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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Farm Shrine on: July 31, 2016 05:31:07 PM
I made a farm shrine for MissingWillow in the Common Ground swap.

It's mostly polymer clay so I put it here although there are also plastic and metal pieces in the shrine also.

The base I found at a thrift shop and is about 12" high.  Each little level originally had a drawer in it and measures maybe 3" each.


The outside I painted with off white acrylic paint and layered on some bee themed tissue paper and some honeycomb stamped papers (both pilfered from PerfectlyBohemian's stash Smiley )



The top level is a beehine and 2 bees.  Plus a lurking zombie in the corner!
There are also sheep mod podged in the background


The next level are 3 polymer clay sheep and a little plastic chicken. There are also pictures of chickens on the sides of the wall.


here is a pic of a sheep with a quarter for size reference


The last level is a little metal wheelbarrow with polymer clay potatoes and carrots.
There is also a little plastic sheep in the back.  and some gardening tools laying around.


I love working with clay and making shrines and this one was a lot of fun to make.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Pocket Letters Round 2 on: July 18, 2016 11:47:55 AM
Original Swap Thread --> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448180.0



Post your pics here!

Sent
Received
Sent and Received
Late/Contact organizer

Partners



quaggy   <-->   violayne
seeuudee   <-->   curiousfae
seeuudee   <-->   sammylouise
Beautifulsoul<-->   phoenixfiredesigns
sydney23   <-->   curiousfae
Beautifulsoul   <-->   bunny1kenobi
quaggy   <-->   geekgirl
geekgirl   <-->   bunny1kenobi
edelC   <-->   mom2em
Homerof2   <-->   edelC


3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Mini Junk Journals on: July 15, 2016 11:31:51 AM
Original thread --> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448091.0


image from https://artfrommysoul.wordpress.com/tag/junk-journal/

Post your images here!  Please try to post a picture of the cover and at least 5 pictures of different pages.  IF you can do a collage(s) that would be great.

Sent
Received
Sent and Received
Late/Contact organizer

Partners:

Sharalee <--> jkaywiz
onyxnox <--> PerfectlyBohemian
Sarasmile <--> IsikkahJai
tarteaucitron <--> Calixita

Smmarrt <--> Dearbluebird
geekgirl1000100 <--> LimeRiot
LovelyMiss <--> greybird
pioneer9 <--> Treemoon
rscowtown <--> geekgirl1000100
4  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Pocket Letter Swap Round 2 - SU Jun 25-Jul 1 ; SO July 27 on: June 25, 2016 03:40:37 AM
The Gallery --> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448858.0

Pocket Letter Swap Round 2 (SU Jun 25-Jul 1; SO July 27)



Gallery for Round 1 --> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=447865.0

Site that explains pocket letters: http://janettelane.blogspot.ie/2015/02/what-are-pocket-letters.html

Swap name: Pocket Letter Swap Round 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  geekgirl1000100
Sign-up date range: Jun 25-Jul 1
Date to send item by: July 27

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

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 18 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

DETAILS OF SWAP:

Let's swap pocket letters!

Pocket Letters are where you take a 9 pocket trading card page and fill each pocket with an ATC (although they don't have to be as detailed as an ATC) and small goodies tucked in behind the ATCs (stickers, tea bags, a note, washi tape samples, pictures, ephemera, craft supplies, paper clips, beads) and in one pocket, include a letter.
If you don't know where to find 9 pocket pages they are sold where collectible card games are sold such as Walmat or your local game store.  Or Amazon (25 for $5)
http://www.amazon.com/Ultra-Pro-Pocket-Page-Protectors/dp/B005HIOVOG

Each pocket can be a different theme or you can have one theme across all 9 pockets

This should be a low cost swap if you keep to all flat items and embellishments and should fit in an
A4 envelope (4 1/4" x 6 1/4") (you would have to fold it but that should not be an issue) or similar size.  I have heard that they should fit into a business sized envelope (4 1/8" x 9 1/2"). Just make sure that it is packaged well and the corners won't tear the envelope! Taping the edges of the envelope might be a good idea.

