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28 Lilac Lane Pet Pendant with Ice Resin

pendant with ice resin

I am new to the world of resin, but I’m really excited to test out possibilities and combine it with my new 28 Lilac Lane kits! Creating a dimensional piece for my daughter to wear in honor of our dogs seemed like a really fun place to start, and I hope that you enjoy this video tutorial. There are so many fun ways to utilize the Paws & Pets kit, and all of the kits in this line!

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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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Send a Sweet Greeting with a Donut Card!

Sometimes you just want to send a card to say “hi” to someone special. This adorable donut card is a sweet way to do the job!

The new 28 Lilac Lane embellishment kits are now shipping, and they are perfect for cardmakers: buttons, sequins, trim and charms. They also contain seed beads, something unfamiliar to some cardmakers. In addition to making great shaker boxes, seed beads can be combined with glue to make great shiny embellishments. On this donut card, they give the appearance of sprinkles (or nuts).

donut card

Supplies:

Instructions

Cut pink striped paper to fit card front. Adhere. Cut 1″ strip of yellow stripe and attach along fold of card.

Cut a strip of water color paper that is 1 7/8″ wide and the same height as the card front.

Using Archival ink, stamp three donuts on the watercolor paper.

Paint the donuts with the watercolors.

Donut Card gluing

Spread a thin layer of white glue (I use Artquest PPA Matte) on the donut frosting. Scatter yellow seed beads from the Tropical Twist kit in the glue. Add a second layer of glue on top of the beads (above).

donut card close-up

When dry, the glue will largely disappear. Any remnants that remain visible (as around some of the beads in the photo above) will just look like donut glaze!

Adhere the donut strip over the seam between the two patterned papers on the card front.

Stamp the sentiment in the lower right corner of the donut card front.

The new 28 Lilac Lane products are now shipping to stores! Look for them in a store near you! 

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A Sunny Sequin Card with 28 Lilac Lane

As a northerner transplanted to the south, I remember all too well the dark days of February in the cold part of the country. This time of year it seemed that winter would never end! So today, I’m here to bring a blast of sunshine to February, with some help from the new sequin tins from 28 Lilac Lane.

This mixed-media inspired sequin card is very simple to make. By simply changing up the sentiment stickers, it can be perfect for providing cheer on a variety of occasions.

Bright Side Card

Supplies:

  • Blank Card
  • Cardstock (yellow, orange, blue)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock
  • 28 Lilac Lane by Buttons Galore Yellow and Orange sequin tin
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Small Talk stickers
  • Cricut Explore machine
  • Cricut Design Space cutting file
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Carved Pumpkin)
  • Ranger Dylusions Spray Ink (Vibrant Turquoise, London Blue)
  • Ranger Dylusions Mica Spray (Vibrant Turquoise)
  • Sewing Machine

Instructions:

  1. Spray the two spray inks randomly on a sheet of the watercolor cardstock. Spritz with water and blot to blend. Repeat until satisfied with color blend. (Check out this video for tips.)
  2. Trim a half inch off of each direction of the cardstock. Stitch cardstock down to the front of the blank card.
  3. Spray the card front with Mica Spray.
  4. Cut the sun element from yellow and orange cardstock on the die cutting machine.
  5. Ink the edges of the sun element with the Carved Pumpkin ink.
  6. Spread white glue on the center of the die cut, and place sequins. Let dry.
  7. Assemble two parts of sun die cut together. Adhere die cut to front of card.
  8. Adhere phrase stickers to card.

Bright Side Sequin Card

The sequins will shine on their own in this sequin card, of course, but the Mica Spray enhances the card’s overall shine and brings out the sequins’ shine. And the orange ink will make the darker toned sequins in the yellow sequin blend really pop!

The 28 Lilac Lane sequin tins will be shipping soon – don’t miss out on the entire collection of all six color blends!

