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331  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Make a Charm Pack Swap ~Gallery~ on: June 18, 2009 08:51:07 AM
Gallery!  Original Thread found here~ http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=306344.0

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332  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Smitten Vanilla, Green Apple, and Grapefruit Tea Rose (don't look Sevsonlgirl!) on: May 28, 2009 03:32:08 AM
Here are the non-disaster soaps from the other day's soaping (mis)adventures.

Smitten Vanilla (named for my girl smittenheart, natch) made with goat's milk, vanilla blossom fo, and vanilla bean flecks. The inside color is from the goat's milk, and the outer color is from the vanilla (oops, that's hard to see but it's super dark brown on the outside). I'll post new pics when the inside finishes discoloring!

Green Apple, I love this fragrance! Colored with neon green pigment.

Pink Grapefruit and Tea Rose~Overcolored with neon yellow, and since I don't have a good pink I combined neon red and neon violet to attempt a pink/red. It's a wee bit too bright  Wink This combo is awesome, if you've never tried floral with a citrus, go for it!

333  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Two Swirling Tutes, many photos on: May 28, 2009 03:09:02 AM
I said I would post a couple tutes on swirling...I am so not the best swirler, and my fun swirl ended up not happening, but here is the cheesecake method and swirling in the pot. If some awesome swirler wants to post some tutes I would totally love it!

Cheesecake Method--Slab Mold

Get your colorants ready beforehand, you never know how fast you may have to work! I prepared some neon green pigment by mixing it with a couple tablespoons of my base oils (removed after measuring the oils out). Check if your colorant is water or oil soluble and then get it ready. I prepare a little more than I think I will need, so I can adjust the color after mixing into the raw soap base.

When your soap comes to a light trace and you've added your fragrance,

remove whatever amount you are going to swirl (about 1/3 of the total for this one). I like to put it in a spouted 2 cup measure so I can pour it back in easily. Color it with the prepared colorant and mix. Reserve a little pre-mixed color so it isn't too dark. Adjust as necessary.

If you are coloring your base color, do it now with the larger portion in the pot, (I didn't for this particular one) and then pour it into your lined slab mold.

With the spouted container, pour horizontal lines a couple inches apart across the mold. Hold the container around 6 inches above the mold to help it slip towards the bottom. If you are still at a light to medium trace it should mostly go to the bottom. This is good. Use about half of your colored soap doing this, and then take a spoon and working just above the soap in the mold, lightly spoon the soap over the lines you already did. This helps your swirl go throughout the thickness of the soap, rather than just sitting on the top or all sinking to the bottom. You may have to wait a few minutes for it to get a little thicker if it is still so thin it is sinking, but by this point it should be good to go.

With a plastic knife (or the handle of a plastic spoon) draw lines through the soap, first going top to bottom, then next going bottom to top, about 1 1/2 inches apart. Be sure to scrape all the way to the bottom.


And after cutting~ with this method you get some pieces that may look like leaves or hearts!

In The Pot Method--Log Mold

This is pretty much the easiest method ever. You don't get the beautiful swirls you do with slab molds, but if you are using log molds this is quick and easy and gives some fun color.

Prepare your colorant ahead of time (see above)

Bring your soap to a light trace and add your fragrance.** Remove the amount that you want to color, in multiple containers if you are doing multiple colors. Color the parts you removed, as well as what is in the pot if you want to color the base soap.

Pouring in a thin stream 6-10 inches or more above the pot, pour the colored soap back in. Zig-zag back and forth and around and around.

You can give the pot 1 stir with your spoon, or none at all, the rest of the swirling will take place when you pour it into the mold

Pour it into the mold, and watch the swirl take place before your eyes!

Forgot to take a pic of the mold, but here is the finished product!

** For fragrance oils that discolor badly (dragon's blood or very strong vanillas) you can do a type of reverse swirl using this method. Before you fragrance, remove a small amount (1/4 to 1/3 of the entire batch). Then add your fragrance oil to the pot (which will now act as colorant also, use the normal amount you would use for the whole batch). Swirl back in the part you removed, it will be a "white" (cream, pale yellow, whatever your unscented soap would be) swirl within the darker soap that ends up discoloring.
334  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / I shall dub thee~Muppet Poop! (a pictoral story) on: May 28, 2009 02:46:29 AM

This is some naughty soap! Actually it was the fragrance oil that was naughty, it seized and I got some soap on a stick.

