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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Vintage Mickey Mouse storage bags on: May 21, 2019 11:06:38 AM
When my children were young, we were given Mickey Mouse bedding from the late 80s/early 90s, and we never used it. It sat in our garage for years and years.

My art teacher friend has Legos that the younger kids build with sometimes, that she was storing in individual ziplock bags. This works well, but the bags need to be replaced.

Inside of buying new bags, I am using this bedding and velcro to make these cute bags for her!

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Do Not Open, Cat Inside on: May 04, 2019 05:56:35 PM

For one of my ongoing atc claims, my partner listed Walking Dead and cats (I think) as a theme, so I combined them in this funny play on an epic scene from the show.

I used a masterboard background, a cute cat cutout from a daily calendar, and a tag extra from L2E in a recent STS. It's moveable, too! But, beware if you "open" it!

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Elementary Art Quilt on: April 26, 2019 03:59:51 PM

Every year for the last 3 years or so, we have framed about 40 pieces of art and held an auction on the night of the upper elementary concert. This year, we discussed also auctioning a mini quilt. My art teacher friend and I picked out 12 pieces of artwork made by 6th grade. I photographed them and put them into a 4-square frame on an app I use, and uploaded them to Spoonflower to print as an 8x8 swatch.

Here's one:

These finally arrived today, so I cut each of the 12 pieces out, and decided to piece them like so:

Between each square is a 1.5" strip and between each row is a 1" strip. The borders are also 1 in. I decide to make it the style where you run a rod through a pocket  and also that the recipient can hang either vertical or horizontal, so I installed 2 pockets.

It measures about about 13" by 16".
Thanks for looking!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Masterboard Printmaking Swap on: April 24, 2019 02:10:28 PM
craftylittlemonkey and I are both very obsessed with the technique of making a masterboard (a 8x10 or larger) piece of paper that you print on with any sort of medium (stamps/gelli prints/collage/etc.) The idea is that you spend time doing the printmaking once on a larger piece of paper, which then you cut into smaller pieces for atcs/notecards/tags/journals/etc. They can be the background or even the main piece.

Our thoughts were to host this sometime May (or maybe early June as there are a ton of epic swaps starting up in May) where each person would create about 4 (8x10) masterboards which they would send to their partner(s). Instead of just adding this to stash and not using it, you would then use part of what you received and dress it up with your own ideas and send back to your partner a little something-something using what they sent. So, like an atc/notecard/tag/etc.

This is a fun way to get into trying this technique. If we get enough participants, we can do groups, too!

Who's in?

(Craftylittlemonkey, can you and I look around to link our fellow craftsters with some images to help?)
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / 2019 Make-A-Friend Revival: Miniature Version Gallery! on: April 08, 2019 08:43:20 AM
Post your goodies here!
Discussion Thread

late with communication
we won't need to use this color!

Package 1:

BigBangMomma   : kittykill and endymion    
Geekgirl1000100: quaggy and TheSapphireMoon      
endymion: BigBangMomma      
Amfkinney: Summer6061   
kittykill: BigBangMomma      
quaggy: geekgirl1000100      
StudioANF: kwality570
Bugaboo1: mandykaye and TheSapphireMoon       
seeuudee: rhinoceroses   
dontneedaclassroom: ChameleonHound      
dharma_rebel: kartiana      
kwality570: StudioANF and Summer6061      
TheSapphireMoon: geekgirl1000100 and Bugaboo1      
lindyv321: PerfectlyBohemian
rhinoceroses: seeuudee      
Summer6061: AMFKinney and kwality570      
PerfectlyBohemian: lindyv321      
mandykaye: Bugaboo1      
ChameleonHound: dontneedaclassroom   

late with communication
we won't need to use this color!

Package 2:

BigBangMomma   : kittykill and endymion   
Geekgirl1000100: quaggy and TheSapphireMoon      
endymion: BigBangMomma      
Amfkinney: Summer6061   
kittykill: BigBangMomma      
quaggy: geekgirl1000100      
StudioANF: kwality570
Bugaboo1: mandykaye and TheSapphireMoon      
seeuudee: rhinoceroses      
dontneedaclassroom: ChameleonHound      
dharma_rebel: kartiana      
kwality570: StudioANF and Summer6061      
TheSapphireMoon: geekgirl1000100 and Bugaboo1      
lindyv321: PerfectlyBohemian
rhinoceroses: seeuudee      
Summer6061: AMFKinney and kwality570      
PerfectlyBohemian: lindyv321      
kartiana: dharma_rebel      
mandykaye: Bugaboo1      
ChameleonHound: dontneedaclassroom
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / CLOSED - 2019 Make-A-Friend Revival: Miniature Version SO #2- 5/31 on: March 19, 2019 07:15:41 PM
Check out our GALLERY here

Swap name: 2019  Make-A-Friend Revival : Miniature Version
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: BigBangMomma
Sign-up date range: 3/19/19 to 4/6/19
---Between 4/6 and 4/8 you will send me a list of participants you have/have not swapped with, or partner requests. I will try to match people with someone new to them, or that they have not swapped with often. We are making a friend! I will get partners out hopefully by 4/9/19
Date to send item by: You will send two packages.
Package 1: 4/23/19
Package 2: 5/23/19

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Additional Age requirement? No
**This CANNOT BE your first swap ever. No exceptions.**

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/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:
-You will be sending two packages. You may choose to have 1 or two partners.

