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151  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Braided Seed Bead Bracelet on: August 06, 2012 02:10:44 PM
So I saw a tutorial floating around Pinterest on how to make a beaded braided bracelet.  They looked so pretty!  The tutorial was only a picture of the steps, and I didn't find any words to accompany it, but I managed without.  The idea was easy enough for my brain to wrap around!  And I'm very happy with how they turned out.

Here is the link to the photo tutorial:  http://teahabs.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/seed%20bead

I made mine a little longer than they did.  As you can see from the picture below, it wraps around almost my whole wrist and has a chain and a lobster clasp so that I can wear it looser or tighter, if I so desire.

I made mine a solid color, because I'm just in love with this color and I've always wanted a bracelet like this in this color.  Dream come true!!

These are the first three I made.  I braided them a little looser, and also beaded them in blocks of colors (40 beads of each color on each strand).  These were for other people, so I made the chains longer, too, just in case.  Here we have a fall colored one, a candy corn colored one, and one with different colors of purple.  

I'm totally making a whole bunch more of these for Christmas, and just for me to wear, since I absolutely love mine so much!  Its my new favorite bracelet!

Thanks for looking!

EDIT:  Made one more!  These are so much fun to make!  This one is in Hufflepuff colors that I made for the Summer Semester HP Craftalong

152  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Ongoing ATC Swap - August 2012 Gallery on: August 03, 2012 10:33:58 AM

Claiming Thread:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=412027.0

Post pictures of the wonderful ATC's you've received this month here!

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 - August 2012
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: jillybeans
Sign-up date range: Today until August 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
- 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 "August ATC Swap--Request to Join" in the email title.

*Name of swap:  Ongoing ATC Swap - August 2012
*Craftster username:
*Email address:
*Your real name:
*Mailing address including the country (written as it would appear on the envelope):
*Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?:
*Confirm that are at least 18 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, as little as 1) 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 pictures 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.)  August ATC Swap--Sent[/i] or August 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.  This thread is specifically for claims only.
154  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My June Swap ATCs on: July 18, 2012 02:54:03 PM
I made A LOT of claims in June's ATC Swap.  Twenty five to be exact, which is all time high for me!  lol!  And ran the swap, too.  I'm just a little bit crazy!  ^_^  ON TO THE ATCS!

Thanks for looking!  ^_^
155  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Postage Stamp ATCs on: July 18, 2012 02:35:28 PM
So, since I'm a crazy hoarder, I totally save all the stamps from all the envelopes that I get in the ongoing ATC swap.  So, needless to say, I have a lot of stamps!  I was getting a little bogged down in them actually, and last month decided to just make up some ATCs! 

So, I modgepodge down each stamp, added some distressing ink, paint pens, and paint dabbers to the edges, and stamped on a penguin with a letter stamp that I have.

I've sent off one of these babies so far, and will probably give the last two away in the Ongoing ATC Swap if I find a theme that fits.  ^_^
156  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Star Wars Set on: July 18, 2012 02:28:23 PM
My craftster friend, gozer, and I decided to do a personal swap for a set of 4 ATCs.  She wanted something Star Wars, so I decided to make her 4 characters.  Check it out!

I'm super proud of 'em.  Normally I have to do some tracing to get faces, but this time its all freehand, baby!  I did Jabba first, then the Jawa.  Then I decided to take a plunge and do Chewie, fulling believing that I would fail.  But, I totally did it!  Wicket is my favorite Star Wars character.  I just want to HUG him!!! 

They are done on watercolor paper with watercolors and a black pen for the lines.  The letters are stamped. 

Thanks for looking!
157  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / BANG! KAPOW! Super Hero Pegs! on: July 13, 2012 10:35:40 AM
I've always wanted to make some peg people, and when I saw that texscrapper had it listed as one of her wishes in the OWS 83 swap, I KNEW I had to make 'em!  And why not make a set for my nephew for his upcoming birthday while I'm at it?  She had them pinned on her pinterest, and that blog was a great help for the style that I wanted to do.  So for some of the super heroes I used her ideas and for some I used designs of my own.


So, here is the whole lot of 'em!

Since I made two sets, it was easy to line 'em up to show each's front and back.  To make them, I used regular acrylic paints and then used Elmer's Painters black paint pen to mark the lines.  I'm so in love with my paint pens.  They are such a joy!  After everything was dried, I sprayed on two coats of sealer.

And here is just one set all together!

And now the lineup!

