Chill Out! Stamp-decorated Envelope Swap. Closed & Creating

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Posted: 7/3/2013 3:38:38 PM
Only requirement is to use your stamps & techniques on an envelope that you send to your swapmate.

You are not required to fill your stamped envelope with anything, but I do want your envelope to use image stamping--rather than just sentiment stamps.

This thread will be the only one I create. I will edit/update it as needed.

There will not be a blog for this swap. Swappers will link their envelope swaps to this thread.

I welcome questions about this swap project & will answer them as soon as I can, but don't plan to overdo discussion.

In short? Take a flying leap & sign-up!

Both potential & signed-on swappers are encouraged to read this thread from the OP to the last one since I'm a lazy host & don't feel like writing duplicates of info.


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Posted: 7/3/2013 3:50:26 PM
So we just decorate an envelope? Or make out own? Sign me up


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Posted: 7/3/2013 4:17:38 PM
This sounds interesting Count me in


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Posted: 7/3/2013 6:17:36 PM
I've never decorated an envelope before, other than a sticker.

I'm in Daniel! This should be fun


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Posted: 7/4/2013 10:40:42 AM
Hooray! Glad to see you 3 taking the leap!

I edited the title so folks have a better idea of what this swap is. I may just skip doing a blog for this & use the OP (edited) in place of a blog.

Anyhoo... Since Y'all were quick to join, I figure you can get started on your enevelope if you want to.

I considered going for a 'theme', but figure 'nyah'! Just do your thing with your envelope. This is your chance to go over-the-top with your stamps & techniques (masking, generations, etc.).

Couple things to bear in mind as you work on your envie...

Be sure the addresses are readable by the Post Office. Also? Be sure to put postage on your envelope. Yeah. I might be tempted to do 'faux postage' & see if they notice , but I don't recommend it...

When you photo/scan your envie for uploading to your gallery, I strongly recommend covering any addresses to avoid providing personal info in a public forum.

If you make your own envelope be sure it meets PO requirements for size & such. Also be sure that anything you layer on your envelope is glued down completely. You don't want it getting snagged when it's put thru the sorting machine. Frankly I don't recommend doing layering for this project, but it's your call. You can ask that your envelope be hand-canceled & hand-sorted, but no guarantee it'll happen.

How much of the envelope to decorate? Up to you. You can do just the front or back & front both. Just be your usual creative selves!

Feel wierd about sending an empty envelope? No sweat. Throw in a note or something, but this swap is all about the decorated envelope--not any contents therein.

I'll post swapmates by 7/15 & your swapmate should have it by 7/31. I figure that's enough time to create & mail.

Any questions?





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Posted: 7/4/2013 10:44:02 AM
I'm in!

So will the post office let you send an envelope that is all decorated? I assume so, as long as the address is readable and postage is on it



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Posted: 7/4/2013 10:59:33 AM
Kathy you are on the right track as far as postal rules. If covering most of the other areas I use a post it note to keep the address area clean while creating.

Daniel, I would like to join the fun!


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Posted: 7/5/2013 10:17:01 AM
Welcome aboard, Kathy & Jan! We're up to 6 swappers!

Jan's tip about masking the address opening with a post-it is a good one. I also like to make shaped masks for that sometimes--diecuts & punched shapes are great for this. Also? You may be able to find commercial envelopes with window opening or make your own. Another source for your base envelope could be the ones that come with junk mail.

While your send-to address must be on the front of your envelope, your return address (please do one) can be on the back. All postage should be upper right corner.



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Posted: 7/5/2013 11:38:32 AM
Ooh, Ooh! I just cleaned some mail debris off the dining table & found a junk mail envelope with a window. It's got loads of possibilities!

Also... Pug mentioned that she had done stickers. They're fine to use for this--long as most of your decorating is stamping. And you can make your own stickers with sticker paper, blank labels, etc.





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Posted: 7/5/2013 1:54:21 PM
I'm leaving the sign-up deadline in place, but want to provide early 'leapers' with a merit for leaping early--despite the holiday weekend & yadda, yadda.

So... I'm doing the send-to in order of posting to sign-up. At this point it leaves Jan (Far North) open to who she sends to. If we don't get more swappers it will be me, but I'm betting she won't be the last swapper for this one.

The 'who to send to' list so far...

Daniel > Angela
Angela > CarribeanGirl
CarribeanGirl > LeighAnn
LeighAnn > Kathy (SWL)
SWL > Far North.
Far North (Jan) > ?

If you need an address for mailing? PM/email your mate.


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Posted: 7/5/2013 6:02:18 PM
Daniel said:

While your send-to address must be on the front of your envelope, your return address (please do one) can be on the back. All postage should be upper right corner.


