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 on: Today at 09:49:29 AM 
Started by LovelyMiss - Last post by bunny1kenobi
~*Congratulations, Lovely Miss!*~
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 on: Today at 09:47:06 AM 
Started by LovelyMiss - Last post by bunny1kenobi
~*Congratulations, Acadian Driftwood!*~
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To claim your badge, right click and save to your computer.  Then, you can do whatever you wish with it.  Ideas on how to show-off your badges: use it as an avatar, put it in your profile under Brief Bio, or create a pinterest board for all your badges.  

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 on: Today at 09:46:44 AM 
Started by Mistress Jennie - Last post by Mistress Jennie
Note from the Headmistress...

It's time for a new Headmistress Challenge!  Each Headmistress Challenge lasts 1 month, and earns you 15 House Points.  So what's up next?

Slytherin's Locket Challenge
March 1st - 31st

Salazar Slytherin's Locket became an heirloom of his family, that was eventually inherited by the Gaunts.  It was treasured by Marvolo Gaunt as proof of his pure-blood heritage.  While pregnant and alone, his daughter Merope Gaunt, sold it Borgin & Burkes for ten Galleons.  It was purchased by noted collector Hepzibah Smith, before being stolen by Tom Riddle and turned into one of his Horcruxes.  Years later young Regulus Black, along with the help of his House Elf, Kreacher, stole it in order to destroy it, with Regulus dying in the effort, and making his elf promise to finish the job.  Kreacher attempted to do his master's bidding, but was unable to destroy such a powerful magical object.  It was stolen from 12 Grimmauld Place by thief Mundungus Fletcher, along with many other Black family heirlooms, shortly after the death of Sirius Black.  When Fletcher tried to sell it in Diagon Alley, it was taken from him under threat, by none other than Dolores Umbridge.  Umbridge used it as false evidence of her connection to the pureblood Selwyn family.  When Harry, Hermione & Ron were hunting Horcruxes, they infiltrated the Ministry of Magic to steal it yet again, in order to finally destroy it, and the piece of Voldemorte's soul that it contained.  To conceal their intent, Hermione performed the Gemino Charm, to create a copy of the locket that she left with Umbridge.

For this challenge you have 3 options:
~Craft with a supply that has been passed on to you from someone.  Many times when friends know you are a crafter, they offer supplies they have and cannot use.  Or, we inherit items that are not a traditional craft supply, that can be repurposed, such as using shirts to create a memory quilt. Please create something with them, and tell us who gifted you the supply.

~Create something with an item you collect, such as using sea shells you gather to make a wreath

~Recreate a craft project you've seen and admired here on Craftster or Pinterest.  You MUST give credit to the person who created it for your inspiration. (And it should go without saying that you should not attempt to sell or profit from someone else's work!)

Please note you are welcome to do any, all or none of these challenges as they come up throughout the semester.  They are not intended to cause stress, but are instead intended to get your crafty Muses singing.  None of the HPC staff will complete ALL the classes and challenges posted this semester.  So relax, and craft what you eat.

 on: Today at 09:44:40 AM 
Started by Mistress Jennie - Last post by Mistress Jennie
A new Detention Challenge has been posted!
Be sure to check the Detention in the Dungeons Post to see what it is....  

Remember, you can do any, all, or none of the Detention Challenges as they come up each month.  The goal here is always to be excited about our crafting!  Also please remember that you can submit ANY of the Detention Challenges at ANY time during the semester.  For example, you may turn in the November or December's challenges in January.  Smiley

 on: Today at 08:59:36 AM 
Started by rockingbearranch - Last post by rockingbearranch
Mandykaye sent this fun "sayings from the 80s" card. My mother found this phrase so annoying! heehee

 on: Today at 08:52:07 AM 
Started by Smmarrt - Last post by rockingbearranch
I received this piece puffy velvet heart but I'm not sure who it is from. So fun! It is really puffy.  Grin

 on: Today at 08:18:31 AM 
Started by vkvhawk - Last post by roler
I got my box of sunshine from monkey girl! It's so bright and cheerful and generous! Smiley 

Here's the colorful sight that greeted me when I opened the big box:

I'm definitely keep all the pretty ribbons and lace she used to wrap things with to use for future projects!

Here are some interesting snacks I'd never seen or heard of before; it's always so fun to get snack foods from other countries!

