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1  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Greetings From Around The United States Postcard Swap signup by 2/14,send by 3/5 on: January 23, 2005 06:49:03 PM
Swap name: Postcards from Around the Country
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: MeOwZa
Sign-up date range: 1-23-05 --> 2-14-05
Date to send item by: March 5th

Limited to a certain number of people?: The more the better

Non-U.S. participants allowed? No, but if someone would like to do an international post card swap that'd be cool!

All ages allowed? All ages

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders"
list and will not allow those members to participate: YES

Organizer has been a member for at least 1 month and will
make sure that every participant has been a member for
at least 1 month: YES

Details of swap:

Wouldn't it be fun to get a postcard from every state in the country? Well, I think so and if there are enough people signed up it might actually happen! The idea is NOT for every person to send out 50 postcards. I know that there are a lot of people from the same state and they'd bascially split up the list. This is kind of an idea in the works and it will only work if enough people from a lot of states decide to participate. I am aiming for each person sending ~15 postcards each and receving 51 (can't forget about D.C.) (hopefully from each state-- or at least each state that participates!)

The postcard doesn't have to be a craft masterpiece-- it just needs to represent the state you're living in. You don't even need to write a message-- a simple GREETINGS FROM XYZ would be enough.

If this is terribly confusing post your confusion & I'll clear it up




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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Because I don't know ALL the state abbreviations-- The state you live in:




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


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Need to Make ~50 Valentines! AHHH Help on: January 08, 2005 08:51:49 PM
Ok crafsters here is my dilemma

I am doing a valentine card exchange at another message board and need to come up with 50 valentines! (everyone who signs up gets one-- thats how they do it there, don't ask)

they don't all need to be from scratch, in fact i don't even need ideas of what to put on/in the cards but i need an idea of how to produce about 50 cards without spending a ton of money! and also i need to be able to achieve it in a decent amount of time because we have to mail our cards out on feb 1

crafsters, i am counting on you!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / FREE Slides on: May 15, 2004 09:05:39 AM
I'm in the co-ed business fraternity on campus and we recently cleaned out our office. I found dozens (possibly hundreds) of slides. We used to take pics of the rushees and have them made into slides and we would project them so everyone could see the rushees. Now, we have a digital camera and the slides are totally worthless. We were going to throw them away but my crafty brain thought of crafster! I don't want to craft with them but I am sure there are plenty of you who would. The slides are all of people, either individual or in small groups.

I'd like to send them all to one person so shipping costs would be lower. I would ship them for free, all I ask is that you donate some $$ to crafster! So let me know if you're interested!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Easter Basket Grass Redone on: April 08, 2004 08:49:45 PM
so that plastic grass they sell for easter baskets is not only pricey but also super annoying--esp if you have a cat!

i have a solution for you. if you have a shredder or access to one-- this project is for you

take some green construction paper or regular green copy paper (or any color of your chocie) and send it thru the shedder. its almost free, its fast and best of all its easy. i am going to do this tomorrow and will post how it looks. oh and don't forget to empty the shredder first!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Paper Roses for V-day (Crafty Boyfriend!!) on: February 15, 2004 08:03:39 PM
Well, who knew he had it in him... my boyfriend MADE me roses for Valentines Day this year. He went to Michael's for the wire (flower dept) and crepe kind of paper/ribbon. He said he used 3 yards to make both of these. He said if he had more time he would have gotten green pipe cleaners to wrap around the base of the rose to hide the wirey part and to give it the 'realistic' flowery feel.

Anyway, I was totally impressed.

And because he didn't give me real flowers, he got me a candle that smells like fresh cut roses---  Shocked how awesome is my boyfriend!!


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6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Kool-Aide Drink Pouch Purse on: January 19, 2004 05:01:05 PM
Today I took the kids I babysit to Wendys & this little girl had a (what looked like a) homemade handbag fashioned out of Kool-Aide Jammers drink pouches (think CapriSun if you don't know what I'm talking about)

It looked like it was done really well, I was intirgued by it.

Basically it was 2 drink pouches on either side and 1 on the opposite ends to make a rectangle type shape. The straps & bottom were also made out of the same drink pouches. It didn't have any lining and it stiches were zig-zag-ish.

It didn't appear to have been sewn inside out because I could see the stitching on the outside. Sorry this isn't very descript-- but I saw it and immediatley thought of Craftster! And that maybe someone on here might want to try it out.

Post pics of any of you do this! Or if you want to ask me more questions about the purse I saw that I may have left out. I had a pretty good look at it since the line was kinda long  Tongue
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Need Help Sprucing Up a Boring Cubicle on: January 12, 2004 07:09:11 PM
Hey Everyone

A good friend of mine just got a paid internship with Nortel & today was his first day of work. As soon as he got home he called me and asked me to make him something crafty for his ugly cubicle. I asked him what he had in mind and all he said was-- and I quote...

"just something to make me the envy of my all my coworkers"

I have no problem going out to buy supplies but I'd like to keep the project around $20 max. I have the usual crafting supplies-- a ton of construction paper, hot glue gun, etc. etc. etc. I have bins full of supplies.

