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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Ongoing hoopla swap? on: February 24, 2013 08:44:34 AM
Does anyone know if there is another ongoing hoopla swap in the works? I've been out of the loop for awhile, but I was just looking at my wall, thinking about how a new hoop would look so nice there... Smiley

I sadly do not have time to organize it, but I was just wondering if anyone was planning on doing it.
2  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Pen Pal Swap Round 4 - 1 Angel FOUND! on: June 17, 2012 10:42:57 AM
Rhymesworange volunteered to be IzzyBee's angel on 6/17! Smiley

Swap Name: Pen Pal Swap Round 4
Original Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=405691.msg4779069#msg4779069
Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407883.msg4810925#msg4810925
# of angels needed: 1

I need one swap angel for IzzyBee. This package must include a 3 point craft and a thoughtful letter introducing yourself. IzzyBee has been EXTREMELY patient waiting on her partner, so I am looking for an angel that could send a quality craft by June 30.

IzzyBee
- Lives in the UK
- no allergies
- loves animals, nature, and reading
- dislikes "supernatural" things, overly pink fluffy things, and sports
- would love to receive jewelry, posters/ornaments to decorate her bedroom, knit or crochet items, vintage or vintage-like items, and animal themed items

PM me if you are interested in being an awesome angel for IzzyBee! Thank you! Smiley
3  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Pen Pal Swap Round 4 - **1 angel FOUND!** on: June 09, 2012 07:25:23 PM
koalascout agreed to be swap angel for Alexampersandra on 6/9 Smiley

Swap Name: Pen Pal Swap Round 4
Original Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=405691.msg4779069#msg4779069
Gallery Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407883.msg4810925#msg4810925
1 Angel needed -

I need one angel for Alexampersandra. The requirements for this swap are a 3 point craft package and a thoughtful letter introducing yourself. If possible, I would like this angel package sent by Saturday, June 23rd...our friend has been waiting very patiently for a long time! Smiley

Alexampersandra

-Lives in US
-Is a librarian and loves typography/fonts/letterpress, swirly patterns, books
- has no allergies but doesn't like smoke
- does not like typos, pink, monkeys, and doesn't wear earrings
- would love to receive anything typography/fonts themed, amigurumi (especially literary characters), charm bracelets, a functional pincushion, anything with a green leaf theme

Thank you!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Kraken!! on: May 28, 2012 10:36:54 AM
I made this hoop for RebeccaJay in the Ongoing Hoopla Round 6 swap - here theme was "cryptozoology." It was inspired by (and closely modeled after) the artwork on the Kraken Rum bottle. I didn't want to let this one go!


Thanks for looking. Smiley
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Pen Pal Swap Round 4 Gallery on: April 29, 2012 02:11:25 PM


Link to original thread

Let's see those fabulous pen pal crafts! Smiley

sent item received item both sent and received item sending late with communication pm me immediately feedback given

juliel85 <> ewulotta
jezebel_1982<> hgddm -- Angel found, thank you Miss Barbara! Smiley
IzzyBee <> PaleAngelLex -- Angel found, thank you Rhymesworange! Smiley
pearljam94 <> Pajaro Negro
Semicharm86 <> Zombie_Queen
Mountains and Clouds<>tarteaucitron
Theaquacreature <> KookaburraBot
MissBarbara <> Ceda
rainfallingonatinroof <> AmazingAlex
Elameno <> missmelmarie
ThePaperDoll <> Alexampersandra -- Angel found, thank you koalascout! Smiley
quaggy <> amnesia
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Two pregnant ladies on: April 06, 2012 09:08:37 AM
I made this hoop for taloola in the Ongoing Hoopla Rd 5 swap. She requested a pregnancy-themed hoop - here's what I came up with!


This is the original artwork I found on taloola's pinterest that inspired the hoop:


I had a lot of fun with this one, and I think taloola really liked it! I worked the entire thing in backstitch to maintain the "sketchy" feel of the original work.
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Pen Pal Swap Round 4 (sign up 3/16/12 - 3/30/12; final send 5/31) on: March 16, 2012 10:39:10 AM




Swap name: Pen Pal Swap Round 4
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: juliel85
Sign-up date range: 3/16 - 3/30
Date to send item by: first partner sends letter by 4/13, second partner sends letter by 5/3, both partners send crafts by 5/31

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24 (we can do more if we have a co-organizer)

