Thursday, July 19, 2012

Cute Tute: Storybook Button Badges

At our first Happily Ever Crafters workshop of Term 3, we had such an ace time getting all messy with Mod Podge that I couldn't wait to write up this tutorial for Storybook Button Badges!  It's the first of many of my new Cute Tutes, promise x

You'll need*:
pen or pencil
Adorn-It Wooden Buttons
storybooks - we used vintage Little Golden Books as I love the illustrations and nostalgic feel - but don't go cutting up your valuable vintage storybooks! I only cut up shabby books that I feel can be given a new and better life in a brand new form :)
Mod Podge (we used Matte but you can use Gloss or Sparkle too)
paint brush
wool needle
sparkly bits and bobs eg. sequins, rhinestones, glitter
very fine sand paper
tacky craft glue or any super strong bonding goo
brooch back

*needless to say, Little Red's sells most of this stuff :)

Step 1
Choose your image/images from your storybook(s).  Trace around your button onto the image and cut it out very carefully.  It looks best if the entire surface of the button is covered so even if you are going to layer your cut-outs in a decoupage-y kind of way, starting with an image 'cut to size' is a great base.  See those teensy black dots on the yoke of Cinderella's dress?  That's where the button holes will be and it's a good idea to mark them to help line up your image.

Step 2
Coat the button surface with a generous layer of Mod Podge...

...then lining up the button hole marks with the button holes, position your image on top and smooth it out.  Now use your wool needle to poke holes through the image where the buttons holes are.  Holding your needle in one of the holes to keep your button steady, apply a coat of Mod Podge and leave to dry.

Step 3
apply another coat of Mod Podge and allow to dry.

Step 4
Now is the time to embellish your button!  I like to bring out the colours of the image by using sparkly things in similar colours.  Use Mod Podge or craft glue to attach your sparkly things and leave to dry.

Step 5
Put a little splodge of craft glue on the back of the button and stick on the brooch back then use your thread and wool needle to sew the brooch back to the button.  I used silver thread to add extra sparkle.

Step 6
Once dry, give the edges a light sanding with sand paper and...

ta-dah!  It's a lovely storybook button badge for you or the little character in your life!

Of course you can use any type of image to make these button badges, I just luuurve storybooks!  I have a funky idea in mind for the boys and will post some pics when theyr'e complete.
Have fun Mod Podge-ing and stay tuned for the next chapter!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

a quick catch up

It's already July and boy is it COLD around here!  We had ice on the windscreen yesterday morning and a beautiful frosty garden... which kind of makes up for the bitter chill on the toes when we have to take the pups outside at 4am :)  Ooh, did I say 'pups'?  We got two pups the other day!  So that's where we'll start this quick, visual catch up...

we got two puppies...

meet Snow White (left) & Heidi (right).  They're sleeping.  They do that a lot.

The sister puppies love to snuggle on my lap...
                                            ...which makes multi-tasking a little tricky

I knitted...           
 a knitting success! one of many projects on the go but the only one finished as yet.
and the Berry likes it!

we baked...
Berry & I baked this chocolate cake and resisted the urge to try a slice just long enough to drench it in ganache and chocolate flakes!  It was the best chocolate cake ever.  Trust me :)  

we workshopped...
Our school holiday workshops are well underway!

We're also super busy trying to finalise Term 3 Workshops and I promise they'll be out super-soon!  
That's a little look at what I've been up to this last couple of weeks so if I haven't returned your call, forgot to buy the milk or looked half asleep as I dragged myself to the shop with my morning coffee, now you know why!!!   

Catch you soon Crafters xxxx

Monday, July 2, 2012

follow the tracks...

you may have heard of Aimee Ray...she's the creative cuteness behind the Doodle Stitching books, contributor to numerous other publications and owner of the Etsy shop Little Dear.  Aimee also writes a blog, little dear tracks where she shares all her latest crafty creations including stitcheries, Blythe Doll clothes and the sweetest little clay toys that you ever did see!  Her palette includes a delicate mix of pinks, blues, greens and browns, all topped off with an air of innocence, the likes of which you might find in a vintage fairytale.  As well as showcasing her beautiful little treasures, Aimee offers free patterns and tutorials which reflect her whimsical style for you to replicate at home! And she goes one step further - if you want to make & sell your own Little Dear creations, Aimee has a simple licensing agreement available for cottage crafters!  How sweet is that?  Aimee has absolutely inspired me to get my craft on this morning and it just so happens that two of the cutest little pups have come into our lives so they might be the focus of my next creation!  Check out little dear tracks - you'll love it x