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31  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / 2013 Featured Glass Projects Wrap-Up! on: January 20, 2014 05:18:54 PM
2013 Featured Projects Wrap Up!

Last year saw many wonderful projects posted on the glass boards of Craftster. Here is a list of projects that received the most votes from the This Rocks button.

In no particular order:
Fused Glass Windchimes by joby560

Clear Glass Weave by CrazyEyeGlass

Seaside Scene by Bendog

Glass Honeycomb Pendants by GlassPeace

Fused Glass Face by CrazyEyeGlass

This Years Holiday Card by bosella

Lavender Field of Province by CrazyEyeGlass

Glass Flower Landscape by GlassKicker

Fused Platter and Plate by elyxandra

Congratulations to all and thank you for a great glass year! Look forward to more projects in 2014!
32  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / ATB Inspired by Bo Bo The Bear: Bear Repair Shop on: January 17, 2014 08:18:35 AM
Many of you may remember this post about Bo Bo the Bear , by alwaysinmyroom.

It touched my heart and funny bone, then inspired me to create something for alwaysinmyroom. Also because she is an incredible human being. Grin

An artist trading block: Bear Repair Shop

bear5 by HRSG, on Flickr

bear2 by HRSG, on Flickr

bear3 by HRSG, on Flickr

bear4 by HRSG, on Flickr

The little beaten up bear charm on the back of the sign is one I found one day while walking. That happened while I was making this block, instantly knew he had to be added to the piece. Smiley

The wooden spool feet are from my Grandmother's sewing box. The coin is from Japan and the rest of the items were from my stash. Except the bears which were found them online. The "Fur-st Aid" heart is from shrink plastic.

Thanks for looking. Smiley
33  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Antique Rose ATB on: January 16, 2014 07:22:14 PM
Organized a swap with rackycoo to do artist trading blocks. IT has been fun creating the bloacks! Here is the one I made for my partner cmarion3'

She likes nature, vintage and rich natural colors.

nature1a by HRSG, on Flickr

nature4 by HRSG, on Flickr

nature3 by HRSG, on Flickr

Already have made one more and working on another. These are so enjoyable and addicting! Smiley
34  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Glass Crafts Featured Projects Oct. - Dec. 2013 on: January 02, 2014 06:49:15 AM
October - December 2013 Featured Projects

These are the projects from the last quarter of 2013, that were selected by C-ster members (you), who clicked This Rocks on projects they liked. Keep doing that!

Special thank you to all members for contributing to the Glass section. Keep them coming, we love seeing new glass ideas and projects & more members visiting  and participating in our glass boards! Discussion and questions are also welcome.

You can also share tips, techniques and tutorials with everyone. The more we share the more people will test our medium, and become addicted and as excited as we are with glass.

In no particular order, the glass featured projects:

Glass Honeycomb Pendants by GlassPeace

Fused Glass Tiger by CrazyEyeGlass

Fused Pendants and Coasters by batgirl

Ohio Star Platter by GlassKicker

A Story of Ten Penguins by Bendog

Big Fused Glass Bowls by speedingpullet

Waved Glass Projects by Bendog

This Years Holiday Card by bosella

Thank you to everyone who posts glass projects, and please post more! We love seeing what you are all doing. Keep voting the "This Rocks" for projects you like, and who knows, maybe your project(s) will be featured next time around!

If you have ideas or questions for the glass section please feel free to PM me.

Congratulations to all the featured project artists! We <3 you!
35  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Artist Trading Block Swap (ATBS): CLOSED!!! SO 1/31/14 on: December 27, 2013 02:22:41 AM

Artist Trading Block Swap (ATBS)
Artist trading block you say? What is that?

Simply put, it is a block of wood that has been made into art. For this swap, you will take a block of wood that is 2.5 x 3.5, and embellish the front, sides, and top with paper, paint, charms, found objects, etc., until you have a beautiful piece of 3D art. Because you care about your craft, you will also finish the back! The back of your piece doesn't have to be as intricate as the front or sides, but it should be finished in some way.


by Paula Whittaker


You can also check our Pinterest boards:

Swap name: Artist Trading Block Swap (ATBS)
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: HSG, co-org: rackycoo
Sign-up date range: December 27, 2013 - January 10, 2014
Date to send item by: January 31, 2014

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

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

Additional Age requirement?

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:
The idea is to make one artist trading block, measuring 2.5 x 3.5 x 1.5. If you don't have easy access to the scrap of wood, try Home Depot, Lowe's or any lumber place. Most likely they will give the small cut offs for free. Also we've found wood blocks for sale online,  if you need help finding them, pm one of us and we'll give a direct link.

Samples of plain blocks:

Create something specific to your partner by stalking their Pinterest, Wists, Facebook, etc. Also feel free to PM each other for ideas and questions.

You will receive only one partner.  You may only send that partner ONE ATB - "extras" are not allowed in this swap. We want to see everyone put their most creative foot forward for Craftsters 1st ATBS swap! Make something you would be excited to receive!


1. If this is your first swap please read: (http://www.craftster.org/swapsinfo.html) to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

2. You must post on this thread. This is a Craftster rule that applies to all swaps!

3. Please put ATBS in the title of all PM's and send them to both HSG and rackycoo. racky gets sad if she's not included, and may pout. It's not pretty.

4. Make an item that you would like to receive. Do some research on your partner. Do your best work. Don't let us (or yourself) down!

