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51  Re: Make-a-Friend Round 7 -- Summer 2011 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by SevsOnlyGirl on: August 06, 2011 11:06:54 AM
I received from mandykaye the other day and I now have photos ready!

An overall group shot:

2 postcards from her summer trip and a book lovers journal - which will come in handy for my book blog!

A lovely necklace and earring set and a chunky charm bracelet:

A clever little box that held the jewelry, I really love this!

Thanks so much for swapping with me, Mandy!
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52  Re: Make-a-Friend Round 7 -- Summer 2011 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by SevsOnlyGirl on: June 30, 2011 08:14:11 AM
Oh my goodness - such cuteness from thisbirdsabsurd and MissingWillow! Smiley

I received Package #2 from Mandykaye!

First up are two journals with covers, I love them!  The smaller, darker purple one is my favorite!

A tote from her local library:

Then a set of fabric gift bags - so cute!  They were all full of fun too!
First - watermelon bag with candle, lipbalm and samples from Avon!

Second - plaid bag with tons of beading supplies

Third - tiger bag with Sour Patch kids candy, Betty Boop tin with Betty Boop playing cards and a lovely necklace!

Fourth - ladybug bag with more beading supplies!

Fifth - flowered bag with beading supplies and findings!

Sixth - Christmas bag with a handmade ornament (love ornaments!!), pretty pens (I collect pens) and little animals for my desk - I keep a menagerie on my desk, the college students like to play with them while they talk to me. Cheesy

Thanks Mandy!  That box was super heavy, I was worried about what was in it!lol
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53  Re: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Part II GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by SevsOnlyGirl on: June 30, 2011 07:44:08 AM
I received from nostephot the other day and was waiting to open it until the kids were both home.  It was killing me! Cheesy  I am happy to report that they think their items are AWESOME and wanted to know if they could just eat the treats today. Tongue

Griffin's shirt is so cute!  He loves Ron and Scabbers!  I could not get the necklace from him, he took it with him when he ran off. Cheesy  

Katelyn's shirt, perfect for her, it's understated and simple.  She has the Harry necklace. Smiley

Hoodie for me!  How cute are the spiders and the car?!

Honeydukes bags of candy for each of us, there are: acid pops, lemon drops from Dumbledore's office, Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Bean and mushrooms from the Forbidden Forest!

Then there's this amazing bag...I can't say enough about it as I can't stop looking at it!  It's gorgeous!  I love all the little things to do with HP!  Katelyn couldn't figure out the zoo, she'd forgotten about the zoo visit in the first book.lol
First side:  

second side:

Edited to add:  I almost forgot to post the little extras!  My Hermione necklace, an "I love Snape" bracelet and a Slytherin pin!

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54  Re: IYP 18 Gallery!!!! in The Swap Gallery by SevsOnlyGirl on: June 12, 2011 05:06:23 PM
I received from murbeck!! 

First up is a lovely bag.  We both bought the same material!  I made her a pad/tampon holder and she made me a bag! Cheesy  Good thing we both like it!lol

This amazing clock, which is going to sit on my desk:

A cute little boxy bag:

and the inside, which I love to pieces:

Gorgeous armwarmers, modeled by my lovely daughter (who wants to steal them!)

Gryffindor and Slytherin themed pillow covers - these are going to my office:

Chocolate goodness, yellow rose hairclips, the card, some fun glittery stuff and some halloween fabric:

Stamps!!  One is a kitty, one says "Mama Llama" - what my kids call me and one says "Like" with a thumbs up (Facebook style).  These are totally cute!  I'm going to find excuses to use them at work.lol

A Joann's bag - yay!  I'm putting this in my van right away so I always have it ready!!

I can't wait to swap with you again!
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55  Re: Beatles Mania Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by SevsOnlyGirl on: June 08, 2011 03:42:29 PM
Ok, I'm really sorry it took so long to post photos from my fantastic package from teachart!  I had to force Katelyn to give everything back to me so I could take pictures - she was so darned excited! Cheesy

First up the coasters inspired by my wist - how cute are they?!

