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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Personal Swap Contact Info - Idea in light of recent news on: December 02, 2019 01:44:45 PM
 Cry Cry Cry So I didn't get around to hosting another ATC Address Book Swap and now it might be too late... Due to recent news of Craftster shutting down

It might be breaking the rules but if there is interest I can put together a questionnaire with contact info, crafting likes, etc then distribute the information via e-mail to everyone that signs up.  Just one small way of staying connected and possibly swapping in the future. I would limit it to only Craftsters who have completed one swap though.

I for one am going to spend some time pulling addresses from my personal messages so I don't lose everyone completely  Cry
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Rainbow Tote Bag ~ WARNING, lots of pictures! on: September 05, 2019 02:41:47 PM
I recently made this rainbow tote bag for the Make Me a Rainbow Swap  Cheesy It was tons of fun to make even if it did take a little longer than the swap requirements  Roll Eyes

Either side could be the front, but this is the side I picked for front:


Inside pocket, snap, and stitching detail (rainbow thread!  Smiley ):

And here are my planning and in-progress pictures and overly worded descriptions:

The plan, 12 color blocks with one each of ROYGBV (I cut out indigo, sorry  Tongue ) and one block to go between each with their common neighbor mixed in. Example is the block between Red and Yellow is Red, Yellow, and Orange.

Each block started as a 7" square but they shrunk throughout the process. Here they are on their own  Smiley

Front side blocks:


Red, Orange, Yellow:


Purple, Red, Orange:


Orange, Yellow, Green:

Back side blocks:

Yellow, Green, Blue:


Blue, Purple, Red:


Green, Blue, Purple:


And some more in-progress pictures  Grin

Starting to add the grey border:

Closeup (it's actually grey with shimmery gold):

Each side finished and ready for bottom and lining:

I love how the border makes each section "pop" instead of having them bleed together.

I used mostly fabric from my stash and used a heavier linen type fabric for the bottom and lining. The blocks were made using a modified version of this tutorial Thanks for looking!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My July ATCs ~ Masterboards are getting used! on: August 12, 2019 09:43:18 AM
Here are the five ATCs I made in July  Smiley All using pieces of masterboard either made by myself or from the ones I received in the Masterboard Swap

I swapped the first two in the Ongoing ATC Swap, the second two I sent out as random surprises and the last one is waiting for a home (hint, hint, hint, if you like it let me know  Wink )

"Happy Hexagons" made with masterboard and scrapbook paper pieces. The frame is from a masterboard made by geekgirl1000100

"Good or Great" made with masterboard background, ribbon, and quote from a pop open card.

"Make Today Count" using masterboards and glittery stickers. Background masterboard by SonjaBoo and the background for the words is by Smmarrt

 "War of the Worlds Alternate Caption" made on masterboard background with illustration cut from an astronomy book and hand lettered caption bubbles.

"Bloom and Grow" made on masterboard background with stickers, stamp and torn envelope, and dimensional tag. Background by kbrison. (This is the one looking for a home)

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My June ATCs on: August 04, 2019 08:02:18 AM
Except for the first two, all of these were swapped in the June Ongoing ATC Swap (gallery here)

"Follow Your Dreams" Made on a masterboard background with dimensional stickers, scrapbook tag, and a quote from a "pop open" card that I received in the latest Make A Friend Swap. I fell in love with this one and since I didn't have anyone in mind when I made it I decided to hold onto it. I may give it away in the future but for now I keep it on my craft table and it makes me happy.

"ATC Address" made with masterboard background, post marked stamp, and scrapbook paper. I made this one to represent the ATC Address Book Swap that I'm hosting.

Now onto the cards I've sent into the world!

"Beauty in Nature" made on a masterboard background with dimensional flower sticker, tea tag, childrens book images, and metallic star brads. The quote on the tea tag is from Vincent Van Gogh "If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere." Since I can't help but think of "The Starry Night"painting when I see his name I was compelled to add some stars in a little swirl.

"Dancing Cauliflower" made on a masterboard background with cutout from a macaroni and cheese box. Just a bit of fun. We recently started buying this kind and the picture on the box just looks like a cauliflower in a loincloth to me.

"Grey with a 'Pop' of Color" watercolor background and dimensional letters, card bordered in silver. I claimed someone with the theme "greyscale with a pop of color" and couldn't resist sending this as an extra.

"Pathless Woods" on masterboard background with mushroom stamp, tea tag, a masterboard scrap, and sticker embellishments.

 "June" on masterboard background with dimensional stickers and letter stickers.

 "Plant Kindness" on masterboard background with masterboard hearts, tea tags, and metal embellishment (from an old earring).

"Watercolor Pumpkin" watercolor background in autumn colors, watercolor pumpkin with metallic paint, gold stickers, and bordered in ore metallic paint.

