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1  Re: Fukubukuro Lucky Bag Swap round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LovelyMiss on: May 31, 2018 07:32:01 PM
I received a fabulous package from SevsOnlyGirl today!

I got TWO beautiful and fun bags.  Great prints, and I love that flower button closure!



And, of course, they were filled with lots of wonderful things.  Many of these items will go to work with me for use in creative therapy projects with clients.  The two flowers in the back of the first photo are headbands.  LOVE!







Thank you so much, again, SevsOnlyGirl!  Your package will be in the mail on Monday.  I hope you like it as much as I like mine! 
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2  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2018 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LovelyMiss on: May 31, 2018 07:06:55 PM
Only a couple of weeks late, here are the WONDERFUL things I got from Smeddley.  She crafted around my unicorn theme, and I freaking love everything.  The ami is going to live at my office, the hoop in my craft room, and the unicorn hand sanitizer is already on my key chain. 



Thank you, again, my fabulous swapping friend!
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3  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2018: March 1 - May 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: May 31, 2018 06:51:48 PM
One day I'll do better posting projects before the last day, but that day is not today.  Time for a huge project dump!  


Prompt: May Battle Royale
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Painted jars
Project Link:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454745.msg5486423#msg5486423
Brief Description:  Choice:  Color vs. Black & White (March, Spring 2014)  Color wins.  
 
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Prompt: May - Prompt #1
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  Community
Project Name:  Painted tote bag
Project Link:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454745.msg5486423#msg5486423
Brief Description:  Prompt choice:  Winter 2013-2014 - December.  Bag of holding. A bag of holding is bigger on the inside (remind you of something?), and is a great place to carry loot and store things for quests.  For this challenge either craft a bag or tote, or an item that would be useful to carry with you.  
 
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Prompt: May - Prompt #2
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  Community
Project Name:  Painted tote bag
Project Link:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454745.msg5486423#msg5486423
Brief Description:  Prompt choice:  Winter 2013-2014 - January.  Craftin' New Year.  To start the year off on a crafty foot, try a technique that is new to you and post the results.
 
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Prompt: May - Prompt #3
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  Community
Project Name:  Painted tote bag
Project Link:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454745.msg5486423#msg5486423
Brief Description:  Prompt choice:  Summer 2014 - August.  Flash Mob:   August is Happiness Happens Month!  Craft an item that will make you or someone else HAPPY!  I am giving away these totes for various things, and gifts make people happy.
 
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Prompt: May - Prompt #4
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Magnets
Brief Description:  Prompt choice:  Winter 2013-2014 - February.  Free art.  Craft an item that you will leave in public for others to take, or an item inspired by your favorite public art piece.  I made some magnets as part of my open house for my business.  They are the squares near the front edge of the table.
 
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Prompt: May - Prompt #5
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Buttons
Brief Description:  Prompt choice:  Spring 2014 - May.  Right in the feels.  Craft an item that has special meaning to you, or that is inspired by an important event in your life.  I made these buttons for the open house I had for my new office space.  Moving to the space and forging ahead with the business was an important life event.  They are in the bowl on the table.  
 
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See picture above.

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Prompt: March - Knitting vs. Crochet
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  Swaptastic
Project Name:  Dryer balls
Brief Description:   I had a few more skeins of wool yarn, so I made another set of dryer balls.  I'm going to send them off in a swap next week.  (Shhh.)
 
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Prompt: March - Cross-stitch vs. Embroidery
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Subversive X-Stitch hoop
Brief Description:  This is a pattern from the very old Subversive X-Stitch book.  I made one a long time ago, and a friend requested I make one for her.  Really captures that millennial meme culture joking about wanting to die, ya know.
 
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Prompt: March - Cooking vs. Baking
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Popcorn favors
Brief Description:  Another thing made for my open house.  I bought the popcorn from a local shop and bagged it.  I designed, printed, cut, and attached the labels to the bags.
 
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Prompt: April - Team Textbook
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  Brain Power
Project Name:  Reusable logo coffee cups
Brief Description:  Another item made for my open house.  I am breaking this into two projects because I made about 30 of them and they took a long time.  The logos are made with waterproof printable adhesive vinyl.  I cut them out using my Silhouette.  Sorry I don't have a better photo...that entire day and week leading up to it was chaos.
 
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Prompt: April - Team Fandom
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Reusable logo coffee cups
Brief Description:  See above.  A solid trope is the coffee shop AU in fanfiction.
 
Project Picture:

See above.

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Prompt: April - Team Multimedia
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Link hat
Brief Description:  I made this hat for a friend, based off of the one Link wears in Zelda.
 
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Prompt: April - Team Wordy
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Button unicorn
Project Link:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454649.msg5484801#msg5484801
Brief Description:  Made with buttons and gems, this unicorn would be right at home in a beautiful fantasy world.
 
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Prompt: April - Team Randomizer
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  Community
Project Name:  Painted tote bag
Project Link:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454745.msg5486423#msg5486423
Brief Description:  Another one-of-a-kind printed tote.  I wanted to use all the neon colors, so came up with the idea to try a mottled background on the tote.  It worked okay, but the acrylic dried super fast.
 
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Prompt: UFO - Broad Haven
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  WIP, Community, 10 for Triangle
Project Name:  Painted tote
Project Link:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454745.msg5486423#msg5486423
Brief Description:  These were a work in progress for a few weeks as I gathered supplies, tested methods, made samples, and then eventually taught the craft group how to do them.
 
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Prompt: Red Alert - Happy Birthday Nerd Games
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Gift baskets
Brief Description:  I made these two gift baskets for my open house, a very celebratory event (there was even balloons Grin ).
 
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Prompt: Red Alert - Month of the Geek
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Bunny head putt-putt game
Brief Description:  I made this as part of a putt-putt game for Easter.  Made from a box (clearly), and my Elmer's Painters.  I consider my love of adorable things a big part of my geekiness.
 
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Prompt: Free-Range
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Green Latern card
Brief Description:  I made this as a thank you card for someone.  The logo was cut using my Silhouette.  There were some extra embellishment/cutouts inside, but I didn't get a photo before I wrote in it.
 
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Prompt: Free-Range
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  Swaptastic
Project Name:  Notebook cover
Brief Description:  I made this for Smeddley in the recent Nerd Battles Swap.
 
