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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Tag! You're it? Small mixed media/paper crafting swap? on: February 17, 2014 12:38:15 PM
Is anyone interested in a series of smallish swaps involving mixed media art tags?  I am thinking along the lines of using large size 8 manilla tags as a base to make things like:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/9953977@N08/8745086181/

http://vonpappe2.blogspot.co.at/2013/02/inspire.html

http://artfulevidence.blogspot.ca/2013/08/butterfly-tag.html

http://luvleescrappin.blogspot.ca/2013/02/mixed-media-jumbo-tag-lsd-dt-project.html

or like any of the 12 tags series on this blog

http://timholtz.com/blog/

I know I am loving making these myself, and find them a great way to make something quick and satisfying, and a fun way of experimenting with different media and materials.  Shipping would be low too (hopefully).

Anyone else interested?
22  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Complete Nonsense swap (Sign-ups Feb 14-28... Send Outs March 28) on: February 14, 2014 07:11:35 AM
SWAP GALLERY!!!


http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432329.msg5175559#msg5175559




Swap name:  Complete Nonsense Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: onyxnox
Sign-up date range: Feb 14-28
Date to send item by: March 28

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

Note - if we actually reach 20 people before the sign up period ends, I will partner early and move the send by date up too - but still have it be a total of approximately 4 weeks crafting time.

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES/NO
If so, which country? no

Additional Age requirement? 16 and up

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
- 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:
...

Do you love having your funny bone tickled, snort out loud at foibles and quirks that maybe cause others to look askance at you?  Share your love of Seuss, Monty Python, Lewis Carroll, or share some new nonsense with a partner by joining in our Complete Nonsense Swap

This will be a three point swap where 3 points can be 1 large item, or a medium and a small item, or three small items to craft.  Extras are optional and should be discussed with your partner.

For those unsure of the point system, here it is outlined as per the Swap FAQ:



There has been a bit of confusion as to what is a large, medium, and small item.  So here's a handy dandy guide.  This is a guideline ONLY: a rough estimate of sizes described by time it takes to make package, by physical size and by cost:

By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Large = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

Remember, the important thing is that you and your partner agree.  If you want to make each other a purse for a shawl, go ahead.  Just make sure you're being fair, you communicate with your partner and you meet the guidelines outlined in the Swap Guide as well as additional guidelines setup by the Organizer of the particular swap. Think to yourself with each item you include: would this seem like a large item to me if I received it, or is it more on the medium or small side? Obviously, each project is different.  These are just suggestions. Send something that you are proud of and that you would be happy to receive.


Read more: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=229624.msg3712343#msg3712343#ixzz2tJCbIsk5


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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap - Complete Nonsense 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)

ADD OTHER SWAP SPECIFIC QUESTIONS HERE...

1.  What are your favourite top 5 sources of nonsense?

2.  What crafted nonsense could you make?

3.  What kinds of crafty nonsense you may like to receive (eg: bags, hoopla, stuffies, favourite colours, scents, etc)?

4.  What kinds of nonsense would you like not to receive (eg: no nudity, no religion, animal product goods, the colour orange, etc)?

5.  Any nonsense you are allergic to?

6.  Any nonsense allergens in your home?

7.  Any Pinterest/Wists/ or other nonsense you would like to share the links to?

8.  Favourite nonsensical phrases, quotes, or links to share or inspire your partner with?


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.


Participants....

1. Onyxnox
2. Knickertwist
3. whenindoubtsew
4. Helena Puck
5. fancybutch
6. Ludi
7. tapestrymlp
8. crazyda79
9. gala_apples
10.  pjr107
11.  WeeFreeRhie
12. dontneedaclassroom


Partners

pjr107 <---> dontneedaclassroom
gala_apples <---> tapestrymlp
fancybutch <---> whenindoubtsew
WeeFreeRhie <---> crazyda79
Ludi <---> Knickertwist
Onyxnox <---> Helena Puck


23  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Calavera tea set on: February 04, 2014 09:05:29 PM
I made this for the tea swap recently.  It is a calavera/sugar skull set - a mug rug and tea cozy.



I transferred the skull images onto unbleached muslin, and coloured them with water colour pencils, which I then spritzed with a fabric medium solution before heat setting, to set the colour.  I made a larger one, which became the panel in the mug rug, and a smaller one, which became the center of the tea cozy.



