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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / a Terry Pratchett tribute? (RIP, Sir Terry Pratchett) on: March 13, 2015 09:37:15 AM
I just found out that Terry Pratchett passed away yesterday.  I knew it was inevitable - especially as he had stated that as his Alzheimers advances that he may choose to end his life rather than suffer the latter stages.  But he apparently passed from natural causes at home. 

I am deeply saddened - his Discworld series, and Good Omens could always make me laugh and I could (and do!) read them over and over again.  They can always lift my spirits when I feel down.

I was wondering if anyone is interested in participating in/organizing a swap tribute to the late, great Terry Pratchett.

12  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / A Little Alice Swap (OTT) - closed - Send Out - Apr 07/15 on: February 28, 2015 05:05:59 AM

If you have a love of Wonderland and all things Alice, then this is the swap for YOU!

The goal is to make an OTT Alice/Wonderland craft - that is a craft that is small, within 4x4x4" at the max.  Keep in mind that is small in size, but large in heart and effort.  There will be no extras, just a wonderful tiny bit of Wonderland for your partner to love and the rest of the world to want and admire.

Sign ups will be from now until March 14th, noon, EST.  Partnering will likely occur that night or Sunday.  Crafting time will be about 3 weeks, and send outs April 7th.

So if you love Alice, and want a reason to craft an ode to Wonderland, please join!

Let's get some of the business end over with shall we?

Swap name: A Little Alice swap (OTT)
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Onyxnox
Sign-up date range: 02/28/15-03/14/15
Date to send item by: 04/07/15

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 20

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
Additional Age requirement? 16 yrs plus

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
- 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:

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

Name of swap:  A Little Alice Swap (OTT)
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)

1.  What style of Alice in Wonderland do you like (eg: classic John Tenniel, Disney, Manga, etc)?

2.  What kind of crafted Alice projects do you yearn for?

3.  What are your favourite Alice scenarios/quotes?

4.  What crafted items would you absolutely not want made for you?

5.  What do you dislike (colours, patterns, strong scents, etc)?

6.  What do you eat (colours, patterns, scents, etc)?

7.  What allergens are in your home?

8.  What allergies/sensitivities do you want your partner to be aware of?

9.  How can your partner stalk you (Pinterest, blogs, wishlists)?

10.  What kind of items can you craft/would like to craft?

11.  Do you promise to post weekly in the swap discussion thread, and post pics/or acknowledgement of receipt in the gallery?



1.  Onyxnox
2.  Ludi
3.  StainedMushroom
4.  pinkmichk
5.  Averia
6.  torimiko
7.  Audania1
8.  mariak
9.  mousee23
10.  Blasphemy the Blasphemer
11.  frankibean
12.  Samsara
13.  amc-
14.  rockingbearranch
15.  Quantumphysica
16.  Arachnea
17.  luckdragon
18.  WeeFreeRhie
19.  legatostroke
20.  puzzled-penguin

NOTICE: Send out date modified to April 07, 2015 because of the Easter weekend!
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / No Coffee... no talkie.... on: February 14, 2015 07:24:19 AM
I made these as part of the Fill a Mug swap, for camezzo, recently.  Since we were not actually swapping mugs, I made several of my crafts to be directly cup/mug related.  This is a mug rug and cup cozy set.

First, I went with a coffee cup themed mug rug, with a sleeve that should tell everyone how to approach said person before they have properly prepared for the day.  I went with blues as we both love blues.  I liked the peaceful floral background as it kind of acts in contract to that idea of the cranky, not yet caffeinated grouch.  Also, the gray leaves look like they could be steam, rising from the cup.

I  was really happy how it turned out.  I made the cup out of a pretty swirled blue fabric, which I also used to back the mug rug.  I used strips of white to make the lid, and appliqued them on separately.  I used white with  some interfacing for the sleeve, which I stamped the sentiment on.

More on my blog post here

I made a cup cozy to accompany also.  I made it with a lace up/corseted back so it could be adjusted to fit, similar to a cozy I made last year for another swap.

I saw a couple of things on pinterest that camezzo had pinned, that I wanted to use for the cozy, so I made it reversible too.

First side, using the same swirl fabric as on the mug rug, and the white center piece.  I used some thicker interfacing too to give it some stiffness and a bit more insulation too - some of those cups can get pretty hot.

The opposite side, uses the same white fabric, and a butterfly fabric as well.

I used a permanent ink on the fabric, so it would not smear or fade, and used metal eyelets for the corseting on the back.

More about the cozy specifically from my blog - this was the second incarnation.  The first was a bit of wonky mess.

I like the swirls of the blue swirled fabric, it also makes me think of curls of steam coming up from a cup of hot coffee.
14  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Sending a tweet... a bunch o' notecards on: February 13, 2015 06:52:08 AM
I was just fiddling around the other day and making some random note cards.  I came up with these.  I loved this blue textured card stock and thought I would go with a bird theme with it.  I did the basic images and put it all together.  Then when I was sleeping, I came up with the sentiment.  I thought it was a cute play on words, especially as so many people are tweeting and using social media and the art of the written word and snail mail is diminishing.

I used some Distress ink to give the beige paper a bit more of an aged, vintage look.  The cards are about 3"x6", so long and narrow.

I made envelopes to fit from scratch and added complimentary images to them also.

A bit more about it on my blog.
15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / OMG - I need a drink swap... anyone interested in Happy Hour? on: February 13, 2015 04:50:06 AM

We have done tea, coffee, fill a mug swaps... I don't remember if we did a Cocktails/drinks swap...

Obviously, we cannot send booze through the mail, but I was thinking it could be fun to do a drinks-themed swap, open to adults only...

