Sunday, May 15, 2016

Glitter Retreat 2016 - My Swap Creations

Glitter Retreat 2016 was wonderful! The best classes, fun swaps, and the decor was amazing! Cindy has several detailed posts about Glitter Retreat on the Paper Crown blog - I've provided links below to them all - so I'm going to focus on the swaps and the swag. For this post I'll show my swap creations.

There were three swaps, and I joined all three. Swaps and classes seem to be just about the only time I make anything anymore so I join when I can.

One was a paper doll swap, using Catherine Moore's Character Constructions stamps. I used my oldest and one of my favorites of the stamps for this project. The wings are from a piece of scrapbook paper. I had used the rest of the paper several years ago but didn't need the wings at the time so saved them for something special. It's hard to tell in the pictures, but the wings are textured and glittered.

Since the theme was French Flea Market, I used the French 'create' on the little banner. 

A bit of filigree metal for a crown, some aqua rhinestones, and a bit of lace were my finishing touches. I was pleased with her but compared to some of the creations for the swap, I am a rank amateur! If you visit the Swaps link below you'll see what I mean. The other creations were simply amazing! 

There was also a bracelet swap. I copied a bracelet I love that a friend had given me several years ago. 

In spite of my lack of wire wrapping experience, it turned out fairly well. I love the vintage beads I had on hand and the little MOP heart charm. 

I had a little doll train case I had found years ago at an estate sale. It was perfect as a case for the bracelet with the addition of a couple of French tags.

The last swap was a embellished French slipper swap. After looking for several weeks I didn't find anything particularly French, so used a sequined pump from the thrift store.

I added rose trim around the top and lined the inside with vintage wallpaper trimmed with a beaded flourish. The front was embellished with a black ribbon rose shoe clip with a vintage earring in the center. On the back I added a frog closure. 

Inside the shoe we were to place items that might be found at a French brocante. I included lace, buttons and other embellishments in a little bag, vintage black sequin and net trim, gold foil Dresden pieces, and a bit of vintage millinery.

Everything was secured inside the shoe with a swath of black tulle. I had French tissue paper, and French tags were tied to the bag with seam binding. 

My camera was broken when I took these photos, so please excuse the poor quality. A new camera has been secured and I'll have better photos in my next post of the fun things I received from the swaps.

Here are the promised links to the Glitter Retreat 2016 posts on the Paper Crown blog. Enjoy!


  1. I just adore that shoe. What a fun idea for a swap!

  2. Love the shoe you embellished. I would love to have something like this event in MN! Lovely things.

  3. Sounds like such a fun time and you made some lovely things!