Good grief my town has the regulation extraordinairestaff. I have recently been strongly reminded that the return address and send to address must now be on the same side which the PO considers the front. It all has to do with the computers {"reading" the address. And yes I checked the PO office website says the same thing in more than one place. Guess we better try and be good.


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Posted: 7/5/2013 6:17:02 PM
Geez, the PO is just ruining all our fun!


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Posted: 7/5/2013 6:17:37 PM

Daniel > Angela
Angela > CarribeanGirl
CarribeanGirl > LeighAnn
LeighAnn > Kathy (SWL)
SWL > Far North.
Far North (Jan) > ?



YAY! I get another one of Daniel's creations!


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Posted: 7/6/2013 12:20:51 AM
I want to join in on the fun!



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Posted: 7/6/2013 8:47:02 AM
What's one more swap on my list? Sign me up.


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Posted: 7/6/2013 9:39:38 AM
A big TY to Jan for providing us with the 'return address' info!

Welcoming our newest swappers & adding them...

Jan > Deedee (ODG)
Deedee > Beady (Kathy)
Beady > ?

Reminder; Contact your send-to swapmate by PM & provide an address as needed. OK?



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Posted: 7/6/2013 11:32:42 AM
Far North, I still have your address so I'm good to go!



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Posted: 7/6/2013 12:10:03 PM
Daniel, I assume you still have my address?


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Posted: 7/6/2013 12:29:41 PM
You betchya, Angela!


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Posted: 7/6/2013 6:46:01 PM
I'd like to join too.


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Posted: 7/7/2013 10:31:31 AM
Welcome aboard 'Kat'! Adding you to the list...

Beady > Kat
Kat > ?

Still lots of time for more to join, but if you have your send-to, you can make and send your envelope soon as you wish.


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Posted: 7/7/2013 7:14:01 PM
This sounds like fun!!! I'd love to join!!

I've seen some awesome projects on-line by searching mail art. Of course, a lot of them are way beyond my talent!!

I never even knew there was such a thing until the last year or so!!

Now to find some favorite stamps to use!!

Thanks for letting me join ya!!

Tammy

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Posted: 7/7/2013 8:22:01 PM
This swap sounds so awesome!!! I wish I could join this swap, but I need to finish the ones I am doing now first. I hope you host this again!!


Tonya


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Posted: 7/8/2013 11:00:48 AM
Welcome aboard, Tammy! Yeah. Mail Art can be fun. I'm asking players to do mostly stamping for this one, but not requiring it as the only way to create their envelopes. I have some stickers I might add to my decoration.

Tonya. We'll miss you, but I completely understand that we can't tackle every swap we see. Hope you'll keep posting to the thread & join us in that way.

OK! Here's the updates for swappers:

Kat > Tammy
Tammy > ?

Be sure to contact your swapmates (PM/email) if you need an address.

Nice to see so many 'new' Stampeas joining in!


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Posted: 7/8/2013 3:37:07 PM
I would like to join you peas, if it's okay. I am in Alberta, Canada, though, so postage might be a bit more... You can let me know.

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Posted: 7/8/2013 3:57:19 PM
I don't believe it will be a problem 'PL'. Your 'sender' will be Tammy.

Since we only need basic envelope postsge, I doubt any swapper will have a problem being your 'partner'.

If you're not sure? Send a PM to your swapmate & see what she says in response.

NOTE! If you have any 'problem' sending your project to a swapmate--for any reason--let me know by PM. I promise you that I will adjust any swapmates as needed, but really doubt that will be necessary.

That said? If you have concerns & such that need to be 'private'? Send me (Your Host) a PM. We'll work it out!

Update as of this point...
Tammy > 'Plmelin'
PL > ?


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Posted: 7/8/2013 4:56:09 PM
Thanks, Daniel!

You can call me Pearl!

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Posted: 7/8/2013 5:26:52 PM
Daniel, Have you ever been in a swap like this or done one like this before?


Tonya


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Posted: 7/9/2013 9:58:44 AM
Thanx, Pearl. I don't mind using a Pea name, but I'm lazy & tend to shorten long ones--like 'Willy' instead of 'StampWilly' (April) or 'Pug' for LeighAnn.

Tonya. I've not swapped mail art formally, but have done a few pieces just for fun. a friend gifted me with a copy of the book 'Good Mail Day'. It's an excellent resource. It contains lots of ideas & info, as well as templates for envelopes & postcards.

As I've already shared, Mail Art is not necessarily stamping-oriented, but I figure since we're all stampers it makes sense to do mostly stamping for this swap.


