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41  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / You've lost your muchness - and I happened to find it! on: July 07, 2013 09:24:42 AM
I made this as part of the package I sent to my partner for the Easy Peasy Alice swap.  One of her favourite quotes was from the Mad Hatter in the Tim Burton movie...

"You used to be much more... 'muchier'.  You've lost your muchness."



My partner had a muchness pendant on her Pinterest which inspired me.  I cut and stamped this on brass and attached it to chain.  To add a bit of flare, I added some red flowers to the side and as a dangler on to the chain for the clasp.  They were made with AB finished red and black Delicas.



Not bad for a lady who felt like she was seeing out of a batch of yogurt in her one eye at the time, because I had a bad inflammation of my iritis at the time and had some tissue debris on the front of my lens  Undecided




I posted more about it on my blog too, if anyone is interested.

I also made a  complimentary bag to hold the necklace, like for my cuff.





42  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Mad Hatter's Tea Party on: July 07, 2013 09:07:31 AM
I made this recently for the Alice Easy Peasy swap - It was awesome, and slightly sated some of my desire to make Alice goodies.  I do lurves my Alice!



It is made with an etched brass metal piece, attached to embossed brown leather, with copper findings.  This was an idea I had for awhile and this was a great opportunity to bring it to fruition.







I posted some more about it on my blog.

Alice in Wonderland cuff post


I made complimentary bags to hold the piece also.

43  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Etched metal bar bracelet - tutorial link on: June 30, 2013 03:10:41 AM
I made these bracelets earlier on this year (Madness and Curiosity) and had been sitting on the pics for a tutorial for awhile, but I think a couple of people may have mentioned they would like to know how to do them.  Anyways, I finally published the instructions on my blog recently, and wanted to post the link here - it shows an alternative resist and a different way of using that resist to etch with ferric chloride, but others may find it helpful, I hope.



Anyways if you are interested in making something like this or trying metal etching, here is the tutorial I came up with - if you have any questions or need clarification, please let me know!

My blog post for the instructions for this bracelet
44  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 87 ENTRIES / Die cut leather bookmarks on: June 05, 2013 07:31:11 PM

I had this idea for awhile for some tatty leather scraps I had.

I had found a tag die at Marshalls for a great price which I thought would make a great size for a bookmark, and had some cute small leaf dies I liked, as well as a tree bark embossing folder, so made some tree bookmarks.  I love summer and the fall, so they were inspired for the seasons.

I wet embossed the brown leather with the bark folder, and the moisture and pressure mottled the colour of the leather too, which was perfect for the barky look.



Then I cut some leaf shapes from white leather, and used pigment dies to add the colour in layers to make them look more leafy.  After everything was dry, I added eyelets to the top of the tag, and fed some brown ribbon through (my limbs) and sewed the leaves to the end.  I decided just a few leaves so as not to make the tassel end too heavy and pull the bookmark out of the book.



I loved how the leather took the die, so cut a couple more white tags to play around with.  I added the ink colour, then stamped designs on with Staz on ink, and used an embossing pen to highlight some designs before adding embossing powder and heating it.



I coloured some ribbons for the tassels, and die cut some shrink plastic to thread onto the ends - decorating the plastic with alcohol inks and some stampings before shrinking.  I love how intense the colours get when you shrink inked plastic
 
45  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / 2013 Christmas in July Gallery - Opening party July 25th on: June 03, 2013 12:44:20 AM


So the official opening party is July 25th, with send outs July 5th - that way we can all open together hopefully.  In the mean time, feel free to post teasers and the like.  I know I personally am a big fan of teasers Cheesy

Original discussion post here




Senders--->Receivers


gotgrey ---> pjr107
pjr107 ---> gotgrey
Onyxnox ---> Thimbles71
Thimbles71 ---> quaggy
quaggy ---> LadybugsAndBumblebe es
LadybugsAndBumblebe es ---> teapotdnky
teapotdnky ---> P_E_S_T
P_E_S_T ---> Helena Puck
Helena Puck ---> KimmyLynne82
KimmyLynne82 ---> ThriftyLiving4U
ThriftyLiving4U ---> theBrokenButterfly
TheBrokenButterfly ---> babalina58
babalina58 ---> kbrison
kbrison ---> Onyxnox


Sent
Received
Late with communication
Contact organizer immediately
Feedback given
46  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / 2013 Christmas in July Swap (S/U May 17-31, send outs July 5th) on: May 17, 2013 03:45:43 AM
2013 Christmas in July Swap






Swap Name: 2013 Christmas in July Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  Onyxnox
Sign-up date range:  May 17-31, 2013
Date to send item by: July 5, 2013

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24

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

Additional Age requirement?  16+

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 - only this one
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: NO - limiting to 24
- 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 is for those of us who are missing/anticipating Christmas, just cant wait for it to come in December, and need a taste of it NOW.

