A Kraftin’ Kimmie Challenge and a Button Wrap How-to

It’s Saturday and that means it’s time for a challenge with my Kraftin’ Kimmie friends (and stamps).  This week Vicki has us using two or more KK images to create a scene.  I decided to use the boy (minus the dog) and the girl (minus the wagon) from Kimmie’s latest release.

Forever Friends


It wasn’t difficult to omit the wagon from the Puppy Love image or the dog from the Gone Fishin’ image, but removing the dog leash was a bit KKFFCUtricky.  After inking the image, I soaked the tip of a pointed q-tip in baby wipe solution (pooled at the bottom of the wipes container) and then wiped away the leash lines from the stamp.  After stamping, I then drew back in the missing lines from the overalls and bucket handle using a fine tip black marker. 

To make things easier, the boy was stamped, colored and cut out, then adhered over the girl.  There was no way I was going to try to mask this.  (Plus I like that the ends of the boy’s hat are lifted a bit.)

Be sure to check out the other design team samples on Kimmie’s Challenge Blog HERE.  And if you’d like to play along, please post a link on the challenge blog and you’ll have a chance to win a free stamp from Kraftin’ Kimmie!

Button Wrap How-to

I’ve had quite a few requests to post a tutorial on how I tie string around my buttons as I’ve done on this card, so I took a few extra photos along the way to show you how I do that. It’s very easy.


First I mark my button holes with either a pencil or the tip of a paper-piercer.  Punch through the marks with the piercer, inserting the piercer as far as it will go so the holes will be large enough to slip a large threaded needle through without tugging.


Beginning from the back, stitch your button to the card front, leaving the two long tails of string hanging behind.


Bring the two ends from the back and begin tying the string around the button.   At this time you can adjust the distance between the two strings on the right side of the button.  Tie tightly once.


And then tie again, knotting the string.  Use sharp scissors to nip off the ends of the strings just beneath the edge of the button.  Done.  🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!

StampsKraftin’ Kimmie“Puppy Love,” “Gone Fishin” and “Kimmie’s Everyday Sentiments”   Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMagic Wheat   Cardstock: Stampin’ Up Real Red, Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream   Patterned Paper: October Afternoon Farm Fresh 8×8 paper pad   Accessories: Copic markers (E000, E00, E31, E33, E35, E50, E51, E57, E71, R14, R17, R20, YR31, Y17,YG03, YR0000, B0000), Prismacolor pencils, Maya Road crocheted trim, PTI buttons, white string, sewing machine, dimensional boosters, sponge.  Finished size 5” x 5”.

20 responses to “A Kraftin’ Kimmie Challenge and a Button Wrap How-to

  1. WOW, Michele!!! Not only are your coloring skills masterful, you are a whiz with masking. Well, and everything else, too! Awesome card, and thanks for the button-tying tutorial.

  2. What a wonderful card !!!

  3. What an beautiful card, your coloring is just perfect. Thanks for showing how you did the button wrap, it really adds a fun little touch to the card!

  4. michele…this is fabulous! i love how you masked the images to create a brand-spankin’-new one…beautifully done!

  5. This is an incredible card Michele! Love the scene you created.

  6. Oh my gosh! Michelle, did I mention that I totally admire everything that you do!!!! You are AMAZING Chickadee!

  7. Oh thank you! I love that look and I hadn’t thought about doing it that way!

  8. Amazing card – sooo professional! Have I told you how jealous I get when I look at your blog?!! 😉

  9. Michele…You are such an amazing crafter…This card is just stunning and I love the fact that you masked the two images…Really beautiful job! Xx

  10. WOW! This is gorgeous! Great job!

  11. Beautiful card, Michele! The vibrant colors are wonderful! Love your button wraps too!!

  12. This is just beautiful Michele!

  13. Michele, Michele, Michele, my craft crush on you gets stronger everytime you do something so incredible like this!!! Your card is phenominal and your tutorial makes it sound like something I could actually do. Love your style girl!

  14. Oh, I love this Michele! Your style is just fantastic, and I adore the colours on this card. The images are perfect together!

  15. This is adorable, and so beautifully colored…Michele!! Love the buttons and trim!!

  16. Super cute card! Thank you for showing how you do that embellishment! Super cute! What white string do you use?

  17. Adorable card. Seamless combination. And thank you for the tutorial.

  18. This is amazing, beautiful job on it! TFS the tutorial, love how you do those.

  19. I love this!! It’s so sweet, and I love the buttons! Thanks for the how-to!

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