Sunday, May 15, 2011

CTMH Spotlight Blog Hop & H2H Challenge - BUTTONS!

Welcome to the CTMH Product Spotlight Blog Hop for April!
This month we are highlighting.....

The blog hop makes a circle so if you are starting here just continue until you make your way back and you will have made it through them all.  If you have already started and are coming from Tracy Oleksak's blog, "Mama Olie's Musings", then you are on the right track.

This month the Close To My Heart Product Spotlight Blog Hop is "spotlighting" BUTTONS!  And ironically, this week's challenge over at Heart 2 Heart is also about buttons.  So I'm shooting two birds with one button...stone. ;)

Who doesn't love buttons?!  Heck, we even use the word as a know..."Cute as a button".  LOL  I think buttons are a perfect embellishment. Whether you use them in cards, scrapbook pages, or any other projects, they add dimension and color, but they are understated and versatile.
When I signed up for this month's hop, I already had in mind the card I wanted to make.  However, actually sitting down to do it has been another thing.  It's the last month of school and it has been C-R-A-Z-Y!!  School will be out in less than two weeks and I, for one, can hardly wait for both the break and the opportunity to get creative again.  Anyway, a week or so ago, my son gave me the sweetest gift that he made in class.  It was a bouquet of pens.  Yes...I said bouquet of pens.  Maybe you've seen them before?  They're basically pens that have a flower attached with floral tape.  They're great for multiple reasons.  One, they're easy to see; two, people are less likely to "take" your pen; and finally, they're pretty.  My daughter saw them and immediately asked about getting the supplies to make some more.  I also thought they would be perfect in my classroom, as students are always asking to "borrow" pens and pencils, but they often fail to return them.  I imagine if there is a great big blossom on the end, I'm more likely to get them back.  (Even if I don't catch them leaving with it, the other kids will rat them out.  LOL)  Okay...why am I telling you all of this?  Well, the flowers got my wee little, fried brain churning.  I decided I wanted to make some of these flower pens and a holder for the pens to keep in my classroom.  I incorporated buttons into my container design.
So here's a look at what I made....

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Inks: Hollyhock, Pear
The container could also be used to store buttons, ribbon scraps, various embellishments, markers, and more.

I plan on actually using dried beans as the filler, but I didn't have any at the time I made this and I haven't had a chance to get to the grocery store.  So in the picture, I used buttons.  Here's a pic of my flowers.  Aren't they cute?
I purchased the flowers and floral tape from Michael's Craft Store.

One more thing...since this hop is about buttons, here is a button jar that I made quite some time ago.  I still love this jar of buttons.  It is just so pretty sitting out in my craft room and it was so simple to make.  It's just a jar from the craft store, with some letter stickers, ribbon bow and what else...a button! 

If you have time, take a moment or two to check out the rest of my blog.  If you enjoy your visit, then please consider "Following Me" and/or leave a comment (we all love comments...the nice ones anyway), then be sure to continue along on the hop by heading over to  Haley Dyer's blog, "The Inky Scrapper" and check out her creation.  You can also find a list of all this month's CTMH Spotlight Blog Hop participants on Wendy's blog.

Happy hoppin'!


  1. Love the idea....the flowers look fabulous in the buttons. I'd leave them and get the buttons as I needed them. Very cute flowers too.

  2. All of your projects are gorgeous! Your jar with flowers is so pretty, no matter what's inside, but those pens are darling. I too only have a few weeks left of school, and it is time to hang on to your seat belts! Good luck with that. Great idea for a button jar too. Thanks for sharing with us at H2H!

  3. Oh I love the flower jar! What a great idea...I might even use that (with the flower pens attached) for a teacher appreciation gift next year for my kiddos.

  4. Love all of your button ideas! Those flower pens are too cute too, love them standing in the jar of buttons:) Thanks for sharing these at H2H!

  5. thats a lot of buttons. is there suck thing as button envy? lol. great project

  6. Tamytha - this is the cutest thing ever! My sisters are teachers, and they would love to have these sitting on their desks. Glad you could join us at H2H this week :o)

  7. Awesome idea! I love what you have done here! Thanks for joining us at H2H :)

  8. Love em love me love em. You've really outdone yourself with these buttons.


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