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1  4 x 6 Art Swap - January 2018 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: January 16, 2018 08:49:24 PM




Smmarrt 01/191/8
BigBangMomma 01/16/18
geekgirl1000100 01/16/18
SonjaBoo
yzzilnaoj 01/19/18
WiccadWitch 01/17/18
loves2experiment 01/16/18
tapestrymlp 01/17/18

RED - Sent
LIME GREEN - Received
PURPLE - Feedback given
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2  4 x 6 Art Swap - January 2018 Send out Jan 16 - 20, 2018 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Smmarrt on: January 03, 2018 06:41:49 PM




Swap name: 4 x 6 Art Swap January 2018
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Smmarrt
Sign-up date range: January 3 - January 13, 2018
Date to send item by: January 16 - 20, 2018

**Check in date: I am changing the parameters of the swap this round. There will be NO REQUIRED CHECK-IN. However, you will only have 3 days after you receive your partner's address to send out. Please do not sign up if you will not be ready to send**

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24

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

Additional Age requirement? Craftster rules

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:

The 4x6 Art swap runs like this:  You make a piece of art, in your style, in your medium, how you want.  The only parameters are that you keep it flat(ish), and 4 inches by 6 inches in size. You will have no idea who your partner is, until "Address time", which will be at the end of the crafting period.
There will not a be a check in time, as in previous swaps, but you should craft now and be ready to send when you receive your partner info.

When partners are assigned, you will only know their address and proper name. You will have approximately 3 days after receiving addresses to ship your personal art off! You may choose to include your Craftster name on your art when you send. Also, please send pm ONLY to me, Smmarrt when you SEND your piece. When you RECEIVE your piece, send to me, and your partner(s).

Here is the time line broken down:
~ Sign ups: January 3 - 13, 2018
~ Crafting period: Starts NOW through January 15


~ Addresses will be distributed no later than January 14, 2018 (Monday Jan 15 is a holiday in the USA in most states so some of you may be able to send on January 15, 2018.)
~ You must ship between January 16 to January 20, 2018.

Swap Rules:  
~You must post in thread at least once before being accepted into the swap.
~ Please continue to communicate within the thread at least once per week.  
~ No extras please!  Since the only communication will be through this thread, and there will be no discussion among partners, we don't want anyone feeling upset they didn't send an extra!

(This description and swap ideas were freely borrowed from Belladune and alteredmommy, with their permission and then re-borrowed from Smmarrt and BigBangMomma.)

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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: 4 x 6 Art Swap January 2018
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 or, if not, that you have moderator approval (YES/NO)

Do you want one partner or two?
**You may have to send one piece internationally if you choose 2 partners.
Do you have allergies/sensitivities?
Do you have allergens in your home (dog, cat, smoke, etc)
Will you be creating something that someone might find offensive (graphic, nudity, religious, gory etc.)?  
What are some themes that you would find offensive?
What materials would you be using?
What materials would you prefer not to receive?

Do you have a digital camera?
Can you post photos?

**If your art is mainly paper, then no tracking is required. If you are sending an art piece that is fabric, mixed media, felt/knit/crochet or other, then it is the Craftster rules that you use tracking in the USA.
Will you add tracking to your package if necessary?

Round One Gallery --> https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=406523.0
Round Two Gallery --> https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=408619.0
Round Three Gallery --> https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=410191.0
Round Four Gallery --> https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=411947.0
Fall 2012 --> https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=413137.0
Fall 2014 --> https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436593.0
Winter 2015 --> https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438203.0
January 2016--> https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442790.0
June 2016 --> https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448162.0
Fall 2016 --> https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450564.0


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




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


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
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3  Fun paper techniques in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Smmarrt on: December 16, 2017 07:25:51 PM
Fun stuff to do if you need something to do (fun with kids too!)

Cirtrasolv and old National Georgraphics - this is the only one that needs a longer time to dry



Pour a small amount of Citrasolv (or cheaper alternative orange oil cleaner) into a cup and either brush onto pages or add to a spray bottle and spray onto pages. TIP: Rip pages before spraying/painting pages! This makes them easier to remove. Keep pages in the magazine and close. After an hour or so, you can remove pages and hang to dry. Your house/bathroom/garage will smell orange-y for daysssssss. There is some debate over which era Nat Geos to use - due to the ink and printing process. I think you can use anything earlier than 1980.

DENDRITIC PRINTS





You need two pieces of plexiglass and acrylic paints. Squirt dots of paint onto one piece of plexiglass, layer other piece on top and squash. Watch the paints mingle and make shapes. You may need a butter knife or other flat blade to separate the two pieces of plexiglass - once air is introduced, it will make fissures and vein-y lines. You get two prints at once. Sometimes you can get ghosts prints as well.

