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Little Birdie Crafts Poppies & Roses Altered Box

Little Birdie Crafts Poppies & Roses Altered Tag Box by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Little Birdie Crafts Poppies & Roses Altered Box: Good Things in Small Packages

Hello, Friends!  If you love little things, then you are going to be very happy with this Little Birdie Crafts Poppies & Roses Altered Box.  It definitely falls into the “good things come in small packages” category of crafting.  Do you save cute boxes?  I do.  Seems like I just can’t find it in my heart to toss a well made box.  I blame it on my mom, who used boxes to make everything from baby beds to bookshelves.

True story!  When my little sis was born in the 60’s there were no fancy little baby seats.  But my mom fashioned one from a cardboard box and pillows.  She used one of my dad’s old belts to keep Sissie tucked in safe and sound!  Ingenuity!  Gotta love that.

When this same sweet sis presented me with a cute box of gourmet tea bags this Christmas, I knew immediately that I wanted to make it into some sort of project.  So into the Closet of Shame it went.  I actually painted all the edges of the 3″ x 3″ x 3″ kraft box with ivory chalk paint before stowing it away because I knew I would be more likely to use it if I’d done a little prep work in advance.  Sure enough, as I was perusing the shelves this weekend, there sat the sweet little box, just begging to be used.  And that’s how this project came into being.

How to Alter a Box with Little Birdie Crafts Poppies & Roses

This is a quick and easy project.  You’ll need to change your measurements if your box is bigger or smaller than mine, but the process is the same.

  • First paint all the edges of the box, inside and out, with chalk paint. Set the box aside to dry and forget about it for 5 months.
  • Next, cut (6) 2 7/8″ square panels from the 6×6 Poppies and Roses Paper Pad.  Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, or dry brush them with chalk paint.  Or just leave them as they are.  It’s all good.
  • Now, cut (6) 2 3/4″ square panels from another 6×6 pattern.  Use these to line the box interior.
  • Then trace the little tabs on the sides and closure onto a piece of printer paper.  Use this as a template to cut out designer paper for those areas on the box.
  • Fussy cut a border from the 12×12 paper pad.  Adhere this around the middle of the box like a belt. It will be a little bit short, so start in the center front and wrap around the sides, ending up on the front of the box.  We will cover the gap, so no worries.
  • Now, attach crochet lace with 1/4″ Scor-Tape above the fussy cut border.
  • Alter mini bronze box feet with Little Birdie Antique Gold Metallic Wax.  Adhere to the bottom of the box and set aside to dry.  I use my Dries Clear Adhesive for this task.

TIP: Set the box upside down while the feet are drying.

The Fun Part: Decorating the Box

While the box is drying prepare the decorative elements.

  • Fussy cut flower clusters, wreath, door,  and butterflies from the 6×6 pad cut apart page.
  • Accent the Ornate Clock Chipboard with Gold Metallic Wax.  Back this with a couple of layers of waste chipboard or foam adhesive. Cut the wreath in half and adhere behind the clock so that the flowers can be seen.

  • Next,alter the grass chipboard with Glimmer Moss Metallic Wax.  Cut apart.
  • Locate some pretty red Little Birdie Flowers.  I used Meadow Red and Candy Embossed Daisies.
  • Once the box feet are dry, arrange the elements in a way that pleases you.

To make the box lid stand upright, use this clever trick I learned from my crafty pal, Ginger Ropp.  Wrap a panel of chipboard with designer paper.  Then adhere along the back side of the box.

Creating the Tags and Tag Card

I decided I wanted to fill my box with a trio of decorative tags.  Two of the tags are just simple tags that I made by cutting  2 3/4″ wide cardstock and decorating with designer paper.  I staggered the height.  The first tag is 2 3/4″ x 4″.  Make the 2nd tag 4 1/2″ tall.

How to Make  a Tag Card

Here’s how to make the 3rd tag.

  • First cut (2) 2 3/4″ x 5″ panels of cream cardstock.  Crop out the corners with a corner punch.
  • Next, cut a 1 1/2″ x 4″ strip of designer paper from your scraps.  Score this at 1/2″ and 1″.  Now fold to form a little hinged spine.
  • Adhere the left hand flap of the hinged spine on one tag and the right hand flap on the other.
  • Then cut a little strip of designer paper to cover the the inside center of the spine.
  • Next, cut panels of designer paper to fit the tags.  Remember to crop out the corners to match the tag base.
  • Now adhere the patterned paper panels to the tag card.
  • Create a little pocket on the right hand side to hold chocolate or a gift card.
  • Cut apart one of the journal cards from the 12×12 collection and use it to decorate the inside of the card.
  • Use a scalloped punch to cut out one of the small doilies from the 6×6 pad.
  • Punch holes in the tops of the tags and decorate with ribbon, charms and flowers.
  • Trim journal cards from the 12×12 pad to fit the tag fronts.

