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Foil-Embellished Pendant

These Start-Ups from Buttons Galore & More are the perfect itty bitty blank canvas for making a great big statement.  Whether an accent for a larger project or a stand-alone piece, these nifty little shapes are great for embellishing.

For my Start-Ups Challenge project, I chose the Large Tags because I thought they would make a fantastic pendant.  The holes are pre-drilled so attaching a chain or ribbon is simple.

Buttons Galore & More Start Ups Pendant by Carla Schauer

What I really like about the Start-Ups is that they can be made either complex or streamlined, depending on the project.  I chose a lettuce green alcohol ink to color the tag shape, applied with a small scrap of felt.

Buttons Galore & More Pendant by Carla Schauer

I then cut a swirl shape from a set of double-sided adhesive designs (Design Adhesives by Clearsnap) and applied one side to the bottom corner of the tag.

Buttons Galore & More Pendant by Carla Schauer

A small piece of thin pink foil (also by Clearsnap) was pressed into the adhesive design and 3 turquoise crystals were glued to the upper right corner.  If desired, a clear varnish can be applied before gluing the crystals in place.

Buttons Galore & More Pendant by Carla Schauer

I added a 9mm silver jump ring through the pre-drilled hole, and attached my pendant to a chain I had in my stash.  I love that I can have custom jewelry in less than an hour!

Thanks for stopping by!
Carla Schauer

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Start Ups….. a stampers approach

Stamping with Start-ups

Stamping with Start-ups

There was a full moon last night and I was crafting all night with my daughter. A perfect time to do some Start Ups samples. This was my first time playing with the new Start Ups surfaces. After a few mishaps… I fell in love with them and have to have more, NOW!

Basically all you need is your favorite stamp (this one is my moon face from Inkadinkadoo – and ladies, it’s old!), fine sand paper and Staz On ink. I added in a Faber Castel PITT pen, because I can resist lettering a bit.  Just sand the surface down a bit, just to rough it up and take the shinny coating off , dust it off and stamp. I stamped this off center and I loved the way it came out. I added the text and a few dots and let it dry a bit. To make sure it’s coated well, I added a layer of DG3 from Judikins. It needs to dry overnight… so don’t touch it, let it dry. I sprinkled in a bit of Ultra Fine Prisma Glitter for the moons sparkle and went to bed. The DG3 will go right up to the edge of the start up but won’t drip over the edges. If it did, you could lightly sand it again when you were done. If you do coat with the DG3, use a silicon mat ( or splat mat ) – it won’t stick and will peel right off.

This one was basically the same technique but I waited for the Staz On to dry for about 15 minutes and then used colored pencil to add a little hint of color. I then stamped the word MOON over the moon face, coated with the DG3, sprinkled with glitter and let it dry again overnight. I finished it off with a crystal bead and a ball chain. I love the way these came out and I can’t wait to try more shapes.

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Start Ups: Mixed Media Necklaces

Start Ups Mixed Media Charms

Start Ups Mixed Media Charms

I loved playing with the Start Ups that I received recently.  I started with the Large Tags because I thought they were the perfect size for a necklace pendant.  I haven’t used my Alcohol Inks in a while, so I pulled those out and decided on Greens, Blues and Purples.

The first background I created was a tie dye effect – the alcohol ink has a fluid movement on the Start Ups surface and I almost couldn’t stop layering the colors and watching them blend together!

Tie Dye Butterfly Necklace

I added a chipboard butterfly from K & Company and Making Memories letter stickers to spell the word FLY.

Stamped Mixed Media Charm

For the next background, I dropped Alcohol Ink on the surface of the Start Ups, then blotted off with a paper towel to create a watercolor effect.  I stamped over the background with StazOn Jet Black Ink and set the ink with my Heat Tool.  I added a touch of Starlight Stickles on the dragonfly, the word sticker COURAGE, a flower with gem and a black gingham ribbon compete this mixed media necklace.

Glossy Monogram Charm

The third background was similar to the second, but I sanded the dry alcohol ink to distress the finish.  I then stamped with musical notes and finished with a large monogram M that was painted black and topped with a thick coat of Glossy Accents.

I inked around the edge of each of my Start Ups mixed media charms with black StazOn ink and then set it with my Heat Tool.

Add a jump ring and some ball chain and you are ready to wear your mixed media necklaces – or give them as gifts!

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth Watson

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Buttons Galore and More Goes to the Emmys!

Free Form Bead Weaving with Button Closure

Free Form Bead Weaving with Button Closure

Every once in a while one of our Design Team members creates a project that’s either published or promoted in another way and we like to share them here.

It feels a little different this time because I’m usually the one promoting one of my DT members but this time it was ME who got a little publicity that I wanted to share!

Why? Because I want to encourage my fellow crafters to think of using buttons in lots of different ways… even high end jewelry.

Buttons Galore and More Goes to the Emmys

The Emmy Necklace: Free Form Bead Weaving

This is the necklace I created for the Emmys and the photo above shows the button closure.

Here are some related articles:

DIY-ing the Emmys: The Gown, Shoes and Accessories

The Emmy Necklace – Free Form Bead Weaving: Tips for Choosing Beads

The Emmy Necklace – How To: Free Form Bead Weaving

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Start Ups: Faux Cloisonne

Start Ups from Buttons Galore and More might just be my favorite product from the site! I love their smooth, white surface….. like a canvas just begging to be painted upon.  I rifled through my sticker stash in order to come up with this easy-peasy faux cloisonne technique.

Faux Cloisonne

Faux Cloisonne


You’ll need:

  • Start Ups- I used tags and circles
  • Peel-Off type stickers- I used Magenta brand
  • Alcohol-based markers- I used Letraset ProMarkers
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
  • Krylon Spray Sealer
  • Earring findings, jump rings, connectors.

To make these, I simply peeled a sticker off of the sheet and applied it to the Start-Ups, burnishing it down a bit with a fingernail. Then I colored in the lines using my alcohol based markers.

When the ink was dry I added a coat of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic over the whole thing to pull off the Cloisonne effect. Or, like in this example, you can choose to do only one area to add “pop” to your piece.

Once the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic is all dry, add jump rings and earring findings and you are ready to roll. (If you leave some areas without the Dimensional Magic, I’d suggest spraying the pieces with a coat or two of Krylon Triple Thick in order to keep the ink from scratching off in the future.

No one needs to know you raided your paper crafting stash to make your jewelry!

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Make a Fabric and Circle Brooch

Button and Fabric Circle Brooch

Button and Fabric Circle Brooch

How on earth can something so easy be so darn cute? A little felt, fabric, thread and of course, a button.

Be sure to visit the Cluck Cluck Sew blog for full instructions.

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Jewelry Making – An Orange and Blue Necklace

Orange and Blue Button Necklace

Orange and Blue Button Necklace

I love the color combo used to make this necklace!

While it’s not a complete tutorial you can find the basic rundown of how this necklace was made over on Craftster. If you have any experience making jewelry a quick run down is all you need.

I think that our Button Bonanza: Summer Time would be a perfect choice for this.

Or what about the Button Tote: Cornucopia for more of a Fall look? Maybe with an antique gold or brass chain? Oh yeah. I like that idea…. might make one myself! :)

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