Monday, June 10, 2013

Button Cameo Frame Wall-Hanging

Hello and welcome! This week our challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show focuses on a traditional staple supply, buttons. Show us your idea using buttons and you could be the lucky one to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp.

I love buttons and there was a time when I used buttons on almost every project. I was lucky to pick up a huge pile of vintage buttons for almost nothing quite a few years ago, and still have many of those left. They did need a good wash, I had buttons drying on paper towels all over the floor.

Button Cameo Frame Wall-Hanging - Layers of ink
I love clear elements and my all-time favourite buttons are the Autumn Leaves Foof-a-la Clear Bag-O-Buttons and I decided to showcase them in a wall-hanging, using a photo of my mom as a little girl. I tinted the photo lightly with Distress Inks (Tattered Rose, Antique Linen). The base was made by covering a 6 x 6 piece of mat board with Tim Holtz French Industrial papers, using one of the 6 x 6 papers in the pad. It was inked with Gathered Twigs and misted with Biscotti Perfect Pearls spray. The butterfly comes from Tim's Tiny Things set.

I die cut Tim Holtz Cameo Frame, with an Oval insert, from grungeboard, painted and stamped with a script stamp. It was coated it with Glossy Accents and the whole frame was covered with the clear buttons.

Mica flakes and Rock Candy Glitter was sprinkled on top to fill in the gaps, and form a kind of grout. I put it aside to dry, as it dried the Glossy Accents and buttons made the frame more dimensional, but making it buckle slightly, almost looking like a padded frame. I loved the effect. Another Cameo Frame was die cut from grungeboard as a base, the photo was placed on top and I sandwiched a piece of acetate between the photo and the frame.

 Love that you can see the script stamping through the buttons and the buttons even enlarge the text slightly.

I corked vial was filled with mica flakes and I trimmed down a Chit Chat sticker to add on top.

The roses were made with the Tattered Pinecone die and die cut from kraft-core cardstock. I cut off a piece of the die cut on the smaller ones, before rolling them, to make them smaller. The roses were inked with Gathered Twigs, smeared with Antique Linen Distress Stickles and misted with Biscotti.

I also die cut the mini flourish from kraft-core cardstock and layerd it underneath the roses.

The crinkle ribbon was dyed with Tattered Rose and Antique Linen Distress Stains.

I hope you have time to use some buttons this week. As every week, our sponsor Simon Says Stamp gives a $50 gift voucher to one random participant. The team also enjoys picking out our favourite projects every week.

Thank you for looking! Have a good week!


Dies: Sizzix: Cameo Frame, Sized Ovals Movers & Shapers, Tattered Pinecone, Mini Flourish
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Tiny Things, Classics #9
Surfaces: Tim Holtz Idea-Ology French Industrial paper stash, Grungeboard; Tim Holtz Core'dinations kraft-core cardstock; Sizzix Little Sizzles mat board white 13 x 6
Ink: Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs, Tattered Rose, Antique Linen; Ranger Archival Jet Black
Stain: Ranger Distress Stain Tattered Rose, Antique Linen
Paint: Ranger Distress Paint Tarnished Brass, Antique Linen, Walnut Stain
Mist: Ranger Perfect Pearls Biscotti
Glitter: Ranger Distress Stickles Rock Candy Dry Glitter
Embellishments: Autumn Leaves Foof-a-la Clear Bag-O-Buttons; Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Chit Chat stickers, Corked Vials, Crinkle Ribbon, Hinge Clips; Stampendous: Pearlized Mica Fragments 
Adhesive: Glossy Accents


  1. Beautiful piece! Love the buttons and the die-cut and your flowers are gorgeous!

  2. Anna-Karin....I just love your creations! This one is just brilliant! I love all of the die cuts and how you've used them on this sweet wall hanging. The cameo looks fabulous. Love the photograph in the center and how you so brilliantly have surrounded it with the gorgeous little pinecone roses, clear buttons and mica flakes. Simply gorgeous. Love the colors, too. Vintage, sweet and elegant! <3 Candy

  3. Gorgeous piece, Anna-Karin!! I love the metallic elements! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  4. Hi Anna-Karin
    Ilove how soft and gentle and girlie this piece is. It is so pretty and it makes you want to just keep looking at it.
    A really pretty piece of art

  5. Wow, Anna-Karin - how beautiful... a wonderful vintage look, full of nostalgia. The photo of your mother is just lovely, and I love the effect of the clear buttons over your beautifully stamped frame - such subtle added texture and dimension - really love this!
    Alison x

  6. Beautiful piece love the die cut oval cut from the larger die cut, framing your photo beautifully. Love the touch if sparkle. The clear buttons are a fantastic idea and your dimensional flowers are gorgeous. Tracy x

  7. another beautiful piece of work!
    Sandra ltb

  8. I always love seeing how you incorporate your family photos in such a beautiful and clever way! This is no exception. Beautiful frame for a sweet image. Love the details!

  9. So beautiful and love the clear buttons! What a keepsake!

  10. Love this project... the roses are wonderful!!! I need to do several similar to this for a family-tree wall in the dining room!!

  11. This is wonderful Anna-Karin! I love it. Thanks for all of the close up images of the details on this piece. The clear buttons, mica flakes, pearls,and bottle embellishment add such subtle sparkle to this vintage piece. I love how the clear buttons seem to magnify the script-covered background of the frame. Just gorgeous!!

    -- Mary Elizabeth

  12. Such a stunning piece!!!

  13. WOW Anna-Karin! Love that these buttons add so much without being the centre of attention. I can see why you love to use clear buttons. Hugs, Jenny x

  14. Wow, Anna-Karin! This is such a wonderful card! Love the picture and the clear sheet that you've embossed! So pretty! Hugs, Sandra

  15. I just got the pinecone die, and really like it's versatility. Blessings!

  16. FabulOus frame. I live the way you have used the clear buttons and you can still see all the background yumminess. Great idea! Also, thank you so much for the lovely comment you left on my blog. Maddy x


Thank you so much for leaving a comment! Happy Crafting!