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31  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: February 29, 2016 04:04:00 PM
This past weekend, I was supposed to head into NYC to catch a photography exhibit at a gallery, but my sister mixed up the days, so we're going next weekend instead. Since I had a bunch of stuff all packed up, I headed out to her house and we spent the weekend playing with some different art techniques. I have 2 projects to share, as a result! I could have squeaked out a 3rd, but I didn't take a picture and I left the examples at my sister's. I also learned how to use a small printing press that I have and we printed out some images using it. And, we both tried out a Gelli plate for the first time (my results were NOT good). But, I don't have pictures of those, either! Sad

Prompt:  December: Classic Toys- Rubik's Cube
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Painted Backgrounds
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: My sister has every color of acrylic paint the craft store carries, so I got to try to get over my lack of confidence in using multiple colors. I painted up a bunch of background papers (for stamping or printing on). My sister is going to an art meet-up in a couple of months (in Seattle) and she wanted some fun background pages. These are the ones that I made!

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Prompt:  December:Classic Toys- View Master
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Hand Carved Stamp
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: In the hopes of carving a stamp that we could use in the press, I brought along my stamp carving tools and some blocks and erasers. I carved this one, and carving creates a raised (3D) image. And, I tried to make it a fairly generic shape so it could be used for multiple images (seaweed, tentacles, hair, branches, flames, grass, etc.) depending on the orientation of it on the page and the colors used. We couldn't get successful prints using the press, but it stamped nicely when done by hand!

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Now, I'm going to try to locate a sewing needle and see if I can finally get those buttons sewn on!
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32  Yet Another TM Patch Swap- R6- SU Closed! SO by Apr. 18, 2016 (update SO date) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by craftADDchick on: February 26, 2016 04:34:02 PM
Patch made by roler

Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=445370.0

Swap Name: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R6
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick
Sign-up date range: February 26, 2016- March 12, 2016
Date to send item by: Monday, April 18, 2016 New Send Out Date!

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

 Restricted to people who all live in the same country? 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:
 Do you love making Teesha Moore-style patches? Have you always admired them but haven't yet caught the TM bug? Well, this could be the swap for you!

In this round of the TM Patch Swap, you will be crafting for 1 or 2 partners (first time swappers will be limited to 1 partner) and from 1-3 patches (you and your partner should agree on the exact number).

Also, you will have the option of exchanging a TM Patch Supply kit with your partner (contents of kit may include: floss, fabric, embellishments {buttons, beads, ribbons, charms, etc}, poly-fil, etc.).

Let's keep this swap simple and limit it to the sending of patches and kits (if you love sending extra things, consider adding those as part of a kit Smiley ).

There are lots of inspirational patches from previous swaps, so check out some of the galleries here:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439296.0 (Round 5)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437989.0 (Round 4)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436180.0 (Round 3)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434712.0#axzz37wXpySPV (Round 2)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432695.#axzz2yLfpYtaO (Round 1)




IF your are new to making patches, here are some links to Teesha Moore's own video tutorials showing you her techniques. You won't want to miss these.

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

 Name of swap: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R6!
 Craftster username:
 Email address:
 Your real name:
 Mailing address including the country (please put it in the proper format for mailing to your country):
 Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
 Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
 Do you want one or two partners?
How many patches would you like to make for each partner (Organizer will attempt to match partners based on this information as much as possible)?
Do you also want to exchange a kit with your partner(s), in addition to the patches?
List at least four themes to inspire your partner: (Some themes from previous swaps were the beach, peace and love, buttons, rainbows, DOTD, trees and nature, literature, stripes and polkadots, craftster's choice.)
List preferred size range, if you have one:
Preferred colors, if any:
Are there any colors or themes you really don't want to receive?
Are odd shapes desirable, such as round or triangular patches?
Do you have a Pinterest, website, or WIST site that your partner can peruse for inspiration?
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home (smokers, pets, etc.)?


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


1. craftADDchick
2. craftylittlemonkey
3. curiousfae
4. LadybugsAndBumblebees
5. Sharalee
6. roler
7. crazyda79
8. Inselaeffchen
9. jkaywiz
10. Wulf
11. quaggy
12. teag
13. alwaysinmyroom
14. gala_apples
15. DaphadillyArt


alwaysinmyroom- DaphadillyArt, roler
craftADDchick- Wulf
craftylittlemonkey- roler, curiousfae
crazyda79- jkaywiz, Sharalee
curiousfae- craftylittlemonkey
DaphadillyArt- alwaysinmyroom
gala_apples- LadybugsAndBumblebees, Inselaeffchen
Inselaeffchen- gala_apples, quaggy
jkaywiz- quaggy, crazyda79
LadybugsAndBumblebees- gala_apples, teag
quaggy- jkaywiz, Inselaeffchen
roler- alwaysinmyroom, craftylittlemonkey
Sharalee- teag, crazyda79
teag- Sharalee, LadybugsAndBumblebees
Wulf- craftADDchick

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33  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: February 17, 2016 08:05:49 AM
Prompt:  Free-Range Crafting #2
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a (although it was a charity fundraiser, the painting itself isn't being donated)
Project Name: Sea Turtle Painting
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: One of my friends is running the Boston Marathon again and, this year, she's raising money for The Herren Project. She had a fundraiser at the local paint party place (Art on the Rocks), and this is the painting we made. I'm going to hang it in my classroom, since it doesn't go with any of the rooms in my house.

