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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ATC-along, everyone! on: February 08, 2006 10:00:58 AM
Hey there!

Does anyone want to do an ATC craft-along? We can make the minimum of 2 ATCs a week, and there'll be a theme each month. So you should be making roughly 8 (or more) ATCs a month to a certain theme. Eight's a nice number for a set, right?

Anyone up for it? If not, I'll just craft all on my lonesome.



NOTE: As of September I will no longer be running this ATC-Along. Therefore it will be up to you, the participants, to decide upon a theme. And if you can't agree, just post any old cards as long as it gets you making.

---Anushka


Themes

  • February - Chance
  • March - Take Off
  • April - God
  • May - Experiment
  • June - Leap
  • July - Introduce
  • August - Baggage



Remember - post your ATCs every Friday!  Cheesy

In addition, if you missed a month and liked the theme, or just have a sudden burst of late inspiration for the current month's theme, feel free to post your cards. Just make it clear what theme your cards are following.

Don't forget than anyone can join anytime.

And don't nag me if I forget to post themes.

xx nush
22  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / [ACCEPTED] ATC board or child-board? on: February 05, 2006 01:44:45 PM
I'd really like to have a board or child-board (coming out of the papercrafts section) for ATCs (Artist's Trading Cards). I never see them in the projects section, only in swaps, which is a shame really, as they're perfectly valid works of craftiness.

Does anyone have the same opinion?
23  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Jazz/Blues etc CD Swap (Signups CLOSED; Send by 28/2/2006) on: February 01, 2006 01:03:09 PM
Swap name: Jazz/Blues etc CD Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: nushybum
Sign-up date range: 1st February - 12th February. (12 days to sign up)
Date to send item by: 28th February (16 days to craft and send.)
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

Non-U.S. participants allowed? Yes

All ages allowed? Or 18+? All ages

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders"
list and will not allow those members to participate:
YES

Organizer meets the 4 conditions for swapping and will make sure that every participant meets these conditions: YES

Details of swap:

+ In this swap, you will make a mixed CD full of Bluesy tunes and Jazzy influences. You can include whatever songs you please, as long as they fit into the genre of Blues or Jazz*.

+ You will be put into a group of three. This means that you will be sending to (and recieving from) two people. If not enough people sign up, you may have to send to more people.

+ You should decorate the cover of the CD.

+ The CD itself should have at least 18 songs.

+ When you sign up, you must be willing to send to other countries. You must. CDs aren't that expensive to send, especially if you use the thin jewel cases.

+ If you live in the USA and are sending to someone else in the USA, you should obtain a DC#, and let me & your partners know what it is when you send. If you don't live in the USA and/or are sending overseas, and there's no affordable form of tracking, keep your receipt as proof in case it gets lost.

+ I will be checking in on you on or around the 19th of Feb. Please do not send before this. When you're ready to send, PM me for the OK.

+ When you sign up & are approved, please post a message in the thread so that I know you'll be getting the updates etc.

*I say Jazz & Blues, but really, it's such a wide genre (there are SO many forms of jazz!) that soul, gospel, et cetera, would be OK too. Just not R&B. I know it's the modern day equivelant, but please. It's just not the same.


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:


QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Jazz/Blues etc CD Swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address (Please include country)
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of your country?
Who are your favourite artists?


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.

AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:

1. nushybum
2. Porfiry (1st time swapper!)
3. Hgflower
4.GreatBallofFire
5. qt37
6. Krajackex (1st time swapper!)
7. Whiskey
8.  jnaos
9. Spiderdust
10. bethyg (1st time swapper!)
11. FRAUGHT  (1st time swapper!)
12. twowishes

PARTNERS

GROUP ONE
Nushybum
HgFlower
Twowishes


GROUP TWO
Jnaos
Bethyg
Whiskey


GROUP THREE
Porfiry
Krajackex
FRAUGHT


GROUP FOUR
Qt32
Greatballoffire
Spiderdust
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Jazz/Blues etc CD swap? on: January 29, 2006 10:30:31 AM
Are there are any other Jazz/Blues nuts out there?

The Blues being such an important period in music history, there are hundreds of artists and loads of styles which came from the Blues.

And so, I thought it would be fun to have a mixed CD swap with Jazz and Blues music on it - you might discover a new singer or musician you love (I only found the amazing Ella Fitzgerald when I was going through an old set of drawers in my house, and found an old CD), or realise that you're partial to a style of jazz, or Blues influence (jazz, soul, gospel, Elvis - who was just a cleaned-up White version of the blues - etc.)

I think it would be cool if you made 2 copies of the same CD, and had 2 swap partners. You'd send and recieve 2 compilations. And the Blues being such a huge genre, the chances of recieving the same song - or same recording or a song - would be pretty slim.

I hope there are takers for this!


P.S. I originally posted this thread iin the other swap ideas folder. Then I noticed that there are loads of CD swap ideas in this one. So confusing! So that's why there's a double-post; the other one is http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=76924.0.
25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / A recent jewelery binge... on: January 29, 2006 09:50:53 AM
...Left me with these,

BRACELETS










NECKLACES







EARRINGS









(A few are old pics, but the majority of it was made a fortnight ago, and has been sent off for swaps. Grr.)

I'm so sorry for the huge pictures, but I'm awful at resizing them.
26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Jazz/Blues etc CD swap? >>SIGNUPS POSTED, SEE MESSAGE #9 FOR LINK!<< on: January 29, 2006 05:40:42 AM
Are there are any other Jazz/Blues nuts out there?

The Blues being such an important period in music history, there are hundreds of artists and loads of styles which came from the Blues.

