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481  Blue and Silver Wreath in Winter Holidays by jillybeans on: December 02, 2011 01:52:40 PM
My sister loved the idea of a homemade wreath.  I made one for myself and after I saw how she decorated her Christmas tree I set out to make her one!  She did blue and silver on her tree with an emphasis on snowflakes.  With that in mind, I set off to Michaels and got the supplies and put together her wreath.

Here it is hanging on my door.  I first attached a string of battery operated lights to the wreath and wired it onto the back.  Next I put on the blue snowflake ornaments using thin wire.  I shoved in the silver leaves stems on either side, then the curly stems, and then the sequin stems.  I found some ornaments that were on long wires meant for what I was doing and stuck them in randomly and then added the tiny little snowflake ornaments.  Done!

Thanks for looking!

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482  Ongoing ATC Swap - December 2011 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: December 02, 2011 07:07:09 AM

Share your lovely ATCs from your fellow craftsters touched with the gift of giving here!  ^_^
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483  ONGOING ATC SWAP - DECEMBER 2011 - CLOSED! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by jillybeans on: November 29, 2011 10:06:11 AM

(A sampling of Brackish Potato's collection of ATCs from her Countdown to Christmas theme!  Aren't they lovely!  Great job, craftsters!)

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.  This is a new thread for a new year, everyone, so update your bookmarks!  
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 - December 2011
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: jillybeans
Sign-up date range: Today until December 31st, 2011
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
- 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 "Ongoing December ATC swap--request to join" in the email title.

*Name of swap  Ongoing ATC Swap - December 2011
*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.  This thread is specifically for claims only.    
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484  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - November 2011 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: November 28, 2011 09:20:45 PM
ThreadOrYarn asked me to post a picture of the card I sent her, and I kept forgetting!  But I remembered!!!  So, here it is, for her magazine strip theme.

And here are the two ATCs that I sent to imera for her Obscure Fairy Tale theme and Legend Theme.  She's and her family's been super sick, so I'm posting pictures for her.

Its the legendary Excalibur!  Its acrylic paint on a real leaf that I sealed with Mod Podge.

The Red Dancing Shoes.  The story goes that a selfish and vain young girl wore her fancy red shoes to church.  They were curses and she was forced to dance and dance in them.  It is done in shimmery watercolors.
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485  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - November 2011 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: November 28, 2011 09:01:16 PM
I got a host of wonderful cards today!

From coryjo for my mustache/beard theme:

She said she was inspired by those dress up paper dolls.  She said that once she added the facial hair to the magazine model that he now looks like Val Kilmer.  I must agree.  Too funny!

From TwistedTruth for my mustache/beard theme:

Oooo sparklie mustaches!  So cute!!

From JillHogan for my Compogno theme:

Ms. O!  Hehehe!  I'm getting such different letters! 

From c*lientje for my Compogno theme:

What an awesome zentangle C!  She even cut and glued all the pieces onto the background.  Crazy!!!  I love it!

And all the lovely little shiny envelope it came in a Chinese money! 

Thanks ladies!
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486  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - October 2011 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: November 21, 2011 07:30:58 PM
I received from my angel today, jmiller614, and wow did I get spoiled!!!

Here is the whole kit and kabootle.  jmiller and I both share a love of hot cocos.  She sent me a bunch of different flavors before, but she found a caramel land o'lakes and a mint one!  Ooooo!  And not just one card, but FOUR!!  Isn't she the BEST?!?!

Here are some cute seashell winged bugs and fireworks!  Its hard to read, but the firework card says "Make It. Print It. Pack It. Ship BLOW It!"  My husband would agree with the sentiment.  ^_^

Feathers!  I love feathers!  And a cornish pixie with sparklie wings (from Harry Potter!).

Thank you so much jmiller!  You rock!
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487  Re: SEPTEMBER 2011 ONGOING ATC SWAP GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: November 21, 2011 07:20:00 PM
My wonderful angel, Robinpich, sent me a beautiful card for my COMPOGNO theme:

One is for November's swap.  Aren't they beautiful?!  I love her sewn cards, they are so great!!!

Thanks, again, Robin!
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488  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - November 2011 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: November 21, 2011 07:12:31 PM
I got home from work today and opened my mailbox to find four envelopes today!  Not only did I get some from this swap, but also from my angels for the October and September swap!  So, those ones are in their perspective galleries as well.

From ThreadOrYarn for my COMPOGNO theme:

Its like a zentangle letter!  How cool!!!

From Ysmeine for my COMPOGNO theme:

Octopus treasure!  It came in a super cute little envelope with tentacles and there was also this cute little scrappy circle.  The back of the circle has a bird on it.  I love all the different patterned papers that she used on my card!

And from RobinPich for my COMPOGNO theme (she also angeled for me for september, and one of them are for that):

YAY YAY!  I've been pining for one of her sewn ones, and I got two!!  Yay yay!  My last name is sure coming along!

Thank you for all the lovely cards, ladies!
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489  My Poinsettia Wreath in Winter Holidays by jillybeans on: November 20, 2011 09:09:28 PM
I JUST finished my Christmas wreath for my door.  What can I say, inspiration struck me.  I designed it in my head right as I was trying to fall asleep one night this past week.  Isn't that how it always work?  Anywho, it was supremely easy to make and really didn't require much to do.

Here is the finished product:

And here are the shots of it coming together:

Here are all the components that went into the wreath.  It took a poinsettia stem, two super cool ornaments that I got at JoAnn's, and some berry picks.  Not shown is my glue gun, scissors and wire.  I hot glued on the ornaments to start with and then secured each with a couple pieces of wire on each end.

And here it is with the berry picks put in, and a couple of the leaves from the poinsettia stem that I glued in.  Voila!  Super easy and fast wreath!

Don't worry, the wreath isn't currently residing on my door.  It was just up for picture taking sake.  It will go up officially after Thanksgiving!  Yay!

Thanks for looking!
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490  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - November 2011 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: November 20, 2011 01:58:03 PM
I'm such a slacker!  I received from mountains and clouds ages ago!  She is so wonderful and sent me one of my Harry Potter ABCs just for hosting.  Awww!  Isn't she the greatest!  Here are all the lovely cards she sent me:

She sent me two of the Vs because she started to color one in the wrong way.  But I love them both!  And she sent me a lovely paisley mustache card.  They are wonderful!

And I received from coryjo yesterday!  She claimed me for my wine theme:

Its sparkly and fabulous!  I love it!

Thanks, ladies, for the wonderful cards!
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