Happy Easter everyone! yay not long to go now love celebrating Easter with family and friends and hopefully some of them will be getting a few hand made presents better get making! Here are a few of my Easter makes that are selling in my ickle shop notonthehighstreet.com or please contact me directly on trudy@buttongirl.co.uk….hope you like them and have a super special Easter! xXx

Personalised Easter felt bunny goodie bag yum!

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Personalised Greeting Card with a cute Felt Bunny Badge.

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Easter Bunny Sewing Kit.

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Oh its so nice and sunny today ….love that Spring will soon be here cant wait!!!! Well i have gone a bit crazy in the month of February with personalising many cards. They are all currently selling away on notonthehighstreet.com so have a peep!

 

New baby personalised cards…my fav is ickle owly as you can put a personal message from a special loved one x

Personalised New Baby Boy Whale Card

 

Personalised cards sent from little people ‘Will you be my Godmother / Godfather’ x

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Personalised ‘Thank you for being my Godfather / Godmother’ from cute little ones x

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Personalised ‘Thank you’ keepsake card for a ickle bridesmaid or flower girl x

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Personalised ‘Happy Engagement’ yay gotta celebrate with a card for such a wonderful occasion x

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A Christening, dedication and baptism greeting card a nice way to personalise a very special day in a little persons life x

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Hopefully my customers will like them have to wait and see! lots of love xXx



I have been feeling the love recently with creating new personalised greeting cards….creating away on good old illustrator my ‘Geek’ and ‘Penguin’ greeting cards were the best sellers during the Valentine’s season.

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One of my handmade cards embellished with a simple white felt heart stitched with a blanket stitch and a cute neon button….a personalised tag hung with white ribbon already to send to a loved one.

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My ‘Cute as a button’ greeting card comes with a pretty brown tag with button heart ear rings…something a little bit different a card and gift in one woo hoo!

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Here are a few of last seasons Valentine greeting cards and the two cute bear characters were showcased on ‘Print and Pattern‘ blog last week yay!

 

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And to finish off my ‘Valentine’ love a personalised felt heart …..a pretty decoration for a loving home.

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Onto the next occasion of creating away for ‘Mother’s Day’ and other creations in  the pipeline too…..watch this space lovely peeps xXx



Happy New year special followers hoping for a wonderful year ahead and well lots of fun!!!!!

I have been like a button machine recently the Christmas period was soooooo busy with Christmas craft fayres, and sales going a bit crazy on ‘notonthehighstreet.com’ my ickle hands just about coped….creating personalised cards, gift tags, decorations, prints, badges, cake toppers, children’s jewellery which has all been fun creating different products. So here are a few pics….watch this special space for new products soon looking forward to creating away 2015 here i come! xXx

 


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Sitting and working away at one of my Christmas fayres xXx
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Morning peeps…there is a super new embroidery magazine called ‘Hoop-La’ out woo hoo, about time there is a modern take on embroidery to showcase how exciting, innovative and creative it can be and not dull at all! I love embroidery so bring on more issues please!

In the second edition out last month i was asked to create away a special bespoke tutorial. A cute ‘Bessie Bear’ embroidered card…slightly obsessed with bears at the mo. and dedicated most of my last greeting collection to my love for bears! have a peek on nototnthehighstreet.com

 

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Here is my tutorial with a few photos that is in the latest issue of ‘Hoop-La’. I appliqued some ditsy vintage fabric as the main body of Bessie then stitched a scalloped ribbon and a ickle tassel trim on top…always nice to layer up trims!

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 I used various stitches such as: back, chain, satin, seed and the two ickle buttons were created by using the buttonhole stitch. I always separate out my embroidery thread to have variation in the thickness to make the bear have more relief in certain areas than others. I then placed ‘Bessie Bear’ on a good quality FSC textured greeting card and simply stitched ‘hello’ on to the front of the card. You could always write a loved ones name or an initial to personalise your greeting card. Why not even try stitching on to the envelope too… making your card even more special!

 

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Photos pinned from: frecklednest.typad.com and tellloveandchocolate.blogspot.co.uk.

                         Hope you have enjoyed my ickle tutorial happy designing xXx


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Morning…this week i had a lovely creative time with my super special illustrator friend Sue at her Studio in Hertfordshire. Designing away surrounded by chickens, ducks and Lamas! was definitely a welcomed change of scenery and always nice to pick a friends brain for future projects. I was inspired to create some cute characters and thought it would be a lovely idea to produce a family personalised print which is now selling on notonthehighstreet.com.