You can choose 1 or 2 partners.

Check into the swap thread every week!

QUESTIONNAIRE:
Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country (as it would appear on an envelope):
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 18 years old(YES/NO)

Do you want 1 or 2 partners?
What theme(s) would you like your partner to consider making for you?
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

What are your favorite colors:
What colors do you dislike:
List themes you do NOT want to receive:
What (if anything) would you NOT want to receive as an extra/goodie in the pockets behind the ATCs?  

Any allergens in your home (pets, smoke, pollen)?
Do you have any allergies?
Pinterest link (to give your partner an idea of what you like)

Anything else youd like to tell the organizer or partner NOT listed in the questionnaire?

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.

5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Mini Junk Journals - SU 6/13-6/27 SO 8/3 on: June 13, 2016 12:58:18 PM
Swap name: Mini Junk Journals

Gallery --> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448836.0


image from https://artfrommysoul.wordpress.com/tag/junk-journal/

*** FYI - there is a lot of info here.  please read it all and ask questions either in this thread or PM me!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: geekgirl1000100
Sign-up date range: June 13 - June 27
Date to send item by: August 3

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

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Additional Age requirement?

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

Details of swap:

*** Disclaimer - I will do my best to partner people up according to themes but shipping requirements, allergies and number of participants may make it difficult to come up with perfect partnering!

- This swap is for mini junk journals,  You will make your partner a junk journal that is a minimum of 4"x6" with a front cover, 20 sheets (that would be 20 fronts, 20 backs, so if you numbered them with page numbers they would number 1-40), and then a back cover.
- Half the sheets should be embellished.  This could be stamped, or with ribbon/lace, pockets, tags, brads, hanging bookmarks, borders, etc.
- The other half do not need to be embellished but would need to be some sort of decorative or otherwise designed paper (not just plain printing paper), Examples of things you can use: old calendar pages/images, magazine pages, junk mail envelopes, paint chips,paper bags, book pages, playing cards, greeting cards, yellow mailing envelopes, ziploc baggies, postcards or pasteboard packaging that have been gessoed/painted over, gelli printed pages, and other interesting but not bought (i.e. scrapbook) items.    (you CAN use scrapbook type items but it is NOT required)
- Then bind it in some way.  The simplest is punching holes and just using O rings and you can decorate them with ribbons and such so they don't look so plain. But you could do any sort of binding you like.

This swap is just for the book with pages.  You would not do any actual journaling in it.  The recipient would use if for their own purposes.

here are some reference materials.  

some example pics:
https://artfrommysoul.wordpress.com/tag/junk-journal/
http://jazzycreations.blogspot.com/2013/06/vintage-tiny-junk-journal-photos-and.html
https://artfrommysoul.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/my-junk-journal/

and some sites with instructions (although the second one looks like she included some actual journal writings which we wouldn't do
http://weekly.craftsnthings.com/issues/v2/i81/cntw-c.html
https://stampington.com/blog/2014/09/11/mini-junk-journal-project-guest-artist-lindsay-ostrom/

Sample video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILzG-yugqMc

A video tutorial series
steps 1 - 3 are mostly about cutting paper and gathering materials.  She uses a lot of store-bought, pre-made stuff.  That is not necessary.  junk journals can be made out of, well junk Smiley  I would check other sites out for types of ephemera other people use.  Probably you could skip steps 1-3 and still have a good idea what she did.
step 1 - about cutting paper and covers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f84PHdXlXlY
step 2 - about gathering embellishments.  she does mostly/exclusively flat decorated journals, but you don't have to be limited to flat items.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIu3hyAw5kY
step 3 - gathering inks and stamps to use
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGOQ0g3RKZE
step 4 - starting to put it all together - flips through her pages and shows where she inked/stamped, added pockets, dictionary pages, etc.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iUflsbZ_xo
step 5 - final step on putting it together - adding final embellishments and binding. again she keeps it fairly flat. she binds with 0 rings.  and shows how to fancy up the look of the orings
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45IEeUYjcvE

