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A 28 Lilac Lane Card with Watercolor!

I could not be more excited that 28 Lilac Lane is now shipping to stores! I can’t wait to see what everyone creates – there is a whole world of crafty possibilities awaiting inside each and every kit. One of my favorite ways to play with the line is to accent a single stamped and colored image on a card, tag, or small canvas décor piece.

28 Lilac Lane card with watercolor

Today I have a video tutorial for a 28 Lilac Lane card featuring some lilac coloring and one of my favorite 28 Lilac Lane kits, French Quarter. My tip for keeping your embellishments in a tight cluster is to begin with the largest elements, and work smaller. This lets me fill in the gaps and create clusters almost effortlessly! Thanks to the variety of sizes in the kits from bigger buttons down to tiny seed beads, I’ve always got something that works!

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this 28 Lilac Lane card video tutorial and that I’ve inspired you to do a bit of coloring as well as some fun embellishing. Happy Crafting!

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Make a Photo Frame with a “Tropical Twist”

When it comes to decorating plain frames, buttons rule! The only thing that makes it better? Having sequins, pearls, beads, and charms to decorate with as well! Dreaming of warm temperatures and swaying palm trees I’m creating with the Tropical Twist kit today. The bright colors and playful details make it a fun choice for a project like this, though this project will work with any of my kits!

Supplies:

  • Wood or metal photo frame
  • liquid adhesive (I recommend PPA by US Art Quest)
  • 28 Lilac Lane Tropical Twist embellishment kit
  • Optional: Glossy sealant such as Glossy Accents; glitter glue, or glitter

28 Lilac Lane Tropical Twist frame by May Flaum

What would you put in a beautiful 28 Lilac Lane frame?

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Create a Decor Birdhouse with 28 Lilac Lane

One of my favorite DIY décor projects is to take a simple little wooden birdhouse and add buttons, sequins, and more to it. Today I’ve got a tutorial featuring one of my new jars and a kit that coordinates nicely with it. I loved having multiple colors of buttons, pearls, sequins, and beads to choose from as I created this project.

Supplies:

  • small wood birdhouse
  • white paint
  • liquid adhesive (PPA is what I recommend) and double sided tape/adhesive sheet
  • 28 Lilac Lane by Buttons Galore Attic Findings embellishment kit
  • 28 Lilac Lane by Buttons Galore Birds of a Feather embellishment jar
  • Optional: stamp, ink, glossy liquid sealant, and glitter glue

Here’s a look at the finished projectt!

Birdhouse using 28 Lilac Lane by Buttons Galore

What will you make with 28 Lilac Lane?

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Button Topped Gift Box

When it comes to gift giving, I love to put handmade touches on the wrapping when giving store bought items and one of my favorite ways to do this is with a decorated box. I’m known for making these gift boxes and in fact, the perfect item to decorate the top with is buttons!  Today I’ll share with you just how easy this can be.

Button Box

Supplies:

Step by step:

1.       Remove the lid from the box and paint the sides, or cover in patterned paper. For this box I covered the bottom in patterned paper, and painted the top edge with gold acrylic paint.

2.       Place a good amount of liquid adhesive onto the lid top, keeping it away from the edges. If some spills over, simply wipe away or brush back onto the top.Gluing Buttons

3.       Begin by placing a few large buttons, then fill in areas. For a box like this I like to start at the middle and work out. Layer on a second layer of buttons if desired.Gluing Buttons and Microbeads

4.       Once you are happy with your buttons, sprinkle something tiny like the seed beads that I have used on this box. This fills in any gaps and adds a great layer of texture and fun added dimension as well.

5.       Allow the lid to fully dry before placing a gift inside the box, closing, and gifting!DSC_6843

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Buttoned Up Christmas Tree Ornament

If you’re wondering what to do with all of the metal christmas tree ornaments and décor shapes showing up in the local craft store the answer is simple: button them up! I had so much fun with this Christmas tree ornament project – and it really is simple and fun to do. In fact, my kids (8 and 10 years old) have made these kinds of projects themselves as well! Of course my favorite buttons these days are the color blends – and this is a perfect project to showcase them.

Christmas Tree Color Blends

Supplies:

Steps:

Step 1: Cover the outside with washi tape.

Tip: Seal the edges with matte finish liquid adhesive so that it doesn’t come loose.

Step 2: Put a thick coat of liquid adhesive inside the shape. If there are unsealed edges be careful to either keep the adhesive away from the edge.

Buttons Glued to Tree OrnamentStep 3: Fill the shape with buttons! I used wood buttons for my trunk, and the beautiful green buttons all over the tree area.

Step 4: Layer a few small buttons if there are bigger gaps showing, just add a bit of liquid adhesive to the back of them when you set them on.

Christmas Tree close-upStep 5: Finish by sprinkling a bit of glitter if desired – this adds sparkle and will fill in any small crack areas.

Christmas Tree Ornament by May Flaum for Buttons Galore

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Thankful Card

Utilizing basic supplies and everyday items in my crafting, and finding usefulness in even the simplest things is something I enjoy tremendously. With a few beautiful caramel buttons, some ink, and a little creativity I quickly came up with a fun card design that is perfect for any season.

thankful card by May Flaum

Supplies:

  • Buttons Galore Caramel Button Basics (also available at AC Moore stores)
  • green cardstock
  • watercolor paper
  • green watercolor or paint
  • black ink
  • brown ink
  • brown pen
  • gold paint pen or dimensional paint

How-to:

Thankful card by May Flaum step 1

Step 1: Take a circle object such as a cookie cutter or cup and tap with black ink. “stamp” onto your paper several times, creating a wreath shape. Repeat with brown ink.

Tip: Roll the cookie cutter or disposable cup around instead of stamping flat. This will give you more control of your lines.

Thankful Card by May Flaum step 2Step 2: Use scissors to cut out leaf shapes and color with green watercolor or ink. Place these in three spots along your wreath, and add small caramel buttons as well. At this time you should also cut out a ½” high strip of cardstock for your sentiment, and notch the ends to fit.

Tip: instead of handwriting you could use a computer font or alphabet stamps.

Thankful card by May Flaum for Buttons Galore

Step 3: Add the finishing touches to your card. Ink the edges of the sentiment banner, add some gold paint or ink to highlight the circle shape and around your buttons, and add any other details you would like.

Tip: Want even more: Use a pen to add flourishes and dots, as I did here with a brown pen.

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Felt and Fabric Thanksgiving Card

When it comes to Thanksgiving I don’t do a lot of home decorating, but I do enjoy creating cards for a few special people. This card is a lot of fun to make with fabric scraps, though using patterned paper would work just as well. The harvest Button Bonanza bag is perfect for all your fall crafting needs and just screams Thanksgiving to me.

Thanksgiving card

Supplies Needed: Felt, fabric with iron-on backing, word stickers, thread (hand or machine stitch), liquid adhesive, and harvest Button Bonanza bag

Steps:

Felt Heart

  1. Stitch a scrap of fabric, white trim, and felt heart onto a piece of white cardstockSewing Felt Heart
  2. Cut out hearts from a fabric scrap that have adhesive backing and iron them onto the card. Ironing fabric hearts
  3. Ink around edges of white cardstock if desired
  4. The final and fun part – adhere down buttons as desired and add word strips as well.

Beyond Thanksgiving, this simple card would be great for any holiday or occasion – and is a lot of fun to make! Don’t forget that you can create this design with either fabric or patterned paper.

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