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461  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - January 2012 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: January 10, 2012 07:59:44 PM
Finally my computer and photobucket decided to be friends and let me upload my pictures!  YAY!

From gozer for my fireworks theme:

She bought some fun scratch board ATCs and made me this awesome seattle skyline with fireworks!  I've actually seen a firework show in Seattle by the space needle, and it was amazing!  My hubby really liked it, too. 

From Mountains and Clouds for my wings theme:

She sent me this cool card that opens up!  Its so pretty!  She also sent me an extra, a triptych!!!!

Aren't they great!  I think I know how I'm gonna display them, too!

Thanks ladies!
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462  Re: Abundance of Embroidery thread craftalong-2011 Ongoing in Craftalongs by jillybeans on: January 09, 2012 02:49:42 PM
I finally started my cross stitch project to use up some red I had.  So here is a progress shot!

Its a quarter of the way done!  Yay!  I started it Saturday night and I'm pretty happy with my progress so far.  I'm going to sew it into a pillow when I'm done.

Here is the pattern I'm using:
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463  My November 2011 ATCs! in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by jillybeans on: January 09, 2012 12:21:15 PM
Here are the ATC I did in November for the Ongoing ATC Swap!

To Robinpich for her magazine strip techniques theme.

To MargiePoo for her Harry Potter ABCs and to ThreadOrYarn for Trees theme.

To RaeRaggs for her World of Warcraft theme.

To imera for her legends theme.

To imera for her legends theme and ysmeine for trees & nature theme.

To coryjo for her countdown to Christmas theme and to Brackish Potato for her countdown to Christmas theme.

To ysmeine for her birds theme.

To c*lientje for her flowers theme.

To TwistedTruth for her Harry Potter ABCs theme and imera's Vintage theme.

To mintdawn for her Stephen theme.

To gozer for her cute animals smoking cigarettes theme.

Thanks for looking!
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464  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - December 2011 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: January 05, 2012 08:26:04 PM
I'm glad you like it Oath Keeper!  Those are amazing, gozer!

I got some lovely ATC's from Oath Keeper this week!

For my wings theme:

Feathers!  I love feathers!  So pretty!

For my Curse Words that Aren't Curse Words theme:

Flipping fruit owls!  Too funny!  Totally made me and my husband giggle when we saw it.  I think I will be adopting it into my vocabulary.  ^_^
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465  Ongoing ATC Swap - January 2012 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: January 03, 2012 05:22:50 PM

Show off the amazing ATCs you've received in January 2012's Ongoing ATC Swap here!
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466  My last name spelled out in ATCs in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by jillybeans on: December 31, 2011 03:25:01 PM
da da da DAAAAAA!  Presenting my newly mounted last name in ATCs from my lovely craftsters.  I acquired these wonderful little babies from the Ongoing ATC Swap.

From left to right we have ATCs from c*lientje (C), ysmeine (O), RobinPich (M, G, N, and last O), ThreadOrYarn (P), and JillHogan (O)

The ATCs are on a painted particle board.

Here is mounted on the wall above my BIL & SIL's wedding frame.

I pretty much love it.  Thank you so much, my fellow craftsters! 
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467  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - December 2011 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: December 31, 2011 02:05:56 PM
Here are some lovely ATCs that I received this week!

From Mountains and Clouds for my Letter E theme (she sent me a extra card, too!)

She said she used a program on her computer to paint these.  Aren't they fun!  You totally can't tell that she printed these out.  It is on thick thick paper.  They are so nice! 

From StickerChic87 for my Wine theme:

I love me some wine!  I love how she wrote out WINE.  So pretty!

Thanks for the lovely cards, ladies!
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468  ONGOING ATC SWAP - JANUARY 2012 (CLOSED!) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by jillybeans on: December 31, 2011 08:27:13 AM

(A sampling of Mountain and Clouds's collection of ATCs from her ATC Size Tarot Card theme!  Beautiful job, craftsters!)

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.  This is a new thread for a new year, everyone, so update your bookmarks!  
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 - January 2012
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: jillybeans
Sign-up date range: Today until January, 31st, 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 "January Ongoing ATC swap--request to join" in the email title.

*Name of swap  Ongoing ATC Swap - January 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) 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 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.)  December ATC Swap--Sent[/i] or December 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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469  Have you tried turning it off and on again? in Needlework: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: December 28, 2011 03:10:44 PM
This summer I did my very first cross stitch project.  I started small and did a head shot of Moss from the IT Crowd that I did for the Ongoing ATC Swap.  My BIL saw it and loved it and told me to add it to my list of gift ideas that I keep on my phone.  Done and done!  After that, I knew I needed to make him the entire pattern for Christmas.  So, here is my first big cross stitching project!  YAY!

I used this pattern from Dork Stitch:  http://www.dorkstitch.com/roy-and-moss-from-the-it-crowd/

TADA!  All framed up and everything!  I'm super proud of it.  ^_^  And my BIL was so excited to get it.  He said he is gonna take it to work and hang it there.

Here are a couple unframed pictures:

Thanks for looking!
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470  Wands! Expelliarmus! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: December 28, 2011 02:29:44 PM
Yes, you've seen these before from other craftsters, but I just had to share my Harry Potter wands.  I originally made some for my partner in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween swap.  I loved making them so much, that I decided I would make some as stocking stuffers for Christmas this year for my family.

I used this tutorial:   http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-an-awesome-Harry-Potter-wand-from-a-sheet-of-/

In it, you use hot glue, paper, and acrylic paint to make wands.  I sprayed them with a clear coat at the end, as well.  They turn out so incredibly cool!

Here's the whole group:

And because I love pictures so much, here is one of each:

Needless to say, I got expelliarmused quite a bit on Christmas morning.  ^_^  They were so much fun and so easy to make, that I'm finding that I really want to make a whole bunch more!  ^_^  I foresee a future full of wands!

Thanks for looking!
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