Thursday, October 15, 2015

Dreaming of Buttons

We are SO EXCITED to be hopping with Buttons Galore and More for a whole week. We have some fun projects to share that all include an abundance of buttons that were so generously sent to our team.

Buttons Galore and More provides a wide selection including specialty designed embellishments for celebrations, holidays, and various other events and themes. Find a plethora of choices on their website at Buttons Galore and More!

I’m dreaming of apples, or more precisely, button apples!  These are the sweetest little jars of buttons I’ve ever seen!  I have several in different colors/themes and I just love them!  For today I created a sweet little apple tree canvas using the Leafless Tree Die, my favorite die ever!  This is truly a fun little mixed media piece that I totally adore and hope you will too!

Here’s what I used to create this canvas:

DecoArt® Americana® Foliage Green Acrylic Paint
DecoArt® Americana® Hauser Light Green Acrylic Paint
DecoArt® Americana® Lamp (Ebony) Black Acrylic Paint
Faber-Castell® Gelatos™ in Cotton Candy, Blueberry, Lavender, Pistachio, and Green Tea
Gray Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Copic® Markers - T2, T4, T6
Golden® Regular Gel (Matte) Medium
AC Moore® Studio 6x6 Canvas

Here’s what I did to create this canvas:

Rub Pistachio Gelato™ across bottom of canvas, make sure you do sides and bottom as well
Add a little Green Tea Gelato™ over the Pistachio, using a baby wipe, blend Gelato™ into the canvas
Rub Cotton Candy Gelato™ across the top of the canvas, again, make sure you do the sides and top edges
Add a little Lavender Gelato™ randomly around the middle of the canvas 
Add a little Blueberry Gelato™ aross the top front and top edges of the canvas
Use a baby wipe to blend the Gelato™ into the canvas 
Die cut a tree from gray cardstock
Add a little Copic® Toner Grays to edges of tree to keep it from looking flat
Using gel medium, adhere tree to canvas
Mix white embossing paste with the lightest green paint (Foliage Green) and using a palette knife, add paste over tree branches
Mix a smaller amount of white embossing paste with a tiny drop of black paint and the other green paint, using a palette knife, add randomly around tree branches to add a little depth and then add a little across the bottom of the canvas as shown
Pop apples (buttons) onto tree and a few on the ground, tap mixed embossing paste around apples to slightly cover them, this will hold buttons onto canvas
Fluff the paste with the end of a palette knife

Here’s a list of my teammates that have additional inspiration to share:  

Lea Fritts (DW)
Pam Bray (DW)

Yes, we have PRIZES! There are three (3) prize packages that include one of each:
Cling Create Christmas Stamps Set
Create Christmas Die Cut Set
Assortment of Buttons

To be eligible, you must be a US resident (see Official Rules), comment on our blog and that of each Stampendous designer’s blog posts each day of the hop and tell us in what state you live. Deadline to comment for our prizes is Sunday, October 18, 2015. Winners will be selected by and will be announced sometime on Monday, October 19th.

Wait! For our Aussie friends, be sure to comment and tell us where you’re from, because our Australian Distributor The Stencil Specialists are sponsoring a prize for one friend “down under” to win a Stampendous Stamp, a Dreamweaver Stencil and a surprise goodie from their terrific stock of Stampendous merchandise!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I’ll see you again tomorrow with another sweet project using the cutest buttons ever!  



  1. Oh my! GORGEOUS canvas, Lea. That is an amazing tree, just love those shades of green and apple buttons are CA-ute! Thank you for sharing your sweet project with us!

  2. Wow..another creative this!!!

  3. WOW - FABULOUS canvas Lea!!!
    LOVE your apple tree, the textures are AMAZING, your apples are FUN too :)
    Tracy from Down Under in Victoria, Australia

  4. Love your apple tree! What a cute design!
    Becca from Florida

  5. Love how you made the tree.
    It looks like it's make out of gauze. Beautiful job.
    The buttons are a hit.
    thanks for sharing.

  6. I love this mixed media canvas! What a great idea.

  7. A very creative use of red buttons, very cool project!

  8. Fabulous--love the button apples and how you created the leaves.
    Sue in Ohio

  9. My goodness. This is completely adorable. I love that tree, and the red buttons are just a perfect addition. Apple season is my favorite. I can't wait to make some apple butter. ^_^

  10. The buttons are a great addition to this canvas. beautifully done. TFS

    Teresa in California


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