SEASONS IN THE FOREST - Cards, Recipe Cards, Card Candy, Card Kits – Due
It's time for a new Forest Swap! EVERYONE is WELCOME to join!!! This is my 13th forest swap (I'm the Forest Ranger) and each one has been a lot of fun.
We are a chatty group - those of us in the forest together. We refer to one another as Forest Friends and would love for you to become a Forest Friend, too! As each swap winds down, a new one takes form. After all, we have to have somewhere to hang out and chat. LOL!
Here are the details!
Pansy (c-mouse) came up with a great idea for this one…
SEASONS IN THE FOREST!
Swappers are encouraged to create full-sized SEASONAL cards – YOU CAN CHOOSE ANY OF THE FOUR SEASONS – it would be nice if your cards have an outdoors/nature theme of some sort.
Cards need to use good quality cardstock (so the card can stand alone) and include a minimum of two layers and one embellishment. Full size cards are 4 1/4 X 5 1/2". If you choose to create a size other than that, please include envelopes for each of the cards. Thank you! This is a 5 + 1 Swap, which means you send 6 cards, the Ranger – that’s me – keeps one for being a fun hostess, and you get 5 back. Please use at least two layers of quality cardstock and include at least one embellishment on your cards.
The Recipe Card category was a big hit in the last two forest swaps, so we’re going to have it again. Do I hear excitement??? Recipe cards are 6 X 6” and need to include a typed (not handwritten) recipe and at least two layers and one embellishment. Stamping is not a requirement on the recipe cards, though stamping is a great addition to them. THE RECIPE CARD CATEGORY WILL BE A 3 + 1 swap. That means you send me four identical recipe cards and you get 3 back.
I think the Seasons theme coordinates well with recipes. You can choose a recipe that you enjoy in particular seasons – for instance a soup recipe in winter, a grilled recipe in summer, etc. OR you can use a recipe that is enjoyed any time of the year but use seasonal papers and embellishments on your recipe card.
THE CARD CANDY CATEGORY WILL BE A 3 + 1 swap. That means you send me four identical sets of card candy and you get 3 back. If you’ve never made card candy before, the best way I can explain it is to tell you it is handmade embellishments that can be used on cards and such.
Some seasonal ideas for CARD CANDY would be a pile of fallen leaves (Autumn), a snowman (Winter), Handmade Flowers (Spring), S’mores on a Stick (Summer). THESE ARE JUST IDEAS to get your creative juices flowing. I’m sure you will come up with wonderful ideas!!!
Card candy should be a more elaborate item (like a punch art critter that you’ve put together here is an example) or it should be a set of at least 3 coordinating items. (Here is an example of the way to make sets. Here is another example.) And remember, you are sending 4 identical items, so if you choose a coordinated set of 3 items, you would make 4 of those sets and send them.
Remember, these MUST be handmade, not simply a punched item, but something you’ve put together.
MAKE SOMETHING YOU WOULD BE PROUD TO ADD TO ONE OF YOUR OWN PROJECTS, so that your fellow swappers will be happy to receive it.
Please see Post #3 for additional information about Card Candy. I'll also try to post some links there from time to time, with examples of Card Candy.
We are adding a new category to this forest swap, due to some interest in this during the last forest swap. We’ll see how many like the idea. THE CARD KIT CATEGORY WILL BE A 3 + 1 swap.
Card Kits should include (at minimum) the following:
...3 or 4 Stamped SEASONAL images (all the same) stamped onto a full 4 ¼ X 5 ½” piece of cardstock. Please use a Copic-friendly ink, such as memento, brilliance, etc. Make sure there are no smudges or faint spots on your images before you send them.
...3 or 4 sheets of coordinating papers (designer paper is encouraged). These should measure at least 4” X 5 ¼” in size. The recipient will use her own cardstock for the card base.
...12” of ribbon that coordinates with the other kit items
...3 or 4 other embellishments (buttons, flowers, brads, etc.)
...Sentiments are OPTIONAL
...You can also include any number of additional items of your choice – die cuts, punched items, etc.
