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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Envelope Sale on Amazon!

I was looking to re-stock some envelopes, and found this great deal. Just thought I'd share it here with my readers!  If you're like me at all, you can never have too many envelopes!


Mead Press-It Seal-It 6X9 Envelopes, Office Pack 30 Count (76084)
               

Price:$8.52 Free Shipping for Prime Members
 
Note:
In Stock.
 
                            
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
 
6 x 9/ 30 Count
                                                                                                                                             
                    
  • Kraft Envelopes
  • Self-adhesive seal
  • Heavyweight
  • 30 per package
I just love these Mead envelopes, and hope you will too!

CLICK HERE to get started shopping for these envelopes (many more styles available, too!)
 
 
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fall Colors and Happy Mail

I did a YouTube video showing my Fall Colors here and the mail I got today... take a look here: https://youtu.be/mioaKRHNIEs

And don't forget to LIKE, COMMENT & SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel!  There will be more happy mail videos to come!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Find Me On Social Media

Hi everybody, here's where to find me (buttons are also in the right hand column).

My new Twitter/Periscope handle: @createdbybarbi  (was @therealbarbi)
https://twitter.com/createdbybarbi
https://www.periscope.tv/createdbybarbi

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/createdbybarbi/

Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CreatedByBarbiDesigns

Pinterest (still the same):
https://www.pinterest.com/btvrdik/

YouTube (still the same)
https://www.youtube.com/btvrdik


Saturday, September 3, 2016

UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 3, 2016

Really? Is it really September already? Am I the only one that thinks this summer really flew by too quickly? Fall comes a bit early to us up here in the northland. The trees are already starting to change colors and the nights are getting much cooler. I had to turn on the electric heater the other night... hubby says it's too early to start up the furnace...lol.(not for me!)

Last month I had a nasty fall, thanks in part to wet grass and a dog on the other end of my leash taking off after some small critter. I ended up in the ER and after Xrays, found out I have a compressed disc. It was very painful, and I might still need physical therapy to help relieve some of the pain, as I wanted to limit the prescription paid meds to very minimal (as I DO take care of 2 kids all day), and could really only take them at night.

This is our final weekend of summer vacation. My oldest son started football already (his first year playing), and only has 1 game left after today. Fine with me, I really don't want to sit out on a cold field if I don't have to!  I don't envy hockey parents at ALL... wouldn't want to sit in a cold arena. I get enough cold weather as it is.  My youngest son just turned 6 (Aug. 31) and has now lost BOTH front teeth, and one bottom front tooth. I told him we should paint him orange for Halloween this year and he can be a Jack-O-Lantern :)  We had a nice family visit from my mom (AKA SuperGrandma) a few weekends this summer (Dad can't stay due to asthma) and now are gearing up for back to school. This means lots of medical forms for me (due to allergies, asthma, and my youngest son's Diabetes Type 1). New teachers, new classrooms, new friends, new schedule. It will take a couple weeks for us probably to get into the swing of things. In that time, please pray for my sanity and that I will have good enough health to get back into my craft room and also get my new business up and going (more on that later).

I want to keep doing Happy Mail videos on YouTube, but didn't get much Happy Mail this summer. I have joined 2 new groups on Facebook where we do contests and have fun little giveaways, and got some fun mail from those. I am on a wish group on Facebook (Wishes Galore) where we wish for small things and grant other peoples' wishes. I am still trying to get caught up on sending stuff out for that group, and have received some nice things from people on there.
I also buy/sell on a fun site called Listia (kind of like eBay but you use credits instead of money).

As for swapping and palling... I have quit swapping friendship books, but still swap everything else (label/sticker/goodie/memo bags, slams, decos, exchange slips, postcards, stickers, etc.). No new pals for me at this time. I just can't keep up with writing, and feel bad when it takes me months to get back to people. It's just easier for me to keep up with people on Facebook.  (Not on Facebook? Well why not? lol) 

Want to exchange happy mail? Find my info here.
http://createdbybarbi.blogspot.com/2016/01/mail-call-happy-mail-2016.html

Looking forward to getting back into the swing of things again this Fall :)

~Barbi

Fun Mail Saturday

What is Fun Mail Saturday? That sure grabbed your eye, didn't it?  ;)

My plan is, each Saturday I will be showing some of the fun mail I got that week here on my blog.
And on Mondays, I will do a MAIL CALL MONDAY video on my YouTube channel.  I just love getting a mailbox full of HAPPY MAIL!  Happy happy happy!

