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ORGANIZED SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / STS Winter Market 2016 gallery! by alteredmommy
Date started: September 06, 2016 08:19:03 PM, Replies: 45
Let us see the fabulous pics of the stuff you've sold!

Shop Thread



ORGANIZED SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Weekend Trick or Treat Swap 2016 Gallery by kittykill
Date started: September 26, 2016 08:24:15 AM, Replies: 17
Post your goodies here!


NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / .moorhtab eht ni seifles on esaelP - a backwards embroidery by TheMistressT
Date started: September 24, 2016 01:54:43 PM, Replies: 22
It's been a long time since I had an embroidery project and this was a fun one to do to break the needlework fast!



I am part way through a semi-major bathroom redecoration/remodeling project, but decided to make this wall decoration before refinishing the cabinet that it's hung on, because I needed a good traveling craft project. I saw a cross stitch project on pinterest that said "no selfies in the bathroom," but since I don't cross stitch I put together a pattern on my computer that I printed out and transferred backwards to some linen in my stash.



I used an ombre DMC floss and a frame I'd picked up at a thrift store months ago - I just repainted it in a few metallic shades to go with the other metals and frames in the room. I chose a font what would be a little hard to read backwards, but easy to stitch and to read in the mirror over the sink.





ORGANIZED SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Pocket Letters Round 3 GALLERY by Smmarrt
Date started: September 12, 2016 09:59:01 PM, Replies: 16


bec99 9/25/16 - Summer6061
Summer6061 - bec99
bec99 9/25/16 - seeuudee
seeuudee 9/29/16 - bec99
seeuudee 9/29/16 - emilywilde
emilywilde 09/28/16 - seeuudee
quaggy - SonjaBoo
SonjaBoo - quaggy
quaggy - Smmarrt
Smmarrt - quaggy
Beuatifulsoul - audio
audio - Beautifulsoul
Homerof2 9/27/16 - Krafty_Karasu
Krafty_Karasu - Homerof2
geekgirl1000100 09/12/16 - BigBangMomma
BigBangMomma 09/22/16 - geekgirl1000100

RED - Sent
LIME GREEN - Received
BLUE - Sending late with communication
PURPLE - Feedback received



ORGANIZED SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Slow Cloth/Boro Style Patches - Signups 9/18 - 10/1, Sendouts 10/31/16 by playswithneedles
Date started: September 18, 2016 10:39:09 AM, Replies: 76

artwork by Linda Marcille

Swap name: Slow Cloth/Boro Style Patches
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: playswithneedles
Sign-up date range: September 18 - October 1, 2016
Date to send item by: October 31, 2016


Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Additional Age requirement? NO

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
Do you love fabric? Like to stitch? Enamored with sashiko, boro or the slow cloth movement? If so, then let's swap patches! Unsure of what this is all about? Here are some links to inspiration:

Boro embroidery

Slow Cloth

What can I do with these patches, you ask? You could use these to patch your jeans, your jacket, collect more and make a purse, or use them as part of a bigger art project!

We will be signing up for one to two partners (new swappers limited to one partner), and you and your partner will agree on the exact number of patches to swap, between 1 and 3 patches of equitable sizes. For example, if partner 1 would like a 4" x 6" patch and their partner wants 3" x 4" patches, partner 1 should be making two 3" x 4" patches for every 4" x 6" patch received. Communication with your partner is key and please make sure your exchanges are fair!


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
How many partners would you like - one or two?
How many patches would you like per partner?
Preferred size range of patch(es)?
What do you plan on using your patches for?
Do you have a preferred theme?
Preferred colors?
Any colors/themes you don't want?
Are odd shapes acceptable? For example, round or triangular.
Are raw edges okay?
Do you have a pinterest, wist, or website so your partner can learn more about you and your preferences?
Do you have any relevant allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home?

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


Participants:
playswithneedles
craftylittlemonkey
noodle-bug
loves2experiment
abbeeroad
yofi
ludi
alwaysinmyroom
vkvhawk
JoyfulClover


...