I made it a lace up cozy, so it can be adjustable to the cup, but also because I think the lace up look is cuter.

I also added a little stamped metal tag with the recipient's name, for a bit of personalization.



Here is the post on my blog about the mug rug, and my cup cozy, if anyone is interested in more details.
24  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Steampunk style ATB on: February 04, 2014 08:54:47 PM
I loved making my first ATB for the ATB swap so much that I made a second one last week, and am working on some element for a third one.  Seriously, if you haven't checked out the ATB swap gallery, you don't know what you're missing.  Anyways, this was a steampunk inspired one.  I decorated the front and back with vintage sheet music, and the other sides with and embossed gear pattern on aluminum tape.  I decorated with various gears (thanks Wulf for the tip about the gel medium as glue), and three gents.  I used the brass portion of a spent 12 gauge shell as the base, and nailed two word plates I stamped on the sides.

 







Here is some more information about this block on my blog, with a bit more detail about the block and some more pics.
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / The wise old owl... my first ATB on: February 04, 2014 08:44:55 PM
If you haven't checked out the ATB swap gallery, you should, it is so awesome - some of the members have posted their projects already, like cackle and her Harry Potter Philosopher Stone ATB to name one, but that gallery is chock full of wonderful goodies so far, and not everyone has received and posted yet. 

Anyways, I am a part of that swap, and this was the ATB that I made and sent to SonjaBoo.  It was amazingly fun and inspiring to try something completely new to me and I had a great time making it.

It is inspired by a little owl poem I found.  I decorated 4 sides of the block with owls under the moonlight, and parts of the poem.  I thought I would like my block to hang, rather than stand upright, and used the ribbons to display part of the poem as well.



I used paint, decoupage, stenciling, and embossing to decorate the block.  The images are done with die cut elements that were painted and inked, or toner image transfer.  The branches were done with wire wrapping and alcohol inked shrink plastic leaves. 







Here is more about it on my blog - mainly some more detail on what was involved in the making and some more pictures.  I am nowhere near the league of some of the other members of the swap, but I did enjoy making this and hope hope hope there will be another swap like this, because I would like to play again!

I also made a matching tag to go with the block, displaying the whole poem.  Did I mention I love making tags as well?

26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My first thread painting - Blanda Rose on: February 04, 2014 08:26:46 PM
I took a small workshop on long and short stitch thread painting in the Fall and started this project during the class, and finally finished it.  I am in love with the technique, even though it is quite time intensive.  I am very happy with how it turned out, and am keeping it for me me me.








I am so happy to have learned this to improve and add to my techniques/knowledge, and am looking forward to trying something else with it - it felt very meditative to work on this project.

Comments/constructive criticism always welcome.

Here is a bit more about it on my blog
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Shotgun shells, brass ammo casings... how to remove the plastic/non metal bits? on: January 31, 2014 07:29:35 AM
I have some 12 gauge ammo casings and am trying to figure out a way to cleanly remove the plastic casings.  They are quite hard, can be cut, but then are secured in the brass ends very securely, so while I can cut and trim away to the edges of the brass, I can't cleanly remove them from inside, and I want the option of using the brass as bezels - does anyone know how to remove the bits from the middle cleanly??  I have tried cutting them into bits and pulling with pliers, but all that does is distort them and scratch up my hands.  It also looks like there is heavy compressed paper in the base of some of them.  I am wondering if I should put them in the wood stove and try burning them out?  Of course, that could make a huge melted waste too - unless it would be melted enough, that when it cooled, I can peel it off the metal?
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / The handmade vs. store bought gift discussion... a little something to share on: December 19, 2013 11:43:22 AM
I saw something today on the news I wanted to share - actually, as I am in my craft room working on something, it was heard.  I usually have something on the TV for background noise, but this caught my attention during the news at noon.  The local station I like to tune in to, has a call in segment they call Talk Back Toronto, where they have callers call in on the topic of the day to discuss, and today's topic was on spending on presents this time of year. 

