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Lace, Ribbon & Thread

This month the design team at Ann Butler Designs has showcased a variety of projects using fabric. Ann Butler’s products are designed to be used on fabric and other mixed media projects. Today I’m sharing a card using lace and ribbon, Ann Butler’s Crafter’s Inks and Art Screens by Clearsnap.

I have a step by step tutorial for you at the Ann Butler Design’s blog. Please click here to check it out! Once you’re there I invite you to take a minute to see all the different projects my teammates have created using fabric.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I will be back with a new design tomorrow. See you then!

I’m also sharing my card with:
RRR Challenge – Aqua & Light Coral
Craft-Dee Bowz – April Challenge
Card Mania – April Challenge

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Watercolored Bunnies – Ann Butler Designs

Easter is around the corner and so I decided to make a sweet and colorful Easter card for this month’s tutorial at Ann Butler Designs.

For the step by step tutorial click here. Don’t miss the chance to check out this super fun and easy watercolor technique!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Watercolored Backgrounds

It’s time for me to share a fun tutorial using Ann Butler’s versatile products. Today I’m sharing an easy technique to give your stamped background patterns a watercolored look. Ann’s Crafter’s Inks are perfect for this technique because of their special formulation. I have a very easy to follow tutorial (here) so you can try it out too!

Make sure you visit Ann Butler’s Designs blog to see the step by step tutorial and the list of supplies used to make these watercolored backgrounds. These bright spring colors and this technique are perfect for your upcoming spring projects!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Clearsnap / Ann Butler Blog Hop + Prizes!

I’m glad to be part of today’s Ann Butler Designs and Clearsnap‘s Lovely Crafts Hop. Designers from both companies will be sharing Valentine’s projects using Clearsnap’s products by Ann Butler! I am sure you’ll enjoy seeing all the different things created for you!

I am sharing a mini Valentine’s card idea that I think would look great added to a treat bag or a chocolate box!

I made a few handmade flowers that I die cut from cardstock I stamped and heat embossed in silver previously with a Background Basics stamp. Once I put the the flowers together, I inked them with Berry and Lilac Crafter’s Inks.

I die cut a label that I stenciled with a bit of Berry ink. I heat embossed a Valentine’s greeting in silver on the label too. You should know that Crafter’s ink works great for heat embossing neatly. I stopped using embossing ink and instead I only use Snow Crafter’s Ink to heat emboss.

I also stenciled a square mat for the background using the NEW Lattice Ann Butler Art Screen. I used an art dauber to apply a mix of Berry and Lilac ink. Once stenciled I heat embossed the mat with Colorbox clear embossing powder.

Finally I put the card together, adding the flowers to one side of the label and decorating them with rhinestones, as well as mounting a pretty cupid die cut on the side and a piece of ribbon.

I hope you liked my Valentine’s card. Every supply used to make my card is linked below! Before you go make sure you visit the blogs listed below for more inspiration. Leave a nice comment on each blog for a chance to win a prize from Clearsnap!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!

I’d like to share my card with:
Creative Knockouts – Floral Delight

Cute Card Thursday – Perfectly Pink
In the Pink – Love is in the Air
Red Rubber Inspirationals – So Sentimental
Penny’s Paper – Embossing

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Shabby Chic Heart

A new challenge is up at Classy Cards ‘n Such: Shabby Chic Heart. The inspiration photo is beautiful! I hope you find time to join us this week! Here is the card I created for the challenge.

Supplies
Dies: Cheery Lynn English Tea Party. Spellbinders: Mary Border Strip, A2 Matting Basics. ODBD Flourished Star Pattern.

Stamps: Parisian Postcard
Inks / Paints: Distress Ink in Worn Lipstick, Distress Re-inker in Spun Sugar, White Crafter’s ink to emboss, white acrylic paint.
Paper: White Pearl Linen, Heavyweight Vellum

Tools: Empty Spritzer Bottle, Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool, brush
Adhesives: 1/2″ Scor-tape, Uhu silicone glue, Bazic two sided foam tape
Embellishments: 3/8″ pink gross grain ribbon, 7/8″ white lace
Other: Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle White Detail embossing powder, Makin’s Clay in white, Easy Mold Silicone Putty

To learn how I made this card make sure you click HERE.

Classy Cards ‘n Such is currently carrying my new stamp set Parisian Postcard and you can get it with a 10% off discount if you use my code Gracie-10! I encourage you to visit the store and check out all the sales going on now!

I hope you liked my shabby chic card! Thanks for your visit. Have a blessed and creative weekend!