ORGANIZED SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Happy Mail Swap Gallery by SonjaBoo
Date started: September 02, 2016 03:53:05 AM, Replies: 160

Post your Happy Mail here!

Link to Swap Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449945.0

Sent
Received
Sent & Received
Uh-oh
sending late with communication

Happy Partners:
SonjaBoo --> noooitaremybirthday
SonjaBoo --> Onyxnox
rackycoo --> teag
rackycoo --> pottermouth
Onyxnox --> SonjaBoo
Onyxnox --> whats_her_name
loves2experiment --> LimeRiot
BigBangMomma --> Tattooedcrafter
BigBangMomma --> Sharalee
Tattooedcrafter --> BigBangMomma
Tattooedcrafter --> kbrison
whats_her_name --> Onyxnox
whats_her_name --> Homerof2
Abbeeroad --> curiousfae
curiousfae --> Abbeeroad
curiousfae --> kwality570
bec99 --> deadbathducky
bec99 --> edelC
deadbathducky --> bec99
deadbathducky --> Summer6061
vkvhawk --> flygirl88
geekgirl1000100 --> Summer6061
flygirl88 --> vkvhawk
kwality570 --> noooitaremybirthday
kwality570 --> curiousfae
pottermouth -->rackycoo
edelC --> bec99
edelC --> alwaysinmyroom
alwaysinmyroom --> edelC
alwaysinmyroom --> teag
Summer6061 --> deadbathducky
Summer6061 --> geekgirl1000100
Smmarrt --> LeapFeetFirst
Smmarrt --> pioneer9
Homerof2 --> whats_her_name
LeapFeetFirst --> Smmarrt
kbrison --> Tattooedcrafter
pioneer9 --> Smmarrt
Sharalee --> BigBangMomma
noooitaremybirthday --> SonjaBoo
noooitaremybirthday --> kwality570
teag --> alwaysinmyroom
teag --> rackycoo
LimeRiot --> loves2experiment
craftylittlemonkey --> Belladune
Belladune --> craftylittlemonkey



ORGANIZED SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Ongoing ATC Swap -- September 2016 Gallery! by rockingbearranch
Date started: September 02, 2016 06:23:06 AM, Replies: 23


The Discussion Thread is HERE!
The Claiming Thread is HERE!


Post pictures of the marvelous ATCs you received for August below!


ORGANIZED SWAPS / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Weekend Trick or Treat Swap 2016 Sign upsCLOSED Send out's 9.26.16 by kittykill
Date started: September 14, 2016 08:29:20 AM, Replies: 82


Swap name:Weekend Trick or Treat
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:kittykill
Sign-up date range:September 14-Sept 21st 2016
Date to send item by:September 26, 2016

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement?

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: NO
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

***********************************************************************************

Details of swap: This is a weekend trick or treat swap. You will have to fill a plastic pumpkin, cauldron or a tote with at least ONE SMALL CRAFTED ITEM and then other Halloween goodies (candy, crafty items, toys, decorations) This is just for a weekend and you will send out on Monday.  You will have one extra day to stalk your partner.  

Size of bag/pumpkin: approximately 6. 5" high x 8" wide, this is the size of a smaller plastic pumpkin pail. Please note that you MUST send your items in a pumpkin or tote-this is trick or treating after all!


Link to gallery from previous years:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428027.0#axzz2h4W60sZx

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
What are your favorite candies or treats:
Please do not send me this:
I can craft this:
I would love to have this treat:
Allergies:
Are you willing to post in the gallery and thank you partner?
Anything else you want your partner to know (pinterest...)



IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

Participants:
kittykill
Whistley
RaraAvis
artsycandice
dinkime
rockingbearranch
TrickyMcVomit
Alexampersandra
deadbathducky
LisasTeaTime
sammylouise40
ecopp
audio
Mellius01
luckdragon


Partners:
Sent to partner
partner received
late with communication
A pox on you

Deadbathducky-rockingbeachranch
luckdragon-kittykill
lisasteatime-artsycandice
RaraAvis-Whistley
audio-Mellius01
sammylouise40-dinkime
TrickyMcVomit to ecopp: ecopp to Alexampersandra: Alexampersandra to TrickyMcVomit (3 way)

GALLERY!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450283.0






PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Halloween Purse 2016 by gozer
Date started: September 19, 2016 06:17:55 AM, Replies: 30
 It's almost time for the barrage of holidays to descend upon us. I have been carrying the same purse for a while now and wanted to try a new pattern out. I ordered fabric but it went missing, delivery issue. I was itching to sew so I decide to do a practice run of the pattern first with some Halloween themed fabrics to get in the Halloween spirit.

