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11  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Slytherin tote on: April 20, 2015 09:46:39 AM
I made this for FreakieGeekie in the Common Ground swap. We both love Harry Potter, although I'm a Ravenclaw.  Wink

We also share political views, and this phrase seems to work well with Slytherin, too.  I stenciled the lettering, drew on and painted the crest/snake by hand.

12  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Morning Greeting on: April 20, 2015 09:43:55 AM
I made this for quaggy in the Common Ground swap.  I found the frame in her favorite colors at a yard sale (love of yard sales is something we have in common) and I painted this picture to go in it.

Acrylic on bristol board.

13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / More jewelry from vintage bits & pieces on: April 15, 2015 08:34:09 AM
I've been making these to stock up for Christmas.

I think the first one is my favorite.
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Vintage beaded flower necklace on: April 10, 2015 09:35:05 AM
I like to take found items and turn them into something new.  This used to be a couple of vintage earrings.  I like them better this way.  Wink

15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Common Ground 3 - GALLERY!! on: April 02, 2015 10:06:02 AM

Post your lovelies here!
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / I'm Minecrafted OUT! on: March 26, 2015 06:36:24 AM
My little guy is having a bday party this weekend and opted for a mine craft theme, which  in many ways was super easy, and in many other ways, a big old pain in the neck.  But I love my kid, so here we go.  I will probably be adding to this post later with pics of the cake that I have yet to make.  Roll Eyes

So I made some perler bead zipper pulls and characters for the goody bags.  With 13 kids invited to the party (including the bday boy), that took a good while.

I also made magnets.  I copied some labels from http://www.frugalfamilytimes.com/2013/08/minecraft-birthday-party-printables.html and also made my own with fire on them.  I printed them on half sheet labels from Avery (18126) and then stuck the labels to some magnets I have (got boxes of them  Roll Eyes - yep, justifying those hoarding instincts) and cut them up.  This process took a while, too.  Coz... 13 kids.

I also had a slew of Mentos gum (hooray for coupons!) and made labels for those. These are just printed on paper and taped on.  I found the slime image on deviant art and downloaded a mine craft font (from dafont.com) to write Slime Balls on it.

These would be great on tic-tacs, I think, too! I'm not sure if they can be resized, but you're welcome to give it a go:

I also made potion labels for the drinks.  I saw lots of potion labels online, but made my own based on one that I saw that only had one color of potion.  Well, that wouldn't do!  So I found a mine craft wiki online to get pics of various potions and went from there.

Again, not sure about resizing, but here they are, use them to your heart's content:

A piata for 13 kids will have to hold a LOT of candy and so one of those wimpy store bought deals just wasn't going to cut it.  We were at 2 bday parties just last week where the piata hit the ground before the kids had really begun to get busy with it.  So I found a box, paper mache'd over it for extra strength (and to hide the box seams), then spray painted it.  I also added a little hardware for the rope.  This has worked well for me in the past. (In the pic, the piata has not been taped shut yet.) BTW, if you cut a sleeve off of an old adult men's t-shirt, it will make a great blindfold.  Wink

And then the goody bags.  I found some red paper sacs a little smaller than a standard lunch bag (I'll be using standard lunch bags for the piata, tho) and then used that handy dandy mine craft font and a glue stick to make the TNT labels for them.  I think these are cute and I was so glad to NOT have to draw creepers onto all those goody bags!  Whew! I filled them and taped 'em shut with washi tape.  Oh, and I found those bookmarks online as well - they are two sided!  I just printed, cut, and laminated.  I don't have a pic of all the completed bookmarks but you can find them here: http://grungezombie.net/2014/01/printable-minecraft-bookmarks/
17  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Common Ground Round 3!! S/U 3/2 - 3/21, S/O 4/13 on: March 02, 2015 09:54:48 AM

Would you like to get to know some of your fellow craftsters?  Here's a great way to find out what you have in common with other crafters in our community!

Swap name: Common Ground Swap Round 3
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: bunny1kenobi
Sign-up date range:March 2/15 - March 21/15
Date to send item by: April 13/15

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

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

Additional Age requirement? no

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions: yes
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES/NO yes
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES/NO yes
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES/NO no
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES/NO yes
- Is at least 18 years old: YES/NO yes

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions: yes
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO yes
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO yes
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO yes
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO yes
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO yes
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO yes
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO yes
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO yes

Details of swap:

Your mission will be to find something you have in common with your partner and craft 1 small item and 1 medium item that apply to your commonality.  Give your partner as much information about yourself as you feel comfortable sharing! You and your partner DO NOT have to find the same commonality! This will be a great way to "meet" new people and make some new crafty friends. Please post in the thread at least once per week, and when you post your pics, make sure to tell us what you and your partner had in common!

Round 1 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=423857.0#axzz2uT8j8N00
Round 2 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432316.0

Shipments within the US will require Delivery Confirmation.  If you are shipping internationally, you'll need your shipping receipt.  

If you are not sure what I mean by small or medium, here's a rough guidline you can follow:

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 - please write Common Ground questionnaire in the subject line:

Name of swap: Common Ground Swap Round 3
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: (YES/NO)

Favorite color(s):
Color(s) you dislike:
Favorite book(s):
Favorite movie(s) and/or tv show(s):
Favorite themes- be as specific as possible!  For example, if you like video games, say which; if you like fairy tales, specify. If you have favorite animal(s), let your partner know which one(s).
Hobbies/activities besides crafting:
Anything in particular you'd like to receive?
Anything you'd rather NOT get?
What crafts do you do?
What crafts do you admire or wish you could do?
Do you have any allergies?
Are there any allergens in your home?
Do you have a wist or pinterest that you'd like your partner to see?
Any other info you'd like to share? (Help your partner out- they are trying to learn as much about you as possible!  Some ideas to get you started- do you play an instrument? Color schemes/themes in your home? Do you have kids/grandkids? Do you work and if so what do you do? Fave foods? Do you collect anything?.... and so on...)


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
18  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Curiosity Cabinet on: February 19, 2015 07:18:41 AM
I made this for sheepblue in the ongoing ATC swap, and I think it turned out pretty cool!  *Note: I didn't draw the images, just made the paper look aged and made the "cabinet" itself. 

The knobs turn to reveal these images as well:

19  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Red Riding Hood Theatre on: February 17, 2015 08:14:17 AM
I recently made an ATC for gozer in the ongoing ATC swap and she received it, so I can post!

I had been wanting to make something like this for quite some time, and being as we are both huge fans of Red Riding Hood, this seemed like the perfect opportunity. There are magnets on the back of this so that it can go on her fridge.

Action shot:

The players (with a dime for size reference). These are all hand cut.  Very, very carefully.

Gozer tells me she loves it, and I'm glad!  My 8 yr old was disappointed that I sent it away, so I think I will have to make another for him, but maybe use shrink plastic for the characters since cardstock would probably be a bit delicate for his unintentionally destructive little fingers.  Roll Eyes
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Common Ground Round 3 on: February 08, 2015 08:20:17 AM

Anyone up for Round 3 of the Common Ground Swap?

The idea is to find something that you and your partner have in common and craft to that, and it can be ANYTHING - you like the same color, have the same number of kids, love the same book/movie.... whatever it is, make something that goes with it.

I'm thinking one medium and one small, and I'd like to open the swap mid- March with about 3 weeks of crafting time.

Thoughts?  Questions? Let's hear them!  Cheesy

Links to previous galleries:

Round 2 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432316.0

Round 1 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=423857.0
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