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Reminder to finish up your cards and presents this weekend to ensure a timely delivery.
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Sent out my present last week!
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>>150483759
>tfw STILL no idea what to write on the cards
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>Got all the presents yesterday
>went to a store to pick up some candy to throw into the box
>store didn't have one particular kind that I want absolutely to send

Today I won't give up before I check every single store in my area. But yes, I'm planning on shipping it out today regardless
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Just found out that you can put this on your letters here in Germany to get fastest shipping.
It's apparently free.
>https://www.deutschepost.de/content/dam/dpag/images/B_b/Briefe_ins_Ausland/pdf/priorityaufkleber.pdf
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>>150484303
What about ur a feget ?
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>>150483759
One of my anons has already received his gifts and card, feels great.
But I'm worried about the other anon, some guy from Canada who sould already received the package I sent literally two weeks ago but looks like international shipping from Europe is shit.
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Right now I am finishing up some of my illustrations. I'm trying to match the style of my requests as closely as possible, I hope my anons like their pieces.

This year I'll be changing my card sending format, I'll be using into a standard hand made envelopes for everyone since the custom cardboard protection I made last year end up being over kill and because of that ended up costing more to send ( around 23 bucks 10 peeps insane! but worth it.)

currently, I am double checking everything with a mock up before the final print version of my cards. they are being made with the highest quality paper and inks after all! so far so good. the illustrations are looking nice too, I even made sure to watch some of my anon's anime to get a better feel for their requests.

so. do you guys have a good strategy for sending cards?

how are your requests going?

good wishes everyone!
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>>150484303
Doesn't the idea that you'll be late scares you? I had the same problem before so I sat in KFC in front of Post Office and quickly wrote everything that came to my mind and run to send the cards just in time they were closing.
Come on anon. It'll be embarrassing either way no matter what you write. I'm sure they'll like it because there is your kokoro in it.
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>>150484849
you can talk about the holidays and how you are dealing with your life at the moment. or maybe you can point out how interesting this little exchange is even though we don't know each other, that and also how that is a blessing that warms up our hearts even though we are so awful to each other most of time... (at least I am not! I am a disciplined lurker...) you could also talk about the request and how you came to create your card. also mention how the anime your anon watches makes you feel.

I hope this helps anon! you can do it!
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My gifts are all wrapped and my anon's card included in the box. Feel free to read the card, TM from fucking Alaska. It doesn't contain anything that would spoil the gifts.

I hope you can hold off on opening your gifts until Kurisumasu though.

Fuck. Time to try to churn out my two card anons' designs now.
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Stay with Prority maiil international or go EMS? Decisions, decisions.
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>>150484849
It doesn't matter if I write them right now or tomorrow or even Monday morning because they won't be leaving the post office before Monday afternoon so I'm not in a big hurry.
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>>150484849
I`m trying to picture this in a manner in which i don`t laugh my ass off. Help ne out.
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Still have to wait till I get paid on Monday to send out my gifts. Hopefully I can wake up early enough to get them out before the cut off time (2 PM, I'm an insomniac).
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>>150483759
>Had my cards made and already inside the envelope.
>Went to work.
>Come back home to find out my mother who I'm taking care of decided to clean my room and accidentally spilled cleaning spray on them and they are ruined.
I might need to let them know I'll have the cards late.
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>>150485206
Well, imagine some weirdo with a bucket of chicken, big bag, and a pile of cards with anime girls all over them who keeps sitting in one place till night furiously writing something and occasionally staring at the Post Office from the window.
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>>150485200
That way of thinking is a root of your laziness.
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Updates!

GV from Netherlands, I'm sorry. Something came up and I need to send your present a few days later. Don't worry anon, I will the fastest deliver.

HG from Mexico and BC from MA, ccards are finished, but I wanted to create something new. So, I will try until wednesday. Don't worry, I will be sure to send them!
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Card arrival!
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>>150486062
Thank you to KL for the lovely card!
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And a card from J arrived!
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>>150486157
Cute, is it watercolors?
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I hope anons won't post my cards so that /a/ won't see how bad I am.
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To CM from Halifax, Nova Scotia, I shipped your Christmas Care Package out yesterday. Should arrive in 8-10 buissness days, so just in time for Xmas, maybe a week or so early depending. Hope you enjoy all your goodies! And so help me god if you open your gifts early and post photos in these threads before Christmas. I know where you live. I will find you. And punishment shall be adequate to say the least. Just playing senpai, do whatever you want. Open it early or on Christmas. Just take some pics and throw them up in these threads when you open them!

To all the other anons, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
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>>150486157
Here is the inside (with some Yen!). Not posted is the letter filled with spaghetti and love that came with it.
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>>150486211
So it would seem!
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>>150486236
I don't read text in anon's photos of the cards they got because I'm ashamed of what I wrote and others might feel the same and it's kinda wrong to read a letter that was meant for someone else. It's like an intimate bond between two. Like, you are okay to be embarrassing only for a person for whom you wrote a letter.
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I got stamps and suppliess to finish up my cards.

And I drew Maki for Jacob of CA.

I'm sending all of my cards next week so my anons can get them on time.

The latest they will be sent is Friday because I'm also doing a card for my grandmother; her birthday is this Wednesday.


>/blog/
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>>150486687
Oops forgot the picture.
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GV from Netherlands!

Your gift has been sent, and the organizers have the tracking number should you wish to track it.

I'd recommend that once the parcel arrives to Netherlands, you should start using your postal tracking website. The one I linked can get a bit shitty with international parcels once they leave the country. This is from experience.

And! Please open the box as soon as it arrives. There's candy inside. Everything else is wrapped so you won't be spoiled.
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>>150486711
I had ro relake it because it was somehow upside down.
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Time to ship stuff.

