Tuesday, January 8, 2013

SOS #84 - Buttons

Happy Tuesday, and welcome to new challenge over at Shopping Our Stash! This week our theme is BUTTONS! We ask you to use some of the oldest buttons in your stash.

Buttons, I haz 'em. My oldest buttons are probably the collection of mini buttons I've amassed over the years. When I had my major Button Organization Episode just about a year ago,  I left the mini button collection alone and didn't sort them by color. I do have my limits.

This is what I have left in that jar:

(Yes, my desk is its usual mess. Leave me alone.) Then I started fiddling with scraps and cut-offs that were languishing on my desk. I had a piece of a black border and a stamped piece I didn't use left over from making this card; I layered them and I liked the result. After I added some mini buttons, I had this:

I still had no idea what I'd do with it!  I went in search of something else on my desk and found this paper from my last OWH effort:

 ... and a card was born! I layered everything on black, and this is what came out:

I knew I wanted to pull out the blue in that busy paper, and do you know I have NOT ONE THING that color blue? Nope. No ribbon, no twine, no ink to color my own ribbon or twine. Oooh, maybe Ballet Blue would have worked. TOO LATE. As a last resort I searched through my washi tape and found that one you see, so I've used what - 3" of it here? Go, me.

The sentiment is even from a Verve stamp set I've had out on my desk for about two weeks, thinking I'd use it on some OWH cards. Instead, I've been shifting it from one spot to another.

Okay, now it's YOUR turn. Go into your stash, pull out your oldest buttons, use them to make a card, then come back to Shopping Our Stash and link us up so we can see what you've made!

Thanks for stopping by!

Products used:
Verve Stamps - Small Phrases
Neenah Solar White card stock 25 sheets (SSS | EH) ream (SSS | EH)
Hero Hues black ink (EH)
Teflon bone folder (SSS | EH)
Fiskars paper trimmer (SSS | EH)
Hero Arts Envelope Liner background stamp (SSS | EH)
Hero Arts Shadow ink - Tide Pool (SSS | EH)
MFT Mini Double Dot Border die (SSS | EH)
Glossy Accents (SSS | EH) mini (SSS | EH
Washi tape purchased here
SU Basic Black card stock
Basic Grey Marrakech 6x6 paper pack
SU white twine
Misc buttons


  1. All that thought and searching on your desk really, really paid off. This card is delightful. I love that sentiment. Fabulous idea to back your buttons like that. It really makes them pop. I'll have to case this one.

  2. The buttons look so good on that border! The patterned paper is perfect for this card and I love the black layers, it makes the colors pop.

  3. ok, i know for you this card USED UP stash, but i have a feeling for the rest of us, it just "enabled" the purchase of mini-buttons! b/c you just make those things look SOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOOD!!! :) :) :) (ps: messy desk sign of creativity and industry. well known scientific fact, normy; only DULL folk have clean surfaces!!!) ♥

  4. GREAT card, Leslie! Great colors and embellishments you "found" on your desk.
    PS: I just cleared off my desk, put everything away (company coming :) and now I have to go searching through bins and baskets for my crafts...something to be said for a messy craft room!

  5. cute as buttons. it all works well toghether.

  6. BUTTONS..... my precious. (Hi, my name is Kara and I have a serious thing for buttons.)

  7. ohhh love the buttons on the black! Way to go!

  8. What is it about matching blue? I know exactly what you mean.
    I love the rainbow colours - and that teensy square paper? Love that!

  9. I so love me some buttons! And mini buttons remind me of candy! I love how you used them with the paper. The card is gorgeous! Now you know you need to shop for more BLUE junk!

  10. Leslie - So cute! Those little buttons are adorable and they fit perfectly on that black border! Great job!

  11. Great design! Those colorful mini-buttons are a perfect starting place! Loved reading the process you went through to achieve such a beauty! TFS!

  12. Hey Leslie! Thanks for linking this up to the Use 10 Different Embellishments Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)


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