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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Space Race Swap on: August 28, 2011 12:41:15 PM
Calling all budding Space explorers! Come and join the Space Race! Smiley

So the basic idea of this swap is that in each partnership, one partner would be "Russia" with the other one playing "America" in the Space Race. With Send outs on April 12th (points if you can tell me why!) each partnership will craft items based on 3 or more missions that took place on their country's behalf with the aim of each partner being to send out first, gaining a point for their country! At the end of the swap, the points would be tallied and the winning country of the "Space 'Craft' race" announced at the end of the swap. Smiley

Some possible key dates might be;

12 April 1961   First manned spaceflight (Yuri Gagarin)  USSR

7 March 1962   First orbital solar observatory  USA (NASA)

16 June 1963   First woman in space (Valentina Tereshkova)  USSR

21 July 1969   First human on the Moon and first space launch from a celestial body     USA

15 July 1975   First multinational manned mission     USSR   USA (NASA)   Apollo-Soyuz Test Project

So... What'dya think? Sign-ups 12th-24th Feb 2012?


2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Andrew Lloyd-Webber swap Gallery! on: August 23, 2011 09:03:45 AM
Post your goodies here!

Original Thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=384403.msg4552597#msg4552597


Sent = Orange
Received = Green
Problem = Red
Sent & Received = Blue
Crossed through = Feedback given

Super-ted_Cullen! >> Lionne
Oodellally >> Goktrose
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Extending Sign-ups? on: July 12, 2011 01:36:34 PM

I'm started to feel really stupid; this is my first time organising and my second question here. Wink

Basically, sign ups to my swap are supposed to be ending today but at the moment I only have a couple of swappers despite enormous interest in the beginning. Also, due to the fact my time zone is GMT, I would have to close sign-ups tonight at 7pm EST at the latest, which I think might mean that some people hoping to wait until the last minute may not be able to join. How would I go about extending swap sign-ups? I think I would probably like to give it until the weekend, so just another 4 days or so. Would that be possible?

Thank you,

4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 64 ENTRIES / Scrabble Shoes on: July 10, 2011 04:01:35 PM
Hi all!

Nice to see you again. Smiley This is is a whole deal of firsts for me; not only is it my first foray into shoe making, but it's also my first foray into challenges and my first real try and mixing media! I hope you like my entry; I certainly don't expect to win, but I hope you like my idea, anyway!

Here's a little peek;

It was my prom on the 1st July, and as I was unable to make my own dress (due to a crummy back injury) I decided instead to make my own shoes! Well, sorta. Smiley I started out with my favourite pair of heels, which were getting pretty destroyed. They were scuffed and losing colour so I decided to beef them up a bit.

First, because it didn't even occur to me to just polish the shoes, I decided to colour them in with a black fabric marker. I then attached a shorter silver chain and a longer black chain, before attaching 8 scrabble tiles. Smiley They turned out looking like this;

Action Shot on the night!

I really like them, and they were a hit at Prom, but I had to walk around with superglue in my bag, for every time the shoes broke. They hold up pretty well, but I think the chains were a bad idea as it makes them quite easy to break but I still love them. Cheesy

Hope you like them too!

Thanks for reading,

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Swapper under 16- How to get approval? on: July 04, 2011 01:30:21 PM

I'm currently organising the Andrew Lloyd Webber swap and my sister would like to join. She has been a member for about a year, but as never participated in a swap, and is 15 and 3/4s. Is it possible for her to get Swap moderator approval? Or can I let her join anyway because I know she is reliable and she will be 16 in a few months?

Any help/ advice would be great.


6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Andrew Lloyd-Webber swap (SIGNUPS 07/04/2011-07/13/2011; MAIL-BY 08/20/2011) on: July 04, 2011 05:11:28 AM
Welcome to the I love Andrew Lloyd Webber Musicals! Swap! I hope to see you participate!

Swap name: The I love Andrew Lloyd Webber Musicals! Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Super-Ted_Cullen!
Sign-up date range: 04/07/2011-13/07/2011
Date to send item by: 14/08/2011

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? 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 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:

Are you a Phan of Phantom? Are you Crazy about Cats? Or do you just think that the Wizard of Oz is Wonderful? If so, then this swap is for you! For any fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals/ films, this swap must be participated in!
This will be a 6 point swap, which could translate as one large, one medium and one small. Any extras (crafted or spoilage) or if you want to do larger items, more items, etc. must be agreed with your partner first! Here's a guide to the points system, but do ask if in doubt:

Large= 3 points
Medium=2 points
Small=1 point

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 jewellery with four to five items, a purse, a scarf
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet
-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: The I love Andrew Lloyd Webber Musicals! 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)

The top 5 musicals/ films you would like to receive for (You do not need to fill out all 5 Wink ):
Any other musicals/ films you would be willing to craft for;

Who are your favourite characters? (Try to choose one or two from each of the musicals you have listed to receive from)

Who are your least favourite characters?