That hoodie is also going to places.
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>>150486898
You should learn how to rotate images.
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Who do I email to get in touch with the organizers? The same email address that sent me my assignment?
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>>150486912
It uploaded upside down. I don't know how that happened. When I went in the galley, the picture was rightside up.
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>>150486968
You e-mail Hiro obviously for customer affairs.
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be real with me boys, does this look bad? should I cut my losses and send them extra apology ginger snaps with their christmas package right now?
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>>150487290
Look on your postal service's website for latest guaranteed delivery before christmas dates. It might only be a problem if you're shipping internationally, if you're shipping domestically or continentally then you're probably still fine even if you ship at the end of next week.
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>>150486687
>Jacob of CA.
Does he still live at an address with two 5's, a 3 and a 6? I had him in 2014 and sent a second card and small stuff last year, but never saw it posted so I'm kinda worried I sent to an old address.
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>>150487290
same boat senpai
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>>150487494
Yup.
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>>150485973
No worries anon, I don't mind if it gets here a little later.

>>150486844
Do I really have to open it when it arrives?

JS from Germany
YLL from Italy
R from Czech Republic
VA from France

I'll be sending out the gifts next weekend.
To make it up with you I'll add some extra love
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Is it too late to want to mail something to someone?
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>>150488910
National or continental, no.
International, definitely yes.
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>>150488910
National mail can arrive within 48hr. I've had to rely on that before, and sure enough they got there in time.
International shipping is quite a lot worse, but if you go through DHL or similar you can get 4-5 day shipping quite reliably too. But remember that it will cost you quite a lot.
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>>150485096
I envy your present wrapping skills. I don't know how I can follow instructions every year and still end up with a ball of paper shit that looks like I just threw it together with tape.
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Aaaaaah post my cards already, I just want to know they got there I put so much work into them!
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>>150489904

I post this anons cards till Christmas!
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>>150490046

*Don't post

God damn fingers sometimes. How do they work?!
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>>150489904
Posted about 2 weeks ago and sent out 5. I think everyone just hates them
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>>150488834
I mean, you don't have to unless you want to. I was just wondering how the candy survives the trip.
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>>150490303
>tracking says he got it and has his signature
I'm delighted that you received it and it's your deal if you won't post.
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>procrastinate and have to spend around hundred euros for EMS to be in time
Every fucking year I swear. I also haven't heard a thing from my santa, but at least I went for a low tier this time so it doesn't hurt so much even if I get grinched.
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Do I need to fill out a Customs form to EMS a bloody christmas card?
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the drill. you know it.
state your progress
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>>150492256
Cards will be done and shipped by Tuesday, I swear.
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>>150492256
I'm about finished with the 3 edits for the first card. Still got another 8-9 left to do. Likely going to be shipping everything around the 20th through express, because domestic recipients. Still worried as to how well the gift recipient's card is going to work, because it's a rather complex construction I'm going for.
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>>150492176
I'm from the US, i didn't need to fill them out to send a card, but i did have to fill one out to send a gift to Mexico.
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>>150492256
I might get to mail my shit sometime next week. I'll have to use the most expensive shipping though, but it should still be in time especially since all of my things apart from two cards are in my country.
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>>150492256

just waiting for the last of my things to arrive so i can put them together and send them out
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>>150486256
I am glad the card got to you safely! I can rest easy now.
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>>150492256
I just need to figure out what to write on one so it's not a bunch of blank space inside and then I can start on my final card.
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BC and FF of AZ I have all but one gift. Hoping to ship it out next weekend.

AW of OR I somehow managed to make you a card. I put it in the standard mail today.
A of FL I'm almost done with your card. Most likely shipped next weekend since I'll just be buying one of the PO's mailers.
JH of OR No progress yet but I should have it together before next weekend also.
DF of CA No progress but be ready. Next weekend shipped in a mailer hoping.

I'm really excited for cards now.
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I still have 3 cards to make, then I have to print them all out and write the messages, this is going to end up being too late isn't it. At least I got the gift in on Friday and can speedship it...
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>>150492256
8/10 cards done
3/4 presents ready to ship

Due to delays, it's not impossible that one of the presents could be a little late
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>>150492256
Gift and 3/8 cards sent, one almost done just needs to be colored, and a bunch of trails to still undertake in Pokemon Moon. I'm sorry.
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>>150492256
1/4 presents arrived
4/9 cards done

gomen
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>>150492256
2/2 presents complete, only need wrapping
6/7 cards done.
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>>150492256

Presents finally here. Just need to wrap and ship them. Thank god for express EMS
Cards are done, just need to post them.
I have the flu, just need to not die.
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>>150492256
Gifts have been sent out on the 20th November. my anon should have received it by now.

Card has been sent to HG of MX just there, this time FOR SURE you will have it in 5-7 working days
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>>150493958
>express EMS
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>>150492256
3/3 gifts and 10/13 cards sent!

I'm hoping to finish the rest this weekend and get them out hopefully by Monday the latest. Any other anons suffering because they signed up for too much this year?
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All gifts and cards shipped even though I'm now two states away from where I live.

Guess I'll just lurk these threads to see if anons open my cards.
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>>150492256
2/2 gifts posted
0/3 cards made but I now have my technique down!
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>>150492256
Everything is packed but I still need to ship.
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>>150492256
Just got the presents in the mail, time to start packing and drawing them cards.
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>>150492256
Almost ready to start buying gifts and making cards
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>>150494772

Me, 12 cards was really pushing my luck.
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snet everything, haven't received anything.

I've been grinched the last 3 years, why stop now.
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>>150492256
2/5 cards done. If I finsh tomorrow, I will send them all on Monday.
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>>150493803
damn thats some good progress anon
great job
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>>150492256
1/10 Christmas cards done. Started getting an idea what to do for the rest, hopefully I can get them finished and shipped out this week

AVH from Del Haven still waiting for the last part of your damned gift to come in the mail. You aren't getting grinched, I swear!

BF from Arizona I got your gift. It's a lot biggerthan I was expecting, can't wait to tear into it
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Lookey Lookey what came in
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I'm calling in sick to work so I can work on cards.
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And Inside, Anon you've melted my frigid heart
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>>150495672
CS of AZ I got your card out Yesterday! Look for it in your mail in the next few days.
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>>150495486
Thanks anon, will make the last card today.
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forgot to do initials >>150493210


anon of sl qb
jd of ssm ont
pb of m ont

you're all in good hands and one of you will be receiving a clean still in package version of pic related

>>150495358
giving is the more fun part anyways
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>>150495731
It's saturday man
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>>150496150
a lot of people work weekends anon
retail and service industry especially
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>>150492256
Two gifts confirmed as arrived by recipients who didn't post the card in the package, one gift is bought and needs to be wrapped and shipped.