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Valentine’s Treat Bags + DIY Rosettes Tutorial

I’m glad to be able to share a DIY tutorial on a couple of pretty Valetine’s treat bags I created! Ann Butler Designs’ products were key during the process of making these projects I’m showing you today!

Supplies
Stamps: Colorbox Background Basics by Ann Butler – Basket 1 and Picnic 1
Inks: Colorbox Crafter’s Inks by Ann Butler in Sunshine, Colorbox Crafter’s Inks in Bark and Snow
Tools: Colorbox Color Blender, Westcott Titanium Bonded Trimmer and Titatium Non-stick Scissors. WRM Gift Bag Punch Board
Velcro Mini Fasteners – Round 3/8″ Dots
Adhesives: Ad-Tech Crafter’s Tape, Bazic two sided tape and foam tape, Uhu silicone glue
Enviromental Technologies Easy Cast Resin and Easy Mold Silicone Putty
Embellishments: White tulle, SU linen thread, Lara’s Crafts jute twine, gold vintage button, handmade resin flower, staple, mini tag
Paper: Leather textured cardstock

I absolutely love the final look of these pretty treat bags, but for them to look like this I had to create every single thing from scratch. That’s right! The embellishments, the bags themselves were all made from scratch! To see my step by step tutorial click HERE.

I have certainly been inspired to create pretty Valentine’s projects lately, especially for friends and family. I also like to make projects in non-traditional Valentine’s colors. In this particular ocassion I was also inspired by a nice blog hop and challenge being hosted by Latina Crafter!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and tutorial! Have a nice and creative weekend!

I’m sharing my projects with:
Moving Along with Times – Button It
The Cheerful Stamp Pad – Valentine
All Crafts Challenge – Anything but a Card
Crafty Cardmakers – Something Old (cardstock), something new (stamps)
Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes
Latina Crafter – Blog Hop Party Favors con Amor

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A Vintage Rose & a Birthday Wish

This week our challenge at Classy Cards ‘n Such is: Pink and Polka Dots. The photo inspiration for the challenge is both fun and vintage, with those lovely porcelain dolls, but I decided to go vintage all the way with my card for today.

I love using digital patterned papers, and I only print them on White Pearl Linen. The vintage floral paper you see me using is one I recently designed and that’s available for free download on the Freebies section (on top). I sponged the polka dot paper mixing Ann Butler Crafter’s Inks, Sunshine and Color Box Crafter’s Ink, Bark. I used a pierced matting die from Our Daily Bread Designs Flourished Star Pattern set to cut the patterned papers. I cut the patterned layers in halves and adhered one on top of the other to create a base for all the embellishments.

I created a rose using Spellbinders Rose Creations and sprayed it with a mix of water and Ann Butler’s Crafter’s Ink in Berry, using a Spritzer Bottle. I decided I wanted to make that lovely paper flower stand out, so I created a rossette that I also colored with Crafter’s Inks and attached it to the back of the flower using an antique brad. I added more elements to the design, starting with a lovely filigree window die cut with Spellbinders Window Three, to which I also die cut a motif using the very new Majesty set. I used a gorgeous, gorgeous metallic cardstock for the window called Stardream Rose Quartz.

I used the ink mix again to spritz to custom color a few pieces of Chalk White Seam Binding.
I used a piece of the ribbon for the center of the patterned mat and another to embellish the rossette. I also added some lovely flourishes from ODBD’s Fancy Foliage, that I decorated with some Baby Pearls – LeCreme.

I stamped a Happy Birthday sentiment on a little tag, using ODBD’s sets Mini Tag Sentiments and Mini Tags. I sponged that little tag with a mix of Crafter’s inks too. Finally, I adhered the embellished layer to a coordinating pink card base I cut with Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A, using no other than 1/2″ Scor-Tape.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. I invite you to join our challenge this week! Polka dots and pink is surely a classic combination, and I know you can come up with a beautiful creation using it! As always a prize from the store will be awarded to winner, so I hope you can join the fun for a chance to win!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I’d like to submit my card to:
The Card Concept – One Year Anniversary
In the Pink – Anything Goes

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Rustic Christmas Ornament Tag

First and foremost, merry Christmas! May you and your loved ones rejoice and enjoy each other’s company as you celebrate the birth of our saviour Jesus. Since these dates are also about sharing and giving to others, I decided to make a very simple but elegant project that’s perfect for Christmas gift bags or wrapped presents. I made an ornament shaped tag, embellished with a big burlap bow stamped with polka dots.

