View Full Version : Fabulous, Funky and Fun Fobs ( and Lanyards )-- Due Nov 2

08-18-2021, 12:26 PM
Due date: November 2
Sign up/Withdraw: no deadline, just communicate
Swapping: 3:3
Number of players: 12

Who doesn't handle KEYS several times a day? Car keys, house keys, mailbox keys, file cabinet keys, holding-onto-a-key-for-the-neighbors keys, key cards for the workplace, etc....?

Wouldn't it add an element of fun if our fobs/lanyards were Fabulous, Funky and Fun?!?!?!?

Lets make it happen!

I think I might do Monkey Fist Sailor Knots, sample here: 225320
Or maybe some beaded sparkly something.... or tassles..... hmmmm...
I'd love to have a candy wrapper fob, but i don't know how to make one. Sample here: 225322

Or Crochet maybe? 225323 Its fun to plan!


1. Media: Open / mixed media, flat or 3-Dimensional. Mixed media includes beads, charms, bells, clay, tins, sealed puzzle pieces, ribbons, found objects etc... Be as creative as you like... it just adds to the fabulousness! Please no "paper only" fobs, we want these to be USABLE and functional. Include a key ring of your choice for each fob.

2. Size: Keep the size so that the main fob fits in the palm of your hand (not including dangles or the ring.) Please nothing too tiny.

3. Care: Wrap each piece individually and pack your pieces safely in a bubble envelope, which I will re-use. Include a large return address label.

4. Postage: Please include the same amount of postage it cost you to send your fobs to me. For US participants, this could be $5 or more, depending on the size/weight of your finished key fob. International participants may be higher. You may PayPal me the postage amount if you don't want to go to the post office twice. I will not send returns if no postage is provided, but I will cover differences. Example: your fobs cost $3 to send to me, but your returns cost $5 to mail back. I'll cover that $2. Please message for my email if you chose the PayPal option.

5. Share: Please add pics of your work if you can. We want ideas and eye candy! :jiggy:

6. Rep and iTrader: A lot of work goes into the creative process, so please take the time to leave You Rock Points (for the people whose fobs you receive), and an iTrader for me. PM for my address when you are ready to mail.

A hostess fob would be treasured and greatly appreciated but is not at all expected!

Who wants to get Fabulous, Funky and Fun with me?

1. acalla - link (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?38190-Fabulous-Funky-and-Fun-Fobs-(-and-Lanyards-)-Due-Nov-2&p=2122290#post2122290) withdrawn
2. CiCiCreates - link (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?38190-Fabulous-Funky-and-Fun-Fobs-(-and-Lanyards-)-Due-Nov-2&p=2122551#post2122551) Here! 0/
3. catladybj - link (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?38190-Fabulous-Funky-and-Fun-Fobs-(-and-Lanyards-)-Due-Nov-2&p=2122559#post2122559) Here! 0/
4. An.M.Sudyka - link (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?38190-Fabulous-Funky-and-Fun-Fobs-(-and-Lanyards-)-Due-Nov-2&p=2123365#post2123365) Here! O/
5. CherylS - link (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?38190-Fabulous-Funky-and-Fun-Fobs-(-and-Lanyards-)-Due-Nov-2&p=2123908#post2123908) Here! 0/
6. JEBeck - link (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?38190-Fabulous-Funky-and-Fun-Fobs-(-and-Lanyards-)-Due-Nov-2&p=2124111#post2124111) Here! 0/
7. notinkansas - link (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?38190-Fabulous-Funky-and-Fun-Fobs-(-and-Lanyards-)-Due-Nov-2&p=2124140#post2124140) Here! 0/
8. beaksalot - link (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?38190-Fabulous-Funky-and-Fun-Fobs-(-and-Lanyards-)-Due-Nov-2&p=2124151#post2124151) Here! 0/
9. Marie - link (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?38190-Fabulous-Funky-and-Fun-Fobs-(-and-Lanyards-)-Due-Nov-2&p=2122268#post2122268) Here! 0/
10. grrrdjules - link (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?38190-Fabulous-Funky-and-Fun-Fobs-(-and-Lanyards-)-Due-Nov-2&p=2125311#post2125311) withdrawn
11. Arc2dreams - link (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?38190-Fabulous-Funky-and-Fun-Fobs-(-and-Lanyards-)-Due-Nov-2&p=2125451#post2125451) Here! 0/
12. SunTrade - link (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?38190-Fabulous-Funky-and-Fun-Fobs-(-and-Lanyards-)-Due-Nov-2&p=2127442#post2127442) Here! 0/
We Are Full