If you’ve never before participated in a card kit swap, let me encourage you to give it a try. They are a lot of fun…. and it gives you the opportunity to use some products you don’t own. I personally love to take a kit or two along when I travel, because they are self-contained and easy to use on-the-go.
This swap is due in my hands on or before July 3.
Sooooooooo… are we ready to get this swap started???
Steps to take in the SEASONS In the Forest Swap:
Sign up – take a spot today! (or two or three, but each spot needs to be a different design). You will not get one of your own items, so be sure to make an extra for yourself.
Germinate an idea for your project. To germinate is defined as to sprout; bud; develop. There is NVR on these items other than using good quality cardstock for the base.
Expand your idea. Cards and Recipe cards need to have at least one embellishment. Card Kits need to include images, designer paper, and embellishments (sentiment is optional). Card Candy needs to be handmade.
Once your projects are mature (finished) place them in a ziplock bag (to protect them as they travel to my house through spring showers and summer thunderstorms). Include your real name, your SCS name, and the name of the swap for identification purposes.
Enlarge your forest by mailing your projects to me along with a self-addressed stamped envelope. THERE IS NO NEED TO SEND (2) EXTRA STAMPS LIKE MANY HOSTESSES SUGGEST, SINCE MY POST OFFICE PREFERS TO SEND THE PACKAGES POSTAGE DUE FOR ANY OVERAGE.
In return, I will mail your SEASONS IN THE FOREST projects within a reasonable amount of time at the conclusion of this swap.
A few last thoughts…
… PM me when you’re ready to ship and I will give you my address.
… Hang out with the FOREST FRIENDS. There will be lots and LOTS of chatting, fun quotes, contests, prizes, the sharing of recipes, maybe even a joke or two. You never know what to expect in the forest.
... Have fun!
To get the fun started, I've chosen 3 mystery numbers in each of the categories. The swappers who sign up for those spots will each win a prize!!! BUT I'm not telling what the numbers are until someone lands on the spot.
AND of course Pansy will be getting a PRIZE (if she joins), since she gave us the idea for a Season Swap.
Now… from the words of Forrest Gump, “That’s all I have to say about that.”
CARDS (This is a 5 + 1 SWAP – send 6 identical 4 ¼ X 5” Cards)
2. Lynn (FMcrafter) - PRIZE (for being the first mystery # in Cards)
5. Barb (barbaralynn)
6. Barb (barbaralynn) - Spot #2
8. Judy (JAM123)
10. Mae (maeBstampin)
11. Janet (JanetJ)
12. Linda (seanryan6)
13. Linda (seanryan6) - Spot #2
14. Linda (ljhart) - PRIZE (for being the first person to take a spot in each of the 4 categories)
15. Pansy (c-mouse) - PRIZE (for giving us the idea for this swap theme) PRIZE #2 (for being the first person to take a card spot for each season)
