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41  Chunky Houses Halloween Edition Rnd 2 (Mail by 10/15) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by irid3sc3nt on: August 29, 2011 07:15:48 PM
Chunky Houses Halloween Edition Rnd 2

Swap name: Chunky Houses Halloween Edition Rnd 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: irid3sc3nt
Sign-up date range: 8/29/11 - 9/7/11 (or earlier if we have 20 participants)
Date to send item by: October 15, 2011 - Saturday

Limited to a certain number of people: Only 20!

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No, all members of the swap MUST be willing to send out internationally!

Additional Age requirement? 18+, please

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: See swap detail 1 for information about this requirement...
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: See swap detail 1 for information about this requirement...

Details of Swap
Summer is coming to a close and it's that time again.  The theme is Halloween!

What is a chunky house, you ask?  The most succint description:  mixed-media collage.  Check out the links below for inspiration or type "chunky house" (in quotations) in the craftster search box.

In this swap, participants will be put into groups of 5. Each member of the group will make and send out one house, decorated front and back (embellish, embellish, embellish!), to each person in your group.  Houses should be sturdy enough to stand when attached to other houses or leaned against an object, so please select a sufficiently sturdy base material (nothing floppy). Examples of base material: paperboard, matboard, cereal box cardboard, wood, layered cardstock, foam core. There's probably more ideas for base material floating around out there.  Each house should measure between 3" to 4" wide, and should be no taller than 7".  If you would like to sign the back with your name or craftster name and date, that would be great!

Let's make sure we build a bunch of high quality chunky houses!  I will try to match you all up based on your swap questionnaires.  Please consider your partners likes and dislikes.  If you disliked blood-soaked machetes would you want one on the chunky house you receive?  Probably not.

Communication is important.  Failure to communicate will be reflected in your feedback.
It is your responsibility to:
-PM all of your partners and the organizer as soon as you have sent
-PM all of your partners and the organizer as soon as you have received
-post in this thread!
-post photos of your received chunky houses in the gallery (unless you have agreed with your partners to have them post)
I will post a link to the Gallery when I have it available, after the first person has sent their chunky houses.

1Because this is a paper craft swap, DC numbers and mailing receipt copies are not required.  HOWEVER, if for some reason your chunky house does not arrive at its destination you will be required to re-send.  Also, it is a good idea to write "DO NOT BEND" on both sides of your package and/or to have your house sandwiched between cardboard for extra protection (Thanks for the tip, Killam Creative!).

If you need inspiration, check out the galleries in previous swaps:
Chunky Houses Halloween Edition
Winter Chunky House Swap
Chunky Houses 5
Chunky Houses 4
Little Chunky Houses 3
Little Chunky Houses 2
Little Chunky Houses

If you want to participate, send this information to organizer irid3sc3nt via PM with "Halloween Chunky House" in the subject line

Chunky Houses Halloween Edition Rnd 2
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name and mailing address including the country (please write this how it would need to appear on your package)

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? Yes, this is a requirement for this swap!
Confirm that are at least 18 years old (YES/NO)
Promise to resend if your chunky house gets gobbled by the postal system?
Do you have access to a camera/scanner or other method for posting pictures in the gallery? (Yes/No, will my partners pretty please takes photos before you send?)

What are your favorite Halloween things and/or theme?
What are your favorite Halloween colors?
Is there anything you would NOT want on your chunky house?
Is there any other information youd like to tell your swap partners?

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

<--- Made by atsuko

1. irid3sc3nt - organizer
2. MissingWillow
3. DanniQuee
4. loves2experiment
5. goatgoddess
6. aisy
7. cackle
8. imera
9. Killam Creative
10. Ramona Q
11. TheSavoyTruffle
12. spazgirl1981
13. mandykaye
14. Sonjaboo
15. Sarcastra


Killam Creative


Ramona Q
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42  Re: OTT Halloween 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by irid3sc3nt on: November 01, 2010 12:51:04 PM
I received from DawnsTrees the other day and it is AWESOME!

Here it is closer so you can see the embossed owl.

Teeny crow!

Here's a closeup of the polyclay branches--excellent attention to detail!

It even gets the vote of approval from my husband who said just the other day that I have too many Halloween decorations.

