Don’t Forget to Sign Up for the Crafty Card Making Swap!

Crafty Card Making SwapIn case you missed it, AllFreePaperCrafts is hosting an awesome Crafty Card Making Swap over at Swap-bot, and it’s not too late to sign up!

If you’re unfamiliar with Swap-bot, here is some important information! Swap-bot.com is a fun website that facilitates the sending of snail mail and internet swaps. It takes the hassle out of organizing your own crafty swaps and allows you to engage with fellow swappers online! If this sounds like something you might be interested in, be sure to read the details of the Crafty Card Making Swap below!

 

What to do:

 

  • Sign up HERE for the Crafty Card Making Swap. You will need to create a Swap-bot profile if you do not have one already. You must sign up by Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
  • Create a beautiful handmade card. Any size is welcome.
  • Include an inspirational message! This can be anything from a crafty quote to a short letter of encouragement.
  • Mail your card. Your card must be postmarked no later than Saturday, May 31, 2014.
  • When you receive your card, don’t forget to rate your partner on Swap-bot. It wouldn’t hurt to send your partner a small thank you message as well!

 

Some fabulous quote ideas include. . . .

 

  • “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou
  • “The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  • “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

 

Sign up here for a fun way to engage with fellow card makers! You’ll enjoy making and sending a crafty card as much as you’ll enjoy receiving one.

 

Swap me!

What kind of card would you like to receive in a swap?

 

Inspire Creativity with the Crafty Card Making Swap!

Hey, paper crafters! If you love card making like we do at AllFreePaperCrafts, you probably love snail mail! In an effort to encourage not just the sending of snail mail, but the camaraderie of card making buddies, we are launching a Crafty Card Making Swap!

 

Inspire Creativity with the Crafty Card Making Swap from AllFreePaperCrafts!

 

Crafty Card Making Swap

 

If you’re unfamiliar with Swap-bot, let us be the first to introduce you! Swap-bot.com is a fun website that facilitates the sending of snail mail and internet swaps. It takes the hassle out of organizing your own crafty swaps and allows you to engage with fellow swappers online!

 

What to do:

 

  • Sign up HERE for the Crafty Card Making Swap. You will need to create a Swap-bot profile if you do not have one already. You must sign up by Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
  • Create a beautiful handmade card. Any size is welcome.
  • Include an inspirational message! This can be anything from a crafty quote to a short letter of encouragement.
  • Mail your card. Your card must be postmarked no later than Saturday, May 31, 2014.
  • When you receive your card, don’t forget to rate your partner on Swap-bot. It wouldn’t hurt to send your partner a small thank you message as well!

 

Some fabulous quote ideas include. . . .

 

  • “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou
  • “The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  • “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

Swap me!Sign up here for a fun way to engage with fellow card makers! You’ll enjoy making and sending a crafty card as much as you’ll enjoy receiving one.

 

Have you ever participated in a swap before? If so, what did you swap?

 

Craft with a Friend with Giveaway from FaveCrafts!

If you ask me, one of the best things about making my own projects is being able to give them to someone else. There’s a special thrill that comes with hand making a quilt for a friend, putting together a book for a family member or giving the gift of a handmade cake.

For author Chrissie Grace, creating one-of-a-kind sewing projects is the name of the game…and, like most things, they’re so much better when they’re shared!

Sharing Stitches is filled with wonderful and unique sewing projects that are meant to be stitched and shared with others. You can craft notepad covers, wall art, aprons, jewelry, and more…all with fabric scraps and a little creativity.

Each project in Sharing Stitches has detailed step by step photos, as well has helpful tips on how to alter the project to fit your needs or style.

There are also great resources on how to find your own craft swap group or how to start your own. Craft swapping is a great way to make new friends and learn new techniques that you may have never even knew existed!

 

Wanna win Sharing Stitches?

Head on over to the giveaway page and register to win today. You have until October 23rd to enter, and you can enter to win once a day…so the more you return, the greater your chances of winning this awesome book! You can also gain additional entries by blogging about this giveaway or talking about it on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter. Get all the info at the Sharing Stitches giveaway page! Good luck!

