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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Steampunkish/Vintage-y Junk Journal on: May 26, 2017 04:50:22 PM
I made a junk journal for Wulf in the Junk Journal Swap.

I was lucky and found the perfect cover in the form of an old teacher instruction booklet from the 1930s.  I tore it in half (!) and extended the spine so that there would be plenty of room for the journal to expand and grow.




I made a couple of embellished paper clips



And an attached bookmark with beads


And to not overload - I made collages of the individual pages.  I mostly kept to a neutral color theme:










And a few close ups:






2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Junk Journal Gallery on: May 20, 2017 06:34:04 AM
Original Thread



Has Sent
geekgirl1000100 to Wulf
Wulf to geekgirl1000100
LovelyMiss to stellato_escuro
stellato_escuro to LovelyMiss
SonjaBoo to Sinjah
Sinjah to SonjaBoo
Sharalee to stefaniegk
stefaniegk to Sharalee

Has Received
geekgirl1000100 from Wulf
Wulf from geekgirl1000100
LovelyMiss from stellafrom_escuro
stellafrom_escuro from LovelyMiss
SonjaBoo from Sinjah
Sinjah from SonjaBoo
Sharalee from stefaniegk
stefaniegk from Sharalee
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Recipes from novels on: May 10, 2017 10:19:06 AM
My craft group recently had a potluck meetup where you were supposed to bring a dish from your favorite book/movie/tvshow.

I made 2 things. 

From my favorite series (Discworld) I made Genuine Howondaland Curry from Nanny Ogg's Cookbook
Most of the recipes in the book are kind of jokes and possibly not edible (like the dip made with cucumber, banana, and tomoto puree  Shocked )
But a few are actually not bad.

This was pretty good.  Not the best curry, slightly on the bland side but certainly edible and really simple.  I would try it again and try to doctor it up some.  Also, I used non-fat greek yogurt and light coconut milk so that could have made a difference since real Indian food is really rich.  Also, I probably needed more salt.  I don't cook with much salt so if I'm not told how much to add then I don't usually put in enough.

Genuine Howondaland Curry
(Taken from the writings of Ponce da Quirm)
from Nanny Ogg's Cookbook by Terry Pratchett

4 chicken breasts, skinned and cut into cubes (I used about 1.25 lbs)
small pot natural yoghurt (I have no idea how much that is.  I used the rest of the yogurt I had in  large container - so maybe 8-10 oz)
1" piece of ginger root, grated
6-8 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped (I used 1/2 a cmall onion cut in large pieces - I don't like onion)
4 fresh green chilli peppers, seeded and finely chopped (I used about 3 medium sized jalepenos)
1/2 tbsp ground cumin (I used 1 Tbs)
1/2 tbsp ground corianter (I used 1 Tbs)
1 tsp turmeric
1 400 mL can of coconut milk
salt to taste
water (I didn't use any water)
cilantro

The recipe also says you could use a can of tomates instead of the coconut milk, or liquidized cashew nuts
Mix the chicken cubes in a bowl with the yoghurt, half the grated ginger and half the crushed garlic. Leave for at least half an hour or, better, overnight. (I did over night).
Heat the oil in a large pan, and cook the chopped onion for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it is a definite brown.
Stir in half the chillies, the remaining ginger and garlic, and the powdered spices. You should have a paste. Add coconut milk and cook for about 8-10 minutes, or until the mixture starts to get really dry and the oil starts to come out. (I added half the green chilis here)
When it all looks thoroughly cooked and a nice thick sauce consistency, add the chicken and yoghurt mix, and a splash of water (about half a mug) and some salt. Let it simmer about 30 minutes.
Just before the end (5 minutes) add the rest of the chopped green chillies to taste. Add cilantro on the top.



I also just finished reading the Legends of Muirwood series.  This is a great trilogy if you like fantasy novels. 
The main character works in a kitchen at an Abbey and talks about some of the dishes they make for special occasions. Even though the world in the series was not Earth, the food was very medieval English. 
I decided to make Sambacade - a medieval cheesecake from the 14th century.  I made mini ones just to make it easier to serve/eat. 
It uses elderflower cordial.  You couldn't really taste the cordial at all.  I have ordered some dried elderflowers and will make it again soon.
The white specks you see are bread crumbs. 


225 g rich shortcrust pastry (I used premade mini pie shells - didn't have enough time to make my own crust)
4 eggs, separated
115 g caster sugar
350 g cream cheese
85 g fresh breadcrumbs
3 -4 sprigs of fresh elderberry flowers (if in season) or 1 tablespoon elderflower cordial (I used 2 Tbs cordial)
2 -3 fresh fresh edible flowers, for decoration ( if in season) (didnt have)

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
Bake pie crust according to instructions.
In a bowl, cream together the egg yolks and sugar until almost white and shiny, then gradually add the cream cheese, beating well after each addition until well blended. Stir in the breadcrumbs and set aside.
Stir the cordial into the cheese mixture.
In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until shiny and stiff, then fold these into the cheesy mixture. Spoon into the pre-baked pastry case. Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes or until golden brown.
SERVE warm or at room temperature with cream or creme fraiche

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Pocket Letters Round 5 Gallery on: April 22, 2017 01:28:38 PM
Original Swap Thread



Post your pocket letter pictures here!

