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1  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / 1 Angel FOUND - Journal Cover Swap on: March 30, 2015 05:55:26 PM
THANK YOU! We've found an angel.

I'm looking for an angel to help out in the Journal Cover Swap.

Quick summary of swap:

In this swap we'll be crafting a reusable journal cover for a standard composition notebook (9.25" x 7.5"). You'll send the cover and a fresh notebook to your partner!

- Please only send one composition notebook and its accompanying cover. No extras.
- You and your partner can agree to do a different notebook/cover size if you'd like
- Covers can be sewn, embroidered, woven, quilted, felted, whatever!!
- Covers must be removable and reusable so your partner can continue using it even after the notebook is full!

Discussion thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437912.0
Gallery thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438352

Swapper Info:

US shipping, no allergies

What general themes do you like (vintage, modern, cutesy, country, etc)?
 hippy, pop-art, vintage, modern
Are there any themes that you really dont like?  Halloweenish, you know, walking dead, stuff like that

Colors youd like to receive? greens, blues, browns
Colors youd prefer not to receive?  no neon or real bright, nothing shiny/glittery.  

If you're available to help, please send me a PM. Thank you!!!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Felt Journal Cover on: March 22, 2015 02:55:56 PM
I recently organized a Journal Cover swap. We all made replaceable covers to fit standard composition notebooks and this is what I came up with for my partner!



I used 100% wool felt for the cover and the circles that I decorated it with. I added a few circles to the back and the inside folds too. I decorated the circles with buttons and beads and simple embroidery stitches.

Once I got in the round groove, it was hard to stop!









It was a fun swap and all of the covers sent were great. I'm hoping to organize another round one of these days. You can never have too many journals, or journal covers!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Journal Cover Swap (Send Out, March 16) on: March 04, 2015 10:26:26 AM
Show off your journal covers here!!

Discussion Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437912.0


photo from: http://www.onthetrailcreations.com/quilted-book-cover-tutorial.html

Notes about Sending, Receiving, and Feedback

SENDING: Take pictures of your items before you send. When sending, you must use a DC# (or for overseas keep that receipt). Keep your receipt until your partner receives. PM your group organizer  and partner when you send.

RECEIVING: PM group organizer and partner when you receive. Take pictures of received items. Post pictures in gallery in a timely manner.

FEEDBACK: Given when a package is received (verified through PM or DC#). I will not be keeping track of what has been received by gallery pictures.

Status

Sent

Partner has Received
Feedback
Late with communication

lonelygamerwife <> brandyk
artsycandice <> SonjaBoo
CraftyMamaBee <> wendiek
thisbirdsabsurd <> rscowtown
RebeccaJay <> Subee
oddacity <> torimiko
LimeRiot > playswithneedles[/s > frosty772 > LimeRiot
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Bow Ties for Dapper Doxies on: February 08, 2015 01:03:38 PM
What is cuter than a sweet doxie boy? A sweet doxie boy in a bow tie, obviously!!

I made a whole collection of these for our doggie family this weekend. With all of the requests I've received from friends and neighbors for their own puppy bow ties, I don't think production will slow down on these collars for a while!

Fortunately, they are really fun to make! I'm also trying to chip away at my fabric scrap and fat quarter hoard and these are perfect for that mission!





I used this tutorial from Dream Catcher Baby as the inspiration for my puppy bow ties but I made a couple of minor adjustments:

- I ran out of fusible fleece so I used cotton batting for a couple of the ties and it worked just as well.
- Instead of interface for the band, I used cotton webbing. It made the band a little sturdier and better for dog use.
- I changed the measurements for the neck band so they fit our dogs. I measured the their neck and added 3" to that length. I kept the width of the band and all other measurements the same as the tutorial advises.





I would like to thank my (somewhat) cooperative model, Opie, who worked tirelessly (for about 74 seconds) on the set of this photo shoot in exchange for a hefty salary (a few turkey treats).







Thanks for checking them out!
5  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Journal Cover Swap (SU CLOSED, SO Mar 16) on: January 30, 2015 04:43:07 PM
If you're a crafter, odds are you're a list maker too Smiley! If you're like me and have a stack of uninspired composition notebooks on your desk that need sprucing up, join us for the journal cover swap!!


photo from: http://www.onthetrailcreations.com/quilted-book-cover-tutorial.html


In this swap we'll be crafting a reusable journal cover for a standard composition notebook (9.25" x 7.5"). You'll send the cover and a fresh notebook to your partner!

- Please only send one composition notebook and its accompanying cover. No extras.
- You and your partner can agree to do a different notebook/cover size if you'd like
- Covers can be sewn, embroidered, woven, quilted, felted, whatever!!
- Covers must be removable and reusable so your partner can continue using it even after the notebook is full!
- Posting to the discussion thread or PMing partner & organizer is required at least every 2 weeks.
- Have fun!!

Swap name: Journal Cover Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: LimeRiot
Sign-up date range: January 30th February 13th, 2015
Date to send item by: March 16th, 2015
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):No limit.
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country? N/A
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


QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Journal Cover Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country (as would need to appear for mailing)
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home (cats, smoke, etc)?

What general themes do you like (vintage, modern, cutesy, country, etc)?
Are there any themes that you really dont like?

Colors youd like to receive?
Colors youd prefer not to receive?

Do you have specific ideas or inspirations that would help your partner personalize your piece (Pinterest, Etsy Favorites, Flickr, etc)?
Anything else youd like your partner to know?

Send your completed questionnaire to your organizer. That would be me, LimeRiot Smiley.


Sending, Receiving, and Feedback

SENDING: Take pictures of your items before you send. When sending, you must use a DC# (or for overseas keep that receipt). Keep your receipt until your partner receives. PM organizer and partner when you send.

