Today I participated in 3 organized swaps.  Some of you may wonder what are the differences between organized swaps and general swaps.  Organized swaps are hosted by a demonstrator who sets the requirements for the swap, such as:

–Type:  card front, full card, 3-D, scrapbook page, mini album, etc
–Quantity: 5, 10, 20, 75, number of Groups, etc.
–Restrictions: minimum 2 layers and an embellishment, WOW only, fancy fold, technique, punch art, etc. (you may do more just not less than the requirements)
–Date and Time

Whereas, general swaps can be anything you want!  You can do any of the above for your general swaps, which generallly are either card fronts, 3-D or scrapbooking.  You have fun swapping with everyone, everywhere, it is either more relaxed or stressful depending on your personal preference and what you want to do with your swaps.

Personally,  I like both and each has it own merits.  In organized swaps there a lot of people swapping in a scheduled manner not much time to get to know your fellow swappers as you are part of a schedule. In the general swaps you ask or are asked to swap and you get to look at the swaps and ask questions about the swap or demonstrator, a more personal experience.

So now you know what swaps are about!  Here is the first of three organized swapsI participated in today:

12:30pm Card Candy Swap hosted by Jennifer Blank Group 3 Label Love:

Label Love Card Candy 2013 Convention Jeannine Tarrio Stampin Up


By the Tide Jeannine Tarrio

Below is the recipe for the By the Tide Card Candy.  I am not posting the Label Love recipe as it is pretty self explanatory.

Stamp: By the Tide
Card stock: Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla, Coastal Cabana,Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral Baked Brown Sugar, Real Red

Ink:  Midnight Muse, Baked Brown Sugar, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Cantalope Crisp; Markers: Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake

Accs: Sponges, Basic Jewels Pearls, Mini Silver brads, Apothecary Accents and Oval Collection framelets, Paper Snips; Punches: Decorative Label, Artisan Label, 1 ¼” Scallop Circle, Scallop Oval, Large Oval, Wide Oval, 1” Circle

Note:  Stamped coral piece is hand cut. Stamp image on 3 3/8” x 3” Very Vanilla CS, then using paper snips, cut a wavy line from one corner to the other. Turn 90 degrees and repeatuntil all sides are wavy.  Glue onto 3 5/8” x 3 ¼” Crumb Cake CS. Again start in one corner and cut wavy lines parallel to Very Vanilla.

As I want the posts live after the swappers get their swaps, I will post again after each swap. See you soon!