I have received lots of fun mail over the years and years I've been swapping.  In the colder months, I have to walk down a long driveway in cold, snow, icy weather, to get to my mailbox. It's dangerous. I could break a leg.  When I don't get mail, I want to cry. (Ever walk on ice in 20 below zero to your mailbox?  Not fun.)  This year I opened a PO Box, so I can brush off the car, crank up the heater, and shiver all the way to the post office, just to check and see if I got anything :)  Is the guilt trip working yet?  Hee hee.
I wanted to share some of the cute envelopes and mail I received.
Thank you so much to everybody that sends me mail!  It is VERY much appreciated.

Here are some of the fun envelopes of goodies I have received:
(Addresses are either blurred out or covered with sticky notes in all my photos and videos.)


Siv Heidi Roterud in Norway

LOVE the stamps and decorated fat envie!

GOODIE AND STICKER BAGS

She returned a goodie bag that was made for me!

She visited the USA and had a few dollars leftover, so she is helping me with stamp money
so I can send her a nice package in return :)  Send money anytime! Please!  ;) 


Used stamps - worldwide - for my collection





Anke Hamm in Germany



and
(3) fun fat envies of excess goodies from
 Tammy Riley in VA (USA)




I wanted to mention I don't post everything I receive, only the really cute envelopes.
So if you want to be on my blog, send me some happy mail, and decorate the envie. Or include a note saying how you'd really like to be included in the blog, and I'll see what I can do (wink, wink).
Thank you!

Barbi Tvrdik
Swappermania Happy Mail
PO Box 74
Barnum, MN 55707
USA


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Related Links:

HAPPY MAIL: Mail Call - 2016
Fun Mail Saturday
GLOSSARY: What is a FB? LB? SB? Goodie Bag? Deco?
ATC Basics / What Are ATCs?

Thursday, September 1, 2016

GLOSSARY: What is a FB? LB? SB? Goodie Bag? Deco?


What is a FB?

FB is short for Friendship Book. FBs are small booklets that are passed along from one person to another via postal mail. Everybody puts their name, address and info in the FB and when it is full the last signer returns it to the person it was made for.

There are different qualities of FBs, such as N&N (Nice and Neat, which is explained more in detail below), HQ (High Quality), and not-so-neat ones such as friendship sheets and crams. 

When a 'friendship book' is only one page (no staples), it's called a 'friendship sheet.' If the page is small, like the size of a postcard, or smaller, it's called a 'cram.'

There are many different "codes" used in FBs, such as SNNP NSW SAHM (which means Sorry No New Pals, New Swappers Welcome/Wanted, Stay-at-home Mom).  Some people write their birthdays, hobbies, collections, interests, etc.  This is a great way to find new pen pals and swappers.

Want to start making and swapping Friendship Books?
Great! Here's some information to get you started:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friendship_book
The wikipedia also explains:


http://www.lettersets.com/what-is-a-friendship-book.php


http://fbfun.com/about/


http://www.squidoo.com/friendshipbooks



Want to see FBs I've made?

* See pics of friendship books I’ve made here.

I have been pen palling & swapping friendship books, decos, etc. for years and have met so many great people along the way.  Lately my favorites are N&N (nice and neat) FBs, label/goodie/memo/craft bags (no excess sticker bags at the moment plz.), and exchange slips.  I also swap mommy fbs, and am always looking for more people to do private swaps with... just drop me a note :)  (Comment below.) ~Barbi



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Different types of FBs?

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There are a few different "classifications" or types of FBs... this blog shows some pictures and describes the differences...

 
 
 
 

What is a N&N FB?  

N&N FB = Nice & Neat Friendship Book

Guidelines for N&N FB swaps on this blog:

1. There will be NO staples in the front cover.
2. The FB should be laminated with packing tape, shelf liner, or laminating sheets.
3. Lamination should be done neatly.
4. Embellishments should be added to the cover. Embellishments include glitter, stickers, foil borders, sequins, ribbon, a nice background, cloth flowers. You can also do something fancy with pictures. Basically just a picture covered with lamination isn't a N&N FB.
5. Addresses should be printed legibly or typed.
6. Make it nice AND neat. Ask yourself whether you are proud of your work or not. 
7. For established N&N FBs, please make sure your partner hasn't previously signed it.


