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Pirates, Princess and Projects…Oh my! Blog Hop

How is that for a title of a post?  Today we are having a blog hop to showcase the Buttons Galore and More buttons that coordinate with Laura Kelly Pirate Island and Princess fabrics.  The fabric is manufactured by General Fabric and is available through Hancock Fabric both in stores and online.  The Laura Kelly button blends are custom dyed to match the fabric.

What Is A Blog Hop? New to Blog Hops? Here’s the low-down on how they work.  A blog hop is a list of blogs sharing a similar theme.  The blog “host” lists of links to other blogs on their page, along with the Blog Hop rules.  As the reader, you hop from blog to blog looking at fun projects.

Rule to this hop – Visit each blog, leave a comment if you want.  Come back here to the main blog.  Leave a comment on this post saying what is your favorite project and  if you would want the BOY prize or the GIRL prize.  It is that simple.

These are the blogs participating in the hop

Laura Bray www.katydiddys.blogspot.com

Cristal – www.blueyecicle.blogspot.com

Keri Lee – www.pinklemonade.typepad.com

Niki- www.nikimeiners.wordpress.com

Jen- http://www.100directions.com

Allie –http://welltrainedpaper.blogspot.com/

Ann – http://www.creativitystirsthesoul.com/

Elise – http://mamacowcreations.blogspot.com/

Now for a quick project using fun material and Buttons Galore and More  buttons by Laura Kelly

If you are not a fan on Facebook please “LIKE”  us.  We have so much button craft ideas to share.  We also have  a PIN IT TO WIN IT CONTEST  going through April 27.

If you are interested in obtaining the material you can check out Hancock fabric stores or click the links below for online purchases.

Pirate Fabric

Fleece Pirate Fabric

Princess Fabric 

***Contest now closed  *** Two winners will  be announced by 5pm April 11, 2012 on this site.

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Happy Frog with Buttons Wall Art

Sometimes a few buttons can finish off a piece perfectly. This month is National Frog Month, so I thought it would be fun to create some wall art with one of my printable images… a frog, of course! I found some cute little flower shaped buttons in my green button bonanza which I thought would be a perfect fit for this project.

Happy Frog and Fly wall decor with button accents by Jen Goode

Happy Frog and Fly wall decor with button accents by Jen Goode

Materials you need:

Tools and other supplies:

  • Cardstock, scissors, craft glue, coloring materials

Steps to make your own Happy Frog and Fly wall decor with button accents

  1. Print out, color and cut out the Happy Frog and Fly image and adhere to background paper/s.
  2. Cut ribbon to size and adhere to edges of picture card.
  3. Tie embroidery thread on each button, trim and glue on each corner of picture card.
  4. Frame as desired.
Print, color and adhere frog art on background papers

Print, color and adhere frog art on background papers

Add ribbon and buttons to edge of art card

Add ribbon and buttons to edge of art card

Finished Happy frog art with cute flower buttons

Finished Happy frog art with cute flower buttons

 

This same wall art can also be created as a greeting card, just leave out the frame and adhere to a blank card. You can turn your pretty colored art into super cute decor with a few fun accents. Buttons add dimension and interest. Find interesting button shapes and add them to your craft projects for an added touch.  If you are looking for more button craft ideas you can check us out on Pinterest and while you are there enter our Pin it to Win it Contest

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Kid's Crafts- Button Embellished Photo Ornaments

 

About this time of year, my kids get the itch to start making gifts for friends, teachers, and grandparents. I came up with a kid-friendly craft that will enable them to give a gift they’ll be proud of- and it’s a great way to share those wallet-size photos from school pictures!

I used a manual die-cutting machine for this (the Spellbinders Grand Calibur) because my kids, ages 6 and 10, know how to use it independently and frankly the results are great! But you can use hand punches if you like, instead.

Supplies:

  • Manual Die Cutting Machine and Nesting Dies (I used Scalloped Circles) OR
  • Hand Punches 1.5″ and 3″
  • Feltie Sheets (stiffened felt) OR Foamies
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Glue OR Foamie Glue (you DO need special glue for foamies, FYI)
  • Buttons (I used Ocean Blue and Gold and Silver Grab Bag)
  • Ribbon for hanging
  • Start-Ups Angels
  • Permanent marker

First, have your kids cut large circles in 3 1/2″ or 4″ size for the bases. Then, cut the “wreath” portion by positioning the 3″ or the 3 1/2″ die and centering the 2″ die into the middle. Use a piece of painter’s tape to keep it from shifting around while you run it through the machine.

 

Save that area that is punched out- we’ll use it on the back!

Next, cut a piece of ribbon at least 6″ long and glue it to the base.

 

Take your wallet-size photos and position them so the face is centered in the middle. Cut away the excess with scissors. use a dab of glue to secure the photo to the wreath, then add more glue to the entire thing and glue it to the base.

Now to decorate! Use a little more ribbon to make a bow, and add a decorative button. Then glue little buttons around the wreath as ornaments.

While that’s setting up, write the child’s name and year on the Angel Start-up and glue it to that center from the first step. Lastly, glue that to the back of the ornament so that both sides are festive.

 

 

You’ll have such a good time crafting together as a family, and the kids will be so proud that they made the gifts themselves!

 

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Kids' Crafts – Button Wreath Ornament

kids' crafts - button wreath ornament

I know that school is just starting but wouldn’t this make a great craft for holiday parties? You can find the instructions on the Martha Stewart website here.

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Pretty up a pencil bag with buttons

Button embellished pencil holder

Button embellished pencil holder by Jen Goode

School just started for my kids so we’ve been busy buying supplies and getting ready for the upcoming year.I decided to have some fun and add a little personalization to some of our school supplies using buttons. Here’s an easy way to add button embellishments to a make a cute pencil bag.  You can add any kind of flat back button and create any kind of pattern or design for your own personal touch.

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Button Birdhouse

This is a quick and easy project to do with your children, but you could also do a few for yourself too.  Match the button colors to your decor and you’ll have a striking piece of art for your home.

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Child’s Button Embroidery Sampler

Do you remember how much you loved to sift through your mom, aunt, or grandmother’s button boxes? I still play with my buttons all the time, and I know I can always keep my five year old daughter busy with buttons. I recently came up with a project that takes button play beyond just looking at buttons, but also uses them as a creative tool. The end result is a darling little sampler of all my daughter’s favorite buttons and artwork. It’s truly an heirloom piece that will be cherished for years to come. Here’s how to make a button embroidery sampler with your child.

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