PPA38: Cute As A Button

Stampin up sweetheart stamp set pals paper arts

Generic Are you ready
to play this week's Pals

Paper Arts Sketch Challenge (PPA38)?  Everyone is invited to join in
the fun using any
brand of stamping supplies
.  Grab a sketch pad and check out the PPA Design Team's Stampin' Up! inspired samples, all based on Stampin' Pretty Pal Margaret Moody's layout below.

Ppa38 sketch

Aren't these little birds adorable with their button bodies?  It's based on an idea by Nichole Heady (Papertrey Ink) that I fell in love with.  I was so excited to discover it worked perfectly with the bird from Stampin' Up!'s Sweetheart Stamp set (available but not in any catalog – click for Sweetheart Stamp  Details) and our Designer Buttons (one each from Playground, Sherbet and Button Latte).


  • Stampin up sweetheart bird stamp pals paper arts After stamping the bird in Jet Black Stazon (my favorite for black image coverage), I colored in the polka dot wing with a Basic Black Marker (so no white from the wing would show through the button hole "eye")
  • Next, the bird (wing) was stamped and snipped from card stock matching the buttons (Pretty in Pink, Real Red, So Saffron). You gotta love how Stampin' Up! accessories and colors coordinate.
  • Mini Glue Dots keep both the buttons and wing securely in place.  The wing covers the second button hole.
  • I used the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to doll up the Basic Black panel.
  • A 1 1/4" punched square nests beautifully over colorful card stock cropped with the Stampin' Up! Scallop Square Punch.

Click to learn the details of the Stampin'

Up! Color Renovation.


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Sweetheart stampin pretty Stamp Set: Sweetheart (Wood-Mount 120415, Clear-Mount 120780)
Paper:  Pretty in Pink (100459), Real Red (102482), So Saffron (105118), Basic Black (102851), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Jet Black Stazon (101406)
Cool Tools:  1 1/4" Square Punch (104400), Scallop Square Punch (112081), Large Oval Punch (107305), Paper Snips (103579), Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (117335, Occasions Mini), Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439)
The Perfect Touch:  Stampin' Up! Designer Buttons (Button Latte–114333, Playground–116313, Sherbet–116312), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Basic Black 5/8" Satin Ribbon (117285)


  1. I LOVE this card Mary!! The bird/buttons are adorable and so clever!

  2. Ooooo! I love the great colors paired with black! I also love those cute, cute birds! I didn’t order that stamp set, but now I’ll have to! As always, very inspiring!

  3. Very cute idea!

  4. SOOOO cute! Two of my favorite things: buttons and birds!

  5. You know that I love almost everything you create, Mary. However, this card has got to be one of my all time favorites! It is not only cute and clever, but it is so bright and cheerful that it makes me smile every time I look at it. I made a copy of your blog page just so I could look at it over and over. I will eventually get around to “casing” it when time allows, but I just wanted you to know that I am enjoying those little birdies! Thanks for starting so many of my days with a smile!

  6. Mary I love your colors and the birds are just too “tweet” (sweet) that is. I am so glad you share your talent with all of us.

  7. Oh I love your birds… fabulous, fun card. Hugs,

  8. Very cute.

    I love that you’ve found a new use for
    a button + a familiar stamp.

    I love your blog.

    Thanks for sharing!

  9. v. cool I wanna make one! ;0)

  10. Mary this is absolutely adorable,,I love how you made these buttons into birds.

  11. betty Goodson

    This is absolutley adorable. Gotta cases this one. Love the inovative way you used the buttons and I love anything with birds.

  12. This is SO darn cute and creative, Mary!

  13. These are so cute.

  14. HOW cute!!!! So clever Mary! Love it!

  15. Beautiful little birdies Mary!

  16. Oh my weeeerd! That is just tooooo adorable. You’re making me start to like real color!

  17. How adorable! Love those birds (can you believe I’m saying that???) and the colors on the card are wonderful!

  18. It is too cute and clever. Love it!

  19. Oh how “TWEET”!!!!!
    too cute!!!

  20. Anna Crossley

    That is genius! I cannot wait to try it, super cute card and idea!

  21. Cute! Cute! Cute! I have got to try those button birds!

  22. This certainly is cute as a button – three times over!

  23. Oh, Mary!!! How pretty and unique is this card!! You trully inspire all of us who love card making, both veterans and newbies, like me. Thank you!!!!

  24. Your little birds are so adorable! What a clever idea.

  25. Colleen Kramer

    Triple cute!

  26. This is so adorable, Mary! I just love those little chicks! XO

  27. Melissa Young

    Those were my exact words! This is so darn cute!!

  28. This is so darn cute! Love the striking colours, too! Hugs, Andrea xxx

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