Monday, February 27, 2017

DIY Buttons

Hello crafty friends! Today I'm sharing the DIY Cardboard Button tutorial I did for the CropStop Blog. 
Step One: Gather your supplies – Cardboard, patterned paper, glue, dies, paper punch Step Two: Cover the entire surface of your cardboard with glue and adhere patterned paper. Step Three: Die cut your shapes Step Four: Punch two holes in the center for button holes
Note: You can turn any solid shape into a button (heart, butterfly, square etc.), and you can also make your buttons large or small to suit your project.

To showcase this technique I made a card and matching gift bag!  For my card I started with Kraft colored cardstock and embossed it with the Circular Grid Embossing Folder from Anna Griffin.  I went over my embossing with a white pigment ink pad to make the texture show up a little better.  Along the left side I layered white die cut from Creative Expressions (Petite Striplet – Jubilee) under a piece of pink cardstock stamped with the  Seamstress  stamp from Prima in Brushed Corduroy and distressed along the edges with the Tim Holtz blending tool.
 To make my buttons I used Designer paper from the Barnwood Pretty stack (The Paper Studio) and the following  Spellbinders Nestabilities: Circle, Blossom, Blossom II. A piece of twine is tied through the center of each, and a strip of pink Baker’s Twine alongside.
That sweet little stamp is Bella Geste Friends stamped in Ground Espresso and colored with Colored Pencils.  Three Pink Blush pearls in gradient sizes adorn the lower corner and everything is sewn together with my sewing machine!  The gift bag also has two strips of paper lace punched with the embroidered lace border punch from Martha Stewart.
  I’d love to see how you use this DIY button technique so stop by and link up your projects that use CropStop products to the CURRENT CHALLENGE.

This post linked to:
Tuesday Throwdown - Favorite Embellishment  - (Pearls and Baker's Twine)
City Crafter Challenge Blog - A Few Stitches
Ooh-La-La - Embossing
Craft-Dee Bowz: Must include a handmade bow

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Spring Lamb

Today I'm sharing two mini cards I made to go along with several challenges this week.
I love my new Tiny Tattered Florals Die set from Tim Holtz - they are so easy to use and perfect for using as little embellishments that you don't want to be the main feature!
I have made mini shaped cards in a while, so it was fun to pull out my rarely used octagon nestabilities for these spring cards.

Supplies and Tools:
Barnwood Pretty Paper Stack (The Paper Studio), Tiny Tattered Florals (Tim Holtz), Pearls, Lamb Stamp (Rubber Stampede),  Baker's Twine, Prismacolor Pencils, Black Sharpie Marker, Square Punch, Word Die (Momento), Octagon Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Black Soot Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)

This post linked to:
Tuesday Throw Down - Favorite Embellishment (I love using flowers and pearls!)
ModSquad - Geometric
Little Red Wagon - Down on the Farm
Ooh La La - Die Cuts
City Crafter Challenge - A Few Stitches

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Color Bursts and Gesso

 Today I'm sharing two cards I made using one of my new Tim Holtz stencils, some color-burst powder, and gesso!

For my first card I sprinkled a bit of Ken Oliver's Colorburst (in Lime Green) onto watercolor paper, spritzed it with water and heat set it. I then laid my Lace Stencil (Tim Holtz) over the corners and applied gesso. The extra large sentiment is cut using the Sizzix letter set Nouveau and a few gold sequins accent the corners.
For my second card, I laid the lace stencil (Tim Holtz idea-ology) over my watercolor paper, tapped out a bit of lime green color burst, spritzed and then dried it with my heat gun. This simpler card has a tiny baker's twine bow across the top and the oversized sentiment in the bottom corner.
These cards were fairly quick to make and remind me of springtime when everything starts turning green again--can't wait!

This post linked to:
The Paper Players - Use a sentiment as your focal point
Allsorts Challenge - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Monday, February 20, 2017

Pocket Card

Today I’m sharing a lovely little pocket card I created for the CropStop Blog
DIRECTIONS: Step One: Cut a piece of kraft cardstock into a 4.25 x 9.75 inch strip.  Step Two: Score at 4.25 inch mark (with Scor-Buddy) fold on scored line.  Step Three: Sew or glue the sides to form a pocket for your mini card to fit in.
I decorated my envelope using The Blue Barn paper stack from The Paper Studio, a pretty Burlap Poinsettia from Petaloo, a lace bow, and an All Occasion Sentiment (Heartfelt Creations) stamped in Aged Mahogany (Distress Ink) on a Beaded Oval Die Cut from Spellbinders.
 Across the top of my pocket I stamped the fence stamp (Prima) in Aged Mahogany (Distress Ink) and added a embroidered lace punched border (Martha Stewart).
 My little (5 x 3.5 inch) card features matching paper from The Blue Barn paper stack (The Paper Studio), another punched lace border, a stamped rooster from the Rustic Rooster (Stampin’ Up) set, a navy burlap string bow, and a strip of pearls in the top left corner.  I also used some Antique Linen (Distress Ink) to lightly stamp the fence stamp over the rooster image.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this fun way to create a decorative pocket for your cards. I’d love to see your take on this technique, so drop by our CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up!

This post linked to:
Allsorts Challenge - Anything Goes
Craft-Dee BowZ - Handmade Bow (behind the burlap flower and on the mini card)
Ooh La La Creations - Die Cuts
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Friday, February 17, 2017

It's a Boy!

Today I'm sharing a baby card and matching glassine bag envelope I made for a friend who recently had a baby boy!
I decorated the card and bag with matching baby print papers from my stash. The little deer came from  Pretty Grafik Design on Etsy. I bought the digi set a couple years ago to use in decorating for my great nephew's 1st birthday party! I forgot I had it till I pulled out these baby print papers and realized it match them perfectly!
 Supplies and Tools:
Glassine Bag, Nana's Nursery Paper Stack (DCWV), Baker's Twine, Buttons, Deer Graphic, Doily, Welcome Baby Die (Provo Craft), Vellum Sentiment

This post linked to:
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Celebrations
Craft-Dee BowZ  - Must include handmade bow
Crafty Creations Challenge - Anything Goes

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Heidi Swapp Stencils

Today I'm sharing two clean and simple cards I made with Heidi Swapp stencils and a few little die cuts.
I added a few drops of re-inker to my water-filled mini mister to make a colored spray to use with these fun designs.
A few die cut flowers and sequins add some "pop" to the cards without taking away from the CAS look.
Supplies and Tools:
White/Black/Pink/Blue Cardstock, Frames Stencils (Heidi Swapp), Mini Mister, Magenta/Blue Re-inkers (Ranger), Paper Clip, Sequins, 3-D Drop-Ins Framelets (Sizzix), Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug - Provo Craft)

This post linked to:
("Season of Love" - i.e.products from companies you love )
I use flowers, sizzix dies, Ranger inks, and Cuttlebug embossing folders all the time!
(Die Cuts)
(Anything Goes)


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