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MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Winter Nerd Battles 2017-2018: December 1, 2017 - February 28, 2018 by LovelyMiss
Date started: November 27, 2017 08:29:06 PM, Replies: 29



Welcome to the Winter Nerd Battles Arena!
I, LovelyMiss, shall be your host and Head Gamemaker.

The Nerd Games welcome all players from the Nerdyverse to join! The games are to inspire, encourage, and motivate your crafting adventure.  Players can join anytime during the season.

Are you wondering if you are part of the Nerdyverse?  John Green describes it quite well...
Nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff  Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-cant-control-yourself love it.  ...When people call people nerds, mostly what theyre saying is you like stuff.  Which is just not a good insult at all.  Like, You are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness.




Rules of Engagement
--There is a list of prompts for you to complete. You complete a prompt with a crafty item you think fulfills it.  You can use your description to make it clear on how the craft fits the prompt (feel free to get creative).
--Players must craft to the best of their abilities and have a minimum of 30 minutes of crafting time per submission, unless otherwise noted.  
--A project can only be submitted for one prompt or crafting opportunity.
--A project does NOT have to be "nerdy, it only has to fulfill the prompt as you see it.
--Submitted projects must be started and completed during the current season, unless otherwise noted.
--There is SO MUCH to do in the Nerd Games.  Do not feel like you have to craft everything.  Do what inspires you.
--We welcome all players from the Nerdyverse, no matter their Geekdom.  
--We are never mean.  
--We never exclude someone.
--We will keep it clean-ish (PG-13).  
--We will follow all Craftster guidelines, this includes staying on-topic (serious OT goes in FOC OT boards).  
--You will be asked to join a team.
--Never hesitate in contacting the Head Gamemaker with your questions, concerns, or ideas.



--How to Join the Nerd Games--
It is easy to join in the Nerd Games craftalong!  Simply craft an item that fits one of the posted prompts and take photos of your finished project.  Post your project photos in the official Nerd Games thread (that's where you are now!).  Make sure to include the Completed Project Header (see How to turn in a project) with each project you post.  In the Header of your first completed project you will declare your team. (You do not need to choose a team before you post your first project.)  You officially join a team when your first project is submitted.

About Teams
There are five teams:
Team Textbook: Geekdom of Logic, Knowledge, Science, and Math;
Team Multimedia: Geekdom of Movies, TV, Music, and Gamers;
Team Wordy: Geekdom of Readers, Books, and Wondrous Words;
Team Fandom: Geekdom of Fanfics, Conventions, Midnight Openings, and Beacons of the Nerdyverse;
Team Randomizer: Geekdom of OOAKs, Oddballs, and Marchers to Different Drummers.

--Teams are where like-minded players join to work together.
--There is no limit to the number of people in a team.
--Though you may feel at home on more than one team, pick the one that draws you the most.
--You may choose a new team at the beginning of each season, but you cannot change teams during a season.



---How To Turn in a Project---
Spend at least 30 minutes crafting a project that fits the requirements of a posted prompt.  Take a photo of your finished project.  Post your project photo(s), along with the Completed Project Header, in this thread.

--COMPLETED PROJECT HEADER--
Use this header for each project you submit. Research Projects have a special header, which can be found in the Research Project Lab.

Prompt:  (please include month & category)
Team:
Bonus Points: (include which bonus points you think you've earned, e.g., Giver, Engineering, Community, WIP It, Swaptastic, Brain Power, EPIC!)
Project Name:
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:

You may add more than one project to your post, but a Completed Project Header must be used for each project you submit.

For the Research Project Proposal and Submission Headers, visit the Research Project Lab.



---Point System---
Challenges, Battles, UFOs, and Red Alerts will earn 20 points unless otherwise denoted.  Challenges, Battles, UFOs, and Red Alerts are eligible for additional Bonus Points.  All projects submitted under these prompts must meet the 30 minute crafting time requirement.

