Crafter’s Ink colored frame and flowers

Hey crafty friends! Einat Kessler here with a technique based fun project.

inked flower frame

Did you know that ink can turn into paint with a little water? This frame was entirely painted by only Ann Butler’s inks. It’s a really easy technique that has a beautiful artsy effect. First press the ink pad on a craft sheet so it’ll “ink” it. Then spritz water on it to turn it into liquid ink paint. Take a dropper and fill it with the liquid ink.

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Drip the liquid ink on the frame letting little pools form. Once you are finished with one color set it with a heat tool. Then repeat the process with a other color. I used Tangelo, Sunshine and Berry. Don’t worry if a little white is showing, it’s not supposed to be completely covered.

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Keep dripping liquid ink until you’re happy with the result. Once happy with the result go over the frame with your fingers applying a finished touch with a little more ink.

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To add color to the flowers, stamp the craft sheet with some more ink and spritz very little water. Dip the flowers facing down in the ink. Attach the flowers to the frame.

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This is a really easy project with very few supplies, but it has a beautiful colorful look!

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Have fun creating!




99 Handmade Gift Ideas Blog Hop – Faux Quilted Pillow

I love making projects that are quick and easy yet look like they took more time to make then they actually did.  This Quilted Pillow is a perfect example and would make a wonderful gift.  It was inspired by a Quilted Pillow created by my creative girlfriend Rebekah Meier for a blog hop using my Faux Quilting line of rubber stamps from Unity Stamp Company … can check out her pillow here!
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Ann Butler’s Faux Quilting Stamps by Unity Stamp Company
Ann Butler’s EZ-De’s Stamp Sets by KellyCraft Innovations
Ann Butler Crafters Ink by Clearsnap: Aquamarine Berry, Sunshine, Lilac, Tangelo, Limelight
Warm & Natural Batting by The Warm Company: 13″ x 13″ (2), 4″ x 4″
VELCRO® Sticky Back for Fabric: Ovals 
Muslin: 13″ x 13″(3), 4″ x 4″ (2), 1″ x 22″
Light Steam-A-Seam 2 by The Warm Company 13″ x 13″
Floss by Kreinik Threads

Westcott Brand Non Stick Scissors, needle, thread, sewing machine (optional), baby wipes, acrylic block, ruler, iron


Gather you supplies
Attach desired stamps to an acrylic block and stamp out pattern with stamps on a 14″ square piece of fabric; heat set with an iron.
You can check out a video on how to do this by clicking here!
 Layer stamped fabric with batting and a piece of muslin then quilt together
by stitching between the stamped blocks and diagonally if desired.
Trim to 12″ x 12″.  Thread 6 strands of floss and stitch through the center of the block,
doing so now is easier then once the pillow is stuffed.
Press Steam-A-Seam onto second piece of batting, peel paper layer and attach to muslin, iron together.
Put right sides together (batting side of batting piece and stamped side of quilted piece);
stitch together with a 1/2″ seam allowance, leaving a 4″ opening for turning.
Turn to the right side, stuff with poly-fil and stitch opening closed.
Stamp onto one of the 4″ square pieces of muslin, iron to heat set.
Fold into eight’s and cut into circle shape.
Layer this with 4″ square batting and muslin.
Sew together with free motion.
Zig-Zag around the outside edge.
Stitch through circle piece and button and tie off tightly.
For a second look…..
Place the loop side of the VELCRO® Sticky Back for Fabrics onto the back side of circle.
Place the hook side onto one end of the 1″ x 22″ piece of muslin;
wrap around pillow and repeat.
 By using the VELCRO® Sticky Back for Fabrics you will be able to have the band on or
 remove as desired giving you two looks for one pillow!


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Faux Quilted Tag – Life is good

Hello Crafters!

Zoey‘s here again for another mixed media project!
If there is something that I love, that would experimenting new things (at least that are new for me!) ! I love to start my projects with one idea and then end up with something else because in the process, there is in the back of my head my little “talking cricket” that whisper to me “why don’t you try that!”.

To create this tag I used :


I started by smudging Ann Butler’s Crafter’s Inky by Clearsnap over an acrylic block. In the image you see I used Berry , Tangerine and Sunshine.


