PPA62 Button, Button

Stampin up pals paper arts silhouette sentiments
Are you a glutton for buttons?  I love the pop of dimension and style they instantly add to any project.  This week's Pals Paper Arts Challenge (PPA62) is to use a button on a papercrafting project . . . so easy.  I even made two cards for you today! 

Click here to view inspiration samples by the PPA Design Team and play along!

TOP NOTE SQUARED.  I previously shared a video tutorial on the Rock and Roll technique and included a tip on squaring up the Stampin' Up! Top Note Die.  To make life easier for those of you who are seriously time challenged and want to see it again or for the first time, I put together a 1 Minute to "WOW!" Video Tutorial with an abbreviated version of the top note "trick."

STAMPIN' PRETTY TIP:  The No Slide Ribbon technique keeps that delicious snippet of Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon in place.  Click here for a video tutorial explaining how.

Stampin up pals paper arts silhouette sentiments close up Stamp Set:  Fabulous Phrases (WM 117002, CM 120501), Silhouette Sentiments (Hostess Level 1, WM 118474, CM 120127)
Paper:  Early Espresso (119686), Poppy Parade Textured (In Color Assortment Textured and Smooth, 119799), Crumb Cake (120953), Very Vanilla (101650)
Ink:  Early Espresso (119670)
Cool Tools:  Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439), Top Note Bigz Die (113463), Finial Press Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (115963), Paper-Piercing Tool (116631), Paper-Piercing Template (Mat Pack, 105826), Crop-A-Dile (108362)
The Perfect Touch:  Neutrals Designer Buttons (119743), Jewels Basic Pearls (119247), Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (119959), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

BONUS!  HANG ON TO THE BRACKETS!  There's a big difference between using product (which I do with gusto) and wasting products (which I try very hard to avoid).  Those curvy little ends we just clipped off the Top Note die-cut are naturals for brackets in this "hi" 4 x 4 card. 

Stampin up top note die finial press
Stampin up top note die video tutorial pals paper arts Paper:  Early Espresso (119686), Poppy Parade Textured (In Color Assortment Textured and Smooth, 119799), Crumb Cake (120953), Very Vanilla (101650)
Cool Tools:  Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439), Alphabet Simple Letters (115960), Alphabet Simple Numbers (115968), 1" Circle Punch Medium (119868), Finial Press Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (115963)
The Perfect Touch:  Neutrals Designer Buttons (119743), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Enjoy today's projects and ideas?  Please leave me your comments and questions below!

Black signature ivory


Silhouette sentiments stampin pretty


  1. You are just totally amazing! And the added bonus of brackets! Too much! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!

  2. I’ve been seeing this shape and wanted to learn how to create it! Thank you for sharing this great tip!

  3. Mary, I ALways learn something NEW from your blogs, and the 1 min. to wow videos are FABulous! Thank you a thousand times over for sharing your marvelous creativity! ((Hugs))


  4. mary, what camera do you use for creating your vids? i like this new use for the top note!

  5. great color combo … enjoy your videos too!


  6. Mary,,,,You rock again. I can’t believe you came up with something new from my favorite die. I can’t wait to try this. Love your videos. Can’t wait to see more, Becky

  7. Hi, Mary,
    I check in with you every day, sometimes several times. I love your blog. Beautiful artwork, helpful tips. You always provide the information we need to understand how you made your project. Thanks so much for your commitment to us. Truly appreciated! Jill O

  8. Hi Alicia:

    I don’t have any of the decorative strip dies to offer an opinion. However, it sounds like both you and your demo need to be in touch with Stampin’ Up! They can help you further. Hugs, M

  9. I remember, Kathie! Thanks for stopping by. It means a lot to hear that the tutorial helped. Hugs, M

  10. What a fab tutorial! And stunning cards. Will definatly be trying this one out soon! Thanks for the inspiration


  11. Kathie in Vegas

    Mary, I met you with Scot at Breakfast in St. George. You are amazing. I saw the sample and made it all complicated in my mind, but watched your quick video and now can make two cards for my card club easy peasy!! 🙂 THANKS!!

  12. Mary – this is the most inspiring card I have seen in ages! I mean there are so many beautiful cards, but this one…really gets my juices flowing! I love it!

  13. Always love, love your cards!! Showed the Top Note trick to my Stampin up club and they loved it. I had a question for you…I bought the Northern Frost Decorative Strip Die and when I used it, my cutting pads bent when I ran it through to cut the snowflakes…I am using the appropriate cutting pads and spacer platform for the strip but cant figure out what the problem is. I asked my Stampin up Dem. and she said the same thing happened to her…??? Any suggestions? Thanks, Alicia

  14. You are so talented Mary! I love your video tutorials! I love how you multi purposed the top note die!! Thanks so much for your inspiration!!

  15. This card is absolutely gorgeous, Mary! Love the elegant feel to it. And the pearls on your buttons are the perfect touch.

  16. Just Beautiful. Thank you for the 1 minute WOW technique! I’ll be demonstrating that soon. Ellen Barner

  17. Mary, love the button button. You are so clever. Thanks for ALL of your beautiful ideas.


  18. How clever to save those brackets for a second card! Awesome tip!

  19. Great cards Mary – hoping to take a much needed packing break for some button treatments 🙂

  20. Your colors, as always, are smashing! And I love that Hostess Stamp Set! Great tutorial, too!

  21. Both the cards turn our beautiful. I love the way you used the buttons.

  22. beautiful card like the squared off top note. brilliant

  23. Loved the video! That is such a nice way of using the Top Note in a different fashion. Thank you for sharing.

  24. I’m with Linda, these videos are awesome and only take a minute to watch… and the tips are awesome!!! I can’t wait to play with the Top Note this way. Your card is fabulous. Hugs,

  25. Wow is right – look out MTV – the Pals will have their own video channel soon! I love all of the videos! Beautiful cards this week – love the chopped note!

  26. Your card says it all… “Beautiful”

  27. you are just tooo clever Mary Fish.

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