MUSIC IN THE FOREST - Thanks for a GREAT swap! - HEADING HOME!
It's time for a new Forest Swap! EVERYONE is WELCOME to join!!! This is my 12th 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 - and have come to refer to one another as
Forest Friends. 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!
Dani (DellsDani) came up with a great idea for this one…
MUSIC IN THE FOREST!
Swappers are encouraged to create full-sized cards that have something to do with MUSIC. 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.
For those of you who might be confused about Forest Swaps, let me explain. The forest is a community! We are friends! We love to chat!!! We hang out. We laugh. We cry. We encourage and support one another. And we get crafty!!! The real theme of this swap is MUSIC, but because we ARE the FOREST it is called Music in the Forest. You may choose to include FOREST in your creation (critters, trees, camping, etc)… or you may choose not to do so. It’s your choice!
The Recipe Card category was a big hit in the last forest swap, 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.
Now, I will admit that I’m having a very difficult time figuring out what MUSIC and recipe cards have in common. Hmmmmmmmm??? So, this is the deal. I’ve been humming this song from The Beauty and the Beast – Be Our Guest – and should you decide to join the Recipe Card Swap, I want you to use a recipe that you would serve when you have guests. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or a large recipe. But it’s one that you like well enough that you would serve it to others.
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.
Blog 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.
In the CANDY category, the items should be anything FOREST related OR anything MUSIC related. Your choice! 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.
This swap is due in my hands on or before February 4.
Sooooooooo… are we ready to get this swap started???
Steps to take in the MUSIC 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 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 rain and snow and sleet and hail). 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 MUSIC 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 Dani will be getting a PRIZE (if she joins), since she gave us the idea for a Music 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)
1. Barb (barbaralynn) - PRIZE (first mystery number in cards)
2. Barb (barbaralynn) - Spot #2
3. - PRIZE (for solving the "glitch" for the Ranger!)
4. Janet (JanetJ)
5. Linda (ljhart)
6. Paige (Paige)
8. Kelly (MiamiKel4)
9. Joyce (Jmaraul)
10. Paola/Sweet P (Sama) - PRIZE (first package to arrive)
11. Paola/Sweet P (Sama) - Spot #2
12. April (Aprilo)
13. Pansy (c-mouse)
14. Carol (momcgw)
15. Lynn (FMcrafter)
16. Judy (JAM123)
17. - PRIZE (second mystery number in cards)
18. Darlene (luvcardmaking)
20. Melina (mepylant)
21. Heather (Quilling_Queen)
24. - PRIZE (third mystery number in cards)
25. Deb/lil' dj (djones)
27. LJ (LauraJean)
29. Linda (lindac007)
30. Linda (lindac007) - Spot #2
37. Margaret (angelsparkly) - PRIZE (for joining when the Ranger was on a trip)
38. Kathryn (wileyk)
39. April (Aprilo) - Spot #2
42. Sharon (sims700)
43. - PRIZE (for joining when the Ranger was on a trip)
47. Kim (berlycece)
50. Susan (spatten2001) - PRIZE (for being spot #50)
51. Sarah (sarahbellum2)
52. Joan (ms.earlgrey)
53. Joan (ms. earlgrey) - Spot #2
54. Tamara (ajmac)
I’ll put the list for the Recipe Cards and the Card Candy in Post #2.
And, as always, I will add more spots, as needed. Forest swaps are open to as many swappers as want to join! ;)
RECIPE CARDS (This is a 3 + 1 Swap – send 4 identical 6 x 6” Recipe Cards)
2. Linda (ljhart)
3. Paige (Paige)
4. Joyce (Jmaraul) - PRIZE (first mystery number in Recipe Cards)
5. April (Aprilo)
6. Pansy (c-mouse)
7. Carol (momcgw)
8. Roxane (2CuteCats) - PRIZE (for thinking we needed this category)
- PRIZE #2 (second mystery number in Recipe Cards)
13. Tamara (ajmac)
18. Linda (lindac007)
19. Linda (lindac007) - Spot #2
20. Kristyn (tryingtofindtime)
22. Margaret (angelsparkly)
26. - PRIZE (for joining while Ranger was away)
29. Madonna (email@example.com) - PRIZE (for joining while Ranger' internet was down)
30. Madonna (firstname.lastname@example.org) - Spot #2
31. Elke (tropicalsmiles) PRIZE (for joining when the Ranger was MIA)
32. Susan (spatten2001)
33. Kari (pigtail1)
34. Tanja (3boysathome)
35. Tanja (3boysathome) - Spot #2
36. Elke (tropicalsmiles) - Spot #2
37. Susan (spatten2001) - Spot #2
CARD CANDY (This is a 3 + 1 swap – send 4 identical sets of Card Candy)
2. Linda (ljhart)
3. Paige (Paige) - PRIZE (first mystery number in Card Candy)
5. Carol (momcgw)
8. Darlene (luvcardmaking)
9. Melina (mepylant)
10. Melina (mepylant) - Spot #2
11. Heather (Quilling_Queen) - PRIZE (second mystery number in card candy)
14. Tamara (ajmac)
15. Linda (lindac007)
16. Linda (lindac007) - Spot #2
17. Kathryn (wileyk) - PRIZE (third mystery number in card candy)
19. Sharon (sims700)
20. Sharon (sims700) - Spot #2
22. Madonna (email@example.com)
23. Madonna (firstname.lastname@example.org) - Spot #2
24. Susan (spatten2001)
25. Tanja (3boysathome) - PRIZE (for being spot #25)
26. Susan (spatten2001) - Spot #2
As always, I will add more spots, as needed. Forest swaps are open to as many swappers as want to join! ;)
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.... so it might be a little stamped tag with singing critters on them, a punched musical note that you inked the edges of and added a rhinestone to, and a sentiment that is layered on cardstock and embellished with a button.
