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41  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Pinning and Winning with Craftster - Enter by January 22, 2014 on: January 08, 2014 12:17:33 PM
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Thank you all for your participation!! We'll be announcing the winner shortly!




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Hope you all enjoyed exploring pins, pages, shops and blogs!  Feel free to use this thread for fun discussion about the contest now!! Smiley

If you are a crafty shop or blog, interested in donating a prize toward a future pinning contest, please contact me at jean@craftster.org with the subject line Vendor Pinning Donations, so I can add you to our database! Smiley




1)  Visit each of the small business sponsor Facebook pages listed below.  Show them some love! Smiley  Like their page and/or comment on their wall.  If a small business sponsor does not have a Facebook page listed, just visit their site and have a look around at all they have to offer.
2)  Follow us at http://www.pinterest.com/craftsterorg/
3)  Create a Pinterest board on your Pinterest account called "My Craftster Favorites"
4)  Pin projects from Craftster that inspire you!
5)  Reply to this thread with a link to your fabulous new Pinterest board full of crafty ideas.

Contest ends January 22, 2014, 11:59:59 PM PDT.  One entry/reply per person.
One winner will be randomly selected on or about January 23, 2014.

This thread is for entries only.  Non-entry posts will be removed.  Have questions?  Personal message me or email me at jean@craftster.org

the itty bitty print:
Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.  Winner will be notified by private message on Craftster.
Eligible to US and non-US.  No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited by law.

Small Business Sponsors
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Faster Kittykill
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Lily Loves Bernie
Missing Willow Farm
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Sew Lovely Embroidery on Facebook
Spin Heart Spin on Facebook
The Dcor Photo Store on Facebook
Vine & Ever on Facebook

One winner will be awarded a spectacular grand prize package valued at over $600 USD.  The prize package includes:
  • Six colorful circus-themed collage sheets to help bust you out of any Wintery, post-holiday blues from Alpha Stamps
  • One embroidery kit of silk embroidery thread and towel from Faster Kittykill
  • One purple framed glass necklace from Lily Loves Bernie
  • Two pairs of beaded earrings from Missing Willow Farm
  • One "Fire" 100% wool newborn bonnet and one "Ice" mohair newborn bonnet from Mountain Mommy's Crochet
  • Four 18"x24" Delightfully Different iron-on embroidery patterns from Sew Lovely Embroidery
  • One lace and beaded camera custom strap from The Decor Photo Store
  • One children's "Hi" hoodie, one children's head cozy and two mounted linen 5x7 art prints from Vine & Ever
  • $20 gift card to Acts of Craftiness
  • $20 gift card to Crochet 'N Things
  • $26 gift card to CUTEure Creations
  • $25 gift card to HRSG Mosaics
  • $25 gift card to Spin Heart Spin
  • One handmade altered Altoids tin filled to the brim with ephemera donated by rackycoo
  • One handmade journal and jelly roll donated by LimeRiot
  • Two handmade crochet hats, one copy of "Make Me I'm Yours... Sewing" and one copy of "Make Me I'm Yours...Party" donated by alwaysinmyroom

Many thanks for the personal donations from our Craftster Moderators!

42  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / [FINISHED] Craft Challenge #95 - New Year, New Uses - Entries Due Feb 3 - Feb 10 on: January 07, 2014 10:58:35 PM
Craft Challenge #95 - New Year, New Uses - Entries Due Feb 3 - Feb 10

It's Time to Vote!

Scroll up to see the voting poll.

Feel free to encourage your friends and family to visit Craftster, and even vote for you, but please remember, only one vote per person.  You must be logged in to vote.



It's Time to Enter!
The entry period is Feb 3 - Feb 10, 2014.
To post your entry, please start a new topic for it here on this board.  Click NEW TOPIC on this board to post your entry! Smiley
Entries must be posted by Feb 10 11:59:59 PDT 2014.
If you are a new member, and cannot post images yet, please just post a direct link to your image(s) in your post.  A friendly neighborhood Moderator will come along and update your post to embed the image(s) for you.



