Announcing Design Stars for 2014 – 2015

I can not express my gratitude enough for the wonderful response we had when we put out our second Design Team Call….  It was had to narrow it down to just the few we were looking for but we did it and I am happy to announce the Design Stars for 2014 – 2015:

Design Team Coordinator Larissa Pittman:


Hi my name is Larissa and I live in a small town in the Texas Hill Country.  I have been creating most of my life. I love working with every kind of medium.  I have been making cards for about 10 years and recently started playing with mixed media.  I tend to work more with bright colors and lots of bling.  I am married and have a 23 year old daughter and 2 fur babies. When I am not in my studio creating I am spending time with the family, blogging, cooking, baking, reading magazines or watching a little Reality TV.  I am totally excited to be here and cannot wait to share my creations with you.  Connect with me:  Blog, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Google+ and Instagram @muffinsandlace

Blog Hop Coordinator Kristi Parker:


Hello, my name is Kristi Parker Van Doren and I live in Missouri, the Show Me State! I have been involved with paper crafting for over thirty five years. I was introduced to stamping at the age of 12 and over the years, I have taught many classes at the local stamping and scrapbooking stores as well as special events. I have also worked the retail side and am a previous store owner. I love to create a large spectrum of projects with a broad range of styles. I have been blessed to attend CHA and demonstrate for several companies. My style varies depending on the materials I have on hand and what is called for on any given project. In 2013 I have worked with Connie Crystal, Tombow 100 days of Tombow, Art Glitter, Holly Berry House Originals, Craft Attitude, Envirotex, ICE Resin, The Robin’s Nest, Smoothfoam and MORE!  I have worked with some wonderful companies and have been published in a variety of magazines. I love creating cards, altered arts, home décor, mixed media, jewelry and scrapbooking. In my spare time I also enjoy spending time with family and friends!  My two sons are my pride and joy and are one of the reasons I create. My motto in life is: Be with those who help your being!  Connect with me: Blog, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest

and my Amazing Team of Design Stars for October 2014 – September 2015:


Beth Watson is a creative design professional, specializing in mixed media design, three dimensional crafts and home décor.  Armed with a formal education in Marketing from Ringling School of Art & Design, Beth developed her professional skills in the restaurant industry before turning her focus to the craft world in 1998.  Beth is a member of the CHA Designer Council and her designs have been published in numerous craft magazines and books.  She enjoys bringing a unique twist to her designs by using traditional materials in unconventional ways.  Professional design and promotional services include:  product demonstration, advertising and marketing consultation, editorial and instructional writing, workshop teaching for adults and children, design team and contributing artist commitments; and project design for publication.  Connect with me: Blog and Facebook.


Carmen Flores Tanis is a mixed media artist, crafter and designer who specializes in combining diverse materials in unusual and unexpected ways. She loves to make things! She is a Designer Member of the Craft and Hobby Association and has two successful online craft supply stores. She teaches craft classes in Southern California and her secret to crafting happiness is “patience, practice and power tools.”  Connect with me: Blog and Facebook.


I’m a mom to two grown kids, one toy fox terrier and a fabulous wife to my high school sweetheart. We have been married for over 20 years.  Yup, he’s a keeper!  I’ve been stamping for over 14 years and started my blog in 2009.  My favorite coloring medium is Copic markers (they are evil).  Also love playing with pattern paper, ribbon, glitter, mixed medium tools and embellishments. To be honest, I love mostly all stamping and crafting items. ☺️ I spend most of my time trying to hang out in my stamp room. Love working with other people who also enjoy creative expression through crafting.  Connect with me: Blog and Facebook.


My name is Einat kessler and I’m a designer from Israel.
I am a designer, workshop teacher, writer and designer.
I have started scrapbooking and crafting about 8 years ago and lovin’ every minute. I started with scrapbook layouts and gradually branched out to 3D designs, mixed media and interactive designs.  I was published in several international magazines and e-books and been a guest designer in several blogs and blog hops.  During the years I served on several design teams, among them Sketchabilities, Susan Weckesser and Spellbinders.  A year ago I started a YouTube channel where I teach free workshops every week. I am a faculty member at My Creative Classroom and during CHA 2014 Mega Show I taught a mixed media class: “Whimsical mixed media workshop”.  Creating for me is a hobby, a profession and a way of life. I hope to inspire you and encourage you to create and maybe even step out of your box a little.  I’m married to an amazing husband and we have two teenage boys, who are all my inspiration.  Connect with me: Blog and Facebook.


