Two friends and I decided to do a monthly swap throughout 2013 in the hope that it would rejuvinate our crafty mojo!!! We decided that our parcels would be themed and that we must keep them within the limits for large second class postage. The other requirement was that all the contents must come from our stash and we must not spend anything other than postage.
I have opened one of my January parcels but because of the snow was unable to visit Ramsgate and act as postie for the other one. I look forward to it arriving via the Royal Mail during the week.
The theme for the January parcels was "co-ordination" and the parcel I opened was based on browns and colours that co-ordinated with it. It is always a challenge to make cards from things other people have chosen and even more challenging when you are making them with the person who has given them to you. To be fair, though, she had to do the same.
I set the contents of my swap parcel on the floor and started moving things around until I was happy with ideas for the first two cards. I only used one or two of my own bits to complete the cards and these were mainly greetings and card candy. It was very useful to spark ideas of each other. Since then I have made two more cards out of the parcel but this time did have to add my own toppers as they really were my favourite ideas for finishing the cards. There are still more bits to use and I have ideas running round my head but just can't get them to come together ..... one day they will. Meanwhile I have put the bits to one side because they will be used some time.
This is card no 1 of the two cards that I made when I returned from my friend's house. I thought I would put this one on my blog first as she hasn't seen it yet.
The patterned paper and the backing paper came from the swap parcel and the flower and greeting came from my own stash. The flower was made by using scraps of vellum and white card, some of which I embossed. So success; with this swap I have used up two items from my stash!!!
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