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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Altered Puzzle Pieces Gallery, Round 10 on: June 13, 2015 11:18:54 AM
Swap Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439615.0



Group 1:
1. Luvebuggy99
2. Hazelly
3. Smmarrt
4. Seeuudee

Group 2:
1. Luvebuggy99
2. Greybird
3. rscowtown
4. SammyLouise40

Group 3:
1. Greybird
2. JRWilliams
3. Crazyda79
4. bronzfrog

Group 4:
1. whatthepuck
2. stillatthetop
3. rscowtown
4. JRWilliams
5. Hazelly

Group 5:
1. grapeicepop
2. sammylouise40
3. Hollycopter381
4. smittenheart
5. bronzfrog
2  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Altered puzzle pieces, Round 10 SU Closed; SO blanks by 7/4/15, SO APPs b 8/1/15 on: June 13, 2015 11:10:40 AM
GALLERY: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439616.0



THE BASICS
Swap name: Altered Puzzle Pieces - Round 10
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Luvebuggy99
Sign-up date range: 06/13/15-6/27/15
Date to send item by: ASAP after partners for first mailing (no later than 7/4/15), altered pieces sent out by 8/1/15

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no

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

Additional Age requirement? Craftster rules

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


THE DETAILS
Time to finish up some pieces for your in-progress altered puzzles, or begin a new one!

For this swap, you repurpose or purchase a jigsaw puzzle (cardboard or wooden) and send two pieces to each of your partners.  You can choose the theme, or you can let your partners have an artists choice.  Totally up to you.

Ideally, we will be in groups of six, meaning you mail out and alter ten puzzle pieces.  (This is subject to change slightly, based on how many swappers sign up.)  If you prefer to be in more than one group, please let me know.

This is open to international partners. Willingness to ship internationally is required for this swap, given the small size of what were sending.  

PIECES MUST BE ENCLOSED IN CARDSTOCK OR A GREETING CARD.  If you think it needs to be hand cancelled, please write that on the envelope.  Personally, Ill probably be sending mine in mailers, because it just seems safest.  But use your judgement based on the size and thickness of the pieces your mailing.  Remember how difficult it is when a pieces goes missing (it is a puzzle, after all!) Thanks.

While waiting for partners, you should:

1. Buy or choose a puzzle.

2. Assemble and number the backside of EACH piece.

3. Decide if you want the pieces facing the same way or all over the place. Add arrows to backs of pieces to indicate which direction. (On the questionnaire, I will ask if your pieces are one direction or any direction).

4. Choose your theme or themes.

5. Prepare your pieces.  Some people just mail them as they are; others sand them a bit and add some gesso to make a clean slate.  Its up to you.  

6. You can write a letter to include with your pieces and make your wishes known - glitter or no glitter, 3-D or no 3-D, words or no words, whatever guidelines you have for your finished pieces. You can also say "Artist's choice with an ocean theme" or "Artist's Choice" - this means each partner will decorate/alter the pieces in his/her own way and you will have a puzzle with a random look.

7. Remember, you will send out your pieces to each partner for altering. It's a good idea to copy or trace pieces before sending out if anything goes missing.  


INSPIRATION THAT MAKES YOU KNOW YOU JUST HAVE TO JOIN:

Here are some Craftster altered puzzle masters and mistresses:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=411337.0#axzz2uBZqJgbG
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=361510.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=360625.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=359769.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=355620.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=355110.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=351118.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=349476.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=340758.0#axzz2kBcP1mMf

And some galleries from previous rounds:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=402222.msg4728413#msg4728413
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=411738.0#axzz2uBa8Uxjx
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=386111.0#axzz2uBa8Uxjx
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=326587.0#axzz2uBa8Uxjx
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434321.0#axzz36JvJLqAc



THE QUESTIONNAIRE
If you want to participate, information to send to organizer, Luvebuggy99:

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)
Are you willing, or do you prefer, to be in more than one group?

Can you take photos when you receive?
Will you take photos before sending?

