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31  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Prepping? on: August 09, 2013 08:31:57 AM
Okay, so I'm getting into prepping (though at the moment, not the extent of anyone on Doomsday Preppers or anything) and I was wondering if anyone would be interested in a prepper swap?

For those who don't know, prepping is preparing for future emergencies.  It can be pretty intense (just go on youtube and search prepper), but I've noticed there are some things that can be crafted.

25 DIY prep projects is an idea.  Recipes, altoid-tin emergency kits, binders for things (family info, supplies, etc.) ...

Thoughts?  Is there any interest?  Any suggestions? (Really, I'm just thinking aloud here!)
32  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Featured Projects - April-June 2013 on: July 10, 2013 02:15:36 PM
It's been a busy few months here on the PBW Boards!  We've had some gorgeous projects posted from April-June 2013!  Here are a few of our favorites, as determined by the 'This Rocks' button and my own personal preference.  They are in no particular order.  

33  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Craftster's 10th Anniversary Cross-Category Challenge! Purses Winner Announced! on: June 25, 2013 09:19:34 AM
Craftster's 10th Anniversary Cross-Category Challenge

Craftster is turning 10!! That's right, August marks 10 years of running with scissors all over the internet! In honor of this momentous time, we're hosting a cross-category challenge! Every category will have the same challenge with the same entry times. The 10 category winners with the most votes will be put head-to-head-to-head-to... you get it.... for a GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE!!!

The theme for this challenge is "What Craftster means to me." Now, don't be scared of this theme! Craftster is made by YOU, Craftster can mean different things to different people so whatever it means to you, that's great!! Still unsure it's as easy as I say? Here's some examples that are just the tip of the iceberg!

  • "To me, Craftster means trying new things! Here's a project featuring a technique I've never tried before!"
  • "To me, Craftster means tutorials! Here's a project I made from a tutorial I found on the boards."
  • "To me, Craftster means swapping! Here's a project I'm sending in a swap."
  • "To me, Craftster means a community where I can show off my geekiness! Here's a project that relates to this thing I'm interested in!"

See? Not so bad, eh? Seriously, as long as you can describe why you feel your project reflects something Craftster represents to you, then you're good!

Rules and Suggestions:
  • You may enter in as many categories as you like, but you may only enter a project once. So if you wanted to enter in three categories, you would need to have made three projects!
  • Your project must have been made between June 24th and the time of posting. Your entry should not have been posted on Craftster previously (ie not something you made and posted years ago!)
  • If using a pattern or tutorial, please let us know.
  • You can begin crafting at any time but remember to post your thread in this board from August 7th through August 13th at 11:59:59 PDT. Voting for each category will be open August 14th to August 21st.
  • Although there will be 20 category winners, only the 10 winners with the most votes will go on to a grand prize round! Voting for this will be August 23rd to August 30th, with the grand prize winner being formally announced September 3rd!

The winner in each category will receive a Craftster pin, and a Craftster USB card.

The winner in the Purses, Bags, Wallets Category will also receive a copy of the book One Ball Knits Purses: 20 Stylish Handbags Made with a Single Ball, Skein, Hank, Or Spool by Khadija Habibur-Rahman, Fatema Habibur-Rahman, & Hajera Habibur-Rahman

Book Description:
A sensational-looking purse is a womans most essential fashion accessory. This new One Ball Knits book features twenty different designer-caliber handbag designseach created from a single ball of yarn.

The books "Basics" section covers all the essentials, and each project includes complete knitting and assembly instructions that even beginning knitters will find easy to follow. Comprehensive materials lists specify every componentfrom yarn to hardwarethat each purse requires.

The projects are organized by season: five each for spring, summer, fall, and winter. From the comfortably casual to the sleekly chic, youll find designs that complement all of your personal styles. And no one will ever guess just how simple and fun these purses are to make.
34  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / PBW Challenge: "Showcase Your Talent" Bag Voting on: May 05, 2013 07:59:03 AM
Please vote!  Voting will be open for one week. Smiley

Congratulations, Calabaza! 

