Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Button Box - Red Rubber Designs First Thursday Blog Hop

A few weeks ago we had a craft party, and I was intrigued by the amount of time that two young girls spent pouring over the collection of buttons I had brought.  It reminded me of being a kid and spending HOURS sorting and playing in my mom's cookie tin of buttons.  So when I got the word that our project for the blog hop was to use the Spotlight Stamp - "Sew Thankful", I knew exactly what I wanted to do!

I have recycled a cigar box into my new button box - with vintage (ish) treasures inside and out.  I used paper from the Amelia Paper stack to cover the box.  The Dress Form, Sewing Machines, and Scissors are all from the "Sew Thankful" collection.  They were all stamped in embossing ink and heat set with black embossing powder on paper from the Amberley Grace Paper collection (my personal favorite collection!).  The gold design running across the burgundy paper at the top is from the "Life of the Party" stamp set - stamped and embossed with gold embossing powder.

The RRD First Thursday Contest is a little different this month.  Your job is to guess how many spools of thread are in this quart canning jar:

Only 1 guess is allowed and should be sent to
One winner will be chosen from the correct answers. If there is no correct guess, the person who comes the closest will receive the spotlight stamp set "Sew Thankful". In case of a tie, a random draw will take place between those tied.

Contest ends Sunday, September 9 at midnight (CDT).

Also - Please visit the rest of the design team to see what everyone has done with the stamp set!

Red Rubber Designs (There will be a post with contest details)
KC  - (You are here)

As a special bonus.....if anyone can guess how many buttons are in my Button Box, I'll send you a special crafting treat!

You must follow this blog to be eligible to win, so if you are not already following, please hit the "follow" button on the right.  Then leave your guess in the comments on this blog.  Deadline for guesses is Sunday, Sept 9th at midnight!!  Closest to the correct answer wins!  If there is a tie....I'll send two out!  If there is a 3-way tie....The first two to respond will win.  (Sorry - have to draw the line somewhere :)


  1. Great idea for this set!! Have a great night!

  2. Guilty! I love to dig through button boxes. What a great idea to decorate your box to make it just as pretty on the outside as the contents on the inside.
    Can I make a guess on the buttons?
    My estimate is 213.

  3. What a perfect top for the sewing box. Great project. You did it up good! Love it!

  4. Beautiful box! I love cigar boxes!!!

  5. Wow, does that bring back memories! My mom had a cookie tin of buttons too. I think there are around 123 buttons in your box. What a great project!

  6. Love your button box. How cool to have a glammed up button box. Mine is just a cookie tin like Mom's. Now when your kids play with the buttons they can also be dazzled by the container.

  7. Love the button box! I have mine in a jar...a box would be safer. I think there are 97 buttons in the box.

  8. Beautiful button box. Love the set, it so pretty. TFS

  9. I love how you altered the cigar box. You did a great job. The stamp set works PERFECTLY with your creation. TFS and thanks for the chance to win. I will guess that there are 95 buttons in the box.

    Scrappy hugs,
    Scrappin’ Sista Designs

  10. I just LOVE your button box! It's such a creative way to store them, and so pretty!

    My guess: 135 buttons in your box! Thanks so much for a chance to win!

    1. Congratulations! Your guess of 135 buttons was the closest! The actual number was 166. Please email me kc (at) distractedbysomethingshiny (dot) com with your mailing address and I'll send your prize! Thanks for playing along!

  11. I just adore button boxes and your's is gorgeous! I love how you've made this into one!
    I've just become a follower and I would guess that there are 102 buttons. I know that sounds like a lot, but with my experience there are always more than I might think.

  12. There were 166 buttons in the button box. Barb Ghig you are closest with your guess of 135. Congratulations!!

  13. Love your button box! Great project!

  14. Awe KC... I have the same memories of playing in my Grandmother's button jars! Sorting and making necklaces and just spending hours playing with all the pretty buttons. They used to be made much prettier than they seem to be these days.

    Anyhow... You can imagine how I'm totally in love with your project!! Beautiful, K.C.!

  15. I adore your button box, KC! It's gorgeous!