Saturday, March 10, 2012

Scrapbook Steals Blog Hop - Basic Grey Buttons and Brads


Welcome to the first ever Scrapbook Steals Blog Hop!  For those who don't know, Scrapbook Steals is your one-stop shop for the BEST daily deals on scrapbooking supplies.  Their blog is also full of awesome scrapbooking ideas and inspiration.  

In case you missed the beginning of the hop, it starts over at the Scrapbook Steals Blog.  And if you're joining me from Charity Becker's amazing blog, Mene Mene Tekel University, welcome!  The product featured in today's blog hop is a gorgeous collection of Basic Grey Buttons and Brads.  They come in all shapes and sizes - the perfect starting point for a variety of projects.

1.  Happy, Adventure, Play {a scrapbook layout}.  For my first project, I used the buttons to embellish a garden of flowers in a layout featuring photos of my daughter playing outside.  


The inspiration for this layout was an illustration from Victoria and Elizabeth Kann's Pinkalicious where the little girl is camouflaged in a garden of pink flowers.  I cut out all the flower shapes using my Silhouette Cameo.  To embellish them, I threaded Basic Grey buttons with string from my Avery shipping tags and then adhered them to the flowers with glue dots.  It adds the perfect dimensional element.



Supplies:  Patterned Paper (Echo Park, My Mind's Eye); Cardstock (American Crafts); Brads (Basic Grey); Stickers (Echo Park); Other (Silhouette Cameo, We R Memory Keepers Floss, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, Tim Hotlz Distress Ink).

2.  Ice Cream Anniversary {a card}.  One of my dear friends requested a custom-made anniversary card for her parents with an ice cream theme.  It's amazing how just a few strategically placed Basic Grey buttons really finish off a card.


Supplies:  Patterned Paper (My Mind's Eye); Vellum (Martha Stewart); Brads (Basic Grey); Letter Stickers (American Crafts, Cosmo Cricket); Stamps (Lawn Fawn); Other (Silhouette Cameo, We R Memory Keepers Floss, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, Tim Hotlz Distress Ink, Uniball Signo Broad White Gel Pen).

3.  E is for Ellison {a button monogram}.  And finally, I wanted to make something that featured the button in its full glory.  I remember seeing this awesome tutorial by Jana Paddington on the Scrapbook Steals blog last year for a button monogram.  So using her expertise as my guide, here is what I made with the Basic Grey buttons.



And here it is all warm and cozy in an Ikea shadow box frame.  


Thank you so much to Kristy Lee and Scrapbook Steals for the opportunity to be a part of this event.  I am always giddy with excitement to create when inspired by such fantastic products.

Scrapbook Steals Giveaway!  There are lots of talented and inspiring crafters taking part in this Blog Hop so please be sure to visit each one!  PLUS, Scrapbook Steals will be giving away a $20 Scrapbook Steals Gift Certificate to one lucky person leaving a comment on one of the blogs!  So to increase your chances to winning, make sure to comment on each blog by Sunday, March 11th at 11:59PM MST.
Giveaway Time!  I'm also hosting my own little giveaway for two sets of Basic Grey Buttons and Brads!  For my giveaway, all you have to do is "follow" my blog and leave a comment on this post by next Friday, March 16 at 11 am EST.  I'll post the random winner on Friday afternoon!

Good luck and as always, thanks for stopping by!
 
Project 100 Update:  77 down, 23 to go.

137 comments:

  1. Great projects Van! You did that initial way, way, way better than I ever could! ;-)

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  2. Great projects! Love the monogram!

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  3. Great inspiration!! You projects are great and I am now following you :)

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  4. OMG! I love these projects! One is more beautiful than the next!

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  5. Awesome projects. They are so inspiring! I am so going to start using my buttons and brads more.

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  6. Oh My Gosh...I could sit and stare at your projects all day!. They are super FAB!

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  7. Wowzer!! I love your shadowbox with the button E!! I just last night finished some gifts using flower punches of paper to make the letters A, K and S for birthday gifts!! I think I will have to try it with buttons too!!! Love your work!!! Thank you for sharing!!

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  8. Framed monogram...great idea for baby gifts. Loved it!

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  9. Beautiful stuff. Love the layout.

