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11  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: October 05, 2014 12:33:13 PM
Prompt: October - No Bones about It
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Halloween Envelope Pillow Cases
Project Link I used this tutorial
Brief Description: I have been hemming and hawing over buying my own machine for months, but I finally bit the bullet and purchased one.  Until now, I have had to go to my friend's house every time I was doing a project that required machine sewing, so it's going to be really nice to have 24/7 access to a machine now.  Since this was the very first project I made on my own machine, I definitely threw myself into it 100% without hesitation.
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The pattern really is simple.  The only thing I "messed up" on is that the four pillows aren't exactly the same size -- some of them are a little bit wider and rectangular in shape, which made for a less snug fit.  (I actually like that, because then the pillow isn't busting out of the envelope in the back.)





Here they are lined up on our sofa. The two solid oranges are part of our regular pillow set -- no reason to change them, since the orange color is already perfect for Halloween!

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12  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: October 05, 2014 12:12:10 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Halloween Envelope Pillow Cases
Project Page Link (if available): I used this tutorial
Brief Description: The "unknown" I tackled for my Astronomy assignment was my brand new sewing machine!  I have been hemming and hawing over buying my own machine for months, but I finally bit the bullet and purchased one.  Trust me, there was plenty of unknown to conquer in this one (30 minutes minimum crafting time, eh?  Took me 45 just to figure out how to properly wind the bobbin.  Huh) but I am really pleased with the outcome.  I made a set of four envelope-style pillow cases for our sofa throws.
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The pattern really is simple.  The only thing I "messed up" on is that the four pillows aren't exactly the same size -- some of them are a little bit wider and rectangular in shape, which made for a less snug fit.  (I actually like that, because then the pillow isn't busting out of the envelope in the back.)





Here they are lined up on our sofa. The two solid oranges are part of our regular pillow set -- no reason to change them, since the orange color is already perfect for Halloween!

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13  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: October 01, 2014 08:15:25 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Crow Clothespins
Brief Description: Crafted a set of 8 of these for my partner in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap.  I took some black wooden clothespins, and fancied them up with some glitter and store-bought crows.
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14  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: October 01, 2014 07:54:50 PM
Prompt: October - Hocus Pocus
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Crow Clothespins
Brief Description: According to popular lore, many witches traditionally used animal familiars to help them perform magic.  Birds like these crows were one popular type of familiar.

Made a set of 8 of these for my partner in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap.  Took some black clothespins, mod podged the top and poured a crapload of glitter over them and then hot glued some decorative crows from the craft store.
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15  ONGOING ATC SWAP - OCTOBER 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by vincentvanbuck on: September 30, 2014 07:25:17 PM

Check out some of the amazing work done in the September swap!
We have art by Oath Keeper, stillatthetop, Oath Keeper and rockingbearranch



Claiming thread
Discussion Thread
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16  Ongoing ATC SWAP - OCTOBER 2014 (Signup October 1 - October 31) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by vincentvanbuck on: September 30, 2014 06:44:31 PM

Check out some of the amazing work done in the September swap!
We have art by Oath Keeper, stillatthetop, Oath Keeper and rockingbearranch

ONGOING ATC SWAP - OCTOBER 2014
An uber-addicting swap that runs all month long!

Welcome fellow Craftsterers!

Welcome to the amazingly addicting, completely irresistible Ongoing ATC Swap! (You know you want to join!)
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.  People of all levels of ATC-making are welcome.



Discussion Thread -Questions and discussion can be posted here.  Remember, it's a craftster requirement to post at least once in your swap's discussion area!
 
Swap FAQs -Everything you need to know about swapping.

ATC FAQs -Everything you need to know about ATCs.

POST PICTURES OF YOUR CARDS HERE!



Very basic swap info:
Swap name: Ongoing ATC Swap - OCTOBER 2014
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: vincentvanbuck
Sign-up date range: October 1 until October 31, 2014
Date to send item by: 2 weeks after you claim
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



QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER Please send to vincentvanbuck, and include the words "October ATC Swap--Request to Join" in the email title.

*Name of Swap:  Ongoing ATC Swap - October 2014
*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?:
*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.):


*Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join this swap!  Sign-ups are open all month--YAY!  PM me the above questionnaire to get started, and please wait to be accepted into the swap before making any claims. **Please make sure you are not late or flakey in any of your other swaps, and that you have good communication.** This is a super-uber-amazingly-stupendous swap, So Have Fun!   



