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Inchies: Beginner or Not

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Inchies: Beginner or Not
Swap Coordinator:grimmlynn (contact)
Swap categories: Art  Inchies  Card Making 
Number of people in swap:74
Location:International
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:July 28, 2009
Date items must be sent by:August 12, 2009
Number of swap partners:2
Description:

Creating inchies is fun for everyone!

This inchie swap is beginner and not-so-beginner friendly, so if you have never made an inchie or if you have made several hundered, please join in on the fun!

In this swap, you will have 2 partners and create them each 4 inchies.

2 partners x 4 inchies = 8 total inchies

Theme:

The theme for this swap is open since it is to help those new to inchies gain more experience and get feedback. Also, since it is an open theme, you don't have to wait for partners to be assigned before you start working on them.

Medium:

The medium for your inchie is up to you: sturdy cardstock, grunge board, fabric, chip board, polymer clay, watercolor paper or whatever strikes your fancy. Empty cereal boxes can be used as inchie blanks, too and it is a very enviornment friendly idea.

What is an inchie?

An inchie is a 1" x 1" piece of mini artwork created by you. The only requirements are the measurements and that it be sturdy. They can be painted, sewn, collaged or any combination of techniques. They should be creative. Cardstock with a sticker is NOT an inchie.

Guidelines:

NO KNOWN FLAKERS: No 1's ever and no 3's within the last 6 months without contacting me to discuss the situation and even then, I might not let you join. Sorry.

NEWBIES WELCOME: Provided you contact me to let me know you are serious about joining.

QUALITY INCHIES: A sticker on a blank piece of cardstock does not count as an inchie. Put effort into your inchie and make some that you would like to receive.

AT LEAST: 5 completed snail mail swaps.

IT IS: an international swap, so your partner may be overseas, but inchies are low cost to ship.

I WILL: be checking profiles to ensure that no flakers join, but if you see someone sign up who is a known flaker, please contact me. I would rather ban a flaker than lose any good inchie swappers!

IF: someone winds up being flaked on, I will angel them or find another kind soul who will.

REMEMBER: we were all new to inchies once, so be kind if your swap partner is new to the craft!

PLEASE: contact me if you have any questions. I will be happy to help you in any way that I can.

Discussion

creationsbygena 07/15/2009 #

This sounds like a fun swap as I am new to inchies myself. Just started making and collecting. heehee you are right..they are addicting!

grimmlynn 07/16/2009 #

I never believed anyone when they told me how addicting they were until I actually started making them! Now I can't stop...LOL!

ladydy5 07/17/2009 #

Check out my inchie also (thanks coordinator of this one). These are such fun to do. Mine is call Creatures Great and Small. Thanks

KimberCow27 07/17/2009 #

What are inchies for? Are they like ATCs in that they're strictly for swapping and collecting? I'm only wondering! I would love to get started somewhere!

grimmlynn 07/19/2009 #

Hi Kimber, they are for swapping and trading and use in papercrafts. I know some people who use them to decorate cards. Also, I am turning one of my recently received inchies into a necklace. It was done on a very sturdy material.

Here is the link to the Creatures Great and Small swap hosted by @ladydy5

BDooBs 07/22/2009 #

Okay, getting antsy. Started crafting my first set tonight. July is crawling by at this point for me! I hope I make some good ones. Lil nervous and new at the inchie craft yet.

grimmlynn 07/22/2009 #

You will do fine! Everyone has to start somewhere and we all remember what it was like when we first started. Just have fun and it will be fine!

cleopatra 07/22/2009 #

I'm soooo excited !

pinkqueen 07/23/2009 #

I am excited. I just completed my first set for another swap. I hope she enjoys them. Cannot wait to start on these.

KimberCow27 07/23/2009 #

=D I am happy to announce I have secured my very first 1" square punch. It's kind of pathetic how excited I am!!!

I can now join with confidence!

