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 on: September 30, 2014 07:53:10 PM 
Started by LovelyMiss - Last post by Smeddley
I've been away for, what, a week, and so many amazing projects!  Good news, I may actually finish a research project!  Bad news, it has to be done by Saturday, come what may, so... I'm just popping in to post the time-dependant battle I have left (the rest were all swap items and I can't even think which have been received and what hasn't, so.

Prompt:  September Battle - Board Games
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  None
Project Name: Pictionary-esque doodles turned art!
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: So, maybe a stretch, but I love games like pictionary, even though some of my friends draw like over-caffeinated gibbons using their off hands.  I'm not a great artist, but some of the scribbles I've seen explained as the simplest things are truly mind-blowing.  Between my love of scribbles and the fact that I recently found Mary Doodles on YouTube (she has a great series called "What Will I Draw?" I decided to take on the scribble-come-picture challenge.  This one is my favorite, if only because I managed to avoid the... er... obvious?
Project Picture:

Original Scribble:

Aaaaaand, the drawing!

 on: September 30, 2014 07:37:33 PM 
Started by LovelyMiss - Last post by craftADDchick
I decided that making another batch of soup would have to wait so I could sneak in one more project this month!

Prompt:  Flash Mob- September- Game of Life
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  Engineering
Project Name: Upcycled Car Trash Bag with Liner
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435952.0
Brief Description: Last week, I was in a bad mood, so I decided to buy a new set of sheets, which, for some strange reason, always cheers me up!   Grin  The sheets came neatly folded inside a coordinating storage bag. Now, I don't know about you, but I have NEVER been able to fit the sheets back in the bag. But, I can't just throw them away...Many of the bags are drawstring bags, but this particular bag had a flap with a Velcro closure, and since I was in desperate need of a car trash bag, I decided that the latest sheet bag was the perfect candidate.

Project Picture:

Sideways picture of the outside of the bag:

The inside of the bag with the removable liner:

 on: September 30, 2014 07:36:09 PM 
Started by luckdragon - Last post by Smeddley
I received from artsycandice yesterday, sorry I'm just now getting around to posting pictures (two nights out late, we have a show on Saturday we are ill-prepared for so practice practice!  Plus I've had a migraine all day so sorry if I'm not as upbeat as usual... stupid head).  

First thing I pulled out of the box...

FOXY!!!  He's so cute and loveable and hugable... and he goes really well with my couch (you know, next to good lighting - which this is not, but see: not being home from 7am to 9pm! - finding a cleanish spot in my house to take pictures is the hardest part...).

And his butt:

He's got such a cute tail!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

And then... I asked for a hoop, anything, but what I got!

It's a little more vivid in the daylight, sorry about the lighting, it is truly GORGEOUS!  The amount of work!  It's amazing!  Here, have a few close-ups!

And then some extras!  A magazine (more to crochet!) a feather pouch and wall hanging, some little notebooks (can you ever have too many?) and a feather card!  I feel completely spoiled (I mean, that embroidery alone!).

Thank you, artsycandice!  I'm so glad I was just brave and asked you!  Cheesy

 on: September 30, 2014 07:29:57 PM 
Started by craftADDchick - Last post by craftADDchick
Last week, I was in a bad mood, so I decided to buy a new set of sheets, which, for some strange reason, always cheers me up!  Cheesy  The sheets came neatly folded inside a coordinating storage bag. Now, I don't know about you, but I have NEVER been able to fit the sheets back in the bag. But, I can't just throw them away...

Many of the bags are drawstring bags, but this particular bag had a flap with a Velcro closure, and since I was in desperate need of a car trash bag, I decided that the latest sheet bag was the perfect candidate.

Here's the finished bag:

It doesn't look too special, but I decided that I needed to add a liner to it:

And, in case you have a few empty sheet bags hanging around and want to make your own, here's how I did it!

