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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / 2017 Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread on: January 01, 2017 05:02:37 AM
Welcome to all artists old and new! It is a new year. That means it is time for a new Discussion Thread.

Please post your updates, discussions, comments, and questions for the Ongoing ATC Swap below.






Join the January swap HERE!
Featured artists qkenzie and audio...


2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Ongoing ATC Swap -- January 2017 Gallery! on: January 01, 2017 04:07:36 AM

Artists: qkenzie, audio, qkenzie

The Discussion Thread is HERE!


The Claiming Thread is HERE!


Post pictures of the ATCs you receive for January below!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / ONGOING ATC SWAP -- January 2017 (Sign-ups open all month) on: January 01, 2017 04:04:28 AM

Artists: qkenzie, audio, qkenzie

The Gallery is HERE!

An uber addicting swap that runs all month long! So come one, come all!  You too can enjoy the long winter as a card trading hermit!

This is a simple and easy swap, with your level of participation determined entirely by you, with a minimum of one card for the month. People of all levels of ATC-making are welcome. Sign ups are open all month. Please make sure you are not late or flakey in any of your other swaps, and that you have good communication.

INFO

The Swap FAQs are HERE! - Everything you need to know about swapping.
The ATC FAQs are HERE! - Everything you need to know about ATCs.

Swap info:
Swap name: Ongoing ATC Swap - January 2017
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: rockingbearranch
Sign-up date range: Today until January 31st, 2017
Date to send item by: 2 weeks after you claim (look at the date on the calendar, it is the date that is directly 2 rows down)
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO
Additional Age requirement? NO
*International shipping is required*
*DC #s are not required, but you will have to resend if the ATC is not received*

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 16 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

STEP 1:
The Discussion Thread is HERE! - Announcements, questions and discussion are posted here so bookmark it! Craftster requires that you post in the Discussion Thread when joining the swap.


STEP 2:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER
Please send to rockingbearranch with January ATC Swap - Join" as the subject.

*Name of Swap:  Ongoing ATC Swap - January 2017
*Craftster username:
*Email address:
*Your real name:
*Mailing address including the country (written as it would appear on the envelope):
*Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
*Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO):
*Are you a Friend of Craftster?
*What is the exact size of an ATC?
*Do you have access to a camera or scanner so you can post pictures here of what you receive? (if not, you need to tell anyone who claims you, so that they are able to take pictures before sending):
*Are you aware that if an ATC is lost in the mail, you are required to resend?
*Have you read the entire swap information for this swap?
*How soon should you post pictures of the cards you receive? (Hint - It is below in red. And it is roughly half a week.):
*When sending sent/receive notifications to the swap organizer, there are four juicy pieces of information that must be included about each ATC.  What are they?  (Scroll down in the swap info under this questionnaire to the area "Once you have sent or received a card"; the answer is in red.):

CLAIMING
Claims are made throughout the month.  You have two weeks from the time you make a claim to send that claim. Look at the date on the calendar, it is the date that is directly 2 rows down.

You can make as many claims as you want throughout the month as long as you never go over your allowed amount of outstanding claims. An outstanding claim is a card that has not been received; when that card is received your number of outstanding claims goes down.

Claims are made using the following procedure:

Person A (the swap organizer) will begin the swap by posting a list of themes in this swap thread.
Person B will choose a theme from one of A's themes and make a claim by posting his/her own list (see below for formatting of post).
Person C will make a claim on one of B's themes and post his/her own list.
Person D will make a claim on one of C's themes and post his/her own list etc...
This continues through the end of the month, when the swap organizer makes the final claim and closes out the claiming part of the swap.

The number of claims each person is allowed depends on the following criteria:

*Friends of Craftster: 10 claims
*Those who aren't Friends of Craftster: 7 claims
*First time swappers (whether Friends of Craftster or not): 1 claim.  Once the initial claim has been sent, and its new owner has reported it received, the first time swapper is free to make more claims, either 7 or 10 dependent on being an FOC or not.

How to make a claim - A claim post should include the following information:

*The theme you are choosing and who youre sending it to.
*Statistical info about your current swap claims status:
--Claims = Claims currently outstanding (ie., how many not yet received by their new owners.) (This number goes down each time a claim is received, and up each time you make a claim.)
--Sent = anything currently in the mail.
--Received = the cards received by the people you've sent them to.
*Your location.
*Your personal preferences.
*Your list of themes

STEP 3:
After being approved, make a claim like this! You are only claiming the person who was the last to post, for one card. You are allowed to send whatever extras you desire.

SAMPLE CLAIMS POST
Quote
I claim GenericFabulosaSwapper for heffalumps/weasels ATC.  

3 claims, 2 sent, 1 received

I live in Massachusetts, USA.  I would prefer not to receive anything violent, political, or religious.  

