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21  Dottie at the Circus: Altered Mini Altoids Tin in Completed Projects by rackycoo on: January 11, 2015 08:32:29 AM
It's been forever since I did any circus art, and I missed it. Here's a little quickie project: a Mini Altoids tin circus, featuring Dottie, a fine circus elephant performer. I removed the lid of the tin, and used it as a floor, where Dottie can perform.


Dottie is a tiny plastic elephant, but I made her a little hat and blanket to dress her up for her circus debut. The hat is made from Apoxie Sculpt, painted red with white dots. The little pom pom on top is a clear seed bead. The blanket is a little snippet of ribbon, with painted on white "fringe".



The flags are made with matchsticks and the same striped paper I used on the sides of the tin.


A tiny circus poster on the back, advertising the elephant show:


And there you have it, a tiny circus that can fit in the palm of your hand.  Smiley
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22  FOC Second Chance Swap Wishlist Swap 2015 (SU thru 2/6; SO 2/21) CLOSED in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by rackycoo on: January 07, 2015 03:36:48 PM
GALLERY!



Swap name: FOC Second Chance Wishlist Round 4
Craftster members who are organizing this swap: rackycoo & alteredmommy
Sign-up date range: January 7 through February 6
Date to send item by: All packages must be sent on or before February 21

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
Age requirement? 16+

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


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: FOCs - YES, Users with Negs - Not necessarily.
- Is a Friend of Craftster OR has negative feedback: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: NO this swap is specifically set up to help those members with negative feedback. Smiley
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES

Details of swap:

If you would like to participate, please read ALL of the information in this post thoroughly.

Though there are quite a few Craftster members who have negative feedback, angel opportunities can be hard to come by.  We've run three previous versions of this swap in order to provide opportunities for those members who needed to clear their negative feedback.  However, since there are so many members who still need opportunities to set their accounts in good standing, we have decided to run this swap again.  

As with the previous versions of this swap, Friends of Craftster in good swap standing and users with negative feedback (who have NOT been banned from swapping) may participate. Here's how it works:

Friends of Craftster:

As long as you are a FOC (with no negatives of your own) when you post your list, you are eligible.  Since you will not be sending in this swap, you may join even if you are at your 5 swap limit. You may only post once and once you have been chosen, your list will be moved to a locked thread for reference. Unlike most swaps, for this swap you will need to post your wishlist FIRST and THEN PM your sign-up questionnaire to BOTH rackycoo AND alteredmommy. (Yes. BOTH. on the same pm so we can each see the other has it) Due to our method of tracking, this will be easiest for us. If you are found to be ineligible, your post will be removed without notice.

Remember, the more realistic your list, and the more items you include, the better your chances of getting chosen! If you are chosen, your list will be moved to a locked thread and your swapper will send you a few items from your list. The swapper will choose one large or two mediums, and then two of your small items. When you receive, you will pm rackycoo and alteredmommy so we can fix your sender's feedback, and then you will post in the gallery and include a nice thank you message to your sender. Feedback will not be entered for this swap, as FOCs will not actually be swapping and senders will be getting a negative removed from their profile.

Because this is not a regular swap, there is a chance that either you will not get chosen, or you might get flaked on after you are picked. Please note that there will be no angels for this swap. If you don't receive, though, there is no loss as you will not be sending out items to your swapper.


Users with Negative Feedback:

You do not need to send a PM to sign-up. Just PM your completed questionnaire to rackycoo and alteredmommy once you've chosen a list. Give us the name of the FOC you chose, and we'll send you the address.

Please send to one FOC per negative you've received. You do not need to clear all of your negatives during this swap, but you are allowed to clear multiple negatives by choosing up to two lists at a time. Please choose one large or two mediums, and then two of small items from each list. If you have more than two negatives and you are able to send out two nice packages before the end of signups, you may choose two more lists at that time.

Once you have selected a Friend of Craftster to send to, PM your questionnaire to rackycoo AND alteredmommy (Yes. BOTH of us) the relevant questionnaire below.  You MUST PM rackycoo and alteredmommy each time you choose a list and each time you send. When you send your package you must purchase Delivery Confirmation if you are sending within the US. If you are sending within or between any other countries you will need to provide a scan or picture of your receipt when you send. This is not required in regular Craftster swaps, but will be required in this swap.

