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1  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Craft Challenge #124 - Craftster Rocks! - Entries Due Aug 1 - 8 - BONUS PRIZE! on: July 02, 2018 12:54:52 PM
Craft Challenge #124 - Craftster Rocks! - Entries Due August 1 - 8

Have you ever been the recipient of a RAOK (random act of kindness), or perhaps stumbled upon a painted rock along your journeys?  Didn't that one little moment just feel amazing?  Let's spread more of those moments!  This month, we are rockin' it out Cheesy and challenging YOU to paint and hide a rock!  We're going to be spreading creativity and joy all throughout our communities and travels. Kiss

The challenge is simple, really!  Find a rock.  Paint it.  Label it with #CraftsterRocks.  Hide it. Cheesy  If you create a set of [obviously] themed rocks, you may enter the entire set as one entry.  The minimum requirement is just to paint and hide one rock, though! Smiley  Your entry must contain a photo of your painted rock.  If you want, you can include in progress photos or even a photo where you've hidden it, too!


Here are some basic guidelines and best practices for rock painting:

1. Always be mindful of the environment and respectful of the community guidelines that already exist.
2. Seal each rock thoroughly.  Do not add or attach anything other than a securely-adhered label, as trinkets and attachments can pose littering and choking risks for animals.  Many use Mod Podge for attaching the labels to the back, followed by spray sealing the entire rock with at least two coats.
3. Do not hide rocks in national parks, state parks, or on private property.
4. Craftster, Pinterest and Facebook are great places to find inspiration for colorful creations and creative messages.

Printable Labels
We've created some printable sheets of itty bitty labels, if you need one for the bottom of your rock.  You can always just paint or use paint marker on the bottom of your rock instead of attaching a label, too.  Totally up to you!  These PDFs print on standard 8.5x11 printer paper.  Print which size you need, cut out a label and attach it to your rock.  Most people use Mod Podge or craft glue to adhere it prior to sealing the entire rock.

Facebook Group (optional fun!)
Sometimes when people find rocks "out in the wild," they take a photo and share it on Facebook with the rock's hashtag or group.  If you want to join a group for #craftsterrocks, we've just created it here!  Craftster Rocks #craftsterrocks group on Facebook.  Just request to join and myself, kittykill or rackycoo will get you added! Smiley

Rules:
  • Craft your project during this challenge period (July 2 - August 8, 2018) only.  Projects created before this timeframe will be excluded from the voting poll.
  • Each participant can enter ONE project (Although your entry can have multiple components to it).
  • Post your craft during the period of August 1 - August 8 2018. No sooner.  No later.  On August 2, there will be a special folder created for entries.  We will reply with the folder/board link here on this thread.
  • Voting will happen from August 9 - 16 2018.
  • The winner will be officially announced on our first business Monday of the next month, in our monthly newsletter, on this thread, and on the Craftster blog!  We will contact you via Private Message, after the announcement, to get your prize package information.
  • If cheating of any sort is discovered, the applicable entry and votes will be disqualified.

Originality:
It's probably impossible to know whether your project is 100% original, has never been posted on Craftster or made by anyone else in the past.  But if your project was definitely inspired by something you've seen before, please give credit to that project.

Prizes:
Bonus Prize This Month!
At the end, we'll set up a poll right here and the first place winner will get...
(1) their project in the Featured Projects area
(2) their project in the Craftster Blog
(3) this Craftster prize (winner can receive prize in U.S. or non-U.S.):  Their choice of any one item from one of Craftster's online shops!

(4) This month's bonus prize is a set of permanent metallic markers!  Water-based, quick-dry, acid-free and non-toxic ink.  They're perfect for painting rocks, art mugs, designing ATCs, scrapbooking and more.

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Teacher Toolbox on: May 30, 2018 06:46:26 PM
We wanted to make some gifts for our teachers for being amazing [read: surviving another school year with smiles on their faces.  bless them.  seriously.].  I didn't want to give them another mug or picture frame of my kid.  I just couldn't do it.  They see his face all year long.  They deserve a break.  Cheesy

We found the idea of a teacher toolkit/toolbox and thought it fit so well for their Montessori classroom.  We got the drawer label inspiration from The Teaching Willow and just ran with it wherever our noggins led us.



We started with a really simple garage organizer from Lowe's.  I coated it with two coats of Valspar Paint + Primer in the color Destiny.



I downloaded these watercolor flowers from Creative Market.  They were free the week we snagged them, but I'm not sure how often they do that.  Each week, that site has some featured, free goodies and we happened to see these when we were searching for toolbox decorations.

I used the "Print Then Cut" feature on Cricut to cut them out because I do not possess the patience to cut all of those little bits out by hand. Cheesy  We brushed the back of each piece with Mod Podge and smoothed them all over the toolbox.  Ezra especially loved this part. Cheesy

After the flowers were all applied, I sprayed it with 3 - 4 coats of Rust-Oleum Chalked Sealer.  Any craft sealer will do, though.  That's just what I had on hand.





