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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Who Crafted Laura Palmer? [Twin Peaks Happy Mail] on: March 25, 2018 09:19:33 PM
Who crafted Laura Palmer? I did!!

Thanks to the inspiration from fellow Twin Peaks fan, mandykaye Smiley. We were in the Happy Mail swap together and when I saw this theme in her ATC list, I knew I had to craft for it. I had sooo many ideas but finally landed on these items...



Log-lady inspired note cards - "my log has something to tell you." These could come in handy if a coworker has spinach in their teeth and you want to subtly tell them Smiley.


A collection of stickers with various Twin Peaks references. Some of these were inspired by enamel pins I found.


Another notecard with a famous Twin Peaks warning...


Dancing man ATC (he's on a brad so he can shake) and an evidence bag with a chip from One Eyed Jacks.


I wood slice ornament with the Twin Peaks painted on.


Donuts!! Just like Agend Dale Cooper likes Smiley.


And the envelope I sent in. This picture was inspired by some digital fan art I found online...and the iconic "Welcome" sign, of course.


I really could have crafted for this swap for another 6 months and still wouldn't have run out of ideas. It was so fun to create for a fellow fan of the show!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Happy Mail Round 4 Gallery! (send out 3/26) on: March 07, 2018 08:02:25 PM
Discussion Thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454293.0


Image from: https://mamaelephant.com/

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#). I will usually do a few batches per week but if you need immediate feedback to join another swap, let me know via PM.

Sent
Partner has Received
Feedback
Late with communication

Partners


blupaisan <> jillybeans
goatgoddess <> Onyxnox
mlsocci74 <> Rosie1981
Artmomto5 <> geekgirl1000100
FiberAlchemist <> jillybeans
Artmomto5 <> lindyv321
thanate <> Witchhippie
hereintherain <> loves2experiment
jellybean89 <> Witchhippie
blupaisan <> Onyxnox
bec99 <> mlsocci74
FiberAlchemist <> Rosie1981
Abbeeroad <> geekgirl1000100
LimeRiot <> mandykaye
bec99 <> thanate
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Happy Mail Swap R4 - Come on, Get HAPPY (SU 2/15 - 2/24, SO 3/26) on: February 15, 2018 09:17:46 PM
Hello Craftster, here's a swap that we're doin'
Come on, get happy
A whole lotta lovin' is what we'll be bringin'
We'll make you happy

(borrowed from The Partridge Family Wink)


Image from: https://mamaelephant.com/


Swap name: Happy Mail Swap, Round 4 - Come On, Get HAPPY!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: LimeRiot
Sign-up date range: 2/15/18 - 2/24/18
Date to send item by: 3/26/18
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? 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*


*This is a paper swap so no tracking is required. However, you do agree that if your mail art goes missing, you will need to resend.

Details of swap:
(copied from fabulous organizers of previous rounds, SonjaBoo and Smmarrt)

Many mixed-media artists out there have fun with Happy Mail swaps so lets bring another one to Craftster! For this swap, youll beautifully decorate an envelope (something around a 6x9ish) in the way of your choice paint it, mix media it up, add fabric, whatever inspires you. (Remember, whatever you do, you need to leave white spots or labels for your addresses!) Then, youll include FIVE small but handmade (or hand altered) embellishments or crafting doo-dads for your partner to enjoy.

This is a low-pressure swap, with the only requirement being that you must send along five hand-made or hand-altered goodies, rather than store-bought. (Let's keep this inexpensive!)

What are crafting doo-dads, you ask? Here are some ideas!
Handmade stickers, cards, altered tags, crafty ephemera, glue stencils, inchies, altered paperclips, ATCs, hand-cut stencils, paper feathers, paper flowers, altered buttons, etc. (And many other ideas not even mentioned here! Use your imagination, as long as someone can craft with it and you made it.)

Here are a few links for inspiration!
http://www.artcreatiu.com/ideas-happy-mail/
http://rae-missigman.squarespace.com/blog/2014/7/24/junk-mail-is-happy-mail
http://redlead.typepad.com/artsee/2015/07/seaside-summer-pocket-letter-happy-mail.html

Erin Reed on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oct9ZLbOI3s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQdHiN45g94

InkieQuill on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8hpVWjLvN4

And of course, our previous galleries! Check out the eye candy!
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450093.0
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450734.0
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453574.0

...

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer/LimeRiot:
QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Happy Mail Swap Round 4 - Come On, Get HAPPY!
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)
Would you like one or two partners?
Do you understand that you will need to send an envelope around 6"x9" in size? (Can do larger if you and your partner agree.)
Do you understand that you will need to send FIVE handmade crafty doo-dads to your partner? (Can do more if you and your partner agree.)
Favorite colors:
Any allergies:
Anything you would positively, absolutely hate to receive?
Favorite themes:
Things you like to make:


ONE more reminder that tracking is not required for this swap. HOWEVER, if your happy mail goes missing, you agree to resend another happy mail and doo-dads package. You can use tracking of course, but the stickers mess up the vibe of the happy, capiche?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

GALLERY
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Happy Mail for the Littlist Mailman on: January 26, 2018 09:40:42 PM
I haven't created much in the last year and a half (changing that in 2018!!) but I did sneak in a couple of little projects on my unplanned hiatus. This was one of them.

Our sweet neighbor aspires to be a mail carrier when he grows up. He likes to practice his future job by leaving little scraps of torn paper in all the mailboxes on our street. The scraps are fun to receive but I thought he (and the neighbors) would enjoy playing make-believe with happy mail!

So I made him a bunch of mini greetings that he could deliver to everyone on the block.



I used paper scraps, brush pens, watercolors, washi tape, glitter, stamps...whatever I had handy to whip up a big pile of mini-mail.   



I also used my envelope making board thingy to create a bunch of small envelopes for him to put the scraps into.



I think he had fun with it and I enjoyed making a bunch of quick and easy doo-dads for him. I'd make him more but I think he's now planning to be a police office/garbage collector Smiley Smiley.
5  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.
6  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.
7  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!
8  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!
9  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.

Sent
Partner has Received
Feedback
Late with communication

Partners

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

10  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...

Participants
Person A - 2 partners
Person B - 1 partner
Person C - 1 partner
Person D - 1 partner
Person E - 1 partner
Partners
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
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