Katelyn's fave Beatle is John, so this hoopla went over REALLY well!

Great postcards and a pin - you must have an amazing stash!!

A journal with a Beatles cover

TWO magazines, they've been read cover to cover a couple of times already.lol

A fantastic Beatles book, the front:

...and the big surprise - the back of the book - Katelyn has this picture as a poster in her room, it's her favorite, she freaked out!lol

Thank you so much, teachart!!
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56  Re: Make-a-Friend Round 7 -- Summer 2011 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by SevsOnlyGirl on: June 01, 2011 08:01:29 AM
I received from mandykaye late last week and wouldn't open it until I sent!  So here are all the awesome pictures: (I screwed up some of the photos, things are together that don't go together...but I'll list everything and then post all the photos)  Sorry!!!

1 -Something essential to her favorite craft - beads (her first time making the polyclay beads!) and paper embellishments.
2 - Something with her fave animal - cat patch and stickers (my fave animal too!)
3 - Something edible - chocolate!
4 - Something she thinks smells good - incense (hubby has confiscated it already)
5 - Something you wear on your body - tee with iron on tree (have already worn it!)
6 - Something that reflects her personal style - fabric and necklace
7 - Something related to yarn or thread - two spools of variegated thread (so pretty!)
8 - Something she always keeps in her purse - gum and mints (my fave kind too)
9 - Something with her fave design/pattern on it - red/white/blue glitter candles
10 - Something related to her fave holiday - Wall hanging for Halloween (in my office right now Smiley)
11 - Something related to her fave craft supply - paper pack
12 - Something related to her non-craft hobby - garden solar light (in my planter on the deck)
13 - Something fave not listed yet - super glittery pads of paper (YAY!!)
14 - Something that helps her stay organised - magnets
15 - Something drinkable - iced coffee

And now the photos:

Sorry, I had a photo issue - I'll be more careful next time, I was just too excited and didn't think! Cheesy  I think that Mandy and I are very different and that makes it fun to discover what we both like!  I have loads of ideas for the next package already!!
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57  IYP Round 18 Welcome to Spring! (Signups April 18 - May 2nd; Sendouts June 1st) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by SevsOnlyGirl on: April 18, 2011 01:45:28 PM

This description has been taken from IYP17, which was taken from IYP16, which was taken....you get the picture. Wink

Heres how it works:

In this swap, you can contact anyone and ask them to be your partner. It's almost like a personal swap, but with a group, and a killer gallery! You will have to sign up with your partner. That is, you must contact your potential partner via pm and you both must mutually agree to be partnered together. Once you have a partner, each of you must pm me with your information, and after doing all the necessary double checking, I will post you both together as participants and add this swap to your "In progress" feedback.

Swappers may have two partners this round! However, if you have any instances of 'poor swapping' documented in your feedback (such as 'no communication' 'did not craft in the spirit of the swap') or numerous instances of sending very late, I ask that you only craft for one partner. You may have no more than two partners.

As partners, you will choose if you want to have a theme, if you want to post stalk each other and be surprised, or if you want to request from each other things you have admired in the past. You should also agree on quantity. I would suggest one "large" (time consuming and/or valuable) item, and a couple of "small" (quicker to craft) items that you know your partner will like. Unless you choose otherwise. Feel free to start crafting for your partner as soon as you are both officially signed up!

If you want to participate, but you are a bit shy of just asking someone, you can PM me and you'll be put on a list of "Potential Partners" in the next post, so people can choose from craftsters that are interested.

swappers will receive temporary negative feedback if:
- it is one week past send-outs and you are out of communication
- it is two weeks past send-outs and you have not yet sent, regardless of the communication with us and your partner.
- you cannot sign up for this swap if you are still currently late in any IYP swaps.

