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1  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
2  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / 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.
3  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...
4  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!

5  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

6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 121 ENTRIES / HOW TO POST YOUR ENTRY on: November 01, 2017 02:04:36 PM
It's time to enter!  Good luck to all! Smiley

This entry board is for Craft Challenge #121, DIY Halloween Costumes 2017.  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 Nov 8, 11:59:59 PDT 2017.

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.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / 2017 Handmade Holiday Gift List! on: October 31, 2017 12:53:37 PM
It's one day from November and I cannot contain my excitement any longer. Cheesy

What are you making everyone for the holidays this year?  Do you have a list?  Still brainstorming?  Need help with ideas?

8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Super Simple Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt on: October 09, 2017 10:35:47 AM
I wanted a fun way to surprise baby.sweets4ever with tickets to the Harry Potter in Concert series (Phoenix Symphony was playing it yesterday), so I bounced around and found oodles of free printables to create a little scavenger hunt.

I told him I spotted something in the living room for him.  The Owl Post had arrived!  I snagged this little owl from Amazon.







I created a letter with this free HP letterhead.  The letter instructed him to hunt for game pieces throughout the house & yard.  I printed a TON of these "Would You Rather?" cards for him to play later, but the letter told him to just do the first page at each location for now. Wink





For this location, I really just wanted an excuse to use this cute little treat box printable Cheesy so I threw in some chocolate coins with the chocolate frog game piece.  They were a big hit. Cheesy





I tried to loosely match some of the game cards to an item or activity at each location.  This paper sorter is so cute and we've all been sorted approximately 72 times since he found it yesterday. Cheesy





The game piece for this location mentioned something about predicting the future, so I put their fortune teller (Magic 8 Ball) toy up there.







The last location of the scavenger hunt changed from the game pieces to this single scroll.  We had his full Harry Potter costume hanging next to it. Smiley



And off they went!





It was a SPECTACULAR concert!  He started playing violin this year, so it was like his two worlds collided, HP & violin.  They encouraged costumes and it was a very high energy event (cheering at certain movie scenes, clapping, etc.), so good for the whole family, even little wizards!  Totally recommend it.  I think tickets started at just $30, too, so not too shabby.  They are doing the next movie in the series in January, so we might snag those for a Christmas gift.





9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 120 ENTRIES / HOW TO POST YOUR ENTRY on: October 04, 2017 09:22:03 AM
It's time to enter!  Good luck to all! Smiley


This entry board is for Craft Challenge #120, What the World Needs Now.  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 Oct 8, 11:59:59 PDT 2017.

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.
10  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Craft Challenge #121 - DIY Halloween Costumes 2017, Due Nov 1 - 8 2017 on: October 02, 2017 08:40:34 AM
Craft Challenge #121 - DIY Halloween Costumes 2017, Due Nov 1 - 8 2017


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!



Minions and witches, and Harry Potters galore!

Time to showcase all of those amazingly creative DIY Halloween costumes of this season.  Each year, we've had the pleasure of viewing absolutely spectacular handcrafted costumes.  And now we want to see yours!

Once the challenge is completed, we'll move all of the entries to the Halloween board, so they can be easily accessed for years to come, too! Kiss

Here are a few specifics for this challenge:
  • The costume you enter must have some handmade components.
  • It must be a costume you are making for this year (Halloween 2017 ONLY), and not photos of a costume from past years.
  • If you are making a costume for someone else, and not for yourself to wear, it's okay enter it, but just remember that you can only have one entry in this contest.
  • If you are making a set of costumes for multiple people that all go together via an obvious common theme, you can enter them together as one entry.

Rules:

  • Enter costumes crafted for Halloween 2017 only.  Projects created before this timeframe will not be removed from the entry board, but they 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 Nov 1 - Nov 8 2017. No sooner.  No later.  On Nov 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 Nov 13 - Nov 20 2017.
  • The winner will be officially announced on our first business Monday of the next month -- in our December 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!

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