Button Turtle

My fave button folks over at ButtonLovers.com have done it again!!! They came up with the smartest new kits- The Button Artist sets! I was SO excited to try these out, since it is right up my alley!

I was in a turtley kind of mood (you know how that happens), so this is what I created:

photo-124Nifty right? As you can see, it’s a bit different than my usual button critters, because instead of layering buttons to cover the design, I actually used the tiny buttons, beads and rhinestones that come with these kits to fill in all the spaces!

It was super fun to try something new, and I love how it turned out.

Here is how I did it:

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First I sketched a turtle on the back of some high-quality cereal box cardboard. All class and no sass around here, folks ;)

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Next I cut out the template with a super sharp exacto knife. And listen to my tattoo!!! Danger! Get an adult to help you with this step!

You can also skip this step and just find a random image to transfer to your surface, but I wanted to make a template that I could use again and again!

I transferred my image onto an 8×10″ canvas board, but you could use heavy cardboard, wood, or anything sturdy.

turtle3 Before you fill in the turtle with some craft paint, grab your beautiful button/bead/bling sets so you can mix up a perfect colour! After your paint is dry, you are ready to get gluing! YAY! The fun part :D

turtle4 I dumped each button set into containers to keep everything organized.

Sorry about the bad photos- I feel like the colours and amounts of materials aren’t being properly represented here- I guess I should try harder to craft in the daylight versus my midnight craft sessions I am so inclined to indulge in haha! Seriously though, with 5 crazy kids running around in the day, what’s a button artist to do? At least I snapped a pic of the final product in good light :)

I used some white craft glue to put this together- normally I use hot glue, because it creates more of a permanent bond to the canvas board behind it, but since I was using some tiny beads and rhinestones here, I wanted to make sure I used clear-drying glue, to keep it looking clean. This glue still holds everything on fine, it’s just not going to win in an boxing match against the hot-glued piece ;)

OH MY GOODNESS I forgot to mention a vital step:

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Turtle manicure!

After you paint your nails to match your buttons, grab your glue, and working in sections, start placing your buttons etc. Begin with the large buttons, then add the smaller buttons, and finally the beads and rhinestones to fill in the gaps.

photo-125Here is another sub-standard photo to help explain the process! When gluing the beads into the tight spaces, I just used a paint brush to add a thick layer to one space at a time, then I carefully grabbed a pinch of beads and dropped them into the glue, adjusting a bit!

photo-123Remember the glue dries clear- and while it’s drying, make sure to keep it sitting flat! I let it dry for a good few hours.  Of course I needed to add some details- cute button eyes and a wooden button butterfly to keep Mr. Turtle company.

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I am super happy with how this design turned out, and with how FUN it was to use these new crafty kits! I have a lot more ideas planned, and I only used less than a fifth of each pack of buttons etc!! So they are a great deal too- Thanks again Button Lovers, don’t forget to pick up your own The Button Artist sets here.

Well it is Midnight, and I need to get to bed- I have a big day tomorrow- I am starting training with an incredible Autism Support Dog, who was recently matched with my 9 year old son! Asher has very high needs, and this dog is basically an incredible unicorn who will keep Asher safe and comforted in ways that he has never been able to experience before. Our lives are about to become more manageable and the world is about to become more accessible! If you want to learn more, check out Autism Support Dogs HERE :)

Happy Buttoning, Beading, Blinging andddddd reading up on majestic unicorn doggies :)

~Dot

 

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Wooly Topic

Busted Button:

Wooly Topic is one of my favourite crafters! Read a bit about her, and check out the Crafty Bastards- because I am also going to be taking part in a giveaway with them soon :D So if you wanna win yourself one of my button elephants, make sure you are following them on Facebook :) Happy Monday!

Originally posted on Crafty Bastards:

First up in our string of sponsors of free goodies is the lovely Alynn from Wooly Topic. One of the best parts of handmade from small or individually run businesses is being able to get a little peek into the person who makes these creations we’ve grown to love.  After chatting with Alynn a bit, I’ve learned that she is a very sweet person with a spicy side and a great passion for wool.

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Alynn loves wool in a weird way that only another wool lover could appreciate. She’s actually been known to take her wool on vacation with her, like, to the Bahamas.  While everyone else is lounging by the pool with a daiquiri in their hands, you’ll likely find Alynn sitting in chair making those stabling noises with her felting needle.  Have you ever tried to watch tv or do a quiet activity next to a felter?  Well…

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Auction for Mosaic Learning Society!

Hi everyone! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by :) I am taking a break from tutorials for a second to talk about something verrrry important!!!

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I want to share about a big online auction that just went live and is running until April 15th! After all, April is Autism awareness month! This fundraiser will support Mosaic Learning Society, which offers educational, social, and fine arts programs for children and youth on the autism spectrum.  Created by families for families, Mosaic provides innovative programs in adaptive environments to foster growth and confidence in all of the children they support.

My 9 year old son has severe autism, is non verbal, and has many challenges that come with his disability,  but that didn’t stop him from creating something for the auction:

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I am blubbering all over my keyboard as I share this- Asher has been so blessed by Mosaic and the incredible support they offer. Sure, I helped him with the details of this painting, but I am so proud of him for getting his hands dirty (literally) to create such a beautiful piece. Here is a sweet video of him working on it: https://instagram.com/p/0tZambPt6u/

This auction features a student art section (scroll down!), and the talent displayed seriously gives me goosebumps! All of the kids who take part in Mosaic’s Education program have created the most amazing original artwork to share with us! Great job everyone!!!

I have donated a couple of my original button paintings to support this great cause, and there are SO many other items you can bid on! Along with my elephant family painting, you can snag yourself this happy little number:

10887248_849868035055983_6618017867710289449_oA few of my favourite artists and crafters have donated special items too!

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From left to right:

Honey Lime Designs, Turtlekeeper Designs, Somewhere in Dreamland, The Hollow Root, Love and Farkles, Matt Ferguson Photography, Wooly Topic, and Nana-Made-Me Dolls.

Thank you all for donating to such a valuable cause!! HERE is the auction link once more for good measure- there is something for everyone!

Thanks again for stopping by my page! Feel free to browse around- I have lots of nifty tutorials and recipes hanging around :)

You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram too, where I post way too much about my way too crazy life haha!

Happy Autism Awareness month!

~Dot

 

 

 

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