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RAK list

RAK or random acts of kindness are any type of greeting card of any theme and any technique. This list is good for stampers who like to make and receive cards. If you don’t like making cards this list is not for you. RAK are a great way of exchanging ideas and trying out new techniques and textures. The card you send can be any size or shape but it must have some aspect of stamping on the cover. After you have made the card you send it to another member on the RAK list. When you receive a card that is made for you , you make a card for the sender as a way of saying thank you (but the card doesn’t actually have to say thank you on it). Then the person who sent you a card makes and sends you a card so the cards keep going back and forth. Make sure you sign your name on the card somewhere so the receiver knows who it is from. You must make a card for every member on the list.


Freebies Rule list

We all love getting free crafting items.   These days on the cover of most paper craft magazines you'll find a free gift of some sort.  Or maybe you won something in a craft competition. As long as you didn't pay for it, it qualifies for this list.  It can be any craft item you got for free, an embossing folder, stamp, die, some product like glitter,  backing paper, beads, die cuts, stickers.  You are making a book for yourself so you will get the item you put in (embossing folder, stamp, die) back. Or if you prefer not to put in a die, embossing folder or stamp you can make 4 identical ones on card stock and place them into the bag on the inside left hand bag.  That way doesn't allow for as much of an opportunity for the participant to use what ever technique they would like. If you actually put the item in then it allows the participant to use whatever technique they choose.  If you put in product (backing paper, glitter, beads etc. then the recipient will use up whatever you put in. Please make sure you are putting in enough for 4 participants. The idea is to gain some inspiration using someone elses freebie.  Here's how to make the book.  Take a piece of cardstock and measure it to 8 1/4 X 5 1/2 inches or 21 cm X 14 cm.  Once you have done that turn it landscape and make a score line at the  4 inch point and then  again at the 4 1/4 point.  Or if you are working in cm then score at the 10cm point and again at 10.7.  Now you have created a spine.  Next attach a piece of ribbon on the front right hand side and the back left hand side then place a piece of backing paper over the ribbon end that you have attached to the book in order to tie it together to close it. On the front of the book create some artwork using the item you are giving the other 4 participants to use.   Attach a plain panel on to the back cover which needs the following information on it. UKSN Freebies Rule Book, Made by (your name and address) and the date. On the inside take a celo back that you would use to cover a card for sale and  fold it up to the opening then seal it.  Make two of these and attach it to the inside of the book.  One bag is for what you are giving away, the  other bag is for the artwork that people have made with the item you gave them to use.  With the artwork side the idea is to use 4 different techniques with the same item to inspire the recipient.  You can use any medium you choose and of course you can add anything else to your artwork.

Birthday list

Everyone likes to be remembered on their birthday and wouldn’t it be great to fill your mantelpiece with beautiful handmade cards. You can make a card of any size and any description. You must make a card for everyone on the list.

ATC Book list

If you don’t know what an ATC is, it stands for Artist Trading Card. It’s a tiny piece of stamped artwork. What’s good about them is you can get as arty as you like with them, stick things to them, embellish them as you like. All ATC’s are a standard size of 3 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches or 9 by 6.5 cm. When it comes to making ATC's dispite the fact that we are a rubberstamping club we relax the rubberstamping rule that we have with the other lists.  So feel free to use any medium you choose, decoupage, parchment, needlework.  As long as it fits on a 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 card it works as an ATC so let your artistic mind run wild. There are lots of style books you can make to hold ATC's but the easiest is the concertina style.  Take an A4 piece of cardstock and cut it in half lenghtwise then fold into four so that each section is slightly larger than an ATC.  Stick your ATC to the front and on the back write UKSN ATC Book, made for:, made by:, and the date.  It's a good idea when making a book to put your own address somewhere on the book just in case it some how fell out of the envelope while being in the hands of the Royal Mail, with your address on it you stand at least half a chance of getting it back.  If you prefer a book with a spine then take an A4 piece of card stock and cut it in half widthwise, put 4 pages on the inside to form the book and on the inside cover write the information. 

Gift Tag List

Gift tags make a wonderful addition when you’re wrapping a present. But to make an ornate gift tag to add to your pressie can take the same amount of time to make as it does your card. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a beautiful tag just waiting to be added to your pressie , already made?
This list is all about gift tags, whether you want to use the one you choose to give to someone or perhaps gain inspiration from the others in the envelope.
Make 4 identical gift tags any size but no larger than would fit in an A5 jiffy bag or envelope. The tag can be for any gift giving time of the year i.e. Xmas, birthday, Mother’s day, whatever. In a celo  bag put your 4 identical tags and a  sheet of paper or card saying UKSN Gift Tag List, the title of your 4 tags, made by (your name) and sign in, then list 1- 2- 3-4-.  Send it to another member on the gift tag list.  They will take out one of yours and replace it with one they have made and sign in  with what they have made and their name.  Some members like to put the date as well,but this is optional. When it has gone to the 4th members it is then returned to the maker of the original tags. 
Unlike all our other lists where you make a book for another member you are making the envelope for yourself so you never make a thank you envelope for anyone. When you receive your envelope back you make yourself a new envelope with 4 tags enclosed to go round. And when I say you made an envelope I mean a jiffy bag or envelope (you don’t actually have to make the envelope).  
When you make a tag the same rules apply that they do to ATC’s. You can use any medium or technique from decoupage, distress, vintage, cute, die cuts, whatever you fancy.  The back of the tag should say to: and from:. If you don’t have a to and from stamp you could print it on your computer or if you have nice handwriting, feel free to hand write it. Please don’t sign your name on the back of the tag that you have made.