Who's sending to whom:

Once your package has been received, one negative will be changed to positive.  The previous organizer comments will remain, but we will add that you successfully completed the FOC Second Chance Wishlist swap to redeem your feedback.

If you claim someone in this swap, you will need to complete your obligations. If you do not send a package to someone that you claim you will be permanently banned from swapping. This is in line with current swap rules.


All participants:

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:
(Please put FOC Wishlist in the subject line of any PMs regarding this swap!)

QUESTIONNAIRE FOR FOCs to fill out:

Name of swap: FOC Wishlist
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:

I am a FOC, and I understand that this swap was specifically formed to help people redeem feedback. Upon receiving, I will post pictures to the gallery and thank my sender. I also understand that in the event I do not receive from this swap, no angels will be provided. YES/NO

I am sending this pm to both rackycoo AND alteredmommy! YES/NO


QUESTIONNAIRE FOR USERS WITH NEGATIVES to fill out:
Name of swap: FOC wishlist
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:

Does your profile say you are banned from swapping?: YES/NO

Have you ever received a PM from jungrrl regarding a previous username?:

If you have ever had another username please list it here:

Who are you choosing to send to:

I currently have negative feedback but have not been banned from swapping, and I understand that this swap was specifically formed to help people redeem feedback. I will PM rackycoo & alteredmommy with Delivery Confirmation numbers or pictures of my receipt when I send. I also understand that in the event I do not complete the obligations I sign up for in this swap, I will be permanently banned from swapping. YES/NO

I am sending this pm to both rackycoo AND alteredmommy! YES/NO


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 out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

AVAILABLE FOC LISTS:
BriannaB03
Mountains and Clouds
GatorWrangler
PerfectlyBohemian
greybird
rscowtown
crazyda79
Homerof2
cmarion3
gotgrey
rockmygypsysoul
lindyv321
brandyk
Smileyyogini
littlefawnpug
luckdragon
Onyxnox
mama24boyz
gingerpeachy
pottermouth
sheepBlue
sweety28303
gozer
calixita
A2K
kjlutz
La Chapa


Who is sending to whom: (click on receiver's name to find their list in this thread)
If your name is struck through, your feedback has been changed to Positive.  Smiley
scaramouche sent 2/21> Ratfinkz  Smiley
dewshinesdopp did not send >  goldfishpollywog  Sad
TAOJ sent 2/20> quaggy Smiley
WeeFreeRhie sent 02/23 >  phoenixfiredesigns  Smiley
WeeFreeRhie sent 02/23. >  Watsonc7  Smiley
IdlersDesign sent 1/22 > MareMare  Smiley
IdlersDesign sent 2/6 > Phizzychick  Smiley
Bobbysgirl did not send >  MissingWillow  Sad
rubylynns sent 2/20 > DaphadillyArt  Smiley
Lo{ve} sent 1/20> underthemountain  Smiley
vixen72 sent 2/21> LadyBugsAndBumblebees Smiley
Mlsocci74 sent 2/18> jellybean89  Smiley
TroubleT did not send > Homerof2  Sad
StainedMushroom sent 2/21> Acadian Driftwood  Smiley
Tuesday did not send> Whistley  Sad
mousee23 sent late > calluna Smiley
bronzfrog sent 2/21 > Smeddley  Smiley
IdlersDesign sent 2.24>  mistress_batty Smiley
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23  Wonderbox, Twinchie Display in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by rackycoo on: January 06, 2015 12:25:23 PM
My last project of 2014, and first to be posted in '15! Alpha Stamps sent me a twinchie shadowbox to decorate. It's a little over 11" by 11". I decided on an "Almost Valentine" theme and a red and turquoise scheme, which matches my craft room. I have so many great collage sheets that I've collected, so I pulled them out and found some great images. Most of them are love related, but some, I chose for their color alone, like the elephant on the bicycle, Red Riding Hood, who's now reaching for some pie, and the curious rabbit with the little mushrooms.


Cupids hold a banner made from washi tape and baker's twine.


Here you can see that some of the squares are elevated, in order to give the surface more depth. All I did was cut some small squares of corrugated and place them under a few of the twinchies. Some of the blocks are as deep as the cubbies, but others have one, two, or even three layers of corrugated supporting them. You can also see the stripey sides of the box in this shot. I love that paper; it's so fun.