And so, I thought it would be fun to have a mixed CD swap with Jazz and Blues music on it - you might discover a new singer or musician you love (I only found the amazing Ella Fitzgerald when I was going through an old set of drawers in my house, and found an old CD), or realise that you're partial to a style of jazz, or Blues influence (jazz, soul, gospel, Elvis - who was just a cleaned-up White version of the blues - etc.)

I think it would be cool if you made 2 copies of the same CD, and had 2 swap partners. You'd send and recieve 2 compilations. And the Blues being such a huge genre, the chances of recieving the same song - or same recording or a song - would be pretty slim.

I hope there are takers for this!
27  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Arrr matey....Coptic-bound pirate journal on: January 15, 2006 12:30:43 PM






Cap'n's log of a stolen ship.....Heavily decorated with ink splodges and skulls. The words at the top of the inside say, to live as a pirate is to die as a queen, then the tea-stained sections say "Captain" ; "Ship" ; "Set Sail"
28  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / Let's make a zine! on: January 14, 2006 01:57:02 PM
All right, I know there's been a LOT of talk of starting a zine on these boards before, but I don't believe that it has ever happened. I'm going to start one, and I definately need helpers! (Have also posted this on the CrAftermath boards)

I imagine I would end up being the editor. It'd be a quarterly tri-annual zine, but I'm too busy come February & March to worry about a spring issue. I'm talking summer, with a publication Midsummer (June 21st).

I need to know who's going to be ready & willing to contribute, who wants to be involved in the running of it (need a co-editor &c), and who can generally lend a hand.

for content, it would need the following:

Tutorials/patterns (perhaps two or three per issue)

Reviews of craft shows or events you have been to recently, and upcoming ones.

Articles - Why you craft, what it means to you, going into business, how much you're looking forward to craftermath &c. I don't really know.

How-to one per issue. Different from tutorials as they are how to make things; this is more like HOW TO KNIT or HOW TO SEW &c, though admittedly there would be some overlap.

Product & business reviews - for example, why hobbycraft clasps are actually crap, good service from different online shops, etc.

Ads for your business are an option too, will talk more about that when I come to organise the thing!


Therefore, let me know if you're interested. Oh, and it needs a name. No idea what to call it, but it doesn't have to have the word "craft" in it. (E.g. I just saw a polaroid zine called "Instant Gratification.") The zine is called Shock Paper Scissors





Edited 18/6/06 to add:
Currently printing the first issue - Midsummer 2006 - which is due out on Wednesday (fingers crossed!). I am obviously not looking for any contributers now, however if you are interested in writing for the second issue - Autumn 2006, which will be out in October - just e-mail me at shockpaperscissors@gmail.com

For more information, just e-mail me at the above address. You will be able to buy copies via the Shock Paper Scissors Blog when it is released (June 21st 2006), just go to http://shockpaperscissors.blogspot.com

--nush
(Editor, Shock Paper Scissors)
29  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Please help me collect materials for my ART GCSE COURSEWORK! on: January 07, 2006 06:00:07 AM
Hi!

I'm currently working on a 3D piece for my art GCSE; the theme is Passage of Time.

I would really, really appreciate it if you could help me collect materials; I need things like ring pulls, bottle caps (preferably metal ones, like from beer bottles, but plastic is perfectly fine) and so on. I'm making a torso-and-tail of a mermaid, and am in need of materials to make her tail.

If you can help please reply here & I'll sent you my address.

Thank you very much!
nushybum
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!! Monster bag. *now with tutorial* on: January 05, 2006 01:10:41 PM



snarl, snarl, RIP-RIP-RIP-RIP!!!!!!!!!
Grrrrrrrrr...I belong --- RRRAWRR!!! --- to bracelet_girl....SNARLSNARLSNARL...for the UK Xmas swap....ravage-ravage-CHOMP.



Ahem. Two strands worsted acrylic, one strand so-hard-to-knit-with-I-could-cry eyelash yarn. She loved it. <3



Tutorial

This is a basic, very easy buttonhole bag. It is made by knitting a rectangle with two holes on either end, and seaming together. Alernatively, you could knit in the round.

Yarn:
1 skein* worsted weight yarn (I used red heart supersaver, cheap 100% acrylic stuff.)
2 balls Wendy Eyelash Shimmer [100% polyester; 55m per ball]  in a complementing tone to the plain yarn.


*This will be double-stranded. I used 1 skein because I double strand by taking one end from the middle and one end from the outside. If you don't do it like this then obviously you'll need two balls.

Notions:
Pair straight needles size UK2/US10.5/6.5mm
Yarn needle

Other materials:
Fabric for lining (optional)
Enough white felt for eyes & teeth
2 buttons for eyes
Sewing needle & thread.

Gauge:
5 stitches & 4 rows is about 1 inch.

The gauge is not very important. This is a really versatile pattern, and you can lengthen & shorten as you wish. What is important is that you create a very thick, dense fabric, which technically doesn't need a lining. I used needles 3 sizes smaller than I would have normally.

Pattern:

Cast on 34 stitches, using 3 strands (two of plain yarn, one of novelty).

Handle

Work 2 rows, garter st.
3rd row: K10, BO 14, K10.
4th row: K10, CO 14 (I used the cable CO), K10.

Body

Knit, working in garter stitch, for about 16 inches.
(I knit until I had used up the first ball of novelty yarn, which was about 8", then repeated the length.)

Handle

K10, BO14, K10.
2nd row: K10, CO14, K10.

Work 2 rows garter st.
Cast off.

Finishing

Weave in ends.

Cut 2 irregular circles out of white felt and hand-stitch on. (Stuff lightly if you like.)
Cut several triangles out of the felt and sew on for a grin.
Sew 2 buttons for eyes.

Seam sides; I used matress stitch.
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