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71  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Explore the World Shadow Boxes on: August 02, 2013 09:23:13 AM
This was made for my partner in the IYP23 Swap. She loves maps, so I designed the shadowbox using maps for the text, and cut everything out using my Silhouette. But, when I did the initial layout, the amount of map text was just too much. So, I decided to split the text and make a second one for myself!

The letters in "EXPLORE" are each cut from a different country on the map and the word "World" is cut from a swathe across Europe, and then I glued them onto a layer of the letters/word cut from card stock. The shadow boxes are 6" X 6" and each piece (except for the word "the") is raised up from the background. It was a challenge to cut very tiny pieces of double-sided foam tape to put on the back of the compass rose, especially since it was the one with the most layers of tape and I didn't have very wide sections of the card stock to work with. But, the compass rose casts a lovely shadow on the background, so it was worth it Smiley

I tried to find a little 3D globe to put in the bottom left corner of each box, but couldn't find what I wanted in time. I think I've now located what I want (little globe pencil sharpeners) but I need to order a few other things to make it worth the cost of the shipping Smiley Then, I'll send one along to my partner for her to use if she wants. I sent her the box on the right, and kept the one on the left.

72  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Stencilled Symbol Blankets for Math, Science & Engineering Careers on: July 29, 2013 02:42:04 PM
I'm putting these here and not in quilting, because they're really not proper quilts and it's really all about the images Smiley But, if it needs moving, let me know!

Once upon a time, at the start of the 2011-2012 school year, I had a new class dropped in my class- Tech Ed. We were given no lessons & no supplies, just a list of standards we needed to teach. I'd have 4 groups, one per term. One of the standards is using symbols to communicate an idea. 

Each student chose a Science, Math or Engineering career and had to design a symbol to represent it. Then, they cut out a stencil (made with Contact paper) and stuck it to a square of fabric. They then sponged fabric paint onto the fabric, peeled away the stencil and had a white image with a colored background.

My goal was to stitch the squares from each group into a blanket, and then "raffle" it off to a student from each group. At the end of the year, I had all of the squares trimmed to size (even though they should have, they didn't all come out the same size when the kids made them) and had two of the groups' squares pieced together. I had intended to finish them over the summer, but a a heavy load of summer classes made that impossible. Over Columbus Day weekend, I finally finished them (I pieced them together and then stitched a piece of a fleece blanket to the back) and was all set to give them to the kids after the weekend, until my friends (who make proper quilts) said, "You have to put a label on it!" Fast forward to June... Despite buying the fabric and the embroidery floss and having plenty of snow days and vacation time, I kept putting it off until the night before the last day of school when I hastily wrote out some labels, used the magic of Wonder Under and ironed them on. And the kids were happy. And the project was finally out of my living room. The end.

Here they are!

73  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Emulsion-Free Screen Printing (Yudu hack) - mini tutorial on: May 12, 2013 09:49:40 AM
I've had a Yudu for a few years now, and while I love how it made me less afraid of screen printing, I hate working with the emulsion sheets. I know there are other emulsion options, but the drying time between each step was my least favorite part (confession: because I usually wait until right before the deadline before I do things).

But then, I came across a blog post somewhere that said you could use vinyl on a screen. I knew I could use cut black vinyl as a mask to burn the image in the emulsion, but that's all. The post wasn't 100% clear on where the vinyl went on the screen, but after I let my brain chew on it for a bit, it spit out the answer: on the underside.

I was just in the Sea Creature Swap, and my partner loves sharks, and listed the hammerhead as a possible theme in her questionnaire. I found an image of a tattoo design, but when I imported it into my vinyl cutting software, it needed a lot of cleaning up, so I spent a couple of hours working on that. Because of how I did the settings on the vinyl cutter (a Silhouette), it came out a little bit differently than the original tattoo design.

I used Contact Paper as the vinyl and cut it out. I then transferred the cut design (after weeding out all of the non-essential bits) to the back of the screen. Then, on both sides I went over it with the edge of a credit card to make sure it was stuck on there as well as it could be.

Back/Underside of the screen:

Front/Top of the screen:

I covered up any exposed areas around the edges with clear packing tape.

Then, I did a test print on a piece of muslin (shown here stitched up as a drawstring bag for the swap):

It came out pretty well, so I did another test print on a t-shirt (for me to keep), and it also came out well. There are a couple of spots where it bled a smidgen under the edges, but because of the design, it's not that noticeable:

Finally, I printed on 2 microfiber pillowcases. Right after I printed the second one, I turned to look at the first one and noticed that the ink had bled around the image, giving it a grey outline. Since it didn't happen at all on the muslin or t-shirt, I'm attributing it to the fabric. But, it ended up looking kind of cool, so I sent them along as an "extra" in the swap (and came up with a replacement item for the "official" item Smiley ).

