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QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Unicorn cushion cover, paper pieced with a twist by craftylittlemonkey
Date started: September 15, 2018 10:19:10 AM, Replies: 19
Birthday present for a little girl.


I followed this interesting tutorial for paper piecing with freezer paper instead of tissue. You fold it out of the way of the stitch lines instead of sewing through it so at the end you don't have to do any tearing and can use the pattern again and again.

Here's the pattern I drafted based on a photo my daughter liked. There were 3 main sections.


I found it a bit tricky to be honest so I made another the traditional way. I can't recommend either above the other though I do think the tutorial would work better for smaller blocks, this one might have been too large and unwieldy to rely on the stickiness of freezer paper alone to secure things.


It is stitched in the ditch and the backing is this soft, floofy, knobby stuff that's tricky to sew, I used lots of pins and also reinforced the seams with a line of tailor's tape to keep the woven and stretch fabrics even under the machine foot. There's a layer of fusible interfacing on the front too, just in case it's handled roughly I didn't want the piecing to come apart anywhere or it would be a pain to repair.


I will fix the dog ears on the second cushion and in retrospect, perhaps the teal zipper wasn't the best choice for this one or I could have added a fold to cover it. It hardly shows when the form is in the cover though so done on time will be good enough for this project.


CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Sloths by geekgirl1000100
Date started: September 08, 2018 04:10:22 AM, Replies: 21
I made some baby sloth amigurumi.
Each one uses almost a whole yarn bon bon. I think one bon bon is about 10g of yarn.
They have magnets in their front paws to hold them together







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ORGANIZED SWAPS / Craft Swaps / ONGOING ATC SWAP -- September 2018 (Sign-ups open all month) by rockingbearranch
Date started: September 01, 2018 05:25:30 PM, Replies: 32

Artists: mandykaye, BigBangMomma, craftylittlemonkey

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 - September 2018
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: rockingbearranch
Sign-up date range: September 1st to September 30th, 2018
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 magic: 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 September Ongoing ATC Swap - Join" as the subject. Hint: Some answers are Red.

*Name of swap:  Ongoing ATC Swap - September 2018
*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 2018?
*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/received messages to the swap organizer, there are four pieces of information that must be included about each swap.  What are they?

CLAIMING
Begin claiming when the organizer replies to your questionnaire or the swap appears in your profile in the list of active swaps. 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 claiming 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. You may be considered a new swapper if you have not been swapping or active for over a year.

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 Fabtwinkleper for gargling gargoyles.  

3 claims, 2 glittered, 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 clothes
Bunnies with wings
Bunicorns

Never been picked:
Fluffy fluffiness
Obscure obscurity


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 sentcards 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 RECEIVED PM
Quote
Subject: July Ongoing ATC Swap--Sent

I mailed some cards today!  

DUE July 16:
MeCraftsterMemberBloop --> Yowzaparadeper (dancing theme)

DUE July 17:
MeCraftsterMemberBloop --> Wowwieparadesper (some sorta theme)
MeCraftsterMemberBloop -->WooHooYeeHawparadeper (theme-ee theme)

STEP 6:
POSTING PIX OF ATCs RECEIVED
The most important step!
Posting pictures of received cards 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 swapbut it's fun.  Smiley

The 2018 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.


ORGANIZED SWAPS / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / More Art, Less Craft! Fall 2018 6x6 Art Swap (SU to Sept 4;SO Sept 21) by LeapFeetFirst
Date started: August 22, 2018 05:23:00 PM, Replies: 41
More Art, Less Craft! Fall 2018 6x6 Art Swap




Swap name: More Art, Less Craft! Fall 2018 6x6 canvas swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  LeapFeetFirst
Sign-up date range: August 23rd - September 4th
Date to send item by: September  13th September 21st

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

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

Additional Age requirement?  18+

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 18 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:
Feeling the need to flex your more art, less craft muscles?  Want some amazing art to inspire you?  Then this is the swap for you!  The only guideline to the swap were that you have to use a 6x6 square surface with deep edges (1-2 inches). Other than that you were free to use any medium you wish- acrylics, pastels, mixed media, assemblage etc. Please make sure the edges are wrapped as you will be required to finish the edges as well for a ready to hang piece.  No extras please!  

We will not be listing themes for this swap in order to give everyone some artistic license  in making their piece of art.  Please be open to wherever your muse takes you and give yourself freedom to play and create ART!! This will also be a secret swap, so you won't be getting partners until right before sendouts!

