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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Cryptid Swap - SU 10/9-10/24, SO 11/18 on: October 09, 2014 05:17:46 PM

(Wolpertinger head by burstofpanties)

Suggested by the clever Ludi, being organized by the not-so-clever me, I present: The Cryptid Swap!  


Swap name: Cryptid Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Smeddley
Sign-up date range: 10/09/14-10/24/14
Date to send item by: 11/18/14
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
Additional Age requirement? No


Who doesn't like mythical beasts?  Whether your tastes run to the noble unicorn, the cute pegasus, or the terrifying Kraken, there's a cryptid for you!  

This will be a THREE POINT swap, and it has to have a Medium or Large item (so, basically, a Large or a Medium and a Small).  To give you an idea of what sizes are:

By Time/Price/Physical size
-Large = 3 or more hours/$30 or more/A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = 2 or more hours/$10-$30 dollars/one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = 2 or less hours/$10 or less/Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

No one likes to be flaked on, so if you aren't sure if you can do this swap, PLEASE DON'T SIGN UP.  If you know you will be late or unable to complete the swap please let me know ASAP.

Communication is a must. Everyone is required to post on the thread at least once a week to let me know they are still involved with the swap. If you do not post up it will be noted in your feedback. If you are going on vacation or will be away from the internet just let me know.

Delivery Confirmation is required within the U.S., please send tracking number to both your partner and organizer when you send. Please keep you mailing receipt if you are sending internationally.  PM both your Partner and your team organizer when you send and receive.

Please post pictures of what you receive. Your partner worked hard on it and we would all love to see it! If you cannot post up please let your partner know as soon as you know. Make sure you take pictures of everything you send just in case.
*Although posting pictures is not a requirement to receive positive feedback.*


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


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:

Allergens in your house:

What are your favorite crafts to make?
What kind of crafts would you like to receive?
Anything you really DON'T want to receive? (i.e. animal products, religious, adult", items you already have):
Favorite colors:
Least favorite colors:
Favorite patterns:
Least favorite patterns:

Please list at least 5 cryptids (and, if you'd like, tell your partner a little about what you like about them!  More is okay!  For help, here's a handy, though probably not all-encompassing, list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cryptids)

Are you interested in extras/spoiling?

Do you have a pinterest or other website that you would like to show your partner? Please list the links here:

What is your... (list only what you would like to receive, add any you'd like to receive if I've forgotten about them!)
Shirt size:
Skirt size (waist and length):
Shoe size:
Hat size:
preferred bracelet length?
preferred necklace length?
preferred bag/tote/purse size? (small, medium, large)

Is there anything else you would like your partner or the organizer to know?  


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

1. Smeddley (organizer)
2. whenindoubtsew
3. Ludi
4. rantyhippie
5. gotgrey
6. MommyTheMaid
7. suereal
8. craftADDchick
9. rockingbearranch
10. jennythor
11. The Raging Sloth


(coming soon)

2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Five little houses on: October 05, 2014 05:06:34 PM
This piece served two purposes - one, P_E_S_T had little clay houses on her Pinterest, for the IYP swap, but also, a prompt on the Fall Nerd Battles* was multiples of 5, so I knew I had to make 5 little houses and display them... somehow.

I ended up making a little matchbox frame from some cardboard and painting a simple backdrop.  I added a little hanging string and voila!

I was a simple, fun project.  I need to make more!  Cheesy

*If you haven't heard of the Nerd Battles, you should check it out.  It's a totally fun little competition (sort of) that really inspires you with the prompts!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bird Button Hoop on: October 05, 2014 05:01:45 PM
I've done a lot of button/bead random embroidery hoops, but this time I decided to try to shape it into something for P_E_S_T in the IYP swap (since she had similar things on her Pinterest!).  It's really tough Tetris-ing all the buttons in to make them fit!  But I'm pretty happy with how it turned out:

I originally did the outline with a running stitch (over tissue paper that had the design traced on it) but it wasn't nearly dark enough, so I went over it with a chain stitch.

I also toyed with the idea of adding dark buttons to the branch, but it would have just ended up as a row of buttons, because it's just too narrow.  I guess I could have used beads... I dunno.  I'm definitely going to do more of these!
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 102 ENTRIES / Cherry Blossom Crane Tree - Whimsical Shrine on: September 07, 2014 01:49:28 PM
I tried to combine a bunch of my partner's likes into one shrine for the whimsical shrine swap, and I was pretty pleased with how it turned out! 

It has a bunch of parts to it, starting with the 50 folded cranes - all out of 1" squares of paper in white, dark pink, and light pink:

I tried a lot of things before settling on a real branch for the tree - I tried twisted wire, paper mache, pipe cleaners, yarn... none of it looked right, so I finally just started gluing twigs together!

Then I added a bench out of mini popsicle sticks and twisted wire, two painted peg people...

And my person favorite bit, a tiny crocheted balloon.  It's made out of embroidery floss using a 1.75mm steel hook.

It was a lot of trial and error, but I think it was worth it!

5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Faux Slides on: August 28, 2014 06:09:49 PM
It's totally not 'shopped, you can tell because of the pixels and lack of any subtlety at all!  This is old school cut-and-paste photoshopping!

