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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Happy Mail - A Mix of Art and Science on: September 11, 2016 12:38:39 PM
When I saw L2E's themes for the Happy Mail swap, I couldn't resist doing a mix of art and science for the package I sent her!

This is the envelope and doo-dads that I came up with:

The envelope was made with watercolor paper and painted to look like plant cellulose under a microscope.

I've been working on developing my calligraphy skills and wanted to include a couple of science'ey quotes. The first is an explanation of why the sky is blue from Philip C. Plait. The second is one of my favorite quotes and something I really believe Carl Sagan was right about Smiley.

I also made a little tag and a series of petri dish circles with painted bacteria in them. They are harmless and germ free Smiley.

This is a science-themed banner and a gravity testing kit - in case my partner ever finds herself in a situation where it could come in handy.

Lastly, some periodic poetry! I made a bunch of letters inspired by the Periodic Table of Elements. They can be combined to make various different words (including a few bad ones Smiley).

I hope that this mail made by partner happy! It made me happy to create it for her.

Unintended consequence of making happy mail...wanting to go to McDonalds for a Happy Meal.
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / This Post Brought to you by the Letter "b" & Drying Gum on: August 27, 2016 04:29:39 PM
I took a modern calligraphy class this week and am starting to feel a bit more confident in the craft...a bit. There are certain letters I gravitate towards because they are loopy and fun and flow well for me. The lowercase letter "b" happens to be one of those (p and w are the others Smiley).

I've been doing a ton of practicing with ink and nib but wanted to try a new medium today, drawing gum! Drawing gum, also known as masking liquid, is a fluid that you use like ink to "mask" certain areas of your work. It goes on very wet but as it dries, it gets a rubber'ey texture and can be painted over with watercolors. Once your paint dries, you rub or peel the drawing gum away and you're left with whatever surface you started on - plain white in my case.

I used Pebeo drying gum but there are a number of other brands available if you search on Amazon or at your local paper or art supply store.

Here are a few tips I learned in my first day of playing with this new supply:

- Be patient! It's tempting to want to watercolor over the drawing gum pretty quickly but if it's not completely dry, it makes a mess. Similarly, don't try peeling off the drying gum until your watercolor is dry otherwise the paint will bleed into the places you don't want it to!

- Mess up the writing (or whatever design you're working on)? Never fear - just let it dry, peel it off and start over with a clean slate! No reason to waste your good watercolor paper!

- To remove the drawing gum (once everything is dry), very gently rub it with a pencil eraser. That will help ball it up a bit so you can grab and peel it more easily.

Remember how I said earlier that I had been doing a lot of calligraphy practice lately? This is the reason why my fingernails will be black for the next week:

Learning new things can get messy Smiley.
3  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Toucan Mosaic on: August 14, 2016 04:56:14 PM
I recently took a mosaic class and I must have had Florida, or the Golden Girls or Fruit Loops or maybe all of the above on my mind because this toucan is what I decided to make!

It's inspired by this cute art print that proved to be just the right amount of detail for mosaic'ing.

I plan to hang it up in my office at work. Thanks for checking it out!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Jumping into the ATC Game on: August 11, 2016 07:38:34 PM
Last month, I joined Craftster's ongoing Artist Trading Card (ATC) swap and have been having fun making and receiving ATCs ever since Smiley. Everyone has such inspiring themes to share - it's proving to be great motivation to make messes in my craft room! These are the first couple cards I've made based on my partner's themes of Bill Murray and Foxes.

If you're an uber-fan, you may recognize this bizarre quote from one of Bill Murray's movies. Any guesses?? Spoiler below Smiley.

If you guessed What About Bob? you are officially an uber-fan of Bill Murray!!

I think What About Bob? is one of the most hilarious movies of all time and the dinner scene absolutely kills me, this quote in particular. I'm giggling just typing the words! It's so ridiculous! I mean, of course it's hand-shucked! HA! I thought it would be a fun way represent the Bill Murray theme.

For the Fox theme, I found a picture of a really cool black line tattoo by Christian Lanouette on Pinterest and drew a similar design on the card. I then filled it in with watercolors to pump up the vibrancy.

Both cards are done on hot-press watercolor paper.

I'm planning to continue to play in the ATC swap. I feel so much better when I'm making things and this is an easy swap to keep my artsy-fartsy side motivated. Plus, I'm getting to start my own collection of ATCs from other crafters!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Felt Badge Swap R3 Gallery (Send Out June 27!) on: June 05, 2016 08:46:04 AM
Discussion: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=447848.0

Notes about Sending, Receiving, and Feedback

SENDING: Take pictures of your items before you send. When sending, you must use a DC# (or for overseas keep that receipt). Keep your receipt until your partner receives. PM your group organizer and partner when you send.

RECEIVING: PM group organizer and partner when you receive. Take pictures of received items. Post pictures in gallery in a timely manner.

FEEDBACK: Given when a package is received (verified through PM or DC#). We will not be keeping track of what has been received by gallery pictures.

