May 2009 Hot Button Winners

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

May's Hot Button of the Month Contest Winner is…Maria Shireen Thomas from Fairfax, VA. Maria's "I Am Part of History" button was designed to commemorate her first voting experience in the United States - she came to the USA when she decided to settle down and got married.

Maria had been in advertising in her "former life" and still has a passion for creative design. Her button was a way to showcase her talent. She made several color variations on the same design and two variations of the final finish. One style is done with the mylar on top of the design; the other (which seems to be a big hit) leaves off the mylar to have more of a matte finish. She applied Matte Acrylis as a coating to make sure the design stuck to the metal surface.

Maria wears her button with pride, and whenever someone sees it and wants it, she sells or gives it to them. She also takes orders - and they're still growing!

As the Hot Button of the Month winner, Maria received a $100 Badge-A-Minit gift certificate.
We narrowed our Hot Buttons down to four winners this month. Hope you enjoy them!

School's out! The fun begins! What better way to keep those students busy that by making buttons with them? They get to show their creativity and have lots of fun doing it! When they're done, take the time to share their art with us!

Please keep your entries coming in! You could be one of our next winners! Each Hot Button winner receives a coupon for 10% off their next purchase at
Wallow In Badges
S. Alexander from London sent in this cute button that combines Anime, Badges and Yin-Yang. Friends had asked that she design a new button for them and she let her imagination flow. The button was a success (she has orders for three more designs) - and it helped her get into the Computer Club at school!
Smilingman Productions
Lynn Howard of Florence, SC, made up this button to promote her husband's new business, Smilingman Productions. Well - her husband designed the logo and Lynn put in on a button, so it was truly a joint effort. They wear the buttons whenever they're on a business photo shoot. "It seems that from a distance, people are simply attracted by the smiling face," said Lynn. It's bringing positive results!
Retiring Cubs Jersey #31
OK, I have to admit it - I'm a Cubs fan (no jokes allowed, please!). So I couldn't resist this button commemorating the day the Chicago Cubs retired uniform number 31, which was worn by Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins (my favorite pitcher when I was a kid) and future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux. Marge Anderson of Northbrook, IL, submitted this button, which she wore to the commemorative event. "It was an enormous hit! I had made a limited number for my friends who attended the game with me. But I could have sold many that day!" she said.
James' Graduation
It's Graduation Time! Michael Calhoun of Blue Island, IL, submitted this button design, which he made to let everyone know that James had finished high school. "Everyone loved the button," said Michael.