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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Half-a-hoopla on: June 23, 2014 10:24:26 AM
Would anyone be interested in a swap where you start a hoopla and then send it to your partner to finish? For example, you make the branches of a tree and let your partner finish it with button leaves or a bird nest or whatever they like.

This would have the added benefit that you wouldn't have to send the frame through the mail, which is what always seems to make the package expensive.

On the other hand,  the person starting the hoop might do too much or not enough of the design, so there could be lopsided efforts.

What do you think?
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Envelope of Ephemera swap? on: January 30, 2014 11:07:11 PM
Most of my ephemera is from my time working at a used bookshop, years ago - from the boxes of books people brought in. In among the books I'd find magazines, stickers, paper doll books with half the dolls cut out, kids books falling apart... So many treasures the bookstore had no use for, and I got to keep them. Smiley

BUT! My closet is still full of buckets of the stuff, and I've gotten all the inspiration from it that I'm gonna get, I think. I'd rather pass it on than toss it out; some of it is really cool.  Anybody else out there in this boat? Let's pass some paper around!

(I don't think I could run the swap, I just want to be in it! So, I'm also looking for a volunteer...)
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 90 ENTRIES / Pocket full of sunshine on: September 05, 2013 09:55:34 PM

My cubicle-neighbor gave me an empty, tiny Altoids tin a while back because she knows how much I like tiny things.  Smiley Lately she's been having a really rough time in both her personal and professional life, and I've been trying to think of something I could do to cheer her up. When I saw this challenge go up, something clicked and I knew exactly what I could do for her.

(And so I finally took the plunge to make an account, too.)

This is the tin - my hands are pretty small; I think the tin dimensions are around 1.75" x 2.5" x.75". I intentionally left the outside nondescript so she could actually carry it around in her purse without worrying about damaging it.

Here is a view from a little above so you can see the drawing in the bottom of the tin a little better:

And finally a view from the side, showing the construction:

I made this entirely at work so it's all stuff I had at my desk; black pen, blue and yellow highlighters, copy paper, and white glue. The sunflower stem on the big flower is a piece of yarn off of a scarf that I use as a wrist support for my mousepad. I <3 free crafts!

She wasn't at work today but I can't wait to see what she thinks of it tomorrow.

If anyone is interested in a tute, let me know and I will write one up. Smiley
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