Only 1 of 7 cards completed though.
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>>150496344
Maybe they just didn't open the packages in fear of gifts being in the open?
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>>150492256
No open if waifu is Yukikaze Panettone.

First card done, nearly done with the second. I decided to write out my letters ahead of time so I can focus on making the card. As for my gift, I'm still waiting on one more damn thing. SAL was a mistake.
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>>150496739
Oh snap, that's really good. Makes me feel bad about my not-so-great attempts to do similar.
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>>150496150
Does does the entire workforce shutdown on weekends in your country?
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Seeing some of these cards makes me feel better about mine. Not that I'm being mean or rude or anything, but I was worried my anons would hate my cards after all the effort I put in to it.
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>>150492256
everything is done on my end, just waiting for it to get to its destination
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going to use the extra page to reccomend my anons things i think theyll like
i hope i get it right
of course some will be classics in case theyre plen enough to not have seen/read it yet
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>>150496915
It's Christmas anon! Don't worry, I love yours already and I'm sure your anon will too.
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Do not open if your waifu is Holo!

I feel really happy with the result. Turned out much better than I thought.
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Dear scarfanon, I got your 'card' today.
Thank you very much for this awesome scarf and the letter!
Sorry for opening it early.
Please don't be mad, senpai. I didn't mean to do anything bad, really. But I already spoiled myself, when I saw you post a picture of the scarf of one of my wishlist characters saying it goes to my country. When I had the package I knew what it was. I also do knitting but I am an ultra shitter, your work is divine! Is it okay if I send you a card back?
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>>150497099
I have the same feeling anon, at first I thought my anon would laugh at my scribbles but they seem to be on par with a lot of other anon cards.
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>>150496739
Nice. Creative use of materials.
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I need to wrap my presents and send them out Monday. Last one I needed arrived today!
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>>150497563
I doubt I could resist if it was my character.
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>>150498147
You better start that wrapping as soon as possible. Remember, time is gold.
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>>150492256
0/3 cards done 0/3 cards received

Already bought all the arts and craft materials, going to do it after the JLPT tomorrow
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>>150492256
>all cards sent (1 even opened already)
>gift arrived at my anon
>homo cards sent yesterday

It's all good.
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I got this in the mail today.
Not sure what I've ever done to receive something so pure, but thank you, I'll cherish it.
Had to immediately cover it up and then cover my eyes the first few times I looked at it because it is much too good for me.
I'll be sending something along pretty soon.
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>>150492256
Have 9 out of 10 gifts; will wrap them this evening and prepare them for shipping. No cards done, but only have to try on 2 out of 5.
Sorry, my gift anons, if you get generic cards with anime characters drawn on the inside. My artistic talent is so bad that it's almost incredible. I'll try on my 2 card recipients, but it'll be crayon specials.
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My gift from my santa arrived today!
THANK YOU SR of VA
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>>150500058
That's a cute Hibiki
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>>150499859
Hope you do well on the test. What level are you going for?
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>>150492256
Everything is shipped! Now we wait for my gift to get here. tfw no initials
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>>150500058
That's a cute card, I'm happy for you anon.
I'll never be able to make such a great card :(
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>>150492256
2/2 packages sent
1/2 on hands of my assignments right now
0/0 cards or gifts received

I still have faith
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Tfw grinched
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Thank you to CJ from MA for the letter and print. It's always nice to be complimented on my impeccable taste. I look forward to the gift!
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>>150500492
Ah, it looks like it got mangled a bit in shipping.

I forgot to mention this, but the source image is a simulation of light moving through glass, which in this case is shaped like Hanekawa.
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>>150486251
Finally finished sewing the arms and legs. All that's left is to find/make a pattern for a frog head and then I just got to put all the pieces together.
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>>150486062
>>150500058
I recognize those P's! We had the same card anon.
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>>150500808
oops, didn't mean to quote that.
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>>150497609
It's fine, don't worry about it.Feel free to send a card back if you'd like, assuming you can read my address on the package.
I'm just glad you like it. I managed to fuck up the embroidery as usual, but I'm actually pretty happy with how that one turned out.
Merry (Early) Chistmas, anon.
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>>150492256
5/5 cards have been finished for weeks now but they're just sitting on the desk because I suck at figuring out what to write on them.

Shipped out my gift today, though so at least it's some progress.
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>>150500195
you won't get results unless you sit down and with patience and time... truly commit to it.

a good tip is to find a subject you feel passionate about and continue to develop your craft through that. personally, I love robots and cute girls, I've learned everything through that venue. learn the basics around that thing YOU find appealing. learn about muscle structure, light and how different sources reflect and absorb light differently. learn about line weight and texture and so on.

but take one step at a time, keep it simple, don't get attached to your work, always move on if you get stuck in a piece that is not working out, you will learn from your mistakes.

I recommend that for the very beginning start by understanding shapes and continue from there.

just try it, and keep trying until you get results, you can do it!
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>>150501278
That's a cute Machi
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>>150501278
>Clip Studio Paint
I'm using that right at this moment, too
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>>150492256
Don't open if your waifu is cerberus !

