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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Halloween Surprise Bag swap? on: August 07, 2011 04:01:16 PM

Do you remember getting surprise bags from the shop when you were a kid? I miss feeling around the bag to see if I can guess the goodies/toys inside like I used to when I was younger. I was thinking that we could make surprise bags for eachother, filling them up with smaller halloween crafts and candy. We could make our own bags (can be out of paper that you decorate, or out of material.) and fill it up with things you think your partner would like. Of course there would be a set size for the bag but i figure it should be one that could fit into a small flat rate box (but that can be discussed). What does everyone think? I would want to start it at the beginning of september so there would be enough time to get it before halloween. Of course there will also be a minimum amount of crafts to send plus a few goodies. How many things do you guys think would be good to send?
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Brothers Grimm Swap GALLERY on: June 29, 2011 07:33:21 AM
original thread http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=382696.0

Post everything youve received from your partners here
Partners
Tiffi_333(Sent and received)-DontDressLikeApril(Sent and Received)
Tiffi_333(Sent and received)-Rae-Mazing(Sent)
Alphabrett(Sent)-SnB (FLAKED)
Cheeco(Sent and Received)-Textilejnkie(Sent and Received)
Gnomedrops(Sent and Received)-CindyJob(Sent)
Aisy(Sent and Received)-When_Im_Sixty4(Sent and received)
Deliqueena(Sent)-Spookygrrrly(Sent and Received)
Desired Constellation(Sent and Received)-Gaia3441(Sent and Received)
Amycavy(Sent and Received)-MiLady(Sent and Received)
Themuppet(Sent and Received)-Subee(Sent and Received)
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / The Oblongs swap? on: June 15, 2011 08:16:58 PM
Does anyone rememeber the cartoon called the oblongs. it was staring will farrel as the father with no arms and legs. I bought the dvd last year and i have become a bit obsessed with it, it has good humour, mixed with the creepiness to give it its own style. its based off a book called Creepy Susie and 13 other tragic tales for troubled children (sadly i havent seen the book anywhere)

http://www.angusoblong.net/theoblongs.html
If there is any interest i would like to start a swap for it maybe mid to late july if that was alright with everyone. Im currently organizing a swap and would like it to be completely over before i start a second one. I hope there are at least a few people who remember this show, it was on in 2001, i would love to see a bunch of oblong crafts
14  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Brothers Grimm Swap-SU June10-23 SO July 23 on: June 10, 2011 05:24:10 PM
Swap name: the brothers grimm swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Tiffi_333
Sign-up date range: June 10th - June 23rd
Date to send item by: July 23rd
GALLERY:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=384039.0




Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24

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

Additional Age requirement? 16

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: YES

Details of swap:

   Grimm's fairy tales are famous all over the world and have appeared in many forms and guises since they were first published in 1812. This swap is for everyone who loves those fairy tale stories written by the brothers grimm. Most of these fairy tales have changed into the disney versions but for this swap we will be crafting for how the stories were originally written, with the darker storylines rather than the cute child friendly versions. At the bottom of this post there will be a link with all the household stories written by the brothers grimm to help you pick your favourites and to learn your parners, incase you don't know the story. Since all the stories are less than 10 pages it shouldn't be an inconvience to look up your partners favourite tales. This will also be a 4 point swap so be creative and have lots of fun with it.

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 including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your house (pets/smoke etc.)?
What are you favourite colours/colour schemes?
What colours do you dislike?
What kind of crafts do you make (sew, polyclay, jewlery etc)?
What kind of crafts do you admire (i always love seeing knit items and jewlery etc..)?
What grimms tales do you enjoy the most (top 5-10)?
What grimms tales do you not enjoy at all?
Is there anything you specifically don't want to receive (earrings, food items etc.)?
Link to a wist?
Would you like to send extras in this swap?


SWAP SIZES                                                                    
By Points                                                                                       By Time
LARGE= 3 points                                                                            LARGE=3 or more hours
MEDIUM=2 points                                                                           MEDIUM=2 or more hours
SMALL=1 point                                                                               SMALL=2 or less hours

By Size                                                                                          By Price
-LARGE=shirt, skirt,set of jewelry with four to five items ETC.              LARGE= $30 or more
-MEDIUM= one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf                            MEDIUM=$10-$30 dollars
-SMALL- Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks                  SMALL=$10 or less


*Because there are so many(about 200) tales written by the brothers grimm I'll just put the link to wikipedia which lists them all. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grimm%27s_Fairy_Tales
**You can also read the stories online at http://www.familymanagement.com/literacy/grimms/grimms-toc.html, just click on the title you want and it will take you to the story, they all seem to work except the last one which tries to take you to a page with ALL the stories written out, which you really don't need anyway. This link also include the few stories that aren't technically concidered fairy tales. Since this is mostly about the brothers grimm rather than general fairy tales its ok to pick one of those stories as your favourite, but also try to include some of the others as well.

There are plenty of crafts you can do with these stories, but if you have any problems coming up with ideas you can always stalk your partners wist for inspiration or even use google to come up with more ideas. Don't forget to look over your partners profile so you can try to get a feel for their style as well.

