Sunday, August 19, 2007

{ Question for all you? }

I have been thinking about this for sometime now and would love to get some feedback from other stampers.

What do you do with all those Swap cards and Blank RAK's you receive? I am getting quite a pile of them and wondered what others do with theirs. I feel kinda of strange giving someone a card that I did not make myself. Is that dumb? I mean I use to buy cards that were made by someone else all the time(Hallmark)...it's really no different. And the designer of the card has their info on the back...I would never take credit for someone elses work. I am just curious.

Please leave me a comment.

16 comments:

Shannon said...

I went through mine and had a pile of blank ones that I was suppose to send to Manitoba for some military wives that are collecting them for the Cdn troops. I think it is the postage rates that keep me from boxing them up and sending them. I'd prefer some place in Calgary that I could drop them off!

Allison said...

I give them to groups seeking cards or my MIL...whoever shouts first!

Nancy said...

I keep the ones that inspire me or that have a meaning to me. The others I bundle up and offer to beginning stampers once in a whie.

I just sent off a bunch of them to Julie Mutch for the Autism Project she is working on.

Lorie said...

What a great question. I've been wondering what I should do with all of mine too. I would like to use them but I don't know if it would be too tacky or not. I take pictures of all the cards so it isn't like I have to save it so that I can recreate it. I'll be watching the responses to this question with great interest!

Mary Campbell said...

Hi all, I have had two ladies on a group I belong to that wanted to give away their cards and they sent them to me to use with my church's ladies group. We take them and if they are written in we make a new card with the fronts and we take them to shut in's, the nursing home and the hospital when we visit. Everyone loves the handmade touch and the elderly love to be remembered. Hope this gives all some ideas.

Toni said...

I save mine until I have a small box full, then bring them to my stamp club and give them away. The ladies love them for inspiration and ideas.

Marie said...

I made mixed occasion packages and gave them to my kids school for prizes during teacher appreciation week.
I also let my stamping group take a package each at Christmas as a Thank You.
I made my MIL a card organizer book and gave her 2 small bags full of mixed cards.
The rest I actually USE!
Lately I've been hostessing "mountable card front" swaps and these are perfect for slapping on a card base and using.

Maria said...

I gather them together and send them to Keiki Cards. Keiki Cards is an organization that sends handmade cards to sick children through out the US. If interested in sending your cards to them. . .here is their web site address:

http://www.keikicards.org/

Like you, I don't like to give it to other people. It feels strange to give cards that I did not make.

Maria

chelemom said...

I have been giving them as gifts to teachers, aides, bus drivers, my mom....people that don't make cards and love getting them as gifts!

Littlekel90 said...

I have used them for birthday RAKs (although give credit to the person on the back). I have also donated to the troops or Keiki cards. I feel if we swap with others to get some different types of birthday cards, why not use them as well. It is like having your own mixture of boxed cards from other talented people without the "Hallmark" logo.

Dottie K said...

I see there are tons of ideas. You do whatever you feel is right for you. I loved to see them used than sitting in a box and wouldn't care. I just started swapping so I don't have that many but I donate to the troops and I have a friend who makes 20 cards a month for her church for all the elderly and sick. That's a great cause. I would use them as long as they're signed on the back. What a waste of beautiful card to be hidden away. I wouldn't be offended to receive one. Let's enjoy them.

Theresa said...

I've only been involved in a few swaps but I'm pinning them to my wall in my creative space. I love seeing all the ideas and it brings in a feeling of being hugged all over!
We will see what happens when I run out of space!!! :)

Kimberly said...

Cards for the troops. I don't remember the ladies name off hand but I will be back with the info
Kim

Kimberly said...

Her name is Debbi and here is the link
http://dddzstmpn.blogspot.com/

Amy said...

I give them away all the time. People sometimes think I made them or they'll say, "did you make this?" and I'll say, "well, no, not that one, but I could have!"

Jan Scholl said...

I really dont get any but the few I have found, I sign and send on to another person to do the same with. I thought that was the whole idea-a traveling RAK. was I wrong? I usually write a post it on top of whatever is already there and just pick a name from wherever and tell them to do the same.