I have finished my draft and I'm happy with it, now i'm wondering how the hell am i gonna fit this on a small card, it didn't really fit on a4 either.
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>>150501278
I've been trying to learn to draw all year, so I'm really sad about the fact I'm having to do trace/re-renders for my cards instead of drawing something myself. I mean the shiny material on top would hopefully make up for it, but I wish I could draw something properly.
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>>150501555
Just draw, man. I'd be happy to get anything that was done with effort, be it top level or something adorable like >>150501541
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>>150500195
>:(
If you don't spend time on /a/, why participate in an /a/ event?
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>>150502414
Well meaning (usually) crossboarders and newfriends sign up every year because they want to give. I always take this into account when writing my wishlist so I don't wind up with bootlegs or overpriced merch in the case I'm matched with one.
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this is just a random idea I had, but if anons are having dificulty with their cards then would /a/ be okay if I were to stream a small lesson on drawing tips for Secret s/a/ntas?

up to you guys.
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>>150502605
thats not a bad idea
itd have to be general things, no spoilers shown so anons dont get spoiled on their card
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PB of CA your shit is shipping today.
PO of OH I'm shopping for you today.
AG of Mexico your card is getting finished this week.
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>>150502605
also is that in pen or pencil?
really cute anon well done
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>>150502605
I started drawing yesterday and i'm suprised how well my initial scribbles look like, even though these are mostly copies of other anons art, yes please and if possible create a vod on youtube for future drawing anons.
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>>150500306
i have faith in your faith anon
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>>150502605
I do okay with grid copying, but need help inking. I don't know what lines to thicken, or even how to follow my old ones without looking like I'm having a stroke.
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>>150492256
I'm all done, now to just see if my assignments approve of my work enough to post them. Oh god please just let at least one of them post...
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>>150500997
I was extremely happy with the card and really impressed with the scarf. Keep up fighting the good fight scarfanon! You made me pick up knitting with your awesome work.
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>Giftee's package arrived five hours ago today
>Waiting from them to post the card and that they got the gifts
suffering
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>>150503455
Some of my anons got their cards last monday and I haven't seen them posted yet.
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>>150503575
Nobody posts my initials.
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>>150503455
>>150503575
I think they know, anon. They know that the cards and gifts suck and didn't want to say anything
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>>150492256
All of my anons' cards have been delivered. Haven't gotten my cards yet, but I will post them up once I get them.
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Then with your permission I'll be setting up a stream for you guys. give me like... half an hour to properly set up my gear.

I'll even revise some of your pieces if you'd like.
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>>150487290

Ditto
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>>150504010
looking forward to it
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>>150503726
Tfw you just want to make your anon happy-naru. Good luck, fellow /ai/non.
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>>150503726
i posted mine twice way back
hope they saw it
maybe ill do it once more since i got a third one with the homodachi trade
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>>150504490
I want to many my cardees very happy but these cards are taking their sweet time to get made.

>>150504633
Please do it for all the sad lonely little anons like me.
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SZ of CA
This is your anon from valentines, I talked to you in an ss thread a few weeks ago.
For the card I'm sending you for Christmas, can I send it to the same address as before? I forgot to ask while I should have.
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>>150504490
I wish I got one of you for my assignments.
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>>150505284
Me too. I feel like I'm going to get grinched for all my cards and gifts because I listed mostly /ai/ anime as my favorites.
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>>150505537
Just out of curiosity, if you get grinched do you e-mail santa loli about not receiving anything ? How long do people wait before they assume they've been grinched ?
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DG from Russia
S from Moscow
JDSF from Portugal
JK from Ireland

I utterly failed you and your gifts are gonna be very late. Please don't take it too hard, I'll try to splurge once I get the chance, but it probably won't be this Christmas.
I regret my foolishness and failure deeply.
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>>150505712
Feb
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>>150505712
Past threads said Summer but that seems unreasonable
I would email right after New Year since there are still late arrival /ss/ threads then
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>>150505537
People aren't going to grinch you just because they don't know what the fuck Pripara/etc is.

Now stop fretting and go buy candy.
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>>150505712
>Just out of curiosity, if you get grinched do you e-mail santa loli about not receiving anything ?
Yes
>How long do people wait before they assume they've been grinched ?
January 1st unless you've been notified that your present may be late.
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>>150505855
Does anyone bother to tell santa loli if they've been grinched for a card? Or is that a waste of time? What if you are grinched for all your cards?
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>>150503575

I'm not gonna open the packages I get until Christmas, so I won't post my cards until Christmas. Maybe other Anons are the same.
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>>150505948
I've gotten fewer cards than I technically should every year, it's just to be expected I think.
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>>150504780
sure thing

KO of IL
BC of MA
and newly KM of FL
i know exactly what im doing. even made a prototype card since its my first time doing this.
you might even get homemade stickers[/spoilers]
my hands are very shaky so im shit but i hope youll like them anyways
also good taste in waifus/husbandos

>>150505955
pretty much this but for the 24th
also ill be having my cards arrive just a few days before to help the temptation of opening it
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>>150506753
That's shit. Oh well I worked to make my card anons happy and that's all that matters. At least I'm doing my part.
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>>150506769
>fucked up the spoiler again
fuck this im going to bed
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>>150506769
>initials

HYPE. Thank you anon. I am traveling to Japan in a couple weeks and won't be back until early January so sadly I won't post your card until then. You will hear from me though.
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>>150506769
Cards are intended to be opened early so you can display them as decorations. I feel like I have failed if I don't get a card to its intended anon at least a week before Christmas.
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alright, things took a little longer to set up but here it is! I'll be streaming in order to help anons who need a hand with their drawing skills for their cards. common in and enjoy the creative process!


twitch dot tv/ bnmotive
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>>150506769
KO was my gift assignment. He has some pretty nice taste!
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JN of OH

The gifts are coming to sometime this week and I have the wraps and stuff on my hand too. I will try to have everything shipped before the next weekend. It's been a pretty hectic week so the presentation may be kinda off, but I hope the gifts are good enough
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>>150507231
>it's time
teach me how to draw senpai.
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These minimalist card are taking a bit longer than I expected. But I just need to cut out 1 more.
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>>150507231
get a mic
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God I love christmas so much. It's such a great time of the year. Merry Christmas everyone!
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>my anon is getting 4 artbooks plus some other neat stuff like a MF figure
I hope he's excited.
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>>150492256
One card finished, two rough sketched.
Two parts of gift finished, two tester cut but not sewn, one undrawn.
Arm still in splint. Gotta rev up those pain killers and try my hardest to ignore how much my colouring looks like a 5-year-old's since I can't hold the pencil down for longer than 20 seconds at a time. I think seeing how bad my motor control is right now is the most torturous part, and yet, 2mm long backstitch is fine? Human bodies are weird.

>>150496739
That's better than my hand drawn shit, god damn.
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>>150507755
>Sexualizing the Ritsu
Disgusting.