I just want the card candy to be detailed enough that someone will be happy to receive it and use it. KWIM?
Here's another idea... QUILLING or RIBBON art would be great card candy, too.
Links for some examples of Card Candy:
IDEAS FOR THEMES FOR THE NEXT FOREST SWAP
Free For All in the Forest... where all the participants are encouraged to use something FREE on their projects. It could be things like paint chips, free digital images, wrapping from some product (apple bag mesh or the plastic that an embellishment was packed in, etc), buttons cut off an old worn out shirt you're throwing away, pges from an old magazine you're through reading, etc.
1. Calm in the forest....where you could create a scene of quiet...?
2. Seasons in the forest--pick your favorite and create cards? and receipe cards too
3. Water in the forest--I know we did rainy day ones but how about lakes and ponds and the surroundings.
How about Flowers in the Forest? The next swap will be due when the flowers will be blooming. We can make the flowers for our cards.
Party in the Forest
Men in the Forest
What about living in the forest? maybe anything from a tree house to cave room to little cottage like snow white had in woods???
1. LOVE in the Forest! Show us some love on your cards ... Hearts, heart paper, any image showing love in any way or simply something YOU Love!
2. The Technique Forest! For this round of forest cards, show us what you can do! Feel like embossing? Spotlight stamping? Kissing stamps! Chalk boarding?! Let your techniques flow in this round!
3. Let the Forest shine! let's brighten up the forest! Show your bright lights, stars and moon, porch lights, lamp lights, sunshines, candles and candelabra ... Even a lighthouse light! Shine like the stars you are!
1. Cake in the Forest .....I know we have done food... but this would be just sweets like cake, cupcakes and such. There are lots of Birthday images with sweets in them
2. Growing in the Forest .....Anything that grows in the Forest could be on your creation!
3. Children in the Forest ....Our creations could be kid themed.
1. 'WEDDING in the FOREST' - specifically using images with loving couples
2. 'SUMMER FUN in the FOREST' -any summer fun activities:canoeing, camping, biking...etc
3. 'PUNCH ART in the Forest' - the sky's the limit here....
4. 'BUGS and CRITTERS in the Forest' -: butteflies, ladybugs, dragonflies, froggies...etc...
What will the Next Forest Theme be???
We are voting on our next Forest theme - from the following THREE choices (which Brock drew out of a hat). The voting ends at 10:00 PM (CST) on February 14.
LOVE in the Forest! Show us some love on your cards ... Hearts, heart paper, any image showing love in any way or simply something YOU Love!
Men in the Forest
2. Sweet P
Seasons in the forest--pick your favorite and create cards? and recipe cards too
5. Linda (lindac007)
Saving this one just in case.
Sign me up for two spots in the cards--I bet I get a prize or two for being first! ;) :D :p
Welcome, Barb!!! ♪♪♪ Yes, you do get a PRIZE! ;)
thanks! Two is a good number to start with.
I figured you were posting this as I went to your profile to send you a PM and saw you were updating your siggy.
LOL! You are some detective. ;) But you don't see very well... it's ONE prize.
BTW, I got your PM, thanks for letting me know and you're welcome!
I see on post #9 it says two prizes!
pfft! You can't believe everything you see, Barb. ;)
How nice of you....................................
Barb, I don't think anyone wants to join us... did you scare them off?
Good Night Forest Friends(or should I just say Barb, since you're the only one here so far?)... I'm heading to bed now. I'll see you in the morning!
Sign me up for one in each please!!!
Good Morning Forest Friends!
Welcome, Terri!!! ♪♪♪
Hugs for all!!!
OK Jeanette - sign me up for one spot in cards, please!
One spot in each, please.
Good Morning Jeanette--I am glad others are joining us as now you can pick on someone else!
Jeanette, I'll take a spot in each group please!
Hello! I'm here for a spot in cards.
Welcome, Janet!!! ♪♪♪
Welcome, Linda!!! ♪♪♪
Welcome, Paige!!! ♪♪♪
Welcome, Michelle!!! ♪♪♪
thanks--and I will share with them too!
pfft! Barb certainly has a sight problem. ;)
Paige, you won a PRIZE for landing on the first mystery number for Card Candy.
♪♪♪ Singing, you say!! ♪♪♪ I'm in! I'm overdue for a Forest Swap (haven't been able to craft much!) but with my trio of talented singing daughters, I simply MUST be in this one!!
♪♪♪ I'll take one spot in cards, please! Thank you!! ♪♪♪
One spot in cards and one spot in recipes please.
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Welcome, Kelly!!! ♪♪♪
Welcome, Joyce!!! ♪♪♪
Oh, Paige... now I'm humming along to "your" song!
Joyce, you won a PRIZE, too... first mystery spot in Recipe Cards. Would you like to hum along with Paige, too? ;)
Is this OUR Kelly who won??????
One Stamping Fool: Blog Candy Winners
pant pant pant....did not realize the new swap opened yesterday!! woottt....
LOVEE this themeee...
I'll take 2 spots in cards please Jeanette...♥
I will take one spot in cards and one in recipe!
cute cute cuuuuute....
1 spot in cards,
1 spot in recipes
1 spot in card candy please.......
Whew.....finally here...I would like one in each catagory...please and I'm hoping to be able to chat more this time....:wink:
I am here...one spot in cards!! I FInally got internet back :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
Hi Forest Ranger!!!! I'm thinking about joining this one - i LOVE music!!!! I'm not sure which category i want to join up for most and was trying to see the examples of Card Candy - only my computer won't let me 'use' your links. ugh. Am i doing something wrong?
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