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181  Re: Little Visitor Swap- Round 20 (SU till 10/29 or full, SO 11/4/2014 and 3/4/2014) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Mountains and Clouds on: October 22, 2014 06:13:10 PM
Here's my new LV for this round. Meet Ipo!

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182  CLOSED Little Visitor Swap- Round 20 (SU till 10/29 or full, SO 11/4/2014 and 3/4/2014) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Mountains and Clouds on: October 22, 2014 05:19:42 PM
Little Visitor Swap-- ROUND 20!!

Gallery : https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436488.new#new

first of all.....
This is a LONG swap. This cannot be your first Craftster swap; no exceptions. Please understand that we don't want anyone to go MIA, and although we won't be requiring weekly check-ins, it is expected that all participants check into the thread regularly and post pictures throughout the duration of the swap. (We will help out by periodically posting questions and/or photo challenges to keep the thread moving if needed!)
We reserve the right to refuse anyone. If you have feedback that shows a history of incomplete packages, late sending, ill-communication, lack of tracking #'s, etc., we may refuse you. We want this to be a flake-free swap!
*Participants who send/have sent more than two weeks late in previous little visitor swaps may not join this round.

Swap name: Little Visitor Swap Round 20
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Mountains and Clouds
Co-Organizer: Wildfyre
Sign-up date range:   (or until full)
Date to send out Little Visitor and their contract:  November 5, 2014
Send Visitor Back Home: March 4, 2015
Limited to a certain number of people?: 24
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
Additional age requirement? 21

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 months: YES
- Has posted at least 30 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, understand 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


Details of swap:


You will send a Little Visitor (LV) to your partner by November 4th.  You can send an optional biography (likes/dislikes/personality traits) if you would like to.

Here is a sample BIO from the one of the previous rounds:

You should work on finding/crafting/choosing your LV and writing his/her/its bio as soon as you are approved for the swap, since the first send-outs are less than a week after partners are matched up.

Post a photo of your LV in the thread.

Once you are accepted into the swap you must post in either this thread or the gallery regularly until the end of the swap. If you are going to be away please let the organizers AND your partner know. Spotty communication in the threads will be reflected in your swap feedback comments.

Once you receive your LV, show them around! You should visit at least 10 different areas/parts of town/activities so that they can get the real experience of your community. Of course, the more places they visit, the better! And be sure to take lots of pictures to send home with your new friend!

You will be required to send at least 15 printed pictures in a scrapbook/journal type thing. We know not everyone is a scrapper/paper crafter but please do you best to send something you are proud of. We highly recommend sending any additional pics on a CD or even a link to your Flickr/Photobucket gallery of your Little Visitor. Many people like to create a blog for their little visitor!

You are also required to send 3 souvenirs/ mementos from the LVs trip. The souvenirs can be crafted, bought, or both. Try to send souvenirs that are unique to your area! In previous rounds, craftsters have made their little visitors outfits or accessories, so you may do that too if you like. Discuss how much you'd like to send with your partner.

Send your LV home by March 4th. It is a long time for the swap to go on, but we want to give the LVs as many holiday excursions as possible! If you'd like to send the LV back earlier, again please discuss it with your partner.

IF YOU ARE MAILING WITHIN YOUR OWN COUNTRY, YOU MUST GET A TRACKING NUMBER when you send your own LV and when you send your partner's LV back home! If youre mailing internationally, you MUST KEEP YOUR RECEIPT (or other proof of mailing that is approved by me before sending)! And we require a picture or scan of the postal receipts so we can verify the date that you sent, and that you did in fact mail your LV to your partner.

Here are some links to recent galleries:

Round 19:

Round 18:

Round 17:

Round 16:

To Reiterate:
* Post a photo of your LV in the thread
* Send your LV to your partner by November 4th, 2014.
* Take your LV around town and show them the sights! Make sure they have fun, and stay safe!
* Post photos of your adventures in the gallery
* Make the scrapbook/journal and make or buy some souvenirs for the LV to remember its trip by.
* Mail the LV, the scrapbook/journal, and the souvenirs back to your partner by March 4, 2015.
* Contact organizers when you send/receive - you MUST supply Tracking# or receipt EVERY time you post something.

Once you are matched up with your partner, please stay in contact with them! If you haven't heard from your partner in a while, please let us (organizers) know right away. I hope we don't have any flakers, but if we do, it's better if we catch them quickly.

