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401  Brooches (aka Shirt Bling) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by jillybeans on: April 12, 2012 11:30:47 AM
My little sister found a shirt that she loved while shopping.  It was basically a plain black shirt with a low neckline, but its main appeal was the brooch on it that had a bow and some dangly pearls and chain.  She took one look at that thing, took a picture, sent it to me and told me it was my next project.  Lol!  She knows me far too well.  ^_^  She calls 'em shirt bling.  hehe

So here are the ones I made for her.

And here is what they look like being worn:

Each is on a regular pin back applied to the flower/bow with hot glue.  The pin back has three holes, so the beads were tied off onto the holes and the wire was attached using jump rings.

Definitely an easy way to amp up a plain shirt and make it fancier!  I think I will need to be making some for myself.  ^_^

Thanks for looking!
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402  The Beatles Wall Hanging in Needlework: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: April 12, 2012 11:19:51 AM
My wonderful partner, Teachart, in the Invite Your Partner Swap Round 20, has a love of all things The Beatles!  I desperately wanted to make her something TM styled, but I wasn't sure what until my awesome husband told me I should go with a Beatles theme.  Smart man!  Abbey Road seemed the best route.

TADA!  As you can see they are basically huge TM patches sewed together.  They are about the size of a sheet a paper each.  To make this, I printed each Beatle out on a piece of paper.  I first applied Heat N Bond to the fabric I was using for the Beatle.  Using a lightbox and a water-soluble pen I trace the design onto the fabric and then cut out the design.  It worked well this way because then I didn't have to pin the huge image onto the main fabric and I didn't have to worry about fraying.  I knew it would just lay down flat!  It does make it super stiff, too.  It was definitely harder to stitch threw, but I only went around the edges of the design and didn't do a bunch of stitching inside, so it was ok.  I definitely wouldn't recommend using the Heat N Bond if you are going to be doing a lot of stitching inside the area.  I also used fusible batting for inside. 

Oh, and I made this last patch with every intention of tacking it onto the bottom, but ended up not liking the looks of it with it on there.  So I just sent it along as an extra.  ^_^

The words are freezer paper stenciled on with fabric paint and then I did stitching around it.

Thanks for looking!
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403  Re: IYP 20 Winter Chillin Cotillion Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: April 12, 2012 10:52:49 AM
I thought I'd share a few pictures so everyone can see the hair accessories I sent to redstar13 better.  I so love making those types of flowers, as you can tell.  ^_^

Wow, Luckdragon!  That is one amazing package you sent!!!  I'm so in love with the tape measure bag!!
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404  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - April 2012's Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: April 10, 2012 03:03:13 PM
Looks like I get to post first this month! 

Mountains and Clouds claimed me for my trees theme!  Yay!  And she sent me a couple extras, as well!

The first is a gear tree!  Here gears are so cool!  The other two are done in oil pastels, the first of the two being a reflection of a tree in water.  Very cool idea!  I would have never thought to do a reflection of a tree! 

Thanks Mountains and Clouds! They are beautiful!
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405  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap March 2012 - GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: April 07, 2012 09:21:11 AM
Wowie, the metal ATC is so cool!!  I'm gonna steal it, kk gozer?  ^_^

I love the mushrooms, too!  They are so fun!

I received from bunny1kenobi!  Yay yay!  She claimed me for my tree theme, and also sent an extra along for my sister (I think I'm gonna collect a bunch for her and then give them to her for christmas.  she was rifling through my ATC box and she mentioned how she thought it was cool to have a box of ATCs.)

It looks like the leaves the stamped onto the the tree, and the red sequins are really shiny and catch the light really well (not that it shows in the picture).  My sister would definitely agree with the quote on the second card.  That girl has sooooo many shoes!!!

Thanks bunny1kenobi!  They are great! 

Oh and in other random news, I was at a craft store in another town (Ben Franklins) and they had a super cool wood display rack for ATCs.  It was $25 so I didn't get it, but it would have been so perfect for my E and J theme and how I would like to display it.  I wonder if Ben Franklins has coupons.  I sooooo want those frames!!!  The frame was like little cubbies that you could put an ATC into.  The rows, I believe, were 4 across and 3 down.
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406  Re: IYP 20 Winter Chillin Cotillion Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: April 07, 2012 09:09:03 AM
I received from BOTH of my partner's thursday night!  Woot!!! 

I will start with redstar13's wonderful package!

Here is the whole package together:

Super cute peacock feather earrings!  I, unfortunately, don't have pierced ears, so I think I will take 'em off the hoops and put them onto hair clips so that I can have dangly feathers in my hair!  ^_^  YAY YAY!

