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ORGANIZED SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Ongoing ATC Swap -- April 2017 Gallery! by rockingbearranch
Date started: April 02, 2017 04:31:19 PM, Replies: 27

Artists: craftylittlemonkey, pottermouth, MissingWillow

The Discussion Thread is HERE.

The Claiming Thread is HERE.



Post pictures of the ATCs you receive for April below.

Helpful feedback from anyone is welcome! Non-swappers too!


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ORGANIZED SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / One Tiny Easter/Spring Thing SU 3/16 to 3/27, SO 4/10 by gala_apples
Date started: April 08, 2017 11:29:11 AM, Replies: 21
Sent
Recieved

gala_apples -- bec99
jenleahlynn -- thimbles71
chr1stChan -- Allons-y
monkey_girl --craftylittlemonkey


ORGANIZED SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Mini Art Quilt Swap 8 Gallery by MareMare
Date started: April 24, 2017 09:49:38 AM, Replies: 21
Gallery time!
Main thread



Sent
Received
Sent & Received
Sending late with communication
Needs to pm organizer
Feedback Left


Mistress Jennie <=> Thimbles71
wendiek <=> Immaculata
Amazon_warrior <=> dfabbric
JoyfulClover <=> MareMare
craftylittlemonkey <=> sloth003

LovelyMiss => wdicwg
wdicwg => cmarion3
cmarion3 => LovelyMiss




ORGANIZED SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / STS Spring Market 2017 Gallery by alteredmommy
Date started: April 02, 2017 12:25:50 PM, Replies: 88
Post your "sales" here!

Shop Thread

Discussion Thread


QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / 2017 QuiltAlong by MareMare
Date started: April 06, 2017 10:12:59 AM, Replies: 36
Welcome to the 2017 Quilt Along! Please join in as we work on various quilting projects this year. The point of this Quilt Along is to motivate ourselves and others to work on their projects and provide a space to discuss projects during and after their completion, as well as fill the Quilting Board with beautiful quilts.

To join our Quilt Along, please post a list of the 4-8 quilts you will be working on this year, baby sized or larger.

Of course, discussing and sharing in-progress pics of any quilted projects, large or small, quilted mug rugs, wall hangings, and whatever smaller projects you are working on this year are always welcome!

I'll keep track with links in the second post of people's lists so you can find your "master list" quickly and easily.

How to join the 2017 QuiltAlong:

1.) Make a post introducing yourself (tell us about your quilting likes and dislikes and your quilting journey) along with your list of 4-8 Quilts, baby sized or larger that you are committing to working on this year. They could be started already or quilts you haven't started yet, tops languishing ready to be quilted, or any stage in between.

2.) Check in once in awhile! Tell us what you've worked on, or what you'd like to be working on.

3.) When you finish a project on your list, make a post for it with picture(s) on the Quilting Board AND share it in this QuiltAlong thread with a picture and link to your post on the Quilting Board.


There will be prizes and challenges throughout the year, stay tuned!

Challenge 1: Post a collage or set of pics (personally I love making collages via Picmonkey, it's free and easy) of all the quilt projects you made last year! (since we're starting late this year, feel free to do last year but up until now) I only finished, like 2 lol! If you did more than, say, 8 feel free to just pick your faves.


Past QuiltAlongs:

2011 QuiltAlong Thread
2012 QuiltAlong Thread
2013 QuiltAlong Thread
2014 QuiltAlong Thread
2015 QuiltAlong Thread
2016 QuiltAlong Thread


Quilt by amazon_warrior in the 2016 QuiltAlong


ORGANIZED SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Ongoing Wish Swap Gallery and Discussion Round 136 (April 2017) by rscowtown
Date started: April 05, 2017 05:11:19 PM, Replies: 23
Do the clicky-clicky here on the blue linky-linky to get to the main page of round 136 for April's OWS and sign up for all the fun you can handle!!  Wink  Cheesy   Smiley  Grin   Shocked   Cool   Roll Eyes   Tongue  


ORGANIZED SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Felt Twinchies Swap GALLERY by roler
Date started: April 06, 2017 12:42:02 AM, Replies: 57
Post your tiny felt works of art here!  


