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1801  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP NOVEMBER 2013 - Signup Nov 01 - Nov 30 on: November 09, 2013 10:00:14 AM
I claim IsikkahJai for French Vocab, plus another **mystery** theme from the list.  On verra bien...

6th claim, 0,0

Hey, it's Meg. I am eternally grateful for this ATC swap... whenever I am stressing, I run to my craft shelf, pull out a cereal box, cut it down to 2.5 x 3.5 , then the sky's the limit!!
I like, no, I LOVE cats of all kinds, watercolor and pastel painting, gardening, the hummingbird is my totem, I love pretty fabrics and want to collect them some day to just have stacked in a corner cabinet with a glass front so I can gaze at them and drool.
Would like not to get anything religeous or that containing nudity either partial or full.
I live in upstate New York, usa, where I am currently picking apples for a livin'.

My list

um, cats!!
Your fave (original) Star Trek episode
anything turquoise
gardening
spoonerisms
sarcasm
your odd pet name for a loved one
a card that actually smells
Natural Challenge: make a card from ALL natural materials (even the glue)
"You wore WHAT??!!"
illustrate your favorite Carpenters song
non paper
moveables
create your own wacky beer or wine label
fabric fabric and more fabric
the ocean and its enviorns
a wacky new name for a rock band... logo? Stage depiction? lead guitarist? however you want to put pics to it.
anything from the movie PollyAnna
quotes from the website KissThisGuy (hillarious material, guaranteed)
the weirdest dream you've ever had
an unlikely greeting card
baby animals
really old people
Scotland and/or anything Scottish
The urn you would want your ashes in
Anger Management (ps, i love humor....)
Vanity Plates (car)
Depression in a humorous light
lemonade stand
Your fave (original) Star Trek episode
the human brain (would love facts included here)
Card for my VERTICAL Sailor's ABCs - feature the letter and what it stands for. Examples...C is for cockpit, M is for mooring, Y is for yardarm. letter A has been 'taken.'

thanks!!
1802  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 18 - GALLERY! on: November 08, 2013 08:52:40 AM
Let's see... I am thinking of where I might go once I am in better shape. Been on a heating pad nearly 24/7 for over a week  now and it hurts to even take a 15 minute car ride. but I am thinking of going to Saratoga, Yado to be exact to see if the koi are still around in this colder weather. The biggest one pops his head out of the water to beg for food. would be an awesome photo op with my LV
1803  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Holiday Ornament ATC Swap (SU Sept. 27 to Oct. 12, S/O Nov. 16) on: November 08, 2013 08:50:04 AM
just finished packing up my first two.. but geez, had to make repairs on stuff that fell off.  sure hope they make it to their new owners ok. I then pushed on everything to make sure it was secure and beads would not fall off under some strain. think all is well now, but will cross my fingers til they arrive.
1804  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP NOVEMBER 2013 - Signup Nov 01 - Nov 30 on: November 07, 2013 01:42:03 PM
I claim Avesthel for moveables

5th claim, 0,0

Hey, it's Meg. I am eternally grateful for this ATC swap... whenever I am stressing, I run to my craft shelf, pull out a cereal box, cut it down to 2.5 x 3.5 , then the sky's the limit!!
I like, no, I LOVE cats of all kinds, watercolor and pastel painting, gardening, the hummingbird is my totem, I love pretty fabrics and want to collect them some day to just have stacked in a corner cabinet with a glass front so I can gaze at them and drool.
Would like not to get anything religeous or that containing nudity either partial or full.
I live in upstate New York, usa, where I am currently picking apples for a livin'.