Thank you all for voting and thanks to wendiek and Calabaza for such amazing entries!
35  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Featured Projects - PBW Jan-March 2013 on: April 10, 2013 08:40:22 AM
Here are some of the absolutely amazing projects posted to the Purses, Bags and Wallets boards from January-March 2013, as determined by the 'This Rocks' button and my own personal preference.  They are in no particular order.  

36  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / New PBW Challenge on: March 25, 2013 07:59:55 AM
There's a new Purses, Bags, Wallets challenge!  Go read more about the Showcase Your Talent bag challenge!

ETA 4/28/13: Entries are due now!  It's time to post your PBW Challenge bags on the challenge board!
37  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / PBW Challenge: "Showcase Your Talent" Bag on: March 25, 2013 07:53:37 AM
The theme for the new challenge on Purses, Wallets and Bags is 'Showcase Your Craft!'  In other words, make a bag, then showcase what you're especially good at - embroidery, quilting, papercrafts, etc. - somewhere in the bag.  How you interpret this is up to you, but you may only have one entry, though that entry can have multiple parts.  Please give your entry a unique and descriptive title so we can remember which is which when it comes time to vote!

Here are the details for the challenge:

During the week of April 28th through May 4th (until 11:59 pm, Eastern) you can post pictures of your entry. As it's impossible to know if your entry is 100% original, if you're inspired by someone else's project, please give that person a shout out!

Voting will open on May 5th and run for one week.  Voting will take place right here and the first place winner (US or non-US) will get something really cool that is TBD.  Cheesy a really cool Craftster t-shirt!  Cheesy


If you have questions, feel free to ask them here! Smiley
38  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Family tree "scrapbook" page on: March 17, 2013 11:49:03 AM
Well, I didn't use this as a scrapbook page, but it's the first thing that I've HAD to make in ages because I got bit by the crafting bug.  Any suggestions would be welcome! Also, sorry for the crappy picture.  I need a camera and not my phone. Sad

The background is a neutral tannish brown with tone-on-tone stamping of leaves.  The word tree I made at tagxedo.com and printed on cardstock.  I cut it out and then cut out the dark teal "frame" to match.  The red words say "Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness" and I stamped it on cardstock and then made a frame for that, too.  The picture is one my grandfather gave me at Christmas - it's been well-loved, obviously, but I thought it was even cooler that way, honestly.  I added the heart for a pop of red, which is also why I added the ribbon.  The real/turquoise theme matches my craft area, so it's being displayed there.

Concrit welcome!
39  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Purse Craftalong-2013, 2014 on: February 23, 2013 08:51:56 AM

Are you considering making a purse?  Are you part way through and lost your oomph?  Have you chosen fabric, but can't decide on a pattern?  Have you never thought about making your own purses, but are intrigued by the idea?  Then this craftalong is for you!

There aren't any hard and fast rules for this craftalong, beyond the fact that you should make a purse and share in-progress pics with us along the way.  From Amy Butler patterns to the Buttercup bag to clutches, any type is allowed!  

Join anytime!  I'll keep a list of participants and status (in progress, finished, etc.) on this page!

So who's in?  
40  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / FOUND 1 Ongoing Holiday List Swap Angel Needed on: January 28, 2013 07:39:45 AM
Well, it seems poor Lo{ve} didn't get one package she was claimed for in the ongoing holiday wish list swap.  For those unfamiliar, participants list items they'd like to receive for those on their holiday gift lists.  Claimed items should equal a 'medium.'  The item should also be sent out within two weeks of the claim, especially since she's waited so long!  While the holidays are over (and have been), I'm sure Lo{ve} can find another time to give the item she receives.  Lo lives in California, USA.

Her list is here.  Please let me know via PM if you're interested in angeling for her and what you'd like to claim her for.

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