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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Background Paper on: March 03, 2008 04:49:14 PM
So, I use a lot of pre-printed background papers for different things and, while I'm currently using up my stash, I thought I would try my hand at making my own.  The thing is, I always feel like it's missing something.  Take this one for instance:

I love these colors together, but I just feel like it's either too busy or not busy enough.  Maybe it needs a glaze or something.  Let me know what you think.
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Fairy Sleep on: January 19, 2008 12:33:07 PM
This took a while for me to finish- I just couldn't figure out what it needed to feel done.  Plus, all the other great entries made me think twice about posting mine.

This is actually in an arch shape (the brown above the arch is just paper I use on my scanner to keep if from scanning that crazy bright white).
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Ornaments (Pic Heavy) on: December 14, 2007 11:09:36 AM
So, inspired by Somerset Studios latest issue and all of the wonderful crafting going on around here, I decided to make some ornaments this year.  Most of them started out as paper mache bases that I then either painted and added elements to or that I cut a niche out of to put things in.

(Sorry about the glare-the flash on my camera has only one setting that seems to be trying to mimic the sun).

My five-year-old daughter made a bunch of these, too (all I did was cut out the image).

This last one I got from this thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=207785.0 (there's a link to the pattern there I think).  He took a while but I think he came out pretty cute.

Hopefully, I will have time to make more.  If I don't, there's always next year!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shrinky Dink Charms and Earrings on: December 11, 2007 10:43:29 AM
So, I have been trying to clear out my crafty stash as we are moving in 6 months (it will probably take me that long!).  I found some Inkjet Shrinky Dinks that I wasn't using and decided to make some charms and earrings to give my friends and family. 


I made these charns from my own artwork:

And I made a bunch of these charms with a font (and the idea!) I got from this post:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=212773.0

I am sad now, though, that I have used it all up.  I have to buy some more soon, which totally defeats the purpose of cleaning stuff out, but oh well.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / October 2007 Birthday Swap Gallery on: November 01, 2007 07:28:06 PM
Okay, so it's technically not October anymore.  Nonetheless, the goodies from this swap are rollin' in so post 'em here!
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Gothic Arch on: October 17, 2007 07:19:57 AM
I made this for a Gothic Arch swap for another group.  I really liked the way it turned out.  I'm thinking of making a lot more of these to make a book like THIS.

7  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Swap Feedback Form Button on: October 16, 2007 12:18:07 PM
Hello!  I've been with Craftster for a while and if I remember correctly the old format had a swap feedback button at the top available to all the boards in the swap forum.  This saved a lot of time as you could hit the button from any swap thread and update someone's feedback in new window.  Now to open the feedback form I have to open another window, go to craftster and find the feedback form in the folders (using another window allows me to see the information from the first window without closing it). 

Is there some way to get a quick-link button like that back on the swap boards? 
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Night Owl- Altered Canvas Collage on: October 16, 2007 06:29:18 AM
Mixed media collage on 8x8 canvas board.  I feel like it's missing something, but I always feel that way so I probably won't add anything.  Sorry the pictures are a bit dark/fuzzy.  I tried to scan it too but that was worse.

Night Owl

9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / October 2007 Birthday Swap on: October 10, 2007 07:52:12 PM
This is the OCTOBER 2007 BIRTHDAY SWAP! Please make sure you read all the rules before committing to this swap.

Swap name: October 2007 Birthday Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  Queen of Fools
Craftster member who is the backup organizer for this swap: kayrun
Sign-up date range: This swap lasts from 10 October to 10 November
Date to send item by: Must send out item within 2 weeks of picking a partner (longer crafting time may be allowed for those making bigger items- PM ME TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS!)
Limited to a certain number of people? (Optional): Nope
Non-U.S. participants allowed? YES!
All ages allowed? Yes! 

"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 at least one swap successfully before signing up for more: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

Organizer meets the 4 conditions for swapping and will make sure that
every participant meets these conditions: YES

All swappers MUST be pre-approved for this swap!

This is a birthday swap; if you were born in October, post a list and you may receive a birthday present!  In your list be sure to include:
- Where you are from: generally state/country: so that people know where they have to send to- can make an informed commitment. (Compulsory)
- Crafted items that you would like (it helps greatly to include links to photographs, tutorials, etc.)
- Crafting supplies.
- You can also include your birthday and age if you'd like (or not, of course)! 

First: You will look through the lists of the people
who have already posted.  You will THEN pick someone from
there to craft for.

Second: As soon as you have messaged me, the organizer,
telling me who you would like to craft for and your answers to the
questionnaire, I will tell you that you can post a birthday list.

This is not like the other claim swaps- such as OWS where you must pick again to repost your list. In the October Birthday Swap, you post your list once and it will stay there for craftster to scroll through at will. I will be updating the sending/receiving list rather frequently, so if you are unsure who to craft for, that might give you a better idea 

- To be able to post a list you have to craft for at least ONE person
- There must be AT LEAST 5 items on your list
- Once you have picked someone to craft for, you can be picked as many times as there are items on your list. (To make sure things are fair though, the organizers retain the right to restrict people's lists if they are receiving a significant amount more than they are giving).
- You can choose to craft for as many people as you like, but you cannot "owe" more than 3 things. If you have picked 3 people to craft for, you must send at least one of those items successfully before picking again.
- If you are a newbie and this is your first swap, you must successfully send once before choosing again.
- Please use DC#s or get a copy of the customs number/receipt/proof when sending your packages... this helps greatly if they're lost in the mail!
- Regular communication is required, so PM me when you send and when you receive.
- You can craft for more than one person if you want, just PM me who you'd like to craft for and I'll send you their address!

If you were not born in October, you may still craft for somebody if youd like to, however they are not bound to craft for you in return. That being said...

If you receive a gift from anyone in this swap, it is polite to mail a thank you note/card/letter. Also post pictures of your received items in the gallery- or let your partner know before hand if you don't have a camera/scanner, so that their work can be appreciated.

When one of your items is picked, you must cross it out on your list so that other swappers know what is available.

Person B wants to have their list posted so they PM the organizer with their questionnaire answers, and what they want to craft from Person As list.  The organizer will then PM person B, give them person As address, then they can then post their list.

Person C wants to have a list up, so they choose from A OR B, PM the organizer their answers, the name of the person they want to craft for, and what theyre going to craft. Then they wait until the organizer approves them and sends them the address of whom they have picked.  Then they can post their list.


*Please don't PM me with your estimated date of send out.  PM me after you have actually sent the package.
*If you have aversions to animal products or you have allergies that you feel need to be addressed, please include that in your introduction when you post your list (this isn't for me, it's for those who are crafting for you!).
*If you or your roommates smoke, please launder your crafts if possible or air-freshen them before sending.

(Please make the title of your PM the name of the swap)

Name of swap: October 2007 Birthday Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Real name and mailing address:
Who you pick:
What you are making:

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

Please feel free to PM me and ask any questions that you may have! 
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Halloween Witch on: October 03, 2007 07:20:16 AM
Here is my entry for this challenge.

*Edited to post larger picture.

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