Die Cut Exchange 

Lets face it, we all love to try before we buy and we all like getting something for free.  Most of us in the crafting world have invested in some sort of die cutting machine, whether it's the big shot, the vagabond, the grand calibur or the cricut and of course the various dies that you need to accompany it.  And don't they do some pretty fantastic dies these days.  Here's an opportunity to share our dies with others for the price of 2 large postage stamps.  I know we call this a die cut exchange but really it's anything you can run through your die cut machine, flowers, shapes, embossing folders, tags.  If you can pass it through your die cutting machine you can exchange it here.  Here's what you do..   Send Mickey 5 identical die cuts  in a small jiffy bag (the reason for the jiffy bag is so they don't get creased in the post.  The idea is to be able to use them and no one will want to use a die cut that the Royal Mail have bent and battered) with your name and a large first or second postage stamp for the return journeyif you want them back quickly, if time is not an issue you might just have to wait until I am sending something your way, if that is the case don't bother to send a postage stamp for the return journey.  What you will receive is 5 identical die cuts.    There are no books to make and you can take part as many times as you like.  If you'd like to put more than one set per jiffy bag, feel free.  If you are, please separate them by putting them into a card cello wrapper.Because you are making yourself an envelope you can make as many enveloples as you like as there are no books to make with this list.  And of course the more you make, the more you get back.  I think this will be fun so take part!!!   All of our exchanges sound a bit daunting at first but once you take part it always falls into place.  Looking forward to getting your swaps.

Inchie Book 

An inchie is a 1 inch square piece of card that turns into a 1 inch tile or canvas for your artwork.  It gives you an opportunity to use all those little tiny stamps we all seem to acummulate.  You can actually purchase ready made inchie stamp sets but there is no need as you probably have loads of tiny ones already.  You can create a mosaic effect with inchies by using one larger stamp if you fancy.  With this list, similar to the ATC list all techniques and mediums are welcome.  You can use stickers, peel offs, stamps or charms.  Bascially it's whatever you can fit on to that small space.  You then attach them to your space in the inchie book which is the same size as an ATC book (follow the rules in the ATC section on how to make a book)  so a maximum of 6 will fit per space.  But unlike the ATC list where you make a book for everyone on the list, it has the same rules as the Gift Tag list where you only make a book for yourself.  You can make as may books for yourself as you like.  Make 10, make 20 up to you but you really only have to make one.  The front cover has your inchie artwork on it.  That is your contribution to the book.  On the back of the book you write, UKSN Inchie Book, made by (your name) and the date.  When the book is filled up, as it has gone round to 4 other inchie members it is returned to you and you get a book with loads of inchies to inspire you.  Inchies can be made from scraps so you can use up all those little bits that usually end up in the recyling bin. Inchies don't have to be square you can make a one inch circle (cinchie) a one inch scallop circle (scinchie) or even a one inch flower (flincie)  I'm sure you will find the world of inchies challenging, fun, artistic and inspiring. 

Skinny Book

 As crafters we never throw anything away.  We always seem to think it will come in handy in the future some day.  So we end up with loads of sheets of adhesive letters that no longer spell a word.  We just get left with loads of random letters.   Here's a chance to put those letters to good use, enter the Skinny Word book .  The Skinny Word book  is a bit different from inchie books or ATC books.  What you do is choose a 5 letter word.  The english language has over 21,000.  You create your skinny by spelling out your chosen word and decorating your skinny any way you choose.  A skinny is similar to an ATC but is 2 inches by 3 and 3/4 inches, roughly the height of a plastic protective sleeve used for atc's.   You attach your skinny to the front cover of a book that has 5 equal folds.  So say the word you choose is the word CRAFT that word is on the front cover's skinny, you send it off to someone on the skinny list and they add a skinny that uses the letter C on it. It goes to the next member and their skinny will use the letter R and so forth until the word CRAFT is spelt out. You decorate your skinny with the relevant letter and picture to match. For instance if your letter is A then something starting with the letter A should accompany it, like an angel or an apple. Your choice.  Each book goes to 5 members unlike inchies or ATC books that go to 4 members.   You make a book for yourself just as you do on the inchie list.  You can make as many books as you like.  The more you make the more you get back. 

Recipes To Die For

Food and crafting go hand in hand and here's a way to put your two favourite things  together.  You are creating a beautiful 5"X5" square recipe card that is decorated with die cuts which would make a lovely addition to your kitchen or a lovely gift for the foodie in your life.  The first thing to do is make a box that holds a 5"X5" card.  You are making this box for yourself to store your cards in.  Your box can be made from cardstock or mdf.  This box is not sent round from member to member.  The box is to store your cards in.  Anyone wanting instructions on how to make a 5 1/4 X  5 1/4  box can contact Elaine Erskine or if you would like to order an mdf box that you construct and decorate yourself this is available from Clare Charville  This list runs the same as the gift tag list.  Please read the instructions for that list above.  When making your 4 identical recipe cards the following rules apply. You can use any technique, style or medium but the card must contain die cuts or stamps that are accompanied by dies. The recipe card's maximum size should be 5 X 5 or smaller.