March 2010 Hot Button Winners

Congrats to our
March 2010 Hot Button of the Month Winner!

March's Hot Button of the Month Contest Winner is…Brenda Kleinjan from Pierre, SD. Raising awareness for the Kids Voting - South Dakota Group was the goal of these eye-catching buttons. "The buttons were used to promote a major fund-raiser for our group," said Brenda. "The goal was to raise awareness and in turn attendance at the (Liberty Ball) game."

Brenda utilized a variety of sizes of buttons to meet the objectives. Three-inch buttons were used 6-8 weeks before the event. A generic event button was worn by committee members throughout the state. Individualized buttons were made for team coaches, volunteers and key leaders.

The 2-1/4" button was distributed to high school students who serve as legislative pages to wear as part of their uniform at the state capitol. One-inch buttons were sold for donation at the game.

Brenda was pleased with the results of the campaign - the Libery Ball Game raised a total of $6,000 for their group!

As the Hot Button of the Month winner, Brenda received a $100 Badge-A-Minit gift certificate.
Many of you must have been busy with buttons this month, because we had a record number of Hot Button Contest entries. It was extremely difficult to narrow in down to the following 10 Hot Button winners. If you entered and didn't win, please - try, try again! It's amazing to see everything you use buttons for! This month's entries ran the gamut from fun and cutesy to serious. Congratulations to all our Hot Button designers!

As the weather turns warm and the grass turns green, there are all sorts of opportunities for unusual buttons. Find the perfect daisy, glue it to an spring-like background and you'll have a one-of-a-kind Mother's Day Gift! Or take a photo of your Little League player and wear it to all the games. As always, button possibilities are endless!

As you make those unique buttons, don't forget to share! Keep those entries coming in! You could be one of our next winners! Remember, the more unusual, the better! Each Hot Button winner receives a coupon for 10% off their next purchase at
Carla Combs from Creative Cards in Corinth, KY, sent in this adorable button! "I love stamping," said Carla. "I go to stamp conventions. At some of the conventions you make and take stamped items to trade with others. This is one of several buttons that I made to trade!" Carla printed "stampolicious" from her computer on regular paper, then stamped it with a mouse stamp, colored the image, and finally added glitter glue on the milk and ribbon on the mouse tail. She then rubbed a hot pink ink pad around the edges to give in more color. "Everyone who saw it or received one loves these," Carla noted. We do, too!
My Shelter Kiddies
Tina Dean of Collierville, TN, designed the "My Shelter Kiddies Walk All Over Me" button to help raise money and for her local animal shelter. "Our people at our animal shelter here in Collierville really and truly care for every animal that is left at their doorsteps," Tina said. "I would like this to be my thank you to them." Cute, creative and caring - all the ingredients of a good button!
Women's History Month 2010
Alvin McRoyal of Las Vegas, NV, designed this button to promote Women's History Month 2010. "My goal was to celebrate the accomplishments of women from Susan B. Anthony to Michelle Obama and all those in between," Alvin said. He noted that the button was well received and was used at the College of Southern Nevada's "We Can Do It" women's conference.
Service Animals Save Lives
There's no better was to promote awareness that through buttons. LouisaJane McEgan of Pasadena, CA, submitted this button to bring more awareness to the value of service animals. LouisaJane has had the personal experience of being humiliated and discriminated against in some shops because she had a service animal with her. Even when she explained why she needed a service animal, she was asked to leave. She hopes these buttons will encourage people to ask more about service animals and the jobs they perform.
Mercyhurst's Golden Girl
David Hewitt from Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA, submitted the Mercyhurst's Golden Girl button in recognition of Mercyhurst College senior-to-be women's hockey phenom, Meghan Acosta, who was part of the 2010 gold medal winning Canadian Olympic Hockey Team. David makes buttons of all of the hockey players on the team, which are sold to fans and parents at home games. This particular button was a very hot item this year!! Congratulations Meghan!
Vancouver Relay for Life
Anne Brown of Joyce's Girls Relay for Life Team in Battle Ground, WA, designed this button to raise money for her American Cancer Society Relay for Life team. She sells custom buttons to other team, too - giving them an economical way to identify themselves as members of their team, and to make their efforts visible to the public.
Girls Are The Greatest!
Jim Krohn with Commonground Baptist Camp in Macedon, NY, makes these buttons to recognize the winners of a girls-vs-guys week-long junior camp contest. Buttons feature either a "Girls are the Greatest" or "Boys are the Best" title and are designed to fit the theme of each week of the camp. "The kids love them. I think they like the badges they get more than the trophies," said Jim.
Osteogenesis Imperfecta
Sharon Serpa from West Greenwich, RI, designed this button to call attention to the rare condition of "Osteogenesis Imperfecta" - a genetic bone disorder characterized by fragile bones that break easily. Sharon is distributing the buttons to family and friends to bring more awareness to Wishbone Day, May 6.
USMMA 60th Anniversary
Joe Liotta from Bayside, NY, submitted this US Merchant Marine Academy 60th Anniversary button. The button was distributed to faculty and staff to celebrate and commemorate the event.
BCS Drama Club
Preston Bayless of Bethany Christian School in Troy, MI, uses these buttons to promote the drama club's upcoming production of Agatha Christie's stage play "The Mousetrap." "The button incorporates the promotional graphic element used in all of our advertising for the production," Preston said. "They are a great tool for promotion and work well on school backpacks, too!"