Very unhappy that the supplier didn't give a warning about it. And yes, I know all the tricks to using difficult fo's, but I would prefer a heads up so that I don't waste good base oils. I stuck it on the stove and cooked it until it had gelled down and melted back together from the dry chunkiness that it was.

I had planned to do a beautiful complicated swirl. Hahaha! Instead I had hideously textured soap. I decided to color it anyways. Rose clay for the base, and chromium green oxide and neon purple pigment for the "swirls"

No pic of the purple on its own, too busy trying to work with the stupid stuff I guess! I attempted to "swirl" in the mold. Hard to do when the stuff is thicker than oatmeal! This is when I picked the name out.

After I smushed it down

I went ahead and cut it into bars, this definitely might get rebatched though!

335  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Mini Art Quilt Swap Gallery on: May 26, 2009 10:49:39 PM
Ok guys, we have a gallery! And, I usually keep track of shipping in the original thread, but because I forgot to save an extra reply spot and it is irritating to modify that super long first post, it shall be here!

link to original thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=302820.0
336  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Make A Charm Pack Swap! US only. (Sign-ups Closed, Sendouts June 24) on: May 24, 2009 02:09:27 PM
Swap name: Make a Charm Pack Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: MareMare
Sign-up date range: May 24 - June 7 (6 pm pacific), 2009
Date to send item by: June 24, 2009

Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=309687.0

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): Possibly. I want to have equal groups of 4, so if sign-ups are almost over and we have equal groups I may close early.

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES
If so, which country? United States Only

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

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: YES/NO
- Participant lives in the United States: YES/NO
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

The discussion thread about this swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=305053.0

Details of swap:
For this swap you will create your own charm pack to send out. A charm pack is a group of coordinating fabrics that are 5 inches square. For this swap our charm packs will contain 40 pieces of fabric each.  Participants will be placed into groups of 4, which means you will send out 3 identical charm packs.

Requirements for charm packs:
1. Fabric needs to measure 5 inches by 5 inches. Please measure carefully.
2. Fabrics must coordinate somehow, do not send a total mish-mash of fabrics. You may have a few fabrics from the same line that you want to supplement with others that go well with it, or you may just find fabrics in your stash that work well together
4. Try to send as many different fabrics as you can. You may have some repeats in the fabrics, but please send at least 30 different fabrics, and the maximum is 2 blocks of one fabric (so do not repeat more than 10 fabrics)
5. Some solids are ok, but please try to use as many prints as possible. No more than 5 solids total. Tone on tone counts as a print.
6. Fabric must be 100% cotton, and please use good quality fabric. we dont want to receive $2 a yard wal-mart fabric here!

People may sign up for more than one group, but you must create different charm packs for each group. First time swappers may only sign up for one group. Before you sign up you need to figure out the theme for your charm packs for each group you are signing up for. I will have a question for colors/themes you really hate and I will do my best to not put you in a group with those, but no promises.

Please put some thought into creating your charm pack! Although this is a great swap for stash busting, you may need to buy some fabric to flesh out your charm pack, if you dont have enough fabrics to work together, do not send fabrics that dont match, go to the store! Try picking a few colors and working with different prints to create a pleasing combination, and make sure to include darks, lights, and mediums, as well as small scale and large scale prints.

This is from the discussion thread on ideas for creating your charm pack theme.

So, for instance, in my sign-up I might list that I could do a browns and greens charm pack, or a charm pack with leafy patterns, or a certain tone/hue/shade, ie all deep jewel tones? Each person could list what their stash could yield as far as different themes/colors, and people would be sorted into groups according what would give a good variety. If you have a pretty random stash, you could see what you have that would go together nicely...maybe you have lots of polka dot prints, and you could put those all together and then add in prints and solids that match the colors. Maybe a theme could be "girly" with some conversation fabric of high heels, various pink, purples, and reds, and cherry and hearts fabrics! You might want to check your stash, and then pick up a half dozen FQ's to add with what you have for some extra good variety!

Communication is very important to me. Please let me and your partner know when you send and when you receive. When you send out you need to pm both myself and your partner with your delivery confirmation numbers. You need to post in the thread after you sign-up and remember to hit that all important replies to your posts button, since I may put updates on the thread. This is a quick swap so I wont expect people to check in or chat a lot on the thread, but please return pms from myself or your partner in a timely manner (a timely manner to me is 2 days or less). I get very upset when I hear from people that their partner is not returning their pms, so please be courteous and responsible! If you dont follow these rules I will note it in your feedback.

