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DIY Holiday Gift | Mixed Media Locket with 28 Lilac Lane

Christmas shopping time has arrived…and so has Christmas gift crafting time! A custom piece of jewelry is the perfect DIY holiday gift for a friend or family member…and with 28 Lilac Lane embellishments, a surprisingly easy one!

DIY Holiday Gift Jewelry

Supplies:

This locket is built using a very simple process. Fill the bottom of the locket with a single layer embellishments. Start with the large items (the buttons) and then fill in around them with the small items like the beads and pearls. Vary the color and placement of the items. Select a charm but don’t place it in the locket just yet!

Once you are satisfied with the placement of your bottom layer of embellishments, get out your Ice Resin. Following the directions on the package, use the Ice Resin to fill in a layer of epoxy on top of the layer of embellishments. Stop filling when the layer is just slightly covered. Before the resin dries, press the charm that you saved earlier into the top of the epoxy. It should just be slightly embedded, protruding out the top of the epoxy layer.

DIY Holiday Gift Jewelry close-up

To create the ribbon embellished chain, thread a large needle (or a knitting darning needle) with the ribbon. Then weave it in and out of every other link the chain so that it is threaded into it. Tie the ribbon off to the chain at each end.

The fun thing about these DIY holiday gift lockets is that they can be created for any theme or color scheme, to perfectly match the recipient it is intended for! To see a different interpretation of this project in a pink color scheme, check out our previous mixed media locket article.

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Embellish Your December Album of the Holidays with Buttons!

In only a few weeks, December will be upon us! For many scrapbookers, that means recording our December holiday celebrations in special page-a-day pocket scrapbooks. Our 3D buttons are a fun and simple way to add embellishment to your December album!

December Album Cards

Most of us using pocket scrapbooks for our December album will have at least a few 4×6 cards in our album to highlight important topics or days. This journaling card could hold very large number stickers to put focus on a special date (such as #25) or the kraft colored tag could be used for journaling space!

December Album 4x6 card

Supplies:

To make this card, I cut a 4″ x 6″ piece of patterned paper. Then I stamped “Merry Christmas” on the bottom right and embossed it with clear embossing powder. After I die cut the tag from cardstock, I looped ribbon through the hole, and secured it with a staple. I adhered the tag in place and laid the sticker in place on top of it.

The buttons were the final touch. These buttons are shank buttons, so I had to use button shank removers to give them a flat back. Before gluing them down, I used a pen to draw “strings” from the top of the card to the locations of the baubles that I wanted hanging. Then I glued all three buttons down on top of the drawn strings, and also added the Christmas tree in the bottom left corner.

December Album 3x4 card

Supplies:

I also started this 3×4 card by stamping the sentiment in the upper part of the white box. Then I added the washi strips in the bottom part of the box, trimming them so they fit the decorative shape of the bottom corner. I die cut the small holly leaves and adhered them, adding small red buttons as berries. Finally, I cut the shanks off of two 3D present buttons and glued them down in the bottom right corner using PPA Matte adhesive.

Whether you are using a kit or doing it yourself, we’ve got the perfect buttons for your December album. Visit the Christmas category on our website, or our new section to see our latest releases to find great options for your album!

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Embellish a Christmas Gift Box with Buttons & More!

October is half over and that means it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in most crafter’s work spaces! Today, we’re going to share a few ideas of how to embellish a Christmas gift box with buttons to make your gifts look extra special.

Christmas Gift Boxes with 28 Lilac Lane embellishments

All of these boxes are created from paper maché boxes that are painted with white acrylic paint. Then the tops of the boxes were splattered with spray ink or paint to add some color, before buttons and other embellishments were added.

The large rectangle Christmas gift box is created with embellishments from the 28 Lilac Lane “Let It Snow” embellishment kit. To create this embellishment collage, I started by laying down a pool of white glue in the middle of the lid. Then I placed the large items first, creating the arrangement of the buttons. I filled in around the buttons with the small embellishments like the sequins and beads, creating a feeling of an explosion of embellishment spreading across the lid. For the final touch, I glued the snowflake charm from the “Let It Snow” kit on top of the button collage.

