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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Mug Rug and Mug Swap GALLERY! on: February 14, 2019 05:49:32 PM

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Here's the original thread:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=457199.0

Partners:
1. Whistlefish <> Acadian Driftwood
2. Bugaboo1 <> Annchen
3. LadybugsAndBumblebees<> FiberAlchemist
4. Amfkinney <> Quaggy
5. Koreena <> Averia
6. Thimbles71 <> Rosie1981
7. Calabaza <> Zalphinian
8. waterbaby <> Thimbles71

Sent
Received
Received & Sent
Late with communication
Late with no communication

Sending, Receiving, and Feedback
SENDING: Take pictures of your items before you send. When sending, you must use a DC# (or for overseas keep that receipt). Keep your receipt until your partner receives. PM organizers and partner when you send.

RECEIVING: PM organizers and partner when you receive. Take pictures of received items. (Please take quality pictures, like ones you would take of your work.) Post pictures in gallery in a timely manner.

FEEDBACK: Given when a package is received (verified through PM or DC#)
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / CLOSED - Mug Rug and Mug Swap (Sign Up: 1/18/19 - 1/26/19; Send Out: 2/18/19) on: January 18, 2019 07:10:46 PM


>>>>>>LINK TO GALLERY!<<<<<

Sending, Receiving, and Feedback
SENDING: Take pictures of your items before you send. When sending, you must use a DC# (or for overseas keep that receipt). Keep your receipt until your partner receives. PM organizers and partner when you send.

RECEIVING: PM organizers and partner when you receive. Take pictures of received items. (Please take quality pictures, like ones you would take of your work.) Post pictures in gallery in a timely manner.

FEEDBACK: Given when a package is received (verified through PM or DC#)


The time has come my good people! The snow storms are starting and its time to cozy up inside! What better way to cozy up than to curl on on the couch with a nice mug of coffee? But you know what we need to brighten up these winter days? A NEW MUG RUG!

This is your chance people! This is your chance to invite some mug rug cozy cuteness in your life with an added bonus of a new mug and goodies! Read below and sign up quick!


Previous Mug Rug Swap Galleries can be found here and here.

Swap name: Mug Rug Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Whistlefish
Sign-up date range: 1/18/19 - 1/26/19
Date to send item by: 2/18/19

Limited to a certain number of people?
: 24 (This is my very first time organizing a swap so Im limiting the number of participants in order to save my sanity and to ensure a good swap for everyone!) The swap sign up period may close early if 24 participants is reached.
Restricted to people who all live in the same country?[/b] NO

Additional Age requirement? None

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: N/A - Swap limited to 24 participants
- 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
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DETAILS OF SWAP:

You have around three weeks crafting time to complete this swap.

This swap consists of TWO components:
ONE: Craft your partner a mug rug!
- Mug rugs can vary in size and shape but should be roughly around 5 x 8.
- Any techniques can be usedpatchwork, embroidered, knit, etc. but keep in mind that the rug should be able to absorb a bit of moisture and protect surfaces from warm drinks.

TWO: Fill a mug (or other vessel) with small goodies!

- This mug (or vessel) does NOT have to be handmade and can most definitely be store bought.
- The mug does NOT have to match your mug rug. We dont want to limit your creativity.
- Goodies should be small enough to fit into mug and inexpensive. (Think: Coffee sample, tea bags, small bit of chocolate or biscuits, stickers, ect.)
- In the Swap Idea thread some people expressed their desire to NOT receive a mug, in that case I will do my best to match partners who want mugs/dont want mugs.
- Suggestions for alternate vessels have been: Zipper pouch, Drawstring bag, Mini bucket/basket/bowl, Japanese Knot Bag or Bento Bag, Tea-type tin. Again, this item DOES NOT have to be crafted. This is supposed to be a light, fun, quick swap.
- If you are choosing something other than a mug please communicate with your partner to make sure you are both on the same page with any alternate vessel. (Or you may choose to just swap mug rugs with no extras!)


If you want to participate, please PM the organizer, Whistlefish, with the "Mug Rug Swap" in the subject line.


QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of 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)

Do you have any allergies?

Do you have any allergens in your home (cats, smoke, etc)?

What general themes do you like (vintage, modern, cutesy, country, etc)?

Are there any themes that you really dont like?

Colors youd like to receive?

Colors youd prefer not to receive?

Whats your mug drink of choice? (Are you a tea drinker? Coffee addict? Strictly hot chocolate?)

Any specifications or restrictions on extras? (no food items, cant have chocolate, ect)

Do you want to receive a mug or an alternate vessel?

