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181  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / ATC Bases - featuring Elmer's products on: April 16, 2012 09:31:40 AM
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ATC Bases - featuring Elmer's products

Here is a fast and easy way to make up some ATC bases! (If you aren't sure what an ATC is, this will help.) These ATC blanks are perfect starting points for creating ATCs.  Once you have them done, all you need to do is embellish and decorate!  Having a pile of these bad boys done will save you time in the future, so you can just grab one and start the fun!  Once decorated, you can keep your little works of art, or trade them in our Ongoing ATC Swap!

To start, make yourself a template that is ATC sized (2.5" by 3.5") using an old food packaging box (like a cracker box) or other thick paper.  For mine, I used a back of an old greeting card (I used the front for a different project and kept the left over parts to use for ATC bases).  X-ACTO's 9" Paper Trimmer has a wonderful measuring area on it, which makes it so it it easy to mark your desired size and then cut away! (Watch out, it's super sharp, too!  Great for cutting thick paper, but not great for your fingers, so keep 'em away!)

Once you have a template, it will make marking the size for your other papers super easy!

These ATC bases that I made have three layers to them.  They have an old book page on top, an old card or food packaging box in the middle, and a piece of scrapbooking paper on the back.  The end result will be a nice and sturdy ATC!

So gather your supplies of old cards or food packaging boxes, scraps of scrapbooking paper, and book pages.  I like to use light colored scrapbooking paper for the back so that its pretty on the back as well on the front, and so that when you write your vital information on the back it stands out better.  Using your ATC template, mark the size you need  to cut on your different papers and cut out however many ATCs you want to make.  Its great to premake a bunch of these and then you will have them on hand and save you time in the future.  

Grab your handy dandy Elmer's Craftbond All Purpose Glue Stick and apply it to one side of your middle piece and then apply your bookpage to it, trying to get it aligned as best as you can.  Do the same to the other side of your middle piece and apply your scrapbook paper.

Now that you have your three pieces of paper smooshed and glued together, its time to make 'em fancy! Elmer's Designer Tape is such a fast and easy way to add some flare to your projects.  They come in so many different varieties of patterns to choose from!  

Grab whichever Designer Tape appeals to you and add a length of tape to one edge, making sure that only half of of the width is on the one side.  (Can you tell what old book I'm using for this project? hehe)

Fold over the tape to the back and cut off the extra length that is hanging off the sides.  I'm using X-ACTO 5" Precision Tip Scissors.  They are super sharp and great for these small projects!  Go around each edge and do the same thing; add a length of tape, apply it halfway and fold over the edge, and cut off the extra.

Here is the front and back of the final result!  Cute, huh?

Once you have your lovely pile of ATC bases, you can embellish to your heart's desire!  Stamp it, add paper and other embellishments, paint it, whatever!  BTW Elmer's Craftbond Quick Dry Dual Tip Glue Pen is great for adding embellishments (like jewels and buttons) and Painter's Paint Pens work wonders at adding backgrounds and designs (and they come in so many wonderful colors, too!).
182  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / Making Old Cards New Again! - featuring Elmer's products on: April 16, 2012 09:29:12 AM
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Making Old Cards New Again! - featuring Elmer's products

I've been wanting to make some of the old greeting cards that I've received over the years into new greeting cards.  It's kinda a great feeling to make old useless things new and purposeful again.

I started with a selection of old greeting cards from my stash.

Using my Elmer's 9" Paper Trimmer, I cut out the imagine from the card.  This trimmer is super sharp and great for smaller projects, like cards. (Side note: If you are an ATCer, keep the leftover pieces of the old card.  They work great for ATC bases!)

I rounded the corners of the card image with Elmer's Corner Rounder Punch.

To give the plain new cards some interest on the background, I applied Elmer's Designer Tape and cut off the extra with some scissors.  This is such a fast and easy way to easily decorate the background of a card.

To make the old card image pop on the new card, I put on Elmer's Foam Mounting Tape.

Tada!  New card!

You can also add embellishments and borders to the card images, to spice 'em up!
183  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Flower Headbands and Hair Clips on: April 12, 2012 12:42:20 PM
I've done something similar to these before, but I swear I never tire of making them.  They always turn out so beautiful!  When redstar13 asked me to be her partner in the Invite Your Partner Round 20 Swap and I did some stalking and found her love for hair accessories, I knew I needed to turn some out for her.

Purple and black flower with a pretty button in the middle (I clipped the shank off it so it would glue in easier).  I got the plain headband from JoAnn's, and glued on the sequin and jewels.  The flower is made from polester lining that is cut into circles and then the edges are singed and curled by holding it over a flame.  There is an awesome tutorial on how to make these flowers here on crafster, posted by barbolot.  It can be found here:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=318808.0

This one has lace that I glued on first, and feathers!  Yay feathers!

Hair clips!  The one on the left is a metal hair clip, and the one on the right is a bobby pin.  This bobby pin is made for applying things to it because it has a circle welded onto the pin which gives you a base to work with.  I got mine from JoAnn's. 

