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…


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.


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.

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.


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.


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


6.  Once bowls dry, fill and enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by! – Beth

Design Team Beth final

Cool2Cast Ann Butler Designs Blog Hop Canvas

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I am excited to be doing this blog hop with my Creative Girlfriend Tiffany Windsor and her fabulous product Cool2Cast.  If you have not yet seen or tried Cool2Cast check out Tiffany’s YouTube Channel, it is filled with projects showcasing this Cool product along with how-to videos for getting perfect results.

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I created this Mixed Media Canvas using the Cool2Cast and my  Faux Quilting Stamps from Unity Stamp Company.

Here’s How:

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I chose to use a heart silicone mold I found in the dollar section of a discount store to create my tiles.  The one inch Faux Quilting Stamps fit into the top part of the hearts perfectly.

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I mixed 2/3 cup of the Cool2Cast with 1/3 cup of water into a ziplock bag for about a minute.  Then I cut a corner from the end of the bag and poured the Cool2Cast over the stamps into the mold.

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I tapped the mold gently to remove a couple air bubbles and left the mold exactly where it was for one hour.

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Then I turned the mold over and popped the pieces out.

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The 4 hearts at the bottom of this picture were done without a stamp and came out perfectly shaped and smooth.  The hearts that you see cracked are also perfect as they have the stamps in them, there is just a thin little layer of Cool2Cast that seeped under the stamp; to prevent this you can add a glue dot on the stamp before placing it into the mold.  All I did was peel that thin layer away because…..

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I knew I was going to be removing part of the heart to get the square shape of the stamps and that thin layer did not affect the cast of the stamp image.  I was able to easily trim the excess heart away with a scissor right after I took them out of the mold to get the shape I wanted.  I set those aside to harden overnight.

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I used an 8″ x 10″ Canvas from Canvas Corp.

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I added tissue paper with some Earth Safe Finishes Gel Medium and let it dry.  Then I painted over it with Ann Butler Designs Iridescents in Limelight and let it dry.

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I used to create the saying I wanted and then I printed it out onto Grafix Arts Vellum.

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I pressed the top and sides of the Cool2Cast Quilt Squares I made into Ann Butler Designs Crafter’s Ink from Clearsnap in Berry then I heat set them with a heat gun.

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After the squares were heat set I added a coat of Ann Butler Designs Iridescents in Berry to give them just a bit of shimmer.  In the example photo above there are 3 Cool2Cast hearts, the first one is painted with one layer of Iridescents in Berry, to cover it nicely without a base coat it would take 2 or 3 applications.  The second heart has the Crafter’s Ink in Berry, which is a matte finish. This would be perfect the way it is but I wanted just a bit of shine which is why I added the Iridescents over the the top, which is the third heart…..with the Crafter’s Ink as the base coat I only needed a light application of the Iridescents to give the heart the look I was going for.

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Tiffany offers pre-cast pieces of Cool2Cast on the Cool2Cast web site and pictured above is one of those pieces, a beautiful heart which I painted with Iridescents in Limelight for the center and in Berry around the edges.  At this point I was not sure which hearts I would use so I wanted to have them all ready when I assembled the canvas.

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Once I was happy with the arrangement on the canvas I used a piecing tool to poke a hole in the canvas and vellum and placed brad in each corner to hold it in place.  I decided to add just a touch of Crafter’s Ink in Night (black) onto the tops of each of the Cool2Cast Quilt Squares and the heart to give them some depth.  Then I added some around the edges of the canvas also.  I glued all of the Cool2Cast pieces in place.

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Then I had the perfect silk ribbon to add to the bottom of the canvas.

I simply love how this turned out!

Since this is a Blog Hop Tiffany has put together an awesome prize package

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of Cool2Cast items….to enter simply leave a comment here.  For more chances to win and to see other great projects using Cool2Cast and Ann Butler Designs products check out the rest of the blog hop below and leave a comment for each of them.

Deadline for entering the giveaway is August 8th, 2014 at 11:59 pm.

Ann Butler (you are here)

Ava Gavloski

Beth Watson

Carmen Flores Tanis

Connie Hall

Irit Shalom

Kristi Parker Van Doren

Larissa Pittman

Lisa Rojas

Roberta Birnbaum

Steph Ackerman

Tiffany Windsor

Vishu Reberholt

quilted cards by Roberta Birnbaum

Quilted Cards featuring Ann Butler’s Unity stamps

Happy Friday everyone! This is Roberta and today I am bringing you Quilted Cards featuring Ann Butler’s Unity stamps.

