Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Big Reveal. . .

It's time for the Button Swap Blog Hop!! 

I first want to say a big thank you to Cindy Wimmer of Sweet Bead Studio for not only organizing the Swap, but also being my wonderful partner.  I cannot even image the amount of work she put into organizing this, AND she sent me some incredible buttons to play with.  (You can check out my previous post to see the buttons pre-design.)

Ready?  Here's my creation:

Antique buttons look so wonderful with Vintaj Natural Brass, so I knew I had to use it in my design.  I have also been on quite a key kick lately, and it blended so nicely with the other pieces and parts I used.  The necklace has some additional chain hanging in the back, and the earrings are a matched set of buttons (thank you Cindy!) wire-wrapped on filigree drops.

I am so excited to see what Cindy came up with for the buttons I sent her, and cannot wait to hop on over to her blog!  I have included the listing below of all the Swap Partners for you to check out.  I guarantee you will see some gorgeous buttons, and some beautiful designs.  The list is in alphabetical order by first name, and each set of partners is listed twice - once under each partner's name for ease of finding specific people you may be looking for.  Genius!  Each person's name is also linked to their blog, and all you have to do is click on their name to view their design.  I had so much fun participating in the Swap, and I hope you enjoy visiting the blogs just as much!

So, are you ready to HOP??

Alice Peterson and Kim Bender
Angie Blasingame and Billi R.S. Rothove
Billi R.S. Rothove and Angie Blasingame
Birgitta Lejonklou and Pam Farren
Bonnie Coursolle and Tania Hagen
Brenda Salzano and Hope Smitherman
Cat Kerr and Heather Powers
Cece Cornier and Jeannie Dukic
Celeste Thurston and Christine Damm
Christine Damm and Celeste Thurston
Christine Stonefield and Dana James
Cilla Watkins and Lori Bowring Michaud
Cindy Wimmer and Mimi Gardner
Cynthia Machata and Julia Johnson
Cynthia Riggs and Lori Finney
Dana James and Christine Stonefield
Diana Ptaszynski and Erin Prais-Hintz
Emma Thomas and Rebecca Anderson
Erin Prais-Hintz and Diana Ptaszynski
Erin Siegel and Sharon Borsavage
Heather Powers and Cat Kerr
Holly Westfall and Sally Russick
Hope Smitherman and Brenda Salzano
Jayne Capps and Kim Dworak
Jeannie Dukic and Cece Cornier
Jenna Meyers and Kristi Harrison
Jenna Tomalka and Karen McKillip
Jenny Davies Reazor and Sandi Volpe
Julia Johnson and Cynthia Machata
Kalaya Steede and Kylie Dickman
Karen McKillip and Jenna Tomalka
Karen Mitchell and Renetha Stanziano
Karla Morgen and Mary Govaars
Kay Thomerson Shannon Chomanczuk
Kim Ballor and Laurel Steven
Kim Bender and Alice Peterson
Kim Dworak and Jayne Capps
Kim Roberts and Partner unable to participate at this time.
Kristi Harrison and Jenna Meyers
Kylie Dickman and Kalaya Steede
Kym Hunter and Lynda Moseley
Laurel Steven and Kim Ballor
Linda Djokic and Patty Gasparino
Line Labrecque and Teri Baskett
Liz DeLuca and Lorelei Eurto
Lorelei Eurto and Liz DeLuca
Lori Anderson and Niky Sayers
Lori Bowring Michaud and Cilla Watkins
Lori Finney and Cynthia Riggs
Lynda Moseley and Kym Hunter
Marianna Boylan and Tracy Statler
Mary Govaars and Karla Morgen
Mary Harding and Stacie Florer
Maureen Baranov and Tracy Bell
Melissa Martin and Theresa Fosdick
Michelle Hardy and Peggy Johnson
Mimi Gardner and Cindy Wimmer  <--You Are Here!
Nicole Valentine Rimmer and Niki Meiners
Niki Meiners and Nicole Valentine Rimmer
Niky Sayers and Lori Anderson
Pam Farren and Birgitta Lejonklou
Pam Ferarri and Stefanie Teufel (will share their reveal on a later date)
Patty Gasparino and Linda Djokic
Peggy Johnson and Michelle Hardy
Rebecca Anderson and Emma Thomas
Rebekah Payne and Sue Kennedy
Renetha Stanziano and Karen Mitchell
Rose Binoya and Shanti Johnson
Sally Russick and Holly Westfall
Sandi Volpe and Jenny Davies Reazor
Shannon Chomanczuk and Kay Thomerson
Shanti Johnson and Rose Binoya
Sharon Borsavage and Erin Siegel
Shirley Moore and Veralynne Malone
Stacie Florer and Mary Harding
Stefanie Teufel and Pam Ferarri (will share their reveal on a later date)
Sue Hamel and Terry Carter
Sue Kennedy and Rebekah Payne
Tania Hagen and Bonnie Coursolle
Tania Spivey and Teresa Gagne
Teresa Gagne and Tania Spivey
Teri 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

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Button, Button. . .Who's got the Button?

I do! 

I received my package awhile back for the Button Swap Blog Hop from my wonderful partner Cindy Wimmer from Sweet Bead Studio, and wanted to share the incredible stash she sent me.  Boy, did she spoil me rotten!  It was so exciting to open that package, and I absolutely love everything she chose for me.  The box included an antique focal story button, 6 smaller story and stamped buttons to accent with, and some beautiful mother of pearl buttons as a bonus:

Here is a closer shot of just the story buttons - just click to make it larger - the detail is incredible:

The back of the focal button is signed "Eingetragen" from Germany, and is called "The Little Charmer".  Simply adorable!  I will be creating my design with the buttons this weekend, and the big reveal is on Mother's Day, May 13th.  I cannot wait to start working with them! 

Stop back and see if I did these gorgeous buttons justice. . .