When I was done, I peeled off the vinyl (and packing tape), washed off the screen with tap water, and I was done. No emulsion to fuss with, no expensive emulsion remover to buy!

I'm definitely going to use this method again! I did have a bit of trouble transferring the vinyl onto the screen because I didn't have enough transfer tape, so I had to peel of the backing of the vinyl and press it onto the screen as I went. I had a little stretching of the vinyl (it didn't help that I didn't have a lot of time to fuss with it), but it wasn't a problem in the end. But, if I do a more detailed design in the future, I need to use a different method to transfer it. I read somewhere that I might be able to use clear Contact Paper as the transfer tape (less expensive than buying transfer tape at the craft store), so I'll have to try that for the next time.
74  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help with a layout... Stat! :) on: April 15, 2013 10:07:22 AM
I am in need of opinions. I have this stack of 12" squares that have been languishing in a project bag for a couple of years. I made them to assemble into an afghan for a particular friend, who I will be visiting on Wednesday.

I have 2 possible layouts, and I can't decide between them, so I'd love a little bit of feedback. I don't want to switch around any of the blocks (that would only add to my confusion), I just need input on which layout looks the best.

Just imagine them all neatly laid out (I'll be joining them with black). And, thanks for your help!

Layout #1:

Layout #2:

75  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Chunky Moebius Cowl (from a PlanetJune pattern) on: January 01, 2013 05:07:06 PM
I made this as a Christmas gift for a friend, and it whipped up fairly quickly. The hardest part is making the foundation row, which doesn't start with a chain, but makes the chain and first row at the same time. Once I got the hang of it (and kept track of my stitches), it was a very easy pattern. I like it so much, that I'm making another one for myself (I need something that doesn't tickle my neck while I'm shoveling). It fits nicely when it's wrapped twice- snug enough to be warm, but not so snug that it's choking me Smiley

This one is made with Charisma yarn in the Toadstool colorway.

76  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Granny's Daughters Swap R10 (crochet)- FOUND! on: October 08, 2012 10:03:02 AM
Swap Name: Granny's Daughters Swap Round 10
Original Thread link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=412454.0
Gallery thread link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=413522.0
# of Flakers: All set! Thanks Fontiua and moxiepurple!
Mini Details of Swap:
A Granny's Daughter is the first round of a granny square.
-You need to make 40
-They must be between 1.5 and 1.75 inches across
-The starting tail  must be woven in
-The ending tail must be at least 6" long (and NOT woven in)
- Use only acrylic, worsted weight yarn

Angels needed for:
Frogprincess (swap angel- Fontiua)
AmyLynn98- Any colors of Granny's Daughters are fine. She's allergic to smoke.

Thanks a bunch!
77  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Stationery & Note Card Swap Round 2? on: August 31, 2012 05:53:45 PM

We've just finished up Round 1 of the Stationery & Note Card Swap, and hopefully, a new one will be starting in a few weeks.

Here's the original discussion thread for Round 1: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407464.0

Here's the swap post thread for Round 1: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=410473.0

Here's the gallery thread for Round 1: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=411564.0

Here's a bit of feedback from the first swap:


Next time we should figure out if there is a better way to create samples. I printed up sample Stationary and no one wanted it so I don't know what to do with my samples. I also had 2 cards printed from my samples that no one wanted, but I found uses for them.

Would it be easier if everyone posted a list of themes you'd like to make (for example, I might post "Trees, Flowers, Insects, Retro Patterns, Books")? Then, people could claim you for one of your themes and whether they wanted stationery or note cards. As a receiver, it would be more of a surprise to see what someone would make using the specific theme.

Or, maybe as part of the questionnaire, you could list themes you'd like to receive, and then your partners could make sets based on your themes?

What does everyone think?
78  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Granny's Daughters Swap Round 10 Gallery on: August 28, 2012 07:24:51 PM

Granny's Daughter's will be arriving soon! Post the lovely photos here!

Received & Posted Pics
Feedback Given
Sending Late w/Communication
Contact Organizer

: fantasticmio
fantasticmio: craftADDchick, Frogprincess
indigo_roses: AmyLynn98, lissablair, koalascout
koalascout: lissablair, Fontiua, indigo_roses
froggmomma: Frogprincess, AmyLynn98
          Fontiua will angel for Frogprincess! Thanks!
          moxiepurple will angel for AmyLynn98! Thanks!
Frogprincess: fantasticmio, froggmomma
lissablair: indigo_roses, koalascout, Fontiua
Fontiua: lissablair, koalascout
AmyLynn98: froggmomma, indigo_roses

Original thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=412454.0
79  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Granny's Daughters Swap Round 10! SU: Closed!; SO: Sept 22, '12 on: August 06, 2012 08:50:19 AM