FaveCrafts Valentine Swap: Here’s What I Got

The FaveCrafts Card Swap is officially over, and it was officially a success! We had 318 swappers participate, which was more than double last year’s swap participation! Thanks to everyone who swapped with us. I hope you’ll join our next swap too!

I got my card in the mail the other day! Thank you so much to my swap partner Kathy. She made me a gorgeous Valentine with a faux flower embellishment and a bit of bling. She even left the inside blank so I can give this card to someone next year. How sweet! Wanna see the card I got?

Here’s the beautiful front:

I love the shadowing effect of the lettering and the different sized circles. I also really love the addition of the faux flower. It gives it so much texture and dimension! And of course I’m a sucker for bling–aren’t we all?

Here’s the blank inside:

Hmm, I wonder who I should send this to? I could even use it before next Valentine’s Day since it doesn’t say “Happy Valentine’s Day” on it.

And the best part? It came in a bright yellow envelope (my favorite color of all time!!)

 

Thanks again, Kathy, and thanks to everyone who participated in the swap! You can check out the glittery pop-up heart card I made this year, and also the sewn Valentine I made for last year’s swap.

If you participated in the swap, post photos of the cards you received on our Facebook wall. I’d love to see them!

My Glittery, Pop-up Heart Card for the FaveCrafts Swap

Tomorrow is the deadline for all of our card swappers to send in their handmade cards! Did you miss the sign-up? Never fear! We’ll be hosting more swaps in the future! Since FaveCrafts hosted the swap, we had to send a card to our partner too! Here’s what my partner got.

The front:

 

And the inside:

And here’s how I made it!

Materials:

  • Cardstock for the outside
  • Cardstock for the inside
  • Washi tape
  • Glue stick
  • Martha Stewart Valentine’s Day paper
  • Martha Stewart Valentine’s Day glitter
  • X-acto knife
  • Scissors

 Instructions:

  1. I printed the Pixelated Pop-up Valentine template onto my red cardstock and cut along the printed lines with an X-acto knife, following the instructions on Minieco.
  2. Then I adhered the red cardstock to some pink cardstock using polka dot washi tape.
  3. After that I used a glue stick and some glitter to add the little hearts to the bottom of the card.
  4. Finally, I wrote a little message to my partner using red pen.
  5. For the front of the card, I cut down a piece of Martha Stewart paper and adhered that to the pink cardstock using more washi tape (I’m obsessed!).
  6. Then I cut out a heart shape from a piece of glittery Martha Stewart paper and glued that down on top.

What do you think? Looks pretty simple, right? Card swappers: post a photo of your card on Facebook and I might feature them on the blog or in a newsletter!

Announcing: FaveCrafts Annual Valentine’s Day Card Swap!

If you were a regular FaveCrafts reader last year, you may remember our Valentine’s Day card swap. It was a huge success, and everyone had such a great time making cards and swapping them with other FaveCrafts readers. So we decided to make it an annual event! Here are the cards I made last year:

If you’ve never heard of swapping before, here’s what it’s all about: Everyone who participates is assigned a partner to send to, and someone is assigned to send to you. Then every swap participant makes/buys/procures the item to be swapped. For our swap, it’s homemade Valentine’s cards. Once you receive your swap partner’s address, you send them a homemade card, and you’ll get one from someone else in return.

I’m excited to “meet” a few readers by sending and receiving cards from you! It’s so much fun to receive homemade Valentines in the mail, and I can’t wait to get more this year.
Want to start swapping? Here’s how:

  1. Register for an account on swap-bot.com. It’s free!
  2. Once your account is set up, go to our swap page here. It’s called “FaveCrafts Valentine’s Card Swap 2.”
  3. Click “Join Swap.” The last day to join is February 1, 2012.
  4. You will be randomly assigned a partner to make a card for. Make sure that it’s homemade in some way!
  5. You will be notified via email when your partner has been assigned to you. Once you receive your partner’s name and address, send your card to them. Please have your card in the mail by February 11, 2012. Please don’t disappoint your partner by neglecting to send a card to them, or sending it late.
  6. Then wait patiently by the mailbox for your Valentine to arrive!