Brownie Points Projects will earn 20 points, and ARE eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Brownie Points Projects are items crafted for charity during the season that are NOT turned in as a prompt or Research Project.  Brownie Points Projects must meet the 30 minute crafting time requirement.  There is no limit on the number of Brownie Points projects you may submit during a season.  Be sure to claim Giver Bonus Points on any Projects (including Brownie Points) you complete!

Random Acts projects will earn 25 points, and ARE eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Random Acts projects can be anything that you don't turn in under another prompt that would be considered a random act of kindness/craftiness.  This might be things like abandoned art or public art/crafting.  You must submit photos of both the completed project AND an "action" shot of the act being conducted.  Random Acts projects must involve at least a two hour time commitment (crafting+action combined).  You may submit up to TWO Random Acts projects per season.  

Free-Range Crafting projects will earn 20 points, and ARE eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Free-Range Crafting projects can be anything that you don't turn in under another prompt.  Free-Range projects must meet the 30 minute crafting time requirement.  You may submit up to two Free-Range Crafting projects per season.  

Big Time projects will earn 50 points, and ARE  eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Big Time projects are anything that takes at least five hours of crafting time, and that you do not turn in under another prompt or crafting opportunity.  You may turn in up to three Big Time projects per season.

Zaps will earn 5 points, and ARE  eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Zaps are any projects that take fewer than 30 minutes to complete.  You may turn in up to five Zaps per season.

Research Projects will earn 200 points.  Research Projects are projects that take at least three weeks OR 20 hours to complete.  You must submit a proposal for a Research Project to count.  Research Projects are separate from the normal Challenge/Battle/UFO/Alert prompts.  In most cases it is not permissible to "double dip" on individual Research Project elements, so anything included in a Research Project cannot also be turned in for a Nerd Games Challenge/Battle/UFO/Alert prompt, or as a Non-Prompt Crafting Opportunity.  Research Projects are eligible for additional Bonus Points.
Visit the Research Project Lab for more information on completing a Research Project.




You can earn 10 Bonus Points for...
--Engineering: Turning in a project that includes a new tutorial, pattern, or recipe;
--Giver:  Crafting a project for charity;
--Community:  Creating a post for your project on the appropriate Craftster board and including at least three photos in your post, one of which must be a progress/process shot;
--WIP It:  Completing a WIP/UFO (Work-In-Progress/Unfinished Object);
--Brain Power: Completing a project that required you to learn a new skill or technique;
--Swaptastic: Completing a project for a swap, or that will be donated to the Nerd Games Raffle;
--EPIC!:  Completing an item that takes more than 45 hours of crafting time, and posting at least one progress shot during the course of project (post progress shot in the Discussion Thread);
--Prompt specific:  Some prompts may include the opportunity for special bonus points.  This information will be included in the text for the prompt.
You may earn more than one set of bonus points for your project.








At the End Game, there will be Winners (but really no losers)
--Team Winners: average taken from number of players & point scored
--Special Awards: given by gamemakers
Winnings will include bragging rights, badges, and possible prizes.



Nerd Battles Staff
--Head Gamemaker: LovelyMiss
--Project Tracker: storerboughtcreations
--Badge Creator: bunny1kenobi
--Pinterest Pinner: rockingbearranch
--Nerdy News Newt: Smeddley


Team Captains


Official Nerd Games Pinterest Board


Have feedback or ideas for the Nerd Games?
Click here for the ongoing Nerd Games suggestion collector.
Note: Submissions using the above link are anonymous unless you submit your username with the survey.