 This was my first time trying the twist lock. The type I bought was super easy to install. Ridiculously easy. Highly recommend anyone nervous to do them to just take the plunge. You'll be shocked at how easy it is. My wall is blue and my shadow is in the shot, sorry. I wanted to show the length of the strap.

 The fabric is eyeballs with coordinating stripes and a hot pink interior.

 The sides called for snaps to expand it.

 I am used to thicker interfacing so I was nervous about this one. It called for SF 101 and some medium weight sew in. I think it worked out well though. I liked the swivel clip details too. It holds a lot and is comfortable on my arm.  Grin

 I'll carry this one until November. I had fun sewing it up. The pattern is the Notting Hill Bag by SusieDDesigns. I got it on Etsy.
 Thanks for checking it out!!! Cheesy


MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Long-distance Besties Bookmarks by TheMistressT
Date started: September 20, 2016 08:10:58 AM, Replies: 21


For the last two years two of my besties and I have gotten together in one of our home states for a long weekend. We're all crafty, so naturally there are gifties, too! One of the things I made are these bookmarks with charms of each of our states and an embroidery floss bobbin, because embroidery is how we met!



I arranged the state charms for the center/lower one matched each of our home states.



The bobbins. Well, they're labeled "silk cord" but still, they look like embroidery bobbins!





MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / SETTING UP HARRY POTTER CRAFTALONG WINTER TERM by Mistress Jennie
Date started: September 14, 2016 12:56:31 PM, Replies: 24
SETTING UP HARRY POTTER CRAFTALONG WINTER TERM

Please do NOT post here unless asked to by Mistress Jennie


~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Semester 2016/2017*~

~*Begins October 1st, 2016*~
~*Ends January 31st, 2017*~



Welcome to Hogwarts!
The Harry Potter Craftalong (HPC) is not your typical craftalong; we are gathered here to celebrate our love of crafting and the Wonderful World of Harry Potter.  In the HPC you will be completing classes and challenges with your skills in crafty magic.  These classes and challenges all have HP centered themes, but your crafts do not have to be Harry Potter."  Your mission, as a student at Hogwarts, is to complete at least one class or challenge during this semester.  You may join any time during the semester.  I hope you join us; the HPC is a great way to stretch your crafty muscles, meet HP crafters, and have fun!


~*HPC PROJECTS*~
---The HPC is here to help us each finish projects and to explore new challenges as we better our crafting skills.  Prompts and guidelines are there to help stimulate creativity and growth; the size and complexity of the project submitted should reflect a level of personal growth and challenge over the time you spend in the HPC.
---Projects for the HPC should represent your best crafty skills.  Take pride in your work.  Classes and challenges should take a minimum of 30 minutes to make.  
---A project can only be submitted for one class/challenge (the same project cannot be entered in multiple categories) unless noted in prompt (it will be CLEARLY noted if allowed).
---Projects must be turned in within the timeframe designated by the type of assignment or challenge.
---For a project to be counted, it must have a picture or picture link included AT THE TIME OF POSTING.  If your item is a private piece, or is being kept secret for a Craft Swap, you are more than welcome to post a link for the Headmistress to view.  EDIT 4/17/15: As of today, I will no longer be posting reminders to folks about pictures.  I simply do not have the time to chase folks down for pictures.  If you post your project without a photo or photo link, it will simply not be counted when I tally House Points.
---For any cooking/food project, in addition to a photo, you must post a complete recipe, or link to the complete recipe you used.  No recipe = no points.  [EDIT due to questions: *For our purposes, a "complete recipe" means it includes a full set of ingredients that includes amounts, and step-by-step instructions that another HPC member could replicate themselves at home.  Think of writing your recipe with a beginner cook in mind, who needs full instructions.
---There is SO MUCH to do in the HPC.  Do not feel like you have to craft everything.  Think of the HPC as a "Choose Your Own Adventure".  Craft what inspires you, but don't try to do everything and get burned out.  Keep in mind these wise words , "It does not do to dwell on lists and forget to craft."  