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country? n/a

Additional Age requirement? NO

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 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
This is Round 4 of the Pen Pal Swap! This is a swap for people who love receiving something other than bills and junk in the mail and who want to keep the nearly-lost art of letter writing alive! There are many different ways this swap could work, but for those of you who participated in Round 3, we will be following pretty much the same format. Here's a link to Round 3: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388990.0 A big thank you to the organizers of past Pen Pal swaps - I stole much of this from you! Smiley
It will start like a normal swap: you send me your questionnaire, and I'll match you up with a partner. I will assign one person to be Partner 1 and the other Partner 2 (I'll let you know which one you are when I send out partners). Partner 1 will have two weeks to write a thoughtful letter introducing herself - you must include 3 QUESTIONS for your partner to answer. Two and a half weeks after Partner 1's send out date, Partner 2 will respond to the letter, answering the 3 questions and including 3 MORE QUESTIONS of their own. One month after Partner 2's send out date will be the send out for the craft. This will be a 3 point swap! The letter can count as some of your points (1 or 2, depending on how long it is/how much time and work you put into it), and of course, you can include extras as long as you and your partner agree ahead of time (no one likes an awkward swap!). The main focus of this swap should be the letters; however, hopefully you can use what you learn about your partner through the letters to make a thoughtful item for your partner. Also, since this swap happens over such a long period of time, you MUST check in to this thread at least once a week. A simple "still writing/crafting away" is fine, but it gives both the organizer and your partner peace of mind to know you're still keeping up with the swap.

Large = 3 points
Medium = 2 points
Small = 1 point

By Time
Large = 3 or more hours
Medium = 2 or more hours
Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
Large = $30 or more
Medium = $10-$30 dollars
Small = $10 or less
...

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:


QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
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)
Would you want to be the first or second sender?
What are your favorite crafts to do?
What crafts do you admire?
Do you have any allergens in your house? (smoke, animals, etc.)
Do you have any allergies?
What are 3 of your random favorites?
What are 3 pet peeves or dislikes?
Would you like to write to someone similar or different?
Are you looking for a long term pen pal or one time for this swap?
If looking long term, would you prefer letters or emails after this swap?
Do you have a wist, blog, pinterest, etc.?
Name 5 items or themes you would be absolutely thrilled to receive from your partner:
Do you have a camera available to post pics to the gallery?
Any other info you'd like your partner to know?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Brain teaser wedding favors... on: December 11, 2010 05:57:31 PM
Ok, this isn't exactly a crafty question, but I'm hoping you guys will help anyway! Ages and ages ago I was on the wedding board here and saw a wedding where the couple gave out those metal wire brain teaser puzzles as wedding favors. They attached cute little tags that said...something! This is what I need help with! I searched all over for the post, but I can't find it.

They are the metal puzzles that have two pieces connected and you have to try to take them apart. I think the tag was something along the lines of "we tied the knot...etc.", but it was more clever than that...

I just bought 172 of these puzzles, so PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help me come up with some cute clever pun to attach to them! Smiley

Thanks guys...love you... Smiley
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Chicago bass drum - pic heavy!! on: May 01, 2010 10:23:04 PM
OK, so I've been meaning to put this up for quite some time, but was always stymied about where it actually belonged. Part paper craft, part paint, part stencil...so here it is in miscellaneous Smiley

My boyfriend, a professional drummer, purchased an acrylic drum shell on ebay. Turns out it was actually two floor toms that had been fused together, so if you know anything about drums, you might know that it could make a pretty boomy bass (kick) drum. Problem is, the thing was hideous. The fusing was noticeable and ugly, and the owner had painted it gold and given it a crazy orange glitter stripe.
We decided to make it better. Here's what we ended up with:


Here it is when it arrived, minus the glitter (we ripped that off immediately).

We wanted to take advantage of the length of the drum, so we decided to go with a skyline. We're originally from Chicago, so we set to work with that in mind.


We had our families send us recent copies of the Chicago Tribune, and we sliced up all the Chicago/Illinois related articles. We turned these into a collage, which we then used to make our skylines (two, one for each side).


I used some gray and glitter spray paint to give the skylines more depth, and then we attached them to the drum (after experimenting and failing with several adhesives).

Sponge painting the sky

Re-attaching the hardware (with some help from Sadie)

The finished product, with the rest of the kit!


10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Drum project -- need adhesive advice! on: August 29, 2009 04:53:09 PM
So this isn't strictly a "paper" craft, but this board is probably the place where this question belongs.  I'm having a frustrating crafting moment, and I'm counting on you craftsters to have the answer! Smiley

I'm reconstructing/modifying an acrylic drum shell; the design is the Chicago skyline on Lake Michigan, and the skyline is made from a collage of Chicago Tribune newspaper clippings.  I used Elmer's Craft Bond to stick the skyline to the drum, and then superglued down any pieces that wanted to stick up (antennae on the Sears Tower, etc). Well, this is not working.  The edges and tricky pieces are still sticking up.  It's too late to Xyron (and I don't have one anyway), and if superglue doesn't work, I don't know what will.  I sprayed an acrylic gloss over the entire thing, and I'm afraid that may have just contributed to the problem, warping the paper.  The drum is looking really cool, but those loose edges are just going to make me batty!!  What kind of adhesive might work to permanently stick newspaper to acrylic?

Thanks!
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