Crafter’s Ink and EZ-De’s Stamps Stamped Sweetheart Initials

Hi everyone! This is Carmen posting today.


I love old vintage signs, the look of half tone printing and hearts with initials carved into trees or drawn on foggy windows. With these inspirations in mind, I came up with this fun project using Ann Butler stamps and inks. This sweet sentiment can sit on a tabletop or hang on the wall if you add a couple of hangars to the back. I’m thinking of using a couple of removable adhesive hooks on the bathroom mirror to hang this up and surprise my husband one morning (I’m “C” and he’s “B”)!  Here’s how:



Ann Butler’s EZ-De’s Stamps by Kellycraft

Ann Butler’s Faux Quilting Stamps by Unity Stamp Company

Ann Butler Colorbox Crafter’s Ink by Clearsnap: Tangelo, Aquamarine, Sunshine, Berry

Acrylic paint – tan

Acrylic sealer

Wood shapes – 6″ letters, two stars, heart

Wood dowel – 16″ long , 3/8″ diameter


Scroll saw, hot glue gun, paint brush / plate


1. Use the scroll saw to cut the two wood stars. Cut one into a arrow shape and the other into a smaller arrow shape for the tail feathers on the arrow.  Cut a slot in each end of the wood dowel. (If you don’t have a scroll saw you can use a small hack saw or serrated craft knife.)


2. Seal the wood dowel with acrylic sealer to add keep the natural wood color but still add a little shine. Paint the letters and cut wood shapes with the tan paint. Stamp with your choice of stamps and inks. Use a paintbrush and ink from the stamp pads to outline each shape. You can tap the ink pads directly onto the larger areas like the sides of the letters. ( love how you can use Crafter’s Ink stamp pads as paint!)Crafters-Ink-and-Ann-Butler-EZ-De-Stamps-Stamped-Sweetheart-Initials-by-Carmen-Flores-Tanis


3. Fit the arrow shape into one slot of the wood dowel. Secure with a drop of glue. Repeat for the tail feathers shape in the other slot. Use the hot glue gun to affix the arrow to the backs of the letters and heart shape.


4. As a last detail, add another tail feather to the arrow so that it looks more three dimensional.


Have fun making your own Sweetheart signs!


Faux Quilt stamp on Fabric. Quilt Block

Hi everyone.

It’s Connie and my turn to post on the blog.  My Project this month is a Faux quilted block. I used the cube from my Design team package and I stamped the images onto some  pastel cotton fabric.  I used the  2 ” Diamonds and Plaids Faux Quilting stamps. I also used Colorbox Crafter’s Ink by Ann Butler.  I will be using the block as a Stick Pin holder.


I created the pattern by using the traditional Ornament technique. My grandmother made the quilted ornaments at Christmas. I used 2 ” Squares. I stamped the quilt images onto the fabric and let them dry.  I added the Dress pins to the center of the fabric and added pin to center of Cube and folded the rectangles into triangles. I added several layers until I was happy with the look. You use more fabric squares on this block compared to a round ornament. I used 16 -2″ Squares per side.  I used 250 pins.  After making the sides I used crochet trim to decorate the edges.  I also added buttons to the center of the squares.

Here is a close up of the pink side. I used the Berry Crafter’s Ink.  I used the 2″ Bold Diamond pattern from the Diamond and Plaid stamp set.


Here is the yellow side. I used the Limelight Crafter’s Ink.

I used the Outlined Diamond pattern from the Diamond and Plaid stamp set.


Here is the Green side. I used the Aquamarine Crafter’s Ink. I used the Plaid stamp pattern from the Diamonds and Plaid stamp set.


Thanks for joining me today and Happy crafting.

Design Team Connie final

Create ART Everyday – Stenciled, Stamped and Inked Canvas

Today I am pleased and honored to be part of my Creative Girlfriend Rebekah Meier’s 1st Blog Hop for her Brand New Stencil Line with The Crafter’s Workshop.

