Please join us....
for the MLP Arena's Fourth Annual Holiday Custom Swap.
In 2008 we held our very first Arena Holiday Custom Swap.
The past three years have been a great success and we are really excited to bring it back again for the 2011 Holiday Season. This year the deadlines will be extended with the hope that everyone will have something for the new year!
Sound like fun?
PM to apply: Start today and ends November 2nd.
References to be submitted by November 5th
Wishlists due by November 6th
Receive Your Secret Swap Person Name: As Soon As Possible!
Start Creating: As Soon As Possible!
Photo Check-In: Dec. 12th [Do NOT ship before the photo check-in]
All packages must be shipped by Christmas and should arrive no later than January 10.
You will not be held responsible for delays due to the fault of the post as long as you shipped on time.
Swap categories to choose from:
Classic Pony Swap - This category is for customizers who appreciate the traditional custom pony. Most customs in this grouping will be kept fairly simple with a few minor embellishments such as jewels, small accessories and simple wings. The end result is up to you.
Ponies Plus Swap - Get creative, this category is where you can get a little crazy. Be prepared for sculpting, sewing or intricate paintwork.
All swap participants will be required to include $5.00 (USD) worth of goodies or holiday treats.
***References are only for trading and selling ponies. Ebay does not count but if you are short one reference it may help. References need to be from members of the pony communities that can easily be checked. We prefer to private message here and other sites. Emailing is very time consuming.***
Don't forget to tell us which swap you're doing when sending your references.
If you want to participate in the Basic Pony Swap then you need at least 8 references.
If you want to participate in the Ponies Plus Swap then you need at least 10 references and 3 must be from previous custom swaps or people who have commissioned you / bought a custom from you in the past.
This year we ask that all participants submit a photo of the finished custom before shipping. Photos can be PMed to the CustomSwap account no later then December 1st.
DO NOT SHIP EARLY WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE CustomSwap ACCOUNT.
Airmail only for international, no exceptions.
For US residents shipping to US residents, first class may be used but Priority mail is encouraged
Postal receipts are required or negative feedback will be left.
Delivery confirmations and/or insurance is highly suggested.
Ponies should be well wrapped for shipping especially those with sculpted parts.
Let us know if you are willing to ship Internationally or not.
***Please note that you will be held accountable if your custom is not well packaged and damaged during shipping. Members entering the Sculpted Pony category should take extra precautions to ensure that their custom arrives safely.
In the event that a custom does arrive damaged through no fault of the sender the receiver will have the option to ship back at their own expense to have the custom repaired.
After Shipping Rules:
PM HOLIDAYSWAP to let us know that you have shipped your person's ponies. This is a must. We have to know once you ship your package. Please also let us know that you have your shipping receipt and which shipping method you chose.
Other Rules of the Swap:
All customs must be done using an adult Hasbro base.
All customs must be done using quality materials and made to last.
Customs should be rehaired with quality doll hair (Dollyhair, CustomPony, RestoreDoll) or actual MLP hair in like new condition. Please PM me, pop-girl for approval to use anything different - I will check to make sure it is OK with your partner.
Customs must be well packed for shipping.
Do not use newspapers or colored tissue paper.
Do not ship customs that are sticky/tacky or not fully dry.
Do use some sort of padding like bubble wrap, white tissue paper, peanuts, etc.
Taking on more than you can handle. Please choose a swap category within your skill level.
Not starting early enough.
Letting it slip who your secret person is.
Not asking for advice when needed.
Not turning in Wishlist on time.
Not packing your custom well for shipping.
Wishlists need to include a list of your likes and dislikes.
Let us know what you love about the holidays or the winter season.
Be sure to mention favorite colors, favorite themes, favorite poses, etc.
Let us know what is totally unacceptable to you in a custom.... Example: I don't like glitter or TAF symbols.
Let us know if other hair types are acceptable - embroidery floss, sculpted, ect...
Let us know if you only like customs that are G4, G3, G2, G1 or are you open to any generation.
Also, let us know what generation of pony you prefer to work with as a customizer.
Include a list of your favorite goodies and holiday treats.
What you need to do now:
Apply to the CustomSwap
Please title your PM "Holiday Custom Swap".
Tell us you've read this entire post by including the word "heliotrope" in your PM.