~*HOW TO TURN IN A PROJECT*~
For each assignment/challenge, use this header:
Class/Challenge/House Pride:
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House:
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture: (REQUIRED! NO PICTURE (or link) = NO HOUSE POINTS)


-Feel free to also include your house and any storycrafting you've created for your project.
---You can add more than one project to your post, but a header must be used for each project.
-When posting your projects, you are more than welcome to post more than one at a time. But if you do so, then please attempt to post your projects in alphabetical order by SUBJECT.  Bertie Bott's Beans, Detention Prompts, and Headmistress Challenges should be posted under B, D, & H respectively.  For more information, see this post.



~*HPC FAQs*~
---How long is a semester?  Semesters are as follows: YULE- October, November, December, January; SPRING-February, March, April, May; MIDSUMMER-June, July, August, September
---When can I join?  You can join anytime in the semester.
---Do I have to sign-up to join this craftalong? No, all you have to do is post in the thread a hi or completed project post.
---How do I complete a semester/earn my year? To complete a semester/year, you only have to complete one class or challenge during the semester.
---What timezone do we use?  We use Headmistress Mistress Jennie's Central Timezone (Tennessee time).
---Do you sort me?  NO, you will decide which house you belong to, but you can only choose one.
---I have a problem or question; who can I ask?  You can send a Personal Message (PM) to Headmistress Mistress Jennie.  You can also ask specific questions to HPC staff.  And you can post your question in the thread; our students are very helpful!
---Can I turn in something I did earlier? With a very few exceptions the answer is NO!  You must complete your project during the current semester. Exceptions are Detention and OWLs; look for details about these projects in their information posts.
---Are we swapping? No, this is not an organized swap.  We are just encouraging crafting with a HP twist.  But if you enjoy swapping, keep an eye out for HP themed swap info in our thread.
---Do I have to craft all the classes and challenges? NO, you pick what you inspires you.  There is tons to choose from so choose your own HP Craft Adventure through the castle.
---What kind of projects are allowed for classes/challenges? If Craftster has a category for it, then it is a viable HPC project.  And since Craftster has a board for almost everything, your choices are vast.
---Does my craft project have to be Harry Potter themed? NO, if your item fulfills the class/challenge prompt, then it can be posted in the HPC.  Above all, we are here to encourage crafting.


~*House Points*~
~*Your triumphs will earn you points*~
Points System
15 points for a Class Assignment & Challenge*
100 points for OWLs
150 points for NEWTs
10 points extra for SPEW aka Charity Items

House Points Guidelines
--- *You cannot double dip for Class & Challenge points.  For example, if you turn-in a project for Herbology & Floo Powder Challenge, then you would get 2 badges but only 15 points for the project.
---You cannot get credit for a class or challenge twice.  For example, if you turn in 2 Alchemy projects, then you will only get points for the first one.
--- SPEW points are extra credit.  You can earn SPEW points for each project you turn in if it goes to a legitimate charity.  You do not have to give the charity's name, just that you are donating to a certain cause.  (I happen to know that some Battered Women's Shelters don't like their names/locations posted.) SPEW projects must be clearly marked with SPEW to earn extra points.  Also, SPEW project can be turned in as stand-alone projects; they will earn 10 points.  Unlike most projects, you can turn in more than one SPEW project for points.
---HPC Challenge Points do not include House Challenges.  For Example, a Slytherin Scavenger Hunt project would not count for points unless it also fulfills a HPC Class or HPC Challenge.
--- To determine House Cup Winner, an average from the points accumulated per house and the number of members per house.  If there is a tie, then more than one house will win the cup.  Note, a House Member is someone who has turned in at least 1 project.
--- Don't stress over House Points, but do craft your personal best. (This varies from person to person.  And I'm not really worried about "crafting your best" bit because HPCers are amazing crafters!)[/color]


