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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / DO NOT POST: Setting up Spring Nerd Battles 2017 on: February 18, 2017 05:50:25 AM

Welcome to the Spring Nerd Battles Arena!
I, LovelyMiss, shall be your host and Head Gamemaker.

The Nerd Games welcome all players from the Nerdyverse to join! The games are to inspire, encourage, and motivate your crafting adventure.  Players can join anytime during the season.

Are you wondering if you are part of the Nerdyverse?  John Green describes it quite well...
“…Nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff…  Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it.  ...When people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’  Which is just not a good insult at all.  Like, ‘You are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness’.”

Rules of Engagement
--There is a list of prompts for you to complete. You complete a prompt with a crafty item you think fulfills it.  You can use your description to make it clear on how the craft fits the prompt (feel free to get creative).
--Players must craft to the best of their abilities and have a minimum of 30 minutes of crafting time per submission, unless otherwise noted.  
--A project can only be submitted for one prompt or crafting opportunity.
--A project does NOT have to be "nerdy,” it only has to fulfill the prompt as you see it.
--Submitted projects must be started and completed during the current season, unless otherwise noted.
--There is SO MUCH to do in the Nerd Games.  Do not feel like you have to craft everything.  Do what inspires you.
--We welcome all players from the Nerdyverse, no matter their Geekdom.  
--We are never mean.  
--We never exclude someone.
--We will keep it clean-ish (PG-13).  
--We will follow all Craftster guidelines, this includes staying on-topic (serious OT goes in FOC OT boards).  
--You will be asked to join a team.
--Never hesitate in contacting the Head Gamemaker with your questions, concerns, or ideas.

--How to Join the Nerd Battles--
It is easy to join in the Nerd Battles craftalong!  Simply craft an item that fits one of the posted prompts and take photos of your finished project.  Post your project photos in the official Nerd Battles thread (that's where you are now!).  Make sure to include the Completed Project Header (see “How to turn in a project”) with each project you post.  In the Header of your first completed project you will declare your team. (You do not need to choose a team before you post your first project.)  You officially join a team when your first project is submitted.

About Teams
There are five teams:
Team Textbook: Geekdom of Logic, Knowledge, Science, and Math;
Team Multimedia: Geekdom of Movies, TV, Music, and Gamers;
Team Wordy: Geekdom of Readers, Books, and Wondrous Words;
Team Fandom: Geekdom of Fanfics, Conventions, Midnight Openings, and Beacons of the Nerdyverse;
Team Randomizer: Geekdom of OOAKs, Oddballs, and Marchers to Different Drummers.

--Teams are where like-minded players join to work together.
--There is no limit to the number of people in a team.
--Though you may feel at home on more than one team, pick the one that draws you the most.
--You may choose a new team at the beginning of each season, but you cannot change teams during a season.

---How To Turn in a Project---
Spend at least 30 minutes crafting a project that fits the requirements of a posted prompt.  Take a photo of your finished project.  Post your project photo(s), along with the Completed Project Header, in this thread.

Use this header for each project you submit. Research Projects have a special header, which can be found in the Research Project Lab.

Prompt:  (please include month & category)
Bonus Points: (include which bonus points you think you've earned, e.g., Giver, Engineering, Community, WIP It, Swaptastic, Brain Power, EPIC!)
Project Name:
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:

You may add more than one project to your post, but a Completed Project Header must be used for each project you submit.

For the Research Project Proposal and Submission Headers, visit the Research Project Lab.

---Point System---
Challenges, Battles, UFOs, and Red Alerts will earn 20 points unless otherwise denoted.  Challenges, Battles, UFOs, and Red Alerts are eligible for additional Bonus Points.  All projects submitted under these prompts must meet the 30 minute crafting time requirement.

Brownie Points Projects will earn 20 points, and ARE eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Brownie Points Projects are items crafted for charity during the season that are NOT turned in as a prompt or Research Project.  Brownie Points Projects must meet the 30 minute crafting time requirement.  There is no limit on the number of Brownie Points projects you may submit during a season.  Be sure to claim Giver Bonus Points on any Projects (including Brownie Points) you complete!

Random Acts projects will earn 25 points, and ARE eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Random Acts projects can be anything that you don't turn in under another prompt that would be considered a random act of kindness/craftiness.  This might be things like abandoned art or public art/crafting.  You must submit photos of both the completed project AND an "action" shot of the act being conducted.  Random Acts projects must involve at least a two hour time commitment (crafting+action combined).  You may submit up to TWO Random Acts projects per season.  

Free-Range Crafting projects will earn 20 points, and ARE eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Free-Range Crafting projects can be anything that you don't turn in under another prompt.  Free-Range projects must meet the 30 minute crafting time requirement.  You may submit up to two Free-Range Crafting projects per season.  

