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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Christmas ATC Ornaments on: December 08, 2012 08:30:15 PM
Here are some Christmas ATC's I made for a personal swap put together by Smmarrt!

There were only five of us so crafting was easy!  I'm super new to ATC's so I welcomed the chance to make more.

Here's the Blue/Light Blue/Silver Themed ATC that I made for gozer.  I know it's kind of cheating to post it here since it's polymer clay, but it's my 2nd attempt with clay and I'm kinda proud Wink

Presents for Smmarrt:

Jennifer680 was open to whatever but likes natural colors.  I'm sure I took her too literally but... I still like the results.

And for kaz814 a "stained glass" nativity scene.  The internal is a hand cut atc and I used markers to color the "glass".  It's actually translucent I just put white so you could see it Wink

Any comments or suggestions welcome!  Thanks for looking!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Mousetrap Elf Ornaments (My 1st Polymer Clay Project!) on: December 08, 2012 07:03:57 PM
I made these Mousetrap Christmas Ornaments for the Sweat Shoppe Ornament Swap!
I wanted to do different colors and slightly different techniques since 1. I love OOAK  2. It's my first project in clay and 3. I'm a Mixed Media kinda girl
I titled them "NO PEEKING".  The "trap" is fully functional and can hold several sheets of paper.

Here's a pic of them all together:

Blue & White Elf:

Green Elf:

Blue & Silver Elf:

Red Elf:

Thanks for looking! Smiley
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Mixed Media Boston Terrier (my first Post!) on: December 08, 2012 06:54:28 PM
I created this 8"x10" canvas for the Wall Art Swap for WingsOfClay.



I had a lot of fun making this.  After working on it for a while, I wasn't sure which version of the puppy I liked more, so that's why it's two sided.  The rear also has a kind of shadowbox effect.

There a a few techniques: painted as well as chemical verdigris, stencil, scratchboard, handmade paper and collage to name a few.

Thanks for looking! Smiley
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Unusual Ornament Swap ** Gallery** on: November 29, 2012 11:46:36 AM

Original thread

~*Sendout Date: Wednesday, December 14th, 2012!*~
If you do NOT send by Tuesday December 18th, 2012, you will receive a temporary negative.
REMEMBER: You must message ThriftyLiving4U AND IsikkahJai when you send or receive as well as partner.  Please label message as SENT or RECEIVED: Unusual Ornament.  Don't forget to include your DC#.  

ThriftyLiving4U---> psyche, Koreena, koalascout, sweetyetevil

psyche---> ThriftyLiving4U, Koreena, koalascout, sweetyetevil

Koreena---> ThriftyLiving4U, psyche, koalascout, sweetyetevil

koalascout---> ThriftyLiving4U, psyche, Koreena, sweetyetevil

sweetyetevil ---> ThriftyLiving4U, psyche, Koreena, koalascout

IsikkahJai ---> sparks*, Ninaprettyballerina*, dfabbric, RhymeswOrange

sparks --->IsikkahJai, Ninaprettyballerina, dfabbric, RhymeswOrange

Ninaprettyballerina ---> IsikkahJai*, sparks*, dfabbric*, RhymeswOrange*

dfabbric --->IsikkahJai*,sparks*, Ninaprettyballerina*,RhymeswOrange*  

 --->IsikkahJai*, sparks*, Ninaprettyballerina*, dfabbric*

Status Color Codes
Green = Sent
* = Sent Early
Orange = Sending Late with Communication
Maroon = No Communication

Purple = Received & Pictures Posted
Blue = Received & Pictures not Posted
 Kiss= Picture Posted by Sender (THANK YOU!)

Strikeout = Feedback Given
Temporary Negative= per our swap rules, given 3 DAYS from sendouts & no package sent
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Unusual Ornament Swap (sign-ups CLOSED; Send Out Dec. 14th) on: November 21, 2012 03:08:24 PM

Swap name: Unusual Ornament Swap (sign-ups Nov. 21- Nov. 27; S.O. Dec. 12)
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: ThriftyLiving4U
Sign-up date range: November 21st-November 27th 10pm EST
Date to send item by: December 12th December 14th  CHANGED


Limited to a certain number of people?  NO
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
Additional Age requirement? NO

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
- 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 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


Unusual Ornament:  Does not necessarily have to be holiday related but it CAN be.  Examples:  Bacon, Harry Potter, Monsters
   The goal is for a quick yet relaxed swap.   This is not a partner swap.  Depending on sign-ups the groups may consist anywhere from 4-6 people, so you will be crafting 3-5 items.  There are two options to help you (depending on the type of crafter that you are).  The first option is to create the same unusual ornament for all of your partners, that way you can begin crafting now.  The other option is individualizing each ornament after groups are assigned.  This will leave 2 weeks for crafting.  If the general consensus is that 2 weeks crafting time is too quick, we can re-evaluate the send out date.  Extras are NOT required: It should be discussed between partners first.

Each item should be the best representation of your work!


If you want to participate, send information to ThriftyLiving4U; please put Ornament or Unusual Ornament Swap in the subject line:

Name of swap: Unusual Ornament 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?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old (YES/NO)
Are you planning on making your ornaments ahead of time (more Sweat Shop style) or creating individual ornaments for each person in your group?
What theme(s) would help your partner craft for you?

What are your favorite colors?
Colors/themes/mediums that you absolutely dislike?
Allergens in your home(pets, smoke, pollen)?
Do you have any allergies?
Pinterest/Wist link (to give your partner an idea of what you like)

Do you celebrate Christmas?
Anything else youd like to tell the organizer or partner NOT listed in the questionnaire?

You must pm ThriftyLiving4U or IsikkahJai when you send AND when you receive!


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Quick and UNUSUAL Ornament Swap on: November 20, 2012 07:40:56 AM
For those who missed the Sweat Shoppe Ornament Swap, who want more ornaments or those who like unusual items that might not necessarily go on a tree! 

Think outside of the box.  I'm thinking the themes can be widely varied. 

We would break into groups of 4-6 depending on sign-ups so that would mean that you'd craft 3-5 ornaments, all could be the same or variations on a theme or individualized (you make the call).

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Holiday Ornament SWAP? on: September 21, 2012 10:03:16 PM
I would love to be in a holiday ornament swap!  I'm not sure if this is an annual swap that I just need to be patient for or if there isn't a lot of interest.  I have FINALLY gotten off of my butt and am participating in my first swap, so unless I get in on another quick one I would be unable to moderate, although willing if I can get my 2nd swap completed.

I saw a fridge magnet swap that each participant made 4 and sent to 3 people.  End result, you get 12 ornaments yourself! Smiley
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