Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Just Shoot Me with BUTTONS!!!

Takin' Out The Stash

Yesterday's card had a Funtastic button that I purchased last week on a shopping expedition to show a friend the sewing district of Catania. Although we can find a minimum amount of fun embellishments here in Sicily, they certainly come with a HEFTY PRICE. First take a look at my entire crafty purchase:

My giddy excitement over finding such amazing ribbons, buttons, lifetime supplies of powder fine glitters in glorious colors came to a SCREACHING HALT as the store clerk declared my total to be (are you sitting down for this?) 80 euro!!!! That is $114 AMERICAN DOLLARS..... Of course now I don't even like them, I am disgusted that I didn't think to ask what price I was paying for each button. I mean it never dawned on me that ONE button could cost 3 euro. Aren't buttons supposed to be like $0.10 or somethng?? I feel so violated..

Moving on to actually using my STASH of BUTTONS (no I did not use any of the new ones). This is the stamp set that I chose last month for winning The Guest Star Stamper at Paper Trey Ink. (btw, this stamp set is what triggered my enthusiasm to find unique buttons in the first place). This was such a fun set of cards to create and I was able to whip them up in less than an hour. I saved a little time by using naked buttons rather than threading them. That is a pet peeve of mine but I wanted to keep the feel of the cards as clean as possible. The box took a bit longer because I have a habit of not doing the math when trying to create a box top that actually fits!! I used a Nestability Die to create the embossed impression on each card, as well as the lid. I believe these are Labels #1. If you look at the trees in the back ground, I used a leaf that comes in the stamp set as the tops of my trees. I also stamped an extra leaf on the flower card in lieu of adding another flower. The frilly border around my box top was created using a Martha Stewart edge punch that also embosses. Hurry over to ABC Toys & Crafts where you can purchase your Nestabilities, MS Punches, Copics and of course Stamps at
10% off until Aug 30
use the Blinkie on my side bar

Come back tomorrow so I can show you what else I purchased on my shopping trip along with a few snap shots .


Cindy Haffner said...

Love all the cards and all the buttons!!!

Golden said...

I know it is late where you are...sorry, just saw your post. I would like your address again. E-mail me, PLEASE. Hobby Lobby has sale this week on The Paper Studio ribbon 40% off and Packaged cards, tags and evelopes 40% off and Jewelry charms 50% off.
Let me know!
Later, Linda
OOOH Love the cards too.

Melissa Sauls said...

Oh wow! Huge congratulations on Guest Star Stamper for Papertrey! Your work is just beautiful and these little button cards are just stinking cute!! I can't wait to see what you do with your new stash of goodies! :)

Erin Smetak said...

Well, your cards are simply darling! I love each one! And that box is too cute! I am right there w/ you w/ the math thing! I would have screwed up too! Hahaha!

The buttons you purchased are really pretty! That one that you used on your candy cane card works beautifully!

Karina said...

Hi there, occasionally I landed on your blog and love what I see her. You make wonderful artwork. I especially love your cards with buttons. Will come back from time to time to see what's new.

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Andrea Clayton said...

OMG, I am shocked at the price of your loot, then again, after living there, I shouldn't be. I think I would be afaid to use them too. They are pretty, especially the big pink and turqouis ones. Good choice in your stamp selection. That one is on my list ;)

Karolyn at Paper Therapy said...

Girl, you got ROBBED!! But it does look like some pretty yummolicious stuff. Hopefully you'll get over what you paid for it all and be able to actually bring yourself to use it all. LOL Your card set is darling - I'd choose that set, too. Too cute!!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Super, super box with cards! Love them all!

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

Love the Button card set Justine!!!You better lock those babies up!!!

Julie Foote said...

OMG!!! I have been saying that a lot today...lol My store looks really cheap compared to the shop you shopped in, but I bet you were having fun...VERY Cute cards and Box set....LOVE IT!!!

Jen Tapler said...

Oh man! I'm sorry, but I'm cracking up. I know it's really not funny, but you know I'm right there with ya - when you don't have the options for crafty shopping you'll pay almost anything for some goodies!! Love the stash - I'm especially fond of "fuzzy balls" - you know the pom pom trim (but personally I think fuzzy balls is a much better term)!! LOL. Anyway, the card set is stinkin' ADORABLE!! Somewhere in your gigantic pile of e-mail is an important one from me - I'm seriously dying for your reply, so get on it girl!!! :-) - love ya!!

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