Coffee anyone?

Good Monday morning everyone! Larissa here with a cute little altered mini coffee cup.
These are the absolute cutest cups ever! I decided to make a little party favor out of it.

First off I cut pieces of pattern paper.

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Then I attached it around the mini coffee cup with Tombow Mono Multi adhesive.

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I then punched a tag out of Black cardstock. Then using my favorite
Ann Butler Designs Crafters Ink color “Berry”, I stamped the letter “L”
on a piece of white cardstock and cut it out.

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I attached it to the black tag again using Tombow Mono Multi adhesive.

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I then used small dimensional pop ups on the back of the tag.

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I attached it to the outside of the cup.

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I was wondering what to put in the cup. I thought maybe
chocolate covered coffee beans or something similar.
Then it came to me. It was the perfect size!

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Hope you enjoyed today’s post. For more of my creations
check out my blog www.muffinsandlace.com.

Have a wonderful day!

Design Team Larissa DT Lead

Mystery Boxes Filled with Crafty Goodness

I have been cleaning out the studio again and  have a dozen Mystery Boxes filled with Crafty Goodness ready to be shipped to new homes!  Each of these boxes contain an assortment of new and/or older items and/or gently/slightly used scrapbook and rubber stamping supplies along with so many other goodies.   I have several items that have been used in workshops so there may be a page or so missing from paper packs, some of the stamps may have been stamped, embossing powder or glitter may have been opened and used slightly, original packaging might be gone from some things but everything is in very good usable condition and waiting to be used.  Every box will have a minimum retail value of $100, possibly more and each box will include something hand made by me:)

 These do come from a smoke-free home!

The boxes are AS IS.  NO REFUNDS.  NO RETURNS.   

Shipping will be in a Medium Flat Rate box.

Sorry but this time I am shipping only within the US.

Unless those outside of the US want to pay the additional shipping charges.

First come, First Serve.  

Boxes are ready to go and will be shipped with 48 hours of payment.

Crafty Goodness Mystery Boxes are $30 + 12.00 shipping




Design Team Call

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Ann Butler Designs is having a Design Team call. We have a few spots open.

Here is a little info about the lines that are currently available:

First to launch was the Faux Quilting Stamp Line with Unity Stamp Company in Red Rubber.

Second came the EZ-De’s (Easy Design Elements) with KellyCraft Innovations. This is a Clear Stamp Line that works perfectly with the Unity Stamp Line. This was created for those who prefer clear stamps over red rubber.

Third is an ink line with Clearsnap which works on Fabric, Paper, Wood and more!

Fourth is a line of paints that shimmer and shine called Iridescents with Earth Safe Finishes which work well on paper, wood, mat board, fabric, tin, and more!

 

*********Now for the details:**********

What We Expect From Our Design Team:

·        Provide at least one blog post per month posted on the Ann Butler Designs blog using Ann Butler Designs products, complete with photos (optional video), easy to follow project instructions, and links to products.

·        One blog post per month on your own blog using Ann Butler Designs products with links to products used.

·        Add the link to Ann Butler Designs blog and website on your blog during your term.

·        Add an Ann Butler Designs Design Team Logo to your blog for the duration of your term.

·        Participate and help promote all activities presented by Ann Butler Designs, including blog hops and challenges.

·        Promote your fellow Design Team Members projects that use Ann Butler Designs products.

·        Post your projects on our Ann Butler Designs Group Pinterest board.

·        Join our private Facebook Group where we will share information, ideas, etc. with our Design Team.

·        Design Team term will be 1 year, beginning October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.

What you can expect from Ann Butler Designs:

·         Ann Butler Designs products to design with along with products from partnering companies.

·         Endorsement fees may be available for DT members who have designs published.

·         Link to your blog on the Ann Butler Designs blog along with

social media coverage for your posted projects.

·  Compensation will be discussed  with those selected for the team.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying for our Design Team please email Larissa at: larissa@annbutlerdesigns.com. Include the following information (please copy and paste the information into your email).

