At 2 minutes after midnight, Eastern U.S. time, it is officially May 13, 2012, the day of Cindy Wimmer's Button Swap Blog Hop. I hope you don't mind that I'm posting a bit early, as I will be traveling tomorrow to be with my family on Mother's Day.
I received these beautiful buttons from my swap partner, Kym Hunter. Kym sent way more than the minimum 4 buttons, and I had a tough time trying to decide which ones to use. I knew I had to include the gorgeous handmade heart glass button, and I wanted to use the vintage plastic flower button.
I ended up using several to adorn these sewn paper gift bags, with which I am totally obsessed at the moment. They are so much fun to make, and the vintage buttons finish them off perfectly, don't you think? The back two are vintage Barbie Doll patterns and the small front bag is from a collection of digital images I have of antique shell book illustrations.
The handmade glass heart button became the focal of a citrine and amethyst Swarovski crystal bracelet that I am giving to my mother for Mother's Day later today. Purple is her favorite color and she loves dainty, tinkling bracelets, to this is perfect for her.
I used the sparkly rhinestone butterscotch plastic button in a brooch featuring a polymer clay base with a brass dragonfly, and a vintage Czech glass crystal drop.
Finally, I used two of the Sizzix discs on a faux olive jade polymer clay covered tin featuring one of my favorite Asian images, which I transferred to the clay and embellished with burnt orange/red Czech glass feather beads.
I had a great time participating in the button swap. Kym, it was a pleasure being partnered with you! I hope you like these items, and thanks again for sending such lovely treasures to work with; and thanks to you, Cindy Wimmer, for including me in the swap this year! I would love to do it again and hope you'll invite me back next time.
Now I'm off to visit Kym's site to see what she did with the buttons I sent her, and when I get home tonight I'm going to visit all the other artists who participated, and you can too! The list below links to all the participants, so hop on board the button train and visit them all with me!
Kim Roberts and Partner unable to participate at this time.Teresa Gagne and Tania SpiveyTeri Baskett and Line Labrecque
Terry Carter and Sue Hamel
Theresa Fosdick and Melissa Martin
Tracy Bell and Maureen Baranov
Tracy Statler and Marianna Boylan
Veralynne Malone and Shirley Moore