I spritzed over the acrylic block a bit of water, waited two seconds and the I let my piece of paper completely adhere to the block. I waited other few seconds to make sure the ink soaked into the paper completely. This was my first time trying to have a watercolor effect with Ann Butler’s Crafter’s Inky by Clearsnap…and I have to tell you that I was quiete impressed by the result I got!


I also wanted to give a really little detail by stamping with white ink and Ann Butler Design Faux Quilting Stamp. The result is very very subtle …but that was what I was looking for


I kept stamping using the same color ink and another stamp from Ann Butler Design Faux Quilting Stamps.


I cut my paper into a tag shape and then I wanted to experiment a little bit more. Since the first watercolor effect attempt worked just fine, I wanted to see if I was going to get the same result by applying color with a brush. And….yes! Even this time the result was what I was looking for. So I added color where the paper was white.


I was really happy with the result of this experiment, for me it was a new thing with this ink pads, and I really hope you will give it a try as well!
Here is a photo of a small detail. As you notice my edge are dark. To achieve this result all I did was applying color directly to the edge and then with a wet brush I let the ink blend into the rest of the paper!


And that is all for today! I hope you had fun and got inspired…stay happy stay creative, till next time!

Ciao, Zoey



Happy Holidays with Crafters Inks & Ann Butler’s Stencils

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Hi Everyone! Paula here with today’s project. It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us, but I have to say that I am really excited! It’s time to start thinking about cards! Ann Butler’s new stencils and new colors of Crafter’s Inks were just the right combination for me.

Here’s how I made this card:

1. I started by stamping the chevron pattern from Ann Butler’s 2″ Leaves All Over Faux Quilting Stamps in Colorbox Crafter’s Ink by Ann Butler in Canyon. This is one of the new colors and I LOVE it! I stamped this on watercolor paper and loved the effect!
2. Although I love the look, I wanted a bit more muted colors, so I started by sponging Colorbox Crafter’s Ink by Ann Butler in Sand, then again with Colorbox Crafter’s Ink by Ann Butler in Bark (also two new colors!!)


3. Next, I stamped a winter cottage scene onto ivory cardstock using the Bark ink. I chose a holiday sentiment and again, stamped in Bark. While the ink was still wet, I embossed with Colorbox Embossing Powder in Clear. Excuse the image, as I could not get a crisp photo of this. After embossing the image, I cut it out around the image itself. I wasn’t trying to be perfect, just not too close to the image.


4. Love this next step. Using Colorbox Art Screens by Ann Butler (NEW!!), IMG_1988  I was able to make a “snow” theme on my card. This particular stencil worked perfectly. To get this effect, I used a watermark stamp pad, Colorbox Clear Embossing Powder, and Clearsnap Glitter in Winter Frost. I started by stamping the watermark stamp pad over the stencil in various locations (where I wanted my snow banks), then sprinkled with a mixture of the embossing powder and glitter. Then heated. I did this a couple more times to get the desired effect. To get the ‘snow glitter’ on the house rooftop, I used a blending pen, dipping on the watermark ink pad and then coloring over the area I wanted, then added the embossing powder/glitter , and heat again.


5. To make the snow “pop” a bit more, I sponged more Colorbox Crafter’s Ink by Ann Butler in Sand all over the card. The white snow will now really show up. I then added another stamped image in the corner of a couple redbirds on a pine branch. To do this, I used a blender pen, dipping on the ink pad, coloring the specific area of the stamp with one color, then the second color (colors used were the new Crafter’s Ink in Canyon and Crafter’s Ink in Deep Woods). Did I say I love these new colors??


6. Now back to the base of the card – the chevron design in Canyon. I added a piece of vintage lace, and sponged it in a bit of Bark ink.


7. I wanted a bit more of a distressed look, so I took my scissors and ran it along the edge of every individual piece. Some I ripped a bit more, some not so much. After distressing the edges, I did ink just a bit more around them.
Last step – just put it all together. I can’t wait to use these new inks and stencils again!!

I hope you enjoyed this card. Thanks for stopping by!




Ann Butler Designs Spotted Hello

Hey there everyone.  It’s Dana Joy here with you today.  I have been playing around with some wooden veneers lately and wanted to add a touch of pizazz to a few of my pieces.  So I grabbed my Ann Butler supplies and got busy.  Check out how I turned and ordinary wooden hi into a fabulous HI!!

First I colored my veneer with some Ann Butler Limelight ink. I used a sponge dauber to get a really good coat on it. I heat set it once and then applied a second coat.  This ensured that the wood really absorbed the ink.

