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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Summer Nerd Games 2018: June 1 - August 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ 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.

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)
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 posting at least one progress shot during the course of project (post progress shot in the Discussion Thread);
--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

Have feedback or ideas for the Nerd Games?
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.---
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Giant D20 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 

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Spring Nerd Battles 2018 Swap Gallery on: May 12, 2018 06:57:09 PM



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


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

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

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

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

4  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 123 ENTRIES / Painted Tote Bags on: April 09, 2018 05:46:18 PM
My family has a monthly craft group, and I organized for us to paint tote bags at this last one.  These photos are only about half of them...everyone else took theirs home already by the time I remembered photos!  

They are super simple.  The patterns were made with painters tape and/or freezer paper cutouts and stencils.  We used regular acrylic paint and added textile medium.  I bought the bags in bulk online.

These are the ones I made, including the bird one in the first photo.

If you're going to try these, make sure you have a non-porous surface to use inside the bag while you paint.  We tried plain cardboard on the test ones, and it ended up sticking...but if you took it out before it was dry the paint leaked through.  So we ended up doing cardboard covered in plastic wrap, which worked great.  Also, the painters tape made for brick/concrete worked the best out of the few we tried.

Thanks for looking!  Grin
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Spring Nerd Battles 2018 Swap: SU to 4/10/2018; SO 5/11/2018 on: April 07, 2018 11:21:21 AM

Swap name: Spring Nerd Battles 2018 Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  LovelyMiss
Sign-up date range: 04/07/2018-04/10/2018
Date to send item by: 05/11/2018
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that a tracking number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

This swap is for participants of the Spring Nerd Battles craftalong (or previous Nerd Games seasons) ONLY.  If you sign up for this swap and are not a current or past Nerd Games/Nerd Battles player, your questionnaire will not be accepted.  If you would like to join this swap, and are not a current or previous player, please visit the above link and join the current season of the Nerd Games craftalong by reading the rules and posting at least three projects.  After you have joined the craftalong you may then submit a questionnaire for this swap.

We will be swapping one medium nerdy item of your choice.

By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 1-2 hours

By Price
-Large = $20 or more
-Medium = $10-$20 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

Extras are fine ONLY IF you discuss it with your partner first.  If you didn't discuss it, dont send them.

No one likes a flaker, and there is NO need to be a flaker!  If you sign up and cannot meet the swap requirements, please PM the organizer ASAP (before send outs), so a replacement partner can be found.  If you need to send late, you MUST PM the organizer and your partner BEFORE the send out date.  Failure to meet the rules and requirements of the swap will be reflected in feedback.  If you do not have the time or resources to meet the swap requirements at this time, please wait to sign up until the next round.

Swap Rules:

-You must post in a swap thread at least once per calendar week.
-A tracking number is required for all senders in the USA.  If you are mailing internationally, include the customs number in your "sent" PM.  Additionally, international shippers may be asked to upload an image of their receipt if there are shipping issues (so make sure to save it!).

-You must PM the organizer AND your partner when you send AND receive.  Please use the following subject lines for your PMs to help keep the swap running smoothly.
Nerd Games Swap:  Questionnaire
Nerd Games Swap:  Sent
Nerd Games Swap:  Received
Nerd Games Swap:  Question/Other


Name of swap:  Spring Nerd Battles 2018 Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old (YES/NO):
I have read the Swap Rules above this post (YES/NO):
I am a current or past Nerd Games/Battles player (YES/NO):

Do you have allergies/sensitivities relevant to this swap?
Do you have allergens in your home (dog, cat, smoke, etc)?

Please list AT LEAST five geekdoms/fandoms for which you would be interested in receiving a crafted item.  Feel free to add specific helpful information about your fandoms, such as favorite characters/people, quotes, motifs, themes, etc.

What types of items might you like to receive?
What types of crafts do you admire?
What types of crafts do you do?
Is there anything you absolutely do not want to receive?
Favorite colors/combos/patterns, etc. that might be helpful to your partner:
Link to your Pinterest and/or other relevant sites:

Any other info you would like the organizer or your partner to know?

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO LovelyMiss VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.  Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Bead and Button Unicorn on: April 01, 2018 07:23:41 AM
Made with a rainbow of beads, gems, glitter, buttons, and other shiny things.

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Kawaii Jars on: April 01, 2018 07:23:30 AM
I saw some jars on pinterest and knew I needed something similar in my life.

They are one pint jars, painted with chalky acrylics and Elmer's Painters.

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Scarves on: February 27, 2018 11:09:41 PM
I am just learning how to crochet, and decided to make a couple of scarves with my beginner skills.  Cheesy  I used them for holiday gifts.

I was inspired by a scarf I'm sure we've all seen on pinterest 1,000 times, but I didn't actually follow a pattern.  I'm more of a try it and see what happens type. Grin

The people who got them really liked them, so that boosted my confidence a bit.  I go in spurts with my crafting interests, so I'm sure I'll circle back to crochet again sometime this year.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fabric Corner Bookmarks on: February 27, 2018 11:05:12 PM
I made a few fabric corner bookmarks for holiday gifts.  I intended to make a lot more, but I ran out of time.

I was really just looking for a way to use up some charm squares I got in a blind/surprise/random box!

Basically, just fold one square in half (I top stitched along the folded edge), sandwich between two others (right sides together), sew leaving an opening, and turn and top stitch around the whole square.  Super simple.

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Chapstick Holders on: February 27, 2018 10:56:27 PM
I suppose these are more of a purse accessory than a purse, but I wasn't sure where else to put them!

I am always look for ways to use Kamsnaps, decided on some chapstick holders.  I didn't have a plan for these going in...I completely made them up as I went along.  I ended up using some precut 2.5" fabric strips, and just kind of cut and folded and folded until I got something that worked.  I made two from each strip.

I used them for my various holiday gift buffet set ups, and people really liked them!  I had some key rings for people to add if they wanted them.

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