Friday, November 15, 2013

Beads of Courage 2013 Art Charm Swap and Auction

Back in September I decided to take part in Jennifer Cameron's Beads of Courage Art Charm Exchange and Auction.  The rules were I had to make 11 charms that were about 1" in size.  
Kristi Bowman

The charms must be made by hand and sent to Jen by a specified date. This years theme is Love.  
Julie Bowen

Once Jen got everyone's charms, 40 artists participating, she had the task of sending each of us back one of our own charms and 9 more from other artists.  

Susan Delphine Delaney

The pictures scattered throughout this post are the charms I received.  
Shai Williams

The 11th charm is being auctioned off to benefit Beads of Courage and it starts TODAY!  Meet me at the AUCTION (click the word auction to go there) and bid your heart out!!

Carolyn Chenault

If you have never heard of Beads of Courage it is a wonderful program used in hospitals and treatment facilities for children and families coping with serious illness. 

Cheryl (Lee) Coopman
Through the program children receive beads starting with one for each letter of their name and adding beads for each milestone they achieve.  The Beads of Courage program has shown to reduce stress and help children understand their illness by giving them something tangible to help tell their story.
Andrea Glick

With their colorful strands of beads, some so long they are wrapped several times around, children are able to talk about their illness and be proud of their accomplishments

Artists from all over the world create and donate their beautiful bead creations to be used for the "Act of Courage Beads" given to acknowledge the milestones in a child's treatment journey.  

Toltec Jewels, Marlene Cupo and Olla Podria

This year alone they expected to give out 100,000 of these artisan beads.

my charm front side
Since the theme for this year is Love I decided to form wire into a heart and hammer it to strengthen and flatten a bit.  I found some pretty scrapbook paper which I sealed and attached the the back of the wire heart.  
My charm back side
I then poured resin into the center of the wire.  I finished my heart off with a little blingy dangle and the word "home" on the back since that is where I always feel the most Love.

Thanks for stopping by and learning about this fun exchange and incredibly worthy cause.  

Let's go see the rest of the charms in the blog hop and don't forget to bid at the auction. 
Jen Cameron:
Toltec Jewels:
Vanessa Gilkes:
Caroline Dewison:
Lesley Watt:
Susan Kennedy:
Nancy Dale :
Alicia Marinache:
Cassi Paslick:
Alenka Obid:
Renetha Stanziano:
Shelley Graham Turner:
Monique Urquhart:
Shai Williams:
Lennis Carter:
Cheri Reed:
Moriah Betterly:
Perri Jackson:
Mallory Hoffman:
Ginger Bishop:
Jean Peter:
Linda Florian:
Patricia Pulliam:
Karin Grosset Grange:
Julie Bowen:
Susan Delaney:
Emma Todd:
Carolyn Chenault :
Terri Del Signore:
Cory Tompkins:  (you are here)
Cheryl (Lee) Koopman:
Lori Bowring Michaud:
Andrea Glick:
Jacqueline Carlson:
Michelle McCarthy:
Charlene Bausinger Jacka:


  1. What lovely charms!! I am learning a lot as I hop through the blogs; being a seed beader, I had no idea until today that you could seal paper and add it to things like this, and it's amazing! I really love them!

  2. I am crazy about your charm. I has such a vibrant energy to it when I hold it in my hand.

    And yes, may our readers BID THEIR HEARTS OUT!

    Susan Delphine Delaney

  3. Though it isn't my first time participating in this exchange, Cory, I learned more about BOC in reading your beautifully written post. Add the great job you have done in presenting the charms of other artists, and finally your amazing little hearts... such a fabulous post! Thank you, and I am proud to say I also received one of yours... more in a future post :)

  4. Your charms are just darling! And I love them. And the addition of home on the back. I didn't notice that at first. Thanks for participating and helping to raise money for Beads of Courage!

  5. What a sweet charm! I love all of the elements that you brought together to create this charm. Really lovely! Home definitely is where the heart is! - Julie

  6. I was a lucky receiver of one of your charms!! I enjoy it so much!! Unique idea!! SO HAPPY I have one!!

  7. these little hearts are so sweet! I love them.

  8. I was just telling my new cat that "home is where the heart is" and he"ll always have a home with us no matter where we live, and then I got to your post!

  9. Your little hearts are adorable! I love the way you mixed media into a lovely charm.

  10. These are really sweet charms! I love when there is metal!


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