08-18-2021, 10:00 PM
I’ve never listed in this part of the forum before. It’s kind of exciting!

08-19-2021, 09:59 AM
Great idea! I would love to join in on the fun :)

08-19-2021, 10:55 AM
Welcome acalla, you’re the first to sign up. Yay! I’ll add you to the #1 spot right now. :)

08-21-2021, 01:42 PM
Such a cool idea! I'm lurking on this one...and will see if I can come up with something great for it.

08-21-2021, 08:18 PM
Great nanner! Welcome to lurker cafe! I’ve been playing with ideas today today too. I’d love to find a way to incorporate zippers… or something metallic. What are you pondering on?

08-21-2021, 11:17 PM
Marie, congrats on hosting your first Mail Art Swap. I have hosted about 4 now, and they are great fun (with amazing talent shown). Please sign me up, and I have a quick question: Would altered bottle caps be too small? If so, I do have some other ideas.

08-22-2021, 04:44 AM
Sign me up please!

08-22-2021, 10:03 AM
Welcome CiCiCreates! So glad you’re here! And thank you for the encouraging words. I AM excited to be venturing into mail art. :)

Bottle caps would be an awesome element! Probably not *quite* enough alone, but with a bit of this and that added they’d be awesome! Kinda steampunk and cool. I’ll sign you up right now.

08-22-2021, 10:05 AM
Hello and welcome Bonnie! I’ve not been in a swap with you for a while! I’m happy we’ll be hanging out for a while! Off to put your name on the list. :)

08-22-2021, 08:53 PM
Great nanner! Welcome to lurker cafe! I’ve been playing with ideas today today too. I’d love to find a way to incorporate zippers… or something metallic. What are you pondering on?

Truthfully, I'm drawing a blank at the moment. But I'm curious to see what the artists in the swap come up with.

08-25-2021, 07:26 PM
Finished 3 today, though I’m still brimming with ideas. I might make more for fun!

225462. I made two like this, from spoons, beads and wire. What I love about this one is that it can stand up on its own. Perfect for the neighbors keys or the extra key you keep for the kid who walks the dog or waters your plants when you are away. Or the mailbox keys even. I can think of a lot of uses for a key fob that can stand on a shelf and not require a hook.

225463 I think this one as more for car keys or house keys. What do you all think?

08-25-2021, 07:46 PM
Thanks for the inspiration- I really like them both!

08-25-2021, 08:08 PM
Thanks Carol! I’m glad you like them. I’m working on another now. :)

08-26-2021, 05:51 PM
I’m off to a good start with a little rubber ducky, but I’m stuck as to how to finish it out. I may post post a pic later for brainstorming purposes. ;)

08-26-2021, 06:27 PM
Sounds cute. The spoon and beads are decorative and pretty! The cardinal looks kind of like something I had in mind. Is it “lightly stuffed” felt?

08-26-2021, 09:06 PM
Yes it is, carpet stitched with embroidery floss. :)

An. M. Sudyka
08-29-2021, 05:23 PM
Sounds interesting. Can I join?

08-29-2021, 07:09 PM
Sure thing An, I’ll add you right now. Welcome!

08-30-2021, 06:16 AM
That cardinal is wonderful :)

08-30-2021, 11:03 AM
Thank you acalla. :) I’m thinking of doing a fox or a polar bear as well.

