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11  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Little Visitor Swap Round 18 CLOSED (SU: 10/20-10/25; SO 10/29, and 3/15/14) on: October 20, 2013 04:45:56 PM
Here's the gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428625.0#axzz2jGyQbDwK


This is a LONG swap.  This cannot be your first Craftster swap; no exceptions. Please understand that I don't want anyone to go MIA, so you are required to check in and post in this thread once a week for the entire swap. (I will help out by posting questions and/or photo challenges to keep the thread moving!)
I reserve the right to refuse anyone. If you have feedback that shows a history of incomplete packages, late sending, ill-communication, lack of DC #'s, etc. I may refuse you. I want this to be a flake-free swap!





Swap name: Little Visitor Swap Round 18
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Mountains and Clouds
Co-Organizer: Wildfyre
Sign-up date range: October 20-25
Date to send out Little Visitor and their contract: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Send Visitor Back Home: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Limited to a certain number of people?: 18
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
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 months: YES
- Has posted at least 30 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, understand 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

PLEASE READ EVERYTHING BEFORE SIGNING UP!

Details of swap:
Round 10: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=305650.0
Round 10 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=307737.0

Round 11: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=324176.msg3741893#msg3741893
Round 11 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=324859.msg3750728#msg3750728

Round 12: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=346817.0
Round 12 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=347857.msg4053203#msg4053203

Round 13: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=369131.0
Round 13 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=369885.0

Round 14: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=382304.0
Round 14 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=382923.msg4532601#msg4532601

LV = LITTLE VISITOR

You will send a Little Visitor (LV) to your partner by October 29th, along with a BIOGRAPHY (likes/dislikes/personality traits) and CONTRACT. Your partner will sign the CONTRACT and send it back to you ASAP. The contract is so that they promise to love and care for your stuffy as if it was their own and to send it home when the LV visit is over.

Here is a sample contract from one of the previous rounds:
http://img97.imageshack.us/my.php?image=swapcontract2um.png
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BzzHcTlycpcMWnU2STVfUlhkZVE/edit ( created by Phoenixfiredesigns, thank you!)

Here is a sample BIO from the one of the previous rounds:
http://thestuffmaker.livejournal.com/11346.html


You should work on finding/crafting/choosing your LV and writing his/her/its bio as soon as you are approved for the swap, since the first send-outs are less than a week after partners are matched up.

Post a photo of your LV in the thread.

Once you are accepted into the swap you must post in either this thread or the gallery at LEAST ONCE A WEEK the swap organizers will be checking this. If you are going to be away please let us AND your partner know. Failure to check in will be reflected in your swap feedback comments.

Once you receive your LV, show them around! You should visit at least 10 different areas/parts of town/activities so that they can get the real experience of your community. Of course, the more places they visit, the better! And be sure to take lots of pictures to send home with your new friend!

You will be required to send at least 15 printed pictures in a scrapbook/journal type thing. I know not everyone is a scrapper/paper crafter but please do you best to send something you are proud of. I highly recommend sending any additional pics on a CD or even a link to your Flickr/Photobucket gallery of your Little Visitor.  Many people like to create a blog for their little visitor!

You are also required to send 3 souvenirs/ mementos from the LVs trip. The souvenirs can be crafted, bought, or both. Try to send souvenirs that are unique to your area! In previous rounds, craftsters have made their little visitors outfits or accessories, so you may do that too if you like. Discuss how much you'd like to send with your partner.

Send your LV home by March 1, 2014. I know that's a long time for the swap to go on, but we want to give the LV's as many holiday excursions as possible! If you'd like to send the LV back earlier, again please discuss it with your partner.

IF YOU ARE MAILING WITHIN YOUR OWN COUNTRY, YOU MUST GET A DC NUMBER when you send your own LV and when you send your partner's LV back home! If youre mailing internationally, you MUST KEEP YOUR RECEIPT (or other proof of mailing that is approved by me before sending)! And I require a picture or scan of the postal receipts so I can verify that you did in fact mail your LV to your partner and also when you have sent your LV back home.


To Reiterate:
* Post a photo of your LV in the thread
* Send your LV, his/her/its bio, and the contract to your partner by October 29, 2013.
* Sign your partner's contract and mail it back AS SOON as you receive the LV.
* Take your LV around town and show them the sights! Make sure they have fun, and stay safe!
* Post photos of your adventures in the gallery
* Make the scrapbook/journal and make or buy some souvenirs for the LV to remember its trip by.
* Mail the LV, the scrapbook/journal, and the souvenirs back to your partner by March 1, 2014.
* Contact organizers when you send/receive - you MUST supply DC# or receipt EVERY time you post something.



Once you are matched up with your partner, please stay in contact with them! If you haven't heard from your partner in a while, please let me know right away. I hope we don't have any flakers, but if we do, it's better if we catch them quickly.

