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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Beaded Tree of Life on: December 08, 2019 07:22:01 AM
This was made for a yet unsent private swap, but it needs to be seen. Craftster encourages us to learn new skills and get new craft supplies. This is definitely new to me. I I basically figured this out from a picture.

I'm really proud of it.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / I made Mistress Jennie's Kingfisher Shawl on: December 07, 2019 06:37:50 PM
For the Mini 12 Day of Christmas swap, I made geekgirl MistressJennie's Kingfisher shawl pattern!

It was so fun to make!  I used the same colors as her pattern.

I hate typing on my phone, so I'll just share a picture!

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Geeky Spaced Out Junk-Style Journal (pic heavy) on: December 07, 2019 06:06:45 AM
I attempted book-binding for my very first time to create this junk-journal-esque book for geekgirl for the Mini 12 Days of Christmas.

The front and back covers are game boards from a Big Bang Theory game.

I didn't quite have the hang of book binding, so it's slightly imperfect, but I am still really pleased with how it came out.

Each page has different things. Some have pockets where I added atcs. Others have pockets where I added atccoin blanks. I added some hand-made envelopes to some. I even added pockets to the back that have velcro (I am really proud of those!) There is even a little metal stamping added with brads. There are even a few "pop-outs!"

I cut up children's encyclopedias to get the spacy images and facts.

Enjoy scrolling through the pictures.

There are a bunch more pages, but that's the gist!
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Masterboard Paint Palette on: December 05, 2019 05:28:33 AM
Even though I didn't create this peice, I painted it and it is ceramic, so I'm gonna put it here.
(It can be moved, if needed)

Geekgirl and I have swapped masterboards several times, so I went to my in person happy place and painted this palette for her in the style of masterboards!

It has about 4 different layers, and the back is painted in a dishsoap bubble effect!

All the staff at this business thought it was so neat and the owner even asked me the other day what you thought of it! I'm glad it didn't break and I can tell her you love it!

Before I picked it up, they had it proudly on display! That made me feel special.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ruby Red Shawl on: December 04, 2019 08:59:52 AM
I made this shawl for geekgirl in the Mini 12 Days of Christmas. When I saw the pattern, I just knew it would look beautiful on her! I thought it would end up being a large, but it ended up being a medium, so I got to make even more things!

Some pictures! Check out how it can be worn many ways!
Sorry they are sideways, but enjoy them anyway.

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Have a Merry Repurposed Knit Hoopla Christmas (mini tute) on: November 29, 2019 03:46:47 PM
I recently participated in the Color in a Box swap and was partnered with the amazing powerhouseofthecell. I created this cool hoppla wreath for her (we both picked teal/turquoise) straight off her Pinterest.  (An "upcycled embroidery hoop wreath" may find that).

I knew my knitting skills and time were not enough for me to do that work on my own, so I was thrilled to find a cool kids hat at a discount store with a neat cable pattern and pompoms! (If you make embroidery hooplas, this'll look super familar!)

First step: Cut out the liner then find a good spot to hoop the hat.

Next: Trim around the hoop leaving extra room in case the yarn frays/snags/any other boo boos. Luckily I was ok.

Then, hot glue trimmed hat to inside of hoop:

Trace and cut out a backing. I usually use felt, and hot glue to back.

You can be done! Or, if  you want to add details, you can hot glue to the hooped hat.

I didn't take progress pictures of my bow, but it is made from both strings of the hat ties which ended in the pom poms. I looped them and hot glued together. I took ribbons I had at home and hot glued them where I attached the loops, Then hot glued to hoop.

I hand cut and drew the Merry tag. I made a small flap so they bend over the "rope" and are glued shut. I can't remember if I added the rope before or after the felt backing on this project.

The cool thing about hats is they have 2 sides, so you know what that means!!
Thanks for looking!
7  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:


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


What are your favorite months? Mine are July, Sept, and Dec.
8  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!

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
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / 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

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.)

10  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!
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