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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Papercrafting with my embroidery machine (ATC edition) on: May 06, 2019 08:41:08 AM
These are all in the ongoing ATC swap galleries, but here's a random selection of machine embroidered ATCs, plus a couple extra things sharing pictures:

Fox in the Watercolors

Icon of Saint Vulpinus

Coffee, fox, cats

Bird v1 was lost in the mail (poor bird)

Bird v2 and friends (the trading cards have their own thread over here)

Bee, happiest rainbow, etc

cats of a different sort

dandelion fairy on mulberry paper

SPACE! (untrimmed)
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Ongoing Wish Swap #154- May 2019 (SU & claims open until 5/31) on: April 29, 2019 05:50:24 PM
Ongoing Wish Swap #154
May 2019

("Play" ATC by craftylittlemonkey)

Craftster member who is organizing this swap: thanate
Sign-up date range: 5/1/19-5/31/19
Claim date range 5/1/19-5/31/19 (some claims made near the end of the month will have a ship by date in the following month)
Date to send item by: 2 weeks after the date of the claim

Limited to a certain number of people? Nope! Bring it on!

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? Everyone is welcome!

Swap Organizer 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 comments: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

This is an ongoing swap: Claim an item from the list of the last person who posted and post your own list in response. It makes a chain. When we get to the end of the month, the very last person to post a list will be the first person to post a list at the beginning of the next month.

Do not post in this thread until you are approved for the current round and ready to make a claim. All discussion needs to be kept in the discussion/gallery thread.

The size of the claim should be a medium item. This means 2 or more crafting hours (this is not cooking time, drying time, etc.. waiting around for something to set up.......it is craft time for the average crafter) or supplies worth at least $20.

For claims: 1st time swapper 1 claim (until package is in transit with proof). Regular Swapper 2 claims (until package is in transit with proof)Friend of Craftster 3 claims (until package is in transit with proof)

Its not required but highly encouraged to post regularly in the discussion thread. This is so we know youre still around and it can also be fun   Wink

Ongoing Wish Claim Limit:
Friend of Craftster: Three
First time swapper: One
Everyone Else: Two

If you are a friend of craftster you can have 3 unsent claims at a time and no more than 6 total claims open (open meaning in transit as well as not yet sent) no matter how many have been posted. As an example, You claim 3 times, send all 3 claims out, then claim 3 more times. Even when you send any or all of those 3 claims, you may not claim again until a claim has been received.

If you are not a friend of craftster, you can have at most 2 unsent claims and 4 claims total between unsent and in transit.

If this is your first swap, You can have at most one claim in transit and one claim ongoing.

Please keep in mind that DC#'s are required for all US to US claims and receipts are required for all international claims. If you can not provide a receipt and the item does not arrive you will need to resend the claim.


About Wish lists and Claiming:

Please include your claims status: How many claims you have made in total, how many are in transit and how many have been received.

Please start off with a quick introduction that includes your country and any allergies you have.

When claiming please pay close attention to your partners wish list and allergies, likes, dislikes etc.

Have your list including  10 medium crafted items AND 10 supply items ready before making your swap claim (the more you have, the better your chance of getting claimed quickly).... If the swap slows down and your list is up for a full week without being claimed please add a few wishes.



1)  PM the organizer when sending and receiving! Please include the name of the swap (including the round) and the due date of the claim.  
I.E.  Sally ----> Suzy for a pink pony saddle due out Jan 1

2) When you send to the person you have claimed, you MUST PM the organizer with the delivery confirmation # (within the US), or you must either PM the customs number on your shipping receipt or upload a copy of your post office receipt.

3) When you receive a claim, you MUST PM the organizer so she can update the main list.

4) Feedback will be given once all of your packages have been received.

5) Please post pictures in the discussion thread when you receive so you can make us all jealous and give thanks to whomever claimed you (this is just good swapping etiquette). If you will not be able to post pictures please let your claimer know asap so that they can take pictures before sending.

