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121  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / ONGOING ATC SWAP - JANUARY 2012 (CLOSED!) on: December 31, 2011 08:27:13 AM

(A sampling of Mountain and Clouds's collection of ATCs from her ATC Size Tarot Card theme!  Beautiful job, craftsters!)


ONGOING ATC SWAP--JANUARY 2012
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 - January 2012
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: jillybeans
Sign-up date range: Today until January, 31st, 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 "January Ongoing ATC swap--request to join" in the email title.

*Name of swap  Ongoing ATC Swap - January 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!  



HOW THIS SWAP WORKS:

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.  

CLAIMING

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


SAMPLE CLAIMS POST:

Quote
I claim GenericFabulosaSwap per 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

ONCE YOU HAVE MADE A CLAIM:

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.  

ONCE YOU HAVE SENT OR RECEIVED A CARD
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:
MeCraftsterMemberBl oop ---> YowzaSwapper = fantasmic theme

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

PLEASE REMEMBER TO INCLUDE THIS IN EVERY PM!!!

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

POSTING PIX OF ATCs RECEIVED
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).

FEEDBACK
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!

ANY QUESTIONS?
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.    
122  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Have you tried turning it off and on again? on: December 28, 2011 03:10:44 PM
This summer I did my very first cross stitch project.  I started small and did a head shot of Moss from the IT Crowd that I did for the Ongoing ATC Swap.  My BIL saw it and loved it and told me to add it to my list of gift ideas that I keep on my phone.  Done and done!  After that, I knew I needed to make him the entire pattern for Christmas.  So, here is my first big cross stitching project!  YAY!

I used this pattern from Dork Stitch:  http://www.dorkstitch.com/roy-and-moss-from-the-it-crowd/


TADA!  All framed up and everything!  I'm super proud of it.  ^_^  And my BIL was so excited to get it.  He said he is gonna take it to work and hang it there.

Here are a couple unframed pictures:




Thanks for looking!
123  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Wands! Expelliarmus! on: December 28, 2011 02:29:44 PM
Yes, you've seen these before from other craftsters, but I just had to share my Harry Potter wands.  I originally made some for my partner in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween swap.  I loved making them so much, that I decided I would make some as stocking stuffers for Christmas this year for my family.

I used this tutorial:   http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-an-awesome-Harry-Potter-wand-from-a-sheet-of-/

In it, you use hot glue, paper, and acrylic paint to make wands.  I sprayed them with a clear coat at the end, as well.  They turn out so incredibly cool!

Here's the whole group:




And because I love pictures so much, here is one of each:














Needless to say, I got expelliarmused quite a bit on Christmas morning.  ^_^  They were so much fun and so easy to make, that I'm finding that I really want to make a whole bunch more!  ^_^  I foresee a future full of wands!

Thanks for looking!
124  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Scrabble Pillow! on: December 28, 2011 12:22:58 PM
I decided a week before Christmas that I should make a Scrabble pillow for my Aunt.  I'm a little crazy.  I really wanted to make her something special because she is awesome and always admires the things I make.  Recently, we've been playing a lot of Words with Friends together, so I thought a Scrabble pillow would be a fun personal gift. 

First off, I want to thank greeneggsandham for the idea.  She posted a Scrabble pillow she made a while back, and it was beautiful and I knew I needed to make one.  You can see it here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=373673.0

I'm not great at sewing, and still struggle through most things.  And I definitely can't follow a pattern.  No sir!  So, I did it with my own brain power.  Though its really not even close to perfect, I still love how it turned out.  Now, onto the pillow!


TADA!  Scrabble pillow!  How I managed to get this done before Christmas, I will never know.  I used the freezer paper method for stenciling on the letters.  And, yes I know, I cheated.  Names aren't legal in the Scrabble rules.  Meh.  Whatev.  ^_^

And here is the back:

The back is flannel, so it is soft and snuggly!

And now, some progress shots.  I don't have all the steps of it in pictures, because I was so focused on getting it done at the end. So, here is what I have:

To start, I used Microsoft Excel to make a diagram of how I wanted the pillow to look and where all the letters and pieces would go.  It took a few tries, but I eventually got all the names that I wanted on there.  I then cut out all the colors out of some plain cotton fabric.  Then it was time for making some letters.


Here are the little squares, that I cut out with a quilting ruler and a rotary cutter.  They measured to be an 1 1/2".  These ones have the freezer paper ironed onto them and are ready for paint.


Here they are with the paint applied.


And without the freezer paper!  Tada!  Letters!

I didn't get a shot of the rows, but here with all the rows sewn together:

Yes, its a little wonky and a little puckering here and there.


Here is the 2 1/2" border I added.  And then I sewed the flannel backing on, stuffed it with polyfil and hand stitched it closed.

And some bonus shots with my Christmas tree:




It was a lot of work, but I think it was worth it in the end.  It made her cry, and I was told that I won Christmas.  Yay!  ^_^



125  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Bacon and Steak Shirts! Mmmm! on: December 28, 2011 11:29:42 AM
I love making shirts for the men in my family.  This year, I got my husband's brother for our Christmas gift exchange.  He has actually been making me requests for crafty things, and it has blown my mind!  No one asks me for handmade stuff!  So when they do, I get super excited!  I have a list on my phone for present ideas.  Whenever anyone makes a suggestion I pull out my phone and immediately type it in so I won't forget (because I will).  I had one of his shirt ideas in my phone since May.  Rambling!  Onto the shirts!  These are done in the freezer paper stenciling method.


BACON!!!!  Its on the left top of the shirt.  I love how it turned out.  And now, progress shots!


