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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Pocket Letters Round 3 (SU Aug 22-Sept2; SO Sept 30) on: August 22, 2016 07:54:49 AM


Swap name: Pocket Letters Round 3
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Smmarrt
Sign-up date range: August 22 - September 2, 2016
Date to send item by: September 30, 2016

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? Craftster rules

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

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 TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Pocket Letters Round 3
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, information to send to organizer:


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.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Junk Journal-along 2016 on: August 08, 2016 09:11:30 PM


A place for junk journal makers and junk journal creators to share photos, ask questions and teach techniques.

Join the discussion and get paint on your hands!

August question: Will your journal be an art journal, collection journal, a diary, a glue book/smash book or something else?

Definitions:

Art journal (also called visual journals) are a combination of art and collage, with personal writing included.

Collection journal (also called "en masse" journals) - each page is dedicated to a collection of things - fruit stickers, bus tickets, used postage stamps - stuff you collect in your everyday life.

Scrapbook/travel journal - A book specifically for recording life and family events or created for a trip or vacation.

Glue book/Smash book - A combination of scrapbook (photos and ephemera from your life) in addition to some artistic and scrapbook-y components. (Smash book is a brand name and the embellishments that go with it.)

List journal - A collection of lists of things that make you you.

Mail Art journal - A place to collect decorated envelopes and postage stamps and pen pal information.

Of course, a glue book can be a collection journal which can also be an art journal so use the term/definition that applies to what you make or what you'd like to create.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Summer Ninni Swap 2016 - GALLERY on: August 03, 2016 05:12:45 PM


Discussion: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448573.0

Partners:

cmarion3 08/13/16 >< craftADDchick
craftADDchick >< cmarion3
Ludi 08/03/16 >< teag
teag 8/15/16 >< Ludi
rscowtown 08/15/16 >< mamarose22
mamarose22 08/13/16 >< rscowtown
whatthepuck 08/15/16 >< artsycandice
artsycandice 8/18/16 >< whatthepuck
LadyMearle >< Smmarrt
Smmarrt 08/15/16 >< LadyMearle

RED - Sent
BLUE - Sending late with communication
LIME GREEN - Received

4  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Summer Ninni 2016 - Send out 8/15 on: July 04, 2016 01:33:41 PM
Gallery is here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449843.0




Swap name: Summer Ninni 2016
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Smmarrt
Sign-up date range: July 4 - 14, 2016
Date to send item by: August 15, 2016

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

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? Craftster rules

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:

Summer ninnis, had me a blast
Summer ninnis, happened so fast
I made a ninni crazy for me
I made a ninni cute as can be

Summer ninnis driftin' away to my swap part-ner
Well-a well-a ....

You can fill in the rest!

Make a ninni for your partner based on one of their themes - BTW, the word summer is a description for the swap, not the ninnis.

What is a ninni? Here is the pattern:

http://blog.revoluzzza.com/2009/02/25/tutorial-hopw-to-sew-a-revoluzzzionary-monster-wie-man-ein-revoluzzzionares-monster-naht/

Look at the past galleries and you will discover that these cute little monsters cane adapted, altered and embellished into any genre.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=381142.0

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=414508.0

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436167.0

So join in to make a simple and fast monster for your summer enjoyment!
...

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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Summer Ninni 2016
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)

List 5 - 8 themes for your ninni:

Would you like a standard size (about 8.5" x 11" - the size of a piece of copy paper)?
Or larger?
Or smaller?

Can you post at least once a week in the discussion forum?
Can you take digital photos and post when you receive your swap package?
Have you been in previous Ninni swaps?
Who were your partners?
Any allergens in your home?
Any allergies pertaining to this swap?
Favorite colors?
Least favorite colors?
Any materials that are NOT OK to use in this swap? (fur, feathers, leather, etc.)
Links to Pinterest or other sites that might help your partner?
Any other info you'd like your partner to know?



