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21  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Refuge - A mixed media assemblage on: October 05, 2013 12:40:54 PM
This is a piece I made for the fabulous LimeRiot in the spring.  Started with a black gesso'ed wood board (about 8" x 10"), then layered all kinds of paper bits, ephemera, stamps on with gel medium.  I then glazed with nickel azo and antiqueing (brown) followed by some white gesso dry brushing.  Usually I antique all my text but wanted the random sentences/words to pop out this time so I left them white.  Then came the real fun stuff...RUSTY CRAP! 

detail-layered snuff can lid, rusty bottle cap from the Las Vegas desert, some kind of fishing lure doo dad, resin paper scrap and the most fabulous tangle of rusted wire that I found a few years ago outside my muffler guy's shop!  This is one of my favourite "found on the ground" items.  I drilled a couple of holes in the wood to hold the wire on.

left edge - I thought it needed a little pop of colour so I affixed some collage paper that I made to matt board and cut some strips.  and another rusty bit....more rust is always good in my book Grin

right edge - you can see the vintage blue buttons on the top, I love that colour and it paired with the random stamps on top.  followed through with the red by tying red thread through them first.

I really liked working on the wood board, so many more options than the usual canvas I use.  drilling!  piling crap on! 
22  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Meet our New Featured Member TheDaytimeHeroes! on: September 30, 2013 07:40:06 AM
Meet our Featured Artist on the More Art, Less Craft board TheDaytimeHeroes!!

TheDaytimeHeroes has many projects posted on Craftster, here are some of our favourites!

Lap of Luxury  Best of Craftster 2012!


Graham's Ghost

Painted feathers  and many more within the post!


Hello folks, my name is Dani and I am a 21 year old lady living in the prairies of central Canada. As a child I was "The Walking Encyclopedia", spewing random animal facts like it was going out of style so needless to say, I've been fascinated with the natural world since I was young. Since then I've started to develop a style when it comes to art, and have begun to twist my idea of reality to suit my artistic needs (one of my greatest compliments yet was paid to me by my aunt - "You have such talent, and you have some really weird stuff!"). Art aside, I'm a happiness-seeking concert junkie with a taste for quality green tea, sushi and the spice of life.

How long have you been creating art?

Like many artists I have been drawing since I could hold a crayon (I just recently found a drawing I did when I was between 2 and 3, I *think* it is a bird? Hehe), but I only started taking it seriously within the past 6 years.

What kind of classes and/or formal training have you had?

For the most part I am self-taught. As a child my parents enrolled me in various art classes, but that mostly contributed to "fun messy art time" rather than actually learning something. As for post-secondary education, I'm a science nerd so I have never attended any higher level art classes.

where do you find your inspiration?

Everywhere, I've even caught myself staring at the shadow that was cast by a paper taped to a wall and felt that spark of inspiration. But nature and other artists are at the top of the list for inspiration.
And smoke. Smoke's ability to morph and transform has inspired many pieces and continues to.

What mediums do you use and which is your favourite?

Over the years I've practiced with a huge variety of mediums, but currently my main ones are acrylic paints, ink and sculpey clay. And the reason why I use those is because they're all my favorites. Acrylics are used for my more "professional" pieces, I love playing with colour and texture. Ink speaks to my heart in a very primitive way, I find peace with ink. And only recently have I begun to explore the art of sculpting, there is something very exhilarating about bringing another dimension to your artwork!

Any tips for aspiring artists?

Something I have learned is that you should draw and paint what YOU like. Passion and the happiness of the artist tends to show in artwork, and you would be surprised to see how much more appealing as piece is (both to an audience and the artist themselves) when it has been made with love. Painting things that I love is so much more fulfilling then painting something popular.

Of everything you've posted on Craftster what is your personal favourite?

I find that I always have a hard time choose a favorite for my own work. Often times I feel a "pull" towards a certain piece, most of the time I cannot even explain why. Its not because its my best piece, a favorite subject, or even a piece that hit it off well with an audience.
Out of the pieces that I have posted to Craftster, this one has the strongest "pull".