Some crafty items I am thinking of are (and obviously noted limited to):

recipe books
drinks related artwork
vintage snark
snacks that go well with drinks (spiced nuts, crackers, whatnot)
decorated flasks
decorated glasses
wine charms
cocktail picks
that awesome cocktails hat
a martini hoopla...

... whatever your boozy little heart desires, your rum soaked brain can think of, your bleary hungover eyes can see to make...
16   / JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / A batch of scrabble & domino pendents... on: February 08, 2015 07:43:56 AM
Moved from: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=333.0

I made a couple of these for the recent Fill a Mug swap for my partner and I couldn't help but make more because they were fun and addictive to make.

They are made from mini dominoes and scrabble tiles.  They are painted with pearlescent paint, and die cuts from a set from Simon Says Stamp that I collaged onto the game pieces, and finished off with a layer of resin.

These are the first ones I made, in preparation for the swap, using scrabble tiles.

I was happy how they turned out, so tried a couple with some mini dominoes I had.  I included a bit of a step by step of how I did it, in case anyone else wants a go at it too

Then I decided to play with different colours, and to make one or two for myself, but went a bit overboard.

So I made a few more scrabble pendents with different colours

and a few more of the domino ones as well...

Also, if you are not as passionate about tea/coffee as I am, and want to try it in a different theme, I posted here about how I made the domino ones - the scrabble tile are similar, without the step of sanding or priming with gesso.
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / A Little Alice swap? on: January 30, 2015 02:31:03 AM
Anyone interested in a small Alice in Wonderland themed swap - an OTT, or a small swap?

I am in Alice withdrawal!

Edited to add this....

OK - swap is up - and this one will be an OTT style swap!

Sign ups from now until noon March 14 - send outs by April 4th!

Hope to see you in Wonderland!

18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / What crafty gifts did you get this season? on: January 03, 2015 08:51:17 AM
I am always curious what goodies other fellow craftsters get, whether it is other home made goodies or treats, or items that enable their crafting... so what did you all get?

.... also, what did you all give as crafty gifts?

I did not get a lot of enabling gifts this year, but did get two fabulous ones.  SIL gave me a very generous GC to Michaels, and my coworker gave me a fabulous package for our Secret Santa, which had a stamp carving kit, inks, a journal,  artisan paper,  and gorgeous wood carved stamps.

For giving, we made wood burned wood sliced ornaments for our annual ornament.   I made sets of hanging towels for some people.  I decorated tins for treats for some of the nephews and nieces,  and we made a frame for an embroidered piece Ludi made for SIL.  Also I made paper poinsettias for MIL.  No food gifts though... oh yes, and I made the Big Box of Masculine Beauty for my friend,  and Christmas crackers for our party.

it was a tiring, but fun Christmas,  and I wish everyone a healthy, productive,  crafty new year!
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Decorated Altoid tin ornaments/treat holders... skating a fine line... on: December 13, 2014 10:09:37 PM
I made a bunch of these for the various nieces and nephews.  They are a perfect size for holding gift cards, and some treats.  They have a hanging ribbon, so they can hang on the tree until being given away.

The tins are decorated with scrapbook paper, and ink, glitter, and gel medium.  The shapes are die cut chipboard, decorated with ink and paint, then covered with mod podge and glitter.

I made a pair of these tins.  I punched holes on one short edge, added eyelets and a ribbon hanger.

More details on my blog if anyone is interested Smiley
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / The Big Box of Masculine Beauty - a gift for a friend... (and super pic heavy) on: December 13, 2014 09:41:55 PM
We do a Secret Santa with a group of friends for our annual gathering every year and this year I was given one of my best friends to gift for.  One thing I love about Bob is that he is uber-enthusiastic about hand made goods and knew that I would have to make something from scratch for him.  At first I was drawing a blank, then thought a coffee basket with homemade flavourings and the like, then the light bulb went off....

He also has been a proud facial hair bearer for over 20 years - and loves to change up his look and get all whimsical and fancy with the fuzz... and thus the BIG BOX of Masculine beauty was born...

(lots of links to my blog posts which have a ton more pics and details - I did not want to overwhelm you guys with the massive deluge of them)

This is the finished product I gifted him with, but there were a lot of things that went into building it from the ground up. I started with an image...

This is the Bearded Dude - a carved stamp that I made that I used as a base image for some of the other things I made for this package.

With that stamp, I decorated the fabric, and made a fabric liner for the basket.  I figured he could use that as a bathroom caddy.  I added stamped fabric labels to the front and back, declaring that it is the BIG BOX of Masculine Beauty - he loved the name.

Then I decorated a series of tins, to contain the various beauty unguents I planned on presenting him with.  The Bearded Dude featured in some of these too.  I went with a vintage/distressed look for a lot of the packaging, as Bob seems to like that as well as myself.

I planned on a couple of conditioning oils too, so I got some amber glass bottles and etched them to match, again, using the Bearded Dude.

After I had all the packaging prepared, I filled them up with Bob's future beauty regimen...

A conditioning beard oil, in the bottles (recipes in the links) - two different scents that I thought would appeal to Bob (Vanilla Coffee, and Cedar Rosemary)

A conditioning shaping beard balm - in the same two scents.

Finally, a couple of scented mustache waxes (guess what the scents are)

After packaging everything, I added a couple of handkerchiefs to the package (he likes to use those rather than disposables), and bundled them in, after adding tags to each with ingredients and instructions. 

I even found a mustache printed cotton tote at Marshalls to hold the gift.  Bob loved the gift when he opened it - he loved it so much that he apparently brought the entire basket to work to show off, and emailed me to tell me that I am now a "legend" amongst his coworkers Smiley

He so far tried the wax - stated it helps smooth things out nicely, but may not be up to sculpting well - I may need to adjust the recipe with more wax for a firmer hold.
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