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31  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / ONGOING ATC SWAP -- MAY 2015 (Signups Open, Claiming Starts 5/1/15) on: April 26, 2015 07:32:08 PM

Check out some of the awesome work done in April's swap!  We have art by (from left to right) Pottermouth, AugustBell, grapeicepop, jenleahlynn, blupaisan, curiousfae, and kosmicgirl.

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!
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 - May 2015
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: jillybeans
Sign-up date range: Today until May 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 "May ATC Swap--Request to Join" in the email title.

*Name of Swap:  Ongoing ATC Swap - May 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!  


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)   Spring Flowers
2)   Dancing in the Rain
3)   Naughty Spoons
4)   Inspiring Quotes
5)   Your Favorite Medium

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.)  
2.  Please include one of these at the title of the message: January ATC Swap--Sent or January 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:
I sent some ATCs today!  

MeCraftsterMemberBloop --> YowzaSwapper (fantasmic theme)

MeCraftsterMemberBloop --> WowwieSwapsper (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 swap 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 swap 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.
32  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Strawberry Shortcake Shoes on: April 25, 2015 09:21:16 PM
My niece's 2nd birthday is today, and she recently fell in love with the Strawberry Shortcake cartoon, which she refers to as the "girls".  So, I made her a whole outfit to wear for the party, but the star of the outfit were her painted shoes!

These were painted on tan canvas shoes with fabric paint.

Thanks for looking!
33  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Loom Knit Cowls on: January 13, 2015 11:05:18 AM
This year, I made my family members cowls for Christmas on my loom.  They were quick projects and could bang out one generally in a day with constant interruptions and unfocused work.  I have just tons of yarn, so this was a great destashing project!

The first stitch used is called a garter stitch where you knit one row and then perle the next for a total of 5 rows.  The next for the main part is called the 3 step stitch, and its very easy and fun.  Here is a link to the tutorial I used for the 3 step stitch:  http://www.loomahat.com/three-step-stitch/#comment-60955

My first one wasn't as nice because I didn't use the garter stitch to top and end it.  But, I was still learning.  I hadn't ever done any other stitches besides the basic on my loom before.  They got better and better as I went along.

Thanks for looking!
34  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Briella's Family Board Book on: January 13, 2015 10:54:13 AM
My daughter is just starting to learn to talk.  I wanted to make her a fun book so she could learn to identify some of her family members and encourage her to talk.  She loves books! 

I started with a board book that I found at a thrift store.  I put white paint on each page to block out the images so they wouldn't show through when I added my own.  Using photoshop, I edited my pictures to the size I wanted and added the text to the bottom of each picture.  I had them printed so that I would have a nice glossy page (my printer sucks).  I had it printed on cardstock, but I wish I would have had it printed on regular paper.  The cardstock made the pages a little bulkier than I wanted and makes the book not close all the way.  Oh well!  I cut out my pages and glued them on with mod podge.  I tried coating the top of the page with mod podge but found that I just peeled off.  It didn't like that paper much.  So, I left the tops of the pages as is for the rest.

Brie definitely loves her new book!

Thanks for looking!
35  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / A monster of a pillow on: January 13, 2015 10:41:27 AM
My nephew changed his room to a monster theme this summer, so I wanted to make him something to go with his new theme.  I had a bunch of crazy fake fur on hand, so this was a great opportunity to use some of it up!  I started by cutting out two squares.  I cut out and pinned on my felt pieces for the eyes and mouth and zigzag stitched them on with my sewing machine.  I sewed around the edges and left an opening for the fiberfil and then hand sewed the hole closed.  Tada, monster pillow!

Thanks for looking!
36  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Nuni's Mug on: January 13, 2015 10:00:14 AM
When my mom and were out in December, we went to Starbucks and she pointed out a super cute mug of a boy hanging from a balloon.  I snapped a picture with the hopes of recreating it for her in a less expensive manner.  I bought a plain mug and a pen what worked on ceramic surfaces and drew out my recreation.  I altered it somewhat into a little girl and gave her pig tails like my daughter.  We call my mom Nuni for grandma, and now Nuni has her little toddler on a mug.

Thanks for looking!
37  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / The Cat in the Hat Painted Toddler Shoes on: December 03, 2014 12:06:16 PM
Hi there!!  I'm in a christmas exchange with my mommy group on facebook, and I just had to make my partner's son something.  He loves The Cat in the Hat, so in comes in the shoes!  These were plain black canvas shoes when I started.  Using Tulip fabric paint, in lots of layers, I got these.  I also personalized it a little more by adding his name to one side of the shoe.  I'm really happy with how they turned out!  Super excited for him to get them!

Thanks for looking!
38  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Owl Ornaments on: December 01, 2014 11:45:56 AM
Hi there!  For my partners in the Harry Potter Holiday Swap, I made each a little owl ornament for their trees.  My mom saw them, and said that we also had to have a set for our own tree!  These little guys are made out of FIMO clay and then painted with acrylic paint and coated in Mod Podge to protect the painting.  They have an eyehole glued into the top with fun ribbon that I had on hand to hang them with.  I'm so happy with how they turned out!  The three on the left went to my partners while the three on the right are happily sitting on my rustic nature themed tree.  ^_^  One day, they will go on a all Harry Potter themed tree, but I'm in need of many more HP ornaments before that will happen!

Thanks for looking!
39  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Luna Cork Ornaments on: December 01, 2014 11:39:55 AM
Hi there!  One of my partner's in the HP Holiday swap loves Luna.  So, in honor of her, I made these ornaments.  I happened to have everything to make them on hand, which was super awesome!  I bought the corks for another projects forever ago, but never ended up using them.  They finally found their purpose.  The corks have Luna quotes from the 5th book pasted on with mod podge, which I thought would be a unique touch to the cork ornaments.

Thanks for looking!
40  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / HP Jar Lid Cross Stitch Ornaments on: December 01, 2014 11:23:41 AM
Hi everyone!  I really wanted to make some cross stitch ornaments for my partners in the HP Holiday swap.  So I started in making my little guys, Ron and Dumbledore.  I originally didn't know how I was going to frame the little cross stitches when I was done, but then I remembered seeing some canning jar lids and rings as frames and ornaments online somewhere.  I loved the idea!  So, here we are!  I found the most rusted of the rings in my canning stash (since you really aren't suppose to use the rusted one for canning and because I love the antiqued look).  I added some Christmas trim around the outside of the ring, and some string to make it an ornament.  I'm definitely going to be making more canning lid ornaments in the future!

Thanks for looking!
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