Salvation Upon Us

This piece was an experimental one, I had just discovered the wonderful combo of dip pens and India Ink. Its rather messy in areas as I was just learning (so many unexpected splatters of ink!), but its easily one of my favorite pieces.

What is your favourite project posted by another Craftster member?

Right now this sculpted beauty has me drooling:
Tall Forest Beast by kelesaii
The detail and the concept and the colours and the EVERYTHING. Truly an amazing piece.

Thank you for taking the time to share with us TheDaytimeHeroes!  We look forward to seeing more of your work on Craftster Smiley
23  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Shop the Swap Winter Market 2013 **Gallery** on: September 08, 2013 02:01:07 PM
Post your sold stuff here!

Shop Thread

Discussion Thread
24  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / STS Winter Market 2013 **Shops Only!** on: September 08, 2013 01:43:54 PM

Looking for stocking stuffers, hand made gifts, craft supplies?  Have lots of crafty items to "sell"?  Then this is the swap for you!

Swap name: Shop the Swap Winter Market 2013  
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: alteredmommy
Craftster members who are the backup organizers for this swap: loves2experiment
Sign-up date range: 09/08/13 to 10/03/13
Date to send item by: Once someone claims from you, you have ONE WEEK to mail the item. The swap runs through to November 22  (**Please note that the last week November 15-22 will be for over/under 3 point shops only)
Limited to a certain number of people? 50
Non-U.S. participants allowed? Yes! Be aware that by signing up for this swap you are agreeing to ship items internationally if they are claimed by someone outside of your country

Additional Age requirement? YES **This swap is open to crafters who are 18+**

Discussion Thread!

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
- Has completed 2 swaps with positive feedback 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
- 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

All swappers MUST be pre-approved for this swap!

The Shop the Swap (or STS) is a different kind of swap in that we start with finished items.  We use a point system in which you price items in points that you receive when you sell your shop item to another swapper.  Once you have sent your claim out , you can use those points to buy any available item from any open shop in the swap.   Like the real world, you cant spend points that you dont have (no overdraft here) and you cant hoard your points under your mattress (you must close and go shopping when you have +7 points).  
**Please note that the format for this round is a little different.  Signups will be 3 weeks until September 30, with claiming until November 15.  This is intended to be more of a holiday market with the emphasis on crafty gifts, stocking stuffers and other holiday goodies.  Unlike the past Shop the Swaps, you will not be able to leave before the end of the swap and you must be at 3 points upon the close of the swap.  If you are traveling or otherwise unable to keep your shop open, you can close for a short period of time (a week)

- Post a shop in this thread with at least 5 finished, handcrafted items for the other swappers to choose from.  You can also post a small amount of craft supply items at the bottom of your shop.  **Custom items can be offered, but must be finished and sent in a timely manner, so keep this in mind and only offer custom items that you can finish quickly.  Please let us know if you will be sending late.
-Handcrafted items from other people may be offered in your shop, BUT  be aware of the potential of hurt feelings when selling items made for you in other swaps.  This is a high profile swap that many people see.  Crafted items from others must be credited with the name of the creator or you will be requested to remove that item.
-Each item should have a SHORT identifiable title, description and picture.  Each item should be priced between 1 and 3 points.  Groups of items can be priced at a choice of 2 for 1 (or 3 for 1 etc).  Charge what you think is fair for your crafted item, considering time/supply cost/popularity.
-Check peoples wishlists and use the discussion thread for brainstorming any new items to offer in your shop.


-all persons new to the swap receive 3 points to spend.  This is a STS loan and you must leave with 3 points (in effect pay the loan back) for positive feedback.  
-Your shop must be open before you can spend your points in other shops.
-Remember there are no guarantees that claims will be made from your shop.  To make a sale you may need to adjust your prices or offer new crafted items/supplies.
-Everytime someone claims from you, you will get whatever point price you have listed for it.  List the claim at the bottom of your shop and add the points into pending and to your points total.  You cannot spend pending points.
-Once you have sent the claim, move the points into current.  All current points are spendable so go shopping!
-When you have +7 points (a TOTAL of current and pending) you must close your shop temporarily.  Edit your shop post to put CLOSED at the top in big bold letters that people will see.
-Once you go shopping (with your current points, you may have to ship first)and spend your points down to 5 or less, you can re-open your shop.
-Each round  claims to and from you should be listed with your point tally at the bottom of your shop.  See the next post for the proper shop format.


