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Luck of the Irish Key Fob

Luck of the Irish Key Fob

Luck of the Irish Key Fob

I’m 50% Irish and I make sure everyone knows it on St. Pat’s Day!  Today’s project is a “Luck of the Irish” Key Fob.  Put it on your key ring for a little extra luck.  Who doesn’t need that on the roads today?

Luck of the Irish Key Fob

Supplies:

  • White felt, cut into a 2.5″ X 2.5″ square
  • Green felt, cut into a 2.5″ x 2.5″ square
  • 3″ piece of shamrock ribbon
  • Craft glue
  • 3 green buttons-Buttons Galore and More Spring Green
  • Green embroidery floss and needle

Instructions:

  1. Place three buttons onto the white felt in the shape of a shamrock.  Trace an outline of the shape about 1/8″ from the buttons.
  2. Stitch the buttons into place.  Embroider the shamrock-shaped outline you traced.  Add any other embroidery embellishments to the square.
  3. Lay the green felt square down on your work surface.  Fold the shamrock ribbon in half and place the cut ends on the edge of the top of the felt.  Make sure it is centered.  Glue in place.
  4. Apply glue to the back of your button and embroidered piece of felt.  Lay on top of the green felt.  Make sure the ribbon is sandwiched between the pieces securely.
  5. Allow to dry.  Attach to your key ring.

These would also make cute gift tags or luggage tags (you would always be able to spot your suitcase at the airport).

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Wall Art with Start Ups and Packing Tape Transfers

St. Patrick's Day button wall decor

St. Patrick's Day button wall decor

Hello, and happy thoughts of Spring, Shamrocks and Button Crafts!

I have a well buttoned, St. Patty’s Day themed project, and some cool instructions for creating packing tape transfer to use with Button’s Galore & More, wonderful Start Up’s line.  Get ready to do a jig, sip a pint and get crafty!

 

 

Armed with a fine, spring-like bounty of buttons, start up shapes, printed designer paper and good old packing tape, this simple wooden mirror can easily become the canvas for some festive button craft that will have your friends and family green with delight!

 

 

In order to complete a simple packing tape transfer, suitable for enticing even the shyest of Leprechauns, you will only need to follow these simple steps:

1.) Select some printed paper (ink jet prints will not work) with designs appealing to your project and tag, or in this case, designer paper plus stamped image.

2.) Cover desired image with packing tape.

3.) Burnish the image.

4.) Cut out the selection and soak in a bowl of warm water. Soak for several minutes, or until paper becomes soft.

5.) Gently roll off the paper, by rubbing with your fingers, exposing the tape with the image embedded in the transfer material.

6.) Let dry, and then add color, if desired, with a permanent marker.

 

 

Here’s a shot comparing the printed paper, plus the Leprechaun that I stamped in solvent based ink and let dry, prior to adding the tape for the transfer.  To the left is a transfer I made using just printed designer paper.  I just love the magic of the transparency created by this simple technique.   Below is a photo from a Christmas project I made, here, where I used images from designer paper to match up with some of our wonderful Christmas designs in the Start Ups line:

 

 

There’s SO much possibility in these fabulous shaped platforms for custom created embellishments.  I could have a truck load and never run out of ways to use them!

 

 

Meanwhile, back at the jumpin’ shamrock, here’s my stamped, transferred, glued and completed Start Up piece, in it’s sparkly home – kinda makes ME want to do a jig…

 

 

Also, here’s a shot of the way-simple, fun and darling Start Up tag I made directly from a scrap of paper!  I sanded the edges a bit, after it was glued with clear adhesive, to give this gem a true vintage treasure feel.  This is NO blarney – Start Ups are bushels of fun!

 

 

I know I’ll be grinnin’ mighty wide when I look upon this button-embellished frame – I’ll certainly be feelin’ the luck of the Irish!  But don’t you be green with envy – you can make one TOO!  Here’s hopin’ that you do, and that the wind is always at your back!  Happy buttoning!

