Possible Swap/Challenge for 2014--Kits--Please post to the sign-up thread.

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Posted: 12/15/2013 3:07:58 PM
As I've hinted & shared in recent posts, April (Carribean Girl) & I have been putting our heads together about doing a collaborative repeating swap (like LeighAnn's monthly tags) starting in January 2014.

I say collaborative because April & I have been trading & discussing various ideas to come up with something we both like & hope others will, also.

What we've come up with so far is using the idea of swapmates swapping kits of materials--not necessarily completed projects. To that end, we are doing a test to see how this works for us.

I sent April a packet of materials--stamped images, diecuts, paper/cs & made an IDENTICAL kit for myself. The identical is very important!!! We've agreed that we can make as many projects from our kits as we wish, but each project must use a minimum of 3 items from the kit. Doesn't have to use all of any material however. We also agreed that we can add materials from our personal stashes as long as we meet the rule of 3 from the kit.

She & I are working on projects from the initial kit & will share them on this thread.

What we are looking for is input from interested StamPeas. Questions, suggestions, etc.

One thing April & I as cohosts have already agreed on is that all sent kits must fit in regular envelopes--no specialty envelopes or boxes allowed.

For the January start-up, we've agreed to forego any theme or specific materials in the kits--with the exception of including a minimum of 1 stamped image (non-sentiment). We are, also not dictating what project(s) are to made from the kit--atc, tag, card, twinchie, etc.

We are both looking forward to hearing from our swapper friends.


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Posted: 12/15/2013 3:48:57 PM
What a fun & creative challenge!


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Posted: 12/15/2013 4:53:31 PM
Daniel and I had a lot of fun doing our owl challenge where we both worked with the same stamp and then posted our creation. We wanted to expand on that and turn it into a challenge that everyone can enjoy. This is a fun challenge that will give you the opportunity to work with stamped images, die cuts, cardstock, etc that you may or may not already have at home. It's both fun and challenging to work with a kit that someone else has already put together for you

We definitely welcome your questions and suggestions and hope that you will join us in the future months


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Posted: 12/15/2013 5:26:03 PM
Sounds like a good idea guys.

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Posted: 12/15/2013 7:02:33 PM
I think the biggest challenge would be to send "a packet of materials" in a regular sized envelope.

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Posted: 12/15/2013 7:35:55 PM
Count me in. This sounds like a ton of fun.

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Posted: 12/15/2013 8:42:15 PM
Glad you guys are interested

LOL Molly! That's where part of the challenge is It's going to be great fun!


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Posted: 12/15/2013 10:13:15 PM
Sounds interesting would you have to commit to a year or just a month to month basis?
Are we talking about just a regular white envelope or a Manila envelope? I would enjoy it if it wasn't to themey. My stamp collection is confined to just 3 drawers and I don't have a scrapbook/stamping store closer than an hours drive. I'm trying to not just go buy stuff for swaps. I'll be checking back to see how this works out.

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Posted: 12/16/2013 1:33:36 AM
One of the resolutions for my New Year is too drop all my forums, except Peas so I can start doing the challenges here. I always see great challenges but overtax myself in other areas of my creative life. I am really sad I didn't get to do the snow globe challenge.

I would love a kit challenge.

I have to agree with wren176 I don't have a lot of stamps as most stamper's do. I guess I am in the middle section for a stamp collection. I can probably do some themes but others I would be a bit stuck.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 3:17:42 AM
This is a great start in planning a new swap/challenge. Thanks for bringing a new idea forward.

For me I need the big picture of the general basics of what a swapper is obligated to do so I can determine the amount of time I would need to dedicate to this swap. Here's a few questions to help me know more about the commitment.

Will swappers make 2 new identical kits every month they sign on? When you speak of multi-projects does that mean using the kit will extend beyond a month. The regular envelope you mention to hold the kit--are you saying an A2 card envelope so some items can be card size? Will swappers be obligated to make something from both their kit and their partner's kit each month? Do players exchange what they have made? And are they expected to post them in the gallery too?


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Posted: 12/16/2013 10:09:38 AM
Wonderful! Great feedback from all! I'll attempt to answer your questions & so will April.

Let's start with commitment. Although we're hopng to do a whole year of monthly swaps, players will sign up for each one rather than the whole year--just like LeighAnn's year of tags. OK?