-If any prior claims go missing you may be required to remake/refund the points/offer something else in your shop if you have no DC# or shipping receipt.  If you have a valid DC# or shipping receipt it is your decision whether you will replace the item or have me arrange an angel

-Positive feedback will be given after the swap closing date of November 15 if you have 3 points and all your claims have been received.
-Negative feedback will be given for closing this swap with less than 3 points and/or not sending claims made to you.  If you need points, have a sale, let people know in the discussion thread, offer some supplies.  
-Spend your points down to 3 before the close of this round.  If you leave with more than 3 points, any points above 3 will go into the inflation fund.  Again, reminder pm's to join will not be sent out.  These points will not be returned to you should you join the STS in a future round.  So go shopping!

-Remember that you have ONE WEEK to ship from the day you receive a claim.
-All items are to be shipped AFTER an official claim is received; please do not ship custom items before we receive an official STS claim for them.  Items shipped before they are claimed will not be covered under our angel policy should they go missing.
- DC# are required on all claims if eligible AS PER CRAFTSTER SWAP RULES; if sending internationally please keep your postal receipt until your item is received.   Thin items can be padded with a plastic grocery bag or something similiar to make them thick enough for a DC#.  If your item has not been received within a reasonable time (3-4 weeks domestic; 4-5 weeks international) an angel can be arranged if you have a DC# or postal receipt.  If not you will be required to remake or offer something else from your shop and resend.
-Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

-It is your responsibility to keep relevant people informed of your shop and claim status  
-all claim/send/receive pms must be sent to both organizers as well as to the person you are claiming from/sending to.  Please check you're outgoing pm's to ensure that everyone has received a copy!!!!!!
-Poor communication will be noted in your feedback.  This includes not informing the organizers/other swappers of claim status via the correct claim format; not posting in the discussion thread.
-Do join in the lively conversation on the discussion thread which can be found here:   http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=425997.0

PLEASE PM THE ORGANIZERS alteredmommy, loves2experiment WITH THE FOLLOWING

(Make the title of your PM -  STS Winter Market 2013 SIGNUP)

Name of swap: Shop the Swap Winter Market 2013
Craftster username:
I am at least eighteen years old:
I have completed 2 swaps with positive feedback:
Email address:
Real name and mailing address (formatted for mailing):

Do you have at least 5 crafted items to start out with?
Have you read through the first 2 posts of guidelines/rules?
When will this swap be closed for claims?
What information needs to be kept current at the end of your shop?
Elf on a shelf opinion (cute/yikes/no way I'm letting that thing watch my every move)

Feel free to ask alteredmommy or loves2experiment if you have any questions!!

Shops from previous rounds:

Spring Market 2013   http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=419802.0#axzz2eKuZfpbH

Winter Market 2012   http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=414351.msg4897016#msg4897016

25  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Heartache on: August 18, 2013 04:41:40 PM
Continuing on with my fascination with hearts, I've finally finished a 6"x6" piece that has been sitting on my worktable for months.  This one has a blown egg in the niche with a heart (one of those things that expands when you put it in water) and lots of layers of paint, text, gesso and lava gel.  And best of all I made it for myself Grin

the top: "I have studied about the auricles of the heart, the extraordinary spectre"

the side: " A few moments of gorgeous delirium"

26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / STS Winter Market 2013 Discussion Thread on: July 29, 2013 01:56:22 PM
Lets discuss the Shop the Swap Winter Market!  Tentatively we were thinking of starting signups sometime in September < whatever works the best for everyone.   Signups can be open for anywhere from 2 weeks to one month and as soon as you sign up and post your shop, swapping can begin!  Once signups are closed we will continue swapping until sometime in November-I think we should shut it down no later than Nov 15 to give the last claims time to arrive before the holiday rush.  Please let us know what your thoughts are, we're very flexible Cheesy
This is my tentative time line
- Signups from September 9 to 30
-Swapping until November 15; then one week for just the under/over points shops to even out.  Final swap closure on November 22.

