Monday, 30 September 2013

How To Make Button Hairpins

Another way to get a few more buttons into your life, button hair pins. These were SO easy to make and look very cute. A great way to make a hair accessory to match an outfit or just create something unique :) I'm sure children would love them too. An idea for a little Christmas gift or maybe party favours?

These flat pad bobby pins were another fab find from good ole' ebay. I bought 20 bobby pins for £2 (including postage) in a antique bronze colour. Other colours were available to match different hair colours and preferences. So have a look around and see what suits you best :)

These great pins made this craft so simple and easy. I used multi-purpose strong glue to apply the button to the pin, then just waited till dry. I did consider using hot glue but I thought it might need a bit more of a industrial hold (especially with my hair). 

Although this approach is fab with flat buttons, problems arise when using shank buttons (the little ones with the hoops on the back). You can attempt to cut off the hoop or stitch them to normal bobby pins.

And here is how you do it...
1.Knot the thread to the hoop/shank of the button.
2.Wrap the thread through the end of the bobby pin and into the hoop. Repeat this multiple times ensuring that it is really secure.
3.Secure the end of the thread. SIMPLES.

Just to emphasise the brilliance of this. 10p for a flat pad bobby pin and a 20p button, just 30p each. Not bad considering you have something completely unique and personal. I hope you agree.

The possibilities are endless, so see what you make with them. I'm going to try some felt floral bobby pins and will keep you informed. I would love to hear your ideas. :) 

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Wild Cornflower Blue

Wild Cornflower Blue or Cenaurea Cyanus to all you 'green fingered' friends. I know summer has past and the rain has arrived again but I have a few photos left to celebrate the summer we have been lucky enough to have. The bright blue and purple shades of this cornflower are so stunning. How can this possibly be defined as a weed? Simply beautiful. As usual, comments appreciated. :)

Monday, 23 September 2013

Bits, Bobs and Buttons Frame

The clue is in the title here, this frame is made from all sorts of bits and bobs from little pearlescent buttons, to fabric roses, parts of broken necklaces and old beads.  
     I started off with an old dented wooden frame which really needed a revamp. I then sanded this down and painted it white which made it look all brand new and just like a nice clean canvas all ready for some button crafting. You might already have a suitable frame so you are all ready ready to get going.

I then got out my trusty hot glue gun and started sticking until I was happy with the result. A really cheap and pretty craft so have a go and please let me know how you got on. :) I think I will try this with bold, bright buttons or a mirror next, I will keep you posted on the result. 

Monday, 16 September 2013

How To Make Button Earrings

I thought I would take my button loving to the next level... BUTTON EARRINGS. How exciting :) I purchased some silver plated flat pad stud earrings off ebay. 50 pairs for only £2.50 (including postage), that's a bargain you bargain hunters. As you may have guessed I was very proud of my buy. I'm sure you can get these in lots of craft stores and they are also available in gold and clip-on, depends on your preference. 
Then I set off on my mission to collect an array of different buttons to make into earrings. Here you can see my little treasures. 
Making them was very simple. I used a strong multi-purpose glue to apply the buttons onto the flat plate of the earring.

HINT: With the larger buttons, I suggest that you place them against your ear before gluing them to the stud. This will help you decide upon the appropriate place to glue the pad onto the back of the button. The centre is not always the best place as they don't always sit well upon the ear lobe. Look at the picture below, you can see how this may vary. 

These green daisy buttons were my favourite but they had shank backs so unfortunately they would not sit happily on the stud. This meant that I had to break off the back with some unknown tool from the shed. If you discover a better way of doing this, please let me know. 

THE AMAZING PART.... These buttons cost me approximately 20p each and the earrings 10p a pair. So 50p per pair of earrings. :) And no one will have earrings like it. Now that sounds good to me.

I have included some pictures of a few of my favourites. I would love to hear your thoughts. :)

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Hanging Stars Card

Yes you do spot jelly beans and iced jems. They came from some fab wrapping paper I rescued. :) I didn't imagine using them on a star design but wouldn't that be great and rather yummy in reality? :) You might like to do a hanging moon to go with the design but it's up to you.

This card was so simple I also decided to try it with hearts. I would love to hear your ideas. :)

Friday, 13 September 2013

Ladybug Card

I realise that you can get ladybird buttons in lots of haberdasheries but I needed an excuse to get my nail pens out again [see bumble bee card below]. I think the ladybird adds a little extra cute touch. The rest of the card is just a mismash of card, beads and sequins. Hope you like it :) Comments welcome.

Summer Bunting Card

This is such a jolly card and reminds me very much of summer. However, staying true to the British summer, I have also included some clouds. Great for using up little scraps of paper. Please comment, I would love to hear your thoughts. :)

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Cute Mushroom Card

Shirt buttons are usually the last left in the button box and now I have finally found a use for them. Yay :)  I am really proud of this cute design. I hope you agree. This little mushroom fella really is as cute as a button. Inkeeping with my simple style this card was, as usual, really easy to create. I chose to use the opposing side of the shirt buttons which are matte and plain but you could also use the pearlescent side too. His eyes are just hole punched paper that I drew onto, easy peasy.
 Have a go and please let me know how you got on. :)

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Bumble Bee Button Card

I didn't have any stripey buttons so I had do a bit of improvisation. Using my nail art pens, I painted black stripes onto yellow buttons. You might be lucky enough to already have buttons that would be suitable but in my opinion, this was all part of the fun. So why not have a go? I wonder what else I could do this for? I feel experimentation is needed, I will keep you posted. Hope you like it, I would love to hear you thoughts. :)

Birthday Balloon Card

Another 'easy peasy lemon squeezy' button card. At this stage, my button box is getting very low, I think I will have to go on a button shopping spree. :)

Monday, 9 September 2013

Flower Vine Card

This delicate flower card is one of the easiest and quickest cards to make. All I had to do was clip the top and bottom of the card to make sure the thread stayed in place, then using my flower stamp I cut out card flowers before gluing on beads. And Bob's your uncle, it's done. :) Have a go, it really is easy.

