Saturday, 29 October 2011

An Altered Tin: 'Fall in love with Buttons' Swap

'Fall in Love with Buttons' is a swap I joined in with on a lovely blog called
"With Autumn soon upon (most of) us, I thought it would be a lot of fun to have a Fall-themed swap! The Fall in Love with Buttons Swap is one-to-one; that is, each participant will be paired up with a swap partner. We will each alter an Altoids tin, filling it with autumn colored or autumn themed buttons, and send it to our partner!"

I love buttons (well, who doesn't!) and I love sorting
through them, so couldn't wait to alter a tin to fill it up -
 I had to though as I didn't
have the right sized tin but found one on Ebay.

I painted the tin with a coat of white acrylic,
then covered it with some Autumnal patterned Decopatch paper.

I cut some leaves from scraps of leather
using the Tim Holtz' Alterations/Sizzix 'Tattered Leaves' die.
I found a couple of wooden beads to represent berries.

I stitched the leaves and berries onto an old doily flower then stuck it
onto the lid.  I also added a couple of Autumnal themed buttons.

I remembered a poem learnt at school, well the first few
lines of it anyway - Ode to Autumn by John Keats.
I Googled and found it, printed out a few lines
and added them to the outside and inside of the lid.

Then the best bit - finding all the Autumnal coloured buttons
to go inside - I must admit I wanted to keep them all - lol!

Here's all the buttons I managed to cram inside the tin.

Unfortunately my swap partner hasn't confirmed whether or not
she's received the tin yet, although as I sent it out at the end
of last month it should have arrived by now.

This is how I wrapped it - the button card (gift tag) is a rubber stamped
image from the 'Very Vintage Set 3 La Couture' A Katy Fox Collection
from Toodles and Binks.

If you want to see some of the other altered tins and buttons
there is a Linky thingy on the Button Floozies blog here 
and some more on the Button Floozies Swaps
group on Flickr here.

Thanks for looking at mine :)


The Sparkly Fairy said...

WOW! This is amazing. Someone would be really luck to get this!

Meggymay said...

Its absolutely gorgeous, hope your partner recieves it safely.
Yvonne x

Denise said...

My kind of thing-I love it!

JoAnne said...

Wonderful tin Sherry and those buttons are amazing!

PeggyR said...

I love what you did to the tin and who doesn't love buttons!

Createology said...

Your altered tin and buttons are fabulous. Someone should be thrilled to receive this and they should let you know right away. Happy swapping...

Deborah said...

Fab tin, Sherry - and what a great collection of buttons.

Mrs A. said...

Oh my goodness I love what you have done with the tin and I'm (virtually) rummaging through the selction of buttons as we speak!!!
Hugs Mrs A.

SusanLotus said...

Awesome tin! And lovely buttons in it! Hugs!

Cindy Is Crafty said...

I love the tin, Sherry! The mushroom house button is awesome!

Dorthe said...

How very wonderful, I love all you did with your box, and surely hope you will soon hear the reciever got it.

Ira said...

Your altered tin looks gorgeous Sherrie! Love how you gave it a make over! And that collection of buttons of yours is superb, so totally autumn indeed!! Hugs, Ira

Laurie said...

Your tin is a true work of art. I loved it when I saw it on Flickr but now that I see how you achieved the look, I love it even more!!

WW said...

What a beautiful tin, I love how you decorated it. I love the buttons you sent as well, especially that big green one.

JaN's ArTy JouRneY said...

Wow Sherry! Everything about this post is AMAZING..Love your tin, those gorgeous buttons (I would of wanted to keep them as well!!) and the sweet button card!
Jan x

Ann said...

What an amazing tin! Almost takes my breath away. And such gorgeous buttons. Thanks for sharing.

Jackie said...

It looks fabulous - great autumnal colours and such a lovely place to store those gorgeous buttons!

Deborah said...

I actually emailed you on 10/5/2011 to say :"My button tin came today  and I love LOVE LOVE IT!! Thank you!!" I was your partner. Also wondering whether you had received the tin that I sent as yet but I don't seem to be getting any responses from you to my emails. Maybe you need to check your spam folder?

Sherry Edwards said...

Thanks for all the lovely comments.

Deborah, I'm glad to hear that my tin did arrive. I never received your email and it seems you're not receiving mine either. I do regularly check my spam folder several times a day, so I don't know what's been happening.

I did receive your tin on 3rd November and emailed my thanks to you on that day to confirm so - I've emailed you a copy of it again and hope you receive that one.