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11  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Zombie Sheep! on: May 03, 2017 01:54:51 PM
 I recently was in a swap with a partner who collects zombie sheep. I thought that sounded really funny and it was so unique and specific I knew I had to make her some. Here is what I came up with. I drew them out then rendered them in Copic markers. I went against my own rule of never drawing hurt animals so I tried to make them cartoonish and still kind of cute. I popped them into some frames for her to have.


 Then I wanted to make them into something useful. I like sending somewhat useful items if I can. I know she does swaps and we all need notecards when we send swaps (ironically I forgot to include one to her  Tongue Sorry!).



 Thanks for checking them out.  Grin

12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Three Purses in Graffica Fabric on: May 03, 2017 12:32:46 PM
 I saw this fabric and HAD to have it. It just called to me. I loved the telephone poles and the entire feel of it. I ordered one yard of the main fabric and one yard of the coordinating red bricks. I was shocked at how much I was able to get out of it! Even with some fussing cutting.
 First, I made myself another Nottinghill bag SusieDDesigns. I love this bag. I made one for Halloween and just adore how it sits under my arm and fits everything (mainly my Kindle) perfectly. It has a large opening on the top so its easy to find things. Also, the sides expand a little so you dont have to feel like you stuffing it too full. The inside is a nice coordinating gray.


front


back


 Then with the remaining fabric I decided to make two of the Mini Lilac Messenger bags by BlueCalla. I got both of these made and I still have a bunch of fabric left. I could probably make another one. Like I said, that is with fussing cutting too!


 I like this pattern a lot. Its smaller but not too small.  Perfect for a day out when you dont want to lug around your 20 pound purse. It has a slip pocket on the inside and a cute little zippered pocket in the back. I used the focus fabric in the pocket but forgot to get a picture of that.


 The strap is adjustable for comfort. I chose different places on the fabric for the flap to give each a unique look. I raffled the telephone pole one away in the Nerd Games and I plan to offer up the street sign one in a shop for the Fall STS.


 Thanks for checking them out. I am still shocked at how much I was able to get out of two yards of fabric (minus the interior fabric but we all know that doesnt count. Tongue LOL! )
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cupcakery Fold Over Clutch on: April 07, 2017 01:02:00 PM
 I found the free pattern by Swoon called the Heidi Fold over clutch and decided I would give it a whirl as my first time sewing vinyl. I used all stash fabric except for the vinyl and was so excited to find the dark reddish vinyl that worked so well with the fabric I had on hand.

 The vinyl was softer than I thought and was pretty easy to work with. I used a walking foot with it, again a first. I am glad I tried something new as this opens up a whole new crop of bags to sew now. Wink  I know I still need work with the new material but overall it was fun.
 The pattern was pretty basic and straight forward. I have the hardware to make one more. This one is going to go into my STS store in the Fall.
 The purse unfolds via a magnetic clasp. The top has a zipper so you can store larger items.

 It also has a handy zipper on the back for quicker access to smaller items.

 In the end I really liked this design. The wristlet also unhooks to use it as a clutch. This was the larger version on the pattern.
 Thanks for checking it out! Grin Grin Grin
14  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Steampunk and Oval Girl ATCs on: March 17, 2017 05:47:06 AM

Hey there! It's been a long time since I made ATCs and posted them up. Life got really busy and I started sewing more instead of drawing.
 I offered up two custom ATC's as prizes in the Games so I made these two. The themes were Steampunk and Oval frames. I ended up really enjoying drawing again. I have plans to make a couple more when time allows.
 These were done with Copic markers, a white gel pen, and Bristol board.
 

 Thanks so much for checking them out. I haven't been on this board in a while and the art is incredible. I need to come back and comment when I get off work. Lots of inspiration!
15  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Fabric Animals Scrappy 4x6 Art on: March 16, 2017 12:25:22 PM
 I made one like this for the 4x6 art swap and enjoyed the process so much I decided to make a couple more. Here are all of them together.

 I remade the original one I made for the swap and I think I like this one a little more. The foxes nose looks a little better and less cat like than the original.


 My cats are my babies so I had to make one but I think this one looks more like a rainbow cat than my intentions. Still learning how to do this type of coloring.


 Bunnies are just naturally adorable. This makes me miss my old buddy Bunicula.