08-31-2021, 12:10 AM

08-31-2021, 08:28 AM
Hi TrishaB, and welcome to our lurker cafe corner. Enjoy your visit and chat and/ or jump in anytime. :)

08-31-2021, 11:08 AM
So I finally got some time for zipper play this morning! Made two fobs with those…not quite steampunk, but close. Only have photos of one at the moment but I’ll try to post the other later today. This one can also act as a bit of a fidget since you can twist an turn the zippers however you like.

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Zippers, stitch holder, & thread.
This is two views of the same fob.

08-31-2021, 06:06 PM
Here’s the other zipper fob and a lanyard fob. I thought the lanyard would good for the dog-walkers among us so I added a loop to stuff a plastic bag into. :) Also did a monkey claw (will post later).
Gotta stop! This is very fun!

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08-31-2021, 06:52 PM
Marie, your latest ones are not showing for me. The first one (two views) shows up, and it is so cool looking! Did you have a tutorial for that or are you just that creative!?!

08-31-2021, 07:09 PM
Ok, I just saw them in the gallery, they are great! I am so ready to begin on mine, but the timing isn’t with me just yet, hopefully this weekend or next week.

08-31-2021, 07:33 PM
That’s odd CiCiCreates, I’ll discard those photos and add new ones. No tutorial for the zipper fobs, but I did follow an online tutorial for the lanyard cube and the monkey claw. Hmmmm… I need to add a pic of that one too. Thanks for your nice comments!

09-04-2021, 08:38 AM
Please sign me up. Love fobs.

09-04-2021, 11:35 AM
Welcome to the swap CherylS, so glad you’re here. I’ll add your name right now. :)

09-06-2021, 12:30 PM
I'd like to join please

09-06-2021, 01:35 PM
Welcome JEBeck! Glad to have you in our fabulous, funky and fun swap. I’ll add you to the list. :)

09-06-2021, 03:34 PM
If you don't mind, I'd like to play!

09-06-2021, 04:53 PM
I don’t mind at all notinkansas, in fact I’m pretty stoked about your joining in. Hurrah! Off to add your name. :)

09-06-2021, 05:09 PM
Ooooooh, this sounds so freaking fun. I'd love to join!!!

09-06-2021, 08:46 PM
I agree with you beaksalot! Will add you right away. Let’s do this!

09-09-2021, 07:56 PM
intrigued but I'm going to lurkey turkey for a bit.

09-09-2021, 08:23 PM
Enjoy your lurk TrinaLD! I hope you decide to join in. It’s lots of fun putting these together. :)

09-10-2021, 03:17 PM
Finally posting my Monkey Fist keychain:


And a Ďwork in progressí that I canít seem to find a satisfactory idea for design completion:


Ideas anyone?

09-11-2021, 01:32 PM
I was thinking about doing one with my lucet. I might knit and felt one or I may cut felt with my cricut. I was finishing up a quilt this morning. Lots of cords, ribbons etc I can use.

09-11-2021, 02:33 PM
I'm going to need your address. Thanks

09-12-2021, 12:12 AM
Cheryl whatís a lucet? I didnít know you were a quilter! Can you share a photo?

09-12-2021, 12:33 AM
JEBeck I sent you a PM

09-12-2021, 01:17 PM
A lucet is a wooden tool used to made cording. You can it with yarn, trims etc. I got one at Old Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI at a knitting event..I made a fob with it last night. I want to add beads before posting..
hereís a pic of a quilt for my niece, itís not quilted yet..225789I just finished mitering the borders

09-12-2021, 02:17 PM
So beautiful and colorful!!!! What a lucky girl to receive this as a gift! Quilting is hard…. RESPECT!

Just watched a video of a lucet in use. Neat little gizmo! And actually pretty too. Thanks for introducing me to it. :)

09-13-2021, 05:38 PM
Add me, please! I'm not sure what I'm going to make yet, but I'm caught up on mail art swaps, and this sounds like fun!

09-13-2021, 11:07 PM
That’s great amyfaerie, I’ll put you on the list. Welcome to the swap!

09-14-2021, 04:06 PM
I made 1 fob so far. Itís 3 1/2 in. Is it too big? Made with a lucet. Iíve included a pic of the lucet.
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09-14-2021, 04:36 PM
Oh I like it very much! It’s not too big at all! Your lucet looks very much like the one I saw in the video! What a lovely skill to have.

