Sunday, March 19, 2017

Faith, Joy, Hope at Easter

The inspiration for this card came from a challenge to use buttons and/or brads. The layout was from a sketch. I had the card almost completed but had an appointment for an eye exam. After the eye exam, I was unable to see well enough through dilated eyes to complete my card and I missed the "button" challenge deadline. I did have time for the sketch challenge and a few others.
An oval was stamped with the sentiment and die cut from white cardstock. A coordinating oval frame was die cut from blue cardstock. The ovals were adhered to the blue patterned paper and then to a panel of blue cardstock. The buttons were sewn on by sewing machine. (I am not a fan of "naked" buttons.) The ribbon was added across the lower edge. A butterfly was punched from blue cardstock and another from white vellum. Clear Wink of Stella was added to the vellum butterfly. The butterflies were adhered to the ribbon and three blue gems were added.
The inside of the card was decorated with a rectangular frame of blue patterned paper and stamped with an "Easter Blessings" sentiment.

The card is being submitted to:
1. Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #203

2. Brown Sugar Challenge #242
    (Theme: Anything Goes)

3. Aud Sentiments Challenge #175
    (Theme: Use a spring or Easter sentiment)

4. City Crafter Challenge #353
    (Theme: Spring is around the Corner)

5. Happy Little Stampers March Challenge
    (Theme: Anything Goes with Dies)

Techniques: Stamping, die cutting, punch cutting, sewing machine button application
Size: A2

Stamps: Paper Smooches "Easter Blessings"
Ink: Stampin' Up! Night of Navy
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Dapper Denim, Vellum
Paper: Graphic 45 "Gilded Lily" Collection
Dies: Gina K Designs stacking/nesting ovals
Punch: Stampin' Up! "Elegant Butterfly"
Misc.: Ribbon, gems, buttons from stash, Bernina sewing machine, ZIG Wink of Stella (clear)


  1. Oooh! Very pretty! All of those different blue buttons... love this!

    1. Aaaaand... Thanks so much for playing along at Atlantic Hearts this week! :)

  2. OK - I am also not a fan of "naked" buttons but sewn on via a sewing machine? Really? That must have taken forever! I would have have hand- stitched each of them prior to adhering them to the paper (with twine or the like so they only had to be stitched through once). Beautiful card - sentiment is perfect with the cross and the background paper is so delicate. Thanks for once again sharing your talent with us at Atlantic Hearts, Melanie :)

    1. Thank you for the sweet compliment. Using the sewing machine to stitch on a button only takes a few seconds per button. Been doing it for years!

  3. very nice card, great execution! thank you for sharing with us at AHSC this week!


  4. Beautiful card Melanie! Very unique with all the buttons. Love the ribbon and butterfly as well. Thanks for playing along with us at AHSC.

  5. Very pretty card, I love the buttons, great touch! Thanks for playing along with AHSC!

    Brandi R
    DT Member AHSC

  6. Well you may think sewing buttons on your machine is so simple...that's why whenever it came to buttons I had you come over and re-teach me how to use it. But to use it on paper, I don't know...I have a stamp set and a border die for buttons and that's good enough for me. Really, Mel, this is a fantastic card and so simple for you and love the interpretation of the sketch and I know it wasn't much of a challenge for you to find a few blue buttons with your barrels of buttons and then sew them on your

    1. Ooops, thanks for sharing with us at AHSC...and would love to see more of your stitching/sewing on cards.

  7. What a beautiful card - such a great idea for the layout,

    Thanks for inspiring us over at Aud sentiments,

    Hugz Tinz

  8. Easter is definitely part of Spring. Such a pretty card. Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB!

  9. What a great those cute buttons..Thank you so much for joining us at Happy Little Stampers - Anything goes with dies challenge. Hugs xx Deepti Aggarwal