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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Help Save Handmade Toys in the USA from the CPSIA on: December 13, 2008 03:29:08 PM
I don't know if you good people in the USA are aware of this, and I apologise in advance if its old news to you! I've just seen this on another forum and thought of you all here. If it's been done before, then mods please feel free to delete this post- I'm normally hanging around the ATC boards Smiley

This is copied and pasted from the Handmade Toy Alliance website:

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The issue:
In 2007, large toy manufacturers who outsource their production to China and other developing countries violated the public's trust. They were selling toys with dangerously high lead content, toys with unsafe small part, toys with improperly secured and easily swallowed small magnets, and toys made from chemicals that made kids sick.  Almost every problem toy in 2007 was made in China.

The United States Congress rightly recognized that the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) lacked the authority and staffing to prevent dangerous toys from being imported into the US. So, they passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) in August, 2008.  Among other things, the CPSIA bans lead and phthalates in toys, mandates third-party testing and certification for all toys and requires toy makers to permanently label each toy with a date and batch number.

All of these changes will be fairly easy for large, multinational toy manufacturers to comply with. Large manufacturers who make thousands of units of each toy have very little incremental cost to pay for testing and update their molds to include batch labels.


For small American, Canadian, and European toymakers, however, the costs of mandatory testing will likely drive them out of business.

    * A toymaker, for example, who makes wooden cars in his garage in Maine to supplement his income cannot afford the $4,000 fee per toy that testing labs are charging to assure compliance with the CPSIA.
    * A work at home mom in Minnesota who makes dolls to sell at craft fairs must choose either to violate the law or cease operations.
    * A small toy retailer in Vermont who imports wooden toys from Europe, which has long had stringent toy safety standards, must now pay for testing on every toy they import.
    * And even the handful of larger toy makers who still employ workers in the United States face increased costs to comply with the CPSIA, even though American-made toys had nothing to do with the toy safety problems of 2007.

Their website : http://www.handmadetoyalliance.org/Home

It will affect everyone from the 10th February next year- anyone who makes toys to sell that might be bought in the US even!

They have an online petition here http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/handmadetoys/

Please take the time to read and sign and pass on the message if you are able!

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Boatbird's little gallery (updated Oct 6th '08) on: July 06, 2007 07:02:05 AM
This ATC is for a swap I'm doing on swap-bot (and I hope the member its going to isn't on here so it doesn't spoil the surprise!)

The swap is for An Adventure in a Flying Saucer. You are allowed to write to your friend and tell them of the things you have seen- and you have to include something like a picture of something you have seen or an ATC or a paper doll (flat traveller).



Please be gentle, its my second ever ATC. Cardboard backing, painted with acrylics and wording added with silver gel pen.
3  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / EUROPE / Cyprus on: June 28, 2007 10:07:44 AM
So.... anyone from Cyprus who knows where the craft shops are please post here as I don't know many places to get stuff from!

So far for your information......

Paphos Town.... look in the 69 and 68 cent shops, two on Russian Road (Mr Chicken road/ Agapinoros) and the one up the hill from the large Papantoniou supermarket up towards Mesogi. Also, Galerie of Cards near the Sodap triangle has card-making pieces. Super Home Centre on the way to Geroskipou has seasonal crafty bits (not very many and not that often though!). Angies Fabric Shop (up from the Law Courts and behind does fabrics from one pound per metre). The Yellow Store (same direction) also has a good variety of ribbons and some stick on pieces (some of these are expensive) but they do those cute little clothes pegs for 20 cents each if you are looking for a little something.

Chloraka- the card/book shop next to the PAWS shop has a good variety of stickers, papers and other bits.

Other places will be added as I find them/ as other people add to the list. I'm hopeful but being realistic, I may be the only Cyprus based member.....

Anyone know how to get supplies over the internet without a credit card?Huh



4  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Newbie from Cyprus on: June 28, 2007 09:22:14 AM
Hi there  Smiley

Greetings from very hot and sunny Cyprus (has been 45 deg C here today or around 112 deg F). Talk about heatwave!

Anyway... I'm Kathryn originally from the UK but moved to Cyprus and living on a boat.

I'm interested in all sorts of Crafts but lack the patience in this heat to do anything for any length of time. I haven't got much space on the boat for my craft bits and I do miss them.

I love embroidery (freehand and machine and cross stitch and tapestry), beading (both jewellery and part of embroideries) and art (mainly photography, acrylics and mixed media).
I'm getting into card-making and ATC's at the moment (thanks to surfing the internet too much and receiving a box full of card making bits for my birthday!)

I've just realised too, that 'brads' are paper fasteners.... so what on earth is Modge Podge??? Sounds like PVA to me Smiley

Looking forward to chatting to more of you and sharing crafty talk.

Kathryn aka Boatbird
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Reverse card designs on: June 24, 2007 12:16:40 AM
Does anyone have any images of these they would be willing to share?

I'm collecting bits for the 100 challenge- got started on collecting flower images so far Smiley

But how do you guys do the reverse of your cards? I've seen some lovely ones by Crafty_dame(and I can't remember your name but they are gorgeous cards- I think I will have to edit this post and add the name in a minute!)(did edit it!!!) but not many people show how they individualise the reverse of your cards.

Obviously if you don't want to share your name and email address I understand but any blank ones?Huh


Ta muchly!!!
Kathryn aka Boatbird
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / New ATC'er in Cyprus on: June 22, 2007 11:55:44 AM
 Smiley Hi from Cyprus Smiley

I'm new to ATC's but inspired by them- I have started collecting digital backgrounds to print- and my step-daughter bought me a whole box of greetings cards bits for my birthday last week (ooooh!!!! stamps, stickers and all sorts!)

I've got tons of ideas and don't know where to start. I'm pretty sure that I won't be able to get protective sleeves over here- I used to collect trading cards back in the UK... the folders are back there of course in my MIL's loft (typical!!!) and most of my craft bits are there too.

I found some cool leaves on a bush behind where I work and have photocopied them and scanned them and played with them a little... I'm pretty sure I have a spare pack of cards somewhere at home (on our boat.... another story) and i have been collecting other stuff (like cyprus pennies- they are tiny and we go over to the euro next year so I've got to use them somewhere!!)

Where do I start? Is it literally a sit down and play with things till you like them?Huh I've got so much inspiration that I don't know what to do first!!!

Would anyone be interested in trading with me when I have some work to show?? I'm thinking of getting together an in-person swap (as that's how ATC's started I believe) as I have contacts in the local art-scene here in Cyprus) but it would be nice to have something different to show people rather than just my own work!

Any hints and tips would be appreciated too Smiley

Thank you Smiley
Kathryn aka Boatbird
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