But I agree on your love for Christmas, it's such a beautiful time with the streets full of colours, lights and happy stuff.
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cards done, just need to ship

presents are almost done, everything is wrapped, but I want to hit up the Japanese market and get my anon some candy. I still have to finish up my card for him too, but that'll be done today I hope
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>>150507266
>one letter off from my initials
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>drew on the front, the back of the card AND the folded cardboard used to protect it
I couldn't help it.
I hope my anon likes how it turned out.
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MD of IA, if it looks like your gifts were wrapped by a two year old, sorry I have no skill.
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>>150508847
think of wrapping like how you fold a t-shirt
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>>150508893
I hang up t-shirts.
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>>150508893
I'm bad at that too
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>>150508686
What are your initials dude?
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>>150508847
Mitcher is the cutest!
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>>150508686
I know the feeling....
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>>150508686
Same here. There are too many Js from Ohio.
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>>150508930
I only do that for dress shirts and uniforms
>>150508969
think you can get this?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIDUDhpjhqo
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>>150508686
Try having the same initials as someone else from your tiny country.

And that other guy signs up for gifts while I'm just a shitty card anon.
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>>150508978
JM. My Santa has posted before and I know he'll do a spectacular job
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This is really frustrating because I did one of cards on Photoshop but my printers fucked, are there any places that let you use a printer? do libraries do that?
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>>150509952
Try staples?
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>>150509952
My local UPS store has like, a massive $5000 printer as well as three other $1000 printers that you can use for a couple cents per copy. Maybe try there.
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>>150509952
Fed ex works as well
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>>150509952
FedEx, UPS sometimes, my local library does free black and white (you have to pay a small amount for color), staples and other office supply stores, or even local printers in your area.

A single print probably won't cost more than a few dollars at the very most.
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>>150507075
thats good to know
damn id like to go there too someday
have fun

>>150507258
i look forward to the lewd im doing them

>>150507182
never thought of it like that, thought i was making it easier for them

>>150507231
will you be doing this multiple times? id love to swing by on the next one
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>>150495944
it better not be me
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Started to glue one card together, but I think I used too much glue and may need to redo it.
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>>150510307
so you want the used one? that could be arranged
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>>150505948
Yes, you're supposed to let them know. The organizer will contact the card anon, but if the card anon lies and says they sent it late, there's not much that can be done after that
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>>150507231
That was actually really inspirational. Thanks a ton.
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>>150511541
>>150510194
>>150502846
>>150502937
>>150502998
>>150503330


i'll be online through mobile, if you want to ask more questions let me know
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>>150509952
walmart has an app for their photocentre to do stuff like this.
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>>150511647
Please post in a thread when the stream will be up again.
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Just spent over an hour wrapping shit.
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>>150512314
looks good. Be sure to get it out in the mail soon.
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So my giftee's main present arrived, but the other pieces of the gift are stuck in SAL hell. Should I just the main gift and send the bonus items later or wait it out?
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>>150512446
Sending it out on Monday evening, together with most cards.
I hope my anons will like their gifts.
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>>150512511
I sent the bulk of my stuff. One of my gifts is stuck in China as the last update on the tracking info; I'm going to have to send it later after I get it. I feel bad, but I wanted to make sure my international assignment got their gifts by Christmas.
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Guys

I checking the tracking code of the package I sent to GB from CA. The package apparently arrived in November 17th but it appears the recipient hasn't picked up the package.

Should I just wait a while?
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>>150495672
I'm glad it arrived safely! Feel free to open the package, the gift inside is wrapped. There is also a card in an envelope which is fine to open before Christmas.
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>>150512796
Maybe the missed the notice?
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>>150511817
this pretty much fempai
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>>150512796
Maybe the guy died
I bought a seat for my new project truck recently out of a similar one
That guy used to own the truck I have now
Then he told me the guy who sold me the truck just died
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>>150512830
I'm concerned that I was given the wrong address for my assignment. I hope that is not the case.
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>>150512796
Mail the organizers. Maybe they aren't at that address yet because the 17th of November is more than a month away from Christmas.
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>>150512977
Double check the email and receipt. If your assignment gave santaloli the wrong address that's not your fault.
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>>150512976
Has any other assignments died during /ss/?
>>150512984
That is a good idea. I'll definitely send that email.
>>150513029
good point. I'll do that.
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>>150513160
>Has any other assignments died during /ss/?
The fuck would we even know that?
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>>150513298
Imagine that all the people that had been thought of as grinches, as well as those that don't post pictures of their presents, didn't intentionally do those things. They all died before they were able to do so.
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>>150513347
>tfw you could be next
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>>150513347
>>150513453
>>
Finally sent out my international cards today. I hope you like them, WB from QLD and J from NSW. And also VV from Philippines, but I doubt it's going to make it on time.

Seeing all these really nice cards makes me wish I did more though. I need to step up my game next year.
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>>150512796
initials?
>>
>those times /a/ remembers people do in fact die
>including them
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>>150513453
It'd be a christmas miracle.
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>>150513453
>tfw already dead inside
I can't wait until my anons get my gifts, though.
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>>150513713
>>150513768
after the threads anon
after
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>>150513687
I have a screencap about this somewhere in my unorganized /a/ folder. I like to forget that we some times die; I prefer to think of this as some sort of purgatory where we're just going to post about anime forever.
>>
just got my second card, this one was from anon making the plastic covered hand-made Christmas ornaments
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>>150513786
This one?
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>>150513876
Yep, that's the one.
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>>150513786
thatd would mean we're already dead anon
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>>150513867
Front of the card was done in water color I think, the card is awesome, there's characters drawn all over it, I think the green haired one is Yoshinoya-sensei
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>>150513506
thanks senpai
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>>150513940
and the ornaments of Akarin and Kuuko, I saw pics posted of you making them but didn't think it be me getting them, I'm floored, there the cutest ornaments i've ever owned
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>>150513923
>he isn't posting from the afterlife
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>>150514048
I wonder if moot ever participated in /ss/
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>>150513666
do you want mine or GR from CA.