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  • What is a HQ FB?  (HQ = High Quality)
You always use thicker paper like cardboard or similar. Don't use any staples to put the fb together, use something like ribbons or brads instead. Be sure to cover fbs with plastic/foil neatly. Decorate the cover with nice layers, for example different kind of papers, ribbons, confetti, paper flowers, brads, stickers, nice pics, etc.
Always write the theme of the FB, date, to whom its made for and by whom its made -Its preferred to use labels to write the info on the inside of the cover. But if you write by hand, please do it neatly.
2-4 pages is a good amount (just one page means hardly any signers, but too many means it might take forever to get back...) Use blank sheets inside the FB, to leave address labels on.

  • What are Mom-fbs?
 These are the same as traditional FBs, but are swapped between women who are mothers, and only seek contact with other women who are mothers. 

  • What is a Deco?
Decos are similar to FBs, but are often larger in size. The cover is often decorated with interesting materials like magazine pictures, rubber stamps, decorative papers, and other embellishments. Each person who signs decorates a full page in the book. Sometimes the book has a theme, for example cats. Then, each person decorates their page following the theme. As with FBs, when these are full, they are sent home to the person for whom the book was made.

  • What is an Art Deco?
This is somewards similar to High Quality FB's. But are often larger in size, just as the common Deco. When making an Art Deco you don't use any staples to put the Deco together, use something like ribbons or brads instead. Decorate the cover with nice things, for example different kind of papers, ribbons, confetti, paper flowers, brads, stickers, nice pics, etc. Be sure NOT to cover the Art Deco with plastic/foil. But you can put the whole Art Deco in a transparent bag that suits the Art Deco for protection. 
Each person who signs decorates a full page in the book. Sometimes the book has a theme, for example cats. Then, each person decorates their page following the theme. As with FBs, when these are full, they are sent home to the person for whom the book was made.

  • What is a Sticker Book?
These are the books, NOT bags. You would decorate one entire page with stickers, add your label, and pass along to someone else.

  • What is an ATC?
An ATC is an Artist Trading Card. It's the size of a baseball card. The person who makes the card uses any medium (collage, drawing, paint, etc) to create the card. Anything goes unless there is a theme for a swap.

  • What is a slam?
These are swapped in the same manner as FBs, but instead of filling the entire book with penpal messages, participants add thier labels to a "sign in" page, and then proceed through the book which has been designed like a questionairre or game. 

  • What is a Friendship sheet?
It's a sheet of paper, maybe stationary or note paper. Where maker writes his/her address on top , and then pass it on till its' full, and the last to sign, is asked to return the sheet to the owner.

  • What is a Lyrics?
Similar to decos, but each participant adds some favourite song lyrics to thier entry. 


What are X-slips/ exchange slips?
 Loved by some, hated by others, these are similar to small chain letters, "send 10fbs to #1, delete thier address, add yours at the bottom of the list, copy 20 times and send to pals". 

  • What is a LB?  (Label Bag)
Label bags are small envelopes filled with address labels, and made for and by somebody, just like a Friendship Book. The idea is that each person puts a number of their own labels in and takes a number of labels out and makes FB's or label bags with them. Then it's passed on to another person and the last signer sends it back to the person it was made for.

  • What is a Sticker Bag?
It is the same principle as for Labelbags. You put in a number of Stickers, and perhaps write on a following note, what stickers you added and took. Then you sign the bag, and then send it on to the next person.

  • What is a Goodie bag?
As far as I know what it is a bag where to put all kinds of deco things in. Things can be brads, ribbon, paper flowers, stickers, sequins and other creative things.

  • What is a Memo Bag?
Is a bag where to put in memo sheets. When you make them, advise the signer on taking 4 sheets out and put 10 sheets back in and sign your name.