Partner has Received
Late with communication


bec99 <> Wulf
fatewineroses <> roler
audio <> fatewineroses
cmouse01 <> petskin
dinkime <> Inselaeffchen
bec99 <> roler
isaacmom01 <> Wulf
LeapFeetFirst*<> PerfectlyBohemian
Annchen <> noodle-bug
PerfectlyBohemian <> petskin
audio <> dinkime
isaacmom01 <> PromisedHeartbrk
EllaRain <> geekgirl1000100
geekgirl1000100 <> noodle-bug
LimeRiot <> pioneer9
pioneer9 <> PromisedHeartbrk

6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Felt Badge Swap (SU May 17 - May 28, SO June 27) on: May 17, 2016 06:45:20 PM
Want to start a colorful and happy felt badge collection? Want to add to your existing collection? Love fun and easy swaps? Then join us for the Felt Badge swap!!

image from http://nikkidwright.wordpress.com/2010/01/03/more-stuff-i-am-pretty-sure-i-dont-need-but-boy-do-i-want-it/

Round 1 Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=406925.0
Round 2 Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=410196.0

Swap Details

In this swap well be crafting 1 felt badge for our partner!

- Please only send your felt badge! No extras!  
- Badges should be roughly 2 3 in size.
- Badges should be embroidered/sewn and should be made using felt or needle-felting techniques.
- Additional embellishments are welcome!
- The back of the badge should be finished but should be left plain so that your partner can use it as a magnet or pin or hang it as an ornament or just collect them in a box Smiley.  
- You may opt to have 2 partners. See notes below for more info*.
- Posting to the discussion thread or PMing organizers is required at least every 2 weeks.
- Have fun!!

Swap name: Felt Badge Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: LimeRiot
Sign-up date range: May 17 May 28
Date to send item by: June 27th
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):No limit.
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?N/A
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
- Delivery confirmation # is required for this swap (US only)

Questionnaire to Answer:
Name of swap: Felt Badge Swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
Mailing address including the country (as would need to appear for mailing)
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?

Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home (cats, smoke, etc)?

What themes or specific badge ideas do you like (vintage, photography, cats, goth)?
Are there any themes that you really dont like?

Would you like 1 partner or 2? See notes below for more info*.

Do you have specific ideas or inspirations that would help your partner personalize your badge (Pinterest, Etsy Favorites, Flickr, etc)?
Anything else youd like your partner to know?

Send your completed questionnaire to your organizer. That would be me, LimeRiot Smiley.

*Selecting Two Partners
If you opt for having two partners then you will be paired up twice. This will require that you communicate, craft for and send a badge to two different partners. See the example below...

Person A - 2 partners
Person B - 1 partner
Person C - 1 partner
Person D - 1 partner
Person E - 1 partner
Person A <> Person B
Person A <> Person C
Person D <> Person E

Sending, Receiving, and Feedback
SENDING: Take pictures of your items before you send. When sending, you must use a DC# (or for overseas keep that receipt). Keep your receipt until your partner receives. PM organizer and partner when you send.

RECEIVING: PM organizer and partner when you receive. Take pictures of received items. (Please take quality pictures, like ones you would take of your work.) Post pictures in gallery in a timely manner.

FEEDBACK: Given when a package is received (verified through PM or DC#). We will not be keeping track of what has been received by gallery pictures. Please PM us!  

Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448034.0
7  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Hula Hula Challenge on: April 11, 2016 07:35:04 PM
I know it's only spring but after seeing the sun this past weekend, summer themes have been on my mind!!

A Tiki or Hula challenge could be neat. I bet a more general Polynesian culture challenge would produce some awesome entries!! I could see recipes being shared, some crafty play on traditional tattoos, tiki cocktails, poly clay plumerias, embroidered hula dancing girls...the possibilities are endless!

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Braidsmaid Knit Shawl on: March 21, 2016 08:11:41 PM
I was so flattered and excited when everyone's craftster crush, wendiek, asked me to swap with her in the latest IYP!

I wanted to make her something knitted since it's not a craft she does. With the help of some of the mods, I selected a pattern called Braidsmaid by Martina Behm. It was a really fun knit - just the right balance of ease and interest.

The yarn I used a silk blend yarn from Manos del Uruguay. It was a delight to work with!! It has a soft and shiny texture but still feels cozy and warm.

I added extra pattern repeats to make the shawl bigger so that it could easily be worn just draped on the shoulders or all wrapped up around the neck.

It was a fun knit and I think wendiek liked it (that's what really matters Cheesy Smiley)!
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Making my first dotee dolls was a HOOT! on: January 30, 2016 04:22:00 PM
I've seen dotee dolls around Craftster for years but have never made or collected my own, until recently!

I participated in a tiny bird swap and my partner, Ludi, had owls and dotees on her q'nnaire list so I figured it was a good chance to try my hand at the craft. These little hooters were the result!

I made them both out of linen fabric. I painted designs on them and then added embroidered details for extra texture. The wings are made of wool felt and were sewn to the body with buttons. Little beads were used for final embellishments!

I don't have a single inch of wall space available to start my own dotee collection but I can see why people get addicted to making them! They are really fun to put together.

I don't think I followed all of the "rules" for making these dolls but I think that's kinda the point - so I'm guessing I won't be ticketed by the dotee police anytime soon Smiley.

10   / MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Miscellaneous Featured Projects, 2015 Q3 & Q4 on: January 09, 2016 07:44:27 PM
Congratulations to the contributors of our latest Miscellaneous feature!! Thanks for sharing such awesome projects in the second half of 2015.

Kindness Mixed Media Hoopla by LeapFeetFirst

Harry Potter Sorting Hat Tea Cosy by edelc

Marauder's Map Hand Painted Shoes by lancmaltby

Tin of the Month Club 2015 by rackycoo

Miniature 3 Story Tudor Home by Arachnea

Singer Sewing Machine Restoration by Supermutts

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