Happy New Year!  This month, we have a very special challenge in store for you!  Instructables, an amazing site for sharing what you make, has provided a humongous prize package!  Not only will the first place winner get a prize this month, but nine other entries will as well! Shocked

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is New Year, New Uses!  Your challenge this month is to bring new life to an old object in your home.  The object could be a houseware piece, an item of clothing, home decor... anything you choose!  Your repurposing should transform the object into something entirely new and unexpected.  Perhaps you'll finally get to make a lamp out of that vintage, avocado green blender you've been hoarding all these years. Wink

Of course you can use other materials and supplies, new and old, to transform your item.  Your old item should be the star material of the show, though.

In your entry, submit at least two photos:  one before photo and one after photo.  Additional photos are encouraged, too! Smiley

Additional Rules and Details:

  • Craft your project during this challenge period (Jan 8 - Feb 10 2014) only.  Projects created before this timeframe will be excluded from the voting poll.
  • On Feb 3 2014, there will be a special folder created for entries.  Post your entry on the specified entry board during the period of Feb 3 to Feb 10 11:59:59 PDT 2014.  No sooner.  No later.
  • Voting will happen from Feb 11 - 18, 2014.
  • The winner will be officially announced on the first business Monday of the next month -- in our March newsletter, on this thread and on the Craftster blog.  We will contact you via Private Message, after the announcement, to get your prize package information.
  • Enter only ONE project.  Your entry can have multiple components to it.
  • If cheating of any sort is discovered, the applicable entry and votes will be disqualified.

Originality:

It's probably impossible to know whether your project is 100% original, has never been posted on Craftster, or made by anyone else in the past.  But if your project was definitely inspired by something you've seen before, please give credit to that project. Smiley

Prizes:

At the end, I'll set up a poll right here and the first AND second place winner (US or non-US) will get:

(1) an Instructables t-shirt and a copy of How to do Absolutely Everything
(2) their project in the Featured Projects area
(3) their project in the Craftster Blog
(4) and a prize from us at Craftster.org -- any one item from one of Craftster's online shops!

EIGHT additional winners will also get an Instructables t-shirt!



43  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2014 on: January 07, 2014 03:01:25 PM
Smiley  Cheesy  Grin This swap gallery is intended as a way to recognize all the wonderful personal swaps that are done in this community! Grin  Cheesy  Smiley

Personal swaps are not encouraged or supported by Craftster.  This is only a thread to post pictures from your personal experiences.  Personal swaps are not and cannot be tracked in Swap Feedback on profiles and should not be linked to Craftster's Organized Swaps in any way.

Folks who have participated in a personal swap and wish to share pictures of the items they have sent and received may do so by posting in this gallery.

Please note that this gallery is meant for those who have had a good experience with their personal swaps!  This is not the place to air your grievances about being "flaked" on...please keep it positive and give love to those awesome personal swappers! Wink

Each year a new gallery will be started.  If you have received from a personal/private swap, this year, feel free to post pictures here!   Grin

Or browse previous galleries...
2013 Personal/Private Swap Gallery
2012 Personal/Private Swap Gallery
2011 Personal/Private Swap Gallery
2010 Personal/Private Swap Gallery
Second Half 2009
Second Quarter 2009
First Quarter 2009
December 2008 Gallery
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44  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 94 ENTRIES / HOW TO POST YOUR ENTRY on: January 01, 2014 12:45:02 PM
This folder is for entries in Gingerbread House Contest 5!  The entry period is Jan 1 - Jan 8, 2014.  For a reminder of this month's challenge theme and the rules, click here.


To post your entry, please start a new topic for it here on this board.  Click NEW TOPIC on this board to post your entry! Smiley

Entries must be posted by Jan 8 11:59:59 PDT 2014.