[photo: Feltbeasts by Becky Margraf]

Original swap thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451859.0

Send/Receive Status:

SENT
PARTNER RECEIVED
SENDING LATE WITH COMM
SENDING LATE NO COMM

FEEDBACK GIVEN

Abbeeroad - quaggy
Abbeeroad - Smmarrt
bec99 - curiousfae
bec99 - Rosie1981
BigBangMomma - curiousfae
craftylittlemonkey - pioneer9
craftylittlemonkey - seeuudee
Inselaeffchen - roler
MsZombieElvis - pioneer9
MsZombieElvis - Thimbles71
quaggy - Rosie1981
roler - Thimbles71
seeuudee - Smmarrt


ORGANIZED SWAPS / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Craftster Trading Cards #2 SEND OUT May 20 by Smmarrt
Date started: April 02, 2017 04:08:48 PM, Replies: 131
 

(BTW - I did ask underthemountain and alteredmommy if it was okay to host the second round - they both said yes!)

CRAFTSTER TRADING CARD SWAP #2
This is the second (and hopefully not the last) Crafster Card Swap. This swap was inspired by the What do you look like thread on the Crafster Off-Topic Chit Chat and the awesome Crafster Canada Meetup in July 2016. The idea is to make a card all about you, kinda like a baseball card, but even more awesome. You can reproduce your card or create new ones for each of your partners. You can craft it from any material, but make sure that it is sturdy and that it will fit into a card sleeve if you are using different materials. Please use both the front and backsides of your card to tell us all about you!

BASIC CARD REQUIREMENTS
There are some basic requirements that should be on your card:
Size of the card: Should be the standard ATC 2.5" x3.5"
Front side: should include your image (can be done as a photo, drawing, painting, digitally altered, completely up to you!) and your Crafster name
Back side: can include your interests, your real name, address, etc. ..whatever you are comfortable with; you can even write a poem.  Completely open!

INFO
The Swap FAQs are here! - Everything you need to know about swapping.
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=229624.0
The ATC FAQs are here! - Everything you need to know about ATCs.
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=136601.0

Very basic swap info:
Swap name: Craftster Trading Card Swap #2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Smmarrt
Sign-up date range: Sunday April 2 - Monday April 17, 2017
Date to send item by: Saturday May 20, 2017
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO
Additional Age requirement? NO

*DC #s are not required, but you will have to resend if the ATC is not received*
*Please send all your cards on the same day to make it easier on me. Thanks!*

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a swap moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 16 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 18 years old: YES

***************************

GALLERY from ROUND #1:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449838.0

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER
Please send to Smmarrt with Craftsters Trading Card Swap #2 - signup" as the subject.

*Name of Swap:  Craftsters Trading Card Swap #2
*Craftster username:
*Email address:
*Your real name:
*Mailing address including the country (written as it would appear on the envelope):
*Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? (In the first round, we swapped with all of the participants. This is a requirement for this swap.)
*Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO):

***It was discussed in the New Swap Themes thread that everyone wants to swap with everyone else. This might seem overwhelming if this is your first time swapping trading cards. And yes the postage will add up if this is a group of 20 or more swappers. If requested, I can set up a smaller swap group of 5 or 10.

Do you want to swap with everyone who signs up?
Do you want to swap with 5 people?
Do you want to swap with 10 people?

If you are joining the for the second time, would you be willing to swap in one of the smaller groups to help out novice trading card makers? This means you would make an additional 4 or 9 cards to send out.

*What is the exact size of an ATC?
*Will you post a photo of the card(s) when you receive?
*Are you aware that if an ATC is lost in the mail, you are required to resend?
*Have you read the entire swap information for this swap?
*Will you send sent/receive notifications to the swap organizer?
*Will you send all of your cards out on the same date to help the swap organizer?

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.