·        Send us three clear photos of your favorite project designs that you feel will best represent your style; these do not have to showcase Ann Butler Designs products; they can include any products.

·        Your name, address, phone number and email address.

·        Links to your blog and any other social media sites- Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.

·        A short bio of yourself- Have you been published? What other design teams are you currently on or have been on? Do you teach any classes?  Please note: these are not a requirement to be on the team.

·        Tell us your preferred area of design: cards, scrapbooking, mixed media, fabric arts, etc?

·        Why do you want to be part of the Ann Butler Designs Design Team?

Deadline to Apply: August 25, 2014 at Midnight CST

We will review all applicants’ information after the deadline and the new Design Team will be notified on or about September 1, 2014; a full list of benefits will be provided at the time.  Announcement of the Design Team will be made October 1, 2014.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Larissa at Larissa@annbutlerdesigns.com.

Sincerely,

Ann Butler

and

Larissa Pittman

Design Team Lead Coordinator

Ann Butler Designs

Welcome to my New Design Team Leads…..

This last year has been an exciting time  for Ann Butler Designs.  There were new products lines launched and I made the decision to put out a call for a Design Team last December.  Putting out the call was a huge decision, one for which I am grateful to have made as I had an amazing team of Design Stars!  I know that I could not have asked for a better team. I was blessed and honored to have each one part of the team. Their creativity and vision for my stamp line has been amazing.

I have a couple announcements to make regarding the team….first

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I want to thank Lisa Rojas for being my Design Team Lead, she has been my biggest cheerleader since we first met and became fast friends oh so many years ago. I know she will always be here to cheer me on but for now she is stepping down from that position as commitments with our company Bella Crafts Publishing is keeping her busy and I do not want the added pressure of the team to wear on her health….so I would like to announce

Design Team Larissa DT Leadthat Larissa Pittman has accepted the position as my new Design Team Coordinator.   Larissa was and is one of my Design Stars.  She lives in Texas Hill Country with her husband and their 2 furbabies!  She also has a 23 year old daughter.  Larissa has been rubber stamping for over 10 years and claims to have a rubber stamp addiction as well as a paper addiction….so she is a perfect fit!  Larissa also loves to cook, bake, decorate and spend time with her family.  I am honored to welcome her as the new Coordinator of my Design Stars.  I am excited to see what she has in store for the team!

I would also like to announce that…

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Kristi Parker has accepted the position of Blog Hop Coordinator.  Kristi also was and is one of my Design stars!  She  lives in Missouri and has been involved in the paper crafting industry for over 35 years being introduced to rubber stamping at the age of 12.  She has taught classes at stores, special events and trade shows.   Kristi is a published designer and has worked closely with many manufacturer’s in the creative industry.  She loved creating cards, altered art, home decor, mixed media, jewelry and scrapbooking.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends.  Krisit’s pride and joy are her 2 sons and they are just one of the reasons she creates!  Her motto in life is: Be with those who help your being!  I am excited to have Kristi coordinating blog hops and cross promotions with my products throughout the year!

I had a team of 12 Design Stars who came on for a 6 month term and I am excited that 9 of them are remaining on team….along with Larissa and Kristi I am happy to say that

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Beth Watson

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Paula DeReamer

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Roberta Birnbaum

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Steph Ackerman

and

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Vishu Reberholt

are all remaining on the team!

I would like to thank Ava Gavloski, Connie Hall and Nicole Picadura for being part of the team and I wish them well with their future projects!

Stay tuned for an exciting announcement this Wednesday…..

Crafters Ink and Faux Quilting Stamps: Yard of Stamps Stamped Yardstick

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Hi everyone! This is Carmen and today I wanted to share with you a super easy stamped project that is so fun to make – a stamped yard stick! When I was at the craft store a few weeks ago I found this plain wood yardstick in the sewing notions section and thought that it was missing a little pizazz and in my head “pizazz equals Ann Butler’s stamps”! Those one inch increments are perfect for the 1″ Faux Quilting stamps. It was a blast using all the different colors and stamps starting at number one and stamping all the way down the yardstick to number 36. I felt so victorious crossing that finish line!

