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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Fear is a Teacher: Batman Scarecrow Cross-Stitch on: April 28, 2016 01:59:52 PM


Pretty much what it says on the tin! I made this for my partner in the Undercover Fandom swap! They like Scarecrow from Batman, so I whipped up a little scarecrow (inspired by a Batman Villains pattern I saw online), added the stitched-up mouth and angry eyebrows, and added one of my partner's favorite Scarecrow quotes beneath him. (No, I don't like that the bottom line of text isn't better-aligned either. I really should have fixed it.)
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Twilight Kusudama on: April 28, 2016 01:42:59 PM
I made this for my partner in the Undercover Fandom Swap! She'd pinned a long-since-sold Etsy listing for a paper flower ball made out of pages from Twilight, and I was totally up for the challenge!



If I remember correctly, the pages didn't come from Twilight, but from Eclipse. I had a very old, very ratty-looking copy from when I got into the series (pretty much when it first came out). I've never been overly wound-up about books (I've been an underliner and a margins-writer for as long as I can remember, and I fold down the corners of my pages, much to the chagrin of my book-worshipping friends), and now that I'm older and more aware of the issues with the Twilight series, I felt no shame in cutting up this book in order to make something truly beautiful.



Folding the individual petals was fun, and after four or five, it pretty much became automatic, so it wasn't nearly as tedious as I thought it would be--I had to fold sixty petals! Then I glued them together in bunches of five, and then I glued those bunches of five into a ball shape. It's not perfect, but it works! I'm thinking about making another one for myself, but then I'm not sure which book (or paper) to use!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / One Tiny Unloved Creature Gallery on: March 31, 2016 06:16:18 PM

Charles is torn. He's excited to see what everyone has made and sent, but he doesn't want the swap to be over just yet!

Please share your much-loved tiny unloved creatures here! We can't wait to see them!

Original Thread

Partners:
Mellius01 <-----> sammylouise40
sammylouise40 <-----> artsycandice (late with comm.)
artsycandice <-----> suereal
rantyhippie <-----> sarasmile
blupaisan <-----> JoyfulClover
Acadian Driftwood (late with comm.) <-----> roler
roler <-----> hannabear
hannabear <-----> aisy(late with comm.)
aisy (late with comm.) <-----> La Chapa
La Chapa  <-----> puzzled-penguin
La Chapa <-----> ChameleonHound
ChameleonHound <-----> WaveLight23478 (late with comm.)
Wavelight23478 (late with comm.)<-----> edelC
edelC <-----> Ludi
dessadoll(late with comm.) <-----> craftylittlemonkey
dessadoll (late with comm.)<----->crazyda79 (late with comm.)
grufflepuff <-----> crazyda79(late with comm.)

Sent to Partner
Received from Partner
Sent and Received
Sent and Received, Swap Package Photo Posted
Contact Me Immediately
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sock Bunnies for Days! on: March 26, 2016 04:25:16 PM
I ended up finding, and subsequently following, these instructions for the Frivolous Little Bunny Swap. My bunnies didn't turn out nearly as cute, but I kind of think (and hope that my partner thinks) their wonkiness makes them...sweet?


Doctor Who! He's not quite TARDIS-blue, but the thought is there. The bow tie isn't quiiite as lopsided as it looks in the picture. I don't know why I didn't notice it at the time and just adjust it, but ehhh?

The Incredible Hulk! Because what else are you going to do with a neon green sock bunny?


The gangliest sock bunny in the entire world. In her questionnaire, she asked for something that looked kind of like their real-life bunny so she could give it to her youngest son. This was the first one I made, so he is the wonkiest of all.


The bunny-friends all together just before getting all packed up for their trip.

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Book-Page Bunny Notecards on: March 25, 2016 09:54:09 PM
I made these for my partner in the Frivolous Little Bunny Swap. Since she's already received, I figured it was safe to post them now! They were inspired by something I saw on Pinterest.


Purple cardstock!


White cardstock!


Group shot, along with the tiniest glimpse of the envelopes I made to go along with them.

Don't worry, bibliophiles: the book was super old and pretty much falling apart.

It must be said: I just love the lighting in my apartment. It's juuuust bright enough to cause a glare, but not quite bright enough to let me take nice crisp photos. Maybe I'm going to have to start hauling out my real camera when I'm trying to photograph my projects. :/
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / In honor of the institution without which we could not swap! on: March 09, 2016 02:33:08 PM
This is just a quick collage I made. I guess there's not a lot of technical skill here, at least not beyond the ability to look at something and think "er...yep, that looks pretty nice I guess!" but I kind of like it anyway! Smiley

7  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / One Tiny Unloved Creature Swap (Signups 3/2-3/16, Sendout 4/19) on: March 02, 2016 06:38:18 AM

Don't let his face fool you: Charles is super excited about this swap!


We have a gallery!!


