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1  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Altered Halloween Tombstones on: August 21, 2014 03:34:12 PM
I am participating in a small Halloween swap that Retro Cafe Art Gallery is hosting.  We had to make a set of altered tombstones and these are what I will be sending in.  I used alcohol inks and book pages for the backgrounds.  It was my first time using the inks and I really like how they turned out.



Some blurry closeups



My favorite is the purple one
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Long Live the Queen Bee on: August 04, 2014 02:29:48 PM
I had purchased this wonderful Bee Shrine kit from Retro Cafe Art Gallery months ago and have been wanting to make it but have been busy with all kinds of swaps and real life.  Thanks to the Fake Swap Craftalong I was able to fake join the whimsical shrine swap and was inspired to pull it out. 

I started by spray painting just about everything black and did a quick spritz of gold so there would be a little sparkle. Then I used some other paints I had on the hive.  I mixed some colors up to come up with the right coppery yellow I wanted.  When they were dry I pressed the yellow bits into an ink pad.  The torso is a piece of paper with yellow paint and painted black dots.


The wings were painted black and I painted some random holey paper then attached it.  I had the bee cut outs and wasn't quite sure what to do with them at first but then it hit me that they should be buzzing around their queen!  I just sandwiched some wire between two painted bees then attached them with glue and tape.



This is probably one of my most favorite altered items that I have done!  I am glad I get to actually keep this one!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Silhouette Cameo Cut Notecards on: July 24, 2014 02:59:22 PM
I did a quick personal swap with sheepBlue for some beads and she requested more of the cards I had sent her a while back.  

I experimented a bit this time and used blank cards and attached the cut designs with with spray on Tacky Glue.  I think this batch turned out much better and I can't wait to play with more designs, colors, etc.

These I left with blank spots so she can add some customization.  Maybe a stamped Thank You or something of the sort.


These foxes were left over from the last batch of cards and I didn't want them to go to waste.  I think next time I will also cut a small rectangle of black to put them on before attaching to the card.  Give a bit more dimension.






4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Down the Rabbit Hole on: July 16, 2014 04:45:19 PM


I made this hoopla for luckdragon in the Ongoing Wish Swap.  I love how colorful and fun it is!  I also really enjoyed getting to use so many different colors.  I used the back stitch, a bit of satin stitching, and a few french knots.

The pattern is from Kitschy Digitals
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Fill Stitch Options?? on: July 15, 2014 10:01:27 AM
I am working on a hoop for a swap and there are some larger sized letters in the design.  I am thinking rather than just outlining them I want to fill them in.  Any suggestions for a fill stitch other than satin that would look good for letters?
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sweet Cuppycake on: July 09, 2014 09:20:40 AM


I made this hoop for the Ongoing Hoopla Along.  The July theme was food and who doesn't love cupcakes?  I bought the cupcake pattern pack from Kimberly Ouimet on Etsy.  I love her patterns because she has all kinds of designs that you can play with to come up with your own original piece.  For this one I used the cupcake in the square then added the hearts.  I used a back stitch, lazy daisy, and some french knots in the hoop.  Now to find a space for it on my Hoopla Wall or pass it on to my daughter to hang in her room...

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Kumhimo Braided Bracelets on: July 02, 2014 12:42:58 PM
I have been wanting to try Kumihimo braiding for a very long time and bought a bunch of supplies about a year ago.  I kept putting it off though since it looks rather complicated.  I finally decided I was going to give it a try and watched some very helpful YouTube videos then gave it a go.  There are a ton of different braids to do but since I am a beginner I have only done the basic 8 strand.  This is my first 8 strand braid using beads.


The first one I made though was using satin cord.  If you are going to give this a try start with one of these.  It helps you to get the braiding down and you can really see what you are doing.
8  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Mini 13 Days of Halloween Rnd 6 CLOSED on: June 18, 2014 01:14:37 PM

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Swap name: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Mini Swap Round 6
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Lindyv321
Co-Organiser: kittykill
Sign-up date range: June 18th July 2nd
Date to send item by: International September 15th
                              Domestic: 09/20

This swap will not be taking first time swappers, sorry
You must have completed 1 swap  with positive feedback.
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
Age requirement? 16+(if your under 18 yrs old, make sure you have your parents permission)

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 USPS Tracking 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 Halloween? Do you love opening presents? Did you want to do the 13 days of Halloween but couldn't? If you answered yes to any of those questions then this may be the swap for you! This swap is a Mini 13 days of Halloween swap. Instead of opening all your presents at once like in other swaps, we count down the days to Halloween starting with 10/01. You will open day 13 on October the 1st, day 12 on October the 2nd and so on until 10/13.
 