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

ANY QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions please post them in the discussion thread or PM the co-organizers, Smmarrt and xxx


ORGANIZED SWAPS / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Junk Journal Swap - SU: Apr12-Apr21, SO: May22 by geekgirl1000100
Date started: April 12, 2017 04:27:17 AM, Replies: 27
Swap name: Junk Journals




*** FYI - there is a lot of info here.  please read it all and ask questions either in this thread or PM me!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: geekgirl1000100
Sign-up date range: April 12 - April 21
Date to send item by: May 22

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

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

Additional Age requirement?

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:

Previous Gallery: Mini Junk Journals

*** Disclaimer - I will do my best to partner people up according to themes but shipping requirements, allergies and number of participants may make it difficult to come up with perfect partnering!

- This swap is for a junk journal,  You will make your partner a junk journal that is between these sizes:
6 x 9 in <==> 152 x 229 mm
up to
8.5 x 11 in <==> 216 x 279 mm
with a front cover, 20 sheets (that would be 20 fronts, 20 backs, so if you numbered them with page numbers they would number 1-40), and then a back cover.  The sheets can be sewn into signatures or not depending on how you are binding the journal.
- Half the sheets should be embellished.  This could be stamped, or with ribbon/lace, pockets, tags, brads, hanging bookmarks, borders, etc.
- The other half do not need to be embellished but would need to be some sort of decorative or otherwise designed paper (not just plain printing paper), Examples of things you can use: old calendar pages/images, magazine pages, junk mail envelopes, paint chips,paper bags, book pages, playing cards, greeting cards, yellow mailing envelopes, ziploc baggies, postcards or pasteboard packaging that have been gessoed/painted over, gelli printed pages, and other interesting but not bought (i.e. scrapbook) items.    (you CAN use scrapbook type items but it is NOT required)
- Then bind it in some way.  The simplest is punching holes and just using O rings and you can decorate them with ribbons and such so they don't look so plain. But you could do any sort of binding you like.

This swap is just for the book with pages.  You would not do any actual journaling in it.  The recipient would use if for their own purposes.

here are some reference materials.  

some example pics:
https://artfrommysoul.wordpress.com/tag/junk-journal/
http://jazzycreations.blogspot.com/2013/06/vintage-tiny-junk-journal-photos-and.html
https://artfrommysoul.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/my-junk-journal/

and some sites with instructions (although the second one looks like she included some actual journal writings which we wouldn't do
http://weekly.craftsnthings.com/issues/v2/i81/cntw-c.html
https://stampington.com/blog/2014/09/11/mini-junk-journal-project-guest-artist-lindsay-ostrom/

Sample video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILzG-yugqMc

A video tutorial series
steps 1 - 3 are mostly about cutting paper and gathering materials.  She uses a lot of store-bought, pre-made stuff.  That is not necessary.  junk journals can be made out of, well junk Smiley  I would check other sites out for types of ephemera other people use.  Probably you could skip steps 1-3 and still have a good idea what she did.
step 1 - about cutting paper and covers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f84PHdXlXlY
step 2 - about gathering embellishments.  she does mostly/exclusively flat decorated journals, but you don't have to be limited to flat items.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIu3hyAw5kY
step 3 - gathering inks and stamps to use
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGOQ0g3RKZE
step 4 - starting to put it all together - flips through her pages and shows where she inked/stamped, added pockets, dictionary pages, etc.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iUflsbZ_xo
step 5 - final step on putting it together - adding final embellishments and binding. again she keeps it fairly flat. she binds with 0 rings.  and shows how to fancy up the look of the orings
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45IEeUYjcvE

a picture guide
mini junk journal
https://stampington.com/blog/2014/09/11/mini-junk-journal-project-guest-artist-lindsay-ostrom/

binding tutorial
You can use any binding you want.  The easiest appears to be punching holes and using 0-rings. Here is a link for coptic stitch.  This is where you would have to make "signatures", basically you'd make long pages and fold them in half and then sew them together.
http://www.tortagialla.com/2010/08/16/chain-or-coptic-stitch-bookbinding-tutorial/

A really good step by step picture guide on sewing signatures and binding
http://are-you-flowin.blogspot.ca/2012/01/make-your-own-long-stitch-bound-journal.html

More tips
http://www.vintagejunkjournals.com/junk-journal-tutorial.html

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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of 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 allergens are in your house?
What allergies do you have?