My list

um, cats!!
Your fave (original) Star Trek episode
anything turquoise
gardening
spoonerisms
sarcasm
your odd pet name for a loved one
a card that actually smells
Natural Challenge: make a card from ALL natural materials (even the glue)
"You wore WHAT??!!"
illustrate your favorite Carpenters song
non paper
moveables
create your own wacky beer or wine label
fabric fabric and more fabric
the ocean and its enviorns
a wacky new name for a rock band... logo? Stage depiction? lead guitarist? however you want to put pics to it.
anything from the movie PollyAnna
quotes from the website KissThisGuy (hillarious material, guaranteed)
the weirdest dream you've ever had
an unlikely greeting card
baby animals
really old people
Scotland and/or anything Scottish
The urn you would want your ashes in
Anger Management (ps, i love humor....)
Vanity Plates (car)
Depression in a humorous light
lemonade stand
Your fave (original) Star Trek episode
the human brain (would love facts included here)
Card for my VERTICAL Sailor's ABCs - feature the letter and what it stands for. Examples...C is for cockpit, M is for mooring, Y is for yardarm. letter A has been 'taken.'

thanks!!
1805  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP NOVEMBER 2013 - Signup Nov 01 - Nov 30 on: November 07, 2013 09:14:48 AM
I claim SusieApple for person body, object head.

4th claim, 0,0

Hey, it's Meg. I am eternally grateful for this ATC swap... whenever I am stressing, I run to my craft shelf, pull out a cereal box, cut it down to 2.5 x 3.5 , then the sky's the limit!!
I like, no, I LOVE cats of all kinds, watercolor and pastel painting, gardening, the hummingbird is my totem, I love pretty fabrics and want to collect them some day to just have stacked in a corner cabinet with a glass front so I can gaze at them and drool.
Would like not to get anything religeous or that containing nudity either partial or full.
I live in upstate New York, usa, where I am currently picking apples for a livin'.

My list

um, cats!!
Your fave (original) Star Trek episode
anything turquoise
gardening
spoonerisms
sarcasm
your odd pet name for a loved one
a card that actually smells
Natural Challenge: make a card from ALL natural materials (even the glue)
"You wore WHAT??!!"
illustrate your favorite Carpenters song
non paper
moveables
create your own wacky beer or wine label
fabric fabric and more fabric
the ocean and its enviorns
a wacky new name for a rock band... logo? Stage depiction? lead guitarist? however you want to put pics to it.
anything from the movie PollyAnna
quotes from the website KissThisGuy (hillarious material, guaranteed)
the weirdest dream you've ever had
an unlikely greeting card
baby animals
really old people
Scotland and/or anything Scottish
The urn you would want your ashes in
Anger Management (ps, i love humor....)
Vanity Plates (car)
Depression in a humorous light
lemonade stand
Your fave (original) Star Trek episode
the human brain (would love facts included here)
Card for my VERTICAL Sailor's ABCs - feature the letter and what it stands for. Examples...C is for cockpit, M is for mooring, Y is for yardarm. letter A has been 'taken.'

thanks!!
1806  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread for 2013! on: November 06, 2013 01:27:32 PM
Where's my collection of 1,000 cat whiskers when I need it??!!
1807  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP NOVEMBER 2013 - Signup Nov 01 - Nov 30 on: November 05, 2013 05:39:16 PM
I claim ChameleonHound for Sumthing Funny

3rd claim, 0,0

Hey, it's Meg. I am eternally grateful for this ATC swap... whenever I am stressing, I run to my craft shelf, pull out a cereal box, cut it down to 2.5 x 3.5 , then the sky's the limit!!
I like, no, I LOVE cats of all kinds, watercolor and pastel painting, gardening, the hummingbird is my totem, I love pretty fabrics and want to collect them some day to just have stacked in a corner cabinet with a glass front so I can gaze at them and drool.
Would like not to get anything religeous or that containing nudity either partial or full.
I live in upstate New York, usa, where I am currently picking apples for a livin'.