Hello! I’m Graciela but I am mostly known as Graciellie on the online papercrafting community. I am an avid crafter and blogger and a bit of a graphic designer! I actually studied Laws and Business Management, but I have always been creative, so it was no surprise that I was drawn to papercrafting soon after I graduated from my second major. I discovered papercrafting through cardmaking around 2010 and little by little it became my passion. Since I opened my blog I’ve felt even more captivated by this craft and I’ve discovered that I also enjoy working with alternative projects that give me freedom to experiment with different techniques. My style goes from shabby chic to vintage, and I tend to create classic and feminine projects. My blog has allowed me to connect with other artists and it has given me so many opportunities that I’m thankful for. Currently I’m part of various design teams that I enjoy to work with very much. Now Ann Butler Designs welcomes me to a new team and I am so grateful to be part of it!

I look forward to sharing my work with you all. I believe the genuine nature of creativity is inside each of us, so I’d be delighted if you could join me in this journey!  Connect with me:  Blog and Facebook.

Hugs from Honduras/Brazil,


My name is Irit and I am an Israeli designer and scrapbooker. In my real life I am a working dentist, a wife of retired  high  police officer , Mom of 4  grown- up kids and a grandma of one adorable baby boy and a new baby girl . I am an addicted crafter since I can remember, but  for the last 5 years I moved to paper crafting and found my real  crafty love.I am the most versatile in both styles and kind of projects and it moves from scrapbooking and cardmaking to  Mixed Media and altered art, OOP projects and  even jewelry making. Right now I design for 7-8 American, British,Polish, South African and Australian companies. In the past I designed for like 20 more  manufacturers and shops all over the world. I am a staff member for web magazine for last 2 years.  My work was print and web published in Israel, USA and UK magazines in the last 3 years.  I  hope to inspire my readers with my versatile crafty style and invite you to connect with me:  blog and Facebook.


Paula is originally from the south, but currently lives in northwest Minnesota, with her husband and two children.  She started scrapbooking over 16 years ago. Little known at that time, as to the creative process that started, going from cards to altered arts. She still teaches various classes locally, but has been on a bit of a hiatus for a few years. Being creative and working with various mediums is truly a passion.  Paula holds a degree in graphic arts and has worked in the printing/publishing industry for many years. She currently works for a software company providing services to various printers. Although this is her day job, she wishes could spend as many hours playing in her studio!  connect with her: Facebook.


Hello, my name is Roberta and I live near Toronto, Ontario in Canada.  I have a fearless approach to life and art and there is no medium I will not try. My favourite crafts are: card making, mixed media, watercolour, and glass painting.  I love crafting spontaneously; just grabbing miscellaneous objects and dreaming up all different ways to use them.  I try to focus on upcycling and recycling in all my projects. This was a very popular feature on my webshow, ‘Robi at Night’, called ‘So, what would you do with this?’  I teach art, mixed media, jewelry, and card making from my home studio as well asClasses to Go where I bring the craft class to you!  I am also an instructor for Michaels Craft Stores.  Connect with me: Blog and Facebook.


My name is Steph Ackerman and I live on Long Island with my husband, our son, and our very photogenic pup.    I have been creating in some form for as long as I can remember. I love the creative process, am very versatile and love to create an assortment of different projects – from canvas wall hangings with inks and dyes, to miniature pieces of artwork such as tags and  cards – I love to see what I can create in the confines of small spaces.  My day is not complete if I haven’t spent some time in my craft room.  I have a dedicated studio where I play and create.  I  also teach a wide variety  of paper crafting and tool related classes in my studio and my local craft stores and I encourage my students to play with their products and tools.   I believe that only by playing can you unlock your potential and the potential of the products you are working with.   You have no idea what you can create if you don’t take time to play and explore.  I am a CHA designer member, have the pleasure of being on a number of design teams and have had my work published in a number of magazines.  I am thrilled to be a part of the Ann Butler Design Team.  Connect with me: Blog and Facebook.