Also since this is for the original fairytales and NOT the disney ones, please don't craft things with a disney theme...I don't want to t-shirts, etc., with disneys version of snow white...There was talk of another girl organizing a disney fairytale swap so if that's what you're looking for you might see that one sometime soon.


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.
15  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Soap, lipbalm, bath bombs and sparkling bath dust on: June 10, 2011 01:02:25 PM
I got a kit in the DIY swap teaching me how to make melt and pour soaps. I received a glycerin soap base, yellow blue and red colouring, a flower mold and an almond and honey scent to get started. The first batch i made was the almond and honey sent, with the red colouring. i also added a bit of aloe and grape seed oil.

for the second batch of soap i used a cherry scent, as well as some flowers and leaves from a cherry blossom tree we have in the yard. I also added some aloe, grape seed oil, and honey.
i ended up getting a batch of each, filling the flower mold and skull mold completely so i got 48 soaps out of it. i also got an extra larger round soap from the left over cherry blossom but i was unable to get a picture before it was put in the washroom.

i made the rest of the stuff quite a while ago, but thought now would be a good time to post it as well

the top lipbalm is banana creme flavoured and the bottom is peppermint. its more of a lipstain than a lipbalm because after it seems gone it leaves your lips a nice redish pink colour for most of the day. The bath dust is pink, with a nice lemon orange scent to wake you up in the morning theres glitter in it to give your body a slight shimmer when you're all done in the bath and it also fizzes when you sprinkle it in the bath water.


the bath balms have a few different colours and scents. the lightest colour in the back is lemon orange for a nice wake up, the pink in the front is a refreshing peppermint and the darker one on the right is a fresh raspberry scent. Im happy with how these fizz when they hit the water, but i find them a bit crumbly. hopefully the next time i make them, they will turn out better. 

This was my first time making any of these bath goodies so i think they turned out pretty well and i'd love to hear any comments any of you have.
16  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Polymer clay food on: June 10, 2011 12:33:25 PM
I was sent a DIY craft kit in a swap teaching me about polymer clay food. I was given a bunch of clay and tutorials and this is what ive made so far. i didnt follow the tutorials exactly and made a few things a bit differently but it was a great starting point.
Ive made a cupcake, which i have to bake and put icing on as well, donuts, a plate of bacon and eggs and some waffles. I did the cupcake a bit different so you dont see the line between the cupcake liner and the top cakey part. Im also going to use silicon for the icing rather than twisting white clay. I did the donut the same way except i modified it to make a boston creme as well. and i also made round waffles instead of square ones, and made them on their own instead of on the plate with the eggs and bacon.





i still have more things to make using the tutorials but i think this was a good start. ive baked and glazed the plate of bacon and eggs with my last batch of clay goodies, but i havent baked any of the others yet. i still have to use my alcohol to get rid of the finger prints as well but i wanted to post these while people were still posting pictures in the swap so my partner will be able to see the things ive done with their help.
Id love to hear any comments you all have
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / a bunch of earrings!!! on: March 27, 2011 03:29:23 PM
I just started playing around with jewelry a bit ago but i hadnt really done anything besides a few charm bracelets with some polyclay charms i had made so i thought it was time to make some nice beaded earrings Smiley I'd really like to hear any comments and suggestions you guys might have.






For the first couple of pairs i was going for a nice simple look, and i went more colourful and random with the rest. Thanks for taking a look Smiley
18  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / bunches of charms (quite pic heavy) on: January 25, 2011 08:32:37 PM
Ive been trying to make some brains lately, and im not so sure i like these...i did normal looking ones with a wash of red to look like blood, and i also did some green kinda rotten brains for a zombie feel to them, also with a wash of red for blood..theyre then glazed to finish them off...i still need to put the eye pins in some of them so i can use them as charms

i made these nerds out of white polymer clay and then painted them, i put a few small white lines on them just the the real ones have. i plan on using it for a charm bracelet with a few odd candies, im sure, we all used to enjoy.

i made these using the powders ive been playing around with im not sure what ill use them for, but im sure ill think of something


thanks for taking the time to look at this lot...i hope to hear any comments you might have.

19  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / hearts galore on: January 25, 2011 08:21:02 PM
i got some powders i wanted to try with my polymer clay rather than using paints, and i love the effect so far. i wanted to do something simple rather than anything complex to begin with so i could get the feel for them but i think the colour turned out quite nicely on these hearts. i also used some odd bits i found, like nails to add to them.


i thought i'd use these for necklaces Smiley
thanks for looking, id love to hear any comments you have!
20  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / mario charm bracelet on: January 22, 2011 12:25:29 PM
I know this is meant to be in the jewlery section, but i thought id post it here instead because its made of polymer clay

i made some mario mushrooms and some yoshi eggs, and put them on a chain for the bracelet



these are some of the left over charms from when i made the mushrooms...i also have some yellow left over, but i forgot to take a picture of it as well.




id love to hear any comments or critisims that you may have.
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