Previous seasons:
Summer 2013
Fall 2013
Winter 2013-2014
Spring 2014
Summer 2014
Fall 2014
Winter 2014-2015
Spring 2015
Summer 2015
Fall 2015
Winter 2015-2016
Spring 2016
Summer 2016
Fall 2016
Winter 2016-2017
Spring 2017
Summer 2017
Fall 2017



---This is the home for Completed Projects, Research Project Declarations, and "Oooos & Ahhhs."  For discussions, chatting, and progress pics, head over to the Nerd Discussion thread.  Posts will be moved to appropriate location when necessary.  Thanks for your help in keeping the Nerd Games tidy.---


ORGANIZED SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Harry Potter Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie
Date started: November 26, 2017 06:49:12 AM, Replies: 92
Harry Potter Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap Gallery

ornament by lyndseynicole


Partners:
Ant Bee ---> Nodsu
Ant Bee ---> jillybeans

chrmisha ---> teag
chrmisha ---> jenleahlynn
chrmisha ---> smileyyogini

craftylittlemonkey ---> Inselaeffchen

dinkime (sent 12/6) ---> jillybeans
dinkime (sent 12/6) ---> Inselaeffchen

edelC (sent 12/7) ---> Mistress Jennie
edelC (sent 12/7) ---> patty_o_furniture
edelC (sent 12/7) ---> FiberAlchemist

FiberAlchemist ---> MissingWillow
FiberAlchemist ---> edelC
FiberAlchemist ---> tapestrymlp

ilovesnails ---> Monty
ilovesnails ---> tiamatfire

Inselaeffchen (sent 12/6) ---> dinkime
Inselaeffchen (sent 12/6) ---> craftylittlemonkey

jenleahlynn (sent 12/6) ---> teag
jenleahlynn (sent 12/6) ---> chrmisha
jenleahlynn (sent 12/6) ---> smileyyogini

jillybeans ---> Ant Bee
jillybeans ---> dinkime
jillybeans ---> Monty

MissingWillow ---> FiberAlchemist
MissingWillow ---> tapestrymlp
MissingWillow ---> sheepBlue

Mistress Jennie ---> edelC
Mistress Jennie ---> sheepBlue
Mistress Jennie ---> patty_o_furniture

Monty ---> jillybeans
Monty ---> ilovesnails
Monty ---> tiamatfire

Nodsu (sent 12/6) ---> Ant Bee
Nodsu (sent 12/6) ---> WaveLight23478

patty_o_furniture ---> edelC
patty_o_furniture ---> tapestrymlp
patty_o_furniture ---> Mistress Jennie

pottermouth ---> sheepBlue

sheepBlue ---> Mistress Jennie
sheepBlue ---> MissingWillow
sheepBlue ---> pottermouth

smileyyogini (sent 12/8) ---> WaveLight23478
smileyyogini (sent 12/8) ---> chrmisha
smileyyogini (sent 12/8) ---> jenleahlynn

tapestrymlp ---> FiberAlchemist
tapestrymlp ---> patty_o_furniture
tapestrymlp ---> MissingWillow

teag ---> jenleahlynn
teag ---> chrmisha
teag ---> WaveLight23478

tiamatfire ---> Monty
tiamatfire ---> ilovesnails

WaveLight23478 (sent 12/6) ---> Nodsu
WaveLight23478 (sent 12/6) ---> teag
WaveLight23478 (sent 12/6) ---> smileyyogini



Status Colors
SENDING:
Green = Sent
Orange = Sending Late with Communication
Red = LATE, NO COMMUNICATION, CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY!

RECEIVING:
Blue = Received (but haven't POSTED pictures yet)
Purple = Received & Posted Pictures

Strikethrough = Feedback Given
GLOWING RED=NEGATIVE FEEDBACK GIVEN


ORGANIZED SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / The Gallery of the Secret Santa Wishlist and Charity Swap by calluna
Date started: November 16, 2017 04:32:42 PM, Replies: 102



Have a Holly Jolly Gallery...


