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1  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?


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.
2  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


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

3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / lion doodle on: May 11, 2016 04:57:12 PM
It's been a while since I've done much of my style of doodling (I don't consider what I do zentangling as I've been doing it for many many years Smiley )

I used a clip art image as inspiration for the basic shape.

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Wall Art Swap Spring 2016 Gallery on: May 11, 2016 07:45:56 AM
Swap Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=446225.0

Post your pics here!

Sent and Received
Late/Contact organizer

gozer <--> promisedheartbrk
gozer <--> geekgirl1000100
promisedheartbrk <--> kwality570
BigBangMomma <--> spikefan
alteredmommy <--> geekgirl1000100
alteredmommy <--> kwality570
WiccadWitch <--> pioneer9
pioneer9 <--> spikefan
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Watercolor paintings on: May 10, 2016 08:59:39 AM
I'm mostly used to using acrylics and I have been trying to branch out and learn watercolors lately.

Here are some paintings I made for the box of sunshine swap.  I ended up with 2 sunflowers because I didn't check the size of the first canvas panel and it was 9"x11" which was just a tiny bit too big for the 11" x 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" medium flat rate box I was using for the swap package!  And then I redid it on an 8"x10" canvas panel.  Oh well it gave me practice and now I think I will hang it in my bathroom.

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Sunshine Notecards on: May 10, 2016 08:54:51 AM
These are some note cards I made for the box of sunshine swap.  I used a couple of stamps for the flower images and then colored them in with pencils.

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Tiny Shrines on: May 10, 2016 08:52:54 AM
I made 3 tiny shrines for my partner in the Shrine Swap.  She has limited space so I made them as magnets.

First up - a simple, very tiny tin with a polymer clay mushroom.  This was a take on pinterest pins I've seen that have a tiny mushroom in a tiny vial, usually used as a pendant.

Another pinterest inspired shrine.  My partner likes cats (and so do I!) so I had to do something cat themed.  This is a mint tin with a cat scene. It's mostly made with paper, except for the buttons and wire used on the flowers.

And then a produce scene with polymer clay veggies.  This picture was taken immediately after finishing the shrine.  You can still see all the dried glue on my fingers!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Washi Tape Case on: April 29, 2016 01:47:48 PM
I have a slightly unheathy obsession with washi tape.  Every time I see some on clearance or sale I pick up a roll or 3.
They were all dumped in a plastic bin.  A few weeks ago I was at Target and they had some of their art/craft supplies on clearance and I picked up this nice wooden box.  It had paper, paints, pencils, etc. in it.  I didn't particularly need or want those but I really did like the box.  So since it was on clearance I got it.

I decided to use it to store my washi tape and decorated it a bit with more washi tape.  And I have a new rule.  If the box is full I can't buy any more! Shocked

9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Birdie hoopla on: April 28, 2016 06:35:46 PM
I'm not much of an embroiderer, or sewer in general, feeling much more comfortable with paper and glue  Smiley but I did this little bird for the Box of Sunshine swap and was pretty happy with how he turned out. I colored his body with pencil and then outlined him. And did a few French knots for a bit of detail. It was my first time doing French knots.

10  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Pocket Letter Swap 1 (SU Apr 28-May 6 ; SO June 6) on: April 28, 2016 06:52:27 AM
Gallery --> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=447865.0

Pocket Letter Swap 1 (SU Apr 28-May 6 ; SO June 6)
(I'm being optimistic that this might be a regularly occurring swap Smiley )

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

Swap name: Pocket Letter Swap 1
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  geekgirl1000100
Sign-up date range: Apr 28 - May 6
Date to send item by: June 6

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


Discussion on the New Swap Themes Ideas board http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=445797.0

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)

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!

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?

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?  
here are some example items that could be used:
stickers, tea bags, a note, washi tape samples, pictures, ephemera, craft supplies, paper clips, beads

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?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
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