Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Button Bonanza

Picture heavy post!!!
I have just completed a button  swap where we had to send our partners 10 fun buttons.
I didn't just want to post them off in a bag so came up with the idea of sending them as a
little  book. I sourced buttons by theme and then went off in search of papers in my stash that would go with them. Ended up  with slightly more than the 10 buttons needed but had fun making the pages anyway!
Here's the completed book closed with a couple of cute  buttons on the front. I used Ivory satin sheen cardstock for the front and backs of the pages.

I made the book as a concertina so when standing up all the pages can be seen. The papers are all freebies from Papercraft Inspirations magazines editions at various times. I used cardboard for the shapes and attached cream satin ribbon in a ruffle  around the edges before adhering the pages.

Page one had dragone flies and ladybugs on it so I used  a couple of butterflies ,dragon fly and a ladybug  button.  Edging at bottom is a Tonic punch and the cutouts (waste not want not) I stuck around the curved top.
The buttons are stitched on with a single thread and tied in bows so that the buttons can be removed and then the thread  re tied on the pages so as not to leave holes showing. The back covers to the pages were attached last of all so that the stiches on the reverse would not be seen either.

On page 2  I used a  different tonic punch for the edging and the waste cuts were trimmed down and used up the sides of the page. The flower paper was just begging for buttons to be added as the centres.
Page 3 is my favourite paper as it looked to me like an underwater scene with water nymphs and sea urchins darting across the page. The centres of the leaves all had a heart shape so I used various shapes and colours. I found a mother of pearl button in a star fish shape and aded that to the paper and the fishes are buttons with shanks that I attached to the page with 3d sticky pads. A Martha Stewart punch  for the bottom edging.

The last page has a fiskers punch along the bottom and flower and leaf buttons picking out the design on the paper.  The sentiment on each page was created in word. I could quite happily have kept going adding more pages but I was conscious of the bulk/ weight aspect as this is now on its way to my partner in Australia. Hope she likes her Button Book.
Entering into the following:
Make it Monday: Papercrafts #135
LEJ Designs: Show us your ribbons.
Crafty Ribbons: Anything goes with ribbon.
Unstampabelles: Anyhting but a card (papercraft).
Crafty Catz: Anything  goes.
Through the Craft Room: Anything goes.
2 Sisters Challenge: Anythng goes.
Catch the Bug: Anything goes.
One stitch at a time: Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop: Use up your snippets. (Waste not want nots from snippets).
Craft My Life: Anything goes no card.


Merry said...

Oh you are so creative Mrs A....I bet your partner love receiving those buttons like that. I just sewed mine onto card stock, I must get more inventive. :-) So glad you have shared this with us at Unstampabelles this month. :-)

Susan Hogan said...

Superb Mrs A. Such a great idea and such a lovely item to send to someone. I am sure your partner in the swap will be delighted with it. Thanks for sharing this with us at Unstampabelles this month - a great project.

Penny said...

What a clever, creative way to send buttons off to someone! I think you have a great imagination! Love each of your pages! Thank you for sharing this idea with us at TTCRD. Hope to see you again soon! :^)
Hugs, Penny

Unknown said...

These are the cutest buttons, I struggle to find nice ones like these...great project.xx

DIANA L. said...

I saw you on MIM. your card is beautiful Each panel is like its own piece of artwork. Very lovely I am # 7, 37,119, and #120, stop by I would
Love to have you visit.
This is so sweet.

Createology said...

Your extra attention to detail for this button swap is wonderful and makes your gift very special. Creative Bliss...

jane stillman said...

What a fabulous idea, every page so different - brilliant. Thank you for joining us over at Glitter n Sparkle, good luck

CathyC said...

this is a lovely creative idea! thank you for joining in UnstampaBelles challenge this month.

Catherine said...

This is soooo adorable Sweetie ! What a fantastic way to display such beautiful buttons ! Hugs, blessings and love from Catherine

Ann said...

OMG what a delightful way to card up buttons. Your partner will be knocked out when she sees it. Haven't got round to commenting for ages Mrs A (sorry) but I still visit often and am always in awe of your creativity!

Desire Fourie said...

This is just gorgeous. Love the colours and embellishments. All the elements work so well together. I saw this on MIM and just had to pop over to have a closer look.
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The Craft Bug said...

Faboulous i really love this one

An Occasional Genius said...