  • Commonly used abbreviations
  • A/A = Answers All
  • A/O = Answers Only
  • A/S = Answers Some
  • A/M - Answers Most
  • AVF = Answers Very Few
  • ICR = I Can Return (meaning this person can return the friendship book back to the owner)
  • LLP = Long Letter Pal (meaning this person is looking for pals that will send lengthy letters)
  • N&N FBS = Nice and Neat Friendship Books
  • NSW = New Swappers Wanted
  • NPW = New Pen Pals Wanted
  • SNNP = Sorry No New Pen Pals
  • Addy - Address
  • BD - Birthday
  • DOB - Date of Birth
  • Envie - Envelope
  • SAHM - Stay at home mom
  • SASE - Self addressed stamped envelope
  • WAHM - Work at home mom
  • WA - Wedding Anniversary
  • Take excess -  It means the person is not asking to swap but will take whatever extra there is, of fb's and Deco's

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Swap Instructions and Contact Details

CONTACT ME: Send an email with the subject line "Swappermania" to swappermania@yahoo.com.


Google+ URL
 

YouTube
 

Other Blogs:


Other Links:



My Auctions:



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CURRENTLY I AM NOT HOSTING ANY SWAPS.
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To sign up for swaps, check the individual swap pages. Each one has a link to a Sign Up Form. I will email you to let you know you are signed up.

Please send your swaps with the correct postage. Please make sure they are sent on or before the deadline.  Late swaps... please just communicate with the hostess or swap partner if you are going to be late.  Life does happen, I totally understand!  Just please keep in touch and let us know what's going on!

Postage safety
You may like to send your swaps in a padded envelope for ultimate safety.  For ATCs, you could also send them in a piece of folded card or bubble wrap to protect them . As ATCs are the same size as a credit card, another suggestion would be to write "handmade card, handle with care" on the top left hand corner of your envelope - this does seem to deter them being "opened" or becoming lost.  Also, make sure to tape up your envelopes around the edges.  Sometimes those postal machines are rough and like to grab untaped corners and rip them open.



International Swappers
Please click HERE for a note just for you :)



General Notes - the boring bit!

For swaps that require return postage...
Please make sure to include the return envelope and postage.  If you don't include postage, I will email you and request for you to send the postage before I will send out my end.

If you wish to pay for your return postage via PayPal, that is fine too. Just let me know that when you sign up, or when you send your end.

Please ensure the return envelope is sufficient for the safe return of your swaps.

We cannot be held responsible for any swaps that are not delivered to us or yourself or any that are lost in the post. It is your responsibility to ensure adequate postage is paid for the sending and receiving of your swaps.


Apologies for all the boring bits above, hopefully if everyone can follow these few rules, we'll all have a hassle-free fun time swapping!!

Monday, May 9, 2016

May 4 - You Are An Original * Hello from sunny MN * Live from Periscope






No happy mail to share yet this week, so I uploaded one of my recent
Periscope videos.

I felt someone needed to hear this simple, but
powerful message...

 


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

KATCH me I'm FALLING

OK so apparently KATCH (where all my past Periscope videos were located) is closing. Like... gone. Luckily I found out in time, and transferred all my videos over to YouTube. Now I'm in the process of posting the more current mail call scopes on my blog, since you can only view them if you have the link.  So if you're here, you can scroll down and see my past 'Scopes' (videos). I am in the process of loading them all here now... so check back. And please Comment, Like, Subscribe to my YouTube channel while you're there :)  Thanks, have a great day!  :)


Want to exchange happy mail with me?
http://createdbybarbi.blogspot.com/2016/01/mail-call-happy-mail-2016.html
Find all my social media links on my mail blog (look in the right hand column -->)
http://swappermania.blogspot.com/
My art/creativity blog:
http://createdbybarbi.blogspot.com/

Friday, January 29, 2016

Do you #Periscope?

I have recently fallen in love with a new app, called Periscope. You can watch (and do your own) Live Feeds from around the world. They only stay live on the app for 24 hours, but there is a website that saves them to watch later. Today I did a "Scope" to say Hello to everyone, while I walked to my mailbox. Watch me get my mail LIVE (I do it almost every day) on Periscope... my screen name is @therealbarbi (same as my Twitter account) and you can catch my older Scopes (videos) here.... http://katch.me/therealbarbi

Do you #Periscope? Comment below with your screen name and I'll gladly follow you.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

New Year - No Resolutions



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WELCOME TO SWAPPERMANIA!