09-18-2021, 12:25 PM
Mine are done. One lucet, one beaded, and one fabric/tulle with chopped bits.

09-18-2021, 12:38 PM
These are GREAT CherylS! I just sent you my address. :)
Love them all!

09-18-2021, 02:43 PM
Iím sharing a couple of fobs in my collection. The wooden one was made by my dearly departed father. The one with the long leash I made with a lucet and bead. Itís handy for those deep bags where keys get lost. Thereís a Royal Caribbean fob from a cruise attached to it.

09-18-2021, 05:20 PM
I see it!! I little cruise ship floating in a tiny ocean! Awww…. The one your dad made is gorgeous! I love good smoothed wood…. It’s so soothing to touch.

09-18-2021, 07:07 PM
So, could I make little stuffies? These are in progress; I’ll attach a jump ring and then a keychain ring. Does that pass for a “fob”?225933

09-18-2021, 08:13 PM
Oh my golly I LOVE those! Of course you can! I did a stuffed red bird. :) yes please to little stuffies.

09-18-2021, 08:32 PM
Yeah! Sign me up then please and thank you!

09-18-2021, 09:19 PM
Awesome! I’ll do it right now. Welcome!

09-20-2021, 11:58 AM
Would love to play along!

09-20-2021, 01:44 PM
Welcome Arc2dreams, I’ll add your name to the list right away. :)

09-20-2021, 01:46 PM
There’s only one spot left in this swap.

09-21-2021, 08:30 PM
My fobs will be in the mail tomorrow!

09-21-2021, 09:35 PM
That’s great JEBeck! Thanks for the heads up. :)

09-24-2021, 08:03 PM
CherylS your lovely fobs are the first to arrive! I’m still admiring them. :)

09-25-2021, 05:00 PM
An.M.Sudyka your fabulous fobs are here! Very elegant!!! I feel like a mermaid looking at one and Cleopatra with another! Thank you SCADS for making an extra for me! They’re wonderful!

09-25-2021, 05:22 PM
Here are mine, made of wood, rubber stamp, paints and beads. Hope these are not too long, Marie, but maybe if we don't count the dangles, they are ok? If they are too long, it's fine, I will just withdraw, no problem.

09-25-2021, 06:02 PM
Size: Keep the size so that the main fob fits in the palm of your hand (not including dangles or the ring.) Please nothing too tiny.

I’m not exactly sure why you think your fobs are two large Carol, but I think they’re absolutely adorable. The main fob would fit in the palm of your hand and the rules clearly state that we don’t count the dangles so you’re good. :-) These are very charming key fobs!

09-25-2021, 06:05 PM
Thanks so much, they were pretty fun to plan and create!

09-25-2021, 06:55 PM
I’ll bet they were! I love the key image right on the wood. :)
What kind of wood is it?

09-25-2021, 08:00 PM
I certainly don’t have as many rubber stamps as most ATC artists do, but I had this key stamp in just the right size. I stamped it on paper, then “deckled” the edges by touching a damp Q-tip all around the image, then carefully tearing the paper. Then these stamped images were glued directly to the already painted wood, then I used a small stencil brush to “pounce” paint all around the edges of the image. The wood was cut from a long piece I got somewhere to cut my own Jenga blocks for a previous Mail Art Swap. Lots of steps and stages, but it was fun.

09-25-2021, 08:51 PM
Wow! I really appreciate all the effort you put in! Makes them even more special. :)

09-27-2021, 04:10 PM
JEBeck your gorgeous fobs are here! They’ll be so fun to use!!! Thank you for the hostie too, I’m so tickled with it!

09-28-2021, 09:05 AM
So glad you like them. I'm embarrassed to say I'm not computer savvy so didn't know how to send pictures before I mailed them.

09-28-2021, 10:34 AM
Would you like me to post pics? So everyone can see them? I’d be glad to do it. :)

09-28-2021, 05:01 PM
You are welcome to do that if you want to. Thanks!!

