A post-Easter bunny for you today, with a quote from Beatrix Potter. This collage came together so quickly, with a minimum of fuss. I panicked a bit, towards the end, thinking I was going to get all the words on. But I managed to just fit them all in (I really need to get better at mapping these things out before I start them…). I love the vintage bunny, and it was a change to work with the pink tones too.
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.
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.
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
This is a quick and easy card idea that would be fun to do with kids (or adults!) and produces some lovely, quirky little characters. I made a whole stack of these in one evening – perfect for when you are time poor and need to make a lot of cards in one go.
There’s lots of examples of stamped snowmen on various websites, using potatoes or sponges cut to shape. I didn’t have any potatoes (my cupboards were a bit bare this week) so I carved a little roughly-circular-ovalish shape from a leftover piece of rubber from my printing class earlier in the year. I dabbed the stamp into a moistened sponge that had white paint on it and stamped onto some mini brown card stock. It doesn’t matter if the stamped image doesn’t come out completely perfect – it adds to the design and makes it a bit more rustic and handmade. But you can fix it up with some more paint if you want to. The extra details were cut out of coloured card stock and drawn on with a Pigma Micron pen (they’re my go-to for doodling and adding details to things, especially when I don’t want any bleeding of ink or smudges).
I stamped a Christmas greeting on each card to finish, and voila! So simple and quick! They’re really cute and you can make each snowman quite individual, just by adding different details. Try a scarf, or some holly on his hat, or no hat at all. I also added a bit of glitter to them to help the white shine (you can’t see it in the photo…) but you can do anything you like to make them your own.
Hope your festive season is shaping up to be happy and heart-warming 🙂