16. Pansy (c-mouse) - Spot #2
17. Pansy (c-mouse) - Spot #3 - PRIZE (for being the second mystery # in Cards)
18. Pansy (c-mouse) - Spot #4
19. Tamara (ajmac)
20. Linda (lindac007)
21. Linda (lindac007) - Spot #2
24. Darlene (luvcardmaking)
29. Roxane (2CuteCats)
30. Sassy (Joan7356)
31. April (Aprilo)
32. Heather (Quilling_Queen)
33. Kim (berlycece)
35. Carol (momcgw)
37. Jan (JampsterStampster)
40. Kathleen (1855ward)
42. Joan (ms.earlgrey)
43. Joan (ms.earlgrey) - Spot #2 - PRIZE (for being the third mystery # in Cards)
44. Jan (JampsterStampster) - Spot #2
45. Gael (mamadwawa) - PRIZE (just because! ;)) - PRIZE #2(for being the first package to arrive!)
46. Elke (tropicalsmiles)
47. Tarah (Sabian77)
48. Dea (Stamperamma) - PRIZE (for joining while Ranger was MIA)
49. Linda (lindac007) - Spot #3
52. Edna (pamper1)
54. Rosie (rositagustafson72)
55. Rosie (rositagustafson72) - Spot #2
56. (ChristyBush7902) - PRIZE (for joining while Ranger was on a trip)
57. Tina (Tinalala) - PRIZE #1 (because this is her first time to join a swap) PRIZE #2 (for joining while Ranger was on a trip)
58. Tarah (Sabian77) - Spot #2
60. Karen (kem1223) - PRIZE (because this is her first time to join a swap)
61. Karen (kem1223) - Spot #2
63. Tammy (IndianaSBR81)
64. Tammy (IndianaSBR81) - Spot #2
67. Joyce (ashjoy)
I'll add spots as needed; the more the merrier! ;)
Recipe Cards, Card Candy, and Card Kits
RECIPE CARDS (This is a 3 + 1 Swap – send 4 identical 6 x 6” Recipe Cards)
1. Linda (ljhart)
3. Paige (Paige)
4. Tamara (ajmac)
5. Tanja (3boysathome) - PRIZE (for being the first mystery # in Recipe Cards)
6. Linda (lindac007)
7. Linda (lindac007) - Spot #2
9. Heather (Quilling_Queen) - PRIZE (for being the second mystery # in Recipe Cards)
12. Carol (momcgw)
14. Tarah (Sabian77)
15. Dea (Stamperamma)
16. Linda (lindac007) - Spot #3
17. PRIZE (for being the third mystery # in Recipe Cards)
19. Edna (pamper1)
21. Tarah (Sabian77) - Spot #2
22. Sheree (shereel)
23. Sheree (shereel) - Spot #2
24. Sheree (shereel) - Spot #3
25. Sheree (shereel) - Spot #4
26. Judy (JAM123)
CARD CANDY (This is a 3 + 1 swap – send 4 identical sets of Card Candy)
1. Jessika (jessthenurse)
2. Linda (seanryan6)
3. Linda (seanryan6) - Spot #2
4. Linda (ljhart) - PRIZE (for beng the first mystery # in Card Candy)
6. Paige (Paige)
9. Linda (lindac007)
10. Linda (lindac007) - Spot #2
12. PRIZE (for being the second mystery # in Card Candy)
13. Edna (pamper1)
16. Melina (mepylant)
17. Imke (germanstampler) - PRIZE (for being the third mystery # in Card Candy)
19. Carol (momcgw)
20. Jessika (jessthenurse) - Spot #2
21. Bridget (rowanvamp0)
22. Bridget (rowanvamp0) - Spot #2
23. Tarah (Sabian77)
24. Dea (Stamperamma)
28. Linda (lindac007) - Spot #3
32. Nancy (Wandawalla) - - PRIZE (for joining while Ranger was on a trip)
34. Tarah (Sabian77) - Spot #2
38. Nancy (Wandawalla) - Spot #2
CARD KITS (This is a 3 + 1 swap – send 4 identical sets of Card Kits)
1. PRIZE (for being the first mystery # in Card Kits)
4. Janet (JanetJ)
5. Linda (ljhart)
6. PRIZE (for being the second mystery # in Card Kits)
7. Paige (Paige)
8. Tamara (ajmac)
11. Jessika (jessthenurse)
13. Melina (mepylant)
14. Melina (mepylant)
15. Jessika (jessthenurse) - Spot #2
16. April (Aprilo)
17. Kim (berlycece) - PRIZE (for being the third mystery # in Card Kits)
19. Carol (momcgw)
20. Diane (DCinkit)
22. Elayne (elayne) - PRIZE (for joining while Ranger was MIA) PRIZE #2 (this is her first swap on SCS)
23. Dea (Stamperamma)
27. Teresa (Tee22_xo) - PRIZE (because this is her very first swap)
28. Edna (pamper1)
31. Joyce (ashjoy) - PRIZE (for joining while Ranger was on a trip)
32. Kate (valleygirl1129)
33. Sheree (shereel)
I'll add spots as needed; the more the merrier! ;)
Additional Card Candy Information
CARD CANDY INFORMATION
Card Candy is embellishments you make. These embellishments are not attached to a card or a recipe card. It is simply embellishments.... though you CAN put it on a piece of cardstock for packaging purposes only. The recipient will take it off of that though to use it on her own creation.