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Prompt: Big Time
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  Swaptastic, Community
Project Name:  Giant D20
Project Link:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454977.msg5490644#msg5490644
Brief Description:  Also made for Smeddley.  More info in the link!
 
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Prompt: Big Time
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  WIP
Project Name:  Logo bags
Brief Description:  Another project for my open house...making tons and tons of bags with logos on them.  I made the design file, printed, cut, and attached all of them.  I could only get one out of each sheet of paper, so it was more time consuming than I expected.
 
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Prompt: Big Time
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Spring/Summer flowers
Brief Description:  I planted these flowers to make the house prettier.
 
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Prompt: Zap
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Notebooks
Brief Description:  I added some stickers to a few composition books, as an extra giveaway at my open house (to go with my fancy printed pens Cheesy ).
 
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4  --G3: Geeky Giver Gang-- in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: May 31, 2018 05:10:06 PM
---G3: Geeky Giver Gang---
The Nerd Battles encourage crafting for causes that speak to you!  
Anyone who crafts a project for charity during the season will be inducted into the Geeky Giver Gang.

Congratulations, members, you have earned the G3 badge!


To claim your badge, right click and save to your computer.  Then, you can do whatever you wish with it.  Ideas on how to show-off your badges: use it as an avatar, put it in your profile under Brief Bio, or create a pinterest board for all your badges.  

--Members--
for her title.






--REMEMBER--
--If you submit a prompt or Research Project for charity, you are eligible to claim Giver Bonus Points!
--If you craft a project for charity that is NOT for a prompt or Research Project, submit it as a Brownie Points Project and claim Giver Bonus Points for it, too!


Looking for places that can use your crafty skills for good?
--Here is a fairly long list of charities that accept handmade donations.  It's posted over in Craftster's Crafting for Good and Not Evil category, which can be another source of inspiration.
--pinkleo also put together an awesome list on the HPC S.P.E.W. thread of charities that can use your crafty donations.

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5  --Research Project Lab-- in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: May 31, 2018 05:09:15 PM
---Research Project Lab---
Research Projects are self-directed projects, similar to independent study.  They are more time-consuming than normal prompts, and are meant to be a personal challenge to the player.  Research Projects must take a minimum of three weeks OR 20 hours to complete.

Research Projects are worth 200 points, and are eligible for10 Giver Bonus Points (if the project is for charity), 10 Engineering Bonus Points (if the project includes a new tutorial, pattern, or recipe), 10 Community Bonus Points (if project is given its own thread with at least 3 photos, one of which is a progress/process shot), 10 WIP It Bonus Points (if the project is a work-in-progress/un-finished object), 10 Brain Power Bonus Points (if the project involves a new skill/technique), 10 Swaptastic Bonus Points (if the project is for a Swap or the Nerd Games Raffle), and 100 EPIC! Bonus Points (if the project takes more than 45 hours to complete, and at least one progress photo is posted in the Discussion Thread during the course of the project).  More than one set of Bonus Points may be claimed if the project meets the necessary requirements of each.




---RESEARCH PROJECT QUICK GUIDE ---
1. Select what project you would like to complete.  You may have three Research Projects going at a time.  (You may unlock a fourth Research Project spot by completing two Research Projects within one 365 day period.)
2. Propose what you plan on doing for your Research Project.  Using the Research Project Proposal Header below, post your proposal in this thread, or PM it to the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss.
3. Begin your project.  Feel free to add progress pics in the Discussion thread as you work on your project(s).
4. Once your project is complete, use the Research Project Submission Header below, and post a picture of your project in this thread.
---GOOD LUCK!---



--RESEARCH PROJECT PROPOSAL HEADER--
Use this header when proposing a Research Project.

Research Project Name:
Team:
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, patterns/techniques used, materials, plan of action, expected timeline, etc.)


--RESEARCH PROJECT SUBMISSION HEADER--
Use this header when turning in a completed Research Project.

Research Project Name:
Team:
Bonus Points: (include which Bonus Points you think you've earned, e.g., Engineering, Giver, Community, etc.)
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:



---RESEARCH PROJECT FAQ---
How do I do a Research Project?
Research Projects must be proposed before you begin so Gamemakers can keep track of your progress and offer encouragement along the way.  Use the Research Project Proposal Header, available below, to propose your project in this thread.  If your project is a surprise, such as a swap item, you may PM your proposal to the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss.  Include relevant information in your proposal, such as materials, plan of action, and a timeline of how your project will fulfill the three week/20 hour crafting requirement.  You may post progress photos in the Discussion thread, but it is not a requirement.

Once your Research Project is complete, you will turn it in using the Research Project Submission Header, available below.  Give details and provide at least one photo of your completed Research Project in your post.  Research Projects should be submitted in this thread.

How long do Research Projects have to take?
Speed and difficulty are very subjective and unique to each individual.  Research projects need to minimally take at least 20 hours OR be in the works for at least three weeks, as well as be a personal challenge to you.

Your crafting time begins when you submit your proposal.  Research projects may take longer than 20 hours/three weeks.  Any unfinished Research Projects at the end of the season will carry over to the next round of the Nerd Battles/Games.

What counts as crafting time for the requirements?
The 20 hour/three week time requirement is based on "active" crafting time, where you are engaging with the project or materials in some way.  "Passive" crafting time can be counted, if it makes up a small percentage (20% or less), of the 20 hour/three week minimum.  An example of passive crafting time is long soaking periods where the materials are sitting untouched.  If you check on them, and swirl them around, you can count the swirling/checking time as active time.  If you have to keep a close eye on things so you're checking and altering/engaging every 10-15 minutes, you can count all of that as active crafting time.  Other passive crafting time examples might be the time food sits in a slow cooker, long drying times for paint or material, and curing times for things like candles or soap.

What if I finish early?
Research Projects that do not take the allotted three week/20 hour time limit will not be counted as complete.  If you finish earlier than expected, craft an additional items(s) that corresponds to your Research Project.  Add a note when you turn in your project that you finished early, and include details about your additional crafting.

