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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Flowers of the Month Fabric Planner on: November 12, 2019 03:06:07 PM
I have been working non-stop on this for the past several days because 1) I wanted to be sure to get it  completed for the Stitchalong Monthly Challenge and 2) it is a gift for our very special and amazing elementary school secretary who is retiring very soon. This woman does so much, is so humble, and is a cherished member of the school and community. She always has a listening ear. She schedules the majority of my days to sub teach. She has a legacy that will be missed.

I started the flower of the month stitchalong hosted by killykill hoping she wouldn't retire before I could complete this, even though I hadn't yet decided what to make with it. She didn't want a wall hanging or quilt. Her official retirement day is Jan 1, but her last day with us will be the day before Winter break.  I am an impatient gift giver, so I will probably give it to her early! hah I want mine to stand out from all the other gifts she'll be getting, right?

So, anyway...

I decided what better to make for a secretary than a planner with no calendar to fill in?! So, I made each month a page and added a pocket to the back she can put coupons or cards or whatever.

Thank you kittykill for the wonderful stitchalong, for which had me doing embroidery again.Thanks to SonjaBoo who gave me the lovely floral and fruit fabrics when we met this summer.

As I went about working this project, I set a few rules for myself. Only 4 colors per month (one month does has 5), then I picked the most significant color for the bias edging. I ironed on Pellon stablizer on the backside of each of the embroidered pieces, then sewed right sides together to the flower fabric. I turned right sides out and added the pockets with which I also added stablizer. I added bias edging, then used my grommet too to add 3 grommets to each page. l used fabric monoprints I just received from jemimah to tie it together.

Now, to bombard with some collages!

The front and side view:



Jan-March:


April-Sept (Here you will notice I alternate fruit and veggie pockets)



Oct-Dec



What are your favorite months? Mine are July, Sept, and Dec.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Introduction to Masterboard Technique Swap Rd 2 Gallery on: October 28, 2019 01:57:52 PM

Discussion Thread

Introduction to Masterboard Swap Rd 2 Gallery

Post your masterboards as you receive them!

Sent
Received
Feedback given
1. BigBangMomma : anna.wahnsinn, kartiana,geekgirl1000100, Wulf, Smmarrt,Craftylittlemonkey
2. geekgirl1000100 : anna.wahnsinn, kartiana, Wulf,* BigBangMomma*,Craftylittlemonkey, Smmarrt
3. megwell : anna.wahnsinn, kartiana, Wulf, Smmarrt
4. anna.wahnsinn: megwell, kartiana, Wulf, geekgirl1000100, BigBangMomma, Craftylittlemonkey
5. Smmarrt: megwell, kartiana, geekgirl1000100, BigBangMomma, Craftylittlemonkey
6. Wulf: megwell, anna.wahnsinn, kartiana, geekgirl1000100, BigBangMomma, Craftylittlemonkey
7. craftylittlemonkey: anna.wahnsinn, Wulf, geekgirl1000100, BigBangMomma, Smmarrt
8. kartiana: megwell, anna.wahnsinn, Wulf, geekgirl,BigBangMomma, Smmarrt
3  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Introduction to Masterboard Technique Swap Round 2 SU CLOSED, SO 11/4 on: October 08, 2019 04:08:42 PM
Sign Ups: Oct 8 to Oct Oct 21, 2019
Send Outs:  Nov 4, 2019
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO
Additional Age requirement? NO

Round 1 Gallery
Round 2 Gallery

Hello all! Welcome to the Introduction to Masterboard Technique Swap Round 2!

What is a masterboard, you ask:
Masterboard=A large monoprinted page made with the intention to cut into smaller pieces. These pieces can be atcs, squares for notecards, tags, die cuts, etc.  Use your imagination to create a monoprint in any style youd like: gelli print, stamp, splashed paint, collage.
Here are some video examples to get your creative juices flowing:
Here is a helpful video on a gelli printed masterboard.
Here is a helpful video on making a stamped masterboard.
Another video
Here are some links of masterboard pieces to check out:
Craftylittlemonkeys Scrap Bookmarks and lots of mono prints
BigBangMommas A Positive Affirmations Story"
Not from Craftster, but a cool technique


Okay.now that we have a little more of an idea what a masterboard is, lets get into the nitty gritty of the swap:
In this swap you will be creating  (1) 6 inch by 6 inch masterboard for each person  you send to.  You may choose any medium to create your masterboard (cardboard, newspaper, deli paper, book pagethe skys the limit!) The idea is to get a sampling of different monoprint styles that we can use in our own way for crafting.  (If you need to slightly fold or trim slightly (no more than in) to fit in a 6x 9 envelope that is ok.)
*I chose 6x6 because you can create one masterboard on a 12x12  piece and cut into fourths if you choose to.*  Feel free to start creating your masterboards.NOW! This swap is artist's choice.


