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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Kindness Mixed Media Hoopla on: July 14, 2015 09:53:48 AM
I wasn't exactly sure where to put this hoopla I created for artsycandice in the Quotes Quotes Quotes swap, but I thought this was a good fit  Grin



I love creating mixed media art, but I wanted to do something that was a little different for me- to push myself to try new techniques. So I decided to start with playing with some of my fiber stash and seeing where things went from there. First I created a sheet of felt by wet felting merino, mohair, Cotswold locks, bamboo and silk- some of which I had hand dyed previously. While that was drying, i decided to play around with some BFL yarn that I had handspun and created a small woven piece. At this point I had thought that I would embroider the quote onto the hoopla when it was done, but when I tried that, the stitches kind of sank into the fiber background. So I pulled out my polymer clay supplies and rubber stamps and went to town.



After attaching the poly clay quotes and the woven piece, the hoopla still looked a little plain so I decided to add some french knots and seed stitches with embroidery floss, ribbon and handspun yarn. I also needle felted some more Cotswold locks onto the piece.



I am pretty happy with how this turned out- especially since I was winging it the whole time  Grin
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Quotes Quotes Quotes Gallery! on: June 16, 2015 10:21:12 AM
Sent
Received
Feedback Given

LeapFeetFirst
Muahahahaha
DeathToLems
jenleahlynn
RovingAnarchist
fatewineroses

pinkmichk
puzzled-penguin
I Sew Cute
Sarasmile

fluffypants
wendiek
Onyxnox
kittykill

rockingbearranch
monkey_girl
waterbaby
artsycandice
JoyfulClover

legatostroke
3  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Quotes Quotes Quotes (SIGNUP 5/13/15-5/27/15; MAIL BY 6/24/15) on: May 13, 2015 08:07:47 AM
It is a pleasure to be able to quote lines to fit any occasion... ~Abraham Lincoln


QUOTES QUOTES QUOTES GALLERY!



Swap name: Quotes Quotes Quotes
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: LeapFeetFirst
Co-Organizer:
Sign-up date range: May 13th through May 27th
Date to send item by: June 24th
Limited to a certain number of people?: 25
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO




The Nitty Gritty Details:
In this swap you and your partner will recreate each others favorite quote in any medium you choose; cross stitch, mosaics, polymer clay, mixed media etc. The quote could be from your favorite movie, an inspirational book, a song lyric, a geeky television show, or an inside joke.

You will be swapping one large item with your partner. As a reminder, a large is at least 3 hours of crafting time or $30 in materials. If you have any questions about the size requirement, please let me know.

Extras are not required, but if you would like to send more than the requirement, please communicate with your partner so you are both on the same page.  

Swap Rules:
~ Communication is what makes the swaps work. Everyone is required to post on the thread at least once every two weeks and should remain in contact with their partners. Updates and reminders will only be posted in the thread so keep an eye out for the Organizer Note headline.
 
~ Tracking Numbers are required for all senders in the USA.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer(s): LeapFeetFirst

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)
I have read the Swap Rules above this post (YES/NO)

How often do you need to post in the swap thread?

Do you have Allergies/sensitivities?
Do you have allergens in your home (dog, cat, smoke, etc)?

What are your favorite craft mediums?

What kind of craft medium would you like to receive?
Would you prefer to receive a decorative item (e.g. something to hang on your wall) or a useful item (e.g. a t-shirt or tote bag)?

What general themes do you like (vintage, modern, cutesy, country, gothic, steampunk, kitsch, etc)?

What themes dont you like?

Favorite Colors:
Least favorite colors:

Please list at least 5 of your favorite quotes and where they are from (movie, book, personal saying etc):
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Are you interested in extras/spoiling?

Do you have a Pinterest or other website that you would like to show your partner? Please list the links here:

Is there anything else you would like your partner or the organizer to know?  

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO THE ORGANIZERS VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.  



Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.



