Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Buttons

I have finished off my buttons at long last, you know when you have a million and one things to do, well these where on my list.  I was actually given these buttons as a Christmas present, thank you very much, you know who you are lol.  I did have a choice of painted or plain, I chose plain so I could match the colour to the soft furnishings in my room.  So David (hubby) attacked them first by spraying three thin coats of MDF primer followed by spraying five thin top coats of Heirloom White Satin Finish with a light sand between each coat.  Then it was my turn and this is how I finished them off.

The first and largest of the three buttons was made into a clock, this button has just two buttonholes and when I'd received the buttons I mentioned I was going to make it into a clock so Roy from Dimension Stamps (as was, now Nina Crafts) added a centre hole and routed the back so I could fit the clock mechanism, I used an extra long centre spindle with a sweep second hand (very quiet and no tick-tocks lol).  I used some left over wallpaper for the numbers, my set of plain number stamps, VersaFine - Onyx Black ink and detail clear embossing powder.  Once the numbers had been stamped and heat embossed I cut them out and attached them to the clock face using Mod Podge Matte Finish.  I then sealed them again using the Mod Podge, leaving a smooth finish on the clock face.  Now then the cord I used for the buttonholes is an experience on its own.  I had a look on ebay for some rope/cord/braid kind of stuff and found some 7mm rope cord that is used for camping etc.  So on ordering it David walked in and asked what on earth I was ordering, I told him what it was for etc etc etc.  He said 'have you read it?', 'yes' I said, 'it's for the buttons'. Ok this is where it gets a bit daft, I ordered and had delivered some of the rope cord and this was the description on the invoice, '50ft of bondage bedroom rope'.  Oh My Good Grief, how embarrassing, but how funny, I will not be able to live this down for quite a while hahahaha.  Because of the spindle in the centre I couldn't thread the rope in a straight line so made it look like the thread was coming undone, leaving a raw end on the front of the clock, adding a bit of clear PVA glue on the raw end to seal it.
For this button I used a flourish stamp, one that I've had for quite a while, I think it was from a set of flourishes from Dimension Stamps.  I stamped onto tissue using VersaFine - Onyx Black, tearing the edges so I could blend the edges in once they were stuck to the button.  I split the pieces of tissue leaving me with a single layer, then covered a small area of the button face with Mod Podge, adding one piece of stamped tissue at a time.  The first couple of pieces I took off because I'd messed about far too much with it and it started splitting, the tissue had got too wet.  So working from the centre outward I covered the button trying to flatten the tissue as I went.  It was a little bumpy but it did smooth down quite a bit, I did however like the slightly rough look do didn't smooth it down too much.  Once dried I gave the button face another coat of Mod Podge to make sure it was sealed.  Once completely dry I used some more of my 'bondage rope' to make the thread, this time as you can see I made it into a cross.
For this third button I used the plain lowercase alphabet stamps again from Dimension Stamps, stamping onto my bit of wallpaper with VersaFine and heat embossing with detail clear embossing powder.  Once cut out I attached them to the button face using the Mod Podge, but because I by this time was into doing a bit of texture wanted to give the top coat a rough'ish finish.  I loaded my brush with a little extra Mod Podge and did short strokes across the face, you can't actually see it from this picture but the effect looks really good.  Because of the 'button it' text I attached the thread/rope as you can see in the picture.
David attached the picture hooks on the back of the buttons after I'd marked out the centre point for him.  All the thread/rope was secured at the back of the buttons with a staple gun and because of the thickness of the rope I used some of David's woodwork biscuits to give a bit of depth so the buttons would sit on the wall properly.
This is the picture of the buttons on my wall you can see the full pattern of the wallpaper I'd been cutting up.  I've just bought some 8cm buttons for a future project and that is making some new cushion covers and to carry the theme on I've just bought some silicone button coasters.  So I've gone button mad lol.
 Right what's next on that list ....

Monday, 14 April 2014

Easter Card

The box of eggs are all packed up ready to be posted today, so all I need to do yesterday was make the card.  Easier said than done this time, tut, I couldn't for the life in me find any appropriate brown card for the rabbit, I'd already cut out the eggs on my cutting machine.  The image is from treasureboxdesigns.com, this is a really wonderful site with lots of cutting machine files, well worth a visit.  The file I used is called Vertical Title Border (Eggs) I've had this file for a little while now and having just checked on the website it is currently in the 'Retiring Soon' section.  So what I decided to do was to decoupage it instead, I printed the image twice and the head once more.  I cut out the main image and attached to a DL card blank using some double sided tape,  the next layer was the head, arm and brush, hand, eggs text and the grass.  The last layer was the face, I was going to do another layer with the nose and cheeks but I was running out of time so left that one.  I used some 2mm foam pads to attach the layers and to finish off I used three of the eggs I'd cut out for the inside of the card.  I know it was a bit of a cheat printing this out but I just needed this card for this year, I am now looking for some brown card.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

21st Birthday Card

I can't believe this young man is 21, where has the time gone.  I've known him since he was little at primary school where I used to work and all of a sudden he's 21.  Happy Birthday for yesterday Billy and thank you from all four of us for the invite to your party we really enjoyed it

I used left over textured card pieces to make this card and some plain black card for the shadows.  Because I'd cut everything out on my cutting machine it really didn't take very long to make.  I inked the edges of the check paper for the background before attaching to the card blank.  I used the same check paper for the insert making it into a pocket so I could add an iTunes card as a prezzy, adding some white card for the text.  Once I'd cut out the wording you can see in the picture I used some PVA glue to matt them onto the black, gluing the 'st' onto the number one.  I then used a black fine liner pen to add all the lines making it look like all the letters were cut individually.  I attached the wording to the card using some foam pads and to finish off I added the flat back cupcake using some sticky dots. 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

January 2014 video

Well I'm on to this years video's lol, this one is from the January 2014 project club for Nina Crafts (was Dimension Stamps) nearly caught up with them now.


Sunday, 6 April 2014

November 2013 video

Another catch up video this one was posting on the Dimension Stamps YouTube channel last November for the project club.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

September 2013 Video

Just catching up with my videos again, they have been on the Dimension Stamps YouTube channel but I have been asked to add them to mine as well.  So this video was uploaded for the September Project Club.

  Thank you.