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  10. cute stuff! I've been wanting to make one of those button letters ever since I saw Jana's tutorial, but yours is re-inspiring me to actually do it! :)

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  11. Love the button monogram!!! Christmas present idea for grand-daughters, so I could really use the buttons as I have 7 grand daughters. Love your ideas.

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  12. I love your garden layout! That is so creative.

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  13. Wow! Amazing projects! That LO is awesome!!!

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  14. I big, puffy, heart LOVE that button monogram! That LO is fantastic, too!

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  15. What a wonderful layout Van! Your ability to make it look like a piece of art with all of that dimension is amazing!

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  16. I have to agree with Stephanie U. The layout is amazing. I started follwing your blog and can't wait to see all your projects in the future.

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  17. Oh. My. Goodness. That has got to be in the top 5 layouts of all time. I couldn't say enough good things about that first layout!

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  18. Love those ice cream cones! And the flowers!

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  19. OMG, Van! That's exactly what came to mind when I saw this. This is so bright and cheerful and happy. I love all the detail...not too overwhelming and most definitely pleasing to the eye. AMAZING job!!!!

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  20. Love the LO! I also love that monogram-it's very eye catching :)

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  21. WOWWOWOWOW! Van, the projects are SO adorable! Love the layout, and the initial, and that card is too cute!!

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  22. Wonderful projects - all of them. But I really want to make a button monogram pic!!

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  23. Great job Van! I love that layout!

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  24. Love the E button layout, cant wait to try it.

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  25. Wow, Van, Wow! You are just so uber-talented! That layout is just so stunning! I am just in awe! Can I be you when I grow up?

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  26. These are super cute, and so cheerful! I'm your newest follower. :)

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  27. I am making plans to just come over and play!!! You have the cutest layouts! I really love the button filled one.

    Have a great day and I'm totally following you!

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  28. I just love these projects! We're quite familiary with Pinkalicious over here, so I'm a huge fan of that first layout, but the projects are all impeccable. (And I'm following you now!) Thanks!

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  29. Mind. Blown. Can I have just a fraction of your talent? :)

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  30. Van you totally rocked the projects you did!! Love your work!

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  31. Van, how do you come up with so many amazing layouts and ideas? Can I be like you when I grow up? ;) I LOVE your layout and would never have thought to cut out flowers like those and add the buttons but it looks awesome. And you also reminded me that I need to do a button initial. I love the look of the shadow box. Thanks for participating in the hop!

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  32. Love the bright colors and brilliant ideas! So much that now I'm a follower!! Thanks!

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  33. Such amazing colors - you are super talented! Love it!!

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  34. Great layout, card and button monogram. I think I just might have to make a few of those. Thank you!!

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  35. Absolutely love the Happy, Adventure, Play layout. the colors are so bright and cheerful!! And I think I may have to steal the monogram idea for my daughter!!

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  36. I am officially inspired!!! I love your talent and craftsmanship! You always have the best ideas!

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  37. What fabulous projects. Love all of your 3 creations! You're so creative! Oh I do want to create my own monogram in a shadow box with my initial letter "K". {sigh}

    TFS!

    Kathleen
    Blog: Creo by Lady Katutz at http://creobyladykatutz.blogspot.com/

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  38. Well, hello VAN!!!! did you rock the buttons or what!!!/?? WOW.

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  39. OOOh me oooh my the garden of flowers is breath taking. I so love it, WOW!!!!

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  40. Gorgeous! I love what you do and I look forward to seeing your new blog posts every single time. And, without fail, you never disappoint. Just lovely Van!

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  41. Love the bright colors on your layout. Simply gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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  42. I just became a follower of your blog. Can't wait to see more exciting things from you.

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  43. Terrific projects. Love the button monogram. Thanks for sharing.

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  44. I love the monogram!! The layout of your daughter and the flowers was amazing! Thank you for sharing!

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  45. Wow and Wow and Wow! How long did it take you to complete your first layout? I also LOVE the monogram! So adorable.

    Melanie

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  46. Oh my goodness. Your layout is just stunning! The card is adorable too and I love the monogram! Gorgeous projects as always!

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  48. Wow, I love that framed letter and your layout and card are just fantastic too!

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  49. LOVE those button flowers - so stunning!

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  50. i absolutley love the button monogram in the shadow box! I would love to do this for my daughter. I never thought of using buttons before but now i'm having second thoughts!