How do I choose a Research Project?
A Research Project can be anything that will be a personal challenge to you and that takes at least three weeks/20 hours of crafting time. If you decide to change or abandon your Research Project, notify the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss, and your proposal will be deleted from the records.  Each player may have two Research Projects proposed at a time.  If you want to propose a new Research Project, you must make sure one of your slots is free, either by completing or deleting a proposal.

Can I propose a work-in-progress as a Research Project?
Yes, as long as you have at least three weeks/20 hours of crafting time left to go on the project before it is finished.  You should include WIP status and timeline information when you fill out the Research Project Proposal Header to demonstrate that your project requires at least three more weeks or 20 hours of work to be complete.

Can I have multiple Research Projects?  
You may have three Research Project going at a time.  If you decide to change or abandon a Research Project, notify the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss, and your proposal will be deleted from the records.  Once a Research Project is completed or deleted, you may propose another, up to three total.  You may unlock a fourth Research Project spot by completing two Research Projects within one 365 day period.  

When can I propose a Research Project?  When are Research Projects due?
You may propose a Research Project at any time during the season. Your crafting time begins when you submit your proposal.  Research Projects can take longer than three weeks/20 hours to complete.  Any unfinished Research Projects at the end of the season will carry over to the next round of the Nerd Battles/Games.
 
How many points are Research Projects worth?
Research Projects will earn 200 points.  Research Projects are also eligible to earn Engineering, Giver, Community, WIP It, Brain Power, Swaptastic, and EPIC! Bonus Points.  Research Projects are separate from the normal Challenge/Battle/UFO Sighting/Red Alert prompts.  In most cases it is not permissible to "double dip" on individual Research Project elements, so anything included in a Research Project cannot also be turned in for a Nerd Games prompt or other crafting opportunity.


--RESEARCH PROJECT PROPOSAL HEADER--
Use this header when proposing a Research Project.

Research Project Name:
Team:
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, patterns/techniques used, materials, plan of action, expected timeline, etc.)


--RESEARCH PROJECT SUBMISSION HEADER--
Use this header when turning in a completed Research Project.

Research Project Name:
Team:
Bonus Points: (include which Bonus Points you think you've earned, e.g., Engineering, Giver, Community, etc.)
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:



---RESEARCH PROJECT FAQ---
How do I do a Research Project?
Research Projects must be proposed before you begin so Gamemakers can keep track of your progress and offer encouragement along the way.  Use the Research Project Proposal Header, available below, to propose your project in this thread.  If your project is a surprise, such as a swap item, you may PM your proposal to the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss.  Include relevant information in your proposal, such as materials, plan of action, and a timeline of how your project will fulfill the three week/20 hour crafting requirement.  You may post progress photos in the Discussion thread, but it is not a requirement.

Once your Research Project is complete, you will turn it in using the Research Project Submission Header, available below.  Give details and provide at least one photo of your completed Research Project in your post.  Research Projects should be submitted in this thread.

How long do Research Projects have to take?
Speed and difficulty are very subjective and unique to each individual.  Research projects need to minimally take at least 20 hours OR be in the works for at least three weeks, as well as be a personal challenge to you.

Your crafting time begins when you submit your proposal.  Research projects may take longer than 20 hours/three weeks.  Any unfinished Research Projects at the end of the season will carry over to the next round of the Nerd Battles/Games.

What if I finish early?
Research Projects that do not take the allotted three week/20 hour time limit will not be counted as complete.  If you finish earlier than expected, craft an additional items(s) that corresponds to your Research Project.  Add a note when you turn in your project that you finished early, and include details about your additional crafting.

How do I choose a Research Project?
A Research Project can be anything that will be a personal challenge to you and that takes at least three weeks/20 hours of crafting time. If you decide to change or abandon your Research Project, notify the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss, and your proposal will be deleted from the records.  Each player may have two Research Projects proposed at a time.  If you want to propose a new Research Project, you must make sure one of your slots is free, either by completing or deleting a proposal.

Can I propose a work-in-progress as a Research Project?
Yes, as long as you have at least three weeks/20 hours of crafting time left to go on the project before it is finished.  You should include WIP status and timeline information when you fill out the Research Project Proposal Header to demonstrate that your project requires at least three more weeks or 20 hours of work to be complete.

Can I have multiple Research Projects?  
You may have three Research Project going at a time.  If you decide to change or abandon a Research Project, notify the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss, and your proposal will be deleted from the records.  Once a Research Project is completed or deleted, you may propose another, up to three total.  You may unlock a fourth Research Project spot by completing two Research Projects within one 365 day period.  

When can I propose a Research Project?  When are Research Projects due?
You may propose a Research Project at any time during the season. Your crafting time begins when you submit your proposal.  Research Projects can take longer than three weeks/20 hours to complete.  Any unfinished Research Projects at the end of the season will carry over to the next round of the Nerd Battles/Games.
 
How many points are Research Projects worth?
Research Projects will earn 200 points.  Research Projects are also eligible to earn Engineering, Giver, Community, WIP It, Brain Power, Swaptastic, and EPIC! Bonus Points.  Research Projects are separate from the normal Challenge/Battle/UFO Sighting/Red Alert prompts.  In most cases it is not permissible to "double dip" on individual Research Project elements, so anything included in a Research Project cannot also be turned in for a Nerd Games prompt or other crafting opportunity.



---FOURTH SPOT UNLOCK---
If you complete two Research Projects in one 365 day period (beginning on or after January 1, 2016), you will unlock a fourth Research Project spot, allowing you to have up to four Research Projects proposed at one time.