We used the same floral clipart to carry onto the drawer labels.  I chose some.  Ezra chose some (glitter, stickers and crayons Cheesy ).  We just had fun filling it with supplies we know they have in their classroom.





Someone mentioned it would also be a great home craft or makeup organizer, and now I want to make one for myself. Grin
3  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 123 ENTRIES / HOW TO VOTE on: April 11, 2018 08:39:55 AM

It's time to vote!  Visit the challenge thread to see the voting poll and cast your selection!  Click here to see all of the amazing entries!

Feel free to ask your neighbors, friends, and even your boss to vote, but remember, just one vote per person! Kiss

Good luck to all!


4  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 123 ENTRIES / HOW TO POST YOUR ENTRY on: April 03, 2018 04:22:14 PM

It's time to enter!  Good luck to all! Smiley

This entry board is for Craft Challenge #123, Spring Color.  Read all of the details here!

To post your entry, please start a new topic for it on this board.  Click NEW TOPIC on this board to post your entry! Smiley

Entries must be posted by April 9, 11:59:59 PDT 2018.

If you are a new member, and cannot post images yet, please just post a direct link to your image(s) in your post.  A friendly neighborhood Moderator will come along and update your post to embed the image(s) for you.
5  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Craft Challenge #123 - Spring Color - Entries Due April 2 - 9 on: March 05, 2018 08:13:33 AM
Craft Challenge #123 - Spring Color - Entries Due April 2 - 9


It's time to vote!  Scroll up to see the voting poll.  Click here to see all of the amazing entries!

Feel free to ask your neighbors, friends, and even your boss to vote, but remember, just one vote per person! Kiss

Good luck to all!



Help us celebrate the spring season with COLOR!

Thinking bright and colorful, choose a color palette that inspires you for spring.  Your entry can use any materials you desire!  The more colorful, the better, though!

Perhaps you'll share a beautiful batch of Easter eggs you create with dye and washi tape. Smiley  Maybe you'll make a gorgeous twirly rainbow skirt! Shocked  Wanting to tackle the ONE really intricate coloring page that keeps taunting you?  Fill it with color! Grin  Been wanting to redecorate your craft room with a rainbow theme?  NOW is the time! Kiss

Here are some colorful projects to get your gears turning!


Rules:

  • Craft your project during this challenge period (March 5 - April 9, 2018) only.  Projects created before this timeframe will be excluded from the voting poll.
  • Each participant can enter ONE project (Although your entry can have multiple components to it).
  • Post your craft during the period of April 2 - April 9 2018. No sooner.  No later.  On April 2, there will be a special folder created for entries.  We will reply with the folder/board link here on this thread.
  • Voting will happen from April 10 - April 17 2018.
  • The winner will be officially announced on our first business Monday of the next month, in our monthly newsletter, on this thread, and on the Craftster blog!  We will contact you via Private Message, after the announcement, to get your prize package information.
  • If cheating of any sort is discovered, the applicable entry and votes will be disqualified.

Originality:

It's probably impossible to know whether your project is 100% original, has never been posted on Craftster or made by anyone else in the past.  But if your project was definitely inspired by something you've seen before, please give credit to that project.

Prizes:

At the end, we'll set up a poll right here and the first place winner will get...

(1) their project in the Featured Projects area
(2) their project in the Craftster Blog
(3) and this Craftster prize (winner can receive prize in U.S. or non-U.S.):
Their choice of any one item from one of Craftster's online shops!

6  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / January 2018 - New Feature: Tagging Members! on: January 10, 2018 03:24:33 PM

Now, when you link to a member profile in a post, it will also notify them via PM (personal message) that you've tagged them! Smiley

You can use this new feature in some pretty awesome ways:

  • Tag a member in a swap gallery thread to thank them for the wonderful package they sent you.
  • Tag a member to let them know their project or tutorial inspired the one you're posting.
  • Tag a member to ask them to input with their expertise on a craft discussion thread.
  • Tag a Moderator to give them a thank you & a hug!
  • If you are a Swap Organizer, tag a member to officially welcome them to the swap.
  • Tag a member to notify them of a project you think they'd love.
  • ...and more! Smiley

Using the tagging feature is very, very easy.  You simply use the Insert Link to Member button you've always used for linking to someone's profile.   Just click that little person icon in the post option buttons and type the member's username between the member brackets like this:
Code:
Hey, [member]sweets4ever[/member]!  Check out this post!  I think you'll love it.

Now, when you use this feature in a post, the system will automatically send them a friendly personal message to let them know they've been tagged! Smiley  They will receive a personal message similar to this one:

Hi sweets4ever,

This automated personal message is to notify you that sweets4ever has just mentioned you in a post!:)
Check out their post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=401667.0.

Thanks!

Craftster and crew  Smiley

P.S. Please do not reply to this PM. We won't see it. To turn these notices off, please visit your PM.

