29 June 2012

Patriotic Pocket

Yippee it's Friday!!!! From the reactions to my posts recently and posts by some of my fav bloggers it would appear that time is a seriously shrinking commodity for most of us. So it don't arf 'elp when something that has taken you gallons of it meets the criteria for lots of the best challenge blogs' themes.

My card is going to be entered into the following ones;
Now there's a line-up!!!

What did I do that took so much time? Well for a start I made the pocket - faux denim recipe; navy card, Picket Fence stain and a weave stamp from Sam Poole's Vintage Sewing set. Make sure to heat set the ink as it will smudge otherwise. I paper-pricked the edges, ran a Picket Fence DM along each line, then sewed the stitches by hand. The top edge got distressed with scissors, the gold detail was hand sewn on and then the bead detail was glued in place having been threaded together. Finally I sewed a button in place with the gold thread.

Now I'll let you into a secret. I created a completely different background by smooching white card in a mix of Walnut Stain and Faded Jeans DI with water and stamping manuscript on it, but when I mounted the lace/ribbon/pocket on top there was something wrong. Drastic measures time! I cut off the background and created another using the same faux denim technique, but with manuscript stamped in Faded Jeans DI on top (v. subtle) and Walnut Stain DI used to distress the edges. If you look closely you can see the old background showing through the red lace.

As well as applying different lace to the background I also stamped swirls with white acrylic paint. The embellies running in a pattern across the page included a couple of brads (one of which was stamped on) a button charm (took the idea from my last TH tag) various buttons, including one created from Coredinations card, a stamped nail head and a material flower.

The whole lot got mounted on white card stained with Walnut Stain DI to match the edge of the background. Finally the pocket contents - a tag embossed with my Stamposaurus Union Jack mask, inked with Memento Paris Dusk and Lady Bug and Walnut Stain DI, stamped with a Sam Poole Art Phrase in Walnut Stain and gold -  and a HOTP glassine envelope stamped with matching swirls and a sentiment, and edged in Walnut Stain and gold. This is ideal for putting money into in a more thoughtful way.

Overall I think it finally works, although I went to bed thinking of ways to make it better!! Hope you like it too. Thanks for all your lovely comments and thank you to my wonderful followers who regularly give me such positive feedback. You are a blessing. Time to dash, mum's taxi to operate/leaving do to attend/last minute tag to create/dog to walk!!! Anyone got a spare tardis?! Hugs, Buttons x


  1. Well, Buttons by name, it is truly an apt name for you with this card! What a great card idea, I love it:)

    Thanks for entering it into our Bling It On challenge

    Jill x

  2. Fabulous pocket and such attention to detail - appropriate that you have added lots of buttons too!!

  3. Please leave it alone, there is nothing you can do to improve this masterpiece! It is amazing and you have got so much detail on it too. Love how you can make one card fit so many challenges, I have trouble with one......Anne x

  4. ...gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!...loVe this Buttons, it's bright & fresh, loVe the denim paper & all the buttons n bits n bobs...a beautiful make...Mel :)

  5. What a wonderful card - love the little bit of eyelet lace especially!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!

  6. FABULOUS!!! It so looks like real denim...great job! This whole design is wonderful...love all the elements! Thank you so much for playing along with us this fortnight at Frilly & Funkie!

  7. What a fabulous card. I love the denim look, so very effective. Enjoy your week-end. Hugs Rita xx

  8. This is fantastic Buttons, there is so much to see. I love the Union Flag tag and the way you have made your faux denim. Do not change a thing!! :o) x

  9. Absolutely fabbbbulous, love how you got the material texture! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  10. Fab pocket, great patriotic card and love all those buttons

    Sam xxx

  11. Wow this is fantastic, I thought that it was real material!!!!
    Thanks for joining in with our Bling it on challenge at The Stampman.
    hugs Kimx

  12. Wow Buttons fabulous project and worth the time you've spent on it ! Love all the detail and the texture is gorgeous ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie and The Stamp Man. Sue C x

  13. WOW, the faux denim really does the job!!!! Great card with a load of lovely details! Lovi it!

    Greetings from Vienna,

    die amelie

  14. Amazing piece of work, Buttons! Soooo cool - love that faux denim and you really did a stunning job creating it and the pocket. Really impressed with all the stitching and my favorite part is the beading. What a great take on our texture challenge at Frilly and Funkie. So great to have you joining in the fun with us again this week at F&F.


  15. This is a fabulous card Thanks for joining us at The Stampman challenge x


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