Unlocked Players:
ActsofCraftiness
bunny1kenobi
Calabaza
FreakieGeekie
gozer
LovelyMiss
storerboughtcreations




---RESEARCH PROJECT PROPOSALS---
***NOTE:  As of June 1, 2015, if a player has not been active since the Fall 2013 Nerd Games, their Research Project has been removed from this displayed list.  The Research Project is still technically "on file," if players would like to return to them at a future date when they re-join the Games.  This is only to help manage the length of this post, and does not mean we don't want to see those finished projects!***

---AcadianDriftwood: Raised veggie garden beds, May 27, 2017
---AcadianDriftwood: Cooking Level-Up, December 2, 2017

---ActsofCraftiness: Fabric Organization - Fabric Mini Bolts, August 9, 2016
---ActsofCraftiness: Stitchy Project Organization, September 1, 2016

---Algeera: The Never Ending Dragon, April 21, 2015

---Ankhored: Dolls House Display Shelf, September 4, 2014

---appledainty: Epic Fandom Tee Shirt Quilt!, March 9, 2018
---appledainty: Nine-Tailed Kitsune & Kit Statue, March 9, 2018
---appledainty: Moon Princess Bomber Jacket, March 9, 2018

---audio: Epic Fandom Tee Shirt Quilt!, January 3, 2015

---BadWolf314: Creeper Throw, October 6, 2014

---calliemae: Eagle Rug, August 23, 2014

---coulsenl: Picnic Basket Play Set, December 8, 2013

---craftADDchick: Beaded Kumihimo Bracelets, November 9, 2015
---craftADDchick: Craft Room Overhaul, July 29, 2016
---craftADDchick: Kitchen Nightmare Reorganization, January 16, 2018
---craftADDchick: T-shirt & Jeans Quilt, September 13, 2016 (ON HOLD)

---elliot_anne: "I eat You" Book, May 22, 2013
---elliot_anne: Hexie Quilt, June 9, 2015

---Ezri_B: Witchy Quilt, June 5, 2017

---FreakieGeekie: Black/Red Mana Blanket, February 14, 2015

---gozer: Extra Junk Room to Indoor Storage Room, July 29, 2016
---gozer: Crochet Throw Blanket, September 12, 2017

---Inselaeffchen: Stitch-cation, July 2, 2014
---Inselaeffchen: Solar System Throw, January 14, 2018

---lilyla19: Nirvana in Fire amigurumi, June 6, 2016

---LovelyMiss: Craft room, September 4, 2015
---LovelyMiss: Quilt, January 7, 2017
---LovelyMiss:  Secret Swap Project for Smeddley, April 29, 2018

---Ludi: The Bird Room, September 1, 2015

---mama24boyz: Zelda (maybe Mario too) Teesha Moore bag, June 2, 2013

---Monty: Can this be dyed?, April 18, 2018
---Monty: bee-keeper quilt motivation, April 18, 2018

---Mountains and Clouds: Dollhouse Re-vamp- top floor, December 22, 2015
---Mountains and Clouds: Pierrot Lunaire Altered Playing Cards, June 5, 2016

---notjustasparrow:  Interior Orchid Dollhouse Remodel, June 6, 2016

---pishaw13: 2016 Quilt, December 31, 2015
---pishaw13: Purple Knit Blanket, March 10, 2017

---primrosepetunia: Heather Vest, February 8, 2017

---puzzled-penguin: Harry Potter Pillow Sampler, July 11, 2015
---puzzled-penguin: Bear and Raspberry Cross-stitch, March 6, 2016

---Quantumphysica: Morgoth/Melkor cosplay armor, September 1, 2015

---QueenHobo: Great-Granny squares to bears, April 6, 2017
---QueenHobo: scrap blanket, April 6, 2017
---QueenHobo: 4th Doctor Scarf, September 22, 2017

---rockingbearranch: Green Flower Quilt, February 15, 2017

---roler: Blanket Collaboration with SBC, March 16, 2017
---roler: Celtic Initial Hoop, March 16, 2017  (ON HOLD)
---roler: TM Patch Coffee Machine Cover, September 5, 2017
---roler: Twin Adders Banner, April 8, 2018

---samash90: Altered Book, March 20, 2014

---scaramouche: Victorian ensemble, September 9, 2016

---Smeddley: Sophie's Universe Afghan, July 12, 2015
---Smeddley: Tetris Afghan, August 1, 2016
---Smeddley: Garden edging/retaining wall, April 20, 2017

---smileyyogini: Teesha Moore Patch Tote/Purse, June 20, 2013
---smileyyogini: My Oracle Shawl, October 19, 2017

---storerboughtcreations: Bedtime Bear xstitch, May 10, 2016
---storerboughtcreations: Pirate blanket, July 17, 2016
---storerboughtcreations: Frankenstein cross stitch, May 4, 2017

---Tanath: Build a Time Machine, March 8, 2014

---trinalocakary: Craft Witch Alter, March 11, 2015

---vincentvanbuck: Stockings for Friends, December 24, 2014




---COMPLETED RESEARCH PROJECTS---

---bunny1kenobi: Afghan for Gozer, April 6, 2018
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6  --Information Center-- in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: May 30, 2018 02:18:36 AM
---Nerd Battles Information Center---




Nerd Games Navigation

Welcome to the Nerd Games: Information on joining the craftalong, turning in projects, and points.

Prompt Palace:  View all current Nerd Battles crafting prompts.

Research Project Lab:  Learn about Research Projects, and see current proposed and completed projects.

Badge Center:  View and claim available badges.

Data Depot:  See a list of current players, and find other tracking data about the Games.

Know Your Nerds:  Learn about fellow players through monthly interviews.

G3: Geeky Giver Gang:  Learn about crafting for charity during the Nerd Games, and view players and projects that have be inducted into G3.

Raffle Roundup:  Learn about the Raffle and view available prizes.

Pinterest Board:  Visit the official Nerdalong Pinterest board.

Ongoing Nerd Games Suggestion Collector:  Submit prompt and theme ideas, as well as general suggestions and feedback about the craftalong.  Note: Submissions using this link are anonymous unless you leave your username.

Come to the Dark Side Recruitment Contest:  Learn about the Nerd Games recruiting contest.



Nerd Games FAQ
See the Research Project Lab and the Raffle Roundup posts for FAQs specific to those topics.

DATES & TIMES
What is the Nerd Battles time zone?
The Nerd Battles uses central time.  For month specific prompts (like Battle Royales), have your projects posted by 11:59 p.m. central time on the last day of the month.  The Nerd Battles close at 11:59 p.m. central time on the last day of the season.  

When do the seasons run?
Spring is March - May, Summer is June - August, Fall is September - November, and Winter is December - February.

When can I join?
You can join the Nerd Battles at any time during the season.

When are prompts posted?
New Challenge and Battle Royale prompts are posted each month.  They are usually available by noon on the first day of the month.  UFO and Team Spirit prompts are posted at the start of the season.  Alert prompts are usually posted once or twice a season at unspecific times.