I used a card kit that has been in my stash for years because it already has stickers ready to be put in a quilt.  paper quilt card kit






Card Thank you very much faux quilt quilted cards

Materials Used:

Create Your Own paper quilt Cards by Potter Style, Paper flowers from Creative Memories, Burlap from Maya Road, Clearsnap Black ink, Unity Stamps Ann Butler faux-quilted stamps, Recollections sentiment stickers, Beacon glue

I started by stamping over the stickers from the kit: paper quilt card kit.1 and then created my pattern. It was so easy! It was a great way to showcase different patterns from Ann’s faux-quilted stamps collection.

Sometimes it’s nice to be able to take shortcuts! :)

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Be sure to check out our blog hop tomorrow with Tiffany Windsor’s Cool2Cast.

Signature - Roberta

Roberta Birnbaum

Faux Background

Hello Everybody! its vishu here today to share a project with you. It has been a while since I made a card so I thought of indulging myself with my love of cardmaking. Summer’s are busy time of the year as there are lot of activities to pack within the 12-15 weekends that we get and to top it kids are off. Today I have a fun, colorful and quick background to share.


Products I used

white, black and lavender cardstock from my stash

Ann Butler’s Crafter’s inks – Clearsnap

Ann Butler’s EZ De’s Easy Design Elements: Checkered Woven Hearts  - Kellycraft

Momento black ink

First I took the white cardstock and stamped solid square stamp EZ De’s Easy Design Elements: Checkered Woven Hearts  - Kellycraft  in different colors using Ann Butler’s Crafter’s inks – Clearsnap.

Once the ink was dry I used the patterned stamp and inked over it the black ink and my background or should i say designer paper was ready.

here is my finished card.


Hope you enjoyed the project and now its your turn.

Thanks for stopping by……….

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Feliz Navidad with Unity Stamps Co.

Hello, Ava here today to share with you a striking statement “look” to Ann Butler’s Unity Stamp collection.

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1.  Start with stamping Ann Butler’s Unity 2″ Leaves all over stamp images and sentiment onto Core’dinations Cardstock.

card stamp rulerHere I have used my Kellycraft Innovations laser square ruler to line up my 1″ Leaves all over stamp.

2.  Once you stamp your image squares using Ann Butler Crafters Ink, Aquamarine, heat emboss with a clear embossing powder.

3.  Die cut your label around the stamped sentiment from cardstock.  Trim your stamped quilt pattern ribbon band and quilt designed squares.

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4.  Paint ScrapFX chipboard lock with Clearsnap Smooch pearlized accent ink, silver fox and coat lock with distressed glossy accents.  Add Zva rhinestones to sentiment label.

5.  Assemble, adhere all embellishments onto Core’dinations Glitter Cardstock card base.

card sentiment

 Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Have a creative day today and design some art.


Ann Butler 2″ and 1″ Leaves all Over Unity Stamp Co.

Ann Butler Clearsnap ColorBox Crafters Ink, Aquamarine

KellyCraft Innovations Laser Square Ruler

ScrapFx Chipboard, Mini Locks

Zva Creative, Core’dinations Cardstock, May Arts Ribbon, Tombow Adhesive

Wecome home easy made sign with EZ DE’S Ann Butler’s stamps

100Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my monthly post made for Ann Butler’s blog . Today I an going to share my Welcome Home sign and I really hope that you like it.


The idea of this signcame from those kid’s very first houses drawings; those rectangles or squares and triangle roof were my inspiration for this  project. As Ann’s stamps are squares and triangles it was just ” must to do” project. And here it is as a finished sign; add it to a big flower arrangement or put in a nice jar and it can be used again and again.




Each house was hand cut in a different shape after I stamped Ann ‘s stamps over a white thick cardstock. Then I colored the house body with Ann Butler’s Clearsnap Crafter’s Inks and arranged the house  in the final position.  The roofs were stamped with triangle stamps and I tried to fit the roof color to the house and to its neighbours.

I stamped HOME letters with Ann’s delicious alphabet set and added some die cut brick walls around the letters.

Then I added a few of die cut pieces such as Welcome banner and a couple of flowers and butterflies painted with the very same Ann Butler’s inks.


Supply list:

Ann Butler’s products

Flourish 2” ABC’S – Kellycraft

EZ De’s Easy Design Elements: Checkered Woven Hearts  - Kellycraft

Crafter’s inks – Clearsnap

Other products:

Cardstock- American Crafts

Dies- Die Versions

Bling- Flourish with a Bling

Ribbon- May Arts

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Layout using Ann Butler inks as water color and Faux quilt stamps

It’s my turn to post. I created a layout. My daughter Cherish will be 11 this month. Here she is when she was 1.