Ann Butler Designs - Canvas - for Rebekah Meier Blog Hop - 036These stencils are wonderful and I am happy to say that they work beautifully with my line of Crafter’s Ink from Clearsnap.  I created this Art Canvas for my studio by stenciling, stamping and inking it up!  Here’s how I created it:

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I started by painting 2 canvases from Canvas Corp,  (one 8″ x 10″ the other 5″ x 7″) with Berry Iridescents from Earth Safe Finishes.

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I used Crafter’s Ink in Aquamarine, Lilac and Bark with Rebekah’s Rosetta and Stain Glass Stencils, layering with Earth Safe Finishes Gesso and more of the Berry Iridescents covering up a bit of the stenciling in the process.  I also heat set the Crafter’s Ink once I was happy with placement, the cool thing about this ink is that if you ink something up and do not like how it turned out just take a baby wipe and remove it before heat setting….now that is cool!

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I stamped out “Create ART”  and “Every Day” with EZ-De’s 2″ Flourish Alphabet Stamps onto tissue paper to fit the canvases with Bark ink and heat set.

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I applied the stamped tissue paper to the canvases using Earth Safe Finishes Decoupage bringing the tissue paper down over the edges of the canvases, let dry.

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I stenciled in several move places onto the canvases to give more depth.  Then I put the two canvases together and stenciled over the two two of them where they would meet when hanging for a continuous pattern, heat set.

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I had these great metal photo corners I wanted to use although they were different colors….

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So the solution was simple, I used Crafter’s Ink in Berry to color the photo corners, then I heat set, applied some Berry Iridescents on the top to highlight and added some Crafter’s Ink in Bark to the edges and heatset again.  Then I glued them onto the corners of the canvases with Beacon’s Adhesives Quick Grip.

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I also stenciled the sides of the canvases and inked up the edges.

Ann Butler Designs - Canvas - for Rebekah Meier Blog Hop - 021I drilled holes into the bottom of the “Create ART” canvas and added eye screws then I drilled two holes in the top of the “Every Day” canvas added open ended eye screws so that they will attach easily to each other.

Ann Butler Designs - Canvas - for Rebekah Meier Blog Hop - 036Layering the stencils and using several colors of ink gave this project depth and I loved how it turned out!

Now for some more great projects using these fabulous stencils check out the rest of the Blog Hop below:


We are Anchored!

Good Friday morning everyone! How are Y’all today?
Larissa here to show you what I recently created using
Ann Butler Designs products.

I started out hand drawing this anchor.
I stamped a little of Ann Butlers Sunshine ink pad
on my glass mat and sprayed some water on it.
I then took a paint brush and filled in the anchor.
I took the Aquamarine ink pad and did the same
but added more water to it. I brushed over the entire
background. Sort of washed it out a little.


I used Ann Butlers EZ-De’s Flourish 2″ ABC’s
and with the Aquamarine Ink Pad stamped the words WE ARE.


I wrote out the word Anchored and joined all the
letters together. I also filled them in with the Aquamarine
ink using the same technique of putting some ink
down on the glass mat and spraying it with water.
I wanted it just as dark as the words I stamped
at the top so I didn’t add much water.

I also used Ann Butlers 1″ Dolly Picnic and again the
Aquamarine ink pad and went around the entire edge
of the piece.

I added a a few white dots on the yellow anchor and
the letters.


It does look simple but a little time

Hope you enjoyed my post today.

I will be back soon with a new project.
Until then be sure to check back daily to
see what the other Design Team girls
have created. You won’t be sorry.

Have a great Friday!!

Design Team Larissa final



Happy Easter with Ann Butler Stamps and Inks

Hi everyone Easter will be here before we know it, so it’s time to get started on those Easter projects.   Steph here today using Ann Butler’s stamps from Unity and Kellycraft along with Ann Butler inks from Clearsnap.

I came across this wood basket and thought it would make a great Easter centerpiece, so I first painted the basket yellow, then pulled out  my stamps and inks and got to work.  Alternating stamps and colors around the basket, I created a fun and bright centerpiece.  The Unity 1″ Stripes. Dots.Hearts stamps and the 1″ Doily stamps were stamped on the rails in alternating colors – Tangelo, Limelight, and Berry.  The 1″ Rail Fence stamp from Kellycraft was stamped on the side panels in Limelight.