Thank you! Kiss Kiss Kiss
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43  Re: Chunky Houses Halloween Edition Gallery!!! in The Swap Gallery by irid3sc3nt on: October 11, 2010 09:59:24 AM
Ah!  Those ghosties on that house you sent, Sonjaboo, are soooo cute!  Where have I seen those before?

I use the craftster picture hosting for everything that I receive from partners.  I'm using my flickr account for the swap stuff I send, since I only participate in Halloween swaps now.  But I agree with what you are saying, posts that have the photo removed are annoying.  There should be something that crawls through old posts and deletes those image tags for the ones that aren't there anymore.

Gah!  I'm hating these rollover ads everywhere! Angry

Here are the houses I have received altogether.

From audio-astrophysics...front--each one of us got a numbered house corresponding to the four people in the swap.

back--the "Haunted House" stamp is very cute

From szuzu1969... front--the letters are beads (I think?) and they stick out.

back-- I like the stamp, was it handcrafted?

From aisy... front--the candy corn sticker is dimensional, kindof like a puffy sticker.


Here's the card and envelope it came inside.  Not pictured is the front of the black envelope with the return and address written in white ink.  I think I finally found the correct pen to do that.  I bought a Uni-Ball one because my Gel pen basically stopped working and Galaxy pen wasn't fine enough.

From sajona... front-- it's a little hard to see, but there's a bat peeking out of the chimney!

back-- the beaded string was stuck to the modpodge a little from transit, but I fixed it and now it makes noise when shaken.

Excellent postcard and Halloween-themed gelt! Oh, how did you know, sajona  Wink

It's fun to get Royal Mail.  I like the giant stamp with the Queen on it (not pictured).

Thank you all for the houses!
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44  Re: Chunky Houses Halloween Edition Gallery!!! in The Swap Gallery by irid3sc3nt on: October 06, 2010 09:45:52 PM
Two more houses I made have been received.

This one was for audio-astrophysics.

I found an image of a forest and tweaked it in Photoshop to make it appear bleak.  I saw that a lot of audio-astrophysics wists had birds or human bodies with bird heads so that was my inspiration for this.  The outfit is from the 1880s to 1890s and the head I hand-drew.  The human head of the small bird-creature was drawn by Edward Gorey.  I used orange foil that has something to do with baking (not quite sure what) to make the bars of the cage.  Yes, the shape is supposed to be a cage.

This one was for szuzu1969.

My inspiration for this is one of my favorite poems by Shel Silverstein.  The shape is fashioned after a bat box or bat home.  I used an image of a baby vampire bat.  I looked through SO MANY bat images to find one that would convey cuteness and also have the mouth open.  The other bats were drawn by Edward Gorey.
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45  Re: Halloween Swap 2010 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by irid3sc3nt on: October 03, 2010 03:02:46 PM
Here is my package from celticgoddess that I received earlier in the week.  I was thinking my husband took the camera with him over the weekend, but he didn't so I uploaded today.

Here is the box opened up.  My cat, Caliope, thinks it is relevant to her interests.

A closeup of the spider sticker on her note.

Chocolate!  I'm waiting to try this with my husband.  There's a great ice-cream store in Santa Fe that sells Mayan Chocolate ice-cream.  It's tasty and my husband and I like it, so I'm sure we'll like this, too.

Halloween stamps!  I have lots of stamps, but I don't have these ones.

A skull keychain.

Resin pendants

Resin magnets.  They stack neatly together but when setting them out, they chased each other around the table.  Silly magnetism.

Halloween candy bag with a poem

Spooky graveyard painting.  She put red felt on the back of it so it'll sit nicely against the wall.

Part of the 'Happy Halloween' banner.

The other part of the 'Happy Halloween' banner.

Kitty from my wist!  I hear he was hard to part with.

His grin makes me laugh Grin

Thank you, celticgoddess!  Oh, lol, I see you just posted a photo of the cat while I was typing this, heheheh.  I'd like to say I have sent your package already, but I will probably be crafting up til the last day. 
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46  Re: Vintage Halloween Swap Round 4 in The Swap Gallery by irid3sc3nt on: September 13, 2010 06:03:11 PM
Prepare for wisting, here is what seamaiden75 sent to me!  I didn't get photos of it all wrapped up nice with ribbons and tissue.  I just kinda tore into it  Embarrassed

Super cute card

Actual vintage black cat diecut!!!  I'm really careful about it.

