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441  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by jillybeans on: February 14, 2012 10:18:40 AM
My partner, goldfishpollywog, in the One Smallish Functional Stuffie swap received this weekend!  YAY YAY!  Now I can share with you all what I made her!

And you can soon tell that I couldn't just make one small functional stuffie.

A magnetic squirrel, great for attracting hair clips, bobby pins, and other miscellaneous metal objects.  The magnet in his belly is super strong and big, thus he looks like he is storing a whole bunch of nuts in his belly for winter. 

Next is a gold fish pouch for her earbuds inspired by her pinterest. 

Chewie, the wookie cookie MP3 holder w/ lanyard and stormtrooper charm made of shrinky dink.  My husband found a super funny picture of a cup as hon solo and this cookie and I knew I needed to make it for my partner.  The artist is Philip Tseng. 

And Paploo, the Ewok glasses holder!  He's my favorite.  ^_^
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442  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - January 2012 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: February 09, 2012 07:16:24 AM
Here are some better pictures of what I sent to gala_apples:

This one I claimed her for in the swap and it was done in watercolors.

Yet another altered picture from the illustrated Sherlock Holmes book.  The inside is done in watercolors and the blue border is done in rub N buff.  This one was for a personal swap.  ^_^
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443  Re: One Smallish Stuffie with a Function Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: February 08, 2012 08:38:59 PM
I received from my super awesome incredible partner, goldfishpollywog!  YAY YAY YAY!!!!

Everything was wrapped up in tissue paper and labeled!  Ooooo!  What's inside!  WHAT'S INSIDE?!?!?

Presenting: my new pen/pencil holder, Dobby!!!

Omg, the cutest crocheted little fellow!  I LURVE him!  She did such an awesome job on him!!  He has pipecleaners in his limbs so that they can wrap around the desired writing device.  Me thinks he will be going to work with me.  I'm pretty sure I will get more done with him there.

A much desired pin cushion!  The arms of my couch and recliner (and husband) thank you for this one!

She caught the snitch!  She says that this is an old one from the court re-purposed into a pin cushion for me!  Ooooo!  She did such an amazing job on the wings!

A sorting hat!  And inside, an emergency sewing kit!  Oooooo!!!

Look at the great little sewing things inside!  Yay tiny scissors!  It will be so handy on trips!  Just throw it in the bag!

And finally: something to hold my wishes and dreams! 

A lovely owl holding a broom stick! This is so pretty!  I think I will put it in my room next to my side of the bed.  Then when my wishes and dream seep out of my head while I sleep the owl will snatch 'em up and save 'em for me!  YAY!!

And a group shot of all my goodies (including a bag of chocolates - aka health restorative) .

I love everything!  Thank you so much goldfishpollywog!  You were a great partner!! 
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444  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - January 2012 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: February 07, 2012 08:03:47 AM
I pack my cards in a ziploc baggie first in hopes that if the envelope IS mangled like that, at least the cards stay (hopefully) together and in one piece.  Undecided

That's a good idea!  I've been taping my ATCs to the notes I write ever since I heard of people having envelopes sliced open at the post office and ATCs falling out.

I'm so sorry Oath Keeper and jennden!  So sad!!!

I received!!  I got a whole bunch of ATCs in the mail yesterday!  Woot!

From Mountains and Clouds for my guitars theme:

Its a guitar and lyrics to her favorite folk sound on shrinky dink material.  Ooooo!  So cool!  I love the designs on the guitar!

From grapeicepop for my mustache theme:

The quote says: "I've grown this mustache which saves me from having to glue on one every day in the heat." - Keith Carradine.  I've never heard of this quote before, but its great! 

From gala_apples for my Curses Words that Aren't Curse Words theme (she sent me TWO! for one!)

lol!  They are both funny, though I do like the lego one the best.  ^_^

And from vamping for my trees theme:

So pretty!  I love all the layering!  She also sent me a bunch of extras, including a really pretty card!  And the whole kit and kaboodle smells like coconuts!  Mmmmm!

Thanks ladies, they are awesome!
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445  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - February 2012's GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: February 07, 2012 07:49:51 AM
I received from Brackish Potato for my letter E theme!  YAY!