Here is the first layer applied.  The lovely fatty layer.  ^_^


The meaty, chewy layer now, less the paint.


Now with paint!  After that I went through with a paint brush and added the thin black lines.

And here is the shirt that he had requested:  Meat is murder.  Tasty, tasty murder.


Progress shots!

I started with the meaty part of the steak.  Here is the first layer of freezer paper down and ready for some red paint.


Red paint is down!


Tada!  Meaty part!


Next I did the fatty layer on the top.  Here is the freezer paper down and awaiting the white paint.


White paint is down!


Tada!  It is looking more and more tasty!


Next is the side fatty layer that I did in a pale yellow paint.


And here it is!  Now it just needs black and some writing.


The freezer paper for the black layer is down.


With black paint now.


Here's the black layer.  It now just needs to be cleaned up and more black lines to be added with a paint brush.  I generally don't do lines with the freezer paper because it doesn't come out as clean and nice as it would if its just painted on.


Here is the words layer.  I started painting when I realized that I hadn't gotten a shot of just the freezer paper on.  Meh. 


Black paint is on.


Then I added the lines and TADA!  Shirt! 

Thanks for looking!

126  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / GO CHIEFS GO! on: December 28, 2011 10:54:14 AM
My dad is a big Spokane Chiefs fan, which is a local hockey team we have here.  He bought a shirt at the last game we went to, and I looked at him incredulously and told him that I could make a shirt just like that.  ^_^   So I did for Christmas using the freezer paper stenciling method, that I have come to love.  I found the images online.


This one turned out better than the second one.  This one was easy because it was just two colors and nothing overlapped.  So nice!

And here are a couple progress shots:

The first layer of freezer paper with the blue paint on.


And without the paper before I added the next layer

The next shirt is the Chiefs logo.  I had trouble with the layers on this one, there was some bleeding and it needed a lot of fixing at the end to make it look ok.  But, its passable. 


And progress shots!  Yay yay progress shots!

The freezer paper with the white paint on.


The first layer without the paper.


The blue was the issue.  I had a lot of touching up to do after this layer.  I don't think I got a shot of it because I was so angry with it and I wasn't sure if I could salvage it.  Somehow, I managed.  But it took a lot of painting with a paint brush to do.



Thanks for looking!


127  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My Sister's Strip Quilt on: December 12, 2011 10:06:50 AM
After much planning and thinking, and some doing, I finished my sister's Christmas present.  It is a lap quilt for her living room, in which her colors are bright blue, grey, white and black.  Normally my mom helps me out with my quilting projects, but I'm now a quilting big girl and did it all by myself.  The results on the back aren't great, A LOT of puckering, but the top turned out good.  And its soft and cozy and will be perfect so long as she doesn't display it bottom side up.  And since I love all of you, I will show you the back despite my utter hate for it.


Here it is on my bed.  I used 5 different fabrics and did long strips in varying sizes.  The final measurements ended to be about 57"x42".


A better view of the fabrics I used.


Here is the stitch I used for the machine quilting and my horrible puckered up back.  I used flannel for the back.


All folded up and ready to be wrapped!


It does look quite good on my bed.  ^_^

Thanks for looking!
128  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My September 2011 ATCs on: December 06, 2011 04:55:05 PM
Here are the ATCs I made for September 2011's Ongoing ATC Swap!


For mintdawn's sugar skull theme and hamsa hand theme.


For mantisbh's lips theme.


For indigo_roses's Harry Potter ABCs theme.


For indigo_roses's Harry Potter ABCs theme and ENGRbyDAY's Kitchen theme.


For gozer's Maggie Stiefvator theme and c*lientje's Sherlock Holmes theme.


For Oodelally's Sherlock Holmes theme.


For kwality570's four seasons theme and inanimate objects with faces theme.

Thanks for looking!
129  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My July 2011 ATCs on: December 06, 2011 04:24:18 PM
Here are all the ATCs that I made for July 2011's Ongoing ATC Swap!


For tree27's Avatar theme.


For lolaandbean's Will Ferrell theme.


For gozer's Little People doing bad or strange things theme.


For Mountains and Clouds' Yoga pose theme and Silvermoon's pintrest theme.


For WideEyedLife's ABCs not found in a Children's book theme and her Thanksgiving countdown theme.


An extra for WideEyedLife, just for fun!


For MichelleCraftBasket s' Pirate ABCs theme and Brackish Potato's KITCHEN theme.


For Mod35TBabe's Geekery theme and celtic cross theme.


For JillHogan's Winter theme and mantisbh's sword theme.

Thanks for looking!
130  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My June 2011 ATCs on: December 06, 2011 03:51:59 PM
Here are the ATCs I made for June's Ongoing ATC Swap!


For Tygir's Rainbow theme (I chose red) and gozer's Lost ABCs.


For MargiePoo's Harry Potter ABCs and StickerChic87's The Office theme.


For Mxer145's Bird theme and Eukarya's Math theme.


For blupaisan's 1963 theme and Fox theme.


For blupaisan's birthday!


For blupaisan's turquoise theme and MargiePoo's Harry Potter ABCs.


For kwality570's tree theme.


For Mountain and Clouds hiking in Hawaii theme.


For Mrs. LindsayLoo's meat theme and blupaisan's TV Dinner theme.


For Mrs. LindsayLoo's cake theme and blupaisan's kissthisguy theme.


For AmandaBL's Artist's Choice theme.


For pollyprissypants' nature theme and jmiller614's autumn theme.


For blupaisan's it's raining theme.

Thanks for looking!
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