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  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / 4 x 6 Art Swap - June 2016 GALLERY on: June 22, 2016 06:52:55 PM


Post your art here!

greybird sent 6/24/16 to BigBangMomma and Smmarrt
WiccadWitch sent 6/27 to BBM and rscowtown
BigBangMomma sent 06/22/16 to Beautifulsoul and WiccadWitch
rscowtown sent 6/29/16 to whatthepuck and Onyxnox
whatthepuck sent 6/28/16 to greybird and Mtns and Clouds
Onyxnox sent 6/26/16 to Mtns and Clouds and rscowtown
Beautifulsoul sent 6/28/16 to pioneer9 and Smmarrt
pioneer9 sent 06/22/16 to WiccadWitch and Onyxnox
Mountains and Clouds sent 6/28/16 to pioneer9 and whatthepuck
Smmarrt sent 6/29/16 to Beautifulsoul and greybird

RED - Sent
LIME GREEN - Received
BLUE - Sending late with communication
PURPLE - Feedback received
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tiny Collages - AKA Silly Little Art on: June 20, 2016 11:44:58 PM


This is not an original idea - saw it somewhere else. I found a roll of blue tickets at the thrift store. I covered the writing with matching paint.





(I suppose I could use gesso or white acrylic paint also.)

Then I cut tiny pieces of decorative napkins to fill in the rectangle space - I wanted to keep the numbers on the side so the pieces still retain their "ticket-ness." I cut words out of a book ("8,789 Words of Wisdom" - I used scraps that had already been cut up.)



I colored the words with Sharpies and Tombow markers - next time I will use watercolors for a more subtle effect.



These are fast and easy and I will add them to journal pages and happy mail. Just some silly little art.

7  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / 4 x 6 Art Swap - June 2016 (Check in by Monday 6/20; sendout by June 29) on: June 10, 2016 09:20:57 PM


GALLERY is HERE:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448162.0


Swap name: 4 x 6 Art Swap June 2016
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Smmarrt
Sign-up date range: June 10 - June 17, 2016
Check in with organizer: June 17 - June 21, 2016
Date to send item by: June 23 - 29, 2016

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

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? Craftster rules

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:


The 4x6 Art swap runs like this:  You make a piece of art, in your style, in your medium, how you want.  The only parameters are that you keep it flat(ish), and 4 inches by 6 inches in size. You will have no idea who your partner is, until "Address time", which will be at the end of the crafting period.  You also have to "check in" with me, the organizer in the week after the sign ups close - this lets me know that you are ready to send. If you do not check in, you will be removed from the swap. And then you will only know their address and proper name. You will then have just under 1 week to ship your personal art off!

Here is the time line broken down:
~ Sign ups: June 10 - June 17, 2016
~ Crafting period: Starts NOW June 10 - June 22, 2016
~ You are required to check in with the organizer via pm between the dates of June 17 - 21.  Anyone who has not checked in by 10 PM (PST) on June 21 will be dropped from the swap and will not receive an address to send to.
~ Addresses will be distributed on  June 22, 2016
~ You must ship June 23 - 29, 2016

Swap Rules:  
~ Please communicate within the thread at least once per week.  
~ No extras please!  Since the only communication will be through this thread, and there will be no discussion among partners, we don't want anyone feeling upset they didn't send an extra!

(This description and swap ideas were freely borrowed from Belladune and alteredmommy, with their permission (and then re-borrowed from Smmarrt)


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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: 4 x 6 Art Swap June 2016
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 or, if not, that you have moderator approval (YES/NO)

Do you want one partner or two?
**You may have to send one piece internationally if you choose 2 partners.
Do you have allergies/sensitivities?
Do you have allergens in your home (dog, cat, smoke, etc)
Will you be creating something that someone might find offensive (graphic, nudity, religious, gory etc.)?  
What are some themes that you would find offensive?
What materials would you be using?
What materials would you prefer not to receive?

Do you have a digital camera?
Can you post photos?

