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ORGANIZED SWAPS / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Harry Potter Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap (SU CLOSED; Send 12/5) by Mistress Jennie
Date started: November 01, 2017 10:55:29 AM, Replies: 91

ornament by lyndseynicole

Swap name: Harry Potter Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Mistress Jennie
Craftster member who is co-organizing this swap:
Sign-up date range: Nov 1st - November 7th, 2017
Date to send item by: December 5th, 2017


Limited to a certain number of people? no
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? no


Swap Organizer 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


I reserve the right to refuse anyone.  If you have feedback that shows a history of late sending, ill-communication, incomplete packages, lack of DC#'s, etc. I may refuse you. I want this to be a flake-free swap that is a joy for all participants during the holiday season.


How are you spending the holidays?  Perhaps you will be cozied up at The Burrow, wandering the halls of Hogwarts, or having a good old-fashioned Muggle gathering... but really what better way is there to celebrate than with a little Harry Potter Holiday crafting!  For this swap we will be exchanging small Harry Potter holiday ornaments or stocking stuffers like mini-hooplas, jewelry for the Yule Ball, etc.


~*This swap is for 1 small item (1-2 hours crafting time) in the theme of HP Holiday.
***Please note that while many folks in the swap will celebrate Christmas, this swap is open to EVERYONE and swappers are welcome to ask for Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's other other holiday themes if they prefer.***

~*You can have up to 3 partners.  EXCEPTION: First-time swappers will be limited to 1 partner.  This is to help ease you into the swap process.

~*You can Invite Your Own Partners!  If you obtain an Invite Your Partner (IYP), PM your organizer, Mistress Jennie, after both sides agree.  Questionnaires will not be sent out until signups closing, but you are more than welcome to start sharing your questionnaire and crafting for your IYP as soon as you are approved for the swap.  REMEMBER: You must be approved for the swap before announcing IYPs, and BOTH parties must agree.



IMPORTANT NOTES  
~* Since this is a holiday swap, if you have not sent by 3 days past Sendouts, you will get temporary negative.  I don't mean to be harsh, but it is sad to not to receive your holiday parcel during holiday time.  This temporary negative will be reversed when your partner receives.  
~* If you do not have an IYP partner, and I am pairing for you, that will be done by random draw (with appropriate attention to allergies and shipping given).
~* You may agree with your partner to send extras, but remember that is not regulated through me and not part of feedback.

~*BE SURE TO READ THIS ENTIRE POST.  There is a secret pass phrase within this post, to help ensure that you read all of the information.  You must include this pass phrase in your questionnaire in order to join the swap.


If you want to participate, fill out the below questionnaire and send to organizer.
(Remember to send your info to the organizer via Private Message (PM) and not to reply with it here)

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Harry Potter Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country
(as it should appear for shipping please):
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? (Please note that NO ONE would be expected to ship 3 packages international. If you are willing, I would only give you up to 1 international partner. Please consider doing this.)
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval (yes/no):

*Confirm that you understand if you do not send by 3 days past Sendout Deadline, then you will receive a temporary negative. (yes/no):

*Confirm that you understand that tracking numbers are required for packages within the US, and a photograph of the receipt from mailing is required for all international packages. (yes/no):

How many partners do you wish to have...1, 2, or 3?

What holiday, or holidays, do you celebrate within your home? (Christmas, Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's, etc.)

Is there a holiday you would prefer your partner craft for?  (ie, perhaps you celebrate both Christmas and New Year's, but would prefer a Christmas themed item.)

Would you prefer an ornament for your tree, a decoration for you home that is NOT an ornament (banner, garland, etc.) or a 'stocking stuffer'? (aka a small misc Harry Potter item)


What are you favorite crafts to make?
What kind of crafts would you like to receive?
(Ornaments, other holiday items, small HP present, etc.?
Any special wishes? (no guarantees)
Anything you really DON'T want to receive? (i.e. animal products, religious, adult", HP items you already have)
 
What house do you belong to/support?

Who/What is your favorite HP...
Character?
Class?
Magical Creature?
Spell/Charm/Curse/Potion?
Magical Shop?
Magical Item?
Book?
Movie?
Actor?
Quote?

What is the secret pass phrase?

Do you or anyone in your home smoke?
Do you have pets?
Are you allergic to anything?

LIKES:
Colors:
Patterns/Symbols/Motifs:
Materials:

DISLIKES
Colors:
Patterns/Symbols/Motifs:
Materials:

Anything else to tell your partner?
(A great place to list your blog, Facebook, pinterest, sizes, etc.)