Extra Goodies

Since I had more room in my box, I also “gift wrapped” a little cookie in a punch out doily.  A scrap of designer paper makes a cute bag for a honey pouch.  One of the tags has a tea bag attached to the back side.  The other is backed with light colored wood grain so that a note can be written.  And I dressed up one of my vintage silver spoons with ribbon and a posy.

This makes such a lovely gift!  It is not expensive to make, and you can honestly put it together in an afternoon.  It’s great for Mother’s Day, birthdays, party favors, bridal showers…just change out the paper to match the occasion.

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment box below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Shabby Chic Bouquet Loaded Pocket Card Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Shabby Chic Bouquet Loaded Pocket Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Little Birdie Crafts Shabby Chic Bouquet Loaded Pocket Card Tutorial

Hello Friends!  I’m guest designing over on the Little Birdie Crafts Blog where I’m sharing this Shabby Chic Bouquet Loaded Pocket Card Tutorial.  With Mother’s Day right around the corner, this lovely design would make a lovely gift!

The tutorial will show you how to create a dimensional pocket on the front of a 5″ x 7″ card base.  Then you can fill that pocket with little treasures, gift cards, notes or any small token that would brighten up mom’s special day.

Creating the pocket on the card base means that it can stand for display.

Gift wrap your little treasures with designer papers from the Shabby Chic Bouquet paper collection to make them really special.  And as you can see, once the treats have been consumed, the card is still beautiful enough to set out as a home decor piece.

There is room inside the card to add a favorite photo and write a lovely note.

Shabby Chic Bouquet Loaded Pocket Card Tutorial on YouTube

I’ve created a start to finish video tutorial on YouTube so that you can make this pretty pink project with me.  I hope you enjoy!

Although I created this project with Mother’s Day in mind, it would also make a fabulous birthday present, bridal shower gift, or get well wish.

You’ll find a linked supply list below.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Little Birdie Crafts Magical Unicorn Birthday Card

Little Birdie Crafts Boho Dreams Magical Unicorn Easel Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Little Birdie Crafts Magical Unicorn Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a Little Birdie Crafts Magical Unicorn Birthday Card to share with you.  This is the card I made for our granddaughter’s birthday party last month.  Julia loves saturated colors, sparkly things and unicorns.  I used the Boho Creams paper collection to make this Magical Unicorn Shaker/Easel card and she loved it!

Magical Unicorn Birthday Card: Creating the Card Base

Easel cards are probably my favorite style of fancy fold.  They are quick and easy to make, but really have that “WOW” factor we all want in our creations.  When you add a shaker element to an easel card, as I did here, you really have something special.  Here are the simple steps for putting this card base together.

  • First, score a 6″ x 12″ panel of white cardstock in half on the long side.  Fold and burnish to make a 6″ x 6″ top fold card base.
  • Next, score a horizontal line on the card front at 3 inches.  Make a mountain fold.  This is the easel element on the card.
  • Now, line the card interior with a 6″ x 6″ panel of Boho Dreams paper.  It’s all beautiful, so you can’t go wrong here!
  • Next, cut (4) 6″ x 2 7/8″ panels of designer paper to line the (4) 3″ x 6″ rectangles on the card front and interior.  Be careful not to glue over the folds or your easel mechanism will not function.
  • When it is time to add the main image to the card front, you will only place adhesive on the bottom half of the fold.  Then the card will stand upright for display.
Magical Unicorn Birthday Card: Making the Stopper for the Easel Card

Every easel card needs a brake, or a stopper to make the card stand up for display.  The stopper is actually built on the bottom half card interior.  Here’s how to add that element to your card.

  • Punch out the eyelash unicorn doily from the 12×12 paper pad.
  • Fussy cut the eyelashes and unicorn horn from the fussy cut page of the paper collection.  Place dimensionals on the back and adhere over the doily.
  • Next, fussy cut some flowers and  feathers.  Pop these up on dimensionals and cluster around the image as seen in the photo.
  • Now select 3 Boho Dreams Micro Roses and adhere around the unicorn horn.
  • Cut a little fishtail banner from a scrap of your designer paper and adhere on the right hand side.
  • Then fussy cut the banner and adhere from the top left to the bottom right.
  • Now back the doily with dimensionals and adhere to the card base.
  • Decorate the stopper with Boho Dreams Flowers.  Tuck a bow under one of the large flowers.  Because this card was for my granddaughter, I added lots of pretty rhinestones, too.
Magical Unicorn Birthday Card:  Making the Shaker Element

Here’s how to make the shaker element.