If you are a new member, and cannot post images yet, please just post a direct link to your image(s) in your post.  A friendly neighborhood Moderator will come along and update your post to embed the image(s) for you.
45  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Cucumber Christmas Trees on: December 16, 2013 07:36:19 AM
It's snack and share at preschool once again today.  baby.sweets4ever wanted to share his photos from Breakfast with Santa, so we made a complementary festive snack -- holiday trees! Smiley



Supplies
Wooden skewers
Cucumbers
Green apple
Star fruit (or a melon slice + a star cookie cutter!)
Optional "decorations" such as berries
Coconut flakes

Steps

Slice green apple in half.  Place one side, cut half down on a serving plate or tray.

Insert skewer into center of apple slice to create your tree trunk.  Make sure it's nice and straight.

Slice cucumber on an extreme diagonal.  Cutting diagonal slices will create longer branches for your tree. Smiley

Starting with the largest cucumber slices, thread the slices onto the wooden skewer.  Spread them out to create the base of your tree.

Keep threading slices onto the tree, using smaller slices as your tree gets taller.  This will naturally create the traditional pine tree shape for you.

When you get near the top, slice a star fruit to create your topper.  Top your tree with your star slice. Smiley  If you don't have star fruit available, you could use a cookie cutter to punch out a thick piece of cheese or slice of melon.

Decorate your tree!

Create simple garland with thread and berries, or use toothpicks to attach decorations.  I used thread to create blueberry garland.  I tied one end to the top of the skewer and the other end to a toothpick, which got jabbed into the cucumber branches near the bottom.

Set the scene with a sprinkling of coconut flake snow. Smiley

How cute would these trees be next to a gingerbread house?! Grin







And just for fun, here is one of the photos he wanted to share in class today.  Hard to believe baby.sweets4ever is over 5-years old now! Shocked

46  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / [FINISHED] Craft Challenge #94 - Gingerbread House Contest 5 on: December 02, 2013 05:58:20 AM
Craft Challenge #94 - Gingerbread House Contest 5 - Entries Due Jan 1 - Jan 8

Winner Announced!

Congratulate SewIn2Disney for her entry, "Teal and Red Gingerbread Tudor"!



Check out her full project thread see all of the detailing of her beautiful gingerbread house!



It's Time to Vote!
Scroll up to see the voting poll.
You must be logged in to vote.  One vote per member.
If cheating of any sort is discovered, the applicable entry and votes will be disqualified.



It's Time to Enter!
The entry period is Jan 1 - 8, 2014.
To post your entry, please start a new topic for it here on this board.  Click NEW TOPIC on this board to post your entry! Smiley
Entries must be posted by Jan 8 11:59:59 PDT 2014.

If you are a new member, and cannot post images yet, please just post a direct link to your image(s) in your post.  A friendly neighborhood Moderator will come along and update your post to embed the image(s) for you.



Let's bring in the New Year with our annual gingerbread house contest!  Each year, we've had so much fun seeing your gingerbread creations.  If this is your first year on Craftster, be sure to check out our previous years:  2012 entries, 2011 entries, 2010 entries and 2009 entries.

So, once again, it's time to get out those mixing bowls and get crafting!  Your challenge this month is to make and decorate a gingerbread house.  Any type of house is permitted (cottage, castle, etc.) as long as it has walls and a roof of gingerbread.  Your entry must be made of edible parts, but it's not limited to sweets only.  The only non-edible parts allowed are a base, lighting and/or electrical components.  No gingerbread house kits for this challenge.  No size restraints -- miniature to life-size houses are tasty and welcome for this challenge.

Additional Rules and Details:

  • Craft your project during this challenge period (Dec 2 2013 - Jan 8 2014) only.  Projects created before this timeframe will be excluded from the voting poll.
  • On Jan 1 2014, there will be a special folder created for entries.  Post your entry on the specified entry board during the period of Jan 1 to Jan 8 11:59:59 PDT 2014.  No sooner.  No later.
  • Voting will happen from Jan 9 - Jan 16 2014.
  • The winner will be officially announced on the first business Monday of the next month -- in our February newsletter, on this thread and on the Craftster blog.  We will contact you via Private Message, after the announcement, to get your prize package information.
  • Enter only ONE project.  Your entry can have multiple components to it.
  • If cheating of any sort is discovered, the applicable entry and votes will be disqualified.