Hi my name is Vishu, I am an Engineer by profession and crafter by passion, a mother of 2 amazing kids who fill my life with laughter everyday. I started seriously crafting 2 years ago and love making cards, there is something divine about giving a handmade card to somebody. I always find giving a handmade card or gift more satisfying. Challenging myself to use dies and stamps in a different ways is always fun. I hope to inspire everybody to flex their creative muscles and think out of the box.  Connect with me: Blog and Facebook.


My name is Emanuela Zoey, but everyone calls me just Zoey because is shorter…short like me! LOL . I live in a small town near Bologna, Italy. I always been a “creative kid” , since when I was little I remember teachers told my family to let my imagination run wild, and so they did. When I turned 20 I stopped drawing, I don’t know why, but I started again few years later, because I was bored lol! I started making cards and it got me addicted since the first card I made! I travelled a lot and this gave me the opportunity to find more about the card making/scrap booking world — which was still a ‘niche’ world here in Italy.While in the beginning I was making only ‘traditional’ cards, now I jumped into the mixed media world, a world where I can find again the little kid I was, where I can run wild and let my imagination run with me without any rules. I also love to create Layouts, Altered projects, ATCs and TAGS.  I get inspired by everything that surrounds me and I am not afraid of mistakes, as I find they add a touch to the final artwork, because no one will know, except yourself.  Connect with me: InstagramFacebook and Blog 

Ann Butler EZ-De READ

Let’s Read with Ann Butler Alphabet Stamps

Hello and welcome to the blog today.  This is Roberta Birnbaum and I have a canvas to share with you featuring Ann’s EZ-De’s Flourish 2″ ABC’s alphabet stamps.

My canvas was prepped with various DecoArt acrylic paints including Navy Blue and Wedgwood blue, and DecoArt white gesso. I also used ColorBox Crafter’s® by Ann Butler ink  in Sunshine and Aquamarine.

Ann Butler EZ-De's

Ann Butler EZ-De's

The cast of characters for this project


Other materials used: Ranger distress inks, Ranger Mixed Media stencil, Walnut ink spray, lots of disposable brushes :)

Thank you for visiting today!

Roberta Birnbaum


Flower Pot with Ann Butler Faux Quilting Stamps

Hi everyone. Living in the midwest, it’s very hard to say good-bye to summer (especially when we see so little of it). Today’s project is a Flower Pot. I used Ann Butler’s Iridescents and Faux Quilting stamps to spruce up a plain old flower pot.

flower pot

2″ Stripes Hearts Dots Faux Quilting stamp set by Ann Butler
Ann Butler Iridescents by Earth Safe Finishes in Aquamarine
Flower Pot
Staz-On ink in black, ribbon and glue to adhere ribbon
Oh and a cute flower!

-I painted the first layer of Aquamarine Iridescents using a foam brush.4
-You’ll see from the next couple photos that what I originally intended to do and what I did, resulted in something completely different. That tends to happen quite often for me.
I wanted to paint an overlay color, in this case a mixture of grey and a metallic finish grey. I lightly applied this layer. The initial thought was that I would be able to scratch away /or distress much of it so the Aquamarine would really came through. Well, the greys were a bit thicker than expected, even with the light brushing. So, I moved to plan B.
-After realizing that I wasn’t going to get the results I originally thought, I decided to use this Scratch Art tool that I’ve had for years. I made random scratch marks and lines all over the greys. Some were very deep scratches while others were not. I only did this on the bottom of the pot.


Apologies, but the photos for the last few steps are unavailable. I’m not sure what happened to them, but they did not download. Steps are pretty straightforward though.
-Next, I painted another layer of the Aquamarine Iridescents.
-Stamp the 2″ Dots around the top ledge of the pot with Staz-On ink in black. I then stamped the same 2″ Dots around the bottom of the pot. To ensure this was a straight line, I just took a piece of cardstock and masked around to leave a 1/2″ or so area to stamp.
-Using some scrap pieces of ribbon I had, I adhered this around the edges of stamped images, just to add a little something and to showcase the Dots border.
-Final step is to add some dirt and a cute flower. I had a tiny sunflower that came up in my back yard, so I used it in the pot.  I thought this would make a fun addition to my office!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!