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  51. I love your layouts. Such talent and creativity. I have no problem choosing to follow your blog.

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  52. I LOVE the shadow box with the letter in it <3

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  53. omg...i love all the projects on this page! beautiful!

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  54. SERIOUSLY! I love love love this... I am starting to gather my buttons and find a shadow box.. where did you get it? I think I can find one at Micheals or something. I am a new follower so please add me to your contest. I wil be back to finish this project up.

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    1. Cathy, I got the shadow box at ikea for about $10. But I know that Michaels has a ton too and with a 40% off coupon, the price might be just right!

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  55. I am in awe of your talent Van! I just want to copy ALL your projects! Thanks for all the fantastic ideas!

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  56. Van, your work never ceases to amaze me. So Beautiful!!

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  57. I really, really like the button letter. SO cute.!!!

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  58. How cute. I've never seen your creations before.

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  59. I looooooooove all your projects, they are so bright and fun! Thanks for the gorgeous eye candy.

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  60. WOW! I'm loving ALL your projects! The layout is just stunning (I may have to scraplift this one if that's ok??), your card is so sweet, and the button monogram is a definite MUST for me to make - I love it and I know my kids will too! Thank you so much for the inspiration :-) x

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  61. Forgot to say - just became a follower too! I LOVE your work! :-)

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  62. That LO is outstanding. What a great use of all those buttons. Loved your projects !!

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  63. So glad the hop brought me to your blog! That garden is gorgeous and the monogram is perfect. Great job!

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  64. I love the monogram in the shadow box. What a great way to dress up my little guys room. The first layout is beyond gorgeous.

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  65. Fantastic projects! LOVE the look of your layout especially!

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  66. you really outdid yourself on these projects, each one is stunning! you never cease to amaze me! i'm totally scraplifting your layout, you are awesome! thanks for always inspiring me!

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  67. The scrapbook layout is amazing. As well as the shadow box...and the card... Okay, its all so bright and beautiful! I love bright. So fun!

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  68. LOVE all of them! :) I can see the Pinkalicious inspiration immediately. I need to show it to my children. :)

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  69. I love these! And I need to get my act together and do more!

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  70. I adore all three of your projects. That button letter is super cute.

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  71. it is very difficult to pick my favorite but the initial shadow box wins. great job on all.

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  72. love your layout on there!! wow!!

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  73. Your projects are wonderful! I LOVE the bright and happy layout and that monogram is definitely eye catching. Thanks for inspiring!

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  74. yours really by far my favorite! love that button monogram!

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  75. Love the "sunburst" flowers w/ the button centers and the button monogram...especially in the shadow box! ClassY!! :) --SharonDoesBaskets

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  76. I love love love your bright and sunny layout. What a cute way to use buttons.

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  77. As usual, your projects are stunning! I just love all of the details you put into your projects!

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  78. Wow! Finding your inspirations, in the 'blog hop', must be serendipitous. My daughter and I, have been reading(and reading and reading...) the Pinkalicious book, along with all the other "licious" books, and I have been, completely, obsessed with the flowers in the book. (Which prompts, "Mama, can we, please, turn the page, now?!") Your "Happy, Adventure, Play" scrapbook page, just, made my heart soar. Thank you, so much, for the ideas~Kristin

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  79. I loved the layout! It is such fun to look at!

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  80. I may just have to scraplift that layout...love the idea of all the flowers :)

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  81. Stinkin' Cute!!!! Great inspiration...I'll have to come back and check more often!

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  82. Love the button letter. Definitely going to attempt it for Caroline :)

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  83. Ahhhhhhh-mazing!!! As usual! I love everything you posted for the blog hop! <3

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  84. Your layout is beautiful--so colorful!

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  85. i LOVE this!! i love how the buttons look on the flowers!

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  86. The "e" frame is my favorite project of the whole hop! I can't wait to go to ikea and grab a frame and do this!

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  87. Stunning as usual!! You layout with the pops of buttons is soo bright!!!

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  88. Van, your creations are adorable! The layout is so cheerful, makes you want to smile. I love the color combo you used on the card..so sweet! The framed letter is too cute for words...love it!

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  89. Wow, wow, wow!!! I love each of your projects!!! The LO is absolutely incredible! I know Pinkalicious very well, and your flower garden is beyond inspirational! The card is so cute. And your monogram is so creative! I love it! Thank you for so much inspiration and ideas, can`t wait to go create something today! I am a new follower of yours!!!