*** general note about themes: if you list a very specific theme, it's likely your partner may not have that much in the way of paper-related items/emphemera in that theme.  It's best to keep any themes (if you want a theme) generic and open.

Is there anything/theme you would NOT want to have in your junk journal (colors, types of ephemera, themes, religion, etc)
Is there anything/theme you'd espcially like to see (shabby chic, vintage, steampunk, cutesy, etc)
Is there anything/theme you'd espcially like to make?

*** For partnering purposes I will be looking at shipping preferences and allergies first and foremost.  
If at all possible I will take the following questions into consideration:
Keeping in mind the swap is for a journal that is 6x9 inches to 8.5x11 inches, do you have a size preference?  
Do you have a preference on what size journal you make?

Anything else you want your partner to know?  pinterest link, etc?

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




ORGANIZED SWAPS / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / One Tiny Stuffie Round 10, SO 05/16/17 by gerbilgal
Date started: April 14, 2017 01:32:56 PM, Replies: 22


Swap name: One Tiny Stuffie Round 10
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:
Sign-up date range: April 14 April 24, 2017
Date to send item by:  May 16, 2017

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
Additional Age requirement? none

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 need a new squishy friend? A tiny stuffie perhaps? Do you like to make small things? A tiny stuffie perhaps? Are you in the mood for a quick, fun, and easy swap? This is the swap for you!
We will be creating ONE tiny stuffie based on our partners preferences. It can be made of any medium (sewn, knit, crocheted, felted, etc.) as long as it is a stuffie. The stuffie should be small able to fit inside an invisible 5x5 cube. It can be smaller than that but if you are crafting something microscopic you may want to discuss it with your partner. We will be sending ONLY the stuffie no extras UNLESS they are accessories for your stuffie.

If you dont think you have the time and energy to put your best work into this swap please dont sign up this round. Well catch you next time. Also, remember you must post in the swap thread before signing up and once per week until the swap is finished.

Previous galleries:
Round 1- https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=365416
Round 2- https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=369841.0
Round 3- https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=373169.0
Round 4- https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=376106.0
Round 5- https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=378948.0
Round 6- https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=385704.0
Round 7- https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388601.0
Round 8: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=392289.0
Round 9: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439666

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: One Tiny Stuffie Round 10
Craftster username:  
Email address:  
Your real name:  
Mailing address including the country (please enter it as it should look on the package):

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?:  
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO):  
Do you have any allergies?:  
Any allergens present in your home?:  

In what mediums can you make stuffies (sew, knit, crochet, etc)?:  
What mediums would you prefer to receive?:
What animals, creatures or characters would you love to get in stuffie form? (Please give at least 3 options, but feel free to list as many as you want)
1.
2.
3.
Are there any types of stuffies (theme, character, animals etc.) that you would NOT like to receive?:  
Do you have any favorite colors, styles, themes, etc?:  
Are there any colors, styles, themes, etc. that you dislike?:  
Anything else you want your partner or the organizer to know?

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


ORGANIZED SWAPS / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / I Love Monsters Swap: Sign up CLOSED. SO: May 19, 2017 by kittykill
Date started: April 11, 2017 02:53:45 PM, Replies: 37


Swap name: I Love Monster Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: kittykill
Sign-up date range:4/11-4/18/17
Date to send item by: 5/1/17

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

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

Additional Age requirement?

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: just the one
- 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/NO

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: better not!
- 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:
EEEK! A Monster! Don't you just want to reach out and give them a hug? Of course you do! You love monsters!

You will craft ONE MEDIUM ITEM for your partner! If you want to send extras, you can work that out with your partner. You must also check in every week.

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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of 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 is your favorite monster? (Universal, Japanese, crafty):
I would love to receive this:
Not a big fan of this, so don't send it to me:
Crafts I kick major butt in:
I will check in every week and thank my partner when I receive:
Check out my pinterest, blog, website for ideas:
Anything else I need my 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.