  • First, cut a 3″ x 4″ journal card from the paper collection.
  • Next, add Gold Metallic Wax to a Little Birdie Rectangular Chipboard Frame.
  • Cut a piece of clear cardstock (acetate sheet) to fit the back of the frame and adhere in place with strong tape liner or Dries Clear Adhesive.  Use a damp paper towel to clean up any little smudges of adhesive.
  • Now back the frame with 1/8″ foam tape.  I used 3 layers.
  • Next, place the frame face down and fill with sequins.  Then carefully line the journal card up over the foam tape and press to seal. Be sure there are no gaps around the edges.  If needed, you can add another layer of paper.
  • Now you can adhere the frame to the card base.  Decorate with fussy cuts and flowers.
Magical Unicorn Birthday Card: The Bookmark

Little Birdie Boho Vibes

I also made a little bookmark to go with the card.  These are quick and easy gifts to create.

  • Cut a 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ panel of designer paper.
  • Place adhesive along the top of a journal card and adhere.  If you leave the bottom open, the book page can slip between the image and the base.
  • Punch a hole in the center of the bookmark and thread with ribbon. Tie a bow with metallic string.
  • Adhere a fussy cut unicorn and add micro roses.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Celebrate Life Tall and Skinny Card Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Celebrate Life Tall and Skinny Card Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Celebrate Life Tall and Skinny Card Tutorial AND a Giveaway!

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m guest designing for Little Birdie Crafts with this “Celebrate Life” Tall and Skinny Card Tutorial.   Tall and Skinny cards are trendy right now, and for good reason: they are fun to make, give you lots of room to add embellishments, and they are a nice change of pace from the standard square or rectangular card.

This one measures 8 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ with a 3/4″ spine.  I needed to add that chunky spine to accommodate the box pocket inside!

In the video tutorial, I’ll show you how to create the card base using a single sheet of designer paper from the “Celebrate Life” collection.  I’ll also share  how to repair a BIG MISTAKE (which I made!) with a simple fix.

We’ll put the front of the card together piece by piece to  make it easy for you to reproduce the finished project.

Celebrate Life Tall and Skinny Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Would you like to learn how to make this fun box style pocket?  It’s easier than you might think, and I’ll show you how in the video below.

Once you’ve made the box pocket, you can fill it up with lovely treats.  I like to call this type of card “a party in a box.”  They make great gifts!

Little Birdie Crafts Gift Card Giveaway

Yes, you read that correctly!  Little Birdie Crafts has a $30 gift card for one lucky crafter!  Here’s what you have to do to be entered into the random drawing:

  • First, Like and Follow Little Birdie Crafts on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Sign up for the Little Birdie Crafts BLOG.
  • Watch the video on my YouTube Channel; Like and Subscribe.
  • Visit the Little Birdie Crafts online store and take a look around. Then tell me what you would like to purchase if you win the $30 gift card.

You’ll get one entry in the drawing for completing each of the above tasks.  Let me know in the comments below which tasks you completed. I’ll enter all the names in a random drawing, so the more tasks you complete, the better your chance is of winning!

This giveaway is open until 11:55PM EDT on Monday, March 9th, 2020.  The winner will be announced on my Kathy by Design Facebook page YouTube Channel and Instagram account on Tuesday, March 10th.  Good luck!

Celebrate Life Tall and Skinny Card Tutorial on YouTube

You’ll find a linked supply list for this project below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia House of Roses Shabby Chic Card

Stamperia House of Roses Renea Bouquets Victorian Doily by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Stamperia House of Roses Shabby Chic Card with Reneabouquets April in Paris Doily

Hello Friends!  I thought I would pop in quickly today and share a peek at this Stamperia House of Roses Shabby Chic card.  This one was a special order in my Etsy shop, but it was so pretty, I thought you would enjoy seeing it, too.

This 6×6 card is simple and elegant.  These layers of patterned paper,  torn paper edges and a gorgeous April  in Paris  Doily Chipboard from Reneabouquets really work well together.

  • First, create a 6×6 top fold card base and cover it with designer paper.
  • Next, cut (3) 1 3/4″ x 5″  panels of the wood grain pattern and mat on both cream and blush cardstock. Back with dimensionals.  Center these over the base layer.
  • Tear the pink border piece from a scrap.  Back with thin dimensionals and adhere at the top of the card.
  • Now, heat emboss the April in Paris Doily with Versamark and Wow Vintage Champagne Embossing powder.  Center and adhere on top of the raised panels.
  • Fussy cut the roses from the paper collection.  Back with dimensionals and adhere as seen in the photo.
  • Finish the card front with flowers, ribbon, pearl stick pins,pearl buttons and a chipboard butterfly.

 House of Roses Shabby Chic Card: A Peek Inside

The interior of the card is very simple, per my client’s request.  Just some pretty papers, a little die cut pocket to hold a tea bag and note, and a larger die cut pocket to hold a die cut note card.

This paper collection is so gorgeous, and I could not stop playing with it.  I have more to share on another day.  Did you pick up some tips, tricks and inspiration 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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