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Start Ups – Maple Leaves and Alcohol Ink

Start Ups - Maple Leaves and Alcohol Ink

It may be a little early to start thinking of fall leaves… but maybe not.

Last week I introduced you to Start Ups here and I made an easy “metal” piece to put on all sorts of Mixed Media or Scrapbooking projects.

Start Ups - Maple Leaves and Alcohol Ink

This week I used the Start Up Leaves and my trusty collection of Ranger Alcohol Inks to create multi-colored fall leaves.

Start Ups - Maple Leaves and Alcohol Ink

The colors I used were Oregano, Butterscotch and Red Pepper.

Oh, the possibilities!

What would YOU use Start Up Leaves on?

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Envelope Booklet Hostess Gift

Make an Envelope Booklet to hold coupons, photos, or stationery.

I love little gifts that I can make with items that I’ve got on hand and give as hostess gifts, thank you tokens, and teacher’s presents. Usually it’s on short notice- and I can whip up one of these Envelope Booklets in an hour. WIN!

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Buzzin' with BUTTONS!

It’s the season when our plans shift to wide open spaces and the great outdoors!  I just love CAMPING!  Pack up the kids, the tents, chairs, granola bars…  Camera, inner tube and….

The BUG spray!

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Father's Day Picture Frame

Hero - Father's Day Picture Frame

Here’s a special gift for Dad- a handmade frame with a photo of someone who loves him!

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Hand Painted Floral Buttons

Floral Buttons - Laura Bray

Aren’t these hand painted buttons from design team member Laura Bray adorable? Visit her blog Katydiddys and see how you can make some for yourself!

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Reach for the buttons!

And you’ll land amongst the stars!

This time of year, many fine folks are spreading their wings and moving up in the world. This project goes out to all of the graduates out there, large and SMALL!

Here’s a hybrid home dec/scrapbook memorabilia collection to get your buttons sparkling for attention – check out my quickie forgotten fine art canvas makeover!

Old canvas was stripped from this frame.  The frame was then painted with acrylic paint.

Once dry, crackle medium was applied and spread, generously.  Let dry, at least until tacky.

Spread 2nd color over crackle medium.   (The 2nd coat doesn’t have to be perfect.) Let dry for several hours.

Once dry, attach chicken wire to the backside with strong staple gun.

Drape fabric onto the back of chicken wire and attach.

Cut stars from card stock and embellish with baker’s twine embellished buttons from Buttons Galore & More.

Lay out pictures and embellishments, memorabilia, etc.

Secure with glue, tape or clips, as desired.

Give the grad in your world a big hug and blessings to REACH FOR THE STARS!

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Buttoned Down Wedding Memories

Scrapbooking

A beloved, but horribly neglected department of my personal crafty output.

What follows is a fun and crafty filled post that helped bring my wedding memories into much more beautiful light and will, hopefully, inspire you to get your craft on as well.

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