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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!





Queen Mum Mother’s Day Gift Ensemble

Authentique Flawless Queen Mum Mother's Day Gift Ensemble by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Flawless Queen Mum Mother’s Day Gift Ensemble for Authentique Group Post

Hello, Friends!  Mother’s Day is literally just around the corner.  Moms should be treated like royalty on this special day, so I created this Queen Mum Mother’s Day Gift Ensemble with the Authentique Flawless Collection.  I had my own precious mother in mind while creating these paper pretties.  Her favorite color was pink…so I think she would approve.

I know Mother’s Day is not always a happy day for every woman out there.  For those of you who find it hard to get through this day because of bad memories, grief over the loss of your mother, or sadness at never having been able to become a mom, I offer you a gentle hug.  My own mom passed in 2015, so it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to celebrate with her.  My goal each year is to spend some time remembering her and celebrating her life.

A Tribute to My Mom…the Queen of My Heart!

My mom had every reason in the world to be a real “stinker.”  Born into very humble circumstances, her parents divorced and gave her away when she was only 4 years old.  She was sent to live with a very cold and aloof aunt.  She was never hugged, never tucked in at night, never told she was beautiful or smart or loved.  Yet she did not become bitter or inflict her sad life on the life of her 5 children.

My mother was joy personified.  She was always singing, always ready for a good laugh, always ready to lend a helping hand, always quick to embrace us, praise us, encourage us and sacrifice for us.  Her heart was open to those who needed a mother’s love, even if they were pretty unlovable.  A brilliant mind, creative soul and adventurous spirit made her into a remarkable mother.  So I celebrate her on this special day.

Queen Mum Shaker Trinket Box

The first item in this ensemble is the Queen Mum Shaker Trinket Box. This is 5″ x 7″ altered book box with an acrylic shaker frame on top.

TIP:  Cover the foam adhesive sides of the shaker frame with 1/4″ strips of patterned paper.

Because my mom was an avid letter writer, I designed a set of simple note cards and matching envelopes to go inside the box.

And because my mom loved to make lists, I created a little matching note pad to tuck inside, too.

Mom would have loved all this pink!

Queen Mum Easel Shaker Card

Use the same image on the easel card.  This ties it together with the trinket box and makes for a lovely presentation.

Die cut a border from the black damask pattern.  Then back it with pink cardstock to create a stunning border.

Here’s a look at the inside of the card.  All of these quotes make me think of my mom.

I had just enough room to add a box style treat pocket on the top of the easel.

Create a 3″ x 3″ envelope for tea and chocolate with an envelope punch.  Then tuck in a special demitasse spoon to complete the trio.

Years ago I found a quote from Pearl S. Buck, one of my mom’s favorite authors.  I think of it every Mother’s Day because it is so true.

“Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together”

May you all be treated like a Queen on Mother’s Day!




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!




Authentique Stitches Mother’s Day Sewing Card Folio

Authentique Stitches Mother’s Day Sewing Card Folio: Memories of Mom

Hello, Friends!  Today I have an Authentique Stitches Mother’s Day Sewing Card Folio to share with you as part of the Authentique Design Team Group Post.  You can hop on over to the Authentique Blog to see more Mother’s Day inspiration from the team.

While my mom is no longer living on this earth, she lives forever in my heart.  She was my mentor, my companion, my guardian, my nurse, my teacher and my best friend for 50 years of my life.  I count myself as a most blessed woman for having had such an amazing mom.  To honor her, I thought I’d share some stories and memories that inspired this card.  This is more of a memorial post, as opposed to my normal tutorial, but I will still share some tips and tricks along with memories of mom.

Authentique Stitches Mother’s Day Sewing Card Folio: The Inspiration

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

My mom was a skilled seamstress, so the Stitches collection has a very special place in my heart.  This 3″ x 4″ image could have been lifted directly from my childhood.  I can’t even count the number of hours I spent by Mom’s side as she worked away at her White sewing machine.  She always sat up straight, just like the gal in this photo, but unlike the gal in the photo, she usually had a mouth full of straight pins.  About the only time I ever saw my mother sitting down was when she was at her typewriter or sewing machine.  She did not believe in being idle.

I loved the soft scent of Tide laundry detergent combined with the liquid starch she used on all her house dresses.  I would sit as close to her as humanly possible without interfering (too much) with the task at hand.  Everything Mom did was fast: she typed so fast you couldn’t see her fingers flying over the manual keyboard.  Mom never walked up stairs; she ran.  Her mop slid   over the linoleum floor of our kitchen as though she was in a race.  And it was pedal to the metal when it came to sewing.  That needle flew in and out of the fabric at dizzying speed.  Yet her seams were always perfectly straight and true.  I guess when you are raising a family of five kids, you learn how to do everything quickly.

Authentique Stitches Mother’s Day Sewing Card Folio: Pretty in Pink

Pink was Mom’s favorite color.  She even had pink tennis shoes one year, and wore them until they had holes in them.  There was a pink, A-line, pin-striped house dress that she wore all the time.  Partly because she loved pink so much; partly because she didn’t have a closet full of beautiful dresses to choose from.  Raising 5 kids also means that there’s not a lot of money for fancy clothes.  But mom loved to LOOK at fancy clothing.