Big Time projects will earn 50 points, and ARE  eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Big Time projects are anything that takes at least five hours of crafting time, and that you do not turn in under another prompt or crafting opportunity.  You may turn in up to three Big Time projects per season.

Zaps will earn 5 points, and ARE  eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Zaps are any projects that take fewer than 30 minutes to complete.  You may turn in up to five Zaps per season.

Research Projects will earn 200 points.  Research Projects are projects that take at least three weeks OR 20 hours to complete.  You must submit a proposal for a Research Project to count.  Research Projects are separate from the normal Challenge/Battle/UFO/Alert prompts.  In most cases it is not permissible to "double dip" on individual Research Project elements, so anything included in a Research Project cannot also be turned in for a Nerd Games Challenge/Battle/UFO/Alert prompt, or as a Non-Prompt Crafting Opportunity.  Research Projects are eligible for additional Bonus Points.
Visit the Research Project Lab for more information on completing a Research Project.

You can earn 10 Bonus Points for...
--Engineering: Turning in a project that includes a new tutorial, pattern, or recipe;
--Giver:  Crafting a project for charity;
--Community:  Creating a post for your project on the appropriate Craftster board and including at least three photos in your post, one of which must be a progress/process shot;
--WIP It:  Completing a WIP/UFO (Work-In-Progress/Unfinished Object);
--Brain Power: Completing a project that required you to learn a new skill or technique;
--Swaptastic: Completing a project for a swap, or that will be donated to the Nerd Games Raffle;
--EPIC!:  Completing an item that takes more than 45 hours of crafting time, and posting at least one progress shot during the course of project (post progress shot in the Discussion Thread);
--Prompt specific:  Some prompts may include the opportunity for special bonus points.  This information will be included in the text for the prompt.
You may earn more than one set of bonus points for your project.

At the End Game, there will be Winners (but really no losers)
--Team Winners: average taken from number of players & point scored
--Special Awards: given by gamemakers
Winnings will include bragging rights, badges, and possible prizes.

Nerd Battles Staff
--Head Gamemaker: LovelyMiss
--Project Tracker: storerboughtcreations
--Badge Creator: bunny1kenobi
--Pinterest Pinner: rockingbearranch
--Special Projects: Calabaza

Team Captains
--Textbook: ActsofCraftiness
--Multimedia: roler
--Wordy: gozer
--Fandom: Open.  Please volunteer!
--Randomizer: Open.  Please volunteer!

Official Nerd Battles Pinterest Board

Have feedback or ideas for the Nerd Games?
Click here for the ongoing Nerd Games suggestion collector.
Note: Submissions using the above link are anonymous unless you submit your username with the survey.

Previous seasons:
Summer 2013
Fall 2013
Winter 2013-2014
Spring 2014
Summer 2014
Fall 2014
Winter 2014-2015
Spring 2015
Summer 2015
Fall 2015
Winter 2015-2016
Spring 2016
Summer 2016
Fall 2016
Winter 2016-2017

---This is the home for Completed Projects, Research Project Declarations, and "Oooos & Ahhhs."  For discussions, chatting, and progress pics, head over to the Nerd Discussion thread.  Posts will be moved to appropriate location when necessary.  Thanks for your help in keeping the Nerd Games in order!---
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Valentine's Mini Heart Piñatas on: February 06, 2017 07:59:25 PM
I don't know why, but I love making personalized piñatas for Valentine's day.  I have some new coworkers this year, so I decided to make bunch to bring into work to share.

They are fairly simple and cheap to make, just a little time consuming.

I purchased a few packages of 11"x14" tag board from the dollar store, and cut it into hearts using my Silhouette machine.  You need two hearts for each piñata.  You also need one tag board strip for each piñata.  The width of the strip will be the depth of your piñata.  The strip should be about two to four inches shorter than the circumference of your heart.  In the photo, my strips are folded in half, which was just to help with cutting.

Once you have all of your pieces cut, it's time to make your heart "box" piñata base.  Attach a piece of masking tape to one of the long edges of one of the strips.  Begin taping it to the heart.  Your strip should be perpendicular to the heart.

Once you tape your strip all the way around, you'll have something that looks like this:

Then, you need to attach the other heart shape to the top.  Again, it's easiest to attach the tape to the strip first and just kind of set the heart in place and push the tape down, maneuvering as you go.

Once the other heart is attached, you'll have a complete "box."

Fill with treats.