Here are a few close ups of some of the squares. The figures are elevated with foam tape. Some ladies, one with a gentleman caller:


Some queens, a fancy lady, and a loner:


This was a really fun project with only one real downside: my craft room is a huge mess now! My New Year's resolution is to straighten out my work space.

If you'd like to see a list of all the wonderful Alpha Stamps goodies that went into the making of this box, click here
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24  DESIGN TEAM CALL! Alpha Stamps looking for new design team members in Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions by rackycoo on: January 04, 2015 08:08:21 AM


Want to get free supplies and a crafty challenge delivered to your home each month? Are you skilled and creative and able to consistently meet deadlines? Alpha Stamps is currently taking applications for the 2015 design team and guest designers. For more information, click here!

Submissions Deadline: February 4, 2015

C'mon, Craftsters, go for it!
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25  Altered Ornament Box for Christmas in Winter Holidays by rackycoo on: December 14, 2014 11:13:10 AM
Quite some time ago, cackle and I got all excited about decorating vintage Christmas ornament boxes. I found a great deal on Ebay: two adorable identical boxes for $10. Each box measured just 4" by 5 1/2". I kept one and sent one to her, with the promise that we would each decorate them and give them to each other as gifts.

The boxes themselves were adorable! Each one measures just 4" by 5 1/2". Even though we got the boxes months ago, neither of us really did anything with them until we signed up for the IYP and got ourselves a good deadline. Cheesy

EDIT: better photo, now that cackle removed the cellophane.


Here's the one I made and sent to her. The little deer is a vintage deer I found on Etsy. The package next to him has a little tag with her name on it. Wonder what's inside?


I left the cellophane window on mine; she removed hers. She wins. It's really better without. I told her she may want to take that off of the one I sent her. The glare is pretty bad, especially in photos.

Aren't these the cutest boxes ever? Neither of us could bear to mess with the outsides; they were just too perfect!


I am so tickled with how these boxes turned out. I have a larger ornament box that I've been meaning to alter as well. Maybe this will be the kick in the pants I need to get started with it!

Wanna see the gorgeous box I received from cackle in return? Click here!
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26  Re: IYP 27 Crafty Quickstep Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by rackycoo on: December 14, 2014 08:49:18 AM
cackle and I have both received our swap packages. I can't tell you how much I loved doing this tiny swap with her. Way back in the spring, we got to talking about decorating vintage Christmas ornament boxes. We found a great pair of identical boxes on Ebay. They're small (4" by 5 1/2" and adorable.) I kept one and sent one to her. Thank goodness for this swap, or we may never have gotten around to exchanging them!

Here's what she sent me:


Ack, it's perfect! A little deer is spying on Santa as he brings Christmas cheer. There's snow, there's glitter; it's awesome!

Here's a side view so you can see the dimension:


Here's what I sent her. There's a little present next to the deer, addressed to her.


I should have removed the cellophane, like she did. (She's so smart!) I told her to go back in and take that offa there.

Side view:


This was such a fun swap. I love my little Christmas box! Thanks so much, cackle, and thanks to you, luckdragon, for hosting the swap that forced encouraged us to both get our butts in gear to finish the boxes up. Cheesy
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27  Mini Tin Christmas Ornament in Winter Holidays by rackycoo on: December 07, 2014 10:45:55 AM
My last kit from Alpha Stamps came with the cutest little reindeer charm. I just had to figure out something to do with him. I also had some small bottle brush trees and lots of Snow-tex left over, so I popped the lid off of a mini Altoids tin and put this little ornament together. The gold tinsel and the jingle bell hanging on the bottom make it extra festive.


This was a fun little project that was quick and easy to do. Smiley
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28   Light-up Christmas House, with Tutorial (and tons of photos!) in Winter Holidays by rackycoo on: December 03, 2014 10:47:11 AM
Christmas is coming! I was inspired by vintage Putz houses to make this little house using Alpha Stamps' new Glitter House Template collage sheet and lots of other fun Christmas supplies (also from Alpha Stamps, of course!) This house has an LED light inside, and a working streetlight on the corner. Here it is in daylight:


And here it is in the dark, with both the inside light and the street light lit. When the lights are on, you can see the Christmas tree inside the front window.


These little houses are so fun and easy to make! Here's how I made this one.

