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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Collage Paper Swap? on: August 20, 2008 06:06:46 AM
I know there have been paper swaps in the past but I haven't seen one in a while.  I almost purchased a paper pile of cutout images and thought maybe it's time for a swap!  I can't be the only one looking for some collage and art journal inspiration!

Anyone interested in filling a large envelope with papers, images, and other ephemera for a swap? 
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Shape, Color and Texture Swap Round 2 Gallery on: August 07, 2008 05:17:30 PM
I am so happy you liked the packaged I put together for you, chibilightangel!  Especially since I had a few computer crafting roadblocks along the way!  I was excited to find the blue swirl handmade paper at an art supply store and even more excited to find the gold fish papers/card.

Here are the photos from my terrific swap partner (who takes much better photos than I do - I need some pointers - or patience).


Blue was my color (aqua/turquoise).  Love these earrings.  I am doing a lot of blue lately.  Must be the desire to cool off from the heat!


Fuzzy was the texture.  She created some great handspun yarn.  Should I crochet with it?  Use the fibers as embellishments?  I think I just want to display it in a pretty bowl!!


rectangle was the shape.  She crafted a great blank journal.  It was so well made - I keep opening it up to see how she put it together.  So square and even!  And it is decorated with a cool, retro, stamped oval pattern.  Love this, too.

Chibilightangel - what a terrific package - thank you!!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Shape, Color and Texture Swap Round 2 Gallery on: August 06, 2008 06:42:55 PM
Yay!  I came back home today and found my package from chibilight had arrrived from Canada!!  She did such a nice job translating my choices!  I will take photos and post them when my camera is charged!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Shape, Color and Texture Swap Round 2 Gallery on: August 05, 2008 08:00:30 PM
Wow - such nice, creative interpretation of their partner's choices!

My partner and I are patiently waiting for our parcels to and from Canada.  I think it is faster to send to Europe!
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Shape, Color and Texture Swap Round 2 - sendout deadline July 28 on: July 27, 2008 07:38:45 AM
Done! finished! yay!  Sending tomorrow!

anyone know the most effecient way send to Canada?
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Shape, Color and Texture Swap Round 2 - sendout deadline July 28 on: July 25, 2008 08:10:57 PM
I have the shape done, the color done, and  was almost done with texture then my compter went down for good (it says it cannot boot).  i need the scanner - so i am going to have to alter my final plans a bit but will be done to send on Monday, too.  I am happy with the results - I hope my partner likes them!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Jar of Mini Whimsies Round 2 Swap Gallery! on: July 22, 2008 07:57:28 PM
Did anyone notice that there are several jars with contents that have letters that spell out the recipient's name?  I recieved my name in letter stickers.  I noticed it in another jar and sent letter charms that spelled out my partner's daughter's name and sent her initials in blocks.

Fun jars!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Jar of Mini Whimsies Round 2 Swap Gallery! on: July 22, 2008 11:12:20 AM
Finally I am able to post photos from the incredible jar that Littlebiskit sent.    I can't tell you how long it took to set everthing up for a photo op!  There were so many tiny animals (that I plan to imbed in resin) that I gave up setting them up and just put a representation!

Check these out for some I-Spy!


A shot of the whole jar's contents!

Vintage jewelry for me to craft with, tiny statues, mini erasers, an adorable shrink plastic quail....
(BTW, I think I had those crazy black, beaded, dangly earings in the 80's)

A representation of terrific teany tiny animals (which apparently were meant for the dinosaur that she sent for my son to eat but I may keep them myself.  Besides, the dinosaur is busy fighting aliens right now).  Cute gingham brads!

I love Hello Kitty and other japanese pop cute characters.  I now have a wallet (which is waterproof and will go with me to the beach); paper, stickers, and more.  And lots of other cute whimsies!

More Hello Kitty, paper, flower crafting supplies, lots of foreign money from several different coutries which is so cool.  Sport beans to motivate me to run (which is on my mind after being at a lake this weekend with my very fit and thin friends and feelin' flabby!)

Also included were some cool Minnesota souvenirs.  Postcards and buttons from the Halloween Capitol of the world (note to Littlebiskit:  My younger son is very obsessed with Halloween!)  and a loon thimble.

So many other cool things that I know I didn't mention.  Many thanks to my awesome swap partner!! and to Homerof2 for organizing!!!



9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Shape, Color and Texture Swap Round 2 - sendout deadline July 28 on: July 21, 2008 08:42:46 PM
I found some perfect supplies to fit the 'likes' of my swap partner while on vacation this past week.  I little redirection for one of my crafts but I think she'll like it!
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Jar of Mini Whimsies Round 2 Swap Gallery! on: July 21, 2008 05:55:07 PM
Yay!   I am home from vacation and was greeting by a very VERY heavy box all hand decorated on the packaging from littlebiskit!  My son was eagerly prying "what's in the box?"   And yesterday was my birthday I might add so the celebration continues...

Wow!  she was worried about sending things that were not handcrafted (I found the hello kitty resin cabachons!)  .  Not one jar but TWO were absolutely stuffed with goodies!  And a dinosaur for my son who was thrilled with the gift and walked away with it to leave me to pour everything out in peace.

I snapped a quick photo with my phone and will take more photos later to upload.  I just wanted to let it be known that my terrific swap partner, littlebiskit, outdid herself and found such great whimisies for me!!!



More photos coming!
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