Post pics of what you receive! If what you received is wrapped beautifully/creatively, show us that, too!  Grin


ORGANIZED SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / OOWYH Discussion Thread - December 2017 (Ongoing Offer What You Have) by kwality570
Date started: November 28, 2017 08:37:48 PM, Replies: 37
This is the thread where we discuss anything about the Ongoing Offer What You Have Swap for December 2017. The signup thread with questionnaire is here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453800.msg5470014#msg5470014
I have not participated in previous rounds of this swap, but volunteered to organize, so if you have any questions, feel free reach out to me, but asking questions here would be great too!

A quick and dirty summary of the swap:
1) The first person posts a list of supplies/crafted items that they are offering.
2) The next person who sees what they would like claims something from their list and in turn, post their own list next.
3) Once a new list is posted, anyone currently in the swap with less than 3 outstanding claims may claim and post their own list.
4) This repeats until the end of the month!


ORGANIZED SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Have a Snarky, Snarky Christmas Gallery by SonjaBoo
Date started: November 28, 2017 04:53:09 AM, Replies: 23


Post your Snarky Ornaments here!

Red - Sent
Green - Received
Purple - Sent and received
Blue - Sending late with communication

PARTNERS!
loves2experiment curiousfae
Onyxnox SonjaBoo
cabaute LeapsFeetFirst Griminspirations


OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Frosty ornaments... by Onyxnox
Date started: November 05, 2017 12:06:26 PM, Replies: 26
These are some snowmen ornament I made earlier this year.  I made more of them for the recent Sweat Shoppe Ornament swap that is happening now. 
They are based on a pin I found, and made from stamped white muslin, die cut, and stuffed, after decorating with beads, buttons, and felt carrot noses.
I really like how they turned out, and am considering them for the ornament of this year - since I usually make an ornament each year to give as a gift amongst friends and family.

Here is a blog post about the original Frosty - there is a tutorial on how I made them there if anyone is interested.

This is the link to the newest set, which is the set I made for the Sweat Shoppe Ornament Swap.


ORGANIZED SWAPS / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / 2017 Holiday Cards and Tags swap (sign ups now until 11/17, send outs 12/08) by Onyxnox
Date started: November 08, 2017 05:24:20 AM, Replies: 59
GALLERY IS HERE!!!!!!


OK, I did not realize that there were people interested in doing this again, so we have a bit of a late start this year, but let's get the tag and card making merriness ON!

Swap name: 2017 Holiday Tags and Cards Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Onyxnox
Sign-up date range: now until November 17th (by midnight EST)
Date to send item by: December 8th, 2017

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 20

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES/NO - no
If so, which country? not applicable

Additional 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: not applicable
- 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:

This will be a swap for cards and tags for the upcoming holiday season.  

Participants will be in groups of 4, where each Craftster will send a set of 4 cards (and envelopes) and 4 tags (and attachment mode) to each of the other three members of the group by the send by date, and each Craftster will receive 4 cards/tags from each of the group members.  

Therefore everyone, in the end, should have received a dozen cards and tags in time for holiday gift giving.  


Minimum expected size for tags - 2"x3", and to include ties/ribbons/sticky
Minimum expected size for cards - 3"x5", and to include envelopes

There is no maximum size limit (just be reasonable - does anyone really want a 3 foot square tag?).

On saying that, the theme of the cards do not have to be limited to the holidays, if that is what your partner wants.  Also, Crafsters are encouraged to be as creative as you want; just because it is cards and tags, does not mean you have to limit yourself to paper.  If you want to make your items from something other than paper, feel free to.  I love seeing how varied the results are and how wonderfully creative everyone is in these swaps!


But because this will likely be mostly a paper swap:  as per Craftster swapping rules, papercraft swaps are exempt from the DC confirmation requirements.  Senders are required to resend their packages if they are not received for any reason.

For inspiration/more details:

2015 Card and Tags discussion thread

2015 Gallery

2016 Cards and Tags discussion thread

2016 Gallery

2013 Tags swap gallery

2014 Tags swap gallery

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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap - 2017 Holiday Tags and Cards Swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

ADD OTHER SWAP SPECIFIC QUESTIONS HERE...