**If your art is mainly paper, then no tracking is required. If you are sending an art piece that is fabric, mixed media, felt/knit/crochet or other, then it is the Craftster rules that you use tracking in the USA.
Will you add tracking to your package if necessary?


Links to previous galleries:

Round One Gallery --> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=406523.0
Round Two Gallery --> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=408619.0
Round Three Gallery --> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=410191.0
Round Four Gallery --> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=411947.0
Fall 2012 --> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=413137.0
Fall 2014 --> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436593.0
Winter 2015 --> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438203.0
January 2016--> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442790.0

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.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Summer Ninnis Happened so Fast on: June 06, 2016 09:49:15 PM
That's a great little ear worm for you all.

Ninnis made in the summer, they don't necessarily have to be summer-themed.

Sign-ups the first week of July, send out in August...TBD.

Some galleries to peruse:

Fall 2015 Ninnis: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440842.0
Fall 2014 Ninnis: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436167.0
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Fabric Art Journals Page Swap #5 GALLERY on: May 12, 2016 05:33:03 PM


Post your pages here!

alwaysinmyroom sent 6/03 to yofi; sent 06/10/16 to Wulf
Wulf - sent 06/04/16 to AIMR and yofi
yofi - sent 06/04/16 to AIMR and Wulf

Smmarrt - sent 06/04/16 to JLL and angielou1
jenleahlynn - sent 5/26 to Smmarrt and angielou1
angielou1 - sent 5/24 to Smmarrt and jenleahlynn

jkaywiz sent 5/25 to LBBB and pioneer9
pioneer9 sent 6/01 to LBBB and jkaywiz
LadybugsAndBumblebees - sent to pioneer9 5/12/16, sent to jkaywiz 5/18/16

Abbeeroad - sent 5/18/16 to cmarion3 and audio
cmarion3 - sent 6/06 to Abbeeroad and audio
audio sent 5/19/16 Abbeeroad and cmarion3

RED - Sent
LIME GREEN - Received
BLUE - Sending late with communication
PURPLE - Feedback given

10  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / FABRIC ART JOURNAL PAGE Swap #5 (Signup thru May 5; s/o June 3) on: April 24, 2016 09:58:58 AM



Swap name: Fabric Art Journal Page - Round 5
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Smmarrt
Sign-up date range: April 24 - May 5, 2016
Date to send item by: June 3, 2016

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

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? Craftster rules

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:

You will craft a "page" - more like a quilt block - with unfinished sides and back and your partner will add it to his/her art journal or make a fabric book. Each swapper may choose the size they would like and the theme and their partners will have artistic license to interpret this theme as they wish. This could also be called a mixed-media fabric art journal page because you will add, incorporate and embellish with lots of goodies - fabric, buttons, ribbon, charms, sequins, paper and whatever else you can think of and/or already possess.

NOTE: We are swapping 1 page each with 2 or 3 partners, as we did in Rounds 3 and 4.


As in all swaps, communication is key for a happy swap. So chat with your partner, chat in the discussion thread and ask questions This is a new technique and medium for most of us so we're all newbies in this swap.

Gallery 1: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=429181.0#axzz2liffwRQa
Gallery 2: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430997.0#axzz33QXn2UJj
Gallery 3: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434288.0#axzz36Lpac7PX
Gallery 4: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439344.0
...

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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Fabric Art Journal Pages Swap 5 (FAJPS 5)
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)

List 4 - 8 themes for your pages:

Size of page and orientation:
(vertical/portrait or horizontal/landscape)

Favorite colors?
Least favorite colors?
Is it okay to use real fur or feathers or other natural items?
Any allergies?
Any allergens in your home (pets, smoke, excessive dust)?

Have you participated in this swap before?
Who were your partners?
(I ask this so I don't pair up the same folks again)

Communication is the KEY to all successful swaps - do you PROMISE to keep in touch with the group, with the discussion, with your partner and your lovely organizer?

Links to Pinterest or other sites that might help your partner?

Any other information that you want to share to let your partner know about your tastes and preferences?

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.
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