Do you have specific ideas or inspirations that would help your partner personalize your package? (Please feel free to share Instagram, Pinterest, ect)

Anything else youd like your partner to know?

---------------------------------------------END OF SURVEY----------------------------------------------------

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


SENDING: Take pictures of your items before you send. When sending, you must use a DC# (or for overseas keep that receipt). Keep your receipt until your partner receives. PM organizer and partner when you send.

RECEIVING: PM organizer and partner when you receive. Take pictures of received items. (Please take quality pictures, like ones you would take of your work.) Post pictures in gallery in a timely manner.

FEEDBACK: Given when a package is received (verified through PM or DC#) I will be keeping track of what has been received by gallery pictures (This is why it is important for you to take pictures of your items, just in case your partner does not) *Please PM if there is difficulty with pictures.*


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
3  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Exploding Halloween House - 3D House #2! on: October 19, 2018 09:47:37 PM
I posted my first Halloween House here. This is my second one! I've been wanting to make an exploding box for quite some time and had the idea to make the outside look like a house for the Chunky Halloween House swap and then if you lifted to roof there would be a creepy scene inside.

My partner mandykaye had a short but inspiring list and in the end I included the following in her house: pumpkins, fall leaves, scary trees, and ouija/divination/occult.


THE CONSTRUCTION:
  • Everything is made from cardstock, double layered, glued together.
  • The whole this is a little over 4x4 inches.
  • I used a cut file from the Silhouette store for the "base" of the design. I had to enlarge it to be able to fit the tree. I had to deconstruct and edit many pieces of the file because the cut file no longer fit the 8.5x11 paper I had.There was lots of geometry involved. Two roofs were made. Lots of black cardstock died.
  • I "borrowed" the window cut files from the first house I made and included them on this house so A.) It would look like a house and B.) You could catch a peek of what was inside.
  • Since I had to take apart and edit/redesign a lot of the cut file I edited the two back panels of the house so when it cut they were attached. That's how I got the two sides to stay "up".
  • I couldn't find proper Ouija board/divination scrapbook paper so I actually resized and printed the Ouija board/palmistry/woman photos on my computer and printed them on matte photo paper. (SIDE NOTE: I actually printed one of these on accident onto regular cardstock when I was making it and holy moly! There is a HUGE difference when you use the matte photo paper. So much more vibrant! You can't even tell it was something that was printed on a home printer.)
  • The inside made me nervous but it turned out. I used E6000 to glue the tree and pumpkins down because I was so afraid it'd fall apart during transit.

THE PICTURES:








Hope you enjoyed this! Happy Halloween guys!

(P.S. As I was browsing the Halloween board I noticed a post by rackycoo that was very similar. Immediately I was like "Did I see this before? Did I subconsciously steal her idea?? Ahh!" But then I noticed the date and she posted it after I had finished 90% of myhouse. Check her post out! Her project is awesome and I love the little graveyard inside!)
4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / 3D Halloween House #1! on: October 19, 2018 09:05:45 PM
I made two different houses for the Chunky Houses Halloween Edition. I was super excited to do this swap! I've been craving some papercrafting in my life. Little did I know "chunky house" is some sort of style that, in my opinion is not too chunky. After spending a LOT of hours working on these houses the first couple days after we got partners I wandered off into previous galleries for this swap and realized 99% of people were making flat house fronts. It's my fault for not researching this "chunky house" business....buuuuut my partners were super kind and understanding and had no issue receiving my kind of 3D house. Wink

HOUSE #1: The Jazz Cat Haunted Mansion


My partner irid3sc3nt had mentioned she really liked vintage Halloween and mentioned Beistle in her questionnaire. I didn't know who/what that was so when I started researching and looking at different artwork I was inspired by these music-playing cats! More of her likes I included: vintage Halloween, the colors (black, orange, purple), jack-o-lanterns, witches, spiders, vintage Halloween poem (like those found on postcards).

THE CONSTRUCTION:
  • I used a Silhouette file for my base design but edited the house on my computer so I could create a stage for the cats.
  • Edited/resized different cut files for the stage curtains, fence, and windows before I had them cut.
  • All construction is double layered cardstock glued together
  • It has a cut out on the bottom to insert a tea light candle so all windows were lined with vellum. I used part of a clear vinyl scrapbook that had spiderwebs on it on the inside of the big window so when the light was on it would cast a shadow through the window. I also put a spider embellishment in the upstairs window so a spider shadow would be cast as well.
  • All art/clip art type embellishments are fussy cut and adhered with adhesive foam so they'd "pop" out a bit and give more depth.

