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141  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Tree Stenciled Tote on: November 15, 2011 09:32:54 AM
I recently participated in the FOC Raffle Swap Round 10.  For it you had to decide what your best craft was.  My husband told me it was stenciling.  So, I went with that.  ^_^  I used the freezer paper stencil method on a store-bought tote and fabric paint.


I found the design online.  The design is done in layers, starting with the green, which had some shimmer to it.  I'm not sure the order of the other colors.  I painted in the white accents with a brush at the end and glued on a bow for a little added interest.


Here is the bag in its entirety. 



Thanks for looking!
142  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Christmas Ornament Swap? on: November 03, 2011 09:08:15 AM
So I was sitting here thinking about what I was going to do on my Christmas tree this year, and then it donned on me that it would be simply amazing to have homemade ornaments from my lovely fellow crafsters to proudly display on my tree!  I don't know if I would be able to organize such a swap, since I'm currently organizing my first swap, but I was just throwing the idea out there to see if there is any interest and if someone wanted to snatch up the idea and run with it.  Please let me know what you all think!
143  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Ongoing ATC Swap - November 2011 Gallery on: November 01, 2011 11:50:05 AM


Share the wonderfully amazing ATCs you've received this month here!
144  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / ONGOING ATC SWAP--NOVEMBER 2011 - Closed! on: October 29, 2011 09:05:28 AM


ONGOING ATC SWAP--NOVEMBER 2011
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 - November 2011
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: jillybeans
Sign-up date range: today-11/30/11
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 November ATC swap--request to join" in the email title.

*Name of swap  Ongoing ATC Swap - November 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!  



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.)  November ATC Swap--Sent[/i] or November 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.  This thread is specifically for claims only.    
145  COOKING / Dessert / ALAKAZAM! Chocolate Covered Pretzel Wands! on: October 27, 2011 12:19:01 PM
In my searches for finding treat recipes that would survive a trip through the postal service to my partner in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap, I found one for Candy Wands.  In that recipe, frosting and sprinkles were put onto pretzel rods.  Well, I'm a chocolate girl, so I decided to do chocolate instead.


These are so easy and really fun to make!  All you need is chocolate, sprinkles, and pretzel rods!  I used three different kinds of chocolate on these, because I just happened to have it all on hand.  I used Giradehli milk chocolate and bitter sweet chocolate, and Wilton's white chocolate candy melts.  I put one kind into a bowl and melted them in the microwave.  Make sure you are really careful if you use this method, because the chocolate can burn.  I would put them into for 20-30 seconds at a time, and stir and then more time.  I used a spoon to apply the chocolate to the wands.  That's also how I created those fun swirly patterns in the chocolate.  While the chocolate is still melty, apply the sprinkles so they stick. Then place your wands onto a waxed sheet of paper on a cookie sheet and pop in the fridge to set.  Then, VOILA!, you have wands!


These wands are husband approved!  He got quite a bit of them while I was working on them, for quality control purposes.  They are so fun and pretty!  And tasty, too!


To ship, I stuck them into a long tubbeware container with each layer separately by a sheet of plastic.  I originally was going to put them into treat bags, but I soon found that they just wouldn't fit!  They do sell pretzel treat bags in the Wilton section, but I found you can really only cram one or two of these in there.

These wands are great for pretty much any occasion!  Just switch out the colors of sprinkles to coordinate with the holiday!  They are not only a great treat, but also pretty on a table!

Thanks for looking!
146  COOKING / Dessert / Caramel Corn! Mmmmm! on: October 27, 2011 11:49:19 AM
I've never really been a fan of caramel corn.  I'm kind of a picky sweet food eater.  But I wanted to make some treats for my partner in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap that would keep and transport easily.  While searching Allrecipes.com, I found a recipe for caramel corn that looked pretty good!  It had raving reviews, so I knew I must try it!  And, omg, I am not sorry I did.  Well, my body wasn't exactly happy, but my mouth was!  Mmmmmm!



