Friday, July 17, 2009

Buttons, Buttons, Who's Got the Button?

During the 1960’s, while preparing for a buying trip to Europe for the family business, Mrs. Jean H. Barr was asked to find a specific type of sweater button for her friend. Mrs. Barr was able to accommodate her friend’s request and thus, the start of JHB button began in the basement of her Colorado home.

Since those humble beginnings, Mrs. Barr’s company has become known as the leading suppliers of fashion, novelty and basic buttons in the United States and is also the international leader in novelty buttons.

I am somewhat familiar with the quality and beauty of JHB buttons but I was completely unfamiliar with their “button{ware}” kits. The Autumn Stacked Pin kit arrived in the cutest clear “purse-like” bag. It had a full color insert that displayed the completed pin along with a list of tools, a sheet of instructions and all of the pieces needed to complete my kit. Since I am not a jewelry maker I was pleasantly surprised at how easy this project came together. The instructions said to use Chain Nose Jewelry pliers and wire cutters but I just used a pair of small needle nose pliers that I had in my scrapbooking supply tool box. Instead of using the E6000 adhesive (which I did not have) I used my Diamond Glaze also found in my scrapbooking supply box and I found that it worked very well to hold my pieces together.

The instructions were easy to understand and the project was so simple, even for a beginner like me! I love the way this pin turned out and now I am debating on whether I want to give this as a gift or keep it for an embellishment on a future scrapbook page.


Title: Autumn Pin
Products used: Autumn Stacked Pin Kit (JHB buttons, button{ware} kit)
Diamond Glaze (Judikins)


I also received two cards of buttons. The first card had two ¾ inch turquoise buttons with a ribbed edge and a deep set center and the second card had three ¾ inch chocolate brown buttons with a satin finish. The colors worked so beautifully together and I thought they would be perfect for a card. I used the turquoise button as the center for the flower and filled the deep set center with Stickles to give it a little sparkle. I then used the brown buttons as the stem of the flower and filled the button holes with a small amount of Stickles as well.


Title: Friend card
Products used: Cardstock (Tinkering Ink & American Crafts)
Buttons (JHB)
Ribbon (Michael's)
Stickles (Ranger)
Embossing Glitter (PK Glitz)
Stamp (TAC)
Border Punch (Martha Stewart)
Ink (Colorbox)
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)


As a scrapbooker and mixed media artist I want to use quality products that are going to last over time. After all, I spend hours creating just the right page or project, I shouldn’t skimp on the embellishments, and that includes buttons. From now on, when using buttons, I am going to look for JHB buttons because my pages and projects deserve the very best!
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