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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Craftster Card Swap Gallery on: August 22, 2016 03:39:49 PM
I was the one who got a wonderful Wallace and Grommit mailer from craftADDchick which was fully open at both ends and no card inside. Sad Sometimes I think it probably happens because the card inside is thick enough that the rollers on the mail processing machines push it up to one end and it pops the envelope open, but in this case it was clearly just that the gum on the envelope had failed. (I bet it was Wallace trying out a new envelope glue he'd invented.)

Otherwise, I think I'd be only three cards short of a full set!

Wulf

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Craftster Card Swap Gallery on: August 18, 2016 03:49:34 PM
I love seeing people's pictures. And yours is the most like a "real" collector card so far, PhoenixFire. But the more "hand-crafted" ones are equally great, and of course there's SO much variety. Naturally no two of us have produced anything the same.

Wulf
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Stitched mandala swap gallery!! on: August 17, 2016 05:42:46 PM
Technically the actual mandala is only 5", it's just surrounded by lot of other stuff, lol!

I leave it to you to judge the honesty of that statement:



I suggested that I'd like something I could apply to a cushion cover, and I gave a dimension of about 16 inches. So what did I get? A sixteen inch diameter piece of embroidery! Shocked



This is the "actual mandala", which is about 5" in diameter.

But a few photos can't begin to show the splendor of the rest surrounding spiral part of the mandala. Just look at this:







The richly varied background fabrics are all covered with a huge variety of embroidery stitches, some of which blend with the colours and some contrast beautifully with them. And the whole thing is set off by one arm of the spiral being in white-on-white, which was one of the ideas on my questionnaire list. But knowing that craftylittlemonkey loves colour so much, I told her to ignore that one. I'm so glad she didn't!

Thank you so much for this, and I can hardly wait to sew it up into a cushion. It's something I'll never get tired of.

Wulf
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Stitched mandala swap gallery!! on: August 16, 2016 04:32:28 PM
I really love the delicacy and muted colours of ysmeine's embroidery. (You might not think that from the colour explosion in which I indulged, but I'm actually an earth-tones kind of guy.) And the linen was the perfect background for this.

I've received a wonderful and absolutely ENORMOUS mandala from craftylittlemonkey. I'll need to lay it out in the sunlight to take a proper picture, so I'll post photos tomorrow. It'll be worth the wait!

Wulf
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Felt Badge Swap R3 Gallery (Send Out June 27!) on: August 15, 2016 05:44:30 PM
I do have a photo of the pie badge. It shows the filling a bit better, although it doesn't show how glittery the sequin cherries are in real life. Cheesy



So glad it arrived safely, Bec. And I love the owl badge - what a great shape!

Wulf
6  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Craftster Card Swap (SignUps 7/15/16-7/29/16 CLOSED, Sendouts 8/15/16) on: August 14, 2016 04:08:38 PM
One randomly-selected swap partner will get the coveted "Golden Crown" edition of my card. It'll be very valuable one day! Cheesy

I saw a video of Diana Trout using a Misti recently and was very impressed. But I'm baffled why it would be expensive. You could easily make your own with two pieces of plexiglas and a piece of piano hinge.

Wulf
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Felt Badge Swap R3 Gallery (Send Out June 27!) on: August 14, 2016 06:15:17 AM
"Brisk and full-bodied" could be a great euphemism, couldn't it? Cheesy

Wulf
8  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Craftster Card Swap (SignUps 7/15/16-7/29/16 CLOSED, Sendouts 8/15/16) on: August 14, 2016 05:43:43 AM
I like the idea of themes, but I don't think I could make more than one style of card for a single swap - it would knock me out! But it might be an idea to send TWO copies of a card to each partner (more work, but still do-able) so they will have some to trade for future swaps. (At some point we could each send one of our cards and one of someone else's, for example.)

As for postage, I found this was about comparable with sending a middle-sized parcel, so not bad.

I had all my cards printed and pasted up, then noticed that three on each sheet of backs are mis-printed, so I've had to toss those and do another sheet. Angry Fortunately I had enough faces printed. So I will be mailing most of them today and a few more probably tomorrow.

And you're right, Susan, it is trippy looking at yourself over and over and over again like that!

Wulf
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Stitched mandala swap gallery!! on: August 13, 2016 10:43:19 AM
Wow, what a great way to start! Micro-macram - I never would have even imagined it exists, and now I want to try it. Cheesy The colours you chose are great, and I love the simplicity of Abbeeroad's black-on-white one in contrast.

Wulf
10  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Craftster Card Swap (SignUps 7/15/16-7/29/16 CLOSED, Sendouts 8/15/16) on: August 13, 2016 10:25:37 AM
Photos printed, paper prepped, backs printed, glued up and waiting to dry before cutting apart. I think I'll go address and stamp envelopes. (Do I have enough envelopes? Hmmm... it looks like it's about to start raining - that probably means that I am short and will have to go to the store.)

I met up with craftylittlemonkey yesterday, and we were hoping to exchange cards in person, but neither of us were quite done. Sad But I saw the card you sent her, BigBangMama - the hand-written back was completely different from the one I got. Shocked I was awestruck at the implication of that!

Wulf
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