Any questions? Contact us for more info! Now who’s excited to start swapping?

FaveCrafts 365 Got My FaveCrafts.com Valentine’s Day Swap Card!

I loved the Valentine’s Day Card Swap from the FaveCrafts.com blog! I wanted to share one of the cards I got and you’ll love it too! There will be many more swaps sponsored by FaveCrafts.com because swapping is just plain fun! What a joy to get such a surprise in the mail. This card was made by Mary Ann from Middleton, PA. She put some love, effort, and creativity into my Valentine’s Day card and it showed! You can learn more about swapping from our article on swaps found here.

And as luck would have it I was working on some Iris Folding designs when I got Mary Ann’s card. It was the motivation and inspiration I needed to get working on my projects! Creativity in any form is a joy! Look for my Iris Folding projects soon on FaveCrafts.com

How to: Make Sewn Valentines

Have you ever tried sewing on paper before? It’s surprisingly very easy, and I love the way it looks to combine traditional paper crafts with sewing! Dana from Made has a simple tutorial on quilted notecards, which is what inspired me to try it. I also used this tutorial for inspiration.

I made these Valentines to send in our Valentine card swap. If you sign up to participate, you could be one of the people to receive one in the mail! You can sign up until February 4th. Now here’s how to make them:

  1. First I cut some scrapbooking card stock to be the size of the envelopes I already had on hand.
  2. Then I made a heart template with some of the card stock scraps. I folded the paper in half, drew half of a heart, cut it out, and unfolded it to reveal a perfectly symmetrical heart. You know, that old trick.
  3. I bought felt in red, dark pink, light pink, and cream. Since I was making 3 cards (one for each of my swap partners), I cut three hearts from each color. Since each heart had to be slightly smaller than the one underneath it, I trimmed my template down with each color.

    They look so pretty all stacked up!

  4. I took one heart of each color and arranged them on top of each other and placed them on the front of the card.

  5. And then I stitched right down the center of the hearts.


    The hearts are even a little bit 3-D, which is my favorite part.

You can do whatever you want for the inside of the cards. Want to see what the inside of my cards looks like? Join our swap and maybe you’ll get one in the mail!

Special Announcement: Introducing the FaveCrafts Valentine Card Swap

Have you ever participated in a swap before? I’ve done a few in the past, and I had so much fun! I wanted to get FaveCrafts readers involved in the fun, so we are very excited to announce the first FaveCrafts card swap!!!

If you’ve never heard of swapping before, here’s what it’s all about: Everyone who participates is assigned a partner (or two, or three–for this swap, you will be assigned 3 partners). Then every swap participant makes/buys/procures the item to be swapped. For our swap, it’s homemade Valentine’s cards. Once you receive your swap partners’ addresses, you send them a homemade card, and they’ll send you one in return.

Swaps are a fun way to facilitate a sense of community among our crafty readers. Plus, everyone likes getting snail mail! If you have no one to exchange Valentines with, or if you just want to see what everyone else is making, participating in a card swap is the best way to get involved!

Want to start swapping? Here’s how:

  1. Register for an account on swap-bot.com. It’s free!
  2. Once your account is set up, go to our swap page here. It’s called “FaveCrafts Valentine’s Card Swap.”
  3. Click “Join Swap.” The last day to join is February 4.
  4. You will be randomly assigned 3 partners to make cards for. You can make 3 different cards or 3 identical cards; it’s up to you! Just make sure that you make and send 3, and that all 3 are homemade in some way.
  5. You will be notified via email when your partners have been assigned to you. Once you receive your partners’ names and addresses, send your cards to them. Please have all cards in the mail by February 11. Please don’t disappoint your partners by neglecting to send cards to them, or sending them late.
  6. Then wait patiently by the mailbox for your Valentines to arrive!

Any questions? Contact us for more info! Now who’s excited to start swapping?