February 9, 2011

Button Boutique

Vintage button cards are always a treasure find while I'm out on my junking adventures. When I get them home, I always have beautiful visions of how I will use them on projects. But when it comes time to deplete my pretty stash, the hoarder in me never uses them. I want to keep them in a little basket, all nestled safely together with all their vintage goodness. That's when I knew it was time to sketch up a stamp set concept for button cards and whisk it off to Nichole. And holy button bliss, did Nichole pull through for me. She took my sketches and scans and illustrated just what my mind had pictured for the new Button Boutique stamp set. I can now create oodles and oodles of vintage looking button cards and never run out.

Just look at the photo below. At first glance can you tell which button card is one that I made from scratch? It's the one on Kraft cardstock. Get out!! We now have stamps and dies that enable us to create our very own button cards. What do you do with button cards, you ask? What can't you do with button cards? You can make them look vintage or very modern. You can use them as card accents, gift tags for packages, embellishments for scrapbook pages....the possibilities are endless. Whether you're a sewing enthusiast, a vintage lover or just plain like fun stuff...this stamp set and coordinating dies are going to supply you with an endless amount of creativity.
Each design team member has put their own special touches on the Button Boutique stamp set and dies today. I can't wait to see what they create, I'm on the edge of my seat just waiting to see their projects! But first, how about a little button bliss from me? I'm going to show you how to use vintage fabric (or you can use new fabric or felt for that matter) to create a beautiful card with a button card focal point.
First, die cut two fabrics of choice. You'll end up with small, medium and large button circles of each fabric. Layer the circles with every other color of fabric. Then secure with a stitched on button.
I ended up with a layered fabric button full of homespun goodness. Next I die cut the new pinked edge square die with a purple snippet from Pretty Pastels. I layered on the fabric button and positioned more buttons and a Mini Wooden Spool (coming later today to my Etsy shop)wrapped with twine. Tip: To sew real buttons to paper, I first use a paper piercer and a foam mat to poke the holes through the buttons. So much easeir than trying to guess where the holes need to be poked with the needle.
Next up is creating the fun, fun button card. I die cut the button card rectangle using Rustic White cardstock. In the Button Boutique stamp set there are lots of graphic, card topper phrases and then several one line sentiments. You can mix and match these for endless button card looks. I like to lay the actual clear stamp and other elements onto the button card to *stage* the design elements. This gives you a good feel for how each element needs to be spaced before you start stamping and adhering items.
Once I was happy with my staged element, I stamped my images onto the die cut button card. Ahhhhhh. Eeeeeek. It's starting to look so much like an actual button card. I can hardly stand it, friends. The beauty of having our very own button card set is that we can mix and match the colors and phrases for a bo-zillion combinations. Here I've used a black outline, a Plum Pudding topper phrase , a Ripe Avocado one line sentiment and a Plum Pudding 25 cent stamp at the bottom. Cuteness. Yes indeedy. Next I layered on my embellished square with the fabric button.
Next up, it's time to assemble all my card elements. I layered my button card onto a very special doily then added Fine Linen ribbon and a die cut piece of Bitty Dots paper. A sentiment from Studio Style is attached to the ribbon with a Mini Clothespin.
Oh how sweet. A pretty little number, don't ya think?
I would love to hear your thoughts on Button Boutique and the coordinating dies. I really think this set will be a fun one for you...a good way to sit and play around with different buttons and little baubles like my new Mini Wooden Spools. Thanks so much for stopping by today.

For even more inspiration, please visit the Design Team blogs. Plus Nichole will be doing her big write up about Button Boutique along with today's prize announcement. Stay tuned this week as I show you more projects made using Button Boutique....plus the new jar set later this week. Let the fun continue:

Nichole Heady

76 comments:

debi said...

What a fantastic idea! I have a large stash of vintage buttons on cards, and like you can't seem to find a good reason to actually use them. I always use my orphan buttons for projects. Now I can create a button card to use in projects and attach orphan buttons to them. Brilliant.

Noreen said...

This is the coolest idea! I love buttons anyway, and never thought to be able to make as many of my own as I like.. and to be able to create vintage cards for them, too! And, wow, did all the other gals come through with some excellent ideas for using them. One of the really neat things is that you didn't stop with just creating button dies, but also the stamps and cards that will make creating with them so much more fun! Great ideas, Mish!

gertinefromholland said...

