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1  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Happy Mail Swap (SU Aug 17-26; SO Sept 14) on: August 17, 2016 04:08:45 AM


Swap name: Happy Mail Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: SonjaBoo
Sign-up date range: August 17-26th
Date to send item by: Wednesday, September 14th
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): Nope
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? Nope!

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:  This is it!
- 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: Unfortunately

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:
Many mixed-media artists out there have fun with Happy Mail swaps so lets bring one to Craftster! For this swap, youll beautifully decorate an envelope (something around a 6x9ish) in the way of your choice paint it, mix media it up, add fabric, whatever inspires you. (Remember, whatever you do, you need to leave white spots or labels for your addresses!) Then, youll include FIVE small but handmade (or hand altered) embellishments or crafting doo-dads for your partner to enjoy.

This is a low-pressure swap, with the only requirement being that you must send along five hand-made or hand-altered goodies, rather than store-bought. (Let's keep this inexpensive!)

What are crafting doo-dads, you ask? Here are some ideas!
Handmade  stickers, cards, altered tags, crafty ephemera, glue stencils, inchies, altered paperclips, ATCs, hand-cut stencils, paper feathers, paper flowers, altered buttons, etc. (And many other ideas not even mentioned here! Use your imagination, as long as someone can craft with it and you made it.)

Here are a few links for inspiration!
http://www.artcreatiu.com/ideas-happy-mail/
http://rae-missigman.squarespace.com/blog/2014/7/24/junk-mail-is-happy-mail
http://redlead.typepad.com/artsee/2015/07/seaside-summer-pocket-letter-happy-mail.html

Read more: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449792.0#ixzz4HaOtHUSD
Read more: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449792.0
...

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:
QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Happy Mail Swap
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)
Would you like one or two partners?
Do you understand that you will need to send an envelope around 6"x9" in size? (Can do larger if you and your partner agree!)
Do you understand that you will need to send FIVE handmade crafty doo-dads to your partner? (Can do more if you and your partner agree!)
Favorite colors:
Any allergies:
Anything you would positively, absolutely hate to receive?
Colors you love:
Favorite themes:
Things you like to make:


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.

AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:

SonjaBoo
rackycoo
Onyxnox
loves2experiment
teag
BigBangMomma
tattooedcrafter
whats_her_name
Abbeeroad
curiousfae
bec99
deadbathducky
vkvhawk
geekgirl1000100
flygirl88
kwality570
pottermouth
edelC
alwaysinmyroom
Summer6061
belladune
Smmarrt
Homerof2
LeapFeetFirst
kbrison
pioneer9
Sharalee
noooitaremybirthday
LimeRiot

Happy Partners:
SonjaBoo --> noooitaremybirthday
SonjaBoo --> Onyxnox
rackycoo --> teag
rackycoo --> pottermouth
Onyxnox --> SonjaBoo
Onyxnox --> whats_her_name
loves2experiment --> LimeRiot
BigBangMomma --> Tattooedcrafter
BigBangMomma --> Sharalee
Tattooedcrafter --> BigBangMomma
Tattooedcrafter --> kbrison
whats_her_name --> Onyxnox
whats_her_name --> Homerof2
Abbeeroad --> curiousfae
curiousfae --> Abbeeroad
curiousfae --> kwality570
bec99 --> deadbathducky
bec99 --> edelC
deadbathducky --> bec99
deadbathducky --> Summer6061
vkvhawk --> flygirl88
geekgirl1000100 --> Summer6061
flygirl88 --> vkvhawk
kwality570 --> noooitaremybirthday
kwality570 --> curiousfae
pottermouth -->rackycoo
edelC --> bec99
edelC --> alwaysinmyroom
alwaysinmyroom --> edelC
alwaysinmyroom --> teag
Summer6061 --> deadbathducky
Summer6061 --> geekgirl1000100
Smmarrt --> LeapFeetFirst
Smmarrt --> pioneer9
Homerof2 --> whats_her_name
LeapFeetFirst --> Smmarrt
kbrison --> Tattooedcrafter
pioneer9 --> Smmarrt
Sharalee --> BigBangMomma
noooitaremybirthday --> SonjaBoo
noooitaremybirthday --> kwality570
teag --> alwaysinmyroom
teag --> rackycoo
LimeRiot --> loves2experiment
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Happy Mail Swap? on: July 28, 2016 04:08:40 AM
Who can be sad when they receive Happy Mail?  Grin

Many mixed-media artists out there have fun with Happy Mail swaps, and I thought maybe there are some Craftsters who would too! Essentially, you would beautifully decorate an envelope (probably a slightly larger one than letter size), and include fun doo-dads that you have made like stickers, a card, bits of ephemera, glue stencils, inchies, an ATC or two, etc.