-ONE 6x6 inch (edges can be 1-2) surface (stretched canvas, hardboard etc), NO EXTRAS please! Edges must be finished in whatever medium you are using.
-Any medium that can be used/applied to a surface is eligible-acrylic paints, oil paints, charcoal, oil sticks, pastels, wax pastels, mixed media, collage
-Swappers must send with Delivery Confirmation within the USA, international swappers must keep their receipt from the Post Office (a printed receipt from the cash register that clearly shows the date you sent)
-Please make sure that your piece is wrapped with care for transit, bubble wrap is our friend!!
- All swappers are required to post in the thread after sending in your signup.
-Pms should be labeled " Fall 2018 6x6 canvas swap" with the appropriate action-Signup, Send, Receive


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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country (formatted as your post office requires)
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? (YES/NO)
Confirm that are at least 18 years old(YES/NO)


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO LeapFeetFirst 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
LeapFeetFirst
jemimah
Abbeeroad
Opalgryphon
geekgirl1000100
kwality570
hippycannibal
whatthepuck

PARTNERS
LeapFeetFirst<------>hippycannibal
Abbeeroad <------> Kwality570
whatthepuck <------> geekgirl1000100
jemimah <-------> Opalgryphon




ORGANIZED SWAPS / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / 'Life is Berry Sweet' Strawberry Swap (Signup CLOSED; Sendouts 9/24/18) by Mistress Jennie
Date started: August 25, 2018 02:36:07 PM, Replies: 60

~*~Life is Berry Sweet - Strawberry Swap ~*~

Swap Gallery

Swap name: Life is Berry Sweet - Strawberry Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Mistress Jennie
Sign-up date range: August 25-31, 2018
Date to send item by: September 24, 2018

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: 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~*~
Life in 2018 can be frantic and hectic, but as Strawberry Shortcake so often reminded us in the 80's, life can be 'Berry Sweet' too.  This happy little swap will consist of 1 medium & 1 small crafted item, along with 1 purchased extra, all themed around the ever bright and cheerful little strawberry.  You may craft in any medium(s) you wish, taking your partners preferences into account.

~*~Wondering what you might make?~*~  
There are tons of strawberry crafts out and about on the web, but here's a few of my favorites right here on Craftster: pottermouth's Berry Gathering Apron , lindyv321's Tiny Stitched Strawberry, Acadian Driftwood's Strawberry Jam & Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate, smittenheart's Strawberry Soap, derscroot's Stenciled Strawberry Shoes, or my Summery Strawberry Dishcloths.  And because it's too cute not to share, how about the cute zippered pouch and the strawberry pillow from this post over on sewdelicious.com.au, or the adorable strawberry mini quilt she received in return?  


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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

Name of swap: Life is Berry Sweet - Strawberry 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)

What are your favorite crafts to make?
What are your favorite crafts to receive?
What are your favorite hobbies outside of crafting?


What is your style? (Hippy, Shabby Chic, Boho, Modern, etc.)

Do you have any favorite berries besides strawberries?

Are you a fan of Strawberry Shortcake?  (the character)

Are you a fan of puns?  (Things like 'Life is berry sweet')

Is there anything you are especially in need of or would really love?  

Is there anything you would NOT like to receive?

Tee shirt size?

Do you wear jewelry?

Do you enjoy scented items, such as candles, soaps, etc.?

Do you like strawberry flavored things?


Since this swap is inspired by an edible item, any food allergies or intolerances?

LIKES
Colors:
Patterns/Symbols/Motifs:

DISLIKES
Colors:
Patterns/Symbols/Motifs:

Do you or anyone in your home smoke?
Do you have any pets or allergens in your home?
Do you have any allergies?

Do you have a Pinterest?



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 / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Chunky Houses Halloween Edition 2018 (SIGNUPS 8/27 to 9/6; MAIL BY 10/9) by irid3sc3nt
Date started: August 27, 2018 08:54:03 AM, Replies: 31
Chunky Houses Halloween Edition 2018
Click HERE for the GALLERY

<--Made by MissingWillow

Chunky Houses Halloween Edition 2018
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: irid3sc3nt
Craftster member who is co-organizing this swap: none yet
Sign-up date range: Monday, August 27, 2018 to Thursday, August 6, 2018 at 12:00am MST
Date to send item by: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 (so you can avoid Monday Postal Rush)

Limited to a certain number of people: 25, unless someone wants to co-organize

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No, all members of the swap MUST be willing to send out internationally!

Additional Age requirement? 18+


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: CORRECT
- 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


Details of Swap:
In this swap, participants will be put into groups of 3. You may join up to 2 groups.  Participants will make and send out one house to each person in the group. This means that you will be making two houses or four houses depending on if you sign up for one or two groups.

