Buttons and Patches

Buttons and patches and the cold wind blowing,
The days pass quickly when I am sewing.
    ~Author Unknown




After a day of treasure hunting with my daughter, I couldn't resist manufacturing a few antiques. This was my first chance ever to ink up some stamps by Papertrey Ink. I know, I need to get out more – Papertrey Ink has been a leader in the paper crafting industry for a long time. I've just been a lurking fan, well, until I saw this Button Boutique stamp set and die cut designed by Nichole Heady.


I made these for the Ribbon Carousel Challenge, A Stitch in Time (RCC13), hosted this week by the crazy-talented Debbie Carriere, who, rumor has it, has made it to the top 10 of the Paper Crafts Gallery Idol competition. After you check out the Ribbon Carousel Challenge, be sure to go vote for Debbie.





Catered Crop Recipe


My favorite ingredients in this project are some buttons from Mom's button jar. I made these to give to some crafty friends (more about that later), so I followed the lead of Maile Belles. I used the patch die cut that comes with the set to cut out some patterned paper and also some clear acetate. I threaded my buttons and then arranged and attached them to the acetate with dimensional adhesive. To attach the acetate (transparency) to the button card I put Score-Tape or Glue Dots on the back of the acetate hidden behind the buttons. (Maile has a great picture to illustrate this.) This way my crafty friends can reuse the buttons.

I made the base of the cards out of chipboard coasters in my stash – they're nice and sturdy to hold all those buttons.

  • Stamps – Papertrey Ink Button Boutique
  • Paper – October Afternoon Five and Dime, Chipboard Coasters from Stamp on This
  • Color Mediums – Memento, Stampin' Up! Sahara Sand
  • Fibers – Bargain lace, polyester ribbon and rick rack; vintage seam binding, DMS embroidery floss, Stampin' Up! linen thread
  • Embellishments – Buttons from Jennie Bowlin, October Afternoon and Mom's button jar
  • Tools – Papertrey Ink Button Boutique die



That's all for now . . . sew long, I needle to get to bed!


Sweet Comments

  1. So cute, Linda…..this is one of my favorite PTI sets and I haven’t hardly used it at all! I love your vintage patterns, too…..I think I have some of them hanging around as well!

  2. jane w. says:

    hey there LINDA! I did see these button cards and they are totally cool! Love what u did with them! Also- did some Flea mrkt and Antq trippin this weekend too…gosh..wish we lived closer! hugs, Jane :)

  3. OH MY GOOOODNESS–these little button cards are TOOOOOOO cute! I am in need of getting me some of these (the image/etc.)! LOVE those buttons and how you put ribbon/twine/lace through them! CLEVER!

  4. Love, love these Linda!!! They are just fantastic!! Thank for the super sweet shout out! Keeping my fingers crossed! I have been eyeing this set, and it would be my first PTI set!! Too funny!

  5. Your button cards are so cute! I love the different little bows and colored squares behind each set.

  6. Really nice blog!