I originally joined a Yahoo group called The Charmsters when I attended the Art & Soul workshops last year in Portland, OR. It was formed so we could exchange our unique handmade charms at the event, but it was so fun and successful that it's continued on, with various swaps being offered throughout the year. I don't do a lot of these, but every once in a while, I'll sign up for one that has a theme that I really love. I finished one set of charms last month for a breast cancer fund-raising event, and recently sent in some with a black and white theme.
I had a neat vintage ticket rubberstamp design that fit perfectly over a bamboo tile (cut from a placemat!) that I had spray painted white. On the back, I used two different stamps to complete the ticket theme, which I envisioned as something like for a glamorous old movie-star event. I have no idea what the foreign text says on the collage stamp, but it had the right look and I just hope it's nothing really weird?! I finished the whole thing off with clear varnish, black wire, and some elegant silver and crystal beads, and then wrapped them each up in pretty little white organza bags. I can't wait to see what I get back in return!