Mixed Media Iridescent Wood Bracelet

Hi crafty friends! Einat Kessler here with my first post for Ann Butler Designs. I’m so excited to be here and share some creativity with you. When I got the box of goodies Ann sent me my eye immediately caught a DIY wood bracelet by DIY Bangles. I love altering stuff and this was just perfect!

Mixed Media Bracelet

I started with coloring the bracelet with the amazing Ann Butler ‘s Iridescent orange color by Earth Safe Finishes.

Mixed Media Bracelet orange

After it was dry I smudged the Ann Butler’s Crafter’s Ink by Clearsnap in the bark color on my craft sheet and diluted it with water. I loaded a brush with the diluted ink and applied it on the bracelet letting it drip all over. I dried it and got beautiful pale brown drippings. I also inked the edges with the same ink.

Mixed Media Bracelet ink drippings

stamp on mixed media bracelet

I added more patterns to the bracelet with Ann Butler Faux Quilting Stamps , I used the 1″ Strips.Dots.Hearts and Leaves all Over. When I stamped the surface of the bracelet I only pressed gently on the stamp so only part of the pattern will be stamped and not all of it.

Mixed Media Bracelet with tissue paper

Then I cut butterflies and music notes from tissue paper and added it to the bracelet with gel medium.


Finally I added a metal wire around the bracelet and some beads. I also added two charms and the word LOVE handwritten on a few spots.

I hope you were inspired to create a mixed media bracelet of your own.

Have fun creating!


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Faux Quilted Card for a friend

Hello everyone!

Zoey’s here — this will be my first post as Ann Butler’s design team member and I think that to say that I am excited it is not even close to how I really feel!!

Here’s what I used to make this card :

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To start with, I cut a piece of white cardstock and I used the Ann Butler’s Iridescents to add some color, then I smudged the Ann Butler’s Crafter’s Inky by Clearsnap in the aquamarine color on my kraft sheet and with a watercolor brush I added it to the background. I did this because I wanted to tone a bit down the amazing Iridescents color in some part of the background. I also added few splashes of color here and there to make the background interesting.

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I grabbed some other Ann Butler’s Crafter’s Inks in the color of Berry and Black and randomly stamped over the background with my favorite stamp set by Ann Butler Faux Quilting Stamps , I used the 1” Leaves all Over.

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To color my roses I used again the Ann Butler’s Iridiscents color. I love how bright the color is!

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All was left to do was to glue everything together, to do this I used Adhesive Technologies, and there you have it! A simple and cute card for a friend!

What do you think about it?

Cardmaking, Zoey

I hope you had fun and got inspired…stay happy stay creative, till next time!

Ciao, Zoey


Crafted Fall Florals on a Faux Quilted Card

Hello. It’s Graciellie posting today. Welcome to my very first post for Ann Butler Designs! I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to create projects as part of Ann’s team, and of course I’m excited about her product lines which are so innovative and versatile!

Today I’ll show you how I made a card for Fall with a subtle faux quilted background and some handmade flowers, colored with Ann’s Crafter’s ink.

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Graciellie - Card - Autumn - Fall - Handmade Flowers - Crafter's Ink - Ann Butler - Unity Stamps - Faux Quilting - Heat embossed background - Color Box Clear Embossing Powder

Main Supplies
Ann Butler Designs 1″ Faux Quilting Stamps by Unity Stamp Company
Ann Butler’s Crafter’s Inks by Clearsnap
Ann Butler’s Iridescents by Earth Safe Finishes
ColorBox® Art Daubers
Crafters Tape Runner
Zip Dry Paper Glue

I have a brief step by step photo tutorial for you. To make my card:

1. I mixed a lot of Ann Butler Designs / Unity 1″ faux quilting stamps, placed them on an acrylic block and stamped twice with Snow Crafter’s Ink on beige cardstock. I heat embossed the images in Clear.

