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271  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 50 Happy Years: finally done! on: April 23, 2009 02:16:35 PM
I have always loved this little book made of playing cards. Finally, I have an excuse to make one. My parents will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this summer. My brother and sister and I have been putting together a list of at least one thing that happened in our family each year since my folks got married in 1959. I made the cover and two pages today, and will be adding pages at a (hopefully) rapid pace from now until the end of July. I figured if I posted here, it will help keep me on track.  Cheesy

Edit: I'm finally completely done, with the exception of the last page (2009) which I will do after our family vacation celebrating their anniversary in August. Here's the big fatty book now:

And two pages:

The left page depicts a big Hawaiian block party that my parents hosted in 1967, and the one on the right is from 1991, when they retired early, sold all their belongings and hit the road to live life as rogue gypsies for a while.  Cheesy

Two pages down, 48 to go. Wish me luck!
272  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / PLEASE USE THE HELP DESK! on: April 15, 2009 05:58:24 PM
Please do not discuss specific issues about swaps, other swappers, or organizers on this board. This board is for general swap discussions only. If you have an issue or problem with a swap partner, a swap package, an organizer, a participant in your swap, or a specific swap in general, open a help desk ticket so a swap mod can assist you.


273  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / I finally put the "chunk" in chunky. on: April 15, 2009 07:26:25 AM
Now that I have done three rounds of the chunky house swap, I think I have finally figured out how to actually put the "chunk" in chunky.  Cheesy I really tried to push it on this round, and forced myself to keep going back to the houses to add more stuff. I was pretty happy with the outcome. Here's my little neighborhood:

And here are some closer shots of the individual houses:


I've had those little metal frame brads forever. Why did it take me so long to notice what great windows they make?  Cheesy
274  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Little chunky houses 3 GALLERY on: March 23, 2009 07:35:48 AM
We're still adding on to the neighborhoods. Here are houses from the third round of Little Chunky Houses.

Progress: Red means you've sent. The list of people by your name is who has NOT received from you yet.



rackycoo  Smiley
Phizzychick  Smiley
Knickertwist  Smiley
Lmcbride  Smiley
Kalanit  Smiley


atsuko Smiley
karin_  Smiley
CraftyMcCrafterson  Smiley
KawaiiHolic  Smiley
ckchan  Smiley


amaryllisroze  Smiley
parisgirl  Smiley
craftydame  Smiley
loves2experiment  Smiley
LunaKitten  Smiley


gingerquilts  Smiley
stunnedbannana  Smiley
WYOKrista  Smiley
alteredmommy  Smiley
playswithneedles  Smiley
275  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / [completed] Papercraft Challenge 15 - Women/the female form on: March 23, 2009 07:13:29 AM
The theme of "Women/the female form" won by a large majority. I can't wait to see the entries for this contest!

Here are the rules:

1. Create a piece with the theme of "Women/the female form". Use your imagination. You may interpret the theme in any way. Make sure that most of your entry uses paper (this is the Paper Craft board, you know.  Wink)

2. Post your entry in a separate thread on this challenge board on or before April 8th. Voting will start April 9, and will run for a week.

Here's the fabulous prize for the winner, courtesy of Alpha Stamps. It consists of three lovely collage sheets of bathing beauties, plus a great mounted rubber stamp:

Good luck!

Discussion to choose this these found HERE
276  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Little chunky houses 3 ` CLOSED Sendouts April 6. on: March 14, 2009 05:30:41 AM

We all had such a blast making little rows of houses for the last two rounds of the Little Chunky Houses Swap that we're back for round 3!

Here is an example of some of the houses that were used for inspiration:

By Phizzychick:

By me:

And a spooky little house from amaryllisroze:

And click here for the gallery from the round one, and here for round two's gallery.

In this swap, each person will be put into groups of 5. You will make and send one house to each person in your group. Houses must be sturdy enough to stand when attached to other houses, so please make sure you use a good strong base to work with. SIZE: each house should be between 3 and 4 wide, and no more than 7 tall. Embellishments are encouraged. Send each person in your group a house you would like to receive. Although this swap is 'artists choice', please consider the person you are sending each house to. No ghettos, please! In the past two rounds we have all prided ourselves in very high quality of our work.