If you want to participate, information to send to: thanate
Name of swap: Ongoing Wish Round 154 (April 2019)
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:

1. Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? (If not, please read carefully to be sure you do not claim someone outside your country)

2. Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

3. Do you understand that you are claiming for at least a medium sized item? For this swap a medium sized item means 2 or more crafting hours or over $20 worth of supplies.

4. Are you a Friend of Craftster?

5. How many claims are you allowed? (New swappers--this would be your very first swap ever--1 claim; those who have been in swappers before--2 claims; Friends of Craftster--3 claims) Please type 1, 2 or 3--->

6. Do you agree that you will PM the organizer when you send and when you receive, and include the appropriate proof of mailing when sending?

7. Tell me anything you want (I am the only person who sees this)

Any questions?


If you have questions, please PM thanate.

Previous rounds:
151: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=457339.0
152: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=457671.0
(153 took a hiatus)

Gallery & Discussion here:
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Ongoing Wish Swap 154- gallery & discussion for May! on: April 29, 2019 05:49:36 PM

("Play" ATC by craftylittlemonkey)

Main thread:  Sign up and claim here!

Come chat with us & show us your presents!! Smiley
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / homemade charcoal (& tutorial!) on: April 29, 2019 08:34:58 AM
I got a book called "the Organic Artist" out of the library a while back, and it's full of a lot of interesting things with descriptions that don't quite answer the questions I had, much of which is more fine arts than I have time or inclination for.  But it also had a bit about making your own charcoal with yard waste, and I couldn't resist.

Here's how to make it:

You need:
*sticks (these are mostly bits of porcelainberry & honeysuckle vines that my neighbor pulled off her fence.)  If you're picky about the finished consistency of the charcoal sticks, scraping the bark off is recommended.  (I didn't bother...)
*clippers or other stick-cutting tool
*a kiln, aka a metal box that seals pretty thoroughly.  I used an altoid tin; tea tins that are all metal should work, or any other metal mostly-sealing boxes.  The goal is to have a space that heats the sticks without letting in enough oxygen that they burn.  The book recommends you try burning your kiln empty first to make sure it doesn't deform & open in the fire, thus spoiling your charcoal batch. 
*and a fire big enough to bury your charcoal kiln box in.

Fill up your kiln with as many sticks as you can jam in there and still have room to shut the lid.  (They'll shrink a bit as they char, so don't worry about getting them out again.)

Close up that box & bury it in the middle of your coals.  (I wait until my husband is done grilling on them.)

Now you see me....

...Now you don't!

Roast some marshmallows, bank your fire & leave it overnight, whatever.  Your kiln should stay in there while the coals burn down.  (I suspect that the larger the kiln the longer it'll need to heat, but I've only tried the one box, especially since nothing much bigger is going to fit in our little firepit.)

Once everything has cooled down, come back & fish out your kiln:

And you have charcoal!

Then you can decorate your steps with ancient-style art: 

(my local wildlife is not quite so impressive as my paleolithic ancestors'...)

Or, you know, do whatever else it is you want with charcoal.  Smiley 
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / trading card self-portrait stamp on: March 22, 2019 06:50:57 AM
I've been thinking about the concept of ATC self-portrait trading cards for a while, & finally promised to do a couple for the ongoing ATC swap.  At which point I decided I'm far too lazy to draw the same picture a bunch of times, so I made a stamp, instead.  It's the first time I've done stamp carving since at least middle school, and that was fun!  Smiley

The blue is an in-progress check (and I really liked how the pen I used on the stamp block came off in the print; I might play with that on purpose at some point)

Finished cards, numbered set of 7


And back, with some stats.

ETA: for the record, while my daughter does come in and bother me in the craft room a lot, I'm not usually actually reading a book at the same time as I'm running the embroidery machine.  Smiley
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Butterfly birthday crown on: March 01, 2019 12:54:25 PM
This is a little bit of a bunch of things, so I guess I'm putting it here!  My child wanted a butterfly crown for her 6th birthday party (we got the butterfly themed package at our favorite nature center) and so I pulled out the freestanding butterfly & moth embroidery designs I figured I'd have a use for some day:

The butterflies are all glued to hair clips so they're removable (& moveable; this is not the final party configuration) and the crown is sewn together at the back with a wide zig-zag so that I can make it bigger if she still wants it once her head has grown some more.