Even if you decide with your partner that you are sending late and she/he says its alright, you MUST send by two weeks past the send out date or this will be reflected in negative feedback. Once you do send, you will have positive feedback again, BUT this late sending will be reflected in your comments even if you communicated.  


ONE NOTE: It is a little scary to ask someone to be your partner. Some people may have someone else already in mind, or they may not have the time or funds to participate right now, or they may just not be interested. We need to remember to be nice if we feel we need to refuse someone, and to not take it personally if someone else turns us down.

Here's what you need to do:

1. Contact your partner (make sure they're in good standing, swapwise), and agree to join together
2. Both partners must PM SevsOnlyGirl and each other with mailing information.  
3. Post in this thread so I can keep up with you!
4. Make sure you can mail on time, and provide organizer with a DC number when you do.
5. PM your partner and organizer when you receive as well! Your partner CANNOT get feedback unless you PM us. Thank your partner both in a PM and publicly in the gallery. If you are unable to post pictures, please let your partner know before they send to you. In this case, you still need to post in the gallery about what you received.
6. Lack of PMs to organizer and your partner will be noted in feedback!!!
7. Have fun!

The secret password is: crumpets

Now, on to the good stuff:

Swap name: IYP18 Welcome to Spring!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: SevsOnlyGirl
Co-organiser:  goldfishpollywog
Sign-up date range: April 18 - May 2nd
Date to send item by: June 1st

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO, if we get to 24, I will convince someone to co-organise. Smiley

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

Additional Age requirement? NO

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: NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: NO


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

Name of swap: IYP18 Welcome to Spring!
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
I have read all the rules, including ones for late sendouts:
What is the secret password?
My partner is:

Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.Mark any PM's for this swap with IYP18 in the title, although you can specify reasons after that such as "IYP18 Sign-up" to keep communications less confusing.

Happy Crafting!
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58  Re: Crafty Detective Round 7 in The Swap Gallery by SevsOnlyGirl on: April 08, 2011 03:42:00 AM
Ok, so here is the awesomeness that I received!!

First of all, my stalker made things right off my list of 5, which is doubly awesome!

The amazing bag:

Look at how beautifully she does zippers!  Oh yeah, it's actually TWO zippers, so they meet in the middle!

The bottom/side, just cuz it awesome!

Matching keyfob:

Can this even get any better?  Sure it can!  Matching wallet!

AND freaking adorable makeup bag!!

Then there's a cute card, HP silly bands, lemonheads (LOVE) and a fantastic dark chocolate/cherry bar - I already asked where to buy more as it's decadent!

"Who sent all this amazing and wonderful stuff?", you ask?  Why it was....

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!
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59  Featured Artist - SpookyPooky! in MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS by SevsOnlyGirl on: April 04, 2011 04:09:29 PM
1 - How long have you been crafting?  What's the first thing you remember crafting?

I have been crafting all my life! My dad is an artist and my mother has been working in elementary education my entire life, so I have been surrounded by creativity since I can remember. When I was 4 years old, I wanted to paint our house like a Dalmatian dog because I was obsessed with the movie 101 Dalmatians. Obviously, I didn't get to do that, but I do remember drawing and cutting out all my own paper dolls and outfits when I was that age. I also would make animals from paper, milk and soda bottle caps, pompoms and googly eyes using the caps as the body bases and adding pompom heads and paper arms and legs. My entire childhood was spent making and crafting my own toys from things I found around the house.

2 - What's your favorite media?
Good question! I am really fickle about that sort of thing- I go through phases of certain types of projects and medias and at that moment, it is my favorite thing in the world and I produce a ton of those projects. Then I get bored and try something new and it becomes my favorite! It started with acrylic paintings, then paper and drawing collages, then graphic design, then mixed media projects like my Pumpkin Head Dolls and Curio Cabinets and other things, and now it seems to be plushes. Right now, it is definitely plushes still.