Swap name: Chunky houses
Craftster members who are organizing this swap: rackycoo
Sign-up date range: March 23 or until full
Date to send item by: April 6

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 20

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO, and all members of the swap MUST be willing to send out internationally.
Age requirement? 18+ only

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

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

Details of swap:
Participants will be put into groups of 5. Each member of the group will make and send out one house, decorated front and back, to each other member of the group. Because this is a papercraft swap, dc numbers are not required, but if for some reason your art does not arrive, you will be required to re-send.

Communication is very important! If you wish to join, please put "Chunky houses" in your signup PM. You are required to send me a PM when you send and receive your houses. Failure to do this will be reflected in your feedback. Also, everyone who signs up for the swap MUST post in this thread!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizers:

Name of swap: Chunky houses 3
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country (formatted for postage)
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? YES, as this is required for this swap
Confirm that you are at least 18 years old (yes/no)


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


1. rackycoo
2. Phizzychick
3. amaryllisroze
4. parisgirl
5. stunnedbannana
6. playswithneedles
7. Kalanit
8. Lmcbride
9. atsuko
10. karin_
11. CraftyMcCrafterson
12. LunaKitten
13. KawaiiHolic
14. WYOKrista
15. Knickertwist
16. loves2experiment
17. ckchan
18. alteredmommy
19. craftydame
20. gingerquilts







277  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / #38: The Godmother of Housekeeping on: March 05, 2009 11:53:19 AM
Knickertwist and I were partners in the last IYP swap. We decided to do a swap based on godmothers. I asked Knickers what sort of godmother she would most like to have around, and one she mentioned was a godmother of housekeeping. Well, who wouldn't want one of those? I know I could sure use one around here!

I looked around for images of kindly old women, but I realized while having a conversation with amaryllisroze that a 50's housekeeper might really be better suited to the job. So much more spunk! I gave her some wings, and a wand and a crown, plus some little pearl buttons, and she is ready for action. The words on her apron are cleaning words like dust, tidy, mop, and clean.

I purchased this frame at a flea market a while back, and have been waiting to figure out what to use it for. If I had a godmother that would clean MY house, I'd surely want a shrine to her. Heck, I would worship her daily! The frame was thin enough to punch holes in the bottom, so I hung some milagros there, plus some pearls. She's gotta have her pearls! A few pearls at the top, plus her official number (38) and she is ready to go.

The background is collaged from an old prescription. I figure anyone that happy to clean must have some "mother's little helpers" nearby.  Cheesy She's saying the words I'd most want to hear: "Let me tidy that up for you!"

Hopefully she'll work hard for Knickertwist.  Smiley

278  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / [compete] Participate in Papercraft Challenge 15! - Discussion on: March 04, 2009 07:49:02 AM
Click here to get all the details on our fantastic new challenge!

The prize this month is donated by Alpha Stamps, and consists of three lovely collage sheets of bathing beauties, plus a great mounted rubber stamp:

Enter by April 8th. We want to see your best work!
279  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Jolly Elf Paperdoll on: February 27, 2009 12:32:33 PM
I love a creepy clown. I also love Christmas. I made this little nutcracker elf to celebrate both. His body is one of those metal frames that look like they are soldered. The images are from collage sheets from Alpha Stamps, and the very cool wand is from ArtChix Studios.

Don't worry, he doesn't bite!  Cheesy
280  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Bird House triptych on: February 03, 2009 06:12:56 AM
When I was participating in the Chunky House swap, I made a little house with a bird on it. I loved the way it looked so much that I decided to make a triptych with another bird image and a nest to go with it. The house on the right is the original house, and the other two were added later. I used the cutest little hinges to attach them together. Why is it I love little hardware so?

Ingredients used: scrapbook paper, Chinese fortunes, vintage stamps, nest and egg image from Italian wrapping paper, gold star stickers, bird images from an old textbook, rhinestones, Dresden trim, and some rubdowns. Everything is layered on sturdy watercolor paper so the houses will stand unassisted.

Here's a little closer look. The tag tucks into the nest so the egg will be cozy. The first photo is a little truer to color.

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