2. I die cut a frame from the faux quilt stamped background and add it to a white card base.


3. I made some flowers from white cardstock and inked them directly with the Crafter’s Ink pads in 3 colors. Next I mixed a bit of Ann Butler’s Iridiscent paint with water & colored the flowers with it.


4. To give the flowers a vintage look a sponged their edges with a bit of Crafter’s Ink in Bark.


5. I stamped a sentiment on a white cardstock label with Crafter’s Ink in Bark and heat embossed it in Clear. Then I aged the label sponging it with a tiny bit of Crafter’s Ink in Sunshine and Bark.


6. Finally I put all the elements together. I arranged the flowers like a bouquet, framing the corner of the card added some die cut leaves, pearls, crystals, ribbon and the stamped label.

Graciellie - Card - Autumn - Fall - Handmade Flowers - Crafter's Ink - Ann Butler - Unity Stamps - Faux Quilting - Heat embossed background - Color Box Clear Embossing Powder

I have to tell you, Ann Butler’s Crafter’s Inks are by far the best pigment inks I’ve tried for my handmade flowers, and what I love the most is that I can control the color intensity, and mix it with other supplies to give the flowers a faux organic look.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my project and tutorial. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a comment here or at my blog.

Thanks for stopping by.


Craft Fail A Book Review

We all love checking out blogs and Pinterest for Awesome projects with beautiful pictures.  Sometimes while creating those awesome projects and capturing those photos designers go through several attempts and may have some “Craft Fails” along the way as my blogger friend Heather Mann (founder of CraftFail.com and DollarStoreCrafts.com) would say.  Heather has compiled some of the funniest craft fails I have ever seen in her new book CRAFTFAIL.

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Her book was sent to me to review so here is a little bit about the book …

CRAFTFAIL (Workman; November 2014) illustrates the hilariously gruesome underbelly of the creative process. Inspired by her own craft experiences, Heather gathered real-life home decor fails, fashion fails, holiday fails, food fails, kid crafting fails, and best of all—EPIC fails (those projects that are so inspiring that they are attempted again and again by members of the crafty tribe to, quite frankly, disastrous results)! Filled with over 100 full-color photographs of the hoped-for outcome and the underwhelming reality (plus captions pointing out what went wrong), these embarrassing and often pathetic crafting attempts are the stuff that gets the “A for Effort” and LOL for outcome.

Here are a couple sneak peeks from the book!

blog 002This one is just too funny….because you see beautiful wonderful glittered shoes and think it will be a piece of cake to create them…well that was not the case here.  I have glittered shoes before and they turned out beautiful.  I think the success for the project truly lies in the right glue…

blog 003The broken glass cookies pictured on the left are simply wonderful then the photo on the right side shows the Craft Fail….have you ever tired making these?  Did they turn out like those on the left or the right?  I have never made them but I think I will have to give it a try this Christmas….

CraftFail is a must read as it will literally have you in stitches and inspire you to try a few of the projects…as you will want to see the results you will get as compared the the one in the book!

Now for the good news CraftFail: When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong is now on shelves and here is where you can buy it!

EZ De’s Graphic Flower Card

Hi everyone.  It’s Dana here.  I’m super excited to bring to you my very first post as a designing star.  I decided to make a clean and simple card using some of my favorite supplies from Ann Butler Designs.  So let’s get started.  Here are the supplies that I used to start working on my project.  I had taken the time to zentangle a flower to add to my project.  I love how relaxing it is to doodle.


Next I stamped a horizontal line across the middle of my cardstock using black ink.  I love this stamp as it looks like a bar code to me. Scan me for happiness.  LOL


I needed to add some vertical lines to add a bit of interest so I reached for the square box background stamp.  This was a perfect stamp to line up on my card. Love that these stamps are clear so it’s easy to match up your lines.


So here is what my card looks like.  Pretty cool right?  I love the strong graphic edge this card has.


To break up the look just a bit I added in a stripe of white with some ribbon.


To finish my card off I added a Zentangle flower I made.  This floral design works perfectly with this stamp set.