10-01-2021, 01:55 PM
Definitely sending the three that have rings added to them… so much fun making these little stuffies!

10-01-2021, 02:35 PM
Those are all ADORABLE grrr! Anyone who receives one of these is going to be delighted!!! They’ll be a bright spot in a blah day! High 5!

10-01-2021, 06:36 PM
My fobs will be in the mail tomorrow!

And they are gorgeous!!

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10-01-2021, 06:49 PM
Thanks for posting them!

10-01-2021, 06:57 PM
LOVE those, JEBeck!!

10-04-2021, 07:18 AM
Thanks CICI fun swap!!

10-04-2021, 02:31 PM
JEBeck, it really has been! I can’t stop making key fobs now. :)

10-05-2021, 06:27 PM
�� made some more myself!!!

10-05-2021, 06:37 PM
Right?!? It’s so hard to stop! I saw that grrrdjules made 6! It’s just so fun!

10-08-2021, 11:40 PM
Not a lot of fob making going on today. Catching up on other things….

10-09-2021, 05:49 PM
Finally got my fobs in the mail, they are on their way and I have a tracking number.

10-09-2021, 06:20 PM
Awesome Carol! I’ll be watching for them. So many happy mail days!!

10-11-2021, 02:33 PM
Lets see if the picture actually shows up....lol

10-11-2021, 02:36 PM
Oh gorgeous!! I love both styles! So pretty!

10-12-2021, 04:25 PM
I’ve got to make just one more!!! Funny, this weekend my husband and I were at a picnic in a state park and there was a set of keys hanging on a tree branch! They had a long golden fender guitar and several keys. I left them where they were since they were near a shelter house and let a Ranger know in case someone asked for them. It seems like I’m seeing keys everywhere since this swap began! :wideeyed:

10-13-2021, 09:41 PM
CiCiCreates your fabulous fobs arrived today. I love the touch of sparkle! Thank you for the extra!

10-13-2021, 10:40 PM
This is such a great idea!

I am really pressed for time, but if I get an inspiration, I usually work fast. So seriously lurking, and if something grabs me I may participate. Hopefully before the 2 weeks! lol.

10-14-2021, 12:36 AM
Sounds good SunTrade! :)

10-14-2021, 09:29 PM
Give me the last spot Marie, I do not want to miss this.

10-14-2021, 10:12 PM
You’ve got it SunTrade, we are officially FULL. :) Welcome to the swap!

10-15-2021, 04:30 PM

Iíve made so many fobs! Love this color!

10-15-2021, 05:25 PM
So I made my first one. They are faux leather with 5d diamond drill. Are these ok?


10-15-2021, 06:14 PM
Very much so! Love the sparkle!

10-15-2021, 08:21 PM
I love it, SunTrade!!

10-18-2021, 12:22 PM
Arc2dreams your fabulous fobs are here! They’re so charming!! I really love them all. Great ideas!

10-18-2021, 03:34 PM
Here are my fobs. They'll go out tomorrow. So much fun!

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10-18-2021, 08:36 PM
Beaksalot those so cool! I can’t even imagine how you got soooo many beads strung like that. I do not have this skill. *admiration* Love the stack-a-fishies too! I’m so impressed with all the talent in this swap!

10-19-2021, 09:14 AM
Time is flying folks, yowza! Heads up, we’re due in my hands in 2 weeks time. I can’t wait to swap these out and let you all see what great fobs have been submitted. You’re going to love your returns!

10-19-2021, 07:04 PM
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Here are mine.

10-19-2021, 07:12 PM
Beautiful! Your little lady makes me smile! High 5!

10-19-2021, 08:38 PM
They are all so beautiful! Mine are posted today.
Will post a picture later.

10-19-2021, 09:48 PM
Such an exciting time seeing all these beautiful creations. I feel like I’ve had a trip to an art museum. :)

10-22-2021, 11:43 AM
mailed mine on Wednesday.

10-22-2021, 02:16 PM
Thanks for letting me know NIK, I'll be keeping watch for them. I'll post here when they have arrived.

