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11  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / A couple of cards (a leetle bit img wide loaded) on: July 26, 2007 02:06:28 AM
My friend JAKart introduced me to card-making a few months ago, and I've become a little bit addicted! I love the different textures and colours of paper, matching them all up, punching shapes out, arranging and gluing and sticking.

Here are a few of my creations:









The light in those two is horrible, I'm sorry! I didn't realise until i went to post this.


I really really loved this card when I made it. I am seriously in love with that translucent leaf paper.






This was a failed first attempt that I "fixed" this week - it was awful and flat and ordinary when I first did it, and I smudged the stamp (on the pink card) - so I stuck over it! Hah!


This is probably my favourite from the latest bunch. It's definitely the one I spent the most time on - and I broke the flower holepunch on it! Sad
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Eye-searing dress to bright little pillow on: July 18, 2007 06:55:17 PM
My friend loves bright colours, and it was her birthday recently, so I decided I wanted to give her a decorative cushion for her room. As a single mum, her son's room is the usual kid-full, but the rest of her house is quite utilitarian, and I wanted to help her make her special space feel a bit more special.
I decided to make her a bright pink cushion for her bed (amongst other things), but I had the most awful time finding fabric!
Everything was either nasty to touch or the wrong colour. Enter this fabulously gaudy pink dress for $5 at an OpShop.
The fabric is a kind of acrylic suede. LOVELY and soft!
Plus, it had cute little embroidery motifs, that I added to my cushion.


I actually made the insert as well, by pulling apart an old, square cushion, washing and reshaping the innards, and sewing a new cover.
13  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / DANCER SWAP(SIGNUP 23 June 07-7 July 07;MAIL BY 13th August 07) CLOSED on: June 22, 2007 06:25:15 PM
Swap name: Dancer Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: aphie
Sign-up date range: 23 June - 7 July
Date to send item by: 13 August

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

All ages allowed? Yes

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

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

Details of swap:
Are you a Bellydancing Babe? A Prima Ballerina? Or just a groove-thing shaker every weekend? Dancerise your swapping! We will each make dancer-themed items for our swap partner.

I'm thinking we will each make 1 large & 2 small items, or 2 medium items, or 5 small items (because lots of swaps have the one of each kind, and this way it's more interesting). You are of course, welcome to negotiate this with your swap partner.



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?
What sort of dancing do you do?
Would you like to be paired with a different sort of dancer or a similar one?
Do you have any allergies?
What sort of crafts do you do (OR: what don't you do)?
What sorts of things would you prefer to receive/not to receive?
Any colours/items/fabrics you have a strong aversion to?
Any colours/items/fabrics you really love?


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 out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


SWAP PARTICIPANTS:
aphie
emlee_bee
BlackArmadillo
aeronberry
lilylola
Kittymoose
june_leaves
grey_pearl
notverytalented
Luckylime
balletfreak



The Gallery is up!
It can be found at: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=189902.0


Swap Partners:
pink --> package sent
orange --> own package sent and received package from partner

emlee_bee --> luckylime --> balletfreak --> emlee_bee
aeronberry <--> notverytalented
BlackArmadillo (Flaked  Sad ) <--> grey_pearl
Kittymoose <--> june_leaves (Flaked  Sad )
lilylola <--> aphie
14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Dance swap on: June 03, 2007 04:44:54 PM
Whatever happened to the dance swap?
It was for dancers of any sort, to make dance-inspired or themed crafts.
It was posted last year, and I joined, but then the poor organiser had an attack of life, and I had to drop out anyway because I moved to the UK.
I've searched but haven't been able to find it.

Did it go ahead?
Would, anyone be interested in doing it (maybe again) if I organised it?
15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Positive Energy Swap Gallery on: May 17, 2007 11:38:41 PM
I got my package today, and I am soso chuffed at it - thankyou SO much! I'm giggling now, and tearing up because it's so very sweet and lovely.
My macro ability on my camera is really dreadful. it's about five years old now, and it's beginning to show - so I only have a pic of everything together.