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


Name of swap: Make A Charm Pack Swap

Craftster username:

Email address:

Your real name & Mailing address including the country, formatted for shipping:

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? N/A

Confirm that are at least 13 years old (yes/no)

Did you read the section on feedback and understand that I insist on timely communication for this swap?

How many groups are you signing up for?

What theme will your charm pack have? (if signing up for multiple groups, list themes for each group)

Any colors/themes you really hate? (I will do my best to keep you out of groups with themes you hate, but no guarantees)


Also remember to read the Swap Info

Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=309687.0
337  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Lets See Pics of Tattoos You Designed! on: May 23, 2009 04:36:53 PM
Please keep this thread for...

Tattoos on yourself
Tattoos you've personally designed and have been inked on someone else
Tattoos you have physically tattooed on yourself or someone else

Please post ideas and discussions of tattoos you're considering in the future on this thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=30765.0
Thanks all!  

Hi all, I have started a new thread since the old one was getting rather long and kind of out of control (ie people hadn't been following the rules and I hadn't been properly moderating them)

This thread is for posting pics of tattoos you have designed yourself or actually tatooed yourself.  If you don't state that you have tattooed or designed it yourself I will start limbo-ing and pm'ing people to make sure (please respond to my pm's promptly or your posts will possibly be deleted). If it is clear you did not design it, I will move it to the new off-topic tattoo thread here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=306138.0 if you are a Friend of Craftster. Thanks, MareMare

The old thread is here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=291979.0

Roethke's awesome scissor tattoo, found on page 3!

338  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / I Spy Bags for Travelling on: May 22, 2009 01:08:17 AM
My family went on vacation...23 hours in the car in fact! I decided to make some I Spy bags to help keep my nephews occupied and to help save the sanity of my mom, brother, and sil. My 3 year old nephew went to the Fabric store with me and picked out the tractor fabric, the black for him and the cream colored for his 5 year old brother. But, he did let me know that the one he picked out for himself was better! Sadly, no action shots yet, as I barely got these finished the night before they left. (Procrastination--that's how I roll)

I made an I spy bag for a swap last year, but it took me this long to make them for my little guys! Here is the link to the first one I saw on here, I made some modifications (reinforced all the seams since I know how violent these little boy are, velcro pocket on the back for the pictures of the items, topstitching around the vinyl window for extra reinforcement) but it is the same general idea: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=261769.0

I also made these large zippered pouches to hold the I Spy bags along with a collection of coloring and sticker books, crayons, and other little goodies to help keep them occupied. The baby is 1 and didn't get an I Spy bag, but he got a little bag to hold his stuffed animals, rattly things, and his tiny tupperware (not sure why all my nephews like tiny tupperware, but I guess they just like things to put other things in!)

339  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Make a Charm Pack Swap--Stash bust that fabric! (US Only) on: May 15, 2009 12:28:46 AM
So, I have been a wee bit obsessed with fabric in general and charm packs specifically lately! Obsessing on etsy, drooling over awesome quilts by whoopdedoo_5 , doing the strip swap, organizing my fabric stash...all these things have helped feed the obsession! I was given a fun charm pack recently (moda Oh Cherry Oh, since you asked! Smiley ), and while cutting some squares from yardage of white on white fabric to go with it, I thought it would be fun to make our own charm packs to swap!

The idea~ Make charm packs in a set of color or theme and send them out to 5 people. I think putting people in groups of 6 would work nicely, experience swappers could have the option of doing more than 1 group. Charm packs could be 40 squares (more or less? that's pretty standard I think?) and people could list colors or themes they would have available. We could either include solids or not, but no more than 2 of each fabric per charm pack, preferably 1 of each fabric (maybe 2 of some that you think are super awesome if you need to round out the numbers?) I'm thinking this would maybe US only for quick turn-around and cheaper shipping?

So, for instance, in my sign-up I might list that I could do a browns and greens charm pack, or a charm pack with leafy patterns, or a certain tone/hue/shade, ie all deep jewel tones? Each person could list what their stash could yield as far as different themes/colors, and people would be sorted into groups according what would give a good variety. If you have a pretty random stash, you could see what you have that would go together nicely...maybe you have lots of polka dot prints, and you could put those all together and then add in prints and solids that match the colors. Maybe a theme could be "girly" with some conversation fabric of high heels, various pink, purples, and reds, and cherry and hearts fabrics! You might want to check your stash, and then pick up a half dozen FQ's to add with what you have for some extra good variety!