I started by using the inks with water and painting the background diagonally. The Paper has a wood look.  When that dried I added a Butterfly mask and texture magic.  I added a paper doily, some venice lace, a clock diecut from prima.  All my flowers were white so I used the ink to paint them too. I inked and stamped the faux quilt squares and used a Heart Punch. I then stitched around the heart. I placed the page on a black card stock that I used a punch around the page on.

Close up of painted Flowers. Using Inks as watercolor


Closeup of Title and water color effect


Close up of stitched hearts and layers..


Closeup of painted flowers and water color effect and mask work.


I had so much fun creating this page. I love how the inks washed the paper The inks painted on the flowers beautifully.  I left the vibrant color on the hearts.

Products used

Ann Butler Designs/Kellycraft 2″Flourish ABC’s

Ann Butler Crafters Ink / Colorbox

Berry, Tangelo, Sunshine, Limelight, Aquamarine, Lilac

Ann Butler Designs/ Unity Stamps 2″ Leaves all over

Ann Butler /Unity Stamps 2 ” Diamonds and Plaids

Thanks for looking.

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Faux Quilted Background Birthday Card

Good morning everyone! How are Y’all today?
Larissa here with a Faux quilted background birthday card using
Ann Butler Designs Unity Stamp Co Faux Quilted Stamps and ColorBox Inks.
Today I took a piece of 110 lb white cardstock and inked up the stripe stamp from the
1″ Stripes.Dots.and Hearts Stamp set, with ColorBox Ink Aquamarine. I stamped the pattern
along the edge of the cardstock creating a pattern. I then took the Dot stamp and inked it
in Sunshine first and stamped down the middle of the cardstock. Then took my darker color which was Limelight and did the same thing. I then used the inks with a little water and colored in the
birthday cake image. I cut the image out and adhered it to the middle of the pattern background using some foam adhesive squares. I then used a birthday greeting from The Stamps of Life set birthday4cookie to add to the bottom of the card. I finished it off with a few Doodlebug sequins and a piece of twine.

Muffins and Lace Ann Butler Designs Untiy Stamps Make a Wish Birthday Card

I hope you enjoyed my card for today. Don’t forget you can see more of my work
on my website

Have a wonderful day everyone. Until next time……

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Crafters Ink and Ann Butler Stamps: Monogram Stamped Note Card Set


Carmen here and my project this month is a note card set stamped with a monogram and wrapped with a colorful paper strip. It’s super quick and easy and makes a fun last minute gift. I loved working with the big 2″ Ann Butler Flourish letter stamps. They are so pretty! While you’re at it, stamp an assortment of extra letters on white squares along with extra envelopes and cards and set them aside. That way you’ll always be ready to put together a quick gift!


Plain Note Cards and Envelopes

Construction Paper – Blue, Green


Ann Butler’s EZ-De’s Stamps by Kellycraft - Flourish 2″ ABC’s

Ann Butler’s EZ-De’s Stamps by Kellycraft - 1″ Rail Fence Set A

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

Stamp Blocks

Velcro® Mini Fasteners – 3/4″ x 3/4″ x 1″ Triangles


Glue Stick



1. Stamp the note cards with Berry ink and the long rail stamp.


2. Stamp the backs of the envelopes with Lilac ink and your choice of letter stamp. Cut a 2″ square from note card and stamp it with a letter too.


3. Cut a 2 1/2″ green construction paper square and stamp it with Limelight ink and the diamond patterned stamp. Cut a 10″ x 1″ blue construction paper strip and stamp it with Aquamarine ink and the long rail stamp.


4. Gather up the stamped note cards and envelopes and wrap the blue paper strip around them. Use a Velcro mini triangle to fasten the strip together. (That way you’ll be able to neatly unwrap the blue strip when you want to use a note card.)  Use glue stick to glue the green paper square to the blue strip and then top that with the white square which you stamped with a letter in Step 2.

See you next time!


Note To Self With Unity Stamps

I find I am always making lists for myself.  It is a great thing until I forget where I put the list!  So I decided I needed something I could add a magnet to and attach to the fridge to hold my never ending pile of lists!

Basic Supplies: Mini Clip Board, Golden Acrylic Paint, Ann Butler Stamps from Unity, Crafters Ink from Clearsnap, Saying Stamp From Verses.

I started with a blank small clipboard.  I added a couple of coats of paint and let dry.  I then used the 1″ stamp to make a boarder around the edge.  I decided to make yellow the main color.  I changed the direction of the stamp with each color change then stamped the saying in th middle.  I think adding color to your life is always a very wondrful thing.

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Now to attach the magnets to the back and start getting organized!  Hope you all have a wonderful and creative day!


Deaign Team