 

Family Character Print Pink Polka Dot

 

There are 12 different fun characters including a raccoon, bear, cat, bunny, a ickle owl…so lots of choice hopefully a cute character to be loved by each family member from Dad to nanny to ickle ones to even adding in auntie and uncle!

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Each family member can have their very own accessory to reflect their personality and character, from a trendy ‘Beanie’, ‘Geeky Glasses’ to a ‘Princess Crown’ there is something for everyone in the family! Hope you like my new ickle family animal characters X X

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With my ickle nephew Jude’s birthday just around the corner… thought it would be a nice idea to make him something a little bit different for him to wear on his special day! cute pom poms and brightly coloured ribbons and fabric to make him feel very important Xxx so i got carried away creating and tadah here is my collection of rosettes notonthehighstreet.com hope you like them lots…lets hope they sell too xXx

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I have been having a bit of fun with illustrator recently here are some of my creations X

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Love the white felt flowers with subtle highlights of neon stitch inspiring me for my next project! X

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Love creating mood boards and decided to go for a geo and tribal feel… clash of pattern and colour lovely! X

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Polka dots and a 60’s floral feel always a winner…coral and mustard my fav colours! X
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My christening card sells super well on notonthehighstreet.com and recently inspired me to create a couple of personalised A4 prints for christening/ baptism/dedication…if you have a ickle minute go on to notonthehighstreet.com to have more of a peek, they are 19.00 each and of course embellished with special buttons and bows! and if you would like any personlised prints for any occasion please email me trudy@buttongirl.co.uk and I will be very happy to design away for you lots of love X



I had a lovely ickle surprise today that print & pattern showcased some of my cards and i found out from lovely Emma Talbot who is a professional artist and illustrator and owner of ‘The Little Brown Rabbit’. You can visit her super special etsy shop to purchase away and she also sells beautiful prints and greeting cards on notonthehighstreet.com. 

 

 

Uber cute Prints by ‘The Little Brown Rabbit‘ love them lots! x

 




I have been busy recently freelancing for various textile design studios…specifically  focusing on creating surface pattern layouts for my agent ‘Cinnamon Joe’ who are representing my work under my name ‘Trudy Willoughby’. I have showcased a couple of my designs below which are created in illustrator I am definitely learning lots as i go along…lets hope i sell some designs!

‘Printpattern’ a beautiful surface pattern blog recently showcased all the designers creating away for  ‘Cinnamon Joe’  who will be at ‘Surtex’ booth 312 on the 18th – 20th May. I wish lots of sales for all the special designers at ‘Cinnamon Joe’ and especially too for Andrea and Paul! x










 

 



I was very excited last year to have a request from lovely ‘Bowie Style’ to have my ‘Off to the Zoo’ kiddie range published in the up coming Print & Pattern Kids book! and I recently found out that it will be out in the shops to buy this Summer…i’m looking forward to having a peek and getting all inspired by all the amazing kiddie designers out there! Hope you will purchase away and be encouraged to create away too X








I have had the very exciting opportunity to design for ‘Bombay Duck’ this past year, which has all been hush hush for many months now… but finally the range of ‘Buttongirl for Bombay Duck‘ products were launched at ‘Autumn Fair’ this week yay! from make up bags, purses, eye masks, a shoe bag to a jewellery roll their all looking rather pink and girlie just what we wanted! Hopefully they will fill the shelves in many a store sooner than later, i shall keep you posted and hope you like them!

All the ladies at ‘Bombay Duck’ have been amazing and i have enjoyed working with them lots, just so pleased everything has come together perfectly. I have so appreciated the opportunity to design for such a super sophisticated company! I would especially like to say a BIG thank you to Laura and Viktoria your stars X

A ickle pic of my products at ‘Autumn Fair’ kindly taken by the ‘Bombay Duck’ girls on their phone….as i was unable to attend. Future ranges in the pipeline woo hoo! lots of love buttongirl or i should say ‘butt girl’ as a customer called me once over the phone! X

 



I recently heard that i have been selected to be in the latest ‘Print & Pattern’ series of books created by ‘Bowie Style’ and published by Laurence King. So i am VERY excited to see my range ‘Off to the Zoo’ in ‘Print & Pattern Kids’ next year. The book will include lots of gorgeous prints and patterns designed by lovely creative peeps using different techniques from photoshop, collage, stitch and applique to pen and ink. Products such as wallpaper, gift wrap, wall art, textiles and greeting cards will showcase many talented and inspirational designers.