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I used the the 1″ Stripes, Dots and Hearts stamp set to add a cool spotted look to my wooden sentiment.  This is where you can use any of the faux quilting stamps from Ann’s line to make a really cool background.

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Next I decided to add some clear embossing powder to the sentiment so I would have a little bit of a sheen to my hi.  I LOVE how this came out.  It kind of looks like a leopard print.  Now that’s one fabulous wood veneer.

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And here is my completed card using my newly designed hi sentiment.   Totally cool right?!?  Since my sentiment is the star of my card I kept the rest of my card clean and simple.  So the next time you find yourself with some plain ole’ wooden veneers turn them into something fabulous with Ann Butler inks and stamps.



Thanks for hanging out with me today.  Come back soon for more fabulous inspiration from the design team.





Upcycled Cardboard Mini Canvas

Hello and welcome to the blog . This is Roberta and I hope you like my project for today.

Upcycling is always a fun challenge for me. Today I have created an adorable mini canvas from discarded cardboard packaging. This little square wedge is really a diamond in the rough. upcycle mini canvas mixed media stamps


I forget where it came from, but my first instinct was ‘Gee, that would make the most awesome stamp!’.  And it did. I inked one of the sides a delicious blue and it created a stunning image.

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Here is what I did:

  1. Apply DecoArt gesso to prime and seal the canvas.
  2. once dry, stamp background using Ann Butler Designs EZ-Des faux-quilting stamps. I used Clearsnap Colorbox stamping ink in Night (black)  because it is amazing on almost every surface. I think these stamps in black, against the white background really anchor the canvas and make everything else pop!
  3. create more texture with Karen Ellis stencil and DecoArt texture paste. Let it dry.
  4. Color the dried medium by painting or rubbing, and embellish as desired.  I used Ranger Stickles  and DecoArt acrylic paints.


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upcycle mini canvas mixed media stamps

Added Bonus! Once I removed the stencil there was enough residual medium to get a second impression so I grabbed some patterned paper and got another raised floral feature.

Thank you for visiting the blog today!




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Blog Hoppping with Linda Peterson

Hi everyone today I am doing a book review…we are blog hopping for my creative girlfriend Linda Peterson!  Linda has written a new book Upcycled Jewelry Bags, Belts and more

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This book is filled with tons of eye can in the way of beautiful project photos and easy to follow step out photos.

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Believe it or not these awesome earring are made from plastic!  The clear plastic spacer found between CD’s to be exact.  Can you believe it?  Linda show you how easy it is to up-cycle this piece of plastic that most people would throw away….a very cool technique.

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Now if you look very closely…this fabulous bracelet is made from a zipper….amazing as it looks so elegant!

One final photo I’d like to share and possibly one of my favorite projects…

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are these boot bands.  I think this is the first project I will be making for this book…after all I am a motorcycle girl and these are so cool!

You will find this book inspiring and filled with projects that have you looking at items in a new way.  Want just a bit more inspiration?  Check out Linda’s YouTube playlist for the book.  Now to get your copy today go to Amazon or check out Cisco Books online.

Now onto the rest of the blog hop

Ann Butler Unity Stamped Bracelet

I love using Ann Butler’s Earth Safe Paints on Makin’s Clay!  When I saw the wood bangle I was so excited to combine some fun elements to make a bracelet you could LOVE!

I rolled out the clay and stamped into it with my Ann Butler Stamps from Unity.  I then used the heart cutter from Makin’s Clay.  I actually put the on the panted bangle before it was dry so it would have a nice curve.  To my happy surprise, it STUCK!  No clue required!  I then painted and over painted and painted some more to get the fun shades of all the colors!  Of course, I had to add some Connie Crystal BLING!

Here are some photos of the finished product up close and full shot!

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I could have added another coat of paint to the bangle but love the look of the sheer coat!


Hope you like the sparkle and shine! Find me on Facebook and check out my blog!


Pretend it’s Spring with Faux Quilting stamps

Hello my dear crafty friends!
Irit is here and this is my post made for Ann Butler’s blog for November.
Wee all know that in our hemisphere it’s fall going to winter. But as my favorite season is Spring, I decided to make a project in lovely spring colors and just to pretend it’s a Spring time here.
So here is my small tutorial- easy to make bracelet made over DIYBANGLERS Ready to decorate wooden flat small size wooden bracelet.