Luna moth lace, w/ glow-in-the-dark webbing.  This one's female.  (small antennae)

Orange Sulphur (which is *not* the same colors on both sides of the wings, so there was a lot more switching the top thread than the bottom thread)

Tiger Swallowtail & Monarch (both female)

Lacy pink fantasy butterfly, Checkered White, & a good view of one of the flowers.

Better view of the front design, this time with the other Luna Moth (male, w/ poofy antennae)

And the Common Green Birdwing.

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / bead dodecahedrons on: February 19, 2019 11:07:20 AM
Utterly useless pretty things!  Also my first dimensional bead work (I've done embroidery & strung things before, but no 3D forms)

Same pattern in 3 sizes: 11s, 8s, & 6s.

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Little Good Things Gallery! on: January 16, 2019 06:26:32 AM

(Slow stitching by my 5 year old on top of our current coffee table coloring page)

Little Good Things

Swap thread here!

Post your little good things here! Smiley
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / holiday goodie bags (w/ tutorial) on: December 21, 2018 08:17:25 AM

I picked up several yards of this fabric at the thrift store a couple months back, so that's what I used to make winter holiday goodie bags for my daughter's kindergarten class.  

I ran them all through my embroidery machine for the snowflakes, which would probably have shown up better if I'd done them as felt patches, but I didn't.  Oh well; it's a bunch of kindergartners; half of them will destroy or throw away the bags in the next week, and a few of them will be treasured until the kids are my age and who knows which will be which?

Here's my semi-lazy method for making a bunch of bags that won't fall to pieces immediately:

Cut up enough strips of fabric to make the number of bags you need.  (I went with 15" by 8 stripes of this fabric, which came out to 7 bags per 15" strip.)  Embroidery or other decorations optional, but do anything you're sewing on before assembling.  I did my long cuts with pinking shears to reduce fraying.  

Fold in the sides a little, so your strings won't start fraying the edges immediately.

Then fold over about 3/4" for your drawstring casing.  Pin as much or as little as makes you happy.  (I didn't bother here, but this fabric was pretty decent at staying put.)  

Zig-zag that on down!  

If you're flying without pins, don't forget to pause and fold in the other side before you get there.  

Do the opposite end of the bag the same way, then fold it in half (right sides together!) and zig-zag the sides from the bottom of the bag to right below where you folded the casings over.  For some reason I don't have a picture of this, but just make sure the sides are closed & the ends of the casings aren't and you'll be fine.  

Turn it right side out, & you have a bag with little tube hems at the top!

Then thread strings through the tubes, & you're set!  I used a crochet hook to do this, but safety pins or yarn needles should work fine, too.  You can do just one string through both tubes, or two strings (also through both tubes!) and pull one from each side.  Yarn makes the bags stay closed more securely, ribbon makes them easier to open.  I did one string blue and one string white, and tied jingle bells to the ends, because jingle bells!! Smiley  

Stuff with presents, give to children.  Or whoever.  Enjoy! Smiley
10  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Site functionality issues? (feedback, PM outboxes, etc) on: December 09, 2018 05:53:47 PM
A few of us on the swap boards have been noticing some site functionality issues recently, and I know a bunch of helpdesk tickets have been opened, but there doesn't seem to be anywhere official to check in on the status of what's going on.  

Things I know that aren't loading/working properly include:  
*Feedback system
*PM outboxes
*Image rotation
*adding buddies (not actually a problem)
*Moving threads to new boards (thanks, geekgirl1000100)

Are there more of these?  Are they related?  What do I do about the swap I'm starting at the end of the week if I can't officially sign up half the participants, not to mention everyone waiting on feedback from finished swaps?

Any updates greatly appreciated!

Administrator Comment
Official site updates posted here as we have them available https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=456791.0
Reply on that thread or click Notify to receive thread updates.  Thank you!! --sweets4ever
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