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91  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Craftster Card Swap (SignUps 7/15/16-7/29/16 CLOSED, Sendouts 8/15/16) on: August 14, 2016 11:48:10 AM
One thing I've learned from this project is that I NEED a Misti or a DIY version. No matter how precisely I tried to stamp on the envelopes it just wasn't coming out as nicely as I wanted it to. I know Onyxnox will understand just how frustrated that's made me. Any suggestions or recommendations appreciated.
92  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Craftster Card Swap (SignUps 7/15/16-7/29/16 CLOSED, Sendouts 8/15/16) on: August 13, 2016 09:24:19 PM
If this swap grows in participant numbers, it could become burdensome to send to everyone. In the quilt block swap we are divided into groups of five participants who send blocks to one another. But if we want to send/receive more blocks we just sign up for multiple groups. I think that process might work well with this swap also. We could choose to send to just one group (no matter what size group we think will work best for the CTCs) or we could decide to join multiple groups as we hone our trading card making skills. It might also make tracking senders and receivers an easier process.
93  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Craftster Card Swap (SignUps 7/15/16-7/29/16 CLOSED, Sendouts 8/15/16) on: August 12, 2016 07:43:51 PM
Finished the backs this evening. I was working on them outdoors because the last time I used these products I ended up with gold flecks on my sewing machine and work surface. Then the rain started. Rather than ruin my backs it actually added an interesting feature to them. Hooray! Disaster averted. I'll finish the fronts tomorrow and Sunday, then assemble Sunday evening, and mail out on Monday.
94  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Weekend Trick or Treat swap on: August 12, 2016 11:19:33 AM
I don't have a single free weekend in September but the first or third weekends are the least committed for me.
95  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Craftster Card Swap (SignUps 7/15/16-7/29/16 CLOSED, Sendouts 8/15/16) on: August 12, 2016 11:13:08 AM
I'm a glue nerd too, but I don't think of that as being a bad thing . . . except maybe space wise. As for the Zip Dry, it's what we used in an acrylic ATC-making class I took. That or Beacon 3-in-1 are solvent based and are best for non-porous materials. Before I really got involved with papercrafting the only glue I had was Elmer's. Then I tried rubber cement because that's what we had used to make mock up pages for the school yearbook when I was a senior. When Aleene's Tacky Glue came on the market, I thought I was in heaven and that it was the solution to everything. Then came hot glue guns, followed by low temp glue guns and glue melting pots. Then the market really went crazy and so did I. Today there are so many options and specialized products that it's hard to know what will work best for any particular usage. Today we have the ability to let others do the testing for us, then we just have to Google for their results. Makes life more simple but introduces us to tons of new products we might not have encountered otherwise.
96  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Weekend Trick or Treat swap on: August 11, 2016 09:08:34 PM
Kittykill, you are one wicked lady!  Grin  I promised myself that I wouldn't join another swap until after the holidays, that I'd focus on gifts for my grandbaby (due in January) instead. Then you go and tempt me with this swap. I loved doing it before, so guess I'll have to jump in for this round also. After all, it's just one weekend of crafting. When will you open it?
97  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Craftster Card Swap (SignUps 7/15/16-7/29/16 CLOSED, Sendouts 8/15/16) on: August 11, 2016 08:47:31 PM
Apologizing in advance. In order to make my address fit on my clear labels (which are only 1/2" tall) I had to use a size 6 font. You may need a magnifying glass in order to read the envelopes to know who sent.  Huh
98  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along on: August 11, 2016 03:58:33 PM
Your craft space looks so much larger than I remember it being. Maybe that's because so many of us were packed in there checking out your stash!
99  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Craftster Card Swap (SignUps 7/15/16-7/29/16 CLOSED, Sendouts 8/15/16) on: August 11, 2016 03:03:41 PM
UTM, avoid rubber cement like the Zika virus! It looks good for a few years, but then its flaws become apparent. It will turn your papers brown, thin paper will become translucent, and the cement will lose its adhesiveness so your project will fall apart. Voice of experience here.

I use Tombow Multi when I need a liquid glue and generally prefer Scotch glue runners for dry applications. This time I'll be using one of my XYRON machines to apply an even coating to the back of my cards or I'll use some of my sticker paper (by Avery) to print the backs so I won't have to add adhesive to join the front and backs. Not sure yet which will work the best with the design/print techniques I plan to use.

And I received today from abbeeroad and curiousfae! Thanks!
100  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Craftster Card Swap (SignUps 7/15/16-7/29/16 CLOSED, Sendouts 8/15/16) on: August 10, 2016 03:23:36 PM
Fortunately the storm wasn't as bad as it first appeared and most of it hit further east of us.

Printing off my first trial run today, then need to take them outdoors for the next step. Glad the rain stopped.
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