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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / This for That Swap Gallery on: April 26, 2012 06:27:04 PM
Here's the gallery for the This for That Swap.  You can find the original thread here:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=406106



Sirael --> Peachessunshine
RECEIVED - Peachessunshine

Zigg13pra --> Eiseldora
RECEIVED - Zigg13pra
RECEIVED - Eiseldora

Warpedhooker --> Legatostroke
RECEIVED - Warpedhooker
RECEIVED - Legatostroke

Javede --> Queenofmarigold
RECEIVED - Queenofmarigold

World.of.Hoard-craft --> Alphabrett
RECEIVED - Alphabrett
RECEIVED - World.of.Hoard-craft

SimplyShereena --> Cloud_berry
RECEIVED - SimplyShereena
RECEIVED - Cloud_berry

Shannin --> Ragstostitches
RECEIVED - Beccas_song
RECEIVED - Shannin
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / This for That Swap (Signup: 3/24 - 4/9, Send-out: 5/11) on: March 24, 2012 06:46:14 PM

Swap name:  This for That Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  Sirael
Sign-up date range: 3/24/12 4/9/12
Date to send item by: 5/11/12

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/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:

Have you ever wanted to swap for all the crafts youve been lusting over but cant make yourself?  This swaps for you!  For the craftsters who can knit, but cant sew, can bead, but cant papercut, can do polymer clay, but cant stencil gather round!

For this swap, you need to list the crafts youre good at and the crafts youd like to swap for.  PLEASE list as many in each group as you can, because this is going to be a very complicated parternering process, and the more information I have, the easier it will be and the better your partners will be matched!  For each category of craft youd like to receive, provide three examples or hints of crafts youve liked, in addition to your questionnaire answers.  I highly encourage further communication and stalking between partners, but this will at least give your partner a jumping point to go from.  You are welcome to make this exact craft for your partner, but you are also welcome to take it as inspiration to plan a new craft from based on their tastes.

Due to the nature of the swap, please dont decide to try to learn a new craft for this swap.  This is about working with crafts were already skilled with.

To be explicitly clear, newbie swappers are welcome on this swap, but you must fulfill all of the swapper conditions.

This swap will be a FIVE POINT SWAP.  At least one of these crafts must be a medium or a large; you cannot send five smalls.  (For example, you could swap 1 large, 1 medium, or 1 medium, 3 smalls, or 1 large, 2 smalls.)

Points: Large - 3, Medium - 2, Small - 1

Swap size guidelines:
This is a guideline ONLY: a rough estimate of sizes described by time it takes to make package, by physical size and by cost:

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

By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Large = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

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


Name of swap:  This for That 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 or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)


Sewing clothes
Sewing accessories/other
Polymer Clay
Other bead-making
Other jewelry-making
Bath & Beauty products
Other paper crafts
Image Reproduction (stencils, screenprints)
Fiber Arts
More Art, less Craft
Other (please explain in your questionnaire)

 Look over the list of crafts.  What crafts are you good at?  Please list as many as apply!  If there is anything youre good at that isnt listed, please write it in!

 Look over the list of crafts.  What crafts would you like to receive?  Please list at least three; you are welcome to list more.

 Please provide three examples (links or descriptions) of crafts youve wanted from each category of craft you would like to receive.  (IE: I would like to receive something knitted.  Here are three links to a scarf, a hat, and a pair of gloves I liked... OR, I would like to receive something knitted.  I would enjoy a teal hat, or a striped pair of purple gloves, or a Slytherin scarf.)

What colors or patterns do you like?
What colors or patterns do you dislike?
Do you have any favorite books, movies, or TV shows?
What hobbies do you have outside of crafting?
Do you drink coffee/tea?
Are you looking for practical items, decorative items, or both?
Do you have any family members (significant other, roommate, children) that you would like your partner to consider while crafting?
Do you have a wist, etsy, or pinterest account?  Please provide links.

Do you have any allergens in your home? (Pets, smoke, etc.)
Do you have any allergies?
Is there anything else your partner should know about you?


