Kenny K Card Swap

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KENNY K CARD SWAP
Due Friday 6 March
Make 6 identical greeting cards, receive 6 different cards in return

You must use a Kenny K image on your card.
Open to Australian Residents only.

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* You must use a Kenny K image (digital, clear stamp or pre-coloured digital) on your card.
* You can use your favourite techniques and materials to make a card for any occasion.
* Measurements: Please make a card that fits into a C6or DL envelope, not large square cards that require double post.
* Please do not include hand-writing on your card.
* If you have a die-cut machine, like a Cricut, Scan N Cut, Big Shot, Cuttlebug, etc you may cut a shaped card base.

How do I join?
It’s very simple, and no need to sign up.  All you need to do is:
1. Read through all of these details and decide if you want to join in.
2. Create your swap pieces (6 identical pieces).
3. Follow the check list and send them to me.
How easy is that?!  I don’t check the PO Box every day, but I do check 2-4 times per week.  Check Facebook to see if your swap has been received.

Where can I get a Kenny K image for this swap?
Kenny K shop is online.   CLICKHERE
Ask your favourite Scrapbooking or Stamping store if they carry Kenny K clear stamps.
See lots of inspiration by the Kenny K Krafty Krew on the blog – CLICK HERE
There is always a free digital stamp available on the home page.
Please keep in mind that some Kenny K images are a bit racy/naughty.  Let’s try to keep it a little bit tame for our first swap, and we might hold a saucy Kenny K swap next time 😉

Do I have to colour with copic markers?
No.  You can colour your images with your favourite technique.
There are pre-coloured images available on the site that you can just print, cut and use.
Get creative … convert your digital stamp to dark brown and print on Kraft (tone on tone looks awesome!)

Packing & Posting
Over many years we have developed the perfect packing method for swaps which helps keep postage costs and damage to post down low, low, low! You can find full details about why packing & post is the way it is … HERE.

This checklist has a handy packing tip reference.  Click the image below for the printable PDF.

Swap Checklist & packing tips Kenny K Feb

NOTE: You do not have to include the check list … it’s just there to help you pack, especially if you’re a list person or new to swapping.

QUALITY & WORKMANSHIP
* Please make sure your blade is sharp … no fuzzy edges.
* Please make sure your cutting lines are straight.
* Please do not use handwriting as part of your design.
* Put yourself in the shoes of the person receiving your swap item … would you do a happy dance when you received this in the post?
* You don’t have to spend a fortune, but there’s a fine line between cheap & cheerful … and cheap & nasty. Let’s keep it cheerful!

Why do they need to be identical?
There are 2 main reasons for making your swap items identical
1. It’s easier to make so many items in an assembly line fashion, all the same design.
2. It helps me not to get confused during the swap out process.
Now … it is the design that needs to be the same.  If you run out of one colour card or paper, of course you can substitute in another colour or pattern.  The most important part is the design be the same.

When should I post my swap?
Well … that depends where you live, as it needs to travel to NSW.
NSW, ACT & Vic usually arrive 1-2 days
Qld, Tas & SA usually arrive 1-4 days
NT & WA are less predictable, 5-10 days
A good rule of thumb is to post, at the latest, a week before the due date.

Should I use Express Post?
Express Post is no  longer guaranteed overnight delivery, it is 1-2 days.
My postcode is within the area that receives guaranteed express post delivery.
You need to check to see if your postcode is within the area for guaranteed express post delivery.  That information is on the back of every express post envelope & satchel, also the Australia Post website.

Are you still collecting cards for Ronald McDonald House & Childrens Hospital?
Yes.  If you wish to include a card to be donated (perhaps a card you received in a previous swap that’s not to your taste or that you won’t use, or extras from an epic cardmaking session), please feel free to add it/them to your swap envelope, just pop a note on so I know it’s a donation.  This year I am also collecting used postage stamps (whether they have been postmarked or not).  The postmarked stamps go to an elderly gentleman with alzheimers, who collects them for his favourite charity.  He gets a real kick out of receiving a baggie of stamps that I tear off swap envelopes each month … won’t it be fun to knock his socks off with a HUGE bag! :D  The unpostmarked stamps will be repurposed to send training materials to new volunteers for Angel Gowns for Australian Angel Babies.  So, if you have a second to tear stamps off envelopes for me (perhaps enlist family, friends and workmates to join in), they can be included in swap envelopes as well.  I thank you for your stamp-ripping in advance :D

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When is the next swap?
You can view the full 2015 swap schedule HERE.

When I have received all of the envelopes I will swap them around and post them back to you in the self addressed envelope. If the extra stamp(s) are not needed, I will return them as well. They are only there in case some of the tags are bulkier than the ones you sent.
I will swap out within a week of the due date.  If your swap arrives after they have been swapped out, I will hold it over and include it in a compatible swap.

You can find HEAPS of amazing inspiration on the design team blog – CLICK HERE

Really looking forward to this, and I hope you all have lots of fun making your cards (and even more fun seeing what you get in return!). As usual, any questions, please don’t hesitate to send me an email or PM.

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 even more fun seeing what you get in return!). As usual, any questions, please don’t hesitate to send me an email or PM.

Tiddly Inks – Fabby Friday

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It’s Fabby Friday at Tiddly Inks!

I’m actually starting to realise how clean & simple my crafting style really is.  I have so many ideas in my head that I need to keep them simple so I have time to get the all done!  But doesn’t this striped Pebbles paper just make that simple colouring sing?

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Copic colours used here are E11, E13, E15, E17, E18, and W00, W0, W01

My Wild Child

This is the stamp I used, called My Wild Child, you can find it HERE.
The greeting is part of another set HERE.

Want to see what the rest of the design team has been up to?  You can check out their amazing creations HERE.