When are projects due?
Battle Royale prompts are due by the end of the month in which it is issued.  Challenge prompts may be turned in any time during the season, regardless of the month in which they are issued.  For example, June Challenges may be turned in during August.  UFO and Team Spirit prompts may be turned in any time during the season.  Any special Alert prompts will indicate their specific due date.


TEAMS
How do I join a team?
You officially join a team and will be added to the roster when you post your first project.

Can I switch teams?
You can choose a new team at the start of each season (or whenever you start playing).  Changing teams during the season is not allowed.


PROJECTS
Do projects have to be nerdy?
No.  As long as you describe how your item fits the prompt, it can be anything that takes at least 30 minutes to craft for Challenges, Battles, Flash Mobs, and Alerts, or three weeks or more for Research Projects.

Do the projects I turn in have to be crafted during a certain time period?
Any projects you turn in should be crafted during the current season of the Nerd Battles/Games.  One exception is for works-in-progress.  In the case of WIPs you may have completed a majority of the work prior to the season starting, but as long as you put in at least 30 minutes of crafting time during the current season to finish the project, it is acceptable to turn it in for a prompt.  Be sure to identify projects as WIPs when you post them, and don't forget to claim UFO Bonus Points for any WIPs you complete.  Prompts you submit do not need to be crafted during the month they are issued, just anytime during the current season (except Battle Royales).  Of course, life happens sometimes, and crafting and internet time don't always fit into perfect deadlines, so if you finished a project within the last three or four days of one season, you can feel free to post the projects in the new season.  We're on the honor system!  But please do try your best to get your projects turned in during the season they were crafted.

If I craft multiples of the same item, can each one be turned in under a separate prompt?
It's up to you how you turn in projects.  Some players post each item under a different prompt, or some players turn like items in as a set under the same prompt.  Both are acceptable, as long at it meets the crafting time requirements.  (To post them as separate prompts, each iteration will need to take at least 30 minutes of crafting time.)

Can a project "count" for more than one Craftalong?
Yes, definitely, as long as it fits the respective prompts or rules for each Craftalong.  For example, a project may be turned in for a Challenge prompt in the Nerd Battles, and the same project may also be turned in for a Class in the HPC.

Is there a minimum number of projects I need to post?  Do I have to keep up in the thread and comment on every project posted?
No. Though some players like to comment on all of the projects, or turn in many projects, it's all just for fun.  Pop in when you can, comment when you're inspired, post projects when you want to, and don't worry when life gets in the way!  There is no need to ever feel guilty about your level of participation in the Nerd Games.

I finished a project, but it's for a swap, so I just want to post a link to the photo(s).  How do I create a link to a photo?
Upload the photo as normal, and choose the "Copy and paste this into your Craftster post" link.  In that link change [ img ] to [ url ] and [ / img ] to [ / url ] (without the spaces).  Once your secret project is received, you may want to edit your post so the images appear.  When you do, be sure to announce it in the thread, or send a message to our Pinterest Pinner so that it can be added to the appropriate board!

I made an item for my craft shop or for a commission.  Can I post it to the Nerd Games?
Yes, of course!  There are some general Crafster rules about mentioning sales and commissions when posting a project, which also apply to the Craftalong/Nerd Games threads.  Basically, just don't mention that the item was/is/or will be fore sale when you post.  You might say things like, "This was a custom request," or, "I made an agreement with a friend to make this item," instead of saying, "This was for a commission," or, "A customer requested this special order."  This is all in an effort to avoid subtle advertising and unintentional fishing for sales.  Check out Crafster rules for more information, or feel free to PM the Head Gamemaker with any questions.


PROMPTS AND CRAFTING OPPORTUNITIES
What is the Battle Royale and how it is different from other prompts or projects?
The Battle Royale is a prompt that is due by the end of the month in which it is issued.  It is in the format of ____ vs. ____, and you choose a side and craft an item that represents your choice.  It is a separate, stand-alone prompt and does not have anything to do with any other prompts or projects you may submit (expect perhaps in theme).  You may submit one project for each Battle Royale issued.  At the end of each month the total number of projects for each side is tallied, the winner is announced in the thread, and the appropriate badges are posted.

What are Zaps and how are they different than other projects?
Zaps are an extra opportunity to turn in projects to the Nerd Games.  All regular Nerd Games submissions have a crafting time requirement of at least 30 minutes.  Any project that takes fewer than 30 minutes may be turned in as a Zap.  Zaps do not have prompts; it can be anything that takes fewer than 30 minutes to complete.  You may submit up to FIVE Zaps during the season.

What are Big Time projects and how are they different than other projects?
Big Time projects are an extra opportunity to turn in projects to the Nerd Games.  Big Time projects are anything that take at least FIVE HOURS to complete, that you do not turn in under another prompt or crafting opportunity.  You may turn in up to THREE Big Time projects per season.

What is Free-Range Crafting and how is it different than other projects?
Free-Range Crafting is not a prompt, but just an option to turn in extra projects for the Nerd Games.  Free-Range projects can be anything that takes at least 30 minutes to craft.  It is a great option for that project that just won't fit into a prompt, or if you finish the prompts and still want to craft other items.  You may submit TWO Free-Range Crafting projects per season.

What are Team Spirit prompts and why don't I see them in this Fall/Winter/Spring round anywhere?
Team Spirit prompts are only issued during the Summer round of the Nerd Games.  They are prompts based on each Team, and have special Bonus Points associated with them (which are explained in detail when they are posted).  Look for them during the upcoming Summer Nerd Games.


BONUS POINTS
I want to claim Engineering Bonus Points.  What do I have to do?
Engineering Bonus Points can be claimed for a project when you provide a new related recipe, pattern, or tutorial on Craftster.  While it is only specifically necessary to provide the pattern/tutorial/recipe in the Nerd Games thread, you are encouraged to create a post for your project containing photos and your recipe/pattern/tutorial on the appropriate Craftster Board (and provide a link to that post when you submit your project in this thread).  This will allow more members of the community, outside of the Craftalong, to benefit from your work.  Each recipe, pattern, or tutorial you provide may only be submitted for Engineering Bonus Points one time.