~*HPC Portkeys*~
Headmistress Tower (Headmistress Challenges)
Deputy Headmistress's Office - S.P.E.W. Headquarters
Badge Station
Floo Powder Challenge Series
Diagon Alley
Magician of the Month
Wizard & Witch Career Placement Agency
Pinterest Pixie's Projects Page
Hogwarts Kitchens
HPC Facebook Group

House Keys
7th Floor Gryffindor
Hufflepuff PARTY Common Room
Ravenclaw Tower
Slytherin Dungeon



Professors' Classrooms
Detention in the Dungeons
Alchemy
Apparition
Arithmancy
Astronomy
Care of Magical Creatures
Charms
Defense Against the Dark Arts
Divination
Flying
Herbology
History of Magic
Muggle Studies
Potions Dungeon
Study of Ancient Runes
Transfiguration
Ordinary Wizarding Levels
Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests


~*The Great Hall OT Chat*~

Craftster craftalongs are for crafting and crafting encouragement.  If you would like to talk off-topic, such as in-depth Harry Potter discussions, then please visit The Great Hall.  Thank you for keeping the HPC within Craftster guidelines.

~*HPC on Facebook*~
The HPC is now on Facebook!  This is a way to share links, photos, or videos with your friends here in the HPC, that you cannot post on Craftster.  Please feel free to use the page to ask questions, share craft related or Harry Potter related links, pictures of your kids dressing up like Hogwarts students, or anything else that might be of interest to the group.  This group is Closed, so folks must message me with BOTH their Craftster username, and a way to locate you on Facebook, in order to be added. This is to keep it to just folks within the Craftalong, rather than a general HP forum, and anyone who participates here is welcome there as well.  If you send me a message via FB, PLEASE include your Craftster username.  We've been getting lots of requests to join, from faux accounts who just want to spam us with porn, so I've become *extra* cautious about adding folks.

~*Yule Term HPC Staff*~
Headmistress Mistress Jennie
Deputy Headmistress noodle-bug

Gryffindor Head of House Abbeeroad
Hufflepuff Head of House Moonflame
Ravenclaw Head of House FiberAlchemist
Slytherin Head of House ErinAquaheart

Alchemy Professor TechnicolorAquahearts +++
Apparition edelC +++
Arithmancy Professor noodle-bug +++
Astronomy Professor Inselaeffchen ***
Care of Magical Creatures ErinAquaheart +++
Charms Professor edelC +++
Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor Magpirate
Divination Professor ErinAquaheart +++
Flying Professor gaudiknight
Herbology Professor Inselaeffchen ***
History of Magic jenleahlynn ***
Muggle Studies Professor Magpirate
Potions Professor noodle-bug +++
Study of Ancient Runes TechnicolorAquahearts +++
Transfiguration Professor ErinAquaheart +++

Kitchen Elf Abbeeroad
Pinterest Pixie seeuudee


MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Making something out of nothing, tute-ish with picture overload. by craftylittlemonkey
Date started: September 13, 2016 08:17:06 AM, Replies: 24
I can't throw out even the teeniest, weeniest, nothing little scraps of string or fabric.



If the trim from old fulled wool sweaters is really too small for anything else I cut it up into confetti, I have a big tote bin full of the stuff.


Sometimes I'll sort it into piles by colour or type.



It's got a hold on me, I don't even try to resist it anymore. I just collect the trim from every little thing and put it with the rest until I can find something to do with it.
Here's something:

Spread threads out on dissolvable stabilizer (I used SulkySolv).


Fold in half, stitch all over, wash away the stabilizer.


Those were made into prayer flags.



Use some fabric scraps for more stability, you can get away with a thinner layer if you do this too.






You can embellish on the outside of the sulky before washing it away, anything goes!



Here's one made from the wool confetti. It was still pretty loose and fally-aparty.

It needed a second go with more stitching to hold it together.



I liked that so much I did it again. Lots of stitching for a stable base.