Blue Christmas Gift Box

Supplies:

For the round box, I used the new “Winter Wonderland” Button Bonanza. I started this one by making the first layer of buttons. Then, once that layer had dried securely in place, I glued a second layer of buttons on top of the center of the first layer.

Christmas Gift Box with 28 Lilac Lane

Supplies:

I used the same technique on the square box, creating a two layer collage of buttons one layer at a time. The key to making the prettiest collage is to vary the size and type of the buttons that you use. Also, it helps to balance the colors. On this box, the center has one of each color, and then there is an outer ring that shows the green shades alternating with red.

Traditional Christmas Gift Box with 28 Lilac Lane

Supplies:

Grab some boxes…grab some glue…this project only takes a few minutes to make beautiful holiday gift packages. And it’s so easy that the kids can help out. What are you waiting for? Button up a few holiday gifts!

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Announcing New 28 Lilac Lane Embellishment Bottles!

I could not be more excited to announce six brand new 28 Lilac Lane embellishment bottles. I’ve added in new sequin sizes, all new colors, and I am thrilled with how these beautiful mixes turned out. From scrapbooking to mixed media canvas projects to decorations for the holidays – there is a lot to love in these mixes and I hope you enjoy creating with them as much as I do!

new 28 Lilac Lane embellishment bottles for fall 2016 from Buttons Galore & More!

Candy Corn is inspired by my favorite fall treat, all yummy shades of yellow, orange, and white just perfect for Halloween crafting and so much more. From citrus inspired creations to bright summer scrapbooks this mix will be perfect year-round. The best part? This mix is calorie and guilt free.

 28 Lilac Lane candy corn embellishment bottle by Buttons Galore

Coral Reef is full of rich aqua hues and shades of coral – blending together beautifully for a bright and beautiful mix. Feel like stepping outside the box? Try this embellishment mix for some non-traditional color palette Christmas crafts!

28 Lilac Lane coral reef embellishment bottle

Savannah Stroll is inspired by the flowers and greens in one of my favorite cities. A city so perfect in spring time, I wanted to capture some of my favorite shades and bottle them up to use on all kinds of creative projects. From the soft green beads to the pink buttons I love every part of this lovely mix.

28 Lilac Lane Savannah Stroll embellishment bottle

Through The Woods is as the name implies, a stroll through the woods! My favorite element in this mix is the woodgrain sequins. I can’t get enough of them and I love all of the rich green and brown hues not only for my camping and hiking scrapbook projects, but for all kinds of nature inspired creations!

28 Lilac Lane through the woods embellishment bottle

Winter Wonderland is inspired by bright fluffy fresh snow and all the shades of a white Christmas. While it doesn’t snow here, it seemed like the perfect name for such a mix. Of course if you’re simply needing more white in your embellishment stash or you have a special bride you wish to create something special for this would also be the perfect mix for you.

28 Lilac Lane winter wonderland embellishment bottle

Yuletide Greetings is a season I can’t get enough of! From decking the halls to making things merry, I’m always in for a good traditional holiday mix like this. I am especially excited about all of the shades of green in this mix.

28 Lilac Lane yuletide greetings embellishment bottle

These new 28 Lilac Lane embellishment bottles are shipping now, so check with your local retailer about availability!

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Oh Sweet Autumn with 28 Lilac Lane Autumn Afternoon!

I’m dreaming of shorter days and weather cool enough to wear sweaters! This summer has been so hot and rough – I’m ready to be done with it! Oh, and it probably has something to do with fall being my favorite season as well.

Today I’ve got a card to share that features my fall inspired Autumn Afternoon embellishment kit from my 28 Lilac Lane line. Here is a look at the finished card:

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The process to make this card is simple!

  1. Place a stencil on white cardstock and use assorted colors of dye ink with a chevron stencil, skipping some parts and going lighter in some areas.
  2. Use embossing ink to stamp the sentiment, and then coat it in black embossing powder and heat set.
  3. Stitch the background to a blank card, and then embellish! I used the stencil design and a general sweep across the card to find places for the leaves and details.

It is really that easy!

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Now I’m back to dreaming of autumn, cocoa, and ending these triple digit days!

