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1  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Stitched Mandala Swap (SU CLOSED, SO 8/15) on: July 05, 2016 05:46:49 PM
Swap name: Stitched Mandala Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:Promisedheartbrk
Sign-up date range:July 5th- July 15th
Date to send item by:August 15th

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):NO

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

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

Details of swap:
This swap is to celebrate the unique beauty of mandalas.

-You will create one mandala for your partner with either cross-stitch or embroidery.
-The mandala needs to be at least 5 inches across.
-It may be in a hoop or stitched onto something else, please talk to your partner about preferences.

There are many images of mandalas online, in adult coloring books, and on pinterest for inspiration.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:
please use "Stitched Mandala Swap" Or "SMS" in Subject line.

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)

Do you have any allergies that would affect this swap?
Do you have any allergens in your home (cats, smoke, etc)?

Color or black and white?
Colors you like?
Colors you don't like?
Color combos you like?

Do you want to receive a hoopla or another item?
Are you planning on doing a hoopla or other item?

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?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Munsters hoopla and a dragon pillowcase on: June 28, 2016 01:41:07 PM
I participated in the last round of the monster swap. I stitched these for my wonderful partner aisy.

I found a coloring book page on pinterest and free handed it for the hoop. I honestly haven't seen the show in years so i can't say how recognizable they are. I wanted to keep it to the black/ white of the show, which i actually had a really hard time with. I love color!

Next up is a dragon pillow, this was tough. I am not a fan of varigated thread. I couldn't get the colors to line up where i wanted them.  Undecided
I ended up going through three skeins just to get the right color combos in the right order.

Overall though im really happy with how they ended up. I hope my partner liked them.

Cc welcome!! Im trying to improve since I'm still new to embroidery!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Possible ongoing felt badge swap? on: June 23, 2016 10:39:18 AM
I think we've all had fun in the different badge swaps that have taken place. I know an ongoing was brought up. Figured i'd make an official thread to gather input.

Im not sure how it'd work.  I'd be up for hosting, I've never hosted a regular swap so an ongoing is a tad daunting but I can give it a go if there is interest

Is there enough interest for this?
Should it be the same rules as the ongoing atc swap? (Ie two weeks from claim..etc etc)
4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Rit dye troubles on: June 13, 2016 12:17:34 AM
Ok i have a question for my crafty friends here.... i used liquid rit dye on 100% cotton (a combo of the magenta and purple dye). When I dyed my fabric it was the exact shade of purple I wanted. Even after heat setting, washing and drying it. When i went to iron it, the heat turned it pink.

Did I do something wrong? Ive used rit before and never had this problem so i was just curious since i still need purple fabric.

Can i dye it again? Maybe with more purple in the mix? Honestly im at a complete loss here.
I do have a pic, not the best, but its 3am so no natural light available.t he bottom section is the color i wanted and the top is what it turns into when ironed.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Stitched mandala swap on: May 27, 2016 04:53:06 PM
 Would anyone be interested in a stitched mandala swap? Im thinking hooplas but itd be open to anything really, pillows, patches etc. Maybe a minium of a 5-6 in circle just so details will sort of be even throughout everybody.
I could organize it if it was a smaller swap (itd be my first time hosting).

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mandala doodle on: May 24, 2016 06:45:05 PM
Just a doodle i decided to stitch, wanted to play with variegated thread. I think it came out decent even though everything was just eyeballed.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Feed me Seymour!! Feed me! on: May 24, 2016 06:42:47 PM
I just finished stitching this up, no real reason except the movie case was on my table lol. I remember watching this as a kid w my dad. Anyone else a little shop of horrors fan?

Stil debating if I want to fill in the leaves/vines or if i just want to leave them as is
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / girly ironman on: May 21, 2016 07:56:44 AM
not sure if this would go here or on another board, let me know and ill switch it if need be.

My three yer old LOVES all things glittery. She also loves pretending to be Ironman. so for her birthday i decided to glitter up an iron man face for her. She LOVES it, to the point i get to take a glittery mini iron man to the grocery store.... A lot.
She. will. not. take. it. off.
I think I did a good job on this gift lol. It took about 10-15 coats of glitter paint (about 4 would have cut it but I wanted GLITTER with capital letters), and I refused to use loose glitter. I knew that she would be handling it a ton and didn't want glitter everywhere.
I figured Id post it here, even though i didn't really "do" all that much but maybe one of you amazing craftsters have a lil girl who may like something like this. It was a definite winning project to make the kiddo happy. To be honest I get more compliments from guys on it then women lol!
onto the glittery glittery girly man..

these photos dont even to justice to how much glitter there is lol
hope you enjoy my goofy little project
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Harry Potter Deck of cards (image HEAVY) on: May 21, 2016 07:37:19 AM
I made this deck of cards for the Fill a small box harry potter swap.
This took me hours to create on the computer, then my computer crashed. Sooooo it took hours all over again but I was not going to let this awesome project idea go to waste. The final project was a little different from the first one i created, only because I had to use a friends computer and they had a different "word" than I was used to. All in all, the second time designing didn't take nearly as long but all the bells and whistles did get lost due to time constraints. An example of one big change was that on the first set I had everything lined up so the backs would be printed directly onto the back of the front. The second set I printed onto a full page sticker sheet and cut them out and stuck them to the backs of the fronts. (i tried and tried but could NOT line everything up the second time grrrr!!!) Angry In doing that, this deck is harder to actually play cards with, the shuffling is off and the cards are definitely thicker then standard playing cards.
I plan to one day try again on this project. It has potential to be really pretty cool if i could figure out fixes for a few little errors.

I did not match characters to houses/suits because there was just not enough/to many characters to choose from. (it bothered me too lol)

ok on to an abundance of photos!

the back of the cards pre-cutting them out.

who else could be the jokers?

hope you enjoyed my project  Smiley Smiley Smiley
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bowie record clock on: May 21, 2016 07:06:10 AM
I made this for the David Bowie tribute swap.
I decoupaged a photo of bowie that was printed on t-shirt transfer paper and ironed onto tissue paper onto the record.
The chain dangles all have different charms that represent bowie to me. Stars, a planet, a guitar, microphone, a pair of red shoes, the word dance and the large stars on the top have "bowie" spelled out with Silver letter charms. The hands of the clock are two different lightening bolts. I really fell in love with this project, it was a major labor of love since he meant so much to me.
i didnt get many photos of this before i sent it off  Cry lol
so here is one that i did manage to get

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