Thanks for looking! And if you haven't already please consider joining the Ongoing ATC Swap  Cheesy These swaps are so fun and welcoming to crafters of all skills and talent levels  Smiley
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Diamond Baby Blanket on: August 03, 2019 08:51:23 AM
I've been seeing some cute baby quilts popping up on the front page and wanted to share the one I made for my little guy  Smiley Slightly more blanket than quilt, but I think it fits here  Wink

I had this diamond design in mind and it was diamonized even farther when shopping with a toddler because I asked for the wrong amount of fabric to be cut. So instead of spending more money I cut the fabric for the back and front at an angle to make it more diamond shaped and shuffled pieces around to fit the corners  Smiley So the front of the blanket has corners that match the back, aaaaand:

...the back has corners made from the fabric I used on the front diamonds.

I used flannel fabrics and put a layer of batting between. I love how cozy it turned out! And it's big enough for him to grow with (also makes a nice mommy lap blanket  Wink )

Here are the diamonds after I surged the edges

I sewed them on without interfacing but if I were to do it again I would fuze them onto the blanket first. Even though I used all my pins to hold them in place they still wiggled while sewing.

And some action shots  Cheesy

More pictures on my blog  Smiley Thanks for looking!  Cheesy
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / TM Patch Doll on: July 17, 2019 09:20:36 PM
I was in the Craft a Craftster Friend Doll Swap, gallery here. Despite not knowing the first thing about doll making I decided to join... then sketched some paper doll ideas... then bought a blank doll form... then had a good idea! (Or at least I hoped it was a good idea)

I made a TM style patchwork doll. I drafted a simple pattern for the head, body, arms, and legs. Went through my stash of fabric and picked out all the ones that I thought represented my partner (her love of nature and writing stood out the most). Then matched the fabrics up and decided where each one would go and got to cutting.

I was originally going to make her one-sided but then I decided to double up on the pieces because I wanted the back side fabrics to be pretty too! So I made two of everything and stitched them back-to-back before putting the doll together (except the I put part of the neck into the body before stitching it together). Here's her back:

The edge of the head is done opposite to all the other patches; the raw edge is turned to the back instead of the front to give her a nicer/more polished look. Her face was a challenge! I started and re-started a few times... but I think I finally gave her some nice eyes and mouth  Smiley

I gave her some button joints:

And then I got to work on the HAIR, so... much... hair...!!!  Shocked

When she was complete I had a little extra time and made her a mini travelers journal as well  Smiley

I used two little TM patches from my stash. I cut a rectangle of fabric big enough to hold them together and be the lining for the inside (and hide the backside of the patches). The pages are made from envelopes rescued from the recycling

And finally, here she is with her book  Smiley

Thanks for looking!  Cheesy
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / ATC Address Book Gallery on: July 13, 2019 10:12:00 PM

***Remember that it is the SENDER'S job to post pictures, not the receiver*** (But a kind word to the sender would be nice)  Wink



kartiana is sending to:

jellybean89 is sending to:

Witty_Child is sending to:

curiousfae is sending to:
anna.wahnsinn is sending to:

craftylittlemonkey is sending to:

thanate is sending to:
CDEeeek is sending to:

faemystique is sending to:

Blue = Sent
Green = Received
Orange = Late with communication
Red = Late without communication
Purple = Positive feedback given

August 20 - Every card has been sent and received! This swap is complete  Cheesy
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Pocket Sized Travelers Journal - Tutorial on: June 22, 2019 02:39:59 PM
This tutorial is for a pocket sized travelers journal. I'm posting in this board because it was the closest fit... but if it belongs somewhere else please let me know and I'll move it! More pictures are included in my blog post, but I wanted to share this on Craftster as well  Smiley This is my method, please feel free to copy and/or modify for making your own.

For the pocket size I use notebooks that are 5 1/2" x 3 1/2" (I bought a pack on Amazon). This journal will fit four nicely.

Supplies needed:
~ Cardstock cut to 7 3/4" x 5 1/4"
~ Fabric for spine cut to 2 1/2" x 6"
~ Fabric for front and back cut to 5 1/2" x 6" (cut two)
~ Mini eyelets. For this tutorial I use 6
~ Elastic cord
~ Optional button
~ Surger (or modify for a sewing machine)
~ Thread
~ Iron (optional)

Here we go!

Step 1:
Fold cardstock twice at 3 5/8" in from each side

This is what I found works best for the notebooks I use, you can see they fit perfectly in between the folds (I don't know why it's rotated because it's not that way originally):

Step 2:
Punch holes in the cardstock for eyelets. I use my Crop-o-Dile smallest hole punch.
The holes at the top and bottom should be about 3/8" from the edge and close to the crease. The holes in the center should be in the approximate center or wherever you want your closure band to be.

Step 3:
Lay your fabric out with long side (6" side) touching, Arranged with the spine fabric in the center. Serge pieces right sides together without cutting/using the serger blade. Also serge down the outer 6" sides to create a finished edge.
Press seams toward outer edges.