1) What kind of holiday cards/tags do you want? (Christmas, Hannukah, Winter Solstice, religious, Kwanzaa, etc)

2) Would you prefer any non-winter holiday tags?  If so, what kind would you like (birthday, Valentines, Easter, general, etc)?

3) How do you want your tags to attach (ribbon/string/stick-on/surprise me)?

4) What kind of themes/colours would you like your tags to have (please list at least 5)?
                      1.
                      2.
                      3.
                      4.
                      5.

5) What kind of themes/colours would you like to be avoided?  

6) Any links to Pinterest, blogs, etc for stalking purposes?

7) If there are odd numbers, do you want to only be in 1 group, or would you be willing to be in 2 groups (I would confirm via PM before the groups are listed)?  If you REALLY want to be in two groups, let me know here too.


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


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



Participants:

1. Onyxnox
2. Mlsocci74
3. kbrison
4. bec99
5. gala_apples
6. SonjaBoo
7. Witchhippie
8. IsikkahJai


* don't forget to post in discussion thread, as per Craftster swap rules...

Groups:


Group Mistletoe:
Onyxnox (11/30)---> SonjaBoo, Witchhippie, IsikkahJai
SonjaBoo ---> Onyxnox, Witchhippie, IsikkahJai
Witchhippie ---> Onyxnox, SonjaBoo, IsikkahJai
IssikahJai ---> Onyxnox, SonjaBoo, Witchhippie

Group Holly
Mlsocci74 (12/04) ---> kbrison, bec99, gala_apples
kbrison (12/01) ---> Mlsocci74, bec99, gala_apples
bec99 (12/02) ---> Mlsocci74, kbrison, gala_apples
gala_apples (12/07) ---> Mlsocci74, kbrison, bec99

SENT
RECEIVED
LATE, with communication
Contact organizer immediately
feedback given




GALLERY IS HERE!!!!!!


ORGANIZED SWAPS / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Kid Christmas Swap (sign up: Nov. 9-Nov 15, Send out Dec 18th) by TheArtsyRaven
Date started: November 09, 2017 01:40:03 PM, Replies: 53


Swap name: Kid Christmas Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: TheArtsyRaven
Sign-up date range: November 9-november 15
Date to send item by: December 18

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

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Additional 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: NO
- 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:
This is a quick Christmas swap for craftster kids of all ages. The idea is that the child/children will create two small items for their partner, parents will be allowed to help out but do let the children do as much as possible by themselves, this is after all meant to be a swap by children for children.

The kids will craft 2 small Christmas themed crafts/decorations for their swap partner.
Extras must be agreed upon between partners but is not a requirement.

Please note that if you have multiple kids who want to participate then you will be given a partner for each child, if you have any concerns about this please contact me before signing up.

Also, while this is a kid exchange you as a parent are responsible that the craft is completed and sent by the due date.
  


QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
**Please note: If you have more than one child participating fill the questionnaire out for each child**
 
Name of swap: Kid Christmas Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Parent name:
Name of the child participating:
Age of the child participating:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?:
Confirm that are at least 16 years old:
  
Favourite Christmas/winter themes or motifs: (Snowmen, elves, inspired by certain movie, etc)
What kind of craft/decoration would you like to receive: (something for the tree, something flat, something made out of trees, etc)
Is there something you dont want to receive:
 
Do you have any allergies:
Do you have a pet free/smoke free crafting environment:
Anything else you might want your partner to know:


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


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



Partners:
Snowyangel <-> pottermouth

(sent) Craftylittlemonkey #1 <-> TheArtsyRaven (sent)

(sent) Craftylittlemonkey #2 <-> tapestrymlp #2 (sent)

(sent) tapestrymlp #1 <-> Nodsu #2 (sent)