THIS IS A COMPLICATED SWAP AND ITS LONGER THAN MOST. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE read everything before you sign up, and make sure you can commit to everything.

- Small is better than large. Not only do you have to ship it, your partner has to ship it back! Also, small LVs tend to be easier to haul around town than large ones. ALL LV's must be UNDER 8 inches tall by 6 inches wide. We have had issues with LVs being too large to bring in a purse etc.
- Please make sure your LV is durable enough to survive when traveling around in someone's bag, pocket, etc.  We don't want any injuries!
- Swaps arent perfect, and neither is the mail system. Please dont send something youd be heartbroken to lose. There have also been flakers in previous rounds.
- For better photos, send a LV that is pose-able (this is just a suggestion, most will not be pose-able, and that is ok)
- Your partner might have allergies, so its best not to send something your cat loves to cuddle up with or thats been sitting on a shelf next to your incense collection!
- LV doesnt have to be a stuffed animal, feel free to send some sort of a doll/plastic toy/stuffed animal/poppet instead!

If you want to participate, PM me your info (see below) AND post here on the thread. That way Ill know that youll get notification of anything I post here.

Please put LV SWAP ROUND 20- Approval as the subject!!! Send your completed questionnaire to the organizer (Mountains and Clouds). Failure to do so may delay your entry into the swap.

*Please note* If you would like to sign up with a partner, both people must submit a questionnaire. You WILL NOT be guaranteed a spot until both questionnaires have been received.

Name of swap: Little Visitor Swap Round 20

Craftster username:

Email address:

Your real name:

Mailing address (as it would appear on a mailing label):

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of your own country?

Would you prefer to ship to an address outside of your own country?

Please confirm that you are at least 21 years of age:

Do you have any allergies that would prevent you from exchanging your LV with smokers, pet owners etc.?

Do YOU have any FOOD allergies?

Is your LV from a home where people smoke?

Is your LV from a home with pets?

Name of LV:

Does your LV have a religious affiliation?

Does your LV have a political affiliation?

Would you like for your partner to include candy/foods from your area? (please look at your countries postal codes for sending/receiving food from outside of your country. Swappers within the USA shouldn't have any problems)

Does your LV have any specific food restrictions (veggie/vegan/carnivore/cannibal)?

Does your LV have any phobias (heights, clowns, etc)?

Anywhere in particular (or any type of place) your LV would like to go? (I will try to match people up so that the LV will get to see something different from their home environment.)

Have you done this swap before? List previous partners/locations if you want your LV to go somewhere different:

Where do you live? (i.e. a rural town, a large city, etc...)?

What kinds of sights would you like your LV to see?

What kinds of sights will you take your LV to see?

Do you want your LV to come home exactly as sent, or can they experience the joy (and possible stress!) of body modifications while traveling? (ie piercing, tattoo, new hair style)

Are you of legal drinking age where you live? Is your LV?

What sort of creature/gender/species is your LV?

What size is your LV?

Any type of LV you would not like to host?

List here anything that might offend you or your LV: (ie, religion, politics, booze, food preferences, etc)

Do you have/have access to a camera?

Can you fulfill the 15 printed pictures requirement?

Can you send the 3 souvenirs/mementos? (these can be handmade or storebought.)

Can you post a picture in the sign up thread of the LV you will be sending?

Anything else you would like to let your partner know?

Do you have a pinterest?

Are you signing up with a partner?
If so, who?

Send your completed questionnaire to the organizer (Mountains and Clouds). Failure to do so may delay your entry into the swap.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find general rules about participating in a Craftster swap.


List of Participants:

1. Mountains and Clouds -HI, USA
2. Wildfyre - AK, USA
3. Smeddley - KS, USA
4. Alexampersandra - VA, USA
5. PhoenixFireDesigns - FL, USA
6. Roler - WA,USA/Japan
7. Alittlemusthave - SA, Australia
8. WhatthePuck - NC, USA
9. Ratfinkz -Suffolk, UK
10. PerfectlyBohemian - NC, USA
11. Waterbaby - CA, USA
12. Mialesca - Essen, Germany
13. ptarmic wumpus - MD, USA
14. GatorWrangler - MA, USA
15. crazyda79 - CA, USA
16. seeuudee - Hampshire, UK
17. Inselaeffchen - Edinburgh, UK
18. Hazelly - PA, USA

Wildfyre <> Smeddley
Roler <> PhoenixFireDesigns
Mialesca <> Ratfinkz
Inselaeffchen <> Seeuudee
Waterbaby <> ptarmic wumpus
Crazyda79 <> WhatthePuck
Hazelly<> Alittlemusthave
Perfectly Bohemian<>GatorWrangler
Alexampersandra <> Mountains and Clouds

sent LV
LV has been received
Sent Package/LV back
LV is back home
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183  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Mountains and Clouds on: October 05, 2014 12:41:48 AM
'Uluwehi is back home from visiting Whistley in Utah!  And she brought a beautiful scrapbook and a bunch of goodies with her!

