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1  Assemblage Art Swap 3 - S/U Jun14 thru Jun23, S/O July31 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by geekgirl1000100 on: June 14, 2018 07:22:37 AM

Swap name: Assemblage Art Swap:
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: geekgirl1000100
Sign-up date range: June 15th June 23rd at midnight Eastern Time
Date to send item by: July 31st

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? no
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? Must be 16 years old or older.

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

Details of swap:

Make one (large) piece of assemblage art for your partner.
Assemblage is the making of 3D (or 2D!) art that oftens involves using found objects
* Shadowboxes, shrines, sculptures, dolls can all be types of assemblage work!  It's a pretty wide-opened interpretation for the purposes of this swap.

*** Large based on time/effort, not necessarily size:

Craftster guidelines:
By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
By Price
-Large = $30 or more

We will not be listing themes for this swap in order to give everyone some artistic license in making their piece of art. Please be open to wherever the muse takes your partner and give yourself freedom to play and create ART!! But please keep in mind your partner's absolute dislikes on the questionnaire. And even though we are not listing themes, take the time to look at your partner's profile or pinterest, etc. to see what kinds of things they may like.

Make sure that your art is wrapped with care for for shipping!! It's always disappointing to receive a broken item.

Here are some posts that have samples of assemblage art:


Here are the previous galleries:
round 1: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=427937.msg5104492#msg5104492
round 2: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451997.0

Please Note:
1. PMs should be labeled "Assemblage Art Swap" with the appropriate action - Signup, send, receive.
2. Make an item that you would like to receive. Get to know your partner. Do your best work.
3. I reserve the right to refuse anyone who has a history of poor communication, late sending, or not meeting swap requirements in any other ways.
4. Please post in the thread regularly so we know you're still around and kicking; also please communicate upfront with your partner and organizer if there may be/are any issues with late sending. Communication will be noted in feedback.

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

Name of swap: Assemblage Art 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)

What are your favorite colors?
Any colors/themes/mediums that you absolutely dislike?
What mediums do you think you may be using for your art piece?
Would you prefer to receive 2-D or 3-D art (meaning would you like something flat/you could hang on a wall, or something that would sit on a shelf)?
Do you have any size limits/preferences? (Here is where you would list if you want something in miniature or don't have room for something 3 foot long.)

Any allergens in your home?
Do you have any allergies?

Pinterest (or other link) to give your partner an idea of what you like:
Anything else you would like your partner to know:


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

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2  Re: One Sheet Wonder Card Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by geekgirl1000100 on: May 26, 2018 06:19:51 AM
What great cards everyone has made.  I feel like mine were really plain.  I make cards all the time but for some reason was having a mental block around any embellishments.

I received from flygirl - great paper for my coffee theme!

and a cute little coffee stamp on the envelopes.

Thanks so much.  I really liked this technique and have already made another set for another purpose.
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3  Braised Beef Ribs in Recipes and Cooking Tips by geekgirl1000100 on: May 16, 2018 05:09:24 AM

I recently purchased a dutch oven and wanted to put it to good use.  I decided to make brasied beef short ribs.  I had never made ribs before.  I've only ever eaten them if someone else makes them.

The original recipe was a Pioneer Woman recipe and I made a few small edits, including doubling the recipe.

8 servings (or 4 if your friends eat like mine!)

salt and black pepper
8 beef short ribs - I had 16
1/4 cup all-purpose flour - omitted as one of the people I was making this for is gluten sensitive and I didn't think it was a necessary step.

6 thin slices bacon, diced - I used a whole pack
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 carrots, diced - even with doubling the recipe, 3 carrots was more than enough and next time I would cut them in larger chunks
2 shallots, finely minced
1 medium onion, diced - left out.  onions are gross!
Added several cloves of minced garlic
Splash of red wine - 1/2 a cup of a caberet savignon
4 cups beef broth (enough to almost cover the ribs) 8 cups
2 sprigs fresh thyme - 4-5 springs
2 sprigs fresh rosemary - 4-5 springs

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Salt and pepper the ribs, then dredge them in the flour. Set aside.
In a large Dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium heat until completely crispy and all the fat is rendered. Remove the bacon and set aside. Drain off any excess fat.
Add the olive oil to the pan with the bacon fat and raise the heat to high. Brown the ribs on all sides, about 45 seconds per side. Remove the ribs and set aside.
Lower the heat to medium. Add the carrots, shallots and onions (garlic) to the pan and cook for 2 minutes. Splash in the wine and scrape the bottom of the pan to release all the flavorful bits of glory. Add the broth, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper and bring to a boil. Taste and add more salt if needed. Add the ribs to the liquid; they should be almost completely submerged. Add the thyme and rosemary sprigs (whole) to the liquid. Finally, add the cooked bacon. (I didn't add the bacon back in.  I was afraid it would get soggy and I just saved the bacon for breakfast the next day).
Put on a lid and transfer to the oven. Cook until the ribs are fork-tender and falling off the bone, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.(My pan was so full it took more like 3 hours). Remove the pan from the oven and allow to sit for at least 20 minutes with the lid on before serving. At the last minute, skim the fat off the top of the liquid.