 

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Button Bon Bons for Valentine’s Day

Button Bon Bons by Laura Bray

Button Bon Bons by Laura Bray

 

I love Valentine’s Day, but my hips don’t.  If you give me a box of chocolates, I will eat it!  So I whipped-up some calorie-free, faux chocolates.  Tucked into an old chocolate box (of which I have more than a few, ahem), they make a darling Valentine vignette.  Or pack up a few as party favors.  Here’s the recipe:

 

Button Bon Bons for Valentine's Day

 

Button Bon Bons

Ingredients:

  • Brown felt, cut into 3″ circles.  I just traced the bottom of a can to get my circle.  Use light and dark brown colored felts for milk and dark chocolates!  White works too.
  • Needle & thread
  • Stuffing
  • Buttons.  The colors in Buttons Galore & More Confection Button Jar are perfect!
  • Mini-cupcake wrappers
  • Craft glue
  • Candy box

Instructions:

  1. Sew a running stitch around the outside of the felt circle.  Pull ends like you are making a yo yo.  Before tying them, stuff the bon bon .
  2. Sew buttons onto top of felt bon bon.  Get creative!  Stack them up!
  3. Apply some glue to the bottom of a mini-cupcake wrapper, and place the felt bon bon into the wrapper.
  4. Arrange the bon bons in a candy box.
  5. Enjoy them, guilt-free!

 

  1. Button Bon Bons for Valentine's Day

    Button Bon Bons for Valentine's Day

 

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Valentine's Day Countdown Calendar

 

If your little one is anything like mine, you pretty much start looking forward to Valentine’s Day right after Christmas.  I created this felt and button Valentine’s Day Countdown Calendar to channel some of my daughter’s excitement.

 

 

Supplies:

  • White felt
  • Red felt
  • Pink felt
  • Wave rotary cutter
  • Sewing machine
  • Buttons-I used Buttons Galore and More’s Raspberry Bulk Pack, because you can never have too many pink buttons!
  • Embroidery floss & Needle
  • Ink jet, printable fabric
  • 13″ wood dowel
  • Red & white bakery twine

Instructions:

  1. Cut a piece of white felt into a 17″ x 11″ rectangle.
  2. Fold one short side over 1″ then sew to create a pocket to put your dowel through later.
  3. Trim other short end using a wave rotary cutter or pinking shears.
  4. Cut a 7″ x 3″ rectangle from the pink felt.
  5. Using your printable fabric and word processing software, create a sign for the top of your calendar.  Mine says “Be My Valentine”.
  6. Cut the printable fabric into a 6.5″ x 2.25″  rectangle.
  7. Place pink felt triangle, centered and about 1″ inch down from top of white piece of felt. Remember, the top of your calendar will be where you stitched a pocket for the dowel.  Pin and sew.
  8. Center your printable fabric on the pink rectangle.  Pin and sew.
  9. Cut 14 2″ x 2″ squares from your red felt.
  10. Sew one pink button into the center of each red felt square.  I found the middle by folding the square in half, finger pressing, then folding it the other direction and finger pressing.  Attach you button where the lines cross.  Easy!
  11. Cut fourteen hearts from your white felt.  To get evenly sized hearts, I cut 2″ x 2″ squares from the white felt, folded them in half and cut half hearts.
  12. Carefully cut a small slit into the center of each heart.
  13. Measure down 1/2″ from the pink felt and 1/2″ in from edge of white felt.  Place your first red square there and pin.  Measure 1/2″ over to the right and pin.  Continue pinning on red squares, making sure you line them up evenly.  Sew the squares onto the fabric.  You can use your sewing machines to do this (just be careful not to run over the buttons) or attach them using a cute embroidery stitch.
  14. Cut a 5″ x 3″ rectangle from the pink felt.  Using your wave rotary cutters or pinking shears, cut a decorate edge along one of the long sides.
  15. Cut a 5″ x 1.5″ rectangle from the red felt.  Using your wave rotary cutters or pinking shears, cut a decorate edge along one of the long sides.  If you want to add a decorative ribbon, sew it on now.
  16. Place the red felt rectangle onto the pink felt rectangle, lining up the straight, long edge.  Sew three sides together, leaving the long, decorate edge of the red rectangle open.  You now have a pocket for your extra hearts.
  17. Sew the pocket onto the white base, 1/2″ down from the last row of red squares, 1/2″ from the right side of the white base.
  18. Cut out additional felt hearts in pink, red, and white and sew onto the calendar randomly.  Use cute embroidery stitches to attach them.
  19. Slide dowel through the top pocket of your calendar.  Tie baker’s twine to end of dowels and hang.

