Thursday, 25 February 2010

"button" cotton reel stamp

i am a real hoarder
and hate to throw anything away,

these plastic cotton reels have been sitting on my desk
waiting for me to find a use for them


i like to decorate the envelopes i send my orders out in
and made some button stamps from funky foam and stuck them on top of my mini versa-colour ink pads
but it was bugging my that the edges of the lid got inked up too


hmm what i needed was a round base for my stamp

so here's how i made the stamp
i cut out some circles of self adhesive funky foam
with my sizzix machine
i tried doing it by hand but i couldn't cut the foam neatly
then i made the button holes with my leather punch


then i cut a disc of card a little smaller than the button
and stuck it to the back
{this is because of the hole in the spool
the first stamp i tried wouldn't print evenly}


stick the button stamp to the spool

ink it up and stamp away to your hearts content!

i've made a few so i can have different colours
without having to clean the stamp in between printing sessions


so there you go
easy peasy crafting and recycling too!


73 comments:

George's Mum said...

I love that!! Also loving the new layout you have... Anna x

Pretty-In-Ink said...

That's so cool! I love your button stamps! fab idea and great recycling too!
Hugs
Nicola

Juanita Tortilla said...

Oh heeheeheeee.... Great one Megan! :)

Bigbluebed said...

That is amazing! YOu are so clever.

Kitschy Coo said...

They look great, good idea!

Apryl said...

fantastic, very cleaver and simple too. I was wondering what to do with some empty cotton reels.. though I don't have any foam to expiriment with cutting stamps.

love the new header too!

gtlady said...

Thats fantastic, what a fab idea!

Vintage to Victorian at Dairy House Antiques said...

Very clever - I wondered how you'd done the lovely envelope I received my buttons in.

Sue x

Beadyjan said...

What a great idea

ANGLESEY ALLSORTS said...

How cool is that! You know what we'll all be doing this afternoon!

Vicky x

Scrapiana said...

Oh, what a great idea! I've tried sticking a real button on a cork (and using quite a yielding, squishy surface to print on) with mixed results. This looks much, much better.

Jessica said...

Oh clever! I love that idea!

Carol Mae said...

What a great idea, thanks for sharing it with us. I'm now a follower of yours and love your blog. Smiles, Carol Mae

The Frugal Fraulein said...

Love it! I did not know spools are called cotton reels. See I learned something new today. I have lots of them and really love to keep the old wooden ones.
I found a button box recently at a yard sale and in it were old junket tablet containers being used for needles. They are wooden round and the top comes off. Very vintage and useful.
I will post a picture today on my blog...come and visit you all!

Me said...

Very cool and I like the results on the manilla envelope...

LiLi M. said...

Great idea! I love it!

pennydog said...

They work great in a pattern! Nice idea!

andrea creates said...

I love it-thanks for sharing :)

Tess said...

Oh wow, easy peasy is right! Love the way you decorated the envolope. I don't have sticky foam but I'm sure some double side tape would do the trick. Hmm...and hubby has a leather hole punch just like the one you used. Tahnks for sharing this great idea...

Sam Gillespie said...

I love it! what a fab idea :)

KtShortcake said...

This is such a great idea!! Thanks for posting! :)
Kt-x

TCN said...

That's awesome! Will definitely give that a go with some of my dies I think!

vintagesusie said...

Love this idea...but I would like to try doing this with a real button. Why wouldn't that work too & maybe give a more realistic stamp of the button? I think I'll try it today, such a good project. Thank you for your creative idea!!!
Smiles,
Susie

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I love this idea of repurposing our beloved wooden spools to make a contemporary tool to use as design element for a million processes! Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

my blogspot is:
http://maryhelenfernandezstewart.blogspot.com
I love vintage design elements that can tell a story...:o)

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Simply brilliant idea - this is one project I need to try! I have a huge collection of old spools that have been patiently waiting to be repurposed.

lucykate crafts... said...

cool idea, meant to see if you'd spotted these, http://fortysixthatgrace.blogspot.com/2010/01/tutorial-shortbread-buttons_8809.html saw them a while ago and thought of you!

kendra said...

found you via craftzine.com - excellent idea, and just love how you've done up that little envelope with different shapes and sizes and colors!

leethal said...

