Friday, February 3, 2012

Recent Swaps

Recently I was in a couple of swaps which were a little different for me, the first one, a stick pin swap, and the second one, a stick pin, and charm swap.

Here are the stick pins that I made for the stick pin swap that was hosted by Crafter's Digital Art Center. The first one is for the " Love" swap, where we had to make stick pins with the love theme.

I had a lot of fun trying to find heart shaped beads for this one, and I fell in love with the heart shaped bead with the wings. I'll have to pick up some more of these sometime, if I can remember where I got them. It seemed I was all over the place!

This next one was for the Spring stick pin swap.

This one was also fun, looking for spring themed beads. I thought the butterflies made a nice touch for these, along with the flowers.

Decorating the cards that I put my pins on proved a bit challenging, trying to figure out how to mount them, but after a bit of research, and some creative thinking, I figured out something that worked pretty good for me. What I ended up using to pin the pins to was a long skinny rectangular box, that I taped down to the base of the card, then adhered ribbon along the front of it. I then slid the pins into the box, behind the ribbon. I cut the card base, and background paper with my Cricut, using my Sure Cuts Alot program, and I decorated it after the pins were attaches with various stickers that I had that went along with the particular theme.

I sent my stick pins off to the hostess a few days ago, now I just have to wait to get the pins from the other participants back. I think that is one of the hardest parts of a swap, waiting to see what everyone else has!

The next swap I was in was the Valentine's stick pin and charm swap, hosted by A Lil Scrap Of Heaven. Here is a picture of the charm that I created, and the pins were the same as the ones I made for the Love swap above.

This was also different for me, because I had never made a charm before, but with lots of research, again, I was able to figure out how to put together different styles of charms, and came up with one that I was pretty happy with. My partner, Glenda, really loved it, and she even made a video about it.

I thought that was so cool that she had done that! Thank you so much Glenda...:-) I received the stick pins and charms that she created for me, which were quite lovely, but I haven't taken pictures of them yet, but hopefully this weekend I will get to it, then post the pictures of the beautiful creations she made for me.

If you have the chance, please leave me a comment, and let me know what you think. I would really appreciate it....:-)

See you next time,


De said...

These are lovely Jill....well done

Kards by Kathi said...

Jill, I would love to communicate with you concerning your stick pins and your cards. Do you make the pins? Where do you get your pieces to make them? What carts do you use for your cards. My email is

P.S. Do you have a place to subscribe to your blog so that when you put new things up, I will get an email? Thanks.

Cindy said...

Great job on the stick pins and the charm. I have made stick pins before but never tried a charm, you inspire me to give it a try.

Charmaine Stack said...

Your pins and charms are do pretty. I like the way you presented them. You put a lot of thought into that.

Linda said...

Your pins and charm are wonderful. I love my charm. And what a nice video. So much fun.

Robin Hrabik said...

I LOVE what you have done with your pins! My favorite one is the picture at the top --- the pin in the center with the heart and wings. That is just gorgeous! Love your color choices, and your style. Your butterflies are adorable for spring, too!