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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Fabric Art Journal Page Swap - Round 4 Sign up 4/12 - 4/22 on: April 12, 2015 11:41:44 AM



Swap name: Fabric Art Journal Page - Round 4
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Smmarrt
Sign-up date range: April 12 - 22, 2015
Date to send item by: May 22, 2015

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 Round 3.


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
...

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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Fabric Art Journal Pages Swap 4 (FAJPS 4)
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.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Button Craft Swap on: April 07, 2015 10:05:02 PM
I keep pinning button crafts on Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/smmarrt/buttons-and-spools/).
I am wondering if anyone else is interested in crafting some button-y goodness.
Share your Pinterest button boards here, too - I can't stop pinning!

Time? Maybe in May after dotees and fabric art journal pages. But as soon as I can swing it.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Monthly Dotee Swap - MARCH Celestial on: March 16, 2015 10:39:08 PM

Dotee made for me by Destined to Fail in 2010



dulcet 03/13/15 - alwaysinmyroom
alwaysinmyroom 03/30/15 - dulcet
La Chapa 03/30/15 - Acadian Driftwood
Acadian Driftwood 3/25/15 - La Chapa
crazyda79 03/30/15 -Wulf
Wulf 03/30/15 - crazyda79
LovelyMiss 3/25/15 - emilywilde
emilywilde 3/26/15- LovelyMiss
Smmarrt 3/28/15 - hannabear
hannabear 3/26/15 - Smmarrt
WiccadWitch 03/30/15 - hannabear
hannabear 3/25/15 - WiccadWitch
blupaisan  03/21/15 - Ludi
Ludi 03/20/15 - blupaisan
mamarose22 3/24/15 - Wile E Songdog
Wile E Songdog 03/30/15 - mamarose22

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

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / 4x4 Inch Art Swap on: March 11, 2015 10:33:40 AM


So I was in the art store yesterday, spending my tax refund and spied these 4x4" canvases. What about swapping in a group of four and making a vignette of 4 squares? Or collecting more than 4 individual pieces and like the altered puzzle pieces, framing them as a larger piece?

Just an idea - looking for fellow enthusiasts.

Could be called "quinchies"?  Roll Eyes Huh Shocked
5  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Monthly Dotee Swap - MARCH CELESTIAL Send out March 30, 2015 on: March 01, 2015 03:55:16 PM
Gallery is open:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438496.0



Dotee made for me by Destined to Fail in 2010

Swap name: MDS - MARCH CELESTIAL
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Smmarrt
Sign-up date range: March 1 - 8, 2015
Date to send item by: March 30, 2015

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24

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:

In this swap you will make your partner one Dotee doll in the theme of...

~Celestial~

Anything goes as long as it's celestial themed! Think planets, other outer space locations, spacecraft, aliens, stars, astrological figures and anything else you can think of.

This is a monthly swap, but you do NOT have to join in each month's round! Feel free to only join in for themes you love, or to pass on months when you have no spare time.

Read more about the original idea here.

What is a dotee? (by Smmarrt)

A dotee is a mini art doll, meant to be traded or swapped. The dolls are generally smaller than 6" with a face, but do not usually have arms or legs (unless that's part of your design). Dotees have a loop for hanging, some come with tails (tails are fibers, ribbon, charms or other string-y things that add to the theme of the doll), and can be made from a variety of materials - fabric, felt, canvas, denim, gourds or any other material/media that you can make a doll from. Most dotee makers add buttons, beads, sequins, embroidery, or charms to embellish the doll.

Check out the galleries from previous dotee swaps to get some ideas:

Round 1 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=250388.0
Round 2 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=257571.0
Round 3 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=273862.0
Round 4 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=295530.0
Round 5 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=304600.0
Round 6 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=313711.0
Round 7 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=322303.0
Round 8 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=334100.0
Round 9 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=343255.0
Round 10 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=352058.0
Round 11 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=362477.0
Round 12 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407884.0
Round 13 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=416850.0

Harry Potter Dotee swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=383921.0
Character Dotee swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=376251.0
Resolution Dotee Swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=402164.0
Fall Dotee Swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435315.0
Holiday Dotee Swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436783.0

January 2015:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437871.0
Febraury 2015:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438176.0



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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

Name of swap: Monthly Dotee Swap - March Celestial
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address (how it is written on a letter) including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Will you get a confirmation/tracking number for your package if sending within the USA, or keep your receipt if not?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old:
Confirm that you have posted in the swap thread:
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home?
Can you take and post digital photos?
Will you try to post in the discussion thread at least once a week?

Who were your swap partners in the previous dotee swaps? (Jan and Feb 2015 specifically)

List 5 or more dotee ideas for this theme that you like:

Favorite colors? fabrics? embellishments?

Do you have any favorite styles or techniques? (scrappy, knit, beaded, etc.)

Do you have a pinterest or etsy favorites that your partner can see? Please link here:

Is there anything you do not want to receive? (materials, specific items, etc.)

Anything else you'd like to add?