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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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Behind the Scenes at CHA Mega Show 2016

If you follow our Instagram, you know that the whole Buttons Galore team spent a good deal of the last ten days in Anaheim, California at the annual Craft & Hobby Association trade show. It’s one of the year’s premier events to display craft products to retail buyers to make wholesale purchases for their stores, and also a great opportunity for people from all parts of the crafts industry to meet and share.

Anaheim Convention CenterThe event took place at the Anaheim Convention Center and the show floor was open for four days.

Our booth, of course was wall-to-wall buttons – about 40 feet of them in all! In the picture below, that’s me (Buttons Galore social media manager Nancy Nally) standing in front of the rainbow wall of Color Blends, Button Basics, and Button Bonanzas. There’s so many choices, and they are great for my favorite types of craft projects that use a lot of buttons!

Nancy with Button Basics

And of course we had walls of our 3D specialty button designs on display as well! This is just one small part of the huge wall to choose from.

Specialty Button DisplayMixed in with the buttons, we had lots of fun button project ideas as well. Many of these will be shared on the blog and on our social media in more detail in the coming weeks, so make sure you subscribe to the blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest so you don’t miss any of them!

Tic Tac Toe Tote

One of the projects on display may have looked slightly familiar to our blog readers….back in November I created this rag quilted patch tote in soft pastels for the Handmade Holidays blog hop. For this version, I went with bold fabric from a Lola charm pack by Quilting Treasures, and used a black Button Bonanza bag to create a Tic Tac Toe game on it. Circles win!

Booth papercrafting projects

At the entrance to the booth, visitors were greeted by our papercrafting project feature wall. Buttons are perfect for cards, tags, and layouts!

We also took part in the show’s “Open Market”. At this immensely popular event – a first for the CHA Mega Show –  attendees had the chance to purchase cash & carry product from us at discounted prices. We offered a selection of 3D specialty buttons, Button Bonanza and Button Basics bags to excited customers.

CHA Open MarketButtons Galore co-owners Dan & Lisa Hagenman were quite camera-shy in the booth but with some stealth skills I managed to get them on camera for our readers during the frenzy at the Open Market. That’s the lovely Lisa in the foreground, and her husband Dan at the other end of the table, helping customers find what they were looking for in the product selection.

Of course the biggest excitement in the booth was the launch of the 28 Lilac Lane line by designer May Flaum.

May Flaum 28 Lilac Lane

May created a huge display wall full of samples for the booth (you’ll see many of them on her blog and ours in the coming weeks) and a beautiful demo table where she spent hours showing visitors what they can do with 28 Lilac Lane embellishments.

28 Lilac Lane display wall 28 Lilac Lane demo table

Of course, there had to be sample boards to show off the gorgeous color palette of the new kits and bottles! For the embellishment kits, embroidery hoop collages showed the entire contents of each kit. The hoops were even finished off with the ribbon or trim from the kit!

Love Story hoop For the bottles, a color board shows the entire rainbow selection of all the kits’ schemes in one place:

28 Lilac Lane bottle colors

28 Lilac Lane bottles

We’re so appreciative of how many people stopped by the booth to visit us and see May demo her 28 Lilac Lane collection! It was such fun hosting you all and sharing the new products!

May Flaum demo 28 Lilac Lane

May Flaum demo 28 Lilac Lane

Here’s a peek at some of the friends that dropped by to talk all things buttons in the booth at CHA!

Scrappycampysisters stopped by and got a video tour of the booth from May personally:

Scrappycampysisters

And I finally got to meet Erica of Clique Kits when she dropped by!

Erica Clique Kits

And last but not least…who can forget the Periscope of a Periscope that created an internet black hole with Cathy Zielske and Sandy Allnock? (And then we Instagrammed it too, for good measure!)

Cathy Zielske periscope

CHA was so much fun we’re taking the show on the road again in less than two weeks! European retailers will have a chance to catch Dan and the fabulous Buttons Galore buttons – including 28 Lilac Lane – at Creativeworld in Frankfurt at the end of the month. We’ll be located in Hall 4.2 Booth G50, across from the Creative Impulse awards display. Please do stop by and visit if you are at the show!

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