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1  Re: Positive Affirmations Swap: Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LimeRiot on: February 19, 2018 10:43:54 AM
And here's what I made for myself...

Really liked this statement so made a version for myself to keep around as a reminder to have quiet time in the midst of the hustle Smiley.


I also made myself some emergency affirmation cards similar to the ones I made for kittykill. Not sure if these ones ended up in my envelopes or kittykill's but they are all about the same. 
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2  Happy Mail Swap R4 - Come on, Get HAPPY (SU 2/15 - 2/24, SO 3/26) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by LimeRiot on: February 15, 2018 09:17:46 PM
Hello Craftster, here's a swap that we're doin'
Come on, get happy
A whole lotta lovin' is what we'll be bringin'
We'll make you happy

(borrowed from The Partridge Family Wink)


Image from: https://mamaelephant.com/


Swap name: Happy Mail Swap, Round 4 - Come On, Get HAPPY!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: LimeRiot
Sign-up date range: 2/15/18 - 2/24/18
Date to send item by: 3/26/18
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO


Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES*
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES*


*This is a paper swap so no tracking is required. However, you do agree that if your mail art goes missing, you will need to resend.

Details of swap:
(copied from fabulous organizers of previous rounds, SonjaBoo and Smmarrt)

Many mixed-media artists out there have fun with Happy Mail swaps so lets bring another one to Craftster! For this swap, youll beautifully decorate an envelope (something around a 6x9ish) in the way of your choice paint it, mix media it up, add fabric, whatever inspires you. (Remember, whatever you do, you need to leave white spots or labels for your addresses!) Then, youll include FIVE small but handmade (or hand altered) embellishments or crafting doo-dads for your partner to enjoy.

This is a low-pressure swap, with the only requirement being that you must send along five hand-made or hand-altered goodies, rather than store-bought. (Let's keep this inexpensive!)

What are crafting doo-dads, you ask? Here are some ideas!
Handmade stickers, cards, altered tags, crafty ephemera, glue stencils, inchies, altered paperclips, ATCs, hand-cut stencils, paper feathers, paper flowers, altered buttons, etc. (And many other ideas not even mentioned here! Use your imagination, as long as someone can craft with it and you made it.)

Here are a few links for inspiration!
http://www.artcreatiu.com/ideas-happy-mail/
http://rae-missigman.squarespace.com/blog/2014/7/24/junk-mail-is-happy-mail
http://redlead.typepad.com/artsee/2015/07/seaside-summer-pocket-letter-happy-mail.html

Erin Reed on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oct9ZLbOI3s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQdHiN45g94

InkieQuill on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8hpVWjLvN4

And of course, our previous galleries! Check out the eye candy!
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450093.0
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450734.0
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453574.0

...

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer/LimeRiot:
QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Happy Mail Swap Round 4 - Come On, Get HAPPY!
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
Would you like one or two partners?
Do you understand that you will need to send an envelope around 6"x9" in size? (Can do larger if you and your partner agree.)
Do you understand that you will need to send FIVE handmade crafty doo-dads to your partner? (Can do more if you and your partner agree.)
Favorite colors:
Any allergies:
Anything you would positively, absolutely hate to receive?
Favorite themes:
Things you like to make:


ONE more reminder that tracking is not required for this swap. HOWEVER, if your happy mail goes missing, you agree to resend another happy mail and doo-dads package. You can use tracking of course, but the stickers mess up the vibe of the happy, capiche?

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.
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3  Re: Positive Affirmations Swap: Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LimeRiot on: February 14, 2018 08:41:03 PM
OH. MY. STARS. You guys!! You won't believe the package I received from KittyKill today. She is such a dear friend and she showered me with incredible affirmations at a time when I really really needed it. I can't think of anything I would have liked to receive more on Valentine's Day!!

I've got a pretty serious coffee habit and frequently need a reminder to "get it" so this couldn't be more perfect! Really love the colors too.


Love this key and the saying that goes with it. I'll keep it close for good luck! And the lip balm is so yummy (don't eat it though Smiley). Did you make it, KittyKill? The container is super cute too.


I am weird!! Very accurate Cheesy. This is a really neat book of prompts. I'm going to take it to have in my office. It will be a fun distraction!


Last, but certainly not least, not one but TWO incredible pieces of embroidery!!