Envelope type for the kits? No manila envelopes. Business style & card/letter only. Max size for the card style will be 5x7. I sent April a kit in a business size envie--4x9--& put in a good bit of material.

Identical kits. For each monthly swap you do, you will be making identical kits--one to send & one to keep. You will also receive a kit from someone. OK?

Projects. You will be making a minimum of 1 project from the each kit you keep & receive, but may make more from each kit as you wish. You are not required to send any projects to anyone, but must upload them to your gallery & link them to the blog & thread for that month. That means you will be commited to doing a minimum of 2 projects each month, but doing ATCs, bookmarks, twinchies, even cards needn't require weeks of work.

Items required for use in a kit project. April & I have come up with minimum of 3 kit items necessary for each project you make from that kit. Since we're the stamping forum, I'm planing to require a stamp image as one of the 3 items in each project. I sent April several stamped images & will probably be including multiples in any kit I make, but I may send multiples of a single image or different images.

Themes. April & I are still considerig this possibility, but we're new to this, too. We'll do our best to make these swaps as doable as possible for those who have a limited number of stamps, as well as those with vast stashes. Same for other kit materials. This is all about being creative with what we have; not buying new stuff just to join the swap.

As I say... This is new territory for April & me. We're going to be learning & tweaking as the months go by. And we're going to be expecting our fellow swappers to help us do that.

I think we're off to a good start!



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Posted: 12/16/2013 10:45:09 AM
Just thot of something I meant to add to the info about kits...

You do not have to use up the entire kit each month. You can save leftovers & add them to your personal stash of good junque.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 11:41:19 AM
Interesting idea!

I do have a question. If you happen to know that you and another stampea have the same stamp (such as when you and CG both had that cool owl) would it be reasonable to request that stampea and send a kit minus the stamped image? Obviously, you want to rotate partners, but I also think this might be a nice idea in the spirit of one set of supplies used different ways. TIA.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 12:08:33 PM
What an interesting question, Heidi! I don't really have a concrete answer for you at this time. Definitely something we might explore as we proceed with this. TY!

You question also raises the aspect of how we might do matchups for this. While I like 2 swappers trading back & forth, it can create problems when we have an odd number of swappers. (numbers aside, we're all 'odd' ). I lean towards the 'round robin' version of doing our connection. Each of us would send a kit to someone & get a kit from a different person--not the one we send a kit to.

Keep them Qs coming folks! We (April & I) haven't tackled timeframes/deadlines yet, but feel free to provide your input on that!


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Posted: 12/16/2013 4:03:45 PM
Hello StamPeas!

April & I have been in contact. We want to give y'all a 'heads up' on what we've decided so far...

Sign up thread will be posted on Boxing Day (Dec. 26) & run 'til New Year's Day.

Swap assignments will be posted by Jan 3.

Those who sign on for this thread will be required to provide either April or myself with a shipping address by PM or email before we confirm your membership in the swap. Why? Cause stuff happens with us all & this will act as a safety net for all us swappers. It is not because we are concerned about 'flakers'.

We are also going to require kits to be in the mail by Jan 11. Yeah. We're keeping the timeframes tight. But if you haven't heard from your 'send to', we will have an address to give you.

Deadline for uploading at least one kit project will be Jan 31, 2014. LOL!

April & I have decided to use 'You Better Work' (Rupaul) as our guide for this swap idea. We realize that it won't be everyone's comfort zone, but that's ok. Sometimes it's good to have a bit of pressure to meet a deadline.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 4:47:29 PM
"You better work" RuPaul....Oh my!!!!!

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Posted: 12/16/2013 7:43:20 PM
Sounds like fun!


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Posted: 12/16/2013 8:08:20 PM
Sounds great. I like the idea that it's not a cost prohibitive swap. What kind of extras do you envision?
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Posted: 12/16/2013 8:22:23 PM
Wren, you can add anything to the kit as long as it fits in the required envelope size and includes at least one non-sentiment stamped image


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Posted: 12/16/2013 9:56:11 PM
This sounds like great fun! But what in the world is the "You better work" thing?

Off to Google.....


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Posted: 12/17/2013 1:56:10 AM
I am so confused, lol. I think I need a visual what the kits will look like. Am I right in thinking you need for example- one stamped image, one die cut, and something else like an embellishment?



