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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Planner/Journal Supplies Swap: THE GALLERY on: March 03, 2017 04:09:09 PM

Show off all your delicious planner and journal goodies here! Be sure to PM both partners and your org (noooitaremybirthday) when you send or receive.
Swap thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451565.0

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Curiousfae<-> Bec99
Curiousfae<-> yzzilnoaj
noooitaremybirthday<-> Stellato_Escuro
noooitaremybirthday<-> mom2em
stellato_Escuro <-> sonjaboo

2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Planner/Journal Supplies Swap (S/U Until 2/14/17, S/O 3/7/17) on: February 06, 2017 10:37:04 AM

Gallery Link Below!

Swap name: Planner/Journal Supplies Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: noooitaremybirthday
Sign-up date range: 2/6/2017 to 2/14/2017
Date to send item by: March 7th 2017

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 20

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: Y
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: Y
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: Y
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: Y
- Is at least 18 years old: Y

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:
Go ahead, jot it down in your planner, put it on your to-do-list, write it on a sticky note! The Planner/Journal Supplies swap is here. Well be swapping a 6x9 envelope or similar full of fun papery goodness to use in our planners and journals. If you dont work in a planner, but like to journal or just love stationary, stickers, office supplies, etc, youre welcome to join! Some of the items can be ready-made supplies, but at least half of the items must be crafted or fixed up in some way.

Some ideas would be perhaps inchies or other sized tiny art to be used as stickers, dividers, etc. Gelliprinted dividers, pouches or pages. Altered paperclips, page markers, handmade stickers, washi tape and washi samples, fun pens, flags, tags, tabs, closure elastic bands, protective sleeves, post-its, handmade dashboards, zippered pouches to organize supplies. etc.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Well be swapping a 6x9 envelope or similar full of planner goodies, at least half of which are crafted/altered/spruced up by you. Please put in a good effort to create a package that youd be happy to receive yourself! Include things that will make your partner smile by doing some stalking and careful reading of her questionnaire. Extras and desired level of complexity can be decided between partners. Tracking will be required.

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

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)
One partner or two?
Please list at least 6 themes (or more!) that you love to help your partner personalize your package:
What are your favorite colors and color combos?
Themes and colors you DONT like:
What type of planner or journal do you use and for what purpose(goal-making, scheduling, journaling, etc)? What are its measurements?
Planner items you might hope to receive:
Supplies/Items you DONT need:
Are there any items you hope to make, have to offer, or are particualrly good at?
What are some goals you have for the year?
Favorite quotes or phrases?
Include any links to inspire your partner (Pinterest, Wist, Etsy Faves, Amazon Wishlists, etc.)


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

1. noooitaremybirthday
2. sonjaboo
3. stellato_escuro
4. mom2em
5. curiousfae
6. Emilywilde
7. sharalee
8. yzzilnoaj
9. bec99
10. Artmomto5
11. zigg13pra

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Planner Supplies Swap? Stickers, inchies, clippies, washi, etc. on: December 27, 2016 07:31:48 AM
I just bought a new planner for 2017 and I'm pretty stoked about it.

Is anybody else interested in doing a planner supplies swap? Anybody getting into planning or already addicted?

I'm thinking keep it small, a 6x9 envelope or similar. Keep postage costs lower and be able to include international craftsters. Some ideas would be perhaps inchies or other sized tiny art to be used as stickers, dividers, etc. Altered paperclips, page markers, handmade stickers, washi tape, fun pens, flags, tags, tabs, closure elastics, protective sleeves, post-its etc.

Some themes could be goal-setting, inspirational quotes, hustle, health goals, work, to-do lists, and whatever else your partner needs/wants for their planner.

(image from http://anabelleom.blogspot.com/2014/06/ladybugs-summer-fun-flowers-and-planner.html)
4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Needle Felted Sun Conure! Teeny little version of my Peanut on: September 13, 2012 07:09:40 PM

I made my first real attempt at needle felting tonight Cheesy I made a wee felt version of my sun conure, Peanut.

It ended up really tiny because I hadn't realized when I started how compacted the wool gets when you needle felt it all together. It's only about 1.5'' tall. I think I'll try for something bigger next time, because there was a lot of accidental finger stabbing. Yowch.

The back

The other side

My wee little first felt creature Smiley

The likeness is unmistakable, and Peanut is weirded out by the little thing.

He is suspicious... and will keep a close watch on this tiny imposter.