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34  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: February 14, 2016 08:01:39 PM

Prompt: February Battle- Blizzard!
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Pressure Canned Black Beans
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: In the event of a blizzard that knocks out the power, it's a good idea to have some food on hand that doesn't depend on the fridge or freezer. So today, my friend and I finally gave pressure canning a try. We started with black beans, because if we screwed it up, it wasn't a lot of money wasted.

And, did you know that 2016 has been declared the International Year of the Pulses? Pulses are legumes, and are a staple in the diet of pretty much every culture.  THANK YOU GOOGLE!

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35  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: February 06, 2016 06:59:40 PM
Prompt:  February- Snow Fort
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Tassel Hat for the Celtics Game
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Tomorrow, I'm chaperoning a school trip to a Boston Celtics game. Winter weather has finally arrived, and it can be cold on the bus and when we have to stand outside to wait for the bus after the game, so I figured I'd make myself a hat in Celitcs colors. I used the instructions from this video on YouTube. I had to add an extra set of stripes, plus a few extra stitches in the starting chain (because I crochet tightly, not because I have a fat head Smiley ). I also changed the style of the tassels. And the best part? IT WAS ON CLEARANCE!
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36  Re: crochet hats of 2016, the list in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: February 06, 2016 06:54:02 PM
I finished my hat for tomorrow! It's the "Hat with Tassels" and I had to add an extra repeat (plus a few extra stitches in the starting chain) because I crochet pretty tightly (or I have a big head Smiley ). I also changed how I made my tassels- I twisted  2 strands of yarn together and then folded them in half to create the thicker twist, and then I tied the end into a knot. I trimmed that end for a bit of fringe and, at the other end, I put a piece of yarn through the loop and used that to attach it to the hat. I like how it looks!

I just noticed that the hat is on backwards in the photo. And, somehow, my join gave me a diagonal seam, and I don't know why... But, no matter! I have a hat for the game!
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37  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: February 01, 2016 04:21:58 PM
Prompt:  Zap #1
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Community
Project Name: Thrift Store Cake Stands
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442721.0
Brief Description: For my school's annual Winter Carnival, I was in charge of the bake sale table. I wanted to make it look a little nice, and headed to the thrift store to see if I could score a couple of cake stands. No such luck, but I did find a couple of glass platters and two crystal candleholders. With a little dab of E-6000, I had myself a pair of cake stands!
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38  Thrift Store Cake Stands in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by craftADDchick on: February 01, 2016 04:18:56 PM
My school holds an annual Winter Carnival as a big fundraiser, and I am in charge of running the bake sale. I decided that it needed a bit of fancying up, and headed to the thrift store for some cake stands. I didn't find any, but I found a couple of glass platters and a couple of crystal candle holders. With a dab of E-6000, I had a nice set of cake stands!

The materials: 2 platters, 2 candle holders, E-6000 adhesive, masking tape

I used masking tape to find the center of the plain platter (the other one had raised concentric rings on it, which made it easy to find the center).

I put heavy objects on top of them as the adhesive cured.

And then they were ready in time for the bake sale! I forgot to get action shots on the day of the Carnival, so the shots were taken in my classroom.

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39  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: January 23, 2016 05:29:03 PM
Prompt:  January- Three Billy Goats Gruff
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Basket Liner Napkins
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: This unassuming pile of napkins was for our school's annual Winter Carnival, which was today. I'm in charge of the bake sale, and wanted to make the table look a little bit nicer. I scavenged a few baskets (from the "Flea Market" at the carnival) and paper plate holders (all wicker), and knew they might be a little dusty. So, I grabbed some clearance snow-themed fabric and made some napkins. I bought 3 yards, and cut it into 14" sections, and cut each section into three 14" squares. I ended up with 24 pieces in total. I spent a little over 2 hours hemming them last night (after an emergency run for thread and empty bobbins), and a little under an hour cutting them out (and apart after I did a little chain stitching), for a total of 3 hours of work. I didn't press or pin anything, so they're not all exactly the same size, but they were perfect for the task! And, now I have them for future bake sales!
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40  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: January 17, 2016 06:12:52 PM
So, I need some crafty guidance...

For one of the prompts, I want to finish this WIP:

I created them to see if I could use the Flat Braid Join to join Granny's Daughters (I can, but it is a lot of ends to weave in- I like the look, so it might be worth it eventually). I had plans to make it into a purse, using the 2 panels as the sides. I was originally thinking I'd make a flap to go over the opening, and I started the gray Granny's Daughters for that.

But now, I really want to finish it so should I:

1- Make a flap panel (using double crochet stitches) out of the grey yarn with the Granny's Daughters as accents? I have a bit of royal blue yarn left and could join them with that.

2- Skip the flap and incorporate the Granny's Daughters into the strap?

3- Turn the panels into something else entirely?

The panels are each a little smaller than 8 1/2 X 11 inches.

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