THIS IS A COMPLICATED SWAP AND ITS LONGER THAN MOST. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE read everything before you sign up, and make sure you can commit to everything.

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHILE CHOOSING A STUFFY TO SEND
- Small is better than large. Not only do you have to ship it, your partner has to ship it back! Also, small LVs tend to be easier to haul around town than large ones. ALL LV's must be UNDER 8 inches tall by 6 inches wide. We have had issues with LVs being too large to bring in a purse etc.
- Swaps arent perfect, and neither is the mail system. Please dont send something youd be heartbroken to lose. There have also been flakers in previous rounds.
- For better photos, send a LV that is pose-able (this is just a suggestion, most will not be pose-able, and that is ok)
- Your partner might have allergies, so its best not to send something your cat loves to cuddle up with or thats been sitting on a shelf next to your incense collection!
- LV doesnt have to be a stuffed animal, feel free to send some sort of a doll/plastic toy/stuffed animal/poppet instead!

If you want to participate, PM me your info (see below) AND post here on the thread. That way Ill know that youll get notification of anything I post here.

Please put LV SWAP ROUND 18- Approval as the subject!!! Send your completed questionnaire to the organizer (Mountains and Clouds). Failure to do so may delay your entry into the swap.


*Please note* If you would like to sign up with a partner, both people must submit a questionnaire. You WILL NOT be added to list until both questionnaires have been received.

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Little Visitor Swap Round 18
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address (as it would appear on a mailing label):
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of your own country?
Would you prefer to ship to an address outside of your own country?
Please confirm that you are at least 16 year of age:
Do you have any allergies that would prevent you from exchanging your LV with smokers, pet owners etc.?
Do YOU have any FOOD allergies?
Is your LV from a home where people smoke?
Is your LV from a home with pets?
Name of LV:
Does your LV have a religious affiliation?
Does your LV have a political affiliation?
Would you like for your partner to include candy/foods from your area? (please look at your countries postal codes for sending/receiving food from outside of your country. Swappers within the USA shouldn't have any problems)
Does your LV have any specific food restrictions (veggie/vegan/carnivore/cannibal)?
Does your LV have any phobias (heights, clowns, etc)?
Anywhere in particular (or any type of place) your LV would like to go? (I will try to match people up so that the LV will get to see something different from their home environment.)
Have you done this swap before? List previous partners/locations if you want your LV to go somewhere different:
Where do you live? (i.e. a rural town, a large city, etc...)?
What kinds of sights would you like your LV to see?
What kinds of sights will you take your LV to see?
Do you want your LV to come home exactly as sent, or can they experience the joy (and possible stress!) of body modifications while traveling? (ie piercing, tattoo, new hair style)
Are you of legal drinking age where you live? Is your LV?
What sort of creature/gender/species is your LV?
What size is your LV?
Any type of LV you would not like to host? (for example, I do not like clowns, so I would not enjoy hosting a LV that is a clown, *shudder*)
List here anything that might offend you or your LV: (ie, religion, politics, booze, food preferences, etc)
Do you have/have access to a camera?
Can you fulfill the 15 printed pictures requirement?
Can you send the 3 souvenirs/mementos? (these can be handmade or storebought.)
Can you post a picture in the sign up thread of the LV you will be sending?
Anything else you would like to let your partner know?
Do you have a WIST/pinterest?
Blog?
Facebook/myspace? (please provide links)

Are you signing up with a partner?
If so, who?


Send your completed questionnaire to the organizer (Mountains and Clouds). Failure to do so may delay your entry into the swap.

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

____


List of Participants:

1. Mountains and Clouds
2. Wildfyre
3. Deadbathducky
4. IzzyBee
5. Blupaisan
6. Alexampersandra
7. Averia
8. Ewulotta
9. Smeddley
10. PhoenixFireDesigns
11. Ratfinkz
12. Kansas96
13. Inselaeffchen
14. Renstar
15. Mini_mum
16. Zigg13pra



PARTNERS:

Mountains and Clouds' Group
Averia -- Ewulotta
PhoenixFireDesigns -- Wildfyre
Kansas96 -- Zigg13pra
DeadBathDucky -- IzzyBee


Wildfyre's Group
Smeddley -- Inselaeffchen
Alexampersandra -- Blupaisan
Mini_mum -- Renstar
Ratfinkz -- Mountains and Clouds
12  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hand-Painted Eye Chips for Blythe on: June 14, 2013 03:30:09 PM
I recently got really into hand-painting eye chips for Blythe!



(I think I like the cat eyes the best, even though they're a little creepy.)

I was in the recent IYP swap with LesliesHappyHeart, and decided to experiment a lot with some chips so I could send her a unique assortment (or so I'd hoped) of iris choices for her Blythe dolls!

Here are just a few examples:










I layered glitter on some of them, just to see what would happen!





I think my dolls are happy to not have the icky orange and pink stock eyes anymore!





