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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Photo Swap Gallery 2 on: April 05, 2006 06:08:18 AM
Okay All- Post your Photos Here!

~Katie
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / And the camera cords connected to the... on: March 17, 2006 05:20:44 PM
Okay.

So... my seventy some odd pictures for the true colors swap were placed on my trusted 64 mb sandisk drive.

I go to the photo shop to print them out. I go home. The image files show up as tiles with a 0 kb size. Hmm. I can't delete the pictures, and I can't take anymore.  It tells me that it's write protected. I don't know how to fix this.

Anyways. This falls under "botch", because I think I killed my memory card.

3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Photography- Image Heav(ier) on: March 12, 2006 05:23:34 PM
Hmmm... tech info. Taken on a 35 mm sr camera. Canon... hrm. Color film is Kodak, low speed. Developed Professionally. Black and white is Kodak 125 speed film, developed by yours truly. All were scanned, which is why some of them are so icky. That's it, I guess. If you want copies, pm me and let me know. 















That's it for now! I'd love to hear comments/criticism!



4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Lined Zippered Pouch Tutorial- Picture Heavy! on: March 02, 2006 11:26:57 AM
Here's my take on the zippered pouch.

Step 1.
Assemble your ingredients.
You need
  • 2 pieces of lining fabric and two pieces of outside fabric (Mine were 8.5"x6"
  • Zipper
  • Sewing Supplies/Sewing Machine


Step 2.
Iron! This is important!


Step 3.
Lay your zipper zipper side down on a piece of outside fabric (The outside fabric is rightside up.)
Sew it together using the zipper foot on your sewing machine.


Step 4.
Repeat with your other piece of outside fabric.


Step 5.
Unzip the zipper and admire your work. Nice, man. This is a good time to fix your pouch if you didn't capture all the ends of the fabric. Iron it again.


Step 6.
Flip the entire shebang over. Put a piece of your lining fabric upside down. Line it up with the zipper, pin and sew.

Flip it out and take a peak.


Step 7.
Now do it on the other side! Yay!

Check it out!


Step 8.
Then, UNDO your zipper so that bag is flapping in the breeze... and seperate the fabric. That means put the lining fabric on one side and the outside fabric on the other.


Step 9.
Stitch around all the sides of the bag! However, leave a two inch gap in the lining. You will use this to turn the fabric inside out.


Step 10.
Clip the corners so you get a nice clean edge when you turn the bag inside out.


Step 11.
Pull everything out of the bag through the hole you left in the lining. Pull and Push and eventually it'll start to look like a bag.


Step 12.
Stitch up the hole that you left in the lining. Make sure to fold the fabric like shown in the picture so it doesn't fray.


Step 13.
Tuck the lining fabric into the outside fabric.


Step 14.
Meet your new pouch!


Let me know how it goes! If you have any questions, please ask me!
 
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Record Bowl and Tutorial on: March 01, 2006 06:32:00 AM
I love records. Well, to clarify, I love listening to records. And so when I happed upon the record of my favorite musical Cabaret at Goodwill for a measly $.25, I had to have it. However, when placed on my turntable, the record is so badly scratched that it doesn't play. And so, I pondered, what could I do with a record that doesn't play?
Make a record bowl of course! I didn't use a tutorial, but made one... so, if you're interested, read on!

Now, I know that there are a million different people making record bowls, so I'm not saying this is the only way. It's my take on something that is really cool and REALLY easy to make.

Please ask if there is any confusion. A lot of my pictures didn't come out, so...

Step 1. Gather your materials.

You need
  • An Over
  • A record
  • An oven safe pan (I used one for a bundt cake)
  • A Cookie Pan
  • Optional- Another circular pan for when you take the record out of the oven.

Step 2. Assemble your record concotion.
           Step 2.1 Preheat your oven to 200 Degrees F

Okay. So. I took out a cookie pan and balanced the middle of the bundt cake pan on it. (You know, it's the thing that makes the hole in the middle. It comes out in my pan.) I then placed the record onto the sheet and set the whole thing in the oven.

Step 3. Wait.
Okay. So your record is in the oven. Set the timer for seven minutes. I made myself a cup of tea and checked craftster. Very productive. If you peak in the oven, you should see the record getting kind of floppy on the edges.
Here's my attempt to take a picture through the oven glass, in which the edges don't look remotely floppy. But they are! You can tell, the record looks fluted and will start to droop slightly.