Remember to read the Swap Info Guide and Swap FAQs before participating in a swap.

Note about Personal Messages (PMs) to Organizer: Please label PMs to organizer with title of "HP Holiday".

Note about Communication: For a wonderful swap experience, communication is the key.  Please keep in touch with your partner.  Please note that per Craftster rules, you MUST post in this thread at least once a week to let us know you are still around.  (You can stop in for a quick hello.....or if on holiday or will be without internet access or anything of the such, just post a message....it gives your partner and organizer warm fuzzy feelings to know you are still around).

Notes about Sending, Receiving, and Feedback
  • SENDING: Take pictures of your items before you send.  When sending, you must use a DC# (or for overseas keep that receipt). Keep your receipt until your partner receives.  PM organizer and partner when you send.
  • RECEIVING: PM organizer and partner when you receive.  Take pictures of received items. (Please take quality pictures, like ones you would take of your work.)  Post pictures in gallery in a timely manner.
  • FEEDBACK: Given when a package is received (verified through PM or DC#) Detailed feedback will be given.  Examples: Sent Early or Lack of Communication; No PMs of Sending/Receiving.
.

FAQs
---NO, you do not have to send extras.  Do not fret about if you are only sending 1 small item; that is all that is required for this swap.  Yes, some of us will send more, but don't underestimate the glory of 1 fabulous small HP craft.

---NO, your item does NOT have to be an ornament; I will not give negative feedback for sending something other than an ornament.  Believe it or not, some peeps don't want ornaments.  Here communication is key!  Find out what your partner wants; first place to check, their questionnaire.  Wink

---The secret pass phrase is: 'don't step on the dirigible plums'

---A small item should take 1-2 hours of crafting time.  YES, you may send a set of related extra-smalls that equal that crafting time if you wish.  (And yes, you can go over that time; I probably will.)




Swappers:
1. Mistress Jennie
2. jillybeans (3)
3. tiamatfire (2)
4. ilovesnails (1-2)
5. smileyyogini (3)
6. sheepBlue (2)
7. MissingWillow (3)
8. chrmisha (3)
9. WaveLight23478 (3)
10. Monty (3)
11. jenleahlynn (3)
12. dinkime (2)
13. patty_o_furniture (3)
14. tapestrymlp (3)
15. Inselaeffchen (2-3)
16. edelC (3)
17. FiberAlchemist (3)
18. craftylittlemonkey (1)
19. teag (3)
20. pottermouth (1)
21. Nodsu (2)
22. Ant Bee (1-3)



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

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

craftylittlemonkey ---> Inselaeffchen

dinkime ---> jillybeans
dinkime ---> Inselaeffchen

edelC ---> Mistress Jennie
edelC ---> patty_o_furniture
edelC ---> FiberAlchemist

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

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

Inselaeffchen ---> dinkime
Inselaeffchen ---> craftylittlemonkey

jenleahlynn ---> teag
jenleahlynn ---> chrmisha
jenleahlynn ---> 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 ---> Ant Bee
Nodsu ---> WaveLight23478

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

pottermouth ---> sheepBlue

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

smileyyogini ---> WaveLight23478
smileyyogini ---> chrmisha
smileyyogini ---> jenleahlynn

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

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

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

WaveLight23478 ---> Nodsu
WaveLight23478 ---> teag
WaveLight23478 ---> smileyyogini




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 12/4/17) by SonjaBoo
Date started: November 09, 2017 06:15:33 PM, Replies: 24

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: Monday, December 4, 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

...


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: 17
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!




ORGANIZED SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 8 Gallery by GatorWrangler
Date started: October 29, 2017 07:30:10 PM, Replies: 38


Green = sent
Blue = received
Orange = not green yet
Purple = medical emergency

Acadian Driftwood (6) Yarn-Wrapped Stars - Nooo, Homerof2, Griminspirations, noxluff, crafty-becky, kbrison

bec99 (6) A Kawaii Christmas - TAOJ, LovelyMiss, Homerof2, Mlsocci74, Ninaprettyballerina, cabaute