Swappers will be paired up and make each other a Christmas themed package to be sent out in July.  I will set up a Gallery after the send date for those nasty people who like to send teasers (like me), but we shall have an Official Opening Party online on July 25th.  For those who cannot help but open them prior - do so at your own risk - I will have your emails and send you cyber snowballs as punishment.  Yeah - you - those people who never could wait and opened their gifts (and probably their siblings too) early.  You know who you are - and Santa does too!

Decorating the home festively prior to opening packages is up to individual preference, but keep in mind that may make you a target of finger pointing, laughter, and possible lynching by those with less Christmas spirit.  Singing or humming of carols is optional - but again, may make you a target.  However, in keeping with the spirit of the season we are craving, please wrap your packages to give your receiver that special Ooooooooh I get to open a pretty present for me! feeling we all love.

I am also requiring that all participants communicate within the discussion thread, or gallery thread when it is open, once a week please.

Otherwise this is a 4 point swap where 1 point is a small item, 2 points is a medium item, and 3 points is a large item, and at least 2 points of which must be crafted, and at least one item must be medium or larger.

Large/medium/small are as defined in the Swap FAQ:

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

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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

Name of swap - 2013 Christmas in July 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...

Do you have a Wist, Pinterest, or some other link for swap stalking?

Do you have any allergies?

Do you have any favourites (colours, scents, styles, finishes, themes, etc)?

Do you have any aversions/dislikes (colours, scents, styles, themes, etc)?

List your top 5 Christmas in July wants:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
 
What kind of crafting do you do/want to do for this swap?

Are you interested in swapping extras or not? (it is not a requirement of this swap)

Anything else you would like your partner to know?

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.

47  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 86 ENTRIES / Dandy dandelions - Month of Odd Holidays swap on: May 03, 2013 04:14:59 AM
I made this for a recent MOH swap for crazyda79.  It's a wee little hoop and not as impressive as some of the entries I have seen, but I am rather proud of it. 

I had a small oval hoop, which I woodburned to decorate on the outside and added the swap information on the inside.  I took a mottled blue cotton, which I felt looked a bit like a summer sky with wispy clouds, drew the dandelion head and seeds on, and used green a few browns, grays, and ecru thread to embroider it.  I used some layers of white felt to pad it a bit before finishing the back with purple felt.





48  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Notecards/postcards/little cards swap? on: April 21, 2013 09:13:08 PM
I am feeling swapping urges and have no swap right now.

But I was wondering if anyone else is interested in a set for a swap of note cards or something - I think we have had these in the past.  I was thinking of little sets of cards that someone could use for swaps, or to add a little note to small gifts or something.
49  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Would anyone kill me for talking about Christmas now? on: April 21, 2013 09:09:12 PM
OK - the swap is up!

2013 Christmas in July Swap is ON!  Sign ups here


I was thinking of advent calenders last year, but when I was thinking of a swap for it, it was too late in the year last year to make it happen.

I am thinking about it again - specifically, I was thinking of either a swap for a whole advent calender, with a long swap period so that people could make a really cool one for each other, and have it sent it out late summer/fall so that people get it in plenty of time to fill it for the holidays.

Or have a series where we craft parts of one and send to each other to make up a total of one calender (for example, I was thinking that if there wasn't a swap I was going to make altered tins and turn my fridge into an advent calender).

Or we could swap advent calender fillers for those who have them already, or want to make their own calender.

Please don't kill me for bringing up Christmas in April!

We could also do a Christmas in July or something too (again - don't kill!!!!)
50  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Decorate Me Swap - accessories/jewelry swap? on: April 05, 2013 07:26:37 AM
Anyone interested in doing this kind of swap - I was thinking something quick, like everyone making their parner one medium item, no extras unless both partners agree to it amongst themselves.  I was thinking we could do things like earrings, broaches, painted or embroidered scarves, bracelets, pendants, necklaces, hairpins or clips, ties, rings, ID tags for work, etc.  



We could do it like the pendant swap where people could choose to swap to and receive from multiple partners, or just make it a simple one partner one - but I think shipping should be low as the items would be small or light.

Anyone interested?
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