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1  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - June 2015 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by stillatthetop on: July 02, 2015 05:14:01 PM
I recieved another wonderful card today. This one is from sammylouise40! Quite nice for my Butterfly theme. I like the text paper effect. Very pretty. Thanks!



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2  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - June 2015 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by stillatthetop on: July 01, 2015 11:59:06 AM
Wow. Delicious cards in the gallery. I have my own new wonderment to add. I received from Gspinn this marvelous tiki card! I love the colors!!! It will fit nicely with my tiki collection. THANKS  Grin



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3  Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2015 in Craftalongs by stillatthetop on: June 24, 2015 09:38:20 PM
Taa Daaa!





I scanned the image before I "framed" it, because I figured the scan would be blurry on the final finished piece.
And the entire piece would not fit on the scanning bed. It is a 3-D (purchased) crochet frame. But rest assured, it is a complete heart. My embroidery skills are a bit rusty, but overall, my 'partner' is happy with her new Birthday present  Grin Hope you like it.

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4  Re: Altered puzzle pieces, Round 10 SU 6/13-6/27; SO 8/1/15 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by stillatthetop on: June 15, 2015 08:58:47 PM
I'm sure you could find an interest rscowtown. I also make dangly earrings to match. I often layer misc. puzzle pieces of different sizes, just mish matched overlapping and sometimes paint them. The 'more pieces per puzzle' tends to have smaller pieces, as in a 500 box has larger ones, the 1000 box pieces are smaller...etc. GoodWill and thrift stores are a great place to find puzzles for cheap, and using them this way, you wouldn't care if all the pieces are in the box.

I also thought to use a puzzle for swapping that has a gazzilion pieces, and just start at a middle section of it for the first swap, and add onto it with the surrounding pieces in additional swaps. It would look neat framed this way, whether or not you ever used the straight edge border pieces.

And here is another goodie...journal page. The puzzle piece is from a large kids floor puzzle. Burger King crown, playing cards, glitter glue, crown sticker, plastic jewel.



I love the shapes of puzzles.
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5  Re: Altered puzzle pieces, Round 10 SU 6/13-6/27; SO 8/1/15 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by stillatthetop on: June 15, 2015 03:40:04 PM
Great tips, everyone! and I loved to see the finished GS puzzle. It is so interesting to see how the themes come together this way.

I'll add a suggestion. When I received the pieces to alter, I traced them onto the card that each set came with.  I joined a double set of swappers for that round. I got a bit confused as to whose puzzle I was working on. Luckily I also took good notes on the card, making sure that user name, real name, address, and theme were on each card.

I did accidentally mix together some pieces. Ones that needed glue, paint, etc. as a common group, and the tracing helped get me back on track. This would also have helped if any of the pieces came up missing in the mail, if I would have needed to replace them.

Here is my puzzle from that last round. As you can see some of my pieces went wonky/warped/crooked. I don't have it officially mounted yet, but I will do some sanding/trimming and use muscle grease to get them to fit. Grin And I will try to get a better picture when it is together. This one does not give it justice. These pieces are tiny. A scant 1"x 1". My theme was nature.



I still have four (three plus one I will complete myself) pieces that I need to finish this puzzle. I am told that it is OK to put in a private trade request for an "extra" with my new swap partners in this round. I will add that request in my PM when we trade addresses.

~T

Oh, and the puzzle I will be using for this swap...it had two pieces broken. I remembered that I have two other puzzles with different images on them (also bent and broken/missing pieces), cut with the same die cut pattern. Would you believe that they are not exactly alike? I did find one piece that will fit, but it isn't from the same spot of puzzle #2  Roll Eyes And I found a 'spade' shaped earpiece that fits the second missing spot, so I will have to patch two pieces together to make one there. Oye-vay! No worries. There is still time.

Another tidbit. I make jewelry with puzzle pieces. This is the base for an unfinished broach. Then I add beads and other 3-D embellishments, dangly trims, etc. I have given all my finished ones away. They make great gift tags and stocking stuffers.


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6  Re: Medical Gauze in What the heck can I do with THIS? by stillatthetop on: June 14, 2015 09:34:56 AM
Very wonderful bag, theYuGoGirl. Keep going!


New idea today...



I coffee dyed some fabric to use in an upcoming personal swap. It smells so good! I decided that I may add a coffee sachet to every swap package I send. Using the medical gauze and wrapping the crystals in it. I used Foldger's instant coffee for my dye medium. The sachet could be tucked under a car seat to spiffy the car, or put in a cup of hot water and drank for that rushed morning to work cup of java...how does that sound?