All profiles are set to automatically have this feature enabled, but if you would prefer to not be notified when someone thinks you're awesome Cheesy you can disable it in your profile settings via the yellow tape measure menu at the top of the screen.  MY CRAFTSTER > My Profile > Personal Message Options -- Notify by personal message when a member tags you in a post.

Many thanks to kittykill for suggesting this new feature and to everyone who voted to make it happen! Kiss  PS.  That sentence just tagged her to come look at this thread!  How fun is that?? Cheesy

Enjoy! Smiley
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 122 ENTRIES / HOW TO POST YOUR ENTRY on: January 02, 2018 10:06:30 AM
It's time to enter!  Good luck to all! Smiley

This entry board is for Craft Challenge #122, Gingerbread Houses.  Read all of the details here!

To post your entry, please start a new topic for it on this board.  Click NEW TOPIC on this board to post your entry! Smiley

Entries must be posted by Jan 8, 11:59:59 PDT 2018.

If you are a new member, and cannot post images yet, please just post a direct link to your image(s) in your post.  A friendly neighborhood Moderator will come along and update your post to embed the image(s) for you.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2018 on: January 02, 2018 10:01:46 AM
Smiley  Cheesy  Grin This swap gallery is intended as a way to recognize all the wonderful personal swaps that are done in this community! Grin  Cheesy  Smiley

Happy New Year, Craftsters! Kiss

Personal swaps are not encouraged or supported by Craftster.  This is only a thread to post pictures from your personal experiences.  Personal swaps are not and cannot be tracked in Swap Feedback on profiles and should not be linked to Craftster's Organized Swaps in any way.

Folks who have participated in a personal swap and wish to share pictures of the items they have sent and received may do so by posting in this gallery.

Please note that this gallery is meant for those who have had a good experience with their personal swaps!  This is not the place to air your grievances about being "flaked" on...please keep it positive and give love to those awesome personal swappers! Wink

Each year a new gallery will be started.  If you have received from a personal/private swap, this year, feel free to post pictures here!  Grin

Or browse previous galleries...
9  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Craft Challenge #122 - Annual Gingerbread Contest 9, Due Jan 1 - 8, 2018 on: December 04, 2017 08:11:21 AM
Craft Challenge #122 - Gingerbread House Contest 8 - Entries Due Jan 1 - Jan 8


It's time to vote!  Scroll up to see the voting poll.  Click here to see all of the amazing entries!

Feel free to ask you your neighbor, your bank teller, and even your boss to vote, but remember, just one vote per person! Kiss

Good luck to all!



It's time for our annual Gingerbread Contest!! Kiss  Each year, we've had so much fun seeing your gingerbread creations.  If this is your first year on Craftster, be sure to check out our previous years:


It's time to get out those mixing bowls and get crafting!  Your challenge this month is to make and decorate a gingerbread house.  Any type of house is permitted (cottage, castle, etc.) as long as it has walls and a roof of gingerbread.  Your entry must be made of edible parts, but it's not limited to sweets only.  The only non-edible parts allowed are a base, lighting and/or electrical components.  No gingerbread house kits for this challenge.  No size restraints; miniature to life-size houses are tasty and welcome for this challenge.

Rules:

  • Craft your project during this challenge period (Dec 4 - Jan eight) only.  Projects created before this timeframe will be excluded from the voting poll.
  • Each participant can enter ONE project (Although your entry can have multiple components to it).
  • Post your craft during the period of Jan 1 - Jan 8 2018. No sooner.  No later.  On Jan 1, there will be a special folder created for entries.  We will reply with the folder/board link here on this thread.
  • Voting will happen from Jan 8 - Jan 15 2018.
  • The winner will be officially announced on our first business Monday of the next month -- in our February newsletter, on this thread and on the Craftster blog.  We will contact you via Private Message, after the announcement, to get your prize package information.
  • If cheating of any sort is discovered, the applicable entry and votes will be disqualified.

Originality:

It's probably impossible to know whether your project is 100% original, has never been posted on Craftster or made by anyone else in the past.  But if your project was definitely inspired by something you've seen before, please give credit to that project.

Prizes:

At the end, we'll set up a poll right here and the first place winner will get...

(1) their project in the Featured Projects area
(2) their project in the Craftster Blog
(3) and this Craftster prize (winner can receive prize in U.S. or non-U.S.):
Their choice of any one item from one of Craftster's online shops!

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Thanksgiving & Friendsgiving Dinner menu ideas? on: November 01, 2017 02:48:53 PM
Are you hosting a holiday dinner this month?  What's on your menu?

Our close friends hosted Friendsgiving last year.  They made the turkey and the rest was an organized potluck amongst us guests.  I must say, it was pretty darned fabulous!  Unfortunately, we just moved across the United States and left all of our friends behind. Cry  I need to find a new, epic friendsgiving here in the desert, haha! Cheesy

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