I was thinkin of making a little "clothes line" for him to hang pictures on. But if I do that I'd like to do something else as well.

And remember, nothing too cutesy-- he is a boy afterall!!

Thanks!!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Packaging Up Your (Magnetic) Crafts on: December 19, 2003 10:31:21 PM
50 clothespins
300 marble magnets
and
50 bottlecap magnets later... i am done making christmas gifts! (excluding the frosted glasses i made, which by the way, everyone who has gotten them has LOVED them!)

Up first, I printed off the magnetic poetry from the HP website MissRoo posted (damn she's awesome!) cut it up and stuck it on an adhesive roll of magnetic strip. I put them all in a trusty AOL tin.

Sadly, I am the worlds worst spray painter-- I ruined the tin. So I got creative. I did this for my friends b-day (dec 26th, poor thing) so I used 2 sided tape to cover the outside of the tin in birthday wrapping paper.

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http://a2.cpimg.com/image/58/B8/27400792-af5b-02000180-.jpg
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Wrapped it up nice n proper (with instructions on how to open since it looks like the gift is 'wrapped' when it's really not)

I made the gift tag with cardstock & some black letter stickers


I did not have the time to make the cool magntic origami boxes for the marble magnets. The ONE tin I had that was large enough to hold the birthday message I ruined with, surprise, SPRAY PAINT. The darn thing is stuck shut  Angry

SOO I improvised... I used the deep side of the AOL tin and covered the bottom with festive wrapping paper (for the same birthday girl, she's turning 21 so I figured martinis were appropriate). I also covered the outside of the tin. I used 2 sided tape to help secure the magnets, despite the magnets+tin because I am shipping this & didn't think the magnets would stay in place going through the mail. You can't really see.. but I spelled out Happy Birthday in marble magnets & the larger magnet is a birthday cake & the smaller ones surrounding it are just little cartoons.

http://a4.cpimg.com/image/5A/B8/27400794-38ed-02000180-.jpg

Since the top half of the AOL tin doesn't fit with the marble magnets, I used saran wrap to "wrap" the tin. It reminds me of wrapping up a cake... its kind of corny but it's like i am sending her a "marble cake"  Roll Eyes i know, cheesy.

http://a3.cpimg.com/image/71/C1/27401073-9e0a-01800200-.jpg

notice the congrats clothespin  Wink


AND last but not least, again I did not have time to make the little boxes for the marble magnets & I needed something relatively cheap & easy to package the magnets in. I found these at AC Moore for about .65 each. I made the gift tags the same as the magnetic poetry gift & in each baggie there are mixtures of the clothespin, bottlecap & marble magnets.

The people I have already given these to are IN LOVE with them-- yay  Grin Grin

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Hope this has given some of you new ideas for how to package your magnetic gifts.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Fun & Funky Luggage Tags on: December 08, 2003 12:05:48 AM
I saw this mentioned on the site a few days ago and decided to give it a go.

What you need:

- exacto knife
- magazines, pictures, whatever
- cutting surface (i used the back of a clipboard)
- luggage tag (the one i used is about 4''x2'' if you don't have one and want to make a template)
- rubber cement
- index cards
- scissors (and i highly recommend the slide paper cutter at kinkos!)

http://a8.cpimg.com/image/40/6D/26993728-9a1a-02000180-.jpg

Find the image or design you want on your luggage tag

http://a6.cpimg.com/image/02/6B/26993666-b4c2-02000180-.jpg

Cut around edge with exacto knife

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Repeat until you feel that you're ready to stop

http://a2.cpimg.com/image/08/6B/26993672-644b-02000180-.jpg

I found some pictures that I cut out in 3 sections to make into different but coordinating tags for one person... you can do this with pictures in magazines or regular photogrpahs... whatever you can think up

Find a fun font and type out the address, keep resizing until you reach your desired size (i think i used around size 22)

http://a7.cpimg.com/image/3F/6D/26993727-1c3f-02000180-.jpg

Cut out addresses with the same luggage tag template & rubber cement the address on one index card and the image on a separate one (so the image on the other side will not show through and the lines will not show through) then rubber cement the two index cards together, back to back with adress and image facing out (durr)

Take to Kinko's and use the luggage tag laminater sheets (.75 each & it includes the attachment for the luggage)

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You'll need to make sure that your image/address is small enough to fit into the laminate sheet with room for the attachment to slide through the slit. Mine are approx 3.75"x 2.25". This is when the slide paper cutter at kinkos comes to the rescue... I would still cut your images the size of the luggage template because the exacto doesn't always give a clean cut and will sometimes snag the paper, by cutting larger you can fix your mistake at the end, just make sure the address is small enough that it won't get cut off!

If anyone else does theses or has done them, post pics please!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Spruce Up Your Computer Monitor on: December 03, 2003 07:30:52 PM
I was bored one day and had some cute wrapping paper lying around. So I cut strips to fit my monitor, attached with 2 sided tape and added small pictures, stickers and fortunes around the edge.

You can personalize it any way you want. I spend a lot of time on my comptuer and was sick of looking at such a boring monitor!  Tongue

http://a2.cpimg.com/image/62/6E/26835042-99bd-02000180-.jpg
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