My Swap Organizer

Some people  have asked me how I organize my swaps. Well, not to disappoint, but I do not have some fancy system. I like simple and easy ways to organize.

 I write them in my Erin Condren planner that is used only for swaps. I write the group name, swap name, date swap is closed (so I can go back and see the final details), and the date I mail out on the final mail date in my planner.  This also gives me a great visual on how many swaps I am committing too in any given month. It works great for me! 

AMG A Day at the Fair Art Swap

AMG A Day at the Fair Art Swap
For my swap I decided to make a 4 x 5” canvas. I hope my partner likes it!!

Items used – 
4 x 5” Medium Texture Canvas
Lawn Fawn Stamp Set Admit One and Coordinating Die Cut Set
Shimmerz Spritz Vibez in Jeni-B-Bleu
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Gold
Stampin UP Stampin Write Markers in Island Indigo, Pumpkin Pie, Marina Mist, Crushed Curry, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, Smoky Slate, Gumball Green, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango, Perfect Plum
Stampin Up Ink Pad in Island Indigo
Ranger Archival ink in Jet Black
Stampin UP Cardstock in Whisper White
TPC Studio Pattern Cardstock in Paper Collection 2011 Little Lovin’ Whimsy Bird 
Bazzill Basics Paper JS Jewels #303865
Color Box Fluid Chalk Inkpad in Chestnut Roan
Studio G Glitter Glue in “yellow”
Stickles in Xmas Red, Frosted Lace

Inspired By Mojo Monday 360

I really did not care for the card I made earlier for the Mojo Monday Challenge this week. I made a different card using the second set of dimensions and loosely followed the sketch. I like this one much better. The paper is more like a pumpkin spice color instead of an orange. Bad lighting, what can I say. 

Items used-
Bazzill cardstock in cream, tan, and pumpkin
Lawn Fawn Paper Collection in  Pink Lemonade
Stampin UP Stamp set 'Perfect Blend"
Stampin UP Builder Bird Punch
Stampin UP Flat Back Pearls from the Pretties Kit
Stampin UP Inkpad in Chocolate Chip
The Robin's Nest Dew Drops in Autumn Drops
3 Birds Design Perfectly Pretty Petals
Pop Dots

Mojo Monday 360

This is my second week of the Mojo Monday Challenge. This card is super simple and plain. I have not felt very good all day and threw it together very fast. My goal is to participate weekly and not beat myself up if it isn't my best work. The idea for me is to have fun and to stick with a challenge. I am not crazy about the green frame and will take it off and re-do it eventually. Oh well, hope you enjoyed my week two entry!

This weeks sketch is this-

and my entry is - 

I followed the first size and made my card a 3.5 x 5.5”.

Items used-
Vanilla Bazzil Smooth cardstock
Green (unsure which exact color) Bazzil Smooth cardstock
Lawn Fawn Pink Lemonade paper collection
My Creative Time “Coffee Break stamp and die set
Stampin UP Decorative Label Punch
Stampin Up Stamp Set “Perfect Blend”
Stampin Up Ink in Chocolate Chip

Mojo Monday

Something new I wanted to challenge myself with is to participate weekly with the challenges over at Mojo MondayTo play along you make a project using the provided sketch.

This weeks sketch is this-

and my entry is-

Thank you for stopping by today and come back next Monday for the next challenge!

Items Used
Recollections Kraft card base and envelope
Crate Paper Paper Heart Collection Paper Pad
Bazzill cardstock in tan and brown
Colorbox Fluid Chalk Inkpad in Chestnut Roan
Stampin Up Circles Collection Framelits Dies
Spellbinders Nestabilities Card Creator Dies
Unity Stamp Set Brave Girl Boots #MR-750A
Random Paper Flower from my stash (Prima?)
Twine (unknown)

CC Treat Bag Topper and Tag Swap

One of my Yahoo Groups hosted a bag topper and tag swap. The theme was "Hooked On You" and you had to use a paper clip, fishing line, or similar item for the "hook".  The tag was left plain so the giver could add their own sentiment. 

The Topper:
Stampin Up Sizzix Big Top Note Die cut from Smooth Bazzill cardstock
"Gone Fishin" and fish is from Cricut cartridge Create A Friend cut from textured Bazzill cardstock
Inked with Color Box Chalk Inkpad in Chestnut Roan
(Bazzill colors unknown)

The Tag:
Tag cut from Cricut Doodlecharms cartridge using Bazzill textured cardstock
Plaid layer is cut using Plantin Schoolbook Cricut Cartridge and Daisy D's Paper in Birthday Plaid Classic Blue #11977
The fish is cut from Cricut Cartridge Campout using black and blue Bazzill textured cardstock
Miscellaneous dark green grosgrain, brown ribbon, and spring twine
(Bazzill colors unknown)

Cricut machines - For Sale or Trade

My email is for quick response.

Photos below are not my machines, just photos to show the machines I have for sale. 
Upon conversation I can provide my detailed photos, etc.

--Cricut Expression 2: Anniversary Edition (used 3 times)

--Cricut Expression green one (used 5 times)

--Cricut Expression (that has a bad USB port- I had it quoted for repair part off Amazon, plus labor total repair $35.00. Used maybe 20 times) 

--I have a Cricut Mini Personal Electronic Cutter (used 5 times, small crack on bottom right corner, does not affect machine in anyway, only cosmetic damage)

Please message me if interested. Would also trade for unlinked licensed cartridges (so I can use them in my Cricut Explore) or other paper craft machines, tools, supplies, etc. Basically they are like new and I just want them gone. They are taking up too much space and I hate the fact they are not being used. You will receive the machine, existing blade, and any cartridges that came built into the machine.

Big Shot & Bundle Special

From now until August 31st you can get a free stamp set and coordinating Framelit die set when you purchase the Big Shot.  Already have a Big Shot?  No problem.  These bundles can be purchased at a 15% savings. Plus I'm offering free shipping on any orders that include the Big Shot and/or bundles packages. Shop HERE

Planning 101

My Smeared Ink 31 Days of Halloween 2014  blog hop calendar all planned out. Time to get crafting!!! 
I am so excited to participate this year and thrilled that I have each project all ready scheduled for each day in October. 

Smeared Ink 31 Days of Halloween 2014

Stay tuned for more information on the 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop all month long in October!
Click HERE for more information. 

Artful Mail Groupies - June & July Swaps

Here are a few photos from three different swaps within The Artful Mail Groupies group.
Under The Sea Tag Swap, Sugar Skull ATC Swap, and Fairytale Theme Tag Swap

Sadly, the photos are terrible and do not do the gorgeous papers, layering and Stickles justice.