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171  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Ongoing ATC Swap - June 2012 - GALLERY! on: June 04, 2012 08:02:53 AM

Post pictures of the awesome ATCs you receive this month here!  Yay yay ATCs!
172  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / ONGOING ATC SWAP - JUNE 2012 (CLOSED) on: May 31, 2012 10:58:05 AM

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

*Name of swap  Ongoing ATC Swap - June 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 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.)  June ATC Swap--Sent[/i] or June 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.    
173  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Last Name Magnets on: May 30, 2012 10:56:05 AM
I decided to randomly made my best friend some magnets for her fridge with her last name on them.  I happened to have some wooden discs laying around, so I grabbed those and started crafting!

I started by painting the edges and most of the top with white acrylic paint.  After that dried, I drew black lines on the sides using Elmer's Painters paint pens.  I then cut circles out of an old and mangled book (The Hobbit) and distressed the edges with Tim Holtz Walnut Distress Ink Pad and more paint pen.  Then I wrote on the letter with the pain pen, let it dry, applied mod podge to the back of the circle and stuck it on.  After it dried, I added a couple coats of mod podge on top.  I put on a couple magnets to the back of each circle with Gorilla Glue.

Here they are on my fridge:

And some upclose shots, and one that shows the back of one:

Thanks for looking!
174  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Harry Potter Page Bookmark on: May 30, 2012 10:39:03 AM
I made a few of these, but, silly me, only took a picture of the one I sent to lindyv321.  Oh well, I plan on making more of these, anyhow!  I sent one to my best friend, and gave another to my SIL.

Someone gave my mom a bag of crafting stuff that she gave to me, and inside was a hardback copy of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  Well, I already own all my Harry Potter books in hardback, and it was in the bag of crafting supplies, so I decided to desecrate the sucker!  I used some of the pages for tags, and the title pages became bookmarks!

I started by cropping the page down to fit just the image and title.  I cut off some of the words on the top of the page, as well, to make a little smaller than the entire page.  I mod podged the image onto a some old cardboard.  I distressed the edges using Tim Holtz's Walnut Distressing Ink Pad and then a black paint dabber.  I put dots around the edges with my Elmer's Painters paint pens.  I also added some color to the black and white image using water colors.

I will definitely be making more these, and probably save them for Christmas as stocking stuffers!

Thanks for looking!
175  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie on: May 30, 2012 10:24:04 AM
I made this tote bag for lindyv321 in the OWS 82.  She had a similiar bag on her pinterest, but I found a different layout for the wording on my internet searching adventures.

Tada!  I bought the tote at JoAnn's and I used the freezer paper stenciling method and fabric paint.  

I first applied a layer of black fabric paint with a big sponge.  I let that dry and then applied a layer of silver fabric paint with a sea sponge and just randomly dabbed it on.  I did this to give it a little shimmer and fun!  Wee!

Aaaaaand now I need one of these bags for myself!

Thanks for looking!

Oh, and if anyone is interested, I can attach the document for the wording that I used. Done!  The image is now attached!  It should print out as a full page, but you can always resize it to suit your project!
176  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Scrapbooking Paper & Tile Coasters on: May 30, 2012 10:15:40 AM
I made these for lindyv321 in the OWS 82.  They were pinned on her pinterest and I've made them before and happened to have a bunch of tiles on hand.

They are super easy to make, and are great gifts!  I was planning on making a bunch up for christmas, but ended up running out of time (hence why I have a bunch of tiles on hand!  lol!)  To make, grab some thick scrapbooking paper and some tiles.  I got my tiles at Home Depot, and they were like $.16 each.  Also, I used the thicker scrapbooking paper because I had trouble with bubbling when I used the thinner scrapbooking paper, so I found the thicker stuff to not have that problem and also to have a nice texture.  Cut them into squares, add mod podge to the backside of the paper and stick 'em onto your tile.  (Make sure you clean off your tiles first.  They can be a little dirty/dusty from the hardware store.)  Then grab yourself a spray on sealer (preferably one that works well with paper and is waterproof).  I gave these ones three coats.  Once they are all dried, I applied felt pads  to the bottom, one in each corner.  The ones I got have a sticky back to them, but I've had problems in the past with them not staying stuck on.  So this time, to make sure those little pads stay on, I applied a tiny bit of Gorilla Glue onto the sticky side and then put them onto the tile.  (If you do use Gorilla Glue, make sure to only use a very small amount, because the glue expands to 3x its size and will squish out if you put on too much).  Those little suckers aren't coming off now! 

