Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Button, button, who has the button....

I am making progress (slow progress) on sorting out my scrap studio.  The main problem is that I keep discovering all sorts of treasures and stopping to play with them!  At least it has kept me out of the craft stores so far this year.

I have collected buttons for years.  Some are from family, others have come from estate sales, antique & flea markets and car boot sales when we lived in England.  Our younger son used to spend a lot of time with me sorting through all the shapes and colors when he was little.  There are so many that they have been subdivided into quite a few tins.

While I was sorting the leftovers from other projects I found these stylized flower cuts from some cards I made using the From My Kitchen cartridge.

Here is one of the cards I made from the recipe cards on From My Kitchen.  The original post is at this LINK.

Once I arranged the leftover stems on the card base I started trying different buttons for the blossoms.  The white and ivory buttons did not provide enough contrast.

So I checked for the more brightly colored buttons - and found all sorts of interesting shapes and sizes.

I "auditioned"  a lot of buttons and ended up with five that seemed to work well together.  The second button from the left is purple and not as dark as it appears in the photos.

The buttons needed some cord or string to make them appear to be attached by sewing.  I found this set of ribbon and cord on sale not long ago and I thought the blue and white string would be perfect.

I tied the string through the holes using lengths long enough to knot easily.  The strings needed to be trimmed with sharp scissors so the ends would be neat.

After I tied and trimmed the string I used a couple of glue dots to hold the each of the buttons to the card.

I will probably add a sentiment and possibly some white pen stitching or doodles.  I might use this as a note card for a friend who also likes buttons.

I wonder what I'll find next - and how long it will take me to finish sorting out the room!


  1. Simple and yet, so CUTE! I am working on a button stash! My Mom always had one. I used to love to go through her little cigar box filled with all kinds of buttons. I have a Monthly Card Contest for charity on my blog! Send a card, win stamps!
    Thank you for your wonderful card instructions!

  2. I have a ton of buttons. I just got this cartridge for Christmas. I will have to give it a try. Thanks.

  3. I love your card. I have an old tin with my mom's old buttons. I can't part with any of them! Some are over 50 years old. It's hard to give them up....but I see by your card that they can brighten someones day, instead of sitting in an old tin.

  4. You have some very beautiful buttons. My buttons don't even come close to what you have colleted. I will just have to look harder. Thank you for sharing.


  5. I love buttons but seem to "forget" about them when doing a project. Thanks for the reminder!

  6. I just love the look on buttons on paper crafted projects along with various quilty type projects.
    They are so fun and cheerful to me.
    Love the card and it is a great inspirationg for me

  7. I'm so jealous! I love buttons but can NEVER find good ones!


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