Fine Print:
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





Participants
1. LeapFeetFirst
2. Muahahahaha
3. DeathToLems
4. jenleahlynn
5. RovingAnarchist
6. fatewineroses
7. pinkmichk
8. puzzled-penguin
9. I Sew Cute
10. Sarasmile
11. fluffypants
12. wendiek
13. Onyxnox
14. kittykill
15. rockingbearranch
16. monkey_girl
17. waterbaby
18. artsycandice
19. JoyfulClover
20. legatostroke
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Quotes Quotes Quotes on: December 11, 2014 08:01:24 AM

So I was thinking that it might be fun to have a swap where you recreate a partner's favorite quote in any medium- like cross stitch, mosaic, mixed media,watercolor, etc.

Is there any interest??

I was thinking of having sign ups start soon and send outs some time in January.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / "I've Made a Huge Mistake" Arrested Development Swap on: April 04, 2013 11:17:02 AM


Is anyone else as excited as I am about the new season of Arrested Development on Netflix?? I was thinking that it would be fun to swap with other die hard ( or not so die hard) AD fans as we wait anxiously for May 26th.

I was thinking that this would be a low key swap, maybe only one medium and a couple of small items? What say you all?? Anyone interested?? I would totally be willing to organize if there is interest.
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Believe- Mixed Media Canvas on: March 10, 2013 10:23:57 PM
I can't seem to stop making mixed media canvases with lots of texture. I tried really hard to stay away from the modeling paste on this canvas, but apparently I just couldn't help my self.

 

So this canvas started out with a mixture of acrylic paints and spray inks. My next step was to bust into our tape stash and cover the canvas with random tape strips.





Next I used some white acrylic paint over the top. The idea was that the spaces would be white, leaving the painted spaces under the tape. However I didn't take two things into consideration with my brilliant plan.

1. Spray inks continue to react even after they've dried.
 I ended up with a pastel green/blue instead of the bright white that I wanted.

2. Electrical tape makes a really bad mask.
 The red tape above was some electrical tape I had handy. It didn't seal correctly, so the white paint seeped under the tape, messing up my clean lines.



A pretty pastel, but not really what I was going for.

So after I pulled the tape off the canvas, I tried to figure out how to salvage this piece of art. I decided to do what I do best- build up layers and layers of texture using modeling paste. I also used Distress re-inkers to draw on the canvas and added some bubble wrap stamping. The final touches were some painted cardboard strips and chipboard letters.





So I guess the moral of my story is that 1. Its really hard to resist the siren call of the texture paste and 2. If you've messed up on a piece of art, more layers of paint and texture will fix that right up Grin
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / 4x6 Art Swap Round 6- Gallery on: January 22, 2013 04:08:09 PM
Post your amazing artwork here!!!


Original Thread

Sent
Received
Sent & Received
Feedback given
Sending late with communications
Problem

Participants:
belladune
Alexampersandra
Artmomto5
blupaisan
crazyda79
CuriousCoffee

dreadlady
fancybutch
gamemom42
geekgirl1000100
Homerof2
johnson.mom2two
KittyHerman
kwality570
La Chapa

leather and lace
llisaredd
mamakitty78

michelleandbean
pioneer9
smeddley

SonjaBoo
Spookygrrrly
Stepharella
Sylwa
Thimbles71
ThriftyLiving4U
WiccadWitch


8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / 4x6 Art Swap Round 6 (Sign ups 12/29/12-1/11/13; Send out: 1/22/13) on: December 29, 2012 04:51:29 PM
Collage of Art Goodness from Round 4

4X6 Art Swap- Round 6

GALLERY

Swap name: 4x6 Art Swap
 Round 6
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: LeapFeetFirst
Co-Organizer:
Sign-up date range: December 29-January 11

Date to send item by: Janurary 22nd, 2013
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO


Restricted to people who all live in the same country? 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




Details of swap:

The 4x6 Art swap runs like this:  You make ONE piece of art, in your style,  in any medium, how you want.  The only parameters are that you keep it relatively flat, and 4 inches by 6 inches big.   You will have no idea who your partner is, until "Address Time", which will be at the end of the crafting period.  And then you will only know their Address and proper name.  The organizers will do their best to match up partners but do remember that this is essentially a "surprise" swap and no information other than a real name and address will be sent out to you.

