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christmas (fun) time matchbox swap

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christmas (fun) time matchbox swap
Swap Coordinator:racheljohnson (contact)
Swap categories: Boxes  Seasonal 
Number of people in swap:80
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:November 16, 2007
Date items must be sent by:November 30, 2007
Number of swap partners:1

I know, I know... It is not even close to Christmas time yet. I just really need a good excuse to start browsing all of the cute red and green holiday stuff and winter-y goodness already out in the displays at the craft stores.

Also, I have fallen head over heels in love with making matchboxes!

the simple guidelines:

For this easy, fun times, international matchbox swap we will each have just one partner. You will make your partner one winter, holiday, or Christmas themed matchbox (the small 32-count size). I use this template to make my matchboxes out of cardstock, but most swappers decorate real, empty matchboxes.

You also need to fill your matchbox with similarly themed goodies. I like filling my boxes with stickers, ribbon, brads, buttons, beads, and other little embellishments. Anything goes. There are these cute chipboard embellishments that I have been really digging lately... but I digress...

You aren't required to send extras for this swap, but remember to include your name, your swap-bot username, and your email address in your package.

touchy stuff:

I celebrate Christmas, but I know many others do not. Everyone is welcome to join this swap without regard to religious affiliation. However, I want to send out red and green stuff... and maybe some Christmas tree things... and probably some winter themed stuff, too. Just know that by signing up for this swap, you are agreeing that you don't mind receiving Christmas-y things.

rating requirements:

This swap is international. Everyone must have over a 4.6 rating to participate with very, very few no sends. If you don't meet these requirements, message me and we can probably work something out. New users are welcome, but I must ban anyone who looks fishy. (A filled out profile is always a plus.) It is a harsh world out there and I want to keep my Christmas fun time swappers safe!

let's swap:

This swap is open for a long time, so there is plenty of time for collecting fun stuff. I hope to have a lot of participants. Let's all have fun and start dreaming about the holidays!



racheljohnson 10/14/2007 #

I am so excited that there are 19 people signed up!

(Once it gets closer to the deadline, I am going to make this swap of the week on the blog. It is a bit of a conflict of interests, but I want a bunch of participants!)


ladyb 10/17/2007 #

I signed up. I am so hooked on these little crafty creations. I love making them.

racheljohnson 10/17/2007 #

I am so glad you joined in, ladyb. So far, this group is made up of the best swappers around! I love it! xoxo

VJP 10/18/2007 #

Rachel ~ you are so sweet..."conflict of interest". NO...it's your site and you should enjoy the perks of your hard work. Trust me...no one here minds at all. Now for my exciting news....

I used your template...several (read 10 attempts) times actually. I really had difficulty getting the bottom small enough to fit..but tonight I had SUCCESS!! I have 2 altered matchboxes that I will foist upon someone, but more importantly, I have the formula for making matchboxes!! I feel a real addiction coming on!! It is so much fun!! So, I am ready to go for this swap and will begin to practice tomorrow. That means my partner can expect at least 5 matchboxes (my insecurity will require several attempts, I am sure). Just what I needed...one more craft addiction!!!!!

racheljohnson 10/20/2007 #

I am sure your matchboxes are beautiful, VJP. It is true that you have to work with the template a bit to get it to work. When I finally figured it out I made cardboard version that I can just trace. It makes it easy. Mine still don't turn out totally perfect, but I think making them from scratch is fun.

Thanks for joining my swap!


2sistersandme 11/ 1/2007 #

Hi Rachel! This is my very first swap so I am a little nervous at what to do and when! I am going to try to make my own matchboxes from the template!!! Can't wait! Sounds like so much fun!!
Thanks, Vickie

racheljohnson 11/ 2/2007 #

Welcome Vickie!

This swap is getting huge! 57 members. II love it! I am keeping track of all the participants and checking into the newbies. Many of them have contacted me, which is perfect. Any new users who do not contact me and/or do not have a full profile will most likely be removed close to the sign up deadline.

Thank you to everyone who has joined my swap! I am already collecting lots of goodies for my matchbox.


ladyb 11/ 2/2007 #

I have to drop from this swap. Bummer! I was really looking forward to it. Have fun everyone! :o)

BassetMama10 11/ 3/2007 #

I am so excited. I have never done matchbox projects before but can invision a hundred ways to do one. I love doing Christmas crafts. With the grandkids so far away and daughter too busy, I now have an excuse to be doing crafts for Christmas.I love swaps and Christmas and Crafts just make me happy. BassetMom10

GinaPumpkin 11/15/2007 #

hey rachel this is new for me, but here we go, i hope everthing ends wonderful, by the way is there any problem cause im from mexico, i dont know because of shipping problems or something like that?

thanks for create this cool site!


racheljohnson 11/15/2007 #

Thanks everyone for joining. Tomorrow is the last day to sign up and I am beginning the process of looking over all the participants. The swap is international, GinaPumpkin, so it is perfectly fine the you are in Mexico.