10-22-2021, 09:15 PM
Here are my fobs. They'll go out tomorrow. So much fun!

Lisa, your fobs arrived here safe and sound today!

10-25-2021, 11:45 PM
SunTrade your fabulous fobs … and bits and bobs… have arrived here. Just beautiful! Thank you so much for the hostie!

10-27-2021, 08:06 PM
Awesome! Here are mine! I totally forgot to take a picture, and the extra is a gift for the host I made.Is a sanitizer holder. Please forgive my stained art desk! :twitcy:

The bottoms actually open if you want to remove the key ring, and attach it to something else.


10-27-2021, 09:33 PM
Ahhhh that explains the gap in the clasp! Thank you so much for the sanitizer holder! These fobs would be amazing luggage/backpack tags too… so one of a kind! Just lovely!

10-28-2021, 10:22 AM
lol. I had a note that explained everything, and I left it on my desk. So sorry!

My head is so scramble lately.

10-28-2021, 11:30 AM
I resemble that remark… :biglaugh:

10-29-2021, 12:21 PM
Only one set yet to arrive and they are mailing soon. Will be swapping these out next week, can you believe it!?!?! That time FLEW by!

11-02-2021, 02:37 PM
Our swap is officially closed! I’ll be sorting this weekend if all goes as expected and mailing early next week. It’s going to be fun swapping out. Thanks all for the great submissions!

11-02-2021, 02:51 PM
It was a great idea, I don’t know that it’s ever been done here.

11-02-2021, 11:34 PM
Glad mine are in your hot little hands!

11-03-2021, 12:23 AM
Bonnie, they aren’t yet, but they should be by the time I’m swapping. :)

11-03-2021, 11:38 PM
Bonnie, they aren’t yet, but they should be by the time I’m swapping. :)

They’re so cute!!!! You clever thing! And you made an extra too! Squee! Thank you! I still won’t be able to swap until the weekend, but all fobs are here, and I’ll be sorting that out soon.


11-06-2021, 08:56 AM
Fobs have been sorted and mailed. Wherever possible they have been returned to you in the same packaging you used. Will be back later today to post tracking numbers. This was such a fun swap out, plating with all these lovely creations. :) Now the anticipation begins!

11-06-2021, 04:45 PM
Tracking numbers as promised. Find your own by city and zip code. :)

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11-08-2021, 07:08 PM
I received my fabulous fobs! I love them all.

11-08-2021, 07:17 PM
That was fast!!! I’m soooo glad!!!! :)

11-08-2021, 08:48 PM
I got mine too! Rep points coming soon.

11-08-2021, 10:03 PM
Mine arrived too!

11-09-2021, 04:41 PM
I’m so glad they’re traveling so quickly! This was my first mail art swap (hosting) and I wasn’t sure how mailing packages instead of envelopes would go, but it’s going very well! Go USPS!

11-11-2021, 03:40 PM
I'm so sorry that I didn't think to label mine y'all. I only realized when I received my returns which are all gorgeous!!

11-11-2021, 06:19 PM
Weren’t they all so lovely!?! :)

11-15-2021, 11:34 PM
You did great with this swap, Marie! I love my returns and I'm especially glad that I got one of yours!!!
Let me know when you put up another swap!

11-15-2021, 11:52 PM
Im so glad you were pleased Bonnie! I love my little yarn kitten too!

11-16-2021, 08:31 AM
Great work all Love my fobs!!

11-16-2021, 11:24 AM
Wonderful! Which key sets will you be using them for? I’ve put one on my ‘going for a walk’ extra key. Still deciding which will go on my car keys. Put another on the extra key I give the pet sitter when we go on trips. Then there is the key ring that only holds my friends house keys.. for lock-outs… I might put a fuzzy cat on that one. It’s fun deciding!

12-01-2021, 12:53 AM
I received my fab fobs! I love them all, They are all so different. Love the creativity on this swap!

12-01-2021, 01:18 AM
So glad you’re pleased, all the submissions were soooo good! Thank you also, for posting. :)