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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Halloween Stuff a Small Priority Mail Box Swap Gallery on: October 02, 2011 07:15:39 PM

Welcome to the Gallery for the Halloween Stuff a Small Priority Mail Box swap!
22  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Circus Themed Handmade Art Journal (My first one!) - Very Picture Heavy on: September 22, 2011 12:34:16 PM

This summer I participated in the Head Start Art Journal Swap Rnd 2, where we made an art journal that we "started" for our partner to help take care of the dreaded blank white page syndrome. My partners themes were circus/carnival, nature, and colors/mandalas inspired by India. I tried to incorporate as much of all three as possible, but I'll admit...I've been on a circus kick lately...and it was summer....so the circus part definitely dominated. Smiley

It was my first time ever binding a book, so I chose a coptic binding both for the ease in making and because the ties made me think of the ropes that hold up the circus tent:

The inside front cover I made by cutting a paper grocery bag to 8 1/2"x11" and running through my printer the smudging made it look more like old copy:

And I used the paper to make a pocket on the back cover to hold found things:

All of the paper was first coffee and/or tea stained. Then on half of those papers I used the Tim Holtz distress inks in Antique Linen, Old Photo, and Walnut in various ways and techniques. Finally I randomly embellished either through adding collage elements, drawings, or painting. Here are some of my favorite pages:

I had a ton of fun making this journal. Now I want to make one for me! Smiley

23  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Stuff a Small Flat Rate Box for Halloween!(Sign up CLOSED ; Send out 10/21) on: September 19, 2011 10:04:36 AM


Swap name: Stuff a Small Flat Rate Box for Halloween
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Spookygrrrly
Sign-up date range: 9/19 - 9/30
Date to send item by: 10/21

Limited to a certain number of people?: 24
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES
If so, which country? USA
Age requirement? 16+ (If under 18 you must have parent permission.)
First time swappers welcome! Sorry, but those with negative feedback will not be admitted.

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: N/A

Do any of these things apply to you?:

- You love Halloween.
- You're swapping budget is a bit tight and you don't want to spend too much in shipping.
- You're looking for an easy first swap to get your feet wet.
- Heck your just looking for a swap that lets in first time swappers!
- You love Halloween.
- You love surprises.
- You love the challenge of seeing how much stuff you can get away with sticking into those priority mail boxes.
- You are in college/a parent/working a lot/just fracking busy!
- Did I mention loving Halloween?

Then this swap would be for you!

The challenge of this swap is to fill one of the small priority mail flat rate boxes from the US post office to the brim with Halloween goodies. How much can you send for $4.95? Whatever fits in the box! At least one item needs to be crafted, and at least 50% of the box needs to be Halloween related. I want this to be an easy, relaxed, and fun swap.

Unfortunately I have to restrict this swap to swappers than live in the US since you have to be able to fill a usps priority flat rate box.

This will be considered a 2 point swap.

Reminder of point sizes:
 Large-3 points: 3 hours or more; $30 or more in supply value, shawl, shirt, project tote, apron, set of pillowcases, set of tea towels, large stuffie

 Medium-2 points: 2 hours but no more than 3 hours to complete, $15-$30 in supply value, necklace, belt, bracelet, scarf, deluxe pincushion

 Small-1 point: at least 1 hour but no more than 2 hours to complete, $5-$15 in supply value, pouch, stickers, earrings, bookmark

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

Name of swap: Halloween Stuff a Small Priority Flat Rate Box
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Confirm that are at least 18 years old (YES/NO)
You do know that Delivery Confirmation is required (YES/NO)
Do you or your housemates have any allergies that need to be considered(food/pets/smoking/ect)?
Is there any smoking or pets in your home?
What are your favorite Halloween themes?
What are your favorite Halloween colors?
Least favorite colors/themes?
Favorite scary movie or story?
Favorite Halloween candy/food?
Least favorite Halloween candy/food?
What crafts would you like to receive?
What crafts can you do?
Craft supplies you could use?
Anything you don't really need/want?
Do you have a wist or pinterest (if yes than add link here)?
Anything else you would like add?
What size/type box are we using for this swap?
When is the send out date for the swap?

When contacting the organizer please use one of these forms:
Halloween Stuff a Small Box -- questionnaire
Halloween Stuff a Small Box -- question
Halloween Stuff a Small Box -- sent
Halloween Stuff a Small Box -- received

If you want to participate, please remember to send your questionnaire to the organizer (spookygrrrly) via private message and do not reply with it here.

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

Swap Partners:

late with communication
late with no communication - contact organizer immediately
Strikethrough feedback given
glowing red negative feedback - contact organizer immediately

spookygrrrly <---> frosty772
cloverlilly <---> jennden
leslieyam <--->MissingWillow
ecopp <---> kodanroxydogs
amber.hope <---> Mellifluous
cabaute <---> mintdawn
LauraLynn125 <---> CDEeeek
Ashley062 <---> thesillyseemstress
jeannettew32<---> Radmom
execptionallyordinary <---> nannychelle
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Halloween Stuff a Small Priority Mail Box Swap on: September 13, 2011 09:46:53 AM
So I would like to join in a Halloween swap, plus I've been meaning to get my feet wet as a swap organizer...but I'm also going back to college in a few weeks so big swaps are outta the question. I was sending off some stuff yesterday in a $4.95 priority mail box from the USPS when I thought it was time for another 4.95 "stuff the box" swap...Halloween style!

