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Send Festive Flurries with a “Let It Snow” Christmas Card!

Nothing says Christmas like a flurry of snowflakes! Using adorable buttons and a beautiful sequin mix from Buttons Galore and More, I am getting into the Christmas spirit with this Let It Snow Christmas card. Continue Reading →


Get Extra Life from your Stamps with Embellishments!

Stamps are a great investment because they are a tool that can be used over and over again. However, using them over and over again can quickly get boring…so how do you spice things up and put the fun back in your stamps again? 28 Lilac Lane has the answer!

Snowflake Happy Holidays Card

Supplies Needed:

  • 28 Lilac Lane Cotton Candy Embellishment Bottle
  • PPA Matte Adhesive
  • My Mind’s Eye “Sugar Plum” 6″ x 6″ paper pad
  • White cardstock
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Iced Spruce, Victorian Velvet, and Embossing
  • Ranger White Embossing Powder
  • Stamper’s Anonymous by Tim Holtz “Simple Sayings” stamps
  • Stamper’s Anonymous by Tim Holtz “Christmas Blueprint” stamps

One of my favorite ways to make my old stamps look new again is to embellish them! And with the 28 Lilac Lane embellishment bottles, I have the choice of seed beads, sequins, flat back pearls, and buttons to embellish my stamps.

Cotton Candy Embellishment Bottle

I chose the Cotton Candy bottle because it matched my paper pad. [The 28 Lilac Lane “Cotton Candy” embellishment bottle is available at the our online store, Scrapbook.com, A Cherry On Top, Ellen Hutson, Simon Says Stamp, Create for Less, and others, or check your local retailer].

To create this card, I first made a card base by folding a half sheet of letter sized cardstock. Then I cut a 3.75″ by 5″ piece of the blue plaid paper, and inked the edges in Iced Spruce before adhering it in the center of the card front.

Next I used embossing ink to stamp the snowflake design on the top of the card front, and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Once the heat embossing was cool, I selected embellishments from the Cotton Candy bottle and adhered them with small dots of clear drying white glue.

Embellishments on stamped image

The sentiment on the bottom of the card front was created by first stamping the label outline in Victorian Velvet on the pale turquoise patterned paper. Then I cut out the label using scissors, close to the edge of the stamped label. I stamped the sentiment in Iced Spruce, and adhered the label to the card front.


What stamps do have that could be given new life with embellishments?


thankful Cards

Wishing you a day stuffed with reasons to be Thankful … with this set of Thankful Cards.  Create clean and simple Thank you cards with a stamped sentiment, two colors of card stock and the lovely leaf buttons from the Autumn Value pack. Adhere everything together with Mini Glued dots and you have a wonderful set of thankful cards to use this holiday season.

thanksgiving paper crafts, thankful cards, cards with buttons, a jillian vance design

Supplies for Thankful Cards:

autumn buttons

Autumn Value Pack

  • Buttons – Autumn Collection
  • Adhesive –  Mini Glue Dots
  • Ink – Rich Cocoa – Tsukineko
  • Cardstock – DiscountCardstock.com
  • Stamp – Jillian Vance Design



Quick and Easy Gifts – Make a handmade note card set

It’s that time of year where we all start looking for quick and easy gifts. Being able to make them homemade is a bonus!!! Why not make a handmade note card set? Mine is not Christmas themed, or Fall themed…I like generic…it works well when I am in a pinch! I can just grab & go! BUT I do like to make my gifts in good seasonal colors. So for this set I thought I would show you my “thought process” on how to make a set of cards in a quick and easy assembly fashion. :) Just add in your papers, matching buttons, ribbon and bling of your choice and you are all set and ready to get creating your very own quick and easy gifts!



Gather up supplies. I generally like to pick my papers first, then cardstock, ribbon and embellishments. As you can see, I have chosen three different colors of Button Bonanza Bags just to be sure I have the perfect color when the time comes for embellishing. You can also see I have printed out my sentiments panels using Duetica Lettering Arts Studio’s Mandolyn Font in the Outline feature then colored it in using my Copic markers. Another neat trick to PERFECTLY matched sentiments that say JUST what you want in just the perfect size for your project. :) Once I was done coloring them in I die cut each sentiment panel using Spellbinders Nestabilities and I was all set!

Using a Bow Easy Ribbon Tool REALLY helps make the set look polished, all of my bows look exactly alike!

Add an extra touch by outlining the first letter using a glue pen then shake on a bit of coordinating glitter.

Another great touch that really doesn’t take too long is to embellish the embellishments! I love to add a bit of bling to the center of my buttons.


And here you have it! A cute set that took less than an hour start to finish! Not bad….