This is EXACTLY what I have been waiting for. Have been trying to make my `own buttons` with circle punches, but the holes were always a bit off. And the button card and pinked edge die are brilliant! You are a genious, thank you!

Ingrid Danvers said...

You did it again, Mish!! Another stunning and fab design. Wow! This is a must have. I {heart} buttons!

Ann said...

Absolutely agree Michelle - I've never been able to bring myself to take apart any of the vintage button cards I've found in the past and still hoard them in an old chocolate box! Now I can create my own - I've just got to have it ALL! Its beans on toast for every meal for the next month!

bonnie said...

you are a genius Mish and I am speechless...so amazingly talented...you're the best girl ;) hugs x

Cele Schaffer said...

OH MY GOODNES!!! I about jumped out of my seat when I saw the button card release today (which would not have been pretty HA!). Next to the friendship jar this is my favorite release EVER! You PTI gals are FANTASTIC!

Laura said...

What a wonderfule idea - always love your vintage style and finds! I have gotten into sewing lately and just made an apron that I need to find 2 buttons for - if I can't find what I'm looking for I might just be able to make my own with these new items from Papertrey.

Good luck with your new designs and I will look forward to see what else you create with these supplies.

Boston said...

OMG!! LOVE LOVE LOVE these new stamps. I am a button collector and love this vintage look.

Julie Campbell said...

I think this is my new all-time-favorite stamp EVER! Michelle... you are a genius! I am so, SO excited! You just encouraged me to finish my taxes so that I can have some shopping $$$ for the release. ;)

Kim H. said...

I absolutely love the new design! I am a button fanatic and love to use them but it seems whenever I want to use one - I dont have the right size or color. Now I dont ever have to worry about that again! Being able to create my own buttons is a brilliant idea.

Cammie said...

What a wonderful and creative concept! Love the vintage look! Watch out wallet! Thank you for this set and the inspiration.

Karen Lazar said...

You and Nichole have completely outdone yourselves with this one. Pure genius, girl, pure genius! I love old buttons and have some from my grandmother. I am going to make a shadow frame with them. I am so excited about his set, I would give you a big hug if I was there. I cannot wait to see your jar set later this week. Mish, you never cease to amaze me! You go, girl!!!

Anne said...

Wow. Just Love them. I could n't get to the end of the post I was so delighted with them. To heck with international postage I am def getting these. Putting them as only item on Mothers Day Pressie Wish List. LOL. Well done you talented lady.

Debra said...

Totally gorgeous!! Love it. You're so creative. One of those button cards would fit into one of the little pockets in Project Life too, wouldn't it? NICE!

Justine said...

I am over the moon swooning to get my hands on all of these new items!! I will be up at midnight this time to make sure that I get these stamps and dies into my cart and purchased before they are gone. I think you guys are going to sell out.

Cindy said...

Oooohhh! I LOVE this! I, too, collect vintage sewing notions but tend to hoard them instead of USE them. This set is just PERFECT!!

jan said...

This is a great set! I am looking forward to using it often, over and over again!! Paired with the dies and coaster board it will be so much fun!

Nancy said...

Absolutely fabulous new button set. Based on the comments there are a lot of "hoarders" out there, now we can all be happy making our own buttons and still keeping our stash! Very creative job you and Nicole did.

Lynn said...

Wow! I'm amazed at how realistic these vintage button cards look! You can tell the DT really had fun with these!!! Great idea!

paula e. said...

i was thinking it would be great to have a button die and i knew pti would come through! but as usual, you've taken it a couple notches higher with the button botique set and all the endless (where have i heard this before?!) possibilities. great inspiration with your projects here and all the other designers. thank you, thank you!

Jenny @ Embellishing Life said...

I adore this card! Absolutely adorable!

kimosabescraps said...

You have such wonderful ideas.. .congrats on the new set... simply darling!

Diane Jaquay said...

I'm totally in love with this whole concept Mish, I've always loved button cards myself, and buttons of course, and I'm THRILLED with what you and Nichole have designed for us! I can't wait to get these and CREATE!!!

Holly Saveur said...

I am in LOVE this is so gorgeous love buttons love vintage so......want to start make cards with it.You are so clever designing this!!

Peggy Sue said...

Amazing!! Over the top, AGAIN!
Thak you for all the inovative concepts to paper crafting>

Connie Pruitt said...

Your button set is such a cute idea! Can't wait to see the new jar set!