Heart Strings Card

This could be used for a valentines cards or just a cute greetings card. Unless you have one of those special paper shape cutters for hearts, this is a bit tricky to make the hearts similar shapes so you might like to try making a mini stencil. However the aesemetric and random feel might look great so why not try different sized hearts and see what suits you? If my sewing machine had been in action I would have sewn in the lines but alas, pen had to do the job instead. Comments welcomed :)

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

More Butterflies

I was lucky enough to be walking by when this butterfly was drying it's delicate wings beneath the sun. There is so much detail on their wings that is hidden in flight. However, I thought this poem would be very appropriate so thought I might share it. It's one of my favourites.

A symbol of Hope
A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam
And for a brief moment its glory
and beauty belong to our world
But then it flies again
And though we wish it could have stayed
We feel lucky to have seen it.

Penguin Card

2 years together with my lovely boyfriend. :) I have been waiting a week to make this post so I am very excited to be finally showing you this card. I couldn't post it earlier as I didn't want him taking a sneaky peak at what I had made. I cannot take full credit for this card as I found these little fellas online and couldn't resist making them []. After making the penguins, all I did was arrange them in a heart and made a flag using a cocktail stick. But how cute are they? :) Enjoy.

Monday, 2 September 2013

How To Make Wool Letters

I came up with this idea last night and couldn't wait to get started this morning. I knew I had the most perfect wool for the job and isn't it amazing?

I started by cutting my letter template from cardboard. You might like to make yours a bit neater than mine. I just drew mine freehand, as you might have noticed by now I have a bit of  a scrappy style. But whatever is best for you.
I started by securing the wool to the back of the template. I used good ole' sellotape for the job but hot glue would do just the same. And then just repetitively wrapped the wool around the template. This was quite therapeutic really.

If you are lucky enough to have the letter o, you can skip this step! Lucky you, but for the rest of us here is the tricky bit. The dreaded corners. If you have a K, W or M etc, then perseverance is the key. You can do it! I found that once I had reached the corner from one side, I then worked from the other. This seemed to stop the wool from slipping and was much more supportive.

So just keep going. Just keep going. What do we do? we just keep going! [you can probably guess what I am watching as I am doing this, gotta love nemo].. ahum, as I was saying keep going until you are all the way round the letter and then just re-secure! Hey Presto, you've done it.

Now just make yourself a little loop and hang it up. Next time, the plan is to use ribbon instead of wool. I will keep you posted on the result. :) Please leave a comment I would love to hear your thoughts. 

Potted Plant Card

This card was inspired by my Grandparent's house which is often crammed with beautiful potted flowers, they are everywhere you turn [and sometimes difficult not to knock over, oops]. It started off as a bit of doodle where I just kept adding bits and bobs from my craft box until I finally found something I liked. But starring buttons and beads as usual. I would love to hear your thoughts. :)

Ducks Just Love Water

Another photo of my georgeous little ducklings. They decided swimming in my dog's water bowl [much to his dismay] was an excellent idea, they are very funny.
I appreciate the angle is not great but I couldn't resist sharing it as I love the little water droplet and the obvious mischevious fun they are having.

Button Butterfly Card

Yes another card post, I promise there are more crafts and photos on the way. It turned into a bit of card making weekend. Got out those fabulous buttons again to see what I could create. So here is my little butterfly card, I would love to hear your comments :)

Birthday Candles Card

Another unbelievably simple card and a great way to use up scraps of paper. I would explain how i made it but it's just that fab and easy. I was just going to stick to plain coloured candles but where's the fun in that? Have a go and let me know what you think :)

Scrappy Heart Card

I started this card not really knowing where I was heading. It is made from a mixture of wrapping paper, crepe paper, bits of old greeting cards and even wallpaper [I do love a free sample from those DIY stores-you can do such fantastic things with them]. So to sum up, basically anything I could get my hands on. I then added thick embroidery stitches and buttons. The nice thing about this design is that it doesn't really have to be neat, you can just rearrange bits of card until you are happy with it, then get stitching and gluing. I would love to know your thoughts.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Red Wine Card

Firstly I must start by saying I apologise for the disgusting state of my white pen which almost ruined the look of this card. I find making cards for men very difficult, however luckily most of the men in my family are big red wine enthusiast [or so they like to think] so this idea came to me quite quickly. This card was so simple and easy to create. I hope you like it :) 

A Card For Gardeners

I found these fab novelty buttons (aren't they great?) in a little haberdashery store near me and just could not resist. :) The background of this card is a scrap of fabric that I painted a basic background onto using acrylic paint. Once dried, I embroidered on some simple flowers and finally stuck on the buttons. Although this took more time than I usually spend on a card, it is one of my favourites. I would love to hear your thoughts.