Round One Gallery
Round Two Gallery
Round Three Gallery
Round Four Gallery


Here is the time line broken down:
~ Sign ups: December 29th - January 11th
~ Check-in via private message (pm) to your group leader January 12-15(by 6:00pm)
~ Addresses will be distributed on January 16th
~ You must ship by Tuesday, January 22nd

Swap Rules:
~ Please post in the thread after signing up so we know you are still crafting and thinking about this swap.  Updates and reminders will only be posted in the thread so keep an eye out for the Organizer note headline.

~ You are required to check in to your group leader via pm (private message) between the dates of January 12-15 ONLY.  Anyone who has not checked by 6:00PM on January 15th will be dropped from the swap and will not receive an address to send to.
 
~ DC# confirmation is required for all senders in the USA.  Add some packing to a bubble envelope to meet the 3/4" thick requirement when shipping.  If you are sending art on a piece of paper, please ship with a piece of heavy cardboard so your masterpiece arrives intact!

~ No extra's please!  Since the only communication will be through this thread, and there will be no discussion among partners, we don't want anyone feeling upset they didn't send an extra. This includes sending more than one art piece. Only send ONE art piece to your partner.



If you want to participate, information to send to organizer(s): LeapFeetFirst



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)
I have read the Swap Rules above this post (YES/NO)

Do you have Allergies/sensitivities?
Do you have allergens in your home (dog, cat, smoke, etc)
Will you be creating something that someone might find offensive (graphic, nudity, religious, gory etc.)?  
What are some themes that you would find offensive?
What materials would you be using (please note if you might be using a common allergen like wool)?
What materials would you prefer not to receive?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO THE ORGANIZERS VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.  


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.



Participants:
LeapFeetFirst
johnson.mom2two
blupaisan
Alexampersandra
leather and lace
geekgirl1000100
michelleandbean
gamemom42
Artmomto5
crazyda79
spookygrrrly
dreadlady
kwality570
La Chapa
Homerof2
Smeddley
Belladune
fancybutch
llisaredd
SonjaBoo
KittyHerman
WiccadWitch
stepharella
pioneer9
Thimbles71
ThriftyLiving4U
CuriousCoffee
mamakitty78
Sylwa
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / 4X6 Art Swap on: December 27, 2012 02:37:12 PM
I was wondering if anyone would be interested in another round (Round 6, I think) of the 4x6 art swap. I would be willing to organize!

For those that haven't participated in the past- the 4x6 Art swap runs like this:  You make ONE piece of art, in your style,  in any medium, how you want.  The only parameters would be that you keep it relatively flat, and 4 inches by 6 inches big.   You will have no idea who your partner is, until "Address time", which will be at the end of the crafting period.  And then you will only know their Address and proper name.  The organizers will do their best to match up partners but do remember that this is essentially a "surprise" swap and no information other than a real name and address will be sent out to you.

Any one up for creating some art??
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Creating a 'Verse on: September 27, 2012 09:46:00 AM

I wasn't sure where to put this, so I just picked a board  Grin

For the latest hoopla swap I knew I wanted to create something based on one of my favorite, and my partner's favorite, television shows- Firefly. I decided to embroider a part of the opening theme song, but I needed the perfect fabric to stitch it on. After searching the local fabric stores, I decided to create my own galaxy fabric!

Starting with a piece of plain black cotton fabric.


Add a little diluted bleach and scrunch the fabric


Dry the fabric


And then proceed to completely cover the bleached parts with paint, so you can't tell you bleached it.  Roll Eyes When I started painting I wanted to just add highlights and dimension, and I ended up covering everything.


Now the stitching can begin! I was worried about how I would transfer my design to my newly created galaxy print- but luckily I found a pack of colored carbon paper at JoAnn's. You can also see the finished fabric.


Forty hours of satin stitching later and the piece is complete! I used glow in the dark thread for this piece to give it a little punch. I am not sure I would ever do this much satin stitching with glow in the dark thread again. I had to un-do knots every other stitch.


I think the end result was totally worth the hassle though!
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