How much should I expect to pay for shipping in this swap?
 Turns out, not much.
 The link below says we can send up to a 6 1/8 by 11 envelope for one stamp.  Because we can send as letter rate, international shipping is required.
Click here to read about letter rates

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 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

If you would like to participate, please send your questionnaire to BigBangMomma with the subject Intro to Masterboard Swap Rd 2  Sign Up.

Sign Ups: Oct 8- Oct 21, 2019
Send Outs:  Nov 4, 2019
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO
Additional Age requirement? NO

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Introduction to Masterboard Technique  Swap
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? YES, required.
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
Confirm  you are aware that this is a papercraft swap which does not require DC, and so if your piece goes missing, you are required to resend.(yes/no)
You have access to a camera and will post pictures  within 3 days of receiving? (yes/no)

Have you posted in the thread yet? (If no, please go post before sending your Q)

Would you like to send to 1, 4, 8, or all participants?
(I will do my best to accommodate based on what everyone requests.)



4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Hummingbird Hoarder Stamped Bracelet on: October 03, 2019 10:54:03 AM
I have been tinkering with metal stamping off and on,  but after coming across all the cool stamps by Beaducation, I am hooked!

I ordered this hummingbird stamp and the large metal stamping plate recently, and made myself this stamped bracelet. I made a few errors, but the plate really helped indent the letters so they could fill in with ink better.


You may know that I had like 10-12 hummingbirds at my house this summer and have become slightly obsessed.

Thanks for looking!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / No Vacancy Adult Merit Badge on: September 04, 2019 04:52:05 AM
I claimed faemystique for an Alaskan themed iron on adult merit badge. As a fellow Alaskan (I was born and raised there), I knew we would appreciate some of the same things.

I embroidered an igloo covered by a gorgeous needle felted sky of northern lights. Below, attached with brads, is a hand-stamped "no vacancy" sign.

Thanks for looking!

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Unicorn Farter adult merit badge on: August 12, 2019 07:04:23 PM
I embroidered this Unicorn Farter adult merit badge for the Ongoing One Tiny Thing Swap Rd 1. I combined the themes of unicorn and make me laugh. I wish I could take credit for the phrase, but I found it online.



I've been buying dozens of embossing folders for a steal as my local craft store is going out of business, and one of the recent ones was this cool unicorn one that I attached my iron on badge to:

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Ongoing One Tiny Thing Swap Rd 1 Gallery on: August 10, 2019 08:34:06 AM
Discussion Thread




Post your goodies below! The claims list can be seen here.
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Ongoing One Tiny Thing Swap Rd 1 (SU Aug 8- Sept 8 is Last Day to Claim) on: August 08, 2019 11:26:44 AM
Discussion Thread
Gallery




Craftster member who is organizing this swap: BigBangMomma
Sign-up date range: August 8, 2019 to September 8, 2019
Claim date range  (some claims made near the end of the month will have a ship by date in the following month)
Date to send item by: 2 weeks after the date of the claim. I will make the very last claim (at my discretion) near the very end of the sign up period, which will close this round.
Limited to a certain number of people? Nope!
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? Everyone is welcome!

Swap Organizer 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 comments: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
--If you are sending something flat (like an ATC), DC is not required, but you must resend if it goes missing: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES



Details of swap:
This is an ongoing swap: I will start the swap with my own list.  You will claim an item from my list then post your own list in response. The next person will claim you and post their own list. It makes a chain. I will make the last claim at the end of the month which will close the claiming for this round.

You will be claiming for (1) One Tiny Thing (OTT). Tiny things, by definition are 4 by 4 by 4 or smaller.  While the size is small, you should put your best effort into making something youd be proud to receive.   You may claim the same person more than once and send all the claims together IF you send by the earliest claims send by date.  For this swap, well consider a set of things oka set of earrings, a small set of tiny notecards, or anything that usually comes in a set (as long as it is less than 4 cubed.)   You are welcome to ask for store bought items as your claim as long as these items are only a small portion of your wish list. Remember: This is swap is for OTT only.  Please do not send extras with your claims. Edit: If you choose to send extras, be aware the person sending to you may not. Also, if the person who sends to you sends extras, please only post in the Gallery the item you were claimed for.