Requirements:
-You must post in this thread before signing up
-A minimum of 13 items, one for each day.
-At least 6 crafted items must be sent, equal to a small (Under $10 or under two hours to craft)
-Spoiling is okay but do not expect the same in return.
-You must post in the thread at least once a week
-You must PM both your partner and organizer/co-org when you send and receive
-You must post photos in the gallery and if you cant please ask your partner to do so.  We all want to    oooh and aaah over the goodies!

Some things to think about:
*THIS SWAP IS LARGE! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE THINK CAREFULLY ON JOINING AND IF YOU DOUBT YOU CAN DO IT PLEASE DONT JOIN.  WE WANT THIS SWAP TO BE TOTALLY FLAKE FREE!!!!

* I STRONGLY recommend that you have a wist or pinterest for this swap, as it helps out your partner greatly. Please keep this updated and have at least 20 items on it. If you do not have a wist or pinterest, please have another way to show items to your partner that you like (etsy favorites, flickr, etc...)

*If you are sending BAKED GOODS, please only send them if you live in the same country as your partner. We do not need to tempt customs people to keep your package after you have worked so hard on it! Also, if you are sending baked goods you should make this the package that is opened on day 1!

*I highly recommend that you wrap your items in a plastic bag/trash bag/ or some other protective wrapping INSIDE the box you are sending. Things can get wet from rain and/or snow OR things can melt in hot temperatures.


If you want to participate, fill in information and send to organizer Lindyv321 and co-org kittykilll DO NOT POST INFO HERE

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)
Are you willing, if asked by the orgainser or co-organiser, to confirm that you have send your parcel(by either having a dc number or taking a photo of the receipt): YES/NO
Did you post in the topic thread?

Are you allergic to anything?: (skin/internal)
Do you have any allergens in your house?
Do you smoke or come from a smoking household?

Crafts I already know how to do:
1.
2.
3.
(add more if necessary)

Crafts I would really like to learn how to do:
1.
2.
3.
(add more if necessary)

I have tried and absolutely CANNOT  _______________(fill in the blank)!


Supplies you NEVER have enough of:

Supplies you ALWAYS have enough of:

Your hobbies:

Do you like miniature things?

Colors you like:

Colors you don't like:

Do you wear jewelry/other accessories (be specific...necklaces, bracelets, hair bobs...)?

Favorite scents/smells:

Scents/ smells which you do not like:


Do you have a Significant Other(wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc?
      Do you have children?
      Do you have any pets?
      Would you like your SO, children and/or pets to be included in the gift receiving?

SIZES (If you feel uncomfortable divulging this information, you may leave the sizes blank and only share them with your partner. If there is a particular thing listed you are NOT interested in getting, like a shirt or a headband, for example, please note it here.)
tshirt:
wrist:
finger:
preferred necklace length:
hips (where you would wear a belt):
head (around, like where you would wear a headband):
socks/shoes:

Do you have a wist, pinterest, blog, or any other stalking site? List link here:

Do you have a camera or access to a camera? Can you post pictures?

**HALLOWEEN RELATED**

Please list 5 wishlist things you would enjoy receiving:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Anything Halloween related you do not want to receive:

Symbols/patterns you like (for example vampires, zombies, witches, black cats, ghosts, ect.):
Symbols/patterns you don't like:

Do you wear Halloween themed clothing/accessories?

Halloween Favorites:
Favorite Halloween/Scary movie(s):
Favorite Halloween Creatures (like ghosts, pumpkins, witches, zombies, etc):
Favorite Halloween Candy:
Favorite Halloween Symbols:
Favorite Halloween/supernatural (or other) TV shows/ series:
Favorite scary books:
Favorite animal(s) as they relate to Halloween (black cats, crows, owls, rats, ect):

Will you be having a Halloween Party this year?
Would you like your partner to help make your invitations or decorations (not guaranteed)?

Have you decided on your costume yet for this year?
    If yes, what will you be?
    

What rooms do you decorate with Halloween decorations:
    General Halloween decorations or themed?
    Specific Colors used in decorating?

Would you enjoy receiving food items as your gifts for day 13? (cookies, candy, ect.) YES OR NO

Anything else you would like your partner to know?


9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Mini 13 Days of Halloween Round 6??? on: June 17, 2014 10:34:41 AM
It's getting to be that time of year where we can start crafting for Halloween!  Anyone interested in a round of the Mini 13 Day of Halloween Swap??

Link to last years thread and gallery
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Box of Color Round 2? on: June 17, 2014 09:03:37 AM
Anyone be interested in another round of the Box of Color Swap?  Your partner would craft a box based around your favorite color or colors.

Here is a link to the original thread  and the gallery
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