Count Your Buttons

When I'm worried and I can't sleep
I count my blessings instead of sheep.
    ~ Irving Berlin

My Favorite Things Teaser Time

Welcome back everyone! Are you enjoying all the My Favorite Things Teasers? Just two more sleeps and all the new stamps and dies we've been teasing you with will be available to purchase in the Brand Spankin' New boutique.

That also means just two more sleeps before the New Release Party on February 4. Crazy fun! Really, you just never know what the party chatter will be about. But, you can be sure that some folks will win some prizes – maybe you. I'll see you there, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM EST HERE in the MFT forum.

Today is day six of our seven days of teasers, and my favorite of them all with three new Pure Innocence stamps. I'm playing with the darling "Cute as a Button" set which is freakishly adorable with the new Button Border Die-namic.

My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Cute as a Button

My Favorite Things Die-Namic Button Border


Buttons! I mean, really, who doesn't love buttons?!

They keep our blouses closed and our pants from falling down.

Count Your Buttons Shadow Box

In the first grade I made this really hideous looking clay pot. Mom kept it on her dresser to hold spare buttons, which made me a little more proud of it. She always had an oddly diverse bunch of buttons, and I loved spilling them out onto her bedspread to play with them. I guess that's when my addiction started.

MFT Pure Innocence Cute as a Button card

Yeah, imagine how that addiction grew when someone had the genius idea to add buttons to paper craft projects!

It's a sickness. I have so many buttons, I collect different containers to store them (some of my greatest flea market finds). I even embellish my button storage containers with, yes, buttons.

Embellished Button Jars

"The creative mind plays with the object it loves." Carl Gustav Jung said that. What can I say? I love buttons.

I'm not the only one, right?

Tips & Techniques

My little Pure Innocence doll is Copic colored, paper pieced and fussy cut.

The shadow box is from 7 Gypsies and embellished with lots of Pink Lemonade buttons. These hand-dyed buttons are sold by weight (3.5 ounces), so you get 50 to 150 buttons per pack. There are so many wonderfully unique buttons in each pack it almost puts Mom's button pot to shame.

The multicolored, patterned buttons are made with the new Button Border Die-namic.


My plan is to cover the box with clear acetate so the buttons can just shake loosely in their box. But, it's hard to photograph the acetate without glare, so I put that off for the picture.

Fishtail Banners

The banners are made with the Fishtail Flags STAX Die-namics from patterned paper and a Simplicity pattern. Yes, I pulled out the tissue from a pattern. If you do this (it's great fun), use lots and lots of layers of the tissue, because it's so thin and transparent.

Button Jars

These Ikea Spice Jars are the perfect size for holding a pack of My Favorite Things buttons. The Lollipop Treat Die-namic gave me the circle shapes, and I curved the sentiment, "sew cute," (from the new Pure Innocence Cute as a Button set) to fit into the circles.

I used this week's My Favorite Things West Stamp Club sketch (MFTWSC109). You can join me, HERE at the Forum.


Here are the rest of the ingredients.


Other ingredients include: My Mind's Eye 6" x 6" Designer paper Pad "Unforgettable"; 7 Gypsies White Solo Shadowbox Tray (6.5" by 6.625" by .875"); Simplicity pattern; Ikea RAJTAN Spice Jar; and May Arts ribbon. The turquoise basket in the picture is Mom's sewing basket. The ball jar is a flea market find.

This is just one of the three new sets being revealed today. Click on over to the MFT Blog now to see all the teasers for today. Be sure to leave comments as you go for the chance to win one of two $10.00 gift certificates given away daily. The winners will be posted on February 4 just before the party on the MFT blog.

Pure Innocence Cute as a Button Ensemble

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Sweet Comments

  1. Wow lady- you are crazy for buttons!! hehe!! this is THE cutest project!! that will be so fun when the buttons are roaming around the shadowbox squares :)
    Jenny Peterson recently posted . . . {Teasers} Pure InnocenceMy Profile

  2. OMGOSH…these projects are STUNNING!!! WOWZAS!!

  3. Your projects are fab-u-lous!! I love printer’s trays, and buttons too, so one with buttons as the theme in super-trendy colours is just to-die-for!! Thanks for the inspiration, Rx
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  4. I just love that shadow box! So adorable! And those little buttons jars —- too cute! It’s making me want to break out all my MFT stamps and get creative! And, i just may have to hop over to MFT and get that cutie stamp above! Great inspiration, I agree!

  5. All your projects are adorable! I ? buttons.

  6. I too must confess to a button additction and I love the ideas of showcasing some favorites in a shadowbox

  7. Loving your creations for today!! Such AMAZING Details!! THANKS for sharing and have a Fabulous Weekend!! πŸ˜‰
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  8. Wow! Your projects are gorgeous! And creative!

  9. Kristy Hansen says:

    I love the shadow box you made. What a cute way to use the new items for this month. It will look so cute up and about in your home. I have one that is sitting bare….may have to use some of my MFT and make one. I love that you all share these creative ideas for us to take the idea and make something similar. ksh

  10. Wow love the shadowbox the buttons are too cute

  11. Oh my! I’m not sure what to say. All of your projects are just stunning! Simply wonderful
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  12. Beautiful!!!! Love the colors! The box is just adorable and wow do I love the banners!!!! Super fun embellished button holders!!!
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  13. Wow Linda, your projects are all fantastic. Love the little shadow box, and your card and button jars are adorable. TFS

  14. Oh my goodness!!! WOW!!! Amazing!!!! Your shadowbox is incredible!!
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  15. wowzers what an adorable button project…crazy cute

  16. Craftymama1990 says:

    I am also addicted to buttons. I played with my great-grandma’s button collection when I was little (that was the only “toy” she had for me to play with LOL). I inherited her collection…so I use them only for very special cards. I love the idea of the shaddow box…I can showcase some of my more treasured items this way. Thank you SO much for sharing!

  17. ALL your projects are FABULOUS!!!!!
    I TOO am a button addict.. LOVE them! LOVE the new MFT goodies… thinking they were created just for us addicts right! Thats why I NEED them! πŸ˜‰
    Have a GREAT day!!
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  18. I love what you did with this ensemble! The shadow box is adorable without being too cutsy – I love how you mixed the button die-cuts with the actual buttons.

  19. Gorgeous projects! I love all the buttons and your canisters for buttons are so cute! I need to use more buttons on my projects..I just hate to part with them :)

  20. What a sweet set of projects!! Just adorable with all those real and diecut buttons!!
    Tricia T recently posted . . . Hugs and KissesMy Profile

  21. Love what you have done with the shadow box and your card is nothing but fabulous!!!

  22. Angela R. says:

    What darling little projects!!! FAB job, Linda!

  23. Rosemary D says:

    oh wow… your projects are absolutely gorgeous!!

  24. Such a great idea to showcase the new stamp in a shadowbox. Love your projects!

  25. Tricia Barber says:

    Linda – what fantastic projects!! Love them!

  26. Oh what darling creations! I just adore them all!

  27. Great projects! Love that black button border.

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  29. Ok, well first the project is amazing! But I love your button border in black, so hot GF!
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  30. So Adorable, I love these!
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  31. LOVE that little shadow box and pretty card and the decorated jars are darling :)

  32. These are all SO cute! That shadow box is adorable!
    Michele Boyer recently posted . . . MFT February Previews, Day 6-Pure InnocenceMy Profile

  33. Great cards! Love how you used the button dies.