I wanted to correct this >>150512796 by saying the initials is GR not GB.
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>>150513876
i came to this thread for christmas cheers not christmas tears
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>>150483759

Fuck, I had no idea people were already shipping stuff by now, I thought had way more time.

Okay, so
JGDR of Germany
and MM of Northern Ireland
I'm doing my shopping tomorrow, so with luck I can post your stuff this week, maybe without cards.
EF in Portugal and PA in Romania your cards might be late, hopefully EU postage will be decent timewise

Sorry about the delays, I make the same mistake of leaving it late every year, I forget shipping is awful this time of year.
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>>150514306
>I'm doing my shopping tomorrow
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>>150513940
>Bakayaro
Perfection
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>>150514158
He did say /a/ was the best board, and made this blog post: http://chrishateswriting.com/post/91377582198/social-media
>As a teen, I enjoyed sending handmade cards to faraway friends. I spent hours meticulously cutting and glueing together pieces of card stock, usually without the faintest idea of what to make or write, until I produced something to my liking. I let my hands do the thinking. When I graduated from high school and went off to college, so did I from cardmaking.
>A recent lengthy e-mail correspondence reminded me of how it was once not uncommon for me to write such letters, and the delight of doing so.

>yfw some anons were lucky enough to send cards to moot
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FTFY i dont need this right now
thread theme will now be
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB4Avdlz3lk
its time to cheer up
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>>150514445
If only...I've only had him reply to my posts a couple of times.
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>>150514445

Weird to think he'd give out his address, even for /ss/
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>>150514204
Ready your gears
For Christmas cheers
And Christmas tears.
>>150514445
Wow! I envy the anon who has moot's card.
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>>150514178
Oh, I misunderstood. I somehow read it as 'package I sent to Great Britian from California'.
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>>150514445
>2 years ago
>he left because someone grinched him
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>>150514530
I'd figure he'd have used a pseudonym if he'd taken part, for that very reason.
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Finally finished all my cards, just need to send them on monday. RD of WA, SC in Sapporo, V of Hong Kong, KK of Poland, and MA of Mexico, get ready.
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>>150514816
>RD of WA
Officially excited again.
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>>150514335
yeah, walmart has yugio cards and shit... that's what weeds want, right?
>>
So what bracket did you sign up for and how much did you spend, /a/?

>Signed up for $25-50
>Spent $150
>>
>Nobody who's initial I have posted has responded
>Nobody has posted my initials
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>>150515065
50$ on stuff, 100$ on shipping. I hear ya
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>>150515065
$50-75 because first year I'm actually employed around Christmas

Spent around a hundred on gifts for one assignment and about seventy on the other. Not because I thought one had better taste than another, but because a good deal on something one of my assignments would really like popped up and I decided to say fuck it and get it.

International shipping is really fucking expensive though, god damn.
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>>150515065
>$50-75
>spent about $68
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>>150515065
Signed up for $25-50, had 9 cards
$40 in shipping, about $137 total.
I actually spent less than I thought I would
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Am I still good for domestic shipping? Exams sort of fucked me over time wish for the last couple of weeks. Only now do I have a small break to get things finished up.

>>150515065
I'm in the $25-50 range and on fabric alone I've spent more than $60. I haven't factored in the cost of the card or handmade cookies since most of that stuff I already had the supplies around the house.
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>>150515065
>$75
>~$80 for the gift and $12 for shipping
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Does anybody have initials for New Zealand, I've only seen one for another dude and it can't just be two people in my country.
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>>150515065
Signed up for $100-150
Spend around $275.
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>>150515065
>$50-75
~$95 on gift (shipping not included); ~$35 on cards

>>150515257
if in the US, send it by Wednesday, Friday at latest. USPS will start getting rocked with packages starting the week of the 12th.

t. former USPS postman
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>>150515065
$25-$50. Spent about $100 on my anon and $50 on shipping.
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>>150515339
i'm here but i haven't seen my initials either

don't worry! santa hasn't forgotten us!
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>>150515065
150+
Spent around 250

Although an anon who said he was doing mygifts weeks ago posted my name along with about 10 others, saying they were all gifts. I don't think anybody is doing that many 150+ gifts so.
So he either meant he was doing gifts for his cards, or I got put in the wrong bracket
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>>150515065
>>Signed up for $0/cards
>>Spent $110
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>>150515589
on what, shipping? Where are you?
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>>150515339
>>150515495

That's 3 of us then. I got one NZ Anon but I haven't seen my initials or anyone else.
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>>150515589
Probably just as much as me in cards too.

And I haven't even shipped yet.
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About to start inking my last card.
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>>150515650
No I didn't count in shipping yet so it's more I guess, it's for materials and stuff like printing out stuff at Kinkos
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>>150515065
>50-75
>Spent 58
I also baked some cookies. Shipping is so expensive.
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>>150513453
>tfw I was supposed to get a fairly risky surgery last week but they found a drug-based solution instead
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>>150516846
Truly a Christmas miracle.
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PO of OH I got all your shit today. I will be shipping this weekend.
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>>150492256
Done with my 3 cards, about to send them this Monday along with half of the gift to my /ss/.
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For sure, I WILL finish my cards tonight!
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>>150517688
Ganbatte!
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>>150517688
I'll stay up with you anon-kun!!
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>>150515065
>Signed up for $25-50
>Spent $220

If I added in shipping, it would be considerably more.
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>>150500144
Thanks, N1

I haven't studied much tbqh but I'm hoping my anime and LN reading will carry me through somehow
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>>150516260
And now you can tell what the fuck it's supposed to be.
>Realized I fucked up a part after I inked it and had to use white out
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>>150518153
>N1
>LN reading
I wish you the best.
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>>150518320
dont worry I've read a bunch of real books too <-- me trying to convince myself
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>>150515065
Spent $425 total for two gifts, being $100-150 and $25-50 However about $45 was for an extra set of manga books because I got into my recipient's favourite show, plus shipping.
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>>150518153
Good luck, if you can understand 90% of what you read I think you will do fine. Out of curiosity, is there a reason you're going for N1?
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>>150518446
I can understand 99%

So that I can brag on internet forums but sadly /djt/ got relegated to /int/ so I've kind of wasted my money now