I then used cornstarch and thickened the broth up some.
I served with mashed potatoes.

(you can see my ugly scrap crocheted hotpad in this pic.  it was made from scrap leftovers of cotton yarn)
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4  Re: More Art- Less Craft 6X6 Art Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by geekgirl1000100 on: May 14, 2018 05:26:37 AM
More pour art - I love how t his technique looks.  I really want to try it.
Loves2experiment - what a fantastic piece.

Here is my piece from alwaysinmyroom.  I am in love with this.  It's so bright and cheerful and I love dot paintings.  The black background really makes the art pop.  And the texture really add to it.
Thanks for such a great piece of art!

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5  Bird canvas in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by geekgirl1000100 on: May 04, 2018 07:48:17 PM
I made this for the 6x6 art swap.
Its gessod canvas that I covered in sheet music and wood stain and acrylic paint. then cut the canvas and folded the flaps in and nailed down. I added some rolls of sheet music and more nails, sticks,  and some jewelry wire. I also added fake moss, a couple of birds I printed and cut with my cricut. The background sky is watercolor paint.

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6  Re: Happy Mail Round 4 Gallery! (send out 3/26) in The Swap Gallery by geekgirl1000100 on: March 31, 2018 05:10:48 AM
The package - I love dot art. (I'm not sure what the official name it)

A baggie of goodies!

This was the notecard - it's so pretty.  I gave me ideas of things to try with my Cricut.

Lots of goodies: 2 vinyl decals combining Doctor Who and coffee!  awesome!  I can't wait to put these on some mugs.
a cute little cat stamp.  I will probably be stamping all my mail with cats now. and some cool gelli printed tags.

Cat faces on paperclips!  These were super cute.  Bookmarks.  And FABRIC coffee mug stickers.  I would have never thought to make fabric stickers. They are really cool.

Here is a close up.

Thanks so much Abbeerroad!
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7  Re: Happy Mail Round 4 Gallery! (send out 3/26) in The Swap Gallery by geekgirl1000100 on: March 26, 2018 10:51:08 AM
The divination inchies are really cool.
Those watercolor galaxies are so fun to make.  That pendant is lovely.
The squirrel drawing is great.
The flower paperclips are so cute.
I LOVE that Twin Peaks envelope!

I got a super package from Artmom!
The envelope is sparkly.

Lots of gelli prints!  I love gelli prints.

I can't tell if I like the alien ATC or cat bookmark better - both are awesome

lots of die cuts

Thank you!
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8  Re: Keep Me Warm Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by geekgirl1000100 on: March 02, 2018 10:11:08 AM
I am posting pics of the items I sent LadybugsandBumblebees - she's having technical difficulties Smiley
These are a combination of her pics and my pics.



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9  Re: Hookers Only Swap - Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by geekgirl1000100 on: February 15, 2018 08:52:40 AM
Y'all are going to be jealous because I got the best package from craftADDchick!

First she made me a hook roll

That has not one, not two, but THREE layers to insert hooks in.  This will hold lots of hooks!

pic of it folded over

And a matching little square pouch to hold stitch markers.  I love the shape

yarn bonbons!

And the cutest thing ever!!!  a kitty amigurimi!!!  This is adorable.

A digital row counter.  I can't wait to try this

hooks in sizes I use most

And a crochet calendar!  Very cool.

Thanks so much craftADDchick - This was an awesome package.
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10  Re: 4 x 6 Art Swap - January 2018 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by geekgirl1000100 on: February 09, 2018 08:28:38 AM
Awesome mised media as always smmarrt.
tapestrymlp that watercolor frog is so cute and the bird is adorable.
Wiccadwitch your acrylic pour looks nice.  I've been wanting to try that technique.
Really nice art yzzilnoaj!
Loves2experiment I really like the straight lines and the circle thing going on and the color choices.  Really striking.

Thanks for posting the pic of what you sent me BigBangMomma - Tuscany is so bright and colorful and cute!

And here is a late pic of what SonjaBoo sent me.  A lovely heart postcard.  I would not have thought about using a postcard.  Clever idea.

Fun swap as always!
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