I'm making 2 things at once here, I'll cut it in half after all the stitching is done. The design for both is sketched on.


Background colour stitched.


Next layers.


Last details.


Check it out!



ETA: Sometimes the piece will be a bit wonk, when that happens a spritz of water and a warm-hot iron with a pressing cloth usually does the trick to flatten things out. You can also push the fabric around into more of the shape you want when it's damp and dry it flat (or another shape). Just beware synthetics if you do use an iron, I've melted ribbon, oops!

Thanks for joining me on a trip through my own personal madness! Cheesy








ORGANIZED SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / I Love Disney Swap Gallery by audio
Date started: September 12, 2016 11:02:46 AM, Replies: 26


POST YOUR GOODIES.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449822.0

sent
partner received


lindyv321-audio
fatewineroses - andilites
Artmomto5 - Krafty_Karasu


ORGANIZED SWAPS / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / STS Winter Market 2016 SU Sept 6-18; close of swap Oct 30 by alteredmommy
Date started: September 06, 2016 08:04:15 PM, Replies: 26
Have lots of crafty items to "sell"?  Want to "buy" fantastic crafts and supplies from a bunch of super cool crafters? Then this is the swap for you!

Swap name: Shop the Swap Winter Market 2016  
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: alteredmommy
Craftster member who is the backup organizers for this swap: loves2experiment
Sign-up date range: 09/06/16 - 09/18/16
Date to send item by: Once someone claims from you, you have ONE WEEK to mail the item. The swap runs through to Oct 30 (**Please note that the last week October 23-30  will be for over/under 3 point shops only)
Limited to a certain number of people? 50
Non-U.S. participants allowed? Yes! Be aware that by signing up for this swap you are agreeing to ship items internationally if they are claimed by someone outside of your country

Additional Age requirement? YES **This swap is open to crafters who are 18+**

Gallery!
Discussion Thread!


Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES


Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Has completed 2 swaps with positive feedback YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 18 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

All swappers MUST be pre-approved for this swap!

GENERAL
The Shop the Swap (or STS) is a different kind of swap in that we start with finished items.  We use a point system in which you price items in points that you receive when you sell your shop item to another swapper.  Once you have sent your claim out , you can use those points to buy any available item from any open shop in the swap.   Like the real world, you cant spend points that you dont have (no overdraft here) and you cant hoard your points under your mattress (you must close and go shopping when you have +7 points).  
If you are traveling or otherwise unable to keep your shop open, you can close for a short period of time (a week or two, please let the organizers know)

SHOPS
- Post a shop in this thread with at least 5 finished, handcrafted items for the other swappers to choose from.  You can also post a small amount of craft supply items at the bottom of your shop.  **Custom items can be offered, but must be finished and sent in a timely manner, so keep this in mind and only offer custom items that you can finish quickly.  Please let us know if you will be sending late.
-Handcrafted items from other people may be offered in your shop, BUT  be aware of the potential of hurt feelings when selling items made for you in other swaps.  This is a high profile swap that many people see.  Crafted items from others must be credited with the name of the creator or you will be requested to remove that item.
-Each item should have a SHORT identifiable title, description and picture.  Each item should be priced between 1 and 3 points.  Groups of items can be priced at a choice of 2 for 1 (or 3 for 1 etc).  Charge what you think is fair for your crafted item, considering time/supply cost/popularity.
-Check peoples wishlists and use the discussion thread for brainstorming any new items to offer in your shop.

PLEASE SEE THE NEXT POST FOR SHOP FORMATS

POINTS
-all persons new to the swap receive 3 points to spend.  This is a STS loan and you must leave with 3 points (in effect pay the loan back) for positive feedback.  
-Your shop must be open before you can spend your points in other shops.
-Remember there are no guarantees that claims will be made from your shop.  To make a sale you may need to adjust your prices or offer new crafted items/supplies.
-Everytime someone claims from you, you will get whatever point price you have listed for it.  List the claim at the bottom of your shop and add the points into pending and to your points total.  You cannot spend pending points.
-Once you have sent the claim, move the points into current.  All current points are spendable so go shopping!
-When you have +7 points (a TOTAL of current and pending) you must close your shop temporarily.  Edit your shop post to put CLOSED at the top in big bold letters that people will see.
-Once you go shopping (with your current points, you may have to ship first)and spend your points down to 5 or less, you can re-open your shop.
-Claims to and from you should be listed with your point tally at the bottom of your shop.  See the next post for the proper shop format.