AND now I want to make MORE!  I was sad when I ran out of pegs, but my nephew's birthday isn't until August, so I have plenty of time to do more characters!  Weeee!

Thanks for looking!

UPDATE!  Even MORE Super Hero Pegs, and now Villains, can be found here:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=412470.0
158  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Cthulhu & Totoro Shirts! on: July 10, 2012 11:02:20 AM
My partner in "The I Need A Funky/Cool T Shirt Now Please Swap", IdlersDesign, received the shirts I sent her, so now I can show it off to the world!  We decided to make each other a shirt for our husbands and a shirt for each other.  I decided to try something new.  Normally I make a freezer paper stencil for my shirts, but this time I decided I was just gonna trace it directly from the image using my giant light box (which is an old xray viewing box, so its the size of a torso).  I taped the printed image directly onto my lightbox (after I going over all the lines with a sharpie to make 'em stand out better).  I then slid the shirt over the lightbox (essentially the lightbox was wearing the shirt) and clipped the excess with clothes pins so it was tight.  I used discharge paste as the paint and a paint brush to apply the paste.  After applying the paint, you iron the design and it lifts the color out of the shirt.  Its super fun!  The effect is similar to bleach, but much easier to control.

Now, onto the shirts!

Here is the Cthulhu shirt I made for her husband.  I think the next time I make this design (my husband wants one, too ^_^) I am going to do less of the detailing lines.  I felt like it got too busy after it was all said and done.  His wings kinda get lost in all the details.  But other than that I'm happy with it.  Though it was a very time consuming shirt to make, and my back hurt so bad from being hunched over the shirt for so long.  So definitely less details next time!  ^_^

And an upclose picture of the design which was found on the internet and on her pinterest.

And some progress shots:

Here is the design taped onto the lightbox.

And with the shirt on it.

And the discharge paste on the shirt before I ironed it.

And here is the shirt I made for Idlersdesign.  She loves Totoro (and uses him as her profile picture!) so I knew she needed a shirt with him on it.  Her shirt barely fit on the xray box.  I now know that my xray box can get away with wearing a women's small, but would probably be more comfortable in a medium. 

And an upclose shot!

Thanks for looking!
159  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Antlered Cat & Serenity Shirts! on: July 09, 2012 12:02:12 PM
Here are some shirts that I made using the freezer paper stenciling method and fabric paint.

First up, for Averia in the OWS 83.  She liked the antlered cat shirt I made for teachart, so I made one for her in a different style.

And a closeup of the design:

And here are some WIP progress shots:

And another for Averia.  She had this shirt pinned and I just knew I needed to make it!  It is the ship Serenity from the show Firefly.  Such an awesome show!

I knew my husband would like this design, so I also made one for him, too!

And some progress shots:

Thanks for looking!
160  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / My Felt Badge Round 2 Badges! on: June 27, 2012 10:36:40 AM
Hi there!  I was luckily enough to get to participate in the second round of the Felt Badge swap!  In the first round we made 1 badge for each partner, in the second round we did 2 per partner, so twice the fun!  (Perhaps we will do 3 badges for round 3?  hehe).  Anyhow, here are the badges I made for the swap for my two wonderful swap partners Kimbles and luckdragon!

Kimbles was kinda enough to let me use the pictures she took since I got over excited that they were done and forgot to take nice pictures of them before they had their journey to Australia!  I got phone pictures, but meh.  Kimbles and I both have a love of World of Warcraft.  I decided to celebrate her desired faction, and stitched out their symbol (despite our faction revelry, since I play Alliance.).  Now she can proudly show off that she is a member of the horde!  "FOR THE HORDE!!!!"  I even attempted french knots with some success!  hehe

This one is for her Old School Gaming theme, a little NES remote.  And man was it little!  Less than 3" across!  I used wool-blend felt on both patches.

These are the ones I sent luckdragon.  She and I both participate in the Craftsters Scouts.  So, I made her a merit badge for her amazing IYP organizer skills!  I used a dancing term as well as a term meaning "cool" to describe her on this, since in the IYP swap you ask a partner to "dance" and they are currently doing the Summer Soiree, so I thought it would be appropriate.  She is a swinging swap organizer, for sure!  She is on her second time running the IYP swap, and doing an amazing job at, too!  For the other, I wanted to nerd out along with her and made her a Dr. Horrible badge.  I had to rewatch it just to make sure I was in the right evil mood to make it.  ^_^  Again, both badges were done with wool-blend felt. 
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