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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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Easy Christmas Trees

I am still madly making Christmas cards and am trying to have lots of different ones so there’s a decent selection for me to choose from.  I don’t like everyone to have the exact same card and I get fed up with making the same ones over and over.  But I am running out of time and “oomph” and so I am getting simpler and simpler in my designs.

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These cards were inspired by some I saw on the internet, where the artist had used buttons on a stamped image of a tree.  It looked very effective, but I don’t have a tree stamp and I knew I would drive myself nutty trying to find the right buttons and then having to glue the little buggers on to multiple cards.

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So, I decided to draw the simple tree shapes and use Liquid Pearls instead of buttons.  It worked a treat.  Even when my drawing went a little bit bodgy and my trees were weirdly deformed or botanically incorrect, it still looked pretty good with the liquid pearls dotted over it (to represent snow or leaves or, um, I don’t know, dots).

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Very easy to do and something I could whip up sitting in front of the telly, which is the only space I currently have left (the rest of the house being covered in craft materials, Xmas gifts and wrapping paper).

Thanks for dropping in 🙂

Fingerprint Reindeers

Fingerprint Reindeers

Earlier in the week, I was ranting about being unorganised for Christmas and panicking about not having time to get any cards made.  I wanted to have handmade cards but needed a super quick design that I could get done in an evening and make multiples at once.  Solution : these adorable little reindeer cards made with fingerprints.

That’s right – fingerprints.  So easy.  A little messy, yes, and don’t do what I did and use archival ink that doesn’t wash off (brown fingertips – so attractive), but really easy and quick and surprisingly effective.  I’d like to be able to take credit for them, but I nicked the idea from cards I had seen on the internet.  If you search “fingerprint reindeer cards”, you’ll get about a bazillion hits.  There’s lots of different designs and ways of making the deers – just choose the one that appeals to you.

It’s basically just two fingerprints for each reindeer – one for the head and slightly larger one for the body (I used my ring finger and index finger) – and then a few details added with marker pens.  SO SIMPLE.  And freaking adorable.  Each little guy has a different expression or attitude.  I added a scarf here and there as well as a heart over their heads.  I made about 25 of them in under two hours.  And then made another 2o the following evening. Let’s remember that I normally can’t even make one card in two hours normally.  So these little gems are a lifesaver for me and will take some of the stress and panic out of my pre-Christmas chaos.  I’m kinda in love with them.

So, give them a try and have lots of fun making a mess.  I certainly did 🙂

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Good Cheer Card

Good Cheer Card

Hello!  Aren’t I being good – posting nearly every day this week?  How long will it last?  I don’t know…but I am trying to get better at posting regularly.  I really need to have a more exciting life, then I would have something to talk about.  I should take up sky-diving or swimming-with-sharks or something.  Maybe.  Possibly not.

A simple, vintage-inspired card today.  I like the colours and the trim used.  I would put pom-pom trim on everything if I could.  It’s so cute. Maybe if I covered myself in it (and maybe inked my edges), I would look cute and vintage too?  Or just grubby and tatty…that’s not such a good look.  I have enough trouble getting dressed in the mornings – I don’t need to add extra embellishments to confuse and delay me further.

Hope your day is filled with good cheer.  And maybe some pom-poms.

🙂

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Warm Wishes

Warm Wishes

A very quick but kinda cute card for today.  I was trying to not be fussy (yet again) and get a card made in less than the normal FOREVER that it takes me.  Seriously, I am so darn slow! I get finicky about matching colours and shades and, well, everything.  But I like how this one turned out.  It has a nice vintage look to it and the little snowman is festive and jolly.  I used Liquid Pearls on the eyes and buttons to add some dimension and edged the papers with distress ink.  That can help to bring a card together and make everything seem to match.

So, warm wishes to you today, wherever you are 🙂

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Frosty Branches from Nowhere

Frosty Branches from Nowhere

Last night I stayed up later than I should have finishing off some cards and starting new ones.  My house is a mess yet AGAIN.  I don’t know why I can’t craft neatly, in a tidy and organised manner.  Why do I have to spread out from one corner of the house to the other? I guess that’s just how I roll.  I have tried to be neat but I can’t work like that.  It seems chaos is more natural to me than order.

I made this card last night.  It is an improbable design ie there is no explanation as to why there are frosty branches coming out of a door.  Perhaps it is the wonder of Christmas, making miracles occur… We may never know.  But I think it looks ok and I like the colours.  Plus, I just really wanted to use that door because I’d had it hanging round for ages in my paper stash.  And I love the “branches” paper punch (even if it takes all my strength and weight to punch anything out with it) – it’s so cute.

So, here is my card for today.  Improbable, but finished.
Which is good enough for me 🙂

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Winter Wishes in Summer

Winter Wishes in Summer

So it’s Summer.  Or, at least, it should be.  Today is cold and wet and windy and gross.  I had to wear a scarf today, for heaven’s sake! And boots!  What the heck?!  I should be wearing shorts (although some people might not agree with me on that one…it is entirely possible I should never wear shorts, at least not in public) and t-shirts and be huffing and puffing about the heat and eating frozen grapes.  But no, Summer is being weird.

I was supposed to go out for breakfast this morning but both my friends cancelled so I stayed at home and made cards.  Christmas cards that I should have already made.  Because I am slack and slow and a bit unorganised.  But I’ve also been sick so, y’know, I have my legit reasons.

So, I finished off a bundle of my Little Peeps (as I now officially call them) cards.  I am happy to have gotten something done today instead of wasting too much time.  I am in a total mess now though.  I even glued my tea cup to the table by accident because my working space was a disaster zone.  But, for your viewing pleasure, here are my cards – done and dusted.  Only about 50 to go and I should have enough to actually give out to people 🙂

Have a happy week everyone x

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