PLEASE SEE THE NEXT POST FOR CLAIM/SEND/RECEIVE PM FORMATS

FEEDBACK
Ongoing
-If any prior claims go missing you may be required to remake/refund the points/offer something else in your shop if you have no DC# or shipping receipt.  If you have a valid DC# or shipping receipt it is your decision whether you will replace the item or have me arrange an angel.  You will not get angel credit for replacing the item.


Final
-Positive feedback will be given after the swap closing date of May 8/2016 if you have 3 points and all your claims have been received.
-Negative feedback will be given for closing this swap with less than 3 points and/or not sending claims made to you.  If you need points, have a sale, let people know in the discussion thread, offer some supplies.  
-Spend your points down to 3 before the close of this round.  These points will not be returned to you should you join the STS in a future round.  So go shopping!

SHIPPING
-Remember that you have ONE WEEK to ship from the day you receive a claim.
-All items are to be shipped AFTER an official claim is received; please do not ship custom items before we receive an official STS claim for them.  Items shipped before they are claimed will not be covered under our angel policy should they go missing.
- DC# are required on all claims if eligible AS PER CRAFTSTER SWAP RULES; if sending internationally please keep your postal receipt until your item is received.   Thin items can be padded with a plastic grocery bag or something similiar to make them thick enough for a DC#.  If your item has not been received within a reasonable time (3-4 weeks domestic; 4-5 weeks international) an angel can be arranged if you have a DC# or postal receipt.  If not you will be required to remake or offer something else from your shop and resend.
-Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


COMMUNICATION
-It is your responsibility to keep relevant people informed of your shop and claim status  
-all claim/send/receive pms must be sent to both organizers as well as to the person you are claiming from/sending to.  Please check you're outgoing pm's to ensure that everyone has received a copy!!!!!!
-Poor communication will be noted in your feedback.  This includes not informing the organizers/other swappers of claim status via the correct claim format; not posting in the discussion thread.
-Do join in the lively conversation on the discussion thread which can be found here:   http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=445358.0

PLEASE PM THE ORGANIZERS alteredmommy, loves2experiment WITH THE FOLLOWING
INFORMATION IF YOU WISH TO PARTICIPATE

(Make the title of your PM -  STS Winter Market 2016 SIGNUP)

Name of swap: Shop the Swap Winter Market 2016
Craftster username:
I am at least eighteen years old:
I have completed 2 swaps with positive feedback:
Email address:
Real name and mailing address (formatted for mailing):

Do you have at least 5 crafted items to start out with?
Have you read through the first 2 posts of guidelines/rules?
When will this swap be closed for claims?
What information needs to be kept current at the TOP of your shop?
Winter sports or staying cozy inside?
mittens or gloves?


Feel free to ask alteredmommy or loves2experiment if you have any questions!!

Shops from previous rounds:

Spring Market 2016   http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=445356.0

Winter Market 2015   http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440716.0

Spring Market 2015   http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438481.0

Winter Market 2014   http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435866.0











FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Needle felted me! by Belladune
Date started: September 07, 2016 06:08:29 PM, Replies: 18
Underthemountain and Alteredmommy ran a fabulous swap called the Craftster Trading Card Swap in August. The idea was to send a trading card with your image on it, and some stats about you on the back. (kind of like a baseball or hockey card) It was a really fun swap with a flood of snail mail.  For my card i decided to go with a medium that I like, but never do enough of: Needle Felting.

This is my needle felted me!



I manipulated the image in Pixelmatr, which is a photoshop like program, adding the back ground and frame, and words to achieve this:



Then I printed off around 35 of my images (and the back image) onto sticker paper, and did some paper craft magic to make them all the right size, and shipped them all off! It was an excellent swap!







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