LOVE it! thanks for sharing!!

amarshall said...

Saw a link to this on twitter, this is really clever!!!!! Great tuto, thanks for sharing! I'm @amystweeting

Cotton Yarn Manufacturer said...

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bastisRIKE said...

what a great idea!

Katy said...

Wow, thanks for sharing, you are so kind. By the way I love your layout! Katy

Katy Lunsford said...
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samsstuff said...

Great idea! Thanks for posting.
I saw this in Craftzine & had to stop by to let you know how cute this is!

Gooseberry Patch said...

We LOVE this idea...sharing it on our blog today!

www.gooseberrypatch.typepad.com

Thanks for posting this easy tutorial!

Genevieve said...

Brilliant idea!!!

Nicole said...

LOVE IT!!!! What an idea, pure genius!

AmbreRose said...

Very, very cute, what a great idea to get rid of stuff without getting rid of it!

Sew Crafty Meg said...

Oh I love this! What a great way to pretty up a mailing envelope like you have done.

Country Cottage Chic said...

Brilliant idea!

Jayne

Sophie said...

It's the cutest stamps ever..^-^..
I'll make a link to your if I make same too! I hope you don't mind.

seemommysew said...

Adorable! Can't wait to make one! Thanks for the instructions!

Jennifer said...

This is such an awesome idea! Thank you so much for sharing.

Michelle said...

totally adorable !!!!

Collage Picture Frames said...

Fantastic idea love it and very Green too.

Cheers for sharing,

Sue

Debilou~Mississippi Mama said...

Just hopped over from Brassy Apple,, i love this stamp you made.. and a great use for all those spools! Cant wait to try it out. Thanks

Emily said...

This is such a great idea. I love buttons, would love a slew of these to add to my letters.

Sara&Eva said...

I love the idea, crafts+recycling :)

Flint Handmade said...

We will be using this how-to at our monthly craftLAB event in Flint, MI. Thanks for posting!

Tante Tee said...

The best idea I've seen in a long time!!! Thank you!!!

Paula L. said...

What a clever idea! I must try this one, thanks for sharing!

CMonsterC said...

i love this idea how creative! I am going to have to try this

♥CMonster


cassidyscrafts.blogspot.com

A glance at my world said...

Looks awesome! I might have to give this a try :)

Fabi said...

Maravillosos trabajos !!!! Gracias por tus turoriales.
Abrazos

Fabi

fridica said...

That's wonderful, I'm definitely trying it! :)

Noreen said...

Great idea! You could use all kinds of small foam shapes - like the ones that come in multi packs with sticky backs. Thanks for sharing.

Stephanie said...

What a super fab idea!!!! I can't wait to make a few of my own :)

Sabii Wabii said...

Cute!

cecilia.cascais said...

Great ideia
love it
kiss

KÁTIA VALLÉRIA said...

Good idea, thank you...

Joomla Development Services said...

The designs are really nice & well finished.The ideas you have employed are fantastic.Keep on doing the great work.

Cotton Yarn Manufacturer said...

its really very good and informative post. thanks for sharing with us...

STITCHINPRIM said...

CLEVER ...CLEVER...
AND THRIFTY ,TOO.

WHY DIDN'T i THINK OF THAT !!!!

BLESSINGS,
MAURINE

TrüSka said...

Thanks for Sharing : ) Kisses from Portugal : ***

Nuna said...

Ideal !!!! Impresionante idea !!!! A partir de hoy te sigo para no perderme nada !!!
Un beso
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Ann said...

Brilliant idea - off to find some funky foam right now! I love creating new stamps from stuff I already have!

Kasia said...

looks so cute! I love buttons <3

saffiertje said...

I LOVE yhis! Gonna make myself some!

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inhabiting_trees said...

Thanks for this great idea! I made my own:

http://outlawathome.blogspot.com/2011/02/wooden-spool-button-stamp.html

Miek said...

Very nice! I always collect every thing because maybe I can use it somewhere sometimes!

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