Holiday Fun with Ann Butler & ETI

We still have a blog hop going on for 1 more day with Ann Butler Designs and ETI (resin) so I wanted to add a project here using the two companies together for one last post!  I created ornaments!  This is one I painted, stamped, embossed and addded a little bling and a resin piece! In the photos below you see the painted and drying ornaments and then several angels of the finished project!

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I stamped the leaf design with Ann Butler’s Crafters Ink ad embossed with Gold Embossing powder.


I added the ETI piece using more ETI for a shiny surface finish!

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The finished Project!


Wrap It Up with Dana Joy

Hey everyone.  It’s Dana from Got Joy Creations here with a tutorial for you today.  Many of us are wrapping up our holiday gifts and I want to show you how to make your own colored ribbon.  Here are the supplies I used.

Stained Ribbon 1 - Dana Joy

I used the 2# Doily Picnic stamp set along with the ABD Limelight crafter’s ink to add a design to my plain white ribbon.

Stain RIbbon 2 - Dana Joy

This is how my ribbon looked after I stamped a few rows of ink.  Love how this came out.  This technique is so easy to do.  Make sure to rub the ink into the ribbon so it won’t come off on your hands later.

Stain Ribbon 3 - Dana Joy

Next I grab a plain ole’ red box I had in my craft room and wrapped the ribbon around it.  I love the way my green ribbon really pops against the red box.  Christmas is looking pretty good! LOL

Stain Ribbon 4 - Dana Joy

Next I added a simple white bow made from the same ribbon.  I really wanted a contrast between the two pieces of ribbon.  This entire package screams let’s get this holiday season started!

Stain Ribbon 5 - Dana Joy

You are have some white ribbon that you don’t know what to do with?  I say color it up with some Ann Butler Ink and make it new.

Thanks for hanging out with me today.  Have a very blessed holiday season.




Ann Butler Designs Blog Hopping with ETI

Welcome to the Ann Butler Designs/ETI Blog Hop

I am sure you will find inspiration as you hop through to each blog!

My inspiration for this project came from a set of coasters I created

Faux Quilted Monogramed Coaster

for the Summer issue of Bella Crafts Quarterly.  These coasters make a wonderful gift so I thought I would take them one step farther and use ETI’s EnviroTex Lite® Pour-on High Gloss Finish to finish them off and give them a high gloss protective finish.


Ann Butler’s Fuax Quilting Stamps by Unity Stamp Company, assorted 1″ squares and triangles

Ann Butler’s EZ-De’s by KellyCraft, 2″ Flourish Alphabet 

Ann Butler’s Iridescent’s by Earth Safe Finishes, berry, sky, lilac

Ann Butler’s Crafter’s® Ink by Clearsnap, Evergreen

EnviroTex Lite® Pour-on High Gloss Finish

Earth Safe Finishes Gesso, white

Wood Coasters, 4″ x 4″


Acrylic block

Disposable measuring cups (2)


Heat gun

Painter’s tape

Wax Paper

Wooden stir stick



Ann Butler Designs ETI Faux Quilted Monogramed Coasters Step 1

Base coat the coaster with gesso.  Let dry and repeat if needed.

Ann Butler Designs ETI Faux Quilted Monogramed Coasters Step 2

Paint the coaster with Berry Iridescents.  Let dry.  Give the coaster a second coat.  Let dry.

Ann Butler Designs ETI Faux Quilted Monogramed Coasters Step 3

Stamp in the corner with one of the 1″ Faux Quilting Squares in Evergreen.

Ann Butler Designs ETI Faux Quilted Monogramed Coasters Step 4

Place two 1″ triangle stamps onto the acrylic block to form a square and stamp right below the first square in Evergreen.

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Continue stamping around the outer edge of the coaster to create a boarder.  Heat set the ink.

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Stamp desired initial in the center with Evergreen.  Heat set.

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Pictured above is another coaster with Iridescents in Sky.

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Tape around the edges of the coaster (to prevent the resin from dripping).  Lay out some wax paper, then place the coaster on something (I am using the Iridescents jar), to elevate it.

Ann Butler Designs ETI Faux Quilted Monogramed Coasters Step 8

Mix EnviroTex Lite® as directed on the package.  Measure equal parts resin and hardener in 2 separate cups.  (I mixed 1 ounce resin with 1 ounce hardener which covered 3 coasters nicely).

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Pour the hardener into the resin and mix thoroughly for 2 minutes.

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Pour mixture into the second cup and stir for another minute.

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Pour resin onto the coaster.

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Use the stir stick to bring the resin to the edges, (the resin is self leveling).  Watch for any bubbles to rise and blow lightly to disperse them.   Let dry undistributed for 12 hours, and then peel the tape away.

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Trim resin away from the edges if needed.  Let cure for 72 hours.

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You can see the beautiful shine….

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And Enjoy!

Be sure to leave a comment and you will be entered to win our Prize Package…

Ann Butler Designs ETI Blog Hop

 which consist of products from Ann Butler Designs and ETI.