Sweet Stamp Shop – September Release

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So, I’m just a little bit excited about the September Sweet Stamp Shop release!!  I have been wanting a coffee stamp set for aaaaaaages, and this one seriously delivers.

Coffee Town release

And what about Cheese Please?  How adorable is this?

Cheese Please release

If you are in Australia, and you want to get your hands on one of these bad boys, I recommend doing it sooner rather than later.  Why?  Oh … maybe these Sweet stamps will be reviewed in Handmade magazine this month, so the secret will be well and truly out!!!

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You can find the new stamps HERE in my online store.  There are 4 pages of stamping goodness in the store now, over 60 items!  Not a fan of checking out with Paypal?  Well that’s alright … just email me at enquiries@dawnlewis.com.au or send me a PM on Facebook (HERE), to place your order and receive direct debit details.

Last, but definately  not least, if you have a machine that uses SVG files to cut fabulous shapes, then get over to Crafts By Two, as they have lots of free files for the Sweet Stamp Shop sets.  Thanks guys!.  Click HERE to find them.

Video – Sunburst Card

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I saw a card like this on Pinterest recently, and fell in love with this concept.  I didn’t get to share it when filming Scrap It TV, season 7 this week, so I made a video at home.
CLICK HERE to watch the video.

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It took a while to get the video right, so there are a few minor changes from the photos here to the video, but the technique & papers are the same 🙂

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If you don’t want to free-cut the pieces, draw yourself up a template like this.  You can use it over and over!

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This is the finished card that I made while shooting the video yesterday.

Sneak peek

A close up of the cardstock covering the raw edge of papers at the top, and the dictionary page stacked flower.

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There are 6 kits available in the shop, enough to make 3 cards.  Just add adhesive and greeting, definately first in best dressed.  CLICK HERE to purchase a kit.  CLICK HERE to purchase the Sweet Stamp Shop stamp sets mentioned in the video.

If you make one of these cards I would love to see it!  Link it up over on the Facebook page HERE.  Now … go get crafty!

Bargain buys + Kitty Cat fun!

bargain buys

Tuesday was a good day.  Miss E headed off to school with minimal fuss, and since I was half way to Spotlight anyway … I thought “Why not?”.  Then I realised it was 30% off storewide, and I was going to get there as the doors opened!  I was well chuffed to pick up an Amy Tan stamp set marked down to $3, a cute 6×6 paper pad marked down to $5 and a 2-pack of washi tape for $2.  What I was really after was some small Project Life cards, but they didn’t have them on their own, only in a big pack.  I was very excited to get some of the lovely Kaisercraft journal cards, though, and clearly I had trouble choosing LOL.  With the 30% discount it made the bargains all the more awesome.

The first thing I did when I got home with my precious … *ahem* … I mean, shopping, was to get organised.  I stamped my new stamps onto a page and hung it on my cupboard door and put them away. I put the paper pad where I keep my 6×6 collection, and opened the wash tape and put them into the appropriate colour tubs.  I am still trying to find a home for the journal cards … it’s the first time I’ve bought them, so I don’t really have a home for them yet.

The second thing I did … was to use my new stuff!  Paired with the gorgeous new Sweet Stamp Shop Kitty Cat set (which was only released yesterday), I made this card …

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The background is a piece of 6×6 paper, trimmed down, and I used a 2″x3″ journal card as a feature base for my kitty.  She is coloured with Copic markers W0, W1, W2, W3, and her bow is coloured with Y13, Y15, Y17 & Y18.  The balls of wool are coloured with BG11, BG13 & BG15.  I cut out the stamped images and used Tombow Monoadhesive glue to stick them all in place.  I love this Clean and Simple (aka CAS) method of cardmaking!

Swaps

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A long time, in a galaxy far, far away … OK … so maybe it was 11 years ago on Yahoo … I belonged to the greatest swap group on earth.  OzSwapTillYouDrop.  Founded by Rachel Greig of Darkroom Door, this group became my home page … that’s how much I loved it.  After a few years I took over ownership of the group, and we were running a swap (sometimes two) every single week!  We had great hosts, interesting themes … wow it was fun!  Mostly I loved sharing my papercrafting passion with likeminded people, and some of those girls are my very best friends to this day.

Eventually, activity on the group began to wind down.  We either were moving on to new hobbies, spending less time online or were just too darn busy for swaps.  It lives on in a tiny group on Facebook now.

However, the darndest thing happened last year.  I run the Scrap It TV facebook page, and while viewers were eagerly waiting for the new season to air, I decided to run a swap, just to see if anyone would be interested … BOOM!  Nearly 20 people signed up!  So I ran another, then another … and all of a sudden I have boxes like this at the end of every month!  It is soooo much fun to check the PO Box and find a big pile of mail!

What is a swap?  Well … I set the theme and due date.  Everyone has about a week to sign up (by emailing me).  I file all the emails, and then on the Sunday I send out full details to everyone.  Everyone makes 6 identical items, sends them to me with a stamped, self addressed envelope, and when they’re all in, I swap them around and send you back 6 different items made by others who have joined in.

Video about how to pack your swap items to post them  CLICK HERE.
Pinterest board for swap inspiration CLICK HERE.
Pack & post graphics CLICK HERE.

Why join a swap?  It’s easy to make a bunch of cards (or other items) at the same time.  You get to see what other papercrafters are doing & using, and pick up new ideas.  It builds your card collection, giving you great variety of cards to send/give and handmade embellishments to use in your crafting.

Do I have to join every single one?  No.  Just join when the theme appeals to you, and when you have time.  If you join, but need to drop out, just let me know … it’s not a problem.  Sometimes life gets in the way of the fun stuff.  Swaps run January to November.

Want to know when swaps are open?  You can join my emailing list HERE, or follow along on Facebook HERE.