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Simple Mixed Media Tag with 28 Lilac Lane

Our 28 Lilac Lane embellishment kits designed by May Flaum make the perfect finishing touch for projects like this mixed media tag! This tag thinks “outside the box” with our Paws & Pets kit, using its lovely brown tones as the perfect partner for some vintage style Tim Holtz products.

Mixed Media Tag by Nancy Nally featuring 28 Lilac Lane embellishment kits

Supplies:

To make this tag, begin by cutting the dapper man out of the patterned paper sheet. Then flip the sheet over and cut the tag base out of the Tim Holtz paper and glue down the hole reinforcer.

Paint and stamping on mixed media tag

Using the Distress Paint dabber, stencil the harlequin design across the middle of the tag. Once dry, glue the dapper man on top of it. Stamp the clock image with Ground Espresso ink, allowing it to bleed off the edge of the tag.

Mixed Media Tag detail

Lay down an area of glue in the bottom right corner of the tag and spread a random assortment of buttons and seed beeds throughout the area. (In addition to the Paws & Pets kit, I used one ivory button from the Vintage Findings kit.)

Mixed Media Tag close-up

Lay down another area of glue in the upper left corner and spread another assortment of seed beads in that area. Loop a short length of the Melissa Frances ribbon through the tag’s hole, and stitch a button through it to keep it in place.

To finish off the mixed media tag, select some phrase stickers from the Small Talk set and place them over the dapper man. I selected phrases that reflected the man’s confidence and effortless sense of personal style.

Our pre-coordinated 28 Lilac Lane kits are the perfect quick & easy embellishment for all your mixed media projects. Don’t forget to look past the name to the color scheme, and “think outside the box” about all the wonderful things that they can do!

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Send an Easy Quilt Thank You Card!

This quick and easy quilt thank you card is perfect to send to your favorite quilter, or create a set to give as a gift!

Quilt Thank You Card

Supplies:

To make this card, first cut a 3″ x 4″ piece of white cardstock. Cut 1″ squares out of two different patterned papers for the quilt squares. Arrange and glue them to cover the white cardstock backing.

Attach the quilted piece on top of the light pink patterned paper and trim to mat it with a small border.

Cut a 4.25″ by 5.5″ sized piece from the dark pink patterned paper. to use as the background of the card front. Attach the quilted piece to the card background, leaving a slightly wider border at the bottom.

Stamp the sentiment across the bottom of the card front. Fold a piece of cardstock to make a card base (or use a pre-made card). Attach the card front to the card base.

Select six small buttons from the “Summertime” Button Bonanza. Tie embroidery floss through the buttons, and adhere with glue.

This card design could easily be adapted to a variety of occasions. Change out the color scheme for blue and yellow, or pink and yellow, and you have a “welcome baby” card. And quilts go great with a fall chill in the air…made in browns and oranges, your quilt could wish someone a “Happy Fall!”

What occasion will you make a quilt card for?

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Make a Rainbow Canvas with 28 Lilac Lane!

Wanting an uplifting, fun, and carefree kind of project this week I pulled out the entire 28 Lilac Lane line, some paste, liquid adhesive, and a 6×6 wood board to make a rainbow!

Rainbow Love Canvas with buttons by May Flaum

Did I really say the entire line? Yes, yes I did! I wanted to create a rainbow of buttons, beads, sequins, and pearls across this canvas and I wanted to have a wide variety. Beginning in the middle with green and working towards the edges, I just love the finished piece! Some charms from various kits as well as a few chipboard letters finished off my project before I used a glossy sealant to complete this piece. Note that I worked in layers, meaning that I built a base layer then went back over it several times to add more pieces and details. This project was such fun to make, and I love that it features at least one thing from every bottle and kit.

Rainbow love canvas close-up

Rainbow Love Canvas close-up

Want to make this with fewer items? Using the Dragon Fire, Pumpkin Spice, Hello Sunshine, Oh Christmas Tree, Winter Blues, and On Lilac Lane bottles would get you a lovely rainbow as well. I hope I’ve inspired you to create a bit of a rainbow with your next craft project, and get those fun buttons on display. For complete details and instruction be sure to watch my video below!

