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#1 Posted : Sunday, August 26, 2012 8:00:13 AM(UTC)
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Is there any RAK, Swaps or bulk buys for Canadians? I like to take part, but it is so expensive to send to the States and it takes so long to get stuff there. I would offer to host, but I am too busy. Anyone else interested?
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#2 Posted : Sunday, August 26, 2012 4:51:25 PM(UTC)
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Hello Larmabee....
sure count me in to participate in a swap...what are you thinking?
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#3 Posted : Sunday, August 26, 2012 10:21:43 PM(UTC)
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I like swaps! BigGrin
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#4 Posted : Monday, August 27, 2012 6:26:48 AM(UTC)
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I didn't have a particular one in mind - yet. They look like so much fun. I have participated in the past, but it was just such a hassle at the post office (and expensive).
Maybe we can make up our own and be the envy of the American crafters!
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#5 Posted : Monday, August 27, 2012 9:57:32 AM(UTC)
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Hmmm... most of the swaps I've done have been based on a theme, such as letters from the alphabet. Because we'd be a smaller group, maybe we could split into 13 groups of 2 letters each. We'd have to make 13 of each letter (i.e. 26 cuts total for each group we sign up for). I'd think we'd sign up for:

A & N :
B & O :
C & P :
etc...

Then we'd each get back 26 cuts (including 2 of our own) for each group we signed up for. Do you like this? Is it too ambitious? (Or, if we included a # group, we could do 9 groups of 3 letters... make 9 cuts of each letter, so 27 total cuts sent for each slot we signed up for.)

My other idea is to copy the "no excuse not to use that cartridge" swap I participated in. We each chose a cart we haven't used in a while (or ever!) and made 10 cuts. Because there were 10 participants, we each got back 10 cuts total (including 1 of our own). We kept our specific cut choice a secret, so it was a neat surprise when it arrived.

Any thoughts? I could try hosting if no one else wants to.
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#6 Posted : Monday, August 27, 2012 3:06:18 PM(UTC)
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I have done an alphabet one and liked it. I would do it again. I don't mind doing a bunch of different cuts. I think I would prefer that over 10 or so of the same one - BORING!
Another idea I thought of was for holiday/month theme. Like for October we could do either Thanksgiving or Halloweeen.
It would be great Geemommy if you would give hosting a try. Do we want to keep it over here or should we list it in the regular RAK Swap area?
I am also thinking of doing a share. That I would be willing to host. What are we interested in? I am thinking small gem embellishments, AGT tape, maybe even vinyl. Ideas?
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#7 Posted : Monday, August 27, 2012 3:47:35 PM(UTC)
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I like the holiday/theme idea too. Is it too late for Halloween/Thanksgiving already? Maybe we could start with Remembrance Day or Christmas? I think the idea of doing several of the same cuts is that each person gets the same package in the mail, but the time I did 26 of each cuts was a lot! Laugh I would think we'd keep it here, but make it clear that anyone could join us if they like. Maybe I'd cross-post an announcement under RAKs?

I might be interested in a share, but I've never tried vinyl and I don't have an ATG gun... I'm also not the most creative person, so I struggle with ideas!
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#8 Posted : Tuesday, August 28, 2012 6:31:28 AM(UTC)
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Okay I'm in!
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#9 Posted : Wednesday, August 29, 2012 12:32:39 AM(UTC)
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I'll post something tomorrow night. If you don't see anything, please remind me. I still have a bit of baby brain going on! LOL
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#10 Posted : Thursday, August 30, 2012 7:50:46 PM(UTC)
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I would be interested...I m very new to cricut though and may have a kazillion stupid questions..
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#11 Posted : Friday, August 31, 2012 5:57:46 AM(UTC)
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Our specialty is stupid questions! Flapper We will certainly try to help you as much as we can! These boards are really helpful and you can find tons of youtube. Feel free to PM me, if you want.
Geemommy is planning to post and host our swap soon.

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#12 Posted : Friday, August 31, 2012 8:45:00 AM(UTC)
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Hello Geemommy,
count me in!

as for where to post it...why don't we keep it here because we can keep track of it and with so many raks/swaps on the other it's hard to keep track of =)
Cheers!
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#13 Posted : Friday, August 31, 2012 8:52:36 PM(UTC)
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#14 Posted : Saturday, September 01, 2012 6:23:49 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: geemommy Go to Quoted Post
I like swaps! BigGrin


Me tooBigGrin BigGrin Does anyone make stick pins, ect with beads? A swap with something along this line would be fun and like getting a surprise packageFlapper
If others have interests please post because you never know who else may be interested.BigGrin
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#15 Posted : Saturday, September 01, 2012 8:12:14 AM(UTC)
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I've never tried stick pins. I've also seen card swaps. I really mostly stick with flat paper things... nothing to elaborate for me!Flapper
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#16 Posted : Saturday, September 01, 2012 8:40:34 AM(UTC)
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GM you're probably right in that we better stick with flat things such as paper. God knows I have trouble enough getting my handmade cards threw the mail as it is, It's hit or miss if the receipant receives them. Some person or persons along my postal route are taking my cards from the mail, my guess is they see that it's a thick or heavier envelope so they think it has valuables. Some of my cards have even arrived with the envelope being opened then retaped with no explanation. I have called Canada Post numerous times about this problem but how can they fix this? Even though my envelopes had been opened by someone with bad intent I did appreciate that they retaped it and sent it on so my son could have his handmade card from Mom.
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Maybe after this swap we could do one of those exchanges. I've seen them done with paper and embellishments. For example on the embellishment theme - One person starts with a envelope and fills it with an assortment (5 or so maybe) of embellishments they have on hand - a sheet of stickers, a 3D flower, Stickles, a card of buttons and some brads, lets say. The first person mails it to the second person on the list. The second person takes what they like and replaces with something from their stash. The pack moves from home to home, until it comes back to the first and that person keeps it. Afterwards we can post what we recieved and maybe something we made from it.
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Larmabee that's a lovely idea. I like the variety too.BigGrin
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Originally Posted by: Larmabee Go to Quoted Post
Maybe after this swap we could do one of those exchanges. I've seen them done with paper and embellishments. For example on the embellishment theme - One person starts with a envelope and fills it with an assortment (5 or so maybe) of embellishments they have on hand - a sheet of stickers, a 3D flower, Stickles, a card of buttons and some brads, lets say. The first person mails it to the second person on the list. The second person takes what they like and replaces with something from their stash. The pack moves from home to home, until it comes back to the first and that person keeps it. Afterwards we can post what we recieved and maybe something we made from it.


Sounds like a great idea =) kind of like a surprise challenge...this would be neat BigGrin
Alice
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#20 Posted : Sunday, September 02, 2012 11:41:59 AM(UTC)
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NLGirl - that's awful! I'd be so upset if that was happening to me!

I'm up for trying a different swap when this one's done. Swaps are always fun. Laugh
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