Pumpkin scrubby

Jack-o-Lantern magnetic notepad

Candy corn tin which held some of the next items...

... felt pins!  and a matching pinkeep! (The stitching is great!)

Homemade orange-cream fudge in a cute ghostie box.  She even sent the recipe!

A candy corn afghan in great colors and the shape reminds me of a spiderweb.  It's not a rug, I just had to spread it out on the floor to take the photo.

Seamaiden75 super-spoiled me; I hope she likes the package I sent to her as much as I like mine!  Thank youuuuuu! Kiss
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47  Re: OTT Halloween :: Gallery in The Swap Gallery by irid3sc3nt on: November 06, 2009 02:09:11 PM
I took some photos before I sent, so here is what I sent out to puffy:

It's a Day of the Dead sugar skull barrette.
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48  Re: OTT Halloween :: Gallery in The Swap Gallery by irid3sc3nt on: October 28, 2009 09:21:09 AM
I received from puffy the other day and here he is!

She used my theme "black cats in top hats" and made this adorable black cat, who is soft and filled with... beans?.... with a bendable tail, donning a white button-filled top hat.  The front feels like a fleece and the back is a cotton, I think, that's orange and has black bats on it!

Here he is looking out the window at our continuous snow fall (well, the snow falling on the tree outside).

What I like about him is that he's not all one fabric, he has the surprise backside, and while puffy could have left his hat strictly felt, she added all those buttons.  The choice of colors for his face is great.  I have a fondness for die-cuts and some of the more "modern" ones curiously include a neon green color like what you see in the pupils and whiskers.

Thank you, puffy, he will watch over the goings-on here, just like my real life kitty.  Cheesy
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49  Re: Halloween altoids tin swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by irid3sc3nt on: October 11, 2009 10:41:54 PM
I received from QueenNinjaMonkey!  It took me a little bit to get the pictures organized.

Here is the actual tin.  It has legs!  It reminds me of a hearse, in a way..um  dunno why.  Probably the little bobbles.  Check out the awesome interior!  I love the little design!

Here's what came inside the tin: a haunted house ribbon necklace with substantial red beads, vintage-esque black cat earrings (which I wore to work that night), a teeny tiny fly charm that is perfect because it reminds me of a song on my halloween mix music called "Human Fly" by Nouvelle Vague, a wicked green witch charm, a plastic yellow bat ring (i'm a fan of tiny plastic things) and some toblerone (how did you know???), a pile of bones n skulls, some supercute stickers that look like buttons, paper animals/monster/arm, and some rad halloween-themed bandages.

Thank you, QueenNinjaMonkey, you must have picked my brain while I slept or something. Cheesy
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50  Re: Vintage Halloween Swap Round 3 gallery in The Swap Gallery by irid3sc3nt on: September 25, 2009 12:56:21 PM
It was such a lovely day out, a cool 48 degrees, that I walked to the P.O. to drop off some boxes and on the way back checked my mail at the office.  I had received TWO boxes from Banga!

They were labeled Box 1 and Box 2 so I started with box 1.  It had pumpkin-colored tissue paper and shiny little witches/j.o.l.s/ghosts inside as well as...

a tall tin!  It has vintage Halloween images wrapped around it with little bobble ribbon around the lide and sports silver letters that spell "F-R-I-G-H-T"

Inside the tin were...

two jars of dessert sauces!  They are Raspberry Dessert Sauce and Ginger-Peach Dessert Sauce labeled Bed-Bug Poison and Deadly Nightshade, repectively.  I even have yummy recipes to include these with AND they were made from the local famer's market produce.

Also inside Box 1 were...

decorated cards!  They remind me of ATCs except that they actually open up in card-form and have their own envelopes for mailing.  With these, I'm quite selfish, so I think I'll be finding some matching frames and hanging them together on the wall.

Here is the card that Banga used to introduce her items to me.  I agree with her that the zombie/golem pumpkins are creepy.

Now for Box 2...

a Halloween wreath!  I had opened the box and it was still mostly covered by tissue paper and I'm telling you, I squealed and said "No way!"  It's pretty awesome.  The spider web in the center is great--it's detachable, but that's not happening.
Check out the little grinning spider!  Isn't he the cutest?!

Thank you, Banga, for the swap package and being my Vintage Halloween partner! Grin

My kitty thanks you, too, for the fun tissue paper.

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