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

List of Participants:

1.  Sirael
2.  Shannin
3.  Cloud_berry
4.  World.Of.Hoard-Craft
5.  Peachessunshine
6.  Simplyshereena
7.  Legatostroke
8.  Ragstostitches
9.  Javede
10.  beccas_song
11.  queenofmarigold
12.  AlphaBrett
13.  Warpedhooker
14.  zigg13pra
15.  eiseldora


Sirael --> Peachessunshine
RECEIVED - Peachessunshine

Zigg13pra --> Eiseldora
RECEIVED - Zigg13pra
RECEIVED - Eiseldora

Warpedhooker --> Legatostroke
RECEIVED - Warpedhooker
RECEIVED - Legatostroke

Javede --> Queenofmarigold
RECEIVED - Queenofmarigold

World.of.Hoard-craft --> Alphabrett
RECEIVED - Alphabrett
RECEIVED - World.of.Hoard-craft

SimplyShereena --> Cloud_berry
RECEIVED - SimplyShereena
RECEIVED - Cloud_berry

Shannin --> Ragstostitches
RECEIVED - Beccas_song
RECEIVED - Shannin

Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407724
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Little Red Riding Hood Bag on: March 20, 2012 08:03:14 PM
So now that my partner Teamama's received her package from our Grimm Swap, I can start posting projects!  I designed this drawing of Little Red venturing into the woods, before she ventures off the path.

After I drew out the image and started cutting, I realized that there were a lot of areas of floating negative space that I would have to iron down independently... I considered changing the design, but I liked it too much, so I just did it anyway.  It worked out!  Still, I won't be doing that again.

The stencil was done with freezer paper.  Because the bag has about ten folds in all the sides and corners, it was difficult to get a really good seal in there, so the lines aren't quite as crisp as I wanted.  But I'm still happy with how it came out.


If you look really closely, you can see the wolf's eyes and nose hidden in the bushes at the end of the path.

My partner's kids have co-opted the bag as a library book bag, which I think is just adorable, and a perfect use for the bag.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Elder Futhark Yggdrasil Rune Set on: October 13, 2011 01:27:19 PM
So now that my partner's received, it's safe for me to post this!  As part of the Back to Hogwarts swap, one of the requirements was to do a craft on your partner's favorite class.  Billiemarie listed Ancient Runes as her favorite, and I decided to go big or go home and make it my large!  I saw a similar runes set on her wist and went for it.


First, I found an ugly, unfinished wooden cigar box at Michael's.  I mostly liked it because the quality of wood wasn't bad, and because it had nice hinges.  That got sanded down about fifty times with varying qualities of sandpaper until it felt like velvet.

Then I went to Home Depot and got a few feet of flat, plain wood molding.  There were so many designs that were carved or rounded on one side that it was a little difficult!  I'm fairly certain it was pine, but not 100% sure.  I used a mitre box with a razor saw and made a little jig to chop up a whole bunchful of little pieces to the exact same size.  They ended up being an inch and change long and just under an inch wide.  It made a nice domino shape.  I cut out 26 pieces - 24 for the Elder Futhark runes, and then two extra blanks just in case billiemarie needed to replace some.

Each rune piece was sanded down on all of its sides to make it smooth, then I went through and sanded down the corners of them at a beveled angle so that 1) there weren't any sharp edges, 2) they would flip and fall better when she cast them.

After that, I had all of my wood prepped to woodburn!  I drew a birch tree onto the front of the box with a little banner that said "Yggdrasil," which is the name of the Nordic Tree of Life.  I woodburned those in - that took forever, but it was fun!  Then I drew out the runes on the individual rune pieces and burned those in, too.

At that point, I had a box and a bunch of pieces of wood with designs, but they were still raw, unfinished wood.  I went to Home Depot again and bought a can of combination polyurethane-stain in Classic Oak Satin 370 by Minwax Polyshades.  After painters-taping the inside edges of the box, I stained/poly'd that heartily for three coats, sanding with a steel wool ball in between coats.

Staining the rune pieces was a little more difficult.  What I ended up doing, on my father's brilliant suggestion, was pricking the top of each piece with a safety pin and using the pins to dangle them off of the poles of an old oven rack.  That way, I could paint all of the sides at the same time and hang them to dry safely.  I did a few coats on those, too.

Finally, done!  I am so, so proud of the final result, and I'm glad billiemarie seems to be enjoying them!



(The runes don't have quite as much color variation as the picture would imply.  There is some natural change in how the wood grain soaked up the stain, but mostly in the picture it's just awkward shadows making some of them look super dark.)

Happy to hear comments/criticism/anything!