Danielle said...

super cute! love how you added the little spool and thread to your card!

CARDS by SUSAN said...

Mish this is amazing! Sooooo cute!
I just love your work!
Thanks for sharing
Susan

Ashley Cannon Newell said...

VERY cool concept! Love your projects and your sketches are amazing! So glad you all were able to bring them to life!

Robin said...

Great set, Mish! Love your style and the card is gorgeous!

A_MOMS_LIFE said...

I am so in love with this stamp set! Great idea!! You have a gift for this stuff, keep it up!!

Teri said...

Well, isn't that the coolest idea!!! I love it!!! You are so dang creative, Mish, I can hardly stand it!!!!! A very lovely card!!
Hugs,
Teri

Karen R in RI said...

Thank you for dreaming up this concept! I've never been so excited to purchase a stamp set (and dies) in my life and I've been stamping for over 20 years! Cannot wait until these babies arrive on my doorstep!

Karen R in RI

Carol's Ink Spot said...

You are a creative genius! Your card is beautiful and I love all the vintage touches you 'made'! What a wonderful concept brought to life. Now all the little bits of fabric I have been saving for 'whatever' can be used with this! Thank you!

Sharon Harnist said...

Fabulous concept, Mish -- LOVE your new stamp set!!

Artyjen said...

Gorgeous concept and a beautiful card on which to dislpay it's glory :)
xoxo Sioux

ruth_spolton said...

Button-tastic! I adore this idea Mish - your new stamp set is just perfect. And the matching dies too! Eeee! What a cute card you made, I can't tell you how excited I am bout this set. I collect vintage mother-of-pearl button cards (sadly the4y are getting pretty scarce to find at cheap prices now!) but it will be gorgeous to make my own vintage tributes! Thanks ;)

Linda said...

This is just the most fabulous creative concept so far for me. I love your canning jars, but this is even better.I wish we were neighbors. I'd love to share my antique sewing collection with you. I would never sew a button on a shirt, but I sewed over 120 on a quilt once. I absolutely love buttons as an embellishment. I hope you never run out of ideas!

Kay said...

Eeeek! I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful I think this is. I'm going to have to get a spare keyboard, because I keep drooling all over this one!

Kathi said...

OMG I'm swooning over this set! This concept is beyond awesome! I went nuts over the jar but now you've topped that! You cannot come up with anymore of this...my checkbook and stamp room won't survive if you do!!! I'm quite a bit older than you and grew up in a home full of all this vintage "stuff"...hated it then, wished I'd salvaged more than I did! You would have loved digging through my parents' house. I so enjoy all your finds and collections.

Mandy said...

Oh yes....loving the button concept! Another fabulous stamp set that would be used time and time again. Such a wonderful idea Mish and your card looks great.

Mandy

Anonymous said...

SHUT UP!!! I cannot wait to get this. Can I be on line at 1201am Feb. 15 to buy this! This totally rocks!

Renee said...

I'm SO glad you're a hoarder...
so you could just work around a way to hoard your treasures while still "using" your treasures and being able to share them with us.
Now...
could you work on a way to share those tin jello cups you hoard?

Tracey McNeely said...

A hoarder like me. I like to be surrounded by the things I have found. This is a fantastic idea--an endless supply of fantastic and unique buttons. Love it, love it, love it. Thank you for your ingenuity.

Melissa said...

Soooo completely sweet Mish....the colors you used are fresh and springy and speak of vintage apron love, wildflowers, and grandma....so happy about this wonderful set!
Melis

Otter Hill Designs said...

I LOVE this new stamp set!!!! What a fabulous idea! I can't wait to get it in my studio - my head is spinning with ideas!

resmith said...

This is just a fabulous set and I can't wait to get mine!! Thank you for coming up with this idea!

Rosie Lilya said...

Mish- you have outdone yourself! This is an amazing set.Thank you for sharing your talents with us. Can NOT wait to buy this set!!

Judy said...

I love the Button Boutique! So pretty and so versatile. Thank you!

kacee said...

I thinks its a clever idea Mish. I thought when I first read the blog that nah..I won't need this collection,but you girls are blowing my socks off (I don't really wear them TOO hot):) I love the flexibility of this collection and that we can do something special other than a plain button. Great job!

Stacy Simpson said...