Materials: Empty sheet bag (this was from a set of Queen-sized sheets), Clear vinyl, Coordinating double-fold bias tape, thread, plastic cable ties {Not shown: Clear packing tape, scissors, sewing machine}

1. Measure the bag to determine the size of the vinyl liner. In my case, the bag was 9 1/2 inches tall, 6 inches across, and 6 inches deep, and it was a boxy shape. To save myself from having to sew a seam at the bottom, I cut along the fold, which meant I needed a little math. I added half of the depth to the height of the bag, and added the depth to the width measurement, plus seam allowance for the side seam (I used 1/4" seams). So, my piece of vinyl was 12 1/2 inches wide and 25 inches long (12 1/2 inches folded). I realize that isn't the clearest explanation, so I can try to add a diagram with my measurements later.

2. Next, I cut notches out of the corners (3 inches up from the bottom fold and 3 1/4 inches from the side seam).

3. I folded the bias tape over the side seams and stitched them down along the edge of the bias tape (about 1/4" seam).

4. Next, I folded the bias tape over the top edge and stitched it down along the edge of the bias tape.

5. To make the box corners, I flattened the corners, bringing the edges together (I pretty much learned how to do this from the Jordy Bag tutorial).

6. Then, I folded the bias tape over the edges and stitched it down along the edge of the bias tape. I did this on both sides.

7. Here's the completed liner!

8. Next, I wanted to add a bit of support to the opening of the bag. You could probably skip this step because the liner gives the bag a decent shape, but if you don't use a liner, it'll help to keep the bag open so it's easier to put the trash into it. So, the first thing I did was to open up about an inch along the top edge seam. I opened it from the inside, along the back edge.

9. Then, I cut the cable ties to fit the measurements of each side (mine were each 6 inches long), and then I taped them together with clear packing tape, leaving a tiny gap between the ends of the ties so I could bend the form at the corners.

10. Thread the ties through the opening and wiggle it through so that the corners of the form match up with the corners of the bag. I didn't stitch the opening closed when I was finished in case I need to adjust the ties later.

11. Finally, I stitched a piece of bias tape onto the back side of the bag body (just below the top seam), and stitched the edges of the bias tape together (which I should have done first, but I didn't think about it in time).

 on: September 30, 2014 07:25:17 PM 
Started by vincentvanbuck - Last post by vincentvanbuck

Check out some of the amazing work done in the September swap!
We have art by Oath Keeper, stillatthetop, Oath Keeper and rockingbearranch

Claiming thread
Discussion Thread

 on: September 30, 2014 07:05:13 PM 
Started by GatorWrangler - Last post by LovelyMiss
I'm sorry for your loss, lindy.  I hope you have a lot of love and support from everyone around you.

I finished up my 8 ornaments.  I think they turned out super cute!  I should have made one more to keep for myself.  Tongue

I'm looking forward to getting so many adorable and awesome ornaments! 

 on: September 30, 2014 07:03:12 PM 
Started by Chuckiegirl - Last post by Chuckiegirl
I found an old stitch along featuring Aimee Ray's Doodle Stitching:The Motif Collection. After printing, tracing the full picture and tracing to fabric, I used crayons to color the design. I love to color and embroider. I am so hooked on this that I asked my girls for a 150 box of crayons for Christmas! (It's the little things that I love! Smiley)  The stitch along is still located at this link: http://larkcrafts.com/needlearts/doodle-stitch-along-with-us/. I need to work on finishing the backs of my hoops, but I am still learning and this is only the second embroidery project I have left in the hoop. I am going tomorrow to give this to my brother and wonderful sister in law.

 on: September 30, 2014 06:56:36 PM 
Started by kittykill - Last post by Chuckiegirl
So I made this for my brother and wonderful sister in law. The gnome, mushrooms, and mushroom house are from Aimee Ray's "Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection". I found an old stitch along at this link http://larkcrafts.com/needlearts/doodle-stitch-along-with-us/. I just printed and traced the pictures and then colored with crayons. I really love the look of the crayon behind the pictures. I asked my girls to get me the 150 box of crayons for Christmas!

 on: September 30, 2014 06:44:31 PM 
Started by vincentvanbuck - Last post by vincentvanbuck

Check out some of the amazing work done in the September swap!
We have art by Oath Keeper, stillatthetop, Oath Keeper and rockingbearranch

An uber-addicting swap that runs all month long!

