Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Notebooks…Not just for writing in.



I love notebooks and notepads.  Especially new ones.  And as a crafter I like to decorate them too.  I managed to get hold of some very neat little notebooks recently that were only a £1 each, and the covers were a lovely Kraft brown colour.  All plain ready for decorating!


First up has been done with Mixed Bunch. 


Mixed Bunch - Wood-Mount Stamp

I stamped the image with Soft Suede directly onto the front of the notepad.  Just be careful when doing this as you need to make sure you don’t go too near the wire at the top with your stamp as you won’t get a good image.




I stamped the same image on to a piece of Pool Party in Pool Party ink that I had die cut with our new Labels Framelits.  I love them!  They are so neat to use and allows you to see where you want to cut which is great for scrapbooking as you can have really interesting cut photo’s.




The label framelit was glued to the front of the notepad to which I attached a little butterfly cut from the Butterfly Embosslits dies.  I used the Thank You Kindly stamp set to make the “A NOTE” message.  The stamp reads “A note of thanks” so I only coloured the “A NOTE” part with my Soft Suede Marker, stamped it onto Crumb Cake and punched it out with the Modern label punch.  A few Basic Rhinestones and there you go.  A very pretty note pad.


But, I didn’t stop there.  I made another.





I wrapped some Pretty in Pink Striped Grosgrain ribbon around the centre but the seam is on the outside not the inside.  It is hidden by the Labels Framelit Die cut on the front. 




I did the “A NOTE” message the same way as before but in Island Indigo and Whisper White, added a couple of the totally gorgeous Twitterated Buttons and some hearts from the Twitterpated DSP and Pretty in Pink cardstock.


Happy crafting




Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Birthday Button Rainbow…



Buttons. The most underused item in my stash. I love them, I have tons of them. And yet I cannot seem to use them on anything other than clothing.

Designer Buttons - Brights Collection - by Stampin' Up!

Recently I converted a white cardigan with football buttons on it that was my sons to a beautiful cardigan for my daughter to wear.


I took all the football buttons off and used 1 of each colour of the large buttons in the Stampin’ Up! Brights buttons that I had. I was going to use just one colour, but then thought that it would limit me to the outfits I could team it up with.

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So on goes the buttons in Rainbow order and voila, a repurposed cardigan that will go with whatever she is wearing. What do you think?

Now after doing the cardigan, I thought that I could convert the idea to a Button Rainbow on a card. A very simple idea (just as I like them sometimes). One of each of the mid sized buttons, stuck down with our very sticky glue dots and a simply Happy birthday stamped in the corner. All mounted onto a Real Red card base.


And there you go…simple and neat and a great way to use up those buttons.

Happy crafting.


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