Craft Hoarders & Altered Pages Blog Hop

CHACB Button Challenge 08Craft Hoarders & Altered Pages Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  There’s a new challenge up on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.  This time around the fine folks at Altered Pages have sponsored the challenge, so we’ve paired up for a fun Craft Hoarders & Altered Pages Blog Hop.  The theme of the challenge is “Button it Up!”

Challenge #14 Button it Up!

Crafters of every stripe are button hoarders! Buttons are pretty, inexpensive, and extremely versatile. If you are a card maker, quilter, layout artist, or anything in between, you probably have a button hoard! Buttons come in many sizes, styles, shapes, and colors, plus they are easy to store…usually in cute containers! Pull out those bins of buttons and use some of them for your challenge project!
One talented participant will receive a $15 gift certificate, donated by Altered Pages!

altered pages prizeALTERING YOUR CREATIVITY, that’s what we believe in at Our job is to supply you with inspiration and the tools to make it happen. We enjoy the creative process of all skill levels and mediums, so dive in and have fun with this challenge. Both Design Teams are creating inspiring works to spark you into creating too! Grab those bins and boxes, drag out your stash and let’s GO.

French Seamstress Altered Canvas with Buttons

CHACB Button Challenge 01Here’s the 8″ x 10″ canvas I altered with the goodies I received from Altered Pages.  I used texture paste to add a flourish stencil to my canvas, then spritzed with Tattered Angels Glimmer mist.  Once it was dry, I stamped over the background with Rose Madder Archival ink and a crackle background stamp to age everything.  I treated the Altered Pages French Seamstress with UTEE to make it look like an old photo, and then added a tissue paper flower made with burlap and a pattern piece sent to me in the DT package   I rummaged around in my Closet of Shame and found some old lace that I fussy cut and added, spools, feathers, mini scissors, some of my mom’s old sewing bobbins and lots of other sewing ephemera that I assembled into a collage.  I used one of the mini canvases that Canvas Corp sent me to make the little mini button canvas, which might be my favorite part of the collage.  I know you are all going to want to know where I found the scissors, so I will tell you here: the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

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I used Tim’s Tattered Florals die to make the big fabric flower on the left, and Spellbinder’s rolled roses on the right.  The sewing machine is fussy cut from the Altered Pages Antique Sewing sheet and was also treated with UTEE to make it look like an epoxy embellishment.

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You can really see all the yummy texture up in the left hand corner.



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Ooh-la-la!  Buttons, feathers, fabric flower, lace scissors and vintage spools and bobbins, courtesy of Mom



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I love all these vintage buttons clustered together on this mini canvas.  I also stamped randomly with the Kept in Stitches stamp plate.

CHACB Button Challenge 09I had the pleated rose ribbon in my stash.  It’s discontinued Stampin’ Up ribbon.


CHACB Button Challenge 10The sweet button cards were made by my friend Birgit.  Thanks, Birgit!

Now it’s time for you to hop off and leave some love for the rest of the Craft Hoarders Anonymous designers:

Amber Milone ♥ Christy Butters ♥ Debbie SeyerDonna Idlet♥ Ginny NemchakGloria Stengel (blog owner) ♥ Jan Marie Ennenga ♥ Karen ZeugerPam Bray ♥ Tammi Bennett

Glenda Brooks is unable to join us this month.

Here are the links to the awesome designers at Altered Pages

Roni Johnson ♥ Trisha Too ♥ Daniela May ♥ Stephanie SiattaTonya Trantham                      Robin HorasanianDebbie TullierBarbara RankinLyneen Jesse

Go get inspired, then dig into your crafty hoard and create a new project featuring buttons.  Then link it up at Craft Hoarders Anonymous before midnight Pacific time on August 31st. I’ll be stopping by to take a peek!

Thanks for playing along!



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28 thoughts on “Craft Hoarders & Altered Pages Blog Hop

  1. popkorengifts

    Great Job! Absolutely Amazing. I found one of those old sewing machines last year in a house we were renovating. I have toyed with the idea of cleaning it up and putting it on display in my craft space. They are beautiful machines.

  2. Bonnie McLain

    This is really lovely… the thought that went into this is deep girl friend… really deep and lovely… I love it all… but the pink tape and the little buttons are pretty high up there… love it all though… really a lovely, lovely, lovely piece… Love, light and Peace…Bonnie

  3. Chana

    I really enjoyed looking at all the wonderful detail you incorporated into this ambitious and beautiful design! Thanks for the tutorial…it is something I might try. Your work is fabs. We were delighted to find this propped against our front door here at 613 Avenue Create. We look forward to your next visit.
    Chana, Owner

  4. camowaggie

    Gorgeous background!! That is my favorite part. Another thing I really liked was the paper stitched with the blue embroidery thread. I know it’s a small part, but it really stands out to me. Overall, just lovely!!

  5. Lyneen

    AWESOME… love all the textures, colors and layers on your canvas. Great embellishments! Love the pink ribbon!!! Thanks for a great blog hop!

  6. Robin

    I love this vintage work of art! I especially love the use of all the sewing embellishments – you truly put a lot ot effort into creating a project that just perfectly shows off the buttons and all the other kinds of items that sewing ladies use! What a darling project!

  7. Danie May

    What a lovely canvas, so many pretty things to see, especially your sewing bits and bobs and I love the pleated ribbon edging this piece. Beautifully done!

  8. Darlene Pavlick

    What a WONDERFUL sewing collage Kathy! ALL the fabulous detail and itty bitty pieces make it so warm, homey and happy! Wouldn’t this be a wonderful gift for the lady who does a lot of sewing … AWESOME piece of ART!! Well done! I LOVE IT!!

  9. Gloria Stengel

    I love the clusters, the tiny button canvas, the flowers, everything. Esp. the girls night out ticket! And the real spools and bobbins and such! This is a true work of vintage art!

  10. Barbara Rankin

    Gorgeous canvas. I love the sewing theme, and there is so much to see and enjoy on your piece. TFS where you got the scissors, and I also love the mini button canvas you made. Such a clever idea. So happy to be hopping with you today.

  11. carol

    Hi Kathy this a beautiful piece of art. I love all the touches with buttons, spools and mums bobbins. The colours are pretty with the flowers adding a real vintage feel. Really well done x

  12. Birgit

    Beautiful!! I love the little canvas filled with yummy vintage buttons… so sweet!! I thought I recognized a button card or two. ; ) Love what you did with them!

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