Welcome fellow Craftsterers!

Welcome to the amazingly addicting, completely irresistible Ongoing ATC Swap! (You know you want to join!)
So, come one, come all!  You, too, can have "envelopes o' fun" in your mailbox!
This is a simple and easy swap, with your level of participation determined entirely by you.  People of all levels of ATC-making are welcome.

Discussion Thread -Questions and discussion can be posted here.  Remember, it's a craftster requirement to post at least once in your swap's discussion area!
Swap FAQs -Everything you need to know about swapping.

ATC FAQs -Everything you need to know about ATCs.


Very basic swap info:
Swap name: Ongoing ATC Swap - OCTOBER 2014
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: vincentvanbuck
Sign-up date range: October 1 until October 31, 2014
Date to send item by: 2 weeks after you claim
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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER Please send to vincentvanbuck, and include the words "October ATC Swap--Request to Join" in the email title.

*Name of Swap:  Ongoing ATC Swap - October 2014
*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?:
*When sending sent/receive notifications 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.):

*Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join this swap!  Sign-ups are open all month--YAY!  PM me the above questionnaire to get started, and please wait to be accepted into the swap before making any claims. **Please make sure you are not late or flakey in any of your other swaps, and that you have good communication.** This is a super-uber-amazingly-stupendous swap, So Have Fun!  


Claims are made throughout the month.  You have two weeks from the time you make a claim to send that claim.

You can make as many (or as few, as little as 1) 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 leaving you open to bring it back up to 7 or 10.)

Posting pictures of received ATCs is required for this swap.


1. 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.

2. How many claims can be made by each individual:

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.

3. How to make a claim:

A claim post should include the following information:
1. The theme you are choosing and who youre sending it to.
2. Statistical info about your current swap claims status:
Claims = Claims currently outstanding (ie., the number of cards 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 to whom you've sent them.
3. Your location.
4. Your personal preferences.
5. Your list of themes


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)   New Years Baby
2)   Resolutions
3)   Food w/ Faces
4)   Inspiring Quotes
5)   Your Favorite Medium

1. Send a personal message to the person you have claimed and request their address.
2. You have 2 weeks to complete each card, and have it in the mail to its new owner.  

1. Please PM the organizer when you send or receive a card.
    (It's also good form to notify the person you received from or are sending to.)  
2.  Please include one of these at the title of the message: October ATC Swap--Sent or October ATC Swap--Received
     Be sure to include the month!
3.Be sure and include the following in each pm to the organizer:
  • (1)"send by" date
  • (2)theme
  • (3)sender
  • (4)receiver

For example, you could use this format:
I sent some ATCs today!  

MeCraftsterMemberBloop --> YowzaSwapper (fantasmic theme)

MeCraftsterMemberBloop --> WowwieSwapsper (stupendous theme)
MeCraftsterMemberBloop -->WooHooYeeHawSwapper (yet another fascinating theme)


This lets the organizer easily access the swap info, so it can be updated.  

It is OH so important to post pictures of the amazing cards you receive!  This is the best way in the world to let it be known how special it is that you've received a wonderful treasure of someone else's creativity!  

Please post pictures/scans of your received cards in the swap (or make arrangements with your partner to do so).

Positive feedback will be given when all of the cards you sent have been received.   Good communication is always cool!  And be sure and post those pictures in the swap!

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

 on: September 30, 2014 05:33:52 PM 
Started by rockingbearranch - Last post by rockingbearranch
I did these hand stitched sculptures for the taxidermy swap. The bear hoopla is done with a standard bear pattern on a simple fabric wrapped cardboard circle. The lace is from an antique flower girl dress.

The narwhal is swimming on the mug rug so his head and tusk are dimensional while his body is flat. I cut out a standard half ball form and used a scrap that happened to be that size for the tusk.

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