Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hurrican Sandy is slowing swaps

Just a few pics of swap pieces that will be leaving here after their due dates as the hostesses are in the path of the hurricane.  Items are completed and bagged, however, since I procrastinated this long, I did ask and they said no mail service right now, so they are staying safe and sound here until mail services resume.  If you are a swapper over at www.scrapbookingfun.biz, no worries if you are delayed.  I won't be marking anyone as a flaker for a bit - just keep the communication coming (I sent my cell to everyone on the East Coast, so if you can text, just let me know you are running late - no bigge :D).

Anyway - these are my pieces.  They aren't perfect.  I tend to use my set as samples to figure out exactly what I want to do, so rarely do they match the sets sent out.  However, you can get an idea.  The santa bear is for the garland we are all working together to create.  Garlands are always so much fun.  Sometimes I end up using pieces in my books rather than as garlands.

Next are my ATC Title Blocks!  These were really a blast to create!  Definitely something I can't wait to do again.  The hardest set?  Snow.  I couldn't get any papers to come together as I wanted, but then was at Jo Ann's and found this wonderful fabric!  I cut apart the letters and used some crystal lacquer to make them look more like epoxy stickers.  You can't see it in the photo very well, but the fabric is infused with glitter and they just sparkle brilliantly!  

 The JOY ATC Title blocks came together quickly.  Once I decided to use some of my glittery My Mind's Eye, Laundry Line paper, it was simple enough to find some coordinating cardstock and add some Liquid Pearls and Pallete Inks.  The set below is mine to keep - I had to piece the bottom layer on the J and realized that I hadn't inked it yet.  Oh well - simple enough to do when getting ready to use it.  I don't remember, but think the lettering may be from the Cricut Alphalicious Cartridge.
 Next are the Love ATC Title Blocks and the TRIP ATC Title Blocks.  The heart shape for this particular title block set is definitely not up to par, so it didn't even make it into the photos.  These were fairly simple, some K and Company paper, AC Cardstock, Core'dinations sparkly cardstock, George and Basic Shapes letters and heart, some prima's, Stickles, and a Martha Stewart punch!

The Trip title block also used the Cricut George letters, an old map I had in my stash, some paper from DCWV's calendar cardstock stack (I don't remember the entire name, but it has papers for all year long), Doublemates Cardstock, and pieces cut from the Making Memories Travel pack of paper (it has a Monopoloy board looking sheet in the front).  I fell in love with that paper and it was a day when Craft's Direct had a sale going.  Either $2 per sheet (I wanted 3) or $10 for the stack!!!  Yep, I bought the stack and have never regretted it.  Some of those papers have made some beautiful layouts.

Speaking of stacks - here is a question for you - how many of you have USED up an entire stack?  Not just most, but every single sheet?  I have, once, with the Making Memories Sports Theme pack.  I used all the papers, but had a few of the punch outs left.  They went into the punchout box and I considered it used.  However, I liked it so much, I bought another stack just like it.  I am about 1/2 through that one now.  The only other way I used and entire stack (Rockstar)  was to give away the two sheets I didn't like.  But, then I bought another Rock Star Stack because those papers fit with so many layouts I create.

So - how about a prize?  I have several sheets from Rock Star and a few other stacks (so I can finish them off) - 12 sheets of paper in total.  Join this site and post if you have used an entire paper pack and if so, how?  Oh yes, I just remembered.  The other way I use entire stacks -- creating mini albums! :D

Have a great day.  This will stay open until November 15.