Cute As A Button Baby Card and Matching Gift Box

by Joanne James3. August 2014 08:00

It's time for this week's challenge over at The Paper Players and Sandy has a theme challenge for us this week that's all about buttons:

You can use any kind of buttons - real, embossed, paper - so for my card I decided to take Sandy's theme quite literally and create a 'Cute as a button' card suitable for a baby girl and featuring a clay button made with Simply Pressed Clay in one of Stampin' Up!'s silicone moulds - here is my card:

I used a Pink Pirouette card base and matted my Whisper White panel with a piece of Strawberry Slush DSP from the In-Colour stack in the chevron design, although with just enough showing so that it looks like a simple diagonal to echo the lines of the text. On my white panel, I stamped 'cute as a <3' using the new Epic Alphabet set. This set is photopolymer, which makes aligning the letters accurately so easy - with no stamp-a-ma-jig required! I moulded my clay button in the Simply Pressed Clay Mould and allowed it to dry before colouring it with my Pink Pirouette Stampin' Write marker - you can colour your clay before you mould it with reinker or afterwards with ink/markers, it's really up to you. The colour differs slightly depending on the method; personally I like to mould my buttons and embellishments in uncoloured clay a few at a time, then keep the dried pieces in a box to be coloured as required depending on the project. Here's a close up of my button:

To finish, I pierced two holes in the button with my paper piercer and threaded some Strawberry Slush baker's twine through the holes and tied in a bow and added a scattering of In-Colour heart sequins.

I really love how my card turned out - but I couldn't stop there! I thought it would be fun to create a button gift box to go with it, using my Big Shot and Circles Framelits - here it is:

 I used Strawberry Slush cardstock and the second largest of the circle framelits for my box, which measure 9.3cm in diameter and 7cm tall. I lined my box with Pink Pirouette cardstock for rigidity and to allow for an edge-to-edge closure. This box is just big enough to fit in a cute onesie, some bibs or a pair of booties - here's a photo of the inside:

Lastly, I threaded some retired Pink Pirouette ribbon through the button holes and tied in a bow. So there you go - two cute as a button projects, I hope you'll agree! Do pop over to The Paper Players and see what the other talented designers have for you today and I very much hope you'll join us in creating something for this week's challenge.

Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'! 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

 

 

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LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
8/3/2014 5:08:02 PM #

SHUT THE DOOR!  The card was awesome enough...I have wanted that alphabet set forever, and I didn't realize how BIG it was, it's adorable with the hand-made button....but that BOX!  You are a genius! I would never have thought to created a button-shaped box.  You are amazing!

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Joanne James
Joanne James
8/3/2014 8:53:04 PM #

You are too kind, my friend!! This is the first time the alphabet set has come out of the box, but I just love it - I know it will get loads more use! Glad you like my box - it's ages since I've made something 3D like this, I'd forgotten how much fun it is!

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Yapha
YaphaUnited States
8/3/2014 5:12:24 PM #

That button box is amazing! And you convinced me that I do need that alphabet set! Great projects!

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Joanne James
Joanne James
8/3/2014 8:53:48 PM #

Thanks Yapha - They make a great combination and the box is perfect for a little gift!

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Gem
GemUnited States
8/3/2014 5:16:56 PM #

Oh my gosh, Joanne, you had me at "clay button" already (I LOVE how you made the button, and colored it to match!), then I scroll down and see that button gift box - it's just WOW! Thanks for the ideas and inspiration!

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Joanne James
Joanne James
8/3/2014 8:55:15 PM #

Thank you Gem - I love this air-dry clay, it's so easy to work with. As for the box - sometimes it's nice to go the extra mile with your packaging I think!

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Laurie schmidt
Laurie schmidtUnited States
8/4/2014 1:10:32 PM #

That is a cool box, what a fun idea! Your card is so cute,too!

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Joanne James
Joanne James
8/4/2014 7:49:52 PM #

Thanks Laurie - Sandy's theme this week really inspired me!

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Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
8/4/2014 7:10:27 PM #

OH MY---look at this card and box combo!  It is "Cute as a Button!"  I couldn't believe that box was there when I opened your link!  You are too clever!  I want that alphabet set now, too!  Everything about this set is ADORABLE!  XX

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Joanne James
Joanne James
8/4/2014 7:51:33 PM #

Thanks so much Claire - you are too kind! I had a lot of fun making the box - and I LOVE that alphabet set. First time used, but so many more ideas for fun with this!

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Andrea W
Andrea WUnited States
8/4/2014 7:23:19 PM #

Such a sweet card and button box! The two make a lovely gift and have so much handmade love packed into them. Wonderful creations!

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Joanne James
Joanne James
8/4/2014 7:52:59 PM #

That's so kind Andrea - it's nice when someone appreciates you've gone the extra mile and it would make a cute keepsake for a few precious baby items too.

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Sandy M
Sandy MUnited States
8/5/2014 1:52:32 AM #

Goodness gracious, Joanne! You have taken the cuteness level quite over top with your adorable card, but that button box is to die for! I just adore how you used the challenge so literally! Thanks for doing such an amazing job with my challenge this week! Hugs Smile

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Joanne James
Joanne James
8/5/2014 11:55:29 AM #

Thanks Sandy! Sometimes it's nice to 'go long', but for your challenge I couldn't resist going with it 100%! I have far more buttons than I ever use, so this is a great challenge to get me thinking about how to use up some of my stash! So glad you like my contributions this week xx

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Nance Leedy
Nance LeedyUnited States
8/5/2014 1:11:10 PM #

OK, you had me at the "cute as a button" card with it's adorable clay button and fun big sentiment but the button BOX?!  Holy cow, it's brilliant!  You've really outdone yourself with this challenge--totally fabulous and truly cute as a button!

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Joanne James
Joanne James
8/5/2014 6:19:38 PM #

Nance you are so funny!! I'm so glad you like my take on Sandy's challenge - it's a great feeling when an idea comes together and it's not only me that thinks it's cute Smile Might have to make a blue set now to match!!

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jaydee
jaydeeUnited States
8/5/2014 4:00:47 PM #

OK... genius!!!!  I love the button box.  What a great idea!  I also love the simplicity of the card with all those fabulous details (the hatching in the letters, the molded button and the striped DSP).  Fabulous, Joanne.
Hugs
Jaydee

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Joanne James
Joanne James
8/5/2014 6:20:46 PM #

Thanks Jaydee - I love that sometimes the simplest ideas can be really effective and I dig that you like my box too! xx

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Mike
MikeUnited States
8/5/2014 8:13:04 PM #

So cute.  I love the button container too.  Not a big fan of pink (for obvious reasons) but this combo couldn't be any other color!!!!

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Joanne James
Joanne James
8/6/2014 10:29:02 AM #

Thanks Mike - I'm thinking I might need to even things up with a blue set - watch this space!

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Peggy Mitchell
Peggy MitchellUnited States
2/18/2015 8:18:55 AM #

I just adore this card and matching gift box. I have had a grand time recreating this card. However,recreating the gift the gift box has been a disaster. If you have the step-by-step instructions available, I would greatly appreciate receiving them. I am completely bamboozled. Many thanks.

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