Step 4. Take your record out of the oven.
This is where I don't have any pictures, because when I took my record out of the oven, it fell off the stick thing in the middle of the bundt cake and kind of just slid onto the cookie sheet. (See, I told you that cookie sheet would come in handy!) I grabbed it out quickly but I was worried that something would happen, and I didn't take pictures.
Note: The record was to me, kind of warm but still bearable to touch. This doesn't mean it is for you. If you have any doubts, use potholders! A second note- the record didn't become this great flailing puddle of goo. It is still in a record shape, and is rather malleable.
Don't turn off your oven yet, just in case!

Step 5. Manhandle your Record!
Stuff your record into the bowl that you happened to have standing by. Play with it and shape the curves you want into the bowl. Press down gently on the center to sink it into a bowl shape. If it hardens, pop it back into the oven for a minute or two.
 


Leave it in the mold for a couple of minutes to cool, and then pull it out! Voila! A record bowl, all with minimal fuss and mess!

And the record bowl


And the necessary action shot- meet Lewis, from the Little Visitor Swap


Note- You can get records at Goodwill for $.25 or, everyonce and a while for free at your Local Library.

Give it a try and let me know how it works out!   


6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Photo Swap Take 2! Sign up Feb. 12-20 Send by March 31 on: February 12, 2006 01:43:43 PM
Swap name: True Colors/Photo Swappy 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: americandemockracy
Sign-up date range: Feb 12-20 or until we hit 21 people
Date to send item by: March 31

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): Under twenty one, in multiples of three.

Non-U.S. participants allowed? Yes.

All ages allowed? Or 18+? All ages, but under 16, please ask your parents.

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

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

Details of swap:
Long before my time as a craftster, there was a swap called the True Colors Swap. This is the second round, only its been changed a little bit.

Heres the dilly-yo.

In order to complete this swap, you will need to shoot a series of pictures in one color of your partners choosing as well as one set of rainbow pictures. This sounds confusing, but Ill explain it all later.

On your sign-up sheet, designate two or three colors of pictures that you would like to receive pictures of.

EXAMPLE: I WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE EITHER RED, BLUE OR BLACK PICTURES.

When sign-ups end, you will receive two partners (so we will be in groups of three)

EXAMPLE:
AMERICANDEMOCKRACY (RED, BLUE, BLACK)
ITSYBITSYSPIDER (ORANGE, GREEN, GRAY)
LILBOWPEEP (PINK, RED AND PURPLE)

Then, all of us will send each other pms until we figure out who is claiming whom.

EXAMPLE CONTINUED.
SO, THIS IS IT ALL FIGURED OUT.
AMERICANDEMOCKRACY WILL SEND ORANGE, GREEN OR GRAY PICTURES TO ITSYBITSYSPIDER, WHO WILL SEND PINK, RED OR PURPLE PICTURES TO LILBOWPEEP WHO WILL SEND RED, BLUE OR BLACK PICTURES TO AMERICANDEMOCKRACY. Make sense? No? Its okay. Im here to mess you up even more. 

AND EVEN MORE EXAMPLE
AMERICANDEMOCKRACY TAKES 20(OR SO, BUT NO MORE THAN THIRTY) PICTURES THAT ALL FEAUTURE THE COLOR GRAY AND SENDS THEM TO ITSYBITSY SPIDER (AND SO ON AND SO FORTH)
But wait! Im still not done.
Each person will also shoot a series of rainbow pictures- this means 5-7 pictures of each of the rainbow colors- red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple and send that to the other person in their group.

In chart form, that means that

AMERICANDEMOCKRACY sends 20 gray pictures to ITSYBITSYSPIDER and 20 rainbow pictures to LILBOWPEEP. (and so on and so forth).

Now that Ive thoroughly confused everyone, please, feel free to ask questions!

Link to the discussion for this swap (lots of questions answered!) http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=55141.0
And the gallery for Numero Uno- http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=32973.0

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
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?
My top three choices of colors are
1.
2.
3.
Id like to take pictures that are (colors)
1.
2.
3.
Id like to receive (not a guarantee)
1 set of one color, one rainbow
2 sets of rainbow
2 sets of color
What? Im so confused!

I would like to receive my pictures as
A book, plain prints etc.

I think I will present my pictures as
A book, plain prints etc.

Any other considerations?






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:

...
 
americandemockracy
mjadams
unknownname

fort_loop
Princess Dukki
die_on_a_rope

jaye
MartiniMonsters
dharma_rebel

carolb



POSITIVE = ORANGE
NEGATIVE = RED
CONTACT JMI = BLACK

Partner Groups
unknownname   
die_on_a_rope
dharmarebel

mjadams
fort_loop
americandemockracy
Jaye

Princess Dukki
MartiniMonsters
Carolb
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A second applique tutorial- Really Image Heavy on: February 10, 2006 05:19:22 PM
SeaofStars has created a lovely tutorial.