Cut apart the template and adhere it temporarily with spray adhesive to the backside of sturdy double sided scrapbook paper. For this project, I used a very light coat of Aleene's Spray Tacky Glue. Once the house was cut out, I removed the template. Using a ruler and x-acto knife, cut around the outside edge of the template, and the doors and windows. Use a bone folder to score along the tab lines and the dotted fold lines, and then carefully remove the template from the scrapbook paper.


Fold along the scored tab and fold lines, and begin to glue the house together. I glued the top of the house down first, then the sides, and then folded up and glued the bottom. It really helps to cut out the bottom of the floor (noted on the template), so you can get your hands up into the house and hold down those glued edges until they dry. Once the house is assembled, you can replace the cut out part and complete the floor.

Now for the roof. I used corrugated cardboard for my roof, so I gently peeled off the top layer of paper to expose the ribs within. Once the cardboard is stripped, adhere the template, and then cut and score the roof. Glue it to the top of the house. I used a rubber band to hold the roof in place until the glue was set.


This is my first time to use Snow-tex, but definitely not my last! (Thanks so much to alwaysinmyroom for the inspiration!) I just couldn't wait to try it out, so I did a little test area on the roof, using an old paintbrush. Notice I taped around the edge of the lid of the box with masking tape; I didn't want to get any snow on the sides. (In case you're wondering, yes, I always work like this. My desk is a mess!)


Glue the chimney to the roof using Tacky Glue. Don't worry that the chimney doesn't sit flat on the corrugated cardboard; Snow-tex will cover that up.


Next, I put a string of tiny pearls around the door and all of the windows except the large one in front. I found that it helped to cut the string into tinier segments, especially when going around a curve. For the rounded windows, I cut the strands so that I was only gluing on two pearls at a time. Here, Santa stands guard while you check out those pearly windows. The snow you see on the window panes was added using an embroidery needle. I found the popsicle stick to be too large for applying small amounts of the Snow-tex.


I made the chimney cap a bit smaller than the one on the template so it didn't hang over the chimney, but I did cut the hole in it so I could add some smoke, which was made with a little bit of cotton pulled off a cotton ball.  In this next photo, I was determining placement of the house, the Santa, and the trees on the box lid.


I drew around all the elements on the top to help give me a guide of where to punch holes out for the wiring of the streetlight and the LED light within the house. Once I knew where things were going to go, I punched out the holes. The larger hole for the LED light was made with scissor tips, and the smaller streetlight hole was made with a large needle. These holes don't have to be pretty; they will be covered in the final project. To keep the lights stable on top, I used a bit of Apoxie Sculpt to secure them underneath the lid. 


Now it's time to add the snow. To keep the front doorstep from being buried, I sat the house up on a piece of cardboard cut to the same size as the floor. This will make the house look like it's on a little hill. Now, fill in the snow! I used a popsicle stick for the larger areas, like the ground, and a toothpick for some of the smaller areas, like the tops of the windows and around the Santa. As I mentioned before, the tiny bits of snow on the window panes were applied with a needle.

The trees were a little taller than I needed, so I used wire clippers to cut their wooden bases off. Once I applied all the snow on the ground, I used Aleene's Tacky Glue around the bottoms of the trees and set them into place. Push them into that snow, so they'll be nice and stable.


To make the wreath in the front window, I used a hole reinforcement label and some green yarn. I wrapped the yarn around the circle several times, adding some tacky glue when necessary. Red seed beads were then glued on to resemble holly berries. An upside down candy cane made the perfect wreath hanger.


Before assembly, I painted the box with cream and white stripes, and glued on some 7/8" lace around the rim of the top. The batteries for the lights are now hidden within the box. Look around back: someone has built a snowman!


The great thing about these templates is how flexible they are. You can make whatever sort of houses you wish. How about a haunted house next October?

Meanwhile, happy little Christmas houses. If you made it this far, congratulations! For a complete list of supplies, click here.
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29  Halloween Tags in Halloween Decor and Parties by rackycoo on: November 19, 2014 08:03:36 AM
I know it's been forever since Halloween, but I just realized I never posted these simple tags I made this year. This was just a little quickie project I did because sometimes, I just can't get enough of Halloween. Cheesy

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30  Re: Holiday Tag Swap - Round 2 Gallery... in The Swap Gallery by rackycoo on: November 19, 2014 07:14:43 AM
I'd love a collection of all the tags! So many great ones.

Here's my last set; beautiful paper tags by Onyxnox.


Thanks so much, Onyxnox, for the tags and for hosting this fun swap. Smiley
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