20 July 2014


Hello, and thanks for stopping by my blog.

I'm excited to be joining in a blog hop in celebration of the 200th challenge at Lasting Memories.

If you've arrived here from Karen Wilson's blog ~ welcome!  If this is your first stop, please be sure to hop back to Lasting Memories to start the hop so you don't miss a thing.

Our challenge this week is BUTTONS. We are looking for buttons, buttons everywhere on your layouts.   The DT has gotten creative with buttons on our layouts and we hope you'll be inspired.

Along the hop,  each of us has a letter for you to collect.  You will need to unscramble the letters to spell out a short scrapbook-themed phrase (hint ~ it's two words) so don't forget to jot down my letter which you'll see below.  When you've completed the hop, leave your answer in the comment section back at Lasting Memories.  Comments will be moderated so there's no peeking!   Link up your LO... and... our grand prize winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from A2Z Scrapbooking Store!

To celebrate our 200th challenge, you'll see that some of us are also offering a little blog candy on our personal blogs but you have to visit us to see who!   I'd love to give away some lollipop flowers with button centres, handmade by me:

Everyone is welcome to join my giveaway {You don't have to join the blog hop, although that would be great too...}  All you need to do is leave a comment on this post, telling me how you like to use buttons.  I'll leave it open until the end of the month, and draw a winner on 1st August.

Now, time for my reveal... I was inspired by layout sketch #95 from Feeling Sketchy to create my layout design:

I love patterned buttons of all kinds - striped, floral, and ~ my absolute favourite ~ spotted.  I used some pre-made buttons on this layout (stripes and spots) and I also decorated my own.  You can see a close-up on my sneak peek at the top of this post.

My button technique ~
Altering buttons is so easy to do: Use paint, gel pen, permanent marker, liquid pearls, correction fluid, or even nail polish!  I just grabbed a white Signo gel pen and drew some little dots around the edge.  There's no special technique involved, although I recommend going slowly so the pattern doesn't smudge before it has a chance to dry.

Ribbon Girl Red, white & blue mixed pack buttons
Green Tara 6cm petals - Fire Engine Red paper flower
Jenni's Jewels handmade flower
Fancy Pants mulberry flower
UPK Gallery Winter is Coming - Letter from Home patterned paper
Bazzill Basics cardstock
Paper doiley
Vintage book page
Prima Rondelle alphabet stickers

Your next stop on the hop is Denise's blog.   Have fun and happy hopping! Don't forget my letter:

Here's the full HOP LINE UP:

10-08-2014 Edit to add:  My layout was selected as one of the Top Picks at Feeling Sketchy:


  1. Beautiful LO. I love you buttons. I like the way you used it for embellishments.

    I use my buttons has embellishments, There are so many colors and designs for buttons and many usage for them.

  2. Awesome layout, love how you used your buttons and layered those papers. second LOVE your blog candy, they are super cute! Ill have to try to create those sometime...
    Great hopping with you!

  3. Sweet layout and I just love how you used your buttons with in the clusters. I probably use mine more on cards, but I like your tips about them and will have to give some of those a try

  4. A truly lovely page Karen.

  5. Great work and thanks for playing along at FS

  6. This is such a wonderful page Karen - enhanced by your altered buttons....now there is some clever ideas there! I just love popping buttons on LO's, tags & cards...but I get annoyed with myself when I don't make the time to add a touch of cotton to the little holes.
    Beautiful work.
    Thank you for playing along with us at Feeling Sketchy.
    Debi - DT Co-ordinator@FS

  7. Absolutely love the pops of red with the blue!

  8. I love the softness of you page.

  9. This is a great layout I love how delicate it looks. I like to use buttons on my cards as embellishments.

  10. What a beautiful page and photo! Great take on the challenge, thanks for playing with us at Feeling Sketchy !

  11. Beautiful LO, great job!! Thanks for playing along with us at the Feeling Sketchy blog!! :)

    Elina- DT member, Feeling Sketchy

  12. Oh wow, Karen, this is stunning. Just beautiful and I love the way you showcased your buttons. So pretty!

  13. What a beautiful layout and love the use of your buttons. I will definitely be trying the white signo pen on mine soon. Thanks for joining the challenge ~ Michelle FS dt

  14. Karen, I have been so curious about your LO since I saw the sneak peak. I love those button flowers! Your LO is beautiful!!

  15. I love your flowers! My favorite way to use buttons is to fill a shape- example- a heart.

  16. What a wonderful page and lovely photo. Thanks for joining us at Feeling Sketchy.

  17. Great page and cute flowers.

  18. Lovely layout. Thank you for joining the challenge at Feeling Sketchy

  19. Such a lovely layout.. This photo is precious! :)


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