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JAN 2016
New Year - No Resolutions

Hey there swappers and pals!  If you've been following my blog or YouTube channel, you're probably wondering where I've been. Still here, freezing in northern Minnesota. It's been a crazy ride for our family the last half of 2015.

My oldest son had a surgery which led to complications, which led to him being in the hospital (he's ok now, but is having trauma/anxiety issues which stems from this medical emergency).

We took a family trip to South Dakota (no, not Mount Rushmore, we went to Sioux Falls since that is where my husband's job sent him). We stayed in a beautiful hotel and while we were there, they experienced record rain/flash floods, the power went out in the hotel (no generator), and it was mass chaos. The hotel didn't flood luckily, but many cars out on the road were going everywhere. It's a trip that we will never forget.

My husband has had some multiple health issues going on, and then a pharmacy here gave him the wrong pills in his bottle, which he took for a week before realizing why he was feeling the way he was... and then ended up in the hospital with stroke symptoms, and his whole one side being back at 50% strength. He is still doing physical/occupational therapy. He currently isn't able to do his job (precision measurement), but they found other things for him to do there, so at least he didn't lose his job. He is having more hours away from work due to Dr. appts, etc. so that paycheck loss kind of stung us for awhile. 

Then in the end of October, our youngest son started feeling ill. One week after my husband was home from the hospital, on Nov. 2, our youngest ended up in the hospital for 5 days. He was diagnosed with Diabetes Type 1 (sometimes called Juvenile Diabetes) and also had a staph infection.  We are now living a "new normal" since Diabetes Type 1 is a lifelong disease (still praying for a cure.) 

The end of 2015 has been a HELL of a year, to put it mildly....

Then... we got a call from the school saying we were nominated to be a family to receive a Blessing Bag.  They wanted a wish list from us for gifts the kids would like (and us, too).  I also saw something in our church bulletin about the community collecting gifts for a family and it was a local organization called Best Christmas Ever (http://www.bcemovement.org/).
The family sounded a LOT like us... hmmmm.... so a lady from church asked if she could stop over one Sunday afternoon.  We said sure. Since she also works at the school, I thought she might be bringing over the Blessing Bag.  Well lo and behold, several cars pulled into the driveway, and our livingroom was full of people delivering presents and more presents, gift cards, etc.  It was the Best Christmas Ever!  Literally!  I was doing everything I could to hold it together, but yes those tears did fall.
(Here's a news clip of this wonderful organization, a month before they showed up at our door.)
 (Here's a video of another family that received gifts from BCE.)

The next day, I still had to go to the school to get our Blessing Bag... but it was not just ONE bag... it was several.  They gave us gifts, cleaning supplies, household goods (that stuff adds up you know), food, and a wreath.  The kindness of our community has just blown us away.  I don't even know how to begin to say thank you for it all!  Words can't even express it!

So... instead of being bitter and angry at all the BAD things that happened to us in 2015, I am choosing to be GRATEFUL that I still have my sons and my husband here. We still have our pets. We still have our house. We still have electricity and internet (we all know it's a necessity...lol). We still have food to eat. And we are stocked up on Toilet Paper for quite awhile!  LOL.
The people here have shown us how much God loves us, and have given us HOPE that we CAN survive through the suffering, with the help of His people.

So... now here we are in the new year. 2016. I am SO happy to move on to a new year and I have HOPE and DREAMS for myself and my family. I am doing something small each day for myself, and CREATING ART is one of those forms of therapy that I really need. (See my art blog HERE). I haven't done any art or crafting for a LONG time. My craft room misses me. It has become a dumping ground... I can't even SEE my desk right now. I just stack stuff and walk out. And say someday, I will get around to cleaning that desk off. I have all my mail organized for each month from Oct-Dec., and am still contemplating doing one mass Mail Call video to get caught up. 
 
I have decided to stop swapping FBs, and concentrate more on my art.  I am not quitting swapping anything else... only friendship books.  I will still swap Decos, slams, any bags, postcards, happy mail, exchange slips, etc.   Just not FBs.  If I get any in the mail, I have people that will take my excess, so don't worry, I'm not one of those people that tosses them in the circular file (trash).