EZ De's Flower Card - Dana Joy

Thanks for hanging out with me today.  Have a fabulous weekend.

Dana Joy Photo




Faux Quilted Halloween Treat Containers


Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year!  I love handing out candy and seeing all of the cute costumes that the kids are wearing.  The fun shouldn’t stop just because you’re not a kid anymore, so I have created these cute recycled Halloween Treat Containers from empty powdered drink mix canisters!  Some Faux Quilting with Ann Butler’s Unity Stamps embellished with fibers, tags and stickers creates a simple gift for co-workers and neighbors!

Here’s how I made it…


Ann Butler {Faux Quilting} stamp sets by Unity Stamp Company – 1″ and 2″ Leaves All Over; 1″ and 2″ Doily Picnic; 1″ and 2″ Diamonds & Plaid; 1″ and 2″ Stripes.Hearts.Dots.

Colorbox® Crafter’s Ink by Ann Butler for Clearsnap® – Night and Tangelo

Tombox Xtreme Adhesive

Sewing Pattern, Acrylic Stamp Block, Recycled Container, Tag, Letter Stickers, Halloween Stickers, Black and Orange Fibers, Scissors, Scrap Paper to stamp on.



1.)  Place 2″ square Faux Quilting stamp on acrylic block, ink with Night and stamp on sewing pattern with scrap paper underneath.  Repeat alternating stamps and ink colors until you have created a rectangle 2 squares tall by 5 squares long.

2.)  Place 1″ triangle Faux Quilting stamp on acrylic block, ink with Tangelo and stamp above first square.  Repeat, alternating stamps and ink colors until you have created a border above and below the original rectangular pattern.


3.)  Cut out Faux Quilted pattern, run adhesive on back and attach to container by placing the front center on first, then wrapping the edges around to the back.

4.)  Decorate with fibers, tag, letter and Halloween stickers.

5.)  Fill with candy and give out as gifts!

Thanks for stopping by! -Beth


Halloween Background with Faux Quilting Stamps

Good Monday morning everyone. Larissa here with a Halloween card for you today. I started out with a piece of 110lb white cardstock and stamped Ann Butler Designs Faux Quilting stamps alternating patterns and colors down the right side. I then stamped my image Halloween Greetings onto the left side. I colored the image with my Copic markers. I added a cute little cat to the left side. To finish off the card I used some matching sequins and added the sentiment to the top.

Designed by Muffins and Lace using Ann Butler Designs Faux Quilting Stamps

Thanks for stopping by today. Check back this week for more creations from our fabulous Design Team.

Have a wonderful day.



Mixed Media Thanksgiving Wall Art


Welcome to the blog today! This is Roberta bringing you a great project that involves: stamping, masking, mixed media, misting, and painting with Unity Stamps, EZ-De’s stamps & Clearsnap inks

I chose the theme of ‘Gratitude‘ because it is very appropriate {all the time} but especially this time of year.

Ann Butler Roberta Birnbaum Mixed Media

Sizzix Little Sizzles Mat Board

Ann Butler Roberta Birnbaum Mixed Media

Color Box Ann Butler Crafter’s ink and Embossing Powder


I started with a Sizzix Little Sizzles white board which comes in a package of 6, and they are 6″ x 13″ each! They are a great size for all the Sizzix dies and ScoreBoards, BUT they also make an excellent canvas!I then alternated Ann’s Clearsnap inks in sunshine, aquamarine, tangelo,limelight, lilac,and berry using a Clearsnap Blender working from yellow to blue ( I wanted to mimic earth to sky).

Ann Butler Roberta Birnbaum mixed media

adding shimmer and definition with a stencil

The next layer was created using a fantastic DecoArt Stencil Oopsy Daisy and sprayed it with blue Ranger’s Perfect Pearls Mist spray to create a lovely shimmery second layer.

I was fortunate to be given a new product called ‘lace ups’ from eye connect CRAfTS, and chose this bird cage to work with.

