February 2009 Hot Button Winners

Congrats to our
February 2009 Hot Button of the Month Winner!

February's Hot Button of the Month Contest Winner is…Leah Daehling from Seward, NE. Leah's "Less than a Gazelle" shows that you can find the makings for great buttons everywhere!

"I make buttons and magnets out of vintage images found in old yearbooks, magazines, books, maps...anything that fits my funny bone and has a bit of sass to it," Leah said. "I also use text from those sources to kick it up a notch - usually it's best when the text comes from a different source than the image!"

Leah listed this button to sell online - and it did!

"I get such a kick our of the stuff that presents itself to me (for the buttons)," Leah explained. "If someone else does, too, well - that is a double success!"

As the Hot Button of the Month winner, Leah received a $100 Badge-A-Minit gift certificate.
Five lucky winners were awarded the title of "Badge-A-Minit February 2009 Hot Button" during this month's contest. Entries were judged on their originality in design or concept - and also on execution of design and results obtained from using the button. Winners receive a coupon for 10% off their next purchase at Badge-A-Minit.com.

If you're designing buttons, we want to hear from you! Please take a few minutes and enter our March contest. You could be our next winner!
Eskymos Sports
Randy Berhow of Escanaba, MI, sent in this beautifully designed sports recognition button. Randy was "getting tired of getting buttons at the end of the season in baseball, basketball and football" so he decided to starting making his own. Now parents and fans can show off their favorite players throughout the entire sports season.
Chatterbox Band
This fun and creative design was submitted by Jenny Landis of Lewistown, PA. The button is used to inexpensively promote the Chatterbox Band. Because buttons are easy to design, right now there are 8 designs available - and some early buttons have already been "retired."

"The band's fans love them and keep checking to see if new designs are out," Jenny said. "Inventory is so much easier than stocking t-shirts, and with the price below $1 each, the buttons sell quickly." Buttons are also given to club managers, waitresses and bartenders as end-of-the-night thank yous from the band.
Test or Teach
To protest against the overuse of standardized testing in public schools, Juanita Doyon from the Parent Empowerment Netword in Spanaway, WA designed the "Test or Teach" button. Over the past 8 years, the organization has made more than 80,000 buttons to promote awareness of the issue. The buttons have been used in many states and also in Canada and Mexico.
Sake to me!
Who remembers the old Laugh In TV show? We do, we do! This button, sent in by Erissa Nussbaum from Rainy Day Anime in Colorado Springs, CO, hit our funny bones! Erissa and her sister developed the idea to sell at an anime convention. "A lot of people really enjoyed the cute pun," Erissa said. We did, too!
Life's Running Me Over!
Another direct hit to the funny bone! Abigail Chipman from The Button Shop in Sibley, IA, was asked by a friend to design this button. The button was a hit - with the customer AND with all of her friends who requested their own button after seeing it.