EnviroTex® Jewelry Resin

1 Resin Jewelry Mold

Resin Spray

2 Pigment Colors

1 of each of the following 1″ Faux Quilting Stamp Sets:

Leaves All Over

Doily Picnic

Stripe. Dots. Hearts

Diamond & Plaid

(Open to US Residents only)

Be sure to check out the rest of the Blog Hop and leave a comment on their blogs as well for additional chances to WIN!

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The WINNER of the Prize Package will be drawn on or about 11 pm CST December 20th, 2014 and will be announce after the winner has been notified the week of December 21st on the Ann Butler Designs Blog and the ETI Resin Blog.

Upcycled Holiday Stamped and Resin Shadowbox

Welcome to the blog today. This is Roberta and I am happy to be sharing with you a cool, upcycled holiday-themed project featuring Ann Butler faux-quilting stamps. ( Holiday-themed because it’s mostly red and green) :) Ann Butler Roberta Birnbaum upcycled Christmas craft

Supplies used:

other supplies: foam brushes, craft mat, box to spray in

resin projects for ETI and Ann Butler

stamping and painting the embellishments

Stamp and paint all porous surfaces and embellishements. For the front frame (red), dry brush black ink over the embossed parts and then highlight with some metallic rub, like Rub n Buff.  Let everything dry and then spray all those surfaces, including the front and back frames, with Resin Spray. This is not only an excellent sealer, but it adds a high gloss to the object.

What I love about spraying resin is it really makes colors POP and can give a beautiful richness to paper products. As you can see the red frame on the front looks like it is lacquer and instantly transforms from ‘just a piece of paper’ to a stronger looking frame.

Make sure you spray your resin into a box to contain the overspray. Follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions when using the spray.

Once everythiresin projects for ETI   Ann Butler Roberta Birnbaum upcycled Christmas craftng is dry ( it shouldn’t take long) you can glue all your objects in place in the individual squares.

Using the Zip Dry™ attach one frame to the front and one to the back.

Your shadow box can now be hung up or displayed on a shelf.

Happy Holidays!

Signature - Roberta

Roberta Ann Butler design team


Faux Quilted Bangles

Happy Holidays everyone! Its Vishu here today popping in to share this quick recycled bangle.


I really enjoyed working on this project and can’t wait to wear these bangles this holiday season. I think they make for a great gift too.

Products Used

Ann Butler Design’s 1″ leaves all over by Unity Stamps

Ann Butler Design’s Crafter’s Ink by Clearsnap: Berry

White Cardstock

Colorbox Glitter

1/4″ wide double sided glue tape


I brought some bowls from Ikea and had these cardboard rings between two bowls. Since the rings were narrower I glued two rings together.

Then I stamped the image using crafter’s ink in berry.


I then cut out the image in the width I need


I stuck these pieces to the cardboard bangle


I then colored the edges with crafter’s berry ink color. Finally I stuck the double sided tape to the edges and poured the glitter.


Hope you enjoyed this project and thanks for stopping by………….




Crafters Ink and Faux Quilting Stamps: Colorful Stamped Flower Brooches

Unity Stamps Ann Butler Colorful Stamped Flower Brooches by Carmen Flores Tanis

Hi everyone, it’s Carmen here today to show you a cute way to dress up a jacket pocket. These brooches are made from die cut flower shapes decorated with colorful Ann Butler inks and stamps and then stacked with buttons and wire. I used a button in between each layer to give the brooches extra dimensionality. A short length of wire holds everything together so you don’t have to worry about glues and cleanup. This is a great kids project – I’ve taught groups of children as young as three years old and all have loved stamping and threading the pieces together onto the wire. Although it is cold and wintery out right now, these fresh colors will have put you in a Springtime mood!

Here’s how:


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

Ann Butler Crafter’s Ink by Clearsnap: Berry, Tangelo, Aquamarine, Lilac, Limelight

Tulip® Fabric Markers™ Fine Writer Tip Pack 

Sizzix Little Sizzles – 6″ x 13″ Mat Board Pack

Assorted Buttons

Pin backs


Acrylic stamping blocks, wire cutters / jewelry pliers, silver floral wire, long reach heavy duty hole punch, Sizzix die cutter & flower dies, knitting needle or skewer


Unity Stamps Ann Butler Colorful Stamped Flower Brooches by Carmen Flores Tanis

1. Die cut flower shapes from the mat board and then stamp with the Ann Butler inks and stamps. Punch a hole into the center of each die cut shape if the shape does not have a hole already.

Unity Stamps Ann Butler Colorful Stamped Flower Brooches by Carmen Flores Tanis

2. Outline the stamped shapes with the markers. Cut a 5″ length of wire with the wire cutters. Fold the wire in half and thread the ends through the holes in the back of a pin back. Thread one button onto the wire ends. Stack three flower shapes onto the wire with a button in between each layer. Top with two stacked buttons. Twist the wires together close against the top buttons to keep everything together.