And here is a brooch that I sent off as an extra for Teachart, my other wonderful partner in the IYP20 swap:

It has a metal pin back hot glued to the back of it, and the same button as the first headband.  (I believe it was a two pack when I bought the buttons from JoAnns).

Thanks for looking!
184  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Loom Knitted Cowl on: April 12, 2012 12:13:21 PM
Hi there!  I made this cowl for my wonderful partner, redstar13, in the Invite Your Partner Swap Round 20.  I used Loops & Threads Country Loom Yarn in the "Kiss Me" color.  Its so soft, and thick, too!  I used my rectangular Knifty Knitter loom.  The cowl is 10 pegs wide.

I used magnetic clasps, which makes the buttons on the top purely decorative.  I applied the magnetic clasps to felt and then used Heat N Bond to apply it the cowl.

Action shot!:

Thanks for looking!  ^_^
185  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Brooches (aka Shirt Bling) on: April 12, 2012 11:30:47 AM
My little sister found a shirt that she loved while shopping.  It was basically a plain black shirt with a low neckline, but its main appeal was the brooch on it that had a bow and some dangly pearls and chain.  She took one look at that thing, took a picture, sent it to me and told me it was my next project.  Lol!  She knows me far too well.  ^_^  She calls 'em shirt bling.  hehe

So here are the ones I made for her.

And here is what they look like being worn:

Each is on a regular pin back applied to the flower/bow with hot glue.  The pin back has three holes, so the beads were tied off onto the holes and the wire was attached using jump rings.

Definitely an easy way to amp up a plain shirt and make it fancier!  I think I will need to be making some for myself.  ^_^

Thanks for looking!
186  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Beatles Wall Hanging on: April 12, 2012 11:19:51 AM
My wonderful partner, Teachart, in the Invite Your Partner Swap Round 20, has a love of all things The Beatles!  I desperately wanted to make her something TM styled, but I wasn't sure what until my awesome husband told me I should go with a Beatles theme.  Smart man!  Abbey Road seemed the best route.

TADA!  As you can see they are basically huge TM patches sewed together.  They are about the size of a sheet a paper each.  To make this, I printed each Beatle out on a piece of paper.  I first applied Heat N Bond to the fabric I was using for the Beatle.  Using a lightbox and a water-soluble pen I trace the design onto the fabric and then cut out the design.  It worked well this way because then I didn't have to pin the huge image onto the main fabric and I didn't have to worry about fraying.  I knew it would just lay down flat!  It does make it super stiff, too.  It was definitely harder to stitch threw, but I only went around the edges of the design and didn't do a bunch of stitching inside, so it was ok.  I definitely wouldn't recommend using the Heat N Bond if you are going to be doing a lot of stitching inside the area.  I also used fusible batting for inside. 

Oh, and I made this last patch with every intention of tacking it onto the bottom, but ended up not liking the looks of it with it on there.  So I just sent it along as an extra.  ^_^

The words are freezer paper stenciled on with fabric paint and then I did stitching around it.

Thanks for looking!
187  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Ongoing ATC Swap - April 2012's Gallery! on: April 05, 2012 09:26:23 AM

Show off the ever fantastic ATC's you've received in this month's swap here!
188  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / ONGOING ATC SWAP - APRIL 2012 (CLOSED!) on: March 30, 2012 12:58:46 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 - April 2012
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: jillybeans
Sign-up date range: Today until April 30th, 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 "April Ongoing ATC swap--request to join" in the email title.

*Name of swap  Ongoing ATC Swap - April 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, 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.)  March ATC Swap--Sent[/i] or March 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.    
189  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Magnet Squirrel Stuffie! on: March 07, 2012 11:30:07 AM
Man, I've been slacking!  I've been meaning to post pictures of a couple items of a swap package I sent off, and I'm finally getting to it!  I made this for my partner, goldfishpollywog, in the One Smallish Stuffie with a Function swap!

A hairclip collecting squirrel!  He is made of fleece, has a giant super strong magnet in his belly and stuffed with some plastic pellets to keep him standing up and polyfil.

I'm usually pretty 2-d with the patterns that I make up, but this time, its 3d!  But, he ended up being a little fattier than I was going for, but still cute (I think).

Some different angles:

And with the tag I sent with him:

"Hi there!  Here is your new squirrel friend!  He decided to give up his outdoor life to come live inside with you to help you out.  He has an unusual ability to attract metal objects, like hair clips!"  In the second photo he demonstrates the strength of the magnet in his belly.  It can hold up the thick cardstock with a hair clip!  hehe

Thanks for looking!
190  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Gold Fish Key Chain Pouch on: March 07, 2012 11:18:07 AM
Man, I've been slacking!  I've been meaning to post pictures of a couple items of a swap package I sent off, and I'm finally getting to it!  I made this for my partner, goldfishpollywog, in the One Smallish Stuffie with a Function swap!

A cute little gold fish, that was inspired by her pintrest. 

Its function?

It has a built in pouch inside to store ear buds and has a little velcro on top to help keep it closed.  The gold fish is made out of felt, filled with batting, and all hand stitched.

And with its little tag I made to go with.

Thanks for looking!
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