Stamped and Painted: White Rabbit and Mad Hatter Oven Mitts


Hi Everyone! It’s Carmen today. Well, one of my favorite books in the world is “Alice in Wonderland” with the famous original drawings by Sir John Tenniel. All the artwork is delightful but I especially love the images of the White Rabbit blowing a horn and the Mad Hatter jumping out of his shoes. I had a pair of long black oven mitts that I thought would be fun to decorate with some Alice in Wonderland artwork. So I downloaded my images, printed them onto smooth Roc-lon fabric and then added color with Ann Butler inks and stamps. Did you know that if you add a little bit of water to Ann Butler Crafters’ Inks that you can paint with them like watercolors? You can and you will love it! Here’s what I did:


Ann Butler’s ColorBox® Background Basics Stamps by Clearsnap – 3″ Picnic 1

Ann Butler Crafter’s® Ink by Clearsnap: Canyon, Ocean Breeze, Sunshine, Limelight, Tangelo

Plain extra-long black oven mitts

Roc-lon® Multi-Purpose Cloth™ – 8″x 11″ piece

Red embroidery floss

Alice in Wonderland images – download from internet


Sewing needle, pins, scissors, paintbrush, clothes iron, paper towels, laser printer/computer


1. Print your selected images onto the piece of Roc-lon fabric using the laser printer. (I found my images online and downloaded them to my computer.)

2. To make a nice ink paint, use your paintbrush to mix a little Ann Butler ink with a few drops of water in the stamp pad lid. Paint the artwork with the various colored inks. You’ll find that the inks get brighter if you let the fabric dry a little and then add more coats.


3. Stamp two squares on the lower half of the fabric sheet using the 3″Picnic stamp and the red Canyon ink pad.


4. Heat set the ink by placing a paper towel on the painted fabric and pressing with the iron for 30 seconds.

5. Cut the painted images out. Cut the stamped fabric into two hearts.


6. Pin one heart and one painted image to each mitt and stitch in place with embroidery floss.

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this project and that it inspires you to try making your own special pair of oven mitts! Enjoy!

Carmen Flores Tanis

Create Art Panel

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today with a canvas panel using Ann Butler’s Iridescents from Earth Safe Finishes.  This fabulous product comes in some amazing colors and I used Aquamarine, Limelight, Sheer Copper, and Berry.

I placed a large flourish sticker on a canvas panel to use as a  mask.


I used a foam brush to add assorted colors of Iridescents across the panel, gently mixing the colors where they met.  The Iridescents stay wet for an extended period so you have time to more the colors around the panel.


Spritz some water on the panel.


Using a paper towel, gently pat the panel until some of the Iridescents are removed.  Gently remove the sticker.


Punch circles and ink the edges with assorted Iridescents.  Spell out create art with stickers and add to the canvas panel with foam adhesives for dimension.




I hope you try some Iridescents, you will love them.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Wish upon a Star with Ann Butler’s new art screen and inks

Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my new post made for Ann Butler’s blog.

This is a Mixed Media  project I made. I hand cut a big star and filled it with Mixed Media and Ann Butler’s Designs productsIt can be a wall ornament, a Christmas ornament or
maybe just a tag to add to a big present or just a small  ” Wish you ” kind of a card.


First I covered the hand cut star with a mix of Ann Butler’s inks:

Ocean Breeze, Blueberry and Aquamarine and mixed them with a bit of water spray.

When it was dry I added texture paste stars using new Stars art screen and let it dry.

In the meantime I die cut this fancy star from a regular cardstock using Die Versions die, covered it with Ocean Breeze ink and then heat embossed with Clearsnap clear embossing powder.

Then I added a bit of Sunshine ink over the stars and sprinkled them with Clearsnap clear glitter. Then  I added a couple of Ann’s new Earth Safe Finishes pigments over the whole piece.

star 1

The chipboard stars were heat embossed with Gold embossing powder and all stars were glued over the piece. I made the sentiment with old tiny letter stickers and added a few big rhinestone over my shiny star.

star 2

Enjoy your inky journey !


There’s always a Rainbow

Hi everyone! Paula here with today’s project. I think many can relate to this statement, but “I am SO ready for spring!!” Living in the midwest, there’s quite a bit of white this time of year. I need some color. Today’s card is a bit of a bright rainbow, and a very simple one at that.


I started by putting a small amount of adhesive on the back of my card to secure it in place. I then placed the Colorbox Art Screen over my cardstock, and also taped that down to secure it.


Now the fun part–I started with each ink color, and sponging each color individually across the artscreen. Holding a piece of scrap paper over the art screen holes that I “am not” using, I sponged the color I wanted in the openings.

Before I removed the tape, I heat set it. Once removing the tape, the second photo is what it looked like. I then took the sponges for each color and blended across each diagonal, adding a little color to the edge as well.


Using a sentiment stamp, I sponged differing colors across it, in the same order that I used on the background. By the time I finished putting each color on the stamp, they are not as “wet” as when they were first inked. I huffed on it, then stamped onto a smaller piece of white cardstock. This will make the ink moist enough to have vivid colors. I then added embossing powder, and heat set that. I sponged each of the colors around the edge of this card, and double matted it with two coordinating colors. Mount to the background and that’s it!


final card

I said it was simple! Hope you enjoy. Have a great day!





