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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: Craftster Card Swap (SignUps 7/15/16-7/29/16, Sendouts 8/15/16) on: Today at 08:20:57 AM
Peer pressure? US? Cheesy But it does make our organizer(s) job a lot easier!

I can't take credit for Kathy's idea of signing cards for Craftster's she's met in person, but I'm certainly going to be using it. And I think the way to do it if you're sending them out randomly packaged, Onyxnox, would be to count out the number that need to be signed, do those and package them up first, then set them aside to address to the people you've met. It doesn't matter which of them gets which signed card, of course.

I'm just the right age to have been a bit too old for Dungeons and Dragons, Pokmon, Magic and many other fun things as they came on the scene. So I didn't know about extra special cards - that's a great idea! And putting the date on is essential - absolutely must remember to do that. I haven't really started working on the content to put on the back, but I think it'll include a few personal facts (I like age, height and weight!), maybe a favourite saying, and something about the kind of crafts I do.

As soon as the number of participants is settled, I'll buy postage. I like that this is a letter-rate envelope swap, so I can choose attractive stamps.

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: Craftster Card Swap (SignUps 7/15/16-7/29/16, Sendouts 8/15/16) on: July 25, 2016 10:26:08 AM
I can just see someone showing up on the Antiques Roadshow in 50 years with a signed kbrison card, and the experts would discuss whether or not the signature was authentic! Cheesy

I'm toying with the idea of a stamp too, but I don't think I could make a good enough self-portrait that way. I like the look of the very old baseball cards, with chromalithograph portraits, so that's what I'm going to try to imitate.

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Sock monkey test lab, look what the kids made! on: July 24, 2016 06:24:50 PM
Your kids are an inspiration to us all. (And you too, of course!)  Wink

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Medusa on: July 24, 2016 06:21:27 PM
Wow, Ludi, making a Strange Doll for Suereal is a real challenge! But I think you've knocked it out of the park with this one. The combination of the green hair and red eyes with her perfectly ordinary clothes makes it somehow very creepy!

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: Craftster Card Swap (SignUps 7/15/16-7/29/16, Sendouts 8/15/16) on: July 24, 2016 05:22:53 AM
Well, not exactly...there are still a couple who are only doing 10....

Oh yes, you're right. Now, how will that work? Will those of us who are doing all send to those two as well, but they only send to each other and eight other randomly-chosen partners? Suddenly it seems more complicated than at first glance!

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: Craftster Card Swap (SignUps 7/15/16-7/29/16, Sendouts 8/15/16) on: July 23, 2016 12:56:36 PM
Since it looks like pretty much everyone wants to swap with everyone, it'll be easier than usual to send out partners. No need to match people up - you can just prepare a long list of everyone's mailing info and send it to the whole list. Cheesy

I've been experimenting with self-portrait techniques. Nothing I really like so far, but some interesting results.

7  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Stitched Mandala Swap (SU CLOSED, SO 8/15) on: July 22, 2016 04:52:12 PM
I find it really helpful to do one round of stitching in a particular colour or pattern, then set it aside for a day or so and then look at what I've added. Each time it's been better than I thought it was at the time.

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: Crafster Card Swap (SignUps 7/15/16-7/29/16, Sendouts 8/15/16) on: July 22, 2016 04:48:38 PM
Those should be the extra special rare cards that everyone has to trade two cards to get. LOL!

Oh, Gozer - I think you're onto something there. I can't quite picture how it'd work, but I think the key is that these should be trading cards. Like everyone else, I haven't even started my card for this round and I'm already imagining the next, and I keep having trouble with the fact that in future rounds there will already be many people who already have each others' cards from this swap. So do you just collect a new one each round, or is there some way that they can be traded? "I've already got a Gozer card, so I'll trade it to you for a MountainsAndClouds card." This could be a lot of fun in years to come. I can hardly wait for the app to be released! Grin

And one of the unexpectedly wonderful things about having met some of you at the meet-up last month, is that I can now read the things you post in your own voices. So I can actually "hear" Onyxnox making those disturbing vacuum sounds. Cheesy

9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: 5 Skull Teesha Moore Patches on: July 22, 2016 04:34:35 PM
I want to swap with you! Cheesy Those patches are all great, and I especially love the way you filled in the spaces around the skeletons with cross-stitches. A great way to start a collection, and lots of fun for future swaps.

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Felt Badge Swap R3 Gallery (Send Out June 27!) on: July 22, 2016 04:27:34 PM
Cookie Monster is wonderful! That's exactly the right shade of blue; there's a Cookie Monster Blue that we all grew up seeing and would  recognize instantly, and that's it. And the seed beads on the cookie are perfect.

I'm glad you liked the coffee badge. It was the first one I made, and I didn't know if I liked it so I tried two or three more, but in the end I decided it had been the right one all along.

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