I like it. If nothing else, it will freshen up the parcels that I send. Oh, and I might also include a complimentary chocolate, or mint to go with. A new signature calling card. Look for these if you trade with me  Roll Eyes

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7  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 --June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015-- ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by stillatthetop on: June 10, 2015 03:28:25 AM
Quite a lovely quilt you have planned, elliot_anne. The pattern is called Flower Garden. This is similar to how my granny designed her colors: Just to give you an idea how the random color mix might work for you.

My family made quilts out of worn out and out grown clothing. Using the good fabric parts, of course. An idea for you might be to shop thrift stores and yard sales to get a larger variety mix of prints? And you might be able to recon the actual garments (removing sleeves, shortening the hems, etc.) and steal fabrics out of your cut offs.

I plan on making an iSpy hexie quilt. You can read more about that here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434015.0 I still need more iSpy prints for mine before I actually get started. Mine will have triangle sashing between them, as shown in the picture i posted there.

A very elderly lady in my quilting guild makes the little coaster size hexie flowers. She gets the little kits free from where she shops for fabric. I have to remember to mention to her about your coasters. Our last meeting she was wondering what she was going to do with them. Those could be great for her to share as gifts for Christmas. I'll explain to her how you quilted yours. I think you had a grand plan with that for your coasters.

Happy Stitching  Grin

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8  Decorated Jar Lid Swap? in New Swap Theme Ideas by stillatthetop on: June 09, 2015 04:43:21 AM
After seeing these wonderful jar lids decorated by our own Moonflame for her HP Craftalong, I had an idea for a swap. Her and I have been bouncing ideas back and forth about this concept.







My original idea was to stick with Mason jar lids. And only decorate and send the lid, not the jar. (less breakage and postage). I consulted with Inselaeffchen about the availability of Mason jars in our International territories. Still a bit confused about this topic. Any input from members would be grand. She also mentioned Kilner and Weck brands, of which I am not familiar with. Are the lid threadings the same?

Of course, Mason lids have three basic sizes. Regular, Wide Mouth, and Jelly.

To avoid confusion with jar sizes, I though it might be easiest to just have players mail their lids to their partner first. For return with decoration. That way you could have lids that fit your recycled jars other than just having things a standard size. But that would mean additional postage.

I don't know which way might be best. Another outside the box idea was the lids could be hung on a hoopla wall  Grin If you didn't wish to organize supplies with them.

Keep in mind that you could request lids for bathroom supplies (cotton balls, bath salts)...Dog Cookies...Nails and Screws...or anything throughout your home fitting your requested theme. For example, if you wanted a dog cookie jar to keep in your kitchen, and your kitchen is decorated with apples, you could request the apple theme for your lid. It wouldn't have to be decorated with dog cookies on it if you didn't want that.

The lids would not have to be clay, like Moonflames' wonderful ones are. Other ideas are a pin cushion style lid, collage/montage items (steampunk?) Needle felted, crochet...the sky is the limit. The only requirement would be that it is sturdy enough for use. So grab your Gorilla Glue  Grin

Am I on to a good start to host my first swap here? When Moonflame gets a few swaps under her belt, I wish to have her as my co-host. I have swapped for the last 10 years on three different swap sites. I am positive I could pull this one off. When I am done doing all the homework to get things organized. Please let me know your thoughts and brainstorm with me?

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9  Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2015 in Craftalongs by stillatthetop on: May 22, 2015 11:10:11 PM
Here are my journal pages for my 'partners'. I had to go old school with scans. Still no computer cord for my camera  Embarrassed

My partner plans to paint a fiery background paper and journal memories about campfires, bonfires, and the time she almost burnt down her woodland fort by cooking bologna on a coffee can  Grin Oh, and her Dad was a Detroit Firefighter and taught her lots of pyromaniac things growing up. More sketches included to illustrate her thoughts.



My partner plans to use a sheet of frosted vellum to journal her favorite ice memories. First time in snow, learning to ice skate, visits for Slurpee treats with Dad (7-11 logo image included), snow skiing. She has pictures that she can add for these and maybe do a few sketches, too.




So, taaa-daa. Only one hour late for deadline. I napped after dinner. Sorry.

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10  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by stillatthetop on: March 20, 2015 10:46:04 PM


This is a great, simple project to help our fine feathered friends build their new nests this spring. And use up some yarn scraps in the process. Well, not a lot of scraps, but maybe if you did a project with kids at school?

Here is a tutorial complete with cute little 4 year old {?} boy helping. And an additional bird seed project.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaJlPj3Tw74

What I learned elsewhere is to use yarn less than 6" long..not up to the 8" she mentions. The little birdies can strangle on the strings while flying. You can also add dried grasses and straw in the bags. That way they can get those without being in danger near the ground {cats}. I use mesh onion bags like from the grocery store for mine. But most any kind of course netting will do. She mentions hers were from her crocus bulbs.

Does anyone else see the face in the image I shared? and her video that zooms in on it?

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