Once you've filled the piñata base with treats, it's time to seal up the hole.  I wanted mine to be easy to open, so I included a pull string.  To do that, fold a strip of tissue paper in half a few times (the folded strip should be wide and long enough to easily cover the hole).  Cut a piece of ribbon that is about twice the size of your box opening.  Glue the ribbon to one side of the folded tissue paper, leaving a tail on both ends (the tail toward to bottom point of the heart should be longer than the top tail).  Then place the tissue paper over the hole and tape in place.  The ribbon should be on the backside of the tissue when attached (so the ribbon is facing the hole).  Tape down the top tail along the curve of the heart to help make sure it stays in place.

Time to decorate!  I used a pair of "shredder" scissors to cut a bunch of strips of tissue paper.

Then I used a glue stick to attach them to the outside of the piñata base, just wrapping them around from the bottom to the top.

I also used my Silhouette to print and cut some little instructional "Pull" tabs.

I have eight more in the works.  In the end I'll have made all 16 of them for about $10, including the tag board, tissue paper, and treats (I didn't include "stash" items in that price).

Overall, a fun and high-impact project to spread some Valentine's love and cheer!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Best of the Nerd Games 2016 on: February 06, 2017 04:13:04 PM
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Best of the Nerd Games 2016

It's fair to say that pretty much every project submitted to the Nerd Games craftalong is fantastic!  These projects were nominated by fellow players as some of the favorites posted throughout 2016.  There are many more to be found in the Nerd Games threads.  Well over 1,000 projects were submitted to the Nerd Games craftalong in 2016 alone!

Wallace the SlothCrochet ChainsawChristmas Elf for Booboo

Painted HoopBatch of APCs for a swapFortune telling cards
gozerMountains and Cloudsscaramouche

Gnome Travel ATCATCWhales, whales, whales, whales! And a Tardis - ATCs

Quilt as you go wedding quiltBaby blanketEpic Quilted Bedspread

Book Love
Wind in the Willows hooplaReady Player One bagEternal Tote

Comic Book Love
POWerful macaron coin purseLPFOS embroidery #2Silver Surfer T-Shirt

Costumes and Cosplay
Anna's CostumeHarley Quinn CosplayKaylee Costume

Cross Stitch
Once Upon A Time SamplerOllie xstitchMarilyn Manson Cross Stitch

Negan Art DollStrange Doll "Medusa"Lexa Doll

WerewolfScarab Beetle embroideryEnlightenment Hoopla

Christmas Tree StockingSnowman ornamentHalloween Cat Treat Bucket

Mass Production
Printed Landscape ATCsAffirmation CardsNeedle minders
Mountains and Cloudsbunny1kenobiActsofCraftiness

Bride of Frankenstein HoopEvil Dead NeedlebookCthulhu Cross-Stitch

Movie Love
Killer Rabbit PillowStar Wars Bomber JacketSoot Sprite Hoop

Nom Nom Nom
Pressure Canned Black BeansPopovers with Honey ButterFruit Liquors

Junk JournalJunk Journal for Swap50 Shades of Merph Book

Pet Love
Backyard SoldierPet PortraitsDog Toys

Table Top Gaming
Blue dragonscale pouchDice BagD&D Character Peg People

Things to Wear
Patchwork SkirtOhm shirtRoman numeral skirt and crop top

By Grabthar's Hammer hooplaRIP PrinceZiggy Stardust...in memory of David Bowie

TV Love
Dr Who ScarfLouise's Bunny EarsDS9 Garak Funko-Pop

Video Game Love
Minecraft vs. MarioRetro Samus HoopThe Legend of Zelda Ugly Christmas Sweater Cross Stitch

Ways to Hide Yourself or Other Things from the World
Teepee for a ToddlerTM Patch Sewing Machine CoverSlab Box
craftADDchickrolerMountains and Clouds

Ways to Hold Things
Ring HolderHippo MugCreepy Baileys Tea Cup Pincushions
rockingbearranchMountains and Cloudsaudio

Ways to Stay Warm
Grey crocheted sweaterFox StollGreen baby sweater

Grocery Food Play SetFox Hoodpi banner

Thank you to the players and staff that make each year of the Nerd Games so uniquely wonderful and inspiring!

Interest piqued? You may join the Nerd Games craftalongs at any time!  The current season runs until February 28, 2017, and the 2017 Spring Nerd Battles will begin on March 1, 2017.

Check out the 2016 Nerd Games threads to see even more awesome projects.
Winter 2015-2016
Spring 2016
Summer 2016
Fall 2016
Winter 2016-2017

~*Congratulations to all of the Players featured in the Best of the Nerd Games 2016!*~
You may claim the Best of the Nerd Games 2016 badge.

To claim your badge, right click and save to your computer.  Then, you can do whatever you wish with it.  Ideas on how to show-off your badges: use it as an avatar, put it in your profile under Brief Bio, or create a pinterest board for all your badges.  
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Roll-Up Car Play Mat on: January 29, 2017 06:06:02 PM
I made a few of these as holiday gifts, after being inspired by various projects on Pinterest.