I want to claim Giver Bonus Points.  What is considered a "charity?"
Giver Bonus Points may be claimed for projects that are made for organized charities, nonprofits, or groups that assist others in need (items made for fundraisers are acceptable).  Making something for someone specifically in need is definitely in the Giver spirit and eligible for bonus points, but just doing something nice for someone you know, or making something for a friend does not meet the Giver criteria (though those are great reasons to craft, too!).  Please let us know the organization/cause your projects are made for when you post and claim Giver Bonus Points.

I want to claim Community Bonus Points.  What do I have to do?
You may claim Community Bonus Points when you create a post for your project in the appropriate Craftster board.  In that post you must include three photographs of your project.  One of the photographs must be a progress/process shot of your project.  You must then provide a link to that thread when you submit your project to the Nerd Games.  If you make a "master post" for a specific project in the correct Craftster board, where you post multiple iterations that project, and then submit each iteration separately in the Nerd Games, you may claim Community Bonus Points on each separate project submission/iteration.  So, for example, if you make six purses and post them all together in the Purses category (and include three photos, one of which is a progress shot), and then submit each purse separately when you post them in the Nerd Games, each purse would qualify claim Community Bonus Points (so you could claim Community Bonus Points six different times for that one master post).

I want to claim Community Bonus Points.  What does "progress/process shot" mean?
To claim Community Bonus Points you need to include three photos in your board post, and one of those photos needs to be a progress/process shot.  Progress shots can or will look different depending on the project.  The purpose is really about showing how something is made, instead of just posting the shiny final project, since Craftster is about sharing knowledge and inspiration.  If you can do that with photos that aren't or weren't technically taken during the construction part of your project, that's fine.  To get Community points it just needs to have at least one photo that highlights a specific step in the process, shows how you made a certain feature, highlights a technique or supply/supplies, etc.  Not tutorial level, just a glimpse behind the scenes, or that provides some insight into your thinking or making.  If it's a cross-stitch project, for example, you might show the piece when it's half done, or you might post a picture of the back of it so we can see how you kept it neat and tidy (or a hot mess, like mine usually look).  Or you might have a picture of all of the supplies you used set out before you started.  Or you might share a before and after if you painted an element for a larger project.  So, yes, it's a progress shot, but progress can look different, and mean different things, depending on your project or your interpretation.  Please post in the Discussion Thread or PM LovelyMiss if you need assistance determining if something would count as a progress shot for this purpose.


I want to claim WIP It Bonus Points.  What types of projects are considered WIPs/UFOs?
WIPs/UFOs are projects that you have already started but put aside for some reason or another.  Maybe you lost steam or got distracted, or maybe you ran out of an item you needed.  WIPs/UFOs might also be projects that you specifically bought supplies for, but never got around to making.  Simply using up a supply you've had for a while is not a WIP/UFO, unless that supply was bought specifically for that project.  If a project takes a week or more of steady effort, it might also be considered a WIP/UFO.  There is no required amount of time that a project needs to have been on "hold" to be considered a WIP/UFO (but probably more than a single day).  Please make sure your project fits one of the outlined conditions when you claim WIP It Bonus Points.  If you need help determining whether or not your project is a WIP/UFO, post a description of your item/situation in the Discussion thread. (Note: WIP It Bonus Points were previously named UFO Bonus Points.)

I want to claim Brain Power Bonus Points. What is considered a new skill?
A new crafting skill is learning a new technique within a craft you already know how to do (learning how to knit cables if you already know how to knit, learning how to machine bind a quilt if you already know how to sew, learning encaustic if you do paper crafts/mixed media work) or learning something completely new (learning how to needle felt if youve never done that before).  Of course we are always learning when we make things, but it should be easy to see and explain how it is a separate and standalone skill.  Using a new supply does not count (unless it also involves learning a new skill).  You may only claim Brain Power Bonus Points on the first project you submit that utilizes that new skill.

I want to claim Swaptastic Bonus Points.  What is considered a swap item?
Any project that you make for an organized swap may claim the Swaptastic Bonus Points (whether the swap is on Craftster or another site).  Please share some details of the swap when you post your project so we can better understand your inspiration.  You may also claim Swaptastic Bonus Points for any items you make for the Nerd Games Raffle.  Additionally, you may claim Swaptastic Bonus if you participate in a personal swap that is facilitated through a group or website, if you share the name of the group or website, and the swap arrangement you had with your partner.

I want to claim EPIC! Bonus Points.  What do I have to do?
EPIC! Bonus Points are for projects that take at least 45 hours of crafting time to complete.  In order to claim EPIC! Bonus Points, you must create a post for your project in the appropriate Craftster board.  You are qualified to claim Community Bonus Points when you complete the posting requirements for and EPIC! Project.  Make sure to claim them on your Completed Project Header (the Community Bonus Points are not automatic, and will not be added to your score unless you claim them specifically in addition to your EPIC! Bonus Points).

What if I need to modify a post to add Bonus Points after the fact?
If you ever go back and modify an entry to add Bonus Points, please make it known in this thread by posting a link to your modified post and describing what you did, OR PM the info to LovelyMiss to make sure you are credited with the proper points.


BADGES & AWARDS
How do I get the badge images to show up in my Craftster profile?
Just upload the badge image under My Picture Hosting.  Once it's uploaded, you will have two options, "Copy and paste this into your Craftster post," or "To show a small linked thumbnail instead, copy and paste this."  Copy the thumbnail link and paste it under the "Brief Bio" section on your profile.  That's it!

Where is the ______ badge? It's not showing up in the Badge Center.
Badges are revealed the first time a project is submitted for a particular prompt or opportunity.  Badges are posted/revealed once or twice a week throughout the season, so it may take a few days once the project has been posted.  Battle Roayle badges are posted during the following month, once the winner of the Battle has been determined.

What and when is the Award Ceremony?
At the end of each season special awards are given for different accomplishments.  That process is called the Award Ceremony.  The Award Ceremony is usually posted within 5-10 days after a season ends.

How do I earn the Golden, Diamond, and Platinum Nerd Awards?
Golden, Diamond, and Platinum Nerd Awards are awarded based on the total number of projects submitted to all rounds of the Nerd Games/Battles, starting with the inaugural round in Summer 2013.  Each of the awards is only presented to players one time, during the season when they reach the landmark number of projects (50, 75, 100, respectively).  Additionally, the Double Diamond Nerd Award is given for 150 projects, and the Double Platinum Nerd Award for 200.

