Bricks and Bark M-Bossabilities folder.  Before running it through the Big Shot, I inked the flat side of the embossing folder with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  This created wonderful texture and made the paper look like real wood.

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Next, I printed out the blue quatrefoil canvas paper onto 8.5″ 11″ paper.  I die cut this with the two largest dies in Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles.

When the sunflower image was dry, I matted it onto pale yellow cardstock that was cut slightly larger than the image.  I layered the wood paper, die cut and focal image together and then very carefully stitched around them as you can see in the photo.  (If I did this again, I would not add the dimensional sunflower until AFTER I stitched, but the stitching was an “in the moment” decision.)  Once the card was stitched, I added the little bird to the front using foam dots to hold him in place.

The sentiment is part of the set, and I just printed it out onto white cardstock, inked it with Warm Honey Distress Ink, stamped it with a background stamp and die cut it with a tag die.  I splattered it with a little bit of Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint and set it aside to dry.  The metal flowers were painted with Warm Honey Distress Paint.  I just kind of tapped the paint on with my fingertips as I wanted some of the base metal to show through. I used a brad to attach this to the tag.  I ran a piece of Glory Blue Seam Binding through the end of the tag, and then the tag was set in place with foam tape.

CS Sunflowers 05All that was left now was to add the finishing touch with a corner bow made with Glory Blue Seam Binding and Navy Burlap Center Stitch Ribbon.  The bow was topped with one of my precious vintage buttons from my grandmother’s button box.

CS Sunflowers 04It’s hard for me to part with these gorgeous vintage buttons, but it was the perfect accent for this card.

CS Sunflowers 07The inside of the card is simply finished.  I stamped the original Sunflower stamp onto the blue quatrefoil paper and added another stamped sentiment.

I hope you’ll give this paper tole technique a try.  It takes a little patience to fussy cut the layers, but the end result is so pretty, it’s well worth the effort.  What do you think?

And, if you’d like to purchase this card, it’s available in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!



Beautiful Ribbon Butterfly Card Tutorial

Beautiful Ribbon Butterfly Card Tutorial for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Bright Spring Colors Challenge

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another great challenge over at the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  This one is all about using bright spring colors and ribbons on your cards.  What fun!  I created this beautiful ribbon butterfly tutorial to share with you today.

Beautiful Ribbon Butterfly/Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Beautiful Ribbon Butterfly/Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Here’s what you need to make this card:

RRR Bright Spring Ribbons Tute 01Gather your materials.  Die cut the butterfly from the watercolor paper.

RRR Bright Spring Ribbons Tute 02Cut a 5.5″ square of plain white cardstock.  Secure the first ribbon strip from corner to corner in the center of this panel, securing with Scor-Tape.

RRR Bright Spring Ribbons Tute 03Add each ribbon, checking it’s placement against the evacuated die cut.  As you can see here, I didn’t run each piece of ribbon all the way across the cardstock, I just made sure it filled the evacuated space.

RRR Bright Spring Ribbons Tute 04Trim any edges, and set this piece aside in a safe place because we are about to get inky!

RRR Bright Spring Ribbons Tute 05

Smoosh your Distress Ink onto your non-stick craft sheet.  Try not to overlap the colors,

RRR Bright Spring Ribbons Tute 06Spray the smooshed ink until little beads of color appear, then drag your evacuated die cut through the puddles of ink.  Repeat this until you have the color you want, using a heat tool to dry each layer between applications.

RRR Bright Spring Ribbons Tute 07Pick up any little “blobs” of ink to add some interesting detail to the panel.  It’s all according to what YOU like!

RRR Bright Spring Ribbons Tute 08Ink the inner and outer edges with Shaded Lilac Distress Ink and a sponge applicator.  Again, according to your taste.  Flick and spritz the watercolor paper with your mister until it’s just the way you like it! Run it through the embossing folder.  Run a little Picket Fence Distress Stain over the embossed areas to soften the color if you like.  I liked, so I did that, but you might want the brighter colors.  Then, attach to the prepared ribbon base either with stitching or Scor-Tape.

RRR Bright Spring Ribbons Tute 10Here you can see the close up of the embossing.  I filled a tiny glass vial with seed beads, wrapped it with Iridescent White Metallic String and then hot glued it as the center of my butterfly body.  The little shimmery bits on the card are pieces of Iridescent string that separated when I cut it, and they were so pretty, I attached them to the card with glue.  Just for fun.

RRR Bright Spring Ribbons Tute 11I didn’t want to add any more color to this card, but I did want to add some shimmer and shine, so I tied a big fluffy bow with the white organza ribbon, topping it with more iridescent string and a cluster of Ivory Sweetheart Blossoms that I tapped with Shaded Lilac DI.   The metal word strip was in my stash, but it was solid pewter, so I colored it with my Spectrum Noir alcohol pens, and I like the way it turned out.

I hope you’ll give this fun technique a try! No go get your craft on and create your own beautiful project with bright spring colors and ribbon!  I’ll see you over on the RRR Blog!



I’m linking this card to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge # 175: Anything Goes

Party Time Tuesdays #196 Anything Goes


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