Daily Archives: May 18, 2008

Autumn Leaves Buttons {C’est Bon}


If you look at most of my work, you’ll know that I seem to have a fixation on buttons. All shapes and sizes and colors. My favorite source for buttons is the Autumn Leaves bags. Why? I think it must be the variety of colors, shapes, styles and sizes in each package, the way the colors coordinate and of course…there are LOTS in each package meaning I won’t run out for a very long time!


Great things about Autumn Leaves Buttons…

  • inexpensive – at over 500 buttons per large package your buttons cost just over a penny each!
  • variety of colors in each bag – well coordinated
  • variety of shapes and sizes
  • large quantities in each bag
  • buttons are great for embellishing projects that will get use as they are sturdy and hold up well
  • depending on the line, these buttons come in one of two sizes of bags… a mini bag or the larger 6 oz bag
  • Storage bags are clear, easy to see what’s inside, easy to store and easy to access the buttons

Ideas for using buttons…

  • group together with other embellishments for a special look
  • use with stitching for a great shabby or vintage look
  • buttons are great for cute projects
  • cover a shape
  • dot an i
  • buttons make fabulous flower centers
  • decorate a snowman image
  • embellish paper piecings
  • tie with different fibres such as ribbon, embroidery thread, hemp, leather cord, raffia
  • decorate scallops – see below design
  • use them on cards, layouts, home dec projects
  • use buttons anywhere you might use a brad
  • sew them on fiber projects

Adhering Buttons…

  • glue dots are one of my favorite ways to adhere buttons …simply press button on glue dot, remove from sheet and apply where you want it
  • a dimensional liquid glaze such as Ranger Glossy Accents works fabulous for adhering buttons to projects
  • hand-stitch them right to your project
  • Sticky Strip Tape

Price: approx. $6.00 US or $7.50 CDN for the large 6 oz bag
Where to Buy:

Quick Tip: Buttons look best when grouped together in a cluster or line…the more the merrier ๐Ÿ˜‰

Laughter and Sunshine


I love scrapping in a shabby style. It seems to work so well with my photos, colors and embellishments. I love how buttons coordinate so well with the trims and elements of this style. I love using them to add subtle touches of texture without overwhelming the design, pairing them up with stitching and even embellishing the embellishments. On this scrap layout, I used buttons to embellish some of the scallops on my white layer as well as my painted and stamped chipboard heart.

This layout is of my friend’s daughter. I designed one for her sister a few weeks ago and of course, she needed one to match. I incorporated the same colors and style and some similar embellishments to tie them both together. One of the similar elements is the stamping. I used stamps from the same line (The Rummage Bin and Kim Hughes by Cornish Heritage Farms) and stamped in the same Burnt Umber Ink.

Check back in tomorrow for a challenge I know you’ll love!


Wishing you a wonderful day,


Supply List:


-branch flower from Silhouette Blooms 1 (Kim Hughes line) by Cornish Heritage FArms

-partial daisy and flourishes from Beautiful stamp set (The Rummage Bin line ) by Cornish Heritage Farms

-Could you be any sweeter? from For the Men stamp set (The Rummage Bin line ) by Cornish Heritage Farms

-Make each day quote from Motivational Centers (Mona Lisa Moments line ) by Cornish Heritage Farms

Ink: Burnt Umber Palette ink by Stewart Superior


-natural smooth by Prism

-Scalloped White by Bazzill

– patterned paper by My Mind’s Eye


-buttons by Autumn Leaves

-flower by Prima

-felt flower by Fancy Pants Designs

-Brad by Creative Impressions

-tan gingham ribbon by Creative Impressions

-fabric tag by K & Company

-chipboard by Maya Road

-sewing machine

-Distress Crackle Paint by Ranger