What are medals?
Medals are extra awards that are available during the Summer round of the Nerdalong only.  All earned Medals are awarded at the end of the season during the Award Ceremony.


OTHER
Do I have to sign-up to play?
No.  The only thing you have to do is start posting projects!  See the "How to join the Nerd Battles" section in the post above for more information.

How are monthly themes or prompts chosen?
Most themes are submitted by players to LovelyMiss via PM.  If you have any ideas, please feel free to send them along.  Themes are then assigned to each month in a season, generally with "harder" themes in the earlier month(s), and "easier" themes in the later month(s).  This is so there is maximum time to think and craft on prompts that might require a little more creativity to fulfill.  Themes are selected for each season based on a lot of things, including the number of times it has been suggested, the creativity of the theme, available prompt ideas to fit within the theme, and even the particular season (for instance, winter themes in winter rounds).

I've heard Nerd Battles, Nerd Games, and Nerdalong.  Are they different?
In short, no.  Technically the Nerd Games happen during the Summer, and Nerd Battles in Fall, Winter, and Spring, but they all fall under the Nerd Games umbrella and are used interchangeably.  "Nerdalong" is another all-encompassing moniker for the Nerd Battles/Games (which comes from Nerd+Craftalong).

What if I have a problem or questions?
If you have an issue or question feel free to contact the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss.  If you have a general question about the Nerd Games, you might want to head over the the Discussion Board.  We have wonderfully friendly and helpful players who would love to share their wisdom!

---Nerd News Updates---
Updates are issued periodically to announce new features, or provide players with information about the Nerd Battles/Games.  All updates issued during the current season can be found below.




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7  Summer Nerd Games 2018: June 1 - August 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: May 30, 2018 02:18:11 AM


Welcome to the Summer Nerd Games Arena!
I, LovelyMiss, shall be your host and Head Gamemaker.

The Nerd Games welcome all players from the Nerdyverse to join! The games are to inspire, encourage, and motivate your crafting adventure.  Players can join anytime during the season.

Are you wondering if you are part of the Nerdyverse?  John Green describes it quite well...
Nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff  Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-cant-control-yourself love it.  ...When people call people nerds, mostly what theyre saying is you like stuff.  Which is just not a good insult at all.  Like, You are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness.




Rules of Engagement
--There is a list of prompts for you to complete. You complete a prompt with a crafty item you think fulfills it.  You can use your description to make it clear on how the craft fits the prompt (feel free to get creative).
--Players must craft to the best of their abilities and have a minimum of 30 minutes of crafting time per submission, unless otherwise noted.  
--A project can only be submitted for one prompt or crafting opportunity.
--A project does NOT have to be "nerdy, it only has to fulfill the prompt as you see it.
--Submitted projects must be started and completed during the current season, unless otherwise noted.
--There is SO MUCH to do in the Nerd Games.  Do not feel like you have to craft everything.  Do what inspires you.
--We welcome all players from the Nerdyverse, no matter their Geekdom.  
--We are never mean.  
--We never exclude someone.
--We will keep it clean-ish (PG-13).  
--We will follow all Craftster guidelines, this includes staying on-topic (serious OT goes in FOC OT boards).  
--You will be asked to join a team.
--Never hesitate in contacting the Head Gamemaker with your questions, concerns, or ideas.



--How to Join the Nerd Games--
It is easy to join in the Nerd Games craftalong!  Simply craft an item that fits one of the posted prompts and take photos of your finished project.  Post your project photos in the official Nerd Games thread (that's where you are now!).  Make sure to include the Completed Project Header (see How to turn in a project) with each project you post.  In the Header of your first completed project you will declare your team. (You do not need to choose a team before you post your first project.)  You officially join a team when your first project is submitted.

About Teams
There are five teams:
Team Textbook: Geekdom of Logic, Knowledge, Science, and Math;
Team Multimedia: Geekdom of Movies, TV, Music, and Gamers;
Team Wordy: Geekdom of Readers, Books, and Wondrous Words;
Team Fandom: Geekdom of Fanfics, Conventions, Midnight Openings, and Beacons of the Nerdyverse;
Team Randomizer: Geekdom of OOAKs, Oddballs, and Marchers to Different Drummers.


--Teams are where like-minded players join to work together.
--There is no limit to the number of people in a team.
--Though you may feel at home on more than one team, pick the one that draws you the most.
--You may choose a new team at the beginning of each season, but you cannot change teams during a season.

For the Summer 2018 round there are TWO Teams:

The Heroes.
The Anti-Heroes.

Choose your Team based on the types of characters you usually like best, or connect with the most.




---How To Turn in a Project---
Spend at least 30 minutes crafting a project that fits the requirements of a posted prompt.  Take a photo of your finished project.  Post your project photo(s), along with the Completed Project Header, in this thread.

--COMPLETED PROJECT HEADER--
Use this header for each project you submit. Research Projects have a special header, which can be found in the Research Project Lab.

Prompt:  (please include month & category)
Team:
Bonus Points: (include which bonus points you think you've earned, e.g., Giver, Engineering, Community, WIP It, Swaptastic, Brain Power, EPIC!)
Project Name:
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:

You may add more than one project to your post, but a Completed Project Header must be used for each project you submit.

For the Research Project Proposal and Submission Headers, visit the Research Project Lab.



---Point System---
Challenges, Battles, UFOs, and Red Alerts will earn 20 points unless otherwise noted.  Challenges, Battles, UFOs, and Red Alerts are eligible for additional Bonus Points.  All projects submitted under these prompts must meet the 30 minute crafting time requirement.

Brownie Points Projects will earn 20 points, and ARE eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Brownie Points Projects are items crafted for charity during the season that are NOT turned in as a prompt or Research Project.  Brownie Points Projects must meet the 30 minute crafting time requirement.  There is no limit on the number of Brownie Points projects you may submit during a season.  Be sure to claim Giver Bonus Points on any Projects (including Brownie Points) you complete!

Random Acts projects will earn 25 points, and ARE eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Random Acts projects can be anything that you don't turn in under another prompt that would be considered a random act of kindness/craftiness.  This might be things like abandoned art or public art/crafting.  You must submit photos of both the completed project AND an "action" shot of the act being conducted.  Random Acts projects must involve at least a two hour time commitment (crafting+action combined).  You may submit up to TWO Random Acts projects per season.  