BigBangMomma (6) Flat Hand-drawn Wooden Ball Ornaments - bec99, craftylittlemonkey, Ninaprettyballerina, greybird, cabaute, gala_apples

cabaute (6) Colorful Crochet Stockings - greybird, BigBangMomma, craftylittlemonkey, Ninaprettyballerina, Homerof2, Onyxnox

craftylittlemonkey (6) Choose Your Fave - bec99, crafty-becky, Acadian Driftwood, Ninaprettyballerina, Thimbles71, Homerof2

crafty-becky (6) Retro Bulb Ornaments - craftylittlemonkey, Ninaprettyballerina, Thimbles71, Acadian Driftwood, Griminspirations, Mlsocci74

edelC (6) Viking gnomes - RaraAvis, kbrison, GatorWrangler, LovelyMiss, Onyxnox, Ninaprettyballerina

gala_apples (3) Grinchs - BigBangMomma, crafty-becky, Griminspirations

gala_apples (3) Silver Sentiments - Thimbles71, kbrison, craftylittlemonkey

GatorWrangler (6) Sleigh Bells Ring - bec99, crafty-becky, Griminspirations, Mlsocci74, craftylittlemonkey, Acadian Driftwood

greybird (3) Reindeer feltie - bec99, GatorWrangler, BigBangMomma

Griminspirations (6) Makin X-Mas - Nooo, RaraAvis, cabaute, gala_apples, Mlsocci74, edelC

Homerof2 (6) Fabric Trees - Thimbles71, kbrison, Griminspirations, BigBangMomma, craftylittlemonkey, Nooo

kbrison (6) Vintage Christmas ATC - TAOJ, LovelyMiss, GatorWrangler, Homerof2, gala_apples, edelC

LovelyMiss (6) Fabric Owls - Nooo, TAOJ, GatorWrangler, Onyxnox, Mlsocci74, noxluff

Mlsocci74 (6) chipboard star ornaments - bec99, kbrison, Homerof2, Onyxnox, edelC, LovelyMiss

Ninaprettyballerina (6) mini quilted heart - Nooo, cabaute, gala_apples, Onyxnox, LovelyMiss, edelC

Nooo (6) Lil sparkly cuttlefish - Acadian Driftwood, RaraAvis, cabaute, LovelyMiss, Griminspirations, gala_apples

noxluff (3) Santa! - Thimbles71, cabaute, BigBangMomma

Onyxnox (6) Spiral Beaded Candy Canes, and Frosty the Snowman - Nooo, greybird, bec99, crafty-becky, Thimbles71, gala_apples

RaraAvis (3) Skelly Santas - Acadian Driftwood, edelC, noxluff

TAOJ (3) embroidered star - GatorWrangler, Onyxnox, Mlsocci7

Thimbles71 (6) Moose! - crafty-becky, Acadian Driftwood, GatorWrangler, BigBangmomma, kbrison, edelC


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craftylittlemonkey (angel) - crafty-becky, Acadian Driftwood, GatorWrangler, BigBangmomma, kbrison, edelC


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: 31

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.





ORGANIZED SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Secret Santa Wishlist and Charity Swap! (signup Nov 7-21, send by Dec 7) by calluna
Date started: November 07, 2017 10:12:42 PM, Replies: 21


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, 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.


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: 42

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 ---> SonjaBoo, Witchhippie, IsikkahJai
SonjaBoo ---> Onyxnox, Witchhippie, IsikkahJai
Witchhippie ---> Onyxnox, SonjaBoo, IsikkahJai
IssikahJai ---> Onyxnox, SonjaBoo, Witchhippie

Group Holly
Mlsocci74 ---> kbrison, bec99, gala_apples
kbrison ---> Mlsocci74, bec99, gala_apples
bec99 ---> Mlsocci74, kbrison, gala_apples
gala_apples ---> Mlsocci74, kbrison, bec99

SENT
RECEIVED
LATE, with communication
Contact organizer immediately
feedback given




ORGANIZED SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / NEW Ongoing Offer What You Have Swap? OOWYH by guacaMolly
Date started: October 22, 2017 10:26:56 PM, Replies: 22


Hey everyone! It has been a while, I was curious if people would be interested in another round? I like OOWYHS because it gives me the control to only take on orders as I feel I have the time; and it doesn't require crafting! Plus, I have some SERIOUS things I need to get rid of in my own stash to make way for new things.

I wish I was up to organizing, but I am just not at this time--- so we would need a noble volunteer, that I would be ever so appreciative of.  Smiley

Just wanted to see if anyone else was thinking the same thing! Take a look at the link in my sig for my STS shop for what I would have to trade (for starters)!