HOW THIS SWAP WORKS:

Claims are made throughout the month.  You have two weeks from the time you make a claim to send that claim.

You can make as many (or as few, as little as 1) 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 leaving you open to bring it back up to 7 or 10.)

Posting pictures of received ATCs is required for this swap.

CLAIMING

1. 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.

2. How many claims can be made by each individual:

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.

3. How to make a claim:

A claim post should include the following information:
1. The theme you are choosing and who you’re sending it to.
2. Statistical info about your current swap claims status:
Claims = Claims currently outstanding (ie., the number of cards 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 to whom you've sent them.
3. Your location.
4. Your personal preferences.
5. Your list of themes


SAMPLE CLAIMS POST:


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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)   New Years Baby
2)   Resolutions
3)   Food w/ Faces
4)   Inspiring Quotes
5)   Your Favorite Medium
ONCE YOU HAVE MADE A CLAIM:

1. Send a personal message to the person you have claimed and request their address.
2. You have 2 weeks to complete each card, and have it in the mail to its new owner. 


ONCE YOU HAVE SENT OR RECEIVED A CARD
1. Please PM the organizer when you send or receive a card.
    (It's also good form to notify the person you received from or are sending to.) 
2.  Please include one of these at the title of the message: October ATC Swap--Sent or October ATC Swap--Received
     Be sure to include the month!
3.Be sure and include the following in each pm to the organizer:
  • (1)"send by" date
  • (2)theme
  • (3)sender
  • (4)receiver

For example, you could use this format:
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I sent some ATCs today!   

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

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

PLEASE REMEMBER TO INCLUDE THIS IN EVERY PM!!!

This lets the organizer easily access the swap info, so it can be updated.   

POSTING PIX OF ATCs RECEIVED
It is OH so important to post pictures of the amazing cards you receive!  This is the best way in the world to let it be known how special it is that you've received a wonderful treasure of someone else's creativity!   

Please post pictures/scans of your received cards in the swap (or make arrangements with your partner to do so).

FEEDBACK
Positive feedback will be given when all of the cards you sent have been received.   Good communication is always cool!  And be sure and post those pictures in the swap!

ANY QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions please post them in the discussion thread or PM the organizer, vincentvanbuckThis thread is specifically for claims only.
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17  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: September 26, 2014 09:13:14 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Clue TM Patch
Brief Description: Our divination homework asked us to demonstrate our scrying by showing what we saw in the beyond.  I gazed into the crystal ball, and I saw.... TM patches in my future!  Makes sense, since I'm participating in the upcoming TM patch swap.  I figured the crystal ball was trying to tell me I better get to practicing, so I made this trial patch with a Clue theme.  The fabric for the front panel is from a Halloween haunted house pattern, which I figured would make a decent substitution for Mr. Boddy's mansion.
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18  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: September 26, 2014 09:03:00 PM
Prompt: September Flash Mob - Board Games
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Clue TM Patch
Brief Description: Board games vs. video games?  That's like trying to choose my favorite child.  Anyway, I made this Clue-themed patch in order to practice for the upcoming TM Patch Swap.  The front panel fabric is a view of a haunted house Halloween print, and the little felt bits are (supposed to be) the six player pawns.
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19  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R3! SU:Sept. 16- Oct. 6, 2014; SO: Nov. 3, 2014 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by vincentvanbuck on: September 22, 2014 08:59:05 PM
I made this little practice patch tonight.  My first one ever!

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20  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: September 22, 2014 08:54:02 PM
Prompt: Yahtzee
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: TM Apple Patch
Brief Description: A multiple of 5, eh?  5 x 1 = .... 5!  This TM patch features five different colors: red, green, brown, white, and black.  I am signing up for the TM patch swap, but I've never made them before, even though I've been planning on it for a long time.  (Remember that I Love Lucy bag I proposed as a research project a year ago?  Yeah, me neither.  Undecided)  ANYWHO, I figured I bet start practicing before the swap, so I made this apple patch to match with a prompt in the HPC.  I chose the black & white fabric because it was simple and I figured the colored thread would show well against it, but I kind of love it because the little ovals ended up making me think of apple seeds or something.
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