This would be a low-pressure swap, with the only requirement being that you must send along only hand-made or hand-altered goodies, rather than store-bought. (Let's keep this inexpensive!)

Here are a few links for inspiration!
http://www.artcreatiu.com/ideas-happy-mail/
http://rae-missigman.squarespace.com/blog/2014/7/24/junk-mail-is-happy-mail
http://redlead.typepad.com/artsee/2015/07/seaside-summer-pocket-letter-happy-mail.html

I am happy to organize if we have any interest!
3  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Swap Angel Found! -- Good, Old Fashioned Paper & Ephemera Swap -- U.S. on: March 14, 2016 01:16:24 PM
Calling all paper hoarders! We are looking for an angel for the lovely zcrafter in the Good, Old Fashioned Paper & Ephemera Swap.  

This was a U.S. only swap because we exchanged Medium Flat-rate boxes filled with papers, ephemera, doo-dads, handmade/altered papers and embellishments, etc. If you are able to angel, you will have two weeks to send to zcrafter.

As for what zcrafter would love to receive:
Are there any papers or ephemera you would love to receive? Printed cardstock, foreign language papers. Really, anything surprise me!

Here's a look at our original swap thread:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442736.0

Here's our swap gallery if you'd like a look at the goodies we exchanged! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=443456.0

PM me if you're interested in being a Paper Angel!  Grin Grin Grin
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Good, Old-Fashioned Paper & Ephemera Swap Gallery on: February 19, 2016 03:29:50 AM

Let's see the papery goodness! Cheesy



Partners:
DearBluebird -- Smmarrt (medium) (sent)
kbrison blupaisan (medium)
kbrison SonjaBoo (small or medium)
jkaywiz (sent) -- geekgirl1000100 (small)
SonjaBoo gigglygirl (medium) (package received)
Artmomto5 (package received) geekgirl1000100 (medium) (sent)
Lolo_ (Sending late with communication) zcrafter (medium) (sent)


Our original thread:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442736.0
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Superhero Alphabet Sampler (My Sistine Chapel) on: February 05, 2016 03:58:16 AM
After working on this for two years, I am absolutely thrilled to say that this sampler is done! It was a Christmas gift for my four-year-old nephew who is learning to read, and who currently thinks he is Captain America. (Or Batman, or Ironman, depending on the day.)



Here are some close ups of the characters. Nightcrawler, Wonder Woman and Union Jack are some of my favorites. Cheesy








I signed it on the bottom with freehand stitching, which I was pretty proud of. I normally can't even write that neatly. Cheesy

If you are interested in the pattern, it is from weelittlestitches on Etsy! I changed my color background and letters from what they recommended, and I think it worked out pretty well. (I made the change because, at the time, my JoAnn's only had a few colors of fabric to choose from.)  https://www.etsy.com/listing/80948839/the-original-pixel-people-superhero?ref=shop_home_active_14

I told my husband that this was my Sistine Chapel. I will probably never work this big again! Ha.  Cheesy
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Good, Old Fashioned Paper & Ephemera Swap(SU Feb2-9;SO Feb 29) on: February 02, 2016 06:46:39 PM


Swap name: Good, Old Fashioned Paper & Ephemera Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: SonjaBoo
Sign-up date range: February 2-9, 2016
Date to send item by: Monday, February 29, 2016 (Leap Year!)

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

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? Yes
If so, which country? U.S.