(sent) Nodsu #1 <-> patty_o_furniture


ORGANIZED SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Holiday Altered + Mystery Matchboxes 2017 - Gallery by loves2experiment
Date started: November 18, 2017 03:42:04 AM, Replies: 30
Link to Swap Thread:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453582.0



Partners:
blupaisan   <----->   SonjaBoo
thanate   <----->   rockingbearranch
cabaute   <----->   Onyxnox
craftylittlemonkey   <----->   loves2experiment


Sent
Received
Sent AND Received
Late with Communication
Contact Organizer ASAP
Completed swap requirements...thanks for swapping!





ORGANIZED SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Ongoing ATC Swap -- November 2017 Gallery! by rockingbearranch
Date started: November 07, 2017 05:36:04 PM, Replies: 23

Artists: mandykaye, bunny1kenobi, spikefan

The Discussion Thread is HERE.

The Claiming Thread is HERE.



Post pictures of the ATCs you receive for November below.

Helpful comments are welcome! Non-swappers too!


~-~-~


ORGANIZED SWAPS / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Have a Snarky, Snarky Christmas Ornament Swap (SU 11/9/17-11/17/17;SO 12/8/17) by SonjaBoo
Date started: November 09, 2017 06:15:33 PM, Replies: 40

Swap name: Have a Snarky, Snarky Christmas Ornament Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: SonjaBoo
Sign-up date range: 11/9/17-11/17/17
Date to send item by: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2017
 
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): nope
 
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: I am not
- 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: Unfortunately
 
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:
We're getting to the "it's hard to find time to craft because I'm cleaning, cooking and shopping for the holidays" season and that just sort of brings out the snarky housewife in all of us. Lets make a snarky ornament to hang upon our tree to acknowledge our hard work and need for another bottle of chardonnay!

This swap requires ONE ornament be sent to your partner. This will be a quick and dirty swap, just like a good martini. The only real rule is that your ornament is made with love, care and lots of snark.


While not required (and applicable only where age appropriate), you are totally encouraged to enjoy a good cocktail while crafting. You know, for science. Cheesy
 
If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:
 
QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Have a Snarky, Snarky Christmas
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
Are there any snarky sayings that you particularly enjoy?
Do you have any preference for your ornament? (i.e., no glitter, certain hangers, etc.)
 
 
IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.
 
 
Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
 

AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:

SonjaBoo
curiousfae
Cabaute
Griminspirations
Onyxnox
loves2experiment
LeapFeetFirst

PARTNERS!
loves2experiment curiousfae
Onyxnox SonjaBoo
cabaute LeapsFeetFirst Griminspirations

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Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453790.0


OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas Diorama in Faux Vintage Box, with Tutorial by rackycoo
Date started: November 16, 2017 06:56:31 AM, Replies: 22
I'll admit it: I have a love for vintage packaging, and vintage Christmas ornament boxes hold a special place in my heart. You may not have access to a vintage ornament box, but you can make a pretty convincing fake. I used paper from the "A Very Merry Christmas" paper pad for the inside and outside of the box, fussy cutting elements from the paper to create logos and box design. In the photo below, the two boxes in back are vintage; the one in the front is a fake.


Here they are stacked up. I used a nice golden brown ink pad to dirty up the imposter a bit.


The diorama box I used is cardboard, so even though it's a one piece box, I left the bottom "as is", and only glued the decorated sides at the corners so it looks like a box with a lid. (Check out those staples; I love that little detail. More about those later.)


The interior of the box features a wee little elf admiring the decorated Christmas tree.


Here's how it was done: glue the paper on the top of the box, and cut out the opening with an x-acto knife. The paper in the pad I used was not big enough to cover the four sides of the box, so I used red stripey paper around the bottom edge of each side. Glue in your patterned background paper. Glue beads and a star onto a bottle brush tree, and make a cardboard ledge to raise up the floor of the display area so the elf and tree are easily visible. The tree I used was a little too tall, so I cut a hole in this new false floor to sit the wooden base of the tree into.