Free-Range Crafting projects will earn 20 points, and ARE eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Free-Range Crafting projects can be anything that you don't turn in under another prompt.  Free-Range projects must meet the 30 minute crafting time requirement.  You may submit up to two Free-Range Crafting projects per season.  

Big Time projects will earn 50 points, and ARE  eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Big Time projects are anything that takes at least five hours of crafting time, and that you do not turn in under another prompt or crafting opportunity.  You may turn in up to three Big Time projects per season.

Zaps will earn 5 points, and ARE  eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Zaps are any projects that take fewer than 30 minutes to complete.  You may turn in up to five Zaps per season.

Research Projects will earn 200 points.  Research Projects are projects that take at least three weeks OR 20 hours to complete.  You must submit a proposal for a Research Project to count.  Research Projects are separate from the normal Challenge/Battle/UFO/Alert prompts.  In most cases it is not permissible to "double dip" on individual Research Project elements, so anything included in a Research Project cannot also be turned in for a Nerd Games Challenge/Battle/UFO/Alert prompt, or as a Non-Prompt Crafting Opportunity.  Research Projects are eligible for additional Bonus Points.
Visit the Research Project Lab for more information on completing a Research Project.




You can earn 10 Bonus Points for...
--Engineering: Turning in a project that includes a new tutorial, pattern, or recipe;
--Giver:  Crafting a project for charity;
--Community:  Creating a post for your project on the appropriate Craftster board and including at least one clear, good-quality photo;
--WIP It:  Completing a WIP/UFO (Work-In-Progress/Unfinished Object);
--Brain Power: Completing a project that required you to learn a new skill or technique;
--Swaptastic: Completing a project for a swap, or that will be donated to the Nerd Games Raffle;
--EPIC!:  Completing an item that takes more than 45 hours of crafting time, and creating a post for the project in the appropriate Craftster board;
--Prompt specific:  Some prompts may include the opportunity for special bonus points.  This information will be included in the text for the prompt.
You may earn more than one set of bonus points for your project.







At the End Game, there will be Winners (but really no losers)
--Team Winners: average taken from number of players & point scored
--Special Awards: given by gamemakers
Winnings will include bragging rights, badges, and possible prizes.



Nerd Battles Staff
--Head Gamemaker: LovelyMiss
--Project Tracker: storerboughtcreations
--Badge Creator: bunny1kenobi
--Pinterest Pinner: rockingbearranch
--Nerdy News Newt: Smeddley


Team Captains


Official Nerd Games Pinterest Board


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Click here for the ongoing Nerd Games suggestion collector.
Note: Submissions using the above link are anonymous unless you submit your username with the survey.


Previous seasons:
Summer 2013
Fall 2013
Winter 2013-2014
Spring 2014
Summer 2014
Fall 2014
Winter 2014-2015
Spring 2015
Summer 2015
Fall 2015
Winter 2015-2016
Spring 2016
Summer 2016
Fall 2016
Winter 2016-2017
Spring 2017
Summer 2017
Fall 2017
Winter 2017-2018
Spring 2018



---This is the home for Completed Projects, Research Project Declarations, and "Oooos & Ahhhs."  For discussions, chatting, and progress pics, head over to the Nerd Discussion thread.  Posts will be moved to appropriate location when necessary.  Thanks for your help in keeping the Nerd Games tidy.---
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8  Giant D20 in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by LovelyMiss on: May 15, 2018 10:09:23 PM
I made a large 20-sided die for Smeddley in the recent Nerd Games Swap.





I used my 60 triangle template to make all the side pieces for the icosahedron, which worked out great. 



I really wanted it to have a true shape, and not go all circle-y, so the sides are reinforced with 71F Peltex.  I debated heavily whether to do the seams on the inside or outside, because I knew I wouldn't be able to turn it out perfectly with such a stiff interfacing.  But I decided to do them on the inside anyway, for aesthetics.  I only broke/bent 10 sewing machine needles making it.  Cheesy  Seriously.  It was a BEAST!





It's stuffed with an entire bag of poly fill, plus I crinkled up one of those big blue Ikea bags, and used that as the center.  It helped fill up space, and give it a bit of a crunchy sound, which...added bonus!  I did my best to hand sew the opening with a ladder stitch, but it was difficult, to say the least.  The thread kept breaking because of all the thick layers.  My hope is people will delight at the largeness, whimsy, and novelty of it, and not look too closely at all the individual stitches.  Cheesy



The numbers are flocked heat transfer vinyl that I cut with my Silhouette.



Here it is with the other things I sent for size reference.  I think it ended up being about 12" or so across, at the widest parts.  That is a covered composition book and chap stick next to it.



I am pretty happy with how it turned out, especially since I was making it all up as I went along.  That's just how I roll.  Haha.  Tongue 

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9  Spring Nerd Battles 2018 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LovelyMiss on: May 12, 2018 06:57:09 PM



Participants
LovelyMiss
storerboughtcreations
RedheadWithThread
gozer
bunny1kenobi
Smeddley
rockingbearranch
Inselaeffchen


Sent

Received
Sending Late with Communication
Exchanging in Person
Feedback Given
Contact Organizer ASAP


Partners

gozer ----> RedheadWithThread
RedheadWithThread ----> gozer

bunny1kenobi ----> storerboughtcreations
storerboughtcreations ----> bunny1kenobi

Smeddley ----> LovelyMiss
LovelyMiss ----> Smeddley

rockingbearranch ----> Inselaeffchen
Inselaeffchen ----> rockingbearranch



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10  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2018: March 1 - May 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by LovelyMiss on: April 29, 2018 11:26:20 PM
Prompt:  April Battle Royale - Craftiest Nerd
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name:  Therapy word art
Brief Description:  I recently moved offices, and needed to remake some large art for one wall.  I used stainless steel style adhesive vinyl and my Silhouette to cut out a bunch of words, and attached them to a large cork board.  I'm going for Craftiest Nerd because, though I love the Teams, I tend to be most motivated when I'm working against/toward my own best.  I made this project for myself, using my own ideas and materials.  It looks better in person...metal is hard to photograph.

Project Picture:

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