Houses should measure between 3" to 4" wide and no taller than 7". Decorate them front and back with emphasis on embellishment.  Please sign the back with your name or craftster handle and date.  You want everyone to remember that great little house you made.

Please use a base material such as paperboard, matboard, wood, layered cardstock or foam core. It needs to stand without flopping over so you can have a whole chunky neighborhood.

Please keep a record of your package using Delivery Confirmation or a copy of your receipt.  HOWEVER, if for some reason your chunky house does not arrive at its destination you will be required to re-send.  

Please send your house in a small padded envelope or sandwiched between cardboard.  Write "DO NOT BEND" on both sides of your package. We want that artwork that you spent so much time creating to get to its new home in good shape.

Communication is important.  Failure to communicate will be reflected in your feedback.
It is your responsibility to:
-PM all of your partners and the organizer as soon as you have sent
-PM all of your partners and the organizer as soon as you have received
-post in this thread!
-post photos of your received chunky houses in the gallery (unless you have agreed with your partners to have them post)

Need inspiration? Here is my Pinterest Board with ALL of the past Halloween Chunkies!



IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER irid3sc3nt VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE titled "Chunky Houses" AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.
Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

Note: If there is someone whom you absolutely positively cannot swap with, please message me separately.
Additional note: When you are ready to send out your houses, please send to ALL of your partners at once.

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER
-------------------------------------


Chunky Houses Halloween Edition 2018
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name and address including the country !as it would need to appear on your package!
(replace the following lines with your address)
Line 1: NAME OF ADDRESSEE
Line 2: STREET ADDRESS OR POST OFFICE BOX NUMBER
Line 3: CITY OR TOWN NAME, OTHER PRINCIPAL SUBDIVISION (such as PROVINCE, STATE, or COUNTY) AND POSTAL CODE (IF KNOWN)
Note: In some countries, the postal code may precede the city or town name.
Line 4: FULL COUNTRY NAME (UPPERCASE LETTERS IN ENGLISH)


Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? YES, this is a requirement for this swap!
Confirm that you are at least 18 years old (YES/NO, I'LL PARTICIPATE SOME OTHER TIME)
Promise to resend if your chunky house gets gobbled by the postal system? (YES/I'LL READ THE SWAP DETAILS AGAIN)
Do you have access to a reliable camera, scanner, or other methods for posting pictures in the gallery? (YES/NO, will my partners pretty please takes photos before you send?)

One group (2 houses) or two (4 houses)? (ONE/TWO)
If there is an odd number of people, would you be willing to have an extra partner? (YES/NO)

What are your favorite Halloween things and/or themes?
What are your favorite Halloween colors?
Is there anything you would NOT want on your chunky house?
Is there any other information youd like to tell your swap partners?
(copy Pinterest/blog/etc links here)

Note:  Please doublecheck your questionnaire to make sure you have answered every question before sending it to me.


ORGANIZED SWAPS / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / 2018 Holiday Tags and Card Swap (SU to Sept 5/18;SO Oct 13/18) by Onyxnox
Date started: August 16, 2018 07:26:49 AM, Replies: 51

Swap name: 2018 Holiday Tags and Cards Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Onyxnox
Sign-up date range: now until  September 5th, 2018(by midnight EST)
Date to send item by: October 13th, 2018

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(s), or just for general greeting cards.  

I am opening this a bit earlier so that it can also include Halloween, Thanksgiving, or any other fall/winter celebrations anyone may want cards for (FYI - Hello Kitty's birthday is November 1st, 1970... just as an example...)

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.


2017 Cards and Tags Gallery

2015 Gallery

2016 Gallery

2013 Tags swap gallery

2014 Tags swap gallery

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, Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc)

2) Would you prefer any other themed cards/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 cards/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 - keep in mind that if you do sign up for more than 1 group, that you will likely need to send internationally.

Cool Whose birthday do I reference in the details?

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.

Swap list:

1.  Onyxnox
2.  holistic knitter
3.  kbrison
4.  bec99
5.  Witchhippie
6.  BigBangMomma
7.  endymion
8.  Artmomto5
9.  Mlsocci74
10. gala_apples

Group 1:
BigBangMomma ---> kbrison, Artmomto5, Mlsocci74
kbrison ---> BigBangMomma, Artmomto5, Mlsocci74
Artmomto5 ---> BigBangMomma, kbrison, Mlsocci74
Mlsocci74 ---> BigBangMomma, kbrison, Artmomto5

Group 2:
onyxnox --->bec99, gala_apples, endymion
bec99 ---> onyxnox, gala_apples, endymion
gala_apples ---> onyxnox, bec99, endymion
endymion ---> onyxnox, bec99, gala_apples

Group 3:
kbrison ---> onyxnox, holistic knitter, Witchhippie
onyxnox ---> kbrison, holistic knitter, Witchhippie
holistic knitter  ---> kbrison, onyxnox, Witchhippie
Witchhippie ---> kbrison,  onyxnox, holistic knitter,


MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Fall Nerd Battles 2018: September 1 - November 30, 2018 ~*Join Anytime!*~ by LovelyMiss
Date started: September 03, 2018 12:06:56 PM, Replies: 42


Welcome to the Fall Nerd Battles Arena!

