Friday, January 15, 2010

Freakin' COOL Swap!

We just recently did another swap with the Control Freaks. I figured now was as good a time as any to clue everyone in to who the Freaks are and how we started ... (and I really LOVE how this card I did for our recent Occasions Mini swap turned out, by the way! As JanTink would say, "YILM!" - her acronym for "Yes I Love Myself!) Smiley from Teeheeehee!

Anyway ... several years ago a few of the gals who started the Freaks were sitting together in a hotel room at a Stampin' Up regional event and perusing/discussing the swaps they had received. C'mon, admit it! Any of you that have EVER swapped have done this. You sit with your BFF's and try to see who got the ugliest card, right??? You laugh until tears are streaming down your face, right?? Smiley from You KNOW you have DONE this!! Soooo...they got to talking and said, "Wouldn't it be be great if you could control the swaps you got? " Thus, the Freaks were born. Lisa Martz, my dear friend who lives in Nebraska, is often referred to, by us, as the Mama Freak, as she is the one who started this group and she is the one who does all the gathering and re-disbursing of swaps. It is a by-invitation group (which, I have to say, I am still shocked/thrilled to be a part of!). Every time SU releases a catalog (including all mini's and the Sale-a-Bration one), a swap is announced and we are allowed to sign up for it. The Freaks group has over 40 members, but the swaps usually hover around the low 30's. The only requirement is that was use only Stampin' Up products to create our swaps. And that is pretty much it.

Sooo...after that long explanation you should now understand what it is to be a Freak! We started doing blog hops several months ago so we could share with more than each other. I have truly enjoyed being a part of this group. It's Freakin' AWESOME!!

And speakin' of the Freaks ... don't forgot our Blog Tour is coming up again on the 20th (which is, like, NEXT Wednesday!!) Smiley from

Stamps: Well Scripted
Paper: Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Folk Flowers Decor Stencil, Scallop Trim corner punch, Perfect Polka Dots textured impressions embossing folder, Beautiful Wings embosslits die, 5/8" Pretty in Pink satin ribbon, Wide Oval punch


mudmaven said...

WOW - you are so right - this is a totally freakin' cool swap! I love this! Now I have to go and buy those stencils - those are so gorgeous. ~chris

Jan Castle said...

Well, I must say this is a cute the colors. I'll have to pay more attention to the "Freaks" as I assumed it was just 'way out there type of stamping'...Never make assumptions!!! LOL
I DO know about the put in your best and get back a DUD! Not fair!!!!

Debbie D said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! I was contemplating buying the I know I have to have them! Thanks for sharing.

carolm said...

the truth about swaps finally out of the closet. yes, we all do it.

gorgeous card. xoxo