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Christmas Cards : Button Edition

I don’t know about all of you, but I have lots of buttons.  LOTS. OF. BUTTONS.  Jars and jars of them.  Despite this, I can never find the one I need for a particular project.  I think every crafter knows this dilemma.  You need a pink one, but it needs to be a rosy pink, not a baby pink.  You need a green one, but all you have is yellow-green when you really need a forest green.  Or you need big buttons when you only have teeny ones.  Or visa versa.  It’s a conundrum and wastes lots of time.

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So why would I decide to make lots of cards featuring this nemesis of quick crafts?  Because I am a crazy person and I enjoy having a floor that is covered in buttons (which mine now is).  Because my hands can be dicky (thanks again, Meningitis), I often drop things, so for every button I successfully pick up and glue down, there’s at least three that have escaped and are rolling about under tables and in between couch cushions.

I have been scouring Pinterest and other internet sites featuring all things craft-tastic, and have been very inspired by the clever designs people have come up with, using buttons as the main element.  And then I basically copied them.  Because I am, as I said before, very short on time and energy right now.  I’m also not selling these cards so I don’t feel so bad about purloining a few ideas.

Buttons are an easy way to add interest, colour and dimension to cards and can be just the right finishing touch.  Most of these ones below were made simply by drawing on lines with a pen, gluing on a button and then doodling some little details like bows and the tops of the baubles.  A stamped sentiment completes the look.  If I was feeling extra energetic I punched out some circles of pretty Christmas paper to stick down before the buttons to make them more colourful and chunky.

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So now, after mammoth card-making sessions, I now have to get stuck into mammoth card-writing sessions.  There’s only so many ways you can say “Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year…” but I try to mix it up a bit.  By 11pm last night I was getting my words all doolally and not making a lot of sense.  Plus I had a blister on my finger and a cramp in my hand.  AND my pen ran out!  Gah!  But, I am lucky I have so many people in my life to give cards to – so I am not complaining at all.  I know a lot of people don’t give cards any more, but I still like to.  It’s a way of telling people they are cared about and wished good luck and health and happiness.  I know quite a few people who are on their own, not just at Christmas but all the time, so a little card is the least I can do to show them they are not alone, and are being thought of fondly.

Hope you are having a crafty, creative day today and are surrounded
by people that make you smile x

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Christmas 2017
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Oh Deer!

Aghhh!  It’s December already!  Which means it’s time to panic about getting Christmas cards made in time!  Every year I do this to myself.  I swear I am going to start making some in June so I have lots ready by the end of the year, but do I ever do that?  No, I do not.  I guess I am just not in the mood in the middle of the year and want to do other things.  And Christmas seems a long way off then too.

But, here we are in December and so the card making frenzy must begin.  I’m not feeling particularly inspired at the moment, and I don’t have a lot of free time, so I wanted to create something that would look cute and effective, but also be fairly quick and simple.  I like reindeers – they make me smile and their overall shape and design is fairly easy to replicate.  You can’t mistake what they’re supposed to be once you have those antlers on!

So, I present to you Christmas card design (for 2017) number one!  These came together really quite quickly, although they are a bit fiddly (gluing on those antlers – aggh! There’s no surface area to put glue without it squishing out the sides so I had to use teeny tiny dabs) and I nearly went insane looking for the right buttons to use for their snozzes.  Turns out I don’t have many red buttons in my collection…

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Using the mottled/patterned papers gave the reindeers an almost printed quality, which I kind liked.   It made them more “organic” than if I had just used a plain coloured paper or card.  I just cut the head and ears out from the paper, free hand.  The antlers are actually made with a branch-design paper punch (which is rapidly becoming blunt now – this makes me very sad).  I drew in the little eyes and stamped one of two sentiments underneath.  I actually bought a stamp set on the weekend that had “Oh Deer” on it (as part of a Christmas theme) and I thought that was cute, but I didn’t like the font and size.  So I used another set of stamps (a really nice alphabet set I also bought that day) to make up the words myself.  I like how it turned out 🙂

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So, ten cards down and about fifty to go…  I will be making up another design now – I soon get bored of doing the same one over and over.  I should probably try and do something more Australian –  a Christmas koala perhaps?  A platypus pudding?  Hmm, I will have to work on that I think!