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Posted: 12/17/2013 9:01:07 AM
Lyla, it doesn't have to contain embellishments. You can send whatever you want as long as you send at least one stamped image and it all fits in the required envelope size


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Posted: 12/17/2013 10:27:02 AM
LOL, Lyla! I luvya! Thanks for being confused--seriously. What April & I want to avoid is dictating what a kit contains--other than offering general guidelines. Yes. We realize that this may be tough for some players, but we have said that this type of swap may stretch your 'comfort zone'.

However, in an effort to provide some frame of reference, here's what I included in the kit I sent to April...

1 4x9 piece of colored CS; 1 4x4 piece of double-faced pattern CS, 1 piece of 3x6 double-faced pattern CS, 5 (different) stamped images on CS, 1 diecut.

I could have included some more items like ribbon or punchouts or flowers or whatever, but what I sent was sufficient according to April.

I already have a piece 99% finished that used 3 items (parts of).

One way to figure out what to put in the kit is to grab stuff that gives you ideas. If you spend lots of time worrying about what someone can work with, you are over-thinking (IMO).

Gathering the materials & getting the kit shipped as quickly as possible is an important aspect of this swap format. Just be sure you make your 'kept' kit at the same time as your recipient's to keep yourself 'honest'.


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Posted: 12/17/2013 8:38:35 PM
Daniel - I'm heading away for the holidays and wont be back until the new year. Can you please sign me up for this swap.

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Posted: 12/17/2013 8:44:16 PM
Hmmm...I'm trying to get a visual on this too. It seems simple, but my brain is making it harder. I think I would be interested. I'll keep up with this thread to see what ideas pop up.


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Posted: 12/18/2013 2:29:53 AM
Daniel! Thank you so much! I think you explained it really well. I am still confused. I can check if what I packaged up is correct and fix any mistakes if I messed up. I am pretty fast at kitting up things so no overthinking on my part.



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Posted: 12/18/2013 9:31:45 AM
Sarah. I already have your address from a previous swap, so I have no problem adding you to the swap when we do the signup.

Ok, Lyla. You are coming along, Now just try not to be overly concerned about 'correct' & you'll do fine. The two major 'corrects' to keep in mind are the size/type of envelope & getting your sent kit in the mail so the receiver has time to create before month's end. OK?

April & I have decided to be real 'meanies'. We are not going to provide 'visuals' of kit contents prior to sign-up. However...

We have no problem if any kit sender wants to photo & show what they put in their kit. But that is NOT a requirement.


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Posted: 12/18/2013 12:11:42 PM
Things have been nuts on my end! So I haven't had much time to read about this but it sounds like a lot of fun!

Time frame, I'm a little concerned about. I have a busy month next month so I just need to make sure I have time to get it done by deadline. I will come back to read up on this all.

Great work Daniel and April! Sounds like a very fun ongoing swap!!


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Posted: 12/18/2013 12:43:19 PM
This is going to be a ton of fun and I love that it gives us some freedom to experiment and try new things. I sent you pm Daniel in the event we don't have internet access while traveling for the holidays.
I am getting my envelope together already. I can't wait to pick out some fun images to send my future swap partner. I have gotten some new images recently as early Christmas gifts so I am looking for any opportunity to stamp with them.

I will make every effort to post to the swap post when it comes up on Dec 26th, but Daniel you have my info just in case.

Thanks,
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Posted: 12/18/2013 12:43:19 PM
This is going to be a ton of fun and I love that it gives us some freedom to experiment and try new things. I sent you pm Daniel in the event we don't have internet access while traveling for the holidays.
I am getting my envelope together already. I can't wait to pick out some fun images to send my future swap partner. I have gotten some new images recently as early Christmas gifts so I am looking for any opportunity to stamp with them.

I will make every effort to post to the swap post when it comes up on Dec 26th, but Daniel you have my info just in case.

Thanks,
Neysa aka neyw


Happy Scrapping

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Posted: 12/18/2013 12:43:19 PM
This is going to be a ton of fun and I love that it gives us some freedom to experiment and try new things. I sent you pm Daniel in the event we don't have internet access while traveling for the holidays.
I am getting my envelope together already. I can't wait to pick out some fun images to send my future swap partner. I have gotten some new images recently as early Christmas gifts so I am looking for any opportunity to stamp with them.