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 can be found in the Research Project Lab.



---Point System---
Challenges, Battles, UFOs, and Red Alerts will earn 20 points unless otherwise noted.  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 one clear, good-quality photo;
--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 creating a post for the project in the appropriate Craftster board;
--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
--Deputy Gamemaker: storerboughtcreations
--Badge Creator: bunny1kenobi
--Pinterest Pinner: rockingbearranch
--Nerdy News Newt: Smeddley


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
Winter 2017-2018
Spring 2018
Summer 2018



---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 / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Artist Trading Coins - Round 1, SU 9/6-9/16, SO 10/10 by geekgirl1000100
Date started: September 06, 2018 05:53:43 AM, Replies: 49
Swap name: Artist Trading Coins - Round 1
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: geekgirl1000100
Sign-up date range: Sept 6 - Sept 16 at noon Eastern time
Date to send item by: October 10

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

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? no
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? Must be 16 years old or older.
*Tracking #s are not required since these will be flat and possibly mailed for a single 1 or 2 ounce stamp, but you will have to resend if the card is not received*
* You can opt out of any International shipping but I would like to encourage people not to, an International stamp from the US is only $1.15.  This would be a good cheap swap to send internationally if you don't normally.

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:

What is an ATCoin?  It's like an ATC but instead of a 2.5"x3" rectangle, you work on a 2.5" circle.
If you don't have a 2.5" punch and want to buy blanks that are pre-cut, I found at least one etsy shop that sells them:


Examples of ATCoins:
http://somewheretobeme.blogspot.com/2018/06/a-new-thingartist-trading-coins.html
https://inkyfingeredcat.me/2018/05/26/artist-trading-coins-a-new-swap-group/
https://uglybugplans.com/2018/06/20/artist-trading-coins/
https://www.joggles.com/blog/getting-creative-with-artist-trading-coins/

You can also check out youtube and pinterest.

You will:
* make 3 ATCoins for your partner using the themes they list on their questionnaire
* choose 1, 2, or 3 partners
* use sturdy backgrounds. ATCoin backgrounds, like ATCs should be fairly sturdy. For example, printer paper would not be a good background, but cardstock or light cardboard is.


Please Note:
1. PMs should be labeled "Artist Trading Coins" with the appropriate action - Signup, send, receive.
2. Make ATCoins that you would like to receive. Do your best work.
3. I reserve the right to refuse anyone who has a history of poor communication, late sending, or not meeting swap requirements in any other ways.
4. Please post in the thread regularly so we know you're still around; also please communicate upfront with your partner and organizer if there may be/are any issues with late sending. Communication will be noted in feedback.


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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: ATCoins
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? (if your ATCoins are flat without raise embellishments, an internation stamp from the Us is only $1.15!)
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)


Any allergens in your home?
Do you have any allergies?

Do you want 1, 2, or 3 partners?
What are your favorite colors?
Any colors/themes/mediums that you absolutely dislike?

Please list 10 themes, fandoms, general ideas of ATCoins you'd like to receive.  10 is a lot but it's nice to give your partner options!
If you are new to ATCs or ATCoins and need ideas, you could check out the monthly ATC swap and see what people list as themes.  you can be very specific ("cats walking on tightropes" or very generic ("woodland animals").

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Pinterest (or other link) to give your partner an idea of what you like:
Anything else you would like your partner to know:

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO geekgirl1000100 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 / The Swap Gallery / Gelli Print Journal Gallery by geekgirl1000100
Date started: August 25, 2018 12:16:29 PM, Replies: 28
Swap Thread



Pic from Gelli Arts on youtube

Swap name: Gelli Print Journals:

Sent
Received
Sent and Received

emilywilde <--> SonjaBoo
Smmarrt <--> Witchhippie
Witchhippie <--> SonjaBoo
Rosie1981 <--> geekgirl
goatgoddess <--> Opalgryphon


ORGANIZED SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Yet Another TM Patch Swap - The 10th Round Celebration! by Inselaeffchen
Date started: August 19, 2018 05:45:33 AM, Replies: 76
Original Chat Thread

We have senders!!