List a theme or themes for your puzzle pieces:
Do you want partners to decorate/alter in one direction? (if so, make sure you arrow your pieces on the back)
Do you want/like 3-D embellishments? (This is relevant if you plan to frame your completed puzzle.)
Any allergens in your house? (pets, smoke)
Any allergies that you have?
Anything YOU DO NOT WANT TO receive (nudity, profanity, something else)?
Any other guidelines you'd like your partners to follow?


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.




3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Altered puzzle swap Round 10 on: May 23, 2015 09:52:13 AM


Hey Ya'll!

Altered puzzle swap is one of my absolute favorites, so I was thinking I'd organize the next one as long as people still want to do this swap. Who's in?!

Last rounds gallery:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434321.0#axzz36JvJLqAc
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Repurposed Yarn Basket on: March 05, 2015 07:47:41 AM


My grandma had an old yarn basket that had torn fabric and was missing one of the top parts from the wooden frame so since my sister is a knitter I thought it'd be nice to repurpose it for her to use. She loves Mexican Kitch so I got some Loteria fabric and got to work Smiley

I took off all the old fabric and used it as my pattern. I was able to sew most of the outer fabric with my machine, but since I couldn't get the wooden frame apart I had to hand sew most of it together and then hand sew the lining.











Thanks for looking Smiley
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Frida Kahlo Shrine on: June 21, 2014 05:44:23 PM
My sister loves Frida Kahlo so I decided to make her a shrine to put on her mantle.



I made a peg Frida with a little painting



A close up of Frida






This is the front of the shrine



This is the back

And this is the inside



The quote reads "pies pa que los quiero si tengo a las para valor."

I dont speak spanish very well so google says it means

"Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?"

Thanks for looking Smiley

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Steampunk ATB on: February 11, 2014 11:02:23 AM
For the ATB swap I noticed my partner liked steampunk so after some research I created this.

(Sorry about the picture quality)


She wanted one that hung on the wall so I attached some metallic ribbon Smiley


I used pages from the book Titus Alone (which I found out kind of helped to start the steampunk movement), and aged them with coffee so i could collage them for the background.

I also used metal gears and beads to embellish the sides and bottom.






Thanks for looking Smiley
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Japan ATB on: February 09, 2014 09:09:36 PM
The recent ATB swap has got me addicted. I made this Japan ATB for my buddy Vincentvanbuck.



I started out with these images:





I cut them into strips and put them on the block:



Then I used these Japanese coins (straight out of VVB's stockpile):



And used them as feet for the block:





This is the back: On the top I painted a crane



The top is another stack of coins and the rising sun



Thanks for looking Smiley
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fairy on a flower - lots o' photos on: December 03, 2013 08:09:32 PM
I made this fairy for a swap and I fell in love with her, it was kind of hard to see her go, but I am very proud of how she came out.

I purchased a nice fake rose and cut off the stem and glued the leaves to the bottom so it is just a simple flower. Then I made the fairies body out of clay, her wings were from a butterfly barrette that I murdered for it's beautiful wings. I found doll hair to make wigs and made her pretty hair and glued a flower button to make her barrette. Then I tied a pretty gold ribbon around it to make it sort of a play on an over-sized ornament.

I have many pictures of her:

















Thanks for looking Smiley
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Gypsy Shrine on: December 03, 2013 08:00:03 PM
I made this Gypsy Shrine for a swap Smiley

The book part is a paper box I found at Michael's, I covered it in different types of scrap booking paper to mimic a vintage circus fortune teller. The fortune teller herself is paper on card stock. The table is polymer clay and there is a clear marble as a crystal ball. I also put in some small vials filled with different 'potions' a gypsy might use. I'm loving making shrines and am fully addicted Smiley

Front:



Back:



Side:



Inside:



Thanks for looking Smiley
10  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Hoopla on: November 10, 2013 02:44:53 PM
I created this for my house. I found some awesome fabric at Joann's that looked like a scary Halloween scene. Then I used felt to make a monster, Frankenstein, a spider, a bad, a ghost and a pumpkin. I'm happy with how it turned out, it gives a little Halloween whimsy to my decor Smiley

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