I was scrambling for a project to fill the "photo" prompt for the Summer Nerd Games, because my original idea took too long and my Plan B was a hilarious failure.  And then, inspiration struck while cleaning out a shelf at work!  I found a slide viewer (I didn't think we had slides, but I eventually unearthed a dozen random ones) and while telling a co-worker about the fun way you can "fake" a transparent slide image with simple packing tape (I honestly can't remember where I heard about that, somewhere on the internet!), a light bulb went on!  My Little Visitors could bring home slides of themselves in exotic locations!

Sure, I could have photoshopped them into the picture first, but where's the fun in that?  After a bit of trial and error, this is what worked for me.

Step one - cut out your foreground image, closely around the subject.  Please note that as I recall, this only works with magazine photos or laser printer photos, no ink jets.

Step two - position the foreground image on the packing tape.

Step three - place your background image on the tape.

Step four - burnish, burnish, burnish!  Really rub, and make sure you get the tape tight around the cut-out foreground image.

Step five - flip tape over and wet the paper.

Step six - Rub!  Gently, adding more water as needed.  Careful when it peels off around the cut-out.

Step seven - rinse and dry!  You can't dry it with a cloth or towel, because it will still be slightly tacky.  Either air dry or, if you're impatient, a hairdryer.

Step eight - I added another piece of tape to the back side (because it was still slightly sticky) and popped them into cutout cardboard "slide holders" (you could also use the real thing).  And voila!  Vacation slides!

6  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Whimsical Shrine Swap - *FOUND* Angel on: August 26, 2014 03:08:19 PM
Swap Name: Whimsical Shrine Swap
Original Thread link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434282.0#axzz3BXRApN1O
Gallery thread link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434691.0#axzz3BXRApN1O
# of Flakers: 1

Angel Needed for kwality570
Shipping to US
No allergies

List of themes:

1. cute monsters
2. unicorns
3. woodland creatures
4. little houses
5. hearts/love

Please PM me if you're interested.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Stop damaging my calm on: July 19, 2014 11:25:46 AM
For my partner on the hoopla swap!

The girl was fairly easy, though it was my first time doing loose bits on a hoop, but the wording... this was the third attempt at it, and I finally just went with paper.  It gave me the look closest to what was in my head, though it felt weird... but I guess you don't normally wash a hoop, anyway, right?  Still, that whole "sewing paper" thing is weird to me.  I like it when other people do it, I just... feel wrong.

I drew the girl out, then made copies and cut out layers of pieces and embroidered them on.  I'm not great at embroidery, but I'm slowly learning!

And a close-up of her hair (my favorite part):

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Whimsical Shrine Gallery on: July 18, 2014 10:52:34 PM

Sent and Received
Sending Late with Communication
Feedback Given
Please Contact Organizer Immediately
Negative Feedback Given

Smeddley's group
Cryssoleil (co-organizer) <> Ludi
cackle <> PerfectlyBohemian
lovesclutter <> blupaisan

.:dollface:. <> ChameleonHound
Color=green]ShannonMB[/color] <> adrienne_bowers
Hoppy <> Ramona Q

9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Lifebook Lesson "Tangled" on: July 07, 2014 05:19:29 PM

The idea of the lesson was to glue everything down with gesso or matte media, and it would all be a uniform color (except the face(s), which were photographs in the original).  Then take paints and highlight areas/objects.

...but I never follow directions.  I was skeptical about the 3-D-ness of the project at first, but it's growing on me, and there are parts of it I like, and parts I would certainly do differently...

I'm considering her my "craft muse" and will probably hang her somewhere in my craft room, eventually.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Double-sided (mood) "anchor" hoop on: July 07, 2014 03:39:49 PM
For one of my partners in the hoopla swap, I saw she had a pin that said "You're a W(anchor)", and I knew the instant that I saw it I had to do it.  But as I cruised her pinterest more, I also saw she had some posters pinned that said "You (anchor) me".  And an idea was born!  A two-sided hoop, where you could display whichever side matched your mood!  You partner would know they were either in your good (anchoring) graces, or they were on your bad side (W(anchor)).  Then came the part about figuring out how to do it...

This is what I did....

I stitched the W(anchor) side as usual, then pulled it as tight as I could in the hoop.  I sewed a line of stitching around the back side to hold it really, really tight.  Then (because it was dark fabric and I was adding a light fabric on top) I sewed a white circle to the back, as close to the edges as I could.

Then I released the outer hoop.

Then I put the white (anchor) side in a larger hoop, tightened it, and spread a little line of glue around the outside edge of the back of the black W(anchor) hoop and pressed it to the center of the white (anchor) side.

After that dried, I trimmed the white fabric so the raw edge would be in the middle of the hoop edge, and slipped the outer hoop back over it, hiding the raw edge.

It's not as taut as I would have liked, perhaps, but it seemed to hold up!

Does anyone else have a way to do a double-sided hoop?  I was just winging this, all the stuff I could find by Googling dealt with making the embroidery as pretty on the back as on the front (trust me, no one wants to see the back of my embroidery!).
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