Saturday, August 11, 2012

Hat Pin Swaps

I was recently in three hat pin swaps hosted by JJewel (who was a wonderful hostess by the way).  We were challenged to create two hat pins per swap and a container/tag to hold them.  Here is what I came up with:

The tag was created using the Imagine cartridges Blossom and Imagine More.  The fabric flower was handmade by me.  I also embossed the green layer with a damask embossing folder and added a Stampin' Up! half pearl in the center of the flower.  The white ribbon is seam binding.

My hat pins are supposed to be be fairies, but they can pass as angels as well.

I used a tag from the Cricut cartridge Art Philosophy for this tag.  I ensured I used double sided paper (McKenna by K& Company) since both sides would be seen.  I adhered the bottom and sides of the fold over flap with tape, but left the top open so that I could slide in a tea bag to match the theme of my hat pins.  Again, I created a handmade flower and added a matching cats eye half bead to the center of the flower.  Additional embellishments included websterpages lace ribbon and ivory tulle.

A close up of the tea pots.

To create the holder for this swap, I used a favor box from the Cricut cartridge Girl's Makeup Party and images from the Imagine cartridge Yummy.  I added a window to the favor box and covered it using upcycled cartridge clam shells.  Lastly, I added stickles for a cherry and Stampin' Up! ribbon for a small bow.  The cardstock I used for the boxes was wausau brand  in shell.

And here are my yummy ice cream cone pins.

The was such a fun swap to participate in.  I had such a great time brainstorming what I was going to do for my themes and had even a better time playing with beads.  I can't wait to participate in another hat pin swap!  If you haven't been in any swaps, I encourage you to.  They really help to get your creative juices flowing, to dabble in something new, and to meet online friends.  It's a very fulfilling experience!  =)


  1. Fantastic! I was wondering what you were going to do with the hat pins! They looked so nice (from other post) but really - I couldn't think outside (or as you did- inside) of the box!

  2. All these pins are fabulous. I sure do like the ones that look like angels and the party favor box holds them perfectly.

    Stay Creative,
    Carson's Creations

  3. They are very pretty!Love the teapots!Fabulous!!

  4. Absolutely stunning! How fun!! Where did you buy the hat pins with the rubber stoppers?? I would love to try to make some of these.


  5. So pretty Renee!! The pins and packaging are all just stunning!!

  6. Beautiful hat pins. I love those teapots.

  7. These are fabulous!! I love them all.


  8. Can you make a video showing how to make the pins? Pretty Please!!!!

  9. Renee,
    All of these hat pins are so elegant, but girl those tea pots just speak to me.
    When we get together in GA can I twist your arm to spend a little time sharing some of your isnpiration???
    Thank you for posting these!

  10. I am new to the blog world... I have never participated in a swap, but you have just inspired me to change that. TIS

  11. Renne, I was wondering how you made the window in the box. I figure you used a gypsy right? But, how do you get it to cut it out like this? Thanks so much.

    1. Hi Kathy. I created it using the Cricut Craft Room. All you have to do is lay the shape where you want it on the box (any shape) and it will cut it out to create the window.

      Here is my Gypsy file:

      And here is my CCR file:


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