Sent
Received
Sent and Received
Late/Contact organizer

Partners:

Lindyv321 <--> quaggy
Lindyv321 <--> curiousfae
noooitaremybirthday <--> curiousfae
bunny1kenobi <--> BigBangMomma
bunny1kenobi <--> sammylouise
BigBangMomma <--> sammylouise
bec99 <--> Homerof2
bec99 <--> jellybean
quaggy <--> seeuuddee
geekgirl <--> seeuuddee
5  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Junk Journal Swap - SU: Apr12-Apr21, SO: May22 on: April 12, 2017 04:27:17 AM
Gallery

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.


6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Assemblage Art Swap 2 Gallery on: March 31, 2017 10:54:14 AM
Original Swap Thread



Post your pics here!

sent: green
received: blue
sent and received: purple


Partners:
Craftsunderground  <--->  StudioANF
rhinoceroses           <--->  cmarion3
PerfectlyBohemian  <--->  Wulf
audio                     <--->  blupaisan
craftylittlemonkey   <--->  geekgirl1000100
JoyfulClover            <---> geekgirl1000100
7  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Pocket Letter Swap Round 5 (SU Mar27-Apr5; SO May 8) on: March 27, 2017 05:20:32 AM
Gallery



Gallery for Round 1
Gallery for Round 2
Gallery for Round 3
Gallery for Round 4

Site that explains pocket letters: http://janettelane.blogspot.ie/2015/02/what-are-pocket-letters.html

Swap name: Pocket Letter Swap Round 5
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  geekgirl1000100
Sign-up date range: Mar 27 - Apr 5 (at 4pm US/Eastern time)
Date to send item by: May 8

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 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:

Let's swap pocket letters!

Pocket Letters are where you take a 9 pocket trading card page and fill each pocket with an ATC (although they don't have to be (and usually aren't) as detailed as an ATC) and small goodies tucked in behind the ATCs (stickers, tea bags, a note, washi tape samples, pictures, ephemera, craft supplies, paper clips, beads) and in one pocket, include a letter.
If you don't know where to find 9 pocket pages they are sold where collectible card games are sold such as Walmat or your local game store.  Or Amazon (25 for $5)
http://www.amazon.com/Ultra-Pro-Pocket-Page-Protectors/dp/B005HIOVOG

Each pocket can be a different theme or you can have one theme across all 9 pockets

This should be a low cost swap if you keep to all flat items and embellishments and should fit in an
A4 envelope (4 1/4" x 6 1/4") (you would have to fold it but that should not be an issue) or similar size.  I have heard that they should fit into a business sized envelope (4 1/8" x 9 1/2"). Just make sure that it is packaged well and the corners won't tear the envelope! Taping the edges of the envelope might be a good idea.

You can choose 1 or 2 partners.

Check into the swap thread every week!
And thank your partner when you receive!

QUESTIONNAIRE:
Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country (as it would appear on an envelope):
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 18 years old(YES/NO)

Do you want 1 or 2 partners?
What theme(s) would you like your partner to consider making for you?
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

What are your favorite colors:
What colors do you dislike:
List themes you do NOT want to receive:
What (if anything) would you NOT want to receive as an extra/goodie in the pockets behind the ATCs?  

Any allergens in your home (pets, smoke, pollen)?
Do you have any allergies?
Pinterest link (to give your partner an idea of what you like)

Anything else youd like to tell the organizer or partner NOT listed in the questionnaire?

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.


8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Junk Journals on: March 27, 2017 05:11:23 AM
Is there any interest in another junk journal swap?
Previous swap --> https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448091.0

I've been using my previous junk journals to store ATCs and  am running out of room and need another journal  Grin

Although I am thinking of it not necessarily being a "mini" junk journal.  Personally I'd like one about 8"x10".  Maybe we can have a range and let people specify their size.



9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Mixed Media Canvas on: March 17, 2017 09:59:32 AM
I've seen some mixed media that used paint brushes as part of the art work and I've always liked that look.

Like this

and this

So I recently made my own piece.  Lots going on - gesso, texture paste, mod podge, lace, ribbon, book pages, die cuts, doilies, lots of paint, white gel pen. 
I was pretty happy with it and it was a lot of fun to make.


10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Small Harry Potter themed shrine on: March 09, 2017 11:42:42 AM
I made this small shrine for a friend.  The base is a mini crate I stained.
Hedwig and the books are made from clay.  Since that was the majority of my time I decided to put this in the polymer clay forum.
Each feather was made individually.  It seemed like a good idea before I started!  Cheesy




Hedwig close up


from the side


The potions are mini bottles with paint
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=713694&limit=recent

spell and potion books made with clay and covered with printed labels


the outside covered in ribbon and fancy paper






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