It's all going to be daijoubu, etc
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>Another weekend without my initials posted
Secret S/a/nta why are you such a bully?!
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>>150518600
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>>150515065
$25-50
Spent about $300.
That's because of multiple anons and packing and shipping though.
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>>150515065
25-50. Spent 60.
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Just sent my anon his presents, hope he got the tracking number. Feels weird sending it this early, but I hope he enjoys it. I went a bit over the limit.
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>>150509114
I've actually done this. Fucking works. If you get the movements correct.
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>>150519173
teach me senpai
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>>150515065
$10-25
Spent $40.
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>>150515065
>100-150 tier
>spent at least 170, not counting speedy shipping on the last item
>spent about 5-10 dollars on chocolate and tiny figures for all my card anons

It's a lot but doesn't seem all that bad

>shipped using Canada Post

Oh, right, that's why I'm poor now.
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>>150519270
Watch the video and practice. It's not hard.
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>finally done with card and gift
I honestly only feel relief at this point, I regret signing up for this, all that's left is to ship it tommorow
I did put effort for my anon, he won't be dissapointed
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>>150515065
Signed up for $25-50, spent probably $45-50.
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>>150519330
meh I was just being a faggot, it seems pretty easy once you get the hang of it. then again ill probably just not fold my clothes and instead opt for the clean basket
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Anonymous A from IL I need to draw your card so please bear with the wait.
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>>150519311
Did you use them for international shipping?
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>>150519373
Trust me when you receive your gift it will all be worth it I guarantee,
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>>150509940
fug, same here, except I'm from NY. dang it
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>>150519435
Most of my stuff was to the US, and a good few were domestic. So it was pretty reasonable this year compared to previous ones.

I would love to do overseas, but it just broke the bank last year. Cost me about $200 in shipping between my gifts and cards last year.
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>>150519484
I haven't seen my initials posted in any of the threads so i'm expecting a grinch anyway.
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>>150519373
>>150519484
I feel the complete opposite. Picking out gifts and crafting cards is the best part, but I never know how to show gratitude for the stuff I get back.
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>>150516260
>>150518212
Damn, the ink really makes a difference.
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>>150519695
You should always sign up expecting to be grinched. You do shit for your assignments and if you end up getting anything, then consider yourself lucky
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>>150519695
haven't seen mine either I still have some hope though
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>>150519601
Yeah, fuck overseas shipping with Canada Post. It'll fuck you up.
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>>150519695
Neither have I anon, but I trust the members of this Vietnamese kite-boarding forum to exercise Christmas cheer.
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Had to revise initial plans, but I think they're coming out ok.

I think I'll do one more tonight.
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>>150519695
anons always pull through. Believe in the me that believes in you.
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>>150519695
Honestly I'd be more hurt if I didn't get any cards in return instead of getting grinched in the gift. I've been grinched in the past but I did receive some wonderful cards to make up for it.
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>>150519856
I also bought an umbrella for a Hungarian anon who got grinched. That was probably a terrible idea given how long the box had to be.
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>>150519907
What did you use to draw those?
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>>150520086
>umbrella
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>>150519907
Is that Sakura on the corner?
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>>150520108
They make idolmaster merch in a lot of categories.

Dude loved his waifu so much that I wanted to get him everything I could.
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>Ctrl + F TX and Texas for the last 4 weeks
>like 1 result
It's one thing if I get grinched, but my whole state? Is this some sort of sick joke?
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>>150520246
OH, for some reason I thought you just bought some Hungarian a umbrella for no reason.
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I sent some gifts to my last year santa, so at least he''s in the clear.
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>>150520107

Copics and various markers. The ones in the previous image are freshly coated in a gloss medium so they look funny.

>>150520169

Yes.
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>>150520290
I thought the same thing. It's like, I wouldn't mind getting an umbrella for Christmas, it would just be a little confusing.
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>>150520290
To illustrate the Hungarian-American umbrella organization's view of the Vollebæk report?
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>>150518600
Didn't post them last year.
Or the year before that.
Certainly won't do it this year.
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>>150520290
>>150520451
I should mention that it wasn't the ONLY thing I got him, it was just the part that defined the shape of the box needed.
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>>150520431
Holy hell you are good
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>>150519812
I really didn't try with the first draft since its design is so simple, I redrew a bit of it before inking. I love how derpy it looked, though, so I'm probably gonna keep the picture as a reaction image.
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>>150520431
I really hope that Sakura is for me.
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>>150520431
Damn that looks good, I tried coloring my drawings but it almost ruined them so I erased the colour, that's what I get using shitty coloring pencils leftover from high school.
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>>150520631

It might be if you live in North America

>>150520670
Don't worry anon. Coloured pencils are the worst and ruin everything.
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Posting this since I didn't last night when I got it.
A big thanks to MW of ON, it's super cool that you ended up getting me when I had you last year. I'm glad the QB blanket is still comfy and warm!
>"lightly used"
k-kowai...
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>>150521012
>those eyes
I lost my shit man.
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finally finished cards, all that's needed is to buy some candy before I ship everything out
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>>150521033
Oh no they're melting!
>>
Whatever happened to Spoon Santa?
I want to send that mad motherfucker some more delicious treats.
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>>150520826
>>
SL from Finland
and DW from Germany
You will be getting 2 cards in one envelope, since both me and my wife got you from the Santa loli (what are the odds!)..
We will be sending them over soon.
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>>150514816
>>150514921
>RD of WA
>Not RT
I'm getting grinched, aren't I?
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>>150522391
if your initials weren't posted, you are pretty much fucked.
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>>150515065
$25-50
I spent about 40 bucks on stuff and 20 more on shipping
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>>150522359
It is possible to sign for two people sharing the same address?
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>>150523102
I'm sure there's at least a couple of anons with siblings or roommates that also browse /a/, so I don't see why not.
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>>150523102
looks like it is. why not? even if they lie and it's actually just one guy, he should do his quota and send all his cards and gifts.
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>>150522391
same, 4th year in a row
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>>150523102
i heard there was a year with spouses joining
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>>150523102
I remember siblings signing up last year. I think that same couple did, too.
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>>150515065
$25-50.