My themes are:
1)   Giving Thanks
2)   Leaves w/ Faces
3)   Naughty Spoons
4)   Inspiring Quotes
5)   Your Favorite Medium

STEP 4:
Send a personal message to the person you have claimed and request their address.

STEP 5:
Make the card and mail it. PM the organizer and partner when you send or receive a card.  

Be sure and include (1) the "send by" date, as well as (2) the theme and (3)who sent it to (4)whom, in each message to the ATC swap organizer, when you're referring to sent or received ATCs.  

SAMPLE SENT OR RECIEVED PM
Quote
Subject: January ATC Swap--Sent

I sent some ATCs today!  

DUE January 16:
MeCraftsterMemberBloop --> YowzaSwapper (fantasmic theme)

DUE January 17:
MeCraftsterMemberBloop --> WowwieSwapsper (stupendous theme)
MeCraftsterMemberBloop -->WooHooYeeHawSwapper 07 (yet another fascinating theme)

STEP 6:
POSTING PIX OF ATCs RECEIVED
The most important step! Posting pictures of received ATCs is required for this swap. Please post pictures within 3 days or notify your partner that you cannot so they can share their work.


The Gallery is HERE!


FEEDBACK
Positive feedback will be given when all of the cards you sent have been received and you have posted pictures of the cards you received. If you are stuck without a space for a swap and are biting your nails waiting, just let me know and I will release you asap.

ANY QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions please post them in the Discussion Thread or PM the organizer, rockingbearranch.  This thread is specifically for claims only.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Stitched trees & macrame snowflake ornaments on: December 14, 2016 09:02:58 AM
I referenced some youtube tutes to make this macrame snowflake. The paper beads are dictionary pages. The string is kitchen twine or turkey trussing. It has a coat of white glue/water to make it a little stiffer.




These little trees are hand stitched. The doily fabric is vintage.



5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Flocked Paper Box on: December 13, 2016 07:47:43 AM
The cardboard base is from some packaging. It is double thick cardboard so it should be sturdy. I bought the paper but you could add flocking to anything. I would normally seal the box with poly. I will use a piece of felt as a drawer liner to protect it from rough objects instead.



6  COOKING / Dessert / Rosemary Corn Muffins on: December 08, 2016 07:57:17 AM


I modified a Martha Stewart recipe based on what I had on hand. They are fantastic.

Dry mix...
1 C all purpose flour
1 C blue cornmeal
1/2 C sugar
1  1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp pink salt, fine
1 tsp dried rosemary, ground fine
1/2 C fresh black raspberries, chopped

Wet mix...
1 C buttermilk (I soured a cup of Kalona whole milk with cream, with a tsp of Braggs apple cider vinegar)
3 small fresh farm eggs (equals one store egg) beaten
1/4 C coconut oil

Preheat to 375. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix wet ingredients in a medium bowl. Combine wet and dry. Fills 12 standard muffin cups.

Alternative: Add raspberries last, folding in gently. This keeps the raspberries more intact and doesn't disperse the flavor throughout the mix.

Bake 15-17 minutes.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Robbie the Robot peg doll on: December 05, 2016 07:57:21 AM
I made this little Robbie for my partner in the Robots and Aliens swap. Forgive the picture overload. I spent a lot of time on his details. It was challenging to get the Robbie details onto a peg shape.





8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Ongoing ATC Swap -- December 2016 Gallery! on: December 01, 2016 07:06:19 AM

Artists: kartiana, curiousfae, rockingbearranch

The Discussion Thread is HERE!


The Claiming Thread is HERE!


Post pictures of the ATCs you receive for December below!
9  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / ONGOING ATC SWAP -- DECEMBER 2016 on: December 01, 2016 06:45:27 AM


Artists: kartiana, curiousfae, rockingbearranch

The Gallery is HERE!

ONGOING ATC SWAP-December 2016

An uber addicting swap that runs all month long! So come one, come all!  You too can have envelopes o' fun in your mailbox!

This is a simple and easy swap, with your level of participation determined entirely by you, with a minimum of one card for the month. People of all levels of ATC-making are welcome. Sign ups are open all month.  Please make sure you are not late or flakey in any of your other swaps, and that you have good communication.

INFO

The Swap FAQs are HERE! - Everything you need to know about swapping.
The ATC FAQs are HERE! - Everything you need to know about ATCs.

Very basic swap info:
Swap name: Ongoing ATC Swap - December 2016
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: rockingbearranch
Sign-up date range: Today until December 30th, 2016
Date to send item by: 2 weeks after you claim (look at the date on the calendar, it is the date that is directly 2 rows down)
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO
Additional Age requirement? NO
*International shipping is required*
*DC #s are not required, but you will have to resend if the ATC is not received*

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 16 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

STEP 1:
The Discussion Thread is HERE! - Announcements, questions and discussion are posted here so bookmark it! Craftster requires that you post in the Discussion Thread when joining the swap.