Step 4:
Center cardstock on the wrong side of the fabric and fold fabric sides over to create pockets, pin in place.

Serge along the top and bottom edges close to cardstock. You will want your serger blade engaged for this. I try to serge with the outer needle touching the cardstock. It's a tricky step and I still end up with needle pricks in my cardstock, but that doesn't bother me.  Don't forget to remove your pins when serging! Go slow and hand crank for better control.

All the serging is done now so finish off your thread tails however you like. I tie a knot and burry the thread using an upholstery needle.

Step 6:
Snip holes in the fabric for the eyelets. Use the cardstock holes as a guide. This is another tricky bit and I haven't found the perfect technique yet. I use sharp, pointy scissors and take tiny bites until I have enough room for the eyelet.

Set the eyelets through both fabric and cardstock.

Step 7:
Add elastic cord for the notebook inserts and the closure band. Secure each with a knot.
The vertical cord is for the inserts and should be tight but not too tight (it's easier to understand by doing).
The cord in the center should be long enough to loop around the finished journal without being loose. If you want to add a decorative button put it on the closure band before attaching to the journal.

Step 8:
Add your inserts! My pictures were hard to follow for this step, I found that looking up a video of someone doing this was a lot easier to follow than any pictures/illustrations.

And you're done! Thanks for reading!

9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / ATC Address Book - Signups CLOSED - Send July 27 on: June 18, 2019 08:36:19 AM

Swap name: ATC Address Book
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: kartiana
Sign-up date range: through June 18 - July 9
Date to send item by: July 27

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

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
- Delivery Confirmation is not required for this swap, BUT participants will be required to re-send if it gets lost

Details of swap:

This swap is for anyone that loves to send and/or receive random mail! You will be put into groups of five and for each partner you will send one double sided ATC sized card. The first side will include your real name and mailing address. The backside will include anything you want to share with your partners! Let's keep the back positive but feel free to include any allergies you have. Please also include your craftster username somewhere on the card.

An ATC (Artist Trading Card) is 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" (the size of a typical playing card) and for this swap it should be flat enough to fit into a plastic card sleeve.

No tracking numbers required, but you will need to re-send if anything goes missing. International shipping is required for this swap (it wont cost much).

Please note - Due to the personal information being sent and shared posting pictures in the gallery will be done by the sender. When you receive please be sure to thank your partner and describe some elements of their card, but allow them to post pictures (if they want). This way everyone is in control of how much information is shared online. You can take a picture of your base card before adding your address or blur out the information, its up to you Smiley

You dont have to be a paper crafter to join! Any and all levels are welcome Cheesy  However this is a craft swap so take some time to make something special. Some ideas for making beautiful cards:
- Practice calligraphy
- Watercolor background
- Doodle around the edges
- Use your favorite colors
- Add embellishments
- Stalk the masterboard swap and make your own Wink

Some ideas for the back side:
- Your birthday
- Favorite holidays
- Favorite colors
- Crafts you love to do
- Things you collect

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

Name of swap: ATC Address Book
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Do you understand you may have to ship to an address outside your own country?:
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
Do you have any allergies?
Please list any allergens in your home (pets, smoke, etc):
Do you understand that tracking numbers are not needed for this swap but that you will be asked to re-send if youre envelope goes missing?
This swap has a special rule for posting in the gallery, what is it?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Retro Phone Applique Bag on: May 04, 2019 09:40:29 AM
I was recently in the play "Pack of Lies" by Hugh Whitemore. For every show I've been involved with for this theater company (so far) we do a white elephant style gift exchange at the cast party. The idea is to gift something that reminds you of the show and/or the experience of working on the show. Well the telephone rings a lot in the show, my character carries a phone off, and I made a few bags for use as props in the show. We also had a black & white monochromatic set, costumes, props, etc so I wanted to include those ideas in my gift. I love using the opportunity to make something and so far all the gifts I've done for cast parties have been hand-made.

Here is what I made for this show:

I used some soft wool and green linen for the bag itself and made a grey and black telephone applique to go on the front. I also lined the bag with the green linen. I used fusible webbing to attach the phone then machine stitched around the edges for extra durability. Then I added buttons  Cheesy For one, buttons are easier to add than little fabric circles would be. And second, they add some extra personality  Wink

I wanted to make the phone black & white to represent the colors of the show but I didn't want it to get lost in the background and I wanted to make a cheerful bag since the show itself was a adowner... I made the pattern for the bag and phone applique. I really wanted to showcase the wool I chose but also wanted it to be durable and I wasn't sure how the bottom would hold up so I decided to use a strip of the linen at the bottom and I am really happy with how it turned out. I love how the telephone looks like it's sitting on a table.

Here's a picture with the flash on so you can see the glittery fabric:

And a closeup of the phone:

And here it is hanging up (I had a hard time getting a good picture this way):

I'm happy with how it turned out! The director of our show ended up getting it and she seemed to like it too  Cheesy

Thanks for looking!
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