Swap name: One Tiny Unloved Creature Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: grufflepuff
Sign-up date range: March 2, 2016 to March 16, 2016
Date to send item by: April 19, 2016

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

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

Additional Age requirement? No

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:
Theyre ooky. Theyre creepy. They might even be hairy, slimy, toothy, slithery, twitchy, or all of the above. To most of the world, theyre totally unloved, but we know better, dont we?

This is a swap to celebrate all the odd and unloved critters of the world. You will send your partner (and receive in return) one small craft based on one of natures least loveable critters. Your craft should be physically small but still something that displays all of the skill, love, and attention that you can manage. Standard swapping etiquette applies: if its not something youd be thrilled to open (and your lack of enthusiasm runs deeper than the animal itself), its probably not something you should send.

As usual, a gallery will be posted after the send-out date. Posting photographs will not be required, but its highly highly recommended. If youre unable to take and post photographs of what you receive, make sure your partner knows that before the send-out date, so they can take their own photos. We want to see what you got! Smiley

Im not going to make or enforce any rules regarding extras beyond discuss it with your partner(s), but make sure that the main focus of your package is your own handiwork. Additionally, although Craftster rules state that swappers only need to post in the swap thread once upon signing up, please try to post more than that (perhaps once a week?), so we know that youre still around, crafting, and interested in this swap. (This is not an out-and-out requirement, but if your communication is exceptionally poor, I will have to take that into account when leaving feedback.)


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 like 1, 2, or 3 partners?:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?:
Confirm that you are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

SWAP SPECIFICS:
What are your 3-5 favorite unloved animals?:
Are there any types of critters you dont want to receive (i.e. bugs, rodents, etc.):
What are your favorite crafts to make?:
Are there any specific crafts you would like to receive?:
Anything else that I or your partner might need to know about you? (Allergies, Pinterest links, requests, personality quirks, etc etc etc. Anything goes here!):


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.
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / A couple of old ATCs on: February 27, 2016 09:33:53 AM
I made these around the time I was first active here at Craftster, but I don't think I've ever posted pictures of them anywhere. (When I first made them, my camera was pretty crappy and I didn't usually bother taking pictures.)


Even now, this is one of my favorite ATCs that I've made. It's very simple, just two strips of photo negatives tied together and glued down, but I think it looks cool. If I make one of these again (assuming I can find some negatives at a yard sale or a thrift shop or something because heaven knows I don't use film anymore), I probably won't glue them on to anything.


Collaged from various magazine images and foil from a wrapper of some kind.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / "Nope": A Shrine to The Pill on: February 27, 2016 09:25:23 AM
I made this shring using the plastic case my birth control comes in each month. I kind of thought that, given the former contents, a small tribute to the wonders of modern medicine was in order.


The outside. The package itself is bright green (you'll see when I post pictures of the inside) so I covered it with some washi tape. I found a picture of a very cool, nonchalant-looking young woman sipping some tea. I wasn't sure what else to do with the outside, but then I realized I had some Scrabble tiles that would fit perfectly, so I glued those on as well.


Inside left. We've got a bird in a tree trying to feed the screaming baby. I love kids but I do not want one of my own. Me trying to take care of an infant would be almost as strange as a bird trying to take care of a human baby. I think I'm going to need to find some text for the space just above the baby's head. It'll come to me.


A fancy young lady in a pretty dress and some (inactive) pills strung into a lovely necklace glued into the shrine with some gross messy hot glue. (I need to get some superglue before I make my next one). I believe that a woman can be just as feminine and fulfilled without children as with them. Another worry doll because I can't be the only one who finds herself worried about babies even while on the pill.


Wide shot of the inside. It's definitely missing something, but I'm going to wait for more inspiration to come to me.


So there it is, my first shrine in possibly a decade! I think that, the next time I use one of these packages, I'll paint it with acrylic paint or something, because the green is just super jarring. There are a few other rookie mistakes, but I really just made this thing as practice, so that's to be expected.
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / STAR Labs Stencilled Hoodie on: February 27, 2016 09:00:25 AM
Not long after my partner and I started watching The Flash, I decided that I needed a STAR Labs sweatshirt like the ones they're constantly wearing on the show (in the first season, anyway: I think they've stopped wearing them as much in the later seasons). Because at the time (and possibly even now? I haven't gone looking or anything) the only way to get a STAR Labs sweatshirt was to win the Fan of the Week contest, I decided to make my own. Aaaand, since I prefer zip-up hoodies to crew-neck sweatshirts, I figured I might as well make something I'd enjoy wearing.

If you're in this forum, you know the drill: I found a copy of the STAR Labs logo, printed it out, traced it onto some freezer paper, cut out the stencil, ironed it down, and went to town. The edges aren't as sharp as I would have liked. Maybe one day I'll ask for one of those die-cutting machines and get some iron-on vinyl, but overall, I'm happy with how this turned out. I've gotten quite a few questions about it and compliments on it.


The logo on the back. I probably could have made it much bigger, but I still like how it turned out.


Aaand the front. I thought it needed a little something here, so I cut out a smaller version of the logo, without the text, and stencilled it on.

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