Fenix825 07/23/2009 #

Oh wow.. I am jealous @KimberCow27 I need to get a 1" square punch! I have been measuring things out with rulers and they don't seem to be that perfect (I'm a little bit of a perfectionist about it).

I am excited - I've got mine partially done. This is so fun!

bowlofsurreal 07/24/2009 #

I had never heard of inchies until this swap. Here's hoping I can make something that won't disappoint...

lovetheearth 07/24/2009 #

Ok, I am new to inchies... but I am going to give it a go :) I made some post cards for the first time for 3 swaps and everyone loved them, just gotta think on a smaller scale LOL!

lovetheearth 07/24/2009 #

oh duh, not post cards, NOTE cards LOL!.... I promise I am awake over here....

grimmlynn 07/24/2009 #

I am glad to see everyone is excited about the swap! It is good to see so much interest in such a fun craft!

LexyAnn515 07/25/2009 #

This will be my first time making these but I'm really excited! My Aunt does them and they are so cute:)

Joyce52 07/25/2009 #

Inches are fun to make, I use my on cards, can't wait to get started.

Joyce52 07/25/2009 #

Still not sure what to do, will we be assigned a partner?

grimmlynn 07/26/2009 #

I sent a PM to help answer your question!

Also, I will be extending the deadlines by a few days since I will be out of time until Wednesday. Look for partners to be assigned by Wednesday night or Thursday morning and I hope everyone is having fun making their inchies!

grimmlynn 07/27/2009 #

I meant to type out of TOWN not out of time...LOL!

Kakeys 07/27/2009 #

HELLO! I TYPE IN CAPITAL LETTERS BECAUSE HANDS SWELL- READ MY PROFILE WHY- I JUST SIGNED UP TO SWAPBOT AND I THOUGHT THESE INCHIES SEEM PERFECT TO MAKE INTO PINS AND EARRINGS- I AM AN EXPERT CRAFTER IN BUSINESS FOR YEARS, A BANNER OF INCHIES COMES TO MIND HANGING FROM A WINDOW FROM ONE SIDE TO THE OTHER- SEASONAL INCHIES- I WANTED TO COMMENT ABOUT THE HOLE PUNCH - ONE CAN EASILY USE A DREMEL DRILL BIT OR PURCHASE A PIN VISE- A PIN VISE IS LOW COST AND IF IT IS TOO LARGE AND WON'T HOLD THE MICRO DRILL BIT- I ALWAYS DUCT TAPED MINE BEFORE I GOT A DREMEL TOOL- THING IS A DRILL LIKE A DREMEL - OR A PIN VISE WILL ENABLE YOU TO DRILL INTO A FINISHED PRODUCT- SO ONE CAN CREATE FIRST THEN PUT THE HOLE IN. AS FOR FENIX TRUE ART IS IMPERFECT - IF ONE WANTS PERFECTION TAKE A PHOTOGRAPH- GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK, IF YOU SEW IT UP AND IT IS AN INCHIE WITH A LITTLE MORE ON ONE EDGE THAT IS WHAT GIVES HANDCRAFTED CHARM- SO RELAX... THIS SOUNDS LIKE FUN TO ME, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW DO I SIGN UP? WHAT IS A FLAKER? I KEEP SEEING IT AND I ASSUME IT IS SOMEONE WHO PROMISES TO MAKE SOMETHING AND THEN NEVER COMES THROUGH OR NEVER GIVES A VALID REASON- LITTLE MAGNET INCHIES, ONE GLUED TO THE END OF NICE RIBBON WOULD MAKE A BOOKMARKER- ATTACHED TO A STICKY BOARD WHEN ENOUGH ARE COLLECTED WOULD MAKE A BEAUTIFUL ART PIECE- IMAGINE AN 11 X 16 FRAME ON THE WALL WITH INCHIES FROM ALL OVER THE GLOBE STUCK ON THE PEEL AND STICK ART BOARD I HOPE U GUYS ARE SIGNING YOURS!! I AM INTERESTED IN THIS, BUT I NEVER DID THIS SWAP THING BEFORE- DO THE TWO PARTNERS PROVIDE THE DESIGNER WITH THEIR FAVORITE THEMES SO ONE CAN ADAPT IT TO MATCH THEIR TASTE? LET ME KNOW - READ MY PROFILE THOUGH I AM A NEWBIE ON THIS SITE I AM A VERITABLE PERSON. INCHIE MAGNETS ON THE FRIDGE INCHIES ON A BRACELET USING MEMORY WIRE , AN INCHIE WATCH BAND - U GUYS HAVE AN ENDLESS DESIGN A DOLL HOUSE WALL PICTURE. HM LET'S SEE HERE WITH WIRE ON IT , ONE CAN MAKE A WATER BOTTLE ID, WINE GLASS ID . CHARMS OF ALL KINDS INCLUDING HAVING SOME WEATHER RESISTANT ONES ON YOUR CHILD'S SNEAKERS- INCHIES INCHIES TWO THREE FOUR WE START COLLECTING INCHIES AND WE WANT MORE! LET ME KNOW OK? THANKS!