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  90. Love all the projects.. Looking forward to following your blog and getting more inspiration.

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  91. Great ideas. I a getting ready to do a button letter also. Old buttons from my husbands grand mother.
    Heidi Crawford

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  92. I must make the button monogram letter in the shadow box! I'm still not sure how you layer them, what is holding them together? Thanks for sharing!

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  93. The monogram is so cute! I love the idea of putting it in a shadow box!

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  94. I think I am in love with all of your projects! (The layout especially, so bright and happy!)

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  95. Wow! I love the monogram!!!

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  96. Gorgeous projects! Love all that you posted, especially the monogram! TFS!

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  97. Love the bright vibrant colors You must have a fun personality!!

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  98. I adore the shadow box may have to steal the idea~

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  99. Van I LOVE how everything you touch turns out beautiful. Really wish I had half your talent! Love the shadow box button monogram. Think I might have to make one for Shanley's room to match the one you already made her. =)

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  100. Van, your garden layout is AMAZING! I would love to try something similar, thanks for the inspiration. Also, I'm now following your blog.

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  101. Your scrapbook layout is so bright and beautiful! Love it!

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  102. Your layout is seriously amazing!!

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  103. I love how bright and cheery your projects are! It's wonderful that you took inspiration from Pinkalicious for your LO! You really did an amazing job with that! I just love buttons and your projects really celebrated them in a very fun way! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  104. I love you directing your work into the spring look and bright and colorful and very fullfilling layout ideas! I would be afraid it would look to busy but it doesn't...fantastic!

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  105. You are one crafty lady - seriously! I kept returning to your scrapbook page. So many lovely details. Your projects are beautiful. They make me smile. Thank you

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  106. I love your projects. They are so bright and colorful. Thanks for sharing them.

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  107. I love your layout and the use of the buttons. Beautiful creations!

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  108. Love all the ways you used the buttons

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    1. Such cute ways to utilize the buttons!

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  109. Your layout is great. And such a cute card.

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  110. I loved the "e". I can't wait to do one for my daughter. Very creative. Thanks for sharing.

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  111. The word "Ikea" is enough too send me into drool mode! I dont have one near me. The closest is Hamilton, Ontario or Pittsburgh, PA & I live in "suburbia" near Buffalo, NY!! That's like over 4 hrs. either way! I do love that store & the internet is not the same. It's the experience! Ok, enough about Ikea *drool* & lets get to your gorgeous designs. The scrap page is soooo beautiful (I will be scraplifting that, BTW!). The card is genius! But anniversary + ice cream ?? Wierd, wonder what's up with that?!! QUESTION: how did you get soo many buttons on the "e"? Glue gun? & if so what glue gun works the best for you? They are stacked very high & I love that effect. Cute projects! :)

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    1. Hi Stacey! I have to drive almost an hour to get to the closest Ikea too. But that is certainly closer than 4 hrs away! For the button monogram, I actually used glossy accents as my adhesive. I find that it gives me more time to move things around a bit and I've never been that good with a glue gun sadly enough. If I could do it again, I would probably just use something like my tombow mono clear adhesive because the glossy accents did seep through some of the button holes and gave a sheen that I didn't necessarily want. Hope that helps!

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  112. My favorite is the letter in buttons! So creative!

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  113. I love the monogram in the shadow box. And that scrapbook layout? SWOON.

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    1. ...and I'm also following you now!

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  114. A button monogram is now on my must-make list :)

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  115. Love the initial and the flowers in the layout. Thanks for sharing your projects.

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  116. The layout made my heart pitterpat! And I love monograms :) Definitely going on my to-do list!

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  117. Love different things about each project! Great job!

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  118. Hi, Van~
    I'm curious re:your giveaway...I've, already, left a comment, here, as part of the SS Blog Hop, but, do you want a separate post left, for your giveaway? Thanks, Kristin

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    1. Sorry for the belated response, Kristin! No need for another comment for my giveaway. I'll draw a name on Friday morning and announce the winner that afternoon. Good luck!

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  119. So glad I found you from the SS Blog Hop. I absolutely love the shadow box and that baby layout is so adorable. Happy Scrapping!

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