Thank you! Thank you! I just shared on Nichole's blog that I have a tin of vintage buttons from my Great Aunt that I cannot wait to use with this amazing stamp set. I have many fond memories with my Great Aunt and the buttons. I plan to make a shadow box like Erin Lincoln's!

Monika/Buzsy said...

This is fantastic Michelle! What an awesome set! Love buttons and these are the cutes! Thank you, thank you, thank you! :o)

lauraleewebb said...

Swoon!!!

Carrie said...

This is AWESOME! I love this sooooo much!

Lorraine said...

You are so creative & innovative! Love your work!

DebStampsLife said...

AAAAdorable! What a fun idea--can't wait to get these!

Eveline said...

Of all the wonderful ideas you had for PTI stamps this one really tops them all. This is such a brilliant idea. I already know I need this set. I wouldn't be able to use real vintage button cards either.
Your card is lovely.
Eveline.

Paula Chizmar said...

You are a genuius!!! I have been wanting something like this for a long time. I was just on the interenet this weekend looking for a button card stamp. You have made me a very happy lady!!! Now I cant wait to order the stamp set.

paula

Kathy said...

My thoughts? First, as I said on Nichole's blog-"what in the world would I do with vintage button cards?" but after seeing all these delightful ideas...what wouldn't I do with them? Cannot wait for this release! Your idea was absolutely stunning!

Kathy V. said...

This is a very exciting set. Homemade, mailable buttons! Just what the doctor (and me) ordered.
I'll be sure order this set.

Anabelle said...

I love this card and set! Your spool is the cutest thing!!!

Irene said...

Wow, such lovely work! I'm a new follower of your blog and I'm excited to see all of your fabulous creations!

Sheryl said...

It is all just so perfectly adorable Michelle! I am so thankful to you for sharing your creativity with us!

karie said...

Seriously! This is the best thing ever created! I can't wait to get my hands on all of it!

Lynn said...

Your new set is fabulous!!! I can't wait to get my hands on it as well as the dies! Your Friendship Jar Collection is one of my favorites and I can see that this new Button Boutique will follow right along with it! Thank you :)

Sherrie said...

I just had to leave you a note to say THANK YOU!! I'm so excited for this months PTI release. Oh, the spending will be BIG {again} but I'm gonna just blame it on you. LOL! I'm still waiting to see what I get to add to my jar collection this month too (there was a little sneak about that wasn't there? Oh, I hope I didn't misunderstand). My you have been a busy woman but you sure are making many crafters smile today! Have a blessed day!

Jeanne said...

Pure magic when you and Nichole work together! These are so awesome. The possibilities are endless and I can see that the Design Team is smitten as well. I see by the comments on Nichole's blog have well hit a new height of excitement. I hope there are tons of the Button Boutique stamp sets in stock. I can also only imagine that there will be tons of second orders when the die sets come into stock. So very exciting!!!!!!

Priscilla said...

Mish, I just love it! Can't wait to get my hands on both the stamps and the dies. So fabulous!

Diana F. said...

Get out!! This is the best concept. You and Nicole need to get together more often and design stamps sets, they are always so original. Love this. And I love buttons.

Anonymous said...

Michelle this set is just too cute! I just know I'm going to have soooooo much fun with this one.I just love your vintage style! (picked up some jello molds today at a local antique mall that look just like those on your worksation)...Cyndy

Mommy said...

Oh Michelle! I am in love with your "Button Boutique" stamp set and I haven't even seen the whole release yet! I am so excited to see your collaboration with Nichole in full on the 15th! You are such an inspiration! I can't wait to peek at everyone's projects tomorrow on my day at home! :) Thanks for sharing your talents with the world via PTI!
:) Jill / Seattle, WA.

Shirlann said...

Michelllllle...this is way over the moon!!! My grandma was a seamtress and I have inherited her old Singer treadle sewing machine, wood bobbins, threads, buttons, sewing basket and all novelties. Remember the old garter snaps on a card? Too funny! I can't wait to play with this set!!!

Sue McGettigan said...

I think this is the most adorable stamp set I've seen in a while! I've been looking for a vintage button card stamp, this is just what I had in mind. Thanks!

Becky said...

This is one of the coolest stamp sets I have EVER seen! I definitely want it and will get it as soon as I can afford it! Just beautiful!!

Cindy Lyles said...

Your Take Note is one of the most used stamp sets I own - looks like your newest Boutique Buttons will be too!! Absolutely incredible Mish - love your sketches of this concept on Nichole's blog too - way to go!!

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