Friday, August 24, 2007

On the Button (updated!)

Keryn is our Daring Cardmakers Darer of the week and she said:
I know you've all got buttons stashed away somewhere, whether they've been purchased at a cardmaking store or you thriftily snipped them off DH's old shirt. I'd like you to find those buttons and use them somewhere on a card. They can be real buttons, craft shop buttons, die cut buttons, faux buttons or another type of button, surprise us all.

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There are some gorgeous cards from our fab design team to see on the blog, and we're very happy to have not only the usual NZ, Aussie and UK contingent, but also cards from Germany - from our latest, very talented Guest Designer , Rein, and from Sylvie who's kindly stayed on for another week and adds a French flavour to the blog. Please pop along and see the cards, and visit our personal blogs for more info.

I use buttons quite a lot in my cardmaking so I like to make things a bit harder for myself and think beyond the obvious when this sort of dare comes in.
I had a couple of ideas but somehow managed to leave it till the last minute so idea 2 didn't quite happen as I'd have hoped.
Here's the first card I made

For my extra complication I decided that my buttons should actually work to open the card. So first I made a card with folds on both sides, the left side is narrowerer than the other and the right side overlaps it a little.
I added the buttons on a seperate narrow piece of card, tied on with various fibres.
Another seperate strip of card hides the tatty ends of the button-loops on the left hand side.

Papers are Chloe's Closet
Ribbon, fibres and buttons from my stash
Lettering is made on the Robo

I think I've managed to get a better pic of how the card works now:

Card 2 - got there eventually!
My second plan to make life more difficult was to make some buttons from shrink plastic. Not only that, but I decided to see if I could cut them out with the Robo! Well, I was already planning to buy a new blade so thought it was worth a go. It works, you do need to cut through twice, and use the red nobbly thing, and I think that really only simple shapes would cut properly, but how fab to be able to cut flowers, squares and circles without my usual wobbly-scissor technique! I made these buttons from one sheet of plastic, they are all quite big as you can see. I wasn't happy with the colours though and didn't really have time to muck about making more. So I had to go BRIGHT yet again. As usual I cooked my SP in the oven then as I'd been using up some of the frosted SP - I don't like this stuff and won't buy it again, the finish is really quite dull-looking so I added some glittery embossing powder and UTEE and took the heat gun to it - the big round button and the square one next to it on the photo were treated this way, the other square one is the one on the card.

These papers are from one of the Prima paper packs that I've really struggled with - I think this may be the first card I've managed to make with any of the Prima papers. All the ribbon from Ribbon Oasis, the flowers are from Dunelm Mills and the chipboard one is from Caroline the Chipboard Queen at Bubbly Funk.......

I won't be able to use this card as I was in such a hurry and a tizz trying to get it done that I managed to fold the blank inside out - so my printed details are on the inside.....not only that but I stuck it all on the wrong way round too!

oooops, where's the roll-eyes, I'm a noggin emoticon when you need it?


Lynne said...

Ooooo, love your cards, and your shrink buttons. Congratulations on all your exciting news, well deserved your work is amazing.

Checkout my Blog, you've been nominated for an award .... :D

Angelnorth said...

Love the button closure on the first one Kathy - what a fab idea!

Could you cut the front off the second one and mount it on another card blank to get round the boo-boo moment?

glitterangel said...

Gorgeous, and how clever to have the buttons actually work. Love the colours too.

Hazel said...

Joanne's got there with the rescue suggestion before me - just what I was thinking - certainly make use of such a super card. Fancy cutting shrink plastic on the robo (don't know that I'd dare try - but I haven't dared much yet!). I love the way you've done the first card to fasten/open with the buttons on the side - very inventive.

Leigh said...

stunning cards Kathy! lol send the bottom one to me as I still love it :D

alice k. said...

These cards are fab! I really like the closing/opening idea, very clever! Too bad you won't be able to use the second card, those colors are so happy!

Paula said...

Lovely cards. I like the colours of the first one the most & think those papers could easily pass for Xmas ones as well.

Penny said...

Kathy this is soooo clever with the button and loop closing. I love both cards!

Flossie's Follies said...

These are great, love how you used the buttons.

Sylvie :) said...

Fantastic cards and great shrink buttons !! congrats for the new DT :o)

Rein said...

Fab cards, I love both!

Samm said...

Congratulations Kathy on your DT team!!!!! your cards are always so lovely, bright and funky, I love them!!


Corie said...

congrats on making the design team. Your cards are GORGEOUS!!!

Rosie (Freycob) said...

That second card is sooo yummy Kathy! Where's my sunnies - so bright and cheery too!

I came up with the same solution as Joanne. Cut it off and mount it up. Would be such a shame to waste such a fabulous card.

Congratulations on the Design Team hun!

Clare said...

Great cards, love the way the first one closes with buttoms. I might have to try cutting some SP with my Robo, I've never tried before!

Helen & Co. said...

Such gorgeous cards!!

katrin said...

hi kathy - all your button-work is sooo stunning!!! i'm verry thrilled about the closure of your first card!!! gorgeous!!!