Ann Butler Roberta Birnbaum mixed media

I first used the largest piece of the cage as a stencil to create a painted lighter background inside the cage so my sentiment would show up better and create a shadow-effect.

Ann Butler Roberta Birnbaum Mixed Media

The stamps create a fantastic background and texture!

I stamped and embossed each piece with Ann Butler Clearsnap inks and EZ-De’s faux quilting stamps to create a delicious texture and design.

I decided not to lace the pieces up. Ideally I wanted to bring the strings down in front of the cage to make it look like bars of a cage — which is a great way to use these pieces — but I thought it was a bit distracting.

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I chose, instead, to design with the yellow cord to create movement and even a hanger for the wall art. Using Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry made the job SO easy. This glue dries quickly and is PERFECT for finicky work like this.

Pop dots help add dimension to the cage

Last, but not least, I added my sentiment.

Look at how amazingly VIBRANT Ann’s inks are!   The EZ-De’s faux quilting stamps are so versatile! The quality of the stamp and depth of the cut, accompanied with Ann’s juicy inks result in sensational images.

I hope you like today’s project.

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Monogram Gate with Unity Stamps

 So excited to be sharing an autumn project today.  One of the things I love about Ann Butler Design Stamps, the way they create interesting backdrops!  The patterns are perfect for creating unique looks over other patterns.  I have also recently been inspried to “Craft My Stash” so other than using my new Ann Butler Stamps and making some embellishments with “Cool2Cast”, everything used is from my stash!

My project today is monograms for my fence gate!

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So it is time to get started so here is the stash:

Monograms , Paper Kit, Adhesive, Ann Butler Design Stamps from Unity (2″ Diamonds & Plaid & 2″ Stripes, Dots & Hearts), Crafters Ink, Connie Crystal Bling, Cool2Cast Leaves, Paint, Crackle Paint, Brayer, Dreamweaver Stencil & Paste, Scissors, Pencil!

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So I trace the letters and cut out.  I use adhesive and spread with a foam brush then brayer the paper to make sure it is adhered well.  I want a smooth surface to stamp.  I then stamp the entire letter with the plaid stamp.  Love this stamp!  I used stripes in the oposite direction of the lines in the paper on the “P”  I let it all dry!  I cast the leaves and let dry.  I now go back in and add some crackle paint in different areas and just start layering with paper/stamps/paint.  I add the Crystal Sheet as I love bling!

Some closer looks!

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And here they are again on the fence!

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Hope you enjoyed my project for today!  Happy Fall Y’all!



Faux Quilted Diary with Ann Butler Designs

Hi everyone, Steph here today.  Every gal, both young and old, needs a diary, so why not make one that is very personal.


I started with  a store bought spiral bound book and carefully took off the covers.


Cardstock was cut to fit the front and stamped with Ann Butler’s Crafter’s Ink by Clearsnap in Berry using the 2″ Doily Picnic Stamp – Ann Butler Designs Faux  Quilting Stamps by Unity Stamp Company.


Ann Butler’s Crafter’s Ink by Clearsnap in Aquamarine Ink was used on the inside covers of the book using both the Ann Butler Designs Faux  Quilting Stamps by Unity Stamp Company - 2″ Doily Picnic Stamp and the KellyCraft 1″ Rail Fence Stamp set along the edges.


I put some Ann Butler’s Iridescents by Earth Safe  Finishes in Aquamarine on a craft mat and spritzed it with water to make it more liquid.  Using a paint brush, I painted a canvas dress form.


Once dry, and it didn’t take too long, I stamped the dress from with Berry Ink and Unity’s 2″ Stripes, Dots, Hearts.  The stand was stamped with Unity’s 2″ Stripes, Dots, Hearts and Clearsnap’s Stone Crafter’s Ink.


I frizzed the edges of the dress form a little before adding it to the front of the diary.  Stickers were added to the cover and May Arts ribbons were tied to the spirals.


This was a fun project to create.   What do you think you’ll create today?


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