I LOVE GOING TO CONVENTION!!
My very first Stampin' UP! Convention was last year. It is so amazing that once you go you NEVER want to miss it!
I was lucky enough to be able to go again this year. *grin* (so hard my cheeks hurt!)
Last year I did not make any gifties to take with me. I just wasn't thinking about it. This year I knew I just HAD TO!!!! I had tons of ideas in my head and couldn't decide on just one.
So here are all the gifties that I took with me to Salt Lake City.
First off I collected 2 containers of Brights Buttons. (I made 2 bracelets and only used about a container and a half...still had some left over!)
I already had jewelry making tools, beads and clasps. If you don't have any at all, take a trip to Micheal's they have a wide selection at various price points. It doesn't have to cost you a lot.
As you can see in the photo above, I separated my buttons by colour and style (there are three different sizes and patterns in a packed of Stampin' UP! brights buttons.)
I used silver stretchy cord (not SU product) because that was all I had left to use. I have noticed that since wearing mine ALL CONVENTION (yup! love it that much) that I will make my next ones (YUP! making one in EVERY COLOUR FAMILY!) with a cord that doesn't stretch. I am thinking of using some of my hemp twine (again not an SU product. They used to have a thicker twine, but do not anymore. I will use up my beading stash.)
I used toggle clasps for the ends of the bracelets. I probably did not need to use them with the stretchy cord but I like the look and I will definitely use them with the hemp twine versions I will be making.
I measured on my own wrist (nice and exact, eh?! lol) and cut THREE pieces of cord.
I wove the buttons on in singles, doubles and triples. The buttons are different sizes so the stacking looks AWESOME! I scattered the colours, sizes and stacks throughout the three cords. USE YOUR IMAGINATION!
I then took three ends and tied them (as one) around one piece of the toggle clasp. I wanted to use large crimper beads to make the ends look nice and neat but didn't have any large enough on hand and didn't want to buy anymore. I will use some for the hemp twine version.
I braided the three cords of buttons and then tied the opposite three ends (as one) around the other piece of the toggle clasp.
Here is a pic of Tina and I wearing our button bracelets at convention. We received so many compliments on them. I couldn't believe it! I was shocked! Something SO simple and easy to make! Made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! :-)
Now it is your turn to try out your very own button bracelet!!!!! :-)