RECEIVING: PM organizer and partner when you receive. Take pictures of received items. (Please take quality pictures, like ones you would take of your work.) Post pictures in gallery in a timely manner.

FEEDBACK: Given when a package is received (verified through PM or DC#).

GALLERY
6   / MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Miscellaneous Featured Artist, bookstorebabe! on: January 25, 2015 02:19:15 PM
If you've ever asked yourself, "Hmmm, how could I recycle this thing-a-ma-bopper into a cool craft project??" then you need to check out bookstorebabe's work for inspiration! She is a wizard at transforming the everyday into extraordinary and for that reason, we're thrilled to recognize her as our latest featured artist for the Miscellaneous category!

Take a minute to admire some of her work in Miscellaneous and read a little bit more about her crafty style!

How long have you been crafting? What's the first thing you remember crafting?
The first things I remember is working on crafts in girl scouts. Sewing sit-upons, making presents for our moms, ect. And I would get so mad because my mom was also my troop leader, so there was no way her gift could be a surprise. And I still have a pair of metal scissors that I used in first grade.


Telsa on a Circuit Board

What's your favorite media to work with?
Mixed! I love messing with paint and glue, I am truly happy when my hands are a mess. I can't draw or paint to save my life, but I love blending colors and making backgrounds. And I love using stuff like rusty bits of metal, old computer parts, just random ephemera.


Gear Box Shrine

What inspires you?
Everything. Looking at what people post on Craftster, pinterest, ect., craft and art books, and just taking a walk down my favorite street I come back with ideas. Honestly, I think working with recycled materials inspires me! I can't afford to go to craft stores often, so I'm forced to think 'what can I make with this?'


His and Hers Rayguns

Do you have a creative philosophy?
Cheaper than therapy! I think being creative in some fashion, any fashion, is so important. It doesn't matter that it's not great art-just engaging my brain to think about it, and my hands to make it makes me feel better. I started seriously posting on Craftster when my husband was recovering from a stroke followed by congestive heart failure, because I needed the distraction. Everyone was so encouraging when I posted my first attempts, when I joined my first swap...it gave me confidence.


Rocket Ship

What's your favorite creation you've posted on Craftster?
Oh, what to choose! My favorite thing is usually my current crafty obsession, and I have so much fun with the rayguns. But if I have to choose, it's a tie between the jewelry covered mirror I made for my little sister, and the chain mosaic.

What's your favorite item on Craftster created by someone else?
Arrgh, how can I choose? Sorry, I can't. There's too much awesomeness here, and I have soo many craftster crushes. I especially love a lot of the mixed media shrines that have so much detail!


Leaf Box

Tell us more about your username!
I spent years as a bookstore clerk, even managed the children's department for a while, so, Bookstorebabe! And even though that's in the past, my idea of a great date is to make the rounds of the used bookstores, so it still kind of fits!


Raygun Rack and More

Thank you for sharing more about your crafty background and for being such a prolific and creative member of Craftster, bookstorebabe!
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Garden Doodles on: January 17, 2015 01:48:55 PM
In addition to being a fabulous crafter, alwaysinmyroom is also a magical gardener! Her beautiful garden was the inspiration for this box of doodley knick knacks that I recently sent her.

I repurposed one of my birchboxes and painted these flowers (inspired by a drawing I saw on Pinterest) to cover the top.



Inside, there are ATCs and other little artsy things.







I included a couple of pieces that contain wildflower seeds.



And a little cube with garden veggies painted on each side.





I painted these on small scraps of leather.



I made a teeny book from an old post card and put garden themed quotes inside.





Lastly, the Go Sit on a Cactus kit that I posted earlier Smiley.



There is still quite a lot of room left in the box so I might have to send some more garden doodles her way!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Beginner - Can you help me assess difficulty level of a couple patterns? on: January 17, 2015 08:40:22 AM
I have a couple of crafty goals this year and one of them is to try making my own clothes. I've got a couple of trainings queued up on creativebug and will probably start with something like lounge pants but I'm also exploring other patterns and trying to assess if they would be appropriate for someone with JV skills Smiley.

These patterns seem relatively simple but I'd love an opinion from a craftster seamstress. Does anything about these look especially difficult? Button holes? Fabric types?? Lining? Getting a good fit?? I'm just not sure what to look for to determine difficulty level yet.

http://www.pinkchalkfabrics.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=39_76_84&products_id=12041

http://www.pinkchalkfabrics.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=12033

Thank you!!
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Go Sit on a Cactus Kit on: January 13, 2015 10:12:58 AM
I made this snarky little "go sit on a cactus" kit for alwaysinmyroom Smiley. She is now prepared to prank any unsuspecting evil doers with a prick (er, papercut) to the hiney!



It's a matchbox covered in craft paper and then doodled on with black pen and wee bits of craft paint. The drawer is covered in origami paper that reminded me of succulents.



Inside the kit is a whole assortment of cacti that I drew with micron pens and then painted in with water colors.





Here's a shot of a cacti trap in action!!



This is a silly project but I have a real goal to improve my drawing skills and learn hand lettering in 2015 so this was a fun place to start.



Now watch your hiney!! You never know when you might fall prey to a cactus trap Smiley.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Journal Cover Swap? on: December 27, 2014 07:55:16 AM


I think being a crafter and a list-maker go hand-in-hand Cheesy. I can never have too many journals!!

Would there be any interest in doing a journal cover swap sometime in the new year? We could send a reusable cover and standard composition notebook (the ones you get at the drug store for $0.50). The cover could be sewn or embroidered or quilted or stenciled or...whatever!

This swap would be just for the cover and notebook (no extras).
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