Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box

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Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box for the Heartfelt Creations May 2018 Alumni Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations May 2018 Alumni Hop!  The hop starts here. You’ll find a complete blog hop list at the end of this post.  Since May is the month when we celebrate Memorial Day in the US, I thought a Blazing Poppy themed project would be fun to make.  After a search through the Closet of Shame, I found a lovely round box that some dear soul passed on to me and I decided to upcycle it into this Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box.

Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box Blazing Poppy by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 01

This box is about 6″ in diameter and about 3″ high.  Since the base color was already a lovely shade of poppy, I simply needed to add my designer papers, flowers, foliage and embellishments.

Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box: Tips and Tricks

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Round boxes are fairly easy to alter.  While I didn’t have time to do a complete tutorial this month, here are some tips and tricks that I used:

  • First, measure the height of the inside walls of your box.  Then cut your designer paper about 1/4″ less than that measurement.
  • Next, trace the bottom of the box onto your chosen designer paper.  If you cut inside the traced circle, you should have a liner piece for the box interior that’s just about perfect in size.
  • Then, repeat that process to create the liner piece for the interior cover.
  • I inked all my paper edges with a combination of Abandoned Coral, Ripe Persimmon and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.
  • Use border strips to line outside edges of the box.  First, brush the back side of your paper with Distress Collage Medium.  After applying your cut strips to the box sides, it is helpful to burnish lightly with a slightly damp paper towel to push out any air bubbles.
  • Add a second coat of Distress Collage Medium to seal and protect the paper.
Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box:  What’s Inside

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Since I already had all my “mess” out on the desk, I decided to create a little 4″ square gift card holder to go inside the box.

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The round focal is cut from one of the pre-designed card fronts in the Blazing Poppy Paper Collection.  To add extra dimension, I popped my fussy cut denim pocket full of poppies up with foam dots.

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Next I tucked this die cut tag behind the pocket and added a vintage style metal key.

Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box Blazing Poppy by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 06

The interior of the card has a gift card pocket.  Fill it with a tiny tag and miniature chocolate treat for extra fun..

On with the Hop!

This blog hop begins on Friday, May 25th at 8AM EDT and runs until 11:59PM EDT on Monday, May 28th.

Be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop and leave a lovely comment as one lucky comment will be randomly chosen from a mystery blog to win a $25 gift card at Heartfelt Creations!  The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations Blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, May 30th.  I ‘ll also post the winning name at the top of this post at that time.

The winner needs to contact Heartfelt Creations by email at Please write “Winner of the May Alumni Hop” in the subject line of your e-mail. 

Now let’s get hopping!

Kathy (you are HERE) ♥ Vicki  ♥  Amarilys  ♥ Alissa  ♥  Pam  ♥ Archana  ♥ Piyanki ♥   ♥

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 hopping!



Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box Supply List


70 thoughts on “Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box

  1. Sara Emily Barker

    Obviously, I’m not here for the prize or the hop, but to see how you’ve altered this box. I love the dimension on the top and sides–that little butterfly/poppy vignette is GORGEOUS! I really adore the key for the butterfly’s body and the addition of prills to really make this scene come alive. Of course, there’s something else! Your projects never stand alone; there’s always a surprise! Those paper scraps make for a beautiful little gift card holder–love that denim pocket and punch of black from the rick rack. It’s those details that take your projects up to another level of greatness!

    I am a box girl, so this project is extra special for me. However, after cleaning out the hoarder house (we’re still at it, by the way) I really don’t want to see another decorative box. She had hundreds! I’ve even cleaned out my stash of wooden cigar boxes from the Closet. Sending big hugs!

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thank you so much, Dawn! It’s a lovely collection to work with. I’m so glad you are enjoying the hop! Cheers!

  2. Janet Saieva

    What a beautiful project Kathy! I just love the Blazing Poppy Collection and the keepsake box you created is amazing!

  3. Melanie

    Holy wow! I love this box! I love all the different layers and colors you used. The pocket in the middle is adorable! Thanks for sharing!

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thank you so much, Melanie! Altered boxes are fun to make, especially when you have such beautiful paper to play with!

  4. Frances White

    The Keeosake box is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for the instructions so we can make one.

