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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - November 2012 GALLERY! on: December 12, 2012 06:46:15 PM
Hi Guys

So sorry i have been AFK for so long, I have been back in hospital with complications after bubs was born Sad

I have received all 4 awesome ATC's, but cannot post pictures till I get back home. Partners, if you would like to post pics  for me I would be much obliged Smiley

Hope I can do this swap again without interruption next time. Had so much fun Smiley
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Pendant Swap Round 4 Signups- 10/24-11/7 Send Out- 12/4 on: November 30, 2012 04:36:53 PM
Just letting everyone in my group know I am still around, I have just been in hospital for a week as bubs decided to come earlier than expected. I will finish crafting this week and get the last of the pendants in the post.

I had planned to do these sooner, but sometimes life gets in the way :S

Apologies in advance, as I can see mine being the last pendants received as they have to come all the way from Australia
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - November 2012 GALLERY! on: November 30, 2012 04:33:51 PM
Sorry about the lack of posts. I have been in hospital for the last week as my baby decided to come a little earlier than expected.

I have 2 envelopes here from overseas so as soon as bubs gives me a chance to open them I will post pics.

Awesome gallery so far Smiley
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Pendant Swap Round 4 Signups- 10/24-11/7 Send Out- 12/4 on: November 21, 2012 05:08:02 AM
Checking in Smiley

Still crafting in the background, and sent my first pendant in the post today *woot!*

To all my partners, please don't panic if I only check in once a week or so, as I have been a bit home bound with health issues, but nothing that is affecting my crafting.

5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Adventures in starting a craft business on: November 12, 2012 07:58:30 PM
Firstly, I would like to say great work so far.

A few suggestions that came to my mind
I am not sure about the trading name laws in Canada (where I assume you are posting from, given your user name Smiley) but have you looked in to the possibility/requirement of lodging or registering your business name with the government? I only ask because I know here in Australia you are not legally allowed to trade under a name unless it is registered with the Australian Business Register. May not be relevant to you, but worth checking just in case.

Secondly, if your panel you have pictured does work well, why not sell it as a final piece? Add a wooden frame to it (or make one if you are handy with a saw) and sell it as a nursery decoration. You would still be keeping with a similar theme of hand painted, but would be expanding your potential customer base to new families (younger audience) and grandparents (older audience) with the same sort of pieces, and would also be able to make more of these to add, as the production value is relatively low.

Hope this helps, and definitely keep us updated Smiley
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Pendant Swap Round 4 Signups- 10/24-11/7 Send Out- 12/4 on: November 12, 2012 07:24:25 AM
And thanks for the well wishes Smiley
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Pendant Swap Round 4 Signups- 10/24-11/7 Send Out- 12/4 on: November 12, 2012 07:23:57 AM
Wow, looks like a lot of US swappers. If only I lived closer or postage was cheaper, I would totally swap more.

As it is, the average swap package from Australia to the USA is about $15-20. Good thing pendants are small Smiley

I am loving the diversity in the group. I have one pendant complete and ready to send (was supposed to do it today, but got a little lazy:() and another one half done.

I am really excited to see what everyone comes up with Smiley

8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP -- NOVEMBER 2012 (Sign-ups open, Claiming Starts 11/1) on: November 07, 2012 06:29:19 PM
I claim gala apples for male alphabet letter O

1 unsent claims
3 sent claims
0 received claims

I'm Nicole from Victoria, Australia. I love ATC's of all kinds, but perfer hand drawn/decorated ones to overly embellished ones. Seems more pure to me . I perfer bold and bright or dark colours. Mature content is fine with me. Please nothing political.

My themes
-Horror, including cult movies and book characters, vampires, zombies, etc
-Anything that is usually considered 'cute and cuddly' done up to look scary (think teddies with knives and kittens with chainsaws)
-Willow trees
-Anything pagan/new age themed (especially pentagrams and triquetras)
-Dark themed faeries
-Wing designs (fantasy style) on their own.
-Abstract designs or colours
-Tetris style pattern
-Pin up girls
-Anything 'goth' themed
-Artists choice
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Baby Shower Gifts @ Craft Fair. on: November 06, 2012 07:27:45 AM
I hope this works, I have never linked to another thread before


I have created the tutorial for use without a laminator, but needed to substitute card stock for office paper for the strength.

Let me know if this makes sense to you, as it is 2:30am here, and Im not sure how clear some of the instructions may be. I eventually want to do a video tute for this, but until then...
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / 'Window' pillow box for display of your crafts tutorial PIC HEAVY on: November 06, 2012 07:18:58 AM
Hi Guys

I hope I have put this in the right place, as there does not seem to be anywhere specific to show a project specifically for displaying or selling your crafts in.

Well, straight in to it. I was reading one of the threads in the crafty business section, and the question was raised on different ways to display for sale sets of (in this case) baby items, such as booties, bibs and mitts. My solution is a windowed pillow box just like this one

These are great, as  you can easily customise them with your brand or any personal design, and can make them in any size to suit your needs. The one I will show you how to make only costs about 40-50c (Australian) depending on where you get your supplies from.

As I am in Australia, all measurements are in centimetres except ffor the paper size as that is all that was on my ruler, and is our standard unit of measurement here Smiley

What you will need
-A piece of scrapbook size (12X12 inch) cardstock
-Some form of relatively stiff plastic sheeting. In a pinch the display windows from food or kids toys packaging can be used.
-A ruler, pencil, eraser, cutting blade and mat
-Glue suitable for both plastic and paper. I have used sticky tape on mine instead of glue, mostly as I wasn't aiming for a professional look, but just wanted to explain how this goes together.
-Something large and round for tracing the edge of. I used a dinner plate.
-A bone folder or butter knife

To start with, measure 2cm, 16cm and 30cm from one edge of the paper, and draw lines at each of these points

From the edges that run at right angles to this, measure in 5cm on both sides and draw lines. Your paper should now look like this

Using your dinner plate (or round object) draw a curved line from your 2cm line to your 16cm line like below

Repeat this for all 4 of the same sized sections, both inside and out. Your paper should now look like this

Mark 2cm in from where the round lines all meet (along the middle line) and along the line closest to the 2cm section

Use these marks to create two more inwards facing curved lines. Also draw lines 2cm in from the edges of this section (picture explains this the best). At this stage you wil also want to mark 3cm in from your 5cm lines just below this and draw a straight line from the edge of the curved lines to here (see next 2 pics)

Next you will need to take out all the guide lines, so you are only left with the lines you actually need. See next picture for which lines are required (solid lines = cut, broken lines = fold)

Cut along all the solid lines first. I recommend using a blade and cutting mat to cut out the window section, as you will use the middle bit as a template for cutting your plastic. Once cut out, your piece should look like this

Next, cut a piece out of your plastic that is approximately 1cm larger than the window you just cut out. It does not have to be precise as the edge will be inside the box, but you need to leave enough room to glue, without the plastic going over any of your lines. Glue down and allow to dry. It is important you glue all the way around the window, as if you miss spots your window may buckle or fall out

Next, use your bone folder or butter knife to score along all the dotted lines, then fold carefully, folding in towards your lines so they will be hidden inside your box. You will begin to see the pillow shape emerging

Last, glue the angled end flap to the inside of the solid side of the box. Fold in the ends and you have yourself a nifty little display pillow box.

If any of my instructions do not make sense or you have any questions or feedback, please don't hesitate to PM me or reply here Smiley

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