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21  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: October 01, 2014 07:54:50 PM
Prompt: October - Hocus Pocus
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Crow Clothespins
Brief Description: According to popular lore, many witches traditionally used animal familiars to help them perform magic.  Birds like these crows were one popular type of familiar.

Made a set of 8 of these for my partner in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap.  Took some black clothespins, mod podged the top and poured a crapload of glitter over them and then hot glued some decorative crows from the craft store.
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22  ONGOING ATC SWAP - OCTOBER 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by vincentvanbuck on: September 30, 2014 07:25:17 PM

Check out some of the amazing work done in the September swap!
We have art by Oath Keeper, stillatthetop, Oath Keeper and rockingbearranch

Claiming thread
Discussion Thread
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23  Ongoing ATC SWAP - OCTOBER 2014 (Signup October 1 - October 31) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by vincentvanbuck on: September 30, 2014 06:44:31 PM

Check out some of the amazing work done in the September swap!
We have art by Oath Keeper, stillatthetop, Oath Keeper and rockingbearranch

An uber-addicting swap that runs all month long!

Welcome fellow Craftsterers!

Welcome to the amazingly addicting, completely irresistible Ongoing ATC Swap! (You know you want to join!)
So, come one, come all!  You, too, can have "envelopes o' fun" in your mailbox!
This is a simple and easy swap, with your level of participation determined entirely by you.  People of all levels of ATC-making are welcome.

Discussion Thread -Questions and discussion can be posted here.  Remember, it's a craftster requirement to post at least once in your swap's discussion area!
Swap FAQs -Everything you need to know about swapping.

ATC FAQs -Everything you need to know about ATCs.


Very basic swap info:
Swap name: Ongoing ATC Swap - OCTOBER 2014
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: vincentvanbuck
Sign-up date range: October 1 until October 31, 2014
Date to send item by: 2 weeks after you claim
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO
Additional Age requirement? NO
*International shipping is required*
*DC #s are not required, but you will have to resend if the ATC is not received*

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 16 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 18 years old: YES

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER Please send to vincentvanbuck, and include the words "October ATC Swap--Request to Join" in the email title.

*Name of Swap:  Ongoing ATC Swap - October 2014
*Craftster username:
*Email address:
*Your real name:
*Mailing address including the country (written as it would appear on the envelope):
*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):
*Are you a Friend of Craftster?:
*What is the exact size of an ATC?:
*Do you have access to a camera or scanner so you can post pictures here of what you receive?
(if not, you need to tell anyone who claims you, so that they are able to take pictures before sending):
*Are you aware that if an ATC is lost in the mail, you are required to resend?:
*Have you read the entire swap information for this swap?:
*When sending sent/receive notifications to the swap organizer, there are four juicy pieces of information that must be included about each ATC.  What are they?
(Scroll down in the swap info under this questionnaire to the area "Once you have sent or received a card"; the answer is in red.):

*Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join this swap!  Sign-ups are open all month--YAY!  PM me the above questionnaire to get started, and please wait to be accepted into the swap before making any claims. **Please make sure you are not late or flakey in any of your other swaps, and that you have good communication.** This is a super-uber-amazingly-stupendous swap, So Have Fun!   


Claims are made throughout the month.  You have two weeks from the time you make a claim to send that claim.

You can make as many (or as few, as little as 1) claims as you want throughout the month as long as you never go over your allowed amount of outstanding claims. (An outstanding claim is a card that has not been received; when that card is received your number of outstanding claims goes down leaving you open to bring it back up to 7 or 10.)

Posting pictures of received ATCs is required for this swap.


1. Claims are made using the following procedure:

Person A (the swap organizer) will begin the swap by posting a list of themes in this swap thread.
Person B will choose a theme from one of A's themes and make a claim by posting his/her own list (see below for formatting of post).
Person C will make a claim on one of B's themes and post his/her own list.
Person D will make a claim on one of C's themes and post his/her own list etc...
This continues through the end of the month.

2. How many claims can be made by each individual:

The number of claims each person is allowed depends on the following criteria:
*Friends of Craftster: 10 claims
*Those who aren't Friends of Craftster: 7 claims
*First time swappers (whether Friends of Craftster or not): 1 claim.  Once the initial claim has been sent, and its new owner has reported it received, the first time swapper is free to make more claims, either 7 or 10 dependent on being an FOC or not.

3. How to make a claim:

A claim post should include the following information:
1. The theme you are choosing and who you’re sending it to.
2. Statistical info about your current swap claims status:
Claims = Claims currently outstanding (ie., the number of cards not yet received by their new owners.) (This number goes down each time a claim is received, and up each time you make a claim.)
Sent = anything currently in the mail.
Received = the cards received by the people to whom you've sent them.
3. Your location.
4. Your personal preferences.
5. Your list of themes


I claim GenericFabulosaSwapper for heffalumps/weasels ATC. 

3 claims, 2 sent, 1 received

I live in Massachusetts, USA.  I would prefer not to receive anything violent, political, or religious.   

