Hello everyone! Hope you are all doing well this wonderful weekend. I’m about to go check my mailbox — I’m always smiling large after that! Especially after I started swapping and penpalling again. ;) Wee! Just checked it and have about 4 packages and 5 envelopes — I hope I find some cute ATCs to put in my collection! I love to wait to open my mail until after I’m done with work. I like to take it all in my bedroom, on my bed, and open them one by one often with Ben by my side. He likes to see what I get. I’ve recently gotten him liking hot tea so he’s interested to see if I get any teas in the mail from other countries. If you’d like to swap tea please let me know because I’m always up to trying new ones! We stock tons of tea in our house from all over so you’ll be sure to get a tasty mix in return.

I’ve also joined this Blythe Swap Flickr Group recently and I’m joining up in my first swap this holiday. My partner is new as well so we’ve both been excitedly chatting about it a lot. I’ve already been spoiling her and purchasing REALLY CUTE winter gifts for her dolls. I want to blab all about it but I’m being polite and keeping it a surprise. ;) I’ll be sure to update with photos after we swap.

Remember in the surprise ball post how I offered to swap them with anyone interested? Well I’ve already crafted 7 surprise balls since (including Christmas balls for Ben and Jamie!)! Whahaha! I think I’m finally becoming a pro at tucking those presents in and keeping it ball-shaped. LOL, what a valuable skill!

So since I got asked from a few of you about swapping and what kind of things I send and receive I thought I’d do a post on it. I use my Flickr as a blog sort-of, if you’re interested, I update it almost daily and often add photos of the swaps I send and receive.

matryoshka dotee doll

Recently I was in a Matryoshka Dotee Doll Swap and I sent these but I haven’t received mine yet. I’m really excited because my partner messaged me and said they were really detailed. I love matryoshka dolls. I only have one but she’s sweet, holding a cat that looks like Hobbes. If you don’t know what a dotee doll is welcome to the club. I was completely confused as to what they were so I read up on it before joining and creating a Kawaii Dotee Doll Swap.

childhood toy ATC
digital ATC
deer ATC swap
easy hearts ATC swap
three cat ATCs
deericorn the mad
my collection

I’ve also been in a ton of ATC swaps so I’m posting some that I’ve sent as well as the small collection I’ve built of ATCs and swap cards found/received and kept. ATCs are fun — I draw shaky these days and I love using textured paper so they’re not perfect but they’re fun. They’re getting me to draw and paint a lot again which is great. I’ll do a complete post on making ATCs soon.

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About Amber Renee

Artist & designer that has a madmad obsession with whimsy and color.

7 Thoughts on “Penpals, Stickers and Crafting Crazy

  1. AMBERRRR THIS IS SO CUTE! I MUST JOIN NOW! I swear I almost screamed! I am so glad I come back every few days to see your blog <3 :o :razz:

  2. Everything is so very cute! What lucky people your swap partners are.

  3. HI! I absolutely love your kawaii style! Hopefully we can swap sometime!
    I’m going to run over to swap-bot and see if I can join some of your swaps!!
    MrSchiEvous ~ Elysia @ http://mischievouscrafts.blogspot.com/

  4. Crystal on 11/28/2011 at 4:00 pm said:

    All of this looks like a lot of fun! Looking forward to the ATC making post.

  5. Hello, cute stuff you made.

  6. So that’s what a dotee doll is! Today I learned. :p

    And your ATC’s are so frigging cute. Especially love the one with Artemis on them.

  7. Ashley on 01/17/2012 at 7:54 pm said:

    This has nothing to do with this post, but I wasn’t sure how to ask a question for Amber and all the viewers. So here we go…

    My friend is about to travel to Thailand in a month, and I really wanted to get her a little travel gift for her adventure. Any ideas on what I should get?

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