Art Screen ATC

Hello Crafters!

Zoey’s here today! Who said that to create some nice artwork you need tons and tons of supplies?
Well, definitely not me! LOL!
I love working with few products and using them in different ways to achieve something “big”!

For today’s project, we will be creating together an ATC based on a song I listened to this morning “Counting Stars” by One Republic. I almost always find inspiration for my projects by songs I have listened on the radio on the way to go to work…

Products I used are:

ColorBox Crafter’s by Ann Butler ( Blueberry, Evergreen )

ColorBox Art Screens by Ann Butler ( Stars )

ColorBox Background Basics by Ann Butler ( Basket 2 )


I cut my white card stock into an ATC size card. To create the background I simply smudged the first ink pad ColorBox Crafter’s by Ann Butler Blueberry over the acrylic block. I added few sprays of water and let it sit for a couple of seconds — then I put my ATC size card over the small puddle and I moved it around making sure the whole surface was covered with color and I heat set it.
Since there were few drops of color still, I decided to keep adding texture by lightly punching the background to the acrylic block.
I repeated the same process for the other ink pad , ColorBox Crafter’s by Ann Butler Evergreen but this time I used less color since I wanted to cover a small amount of the background. Again I heat set it.



When the background was completely dry, I added the stamping part. Using the same ColorBox Crafter’s by Ann Butler Blueberry ink pad and ColorBox Background Basics by Ann Butler Basket 2 stamp I stamped the image on the top corner of the ATC card.
As you might notice, my stamped image does not have crisp borders, this was achieved by removing a bit of ink colors with a piece of clothing before stamping. I love the irregular stamp on my backgrounds!


Next I added more texture by adding modeling paste through ColorBox Art Screens by Ann Butler Stars.
I heat set the modeling paste trying to achieve a “puffy” effect by leaving the heat tool over the modeling paste for few seconds. This will make the stars pop up even more!


After that all was left to do was adding more shapes and texture. I added few strips of old book page i had laying around my desk, a die cut and few strings of cotton thread.
From another piece of old book page I cut out a star shape and I used the ColorBox Crafter’s by Ann Butler Blueberry ink pad to add some color to it. (I used the ink pad as watercolor)
Since the star was “blending” too much into my background I decided to also add few scribble around the sides of the star,  I did the same thing by framing my whole background.

And the ATC is done! Here’s few photo of the completed project!

Mixed-Media-ATC-4_Zoey_Ann-Butler Mixed-Media-ATC-5_Zoey_Ann-Butler Mixed-Media-ATC-6_Zoey_Ann-Butler


As you can see, you don’t often need tons of products….just the simple basic ones by Ann Butler.

I hope you had fun and got inspired , as always for any question or suggestion leave a comment!
Stay happy, stay creative…till next time!
Ciao, Zoey

Watercolored Background Basics

Hello it’s Graciellie and today I want to share a very cool technique with you. It’s an easy technique to give your stamped Background Basics patterns a watercolored look. Ann’s Crafter’s Inks are perfect for this technique because of their special formulation. I have a very easy to follow tutorial below so you can try this technique too!

1. Use sponge daubers to apply different colors of Ann’s Crafter’s Inks to a section of the stamp. I used the new Background Basic Checks 1 stamp that has different rows of squares which worked great with this technique.

Watercolored Background Basics 1 - Graciellie

2. Spray a moderate amount of water using a spritzer to wet the ink on the stamp.

Watercolored Background Basics - Graciellie

3. Stamp on white cardstock. A white background is ideal to allow the colors to stand out, but you can try stamping on any cardstock color you wish for a different effect.

Watercolored Background Basics - Graciellie

4. Allow to dry and use on any desired paper crafting project.

Watercolored Background Basics - Graciellie

I used this technique to stamp two kinds of textured cardstocks, linen and leather textured. The texture shows through the stamping adding a very nice effect to the watercoloring look. When you do watercolor stamping you’ll notice some cardstocks absorb better than others. The more the cardstocks absorb the moisture of the stamp the better the colors will blend. Just so you know I didn’t even have to use watercolor cardstock to stamp… That’s how well Ann’s stamps and inks work with a bit of water!

I made a birthday and a friendship card with the resulting stamped pieces. I wanted them to have clean designs to let the background stand out! Can you imagine all the possibilities with this technique? I hope you are inspired to try it out. All supplies used are linked below!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Make sure you visit us again soon for another fun tutorial!

- Gracie


Faux Quilted Pinecone Tutorial


Winter is a great time to decorate with pinecones and I thought that the Picnic Stamp from the Faux Quilting Doily Picnic Unity Stamp set would make a great pattern.  After a few mishaps, I finally figured out how to make the paper pinecone look almost real!  I LOVE it when a crafty plan comes together!

Here’s how I made it!


