27 October 2012

Honey, I made these cards...

Hello and welcome everyone, including my newest followers (little squeal of delight!!) Thank you so much for all the wonderful comments this week. The feedback has been amazing and I am blown away to have so much support. OK, down to business. I promised to celebrate hitting the 100 followers mark, and true to my word, I have organised a prize draw for this fantasic Vintage Sewing rubber stamp set.

To be in with a chance to win just make sure you're a follower and leave a comment below. I will close the giveaway and randomly draw a winner on Monday 29 October at 23.59 BST (officially at the end of Son 3's birthday!!) to give peeps the chance to enter after the weekend.

Now for the second reason for todays post. Four birthday cards were needed pronto in time for this weekend, and I only had two appropriate ones in my stash. This gave me the opportunity to get crafty... blank cards... no ideas... help! It was at hand thanks to The Craft Stamper magazine and two articles by the amazing Hels Sheridan (namely August 2012, p 62 and August 2011, p40).

Hels explains this far better than I in her article, but suffice to say I used a Tim Holtz mini stamp set, the freebie Craft Stamper butterfly from the August 2012 issue, and lashings of Wild Honey/Faded Jeans Distress Markers and Fired Brick/Peeled Paint Distress Inks over the top of Coffee Archival Ink.

As this involved the use of lots of Wild Honey I'm entering it for

Lots of Walnut Stain/Stormy Sky/Antique Linen Distress Ink in this one, again with the main image and sentiment stamped in Coffee Archival Ink. I found adding clear embossing powder to the lion helped to make him stand out more.

These were a bit restrained for me! Am I slowly getting the hang of less is more?!!
Right, time to go. Family stuff to do asap, and I promise to do the rounds in Blogland before the end of tonight to catch up with you all. Don't forget to leave that comment if you want the stamps!
Have a great weekend, hugs Buttons x


  1. Both beautiful cards, I do so love the sentiments. Love that - less is more but does that mean we won't use up our stash as quickly. (more shelf supports required) xx Flora

  2. Congrats on reaching 100 followers. You do amazing stuff and your journey is fun to be on. I love your enthusiasm and creativity! I think your less is more cards are great...ummm, I think my favourite is the butterflies.
    Dot x

  3. Fab cards, love the top one.

    Well done on your 100 followers and good luck to everyone.

    Sam xxx

  4. What fabulous cards. I love the colours on every one of them. Here's to the next 100 followers. Well Done. Hugs Rita xx

  5. Congratulations on your first 100 followers! Fabuluous cards (doesn't that butterfly stamp look great!)

  6. Two stunning cards - Hels can always be relied upon for inspiration.
    Congratulations on reaching 100 followers but we should be thanking you to for the inspiration you give when posting your cards

  7. I like the cards - I do similar to the first one for quick cards - nice and simple and easy to post! congrats on your new followers - have a great weekend.

  8. It's no suprise you have reach the 100 mark :) congratulation :)
    More lovely cards :)
    Von ♥

  9. So cool, that you've reached the 100 followers milestone! You make very beautiful things! And these two cards are stunning! Those butterflies are gorgeous! Hugs, Sandra

  10. Your LIM cards are so wonderful Buttons, I really like the first card as not only is it pretty but the butterflies create a feeling of movement.
    Congratulations on your 100 Followers ... next stop will be 1000 and you will certainly make it there Buttons.
    You bring such enjoyment and inspiration.

  11. Wonderful to have reached 100 followers and I am sure everyone of us enjoys coming to see what you have made.

    Love the cards you added today.

    Best Wishes Chrissie xx

  12. Congratulations on the followers They are richly deserved you are lovely lady and your crafty male ware stunning and full of fab creativity and technique! Here's to the next 100!!! love trace x

  13. Woohoo to 100!!!!! Glad I'm one of them! Great cards my dear...love the grasses and butterfly!

  14. Gosh, I only started following the other day and already there's a chance to win a fabulous stamp in your very generous giveaway! Thank you & congratulations on a brilliant milestone :) The cards are both amazing and as I explore your blog I have already come across lots of other amazing work and fabulous descriptions to inspire any creative block. I'm looking forward to sharing your blog world with you :0)

  15. Congrats on 100 followers darl (and yay me for me the 100th lol). Both absolutely gorgeous cards, loving the 1st one most tho. Thanks for the chance to win xNx

  16. Fabulous cards and congrats on your 100th! Love the first card, not lion, they're both great! x

  17. Gorgeous hedgerow flowers - beautiful colours and a glorious, restrained subtlety - I love it! And the lion's positively majestic. Congrats on the followers milestone... and thank you so much for the chance to win those fab stamps. Have a great family birthday weekend!
    Alison x

  18. Fantastic Buttons - 100 lucky people get to share your crafty and life adventures.I am sure your cards will be much appreciated as they are both delightful.
    Thank you for your lovely little giveaway too!

  19. I am not surprised you have a 100 followers, your work is gorgeous. These cards are no exception, lovely designs and colours. Thanks for offering such delightful candy.
    Happy Sunday.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

  20. Both cards are gorgeous and will be so appreciated! I am so thrilled for you reaching 100 followers and so many more will follow! Love that sewing stamp set, so count me in! Have a wonderful Sunday! Hugs!

  21. Whoop Whoop, Buttons... Here's to the next 100... so glad to be one of your them... Love both your cards... Gorgeous.. Hugs May x x x

  22. The nature cards are my favorite ones...great stamping and colouring Buttons!

    Greetings, Alie :-)

  23. Hi Buttons, hope you get this, doing it remotely! I am so glad to be one of your 100, I have really enjoyed your 'journey' thus far and it won't be long until you reach the next milestone of 200. Love both cards, but as a butterfly fan, I love that one the most. Please leave me out of the draw as I have that lovely set of stamps already. Crafty hugs, Anne x

  24. Love your cards Button, especially the butterfly one, it looks just like watercolour. Congratulations on your 100 followers, and here's to your next 100 x

  25. Beautiful cards and the butterfly card is particularly stunning. I love the delicate hedgerow 'flora and fauna' against the dramatic butterfly.
    You should now believe how loved you and your work are with 100 followers! You always see the good in peoples work and I never tire of your visits to my blog: constructive comments and support always come from you! How typically generous of you to offer a wonderful pressie!
    Have a good week.

  26. congrats on hitting 100 what a great mile stone x love the cards, the lion one is fab, love the blue n brown colour combo.
    It does take a while to get your head around the keep it simple idea doesn't it lol, you have nailed it.
    happy stamping, mark x

  27. Lovely cards. I like the top one best, i have a real passion for butterflies.(probably use them way to much in my craft!!)


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