Originality:

It's probably impossible to know whether your project is 100% original, has never been posted on Craftster, or made by anyone else in the past.  But if your project was definitely inspired by something you've seen before, please give credit to that project. Smiley

Prizes:

At the end, I'll set up a poll right here and the first place winner (US or non-US) will get:

(1) their project in the Featured Projects area
(2) their project in the Craftster Blog
(3) and a prize from us at Craftster.org -- any one item from one of Craftster's online shops!

47  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 93 ENTRIES / HOW TO POST YOUR ENTRY on: December 01, 2013 08:08:14 PM
This folder is for entries in Wrap It Up!  The entry period is Dec 2 - 9, 2013.  For a reminder of this month's challenge theme and the rules, click here.


To post your entry, please start a new topic for it here on this board.  Click NEW TOPIC on this board to post your entry! Smiley

Entries must be posted by Dec 9 11:59:59 PDT 2013.

If you are a new member, and cannot post images yet, please just post a direct link to your image(s) in your post.  A friendly neighborhood Moderator will come along and update your post to embed the image(s) for you.
48  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / 2013 Christmas Tree Along! on: December 01, 2013 11:11:30 AM
Decorating a Christmas tree this year?  Share some photos of your creations here!

We won't be decorating until next week, but here's some photos of our tree from last year to get the thread started.  I use lots of ribbons and glittery bits like pine cones and twirly stems.



49  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Fruit Gobbler Turkey and Cracker Corn Tutorial on: November 17, 2013 05:11:38 PM
Tomorrow is baby.sweets4ever's turn for snack and share day at school, so here's what we whipped up this evening.  A fruit turkey (aka fruiturkey or fruit gobbler) with a side of corn on the cob. Cheesy





Supplies

A melon -- I used cantaloupe because it was least expensive
Fruits, vegetables and/or cheese of your choosing -- I used strawberries, blueberries, colby jack cheese slices and peppers
A pear for his head Smiley
Wooden skewers and/or toothpicks
A dream

Steps

Cut a small sliver off of your melon to create a flat base.

Skewer your fruits and veggies.

Stick 'em!  Cut a wooden skewer in half and use it to attach the pear to the cantaloupe.  Use toothpicks and other fruits/vegetables to create eyes and a beak.

Create the tail feathers with your large wooden skewers.

If you'd like, continue decorating with toothpicks to create smaller side feathers.  I used peppers for this step.

I also cut out simple triangles from peppers to create feet.  





Supplies

Goldfish crackers (Corn Pops cereal would be awesome!)
Snack baggies
Tissue paper
Twine, raffia or yarn



Steps

So easy!  I just put them in snack bags, twisted the ends and tied with twine.

Our inspiration came from a Family Fun article last year! Smiley
50  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Welcome, Pinterest users! on: November 14, 2013 06:11:57 AM
Stumbling in from Pinterest?  We're so happy you've found us.  Welcome home! Smiley


Craftster is an online community for indie Craftsters.  Here you can find and share all sorts of free DIY (do it yourself) projects, tutorials and recipes.

Craftster is free to browse and free to join!  To unlock additional features such as private messaging, bookmarking and posting your own projects, you can register at the top of the screen or via this link.

Have a look around!  Here are a few highlights that might interest you:

  • Click the logo in the upper left corner to visit the homepage.  On the homepage, you'll find all sorts of goodies including Hot New Projects, Newest Projects from All Categories, Featured Projects, Craft Challenges and blog articles, too!
  • Check out the "tape measure toolbar" (in yellow) across the top of the screen.  On the toolbar, you'll find the community boards/forums, articles (the blog), tutorials (including video tutorials!) and more.
  • Familiarize yourself with the stack of blue buttons in the right column of the page.  Lots of shortcuts and fun areas to discover there as well!

Have fun!!  We're here to share and here to help.  Jump right in and say hello! Smiley
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