Brackish said that she was playing around with some new acrylic paint techniques.  I'm glad you did, because it turned out super cute!  Did you use bubble wrap?  She said that she was originally going for a graffiti look but it ended up looking more like "I love the 80's".  The hubby and I were both born in the 80's, so we do love the 80's.  ^_^  I pretty much love it.  Thanks!
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446  Ongoing ATC Swap - February 2012's GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: February 05, 2012 08:37:00 AM

Post the fabulous ATC's you've received this month, HERE!  Go go ATCs!
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447  Shooty Triangle shirt for my Hubby in Stenciling: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: February 01, 2012 01:30:07 PM
My husband has been bugging me for months to make him a shirt!  Always saying I'm making everyone else stuff but him.  Well, it is true lately, but he does own A LOT of stenciled shirts that I've made, but only one with freezer paper stenciling.  Well, now he has TWO!  Look out! 

He found an image, probably off the cheezburger app on his iphone, and declared he must have it on a shirt!  I don't know why I resisted for so long, since it was such a simple and whimsical shirt to do.  Took hardly any time at all!

Here is the finished project:

Silly shooty rainbow!  Again, I used the freezer paper stenciling method and fabric paint, and used one of those triangle sponges that you use to apply makeup to dab on the paint.

And progress shots:

Here is the first stencil ironed on, and then with the white fabric paint dabbed on.

Here's what it looks like without the stencil on.  And then some of the rainbow.  I did the red and the  purple on one stencil first, then the blue and yellow on another stencil.

The last stencil had the orange and blue on it.  Then with a fine tip paint brush, I added the black lines by hand and made the division between the white section more noticeable.  I do it this way, instead of making a stencil for it, because I usually have problems with the layers bleeding after there is already a layer of paint on, especially when its such a thin line.  It comes out cleaner this way. 

And then right before I was leaving for work, the light was coming through the blinds perfectly!  The picture my husband sent me also had light on the image like this, so I had to snap some pictures of it. 

Thanks for looking!
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448  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by jillybeans on: January 31, 2012 02:10:46 PM
I don't have the official post up for my husband's that I finished this morning (since I'm at work and my camera is at home), so here is the picture I snapped this morning on my phone:

And here are a few progress shot on the TM HP tote I am working on for my SIL.  This is my first time doing these patches, and they are a lot of fun to do!

I started this tote right when the TM swap closed and now I have the front and back patches all stitched together.  I'm currently working on the sides and the bottom of the bag.  One of the sides is gonna say "Harry Potter".  I have the freezer paper stencil all cut out for it at home but didn't have time to paint the patch in this morning.

Oh, and Jillybeans, when this one gets wrapped up, there will be another TM patch swap, this time ongoing like the ATC swaps, so you won't have to miss out for long Wink

That is super exciting!  I was hoping there would be more of those swaps so I could play sometime!
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449  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by jillybeans on: January 31, 2012 01:11:31 PM
I want to play, I want to play!

I crafted so much last year, but still didn't feel like I got all I wanted to do done.  I really want to make something for everyone in family this year!  I'm already in the works for a couple right now.  I'll add more to my list and I think of it.

1) Finish stuffies for Smallish Funtional Stuffie Swap
  -Ewok Stuffie
  -Chewie, the Wookiee Cookie
  -Gold fish
2) shirt for my husband that he has been asking for for months
3) Try a new technique for my ATCs

4) January 2012 ATC Swap
5) Bookmarks for Bookmark Swap
6) "Free Hugs" shirts for Hubby and BIL

7) Teesha Moore style Harry Potter tote for my SIL
8 ) Knifty Knitted Felt Cowl for myself
9) My very first batch of soap!  (unscented and plain)

10) IYP20 swap package for redstar13
  -loom Knitted Cowl
  -Key Brooch

  -Felted and Non-Felted Soap
  -Skeleton Key necklace

11) IYP20 swap package for teachart
  -Beatles Wall Hanging
  -Two Stenciled T-Shirts
  -Flower Brooch
  -Felted and Non-Felted Soap

12) Elmer's Master Craftster projects
  -Zentangle High Heels
  -Button Tree Frame
  -Portrait Frame
  -Stenciled Heart Shirt
  -ATC Bases
13) Felt Badge Swap for two partners