Here’s how:

Materials and Supplies:

Ann Butler’s Faux Quilting Stamps by Unity Stamp Company - 1″ Diamonds and Plaid, 1″ Stripes/Dots/Hearts, 1″ Doily Picnic, 1″ Leaves All Over

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

Plain wood yardstick

Acrylic stamp blocks

Heat embossing tool

Instructions:

1. Use a different stamp and color on each inch of the yardstick. You might have to stamp each design several times to build up the color if yardstick is particularly porous.

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2. Heat set the inks when you’re done with the heat embossing tool.

That’s it! How easy is that? I keep my pretty new yardstick handy  by leaning it against my desk but you can also tape it to the edge of a table and use it to measure fabric. Another cute idea is to use pieces of Velcro to attach it to a wall and use it as a growth chart for kids! Hang it one or two feet above the ground so you can continue to use it when the kids get big. Enjoy!

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 Ann Butler Designs and Cool2Cast

I am still LOVING the COOL2CAST! (Available at Michael’s)  I did a more simple project for the hop as I had not played with this fun product enough.  Now I am not only addicted to Ann Buttler Stamps, but also COOL2CAST!  Thanks so much Ann and Tiffany! So lets get started.

I bought a candy mold at a craft store.  It is for an actual candy bar so it will break apart easy when I am done.

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I started with the clear stamps.  I used these as they are a bit thinner and I could lay them in the candy mold and not make it too deep.

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This is the clear stamps placed in the bottom of the mold with the design side up.

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Pour the COOL2CAST and let dry an hour.  YES, ONLY ONE HOUR! They then pop out and finish drying completely.

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This is how they come out of the mold.  The stamps are still incased in the COOL2CAST.

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All the stamps have been pulled out of the molds.  The clear stamps work GREAT for this as they have some give to them and stretch without harming the image.  Also you can now see all the rough edges so now it is time to clean up the dry tiles.

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I used just a craft knife and a sanding Block.

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Now I added the color.  On this project I did use some brighter colors of refill inks!

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I wanted to add some shine so added some Crystal Lacquer.

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After the centers were dry I brushed more of the Crystal Lacquer onto the top and sides and let them dry completely.

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Now I get to the pretty part!  I used a burlap canvas, some ribbon, designer dries clear fabric glue, ribbon and my finished tiles.

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I added the cool fabric/ribbon. 

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 A close up of some of the textures.

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One of the words up close!

 

 

 

 

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This is the completed project!  It is ready to hang on a wall or place on a small easel.  I really like the textures and color.  A fun and easy project thanks to Ann & Tiffany!

Happy Creating!

Kristi

Deaign Team

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Hanging at the Beach

Hi everyone, Steph here today dreaming of beach days.  With the weather being so hot, it’s nice to sit and enjoy some of those hot days at the beach.

I picked up these little wood Adirondack chairs some time ago knowing I’d be able to do something with them.  I began by painting Sunshine Crafter’s Ink on the chairs, then added in touches of Stone Crafter’s Ink  to “age” the chairs somewhat.  I simply inked up a craft mat, spritzed the ink with water, picked up a paint brush and painted the chairs.

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The faux “blanket” is a actually a paper doily that was painted with Berry, Limelight and Tangelo  Cratfer’s Inks. The inks stiffened the doily so I could fold it about my chair without tearing.    Each chair has a chair pad cut from canvas and stamped with Unity’s 2″ Diamonds and Plaid Stamp set with Turquoise Crafters Ink.

 

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Every beach chair needs an umbrella, doesn’t it?.  I die cut one and painted it with Tangelo and Sunshine Crafters Ink.  Once dry, I stamped it with Unity’s  2″ Stripes, Dots and Hearts stamp set, then added some Robin’s Nest Dew Drops around the edges to finish it.