I will make every effort to post to the swap post when it comes up on Dec 26th, but Daniel you have my info just in case.

Thanks,
Neysa aka neyw


Happy Scrapping

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Posted: 12/18/2013 12:43:21 PM
This is going to be a ton of fun and I love that it gives us some freedom to experiment and try new things. I sent you pm Daniel in the event we don't have internet access while traveling for the holidays.
I am getting my envelope together already. I can't wait to pick out some fun images to send my future swap partner. I have gotten some new images recently as early Christmas gifts so I am looking for any opportunity to stamp with them.

I will make every effort to post to the swap post when it comes up on Dec 26th, but Daniel you have my info just in case.

Thanks,
Neysa aka neyw


Happy Scrapping

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Posted: 12/18/2013 12:44:07 PM
This is going to be a ton of fun and I love that it gives us some freedom to experiment and try new things. I sent you pm Daniel in the event we don't have internet access while traveling for the holidays.
I am getting my envelope together already. I can't wait to pick out some fun images to send my future swap partner. I have gotten some new images recently as early Christmas gifts so I am looking for any opportunity to stamp with them.

I will make every effort to post to the swap post when it comes up on Dec 26th, but Daniel you have my info just in case.

Thanks,
Neysa aka neyw


Happy Scrapping

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Posted: 12/18/2013 12:54:28 PM
LOL, Neysa! Obviously you are interested. Like SarBear, you're on the confirmed list of swappers.

Super glad you're starting your kit gathering/making. I plan to do the same without pushing myself too much.


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Posted: 12/18/2013 1:17:37 PM
Thanks so much Daniel.

HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY EVERYONE!!!

HOHOHO!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS.

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Posted: 12/18/2013 1:41:00 PM
Here's a card I made for my mom who loves frogs. I included three items from the kit Daniel sent me. The items are listed in my description

Test Kit #1


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Posted: 12/18/2013 3:09:35 PM
LOL, April! Your Mom sounds like my kind of people!

OK folks! April has shared a piece from the kit & told you about what she used. Here's (as Paul Harvey used to say) the rest of the story...

The froggie image I included in her kit was stamped with DI (Rusty Hinge) on a white index card. April fussy cut it--beautifully.

The punched strip is from one of the pieces of doublefaced pattern stock in the kit. She has a nice bit of that left to work with for other projects.

And last, but by no means least, you see her 'lilypad'? That is the interior part of a wreath diecut I put in the kit. I threw in that part 'cause it was an interesting shape & she used her cleverness to great advantage.

Not sure if the blue base is from the CS in the kit, but the arrow/chevron pp is from her stash & looks great with this goodie!

I have 2 pieces made from the same kit & I'll be sharing them soon as I'm able. Note: April & I did not (& do not plan to) collaborate on projects each of us makes from our mutual (identical) kit.


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Posted: 12/18/2013 5:33:01 PM
We're adding info as we go along & I'd like to add ways 'theme-oriented' folk might have theirs without it being a concern for those who have limited stashes of stamps.

As the 'kit maker' (KM from now on), you are free to do a 'theme' in the kit you create. The theme may be the stamp images you include, but could also be colors, patterns, etc.

A suggestion? If you do choose to 'theme' your kit, I recommend NOT telling your receiver what your theme is. Chances are they'll see where you're going, but more fun if they get the kit & do stuff that is totally different than the theme you envisioned when you compiled the kit.

April & I have completely agreed that this swap is all about 'Spirit & Attitude'--not about 'control' or directing. And believe me, we're both real good at doing the 'control freak' & 'creative diva' route.



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Posted: 12/18/2013 9:11:04 PM
I have another piece almost finished from this kit

One of the main challenges is not to overthink the kit. Pick a few items, stick them in an envelope, and roll with it

The fun thing about this challenge is that the recipient can use the kit to create anything they want to. I am so excited to see what everyone comes up with


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Posted: 12/19/2013 2:24:14 AM
One other question. Business size envie means the long white envelope. Is it the brown envelopes?

Asking because I use to do two swaps on another forum where we stuffed envies full of beautiful things. The brown envies were business envelopes. White envies were standard.


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Posted: 12/19/2013 9:10:18 AM
This sounds like a lot of fun! I hope I remember to check back on the 26th. Things should be much calmer then.

