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121  Pirate Clue! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Calabaza on: January 11, 2012 06:53:44 PM
Avast me hearties, some blistering barnacle has murdered Mr. Boddy!
Time to play a game of Pirate Clue!

The rules are the same. Only the names have been changed  Smiley

The board is stitched onto the fabric. I used jemimah's idea of Glad Press and Seal to make sure the lines were stitched right. It made sewing a breeze and even picking off all the little squares afterward wasn't so bad (jemimah used the press and seal for reverse appliqu. Thanks for the tip!)

After the squares were done I cut the rooms separately and wrote the names (which I chose to somehow fit with the room they are in regular clue, but they might not be right. It was hard finding any info about ships. Surprising.)  Then I used wonderunder to put them on and zig-zagged around the edges. I thought satin stitching would have looked too neat for a pirate.

After adding the doors, jolly roger, hammock, lime, etc. I wonderundered the whole thing to another piece of the same brown fabric with 2 strings in between and topstitched, leaving the edges unfinished for that pirate-y feel.

I raided an incomplete game from the thrift store for the weapons, note sheets and rules and bought floral gem stones for...

Plumed Plum, Captain Mustard, Mister Green, Madam White, Miss Scarlet and Madam Peacock! The weapons and room cards were hand-done as well. I'm no artist  Roll Eyes

Once the crime has been solved the board rolls up and secures with the strings and the loose pieces go in the pouch that ties to the board:

I made this for my partner in the Board Games! swap. It took about 12 hours or so total. To make sure the game didn't look too neat for a rugged pirate I put my seam ripper away. Oh, gosh, that was hard to leave the mistakes in, especially in contrasting thread! I hope it doesn't look too rugged. I was pretty sick of it once it was done but it was still kinda hard to send it off. At least I have pictures.  Smiley
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122  Re: Board Games!: The Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: January 11, 2012 05:39:13 PM
I received from ivoryh1632! I love what she sent but I am sorry to report that I think our mail people DO talk with each other  Cry

Bad news first:

There were lots of shards inside but I could tell what they were from ivory's letter: prizes for winners and 2 runner-ups! Very cool for my highly competitive family. It would have been amazing for the amazing...
(Cue good news)

Vintage game of Pit! It's a card game but is so awesome it tops most board games in my book.

And guess what?

A Pit messenger bag! She left the images vintagey looking, which is completely my style. I love the red accent too. What technique did you use to get the images on there? It's seriously... hmm, what synonym for awesome haven't I used... marvelous!

And last but not least in any sense of the word:

Chess quote greeting cards! Each have a chess/game quote and a chess piece picture inside. And check out the envelopes:

Sweet! Where did you get these? Or did you make them? They- and the cards -are super!

Thank you so much for everything, ivory! I'm sorry one of my mail men destroyed your hard work, but what survived is perfectly fantastic. Thanks again!
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123  Board Games!: The Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: January 06, 2012 10:21:57 AM
Link to the sign-up thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=395567.0

Green Sent
* Sent early
Blue Received
Teal Sent & received
Orange Sending late w/ communication
Red Contact organizer ASAP
Strike through Feedback left

Eclectic Dreamer->Lilak Tygress* ->fluffypants
crazyda79 <->Crying Goddess
pinkrocks* <->Ryn*
honeyd <->ViciousPrecious
ivoryh1632 <->Calabaza
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124  From Lousy to Lovely! Christmas ball ornament in Winter Holidays by Calabaza on: December 19, 2011 12:19:35 PM
Take 1 infuriating, exasperating, maddening, annoying, irritating, irksome, vexatious, trying, tiresome; aggravating, pesky and infernal thesaurus along with a styrofoam ball, a partial spool of white ribbon, a glue gun, 5/8 inch (?) flower punch, over 150 (I lost count) pins and beads and double that many flowers. Pop in a DVD (I used Chuck, season 4) and come out with this:

I made it for my fantastic partner in the IYP Fall Ball swap.

I found this tutorial (http://www.styrofoamcrafts.com/project/project.asp?relatedName=Paper%20Punch%20Flower%20Ornament%20&relatedNumber=179-11487) on Pinterest but used a 3 inch ball, regular plain-headed straight pins threaded through little white pearl-shaped beads and stabbed through 2 (okay, sometimes 3) flowers punched from a -for lack of a better term- thesaurus. I pinned the flowers close together. I liked the fluffy look. The site says it takes less than 1 hour but my version took over 3. I was very glad I went with the 3 incher vs. the 4.

I hope the heads on the pins will catch the lights on her tree.

I want to make more. Perhaps with this year's batch of Christmas cards.

If anyone else makes this I'd love to see the results!
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125  Take-out Time! in CHALLENGE 69 ENTRIES by Calabaza on: December 06, 2011 01:23:48 PM
Felt Chinese take-out:

A spring roll, noodles and a fortune cookie with a lovely chopstick set for one of my cousin's little girl.

The filling is folded in half and tied in the middle then tacked to the folded end of the wrapper so she doesn't decide to have a ticker-tape parade.