Like lots of households of that era, we waited with great anticipation for the Semi-Annual release of the Montgomery Ward catalog.  It was an enormous, full color catalog filled with everything from garden tools to evening gowns.  As busy as Mom was, she always found time to drool over that virtual emporium.  With ink pen in hand, she would star the items of clothing she thought were particularly beautiful.  If she really liked something, she would fold the corner of the page over to mark its place in that massive tome.  And if she fell head over heels in love with a dress, it would find a place of honor, taped to the refrigerator door.  That page would be marked with a huge star, and emblazoned with Mom’s handwritten note, “I love this!”

The Most Beautiful Dress in the World

One year, Mom found the most beautiful party dress…and yes, it was pink with a floral print.  She starred it,  wrote “I Love this!” , tore it out of the catalog and taped it to the fridge.  “Kathy Jean, ” she proclaimed, “I am going to save up and buy that dress.  It’s the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.”

Week by week, mom put money in an envelope, saving for that dress.  She took in ironing from the neighbors, fried dozens of doughnuts (36 dozen to be exact) each Saturday morning, then sent us out to deliver them to the neighbors who happily paid 50 cents for a dozen.  Little by little, the envelope grew fat, and it looked like the pink dress was going to become a reality.

Then, disaster struck.  I came down with pneumonia, and the bills for the doctor visits and prescriptions drained that envelope dry.  One sad day, as I was recovering on the couch that Mom kept in our spacious country kitchen, I watched as she removed “the dress” from its place of honor on the fridge.  I was a little girl, but I was still able to understand why that dress was NOT going to happen.  And I began to cry, “But Mommy, you loved that dress.”

Without skipping a beat, Mom came over to the couch, put her arms around me and hugged me tight.  “Now Kathy Jean, don’t you know…I was tired of wearing that old thing.”  And we both burst into laughter.  What a Mom!

Authentique Stitches Mother’s Day Sewing Card Folio: The Envelope

This story was playing through my mind while creating this card.  So I created a special “Pink Dress” envelope to tuck onto the front of this card. Here’s how it came together:

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

  • First, cut along the right hand side of the dress mannequin image with a craft knife.
  • Next, create an envelope for a 3″ x 4″ card following the instructions on a W r Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board.
  • Open the envelope flat, and stitch the image to the front .
  • Leave the flaps unattached.
  • Next, cover the stitching on the inside with a 3″ x 4″ panel of designer paper.

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Tuck a vintage sewing kit and some vintage buttons on a vintage button card inside the envelope.  Fold the envelope shut, slide it into the slot you created with your craft knife, and attach it to the card front with a pink bulldog clip.

Authentique Stitches Mother’s Day Sewing Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Inside this card, I tucked in lots of little items that made me think of Mom.

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

This little side flap pocket holds a vintage sewing card wrapped with vintage crochet lace trim and secured with a stick pin.  I also created a little 3″ x 4″ note card to tuck into the pocket.

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

Mom loved to read, so I attached this very pink velvet bookmark with a mini belly band. She also had a thing for butterflies.

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

The little flap page turns over to reveal a wee pocket, sized perfectly for a pretty tea bag, vintage demitasse spoon and honey stick. And oh, Mom would have loved that pink sewing machine!

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo

This vintage silver and gold plated spoon is imported from Italy. Mom would have loved it.

Authentique Stitches Mother's Day Sewing Card Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo

Mom loved pink so much, that once she painted her entire bedroom pink.  Ceiling, trim and all.  So I tried to include lots of pink in this card.

For more projects made with the Authentique Stitches Collection, click HERE.

I hope you don’t mind that I shared these stories about my wonderful Mom with you today.  Wherever you are, I wish you a Happy Mother’s Day.

Thanks for stopping by!





Beautiful Mother’s Day Wishes Easel Card

Beautiful Mother’s Day Wishes Easel Card with RRR and Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  I’m popping in today with a beautiful Mother’s Day Wishes  easel card that you can make in under an hour.  Nothing says “I love you” like a handmade card, especially when it is topped with beautiful Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Beautiful Mother's Day Wishes  Easel Card Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2I put this sweet 4.25″ square easel card together with bits and pieces that were left over from another project.  The focal image from G45 A Place in Time is a near perfect color match for the background papers from G45 Cafe Parisian.

I die cut a Cheery Lynn doily from Ivory cardstock to help break up the patterned layers.

After building my easel card base, I fussy cut the vintage ladies from the focal image.  Then I backed them with waste chipboard and layered them over the image background.  This created wonderful depth and dimension with very little fuss.

Beautiful Mother's Day Wishes Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

The “stopper” is easy to make.  First, cut a panel of the blue dot paper from Place in Time.  Mat it on a slightly smaller piece of chipboard.  Wrap with Wild Rose Swiss Dots Grograin Ribbon and glue to the card base.  Then use your Zutter Bow-it-All Tool to tie a double loop bow and hot glue it in place.    Add a string bow tied with Ivory Natural Burlap and glue to the center of the bow. Top with a button,

Tie a second bow with Burlap String and glue to the left hand corner of the image.  Add flowers. Then glue 3 little buttons down the side of the card.

It takes under an hour to make Mom a keepsake card that she’ll cherish for years to come. And, you used up some paper scraps in the process.  Win/win!

I hope you found some tips and tricks in this beautiful Mother’s Day Wishes Easel card 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!