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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Romany Gypsy Wagon on: June 05, 2011 02:25:54 PM
I am a big fan of cath kidston and gypsies!  Grin So when I discovered she makes a gypsy wagon sewing box I thought I needed it, however, it is so expensive that I didnt have a chance of getting it, but wait! I'm a craftster! Therefore I can make my own!!  Cheesy

So I started off with this............



And ended up with this little beauty!



I know shes not perfect but it adds to her charm! I named her Rinkeni which is Romany for pretty!

What do you think? (Please be gentle i'm still new to all this!  Smiley)
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Penpal swap round 2 gallery! on: May 16, 2011 02:34:14 PM
Hello lovely penpallers!!  Cheesy

We have a sender already!! Dont forget to share your little gifts!  Wink
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Penpal swap round 2! (signup 27/04/11-04/05/11;first sendout 18/05/11) on: April 27, 2011 01:36:46 AM
Grin Details of the swap!  Grin
There is a lot to read..............you may wanna nip off and grab a cuppa tea before you start!!  Cheesy

Swap name: Penpal swap round 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Miss_Evil_Penguin
Sign-up date range: 27/04/11 - 04/05/11
Date to send item by: Partner 1 = 18/05/11 Partner 2 = 01/06/11 (I am aware that we may need to tweak the dates for some of you if you have not received from partner 1 within those 2 weeks because of the postal systems!  Wink)
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): Nope!
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? Nope!
Additional Age requirement?  Nope! Just the usual over 16 please!
Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: Yeah!
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: Yes!
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: Yes, I am not organising more than 3 swaps!
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: Yes (any offers???)
- Is at least 18 years old: Oh 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

This swap is for people that love to receive letters! Your penpalness can be a one off thing or a lasting friendship. Lets face it, we all love getting mail through the post that is not a bill!  Cheesy This swap will be a small one, a 3 point swap (This includes the letter so the gift can be worth 2 points but if you write a mammouth letter that takes you 3 days then include a 1 point gift!!  Wink) Its ok to go over the points but please discuss this with your partner before hand to save any embarrassment.
You will all be partnered in pairs, one person will be partner 1 and the other person will be partner 2. I will tell you which one you are when I send out partners, there is a place to state a preference so dont panic! To help you get started I will pose a list of questions you can choose from or you can add your own if you wish.
Partner 1 = You will write your letter and send a gift first, you must include 3 questions for your partner to answer as this helps keep the momentum going, you have to answer those questions in your letter too (does that make sense?  Huh)
Partner 2 = When you have received your letter and gift you can send a letter and a gift back, you must answer the 3 questions that your partner has asked and choose 3 more (remember to answer the questions you pose too)

I know all of this sounds complicated but its quite simple when you get the hang of it! Some people might want to write their letter and add a seperate piece of paper with the questions on. Also I found it helpful to photocopy the letters I sent to my penpals and keep them with the replies as its sometimes really lovely to re-read them!  Smiley


This will be a 3 point swap based on the following guidelines:
Large = 3 pts, medium = 2 pts, small = 1 pt. Below are the guidelines for item size.

By Time
Large = 3 or more hours
Medium = 2 or more hours
Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
Large = $30 or more
Medium = $10-$30 dollars
Small = $10 or less



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 or would you prefer someone closer to home?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval?
What are your likes (books/animals/bags etc)?
What are your dislikes?
What are your favourite crafts to do?
Are there any crafts you want to learn? (it would be good to maybe match people who can teach each other new crafts!)
Do you smoke or have animals?
Would you mind having crafts/letters from a house with animals or smoke? (not smoking animals, thats just weird!!)
Would you like a partner with similar or different likes/dislikes to yourself?
Are you looking for a long term penpal or just a one time thing?
Would you prefer to have further communication via snail mail or email if you are looking long-term?
Would you prefer to be partner 1 or 2? (I will sort this out if I can!)
Do you have a wist list? (This can be useful to add friendship/letter writing stuff to so your partner can get an idea of what you like!)
Any other info?

I look forward to meeting you all in the swap! Smiley
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Penpal swap round 2?? on: April 20, 2011 02:03:27 PM
Hi,

Would anyone be interested in a penpal/pen-buddy round 2 swap?  Tongue  I was thinking that we could change the specs a bit and have it as a small swap were you can send either a few postcards you have made, a letter and envelope set or another small 'friendship' theamed gift, this can be something like a friendship bracelet?