What a clever idea to include the center of the wreath Daniel, and the way April used it is just so cool!


LOL, Neysa! Obviously you are interested.


Daniel, you crack me up! I really did LOL!

It is so much fun to get goodies in the mail. This reminds me of a kit club with the bonuses of this swap being that
1. this one is almost free (just a little postage)
2. contents of a regular envelope shouldn't pile up and overwhelm your craft space.

This really doesn't sound like a huge time commitment either. Especially if I can force myself not to over think! This could a be therapeutic way to overcome my over-think-ed-ness . Cheaper than therapy!


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Posted: 12/19/2013 10:09:51 AM
iring, I love your views about this swap!! It really is kinda like a kit club....only cheaper I hope you join us!


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Posted: 12/19/2013 10:47:09 AM
Lyla. What I call 'business' size is 4 x 9. They are NOT the manila envelopes which are not 'legal' for this swap. I keep a box of the business size handy & you can put a lot in them. I like the extra length, but large card size envies are fine. Read the earlier post for the maximum size for card style envies. OK?


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Posted: 12/19/2013 3:30:31 PM
I read up on the thread today. Daniel and April, y'all have done a great job!
I understand the rules and I want to play!

April- I love the card you made!

One thing, will there be a separate sign up thread? Forgive me if I missed that info, I was reading these posts in the middle of the night !

I think I may even start to make up my kits this weekend since I will have a bit of free time to myself

This will be a great way to see how everyone uses supplies in different ways!

One last question, how much postage do you all usually put on your envelopes? I usually do 2 stamps.


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Posted: 12/19/2013 3:42:31 PM
Yay LeighAnn! I'm so glad you are going to play with us!! It's going to be so much fun!!
We are posting the signup thread on the 26th and swap assignments on January 3 We both already have your address, so I bet we could go ahead and put you on the list


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Posted: 12/19/2013 4:08:26 PM
As my partner April says 'Pug'? You're signed up!

And I'll be watching for your 2014 January tag swap. Who knows, I might be able to swap a tag that uses stuff from one of my Jan. 'kits'--kept or received one.

I must confess that I am sorely tempted to start the sign up thread before the 26th, but I know April will smack my hand if I do. Kind of like opening a Christmas gift before the big day.

I'll do my best to be good & patient...


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Posted: 12/19/2013 4:30:50 PM
I am not 100% sure, but I think I will sign up. If not anything else, to use up some of my mega pack of business envelopes. If not this time, next time.



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Posted: 12/20/2013 1:59:05 AM
Daniel, thank you! I got the envelope size in my mind now. I am a little dyslexic with numbers. maybe more than a little.

I am definitely signing up for the swap too.


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Posted: 12/20/2013 10:15:49 AM
To say that April & I are pleased with the response to our upcoming swap is a definite understatement.

Anyone who is already confirmed or planning to join is welcome to start putting together their kits--some of you have already indicated that you are. And don't worry. We don't plan to throw any curve balls or twists when the Swap officially begins.

Now for a few more ideas to (possibly) assist figuring out what to put in their kits...

When I built the test kit for my partner, I started with the stamp images & went from there. I could have just as easily started with pattern paper/cs or ribbon or etc.

While I still don't have a specific answer to Heidi's question about 'knowing you share the same stamp as another person', I discovered a duplicate stamp in my stash while starting to consider my Jan. kit's contents. Since they are unmounted rubber, I can easily put one in my 'sent' kit without needing to go 'special envelope'. At most it may require an additional postage stamp, but not necessarily.

While it is NOT required, if you're out shopping & see a good buy that lets you purchase a duplicate image, you're welcome to go that route. Just remember that it must work in the required envelope type. Yes. I'm a real nag about the envelope type.


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 12/20/2013 11:18:21 AM
I am beyond thrilled with the response to our swap

I have already started putting my kit together, and like Daniel, I started with my stamps, then my cardstock, and now I'm working with the rest. It's not a general rule....just the way it fell together this time

As Daniel and I were just discussing, the January swap is a perfect time to make Valentine items. Not necessarily putting together Valentine kits, but turning the finished project into something to use for Valentine's Day For example, I'm creating a kit that is pretty generic so that the recipient isn't limited in the way it can be used. It can be used for anything including Valentine's Day

Looking forward to getting this party started!!


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