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

kittykill
Mellius01
roler
monkey_girl
Glamis
audio
craftylittlemonkey
JoyfulClover
cmarion3
smileyyogini
gala_apples
Undersea-sun

Partners:
Undersea-sun - kittykill
Mellius01-audio
Smileyyogini-JoyfulClover
cmarion3-gala_apples
roler-monkey_girl
Glamis-craftylittlemonkey

Sent
Partner received
Late with communication
No communication-not cool!
Feedback given


ORGANIZED SWAPS / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Spring Nerd Battles 2017 Swap; SU 4/15-4/21/17; SO 5/20/17 by LovelyMiss
Date started: April 15, 2017 04:59:30 PM, Replies: 25


Swap name:  Spring Nerd Battles 2017 Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  LovelyMiss
Sign-up date range: 4/15/2017-4/21/2017

Date to send item by: 5/20/2017
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 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:


This swap is for participants of the Spring Nerd Battles craftalong (or previous Nerd Games seasons) ONLY.  If you sign up for this swap and are not a current or past Nerd Games/Nerd Battles player, your questionnaire will not be accepted.  If you would like to join this swap, and are not a current or previous player, please visit the above link and join the current season of the Nerd Games craftalong by reading the rules and posting at least three projects.  After you have joined the craftalong you may then submit a questionnaire for this swap.

We will be swapping one medium nerdy item of your choice.

By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 1-2 hours

By Price
-Large = $20 or more
-Medium = $10-$20 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

Extras are fine ONLY IF you discuss it with your partner first.  If you didn't discuss it, dont send them.

No one likes a flaker, and there is NO need to be a flaker!  If you sign up and cannot meet the swap requirements, please PM the organizer ASAP (before send outs), so a replacement partner can be found.  If you need to send late, you MUST PM the organizer and your partner BEFORE the send out date.  Failure to meet the rules and requirements of the swap will be reflected in feedback.  If you do not have the time or resources to meet the swap requirements at this time, please wait to sign up until the next round.


Swap Rules:

-You must be active in one of the swap threads (this one or the gallery) until you have sent and received.  The goal is at least one post per week.
 
-A tracking number is required for all senders in the USA.  If you are mailing internationally, include the customs number in your "sent" PM.  Additionally, international shippers may be asked to upload an image of their receipt if there are shipping issues (so make sure to save it!).

-You must PM the organizer AND your partner when you send AND receive.  Please use the following subject lines for your PMs to help keep the swap running smoothly.
Nerd Games Swap:  Questionnaire
Nerd Games Swap:  Sent
Nerd Games Swap:  Received
Nerd Games Swap:  Question/Other


QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:


Name of swap:  Spring Nerd Battles 2017 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):
I have read the Swap Rules above this post (YES/NO):
I am a current or past Nerd Games/Battles player (YES/NO):

Do you have allergies/sensitivities relevant to this swap?
Do you have allergens in your home (dog, cat, smoke, etc)?

Please list AT LEAST five geekdoms/fandoms for which you would be interested in receiving a crafted item.  Feel free to add specific helpful information about your fandoms, such as favorite characters/people, quotes, motifs, themes, etc.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

What types of items might you like to receive (if relevant, include sizes)?
What types of crafts do you admire?
What types of crafts do you do?
Is there anything you absolutely do not want to receive?
Favorite colors/combos/patterns, etc. that might be helpful to your partner:
Link to your Pinterest and/or other relevant sites:

Any other info you would like the organizer or your partner to know?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO LovelyMiss 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.




PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / The Little Book of Perfect Men by rackycoo
Date started: April 06, 2017 08:08:17 AM, Replies: 21
Ever wish you had the perfect man? What would he be like? Perhaps a little like the perfect men in this perfect little book. Well, it's not actually a book; it's a secret drawer atc holder.


I was lucky enough to find the perfect scrapbook paper for the pages of the "book". It almost looks like real pages. I used stripey scrapbook paper for the front and back cover of the book, and painted the inside of the cover and the secret drawer with paint I mixed to match the color of the stripes. Ink from an almost-dried up ink pad was applied with a stiff brush for a little distressing.


Here you can see the secret drawer, opened and filled with ATCs. The red ribbon is attached to the bottom of the box, which makes it easier to remove the cards.