 Mice are cute too. Here is a little one with a flower.

 
 and last but not least, a sloth. Just because.


 Overall I think the fox is my favorite still. I wish I would have darkened up the other some more but maybe next round. I plan on offering these up in my Fall STS store.
 
Here is the final one. My Niece saw these and requested an elephant. her b-day is in 3 days so I whipped this one up. Bunny1kenobi suggested turning his mouth up a bit after I said he looked sad. I think I will do that.  Wink


 After reading some comments I realized I forgot to say how I did these. I drew them out with Sharpie on off white fabric. Then colored them in with Inktense pencils and used a paint brush to water that down and set it in. Then I ironed them to heat set it. The background blue is the same off white fabric that I painted army green, magenta, royal blue, and teal. Then I put a coat of dark blue glitter paint over it. I used floss to tack the font and drawing down after I cut them out and then went over the edges with some decorative stitches on my machine. I love decorative stitches.  Tongue I wanted a kind of shabby, scrappy look so I left some threads untrimmed and set them slightly astray.
 Here are some in progress shots of when I was drawing them.


 Thanks for checking them out!  Kiss

16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Undercover Fandom Round 2 on: February 06, 2017 10:07:15 AM
 

Swap name: Undercover Fandom  (sign ups Jan 20-31 / Send outs Feb 21)

 GALLERY!!!
 Post all your amazing goodies here!
17  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Undercover Fandom Round 2 (SU to Jan 31; SO Feb 21) on: January 20, 2017 07:27:14 AM
 

Swap name: Undercover Fandom  (sign ups Jan 20-31 / Send outs Feb 21)

GALLERY
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451564.0

 We did this swap last year and it was a lot of fun. Hoping we can have another great round.  Grin

Craftster member who is organizing this swap: gozer
Sign-up date range: Jan 20 Jan 31
Date to send item by: Feb 21

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? 18 and over.

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:
Do you have a fandom that is pretty well known but most of the time by people who arent really that into it or have only seen the movie/show? Or people who have just skimmed the top of its potential?
  I am a huge Star Wars fan but I dont always want to walk around with a Star Wars logo on my shirt. I tend to appreciate things that are of that universe but dont scream Star Wars. For example I have a Dewback Brewery shirt. Not everyone immediately associates that with Star Wars. The casual interest person probably wouldnt take a second glance at it but the true SW geek would get it immediately.
 I recently saw an apron with Mellark Bakery on it and thought it was brilliant. My sister didnt get it, even though she watched and liked the Hunger Games movies. Remember Drive Shaft from Lost (or Oceanic Airways, Mr Clucks Chicken Shack, there were so many)? I still have a Greendale Community College shirt from the TV show Community. And I got my Dad a drinking glass with a Red Pony logo on it from the fictional bar in Longmire. Or what about Fangtasias from TrueBlood? Soft Kitty from Big bang Theory. I could go on and on.
 How about a swap for those of us with Fandoms that dont want it to be so obvious? This would be a swap for regular fandoms that we dont want to be so blatant about or it could also be used for fandoms of things, like books, that dont really have too many items available. But you would have to be specific with your partner if you are doing something like a book or something more obscure. The intent of this swap wouldnt be to force someone to read a bunch of books or watch hours of an unknown TV show.
 Yes, it's a long Questionnaire but if it's undercover than most would not have picked up on it so I want to be helpful to partners. Communication will be helpful too!

This swap will be for 1 medium and 2 smalls. You can spoil but please discuss that with your partner first.

There has been a bit of confusion as to what is a large, medium, and small item.  So here's a handy dandy guide.  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 please PM the following information to gozer with the subject Undercover Fandom Request to Join:

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)

Pinterest Link (required):
Do you have a specific board related to this swap (recommended)?
Any other wish lists, blogs or etc.?
Please list AT LEAST three geekdoms/fandoms for which you would be interested in receiving a crafted item. Please include the type (book, movie, video game, TV series etc) as well.
1.
2.
3.

List at least six things that are specific/unique to those fandoms in the order in which you would like to receive them. Please use the format below.
        Fandom       Preferred Media       Feature/Quote/Unique Item    Project Possibilites

Ex. Harry Potter       Book, Movie        Honeyduke's Sweet Shop          T-shirt, Apron, cap

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

Favorite quotes or sayings from your Fandom (Include which Fandom):

What types of items would you like to receive?
Is there anything you absolutely do NOT want to receive?
What types of crafts do you admire?
What types of crafts do you do?