Sent = Orange
Received = Green
Problem = Red
Sent & Received = Blue
Crossed through = Feedback given


Partners

ale0059 <-> joyfulclover
ale0059 <-> veghorsegirl

craftADDchick <-> Wulf

crafty-becky <-> Jenleahlynn

curiousfae <-> quasior
curiousfae <-> endymion

endymion <-> curiousfae
endymion <-> quaggy

goatgoddess <-> LadybugsAndBumblebees
goatgoddess <-> TAOJ

Inselaeffchen <-> Quasior

Jenleahlynn <-> crafty-becky

joyfulclover <-> ale0059
joyfulclover <-> LadybugsAndBumblebees

LadybugsAndBumblebees <-> joyfulclover
LadybugsAndBumblebees <-> goatgoddess

quaggy <-> TAOJ
quaggy <-> endymion

Quasior <-> Inselaeffchen
Quasior <-> curiousfae

TAOJ <-> quaggy
TAOJ <-> goatgoddess

veghorsegirl <-> ale0059


ORGANIZED SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Vintage Halloween Swap 2018 Gallery by kittykill
Date started: August 28, 2018 08:16:49 AM, Replies: 30
Post your goodies!


NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Stumpwork butterfly in blue by craftylittlemonkey
Date started: August 18, 2018 08:45:38 PM, Replies: 26
sheepBlue showed me how to do this sort of embroidery. She's posted a great tutorial about if you'd like to try it yourself. It's not any more difficult than ordinary embroidery but the results are pretty nifty if I do say so myself.


The edges are wired so the wings can be gently manipulated into curvy shapes.


It's got dark fuseable interfacing pressed to the back for stability (& to hide the messy stitching) and it's mounted on a small padded circle with a magnet in the back.


There it is on my fridge where I'd liked it to have stayed but it flew away to a swap partner Smiley.


If you want to make one I posted some tips of my own. Basically I show you how to cheat in case you aren't a great stitcher. I'm not either but fake it 'till you make it is what I say!


CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Beyond the Basics of Crochet- You Can Do It! by craftADDchick
Date started: August 20, 2018 11:04:53 AM, Replies: 38

Have you reached the point with your crochet skills where you've pretty much mastered the basic crochet stitches? Are you looking to add a new technique to your repertoire of crochet awesomeness?

Here's a place where you can post about your successes (and yes, even failures) when attempting to learn a new crochet technique: filet crochet, Tunisian crochet, broomstick lace, hairpin lace, surface crochet, and any other crochet technique that is new to you. Feel free to post tips for techniques, links to tutorials that you found especially helpful, images of things you're working on learning, stories of successes, and even stories of mistakes. Also, don't be afraid to ask questions!

The goal here is to cheer each other on when we step outside of our comfort zone to learn something new in the world of crochet.

You can do it! Smiley

Helpful Tutorials

Planned Pooling
http://thecrochetcrowd.com/planned-pooling-variegated-yarn/


Tapestry Graphgans
http://thecrochetcrowd.com/crochet-tapestry-graphghans-tutorial/  {the video at the end, in particular}



ORGANIZED SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Strawberry or 'Life is Berry Sweet' Swap? by Mistress Jennie
Date started: August 20, 2018 11:19:13 AM, Replies: 40

I was scrolling through Instagram the other day, and noticed that BigBangMomma mentioned joining a Strawberry themed swap on another craft platform.  All I could think was 'Why aren't I in that?!?!'  I've always loved strawberries, not only to eat, but as a motif in crafting too.  And having been a red headed child in the 1980's, I'm a fan of old-school Strawberry Shortcake, with her happy dessert-filled world, and sweet sentiments like "Life is berry sweet". 

Life might not always be as perky and carefree as those old cartoons, but I think we could use a bit of that happiness and joy in our lives these days, so I propose a Strawberry Swap of our own.   I'm thinking a sweet and simple swap of 1 medium & 1 small crafted item, along with purchased 1 extra. 

Wondering what you might make?  There are tons of strawberry crafts out and about on the web, but here's a few of my favroties right here on Craftster: pottermouth's Berry Gathering Apron , lindyv321's Tiny Stitched Strawberry, Acadian Driftwood's Strawberry Jam & Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate, smittenheart's Strawberry Soap, derscroot's Stenciled Strawberry Shoes, or my Summery Strawberry Dishcloths.  And because it's too cute not to share, how about the cute zippered pouch and the strawberry pillow from this post over on sewdelicious.com.au, or the adorable strawberry mini quilt she received in return? 

Thoughts?






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