To access the cards, you just lift up on that ribbon and they pop right out.


Here are the ATCs that fill the box. Each with a perfect man saying just what I'd like to hear. I had so much fun going through my collage sheets finding perfect men and imagining what sort of things they might say. Here are all my perfect guys together. #1 is the ultimate perfect guy for me; that's actually my husband, saying "Here, let me bring you a drink." I added the hat to the photo so he fit in with a few of the other fellows.


I have a few other/larger photos on the blog, but I think this gives you a pretty good overview. I really love this little drawer book. After the April change of Craftster to a circus theme, I'm wanting to do a circus edition!


ORGANIZED SWAPS / Craft Swaps / ONGOING ATC SWAP -- April 2017 (Sign-ups open all month) by rockingbearranch
Date started: April 01, 2017 09:57:34 AM, Replies: 26

Artists: craftylittlemonkey, pottermouth, MissingWillow


The Gallery is HERE!

This is a fun and friendly 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.

Swap info:
Swap name: Ongoing ATC Swap - April 2017
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: rockingbearranch
Sign-up date range: Today until April 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 the swap.


STEP 2:

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

*Name of swap:  Ongoing ATC Swap - April 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?
*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 recieved, 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:
1)   Bunnies in hats
2)   Bunnies with wings
3)   Twin bunnies
4)   Fluffy bunnies
5)   Gardens of carrots

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: April Ongoing ATC Swap--SENT

I mailed some ATCs today!  

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

DUE March 17:
MeCraftsterMemberBloop --> Wowwieparadesper (stupendous theme)
MeCraftsterMemberBloop -->WooHooYeeHawparadeper 07 (yet another fascinating 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!


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 / STS Spring Market 2017 SU 04/02/17-04/15/17swap ends 05/28/17 by alteredmommy
Date started: April 02, 2017 12:10:50 PM, Replies: 28
Have lots of crafty items to "sell"?  Want to "buy" fantastic crafts and supplies from a bunch of super cool crafters? Then this is the swap for you!

Swap name: Shop the Swap Spring Market 2017  
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: alteredmommy
Craftster member who is the backup organizers for this swap: loves2experiment
Sign-up date range: 04/02/17 - 04/15/17
Date to send item by: Once someone claims from you, you have ONE WEEK to mail the item. The swap runs through to May 28 (**Please note that the last week May 22 - 28  will be for over/under 3 point shops only)
Limited to a certain number of people? 50
Non-U.S. participants allowed? Yes! Be aware that by signing up for this swap you are agreeing to ship items internationally if they are claimed by someone outside of your country

Additional Age requirement? YES **This swap is open to crafters who are 18+**

Gallery!
Discussion Thread!


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
- Has completed 2 swaps with positive feedback 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

All swappers MUST be pre-approved for this swap!

GENERAL
The Shop the Swap (or STS) is a different kind of swap in that we start with finished items.  We use a point system in which you price items in points that you receive when you sell your shop item to another swapper.  Once you have sent your claim out , you can use those points to buy any available item from any open shop in the swap.   Like the real world, you cant spend points that you dont have (no overdraft here) and you cant hoard your points under your mattress (you must close and go shopping when you have +7 points).  
If you are traveling or otherwise unable to keep your shop open, you can close for a short period of time (a week or two, please let the organizers know)

SHOPS
- Post a shop in this thread with at least 5 finished, handcrafted items for the other swappers to choose from.  You can also post a small amount of craft supply items at the bottom of your shop.  **Custom items can be offered, but must be finished and sent in a timely manner, so keep this in mind and only offer custom items that you can finish quickly.  Please let us know if you will be sending late.
-Handcrafted items from other people may be offered in your shop, BUT  be aware of the potential of hurt feelings when selling items made for you in other swaps.  This is a high profile swap that many people see.  Crafted items from others must be credited with the name of the creator or you will be requested to remove that item.
-Each item should have a SHORT identifiable title, description and picture.  Each item should be priced between 1 and 3 points.  Groups of items can be priced at a choice of 2 for 1 (or 3 for 1 etc).  Charge what you think is fair for your crafted item, considering time/supply cost/popularity.
-Check peoples wishlists and use the discussion thread for brainstorming any new items to offer in your shop.