If you are a new user and you have not contacted me, do it ASAP. I will drop you from the swap if you don't meet the 4.6 rating requirement or are new and you have not contacted me.

Can't wait to start swapping with you all!


GinaPumpkin 11/16/2007 #

RACHEEEEELLLL!!! please help me , yes I am a new user, but im so excited to be a participant, i would really like to be in this swap and starting to be an international swapper swear to god!


mrsskordas13 11/16/2007 #

Im looking forward to this swap :) I am having severe depression and it will help me focus on something fun and good :)

racheljohnson 11/17/2007 #

Ok, partners are now assigned! We have a great group of 80 awesome swappers. Have fun making your matchboxes.

Happy swapping! xoxo

p.s. I will angel for this swap, but I won't start until at least two weeks after the mail deadline. Contact me and let me know if you don't receive something.

cbzcando 11/17/2007 #

rachael - if you end up needing extra angels, you can pm me. Happy crafting!

dulcimer 11/18/2007 #

If you need angels I can help as well.

symphonie 11/18/2007 #

Package sent today (Monday 19th Nov) to Luvcatzzz from Melbourne Australia.

GinaPumpkin 11/20/2007 #

Im so excited to be part of this swap, by the way for the first time =) thanks Rachel, greetings to u all!


from Mexico

racheljohnson 11/26/2007 #

woohoo! i sent off my package to Kinderposht today. enjoy!


charlottenc 11/27/2007 #

Sent off my package and uploaded a pic, which I got wrong LOL! Sender isn't sarasassafras, that's who it's going to, I'm the sender. Duh!! Hope it gets there quick and you like it. I ended up making two 'cause I didn't like the way the first came out. But since I'd made the two, I thought I'd send 'em both. :)

LisaLaughs 11/27/2007 #

symphonie, your matchbox is on its way from California!! cheers!!!

raydance 11/28/2007 #

dear mere, your matchbox went out today from Singapore! Hope it gets there soon!

jstubbs 11/28/2007 #

Hello to all! This is my first matchbox swap...my matchbox is ready! What is the best way or usual to mail it? I don't want it to get crushed. Small box, bubble envelope???

earthnk 11/29/2007 #

KisforCrafty, I shipped your package today so be on the lookout for it. Thanks:)


to Jstubbs I bubble wrapped my matchbox and then put it in a box to ship.

GinaPumpkin 11/29/2007 #

Hey tHErE! Charlottenc i just sent your package i hope you like it, this is my first swap! so i hope everything gets there on time, greetings!


pahasiga 11/30/2007 #

For me it was the very first matchbox to make and send... so, just for any case, I put it into a bigger box (made of two bottoms of milk cartons.. should be sturdy), padded that box on both sides with chocolate to the height of box and put it all into bubble envelope! Now if it still gets crushed.. it will not be my fault. :(

cbzcando 11/30/2007 #

jstubbs - Yours is on its way. Enjoy!

dandelion 11/30/2007 #

Mine was sent to pahasiga today! :D Thanks for a GREAT swap Rachel!!

earthnk 12/ 4/2007 #

I received a most cool swap from 2sistersandme I can't seem to wipe the smile off my face(grin) Thank you very much.

Thanks also to Rachel for hosting a wonderful swap.

racheljohnson 12/ 7/2007 #

I am glad everyone had fun with this swap! It looks like almost everyone has marked "Sent" Let me know after the 12th if you haven't received anything.

Happy holidays!


pahasiga 12/12/2007 #

I was sure that my matchbox will not make it from dandelion in only 12 days, but Rachel's threat speeded it up, I suppose... ;)

dandelion 12/16/2007 #

Whew, I'm glad it made it too, Pahasiga! ;)

GinaPumpkin 12/20/2007 #

Hey Rachel, im didnt get anything yet, the reason maybe cause im in Mexico hehe anyway just wanted to say hi! and almost merry xmas! =)


dulcimer 12/28/2007 #

Looks like ive been flaked on ~ partner hasn't signed in since Nov 19 and even thought its been marked sent her ratings are now down ~ down ~ down to a 3.00. =(

racheljohnson 12/30/2007 #

Hi GinaPumpkin and Dulcimer...

I am sorry you two did not receive matchboxes. I have your angel matchboxes ready to go. I am away from Swap-bot headquarters, but they will be sent as soon as i get back! And I will throw in a few extra goodies since it is way past the holidays now.

xoxo, Rachel

dandelion 01/ 9/2008 #

I've not received but I have heard from my partner. Apparently mail problems, so I'm not giving up hope yet!

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