14) February ATC Swap
15) March ATC Swap
16) Birthday present for my SIL
17) Wicked Forest Altered Matchbox
18) Birthday Presents for my Sister
  -Flower Brooches
  -Painted Vans
19) Zentangle Shoes for Cackle
20) OWS 82 Package for mama24boyz
and a hair clip

21) OWS 82 Package for phoenixfiredesigns
22) OWS 82 Package for MollyGirl

23) April ATC Swap
24) OWS 82 package for lindyv321
  -Tote Bag
  -HP Bookmark
25) Beef jerky for my dad for his birthday

26) OWS 82 package for VegasZombie
27) Magnets for my best friend
28) Dead of the Dead Art for lindyv321 in the OWS 82
29) Cat Heart Samples for my Mom for Mother's Day
30) Star Wars Achievement Badge Zippy for my husband's birthday
31) Felt Badge Swap 2 for Kimbles
32) Felt Badge Swap 2 for luckdragon
33) Dress-Up Box for Olivia's birthday
34) OWS 83 package for Averia for Shirts
35) OWS 83 package for texscrapper for Super Hero Pegs
36) OWS 83 package for texscrapper for Greeting Cards

37) The I Need A Funky/Cool T Shirt Now Please Swap
38) Shirts for Hubby
39) Set of Super Hero Peg's for my nephew's birthday
40) Fireworks!

41) Personal Swap w/ Gozer for a set of 4 Star Wars ATCs
42) June ATC Swap
43) 2 Batches of Strawberry Syrup

44) 1 Batch of Strawberry Jam

45) Wicked Children Altered Tin
46) Even more Super Hero and Villain peg people
47) Braided Seed Bead Bracelets
48) Altered Keys
49) Angel Package for Sharalee
50) Comic Book Box for Peg People
51) Shirts for mama24boyz for personal swap
52) Work Your Theme Swap Round 2
53) Cherry Syrup

54) Cherry Amaretto Preserves

55) MissingWillow's Pickles

56) Shirt for my best friend
57) Shirt for my cousin
58) August ATC Swap
59) Surprise Halloween ATC Swap
60) September ATC Swap
61) Pluot Jam

62) My first completed pottery projects
63) Oatmeal Raspberry Almond soap
64) Painted gourd penguins for the STS
65) Set of bookmarks for TroubleT in the STS
66) Back to Hogwarts Swap Round 3
 - TM Bag
 - Bracelets
 - Notebook, Quills
 - Shirts
67) Lots of flavored toothpicks for the STS
68) Wrap bracelets for the STS
69) Cuff bracelets for the STS
70) 2 sets of bookmarks for tapestrymlp in the STS
71) Custom wrap bracelet for LeapsFeetFirst in the STS
72) Canned applesauce
73) gozer's birthday package
 - Zombie Shirt
 - Embroidered pillow
 - Star Wars Peg People Ornaments
74) HP Ornament Swap w/ indigo_roses
75) HP Ornament Swap w/ Mariak
76) HP Ornament Swap w/ chughes225
77) Custom cuff bracelet for jenleahlynn in the STS
78) Custom HP Ornaments for tapestrymlp in the STS
79) HO HO HO Swap
  - HO Birds
  - Watercolor Ho Art
  - Ho Ho Ho Pillow
80) October's ATC Swap
81) Creeping Blue Ceramic buttons
82) Thrown Wavy Ceramic bowl for my mom
83) Custom set of bookmaks for Missing Willow in the STS
84) Dino Cupcakes
85) [http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=395702.msg4941713#msg4941713]Shirts for Hubby for Christmas[/url]
86) [http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=395702.msg4941713#msg4941713]Shirt for Dad for Christmas[/url]
87) [http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=395702.msg4941713#msg4941713]Cuff bracelets for my mom and sister[/url]
88) [http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=395702.msg4941713#msg4941713]Cuff bracelets for my SILs and MIL[/url]
89) November's ATC Swap
90) Thrown Mug for Me
91) Thrown Ceramic Bowl for my MIL
92) Lime ceramic buttons
93) Dark Blue ceramic buttons
94) Zentangled Red Heels for my sister for Christmas
95) Cookies!
  - Peanut butter blossoms
  -Melt-in-your-mouth sugar cookies
  -Vanilla Bean Pillows
96) Boot cuffs for mom
97) Boot cuffs for Sister
98) Game of Thrones House Crest zippy
99) Felt Mustache bottle markers
100) Cork wine glass markers for mom and sister
101) Dress up stuff for Olivia for Christmas
  -Lace Crown
102) Dress up stuff for Isaac for Christmas
  -Felt Beard
  -Felt Mustache
103) Chalk Board Wine Glasses (4 sets)
104) Jerky for stalking stuffers
105) 2 batches of Chocolate, Peanut butter, Oreo Bark
106) Shirts for my Hubby for christmas (x4)
107) Shirts for my Dad for Christmas (x3)