1. Flatten Makin’s white clay to fit your bracelet size . Use Makin’s tools for the better result. Stamp over the flat clay strip, roll the stamped clay around the wooden bracelet and trim the edges.I used a strip from Ann Butler’s Kellycraft 1” Rail Fence Set. Let the clay dry.


2. Flatten another piece of clay; stamp with another stamp (I loved diamonds from 2” Diamonds and Plaids Ann Butler’s Faux Quilting set from Unity. Then cut all sizes of flowers with Makin’s Flower cutters. I made one big, 2 medium and a lot of small flowers. Let them dry.



3. Ink the dry bracelet with Ann Butler’s Aquamarine Clearsnap Crafter’s ink.
You can use Clearsnap Color Blender tool or just to roll the bracelet over the ink as I did after all.
Dont’ let it dry as we are going to heat emboss the inked pieces.



4. Ink your dry clay flowers with the same Ann Butler’s Aquamarine ink and with Ann Butler’s Berry and Limelight inks from Clearsnap.



5. Heat emboss the bracelet and all the flowers with Clear embossing Clearsnap powder and your heat gun. It make the color pops and now all clay pieces are bright and shiny and durable too.



6. Adhere your flowers over the bracelet with Beacon Zip Dry glue. This is a perfect glue for this craft project: you can arrange the flowers as the dry time is not too short and you can’t see the clear leftovers if you have them.



And the 3d view of this finished craft project. I decided not to ink the inside wooden bracelet as I like the natural color, but you can paint the inside too if you wish to do so.


Thanks for reading this tutorial and hope you will do some similar projects with Ann Butler’s delicious products.


Crafters Ink and Faux Quilting Stamps: Queen of the Kitchen Stamped Picture Frame

Unity Stamps Ann Butler Designs Faux Quilted Stamps: Queen of the Kitchen Stamped Picture Frame by Carmen Flores Tanis®

Hi it’s Carmen and today I’m going to share with you a cute frame I made for my little sister who is not so little anymore. I found a darling picture of her playing kitchen when she was about four years old many moons ago and I thought it would make a great gift for her because she’s actually in culinary school right now studying to be a pastry chef! I took a simple white picture frame that came with a white mat and added a little stamping using Ann Butler’s 2″ heart stamp. I also used some Crafter’s Ink in Berry to match the little apron that my sister is wearing in the picture. I can’t wait to give this to her and maybe she’ll make me some tarts!

Here’s how:


Ann Butler’s Faux Quilting Stamps by Unity Stamp Company - 2″ Stripes / Dots / Hearts

Ann Butler Crafter’s Ink by Clearsnap: Berry

Crafter’s Ink by Clearsnap: Snow

Elmer’s Painters® Paint Marker – black medium tip

AdTech Permanent Glue Runner™

Scribbles® 3D Dimensional Paint – Iridescent Silver

Picture frame with white cardboard mat

White card stock – one sheet


Acrylic block, paintbrush, Westcott Brand Paper Trimmer, Westcott Brand scissors


1. Take apart the frame and stamp the cardboard mat with Snow ink using the heart stamp. This will give a pretty white-on-white effect to the background.

2. Stamp the sheet of white card stock with Berry ink using the heart stamp.

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3. Use the paper trimmer to cut the stamped card stock into 1/2″ paper strips. You will need four.

Unity Stamps Ann Butler Designs Faux Quilted Stamps: Queen of the Kitchen Stamped Picture Frame by Carmen Flores Tanis

4. Trim the strips to fit around the inside opening of the mat and glue in place with the glue runner. Add the writing and details with the black marker.

Unity Stamps Ann Butler Designs Faux Quilted Stamps: Queen of the Kitchen Stamped Picture Frame by Carmen Flores Tanis

5. Use the paintbrush to mix a little of the Berry ink with a few drops of water in the ink pad lid. This makes a nice paint which you can use to fill in the hearts.

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6. Add silver details with the dimensional paint.

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7. Reassemble the frame adding the photo and it’s ready for display!

Easy huh? I love how you can mix up the Ann Butler inks with a little water and then paint with them. Wouldn’t it be pretty to paint with the Aquamarine and Limelight inks to make an ocean scene? Now I’m inspired!  I’ll have to see if I can find a picture of my little sister who is not so little anymore swimming somewhere! See you soon!!

Carmen Flores Tanis