Aloha, and Thanks for looking!
13  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Oh! How I've missed oil paint! on: June 11, 2013 09:17:47 PM
Apologies for a not very exciting post or piece, but I just wanted to share my happiness because I've had a chance to dig out my oil paints for the first time in several years! (Oh my gosh, how have I let it go this long?)

So I'm out of practice, and just though I'd enjoy playing with them again.  The weather has been a little bit grey today, and I limited myself to blue and a tiny bit of burnt umber (and white, of course).  The funniest part was I didn't even get to brushes. I just pushed it around with my palette knife and was satisfied for now.

Two things I've missed: the smell, and the ability to keep pushing it around the canvas.  Yay!

"House on the Sea" (sorry for the icky phone pic):
14  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Feathered skeleton bird on: January 15, 2013 10:37:38 PM
I'm not sure if this qualifies for this category, since there's technically no pottery or polymer clay in this project... However, it's kind of clay, and I'm not sure where else to put it, so.....


Here's what I made!



My partner in the Mini 12 Days of Christmas swap was redstar13, and she had pinned a skeleton bird with feathers on one of her pinterest boards.  I specifically didn't go back and look at it between being inspired and making the finished product.  I did not want to be tempted to make it the same.... Later, upon going back to look at the original bird, I realized it was made by another craftster, noooitaremybirthday, and was posted on her blog.

Needless to say, upon going back and looking at Noo's bird, I'm glad mine ended up being very different from, although clearly inspired by, hers.



I ended up making this bird from Crayola Model Magic Clay.  I like it because it's lightweight and smooth.  And it air dries.  It's a little bit finnicky to work with because it's a bit spongy.   I made the legs with thick black wire, and painted the body with acrylic craft paint.  (depending on the brand, some don't work as well on the model magic, so test first if you're going to try and paint it!)  I stuck the feathers in his butt after he was dry, and reinforced with glue.



Thanks for looking!

15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Holiday felt bunting on: January 15, 2013 10:13:21 PM
For the Mini12 Days of Christmas swap, I made this felt bunting for my partner.  It's all hand-sewn, and took a long time, but I like the results.



I regret not getting more (or better) pictures, but here are just a few closeups (you can see some of the glitter paint I used for the outlines underneath the stitches!).





Mahalo for looking!
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Skully felt pillows! on: January 15, 2013 10:06:21 PM
I'm not sure if I've ever ventured into this board before... usually my crafting extends as far as paper, and maybe some paint.  But, pillows?

For the Mini 12 Days of Christmas swap, my partner, redstar13 listed skulls as something she likes.  (She does like anatomically correct skulls and skeletons-- I admit these are far from that.)

I thought it would be fun to get some stuff not Christmas-y.  So I ended up with this!



And this!



And this!



They're made with cotton fabric and felt.  I did use a tiny sewing machine to reinforce the seams, but everything else is hand-stitched.  I really like how they turned out... I should play with fabric and felt more often!



Mahalo for looking!
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Jingle Bell Bracelet on: January 15, 2013 09:47:42 PM
One of the things I made for my partner in the Mini 12 Days of Christmas swap (redstar13) was this bracelet.



I wanted it to be simple and wearable, so I made jump rings out of thick black wire, and also wrapped some red and green wire rings too.  



I like the little dangling jingle bells!  (I am weird and very particular about jingle bell timbre, and I really like the way these sound.)  The clasp is a simple S-shaped wire.



Thanks for looking!
18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Mini Wintery Scene ornament on: January 15, 2013 09:34:03 PM
One thing I made for some family and friends this holiday season was this ornament!



I found some clear plastic (not glass-- they needed to travel and I was worried about breakage) ornaments... The snow base in the bottom is crayola model magic clay, and I had squished it in there with a wooden dowel.  I also used some snow-tex to give it snow texture along the ground.  The trees are pipe cleaners, which I trimmed with scissors and also donned with fake snow.  The other bits were just embellishments I had or found at the local craft store. 

Thanks for looking!
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Countdown to Christmas Flip Calendar on: December 17, 2012 12:34:25 PM
For the mini 12 Days of Christmas swap, my partner was redstar13, and for the first day, I decided to make her a little countdown flip calendar and easel for the eleven days leading up to Christmas, as well as Christmas Day!



The numbers are on a ring, so the next day is easy to find!





The easel is decorated with sparkly and shiny gel pens.



I think my favorite part is the tiny "Christmas" bunting! Grin



Thanks for looking, and Mele Kalikimaka!
20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hot Pink Cupcake Tiddly Winks on: December 13, 2012 10:17:18 PM
I had Rubylynns as a partner in the Ho Ho Ho swap!  One of her themes was a "Hot Pink/Cupcake Christmas."

One of the items I sent was this cupcake:


Which is also a tiddly winks game:

(Instructions are on the inside of the lid)


It's full of buttons and cupcake disks to flip into the cup!

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