Ann Butler Designs 1″ Doily Picnic Stamp set from Unity Stamp Company

ColorBox Crafter’s® by Ann Butler in Bark

Kraft Cardstock (2), Foam Egg, Low Temp Glue Gun and Glue Sticks, 1″ Circle Punch, Acrylic Stamp Block and pine branches..

NOTE:  I show straight pins in my materials shot below, but when I starting attaching the circles to the foam egg, they did not hold, so I switched to a low temp glue gun.  The low temp is important, so as not to melt the foam egg.



1.) Stamp the entire surface of two sheets of kraft cardstock with Picnic Stamp and Bark Ink.

2.) Punch out 1″ circles from both sheets of cardstock.

3.) Starting at tip of foam egg, attach first circle.


4.) Attach circles in a spiral pattern, overlapping approximately 1/3 over the previous layer and adjacent circles.  Make sure as you approach the end of the pinecone that the bottom edge of the circles are glued down completely.  You might have to fold and bend them to make them fit.


5.) Glue one small pine branch to end of pinecone, then attach one last circle over the pine branch.  Embellish with a few more pine branches as an accent.


Make several to fill a decorative bowl or lay out in a grouping with more pine branches to create a wintery centerpiece!

Thanks for stopping by! -Beth


Summer Iridescent Frame

Hey crafty friends, Einat Kessler here with a little inspiration!

This project started in a different direction completely! I wanted to alter an old frame I had with Ann Butler’s iridescents. I started painting it and my mind started wondering to tropical beaches and summer breeze…

Einat Kessler marine frame Ann Butler

I started with painting the cover with three coats of the beautiful blue color. Being impatient I dried it with a heat tool and noticed the paint is bubbling with a really fun texture!

Einat Kessler aqua marine frame Ann Butler

Einat Kessler summer marine frame Ann Butler

Then I wanted to add some more texture with Ann Butler Art Screens and I used the wave pattern. I mixed a little modeling paste with the blue iridescent paint and stenciled it on the frame. That was the exact moment I decided to continue with a beach theme because those waves looked like sea weed in the water :)

Einat Kessler marine frame with stencils Ann Butler Einat Kessler blue marine frame Ann Butler

Then I added a little more color with Ann Butler’s Crafter’s Inks to create more depth. Finally I added little starfish with the Stars stencils and some orange ink. I finished the frame with some seashells stickers and a title.


Now all I need to do is wait for summer…

Have fun creating!


EinatK (3)

Ann Butler Mixed Media Piece

Hello and hope that you enjoy my mixed media piece today.  I just love putting different components together and seeing what happens!  I am embarrassed to say I have had the paper doll stamp for YEARS and it had never seen ink!  Thank you once again Lisa Fulmer for encouraging people to Craft Your Stash!   So first a peek at the finished piece.IMG_5568

Materials Used:

Ann Butler Designs Stamps, Ann Butler Crafter’s Ink, Smoothfoam, Connie Crystal, Advantus Embellishments, Spellbiners Die, Golden Paints, Tombow Mono Multi Glue

Now lets see the steps!  I stamped several  times with this fun Ann Butler Stamp from Clearsnap.  I used the new Crafter’s Ink from Ann Butler as well.  IMG_5544IMG_5546


I used the Spellbinder Die to cut the shape to back the Connie Crystal.


I attached the stamped images to the back of the crystal with Diamond Glaze by Judikins.


I stamped a bunch of pieces to see what I liked.


I then got out my Smoothfoam.  This makes a nice light weight substrate.  Very easy to paint and stamp on the surface.  I could also push pins and wire into the Smoothfoam.


Part of what inspired this was a tag a friend of mine sent me.  Lea Daugherty sent me this and the rest of the piece further explains the beauty of the tag.  We all are beautiful…What a lovely tag!


So the pretty stamped doll is wearing a princess crown!  I love the Ann Butler stamps and how they worked on this piece.  I love the different designs for the arms/legs/body!  The Ink colors are beautiful and rich and work perfect for the look I was trying to achieve!IMG_5560

Love the way the crystals look hanging from the bottom of the piece!


How fun and empowered!


A Closer look at the finishing touches.IMG_5563

Check out the additional background stamping with Ann Butler Designs!IMG_5564

A final look at the entire piece!  IMG_5568

Thanks for taking a peek at my project.  Hope you are inspired to make something beautiful!KristiP

Faux Quilted Marble Coaster

By now you all must know that I love using my stamp lines to do Faux Quilting….on almost any surface: Fabric, Paper, Wood, Canvases, etc…  Today I am going to show you how easy it is to make a

Ann Butler Designs Faux Quilt Caoster

Faux Quilted Marble Coaster!

To get started you will need:

Ann Butler Designs Faux Quilted Coaster Stamp

Stamp with color of choice starting in a corner.

Ann Butler Designs Faux Quilted coaster sprinkle embossing powder

Sprinkle on embossing powder.

Ann Butler Designs Faux Quilted coaster heat set

Heat set.  Then continue until the entire tile is covered.

Ann Butler Designs Faux Quilted Coaster add stitching

Add stitching lines with Sharpie.

Ann Butler Designs Faux Quilt Caoster

That’s it…quick and easy!