First of all, the amazing scrapbook and some of our favorite pages!

She also brought a Halloween costume and trick-or-treat bag!

And some Star Wars memorabilia from the Disney Store!

A cool canvas that 'Uluwehi carried on the color run!

Some bee souvenirs from the Beehive State!

Her awesome mouse ears and autograph book from Disneyland!

A few other things from Disneyland...

And some brochures from the local zoo, and aquarium, as well as a bit more ephemera!

So many fun things===thank you,Whistley!!
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184  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - SEPTEMBER 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mountains and Clouds on: September 28, 2014 10:43:18 AM
I have two more cards to post (only,I also have huge apologies because I've been having camera troubles lately, and I am just realizing I may need to retake these...)

From StillattheTop, for my APC (altered playing card) theme:
(She also threw in some fun pink playing cards)

I love the cutout of Regis Philbin-- hahaha!

And then, from AbbyW, for my "local coffee shop" theme (her husband is a professional barista here, and she was awesome and sent some really fun extras!):

I love the use of the polaroid picture and part of the cup insulator to be used for the card!

Thank you both! (And I will try to get better shots posted once I figure out what's up with technology....)
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185  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - SEPTEMBER 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mountains and Clouds on: September 27, 2014 10:21:30 AM
I received this beautiful mermaid card from Oath Keeper!

Love her!

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186  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - SEPTEMBER 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mountains and Clouds on: September 14, 2014 10:28:30 PM
First post!!

I just received a delightful card from Rockingbearranch for my "I dream of jellyfish" theme! (It was accompanied by a not-so-delightful personal anecdote about a run-in with jellyfish, but I won't elaborate further!)

I love how simple it is, and I love the use of thread!! Love!

Thank you, rockingbearranch!!
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187  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - AUGUST 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mountains and Clouds on: September 14, 2014 10:50:33 AM
Sorry I'm a little bit late posting my final two cards that arrived last week!

From Mariak, an APC (altered playing card):

Sorry my camera had a hard time getting the colors right... I think it's super cute!

And then from Toralune... my 50/50 theme (cover one half of the card with a found image and then complete the other side):

I love what she came up with!

Thank you guys!
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188  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Mountains and Clouds on: September 11, 2014 11:03:08 PM
We're suddenly really close to the 2-weeks-to-sendouts mark!
I still have to print some of my pictures (but I've also been having trouble with snapfish, and now it's so late that I'll probably end up just printing them at evil walmart.)

I recently realized that Stella hadn't been to the 'Iolani palace yet during her stay, so I took her around when we were there for a gig the other day!  Here she is with one of the seals on the palace gates:

Please, everyone, keep the organizers and partners updated on any issues (sending late, missing partner, etc.) and happy crafting!!
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189  Mini Halloween Tin (that lights up!) in Halloween Decor and Parties by Mountains and Clouds on: September 06, 2014 11:12:20 AM
A few months ago, I participated in the Mini Altered Tin swap, and one of my partner's themes was "Halloween," so I knew I needed to try and figure out some way to make it light up.  (This was a bit ambitious, as it was my first altered tin. Ever.  There was a lot of trial and error.)

The big thing was that I was trying to rig it up with an LED (Which I stole from a little LED tea light-- I like to take things apart.).

Here it is with the lights off...

The one problem I ran into was the size of the battery and how I needed to have everything configured for the switch and everything to work, so I ended up with a somewhat funny (rhinestone-y) base.

Overall, I like how it came out.

Thanks for looking!
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190  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - AUGUST 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mountains and Clouds on: August 30, 2014 12:40:56 PM
Oh dear, I hadn't even looked at the gallery yet... How is it already the end of August? Huh

Anyway, I received an awesome painted card from Oddacity for my "Sunsets and silhouettes" theme (with a little bit of jellyfish thrown in too!)

I love it!  Thanks, oddacity!!
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