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121  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / EPIC Yarn Dwarf Beards! on: January 07, 2013 03:51:58 PM
Somehow I stumbled across a picture of girl in here very own dwarf helm and beard.  The helm was crocheted and the beard was yarn.  It was AWESOME and sent my brain a-reeling!  Though crochet is currently oh of realm of crafting abilities, I settled on making a beard.  My BIL's birthday was coming up fast, so it was the perfect time to whip one up for him just for fun.  I bet he never expected to get a dwarf yarn beard from me, but that's what he got!  In my research phases, I found a totally amazing and wonderful tutorial on how to make a beard like this, and that can be found here:  http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Grow-Your-Own-Epic-Dwarf-Beard-In-One-Eveni/

This girl has changed my life!  I see my future bright and full of beards!  Not that I'm not surrounded by them in my everyday life from my husband and other BIL, but these are much more EPIC!

Here he is modeling his new beard!  It was so super fun and easy to make!  And the beard is so so soft!!!  My BIL wore his all night long and even drank his soda out of a straw so he could continue wearing it. 

Here it is all laid out.  Sorry for the super crappy picture.  I took it with my phone and was to much of a dummy to remember to take a better picture later.  Oh well.

My other BIL was super jealous and sadly looked at me in his best pouty face said "Jill, I want a yarn beard."  How can I resist that?  I absolutely love when I get crafty requests!  It gets me pumped and excited.  So, I went out and got new yarn and sat down and made him one, too.

His is a salt 'n pepper one.  ^_^  Still super soft.  He liked it because he thought it looked wiser.

Here it is all layed out.  Though its hard to see, there is a blue bead attached to the gray band in the middle of the beard.  That was my hubby's idea.  ^_^

And here's what the back looks like.  If you didn't take at look at the tutorial, you basically start by cutting up all your yarn the length that you want.  You then cut the plastic canvas to the size you want and attach your yarn to it, starting at the bottom, with small crochet hook.  Trust me, she has amazing instructions on there that are way indept and better than these, so you should go take a look. 

Now I need to make one for me!  I want one that has reds and browns.  ^_^  Though I definitely have enough yarn to make another brown beard and another black beard. 

Thanks for looking!  Beard on!
122  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread for 2013! on: January 01, 2013 09:33:30 AM
A brand new year, a brand new board for all your ATC discussions this year.  Lets make this year ROCK! 
123  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / ONGOING ATC SWAP -JANUARY 2013 (CLOSED) on: December 29, 2012 07:54:15 AM

Happy New Year, everyone!  Look at all these wonderful owls there were done in previous swaps!  Aren't they great?  From left to right we have work from Sunnydawn, rosie1981, bunny1kenobi, jmiller614, pilarfarmer, Fancybutch, Robinpich, and Mountains and Clouds.  They are hootarific!

An uber-addicting swap that runs all month long!

Welcome fellow Craftsterers!

Up and running again, here is the amazingly addicting, completely irresistible Ongoing ATC Swap! YAY YAY!  (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 - January 2013
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 (look at the date on the calendar, it is the date that is directly 2 rows down)
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 16 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 ATC Swap--Request to Join" in the email title.

*Name of swap:  Ongoing ATC Swap - January 2013
*Craftster username:
*Email address:
*Your real name:
*Mailing address including the country (written as it would appear on the envelope):
*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)   Your New Year Resolution
2)   Snowy Scenes
3)   "Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness."
4)   Musical Fruit
5)   In a Dream

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.)  January ATC Swap--Sent[/i] or January ATC Swap--Received (Be sure to include the month, since I generally run multiple months at a time)
3.  Be sure and include (1) the "send by" date, as well as (2) the theme and (3)who sent it to (4)whom, in each message 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!  

MeCraftsterMemberBloop --> YowzaSwapper (fantasmic theme)

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 gozer.  This thread is specifically for claims only.
124  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded Wrap Bracelets on: December 28, 2012 02:50:38 PM
Hi there!  I originally made these bracelets for STS, but not all of them sold, so they instead went to family member's for Christmas!  Yay!  I made these on my bead loom that my hubby made me for my birthday.  <3  Eventually I'll get a tutorial up for these, but for now, you can just look at what I made!