As far as the # of items in each items of card candy... IF it is a more detailed and/or larger embellishment, 1 item is enough. For instance, if you were to crochet flowers, a single flower is time-consuming and detailed, so each of the 3 + 1 would only need ONE flower in it. However, if you make simpler and/or smaller items, you would need to include in each of the 3 + 1 at least 3 coordinating items.
I just want the card candy to be detailed enough that someone will be happy to receive it and use it. KWIM?
Some Examples of Card Candy
The Next Forest Swap
The next swap will be due in November - probably the 18th - if that makes a difference in what we choose for our theme.
Here are the suggestions for themes for the next forest swap:
How about its a colorful forest theme. Kits could be made in earthy colors based on something you might find in the forest? Of course there are red salamanders and orange toad stools....
How about unique celebrations in the forest?
Forest friends show their support. Could be anything from, get well, sympathy, thinking of you, cheer up ect. Remember your monthly self exams.
Janet (JanetJ) and ??? (who first suggested this?)
I can't remember who said it, but a few days ago someone suggested fairies in the forest.
We could also add gnomes, elves.....
S'more Fun Around the Campfire (Joyce's thoughts on this - It could be almost anything, what do you do in the forest? Pick wild flowers, watch the critters, listen to the birds sing, camp, sit around the fire, sing, look at all the pretty trees.....)
What's NEW in the Forest?
Participants could try new techniques or folds for their cards; use their newest stamp (not buy a new stamp, but one of their most recently purchased stamps); or if they have a new puppy, use a puppy theme, a new baby, a baby theme, a new degree, a school/graduation theme.... etc. Recipes Cards could be a new recipe they've recently tried, or one they want to try. There are so many possibilities!
Sleepless in the Forest - this could incorporate the ideas several of the forest friends have suggested (nighttime, stars) as well as critters that are nocturnal, things we do at night (bonfires, make S'mores, etc.) and so much more
Nighttime in the Forest as I can picture lots of fun brayered backgrounds and silhouettes.
Forest Animals....deer running thru the woods, owls in trees
Stars in the forest - Now this could be stars in the sky...light from a firefly...light from a campfire....or the star could be you fav critter
whats not in the Forest
Flowers of the Forest
Animals of the Forest
mythical woodland creatures... elves, gnomes, etc.
Fantasy in the Forest
Christmas in the Forest
Frolic in the Forest
Holidays in the Forest. Carriage rides through the forest, hanukkah candles with whimsical critters, stars, mangers, this could cover the religious and non religious celebrations.
Former Forest Swaps
Here is a list of the themes of past Forest Swaps:
Seasons in the Forest
Music in the Forest
Food in the Forest
Rain in the Forest
What Can We Do in the Forest?
Who’s in the Forest?
Preserve the Forest
Forest in Paradise
Forest Winter Wonderland
The Ranger’s Forest Card Swap
Beginning Wednesday morning and continuing until 8:00 P.M. (CST) on Thursday, we will VOTE for our favorite. WE WILL NOT BEGIN VOTING UNTIL WEDNESDAY MORNING!
The theme for our next Forest Swap will be announced Thursday night - sometime before 10:00 P.M. (CST)
1. Colorful Forest
2. Unique Celebrations in the Forest
3. Forest Friends Show Their Support.
4. Fairies in the Forest.
5. S'more Fun Around the Campfire ...2 Votes (Joyce, Kate)
6. What's NEW in the Forest? ...2 Votes (Judy, Mae)
7. Sleepless in the Forest ...1 Vote (Lynn)
8. Nighttime in the Forest ...5 Votes (Pansy, Barb, Jan, Gael, Roxane)
9. Forest Animals ...8 Votes (Linda/ljhart, Karen, Elke, Imke, Linda/seanryan6, Elayne, Janet, Linda/lindac007)
10. Stars in the Forest
11. What’s Not in the Forest
12. Flowers of the Forest
13. EDITED TO MOVE ANIMALS OF THE FOREST TO "FOREST ANIMALS" (#9)
14. Mythical Woodland Creatures
15. Fantasy in the Forest
16. Christmas in the Forest
17. Frolic in the Forest
18. Holidays in the Forest ...2 Votes (Edna, Tarah)
Hmmmmmmm... wonder who will find the Seasons in the Forest first?
