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Quick and Easy Gifts – Make a handmade note card set

It’s that time of year where we all start looking for quick and easy gifts. Being able to make them homemade is a bonus!!! Why not make a handmade note card set? Mine is not Christmas themed, or Fall themed…I like generic…it works well when I am in a pinch! I can just grab & go! BUT I do like to make my gifts in good seasonal colors. So for this set I thought I would show you my “thought process” on how to make a set of cards in a quick and easy assembly fashion. :) Just add in your papers, matching buttons, ribbon and bling of your choice and you are all set and ready to get creating your very own quick and easy gifts!

 

 

Gather up supplies. I generally like to pick my papers first, then cardstock, ribbon and embellishments. As you can see, I have chosen three different colors of Button Bonanza Bags just to be sure I have the perfect color when the time comes for embellishing. You can also see I have printed out my sentiments panels using Duetica Lettering Arts Studio’s Mandolyn Font in the Outline feature then colored it in using my Copic markers. Another neat trick to PERFECTLY matched sentiments that say JUST what you want in just the perfect size for your project. :) Once I was done coloring them in I die cut each sentiment panel using Spellbinders Nestabilities and I was all set!

Using a Bow Easy Ribbon Tool REALLY helps make the set look polished, all of my bows look exactly alike!

Add an extra touch by outlining the first letter using a glue pen then shake on a bit of coordinating glitter.

Another great touch that really doesn’t take too long is to embellish the embellishments! I love to add a bit of bling to the center of my buttons.

 

And here you have it! A cute set that took less than an hour start to finish! Not bad….

 

 

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A DIY on How to Make a No Sew Tutu Tutorial Embellished With Felt Leaves & Buttons

 no sew tutu tutorial

Good Morning! Today I have a stepped up version of a no sew tutu tutorial from a great DIY blog called – Skip To My Lou. I followed all of her steps but where she stops is where I picked up to make this fun and oh so seasonally perfect button embellished tutu! Here’s how I just kicked her’s up a notch – Enjoy!

 no sew tutu tutorial Autumn Forest Nymph Tutu

Find an adorable little girl who you can transform into an Autumn Forest Nymph!!

 

Direction to make a  no sew tutu tutorial/ Autumn Forest Nymph Tutu

 

Follow tutorial found on Skip To My Lou’s Blog (http://www.skiptomylou.org/2011/11/01/no-sew-tutu-tutorial/) but cut away the excess elastic.

 

Add a bit of superglue to the knot to be sure it is held securely.

 

Wrap the ribbon around your finger to measure out how much ribbon will be needed to fit round the knot and still have plenty of room to pass the other length of ribbon through.

 

Wrap the ribbon around the knot and hot glue in place.

 

Be sure to keep edges of ribbon even and hold end of ribbon in glue until glue cools.

 

Pass the ribbon through the loop and tie into a perky little bow.

 

Embellish the center of the bow with a large button that has a bow of hemp tied through the center.

 

Gather a few different colors of Autumn colored felts.

 

Cut felt into approximately 2″ x 3″ rectangles.

 

Fold rectangle in half and cut a half leaf shape on fold.

 

Open to reveal leaf shape.

 

Repeat with additional colors of felt until you have a good assortment of felt leaves.

 

Place leaves all over tutu before gluing into place to be sure you have a good mix of colors and spacing.

 

CAREFULLY adhere using hot glue. Be careful as the glue will go right through the tulle if you aren’t careful!

 

Using either heavy duty scissors or a button shank remover tool, remove the button shanks from as many buttons as you glued leaves.

 

Carefully adhere a button to the top of each leaf on the tutu.

 

Finish gluing a button to each leaf to finish embellishing the entire tutu.

 

Find an adorable little girl who you can transform into an Autumn Forest Nymph!!

 

I hope you have enjoyed this  no sew tutu tutorial /Autumn Forest Nymph Tutu.  It was fun and easy to make and my daughters love it.

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altered buttons make great embellishments!

Today I thought I would bring you an Autumn themed card and share a few tips on how to alter buttons for embellishments. I know it is hard to  believe Summer is passing and we are moving into the Autumn season?  Creating distressed or altered buttons is not a new concept, that I know. But sometimes being reminded that creating handmade embellishments isn’t feasible and that altering embellishments is the next best thing! Here I will share with you one way I like to alter my button embellishments that takes just a few quick strokes of sandpaper in two different grits and you have an entirely new and interesting look to your buttons! I started with two buttons of the same size and color from the Gingerbread Assortment and then went to town!

 

 

 

 The buttons I chose to use from the Gingerbread Assortment matched perfectly with my color palette however,

I thought they’d look good with a little “character”.

 

 

 Starting with a rough grit side of the sanding block, sand the edges.

 

 

 Next using a less rough grit, sand the surface of the face of the button to lightly distress it.

 

 Notice the difference? It’s just a few simple steps to really personalize your button embellishments.

 

 

And the finished result!

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Cozy Brads + 15 minutes = cute handmade card!

Good Morning! It’s a great day to encourage someone to reach up and go for their dreams….what better way to do that than with a handmade card??? And this one can be created in less than 15 minutes! I know for a fact because…..
Confession time: I should have had it done and up on the Card Positioning Systems blog, ready to run first thing on Tuesday morning, but totally spaced it and didn’t create it or load it!!! So I had to whip it up first thing and it took less than 15 mins start to finish. I just used the weekly sketch, threw in a mix of fun patterned papers, some ribbon and two fabulous Cozy Brads and BAM!!! Done! Enjoy!!