Use Snow-tex to create "snow" for the bottom. Once the snow is good and dry, glue the elf in place and set the tree down into its hole.


Glue the cardboard base to the back of the wall, and put a line of glue on its front cardboard flap to adhere it to the box front when the box is closed. My floor is slightly tilted toward the front, so you can see the elf a little better. *Plan ahead! If you want some tinsel around the opening, now's the time to glue that in. Trust me, it's not easy to add tinsel if your box is already sealed. My problem: it wasn't until my box was "finished" that I felt adding the tinsel was necessary.* Now would be a good time to put the wreath up, too. Once your interior is finished, tuck the flap of the box lid on the inside the of box, leaving the decorative paper outside, and glue the flap in place.


I was so happy how real my little box was looking, that I just had to add staples on the ends just like my two actual vintage boxes had. I used a sewing needle to punch holes in the box, and pushed the staples in with my fingers.


There are more photos and a complete supply list on my blog, should you care to make one of your own. Look how tiny and cute!




HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / recycled sweater quilt with some instructions by edelC
Date started: November 20, 2017 05:43:10 AM, Replies: 22
this is really a simple quilt to make, but if you put a lot of hand sewing, it can take time.


Cut squares, remember the fabric is stretchy and it will fight back.
 I like to keep pockets and other interesting features of the sweaters. I use about a 12 inch square.

Sew them together, in whatever colour pattern you like, just try to feed the fabric into the machine, as it will stretch a lot!

Abandon the notion of doing any machine quilting, unless you are a complete masochist. Lay the fabric on a fleecy blanket big enough to leave 1-2 inches on all sides. If you are clever (or very lucky) you will make your top so that it fits the underneath blanket, so you don't have any rough edges.

Using a big needle and some yarn, tie the sweater top to the bottom at the corners of each squares. ie literally poke the yarn through from the top, to the bottom, make a stitch about 1/2 inch and come back to the top, tie the two ends in a granny knot and cut off. I leave about 1/2-1 inch tails. This secures the whole lot

In the picture below you can see that I tie the quilt and have done a little bit of decorative running stitching here and there,
 




these are two different quilts, in the white bordered quilt. I tied at intervals and then hemmed the whole border to the face of the quilt.

This picture shows a pocket left into a white square. I added a patch because there was a hole in that sweater, plus the tied and hemmed border.

it is easy to do, and makes a super warm, heavy blanket, with the fleecy backing and the sweater top, there is no need for interlining

EDIT more detailed instructions,

1-wash your sweaters. I only do this before I sew up as I don't know how they will behave after. I like sweaters that feel nice, so I have used wool, cashmere wool mix, cotton and I think some acrylic. It makes things a little more difficult, but the weight of each sweater was vastly different, from cotton cables, to fine acrylics. It doesn't matter much what you use, honestly!

2-cut squares, I do about a 12 inch square, and try and keep pockets, ribs, raglan seams, cables, anything interesting, I've even kept on a button or two.

3-MACHINE sew all the squares together (I am not insane lol) Try as much as possible to not stretch when sewing and try and use a smallish stitch as it keeps all the yarn from unravelling, however it will stretch a bit, and curl and generally not want to behave. Remember who is boss

Do the next step in front of the TV as it does take a bit of time.

4-use a large fleece blanket. I have a notion you call it minky in the USA? or is that a finer fleece? It is the polyester soft throw/blankets/yardage that you get everywhere.

5-I don't use any interlining/batting. Get some help for this part. Lay your fleece down, good side to the floor. Center as much as possible your quilt top on the fleece, good side up. It should come around each side. I was really lucky with the white one, in that it was the perfect size, the white blanket already had a finished edge, which I didn't cut, so I was able to wrap it around and tie it off (and then a line of invisible hemming to hold it all down. Remember your top is stretchy, so it will distort, feel free to push/stretch to make it fit.

