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Mother’s Day Card

This adorable card was made by Laura Neiman from Housewife Hellraiser using simple and fun paper crafting techniques.  It is the perfect card that can be made quickly which makes this a great project for Fifteen MINUTE Friday!

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She used papers and a card/envelope combination from Darice and buttons from the Laura Kelly BRIGHTS collection along with adhesives from iLovetoCreate.

You can find out the details on her blog HERE.

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There are so many great ways to create handmade cards with buttons.  Browse the blog and you will be totally inspired!

Cheers,

Laura

 

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DIY Gift Wrapping with Buttons

Here is a fantastic way to create custom  DIY gift wrapping in fifteen minutes (or less) using buttons, fabric markers and glue.  Check it out!  Yay, it’s Fifteen MINUTE Friday!!!

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A tip for buttons and fabric if you are not up for sewing…super tacky adhesives work best!  I love the Fast Grab Tacky from Aleene’s because it holds the buttons right away and keeps them in place until totally dried.  You can see in the next picture that the buttons are in place and the glue is still wet.  I love that!

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You can get more ideas and the full tutorial over on my blog HERE.

 

 

 

 

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DIY Flour Sack Gift Bag

Handmade gifts are even better when they are wrapped in a handmade flour sack gift bag.  This DIY is an awesome way to use fabric and trim scraps along with your button stash to create unique and fun bags for gifts and goodies.

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They are easy as pie.  Here is what you do…

Flour Sack Gift Bag

  1. Rip your fabric to be double the size you want your bag to turn out.  Mine is 18×9 inches.
  2. Cut your fabrics and trims in strips and stack them the way you like.
  3. Sew the strips to the half of your fabric you want to be the front.
  4. Fold your fabric and sew the side and bottom closed with a bright thread in a decorative stitch.
  5. Add your buttons with Aleene’s Quick Dry Fabric Fusion.

TaDa!  I am making 525 of these for SNAP.  They will be given out at the breakfast on Saturday morning filled with Laura Kelly goodies and YES, buttons will be in the bags.

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Cheers and Happy Making,

Laura

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A Noteworthy St. Patrick’s Day Card

Sending cards for the little holidays is not only fun but also very special.  I mean come on, who doesn’t LOVE to get a note in the mailbox these days.  This hand made card is not only adorbale but sure to spread luck and friendship for St. Patrick’s Day.  Three cheers for Fifteen MINUTE Friday!

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You will need the following:

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Cut a fold over card to fit your envelope.  This one is 8.5 x 4.25 to fit in an A2 sized envelope.  Cut your other decorative papers to add color to your card front.  Stitch your buttons to a piece of pre-cut card stock to form a shamrock.  Knot it in the back.

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Adhere your pieces to the front of the card with Aleene’s Always Ready.  Add a sticker message if you would like.  You can also write your message with a marker or a pen.

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I hand-stamped the back of my card too with my self-inking stamp from Expressionery.Com.  I think this makes it a little more special.

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And now you are ready to write a for real, noteworthy, hand written letter to a friend!

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Happy Creating,

Laura

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Button Up a Decorative Pinwheel

Pinwheels are so much fun for adding pizzazz and energy to decorating for parties and events.  Here are the directions to make them using just a few simple materials.  You will need the following:

  • Decorative Paper Squares (6 inches)
  • Scissors
  • Brads
  • Paper Straws
  • Aleene’s Always Ready Fast Grab Tacky Glue
  • Laura Kelly BUTTONS for Buttons Galore and More

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The first step is to cut from the four corners in towards the centers, stopping to leave a one inch square center that is uncut.  Then using your brad fold the first point of each corner in poking a hole through them as you go then through the center and securing with the brad in the back.

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Add your straw to the back and buttons to the front with the tacky glue.  The Fast Grab is great because is holds them right away.  Then allow time to dry before using them.

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They are so bright and cheery and simply fun.

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Cheers,

Laura

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Mini Shamrock Garland

This little garland is super festive and so easy to create.  The mini shamrock garland can be used to decorate in lots of fantastic ways and is perfect for a fifteen MINUTE Friday project.

Button Shamrock Garland

You will need scissors, green decorative paper, Candy Apple Green Buttons, Ribbon or Ric Rac and Aleene’s Always Ready Fast Grab Glue.

Creating Wreath Garland

  1. Cut your shamrocks out free hand so they are all a little different.  You can make a little pattern if that makes you more comfortable.
  2. Glue them from the backs to your ribbon using the Fast Grab and let dry.
  3. Flip over and add buttons with the Fast Grab.

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Ta Da!  It looks so fun on this wreath on the front door.

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Cheers,

Laura

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Jar Decor with Buttons and Ribbon

Fifteen minute Friday is all about creating projects that are quick, simple and fun.  This week’s project is using recycled jars (that tall one is from honey) and adding ribbon and buttons to create decor.

Winter Decor Jars

I simply tied the ribbons from Offray around the jars and bowed one while knotting the other.  I secured the ribbon and  added the buttons with Aleene’s Quick Dry Fabric Fusion because it works great and dries so fast.

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These two jars are a perfect addition to this amazing pillow that Laura Neiman created this week using these colors.  Find out more about that over on her awesome blog HERE.

Bird Pillow

The buttons are all from my collection with Buttons Galore.  The red buttons are Radiant Red and the blue in the bird is Robins Egg Blue.  You can buy them all on the website of course!

Buttons and Ribbon on Jars

Happy Creating!

Cheers,

Laura

 

 

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