Thanks for looking!
177  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Rainbow Felt Garlands! Weeee! on: May 22, 2012 10:35:05 AM
I wasn't sure if this was the place to put it, so feel free to move this, dear mod, if its not right!  *hugs!*

I had fun with felt a few weeks ago!  I claimed mama24boyz for felt bunting for her daughter's birthday party (which is an awesome rainbow theme!  Love it!).  I knew I had load of felt at home, and I was not disappointed, because the only color I didn't have on hand, was yellow!  Yay for destashing!

As mentioned, the triangles are made of felt, just the regular by-the-yard craft kind.  I used an entire package of jumbo rick rack, and hot glued the felt onto it.  When I was cutting these triangles, I didn't really have a plan of attack, and just cut out a bunch of each color.  So after the first one was done, I had enough triangles already cut out to make a second one!  So I ran to walmart, and got another package of rick rack (of course it was shorter than the one I got from Jo-Ann's, that's how they get ya!) and whipped up another one.

In my bunting research adventures, I stumbled onto a great tutorial on how to make a rainbow ruffly garland, and I instantly fell into love with it and had to make it as an extra to go along with the others.

It was super easy, even for my extremely bad sewing skills. 

The tutorial can be found here:  http://sweetlittlesmoothie.blogspot.com/2011/03/everythings-coming-up-rainbows.html

Thanks for looking!
178  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My April ATC Swap ATCs on: May 21, 2012 07:40:06 AM
Hi there!  Here are the ATC's I made for April's ATC Swap!

Thanks for looking!
179  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / More Zentangled Shoes! (WARNING: LOTS OF PICTURES!) on: May 04, 2012 01:28:35 PM
I was honored to be chosen to particpate as a Master Craftster for Elmer's.  One of the projects I did was zentangle up some high heels using Elmer's Painters paint pens.  They were so much to make, that I just had to make more!

Here are a pair of flats that I made for my sister-in-law for her birthday.

And these are the shoes I made for cackle!  She sent me over some shoes, and I sent them back all zentangled up!

And, just in case you are curious, some progress shots of the first shoes!

Thanks for looking!
180  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Enchanted Tree Altered Matchbox on: May 04, 2012 10:46:28 AM
I joined the Wicked Forest Altered Matchbox swap and got the ever fabulous Noooitaremybirthday as my partner.  Being just incredibly excited about having an awesome partner, I started on her package right away.  Its my first altered matchbox, and I had a lot of fun making it (fun with a side of achy finger tips and glue all over my hands)!  

Nooo's forest ended up being more enchanted than wicked.  I chose colors that were more suited to Nooo's sunny personality, as well as personal tastes.  The tree is made of wire and seed beads.  I found the tutorial for making these trees here:  http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/wire-tree
It was a uber helpful tutorial, since I don't have much experience in wire work.  I just love the form the tree took!

For the most part, I used a 28 gauge pewter color wire, and also mixed in some 30 gauge shiny silver strands as well for a little dimension.  My seed beads were all sorts of sizes.  The pink ones were rather large, so I only used one bead, three for the orange since they were so small, and two for the green.

Here's the backside of the tree.

I started by painting the matchbox a lime green, then hot glued on some real moss.  Its super spongy and soft!  I used my trusty Elmer's pen around the edge.  The knob is a pony bead with a crystal glued on.  I used a super strong glue to adhere the pony bead to the box.

Here's a glimpse underneath.  I used a metal glue and clamps to glue the roots down.  The glue I used was horrid and took forever to dry and also made some of the clamp glue on, as well (hence why there are little green parts on the bottom).  If I could go back and change anything, it would be the glue I used, which was a metal glue for jewelry making.  Though it took forever to dry on the metal, it would dry instantly on skin, like super glue.  I got a lot of it on me, of course.  ^_^  It has eyelets as feet and says all the swap details on the bottom.

Sadly, I didn't get any pictures of inside the box, because I got too excited to send it off.  But the drawer is painted the same lime green with pink edging.  I used a wood-looking piece of paper to line the bottom of the drawer.  The drawer held Little Red's riding hood made out felt (fits great on my finger!), Snow White's poisoned apple, a little wolf charm, an owl charm, and some little fake leaves.

Thanks for looking!

And a quote from suereal, because I love it so much:
And OMG!  Your wire tree match box is so mesmerizing.  At first I was like "Oh so pretty!'  Then I stared at it for a bit.  And I thought of a bit of a story about it....This beautiful encrusted tree is the result of an alchemists experiments.  But he didn't realize that he was trapping the spirit of the tree when he sought to turn wood to metal.  When the tree's leaves turned to gems, it begane to see a bit of a reflection of what is happening around it, but it can not grow any more.  Hows that for wicked?
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