My themes are:
1)   New Years Baby
2)   Resolutions
3)   Food w/ Faces
4)   Inspiring Quotes
5)   Your Favorite Medium

1. Send a personal message to the person you have claimed and request their address.
2. You have 2 weeks to complete each card, and have it in the mail to its new owner. 

1. Please PM the organizer when you send or receive a card.
    (It's also good form to notify the person you received from or are sending to.) 
2.  Please include one of these at the title of the message: October ATC Swap--Sent or October ATC Swap--Received
     Be sure to include the month!
3.Be sure and include the following in each pm to the organizer:
  • (1)"send by" date
  • (2)theme
  • (3)sender
  • (4)receiver

For example, you could use this format:
I sent some ATCs today!   

MeCraftsterMemberBloop --> YowzaSwapper (fantasmic theme)

MeCraftsterMemberBloop --> WowwieSwapsper (stupendous theme)
MeCraftsterMemberBloop -->WooHooYeeHawSwapper (yet another fascinating theme)


This lets the organizer easily access the swap info, so it can be updated.   

It is OH so important to post pictures of the amazing cards you receive!  This is the best way in the world to let it be known how special it is that you've received a wonderful treasure of someone else's creativity!   

Please post pictures/scans of your received cards in the swap (or make arrangements with your partner to do so).

Positive feedback will be given when all of the cards you sent have been received.   Good communication is always cool!  And be sure and post those pictures in the swap!

If you have any questions please post them in the discussion thread or PM the organizer, vincentvanbuckThis thread is specifically for claims only.
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24  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: September 26, 2014 09:13:14 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Clue TM Patch
Brief Description: Our divination homework asked us to demonstrate our scrying by showing what we saw in the beyond.  I gazed into the crystal ball, and I saw.... TM patches in my future!  Makes sense, since I'm participating in the upcoming TM patch swap.  I figured the crystal ball was trying to tell me I better get to practicing, so I made this trial patch with a Clue theme.  The fabric for the front panel is from a Halloween haunted house pattern, which I figured would make a decent substitution for Mr. Boddy's mansion.
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25  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: September 26, 2014 09:03:00 PM
Prompt: September Flash Mob - Board Games
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Clue TM Patch
Brief Description: Board games vs. video games?  That's like trying to choose my favorite child.  Anyway, I made this Clue-themed patch in order to practice for the upcoming TM Patch Swap.  The front panel fabric is a view of a haunted house Halloween print, and the little felt bits are (supposed to be) the six player pawns.
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26  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R3! SU:Sept. 16- Oct. 6, 2014; SO: Nov. 3, 2014 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by vincentvanbuck on: September 22, 2014 08:59:05 PM
I made this little practice patch tonight.  My first one ever!

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27  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: September 22, 2014 08:54:02 PM
Prompt: Yahtzee
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: TM Apple Patch
Brief Description: A multiple of 5, eh?  5 x 1 = .... 5!  This TM patch features five different colors: red, green, brown, white, and black.  I am signing up for the TM patch swap, but I've never made them before, even though I've been planning on it for a long time.  (Remember that I Love Lucy bag I proposed as a research project a year ago?  Yeah, me neither.  Undecided)  ANYWHO, I figured I bet start practicing before the swap, so I made this apple patch to match with a prompt in the HPC.  I chose the black & white fabric because it was simple and I figured the colored thread would show well against it, but I kind of love it because the little ovals ended up making me think of apple seeds or something.
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28  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: September 22, 2014 08:41:15 PM
Whoops!  Totally forgot about the new Headmistress's Challenges.  Glad some of y'all posted them this week to remind me to make one too.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge - September
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
TM Apple Patch
Brief Description: I'm signing up for the Teesha Moore patch swap.  I've wanted to work on TM patches for a long time, but have never gotten around to it.  Having never made a TM patch before, I figured I needed some practice, so I took inspiration from the Headmistress Challenge and went with an apple theme for my first-ever patch.
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29  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: September 13, 2014 10:12:12 PM
Prompt: September Mob
Team: Multimedia
Project Name:
Purple Figure Study Painting
Brief Description: I made a painting for my home office/craft room.  Most of the stuff I post for craftalongs are things I make for swaps, so it feels nice to take the time to craft something for myself.  I chose the purple color to fit in with a challenge going on in the Harry Potter Craftalong.  The entire thing is done in a single hue (the shading results from applying different amounts of pressure and limiting the amount of paint on my brush).  It is pretty amateurish, but considering I worked on it for less than 90 minutes, I'm decently satisfied with it.  I used a source photo I found on the internet, which was cropped smaller than the scope of my canvas.  I had to "make up" the edges, and I just let the bottom edge trail out.  (In the posted photo, it kind of ends up looking like pixelation/a censor bar to me.  Roll Eyes)
Project Picture: (Note: There's nothing graphic/"private" in the painting, but I know that figure study is not everyone's cup of tea, so for courtesy's sake I've added the Mature tag.)

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30  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: September 13, 2014 09:59:17 PM
Piggy-backing off of Ludi's nerdgasm from earlier, I also received a book from overseas this week.  It is not nearly as obscure as Ludi's find, but I was still pretty darn excited to get my mitts on it:

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