I signed up for this swap last December which is being hosted by NoodleBubble (just click on the picture above to go to her blog).
The theme was "Handmade Hearts" we needed to make something heart shaped, any medium as long as it was handmade 'anything goes'.
Noodlebubble allocated us a secret swap partner and told us who we should send our hearts too in good time for Valentines Day.
Well, this morning I received my heart, what a lovely surprise it was too.
It was made by Karen of
who paints the most beautiful whimsical portraits and she very kindly also sent me one of her magnets and a card with her prints on - I love them all! Thank you again Karen.
The heart I made is for someone who doesn't have a blog and she doesn't know her heart is coming from me, so I think it's safe to post some pictures now!
My heart started off a card shape which I covered with Plaster Cloth, embedded some tiny gems into and painted with acrylics and embellished with some small beads and finished with a hanging glass bead.
I made a little paper bag for the heart to go into based on a video tutorial from Roben Marie-Smith. If you want to see some beautiful examples of this
technique go and have a look at Jenxo's blog (thanks again for the link Jen!)
You may have guessed already, my swap partner's name is Vicky!
I hope she likes the colour green as she's getting a green ATC with an altered domino on too!
My heart will go off in the post tomorrow for Vicky.
Speaking of hearts, I've got my prizes ready now for the
event which starts on 30th January - I hope you'll come and visit me for a chance to win one and I may see you along the way!