Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Button it!!!

Hi Everyone. Today's post is the last but one for me on the Cuttlebug Spot Design Team. After almost 6 Month's my stint is coming to an end! And what a 6 Month's it's been. Nilda has certainly set us some interesting challenges, which I hope you have enjoyed seeing as much as I have enjoyed doing!! Today we continue on this Month's theme of embellishments for your projects. And in particular, Buttons!! Go on; tell me that you don't have any in your crafting stash!!! Phah! Don’t believe you.....
When I knew about the theme of buttons the Vicar of Dibley popped into my head. Do you remember the episode about Dibley Radio when Alice and David were going head to head in a radio quiz? They were asked to get ready and put their fingers on their buttons, David immediately went for his buzzer and dim witted Alice held on to the buttons on her Cardigan.. Hilarious, you just cannot beat a good British comedy can you!!!So, this is what I came up with...
I've always been frustrated by the lack of crafting images available in embellishments and in particular, Embossing Folders!! For those who are able to visit the shop you'll know that I sit in front of hundreds of the things day in, day out! There are lots of flowers and flourishes and the odd geometric shape, but nothing actually crafty!! So, I decided to make my own embossing...I punched out several strips in 225gsm weight card stock using the EK Success Button Chain Trim Punch.And then stuck them all together, so that there were four identical layers.I then trimmed them to sizeso that they would fit on to my Cuttlebug A plate.Next, I added my card stock which I was going to emboss the images on to.Followed by my extra thick No Shims Mata shim of card stockand finally finishing the "sandwich" with a C Plate and then passed it through the Cuttlebug.I know it's difficult to see the detail,perhaps some ink will help?! How cool is that! Your very own embossing! This really is going to give your Punches or any other images you can layer a new lease of life!!!Just for a bit of fun I also made up a Button frame on my Gypsy. Cutting four layers in 225gsm weight card and layering them togetherbefore passing them through the Cuttlebug with that same combination of plates and mat's as before...A little bit of ink,and the obligatory Glossy Accents and you have your own unique frame...Anyway, enough playing.. Time to carry on with the project. Earlier I said that I found it frustrating that there were very few products available with a crafting theme. Obviously the man of the moment "Mr Holtz" thinks the same.. Great minds etc, etc.... So when one of his new dies "Sewing Room" came in last week it was out of the box, out of the packaging and on my desk before anyone could say NO!
I cut all three images on the die in some White card stockand added some Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.I then glazed each image with Glossy Accents. Once they were dry I added a little detail to each image in keeping with the Sewing Room/Button theme... For the base card I had the idea of making a fake box, where else are you supposed to keep your buttons?
This was an idea I picked up from Winnie who came in to collect her "From the Nest" Cricut Cartridge Blog Candy at the weekend. She told me that she had entered a Joanna Sheen contest recently with a box themed card and that she had won the contest!! So that's The Blog Candy she has won and the Joanna Sheen Contest. I reckon you should get your ticket for this Friday's Euro Millions Lottery Winnie.. It's £117,000,000 (YES, One Hundred and Seventeen Million Pounds!!) as it looks like your luck is on a run. Just think how much crafting stash you could get with that amount of dosh!! So, I took the smallest shape from the Grand Nestabilities Labels One and also the next but one size up and laid them on top of my wood effect card stock. Some of these shapes are small enough to be passed through the Cuttlebug. So the card stock and dies were placed on top of a Cuttlebug A and B plateand topped with a C plate and passed through the machineto form my box frame.I then cut a piece of thick Acetate using the larger frameand layered the pieces on top of my embossed button background.To keep the shape theme going I also cut my base card using the large die,remember to overlap one of the cutting edges over the spine of the card so that you keep the card whole...I then added all of my embellishments to the card. Including a flower I had made some time ago using the Marianne Designs Creatbles LR0128. The flower has been coloured using a Copic Pen attached to a Copic Air Can.. Something I am just getting used to, and at the moment I am wasting more air than achieving results, but I will persevere!!!
I finished the project off with a sentiment I printed from my PC and cut out with the Sewing Room die...So, there are now no excuses for not having an embossing folder to suit your project. Just think of the possibilities just using your punches or Cricut!! Endless...
Oh, forgot to say. I used 225gsm card stock as this is the thickness I find works with most (not all) Punches and also having four stacked on top of each other makes a good thickness to be able to emboss. This is what worked for me, just be mindful of what you are asking the punch and your machine to do. This is a guide not a recomendation!
Pop on over to the Cuttlebug Spot to see what everyone else has come up with. Remember, you only have us for another week!!
I hope this post gives you some inspo for your next crafting project, and thanks for checking us out.
See you soon.


  1. WOW! WOW! WOW! The details you put into this are amazing!


  2. Morning @ndy, numbering patchwork and quilting among my many crafty habits this idea of yours has been a real boost. Fab... well done and thanks for this. The sky's the limit now....and don't think you are escaping because the Cuttlebug challenges are ending for you... oh! no, no, no.... we shall continue to expect great things.

    Renee xx

  3. Fabulous Andy! I've been meaning to make some custom folders myself and adore that punch. Great card and really cute sentiment. xxD

  4. O My Goodness, this is amazing Andy!!!! Love everything about it and love the way how you came up with the buttonfolder!! So clever and the whole project is like you as cute as a button!


  5. Wow...now that is clever. Love the whole idea behind this card along with the colours & images you have used.

    No more DT stuff? Perhaps you should start a 'Challenge @ndy' monthly post LOL

    Toni :o)

  6. Andy, you come up with some amazing ideas. Awesome card.

  7. Oh my not only is the card AWESOME but the tutorial is too! I have been looking at that punch forever... I guess I am off my scrap diet of purchasing!