But me, being a little bit OCD and trying out a new skill this afternoon (with the addition of a functioning camerra) have decided to post my version of the applique tutorial. 

For this, you need
  • Fabric
  • Iron
  • Supplies for Drafting
  • Thread/Notions/things to add on
  • Wonder-Under

First, start with your image. This is one of aschnebly's fabulous fawns.


I resized this image, so I gathered my tools


Built a 1 cm grid


And then enlarged it to a 2 cm2 grid


IMPORTANT STEP
Iron your fabric really, really well.


Cut out your friend


And trace him on wonder-under.


Cut it out roughly


And iron it onto your fabric really well (you shouldn't be able to peel it up).


Then, cut around the traced lines (through the wonder under and fabric). It should look something like this


Peel the back off the wonder-under (the wax paper type stuff), and place everything going on the applique where you want it to be. Iron that again (it won't take as long as the initial heat-up).


And yay! You have an appliqued friend! Here he is posing on a piece of black fabric.


Once you have completed that, you can sew the fabric more firmly together. I'm working on sewing him to a laptop case, but because it's a swap item, you can't see it yet. I added buttons to his back.

Let me know how it goes, all, or if you have any questions.








8  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Little Visitor 2- Swap Participant/Angel on: January 30, 2006 03:26:50 PM
Hey! (I know I'm breaking format, sorry Mods!)

My name is Katie, and I'm organizing the 2nd round of the Little Visitor Swap.  Someone has decided that they can't complete this swap, and so I am left with a dilemna.

I'd be thrilled if someone would be interested in taking the place of our almost flaker.  They'd end up participating in the Little Visitor Swap in full and would receive a stuffy back, so if you missed sign-ups and want to participate, this is your chance.

We just need one person... so if you'd like to participate, let me know!

~Katie
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Little Visitor 2... Be Nice To Your Organizer Swap Information! on: January 28, 2006 09:34:59 AM
This is the post that I mentioned in my pm to everyone.  Please post ONCE with only the required information.
Extra posts will be deleted.

Sound fair?

Please bold or somehow distinguish your answers!

Post:

Your User Name:
Your Partner:


Initial Send Out:
I have sent out my stuffy
I have received my stuffy
I have both sent and received my stuffy.
I haven't sent out my stuffy.
I haven't received my stuffy.
I haven't sent or received my stuffy.

I have checked in with my partner on the following dates:
Check In 1: Before February 5
Check In 2: February 10-14
Check In 3: February 18-22
Check In 4: March 1-4
Check In 5: March 10-14
Check In 6: I Have Sent Out.

Final Send Back:
I have sent out my partners stuffy
I have received my partners stuffy.
I have both sent and received my partner's stuffy.
I haven't sent out my partners stuffy.
I haven't received my partners stuffy.
I have neither sent or received my stuffy.

I have:
No Feedback
In Progress Feedback
Positive Feedback

I need:
No Feedback
In Progress Feedback
Positive Feedback

10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Phantom of the Opera Swap-ra, SIGN-UPS JAN 27- FEB 10, SEND BY MARCH 10 on: January 27, 2006 10:34:21 AM
Swap name: Phantom of the Opera, Swap-ra
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: americandemockracy
Sign-up date range: Friday, January 27- February 10
Date to send item by: March 10

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 20 at the very most

Non-U.S. participants allowed? Yep

All ages allowed? Or 18+? All ages, but under 16 ask yer parents.

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

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

Details of swap:
The Phantom of the Opera is Here Now in Swap Form!
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to craft your partner one large Phantom of the Opera Item and two small or, if youd like, two large.
Examples:
Large
-T-Shirt
-Bag
-Journal

Small
-Buttons
-Address Labels
-Zippered Pouch

Ideas for Decoration:
Stencils
Half-Mask


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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Phantom of the Opera Swap-ra
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?
What would you like to receive?
What dont you want to receive?
I like

I dislike

Any other pertinent information

Favorite aspects of Phantom of the Opera

I like (optional, please put your choice in bold)
The book (Title)
The movie
The play (on Broadway or off)
Any other form I may of forgotten


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:

...
giggleycraft
starlette13 (pending her one month membership)
Eulalia
guinthegoodwitch

PARTNERS:
giggleycraft will be swapping with starlette13
Eulalia will be swapping with guinthegoodwitch
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