Your Top 5 favourite songs/ lyrics:

What are your favourite colours?

Least favourite colours?

Are there any specific crafts or items that you would like to make?

Are there any crafts or items that you would like to receive?

Is there one item wish you would like from this swap? (This is not a guarantee. It is just a guide for your partner)

Are there any materials or crafts that you do not want to receive?

Allergies you have:

Allergens in your home:

What kinds of crafting do you do?

Do you want an item dedicated to someone you love? (kids, pet, girlfriend/boyfriend/husband/wife?, etc.)

Would you like to receive clothing? If so please list your measurements:

Preference of jewellery? (earrings, necklace, bracelets, etc.)

Do you have a camera?

Are you willing to post pictures of the items you receive, or have your partner take pictures for you?(YES/No, I need help)

Are you willing to post once a week in the swap thread even if you just say hi?

Are you willing to personal message the swap organizer/ Partner at least twice during the crafting period to give an update of your progress?

Do you have a wist or any other pieces of information which could be helpful to a prospective partner? (e.g. Wishlist in an ongoing wish or Birthday swap, Amazon wishlist, Blog)

Anything else youd like your partner to know?

Anything else you would like the organizer or your partner to know?


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


1.   Super-Ted_Cullen!
2.   Goktrose
3.   Lionne
4.   Oodelallly
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Buffy swap, Round 5? on: May 19, 2011 02:30:30 PM
Hello Scoobies,

I was wondering if anyone would be up for another BTVS swap? The last one was ages ago, and having only just got into Buffy about a year ago, I'm raring to do one. Would anyone be interested at all? I was wondering if sometime over the summer would be nice?

Here are some links to previous galleries, to get you going;

Buffy the Vampire Slayer gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=118787.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer gallery https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=316078.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Round 3 gallery https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=188141.0
Another Buffy Swap gallery https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=228603.0


8  COOKING / Dessert / My first forays into Cake decorating on: April 19, 2011 06:18:54 AM

I made and decorated these cakes a LONG time ago... And I'm actually missing the pictures for a couple of others I made including a Superman and a Star Trek one for my 15th and my sisters' 14th Birthdays, respectively.

The first is one I made two years ago, for my sixteenth birthday, back when I was an avid Twilight fan. I still like it, only I'm not as obsessed as I used to be. I tried to incorperate aspects from each of the 4 books; the Chessboard for Breaking Dawn, the Ribbon for Eclipse, the Flower for New Moon and the Marzipan Apple for Twilight itself. I actually even stuck an apple sticker from Forks, WA on it, which was from an apple that was handed out at one of the Press screenings I went to.

Plan view:

Apple Detail:

Flower detail:

The flower did actually have icing sugar on it to make it resemble the orchid on the book cover, but that doesn't seem to show up on the pictures...

The Second cake was one I made for my Form Tutor at school, when his birthday co-incided with the day he left. Sad Amazingly, however, the clock was actually made to the exact time he was born! Completely by fluke...

Anyway, thanks for looking! Hope to see you here again soon. Smiley


9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / To craft, or not to craft?- Homage to Shakespeare bracelet on: April 19, 2011 06:05:56 AM

I'm (finally) forcing myself to upload some of the stuff I've made to Crafster, because I always forget. Smiley I made this for my friend's birthday in November 2010, using printable Shrink plastic. She's an avid fan of Shakespeare (as am I) so I threw this together.

Please bear in mind that the pictures are hideous My photo-taking skills have since improved. Smiley


Bracelet in Box I made, which was decorated with Quotes from Othello and Macbeth:

The whole bracelet laid out on a tatty bit of paper:

Half action shot 1:

Half action shot 2:

The Charms included a picture of Shakespeare's head, and the book covers for; All's well that ends well, A midsummer night's dream, Anthony and Cleopatra, Love's labours lost, A Comedy of Errors, Trollius and Cressida, The Tempest and Titus Andronicus. Not actually my favourites, but the prettiest book covers. Smiley

One problem that I think was probably had with this is that I didn't seal it... Which (given the current state of similar bracelets I have made) means that the colours probably ran a lot. Does anyone have any tips for sealing?


10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Can you help me find a pattern for a "Fairy Queen" Dress? on: January 17, 2011 12:34:58 PM
Greetings all,

I have been taking part in an English May Queen Pageant from about the age of 3 and this year it's my turn to be Fairy Queen. Great! Except we can't find a pattern.

I've looked through everything;  Burda and Bridal, Simplicity and Special Occ, but I have yet to find 'the dress'.

I'm looking for one with probably a corset top and quite a large 'fwoofy' skirt, to hide my huge hips. I quite like the idea of off the shoulder, long drapy sleeves. And Petals. On the skirt. Smiley

Something like these below would be great;

Another problem is that my 'seamstress' is my 92 year old Grandmother and she doesn't want to do anything too complex. She also doesn't like altering patterns.

Any help you can give me would be great; I understand that I'm asking for a lot.


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