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71  My First Polymer Clay in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by BigBangMomma on: March 17, 2013 02:17:03 PM
I've been wanting to learn about polymer clay for a while, and had been intimidated. I found some one a great clearance bargain, so I picked up a little, and decided to try it today.  I made Soft Kitty from Big Bang Theory, and if you know me, you know I'm obsessed with Big Bang Theory!  I also made some beads.  I haven't glazed the beads for a shine yet.

Thanks for looking.

And the beads:
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72  Bald Eagle Mini Art Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by BigBangMomma on: March 16, 2013 08:08:53 PM
I recently completed my first art quilt in my first art quilt swap. In returned, I received a beautiful art quilt of a manatee, which is my daughter's favorite animal. This prompted me to want to make another art quilt, but of one of my son's favorite animals, the bald eagle.

I found a neat printable on-line that had the body parts divided with what colors to use. I didn't want my bald eagle to be an exact replica, but I wanted it to be close, and  fun!  I love how the star fabrics are  light and dark, like day and night. And, as a bonus, I had everything already in my stash!   The loops for hanging was fabric I had, which coordinates with fabric used in the manatee quilt!

It measures about 15" wide by 13" high. 

Close up of the eagle:

It was also my first time sewing things that small for something like this, as well as the detail of my machine going around the eagle. I chose to sew it after I put it together so the eagle is quilted on the back (the darker stars).  I used the invisible close on the last side to sew it up. I'm still getting the hang of that!  And, since what I had in the house was the heat resistant stuff you'd use in pot holders, etc, I used that instead of quilt  batting..so, I guess in  a pinch I could use it.....*gasp!* NO!! just kidding Smiley

Thanks for looking!
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73  Inchies Mania Swap! SU 3/12-3/20 SO 4/10/13 Sign Ups Closed in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by BigBangMomma on: March 12, 2013 03:46:28 PM

Swap name: Inchies Mania Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: johnson.mom2two
Craftster member who is co-organizing this swap: will recruit if more than 25 participants
Sign-up date range: March 12th to 20th, 2013
Date to send item by: April 10, 2013
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
Additional Age requirement? Yes - 16 years

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
*International shipping is required*
*DC #s are not required but you will have to resend if the inchie set is not received*

Everyone is encouraged to join. If you can contain your art to a square of 1 inch, you can make an inchie! With that said, please make your inchies with love and care. Whether you paint, print, stamp, color, draw, ink or embellish, spend a bit of time and energy making the inchies you send to the best of your ability. Everyone you claim should receive inchies you are proud to have made and would love to receive.

For anyone who is not sure what and inchie is or how to go about making one, here is a great post on the papercraft forums by phizzychick (who makes amazing inchies!) http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=303188.0

The bonus is we can post these as cards or letters and avoid high postage charges so international swapping won't be too costly. Plus we won't be requiring a DC for this swap, but you MUST remake and resend if your inchies don't turn up. This is a no extras swap, if you want to send more than just the inchies (like maybe an ATC), then please do this as a personal swap thanks.

You will have the choice of 1 or 2 or 3 partners and you will be required to send 8 inchies to each partner. You will have about 3 weeks crafting time.
It will be necessary to list 5 themes on your questionnaire, Id like to suggest some themes that you might use that seem to be popular, but if you have your own ideas that that is fine too.


(Thank you to kimchery/nilmerg and any other previous inchies organizers  from whom I've borrowed most of this information/questionnaire.)  

1. Single color or color spectrum
2. Nature trees/leaves/flowers etc
3. Crafty items - scissors/thread/tape measure/knitting needles etc.
4. Monsters/robots/aliens
5. Zentangles and patterns
6. Hearts, stars and stripes
7. A favorite TV show, Movie or book
8. Animals (or a specific animal cats / pigs etc)
9. Food & beverages veggies, coffee, fruits, cupcakes
10. Artists Choice (usually inspired by your wist/pinterest)

I reserve the right to deny participation to a swapper with history of poor communication and/or very late sending.

You must post in the thread once prior to being admitted to the swap.

If you would like to participate, please PM organizer (johnson.mom2two) with subject: Inchies Maniasign-up.  

Name of swap: Inchies Mania Swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country (as it should be written)
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? YES, REQUIRED
I'm willing to ship internationally (double checking!) YES/NO
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval YES/NO
Confirm that you understand that you MUST PM both the organizer and your partner when you have sent and received. (Communication is the key to a successful swap and if your communication is not good, then this will be reflected in your feedback) YES/NO
Confirm that you have read and understand the craftster swap info guide http://www.craftster.org/swapsinfo.html YES/NO
Confirm that although a DC is not required for this swap, you must remake and resend if your inchies go missing  YES / NO

Have you ever tried paper crafts before? Yes/No

Have you ever made inchies before? Yes/No

How would you describe your level of ability? Beginner/Moderate/experienced?

