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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re-Constructed T-Shirt Swap on: May 19, 2010 07:12:48 PM

So I was going through some of the recent swap galleries and was inspired to do a swap with T-Shirts.  I was thinking of doing a swap where the only materials you could use would be t-shirts (besides threads, accent pieces, etc) to create something new.  The new item could be anything from a bag, belt, rug, or even a new reconstructed T-shirt.

Here is my problem though, I am a newbie and have only done one swap on craftster.  So if you guys were really interested somebody would have to organize it.  I think this would be a really cool idea because its recycling, the materials are cheap (thrift stores, goodwill, your own closet), and you don't need to be an expert sewer to be in this swap (a lot of things don't need to be sewn).

If someone is willing to organize I would be more than willing to help you out.

Also here is a great website that got me started on my love of making things out of t-shirts:
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Monsterous 52 Reason Deck (lil pic heavy) on: February 15, 2010 11:03:25 AM
So I found the idea for the 52 Reason gift on Craftster last year but it was too close to Valentine's Day that I couldn't do it so I decided to do it this year.  I bought a magic deck of cards at the dollar store, half the deck had a number or face card and the other half had the backside of the card, but all of the cards had a blank side.

So I decided to get some cardstock paper in a couple of different colors and glue down with Mod Podge about eight cards (I can't remember the exact number) to the card stock and then cut them out.

I had to stack heavy items on top of the paper because it began to curl.  After they dried, for about a half hour because I am impatient, I cut them out and placed heavy items on them again so they would dry completely flat. (The heavy item I used on the cards is nickles inside of Pog holders, she has a coin collections she was sorting out)

After that I had to hand hole punch each of the cards twice using a die that I cut out of an index card.  This was my least favorite part of the whole project because my hand hurt a lot after I was done punching out some 100+ holes.

Here is what it looks like before I added the reasons and numbers to the deck.

So even before I started this project I did not realize how big it was going to be because I forgot that with each piece of cardstock added to the back of the cards and piece of paper added to the front of the card will make the deck larger and larger.  So here is the finished product with a few of the reasons I put inside:

Front view

Our love of beer

How we compliment each other

You are a boyfriend to all my girlfriends

Made with love

(side note - Mikleen is a nickname we came up with like Bradjalina or Benifer - its our names Mikey and Colleen)

Here is the rest of the Swag that he got:

He randomly got me a Nintendo DS and we always stop at our fav Taco Bell and he usually buys!

This is the whole package: I got him the Dexter shirt from the show Dexter (I got him one for Christmas and wears it all the time so I got another one), there are some heart candies I made from melts and a heart mold, sour patch kids, the 52 reason deck, and the card I made.  He absolutely loved everything in the package I gave him and he wore the shirt on Valentine's Day.

I know Valentine's Day was yesterday but this is my first post and I hope I am doing everything to standard.

Thanks for looking.
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