Thanks for looking!  ^_^
125  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Many Loom Bead Cuffs! (Lots of Pictures!) on: December 28, 2012 02:47:27 PM
When I saw beadiful nights amazing loomed cuff bracelets, I knew I had to try them.  She had a tutorial of how to make her custom loom on one of her youtube videos, and my wonderful husband made it for me for my birthday in September.  Since then, I've gone bracelet crazy!  I made most of these for Christmas presents this year.  I have just an incredible amount of beads, and it was such an awesome way to destash, and then of course to go buy more to replenish!  ^_^

To start, I used beadiful night's method of making these bracelets, the tutorial for which can be found here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=408396.0

But, after the first one, I started to branch out a little bit and I would do just the middles first, and then the outside beads.  And then it all evolved into something different.  My knots and enclosures for the buttons at the end were feeling a little chunky.  I did some research and found some lovely bracelets where the hole for the button was incorporated into the design of bracelet.  It was really quite lovely.  So, I figured out how to do that all on my own, and when I get a break in my life, I will take pictures of the process and post a tutorial.  For now, you all just get to oogle what I made.  ^_^

Yeah, these are definitely a lot of fun to make!  ^_^  Thanks for looking!
126  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Ho Ho Ho Watercolor Framed Art on: December 11, 2012 03:08:24 PM
Hi there!  I made this for my fabulous partner, loves2experiment in the Ho3 swap.  She really wanted something artistic.  I'm a huge fan of watercolors, and I try to play with them as often as I can. 

To make it, I first printed off the Hos in the size I wanted from the computer.  Using my lightbox, I applied the masking fluid with a thick brush around the outside of the letter (anywhere that I wanted it to stay white) and quite a ways outside of the letters.  An important thing to remember when using masking fluid is to try to get it on as thin as possible and to not use a heat gun to speed up the watercolor drying process, like I'm prone to doing.  This will sometimes lead to tearing of your paper when removing the masking fluid.  Anyways!  I also cut out a border that was just a little bigger than the letters that would lay over the masking fluid to stop any further splatterings on the rest of the paper, because I didn't want to put masking fluid over the entire page, since its not the easiest to work with on large areas.  I used many method of apply in the watercolors for this.  Applying the watercolor on wet paper, on dry paper, splattering on wet and on dry, and using a straw to blow streaks in the splatterings.  Its quite fun!  So, let it all dry naturally and then remove the masking fluid.  I had a few booboos here and there that I had to cover up with white acrylic paint, sadly.  But, all in all, I liked the finished result.

Thanks for looking!
127  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Ho Ho Ho Pillow on: December 10, 2012 12:07:51 PM
Hi there!  I made this pillow for my partner, loves2experiment, in the Ho3 swap!  She had an amazing theme of Ho Ho Ho, which was totally fun to craft for! 

I made this pillow using a really easy and simple tutorial I found here:  http://www.texascottageblog.com/2011/08/easy-envelope-pillow-covers.html

I'm a really inexperienced sewer, but I had no problems understanding and executing this pillow with ease!  Plus, its an envelope pillow cover, so you can get a pillow and then make a bunch of these cases and change 'em out whenever you feel like!

The front has a panel of burlap with a freezer paper stenciled Ho Ho Ho.  Before you sew your pillow all up, sew this panel onto the front of your pillow, then finish sewing it up. 

Thanks for looking!
128  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Three Ho Birds! on: December 10, 2012 11:53:45 AM
Hi there!  My lovely partner, loves2experiment, in the Ho3 swap had a Ho Ho Ho theme that I chose to do.  I really wanted to make her something arty and mixed media with blocks.  The design kept changing in my head, and I eventually landed on birds!

The base of the bird is done in paperclay.  Before it had completely hardened, I poked the wire where the legs would attach so that I could glue them in later.  I covered the bodies in acrylic paint, as well as glitter, paint pens, stamped letters, stickers and other fun stuff.  ^_^  The beak of the bird is a dab of hot glue painted with black acrylic paint.  The blocks I painted white and then attached a square of scrapbooking paper to each side.  And the Ho's in silver are acrylic paint.  I made their hats out of felt and some mini wired silver garland.  I think their little hats are my favorite thing about them.  There was a lot of giggling involved while making them and applying their hats.  I made the presents out of packaging cardboard and then covered it in oragami paper that I had and added ribbon. 

Thanks for looking!
129  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Ongoing ATC Swap -- December 2012 GALLERY! on: December 07, 2012 12:00:45 PM

Post pictures of the lovely ATCs you received here!

Discussion Thread

Claiming Thread
130  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My October 2012 ATCs on: December 05, 2012 09:14:33 AM
Here are the ATCs I made for October's Ongoing ATC swap.  Yay!

Thanks for looking!
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