BUBBLE PRINTS



Water in a yogurt cup or similar, dish soap - about 4-8 drops, liquid water color (acrylic paints/craft paints work, too) and a straw. Mix paint into water-soap mixture and blow with the straw. Have a piece of paper ready to smash into bubbles.
REMEMBER to BREATHE in or you will cause a terrible headache. Take breaks and add more layers.

STRING PULL PRINTS



Fold your paper in half and dip string or yarn in a cup of paint (or craft paint + water). Place string on one side of paper, fold over other half, hold firmly with one hand while you pull string with other hand. With kids, you might want to tie a loop at one end of string so they can grab hold.

FISH PRINT - GYOTAKU



I have some rubber fish at the preschool but you can do this with a real fish. Smelly but fun.
Dab acrylic paint onto fish with a sponge and when you print, you crinkle and rub the paper over the uneven surface. Don't worry about wrinkling the paper - it all works out in the end.
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4  Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along in Craftalongs by Smmarrt on: December 16, 2017 07:01:53 PM
Fun stuff to do if you need something to do (fun with kids too!)

Cirtrasolv and old National Georgraphics - this is the only one that needs a longer time to dry



Pour a small amount of Citrasolv (or cheaper alternative orange oil cleaner) into a cup and either brush onto pages or add to a spray bottle and spray onto pages. TIP: Rip pages before spraying/painting pages! This makes them easier to remove. Keep pages in the magazine and close. After an hour or so, you can remove pages and hang to dry. Your house/bathroom/garage will smell orange-y for daysssssss. There is some debate over which era Nat Geos to use - due to the ink and printing process. I think you can use anything earlier than 1980.

DENDRITIC PRINTS





You need two pieces of plexiglass and acrylic paints. Squirt dots of paint onto one piece of plexiglass, layer other piece on top and squash. Watch the paints mingle and make shapes. You may need a butter knife or other flat blade to separate the two pieces of plexiglass - once air is introduced, it will make fissures and vein-y lines. You get two prints at once. Sometimes you can get ghosts prints as well.

BUBBLE PRINTS



Water in a yogurt cup or similar, dish soap - about 4-8 drops, liquid water color (acrylic paints/craft paints work, too) and a straw. Mix paint into water-soap mixture and blow with the straw. Have a piece of paper ready to smash into bubbles.
REMEMBER to BREATHE in or you will cause a terrible headache. Take breaks and add more layers.

STRING PULL PRINTS



Fold your paper in half and dip string or yarn in a cup of paint (or craft paint + water). Place string on one side of paper, fold over other half, hold firmly with one hand while you pull string with other hand. With kids, you might want to tie a loop at one end of string so they can grab hold.

FISH PRINT - GYOTAKU



I have some rubber fish at the preschool but you can do this with a real fish. Smelly but fun.
Dab acrylic paint onto fish with a sponge and when you print, you crinkle and rub the paper over the uneven surface. Don't worry about wrinkling the paper - it all works out in the end.
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5  Re: Junk Journal-along 2017 - Let's keep on making books! in Craftalongs by Smmarrt on: December 03, 2017 09:47:18 PM
Hellllllooooooooo! It's quiet in here. I have been working on more altered book junk journals and inspired by Onyxnox, mini passport journals. I got a sweet deal on the die (and I used a gift card that I received in June) and bought the Eileen Hull Sizzix die and the mat board, too. I don't like the texture of the mat board so I will use regular cardboard (from the back of a pad of paper, perhaps) for the next one.



I painted the mat board before cutting. I used organza ribbon to tie.

Inside I used all of my favorites - painted papers, scraps and bits and everything left over on my desk.



And the beginnings of two pages:



I like this small format and I am just gluing stuff in to get the juices flowing.

I hope to continue this craft-along in 2018 - who's with me?
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6  Re: HAPPY MAIL #3 - BRING the HAPPY GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: November 10, 2017 11:03:07 AM
And from thanate, hand-decorated envelope:



And the goodies inside - two paper dolls, one creepy and one that reminds Ann of David Bowie.



Some layered embellishments



A handmade journal with recycled papers - this might be my new idea book!



And few other things - maps, marbled papers, pockets and little bits of paper and tickets.





Thanks to both Dawn and Ann for swapping - I will busy all this weekend using up the stuffs!
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7  Re: HAPPY MAIL #3 - BRING the HAPPY GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: November 10, 2017 10:47:20 AM
I received from both of my partners. First up, SunnyDawn's handmade envelope (remember that for next time!)



And the goodies inside - most will go into my handmade books and art journals.



