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Hi I'm Clare, I live in the South West of England in the seaside town of Torquay. I adore playing with inks, paints and generally getting messy. It is the calm place which fits in between my hectic life whilst working as an outreach support worker, looking after my son, daughter, foster son and hubby. Not forgetting our gorgeous springer spaniel, Suzi.

Wednesday 1 March 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #34 Buttons

Hi there!  It's the start of a new month that means that there is a new challenge going live today on the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

This month our challenge is sponsored by 28 Lilac Lane, they offer an awesome collection of crafty embellishments some encased in the cutest bottles.  They also have an array of gorgeous embellishment kits organised by colour and theme.  Our guest designer is May Flaum, pop over to the blog and have a peep at what May and the rest of our amazing team, have been creating.

Now I absolutely adore buttons!  On clothing, ok that's a necessity, but for embellishing cards and mixed media makes they are very often one of  my favourite go to embellishments.  There really is 

something quite special about them.  I really love my ample collection of buttons, it so satisfying to 
empty the tin and just delve in to the colourful, tactile discs. 

Buttons is the theme, buttons it is!  I went all out selecting many different shapes, sizes and textures with some teeny tiny seed beads thrown in for good measure.

On a 12 x 12 canvas (pre-loved, a project that hadn't progressed) I adhered the buttons to the  bloom already on the canvas,  this had been created by using one of Donna Downey's large bloom stencils. To adhere my buttons  I used Finnabair 3D gel.

Once the gel had dried I covered the canvas with a coat of black acrylic paint.  I love the way the 
previous colours I'd applied are making an appearance through the seed beads. 

Using Dina Wakley Acrylic paints I worked on my button bloom using Magenta and blackberry I layered the paints on with a dry brushing of white in between colours.

I continued on the rest of the canvas using Dina's turquoise paint once that was dry I added some white dry brushing.

To finish, using Treasured gold, aquamarine and rose quartz I waxed over the buttons to give a luxurious sheen. 

Thank you for popping over to my blog today.  It's your turn to dig out the buttons and get creative!  Head over to MMMC HQ to check out the rules and place your entry on the blog to be in with a chance of a 28 Lilac Lane prize.

Happy crafting,

Clare ❤️


  1. This is stunning and love what you did with the buttons

  2. This is impressive and so wonderful !
    A great objekt.
    Greetings from Germany

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  4. Increible manera de usar botones!, BellisimO!

  5. The colors and sheen on the finished project are amazing!

  6. This. Is. FABULOUS!! I totally pinned it! I am so in love with the whole process of how you created this and that metallic sheen is just divine!

  7. This is amazing. I love how you filled the gaps with seed beads... that's brilliant!

  8. Very interesting project and so many buttons:-) Looks great! Wiola.


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