Friday, March 27, 2009

Great Friend Swaps

Yes these were the swaps I started out making for the Michigan Mingle this weekend and stopped after creating 40 of them when I thought I was going to loose my mind, lol. Usually swaps are cards that are fairly easy to assemble for mass quantity and but well designed, well after being so excited to get my new Sizzix matchbox die and making one matchbox I thought, why not how hard could it be to knock out about 50 of these boxes, lol.



The hardest part about making these was the cutting, scoring and attaching the acetate piece that slides over the box. For some reason the first one came out great (of course) but after that the die was not scoring onto the acetate even with using a crease pad so they all needed to be hand scored.
I'm happy with the way that they came out and it makes me feel good to know that I used my new Sizzix matchbox die to make them all.

At the Mingle this weekend their having a name tag contest but for me I'm just happy to have a name tag made. I made mine simple and had it coordinate with my swaps.

Yes this is 40 hand cut butterflies
160 hand stamped pieces of chocolate
40 hand cut labels on top of each box
120 little pearls for all the butterflies
a ton of glue dots.
Giving a handmade swap to a new friend and having a fun weekend......Priceless!

Supplies: Great Friend, Sizzix matchbox die, Walk in the Park DSP, Acetate, Pearls, Ribbon, Mailing labels, Glue dots. Colors: Basic Grey, Cameo Coral, Whisper White.

22 comments:

Sparkle said...

Wow, you're pretty ambitious! They're gorgeous though and love your name tag! Have a great time.

Tina said...

Oh my gosh, look how wonderful they look. Well done and I am sure they will love them.

Susan said...

That's a lot of boxes! Sounds like a great time! I had a blast at our Stamp New England event last weekend so I know the fun you're going to have. Can't wait to hear all about it. Hope all is well. I really miss you!

Hugs to you,

Susan

Danni said...

Oh my! You are my crafting hero! I never would've tackled a project like this!! Amazing!! I love your name tag and the swap projects!! Have fun!

Susan (peebsmama) said...

OH my GOSH! I can't imagine doing all this. Especially with all the hand scoring and cutting. They look terrific and I'm sure all the other participants will be thrilled with them.

Debby said...

Are we a little type A here? These are so so so fabulous! You are going to have the best time evah!

Nancy Riley said...

You've been a busy girl! That beautiful swap is going to be so worth the effort when you see everyone's reactions to it! They're gonna freak! It's so beautiful!

So clever of you to coordinate your nametag with your swap! HAVE FUN, Lynn!

Laurel said...

WOW! Fabulous! The ladies are going to LOVE them!

Dawn Easton said...

Lynn! These are gorgeous! Boy that was a lot of work and I hope that all the swappers know how much time and effort you put into those! Lucky peeps ;)

I have that problem too with acetate and the dies...total bummer!

Have a GREAT time!

Suzanne J Dean said...

Wow Lynn--I'm impressed! I would've stopped at 10, LOL--I don't like to mass produce anything. But they're just lovely and you're matching nametag is too!
Have fun!

hugz,
Suzanne

Priscilla said...

I know you spent a lot of work on these but you must be so proud of them. They are gorgeous! :o)

Katie @ Paper Makeup said...

Good LORD thats a lot of work! But it all looks fabulous!!!

Kelly Schelske said...

Oh so much work Lynn,but they turned out fabulous!!

Stamp and Smile said...

OMGosh Lynn... these are GORGEOUS!! I'm sure these treat boxes will be very much appreciated, and I give you ton's of credit in making 40!! Plus the hand cut butterflies... WOW! And that label die is to DIE for... TFS!

Hope you have a super fun time! Smiles... :)

Dani said...

Holy cow! That looks like an awful lot of work! But totally worth it, I'm sure! You're amazing! :)

KT said...

Wonder Woman strikes again! These are amazing little boxes --- just think how many smiles you will have created once people receive your beautiful piece of art! Thanks for making us smile, too, by sharing your idea. (The name tag is the icing on the cake!)

Desiree de Monye said...

What a beautifully coordinated swap, nametag, and door prize. Your work is absolutely flawless and everything is gorgeous!

Vicki (CraftCrazy98) said...

Lynn, I feel so honored that I got one of your gorgeous swaps! Thank you for all the hard work you put into making them for us!

I am glad I was able to meet you this weekend. I'm sure you'll see me stalking your blog... don't be scared ; D LOL

Terry Molineux said...

Lynn these are awesome! Wish I was in on this swap would love to get one....TFS and for the inspiration. Just found your blog today from Nancy Riley. Love it and signed up for daily updates.

Cindy Major said...

They will be so happy to receive the boxes! Love your name tag, too - it's gorgeous!!

Cindy

Elaine said...

OMG those are incredibly sweet!! I saw that you listed hand stamped chocolate? What was that!?! I just adore these!!

Allison said...

WOW! Those are amazing! Anyone would LOVE to receive those.