Here's more pictures since I know that's whatcha came for:




I was so proud of myself for including so many things my partner liked in the house I joked with my husband that the only thing this house was missing was music. (Because the jazz cats, right?) That's when we came up with the idea for this:

I used QR codes for videos in my scrapbooking all the time so I included one to link to a jazzy-vintage-weird Halloween music/video I found.  Grin (If anyone's curious, thiswas a the music.)

And if you'd like to see it all lit up here's a super quick video!

Thanks for checking things out!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Felt Tea Cup Bookmarks on: September 21, 2018 09:26:58 PM
The felt stitching kick continues! The past couple days I worked on a project I had pinned for a while now...tea cup bookmarks! I like to think of them as coffee cups but the tag on the other end is a teabag paper thing so I don't think they're coffee. Sad

The best part of the project? Holding the wee little cups. These finished bookmarks feel SO satisfying to hold. (Anyone else like this with craft projects? It feels so satisfying to hold them when they're all finished. I just sit there and hold them and arrange them in different ways and it makes me so happy.)





6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Sanderson Sisters (In Felt!) on: September 19, 2018 10:21:00 AM
I have been on a total felt kick lately in my crafting. I cannot stop thinking of things to make into felt ornaments! (If only there were more time!) I was super excited to have my six-year-old daughter watch Hocus Pocus for the first time this year and that's what inspired these ornaments. I stitched a lot of it while we were watching the movie on repeat. Cheesy

Project Details:
Pattern: None, I based it off a picture I found on a Google image search. If you'd like the files I made based of these, just message me. Cheesy
Material: Cheapo craft store felt and DMC floss.
Size: 3in diameter
Notes: I had total plans for awesome cursive writing on the backs using stem stitch but I quickly found out that without being able to actually write/make a pattern for the words it was super hard to freehand it. I did have a smart idea to loosely stitch some guidelines to help make straighter lines. I was impatient and didn't do this for the last ornament (Sara) and you can most definitely tell.



Close ups and back of ornaments:


Here's what I was talking about with stitching "guidelines". This is probably a trick lots of people know but I felt like a total genius when I thought of it so I thought I'd share in case it might help someone else too. Smiley


Thanks for stopping to check these out. Cheesy
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Mug Rug and Mug swap? on: September 03, 2018 05:42:50 PM
Would anyone be interested in a mugrug swap? We could include an actual mug too! (Doesn't need to be crafted.)

We could fill the mug with random goodies to go with it (tea bags, coffee sample, chocolates, stickers, whatever)

Let me know if you'd be interested or have any ideas/suggestions for this swap! I've been really wanting to make a Mug Rug lately.... So why not possibly turn it into a swap?

Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / "Did he say diagonally?" Digital HP drawing. on: August 29, 2018 06:24:49 PM
I have a dream that for Christmas I'll get an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil so I can make all sorts of neat things. Even though I'm being a very good girl I told myself I shouldn't wait until then to practicing my digital drawing. So for a Harry Potter Craftalong prompt I decided I'd sketch something out. A quick little drawing. Yea...this took me 4-5 hours.  Undecided All drawn on my phone (Note8) using AdobeDraw and I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Full disclaimer: I used fonts for the Diagon Alley, Weasley Wizard Wheezes, Knockturn Alley, and Hogwarts Express signs. I'm not that good. Lol!

I do need to look up image sizing or file quality size or something (not exactly sure what yet) because when I export my drawings from AdobeDraw they definitely lose quality. Still looks good enough I suppose.

9  Ohio / Ohio: Central / Any Columbus Crafters? on: August 21, 2018 08:21:34 PM
This board is pretty darn dead but I figured it's worth a shot! Anyone in the Columbus area? Any crafty meet ups that are in the area? Stitch N Bitches? Or anyone wanna meet up sometime?  Grin
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Cotton washcloth makers! I have a question! on: October 25, 2013 08:12:42 PM
Hello!

A year or so ago I made a crocheted soap sock (kind of the same idea as a washcloth) and I was super excited to go use it...bought bar soap and everything. Well...I went to use it and the colors bled (I think I had used teal Sugar and Cream?) and I was discouraged from making any more washcloth type things.

I have a bunch of the cotton in different colors and I'd really like to make some washclothes for gifts but my question is: Is there a way to somehow "set" the yarn so it won't bleed? Or was it a fluke with the color? Are lighter colors better? All the cotton I have is kind of bright. I read someone that the bleeding can happen more with blue/green colors. Is this true? Any thoughts/opinions/suggestions on this matter?

Thank you!
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