Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Ink Stains Altered Christmas Charm Swap - Due 10-13-12

1st Annual Ink Stains
Altered Christmas Charm Swap
Due Date: 10-13-12
Come one, Come all to the first ever
Ink Stains Altered Christmas Charm Swap!!
Everyone is invited be it your first swap or your fiftieth ~
Give yourself an early Christmas gift by joining in the fun.

Details...Each person will make 5 charms (either the same or very similar) and get 5 different charms back. You would not get your own back so be sure to make an extra to keep for yourself.

Everyone who participates will get one silver chotski pin to to hang your charms from.  (I can't send one for each group this time...I don't have enough left after the last swap)
I have the silver version ~ 3" long with 5 loops.

The charms can be created from anything you can dream up... there are tons of ideas on the web (search images under things like altered charms, altered charm bracelets, altered charm necklaces, Tim Holtz style necklace, charm swap; etc.)

There are also lots of ideas here on the blog under: Acrylic Charms; Charms; Jewelry.

If you have a copy of my book ~ Teach Yourself Visually Collage & Altered Arts there is an entire chapter dedicated to creating your own charms.

*You could create your charm from acrylic pieces, glass, metal, clay, found objects, etc. You could embellish bought metal charms (please don't send a plain metal charm) with beads, chain, or other items. There are many pendant blanks, bezels, etc. that can be altered (insert photo/words, etc & fill with Glossy Accents or the like); you could fill little bottles with sand/beads and other goodies ~ sealed & findings added. And so much more...let your imagination run wild!

*Each charm should have a jump ring or lobster clasp so all you have to do is attach it to the charm pin when you get them back.

*You can make up to 3 sets of charms (1 set = 5 of the same charm) per group.
NOTE: For this swap that would be a total of 6 sets


I have had a request for two groups secular & religious.  You can join one or both groups. Please let me know which group(s) you want to join when you sign up and include your e-mail addy so I can send you my mailing address.


*I would like it if each person would identify their charms either by placing it in a baggie with their name and e-mail addy or mounting it on a small card or tag with the same info. It's always nice to be able to thank people personally when you receive a piece of their art work.


NOTE: I am in the United States but I welcome anyone who would like to play along. In the past we've had players from North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.  I'd love to have artist from these and other areas join in the fun as well.  You're all welcome :)

*Please package your charms securely so they arrive in good condition.

*Include a self addressed envelope for the return trip or if you want your charms returned priority mail please include a card with your full mailing address.

*Send $4.00 or $5.15 for Priority Mail in the United States. All others please send $7.00 for International First Class for the return postage. I will return any excess postage not used.

PLEASE do NOT include pre-metered postage. My local post office will not accept these. They will refuse them!

If you would like to pay-pal me the money that would work as well. My e-mail addy will be in the final details.

Due Date:

Your charms are due October 13, 2012. This is when your package must be in my hands. I want to swap them out that weekend and have them back in the mail the following Monday so you can start enjoying them! :)

You are more than welcome to send your charms early. I have a special place set aside to keep them all safe!

Sign Ups:

Please include your e-mail addy (spaces added) so I can send you my mailing address.


  1. Roni
  2. Dixie (Mom)
  3. Kristy T.
  4. Brenda S.
  5. Nan G.
  6. Peg R
  7. RJ
  8. Esther
  9. Theresa
  10. Linda D
  11. Nickalli
  12. Caroline D
  13. Olga B
  14. Shirley Hall
  15. Mary Jo
  16. Loretta M
  17. Julie C
  18. Kelli Sue
  19. Anabela
  20. Kris J
  21. Terry D
  22. April
  23. Teresa R.
  24. Jennifer D
  25. Candace J
  26. Marge S.
  27. Jamie M
  28. Sandie B
  1. Roni
  2. Dixie (Mom)
  3. Kristy T
  4. Nan G
  5. Nickalli
  6. Caroline D
  7. Olga B.
  8. Loretta M
  9. Anabela
  10. April
  11. Marge S.


  1. Sign me up for both, Roni!
    Kristy Tyra

  2. I'll sign up for the secular swap please!!!

  3. both! yeah... so excited. I love the charm swaps. I may have to talk my sil into it. she loved my last goodies. one question (greedy me) is that 3 in each theme section or 3 all togehter. I am feeling CRAFTY!. thanks Roni. oh and BTW did you look all the way in that jar I sent you? it has something else besides buttons in the bottom

  4. LOL...Brenda, you can make 3 sets for each group so a total of 6 different sets.

  5. May I do a set of each please? Sound fun.

  6. Oh yea! Loved making the others...sign me up for both please! Nan G,

  7. I'd like to join. Sign me up for secular please.

  8. Yey!
    Sign me up for both. I really loved the last swap and I have already a lot of ideas for this one :)

  9. It was such a buzz doing the last swap - how can I not? Please add me to the secular list Roni. xoxo

  10. Love my charms from the last swap. Just have to repeat. Please sign me up for two sets of secular charms. thanks so much.

  11. forgot to give you my email:

  12. I'd like to join the Secular swap, please!


  13. Email is

  14. If there's still room I'd like to sign up for the secular swap. email:

  15. Sign me up!! I'll do the max, three different sets in each of the two groups. Love me some charms!!

  16. yippeee!! Thanks for hosting another swap!! Please sign me up for both groups. I'll email you with my Glad you added the detail about not just sending store bought beads without being altered. But, are beads okay to use to add dangles to hand made original charms? (like last time I added a stone bead to my brass vintag made bird charms)

  17. Yes Caroline - it's perfectly fine to use store bought beads as dangles on your charms. Love em :)

  18. Hi, Roni! Please sign me up for 3 sets on the "Secular" Christmas Swap! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!

  19. How fun! Please sign me up for both categories. I'll email you my address.


  20. Can you sign me up for the secular category please

  21. wow a Christmas Charm swap. I will definitely be in the secular swap please.


  22. i've never doen this before, but can you sign me up for both, please?

  23. Email.

  24. Hi Roni I've never done a swap of any kind before, but i was wanting to do some for a long time.
    Sooooo..... singn me in for both please.

    I'm Anabela and my mail is
    I'm from Portugal and i will need your PayPal accont details to send you the money for the postage, and, of course, the adress to send the charms.
    Thanks for a lovely blog that i follow religiously

  25. Hi Roni,
    Please sign me up for the secular swap.
    I had a blast w/ the Halloween one!!
    Kris Johnson

  26. an I use any type of clasp? Also if I do three sets do I need to send more money for shipping?

  27. Hi Roni,I had a blast with the last swap.

    **Put me down for both (religous & non-religious)

  28. Hi Roni! happy you are having another charm swap!! Sign me up for Secular please. Soo excited!

  29. Any more slots available for Secular group? I would love to participate! Thanks!

  30. I want to do both! And thanks for being so understanding last time! You rock!
    Patsy Bocook

  31. Just found your blog. Was wondering when the last day to sign up is. I need to see if I can come up with a charm idea this weekend. Thanks in advance.


  32. If there is still room, sign me up for both!

    Carol W.

  33. Please sign me up for both charm swaps if it's not to late. Thanks! Jamie at

  34. Just in case I forgot, email addy to
    40mountainmama at gmail dot com.

  35. Hi Roni!
    Just sent you paypal for shipping, and my DC#
    9400 1096 9993 8180 5453 94

    Thanks for another great swap!


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