  * RELATED POST: What is a Friendship Book? Deco? Etc.

 Now, let's talk GOALS, not resolutions.  Who really sticks to those silly RESOLUTIONS every year anyway?  Definitely not me. Lord knows I try. Maybe for a week or 2. And then we go back to our old habits, or life just gets in the way.  What are your goals/resolutions for 2016?  Would love to hear about them in the Comments section below.
 
Not necessarily in any specific order, here are a few of my goals for 2016:
 
* Read Bible App daily
* Get caught up on mail
* Organize craft room
* Sell more on Listiaebay this year
* Create more digital stationery and maybe even start selling labels again
* Walk more  (hoping to get a treadmill soon for these long winter days)

  I look forward to sharing my mail journey here with you on my blog on this new year. Thanks for commenting, watching my videos, and just being here for me. Cyberhugs to you all!

~Barbi

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Crafting, Swapping, Palling, and RAK Group Links

Links to other swap/craft related sites. 

(NOT your items for sale!) 


Swappermania Facebook Event Page  (no longer active)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1565229427023362/


FACEBOOK GROUPS

Here are some groups on Facebook where you can apply to join, and once you are in, check the Rules and Standards for the group. Then you can post if you are looking for new pen pals, swappers, or both.

fb´s, fb´s, fb´s

Usa fbs (only for USA FB swappers)

LabelbagSwappers of the World

FB, LB, DECO, SB SWAPPERS AND PENPALS
"FB, LB, DECO, SB SWAPPERS AND PENPALS"

Friendbook Frenzy

Christian Pen Pals & Swaps

LOTS OF CRAZY PENPALS

Pen Pal Friends Reunited
This is the group where we did an event called "Anything You'd Like" as seen in my 4/13/15 Monday Mail Call video.

Return to Sender - FBs, decos etc.
Group for checking addresses before returning full FBs home, or for looking for long-lost pen pals




LINKS TO "WISH GROUPS" - Read all rules closely before posting!

These are great places to find names of people who are looking for RAKS or Happy Mail,
and once you get the hang of things (and agree to the group's rules), jump on in and
post your wishlist too!

Wishes Galore

make-a-wish-rak

Make A Tiny Wish... Keep Wishing

6 Wishes A Day

Wishes Do Come True

Card Exchange For All Holidays
"Card Exchange For All Holidays and Birthdays Too"



Craft-related Happy Mail groups (art journal junkies, etc.)



Happy Mail Swappers

Happy Mail Swaps

Happy Mail and Swap Pals USA  (USA only group)

Simply Happy Mail Swaps


This is a crafty mail art group, but also a Happy Mail group...

Lets Swap Mail Art


Links to Facebook Craft-related Groups

Art Journal Junkies

Hide His Word in my HeART  (Christian art journal group)

Journaling By 5s

Krazy Island Family

Junk & Art Journals

Digital Art Journal Stuffage




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    Place your links for swap groups/blogs or craft sites in the Comments below.

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    PHOTOS:
    Links to Flickr/photos of your craft/swap items? CLICK HERE.

    FOR SALE:
    Links to Etsy or other craft/swap items for sale websites? CLICK HERE.

    Links to Etsy or other craft swap item websites

    ITEMS FOR SALE?

    Add your link in the Comments for your Etsy site, or other site where you have swap or craft-related items for sale.  Links will be checked, so please NO SPAM!


    (post more in Comments)

    Links to Photos

    Links to Flickr/photos of your craft/swap items
    (post in Comments)

    Saturday, January 2, 2016

    ATC Basics / What Are ATCs?

    ATC Basics for Swappermania

    ATC = Artist Trading Card

    The one rule that makes an ATC
    derives from their origins: the dimensions of
    the ATC must be 2.5"x3.5", or 64x89mm.

    Some other "rules" for ATCs...

    First, an ATC mustn't be sold, only exchanged,
    as the whole essence of these tiny works of
    art is about artists meeting (by correspondence
    or online if need be) and exchanging their works,
    thus meeting many artists and getting exposed to
    many personal styles.