EZ De’s Stamps and Crafters Ink Candy Corn BOO Banner


Halloween is probably my favorite holiday to make decorations for!  All the bright colors and patterns really get my creative juices flowing!  These Ann Butler Designs EZ De’s Triangle Stamps reminded me of candy corn – and I just could not resist making this cute BOO banner!


Ann Butler Designs EZ De’s 3″ Tri Triangle Set A

Ann Butler Designs EZ De’s Flourish 2″ ABC’s by Kelly Craft

Ann Butler Designs Colorbox Crafters Ink by Clearsnap – Tangelo, Sunshine, Night and Snow

Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive Runner

Cardstock in White, Black, Yellow and Orange, Scissors, Pinking Shears, Ruler, Pencil, Yellow Ribbon (36″), Purple Buttons (6), White Twine, Acrylic Stamp Block, Black Bar Cutouts (4).


1.)  Stamp three EZ De’s Stripe Triangles with Snow ink on white cardstock and with Tangelo ink on orange cardstock.  Stamp three EZ De’s Woven Triangles with Sunshine ink on yellow cardstock.   Cut out all stamped triangles with scissors.


2.)  Measure and cut three Sunshine Triangles 2″ from tip.  Measure and cut three Snow Triangles 1″ from tip.  Run Xtreme Adhesive on back of three Tangelo triangles and place on black cardstock, leaving a 1″ border, all around.  Attach three Sunshine triangles, overlapping Tangelo.  Attach three Snow triangles, overlapping Sunshine.


3.)  Cut out three candy corn triangles with pinking shears, leaving a 1/4″ border.  Stamp Ann Butler Designs EZ De’s Flourish letter ”B” in Night ink on first candy corn banner piece.  Repeat with the letter “O” on two remaining candy corn banner pieces.


4.)  Thread white twine through six purple buttons, tie in a knot and trim ends with scissors.  Apply adhesive to top back of “O” banner and attach to center of yellow ribbon.  Measure left of middle banner edge 2″ and attach “B” banner.  Measure right of middle banner edge 2″ and attach second “O” banner.


5.)  Attach buttons and bats with adhesive, hang and ENJOY!



Thanks for stopping by! -Beth




Booty card

Hi everyone! Today I’m posting a fun birthday card that I made for a friend of mine (birthday is next month, so it seemed fitting to use this color scheme).

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Supplies used:
1″ Diamonds and Plaid set by Unity Faux Quilting Stamps by Ann Butler
Colorbox Crafter’s Ink in Tangelo by Ann Butler
Iridescents in Tangelo
other items from my stash: black cardstock, white cardstock, ribbon, scrap patterned paper, Stampin’ Up embossing folder -Argyle pattern

After embossing black cardstock with the embossing folder, I sponged Iridescents in Tangelo all over and around the edges.






Next, I took the white cardstock and stamped the diamond stamp from the 1″ Diamonds and Plaid set. I only stamped on half, leaving the other for the greeting image. After stamping the diamonds, I sponged Tangelo ink over the image. Black is also sponged around the entire cut piece.






Before adhering all the layers, I put a thin ribbon strip along the stamped edge.

final card







It’s that simple. The black is adhered to the white cardstock base. I used a coordinating patterned paper next and the white based stamped image on top of that. The very top layer is the sentiment, and that was matted. And of course, I could not leave it be and had to add a little “sparkle” to the dots on the boot.

Hope you enjoyed this Happy Boot-day card! I think my friend will get a “kick” out of it!
Have a great day!

Design Team Paula fianl

Re-fillable Sachets

Good afternoon everyone. Did you know we have 16 Fridays before Christmas. That is about 99 days. Who would like to get a jump start on holiday gifts?

Watch this little video tutorial from Ann Butler on how to make these cute little sachet bags.
I think these would make an awesome gift don’t you?


If you make some of these wonderful gifts make sure to head over to Ann Butler Designs on Facebook and share your creation with us.

Have a wonderful rest of your day.

Design Team Larissa DT Lead

Scrapbooking with Ann Butler Designs

I decided to make a fun scrapbook page for my post today.  I got a fun package in the mail from my friend Laura with photos from Disney and a page was born!  Supplies used: Ann Butler Crafter’s Ink from Clearsnap, Hexigon Stamp set, Paint, Glitter and stickers!