The Winter Market is a fun place to do a little holiday shopping-decorations, small gifts, cards, stocking stuffers, winter apparel....if you have not ever joined a Shop the Swap please take a look at our last Winter Market to get an idea of what was offered.  Feel free to ask any questions, the swap looks a little confusing at first but its very easy to get the hang of and so much fun!  Please note that you must have 2 completed swaps (any swap, with Positive feedback of course) in your profile and be 18+ to join this swap Smiley
Shop the Swap Winter Market 2013 Shop Thread
Shop the Swap Winter Market 2014 Shop Thread

Outstanding Claims Winter Market 2014

Abbeeroad to spikefan -ice dyed infinity scarf, spiral tie dye scarf  sent Nov 18
alteredmommy to lindyv321 - five pendant, coaster notebook  sent Nov 17  International
artsycandice to Watsonc7 - wolf pendant, goldfinch head  sent Nov 24
brandyk to Grab a coffee - brown and pink baby blanket  sent Nov 24  International
brandyk to ptarmic wumpus- metal purse handles sent Nov 24
bunny1kenobi to whitterp-custom tank/tee  sent Nov 24

Grab a coffee to A2K- sheep and reindeer ornaments  sent Nov 10  International
Grab a coffee to kayrun-sheep ornament  sent Nov 17  International
Grab a coffee to calluna - felt flower  sent nov 17  International
kayrun to A2K- 2 custom head wraps  sent Nov 8
kayrun to brandyk- yellow and blue market bags  sent Nov 21
lindyv321 to ptarmic wumpus- thank you cards, bunch of beads  sent nov 24

loudxmouse to Grab a coffee- teal felicity hat SEND BY Nov 24
loudxmouse to spikefan-lotion bar  sent Nov 20
squidget to Grab a coffee- giant blue yarn, cotton yarn  sent Nov 20  International
whitterp to loudxmouse- 2 x felt canvas, dalek x stitch, grey napkins  sent Nov 17
underthemountain to lindyv321- octopus ornament aqua  sent Nov 24
underthemountain to Abbeeroad-octopus ornament grey  sent Nov 24
27  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 86 ENTRIES / Glittery rapture!! on: May 02, 2013 09:52:10 AM
Here's the little shrine I made for The Mistress T in the Wicked Vice swap....who can resist a vice like glitter?
The front:

a hollowed out glittered egg inside a super glittered up altoids tin base.  Its kind of hard to see but there is a lot of glitter and mica inside the tin and a rusted doll hand inside the egg.  I learned to rivet just so I could attach the tart tins to the base Grin  it was fun! 


The back:

yes, as every Craftster knows glitter is the herpes of the craft world....I made this almost a year ago and there is STILL glitter sneaking into other projects Grin
28  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Meet Our Super Swappers underthemountain and Homerof2!! on: March 15, 2013 03:27:02 PM

The month of March is National Craft month and we would like to give a shout out to some of our swapping Superstars!  You will likely recognize our top 2 Craftster swappers from around the boards, underthemountain (formerly atsuko) and Homerof2 who have participated in an astounding 303 swaps between the two of them!!  We asked them a few questions in a rare non-swapping moment about their lives and time on Craftster Smiley

underthemountain joined Craftster in March 2006 and became a FOC in August 2006.  She has participated in an impressive 157 swaps!

Tell us about yourself
Craftster has renewed my belief that people are kind and good.  I have met so many wonderful and generous people here.  My daughter Lana has been raised on Craftster love (she was 2 when I joined) and has enjoyed so many wonderful goodies from her Craftster Aunties.  She has learned what a joyful thing it is to make something for someone and I am proud to say that she is a mini Craftster in the making.  Thank you Craftsters for making our world a better place!!

What do you like to make?
I like to a variety of items: pottery, jewellery, felt food, amigurumi, bake.  I've been making jewellery for 20+ years and enjoy it, but my true passion is hand building clay.  I loved it so much that I almost left my Ph.D. program to get my M.F.A.