Mrs A, you have the most fabulous ideas! I bet your Australian partner absolutely adores it, it's wonderful xx

Lauren T said...

Great idea for how to send the buttons. The underwater scene is my favourite too. Thanks for sharing at Unstampabelles.

Sandra H said...

Stunning Mrs A!! As always your creations are beautiful with lots of detail added xx

Hettie said...

This is gorgeous Mrs A! Well done you.

Naomi Johnson said...

Wow! so much detail. Thanks for sharing it with us at Crafty Catz this week. Naomi x

scrappymo! said...

Oh my goodness...this is just beautiful...Love the underwater scene best but every page is a work of art!

Elena V. said...

it's so cute!

Sue - said...

Wow! This is fabulous.

Cindy said...

What a great idea, it looks stunning! Your partner will be so happy :D!
Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Make It Monday!


Deonna B said...

Very Creative idea to send your buttons on this sweet little book! I love it! Thank you for sharing with TTCRD this week.

Crafting Vicky said...

WOW this is such a wonderful way of sending the buttons... not sure that I would want to remove them to use them up however because it's just tooo pretty!

Thanks for joining us at OSAAT this week. Hope to see you again next week. DT Crafting Vicky

Ali said...

Wow how clear are you. The button book is absolutely beautiful. I bet you swap partner was thrilled to receive it.
Ali x

Janette said...

Gorgeous creation, really lovely keepsake...
Thanks for sharing with us at CraftyCatz this week.xx

Di said...

WOW Mrs A - you went and did it again! This is just stunning, I love, love what you did with all the buttons! A truly brilliant make.

Two more parrots to go :)

Hugs, Di xx

Grenouille Greetings said...

I enjoyed your moose with his Christmas lights, Mrs A but I have to say that this little button book is a real delight. Only problem for me would be that you have matched the buttons to the paper so beautifully and decorated the pages so prettily that I wouldn't want to take the buttons off to be used on my own projects. Hugs, Lesley

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Very clever idea for the buttons Mrs A, the receiver must have been delighted.


Unknown said...

What a great idea Mrs A. A super project & fab colours xxx

Jo said...

Your so clever and thoughtful, what a lovely keepsake :)
Have a fabby weekend xx

Sarn said...

Very creative of you Mrs A.

Sarn xxx

Bubbles said...

Wow... I'm speechless!
Just visiting from the Crafty Snippets Playground,
at Patchwork Apples
# 35

judith@poppy cottage said...

What a really clever idea. The buttons all fit the pages so well. Your swap partner must have been really chuffed with this when they received it. Thanks for stopping by my blog, and your kind comment on the new Crafting with Dragonflies blog, I really appreciate it. Judith xx

Do What You Love said...

Mrs. A., what a brilliant idea to display the fun buttons in a story book fashion - it's fantastic! I love how you matched up the backgrounds with the buttons - so clever; just love it!

Min said...

Just Fabulous! We’re so glad you played along with us this week for the Catch The Bug Anything Goes Challenge with Bugaboo Stamps!
We hope you join us again this week for the Bugaboo “Theme” challenge!
Hugs & Happy Days!
Kaymin Kreations

PinkyLisasInkyCrafts said...

Thank you for joining in Challenge 48 'show us your ribbons' over on the LEJ Designs Challenge Blog.
WOW WOW WOW What a fantastic piece of work. Love the ribbon border over the arch. The pages are gorgeously decorated and ebellished perfectly.
I really hope you will join us again for future challenges.

Hugs Lisa xxx LEJ DT Member

crafty-stamper said...

brilliant project love all the buttons and frilled ribbons-thanks for joining us at LEJ Designs
Carol DT x

Debs Willis said...

This is so cool! What a great idea for a swap and what a lovely way to do it :-) Really live the under the sea page - brillliant!


Sarah C said...

I love the idea of creating a little book and what a fabulous use of all your pretty buttons! Love it :-) Great job and thanks for playing at the UnstampaBelles Challenge!!

Kaye McGrath said...

I just loved it Mrs A. Such a wonderful surprise when I opened the parcel. You really have put much thought into the swap, it is gorgeous. Thank you so much.

sparklingblackrose said...

This is just wonderful, I love how you can see all the love and care you have put into this :-) Thank you so much for joining my All Crafts Challenge-I really hope youll join my relaunch challenge and blog hop next month with some fabby sponsors! :-) Elaine -xxx-