The fortune can go back in...

...and come out again:

It's sewn onto the cookie for loss-prevention  Cheesy

The chopsticks in their matching case, the food in the take-out container and the plate clean and ready for next time.

This was my first time making felt food. I searched a lot of websites for how to make these things and combined a little from here and a little from there for the end result. A lot of sites recommended wool felt -which I can see why, wool is so nice- but I'm allergic to wool so I used the acrylic kind.

I had a fun time making this, especially the fortune cookie. Thanks for looking!
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126  Re: IYP19 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: December 06, 2011 11:49:05 AM
As promised here are pictures of what StickerChic sent me:

Adorable cards (the snowman one is her note to me but I am totally stealing the front and reusing it. It's too cute!) and magnets. Sticker is so talented at papercrafting. The flower card at the front of the row is simply stunning. So elegant. The colors don't show well here. Crummy winter light.

A lovely zipper pouch (so handy), a flamingo composition book cover with composition book (I love flamingos!) and mittens with holly (I love holly!). The zipper pouch is much brighter than in the picture, the mittens are a rich purple and the flamingo background is dark brown. Sorry about that.

Check out this pillow! How awesome is this? Here the colors are much truer to life. Holy wow, Sticker, this must have taken forever to stuff. Funny side story: When I was opening the box all this goodness came in the pillow started reflating. I couldn't see what is was and I started fearing an animal had somehow gotten into the box. The pillow was a much nicer surprise. Way nicer  Grin It's so cool!

Thank you Sticker!

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127  Board Games! (Sign-ups Nov. 16-Dec. 3; Send-outs Jan. 7) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Calabaza on: November 16, 2011 04:20:19 PM
Link to the gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=401463.0

Swap name: Board Games!

Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Calabaza

Sign-up date range: 11/16/11-12/3/11

Date to send item by: 1/7/12

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

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? No

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:

Whether your favorite game is one that involves saying “Checkmate” or “Sorry!” this swap is for you! Craft 4 points worth of board game related goodies for your partner. They can be made of board games (like a Monopoly game piece charm bracelet or Twister spinner clock), related to board games (Scrabble tile pillow covers or chess piece wall art) or board games themselves (Guess Who? with TV show characters or checkers: Duke vs. ___ edition [with little basketballs as pieces? I think I just gave myself an idea Smiley])

I may refuse anyone with a history of poor communication/swapping.

Please post in this thread (or the gallery once it’s up) at least every 2 weeks or let us know if you’ll be out of communication for a while. This swap has a nice, long 5 week crafting time so please keep in touch Smiley

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


Name of swap Board Games!

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 home?
What kinds of crafts do you like to do?
What are your favorite board games?
What kinds of things would you like to receive (actual games or decor or???)
Anything you really wouldn’t like to get?
Do you have a wist or pinterest?
Anything else you’d like your partner to know?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
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128  Board Game Swap? in New Swap Theme Ideas by Calabaza on: November 11, 2011 10:19:39 AM
Sign-ups are open through Dec. 3, 2011! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=395567.0

Would anyone be interested in a board game swap? Items could be themed around a certain board game (monopoly money notebook, scrabble tile pillows) and/or used as a jumping off point (Star Wars chess sets, favorite colors twister).

Here's a partial list of board games in case you're drawing a blank thinking of different ones like I just did:
Candy Land
Chinese Checkers
Chutes and Ladders
Connect 4 (wow. Lots of C name games)
Guess Who?
Trivial Pursuit
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129  Steampunk-y Skirt in Costumes: Completed Projects by Calabaza on: October 27, 2011 10:43:57 AM
I kinda had a steampunk-ish/gothic lolita-y vision for this skirt:

The skirt is 2 A-line layers with the top black layer flaring slightly more than the grey one. Both are blind-hemmed and gathered together (they were cut 2 times more than the hip measurement) then sewn to an elastic waistband cut just bigger than the hips. It's quite poofy.

The ribbon ties and unties to adjust the ruching. After I took these pictures I found a button at an antique store to put at the top of the ribbon for added stability and interest. It's grey and black marbled.

I love costumes and things and had a great time dreaming up this one.

Thanks for taking a look!

ETA: BTW, I made spats/leg warmers to go with this. Here's a link to a tutorial I wrote up about them in case anyone is interested: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=392832.0
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130  Back to Base X spy themed game in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Calabaza on: October 27, 2011 10:21:29 AM
I was in the Chuck swap and made this game for my partner:

It's basically Sorry but has spy-themed rules, colors and cards. I named it Back to Base X because 1. I put Xs on the spaces where home is on Sorry and 2. I liked how the name sounds when you say it fast (Base X=basics. Yeah, I know I'm weird.)

For the pieces I used those little floral gem stones. The colors were surprisingly easy to find.

I put the rules in an airmail envelope.

The board itself is all felt with oodles of wonder under and thread. All totaled the game took about 9 hours to make. I love making games and spy stuff so I had a fantastic time with this.

Thanks for looking!
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