N is for new stuff!!
I have recently joined a swapping website, swap-bot.com where you can swap crafty stuff (and other things) with other people from around the world. Yesterday, I received my first swap, hence today’s ‘new stuff!!’ post.
Just a quick aside, once you’ve signed up to swap-bot you can join up to 5 different swaps to begin with (this increases once you’ve successfully completed a few swaps). Some of the swaps are pen pal based, and can be email or snail mail (great for people who love to receive post that isn’t bills!), and you can have anything from one ten or more swap partners. I’ve done a couple of email swaps, and a couple of snail mail swaps, and I love the anticipation of knowing you’ve got post coming (that’s not via eBay!).
So, the swap I joined was called ‘5 goodies for you!’. I chose a selection of stuff to send from a list, and sent it to my partner. The important thing here is that you receive from a different person you send to, and I was lucky enough in my first swap to send to someone in the UK, but receive from someone in the States. Here is a picture of what I received in the post yesterday:
Obviously, I got very excited. Not only did I get some nice post, it was nice craft-based post! With lots of potential! And despite the swap being called ‘FIVE goodies for you’, this is what I got:
- 3 ribbons (hello kitty, ladybird & stripey)
- 7 big gems
- 6 glass beads
- 2 small round mirrors
- 2 novelty rubbers
- 6 shaped buttons (doves, calla lily, pink lily, gold shoe, heart & brooch style)
- 5 googly eyes
- A pack of pressed flowers
- 8 shaped brads
- 4 metal paisley shapes
- A ‘lovey dovey’ metal embellishment
- 2 decorative pins
As I am easily distracted (which is why big projects always get left to the last minute), I just had to get straight into my craft room and have a play. This is what I came up with first:
This is a very simple ATC. I cut a 3.5″ x 2.5″ rectangle of red card, and chose some heart themed monochrome backing paper, which I trimmed with decorative scissors (haha, you have yet to be introduced to my plethora of decorative scissors!). I attached the ‘Lovey Dovey’ embellishment to the backing with two monochrome brads I had in my stash, wrapped some pretty fibres around it, and glued the heart shaped button on top (I had to trim the hoop off the back of the button with a craft knife. This was tricky, and ultimately there was blood involved.). Then I attached the embellished backing paper to the ATC with double sided tape, to hide the brad backs and where I’d stuck the fibres down. I’m really pleased with it, particularly because red / black / white is one of my favourite colour schemes.
But I wasn’t about to stop there. As I have mentioned before, birthday cards are always good to have in stock, and the Hello Kitty ribbon was just crying out to be used on a girly card!
In the end, I used a bare minimum of the Hello Kitty ribbon (I trimmed it so it’s actually two short pieces, with a big gap hidden by the happy birthday topper in the middle!), some spotty backing paper I’d got free with a magazine last year, three of the big gems from the swap package, and I used my newly re-discovered heat embossing skills to make the happy birthday topper at the bottom.
I’ve signed up for three more craft swaps at swap-bot: an ATC swap, a Paper Pack swap, and a ‘Stash Buster’ swap, which I’m really looking forward to. Not only can I freshen up my own craft stash, but I can introduce others to the things I love.