Supplies
Ann Butler’s 2″ Stripes. Dots. Hearts Faux Quilting Stamps by Unity
Clearsnap Crafter’s Ink in Snow
Colorbox embossing powder in white
Beacon’s Premium Tacky Glue
Spellbinders Victoria Accents
Spellbinders Circles Small
Fancy Pants Artist Edition Burlap Bows
Stampin’ Up Jewels Basic Rhinestones
Gina K. Designs Gold string
Leather textured cardstock in white and light brown

This an easy tag to make, and the result is great. Personalizing your embellishments definitely makes a difference! To learn how I made it, click here to be directed to the Ann Butler Designs blog where a brief step by step tutorial can be found.

I hope you like this idea! Though all your Christmas presents must be wrapped and ready by now, this tag would work nicely for other occasions too. Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy your day!

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Blog Hop + Blog Candy!

Welcome to the Ann Butler Designs/ETI Blog Hop! Since last month Ann Butler Designs team has shared many projects using beautiful resin pieces created with Enviromental Technologies products. Today, both ABD and ETI’s designers are teaming up to share a variety of projects to inspire you. But not only do we have lots of ideas to share, we also have an amazing prize for you too!
I made a tag to share with you today. To make it I used many products from both ABD and ETI. I will guide you through the process with step by step instructions.

1. I die cut a window border on a kraft cardstock tag.
2. Then I roughly stamped and heat embossed in gold a couple of patterns from Faux Quilting stamp sets 1″ Diamonds and Plaid and 2″ Stripes, Dots, Hearts.
3. Next I sponged the tag with Ann Butler Crafter’s Inks in Aquamarine, Limelight and Berry and heat embossed it.
4. I used the same inks to color two pieces of white crinkle ribbon and spritzed some water to blend it.
5. I stenciled the top corner of the tag with gold embossing paste.
6. I added one of the pieces of ribbon across the center of the tag.

7. I used pretty objects from my house to make molds with EasyMold Silicone Putty.
8. I made resin pieces using East Cast Clear Casting Epoxy.
9. I added Opaque Pigment – Opalescent to part of the resin mix before I poured it to the molds, but most of the was left crystal clear.
10. I finished the pieces with Resin Spray.
11. I sponged the opalescent resin frame with the same Ann Butler Crafter’s Inks used for the tag, heat embossed it and sealed it with Resin Spray.
12. I adhered the resin pieces to the tag creating a cluster, with pearls and rhinestones.

13. I die cut a pretty label from white cardstock and sponged it with the same coordinating inks.
14. I stamped and heat embossed in gold a birthday sentiment in Portuguese on the label.
15. I adhered the label on top of the resin frame.
16. Finally I added the previously colored piece of crinkle ribbon to the tag’s eyelet and added a few more pearls and rhinestones.

I hope you like my project and find my tutorial useful! For more projects and ideas you must checkout my teammates blogs!

Please visit each blog and leave a comment to be entered for the blog candy. Every comment earns an entry for the blog candy! We will Pick the winner on Saturday the 20th and announced on the Ann Butler Blog and ETI blog. Make sure you click on every link and leave a comment for a chance to win!

The giveaway includes:

Now it’s time to hop. Follow the list below to visit all my teammates blogs. Comment on each blog to win an entry for the giveaway:

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Remember to subscribe to my blog for more projects and tutorials! 
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Textured Clay Leaves – Ann Butler Designs

I’m delighted to be back with a new card for Ann Butler Designs. I love the versatility of Ann’s Faux Quilting rubber stamps and also her Crafter’s Inks, so I decided to use the stamps to add texture to clay leaves and the inks to color them too.

TUTORIAL
I have a step by step tutorial on Ann Butler Design’s blog! Click here to check it out!

Other
Avery Elle – Flower die
Fancy Pants Designs – Burlaps & Bouquets
Textured cardstocks in light yellow and white
Vellum
Large Pearl stickers

I adhered 4 of the leaves around a couple of cute flowers. I also colored the flowers, and the round white layer to which I added the bouquet, with Crafter’s Inks in Berry and Sunshine. The Berry ink once combined with the yellow, became a nice, soft peach. The colors blended nicely giving the cardstock a dégradé effect! I used a piece of green patterned paper that goes along perfectly with the leaves and extends the texture and green tones to the card base.

This little squared card was finished with a heat embossed Spanish sentiment on a vellum banner.

I hope you liked my card! Thanks so much for stopping by!