3 - What inspires you?

Oh, so many things inspire me! First off, my family and husband are my biggest inspirations. They support and encourage me everyday, and they embrace my weirdness.  Cheesy Also, there are three men who are my absolute heroes in life and have taken a great part in shaping my personality. It is no secret that I am obsessed with the singer Meat Loaf. I love his passion and devotion to his music and life and I hope that someday I can touch people and inspire them with my own passion and art in the same way he has inspired me. Walt Disney is also at the top of my list as one of the most amazing people in the world. He was one man who had the courage to create possibly the biggest empire in the world, and everything Disney alike inspires me: Walt, the movies, the park, the toys- all of it! Last on my list, and probably obviously, Tim Burton has influenced both my art and personality greatly. I love everything that is a little macabre and slightly odd and again, his passion is just extraordinary. I even get emotional when I talk about any one of these three men. Finally, Craftster serves as a huge source of inspiration for us all. I see new, amazing projects that make me want to try my own hand at them, I have so many craftster crushes and members that put me in awe, and when I post my own projects and get such positive feedback, I feel encouraged to continue on. This is such an amazing website!

4 - Do you have a crafty/creative philosophy?

My philosophy goes right back to the three men I mentioned above. It takes courage to be an artist. You have to be willing to try new things and  never give up on anything. When I first joined craftster, I never thought I would be able to move beyond acrylic paintings, but now I do all sorts of projects because I just jumped right in. Sometime I failed at projects, but I kept working on them until I figured it out. And in all honestly, sometimes being artsy and creative will lead you to not fitting in and being an outcast. Meat Loaf and Tim Burton certainly fit that bill, and Walt Disney was shunned many time is his life and laughed at for what he believed in. However, in the end, those are the things that will make you stand out the most in life and bring you success. With imagination, you can redefine and change the world.

5 - On what other boards can Craftster members find your work posted?

Let's see, you can find me on:

Miscellaneous Topics
Toys, Dolls and Playthings
More Art, Less Craft
Occasions and Holidays: Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Weddings
Sewing in General
Home Sweet Home
Paper Crafts, Scrapbooking and ATCs

-I think that is it! Expect to see me in the clothing boards soon, because I just started sewing and reconstructing clothes and I started photography too recently, so I hope to post some of my pictures on the art board.   Grin

6 - What's your favorite creation that you've posted to Craftster?

That is tough! I love the first Bigfoot Curio I posted, along with the first Steampunk Pumpkin Head I ever made sooo much! And my Ganesha plush is probably my favorite plush I have ever done (for the moment). However, I definitely think my wedding is my favorite creation ever though, since it includes many different projects by me along with many projects from other Craftster members. It was more like a production starring all the projects.   Wink

7 - What's your favorite item on Craftster created by someone else?

Again, these are so hard to answer! I own a large amigurumi doll of Meat Loaf that was created by amydice just for me that I completely love. I love all her projects, actually. The same goes for lanikins, and the Cheshire Cat plush she made me is another one of my favorite items. There are too many to choose from! But I always really enjoy seeing anything posted by gotgrey, lumpybits, noooitaremybirthday, any poppets, and anything with a yeti.  Grin
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60  1st Quarter Featured Projects 2011 (Jan/Feb/March) in MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS by SevsOnlyGirl on: April 04, 2011 07:25:50 AM
Wow, there were so many cool projects in the first three months of the year, it was hard to narrow it down!  I finally picked SIX - two for each month!  Here we go:

For January:

Homemade Photo Tent/Box by Mad_Scientist

Vampire Hunter Kit by lvl0rg4n

For February:

Rackycoo's Clock Before and After by cackle

Fallout 3 Curio Cabinet by SpookyPooky

For March:

Gothic Revival Brownstone Matchbox by microjivvy

Photo Album & Scrapbooking Folder by Phizzychick

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