ORGANIZED SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / HAPPY MAIL #3 - BRING the HAPPY GALLERY by Smmarrt
Date started: October 27, 2017 03:33:29 PM, Replies: 122




Post your happy goodies here!

veghorsegirl 11/06/17 >><< loves2experiment
lovestoexperiment 11/02/17 >><< veghorsegirl
Onyxnox 11/03/17 >><< mandykaye
mandykaye 11/06/17 >><< Onyxnox
StudioANF 11/03/17 >><< calixita
calixita 11/03/17 >><< StudioANF
SonjaBoo 11/08/17 >><< curiousfae
curiousfae 11/04/17 >><< SonjaBoo
irid3sc3nt 11/06/17 >><< elliot_anne
elliot_anne 10/27/17 >><< irid3sc3nt

tapestrymlp 11/04/17 >><< cabaute, Wulf
cabaute 11/06/17 >><< tapestrymlp, Wulf
Wulf 11/07/17 >><< cabaute, tapestrymlp
Smmarrt 11/04/17 >><< SunnyDawn, thanate
SunnyDawn 11/06/17 >><< Smmarrt, thanate
thanate 11/06/17 >><< SunnyDawn, Smmarrt
Withchhippie 11/06/17 >><< geekgirl1000100, Mlsocci74
Mlsocci74 >><< Witchhippie, geekgirl1000100
geekgirl1000100 11/06/17>><< Witchhippie, Mlsocci74
greybird  sent 10/27/17>> kbrison & alwaysinmyroom
kbrison >> greybird & alwaysinmyroom
alwaysinmyroom 11/10/17 >> greybird & kbrison

RED - Sent
LIME GREEN - Received
BLUE - Sending late with communication
PURPLE - feedback received


ORGANIZED SWAPS / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Holiday Altered + Mystery Matchboxes 2017 (signup 10/29 - 11/10; send by 12/02) by loves2experiment
Date started: October 29, 2017 06:30:07 AM, Replies: 58



GALLERY: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453740.0


Swap name: Holiday Altered + Mystery Matchboxes 2017
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: loves2experiment
Sign-up date range: 10/29 (Sunday) to 11/10 (Friday)...or until swap has 24 participants
Date to send item by: 12/02/2017 (Saturday)

Limited to a certain number of people? 24
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: 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 a tracking 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:
It has been ages since we've had a matchbox swap!
What's better than sending/receiving one matchbox for the holidays?  
Two matchboxes!!! Cheesy

Matchbox #1 (i.e. the altered matchbox) could be...
- a holiday ornament (free standing or with a loop for hanging)?
- holiday themed artwork?
- a mini shrine?
- anything your heart desires...as long as it involves altering a matchbox in some form!


Matchbox #2 (i.e. the mystery matchbox) could contain...
- a bunch of whimisies?
- an inflatable rubber duckie? :Cheesy
- cookies? candy? cash?? (kidding, just kidding...unless you really want to do that)
- anything your heart desires...as long as it fits in the matchbox!


For this swap, swappers will be sending just 2 matchboxes to their partners...no extras, please.
The mystery matchbox doesn't have to be decorated...it can be wrapped up as a gift for your partner to unwrap...or left unadorned.
You may use commercially produced standard sized matchboxes or opt to make your own matchboxes.  
Templates links:
http://blog.swap-bot.com/rachels-matchbox-template.html
http://www.templatemaker.nl/matchbox



If you want to participate, information to send to swap organizer (that would be me, loves2experiment Wink):

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER
Name of swap: Holiday Altered + Mystery Matchboxes 2017
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)

Favourite holiday motif(s)?
Do you have a pinterest account, website, etc.?
Please list anything you would prefer NOT to receive (includes allergies, religious symbol preferences, etc.):
Do you have any allergens in your home? (dogs, cats, cigarette smoke):
Anything else you want your partner to know:

Disclaimer:
By signing up for this swap, you agree to get a tracking number as per Craftster swap rules (or a receipt for international mailing) and PM it to the organizer and your partner.  It is a requirement to post in the swap thread so that you can keep up with swap-related announcements.  You also pinky swear that you will maintain good communication with your organizer and swap partner.


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.



 
Merry Matchbox Makers:
1. blupaisan
2. thanate
3. cabaute
4. Onyxnox
5. craftylittlemonkey
6. rockingbearranch
7. SonjaBoo
8. loves2experiment

* = needs to post in swap thread!



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









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.


ORGANIZED SWAPS / Craft Swaps / ONGOING ATC SWAP -- November 2017 (Sign-ups open all month) by rockingbearranch
Date started: November 01, 2017 12:51:18 PM, Replies: 25

Artists: mandykaye, bunny1kenobi, spikefan

The Gallery is HERE!

This is a fun swap, with your level of participation determined entirely by you, with a minimum of one card for the month. People of all levels of card 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 card 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.