5. We reserve the right to refuse anyone who has a history of poor communication, late sending, or not meeting swap requirements.

6. Post in the thread regularly and communicate with the organizers and your partner if problems occur or if you will be late sending. Not being a good communicator is right out, and will be noted in your feedback.

If you want to participate, information to send to BOTH organizers:

Name of swap: ATBS
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 you are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

1. Do you have any colors, theme or ideas that appeal to you and that you would like your partner to work from? How will you display your ATB? Wall, tabletop or maybe it does not matter.

2. Is there anything you would NOT want to receive?

3. Do you have any allergies?

4. Do you have any allergens in your home or craft area such as smokers, pets, or pets that smoke?

5. According to the swap rule, what is the size for your Artist Trading Block?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

1. HSG
2. rackycoo
3. cmarion3
4. cackle
5. fancybutch
6. Jen Sews
7. Supermutts
8. MissingWillow
9. alwaysinmyroom
10. hgddm
11. Smmarrt
12. pottermouth
13. Onyxnox
14. SonjaBoo
15. alteredmommy
16. Luvebuggy99
17. whenindoubtsew
18. quaggy
19. Mistress Jennie
20. Wulf
21. Robinpich
22. wdicwg
23. Artmomto5
24. amaryllisroze
25. Knickertwist
26. Killam Creative

Jen Sews<>Robinpich
amaryllisroze<>Mistress Jennie
Knickertwist<>Killam Creative
36  COOKING / Dessert / Pumpkin Bread Pudding on: December 22, 2013 03:56:59 PM
I love all things pumpkin! When this recipe popped up in a web search I knew it had to be made. I've made several changes to it, and now I get requests to make it.

In the pictures I am making a double batch. Then I have one for home and one to share with friends. This recipe also freezes well.

IMG_6137 by HRSG, on Flickr

1 can of pumpkin puree (mine in the picture is a large because my recipe is doubled while baking)
1 1/4 cup of almond milk with vanilla
3/4 cup of sugar
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 shake of allspice
2 shakes of ground cloves
6 cups of torn bread, in big pieces (Use any bread but in mine I use potato rolls.)

Preheat oven to 350.

Bread Chunks

IMG_6139 by HRSG, on Flickr

Eggs whisked

IMG_6140 by HRSG, on Flickr

Combine all ingredients except for bread into a large bowl, and whisk till well combined with good consistency.

IMG_6142 by HRSG, on Flickr

Consistency after mixing

IMG_6143 by HRSG, on Flickr

Bread into pumpkin mixture

IMG_6144 by HRSG, on Flickr

Dump the bread into bowl,  and stir till combined. Don't stir too much or bread starts to fall apart. You want chunky bread pieces in the pudding.

IMG_6147 by HRSG, on Flickr

Let rest in bowl for 10 minutes. This allows the bread to absorb the wet ingredients.

Transfer mixture into a 9 inch deep dish pan,  pre-sprayed with cooking spray.

IMG_6150 by HRSG, on Flickr

Bake for 1 1/2 hours in a 350 degree oven, or till a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let cool to room temperature before serving.

IMG_6152 by HRSG, on Flickr

These crust areas are the best part to me. Crust outside and soft pumpkin deliciousness inside. This is where the large chunks of bread come into play Smiley

IMG_6153 by HRSG, on Flickr

Yummy served with ice cream, whipped topping or alone. Eat and enjoy! Smiley
37   / SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing In General Archive of Featured Projects & Members on: December 12, 2013 10:29:37 AM
General Sewing Featured Projects January, February & March 2013

General Sewing Featured Projects January, February & March 2012

38  Category Challenges / Reusing/Recycling/Recrafting: Challenge Entries / Used Wrapping Paper Ornaments on: December 05, 2013 08:52:23 AM
Sometimes the wrapping paper we get is so pretty it is a shame to throw it away. Or if the present is from someone special we may want to save it. This got me thinking...

A while back I made some paper ornaments with tutorial from some zentangles I had made, and wanted to use that idea for this challenge.

Here I have taken wrapping paper and made a paper lantern/ornament. This could be put on a tree, made into a mobile, add many used for a mantle or whatever your imagination can come up with.

Here is the paper used before cutting.

I added pages from and old legal book to have some contrast.

Thanks for looking and if you make any ornaments, please post them!
Good luck to all who enter the challenge. Smiley
39  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Mosaic House Number 1214: Chanukah Gift on: December 01, 2013 02:12:28 AM
Very special friends of ours have commented on the mosaic house number I made for our home. So this year for Chanukah I made one for them. Smiley

Their house is brick with gray accents, and that is where the colors come from. The red disks (5) represent each of their children. The white disks represent them, and if you look in the upper left corner there is a heart. That is for all the love in their home and family.

1214-2 by HRSG, on Flickr

1214-1 by HRSG, on Flickr

They were very happy with it and I hope to get a picture of it hanging on their home. Smiley
40  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Royal Flush Mosaic: Or a "Poopla"! on: October 28, 2013 07:18:55 AM
This started as a joke with another mod, but once I thought of it I knew I had to do it. It is a play on a Hoopla, but this is a Poopla! Cheesy

It is a mosaic toilet seat. (new!) Placed words that are commonly used to describe the bathroom on the seat and sealed it. Under the seat in fabric are the words Please, be seated. A mirror under the lid for checking yourself, shaving or whatever. Finally the mosaic on top of the lid with Royal Flush.

Thanks for checking it out, hope you got a laugh out of it. Smiley
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