Autumn Afternoon isn’t the only fall-themed 28 Lilac Lane kit…don’t miss out on the 28 Lilac Lane Limited Edition Fall Mix that is only available in the Buttons Galore online store!  Looking for some inspiration of what to do with my fall limited edition mix? Check out these bloggers! Ashli Oliver, Libby Hickson, Maura Hibbitts, and Rebecca Vick all have outstanding posts up. Enjoy!

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Tis the Season to Embellish Some Christmas Cards!

We’ve got Christmas cards on the brain here at Buttons Galore! Since World Cardmaking Day the first weekend of October is the unofficial launch of the holiday card making season, we’re sharing another card idea today to help your Christmas card planning. Our buttons, sequins, and beads are the perfect easy and affordable embellishment to use for making loads of Christmas cards.

Christmas cards with buttons

Supplies:

Creating this Christmas card is quick and easy with buttons, and pre-coordinated paper and embellishments.

Start by cutting a piece of plaid paper that is 5″ by 3.75″. Ink the edges with the green Fluid Chalk and adhere it in the center of the front of the card base.

Cut a triangle from the gold paper, and adhere it in the upper left corner of the plaid paper block.

Adhere the large chipboard piece in the upper right corner of the card. Adhere the “Tis the Season” tag layered on top of it, using foam adhesive dots for the end not on top of the chipboard.

To create the bottom text strip, cut a 1/2″ strip of cream cardstock. Use the Shimmer ink to stamp the sentiment twice across it, leaving room in the middle for a button. Adhere across the bottom of the card.

Christmas cards with buttons

Using the PPA Matte Adhesive, place small dots of adhesive on the stamped strip and the sentiment tag. Press sequins into them and allow to dry. Also use the Matte Adhesive to adhere the buttons on the corner frame and the chipboard embellishment, and allow to dry.

Tis The Season Button Bonanza by Buttons Galore - Perfect for vintage Christmas Cards!

Tis the Season” Button Bonanza is perfect for vintage color schemes, and if brighter is more your style, don’t miss “The Merriest” Button Bonanza, with bright green, bright red, and pastel pink & blue! We’ve got your Christmas cards buttoned up!

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Create an Easy & Fun Button Title with Becki Adams!

Buttons Galore is delighted today to welcome blogger and designer Becki Adams to share her tutorial for a button title using some of her favorite Buttons Galore products! Becki’s impressive resume of design teams includes work with Carta Bella Paper, American Crafts, Bella Blvd, Elle’s Studio, Imaginisce, Pebbles, and many others. To learn more about her, visit her blog.
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Hey Buttons Galore friends and fans, I’m Becki. I’m thrilled to be here on the Buttons Galore blog today. I’ve been a crafter for years. And through those years many supplies have come and gone. Buttons, however, have always remained a staple in my stash. I always keep buttons! I am a scrapbooker/memory keeper. I chose to use lots of these buttons and sequins to create a scrapbook layout with a button title.

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 When I sat down to create with such an awesome array of primary colored buttons and sequins, I wanted them to make a big impact on my layout. I chose to make a button title “read to me” with a huge emphasis on the word “read”.
becki-adams_read-to-me_4I started by cutting my title with an electronic die cut machine. I cut the “read” portion of the title out of white cardstock with large block letters. Using a pencil, I traced the cut portion of the title onto another piece of white cardstock. I used this as a template for adhering the buttons and sequins.

Becki Adams button title

For this portion of the project, I turned on Netflix and started gluing buttons and sequins in place. I started adhering the larger buttons first and then filling in the gaps with smaller buttons and sequins. I would recommend using a strong adhesive for this technique as the cardstock can buckle under the weight of the buttons.

Becki Adams button title

When I had all the buttons and sequins adhered to the background cardstock I used foam pop dots to adhere the die cut “read” on top of the button/sequin layer to create this awesome button title.
becki adams button titleI finished the layout by adding my photo, journaling, and a few more sequins on the top layer.

Read to Me scrapbook layout by Becki Adams featuring a button title for www.buttonsgaloreandmore.net

The buttons and sequins made this layout stand out with TONS of bright colors and textures. I can’t wait to use this button title technique again! Thank you for stopping by the Buttons Galore blog today! I’ll see you again soon!

white cardstock
black and white patterned paper
glue dots
liquid adhesive
dimensional foam adhesive
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