Mee!!!! I'm FIRST! Card spot please!
I did, I did! Could I have two spots in the Card Kit category?
Wow, I guess LauraJean and I were posting at the same time, she just hit send first. That's ok, I don't mind being second.
I AM HERE!!!!!!!! 1 for cards please
wonder if #4 is a lucky number?? ;o)
I'm in for two spots please ♥
No...I get goofball points!!! yup...I am CERTAIN I read that somewhere! Yes I have entertainment value!
in retaliation of your snowball fight on MM swap! ehehehhehe ;) :mrgreen:
Subbing for now!
How does snow become rainwater...it's freezing out there!!! LOLOLOL
Two spots for me in cards--and I know I am a lucky number prize winner!
One spot in cards for me please. Thank you.
One spot in cards for me now, please. May try for some other spots later.
I would like a spot in the cards and in the card kit please. Thanks so much
Can I have a spot in card candy?
1 CARD SPOT PLEASE!
Well, lookie! LOOKIE! Forest Friends have started to arrive! YAY!!!
LJ, thank you for getting things started!
Welcome Tracy! You may have been a wee slower than LJ getting here, but you DID get a prize since #1 is a lucky/mystery number in the Card Kit category!
Welcome Lynn! You get a prize since #2 is a lucky/mystery number in the Card category!
Welcome Sweet P! I'm assuming you want two spots in cards, right?
Welcome Barb! Nope, sorry - you didn't get a prize.
Welcome Jessika! (That is the right name, isn't it?)
Yes, that is my name and thank you for spelling it correctly!
Thanks for letting me join.
I try! ;) I'm so glad you're here in the forest with us, Jessika. You are now one of our friends... and I need to warn you, we do tend to get a little chatty. Please feel free to join in our chatter as little or as much as you'd like.
I am in! Will think about what group I want to be in and get back to you later! ;)
Please put me down for 1 spot in cards, & 1 spot in Card Kits!
OMG woman you are killing me...here i thought i wasn't going to do alot of swapping after my last 2 are done with and what happens BAM---seasons, cards, recipes AND CANDY....I can't take it just can't take it...
Wait i will take it... i just don't know what yet.... thank GOD i have put in some vacation time in April....going to a scrapbook show AND extra time to play....(neither here nor there for anyone just letting you know that I have time to play with my stamps/scissors/tape....
now back to topic...what do i want? FOR NOW
put me down for 2 spots in cards
and 2 in the card candy
If i make more later I will add on then...for now this is do-able.
what an enabler you are---the BEST! thanks for putting up these wonderful challenges.
and c-mouse thanks for the "seed" of the idea....
I'm here. I'd like 1 spot in each category :)
Good morning friends!
Morning Forest Friends:
Since July 3 seems so far away now, I would like 4 spots in cards one for each season, 1 spot in recipes for now and 1 in card kit and card candy.
Woo hoo...the Forest rocks....
Good Morning Forest Friends!
Woo Hoo! More forest friends are here!
Hi Roxane... good to see you here!
Good to see you this morning, too, Michelle!
Welcome Linda X 2!
Hugs for all!!!
Hi LJ! You snuck in on me! How are you this morning? Any special plans for the day?
Well... lookie there........ I gave away some prizes!
Linda (ljhart) - for being the first person to take a spot in all 4 categories
Pansy - for being the first person to take a Card spot for each of the 4 seasons
Pansy - for being the second mystery # in Cards
Linda (ljhart) - for being the first mystery # in Card Candy
Pansy - for being the second mystery # in Card Kits
uh-oh! :shock: Barb is going to be soooooooooooooo jealous. :rolleyes: :mrgreen:
I can handle it--but I will win all of the prizes when you are in Thailand!
Double prizes for me :) thanks
Hi Barb! Saturday is looking mighty pretty!
You're welcome, Linda!
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