Today I’d like to confess my secret love affair with buttons. Has there ever been a more versatile paper crafting accent? Whether your style is fun and cute, clean and graphic, classy and elegant, or shabby vintage, buttons can be incorporated into all card making styles...and almost effortlessly.
Last summer in our 2009 Gallery Idol competition, our Week Four challenge was themed buttons. Our Top 5 finalists blew me away with their creativity! When Rae Barthel submitted this jaw-dropping creation, we had a hunch she would go on to win the whole competition. And she did! (Click on the link above to see all five amazing button cards!)
And buttons are not just found in craft rooms. As I began to explore the realms of fashion and home décor, I was pleasantly surprised to see these happy little disks popping up all over the place.
I’ve always loved decorative pillows, and let’s just say there’s no shortage of pillows that use buttons as either an embellishment or as the star of the show. I stumbled across this How to Make a Beautiful Button Pillow post on CraftStylish.com and was instantly mesmerized. Some say I have a lot of patience, but I’m not even sure I could pull this one off. The instructions call for 600 buttons! And they’re ALL hand-sewn on!
...the bright, funky buttons on this handbag by Etsy’s IVANandLUCY:
...and this flower necklace with vintage buttons by Etsy’s JustLiv:
If you’re looking to add to your button collection, head on over to The Button Drawer. You’re in for an eye-opening experience. No, make that an education. Their fashion button collection currently features 2,689 different styles, which are then catalogued into 80 subcategories. Yowsa! That’s a lot of buttons! And each is as unique and beautiful as the next one.
One of my favorites was taken from the “Vintage Style of Bygone Eras” category. I simply fell in love with the Vencencia – PK button. I realize the “PK” most likely stands for pink, but since this is also my nickname, it most definitely spoke to me.
How do buttons speak to you? Leave a comment by midnight MST on Sunday, January 31 and Cath will pick one lucky winner to take home some Vintage Buttons like these from Papertrey Ink:
Have a button-filled day!