I included the video, but it shows the entire newscast - the segment I am talking about is at the 34-38 minute mark:

http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/video

But the gist of it is that Ken Shaw, the male anchor, in discussion with one of the callers, said something that made me just want to stand up and cheer.  He said something along the lines of, as he/we get older, we don't need as much, and how he does appreciate homemade gifts, especially as his wife is a happy knitter.  He did not want to discuss that too much, in case friends and loved ones were watching, but then he stated, "but it means a lot more when you get something that someone put time and love into."

I could have reached through the TV screen to grab his face and kiss him for spreading that word!  AMEN brother!

Again, crafting/homemade makes the news!  Love it when that happens, but also love the reinforcement of the message to value homemade gifts for the love and time that we put into it!
29  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Holiday Tag Swap - Sign-ups Nov 15-23, send outs December 9 on: December 10, 2013 03:07:17 PM


Post them as you get them!

Discussion topic here


Lime Green = sent
Purple = received
Orange = late with communication
Teal = sent/received
Red = contact organizer immediately
Teal with strike through = feedback given

Partnering Groups

Group 1

Onyxnox to plaidpineapple,gala_apples, flygirl88
plaidpineapple to onyxnox, gala_apples, flygirl88
gala_apples to onyxnox, plaidpineapple, flygirl88
flygirl88 to onyxnox, plaidpineapple, gala_apple

Group 2

angielou1 to BadWolf, LovelyMiss, JenniferSavage
BadWolf to angielou1, LovelyMiss, JenniferSavage
LovelyMiss to angielou1, BadWolf, JenniferSavage
mybabyisacommunist/JenniferSavage to angielou1, BadWolf, LovelyMiss

Group 3
P_E_S_T to quaggy, onyxnox, flygirl88
quaggy to P_E_S_T, onyxnox, flygirl88
onyxnox to P_E_S_T, quaggy, flygirl88
flygirl88 to P_E_S_T, quaggy, onyxnox
30  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Holiday Tag Swap - Sign-ups Nov 15-23, send outs December 9 on: November 15, 2013 08:47:30 AM


GALLERY

Discussion thread here....

Swap name:  Holiday Tag Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  Onyxnox
Sign-up date range:  November 15-23rd, 2013
Date to send item by:  December 9th, 2013

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 12

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES/NO
If so, which country? No

Additional Age requirement? 16 years and up

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: N/A
- 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:

This will be a quick swap, hopefully, since we are getting on in the season.  The goal is to have three groups of 4 swappers each, each swapper will make and send 5 tags for each of their partners in the group (15 tags in total per sender), so that in the end, each recipient will receive 15 tags for their gift giving this holiday season.  The tags can be the same, or different from each other if people want to be creative.  They can be made with any materials/media.

Each tag should be at least 2x3 inches in size, with no maximum limit.

Clarification on shipping - as per Craftster swapping rules, papercraft swaps are exempt from the DC confirmation requirements.  Senders are required to resend their packages if they are not received for any reason.  Please keep communication clear and let your organizer and members of your group know when you send and receive, via PM.

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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap - Holiday Tag 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)
ADD OTHER SWAP SPECIFIC QUESTIONS HERE...

1.  What kind seasonal tags are you interested in (Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, etc)?

2.  What are your top five themes?

     1.
     2.
     3.
     4.
     5.

3.  What are your favourite colours?

4.  What colours/themes do you not want?

5.  Do you want to be part of more than 1 group?  If so, up to how many.

6.  What style tag do you want - stick on (no holes), tie on (has a hole to tie ribbon through), or fold over (small card)?

7.  Any Wists/Pnterests/whatever we can stalk you with?

8.  Anything else we should know?





IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.



Swappers

1.  Onyxnox
2.  plaidpineapple
3.  angielou1
4.  flygirl88
5.  BadWolf
6.  mybabyisacommunist/JenniferSavage
7.  LovelyMiss
8.  quaggy
9.  P_E_S_T
10.  gala_apples

Lime Green = sent
Purple = received
Orange = late with communication
Teal = sent/received
Red = contact organizer immediately
Teal with strike through = feedback given

Partnering Groups

Group 1

Onyxnox
plaidpineapple
gala_apples
flygirl88

Group 2

angielou1
BadWolf
LovelyMiss
mybabyisacommunist/JenniferSavage

Group 3
P_E_S_T
quaggy
onyxnox
flygirl88
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