6-Start tie quilting here is a good instruction http://quiltingintherain.com/2010/11/how-to-tie-quilt.html Although I tie each stitch as I make it, . I always tie the intersections of the squares, this is where it is heaviest and I think where it is most likely to move and be strained. But looking at that link, you can also tie the middles. I work from the centre out, to each side, this keeps it from moving much.

7-Lastly I folded over the excess fleece to bring it to the front. I clipped off some of the corner fabric at this stage as it was all a bit bulky and just stitched under the raw edges at the corners. I did some ties all along the border, to hold it in place, but then realised it looked pretty. But the border was still a little too loose for my liking, so at this stage I could take the whole thing off the floor and onto my lap, where I used regular sewing thread to sew down the border to the quilt top all along.

8- You can do some more hand sewing to quilt, I have added another picture above, that shows some of the hearts and spirals I did on the quilt that I gave away. Also the edge of the first one was just a blanket stitch, I much prefer the second one, with the white edging as above, it is neater.


ORGANIZED SWAPS / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Secret Santa Wishlist and Charity Swap! (signup Nov 7-21, send by Dec 11) by calluna
Date started: November 07, 2017 10:12:42 PM, Replies: 22


Only wishlists in this thread -- Discussion thread is here!


Swap name: Secret Santa Wishlist and Charity Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: calluna
Co-organizer: Smeddley
Sign-up date range: November 7 - 21, 2017
Date to send item by: December 7 11, 2017

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
  • have at least as much fun giving as receiving?
  • delight in sneaky, anonymous acts of kindness, such as abandoning art?
  • need small gifts for your family/friends or coworkers?
  • collect handmade goods to donate to charity?
  • need a little extra crafty love to get you through this time of year?
  • miss getting together online with your Craftster swap pals?

If any of these sound like you, JOIN THE 2017 SECRET SANTA SWAP!!

All are welcome, whatever holidays or observances you might be into, and wherever you are in the world.  Cheesy

In this swap, you dont know who is sending to you. What makes it extra fun is that theres practically no limit to how many people you might receive from, and you can send secretly to multiple people. And only the organizers knows the true identities of all these crafty elves!

The minimum package to each person is 2 small items, or 1 medium.
Small and medium refer to time/effort or price, not actual physical size of item. What qualifies as a small item?
By crafting time: 1-2 hours (not including drying time, supply-shopping time, etc.)
By size: Earrings, pendant, wallet, pouch, bookmarks, magnets, headband, simple hand-carved stamp, cat toy
By price: $10 or less

If you want to participate, here is the information to send to calluna via PM (please put Secret Santa Swap signup as the subject):

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Secret Santa Wishlist and Charity Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that you are at least 18 years old (yes/no)
Have you read and understand all the rules and details?
Do you have a camera to take pictures of your presents?
Can you list at least 5 crafted items and/or supplies on your wishlist? (If you dont have 5 for yourself, you can also list things for other people in your life, things to be abandoned in public as random acts of kindness, things to donate to charitable causes, etc.)
If there are clothing items on your list, what are the measurements and or sizes?
Is there anything else you would like your Secret Santa to know, which you dont want to publicize to the world on your wishlist? (Ill pass the info along only to the people who claim you)


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

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


HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Searching for Bigfoot... in the Bottom of Your Glass by TheMistressT
Date started: November 04, 2017 09:42:23 AM, Replies: 23
As much as I am not into remaking a project, I had broken 3 out of 4 of the Bigfoot glasses I made a few years ago and I just loved them so, I did it again anyway.



I found a set of 6 rocks glasses for < $6, so this time I did 6! I think they're sturdier glass, too. The sides are all variants of the same mountains and trees.



But the fun is when you finish your bevvie and discover Bigfoot! He's been right there all along!



There are 2 each of 3 poses.






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