And to match, a peacock feather headband!  Redstar said she wanted to keep this, she liked it so much.  I can tell why!  I'm also a huge fan of feathers, but I honestly don't really have anything with feathers.  So yay feathers!!!  Its a really comfortable headband, too!

Irredescent pearl bobby pins.  Can I tell you how much I love these?  I wear bobby pins in my hair almost every day.  I hate having hair in my face.  I wore these to work yesterday, and they worked perfectly!  So cute!!

And, omg, a shirt for me?!?!?!  hehe!  Yay!!!  Its from the Princess Bride, one of my favorite movies!  And the shirt fits perfectly, too!  Not too tight, not too loose, which for me and clothes, is like amazing.  My body is so dumb to dress.  I wore my shirt around all night after I got it.

And here's a couple action shots.  I couldn't get a good picture of myself in the shirt.

Thank so much Alyssa!  I absolutely love everything you send me!  <3

And now, my package from Teachart!

Here's the whole package together:

Since I didn't take another picture of the extras, I will tell you about those first.  In the bottom right is a really cute notepad, that has a magnet enclosure.  And candy!!  My husband tried to walk away with the reeces eggs.  When I scolded him, he said "aw man, I never get swap candy."  Which is a complete and total lie, so don't feel sorry for him.  hehe!  The jelly beans are cocktail flavored!  Ooooo!

My first hoop EVER!  And OMG look at this hoop!  Its AMAZING!  She chose my love of forest critters . . . and of steak and made it into a sampler!  I love the squirrel with the steak!!!  It makes this hoop not only cute, but quirky and fun and totally me!  I love random bits of silly amongst normal life!  Oh it and it was wrapped in a supremely lovely embroidered cloth.  Is it vintage?  It feels vintage!  Its so pretty!!!

Hi steak loving squirrely!  Her stitches are amazing!  She used so many different techniques!!!  I'm reeling with the new possibilities of stitches!

A hedgie and a deer!

And a boat load of vintage emphimera!!!  She said she has a whole bunch of vintage magazines and emphimera.  She wasn't kidding!  There is so much here to play with, I'm so excited!  My brain was designing new ATCs as I pulled out each item.  I was surprised my husband was so interested, because he too stood and looked at each sheet with me.

And then at the end I realized that she had sent me a little elephant friend as an extra and it didn't make it into the group shot, so its gets its own picture.  ^_^

Thank you so much, Emily!  I now have a hoopla wall!  ^_^
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407  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap March 2012 - GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: April 06, 2012 07:48:30 AM
I received a super awesome ATC from lilusa this week for my fancy animals theme:

I absolutely love this!  He is quite the proper fish, with his monical and top hat!  hehe  I love the background, too.  The tissue paper over the book page, and its sparklie, too, event though it doesn't show on the picture.

Thanks lilusa, I love it!
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408  Ongoing ATC Swap - April 2012's Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: April 05, 2012 09:26:23 AM

Show off the ever fantastic ATC's you've received in this month's swap here!
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409  ONGOING ATC SWAP - APRIL 2012 (CLOSED!) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by jillybeans on: March 30, 2012 12:58:46 PM

An uber-addicting swap that runs all month long!

Welcome fellow Craftsterers!

YAY YAY!  Up and running again, here is the amazingly addicting, completely irresistible Ongoing ATC Swap! (You know you want to join!)

So, come one, come all!  You, too, can have "envelopes o' fun" in your mailbox!  (giggle)

This is a simple and easy swap, with your level of participation determined entirely by you.  People of all levels of ATC-making are welcome.

Discussion Thread -Questions and discussion can be posted here.
Swap FAQs -Everything you need to know about swapping.

ATC FAQs -Everything you need to know about ATCs.

-Please post pictures of your cards here.

Very basic swap info:
Swap name: Ongoing ATC Swap - April 2012
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: jillybeans
Sign-up date range: Today until April 30th, 2012
Date to send item by: 2 weeks after you claim
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO
Additional Age requirement? NO
*International shipping is required*
*DC #s are not required, but you will have to resend if the ATC is not received*

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 (gozer)
- 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 18 years old: YES

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER Please send to jillybeans, and include the words "April Ongoing ATC swap--request to join" in the email title.