STEP 2:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER
Please send to rockingbearranch with December ATC Swap - Join" as the subject.

*Name of Swap:  Ongoing ATC Swap - December 2016
*Craftster username:
*Email address:
*Your real name:
*Mailing address including the country (written as it would appear on the envelope):
*Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
*Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO):
*Are you a Friend of Craftster?
*What is the exact size of an ATC?
*Do you have access to a camera or scanner so you can post pictures here of what you receive? (if not, you need to tell anyone who claims you, so that they are able to take pictures before sending):
*Are you aware that if an ATC is lost in the mail, you are required to resend?
*Have you read the entire swap information for this swap?
*How soon must you post pictures of the cards you receive? (Hint - It is below in red. And it is roughly half a week.):
*When sending sent/receive notifications to the swap organizer, there are four juicy pieces of information that must be included about each ATC.  What are they?  (Scroll down in the swap info under this questionnaire to the area "Once you have sent or received a card"; the answer is in red.):

CLAIMING
Claims are made throughout the month.  You have two weeks from the time you make a claim to send that claim. Look at the date on the calendar, it is the date that is directly 2 rows down.

You can make as many claims as you want throughout the month as long as you never go over your allowed amount of outstanding claims. An outstanding claim is a card that has not been received; when that card is received your number of outstanding claims goes down.

Claims are made using the following procedure:

Person A (the swap organizer) will begin the swap by posting a list of themes in this swap thread.
Person B will choose a theme from one of A's themes and make a claim by posting his/her own list (see below for formatting of post).
Person C will make a claim on one of B's themes and post his/her own list.
Person D will make a claim on one of C's themes and post his/her own list etc...
This continues through the end of the month, when the swap organizer makes the final claim and closes out the claiming part of the swap.

The number of claims each person is allowed depends on the following criteria:

*Friends of Craftster: 10 claims
*Those who aren't Friends of Craftster: 7 claims
*First time swappers (whether Friends of Craftster or not): 1 claim.  Once the initial claim has been sent, and its new owner has reported it received, the first time swapper is free to make more claims, either 7 or 10 dependent on being an FOC or not.

How to make a claim - A claim post should include the following information:

*The theme you are choosing and who youre sending it to.
*Statistical info about your current swap claims status:
--Claims = Claims currently outstanding (ie., how many not yet received by their new owners.) (This number goes down each time a claim is received, and up each time you make a claim.)
--Sent = anything currently in the mail.
--Received = the cards received by the people you've sent them to.
*Your location.
*Your personal preferences.
*Your list of themes

STEP 3:
After being approved, make a claim like this! You are only claiming the person who was the last to post, for one card. You are allowed to send whatever extras you desire.

SAMPLE CLAIMS POST
Quote
I claim GenericFabulosaSwapper for heffalumps/weasels ATC.  

3 claims, 2 sent, 1 received

I live in Massachusetts, USA.  I would prefer not to receive anything violent, political, or religious.  

My themes are:
1)   Giving Thanks
2)   Leaves w/ Faces
3)   Naughty Spoons
4)   Inspiring Quotes
5)   Your Favorite Medium

STEP 4:
Send a personal message to the person you have claimed and request their address.

STEP 5:
Make the card and mail it. PM the organizer and partner when you send or receive a card.  

Be sure and include (1) the "send by" date, as well as (2) the theme and (3)who sent it to (4)whom, in each message to the ATC swap organizer, when you're referring to sent or received ATCs.  That's four juicy pieces of important information that make my life as a swap organizer OH so easy!

SAMPLE SENT OR RECIEVED PM
Quote
Subject: December ATC Swap--Sent

I sent some ATCs today!  

DUE December 16:
MeCraftsterMemberBloop --> YowzaSwapper (fantasmic theme)

DUE December 17:
MeCraftsterMemberBloop --> WowwieSwapsper (stupendous theme)
MeCraftsterMemberBloop -->WooHooYeeHawSwapper 07 (yet another fascinating theme)

STEP 6:
POSTING PIX OF ATCs RECEIVED
It is OH so important to post pictures of the amazing cards you receive! Posting pictures of received ATCs is required for this swap. Please post pictures within 3 days or notify your partner that you cannot so they can share their work.


The Gallery is HERE!


FEEDBACK
Positive feedback will be given when all of the cards you sent have been received and you have posted pictures of the cards you received. If you are stuck without a space for a swap and are biting your nails waiting, just let me know and I will release you asap.

ANY QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions please post them in the Discussion Thread or PM the organizer, rockingbearranch.  This thread is specifically for claims only.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Burlap Bird Wedding Ring Holder on: November 15, 2016 10:04:15 AM
This is handpainted & sealed with polyurethane. The wood dowel is glued into a drilled hole with wood glue. The hole is angled so the ring doesn't fall off. There is symbolism behind eggs and birds, new beginnings, infinity, etc.





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