-Package one will include a thoughtful letter to your partner, a small crafted item that is something you love to make, and a small purchased extra that represents something in your life that you love. The purchased extra does not have to represent your crafty life. This package is about you, which means that you can start working on it as soon as you sign up and mail as soon as you have a partner!

-Package two will be sent after you read your partners letter.  You will take what you learn from that to craft a medium item you think your partner will love, or will be special to your partner based on your letter, and hopefully the pm communications you havewe are making a new friend, after all! You will also include 2 small items that you think your partner will love. These items can be crafted or purchased.

I've been doing some thinking about our international swappers and the cost of shipping.

For international swappers only, I am going to edit package sending requirements as follows:

Package 1: You may choose to only send your letter to your partner as package one. However, your craft must be completed, your small must be purchased, and you must share a picture in the Gallery by the send out date for package 1 of these two items for your partner to see. Please let your partner and myself know if you are only sending your letter for package 1, and if that goes missing, you will be required to resend your letter.

Package 2: This will include original requirements of package 2, plus you will send the craft and small from package 1 as well.

Your letter should include things such as: what is your favorite thing about swapping, your favorite things in swap partners, how did you pick your username, what has been your favorite swap, what has been your favorite vacation, what is a funny memory you have, etc.. The more you chat with your partner in pms and the more you include in your letter, the better your partner will be able to craft something for you. There is not a length requirement for your letter, but please put thought into it.

I know this will be great, and have no doubt this wont be an issue.but.in order to fulfill the swap requirements, BOTH packages must be sent on time. To make sure we are all active, I will ask that everyone post at least 1 time every two weeks. I'll try to ask some good questions throughout the swap to keep us all active and excited!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer: BigBangMomma

(The questionnaire is purposely short so that you get more info from your new friend via communications with them.)

Name of swap: 2019 Make-A-Friend Revival: Miniature Version
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: (YES/NO)
Do you agree to send with a DC# (in-US) or keep your receipt if possible, and resend any lost packages (as per papercraft swap rules) if what you send is too small to do so?
Would you like 1 or 2 partners? (No first time swappers, Im sorry!)
Do you have any allergies?
Any allergens in your household (pets, smoke, etc)?
What is the send out date for Package 1?
What is the send out date for Package 2?


7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Dolly on: March 14, 2019 05:16:40 PM
(Mod: if this doesn't fit the requirement for posting here, please feel free to move to correct area.)

Meet Dolly. She has been my daughter's best friend since my mom gifted her when dd was 6 mo old. Dolly goes with dd everywhere! She is very well-loved. Like any well-loved friend, Dolly has been worn, and needed a new do.  I usually sew Dolly's outfits on to help preserve her. Dd loves to rub her feet. Dolly's latest outfit needed replaced, so dd and Dolly picked out this cute dog print you see below. However, Dolly already had too many layers, and even though I knew she was wearing out, I also knew I needdd to take the layers off and start again.

I don't think dd or I were prepared for the Emergency skin graft surgery Dolly needed. (Warning: content may be sensitive for some of you.)

Never fear! I have mad doll surgery skills! I informed dd that stitches from surgery are not meant to be pretty, but functional.
Dolly came through surgery like a boss.

Dd and I decided Dolly needed "memory tattoos" from her previous outfits, as well as the salvaged embroidery from her previous "skin."

I am pleased to say that since this was a late night surgery, Dolly made it through the night with dd.

This morning I sewed up her newest dress. I am proud that it has an inside layer. Dolly wore it while we were oit and about today, and she felt so pretty! Tonight, I sewed up some undies/pants sewed them to her body, then sewed this newest dress to her body.

I know this dress won't make another 13 years of love, but her body is as good as new!
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / A Positive Affirmations Story...and a bonus on: March 14, 2019 05:52:16 AM
I took CLM's masterboard technique and made up this gelli print.

I then cut them into atc backs for the Positive Affirmations swap ans ongoing atcs swaps.

I decided to tell a story of a baby to an adult, the changes in perception we can see, and trying to find a way back to the childhood feelings.

I also included a bonus card:

One of my atc partners has received, so here is another atc uding that print:

The master print is such a great idea and really helps to have a cool background on hand for projects!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / School Pride Zippered Pencil Pouch on: March 09, 2019 04:00:56 PM
Every year, I make my kid's elementary teachers an end of the year thank you gift. Several teachers received school themed tote bags. There are some teachers that I don't think would appreciate that, so I thought a school related zip pouch would be fun....and I love to make them...and grommets!

This picture is actually two pouches side by side so you can see feont to back.

I got the school logo (Lancers) from the internet, and went on Spoonflower to make a fabric! I played with their picmonkey link so I could give it the yellow background, and play with the outline a bit. The logo ended up being larger than I anticipated, so I ended up with only 6 Lancers I could use (out of a yard of fabric), and I worried they would be too big for this project,  but it worked. Unfortunately, I had to throw away a lot of the fabric.

I placed the zipper a little lower than I'd have liked so I could match the pattern better. I am happy the zip matched the maroon so well! I accidentally made the zip go from right to left on one pouch, but no biggy!

I just ordered engraved pens from an awesome Etsy shop to put in their pouch.

The teachers should love this special gift, I think!

And...I have two more Lancer squares left!

Thanks for looking!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Just "Breathe" on: March 02, 2019 01:56:57 PM
I made this 3 card atc set "Breathe" as a surprise pick me up for a friend having a rough time. I used a fun embossing folder for the grass, cute birds, and spread out the word Breathe across the 3 cards.
The background was a sunset themed paper.

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