a picture guide
mini junk journal
https://stampington.com/blog/2014/09/11/mini-junk-journal-project-guest-artist-lindsay-ostrom/

binding tutorial
You can use any binding you want.  The easiest appears to be punching holes and using 0-rings. Here is a link for coptic stitch.  This is where you would have to make "signatures", basically you'd make long pages and fold them in half and then sew them together.
http://www.tortagialla.com/2010/08/16/chain-or-coptic-stitch-bookbinding-tutorial/

A really good step by step picture guide on sewing signatures and binding
http://are-you-flowin.blogspot.ca/2012/01/make-your-own-long-stitch-bound-journal.html

More tips
http://www.vintagejunkjournals.com/junk-journal-tutorial.html

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

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: (YES/NO)

Is there anything/theme you would NOT want to have in your junk journal (colors, types of ephemera, themes, religion, etc)
Is there anything/theme you'd espcially like to see (shabby chic, vintage, steampunk, cutesy, etc)
Is there anything/theme you'd espcially like to make?

What allergens are in your house?
What allergies do you have?

Anything else you want your partner to know?  pinterest link, etc?

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


6  COOKING / Dessert / birthday cake on: June 09, 2016 07:59:08 AM
I used to be a pretty good cake decorator.  I did it professionally and/or as a hobby for over 15 years and then gave it up.  I decided to make a birthday cake for a friend a couple weeks ago, my first one in about 9 years! 

I used this red velvet recipe and it was a pretty good recipe:
http://divascancook.com/the-best-red-velvet-cake-recipe-easy-homemade-moist-with-southern-flair/

And this cream cheese icing recipe which was REALLY good.  Good enough to eat by the spponful  Grin
http://divascancook.com/easy-creamy-fluffy-homemade-cream-cheese-frosting/

I kept it simple with flowers and added some meeple sprinkles.

7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / notecards from coloring pages on: June 04, 2016 06:54:30 PM
I got this idea on craftster recently and I can't for the life of me remember who it was that posted this.
I colored some coloring pages using gel pens and then cut them up and used them to make greeting cards.





8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Junk Journals on: June 02, 2016 01:41:42 PM
I've always wanted to make a junk journal but if it's just for me I will never get around to it.  But if I was making it for someone else then it would happen!  

Is there any interest in making junk journals?  

Here's a link to what I mean

http://thescrapinator5000.weebly.com/blog/what-is-a-junk-journal
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Another Coffee Me Up swap? on: May 25, 2016 05:59:27 AM
I enjoy coffee/tea swaps and really enjoyed the "Coffee Me Up" swap from a few years ago.
Is there any interest in another round?  Maybe make it where you can specify coffee or tea?

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=418805.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=401613.0

I know the original swap said it was restricted to US only because shipping coffee could be problematic but I have looked and haven't found anything specifically saying coffee is an issue shipping from the US to other countries.  Not sure about non-US to non-US country.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Pocket Letter Swap 1 Gallery on: May 18, 2016 06:06:47 PM
Swap thread here --> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=447589.0



partners:

Sent
Received
Sent and Received
Late/Contact organizer

bec99 <--> ChameleonHound
curiousfae <--> bec99
Dearbluebird <--> grufflepuff
edelc <--> geekgirl1000100
grufflepuff <--> treemoon
LadybugsAndBumblebees <--> Dearbluebird
phoenixfiredesigns <--> kbrison
quaggy <--> edelC
Smmarrt <--> treemoon

geekgirl1000100 --> LadybugsAndBumblebees --> ChameleonHound --> geekgirl1000100
quaggy --> curiousfae --> Smmarrt --> quaggy


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