You are done!  Store your white hearts in the pocket.  As each day dawns, allow your child to button a heart onto one of the red squares.  When the all the squares are full, it’s Valentine’s Day!  Use the now empty pocket to store a few Valentine’s and enjoy your calendar for a couple of extra days after the holiday.

 

 

Valentine Countdown Calendar by Laura Bray

 

I know this calendar is a lot of work, but I was able to get mine done in about 3 hours total.  I think it’s worth the work-after all it’s a heirloom item.

 

 

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A Little Mixed Media Inspiration for Valentine's Day Crafting.

1.bp.blogspot.com heart canvas

 

Just in time for Valentine’s Day crafting I found this lovely Heart Canvas mixed media piece over on Shari Carroll’s blog. I hope it’ll inspire you in your Valentine’s Day crafting. Be sure to look at several pages on Shari’s blog as she has LOTS of great projects! :)

There are two posts for this project here and here.

 

 

 

 

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Haberdashery Heart

Haberdashery Button Heart by Laura Bray

Haberdashery Button Heart by Laura Bray

I love, love, love the Haberdashery Trim Collage Kits by Buttons Galore and More.  Just the word “haberdashery” makes me feel all happy & old-fashioned.  And the goodies included in the kit?  Well, once I started brainstorming for a Valentine project, I couldn’t stop myself.  There are a million ways to use this kit.  You could even buy a few, invite your friends over for a Valentine tea, and make these hearts. They’ll make great Valentine’s Day gifts, but would also be sweet in a baby’s nursery.

Haberdashery Hearts

Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Paint the wood heart with pink and green paint.  Allow to dry for one hour.
  2. Glue buttons and embellishments from the Trim Collage Kit onto the wood heart.
  3. Glue a length of ribbon to the back of the heart for a hanger.

 

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Fleece, Yo-Yo's and Buttons on a Valentine's Day Wreath

Fleece, Yo-Yo's and Buttons on a Valentine's Day Wreath

 

Isn’t this a sweet, simple decoration for Valentine’s Day? Or a baby girls’ room?

It’s a little time consuming but not very hard to make. Let me show you how…

 

Fleece, Yo-Yo's and Buttons on a Valentine's Day Wreath

 

First off you’ll need a 14 inch extruded foam wreath, some fleece and Fabri-Tac from Beacon Adhesives.

 

Fleece, Yo-Yo's and Buttons on a Valentine's Day Wreath

 

Cut the fleece in a long strip wide enough to wrap around the foam wreath and to meet at the edge. Glue the fleece around the wreath as shown. Scrunch the fleece together to make it kind of wrinkly.

TIP: When I’m using Fabri-Tac to “sew” I often use pinch clothes pins to hold the fabric together while the glue dries!

 

Fleece, Yo-Yo's and Buttons on a Valentine's Day Wreath

 

Next grab yourself some yo yo makers from Clover. I used a large circle, large heart and medium circle.

 

Fleece, Yo-Yo's and Buttons on a Valentine's Day Wreath

 

I made about 24 yo-yos with four different fabrics. I have to say, that I love the yo yo makers. They made it really easy!

This part of the project is perfect for crafting while watching television!

 

Fleece, Yo-Yo's and Buttons on a Valentine's Day Wreath

 

Fleece, Yo-Yo's and Buttons on a Valentine's Day Wreath

 

Then sew buttons in the center of the yo yos. The Button Bonanza in Bubblegum is PERFECT for this!

 

Fleece, Yo-Yo's and Buttons on a Valentine's Day Wreath

 

Next, lay the yo yos out on the wreath in a pleasing pattern and then take small pins and pin them in place.

 

Fleece, Yo-Yo's and Buttons on a Valentine's Day Wreath

 

I used a bone folder to tuck the pins down in deep so that you can’t see them in the finished wreath.

You can either fill in the whole wreath or only fill in a portion of it like I did. And of course, it doesn’t have to be in pinks.. it can be any colors you choose! :)

 

 

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