So if any of these things apply to you:

- You're swapping budget is a bit tight and you don't want to spend too much in shipping.
- You're looking for an easy first swap to get your feet wet.
- Heck your just looking for a swap that lets in first time swappers!
- You love Halloween.
- You love surprises.
- You love the challenge of seeing how much stuff you can get away with sticking into those priority mail boxes.
- You are in college/a parent/working a lot/just fracking busy!
- Did I mention loving Halloween?

This swap would be for you!

Here is what I'm thinking: The main challenge is seeing just how much stuff you can get in a 4.95 priority box. At least one item needs to be crafted, and at least 50% of the items need to be Halloween related. Past that...anything goes! I want this to be an easy, no stress sort of swap. Sound good?

Oh and sorry...but it would have to me USA participants only since part of the point of the swap is seeing how much you can send for basically 5 bucks. There really needs to be an international flat rate box!

So who's in?
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tiny Haunted House and Owl Hoopla on: July 25, 2011 09:23:55 PM
I joined the Ongoing Hoopla Rnd 2 swap...and now that my partners have received their hoops I can finally post them. Smiley

The first one I made was for the theme Tiny Houses. I decided to make a tiny Haunted house (surprise, surprise):

You can barely see him, but there is a wee ghost at the bottom that is stitched in glow-in-the-dark thread for a spooky surprise when the lights go out. I was surprised how much detail I could fit into a 4" frame.

The second hoop was for the theme Harry Potter. I decided to send my swap partner an owl ...hopefully that letter is her acceptance to Hogwarts! :

The gold moon and stars in the background are also blended with glow-in-the-dark thread. I'll admit I'm sorta looking for reasons to use the stuff. Then again I've always been a sucker for glow-in-the-dark stuff.

26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Tarot card necklace (shrinky dinks) on: July 09, 2011 10:00:55 AM
Last night I had a shrinky dink party at my home Smiley It was a lot of fun...and this is what I made up:

Here is a close up of the pendent:

It was hard to get a good picture since the pendent has a slight 3 dimensional effect. I traced the image first in black ink on the front, and then colored in with colored pencil on the back. So in person it created a lot of depth. I'm happy with how it came out and might have to make a couple more. Smiley

27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / True Love is Dead - Altered Altoid Tin on: September 08, 2009 02:52:53 PM
Here is a little something that I put together after having the idea kickin' around my head a couple days.

It's the bottom (deeper) half of an altoid tin as a base. I used paper, rubber stamps for the words, glitter, skull beads, candles, and stickers. Also I sealed the whole thing with a couple coats of spray varnish.

I like how it came out and turned it into a magnet. Smiley
28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Frank Shrinky Dink Pendant - first project on: September 05, 2009 09:58:03 PM
I've been super inspired by all the stuff you guys have been making with shrinky dinks and just had to give it a try. So I finally picked up a pack of SDs today and after much trial and error made my first pendant.

I think it came out pretty good Smiley The image I drew on before shrinking. I traced a picture of Karloff and then did all the shading by hand.  It's actually two pieces that I fused so that I could seal the glitter inbetween. The glitter is twinkles glitter paint. The only thing I'm trying to decide is if I want to leave him as is or add some colored rhinestones. (Hey a girl likes her glitz)

Oh and here is picture of me wearing the pendant so you can get an idea of the proportion:

I'm all for feedback...so feel free to tell me what you think.

29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The White Rabbit on: August 21, 2009 06:19:33 PM
I finished my second block last night:

I just gotta say...those little hearts are a pain in the tail!!! I got better at them as I went on but it was the first time making such a tight curve in outline stitch.

I did try out a couple new stitches too. I used an interlaced running stitch on the sleeves and the banner. I also used the couching technique on the ruffle around his neck. Both of those are fun to do and I can see using them more in the future.

Here are a couple detail shots of the more decorative parts:

Thanks for looking Smiley

30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Alice block - first embroidery on: August 18, 2009 09:15:47 AM
I finished my first embroidery piece!:

This is the first block for my Alice in Wonderland quilt. I've never done embroidery before. It was way too hot to do my normal knitting this summer so I decided to try needlework out. Much cooler than working with wool. Smiley

The fabric is just bleached muslin. The design came from a coloring book that I've had for about 20 years.

Most of the piece is done in an outline stitch. Though I used some satin stitch to fill in the shoes and as an accent on the dress. I'm most proud of the satin stitch coming out really even and the eye. Eyes are really tricky. Oh and there is a french knot as the flamingos eye too. I think it took me five tries to figure out that french knot!

Now I'm working on the white rabbit.
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