Art and Craft

Lovely Crafts Blog Hop

Ann Butler Clearsnap Blog Hop 2015

Welcome to a LOVEly blog hop with Clearsnap and Ann Butler Designs! Last month at the CHA trade show, we released a new collection of foam and rubber stamps with Ann Butler Designs, called Background Basics, to compliment her line of ColorBox Crafter’s Inks and her existing faux quilting stamp lines. Today, our teams are sharing Valentine craft ideas you can make tonight for your special someone for Valentine’s Day.

To celebrate this occasion, I have crafted a crazy easy aromatherapy pillow, which you can whip up using these stamps and inks which our teams are showcasing for you today.  To start, I took a cut of basic white cotton fabric, and stamped a traditional quilty pattern using modern combinations of ColorBox Crafter’s Inks and really high quality stamps, all designed by Ann Butler.

VivianKehAnnButlerClearsnapPillow_1I started with a beautiful floral stamp called, “Picnic,” paired with “Canyon” Crafter’s Ink.  This rusty hue happens to be my new favorite accent color for home decor!

VivianKehAnnButlerClearsnapPillow_2Next, I added “Ocean Breeze” Crafter’s Ink with the “Basket” patterned stamps.  This line of inks from Clearsnap is permanent when heat-set,  so it was easy to take care of that when I ironed out my seams as a final step.  This ink is very rich and creamy – a joy to stamp with.

VivianKehAnnButlerClearsnapPillow_3To finish out this pattern, I used “Desert Sand” Crafter’s Ink on the corners.  I had so much fun stamping on fabric that I decided to do it all over again on the back…

VivianKehAnnButlerClearsnapPillow_4This time I added “Deep Woods” Crafter’s Ink into the mix.  These Background Basics stamps don’t need to be mounted on an acrylic block – I used them as they came.  They are mounted already on a sturdy foam that nicely distributes pressure while stamping.  Once I was done with a color, I just rinsed the whole stamp under the faucet and my stamp was “like new” again.  I know that with these stamps, I’ll never have to bother with stamps losing their stick the way acrylic stamps always do.

VivianKehAnnButlerClearsnapPillow_5I eyeballed the size for an inner pillow, stitched it up with a small opening through which I could pour lavender flowers.  Once full, I hand stitched the small opening shut.

VivianKehAnnButlerClearsnapPillow_6As for the closure on the hand stamped pillow, I must confess to you, I was feeling lazy about buttons/zippers/ etc.   And we ARE celebrating fast crafts today, aren’t we?  This is where the self adhesive velcro comes into play!  Stick those suckers on the inside, and Voilà!

VivianKehAnnButlerClearsnapPillow_AI love how quickly my design came together!  A great, fast, Love-ly handmade item for someone who loves beautiful, natural scents!


Now that my fabric, my sewing machine, and these Crafter’s Inks are out, I think I’m going to play with them some more!!!

Thanks for stopping by my home in the ether!  Hop along to each blog in the hop and leave a comment on each post. Then, use the Rafflectoper widget at the end of this post to win an assortment of Ann Butler Designs’ new Background Basics stamps with Clearsnap!

Hop List:

Steph Ackerman

Zoey E. Scarpelli

Tami Sanders

Roberta Birnbaum

Sabrina Alery

Larissa Pittman

Suzanne Austin

Irit Shalom

Vishu Reberholt

Jennifer Priest

Gracie Chavez

Vivian Keh                         <—-YOU ARE HERE

Kristi Parker                       <—-GO HERE NEXT


Ann Butler Designs

What would you create with the new Background Basics stamps? Tell us in the comments!

And before you go, don’t forget to enter to win a set of Background Basics stamps here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

17 thoughts on “Lovely Crafts Blog Hop

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  2. Vivian I love this project and will be watching your blog for more Faux Quilted projects in the future, they are so quick and easy to do…Thank you for being part of the hop!

  3. Wow, what a beautiful pillow !
    I usually make cards, or little boxes or booklets, so would start using the backgrounds there; but you give us something to try here !

  4. What a sweet project.Love these background stamps and the endless possibilities. I was thinking this would make a nice gift to take to residents of our local nursing home.

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