Several Easter eggs were stamped with 1″ Stripes.Dots.Hearts stamps and 1″ Doily stamps using Limelight, Sunshine and Berry.


Happy Easter was die cut and then stamped with EZ-Des 2″ Checkered Woven Hearts in Limelight.


All items were die cut using my Cricut Expression.  The chick was inked with Sunshine and Tangelo.  Additional eggs were stamped.  All items were attached to picks and then inserted  into styrofoam.

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Robin’s Nest Dew Drops were added as finishing touches to the eggs and the eyes of the chick and rabbit.

This was such a fun project to create and will look lovely on the Easter table.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Design Team Steph final






Faux Quilted Travel Jewelry Pouch

Creative Girlfriend Cindi Bisson shows how easy it is to do Faux Quilting in this video….using my Faux Quilting Stamps from Unity Stamp Company and Crafter’s Ink from Clearsnap…..

Cindi also used Makin’s Clay® to create a button, Velcro® Brand Fasteners for the closure and Kreinik Threads for the stitching….enjoy this great video!

Unity Stamps Envelope Transformation

Hello all.  I decided to do a fun and easy gift bag for my post!  I love that you can go from a FLAT white mailing envelope and make a personalized gift bag!  Lets get started.

The Materials:

IMG_00181)  Flat White Mailing Envelopes  2)  Connie Crystal White Sheets   3) Ann Butler Designs from Unity Stamps   4)  Ann Butler Designs Crafter’s Ink   5)   Adhesive (Beacon & 3M)   6)  Buttons   7)  Stipple Brushes   8)  Pencil   9)  Scissors   10)  Ann Butler Designs EZ-De’s Alphabet Stamps

Step 1. Place letters for the name you want to use. (You may also use initials) Apply ink and stamp on the front of the envelope centered.   I like using several colors to make it festive.  I then place the name/monogram where I want on the envelope front.



Step 2.  Figure out the configuration of images you want to use and stamp those images under the stamped name/monogram.  I used squares and 1/2 squares to make my design.  Ink the image and stamp. (This image already has the stippling added.)



Step 3.  Make a fold on each side and the bottom of about one inch.  Then cut off the top of the envelope to about two inches above the stamped name.


Step 4.  Where you have made the folds, manipulate the folds to make a bag side and bottom.  Use a little tape or glue to tack the bottom flaps down.


Step 5. Start attaching the Connie Crystal Sheet pieces to represent the faux stitching.



The handle was made with the top of the envelope that was cut away and then stamped.


The back of the bag was faux stitched using a simple black pen and ruler.  Buttons were added to the back of the bag as well.  This makes the bag different, yet pretty from either side.  I love the versatility.






A Closer Look at the side fold.


Hope you all enjoyed this project.  I had a fun time creating this one!  Make sure and check out my blog with more of Ann Butler Designs!

Happy Creating!

Deaign Team

Gradation Birthday Card with 2″ Dots Faux Quilting Stamp Set


Happy Wednesday, all! I am super excited to share this fun birthday card using the Unity Stamps’ 2″ Strips, Dots, Hearts Stamp Set by Ann. These borderless stamp sets are so easy and fun to create a background for different project. I took out the dot stamp set from the 2″ Strips. Dots. Hearts Stamp Set and stamped it with 2 different colors as a background.


After the background stamping, I cut out couple circles on the top layer of the card so the pretty dots would show well. I added a simple sentiment and few clear sequins to finish the card. I used a very light mint and a light green colors for the background, to create some depth on the background. This creates a easy gradation effect as well.

Hope you enjoyed today’s card! Thanks so much for stopping by.

Design Team Nicole final

Stamped Makin’s Clay Pins How-to Video

Makin’s Clay® is a No Bake Polymer Clay that come out of the package soft and ready to use….which makes it perfect to “Stamp” into.

In this video you will see how easy it is to use my “Faux Quilting” Stamps from Unity Stamp Company to create texture into Makin’s Clay®.  These pins are quick and easy to make and perfect to do with kids….check it out!