Buttons and Bows Challenge for RRR

Hello, Friends!

It’s time for a new challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The buttons and bows challenge is pretty straightforward.  Just make a project and use buttons and bows to embellish.

I have a confession to make.  I love buttons.  I really do.  When I was a little girl, my mother used to give me her button box to play with whenever I was sick in bed.  I would sort the buttons into little groups, and then pick my favorite from each group and string them with a needle and thread.  When my grandmother died, my mother inherited her button box, filled with beautiful vintage buttons.  And when my mother died, I gave that same button box to our eldest daughter, who loved to sew.  When I started crafting, my daughter gave that box back to me as a Mother’s Day present one year.  Every time I go into a craft store, I look for pretty buttons to add to that jar. I hunt for buttons at yard sales and thrift shops.   As a result, my collection has outgrown the button box and I have moved all those lovely buttons into jars.

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I still have the button box, but I have other vintage treasures in it now.  So, today’s challenge gave me the opportunity to go hunting through my button collection…which always  makes me happy.

Buttons and Bows for RRR 01I have been trying to use up some of the papers that are bulging out of my scrap drawer, so all these papers are from my scrap drawer.  I matted each paper with brown cardstock to unify the theme, and then used some stamps to create my home made button card. The base paper was embossed with Tim’s “stitches” folder and then inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I love the texture this adds to the card.  And of course, I did a lot of stitching on the card edges.

Buttons and Bows for RRR 03It was so much fun to stamp the button card, and I have my blog buddy Birgit Norton to thank for introducing me to these Button Boutique stamps at Papertrey ink.  I wrapped some gorgeous wide Silky Crush Pink Ribbon around the center of the card, and then tied a pretty bow with Pink Burlap Center Stitch Ribbon.

Buttons and Bows for RRR 04This lovely Chloe Natural Crochet Lace frames the center of the card, adding wonderful texture and a vintage feel. I wrapped the stamped spool of thread with Pink Jute String just for fun!

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The inside of the card uses another stamp from the set, and more scraps from my drawer.  It was fun challenging myself to pull together a well-designed card using nothing but scraps.  I even had scraps that worked well for a matching envelope!

Buttons and Bows for RRR 01Now it’s your turn!  Whip up a project featuring buttons and bows and then link it to the RRR BLOG before the 19th of February.  I’ll be hopping by to take a look at your fabby projects, and I’ll leave you some love, too.  Oh, and if you need buttons,  you can find some pretty ones HERE.

Now go get your craft on!  LOL





10 thoughts on “Buttons and Bows Challenge for RRR

  1. Sara Emily Barker

    Oh, Kathy, what a beautiful card you have made! I love that you challenged yourself to make an entire project from scraps! I am making my sister’s Valentine’s card from scraps and one of your dies you sent. I knew there was something really SPECIAL about you that makes me feel like I’ve known you for years–it’s that button fetish we share! I’m particularly fond of THESE buttons! Oh, Mother of Pearl! They are pretty, and that ribbon (Silky Pink Crush) is mouth watering. I’m afraid I would have to hoard obth the ribbon and the buttons, though, if they were mine. Ha! Ha! Now that Handmade Button card is the sweetest must-have stamp I have laid eyes on since… well, yesterday, with a Tim Holtz classic (but I’ve already taken care of that). I love that sweet little pair of scissors and the thimble, too! What a precious card and envelope set! I think you may have inspired me to shake out a few buttons and unroll some ribbon, too!

  2. Nancy Carroll

    I saw this when I was checking out the challenge and thought how stunning it was, I should have realized that you made it, I only hope one day people will say the same about mine! I just received my MIL’s buttons and will have to take the time to try this challenge! I may lift yours somewhat cause i have similar stamps…hope you don’t mind.

  3. Gretchen

    Anything to do with buttons, bow, fabric, patterns I’m in. It goes back to my childhood when Mom use to make all of our clothes, 3 girls and herself, we always had a new Easter dress and sometimes our dolls got a matching dress. With this card you have knocked it out of the ballpark. it is stunning.

  4. Birgit

    Stunning, beautiful card and matching envie! I’m so impressed that you used just scraps to create this as everything comes together so seamlessly. Love your sweet button card and everything else that goes along with it. This is truly a treasure to keep for the recipient.

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