  5. Wendy Lambert

    I love the vintage-y feel of the box. Beautiful creation! I am working on building my closet of shame…lol.

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thanks so much, Wendy! I’m glad you are building your own Closet of Shame…they are handy to have! LOL Enjoy the hop!

  6. Suzan Moore

    Absolutely beautiful!!! I am just trying to get supplies together to start making flowers. Love this!

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Oh, that’s wonderful Suzan! I love to make my own flowers! It’s very relaxing! Thanks for the kind comment!

  7. Glenda

    What a stunning box my friend. Sorry to be so late to comment. Been in the garden for two days! Not all day, but it feels like it..LOL…

  8. carol edwards

    Absolutely gorgeous Kathy, the poppies are such beautiful flowers and of course play such a big part of remembrance. Love how you’ve upcycled your box from your closet of shame!!. Think my whole craft area is a closet of shame at the moment. Like the tip about using damp paper towel for air bubbles as not heard that before. X

  9. Mary Ann Fry

    Lovely. Unique. Great job representing Heartfelt Creations. Third time for posting a comment. I hope this shows up. I followed and commented all the other blog members.

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Hello, Mary Ann! I am so sorry you had such a hard time leaving your comment! Thanks for persisting! If this is the first time you’ve commented on my blog, it’s possible my anti-spam program was blocking you. I’m glad you got through. So glad you enjoyed the project and the hop! Thanks for hopping and Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

  10. Helen

    What a lovely altered project, Kathy. The poppy set was one of my first Heartfelt Creations purchases and I love working with it. Do you think something like this would work on round, lidded cans? I have a few of those that are often used for gifting holiday cookies but might work for something like this as well.

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thank you so much, Denice! I tried some new mixed media products on the petals, and I really like the way they turned out! Thanks for hopping!

  11. Lisa Conner

    Great job. I have so many boxes waiting to be repurposed. One of these days I’ll get to them. 🙂

  12. Carla Hundley

    This little box is gorgeous!
    Great job on the papers
    you used and the matching
    gift card really adds to it.
    Love the embellishments.
    Carla from Utah

  13. Mary Fry

    First, I love boxes. When I grow old, I will not be a bag lady, I will be a box lady. Second, this is beautiful. I love how you always add an extra something like candy, tea, or gift card. And, you show case Heartfelt Creations with their stunning flowers and die cuts.

    1. kathycNC Post author

      That is a good life plan, Mary! I also love boxes! Thanks so much for your very kind comment. I am so glad you are enjoying the hop!

  14. Mary Ann Fry

    Very nice; I love how you always add an extra special suprise. Who doesn’t like candy, tea, or a gift card. I’m new to Heartfelt Creations and can’t get enough of them. Thanks for the hop!

  15. Jennifer Scull

    This is gorgeous! I like all of the little things you ara that give the special touches. You and Ginny both use these little floral prills, and I have never seen anything like them before. They are lovely and add so much for something so tiny. I am going to have to research where to find them.

    Your closet of shame gives me the giggles! I actually have several clear plastic storage containers filled with all kinds of stuff I save to alter.

    Have a great weekend! 🙂

  16. Suzy Q

    Luv how you decorated your box Kathy! I have 2 big hat boxes to do in my stash of shame! You have spurred me on!!! Luv all the extra details …key, flowers, pocket, bows and gingham ribbon to boot!!! Beautiful! I gotta get busy! Hugs …Suzy Q

    1. kathycNC Post author

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the post, Charlotte! I always try to share a helpful hint or two in my posts. Happy hopping!

  17. june carole phipps

    Wow, This came out of your closet of shame!!! Stunning Kathy, I will certainly be seeing boxes in a different light from now on. Such a lovely addition for a guest room. TFS
    Blessings from UK

  18. Corrine Ann

    Beautiful projects! I think I should visit your closet of shame as you always have such pretty papers in there! My Designer Paper supply needs help!

  19. Cynthia Pryor

    I really like your box, especially the addition of the key. The card inside is a special treat! Thanks for the inspiration.

  20. Vicki R.

    Beautiful! I love this collection although I find it not easy to use. This is fabulous….”closet of shame”! LOL! I have cupboards of shame too!

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