Thanks for dropping by – hope your festive season is shaping up to be a happy one 🙂

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Christmas is coming…

Christmas is coming…

I decided to get some Christmas cards made today – I am seriously behind on getting them ready for Christmas and so I need to devote a bit of time to them this fortnight (even though I want to get stuck in and play with those lovely new beads!).  I had a horrible back issue today – I’m in desperate need of a physio appointment but I just can’t afford it right now as my Health Insurance has run out for the year (roll on January!) – so I was being a bit pathetic and not accomplishing much.  But I did get a handful of simple cards done  and some is better than none!  Here they are :

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This “word” panel actually had “love” in the middle of it.  But I decided to cover it with the matching red paper
so I could use the crocheted lace in the centre for a bit of texture.

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Another crocheted flower (courtesy of my lovely cousin)…

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This little guy needed a little something…

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…so with the next one, I added a traditional snowman hat.  Much better I think 🙂

So, not a bad day’s effort in between moaning and groaning about my back and doing laundry and making dinner etc (whoops – which is still on the stove…).

Hope your weekend was happy and you got lots of whatever you love to do, done!

Thanks for visiting! 🙂

 

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Time for cards…

Sunday evening already…boo.  I really do think it’s about time weekends were three days long.  I’m only just getting into my stride by Sunday afternoon.  Now it’s time to pack up and make things tidy again.  But I have had a relatively successful day of card-making.  I wasn’t really in the mood to make Christmas cards but I persevered and made a handful that I’m happy with.  It’s a start anyway!  I had lots of other things I wanted to do today (paper-clay, embroidery, ironing…wait, that last one snuck in – as if I’d want to do ironing!  Pfft!) but the day progressed very quickly (it has nothing to do with the fact I got up late either, I’m sure) and I didn’t get as much done as I would have liked.  But something is better than nothing so the day wasn’t a total loss.  I also got lots of ideas (mostly about uses for buttons!)  while I was crafting so I am hoping to make a few new things
in the week, if my ideas can translate into an actual, do-able thing.

So, here’s a selection of the cards I made today.  I stuck with a general colour scheme and that way I had all the papers that I needed and matching ribbons etc.  The little crocheted flowers are from my cousin, who kindly posted me a little parcel last week filled with flowers.
I can’t crochet so I am very grateful for these cute embellishments that go so well with a lot of things.

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I like the “Noel” card the best – it was the first one I made in the morning and the one I was happiest with for the day.  The button baubles one is ok – just very simple.  Just thought I would try a quicker one and use up some of those odd buttons I have.  I have lots of vintage buttons so I am thinking I am going to sell them at my stall too, on pretty button cards.  they make a nice gift for someone who is into sewing or other crafts.  If nothing else, they look good just displayed in a basket or dish, I think.

So, packing up time now – worst part of the day!  I need to get some dinner on too (I’m making roasted capsicum soup – yum!) and think about sorting out my clothes for the morning.  Hope your weekend has been fun and relaxing, fulfilling and restful 🙂

Friends & Gifts

Friends & Gifts

My friend Kerry celebrated her birthday this week, as did I, so she and another friend of ours got together to have lunch and a catch up.  Kerry’s husband is very ill with Mesothelioma and we meet regularly to give her a chance to forget about things for a while.  She gets to talk about things and de-stress a bit.  She is such a strong woman, much stronger than I am (little Miss Water Works – I cry at the drop of a hat) and I endeavour to be more like her.

I had run out of time to buy her anything for a gift, so I hastily made her a pair of earrings in tones of red and bronze (two colours she wears frequently).  I packaged them up in a recycled sweets box (the box was recycled, not the sweets!) – another friend of ours had brought us some lovely lollies from Japan in this box and it seemed like a shame to throw it away once the contents were all gone.  I quickly made a plain little tag with “K” on it – I didn’t have time to be any fancier than that.  Kerry’s house is decorated in a Japanese theme (it is absolutely stunning) and so I figured the little box would be fitting and appreciated.

 

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I was lucky enough to receive lots and lots of lovely cards and gifts from people on my birthday (the 8th Feb).  My wonderful Mum handmade a card for me (so cute) and one of my gifts from her was a beautiful little paper & fabric envelope filled with vintage Mother-of-Pearl buttons.  So sweet!

 

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Homemade gifts are nice to give and equally lovely to receive.  I’m going to attempt to make most of my Christmas gifts this year.  I say that every year mind you.  Maybe if I aim for making things for half the people on my list…think that could work?