Saturday, March 21, 2009

HHC23 Buttons Galore!

This week's challenge over at the High Hopes Blog is brought to us by the fabulous Niki Estes! She has called this challenge, "Buttons Galore". And I think that is pretty self-explanatory! So make a project and add buttons to it; you can add just one, or go for the gusto and add a ton! heh-heh. If you want to join the challenge, your name will be entered into a draw at the end of the week to win two High Hopes stamps. Just make your project and post a link to it on the High Hopes blog, that 's all there is to it!
Well, I bought some Sculpey modeling clay the other day and I couldn't wait for a motive to use it on a card! You may have heard of "Fimo". Same stuff, different brand name is all.
I thought it would be fun to make my own buttons for this challenge, and so I did. For any of you who are like, "oh wow, she made her own buttons," that is a joke! Each one took about thirty seconds to make.
It was a matter of; pull a chunk of Sculpey off the block (two seconds), about the size of a cherry pit (sorry, couldn't think of any other descriptive comparison, snort!), knead it for five seconds til its soft, roll it into a ball (four seconds), put it on a scrap paper and squish it down with one finger (three seconds), pick it up and pull a darning needle through it in two places, and spin the needle around a bit to open up the holes a bit more (ten seconds), DONE. Ok, I was wrong, that was only 24 seconds! The heart button took a wee bit longer, but not by much.
I did a whole pile of buttons and followed the package directions for baking so they would harden. To get the two tone colors, I just took a bit of rose red and a bit of white and kneaded them together a little bit, making sure to not over mix so it wouldn't turn pink but leave the nice streaks you see. Easy peasy!
I used Copics on the image and a bit of glitter glue inside each pink flower. I wanted the wood to look pinkish, and so I colored the entire surface of the outhouse, except for the roof and chimney, with pink! I used the brown shades overtop of this. I like the effect!
The sketch is brought to you from this week's sketch challenge over at SCS so I don't take credit for that. I like how it gave the feel of wood panels, esp. from the Basic Grey paper that has a pink wood grain. The other dp with the grey swirly design is from a pack I got at the dollar store, go figure.
That's just white hemp coming out the button holes. I simply wound it tightly around a thin paintbrush handle to get it to spiral out like that.

A close-up of the colored image:

Inside the card:

Copic markers used:

Thanks for dropping by for a visit! Always great to see you here! (heh-heh).
If I can leave you with one thought, it is this;
by the one who IS love
He thinks you are special!


  1. Love the buttons Crissy!! Love that image too, too much fun!! Gorgeous card:-)

    Hugs, Kelly

  2. Great idea to make your own buttons Crissy. I have been meaning to try it for ages now... I have heaps of Scuply but I just keep forgetting!

  3. Wonderful card! your coloring is amazing, and a really beautiful motive to! :D

  4. As always your card is just beautiful!!!!! I so love your coloring dear and your buttons are so adorable. Such gorgeous work dear just love it

  5. This is an absolutely fabulous card Crissy!! Love your homwmade buttons. I think I might just have to try that! xx

  6. So beautiful Crissy, I love your colouring. The buttons and string look fab and I love the texture of your card, love the panels of dp and stitching too, Have a great evening, Big Hugs, Nikki x

  7. Such an adorable card! Love your color choices and your coloring is amazing!
    Hugs, Christine :)

  8. Great card - awesome colouring and I like the papers in the background.

  9. Hi Crissie, You're cards are really an example for me, you know I love the way you use your colors,paper and embellisments, but I just whanted to let you know I really LOVE your works , ALL OF THEM !!!! You are my role model ! Greetings and hugs Nicole

  10. Hi Crissie, You're cards are really an example for me, you know I love the way you use your colors,paper and embellisments, but I just whanted to let you know I really LOVE your works , ALL OF THEM !!!! You are my role model ! Greetings and hugs Nicole

  11. This is such a feel good, belly laughing card! I love it!

  12. This is so cute! I love your handmade buttons and the curly wild string! The wood grain paper is gorgeous too! Adorable card!

  13. This is such a fun card! I love the buttons! I wouldn't have thought that they were homemade!! Great job! This was a fun challenge.

  14. Love everything about this Fabulous and Fun card Crissy!!...and your made the buttons!!...Wow!! they look great!!..Hugs, Ila

  15. Hello Crissy, I love your beautiful colouring and I love the inside of your card.

  16. How imaginative Crissy, I used to use that clay when my boys were small, love your buttons. Again, you mastery over those Copics is absolutely fantastic! The background in the focal image is quite gorgeous, beautiful color tones! And such a cute stamp, just love it!