Thanks for looking Cheesy
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Colorful Greeting Cards! Rubber stamping like a boss. on: August 20, 2012 07:17:43 PM
Dude, I am top slacker when it comes to posting projects to Craftster! Well, I'm making a resolution yet again to be better at it. So here is a collection of cards I've made over the past few months... I used rubber stamps for all of them, most of them (not the first 3) are of my own animal or monster illustrations. I like to use watercolors or colored pencils to color the stamped images!

Alice in Wonderland

Aw snap! Kid cowboy!

Amazon parrot. Squawk can mean so many things, so this card could be anything Smiley

Floating dog birthday. The original sketch of this dog is in my Sketchbook Project book from 2010 Cheesy

Sad monster...

Hugs...a friendly little beast.

Mr. Fancy Gentleman Fox... With a novelty yarn border.

Wolfie king, also with more novelty yarn!

Anyway, thanks for looking!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Toucan Sculpture! on: May 31, 2012 11:38:31 AM

I wasn't so sure this belonged in the poly clay section, because it's technically air-dry clay, and it has inchies on it... and other stuff... So BEHOLD, I'm putting it in the misc topics Smiley I made this toco toucan sculpture because it's my dream/10 year goal to have this kind of toucan someday. It's wild, it's crazy, but I need an outlandish goal to keep my head up lately.

I first made a rough form of the beak and body as two separate pieces out of aluminum foil to save some clay and to keep it from being too heavy and slow-drying. I attached the two pieces with stabbed in toothpicks and tacky glue.

Then I covered the outside with a layer of air-dry clay (I used premier brand, it comes in a red/white package) and I tried to make it as smooth as possible... The outside can be sanded when it's dry, but the less sanding the better (and easier!) I say. This picture is before I did any sanding, so it's a wee bit lumpy.

And then I used artists acrylics to paint the toucannish colors Smiley I also added a tail, which is made out of thick canvas fabric painted/stiffened with acrylic paint.

The base is a scrap of 2x4 that I had randomly laying around in my craft room. I painted it with craft acrylics and added this quote: "Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark."

And then the edges are decorated with inchies of toucan doodles on pieces of vintage children's book page.

I got the mini straw hat at hobby lobby a while ago in a pack of 5, I think, very cheap. Embellished that with a pheasant feather and novelty yarns. AND, if you look close, there is blue glitter glue around the eyes which are round, flat hematite beads Smiley Nothing is quite complete without a little glitter, right? Thank you for looking!
7  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / Quick, Easy Smart Phone or iDevice Stand - featuring Elmer's products on: April 16, 2012 10:09:25 AM
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Quick, Easy Smart Phone or iDevice Stand - featuring Elmer's products

I love my iPod, but I don't love how slick the back is, because it's impossible to prop up against anything without having it slide down onto its back. You can buy stands for this purpose, but I'm a crafty person, and the only thing I like to spend money on is craft supplies. So why not make my own little stand? You can too.

Here's what I used for this project: An 8x4'' piece of cereal box or similar food packaging, a slightly larger piece of patterned paper, a cut out kitty image from a book, red and white Elmer's Paint Pens, Elmer's Glue Dot Runner, and alphabet stamps (not pictured).

Here are the dimensions and the folding places for your cereal box. I added some dotted lines to make it easy to see where the creases need to go. If you have a scoring board, use it. If not, just use a ruler and something pointy, but not too sharp, like the end of a knitting needle, to make score lines. If you do this ahead of time it will make it much easier to fold when the time comes.

Use some glue, like this Elmer's Glue Dot Runner, on the printed side of your cereal box, making sure to cover the edges and the areas that will be creased well. A gluestick, like Elmer's Craft Bond All-Purpose Glue Stick would also work well in this situation.

Carefully press on your patterned paper and give it a good rub down to make sure it's good and stuck.

Use some fine-tipped scissors, like these X-ACTO Precision Tips, to trim off the excess paper as close as you can.

Next, fold your piece at the scored lines. To get a nice heavy crease, I used a bone folder, but the capped end of a gluestick works pretty good for that, too. It's important to crease well, so your stand keeps its shape and doesn't try to flatten out on its own.

After it's been folded, it'll look like this.

After gluing on my cat image, I used a white Elmer's Paint Pen to draw circles to prime where I wanted to stamp letters. The opaque paint in the pens is perfect to cover the pattern in the paper and really helps to make the stamped letters very clear and visible. I used a permanent stamp pad and alphabet stamps to put on the phrase, "I love that video!"

Next, a red paint pen was perfect to add an accent to the edges.