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I painted my Hexigon wooden shapes by Kaiser Crafts with the Golden Paint and let dry.  I then used 3 inks and 3 designs and stamped all the pieces and again, let them dry.  I found the photo I wanted to use and attached it to the black 12 X 12 cardstock.  I then started attaching the stamped hexigons around the photo to make a frame.  I traced the inside frame with glue and added glitter.   I then found some handy dandy embellishments to attach to the page.  Add a few stickers and I have Laura, Georgia and I forever saved on a fun scrapbook page.

IMG_4696 IMG_4694 IMG_4692 IMG_4690 IMG_4691I hope you enjoyed my Disney fun and Ann Butler Products!  May all your dreams come true!

Deaign Team Kristi BH Lead

Happy Friday

Good morning everyone. Larissa here with a recap of this weeks projects and  a little extra something to take you into the weekend.

The Stars did a wonderful job this week on their projects.
Stephanie made this adorable “Monogram Ceramic Plaque“.


You can click here –> Stephanie, to see her step by step post.

We also had a darling Congratulations card by Vishu.


Vishu used Ann Butler Stamps to create a checkered background on her card.
You can read her post here –> Checkered Background

As I was getting ready to post this recap I had a little inspiration looking at these lovely projects the ladies created so I decided to make a little something extra.

I created two layers. The first layer I used Ann Butlers Colorbox Crafters ink in Tangelo with a chevron print stamp from 2″ Leaves all Over. The second layer I used the dot stamp from
1″ Stripes Dots and Hearts.


Getting into a little Halloween spirit.

Thank you for stopping by today.
Check back next week for more inspiration from our Stars.

Design Team Larissa DT Lead

(The witches hat and sentiment are from the Unity Stamp Co KOTM August 2014)


Monogram Ceramic Plaque with Ann Butler’s stamps and inks

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today playing a ceramic oval plaque I picked up recently.

I used an assortment of Ann Butler’s ColorBox Crafter’s Ink, EZ-De’s acrylic stamps and Unity rubber stamps to decorate this plaque.


Ann Butler’s ColorBox Crafter’s Inks are perfect for a wide variety of surfaces so don’t be afraid to use them on wood, plastic, ceramic and more.


Using ColorBox Crafter’s Ink in Berry, I stamped the 2″ letter “S” from the EZ-De’s ABCs stamp set in the center of the ceramic plaque.


I stamped stripes and dots  from the Unity 1″ Stripes Dots and Hearts stamp set in ColorBox Aquamarine Ink around the letter, but I didn’t like it.   Not wanting to give up, I used a die cut oval to create a mask so I could stamp the Unity 1″ leaves all over in ColorBox Limelight Ink around the outer edge.


Turning over the oval, I decided to use it to cover the portion I didn’t like.  I stamped it with EZ-De’s 2″ Checkered Woven Heats in ColorBox Berry Ink.  Using an art dauber, I added additional Berry Ink around the oval.


To finish, I used the Unity 2″ Doily Picnic stamp set with ColorBox Sunshine Ink to stamp over the letter to add a little color. I added Iridescents Earth Safe Finishes in  Aquamarine around the edge of the plaque and added some lace to add a bit more femininity to the plaque.

This was such a fun project to create and these products were the perfect choice.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Design Team Steph final


Checkered Background

Hello everybody! its vishu here, back with another card, which was ezee pezee to put together.


Doesn’t the look gorgeous! very pleased with the results……..

products used:

Ann Butler’s Faux Quilting Stamps by Unity Stamp Company - 2″ Doily Picnic

Ann Butler Colorbox Crafter’s Ink by Clearsnap: Limelight,

White and green card stock, ribbon from my stash, want2scrap pearls, dot embossing folder

I created my patterned paper using Ann Butler’s Faux Quilting Stamps by Unity Stamp Company - 2″ Doily Picnic and Ann Butler Colorbox Crafter’s Ink by Clearsnap: Limelight,  layered my custom patterned paper with white and then green cardstock. I did emboss the white card stock for some texture. Lastly, I embellished the card with a lily stamp,sentiment, ribbon and pearls.

I hope you all enjoyed the project…….untill next time happy crafting.

Design Team Vishu final