Swap name: Grannys Daughters Swap R10
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick
Sign-up date range: August 6, 2012 to August 25, 2012 (sign-ups will close at noon, EST)
Date to send item by: September 22, 2012
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No restriction

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

Additional Age requirement? None

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: Only this one!
- 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 yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

This is Round 10 of the Grannys Daughters Swap! If you don't know how to make a grannys daughter, it's pretty easy!  A grannys daughter is the first round of a traditional granny square.....that's it!  The pattern can be found HERE.  A child's afghan requires 240 motifs and an adult size afghan requires 720 motifs. As stated in the pattern, each motif should measure 1 1/2" to 1 3/4".  So it's important to check your gauge so that all motifs will be the correct size.  

You will send 40 motifs in assorted colors to 2 partners (for a total of 80).  This is a great project to use up those little bits & pieces of scrap yarn you have laying around. Note: If you would like only 1 partner or would like a 3rd partner (first-time swappers are limited to a maximum of 2 partners), make sure to indicate this in your questionnaire. If you would like a 3rd partner, it may depend on the number of folks who sign up.

All motifs MUST be made in 4-ply worsted weight yarn, or if you're in the UK the yarn equivalent will be 10-ply aran.  Please be sure to check your gauge to make sure your motifs are the correct size.  We wouldn't want to receive some motifs that are 1 1/2" and some that are 2 1/4". Your motifs should measure 1 1/2" to 1 3/4".  Size is important!!!   REMEMBER:  It only takes a few minutes to make one grannys daughter. If you get started when you sign up, youll have the bulk of the work done by the time partners are assigned  Wink

Weaving in the tails: The directions call for a 6" tail to be left at the end. Unlike earlier rounds, ALL OUTSIDE TAILS WILL NOT BE WOVEN IN. All starting tails must be woven in! Please make sure that the starting tails are SECURELY woven in (and not simply crocheted over).

Positive feedback on this swap will be left once your partners have all received, and once you have posted pics of what you have received. You must remember to PM the organizer when you SEND and RECEIVE (a post in the thread is not sufficient)! Poor communication and failure to post pics of what you received will be noted in your feedback. Thanks!

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

Name of swap: Grannys Daughters Swap R10
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country (formatted as it should appear on the package):
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? YES/NO
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: YES/NO
Confirm that you understand that a Delivery Confirmation # is required on your package (outside of the US, retain a copy of your shipping receipt as proof of mailing): YES/NO
Do you have any allergies (cats, dogs, smoke, etc.)? YES/NO
   If YES, please indicate allergies:
Do you have any allergens in your home (cats, dogs, smoke, etc.)? YES/NO
   If YES, please indicate allergens:
Number of partners (1, 2 or 3):
Do you agree to post pictures of what you have received (or make arrangements with your partner to post pics for you)? YES/NO
Confirm that you understand that:
A) All starting tails must be woven in: YES/NO
B) You must leave a tail of at least 6": YES/NO

Anything special youd like your partners to know?


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


1. craftADDchick (1 or 2)
2. froggmomma (2)
3. AmyLynn98 (2)
4. indigo_roses (2 or 3)
5. fantasticmio (2)
6. frogprincess (2)
7. Fontiua (2)
8. koalascout (2 or 3)
9. lissablair (3)

Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=413522.0
80  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Stationery & Note Card Swap Gallery! on: July 17, 2012 02:28:40 PM

Post pics of your fabulous new note cards and stationery here!

Received & Posted Pics
Feedback Given
Sending Late w/Communication
Contact Organizer

craftADDchick is sending to IsikkahJai (NC); flygirl88 (NC); SunnyDawn (NC)

gala_apples is sending to craftADDchick (S); AllyCatAria (S or NC); SunnyDawn (NC)

is sending to Thimbles71 (NC); Eiseldora (NC); flygirl88 (NC)

Koreena is sending to IsikkahJai (S); RandMaeHym787 (s); flygirl88 (NC)

Thimbles71 is sending to craftADDchick (S); Koreena (S); AllyCatAria (S)

IsikkahJai is sending to gala_apples (NC); WideEyedLife (S); SunnyDawn (NC)

AllyCatAria is sending to WideEyedLife (S); Thimbles71 (NC); Eiseldora (NC)

is sending to  WideEyedLife (NC); Koreena (NC); IsakkahJai (NC)

Eiseldora is sending to craftADDchick (S or NC); gala_apples (NC); Koreena (NC)

flygirl88 is sending to gala_apples (NC); Thimbles71 (NC); RandiMaeHym787 (NC)

SunnyDawn is sending to AllyCatAria(S); RandiMaeHym787 (S); Eiseldora (NC)

Original thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=410473.0

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