Favorite Colors, color combos or patterns:
Least favorite colors, color combos and patterns:
Hobbies/activities besides crafting:
Do you wear jewelry/other accessories?
*SIZES.  If youd like any clothing/jewelry items please list your sizes below.  If you dont want any of these items, you can skip this section.
t-shirt:
wrist:
finger:
preferred necklace length:
hips/waist (where you would wear a belt):
head (around, like where you would wear a headband):
socks/shoes:

Do you have any allergies?
Does your home have any allergens (i.e.-smokers, pets, etc...)?

Any other info you'd like to share? (Do you play an instrument? Color schemes/themes in your home? Do you work and if so what do you do? Fave foods? Do you collect anything?.... and so on...anything to help your partner make a package specific to you!)

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


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

 You must post up on this thread in order to join the swap. I also am requesting that you post up at least once a week so that we know you are still participating.

18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Undercover Fandom Round 2 on: December 07, 2016 11:06:42 AM

 I thought I would go ahead and throw this out there for everyone who was planning out there crafting and swaps after the holidays. I am hoping to organizing another round of the Undercover Fandom Swap in February.
 Here is the explanation of what an Undercover Fandom is taken directly from the last swap and a link to it.
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=444628.msg5372065#msg5372065

Details of swap:
Do you have a fandom that is pretty well known but most of the time by people who arent really that into it or have only seen the movie/show? Or people who have just skimmed the top of its potential?
  I am a huge Star Wars fan but I dont always want to walk around with a Star Wars logo on my shirt. I tend to appreciate things that are of that universe but dont scream Star Wars. For example I have a Dewback Brewery shirt. Not everyone immediately associates that with Star Wars. The casual interest person probably wouldnt take a second glance at it but the true SW geek would get it immediately.
 I recently saw an apron with Mellark Bakery on it and thought it was brilliant. My sister didnt get it, even though she watched and liked the Hunger Games movies. Remember Drive Shaft from Lost (or Oceanic Airways, Mr Clucks Chicken Shack, there were so many)? I still have a Greendale Community College shirt from the TV show Community. And I got my Dad a drinking glass with a Red Pony logo on it from the fictional bar in Longmire. Or what about Fangtasias from TrueBlood? Soft Kitty from Big bang Theory. I could go on and on.
 How about a swap for those of us with Fandoms that dont want it to be so obvious? This would be a swap for regular fandoms that we dont want to be so blatant about or it could also be used for fandoms of things, like books, that dont really have too many items available. But you would have to be specific with your partner if you are doing something like a book or something more obscure. The intent of this swap wouldnt be to force someone to read a bunch of books or watch hours of an unknown TV show.


 We had an amazing swap last time and a fantastic gallery. Hopefully we will get a lot of interest and another great group together.  Cheesy
 If you have any questions or interest let me know. I'll send reminder PM's out when it officially opens to anyone who wants one too.
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Beer Potholders on: December 05, 2016 05:45:30 AM
 I made a set of these beer potholders last year for the 12 mini days of Christmas swap for my partner and my BIL saw them and really liked them. I didn't have any time to make them last year so I made a set for him this year. Last year they were trimmed in green since I used different panels. Yellow went with these particular ones. I normally hate sewing bias tape on but this year it went a lot smoother than normal.  Wink
 They have Insul-brite and two layers of cotton batting on the inside.



 Here's what last years looked like.


 Thanks for checking them out!
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Floral Sandra Saddle Bag on: November 14, 2016 10:03:02 AM
 I made this bag for LovelyMiss in the Games Swap. I got the fabric off her Pinterest and I love it. It was so pretty in person. The colors were all very rich and full. I think it made for a pretty bag. I used the Sandra Saddle Bag by Swoon. I really like the pattern. It allows for a cool focus fabric front and lots of room inside with the pockets and I adore an adjustable strap.

 I am using some of her pictures, hope she doesn't mind. My pics were kind of dark (thanks Winter!).

 I loved the way the fabric allowed me to do the gusset. The pink worked its way up the side. The other side was a bouquet of flowers.

 And the inside was a pop of bright green.
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