Once all of the decoration on the front is nice and dry (give the paint a few minutes), flip it over and use the Elmer's Glue Dot Runner on the back side of the bottom edge.

Position the stand how you want it, then press firmly to fix the front flap in place.

And there it is! A cute, functional accessory for your smart phone or idevice that hardly cost a thing.

Now you're all set to watch some rad vids (Kittykill's Craftster Quickies!) and your hands will be free to get down to some serious craftin'.
8  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / Altered Journal Page - featuring Elmer's products on: April 16, 2012 10:07:40 AM
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Altered Journal Page - featuring Elmer's products

It's been a goal of mine to jump back into altered journaling for a while now, but have found myself uninspired whenever I set my book out in front of me. I've checked out some other inspiring art journalers, and a big thing that keeps coming up is making spreads using stencils with spray inks, along with paint pens.

I thought that it would be fun to make my own spray ink stencil to try out. The clear, thick plastic packaging sheet that made up the box for a new beauty tool made the perfect material for a stencil that's gonna get wet. I started out by drawing my outline of a randomish diamond pattern on the plastic.

Next, using my X-ACTO knife on my self healing X-ACTO cutting mat, I sliced out the diamond shapes.

Here is what it looks like with all the diamonds cut out.

Using Elmer's Repositionable Designer Masking Tape, I secured my stencil in place. The repositionable masking tape is great because it'll peel up without damaging my journal page once I'm done spraying. The ink I used is some glimmer mist I made myself by mixing pearl pigment, water, alcohol and india inks into a travel spray bottle.

The stencil's effect is pretty cool. I think it looks like snake skin and makes a great background for the rest of my journaling.

I cut out a copy of an illustration to use as a focal point on my page with my X-ACTO Precision Tip Scissors.

Then I glued it onto the page with my Elmer's Craft Bond Glue Stick, in addition to placing more Elmer's Designer Masking Tape on the top and bottom edges for a quick and easy embellishment.

Next, I started drawing more background designs with Elmer's Paint Pens.

After this step, I put a thin coat of acrylic matte medium over top, to make the colors stand out a bit more and also to create a more slick, non-porous surface so I could finish off the page with a quote.

The paint pens work best on a surface that doesn't really soak up much paint, so once the matte medium dried, it was easy to have the opaque paint from the pens really stand out and make the words pop.

And here's the finished page! Altered-journaling slump: defeated!
9  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / Flowers and Bird Dimensional Birthday Card - featuring Elmer's products on: April 16, 2012 10:06:24 AM
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Flowers and Bird Dimensional Birthday Card - featuring Elmer's products

I'm always forgetting a birthday or finding out about one last minute. This time it was my best friend's birthday. OOPS. (**Forehead smack!**) So I needed to whip a card up and quick.

I started out with a blank card from a box 'o' cards that I have handy for just such occasions. They're kind of well... plain... so before diving in to the paper embellishments, I used Elmer's Painters Pens to add a little zing to the background.

Next, I used Elmer's Craft Bond Glue Spots to fasten 12 paper squares to the card. I like them because you don't have to wait for anything to dry, and they add just a teensy bit of dimension. Not too much, but just enough to make the squares pop a little.

For the main elements on the card, I used Elmer's Craft Bond Foam Mounting Tape.

The foam mounting tape has a really nice amount of thickness, so the bird and flowers stand out and give the card some extra interest and dimension.

I finally added a couple of gems to the flowers and was done. Now I won't feel like a bad friend when I have this hand-made card to give to my buddy.
10  MASTER CRAFTSTERS / Elmer's Products / Pink Feathery Pen - featuring Elmer's products on: April 16, 2012 10:05:24 AM
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Pink Feathery Pen - featuring Elmer's products

Plain old boring pens are great, but when you can go fancy, why the heck not?

Making a normal boring pen into a fancy, fluffy one was quick and simple project. I used Elmer's Repositionable Designer Masking Tape, feathers and some bead sprays.

Just start at the top and wrap the tape around your feathers, positioning them so that they fan out a little and are evenly spaced all around the top of the pen. Keep wrapping (there will be several layers of tape for secureness) and add the bead sprays in, too.

Then just keep wrapping all the way to the bottom of the pen.

At the very end, I used a little bit of clear-drying Elmer's Craft Bond Glue Pen to secure a little wire-wrapping at the top for embellishment. This also will keep the feathers in there nice and snug.

And there it is, super fancy and ready to write secret notes!
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