ABOUT SENDING AND RECEIVING...
*PM the person you have claimed and ask for their address when you are ready to ship then:
1) When you send to the person you have claimed, you MUST PM the organizer with the delivery confirmation # or if you are outside the US, you need to either PM the customs number on your receipt from the post office or upload a copy of your post office receipt.
2) When you receive a claim, you MUST PM the organizer so she can update the main list.
3) I am asking that everyone post once a week in the discussion/gallery board--so that I know you're still here with us.  Obviously, if you join mid month, you would only need to post for the weeks you are in the swap (the last 2 weeks cuz you weren't in the swap during the first 2 weeks).
4) Feedback will be given once all of your packages have been received.   If you need to bow out of the swap before the end of claiming, feedback will can be given if all your claims have been received. You need to claim at least 1 time to receive positive feedback. If at the end the swap you have not made a claim, the swap will be dropped from your profile and you will not receive negative feedback.
5) For claims: 1st time swapper 1 unsent claim (until package is in transit with proof).
Regular Swapper 2 unsent claims (until package is in transit with proof)
Friend of Craftster 3 unsent claims (until package is in transit with proof)
If you want to participate, information to send to: BigBangMomma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Ongoing One Tiny Thing Swap Rd 1
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:

1. Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? (If not, please read carefully to be sure you do not claim someone outside your country)
2. Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
3. Do you understand that you are claiming for only one tiny thing?
4. Are you a Friend of Craftster?
5. How many claims are you allowed? (New swappers--this would be your very first swap ever--1 claim; those who have been in swaps before--2 claims; Friends of Craftster--3 claims) Please type 1, 2 or 3-->
6. Do you agree that you will PM the organizer when you send and when you receive, and if sending, PM the delivery confirmation # or a pic of the receipt if you are outside the US?
7. Do you understand that if you are sending a flat item (like an ATC), DC is not required, but you must resend if it goes missing?:
8. Do you understand that you should post once a week in the discussion thread?
Any questions?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO THE ORGANIZER (BigBangMomma) VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

Do not post in this thread until you are ready to make a claim. All discussion needs to be kept in the discussion/gallery thread.
 Please post at least once a week in the discussion thread.
When you PM the organizer for sending and receiving please include the name of the swap (including the round) and the due date of the claim.  
I.E.  Sally ----> Suzy for a pink pony saddle due out Jan 1
Please pay close attention to your partners hope list and allergies, likes, dislikes etc. Make sure your own allergy information and your country are prominently displayed in your post.
Do not claim someone while waiting for approval. You may claim as soon as you get approval confirmation.
Post your list (if you had specific requests, please include it in your list) The more things you have listed, the quicker the easier it is to keep the claiming moving quickly. :
Items Id like:
1.
2.
3.

Themes Id like:
1.
2.
3.

Store Bought Wishes
1.
2.
3.


Please include your claims status: How many claims you have made in total, how many are in transit and how many have been received by their intended recipients. i.e/ 4 claims/1 in transit/2 received.
If you are a friend of craftster you can have 3 ongoing claims open at a time and no more than 6 total claims open (open meaning in transit as well as not yet received) no matter how many have been posted. As an example, You claim 3 times, send all 3 claims out, then claim 3 more times. Even when you send any or even all of those 3 claims, you can not claim again until a claim has been received. So a person can be 6 claims/3 in transit/0 received.
If you are not a friend of craftster, you can have at most 2 claims ongoing and 4 claims total between ongoing and in transit.  For example: 4 claims/2 in transit/2 received

If this is your first swap, you can have at most one claim in transit and one claim ongoing.
Please keep in mind that DC#'s are required for all US to US claims and receipts are required for all international claims. If you can not provide a receipt and the item does not arrive you will need to resend the claim. Per Craftster rules, you do not need to provide DC if you are sending a papercraft, but if it goes missing, you are required to resend.

To keep this crafty, you may only make ONE SUPPLY claim throughout the duration of the swap.
If you have questions, please PM BigBangMomma.
(Form borrowed from the January Ongoing Wish Swap hosted by kittykill and adjusted by BigBangMomma for the Ongoing One Tiny Thing Swap.)
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Life's A Beach Jumbo Atc on: July 25, 2019 04:56:45 PM
My partner in the Jumbo Atc Swap had beach as one of her themes, and I just went to town using all sorts of embellishments!

(I apologize in advance if these are sideways. I moved them from my phone to computer before resizing them.)




--The waves are cut out from pieces from the recent masterboard swap, as well as some I did on my own.
--The sun even had some masterboard and some glitter sent by a fellow craftster.
--The sand has pieces of crushed seashell sent by LBABB, as well as sand I got either in Florida or Mexico (I forget.)  I also forgot that when you glue sand on, it doesn't really look like sand, so I painted it to make it look like sand again.
--The turtle is sweet and drawn with my Prismacolors which I don't use very often.
--The tree was part of a masterboard envelope from geekgirl!

Some close ups of the details:





10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Needle-Felted hummingbird on: July 24, 2019 04:42:59 PM
This week in the art class fundraiser, we did needle felting. I was on my hummingbird kick again because we have a ton this year (easily 10-12). I've done a teensy bit of needle felting before, but not a lot, and nothing to this caliber. I love this ruby throated hummingbird.

Here it is with 5 real hummingbirds at my feeder:



Close up:


Thanks for looking!
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