    Second, on the back of each handcrafted (not copied)
    ATC the artist writes part or all of the following
    information: name, contact information, title of
    the ATC and number (1/8, 2/8...) if it's part of
    an edition. By definition ATCs are made in limited
    numbers, often no more than one of a kind. Unique
    ATCs are called originals; sets of identical ATCs
    are called editions and are numbered; sets of
    ATCs that are based on one theme but that are
    different are called series. Copied ATC's do
    not fall into editions or series.  Copied ATC's
    should include the title & contact information on the
    back of the ATC.

    Your cards should be made on sturdy cardstock
    or many are using playing cards.  The playing
    cards can be bought at the dollar stores,
    2 decks for a dollar.  Please be sure to
    measure them, as not all playing cards are
    the standard ATC size of 2 1/2 x 3 1/2. 

    Art traded and/or posted on this blog of a political,
    racial or otherwise controversial nature is not
    acceptable.  This group is not about politics or
    other controversial issues. The group is about
    sharing our art and growing/learning as artists.

    For the purposes of this blog, original, copy, and
    digital ATC's are defined as the following:
    ORIGINAL: An original ATC in the broadest sense refers
    to a handcrafted ATC.  Generally when a swap host requests
    "original art" they are referring to handcrafted ATC's.
    If any swap participant needs clarification from a
    swap host, the swap host should be contacted directly.
    Please see the Swap Guidelines.
    A COPY is defined as a photocopy or other mechanical
    reproduction of an "original" or handcrafted ATC.
    A DIGITAL ATC is one that is produced in a graphics
    editing software program and printed.
    If a swapper has an ATC that does not easily
    fit into any of the above categories, please contact
    your ATC trading partner or swap host.  Communicate
    to the other person how you made the ATC before trading,
    if the ATC does not fit into one of the above categories.



    Here is an example of a "Vintage: Letter B" ATC I made:




      
    Feel free to share pictures of your ATCs or videos of you
    making ATCs in the Comments below :)


    Here are some great videos I found about making ATCs:










    That's all, happy swapping!


    So What Do Those Numbers Mean?

    So what do those numbers mean in regards to swaps?

    The first number is the number of ATCs or items that are sent to the swap hostess.

    The second number is the number of ATCs or items that are returned to the swap participant.

    1/1: send one, get one back
    3/3: send three, get three back
    5/4: send five, get four back; the hostess keeps one.

    Friday, January 1, 2016

    Welcome

    Welcome to the Swappermania Blog!




    Swaps on this blog are intended for ages 18 and above.


    PLEASE read thru this entire post...

    We are a fun loving group of crafters & artists, from all walks
    of life and various backgrounds.

    Our goal is to have a place to swap with others and
    just have a lot of fun in general. 

    We encourage discussions regarding the swaps and the different
    techniques associated with them.

    If you are looking for a venue to sell ATC's or ACEO's, this
    group is NOT a venue for sales.  We are a trading group only.

    ATC related information and other fun websites can be found in our LINKS section.
    If you have a favorite site that is arts & crafts or swap related please post it to our links.

    If you post a link to your photos, or post a photo on our Facebook page,
    it is agreed that you do not object to us showcasing your art on our homepage.

    Interested in hosting a swap?
    ALL swaps MUST be pre-approved and registered by the moderator at:
    swappermania@yahoo.com.
    Phone numbers are needed to confirm that
    we have a way to contact you, other then by computer, in
    case of emergency. Your privacy will be respected and the
    owner of this blog will be the only one to see your
    infomation. This is to provide the safest possible
    environment for all swaps hosted on this blog.

    Swaps *must* stay within this blog. No cross posting of
    swaps to other groups/blogs is allowed.

    Upon joining swaps here, you agree that the owners of
    this blog are not responsible for the conduct
    of any member who hosts a swap. In the event that a
    swap is mishandled by another member other than the
    blog owners, it is agreed that the blog owners will
    be held harmless for any and all claims, including,
    but not limited to lost or damaged artwork and any
    possible copyright violations. The blog owners
    assume no repsonsibility for how a swap host handles
    the items received for a swap, and will be held
    harmless for any and all claims resulting from
    handling or reproduction of swap items.

    Thank you for joining our swap family, and we look
    forward to seeing your art!

    Happy swapping!

    Barbi T. & the Swappermania family