INFO

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


~~~ Common lingo ~~~

ATC: artist trading card.

ac: artist's choice, in claiming the creator chooses any theme but sticks to requests like flat cards only or handdrawn only.

tbd: to be determined, in claiming the artist will pick from the theme list later.

kid card or card made by kiddos: only allowed where the theme list specifically mentions that they would like a kid card. Kid cards are always welcome as extras and should be posted in the gallery.

bulky: are cards that will not fit in a plastic baseball card sleeve

~~~~~~



Swap info:
Swap name: Ongoing ATC Swap - November 2017
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: rockingbearranch
Sign-up date range: Today until November 30th, 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. You must be 18.
*International shipping is required*
*DC #s are not required, but you will have to resend if the card 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 18 years old: YES

Participant Conditions:
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

STEP 1:
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. Do this once per calendar year.


STEP 2:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER
Please send to rockingbearranch with November Ongoing ATC Swap - Join" as the subject. Hint: Some answers are Red.

*Name of swap:  Ongoing ATC Swap - November 2017
*Craftster username:
*Email address:
*Your real name:
*Mailing address including the country (written as it would appear on the envelope):
Name
Addy
City/State/Province
Country
*Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
*Are you at least 18 years old?
*Have you read the entire swap information for this swap?
*Are you a Friend of Craftster?
*Have you met the Participant Conditions?
*Have you bookmarked and posted in the Discussion Thread in the year 2017?
*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?
*Are you aware that if a card is lost in the mail, you are required to resend?
*How soon should you post pictures of the cards you receive?
*When sending sent/receive messages to the swap organizer, there are four pieces of information that must be included about each swap.  What are they?

CLAIMING
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 one claim or 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. Remember that you must make one claim!

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

STEP 3:
How to make a claim:
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.

SAMPLE CLAIMS POST
Quote
I claim FabSwapper for heffalumps.  

3 claims, 2 sent, 1 received

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

My themes are:
Bunnies in hats
Bunnies with wings
Bunicorns

Never been picked:
Double Fluffy bunnies
Gardens of carrots as far as the eye can see


STEP 4:
Send a personal message to the person you have claimed and request their address.

STEP 5:
Make the card and mail it. PM the organizer and partner when you send or receive a card. (This was in the original rules. I don't actually need the sent cards message if you find it hard to remember. It helps if cards get lost in the mail.)

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 swap organizer, when you're referring to sent or received cards.  

SAMPLE SENT OR RECIEVED PM
Quote
Subject: October Ongoing ATC Swap--SENT

I mailed some ATCs today!  

DUE Oct 16:
MeCraftsterMemberBloop --> Yowzaparadeper (ghosties theme)

DUE Oct 17:
MeCraftsterMemberBloop --> Wowwieparadesper (witchy theme)
MeCraftsterMemberBloop -->WooHooYeeHawparadeper 07 (spooky theme theme)

STEP 6:
POSTING PIX OF ATCs RECEIVED
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.

We like to keep things friendly and encouraging. Thank you's and helpful comments about the artwork can be posted in the gallery!

The Gallery is HERE!

Our Pinterest Pinner is curiousfae! Contact her if you would like to be added to the board. Pinteresting is not a mandatory part of the swap but it's fun.  Smiley

The Pinterest is HERE!


Feedback
Positive feedback will be given when all of the cards you claimed 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.

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


OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Frosty ornaments... by Onyxnox
Date started: November 05, 2017 12:06:26 PM, Replies: 22
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.


IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Printing with regular stamps, flamingos, globes with a bonus of daleks and bees by edelC
Date started: October 31, 2017 02:05:31 AM, Replies: 22
I received this awesome layered flamingo stamp in a swap recently. So rather than stamp on paper, i thought I would have a go at stamping on some fabric that I had previously dyed. It worked really well. This is the final image. I used two different shades of pink and a brown. The stamp has three layers, I did alter it slightly as it had an other round dot for a cheek under the eye, which I didn't like,
 so I just chopped it out. I rolled out the ink all at the same time, which made the whole layering process pretty speedy.





Inspired by this I used a globe stamp that I had not even taken out of the packaging, and it worked great! TBH this was mostly to use up the ink because I had put so much out.



Then I started to think that it looked kinda cool and steampunky without the stand, so I inked each one carefully.


it all looked a bit timey wimey, so I busted out the dalek stamp that I cut ages ago (and then the bees) made a bit of trim and then spent ages cleaning up the unholy mess that I'd made.



ORGANIZED SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Weekend Trick or Treat Swap 2017 Gallery by kittykill
Date started: October 25, 2017 02:07:54 PM, Replies: 39
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