What are your favorite colors?

Please suggest  at least 5 themes you would like to receive?

Please provide a link to your Pinterest, wist, Etsy favorites or any other place that my provide your partner with an idea of your tastes:

Would you like 1, 2 or 3 partners? (please consider how many inchies you think you can realistically complete and send within the 3 week crafting period):

Anything that you would like your partner to know?[
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74  Re: Anything Goes Tiny House Swap, rd. 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by BigBangMomma on: March 11, 2013 01:27:51 PM
I received a gorgeous sculpted tiny house from FoxyBlue.  She went with my A-Frame theme. She said the woman and the bee are from old children's books found from a yard sale in Australia. Thanks FoxyBlue! It was fun swapping with you.

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75  Re: Triple Versus Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by BigBangMomma on: March 05, 2013 05:26:21 AM
I received my lovely crocheted item yesterday from mama24boyz!  I'd been eying this adorable owl purse on Pinterest for quite some time, and she delivered! And, sent an even more adorable matching phone cozy with it!

Without further ado, my goodies:

Thank you so much, I love it!

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76  Re: Triple Versus Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by BigBangMomma on: February 24, 2013 10:34:18 AM
Generally the wait for a swap angel is two weeks after send outs, but unfortunately, Mrs. Awesome_Pants has seemed to be incomunicado with this swap from the get-go. Beside I sent my  hoop to her so early on in the swap, I hadn't suspected she was going to flake before I sent.  I'd been in contact with the help desk well before send-outs, and kbrison so thoughtfully offered to angel as my yarnie partner, and worked on that while working on her sewing project for me.

kbrison sent me a beautiful and warm infinity scarf as my angel package:

Here's an up-close of the stitching:

(Color is off on that one, sorry!)

And another view:

Thank you so much Kathy!
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77  Re: Triple Versus Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by BigBangMomma on: February 24, 2013 10:19:33 AM
I received my sewing package from kbrison and it is amazing!  She crafted me Ctrl, Alt, Del pillow covers for pillows that came with my living room set, based off ones on the show Two and a Half Men.  My husband and I love the geeky pillow covers (even though she accidentally put Crtl instead of Ctrl...no biggie, really, it's all good with us!  It could very easily have been my error on the questionnaire!)  They fit great! Thank you so much Kathy! We love them!

They are so fun:

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78  Re: IYP22 Crafting with the Glitz GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by BigBangMomma on: February 23, 2013 09:29:05 AM
So happy! My hubby was able to buy the item we needed to fix our internet connection, so I am able to post  pictures! I knew what I was getting from Foxy Sam as we'd discussed a lot, and showed in progress pictures, but it was so fun to finally be able to see and hold everything. She did a lovely job and I love it all!

Everything (including chocolates and a bookmark and postcard as extras):

My wonderful "Made in Alaska" Kindle Fire Cover which she painted based on an image on my Pinterest. She and I both love polar bears!:

Polymer Clay Big Bang Theory people of Sheldon, Leonard, Penny, Howard, and Raj. I can use them as stitch markers or charms, or whatever!:

Bernadette, Amy and Soft Kitty amigurimis to go with the Sheldon and Leonard I was given as a gift by a friend.  I love how so did their hair!

My Sheldon and Leonard hanging out with their new lady friends.

Thank you so much Sam! It was so much fun swapping with you!
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79  Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by BigBangMomma on: February 16, 2013 10:30:56 AM
I received today from tapestrymlp  the most  beautiful MAQ! Thank you so much. She told me she was inspired by my nature theme, but I didn't have any more clues than that.   This is what she created:

My daughter loves manatees....and she just adored it, and wanted it in her room. Then my son said he didn't have any manatees and wanted it in his room.  And, although the colors are PERFECT for my room, it will most likely make it's home in our living room so everyone can enjoy it.  Here's a close up of the fabric painting on the manatee:

I love love love it! And, I love how  you put the beads on throughout the quilt. It's stunning! Thank you so much!

If I can get my hubby to hang it in a decent amount of time, I'll post an action shot.
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80  Naturally Caron Oasis Wrap in Crochet: Completed Projects by BigBangMomma on: February 15, 2013 09:52:16 AM
I used the Naturally Caron Oasis Wrap pattern to create this stunning gray shawl for Foxy Sam in the IYP rd 22 swap.

Close up:

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