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Inspirational Mixed Media Canvas with 28 Lilac Lane

This time of year sees a lot of people we love embarking on new adventures, headed off soon to new schools, or new jobs. Wouldn’t it be nice to send a piece of ourselves, and a positive message, along with them? This inspirational mixed media canvas using 28 Lilac Lane products will remind them to reach for their dreams!

Inspirational Mixed Media Canvas by Nancy Nally using 28 Lilac Lane

Supplies from Buttons Galore:

Other Supplies:

  • Blank 8″x10″ canvas
  • Plaid Milk Paint (Lexington Blue)
  • Quick Quotes “Farmhouse” Paper Collection
  • Plaid FolkArt Stencil (Single Rose)
  • Plaid FolkArt Sencil Creme (Rainbow)
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Antique Linen, Broken China, Ground Espresso)
  • Stamper’s Anonymous Rubber Stamp “Always Move…”
  • Prima “Say It In Crystals” embellishments
  • Wilton Doilies (4″)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Small Talk Stickers
  • Tim Holtz idea-0logy Jute String
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Manila Tag
  • Sizzix Big Shot Machine
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations “Tiny Tabs & Tags” Die

To get started on your inspirational mixed media canvas project, paint the front and edges of the canvas with the blue Milk Paint. Let the paint dry.

Tear the floral “Farmhouse” paper and adhere it to the front of the canvas using the PPA Matte Adhesive. Use a baby wipe or damp paper towel to smooth down the edges of the paper and adhere them firmly. (This will have the effect of also distressing the milk paint finish on the canvas.)

Once the paint and glue is dried well, use the stencil and stencil creme (in orange) to apply a rose design to the lower right hand corner of the canvas, over the paper.

Stenciled Rose on Mixed Media Canvas

In the upper left hand corner, glue down a doilie on top of the patterned paper. When the glue is dry, smudge some Antique Linen Distress Ink on top of the cut outs in the doilie to highlight the design in them. Next, apply the twill ribbon from the “A New Leaf” kit across the top of the canvas.

To make the tag, die cut the tag shape out of a larger manila tag. Ink the edges with Broken China and Ground Espresso Distress Ink, and stamp the sentiment in Ground Espresso. Tie the charm from the “A New Leaf” kit onto the tag with some jute string, and glue some seed beads from the kit to the tag’s corners to finish it off. Glue the tag down.

quote tag on mixed media canvas

Apply some PPA Matte Adhesive in the corners of the canvas and embed some seed beads from the “A New Leaf” embellishment kit in it. Once that is dry, you can begin building the stickers, rhinestone and button elements in the rest of the canvas. Don’t forget to thread your buttons before adhering them so they look finished!

Mixed media canvas embellishments

mixed media canvas embellishments

This inspirational mixed media canvas is fun and simple to make…and will let someone you care about know how much you believe in them. Who will you give it to?

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Make a Quick Card with Buttons & Pocket Cards!

Looking for an easy quick card idea? Look no further than your Project Life cards and your buttons and embellishments from 28 Lilac Lane!

Creating this quick card is simple – and fast. It takes only five minutes! This project uses leftover Project Life cards as a shortcut to creating a beautiful color blocked card. Depending on the style of the kit you are using, the design could be graphic, shabby, or cute in style.

Quick Card with Buttons

Supplies:

The key to this card’s fun design is to think in threes. All of the major design elements are arranged in threes, creating repetition and harmony in the design.

Start by folding a letter sized piece of cardstock in half for the base. Then select 3 project life cards and arrange them layered, as shown in the photo above. Select three sequins that match each of the top two cards, and arrange them in a triangle on the card. (Since my cards were very geometric, I chose to place the sequins centered on design elements.)

For the final touch, choose three buttons that match the cards. I chose three that matched the circles on the top card, to repeat the design element visually and bring that color down closer to the bottom for balance in the design. Tie embroidery floss through the holes of the buttons to make them feel more finished. Adhere in a row.

Variation: If you don’t find a card in your stash that contains an appropriate greeting or sentiment for your occasion, you can substitute a strip of paper with a stamped or handwritten sentiment. Just place it on top of the pocket card in the location where my card says “hooray”.

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Frame a Patriotic Rustic Flag for July 4th!

It’s time to make another addition to our holiday frame project! This time, we’re creating a rustic flag insert for the frame that will be perfect for showing your patriotic pride for the 4th of July or the upcoming Olympics!