Two buntings, tags and a mini card and envelope. Thanks, Dawn!
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8  HAPPY MAIL #3 - BRING the HAPPY GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: October 27, 2017 03:33:29 PM




Post your happy goodies here!

veghorsegirl 11/06/17 >><< loves2experiment
lovestoexperiment 11/02/17 >><< veghorsegirl
Onyxnox 11/03/17 >><< mandykaye
mandykaye 11/06/17 >><< Onyxnox
StudioANF 11/03/17 >><< calixita
calixita 11/03/17 >><< StudioANF
SonjaBoo 11/08/17 >><< curiousfae
curiousfae 11/04/17 >><< SonjaBoo
irid3sc3nt 11/06/17 >><< elliot_anne
elliot_anne 10/27/17 >><< irid3sc3nt

tapestrymlp 11/04/17 >><< cabaute, Wulf
cabaute 11/06/17 >><< tapestrymlp, Wulf
Wulf 11/07/17 >><< cabaute, tapestrymlp
Smmarrt 11/04/17 >><< SunnyDawn, thanate
SunnyDawn 11/06/17 >><< Smmarrt, thanate
thanate 11/06/17 >><< SunnyDawn, Smmarrt
Withchhippie 11/06/17 >><< geekgirl1000100, Mlsocci74
Mlsocci74 >><< Witchhippie, geekgirl1000100
geekgirl1000100 11/06/17>><< Witchhippie, Mlsocci74
greybird sent 10/27/17>> kbrison & alwaysinmyroom
kbrison >> greybird & alwaysinmyroom
alwaysinmyroom 11/10/17 >> greybird & kbrison

RED - Sent
LIME GREEN - Received
BLUE - Sending late with communication
PURPLE - feedback received
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9  Happy Mail Swap #3 - BRING the HAPPY! Send out Monday 11/06/17 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Smmarrt on: October 06, 2017 02:44:22 PM
GALLERY is here:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453574.0




Swap name: Happy Mail Swap #3 - BRING the HAPPY
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Smmarrt
Sign-up date range: 10/06/17 - 10/19/17
Date to send item by: 11/06/17

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? Craftster rules

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*

*This is a paper swap so no tracking is required. However, you do agree that if your mail art goes missing, you will need to resend.

Details of swap:
(copied from SonjaBoo with her permission)

Many mixed-media artists out there have fun with Happy Mail swaps so lets bring another one to Craftster! For this swap, youll beautifully decorate an envelope (something around a 6x9ish) in the way of your choice paint it, mix media it up, add fabric, whatever inspires you. (Remember, whatever you do, you need to leave white spots or labels for your addresses!) Then, youll include FIVE small but handmade (or hand altered) embellishments or crafting doo-dads for your partner to enjoy.

This is a low-pressure swap, with the only requirement being that you must send along five hand-made or hand-altered goodies, rather than store-bought. (Let's keep this inexpensive!)

What are crafting doo-dads, you ask? Here are some ideas!
Handmade stickers, cards, altered tags, crafty ephemera, glue stencils, inchies, altered paperclips, ATCs, hand-cut stencils, paper feathers, paper flowers, altered buttons, etc. (And many other ideas not even mentioned here! Use your imagination, as long as someone can craft with it and you made it.)

Here are a few links for inspiration!
http://www.artcreatiu.com/ideas-happy-mail/
http://rae-missigman.squarespace.com/blog/2014/7/24/junk-mail-is-happy-mail
http://redlead.typepad.com/artsee/2015/07/seaside-summer-pocket-letter-happy-mail.html

Erin Reed on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oct9ZLbOI3s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQdHiN45g94

InkieQuill on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8hpVWjLvN4

And of course, our previous galleries! Check out the eye candy!
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450093.0
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450734.0


...

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer/Smmarrt:
QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Happy Mail Swap #3 - BRING the HAPPY
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)
Would you like one or two partners?
Do you understand that you will need to send an envelope around 6"x9" in size? (Can do larger if you and your partner agree.)
Do you understand that you will need to send FIVE handmade crafty doo-dads to your partner? (Can do more if you and your partner agree.)
Favorite colors:
Any allergies:
Anything you would positively, absolutely hate to receive?
Favorite themes:
Things you like to make:


ONE more reminder that tracking is not required for this swap. HOWEVER, if your happy mail goes missing, you agree to resend another happy mail and doo-dads package. You can use tracking of course, but the stickers mess up the vibe of the happy, capiche?

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


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
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10  Re: Junker Jane Style Dolls - July 2017 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Smmarrt on: September 22, 2017 04:34:30 PM
I am so disappointed that my package for TheArtsyRaven has not arrived to her house. The USPS website says the package is in Norway, but where, oh where is it?

Here is the JJ-Style bunny doll I made. I didn't come up with a name while I was sewing  - which I usually do - but looking at the photos today I'm thinking Quentin.



The back side:



And some of my handmade books as extras.


I really, really, reeeeeeeeeally hope it arrives one day. I am finishing up a second critter that I hope to mail out tomorrow.
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