The recipe I used is here:  http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/my-amish-friends-caramel-corn/detail.aspx

I used Orville Redenbacher's Tender White popcorn and instead of 1c of margerine, I used butter.  I believe I used either 2 or 3 bags of the popcorn.  I put the popped popcorn into a large paperbag, poured the caramel mixture in and mixed with a wooden spoon.  I then poured the bag into a large roasting pan covered in tin foil and popped it in the oven.  The caramel mixture spreads more when you stir it while its baking.  After baking, I dumped the caramel corn onto my counter that was covered in wax paper and separate the pieces.  Its so easy and so good!  I will be making this for Christmas for my family, for sure!




After it was all cooled, I put them into bags for my partner, her husband, and kids.

My sister even liked it, and she shares my same sentiments for caramel corn.  So, even if you aren't a caramel corn fan, definitely take a chance on this recipe!

Thanks for looking!
147  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt Candy! on: October 27, 2011 11:27:22 AM
For the Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap, I made my partner's two daughters each a bag of candy made of felt!


I kept getting strange looks when I was at JoAnn's and told people what I was making.  I'm making felt candy.  It also took my husband a while to grasp what I was talking about.  No, its not actually food or sugary felt that you suck on.  Its play food!  You play with it!  ^_^  lol!

Anywho!  They were pretty simple to make.  They are filled with batting that were either cut into squares, rectangles, or circles, covered in felt and sewed up with embroidery floss.  The suckers were the hardest ones to make.  They are a sucker stick that you can get in the baking area, poly-fil, and felt.  They were sewed up at the bottom and then pulled shut.  I also threw some hotglue inside to help keep the sticks on there and it all in one piece.



Thanks for looking!
148  COOKING / Dessert / Halloween Bark on: October 25, 2011 03:44:22 PM
White scouring the internet for halloween treats to make my partner in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween swap that would be easy to transport, I found a fun blog that showed how to make Halloween Bark!  Mmmm!  I recently found a love for bark when I found a recipe on craftster.  So, since then I've embraced barks with open arms! 

First off, a big thank you to The Recipe Girl and your wonderful blog for this wonderful treat!  You can find her recipe here:  http://therecipegirl.blogspot.com/2008/10/candy-corn-cookie-bark.html

Here's how mine turned out!


Looks pretty awesome on that paper plate, huh?  Lol!  I put it into a nicer box to ship in after the paper plate.  The bark has crushed up oreos, pretzels, mini reeces pieces, and white chocolate.  I put sprinkes on top for fun.  They were good!!  Mmmm!


Here they are in the box that I sent them in.
149  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The Headless Horseman Stuffie! on: October 25, 2011 11:51:57 AM
For the Mini 13 Days of Halloween swap, I was determined to make my partner a Headless Horseman plushie.  How, I was unsure of, but I was determined to struggle through.  And struggle I did!  Here is what my partner ended up with:


I've never made a stuffie so complicated and detailed before!  I'm not great at sewing or following directions when it comes to a pattern, so he is all of my own design.  His main body is made of fleece, because I wanted him to be not only terrifying, but terrifyingly snuggly!  His gloves and boots are a fake leathery material, and his vest a thin corduroy.  His cape is a silky polyester. 


Here is the back of him.  I cut out the cape and then used a flame to singe the edges to make it look ragged.


And of course he wouldn't be called a headless horseman if his head didn't come off.  His head is attached with velcro. 


Here's a closer look at his head!

Thanks for looking!
150  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Spooky Banner! on: October 25, 2011 11:28:56 AM
I found a really cool banner and tutorial on a blog (no, its not mine!) and decided it would be perfect for my partner in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap!



With a bunch of book page folding, assembly, cutting, and gluing you have a fabulous banner!  The pages I used are from the illustrated version of Sherlock Holmes.  For the letters, I printed them off the computer in a font I liked, taped them onto paper, and used an exacto knife to cut them out.  I then painted on some glitter glue, since I didn't have any spray and the glitter glue was only a $1 at Michaels.  I used little plastic rings and hot glued them to the bag and then strung and tied each section on the ribbon. 





The blog that I found the tutorial can be found here:  http://thecraftingchicks.com/2010/09/spooky-accordian-halloween-banner.html
Thanks for the wonderful idea, Crafting Chicks!

Thanks for looking!
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