Monday, 7 March 2016

Buttons and snowflakes

I'm rather overawed to have been chosen as Guest Designer for the Merry Monday challenge. My card was a winner which surprised and delighted me very much as all the entries are so amazing. 
So this is the new challenge:

Have a quick look on the Google web, there are so many inventive ideas for using buttons on cards. I played around with several ideas but after realising I was making it far too complicated I went for something simple. I suspect we will see plenty of good ideas here at the challenge too. I have lots of white buttons saved from clothes etc and a just few coloured ones. Now I've seen what can be done with them, I plan to use them more often. Who doesn't love buttons?


I found this pretty blue paper which had a very slight pattern on it which gave me the idea of stamping flourishes over it. I stamped off the blue ink once first so they are more subtle. 
The I embossed the snowflakes. I confess I put the first sheet in the folder the wrong way round so had debossed flakes! How cross was I? 
Luckily, I had another sheet the same. I saved the mistake, I'm sure I can use it but it wasn't right here.  
I sewed on the buttons with silver thread and left the ends loose. This means there is no danger of them falling off and adds a little more interest.
Then I mounted on dark blue with silver embossing around the edges.  I'm pleased with it and also pleased to have used some buttons.
I hope you enjoy the challenge, I'm  looking forward to all the inspiring cards.  


  1. So happy to have you Guest Designing with us this week, Alison! Just love the snowflakes with the buttons in the center! So very pretty! :)

  2. I love the embossed DP that you've stamped on! And I love how you've tied the buttons on! This is a fantastic card, Alison! Thanks for joining our team this week!

  3. Your background layer is so pretty and elegant and the addition of the buttons really makes this a pretty fancy card! Thanks for being our guest designer this week!

  4. Lovely card Alison, the snowflakes are so pretty. So glad you could join us as our Guest Designer this week.

  5. Congratulations on your Guest Designer position Alison. Your card is very pretty. The little pearl buttons look lovely. Barbxx

  6. This is such a beautiful background and your buttons are perfect. Congrats on being our GD on Merry Monday.

  7. Congratulations on your guest design spot! So exciting! Your card is so pretty with the little buttons on the snowflakes! What a wonderful idea!

    Small Bits of Paper

  8. Alison, congratulations on being our GD this week. Your card is awesome...good idea to use those snowflakes with a button in the center!!

  9. Beautiful card! Love the background and your buttons. So happy you joined us this week as our Guest Designer. :)

  10. So pretty! I just love the snowflakes and buttons together!


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