Saturday, May 14, 2011

Spotlight Blog Hop - Buttons

Welcome to this months blog hop. you should have come from the Scrap Wench. I am the last one in the hop, but you haven't seen everyone you can go to Wendy's blog.
*note - sorry if some of my typing is off. hard to type with dog cuddled up against you, pinning down your left arm*

Yay, I actaully had this card down before it was due and writing this post early today. Nevermind that is card is for my gramma for mothers day and i still haven't sent it out. I can't be on time for everything. LOL.

I so CASED the card from the newest Papercrafts Mag. I mean, I did change the color, the size of the card and of course used CTMH items. But thats why they make those mag, right? My mojo was MIA for the longest time, and I have to ease myself back into it. Mojo still isn't 100%. But I was able to make my own buttons. Yep, thats right, and didn't even use a i-top to do it. Wanna learn how?

I made two buttons for my card. The first one was the large cork button. I mean, if you want to call it a button. in my opinion, the term button is being used 'loosely' in the crafting world. Its just a holeless button. I took adhesive cork ( I have had this my stash forever. not sure why it never got used before. maybe its because I hate to handcut.) and stamped the corner design on it four times to make a circle. Using our clear stamps made this so much easier, but i was still unable to line up the last stamp. I used my second try and hid the small gap i had. i need to pratice more. then I used my nesties to cut into a circle. I did end up removing part of the stamp that made it square.

My second button was a little more detailed. If you have our new canvas buttons, you wouldn't have to do this, but i didn't. I used cross stitch fabric from my stash. This stuff lasts forever since i only bought one sheet. it think it was around the same time i bought the cork. I stamped the heart twice to make sure it stamped well on the fabric. Make sure you do not have ink on your hands while glueing this, or it will end up ruining you button. again, i had to do this twice because i ruined the first one that way. Cut the fabric larger then the button you are covering. (this is a great way to use buttons that you would never normally use.) You need to make sure it will wrap around the edge of the button to adhere on the back. Apply liquid glass to the front and back of button. Center your design on the front and start wrapping the fabric nicely around to the back. Trick for the back, let the glue get a little tacky, then wrap. It will help the fabric hold better. I put a cardstock circle on the back to make sure the fabric was secure. You can do this with any type of thinner fabric. Don't think thick fabric would work too well. You could probably use paper too, but I haven't tried yet.

I dyed the doiley with Hollyhock ink, both with a sponge and with direct to paper. The sentiment was hand written, sorta. I printed it out, scribbled on the back with pencil and traced the font. Then I went over it with a black marker. It looked alot better then my handwritting. For some reason I cannot do cursive r's. they just look silly. But I can trace like a pro.

That is all for my post. Again, this is the last blog of the button hop. If you need to start at the begining, go to Wendy's blog.

I also happen to be entering this into H2H. So nice of them to do a challenge the same as our blog hop.

Recipe: Close to my Heart unless noted

Cardstock - White Daisy
Ink - Hollyhock, Black marker
Stamps - Lucky WOTG, Circle Together
Buttons - Pink Assortment Buttons, cream and covered button from stash
Liquid Glass
Waxy Flax
Cork - Karen Fosters Design
Fabric - Cross stitch fabric from whoever makes it
Nesties - Circles
White Sheer Ribbon
Text from Wordpad

Doiley from whoever makes the cake stuff walton i think
Idea from Papercrafts - Card Creations vol 9
(sorry about the vague brand names.)


  1. Some very unique buttons, Nikka! Thanks for joining us at H2H this week :o)

  2. Your card is gorgeous! I love how you made your own buttons. I too have some cross stitch canvas that would be great to repurpose. Your gramma will love it! Thanks for sharing with us at H2H too!

  3. beautiful and what a great idea to make your own buttons. I am sure your gramma will love it.

  4. What great ideas! I especially love the cs canvas idea. The card itself is very pretty (love the doily), so hurry and get it to gramma, so she can enjoy it. lol

  5. Beautiful card! Love that cross stich fabric covered button! Thanks or sharing this with us ast H2H, gramma will love it!

  6. This is gorgeous, I love everything about it. Thanks so much for playing with us at H2H.

  7. Very pretty card. I bet your grandmother loved it! Thanks for joining us at H2H!