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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded Wrap Bracelets on: October 04, 2015 08:01:24 PM
Its been a long while since I've made some wrap bracelets.  I dusted off my loom and made a couple of a beauties for a couple of different swaps.

For the Harry Potter swap, I made one with Slytherin colors.  It reminds me of snake skin.



And this other one is up for grabs in my shop in the "Shop the Swap" swap.  ^_^  Love the fall colors on this one!


Both were made with glass beads and plastic buttons at the end.

Thanks for looking!
22  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / ONGOING ATC SWAP -- OCTOBER 2015 (Sign-ups open, claiming starts 10/1/15) on: September 27, 2015 03:08:23 PM

Check out the beautiful ATCs from our August & September swaps by robinpich, pottermouth, DearBluebird, and Mountains and Clouds.


ONGOING ATC SWAP--OCTOBER 2015
An uber-addicting swap that runs all month long!

Welcome fellow Craftsterers!

Up and running again, here is the amazingly addicting, completely irresistible Ongoing ATC Swap! YAY YAY!  (You know you want to join!)

So, come one, come all!  You, too, can have "envelopes o' fun" in your mailbox!

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.  Remember, its a craftster requirement to post at least once in your swap's discussion area!  So please keep us up to date on your status there, and get notifications in case I have announcements.
 
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 - October 2015
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: jillybeans
Sign-up date range: Today until October 31st, 2015
Date to send item by: 2 weeks after you claim (look at the date on the calendar, it is the date that is directly 2 rows down)
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 16 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 swords "October ATC Swap--Request to Join" in the email title.

*Name of Swap:  Ongoing ATC Swap - October 2015
*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 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 sent/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, and that you have good communication.** 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, 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.

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 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)   Spring Flowers
2)   Dancing in the Rain
3)   Naughty Spoons
4)   Inspiring Quotes
5)   Your Favorite Medium
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.)  
2.  Please include one of these at the title of the message: October ATC Swap--Sent or October ATC Swap--Received (Be sure to include the month, since I generally run multiple months at a time)
3.  Be sure and include (1) the "send by" date, as well as (2) the theme and (3)who sent it to (4)whom, in each message 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:
Quote
I sent some ATCs today!  

DUE DEC 16:
MeCraftsterMemberBloop --> YowzaSwapper (fantasmic theme)

DUE DEC 17:
MeCraftsterMemberBloop --> WowwieSwapsper (stupendous theme)
MeCraftsterMemberBloop -->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 swap 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 swap gallery!

ANY QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions please post them in the discussion thread or PM the organizer, jillybeans.  This thread is specifically for claims only.
23  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Toddler Skirts! on: September 25, 2015 04:25:51 PM
I made baby bean and a couple other toddlers I know some skirts.  They were pretty quick and really fun to make!  I definitely will be making more for baby soon!













The ruffle skirts were the easiest.  I got the material in the remnant bins at the fabric store.  The fabric doesn't fray when you cut it, so you can leave the raw edges at the bottom.  And its stretchy, so it can be sewn directly onto the elastic.

The cotton prints were a little more time intensive.  I cut the panels as long as I could, so generally 44-45" and 9" for the length.  I serged the top and bottom of the cotton prints and left the bottom serged edge as is to save me some time from having to do a fold over hem.  I did a gather stitch on the top edge and gathered it a bit to make it easier to attach to the elastic. 

Thanks for looking!
24  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Cookie Monster Outfit on: September 25, 2015 04:13:09 PM
My daughter, baby bean, had her 2nd birthday party last weekend.  It was Cookie Monster theme!  So, she needed an outfit for her party! 

The shirt was made with a freezer paper stencil and fabric paint.  The skirt was a dilema.  I couldn't find any Cookie Monster or cookie fabric that wasn't super expensive or what I wanted.  So, I decided to go with blues for Cookie Monster and browns for the cookies.  The skirt was just a long panel with the different fabrics sewed together.  I serged the top and bottom edges, and folded over the top hem for the elastic and a smaller fold on the bottom for the hem.  I love how it turned out, and it was super fast and simple to make. 




And here is baby bean at her party with my hubby and me.  I made shirts for us, too.  ^_^
25  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Cement Truck Painted Toddler Shoes on: September 25, 2015 04:04:50 PM
A mommy friend wanted a pair of cement truck shoes for her son's birthday.  They have a family member who owned a cement truck company, so its near and dear to them.  ^_^  The shoes were a plain tan toddler sized canvas shoe painted with Tulip soft fabric paints and brushes.







Thanks for looking!
26  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Painted Toddler Shoes on: September 25, 2015 04:01:26 PM
Turtle Power!  I painted these shoes for a mom friend for her daughtet's upcoming birthday party (this weekend!).  She is having a TMNT party!  Kowabunga dude!  These shoes are plain, tan, toddler sized canvas shoes painted with Tulip soft fabric paints and brushes.







Thanks for looking!
27  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Ongoing ATC Swap -- September 2015 Gallery! on: September 16, 2015 09:01:08 PM


Post the awesome ATC's you've received this month here!

Claiming Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440555.0
28  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Blue's Clues Themed Painted Toddler Shoes on: September 09, 2015 11:18:40 AM
Hi there!  Yup, more painted shoes from me!  Here are a Blue's Clues themed toddler shoes painted on a plain black canvas shoe with Tulip fabric paint. 







Thanks for looking!
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "I Solemnly Swear" Cross Stitch on: September 09, 2015 11:13:37 AM
I FINALLY finished a very timely cross stitch project.  I was originally making it for my partner elliot_anne in the One Awesome HP Thing swap but I quickly found that I was never going to finish it in time.  So, I sent her something else, and slowly but diligently worked on it.  It took me over a month to do and at the end for 2 days I spent majority of my time on it to just get it done!  Whew!  I sent it off to elliot_anne and she received it.  I bought the pattern for this cross stitch on etsy, and it can be found here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/238068033/solemnly-swear-cross-stitch-pattern-i?ref=shop_home_active_17





My partner is a Ravenclaw, so I chose the appropriate colored pattern.  The Maker of the pattern has has all 4 color options available. 

I worked so hard and I was so careful on this, and yet it still has its flaws and mistakes.  I tried my darndest to keep the fabric nice and clean and then when I was ironing it, the oils on it made the cloth turn brown, so I had to frame it tight to the writing and make a mat to hide my mistake.  I cut the mat out and covered it in fabric, which was actually easier than I thought it would be.  But still, ugh!  Though I'm still very proud of it despite its shortcomings.

Thanks for looking!
30  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Dolls & Matching Skirts for Toddlers on: September 09, 2015 10:55:27 AM
Hi there!  I've made up a couple dolls with matching skirts for a couple of my favorite toddlers.  The tutorial that I used is amazing and can be found here: http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2013/02/girl-boy-fabric-dolls-pattern-pieces-included.html

This first doll I made for my cousin's daughter for her 2nd birthday which we celebrated in August.




Her face is painted on, since I am a better painted than an embroiderer. 


I love how versatile her hair is.  She can wear it braided . . .


or in buns, or just left down.  ^_^


The skirt is removable.


And here is the matching toddler skirt to go with the doll.


This next doll was made for a mom friend who I met on a facebook mom group.  Her daughter is 3 days older than my girl. So, I made this for her birthday, which is coming up this week.




This one has a different color scheme and a ruffle instead of a collar.  She also has a few more little details than the first, like a bow on the skirt and buttons on the shoes.


This doll has eyebrows, I'm not sure if I like the doll with or without better.


Here is Baby Bean modeling her friend's skirt and dolly.  ^_^

Thanks for looking!
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