My list

um, cats!!
anything turquoise
gardening
spoonerisms
sarcasm
your odd pet name for a loved one
a card that actually smells
Natural Challenge: make a card from ALL natural materials (even the glue)
"You wore WHAT??!!"
illustrate your favorite Carpenters song
non paper
moveables
create your own wacky beer or wine label
fabric fabric and more fabric
the ocean and its enviorns
a wacky new name for a rock band... logo? Stage depiction? lead guitarist? however you want to put pics to it.
anything from the movie PollyAnna
quotes from the website KissThisGuy (hillarious material, guaranteed)
the weirdest dream you've ever had
an unlikely greeting card
baby animals
really old people
Scotland and/or anything Scottish
The urn you would want your ashes in
Anger Management (ps, i love humor....)
Vanity Plates (car)
Depression in a humorous light
lemonade stand
Your fave (original) Star Trek episode
the human brain (would love facts included here)
Card for my VERTICAL Sailor's ABCs - feature the letter and what it stands for. Examples...C is for cockpit, M is for mooring, Y is for yardarm. letter A has been 'taken.'

thanks!!
1808  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread for 2013! on: November 04, 2013 09:57:39 AM
Hi everyone, I have a supply question for y'all.  As I have been observing the cards everyone makes (and even been lucky enough to receive some from really talented artists), I've realized that a lot of the cards I admire most seem to be done in art marker.  I noticed that some people in the thread have mentioned copic markers before, so when I went to Michaels today with a 40% off all art supplies coupon, I figured I would pick some up.

Yowza!  The copic markers I saw were $50 a 6-pack, or $8 individually.  (And to top it off, I am pretty sure the coupon can't even be used on copics.)  So after standing befuddled and a little defeated in the marker aisle for about 5 minutes, I threw some stuff into my basket and headed to the register.

After getting home and initially experimenting with the supplies I bought, my feelings were mixed at best:

24 pack Pentel Arts Color Pen Fine Point Color Markers: this was the most expensive thing I bought, and I kinda feel like it was a waste of money.  Cry It seems like they do not flow very well at all, and it is hard to shade in areas with them.  If I use a lot of pressure, the ink blots very dark, and if I try to use broad strokes with a light touch, the shading lines are very obvious.  (I apologize for not using the correct terminology, I have no art training whatsoever.)  Worst of all, if I go over the same area two or three times, the paper of my ATC blank starts peeling up underneath the marker.  While trying to brush some of the peeling off, one section actually came off and revealed white underneath.  Uggh.  Is this a bad brand of marker, or do I just have no clue what I'm doing with them?  Thank heavens I got them for 40% off, or else I would've really felt gypped.

12 pack Artist's Loft Dual Tip Brush Markers:  The brush tip on these gets waaay better flow and coverage, so I like these better than the Pentel.  My problem with these is that all the hues are super bold, and with only 12 colors, it's going to be hard to do anything subtle with them.

Faber-Castell PITT artist pens (one fine tip, one brush) in black for outlining: these seem like good products.  I especially like the brush tip one.

So, do you y'all have any suggestions/recommendations for brands I should be looking for?  What products you like to use?  Or advice on how to best use the stuff I've already purchased?  Thanks in advance for any tips you can share with me.

I go to my local art supply store, cuz I like local, and buy any color I wish of Pigma micron pens. Fadeproof, waterproof so I can do watercolors on top of them.0.45 line width is what I usually go for. I have had one in particular for 10 years and use it on nearly every ATC I do. Has lasted that long! They are not expensive at all. Do not remember exact price, but considering that I have lived in poverty my whole adult life, there is no way I would have purchased it without it being a very reasonable price.  On the pen it says Sakura color Products, made in Japan.
1809  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: One member is particular is not coming up properly when I try to PM her... on: November 03, 2013 05:55:43 PM
Hmm.  I just tested from my account (PM'd to another user & made her the BCC user) with no error, as well as from a non-Admin member account with no error.

Has this occurred more than once for you?

yes, five times at least.
1810  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: One member is particular is not coming up properly when I try to PM her... on: November 03, 2013 02:26:15 PM
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