Additional Age requirement? None

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: NO
- 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:

Let's swap some beautiful papers, ephemera, doo-dads and more! Other people's papers and ephemera is always more interesting than our own, right? Here's a list of ideas for things to swap around:
Papers: Handmade papers, altered papers, painted papers, scrapbook papers, drop papers, envelopes, origami paper, card stock, cards for altering, wrapping paper, foreign text, embossed papers, ATC supplies, vintage dress patterns, etc.
Ephemera: Stickers, image transfers, bleached photos, playing cards, magazine images, letters, buttons, bingo dots, paper clips, glitter, stamped images, chipboard pieces, recipes, vintage book pages, brads, etc.

There are probably a million things not named here, but these are some ideas!

For this swap in the U.S., we will swap a small or medium flat rate box of papers/ephemera.  (You can send a large rate if you and your partner agree on that!)

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 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)
Do you have any allergies?
What sort of papers would you be swapping?
What sort of ephemera would you be swapping?
Are there any papers or ephemera you would love to receive?
Do you want more than one partner?
Do you want to swap a small or medium flat rate box?


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.

AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:
SonjaBoo
DearBluebird
Artmomto5
jkaywiz
kbrison
gigglygirl
geekgirl1000100
Lolo_
zcrafter
blupaisan
Smmarrt


Now with More Partners!
DearBluebird -- Smmarrt (medium)
kbrison blupaisan (medium)
kbrison SonjaBoo (small or medium)
jkaywiz -- geekgirl1000100 (small)
SonjaBoo gigglygirl (medium)
Artmomto5 geekgirl1000100 (medium)
Lolo_ zcrafter (medium)

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Good, Old-Fashioned Paper, Ephemera & Embellishment Swap on: January 22, 2016 04:12:20 AM
What better way to start the new year than to spice up your paper crafting stash with some new-to-you papers, yummy ephemera and gorgeous embellishments? Let's swap!

For this swap, I am thinking that we could stuff a small, medium or large flat-rate box, depending on your preference. (We'll match partners accordingly.)  International swappers would be welcome too, of course, but we'll have to figure out the best/most economical routes for you!

What would we be swapping? Here are some ideas!

Paper: Scrapbook paper, book pages, foreign language pages, textbook pages, tags, handmade papers, magazine bits, catalog bits, wrapping paper, painted papers, papers you have altered, mini books, etc.

Ephemera: Old photos, postcards, gift tags, trims, stickers, filigree, old advertisements, vintage papery things, maps, etc.

Embellishments: Buttons, bingo tabs, paper flowers, bling, paper cut outs from a Sizzix (etc.), chipboard, and much more!

Those are just some ideas -- and of course, it's always fun to include some papers or embellishments that you have made yourself!

So what do you think? Anyone up for it?  Grin

8  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Spool pumpkin on: September 15, 2015 03:50:20 AM
I made this for KarenLouiseM in the vintage Halloween swap -- it's a little pumpkin guy made from a spool and vintage cardboard bobbins. (I have a million of these and was glad to finally use them in a project! I see more pumpkins in my future!)



The pumpkin is made out of paper clay. He's decorated with a wooden star button that I painted, as well as a vintage toy tire that I have been hoarding. The base is a cardboard round with scrapbooking paper on it for some fun.

Thanks for looking!
9  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Max's Bone Shoppe on: September 15, 2015 03:47:19 AM
I made this for KarenLouiseM in the vintage Halloween swap -- it's featuring her little dog Max as a bone shop owner. Grin



The box is a shadowbox that I've had for some time (waiting for the perfect project), and Max and all the bones are made out of paper clay. The rounded stage is just double-sided heavy scrapbook paper -- the dots are velvety.

A close up of Max with a cheesy grin and orange fluffy collar:


His pricing -- he's a very good sales dog:


This bone container was made from a Tropicana lid I believe -- I used some gold rub on it, and it worked out well!


Thanks for looking!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / All You Need Is Love Canvas on: February 10, 2015 03:28:40 PM
I made this for lindyv321 in the Valentine swap -- I had so much fun with this canvas! It was inspired by some art on her Pinterest board. This one involves lots of paint, sprays, stencils and generally just making a mess. That's my favorite kind of project. Grin



Here's a few closeups so you can see the texture:





Thanks for looking!
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