The Squiggles are already almost gone, btw, despite it being a pretty big package!  Those things are TASTY!  I haven't tried the others yet but am looking forward to trying them next! Smiley

Next are three lovely bags!  I really like the floral pattern of the canvas tote bag; the handmade drawstring bag is soft and pretty and will totally come in handy for holding more craft supplies (in fact I think I'll keep loose ribbons in it; how convenient!), and the smiley pouch is just to cute!!

Sorry for the terrible quality photos btw; I'm too embarrassed about the current state of my apartment to let it show in the background so I had to take all the pictures of the stuff still in the box.

There were also two bright and lovely wearables - this patchwork scarf (a style I really love!!), and this matching bow barrette!

And as if all those nice crafts weren't enough, look at all this fun purchased stuff!  There are some adorable bee push pins (which is great 'cause I still have some craftster wall art that hasn't actually made it to my walls yet!), pretty pencils, washi tape, a lovely local patch from New Zealand (still have to decide what I'm going to use that for; too many ideas right now!), and a set of coloring sheets that look like they can be used for bunting-style decorations! Smiley

Thank you SO much, monkey girl!  I've been extremely stressed lately, so this box of sunshine was very welcome, and did just what it was supposed to - really brightened up my day!!

 on: Today at 07:19:52 AM 
Started by rockingbearranch - Last post by rockingbearranch

whatthepuck - marbled background
mandykaye, mandykaye, jenleahlynn

The Discussion Thread is HERE!

The Claiming Thread is HERE!

Post pictures of the ATCs you receive for March below!

 on: Today at 07:04:05 AM 
Started by rockingbearranch - Last post by rockingbearranch

whatthepuck - marbled background
mandykaye, mandykaye, jenleahlynn

The Gallery is HERE!

An uber addicting swap that runs all month long! So come one, come all!  You too can enjoy the card trading 'o the green! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ And red, and blue, and whatever colors make your inner leprechaun dance.

This is a simple and easy swap, with your level of participation determined entirely by you, with a minimum of one card for the month. People of all levels of ATC-making are welcome. Sign ups are open all month. Please make sure you are not late or flakey in any of your other swaps, and that you have good communication.

Artist trading cards can be made by anyone, from any material, with any method. The official ATC is the size of a rectangular baseball card, 2.5 by 3.5 inches done in a cardstock weight paper. This swap tends to openly interpret what that means. We have seen cards made from nature, sewn, woven, and knitted, pop ups, movables, mini books, stained glass, clay, and even a 4-d dollhouse room. Preferences can be mentioned when you make a claim.


The Swap FAQs are HERE! - Everything you need to know about swapping.
The ATC FAQs are HERE! - Everything you need to know about ATCs.

Swap info:
Swap name: Ongoing ATC Swap - March 2017
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: rockingbearranch
Sign-up date range: Today until March 31st, 2017
Date to send item by: 2 weeks after you claim (look at the date on the calendar, it is the date that is directly 2 rows down)
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO
Additional Age requirement? NO
*International shipping is required*
*DC #s are not required, but you will have to resend if the ATC is not received*

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 16 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 18 years old: YES

The Discussion Thread is HERE! - Announcements, questions and discussion are posted here so bookmark it! Craftster requires that you post in the Discussion Thread when joining the swap.


Please send to rockingbearranch with March ATC Swap - Join" as the subject.

*Name of Swap:  Ongoing ATC Swap - March 2017
*Craftster username:
*Email address:
*Your real name:
*Mailing address including the country (written as it would appear on the envelope):
*Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
*Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO):
*Are you a Friend of Craftster?
*What is the exact size of an ATC?
*Do you have access to a camera or scanner so you can post pictures here of what you receive? (if not, you need to tell anyone who claims you, so that they are able to take pictures before sending):
*Are you aware that if an ATC is lost in the mail, you are required to resend?
*Have you read the entire swap information for this swap?
*How soon should you post pictures of the cards you receive? (Hint - It is below in red. And it is roughly half a week.):
*When sending sent/receive messages to the swap organizer, there are four juicy pieces of information that must be included about each ATC.  What are they?  (Scroll down in the swap info under this questionnaire to the area "Once you have sent or received a card"; the answer is in red.):
*If you post clear pictures with only one or two cards per photo that fill the frame, is it important to send the organizer the sent/receive messages? (Hint - The answer is NO, it is sometimes helpful when your card gets lost but I really just need to see a good picture end up in the gallery.)