I love this saying - what a great reminder to have a little fun and liveliness each day! I really love the calligraphy writing and the sweet bunting. It's all ADORABLE! I think I'm going to hang this in my office (next to a couple of other KittyKill hoops I have there Smiley).


How cute is this?! I dare you to look at it and not smile. Dare you!! The writing is extra cool on this one - both the font and how it is filled in. I just adore it!


Thank you so much for everything, KittyKill. This package came at just the moment I needed a pick-me-up. You made me feel extra extra special Smiley. Love you, Lady!! XOXOXO
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4  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2018 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LimeRiot on: February 14, 2018 05:10:57 PM
Check out the super cool cacti I received from Rosie! I really love the blurred technique, especially around the border. Great addition to my succulent collection! Thank you, Rosie Smiley.

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5  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2018 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LimeRiot on: February 12, 2018 09:37:00 PM
Cross-stitched ATC!! How neat. That's a great design and I know even small patterns like that take a boatload of work! The circus tent is cool too. I'm not familiar with the lyrics but the shape and stripes of a circus tent are always smile-inducing Cheesy.

I get to show off a couple of new cards!

This awesome deep sea inspired card from thanate!! These are deep sea worms and Mr. Lime and I were JUST watching a show about them. They live in these crazy hydrothermal vents. The neatest part of this card is that it glows in the dark - unfortunately, I couldn't get a good snap of that. Love the little white crabs too.


SpazzyBrat made me this hilarious pun card! I'm a lover of puns but I don't think I've ever heard this one. Such a hoot. And since I'm also a lover of packaging, I can't help but mention the cute teeny white envelope it came in Smiley.


Thank you both!!
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6  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2018 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LimeRiot on: January 29, 2018 09:09:00 PM
I received a wonderful card from blupaisan today for my 'dogs in hats' theme. It's an adorable dog (that looks very much like one of my doxies!!) wearing a top hat while crawling into another top hat! It was done in watercolor and is SO detailed. The picture doesn't capture it fully but the eyes have so much character and a glossy raised texture. I love it! 

blupaisan said the technique was a new challenge for her but I never would have guessed it because it's so perfect Smiley.



And here's a picture of Opie in a bow tie that would look great with the top hat blu made Cheesy!!


Thank you, blupaisan, this is a great card to add to my collection!!
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7  Happy Mail for the Littlist Mailman in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by LimeRiot on: January 26, 2018 09:40:42 PM
I haven't created much in the last year and a half (changing that in 2018!!) but I did sneak in a couple of little projects on my unplanned hiatus. This was one of them.

Our sweet neighbor aspires to be a mail carrier when he grows up. He likes to practice his future job by leaving little scraps of torn paper in all the mailboxes on our street. The scraps are fun to receive but I thought he (and the neighbors) would enjoy playing make-believe with happy mail!

So I made him a bunch of mini greetings that he could deliver to everyone on the block.



I used paper scraps, brush pens, watercolors, washi tape, glitter, stamps...whatever I had handy to whip up a big pile of mini-mail.   



I also used my envelope making board thingy to create a bunch of small envelopes for him to put the scraps into.



I think he had fun with it and I enjoyed making a bunch of quick and easy doo-dads for him. I'd make him more but I think he's now planning to be a police office/garbage collector Smiley Smiley.
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8  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2018 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LimeRiot on: January 26, 2018 08:06:00 PM
Another great goodie in my mailbox today!!

rockingbearranch nailed my dog in hats theme. She even tied in my love of doxies. This is a Dox-Mondrian in his cubist period Cheesy Cheesy. It's so well done and so fun. How can you not smile?



I also got a couple of vintage ephemera pages, including one from WA state! These will come in handy in future card making Smiley.



Thank you, rockingbearranch!
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9  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2018 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by LimeRiot on: January 25, 2018 09:25:55 PM
How cute is this little llama ATC?! My favorite things about llamas are their big eyes, long lashes and cute chewy mouths...this card from curiousfae checks all those boxes Smiley.



Thank you, curiousfae!!
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10  Re: 2018 Annual DeStashAlong Thread in Craftalongs by LimeRiot on: January 21, 2018 02:01:00 PM
Good point!! I've definitely snuck in some extra yards...just in case Smiley.

I cracked into my fat quarter hoard today after being inspired by the Alice in Wonderland zipper pouch that Mare made recently.



I messed up the zipper and it looks a little funky but it's still going to hold stuff, and that's what's most important Smiley.
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