The big bluey-green thing is a lavender-scented heatpack - the cover comes off so it can be washed! It smells divine.

The socks have obviously been hand-knitted (I can't believe how much work you must have put into them, I am so in love with them, because they were made JUST for ME, and not bought from a big shop after being made by a machine) and are SO fuzzy and warm and lovely (and it's been rainy and cold most of today).

The marble magnets are of some beautiful, elegant baroquey pictures (what looks like some flowers, chandeliers and a cherub sculpture) and went straight onto the refridgerator.

The stickers are of these really crazy, cute ladybugs, all grinning. They're perfect for decorating letters to my friends OS.

The cards are "meditation cards" and contain a bunch of positive-energy inspiring quotes, including one of my favourites by Oscar Wilde.

And - the doll!
The stuffie is SO GREAT. I cackled madly!
He is a Dammit Doll. There's a little poem on the front of his card:
When everything is going wrong
Or things don't work as planned
you need someone who's there for you; someone to hold your hand.
So here's a little gift, a doll, with love from me to you
It has a speical power - to unlock it, here's what to do:

And the other side of the card reads:

Just hold the doll by both the legs as on the desk you slam it
and every time it hits the wood yell: DAMMIT! DAMMIT! DAMMIT! Grin
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded Bead Tassel on: April 17, 2007 05:02:23 AM
So, I am (very sadly) just learning to drive - and I have my first car, thanks to my boyfriend's very generous parents. I have christened her Sue, and we are currently experiencing adventures together - like The Adventure Where We Ran Up The Gutter, and The Adventure When We Didn't Hit That Soccer Mum In Her SUV.

To encourage the faeries, and keep her temperament sweet, I decided to give Sue a present: some car jewellery. Here she is, sporting the beaded tassel I made for her (and it has her name on it and all):



It's the first time I've ever beaded a larger bead, or even beaded a straight tassel, rather than fringing. It's far from perfect, but I think it's kinda cute.
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Feltsock for my mobile on: February 28, 2006 09:55:43 PM
This seemed the most appropriate forum for this craft, since it is a form of a bag...
(If not, apologies, pls let me know)

My mobile is forever getting scratched inside my handbag.In fact, it already has a visible scratch on its screen.
I bought myself one of those vinyl-and-plastic phonecovers awhile back, but to use the phone I have to wrestle with the stupid thing, because it doesn't fit quite right and people can't hear me otherwise.

So - Inspired by all of you lovely people here I ditched the ugly man-bag and made myself a girly bag this weekend, with a few scraps of felt! Hooray!


It's just two rectanges (one slightly longer, to make a "fliptop" piece) hand-sewn together, and I craft-glued the heart on the flippy bit.

I used to felt to make a flower decoration for a bag I'm fancying up for a friend, but otherwise I've never done anything with felt before. This was REALLY easy and fun!
18  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Baby papermaker whose paper refuses to dry flat on: January 23, 2006 04:16:38 AM
This is kind of related to this thread:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=48458.0

I tried making my first sheets of paper recently. I was really happy with them - they were mixed tissue-paper pulp and marigold petals, pulped with a handmixer. I left them to dry for two days, pressed beteen a glass chopping board I'd bought, and my old waterpainting backboard, with some heavy books on top.
Everything was hunky-dory, but when I pulled the paper out and left it to airdry the last bit it all curled up on me!
The paper was way too thick to iron (and by that time too dry; it would have cracked). I guess I'm more curious as to what made it do that, and if anyone could give me any tips to stop it from happening again?
Was my pulp too thick? Not thick enough? Should I have pressed it longer than 48 hours?
19  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Punk-haired Pixies, living in dumpster on: January 20, 2006 03:17:46 PM
Well, just the one of them, inspired by a Charles deLint story:



I photoshopped the hair in this one, since it and the vest were two very different pinks - the original on my deviantart account looks a little strange, because it's unedited.
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