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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Taking the Zen by the horns on: May 03, 2015 05:39:44 AM
I did a fake swap for the Zen,Yoga,Meditation. My fave part of my creations were the five ATCs I made...

The above quotes are off the internet. then one just came to me (from the Universe) and this is it...

thanx for looking!   Smiley
2  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / words missing from yellow tape measure on: May 01, 2015 02:00:13 PM
Lately, even after refreshing my page, all or some of the words are missing from the yellow tape. I usually have to close the tab and go to the .org homepage.  anyone else experiencing this?

3  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Hoopla Swap Round 14 - Summer Activities (signups 4/27 - 5/3 : mail by 6/1) on: April 27, 2015 12:26:06 AM

Swap name: Hoopla Swap Round 14 - Summer Activities
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  blupaisan
Sign-up date range: April 26 - May 3
Date to send item by: June 1st

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

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES/NO  No
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? none

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES/NO  yes
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES/NO  yes
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES/NO  yes
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES/NO  indeed I will.  Yes.
- Is at least 18 years old: YES/NO  yes

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO   yes
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO  yes
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO  yes
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO  yes
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO  yes
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO  yes
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO  yes
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO  ayup

Details of swap:

Summer is nearly upon us, or will be by the time the hoops arrive at partner doors. Yay for that. (apologies to those in world areas where summer is reversed. Tongue)
What do you love to do in summer? Let your partner know and they will put it on a hoop that you can gaze at next winter as the snow flies!
Swimming - Canoeing - family picnics- riding with the car top down - digging for worms - really, let yourself be honest and include things in your questionnaire that you really love to do during these wonderful months.

- Please send only your completed hoop. No extras.
- There are no hoop size requirements for this round
- Piece can be embroidered or cross-stitched.
- Posting to the discussion thread is required at least every 2 weeks. Would love to hear from you each week, but understand this may not be viable.
- Have fun!!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap: Hoopla Swap Round 12 - Summer Activities
Craftster username...
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)...

List five (and more if you wish) of your favorite summer activities.
Space for more.....

Do you wish to have a person represented in the hoop doing these things, or just basic images/interpretations of the items required to do them (such as a docked boat instead of someone rowing it in a lake)?...

What colors do you wish your partner would not use?...

Hoop size for this swap is open but do you have a strong pull to receive a certain size?...

Do you have an allergy to tell us about?...
Do you have allergens in your home?...

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Triple kitty portrait, requested by my daughter as an xmas gift on: April 06, 2015 09:28:59 AM

This is pen and ink and watercolor. From left to right, Beau, a kitty we fostered (Rosie and I) for nearly ten years, trying to tame him/settle him down. He was never adopted, til Rosie and her beau (no pun intended) got a place of their own and they became the permanent proud parents.
Next, is Ripper, the most recent and energetic addition to the family.
Far right is Zemon (a.k.a. The Zamboni man) who is around 17 now.

In frame.

It was so very interesting to do this portrait, as I found it easy to accurately portray the two kitties with whom I had spent so many years... i knew their subtleties and expressions. But the kitten... I had met him only a few times so it was so different trying to capture the essence a soul i did not know well!!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Woodland Egg, peek inside! on: April 03, 2015 05:36:02 PM

Done with medium chicken egg, sculpy, pebbles, twigs, floss, bark holder, other stuff, and patience! Couldn't believe I did not ruin any eggs. First cutting attempt worked!

6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Hate to throw away all these adorable plastic pop tops from half-n-half jugs... on: April 03, 2015 06:12:48 AM

All I ever do with these is put them on my finger then chuck them. I could have a big collection by now and if anyone gives me a good idea, I won't throw them away anymore.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheep! on: April 01, 2015 03:27:27 PM

Thanks to AC/DC for the highly inappropriately inspiration
 and to my older brother Chris, who tenderly taught me the art of dark humor (at age 10)

If you're havin' trouble with the farmer's wife
She's givin' you the blues
You wanna jump the fence but it's too high
Here's what ya gotta do
Come to my coop, I'll help you regroup
 Find me any time
First hay bale on the right
I lead a life of crime

Dirty deeds done dirt cheep
Dirty deeds done dirt cheep
Dirty deeds done dirt cheep
(Dirty deeds and they're done dirt cheep)
(Dirty deeds and they're done dirt cheep)

You got problems with the hired hand
You got a broken leg
He handled you too rough at the trough
That's when the teardrops start
Come to my crate, I'll set the dude straight
 Or find me at the well
I'll tell you how I'll help you now
I'll send that guy to Hell

Dirty deeds done dirt cheep
Dirty deeds done dirt cheep
Dirty deeds done dirt cheep
(Dirty deeds and they're done dirt cheep)
(Dirty deeds and they're done dirt cheep)

If you're sick of the neighbor kid, you want her gone
But you ain't got the guts
She keeps grabbin' your tail night and day
Enough to drive you nuts
Come to my pen, I'll help you and then
Together we'll make a stand
For a fee, that kid will be
Without the use of her hand!

Barbed wire noose, pitchforks,apples with DDT
(Done dirt cheep)
Manure pit asphyxiation, combine "accidents", hayloft falls
(Done dirt cheep)

Dirty deeds done dirt cheep. Dirty deeds done dirt cheep
Dirty deeds, do anything you want me to
Dirty deeds done dirt cheep
Dirty deeds dirty deeds dirty deeds
Done dirt cheep!    Aahhhh!

Scene constructed from the following...
Barbed wire and real barn siding from old farm where I live,
Cheep dollar store wind-up Easter chick
Hay is cut from my boss's grass rug (he'll never miss it)
apples are barberries
 Pitchfork came from specialized aisle of liquor store
zombie chicken arms
Matchstick fence
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Compost pile sculpture swap, anyone? on: April 01, 2015 05:44:57 AM
Do you keep putting scraps into your compost pile when you never even use it for gardening? I am sure a lot of us do. Such a waste. I have noticed when I add yet another handful of coffee grounds and banana peels to mine, the wonderful smell and the gooey texture, that, if a small amount of glue were added, I could easily work the whole mass with my hands and create a lovely sculpture or even useful items.

Things I would put on my list for my swap partner to make for me...

Hat to wear to the Halloween tea party
Small receptacle to hold my dentures overnight
Wall hanging with bits of dried orange peel at strategically placed grids sticking out so I can hang
   my house keys on it
Christmas ornaments
Lampshades for the bathroom
Altered picture frame to use with a fave pic of my ex.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Paper doll penguin card on: March 24, 2015 04:05:52 PM

I am in hopes that Patraw will not mind if I borrow his stunning pics to show off my card. I do not have his talent.

Bird is pen and ink with watercolors. I made it so he was permanently on but could stand up. Chose dotted paper and washed blue for a cold snowy look.

Then comes the outfits....



And my fave, the guy who can never get away from the sea anyway.

So, I did the entire thing with giant unweildy kitchen scissors because all of my nice tiny blades were dead. As I tried desperately to cut the last tiny bits, my daughter texted me that she was at the craft store....did I need anything? new xacto blades arrived an hour later just in time to do the last wee bits that no scissors on earth could ever touch.
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Octopus sways his arms with the current on: March 24, 2015 03:56:03 PM

Made this happy guy for a recent swap. Theme was moveables but Craftster also like sea life.
I cut thin strips of a baggie and glued them to four of the arms. Pull the strips and the arms move.

I was so pleased to have the bubbly paper in my stash for the backround. The sea fronds are floss.
then I looked around for possibilities for what would lie on the sea floor. I cut up tiny bits of paper wasp house and also bone. I liked how they worked.
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