Well Girls I know I'm a bit of myself but this time I'm giving everyone at least 2 months to prepare to get their cards to me. Also I thought this time around we do something a little bit different. I was thinking instead of buying or using brand new items for our cards this time around we could make a green theme to it too - like using recycled materials (eg. the cardboard from cereal boxes or whatever is around the house and would normally go in the bin really).... or is that getting too complicated? It's just a thought. I mean I know Christmas keeps alot of us short on funds so I was thinking leftover bits and pieces could make good interesting cards.
Okay for some guidelines.
Guidelines for Handmade Card Swap.
* Your card must be handmade from recycled products (ie the cardboard from cereal boxes or whatever is around the house and would normally go in the bin really) but not necessarily from the bin
* You'll need to make five (5) identical cards, plus an extra one for yourself to keep. You'll then get five different cards back, one from each person in your group.
* Size is open, although A6 (A5 folded) is a good standard size if you're not sure where to start.
* You'll need to provide envelopes for your cards. These need only be plain envelopes, but they'll need to match the size of your card.
* Please keep the cards as 'professional' as possible. If a line is meant to be drawn/cut straight, then please make sure that it is straight. Please rub out any unnessary pencil lines etc, so that the cards are passed on as finished products.
* Please do not sign up for the swap if you do not intend following through. Other people will be relying on you to do your part for the swap to be a success.
Once sign-ups are closed, I'll PM each member of the swap with my postal address. You'll then need to make sure they arrive to me by post before the deadline.
Just a few requirements to make sure that our work is not damaged by weather, over-enthusiastic postmen etc -
* Please place each card into its own snaplock bag marked with your name and seal.
* Include a self-addressed A4 envelope, with $1.50 postage on it. Please include an extra $1.50 worth of stamps in case the postage costs more. Unused stamps will be returned to you with your cards.
* Place all into another snaplock bag, so that all cards, return envelope and stamps are weather-proof.
* It's also handy to place another piece of cardboard into your envelope to act as a 'stiffener' to protect against bending in transit.
* Also important - please mark your envelope front and back with "Do not bend" so that your cards are returned to you unharmed.
I'm setting a deadline for the 20th January 2007 as I'm due to give birth to my 2nd child on the 8th February. I endeavour to get all the cards back to everyone by the 30 January 2007 and if I should go into labour before then I have let my husband know that the cards will be needed to be send out by then