31 May 2012

Simplicity Itself?

G'day all, and a warm welcome to my new followers. Many thanks for joining my world of randomness (is that a word?) Isn't it so much cooler - more sleep, more ideas. My head is so full of ideas trying desparately to get out - just need the time to get it all done! There's also a list of challenges to enter (which is probably why my head is buzzing). So this post is for one of those, a challenge/site I was introduced to by the wonderfully creative Julia (I urge you to go see her work; outstanding). The Artful Times Challenge currently has the theme 'Ribbons and Lace' and is sponsored by Oyster Stamps.

Clearly this isn't one to go in my hubby's inspiration collection! (more of that tomorrow). Where to start? The background methinks. Plain white card sprayed with lots of Cosmic Shimmer silver mica mist, distressed with DI Walnut Stain (my favourite) on the edges. Next layer, an Andy Skinner Simplicity pattern image stamped in black onto greaseproof paper (lovely and translucent).

The buttons were Sam Poole Vintage Sewing stamps on black card using Morris Dance metal flakes and Flitter Glu. The pink ribbon was stamped in Black Stazon with a tape measure stamp (from the same SP set) as was the dressform, this time stamped onto antique gold card with the Morris Dance again. The large flower is a SB Rose Creation using some leftovers of my pink 'lemon juiced' card with a blob of Gold CS PVA glue - this was also used to create the faux pearls in opposing corners.

The lace is paper, inked with Spun Sugar and a touch of bronze and blue to echo the colours in the metal flakes. The needle threader was one of those freebies you get in mini sewing kits that come inside some crackers. It got a touch of Butterscotch, Shell Pink and White Mixative alcohol inks. Added extras include a ripped piece of textured wallpaper, some faux stitching using a pattern pricker and black embossing powder, and buttons (with added black Promarker)/flowers/beads/a gold swirl SB die cut to finish.

This will eventually find its way onto a plain card as a topper/focal point. Meantime I need to disappear as cupcakes need baking, their prospective recipients need collecting from school, and a couple of crafty supplies are required to get Hels Sheridan's Sunday Stampers 207 challenge completed.
Hugs to everyone, Buttons x


  1. I love sewing themes, and there is lots to see here. A great card, love all the different elements.

  2. When I saw the word Simplicity in the title and then saw the topper, I thought Wow, there is nothing simple about this - ha ha and then I read on....this is really special, I love the stamped tape measure on the ribbon, love the way you used the metal flakes, the dimension you have created and there is so much going on - it really is special. x

  3. What a wonderful topper and as you say it will make a lovely card.

    Love all the different elements and textures going on.

    Thanks to Julia for introducing you to us, and thanks to you for taking her up on it!!!

    Sam - Artful Times xxx

  4. So pleased you have been introduced to the Artful Times Challeng :) It will make a wonderful topper for a card sugar spun is one of my favs of the DI's
    Hope we shall see oyu again :)
    Von x☺x

  5. Hi Buttons....Annie here. My word my friend you have been busy and I look forward to seeing hubbies card. This creation is FABULOUS darling.....as Craig RH would say ! So much creativity I love it. Hope you get the cupcakes made and have a brilliant weekend. I don't know if I will manage to get my Sunday Stampers creation finished as I got waylaid rusting a plastic Abbey Road sign for my bothy. It now looks flabby though !!

    Hugs Annie x

  6. Hi! so much work in that card it is wonderful, and the theme follows all the way through. Its great! Cx

  7. Good Grief, no way is this simple Buttons. Absolutely fabulous to say the least. Loving the colours too. Hugs Rita xx

  8. Wow - loads of elements to look at and I'm sure that I've missed some. I love all things Andy Skinner! I really like what you've done with the Morris Dance flitter thingys - must try those!! Gorgeous colours and wonderful grungy but feminine feel.

  9. What a wonderful creation! Love the theme and all those buttons - fabulous.
    Thanks for joining us at Artful Times - Hugs, Neet xx


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