So here are a few of my designs picked from my kiddies birthday range ‘Off to the Zoo’

 

 

 

To have a peep at the 2 other books created by ‘Bowie Style’ go onto ‘Print & Pattern’ blog and you will sure to be inspired!

A few designers in ‘Print & Pattern’

Freckleface is a small greeting card company like myself based in Nottingham and creates quirky and whimsical designs gaining inspiration from her love of everything Scandinavian. I love love love her style using collage and hand drawn designs then manipulating them in illustrator and photoshop. Freckleface also designs mugs, cushions and wall art.

Sanna Annuka is a designer and printmaker inspired by Summers spent in Northern Finland, a love for bold colour and graphic lines expresses her distinct style beautifully. I NEED to buy one of her silk screen prints to beautify one of my walls…one day!

Kate Sutton is a freelance illustrator inspired by nature, patterns, maps and old children’s books’. Kate has a loose style of illustration and has a unique eye for colour with her designs featured in magazines, books, t-shirts, bags as well as taking part in numerous exhibitions she is certainly a busy talented designer!



About time i posted a few pics of PG Live 2012 and said a few ickle words. I had a fun show and met some lovely new friends always great to meet like minded people who remind you your not crazy and keep creating away. So a pic of my girlie cute stand and a close up of my button pegs that keep my show up right well most of the time! Also i wanted to show you one of my new designs showcased at PG Live and thought it would be special to show you my original fabric design alongside my finished card design…soon to be up loaded onto my website watch this space X

 



Yay Jubilee celebration time! To see some beautiful pictures visit ‘Diamond Jubilee History’ to get you in the mood… the Queen’s accession to the throne was announced on February 8th in 1952 and the Queen’s Coronation was held in Westminster Abbey on June 2nd, 1953.

 

 

Some of my Jubilee Buttons to start off the celebrations! Something super special to wear a ‘Jubilee Collar’ by ‘ThreadBEAR’ on etsy.com.

A giant cake has been baked by military caterers near Winchester and will be presented to the Queen at the Diamond Jubilee Parade and Muster at Windsor Castle….only took 5oo hours to make!

Tea party heaven yum yum…get creative and make some bunting see rucraftblog.co.uk  

Cake and Pimms what more do you want to help celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee i will be testing them out any excuse… recipes are from BBC Good Food and Easy Living

 

 

It’s Pimm’s o’clock!

And lastly get the hunter wellies out more rain is on it’s way!

 

 

 

 



Today i am featured on one of my favourite websites that i am slightly well more than slightly obsessed with printpattern.blogspot.co.uk thank you thank you Marie! X



I have been a busy button recently freelancing away on a super special project and getting ready for PG Live at the Business Design Centre on the 29th – 30th May my ickle stand is 830…. so thought i would give you a sneek peek of one of my new designs! X



My friend Anri works for Trend Bible and she did an amazing job at creating the wheel barrows for the ‘Grow your Own’ Children’s retail trend Autumn/Winter 2012/2013. The photo does not do the wheel barrows justice!

Trend Bible also forecasted the latest ‘Stationary Retail Trends’.

Luxurious metallics, pastels, brights and neons, typography, hand-made papers, the colour red and with the London Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee coming up expect a continued focus on all things British!



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Drawer Spring 2012

was a great success many buyers were ready to spend their cash for the coming year which made us exhibitors all the happier! here are a few pics of my stand.

Pom poms! i had the urge to create away, reminded me of when i was little again thankfully i had my Mum and friend Kelly to help me…and then made some bunting strips of different fabrics folded and sewn together.

My lovely mustard suitcase my fav colour at mo.

My trusted butler tray has survived many a show travelling tied onto the back of my suitcase perfect to display sweeties and business cards.

This was my best selling new card of the show Violet the bunny named after my nanny…have a peek at my new designs.




yay im a very happy buttongirl my new website is up and running! hope you like what you see… and a super duper shout out to my web angel ‘Benny’ working away to get everything sorted for Top Drawer Spring, i shall be blogging soon about the upcoming show scarey 10 days to go! Have a look at my new designs while your here too… X