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Posted: 7/9/2013 2:13:28 PM
Newbie here and would love to join. This swap sounds like fun without too much stress. Beam me up Scotty ... oops ... I mean sign me up Daniel.

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Posted: 7/9/2013 2:16:18 PM
This sounds fun, but I need to pass this time. It will be fun to see what you come up with.


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Posted: 7/9/2013 3:39:32 PM
I'm givin' her everything I can, Captain, but she may blow!

You're beamed up 'Angel'

Pearl > Angel
Angel > ?

Heidi. No prob! We all have to respect our limits for time & more! Hope you'll chime in chatting as you can, pal.


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Posted: 7/9/2013 4:46:25 PM
I went AWOL for a short bit while I was busy at work and in blogland and lo and behold I return to see MAILART! Sign me up Daniel!




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Posted: 7/9/2013 6:32:45 PM
Thanks Daniel for adding me to the swap!

Pearl contacted me and I'm excited to be her partner. I've already pmailed her my information.

Really looking forward to this swap.

Does anyone have any envelopes they've done in the past to share?

Also, does it matter what size envelope we use?

Thanks,
Tammy


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Posted: 7/9/2013 9:12:59 PM
I'm going to answer for Daniel because I think I know what he will say.

Tammy, you can use whatever size envelope you choose its your art

Daniel can correct me if I'm wrong lol


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Posted: 7/10/2013 9:52:17 AM
Welcome 'back', Ruby! Given the number of swappers we have, I picked a pretty good idea, huh?

Yeah, Tammy. Angie got it correctly--any size envie you wish & decorate as you wish (long as you use some stamp images). Mine is coming along. The front is fairly cohesive in design (so far), but gotta work on the back of the envelope.

List update:
Pearl > Angel
Angel > Ruby
Ruby > ?


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Posted: 7/11/2013 5:10:03 PM
This will be my first time ever doing envelope art(postal art??, is that a good word for this!) other than slapping a sticker on an envelope! So I browsed Pinterest and google and even went on YouTube. I was amazed at some of the envelopes people had created.

It seems to be pretty popular in the UK from what I gathered.

For those that have done this before, is glitter/stickles okay to use?
Also what about embossed images?


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Posted: 7/12/2013 9:38:06 AM
Good questions, Pug!

There's no law against glitter or embossing, but I'd probably avoid the glitter since it might give the PO sorting machines fits.

Far as embossing? If you mean powder embossing, I don't see a problem. Dry embossing might not be a problem, either, but (again) it might get flattened depending on what machines your PO uses for canceling & sorting. HTH


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Posted: 7/12/2013 10:56:33 AM
Daniel, I really wanted to do this swap (it's so intriguing!), but I have too much these next few weeks so I will have to pass.

I will be watching and reading this thread though b/c I want to learn more about this! I am so glad you are hosting this swap!


Melissa

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Posted: 7/14/2013 10:15:06 AM
No prob, Melissa. Looking forward to your comments.

OK, Swappers! Your envie should be in the swapmate's hands by July 31--so get cracking!


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Posted: 7/14/2013 2:25:45 PM
I'm stopping while I'm 'ahead'! I like what I did & back & front & both are interesting for me.


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Posted: 7/14/2013 3:15:47 PM
I'm working on this now, just taking a quick break. This is soo fun! I hope I can get it done and mailed this week



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Posted: 7/14/2013 3:39:31 PM
Just checking in. Getting some ideas together today. What a fun swap!

Happy stamping!!

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Posted: 7/15/2013 12:27:10 AM
Just checking in. I guess I'd better get busy!

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's envies!


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Posted: 7/15/2013 9:29:52 AM
Glad to hear from y'all! I 'thot' I was finished. Silly me! I ran across a sheet of memory minder stickers from an old calendar & I'm having fun adding them to my envelope. AND...I see a spot or three that needs a stamp.

Whether you decide to 'plan' your decortating or just wing it, this can be addictive.


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Posted: 7/15/2013 11:04:21 AM
I'm just checking in too. I'm working on my envie. I've also been cruising Pinterest to see examples. This is really fun!

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Posted: 7/16/2013 10:10:21 AM
Oh goodness. I've been awol for a few. I have a background on my envie, that's as far as I've gotten!

Gotta get crackin!



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Posted: 7/16/2013 10:10:40 AM
Tip-might want to give some thought to taking photos of your envelope prior to addressing.


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Posted: 7/16/2013 10:16:28 AM
Good idea, Jan! Thanx!

Ruby! Got your PM. My bad! You send your envelope to me.

Ruby > Daniel

That completes the 'circle'.

I have mine out for mail pick up...Daniel > Angela.


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Just checking in before I pass out from heat stroke.


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