Claims are made throughout the month.  You have two weeks from the time you make a claim to send that claim. Look at the date on the calendar, it is the date that is directly 2 rows down.

You can make as many claims as you want throughout the month as long as you never go over your allowed amount of outstanding claims. An outstanding claim is a card that has not been received; when that card is received your number of outstanding claims goes down.

Claims are made using the following procedure:

Person A (the swap organizer) will begin the swap by posting a list of themes in this swap thread.
Person B will choose a theme from one of A's themes and make a claim by posting his/her own list (see below for formatting of post).
Person C will make a claim on one of B's themes and post his/her own list.
Person D will make a claim on one of C's themes and post his/her own list etc...
This continues through the end of the month, when the swap organizer makes the final claim and closes out the claiming part of the swap.

The number of claims each person is allowed depends on the following criteria:

*Friends of Craftster: 10 claims
*Those who aren't Friends of Craftster: 7 claims
*First time swappers (whether Friends of Craftster or not): 1 claim.  Once the initial claim has been sent, and its new owner has reported it received, the first time swapper is free to make more claims, either 7 or 10 dependent on being an FOC or not.

How to make a claim - A claim post should include the following information:

*The theme you are choosing and who youre sending it to.
*Statistical info about your current swap claims status:
--Claims = Claims currently outstanding (ie., how many not yet received by their new owners.) (This number goes down each time a claim is received, and up each time you make a claim.)
--Sent = anything currently in the mail.
--Received = the cards received by the people you've sent them to.
*Your location.
*Your personal preferences.
*Your list of themes

After being approved, make a claim like this! You are only claiming the person who was the last to post, for one card. You are allowed to send whatever extras you desire.

I claim GenericFabulosaSwapper for heffalumps/weasels ATC.  

3 claims, 2 sent, 1 received

I live in Massachusetts, USA.  I would prefer not to receive anything violent, political, or religious.  

My themes are:
1)   Giving Thanks
2)   Leaves w/ Faces
3)   Naughty Spoons
4)   Inspiring Quotes
5)   Your Favorite Medium

Send a personal message to the person you have claimed and request their address.

Make the card and mail it. PM the organizer and partner when you send or receive a card.  

Be sure and include (1) the "send by" date, as well as (2) the theme and (3)who sent it to (4)whom, in each message to the ATC swap organizer, when you're referring to sent or received ATCs.  

Subject: March ATC Swap--Sent

I sent some ATCs today!  

DUE March 16:
MeCraftsterMemberBloop --> YowzaSwapper (fantasmic theme)

DUE March 17:
MeCraftsterMemberBloop --> WowwieSwapsper (stupendous theme)
MeCraftsterMemberBloop -->WooHooYeeHawSwapper 07 (yet another fascinating theme)

The most important step! Posting pictures of received ATCs is required for this swap. Please post pictures within 3 days or notify your partner that you cannot so they can share their work.

The Gallery is HERE!

Positive feedback will be given when all of the cards you sent have been received and you have posted pictures of the cards you received. If you are stuck without a space for a swap and are biting your nails waiting, just let me know and I will release you asap.

If you have any questions please post them in the Discussion Thread or PM the organizer, rockingbearranch.  This thread is specifically for claims only.

 on: Today at 06:55:33 AM 
Started by Mistress Jennie - Last post by Abbeeroad
Happy March, all! The February Iron Chef Hogwarts Challenge is CLOSED. Thanks to Audania1 and IsikkahJai for their CURRY entries! Since I seem to miss someone every month lately, PLEASE let me know if I overlooked your entry!!

The secret ingredient for March is....


Combine spicy marinated olives with a shrimp, tomato, and olive cocktail, make pasta more interesting with this pasta with tomatoes, capers, and olives dish, or maybe even change up dessert with an olive oil cake.

Friendly Reminder: Be sure to add the header Iron Chef Hogwarts: SECRET INGREDIENT (e.g. MUSHROOM) to your entry. And double up with existing classes/challenges to claim house points (Iron Chef Hogwarts entries that do not fit a class/challenge prompt will not count for house points)

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