1) Finish stuffies for Smallish Funtional Stuffie Swap
2) finish Teesha Moore HP Themed tote bag for my SIL, Kaycee's birthday (thanks for the inspiration, sheepblue!) (wanted to join the teesha moore patch swap, but didn't make it so I decided to make patches for my SIL instead!)
3) cat cross-stitch for my mom for mother's day
4) shirt for my husband that he has been asking for for months
5) January ATC Swap
6) Altered puzzle for husband (probably for anniversary)
7) Birthday present for SIL, Julie
Cool Birthday present for MIL, Annee - placemats or table runner
9) Birthday present for sister, Jenn - painted shoes
10) Birthday present for mom
11) Birthday present for husband
12) Birthday present for BIL, Tye - a cape with a large T on it
13) Birthday present for BIL, Eric
14) Birthday present for Dad
15) Birthday present for niece, Oliva
16) Birthday present for nephew, Isaac
17) Birthday present for FIL, Dave
18) Birthday present for sister's boyfriend
19) A cape for my husband with a large "E" on it (because he is my hero and deserves a cape)
20) A stenciled shirt for myself (because I've never made one for myself)
21) A Teesha Moore notebook for my Ongoing ATC Swap organizer notes
22) A new wreath for my door
23) to get all my patterns that I've made for stuffies and other things up in their perspective posts in craftster
24) watercolor portraits for family members
25) add a applique to the back of one of my favorite sweaters that has a hole
26) throw pillows for my couch
27) three piece wall art of a dead tree in browns for my sister's friend (wow, I need to get on that!  lol!)
28) paint more gourdes
29) finish pillow I started for my sister
30) truffles for valentines day
31) Bookmark swap!
32) February's Ongoing ATC Swap
33) Learn to crochet (I've always wanted to do this!)
34) Try a new technique for my ATCs
35) IYP Swap w/ redstar13
36) IYP Swap w/ teachart
37) Felt Badge Swap
39) Wicked Forest Altered Matchbox Swap
40) March ATC Swap
41) April ATC Swap
42) May ATC Swap
43) June ATC Swap
44) T-Shirt Swap
45) OWS 83 Swap
46) Personal Swap w/ Gozer for a set of 4 ATCs

More to come later!
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450  ONGOING ATC SWAP - FEBRUARY 2012 - CLOSED! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by jillybeans on: January 27, 2012 01:02:52 PM

An uber-addicting swap that runs all month long!

Welcome fellow Craftsterers!

YAY YAY!  Up and running again, here is the amazingly addicting, completely irresistible ongoing ATC swap! (You know you want to join!)

So, come one, come all!  You, too, can have "envelopes o' fun" in your mailbox!  (giggle)

This is a simple and easy swap, with your level of participation determined entirely by you.  People of all levels of ATC-making are welcome.

Discussion Thread -Questions and discussion can be posted here.
Swap FAQs -Everything you need to know about swapping.

ATC FAQs -Everything you need to know about ATCs.

Please post pictures of your cards here.

Very basic swap info:
Swap name: Ongoing ATC Swap - February 2012
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: jillybeans
Sign-up date range: Today until February 29th, 2012
Date to send item by: 2 weeks after you claim
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO
Additional Age requirement? NO
*International shipping is required*
*DC #s are not required, but you will have to resend if the ATC is not received*

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 (gozer)
- 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 18 years old: YES

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER Please send to jillybeans, and include the words "February Ongoing ATC swap--request to join" in the email title.