To the mods: If this is posted in the wrong place, please let me know!  I didn't see wood crafting in any of the other boards.  The closest I could find was toys, and this really isn't a toy.  Smiley

ETA: Oh, wow!  Thanks so much for the Featured Project, guys!  That's incredibly flattering.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Daguerrotype Monsters' Family Portrait on: August 09, 2011 02:40:21 PM
So I recently just got into papercutting - posted my first papercut a couple of weeks ago - and then I saw a photo from the Monster Swap pt. 2, and was so inspired.  (You can see the amazing original painting here - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=386522.msg4573614#msg4573614  It's an adorable fluffy green monster with a monocle as an acrylic painting, by myloveasdeep.)  I took the idea and ran with it!  I made a series of little daguerrotype-style portraits of a Victorian monster family.  I used a book of scrapbook paper printed in these beautiful old-world textures.  The texture doesn't really show very well in the pictures, but it makes a nice, aged touch in person.

Without further ado, the monster family!

Beauregard, with 7 eyes and a very dashing top hat/bowtie duo.


Marigold, Beauregard's charming young daughter.  How she keeps her hair tame, I haven't a clue.


Jeremiah.  Don't let the tentacles fool you; he's quite a chatterbox when he gets going.  As long as he remembers his pince-nez.


Uncle Phileas is a little... off.  Despite his fashionable caterpillar moustache, he can never quite keep up.


Grandmother Beatrice, who starches her cravat every day.  She disapproves of you.


And finally, Grandfather Atticus, the family patriarch.  (Here's the original influence from myloveasdeep!)


The whole family tree, hung lovingly on my wall.  I have to remember my dear ancestors, don't I?   Grin


I had a blast making these little guys.  Every so often, I would shout out random words joyously as I had epiphanies, like "PINCE-NEZ!" much to the horror of my roommate.

Let me know what you think!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / First Papercut: Orbital & Castle on: July 31, 2011 03:37:34 PM
Hi there!  I've been crafting on Craftster for a while, but never strayed to the papercraft forum before!  I finally got the itch to try my hand at papercutting recently.  I've got no real skill or experience, but I've got oodles of spare time, which I think is the real building block of crafts, haha.  It turned out to be super tedious and time-consuming - big shocker there - but I had a surprisingly good time.

I started off with some simple, high-contrast, graphic papercuts of white paper on dark blue backgrounds.  I designed an abstract celestial orbital scene and a more representational castle/cityscape.

The orbital (with moon, sun, stars, planet, and a shooting star).  This one's the most accurate of the colors.  I realized after cutting the first three giant swirls that I was never going to cut curlicues out ever again.  EVER.


The castle/cityscape  (This is based loosely off of the promotional image for The Tenth Kingdom, if anyone's seen that.  Holla, low-budget Hallmark fantasy!)


And the upside down view, just so you can see the cityscape reflection,


They work so well in my royal blue-themed bathroom.  Cheesy  I'm very happy with them.

I welcome comments/critique!
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Princess Giselle from Enchanted on: November 02, 2010 04:44:40 PM
As Giselle dreamed of a true love's kiss since her childhood, I dreamed of Giselle's charming little blue dress since I saw the movie.  It took a while, as I was busy doing other Projects in the meantime, but I finally got down to business and made the costume.  I finished it this spring and had been waiting in breathless anticipation for Halloween.  And it was just as exciting to wear as I thought it would be!

The dress was a little more complicated than I thought it would be.  I heavily modified an old pattern I had hanging around to make it.  Essentially, the only thing I took out of it was the instructions on how to use elastic for smocking, which I chose to use instead of a zipper, because I had three layers of fabric to go through, not one.

I had three layers of fabric due to magical happenstance (perhaps interference from the evil stepmother?).  I had the base white skirt layer, then the blue dress.  As many of you who have tried to do the dress before have discovered, nobody actually makes bright teal fabric with a non-overwhelming pink floral pattern.  The closest I could get was what I think was actually a real curtain fabric (points for accuracy) - sadly, it was a curtain sheer.  It was completely and utterly sheer, and while diaphanous is a nice look, I really did want to cover myself adequately.  Enchanted was G-rated, after all.  So I found a second layer of teal in a happily opaque fabric that didn't have any pattern on it.  I layered the sheer over the teal to create a sort of custom fabric that came close enough to the movie's fabric to make me happy.