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I am so ready for the beach now.  How about you?

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Thanks for stopping by today.

Steph

 

Happy Birthday Distressed Card using EZ-De’s stamps by Ann Butler

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Hi all! Paula here with a card for today.

  • Start with the basics (ivory, black, gold cardstock and newsprint patterned paper). This card would be great to use old scraps and even old newspaper print.

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  • Use EZ-DE’s 1″ Rail Fence Stamp Set, stamp in black on 4 ½ x 5 ½ “ piece of white or ivory paper.
  • I used espresso ink to sponge over entire top of image. I even put ink pad directly on some areas to make it a bit darker and to add a little dimension.  Immediately after inking, I used a sponge to “smear” the ink.
  • Using the newpaper print, stamp in either espresso or black randomly. I used the Unity Stamps 2” Doily Picnic Faux Quilting set by Ann Butler. Sponge this again. We are not going for a crisp clean look – we want more grunge.

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  • I then cut both of these stamped images in various size strips and shapes, one being a 2” circle.
  • Ink edges of each piece that was cut out.
  • I used a 4×5 ¼” gold base adhered to the ivory base. Randomly layer the cut pieces on the ivory cardstock base. I just played around with placement until I liked the way it looked.
  • In my stash, I had some yellow chevron and tan ruffle ribbon from Stampin’ Up. Since the colors were a bit stark for what I was going for, I grabbed my sponge and espresso ink and rubbed it all over. photo (1)    photo
  • Adhere the ribbons. The circle cutout was placed on top of the ribbons.
  • Stamp sentiment of your choice.
  • Last step is to ink around the entire card one last time.
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I hope you’ve enjoyed this grungy birthday card! Have a great day!

Paula

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Ann Butler Designs Faux Quilted Makin’s Clay Bowls

You all know that I have been obsessed enthusiastically creating traditional style faux quilted projects that mimic actual quilt patterns. With this latest project, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and see what I could create with Makin’s Clay.  Ann works and designs for Makin’s and I had the pleasure of demoing for them at the CHA Winter 2014 Show.  This clay is versatile. It is already conditioned right out of the package and since it is air dry, it is very easy to work with AND you don’t need a lot of special tools!  I have another project that I created with the leftover pieces of Clay that I will share on my blog next week, so stay tuned!

Now, on to my project…

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Materials:
Ann Butler Designs Faux Qulited Stamps by Unity – 2″ Stripes.Dots.Hearts. and 1″ Leaves All Over
Ann Butler Designs Crafters Ink by Clearsnap – Lilac and Limelight
Makin’s Clay – White Air Dry Clay and Tools – roller and cutters set
Non-stick craft sheet, assorted bowls, plastic wrap, acrylic stamp block,
plastic zipper bag, damp paper towel.

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Instructions:
1. Roll out white clay to about 1/8″ thick on craft sheet using the roller tool.  turn craft sheet as you roll, so your clay is as round as possible.
2. Place bowl upside down on Clay and cut around rim with straight cutter tool.  NOTE: place excess clay in plastic zipper bag with damp paper towel, so that it does not dry out.

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3.  Flip circle over and smooth any rough edges with your finger.  Place 2″ Dots. stamp on block,  ink with Lilac and stamp in center of circle.  NOTE: I eyeballed the stamp placement because once curved you won’t notice the alignment. Push firmly, but not too hard or your stamp pattern will be distorted in the clay.  Continue stamping, alternating between Strips and Dots until the circle of Clay is covered.

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4.  Place plastic wrap on bottom of bowl, place stamped Clay circle upside down on the bowl.  Press gently with your hands, so that the clay forms to the shape of the bowl.  Set aside to dry overnight.

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5.  Repeat steps with a different size bowl using the 1″ Vine Stamp from the Doily Picnic set and Limelight Ink.

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6.  Once bowls dry, fill and enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by! – Beth

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