Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Altered Charm Swap

I haven't done any crafting lately but when I saw an altered charm swap on
 recently, it was just what I needed to kick start me back into action!

The charms had to be altered, so I used some childrens' thin wooden
 dominos cut in half with my craft knife.

I painted over them with black acrylic on the patterned side,
and once dry rubber stamped some sewing related images with
Dew Drop Brilliance Ink (Moonlight White).
The stamps I used were -
 PaperArtsy (MN20)
Technique Tuesday (Borderline:Notions)
Stampers Anonymous (Pattern Pieces CMS012)
Creative Expressions (Vintage Sewing)

Here's a couple of close ups

For the other side of the dominos (which were plain without any pattern on),
I painted with tan coloured acrylic and once dry, adhered some
old dressmaking tissue paper patterns (with Liquitex Matte Medium).
Once that was dry, I cut out some faces (photocopies) from old dressmaking patterns and adhered them over the top.

Both sides were sealed with a layer of
Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating.

I love the little metal charms - the Singer Sewing machine
and the Scissors - both of which were from

Once the charms were finished, I needed something to mount them on.
What better than a little mannequin, courtesy of
Sizzix/Alterations 'Sewing Room' Bigz die.

 I used old cereal box card and covered it with paper
from the old dressmaking patterns
- then aged it around the edges with Distress Ink (Black Soot).


Can't wait to see what charms I get back in return,
but I'll have to as the swap doesn't end until

Thanks for looking x


Terry said...

The matchboxes and now you have me drooling over the charms! Beautiful, the charms, not the drooling! Love these!

Sew Loquacious Angela said...

Oh my gosh, Sherry, they are awesome! I love the sewing charms and the vintage images you used!
Hope you are well,

Lins Artyblobs said...

You've made a lovely job of the charms. And the scissors are so sweet....

Jan said...

Fantastic!!.......what a lovely collection. Makes me feel that I want to get making some more again!

JaN's ArTy JouRneY said...

OMG these are fantastic Sherry! I adore your sewing charms!...and I love the way you have mounted them on the dress-form too!
Jan x

Meggymay said...

Wow, a fantastic collection of chrams all brill .Yvonne x

Netty said...

These are totally fantastic Sherry, loving them all.

My name is Cindy said...

Wow Sherry these are gorgeous!! Haven't been doing much myself lately either but its good to see you are back in the swing of things.

Terri said...

From beginning to end... this project is sew terrific.... love all the thought and details you put into it!

Cindy Is Crafty said...

Lucky swap peeps! They are awesome, Sherry!

Createology said...

Your altered charms are just fabulous. I love how you have tied them all together with the sewing theme. Happy creating...

Lesley said...

Sherry what a great set of charms and love how you have attached them to the dressforms. I am sure all your swap partners will cherish them. You are so talented my friend.
Wishing our postal strike will end soon so I can start swapping again. ARGH

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Sam said...

These are stunning! So much detail on such a tiny scale, I am sure who ever recieves these will be over the moon. Sorry I have not commented for a while, i am having real issues with blogger!

Kathy said...

These are so adorable.. love what you did.. and hanging them on the dress form.. just perfect.. have never seen dominoes like those.. lucky lucky swappers...

Lynn Stevens said...

Wow Sherry your charms are charming. What lucky swappers!!! I havent been over for ages. Off to do some cathching up.
Hugs Lynn

Mrs A. said...

Gorgeous little makeovers. Love the use of the old paper patterns.
Hugs Mrs A.

Deborah said...

Brilliant stuff, Sherry! And so inventive. They are sure to please (I was going to say 'charm' LOL) the recipents.

WendyK said...

The charms are fabulous Sherry, and yes I have all of tim's sewing stuff, but haven't used them yet, This might get me going

Ribbon Lady said...

Love these charms Sherry - you do have some great ideas! Joyce x