What do you enjoy the most about swapping?  
Meeting and making new friends is my favorite part about swapping.  It is also so much fun to see new techniques and receive goodies that I can't make myself.

Homerof2 became a member of Craftster on January 19, 2006.  She has participated in an amazing 146 swaps!

Tell us about yourself

I'm 47 and I've been married to the greatest man in the entire world for 27 years.  We have two sons, both in their 20s, and a beautiful daughter-in-law.  I work two days a week as a receptionist in a walk-in doctors office (I like to say I work part-time but one friend likes to call me 'semi-retired'.)  My mom taught me to crochet and cross stitch when I was quite young, I learned to sew in grade 8 and I taught myself to knit last November (yeah You Tube.)  When my sons were younger, I sewed all their clothes as well as dress shirts and sweatshirts for my husband.  Looking back at pictures now, I realize just how much my husband must love me because I loved bright colors on my boys and used to make matching sweatshirts for all 3 of them and he actually wore them in public!  I'm still in love with bright colors.

What do you like to make?

Quilts of all sizes, Crochet and Knit projects, Hoops (embroidered and cross stitched)  My newest craft is making ATCs and they are so much fun.

What do you enjoy the most about swapping?

When I first starting swapping over the internet (more than 15 years ago) it was the novelty of doing something new, something none of my friends had ever heard about and sending to foreign countries but now it's for the fun of making items for others.  Honestly, it's become giving is better than getting (don't get me wrong, I've received many wonderful items over the years) but I have more than I need and I'd be very happy to just make and send items.

Thank you for sharing with us and congratulations on your impressive swapping history!!

29  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Intoxicating Chronicle on: March 12, 2013 02:40:41 PM
This is a little 4" by 4" mixed media piece that I also sent to LeapFeetFirst in the IYP22.  I adore rusty bits and random junk...

I tried to restrain myself but managed to include whatever that rusty thing is on the right topped with a bottle cap (picked up in a parking lot in the Las Vegas desert), vintage red buttons, a little bundle of the coolest black matchsticks (from the Firefly restaurant in Las Vegas), a smaller rust treated canvas topped with bits of resin paper/stamp/Russian text/rusty tin that is pinned on with an old button thing for the bottom of a chair leg.  All the text is from my coveted 1910 school speller that has the most hilariously weird sentence examples.  I hope LeapFeetFirst likes rusty crap as much as I do Grin
30  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Crazy Quilted Paper Cloth Bookmarks on: March 12, 2013 02:23:00 PM
I recently acquired the excellent book Stich Alchemy by Kelli Perkins and immediately became obsessed with making her crazy quilted paper cloth bookmarks.  So of course I did....

The process for making the paper cloth is much like what PurpleHeather details in her fabulous tutorial

I used a base of cotton muslin well soaked with diluted glue then topped with 2" torn strips of pattern paper-I really like the graphic qualities of the pattern markings (and I also can pick up old patterns for 10 cents at the thrift store!)  On top of that I brushed on more diluted glue and random bits of torn text/letters/maps.  Then the top layer of more torn strips of pattern paper. 

After the sheets dried the real fun starts I laid on base coats of paint then spattered/stamped/stenciled/inked/sprayed glitter ink/wrote on with white paint pen/gilded with joss paper.  Basically I left the pages on my work table for a couple of weeks and just kept adding to them Grin

Then I cut some tiny random shapes, about 1 1/2" - 2".  After loading my machine with LOTS of black thread, I started zig zag stitching the pieces together in a random pattern building from the middle out.  It takes a long time to make a sheet but its very zen and forgiving of my less than stellar sewing skills....

After I felt I had a large enough sheet and being thoroughly sick of sewing tiny pieces together, I measured and cut a rectangle then cut the book mark strips in 1 1/2" increments (they are 5" long)   The strips were zigzagged around the edges to a backing of wool felt with an eyelet punched on top.  Done!  Here's a close up so you can see the texty bits still showing through...

For years I've used the same method without the cloth to make collage paper, with a base of a large sheet of tissue paper/random scrap paper/topped with more tissue paper.  I do think the paper cloth is much more sturdier though.  Both are fun to make Grin

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