The kids seemed to like them. Smiley

I liked the idea that they roll up and could easily fit in a purse for distraction-on-the-go.

The cars were from the dollar store, so overall a pretty inexpensive gift.

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Soy Candles and Wax Melts on: January 29, 2017 05:59:13 PM
I finally decided to give candle making a try for the holidays.  I ended up making a dozen candle tins, as well as some wax melts.


I did three scents: Vanilla Buttercream, Frasier Fir, and Sandalwood.

I designed the labels using Publisher, and then used the "Print & Cut" feature with my Silhouette so they would be consistent.

All of the supplies (wicks, soy wax, scents, tins/clam shells) were from Candle Science.

Overall a fun project, and something I hope to do again soon!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Memorial Shadow Boxes for The Best Pup in the World on: January 07, 2017 05:50:59 AM
I wasn't sure where to put these, but since most of the "crafting" part I did on them was paper related, I figured this might be a good place. Smiley

Our family dog, and everybody's favorite little princess, Bijou, passed away a few months ago after having canine degenerative myelopathy (which is like doggie ALS) for the past two or three years.  Everyone in the family has taken it pretty hard, so I put together some memorial shadow boxes for the main six of us for Christmas.

I made a ton of paper carnations for inside the boxes (and then ended up only using about half of them).  Aside from that I just chose and cut down decorative papers that kind of matched the colors/themes/personalities of each box.  Everyone got a different photo that I tried to match to everything/everyone as well.  The mini frames inside holding the photos are from the dollar store.  Each box got one of her collars and another toy/item that she used or played with regularly. 

This one went to my grandma:

This one went to my step-dad:

This one went to my mom:

This one went to my brother:

This one went to my great-uncle:

And this one is mine.  I made the little heart the bear is holding as a toy for her a couple of years ago.  Smiley

I also included metal name plates that I etched using my Silhouette.

It was hard to get a photo of them all together, but I tried.

And, just because, here is one of my favorite photos of her from when she was about one year old.

Thanks for looking!  We love you, Bijou!
7   / HOME SWEET HOME / HSH Featured Projects - 2016 on: January 04, 2017 09:11:05 AM
Check out the fabulous Home Sweet Home Featured Projects for 2016!

Second half of 2016:

Second Half 2016 Featured Projects: General

Second Half 2016 Featured Projects: Reconstructed

Second Half 2016 Featured Projects: Interior Decor

Second Half 2016 Featured Projects: Exterior Decor

2016 Featured Projects: Pet-Related

First half of 2016:

First Half 2016 Featured Projects: General

First Half 2016 Featured Projects: Reconstructed

First Half 2016 Featured Projects: Interior Decor

First Half 2016 Featured Projects: Exterior Decor
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Featured Projects: HSH Pet-Related - 2016 on: January 03, 2017 04:18:10 PM
In no particular order here are the HSH features from Pet-Related for 2016. Projects are voted on by Craftster members hitting the "This Rocks" button.


Cardboard cat scratcher by yoopidou

Doggo's Elevated Feeder by TheMistressT

Box Braid Tug Toys by Smeddley

Poochon Pillow by LittleLaura

Congratulations to all those featured and thank you for contributing to Craftster! Looking forward to more fun pet-related projects in 2017:)
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Featured Projects: HSH Exterior - Second Half 2016 on: January 03, 2017 04:16:52 PM
The second half of 2016 has been super busy in the Home Sweet Home section! We have broken down the sections so each project category gets the love it deserves. Smiley

In no particular order here are the HSH features from Exterior for the second half of 2016. Projects are voted on by Craftster members hitting the "This Rocks" button.


A new house means a new garden by craftylittlemonkey

Stenciled Turquoise Coffee Table (for covered porch) by Mistress Jennie

Refurbished Picnic Table by TheMistressT

Retractable drop arm window awnings by yoopidou

Wooden Snowflake Door Decorations by TheMistressT

Congratulations to all those featured and thank you for contributing to Craftster! Smiley
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Featured Projects: HSH Interior - Second Half 2016 on: January 03, 2017 04:15:26 PM
The second half of 2016 has been super busy in the Home Sweet Home section! We have broken down the sections so each project category gets the love it deserves. Smiley

In no particular order here are the HSH features from Interior for the second half of 2016. Projects are voted on by Craftster members hitting the "This Rocks" button.


Salon to Craftroom by patty_o_furniture

Shared room at Daddy's house! (picture Heavy!) by BritishFaery

Magical creatures wall art, a collaboration with my 9 year old. by craftylittlemonkey

DIY Kitchen Remodel by TheMistressT

Congratulations to all those featured and thank you for contributing to Craftster!  Looking forward to more awesome projects in 2017!  Smiley
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