To make the sleeves, I sandwiched a layer of heat-activated bonding fabric (sort of like Wunder Under, but not quite) between the sheer fabric and the teal, which stiffened it up enough that it would actually puff into the puff sleeves instead of flopping.  I then seamed elastic into the sides and tightened it up to puff them properly.

A couple of yards of white lace went into edging the neckline and the slit in the front of the dress, and a few yards of teal ribbon made the waist bow.

For the flowers in my hair and in the bodice, I got a bunch of cheap nylon flowers in the craft store and used wet fabric markers to dye them pink and blue.  I put a large bunch onto a pin so that I could remove it from the bodice for washing.  A lot of the smaller flowers got sewn onto bobby pins for my hair.  The same happened with a few ribbons of teal, white, and pink.  This is the resulting hair, after manic pinning.  I think it looks pretty smack on to her mess of flowers, ribbon, and curls.

I topped it all off with some silver sandals, a curling iron, and a lace parasol I'd had from Venice.

I had a fantastic time!  Nobody could believe I made it!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Endless Rainbow Skirt on: September 10, 2010 01:38:13 PM
I've been meaning to post this up here for a while, and finally getting around to it now.

So I made this rainbow skirt out of quilting squares.  I based it on the AMAZING skirt Crafty Intentions made here - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=259659.0.  The only reason this skirt exists is because she was brilliant enough to do it first.  If you're reading this, Crafty Intentions, thank you!

Essentially, I crafted the same basic layout she did, using 4x4 squares and a 1.5 increase of square number per row.  I loved Craft Intention's idea of doing a wide waist, so I started with a wide-ish waist so that it would fit a variety of waists (read: so my 6 foot tall sister could wear it, too, if she wanted).  That meant that my lowest row, in dark blue, was over 540 squares long!  It was a very long-term project, because there was only so much I could stand to do in one sitting when there were literally over a thousand squares to quilt together and to ruffle.

I did use a different color order.  My colors were:
2 layers white
light green
light blue
dark green
dark blue

On to the skirt!  Sitting:


And the obligatory TWIRLING SHOTS:

There's no way you can be sad when you're wearing a skirt with rainbows that twirls like this does!
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / "The Angels Have the Phone Box" t-shirt (Doctor Who) on: March 16, 2010 03:54:07 PM
If there's any one episode from the new Doctor Who series that everyone goes crazy over, it seems to be "Blink" - possibly because it scares us all pantsless.  Not to mention that it's just a treasure trove of possible nerdy fan crafts!  There's one thing I've always, always wanted to have: that shirt that they mention briefly in the show, the one that says "The angels have the phone box," a line from the Doctor's message back to Sally Sparrow.

I was definitely not the first to think of this - you can find quite a few designs online.  But I didn't actually like any of them.  They were sad and kind of ugly and kind of exorbitantly expensive, especially for being so sad and ugly.  I thought, as all Craftsters do, "I can do better than that!"

Of course, years passed and I didn't actually do better than that; I did nothing at all.  I designed exactly what I wanted the shirt to look like in the hopes of getting it printed special-made from a few custom t-shirt companies, but they were also expensive and had a minimum order of around 8 shirts, which would be difficult to pawn off.  But a couple of months ago I tried freezer paper stenciling for the first time and LOVED it!  So I finally found a shirt that was the right color, fit, and price, and sat down to make it.

The entire thing was done with freezer paper stencils I cut out with exacto knives.  I swear, I am never doing a funky serif font again.  No more serifs.  Ever.  The shirt is a bright teal and the paint is a cool TARDIS blue.

The front:

The Weeping Angel and the TARDIS resting over the text.  I swear, the text isn't bent funny, it's just folding because, uhm.  Boobs.

The back:

The TARDIS key on its little dangly keychain.

I just wore it around campus for the first time today.  I keep hoping that when I wear it, I'll see other Doctor Who fans come out of the woodwork when they recognize the reference...
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Starlight Grunge Bracelet on: December 28, 2009 12:26:26 PM
I've always wanted to try one of those bracelets that just has oodles and oodles of beads dripping off of it every which way.  So when I found myself in possession of a nice silver bracelet chain, I went for it.  What turned out was this, made with a frightening number of head pins, glass beads, plastic beads, and metal beads.  Scattered in there are a few little star-shaped silver beads, hence the name.  There are some faux-marble pieces, as well as some aged silver and shades of grey and black.

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