 

 

Supplies:

Stamps: Hero Arts – Anytime Messages
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Dye Ink – Tuxedo Black
Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants Designs – Childish 6×6 Paper Pad
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Brads: Buttons Galore & More – Cozy Brads: All Boy
Dies: Spellbinders Paper Arts
Ribbon: Generic Grosgrain
Punch: Fiskars Scalloped Punch

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Create Personalized Monogram Home Decor using Buttons, Brads & Beads

It’s time to get busy making something to freshen up the house! We have been busy all summer and as the Autumn season fast approaches having a few handy tutorials on how to make personalized gifts and hand made home decor just seems fitting. So today I have a Personalized Monogram Home Dec project to share with you. Enjoy!

Supplies Needed: Buttons, Brads, Micro Beads, Gem Tac (R), Scrapbook Paper, Hot Glue Gun, Scissors, Frame

 

 

Print letter of your choice as large as you would like finished monogram to be. Place beneath paper and put against a well lit window to serve as a light box. Then trace onto scrapbook paper.

 

Outline one third of the traced letter with Gem Tac.

Fill in the area fully with Gem Tac.

 

Place as many buttons as fit onto the glue covered area.

 

 

Quickly cover the entire surface with micro beads.

 

Remove excess beads before moving onto next step.

 

Continue covering the entire traced area a bit at a time following the steps above.

 

Cut the prongs off of the brads using strong sharp scissors.

 

See how much flatter brads lie once the prongs have been removed?

 

Hot glue the altered brads to the surface of the monogram randomly. Here I chose to hide "barren spots" with the brads. :)

Once your piece has fully dried, place in a frame and you are ready to enjoy your brand new PERSONALIZED home decor!!!

 

I would love to see what you make! Please leave a comment with a link to your personalized home decor projects! :) I will be sure to pop over and leave you some love on your project!! :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Creating Easy Home Decor Using Buttons and STYROFOAM

Howdy all! I am so sorry to keep you waiting all month for my home decor project! I have had a SUPER busy summer and this month just was the busiest of them all. But tonight, JUST BEFORE JULY IS OVER I have a fun home decor idea for you that is quick, easy and can be easily customized to fit your home’s Christmas decor! So let’s get busy!!! And hey, now’s a great time to start working on holiday decor because it’s best to be prepared now and now hurried later, right? So HAPPY CHRISTMAS IN JULY Y’ALL!!!!
Supplies Needed: STYROFOAM Cone, Two Tones of Butt ons, Acrylic Paint and Paint Brush, Glitter, Hot Glue, wood circle for trunk or other trunk material.

 

Begin by placing a pool of paint onto a piece of scrap paper as a palette for easy clean up.

 

Apply a full coverage layer of paint to entire surface of cone.

 

While the paint is still wet, liberally cover surface with glitter.

 

Find a button the same size as the top of the cone.

 

Build a stack of buttons in graduating size and hot glue together to be a "tree topper".

 

Once the paint has fully dried, hot glue the topper to the top of the cone.

 

Randomly glue buttons all along the outside of the cone in various sizes and shades of green.

 

Glue a line of large Ivory buttons along the bottom edge.

 

Hot glue the piece of cut tree limb to bottom as a tree trunk.

 

Ahhh your brand new hip and happening home decor project ready for the mantle, table top or anywhere else in your home!

 

 

I would LOVE to see your home decor pieces! Please share a link here so I can come to your blog and see how you decorate for the holidays!!! And hey if you happen to have a great button project that is just a HUGE BONUS! :) Enjoy!

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Buttons & Burlap Summer Scrapbook Page Idea

Summer, when you hear that word what images does it conjure up in your mind? For me I think of the heat, the BRIGHT colors and RELAXING! I love Summer. I know a ton of people who just hate the heat, but being a gal who’s always got cold fingers and toes, I love that during the summer month’s my body feels WARM all over, all day long! Bright colors, well I love those too! Wearing them, creating with them, you name it, I love it! And relaxing…well let’s just say there’s a well loved, well worn hammock in my backyard that my kids and I all enjoy piling into and having a good snuggle time in. I can relax with the best of them, and in STYLE to boot! LOL

For my project today you can see each of these elements we are talking about have been captured perfectly! From the bright sunshine, the bright colors of the porch chair and the slouchy posture of my sweet Elliott, this scrapbook layout just screams SUMMER. Pairing up bright buttons & bright papers with a nice wide swath of burlap helps to give this layout rest amongst the busyness. Now, while I was creating I got to the point where everything was on the layout EXCEPT the title. And I was STUCK…I mean the page was cute, but needed something…but what….that was when I emailed a photo of the layout and then called our DT Lead Niki Meiners and said “What’s wrong with this page..I am stuck” As if on cue she replied “Oh just add a title to the page – SUMMER” “Where??? Where would I even put a title??” I replied. “Ummm right there under the photo overlapping the patterned paper, burlap and above the cluster of red big buttons…” And you know, she hit the nail on the head!!! It was JUST what this layout needed. Talk about a friend being a help just when you need it!!!  So now you tell me…who do you call if you get stuck or just can’t seem to “make it all workout” in your creative process??

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