*Name of swap  Ongoing ATC Swap - February 2012
*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)
*Are you a Friend of Craftster?
*What is the exact size of an ATC?
*Do you have access to a camera or scanner so you can post pictures here of what you receive? (if not, you need to tell anyone who claims you, so that they are able to take pictures before sending)
*Are you aware that if an ATC is lost in the mail, you are required to resend?
*Have you read the entire swap information for this swap?  
*When sending send/receive notifications to the swap organizer, there are four juicy pieces of information that must be included about each ATC.  What are they?  (Scroll down in the swap info under this questionnaire to the area "Once you have sent or received a card"; the answer is in red.)

*Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join this swap!  Sign-ups are open all month--YAY!  PM me the above questionnaire to get started, and please wait to be accepted into the swap before making any claims.  Please make sure you are not late or flakey in any of your other swaps.* This is a super-uber-amazingly-stupendous swap, So Have Fun!  


Claims are made throughout the month.  You have two weeks from the time you make a claim to send that claim.

You can make as many (or as few) claims as you want throughout the month as long as you never go over your allowed amount of outstanding claims. (An outstanding claim is a card that has not been received; when that card is received your number of outstanding claims goes down leaving you open to bring it back up to 7 or 10.)

Posting of received ATCs is required for this swap.  


1. Claims are made using the following procedure:

Person A (the swap organizer) will begin the swap by posting a list of themes in this swap thread.
Person B will choose a theme from one of A's themes and make a claim by posting his/her own list (see below for formatting of post).
Person C will make a claim on one of B's themes and post his/her own list.
Person D will make a claim on one of C's themes and post his/her own list etc...
This continues through the end of the month, when the swap organizer makes the final claim and closes out the claiming part of the swap.

2. How many claims can be made by each individual:

The number of claims each person is allowed depends on the following criteria:
*Friends of Craftster: 10 claims
*Those who aren't Friends of Craftster: 7 claims
*First time swappers (whether Friends of Craftster or not): 1 claim.  Once the initial claim has been sent, and its new owner has reported it received, the first time swapper is free to make more claims, either 7 or 10 dependent on being an FOC or not.

3. How to make a claim:

A claim post should include the following information:
1. The theme you are choosing and who youre sending it to.
2. Statistical info about your current swap claims status:
Claims = Claims currently outstanding (ie., how many not yet received by their new owners.) (This number goes down each time a claim is received, and up each time you make a claim.)
Sent = anything currently in the mail.
Received = the cards received by the people you've sent them to.
3. Your location.
4. Your personal preferences.
5. Your list of themes


I claim GenericFabulosaSwapper for heffalumps/weasels ATC.  

3 claims, 2 sent, 1 received

I live in Massachusetts, USA.  I would prefer not to receive anything violent, political, or religious.  

My themes are:
1)   sneezing
2)   purple people eaters
3)   wandering men of grief
4)   jumping jehosophats
5)   birds in hats


1. Send a personal message to the person you have claimed and request their address
2. You have 2 weeks to complete each card, and have it in the mail to its new owner.  

1. Please PM the organizer when you send or receive a card.  (It's also good to notify the person you received from or are sending to.)  December ATC Swap--Sent[/i] or December ATC Swap--Received (or some variant of that, lol)
3.  Be sure and include (1) the "send by" date, as well as (2) the theme and (3)who sent it to whom(4), in each email to the ATC swap organizer, when you're referring to sent or received ATCs.  (That's four juicy pieces of important information that make my life as a swap organizer OH so easy!) Easy as pie!

For example, you could use this format:
I sent some ATCs today!  

Send by 12/16:
MeCraftsterMemberBloop ---> YowzaSwapper = fantasmic theme

Send by 12/17:
MeCraftsterMemberBloop ---> WowwieSwapper = stupendous theme
MeCraftsterMemberBloop --->WooHooYeeHawSwapper 07 = yet another fascinating theme


This lets the organizer easily access the swap info, so it can be updated.  

It is OH so important to post pictures of the amazing cards you receive!  This is the best way in the world to let it be known how special it is that you've received a wonderful treasure of someone else's creativity!  

Please post pictures/scans of your received cards in the gallery (or make arrangements with your partner to do so).

Positive feedback will be given when all of the cards you sent have been received.   Good communication is always cool!  And be sure and post those pictures in the gallery!

If you have any questions please post them in the discussion thread or PM the organizer, jillybeans, or co-organizer, gozer.  This thread is specifically for claims only.    
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