*Name of swap  Ongoing ATC Swap - April 2012
*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 or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
*Are you a Friend of Craftster?
*What is the exact size of an ATC?
*Do you have access to a camera or scanner so you can post pictures here of what you receive? (if not, you need to tell anyone who claims you, so that they are able to take pictures before sending)
*Are you aware that if an ATC is lost in the mail, you are required to resend?
*Have you read the entire swap information for this swap?  
*When sending send/receive notifications to the swap organizer, there are four juicy pieces of information that must be included about each ATC.  What are they?  (Scroll down in the swap info under this questionnaire to the area "Once you have sent or received a card"; the answer is in red.)

*Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join this swap!  Sign-ups are open all month--YAY!  PM me the above questionnaire to get started, and please wait to be accepted into the swap before making any claims.  Please make sure you are not late or flakey in any of your other swaps.* This is a super-uber-amazingly-stupendous swap, So Have Fun!  


Claims are made throughout the month.  You have two weeks from the time you make a claim to send that claim.

You can make as many (or as few, as little as 1) claims as you want throughout the month as long as you never go over your allowed amount of outstanding claims. (An outstanding claim is a card that has not been received; when that card is received your number of outstanding claims goes down leaving you open to bring it back up to 7 or 10.)

Posting pictures of received ATCs is required for this swap.


1. Claims are made using the following procedure:

Person A (the swap organizer) will begin the swap by posting a list of themes in this swap thread.
Person B will choose a theme from one of A's themes and make a claim by posting his/her own list (see below for formatting of post).
Person C will make a claim on one of B's themes and post his/her own list.
Person D will make a claim on one of C's themes and post his/her own list etc...
This continues through the end of the month, when the swap organizer makes the final claim and closes out the claiming part of the swap.

2. How many claims can be made by each individual:

The number of claims each person is allowed depends on the following criteria:
*Friends of Craftster: 10 claims
*Those who aren't Friends of Craftster: 7 claims
*First time swappers (whether Friends of Craftster or not): 1 claim.  Once the initial claim has been sent, and its new owner has reported it received, the first time swapper is free to make more claims, either 7 or 10 dependent on being an FOC or not.

3. How to make a claim:

A claim post should include the following information:
1. The theme you are choosing and who youre sending it to.
2. Statistical info about your current swap claims status:
Claims = Claims currently outstanding (ie., how many not yet received by their new owners.) (This number goes down each time a claim is received, and up each time you make a claim.)
Sent = anything currently in the mail.
Received = the cards received by the people you've sent them to.
3. Your location.
4. Your personal preferences.
5. Your list of themes


I claim GenericFabulosaSwapper for heffalumps/weasels ATC.  

3 claims, 2 sent, 1 received

I live in Massachusetts, USA.  I would prefer not to receive anything violent, political, or religious.  

My themes are:
1)   sneezing
2)   purple people eaters
3)   wandering men of grief
4)   jumping jehosophats
5)   birds in hats


1. Send a personal message to the person you have claimed and request their address
2. You have 2 weeks to complete each card, and have it in the mail to its new owner.  

1. Please PM the organizer when you send or receive a card.  (It's also good to notify the person you received from or are sending to.)  March ATC Swap--Sent[/i] or March ATC Swap--Received (or some variant of that, lol)
3.  Be sure and include (1) the "send by" date, as well as (2) the theme and (3)who sent it to whom(4), in each email to the ATC swap organizer, when you're referring to sent or received ATCs.  (That's four juicy pieces of important information that make my life as a swap organizer OH so easy!) Easy as pie!

For example, you could use this format:
I sent some ATCs today!  

Send by 12/16:
MeCraftsterMemberBloop ---> YowzaSwapper = fantasmic theme

Send by 12/17:
MeCraftsterMemberBloop ---> WowwieSwapper = stupendous theme
MeCraftsterMemberBloop --->WooHooYeeHawSwapper 07 = yet another fascinating theme


This lets the organizer easily access the swap info, so it can be updated.  

It is OH so important to post pictures of the amazing cards you receive!  This is the best way in the world to let it be known how special it is that you've received a wonderful treasure of someone else's creativity!  

Please post pictures/scans of your received cards in the gallery (or make arrangements with your partner to do so).

Positive feedback will be given when all of the cards you sent have been received.   Good communication is always cool!  And be sure and post those pictures in the gallery!

If you have any questions please post them in the discussion thread or PM the organizer, jillybeans, or co-organizer, gozer.  This thread is specifically for claims only.    
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410  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap March 2012 - GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: March 27, 2012 12:55:24 PM
I received from Witchhippie this weekend for my mythical creatures theme (she also sent me an extra!)

She says she is new to drawing, but I think they are fantastic!  I love 'em both!  Thanks so much, Witchhippie!
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