All fabric would need to be 100% cotton of course, and preferably good quality. I'm not really interested in getting any Wal Mart fabric for quilting, personally! And carefully cut to be 5 x 5 inches!

Yay? Nay?
340  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / March Bday Swap--1 Angel Found! on: May 13, 2009 10:14:36 PM
Swap Name: March 2009 Birthday Swap
Original Thread link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=294680.0
Gallery thread link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=294670.0
# of Flakers: 1
Angel: piinkfeline

I need one awesome angel to send a fabulous package to feelix, who was flaked on in the March Bday Swap! The Bday swap requires a medium item crafted (or enough smalls to make a medium). If you would like to angel for feelix, please send me a pm with what you can craft for her off of her list and how soon you could get it in the mail. Thanks!

Here is feelix's list:

Good Day! Thank you for reading and considering. March 14th will be my 30th Birthday. I have asked for more $$ to travel instead of a birthday party (My DH doesn't like to plan parties and I don't want to plan my own).  I am a SAHM for a 7month old and a wife to an engineering/gaming loving husband.As for Craftiness.... I love to bake... my first passion, my second passion is sewing as for all other crafty goodness it all equals 3rd place. I am into fun and practical. I love organization (although I'm a very cluttered person) and anything that might help me be organized. I also love anything for my baby - she is the highlight and motivation to my days. I also love receiving crafty items for my husband so is a huge Final Fantasy XI player. I love color - not a color I hate - so don't feel afraid. if you need a reference- blue, black, white, red... I do love surprises! So don't hesitate to be inspired!

My Wish List:

Crafted Items

The following items with a Dr. Pepper Theme/inspiration:
Key chain
Lunch Tote
Tote Bag
Soda Cozy
Apron (Size XL)
Fingerless gloves

I love to Travel (Although I don't get to as much as I would like). So anything that makes traveling easier.

Passport Wallet & Passport Cover : http://www.neimanmarcus.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod39380135&ecid=NMCIGoogleBaseFeed&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=H1VDL

Pre- board organizer http://www.travelsmith.com/jump.jsp?itemID=1709&itemType=PRODUCT&path=1%2C2%2C252%2C331&iProductID=1709&sortBy=0

eye mask http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=266614.0

Tea Wallet  http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_14&listing_id=22092107&ga_search_query=Tea+Wallet&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=&min=&max=&order= (open to whatever style - old at least 4 tea bags please)

Pink Whipped Soap http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_6&listing_id=22116277&ga_search_query=travel&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=&min=&max=&order=

Box Tote http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_8&listing_id=22170571&ga_search_query=travel&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=2&min=&max=&order=

luggage tags http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_1&listing_id=22172987&ga_search_query=luggage+tags&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=&min=&max=&order=

monogrammed keychain http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_18&listing_id=22129012&ga_search_query=luggage+tags&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=&min=&max=&order=

Tissue Cover (not floral please) http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_19&listing_id=22047177&ga_search_query=tissue+cover&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=&min=&max=&order=

Travel Shampoo Bar http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_14&listing_id=18998889&ga_search_query=travel+shampoo&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=&min=&max=&order=

back pack http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_18&listing_id=22163661&ga_search_query=travel+tote&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=&min=&max=&order=  (pockets please)

Car Bag (the kind that hang on the back of the seat.

I also love crafting:
Sewing Machine Cover and pincushion/thread catcher http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_3&listing_id=21871210&ga_search_query=sewing+machine+cover&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=&min=&max=&order=

Pin cushion Ring http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_9&listing_id=18892999&ga_search_query=pin+cushion&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=&min=&max=&order=

Scrap Caddy http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_15&listing_id=22158736&ga_search_query=pin+cushion&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=&min=&max=&order=

Pin Cushion http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_11&listing_id=21752927&ga_search_query=pin+cushion&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=3&min=&max=&order=

Other Stuff I like
lady bug bag http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_20&listing_id=22173919&ga_search_query=sewing&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=&min=&max=&order=

The Donna Bag http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_1&listing_id=13343737&ga_search_query=sewing&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=3&min=&max=&order=

anything that embellishes

I love any Dove Product
I love Orbit Bubble mint gum
I love chocolate
I love gummy candy
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