Altered Baby Tray

Altered Baby Tray:   Hoarders Hop and Blog Candy

Hello Friends!  It’s time for another inspiring Hoarders Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from the one and only Wendi’s blog: Scrappy Day in Paradise.  If so, you are right on track. But just in case you have no idea where you are or what you are doing (like me on most days!) here are the links to all the Hoarders who are participating in the hop this month:

 Gloria Stengel –
Debbie Seyer –
Jacquie Southas –
Tracey Sabella –
Donna Idlet –
Nancy Dynes –
Wendi Robinson –
Kathy Clement – (You are HERE)
Karen Zueger-Brownell –
Marisa Job –
Christy Houser –

This month, I have a super sweet baby project to share with you.  I used a 7 Gypsies Solo Tray and Graphic 45 papers (Sweet Sentiments/Little Darlings) and some die cuts to create this little altered baby tray for a friend.

Kathy by Design/Little Darlings Altered Baby Tray 02The solo tray measures 6″ square with a 4″ x 6″ opening and 3 2″ square openings.  I dug deep into the Closet of Shame and came up with some fun embellies like the sweet Baby Animal Print Ribbon, White Iridescent Metallic String, Cosmos Daisies and Magnolia Blossoms.  Oh, and I added a few White Spiral Stamens into my flower/ribbon cluster.  I also inked the edges of the flower petals with Chalk ink, and dry brushed some Tattered Rose Distress Paint onto the sides of the tray.

Little Darlings Altered Baby Tray 01This baby’s nursery is done in pink and lilac, so that dictated the color palette. To be true to the Hoarders Pledge (“Keep everything you have, but use everything you keep,”and yes…I just totally made that up!) I pulled out an ancient Spellbinder’s Lace Border Die to use along the top of the tray.

Little Darlings Altered Baby Tray 03I layered the lilac papers from Sweet Sentiments, adding foam tape between layers to add more direction. A large photo of the new family can be mounted here.  .  The sides of the tray were covered in paper and then wrapped with crocheted lace, but I didn’t get a good photo of that, which was very silly of me!

Little Darlings Altered Baby Tray 04The little dress, bloomers, teddy bear and shoes are die cut with dies that I dug out of my crafty stash.  I inked the edges lightly with Tea Dye Distress Ink…and I have to admit…I super love the way these die cuts turned out.

Baby things are so much fun to make and give!  And speaking of giving, I have a little bit of blog candy to give away this month. Blog candyI have a huge stash of 6″ x 6″ papers that I almost never use.  So I thought I would share.  These are assorted collections from Webster’s Pages and they need a new home.  I’ll toss in some other goodies, too…as much as I can fit into the package.

To win, you just need to do one of the following:

  1. Become a follower of my blog if you are not already. You can subscribe by e-mail by using the form in the upper right hand corner of this page.
  2. Like my Facebook page
  3. Favorite my ETSY shop
  4. Follow me on Twitter
  5. Follow me on Instagram
  6. Follow me on Pinterest

You don’t have to do all of the above…but if you do, it will make my day!  I’ll pick a random winner on Monday November 9th and announce it on my Facebook page that day.

Now hop on over and see what KAREN has cooked up for you!

Thanks for hopping by!






18 thoughts on “Altered Baby Tray

  1. Sara Emily Barker

    Oh, Kathy! Another show stopper! What a fabulous gift to give to a new family to record a photo of their precious baby! I really love this idea, and have a 1/2 dozen of these trays in my OWN Closet of Shame! Guess they are staying, because you have inspired me! I love that you have reached deep into your stash and came up with all these embellishments perfect for this baby tray! And I love your recently made up quote! Great spray of flowers and such down the side! You are so talented! Big hugs and lots of love!

    PS shame on me for being late to the party! I would have loved to get my creepy hands on that Halloween paper! Ha! Ha! Ha!

  2. Christy Houser

    Adorable! This is the perfect gift. Love all the little special touches you added.
    So sweet.

  3. shartl

    Wow, this is so beautiful and how amazing to have it made to match the baby’s room. My youngest daughter’s room is decorated in a shabby chic style and I would have been over the moon to receive something like this. All the vintage details are so pretty and even better that you used old dies, ribbon and flowers. I can see a little bit of the lace that you used around the sides and know this is a real showstopper! I follow you on Pinterest as Shannon Hart and on Facebook too. Thanks for the chance to win some craft stash of our own. I’m still a beginner so haven’t built up a huge stash but I do try to use what I have so that’s a start.

  4. karenladd

    I forgot to say that I already follow you by email and on FB. I also follow you on Pinterest!! Can’t get enough of your gorgeous designs!

  5. karenladd

    You know how much I always love your projects and this one is just adorable in every way. I love all those little embellishments and details that give a sweet vintage look. A big pat on the back for digging into your stash and coming up with such a spectacular piece!! The nursery animal print ribbon is just perfect and the Spellbinders lace border give it a nice feminine touch. I have been trying my best to use older stash too but I really need to come up with a better way of organizing my embellishments so I can find them! My favorite part is the way you inked those baby die cuts to make them look like they were stored in a drawer for a generation! The recipient is going to treasure this forever!

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