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151  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My "Work Your Theme Round 2" ATCs! on: August 28, 2012 10:35:43 AM
Hi everyone!  Here are the ATCs I made for the Work Your Theme Round 2 ATC Swap! 

Thanks for looking!
152  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Black Cat and Paper Boy Felt Badges on: August 21, 2012 01:49:07 PM

I made these two felt badges for the Felt Badge Swap Round 2 as an angel package for Sharalee.  Both are made with wool-blend felt.  The cat is about 3" long, and the circle is about 3", as well.

Thanks for looking!
153  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Comic Book Box (Lots of Pictures!) on: August 21, 2012 01:37:24 PM
I made a whole bunch of peg people for my nephew for this birthday this past weekend.  I ended making him 12 super heroes and 12 villains. 

BUT I needed a box for my nephew to store them in.  I bought a set of paper mache boxes from JoAnn's and used the biggest box for his people.  A while ago I bought a grab bag of comic books for $5 for the soul purpose of crafting with them.  I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but they ended up being perfect for this project!  I started by painting the edges of the box with black acrylic paint.  I cut out panels that I liked out of the comic books with my papercutter and mod podged them onto the box.  Once everything was dried, I put a coat of mod podge over everything to seal it and make it semi waterproof. 

I'm really happy with how it turned out! 

Thanks for looking!
154  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / EVEN MORE Super Hero Peg People, and now Villains, too! (LOTS OF PICTURES!) on: August 06, 2012 02:41:30 PM
So I made texscrapper and my nephew both a set of super hero pegs a while ago.  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=411376.0  I had so much fun making them, that I knew I needed to make more!  So, texscrapper and I set up a personal swap for more, and I made some more for her and more for my nephew.  This time, I knew there needed to be villains this time, too.  So I did an equal amount of villains to super heros.  So, here are the three new sets of peg people!

That's 48 new pegs people in total (not including the previous set).  Wow, I'm crazy!  Each were done with acrylic paint, Elmer's painters pen for the black outlining, and 3 coats of spray on sealer.

So, without further ado, to the super heroes and villains!

Wooo!  Thanks for looking!
155  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Altered Key Pendants and Pins on: August 06, 2012 02:19:24 PM
This weekend I went to Seattle for my very first Craftster's meetup.  It was pure awesome!  I got to hang out with LimeRiot, Suereal, Camelama, and Eiseldora.  I had such a wonderful time!  We decided ahead of time that I we wanted to do a swap, so anyone who wanted to would make a medium item to offer up.  I decided to make some altered keys for my item, since I have a nice stash of keys.

I used buttons, and old earings, beads and jewels.  Most have pin backs, except the two on the bottom that have a jump ring to be worn on a chain. 

Thanks for looking!
156  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Braided Seed Bead Bracelet on: August 06, 2012 02:10:44 PM
So I saw a tutorial floating around Pinterest on how to make a beaded braided bracelet.  They looked so pretty!  The tutorial was only a picture of the steps, and I didn't find any words to accompany it, but I managed without.  The idea was easy enough for my brain to wrap around!  And I'm very happy with how they turned out.

Here is the link to the photo tutorial:  http://teahabs.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/seed%20bead

I made mine a little longer than they did.  As you can see from the picture below, it wraps around almost my whole wrist and has a chain and a lobster clasp so that I can wear it looser or tighter, if I so desire.

I made mine a solid color, because I'm just in love with this color and I've always wanted a bracelet like this in this color.  Dream come true!!

These are the first three I made.  I braided them a little looser, and also beaded them in blocks of colors (40 beads of each color on each strand).  These were for other people, so I made the chains longer, too, just in case.  Here we have a fall colored one, a candy corn colored one, and one with different colors of purple.  

I'm totally making a whole bunch more of these for Christmas, and just for me to wear, since I absolutely love mine so much!  Its my new favorite bracelet!

Thanks for looking!

EDIT:  Made one more!  These are so much fun to make!  This one is in Hufflepuff colors that I made for the Summer Semester HP Craftalong

157  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Ongoing ATC Swap - August 2012 Gallery on: August 03, 2012 10:33:58 AM

Claiming Thread:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=412027.0

Post pictures of the wonderful ATC's you've received this month here!

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 - August 2012
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: jillybeans
Sign-up date range: Today until August 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
- 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 "August ATC Swap--Request to Join" in the email title.

*Name of swap:  Ongoing ATC Swap - August 2012
*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 18 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.)  August ATC Swap--Sent[/i] or August 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.  This thread is specifically for claims only.
159  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My June Swap ATCs on: July 18, 2012 02:54:03 PM
I made A LOT of claims in June's ATC Swap.  Twenty five to be exact, which is all time high for me!  lol!  And ran the swap, too.  I'm just a little bit crazy!  ^_^  ON TO THE ATCS!

Thanks for looking!  ^_^
160  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Postage Stamp ATCs on: July 18, 2012 02:35:28 PM
So, since I'm a crazy hoarder, I totally save all the stamps from all the envelopes that I get in the ongoing ATC swap.  So, needless to say, I have a lot of stamps!  I was getting a little bogged down in them actually, and last month decided to just make up some ATCs! 

So, I modgepodge down each stamp, added some distressing ink, paint pens, and paint dabbers to the edges, and stamped on a penguin with a letter stamp that I have.

I've sent off one of these babies so far, and will probably give the last two away in the Ongoing ATC Swap if I find a theme that fits.  ^_^
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