Handmade ‘i love you’ Card Idea with flowers

I can’t believe it’s August! I feel like the summer has really flown by. I haven’t had time to enjoy any summer festivities this year being in school the whole time, but it’s finally coming to an end. I can’t wait to get a few days off before the next semester starts. I don’t know about you, but I love it when all the kiddos go back to school. My tot is only two, but I do love those rare days when I get the house all to myself. I can actually make something! Today was one of those days, so let me take you through my design process…

As usual, the first thing I do when I start a project is to create a palette. This is what I laid out…

…and here’s what I ended up using on my project:

  • Studio Calico Take Note 6×6 Paper Pad
  • Jazzy Brads
  • Alphabet Stickers
  • Aqua Striped Ribbon
  • Baker’s Twine
  • Cardstock
  • Flower Stickers
  • Foam Adhesive Dots
  • Baby Powder
  • Small Brush
  • Sewing Machine & Thread
  • Westcott Paper Trimmer
  • Adhesive 

Assembly Instructions:

1. Trim Caterpillar green cardstock to 8.5″x4.25″ and fold in half for card base. Trim Kraft cardstock to 4″x5.25″.

2. Trim Grey floral patterned paper to 3.75″ square and scantly secure to upper portion of Kraft piece. Trim blue/white quatrefoil tp 3.75″ x 2.75″ and use border punch along the bottom edge before securing to bottom edge of Kraft cardstock. Use sewing machine for decorative edge.

2. Next, trim a 2.25″ wide strip of Kraft and layer on top of it a 2
wide strip of green stripe paper. Wrap a strip of ribbon around this piece before securing to card front.

3. At this point I decided to leave out the punched flowers and go with some cardstock stickers I found in my stash. I wanted them to pop off the card, so I put foam adhesive on the back.

I left on the second sticker backing, so that I could then brush baby powder on the back of the sticker without getting powder on my foam dots. I still want to use that part of the adhesive to stick the flowers to my card, but I didn’t want the actual sticker to be sticky, so it wouldn’t catch stuff and end up looking weird.

4. I poked a hole in my flowers here with a sharp point and added brads. The brads will push through most paper alright, but to keep the cardstock from buckling and wrinkling, you should always use a small hole punch, paper piercer, or even a tack or needle.

5. The final step is to assemble all of your embellishements and sentiment where you like it. I hope you enjoyed this project today.

Here’s the finished card all ready to give to your special loved one… 


My Favorite Things Stamps and Buttons Galore Winners

 Blog Hop Winners!


Hand stamped card ideas and mixed media projects by the MFT stamps team and the Buttons Galore team lead to an overwhelming amount of comments.  We appreciate each and every one.  The designers especially send their  THANKS  for all of the wonderful comments that you left  on their Buttons Galore and More and My Favorite Things Blog Hop Projects.

We hope that you had as much fun visiting with all of the designers as they had working on their projects.  If you missed the blog hop for any reason, you can find all the participants here. We’re pleased to announce the two winners of the MFT Gift Certificates.

MFT winners, be sure to check your email boxes, MFT  sent vouchers today via email!

From Laura Evangeline’s Blog Sue Ann said…

“MY DEAR is right ~ this is BEAUTIFUL!! All the elements are pulled together SO beautifully. What a way to wake up with such a beautiful card on this blog hop!!!”

From Jessie’s Blog  Thelma said…

“I absolutely love your coloring, your cards are always so much fun with your signature silver embellishments…LOVE it!!”
Winners of the $25 button assortments are:
liz aka javagirl

Great hop excited to glance at your buttons Who doesnt love buttons

megan mcdonald

“I love all the projects I saw I dont think I could pick a favorite… but I can say that I have add a few more people to my favorites list on the computer.” 

 The Card set winner from www.365DaysOfCrafts.com Blog is
Clare Dempsey

Oh, I started paper crafting as a scrapbooker and now make my own cards. Still not sure of my skills with card layouts. So, I love these ideas to use my MFS and buttons galore! thanks for the chance to win!

Please send and email to buttonsgaloreteam@yahoo.com with your mailing address.  Please allow 2 weeks for shipping.
Now that you have seen many creative ideas how well the products work together we hope you will make some  soon and share them with us.




Stamps, Die Cuts and Buttons – A natural Pairing for a blog hop

My Favorite Things and Buttons Galore Blog Hop

Buttons Galore and My Favorite Things have teamed up to bring you an inspiration filled blog hop.  You’ll want to leave a comment on EACH designer’s blog because there is $100 in prizes up for grabs. MFT will give away 2 MFT Gift Certificates for the blog hop.  One $25 gift certificate to one randomly chosen winner from commenters on the MFT Designers’ blogs and one $25 gift certificate to one randomly chosen winner from the commenters on the Buttons Galore Designers’ blogs.  We will give two $25 button assortments the same way. We will take care of choosing the winners and sending the prizes and will announce it on the BGM Blog on July 30.  Deadline to comment will be on July 29.  Same for MFT.

Design Team Blogs:


Link to the MFT Blog:

Grab a cup of coffee, sit back and relax and enjoy the inspiration that is being brought to you by the many talented designers from both Buttons Galore and More and My Favorite Things.

Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered to win one of 4 great prizes!

Tell us which project you like best. What products you like from My Favorite Things, what your favorite button set is… whatever you like. Then make sure to leave a comment on each designer project page for another chance to win!



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