jillian 07/27/2009 #

Ok,though i feel inadequate,as ive made only 4 practice inchies, im in bc it was fun. My 9yo enjoyed doing them w/me. I hope to get better w/time& practice. Thank you for hosting this swap :-)

Kakeys 07/27/2009 #

HELLO ! I NEVER DID AN INCHIE BEFORE BUT JUST SIGNED UP - MY HONESTY IS SHOWN AT EBAY I AM KAKEYS LISTED UNDER NIGHT OWL NOVELTY AS BUYER HAVEN'T SOLD IN A LONGGGG TIME- LET ME KNOW IF I CAN GET IN HERE AND GIVE THIS A TRY- I COULDN'T FIND DIRECT EMAIL JUST FRIEND REQUEST BUT READ ABOVE I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE SOME INCHIES AND GET SOME IN RETURN TO SEE OTHER'S ART FORMS. THANKS GAIL

Fenix825 07/27/2009 #

I'm so excited - I finished my sets of inchies and hope that my partners like them! I also was able to find a 1"x1" punch! YAY! No more manual cutting!

n03mi63 07/27/2009 #

Hi everyone! I'm new at this, but it sounds like fun-I'm in! =D

PinkNightmare 07/28/2009 #

Thanks for hosting this! I've been wanting to get into inchies, but nervous about joining a swap so this is perfect.

CalizonaDesigns 07/28/2009 #

I don;t have enough swaps under my belt to do this- next time, I hope. Have fun guys! :)

beadeful 07/29/2009 #

If partners are assigned today, mine will be shipped today...Hope my partners like them (still practicing the inchie thing).

For my RECEIVING PARTNER's: The inchies are removeable (you'll see what I mean when you receive them).

Joyce52 07/29/2009 #

Do we do 8 of the same ones. Thanks Joyce

thyme 07/29/2009 #

I made all of my inchies before I knew who my partners were, so I apologize if you get one with something you explicitly hate--it's nothing personal, I just sealed the envelopes and wrote the return address before partners got assigned, so I couldn't even check, hehe.

KimberCow27 07/31/2009 #

Ha, whoops! I sent out a couple days ago!

Had so much fun! Hope you'll be hosting more!

druideye 08/ 1/2009 #

I sent my inchies, and here's a scan of all 8 of them: http://pamelaski.deviantart.com/art/Inchies-131540680 - these are my very first so any suggestions, critique, anything to help would be great!

bridgetteciaj 08/ 3/2009 #

I can't see who to send to. Nothing comes up :(

bridgetteciaj 08/14/2009 #

This was so fun!! I added danglies, hope that's ok.

Here's what mine look like! http://s280.photobucket.com/albums/kk187/bridgetteciaj/inchies/?albumview=grid

bridgetteciaj 08/14/2009 #

druideye -- Loved your inchies! good job!

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