Unity Stamps Ann Butler Colorful Stamped Flower Brooches by Carmen Flores Tanis

3. Hide the sharp ends of the wire by twisting the ends  into a tiny loop with the jewelry pliers. Hold the knitting needle or skewer against the top button and twist one wire around the needle to make a loose coil. Slide the needle out of the coil and repeat with the second wire end.

Unity Stamps Ann Butler Colorful Stamped Flower Brooches by Carmen Flores Tanis

That’s it! These are so much fun to make that before you know it you will have an entire bouquet of flower brooches on your craft table ready to hand out as sweet little gifts. Until next time!




Stencilled Trio

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today using Ann Butler’s new inks and stencils.  If you play around a bit you’ll find lots of ways to use the inked stencil in assorted ways.


Using the new Stars Art Screen, I placed it on the canvas bag then inked it with Evergreen and Canyon Crafter’s Ink using an art dauber.


Hating to waste the left over ink on the stencil, I placed a sheet of white cardstock on top and rolled over it with the ColorBox Art Wheel.  I got the negative image on the left as my second generation inking.  There was still ink on the stencil so I placed a baby wipe on top of the stencil to pick up the remaining ink.  I placed the baby wipe on a piece of white cardstock and gently rubbed to remove the color – the image on the right is the third generation inking.


The second generation inking was used to create this card.  You can still see the pattern, and it appears larger because it is the negative image.  The other elements on the card are Clearsnap’s Design Adhesives and Designer Foils.


This card uses the third generation inking with the baby wipe.  The pattern is less visible, and appears almost water colored.  It’s the perfect backdrop for a die cut Christmas tree.


So next time you have ink remaining on your stencils, play around with it and see what else you can create.

Thanks for stopping by today.


My blog.


Create and Inspire: with Ann Butler’s products

 Hello my dear crafty friends! This is my new project made for Ann Butler’s blog  and this time I made a fancy, stamped into clay card using Ann’s stamps and inks and Makin’s clay and tools.


Supply list:

Cardstock:  Black -American Crafts

Crackle clear paint- Ranger

Stickers: Paper House Productions

Dies: Cardmaker nesting dies- Cherry Lynn Designs

Clay: Makin’s White air dry clay

Tools: Makin’s round cutters

Glue: Becon Zip Dry


How to make this card:

1. Make a basic card with black cardstock. 

Cut a frame from thin chipboard. Cover it with clear crackle paint and let it dry. Apply brown ink over the crackle frame.

2. Stamp a few different stamp patterns into white air dry clay and cut circles of stamped patterns with different cutter sizes. Let the clay dry. Ink the dry stamped clay circles with 6 colors of inks and let it dry. You can help it a bit with your heat gun, but the air dry results are the best.

3. Arrange the mix of dry clay circles over your black base and glue them with good permanent glue. Becon Zip Dry glue is a perfect one for this matter.  Add a few drops from the same colors of inks re-inkers and let it dry.

4. Glue the frame over your “art piece” and adhere the frame and the sentiment stickers as shown.


Hope that you liked my project and that you got some ” out of the box ” inspiration.



Faux Quilt Stamp Christmas Card

Good morning friends. How is everyone today? Hopefully everyone had a Blessed Thanksgiving! So I am here today to show you a quick and easy Christmas card you can make.
First off I took 2 stamps from Ann Butler 1″ Rail Fence Set A. I am using the stripe and diamond shape. I stamped the stripe straight across with red ink and the diamond shape in the middle a few times with green ink.
to finish it off I added some Christmas twine and a pretty red button. Of course a Merry Christmas sentiment is fitting for the middle of the card.



This card took me all of about 15 minutes from picking out stamps to adding the button to the twine. So for those of you who think you can not make cute Christmas cards because it takes to long, this one is for you. You could even start a some what assembly line. Stamp all your red then all your green. Adhere them together then add your twine or even some cute Christmas ribbon. And you are done.
Let us see your cards when your done. Send them to me at and I will post them to our Social Media pages. Who knows you may even see them on our blog this month. :)
Have a wonderful week everyone.



Hanging Christmas with VELCRO® Brand

I just wanted to give a quick shout out to VELCRO® Brand as I do love their products and the many versatile uses I have discovered over the years for VELCRO® Brand products….

I recently re-painted our living room and have not yet put any of our pictures back up on the wall…so while getting out our Christmas items I knew that I did not want to put any nails into the walls.  Thus VELCRO® Brand Removable Picture Hangers was the perfect solution….

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Inside the package that I have were 4 sets, I placed hook pieces (with the arrows going up) onto the back side of my wall hanging securely.

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Then I securely placed the wall side pieces onto the wall where the wall hanging was going to be placed, being sure to space them out evening with the hook pieces on my wall hanging.

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Then I was able to easily hang the wall hanging in place….after the holidays I will be able to remove the VELCRO® Brand Picture Hangers will easily off my wall.

There you have it…Hanging Christmas…Quick and Easy!