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.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / 4 x 6 Art Swap February 2015 on: February 21, 2015 07:01:12 PM


1. Smmarrt sent 2 on 2/27/15 to pioneer9 and spikefan
2. WiccadWitch sent 2 on 2/27/15 - pioneer9 and kwality570
3. gozer sent 1 on 2/23/15 to mouseatethekitty
4. Luvebuggy99  sent 1 on 2/27/15 to blupaisan
5. kwality570 sent 2 on 2/27/15 - Smmarrt and crazyda79
6. BigBangMomma  sent 1 on 2/23/15 to CraftyMamaBee
7. rockmygypsysoul sent 2 on 3/03/13 - not received
8. pioneer9 sent 2 on 2/26/15 - Smmarrt and missingswapper
9. Onyxnox sent 2 on 2/27/15 to Homerof2 and spikefan
10. CraftyMamaBee - sent 1 on 02/21/15 to BigBangMomma
11. mouseatethekitty sent 1 on 02/26/15 to gozer
12. Homerof2 sent on 02/27/15 to Onyxnox
13. spikefan sent on 2/28/15 to Onyxnox and kwality570
14. crazyda79 sent 2 on 2/26/15 to WiccadWitch and missingswapper
15. blupaisan sent 1 on 2/24/15 to Luvebuggy99

RED - Sent
LIME GREEN - Received
BLUE - Sending late with communication
ORANGE - Contact organizer ASAP
PURPLE - Feedback given
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Fabric Art Journal Pages Swap - Round 4 in March on: February 12, 2015 07:55:16 PM
Let me know if you're interested. I feel like I have enough to make a book now but maybe I'll start a second one!

Links to previous galleries:

Round 1 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=429181.0#axzz2liffwRQa

Round 2 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430997.0

Round 3 - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434288.0#axzz36Lpac7PX
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / 4 x 6 Art Swap - February 2015 SIGN UPS closed/SO 2/23-27/15 on: February 08, 2015 03:02:12 PM
Gallery is here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438203.0



4 x 6 Art made by me for the Fall 2014 Swap - Received by hazelly



Swap name: 4 x 6 Art Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Smmarrt
Sign-up date range: February 8 - February 16, 2015
Date to send item by: February 23 - 27, 2015

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: February 8 - February 16, 2015
~ Crafting period: Starts NOW Feb. 8 - 21, 2015
~ Check in with organizer via PM Feb. 17 - Feb. 21, 2014 to assure me that you are ready to swap
~ Addresses will be distributed on  February 22, 2015
~ You must ship February 23 - 27, 2015

Swap Rules:  
~ Please communicate within the thread at least once per week.  Communication makes the swap process more fun, and no one is left wondering " Hey, where did so and so go?"  All I want is a quick "Hey I'm still here, still crafting!"
~ 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)


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer: Smmarrt (co-org TBD)



QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

Name of swap: 4 x 6 Art Swap - February 2015

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?

BONUS QUESTION - When is the check in period?

Links to previous galleries (photos only):

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=search2;topic=406523.0;search=img;show_complete=true;sort=ID_MSG|desc#axzz3BkTJRZ9T

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=search2;topic=408619.0;search=img;show_complete=true;sort=ID_MSG|desc#axzz3BkTJRZ9T

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=search2;topic=410191.0;search=img;show_complete=true;sort=ID_MSG|desc#axzz3BkTbWFGc

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=search2;topic=411947.0;search=img;show_complete=true;sort=ID_MSG|desc#axzz3BkUZNJBv

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=search2;topic=413137.0;search=img;show_complete=true;sort=ID_MSG|desc#axzz3BkUZNJBv

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=search2;topic=436593.0;search=img;show_complete=true;sort=ID_MSG|desc

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.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Altered Spoons Swap on: January 29, 2015 10:49:29 AM
I can't stop thinking about altered spoons - pictures in Somerset magazines, Pinterest boards and my weird knack of finding smushed and bent silverware while walking the streets of San Francisco.

So I am thinking of metal spoons, not wooden spoons. But I guess I shouldn't be prejudiced against the wood-burners or carvers in the group.

Let me know your thoughts - I'll add some photos.

http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?rs=ac&len=2&q=altered+spoons&term_meta%5B%5D=altered|autocomplete|0&term_meta%5B%5D=spoons|autocomplete|0
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / 4 x 6 Art Swap - The Next Round 2015 on: December 31, 2014 06:22:58 PM
So anyone interested in this again? You can have one or two partners, and it is a blind swap. You make the art you want to make, the final product needs to be 4" x 6", about the size of a postcard, and you mail it off to two swappers. You won't know their user names - just their real name and address.

Peruse the previous galleries - anything goes. Crochet, mixed media, sketching, paint, quilting, wood burning - just to name a few.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=search2;topic=406523.0;search=img;show_complete=true;sort=ID_MSG|desc#axzz3BkTJRZ9T

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=search2;topic=408619.0;search=img;show_complete=true;sort=ID_MSG|desc#axzz3BkTJRZ9T

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=search2;topic=410191.0;search=img;show_complete=true;sort=ID_MSG|desc#axzz3BkTbWFGc

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=search2;topic=411947.0;search=img;show_complete=true;sort=ID_MSG|desc#axzz3BkUZNJBv

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=search2;topic=413137.0;search=img;show_complete=true;sort=ID_MSG|desc#axzz3BkUZNJBv

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=search2;topic=436593.0;search=img;show_complete=true;sort=ID_MSG|desc

Comment below if you're interested. Sign ups January 15 - 25, check in January 26 - 31, send out by
February 5th (dates are subject to change once we get rolling....)
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