What do you all think? I'm happy to organise!  Smiley
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Ongoing bracelet! on: January 06, 2011 11:27:39 AM
I made this bracelet for my best friend for her birthday, its got shrink plastic charms on it, I thought I could add more shrink plastic charms on special occasions or at special times!



Comments welcome, this is my first time making this type of bracelet!!

I guess its not that good huh?  Undecided Never mind, maybe I will improve after my jewellery course!  Embarrassed
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Animal lovers swap! on: October 19, 2010 02:30:37 PM
Would anyone be interested in an animal lovers swap? It would be cool to craft animal type things and make someone happy at the same time, especially if you like unusual animals!  Cheesy Its also a chance to find out about someone elses favourite animal!  Wink

I was thinking it would be a small swap with a choice of 1 or 2 animals as your favourite (hard to narrow down I know!!). Lots of things can be made, jewellery, note cards, tote bags etc.

Would anyone join this if i organised?  Smiley
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Book-type-thing?? on: October 19, 2010 01:58:33 PM
Hi,

Just recently I have been out and about and something has inspired me or I have had and idea and thought, oh nooooo, I need to write that down or I will forget and I never have anywhere to write it!!  Cheesy I was thinking it would be cool if we made/decorated a book according to our partners likes etc and sent it to them, but also, if we put some inspirational things in there like ramdom doodles, or quotes if your partner likes that sort of thing. What do you all think?  Smiley
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Penpal/pen-buddy swap gallery! on: September 01, 2010 12:53:26 AM
Hello!

Well, we have a sender already! Cant wait to see all your postcards and starionary!!  Cheesy
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Penpal/pen-buddy swap (sign-ups 24th-31st Aug, final mail 28th sept) on: August 24, 2010 11:01:52 AM
Swap name: Pen-pal / Pen-buddy swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Miss_Evil_Penguin
Sign-up date range: 24th 31st August
Date to send item by: Postcard by 7th Sept and Final package by 28th Sept

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 25 please

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

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: NO
- 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 (and the rest!!!)

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:
This is a lovely little swap to help people make new friends right here on craftster, it is totally up to you weather you keep on writing after the swap, no pressure!!

A postcard needs to be sent to your new partner(s) within a week of finding out who they are, there will then be a further 3 weeks to send your package which must consist of some hand-made stationary, 8 pieces of paper and 4 envelopes is the requirement (please dont let this put you off, this can be something as simple as coloured paper and envelopes that have been stamped, or you may wish to make your own paper?  (If you manage to do this please show me how as every bit of paper I have ever made had come out so think and stiff that hamsters try to steal it for their housing!!!) You must also send an introduction letter to your new friend, if you would like a page of helpful hints to get you started I can provide you with one as I have a few amazing penpals!! And of course you are allowed to spoil your partner but please let them know you are planning this so there is not awkwardness!
If you see someones name on the list that you would like to be paired with please pm me and I will do my best to sort it out for you. Dont be afraid to ask me any questions, I dont bite!!


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

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 or would you prefer someone closer to home?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
What are your likes (books/animals/bags etc)?
What are your dislikes?
What are your favourite crafts to do?
Is there any crafts you want to learn? (this would be good to maybe match people who do crafts they can teach eachother??)
Do you smoke or have animals?
Would you mind having crafts/letters from a house with animals/smoke?
Would you like to be part of a group or one to one (this depends on participants!)?
Would you like a partner with simmilar or different likes/dislikes to yourself?
Do you want to continue to communicate after the swap?
Would you prefer to have further communication via snail mail or email?
Any other info?
Do you want me to provide you with a helpful hints sheet for your introduction letter?

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 other rules about participating in a swap.
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Really dumb question! on: July 19, 2010 08:24:08 AM
 Embarrassed Hi i'm really new to scrapbooking...........actually i havnt done a single page yet........ Smiley But my question is, How do you scrapbook on pages that are already decorated? Like these ones http://jasmines-cards.co.uk/tc/SMDP13%20Smirk%20for%20Her%20-%2012x12%20Paper%20Pack.jpg I just dont get it!!  Smiley
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