PLEASE SEE THE NEXT POST FOR SHOP FORMATS

POINTS
-all persons new to the swap receive 3 points to spend.  This is a STS loan and you must leave with 3 points (in effect pay the loan back) for positive feedback.  
-Your shop must be open before you can spend your points in other shops.
-Remember there are no guarantees that claims will be made from your shop.  To make a sale you may need to adjust your prices or offer new crafted items/supplies.
-Everytime someone claims from you, you will get whatever point price you have listed for it.  List the claim at the bottom of your shop and add the points into pending and to your points total.  You cannot spend pending points.
-Once you have sent the claim, move the points into current.  All current points are spendable so go shopping!
-When you have +7 points (a TOTAL of current and pending) you must close your shop temporarily.  Edit your shop post to put CLOSED at the top in big bold letters that people will see.
-Once you go shopping (with your current points, you may have to ship first)and spend your points down to 5 or less, you can re-open your shop.
-Claims to and from you should be listed with your point tally at the bottom of your shop.  See the next post for the proper shop format.


PLEASE SEE THE NEXT POST FOR CLAIM/SEND/RECEIVE PM FORMATS

FEEDBACK
Ongoing
-If any prior claims go missing you may be required to remake/refund the points/offer something else in your shop if you have no DC# or shipping receipt.  If you have a valid DC# or shipping receipt it is your decision whether you will replace the item or have me arrange an angel.  You will not get angel credit for replacing the item.


Final
-Positive feedback will be given after the swap closing date of May 8/2016 if you have 3 points and all your claims have been received.
-Negative feedback will be given for closing this swap with less than 3 points and/or not sending claims made to you.  If you need points, have a sale, let people know in the discussion thread, offer some supplies.  
-Spend your points down to 3 before the close of this round.  These points will not be returned to you should you join the STS in a future round.  So go shopping!

SHIPPING
-Remember that you have ONE WEEK to ship from the day you receive a claim.
-All items are to be shipped AFTER an official claim is received; please do not ship custom items before we receive an official STS claim for them.  Items shipped before they are claimed will not be covered under our angel policy should they go missing.
- DC# are required on all claims if eligible AS PER CRAFTSTER SWAP RULES; if sending internationally please keep your postal receipt until your item is received.   Thin items can be padded with a plastic grocery bag or something similiar to make them thick enough for a DC#.  If your item has not been received within a reasonable time (3-4 weeks domestic; 4-5 weeks international) an angel can be arranged if you have a DC# or postal receipt.  If not you will be required to remake or offer something else from your shop and resend.
-Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


COMMUNICATION
-It is your responsibility to keep relevant people informed of your shop and claim status  
-all claim/send/receive pms must be sent to both organizers as well as to the person you are claiming from/sending to.  Please check you're outgoing pm's to ensure that everyone has received a copy!!!!!!
-Poor communication will be noted in your feedback.  This includes not informing the organizers/other swappers of claim status via the correct claim format; not posting in the discussion thread.
-Do join in the lively conversation on the discussion thread which can be found here:   https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=445358.0

PLEASE PM THE ORGANIZERS alteredmommy, loves2experiment WITH THE FOLLOWING
INFORMATION IF YOU WISH TO PARTICIPATE

(Make the title of your PM -  STS Spring Market 2017 SIGNUP)

Name of swap: Shop the Swap Spring Market 2017
Craftster username:
I am at least eighteen years old:
I have completed 2 swaps with positive feedback:
Email address:
Real name and mailing address (formatted for mailing):

Do you have at least 5 crafted items to start out with?
Have you read through the first 2 posts of guidelines/rules?
When will this swap be closed for claims?
What information needs to be kept current at the TOP of your shop?
What part of the chocolate bunny do you eat first?
Tulips or daffodils?


Feel free to ask alteredmommy or loves2experiment if you have any questions!!

Shops from previous rounds:

Winter Market 2016   https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450138.0

Spring Market 2016   https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=445356.0

Winter Market 2015   https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440716.0

Spring Market 2015   https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438481.0

















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