Ended up spending 4664 yen for actual gifts, but then I blew almost 8000 yen for shipping from various stores. Got around 30€ worth of bonus things and candy, and then international parcel to Anon was 29€.

Could've spent more on the gifts themselves, but oh well.
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Finally finished my last card, will send them on Monday. Prepare yourselves, KM from FL, LM from LA, and KO from IL.
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>>150523467
oh maybe i should do that with nii-chan next year
recently found out theyre trapped here forever too
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>>150522359
>2 cards in one envelope

Well then. That was unexpected.

Can't wait, though.
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>>150523102
>tfw mother wanted to participate but you said she can't because of the same address
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JS from Spain
Your stuff got stuck somewhere on your side. Tracking hasn't changed for a week.
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>>150523658
It's not too late for you to be a good boy and let your mother participate in some /ss/.
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SM from Scotland
and SA from Russia.
I sent your gifts last week. you should expected them this week probably.
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>>150514306
My initials finally got posted.
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>>150523529
>tfw sister used to browse 4chan but now she's a Tumblrina
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>>150524132
Lucky you, I don't think mine ever were
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I've got 7/15 drawings done, but the hard ones are all out of the way (I hope).

AZ of GA
Your card is done and will be mailed sometime in the coming week!

DO aus Schweiz
GJ of Slovenia

I'm going to do yours next and try to get them out early to make sure the international mailing goes well.
GJ, it will be just a little bit lewd, I hope that's okay

NP of OH
MP of CA
Your cards are in progress.

I hope you all like stripes.
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>>150515065
2 gifts in $50-$75. I spent at least £75 on gifts and about the same on shipping.
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>>150524144
are you her brother or not
save her
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>>150524153
I'm sure it'll OK!
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>>150524158
I think i have your GJ as well. Working on his card as we speak.
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>>150504781
Yea sure, I'm sending you something ,too. Done by end of this week. Will send using faster shipping if needed.
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>>150520261
I've been searching TX too with few results. I'm trying not to panic but I can't help but feel a little upset that if my Santa grinches me that that isn't fair for whoever sent my Santa a gift, for they sent Christmas love and cheer to someone who didn't deserve it.
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>>150520631
It might be if you live on Earth.
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>>150524366
Sounds good, thanks
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>>150515065
Every year I sign up for $75-100 bracket but I end up splurging and spending around $200
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>>150518153
Yo, I just came back from taking the N2 today.
Hope we both pass.
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>>150524131
>SM from Scotland

hype
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>>150524158
>>150524363
>GJ
I sure hope you won't draw something as l-lewd as hand holding
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>>150526331
Depends, how do you feel about the "naked apron" trope?
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Fuck all you faggots who get their initials posted, you guys dont know whats its like
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>>150526419
I do.
It doesn't feel like anything.
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>>150515065
>signed up for 10-25$
>spent almost 100 euros, including shipping
I regret nothing.
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>>150518153
Isn't N1 notorious for stuff obscure enough to require either studying, or reading serious literature, to be familiar with?
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>>150526375
I'm okay with that.
I can't wait to get it
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>>150526667
Nah i finished with 30minutes to spare
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>>150515065
100$-150$
Spent about 170$.
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>>150526919
I hope you will get N1 anon!
This brings flashbacks of me doing C1 exam in german and even though I felt I did very well and finished earlier, I failed in listening part. I really hope that isnt the case for you.
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>>150521012
I'm glad it arrived!
Sorry my drawings are so terrible. I was super proud of how Homura's left hand fingers and wrist cuff turned out.
I think you can tell which part of the present was the most frustrating to wrap based on how it looks now.
Don't worry, nothing is alive anymore.
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>>150526667
yeah you too.

>>150527276
I fucked up big time on the listening section and that might cause me to fail the whole test. Luckily there were lots of normalfag couples taking the test so I know that they'll help the bellcurve to work in my favour.
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>>150513940
I'm glad you like it anon. I will add that I also tried to make you a clear Akari too, but it didn't work out so well. It's ok though since the bust Yuri deserves to be more than an over used joke.
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>>150527829
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>>150526730
Might be a different GJ, just in case. We do have our fair share of Eastern european anons around the board.
You guys sure like Japan.
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>>150515065
>50~75$
Will end up spending approximately 1000$ by the end of everything.
Wonder if he`ll post it though.
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>>150528594
Jesus christ, anon, what the hell did you buy?
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>>150528594
You might as well have just bought him a new computer if you're spending that much. I'd prefer that over $1000 worth of anime merch.
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>>150528720
A mail order loli with a couple cosplay outfits of his giftee's favourite characters.
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>>150528945
That's very kind of you anon.
But why so much?
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First order finally arrived yesterday and the second one has finally been shipped from inside Europe this week.

But I'm getting really anxious about it because the tracking id is still not working.
I don't want my anon to get his gifts late.
>>
AC of AL here updating on my cards.
2/5 done and finishing my 3rd card right now.

Jacob of CA
DO of Switzerland
AZ of GA
KC of FL
NP of OH

I'm sending out my cards either tomorrow or Wednesday. I didn't grinch you guys, don't worry.
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>>150515488
How does one land a job at USPS senpai?
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>>150529137
Don't even trust tracking.
One of the packages I sent still hasn't arrived acording to the tracking, but my assignment told me he received the thing almost a week ago.
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My drawings are really terrible that I was laughing at myself.
I'm so sorry to the /a/non's who are going to receive these cards.
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>>150530319
My drawings suck so much ass that when I finished one card with them, I decided I'd make a haiku for the next one.
Little does the Anon know that beneath the haiku there's another haiku hidden, aimed at his poor taste.
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>>150530319
>>150530512
My drawings are so terrible my anon's aren't even posting the cards I sent to them.
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>>150528720
Everything on his list, basically.
Mixture of manga, BDs, some books and art supplies that he asked for and a few figures. Also some candy. + shipping. Not quite a 1000$ but fairly close.
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>>150528945
>A mail order loli
Eastern Europe please go.
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>>150526419
Last year my santa posted my initials and then still grinched me.
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