17 August 2012

Look Up!!!

Noticed anything different? Do you like? So many peeps have been updating their blogs recently, and you inspired me to sort mine out a bit. Now when it came to the blog title I decided to go down the handcrafted route, and in the process came up with a piece to meet the needs for two challenges;

Guessing the denim is obvious?! The buttons depict the layers of a heart. OK, so I've stretched the OCC brief somewhat by using a flower piece cut from a strip of lace rather than ribbon, but it did work better with the ink/Picket Fence. The stamps are from an Andy Skinner set and the 'corrugated' flower is courteousy of Linda Coughlin (it was in my order parcel and I've been saving it for just such an occasion).

The favouite technique? I love embossing fabric and highlighting it with ink, or on this occasion gesso. Rather than leaving it embossed this time I ran it back through the GC to flatten it again, making it was easier to stamp on. All of this was inspired by the amazing work of Finnabair (I highly recommend you check out her site if you are not already familiar with her style).

Huge thanks for dropping in on me and welcome to my new followers. I really value your comments and feedback as you are all such a talented and awe-inspiring bunch for so many reasons.
Hugs, Buttons x


  1. What a brilliant idea to actually make a piece of art to decorate the header of your blog - just love it

  2. Buttons
    Firstly, thank you so much for visiting my Blog and not only that leaving such lovely comments, so appreciated.
    Your Blog looks amazing. I wouldn't know where to begin to alter mine, wordpress is not very accommodating! This is so perfect for you and unique which is what matters. Gorgeous use of Buttons.

  3. ...loVing the new look blog Header Buttons, it contains all the things I loVe...gorgeous...Mel :)

  4. Hi Buttons, I noticed it earlier today and thought I had gone to the wrong place! It is beautiful and it suits you so well and how amazing to be able to use it to enter challenges. You really are the most versatile crafter - and clever too, wish I knew how to alter mine......I can just about do a blog post and add a picture. Crafty hugs, Anne x

  5. Your blog header is beautiful and very "you"! I so enjoy looking at your creations - there's always something interesting and inspiring. Please keep up the good work!

  6. ...me again...just wanted to say congratulations on your win at Simon Says with your awesome Mona Lisa...excellent and well deserved...Melxx

  7. Buttons, your blog header is really gorgeous, The background is perfect too!I have no idea how you managed to create your own header (clever thing you!)and I think it fits your lovely blog perfectly. Well done and have a great weekend Anna xx

  8. Great way to display your art by using it as a blog header - fantastic

    Sam xxx

  9. Brilliant header Buttons ! Love the embossing of the fabric, need to give that a go ! Sue C x

  10. Wow what a beautiful piece! Love your button heart. Fabulous how you've layered those up. And what a fantastic idea to emboss fabric!
    Thanks for your lovely comments! Love getting them :)! And thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

  11. Wow! Wow and wow again! Your new look blog is FANTASTIC. Now I am not shouting but I can be a bit louder because it's a long way from here to you.
    I love how you are inspired by others but take their ideas and make them totally your. Can't wait to see what you do with the TTC Handmade Treasure that is currently out over the Indian Ocean somewhere.
    Layers of Buttons for Buttons Heart - Love it!

  12. Love the new header Buttons!! How do you do that? I really want to change mine but haven't a clue. I tried to do it through blogger but it said all my pictures were too big!!
    LOVE your fabric piece and it really makes me want to get mine out. Love the idea of running through an embossing folder (I've only done it with canvas before). Funnily enough, I was just over at Finnabair drooling over her work - it takes my breath away quite frankly and you can either feel totally dejected about or totally inspired and I'm trying so hard to be in the last category!!
    Have a lovely weekend and if you have time let me know about the blog thingy AND how you manage to be so productive as things take me AGES to make!!
    I'm going now - don't worry!!

  13. This has such rich textures! I love it! I need try using gesso on embossed fabric. Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Wow Buttons how clever are you!! I love you blog header. I had no idea you could emboss fabric, I will have to give this a go! Congratulations on your SSS&S win, very well deserved, your Mona was gorgeous x

  15. Hi Buttons,
    Love the blog header how clever to use your own creation... how do you do that one!! I have no clue where to start.. I love it!!
    As Sue says I did'nt know you could emboss fabric will be giving that a go Fabulous work as always... Hugs May x x x

  16. Gorgeous fabric art Buttons! Love that technique, must try it!
    Thanks for your comment on my Artistic Stamper piece, good luck in the draw!
    Alison x


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