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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: HAPPY MAIL #3 - BRING the HAPPY GALLERY on: November 18, 2017 02:33:31 PM
Love you, Onyxnox, but we may be just a tiny bit evil towards our friends. I don't approve of twisting arms, but since I'm Italian, I do believe in GENTLE persuasion, Machiavellian-style, of course! Where's the evil grin emoticon when you need it?
2  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: 2017 Holiday Cards and Tags swap (sign ups now until 11/17, send outs 12/08) on: November 18, 2017 12:42:38 AM
Sorry, Onyxnox, but my daughters, Zalphinian and Bethimusprime, aren't into papercrafting to the extent that I am. Plus they would be using my tools and supplies and that's no longer possible for my irreverent child #1 since she now lives several states away from me.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: HAPPY MAIL #3 - BRING the HAPPY GALLERY on: November 17, 2017 08:38:01 PM
CLM, didn't one of our friends mention that you got a paper crafting machine after I brainwashed little sweet pea in Toronto? If so you really are going to have to get your feet wet by joining some of the paper swaps.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: HAPPY MAIL #3 - BRING the HAPPY GALLERY on: November 16, 2017 08:49:03 PM
The happy mail envelope and goodies I received from AIMR.

I love everything but to understand just how funny the last photo is and how very happy it made me you'd have to know some of the back story behind it. AIMR and I first became acquainted through the Quilt Block Swaps so, obviously, we both love quilts and we each have a ton of fabric scraps. Through the years we've exchanged many quilt blocks but we've also joked about our scrap hoarding and how we use them. I've sent her a starter kit for a Crumb quilt block (using fabric pieces as small as 9/16" square) and she's sent me a coaster set using very narrow strips left from some of her projects. This year my happy mail package to her included note cards displaying quilt block patterns using very small paper scraps, so she's retaliated by sending me material she's fabricated from infinitesimally tiny scraps of fabric and thread. I think she's won this round of one-upmanship! It certainly had me laughing! Now I just need to decide whether to frame the pieces or convert them into something else . . . maybe a small pouch?
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 8 Gallery on: November 16, 2017 07:46:00 PM
I've received a yarn star from Acadian Driftwood. I can't be positive but it looks like she used a gold-printed paper from India that I sent her in an earlier swap as the center on  this side and another paper I sent her as the base for the other side. How fun!

Then edelC spoiled me by including candy bars with my Viking gnome. I love the gnome's multiple braids! DH and I did the DNA genealogy tests earlier this year and learned that our Irish ancestors showed traces of Scandinavian lineage, so I'm guessing that means we carry the blood of Vikings in our veins. Perfect year to add a Viking to our tree!

Thank you both!
6  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: 2017 Holiday Cards and Tags swap (sign ups now until 11/17, send outs 12/08) on: November 15, 2017 03:15:50 AM

I originally wanted the Cuttlebug but I found out that I can't use embossing folders with it. I decided if I was going to spend the money anyways, I rather pay more for one machine that will do it all. lol


Don't know why you've been led to believe that you can't use embossing folders with a Cuttlebug. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I have well over a hundred embossing folders from various manufacturers and they all work just fine with my Cuttlebug. The Big Shot has a slightly wider mouth than the Cuttlebug and is easier to use with Bigz (super thick) dies. Otherwise the two machines have been equally workable for me. Both need cutting plates replaced at various intervals.

I also have a Cricut and an AccuCut. Cricuts will cut unsupervised once you program your design, but they do waste more paper, the cartridges are being phased out so you'll have to subscribe to the on-line design service if you want new designs, and you have to replace both cutting blades and mats at regular intervals. Cricut is the only one of these machines that allows you to adjust die cut size because it uses computerized files to determine cut size. The other machines have dies that are non-adjustable. AccuCut machines are much more expensive and so are the dies but they're better suited to school or similar high volume usage where you need to cut more than two layers at a time or need to cut various weights of materials easily. They aren't intended for embossing.
7  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: 2017 Holiday Cards and Tags swap (sign ups now until 11/17, send outs 12/08) on: November 10, 2017 10:50:43 PM
Welcome swappers - we officially have one group!


I saw this and just *knew* my mother would be signing up for it. Sure enough, KBrison was number 3 on the list. :-)
LOL - of course Smiley

I would be trolling and PMing if she did not!

So now you and DD#1 are ganging up on me? At least DD#2 aka bethimusprime isn't joining your gang. Have to have some peace.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2017 DeStash Along on: November 10, 2017 08:21:04 PM
So sorry for your mother and your entire family, anitacj! After my mother's strokes she thought that hot dogs should be cooked in the dishwasher and that catsup was used to make chocolate milk. It was heartbreaking but at least she didn't realize what was happening. I think it's so much harder for family and friends to deal with the changes. Wishing you strength, hope, and compassion for the days ahead.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 8 Gallery on: November 09, 2017 09:54:01 PM
Need to sign some note cards, then all of mine will go in the mail. So many wonderful designs! Wouldn't it be awesome to have an all Craftster tree?
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: HAPPY MAIL #3 - BRING the HAPPY GALLERY on: November 09, 2017 09:47:37 PM
Greybird's package to me arrived while I was out-of-state, so it's taken me longer than it should have to post photos. I love the artistry of the pumpkins on the envelope front. The stamp of the Weasley twins will probably be re-purposed to another project for my younger daughter who's a mega-HP fan.

She sent several envelopes made from calendar pages. I've opened them up so you get a fuller image of how pretty they are.

Next up, a sewing notions postcard to color and several glittered gift tags.

The green and floral papers on the left will make small card sleeves when folded and glued. The other shapes are creased and form match boxes when assembled. Another matchbox swap will be opening soon, so she thought I might like to join it. Greybird sent me the pieces I'll need to get started.
The paper cats are perfect for holding baker's twine (I have a ton of that!)but they'll also work well for ribbon or embroidery floss or even small amounts of specialty yarns. I have a ton of those too!

Then my absolute favorites! Miniature origami dresses and Santas. Although I do some origami, I've never tried anything that small. They'll be perfect on gift tags or scrapbook pages.
 
Thanks so much, Greybird! I'm really going to enjoy incorporating your gifts into my projects!
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