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31  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / RSVP Card Help on: June 16, 2007 11:33:18 AM

i need assistance before i toss my laptop across the room in frustration.  i have been, for several hours, trying to make what i thought would be simply executed postcard-sized rsvps in microsoft word. 

at this point i'm only doing a small bit of text (my address) and a border-like graphic that will rest at the bottom (it's this http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeup.php?id=1252388  but the flowers are all black).  what i had planned on was to make two separate text boxes for each card - one with text and one with the image pasted in and making them transparent and harmonious with each other. 

i made the first draft, only to find out that the sizing was wonky; i'd have to do some really creative cutting to get them all to be similar sized and i have too many and not enough time (or patience) to have to eyeball-cut each card.

i then downloaded a template that's got the sizing all correct, but i can't get my image and text box to play nicely in the template - since the "cards" on the template are cells, i can't select the text or image inside most of the time, and the menu asks about cell-related options.  FRUSTRATING! 
then, i put the address onto my graphic file in photoshop, hoping to make it all one single text-box.  when i inserted that into word as a jpg, however, the text was really fuzzy and for some reason word is not letting me size the "picture" into the cells.  ARGH! 

there must be an easier way to to this.  does anyone have ideas or sugguestions?
32  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Classic Tattoo Swap Gallery on: May 15, 2007 01:44:16 PM
Post your tattoo goodness here!
33  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Tanktop in the Round - Will This Work? on: May 02, 2007 04:02:46 PM

I had a relatively simple picture in my mind of a tanktop knit in the round (or possibly rectangles on straight needles, then attached later) into pretty much a tube, then attaching straps. 

1.  would this work? 
1.5. would this look okay?
2.  what sort of yarn do you recommend for a project like this?
34  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Turquoise & Brown Knitting Needle Roll on: April 29, 2007 07:57:50 PM
I'm hoping I'm putting this in the right place, as it's not really a knitting project, per se.  It is, however, a project FOR knitting, so here goes:

I modified the instructions from Dulcinea's tutorial (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=139384.0) and used three fat quarters to make this baby.  It's my first sewn FO, and even though it's a little wonky in places (some of the channels for needles are going diagonally, but i'm hoping it looks like it's supposed to be that way Wink), I love it dearly.  oh, and it's missing several needles, but i've got about 5 WIPs, so it looks pretty empty.

Here's the whole thing...

Here's a close-up of the pockets and channels...

And this is the whole thing rolled up (obviously Cheesy)...

You like?
35  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Another Hollow Book - Thesaurus on: April 29, 2007 07:43:28 PM
As part of/the vessel for my boyfriend's valentine's day presents, I hollowed out an old Thesaurus using a tutorial on wikihow (which I could dig up if anyone wants).  It took a few days as I wasn't quite sure what I was doing, and because I was using a small, dull exacto knife - not recommended!!

Anyway, it turned out better than expected and I'm pleased.  On with the photos!

Ordinary thesaurus?

...or secret hiding place?

36  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What am I Doing Wrong?? *NOW WITH PICTURE* on: April 27, 2007 09:17:19 PM
HELP!  I've been trying to knit a 2x2 ribbed scarf for two days straight.

rather, i've been trying to *START* it...  the problem is, i've never done purl stitches before, and though i've consulted craftster, several online knitting sites, and my s&b book, i can't seem to get it.  what i should be getting looks like:


right?  and what i'm getting looks.... like a mess.  no real V shapes, but not exactly just dashes, either.  here's what i'm doing, hopefully it'll make sense: 

i'm bringing the yarn up front, putting the needle down through the top of the stitch from right to left, wrapping the loose yarn around, then pulling a new stitch through.  i suspect that the putting the needle down through the top is where i'm going wrong, but i've also tried it a few different ways with varied, but wrong, results.

i really hope someone can give me some tips or point out what i'm doing wrong - is this hopeless?  advice, please! 
37  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Bride to Be Swap? on: April 27, 2007 09:25:13 AM
Inspired by the Mommy to Be Swap (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=166744.0;topicseen), I thought I'd see if there was any interest in swapping wedding-type items (for bride, stuff for wedding, pampering items, whatever) with other engaged ladies.

Anyone interested?
38  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / (So, So Many) DIY Invitation Questions on: April 23, 2007 10:31:31 AM
Having sent out our STDs yesterday (YAAY!), I'm now looking toward designing invitations.  We've decided on 6x6" square folded invites made from scrapbook-sized red cardstock (for 2 invites per page) and somehow attaching white cardstock with the info on the inside of the folded red paper. 

Make sense?

Then the enclosures (directions, rsvp postcard, whatever) will be printed on some colored cardstock, placed inside the fold, and then a white ribbon tied around the whole package with a little round tag (a white 1" circle mounted on a black 1 1/2" circle and hole punched) with the names of the invitees, in lieu of an inside envelope. 

So.  Here are my questions:

1.  What is the best method of attaching the white info cardstock to the red folded cardstock?  I'd really prefer not to use gluesticks since they get so messy, but i've also thought about:  double sided tape, photo corners, getting one of those xyron sticker machines...  Have you used any of these methods?  What do you reccommend?

2.  What is the best method of attaching the white circle to the black circle for the label?  Would sticker paper work?  I've got circle punches for these, but I'm not sure how well they'd punch out sticker paper...  I also thought about using a xyron for this, but I've never used one.  Any ideas?

3.  We'll be using standard computer (or maybe kinko's-type) printing for the type - that said, what color cardstock do you think would be appropriate/pretty for the enclosures?

4.  Do you think too much cardstock is in play?  I like the look and feel of it, but I'm afraid it'll be too heavy.  Thoughts?

5.  How should I get the names on the tags?  Handwritten?  Or do you think it'd be just as easy to print, then punch them?

Thanks in advance to those poor souls who read this whole post and comment...  Roll Eyes
39  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Classic Tattoo Swap (Sign Ups CLOSED; Send By 5/21) on: April 16, 2007 02:27:21 PM
Swap name:  The Classic Tattoo Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  ruby_soho
Sign-up date range:  4/16/07 - 5/1/07
Date to send item by:  5/21/07

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):  24, unless i get a co-organizer.
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

All ages allowed? YES.

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: NO
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: 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

Details of swap:
It's the classic tattoo swap!  Craft and swap items with tattoo style incorporating ed hardy and sailor jerry type images, like swallows, hearts, pin-up girls, ships, anchors, etcetera...

The size requirements are 2 small and 2 medium items, or the equivalent.  If you would like to make more, please discuss this with your partner so that time and resources are kept roughly equal.

Please keep in mind that since this is such a broad topic, communication with your partner is paramount!

Original Thread:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=120974.40

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


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?
What are your favorite classic tattoo designs?
Would you like banners incorporated in your items?  If so, what words or phrases could be used?
Favorite colors?
Least favorite colors?
What can you make?
What would you like to recieve?


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


xladyluckx <--> smoker
ShaynaYasha <--> crystalthepirate
saralynne <--> kpuppy
amytron <--> sinis+er
kinkyknit <--> rosered
trinnie_doo <--> dropdeadsuzie
cacarae <--> ruby_soho
spolowitz <--> AnnaO
photogirl <--> drag0nmuse

blue = sent
green = received
red = sent and received
strikethrough = feedback given

40  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / The Amazing Hoodie Swap Gallery! on: April 13, 2007 06:55:52 PM
Post your received hoodies here!

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