(For those new to the series, the holiday frame project is a 8″x10″ frame that I’m creating a series of decorative inserts for to celebrate various holidays and occasions. To see previous installments in the series, click here.)

Rustic Flag Frame

Supplies:

The hardest part of making this rustic flag project is…the math! To start, you are going to need to measure the opening on your frame, and decide how much border you want around your frame. Then use the painter’s tape to mask off the edges right up to the area that you want to paint.

Divide the remaining vertical area by 7 to determine the width of the stripes on the flag. Use painter’s tape to mark off the bottom stripe and fill in the stripe with paint. Remove the tape right away. While the stripe dries, determine how wide you want your blue area for the stars (I suggest about 40% of the width). Then mask it off with vertical strip of tape to protect it while you paint the top two red stripes. Measure down from the top to create your first stripe, lay down a piece of painter’s tape to protect the “white” stripe, and fill in the red stripe with paint. Remove the tape immediately after painting.

Letting each stripe dry before painting the next one, continue measuring and masking with tape before taping, until all 4 red stripes are painted.

Holiday Frame Flag in progress

Once all of the red paint is dry, then you can lay down painter’s tape to paint the blue area.

Holiday Frame Flag in progress

Peel the tape up as soon as you are finished painting, while the paint is still wet. Because of the open weave of the burlap, your paint will appear “patchy”, since in some places it will fill in the weave and in some it won’t. This adds to the rustic feeling of the project!

Painted Rustic Flag on Burlap

The final step is to select 13 small to medium sized white buttons from the Patriotic Mix of Button Basics. Arrange them in a random way in the blue area, and use a hot glue gun to attach them to the flag.

Flag buttons close-up

Now you’re all ready to put your flag in your frame and celebrate the 4th of July or cheer on Team USA for the Olympics this summer!

Rustic Flag frame is great home decor for the 4th of July! Created by Nancy Nally for Buttons Galore.

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A Mason Jar Sewing Kit with a Button Twist!

Mason jars are so trendy and so useful. They are perfect for making fun (and affordable) little gifts, like this mason jar sewing kit with a pin cushion top. And this project has another bonus – it’s perfect for using up those fabric scraps you just can’t part with!

Mason Jar Sewing Kit

Supplies:

To begin this mason jar sewing kit project, take the ring off of your mason jar. Select buttons from the Haberdashery collection that are approximately the height of the ring. Using the hot glue gun, attach them around the ring. The trick to getting the spacing even is to start adjusting with several buttons to go – select slightly smaller or larger buttons as needed to fill in the remaining space as evenly as possible, and then space them slightly apart if needed to avoid leaving a large gap at the end.

Button Mason Jar Rim

Once the ring is done, cut out a circle of fabric that is about 4.5″ in diameter (if you are using a regular mouth mason jar). Baste around the edges of it to create a gathering stitch, and leave the thread ends hanging. Ball up a a large wad of fiber fill and compress it so it is smaller than the jar lid.

Place the fiber fill on the top of the jar lid. Place the fabric on top of it – right side up – and then flip the entire thing over. Make sure the fiber fill stays bunched in the center of the jar lid! Pull the stitches to gather the fabric. When it snugs tightly onto the back of the jar lid, tie off the ends.Insert the lid with the fabric & fiber fill attached back into the ring and check its fit on the jar. There should be no fiber fill underneath the edges of the ring to ensure the lid screws on all the way. If it fits properly, use the hot glue gun to put glue under the edges of the fabric to seal it to the back of the lid. If the ring will not seal onto the jar, adjust the fiber fill away from the edges of the lid and try again.

Pin Cushion Mason Jar Lid

The final step is to fill the jar with sewing supplies! A selection of buttons from our Buttons Galore Neutral Button Tote makes a great assortment to have on hand for replacing lost buttons on clothing. Add in a scrap of felt with some needles attached and a spool of thread, and you have an emergency mending kit with a top that will hold pins or needles!

Mason Jar Sewing Kit

This is a great gift for a bride, a student leaving for college, or someone setting up house for the first time. For a more advanced sewist, fill the jar with buttons, pins, or other sewing necessities to create a handmade gift they’ll enjoy using regularly.

 

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